US Pat. No. 10,190,083

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PATTERNING AN INTERFACE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A coating interfacing device (999) for forming a defined interface between separated coatings, the device (999) comprising:a well (100) comprising an elastomeric bottom surface (200),
a slit (300) formed into the elastomeric bottom surface (200),
a removable divider (400) inserted into the slit (300) to create a closeable gap (310) and to divide the well (100) into a first compartment (110) and a second compartment (120), wherein the first compartment (110) comprises a first elastomeric bottom surface (210) and the second compartment (120) comprises a second elastomeric bottom surface (220),
the first elastomeric bottom surface (210) and the second elastomeric bottom surface (220) each lined with a designated coating,
wherein the divider (400) is removed to close the gap (310), whereby the designated coating lined on the first elastomeric bottom surface (210) interfaces with the designated coating lined on the second elastomeric bottom surface (220).

US Pat. No. 10,190,064

INTEGRATED PROCESS FOR SIMULTANEOUS REMOVAL AND VALUE ADDITION TO THE SULFUR AND AROMATICS COMPOUNDS OF GAS OIL

1. An integrated process for simultaneous removal and value addition to sulfur and aromatics compounds of a gas oil comprising:(i) distilling a gas oil under vacuum or positive pressure in the range of 40-2280 mm Hg and a temperature in the range 100-350° C. to obtain a refractive sulfur and polyaromatics lean lighter fraction of gas oil (LFGO), and a refractive sulfur and polyaromatics rich heavy fraction (HFGO) of gas oil;
(ii) mixing the HFGO obtained in step (i) with a polar solvent in a continuous extraction column at a temperature in the range of 30 to 70° C. with a solvent to feed ratio in the range of 0.5 to 4.0 to obtain a raffinate lean in refractive sulfur and polyaromatics and an extract rich in refractive sulfur and polyaromatics compounds;
(iii) washing the raffinate obtained in step (ii) with water generating water containing a small amount of solvent and a solvent free raffinate;
(iv) mixing the extract obtained in step (ii) with an anti-solvent in a single stage mixture settler, to obtain a pseudo raffinate (PSR) hydrocarbon and a solvent rich extract containing an enhanced concentration of sulfur and aromatic compounds;
(v) subjecting the solvent rich extract obtained in step (iv) and the water containing a small amount of solvent obtained from wash zones obtained in step (iii) to a solvent recovery column for recovery of an aqueous solvent and an extract hydrocarbon stream;
(vi) distilling the aqueous solvent obtained in step (v) to separate water and dry solvent with a water concentration in the range of 0.0 to 10.0% for its reuse in the process;
(vii) subjecting a fraction of the pseudo raffinate (PSR) hydrocarbon obtained in step (iv) in the range of 5% to 50% to a continuous extraction column;
(viii) subjecting a portion of the pseudo raffinate (PSR) hydrcarbon obtained in step (iv) in the range of 50% to 95% to a hydrocracker to obtain a gas oil of reduced sulfur and aromatics level, wherein the gas oil has sulfur less than 10 ppmw;
(ix) routing the extract hydrocarbon stream obtained in step (v) as a feed stock to carbon black generation unit to produce carbon or delayed coker unit to obtain reduced sulfur products;
(x) hydrotreating the refractive sulfur and polyaromatics lean lighter fraction of gas oil (LFGO) obtained in step (i), the solvent free raffinate as obtained in step (iii), or a mixture of the LFGO and the solvent free raffinate in the presence of hydrogen and metallic catalyst to produce a desulfurized gas oil having sulfur less than 75 ppmw; and
(xi) blending of the desulfurized gas oil having sulfur less than 75 ppmw obtained in step (x) with the gas oil having sulfur less than 10 ppmw obtained in step (viii) to produce a blended low sulfur gas oil wherein the sulfur in the blended low sulfur gas oil is less than 70 ppmw.

US Pat. No. 10,190,062

BITUMEN PROCESSING AND TRANSPORT

CENOVUS ENERGY INC., Cal...

1. A method for preparing or converting bitumen for transport, the method comprising:separating asphaltene from the bitumen to generate a deasphalted oil and asphaltene;
separating the asphaltene into a first asphaltene fraction and a second asphaltene fraction, the first asphaltene fraction being less soluble in deasphalted oil and the second asphaltene fraction being more soluble in deasphalted oil; and
forming an asphaltene prill comprising an inner core comprising the second asphaltene fraction and an outer layer comprising the first asphaltene fraction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,058

HIGH-YIELD PRODUCTION OF FUELS AND PETRO- AND OLEO-CHEMICAL PRECURSORS FROM VEGETABLE OILS AND OTHER LIQUID FEEDSTOCKS IN A CONTINUOUS-FLOW PYROLYSIS REACTOR WITH OR WITHOUT CATALYSTS

The University of Toledo,...

1. A method of conducting a pyrolysis, the method comprising:atomizing an oil feedstock to produce atomized oil droplets, wherein the oil feedstock comprises vegetable oil, biooil, or biocrude;
pyrolyzing the atomized oil droplets in a reactor with or without a catalyst to produce pyrolysis products, wherein the pyrolysis is conducted at a temperature ranging from about 400° C. to about 600° C.; and
optionally, reacting the pyrolysis products in-situ with one or more added reactants to produce reacted pyrolysis products.

US Pat. No. 10,190,055

REVERSE EMULSION BREAKER COPOLYMERS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A method of resolving a reverse emulsion in produced fluid of an oil production system comprising adding a reverse emulsion breaker to a produced fluid of the oil production system in an amount effective for resolving the reverse emulsion, the reverse emulsion breaker comprising a structured copolymer derived from the monomers of Formulae 1, 2, and 3:whereinR1, R2, and R3 are independently hydrogen or alkyl;
R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 are independently alkyl;
A is independently —NH— or —O—;
p and q are independently an integer from 1 to 6; and
the weight average molecular weight of the structured copolymer is from about 20,000 to about 2,000,000 Daltons.

US Pat. No. 10,190,053

PYROLYSIS OF LIGNIN

Iowa State University Res...

1. A method of fast pyrolysis, said method comprising:(a) providing a technical lignin;
(b) treating the technical lignin with an alkali metal hydroxide or an alkaline earth metal hydroxide in an amount of from over 4% (w/w) to 20% (w/w) under conditions effective to reduce agglomeration, during pyrolysis, compared to when the technical lignin is not subjected to said treating; and
(c) pyrolyzing the treated technical lignin in continuous mode for 1 to 3 hours to produce pyrolysis products.

US Pat. No. 10,190,052

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REGULATING AND CONTROLLING THE GAS PRESSURE

1. A device for regulating or controlling an individual gas pressure of each individual oven of a coke oven battery, the device comprising:a rising-pipe bend;
a water seal;
an immersion cup;
an actuator;
an immersion pipe that extends above the immersion cup and that is associated with a lower end of the rising-pipe bend via the water seal, the immersion pipe being supported such that it is vertically adjustable by means of the actuator so that the immersion pipe is immersible to different depths into the immersion cup for causing a change in pressure; and
a sleeve arranged in the rising-pipe bend which serves to position the immersion pipe, wherein a lower end of the sleeve is connected via at least one conduit to the water seal, and wherein a water supply, for feeding the water seal, and the actuator are provided at an upper end of the sleeve, outside the rising-pipe bend.

US Pat. No. 10,190,050

LIQUID CRYSTAL COMPOSITION, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A liquid crystal composition, comprising:a liquid crystal compound; and
a liquid crystal aligning agent comprising at least one compound represented by Formula 1:

wherein in Formula 1,
X—* is a C1-20-alkyl-*,

-L1-* is a single bond, *—(CH2)p1—*, *—O(CH2)p1—*, *—O—*,
*—CH?CH—*, or *—C?C—*, wherein p1 is an integer of 1 to 10;-L2-* is a single bond, *—(CH2)p2—*, *—O(CH2)p2—*, *—O—*,
*—CH?CH—*, or *—C?C—*, wherein p2 is an integer of 1 to 10;-L3-* is a single bond, *—(CH2)p3—*, *—O(CH2)p3—*, *—O—*,
*—CH?CH—*, or *—C?C—*, wherein p3 is an integer of 1 to 10;*-L1-*, *-L2-*, and *-L3-* are identical to or different from one another;
*—C—* is a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic linking group, which is substituted or unsubstituted
substituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedor substituted or unsubstitutedwherein at least one hydrogen in the substituted cyclic linking group is substituted with a C1-10-alkyl-*, F—*, Br—*, I—*, *—OH, *—NH2, or a C1-10-((meth)acryloxy)alkyl-*;*—R—* is *—(CH2)q—*, *—O(CH2)q—*, *—(CH2)qArn-*, or *—O(CH2)qArn-*, wherein Arn is a substituted or unsubstituted C6-30 arylene and q is an integer of 1 to 10, wherein at least one hydrogen in the substituted C6-30 arylene is substituted with a C1-10-alkyl-*, F—*, Br—*, I—*, *—OH, *—NH2, or a C1-10-((meth)acryloxy)alkyl-*;
*—Y is
wherein n is an integer of 0 to 5;n1 is an integer of 1 to 3,
n2 and m are each independently 0 or 1, and
“*” indicates a point of attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,190,047

GREEN-EMITTING, GARNET-BASED PHOSPHORS IN GENERAL AND BACKLIGHTING APPLICATIONS

Intematix Corporation, F...

1. A white LED comprising:a radiation source configured to provide excitation radiation having a wavelength greater than about 280 nm;
at least one green-emitting, garnet-based phosphor, at least one said green emitting, garnet-based phosphor having the formula:
(Y,A)3(Al,B)5(O,C)12:Ce3+, where
A is at least one of Tb, Gd, Sm, La, Lu, Sr, Ca, and Mg, including combinations of those elements, and wherein the amount of substitution of those elements for Y ranges from about 0.1 to about 100 percent stoichiometrically;
B is at least one of Si, Ge, B, F, and Ga, including combinations, wherein B substitutes for Al in amounts ranging from about 0.1 to about 100 percent stoichiometrically; and
C is at least one of F, Cl, N, and S, including combinations, wherein C substitutes for oxygen in amounts ranging from about 0.1 to about 100 percent stoichiometrically.

US Pat. No. 10,190,035

PHENOL-ALKOXYLATE CO-SOLVENT SURFACTANT COMPOSITION

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. An aqueous composition comprising water, an anionic surfactant, an alkali agent, and a co-solvent having the formula:
wherein
R1 is independently hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-C4 alkyl;
R2 is independently hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-C2 alkyl; and
n is an integer from 1 to 30,
wherein the aqueous composition has a salinity of at least 5,000 ppm and a pH of from 9.5 to 12,
wherein the co-solvent is present in an amount of from 0.25% to 3% by weight, based on the weight of the aqueous composition, and
wherein the anionic surfactant consists essentially of one or more anionic surfactants that are not alcohol phosphate surfactants or phosphate alkyl ester surfactants.

US Pat. No. 10,190,025

ADHESIVE COMPOSITION FOR POLARIZING PLATE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. An adhesive composition for polarizing plates, comprising:100 parts by weight of a polymerizable component including about 50 parts by weight to about 90 parts by weight of an epoxy group-containing compound (A) and about 10 parts by weight to about 50 parts by weight of a (meth)acrylate monomer (B), based on 100 parts by weight of the polymerizable component;
about 1 part by weight to about 7 parts by weight of a photoacid generator (C); and
about 0.1 parts by weight to about 7 parts by weight of at least one of a photosensitizer and a photopolymerization initiator (D);
wherein, the epoxy group-containing compound (A) comprises about 50 parts by weight to about 95 parts by weight of an alicyclic epoxy group-containing compound (A1) and about 1 part by weight to about 50 parts by weight of an aromatic group- and epoxy group-containing compound (A2), based on 100 parts by weight of the epoxy group-containing compound (A), and
the alicyclic epoxy group-containing compound (A1) and the aromatic group- and epoxy group-containing compound (A2) have a weight ratio of about 3:1 to about 95:1,
wherein when peeled under conditions of a peeling angle of 90° and a peeling rate of 300 mm/min, a polarizer and a PET film bonded by a cured product of the adhesive composition has a peel strength of 3 N/25 mm or more, or the polarizer and a COP film bonded by the cured product of the adhesive composition has a peel strength of 2 N/25 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,190,010

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:a pigment;
a water-soluble organic solvent; and
a surfactant,
wherein the ink has a viscosity of 5 mPa·s or more at 25° C.,
wherein a static surface tension of the ink as measured at 25° C. using a Wilhelmy method is from 31.0 mN/m to 35.0 mN/m, and
wherein a dynamic surface tension of the ink as measured at 25° C. using a maximum bubble pressure method is from 30.5 mN/m to 37.0 mN/m when a bubble life time is 150 msec.

US Pat. No. 10,189,986

ACRYLAMIDE-BASED COPOLYMERS, TERPOLYMERS, AND USE AS HYDRATE INHIBITORS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A terpolymer having General Formula (I):
in which:
R1, R2, and R3 are each independently chosen from C1 to C8 saturated aliphatic groups,
R4 is chosen from divalent C4 to C7 linear aliphatic groups or divalent C4 to C7 linear heteroaliphatic groups, optionally substituted with one or more C1-C6 linear aliphatic groups, C1-C6 branched aliphatic groups, or combination thereof, where the divalent C4 to C7 linear heteroaliphatic groups comprise 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently chosen from O, N, or S,
R5, R6, and R7 are each independently chosen from methyl or hydrogen,
x is a molar fraction range chosen from greater than 0 to 0.8,
y is a molar fraction range chosen from greater than 0 to 0.8,
z is a molar fraction range chosen from 0.1 to 0.9, where the summation of x, y, and z equals 1, and
the terpolymer is random.

US Pat. No. 10,189,946

PROCESS FOR PREPARING POLYAMINES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for preparing a polyamine,the process comprising polycondensing at least one diamine in liquid phase in the presence of hydrogen and at least one catalyst based on at least one metal of transition groups 8 to 11 of the Periodic Table of the Elements, by keeping pressure constant during the polycondensing through continuous supply of an inert gas, hydrogen, or both, and removing the inert gas, the hydrogen, or both, and ammonia formed during the polycondensing,
wherein:
the polycondensing occurs at a temperature of 150 to 180° C. and a pressure of 60 to 150 bar; and
a mean molecular weight of the polyamine is ?203 g/mol, in which a deviation from the mean molecular weight per ° C. of change in reaction temperature is <19% of the mean molecular weight.

US Pat. No. 10,189,917

FLUORINATED CATALYST SUPPORTS AND CATALYST SYSTEMS

Univation Technologies, L...

1. A method for making a fluorinated catalyst support, comprising:forming a mixture of a support material and a first portion of a fluoride donor, where the support material is an inorganic oxide;
adding the mixture to a fluidized bed reactor;
fluidizing the mixture in the fluidized bed reactor with a fluidizing gas at a flow rate that forms a fluidized bed with a height to diameter ratio of at least about 2.3; and
calcining the mixture to decompose the fluoride donor and fluorinate the support material thereby forming a partially fluorided support, and
adding a second portion of the fluoride donor to the partially fluorided support;
calcining the second portion of the fluoride donor to the partially fluorided support to form the fluorinated catalyst support.

US Pat. No. 10,189,865

GOLD(I) COMPLEXES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, AND METHODS OF TREATING PROLIFERATIVE DISORDERS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A gold(I) complex of Formula (I)or a salt thereof, a solvate thereof, a tautomer thereof, a stereoisomer thereof, or a mixture thereof;wherein:
R1 and R2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, and an optionally substituted arylalkyl;
R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted alkenyl, an optionally substituted alkynyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted alkoxy, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted arylalkyl, an optionally substituted alkanoyl, an optionally substituted aroyl, a halogen, a cyano, and a nitro;
R8 and R9 are independently a hydrogen, or an optionally substituted alkyl; and
X is an anion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,843

FUSED PYRAZOLE DERIVATIVE HAVING AUTOTAXIN INHIBITORY ACTIVITY

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. A compound of formula (I) or a pharmaceutical acceptable salt thereof:
wherein
R1 is substituted or unsubstituted phenyl,
R2 is hydrogen,
R3 is hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl carbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted sulfamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl,
R4a and R4b are each independently hydrogen, halogen, hydroxy, cyano, formyl, carboxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted amino, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylthio, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl carbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted sulfamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl,
R5a is hydrogen, halogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy,
R5b is halogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy, or
R4b and R5a may be taken together to form a bond, R5b may be taken together with the substituent on R1 to form substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocycle or substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocycle, or R4b and R5b may be taken together to form substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocycle or substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocycle,
provided that
(i) a compound wherein R1 is substituted or unsubstituted phenyloxymethyl or substituted or unsubstituted pyridyloxymethyl, R2 is hydrogen, R5a is hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted methyl, and R5b is substituted or unsubstituted methyl,
(ii) a compound wherein R3 is hydrogen or unsubstituted methyl, and either one of R5a and R5b or each of them are each independently unsubstituted methyloxy or unsubstituted ethyloxy, and
(iii) a compound represented as follows:

are excluded.

US Pat. No. 10,189,828

1-METHYLPYRAZOLE-PIPERAZINE COMPOUNDS HAVING MULTIMODAL ACTIVITY AGAINST PAIN

LABORATORIOS DEL DR. ESTE...

1. A compound of formula (I):
wherein
n is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6;
Y—W is CRY—N;
X is a bond or —CR6R6—;
R1 is substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl;
R2 is substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl;
R3 is hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylcycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylaryl, or substituted or unsubstituted alkylheterocyclyl;
R4, R4? , R4? and R4?? are independently selected from hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, and unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl;
R5 and R5? are independently selected from hydrogen or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, and unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl;
R6 is selected from hydrogen, halogen, —OR7, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, —C(O)OR7, —C(O)NR7R7?, —NR7C(O)R7?, and —NR7R7??—;
R6? is selected from hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, and substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl;
wherein R7 and R7? are independently selected from hydrogen, unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl , and unsubstituted acetyl;
and R7?? is selected from hydrogen, unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl and -Boc;
Ry is selected from hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, and substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl;
optionally as a stereoisomer, a racemate or a mixture of at least two of stereoisomers, in any mixing ratio, or a corresponding salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,189,815

2-(3-PYRIDINYL)-1H-BENZIMIDAZOLE DERIVATIVE COMPOUND AND MEDICINE CONTAINING SAME

NIHON MEDI-PHYSICS CO., L...

1. A compound represented by the following general formula (1) or a salt thereof:
wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or CO2Ra, R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom or CO2Ra, R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a hydroxyalkyl group containing 1 to 10 carbon atoms, R4 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group or an alkoxy group containing 1 to 10 carbon atoms, R5 represents a linear alkyl group containing 1 to 5 carbon atoms in which a hydrogen atom is optionally replaced by a halogen atom, a cyclic alkyl group containing 3 to 5 carbon atoms in which a hydrogen atom is optionally replaced by a halogen atom, a hydroxyalkyl group containing 1 to 5 carbon atoms, or an o-, p- or m-halobenzyl group, A represents CH or a nitrogen atom, X1 and X3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom, X2 represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom or a nitrile group, provided that at least one of X1, X2 and X3 represents a halogen atom, and each Ra independently represents an alkyl group containing 1 to 10 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,189,813

FORMYLATED N-HETEROCYCLIC DERIVATIVES AS FGFR4 INHIBITORS

NOVARTIS AG, Basel (CH)

1. A compound of formula (I) in free form or in pharmaceutically acceptable salt form
wherein
X is N or CH;
A is C(O) and B is NR5 or
A and B together form part of a 5- or 6-membered aromatic ring wherein A is C and B is C or N;
R1 is selected from hydrogen, hydroxyC1-C3alkyl, haloC1-C3alkyl, CO2H, CH2NR2R3, a 5-membered aromatic heterocyclic ring comprising at least one heteroatom selected from N, O or S, which ring is optionally substituted once or more than once with C1-C3alkyl;
R2 is C1-C3alkyl and R3 is C(O)C1-C3alkyl
or
R2 and R3 together with the N to which they are attached form a saturated 5- or 6-membered ring optionally comprising one additional heteroatom selected from N, O or S, which ring is optionally substituted once or more than once with R4;
R4 is for each occurrence independently selected from C1-C3alkyl, C1-C3alkoxy or two R4 attached at the same carbon atom form an oxo group;
R5 is selected from hydrogen, C1-C3alkyl, C1-C3alkoxyC1-C3alkyl, (CH2)0-1—R6;
R6 is a 4-, 5-, or 6-membered saturated heterocyclic ring comprising at least one heteroatom selected from N, O, or S;
R7 is selected from cyano, haloC1-C3alkyl;
R8 is selected from hydrogen, NR9R10, C1-C6alkoxy;
R9 is hydrogen;
R10 is selected from C1-C6alkyl, hydroxyC1-C6alkyl, C1-C4alkoxyC1-C6alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,189,800

METHOD FOR PREPARING N-(1,3,4-OXADIAZOL-2-YL)ARYLCARBOXAMIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A method for preparing N-(1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-yl)arylcarboxamide of formula (I) by reacting 2-amino-1,3,4-oxadiazoles of formula (II) with benzoic acids of formula (III),
wherein said method is carried out
a) in the presence of an activating reagent selected from the group consisting of thionyl chloride, phosgene, diphosgene, mesyl chloride, tosyl chloride, POCl3, PCl5, oxalyl chloride and C1-C8-alkyl-OC(O)C1, and
(b) in the presence of a base of formula (IV),

and
c) where the substituents are as defined herein below:
R1 is hydrogen, C3-C12-cycloalkyl, C1-C8-alkyl, C1-C5-alkoxy, halogen, cyano or phenyl,
R2 is hydrogen, C1-C5-alkyl or halogen,
R3 is hydrogen, C1-C8-alkyl, C1-C8-alkylsulphenyl, C1-C8-alkylsulphinyl or C1-C8-alkylsulphonyl,
R4 is C1-C5-alkyl or C1-C3-haloalkyl, and
R5 is C1-C12-alkyl or phenyl.

US Pat. No. 10,189,773

IN-VIVO GELLING PHARMACEUTICAL PRE-FORMULATION

MEDICUS BIOSCIENCES, LLC,...

