US Pat. No. 10,654,201

COMPOSITE RESIN MOLDED BODY, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND CASING MEMBER USING SAME

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A composite resin molded body comprising:a base compound resin; and
a molten-kneaded mixture which contains an organic fibrous filler and a dispersing agent,
wherein the organic fibrous filler is a compound in which cellulose is contained, and has a content of at least 5 mass % and at most 70 mass % in the composite resin molded body,
a proportion T of the organic fibrous filler carbonized in the composite resin molded body is represented by Formula (1),
T=PC/(PC+PUC)  (1),
when PC is set as a height of a peak derived from a carbonyl group in an IR spectrum obtained by analyzing any place of the composite resin molded body with a FT-IR method, and PUC is set as a height of a peak derived from an ether group in the same IR spectrum, and
the proportion T is equal to or less than 0.1,
wherein a fiber diameter of D90 is equal to or more than 5 ?m and a fiber diameter of D10 is equal to or less than 500 nm in fiber diameter distribution of the organic fibrous filler.

US Pat. No. 10,654,200

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A BIOCOMPATIBLE THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

S.M. Scienzia Machinale S...

1. A system for making a biocompatible three-dimensional heart valve, the system comprising:at least one delivery unit configured to deliver at least one biocompatible fluid substance towards a mold having a mold surface to obtain a coating layer of predetermined thickness configured for coating the mold surface, the biocompatible fluid substance having a plurality of particles;
a handling unit configured to provide a relative movement with at least three degrees of freedom between the mold and the delivery unit, wherein the mold is coated with the at least one biocompatible fluid substance that is delivered to obtain a three-dimensional heart valve having a surface corresponding to the mold surface;
a single suction and blowing device configured to generate a suction or blowing current, wherein the suction or blowing current removes from the mold any surplus particles of the biocompatible fluid substance supplied by the delivery unit; and
a counter-mold that is adapted to press the coating layer deposited on the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,654,199

INDUCTION HEATING CELLS WITH CAULS OVER MANDRELS METHODS OF USING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

20. An induction heating cell for processing a composite layup comprising a planar portion and a non-planar portion, extending away from the planar portion, the induction heating cell comprising:a die, configured to receive the composite layup;
an induction heater, configured to inductively heat the composite layup;
a caul, configured to position over and conform to the non-planar portion of the composite layup;
a mandrel, configured to position over the caul, wherein a difference between a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the caul and a CTE of the composite layup is less than a difference between the CTE of the mandrel and the CTE of the caul; and
a bladder, configured to position over the mandrel and the planar portion of the composite layup.

US Pat. No. 10,654,198

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A three-dimensional image forming system comprising:a conveyance path along which a heat-expandable sheet is conveyable;
a heater which heats the heat-expandable sheet by irradiating the heat-expandable sheet with light; and
a computer comprising a processor and a memory, the computer being configured to:
perform control to increase a temperature of surroundings of the heater to a heating temperature higher than a predetermined preheat temperature, and then to decrease the temperature of the surroundings of the heater to the preheat temperature, and thereafter, perform control to cause the heat-expandable sheet to be conveyed along the conveyance path;
perform control to form a three-dimensional image by causing the heat-expandable sheet to be conveyed and causing the heater to perform light irradiation; and
upon completion of the formation of the three-dimensional image, perform control to cause the heater to stop the light irradiation to decrease the temperature of the surroundings of the heater which has increased to a formation temperature higher than the preheat temperature by the light irradiation during the formation of the three-dimensional image,
wherein, in response to placement of a next heat-expandable sheet being detected before the temperature of the surroundings of the heater decreases to a predetermined end temperature lower than the preheat temperature, formation of a next three-dimensional image is continuously performed.

US Pat. No. 10,654,197

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CLEANING A MOLDING SURFACE OF A REUSABLE LENS MOLD

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. Apparatus for cleaning a molding surface of a reusable lens mold for molding soft contact lenses, the apparatus comprising:at least one full cone nozzle for generating a jet of deionized water having a circular full cone spray pattern having a uniform distribution of the volume flow of deionized water, wherein the shape of a cone having a circular base,
a positioning device for arranging the reusable lens mold relative to the full cone nozzle such that the molding surface of the reusable lens mold is exposed to the jet of deionized water.

US Pat. No. 10,654,196

MOLD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GOS CERAMIC SCINTILLATOR USING THE SAME

NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. A mold for manufacturing a GOS ceramic scintillator, comprising:a female outer sleeve having a cavity disposed inside;
a plurality of female blocks disposed inside the cavity, the plurality of female blocks being put together to form a composite structure having a vertical through hole; and
a male upper pressing head and a male lower pressing head, each of the male upper pressing head and the male lower pressing head having a shape consistent with a shape of the vertical through hole,
wherein an outer wall of the composite structure is pressed against an inner wall of the female outer sleeve, a contact face between said outer wall and said inner wall being angled relative to vertical; and
wherein the GOS ceramic scintillator is capable of withstanding a pressure of 100-200 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,654,194

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PREFORM FOR COMPOSITE MATERIALS

1. A method for manufacturing a preform having a non-developable shape comprising a plurality of superposed reinforcing layers of fibers to form a part made of composite materials having a final shape comprising a final global radius of curvature about a longitudinal axis and curved segments forming folding radii connecting substantially straight segments in at least one longitudinal section, the method comprising:depositing successive layers on a surface of a draping tool giving an initial shape substantially of revolution having an initial global radius of curvature about the longitudinal axis, the initial shape including an open contour about the longitudinal axis; and
deploying the preform by increasing the initial global radius of curvature up to the final global radius of curvature in order to close the folding radii of the curved segments.

US Pat. No. 10,654,193

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A SURFACE PROFILE OF A WAFER

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method for controlling a surface profile of a wafer sliced from an ingot with a wire saw, the method comprising:measuring an amount of displacement of a sidewall of a frame of the wire saw, the sidewall connected to a bearing of a wire guide supporting a wire web in the wire saw;
determining a pressure profile for adjusting a position of the sidewall based on measured amount of displacement of the sidewall; and
applying pressure to the sidewall with a mechanical actuator according to the determined pressure profile to control the position of the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,654,192

CONCRETE WASHOUT AND WATER RECYCLING APPARATUS

1. A method for performing a concrete washout while recycling water used in the washout, the method comprising the steps of:providing a concrete washout and water recycling apparatus comprising:
a water tank having a capacity of at least 250 gallons, and comprising an input aperture in a top portion of the water tank, and an outlet aperture on a bottom portion of the water tank, the second aperture having a release valve;
a mounting structure adapted for mounting the water tank on a cement truck; a water channeling system connected to the input aperture of the water tank and extending to a connector valve; providing the cement truck having a mixing drum;
providing a washout hook having a top end, a bottom end, and a middle hook-shaped portion;
providing a concrete pump having a discharge conduit that extends to a discharge end;
mounting the water tank on the cement truck via the mounting structure;
attaching the discharge end of the discharge conduit of the concrete pump to the bottom end of the washout hook;
hanging the washout hook on the cement truck so that the top end is operably positioned adjacent a mixing drum;
operably connecting the concrete pump to a water source;
pumping concrete from the concrete pump into the mixing drum until water begins to flow from the discharge end;
removing the discharge end of the discharge conduit from the bottom end of the washout hook;
attaching the discharge end of the discharge conduit to the connector valve of the water channeling system; and
pumping water from the water source through the concrete pump to clean the concrete pump so that waste water from the concrete pump flows through the water channeling system, and into the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,654,191

CARBON DIOXIDE TREATMENT OF CONCRETE UPSTREAM FROM PRODUCT MOLD

CarbonCure Technologies I...

1. A method of forming a concrete product comprising(i) supplying fresh concrete in a holder;
(ii) treating the fresh concrete with carbon dioxide gas to form treated concrete; and
(iii) subsequent to the step of treating, delivering the treated concrete to a product mold adapted to form concrete products, wherein the mold is open to the atmosphere, such that carbon dioxide can freely equilibrate with the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,654,190

STAPLER, POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

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

1. A stapler comprising:a staple cartridge in which a staple is stored;
a storage unit to which the staple cartridge is detachably attached;
a staple ejecting unit which ejects the staple to penetrate a paper sheet;
a cutting unit which cuts a staple leg of the staple penetrating the paper sheet;
a binding unit which bends the staple leg of the staple penetrating the paper sheet to bind the paper sheet;
a cut staple storage unit which stores a cut staple that is cut by the cutting unit;
a cut staple quantity detection unit which detects a quantity of the cut staple stored in the cut staple storage unit; and
a discharge unit through which the cutting unit and the cut staple storage unit communicate with each other to guide the cut staple to the cut staple storage unit,
wherein the cut staple storage unit is attachable to and detachable from the stapler, and
wherein the cut staple quantity detection unit detects the presence or absence of a predetermined quantity of the cut staple stored in the cut staple storage unit, based on the presence or absence of light transmission, and the cut staple quantity detection device comprises:
a light emitting unit which emits light,
a light receiving unit which detects the presence or absence of light which is emitted from the light emitting unit and passes through the cut staple storage unit, and
an optical waveguide which forms an optical path that guides light emitted from the light emitting unit to the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,189

ALL-DIRECTIONAL PROFILING MACHINE

Chun Jen Hsu, Taichung (...

1. An all-directional profiling machine, comprising:a foundation;
a profiling device disposed on the foundation, the profiling device comprising a bottom board, a base pivotally disposed on the bottom board, a profiling component disposed on the base and sliding horizontally and vertically to undergo a profiling processing process, and an axle unit disposed at the profiling component and adapted to receive a processing tool, wherein the bottom board has a pivotal block, and the base has a turntable, allowing the turntable of the base and the pivotal block to be pivotally connected such that the base swings leftward and rightward at a same height relative to the bottom board, with the pivotal block and the turntable fastened together by a first fixing element, so as to fix the base in place after the swing;
an upright post disposed at an end of the profiling device and having a terminal portion extending upward; and
a workbench having a bottom surface and a top surface which a workpiece rests on, with a connecting block disposed on the bottom surface of the workbench, allowing the connecting block of the workbench to be pivotally connected to the terminal portion of the upright post such that the workbench tilts vertically relative to the upright post, wherein the connecting block and the terminal portion are fastened together with a second fixing element, and thus the workbench is fixed in place when tilted;
wherein the base has a top portion and a bottom portion, with the turntable disposed at the bottom portion, allowing two support rods to be disposed upright between the top portion and the bottom portion, with a sliding unit disposed at the two support rods to slide vertically along the two support rods and comprising two sliders and at least a sliding rod horizontally connected between the two sliders, the two support rods being parallel and spaced apart, and
wherein the profiling component has a supporting board having a top surface and a bottom surface, with a sliding-connecting portion disposed on the top surface of the supporting board, such that the profiling component is slidingly disposed on the sliding rod because of the sliding-connecting portion, thereby allowing the profiling component to slide horizontally along the sliding rod.

US Pat. No. 10,654,188

GUIDE FOOT FOR AN OSCILLATING CUTTING TOOL

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A foot for supporting a hand-held power tool on a workpiece, the power tool having a blade operably driven at an output portion at a working end of the tool, the foot comprising:a plate defining a recess configured to receive and support at least the working end of the power tool with the blade positioned to contact the workpiece;
a plurality of elements supported by the plate, each of the plurality of elements configured for rolling or sliding contact with the surface of the workpiece for movement of the foot along the surface of the workpiece,
wherein said recess is configured to retain at least the working end of the power tool within said recess when the foot is moved along the surface of the workpiece with the blade positioned in contact with the workpiece,
wherein the recess has a first portion configured to receive a portion of a body of the power tool, the first portion intersecting a first edge of the plate,
wherein the recess further has a second portion extending substantially perpendicular to the first portion, the second portion defining a saddle at a second edge of the plate, the saddle configured to receive the output portion of the power tool to support the tool with the blade adjacent one side of the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,187

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE ULTRASONIC CUTTING OF WORKPIECES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A cutting guide device for ultrasonic cutting of workpieces, comprising:a cutting edge having a cutting edge longitudinal axis configured to be held on a cutting edge holder of the cutting guide device;
an ultrasonic generator configured to move the cutting edge in an oscillating motion;
a control unit configured to control movement of the cutting edge on a cutting path in a cutting direction relative to a workpiece to be cut;
a first force measuring device configured to communicate with the control unit and to measure an actual lateral force acting on the cutting edge transversely to the cutting edge longitudinal axis and transversely to the cutting direction,
wherein
the first force measuring device is configured to forward to the control unit the measured actual lateral force, and
the control unit is configured to change at least one cutting parameter based on the measured actual lateral force is a manner which counteracts the actual lateral force.

US Pat. No. 10,654,186

TRIMMER

HORIZON INTERNATIONAL INC...

1. A trimmer that trims the bound material, comprising:a pusher that pushes the bound material;
a pusher moving device that moves the pusher;
a positioning part that positions the bound material pushed by the pusher;
a position detector that detects a stopped position where the pusher is stopped;
a reaction force detector that detects a reaction force to which the pusher is subject;
a set position memory that memorizes a set standby position and a set stop position, the set standby position being a position where the pusher should be standby, the set stop position being a position where the pusher should be stopped;
an allowable position memory that memorizes an allowable position range relevant to the pusher;
an allowable reaction force memory that memorizes an allowable reaction force range relevant to the pusher; and
a determiner that determines whether a length of the bound material is normal or abnormal;
wherein the pusher moving device is configured to stop the pusher when the reaction force of the pusher arrives at an upper limit of the allowable reaction force range while the pusher is moved from the set standby position toward the set stop position; and
wherein the determiner determines that:
the length of the bound material is normal when the stopped position of the pusher is in the allowable position range, and the reaction force of the pusher is in the allowable reaction force range; or
the length of the bound material is abnormal when the stopped position of the pusher is out of the allowable position range, or the reaction force of the pusher is out of the allowable reaction force range.

US Pat. No. 10,654,185

CUTTING/PORTIONING USING COMBINED X-RAY AND OPTICAL SCANNING

John Bean Technologies Co...

1. A system for processing food items to perform at least one operation selected from the group consisting of cutting and removing undesirable components from the food items and portioning the food items while the food items are being conveyed on a conveyor system, the system comprising:a conveyor system comprising an upstream conveyor section for conveying the food items;
an X-ray scanner positioned at the upstream conveyor section for scanning the food items on the upstream conveyor section to ascertain physical parameters of the food items comprising size and shape parameters of the food items and the location(s) of the undesirable components to be removed from the food items, the ascertained physical parameters represented by a first data set corresponding to at least one of the size of the food items, shape of the food items and to the location(s) of the undesirable components of the food items;
the conveyor system comprising a downstream conveyor section positioned downstream of the upstream conveyor section for receiving the food items previously conveyed by the upstream conveyor section and for further conveying the food items;
an optical scanner at the downstream conveyor section for scanning the food items on the downstream conveyor section to ascertain physical parameters of the food items comprising the location of the food items on the downstream conveyor section and at least one of the size and shape parameters of the food items on the downstream conveyor section, at least some of the ascertained physical parameters represented by a second data set corresponding to at least one of the size and shape of the food items;
one or more cutters for cutting the food item to perform at least one operation selected from the group consisting of removing the undesirable food item components and portioning the food item;
a processor configured for:
receiving the first and second data sets;
comparing the second data set from the optical scanner with the first data set from the X-ray scanner; and
optionally performing translations of the first data set onto the second data set, such translations including one or more of:
directional translation of the food item;
rotational translation of the food item;
scaling the size of the food item;
shear distortion of the food item
performing at least one function selected from the group consisting of locating the undesirable components on the food item and determining how to portion the food item; and
controlling the one or more cutters to perform at least one operation selected from the group consisting of: cutting the food item to remove the undesirable components; and portioning the food item.

US Pat. No. 10,654,184

RAZOR FOR SHAVING

1. A razor for shaving comprising:a handle;
a head connected to a upper end of the handle;
at least one main blade mounted on a main blade housing assembly that is movably attached relative to the head, wherein the main blade housing assembly has a first end and a second end;
at least one first extension blade mounted on a first extension blade housing assembly, wherein the first extension blade housing is movably engaged with the head;
at least one second extension blade mounted on a second extension blade housing assembly wherein the second extension blade housing is movably engaged with the head;
wherein in a stored configuration at least substantially all of the at least one first extension blade, first extension blade housing assembly, the at least one second extension blade are both positioned between the main blade housing assembly's first end and second end; and,
wherein in an extended configuration at least substantially all of the at least one first extension blade, first extension blade housing assembly, the at least one second extension blade and the second extension blade housing assembly extends beyond the main blade housing assembly's first end and second end.

US Pat. No. 10,654,183

BLADE SET, HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE, AND RELATED MANUFACTURING METHOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A blade set for a hair cutting appliance, said blade set being arranged to be moved through hair in a moving direction to cut hair, said blade set comprising:a stationary blade comprising:
a first wall portion that at least partially comprises metal material, wherein the first wall portion is arranged to serve as a skin facing wall when in operation,
a second wall portion that at least partially comprises plastic material, wherein the second wall portion is at least partially offset from the first wall portion to define therebetween a guide slot receiving a movable cutter blade, via a lateral opening of the guide slot in the stationary blade, wherein the first wall portion is thinner than the second wall portion,
an intermediate wall portion arranged in the guide slot between the first wall portion and the second wall portion, and
at least one toothed leading edge that comprises a plurality of teeth, wherein the at least one toothed leading edge is jointly formed by material of the first wall portion and material of the second wall portion in the form of a metal-plastic composite, wherein the first wall portion and the second wall portion are connected at a frontal end of the at least one toothed leading edge at respective tips of each of the plurality of teeth,
wherein the intermediate wall portion, in response to being fixedly attached to the first wall portion, defines a central offset (Ico) which acts as a gage to set an offset distance in the guide slot between the first wall portion and the second wall portion for receiving the movable cutter blade and for establishing a given tolerance in the vertical direction for the moveable cutter blade within the guide slot, the intermediate wall portion having a thickness larger than the movable cutter blade, and
wherein the intermediate wall portion is adapted, via a guiding portion of the intermediate wall portion, to be arranged within a respective guide opening of the movable cutter blade in the guide slot, for inserting of the intermediate wall portion and the movable cutter blade together through the lateral opening into the guide slot, and responsive to attaching the intermediate wall portion to the first wall portion, the intermediate wall portion for keeping the movable cutter blade in a desired position laterally and longitudinally and in contact vertically with the first wall portion at the given tolerance, with no further mounting member or biasing member to keep the movable cutter blade in the desired position laterally and longitudinally and in contact vertically with the first wall portion, and
the movable cutter blade comprises at least one toothed leading edge, said movable cutter blade being movably arranged within the guide slot defined by the stationary blade, wherein responsive to relative motion between the movable cutter blade and the stationary blade, the at least one toothed leading edge of the movable cutter blade cooperates with corresponding teeth of the stationary blade to enable cutting of hair caught therebetween in a cutting action,
wherein the movable cutter blade further comprises a guide opening that includes a laterally extending slot in which the guiding portion of the intermediate wall portion of the stationary blade is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,654,182

SHAVING HEAD AND SHAVING HEAD ELEMENT WITH HAIR-RECEIVING SPACE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A shaving head comprising at least first and second shaving elements, each of said shaving elements including:a. a cap having a plurality of openings for receiving hairs to be cut off;
b. a cutter member connected to a pivot pin and including a plurality of cutters arranged for cutting off hairs extending through the openings of the cap when said cutter member is rotated around an axis of said pivot pin;
c. a base portion including a drive shaft for coupling to the pivot pin, the drive shaft arranged to rotatably drive the cutter member, the cap being pivotably connected to the base portion to enable movement of the cap to a closed position in which the pivot pin is coupled to the drive shaft and in which the cap retains cut off hairs within a hair-receiving space of the shaving element and to further enable movement of the cap to an open position in which the cutter member and cut-off hairs can be removed from the shaving element; and
a support member disposed so as to be pivotably movable between the cap and the base portion, while remaining attached to the shaving head, and including a latch member for detachably latching the support member to the cap, said support member comprising an annular shaped element and an alignment device, the alignment device provided with a centering ring and three spokes extending from the centering ring towards the annular shaped element and away from a central axis of the support member, wherein a diameter of the annular shaped element is larger than a diameter of the centering ring, and wherein the three spokes are arranged in a conical orientation,
said support member further being configured to retain the cutter member in the cap when in a latched position and to removably hold the cutter member in the shaving head when in an unlatched position;
said support member having at least one opening positioned for facilitating passing of the cut-off hairs into the hair-receiving space; and
said alignment device shaped for automatically positioning the pivot pin to align with the drive shaft when the support member is in the latched position and the cap is pivoted from the open position to the closed position, and
wherein the alignment device of the support member is arranged to pre-align the pivot pin with respect to the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,654,181

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Sumitomo Electric Hardmet...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising a base material and a coating formed on the base material,the coating including an ?-Al2O3 layer,
the ?-Al2O3 layer containing a plurality of ?-Al2O3 crystal grains and chlorine, and having a TC(006) of more than 5 in texture coefficient TC(hkl),
the ?-Al2O3 layer including a lower layer and an upper layer, the lower layer being located closer to the base material than the upper layer is, and the upper layer being located opposite to the base material across the lower layer, in a thickness direction of the ?-Al2O3 layer,
the lower layer having a thickness of 1.0 ?m,
the upper layer having a thickness of 0.5 ?m or more,
the chlorine in the lower layer having a concentration distribution in which an atomic concentration of the chlorine decreases in a direction away from the base material, in a thickness direction of the lower layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,180

EASILY DISASSEMBLED FOLDING KNIFE

GB II Corporation, Tuala...

