US Pat. No. 10,391,577

HYBRID WELDING CONTROL TECHNIQUE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system comprising:a generator;
an engine configured to drive the generator to produce a first power output;
an energy storage device configured to discharge energy to produce a second power output; and
a controller configured to control delivery of a weld power output from the welding system, the weld power output including power from at least one of the first power output or the second power output, wherein the controller, in operation, receives feedback from the weld power output and, automatically and in a closed loop manner based at least in part on the feedback, enables the energy storage device to provide the second power output as part of the weld output power during welding operations based at least in part on a preset threshold of a parameter of the welding power output, and enables the engine to provide the first power output to charge the energy storage device independent of a charge state of the energy storage device between weld operations based at least in part on the preset threshold of the parameter of the welding power output.

US Pat. No. 10,391,576

CALCULATING OUTPUT INDUCTANCE OF A WELD SECONDARY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:a welding-type power supply to output welding-type power;
a controller connected to the welding-type power supply configured to:
set a value of a control variable of a control loop of the welding-type power supply, the control loop controlling the welding-type power;
adjust the value of the control variable while monitoring the control loop; and
in response to detecting oscillation in the control loop, compare the control variable value corresponding to the detected oscillation to a list of control variable values;
determine a control variable value in the list of control variable values that matches the control variable value corresponding to the detected oscillation; and
identify an inductance value corresponding to the control variable value as a weld circuit inductance associated with a weld circuit of the welding-type system based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,391,575

WELD BANK DATA STRUCTURES FOR WELDING APPLICATIONS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, Gle...

1. A computerized welding system comprising:a power supply;
a wire feeder;
a gas valve;
a non-transitory memory readable by the computerized welding system and storing a weld bank data structure, the weld bank data structure comprising a plurality of weld banks, each weld bank being associated with one or more weld files, and each weld bank associating a weld system configuration with each of the one or more weld files through a relational database, each weld file of the one or more weld files being associated with a weld process program and a weld sequence program, the associations being identified by relational database keys; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of the power supply, the wire feeder, and the gas valve, and to the non-transitory memory, the controller being programmed to:
retrieve the weld bank data structure from the memory,
identify a first weld bank of the plurality of weld banks,
configure the computerized welding system according to a first weld system configuration correlated to the first weld bank, and
control the power supply, the wire feeder, and the gas valve to provide a first weld process defined by a first weld process program correlated to the first weld bank, using parameters defined by a first weld sequence program correlated to the first weld bank.

US Pat. No. 10,391,574

WELDING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

Huys Industries Limited, ...

1. A method of welding a workpiece, said method comprising:providing a fixture to which to secure the workpiece;
mounting a first vibration source to said fixture to transmit a first vibration signal to the fixture and to the workpiece, said first vibration source including at least one ultrasonic vibration head;
opposing the workpiece with a welder, said welder being separate from said first vibration source;
positioning a welding head of the welder to address the workpiece held in the fixture;
providing a motion transmitting drive apart from said first vibration source to at least one of (a) said fixture and (b) said welding head, and operating said motion transmitting drive to cause relative motion between the fixture and the welding head;
operating the welder to vibrate the welder according to a second vibration signal;
operating the first vibration source while operating the welder;
operating the first vibration source independently of operation of the welder;
operating said ultrasonic vibration head to transmit ultrasonic vibration to the workpiece during welding;
operating the welding head, including (i) operating the welder at a first voltage magnitude for a first time period, and at a second voltage magnitude at a second time period; (ii) operating the welder to vary voltage between said first voltage magnitude and said second voltage magnitude; and
vibrating the welding head during operation to vibrate independently of vibration of said fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,391,573

METHOD OF CUTTING AND REMOVING ADHESIVE MATTER AT END OF CUBOID METAL MATERIAL AND REMOVAL APPARATUS

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A method of removing adhesive matter remaining on upper and lower surfaces of a longitudinal end of a slab by corner removing cutting, comprising:in a predetermined position in a width position of the slab, moving a distance measurement device in the longitudinal direction of the slab and measuring a distance to the upper surface or the lower surface of the slab;
using a base metal part of the slab to which adhesive matter does not adhere as a reference line of the upper surface and the lower surface of the slab to provide distance distribution data, wherein a part to which adhesive matter adheres is nearer than the reference line of the upper surface or the lower surface of the slab;
determining a corner position of the slab as an intersecting point between the reference line of the slab and a curve of the distance distribution data;
obtaining a distance of the part to which adhesive matter adheres from a slab end in the longitudinal direction and the corner position of the slab;
setting an amount and a position of cutting by the cutting tool by setting a distance to be cut by the cutting tool in the longitudinal direction from the corner position more than or equal to the distance of the part to which adhesive matter adheres; and
performing corner-removing cutting on the upper and lower surfaces of the longitudinal end of the slab using the cutting tool in accordance with the determined amount and position of cutting,
wherein the cutting tool has a truncated cone-shaped tool body and a plurality of cutting tips provided on a conical surface of the tool body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,572

DEVICE, METHOD, AND SYSTEM FOR COOLING A FLAT OBJECT IN A NONHOMOGENEOUS MANNER

1. A method for for inhomogeneous cooling of a flat object (2) with a first main face (200) and a second main face (202) opposite said first main face, comprising the steps of:a. providing an apparatus configured to inhomogeneously cool said flat object (2) with said first main face (200) and said second main face (202) opposite said first main face, the apparatus further comprising:
a cooling device (1) that is configured to cool the first main face (200); and
a heating device (4) configured to act locally upon a first partial face (204) on the second main face (202), the heating device (4) remaining in an active state while the cooling device (1) cools the first main face (200), in such a way that the flat object (2) is subjected to heat at said first partial face (204) relative to a second partial face (206) adjoining said first partial face (204) in such a way that said first partial face (204) is cooled more slowly in comparison with the second partial face (206) and during cooling, the second main face (202) of the flat object (2) therefore has an inhomogeneous temperature distribution at least in a partial time period of the cooling;
b. cooling for a first time period the flat object (2) by the cooling device (1) from the direction of the first main face (200);
c. heating for a second time period, wherein the heating device (4) acts locally upon a first partial face (204) of the second main face (202) in such a way that the flat object (2) is subjected to heat at said first partial face (204) relative to the second partial face (206), the heating device (4) remaining in an active state while the step of cooling is performed;
d. thereby as a result the flat object (2) is cooled more slowly at said first partial face (204) in comparison with the second partial face (206) for a third time period and therefore has an inhomogeneous temperature distribution in said third time period; and
e. wherein solidification of the solder (26) on the first partial face is delayed until solidification of the solder (26) on the second partial face (206) has started.

US Pat. No. 10,391,571

WIRE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE CONTROLLER HAVING WIRE ELECTRODE REPLACEMENT FUNCTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire electric discharge machine, comprising:a wire electrode with predetermined weight, length, and wound diameter;
a wire electrode cutting unit;
a wire electrode replacement unit;
a wire connection unit; and
a controller configured to create a machining path based on an axis movement command from a machining program and control the wire electric discharge machine to perform a program operation according to the machining program to move the wire electrode and a workpiece relative to each other along the created machining path,
wherein the controller is configured to
execute the machining program;
monitor the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode based on physical values of the wire electrode wire;
analyze the machining program and calculate, before a start of electric discharge between the wire electrode and the workpiece in accordance with the machining program, an electric discharge machining time in a machining interval from (i) the start of the electric discharge to (ii) a stop of the electric discharge, wherein the machining program includes, in the machining interval, a plurality of commands controlling the wire electrode to cut the workpiece;
compare the remaining lifetime and the electric discharge machining time, determined based on physical values of the wire electrode wire and determine that the timing of replacement of the wire electrode is reached when the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode is shorter than the electric discharge machining time;
output a stop command for the program operation to a program operation control unit when the timing of replacement for the wire electrode is reached;
output a cutting command for the wire electrode to the wire electrode cutting unit and monitor the completion of cutting of the wire electrode;
output a replacement command for the wire electrode to the wire electrode replacement unit that automatically replaces the wire electrode on receiving the replacement command and monitor the completion of replacement of the wire electrode;
output a connection command for the wire electrode to the wire connection unit and monitor the completion of connection of the wire electrode by the wire connection unit when the replacement of the wire electrode is completed; and
output a restart command for the program operation to the program operation control unit when the connection of the wire electrode is completed,
wherein the comparison of the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode and the electric discharge machining time is performed during execution of the machining interval, which is an interval occurring prior in time to the start of the machining interval during which the end of the remaining lifetime of the wire electrode is determined to occur.

US Pat. No. 10,391,570

SMALL HOLE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A hole electric discharge machine applying voltage between a hole machining-use electrode attached to a spindle and a workpiece attached to a table to drill a hole in the workpiece by electric discharge energy, the hole electric discharge machine comprising:an electrode elongated in a direction;
an electrode guide having a crank shape and having a hollow part through which the electrode is passed, and guiding the electrode at a front end of the hollow part in a parallel with an axis of the spindle while shifted by a predetermined distance in a perpendicular direction from the axis of the spindle, the electrode guide comprising,
a first tube having a first inside diameter into which the electrode is inserted and which comprises a top straight part extending along the axis of the spindle, a bottom straight part extending in parallel with the top straight part, and a slanted part connecting the top straight part and the bottom straight part,
a second tube having a second inside diameter, the second tube being connected to the bottom straight part of the first tube in parallel with the axis of the spindle and guiding a front end part of the electrode, the second inside diameter being smaller than the first inside diameter, and
a connecting member connecting the bottom straight part of the first tube and the second tube guiding the front end part of the electrode; and
an electrode guide supporter that supports the electrode guide so that a position of the front end of the electrode guide in a direction of the axis of the spindle and an angular position about the axis of the spindle become predetermined values.

US Pat. No. 10,391,569

LOCK SPRING AND CUTTING TOOL HAVING A LOCK SPRING

THE GLEASON WORKS, Roche...

1. A cutter head portion of a rotatable gear cutting tool, said cutter head being disc-shaped and having a periphery, said cutter head comprising a plurality of cutting blade mounting slots and at least one adjustment screw, said at least one adjustment screw being operable to advance inward into at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots and to withdraw in a direction opposite to the advance inward movement,said at least one adjustment screw comprising a head portion and a shaft portion wherein at least a part of said shaft portion comprises threads,
said at least one adjustment screw being located in an opening in said cutter head, said opening extending from said periphery to said at least one cutting blade mounting slot, an inner portion of said opening being threaded and in threaded engagement with the threads of said shaft portion,
a spring located between said inner portion of said opening and a back surface of said head portion of said at least one adjustment screw, said spring being in contact with said back surface,
said cutter head portion further comprising at least one clamp screw and at least one clamp block, said at least one clamp block being positioned in at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots and being operable to clamp a cutting blade in position in at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots,
wherein at least one clamp screw and at least one adjustment screw contact said at least one clamp block in said at least one of said cutting blade mounting slots.

US Pat. No. 10,391,568

POWER TOOL SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A machine-tool system comprising:at least one machine tool including at least one workpiece-bearing unit configured to support a workpiece during machining, and a drive unit operably coupled to at least one movably mounted tool-guide unit, the tool-guide unit having a transmission unit arranged at least partially within a tool-guide rod of the tool-guide unit, the tool-guide rod slidably received within a tool-guide bearing block, the movably mounted tool-guide unit pivotably attached to the at least one workpiece-bearing unit and pivotable about a pivot axis which is perpendicular to a bearing surface of the at least one workpiece-bearing unit; and
at least one machine-tool severing device removably arranged on the tool-guide unit, wherein the machine-tool severing device includes at least one cutting strand and at least one guide unit configured to guide the at least one cutting strand, the cutting strand having an internal circumference smaller than an external circumference of the at least one guide unit, such that the at least one cutting strand is retained on the at least one guide unit when the machine-tool severing device is removed from the tool-guide unit, wherein the at least one machine-tool severing device, in at least one operating state, is mounted such that the at least one machine-tool severing device is displaceably guided by the tool-guide unit at least essentially parallel to a bearing surface of the at least one workpiece-bearing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,567

ROTARY CUTTING TOOL AND CUTTING INSERT THEREFOR

TaeguTec Ltd., Dalseong-...

1. A cutting insert comprising an upper surface, a lower surface, and first to fourth peripheral side surfaces extending between the upper surface and the lower surface,wherein the cutting insert is replaceably mounted to an insert pocket provided in a tool body of a rotary cutting tool and is pressed by an elastic pressure portion provided in the tool body,
wherein the first and third peripheral side surfaces are opposite to each other and the second and fourth peripheral side surfaces are opposite to each other,
wherein each of the upper surface and the lower surface includes an inclined surface pressed by the elastic pressure portion,
wherein the inclined surface is inclined with respect to a cross section of the cutting insert such that the first peripheral side surface, the second peripheral side surface and the lower surface are contacted with the insert pocket by a pressure of the elastic pressure portion,
wherein when the second peripheral side surface is positioned in a YZ-plane of an XYZ-coordinate system and a vertex, which meets the first peripheral side surface and the lower surface among four vertexes of the second peripheral side surface, is positioned at the origin of the XYZ-coordinate system, the inclined surface is located in a plane defined by three points of an X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis in the XYZ-coordinate system, and
wherein the three points have coordinates of P(x, 0, 0), Q(0, y, 0) and R(0, 0, z), respectively, and x, y and z have a positive value.

US Pat. No. 10,391,566

MILLING KIT INCLUDING BORE-LESS INDEXABLE INSERT AND POSITIONING TOOL HAVING AN INSERT HOLDING SURFACE

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. An insert positioning tool (16, 116, 216, 316) configured to retain a bore-less indexable cutting insert (14, 114, 214), the insert positioning tool (16, 116, 216, 316) comprising:a tool body (26) having a front and rear tool ends (20, 22);
a positioning head (24) provided at the front tool end (20) of the tool body (26); and
an outwardly facing insert holding surface (28) provided on the positioning head (24), wherein:
the insert holding surface (28) has an elongated shape which corresponds to a shape of a side of the cutting insert (14, 114, 214); and
the insert holding surface (28) applies an attractive force configured to establish an orientation and retain the cutting insert (14, 114, 214), for positioning the cutting insert in an insert pocket (18) belonging to a cutting tool separate from the insert positioning tool.

US Pat. No. 10,391,564

HYBRID CUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CUTTING GROOVE USING THE SAME

1. A hybrid cutting apparatus, comprising:a main body that is connected with a rotation shaft of a machine tool;
a grooving tool that is coupled to one side of the main body and for forming a groove at an interior circumference of a workpiece; and
a tool position control means that controls a position of the grooving tool to correspond to a cutting surface position of the workpiece,
wherein the tool position control means comprises a moving unit that moves a grooving tool such that a cutting tip of the grooving tool arrives at a groove processing depth of the workpiece, and
wherein the tool position control means further comprises:
a distance sensor for measuring a distance between a cutting tip of the grooving tool and the workpiece cutting surface; and
a control unit that automatically controls a level in which the moving unit moves the grooving tool according to a value that is measured by the distance sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,561

CUBIC BORON NITRIDE-BASED SINTERED MATERIAL AND CUTTING TOOL MADE OF CUBIC BORON NITRIDE-BASED SINTERED MATERIAL

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A cubic boron nitride-based sintered material comprising:cubic boron nitride particles of 70 to 95 vol %,
wherein in a structure of a cross-section of the sintered material, a binder phase with a width of 1 nm to 30 nm is present between the adjacent cubic boron nitride particles, the binder phase being made of a compound containing at least Al, B, and N and having a ratio of an oxygen content to an Al content of 0.1 or less in terms of atomic ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,391,560

CUTTING DEVICE AND CUTTING METHOD

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A cutting device comprising:a cutting tool having a rotation axis and an outer peripheral surface extending for a distance on the rotation axis;
a tool rotation drive for rotating the cutting tool about the rotation axis of the cutting tool;
a spindle for supporting a workpiece to rotate about a spindle axis; and
a tool feed drive for feeding the cutting tool toward a workpiece supported by the spindle, wherein
the tool rotation drive and the tool feed drive are configured to perform a cutting machining on the workpiece supported by the spindle, by rotating the cutting tool about the rotation axis and feeding the rotating cutting tool to engage the workpiece,
and wherein the tool feed drive is configured to orient the cutting tool relative to the workpiece during the cutting machining such that the outer peripheral surface of the cutting tool functions as a rake surface for the cutting machining and such that the rotation axis of the cutting tool is inclined by a non-zero angle relative to a line intersecting the spindle axis and a cutting point during the cutting machining, and intersects said line at a point spaced from the cutting point.

US Pat. No. 10,391,559

MACHINE TOOL

OKUMA CORPORATION, Niwa-...

1. A machine tool comprising:a workpiece spindle device that rotates a workpiece;
a tool post that can move a tool in a first axis direction which is a radial direction of the workpiece, and a second axis direction which is an axial direction of the workpiece; and
an articulated robot including a plurality of arms, a plurality of joints, and an end effector, wherein
the plurality of joints connect the arms in a manner to be rotatable around an axis parallel to a third axis orthogonal to the first axis and the second axis,
the end effector moves in a plane parallel to a movement plane of the tool, and
the robot is attached on the tool post, and moves in the first axis direction and the second axis direction with the tool post.

US Pat. No. 10,391,558

POWDER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND POWDER FORMING METHOD

POSCO, Pohang-si, Gyeong...

1. A powder manufacturing apparatus comprising:a molten steel chamber supplying molten steel; and
a cooling fluid ejector disposed below the molten steel chamber and ejecting water to the molten steel supplied from the molten steel chamber to atomize the molten steel,
wherein the cooling fluid ejector comprises:
a guide comprising a truncated cone part pointed downward so that the molten steel flowing downward from the molten steel chamber passes through a center region of the truncated cone part to form a first stream to cool and atomize the molten steel and a second stream to create a descending air current for the molten steel; and
a jet nozzle pointed toward an outer surface of the truncated cone part so that the water is ejected toward the outer surface of the truncated cone part,
wherein the truncated cone part has a spiral on the outer surface of the truncated cone part to induce the second stream which swirls downward around the molten steel flowing downward, and
wherein the spiral induces the descending air current at a point at which extension lines drawn from a slope of the truncated cone part intersect each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,556

POWDER TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus, comprising:a work surface having an opening therethrough;
a vertically slidable build platform aligned with the opening such that a surface of the build platform is exposed through the opening;
a first slide defining a first powder transfer window therethrough and a second slide positioned on top of the first slide and defining a second powder transfer window therethrough, wherein the first slide scrapes across the work surface and the second slide scrapes across the first slide;
a compactor including a compactor piston movable into alignment with both the opening in the work surface and the surface of the build platform and, when in alignment, is extendable through at least the second of the first and second powder transfer windows so as to compact powder deposited on the build platform;
a powder handling system having a powder supply portion and a powder recovery portion; and
a directed energy source configured to melt powder exposed on the build platform,
wherein the first and second slides are individually movable between a loading position laterally spaced away from the opening in the work surface and in alignment with the powder supply portion of the powder handling system, the first and second powder transfer windows configured to receive powder when in the loading position, and a supply position where the first and second powder transfer windows are in alignment with the opening in the work surface, the build platform and the compactor, the first and second powder transfer windows configured to deposit powder on the build platform when in the supply position,
wherein the first slide comprises a trailing section that maintains a load on compacted powder residing on the build platform as the first slide traverses across the work surface from the supply position to the loading position;
wherein the first and second slides are configured to collect excess powder and transfer said powder to the powder recovery portion; and
a compactor platform lying on top of the second slide and having a compactor opening aligned with the opening in the work surface, and a powder supply opening laterally spaced-away from the compactor opening and aligned with the powder supply and powder recovery portions of the powder handling system.

US Pat. No. 10,391,555

SILVER NANOWIRES, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND INK

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHIGA P...

1. Silver nanowires having an average diameter of 100 nm or less and an average length of 5 ?m or more, covered with a copolymer of a maleimide-based monomer and vinylpyrrolidone.

US Pat. No. 10,391,554

POWDER MIXTURES CONTAINING UNIFORM DISPERSIONS OF CERAMIC PARTICLES IN SUPERALLOY PARTICLES AND RELATED METHODS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A superalloy powder mixture, comprising:a particle-infiltrated superalloy powder, comprising:
a plurality of superalloy mother particles; and
ceramic particles embedded into the plurality of superalloy mother particles and having an average diameter less than an average diameter of the superalloy mother particles; and
carbide particles mixed with the superalloy powder, the carbide particles having an average diameter greater than that of the ceramic particles and less than that of the superalloy mother particles.

US Pat. No. 10,391,553

MOLDING MACHINE

Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki K...

1. A molding machine comprising:a plurality of ejector pins capable of moving together with respect to a mold,
an electric motor capable of driving the plurality of ejector pins,
a position sensor capable of detecting positions of the plurality of ejector pins,
a pressure sensor capable of detecting a pressure which is given by the plurality of ejector pins to a molding material,
a display device capable of displaying an image, and
a control device controlling the electric motor and the display device, wherein
the control device comprises
a drive control part which controls the electric motor so as to generate a driving force moving the plurality of ejector pins forward to an internal portion side of the mold after start of injection and before die opening and
a display control part which controls the display device so as to display the positions detected by the position sensor and the pressure detected by the pressure sensor along a common time axis.