1. An in vivo gelling pharmaceutical pre-formulation, comprising:(a) at least one multifunctional nucleophilic monomer comprising a polyol core, wherein the polyol core is selected from the group consisting of:
andwherein R is:

wherein n is 10-200 and the molecular weight of the nucleophilic monomer is between about 2,000 to about 40,000;
(b) at least one water soluble second compound comprising more than one electrophilic group selected from an epoxide, N-succinimidyl succinate, N-succinimidyl glutarate, N-succinimidyl succinamide or N-succinimidyl glutaramide, wherein the second compound comprising the core of one electrophilic group is a pentaerythritol, and wherein the second compound further comprises one or more polyethylene glycol sections; and
(c) an aqueous buffer in the pH range of 5.0 to 9.0;wherein mixing a mixture comprising the at least one multifunctional nucleophilic monomer and the at least one water soluble second compound in the aqueous buffer and delivering the mixture to a target site in the human body generates the in vivo gelling pharmaceutical pre-formulation such that the in vivo gelling pharmaceutical pre-formulation at least in part polymerizes and gels at the target site to form a biocompatible hydrogel polymer, and wherein the in vivo gelling pharmaceutical pre-formulation does not contain blood or protein.

US Pat. No. 10,189,746

MULTI-PHASIC CERAMIC COMPOSITE

1. A ceramic composite comprising:a first ceramic phase comprising grains of a first ceramic material; and
a second ceramic phase comprising grains of a second ceramic material;
wherein:
the first ceramic material has a different composition than the second ceramic material;
at least one of the first ceramic phase and the second ceramic phase has a median minimum width of at least 5 microns; and
the first phase, second phase, or both, includes grains of element carbon, wherein the elemental carbon is in an amount of at most 7 wt %, based on a total weight of the respective phase or phases.

US Pat. No. 10,189,745

CORROSION-RESISTANT MEMBER AND ELECTROSTATIC CHUCK DEVICE

SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO....

1. A corrosion-resistant member comprisinga composite oxide sintered compact containing aluminum, samarium, and a rare earth metal element other than samarium,
wherein the rare earth metal element other than samarium has an ionic radius of 0.88×10?10 m or more, and
a crystal phase of the composite oxide sintered compact is (i) an orthorhombic perovskite phase or (ii) an orthorhombic perovskite phase and a rare earth metal element other than samarium.

US Pat. No. 10,189,735

WHITE, OPAQUE, ? SPODUMENE GLASS-CERAMIC ARTICLES WITH INHERENT DAMAGE RESISTANCE AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A process for making a glass-ceramic comprising:a) heating a crystallizable glass at a rate in a range from about 1° C./min to about 10° C./min to a nucleation temperature in a range from about 700° C. and 810° C., wherein, in mole %, the crystallizable glass comprises:
i) SiO2 in a range from about 60 to about 75,
ii) Al2O3 in a range from about 10 to about 18,
iii) Li2O in a range from about 5 to about 14, and
iv) B2O3 in a range from about 4.5 to about 20;
b) maintaining the crystallizable glass at the nucleation temperature to produce a nucleated crystallizable glass;
c) heating the nucleated crystallizable glass at a rate in a range from about 1° C./min to about 10° C./min to a crystallization temperature of in a range from about 850° C. and 1200° C.; and
d) maintaining the nucleated crystallizable glass at the crystallization temperature to produce a glass-ceramic having ?-spodumene as a predominant crystalline phase, wherein the glass-ceramic comprises a Vickers crack initiation threshold of at least about 25 kgf.

US Pat. No. 10,189,733

HEATING SYSTEM FOR DESALINATION

Enviro Water Minerals Com...

1. A system comprising:a desalination system comprising:
a reverse osmosis system configured to receive a first brine stream comprising minerals and to produce a second brine stream and a first desalinated water stream from the first brine stream, wherein the second brine stream comprises the minerals from the first brine stream;
a mineral removal system disposed downstream from and fluidly coupled to the reverse osmosis system, wherein the mineral removal system is configured to receive the second brine stream and to capture the minerals from the second brine stream to generate a second desalinated water stream, and wherein the mineral removal system comprises a nanofiltration system configured to generate the second desalinated water stream;
at least one electrodialysis system disposed within the mineral removal system, wherein the at least one electrodialysis system is positioned upstream from and fluidly coupled to the nanofiltration system;
a power production system comprising an engine configured to provide power to the desalination system, wherein the power production system does not include combined cycle power production; and
a heating system disposed between the reverse osmosis system and the mineral removal system, wherein the heating system is configured to heat the second brine stream upstream of the mineral removal system, and the power production system provides heat to the heating system to heat the second brine stream.

US Pat. No. 10,189,728

FLUID PURIFICATION METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS

NxStage Medical, Inc., L...

1. A method of purifying water, comprising:flowing water from a source along a flow path defined by automatic valves through a plurality of electronic deionization cells in a series, each of the cells having an inlet that receives input water and an outlet that outputs filtered water when flow through the cell is in a forward direction, a first cell encountered by the water in the series having a lowest rank in the series, the rank increasing along the series, and a last cell encountered by the water in the series having a highest rank in the series; and
periodically changing a configuration of the flow path by controlling the automatic valves by a controller, wherein
a first portion of the water that has passed through all cells except the cell having the highest rank is collected as purified water,
a second portion of said water that has passed through all cells except the cell having the highest rank flows through the cell having the highest rank in a reverse direction, opposite of the forward direction, to regenerate said cell having the highest rank, and
said periodically changing the configuration of the flow path includes
switching the automatic valves such that in a changed flow path configuration the cell having the lowest rank becomes the cell having the highest rank that receives water in the reverse direction and a rank of each other cell decrements to a next lower rank, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,189,724

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A water treatment device comprising:a water treatment vessel which causes electric discharge in water stored therein to produce a sterilizing factor;
a water supplier, including a water tank and valve mechanism, which supplies water to the water treatment vessel;
a reservoir which stores the water supplied from the water supplier; and
a pair of electrodes which cause the electric discharge in the water treatment vessel, wherein
the water treatment vessel is configured to rotate, about a rotational shaft parallel to a horizontal plane in the reservoir, in accordance with the level of the water stored in the reservoir,
rotation of the water treatment vessel switches the water treatment vessel between a discharging state where the water treatment vessel and the reservoir have no communication and the pair of electrodes are immersed in the water in the water treatment vessel to cause the electric discharge, and a draining state where the pair of electrodes come out of the water in the water treatment vessel to stop the electric discharge and the water flows out of the water treatment vessel into the reservoir, and
the water supplier is configured to supply water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the draining state, and stop the supply of water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the discharging state.

US Pat. No. 10,189,709

SYSTEM FOR COGENERATION OF POWER AND HYDROGEN

King Fahd University of P...

1. A power generation system, comprising:a membrane reformer assembly comprising
a first vessel with a first internal cavity having a heating zone with a heating zone inlet and a heating zone outlet, a reaction zone with a reaction zone inlet and a reaction zone outlet, and a sweep zone with a sweep zone inlet and a sweep zone outlet, wherein the reaction zone and the sweep zone are separated by a hydrogen-permeable membrane;
a combustor comprising
a plurality of combustor feed inlets, and
an exhaust outlet,
wherein the combustor is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and at least one of said combustor feed inlets is fluidly connected to the reaction zone outlet via a syngas line; and
an expander located downstream of the combustor and fluidly connected to the exhaust outlet via an exhaust line,
wherein a natural gas/H2O stream is converted into a syngas stream in the reaction zone in the presence of a catalyst, and at least a portion of molecular hydrogen present in the syngas stream is transported across the hydrogen-permeable membrane to the sweep zone leaving behind a hydrogen-depleted syngas stream in the reaction zone,
wherein the hydrogen-depleted syngas stream is combusted in the combustor to form an exhaust stream, and
wherein the exhaust stream is expanded in the expander to generate power,
the power generation system further comprising:
an ion transport membrane assembly comprising
a second vessel with a second internal cavity, and
an ion transport membrane that divides the second internal cavity into a feed zone and a permeate zone, wherein the feed zone has an ITM feed inlet and an ITM feed outlet and the permeate zone has a permeate zone inlet and a permeate zone outlet,
wherein at least a portion of molecular oxygen present in an oxygen-containing stream that is delivered to the feed zone is transported across the ion transport membrane to the permeate zone,
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and the permeate zone inlet is fluidly connected to the heating zone outlet via a sweep gas line, and
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located upstream of the combustor and the permeate zone outlet is fluidly connected to one of said combustor feed inlets via an oxygen line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,704

FORMATION OF SUPERHYDROPHOBIC SURFACES

Brookhaven Science Associ...

1. A method for etching conical nanostructures in a substrate, the method comprising:depositing a patterned block copolymer on the substrate, wherein the patterned block copolymer includes a first polymer block domain and a second polymer block domain;
applying a precursor to the patterned block copolymer on the substrate to generate an infiltrated block copolymer on the substrate, wherein the precursor infiltrates into the first polymer block domain and generates a material of metal oxide dots in the first polymer block domain and the precursor does not infiltrate into the second polymer block domain;
applying a removal agent to the infiltrated block copolymer on the substrate to generate a pattern of the material on the substrate, wherein the removal agent is oxygen plasma and is effective to remove the first polymer block domain and the second polymer block domain from the substrate, and is not effective to remove the material in the first polymer block domain;
plasma etching the substrate, wherein the pattern of the material on the substrate masks the substrate to pattern the etching and the etching is performed under etch times sufficiently long enough for metal oxide dots to fall off and form a superhydrophobic surface of etched conical nanostructures, and wherein the etched conical nanostructures have a re-entrant curvature;
removing the pattern of the material from the substrate; and
coating the etched conical nanostructures and the surface of the substrate with a hydrophobic coating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,698

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING DISPENSER FLUID REFILL

GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC., A...

1. A fluid dispensing system comprising:a counter mountable fluid dispenser comprising:
a below deck reservoir for storing a fluid;
an above deck spout including an outlet port at a front portion of the spout, the outlet port being in fluid communication with the reservoir for dispensing fluid stored in the reservoir, and an external supply port at a rear portion of the spout, with the external supply port including a quick disconnect socket connected with the reservoir by a supply passage to supply fluid to the reservoir; and
an access door assembled with the spout, the access door being movable between a closed position blocking access to the external supply port and an open position permitting access to the external supply port; and
an external refill container for storing a refill fluid, the external refill container including a quick disconnect plug connectable with the quick disconnect socket;
wherein the spout includes a release button disposed on an outer surface of the spout, the release button being depressible to disengage the quick disconnect plug from the quick disconnect socket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,691

SHOPPING FACILITY TRACK SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ROUTING MOTORIZED TRANSPORT UNITS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A track system, comprising:an elevated track system comprising a series of elevated tracks that are positioned elevated above a sales floor and products, distributed over at least a portion of the sales floor of a shopping facility, and configured such that multiple motorized transport units travel along the series of elevated tracks in traversing at least portions of the shopping facility, wherein at least some of the elevated tracks are positioned above a drop down ceiling;
one or more chutes each cooperated with one of the elevated tracks and configured to provide a passage for one or more of the motorized transport units between the series of elevated tracks and the sales floor, wherein each of the one or more chutes have dimensions such that the motorized transport units are configured to be position within the chute while being transported through the chute; and
a safety catch cooperated under at least a first elevated track of the at least some of the elevated tracks and that extends over an area of the sales floor where people walk, wherein the safety catch is configured to catch objects that unintentionally fall from the first elevated track.

US Pat. No. 10,189,689

AUTOMOBILE JACK SYSTEM

1. An automobile jack, comprising:a housing having opposed side walls and opposed end walls, said side walls and said end walls collectively defining a perimeter of a hollow interior area, each said side wall defining a vertical channel with an open top end;
a ramp extending from said housing at a respective said end wall, said ramp having upper and lower ends;
a platform defining a tire-receiving surface;
first and second linkages, said first linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a first horizontal axis, said second linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a second horizontal axis, each upper arm being pivotally connected to said platform, each lower arm being pivotally connected to said housing;
a threaded yoke coupled to said second linkage, said threaded yoke being fixed along said second horizontal axis;
a power screw for selectively changing a distance between said first and second horizontal axes to thereby move said platform between a retracted configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is no higher than said upper end of said ramp and a raised configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is above said upper end of said ramp, said power screw having an input end and a threaded shaft, said input end being configured to receive rotational forces and rotate said threaded shaft, said threaded shaft being threaded through said threaded yoke, said threaded shaft extending through a respective said vertical channel when said platform is at said retracted configuration;
a wheel assembly having a wheel, a frame, and a biasing member;
wherein:
said wheel and said frame are movable between disengaged and engaged positions;
said wheel is separated from a ground surface when at said disengaged position;
said wheel is in contact with the ground surface when at said engaged position;
said biasing member biasing said wheel and said frame to said disengaged position;
said wheel assembly is adjacent a respective said housing end wall such that said hollow interior area is between said ramp and said wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,687

ELECTRIC WINCH DEVICE AND MOBILE CRANE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. An electric winch device which is to be mounted on a mobile crane including an operative part for hoisting work to cause the operative part to perform an operation for the hoisting work by winding up or letting out a rope connected to the operative part, the electric winch device comprising:a winch drum having an axis, the winch drum being provided on the mobile crane to be rotatable about the axis and being wound with the rope therearound;
a plurality of motors located on one side of the winch drum in an axial direction in which the axis of the winch drum extends, and arranged side by side in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the winch drum;
a gear mechanism which combines torques output from the plurality of motors; and
a transmitting part which transmits a resultant of torques combined by the gear mechanism to the winch drum to rotate the winch drum to thereby cause the winch drum to wind up or let out the rope, wherein
the gear mechanism includes an outputting member which is configured to be rotated owing to the resultant of torques output from the plurality of motors, and
the transmitting part includes a speed reducer which causes the winch drum to rotate at a lower rotational speed than a rotational speed of the outputting member,
each of the plurality of motors has a drive shaft which serves as an output shaft for the torque, the gear mechanism further includes a plurality of gears, each of the plurality of gears being coupled to a corresponding one of the drive shafts of the plurality of motors to rotate integrally with the corresponding one of the drive shafts,
the outputting member is a center gear which is meshed with each of the plurality of gears to combine the torques of the drive shafts to rotate owing to a resultant torque which is a combined torque of the drive shafts,
the transmitting part further includes a transmission shaft configured to be integrally rotatable with the center gear, and
the speed reducer is connected with the transmission shaft to receive an input of the rotation of the transmission shaft and configured to rotate the winch drum at a reduced rotational speed to which the rotational speed of the transmission shaft has been reduced at a predetermined speed reduction ratio, wherein at least one of the transmission shaft and the speed reducer is located within the winch drum.

US Pat. No. 10,189,685

WINDER CABLE GUARD

1. A cable guard for a winder mechanism, which winder mechanism includes an elongate winder drum axially rotatably mounted to a support bearing assembly and a lift cable wound about a circumferential surface of the winder drum and wherein a clearance gap is recessed radially inwardly of the circumferential surface of the winder drum between a longitudinal end of the winder drum and an inwardly facing surface of the support bearing assembly, said cable guard comprising:an attachment piece for being secured to the inwardly facing surface of the support bearing assembly and positioned in the clearance gap to fill and seal the clearance gap sufficiently to restrict the lift cable from slipping, dropping or otherwise entering into the clearance gap during axial rotation of the winder drum, whereby the cable is constrained to remain on the circumferential surface of the winder drum and jamming and shearing of the lift cable between the winder drum and the support bearing assembly during axial rotation of the winder drum are prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,189,681

ESCALATOR OR MOVING WALKWAY WITH AT LEAST ONE ACCESS MODULE

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. An escalator or moving walkway comprising:two access areas by which the escalator or the moving walkway can be entered or respectively exited;
components generating thermal losses arranged in at least one of the access areas in a component compartment below a walkable cover;
at least one walkable access module, which is arranged adjacent to the component compartment on an outside side of the component compartment;
wherein the walkable access module has a walkable area and a cavity, and wherein at least one opening is present between the component compartment and the cavity through which the thermal energy of the components generating thermal losses can be transferred from the component compartment to the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,679

ELEVATOR CAR POWER SUPPLY

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A ropeless elevator system, comprising:a vertically extending first lane;
a vertically extending second lane;
a transfer station extending between and in communication with the first and second lanes;
a first elevator car disposed in and arranged to move through the transfer station and the first and second lanes;
a propulsion system for propelling the first elevator car through at least the first and second lanes;
a first DC energy storage device carried by the first elevator car and configured to provide supplemental power to the elevator car during normal operation; and
a wireless power transfer system configured to periodically charge the first DC energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,669

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS, POST-PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETERMINATION OF WHETHER OR NOT TO PERFORM POST-PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing, using an attached post-processing member, on a sheet received from an image forming apparatus, and one of a first post-processing member and a second post-processing member is selectively attached thereto as the post-processing member, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a type of the attached post-processing member;
a control unit configured to receive an instruction from the image forming apparatus and control an execution of the post-processing using the attached post-processing member; and
a setting switch configured to receive, from a user, a setting of whether or not to enable the post-processing using the second post-processing member,
wherein the control unit is further configured to:
in a case where the type of the post-processing member detected by the detection unit corresponds to the first post-processing member, regardless of the setting of the setting switch, determine whether to execute the post-processing using the first post-processing member based on presence or absence of an instruction to execute the post-processing using the first post-processing member from the image forming apparatus, and
in a case where the type of the post-processing member detected by the detection unit corresponds to the second post-processing member, determine whether to execute the post-processing using the second post-processing member based on the setting of the setting switch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,653

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING CONTAINERS, SUCH AS BEVERAGE BOTTLES

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. Device for transporting containers (2), comprising a transport element (3) and including a plurality of container grippers (4, 4a) provided at the transport element (3) for gripping and holding the containers (2), wherein each container gripper (4, 4a) comprises at least two pivoting gripping arms (5, 5a), which are tensioned by at least one spring element (14, 14a) into a closed position, and at least one control element or blocking element (15), which forms at least one control surface with at least two sections (15.1, 15.2), supported on which are the spring elements (14) taking effect on the gripping arms (5, 5a), and which can be moved at least between a first position, corresponding to a releasing state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a) is supported at a first section (15.1) of the control surface, and a second position, corresponding to a blocking state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a), additionally tensioned, is supported at a second section (15.2) of the control surface, wherein the respective control element or blocking element (15) can be moved axially in a blocking element axis (AS) between the first and second position, and that the sections (15.1, 15.2) are provided in the blocking element axis (AS) following one another, and wherein the control elements or blocking elements (15) form, at their ends located at a distance from one another in the direction of the blocking element axis (AS), further control surfaces for control curves (19, 20), not moved with the transport element (3), for the moving of the control elements or blocking elements (15) between the first and second position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,651

ITEM INFEED APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A PALLETIZER

Top Tier, LLC, Clackamas...

1. A method of assembling rows of items in a palletizer, each item having a leading edge and a trailing edge, the method comprising the steps of:a. delivering a first item to a first conveyer;
b. engaging the trailing edge of the first item with a pusher and aligning the first item so that the trailing edge is parallel to the pusher;
c. delivering the first item with the pusher to a row accumulator wherein the row accumulator further comprises a second conveyer and the step of delivering the first item with the pusher to the row accumulator includes advancing the first item on the second conveyer to a desired position thereon; and
d. determining the position of the trailing edge of the first item on the row accumulator by detecting the position of the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,189,648

FLEXIBLE AUGER CONVEYOR

RECOVER ENERGY SERVICES I...

1. An auger conveyor apparatus particularly adapted for conveying materials from a first point to at least one additional second point comprising,at least one section of auger flighting attached to a rotation resistant flexible wire rope shaft section,
an elongated conduit at least partially surrounding the at least one section of auger flighting creating a housing for the auger flighting, the conduit including at least one flighting inlet section and at least one flighting outlet section extending along the length of the conduit and at least one end wall,
the conveyor capable of having more than one axis of travel over the entirety of the length of the conduit,
at least one first bearing at or near the inlet and/or outlet section,
the at least one bearing capable of being attached to a rigid drive shaft operatively attached to the flexible wire rope shaft section, and
a mechanical rotation power source connected to the rigid drive shaft capable of causing the flighting and shaft to simultaneously rotate about the more than one axis of travel,
including at least one button compressed against the flexible wire rope shaft section creating a solid point to which the auger flighting is attached,
wherein the button is steel and is capable of being used as a point of contact for a hangar bearing to suspend the button and wire rope section within the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,644

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission device comprising:a rotatable sun gear;
a planetary gear that meshes with the sun gear and can revolve around the sun gear;
an inner-tooth gear that meshes with the planetary gear and can rotate coaxially with the sun gear, one of the sun gear, the inner-tooth gear, and the carrier being an input member, another one being an output member, and the remaining one being a first rotational member;
a carrier that rotatably supports the planetary gear and can rotate coaxially with the sun gear; and
a second rotational member meshing with the first rotational member and being configured to rotate by a driving force from a drive source,
wherein the driving force from the drive source is configured to be transmitted from the input member to the output member,
wherein, in a state in which the rotation of the first rotational member is stopped by stopping the rotation of the second rotational member when the input member is caused to rotate unidirectionally by the driving force from the drive source, the output member rotates in a first direction, and
wherein, in a state in which the first rotational member is caused to rotate in the same direction as the input member by rotating the second rotational member, the output member rotates in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,642

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTED AUTONOMOUS ROBOT INTERFACING USING LIVE IMAGE FEEDS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

11. An autonomous method including autonomous robot devices, the method comprising:transmitting, via a first computing system including an interactive display, a first request for a plurality of physical objects from a facility;
navigating, via a plurality of autonomous robot devices including a controller, a drive motor, an articulated arm, a reader, an inertial navigation system and an image capturing device, autonomously through the facility;
receiving, via a second computing system in communication with the first computing system and the plurality of autonomous robot devices, the first request for the plurality of physical objects from the first computing system;
transmitting, via the second computing system, instructions the at least one of the plurality of autonomous robot devices to retrieve the plurality of physical objects from the facility;
detecting, via the second computing system, the at least one autonomous robot device has picked up at least one of the plurality of physical objects;
controlling, via the second computing system, the image capturing device of the at least autonomous robot device to capture a live image feed of the at least one physical object picked up by the at least autonomous robot device;
switching, via the second computing system, an input feed of the first computing system to display the live image feed on the display of the first computing system;
receiving, via the second computing system, a second request from first computing system to discard the at least one of the physical objects picked up by the at least one autonomous robot device and to pick up a replacement physical object;
transmitting, via the second computing system, instructions to the at least one autonomous device to discard the at least one of the physical objects picked up by the at least one autonomous robot device and to pick up the replacement physical object, the instructions from the second computing system include one or more identifiers for the plurality of physical objects;
querying, via the at least one of the autonomous robot devices, a database operatively coupled to the second computing system and the plurality of the autonomous robot devices using the one or more identifiers for the plurality of physical objects;
navigating, via the at least one autonomous robot device, autonomously through the facility to the first set of object locations in response to operation of the drive motor by the controller;
locating and scanning, via the at least one autonomous robot device, one or more machine readable elements encoded with the one or more identifiers;
detecting, via at least one image captured by the image capture device of the at least one autonomous robot device, that the first group of physical objects are disposed at the first set of locations; and
picking up, via the at least one autonomous robot device, a first quantity of physical objects in the first group using the articulated arm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,641

STORAGE SYSTEM

Autostore Technology AS, ...