1. A folding knife comprising:a handle portion comprising a first side portion and a second side portion that is laterally spaced from the first side portion, wherein the first side portion has a first opening, and an outer surface of the first side portion has a recess that surrounds the first opening;
a pivot element extending from an inner surface of the second side portion, wherein an end portion of the pivot element has a non-circular cross-sectional profile;
a blade disposed between the first side portion and the second side portion, wherein the blade has a second opening in a tang portion of the blade, wherein the pivot element extends through the second opening such that the blade is pivotable relative to the handle portion about the pivot element between an open position and a closed position;
a locking element disposed at least partially within the recess of the first side portion, wherein the locking element comprises a first end portion, an actuator extending from the first end portion, and a non-circular opening formed in the first end portion, wherein the actuator is movable between a first position and a second position within the recess of the first side portion and relative to the pivot element, wherein when the actuator is in the first position, the first end portion of the locking element engages the end portion of the pivot element, thereby preventing disassembly of the first and second side portions, and wherein when the actuator is in the second position, the first end portion of the locking element disengages the end portion of the pivot element, thereby allowing disassembly of the first and second side portions; and
a cap coupled to the first side portion adjacent the locking element and covering the first opening, wherein the end portion of the pivot element is sized to extend through the first opening into the cap, wherein the cap comprises, an annular shoulder, a first recessed portion, and a second recessed portion, wherein the annular shoulder circumscribes the first end portion of the locking element except where the annular shoulder comprises a slot through which the actuator of the locking element extends, wherein the actuator is exposed from the cap and is rotatable relative to the cap, wherein the first recessed portion is disposed radially inwardly from the annular shoulder and has a first depth, wherein the locking element is at least partially disposed in the first recessed portion, wherein the second recessed portion is disposed radially inwardly from the first recessed portion and has a second depth, wherein the second depth of the second recessed portion is greater than the first depth of the first recessed portion, and wherein the locking element is at least partially disposed in the first recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,179

FORCE DETECTION APPARATUS AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A force detection apparatus comprising:a first member;
a second member;
a piezoelectric sensor device sandwiched by the first member and the second member and outputting electric charge according to an external force; and
a conversion and output circuit converting an electric charge output from the piezoelectric sensor device into a voltage and outputting the voltage,
wherein, when a detectable range of a component of the external force in a predetermined axis direction is a first range, the external force is detected within the first range, and, when the detectable range is a second range different from the first range, the external force is detected within the second range.

US Pat. No. 10,654,178

OPTICAL SIGNAL TRANSMITTER HAVING A PENETRATING METAL CONNECTOR BETWEEN A LIGHT SOURCE AND A HEAT DISSIPATER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising an optical signal transmitter that transmits an optical signal,the optical signal transmitter including:
a light source;
a supporting board that supports the light source; and
a light guide part that transmits light emitted from the light source,
wherein the supporting board includes a board main body, a penetration portion connected to the light source, penetrating in a thickness direction of the board main body, and formed using a metal material, and a heat dissipation portion connected to the penetration portion and formed using a metal material,
the penetration portion is placed between the light source and the heat dissipation portion, and
the light source is placed between the light guide part and the supporting board.

US Pat. No. 10,654,177

AUTO-RELEASE VACUUM DEVICE

Delaware Capital Formatio...

1. An automatic release vacuum device for a material handling system, the automatic release vacuum device comprising:a one-piece body adapted to connect to a pressurized air supply, the one-piece body including a vacuum passageway and a venting element the vacuum passageway operable to vent to atmosphere through the venting element;
a vacuum generating device housed in the one-piece body;
a piston element disposed in the one-piece body, the piston element including a desired shape with an edge border that defines the peripheral shape of the piston element and a sealing element, the piston element has a sealing position wherein the sealing element and the piston element edge border closes the venting element closing off the vacuum passageway to atmosphere and a venting position wherein the vacuum passageway is open to atmosphere; and
when the pressurized air supply is activated to supply pressurized air to the vacuum generating device, the piston element is moved into the sealing position and at least a partial vacuum is generated in the vacuum passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,654,176

FINGER ASSEMBLY HAVING A TALON AND BARREL CAM ACTUATION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A finger assembly for use at the end of a robotic arm, the finger assembly comprising:an end effector mount adapted for mounting to the robotic arm;
a finger body coupled to and extending downwardly from the end effector mount, the finger body having an anti-slip contact face, the contact face being adapted for contacting and at least partially supporting the load from an item while the item is being lifted by the robotic arm; and
a retractable talon coupled at a lowermost point of the finger body, the talon is pivotable relative to the contact face between an extended position in which the talon extends outwardly from the contact face of the finger body and a retracted position in which the talon is recessed relative to the contact face of the finger body; the talon in the extended position is adapted to at least partially support the load from an item lifted by the robotic arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,175

CAM-TYPE HAND MECHANISM

SHINANO KANSHI KABUSHIKI ...

1. A cam-type hand mechanism comprising:a motor;
a cam pedestal member, the cam pedestal member including a cam base portion detachably assembled directly or indirectly to a rotor shaft extending from the motor, three-dimensional cams including a plurality of cam guiding surfaces continuing over a range from an outer edge of a through hole provided at a center of the cam base portion to an outer peripheral side, and being protruded at a plurality of positions, and
a hand mechanism assembled to the motor constantly in abutment with the three-dimensional cam, the hand mechanism including a plurality of claw portions openable and closable about an axial line of the rotor shaft in association with a rotary motion of the three-dimensional cam,
wherein the cam base portion includes cam-side coupling portions configured to couple the cam pedestal member directly or indirectly to the rotor shaft at a plurality of positions in areas between radially inner ends and radially outer ends of the adjacent three-dimensional cams.

US Pat. No. 10,654,174

UNIVERSAL END OF ARM ROBOT TOOL

1. A non-transitory computer storage medium encoded with a computer program, the program comprising instructions that when executed by data processing apparatus cause the data processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:determining at least one possible configuration of a plurality of linear drive mechanisms to form an end of arm tool for a robot, wherein each linear drive mechanism comprises a base, a slide linearly traversable with respect to the base, and a plurality of mounting surfaces, wherein the determination is based on the input of global coordinates of a plurality of pick-up locations of a work piece to be manipulated by the tool and the input of a required output of the tool based on a desired path of travel of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,654,173

FORCE DETECTION APPARATUS AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A force detection apparatus comprising:a first plate;
a second plate opposed to the first plate;
a first member projecting from the first plate toward the second plate;
a second member placed to be opposed to the first member and projecting from the second plate toward the first plate;
a third member placed to be opposed to the first member in a position different from that of the second member and projecting from the second plate toward the first plate;
a first sensor device provided between the first member and the second member and having a piezoelectric element that outputs a signal according to an external force; and
a second sensor device provided between the first member and the third member and having a piezoelectric element that outputs a signal according to an external force,
wherein the first member has a first projection in contact with the first sensor device, a second projection in contact with the second sensor device, and a slit or a plurality of through holes between the first projection and the second projection.

US Pat. No. 10,654,172

ROBOT, CONTROL DEVICE, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a base;
an arm connected to the base, the arm being configured to move in a first region and a second region that surround the base, the first region being closer to the base than the second region;
a motor configured to move the arm at first and second speeds, the first speed being faster than the second speed;
a first sensor located in the second region, the first sensor being configured to detect part of a human in the second region;
a second sensor located in the first region, the second sensor being configured to detect the part of the human in the first region and the second region, the second sensor being configured to detect a moving direction and a moving distance of the part of the human;
a force sensor configured to detect an external force applied to the arm:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a controller configured to execute the program so as to:
set the first region and the second region in a work space of the robot, the first region being expandable into the second region so that an area of the first region is expandable;
cause the motor to move the arm at the first speed in the first region and to move the arm at the second speed in the second region;
cause the motor to move the arm at a lower speed than the first speed in the first region and to move the arm at a lower speed than the second speed in the second region when the first sensor detects the part of the human in the second region and when the force sensor does not detect the external force;
stop the motor when the first sensor detects the part of the human in the second region and when the force sensor detects the external force; and
expand the first region into part of the second region so that an area of the first region is expanded when the second sensor detects that the detected moving direction is away from the base,
wherein the controller is configured to determine the expanded area based on the detected moving distance.

US Pat. No. 10,654,171

OPERATION DEVICE FOR OPERATING ROBOT, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND OPERATION METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot interface device for operating a robot, comprising:a touch screen configured to display an image of a robot model modeling the robot and receive a touch input;
a robot motion button for moving the robot in real space; and
a processor configured to:
move the image of the robot model in response to the touch input made by touching a surface of the touch screen;
move the robot in a real space;
detect an input of the robot motion button;
determine whether or not the input of the robot motion button is continuously detected for a predetermined time after detection of the input; and
start a command output operation to output a command for causing the robot to carry out a motion in the real space that is identical to a motion of the image of the robot model, when the processor determines that input of the robot motion button is continuously detected, and execute the command output operation during the continuous detection of the input of the robot motion button after the start of the command output operation.

US Pat. No. 10,654,170

ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a robot arm having a joint therein, the joint including a first joint part and a second joint part, the second joint part being located closer to a distal end side of the robot arm than the first joint part, and the second joint part being rotatable relative to the first joint part;
an optical fiber that performs optical communications within the first joint part; and
a first optical space transmission section that performs optical space transmission to the optical fiber within the first joint part,
wherein the first optical space transmission section includes a light source disposed within a reflective housing in the second joint part and a light receiver disposed within a reflective housing in the first joint part, the first reflective housing and the second reflective housing defining a light guide path from the light source to the light receiver, and
the first optical space transmission section is configured to perform optical space transmission from the light source to the light receiver as the second joint part rotates relative to the first joint part.

US Pat. No. 10,654,169

SUPPLY DEVICE CONFIGURED TO CIRCULATE WORKPIECES AND TRANSPORT DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH SUPPLY DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A transport device comprising:a supply device including a placement member on which a workpiece is placed and supplying the workpiece to a take-out device taking out the workpiece;
a take-out device taking out the workpiece placed on the placement member;
an imaging device imaging the workpiece placed on the placement member; and
a control device controlling the take-out device and the imaging device; wherein the supply device includes:
a drive motor rotating the placement member;
a movement member moving the workpiece placed on the placement member; and
a discharge member discharging the workpiece to the outside of the placement member; wherein
a plurality of rotation regions are predetermined on a surface of the placement member in a concentric shape around a rotation axis of the placement member,
the rotation regions are regions in which the workpiece is moved in the circumferential direction by rotation of the placement member,
a replenishment region in which the workpiece is replenished is set in one rotation region of an innermost rotation region and an outermost rotation region, and a discharge region in which the discharge member is disposed is set in the other rotation region,
the movement member is configured to move the workpiece to an adjacent rotation region in a direction from the rotation region in which the replenishment region is set to the rotation region in which the discharge region is set,
a detection region in which the workpiece is imaged by the imaging device, a gripping region in which the workpiece is gripped by the take-out device, and a movement region in which the movement member is disposed are predetermined in a region where the placement member is disposed,
at least a portion of the detection region is disposed downstream from the replenishment region in a direction in which the placement member rotates, and the detection region is disposed upstream from the gripping region,
the gripping region, the discharge region, the movement region, and the replenishment region are disposed in the order of the gripping region, the discharge region, the movement region, and the replenishment region along the direction of rotation of the placement member when the placement member is viewed in a plan view, and
the control device detects a position and orientation of the workpiece based on an image of the workpiece captured by the imaging device, calculates a position and orientation of the workpiece in the gripping region based on a position and orientation of the workpiece in the detection region and a rotation angle of the placement member, and controls the take-out device based on a position and orientation of the workpiece in the gripping region so as to grip the workpiece when the workpiece passes through the gripping area a plurality of times while moving through the rotation regions.

US Pat. No. 10,654,168

NATURAL PITCH AND ROLL

Boston Dynamics, Inc., W...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a processing system from a plurality of sensors connected to a robot, a plurality of measurements indicative of respective joint angles of jointed limbs connected to a body of the robot;
receiving, at the processing system, a body orientation measurement indicative of an orientation of the body of the robot;
estimating, by the processing system, an aggregate orientation of the robot based on the plurality of measurements and the body orientation measurement;
determining, by the processing system, whether the robot is unstable or will become unstable based on the estimated aggregate orientation comprising a particular angle, wherein the particular angle is one of a yaw angle, a pitch angle, or a roll angle; and
in response to determining that the robot is one of unstable or will become unstable based on the estimated aggregate orientation comprising the particular angle, providing, by the processing system, instructions to control at least one of the jointed limbs to cause the robot to assume an alternative aggregate orientation that reduces the particular angle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,167

METHOD FOR INITIALIZING AND CONTROLLING ROBOTIZED EQUIPMENT

DiaMed GmbH, Cressier (C...

1. A method of initializing and controlling a robotic installation, the method comprising the following steps:using a first robot to collect location information relating to one element situated in a workspace common to the first and second robots, the first robot having a minimum of four degrees of freedom; and
using the collected location information to move a second robot in or around the element, the second robot being of Cartesian type, which comprises a base and a terminal member joined to the base using only prismatic joints, wherein the collected location information is expressed in a first coordinate system specific to the first robot, this location information being converted into a second coordinate system specific to the second robot prior to being used for moving the second robot.

US Pat. No. 10,654,166

AUTOMATION WINDOWS FOR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

UiPath, Inc., New York, ...

1. A computer program embodied on a non-transitory computer-readable medium, the program configured to cause at least one processor to: launch a child session window and a child session, wherein the child session is a child of a parent session for an operating system and the child window is located within a parent window of the parent session; initialize a robotic process automation (RPA) robot in the child session as a process; and execute the RPA robot, wherein during execution, the RPA robot executes an RPA workflow comprising a plurality of activities within the child session window, and the parent session and the child session have access to a common file system;wherein when executing the plurality of activities in the RPA workflow, the RPA robot interacts with one or more common applications running on a computing system that are accessible via both the parent session and the child session;
wherein the RPA robot is an attended robot and a user interacting with an instance of an application via the parent session does not interfere with the RPA robot interacting with a different instance of the application or an instance of a different application via the child session.

US Pat. No. 10,654,165

CUTTING DEVICE

Slice, Inc., San Jose, C...

1. A cutting device, comprising:a body member having a cavity that extends from an opening at a front end portion of the body member toward a back end portion of the body member;
a cutting member partially disposed in a first portion of the cavity; and
an insert member disposed in a second portion of the cavity;
wherein the cavity narrows in a direction extending from the front end portion toward the back end portion;
wherein a width of the first portion of the cavity is greater than a width of the second portion of the cavity; and
wherein the cavity is completely surrounded by wall portions of the body member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,164

MULTIPART COVER AND A HANDLE FORMED THEREWITH

1. A handle assembly, comprising:an elongate handle including an inner end, an outer end, and a length between the inner end and the outer end; and
a multipart cover comprising:
an inner cover;
an outer cover;
the inner cover is fitted removably over the length of the handle, the outer cover is fitted removably over the inner cover, the inner cover and the outer cover concurrently encircle and extend along the length of the handle from proximate to the inner end of the handle to proximate to the outer end of the handle, and the outer cover includes a chemically-resistant exterior gripping surface;
the inner cover includes a first end proximate to the inner end of the handle, a second end proximate to the outer end of the handle, a length from the first end of the inner cover to the second end of the inner cover, and an end gap that severs the inner cover from the first end of the inner cover to the second end of the inner cover defining a first marginal extremity of the inner cover and a second marginal extremity of the inner cover concurrently extending from the first end of the inner cover to the second end of the inner cover;
the outer cover includes a first end proximate to the first end of the inner cover, a second end proximate to the second end of the inner cover, a length from the first end of the outer cover to the second end of the outer cover, an inner surface against the inner cover, and an outer surface formed with a chemically-resistant material defining the chemically-resistant exterior gripping surface of the outer cover;
the inner end of the handle extends beyond the first end of the inner cover and the first end of the outer cover; and
the outer end of the handle extends beyond the second end of the inner cover and the second end of the outer cover.

US Pat. No. 10,654,163

MAGNETIC MOUNT FOR POWER TOOL

Unique Construction Produ...

1. A magnetic mount for a power tool to secure the power tool to a ferrous surface while the power tool is not in use so as to temporarily store the power tool, the magnetic mount comprising:a substantially u-shaped bracket including a spaced apart pair of mounting arms each having a base end and an opposite distal end, a rigid cross-member joining said pair of mounting arms at said base ends,
a mounting head on each said distal end of said pair of mounting arms,
at least one magnet mounted on said cross-member,
wherein said pair of mounting arms are disposed in a first direction from said cross member and said at least one magnet is disposed in a second direction substantially opposite to said first direction, from said cross member, and
at least one rigid mounting member mating with one of said mounting heads, the at least one rigid mounting member comprising an auxiliary handle forming a handle shaft sized to receive a user's hand in use to position the power tool;wherein said mounting heads are adapted for rigidly and releasablv mounting to substantially opposed sides of a body of the power tool in use, with each mounting head defining an aperture, in which a male end of the auxiliary handle passes through the aperture in the corresponding mounting head and is at least partially encircled by the corresponding mounting head, the male end being threaded for engaging a corresponding aperture in a respective one of the sides of the power tool to permit the power tool to be secured to a ferrous surface while the power tool is not in use so as to temporarily store the power tool.

US Pat. No. 10,654,162

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A thermal management system comprising:thermal management components including an electrical source configured to supply electricity to an electrical apparatus, the electrical source further configured to store thermal energy, the thermal management components further including a cooling source; and
a controller configured to:
cause the electrical apparatus to be cooled with the cooling source, and
delay cooling the electrical source with the cooling source in response to detection of a dynamic thermal load and a state of charge of the electrical source being greater than a predetermined charge threshold of the electrical source, the state of charge of the electrical source comprising a measure of cooling capacity available in the electrical source, wherein the dynamic thermal load is at least partially created by the electrical apparatus and the dynamic thermal load varies in response to an increased amount of power provided to the electrical apparatus by the electrical source.

US Pat. No. 10,654,161

WORK TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A work tool configured to perform an operation on a workpiece by driving a tool accessory, the work tool comprising:an outer housing having an elongate shape;
an inner housing having an elongate shape and housed in the outer housing;
a motor having an output shaft, the output shaft being rotatable around a first axis extending in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the inner housing;
a spindle rotatably supported around a second axis extending in parallel to the first axis, the spindle being configured such that the tool accessory is removably mounted thereto; and
a transmitting mechanism configured to transmit rotation of the output shaft to the spindle to reciprocally rotate the spindle within a prescribed angle range around the second axis, wherein:
the inner housing includes:
a first end part, the first end part being one end part in the longitudinal direction;
a second end part, the second end part being another end part in the longitudinal direction;
an extending part integrally formed with the first end part and extending toward the second end part in the longitudinal direction; and
an elastic connection part configured to elastically connect the extending part and the second end part,
the motor, the spindle and the transmitting mechanism are disposed in the first end part of the inner housing,
the first end part is connected to the outer housing via a first elastic member,
the second end part includes a power-source-related device configured to enable power supply from a power source to the motor,
the elastic connection part includes a plurality of second elastic members, the plurality of second elastic members connecting the extending part and the second end part, and
the second elastic members are spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction around the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,160

NAIL GUN RECOIL BUMPER

Miner Elastomer Products ...

1. A recoil bumper for a nail gun having a body, an elongated cylinder disposed within the body of said nail gun, a piston slidably movable in a cylinder in the body of said nail gun, a driver moved by said piston and having a multi-sided cross-sectional configuration axially extending along at least a lengthwise portion thereof, and with one end of said driver protruding out of the body of said nail gun for punching against a nail in accordance with downward movement of the piston, said recoil bumper comprising:a one-piece hollow elastomeric member through which said lengthwise portion of said driver endwise passes, said elastomeric member having a first end defining a first end face which abuts with the nail gun body and a second end defining a second end face axially spaced from said first end face and against which said piston impacts during operation of said nail gun, with said elastomeric member further having an axially elongated energy absorbing section disposed between said first end face and said second end face of said elastomeric member, with said energy absorbing section of said elastomeric member being in the form of a ring having a wall whose inner surface is radially spaced from the multi-sided cross-sectional configuration of said driver, with the first end face of said elastomeric member defining a first opening having a first closed marginal edge, and with the second end face of said elastomeric member defining a second opening having a second closed marginal edge, with the closed marginal edge of the first and second openings being different from each other, with the second end of said elastomeric member including lip structure extending radially inward from an end of the energy absorbing section and terminating at the second closed marginal edge of the second opening, and with the closed marginal edge of the second opening having a multi-sided configuration substantially matching the cross-sectional configuration of that lengthwise portion of said driver passing therethrough such that an impact area defined by the second end face is optimized to withstand impacts imparted thereto by said piston during operation of said nail gun.

US Pat. No. 10,654,159

TOOL

GUSTAV KLAUKE GMBH, Rems...

1. A method of operating a hydraulically or electric motor operated tool comprising:providing a device shaft having a wall and at least first and second electrical contacts;
providing an accumulator, the accumulator having an adapter comprising a wall thereon;
latching the adapter to the device shaft by a latching part, wherein the wall of the device shaft and the wall of the adapter are proximate to each other and form an internal cavity when the device shaft and the adapter are connected together, the latching part being positioned entirely within the internal cavity such that the latching part is completely hidden from view by the walls of the connected together device shaft and adapter; and
engaging a tool with the latching part thereby detaching the adapter from the device shaft, whereupon during engagement of the tool with the latching part, the wall of the adapter is destroyed.

US Pat. No. 10,654,158

HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A handheld power tool comprising:a tool socket to hold a tool on a working axis;
a striking mechanism with a striker moved periodically back and forth along the working axis;
a tool housing, the striking mechanism being secured in the tool housing;
a handle attached to the tool housing via a damper, the damper having a tool surface joined to the tool housing, a handle surface joined to the handle, and a block made of a porous elastomer arranged to be in contact with the tool surface and with the handle surface, an air-filled cavity being provided inside the block between the tool surface and the handle surface; a dimension of the cavity along the working axis amounting to between 20% and 50% of the distance between the tool surface and the handle surface along the working axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,157

SELF-CONTAINED FORCE MAGNIFYING CHISEL

10. A method of making a tool, comprising:disposing a spring within a tool portion of the tool, the tool portion of the tool including impact shoulders disposed within the tool portion of the tool,
attaching the spring to the tool portion of the tool within the tool portion, and
disposing, within the tool portion of the tool, a striker, the spring being disposed within the striker and the spring being attached to the striker at a point within the striker, the striker being disposed in the tool portion of the tool to impact the tool portion on the impact shoulders disposed within the tool portion of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,654,156

ADAPTER FOR COMBUSTION TOOL FUEL CELLS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An adapter for use with a fuel cell in a combustion tool, the combustion tool having an actuator, said adapter comprising:a fuel metering valve having a body with a first end configured to receive a reciprocating metering stem and an opposite second end;
at least one leg depending from said body and having an exterior surface; and
said second end having at least one tool actuating formation extending beyond said exterior surface and configured and arranged for being engaged by the actuator for dispensing a dose of fuel from the metering stem.