US Pat. No. 10,391,552

CASTING MOULD AND PISTON PRODUCED WITH THE CASTING MOULD

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A casting mold for casting a piston for an internal combustion engine, comprising: a mold body having a surface texture in a region corresponding to a subsequent internal surface of a piston skirt, wherein the surface texture is defined by a plurality of grooves respectively having at least two groove walls inclined outwardly from one another, and wherein the plurality of grooves have the following dimensions:a depth of 0.2 mm a width of 0.02 mm an outward inclination of the at least two groove walls of 0° wherein the plurality of grooves are open along the depth thereof and taper outwardly in a direction away from the mold body such that a distance between the at least two groove walls of the plurality of grooves increases towards an entrance of the plurality of grooves, wherein the mold body includes a release coating disposed on the surface texture, wherein the coating at least partially narrows the entrance of the plurality of grooves without closing the plurality of grooves along the depth thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,391,551

MOLD BODY WITH INTEGRATED CHILL

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

13. A mold kit, comprising:a plurality of mold bodies, at least one of the mold bodies comprising:
a mold cavity;
a chill cavity formed adjacent the mold cavity and separated from the mold cavity by a chill wall; and
a fill channel in communication with the chill cavity and with an exterior surface of the mold body; and
a chill material to be inserted into the chill cavity through the fill channel, the chill material being one of metallic beads, zircon sand, chromite sand, ceramic beads, or olivine sand and having a thermal conductivity that is greater than the thermal conductivity of the mold body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,550

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ACTUATED FABRICATOR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising, in combination:(a) actuating linear motion of at least one tape out of a plurality of tapes;
(b) melting fusible material; and
(c) guiding the tapes, as the tapes undergo the linear motion, into a configuration in which edges of neighboring tapes are adjacent to each other during a time in which the fusible material cools and hardens to join neighboring tapes at the edges;
wherein
(i) the tapes, when joined by the fusible material, comprise walls of a hollow structure, and
(iii) the method further comprises shortening or dismantling the hollow structure by
(A) melting fusible material adjacent to the edges, and
(B) moving the edges apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,549

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED CASTING CORE-SHELL HYBRID MOLD AND CERAMIC SHELL

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of fabricating a ceramic casting mold comprising:forming a ceramic core-shell mold using an additive manufacturing process, the ceramic core-shell mold comprising a first ceramic material;
covering or plugging an opening in the ceramic core-shell mold with a cover or a plug, the ceramic core-shell mold comprising a core portion and a shell portion and at least one first cavity between the core portion and the shell portion; and
coating at least a portion of the ceramic core-shell mold and the cover or plug with a second ceramic material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,547

CASTING MOLD OF GRADING WITH SILICON CARBIDE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A mold for casting a titanium-containing article, comprising:calcium monoaluminate, calcium dialuminate, mayenite, and silicon carbide, wherein the silicon carbide is present at about 10% to about 50% by weight and a concentration of said silicon carbide in the mold is graded such that it is in different portions of the mold in different concentrations, with a highest concentration of the silicon carbide is proximate a facecoat of the mold, a lowest concentration of the silicon carbide is furthest away from the facecoat and a medium concentration of the silicon carbide is present in sections of the mold between the lowest concentration of the silicon carbide and the highest concentration of the silicon carbide proximate the facecoat, wherein said facecoat comprises silicon carbide and is located between a bulk of the mold and an interior surface of the mold that opens to a mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,546

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FORGED CRANKSHAFT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing a forged crankshaft including journals serving as a center of rotation, pins decentered from the journals and located at a first position, a second position and a third position, respectively, having phase differences of 120 degrees thereamong, crank arms connecting the journals and the pins, and counterweights integrated with some or all of the crank arms, the method comprising:a first preforming step of pressing a workpiece by a first pair of dies to decrease sectional areas of portions of the workpiece to be formed into the pins and sectional areas of portions of the workpiece to be formed into the journals, thereby forming the portions to be formed into the pins and the portions to be formed into the journals into flat portions, and to decenter one of the flat portions to be formed into the pin located at the second position;
a second preforming step of pressing an initial blank obtained by the first preforming step by a second pair of dies with a direction perpendicular to the decentering direction of the portion to be formed into the pin located at the second position set as a pressing direction to decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the first position and to decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the third position to a side opposite to the portion to be formed into the pin located at the first position;
a final preforming step of pressing an intermediate blank obtained by the second preforming step by a third pair of dies to further decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the first position and to further decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the third position, wherein:
the workpiece is a billet or a stepped blank;
the stepped blank has small sectional areas in the portions to be formed into the pins and in the portions to be formed into the journals, the small sectional areas being smaller than a total of a sectional area of a portion to be formed into a crank arm incorporating a counterweight and a sectional area of a portion to be formed into the counterweight integrated with the crank arm;
the first pair of dies includes pin processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the pins and journal processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the journals; and
in the first preforming step, the workpiece is pressed by the pin processing portions and the journal processing portions, whereby the flat portions are formed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,545

SELF-ALIGNING RIVETING METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of installing a rivet for coupling a first part with a second part using a self-aligning riveting tool, the method comprising:positioning an aligning sleeve of the self-aligning riveting tool over a rivet head of the rivet,
the rivet head protruding from a first part,
the aligning sleeve maintaining a concentric orientation of a first die relative to the rivet;
contacting a shank end of the rivet with a second die of the self-aligning riveting tool,
the second die maintaining a concentric orientation of a die holder relative to the rivet;
advancing the first die toward the die holder until the rivet head contacts the first die and until the die holder contacts an inner contact surface of the second die; and
forming a rivet tail of the rivet at the shank end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,544

GAUGE CUTTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A gauge cutting system comprising:a cutting apparatus coupled to a track for cutting a wire; and
a movable measurement apparatus comprising a hub, the hub for looping the wire around before returning to the cutting apparatus, the movable measurement apparatus spaced from the cutting apparatus and coupled to the track, the measurement apparatus for measuring a length of wire extending from the cutting apparatus toward the movable measurement apparatus by looping said wire around said hub and returning a cut end of the wire to the cutting apparatus, wherein a distance of the measurement apparatus from the cutting apparatus is proportional to the length of wire to be cut; and
a wire end securing structure coupled to the cutting apparatus to secure the cut end of the wire after the wire is looped around the hub, wherein responsive to the wire end securing apparatus being actuated in a first manner, the wire end securing structure directly frictionally retains the cut end of the wire against the track and responsive to the wire end securing apparatus being actuated in a second manner, the first manner different than the second manner, the wire end securing structure releases the cut end of the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,391,543

HIGH RATE PULSING WING ASSEMBLY LINE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A single piece pulsed flow wing assembly method providing for horizontal wing manufacture, the method comprising:moving and locating a wing structure in a plurality of assembly positions using synchronized automated guided vehicles (AGVs) guided in a predetermined manner;
supporting and indexing components in the wing structure using multi-axis assembly positioning systems (MAPS) at each assembly position, wherein indexing the components uses using determinant assembly techniques; and
using modular automated manufacturing processes employing magnetic assembly clamping, drilling, fastener insertion, and sealant application.

US Pat. No. 10,391,541

RECIRCULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAN AND BOTTLE MAKING MACHINERY

BELVAC PRODUCTION MACHINE...

1. A system for modifying articles received from an infeed, the system comprising:a plurality of line starwheels being cooperatively arranged to form a process line, each of the plurality of line starwheels including a plurality of starwheel pockets thereon, the plurality of starwheel pockets including a first-pass starwheel pocket, a second-pass starwheel pocket, and a third-pass starwheel pocket; and
a recirculation line including a synchronization mechanism and a plurality of line-pocket sets, each of the plurality of line-pocket sets including a first line pocket and a second line pocket, the first line pocket configured to receive an article from the first-pass starwheel pocket of a downstream line starwheel and deposit the article in the second-pass starwheel pocket of an upstream line starwheel, the second line pocket configured to receive the article from the second-pass starwheel pocket of the downstream line starwheel and deposit the article in the third-pass starwheel pocket of the upstream line starwheel, the synchronization mechanism configured to synchronize the plurality of line-pocket sets to the plurality of starwheel pockets,
wherein the article contacting the first-pass starwheel pockets, the second-pass starwheel pockets, and the third-pass starwheel pockets corresponds with a respective first stage, second stage, and third stage of modifying the article, the first stage, the second stage, and the third stage corresponding with different stages of manufacture.

US Pat. No. 10,391,540

BOWL FORMING DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A bowl forming device, the device comprising:a mandrel sleeve having a stem cavity, a bowl mating surface, and a sleeve surface;
a stem mandrel having a stem surface and a neck, wherein the neck is tapered to a point;
a bowl mandrel having a sleeve mating surface and having a conically shaped hollow area formed by a conically shaped neck mating surface for accepting the neck of the stem mandrel; and
wherein the bowl mandrel is configured to mate with both the mandrel sleeve and the stem mandrel so that when the stem mandrel is received within a stem cavity of the mandrel sleeve, the sleeve mating surface on the bowl mandrel contacts the bowl mating surface on the mandrel sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,391,539

BLANKING DIE APPARATUS

MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC., F...

1. A blanking die apparatus, comprising:multiple machining stations having respective cutting tools operated simultaneously to perform predetermined blanking operations on a belt-shaped workpiece fed progressively in a longitudinal direction and finally to perform a contour blanking operation on the workpiece, thereby forming core pieces used for manufacturing a laminated iron core; and
an auxiliary cutting tool that forms a disposal hole by partly blanking a scrap forming area of the workpiece simultaneously with the operations of the cutting tools of the machining stations, thereby securing a feeding-direction load balance of the blanking die apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,391,537

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FLANGING A METAL PIECE

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. A method of forming a metal part, comprising:drawing a sheet metal blank to form a drawn region and a flange region;
performing a first flanging operation to the flange region with a first die to form an intermediate shaped part having a region of increased material on the flange region; and
performing a second flanging operation to the intermediate shaped part with a second die to remove the region of increased material;
wherein the step of performing the first flanging operation includes bending the flange region at a first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,536

TOOL KIT FOR BENDING A METAL TRAY

1. A tool kit for bending a metal tray comprising:a middle bending tool further comprising:
a solid cylindrical middle lower handle having a bottom end, a top end, and a middle gripping member disposed over the bottom end; and
a C-shaped middle top clamping member having a rectangular middle top plate, a rectangular middle bottom plate, a middle rear portion disposed between the middle top plate and the middle bottom plate, and a middle opening disposed between the middle top plate and the middle bottom plate, wherein the middle bottom plate is substantially medially welded to the top end of the middle lower handle;
wherein the middle lower handle is perpendicularly extended from the middle bottom plate of the middle top clamping member;
a right bending tool further comprising:
a solid cylindrical right lower handle having a lower end, an upper end, and a right gripping member disposed over the lower end; and
a C-shaped right top clamping member having a right surface, a left surface, a square-shaped right top plate, a square-shaped right bottom plate, a middle rear section disposed between the right top plate and the right bottom plate, and a right opening disposed between the right top plate and the right bottom plate, wherein the right bottom plate is substantially medially welded to the upper end of the right lower handle;
wherein the right lower handle is extended at a forty-five degree angle from the right bottom plate of the right top clamping member toward the right surface;
a left bending tool further comprising:
a solid cylindrical left lower handle having a bottom side, a top side, and a left gripping member disposed over the bottom side; and
a C-shaped left top clamping member having a right area, a left area, a square-shaped left top plate, a square-shaped left bottom plate, a left rear section disposed between the left top plate and the left bottom plate, and a left opening disposed between the left top plate and the left bottom plate, wherein the left bottom plate is substantially medially welded to the top side of the left lower handle;
wherein the left lower handle is extended at a forty-five degree angle from the left bottom plate of the left top clamping member toward the left area;
wherein each of the right opening of the right top clamping member of the right bending tool, the middle opening of the middle top clamping member of the middle bending tool, and the left opening of the left top clamping member of the left bending tool removably and slidably engages an edge of a metal tray;
wherein each of the right top clamping member of the right bending tool, the middle top clamping member of the middle bending tool, and the left top clamping member of the left bending tool is configured to bend the metal tray to a shape desired by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,391,534

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR STRAIGHTENING WHEEL

1. A wheel straightening apparatus comprising:a wheel assembly, the wheel assembly comprising a rim and a central portion, the central portion having a dress face and an inbound face, wherein at least one of the rim and the central portion have at least one irregularity;
a spindle having a first end and a second end opposed to the first end and an intermediate region between the first end and the second end;
a platen mounted to the spindle, the platen located in the intermediate region of the spindle, the platen engaging the wheel assembly in a fixed position relative to the spindle;
at least one first dynamic actuator device connected to the spindle and wherein the at least one first dynamic actuator device is configured to exert intermittent pressure on a section of the rim of the wheel assembly to be straightened, the intermittent pressure exerted by the at least one first dynamic actuator device exerting straightening force on the rim of the wheel assembly that increases and decreases to address the at least one irregularity, wherein the at least one first dynamic actuator device is positioned between the spindle and the rim of the wheel assembly;
an anchor mechanism configured to connect to the spindle and rotate relative thereto, the anchor mechanism having a sleeve connected to and overlying the spindle, the sleeve having a first end and a second end opposed to the first end, wherein one of the first or second ends engages the platen;
at least one pressure exerting stabilizer device in contact with the spindle and a location on the wheel rim and positioned between the spindle and the rim of the wheel assembly at a location opposed to the portion of the wheel to be straightened; and
an attachment mechanism, rotatably connected to the first end of the spindle, the attachment mechanism configured to be mounted on a support surface, the support surface including at least one of a frame, a floor or a bed located in a mobile device, wherein the wheel assembly is maintained at a location distant from the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,533

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MOTOR VEHICLE COMPONENT FROM AN EXTRUDED LIGHT METAL PROFILE

BENTLER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK ...

1. Method for producing a motor vehicle component, the method comprising:extruding a 5000 series, 6000 series, or 7000 series aluminum alloy as an extruded profile having, in cross section, at least two mutually different wall thicknesses and at least one closed hollow chamber and an extrusion width,
at least partially flattening and/or widening the cross section to a processing width, wherein the processing width is at least 10% greater than the extrusion width,
after the flattening and/or widening, performing separation of the extruded profile to obtain a blank,
processing the blank by deformation of the blank to form the motor vehicle component.

US Pat. No. 10,391,532

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS OR SOILS USING FREE RADICAL CHEMICAL REACTION AND PHASE SEPARATION PROCESSES

SedTech Innovations LLC, ...

1. A sediment treatment system for desorption of contaminates and treatment of contaminated sediments using free radical chemical reaction, the system comprising:a) a sediment inlet system;
b) a slurry tank, wherein an outlet of the sediment inlet system feeds into an inlet of the slurry tank or a screen inlet of an optional screener, and, if the screener is present, a first outlet of the screener feeds into the inlet of the slurry tank;
c) a water make-up tank, wherein an outlet of the water make-up tank is connected to the inlet of the slurry tank;
d) a reaction vessel, wherein the outlet of the slurry tank is connected to an inlet of the first reaction vessel;
e) a catalyst storage tank comprising a catalyst, wherein an outlet of the catalyst storage tank is connected to the inlet of the first reaction vessel;
f) an oxidant agent storage tank comprising an oxidant agent, wherein an outlet of the oxidant agent storage tank is connected to the inlet of the first reaction vessel;
g) an acid storage tank comprising an acid, wherein an outlet of the acid storage tank is connected to the inlet of the slurry tank; and
h) a base storage tank comprising a base, wherein an outlet of the base storage tank is connected to the inlet of the slurry tank.

US Pat. No. 10,391,531

QUICK BLADE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT ENABLED APPARATUS INTEGRATING MEDICAL WASTE CRUSHING AND STEAM TREATMENT

CHONGQING GIENT HEATING I...

1. A quick blade repair and replacement enabled apparatus integrating medical waste crushing and steam treatment, the apparatus being an integrally assembled vertical structure capable of being disassembled, wherein the apparatus sequentially comprises three chamber bodies, connected into a whole by using flanges and bolts, of a feeding and stirring chamber (1), a shredding chamber (2), and a sterilization and discharging chamber (3) from top to bottom, the three chamber bodies internally form a communicating sealable space, and are vertically placed on a support frame (4) as a whole, and a power mechanism is provided outside a chamber body of the shredding chamber; a top end and a bottom end of the shredding chamber (2) are respectively opening flange structures, a left side and a right side of the chamber body (2-1) of the shredding chamber are respectively provided with repair gates (2-3), and a rotary blade assembly and a stationary blade assembly are provided in the shredding chamber; two ends of a rotary blade shaft (2-2) of the rotary blade assembly are respectively fixed on the repair gates by using bearings, bearing supports are connected to the repair gates (2-3) as a whole, one end of the rotary blade shaft extends out of the chamber body of the shredding chamber, and is connected to the power mechanism (2-5), and the power mechanism uses a sprocket or a gear transmission structure; rotary blades (2-6) of the rotary blade assembly are mounted on the rotary blade shaft, blade claws of adjacent rotary blades are arranged by staggering at an angle, and rotary blades on the different rotary blade shafts are alternately arranged; stationary blades (2-7) of the stationary blade assembly are fixed on an inner wall of the chamber body (2-1) of the shredding chamber by using pressing plates (2-8), and the pressing plates are secured from outside of the chamber body of the shredding chamber by using bolts; and the rotary blades (2-6) and the stationary blades (2-7) are alternately arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,391,530

LIQUID-REPELLENT SURFACES MADE OF ANY MATERIALS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A liquid-repellent artificial surface comprising:a surface containing thereon a plurality of microstructures extending away from the surface and separated by a pitch of less than 500 ?m and having a doubly re-entrant topology situated atop respective base structures with a liquid disposed on the surface and in contact with the plurality of microstructures and a liquid-solid contact fraction (fs) of less than 50%, wherein the doubly re-entrant topology comprises a cap portion and downwardly extending lip extending from a periphery of the cap portion, the downwardly extending lip comprising a substantially uniform thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,391,529

EXHAUST SYSTEM, SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE EXHAUST SYSTEM

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

13. A semiconductor manufacturing equipment comprising:a chamber configured to perform processing of a processing body;
a gas supply mechanism configured to supply a gas to the chamber, the gas being used in the processing; and
an exhaust system configured to exhaust the chamber,
the exhaust system comprising:
a first pump unit, the first pump unit including a first exhaust chamber, a first intake port, a first exhaust port, and a first rotor, the first intake port, the first exhaust port, and the first rotor being provided in the first exhaust chamber;
a second pump unit, the second pump unit including a second exhaust chamber, a second intake port, a second exhaust port, and a second rotor, the second intake port, the second exhaust port, and the second rotor being provided in the second exhaust chamber;
a shaft, the shaft linking the first rotor and the second rotor; and
a motor, the motor being configured to cause the first rotor, the second rotor, and the shaft to rotate;wherein the chamber includes a chamber exhaust port,and the semiconductor manufacturing equipment further comprising:a first exhaust pipe connected to the chamber exhaust port;
a second exhaust pipe connected to the first exhaust pipe and the first intake port of the exhaust system;
a third exhaust pipe connected to the first exhaust pipe and the second intake port of the exhaust system;
a first valve provided in the second exhaust pipe; and
a second valve provided in the third exhaust pipe,and further comprising:a vent line connected to the gas supply mechanism,whereinthe gas supply mechanism is configured to further supply a cleaning gas, and
a supply path of the cleaning gas includes
a first path via the chamber; and
a second path via the vent line.

US Pat. No. 10,391,528

CLEANING APPARATUS USING LIQUID MIXED WITH GAS

Jong-Ha Park, Seoul (KR)...

1. A cleaning apparatus using a gas-mixed liquid, comprising:a liquid;
a first inlet port into which the liquid supplied from an outside is introduced;
a gas;
a second inlet port into which the gas to be mixed with the liquid introduced from the first inlet port is introduced, the second inlet port perpendicularly positioned to the first inlet port;
a mixing chamber having the gas mixed with the liquid, the liquid introduced from the first inlet port, the gas introduced from the second inlet port;
a beverage inlet port into which a beverage flows, the beverage inlet port connecting to mixing chamber;
an outlet port through which the liquid mixed with the gas in the mixing chamber and the beverage in the mixing chamber is discharged; and
a three-way valve to control an opening and a closing of the beverage inlet port as well as an opening and a closing of the first inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,391,527

OZONE CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. An ozone cleaning system for cleaning a variety of items with ozone comprising:a cabinet having a plurality of panels each extending from a bottom portion to a top portion to collectively define a cleaning space of said cabinet;
a lid pivotably attached along said top portion of said cabinet and movable from an open position to a closed position to enclose said cleaning space, said lid including a striker assembly disposed in interlocking relationship with a latch assembly of said cabinet in said closed position;
an ozone generator including a vent disposed in communication with said cleaning space and configured to produce and introduce ozone therein when said lid is disposed in said closed position for cleaning items disposed within said cleaning space with ozone; and
an ozone neutralization unit attached to the cabinet and including an inlet tube disposed within said cleaning space of said cabinet, an outlet tube disposed within said cleaning space of said cabinet, and a blower assembly in fluid communication with said inlet and outlet tubes and operable for recirculating the ozone for accelerating the rate of ozone neutralization, wherein the inlet and outlet tubes include ports that are separate from the vent of the ozone generator;
a catalyst disposed in the cleaning space for accelerating the rate of ozone neutralization; and
further comprising a manual emergency release plate moveably attached to said lid for allowing a user trapped inside said cleaning space to manually push up on said manual emergency release plate and escape from said cabinet, wherein the manual emergency release plate is interconnected to either the striker assembly or the latch assembly and designed to release the striker assembly from the latch assembly, and override any electronic lock therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,391,526

ELECTROSTATIC CHUCK CLEANING FIXTURE

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A cleaning fixture assembly for protecting an electrostatic chuck during a wet cleaning process, the electrostatic chuck being suitable for supporting semiconductor substrates, the cleaning fixture assembly comprising:a sealing plate capable of aligning with and engaging a backside of the electrostatic chuck, the sealing plate including:
a pocket formed on a surface of the sealing plate, the pocket having a pocket depth and being capable of receiving the backside of the electrostatic chuck; and
an annular seal portion surrounding the pocket, the annular seal portion having a diameter greater than that of the backside of the electrostatic chuck such that the annular seal portion extends outwardly beyond the backside of the electrostatic chuck and is capable of surrounding the backside of the electrostatic chuck with which the sealing plate is aligning;
a first O-ring engaging the annular seal portion of the sealing plate;
a plurality of through-holes in the pocket of the sealing plate, the plurality of the through-holes being all of the through-holes formed in the pocket; and
a plurality of second O-rings each surrounding corresponding one of the plurality of through-holes in the pocket of the sealing plate such that all of the through-holes formed in the pocket of the sealing plate are surrounded by the second O-rings,
wherein:
the plurality of through-holes are arranged to align with passages formed in the backside of the electrostatic chuck, the passages including lift pin holes and helium holes in the backside of the electrostatic chuck, the through-holes being capable of providing fluid communication with the passages thereby allowing cleaning media to circulate therethrough, and
the plurality of second O-rings are positioned to allow the cleaning media to engage the passages in the electrostatic chuck while sealing the cleaning media from reaching the backside of the electrostatic chuck during the wet cleaning process.