1. A storage system, comprisinga first grid structure of storage cells, each storage cell of the first grid structure being arranged to accommodate a vertical stack of storage bins, the first grid structure having a top level,
a first vehicle, arranged to move horizontally at the top level of the first grid structure, wherein the first vehicle is on top of rails that are provided in the top level of the first grid structure,
a second grid structur of storage cells, each storage cell of the second grid structure being arranged to accommodate a vertical stack of storage bins, the second grid structure being arranged at a different vertical level than the first grid structure,
a second vehicle, arranged to move horizontally at the top level of the second grid structure, wherein the second vehicle is on top of rails that are provided in the top level of the second grid structure,
a third grid structure of storage cells, each storage cell of the third grid structure being arranged to accommodate a vertical stack of storage bins, the third grid structure being arranged on a different vertical level than the first grid structure and the second grid structure,
a third vehicle, arranged to move horizontally at the top level of the third grid strucutre, wherein the third vehicle is on top of rails that are provided in the top level of the third grid structure,
a bin lift device, arranged to receive a bin from said vehicles and convey the bin, without said vehicles, in a vertical direction between the top levels of the first grid structure, the second grid structure, the third grid structure, and a delivery station,
wherein the first vehicle is further arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage cell at the top level of the first grid structure and to deliver the storage bin to the bin lift device, wherein the bin lift device is arranged to receive the storage bin from the first vehicle, and wherein the bin lift device is further arranged to convey the storage bin, without the first vehicle, in a vertical direction from the top level of the first grid structure to the delivery station,
wherein the second vehicle is further arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage cell at the top level of the second grid structure and to deliver the storage bin to the bin lift device, wherein the bin lift device is arranged to receive the storage bin from the second vehicle, and wherein the bin lift device is further arranged to convey the storage bin, without the second vehicle, in a vertical direction from the top level of the second grid structure to the delivery station,
wherein the third vehicle is further arranged to receive a storage bin from a storage cell at the top level of the third grid structure and to deliver the storage bin to the bin lift device, wherein the bin lift device is arranged to receive the storage bin from the third vehicle, and wherein the bin lift device is further arranged to convey the storage bin, without the third vehicle, in a vertical direction from the top level of the third grid structure to the delivery station, and
wherein the second grid structure is arranged below the first grid structure, and the third grid structure is arranged below the second grid structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,640

CONTAINER HAVING GENERALLY L-SHAPED SLOTTED TRACKS TO FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF DUNNAGE

Bradford Company, Hollan...

1. A container for holding product therein during shipment, the container comprising:a bottom and two sides;
two stationary guides, each of the guides being spaced inwardly from each side of the container and generally parallel to the container sides, each of the guides having a generally L-shaped slotted track extending through the guide, each of the generally L-shaped slotted tracks having at least one substantially horizontally oriented portion and at least one substantially vertically oriented portion extending towards the container bottom from each substantially horizontally oriented portion and terminating proximate the container bottom; and
a plurality of movable dunnage supports generally inside the container, each of the dunnage supports having portions engaged with and slidable along the slotted tracks to facilitate movement of dunnage supported by the dunnage supports.

US Pat. No. 10,189,639

TEA DISPLAY AND STORAGE DEVICE

1. A tea display and storage device comprisingone or more tea bags
a cover with a fastener attached;
a plurality of pages attached by a binding to said cover; and
a plurality of tea bag holders comprising pockets formed by material coupled to the pages by seams, wherein a pocket is sized to accommodate a tea bag of the one or more tea bags such that a first portion of the tea bag is fully seated in the pocket and a second portion of the tea bag is uncovered by the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,636

INDICATOR SYSTEM FOR A COMBINED PROCEDURE DRAPE AND BAG

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for deploying an indicator integrated with a combined drape and carrying bag unit used in medical and surgical settings, comprising:laying out a combined drape and bag carrying unit convertible from a first, mat configuration to a second, carrying bag configuration, said unit comprising:
a centrally positioned, generally rectangular shaped portion for the disposition of an instrument,
a drawstring casing along the periphery of said unit with a continuous drawstring disposed therein,
at least two drawstring access openings positioned along said drawstring casing, thereby exposing a portion of said drawstring to medical personnel, and
an indicator fixedly attached to said drawstring along a particular length of said drawstring, said indicator contained within said drawstring casing while said combined drape and bag carrying unit is in said first configuration; and
placing medical waste or used medical equipment in the centrally positioned, generally rectangular shaped portion;
pulling on portions of said drawstring exposed at said drawstring access openings, thereby converting said unit from said first configuration to said second configuration by gathering together said periphery of said unit and forming a bag and further thereby deploying and exposing said indicator by pulling said particular length of drawstring with attached indicator out of said drawstring casing; and
writing on the indicator after the indicator is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,635

ADJUSTABLE TILTING PACKAGING BOX FOR LIQUID CRYSTAL MODULE

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. An adjustable tilting packaging box for liquid crystal module, which comprises:a box; and
a support rack, adapted to carry a liquid crystal module thereon, the supporting rack being connected to a bottom of the box through a support element;
wherein the support element comprises at least an adjustment mechanism, which is connected to a side of the support rack and is height-adjustable, wherein the adjustment mechanism comprises a support pillar and a pull rod, the pull rod having a first end extending through a hole formed in a sidewall of the box to outside of the box and an opposite, second end disposed with a plurality of levels corresponding to and supporting a lower end of the support pillar positioned thereon, wherein a movement of the pull rod with respect to the sidewall of the box changes the support pillar from a first one of the plurality of levels to a second, different one of the plurality of levels so as to realize multi-level adjustability of height of the support element for changing a position of the supporting rack connected to the support element to selectively set the liquid crystal module at an angular position corresponding to the position of the supporting rack.

US Pat. No. 10,189,633

LIGHTER HOLDER FOR CIGARETTE AND CIGAR PACKS

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A cigarette or cigar package, comprising:a container;
a film wrapped around the container; and
a lighter holder positioned inside the container, between the container and the film, or outside the film, said lighter holder comprising:
a substantially rectangular sheet comprising:
a length;
a width;
five discrete panels defined by foldable score lines, the five discrete panels including a first panel, a second panel, a third panel, a fourth panel, and a fifth panel, wherein the second panel and the fourth panel of the five panels are additionally foldable;
a first lower ledge positioned between the first panel and the third panel of the five panels and separated from the second panel of the five panels by a first aperture; and
a second lower ledge positioned between the third panel and the fifth panel of the five panels and separated from the fourth panel of the five panels by a second aperture,
wherein the rectangular sheet is folded into a flat inclusion configuration, said flat inclusion configuration comprising:
an inner wall of the lighter holder, said inner wall comprising the first and fifth panel of the five panels, wherein the first panel is overlapped and adhered to the fifth panel;
a rectangular portion comprising the inner wall and the third panel of the five panels, wherein the third panel overlaps the inner wall;
a first pair of wings extending from the rectangular portion, said first pair of wings comprising the second and fourth panels of the five panels, wherein the second and fourth panels are each folded outwards; and
a second pair of wings extending from the rectangular portion, said second pair of wings comprising the first and second lower ledges, wherein the first and second lower ledges are each folded outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,189,632

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A handheld aerosol-generating device, comprising:an aerosol chamber configured to hold an aerosol, the aerosol chamber having a cylindrical configuration with a circular cross-section;
at least two emitters configured to emit light into the aerosol chamber and arranged in a first semicircular matrix on a first semicircular portion of the circular cross-section; and
at least two sensors configured to receive light from the aerosol chamber and measure at least one wavelength of a spectrum of the received light, the at least two sensors being arranged in a second semicircular matrix on a second semicircular portion of the circular cross-section,
wherein each of the at least two emitters is disposed opposite one of the at least two sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,189,631

METHOD OF DISPENSING A PLURALITY OF INTERCONNECTED WIPES

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of dispensing wipes, the method comprising:providing a stack of wipes, the stack having a right end, a left end, a transverse direction extending between the right end and the left end, a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the transverse direction, and a longitudinal centerline extending in the longitudinal direction and positioned midway between the right and left ends, the stack defining a right side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the right end and defining a left side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the left end,
wherein each wipe is generally rectangular in shape and defines four corners and each wipe is connected to at least one other wipe by a plurality of bridging strips;
providing a dispenser, the dispenser having a dispensing orifice through which wipes can be extracted from the dispenser; and
grasping a presented corner of a leading wipe, and pulling the presented corner of the leading wipe to withdraw the leading wipe out of the dispenser, whereby the leading wipe releases from a succeeding wipe such that a presented corner of the succeeding wipe, and no other corner of the succeeding wipe, protrudes from the dispensing orifice,
whereby the presented corner of the leading wipe and the presented corner of the succeeding wipe originate from opposite sides of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,189,630

MICROWAVABLE FOOD PRODUCTS AND CONTAINERS

Campbell Soup Company, C...

1. A food product comprising:a container, the container comprising
a bottom wall, the bottom wall comprising
a microwave reflector, wherein the microwave reflector covers at least about 80 percent of a surface area of the bottom wall;
a side wall connected to the bottom wall at a fixed angle the side wall comprising
a material allowing the passage of microwaves there through, wherein the bottom wall and the side wall define an interior volume; and
a food composition, wherein the food composition fills the interior volume, the food composition comprising a water-containing liquid and solid matter disposed within the water-containing liquid at a bottom of the interior volume; the side wall having a height and the bottom wall having a diameter, wherein a ratio of the height of the side wall to the diameter of the bottom wall is from about 0.5 to about 1.2 or from about 2.0 to about 1.6;
wherein the microwave reflector is effective to shield microwave radiation thereby preventing localized superheating of the solid matter disposed at a bottom of the food composition;
wherein at least a portion of the solid matter has settled at the bottom of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,628

OBJECT RECOGNITION FOR PROTECTIVE PACKAGING CONTROL

PREGIS INTELLIPACK LLC, ...

24. The system of claim 23, wherein the device is integrated into the first packaging machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,627

AUTONOMOUS ANTI-POLLUTION LIQUID CONTAINER FOR ISOTOPE ANALYSING OF EARTH SCIENCE AREA

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETRO...

1. An autonomous anti-pollution liquid container for isotope analysis, comprising an outer protective sleeve, a liquid storage main body, a stabilizer storage mechanism, a main body pedestal, a control display, a main body inner cover mechanism and a neutralizer storage and releasing mechanism,wherein the outer protective sleeve comprises an outer lining, rubber brackets, shock absorbing spring plates, shock absorbing springs and an inner lining, wherein the outer protective sleeve is wrapped up by the outer lining with zippers on;
wherein between the outer lining and inner lining, the rubber brackets are installed in the middle of the outer protective sleeve, with at least one slot in the circumferential direction and at least one pedestal at a bottom;
wherein the shock absorbing spring plates are evenly distributed in the at least one slot of the outer protective sleeve, and the shock absorbing springs are in the at least one pedestal;
wherein the liquid storage main body comprises an inner tank, a soft hose, a shell, an auxiliary mount for heat preservation filler, heat preservation fillers, a temperature sensor, semiconductor-refrigerating chips, auxiliary mounting chips for refrigerating chips, a shock absorbing spring and a liquid level sensor, wherein the soft hose is made of a bulletproof, stab-resistant and shock-proof material, wherein the soft hose further comprises at least one USB hole in an inner surface and enwraps the shell, wherein the shell enwraps the inner tank and is made of high strength steel, wherein the inner tank comprises mounting slots and mounting holes for the sensor and its wires in the middle bottom of the inner tank and the inner tank is made of a corrosion resistant material, wherein the inner tank further comprises two layers and a gap between the two layers is filled with a thermal insulation filler, wherein a gap exists between the bottom of the inner tank and an auxiliary mounting seat for the thermal insulation filler and the gap is filled with the thermal insulation filler, wherein the auxiliary mounting seat for the thermal insulation filler is made of soft rubber and thread fastened to the bottom of inner surface of the inner tank, wherein the shock absorbing spring is installed between the bottom of the inner tank and the mounting pedestal, wherein the temperature sensor and the liquid level sensor are installed in the mounting holes at the bottom of the inner tank, sealed by a sealing material and connected to the main control board through wires, and wherein the semiconductor-refrigerating chips are fixed in the mounting slot at the bottom of the inner tank, of which one side contacts to the outer surface of the inner tank bottom and the other side contacts to the auxiliary mounting chips for refrigerating chips, sealed by silicone and connected to the main control board through wires;
wherein the stabilizer storage mechanism comprise a stabilizer holder, a stabilizer box, a stabilizer locking ring and a fixed plate of stabilizer holder, wherein the stabilizer holder is fixed in the mounting slot inside the bottom of the inner tank, with a first set of flow holes, mounting slot of stabilizer box and fixed plate and a mounting hole of stabilizer locking ring on the upper surface and lower surface, wherein there are a second set of flow holes on the surrounding surfaces and at the bottom of the stabilizer box which is installed in the mounting slot of the holder by overhang flanges, wherein the stabilizer locking ring is fixed in the mounting holes in the middle of the holder and the fixed plate, and wherein the stabilizer holder fixed plate is installed in the mounting slot with its overhang cylinders fixed in a holder chute from both sides and the stabilizer locking ring connected to the holder in the middle;
wherein the main body pedestal consists of a mounting pedestal, a USB outlet, an emergency power supply, a main battery, a battery lid, a main control board and a drawer box and a drawer slide, wherein the mounting pedestal is installed at the bottom of the tank with screw threads, with the USB outlet on one side, wherein a battery mounting slot is placed at the bottom of the mounting pedestal, wherein the USB outlet connects to the main control board through wires, wherein between the auxiliary mounting seat for the thermal insulation filler and the mounting pedestal is the shock absorbing spring, wherein the emergency power supply is installed on the mounting pedestal, connecting to the main control board through wires, wherein the main battery is installed at the bottom of the mounting base of the battery installation slot, in its lower surface mounted with a battery cover, and through the wire connecting the main control board, wherein the main control board is fixed in the upper of the pedestal, and wherein the drawer box is fitted in the mounting slot in the middle of the mounting pedestal, while the drawer slide is in the holder chute around the mounting pedestal and the drawer box;
wherein the control display comprises a neutralizer release button, a temperature display, a temperature up-regulated button, a temperature down-regulated button, a heat preservation button, a main switch, a heating button, a refrigerating button, a liquid volume display, a plastic ring, code lock buttons, a mechanical keyhole of the code lock, an outer lid, a code lock and a code display, wherein the plastic ring is secured to the outer surface of the inner tank at the upper portion of the outer periphery of the top portion of the soft hose, wherein there is a pin shaft hole on the upper of the plastic ring, connecting the outer lid with the shaft pin, wherein a mechanical lock is installed around the plastic ring, and the temperature display, liquid volume display as well as the code display is on the outer edge of the plastic ring, connecting to the main control board through wires, wherein beneath the outer edge of the plastic ring are the neutralizer release button, temperature up-regulated button, temperature down-regulated button, heat preservation button, main switch, refrigerating button, heating button and code lock buttons, which connect to the main control board through wires, and wherein the mechanical keyhole of the code lock exists centrally under the code display;
wherein the main body inner cover mechanism comprises a safety pin of the inner lid, a movable inner lid, a fixed inner lid, a gasket and a seal ring, the fixed inner lid is installed inside the upper of the inner tank by screw threads with three extraction solution holes and a safety locking hole on the top, wherein the angular spacing between the three extraction solution holes are 60 degrees, 120 degrees and 180 degrees respectively, with wire holes in the radial direction and two conductive rings inside its circumferential direction, wherein the movable inner lid fits inside the fixed one with three extraction solution holes on the top, wherein the angular spacing between extraction solution holes are 60 degrees, 120 degrees and 180 degrees respectively, wherein there is a mounting slot in the circumferential direction and a hollow mounting boss with a tapered surface inside in the middle of the movable lid, wherein there are wire holes on the hollow mounting boss as well, wherein the safety pin is installed in the safety locking hole of the fixed inner lid and pressed against the upper surface of the gasket, wherein the gasket is made of a high-elastic corrosion-resistant material and the upper is provided with three extraction solution holes corresponding to the three extraction solution holes on the movable inner lid, wherein the three extraction solution holes are located on the upper surface of the movable inner lid and between the fixed inner lid and the movable inner lid and wherein the seal ring fits in the mounting slot in the circumferential direction of the movable inner lid;
wherein the neutralizer storage release mechanism comprises a rubber mounting pedestal, a return spring, a rubber block, a tablet, a neutralizer release spring, a neutralizer release lid, neutralizer release push rods, neutralizer release keepers and neutralizer release electromagnets, wherein the rubber mounting pedestal is threaded connected to the inner lower of the hollow mounting boss in the middle of the movable inner lid, and a through hole is formed in the middle, wherein the rubber block is molded by a rubber casting, with four neutralizer release electromagnets and fits inside the hollow mounting boss in the middle of the movable inner lid with outer inclined tapered surface outside, inner outward and inward inclined tapered surface inside and space for neutralizer storage in the middle, wherein the mounting slot for the push rods is evenly distributed in the circumferential direction under the rubber block, wherein the outer inclined tapered surface contacts with the inner tapered surface in the middle of the movable inner lid, while the inner inclined tapered surface contacts with the outer tapered surface of the rubber mounting pedestal, wherein the return spring is placed between the upper surface of the rubber mounting pedestal and the lower surface of the rubber block, wherein the tablet sets between the movable inner lid and the top of the rubber block, with a mounting slot and an elastic seal ring in the circumferential direction, wherein the neutralizer release lid is made of an elastic material and fitted in the space where the neutralizer is stored in the middle of the rubber block, on the upper of it evenly distribute four overhang flanges which are installed on the top of the push rod mounting slot of the rubber block, wherein inside the neutralizer release lid, the neutralizer release spring is between the neutralizer release lid and the rubber block, wherein the neutralizer release push rods are fixed in the push rod mounting slot of the rubber block, and wherein its upper surface and lower surface contact the tapered surface of the four overhang flanges and the bottom of the tapered surface of the rubber mounting pedestal.

US Pat. No. 10,189,626

PACKAGE HANDLING SYSTEM

1. An indicator for a package handling system comprising:an indicator display; and
a rupture component,
wherein the indicator is configured to integrate with a first package of the package handling system,
wherein the indicator is configured to display an indication upon application of a stacked weight force exceeding a predetermined threshold value applied to the indicator, and wherein
said rupture component is configured to rupture upon application of said force exceeding said predetermined threshold value to effectuate said display of said indication, wherein said package handling system comprises stackable packages, wherein the indicator is configured to allow for at least one other package to be stacked on top of said first package with the indicator in a manner that allows said at least one other package to lay relatively flat and substantially evenly supported on the surface of the package with the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,625

TAMPER-EVIDENT CONTAINER AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE SAME

I.G.B. S.r.l., Milan (IT...

1. A tamper-evident container, comprising:a storage compartment made of a sheet material, defining an internal volume, and configured for housing products, the storage compartment comprising multiple lateral walls defining a passage opening delimited by a free edge, the passage opening configured to communicate the internal volume of the storage compartment with an external environment,
a closure system made of a sheet material, engaged at the free edge of the storage compartment, and movable with respect to the storage compartment, the closure system configured to define at least one closed condition in which the closure system prevents communication between the internal volume of the storage compartment and the external environment, and the closure system configured to define an open condition in which the closure system enables communication between the internal volume of the storage compartment and the external environment, the closure system comprising:
a tab including a closing portion engaged with the free edge of the storage compartment and movable with respect to the free edge, and the tab including an inserting portion configured to insert within the internal volume of the storage compartment in the at least one closed condition of the closure system, and
an abutting portion engaged with the free edge of the storage compartment adjacent to the tab, the abutting portion configured to be interposed between the internal volume of the storage compartment and the tab in the closed condition of the closure system, and
a safety device made of a sheet material and comprising:
a first coupling portion carried by one or both of the tab and the abutting portion of the closure system, and
a second coupling portion engaged with the storage compartment and configured to cooperate with the first coupling portion,
wherein the first and the second coupling portions are configured to stably engage one another during a first closed condition of the closure system, wherein one or both of the first and second coupling portions include a removable portion configured to separate from the safety device following a first open condition of the closure system that follows the first closure condition of the closure system to provide an evidence of a tampering with the tamper-evident container,
wherein the second coupling portion is arranged internal to the storage compartment and lies substantially parallel to one of the multiple lateral walls of the storage compartment,
wherein the first coupling portion is configured to insert at least partially within the internal volume of the storage compartment to stably engage to the second coupling portion in the at least one closed condition of the closure system,
wherein the removal portion has a first undercut portion and wherein the other of the first and second coupling portions is configured to engage the first undercut portion in the first closed condition of the closure system,
wherein the first undercut portion of the removable portion is delimited by a gripping edge that is completely inside the storage compartment and spaced apart from the free edge of the storage compartment in the first closed condition of the closure system, and
wherein the first undercut portion is delimited by a first gripping edge and wherein the other of the first and second coupling portions comprises a second undercut portion delimited by a second gripping edge, the second undercut portion being configured to engage the first undercut portion of the removable portion in the first closed condition of the closure system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,624

TRAY-SHAPED ARTICLE HAVING SMOOTH EDGES AND AMENABLE TO MULTIPLE FILM SEALING METHODS

Converter Manufacturing, ...

1. A tray intended to be suitable for use in any or all of overwrap (OW), vacuum-sealed packaging (VSP), and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) sealing technologies, the tray being;an article formed from a thermoplastic sheet having a peripheral edge, the article comprising a tray-shaped body having a concave portion surrounded by an extension extending peripherally away from the concave portion;
the extension including the peripheral edge, a flat sealing surface surrounding the concave portion and being suitable for sealing a sealing film thereto using either of VSP and MAP sealing technologies, a bend region adjacent the sealing surface and interposed between the peripheral edge and the sealing surface, the bend region having the conformation of a smooth curve, and a bent portion interposed between the peripheral edge and a spacer separating the bent portion from the bend region; and
the article having a smooth periphery and having the overall shape of a rectangular tray with rounded corners, and the bent portion being bent sufficiently that the peripheral edge is turned at least approximately opposite the periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,189,623

CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES FOR STORING, SHIPPING, AND/OR DISPENSING FLUIDS, AND RELATED METHODS

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A container assembly for storing, shipping, and/or dispensing fluid, the container assembly comprising:a container; and
a receptacle configured to be disposed within the container, the receptacle having a spout protruding from a top surface of the receptacle and defining an opening for receiving fluid into the receptacle and/or for dispensing fluid from the receptacle;
wherein the container includes an opening defined at least partly in a top portion of the container such that the spout of the receptacle is aligned with the opening of the container when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to thereby facilitate dispensing of fluid from the receptacle through the spout of the receptacle and through the opening of the container; and
wherein the receptacle includes a handle defining a flange having a free end portion, the flange disposed generally above the top surface of the receptacle and extending in a direction toward the spout, the free end portion of the flange spaced apart from the top surface of the receptacle and spaced apart from the spout, and the free end portion of the flange having a continuous forward edge portion generally facing the spout to allow a user to grasp the handle at the free end portion of the flange, the handle configured to engage the top portion of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to help support the receptacle in the container, and the continuous forward edge portion of the free end portion of the flange configured to generally align with the opening of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, such that the flange is accessible through the opening of the container to allow for carrying, by the handle, the receptacle and the container together and to facilitate dispensing fluid from the receptacle when the receptacle is disposed within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,622

PACK OF SINGLE USE CAPSULE OR POD, PACKAGING MACHINE AND METHOD THEREOF

AZIONARIA COSTRUZIONI MAC...