US Pat. No. 10,654,155

RETURN MECHANISM FOR A CORDLESS NAILER

1. A cordless electric nailer comprising:a power take-off assembly positioned and operable to selectively engage a pinch roller against a nail driver having a home position to pinch the nail driver against a battery-powered electric motor driven flywheel and fire the nail driver along a driver axis;
a return rack fixedly coupled to and positioned along a longitudinal length of the nail driver; and
a driver return assembly positioned to engage and return the nail driver to the home position, the driver return assembly including:
a return motor operably coupled to a return pawl to alternatingly drive the return pawl along a pawl axis that is parallel to the driver axis in a homeward direction while the return pawl is in a raised position in which the return pawl is engageable with the return rack to drive the nail driver along the driver axis toward the home position, and drive the return pawl along the pawl axis in a driven direction opposite the homeward direction while the return pawl is in a lowered position in which the return pawl is not engageable with the return rack.

US Pat. No. 10,654,154

POWERED FASTENER DRIVER AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

TECHTRONIC POWER TOOLS TE...

1. A powered fastener driver comprising:a cylinder;
a reciprocating piston within the cylinder;
a drive blade;
a drive piston coupled to the drive blade;
a latch holding the drive blade stationary relative to the cylinder while being acted on by a driving force; and
a trip member carried by the reciprocating piston for disengaging the latch from the drive blade, thereby allowing the drive blade to move under the influence of the driving force;
wherein the driving force results from a pressure differential acting on the drive piston, and wherein the pressure differential is created by a vacuum developed between the drive piston and the reciprocating piston.

US Pat. No. 10,654,153

IMPACT TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. An impact tool comprising:a motor;
a tool support member which supports a work tool and is driven by the motor;
a hammer which applies a striking force in a rotational direction to the tool support member;
a rotating member which is arranged to be concentric with the tool support member, supports the hammer to be movable in an axial direction and the rotational direction with respect to the tool support member, and transmits motive power of the motor to the tool support member;
a switch member that sets rotation speed of the motor; and
a control unit which controls rotation speed of the motor or the rotating member,
wherein the hammer includes a plurality of first engaging portions,
wherein the tool support member includes a plurality of second engaging portions, and
wherein a number of times the hammer strikes the tool support member while the hammer rotates a single rotation with respect the tool support is adjusted based on the rotation speed of the motor or the rotating member and based on the number of the plurality of second engaging portions overpassed by one of the plurality of first engaging portions.

US Pat. No. 10,654,152

PRESS TYPE AUTOMATIC SCREWDRIVER

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A press type automatic screwdriver comprising:a press member;
a drive link;
a screwdriver bit; and
a screw thread pair, the screw thread pair comprising a screw rack and a gear engaged with the screw rack;
wherein the press member and the screwdriver bit are secured to opposite ends of the drive link, the press member and the drive link are connected by the screw thread pair, the screw rack is resisted by the press member, the gear is secured on an end of the drive link; and
wherein when the press member is pressed, the press member pushes the screw rack, the screw rack drives the gear to rotate, the gear drives the drive link to rotate, and the drive link drives the screwdriver bit to rotate;
wherein the screw rack comprises a first rotating screw rack and a second rotating screw rack, the first rotating screw rack and the second rotating screw rack are juxtaposed, the gear is engaged with the first rotating screw rack or the second rotating screw rack;
wherein the press type automatic screwdriver further comprises two switchover members, one of the two switchover members is aligned with the first rotating screw rack, and the other one of the two switchover members is aligned with the second rotating screw rack, when the one of the two switchover members aligned with the first rotating screw rack is pushed, the other one of the two switchover members pushes the screw rack to move to make the second rotating screw rack engage with the gear, and to make the first rotating screw rack away from the gear; when the other one of the two switchover members aligned with the second rotating screw rack is pushed, the one of the two switchover members pushes the screw rack to move to make the first rotating screw rack engage with the gear, and to make the second rotating screw rack away from the gear.

US Pat. No. 10,654,151

WELDING FIXTURE AND WELDING METHOD USING WELDING FIXTURE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A welding fixture for welding a liquid crystal display module, comprising:a base;
a supporter arranged on the base;
a fixing device arranged to fix a member to be welded on the supporter; and
a damping hinge which comprises a first hinge plate, a second hinge plate and a pivot, the first hinge plate being fixed to the base, the second hinge plate being fixed to the supporter, wherein each of the first hinge plate and the second hinge plate has a pivot hole and is connected to the pivot via the pivot hole, and wherein the pivot is fitted into the pivot hole of each of the first hinge plate and the second hinge plate by interference;
wherein the fixing device is a magnetic fixing device, and an iron member is provided in the supporter, and wherein the magnetic fixing device is arranged such that the magnetic fixing device is pulled firmly onto the iron member of the supporter by a magnetic force in a first state and the magnetic fixing device is disengaged from the iron member of the supporter by removing the magnetic force in a second state; and
wherein the magnetic fixing device comprises a housing and a rotatable magnet arranged within the housing, the housing comprising two magnetic conductors and a copper plate arranged between the two magnetic conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,654,150

GRINDING DISK AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A grinding disk, comprising:a graphite base, wherein a surface of the graphite base has at least one trench having a V shape in cross-section; and
a silicon carbide film covering the graphite base,
wherein the silicon carbide film has a surface grain size of 5 ?m to 80 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,654,149

ABRASIVE RECYCLING SYSTEM

Hypertherm, Inc., Hanove...

1. A liquid jet abrasive recycling system, the system comprising:a frame having a base structure that contacts a surface on which the system rests, wherein peripheral-most portions of the base structure that contacts the surface define a footprint perimeter of the system;
a slurry inlet supported by the frame, the slurry inlet configured to receive a slurry, the slurry containing a liquid, foreign particles, and an abrasive;
a dryer supported by the frame and configured to receive the slurry and remove the liquid therefrom to form a dry mixture;
an outlet in communication with the dryer to receive the dry mixture, an egress of the outlet being disposed in the footprint perimeter; and
an abrasive collector in communication with the outlet, the abrasive collector configured to collect the abrasive as it is released from the egress and within the footprint perimeter, wherein the abrasive collector is positioned within the footprint perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,654,148

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONDITIONING BLADES

Wolff Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for conditioning blades, the system defining an orthogonal coordinate system comprising an X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis, the system comprising:a gripper assembly for gripping a cutting device comprising a blade, the gripper assembly movable along and about the X-axis, the Y-axis and the Z-axis;
a first measuring device operable to measure a width and a thickness of the blade, wherein the gripper assembly orients the blade for measurement by the first measuring device;
a second measuring device operable to measure the width and a length of the blade, wherein the gripper assembly orients the blade for measurement by the second measuring device; and
a processor, the processor configured for:
creating a current edge profile based on the width, thickness and length measurements; and
adjusting the current edge profile to a modified edge profile.

US Pat. No. 10,654,147

POLISHING OF ELECTROSTATIC SUBSTRATE SUPPORT GEOMETRIES

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of polishing a substrate support, comprising:rotating a polishing platen having a polishing pad mounted thereon;
applying a polishing fluid to the polishing pad;
urging a patterned surface of the substrate support against the polishing pad with a polishing downforce, wherein the patterned surface of the substrate support comprises a plurality of protrusions extending from one or more recessed surfaces, and wherein a substrate contacting surface area of the patterned surface is less than about 20% of a non-device side surface area of a substrate to be disposed on the substrate support; and
polishing the patterned surface of the substrate support, comprising:
removing a first thickness of material from a plurality of protrusions at substrate facing surfaces thereof; and
removing a second thickness of material from one or more sides of the plurality of protrusions, wherein the second thickness is about the same or more than the first thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,654,146

ONE OR MORE CHARGING MEMBERS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF A LAPPING PLATE, AND RELATED APPARATUSES AND METHODS OF MAKING

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for processing a major surface of a lapping plate platen during the manufacture of an abrasive surface on the major surface of the lapping plate platen, wherein the apparatus comprises:a) a rotatable platter configured to secure and physically support the lapping plate platen during processing of the major surface of the lapping plate platen;
b) at least one processing head mechanism that is rotatably and removably coupled to a processing head, wherein the processing head comprises:
i) a base;
ii) at least one charging member coupled to the base, wherein the at least one charging member has at least one channel opening that defines at least two land areas, wherein the processing head mechanism is configured to move the processing head in at least the z-axis direction to contact the major surface of the lapping plate platen with the at least two land areas under pressure to charge abrasive particles into the surface of the lapping plate platen, wherein the processing head mechanism is configured to rotate the processing head about its central axis in the z-axis direction while the at least two land areas of the at least one charging member are in contact with the major surface of the lapping plate platen under pressure to charge abrasive particles into the surface of the lapping plate platen, wherein the at least one channel opening is located proximal to an outer perimeter of the charging member, wherein the at least one channel opening permits abrasive slurry to flow through the channel opening from a position outside the charging member outer perimeter to a position inside the charging member outer perimeter when the at least two land areas are in contact with the major surface of the lapping plate platen.

US Pat. No. 10,654,145

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR POLISHING PAD CONTROL

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method for varying a removal profile of a silicon wafer during polishing using a polishing apparatus comprising a polishing pad having a surface for contacting the silicon wafer, a polishing head assembly configured to hold the silicon wafer, a temperature sensor, and a controller, the method comprising:placing the silicon wafer in the polishing apparatus;
receiving, at the controller, sets of thermal data of a portion of the polishing pad from the temperature sensor, each set of thermal data comprising temperature measurements for different points on the surface of the polishing pad, and each set of thermal data being collected from a polishing operation on a different silicon wafer;
determining an average temperature profile of the portion of the polishing pad by averaging, for each point of the different points, the temperature measurements from the sets of thermal data;
determining, by the controller, the removal profile of the silicon wafer based at least in part on the average temperature profile, wherein the removal profile comprises a cross sectional profile of the silicon wafer;
operating, by the controller, the polishing head assembly to position the silicon wafer in contact with the polishing pad and to selectively vary the removal profile of the silicon wafer based at least in part on the average temperature profile; and
polishing the silicon wafer using the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,654,144

SPINDLE RECONDITIONING SYSTEM

3. A spindle reconditioning system for making a field repair on a damaged axle spindle, said system:an axle being configured to be mounted on a vehicle, said axle having a spindle, said spindle having a distal end with respect to said axle and a bearing surface, said bearing surface being configured to engage a wheel bearing, said distal end having a recess extending towards said axle;
a mount slidably receiving said spindle and engaging said distal end of said spindle such that said mount is oriented co-linear with a line extending through said distal end of said spindle and said axle, wherein said mount comprises a tube having a first end, a second end and an outer wall extending therebetween, said outer wall having an inside surface, said first end insertably receiving said distal end of said spindle, said outer wall having an opening extending therethrough, said opening being positioned closer to said first end than said second end, said opening being aligned with said bearing surface on said spindle when said tube is positioned around said spindle;
a grinding unit being movably coupled to said mount, said grinding unit being aligned with said bearing surface on said spindle when said mount is positioned on said spindle, said grinding unit abrading said bearing surface for reconditioning said bearing surface when said bearing surface has been repaired thereby eliminating the need to replace said spindle when said spindle is damaged; and
a bearing being coupled to said second end of said tube.

US Pat. No. 10,654,143

GRINDING MACHINE FOR PLATE-LIKE ELEMENTS, PARTICULARLY CERAMIC TILES AND PLATES, NATURAL STONES, GLASS OR SIMILAR

ANCORA S.P.A., Sassuolo ...

1. A machine for grinding sheet-like elements comprising:at least one base framework;
flexible elements for advancing at least one sheet-like element mounted on said base framework and adapted to the movement of said at least one sheet-like element on at least one movement plane (A) along at least one advancement direction (B), said sheet-like element being provided with a pair of first opposite sides to be ground and at least one front side transversal to said first sides and defining the advancement front of the at least one sheet-like element;
wheels for machining said first sides which are arranged in proximity of said movement plane (A) and they are adapted to intercept said sheet-like element in its motion along said advancement direction (B);
at least one abutment element for square-positioning said sheet-like element on said movement plane (A);wherein said at least one abutment element defines at least two support points different from each other and adapted to contact said front side for arranging it in a position substantially orthogonal to said advancement direction (B), andwherein said at least one abutment element is moveable along said advancement direction (B).

US Pat. No. 10,654,142

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHECKING AND CORRECTING THE POSITION OF AN OPERATING DEVICE WITH RESPECT TO A PIECE

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

1. A system for monitoring and correcting the position of an operative device relative to a piece, the system comprising:a multi-axis manipulator device (1) having a connector flange (F) and a controller (RC) operative to position the connector flange in selected predetermined three dimensional coordinate positions;
an operating device (2) connected to the manipulator device flange (F) having a main operative axis (X1);
a measuring device (5) removably connected to the operating device (2), the measuring device further comprising:
a plate (501,503) removably connected to the operating device (2);
a distance sensor (505) connected to the plate, the sensor operable to project a beam to a piece plane surface portion (?) to measure a distance between the distance sensor and the piece plane surface portion;
a first processor (506) in electronic communication with the distance sensor, the first processor operable to receive information from the distance sensor and calculate an angle indicating an angular orientation differential value between the main operative axis (X1) to an operation axis (X2) defined by the piece plane surface portion (?); and
a second processor (507) in electronic communication with the first processor and the manipulator device controller (RC), the second processor operative to selectively change the locational position of the operative device (2) through movement of the manipulative device (1) such that the main operative axis (X1) coincides with the operation axis (X2) to maintain a desired orientation between the operating device (2) and the piece (P) during production operation.

US Pat. No. 10,654,141

MULTI-AXIS MACHINE TOOL AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

ELECTRO SCIENTIFIC INDUST...

1. A method for controlling a multi-axis machine tool configured to process a workpiece using a tool, the multi-axis machine tool comprising a rotary actuator configured to impart relative movement between the tool and the workpiece about a first axis, a first linear actuator configured to impart relative movement between the tool and the workpiece along a second axis, a second linear actuator configured to impart relative movement between the tool and the workpiece along a third axis, and a controller operatively coupled to the rotary actuator, the first linear actuator and the second linear actuator, the method comprising:receiving, at the controller, a preliminary rotary actuator command, the preliminary rotary actuator command having frequency content exceeding a bandwidth of the rotary actuator; and
at the controller:
generating a processed rotary actuator command based, at least in part, on the preliminary rotary actuator command, the processed rotary actuator command having frequency content within the bandwidth of the rotary actuator;
generating a first linear actuator command and a second linear actuator command based, at least in part, on the processed rotary actuator command;
outputting the processed rotary actuator command to the rotary actuator;
outputting the first linear actuator command to the first linear actuator; and
outputting the second linear actuator command to the second linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,654,140

MACHINE TOOL

OKUMA CORPORATION, Aichi...

1. A machine tool comprising:a movable member; and
a robot attached to the movable member, the robot comprising:
a plurality of arms;
two or more end effectors provided at positions different from each other; and
a joint provided between two end effectors of the two or more end effectors;
wherein
the movable member holds a tool which cuts and machines a workpiece,
the robot has two or more degrees of freedom,
the robot is attached to the movable member such that translational movement of the movable member causes translational movement of the robot;
the robot is attached to the movable member such that the robot can stay in a fixed position relative to the movable member during movement of the movable member;
the robot is attached to the movable member such that movement of the arms of the robot does not cause the movable member to move, and
one of the two end effectors is a gripping device comprising a pair of gripping units, wherein a first gripping unit of the pair of gripping units is provided on a first arm of the plurality of arms and a second gripping unit of the pair of gripping units is provided on a second arm of the plurality of arms, and the first gripping unit and the second gripping unit being structured to sandwich the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,654,139

DEVICE WITH A DISPLACEABLE CARRIAGE AND A LINEAR GUIDE

FRITZ STUDER AG, (CH)

1. A device comprising:a carriage displaceable along an axis of travel, and
a linear guide for guiding said carriage, said linear guide comprising a first guide path part to form a first slideway and a second guide path part to form a second slideway, wherein
said carriage includes at least one elongated linear pocket to form said first slideway, said at least one pocket being configured to slide along said first guide path part and being formed as a groove extending along the axis of travel from a first end to a second end, the second end being spaced away from the first end,
the groove including a first wall and a second wall opposed to the first wall, with a continuous open space defined between the first wall and the second wall and extending along their entire length, each of the first and second ends being defined by a third wall arranged transversally to the first and second walls, the first and second walls ending at the third wall,
wherein said at least one pocket is configured to hold a liquid lubricant under pressure in said at least one pocket to create a relieving force acting on said carriage, and
wherein said second guide path part comprises an island-shaped surface which creates a frictional force acting on said carriage and is arranged in such a way that, when said liquid lubricant is held in said at least one pocket to create said relieving force, said first slideway relieves the load on said second slideway,
wherein a space between said at least one pocket and said first guide path part is unsealed, to enable a flow of liquid lubricant through said space and out of said at least one pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,654,138

PRODUCTION FACILITY, PRODUCTION FACILITY DESIGN METHOD, PRODUCTION FACILITY CONTROL METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A production facility comprising:a guide vehicle configured to transport a plurality of machining targets of multiple types having different shapes in a mixed state on a predetermined transport path as a production line;
a plurality of processing tools configured to process the machining targets transported on the transport path;
a plurality of work regions preset in a transport direction of the transport path, each corresponding to a different processing tool of the plurality of processing tools, and each representing a range in which the corresponding processing tool can work to process the transported machining targets; and
a controller configured to control the guide vehicle to transport the machining targets from one of the work regions to another one of the work regions arranged on a downstream side in the transport direction and perform movement machining processing in which the processing tool not having the machining target to process in the work region corresponding to the processing tool is moved to another one of the adjacent work regions so as to process the machining target.

US Pat. No. 10,654,137

REPAIR OF WORN COMPONENT SURFACES

MTU AERO ENGINES AG, Mun...

1. A method for repairing a wear-damaged component of a turbomachine, wherein the method comprises:preparing an area to be repaired to provide a smooth and clean surface,
applying a Ni-based braze comprising hard material particles to the surface to form a repair layer, the hard material particles comprising a hard alloy based on cobalt or nickel,
heat treating the component with the Ni-based braze thereon under vacuum conditions to braze the repair layer onto the component.

US Pat. No. 10,654,136

COMPONENT CONNECTION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT CONNECTION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A component connection, comprising:a first component composed of a material that is attracted by a magnet;
a second component that bears directly or indirectly against the first component and includes a hole;
a magnetic element,
wherein
the hole in the second component has a clear width less than a clear width or a diameter of the magnetic element,
the magnetic element projects over the hole and magnetically attracts the first component from a side of the second component opposite a side facing the first component, and
the first and second components are clamped together by the magnetic attraction between the magnetic element and the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,654,135

ALUMINUM ALLOY WELDING WIRE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An aluminum-silicon-magnesium alloy, comprising:a magnesium content between 0.31 wt % and 0.5 wt %, wherein substantially all of the magnesium content is present as magnesium silicide;
a silicon content between 5.0 wt % and 6.0 wt %, wherein at least 4.75 wt % of the silicon content is present as free silicon;
each of iron, copper, manganese, zinc, and titanium;
a zinc content of between 0.05 and 0.1 wt %;
an iron content of between 0.2 and 0.4 wt %;
a maximum allowable amount of copper of 0.1 wt %;
a maximum allowable amount of manganese of 0.05 wt %;
a maximum allowable amount of titanium of 0.15 wt %;
a maximum allowable amount of beryllium of 0.0003 wt %; and
a remainder of aluminum and trace components;
wherein each of the trace components are allowable in a maximum weight percent of 0.05% each, the trace components together being allowable in a maximum weight percent of 0.15% total.

US Pat. No. 10,654,134

METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF ALUMINIZED STEEL SHEETS TO BE WELDED AND THEN PRESS HARDENED

ArcelorMittal, Luxembour...

1. A method for fabricating a welded blank, the method comprising the steps of:providing a pre-coated steel first sheet having a first steel substrate and a first pre-coating including a first intermetallic alloy layer in contact with the first steel substrate, topped by a first metal alloy layer of aluminum metal or aluminum alloy or aluminum-based alloy, the pre-coated steel first sheet comprising a first principal face, a first opposite principal face and a first secondary face;
providing a pre-coated steel second sheet having a second steel substrate and a second pre-coating including a second intermetallic alloy layer in contact with the second steel substrate, topped by a second metal alloy layer of aluminum metal or aluminum alloy or aluminum-based alloy, the pre-coated steel second sheet comprising a second principal face, a second opposite principal face and a second secondary face;
positioning the pre-coated steel first sheet and the pre-coated steel second sheet so that the first secondary face and the second secondary face face each other and define a median plane perpendicular to the first principal face and the second principal face;
ablating the first metal alloy layer and the second metal alloy layer with a first laser beam in a first peripheral zone and a second peripheral zone of the pre-coated steel first sheet and the pre-coated steel second sheet, respectively, on the first principal face and the second principal face closest to the median plane; and
welding the pre-coated steel first sheet and the pre-coated steel second sheet in the first peripheral zone and the second peripheral zone with a second laser beam different from the first laser beam to create a weld along a plane defined by the median plane, the first secondary face and the second secondary face not being processed between the ablating and welding steps, the weld having an aluminum content less than 0.3%.

US Pat. No. 10,654,133

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATING A FLAT WORKPIECE INTO A PLURALITY OF SECTIONS

3D-Micromac AG, Chemnitz...