US Pat. No. 10,391,525

WASHING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING CONTAMINATIONS FROM ARTICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An apparatus for washing a longitudinal press molded article to remove contaminations on a surface of the article, the contaminations being oils and fats, the apparatus comprises in series:a chain conveyer or a net conveyer configured for supporting and transporting in series a plurality of the articles in sequence, individually, and continuously, through a heating area to a washing area along a conveying direction at a conveying speed of 1.2 to 8.3 m/min;
the heating area comprising a heater capable of heating with radiation heat, the heater being configured to be disposed over the article and heat the article disposed in an upstream side with respect to the washing area to increase a surface temperature of the article to a temperature which is not lower than a boiling point of a super-cooled washing solution to remove at least a portion of contaminations from the surface of the article through evaporation and volatilization of such contaminations; and
the washing area being configured for washing the heated article, the washing area comprising:
a spraying apparatus configured for spraying the super-cooled washing solution having an oleophobicity to the contaminations on the article, the spraying apparatus comprising:
a solution-supplying tank configured for containing the super-cooled washing solution; and
a spraying nozzle connected to the solution-supplying tank, the spraying nozzle being a Laval nozzle disposed at an inclined angle with respect to the conveying direction, and the spraying nozzle in combination with an air-supplying conduit are configured to prepare the super-cooled washing solution in a form of a gas-liquid medium having two phases, where the super-cooled washing solution is prepared by preparing a cooling gas flow by utilizing an adiabatic expansion of a compressed air introduced to the Laval nozzle, followed by mixing the cooling gas flow with the washing solution;
an exhaust opening configured to be disposed below the article;
a flow controlling plate capable of covering at least a part of the article, where the flow controlling plate is configured to be disposed over the article, the flow controlling plate has a reversed U-shaped cross-section that forms a space in which the super-cooled washing solution sprayed from the spraying nozzle is guided towards the exhaust opening, and a flow of the sprayed super-cooled washing solution is substantially guided from the space to the exhaust opening; and
a recovery tank for receiving the sprayed super-cooled washing solution, the tank being disposed in a lower portion of the washing area;
wherein the washing area is configured such that washing and drying of the heated article are concurrently carried out by spraying the super-cooled washing solution against the heated article in the washing area to remove the remaining contaminations, which are not evaporated or volatilized during heating in the heating area, by rubbing the surface of the article with the super-cooled washing solution, while causing in the sprayed super-cooled washing solution a spontaneous phase transition (liquid?solid?gas) of super-cooled droplets of the washing solution.

US Pat. No. 10,391,524

ROTATING DRUM FOR WORKPIECE CONVEYANCE AND WORKPIECE CLEANING DEVICE

Hiraide Precision Co., Lt...

1. A workpiece cleaning device comprising:a rotating drum arranged in a transverse state;
a drum rotating mechanism for rotating the rotating drum about a drum center axis; and
a washing mechanism for spraying washing liquid onto a workpiece fed by a feed fin to wash the workpiece,
wherein the rotating drum has:
a drum body; and
a feed fin attached to a drum inner circumferential surface of the drum body in a state of extending helically along the drum inner circumferential surface; and
wherein the drum body has a liquid impassable section, and liquid passable sections formed from porous material, the liquid passable sections being arranged adjacent to both sides of the liquid impassable section in a circumferential direction of the drum body, and
where boundary edges of the liquid impassable portion on both sides to the liquid passable section in the circumferential direction are referred to as first and second boundary edges, respectively,
at least one of the first and second boundary edges has at least an edge portion of a prescribed length measured from an upstream-side end thereof in a workpiece conveyance direction, the edge portion being an inclined edge portion inclined in a straight-line fashion, curved-line fashion or stepwise fashion with respect to a downstream direction of the workpiece conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,523

SENSOR WASHING DEVICE

Methode Electronics, Inc....

1. A sensor washing device, comprising:a washer housing including a ring portion and a fluid source attachment, said fluid source attachment being configured to receive fluid, and said ring portion having,
a main opening for receiving a detecting head of the sensor,
an attachment side configured for mounting said washer housing, and
a washing side configured to frame the detecting head of the sensor, said washing side being in fluid communication with said fluid source attachment, and
a plurality of nozzles being disposed in a transition portion of said washer housing between said ring portion and said fluid source attachment of said washer housing, said plurality of nozzles being configured to discharge fluid to said washer side radially inwardly towards said main opening for cleaning the detecting head of the sensor, and said plurality of nozzles being defined by a plurality of tabs extending from said transition portion toward said main opening of said ring portion, thereby forming fluid path slots of said plurality of nozzles therebetween,
wherein said washer housing, said ring portion, and said transition portion are stationary with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,391,521

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LARGE DEBRIS CONVEYANCE

1. A device for sorting particulate material, comprising:a main conveyor belt, wherein the main conveyor belt is angled upward;
a first rotor positioned adjacent to an end of the main conveyor belt and configured to rotate relative to the main conveyor belt, the rotor having at least one engagement member connected thereto, wherein the at least one engagement member includes a first row of engagement members, the first row of engagement members including a plurality of engagement members;
a separation screen configured to receive material from the main conveyor belt and separate the material into a first portion and a second portion;
a graded material conveyor positioned below the separation screen and configured to receive the first portion of the material, wherein the graded material conveyor is movable relative to the separation screen and includes a control plate;
an oversize material conveyor positioned at the end of the separation screen and configured to receive the second portion of the material, the oversize material conveyor being parallel to the graded material conveyor, wherein the oversize material conveyor is movable in a lateral direction relative to the separation screen and includes a control plate, wherein the graded material conveyor and oversize material conveyor convey the first portion of the material and the second portion of the material on opposite lateral sides of the device; and
a motive element configured to move the padding machine relative to a surface on which the padding machine is used.

US Pat. No. 10,391,520

PRESSURE WAVE GENERATOR WITH A SABOT LAUNCHED PISTON

General Fusion Inc., Bur...

1. A pressure wave generator for generating a pressure wave, the pressure wave generator comprising:a piston having a body with a first surface and a second surface;
a housing having an inner bore, a first end, and a second end;
a sabot configured to carry the piston within the inner bore from the first end towards the second end along a longitudinal axis of the inner bore;
an impact surface at the second end of the housing in communication with the inner bore, the impact surface capable of being coupled to a medium;
a driver configured to apply a force to the sabot to accelerate the sabot towards the second end of the inner bore; and
a brake configured to apply a restraining force to the sabot to slow down the sabot so that the piston becomes at least partially separated from the sabot.

US Pat. No. 10,391,519

DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL EFFECT LAYERS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A method of making an optical effect layer in a coating composition comprising magnetic or magnetizable pigment particles associated with a substrate using a permanent magnet assembly producing a first magnetic field and an electromagnet assembly producing an oscillating or rotating second magnetic field, the method comprising:spinning the permanent magnet assembly to rotate the first magnetic field through interaction between the oscillating or rotating second magnetic field and the first magnetic field;
aggregately orienting the magnetic or magnetizable pigment particles upon exposure of the substrate to the rotating first magnetic field of the spinning permanent magnet assembly to create the optical effect layer, wherein the electromagnet assembly includes a winding assembly and a drive; and
sensing an attribute of the first magnetic field and controlling timing of driving of the winding assembly based on the sensed attribute.

US Pat. No. 10,391,518

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TRANSPARENT PATTERN PRINT STEEL PLATE

POSCO, Pohang-si, Gyeong...

1. A method of manufacturing a transparent pattern printed steel plate, comprising:forming a printed paint film layer by jetting transparent ink onto at least one surface of a steel plate at a rate of 1 kHz to 20 kHz;
curing the printed paint film layer with ultraviolet light to form a cured printed paint film layer; and
after the forming of the printed paint film layer, drying the printed paint film layer at room temperature for a period of time exceeding 0 seconds to 2 seconds or less.

US Pat. No. 10,391,517

DISPENSER ASSEMBLY

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. A dispenser assembly, comprising:a rod having a plunger receiving end with a clip receiving portion;
a plunger having a rod receiving structure with a rod engaging clip biased to fit to the clip receiving portion of the rod for movement therewith; and
a stopper having a plunger receiving space that defines an aperture extending through the plunger receiving space with the rod extending through the aperture, the plunger receiving space being dimensioned such that with the rod receiving structure of the plunger located within the plunger receiving space, movement of the rod engaging clip is restricted by contact with surfaces of the plunger receiving space preventing release of the rod from the plunger, and, the stopper being further configured such that with the rod receiving structure being spaced apart from the plunger receiving space, movement of the rod engaging clip is unrestricted.

US Pat. No. 10,391,516

APPLICATOR WITH ROTARY CAM PISTON MECHANISM

MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY...

1. An applicator for discharging applied liquid by turning of a rotating operating portion attached to a barrel main body, the applicator comprising:the barrel main body in which an applied liquid reservoir portion for storing the applied liquid is provided;
the rotating operating portion provided in front of the barrel main body to be able to turn with respect to the barrel main body;
a piston which is slid in a front-back direction of the barrel main body by turning the rotating operating portion;
a cam mechanism portion, comprising a cam formed on the piston and a cam groove formed on the rotating operating portion, the applied liquid being discharged by operation of the cam mechanism portion,
a through hole provided in the piston;
an applied liquid feed path communicating with the through hole in the piston to feed the applied liquid to an applicator portion;
a first valve for opening and closing the through hole provided in the piston, the applied liquid being discharged through the first valve and the applied liquid feed path;
a through hole formed in the rotating operating portion, communicating with the through hole provided in the piston; and
a spring for biasing the first valve in such a direction as to close the through hole provided in the piston;
wherein the applied liquid is discharged by turning the rotating operating portion and sliding the piston in the front-back direction by use of the cam mechanism portion, and
wherein a first end portion of the spring is engaged in the rotating operating portion and a second end portion of the spring being engaged in the first valve.

US Pat. No. 10,391,515

VISCOUS FLUID APPLICATOR PUMP

1. An apparatus comprising:an applicator member comprising an applicator surface substantially matching a surface of a pipe or fitting, the surface of the pipe or fitting comprising at least a portion of an interior or exterior surface of the pipe or fitting; and
a pump to cause a fluid to flow via one or more channels onto the applicator surface;
wherein when the pipe or fitting is positioned within or around the applicator surface the pump causes the fluid to flow between the applicator surface and the surface of the pipe or fitting applying the fluid to the surface of the pipe or fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,391,514

COATING APPLICATION WITH AUTOMATED BRUSHING

1. A device to apply a coating to a workpiece, the device comprising:a robot arm having one or more joints, the joints configured to allow rotational and/or translational movement, the robot arm comprising:
an application end having a base;
a nozzle operatively connected to the base, the nozzle configured to dispense the coating onto the workpiece;
an actuator operatively connected to the base; and
a brush connected to the actuator, the brush configured to brush a portion of the coating dispensed onto the workpiece, wherein the actuator is configured to rotate the brush relative to the base, and wherein the actuator is configured to move the brush between a retracted position and a deployed position in a direction that is substantially linear and substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the nozzle, the brush being positioned farther away from the nozzle in the deployed position than in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,513

SEALANT DISPENSING APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A sealant dispensing apparatus, comprising:a rotatable injection cartridge for loading a sealant, the injection cartridge having a plurality of outlets distributed from a periphery to a center with respect to a rotation axis of the injection cartridge; and
a nozzle assembly in fluid communication with the injection cartridge, the nozzle assembly comprising at least two sub-nozzles arranged in a line,
wherein the outlet of the injection cartridge closer to the center of the injection cartridge is in communication with the sub-nozzle of the nozzle assembly closer to a first end of the line, and the outlet of the injection cartridge closer to the periphery of the injection cartridge is in communication with the sub-nozzle of the nozzle assembly closer to a second end of the line, such that the outlets distributed outwardly from the center of the injection cartridge communicate with the sub-nozzles distributed from the first end to the second end, respectively, the first end being opposite to the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,512

MULTIFUNCTIONAL IRRIGATION PLIERS AND METHOD OF PIERCING, CUTTING AND FITTING AN IRRIGATION TUBE

1. An irrigation pliers, the pliers comprising:a first jaw and a second jaw being pivotally attached together at a pivoting joint to allow the jaws to be pivotally displaced toward and away from each other by moving a first handle and a second handle to and away from each other, the first jaw defined by a first gripping surface, the second jaw defined by a second gripping surface, whereby the gripping surfaces are generally opposed and complementary to each other;
a proximal concavity configured to fixedly retain a blade, the proximal concavity disposed on the first jaw;
a saddle disposed on the second jaw, and generally across from the blade, whereby closure of the jaws causes the blade to move towards the saddle;
a first middle concavity configured to fixedly retain a spike, the first middle concavity disposed on the first jaw;
a second middle concavity disposed on the second jaw, and generally across from the spike, whereby closure of the jaws causes the spike to move towards the second middle concavity;
a first terminal region disposed at the terminus of the first jaw, the first terminal region comprising a first distal concavity, the first distal concavity defined by a first slot having a first textured surface; and
a second terminal region disposed at the terminus of the second jaw, the second terminal region comprising a second distal concavity, the second distal concavity defined by a second slot having a second textured surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,511

VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK WITH METAL PLATE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A method of producing an organic semiconductor element by vapor deposition, comprising the steps of:arranging a vapor deposition target, a vapor deposition mask and a vapor deposition source in this order; and
forming an organic semiconductor element by using the vapor deposition mask,
wherein the vapor deposition mask comprises a resin mask having openings formed by laser irradiation corresponding to a pattern to be produced by vapor deposition, and
wherein a cross-sectional shape of the openings broadens towards the vapor deposition source.

US Pat. No. 10,391,510

METHOD FOR NOZZLE FLOW DETECTION

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for nozzle flow detection comprising:receiving a first fluid at a first inlet of a nozzle body and a second fluid at a second inlet of the nozzle body, the nozzle body including an outlet; and
interconnecting a mixing body to the nozzle body, the mixing body defining a mixing chamber in communication with the first and second inlets of the nozzle body with the mixing body connected to the nozzle body;
receiving the first and second fluids in the mixing chamber and mixing the first and second fluids in the mixing chamber to provide a mixed fluid;
operatively connecting a control valve to the mixing body;
adjusting the control valve to control a volume of the mixed fluid to be discharged from the outlet of the nozzle body
discharging the mixed fluid at the outlet of nozzle body;
using a microphone positioned proximal to the outlet to communicate acoustic data corresponding to the discharge of the mixed fluid at the outlet;
holding a calibration measurement in a data structure, the calibration measurement corresponding to a discharge of fluid at the outlet, the calibration measurement being derived from acoustic data provided by the microphone; and
receiving a flow measurement corresponding to a discharge of mixed fluid at the outlet, the flow measurement being derived from acoustic data provided by the microphone;
comparing the flow measurement to the calibration measurement to determine an error; and
implement closed loop Proportional-Integral-Derivative controller (PID) control to minimize the error.

US Pat. No. 10,391,509

PUMP DISPENSER AND SYSTEM COMPRISING A REFILL CARTRIDGE AND THE PUMP DISPENSER

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A system, comprising:a pump dispenser comprising:
a body defining a hollow interior and an opening through which at least a portion of a refill cartridge containing a flowable substance is receivable into the hollow interior;
a lid for closing the opening of the body; and
a pump for pumping the flowable substance from the refill cartridge when the portion of the refill cartridge is in the hollow interior and the lid closes the opening of the body;
wherein the lid comprises a dip tube with a lumen fluidly connected to the pump, the dip tube having a tapered end that is located in the hollow interior of the body when the lid closes the opening of the body; and
the refill cartridge, wherein the refill cartridge comprises a container defining a chamber containing the flowable substance and having a rim defining an opening through which the flowable substance is dispensable from the chamber, and a seal attached to the container and closing the opening, wherein the seal is attached to the rim;
wherein the seal consists of one of a film, a membrane, and a foil, and wherein
the seal is puncturable by the tapered end of the dip tube when the portion of the refill cartridge is in the hollow interior and the lid is moved relative to the body to close the opening of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,508

CONTAINER FOR NESTED SPRAYER HANDLE

Silgan Plastics LLC, Che...

1. A container comprising:container walls defining an internal volume, the container walls including first and second side walls defining a center plane therebetween;
a top wall, wherein the top wall includes a first side and a second side positioned on opposite sides of the center plane, the first side and second side each having a generally planar surface, wherein the first side includes an arched panel extending from the center plane to the first side wall, and wherein the arched panel is located between two panels that define the generally planar surface of the first side;
a container handle, wherein the top wall and container handle define a handle opening;
wherein the handle opening is configured to receive and mechanically secure a sprayer handle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,507

PORTABLE WASHING DEVICE

Positec Power Tools (Suzh...

1. A portable washing device, comprising:a housing;
a motor arranged in the housing;
a pump driven by the motor;
a container connected to the pump and configured to store a washing liquid;
a flexible tube connected to the pump;
a spraying pistol connected to the pump by way of the flexible tube, the spraying pistol being configured to be held and controlled by a user using one hand to spray out the washing liquid from the spraying pistol; and
a control unit configured to change one or more of an operating mode or a rotation speed of the motor,
wherein the control unit is positioned on the spraying pistol in a location to facilitate simultaneous operation of the control unit and holding of the spraying pistol with the user's one hand.

US Pat. No. 10,391,506

SPRAY APPLICATION SYSTEM COMPONENTS COMPRISING A REPELLENT SURFACE AND METHODS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A component of a spray application system, wherein the component is a liquid reservoir or a liquid reservoir liner comprising a liquid repellent surface such that the receding contact angle with water ranges from 90 degrees to 135 degrees and the liquid repellent surface repels water-based paint having a water soluble volatile organic solvent of at least 10 g/liter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,505

SPRAY NOZZLE APPARATUS FOR SPRAY-DRYING APPLICATIONS

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A single phase spray nozzle apparatus for a spraying apparatus, the nozzle apparatus comprising:a nozzle provided with at least one nozzle orifice for outputting spray droplets of a product to be dried and at least one inlet orifice for transferring the product into a nozzle chamber, the nozzle chamber comprising walls defining a volume of the nozzle chamber, the nozzle chamber further comprising an apparatus for adjusting a size of the outputted spray droplets inline during a spray drying process, the apparatus comprises a plunger for adjusting the volume of the nozzle chamber based on spray drying process parameters and product parameters obtained inline during the spray drying process, the walls of the nozzle chamber do not have a turbulence generating surface, and the product to be dried has a viscosity between 1 and 1000 mPa·s;
an electric drive for adjusting geometry of the nozzle chamber, the electric drive controlled by a control device based on the spray drying process parameters and the product parameters obtained inline; and
a connecting sleeve releasably fixed to the electrical drive and providing a longitudinal bore for rotatably accommodating a hollow shaft which transfers a rotating motion of an output shaft of the electrical drive to an adjusting pin driving the plunger into and out of the nozzle chamber, wherein the nozzle chamber is provided by a swirl chamber body inserted into an inner chamber of a nozzle body, the nozzle body releasably fixed to the connecting sleeve, the swirl chamber body is provided with an opening channel arranged in correspondence to the at least one inlet orifice for introducing the product into a swirl chamber of the swirl chamber body, the swirl chamber is provided with a helicoidal spiral-type tightening guiding face for accelerating the product into the direction of the at least one nozzle orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,391,504

WATER STOP SWITCH DEVICE AND SHOWER HEAD

XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH IN...

1. A water stop switch device, comprising: a main body, a retractable slide shaft driving mechanism and a sealing element; wherein: the main body includes a water passage; the sealing element is disposed in the water passage; one end of the sealing element is coupled to the retractable slide shaft driving mechanism; the sealing element moves in the water passage to open the water passage; another end of the sealing element and the main body form a chamber; a side wall of the sealing element includes a through hole connecting the water passage and the chamber; an external periphery of the sealing element includes a first sealing ring and a second sealing ring; the through hole is downstream of the first sealing ring and the second sealing ring in a water flow direction; and when the water passage is open, the chamber is full of water to reduce the pressure difference at the one end and the other end of the sealing element; the second sealing ring is coaxial with the first sealing ring and equal in size to the first sealing ring; and the second sealing ring always contacts an internal wall of a protruding ring of a spindle in a sealing way, to close a clearance between the sealing element and the protruding ring, so that the chamber is connected to the water passage only by the through hole, the main body further includes the spindle and a valve body; the spindle is connected to one end of the valve body in an axial direction of the valve body; and a connection of an inlet to the water passage is formed between the spindle and the valve body; and when the sealing element moves in a direction closing the water passage, the first sealing ring abuts against an internal wall of the valve body to break the connection of the water passage and the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,391,503

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED TO BETTER CONTROL DRIFT

Iowa State University Res...

1. An agricultural machine comprising:a reservoir configured to contain a fluid;
a pump configured to transfer the fluid out of the reservoir;
a plurality of delivery lines arranged along a boom of the agricultural machine and configured to receive and distribute the fluid;
a plurality of nozzles connected to the plurality of delivery lines and configured to meter, atomize, and apply the fluid to a target area;
one or more machine sensors configured to provide machine data about one or more application parameters including a fluid pressure data;
one or more meteorological sensors associated with the target area and configured to provide meteorological data including a current wind direction data and a current wind speed data; and
a control system for improving controlling a wind-driven drift of the fluid during application of the fluid to the target area by the agricultural machine, the control system including—
a drift distance determination mechanism configured to determine a plurality of drift distances correlated with a plurality of different application parameters,
an electronic processing element configured to—
receive the machine data and the meteorological data,
use a mathematical model to predict a future wind direction and a future wind speed for at least a next approximately between 5 seconds and 30 seconds, wherein predicting the future wind direction and the future wind speed is not based upon evaluating a distance between the one or more meteorological sensors and the plurality of delivery lines,
access the drift distance determination mechanism, and
based on the machine data, the predicted future wind direction and the predicted future wind speed, and the correlated drift distances from the drift distance determination mechanism, determine a future wind-driven drift of the fluid, and
an operator display configured to visually depict the determined future wind-driven drift of the fluid to facilitate controlling the wind-driven drift of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,502

SHREDDER WITH PAPER SEPARATION AND ADVANCEMENT MECHANISM

FELLOWES, INC., Itasca, ...