1. A pack, comprising:a capsule or pod, the capsule or pod being single use, the capsule or pod including two bases opposite one another and a side wall connecting the two bases and delimiting therewith a chamber containing an aromatic substance, and
a sealed container containing the capsule or pod housed in a protective atmosphere of inert gas;
wherein the sealed container copies at least in part a shape of the capsule or pod and is in contact with at least part of the capsule or pod to reproduce at least partially the shape;
wherein the sealed container is in contact with at least part of the side wall to at least partly reproduce the shape of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,621

BAG MADE FROM HIGH-STRENGTH HEAT-SHRINKABLE FILM EXHIBITING DIRECTIONAL TEAR, AND PROCESS UTILIZING SAME

Cryovac, Inc., Charlotte...

1. A heat-shrinkable bag comprising a heat-shrinkable multilayer film having an inside seal layer heat sealed to itself at a heat seal, the bag further comprising a first side, a second side, an open top, and a bag skirt outward of the heat seal, the bag skirt comprising a bag edge and a first means for initiating tearing, the first means being in the first side of the bag, the bag skirt also comprising a second means for initiating tearing, the second means being in the second side of the bag, the bag being capable of having a manually-initiated, manually-propagated first tear in a machine direction in the first side of the bag, and a manually-initiated and manually-propagated second tear in the machine direction in the second side of the bag, the first tear and the second tear each being capable of being propagated in the machine direction from the respective first and second means for initiating tearing, with each tear being propagated through the heat seal and across the bag, or down the length of the bag, with the tears being capable of being manually propagated in the machine direction through and to an opposite bag edge, so that upon making a package by placing a product inside the bag, sealing the bag closed so that a package is formed, and shrinking the film around the product, the resulting package can be manually opened, and the product readily removed from the bag, by manually initiating tears in the machine direction from the first and second means for initiating tearing, with the tears being manually propagated in the machine direction through the seal and to the opposite bag edge, and wherein the multilayer film exhibits a Peak Load Impact Strength, determined using ASTM D 3763-95A, of at least 50 Newtons per mil, wherein the bag further comprises a means for assisting grip of the multilayer film, wherein the means for assisting grip comprises a partial hole cut having a hanging chad therein, and wherein the heat-shrinkable bag does not comprise a patch thereon, and wherein at least one layer of the multilayer film comprises an incompatible polymer blend selected from the group consisting of:(A) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(B) a blend of ionomer resin with ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polybutylene, and/or polypropylene;
(C) a blend of homogeneous ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with recycled polymer blend comprising ethylene homopolymer, propylene homopolymer, ethylene copolymer, propylene copolymer, polyamide, ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymer, ionomer resin, anhydride-modified ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer, and antiblock;
(D) a blend of ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer with polypropylene, and/or polybutylene, and/or modified ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polystyrene;
(E) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with polypropylene and/or polybutylene;
(F) a blend of single site catalyzed polypropylene with homogeneous ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(G) a blend of polypropylene and/or ethylene/propylene copolymer and/or polybutylene with ethylene/methyl acrylate copolymer and/or ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer and/or ethylene/butyl acrylate copolymer; and
(H) a blend of polyamide with polystyrene and/or ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer and/or styrene/butadiene copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,619

LOCKABLE FOOD CONTAINER

1. A portable food container system (100), said system comprising:(a) a cylindrical base (110) with a lower end (111), an upper end (112) and a base lateral surface (115), wherein a top opening (113) is disposed on the upper end (112), wherein the upper end (112) of the cylindrical base comprises a first outer edge (1112), a second inner edge (2112), and an annular surface (3112) disposed between the first outer edge (1112) and the second inner edge (2112);
(b) a first lockable, cylindrical top cover (120) with an upper surface (121), a lower surface comprising a lower surface opening (123) surrounded by a lower opening rim (122), and a first cover lateral surface (125), wherein the first top cover (120) is pivotably and removably attached to the base via a separable hinge (116), wherein the separable hinge (116) is configured to connect a portion of the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to a portion of the base upper end (112) to the first cover lateral surface (125) adjacent to the lower opening rim (122);
(c) a combination lock system comprising (i) a combination dial (130) disposed on the lateral surface (115) of the base toward the upper end (112); (ii) a first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) adjacently above the combination dial (130); (iii) a first lock insertion (124) disposed on the lower opening rim (122) and on the opposite side facing the separable hinge (116); and (iv) a lock release button (132) disposed on the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to the combination dial (130),
wherein the first lock slot (114) is configured to snugly receive the first lock insertion (124) and securely lock the first lock insertion (124) within the first lock slot (114), wherein the lock release button (132) is operatively connected to the combination dial (130), wherein the lock release button (132) is configured to disengage the first lock insertion (124) from the first lock slot (114) after a predetermined combination key is selected and after the lock release button (132) is pushed;
(d) an internal cavity wall (1117) joining the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base such that the internal cavity wall (1117) transitions to the annular surface (3112), and the annular surface (3112) transitions to an outside wall (1119) disposed on the base lateral surface (115), wherein the transition of the internal cavity wall (1117) to the annular surface (3112) to the outside wall (119) is continuous and is without any spacial break other than the first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112), wherein an inside space between the internal cavity wall (1117) and the outside wall (1119) is evacuated of air and a vacuum is generated which is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the food container (100), wherein a surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) is internally threaded; and
(e) an inner cover (140) comprising an inner cover upper section (142) and an externally threaded rod (144) disposed beneath the inner cover upper section (142), wherein the externally threaded rod (144) is configured to engage the top opening (113) and is configured to threadably dispose on the internally threaded surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) of the cylindrical base (110) and is effective to reduce heat escape from food contained inside the cylindrical base (110);
wherein the inner cover upper section (142) resides within the first top cover (120); wherein the cylindrical first top cover (120) engages the first outer edge (1112) of the upper end (112) of the base and the inner cover upper section (142) engages the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base; wherein the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) of the base engages with the cylindrical first top cover (120) and the inner cover upper section (142) and is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the cylindrical base (110).

US Pat. No. 10,189,618

CONTAINER APPARATUS

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A container apparatus comprising:a container extending from a bottom end to a top end along an axis, the container comprising:
a body having a cavity for containing a material; and
a cap coupled to the body;
a sleeve circumscribing at least a portion of the container, the sleeve having a first pre-weakened section that divides the sleeve into a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the sleeve comprising a second pre-weakened section and the second portion of the sleeve comprising a third pre-weakened section; and
wherein the second and third pre-weakened sections are circumferentially offset from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,189,616

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PERSONALIZED DRUG PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing a drug product for an individual patient, comprising:a computer processor configured to receive information relating to the patient and to predict, based on the received patient information, an optimal drug selection, combination drug product comprising a plurality of discrete units of a first drug and a plurality of discrete units of a second drug, and dosage for the patient; and
a drug production device, in communication with the processor, for producing the drug product based on the predicted optimal drug selection, combination drug product, and dosage, wherein the drug production device comprises:
a plurality of drug containers, each configured to hold a quantity of a drug in the form of microtablets, each microtablet containing an equal sized dose of a particular drug, each microtablet being coated so as to enable drugs of different pH to be in close locality without interaction of components of the combination drug product, and each having a unique coupling element to couple the drug container to the drug production device;
a plurality of drug dispensers, each of said drug dispensers coupled to one of said drug containers;
a supply of empty ingestible capsules;
a controller, which controls dispensing by count of said microtablets of a drug by each drug dispenser into the ingestible capsules;
a verification unit including a scanner for scanning identifying indicia provided on the drug containers and comparing the indicia to the predicted optimal drug selection and combination drug product, wherein the combination drug product comprises at least a first coated microtablet of a first drug and a second coated microtablet of a second drug, wherein the second drug is distinct from the first drug, in a closed unitary ingestible capsule package customized for the patient produced from selected dispensed drugs, wherein the patient information includes information selected from (1) at least one of the group consisting of: weight; age; sex; BSA (body surface area); body mass index; lean body mass, percentage body fat, metabolism; renal function; liver enzymes; proteomics/biomarkers, blood chemistries, pharmacokinetics; risk factors for disease; partial or full genome SNP screening data; whole or partial genome analysis; vitamin deficiencies; vitamin and micronutrient levels; diet; environmental, toxin or other allergy history; the patient's medical history; diagnostic information; exercise activity; sleep activities; tissue expression profiling; hormonal cycles, biomarker information; radiologic/imaging information, demographic information; monthly reproductive cycle; geolocation, social network, consumer information, habits, physiologic data, electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, behavioral history, geographic history, exposures or potential exposures to toxins and other environmental factors including exposure to radiation, compliance history and personality testing from body measurement devices, and (2) at least one of the group consisting of current medications; other medications/supplements; history of prior side effects to one or more medications; analysis of pharmacogenomic and/or pharmacogenetic profile; drug-drug interaction information; drug-diet interaction information; and drug allergies and/or sensitivities; and
a conveyor for moving an ingestible capsule to successive drug dispensers, wherein a determined quantity of each drug is dispensed into the ingestible capsule from each drug dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,189,615

CHILD-RESISTANT CANISTER

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A child-resistant canister comprisinga container formed to include a product-receiving chamber and a mouth opening into the product-receiving chamber,
a closure configured to mount on the container to assume a closed position closing the mouth formed in the container when rotated relative to the container about an axis of rotation, the closure including a first lid anchor and a second lid anchor, the first and second lid anchors configured to engage with the container to retain the closure on the container, and
a closure-release control mechanism comprising a lock tab coupled to the closure and a tab blocker coupled to the container and configured to mate with the lock tab upon movement of the lock tab to a closure-retaining position to block rotation of the closure relative to the container about the axis of rotation in a closure-removal direction to retain the closure on the container,
wherein the closure is formed to include a passageway extending through the closure between the first and second lid anchors and configured to allow movement of the lock tab in a radially inward direction toward the axis of rotation from the closure-retaining position to a closure-releasing position where the lock tab is positioned at a similar radial distance from the axis of rotation as the first and second lid anchors to separate the lock tab from the tab blocker and allow removal of the closure from the container,
wherein the first and second lid anchors are each formed to define at least one thread segment for engaging the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,614

CONTAINER AND CAP ASSEMBLY

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A cap for closing an opening in a container, the container having a top wall in which the opening is formed, a bottom wall, and at least one container side wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall defining a cavity for storing a material for dispensing through the cap, the cap comprising:an end face having at least one fluid inlet adapted to allow air to flow through the cap and at least one fluid outlet, separate from the at least one fluid inlet, adapted to allow liquid to flow through the cap;
a seal provided adjacent the end face and configured to fluidly seal the at least one fluid outlet and the at least one fluid inlet;
a side wall extending from the end face, the side wall having an interior surface configured to couple the cap with the container and an exterior surface opposite the interior surface; and
at least a first retaining element extending from at least a portion of the exterior surface of the side wall;
wherein air flows through the at least one fluid inlet and through the opening of the container into the cavity to pressurize the cavity to displace at least a portion of the material through the opening of the container and the at least one fluid outlet to dispense the material stored within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,608

PLASTIC BAG AND PLASTIC BAG MAKING APPARATUS

Totani Corporation, Kyot...

1. A plastic bag comprising:two sheets of panel material superposed with each other to have opposite side edges; and
a pair of sheets of side gusset material extending along the opposite side edges, each of the sheets of side gusset material being folded into halves and interposed between the sheets of panel material to have a folded inner edge and open outer edges, each of the sheets of side gusset material further having opposite end portions one of which is folded obliquely along a folded line as it is folded into halves so that a triangular flap is formed by the end portion to be shaped into a triangle having a base formed by the folded line, each of the sheets of side gusset material further having opposite end edges, the triangle further having an apex formed by an intersection between one of the opposite end edges and the folded inner edge of the sheet of side gusset material, the triangular flap having a folded side formed by the folded inner edge, the triangular flap further having an open side formed by the one of the opposite end edges, the sheets of panel material, the sheets of side gusset material and the triangular flaps being heat sealed with each other along the opposite side edges of the sheets of panel material,
the plastic bag being characterized by
a flow path formed by the open side to discharge air or gas through the flow path, and
the folded line being inclined at an angle larger than 45° with respect to the open outer edges of the sheet of side gusset material so that the flow path is formed by the open side of the triangular flap at a position adjacent to the intersection between the folded side and the open side of the triangular flap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,607

PLASTIC FOOD PORTION BAG WITH TACKY FLAP

Inteplast Group Corporati...

1. A plastic flip type food storage bag comprising:a first panel having a bottom edge, first and second side edges, and a top edge, with the first panel bottom edge and top edge being opposite each other and the first panel first and second side edges being opposite each other;
a second panel having a bottom edge, first and second side edges, and a top edge, with the first panel bottom edge and top edge being opposite each other and the first panel first and second side edges being opposite each other, the first and second panels being joined to each other along the respective bottom edges and first and second side edges to define a bag interior, the first and second panels defining an opening between the respective top edges permitting access to the bag interior, with the first panel defining a front panel and the second panel defining a rear panel; and
a closure flap joined directly to an outwardly facing front of the first panel defining the front panel, the closure flap configured for folding over the front and rear panels and opening for closure of the bag, wherein the entire surface area of the closure flap facing outwardly away from the first panel has a tackiness which is greater than the tackiness of the first panel to which it is joined;
the second panel having an extension section extending above the first panel with the top edge of the second panel above the top edge of the first panel, and the first panel is disposed between the closure flap and the second panel such that the plastic bag is a flip type food storage bag;
wherein the first and second panels comprise high density polyethylene (HDPE) material and have a coefficient of friction of less than 0.3;
wherein the closure flap comprises a material selected from the group consisting of low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), ethylene copolymer, metallocene polyethylene and ethylene copolymer, or blends thereof, which composition imparts a coefficient of friction to the outwardly facing surface of the closure flap of at least about 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,189,605

DEBRIS PROTECTED TWIST ATTACHMENT

13. A detachable attachment assembly, comprising:a receptacle unit, including:
a housing defining a receptacle slot having a slot length and a slot width that is smaller than the slot length;
a piston having a profile having a width that is smaller than its length and an area less than the receptacle slot, and movable between an engaged position, in which the piston substantially blocks the receptacle slot and prevents passage of moisture and debris through the receptacle slot, and a retracted position, in which the piston is recessed from the receptacle slot; and
a biasing member configured to bias the piston toward the engaged position;
a carrier unit, including:
a flange having a width greater than the slot length of the receptacle slot; and
a lock tab offset from the flange and having a tab length and tab width to pass through the receptacle slot of the receptacle unit,
wherein a first angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, allows the lock tab to move the piston between the engaged position and the retracted position, and
wherein a second angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, prevents passage of the lock tab through the receptacle slot; and
a fastener point attached to the carrier unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,604

CONTAINER, PACKAGING, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A container comprising:a) a plant based structural layer having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface; and
b) a pre-formed polymeric liner layer secured to the plant based structural layer and lining at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface;wherein the structural layer comprises a pair of flexible panels, each panel having a pair of opposed side edges, the pair of panels being joined to each other along the side edges, the container movable between a flattened configuration in which the panels are flattened to provide a flat container, and an expanded configuration in which the panels are flexed outwardly to define an interior volume of the container therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,189,602

PRODUCT TAG WITH EXPANDABLE LOOP AND SACHET

Bedford Industries, Inc.,...

1. A product tag comprising:a sachet portion comprising:
a front segment having a front surface and a rear surface; and
a rear segment having a front surface and a rear surface, wherein the front surface of the rear segment is sealed to the rear surface of the front segment to define a sealed interior region having a perimeter, wherein the front segment and the rear segment are connected together about the entire perimeter; and
a first elastomer portion comprising:
a first bonding segment bonded to the sachet portion;
a first transition portion extending from the first bonding segment; and
a first expandable loop extending from the first transition portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,601

ADJUSTABLE PALLET

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A modular pallet system comprising:a pallet, the pallet including a rectangular base having a planar top surface, and a planar bottom surface spaced apart from the planar top surface, the planar top surface having a plurality of holes arranged thereon, and the planar bottom surface having a plurality of holes arranged to align with the holes of the planar top surface, the holes of the planar bottom surface being smaller in diameter than the holes of the planar top surface;
a plurality of stacking arms extending upwardly from the rectangular base, the arms being oriented generally perpendicular to the top surface;
a support connected to the bottom of the base for supporting the modular pallet;
a plurality of part holders cooperable with the top surface of the base and mounted on the base generally perpendicular to the top surface, a first part holder in the plurality of part holders including:
a bottom portion for standing on the top surface of the base, the bottom portion including at least one hole for a fastener;
a T-beam portion having a web, a flange, and spanning upwardly from the bottom portion, the web of the T-beam facing towards the hole on the bottom portion; and
an angled portion at the top of the T-beam portion, wherein the angled portion angles towards the web of the T-beam; and
a plurality of crossbeams located between the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface and oriented diagonally across the base for increasing the strength of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,600

PALLET-FREE BULK BIN CONTAINER

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPA...

1. A pallet-free bulk bin container assembly comprising:an open-ended bulk bin having a frame base at one end, the one end comprising at least a portion that is open;
a pair of channel inserts configured to be engaged with the frame base to partially enclose the portion of the one end of the open-ended bulk bin that is open, the channel inserts being separate from the open-ended bulk bin; and
a pair of center-filler supports received in the open-ended bulk bin to fully enclose the portion of the one end of the open-ended bulk bin that is open.

US Pat. No. 10,189,599

BULK MATERIAL SHIPPING CONTAINER

Arrows Up, LLC, Arlingto...

1. A material shipping container comprising:a pallet;
a compartment mounted on the pallet, the compartment including:
a first top corner, a first bottom corner, and a first corner section extending from the first top corner to the first bottom corner, the first corner section including first and second upright walls extending in a first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in a second different direction;
a second top corner, a second bottom corner, and a second corner section extending from the second top corner to the second bottom corner, the second corner section including first and second upright walls extending in the first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in the second different direction;
a third top corner, a third bottom corner, and a third corner section extending from the third top corner to the third bottom corner, the third corner section including first and second upright walls extending in the first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in the second different direction;
a fourth top corner, a fourth bottom corner, and a fourth corner section extending from the fourth top corner to the fourth bottom corner, the fourth corner section including first and second upright walls extending in the first direction, and third and fourth upright walls extending in the second different direction;
a front exterior wall connected to the first corner section and the second corner section;
a back exterior wall connected to the third corner section and the fourth corner section;
a first exterior side wall connected to the second corner section and the third corner section;
a second exterior side wall connected to the first corner section and the fourth corner section;
a front exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the front exterior wall;
a back exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the back exterior wall;
a first side exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the first exterior side wall;
a second side exterior wall support bracket connected to an exterior side of the second exterior side wall;
a first nesting support positioned adjacent to the first top corner, the first nesting support defining a first opening extending through the first nesting support;
a second nesting support positioned adjacent to the second top corner, the second nesting support defining a second opening extending through the second nesting support;
a third nesting support positioned adjacent to the third top corner, the third nesting support defining a third opening extending through the third nesting support;
a fourth nesting support positioned adjacent to the fourth top corner, the fourth nesting support defining a fourth opening extending through the fourth nesting support, the first, second, third, and fourth nesting supports configured to at least partially support a pallet of another same material shipping container;
a top wall positioned above the front exterior wall, the back exterior wall, the first exterior side wall, and the second exterior side wall; and
an interior bottom wall including:
(i) a front downwardly angled section attached to the front exterior wall and having a lower edge adjacent to a material release opening at a bottom of the interior bottom wall,
(ii) a back downwardly angled section attached to the back exterior wall and having a lower edge adjacent to the material release opening at the bottom of the interior bottom wall,
(iii) a first side downwardly angled section attached to the first exterior side wall, the front downwardly angled section, and the back downwardly angled section, and having a lower edge adjacent to the material release opening at the bottom of the interior bottom wall, and
(iv) a second side downwardly angled section attached to the second exterior side wall, the front downwardly angled section, and the back downwardly angled section, and having a lower edge adjacent to the material release opening at the bottom of the interior bottom wall; and
a plurality of wedge shaped bottom wall supports that support each of the downwardly angled sections;
a material unloading assembly positioned below the interior bottom wall, the material unloading assembly including:
(i) spaced apart guide members, and
(ii) a slidable gate including a closure member and a downwardly extending engagable member attached to the closure member, the closure member slidable on the spaced apart guide members, the closure member slidable to an open position relative to the material release opening and slidable to a closed positioned relative to the material release opening; and
a material loading assembly attached to the top wall, the material loading assembly including a cover hingedly attached to the top wall and movable from a closed position relative to an opening in the top wall and to an open position relative to the opening in the top wall, the cover remaining hingedly attached to the top wall in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,598

DISPLAY CARRIER

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A portable type display device comprising:a display including a screen on a front surface thereof and a rear surface opposite the screen; and
a display carrier, comprising:
a storage box configured to store the display, the storage box having a bottom surface,
a window part which is formed on a face of the storage box opposite the bottom surface of the storage box,
a fixing member disposed entirely within only a central area of the storage box and extending from the bottom surface of the storage box, the central area being defined between the bottom surface of the storage box and the window part of the storage box, the fixing member having a bottom surface fixed to the bottom surface of the storage box and an upper surface opposite the bottom surface of the fixing member, the upper surface of the fixing member being inclined, the rear surface of the display being joined to the inclined upper surface of the fixing member such that the screen is inclined with respect to the window part, and
a closing member which closes said window part,
wherein a supporting member configured to support said closing member removed from said window part is provided on a face of said storage box opposite to a face having said window part formed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,596

PLASTIC CONTAINERS HAVING BASE CONFIGURATIONS WITH UP-STAND WALLS HAVING A PLURALITY OF RINGS, AND SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND BASE MOLDS THEREOF

GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY,...