1. A method of separating a workpiece into a plurality of sections, the method comprising:generating one or a plurality of lines of modified material along one or a plurality of predefined separating lines in the workpiece in a first step by local material processing using a first laser beam through a surface of the workpiece such that the first laser beam generates a reduction of breaking stress of the workpiece along the one or a plurality of predefined separating lines, and
dividing, in a second step, the workpiece into the sections along the one or a plurality of predefined separating lines by thermal laser beam separation by directing a second laser beam that generates a heating zone onto the workpiece and, near the heating zone or partly overlapping the heating zone, applying a cooling medium to the surface to generate a cooling zone,
wherein the generating the one or the plurality of lines of modified material generates the one or the plurality of lines of modified material 1) in portions at a distance from the surface in the workpiece, and 2) such that each one of the one or the plurality of lines of modified material start at the surface of the workpiece and then extend at varying distances with respect to the surface along the one or a plurality of predefined separating lines in the workpiece, and guiding the one or the plurality of lines of modified material in a region of surface structures or a surface metalization on the one or a plurality of predefined separating lines which would obstruct a coupling of laser radiation for the thermal laser beam separation into the workpiece to the surface to locally remove said surface structures or said surface metalization on the one or a plurality of predefined separating lines using the first laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,654,132

LASER MACHINING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser machining system comprising:a scanner that scans a laser beam along a predetermined radiation path and at a predetermined radiation speed;
a robot that moves the scanner along a predetermined moving path and at a predetermined move speed;
a memory configured to store one or more programs; and
a processor configured to execute the one or more programs so as to function as:
a robot controller that controls the moving path and the move speed of the robot; and
a scanner controller that controls the radiation path and the radiation speed of the scanner, wherein
the scanner controller determines whether the predetermined radiation path exceeds a radiation range of the scanner within a radiation time of the predetermined radiation path and transmits a determination result to the robot controller as radiation range determination information,
the robot controller changes the predetermined move speed to be decelerated on the basis of the radiation range determination information received from the scanner controller,
the scanner controller computes a move speed of the scanner so that a radiation path after the elapsing of the radiation time does not exceed the radiation range of the scanner on the basis of a starting position of the predetermined radiation path, the radiation range of the scanner, and a radiation time from start to end of the predetermined radiation path, and transmits the computed move speed of the scanner by embedding the same in the radiation range determination information, and
the robot controller changes the predetermined move speed to a move speed of the scanner included in the radiation range determination information.

US Pat. No. 10,654,131

LOW-EMISSIVITY COATED GLASS FOR IMPROVING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNAL TRANSMISSION

CLEARBEAM, INC., Leesbur...

1. A sheet of glass, having a low emissivity (low-E) coating thereon, wherein a portion of the low-E coating is absent in a pattern of intersecting lines or curves between 10 and 45 microns in width, where all the lines or curves are interconnected and a plurality of areas of the coating remain and are permanently electrically isolated from each other, wherein the absence of the coating is of a size and shape such that the coated sheet of glass allows transmission, through the glass, of cellular and wireless local area network radio signals with an insertion loss of 10 dB or less.

US Pat. No. 10,654,130

POLARIZATION MODULE AND LASER APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD,...

1. A polarization module comprising:a first lens and a second lens that, together, reduce a first-directional length of a cross-section of an incident laser beam having an optical axis;
a polarization beam splitter that divides the laser beam from the second lens into a first laser beam and a second laser beam that are polarized in different directions with respect to each other, the optical axis passing the polarization beam splitter;
a first half wave plate disposed on a passing path of the first laser beam;
a second half wave plate disposed on a passing path of the second laser beam;
a first prism lens disposed on a passing path of both the first laser beam from the first half wave plate and the second laser beam from the second half wave plate; and
a second prism lens disposed on a passing path of both the first laser beam and the second laser beam from the first prism lens, the second lens outputting an output laser beam,
wherein the output laser beam from the second prism lens is aligned to be symmetrical with respect to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,129

LASER PROCESSING HEADS WITH A CROSS-JET NOZZLE

TRUMPF Laser- und Systemt...

1. A laser processing head, comprising:focusing optics for focusing a laser beam in a direction of a processing zone of a workpiece;
a cross-jet nozzle having a transverse end opening portion for generating a transverse flow that passes through the focused laser beam perpendicularly to a beam axis of the focused laser beam for protecting the focusing optics from vapors and splatters; and
a height-adjustable nozzle body out of which a protective gas flows,
wherein the cross-jet nozzle is arranged at a distance (D) of between 8 mm and 12 mm from the workpiece, wherein the height-adjustable nozzle body includes a bottom opening that faces downward toward the workpiece, and wherein the bottom opening is arranged below the cross-jet nozzle such that the protective gas flows out of the height-adjustable nozzle body and between the height-adjustable nozzle body and the workpiece adjacent the transverse flow of the cross-jet nozzle in a transverse direction and such that the protective gas is entrained by the transverse flow to cause the protective gas to flow over the processing zone.

US Pat. No. 10,654,128

METHOD AND LASER DEVICE FOR FORMING GROOVES IN BEARING SURFACES, AND BEARINGS INCLUDING SUCH GROOVES

BorgWarner, Inc., Auburn...

9. A laser cutting device configured to etch a surface of a work product, the laser cutting device comprisinga laser;
a beam directing tool that is configured to be inserted inside the work product and to receive a beam of electromagnetic radiation emitted from the laser and selectively change the direction of travel of the beam;
a fixture configured to support the work product in a desired position relative to the beam directing tool;
an actuator connected to one of the beam directing tool and the fixture, the actuator configured to provide relative movement between the beam directing tool and the fixture,
a controller configured to control the actuator, and control the intensity and duration of the beam output from the laser, wherein the work product comprises a turbocharger journal bearing, and wherein the controller is configured to control the actuator so that the laser cuts a helical groove in an inner surface of the turbocharger journal bearing to alter inner oil whirl in the turbocharger journal bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,654,127

ENGRAVING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

1. An engraving device comprising:a cabinet defining an xyz coordinate system, said cabinet having an open bottom;
an engraving tool mounted within the cabinet and operable through said open bottom for programmable translation through an xy axis field to perform an engraving operation on a workpiece; and
a three-point, triangular suspension system for establishing the elevation and orientation of the cabinet relative to a work surface wherein at least two of the points of the suspension system are adjustable and located proximate opposite rear corners of the cabinet, and the third suspension point is proximate the front center of the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 10,654,126

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CHARACTERIZING LASER MACHINING PROPERTIES BY MEASURING KEYHOLE DYNAMICS USING INTERFEROMETRY

IPG PHOTONICS CORPORATION...

1. A method of measuring a depth of penetration of a laser beam into a workpiece, the method comprising:focusing a laser beam onto the workpiece using a focusing optic in a laser head to form a keyhole in the workpiece for achieving keyhole welding;
generating at least first and second imaging beams using an imaging system;
directing the first imaging beam to a first imaging beam position inside the keyhole to generate a first measurement using interferometry;
directing the second imaging beam to a second imaging beam position outside the keyhole to generate a second measurement using interferometry; and
determining keyhole depth from the first measurement and the second measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,654,125

INTEGRATED GAS PURGE PATH FOR WELDED SANDWICH STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a weld on a work piece, the method comprising:creating an internal cavity along the work piece;
extending a conduit having an exit orifice into the internal cavity such that the exit orifice is positioned adjacent to the weld to be formed;
supplying a purge gas to the conduit, the purge gas being carried through the conduit and pushed out of the exit orifice so as to displace undesirable gasses away from the weld to be formed; and
forming the weld.

US Pat. No. 10,654,124

METHOD OF MAKING AN EDGE-TO-EDGE METAL COMPOSITE

EMS Engineered Materials ...

1. A method for creating a clad metal composite strip comprising the steps of:a) providing a first layer of metal strips including a first side strip of a first metal, a second side strip of the first metal and a center strip of a second metal, the first side strip abutting one edge of the center strip and the second side strip abutting the opposite edge of the first center strip, wherein the first center strip has a first width and the first and second side strips having a second width;
b) aligning a second layer of metal strips with the first layer of metal strips, the second layer of metal strips having a width commensurate with the width of the first layer of metal strips and including a second center strip of the second metal and a third and fourth side strips of the first metal, the third side strip abutting one edge of the second center strip and the fourth side strip abutting the opposite edge of the second center strip, wherein the second center strip has a third width and the third and fourth side strips have a fourth width;
c) aligning a third layer of metal strips with the second layer of metal strips, the third layer of metal strips having a width commensurate with the width of the first and second layers of metal strips and including a third center strip of the second metal and a fifth and sixth side strips of the first metal, the fifth side strip abutting one edge of the third center strip and the sixth side strip abutting the opposite edge of the third center strip, wherein the width of the third center strip is commensurate with the first width and the width of the fifth and sixth side strips is commensurate with the second width, wherein the second width of the second center strip varies from the first width of the first and third center strips; and
d) bonding the layers of metal strips together into a first clad metal composite.

US Pat. No. 10,654,123

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SANDWICH PANEL

Outokumpu Oyj, Helsinki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a sandwich panel as a semi-finished product comprising:providing a first metallic layer;
providing a second metallic layer, wherein the second metallic layer is shaped into a three dimensional layer having recesses and raised areas;
at least partially filling the recesses of the second metallic layer with a non-metallic material while leaving at least a portion of the raised areas free of non-metallic material;
covering a surface of the second metallic layer in which the recesses have been at least partially filled with non-metallic material with the first metallic layer, such that the non-metallic material is disposed between the first metallic layer and the second metallic layer; and bonding the first metallic layer to the second metallic layer,
wherein the portion of the raised areas of the second metallic layer that is free of non-metallic material and the first metallic layer contact each other to enable resistance weldability of the semi-finished product for connecting the semi-finished product to an at least partially metallic product in a subsequent manufacturing process.

US Pat. No. 10,654,122

GAS DIFFUSING WATER DEGRADABLE WELDING PURGE DAM

1. A gas-diffusing water-degradable welding purge dam apparatus for purging a weld zone of a pipe assembly having first and second pipes with respective first and second pipe ends to be welded together at a root gap, said purge dam apparatus comprising:a first air flow blocking member;
a second air flow blocking member;
an interconnecting member interconnecting said first and second air flow blocking members;
said interconnecting member having a hollow purge gas-receiving interior extending between gas-impermeable closures on said interconnecting member, and a gas-diffusing sidewall comprising gas-permeable apertures that allow a pressurized purge gas in said gas-receiving interior to pass through said sidewall and exit therefrom in a diffused state to a weld zone area external to said interconnecting member;
an external purge gas entry port in said purge dam apparatus in fluid communication with said gas-receiving interior;
said purge dam apparatus being installable in said pipe assembly such that:
(1) said first air flow blocking member is arranged inside said first pipe end, said second air flow blocking member is arranged inside said second pipe end, and said interconnecting member spans said root gap;
(2) said air flow blocking members respectively engage inside walls of said first and second pipe ends in order to retain a purge gas in said weld zone and to prevent air from entering said weld zone from said first and second pipes; and
(3) said external gas entry port is accessible to receive a purge gas dispensing tip that delivers said purge gas into said gas-receiving interior for passage through said gas diffusing sidewall and into said weld zone in said diffused state; and
said purge dam apparatus comprising one or more water degradable materials so as to be flushable from said pipe assembly following welding.

US Pat. No. 10,654,121

ARC-WELDING METHOD AND ARC-WELDING APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An arc-welding apparatus for welding an object using a welding wire, the arc-welding apparatus comprising:a primary rectifier for rectifying input electric power;
a switching part for converting output from the primary rectifier into an alternating current;
a transformer for transforming an output from the switching part;
a secondary rectifier for rectifying an output from the transformer so as to supply a welding current in the welding wire;
a driver for controlling the switching part;
a welding voltage detector for detecting a welding voltage between the welding wire and the object;
a short-circuit/arc detector connected to the welding voltage detector; and
a controller configured to
control the welding current so as to repeat a short-circuit period in which a short circuit occurs between the object and the welding wire and an arc period in which an arc occurs between the object and the welding wire,
in the short-circuit period, cause the short circuit to occur between the object and the welding wire via a droplet by forming the droplet by melting the welding wire with the welding current,
when a constriction between the droplet and the welding wire is detected, reduce the welding current from a first current value at the detection of the constriction to a second current value while the short circuit occurs, the second current value being lower than the first current value, and
when an opening of the short circuit is detected after reducing the welding current to the second current value, control the welding current in the arc period such that the welding current increases from the second current value to a peak value higher than the first current value and then repeats a pulse current having the peak value a plurality of times, and
wherein a lower limit of the pulse current in the arc period is lower than the second current value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,120

METHOD, BRAZED ARTICLE, AND BRAZING ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A brazed article comprising:a first component having a braze chamber and at least one internal channel extending from the braze chamber to an external surface of the first component, the braze chamber being defined by a bottom of the first component and walls of the first component extending from the bottom of the first component;
a second component having at least one braze surface separated from the external surface of the first component by a braze gap; and
a braze material in the braze gap and in the braze chamber;
wherein the first component is brazed to the second component by the braze material in the braze gap.

US Pat. No. 10,654,119

HOBBING TOOL WITH REPLACEABLE CUTTING INSERTS

Seco Tools AB, Fagersta ...

1. A hobbing tool comprising:a hob body including a plurality of axially extending slots;
a top flange and a bottom flange attached to the hob body;
at least one cassette removably disposed in at least one of the plurality of axially extending slots, the at least one cassette including at least one seating recess having at least a bottom abutment surface and two side abutment surfaces;
at least one cutting insert removably mounted in the at least one seating recess, the at least one cutting insert having at least one bottom supporting surface and two side supporting surfaces that abut the bottom abutment surface and the two side abutment surfaces when the at least one cutting insert is received in the at least one seating recess; and
a plurality of cassettes removably mounted in the plurality of axially extending slots each of the plurality of cassettes being identical, wherein the hob body includes a corresponding number of of slots as cassettes, wherein the top flange has a bottom end facing the hob body and the bottom flange has a top end facing the hob body, and the bottom end of the top flange and the top end of the bottom flange each having a corresponding plurality of top recesses and bottom recesses for receiving top ends and bottom ends, respectively, of respective ones of the plurality of cassettes, each recess of at least one of the plurality of top recesses in the top flange and the plurality of bottom recesses in the bottom flange having a different axial depth than any other recess of the at least one of the plurality of top recesses in the top flange and the plurality of bottom recesses in the bottom flange.

US Pat. No. 10,654,118

CUTTING ELEMENT, TOOL, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HELICALLY EXTENDING, TRAPEZOIDALLY UNDERCUT GROOVE IN A CYLINDRICAL SURFACE OF A BORE

Guehring KG, Albstadt (D...

1. Cutting element for a tool to create a helically extending, trapezoidally undercut groove in a cylindrical surface of a bore, the cutting element comprising:a series of groove-cutting teeth to create a symmetrically cross-sectioned groove, each groove-cutting tooth spaced from a next-in-series or a prior-in-series groove-cutting teeth in the series by a whole-numbered multiple of a pitch, the series of groove-cutting teeth comprising at least one pre-machining tooth to create and machine a base groove and several trapezoidal teeth following the at least one pre-machining tooth, each trapezoidal tooth is trapezoidal in shape and has a tooth head profile with a cross-section that is larger at a head of the tooth than at a base of the tooth, with two flanks delimiting a flank angle for further machining the base groove to a trapezoidally undercut final cross-section, wherein
each of the groove-cutting teeth has a symmetrically cross-sectioned tooth head profile, and
the flank angle delimited by the two flanks of the trapezoidally shaped tooth head profile increases from at least one trapezoidal tooth to a following trapezoidal tooth to a defined final dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,654,117

CUTTING TOOL ASSEMBLY FOR MILLING A RAIL TOP

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A cutting tool assembly for milling a rail top, comprising:a first section; and
a second section mounted to the first section, each section including a plurality of insert-receiving pockets for receiving a plurality of different types of cutting inserts,
wherein the plurality of different types of cutting inserts are arranged in a plurality of helical teeth,
wherein the plurality of different types of cutting inserts comprises a first type of cutting insert, a second type of cutting insert and a third type of cutting insert, and
wherein the first type of cutting insert comprises a double-sided cutting insert having a first surface formed with a radius, R, a second surface opposite the first surface formed with the radius, R, a plurality of peripheral side surfaces extending between the first and second surfaces, a plurality of cutting edges at an intersection between the first surface and the peripheral side surfaces, and a plurality of cutting edges at an intersection between the second surface and the peripheral side surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,654,116

CUTTING INSERT, METAL SPACER AND HOLDER

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A cutting insert comprising:a base insert comprising a first upper surface, a first lower surface and a first side surface connecting the first upper surface and the first lower surface; and
a cutting tip comprising a second upper surface, a second lower surface and a second side surface connecting the second upper surface and the second lower surface, wherein:
the first side surface comprises:
a first mounting surface; and
a first peripheral side surface connected to the first upper surface, the first lower surface and the first mounting surface;
the second side surface comprises:
a second mounting surface opposing the first mounting surface, the second mounting surface including a second passage surface; and
a second peripheral side surface which is connected to the second upper surface, the second lower surface and the second mounting surface and in which at least an edge connected to the second upper surface is provided with a first cutting edge;
the first mounting surface comprises:
a first securing surface fixed to the second mounting surface; and
a first passage surface opposing the second mounting surface; and
the first passage surface and the second passage surface form a passage in communication with the second upper surface and the second lower surface to thereby allow coolant for cooling the cutting tip to pass therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,654,115

CUTTER, CRANKSHAFT MILLER AND CRANKSHAFT MANUFACTURING METHOD

KOMATSU NTC LTD., Toyama...

1. A cutter for performing milling on a crankshaft blank having a journal and a counterweight coupled to the journal, the cutter comprising:an annular main body part centered on a predetermined axis center;
a first chip attached to a circumferential surface of the main body part and usable to cut an external circumferential surface of the journal, the first chip having an external circumferential surface blade part usable to cut the external circumferential surface of the journal, a side surface blade part usable to cut a side surface of the counterweight, and a step blade part usable to form a step of a journal thrust provided between the journal and the counterweight; and
a second chip attached to the circumferential surface of the main body part and usable to cut a groove on the external circumferential surface of the journal, the second chip having a groove blade part usable to cut the groove on the external circumferential surface of the journal.

US Pat. No. 10,654,114

MICRO-PECK FEED DRILL CLUTCH

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a spindle comprising a drill tool, wherein the spindle is configured to be fed in a first direction during a drilling operation;
a pecking mechanism, wherein the pecking mechanism is configured to retract the drill periodically during the drilling operation;
a clutch mechanism coupled to the pecking mechanism, wherein the clutch mechanism is configured to selectively engage the pecking mechanism during a portion of the drilling operation;
a feed gear configured to feed the spindle in the first direction during the drilling operation;
wherein the pecking mechanism comprises:
a bearing proximate the feed gear; and
a washer proximate the bearing, wherein:
a longitudinal distance across the washer oscillates around a perimeter of the washer from maximum length to a minimum length; and
the washer comprises a side that is substantially flat; and
wherein the clutch mechanism is configured to constrain the rotation of the washer relative to rotation of the bearing and the feed gear such that the spindle drill is retracted a predefined distance periodically.

US Pat. No. 10,654,113

CUTTING METHOD AND CUTTING APPARATUS

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A cutting method for cutting an inner circumferential surface of a rotating hollow cylindrical workpiece by use of a linear tool with a button tip mounted at a distal end of the linear tool, the cutting method comprising:holding the workpiece with a chucking device in a state where a side surface of the workpiece on a first side in an axial direction of the workpiece is in contact with a contact surface of the chucking device;
setting an intersection angle between a rotational center line of the workpiece and an imaginary straight line to an angle smaller than 45 degrees, the imaginary straight line being parallel to an axis line of the button tip and intersecting with the rotational center line of the workpiece; and
setting a feed direction of the button tip to the inner circumferential surface of the workpiece to a direction from a second side in the axial direction of the workpiece toward the first side in the axial direction of the workpiece, and cutting the inner circumferential surface of the workpiece by use of the button tip rotating about the axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,654,112

CUTTER HOLDER WITH REDUCED ASSEMBLY TOLERANCES

SHIN-YAIN INDUSTRIAL CO.,...

1. A cutter holder comprising:a holder having
a front end having an end surface;
a rear end;
an outer surface;
a conical recess recessed in the end surface of the front end of the holder;
a first threaded portion formed around the outer surface of the holder, located at the front end of the holder, and having
an external thread defined as an external trapezoidal thread and having a major diameter and a root diameter;
a first abutting surface being adjacent to the external thread away from the end surface of the front end of the holder and having a diameter larger than the major diameter of the external thread;
a second abutting surface being adjacent to the external thread near the front end of the holder and having a diameter smaller than the root diameter of the external thread;
at least one recess recessed in the second abutting surface; and
at least one sealing member mounted in the at least one recess and partially protruding from the second abutting surface;
a collet mounted in the conical recess of the holder; and
a nut screwed with the holder and having
a second threaded portion formed around an inner surface of the nut, engaged with the first threaded portion of the holder by threaded connection, and having
an internal thread defined as an internal trapezoidal thread corresponding to the external thread of the holder in position and thread shape;
a third abutting surface being adjacent to the internal thread, corresponding to the first abutting surface of the holder in position, and having a clearance formed between the third abutting surface of the nut and the first abutting surface of the holder being less than 0.015 millimeter; and
a fourth abutting surface being adjacent to the internal thread and corresponding to the at least one sealing member in position, wherein the fourth abutting surface of the nut and the at least one sealing member of the holder are in an interference fit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,111

CURVATURE FOR PATHWAY OF A LOCATING DEVICE OR CHUCK

1. An apparatus to hold an object in a lathe, comprising:a first plate comprising a first-spiral Pathway, wherein:
the first-spiral Pathway shape is a section of a hook-shaped curve that decreases in radius of curvature as the hook-shaped curve extends from an outer portion of the first plate to an inner portion of the first plate;
the first-spiral Pathway is rotated at a first-angle Beta (?); and
a location of the first-spiral Pathway hook-shaped curve is positioned around an Axis;
a second plate, layered on top of or below the first plate, comprising a second-spiral Pathway that intersects and mirrors the shape of the first-spiral Pathway, is located about the Axis, and is rotated at the first-angle Beta;
a Rotation-Bushing that configures the first plate to rotate relative to the second plate about the Axis;
a first Locating-Pin, wherein the first Locating-Pin moves along a route upon rotation of the first plate relative to the second plate where the first-spiral Pathway intersects the second-spiral Pathway and provides an opposing force to hold the object; and
a linkage between the first plate to a lathe or the second plate to the lathe where the lathe spins the apparatus around the Axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,110

CUTTING TOOL, IN PARTICULAR A BORING BAR, AND METHOD FOR MACHINING A NUMBER OF HOLES

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A cutting tool comprising a main body extending in an axial direction with an axis of rotation, with at least one cutting element having a cutting edge, as well as with a number of guide elements for guiding the main body within a guide hole, whereinthe guide elements are separated from the axis of rotation by a guide radius,
the main body, viewed in a cross-section, is divided into a functional region and an eccentric region,
the at least one cutting element and the guide elements are arranged And distributed over the circumference of the main body over an angular region (?) of less than 180° measured from the cutting edge of the at least one cutting element,
the circumferential face of the main body in the eccentric region has a distance from the axis of rotation that is less in comparison with the guide radius,
and
the main body has a basic body as well as at least one balance element that is positioned within the eccentric region and is designed to at least partially balance an otherwise existing imbalance, and wherein
a parting plane is formed between the basic body and the balance element which is oriented substantially parallel to within 10° of a midplane that is established by the axis of rotation and the cutting edge of the cutting element, and oriented substantially perpendicular to a deformation direction of the cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,654,109

COATED CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A coated cutting tool comprising a substrate and a coating layer formed on a surface of the substrate,the coating layer including at least one primary layer, wherein:
the primary layer is a layer containing a compound having a composition represented by a formula below:
(AlxTiyM1-x-y)N
wherein M denotes an element of at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W and Si, x denotes an atomic ratio of the Al element based on a total of the Al element, the Ti element and a metal element denoted by M, y denotes an atomic ratio of the Ti element based on a total of the Al element, the Ti element and the metal element denoted by M, x satisfies 0.60?x?0.85, y satisfies 0?y?0.40, and x+y satisfies 0.60?x+y?1.00;
an average thickness of the primary layer is from 1.4 ?m or more to 15 ?m or less; and
the primary layer has an upper region and a lower region which satisfy conditions (1), (2) and (3) below:
condition (1): the upper region has an average thickness of from 0.5 ?m or more to 2.5 ?m or less ranging from an interface which is close to a surface of the coated cutting tool toward the substrate, the average thickness of the upper region being less than an average thickness of the primary layer, and the lower region has an average thickness of from 0.5 ?m or more to 2.5 ?m or less ranging from an interface which is close to the substrate toward the surface of the coated cutting tool, the average thickness of the lower region being less than the average thickness of the primary layer;
(2) an atomic ratio of the Al element contained in the upper region is higher, by from 3 atom % or higher to 10 atom % or lower, than an atomic ratio of the Al element contained in the lower region; and
(3) an average particle size in the upper region is greater than an average particle size in the lower region, wherein
an average particle size in the upper region is from 100 nm or more to 500 nm or less,
an average particle size in the lower region is from 10 nm or more to 100 nm or less,
the primary layer includes an intermediate region between the upper region and the lower region,
an atomic ratio of the Al element in the intermediate region is lower than that in the upper region and higher than that in the lower region,
an average particle size in the intermediate region is from 60 nm or more to 475 nm or less and is smaller than an average particle size in the upper region and greater than an average particle size in the lower region, and
the intermediate region has an average thickness of from 0.1 ?m to 4.0 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,654,108

ROTARY CUTTER FOR CUTTING DAMAGED THREADS OF A BOLT

Hong Ann Tool Industries ...