1. A shredder comprising:a housing;
a shredder mechanism received in the housing and including a motor and cutter elements, the motor rotating the cutter elements in an interleaving relationship for shredding articles fed therein, the cutter elements configured for rotation about parallel and horizontal axes;
a tray for holding a stack of articles to be fed into the cutter elements;
a stack separation mechanism positioned adjacent to the tray and comprising a rotatable body configured for rotation about a rotational axis relative to the stack, at least part of the rotatable body being configured for insertion into at least part of the stack to separate at least an edge of at least one article therefrom and for advancing the at least one article towards the cutter elements;
a drive system constructed to drive the rotatable body for said separating and said advancing of the at least one article from the stack and towards the cutter elements; and
an arm positioned adjacent to a front end of the tray to hold unseparated articles of the stack in the tray such that the at least one article that is separated by the rotatable body is guided into the cutter elements by the stack separation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,391,501

MOVABLE ATTACHMENT FOR ROLLER PRESSES AND A METHOD FOR REMOVING CERTAIN PARTS THEREOF

1. A roller press (1) comprising:a movable bearing housing (10);
a grinding roller (13);
a frame assembly comprising one or more of a plurality of top members (2) selectively separable from one or more of a plurality of side members (3) selectively separable from one or more of a plurality of bottom members (4); the one or more of a plurality of side members (3) extending in a z-axis (z) direction; the one or more of a plurality of top members (2) and the one or more of a plurality of bottom members (4) extending in a y-axis (y) direction which is perpendicular to the z-axis (z) direction; and
a force generation device (5) configured to apply force to the movable bearing housing (10) and being movably attached at one end of its two ends to the one or more of a plurality of said side members (3) by a mounting plate (6) and a connection device (7), and the other end of the two ends is a free end for sliding in relative to the movable bearing housing in an x-axis (x) direction;
wherein said force generation device (5) is configured to rotate or slide with respect to the frame assembly in the x-axis (x) direction which is perpendicular to both the z-axis (z) and the y-axis (y) directions so that said force generation device (5) is removable from the frame assembly when said plurality of top members (3) are connected to said side members (3) and fixed in a closed horizontal position;
wherein said connection device (7) comprises a hinge (8) that is rotatable about the y-axis (y) or rotatable about the z-axis (z), or wherein said connection device (7) comprises a sliding device that is slidable in an x-z plane (12) defined by the x-axis (x) and z-axis (z) directions.

US Pat. No. 10,391,500

CRUSHING SHELL WITH ROTATIONAL LOCK

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A crushing shell arranged to be mounted within a gyratory crusher topshell, the crushing shell comprising:an annular wall extending around a longitudinal axis, the wall being terminated at an axial end by an annular rim;
a plurality of fastening ears projecting radially outward from the wall at a region of the rim, each ear being engageable with an annular rim of the topshell of a gyratory crusher, each ear having a notch; and
a lock lug projecting from each ear and arranged to be received within respective recesses at the annular rim of the topshell to rotatably lock the crushing shell at the topshell, each lug having a length in a circumferential direction around the longitudinal axis that is less than half of a corresponding circumferential length of a respective ear, wherein the circumferential length of each lug is greater than a radial width of each lug, and the circumferential length of each lug is about half of a distance in the circumferential direction between an end face of the ear and the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,391,499

THERMAL CYCLING

Analogic Corporation, Pe...

1. A system, comprising:a thermal control system configured to control a temperature of a temperature control device based on a set of target temperatures and a corresponding timing sequence;
a calibration carrier, including:
a polymerase chain reaction region configured to be in thermal contact with the temperature control device;
a plurality of channels configured to process samples both individually and in parallel, wherein a portion of each channel is in the polymerase chain reaction region; and
a plurality of thermocouples, each channel of the plurality of channels in thermal communication with a different one of the thermocouples of the plurality of thermocouples at the portion of the respective channel of the plurality of channels that is located in the polymerase chain reaction region,
wherein each thermocouple generates a signal that maps a temperature of the portion of its respective channel to the set of target temperatures and the corresponding timing sequence, and
wherein the temperature of the portion is one of a denaturing temperature, an annealing temperature or an extending temperature of a replication of a polymerase chain reaction; and
a carrier receiving region configured to separately receive only one of the calibration carrier or a sample carrier at a given time.

US Pat. No. 10,391,498

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION

Spartan Bioscience Inc., ...

1. A system for substantially irreversibly sealing a nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, comprising:a base, comprising:
a top surface of the base and a bottom surface of the base, and
an opening in the top surface of the base defining a passage that extends from the opening in the top surface of the base to an opening in the bottom surface of the base;
a nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel which is seated within the passage and protrudes through the opening in the bottom surface of the base, comprising:
a receptacle portion distal to the bottom surface of the base for holding a nucleic acid amplification reaction mixture,
walls of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, comprising an inner surface,
wherein the walls of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel extend from the receptacle portion of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel towards the bottom surface of the base,
a collection cap, comprising:
a sample collecting tip,
a top portion of the collection cap proximal to the sample collecting tip of the collection cap, and
an outer surface of the collection cap between the sample collecting tip of the collection cap and the top portion of the collection cap,
wherein when the collection cap is inserted through the passage and into the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, the outer surface of the collection cap contacts the inner surface of the walls of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel thereby creating a seal, wherein a hook, handle, or protrusion for grasping cannot be used to remove the collection cap from the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, thereby rendering the seal irreversible, and
wherein when sealed, the top portion of the collection cap is recessed beneath the opening in the top surface of the base so that the collection cap is inaccessible; and
a lid comprising at least one dimple or protrusion,
wherein the lid is moveable from a first position to a second position, so that when the lid is in the second position, (a) the lid covers the top surface of the base, (b) the at least one dimple or protrusion aligns with and extends into the opening in the top surface of the base, and (c) the lid is irreversibly locked to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,391,497

DEVICES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING SAMPLE VOLUME

Theranos IP Company, LLC,...

1. A system for analyzing a small-volume fluid sample, comprising:an automated sample analysis device, said device being configured for use with a sample container, said sample container having a cavity, said cavity having a first volume, the sample container being configured to hold a fluid sample within said cavity;
a plurality of inserts coupled together in a predetermined configuration, each of said inserts for placement within the cavity of the sample container, each of said inserts having a first outer portion have a first diameter greater than a diameter of the cavity and a second outer portion have a second outer diameter, and an insert cavity configured to hold a fluid sample of no more than about 150 ?L, wherein the second outer diameter is sized so that the second outer portion is in slidable contact with the cavity of the sample container said insert cavity having a second volume, said second volume being smaller than said first volume;
wherein the insert cavity is selected from the group consisting of:
i) an insert cavity having a wall, said wall comprising an angle effective to provide a taper of said wall of said insert cavity, wherein the taper becomes narrower towards the lower portion
wherein the insert cavity further comprises a bevel, a floor, and a floor angle formed by said floor and said bevel, wherein the floor angle comprises an angle of between about 100° to about 140°.

US Pat. No. 10,391,496

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND KITS FOR RECEIVING A SWAB

Theranos IP Company, LLC,...

19. A swab container, said swab container being configured for receiving a swab, comprising:at least one entry port, said entry port configured to receive at least one swab having a handle;
an assay chamber having a first port and a second port, said assay chamber being configured to receive at least a portion of a swab, wherein the first port is located in a plane above the second port;
a conduit comprising an interior channel connecting said entry port with said assay chamber, said conduit being configured to accept at least a majority of said swab handle therein, wherein said conduit is coupled to the assay chamber in non-vertical orientation, wherein the conduit is coupled at an acute angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the assay chamber and the entry port is located in a plane above the second port;
wherein said conduit provides fluidic communication between said entry port and said assay chamber effective that passing a swab through said entry port into said conduit allows at least a portion of the swab to be placed within said assay chamber through the second port, and wherein said interior channel of said conduit is configured to squeeze a portion of a swab placed in or through said conduit interior channel portion adjacent to said assay chamber; wherein longitudinal length of the conduit is greater than longitudinal length of the assay chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,391,495

DEFORMABLE WELL AND METHOD

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A deformable well structure for a microtiter plate, comprising:a sample container including a generally cylindrical wall at least partially defining a well for receiving a sample therein; and
a deformation tool including a fixture having:
a support bar; and
a recessed surface in the support bar defining a recess and being engageable with the wall of the sample container, the recessed surface having a position fixed relative to the support bar;wherein:one of the sample container and the fixture being moveable between a first disengaged position wherein the sample container is spaced from the recessed surface in the support bar and a second engaged position wherein the sample container is received in the recess in the support bar and engages the recessed surface in the support bar;
the recessed surface defining the recess in the support bar deforms at least a portion of the sample container with the sample container received in the recess such that the meniscus of the sample in the well is convex;
the sample container has a first cross-sectional dimension greater than a cross-sectional dimension of the recess in the first disengaged position and in the second engaged position such that the recessed surface deforms the sample container as the sample container and the fixture are relatively moved from the first disengaged position to the second engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,494

SWAB CANISTER EQUIPPED WITH MOISTURE PERMEABLE MEMBRANE AND DESSICANT

Signature Science, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a container equipped with a first opening, wherein said container has a removable sample collector disposed therein;
a membrane disposed between said sample collector and said first opening, wherein said membrane is permeable to both ethylene oxide and H2O; and
a desiccant disposed between said membrane and said first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,391,489

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING DEFORMABLE FLUID VESSELS

GenMark Diagnostics, Inc....

1. A method for processing a fluid module including a collapsible fluid vessel containing fluid and supported on a planar substrate, said method comprising:moving a first actuator component in a first direction that is generally parallel to the plane of the substrate while constraining the first actuator component to prevent movement of the first actuator component in a direction normal to the plane of the substrate;
coupling a second actuator component to the first actuator component to convert movement of the first actuator component in the first direction into movement of the second actuator component in a second direction that is generally normal to the plane of the substrate; and
applying a force compressing the collapsible fluid vessel against the substrate with the second actuator component moving in the second direction to displace the fluid from the collapsible fluid vessel;
wherein the first actuator component comprises an actuator plate configured to be movable in the first direction, and wherein constraining the first actuator component comprises supporting the actuator plate for movement in the first direction by rollers engaged with opposed edges of the actuator plate, wherein the rollers are rotatable about axes that are perpendicular to the actuator plate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,488

MICROFLUIDIC PROBE HEAD FOR PROVIDING A SEQUENCE OF SEPARATE LIQUID VOLUMES SEPARATED BY SPACERS

International Business Ma...

12. A microfluidic probe comprising:an inlet and an outlet;
a first fluid channel fluidly connected to the inlet, the first fluid channel configured for delivering an injection liquid from the inlet to a respective target area, wherein, in operation, the respective target area is positioned below a microfluidic probe head of the microfluidic probe and is covered by an immersion liquid, the respective target area comprises a respective target substance;
a second fluid channel fluidly connected to the outlet, the second fluid channel configured for delivering liquid volumes from the respective target area to the outlet, each liquid volume including at least some of the injection liquid, at least some of the immersion liquid and the respective target substance;
a spacer insertion unit fluidly connected to a spacer channel, the spacer channel fluidly connected to the second fluid channel at a spacer junction, the spacer insertion unit configured for inserting spacers into the second fluid channel between the liquid volumes to provide the sequence of separate liquid volumes separated by spacers;
a positioning device configured for positioning the microfluidic probe head above the respective target area; and
a detection unit installed inside the microfluidic probe head and connected to the spacer insertion unit, the detection unit configured for detecting the respective target substance,
wherein the detection unit is fluidly connected to a detection volume located inside the second fluid channel for identifying the sequence of separate liquid volumes that pass through the detection volume,
wherein upon identifying the sequence of separate liquid volumes, the detection unit generates a detection signal and transmits it to the spacer insertion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,487

BIOLOGIC FLUID ANALYSIS CARTRIDGE WITH SAMPLE HANDLING PORTION AND ANALYSIS CHAMBER PORTION

Abbott Point of Care, Inc...

1. A biological fluid sample analysis cartridge, comprising:a fluid channel;
a fluid passage extending between an entry end and an exit end, wherein the entry end is in fluid communication with the fluid channel; and
an analysis chamber defined by an upper panel having an interior surface and a base panel having an interior surface, wherein a lateral edge of the upper panel and a lateral edge of the base panel define a fill edge of the analysis chamber, and the interior surface of the upper panel and the interior surface of the base panel are separated a distance from one another that enables fluid sample contacting the fill edge to enter the analysis chamber by capillary action;
wherein the fill edge of the analysis chamber is separated from the fluid passage exit end by a void, which fill edge is therefore not connected to the fluid passage exit end, which said void extends a traverse distance between the analysis chamber fill edge and the fluid passage exit end, which traverse distance is sized such that a self-contained body of the biological fluid sample can extend across the void and maintain contact between the fluid passage exit end and the fill edge and pass between the fluid passage exit end and the fill edge by capillary action.

US Pat. No. 10,391,486

FLUIDIC CELL DESIGNS FOR INTERFACING MICROFLUIDIC CHIPS AND NANOFLUIDIC CHIPS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A fluidic cell configured to hold a nanofluidic chip, the fluidic cell comprising:a first plate configured to hold the nanofluidic chip;
a second plate configured to fit on top of the first plate, such that the nanofluidic chip is held in place, the second plate having at least one first port connected to at least one first feed line and at least one second port connected to at least one second feed line, the second plate having an entrance hole configured to communicate with an inlet hole of the nanofluidic chip, a bottom surface of the second plate being positioned to contact a top surface of the first plate;
wherein the at least one second feed line is angled above the at least one first feed line, such that the at least one first feed line and the at least one second feed line intersect to form a junction within the second plate, such that a combined feed line within the second plate extends from the junction above to the entrance hole below;
wherein the at least one second port is formed to have a line-of-sight to the entrance hole, such that the at least one second port is configured to receive input for extracting air trapped at a vicinity of the entrance hole;
wherein the combined feed line is a portion below an intersection of the at least one second feed line and the at least one first feed line; and
a coverslip positioned between the entrance hole of the second plate and the inlet hole of the nanofluidic chip, the coverslip comprising a coverslip hole configured to communicate with both the entrance hole and the inlet hole, the coverslip hole being concentrically aligned to both the entrance hole and the inlet hole, wherein the coverslip is a film.

US Pat. No. 10,391,484

SAMPLE DELIVERY SYSTEM

Siemens Healthcare Diagno...

1. A device, the device comprising:a breakable capillary tube, the breakable capillary tube absorbing and retaining a sample of a first liquid by capillary action when placed in contact with the first liquid, the breakable capillary tube have a generally hollow tubular body that is open on one or both ends;
a force assisted sample ejection mechanism, the force assisted sample ejection mechanism releasing at least part of the sample of the first liquid from the breakable capillary tube when the sample of the first liquid is retained in the breakable capillary tube, the force assisted sample ejection mechanism breaking the breakable capillary tube into at least two pieces in order to release the first liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,483

DISPENSING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A dispensing device comprising:a base substrate;
a cover substrate whose one surface is bonded to one surface of the base substrate;
a liquid reservoir comprising a recess provided in one or both of the one surface of the base substrate and the one surface of the cover substrate;
a liquid sample introduction channel comprising a groove provided in one or both of the one surface of the base substrate and the one surface of the cover substrate, the liquid sample introduction channel being connected to the liquid reservoir; and
an air vent port provided in one or both of the one surface of the base substrate and the one surface of the cover substrate and connected to the liquid reservoir at a position different from a position where the liquid sample introduction channel is connected to the liquid reservoir,
wherein the number of the liquid reservoirs is two or more,
the liquid sample introduction channel includes a main channel and a plurality of branch channels, one end of the main channel being connected to a sample inlet and the other end of the main channel being connected to a sample outlet, the branch channels being connected to the main channel between the sample inlet and the sample outlet,
each branch channel having two ends, one of said ends being connected to a corresponding one of the liquid reservoirs and the other of said ends being connected to the main channel,
wherein first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections are provided in the main channel between the branch channels and between the branch channels and the sample outlet, the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections having an inflow-withstanding pressure higher than the branch channels and lower than the air vent port,
wherein the branch channels are arranged on opposite sides of the main channel alternately with spaces respectively between adjacent branch channels arranged on opposite sides of the main channel,
wherein the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections provided between the branch channels are arranged respectively within the spaces,
wherein all of the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections have the same inflow-withstanding pressure;
wherein the air vent port has a higher inflow-withstanding pressure than an entire portion of the main channel located downstream of a portion where the air vent port is connected to the main channel via the branch channel,
wherein a second high inflow-withstanding pressure section is provided in the main channel in a space between the branch channel that is closest to the sample outlet and the sample outlet;
wherein the second high inflow-withstanding pressure section has a higher inflow-withstanding pressure than each of the branch channels and each of the first high inflow-withstanding pressure sections, and
wherein the air vent port has a higher inflow-withstanding pressure than the second high inflow-withstanding pressure section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,482

TRANSPARENT PHOTOCATALYST COATING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Nitto Denko Corporation, ...

1. A photocatalytic material comprising a photocatalytic layer comprising tin, and a non-photocatalytic material comprising copper, wherein part of the non-photocatalytic material is in direct contact with the photocatalytic layer, and wherein the photocatalytic layer and the non-photocatalytic material have a volume ratio that is about 3 to about 50.

US Pat. No. 10,391,481

REGENERATION OF ACIDIC IONIC LIQUID CATALYSTS

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A process for regenerating an acidic ionic liquid catalyst which has been used to catalyze a reaction in a reaction zone and which has been deactivated during the reaction by a formation of complexes of conjunct polymers with an anion of the acidic ionic liquid catalyst, comprising removing the acidic ionic liquid catalyst from the reaction zone and breaking up the complexes of the conjunct polymers in the acidic ionic liquid catalyst in a separate regeneration zone to increase a catalytic activity of the acidic ionic liquid catalyst for the reaction; wherein the acidic ionic liquid catalyst is a fused salt ionic liquid composed of organic-based cations and inorganic anions.

US Pat. No. 10,391,476

INORGANIC NANOFIBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TAMKANG UNIVERSITY, New ...

1. A method for manufacturing inorganic nanofibers capable of generating an electric current upon exposure to visible or infrared light, comprising:adding polyvinylpyrrolidone into ethanol to obtain a polymer solution containing 9% of polyvinylpyrrolidone;
mixing the polymer solution with acetic acid in a volume ratio of 7:2 and then adding titanium isopropoxide to obtain an electrospinnable solution containing titantium and having a molar concentration of 0.23M;
electrospinning the electrospinnable solution at a relative humidity ranging from 50% to 60% to form a plurality of nanofibers; and
annealing the nanofibers at a temperature ranging from 700° C. to 800° C. to obtain a plurality of polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanofibers, wherein the polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanofibers are capable of generating an electric current upon exposure to ultraviolet, visible or infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,391,475

NON-NOBLE ELEMENT CATALYSTS AND METHODS FOR MAKING

1. A method for fabricating a porous structure, comprising:growing graphitic carbon in the presence of a transition metal and a compound containing a transition metal to produce a self-assembled structure;
doping the self-assembled structure with nitrogen; and
wherein, in the presence of ferrocene, the graphitic carbon is grown using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to produce the self-assembled structure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,471

POLYMERIC MATERIALS FOR CAPTURING FORMALDEHYDE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of capturing formaldehyde, the method comprising:a) providing a sorbent polymeric material having multiple aromatic rings and having at least one group of formula —SO2R5 and up to one group of formula —SO2R5 for each aromatic ring in the sorbent polymeric material, wherein providing the sorbent polymeric material comprises reacting a precursor polymeric material with a sulfonyl-containing compound, the precursor polymeric material comprising a polymerized product of a polymerizable composition comprising a monomer of Formula (I)

wherein
each R1 is hydrogen, halo, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, or aralkyl, wherein at least one R1 is hydrogen;
each R2 is independently hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, combines with a R3 connected to a same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl, or combines with a R3 connected to the same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl that is fused to one or more carbocyclic rings;
each R3 is independently hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, combines with a R2 connected to a same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl, combines with a R2 connected to the same carbon atom to form a cyclic alkyl that is fused to one or more carbocyclic rings, or combines with R4 connected to an adjacent carbon atom to form a carbon-carbon bond; and
each R4 is independently hydrogen or combines with R3 connected to the adjacent carbon atom to form a carbon-carbon bond; and
each R5 is independently —NH2 or —NR6-Q-NR6R7;
each R6 is independently hydrogen or an alkyl;
each R7 is hydrogen or —C(?NH)—NH2;
Q is a single bond, alkylene, or a group of formula -(Q1-NR6)x-Q2-;
each Q1 is an alkylene;
each Q2 is an alkylene; and
x is in an integer in a range of 1 to 4; and
b) sorbing formaldehyde on the sorbent polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,469

SORBENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A sorbent bed, comprising:a sorbent support comprising at least one of a carbon material, a polymeric material, or alumina, wherein the sorbent support comprises a plurality of pores; and
an impregnant configured to absorb ammonia disposed within the plurality of pores in the sorbent support, wherein the sorbent bed comprises greater than 50% and up to 60% by weight impregnant, and wherein the impregnant comprises at least one of phosphoric acid or zinc chloride.