1. A method comprising:providing a blow-molded plastic container, the plastic container including a sidewall configured to support a film label, a finish projecting from an upper end of the sidewall and operative to cooperatively receive a closure to sealingly enclose the plastic container, and a base extending from the sidewall to form a bottom enclosed end of the plastic container, wherein the bottom end comprises:
an annular bearing portion defining a standing surface for the container, the base being smooth and without surface features from said bearing portion to a lower label stop,
a cylindrical wall including a first concave ring, a second concave ring, and a third concave ring, the cylindrical wall circumscribed by said bearing portion and extending continuously upward from said bearing portion toward said finish generally in a radially inward direction, the first concave ring being continuous throughout a first circumference of the cylindrical wall and defined by a first diameter and a first cross-sectional radius, the second concave ring extending directly from the first concave ring and being continuous throughout a second circumference of the cylindrical wall and defined by a second diameter and a second cross-sectional radius, and the third concave ring extending directly from the second concave ring and being continuous throughout a third circumference of the cylindrical wall and defined by a third diameter and a third cross-sectional radius, the first diameter being greater than the second and third diameters, and the second diameter being greater than the third diameter, and
an inner wall circumscribed by said cylindrical wall with an annular shoulder therebetween,
hot-filling the plastic container via the finish with a product;
sealing the hot-filled plastic container with the closure; and
cooling the hot-filled and sealed plastic container;
wherein an internal pressure characteristic after hot-filling and sealing the plastic container is compensated by the inner wall with substantially no movement of the cylindrical wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,595

FEEDING UNIT FOR FEEDING SEALED PACKS OF POURABLE FOOD PRODUCTS

1. A feeding unit for receiving sealed packs of pourable food products from a forming unit arranged to form said packs and feed said packs to a folding unit arranged to fold said packs so as to obtain folded packages, said feeding unit comprising a feeding conveyor to carry said packs towards said folding unit, a driving arrangement interacting with said packs so as to pull said packs from said forming unit and push said packs towards said feeding conveyor, said driving arrangement comprising at least two cyclically movable driving elements positioned on opposite sides of an advancing path along which said packs are advanced through said feeding unit and an actuating arrangement for moving said driving elements, said driving elements being arranged to interact with opposite portions of said packs, said driving elements being configured to interact with flaps of said packs projecting from opposite lateral walls of said packs.

US Pat. No. 10,189,594

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CONTAINER CONTAINING A CONTENT FLUID, A METHOD FOR PLACING AN INSIDE OF A CONTAINER UNDER A POSITIVE PRESSURE, A FILLED CONTAINER, A BLOW MOLDING METHOD, AND A BLOW MOLDING DEVICE

1. A method for manufacturing a container containing a content fluid, comprising:a molding step of stretching a bottomed tubular preform that is heated to a temperature at which the preform is stretchable so as to form the container by means of pressure of the content fluid injected into the preform through a mouth portion of the preform;
a sealing step of sealing the content fluid by fitting a cap body to the mouth portion; and
a pressurizing step of increasing an inner pressure of the container, wherein the container includes an invertible deforming portion that is freely invertible and deformable toward an inside of the container, and
in the pressurizing step, after the sealing step before a temperature of the container decreases to a room temperature, the inner pressure of the container is increased by reducing a volume of the container by inverting and deforming the invertible deforming portion toward the inside of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,593

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PACKAGING ARTICLES

CT PACK S.R.L., Valsamog...

1. A machine for packaging articles comprising:a fixed frame;
a feeding device for feeding a film to a packaging station, where the film is used to wrap the articles,
a conveyor line by which the articles are directed to the packaging station;
a sealing unit, located in the packaging station, movable relative to the fixed frame and also comprising two sealing elements movable relative to each other between a spaced-apart position and a close-together position where the two sealing elements cooperate to seal the film interposed between the two sealing elements;
a first movement device for moving the sealing unit and comprising a first motor fixed to the fixed frame;
a second movement device for moving the sealing unit and comprising a second motor fixed to the fixed frame, the second motor being operatively coupled to at least one of the two sealing elements,
wherein the first movement device comprises a first articulated arm and the second movement device comprises a second articulated arm;
a control unit operatively connected to the first motor and to the second motor in order to drive the first motor and second motor in a predetermined relationship to move the two sealing elements relative to each other and relative to the fixed frame;
wherein the sealing unit comprises a movable frame which is movable, relative to the fixed frame, along a feed direction of the articles and which carries the two sealing elements;
wherein the second movement device comprises a rocker hinged to the movable frame to rotate with respect to the movable frame about a pivot point,
wherein the second articulated arm comprises a first member and a second member which are movable relative to each other, the first member being connected to the second motor to be carried in rotation and the second member being hinged to the rocker at a position different from the pivot point, so that the rocker is carried in rotation relative to the movable frame and about the pivot point,
the rocker being coupled to at least one of the two sealing elements in order to move the two sealing elements from the spaced-apart position to the close-together position and vice versa,
wherein the second movement device comprises a first rod which is operatively coupled to a first sealing element of the two sealing elements and to the rocker to move the first sealing element when the rocker is carried in rotation about the pivot point, and a second rod which is operatively coupled to a second sealing element of the two sealing elements and to the rocker to move the second sealing element when the rocker is carried in rotation about the pivot point;
wherein the second movement device comprises a guide associated with the movable frame to guide the movement of the first and second sealing elements relative to each other;
wherein the first motor is driven in a first rotation direction to move the movable frame in a first direction along a predetermined axis of movement parallel to the feed direction, and the first motor is driven in a second rotation direction, opposite to the first rotation direction, to move the movable frame along the predetermined axis of movement in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
wherein the second motor is driven in a third rotation direction to move the sealing elements from the spaced-apart position to the close-together position, and the second motor is driven in a fourth rotation direction to move the sealing elements from the close-together position to the spaced-apart position;
wherein the first motor is an electric motor, having a rotatable first shaft and the second motor is an electric motor having a rotatable second shaft;
wherein the first articulated arm comprises a first member and a second member of fixed length hinged to each other, the first member of the first articulated arm being fixedly connected to the first shaft and the second member of the first articulated arm being rotatably attached to the movable frame;
wherein the first member and the second member of the second articulated arm are of fixed length and the first member of the second articulated arm is fixedly connected to the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,592

APPARATUS FOR SEALING AN OPEN END OF A CONTAINER

17. A method of producing a package for distribution comprising:folding and sealing a bottom of the package;
filling the package with a product to produce a filled package; and
sealing a top of the filled package by:
moving a first longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a first longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the first sealing jaw including moving the first eccentric shaft by rotating around a first rotational axis;
moving a second longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a second longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the second eccentric shaft by rotating around a second rotational axis, the second sealing jaw being parallel with the first sealing jaw, the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw being synchronized by transversally extending guiding bars cooperating with the first and second eccentric shafts via guiding pins running in guiding grooves, and play in a transversal direction being permitted between the first and second eccentric shafts and the first and second sealing jaws; and
the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the first and second sealing jaws toward each other and pressing the top of the package to seal the top of the filled package.

US Pat. No. 10,189,591

ROTARY FILLING DEVICE FOR ASEPTIC FILLING OF POUCHES

Scholle IPN Corporation, ...

1. A filling device for aseptic filling of pouches comprising:a pouch fill assembly comprising:
a movement assembly defining an aseptic zone, the movement assembly configured to direct a pouch having a spout and a plug sealing the spout through the pouch fill assembly from an inlet to an outlet;
a plug removing assembly having at least one plug removing station, the plug removing station further including:
a grasping assembly positioned within the aseptic zone structurally configured to releasably capture a portion of the plug;
a plug retaining structure positioned within the aseptic zone structurally configured to releasably maintain the plug upon removal from the spout; and
an actuator assembly structurally configured to direct the plug between the spout and the plug retaining structure; and
a filling assembly having at least one filling station structurally configured to dispense a flowable material into the pouch through the spout;
wherein the movement assembly further includes a base wall, a portion of which is rotatably positionable relative to the plug removing assembly and the pouch filling assembly, with a cooperative retaining slot defined therein structurally configured to retain a pouch by way of the spout, the base wall including an upper surface, with the plug retaining structure positioned in a spaced apart orientation from the cooperative retaining slot and extending from the upper surface, wherein the grasping assembly is structurally configured to extend between the cooperative retaining slot and the plug retaining structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,589

CHAMBER MACHINE WITH GAS NOZZLE MONITORING

13. A chamber machine for packaging products in at least one bag, said chamber machine comprising:at least one gas nozzle; and
a monitoring device configured for detecting the presence of a bag neck of said at least one bag over said at least one gas nozzle;
wherein said monitoring device comprises at least one sensing finger for each of said at least one gas nozzle; and
wherein said at least one gas nozzle or said at least one sensing finger is adapted to have applied thereto an electric voltage, and wherein said at least one gas nozzle is electrically insulated from said at least one sensing finger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,588

BUNDLING ARTICLE WITH ELASTIC LOOP AND COOPERATING TAG

Bedford Industries, Inc.,...

1. A bundling article including:a stretchable portion including a fastening opening having a first width; and
a tag portion overlapping the stretchable portion at an overlap area, wherein the stretchable portion and the tag portion are bonded together at the overlap area, and the tag portion including a notch, the notch including two opposed shoulders separated by a second width, wherein the second width is substantially equal to or greater than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,189,587

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY ENCAPSULATING ELONGATED COMPONENTS AND ENCAPSULATED ELONGATED COMPONENTS OBTAINED

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A process for a continuous production of an encapsulated component web, the process comprising the steps of:conveying at least two continuous encapsulation films, spaced apart from one another, along a longitudinal axis of a production line;
conveying at least one encapsulatable component along the longitudinal axis of the production line between the two continuous encapsulation films;
displacing transversally at least one of the at least one encapsulatable component simultaneously while the at least one encapsulatable component is conveyed along the longitudinal axis of the production line;
superposing an assembly including the at least two continuous encapsulation films and the at least one encapsulatable component with the at least one encapsulatable component extending between two of the at least two continuous encapsulation films; and
laminating the assembly to encapsulate the at least one encapsulatable component between the at least two continuous encapsulation films.

US Pat. No. 10,189,586

PROCESS FOR SINGLE-STEP FORMING AND FILLING OF CONTAINERS

1. A process for the manufacturing and filling of plastic containers comprising the steps of:heating a localized zone of a stretchable portion of a preform to a temperature closer to its vitreous transition temperature (Tg) than to ambient temperature while maintaining at least a portion of the stretchable portion of the preform at a temperature closer to ambient temperature than to the vitreous transition temperature (Tg);
positioning the preform in a mold assembly of two or more components while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, the preform being fabricated from a plastic and being provided with a longitudinal axis and including the stretchable portion and a non-stretchable portion;
after positioning the preform in the mold assembly while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, initially stretching the preform along its longitudinal axis;
injecting a fluid into the interior volume of the preform, the fluid being under such pressure so as to cause the preform to plastically deform until achieving a container of a desired size and shape; and
releasing the container formed from the preform from the mold assembly and sealing the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,585

SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATOR, PLANETARIUM HAVING THE SAME, AND SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATING PROGRAM

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. Pi space flight simulator comprising:a celestial-body-position output unit configured to output three-dimensional positions of extragalactic celestial bodies in space;
an observation-position designation unit configured to allow an operator to designate a three-dimensional position and a posture of an observer in extragalactic space;
a celestial-body-image arrangement unit configured to determine, based on the output from the celestial-body-position output unit, arrangement of an image of each extragalactic celestial body in a star field seen from the designated three-dimensional position and posture of the observer, and generate a star field image;
a cosmic-expansion selection unit configured to allow the operator to perform selection as to whether a cosmic expansion effect is taken into account;
a time designation unit configured to designate an observation time; and
a cosmic-expansion correction unit configured to correct the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body based on the cosmic expansion effect and the designated observation time, wherein
the celestial-body-image arrangement unit is configured to determine the arrangement of the image of each extragalactic celestial body based on the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body after the correction by the cosmic-expansion correction unit when the cosmic expansion effect is taken into account, or determine the arrangement of the image of each extragalactic celestial body based on the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body before the correction by the cosmic-expansion correction unit when the cosmic expansion effect is not taken into account.

US Pat. No. 10,189,583

DEPLOYABLE SHEET MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ANALYTICAL MECHANICS ASSO...

1. A spacecraft system for deploying sheet material comprising:a primary beam member extending from a first end region to a second end region;
a first mast coupled to the primary beam member;
a second mast coupled to the primary beam member opposite the first mast, wherein each of the first and second masts extends from a proximal region coupled to the primary beam member to a distal region, wherein the distal region of the first and second masts is positioned farther from the primary beam member when the system is in a deployed configuration than when the system is in a stowed configuration;
a spoolable apparatus coupled to the primary beam member, wherein the spoolable apparatus comprises:
a first boom member proximate the first end region of the primary beam member,
a second boom member proximate the second end region of the primary beam member, and
a sheet material extending from a proximal sheet region to a distal sheet region and located between the first and second boom members,
wherein the first boom member, second boom member, and the sheet material are in a spooled state when the system is in the stowed configuration, and wherein the first boom member, second boom member, and the sheet material are unspooled into an extended state when the system is in the deployed configuration; and
a plurality of guy wires comprising:
a first guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the first mast to the first boom member,
a second guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the first mast to the second boom member,
a third guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the second mast to the first boom member, and
a fourth guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the second mast to the second boom member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,582

ELASTICALLY DEPLOYABLE PANEL STRUCTURE SOLAR ARRAY

DEPLOYABLE SPACE SYSTEMS,...

1. An elastically deployable panel structure for space solar array applications comprising:a unitary, continuous support structure having first and second opposing side edges, a first, stowed configuration and a second, deployed configuration, the stowed configuration having elastic strain energy, said elastic strain energy operable to power deployment of said support structure;
wherein the support structure is configured to be operable as a mounting surface for solar cell arrays,
and further wherein the first and second opposing side edges are curved downward with respect to a bottom surface of said support structure, each of said first and second opposing side edges forming a C-shaped open cylinder, when said support structure is in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,580

IMAGE STABILIZATION AND POINTING CONTROL MECHANIZATION FOR AIRCRAFT IMAGING SYSTEMS

Aerobo, Brooklyn, NY (US...

1. An aircraft comprising:a platform;
a camera assembly rotatable relative to the platform and about three camera axes, the camera assembly comprising:
a camera; and
a mirror attached to the camera, wherein the mirror is rotatable relative to the camera and about a mirror axis, different from the three camera axes;
a first inertial measurement unit configured to measure inertial angles of the camera assembly; and
a second inertial measurement unit configured to measure inertial angles of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,189,578

SELF-BALANCING PRESSURE BULKHEAD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure bulkhead comprising:a bulkhead wall having a radially inner disk of a first thickness and a radially outer compression ring of a second thickness defining a convex surface as a first side of the bulkhead wall, wherein the radially outer compression ring defines a periphery of the bulkhead wall, and the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
wherein the second thickness of the outer compression ring is effective to provide a strength to oppose meridional and hoop stresses across the surface of the radially inner disk in response to a pressure differential across the bulkhead wall; and the radially inner disk being unitary with the outer compression ring and being made of the same material as the outer compression ring; and
an attachment ring having a concave surface oriented toward a non-pressurized area and attached to the first side and the periphery of the bulkhead wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,577

ELECTRONIC DISPLAY OF COMPASS/MAP INFORMATION FOR ROTORCRAFT PROVIDING IMPROVED DEPICTION OF SURROUNDING OBSTACLES

Astronautics Corporation ...

1. An avionics display for rotorcraft comprising:a graphic display screen;
an electronic processor communicating with the graphic display screen and receiving altitude information and bearing information from the rotorcraft and terrain map data providing three-dimensional representations of terrain, and location and height if about structures on the terrain, the electronic processor executing a stored program to:
(a) at altitudes above a first predetermined altitude, provide an icon for the rotorcraft superimposed over a representation of the data of the terrain map aligned with the location of the rotorcraft from a viewpoint substantially perpendicular to a plane of the terrain; and
(b) at altitudes below the first predetermined altitude, provide an icon for the rotorcraft superimposed over a representation of the data of the terrain map aligned with the location of the rotorcraft from a viewpoint at an acute angle from the plane of the terrain.

US Pat. No. 10,189,576

LIQUID STORAGE TANK

BAE SYSTEMS PLC, London ...

1. An aircraft fuel tank comprising:a tank wall enclosing a liquid storage space, the tank wall comprising two opposing aircraft external skins and an aircraft substructure disposed between the two aircraft external skins; and
a plurality of tensionable tie assemblies located at least partially within the liquid storage space, each tensionable tie assembly comprising:
a first attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a first of the aircraft external skins;
a second attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a second of the aircraft external skins; and
an elongate member fixed between the first and second attachment devices of that tie assembly such that the elongate member of that tie assembly crosses the liquid storage space;
wherein the tensionable tie assemblies are capable of being tightened during installation, configured to exert an inward force on the tank wall, and are more closely spaced together at or proximate to points at which the aircraft external skins are attached to the aircraft substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,575

AIRCRAFT ENGINE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING REAR ENGINE ATTACHMENTS IN THE FORM OF SHACKLES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An aircraft engine assembly comprising:an engine,
a pylon for mounting the engine on a structure of the aircraft,
the pylon comprising a primary structure forming a box formed by lower spar and upper spars joined together by a plurality of transverse stiffening ribs situated inside the box, the box being closed laterally by two side panels,
means for mounting the engine on the primary structure of the mounting pylon, wherein the mounting means include a set of rear engine attachments comprising:
a first shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with one of the two side panels, the first shackle being oriented along a vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along a transverse direction of the engine assembly;
a second shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with the other one of the two side panels, the second shackle being oriented along the vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along the transverse direction of the engine assembly, the first and second shackles being arranged so as to be crossed by a vertical and transverse plane of the engine assembly; and
a third shackle for transverse transmission of the loads, inclined relative to the vertical direction and crossed by the vertical and transverse plane, the third shackle being hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket secured to the primary structure of the pylon.

US Pat. No. 10,189,574

ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An electric propulsion system for a vehicle, said electric propulsion system comprising:at least one generator;
at least one drive engine coupled to said at least one generator;
at least one electrical device;
at least one battery integrated power converter (BIC), wherein said at least one generator and at least one of said at least one BIC are coupled, and wherein said at least one BIC and said at least one electrical device are coupled;
wherein said at least one BIC comprises:
at least one string comprising a plurality of BIC modules (BICMs) coupled to each other wherein each BICM of said plurality of BICMs comprises:
a first switching device and a second switching device, each of said first switching device and said second switching device comprising an antiparallel diode coupled in parallel thereto;
a first node defined between said first switching device and said second switching device;
a second node coupled to said second switching device;
at least one energy storage device coupled in parallel across said first switching device and said second switching device; and
at least one bypass switch coupled to and between said first node and said second node.

US Pat. No. 10,189,573

OFF-WING SLIDE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An inflatable evacuation device, comprising:a ramp portion;
a slide portion extending from the ramp portion;
a releasable support strap coupled between the ramp portion and the slide portion; and
a release assembly coupled to the releasable support strap, wherein the releasable support strap is configured to release tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion such that an angle of the slide portion relative to the ramp portion changes in response to the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion, and wherein the ramp portion remains affixed to the slide portion after the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING ICE FORMATION ON PORTIONS OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An ice prevention system that is configured to prevent ice from forming with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft, the ice prevention system comprising:a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet, wherein the combustor is within the housing of an engine between a fan and an engine core;
a supply air conduit coupled to the air inlet of the combustor, wherein the supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor, wherein the low pressure air is air that has not been compressed within the engine core; and
one or more delivery conduits coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor, the one or more delivery conduits further coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft, wherein the combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the one or more delivery conduits through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming or melt ice with respect to the one more portions of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,571

MODULE FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN WITH A SEAT FASTENED TO A DOOR

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A module for an aircraft cabin, the module comprising:a door to open the module; and
a seat fastened to the door;
wherein a seat surface of the seat is configured to swivel from an essentially perpendicular stowage position into an essentially horizontal operating position, and
wherein the module comprises a locking mechanism allowing the seat to swivel from the essentially perpendicular stowage position into the essentially horizontal operating position only when the door is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,189,570

SEAT PAN ASSEMBLY WITH ENCASED COMFORT SPRING

1. A seat pan assembly, comprising:spaced seat spreaders;
at least one transverse frame member affixed between the spaced seat spreaders; and
a seat cushion assembly disposed between the spaced seat spreaders and atop and supported on the at least one transverse frame member, the seat cushion assembly comprising:
a spring assembly disposed at depth within a foam assembly and free of attachment to the spaced seat spreaders and the at least one transverse frame member, the spring assembly comprising a frame having a base and sidewalls extending upwardly at an obtuse angle to the base, and a plurality of springs affixed along a top of the sidewalls and extending between the sidewalls elevated above the base;
the foam assembly comprising a first layer of foam disposed within the spring assembly between the plurality of springs and the base;
the foam assembly further comprising a second layer of foam, having a different density than the first layer of foam, encasing at depth the spring assembly within the seat cushion assembly, the second layer of foam continuous along opposing outer sides and a top of the spring assembly; and
a rigid bottom panel pivotally attached at one end to the spaced seat spreaders, the rigid bottom panel disposed atop and supported on the spaced seat spreaders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,569

DRAINING DEVICE FOR DRAINING A FLUID LINE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A draining device for draining a fluid line of a galley unit, the draining device comprising:a first coupling connectable to a second coupling, the second coupling being connected to an end of the fluid line of the galley unit, wherein the first coupling and second coupling are configured to produce a fluid conductive connection between the fluid line and the draining device;
wherein the first and second coupling form a double self-closing coupling between the draining device and the fluid line without producing a direct mechanical fixation between the fluid line and the first coupling; and
a holding device that holds the first coupling stationary relative to the fluid line such that no relative motion between the double self-closing coupling and the fluid line takes place;
wherein the holding device comprises guide rails or holding rails that are designed for engaging with a mount of the galley unit for fixing the draining device relative to the mount;
wherein the guide rails or holding rails extend in a direction parallel to the fluid line; and
wherein the double self-closing coupling is configured to automatically separate and close the first and the second couplings if the first coupling is moved away from the second coupling without releasing a mechanical lock.

US Pat. No. 10,189,568

AGRICULTURAL CROP ANALYSIS DRONE

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A system for agricultural farming, the system comprising:a first agricultural drone flying over a field having a plurality of crops in a position in advance of an agricultural vehicle which is traversing the plurality of crops, collecting information specific to the plurality of crops, and transmitting the collected information in real-time from the first agricultural drone to the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the agricultural vehicle is a boom sprayer which receives the collected information from the first agricultural done in real-time and adjusts at least one operation of the boom sprayer using the received collected information from the first agricultural drone such that the adjustment of the at least one operation includes a leveling of the boom sprayer achieved independent of any information collected by one or more sensors resident on the boom sprayer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,567

IDENTIFYING CAMERA POSITION OF A UAV IN FLIGHT UTILIZING REAL TIME KINEMATIC SATELLITE NAVIGATION

SKYCATCH, INC., San Fran...