1. A rotary cutter for cutting damaged threads of a bolt, comprising: a body rotatable about a rotating axis, wherein the body includes a connecting end and an operative end opposite to the connecting end along the rotating axis, wherein a cutting space extends along the rotating axis from the operative end towards but spaced from the connecting end, wherein the body further includes a first cutting blade disposed on an inner periphery thereof facing the cutting space, wherein the inner periphery of the body facing the cutting space includes a first scrap discharge groove, wherein the first scrap discharge groove corresponds to the first cutting blade, is located on a front side of the first cutting blade, and adjoins the first cutting blade, wherein the first scrap discharge groove includes a first end intercommunicating with the cutting space and a second end extending through the body to an outer periphery of the body, wherein the body further includes a virtual projection plane perpendicular to the rotating axis, wherein a first virtual plane passes through the first cutting blade and extends perpendicularly to the virtual projection plane, wherein a virtual circle and a first virtual reference line are located on the virtual projection plane, wherein the virtual circle has a diameter between 1 mm and 20 mm, wherein the first virtual reference line intersects the rotating axis and passes through an intersection of the first virtual plane and the virtual circle, and wherein an angle between the first virtual reference line and the first virtual plane and on the virtual projection plane is between 5° and 40°, and wherein the first end of the first scrap discharge groove and the rotating axis are respectively located on two sides of the first virtual plane.

US Pat. No. 10,654,107

METHOD FOR PRODUCING NANOPARTICLES AND THE NANOPARTICLES PRODUCED THEREFROM

University of Florida Res...

1. A method comprising:disposing a container containing a metal and/or ferromagnetic solid and abrasive particles in a static magnetic field; where the container is surrounded by an induction coil;
activating the induction coil with an electrical current, to heat up the metal and/or ferromagnetic solid to form a fluid;
generating sonic energy to produce acoustic cavitation and abrasion between the abrasive particles and the container; and
producing nanoparticles that comprise elements from the container, the metal and/or ferromagnetic solid and the abrasive particles.

US Pat. No. 10,654,106

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING METALS AND METAL ALLOYS USING MIXING COLD HEARTH

MolyWorks Materials Corp....

1. A process for producing metals and metal alloys comprising:providing a mixing cold hearth having a melting cavity configured to hold a raw material for melting into a molten metal, an induction coil configured to generate an electromagnetic field for stirring and heating the raw material in the melting cavity into the molten metal, and a mechanical drive configured to move the mixing cold hearth for mixing the raw material in the melting cavity;
feeding the raw material into the melting cavity;
heating the raw material in the melting cavity;
stirring the raw material during the heating step using the electromagnetic field;
moving the mixing cold hearth during the heating step using the mechanical drive;
providing an electrically conductive atomization die having an orifice for receiving the molten metal from the mixing cold hearth, and an induction coil configured to generate a magnetic field for interacting with the molten metal to generate a metal powder having a desired shape and particle size, and an atomization tower configured to receive and cool the metal powder;
transferring the molten metal from the mixing cold hearth to the atomization die; and
atomizing the molten metal using the atomization die while generating the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,654,105

FLAKE METAL LITHIUM POWDER AND PREPARING METHOD OF THE SAME

CHENGDU EMINENT NEW ENERG...

1. A metal lithium powder, wherein a morphology of the metal lithium powder is a flake structure, wherein the metal lithium powder consists of lithium and has a thickness of 10˜50 ?m, a width of 100˜300 ?m, and a width-to-thickness ratio of 6·30 and the metal lithium powder is prepared by:(a) placing a 0.5 g battery-grade lithium foil with a thickness of 0.05 mm into a 50 ml plastic bottle loaded with 9.5 g dimethyl carbonate;
(b) vacuum-pumping to 0.06 MPa;
(c) hermetically sealing, processing for 5 min in a 100W ultrasonic instrument at a processing temperature of 60° C.;
(d) filtering and vacuum drying to remove the 9.5 g dimethyl carbonate; and
(e) obtaining metal lithium powder.

US Pat. No. 10,654,104

SINTERED BEARING

Diamet Corporation, Niig...

1. A sintered bearing comprising:a bearing sleeve formed of a sintered material, a shaft hole being formed therein;
an annular ring-shaped seal member that is disposed such that one surface thereof comes into contact with the bearing sleeve; and
a washer member that comes into contact with an other surface of the seal member on a side opposite to the one surface and is configured for the seal member to engage with the bearing sleeve,
wherein the washer member is fixed to the bearing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,654,103

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A FIN STRUCTURE FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of manufacturing a structure with a wall, comprising:manufacturing a structure with a wall by using additive manufacturing technology; and
dissolving a surface of the wall for reducing thickness of the wall comprising conducting an etching process on the wall and baking the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,654,102

DEBINDING OF 3D OBJECTS

Desktop Metal, Inc., Bur...

1. A method of determining a debinding time of a printed part or a model of a printed part, the method comprising:receiving data about the printed part or the model of the printed part;
determining an effective thickness of the printed part or the model of the printed part by defining a size of a sphere having a volume that is occupied within an internal volume of the printed part or the model of the printed part;
calculating the debinding time based on the effective thickness; and
debinding the printed part or a part generated based on the model of the printed part for the debinding time.

US Pat. No. 10,654,101

SILVER-COATED COPPER POWDER, COPPER PASTE USING SAME, CONDUCTIVE COATING MATERIAL, CONDUCTIVE SHEET, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SILVER-COATED COPPER POWDER

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A silver-coated copper powder having a dendritic shape having a linearly grown main stem and a plurality of branches separated from the main stem, whereinthe main stem and the branches are constituted as flat plate-shaped copper particles having a cross-sectional average thickness of from 0.02 ?m to 5.0 ?m to be determined by scanning electron microscopic (SEM) observation gather,
a surface of the copper particles is coated with silver,
an average particle diameter (D50) of the silver-coated copper powder is from 1.0 ?m to 100 ?m, and
a maximum height in a vertical direction with respect to a flat plate-shaped surface of the copper particles is 1/10 or less with respect to a maximum length in a horizontal direction of the flat plate-shaped surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,100

LAYERED CONSTRUCTION OF METALLIC MATERIALS

The NanoSteel Company, In...

1. A method of layer-by-layer construction of a metallic part comprising:supplying particles of an alloy, said alloy consisting of Fe in an amount ranging from 54.0 wt. % to 78.0 wt. %, B in an amount ranging from 3.0 wt. % to 5.0 wt. %, Cr in an amount ranging from 14.0 wt. % to 20.0 wt. %, C in an amount ranging from 0.5 wt. % to 7.0 wt. %, optionally Mo in an amount up to 11.0 wt. %, optionally Mn in an amount up to 2.5 wt. %, optionally Nb in an amount up to 4.5 wt. %, optionally Si in an amount up to 2.0 wt. %, optionally W in an amount up to 7.0 wt. %;
supplying a substrate;
applying a first layer of said particles onto said substrate;
irradiating said first layer of particles with a laser or electron beam to cause at least partial melting of said first layer of particles to form a first molten layer of said alloy;
cooling said first molten layer to form a first solidified layer of said alloy with an as-formed thickness of 5.0 to 200.0 microns
applying a second layer of said particles to said first solidified layer;
irradiating said second layer of particles with a laser or an electron beam to cause at least partial melting of said second layer of particles to form a second molten layer of said alloy;
cooling said second molten layer to form a second solidified layer of said alloy with an as-formed thickness of 5.0 to 200.0 microns; and
removing said substrate by electric-discharge machining or mechanical sawing to form a free-standing metallic part;
wherein:
said first solidified layer, said second solidified layer, or said first and second solidified layers exhibit a hardness in the range of 900-1800 HV; and
said first and second solidified layers contain:
(a) borocarbide and carbide phases at a size of 0.1 microns to 10.0 microns; and
(b) grains with a grain size of 0.1 microns to 10.0 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,654,099

MOLD FOR REDUCING DEFECTS IN LOW PRESSURE CASTING OF ALUMINUM ALLOY WHEEL

CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd.,...

1. A mold for reducing defects in low pressure casting of an aluminum alloy wheel, the mold comprising a top mold, a side mold and a bottom mold, the top mold being arranged at the top to mold a back cavity of a wheel, the bottom mold being arranged below the top mold to mold a front wheel disc of the wheel, the side mold being arranged on the side of the top mold and the bottom mold, and the top mold, the side mold and the bottom mold collectively surrounding a casting cavity of the aluminum alloy wheel, characterized in thatthe upper surface of the bottom mold comprises a recessed portion for forming spokes and a boss portion for forming a window;
the top mold has a depth such that a hub cavity is 1-2 mm higher than a predetermined hub blank;
the portion of the top mold that cooperates with the boss portion of the upper surface of the bottom mold for forming the window comprises an assembly slot, the assembly slot extends 2-3 mm outwards from the boss portion, and a clearance of 0.2-0.5 mm is formed between the top surface of the assembly slot and the boss portion;
the boss portion for forming the window comprises cooling ducts; and
the back of the boss portion of the bottom mold is machined with a profiling slot, the profiling slot is filled with thermal insulation material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,098

REFRACTORY CORE COMPRISING A MAIN BODY AND A SHELL

SAFRAN, Paris (FR)

10. A fabrication method for fabricating a hollow turbine engine airfoil using the lost-wax casting technique with a refractory core according to an claim 1.

US Pat. No. 10,654,097

LOW-PRESSURE CASTING MOLD

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

6. A low-pressure casting mold, comprising:at least an upper mold and a lower mold that form a cavity; and
sprue pieces having cylindrical shapes and disposed at different positions of the lower mold,
wherein each of the sprue pieces comprises a sprue open to the cavity at an upper side and a basin under the sprue, and the basin has different volume according to a position of each of the sprue pieces in the lower mold, and
wherein each of the sprue pieces has different size from other sprue pieces in at least one of height of the basin, inner diameter of the basin, a volume or a shape.

US Pat. No. 10,654,096

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CYLINDER HEAD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method for a cylinder head comprising the steps of:preparing a cylinder head material having a cylinder block matching surface with a cylinder block and an inner wall surface of an engine combustion chamber in a same plane, wherein at least three port holes corresponding to at least one intake port and at least one exhaust port are formed on the inner wall surface;
attaching the cylinder head material to a masking member to mask a non-film formation region of the inner wall surface and the cylinder block matching surface;
after the attachment of the masking member, injecting film material particles through the masking member onto the inner wall surface of the engine combustion chamber to form a heat shield film; and
detaching the masking member from the cylinder head material after the formation of the heat shield film,
wherein the masking member comprises:
a matching surface mask portion that masks the matching surface with the cylinder block; port hole mask portions that are connected to the matching surface mask portion directly and mask openings of the at least three port holes; and
a between openings mask portion that masks at least one narrow region which is sandwiched between openings of two adjacent port holes of the at least three port holes and has the shortest distance between opening edges of the two adjacent port holes of the at least three port holes, and is directly connected to both of the port hole mask portions that mask the openings of the adjacent port holes of the at least three port holes, and
wherein the matching surface mask portion, the port hole mask portions and the between openings mask portion are coplanar.

US Pat. No. 10,654,095

SWIVEL ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM FOR FASTENER PULLING HEADS

SPS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, J...

1. An adjustment system for a blind fastener pulling head that includes a frame, a jaw, and a drawbolt body, the adjustment system comprising:a swivel adapter configured for engagement with a proximal end portion of the drawbolt body of the pulling head, the swivel adapter defining an internal bore;
an adjustment member disposed within the internal bore of the swivel adapter and configured to engage the drawbolt body; and
a retention member configured to move between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein when in the engaged position, the retention member is engaged to the swivel adapter within the drawbolt body and secures the swivel adapter, and when the retention member is in the disengaged position, the retention member is disengaged from the swivel adapter to permit the pulling head to be rotated to cause the frame to move relative to the drawbolt body and adjust a gripping force of the jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,654,094

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SETTING A CONNECTING ELEMENT ON A WORKPIECE

1. A device for performing a setting process for setting a connecting element on a workpiece, the device comprising:a control device controlling operation of the setting process;
a setting unit having a setting head being movable in a feed direction into a working position, said setting head being configured to fasten the connecting element on the workpiece; and
a feed unit for feeding the connecting element to said setting head, said feed unit being movable in said feed direction from a starting position to a freely adjustable intermediate position for permitting a transfer of the connecting element to said setting head at different positions between said starting position and said working position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,093

RIVETING APPARATUS WITH MOVEABLE NOSE PORTION TO MATCH AN ADJOINING RIVET FEED TRACK

Electroimpact, Inc., Muk...

1. A riveting apparatus comprising:a riveting assembly arranged for vertical riveting with a plurality of riveting tools, including a drill for drilling a hole in a workpiece and an upper ram assembly;
a nose assembly pivotally connected to the upper ram assembly having a rivet finger assembly at a lower end thereof, wherein the pivoting nose assembly in operation moves between a first vertical position and a second angled position; and
a feed mechanism for feeding rivets from a rivet supply member, wherein the rivets slide downwardly along a rivet feed ramp which is positioned at a selected angle, wherein the nose assembly in its second position is at an angle which matches the angle of the feed ramp, wherein in operation the nose assembly moves from the first position to the second position, where the finger assembly receives a rivet from the rivet feed assembly and then moves back to the first position for insertion of the rivet into a drilled opening in the workpiece wherein thereafter the rivet is upset.

US Pat. No. 10,654,092

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING STEPPED MEMBER

NETUREN CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A method for manufacturing a stepped member having a shaft portion and a head portion provided at an axial end of the shaft portion, the head portion having a larger diameter than the shaft portion, the method comprising:radially enlarging an intermediate portion of a shaft workpiece while compressing the shaft workpiece in an axial direction of the shaft workpiece, the radially enlarging including applying alternating load to the intermediate portion of the shaft workpiece in a direction intersecting the axial direction in a state in which pressure that compresses the shaft workpiece in the axial direction is applied to both ends of the shaft workpiece;
dividing the shaft workpiece into two stepped members, the dividing including cutting the enlarged intermediate portion of the shaft workpiece in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction; and
machining outer surfaces of the two stepped members, into which the shaft workpiece has been divided, concurrently by using two outer machining tools,
wherein a cycle time of the machining is longer than half of a cycle time of the radially enlarging.

US Pat. No. 10,654,091

REBAR CAGE ASSEMBLY APPARATUS

Dimension Fabricators, In...

1. An apparatus comprising:a driveshaft;
a first motor coupled to the driveshaft;
a plurality of latitudinal conveyors coupled to the driveshaft, wherein each conveyor comprises a plurality of rod guides;
a longitudinal rail disposed alongside the plurality of latitudinal conveyors;
a wagon configured to travel along the longitudinal rail such that it passes adjacent to each of the plurality of latitudinal conveyors;
a second motor configured to move the wagon along the longitudinal rail; and
a controller comprising a processor and a memory containing instructions, that when executed by the processor, control operation of the first motor and the second motor;
wherein each conveyor of the plurality of latitudinal conveyors comprises a fixed arm and a moveable arm, and wherein a first fixed arm pulley is attached to the fixed arm, and wherein a first moveable arm pulley is attached to the moveable arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,090

METHOD OF FORMING A ROLLER ELEMENT BEARING CAGE COMPRISING A SUPPORTING FRAME AND A REINFORCING FRAME

Bowman International Limi...

1. A method of forming a rolling element bearing cage assembly, comprising forming one or more segments, the forming of each segment comprising:forming a supporting frame having a plurality of spaced apart openings along a circumferential length of the supporting frame;
forming at least one cavity in a cross-section of the supporting frame, the at least one cavity extending along the circumferential length of the supporting frame;
forming a reinforcing frame including a corresponding plurality of openings along a circumferential length of the reinforcing frame, each for aligning with the openings of the supporting frame; and
inserting the circumferential length of the reinforcing frame within the at least one cavity of the circumferential length of the supporting frame such that the supporting frame at least partially encases the reinforcing frame and the plurality of openings along the circumferential length of the reinforcing frame align with the plurality of openings along the circumferential length of the supporting frame.

US Pat. No. 10,654,089

APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING SHEET-METAL WORKPIECES

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. Apparatus for processing a sheet-metal workpiece, comprising:a press tool including a bottom die and top die;
a press including a platen for receiving the bottom die, and a ram for receiving the top die; and
a protective system for the press tool including a sensor to ascertain a presence of a sheet-metal workpiece and an adjustable spacer assembly to prevent collision between the top die and the bottom die, said sensor configured to detect an idle stroke when no sheet-metal workpiece is placed between the bottom die and the top die,
wherein the spacer assembly includes an adjustment element movable in a substantially vertical direction so as to act against a member selected from the group consisting of bottom die, top die, platen, and ram, a spring element applying a spring force to maintain the adjustment element under tension in a direction against the member, a drive element to move the adjustment element in opposition to the spring force applied by the spring element, and a housing configured to accommodate the adjustment element, the spring element, and the drive element to protect from ingress of dirt,
wherein the spacer assembly is arranged either entirely on the top die or entirely on the bottom die.

US Pat. No. 10,654,088

EAVESTROUGH OUTLET CUTTER

1. An outlet cutter for cutting an outlet opening in an eavestrough having a bottom flange, a rear wall extending upwardly from a rear edge of the bottom flange and a front wall extending upwardly from a front edge of the bottom flange, the outlet cutter comprising:a frame including a trough opening therein arranged to receive the eavestrough therethrough;
a female die including a die opening therein supported on the frame directly below the trough opening so as to be arranged to be located directly below an eavestrough received through the trough opening; and
a male die supported on the frame so as to be movable relative to the female die between a disengaged position spaced above the female die and a punching position fully received within the die opening in the female die;
the frame including a sliding support arranged to be engaged upon the eavestrough so as to support the frame slidably along the eavestrough with the female die directly below the bottom flange and the male die spaced above the bottom flange.

US Pat. No. 10,654,087

STEELPAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT HYDROFORMING PRESS

1. A method of forming a steel pan musical instrument, the method including:providing a metal sheet as a work piece from which to form at least a portion of the steel pan instrument;
providing a pressure lid comprising (i) a press collar, (ii) a fluid passage extending through the pressure lid, (iii) a guide shaft extending from an underside of the pressure lid, and (iv) a groove formed in the underside of the pressure lid;
coupling the press collar of the pressure lid with a hydraulic press;
coupling the fluid passage of the pressure lid to a source of pressurized fluid;
installing a ring in the groove of the pressure lid;
installing a forming die onto the pressure lid by engaging the forming die with the ring, the forming die comprising (i) a main body having a partial dome shape and (ii) an outlet extending through the main body and in fluid communication with the fluid passage of the pressure lid when the forming die is installed on the pressure lid;
providing a mold die comprising (i) a face groove in an upper side, (ii) a bowl profile recessed from the upper side and positioned radially inward from the face groove, and (iii) a guide passage configured to receive the guide shaft of the pressure lid, wherein the providing the mold die comprises:
providing a base plate of the mold die;
providing at least one spacer plate of the mold die;
providing a cap plate of the mold die;
positioning the base plate, the at least one spacer plate, and the cap plate together into a stack such that the at least one spacer plate is positioned between the base plate and the cap plate; and
coupling the base plate, the at least one spacer plate, and the cap plate together by extending rods through the stack and securing the rods to secure the stack together;
placing the work piece on the mold die;
placing a diaphragm on the work piece;
aligning the guide shaft of the pressure lid to travel within the guide passage of the mold die so as to maintain an alignment between the pressure lid and the mold die during movement of the pressure lid relative to the mold die;
operating the hydraulic press to push the pressure lid toward the mold die so that the forming die coupled with the pressure lid engages the diaphragm for pressing the work piece into sealing engagement with the face groove of the mold die and for imparting a shape of the forming die into the work piece;
hydroforming the work piece, wherein the hydroforming comprises:
introducing pressurized fluid through the fluid passage of the pressure lid and the outlet of the forming die to the diaphragm so as to exert fluid pressure through the diaphragm to the work piece; and
in response to the fluid pressure exerted through the diaphragm to the work piece, causing the work piece to be pressed against the bowl profile of the mold die to form the work piece into a corresponding bowl shape;
operating the hydraulic press to separate the pressure lid from the mold die; and
removing the work piece in the form of the bowl shape for incorporation into the steel pan musical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,654,086

TENSIONING DEVICE FOR A SHEET OF MATERIAL

The United States of Amer...