US Pat. No. 10,391,468

HALOGENATION OF HYDROCARBONS

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A process for halogenation of a hydrocarbon; said process comprising the following steps:i. introducing the hydrocarbon in a reaction vessel;
ii. initially agitating the hydrocarbon in said reaction vessel at a speed of 200 rpm with a centrally mounted stirrer in said reaction vessel for an initial time period of 5 minutes;
iii. increasing said speed of 200 rpm to a speed of 650 rpm and stirring the hydrocarbon at said speed of 650 rpm with said centrally mounted stirrer in said reaction vessel for a time period of 40 minutes;
iv. introducing a halogen in the reaction vessel while stirring the hydrocarbon at said speed of 650 rpm with said centrally mounted stirrer in said reaction vessel for said time period of 40 minutes; and
v. passing light of wavelength in the range of 390 to 780 nm emitted by a plurality of solid state light emitting devices placed outside said reaction vessel at a distance of 0.5 to 4 cm from the exterior wall of said reaction vessel, into said reaction vessel for a period of time to obtain a halogenated hydrocarbon,
wherein, said process steps of (ii) and (iii) are carried out in an inert atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,391,467

FABRICATION OF PATTERNED ARRAYS

CENTRILLION TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A method for generating an array comprising:providing a template array comprising at least 1,000 different oligonucleotides coupled thereto,
coupling the template array to a recipient array having a plurality of oligonucleotides complementary to portions of the at least 1,000 different oligonucleotides, and
performing an enzymatic reaction while each of the at least 1,000 different oligonucleotides of the template array hybridizes with a member of the plurality of oligonucleotides of the recipient array, thereby generating a recipient array comprising recipient oligonucleotides, wherein at least 40% of the recipient oligonucleotides are complementary to a full-length oligonucleotide from the at least 1,000 different oligonucleotides, wherein each of the at least 1,000 different oligonucleotides comprises a barcode, and wherein the barcode identifies the spatial position of each of the at least 1,000 different oligonucleotides.

US Pat. No. 10,391,466

FABRICATION OF NANOPOROUS AEROGELS VIA FREEZE SUBSTITUTION OF NANOWIRE SUSPENSIONS

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method of making a nanoporous aerogel, comprising:provide a liquid droplet of a nanowire suspension,
provide a cryogenic bath,
freeze cast said nanowire suspension by placing said liquid droplet of a nanowire suspension in said cryogenic bath to produce a spherical freeze-cast gel wherein said spherical freeze-cast gel contains a frozen medium,
provide a container of solvent,
extract said frozen medium from said spherical freeze-cast gel by freeze-substitution by cooling said spherical freeze-cast gel in said container of solvent to produce a spherical wet gel, and
dry said spherical wet gel to produce the nanoporous aerogel.

US Pat. No. 10,391,465

TRAY DECK ORIFICE DEVICE AND METHODS OF REPAIRING A TRAY DECK

Woven Metal Products, Inc...

1. A method of repairing a damaged tray deck for use in a vessel, comprising the steps of:providing a tray deck orifice repair device comprising a member having a defined thickness and a void;
coupling the tray deck orifice repair device to a surface of the damaged tray deck such that the void of the tray deck repair device aligns with an orifice on the tray deck; and
positioning a valve in the void of the tray deck orifice repair device.

US Pat. No. 10,391,464

CENTRIFUGAL BLOWER SYSTEM WITH INTERNAL GAS MIXING AND GAS PHASE CHEMICAL REACTOR INCORPORATING SAME

WATT FUEL CELL CORP., Mo...

1. A centrifugal blower system comprising:a) a series of blower units including at least a first blower unit and a second blower unit, the first blower unit in the series comprising a first casing having a first axial inlet, a first radial outlet, a first impeller disposed within the first casing for drawing a first gaseous medium at a first pressure into the first axial inlet and expelling the first gaseous medium at a second higher pressure through the first radial outlet into a duct having a gas flow passageway defined by a gas flow-confining wall and a motor for driving the first impeller;
b) the second blower unit comprising a second casing having a second axial inlet in communication with an outlet of the duct, a second radial outlet, and a second impeller disposed within the second casing for drawing the first gaseous medium into the second axial inlet and expelling a second gaseous medium through the second radial outlet:
c) a gas flow inlet in communication with the duct, for admitting the second gaseous medium to the gas flow passageway of the duct, the gas flow inlet being defined in or connected to the gas flow-confining wall of the duct, whereby the second gaseous medium, mixes with the first gaseous medium in second blower unit to form a gas mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,391,463

SYSTEM FOR MIXING A CHEMICAL PRODUCT WITH WATER

EXEL INDUSTRIES, Epernay...

1. Phytosanitary product mixing system for mixing a phytosanitary chemical product with water, comprising a water inlet port designed to be connected to a pressurized water supply pipe, a chemical product inlet port designed to be connected to a chemical product reservoir, and a mixture outlet port, wherein it comprises a main chamber in which a piston is movable and delimits an upstream part of the main chamber that is fluidically connected to the water inlet port and a downstream part of the main chamber that is connected to the chemical product inlet port, wherein the piston is provided with a rod extending into the downstream part of the main chamber, wherein the water inlet port is also connected to the mixture outlet port, wherein the downstream part of the main chamber is also connected to the mixture outlet port, wherein a water flow regulating device is interposed between the upstream part of the main chamber and the water inlet port, and wherein the piston is movable in the main chamber under the action of water entering the upstream part of the main chamber and the pressure difference created by the rod of the piston in the downstream part of the main chamber, so that the chemical product contained in the downstream part of the main chamber is directed towards the outlet port, wherein the mixing system is arranged for operation in a plurality of operating modes and comprises a control member operable by a user to select a desired one of the operating modes of the system by controlling at least one valve arranged for regulating flows in the system of at least one of phytosanitary chemical product, water and a mixture of the phytosanitary chemical product and water; andwherein the plurality of operating modes comprise:
a first mode for filling the main chamber with the phytosanitary chemical product;
a second mode for mixing the phytosanitary product with water for output via the mixture outlet port; and
a third mode for cleaning the system.

US Pat. No. 10,391,461

BABY BOTTLE WITH MIXER

1. A baby bottle with a mixer, comprising:a bottle having an open upper end and a closed lower end;
a cap having a central aperture formed therein, the cap being adapted for releasably covering and sealing the open upper end of the bottle;
a feeding nipple disposed over the central aperture formed through the cap for selectively dispensing liquid contained in the bottle to a baby;
a filter housing secured to an inner surface of the cap and extending toward the closed lower end;
a filter removably received within the filter housing;
an internal wall mounted within the bottle such that a fluid-tight chamber is defined between the internal wall and the closed lower end of the bottle and a liquid reservoir for containing milk and other liquids for administration to the baby is defined between the internal wall and the open upper end;
an agitator rotatably mounted on an upper surface of the internal wall and extending into the liquid reservoir a distance to be adjacent the filter housing for mixing formula in the liquid reservoir;
a motor mounted within the fluid-tight chamber, the motor being mechanically coupled with the agitator for selectively driving rotation thereof; and
a controller in communication with the motor, the controller selectively generating motor actuation signals to selectively actuate the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,460

FLUID MIXER AND APPARATUS USING FLUID MIXER

ASAHI YUKIZAI CORPORATION...

1. A fluid mixer comprising:a fluid inlet;
a first flow passage that is connected to the fluid inlet;
a second flow passage that is arranged so as to communicate with or be partitioned from the first flow passage and that is arranged to share the same central axis with the first flow passage;
a third flow passage that is connected to the first flow passage and that is arranged to an outer periphery of the second flow passage;
a plurality of branching flow passages that branch from the third flow passage and that are connected to the second flow passage; and
a fluid outlet that is connected to the second flow passage,
wherein the plurality of branching flow passages branch from different positions in the third flow passage, respectively, and are connected to the second flow passage at different positions in the second flow passage, respectively;
the fluid mixer comprises:
an element comprising:
a first flow passage forming part at an end of which the fluid inlet is formed and in an inside of which the first flow passage is formed; and
a main body formed in a substantially truncated cone shape at an end of which the fluid outlet is formed, in an inside of which the second flow passage is formed, and on an outer peripheral surface of which a plurality of communication holes are formed to allow the second flow passage and an outside to communicate with each other; and
a housing in an inside of which the element is housed and which engages with at least both ends of the element;
and wherein:
a plurality of delaying members comprising plate-shaped protrusions are discontinuously formed on at least one of an inner peripheral surface of the housing or an outer peripheral surface of the main body in a flow passage axis direction;
a single continuous space is formed between the inner peripheral surface of the housing and the outer peripheral surface of the main body, the space serving as the third flow passage; and
the communication holes serve as the branching flow passages.

US Pat. No. 10,391,459

OXYGENATED WATER PRODUCING APPARATUS

CAFTAL BIOTECH CO., LTD.,...

1. An oxygenated water producing apparatus comprising:a filtration assembly having a water filtration device, a water softener, and a water purifier communicating with one another in series;
an oxygen dissolving assembly communicating with the filtration assembly and having
a cooling tank communicating with the water purifier;
a pump communicating with the cooling tank;
an air pipe connected to the pump; and
a pressure tank communicating with the pump;
a minimizing assembly communicating with the oxygen dissolving assembly and having
at least one minimizing device communicating with the pressure tank, and each one of the at least one minimizing device having
a shell;
a minimizing basket connected to the shell and having multiple filtrating holes; and
a minimizing plate mounted inside the shell and having multiple meshes;
an electrolytic assembly communicating with the minimizing assembly and having at least one electrolytic unit;
each one of the at least one electrolytic unit having
a tube having an inlet and an outlet;
a cathode assembled to the tube; and
an anode assembled to the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,391,458

HYDROGEN GENERATION ASSEMBLIES AND HYDROGEN PURIFICATION DEVICES

Element 1 Corp., Bend, O...

1. A steam reforming hydrogen generation assembly configured to receive at least one feed stream and generate a reformate stream containing hydrogen gas as a majority component and other gases, comprising:an enclosure;
a hydrogen-producing region contained within the enclosure and including a reforming catalyst, the hydrogen-producing region being configured to produce, via a steam reforming reaction, the reformate stream from the at least one feed stream;
a heating assembly configured to receive at least one air stream and at least one fuel stream and to combust the at least one fuel stream within a combustion region contained within the enclosure producing a heated exhaust stream for heating at least the hydrogen-producing region to at least a minimum hydrogen-producing temperature; and
an insulation base configured to reduce external temperature of the enclosure, the insulation base being adjacent to the combustion region, wherein the enclosure is supported on the insulation base and the insulation base includes insulating material and at least one passage that extends through the insulating material, the at least one passage being in fluid communication with the combustion region, wherein the insulation base further includes at least one cavity within the insulating material, and wherein the at least one cavity is (a) sized to at least partially receive an air blower configured to produce at least a portion of the at least one air stream and (b) in fluid communication with the at least one passage.

US Pat. No. 10,391,457

POROUS FILTER

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC FINE PO...

1. A porous filter comprising a porous laminate in which a plurality of biaxially stretched porous sheets made of PTFE are stacked,wherein the porous laminate includes a pair of support layers and a retention layer disposed between the pair of support layers,
the average thickness of the retention layer is from 8 ?m to 25 ?m,
the mean pore diameter of the retention layer is from 0.01 ?m to 0.45 ?m,
the porosity of the retention layer is from 50% to 90%,
the average thickness of each support layer is from 2 ?m to 20 ?m,
the mean pore diameter of each support layer is from two times to ten times the mean pore diameter of the retention layer,
the porosity of each support layer is from one time to two times the porosity of the retention layer,
the porous laminate is formed by stacking the support layers on opposite sides of the retention layer such that the retention layer is sandwiched between the support layers, and heating the resulting laminate such that the individual layers are fusion bonded to one another at the boundaries thereof, wherein the laminate is heated at a temperature of 327° C. to 400° C. for a period of 0.5 minute to 3.0 minutes to form an integrated structure, and
wherein G is the coefficient of the Gurley number of the porous laminate, B is the coefficient of the bubble point of the porous laminate, and the coefficients of the Gurley number and the bubble point satisfy the following expressions (1) and (2):
log G>3.7×10?3×B?0.8  (1)
log G<4.9×10?3×B+0.45  (2)wherein, the Gurley number is measured in seconds (s) and the bubble point is measured in kilopascal (kPa).

US Pat. No. 10,391,455

FILTRATION AND EMULSIFICATION DEVICE

MST MICROSIEVE TECHNOLOGI...

1. A device for treatment of substances, comprising:at least one membrane medium comprising a first side configured to face an unfiltered phase of a substance and a second side configured to face a filtered phase of the substance; and
a housing in which the at least one membrane medium is stationary or adapted to be rotated, the housing comprising:
at least one feed inlet for the unfiltered phase of the substance,
at least one overflow outlet for the unfiltered phase of the substance,
at least one rotatable channel for drainage of the filtered phase of the substance, and
a suction device configured to produce vacuum on regions of the at least one membrane medium on the side facing the unfiltered phase of the substance, the suction device comprising at least one suction slot arranged parallel to the at least one membrane medium at a distance of 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm from the membrane medium,
wherein the at least one membrane medium is a plurality of membrane media each associated with a respective membrane support element and the suction device comprises a plurality of suction elements each associated with a respective membrane medium, and
wherein the membrane support elements and the suction elements are alternately stacked on top of each other onto a sleeve shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,391,454

MONOLITHIC SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING MONOLITHIC SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A monolithic separation membrane structure comprising:a porous monolithic substrate including a first end surface, a second end surface and a plurality of through-holes respectively passing from the first end surface to the second end surface; and
a separation membrane formed on an inner surface of the respective plurality of through-holes; wherein
the monolithic substrate includes an extrusion material layer and a support layer disposed between the extrusion material layer and the separation membrane,
an average particle diameter of a porous material configuring the support layer is smaller than an average particle diameter of a porous material configuring the extrusion material layer,
a surface roughness Ra of the separation membrane is no more than 1 micrometer, and
a thickness of the separation membrane is no more than 5 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,391,453

END CAP FILTRATION MODULE, FILTRATION MODULE AND FILTRATION SYSTEM

X-Flow B.V., Enschede (N...

1. An end cap for a filtration module, said end cap defining a chamber and comprising:an inlet in fluid communication with the chamber, said inlet defining an inlet opening that is delimited by an inlet wall;
a first outlet in fluid communication with the chamber, said first outlet defining a first outlet opening that is delimited by a first outlet wall;
a second outlet in fluid communication with the chamber; and
wherein the second outlet is configured to be connected to an inlet of the filtration module,
an outlet channel extending through the chamber from within the second outlet to beyond an opposite side of the chamber,
wherein an end of the outlet channel within the second outlet is configured to be connected to an outlet of the filtration module;
wherein the end cap comprises a flow guide element arranged between the inlet and the first outlet within the chamber at a second outlet side of the chamber, said flow guide element forming a guiding surface that extends a part of the inlet wall to a corresponding part of the first outlet wall to guide a main flow from the inlet to the first outlet,
wherein the flow glide element further comprises a through hole configured to receive the outlet channel and wherein the flow guide element is configured to be mounted to at least a portion of the outlet channel, and
wherein the flow guide element defines one or more openings allowing a portion of the main flow to flow towards the second outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,391,452

PORTABLE LIQUID-FILTRATION DEVICE

CASCADE DESIGNS, INC., S...

1. A portable liquid-filtration device, comprising:an inlet port;
a filtering portion comprising a filtering medium and fluidly coupled to the inlet port;
a filtered-liquid output port fluidly coupled to the filtering portion;
a flush port fluidly coupled to the filtering portion;
a manually activated pump assembly fluidly coupled to the inlet port, filtering portion, output port and flush port, the pump assembly configured, when activated, to create a negative fluid pressure at the inlet port and a positive fluid pressure at the output port and the flush port; and
a flow-regulation valve fluidly coupled to the filtering portion and the flush port, the flow-regulation valve having an orifice configured to decrease in diameter in response to an increase in pressure within the filtering portion,
wherein, as a consequence of activation of the pump assembly, the filtering portion receives unfiltered liquid from the inlet port, the output port receives from the filtering portion only liquid traversing the filtering medium in a first direction, and the flush port receives from the filtering portion liquid traversing the filtering medium in a second direction different from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,451

OSMOSIS APPARATUS

I.D.E. TECHNOLOGIES LTD.,...

1. An osmosis element comprising a central permeate tube and a membrane element,the membrane element having a first part and a second part, the first part having a top edge for location adjacent the central permeate tube, the second part being disposed at the opposite edge, the first part comprising a material to allow water to flow therethrough, the second part comprising at least two nearby permeate spacers extending from the first part to allow water to flow therethrough, the at least two nearby permeate spacers having a semi-permeable membrane attached to opposed faces of the at least two nearby permeate spacers,
the central permeate tube comprising an external wall comprising a first end section and a second end section, the central permeate tube further comprising a longitudinally extending internal separator defining at least one first channel and at least one second channel each extending longitudinally from the first end section to the second end section within the central permeate tube, wherein the at least one first channel and the at least one second channel are open to flow at both the first end section and the second end section, at least one first aperture extending from the at least one first channel though the external wall and at least one second aperture extending from the at least one second channel through the external wall, the at least one first and second apertures being longitudinally offset.

US Pat. No. 10,391,450

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MITIGATING UREA DEPOSITS WITHIN AN SCR CATALYST SYSTEM

Cummins IP, Inc., Columb...

1. A system, comprising:a reductant delivery system configured to inject reductant into an exhaust gas stream upstream of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst in exhaust receiving communication with the exhaust gas stream, wherein the exhaust gas stream is produced by an engine system and flows from an engine of the engine system to a tailpipe of the engine system;
a combined SCR NOx—NH3 sensor in exhaust gas receiving communication with the exhaust gas stream; and
a controller having a SCR catalyst regeneration circuit in electrical communication with the reductant delivery system and the combined SCR NOx—NH3 sensor, the SCR catalyst regeneration circuit comprising:
a urea deposit accumulation circuit structured to determine a mass of an accumulated urea deposit present within the SCR catalyst and SCR piping from at least one input received from the reductant delivery system; and
an NH3 slip feedback circuit structured to determine an amount of NH3 passing through the SCR catalyst downstream of the urea deposit from sensor inputs received from the combined SCR NOx—NH3 sensor and reduce or stop reductant dosing based on the amount of NH3 passing through the SCR catalyst downstream of the urea deposit;
wherein the SCR catalyst regeneration circuit is structured to initiate a SCR regeneration event when the determined mass of the accumulated urea deposit is greater than a deposit upper threshold limit; and
wherein the SCR catalyst regeneration circuit is structured to terminate the SCR regeneration event when the level of NH3 passing through the SCR catalyst after initiation of the SCR regeneration event is less than a SCR NH3 regeneration threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,449

NANOFIBER AUGMENTED DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTERS

Cummins Emission Solution...

1. A particulate filter for use in an exhaust aftertreatment system, the particulate filter comprising:a porous ceramic substrate comprising pores; and
a plurality of ceramic nanofibers that are distinct from the porous ceramic substrate and that are associated with the pores of the porous ceramic substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,448

SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION (SCR) CONTROL OPTIMIZATION

1. A method of dosing ammonia in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for reducing NOx emissions in a flue gas, the method comprising:calculating a running long term average, starting from the beginning of a compliance period, of NOx emissions;
determining whether the running long term average is greater than a defined NOx emissions limit for the compliance period and adjusting a short term target based on the running long term average being greater than the defined limit;
calculating a running short term average, starting from the beginning of a short-term period that is shorter than the compliance period, of the NOx emissions;
adjusting an instantaneous NOx setpoint based on the running short term average being greater than the adjusted short term target;
determining a stoichiometric constant based upon continuous real-time measurements of a ratio of NO2 to NO in the NOx emissions;
comparing inlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint and calculating a primary ammonia dosing need, the inlet NOx being measured at a location in the SCR system upstream of administering ammonia into the flue gas;
comparing outlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint and calculating a secondary ammonia dosing need, the outlet NOx being measured at a location in the SCR system downstream of an SCR reactor or catalyst;
controlling an ammonia dosing valve to administer ammonia into the flue gas, the dosing valve being at a location in the SCR system upstream of the SCR reactor or catalyst, based upon the combined primary and secondary ammonia dosing need and based upon the determined stoichiometric constants in a short-term control loop, continuously sequentially repeating the calculating the running short term average, the adjusting the instantaneous NOx setpoint, the determining the stoichiometric constant, the comparing inlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint, the calculating
the primary ammonia dosing need, the comparing outlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint, the calculating the secondary ammonia dosing need, and the controlling the ammonia dosing valve, for the duration of the short term period; and
at the end of the short-term period and the start of a new short term period, in a compliance period control loop, recalculating the running long term average, re-adjusting the short term target or resetting the short term target to be equal to the defined limit, and continuously repeating the short-term control loop for the duration of the new short-term period.

US Pat. No. 10,391,447

METHOD AND PLANT FOR CO2 CAPTURE

CAPSOL-EOP AS, Oslo (NO)...

1. A method for capturing CO2 from a CO2 containing exhaust gas, where the exhaust gas is compressed and thereafter cooled before the exhaust gas is introduced into an absorber, where the exhaust gas is brought in counter-current flow with an aqueous CO2 absorbent solution introduced into the absorber, to give a lean exhaust gas that is withdrawn from the absorber, reheated against incoming compressed exhaust gas, and thereafter expanded and released into the atmosphere,where the rich absorbent having absorbed CO2, is collected at the bottom of the absorber, withdrawn therefrom and introduced into a regenerator in which the CO2 rich absorbent is stripped to release CO2 by counter-current flow of steam to give a lean absorbent, withdrawing steam and CO2 from the top of the regenerator, collecting lean absorbent at the bottom of the regenerator, withdrawing the lean absorbent from the regenerator, splitting the withdrawn lean absorbent into two part flows, a first flow that is heated and vaporized in a reboiler, and introducing the regenerated absorbent into the regenerator as stripping steam, and a second flow that is returned to the absorber as lean absorbent,
wherein the aqueous CO2 absorbent solution is an aqueous potassium carbonate solution, and wherein the steam and CO2 withdrawn from the regenerator is cooled in a direct contact cooler by counter-current flow of cooling water, to generate a gaseous flow of cooled CO2 and steam that is withdrawn for compression and drying of the CO2, and a liquid flow of cooling water and condensed steam that is withdrawn and flashed, to give a cooled liquid phase that is recycled as cooling water for the direct contact cooler for the withdrawn CO2 and steam, and a gaseous phase that is compressed and thus heated, and introduced into the regenerator as stripping steam.