1. A method comprising:determining, by at least one processor during a flight mission of a UAV, a position of the UAV at a first time and a position of the UAV at a second time based on a number of wave lengths of a signal transmitted from a satellite to the UAV at the first time, a number of wave lengths of the signal at the second time, RTK correction data at the first time, and RTK correction data at the second time;
identifying, by the at least one processor during the flight mission, a time that a camera affixed to the UAV captures a digital aerial image of a site by detecting when a shutter of the camera affixed to the UAV is open;
detecting an attitude of the UAV at the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image, wherein the attitude comprises a measurement of pitch, roll, and yaw of the UAV corresponding to the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image; and
determining, by the at least one processor, a position of the camera based on a time of capturing the digital aerial image, the attitude of the UAV at the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image, the position of the UAV at the first time, and the position of the UAV at the second time;
determining, by the at least one processor during the flight mission, a quality of a calculation of the position of the UAV at a third time, wherein determining the quality of the calculation comprises determining whether the calculation is fixed or floating; and
modifying flight of the UAV based on the determination of the quality of the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,566

3D COVERAGE MAPPING OF WIRELESS NETWORKS WITH UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

ETAK Systems, LLC, Hunte...

8. An Air Traffic Control (ATC) system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) supporting three-dimensional (3D) coverage mapping of a coverage area of a cell site, the ATC system comprising:a network interface and one or more processors communicatively coupled to one another, wherein the network interface is communicatively coupled to a plurality of UAVs via one or more wireless networks; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to provide the coverage area of the cell site to a UAV;
cause the UAV to fly about the coverage area at one or more elevations;
cause the UAV to take measurements of wireless performance during flight about the coverage area;
utilize the measurements to derive a 3D coverage map of the coverage area;
determine poor coverage areas in the 3D coverage map; and
cause performance of one or more remedial actions to address the poor coverage areas, wherein the one or more remedial actions comprise adding additional antennas on a cell tower at the cell site, adjusting antenna patterns of existing antennas on the cell tower, and adding a new cell tower in the coverage area, each of the one or more remedial actions is configured to increase coverage in the coverage area to address the poor coverage areas.

US Pat. No. 10,189,565

MODULAR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM WITH MULTI-MODE PROPULSION

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A modular Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) having a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) configuration and a forward-flight configuration, the UAS comprising:a plurality of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) modules each having:
a main wing coupled to a corresponding fuselage and having a uniform tip chord length across the plurality of UAV modules;
a pair of booms extending orthogonally from the main wing;
a first pair of propellers, each of which is connected to the main wing via a corresponding arm and selectively stowable within a respective one of the booms in the forward-flight configuration, the corresponding arm being configured to pivot with respect to the main wing;
a second pair of propellers, each of which is connected to a respective one of the booms via a corresponding articulating motor mount and tiltable with respect to the booms via operation of the corresponding articulating motor mount, wherein the first and second pairs of propellers rotate in parallel horizontal planes in the VTOL configuration, and the second pair of propellers rotates in a vertical plane in the forward-flight configuration; and
wingtip docking mechanisms;
wherein the UAS is configured to selectively couple the UAV modules to each other, wingtip-to-wingtip, in both the VTOL and forward-flight configurations using the wingtip docking mechanisms, and is further configured to selectively uncouple the UAV modules from each other via the wingtip docking mechanisms in an independent flight configuration of the UAS.

US Pat. No. 10,189,564

NON-LOADED MANUAL BLADE FOLD ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A pin configured for use in a rotor blade movable between an aligned position and a folded position and having a rotor blade airfoil contour, comprising:a cylindrical body configured to couple a first section and a second of the rotor blade, when the rotor blade is in the aligned position; and
a handle mounted to an end of the cylindrical body and having an airfoil contour generally complementary to the rotor blade airfoil contour, the handle being movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein when the handle is in the closed position, the handle is flush with an adjacent portion of the rotor blade, and when the handle is in the open position, the handle is accessible to pull the cylindrical body from the first and second sections of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,189,561

RESONATOR, AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH THE RESONATOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A resonator having a heavy member and a spring blade, the heavy member comprising a casing fastened to the spring blade, the heavy member further comprising a set of masses that is movable in translation inside the casing along a longitudinal direction, the resonator including a wormscrew engaged in a slider nut of the set of masses, the resonator including drive means suitable for driving the wormscrew in rotation so that rotation of the wormscrew drives the movement in translation, wherein the casing presents an inside face defining in part at least two cylindrical spaces each presenting a generator line parallel to the longitudinal direction, the two cylindrical spaces being arranged outside a central space, the wormscrew being arranged in the central space, the set of masses comprising two masses slidable respectively in the two cylindrical spaces, the set of masses including a support carrying the slider nut, each mass comprising at least one heavy element fastened to the support, each mass presenting at least two presser means interposed between the mass and the inside face, each presser means comprising a groove formed in a circumference of a mass and contained in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, each groove describing a closed curve, each presser means comprising at least one resilient member arranged in the groove and a split ring pressed against the inside face by the at least one resilient member of the presser means, the split ring projecting in part from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,560

LANDING GEAR PLATFORM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A landing gear platform comprising:a chock that is configured to fit and engage between a rearward tire of an aircraft landing gear and a forward tire of the aircraft landing gear, the chock having a top surface; and,
a panel having a top surface and opposite bottom surface, the bottom surface of the panel being configured to be positioned over the top surface of the chock when the chock is fit and engaged between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear whereby the chock supports the top surface of the panel between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear where the top surface of the panel is accessible to an individual and is configured to support the individual above the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear.

US Pat. No. 10,189,559

ROTOR SPEED CONTROL USING A FEED-FORWARD ROTOR SPEED COMMAND

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A computer-implemented method for feed-forward rotor speed control, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a first flight command indicative of a flight characteristic change of an aircraft comprising a rotor;
generating, by the processing device, a load factor change based on the flight command;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed change based on the load factor change;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed command based on the rotor speed change to a flight controller to cause the aircraft to change a rotor speed of the rotor; and
changing, by the processing device, the rotor speed of the rotor responsive to the rotor speed command,
wherein the first flight command is responsive to a first pilot command from a pilot of the aircraft, and the second flight command is responsive to a second pilot command from the pilot of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,557

PASSENGER AIRCRAFT WITH A DOWNWARDLY FOLDABLE WING TIP DEVICE

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A passenger aircraft comprising a wing, the wing having a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is moveable between:i. a flight configuration for use during flight, and
ii. a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is folded downwardly from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft is reduced, and
wherein the wing tip device is connected to the wing along a hinge defining a hinge line, the hinge being arranged to allow the wing tip device to rotate about the hinge line between the flight configuration and the ground configuration, but to prevent the wing tip device rotating upwardly beyond the flight configuration;
wherein the hinge line is orientated at an angle to a flight direction such that the wing tip device presents a larger frontal area when in the ground configuration than when in the flight configuration, and such that during forward motion of the aircraft, aerodynamic forces act on the wing tip device to allow the wing tip device to rotate away from the ground configuration and towards the flight configuration under the action of the aerodynamic forces, and
wherein the aircraft further comprises an actuator for moving the wing tip device from the ground configuration to the flight configuration, the actuator having a capacity of less than that required for moving the wing tip device in the absence of the aerodynamic forces.

US Pat. No. 10,189,555

ROTARY BALL LOCK LATCHING MECHANISM

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

1. A latching mechanism for engaging an aircraft surface panel to a support member comprising:an aircraft surface panel defining an upper surface, a lower surface, and a post extending from the lower surface, the post defining a circumferential recess formed thereabout;
a panel support member extending substantially parallel to the aircraft surface panel, the panel support member defining a post receiving aperture formed therethrough;
a post engagement mechanism disposed adjacent the support panel lower surface, the post engagement mechanism defining a central aperture in substantial vertical alignment with the post receiving aperture, for receiving and engaging the post;
the post engagement mechanism further defining a rotatable sleeve, the rotatable sleeve being rotatable to enable locking and unlocking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism; and
a post engagement mechanism actuator, connectable to a power source, in operative engagement with the rotatable sleeve for rotation thereof;
wherein the aircraft surface panel and the panel support member are translatable into and out of abutting engagement independent of any contact with the aircraft surface panel upper surface; and
wherein locking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism continues when power to the actuator is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,554

ENCLOSURE COOLING FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A housing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a metallic porous material comprising a first porous portion and a second porous portion, the metallic porous material configured to enclose one or more components of the UAV; and
a phase change material (PCM), wherein pores of the first porous portion are free of the PCM and pores of the second porous portion are filled with the PCM,
wherein the metallic porous material and the PCM are configured to passively cool the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,189,553

WATER INTAKE SYSTEM AND FLOATING VESSEL EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A SYSTEM

SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC....

1. A water intake system for a floating vessel in a body of water, the water intake system comprising within the hull of the vessel:an intake compartment for taking in water from the body of water and a distribution compartment for distributing and supplying the water to one or more consumer units within the floating vessel;
the intake compartment being arranged below a lowest operational draught of the vessel and having an inlet in a bottom region of the intake compartment, the intake compartment being in fluid communication with the distribution compartment for allowing water to flow into the distribution compartment;
the water intake system further comprising a water lift hose that is connected to the inlet and is extendible below the hull of the vessel,
wherein the water lift hose is suspended from a higher level of the vessel above the intake compartment through an internal opening in a top region of the intake compartment,
wherein the water lift hose comprises an open pipe section located in between the inlet and the internal opening of the intake compartment, and
wherein the open pipe section comprises an upper connector part for connection to a portion of the water lift hose above the intake compartment and a lower connector part for connection to a part of the water lift hose extending below the intake compartment, and the inlet is arranged with a seal for sealing the water lift hose at the lower connector part of the open pipe section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,551

DISPLAY CONTROLLER

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A display controller comprising:a controller providing multidimensional code to a display device,
wherein the controller switchably displays the multidimensional codes representing identical information by a plurality of display patterns where ease of reading is mutually different,
wherein the multidimensional code represents information regarding an outboard motor mounted to a boat, or information regarding a vehicle, and
wherein the plurality of display patterns are switchable between a display pattern that represents information desired to be converted into the multidimensional code by a predetermined count of the multidimensional codes and a display pattern that reduces an information volume represented by each of the multidimensional codes and represents the information by the multidimensional codes larger in count than the predetermined count of multidimensional codes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,550

COMPACT, PEDAL-PROPELLED BOATS

1. A compact, pedal-propelled boat comprising:a gearbox (1) made from a tube (2) and a cylindrical housing (3) allowing a pinion having a shaft (4) being supported by two bearings housed inside the cylindrical housing (3) and a gear having a shaft (6) being supported by one of the two bearings housed in a right bushing (5) and the other of the two bearings housed in a left bushing (7) allowing that two retaining rings (27) installed on the gear shaft (6), one on a right and other on a left side, restrict relative axial movement between the gear shaft (6) and the gearbox (1) so that the gear remains engaged to the pinion; and the right bushing (5) and the left bushing (7) each have a shoulder on an outside thereof;
an outer tube (11) being made from two tubes, a long tube (12) and a short tube (13) which are joined at an angle around 120 degrees allowing an assembly to be inserted inside, wherein the assembly comprises
a torque tube (14) having a first end fixed to an end of the pinion shaft (4) and a second end fixed to an intermediate shaft (15) and the intermediate shaft (15) is supported by a bearing housed within an intermediate bushing (16);
the intermediate shaft (15) is fixed to a double universal joint (17);
a second end of the double universal joint (17) is fixed to a propeller shaft (18);
wherein the assembly can be inserted into the outer tube (11) until the moment when an end of the outer tube (11) is fitted on the outside of the cylindrical housing (3) of the gearbox (1) and the propeller shaft (18) is positioned inside the short tube (13) allowing a propeller bushing (19) to be inserted inside the short tube (13);
the propeller shaft (18) is supported by two bearings housed in the propeller bushing (19) allowing an elastic ring to be installed on the propeller shaft (18), which together with the end of the double universal joint (17) restrict axial movement of the propeller shaft (18) relative to the propeller bushing (19) and the propeller bushing (19) can be fixed in the short tube (13), transferring to the short tube (13) stress caused by a propeller (21) installed on the propeller shaft (18);
cranks and pedals are installed at ends of the gear shaft (6) which, when operating the pedals, the gear shaft (6) drives the pinion shaft (4) which, in turn, transmits the movement through the torque tube (14) to the double universal joint (17), which allows for a homokinetic transmission of movement to the propeller shaft (18).

US Pat. No. 10,189,549

RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION FARM FOR FISHING WORK

1. A renewable power generation farm for fishing work floating on a sea surface, the farm comprising:a plurality of floating ships, wherein each ship is configured to generate an energy using solar and wind power, wherein each ship comprises:
a main elongate floating structure having a top face;
a wind-based energy generation device secured to the main elongate floating structure via a vertical support pillar fixed to a first point of the top face of the main elongate floating structure;
a transverse beam extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending beyond lateral edges of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
a longitudinal beam extending in a parallel manner to the longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending within the longitudinal length of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
connection beams connecting both opposing first and second ends of the transverse beam and both opposing first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
auxiliary pillars vertically extending through the first and second ends of the transverse beam and the first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
solar-based energy generation devices disposed at top ends of the auxiliary pillars respectively;
auxiliary elongate floating structures disposed at bottom ends of the auxiliary pillars passing through the first and second ends of the transverse beam;
connectors coupled to rear and front ends of the main elongate floating structure respectively,
a cover surrounding the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the cover has a heated space defined therein;
an air outlet tube and an air inlet tube air-communicated with the heated space;
an air discharge block connected to the air outlet tube and configured to discharge air using a pressure pump into an evaporation region defined in water, wherein the evaporation region is defined by a jacket, wherein the pressure pump is configured to blow air from the air discharge block at a high pressure;
a salt-free air supply device including: the evaporation region defined above the air discharge block; and a filtering unit disposed above the evaporation region, wherein the salt-free air supply device is configured to supply the salt-free air to the heated space through the air inlet tube connected to the filtering unit;
a detection device provided at the upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to detect an illegally infiltrated ship and/or a position of the sun; and
a rotator disposed on an upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to rotate the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the orientation of the solar-based energy generation device is adjusted through the rotator based on the position of the detected sun,
wherein the plurality of the floating ships are connected in series to each other via the connectors to allow the renewable power generation farm for fishing work to act as a defense floating barrier to protect the sea surface from illegal invasion, and
wherein each of the auxiliary elongate floating structures includes a floating force generation body to act as a floating-force generation structure, wherein the floating-force generation structure has a receiving space for accommodating a battery defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,189,548

LADDER WITH WATER SENSING LIGHTS

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A ladder for a boat, the ladder comprising:a rail configured to be coupled to the boat;
a rung supported by the rail;
a light source coupled to at least one of the rung and the rail;
a power source configured to provide electrical power to the light source; and
a water sensor configured to control provision of the electrical power to the light source;
wherein the electrical power is provided to the light source and the light source is illuminated in response to the water sensor sensing water;
further comprising a switching element that turns ON in response to the water sensor sensing water and thereby completes an electrical circuit with the power source and the light source; and
further comprising a printed circuit board (PCB) that supports the light source, the switching element, and the electrical circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,547

HYBRID CARGO HANDLING METHOD OF OIL TANKER AND CARGO PUMP PRIME MOVER SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD

1. A hybrid cargo handling method for an oil tanker or ore/oil carrier comprising:segregating and carrying at least three kinds of grade cargo oil; and
using plural sets of cargo oil pump systems,
wherein a cargo oil pump of one set of the systems is driven by an electric motor system of which a speed is controlled with a frequency conversion control device, and
wherein a cargo oil pump of a remaining set of the systems is driven by a steam turbine drive system,
further comprising the following steps of:
(i) operating the cargo oil pump driven by a mover of a steam turbine and discharging an exhaust gas from an auxiliary boiler supplying steam to the steam turbine; and
(ii) charging an inert gas purified from the exhaust gas into a void space of a cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the cargo oil pump driven by the mover of the steam turbine,
while operating the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system when exceeding a minimum demand threshold value of the inert gas
to control a speed with a frequency conversion control device so that the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system does not exceed a load equivalent to consuming surplus of residual inert gas balance allocated to the void space of the cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the mover of the steam turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,545

CLEAT AND CLEAT FAIRING FOR A BOAT

1. A cleat for a boat, comprising:a cam mounted to a surface of the boat and having a rotatable toothed surface for pressing against a line;
a guide mounted to the surface of the boat adjacent said cam, said guide having a bottom portion, a top portion, and a slide surface that extends from the bottom portion to the top portion, the slide surface is sloped relative to the bottom portion to direct the line from the surface of the boat to a point above a top of said cam; and
a slot formed in the slide surface of said guide, wherein said slot is configured to permit the line to be moved into opposition with the rotatable toothed surface of said cam.

US Pat. No. 10,189,544

STEPPED CAMBERED PLANING HULL

Massachusetts Institute o...

16. A planing hull for a boat, comprising:a fore-body portion;
a swept back cambered portion, wherein the swept back cambered portion extends from the fore-body portion;
a step; and
an after-body portion, and
a transom;
wherein the step vertically offsets the after-body portion from the swept back cambered portion towards an interior of the planing hull, and
wherein an external bottom surface of the swept back cambered portion has a non-linear distribution of camber; and
wherein an external bottom surface of the transom has a W-shaped cross sectional profile.

US Pat. No. 10,189,543

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE WITH IMPROVED MOTOR PERFORMANCE

5. An electric motorcycle, comprising a power transmission system, said power transmission system comprising an electric motor, a motor controller adapted for controlling the operation of said electric motor, a gearbox, and a main drive shaft coupled between said electric motor and said gearbox, wherein said main drive shaft has one end thereof fixedly mounted with a belt gear and coupled to said electric motor through a transmission belt, and an opposite end thereof fixedly mounted with a main drive gear; said gearbox comprising a power input gear located at a power input end thereof and meshed with said main drive gear, a speed change gear set, said speed change gear set comprising a tachometer output sprocket located at an opposing output end thereof for driving a rear wheel of the electric motorcycle to rotate; the power transmission system further comprises a motor speed sensor mounted on said main drive gear of said main drive shaft and adapted for obtaining the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor, a vehicle speed sensor disposed at one side of one gear of said speed change gear set that is synchronized with said tachometer output sprocket and adapted for obtaining the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle, a pitch shifting pedal for controlling the desired gear shift position, a control unit, said control unit comprising a MCU electrically coupled with said motor speed sensor and said vehicle speed sensor and adapted for converting the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle and driving a speedometer and a tachometer to display the converted data, and a gear shift position sensor adapted for detecting the position of a gear shift position dial switch of a fork shaft to obtain the data of the gear shift position, the data of the gear shift position detected by said gear shift position sensor, the data of the turning degree of a speed twist grip of the electric motorcycle, the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor detected by said motor speed sensor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle detected by said vehicle speed sensor being provided to said MCU of said control unit for computing so that said MCU provides a control signal to said motor controller for regulating the rotating speed of said electric motor to rotate said gearbox synchronously.

US Pat. No. 10,189,542

BICYCLE REAR DERAILLEUR

LEE CHI ENTERPRISES COMPA...

1. A bicycle rear derailleur, which is adapted to be mounted on a bicycle frame, comprising:a parallel linkage mechanism, which comprises a base, a linkage assembly, and a movable member, wherein the base is adapted to be mounted on the bicycle frame; the linkage assembly is pivotally connected to and between the base and the movable member in a way that the movable member is movable relative to the base; the movable member has a chamber;
a pivot shaft provided within the chamber, wherein the pivot shaft is pivotally rotatable relative to the movable member;
a chain guide fixed around the pivot shaft;
a restriction assembly comprising a first ratchet gear, a second ratchet gear, and an elastic member, wherein the first ratchet gear fits around the pivot shaft, and is not rotatable relative to the pivot shaft; the second ratchet gear rotatably fits around the pivot shaft, and teeth thereof match teeth of the first ratchet gear; the elastic member is provided within the chamber with an end thereof abutting against either the first ratchet gear or the second ratchet gear to keep the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear contacting with each other; and
a friction assembly provided within the chamber to provide a rotational friction on the second ratchet gear;
whereby, when the chain guide swings toward a first direction by a force, the pivot shaft and the first ratchet gear are driven to rotate toward the first direction, and the teeth of the first ratchet gear and the teeth of the second ratchet gear are disengaged from each other, so that the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear are relatively rotatable; when the chain guide swings toward a second direction which is opposite to the first direction by another force, the teeth of the first ratchet gear and the teeth of the second ratchet restrict each other, so that the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear are not relatively rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,189,541

ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electrically assisted bicycle comprising:an electric motor that applies a walk-push assisting torque to a wheel of the bicycle when a rider pushes the bicycle;
a controller configured or programmed to execute a first mode in which the electric motor applies no torque to the wheel, a second mode in which the electric motor applies a stay assisting torque to the wheel which allows the electrically assisted bicycle to stay in a position, and a third mode in which the electric motor applies the walk-push assisting torque to the wheel; and
an operator operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode; wherein
the operator includes a first operator and a second operator which differs from the first operator, the first operator and the second operator are operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode by switching on/off the first operator and the second operator, or
the operator is a single operator, and the controller executes shifting of the modes in an order of the first mode, the second mode, and the third mode or in an order of the first mode, the third mode, and the second mode in response to reception of an ON signal from the single operator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,540

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:a base member including a cylinder bore and a reservoir tank, the cylinder bore having a cylinder axis;
an operating member being a lever having a first end pivotally mounted to the base member to pivot about a pivot axis located on a first side of the cylinder axis, the operating member having a second end that is a free end located on a second side of the cylinder axis;
a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore of the base member along the cylinder axis of the cylinder bore; and
a connecting rod operatively coupling the operating member to the piston,
the reservoir tank being arranged to overlap the connecting rod as viewed in a direction parallel to the pivot axis of the operating member, and the reservoir tank being axially offset from the piston along the cylinder axis as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the cylinder axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,539

MASTER CYLINDER DEVICE FOR A HYDRAULIC DISK BRAKE

1. A master cylinder for a hydraulic brake, which comprises:a compensating chamber;
a cylinder in which a piston is disposed so as to be movable, the piston having a rest position;
a pressure chamber that is disposed in the cylinder and is connected to the compensating chamber via at least one connecting opening;
a pressure point adjusting device designed and disposed such that the connection between the compensating chamber and the pressure chamber can be interrupted in the rest position of the piston; and
a gasket for interrupting the connection between the pressure chamber and the compensating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,538

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operation device comprising:a bracket configured to be attached to a bicycle part, wherein the bracket includes a grip portion configured to be gripped by a rider;
a grip cover attached to the bracket to at least partially cover the bracket, wherein the grip cover is made of elastic material;
a hydraulic cylinder provided in the bracket, wherein the hydraulic cylinder has a cylinder axis and a cylinder wall;
a port located on the cylinder wall;
a piston located within the hydraulic cylinder, wherein the piston is movable in an axial direction of the hydraulic cylinder; and
an attachment bore provided on the bracket, wherein
the attachment bore is connected with the hydraulic cylinder by a passage having no turns so that fluid flows through the attachment bore in response to movement of the piston, wherein the passage intersects the cylinder wall through a connection at the port,
the attachment bore includes a step,
at least part of the attachment bore is arranged in an area that radially surrounds the hydraulic cylinder, and
a part of the grip cover directly contacts a hose extending from the attachment bore,
wherein the bracket includes a proximal end portion, which is configured to be attached to the bicycle part, and a distal end portion, which is opposite to the proximal end portion, wherein the grip portion extends between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, and the attachment bore is closer to the distal end portion than the proximal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,537

BRAKE FOR BICYCLE

1. A brake configured for being mounted to a bicycle, including:a base, including a rigid main body configured for being rigidly fixed to a frame of the bicycle, including a channeled portion fixedly connected with the rigid main body and having a through hole configured for a brake line to be slidably disposed therethrough, and the channeled portion being at a fixed position relative the rigid main body when the brake line is operated;
a first arm assembly, pivoted to the base and rotatable about a first axis, having a first end portion, a second end portion and a first abutting portion, the first end portion being for connection of the brake line which is disposed through the through hole of channeled portion, the second end portion being swingable toward a first brake side of a wheel rim to frictionally contact the first brake side;
a second arm assembly, pivoted to the base and corresponding to the first arm assembly, being rotatable about a second axis, having a third end portion, a fourth end portion and a second abutting portion arranged on the third end portion, the second abutting portion located correspondingly above the first abutting portion and interferable with the first abutting portion in a pivoting direction of the first abutting portion, the fourth end portion being swingable toward a second brake side of the wheel rim to frictionally contact the second brake side of the wheel rim;
wherein the rigid main body has an opening configured for a fastener to be disposed therethrough to rigidly fix the base to the frame of the bicycle, the opening extends in a direction parallel to the first axis and the second axis, the base further includes a projection integrally extending from the rigid main body and being outwardly protrusive beyond the first arm assembly and the second arm assembly, the channeled portion is disposed on the projection, and the through hole extends in a direction transverse to the first axis and the second axis and is directed toward the first end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,536

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE CALIPER

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake caliper comprising:a caliper body including:
a first body portion;
a second body portion coupled to the first body portion so as to provide a slot therebetween;
a mounting surface configured to face a pipe portion of a bicycle body in a mounted state where the bicycle disc brake caliper is mounted to the bicycle body;
a first receiving hole provided on the mounting surface, the first receiving hole being configured to be threadedly engaged with a fastener to mount the bicycle disc brake caliper to the bicycle body;
a first cylinder bore provided on the first body portion; and
a second cylinder bore provided on the first body portion, wherein
the first receiving hole has a first center axis,
the first cylinder bore has a first cylinder center axis non-parallel to the first center axis, and
the first center axis extends through the first cylinder bore.