1. A tensioning device for a sheet of material, comprising:a first ring with protrusions;
a second ring, the first ring and the second ring positioned such that the sheet of material can be clamped between the first ring and the second ring;
a shaft having an outer surface, the surface including a spiral race such that the protrusions of the first ring follow the spiral race, allowing the first ring and the second ring to displace linearly causing the sheet of material to be stretched, the spiral race including a plurality of notches that correspond to the protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,654,085

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO GUIDE METAL PRODUCTS

1. Apparatus to guide a metal product, said apparatus comprising, a support body (11), a plurality of support arms (12) associated with said support body (11), and a plurality of guide rolls (13) installed rotating in an idle manner on said support arms (12) and defining between them a roller guide gap (14) for said metal product, wherein a respective adjustment device (24) is associated with each support arm (12) and configured to adjust, independently from the other adjustment devices (24), the position of each of said guide rolls (13), and wherein said apparatus comprises detection devices (19), each associated with one of said support arms (12), configured to detect the stresses induced by said metal product on each of said guide rolls (13), wherein each adjustment device (24) comprises its own drive member (27) selected between an electric rotary motor and an electric linear actuator to adjust the position of each of said guide rolls (13), and wherein said apparatus comprises a control and command unit (29) connected to said detection devices (19) and to said drive members (27), and configured to command the drive of the respective one of said drive members (27) as a function of data detected by said detection devices (19).

US Pat. No. 10,654,084

ROLLING MILL AND ROLLING METHOD

SMS group GmbH, Duesseld...

1. A rolling mill comprising:a roll stand;
a first roll mounted in the roll stand, in a first roll bearing, to absorb rolling forces;
a second roll mounted in the roll stand, in a second roll bearing, to absorb rolling forces;
a displacement device configured to displace at least the first roll with reference to the roll stand, the displacement device comprising a piston-cylinder unit, an eccentric bushing, or an electromechanical displacement device having a hydraulic fixation element; and
a determining device for determining a roll pass, wherein the determining device comprises for each of the first and the second rolls:
a projection;
a support; and
a measuring gauge for measuring a relative position between the projection and the support;
wherein rolling forces are introduced into the roll stand via two force introduction regions of the roll stand;
wherein a neutral region of the roll stand is disposed between the two force introduction regions;
wherein the support is disposed on the roll stand in the vicinity of the neutral region of the roll stand; and
wherein a change in stresses caused by the rolling forces can also exert less of an influence.

US Pat. No. 10,654,083

GLASSY CARBON ROLL-TYPE MOLD MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR FINE PATTERN FORMATION, AND GLASSY CARBON ROLL-TYPE MOLD MANUFACTURED BY THE METHOD

CHUNG-ANG UNIVERSITY INDU...

1. A method of manufacturing a glassy carbon roll-type mold for forming a fine pattern having a micro and/or nano structure on a substrate, the method comprising:preparing a roll precursor comprising a carbon polymer material, wherein the roll precursor has a roll shape with a circumferential surface on which a pattern corresponding to the fine pattern is formed; and
carbonizing the roll precursor,
wherein the preparing of the roll precursor comprises:
preparing a cylindrical mold having an inner surface on which the pattern corresponding to the fine pattern is formed;
placing a core mold in a center portion of the cylindrical mold to form a ring-shaped space between the cylindrical mold and the core mold; and
injecting the carbon polymer material into the ring-shaped space, thermosetting the carbon polymer material, and separating the carbon polymer material from the cylindrical mold.

US Pat. No. 10,654,082

METHOD USING ARTIFICIAL FREEZING TECHNIQUE FOR SEALING AND DISPLACEMENT OF SOIL POLLUTANT

China University of Minin...

1. A method of using an artificial freezing technique for sealing and displacement of soil pollutant, comprising:performing an artificial freezing technique on an area and depth of a surveyed contaminated site to form a sealed frozen wall along a perimeter of the contaminated site, by using an excellent permeation resistance function of the frozen wall to seal the contaminated site to prevent the soil pollutant from spreading further;
selecting a freezing temperature of ?10° C. to ?30° C. according to characteristics of a freezing temperature and a precipitation rate of the soil pollutant, by controlling a freezing rate to 1 cm/day to 10 cm/day, performing freezing displacement of the soil pollutant from the perimeter of the contaminated site to a center of the contaminated site using a principle of freezing purification, to concentrate the soil pollutant; and
subjecting a remaining high concentration of contaminated soil to a chemical treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,654,081

STERILIZING APPARATUS, IN PARTICULAR FOR STERILIZING POST-CONSUMER ABSORBENT SANITARY PRODUCTS

FATER S.P.A., Pescara (I...

1. A sterilizing apparatus for sterilizing post-consumer absorbent sanitary products, comprising:a main container rotatable about a horizontal axis, and having a hollow wall including an inner wall, an outer wall, and a gap defined between the inner wall and the outer wall,
a rotary joint coaxial to the horizontal axis and having a steam inlet chamber and a condensate discharge chamber, wherein the steam inlet chamber and the condensate discharge chamber of the rotary joint are in communication with respective zones of the gap via a steam supply tube and a condensate collection tube, wherein the condensate collection tube has a condensate inlet end attached to the outer wall of the container and is in fluid communication with the gap; and
a condensate collection container fixed to the main container inside the gap, wherein:
the condensate collection container extends from a first end closed around the condensate inlet end of the condensate collection tube to a second open end provided with a lip open in the gap and elongated in a circumferential direction of a cylindrical portion of the outer wall, the elongated lip being curved with a radius having a center in common with a center of the cylindrical portion of the outer wall,
when the condensate collection container reaches a lowest position relative to the horizontal axis during rotation of the main container, condensate that has collected in a cylindrical portion of the gap enters into the condensate collection container through the elongated lip, and
when the condensate collection container reaches a highest position relative to the horizontal axis during rotation of the main container, condensate that has entered the condensate collection container through the elongated lip and that remains within the condensate collection container during rotation of the main container then falls off by gravity into the condensate inlet end of the condensate collection tube.

US Pat. No. 10,654,080

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MATERIAL REMOVAL

1. A system for dispensing material comprising:a container having a bottom, side surfaces, and a mouth, the container being configured to house the material, the container having a corner between the bottom and the side surfaces with a defined radius of curvature;
a pump configured to couple to the mouth of the container;
a tube having a first end connected to the pump and a second end, the tube being configured to provide the material to the pump; and
a device connected to the second end of the tube, the device being configured for removing the material from the container, the device having:
a scoop extending distally from a shoulder portion; and
a connector extending proximally from the shoulder portion, the connector being configured to couple the device to the tube within the container, the connector including a reinforcing portion that extends distally into the scoop,
wherein the connector is a protuberance that is configured to fit within the tube to couple the device to the tube;
wherein a distal tip of the scoop is flat,
wherein opposite corners formed between opposite side edges of the scoop and the distal tip of the scoop are curved, and
wherein a radius of curvature of the opposite corners matches the defined radius of curvature of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,654,079

HIGH POWER CLUTCH WITH CLEANING FEATURES

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. An aircraft comprisingan airframe,
a gas turbine engine configured to provide thrust for propelling the airframe,
a high power accessory system configured to be driven by the gas turbine engine, and
a high power clutch configured to selectively transmit rotation from the gas turbine engine to the high power accessory system, the high power clutch including a case, an input shaft, an output shaft, and clutch plates housed in the case and mounted for rotation about an axis,
wherein the case of the high power clutch is opened to air surrounding the high power clutch, and wherein the clutch plates include perforations formed through the clutch plates that are sized to carry a foamed cleaning agent through associated clutch plates and evacuation channels formed in surfaces of associated clutch plates that face along the axis that are sized to carry the foamed cleaning solution radially outward away from the axis upon rotation of the clutch plates.

US Pat. No. 10,654,077

DUAL-PURPOSE ROTATING SPRAY GUN FOR DUST REMOVAL AND CLEANING

1. A dual-purpose rotating spray gun for dust removal and cleaning, comprising a gun body (1), a trigger switch (2), a pot body assembly and a rotating spray apparatus, wherein the rotating spray apparatus comprises a bidirectional connector (3), a spray nozzle (4), a connecting sheath (7), a hollow rotating shaft (5), a rotating spray head (10), a spray pipe (9) and a cleaning solution suction pipe (13); one end of the bidirectional connector (3) is fixed to an air passage outlet of the gun body (1); the other end is fixed to the connecting sheath (7); the hollow rotating shaft (5) is rotatably arranged in the connecting sheath (7); the spray nozzle (4) is fixed to an outlet of the bidirectional connector (3); the spray head of the spray nozzle (4) is matched with the hollow rotating shaft (5); the rotating spray head (10) is fixed to the hollow rotating shaft (5) and is provided with a rotating spray track (18); the spray pipe (9) is fixed to the rotating spray track (18); an inlet of the spray pipe (9) is communicated with the hollow rotating shaft (5); an outlet of the spray pipe (5) is positioned on an outer end surface of the rotating spray head (10); and the cleaning solution suction pipe (13) is arranged in the spray pipe (9), penetrates through the hollow rotating shaft (5) and the spray nozzle (4) and is connected with a housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,654,076

AUTOMATIC FIBER CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

11. An automatic fiber cleaning method, comprising:providing an optical fiber cleaning system having:
a first cleaning module having:
a first cleaning belt;
a first driven belt wheel on which an unused portion of the first cleaning belt is wound;
a first driving belt wheel on which a used portion of the first cleaning belt is wound; and
a first pressing tool on which the first cleaning belt is tightened;
a second cleaning module having
a second cleaning belt;
a second driven belt wheel on which an unused portion of the second cleaning belt is wound;
a second driving belt wheel on which a used portion of the second cleaning belt is wound; and
a second pressing tool on which the second cleaning belt is tightened;
a sprayer;
a first mounting plate on which the first cleaning module is mounted; and
a second mounting plate on which the second cleaning module is mounted and arranged to be movable relative to the first mounting plate such that the second pressing tool is movable relative to the first pressing tool;
clamping an optical fiber between the first tightened cleaning belt and the second tightened cleaning belt;
spraying a cleaning agent using the sprayer onto the first tightened cleaning belt and the second tightened cleaning belt;
driving the first cleaning belt with the first driving belt wheel and the second cleaning belt with the second driving belt wheel to move so as to wipe the optical fiber with the first cleaning belt and the second cleaning belt each having the cleaning agent;
stopping the supply of the cleaning agent onto the first tightened cleaning belt and the second tightened cleaning belt;
separating the first tightened cleaning belt from the second tightened cleaning belt; and
removing the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,654,075

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TREATING A MEDICAL DEVICE AND HAND DISINFECTION

1. A cleaning device to clean a medical device, the cleaning device comprising:a housing having a front cover with an aperture and defining an interior chamber configured to receive and secure a wipe device, the housing also having at least one activating cog rotatably interconnected to an inside surface of the housing;
a wipe device comprising:
a first roller comprised of a fresh disinfecting wipe winding axis with a sheet comprising a plurality of disinfecting wipes wrapped therearound,
a second roller comprised of a used disinfecting wipe winding axis that secures a free end of the sheet, the second roller having a winding cog wheel operatively interconnected to the at least one activating cog, wherein rotation of the at least one activating cog rotates the second roller to move at least one disinfecting wipe from the first roller towards the second roller, and wherein used disinfecting wipes are maintained by the second roller and do not move towards the first roller; and
a means for advancing associated with the activating cog and configured to selectively rotate the activating cog; and further comprising a disinfecting towelette tub integrated into the housing, the towelette tub having an opening that serves as a dispenser for disinfecting towelettes.

US Pat. No. 10,654,074

ELECTRONIC AND DIGITAL ASSEMBLY SYSTEM FOR DRY CLEANING

8. A method for sorting and assembling items prepared for delivery to a customer comprising:a. Associating an item specific, customer specific identification tag on each item to be prepared;
b. Entering each item identification into a computer control system for monitoring the progress of each item, wherein each item forms a portion of an order identifiable with a specific customer, wherein each item is identified to said computer control system by using an electronic scanner to read said tag as an input to said computer control system;
c. Retrieving an item and using said tag to identify the item to the computer control system;
d. Activating a human sensible indicator at an assembly location for items belonging to a particular order such that a human operator may move the retrieved item to the assembly location; and
e. Repeating steps c and d until all items in the particular order have been assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,654,073

DUAL SCREEN ASSEMBLY FOR VIBRATING SCREENING MACHINE

FP Canmechanica Inc., Ca...

1. A dual screen system for retro-fit connection to a shaker, the dual screen system comprising:a lower screen support for supporting a first lower screen;
an upper screen support, the upper screen support for supporting a first upper screen above the first lower screen;
wherein the lower screen support and upper screen support define a dual screen support pair;
wherein the dual screen system includes a dual screen support pair for each step within the shaker; and
wherein each adjacent dual screen support pair are offset with respect to one another and maintain first and second gaps between each adjacent dual screen support pair enabling drill fluid/drill cuttings to flow from an upstream lower screen to an adjacent downstream lower screen and when flow is high to flow from an upstream lower screen to an adjacent downstream upper screen.

US Pat. No. 10,654,072

VARIABLE SLOPE 3-SHAFT VIBRATING MECHANISM

Terex USA, LLC, Westport...

1. A method of sorting material comprising the steps of:providing a material sorter having a material receiving surface;
providing a plurality of at least three shafts, configured to manipulate said material receiving surface;
providing a plurality of at least three gears each coupled to a different one of said plurality of at least three shafts;
providing a means for housing oil lubricating said plurality of at least three gears;
simultaneously varying, in unison, a slope angle of said material receiving surface and a slope angle of said means for housing oil, both with respect to a ground reference over a range of angles which is substantially greater than 3 degrees; and
wherein said three gears are each directly coupled to one and only one of said plurality of shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,654,071

ULTRASONIC ELEMENT ARRAY, ULTRASONIC PROBE, ULTRASONIC APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ULTRASONIC ELEMENT ARRAY

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ultrasonic element array comprising:a first piezoelectric element, a second piezoelectric element, a third piezoelectric element, and a fourth piezoelectric element each having a piezoelectric material sandwiched by two electrodes;
a first wire connecting the first piezoelectric element and the second piezoelectric element;
a second wire connecting the third piezoelectric element and the fourth piezoelectric element;
a third wire connecting to the second wire over the first wire; and
an insulating film located between the first wire and the third wire,
wherein the insulating film has an inorganic film and an organic film, and
the inorganic film covers the piezoelectric elements.

US Pat. No. 10,654,070

METHOD FOR PREPARING A BARRIER FILM

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

1. A method for preparing a water vapor transmission barrier film, the method comprising:coating a composition comprising an amine catalyst and a polysilazane on a base layer via a wet coating process to form a barrier layer, wherein:
the amine catalyst is ammonia, ammonium hydroxide, ammonium chloride, trialkylamine, dialkylamine, monoalkyl amine, dialkanolamine, dialkylalkanolamine, trialkanolamine or dialkylaminoalkyl trialkoxysilane; and
the amine catalyst is present in an amount within a range of 0.1 to 10 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the polysilazane; and
subjecting the barrier layer to a curing process that includes performing a plasma hardening treatment comprising plasma-treating a surface of the barrier layer containing the polysilazane and the amine catalyst in a processing space in which water vapor, a discharge gas, and oxygen as a reaction gas are injected resulting in maintaining a vapor pressure of water vapor in the processing space at about 5% or more to cause oxidation of the polysilazane whereby SiN units of the polysilazane are converted into Si—O units in a thickness direction to layer satisfy Equation 2 below thereby yielding the water vapor transmission barrier film:
0.75?d/(c+d)?0.97  [Equation 2]
wherein:
c is the number of Si—N units present in the barrier layer after the plasma hardening treatment, and
d is the number of Si—O units present in the barrier layer after the plasma hardening treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,654,069

COATING OF USAGE SURFACES WITH PLASMA POLYMER LAYERS UNDER ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE CLEANABILITY

1. A method for applying an easily cleanable surface to a domestic article, comprising depositing a polymer surface layer by one or more nozzles on at least a part of the surface of the domestic article by plasma polymerization in the presence of an atmospheric pressure plasma based on at least one precursor,wherein the at least one precursor includes a compound containing fluorine and carbon and an organosilicon compound, wherein the compound containing fluorine and carbon includes at least perfluorocyclobutane (PFCB) and the organosilicon compound includes at least hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO), and wherein the deposited polymer surface layer has a surface energy with a polar component of less than 5 mN/m, wherein the atmospheric-pressure plasma is created by a plasma generator with an output frequency in a range between 1 kHz and 1 MHz.

US Pat. No. 10,654,068

PORTABLE INDUCTION ELECTROSPRAYING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An induction electrostatic spray apparatus comprising:a backpack structure defining one or more interior compartments, the backpack structure comprising an outer shell having an inner surface, an outer surface, one or more orifices, and one or more doors;
a battery contained within one of the one or more interior compartments of the backpack structure;
a chemical reservoir;
an airflow generation component contained within one of the one or more interior compartments of the backpack structure and operably coupled to the battery;
an electrostatic spray nozzle external to the backpack structure and operably coupled to the battery, chemical reservoir and airflow generation component;
a controller contained within one of the one or more interior compartments of the backpack structure and operably coupled to the battery; and
one or more cooling fans operably coupled to the battery and configured to cool the one or more interior compartments, wherein the one or more cooling fans are mounted on the inner surface of the outer shell and positioned to cover the one or more orifices;
wherein actuation of the electrostatic spray nozzle by a user of the induction electrostatic spray apparatus causes atomization of a fluid flow from the chemical reservoir, electrostatic charging of the atomized fluid flow, and discharging of the electrostatically charged atomized fluid flow from the electrostatic spray nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,067

DRIVING DEVICE OF CAULKING GUN

Ping-Tzu Ho, Taichung (T...

1. A driving device of caulking gun including:a housing, defining an axial direction;
a driving assembly, disposed on the housing, including a motor assembly and a driving gear, the motor assembly and the driving gear being linked-up to rotate simultaneously;
a threaded rod, slidably disposed on the housing and being nonrotatable with respect to the housing, the threaded rod being formed with a spiral groove;
a transmission assembly, arranged in the housing, including a transmission sleeve and a plurality of abutting members, the transmission sleeve being sleeved onto the threaded rod and being radially formed with a plurality of through holes, the abutting members being received in the through holes respectively, the transmission sleeve and the driving gear being linked-up;
a clutch device, including a restriction assembly and a braking member, the restriction assembly being sleeved onto the transmission sleeve, the braking member being movable with respect to the housing between a first position and a second position;
wherein when the braking member is located at the first position, the braking member radially abuts against the restriction assembly, the restriction assembly pushes the abutting members to make the abutting members abut against the spiral groove so that the threaded rod is irremovable with respect to the transmission sleeve along the axial direction; when the braking member is located at the second position, the restriction assembly is not abutted against by the braking member, the abutting members are free from restriction by the restriction assembly so that the abutting members are able to leave the spiral groove and that the threaded rod is slidable with respect to the transmission sleeve along the axial direction;
wherein the braking member is sleeved onto the transmission sleeve and is slidable with respect to the transmission sleeve along the axial direction, the braking member includes a circumferential wall; when the braking member is located at the first position, the circumferential wall is sleeved onto the restriction assembly; when the braking member moves toward the second position, the braking member moves away from the restriction assembly, the circumferential wall leaves the restriction assembly;
wherein the restriction assembly includes at least two clamping plates and an elastic buckle member, the at least two clamping plates enclose a column-shape space therebetween, the elastic buckle member is sleeved onto the at least two clamping plates to make the at least two clamping plates tend to abut toward the transmission sleeve radially; when the braking member is located at the first position, the circumferential wall is sleeved onto the at least two clamping plates; when the braking member is located the second position, the at least two clamping plates are released from the circumferential wall.

US Pat. No. 10,654,066

PAINT BOOTH AND METHOD FOR PAINTING AUTOMOBILES AND OTHER PRODUCTS

1. An improved energy efficient paint booth for drying coatings applied to a vehicle, the paint booth comprising:an enclosure in which the vehicle may be placed, the enclosure having an intake inlet and at least one exhaust outlet;
one or more intake assemblies configured to supply a first predetermined airflow to provide a spray cycle and a second maximum predetermined airflow that is higher than the first predetermined airflow to provide a flash cycle in the intake inlet, each of said one or more intake assemblies including:
a first blower or fan and a first three-phase AC motor, each of which is configured to increase energy efficiency by being oversized, the first blower or fan being oversized in rated maximum airflow and the first three phase AC motor being oversized in rated horsepower, both being oversized compared to what would be needed to provide the second maximum predetermined airflow when the first AC motor is supplied with AC at sixty hertz;
the first AC motor being controlled by an inlet variable frequency drive controller, the inlet variable frequency drive controller configured to increase energy efficiency by using a first frequency of between 36 Hz and 45 Hz to provide the first predetermined airflow, and a second maximum predetermined frequency that is no more than 51 Hz to provide the second maximum predetermined airflow;
one or more exhaust assemblies, the one or more exhaust assemblies configured to supply a first predetermined airflow to provide a spray cycle and a second maximum predetermined airflow that is higher than the first predetermined airflow to provide a flash cycle in the exhaust outlet, each of the one or more exhaust assemblies including
a second blower or fan and a second three-phase AC motor each of which is configured to increase energy efficiency by being oversized, the second blower or fan being oversized in rated maximum airflow and the second three phase AC motor being oversized in rated horsepower, both being oversized compared to what would be needed to provide the second maximum predetermined airflow when the second AC motor is supplied with AC at sixty hertz;
the second AC motor being controlled by an outlet variable frequency drive controller, the outlet variable frequency drive controller configured to increase energy efficiency by using a first frequency of between 32 Hz and 40 Hz or 36 Hz and 45 Hz to provide the first predetermined airflow, and a second maximum predetermined frequency that is between 37 Hz and 47 Hz to provide the second maximum predetermined airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,654,065

CLEANING FIXTURES AND METHODS OF CLEANING COMPONENTS USING CLEANING FIXTURES

General Electric Company,...