US Pat. No. 10,391,446

DRYER FOR COMPRESSED GAS, COMPRESSOR INSTALLATION EQUIPPED WITH A DRYER AND METHOD FOR DRYING GAS

ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, Wi...

1. A dryer for compressed gas, the dryer comprising:a vessel containing a drying zone and a regeneration zone;
a first inlet to the drying zone for the supply of a warm, compressed gas to be dried and a first outlet from the drying zone for the removal of dried gas, wherein the regeneration zone includes a first subzone with a first inlet for a first regeneration flow and a second subzone with a second inlet for a second regeneration flow, and the regeneration zone is further provided with a second outlet for the regeneration flows from the first subzone and the second subzone;
a rotatable drum in the vessel with a regeneratable drying agent therein and a drive configured to rotate the drum such that the drying agent is moved successively through the drying zone and the regeneration zone,
wherein the second outlet of the regeneration zone is connected to the first inlet of the drying zone by a connecting pipe with a cooler and condensate separator therein,
wherein a first end of a tap-off pipe is connected to the first outlet of the drying zone and a second end of the tap-off pipe is connected to the second inlet of the second subzone,
wherein the dryer is configured such that the entire flow rate of gas to be dried is first guided through the regeneration zone before being guided through the drying zone, and
wherein means are provided to boost said second regeneration flow from the drying zone, through the tap-off pipe, to the second subzone, and the means includes a blower in the connecting pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,391,445

SEQUESTRATION OF CO2 USING CLATHRATES

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A method of sequestering clathrates, comprising:forming a CO2 clathrate and injecting the CO2 clathrate with a hydrate formation promoter, and
encapsulating the CO2 clathrate within a molecular barrier, and depositing the encapsulated CO2 clathrate on the ocean floor at a sufficient depth such that the CO2 clathrate will not decompose into liquid or vapor CO2 and water, wherein the sufficient depth is from 100 m-400 m, wherein depositing the encapsulated CO2 clathrate on the ocean floor comprises placing a hydrate forming constituent between the encapsulated CO2 clathrate and the ocean floor, thereby forming a hydrate between and attached to the encapsulated CO2 clathrate and the ocean floor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,444

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEBOTTLENECK AN INTEGRATED OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT WITH SOUR GAS INJECTION

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for increasing oil and/or gas production in an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a. a separator for separating produced fluid from a subterranean reservoir into an associated gas stream containing 1-50% hydrogen sulfide by volume, a water stream and an oil stream;
b. an associated gas compressor for compressing a first portion of the associated gas stream to form a first compressed associated gas stream;
c. a hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane to remove hydrogen sulfide from the first portion of the associated gas stream and form a permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide and a retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and enriched in hydrocarbon gases; wherein the hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane is upstream or downstream of the associated gas compressor;
d. a first gas processing plant for receiving a feed gas stream comprising the retentate stream and a portion of the oil stream from the separator, wherein the first gas processing plant includes an amine unit for removing hydrogen sulfide from the feed gas stream and producing a hydrogen sulfide-enriched stream and a hydrocarbon-enriched stream; and a Claus unit for producing elemental sulfur from the hydrogen sulfide-enriched stream;
e. a second gas processing plant for receiving and compressing a second portion of the associated gas stream and a portion of the oil stream from the separator to form a second compressed associated gas stream, wherein the second gas processing plant includes one or more gas compressors;
f. a permeate compressor or an eductor for increasing a permeate stream pressure of the permeate stream to form a compressed permeate stream; and
g. a sour gas compressor for receiving and compressing the second compressed associated gas stream and the compressed permeate stream to form a sour gas injection stream for injecting into a subterranean formation;
wherein the hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane is upstream of the associated gas compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,443

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR THE PURIFICATION OF RAW SYNTHESIS GAS

1. A process for the stepwise separation of accompanying gases from a raw synthesis gas stream by a liquid absorbent countercurrently guided through all process steps and circulated via regeneration plants, the process comprising the steps of:separating H2S, COS and CO2 in an absorption step; and
separating accompanying gas residues,
wherein before the separation of H2S, COS and CO2 , the process further comprises an absorption step configured for the removal of aromatics followed by an absorption step configured for the separation of methyl mercaptan.

US Pat. No. 10,391,442

COALESCER FOR CO-CURRENT CONTRACTORS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

8. A co-current contacting system, comprising:a plurality of co-current contactors coupled in series, wherein each co-current contactor comprises:
a first inlet configured to receive a first fluid stream proximate to a first end of the co-current contactor;
a second inlet configured to receive a second fluid stream proximate to the first end of the co-current contactor;
an inlet section configured to atomize at least a portion of the second fluid stream;
a mass transfer section configured to receive the first fluid stream and the atomized second fluid stream, and to pass the atomized second fluid stream and the the first fluid stream as a combined stream;
a coalescer configured to receive the combined stream, and to increase an average droplet size of the atomized second fluid stream;
a separator configured to separate at least a portion of the atomized second fluid stream from the combined stream;
a boot connected to the separator and configured to collect the atomized second fluid stream; and
a recycle gas inlet configured to return gas, collected with the atomized second fluid stream in the boot, to the separator.

US Pat. No. 10,391,441

STRUCTURAL STRENGTH ENHANCED ROTOR AND FLUID PROCESSING APPARATUS

JG Environmental Technolo...

1. A structural strength enhanced rotor, having an inlet side and an outlet side along its axial direction, the rotor being adapted for fluid to flow between the inlet side and the outlet side, the rotor comprising:a hub assembly rotatable about an axis;
a frame disposed on the hub assembly, the frame being formed with several axial processing channels each defined by several walls, at least one of the walls having at least one ribs radially protruded into one of the processing channels;
a plurality of processing elements, each comprising fiber substrates and processing agent powders attached on the fiber substrates, each of the processing elements being filled in one of the processing channels, each of the processing elements having several element surfaces corresponding to the walls respectively, at least one of the element surfaces having at least one radially recessed slot which divides the element surface into several areas, the slot being substantially complementary to the rib protruded into the processing channel for the rib to engage therewith; and
a plurality of plates, respectively disposed on the areas divided by the slot, each of the plates being located between the corresponding element surface and the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,391,439

TRACE AND LOW CONCENTRATION CO2 REMOVAL METHODS AND APPARATUS UTILIZING METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of removing CO2 from a fluid, the method comprising:contacting a SIFSIX-3-Cu metal-organic framework with a fluid;
sorbing CO2 from the fluid with the SIFSIX-3-Cu metal-organic framework; and desorbing CO2 from the SIFSIX-3-Cu metal-organic framework.

US Pat. No. 10,391,438

FILTER ASSEMBLY AND CLEANER HAVING THE SAME

Midea Group Co., Ltd., F...

1. A filter assembly, comprising:a tank configured to accommodate a liquid therein and having an air inlet and an air outlet; and
an air intake pipe connected to the air inlet, having an air output end located in the tank and extending towards the liquid or submerged in the liquid, and having a cross sectional area gradually increased along a fluid flow direction inside the air intake pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,391,437

FILTER MEDIA CONSTRUCTION

Filtrum Fibretechnologies...

1. An axial flow filter media construction using filter media comprising at least two layers of a substantially open corrugated spacer and at least two layers of a non-pleated and non-fluted filter media/material combined in an alternating sequence and coiled around a core to form at least two distinct, continuous, coil-shaped fluid flow channels that are contiguous but separated by said filter media in a radial direction and extend axially from an inlet side to an outlet side of the filter media construction preventing direct fluid flow between clean and dirty sides of the filter media construction,wherein corrugations of the spacer are adapted to propagate in a transverse direction of the filter media construction,
the spacer is discontinuous in both of axial and transverse directions in a sandwiched gap formed between two layers of filter media and configured to allow fluid flow into and out of the sandwiched gap and within the sandwiched gap in both of the axial direction and the transverse direction,
the spacer is adapted to form one or more substantially uninterrupted flow channels between the inlet side and the outlet side of the filter media construction in at least one of the axial direction and the transverse direction, and further to maintain substantially uniform width of the flow channels in a flow direction,
one of the flow channels is closed to fluid flow at an axial end at the inlet side of the filter media construction thereby forming the clean side and another flow channel is closed to fluid flow at an axial end at the outlet side of the filter media construction thereby forming the dirty side, and
inner and outer ends of both of said flow channels are closed along an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,436

HOUSING, HOUSING COVER AND CONNECTING PART OF A DEVICE FOR SEPARATING AT LEAST ONE FLUID FROM A GAS AND A DEVICE FOR THE SEPARATION OF A FLUID

1. A device for separating liquid from air of a spin-on filter type comprising,a cup-shaped housing assembly; and
at least one annular filter element disposed and fixed within an interior of the cup-shaped housing assembly forming a unitary spin-on filter, so as be completely replaced together in a service situation, the at least one annular filter element elongated along a longitudinal axis and surrounding the longitudinal axis;
wherein the cup-shaped housing assembly comprises:
a cup-shaped housing body having an interior and adapted to receive at least one annular filter element for separating liquid from air;
a housing cover that closes off an end face of the housing body, wherein the housing cover has an inner side that is facing the interior and an outer side that is facing away from the interior;
wherein the housing cover has at least one raw air inlet arranged off-center in the housing cover through which raw air is supplied to the interior;
wherein the housing cover has a central clean air opening though which filtered clean air is discharged from the interior,
wherein the filter element has an open end facing the housing cover;
wherein the housing cover has a connecting section in an area of the clean air opening, wherein the connecting section is an inner thread of the housing cover connectable to an outer thread of a nipple;
wherein an annular seal for sealing the raw air side relative to the environment is attached to the housing cover that can be contacted and compressed in axial direction;
wherein the housing cover has at least one liquid drain arranged at a clean air side of the cup-shaped housing assembly extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis, from the inner side of the housing cover which is facing the interior of the cup-shaped housing assembly to the outer side of the housing cover which is facing away from the interior of the cup-shaped housing assembly, the at least one liquid drain being arranged in radial direction between the centrally arranged clean air outlet and the raw air inlet, wherein the at least one liquid drain is formed by at least one groove or at least one recess, passage or bore in the housing cover that is arranged in radial direction between the clean air opening at the housing cover and the at least one raw air inlet;
wherein, for sealing the raw air inlet relative to the clean air opening, at least one annular sealing surface is arranged at the outer side of the housing cover, wherein the at least one sealing surface is arranged on the housing cover such that, in a connected state, the at least one sealing surface seals the at least one raw air inlet relative to the at least one liquid drain;
wherein a liquid collecting chamber is provided at an axial end of the filter element that is facing the housing cover, wherein the liquid collecting chamber is fluidically connected with the liquid drain such that separated liquid can be returned from the liquid collecting chamber through the liquid drain.

US Pat. No. 10,391,435

STERILIZING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Turbett Surgical LLC, Ro...

12. A method of drying contents in a sterilization container, the method comprising:(a) placing contents in a sterilization container having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a right sidewall, a left sidewall, and a door defining an interior volume sized to receive a plurality of instrument trays, each instrument tray sized to retain a plurality of medical instruments, wherein each of the top wall, bottom wall, rear wall, right sidewall and left sidewall is an enclosing wall, and wherein an opening extends between the left sidewall and the right sidewall and between the top wall and the bottom wall and lying in a plane spaced from the rear wall, and wherein the opening is sized to receive the plurality of instrument trays;
(b) having an enclosing wall and at least one door defining an interior volume sized to receive at least one instrument tray retaining the contents;
(c) moving the door from an open position to a closed position to seal the sterilization container;
(d) venting the sterilization container through a venting pass through area having a filter occluding the venting passage area, wherein a ratio of the venting pass through area to the interior volume is at least 4 square inches to 250 cubic inches; and
(e) obtaining a drying of the contents in the sterilization container in less than 30 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,391,434

COMPOSITE FILTER MEDIA UTILIZING BICOMPONENT FIBERS

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

1. A coalescing element comprising:a composite media comprising:
at least three layers of media material, the at least three layers of media material bonded together and include, from an upstream direction to a downstream direction, a Layer A, a Layer C, a Layer D,
wherein one or more layers adjacent to the Layer C consists of bicomponent polymeric fibers,
wherein the Layer A comprises polymeric media material having a nominal mean fiber diameter of greater than about 10 ?m; the Layer C comprises polymeric media material comprising nanofibers and having a mean pore size of 0.2-10 ?m; and the Layer D comprises polymeric media material having a nominal mean fiber diameter greater than about 10 ?m and provides support for the preceding layer,
wherein the composite media is configured as a pleated filter media,
wherein the pleated filter media ha a pleat density that exceeds 1/(2H), wherein H is a thickness of the composite media, and
wherein the polymeric media material of Layer D is textured and comprises grooves in a direction perpendicular to bend lines in pleats of the Layer D.

US Pat. No. 10,391,433

OPALINE BIOGENIC SILICA/EXPANDED PERLITE COMPOSITE PRODUCTS

EP MINERALS, LLC, Reno, ...

1. A powdered composite filtration medium comprising:from about 7 wt % to about 90 wt % diatomite, and from about 93 wt % to about 10 wt % expanded perlite, wherein less than about 0.1 wt % cristobalite, less than about 0.1 wt % quartz, and from about 0.1 wt % to about 17.5 wt % combined opal C and opal CT are present in the powdered composite filtration medium,
wherein at least a portion of the powdered composite filtration medium is in the form of composite particles, each composite particle including at least one diatomite particle and at least one expanded perlite particle sintered together.

US Pat. No. 10,391,432

MANIFOLD ARRANGEMENT

Evoqua Water Technologies...

1. A filtration system comprising:a first filtration module including a first fluid communication opening and a first header having a first removable end cap engaged with an upper end of the first header and a first filtration cartridge having an end disposed in a lower end of the first header;
a second filtration module including a second fluid communication opening and a second header having a second removable end cap engaged with an upper end of the second header and a second filtration cartridge having an end disposed in a lower end of the second header;
a first common fluid transfer manifold in fluid communication with the first fluid communication opening and the second fluid communication opening positioned between the first filtration module and the second filtration module;
a second common fluid transfer manifold in fluid communication with the first and second filtration modules and disposed between and below the first and second filtration modules;
an aeration control mechanism disposed within the second common fluid transfer manifold and including:
a first conduit including a first aeration control aperture defined in a wall of the first conduit and in fluid communication with a lower end of the first filtration module; and
a second conduit including a second aeration control aperture defined in a wall of the second conduit and in fluid communication with a lower end of the second filtration module.

US Pat. No. 10,391,430

FILTER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A filter assembly, comprising:a manifold;
a filter cartridge removably mounted to the manifold, the filter cartridge comprising
a first cartridge component; and
a second cartridge component joined to the first cartridge component at a failure interface such that the second cartridge component moves relative to the first cartridge component when the filter cartridge fails, the failure interface comprising a predicted stress concentration area that plastically deforms when the filter cartridge fails while the filter cartridge is mounted to the manifold;
an RFID tag mounted to the second cartridge component; and
an MD reader capable of signal communication with the RFID tag, the RFID reader positioned and oriented such that signal communication between the MD tag and the UM reader is interrupted when the filter cartridge fails and the second cartridge component moves relative to the first cartridge component,
wherein the second cartridge component and the first cartridge component are joined together at the failure interface such that the second cartridge component is fixed relative to the first cartridge component, the second cartridge component fracturing from the first cartridge component at the failure interface when the filter cartridge fails while the filter cartridge is mounted to the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,429

CYLINDRICAL FILTER PANEL SCREEN FOR A WATER INTAKE

E. BEAUDREY ET CIE, Pari...

1. An installation comprising:a channel in which water flows, a water level in the channel being between a minimum water level and a maximum water level; and
a device which filters a stream of water having at least the minimum water level in the channel, the device comprising:
a frame-forming wall mounted in the channel and which comprises a substantially-central through-opening,
a filter member mounted on the frame-forming wall at the through-opening, the filter member comprising a conical filter surface projecting relative to the wall in the upstream direction, the conical filter surface having a larger area than would have a flat filter surface fitted in the through-opening, the filter member comprising retaining members provided in front of the conical filter surface upstream thereof or downstream according to the direction of flow of the water, in order to retain solid bodies that do not pass through the conical filter surface, the filter member being movable, an uppermost portion of the filter member being disposed at most at the minimum water level during filtration of the stream of water flowing through the channel,
at least one suction device which is disposed opposite the retaining members upstream thereof, and
a drive system including peripheral gear teeth, a pinion, and a drive motor, the gear teeth extending from a peripheral end of the filter member and engaging with the pinion, the drive motor driving the pinion which engages the gear teeth for rotationally driving the filter member in a relative movement between the filter member and the at least one suction device such that each retaining member is successively brought in front of the at least one suction device in order to locally generate, through the filter member, a counter-flow of water successively opposite each retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,428

PRESSURE FILTER WITH A FLOW DISTRIBUTOR AND A METHOD FOR WASHING THE PRESSURE FILTER

Andritz Oy, Helsinki (FI...

1. A pressure filter comprising:a container connected to an inlet conduit including an inlet configured to be coupled to a source of pressurized feeding liquor in a chemical pulp mill, and connected to an outlet configured to discharge a thickened suspension of the container;
an impervious plate separating an upper chamber of the container and a lower chamber of the container, wherein the inlet and the outlet are aligned with the lower chamber;
an opening in the impervious plate;
a filter tube extending through and filling the opening, the filter tube including a sidewall, bottom and an upper region, wherein the opening is aligned with the upper chamber and at least a portion of the sidewall and bottom extending into the lower chamber is porous so as to be impervious to at least some solids in the feeding liquor and allow liquids in the lower chamber to flow into the upper chamber, and
a flow distributor within an interior filter chamber defined by the sidewall of the filter tube, wherein the flow distributor has a cross-sectional area configured to create a backpressure in the interior filter chamber,
wherein the flow distributor includes a circular plate having a diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the interior filter chamber such that an opening is formed between a perimeter of the circular plate and the interior filter chamber, and the circular plate abuts an inner wall of the interior filter chamber, and
the flow distributor includes an elongated leg located in the interior filter chamber, the elongated leg includes an upper end section supporting the circular plate and a lower end section seated at the bottom of the filter tube such that the elongated leg stands on the bottom to support the circular plate,
wherein the circular plate and the upper end section of the elongated leg are below an upper region of the filter tube and at an elevation above a middle elevation of the filter tube, and the upper end section of the elongated leg is below and not directly connected to the impervious plate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,427

FILTER DESIGN WITH INTERCHANGEABLE CORE COVER

Brita LP, Oakland, CA (U...

1. A core cover, comprising:an inner wall that defines a fluid passageway configured to communicate with an interior of a filter core when the core cover is engaged with the filter core;
an outer wall spaced apart from the inner wall;
a complementary structure located on the outer wall and configured to engage a corresponding complementary structure of a filter core; and
one or more indicia that indicate a flow rate, or range of flow rates, associated with the core cover.

US Pat. No. 10,391,425

FLUIDIC DEVICE AND DEGASSING METHOD

Siemens Healthcare Diagno...

1. A fluid system comprising:a fluidic device;
a fluid control device connected to the fluidic device for controlling a flow of liquid in the fluidic device, the fluid control device comprising
a pressure sensor for measuring a pressure in the fluidic device for monitoring a pressure profile indicating the pressure in the fluidic device over time,
at least one pump connected to the fluidic device, and
a feedback control for controlling the pressure based on the monitored pressure profile by selectively activating the pump; and
a plurality of membranes disposed at a plurality of degassing areas of the fluidic device for removing gas contained in the liquid,
wherein each of the plurality of membranes comprises a plurality of pores having different pore sizes,
wherein each of the plurality of membranes comprises two sides with one side facing the liquid,
wherein the fluid control device is configured to generate a positive pressure differential between the two sides of each of the plurality of membranes when activated, and
wherein each of the plurality of membranes are permeable to the gas contained in the fluidic device and is impermeable to the liquid in the fluidic device under the pressure differential.

US Pat. No. 10,391,424

FRACTION COLLECTOR

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A fraction collector comprising:a collection container section configured to set a collection container whose top is open so as to collect a sample flowing out of a detector of a liquid chromatograph; and
a moving section configured to move in a horizontal plane direction at above the collection container section,
wherein the moving section comprises:
a nozzle that is connected to a channel through which a liquid flowing out of the detector flows;
a nozzle holding section configured to hold the nozzle in such a way that a tip of the nozzle faces downward;
a waste port, whose top is open, configured to lead a waste liquid to a drain;
a waste port holding section configured to hold the waste port; and
a drive mechanism configured to move the nozzle holding section; and
a waste port drive motor,
wherein the waste port holding section is formed from an arm, extending in a horizontal direction, configured to hold the waste port at a position lower than the tip of the nozzle,
wherein the waste port drive motor is configured to move, by rotating the arm, the waste port to the position immediately below the tip of the nozzle and to a position different from the position immediately below the tip of the nozzle, and
wherein the nozzle tip and the waste port are configured to be moved together by the moving section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,423

STACKABLE PLANAR ADSORPTIVE DEVICES

SPF TECHNOLOGIES LLC, So...

1. A lattice and distribution network for a stackable chromatography cassette comprising:a peripheral seal;
at least one screen forming the lattice surrounded by the peripheral seal, each at least one screen comprising a plurality of struts in a latticed arrangement;
a first internal distribution network fluidly coupled to the lattice and surrounded by the peripheral seal;
a second internal distribution network disposed opposite the first internal distribution network, fluidly coupled to the lattice and surrounded by the peripheral seal;
a plurality of open cells formed by the lattice;
a packed adsorptive bed formed by filling the plurality of open cells with a plurality of adsorptive beads;
wherein a direction of fluid flow is established from the first internal distribution network through the lattice to the second internal distribution network; and
wherein flow paths having a preferential flow are minimized and evenly distributed through the adsorptive bed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,422

CHROMATOGRAPHY COLUMN

GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCE...