US Pat. No. 10,189,535

MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY UNIT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An after-market air pressure and display assembly controlling air pressure to a rear wheel motorcycle air shock, the assembly for mounting onto an existing control panel that is attached to a handle bar on a motorcycle, comprising:a housing having a main chassis and a rear cover, with a sealing gasket therebetween;
a display on top of the main chassis for displaying pressure level in the rear motorcycle air shock;
push button switches on the main chassis for increasing and decreasing air pressure levels to the rear motorcycle air shock; and
a mount consisting of a single eyelet extending from a corner adjacent to the housing, wherein one existing fastener which is attaching a strap from the existing control panel to the handle bar on the motorcycle is removed and a single fastener is reattached through the single eyelet on the generally rectangular housing and into the existing strap on the existing control panel, is used for attaching the assembly to the handlebar on the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,534

SUSPENSION CONTROL FOR A HUMAN-POWERED TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE AND METHOD

DT Swiss Inc., Grand Jun...

1. A chassis controller for an at least partially human-powered two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a control device and at least one memory device connected to said control device;
at least one controllable shock absorber having two connecting units disposed to move relative to one another;
at least one sensor device for acquiring measurement data sets relating to a relative movement of said connecting units with respect to one another;
a filter device connected to said at least one sensor device and configured for pre-processing the measurement data sets;
wherein at least one data set, derived from a measurement data set acquired with said sensor device during the relative movement of said connecting units is stored in said memory device;
an analysis device connected to said memory device and configured to analyze at least one stored data set and to determine a filter parameter set based on an analysis result and to derive a control data set from the measurement data set with a filter parameter set; and
wherein said control device controls said shock absorber with the control data set.

US Pat. No. 10,189,533

ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Bravo Sports, Santa Fe S...

1. A scooter comprising:a front wheel;
a rear wheel;
a steering assembly comprising a steering tube and a handlebar;
a rear foot brake, the rear foot brake configured to apply a braking force to at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a deck configured to support the weight of a person; and
a frame configured to support the deck, wherein the frame comprises a front portion and a rear portion;
wherein the front portion defines a pair of vertical planes that diverge in a forward to rearward direction, and wherein the rear portion defines a pair of vertical planes that converge in a forward to rearward direction; and
wherein each portion of the frame that defines a plane comprises a first member, a second member, a third member and a fourth member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,532

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an operating unit including a rotatable member rotatable relative to the base member about a first rotational axis to control a bicycle component, the operating unit having a first operating unit end supported by the base member and a second operating unit end opposite to the first operating unit end along the first rotational axis; and
a support shaft extending in a direction non-parallel to the first rotational axis and coupling the second operating unit end to the base member, the support shaft having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end and the second end being supported by the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,531

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a cylinder bore;
a piston provided in the cylinder bore and movable relative to the hydraulic cylinder, the piston being configured to receive a pulling force to generate a hydraulic pressure to a bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating unit configured to actuate at least one bicycle component different from the bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating member operatively connected to the piston to move the piston in a movement direction;
a piston rod configured to couple the operating member to the piston; and
a support member configured to pivotally support the operating member such that the operating member downwardly extends from the support member in a state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar, wherein
the operating member is configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis, and
the pivot axis of the operating member is disposed below the piston rod in the state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,530

BICYCLE HANDLEBAR AND GRIP ASSEMBLY

Trek Bicycle Corporation,...

1. A method of isolating a bicycle rider from handlebar vibration comprising:forming a handlebar that is securable to a bicycle and shaped to be gripped by a user for steering the bicycle;
forming a detent in the handlebar proximate at least one area of interaction with a hand of a user of a bicycle, wherein the detent is only formed in a portion of the circumference of the handlebar and not the entirety of the circumference of the handlebar, and along a length of the at least one area of interaction with a hand, wherein the length of the at least one area of interaction with the hand is located on a top side of the handlebar;
populating the detent with a dampener that is formed of material that is more pliable than a material of the handlebar, wherein the dampener is supported from at least the bottom by the detent;
securing a nipple of the dampener to an opening of the detent; and
wrapping an outward-facing portion of the dampener and a portion of the handlebar not having the detent with a handlebar wrap thereby capturing the dampener in the detent.

US Pat. No. 10,189,527

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE OF MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A fuel supply device for a motorcycle, comprising:a single main frame extending from a head pipe, said single main frame including a first side and a second side, the main frame having a first section extending rearwardly from the head pipe and a second section extending downwardly from the first section;
a fuel tank supported on the main frame;
a fuel injection device operatively connected to an internal combustion engine;
a fuel supply portion having a fuel pump wherein fuel in the fuel tank is supplied to the fuel injection device via a fuel pipe;
an exhaust pipe operatively connected to an exhaust port of the internal combustion engine, said exhaust pipe being positioned on the first side of the main frame and extending upwardly from the exhaust port to a position above the internal combustion engine;
wherein the fuel pump is provided on an outside of the fuel tank and attached to the second side of the main frame,
wherein an axial line in a direction in which to connect the fuel pipe is aligned along the main frame with the fuel pump being positioned on the first section of the main frame and above the engine; and
an ignition coil for a sparking plug being positioned on the first side of the main frame, said ignition coil being positioned above the engine and the exhaust pipe,
wherein vaporization and separation of fuel due to a heat effect from the exhaust pipe is suppressed by positioning the fuel pump and the fuel pipe on the second side of the main frame displaced relative to the exhaust pipe positioned on the first side of the main frame, and
wherein the fuel pump is disposed so as to be overlapped on the main frame when viewed sideways of a vehicle, with the exhaust pipe being disposed inside the engine in a vehicle width direction, and the exhaust pipe is disposed at an upper side of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,526

STRUCTURE FOR FRONT PART OF SADDLED VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A front structure for a saddle-riding vehicle, which comprises:a meter unit;
a meter covering for covering at least an area forwardly of the meter unit; and
a windshield disposed forwardly of the meter covering, wherein
the windshield is disposed in a fashion inclined upwardly rearwardly when viewed from lateral side,
the windshield has a rear surface bulged forwardly from opposite side portions thereof towards an intermediate portion thereof in a lateral direction while depicting a curved shape,
the meter covering includes a front wall shaped to represent a forwardly bulged to thereby allow the sunlight, coming from rear, to divert from the focal point of light reflected upon the windshield, the front wall having a forwardly bulged protruding shape forwardly bulged from opposite side end portions towards a lateral intermediate portion in the lateral direction,
the front wall includes: a lower half portion ranging from a lower end portion to a vertical intermediate portion in a vertical direction; and an upper half portion ranging from the vertical intermediate portion to an upper end portion,
the lower half portion extends substantially parallel to a rear surface of the windshield in a direction diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? relative to a horizontal plane, whereas the upper half portion extends inclined diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? so as to diverge from the windshield, and
the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 65° to 75°, and the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 25° to 35°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,525

HANDLEBAR ACCESSORY MOUNT

1. A cam lever operated accessory gripping mechanism to secure an accessory to a handlebar, comprising:a cam lever;
a threaded stud;
a dowel to which a first end of the threaded stud is fixed;
a first main body section;
a second main body section; and
at least one biasing spring extending between the first main body section and the second main body section,
wherein the first main body section is arranged to be clamped to the handlebar and includes an opening for slidably receiving the threaded stud; a first clamping jaw for engaging a first side of the accessory, and an opening shaped to slidably receive a second main body section,
wherein the second main body section includes a bore for slidably receiving a second end of the threaded stud and a second clamping jaw for engaging a second side of the accessory, and is arranged to support a fastening member into which the second end of the threaded stud is threaded,
wherein the dowel is inserted into openings in the cam lever the cam lever having at least one overcenter camming surface that engages a cam-engaging surface of the first main body section, such that pivoting of the camming lever about the dowel in a first direction causes the dowel holding section of the camming level to move in an axial direction of the threaded stud, pulling the second main body section in a direction that causes the second clamping jaw to move towards the first clamping jaw and thereby grip the accessory,
wherein the at least one overcenter camming surface of the cam lever and/or the cam-engaging surface of the first main body section are shaped such that continued turning after a maximum clamping force has been achieved provides an overcenter latching effect that permits a slight movement of the threaded stud in a direction opposite the clamping direction to prevent release of the camming lever and thereby secure the clamping jaws in the gripping position,
wherein adjustment of the gripping mechanism to fit different accessories is accomplished by turning the camming lever about an axis of the threaded stud, to cause rotation of the threaded stud with respect to the fastening member and axial movement of the second main body section in a desired direction to adjust the initial spacing of the first and second clamping jaws, and
wherein the accessory is released by pivoting the camming lever in a releasing direction opposite the first direction past the point of maximum clamping force to cause the clamping jaws to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,189,524

TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

Indian Motorcycle Interna...

1. A two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a frame comprising a main frame portion having an internal generally closed volume, and having an air intake adjacent a front end of the main frame portion and an air outlet rearward of the air intake, the air intake and the air outlet communicating through the internal generally closed volume, wherein the main frame portion includes a steering head tube at a front end thereof, and the air intake is positioned below the head tube;
a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame;
an engine having at least a first cylinder including a first intake port and a first exhaust port;
a transmission operably coupled to the engine; and
an engine intake assembly positioned laterally outward of the engine and coupled between the air outlet and the engine, the engine intake assembly including a duct coupled to an air cleaner and a throttle coupled to the first intake port.

US Pat. No. 10,189,519

LEG CONFIGURATION FOR SPRING-MASS LEGGED LOCOMOTION

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A robot for legged locomotion, comprising:a body;
a leg having first, second, and third links, with the first and second links pivotally mounted to one another and with the second and third links pivotally mounted to one another, the first link having opposing first and second ends with the first end pivotally mounted to the body;
a first actuator mounted at the body and configured to rotate the first link about the first end of the first link;
a second actuator mounted at the first link and configured to rotate the second link relative to the first link, wherein the first and second actuators are operable to swing the leg and extend/retract the leg along a leg length direction; and
a first leg spring disposed in series between the first link and the third link, and a second leg spring operably connected in series between the second actuator and the second link, the leg springs configured to store energy therein during a first portion of a stance and configured to recover the stored energy during a second portion of the stance to provide passive dynamics for locomotion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,518

TRACK NUT WITH INCREASED BEARING AREA

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A track nut comprising:a main body defining a central aperture with threads disposed in the central aperture, the aperture defining a cylindrical axis and a radial direction;
a first end and a second end disposed along the cylindrical axis; and
wherein the second end defines a generally polygonal perimeter with a plurality of corners, the polygonal perimeter including a variable blend portion between each of the plurality of corners that defines a radius of curvature that decreases between each of the plurality of corners.

US Pat. No. 10,189,517

DEPLOYABLE AERODYNAMIC SIDE PANEL SYSTEM

Magna Exteriors, Inc., C...

1. A deployable side panel assembly for a vehicle, comprising:at least one deployable panel located between the front and rear wheel wells of the vehicle and having a predetermined profile, wherein said deployable panel selectively deploys and retracts between a deployed position and a stowed position, wherein the deployment of the deployable panel improves aerodynamics; and
at least one actuator operably coupled to the at least one deployable panel, wherein the actuator has object detection that senses current spike for circuit override, and is in communication with the vehicle for automatically deploying of the deployable panel under predetermined conditions;
wherein the deployable panel is operably hinged to the rocker panel assembly for flipping downward/upward between the stowed position substantially horizontal underneath the vehicle and the deployed position substantially vertical below the rocker panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,516

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC ASSEMBLIES FOR PROVIDING PASSIVE WATER MANAGEMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle aerodynamic assembly, comprising:a first end plate;
an airfoil including an outboard edge portion contiguous with the first end plate, wherein a first portion of the first end plate extends above the airfoil and a second portion of the first end plate extends below the airfoil;
a second end plate connected to an opposing outboard edge portion of the airfoil; and
a first drainage channel extending through at least one of the first end plate and the outboard edge portion of the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,189,515

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. An aerodynamic control system comprising:one or more flexible sheets configured to be coupled with a first vehicle in a vehicle system formed from the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets configured to extend from the first vehicle and be coupled with the second vehicle to at least partially enclose an air volume in a gap between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets reducing aerodynamic drag exerted on the vehicle system during movement of the vehicle system relative to the vehicle system moving without the one or more flexible sheets extending from the first vehicle to the second vehicle; and
a frame configured to extend across the gap between the first and second vehicles, the frame configured to be coupled with the one or more flexible sheets to support the one or more flexible sheets in the gap between the first and second vehicles, wherein the frame includes two or more elongated telescoping members configured to support the one or more flexible sheets and configured to telescope into each other as a size of the gap between the first and second vehicles changes during the movement of the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,514

AERODYNAMIC TRUCKING SYSTEMS

Strehl, LLC, Scottsdale,...

1. An aerodynamic fairing assembly for attachment to a trailer of a tractor-trailer comprising a top, bottom, front, rear, a pair of sides, wheels having tires and brakes, and a trailer frame comprising transverse structural support members extending between sides of the trailer, and having at least one rear wheel assembly situated below the trailer frame, the aerodynamic fairing assembly comprising:a side skirt fairing comprising an inner surface and an outer surface;
a transition located aft of the side skirt fairing;
a vented skirt fairing located aft of the transition comprising at least one longitudinal vent configured to allow air to flow therethrough, wherein the vented skirt fairing extends outwardly of a side of a trailer envelope to accommodate the wheels; and
one or more mounting brackets configured to couple the side skirt fairing, the transition, and the vented skirt fairing to one or more or of the transverse structural support members.

US Pat. No. 10,189,513

SENSOR BASED CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF ACTIVE AERODYNAMIC ELEMENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

9. A vehicle, comprising:an active aerodynamic element disposed on an underside of the vehicle and movable between a plurality of positions relative to the vehicle;
an actuator configured to position the active aerodynamic element at the plurality of positions;
a pressure sensing array adjacent the active aerodynamic element, and configured to determine a dynamic pressure;
an aero controller in communication with the pressure sensing array and the actuator, and configured to instruct the actuator by:
receiving a target aerodynamic force provided to the aero controller based on dynamic conditions of the vehicle;
determining a target position for the active aerodynamic element from the target aerodynamic force;
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the target position;
determining a dynamic pressure from the pressure sensor array;
calculating an underbody air speed from the dynamic pressure;
determining an overbody air speed of the vehicle;
calculating an estimated applied aerodynamic force from the differential between underbody air speed and the overbody air speed;
comparing the estimated applied aerodynamic force to the target aerodynamic force;
determining a force error from the comparison of the estimated applied aerodynamic force and the target aerodynamic force;
determining a modified position for the active aerodynamic element from the force error and the target aerodynamic force; and
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the modified position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,511

VEHICLE BODY BARRIER

Nissan North America, Inc...

15. A vehicle body barrier comprising:a vertical support configured to be received in a vehicle body;
a first non-movable board fixedly attached to the vertical support, the first non-movable board having a pocket; and
a movable board movably connected to the non-movable board between a primarily offset position and a primarily overlapping position, the pocket being sized and dimensioned to receive the movable board so that the movable board is disposed substantially inside the pocket in the primarily overlapping position and is disposed substantially outside the pocket in the primarily offset position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,510

STAKE POCKET INSERT

1. A stake pocket insert structured to be positionable in a stake pocket of a vehicle cargo bed side wall, the stake pocket insert comprising:a stake receptacle defining a stake-receiving cavity,
a mounting member secured to the stake receptacle and structured to define an opening leading from an exterior of the stake pocket insert into the stake-receiving cavity; and
a stake securement mechanism mounted along a first portion of the stake pocket insert, wherein the stake securement mechanism is structured to be operable to press against a stake positioned in the stake-receiving cavity so as to bias the stake against a bearing surface, so as to secure the stake within the stake receptacle between the stake securement mechanism and the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,509

VEHICULAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular structure comprising:a vehicular panel member configured by resin including reinforcing fibers; and
a joined portion of a vehicle body that supports, all the way around, a peripheral portion of a predetermined area of the panel member and to which the peripheral portion of the predetermined area is joined,
wherein the panel member has a bulging shape where both front and back surfaces of the panel member bulge out such that the thickness of the panel member gradually becomes thicker from a peripheral end portion to a central portion within the predetermined area supported all the way around by the joined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,508

TWO-TRACK VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A two-track vehicle comprising:a body-floor assembly;
a component sensitive to scraping a road surface arranged on a lower face of the body-floor assembly, wherein an outer contour of the component protrudes downwardly from the lower face of the body-floor assembly in the direction of the road surface by an offset distance,
wherein the component is covered by a base portion of a cover element on a floor side of the component to protect the component from scraping the road surface,
wherein the base portion of the cover element is laterally extended in a vehicle transverse direction by at least one edge portion which forms a scraper stop,
wherein the scraper stop protrudes downwardly from the cover element base portion in the direction of the road surface by a vertical offset distance such that, when the lower face of the vehicle scrapes the road surface, the cover element base portion remains substantially out of contact with an interference contour on the road surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,507

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure in which a pair of front side frames are provided on left and right sides of the vehicle, an upper member is provided on an upper outer side of each front side frame, and a front bulkhead is connected to the pair of front side frames and a pair of upper members,wherein the front bulkhead comprises:
a side stay made of a resin and connected to a front end of the front side frame;
an upper side beam made of a metal, extending from the side stay to the upper member, and having a rear end connected to the upper member;
an upper beam made of a metal and detachably connected to the side stay in a state in which an end is overlaid on a front end of the front side frame above the side stay; and
a hood lock device provided on the upper beam and configured to lock a striker of a hood,
wherein on the upper beam,
the upper member extends from an upper side of the front side frame to a front side of a vehicle body so as to be curved downward, and a front end of the hood is arranged above the front bulkhead,
wherein the vehicle body front structure further comprises:
a headlight provided under the hood and on the front side of the front bulkhead in the vehicle body; and
a fender with a front end provided under a rear end of the headlight,
wherein a positioning bracket is provided on a convex curved portion extending to be curved downward of the upper beam,
wherein the positioning bracket comprises:
a reference surface arranged substantially horizontally above the curved portion and including a front bulkhead attachment reference hole, a headlight attachment reference hole, a hood attachment reference hole, and a fender attachment reference hole;
a front leg portion extending from a front end of the reference surface downward to the curved portion and joined to the curved portion; and
a rear leg portion formed to be shorter than a leg length of the front leg portion and joined to the curved portion in a state in which the rear leg portion extends from a rear end of the reference surface downward to the curved portion, and
wherein the reference surface is supported above the curved portion by the front leg portion and the rear leg portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,506

ROOF SENSOR HOUSING ASSEMBLIES THAT CONCEAL ONE OR MORE SENSORS AND VEHICLES INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A vehicle comprising:a roof assembly comprising a roof outer panel having an outer facing surface and a sensor housing recess having a floor portion located below the outer facing surface, the sensor housing recess extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction between a front windshield and a rear windshield;
a roof sensor housing assembly mounted to the roof outer panel and extending along a length of the sensor housing recess, the roof sensor housing assembly comprising:
a sensor housing structure mounted to outer roof panel forming a sensor housing volume therebetween, wherein the sensor housing structure extends at least partially above the outer facing surface of the outer roof panel, the sensor housing structure including a transmission region having increased transmittance therethrough compared to surrounding regions of the sensor housing structure; and
a vehicle sensor located within the sensor housing volume that receives electromagnetic energy through the transmission region and provides a signal that is indicative of an environmental characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,189,505

SIDE BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A side body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a hinge pillar having a hinge pillar member forming, in a side part of the vehicle, a closed section space extending continuously in vertical directions of the vehicle;
a side sill having a side sill member forming, on a rear side of the hinge pillar in the side part of the vehicle, a closed section space extending continuously in longitudinal directions of the vehicle; and
a closed section space component forming, in a connecting part between a lower end part of the hinge pillar and a front end part of the side sill, a closed section space extending continuously in the longitudinal directions and connecting to the closed section space of the side sill on the rear side, the closed section space of the closed section space component having a vertical dimension that increased toward a front side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,504

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar upper portion that extends along a vehicle height direction on a vehicle width direction outer side, and is made of a transparent resin; and
a pillar lower portion that is disposed on a vehicle height direction lower side of the pillar upper portion, is made of metal, and is joined to the pillar upper portion at a joint portion,
wherein the joint portion between the pillar upper portion and the pillar lower portion includes
an outer joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and a vehicle forward-rearward direction on the vehicle width direction outer side, and
an inner joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and the vehicle forward-rearward direction on a vehicle width direction inner side, and
wherein a height of the outer joint portion is less than a height of the inner joint portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,503

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a front side member having a front end and a front-section extending rearward from the front end, the front side member defining a hollow interior and extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, the front side member having an outboard wall and an inboard wall with an outboard forward opening extending through the outboard wall to the hollow interior;
a body attachment structure attached to the outboard wall of the front side member along the front-section rearward of the outboard forward opening; and
an off center impact structure having a first end portion, a second end portion and a main section extending from the first end portion to the second end portion, the first end portion extending through the outboard forward opening and into the hollow interior of the front side member and being rigidly connected to the front side member forward of the body attachment structure, the second end portion being attached to the front side member at a location rearward of the body attachment structure and the main section extending around and outboard of the body attachment structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,500

PARKING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assistance apparatus comprising:an occupant information processing unit configured to process information on an occupant of a vehicle to generate occupant information;
a peripheral information processing unit configured to process information on a periphery of the vehicle to generate peripheral information including information on an object in the periphery of the vehicle; and
a parking setting unit configured to detect a parkable area which is an area in which the vehicle is parkable based on the peripheral information, and set a parking target position that is a target of parking of the vehicle in the parkable area based on the occupant information, and further comprising:
a storage unit configured to store door information including information on opening/closing of a door of the vehicle,
wherein the parking setting unit sets the parking target position in the parkable area based on the door information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,499

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A steering control apparatus comprising:a sensing unit configured to sense a vehicle speed, a steering angle, first lateral acceleration, and a steering angle speed;
an estimation unit configured to estimate second lateral acceleration on the basis of the vehicle speed and the steering angle;
a controller configured to
control a steering device to thereby increase a steering torque on the basis of a slip gradient which indicates a difference between the first lateral acceleration and the second lateral acceleration, and
release the controlling of the steering device when the steering angle speed is inverted, and
a dead zone setting unit configured to set a dead zone in which the slip gradient is set to have a value from 0 to a predetermined value,
wherein the controller controls the steering device so that the steering torque increases only when the slip gradient corresponds to a zone other than the dead zone.