1. A cleaning fixture for at least one component, the cleaning fixture comprising:a first component recess configured to receive a first component therein and a second component recess configured to receive a second component therein, each component recess defined between a first member and a mating second member of the cleaning fixture;
a first solvent conduit in fluid communication with the first component recess, and a second solvent conduit in fluid communication with the second component recess, the first solvent conduit and the second solvent conduit each including a physical characteristic configured to control delivery of a solvent into the respective component recess at a desired fluid parameter; and
a first gas conduit in fluid communication with the first component recess, and a second gas conduit in fluid communication with the second component recess, each of the first gas conduit and the second gas conduit configured to deliver a respective pressurized gas to the respective component recess,
wherein each of the first gas conduit and the second gas conduit include a plurality of gas outlets extending from and in fluid communication with the respective component recess, and
wherein each of the first gas conduit and the second gas conduit include a component recess manifold segment surrounding the respective component recess, the component recess manifold segment in fluid communication with each of the plurality of gas outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,654,064

WARNING SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING A FIRE SPRINKLER HEAD

John Dana Custis, West D...

1. A warning system for protecting a fire sprinkler head, comprising:an adapter adapted to slip over a portion of a fire sprinkler head;
a protective cover that engages the adapter;
a control system associated with the protective cover;
wherein the adapter includes a two piece split disk having a first piece and second piece;
the first piece and the second piece each having a central opening;
the first piece of the two piece split disk has a first snap opening aligned with a first tab and a first snap projection that extends outwardly from a first inner edge of the second piece of the two piece split disk;
the second piece of the two piece split disk has a second snap opening aligned with a second tab and a second snap projection that extends outwardly from a second inner edge of the first piece of the two piece split disk; and
wherein the first snap opening is configured to receive the first snap projection and the second tab opening is configured to receive the second snap projection such that the first piece and the second piece of the two piece split disk are held together.

US Pat. No. 10,654,063

ADJUSTABLE ROW UNIT AND AGRICULTURAL VEHICLE WITH ADJUSTABLE ROW UNIT

1. A row unit for an agricultural vehicle, the row unit comprising:an upper carriage that is movable or slidable with respect to a beam, of an agricultural vehicle, relative to a reference point;
a plurality of at least three vertical supports suspended from the upper carriage, the vertical supports spaced apart from each other at the upper carriage or around the perimeter of the upper carriage, each vertical support having an upper end connected to the upper carriage and a lower end opposite the upper end;
a suspended lower carriage that is connected to the lower end of the plurality of vertical supports, such that the upper carriage determines a lateral position of the suspended lower carriage with respect to the beam, the suspended lower carriage having a first position adjuster comprising a first scissors linkage movable between a contracted position and an expanded position along a vertical axis to dynamically adjust height above ground of the suspended lower carriage;
a nozzle associated with the suspended lower carriage; wherein the suspended lower carriage supports movement of a three-dimensional position of the nozzle by the first position adjuster for adjusting height of the nozzle and a second position adjuster for adjusting a longitudinal position of the nozzle based on image data.

US Pat. No. 10,654,062

IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Irrigreen, Inc., Edina, ...

1. A method of calibrating a sprinkler comprising steps of:controlling a flow rate of water through a sprinkler including setting a valve opening of a valve;
measuring the flow rate of water using a flow sensor;
adjusting the valve opening;
repeating the controlling, measuring, and adjusting steps a limited number of times;
identifying one of a plurality of pressure-dependent relationships between the flow rate and the valve opening for the valve based on the corresponding measured flow rates and valve openings;
determining a relationship between the valve opening and a throw distance, at which a water stream is discharged from the sprinkler, based on the identified pres sure-dependent relationship and a relationship between the flow rate and the throw distance for the sprinkler; and
controlling the operation of the sprinkler based on the relationship between the valve opening and the throw distance;
wherein determining a relationship between the valve opening and the throw distance comprises measuring a plurality of flow rates and throw distances for a plurality of valve settings.

US Pat. No. 10,654,061

SPRINKLER ASSEMBLY

The Toro Company, Bloomi...

1. A sprinkler comprising:a sprinkler body having a central compartment disposed within a boundary wall of said sprinkler body;
a main valve contained within said sprinkler body;
a riser having a nozzle connected to a water passage that is configured to connect to an external water source; said riser being disposed within an inner wall of said central compartment, spaced from and movable relative to said inner wall of said central compartment;
an outer compartment disposed within said boundary wall of said sprinkler body, wherein said outer compartment includes an interior space disposed completely around said riser in a top region within said boundary wall of said sprinkler body and configured to contain removable sprinkler components; and,
a communication tube connected to an interior of said outer compartment and to said main valve.

US Pat. No. 10,654,060

NOZZLE INSPECTION APPARATUS AND NOZZLE INSPECTION METHOD

SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED, ...

1. A nozzle inspection apparatus, comprising:a pump;
a nozzle having a spout, the nozzle connected to the pump;
a piston load meter including,
a body having a cylinder,
a pressure receiving plate configured to receive a jet generated by the nozzle,
a stem fixed to the pressure receiving plate, the stem configured to reciprocate within the cylinder, and
a load meter configured to measure a load applied to the pressure receiving plate, the load meter being in contact with a distal end of the stem; and
a moving mechanism configured to move the nozzle relative to the pressure receiving plate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,059

SELF SEALING AIRLESS MEASURED DISPENSER

1TOUCH HOLDINGS, INC., F...

1. A liquid dispensing device comprising:a container having a flexible surface;
an elastomeric shape memory top part having a pump chamber dome, an annular pump chamber ridge around a periphery of said pump chamber dome, and a planar top part pump chamber flange around a periphery of said annular pump chamber ridge, a portion of the pump chamber flange extending away from a center of said pump chamber dome in a pump chamber flange extension;
a rigid bottom part having a circular pump chamber portion and a dispensing head portion connected by a neck portion, said dispensing head portion defining a delivery port on a top side thereof proximate said neck portion, said pump chamber portion having an annular lower part pump chamber flange, said rigid bottom part connected to an exterior of the flexible container surface along a bottom surface of said annular lower part pump chamber flange, with a portion of the rigid bottom part extending through an opening in and below the flexible container surface;
a fluid outlet at a distal end of said dispensing head portion, and
a dispensing channel connecting said delivery port and said fluid outlet;
wherein said neck portion is an extension of said annular lower part pump chamber flange; and said annular lower part pump chamber flange and said neck portion are co-planar in an unstressed state, said top part connected to said bottom part along a periphery of said planar top part pump chamber flange and said pump chamber flange extension to define a channel between said pump chamber and said delivery port adjacent to and above the flexible container surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,058

DISPENSING HEAD FOR A TRIGGER DISPENSING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH A RETURN SPRING

GUALA DISPENSING S.p.A., ...

1. An integrated trigger-spring element for a trigger-dispensing device, made in a single piece, comprising a trigger and a spring; the spring comprising:i) a pair of main arms extending from a front end joined to the trigger at an opposite rear end substantially along a respective arm axis;
ii) secondary arms extending from the main arms as an extension along a respective extension axis separate from the arm axis;
iii) an abutment portion joining the secondary arms to each other;
wherein the abutment portion consists of a cross member joining said secondary arms to each other, wherein the cross member and the secondary arms form a cove curving inwards from the rear ends of the main arms; and
wherein the main arms are arched convexly.

US Pat. No. 10,654,057

FLUID-PRODUCT DISPENSER

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser comprising:a reservoir containing air and a fluid;
a dispenser head that is provided with a dispenser orifice for dispensing the fluid;
a dip tube that conveys the fluid from the reservoir to the dispenser head;
a pusher that is axially movable over a determined stroke;
an electric pump that delivers air into the reservoir so as to force the fluid through the dip tube as far as the dispenser head, the electric pump being actuated by the pusher;
a battery unit; and
a fluid outlet valve that is arranged upstream from the dispenser orifice for selectively interrupting a feed to the dispenser head, the outlet valve being actuated by the pusher, the pusher occupying a high rest position that corresponds to a closed state of the outlet valve and a low depressed position that corresponds to an open state of the outlet valve;
wherein:
all of the air coming from the electric pump is delivered into the reservoir;
the electric pump is activated by the pusher as soon as the pusher leaves the high rest position, and the outlet valve is opened only in proximity of the low depressed position, such that the electric pump is electrically powered well before the outlet valve is opened, thereby creating an increase in pressure in the reservoir before the outlet valve is opened; and
the electric pump configured to deliver the air into the reservoir with an increase in the pressure that is less than 1 Bar.

US Pat. No. 10,654,056

CHARGE ASSISTED SPRAY DEPOSITION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Clearist Inc., Milpitas,...

1. A method for providing a material on a surface of a substrate, comprising the steps of:providing a precursor solution comprising at least one precursor material in a liquid;
providing a nozzle structure comprising at least one corona generator having an elongated charge emitting surface which is positioned substantially parallel to the surface of the substrate, wherein the at least one corona generator does not consist of two blades;
supplying the precursor solution to the nozzle structure;
generating an aerosol of the precursor solution in the nozzle structure, wherein the aerosol comprises a plurality of precursor solution droplets suspended within a carrier gas;
applying to the at least one corona generator a positive or negative voltage of 1 kV-100 kV with respect to the substrate to generate a corona;
guiding the aerosol along a flow path substantially perpendicular to the elongated charge emitting surface and sufficiently near the at least one corona generator such that the aerosol is charged with ions emitted from the at least one corona generator to form charged droplets in the aerosol, wherein the at least one corona generator is located outside the flow path;
emitting the aerosol containing the charged droplets from the nozzle structure along a single straight flow path substantially perpendicular to the surface of the substrate, wherein the aerosol is shaped by a spreader of the nozzle structure to make a density of the aerosol uniform along a length of the nozzle structure;
applying a voltage to the surface of the substrate to attract the charged droplets thereto;
depositing the charged droplets onto the surface of the substrate heated to a temperature of 100-700° C.; and
forming a solid form of the material to be provided on the surface of the substrate, wherein the solid form of the material is uniformly coated on the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,055

AEROSOL SPRAY GUN

1. An aerosol spray gun comprising a body containing a fan and an arm;a rear segment of the arm comprises a trigger;
a forward segment of the arm comprises a tab and a front pivot positioned forward of the tab;
the arm articulates about a main pivot positioned between the rear segment of the arm and the forward segment of the arm;
an aerosol can containing a liquid to be dispensed is attached to the body below the forward segment of the arm;
the aerosol can has a cap including an integral valve;
the cap has an orifice on a forward facing side;
the orifice defines a center of a spray axis;
the fan draws in air and pushes the air through a conduit to a nozzle assembly;
the nozzle assembly slides vertically in a track at a front end of the body;
the nozzle assembly has a central aperture through which the spray axis passes;
the nozzle assembly includes a pair of nozzles, one each on opposing sides of the central aperture;
the air exits the nozzle assembly through the pair of nozzles;
the nozzle assembly is connected to the front pivot;
when the trigger is depressed the arm articulates about the main pivot causing the tab to force the cap down to open the integral valve while simultaneously moving down the front pivot to force the nozzle assembly down the same distance as the cap thereby maintaining a center of the aperture concentric with the spray axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,054

PRESSURE WASHERS INCLUDING JET PUMPS

1. A pressure washer, comprising:a prime mover;
a water pump coupled to the prime mover, the water pump including a pump inlet for receiving a fluid from a common fluid source and a pump outlet for supplying a pressurized primary fluid;
a jet pump including a primary fluid inlet fluidly coupled to the pump outlet, a secondary fluid inlet configured to receive the fluid from the common fluid source, and a fluid outlet;
a spray gun configured to be fluidly coupled to the fluid outlet of the jet pump, the spray gun including a spray gun outlet having a variable effective flow area adjacent a downstream end of the spray gun for providing an output fluid flow from the spray gun; and
a flow control valve movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the flow control valve allows the fluid to exit the spray gun in the open position and prevents the fluid from exiting the spray gun in the closed position;
wherein, in operation, a first effective flow area of the spray gun outlet creates a first back pressure at the jet pump, thereby implementing a high pressure operating mode in which the pressurized primary fluid flows through the jet pump and exits through the fluid outlet of the jet pump, wherein the pressurized primary fluid exits the spray gun as the output fluid flow; and
wherein, in operation, a second effective flow area of the spray gun outlet that is greater than the first effective flow area creates a second back pressure less than the first back pressure at the jet pump, thereby implementing a high flow operating mode in which the pressurized primary fluid flows through the jet pump and entrains a secondary fluid supplied through the secondary fluid inlet from the common fluid source so that the secondary fluid also flows through the jet pump, resulting in a combined fluid flow of the primary fluid and the secondary fluid exiting through the fluid outlet of the jet pump, wherein the combined fluid flow exits the spray gun as the output fluid flow;
wherein a fluid flow is variably adjusted using the variable effective flow area of the spray gun outlet to select between the high flow operating mode and the high pressure operating mode; and
wherein in the high flow operating mode the output fluid flow has a flow rate at least double the flow rate of the output fluid flow in the high pressure operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,654,053

FOAMED WATER DISCHARGING DEVICE AND FOAMED WATER DISCHARGING UNIT

Toshin Inc., Nagoya-Shi,...

1. A foamed water discharging device comprising:a casing being a cylindrical member;
a water passage disposed in the casing and comprising a water feeding hole at one end of the casing and a water discharging hole at another end of the casing;
a foamed water generator disposed at the water passage to convert water supplied through the water feeding hole into foamed water; and
a ventilation passage disposed on an upstream side of the foamed water generator to take external air into the water passage, the foamed water generator comprising a flow dividing rib and a water receiving rib, the flow dividing rib protruding toward an inside of the water passage, the flow dividing rib being made up of an approximately triangular shape of a protrusion piece protruding from an inner circumferential surface of the water passage toward a center of the water passage, and the flow dividing rib comprising a top portion and side surfaces,
the top portion inclined downward from the upstream side of the water passage toward a downstream side of the water passage, and
the top portion comprising an edge at the center of the top portion and a pair of inclined surfaces at two sides of the edge,
the edge extending and inclined downward from the upstream side of the water passage to the downstream side of the water passage; and
the pair of inclined surfaces inclined from the edge at a predetermined angle, one of the pair of inclined surfaces inclined in rightward direction from the edge and another of the pair of inclined surfaces inclined in leftward direction from the edge,
the side surfaces disposed on the left and right of the flow dividing rib and extending downward from the pair of inclined surfaces;
the water receiving rib formed by protruding from each of the side surfaces of the flow dividing rib and configured to receive part of divided water,
the water receiving rib comprising a receiving surface disposed at a position lower than the pair of inclined surfaces of the flow dividing rib, and
the receiving surface extending toward the downstream side of the water passage at an inclination angle smaller than an inclination angle of the edge of the flow dividing rib.

US Pat. No. 10,654,052

DISCHARGE DEVICE WITH NOZZLE TIP

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A discharge device comprising:a discharge device main body including a flow tube, an inside thereof through which contents from a container flow, and the discharge device main body being mounted on the container;
a support body extending along the flow tube and fitted to the inside of the flow tube; and
a nozzle tip including a nozzle tip body formed in a cylindrical shape with a top including a circumferential wall portion fitted to an outer circumferential surface of the support body and a top wall portion in which a discharge hole for the contents is formed, the nozzle tip being mounted on a distal end portion of the flow tube in a state of being combined with the support body, wherein
a discharge path to communicate the inside of the flow tube and the discharge hole with each other is formed between an inner surface of the nozzle tip body and an outer surface of the support body,
the support body is formed separately from the flow tube and the nozzle tip,
the support body includes a shaft portion disposed inside the circumferential wall portion of the nozzle tip body and into which the circumferential wall portion is fitted from outside in a radial direction,
the shaft portion is formed in a cylindrical shape with a top in which a front end of the shaft portion is closed, and
an inside of the shaft portion communicates with the inside of the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,654,051

DROPLET DISPENSING ASSEMBLY AND CONVERTER ATTACHMENT FOR SPRAY-TO-DROPLET CONVERSION

Packaging Concepts Associ...

1. A spray-to-droplet converter attachment configured for selective coupling to a distal end of a spray delivery tube, the spray delivery tube coupled at an opposite proximal end to a liquid spray source, the spray-to-droplet converter comprising:a contiguous tubular sidewall generally symmetrical about a central axis and defining a passageway extending between opposite front and rear open ends thereof, the tubular sidewall having a rearward wall portion defining both a rear opening at the tubular sidewall rear open end and an annular interior rear surface of the tubular sidewall rearward portion, the rear opening and the interior rear surface, together, defining a socket end of the spray-to-droplet converter attachment for receiving a complementary socket end of the spray delivery tube; and
an interior cross-wall contiguous with the tubular sidewall and located downstream of the socket end of the spray-to-droplet converter attachment relative to a direction of travel of liquid through through the tubular sidewall passageway, the interior cross-wall disposed within the passageway between the front and rear ends of the tubular sidewall, the interior cross-wall extending in a transverse relationship to the tubular sidewall to define an obstruction along a path of liquid traveling through the passageway, in a direction from the rear end of the tubular sidewall to the front end of the tubular sidewall, in such a manner that a volume of liquid spray impacting the obstruction is converted into liquid droplets dispensed from the front end of the tubular sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,654,050

CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATORS AND SEPARATION METHODS EMPLOYING MULTIPLE PISTONS AND FACILITATING INTERMEDIATE MATERIAL EJECTION

Empirical Innovations, In...

1. A separator including:(a) a drum assembly mounted for rotation along a separator rotational axis, the drum assembly including a drum base operably connected to a drum cover to define a drum assembly volume and further including a drum ejection passage extending from a drum ejection passage inlet to a drum ejection passage outlet which is open to an area outside of the drum assembly volume;
(b) a piston assembly mounted within the drum assembly volume so as to seal a separation portion of the drum assembly volume from a lowermost portion of the drum assembly volume;
(c) a first piston comprising a first part of the piston assembly, the first piston being mounted in the drum assembly volume for movement along a first piston range of movement between a first piston open position in which the drum ejection passage is open to the separation portion of the drum assembly volume and a first piston closed position in which the drum ejection passage is closed to the separation portion of the drum assembly volume;
(d) an intermediate ejection path extending from an intermediate ejection path inlet located at an intermediate region of the separation portion of the drum assembly volume which is radially inward of a maximum diameter of the separation portion of the drum assembly volume to an intermediate ejection path outlet which is open to the area outside of the drum assembly volume;
(e) a second piston comprising a second part of the piston assembly, the second piston being mounted in the drum assembly volume for movement along a second piston range of movement between a second piston open position in which the intermediate ejection path is open to the separation portion of the drum assembly volume and a second piston closed position in which the intermediate ejection path is closed to the separation portion of the drum assembly volume;
(f) a first piston control arrangement operable to control the position of the first piston along the first piston range of movement; and
(g) a second piston control arrangement operable to control the position of the second piston along the second piston range of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,654,049

CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR HAVING AT LEAST A VIBRATING UNIT AND ONE OR MORE DRUM SHOCK ABSORBERS

1. A centrifugal separator comprisinga rotatable drum having a wall,
an annular chamber defined along a longitudinal axis of the rotatable drum wherein the annular chamber borders the wall and a mixture of substances in a liquid phase and in a solid phase is movable longitudinally through the annular chamber, and
a discharging station for discharging the solid phase and comprising a vibrating unit for agitating the solid phase,
wherein
the vibrating unit comprises a half-drum having a semicircular configuration and a vibrating device adapted to vibrate the half-drum,
the half-drum is coupled to a portion of a casing of the centrifugal separator by drum shock absorbers, and
the drum shock absorbers are spaced apart from each other along the semicircular configuration of the half-drum.

US Pat. No. 10,654,047

MODULAR MAGNETIC OIL FILTERING PLUG

FILTERMAG INTERNATIONAL, ...

1. A magnetic filtration device comprising:a magnet core;
a magnet casing;
one or more magnetic rods;
a plug body; and
an extension spacer;
wherein said plug body comprises a plug head and a plug-reservoir engagement portion;
wherein said magnet core is substantially contained within said magnet casing; and
wherein said one or more magnetic rods are arranged around an outer portion of said magnet casing;
wherein said extension spacer is connected on its proximal end to said plug body via a plug-extension engagement portion; and
wherein said extension spacer is connected on its distal end to said magnet casing via a casing-extension engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,046

SAND TREATMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method for treating a stream, the stream including liquid, and the stream flowable, the stream having material therein, the material comprising first material and second material, the first material comprising particles of a first size with a first largest dimension, and the second material comprising particles of a second size with a second largest dimension, the first largest dimension being smaller than the second largest dimension,the method comprising
flowing the stream to a system, the system Including a tube, the tube having an interior surface, the tube having a first end and a second end, the tube inclined with the first end higher than the second end so that the stream is flowable through the tube from the first end to the second end and out from the second end aided by gravity,
jetting water into the stream within the tube, the jetted water moving the stream around within the tube to facilitate working of the materials of the stream within the tube, and
inhibiting with the jetting water the stream from flowing downwards due to gravity,
said inhibiting maintaining the stream within the tube for a period of time to prolong working of the material within the tube; wherein the system further comprises a top plurality of water inlets on top of the tube and a bottom plurality of water inlets on the bottom of the tube, the top plurality of water inlets opposed to the bottom plurality of water inlets, the method further comprising jetting water through the top plurality of water inlets, and simultaneously jetting water through the bottom plurality of water inlets to enhance the working of the material within the tube, and wherein the system includes a screening apparatus for screening material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,045

WINCHING CHIPPER

1. A winching apparatus adapted for connection to a wood chipping machine, comprising:a linear boom mast having an upper end and a lower end, said lower end mounted on said wood chipping machine behind a grinder unit;
a vertically pivotable boom arm having a distal end and a proximal end, said distal end rotationally attached to said upper end of said boom mast for horizontal rotation of said boom arm;
a continual uptake, hydraulic, rope puller mounted for vertical swiveling motion on said proximal end of said boom arm;
a winching hydraulic system operatively connected to said rope puller; and
wherein said proximal end of said boom arm extends above and beyond a front edge of said grinder chute of said wood chipping machine; and
wherein said wood chipping machine has a chipper hydraulic system for the operation of said wood chipping machine.