1. A chromatography column, having a longitudinal axis, comprising:a column wall with an upper first end and a lower second end;
a first end plate assembly removably connectable to the first end of the column wall;
a second end plate assembly removably connectable to the second end of the column wall;
extendable legs provided with a lifting means; and
a movable adapter, movable along the longitudinal axis from a position inside the column wall to a position outside the column wall,
wherein the first end plate assembly, the column wall, and the second end plate assembly are arranged along the longitudinal axis, and wherein the column wall is rotatable about an axis of rotation that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the column and positioned outside the column and wherein at least the first end plate assembly and the movable adapter are raiseable by the lifting means at least until the lowest part of the movable adapter is above a top of the column wall.

US Pat. No. 10,391,421

TEMPERATURE-ASSISTED ON-COLUMN FOCUSING

1. A device comprising:a liquid chromatography column having a longitudinal length and including a sample introduction inlet, an outlet, a longitudinally-extending inlet segment having a first end and a second end, a longitudinally-extending focusing segment having a first end and a second end, and a longitudinally-extending separation segment having a first end a second end, wherein the first end of the inlet segment is longitudinally adjacent to the sample introduction inlet of the liquid chromatography column, the second end of the inlet segment is longitudinally adjacent to the first end of the focusing segment, the second end of the focusing segment is longitudinally adjacent to the first end of the separation segment, and the second end of the separation segment is longitudinally adjacent to the outlet of the liquid chromatography column, and wherein the inlet segment contains noninteracting, nonporous silica spheres and the focusing segment and the separation segment both contain particles that have a surface chemistry that is different than the noninteracting, nonporous silica spheres contained in the inlet segment;
at least one Peltier thermoelectric cooling element aligned along the focusing segment; and
a resistive heater aligned along the separation segment.

US Pat. No. 10,391,417

LIQUID MATERIAL VAPORIZATON APPARATUS

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A liquid material vaporization apparatus comprising:a gas-liquid mixing part adapted to mix a liquid material and gas to produce a gas-liquid mixture; and
a vaporization part adapted to heat the gas-liquid mixture to vaporize the liquid material, wherein:
the gas-liquid mixing part has a gas-liquid mixture lead-out pipe for leading out the gas-liquid mixture;
the vaporization part has a heating pipe forming a heating flow path for heating the gas-liquid mixture;
a lead-out port of the gas-liquid mixture lead-out pipe is arranged in the heating flow path, and a fore end part of the gas-liquid mixture lead-out pipe forms a double pipe with the heating pipe such that an outer lateral surface of the gas-liquid mixture lead out pipe is separate from an inner lateral surface of the heating pipe; and
the gas-liquid mixture lead-out pipe has:
a uniform diameter along its length, or a nozzle at the fore end part of the gas-liquid mixture lead out pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,391,416

START ASSIST DEVICE FOR SWIMMERS WITH POSITIONING AND REMOVAL MECHANISM

EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTR...

1. A starting assist apparatus for assisting backstroke swimmers during a start process, the apparatus comprising:a footrest operable for positioning in a pool during the start process and automatic removal from the pool after the start process, wherein the positioning in the pool corresponds with an extended position of the footrest and the automatic removal from the pool corresponds with a retracted position of the footrest;
a rotatable winding tube comprising a torsion spring configured to provide a bias force to the rotatable winding tube in a first direction corresponding with the retracted position of the footrest;
a plurality of straps coupling the footrest to the rotatable winding tube, the plurality of straps configured to simultaneously wind around the rotatable winding tube if the rotatable winding tube is rotated in the first direction, the plurality of straps configured to simultaneously unwind from the rotatable winding tube if the rotatable winding tube is rotated in the second direction, wherein:
a force applied to the rotatable winding tube in a second direction that exceeds the bias force provided by the torsion spring in the first direction rotates the rotatable winding tube in the second direction to simultaneously unwind the plurality of straps to move the footrest to the extended position, and
the bias force provided by the torsion spring in the first direction automatically and simultaneously winds the plurality of straps on the rotatable winding tube to move the footrest to the retracted position in an absence of the force applied to the rotatable winding tube in the second direction that exceeds the bias force provided by the torsion spring in the first direction; and
a lock operable to receive a user actuation to a closed position to set the extended position of the footrest in the pool at a user-selected position, wherein the user actuation of the lock to the closed position prevents rotation of the winding tube in the second direction to unwind the plurality of straps and allows rotation of the winding tube in the first direction to wind the plurality of straps.

US Pat. No. 10,391,415

CONNECTING MEMBER FOR SELF-ASSEMBLY TOY

GYMWORLD INC., Seoul (KR...

1. A connection member of an assembly toy, the connection member comprising:a body having a rectangular parallelepiped shape, the body having a circular opening in a center of an upper surface of the body and oval-shaped openings in a left side surface and a right side surface of the body;
a leg protruding out of the body through the oval-shaped openings in the left side surface and the right side surface;
foot models respectively connected to a left and a right end portion of the leg;
a circular protruding connector positioned within the body, wherein a first end of the circular protruding connector protrudes from the circular opening in the center of the upper surface of the body and is configured to interface with a corresponding connector of a different connection member; and
a walk controlling arm positioned within the body that is operably coupled to a second end of the circular protruding connector at a location offset from a center of the circular protruding connector, the walk controlling arm comprising:
a first arm operably coupled to the second end of the circular protruding connector;
a second arm operably coupled to the first arm;
a third arm operably coupled to the second arm and the leg; and
wherein the walk controlling arm is configured to move the leg in response to rotation of the circular protruding connector.

US Pat. No. 10,391,413

SWINGING APPARATUS AND AMUSEMENT RIDE INCLUDING THE SAME

SENYO KOGYO CO., LTD., O...

1. A swinging apparatus, comprising:a base;
a support installed above the base and configured to carry a user;
a coupler disposed between the base and the support and including a universal joint that couples the support to the base and that allows the support to swing freely; and
linear actuators disposed between the base and the support so that in a plan view the linear actuators are located a distance away from each other at locations away from the universal joint, wherein
each of the linear actuators includes
a first end mechanically connected to one of the base and the support, and
a second end located on an opposing side to the first end, the second end being movable while touching a surface of a remaining one of the base and the support.

US Pat. No. 10,391,412

AMUSEMENT RIDE WITH ROBOT SYSTEM

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. An amusement ride, comprising:a robot system including at least one multi-link robot arm, the robot arm having a base and a passenger holder for transporting at least one person; and
a controller for controlling the robot system, the controller comprising:
a storage means for storing a boundary of a work space arrangement with at least one work space,
a distance means for determining a distance of the passenger holder from the work space arrangement, and
a safety means for determining maximum allowable motion components in at least two spatial directions depending on the determined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,391,410

TRACKS FOR TOWER RIDE

William J. Kitchen, Wind...

1. A roller coaster ride mounted on a tower comprising:a support tower;
a track mounted on the support tower, the track having an ascending and descending section;
at least one rider carriage slidably mounted on the track; and
at least one drop turn of the track, the drop turn comprising:
a part of the descending section of the track extending in a first direction around on an outer perimeter of the tower, the track turning downward and banking about 180 degrees towards the tower while the track drops and turns about 180 degrees such that the track ends up extending in a second direction around the outer perimeter of the tower, the second direction being substantially opposite the first direction;
wherein the track is mounted solely on an exterior of the support tower for the length of the drop turn and the drop turn occurs entirely within the descending section of the track.

US Pat. No. 10,391,408

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO FACILITATE USER INTERACTIONS WITH VIRTUAL OBJECTS DEPICTED AS BEING PRESENT IN A REAL-WORLD SPACE

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A system configured to facilitate user interactions with virtual objects depicted as being present in a real-world space, the system comprising:one or more physical processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
obtain space information, the space information defining a representation of a first location in a real-world space, the first location in the real-world space including real-world objects and/or people present in and/or moving through the real-world space, the representation of the first location including one or more virtual objects depicted in the representation of the first location as being present in the first location, individual virtual objects being configured to experience locomotion within the representation of the first location;
obtain orientation information derived from output signals generated by an orientation sensor of a computing platform associated with a user, the orientation information defining an orientation of the computing platform physically present at a second location in the real-world space, the second location being a separate and distinct physical region in the real-world space from the first location;
generate image information based on the space information and the orientation information, the image information defining an image, the image depicting the representation of the first location within a field of view of the real-world space at the first location and the one or more virtual objects depicted in the first location within the field of view, wherein the field of view of the real-world space at the first location is determined based on the orientation of the computing platform physically present at the second location; and
effectuate presentation of the image via a display of the computing platform.

US Pat. No. 10,391,407

GAME APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A GAME PROGRAM FOR CONDUCTING DATA COMMUNICATIONS WITH A NETWORK

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A system, comprising:a first radio communication unit configured to receive data associated with a gaming application;
a second radio communication unit; and
a processing unit including at least one processor configured to execute one or more applications, at least one of the one or more applications including the gaming application, the processing unit configured to:
communicate, via the first radio communication unit, with a server and/or another system to send and/or receive data associated with the one or more applications; and
communicate, via the second radio communication unit, with a remote control device over a short range wireless radio communication connection, the remote control device to control switching of the system between a first mode and a second mode, wherein the first radio communication unit and the second radio communication unit are outside the processing unit, and wherein the system:
in the first mode:
powers the processing unit to execute the one or more applications; and
powers the processing unit to communicate, via the first radio communication unit, with at least one of the server or the other system; and
in the second mode:
powers the processing unit to communicate, via the first radio communication unit, with at least one of the server or the other system;
powers the processing unit to communicate, via the second radio communication unit, with the remote control device; and
restricts power to the processing unit such that the processing unit is unable to execute the one or more applications.

US Pat. No. 10,391,406

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SAFE DRIVE INDUCING GAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for safe drive inducing game, comprising:a controller configured to:
execute a safe drive inducing game when a driver attention dispersion is detected while a vehicle is driven to stimulate driver attention;
recognize a target driving path from vehicle driving information when executing the safe drive inducing game;
generate a path guidance display according to the recognized target driving path to display on a game screen;
determine whether the vehicle follows the path guidance display by comparing a driving state of the vehicle with a position of the path guidance display displayed on the game screen wherein the game screen is displayed on a head up display (HUD) of the vehicle; and
calculate a score of the safe drive inducing game according to whether the vehicle follows the path guidance display,
wherein the controller is further configured to execute the safe drive inducing game and execute the safe drive inducing game based on a driver selection when the driver attention dispersion state is detected and add or subtract a score obtained from the safe drive inducing game based on whether the driving state of the vehicle corresponds to the safe driving condition, and
wherein the vehicle is driven by the driver during the execution of the safe drive inducing game.

US Pat. No. 10,391,405

APPLICATION INTERFACE FOR TRACKING PLAYER IDENTITY

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method of communication between an electronic device and a remote service executed by a remote server system, said method comprising, at the electronic device:providing a sign in mechanism for a user to access an electronic device and a profile associated with the user, the profile including a username and a plurality of achievements earned by the user while running an application associated with the remote service;
caching offline user activity, on the electronic device, including earning of an achievement of the plurality of achievements, the offline user activity occurring during the running of the application on the electronic device by the user while the electronic device is not connected to the remote service; and
uploading to the remote service, when the electronic device is connected to the remote service subsequent to conclusion of the running of the application, data indicating the earned achievement for the user during the offline user activity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,404

UNIFIED PLATFORM FOR A PLURALITY OF TITLES AND GAMING DEVICES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor is configured to:
provide a software development kit (SDK) to a first publisher and a second publisher of a plurality of publishers, the SDK enabling the first publisher and the second publisher to configure a plurality of tournaments for a title;
receive, by the system, a first tournament definition and one or more first permission levels for the title from the first publisher, according to the SDK, wherein the one or more first permission levels define which of a plurality of tournament organizers are able to create tournament definitions or view tournament instances for the title, wherein the one or more first permission levels further define parameters for the plurality of tournament organizers to follow when creating the plurality of tournaments for the title;
receive, by the system, a second tournament definition and one or more second permission levels for the title from the second publisher, according to the SDK, wherein the one or more second permission levels define which of the plurality of tournament organizers are able to create tournament definitions or view tournament instances for the title, wherein the one or more second permission levels further define parameters for the plurality of tournament organizers to follow when creating the plurality of tournaments for the title;
determine, by the system, whether at least one of the first tournament definition or the second tournament definition includes a declaration for publication of at least one of a first tournament or a second tournament of the plurality of tournaments within the title; and
publish the first tournament and the second tournament according to the tournament definition.

US Pat. No. 10,391,403

GAME EXTENSIONS IN A GAMING ENVIRONMENT

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A system, comprising:a server communicatively coupled to a computing device; and
one or more processors in said server, wherein said one or more processors are configured to:
dynamically determine, from a library of game extensions in a gaming environment, at least one game extension corresponding to a game,
wherein said game is selected based on a first user input received at said computing device; and
transmit said at least one game extension to said computing device,
wherein each of said at least one game extension is associated with at least one configurable action,
wherein said at least one configurable action is triggered based on user interaction with said at least one game extension at said computing device,
wherein said computing device adds a newly developed HyperText Markup Language (HTML) based game extension in said library for said dynamic determination of said at least one game extension, based on a usage of said HTML based game extension in said gaming environment,
wherein the newly developed HyperText Markup Language (HTML) based game extension is configured based on a specific configurable action, and wherein said specific configurable action is based on at least one of a user profile, user gaming preferences, user friends, or user communities of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,391,402

APPARATUS FOR ADAPTING VIRTUAL GAMING WITH REAL WORLD INFORMATION

STEELSERIES ApS, Frederi...

1. A machine-readable storage medium, comprising executable instructions that, when executed by a communication device including a processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:receiving first information representative of a computer-controlled avatar generated by a gaming application, wherein the computer-controlled avatar is mapped by the gaming application to a first position at a physical region;
determining a second position of the communication device at the physical region;
presenting the computer-controlled avatar superimposed onto a depiction of at least a portion of the physical region at a display associated with the communication device according to the first information representative of the computer-controlled avatar, wherein the first position of the computer-controlled avatar is depicted relative to the second position of the communication device;
receiving, from a user interface, a first user input;
generating a first input stimulation according to the first user input;
detecting an association between the first input stimulation and a gaming application action associated with the gaming application, wherein the gaming application action comprises targeting of the computer-controlled avatar;
retrieving a substitute stimulation for the first input stimulation according to a single input macro defined for the gaming application, wherein the single input macro defines an association between the gaming application action and the substitute stimulation, wherein the substitute stimulation is provided to the gaming application as second information associated with the gaming application action, wherein the substitute stimulation is associated with the single input macro according to a recommendation generated by the communication device based on monitoring of user inputs during use of the gaming application;
detecting according to third information provided by the gaming application responsive to the second information an occurrence of a virtual hit of the computer-controlled avatar based on the targeting of the computer-controlled avatar; and
responsive to detection of the virtual hit of the computer-controlled avatar, presenting the virtual hit at the display.

US Pat. No. 10,391,401

GAME SYSTEM, ITS CONTROL METHOD AND A NON-TRANSITORY STORING MEDIA READABLE ON A COMPUTER DEVICE

CAPCOM CO., LTD., Chuo-K...

1. A game system comprising:a game space generating unit generating a virtual game space where first and second characters act and displaying the game space with the first and second characters acting in the game space on a display unit connected to the game system;
a character control unit controlling the first and second characters;
a storage storing a plurality of action pattern routines including first to third action pattern routines, the first action pattern routine including first and second actions, the second action pattern routines including the first action; and
an action pattern set generating unit selecting the first action pattern routine, and determining an action modification condition to replace the first action pattern routine with the third action pattern routine,
wherein the character control unit controls the first character to perform routinely the first and second actions with the second action subsequent to the first action when the first action pattern routine is selected for the first character, and
wherein the character control unit controls the second character to perform the first action when the second action pattern routine is selected for the second character.

US Pat. No. 10,391,400

ELECTRONIC CONTROLLER WITH HAND RETAINER AND FINGER MOTION SENSING

Valve Corporation, Belle...

1. A controller for an electronic system, for operation by a user having a hand with fingers and a palm, the controller comprising:a controller body having a handle portion with an outside surface;
a tracking arc that is fixed to the controller body;
a hand retainer configured to physically bias the palm against the outside surface;
a first plurality of tracking sensors disposed in the tracking arc, the first plurality of tracking sensors being responsive to electromagnetic radiation emitted by the electronic system; and
an array of proximity sensors that are spatially distributed around the outside surface of the handle portion, the array of proximity sensors being responsive to a proximity of the fingers to the outside surface of the handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,399

PROGRAM, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD THAT IMPROVE EASE OF OPERATION FOR USER INPUT

CYGAMES, INC., Tokyo (JP...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program for a game that is executed on an electronic device that includes a display and a contact-type position input device and that acquires a touched position corresponding to a touch on the contact-type position input device as coordinates in a coordinate plane corresponding to an input position on the contact-type position input device, the program causing the electronic device to execute:a step of setting an operation reference position in the coordinate plane;
a step of determining whether a touch is being made on the contact-type position input device;
a step of setting an operation position in the coordinate plane in accordance with a touched position that is acquired in a case where a touch is being made on the contact-type position input device;
a step of moving an object that is displayed on the display in the game, on the basis of the operation reference position and the operation position;
a step of retaining the operation position as a displacement reference position;
a step of detecting a touched-position movement from the displacement reference position, the touched-position movement satisfying a predetermined condition; and
a step of resetting the operation reference position in the coordinate plane in a case where a touched-position movement satisfying the predetermined condition is detected,
wherein the predetermined condition at least includes a condition that a predetermined criterion is satisfied by one of the interior angles of a triangle formed by three points consisting of a displacement position, the operation reference position, and the displacement reference position, the displacement position being a touched position that is acquired after the operation position retained as the displacement reference position is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,391,398

GAME DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED SLIDE-OPERATION-DRIVEN USER INTERFACE

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium comprising program code that, when executed, causes an information processing apparatus including:a display unit configured to display a game content;
an operation unit configured to receive a first input operation of a user, the first input operation of the user comprising a selection of a game content, the operation unit being further configured to receive a second input operation of the user, the second input operation of the user comprising an instruction to perform a process on the game content selected by the first input operation, the operation unit being further configured to output first input operation data comprising coordinate information associated with the first input operation and second input operation data comprising coordinate information associated with the second input operation; and
a storage unit configured to store information comprising an association of a process executable on the game content and a particular direction;
to execute steps of:
game content specifying, in a game content specifying step, with the information processing apparatus, the selected game content based on the first input operation data;
retrieving, on the information processing apparatus, the information from the storage unit, the information retrieved from the storage unit comprising the process executable on the game content and the particular direction associated with the process;
receiving a start point of the second input operation based on the second input operation data, and, when the start point of the second input operation is specified and the end point is not specified, displaying, in a prediction display step, on the display unit, a prediction, wherein the prediction is displayed at the time that a process associated with a direction from the start point to a specific intermediate point of the second input operation is executed;
determining a direction, from the start point to an end point, of the second input operation, based on the second input operation data; and
executing, in an execution step, with the information processing apparatus, on the game content, a process associated with the direction of the second input operation game content, based on the information retrieved from the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,397

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS GAMING WITH LOCATION DETERMINATION

INTERACTIVE GAMES, LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:for each of a plurality of locations covered by a communications network, calculating, by a computing device, a respective set of signal characteristics that describe signals between a calibration device at the location and a set of signal detection devices of the communication network;
determining, by the computing device, a first location of a mobile device by comparing the calculated sets of signal characteristics with a first set of signal characteristics measured between the signal detection devices and the mobile device;
based on the first location, enabling, by the computing device, a set of activities through the mobile device that are allowed at the first location if any are allowed at the first location;
calculating, by the computing device, a cumulative amount of time that a user of the mobile device engages in the activity from a plurality of locations; and
preventing, by the computing device, the cumulative amount of time from exceeding a threshold amount of time.

US Pat. No. 10,391,396

HAPTIC PERIPHERAL HAVING A HAPTICALLY-ENHANCED USER INPUT ELEMENT INCLUDING A MECHANICAL KEY AND AN INTEGRATED SMART MATERIAL ACTUATOR FOR PROVIDING HAPTIC EFFECTS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A haptic peripheral comprising:a housing; and
a haptically-enhanced user input element configured to receive an input, the haptically-enhanced user input element including
a mechanical key having a keycap, and
a smart material actuator integrated onto the keycap, wherein the smart material actuator is configured to receive a control signal from a processor and is configured to deform relative to the keycap of the mechanical key in response to the control signal from the processor to thereby provide a haptic effect to a user of the haptic peripheral, the haptic effect providing feedback relating to game state information.

US Pat. No. 10,391,394

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SOFTWARE APPLICATION CONTROLLER

1. A system for providing a software application controller, the system comprising:a software application controller module, comprising computer-executable code stored in non-volatile memory;
a controller output module, comprising computer-executable code stored in non-volatile memory;
a processor;
one or more input device; and
one or more output device;wherein said software application controller module, said controller output module, and said processor, are operably connected and are configured to:receive input from one or more of said one or more input device;
connect to and transmit input data to said console based on said received input from said one or more input device;
receive output data from said console;
generate human perceptible output from said output data in one or more output device; and
transmit a switch signal to said console,wherein said switch signal provides for the swapping of control of said console from a first software application controller to a second software application controller thereby providing a hot-seat controller switch such that said console is agnostic with regard to which software application controller controls said console.

US Pat. No. 10,391,393

GAME CONTROLLER WITH STRUCTURAL BRIDGE

Wikipad, Inc., Simi Vall...