US Pat. No. 10,189,498

POWER STEERING TANK BAFFLE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A power steering tank baffle, comprising:a filter member including an inflow portion and an outflow portion, the inflow portion including a first plurality of openings having a first flow path and a second plurality of openings;
a hood member disposed over the inflow portion to cover the first or second plurality of openings and defining an open area having a second flow path transverse to the first flow path; and
a rib member connecting the filter member and the hood member, the rib member extending along the inflow portion adjacent at least two openings of the first plurality of openings and separating the first plurality of openings and the second plurality of openings,
the first plurality of openings and the hood member being disposed such that power steering fluid is capable of passing through the first plurality of openings along the first flow path, and then contact the hood member so as to be directed through the open area along the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,496

STEERING ASSEMBLY HAVING A TELESCOPE DRIVE LOCK ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within a lower jacket assembly, and
a telescope drive assembly, comprising:
a telescope actuator disposed on the lower jacket assembly, and
an extension member operatively connected to the telescope actuator and the lower jacket assembly, the telescope actuator and the extension member arranged to move the upper jacket assembly between an extended position and a retracted position, and
a telescope drive lock assembly operatively connected to the extension member, the telescope drive lock assembly being configured to facilitate movement of the upper jacket assembly away from the retracted position while the upper jacket assembly is in the retracted position, the telescope drive lock assembly, comprising:
a mounting bracket;
a first split nut assembly and a second split nut assembly disposed at least partially about the extension member, the first split nut assembly having a first split nut pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and the second split nut assembly having a second split nut pivotally connected to the mounting bracket;
an engagement member operatively connected to the mounting bracket and the first split nut assembly and the second split nut assembly; and
a split nut actuator operatively connected to the lower jacket assembly, the split nut actuator having a plunger extending towards the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,494

CART MONITORING SYSTEM WITH WHEEL ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF VISUALLY SIGNALING CART STATUS

Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.,...

1. A shopping cart monitoring system, comprising:a plurality of wheel assemblies configured to attach to respective shopping cart frames, each wheel assembly comprising a wheel, a wireless transceiver, a light-emitting diode (LED) that is visible from a position external to the respective wheel assembly, and a controller that controls the wireless transceiver and the LED; and
a plurality of wireless access points configured to be mounted in a cart monitoring area, each wireless access point comprising a controller and a wireless transceiver, the wireless access points configured to communicate bi-directionally with the wheel assemblies on a wireless network, and to send commands on the wireless network to the wheel assemblies, including commands that affect states of the wheel assemblies;
wherein the controller of each wheel assembly is configured to visually indicate to store personnel a state of the respective wheel assembly by controlling illumination of the LED of the respective wheel assembly; and
wherein the wheel assemblies are configured to generate received signal strength measurements based on transmissions received from the wireless access points, and to compare the received signal strength measurements to thresholds to determine whether to respond to commands included in the transmissions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,493

CARRYING ARRANGEMENT FOR CARRYING A MEDICAL APPARATUS

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A carrying arrangement for carrying an apparatus, the carrying arrangement comprising:a base carrier;
at least three roller elements arranged on said base carrier so as to enable the carrying arrangement to move with respect to a floor surface;
said at least three roller elements each being configured to be rotatable about respective axes of rotation (D);
at least one of said at least three roller elements being configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis (S) with respect to said base carrier;
said axes of rotation (D) and said pivot axis (S) extending in different directions;
at least one supporting element arranged at least indirectly on said base carrier;
the carrying arrangement defining a first position and a second position with respect to the floor surface;
said supporting element being configured to not contact the floor surface in said first position of the carrying arrangement;
said supporting element being configured to contact the floor surface in said second position of the carrying arrangement;
said second position being pivoted with respect to said first position;
the carrying arrangement being configured to have medical apparatuses fixed in position thereto;
said supporting element having an outer surface; and,
said outer surface extending in an inclined manner so as to enable at least one of a cable and a tube to be pushed upwards by said outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,491

SLAB TRANSPORTATION CART

1. A slab cart comprising:a frame including:
wheels mounted to an underside of said frame;
a primary upright member emanating upward from a topside of a cross bar of said frame;
two or more secondary upright members emanating upward from each end of said frame wherein said primary upright member and said secondary upright members being substantially linear to one another;
a pivoting member engaged to said primary upright in ember and said secondary upright members;
a platform frame engaged to said pivoting member and said primary and secondary upright members wherein said platform frame may pivot from a substantially vertical orientation to a substantially horizontal orientation;
wherein said platform frame includes a pair of outer rails secured to each end of said pivoting member, each said outer rail having a stile secured to each end forming a rectangular platform frame; and
a pair of inner rails, each telescopically engaged to said pair of outer rails at one end and haying a support member engaged to the opposite end;
a pair of locking pins secured to said outer rails and inner rails, wherein said locking pins may he engaged to secure the location of the inner rail relative to said outer rail or disengaged to allow the telescopic movement of said inner rail relative to said outer rail;
a support member secured to said platform frame which is used to aid in the retention of slabs; and
a lift mechanism operationally associated with said frame, said upright members and said platform frame wherein said lift mechanism may raise or lower said platform frame relative to said frame and said secondary upright members stabilize said slab as it is raised and lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,189,490

POOL CLEANER CADDY WITH REMOVABLE WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A pool cleaner caddy, comprising:a base having a first outer mounting boss and a second outer mounting boss, the first outer mounting boss having at least one angled channel and the second outer mounting boss having at least one angled channel;
a first wheel assembly including a first wheel, a first axle having at least one left-handed angled thread, a first axle receiver, and a first screw; and
a second wheel assembly including a second wheel, a second axle having at least one left-handed angled thread, a second axle receiver, and a second screw;
wherein the first axle extends through the first outer mounting boss and the first wheel with the at least one left-handed angled thread engaged with the at least one angled channel of the first outer mounting boss, the first axle receiver is secured to the base and at least partially receives the first axle, and the first screw secures the first axle receiver to the first axle,
wherein the second axle extends through the second outer mounting boss and the second wheel with the at least one left-handed angled thread engaged with the at least one angled channel of the second outer mounting boss, the second axle receiver is secured to the base and at least partially receives the second axle, and the second screw secures the second axle receiver to the second axle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,489

OFFLINE VARIABLE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MPUS OF AN EMU TRAIN

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG ROLLI...

1. An offline variable monitoring system for central control units of an electric multiple unit train, comprising a main control unit, a serial port unit, an Ethernet interface, a TF card interface and a status indicator, wherein the serial port unit, the Ethernet interface, the TF card interface and the status indicator are all electrically connected to the main control unit; the serial port unit comprises four serial ports which are separately connected to four central control units of the electric multiple unit train; the main control unit is connected to a PC via the Ethernet interface, and a configuration software corresponding to the monitoring system is provided inside the PC; and the main control unit is connected to a TF expansion card via the TF card interface, an MAP file and a configuration file are stored in the TF expansion card, and the main control unit records monitored offline variable values into the TF expansion card; wherein the offline variable values are real-time logic control variables, and are able to be recorded into the TF expansion card for downloading and storing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,488

RAILWAY FREIGHT CAR DRAFT GEAR ASSEMBLY

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A draft gear assembly for use with railway freight cars, the draft gear assembly having a front end and a back end and comprising:a draft sill;
a yoke having a rear wall and being shiftable relative to the draft sill between a buff position, a neutral position, and a draft position,
a front draft gear adjacent a butt end of a coupler shank, the front draft gear including a front follower, a back follower, and a front resilient member therebetween;
a back draft gear adjacent the rear wall of the yoke, the back draft gear including a front follower, a back follower, and a back resilient member therebetween,
an intermediate stop member between the front draft gear and the back draft gear,
a yoke intermediate stop of the yoke between the front draft gear and the back draft gear, the yoke intermediate stop being shiftable relative to the intermediate stop member with shifting of the yoke between the buff position, neutral position, and draft position;
the front resilient member and the back resilient member being compressible,
the draft sill having front stops, the front draft gear including a front stop surface for contact with the draft sill front stops,
the draft sill having rear stops, the back draft gear including a back stop surface for contact with the draft sill rear stops,
the front draft gear including a back stop surface contacting the yoke intermediate stop with the yoke in the neutral position, and
the back draft gear including a front stop surface contacting the yoke intermediate stop with the yoke in the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,487

RAILWAY TRUCK BOLSTER WEAR LINER

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A railway car truck interface assembly comprising:a railway car truck bolster, the bolster including a center bowl of circular shape with a raised wall and a centrally located opening,
a horizontal wear liner received in the bolster center bowl,
a center plate having an upper section comprised of four sides and a lower section, the lower section having an outer circular edge extending downwardly from the upper section, the center plate including a centrally located opening,
the lower section of the center plate received in the bolster center bowl, with a pin extending into the centrally located opening in the bolster center bowl and into the centrally located opening in the center plate,
an annular edge wear liner between the center bowl raised wall and the outer circular edge of the lower section of the center plate, the edge wear liner including a metallic spring material; and
an undulating wall of the edge wear liner intermediate the center bowl raised wall and the outer circular edge of the lower section of the center plate;wherein the edge wear liner has a split-ring configuration that allows the edge wear liner to be elastically compressed when the center plate is placed in the bolster center bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,189,484

SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A transportation system, comprising:a first support tower;
a second support tower;
a suspension cable extending between the first and second support towers;
a first tube defining a first interior channel extending between the first and second support towers, wherein a vehicle is configured to travel through the first interior channel; and
a tension support member having a first end coupled to the suspension cable and a second end coupled to the first tube through an actuator, wherein the tension support member exerts tension force to urge the first tube towards the suspension cable, and wherein the transportation system is configured to control the actuator to adjust the tension force upon detecting the vehicle traveling through the first interior channel under the tension support member to reduce deflection of the first tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,483

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING FUNCTIONS ACCORDING TO LOCATION

1. A vehicle comprising: a display screen; a receiver which receives location information; and a controller configured to: determine the location of the vehicle using the location information, render, on the display screen, a plurality of mode selection options including a valet mode selection option to select a valet mode, determine whether the valet mode selection option is selected, activate the valet mode when the valet mode selection option is selected, and render on the display a menu including a plurality of valet mode settings associated with the valet mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,482

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERSONALIZED SETTINGS FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A system for controlling operation of a vehicle, comprising:a processor;
a driver assistance system, operatively coupled to the processor, wherein the driver assistance system is configured to control one or more functions on the vehicle using driver assistance system data, at least some of which is associated with a first driver profile data; and
a storage for storing a second driver profile data, wherein the second driver profile data comprises training data relating to another driver's usage characteristics for at least one feature of a vehicle type,
wherein the processor is configured to process the second driver profile data with the driver assistance system data to determine if at least portions of the second driver profile data conform to a tolerance parameter of the driver assistance system data,
and wherein the processor is configured to overwrite the portions of the first driver profile data with the second driver profile data conforming to the tolerance parameters, and save the overwritten driver assistance system data as a new driver profile data file that is configured to control one or more functions on the vehicle using the driver assistance system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,481

SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICE (SNS) SERVER FOR PROVIDING PROFILE INFORMATION OF MOBILE DEVICE USER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A social network service (SNS) server connectable to a first mobile device of a first user and a second mobile device of a second user through a communication network, the SNS server storing a first profile information of the first user and providing the first profile information to the second mobile device upon request, the SNS server comprising:a communication device configured to receive a driving state of the first user and receive a profile information change request from the first mobile device when the first mobile device is connected to a vehicle device in a vehicle; and
a processor configured to:
search a content which represents the driving state of the first user in response to receiving the profile information change request from the first mobile device, the content including at least one of an image, a picture, a message, music, and a moving image;
store the searched content in a storage as a second profile information of the first user; and
provide the stored content to the second mobile device through the communication device upon request from the second mobile device, such that the second user determines a response state of the first user to a phone call or a message without the first user changing a profile information while driving,
wherein the processor is further configured to recover the second profile information back to the first profile information which is an original profile information of the first user, in response to receiving a profile information recovery request from the first mobile device through the communication device when the first mobile device is disconnected from the vehicle device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,480

APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING DISTRACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH VEHICLE DRIVING ROUTES

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A device for determining distractions associated with corresponding geographic locations along vehicle driving routes, the device comprising:a vehicle interior data receiving module stored on a memory that, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to receive vehicle interior data from at least one vehicle interior sensor, wherein the vehicle interior data is representative of distractions of at least one vehicle occupant;
a vehicle location data receiving module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to receive vehicle GPS (Global Positioning System) location data from at least one vehicle location sensor, wherein the vehicle GPS location data is representative of a vehicle GPS location;
a determined distraction/vehicle location correlation module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to correlate an image or an extracted image feature (i) from the vehicle interior data, and (ii) that has been determined to be representative of a vehicle occupant distraction, with the vehicle GPS location derived from the vehicle GPS location data;
and
a risk report generation module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to generate a risk report based upon the vehicle occupant distraction and the vehicle GPS location.

US Pat. No. 10,189,479

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE OPERATION ANALYSIS

1. A method to monitor, evaluate and quantify vehicle behavior, the method comprising:processing, using a mobile device including a processor, image data obtained by a camera showing an environment including a) at least a portion of a vehicle and b) objects external to and in proximity to the vehicle, wherein the objects comprise a traffic sign, and wherein processing the image data comprises using a component analysis of the image data to isolate features in the image data to identify the objects in relation to the vehicle and to identify the traffic sign among the objects based on at least one of a shape, color, or content of the traffic sign;
identifying, using the mobile device, a driver event using a pattern of objects including the traffic sign and the vehicle in the image data, the driver event involving the traffic sign and associated with a driver event rule specifying a reference vehicle operating behavior for the driver event, the driver event rule including observance of the traffic sign;
measuring, using the mobile device, a geographic location of the vehicle using a received signal indicating the geographic location of the vehicle;
determining, using the mobile device, an operating state of the vehicle using a received indication of vehicle motion;
evaluating, using the mobile device, compliance with the driver event rule for the driver event by at least:
a) calculating a proximity of the traffic sign to the vehicle based on a distance between the vehicle and the traffic sign and ii) the operating state of the vehicle, the distance determined using the geographic location of the vehicle and a geometry between the vehicle and the traffic sign extracted from the image data; and
b) comparing the proximity of the traffic sign and the operating state of the vehicle to determine an actual vehicle operating behavior; and
c) generating a score associated with operation of the vehicle by comparing the actual vehicle operating behavior with the reference vehicle operating behavior; and
outputting, using the mobile device, a profile of the actual vehicle operating behavior including the score to quantify an evaluation of the actual vehicle operating behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,189,478

METHOD FOR FAST CHANGE OF GEARS IN A VEHICLE COMPRISING A HYBRID DRIVELINE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for shifting in a vehicle with a hybrid powertrain,the vehicle comprising:
a combustion engine and an electric machine both configured and operable to drive the vehicle;
a gearbox having an input shaft and a main shaft, wherein the combustion engine and the electric machine are connected to the input shaft; and
a lay shaft which is connected via gear sets to the input shaft and to the main shaft, to form a split gear unit and a main gear unit, the split gear unit having a synchronizer;
the method comprising the following steps:
a) bringing the main gear unit into a substantially zero torque state;
b) initiating, at a first point in time t1, synchronization of speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the input shaft, and synchronization of speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the main shaft;
c) engaging the gear in the split gear unit when the speed of the lay shaft has been synchronized with the speed of the input shaft at a second point in time t2; and
d) engaging the gear in the main gear unit when the speed of the lay shaft has been synchronized with the speed of the main shaft at a third point in time t3;
performing the synchronization of the speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the input shaft in step b) with the synchronizer arranged at the split gear unit, wherein the synchronizer comprises synchronization rings.

US Pat. No. 10,189,477

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric motor configured to give braking force to the vehicle;
a battery configured to exchange electric power with the electric motor;
a hydraulic brake configured to give braking force to the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to execute regeneration cooperative control such that braking force is given from the engine, the electric motor, or the hydraulic brake to the vehicle based on a driver's brake-on operation, the electronic control unit being configured to limit the regeneration cooperative control when an open end voltage of the battery is equal to or greater than a first predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,476

BRAKE FORCE DISTRIBUTION

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A vehicle operable to travel in at least a first direction, the vehicle comprising:two or more wheel assemblies;
a power system operable to provide power to enable the vehicle to accelerate;
a brake system operable to cause, responsive to a braking action, a first negative force to be distributed between the two or more wheel assemblies to cause the vehicle to decelerate; and
a control system comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more instructions executable by the one or more processors to send a command, responsive to the braking action, to at least one of the power system or the brake system to:
cause the power system to affect a second negative force on a first wheel assembly of the two or more wheel assemblies at a first time; and
cause the power system to affect a positive force on a second wheel assembly of the two or more wheel assemblies at a second time that is substantially a same time as the first time,
wherein an application of the second negative force and the positive force generates a brake force distribution such that a first total amount of braking force applied at the first wheel assembly is greater than a second total amount of braking force applied at the second wheel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,475

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vehicle including an engine, and an automatic transmission provided in a power transmission path between the engine and wheels, comprising:one or more processors configured to execute:
a transmission mode switching control program for controlling the automatic transmission to switch between an automatic transmission mode in which a gear ratio of the automatic transmission is changed automatically according to a traveling state of the vehicle and a manual transmission mode in which the gear ratio is changed manually by an operation of an operator of the vehicle;
a coast idle stop control program for performing a coast idle stop control in which the engine is stopped automatically and the automatic transmission is changed into a neutral position while the vehicle is traveling;
a coast idle control program for performing a coast idle control in which the engine is made running idle and the automatic transmission is changed into the neutral position while the vehicle is traveling; and
a coast traveling control program for causing the coast idle stop control program to perform the coast idle stop control or causing the coast idle control program to perform the coast idle control when a given coast traveling condition is satisfied, the given coast traveling condition being a condition in which a vehicle speed is faster than a given speed, a stepping-on amount of an accelerator pedal by the operator is less than a first given amount, and a stepping-on amount of a brake pedal by the operator is less than a second given amount,
wherein, after the given coast traveling condition is satisfied, when the transmission mode switching control program controls the automatic transmission in the automatic transmission mode, the coast traveling control program causes the coast idle stop control program to perform the coast idle stop control, and when the transmission mode switching control program controls the automatic transmission in the manual transmission mode, the coast traveling control program causes the coast idle control program to perform the coast idle control.

US Pat. No. 10,189,474

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for driving control of a given vehicle in motion, comprising:driving an object detecting transducer that is fixed to the given vehicle in order to detect an object in a detection area at a detection distance away from the given vehicle; and
communicating a notification message from the given vehicle to the object in the detection area, the notification message being sent when the object is detected at a too close distance; and
wherein the object detecting transducer includes an image analysis detection system including plural image detection transducer elements.

US Pat. No. 10,189,473

DRIVE TORQUE CONTROL METHOD AND DRIVE TORQUE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Rober Bosch GmbH, Stuttg...

1. A drive torque control method for a vehicle, the method comprising:detecting or computing a wheelie amount of the vehicle;
performing drive torque control to gradually reduce drive torque that is applied to a rear wheel when the wheelie amount increases;
determining whether a front wheel of the vehicle is being lowered; and
maintaining or increasing the drive torque when the front wheel of the vehicle is being lowered, wherein an increasing or reducing amount of the drive torque is corrected by using at least one selected from a group consisting of a pitch angular speed, a pitch angle, an acceleration in an X-direction, an acceleration in a Z-direction, the drive torque, a road surface condition, a wheel speed of the front wheel or the rear wheel, the wheel acceleration of the front wheel or the rear wheel, a bank angular speed, a bank angle, a transmission gear position, a stroke amount of a suspension, and information by a ground sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,472

SMART TRAILER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during vehicle driving, over a road segment, inferring characteristics of a trailer attached to a vehicle based on a real-time road gradient relative to an expected road gradient for the road segment; and
adjusting vehicle operations based on the inferred characteristics.