US Pat. No. 10,654,044

CYCLONIC SHEAR PLATES AND METHOD

10. A method of emulsifying a liquid mixture using a rotor plate and a stator plate installed in a colloid mill, which adjacently supports the rotor plate and the stator plate in parallel alignment along a common axis of rotation, wherein the rotor plate and the stator plate are planar, and circular about the axis of rotation, each having a plurality of teeth disposed on first planar surfaces thereof, which first planar surfaces face each other in cooperative alignment, and wherein the pluralities of teeth are arranged in plural concentric rings of teeth, and wherein each of said plural rings is positioned along a different radius from the axis of rotation, and wherein each of the plural concentric rings comprise plural teeth that are separated by voids having planar circular bases, and wherein each of the plural teeth are configured with a pair of concentric sides that are correspondingly aligned along the plural concentric rings, and that are circular and parallel to one another about the axis of rotation, and each of the plural teeth is further configured with a pair of opposing sides that are located adjacent to two of the voids, and wherein intersections between the pair of concentric sides and the pair of opposing sides on each of the plural teeth define four curved cutting edges, the method comprising the steps of:imparting a rotation between the rotor plate and stator plate;
passing a liquid mixture between the the rotor plate and stator plate;
emulsifying the liquid mixture passing between the rotating rotor plate and stator plate using cyclonic shearing forces created within the plural voids and a cutting action of the curved cutting edges.

US Pat. No. 10,654,043

WEAR-RESISTANT ELEMENT FOR A COMMINUTING DEVICE

THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL S...

1. A comminuting device, comprising:a roller main body comprising a wear area including a recess formed in a surface of the wear area;
a wear-resistant element configured to be partially inserted into the recess, the wear-resistant element comprising:
a core region; and
a shell region surrounding some or all of the core region;
wherein both the core region and the shell region are composed of a matrix material comprising tungsten carbide; and particles of diamond, ceramic, or titanium, embedded exclusively in the core region.

US Pat. No. 10,654,042

DEVICE FOR PROVIDING PIPETTE TIPS

Eppendorf AG, Hamburg (D...

1. A device for providing pipette tips comprising:a refill pack (2) comprising
a perforated plate (4) with a plurality of holes (11),
pipette tips (5) inserted in the holes (11),
a shell (6) covering the pipette tips (5) below the perforated plate,
an inner lid (7) consisting of an elastic material covering the pipette tips (5) above the perforated plate (4) that has a first lid base (29) and first lid side walls (30 to 33) projecting downward from edges of the first lid base (29), and
at least one first latching element (41) on an outside of a first lid side wall (30), and
a holder (3) comprising
a bottom part (8) with a seat (49) for the shell (6) into which the refill pack (2) can be inserted with the shell (6) into an inserted position through a top insertion opening (50),
an outer lid (9) that has a second lid base (73) and second lid side walls (74 to 77) projecting downward from edges of the second lid base (73),
a first articulated connection (78) between the outer lid (9) and holder (3) which is designed to pivot the outer lid (9) into an open position that exposes the insertion opening (50) for inserting the refill pack (2), and into a closed position that covers the insertion opening and accommodates the inner lid (7) of the refill pack (2) in the inserted position,
at least one support element (95) projecting from the inside of at least one second lid side wail (76) that, when in the closed position, engages below a bottom edge of at least one first lid side wall (32) of the refill pack (2) in the inserted position,
at least one second latching element (92) on an inside of a first second lid side wall (74) which opposes a second, second lid side wall (76) with the at least one support element (95) that, in the closed position, latches with the first latching element (41) of the refill pack (2) in the inserted position, and an unlocking button (10) which penetrates a through-channel (88) extending from outside to inside of the first second lid side wall (74) with the at least one second latching element (92), wherein the unlocking button (10) has an actuating element (99) on the outside of the first second lid side wall (74) that can be actuated from the outside and a pressing element (100) on the inside of the first second lid side wall (74) which, by actuating the actuating element (99), can be pressed against the outside of the first lid side wall (30) having the first latching element (41) of the inner lid (7) locked to the outer lid (9) in order to elastically deform the first lid side wall (30) and undo the latching between the at least one first and at least one second latching element (41, 92).

US Pat. No. 10,654,041

REAGENT WELLS CONTAINING LYOPHILIZED REAGENTS

Gen-Probe Incorporated, ...

1. A reagent well comprising:a side wall, a bottom wall, and an open upper end defined by a top surface;
a lyophilized reagent disposed within the reagent well; and
a plurality of retention features that are integral with a side wall of the reagent well, the retention features being positioned entirely above the lyophilized reagent and extending inwardly from the side wall, and the retention features defining an opening sized to retain the lyophilized reagent within the reagent well and to permit an end of a pipette tip to be inserted into the well, wherein the retention features comprise a set of longitudinally extending and circumferentially-spaced rigid guides projecting radially from the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,654,040

PLATFORM FOR LIQUID DROPLET FORMATION AND ISOLATION

Northeastern University, ...

1. A platform for liquid droplet formation and isolation, the platform comprising:a generator structure, a fluid-exchange structure, and a manipulator structure each defining a respective portion of a collection chamber, the generator, fluid-exchange, and manipulator structures vertically aligned on a substrate to form the collection chamber;
the generator structure configured to form liquid droplets from a stream of liquid received at a generator inlet and provide the liquid droplets to the fluid-exchange structure;
the fluid-exchange structure connected to the generator structure to receive the liquid droplets, in a carrier liquid held in the collection chamber, the fluid-exchange structure further connected to the manipulator structure to provide the carrier liquid with the liquid droplets via a fluid-exchange outlet;
the manipulator structure connected to the fluid-exchange outlet to receive the liquid droplets in the carrier liquid via a manipulator inlet, the manipulator structure defining a manipulator chamber connected to the manipulator inlet and having a first outlet and a second outlet, the defined manipulator chamber including a filter capable of filtering the liquid droplets from the carrier liquid, wherein the first outlet enables removal of the liquid droplets filtered from the carrier liquid and the second outlet enables removal of the carrier liquid filtered.

US Pat. No. 10,654,039

MICROFLUIDIC CARTRIDGE FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSIS, DOCKING STATION USING A MICROFLUIDIC CARTRIDGE, AND PROCESS FOR ANALYZING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE

GENEWAVE, Paris (FR)

13. A microfluidic cartridge system comprising:a microfluidic cartridge configured to detect at least one nucleic acid of a sample, said microfluidic cartridge comprising:
a cartridge plate;
a cartridge body connected with the cartridge plate;
a cartridge cover;
one central distribution hub configured to pump, inject, and distribute fluids, the central distribution hub disposed within the cartridge body and connected to the cartridge plate, the central distribution hub configured to be connected to a system providing pressure or depression into the hub body to pump, inject and distribute fluids communicating with a plurality of chambers,
a first plurality of chambers of the cartridge body defined within the cartridge body and between the cartridge cover and the cartridge plate, or within the cartridge plate, configured to hold fluids, the first plurality of chambers being arranged around the central distribution hub,
a second plurality of chambers defined within the cartridge plate,
a first network of fluidic microchannels formed in the cartridge plate and comprising at least three hub-connected microchannels connected with the one central distribution hub, each of the hub-connected microchannels having a hub end and a chamber end, each chamber of the first plurality of chambers being fluidly connected to the one central distribution hub by a corresponding one of the hub-connected microchannels, said central distribution hub being configured to pump and inject the fluids from a first chamber of the first plurality of chambers fluidly connected to the central distribution hub to a second chamber of said first plurality of chambers fluidly connected to the central distribution hub by microchannels connected to said central distribution hub, said second chamber being identical or different from said first chamber,
a first plurality of valves each located on a respective one of the hub-connected microchannels, each of the first plurality of valves comprises a deformable membrane, each of the first plurality of valves comprises a valve seat formed by a recess in the cartridge plate, the respective deformable membranes of the first plurality of valves being opposite the respective valve seats of the first plurality of valves and configured to deform in relation to the cartridge plate to control distribution of the fluids between one of the chambers of the first plurality of chambers and another of the chambers of the first plurality of chambers,
a second network of fluidic microchannels formed in the cartridge plate and connecting chambers of the first plurality of chambers to chambers of the second plurality of chambers, or connecting chambers of the second plurality of chambers to one another, and
a second plurality of valves each located on a respective one microchannel of the second network of microchannels connecting the chambers of the first plurality of chambers to the chambers of the second plurality of chambers, or connecting the chambers of the second plurality of chambers to one another, each of the second plurality of valves comprises a deformable membrane, each of the second plurality of valves comprises a valve seat formed by a recess in the cartridge plate, the respective deformable membranes of the second plurality of valves being opposite the respective valve seats of the second plurality of valves and configured to deform in relation to the cartridge plate to control distribution of the fluids between the chambers of the first plurality of chambers to the chambers of the second plurality of chambers, or between the chambers of the second plurality of chambers to one another; and
a docking station configured to receive the microfluidic cartridge, the docking station comprising a cam-driven actuator configured to mechanically actuate the first plurality of valves of the hub-connected microchannels.

US Pat. No. 10,654,038

NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS APPARATUS

1. A nucleic acid analysis apparatus, comprising:a chamber comprising a cartridge mounted therein, wherein the cartridge comprises a detection chip and a reagent storing body, the detection chip comprises plural detection wells, and the reagent storing body comprises plural reagent cells used to store reagents for sample purification and/or nucleic acid extraction and plural channels connected with the reagent cells for fluid delivery;
a fluid delivery unit connected with the chamber and adapted to transport reagents within the cartridge for sample purification and/or nucleic acid extraction, wherein the fluid delivery unit comprises plural microchannels for connecting with the cartridge and a pump adapted to provide pneumatic force to transport the reagents stored within the cartridge;
a thermal unit disposed in the chamber and comprising a heater to provide a predefined temperature for nucleic acid amplification;
multiple optical units fixed on the chamber, each optical unit comprising a light source and an optical detector and offering a unique color of illumination to detect multiple targets; and
a rotational driven unit connected with the chamber and comprising a motor capable of rotating the cartridge with a predefined program,
wherein the chamber comprises at least one clip, and during sample purification and/or nucleic acid extraction, the cartridge is locked on the chamber by the at least one clip to contact the fluid delivery unit;
wherein the rotational driven unit comprises a cartridge clamp mounted on a shaft of the rotational driven unit to clamp the cartridge apart from the fluid delivery unit and rotate the cartridge to align the detection wells of the cartridge with the optical units during nucleic acid amplification and/or detection.

US Pat. No. 10,654,037

INTEGRATED PIPETTE TIP DEVICES

BIOTIX, INC., San Diego,...

1. An integrated pipette tip device, comprising:a substantially flat card comprising a first surface and an opposing second surface, which card comprises a plurality of apertures, each aperture defining the opening of a channel traversing the thickness of the card;
which card comprises a plurality of pipette tips integrated with and connected to the card, each of which pipette tips comprising a distal region that effectively extends from the second surface of the card and is concentric with one aperture; anda plurality of dispenser sealing members molded with the card, each of which dispenser sealing members comprising an opening in effective association with one channel of the card, wherein each sealing member is in connection with the first surface of the card.

US Pat. No. 10,654,036

MODULAR, SELF-CONTAINED, MOBILE CLEAN ROOM

G-CON Manufacturing, Inc....

1. A unitary structure cleanroom system for pharmaceutical manufacturing comprising:a plurality of rectangular unitary structures, each unitary structure comprising:
at least one controlled air, sealable, sterilizable cleanroom, the cleanroom having an entry point at a first end of the rectangular unitary structure;
a mechanical system room at a second end of the rectangular unitary structure, the second end being opposite the first end, the mechanical system room comprising:
one or more air handling units that provide air to the cleanroom; and
one or more power busses that provide power to electrical outlets in the cleanroom from two sources, wherein one or more power busses are connectable to one or more external electrical power sources; and
a hallway unit with one side connected to the cleanroom entry points of the rectangular unitary structures such that the rectangular unitary structures project in a same direction from the hallway unit and the mechanical system rooms are opposite the hallway unit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,035

CATALYST REGENERATION

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method of reducing a time of an air-soak treatment in a regeneration process, comprising:(i) removing surface carbon species from a gallium-based alkane dehydrogenation catalyst in a combustion process using a fuel gas; and
(ii) conditioning, after the surface carbon species is removed from the gallium-based alkane dehydrogenation catalyst, the gallium-based alkane dehydrogenation catalyst in the air-soak treatment at a temperature of 660 degree Celsius (° C.) to 850° C. with (iii) a flow of oxygen-containing gas having (iv) 0.1 to 100 parts per million by volume (ppmv) of a chlorine source selected from chlorine, a chlorine compound or a combination thereof,
wherein a predetermined alkane conversion percentage for the gallium-based alkane dehydrogenation catalyst undergoing the air-soak containing regeneration process is achieved using (i) through (iv) at least 10% to 50% sooner in air-soak treatment than a time required to achieve the same predetermined alkane conversion percentage for the gallium-based alkane dehydrogenation catalyst undergoing the air-soak treatment containing regeneration process using (i) through (iii), but without (iv).

US Pat. No. 10,654,034

METHOD OF PREPARING PLATINUM-BASED CATALYST AND PLATINUM-BASED CATALYST

AT ENERGY LLC, Moscow (R...

1. A method of platinum-based catalyst production comprisingcleaning a carrier by ion etching and
magnetron sputtering at least one target based on platinum in vacuum in a primary gas plasma with addition of reactive gas,
wherein the sputtering is performed at a power density on the magnetron sputtered target within (0.004-0.17)*105 W/m2 and a ratio of concentrations of the primary and reaction gas of 75-99%,
wherein the sputtering results in a layer with a thickness from 7 to 50 nm, and
wherein the layer is porous and has a specific platinum content of 17 to 594 ?g/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,654,032

RECYCLABLE CATALYSTS FOR CHLORINATION OF ORGANIC ACIDS AND ALCOHOLS

GALAXY SURFACTANTS LTD., ...

1. A polymer catalyst having a group of Formula Ia tethered to a polystyrene backbone,
wherein:
R is selected from the group consisting of C1 to C5 alkyl groups;
‘m’ has a value ranging from 1 to 5; and
* marks a point of attachment to a para-position of a styrene moiety in the polystyrene backbone.

US Pat. No. 10,654,030

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING METHOD USING EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION CATALYST

UMICORE SHOKUBAI JAPAN CO...

1. An exhaust gas purification catalyst comprising: a support; a first catalyst layer on an upstream side: a second catalyst layer on a downstream side; and a third catalyst layer,wherein an upstream portion of the third catalyst layer is present on the first catalyst layer,
a downstream portion of the third catalyst layer is present on the second catalyst layer, and
a middle portion of a third catalyst layer between the upstream portion and the downstream portion is present between the first catalyst layer and the second catalyst layer,
wherein the first catalyst layer and second catalyst layer are present directly on the support, and
wherein a thickness of the middle portion is smaller than a thickness of the upstream portion and a thickness of the downstream portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,029

BRIDGED BI-AROMATIC LIGANDS AND OLEFIN POLYMERIZATION CATALYSTS PREPARED THEREFROM

Univation Technologies, L...

1. A catalyst composition comprising one or more transition metal compounds comprising a bridged bi-aromatic phenol ligand of formula (I);wherein each of R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11 and R12 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydride, halide, optionally substituted hydrocarbyl, heteroatom-containing optionally substituted hydrocarbyl, alkoxy, aryloxy, silyl, boryl, dialkyl amino, alkylthio, arylthio and seleno; optionally two or more R groups can combine together into ring structures with such ring structures having from 3 to 100 non-hydrogen atoms in the ring; A is an optionally substituted divalent alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, heteroalkyl, heteroalkenyl, heteroalkynyl, carbocycle, heterocarbocycle, aryl, heteroaryl, or silyl; Y and Y? are independently selected from O, S, NRa and PRa wherein Ra is optionally substituted hydrocarbyl; Ar is, independently, optionally substituted aryl or optionally substituted heteroaryl; andone or more activators.

US Pat. No. 10,654,027

SHAPED POROUS CARBON PRODUCTS

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co...

1. A catalyst composition comprising a shaped porous carbon product as a catalyst support and a catalytically active component or precursor thereof, wherein the shaped porous carbon product comprises:(a) carbon black and
(b) a carbonized binder comprising a carbonization product of a binder comprising a saccharide selected from the group consisting of a monosaccharide, a disaccharide, an oligosaccharide, and combinations thereof and wherein the shaped porous carbon product has a BET specific surface area from about 20 m2/g to about 500 m2/g.

US Pat. No. 10,654,025

AMINE-BASED CARBON DIOXIDE ADSORBENT RESISTANT TO OXYGEN AND SULFUR DIOXIDE AND METHOD OF PREPARING THE SAME

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. An amine-based carbon dioxide adsorbent in which a chelating agent is supported on a porous support and an amine compound is bonded to the porous support,wherein the chelating agent is selected from the group consisting of
phosphoric acid and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations (protons) thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations,
etidronic acid (1-hydroxyethane 1,1-diphosphonic acid, HEDP) and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations,
ethylenediamine tetramethylene phosphonic acid (EDTMP) and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations,
pentetic acid (diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid, DTPA) and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations,
dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations,
aminotris(methylenephosphonic acid) and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations,
diethylenetriamine pentamethylene phosphonic acid (DTPMP) and salts in which some or all of the hydrogen cations thereof are substituted with alkali metal cations, and disodium tetrasulfide.

US Pat. No. 10,654,024

RHO ZEOLITES AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A method of making a RHO zeolite, the method comprising the steps of:forming a gel comprising SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O, Cs2O, and H2O, wherein the SiO2:Al2O3 molar ratio is from 10.4 to 11.2, the (Na2O+Cs2O):SiO2 molar ratio is from 0.3 to 0.4, and the H2O:SiO2 molar ratio is from 7.0 to 9.0;
aging the gel by maintaining the gel at a temperature of from 20 to 30° C. for a period of from 1 to 5 days; and
crystallizing and separating the aged gel into a crystallized NaCsRHO zeolite precipitate and a mother liquor by heating the aged gel to a temperature of from 85 to 105° C. and maintaining the gel at a temperature of from 85 to 105° C. for a period of from 3 to 5 days.

US Pat. No. 10,654,023

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCREASING A CARBON MONOXIDE CONTENT OF SYNGAS PRODUCED BY A STEAM METHANE REFORMER

FUELCELL ENERGY, INC., D...

1. A system for producing liquid fuel, comprising:a hydrocarbon source configured to provide a hydrocarbon feed that contains methane;
a fuel cell unit configured to output anode exhaust gas containing CO2; and
a steam methane reformer configured to receive a first hydrocarbon feed portion from the hydrocarbon source and the anode exhaust gas from the fuel cell unit;
wherein the steam methane reformer is configured to output a syngas having a first H2/CO ratio of at most 2:1;
wherein the fuel cell unit comprises a direct molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) configured to operate at a temperature in the range of 600° C. to 700° C.; and
wherein the MCFC is configured to output anode exhaust gas comprising (H2+CO) at an amount in the range of 20% to 40% and CO2 at an amount in the range of 60% to 80%, wherein the syngas output from the steam methane reformer includes the (H2+CO) of the anode exhaust gas, and wherein a cathode of the MCFC is configured to receive CO2 from at least one of: CO2 separated from the syngas, CO2 output by an anode gas oxidizer combustor, or a CO2-containing flue gas.

US Pat. No. 10,654,022

FLOW REACTOR VESSELS AND REACTOR SYSTEMS

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A process for forming a sulfide compound, the process comprising:(i) introducing a fluid comprising a mercaptan compound and a compound having a carbon-carbon double bond into a flow reactor vessel, the flow reactor vessel comprising:
(a) a reaction chamber comprising a reactor wall, an inlet for the fluid, and an outlet;
(b) a tube positioned within the reaction chamber, a flow path for the fluid including a region between an outer surface of the tube and an inner surface of the reactor wall; and
(c) an electromagnetic radiation source enclosed within the tube, the electromagnetic radiation source configured to deliver electromagnetic radiation into the fluid in the flow path;
wherein an average linear distance between the outer surface of the tube and the inner surface of the reactor wall is less than or equal to 10 cm;
(ii) exposing the fluid to the electromagnetic radiation within the reaction chamber to form the sulfide compound; and
(iii) discharging a composition comprising the sulfide compound from the reaction chamber via the outlet;
wherein the fluid in the flow path has a volumetric flow rate from 12 to 120 gallons/min and a Reynolds number of at least 10,000.

US Pat. No. 10,654,021

AUTOCLAVE AND METHOD FOR WELDING THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE PARTS

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An autoclave for welding thermoplastic composite parts, comprising:a sealed process chamber,
a pressure source,
a microwave source,
a workpiece supporting member configured to support at least two thermoplastic composite parts which contact each other in an abutting section within the process chamber,
a first monitoring device adapted to monitor the shape of the thermoplastic composite parts in the process chamber, and
wherein the pressure source is configured to generate positive pressure in the process chamber which is higher than an ambient pressure surrounding the process chamber, while the microwave source emits microwaves towards the abutting section, in order to locally melt the thermoplastic composite parts and weld them together in the region of the abutting section, and
wherein the pressure source is configured to reduce the pressure within the process chamber upon detection of a change of the shape of the thermoplastic composite parts in comparison to their initial shape upon placement in the process chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,654,020

PREPARATION METHOD OF CARBON-COATED CERIA HOLLOW SPHERE

DONGGUAN UNIVERSITY OF TE...

1. A method of preparing a carbon-coated ceria hollow sphere, comprising the following steps of:dispersing silica in a solvent to obtain a silica dispersion;
performing a hydrothermal reaction between the silica dispersion and a cerium salt to obtain a ceria-coated silica microsphere;
coating the ceria-coated silica microsphere with a carbon source to obtain a primary product, wherein the carbon source is dopamine;
sintering the primary product under a protective gas atmosphere to obtain a carbon-coated ceria microsphere; and
etching the carbon-coated ceria microsphere by using an etchant to obtain a carbon-coated ceria hollow sphere.