1. A combination comprising:a computing device;
a pair of confinement structures, the pair of confinement structures interacting with the computing device and adjacent at least two opposing sides of the computing device, but not more than three sides of the sides of the computing device, each of the pair of confinement structures comprising a communication link, each of the communication links configured for electronic communication with the computing device;
a rigid structural bridge disposed between and secured to the pair of confinement structures, the rigid structural bridge comprising a passageway between the pair of confinement structures, the passageway promotes electrical communication between the communication link of a first confinement structure of the pair of confinement structures and the computing device, the passageway further promotes electrical communication between the communication link of a second confinement structure of the pair of confinement structures and the computing device; and
a pair of electronic game control modules, each electronic game control module of the pair of electronic game control modules is secured to and interacts with a corresponding confinement structure of the pair of confinement structures, each electronic game control module in electronic communication with the communication link of its corresponding confinement structure, wherein each electronic game control module is a separate and distinct structure from each of their corresponding confinement structures, forming no structural portion of their corresponding confinement structures, and in which each of the pair of confinement structures are separate and distinct structures from the structural bridge, forming no structural portion of the structural bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,391,392

DIRECTIONAL WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A method of operating an electronic gaming machine, the method comprising:after an establishment of a wireless communication link between the electronic gaming machine and a portable electronic device, determining, by a controller supported by a cabinet of the electronic gaming machine, a wireless signal strength relative to the electronic gaming machine, said determination being based on wireless signal data received from the portable electronic device;
determining whether the wireless signal strength relative to the electronic gaming machine has decreased below a predetermined threshold level; and
responsive to the determination being that the wireless signal strength relative to the electronic gaming machine has decreased below the predetermined threshold level and independent of any other electronic gaming machines, terminating, by the controller, the wireless communication link between the electronic gaming machine and the portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,391,391

DEVICE FOR MANAGING OPERATIONS OF ACCESSORIES

STEELSERIES APS, Frederi...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a controller; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the controller, facilitate performance of operations comprising:
determining a user profile of a plurality of user profiles associated with a gaming accessory comprising a plurality of programmable layers; and
identifying a substitute accessory stimulation for a gaming accessory stimulation of the gaming accessory by way of a predetermined association of the gaming accessory stimulation with the substitute accessory stimulation of a programmable layer of the plurality of programmable layers,
wherein the predetermined association is recorded in the user profile of the plurality of user profiles, and
wherein other predetermined associations of stimulations of the gaming accessory with other substitute accessory stimulations are recorded in other user profiles of the plurality of user profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,391,390

METHOD FOR LOCKING TARGET IN GAME SCENARIO AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A method for locking a target in a game application, the method comprising:at a terminal that has one or more processors and memory storing instructions executed by the processors:
obtaining, by the terminal, input gesture information from a user on an operation interface of a game application, wherein the game application includes multiple object categories, each object category having one or more virtual characters displayed on the operation interface;
recognizing, by the terminal, the gesture information to obtain a switching instruction of the game application corresponding to the gesture information;
selecting, by the terminal, an object category of virtual characters according to the switching instruction;
locking, by the terminal, a target virtual character in the object category according to a preset rule and performing, by the terminal, an operation on the target virtual character; and
after performing the operation, automatically repeating, by the terminal, the locking and the performing operations on a next target virtual character in the object category until finishing a last virtual character in the object category.

US Pat. No. 10,391,389

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROSTER MANAGEMENT IN FANTASY SPORTS CONTEST APPLICATIONS

Rovi Technologies Corpora...

1. A method for using a fantasy sports contest application to manage a fantasy sports team roster, the method comprising:receiving, via a graphical user interface, at first user television equipment, a user input to create a fantasy sports team roster associated with a fantasy sports contest;
retrieving before a start of a round of the fantasy sports contest, using control circuitry, data associated with an availability of each player on the fantasy sports team roster;
determining, based on the retrieved data, whether the fantasy sports team roster is filled with available players;
in response to determining that the fantasy sports team roster is not entirely filled with available players, evaluating, using the control circuitry, available players not on the fantasy sports team roster by:
converting real-life statistics of each respective player of the available players to a point total for the respective player in the fantasy sports contest; and
determining whether the point total for the respective player meets performance criteria comprising a weight for the respective player's performance;
identifying, using control circuitry, a beneficial roster change to recommend to the user based on the evaluating; and
generating for display, in the graphical user interface, an alert to a user, the alert having both a recommended beneficial roster change to be made to the fantasy sports team roster and a plurality of selectable elements related to the recommended beneficial roster change, wherein the alert is automatically displayed before the start of the round of the fantasy sports contest.

US Pat. No. 10,391,388

PROGRAM, METHOD, AND SYSTEM OF TRANSMITTING OR RECEIVING MESSAGE

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium with a program stored therein for executing a method comprising:receiving, by a controller, a message from a first user terminal of a plurality of user terminals belonging to a chat group;
outputting the message on a timeline view of each of the plurality of user terminals if the type of the received message is a normal message;
if the type of the received message is a selection of a game icon of a game in which a user plays a match against another user to determine a win-loss outcome, outputting an entry wait message to the game on at least a timeline view of each of the plurality of user terminals other than the first user terminal;
responsive to an entry received from a second user terminal of the plurality of user terminals, generating a game message according to a game logic corresponding to the game icon, and transmitting the generated game message to at least the first user terminal and the second user terminal;
waiting for an entry from the user terminals until an entry waiting ending condition corresponding to the game icon is satisfied;
determining a game result, which is the win-loss outcome in the game, based on the game message and the game logic and generating a game result message according to the game result; and
outputting the game result message on the timeline view of each of the plurality of user terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,391,387

PRESENTING DIGITAL CONTENT ITEM WITH TIERED FUNCTIONALITY

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method of acquiring a video game including a plurality of content portions, the method comprising:receiving and loading into computer memory a first set of the content portions, the first set including less than an entirety of the content portions;
beginning a gameplay session by computer-executing a partial functionality version of the video game using the first set of the content portions before all of the plurality of content portions are received and while other of the plurality of content portions continue to be received;
receiving and loading into computer memory a second set of the content portions while the gameplay session continues and the partial functionality version of the video game continues computer-executing; and
adding functionality to the partial functionality version of the video game using the second set of content portions while the gameplay session continues and the partial functionality version of the video game continues computer-executing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,386

VIDEO GAME PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO GAME PROCESSING PROGRAM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE E...

1. A video game processing apparatus for controlling progress of a video game in response to an input received from a player, the video game processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store operational correspondence information, the operational correspondence information including a relationship of a plurality of inputs arranged on one input device with a plurality of gameplay operations, each of the gameplay operations corresponding to an input of the one input device, and at least one of the inputs of the one input device corresponding to two or more gameplay operations;
a display controller configured
to control an image display device to simultaneously display, on a display screen of the image display device, a plurality of virtual image sets including at least a first virtual image set and a second virtual image set, the plurality of virtual image sets corresponding to the one input device, each virtual image set having a plurality of virtual images each corresponding to a gameplay operation executable by an input of the one input device, the first virtual image set corresponding to a first set of gameplay operations and the second virtual image set corresponding to a second set of gameplay operations, such that an input of the one input device executes, at a time, one of a gameplay operation of the first set of gameplay operations or a gameplay operation of the second set of gameplay operations, and
to control the image display device to distinguishably display an active set of the virtual images among at least the first virtual image set and the second virtual image set to allow identification of active gameplay operations associated with the corresponding input, wherein only one of the plurality of virtual image sets being activated at a time according to a selection by the player;
an input receiver configured to receive, from the player, a selection of the input of the one input device; and
a processor configured to execute a gameplay operation corresponding to the one input device selected by the player, the gameplay operation being executed corresponding to the active set of the virtual images but not an inactive set of virtual images,
wherein only one of the plurality of virtual image sets is set as the active set of virtual images at a time using a switching operation executed by the one input device, and
wherein the switching operation is executed during the gameplay.

US Pat. No. 10,391,385

BOARD GAME APPARATUS

1. A board game apparatus comprising:a plurality of playing pieces and
a board having a plurality of playing piece receptacles, each receptacle having:
a playing piece support parallel to the board for supporting a respective one of the playing pieces parallel to the board,
a depression, and
a fulcrum between the support and the depression, the arrangement being such that pressing part of the playing piece into the depression lifts another part for lifting of the piece from the receptacle, wherein:
each receptacle is bordered on all sides by recesses perpendicular to the board, the recesses extending below the support of the receptacle which they border, and
each recess is complementary in shape to the playing pieces, and perpendicular to the board, such that playing pieces fit perpendicularly into the recesses bordering each playing piece receptacle and a respective one of the playing pieces in the playing piece receptacle, whereby these playing pieces edge the receptacle and the playing piece therein.

US Pat. No. 10,391,384

SKATEBOARD TRUCK

SKATE ONE CORP, Goleta, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a base plate having a contact surface and a coupling portion, the contact surface configured to be placed in contact with a skateboard deck;
a hanger rotatably coupled to the coupling portion of the base plate;
a kingpin disposed within a portion of the hanger to couple the hanger to the base plate for rotation about the kingpin; and
a bushing assembly disposed between the base plate and the hanger and isolated from the kingpin, the bushing assembly having a bushing with a first bushing portion in contact with at least one of the hanger or the base plate on a first side of the kingpin and a second bushing portion in contact with at least one of the hanger or the base plate on a second side of the kingpin opposite the first side, the bushing assembly having a bushing adjustment with a first bushing adjustment portion coupled to the hanger on the first side of the kingpin and a second bushing adjustment portion coupled to the hanger on the second side of the kingpin,
the first bushing adjustment portion configured to selectively engage the first bushing portion and the second bushing adjustment portion configured to selectively engage the second bushing portion to transition the bushing assembly between a first configuration in which the bushing exerts a first force in response to rotation of the hanger about the kingpin and a second configuration in which the bushing exerts a second force different from the first force in response to rotation of the hanger about the kingpin.

US Pat. No. 10,391,383

ULTRALIGHT FRONT JAW

MARKER Deutschland GmbH, ...

1. A front jaw for a touring ski binding, comprising:a) a base and
b) at least one recess or transit opening in the base;
c) two lateral sole retainers which lie opposite each other in relation to a longitudinal axis of the front jaw and comprise a boot retainer pin each and which, in a pivoted-in state, co-operate with complementary bearings formed on a ski boot, in order to define a pivoting axis for the ski boot which extends substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of the front jaw, and which can be adjusted between the pivoted-in state, in which the complementary bearings of the ski boot engage with the boot retainer pins, and a pivoted-away state in which the complementary bearings of the ski boot no longer engage with the boot retainer pins;
d) spring elements for tensioning the lateral sole retainers;
e) a tensioning lever for moving the sole retainers from the pivoted-in state to the pivoted-away state in which they release the ski boot from a downhill skiing position or a walking position; and
f) wherein the at least one recess or transit opening is covered by at least one cover made of an elastic material.

US Pat. No. 10,391,382

HEAD AND NECK RESTRAINT DEVICE WITH DYNAMIC ARTICULATION

SCHROTH SAFETY PRODUCTS G...

1. A head and neck restraint device, comprising:a) a yoke having
i) a base portion,
ii) a stand-up collar portion coupled to the base portion,
iii) a first sidewing coupled to a first side of the base portion, the first sidewing including a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, the top surface configured to receive a portion of a safety belt of a vehicle thereon,
iv) a second sidewing coupled to a second side of the base portion opposite the first side, the second sidewing including a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, the top surface configured to receive a portion of the safety belt thereon, and,
v) a tether coupled to the collar portion and adapted to connect with a helmet;
b) a first leg having
i) a proximal portion,
ii) a distal portion spaced apart from the proximal portion,
iii) a front surface configured to receive a portion of the safety belt thereon,
iv) a rear surface opposite the front surface, and
v) a first connector member extending outward from the front surface adjacent the proximal portion of the first leg, the first connector member configured to couple the first leg with the first sidewing for pivoting articulation with respect to the yoke, and
c) a second leg having
i) a proximal portion,
ii) a distal portion spaced apart from the proximal portion,
iii) a front surface configured to receive a portion of the safety belt thereon,
iv) a rear surface opposite the front surface,
v) a second connector member extending outward from the front surface adjacent the proximal portion of the second leg, the second connector member configured to couple the second leg with the second sidewing for pivoting articulation with respect to the yoke, and
wherein the first and second legs are each pivotable relative to the yoke between at least a first position and a second position,
wherein engaging portions of the front surfaces of the first and second legs are spaced apart from the respective first and second sidewings and the first and second legs are engaged with the bottom surfaces of the respective first and second sidewings to limit pivoting movement of the first and second legs when the first and second legs are in the first position,
wherein the first and second legs are spaced apart from the bottom surfaces of the respective first and second sidewings and the engaging portions of the front surfaces of the first and second legs are engaged with the respective first and second sidewings to limit pivoting movement of the first and second legs when the first and second legs are in the second position, and
wherein each of the first and second legs is pivotable relative to the yoke independent of the other of the first and second legs.

US Pat. No. 10,391,381

ATHLETIC TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:receiving data electronically recorded in a sporting event, wherein the data includes athletic performance metrics of an athlete participating in the sporting event;
processing the recorded sporting event data through a data engine;
generating a virtual replay of the sporting event using the recorded sporting event data, including:
generating an avatar of the athlete, wherein the avatar of the athlete is a virtual representation of the athlete;
adding the avatar into the virtual replay in a user-selectable manner, such that, when the virtual replay is rendered, the avatar of the athlete is user-selectable within the virtual replay; and
receiving a user selection of the avatar in the virtual replay to cause display of an athlete display portion during the virtual replay, the athlete display portion including one or more activity metrics of the athlete; and
displaying an athletic performance analysis based on the received athletic performance metrics, wherein the athletic performance analysis includes one or more suggested training programs for the athlete based on the received athletic performance metrics.

US Pat. No. 10,391,380

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COORDINATING MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CARDIOVASCULAR OR CEREBROVASCULAR HEMODYNAMICS

Pulson, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method for guiding a user towards a target rhythmic musculoskeletal activity cycle to cardiac cycle timing relationship, the method comprising:detecting a signal responsive to a cyclically-varying arterial blood flow at a location on a head of a user, the signal varying throughout each heart pump cycle of the user;
providing a recurrent prompt at a frequency of the heart pump cycle using the signal, wherein the signal correlates with a magnitude of the blood flow adjacent to the location of the signal, wherein the recurrent prompt is provided to guide the user to time performance of a component of a rhythmic musculoskeletal activity with the recurrent prompt; and
guiding the user to adjust a timing of the component of the rhythmic musculoskeletal activity to substantially maximize a magnitude of the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,391,379

TAKEOFF POINT MARKER ASSEMBLY

1. A takeoff point marker assembly, comprising:a planar member having a bottom surface and a top surface;
a plurality of spikes affixed to the bottom surface, wherein the plurality of spikes tapers away from the bottom surface of the planar member;
a distal end of the plurality of spikes defining a point, wherein the point is dimensioned to pierce a track;
a plurality of covers configured to house the plurality of spikes, wherein the plurality of covers is each removably securable to each of the plurality of spikes and wherein each cover of the plurality of covers is shaped to directly contour each spike of the plurality of spikes;
an indicia disposed on the top surface, the indicia configured to indicate a position on the track when engaged therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,391,378

SMART-COURT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REAL-TIME DEBRIEFING AND TRAINING SERVICES OF SPORT GAMES

PLAYSIGHT INTERACTIVE LTD...

1. A Smart-court system, comprising:a computer programmed to implement:
a capture module for receiving a video stream of a sport session;
an object detector module, for extracting at least one object from frames of the video stream, for tracking at least one of the at least one extracted object as appearing in the video stream;
an event module for automatically analyzing motion of the tracked at least one object, for automatically identifying a plurality of events and classifying the identified events into types based on said tracking and analyzing, and for creating a synchronized event log of the classified events based on said identifying and classifying; and
a presentation module for allowing a user to selectively play at least one of the identified events classified into the types, by type, based on the synchronized event log.

US Pat. No. 10,391,377

BAR SECURING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USE

1. A bar securing apparatus for securing a weight bar to a weight rack or rack component, consisting essentially of: an upper end; a lower end; and, a cut-out located between the upper end and the lower end, sized and shaped for placement of a weight bar with a circular cross-section therein, wherein each upper end and the lower end is configured with at least one attachment point for removably receiving pins for securing said apparatus to a weight rack or rack component.

US Pat. No. 10,391,376

STICKHANDLING TOOLS, HOCKEY TRAINING AIDS, AND RELATED METHODS

1. A stickhandling tool comprising:a hockey stick having a first hockey stick blade;
a second hockey stick blade;
a structural part comprising a first cross member and a second cross member that connect to the hockey stick and laterally separate the first hockey stick blade and the second hockey stick blade to define a ball or puck receiving cavity between the first hockey stick blade and the second hockey stick blade;
in which the structural part comprises a clamp, and the second cross member connects to the hockey stick by the clamp connecting the second cross member to a shaft of the hockey stick, a heel part of the first hockey stick blade, or an ankle part of the of the first hockey stick blade;
in which the structural part further comprises a toe receiving cup that receives, and connects the first cross member to, a toe part of the first hockey stick blade; and
in which the first cross member extends between respective toe parts of the first hockey stick blade and the second hockey stick blade, and the second cross member extends between respective heel or ankle parts of the first hockey stick blade and the second hockey stick blade.

US Pat. No. 10,391,375

BATTING STANCE TRAINING MAT

1. A batting stance training mat comprising:a center panel with a home plate indicia for designating home plate;
a first lateral panel and a second lateral panel each having a first terminal end and a second terminal end, wherein each lateral panel includes a plurality of indicia, wherein each of the plurality of indicia designates foot placement of a user relative to the home plate indicia;
an end panel having an indicia designating foot placement of a second user relative to the home plate indicia;
wherein the end panel extends past the second terminal end of each of the first and second lateral panel;
wherein the indicia of the end panel is a pair of shoe prints, wherein each shoe print has a toe end and heel end, wherein the toe end of each shoe print faces toward the center panel.

US Pat. No. 10,391,374

ELONGATED HAND THROWN PROJECTILE

1. An elongated hand thrown projectile, comprising:a projectile body having a rounded head at its forward end, a midsection comprising a support frame having opposing coplanar side walls defining a through pening therebetween, and a shaft at a rearward end, the midsection having a width substantially the diameter of the rounded head, wherein a projectile axis extends between the rounded head and the shaft;
a finger grip attached to the projectile body, the finger grip having a longitudinal grip axis extending perpendicular to the projectile axis, the finger grip having a length parallel to the grip axis that is substantially less than a length of the projectile; and
a thumb grip;
wherein: the thumb grip is attached to the projectile body at a position longitudinally forward of the finger grip.

US Pat. No. 10,391,373

GOLF CLUB WITH IMPROVED WEIGHTING

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A shaft for a golf club comprising:a butt end having a first shaft diameter,
a tip end having a second shaft diameter, wherein said first shaft diameter is greater than said second shaft diameter, and
a heavy weighted section, located at a distance of between exactly 10 and exactly 15 inches away from said butt end of said shaft, and
wherein said heavy weighted section further comprises a dense layer, having a material density greater than a material density of said shaft, said dense layer is longitudinally located between an internal wall of said shaft and an external wall of said shaft from a beginning of said heavy weighted section to an end of said heavy weighted section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,372

GOLF GRIP

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A golf grip, comprising:an elongated tubular body having an exterior surface, an interior surface, a butt end, a tip end, a length from the butt end to the tip end, and the golf grip has an overall density;
wherein a point along the length has a cross-section having a cross-sectional area, an exterior cross-sectional radius having a minimum exterior cross-sectional radius, and an interior surface radius having a minimum interior surface radius;
wherein the cross-section includes a first region, and a second region, the first region extending outward from the interior surface a first region thickness that is constant around interior surface, and thereby defining the second region as the balance of the cross-section between the exterior surface and the first region, wherein the first region thickness is equal to one-half of a difference between the minimum exterior cross-sectional radius and the minimum interior surface radius;
wherein a first region average density is determined for a first region test volume bounded by the interior surface, the second region, the cross-section, and an offset cross-section that is parallel to the cross-section and 1 cm away from the cross-section;
wherein a second region average density is determined for a second region test volume bounded by the exterior surface, the first region, the cross-section, and the offset cross-section;
wherein the first region average density is less than the second region average density; and
wherein the elongated tubular body is formed of at least a first inner layer containing a first layer quantity of blowing agent, having a first layer thickness and a first layer density, and a second outer layer containing a second layer quantity of blowing agent different than the first quantity of blowing agent, having second layer thickness and a second layer density, wherein the first layer density is different than the second layer density, wherein the first inner layer and the second outer layer consist of rubber compounds cross-linked together under heat and pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,371

GOLF CLUB HAVING REMOVEABLE WEIGHT

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a hosel;
a ball striking face;
a sole extending aftward from a lower edge of said ball striking face;
a crown extending aftward from an upper edge of said ball striking face;
a skirt extending between said sole and said crown;
a weight mount including a recess, wherein said weight mount is disposed on at least one of said sole, said crown and said skirt;
a weight member located in said recess;
a retainer spanning said recess, said retainer configured to retain said weight member in said recess;
wherein said weight mount comprises a bevel configured to receive a portion of said retainer;
wherein said retainer comprises an angled abutment surface at a first end of said retainer configured to engage said bevel;
wherein said weight mount comprises a fastener receptacle;
wherein said retainer comprises a weight bore at a second end of said retainer configured to receive said fastener; and
a fastener configured to pass through said weight bore of said retainer and engage said fastener receptacle;
wherein said retainer comprises a tapered portion configured to engage a head of said fastener;
wherein said head of said fastener includes a tapered engagement portion;
wherein installation of said fastener to force said retainer against said weight mount causes said tapered engagement portion of said fastener to engage said tapered portion of said retainer, simultaneously forcing said second end of said retainer against said weight mount and said angled abutment surface at said first end of said retainer into said bevel of said weight mount, said bevel of said weight mount engaging said angled abutment surface of said retainer and forcing said first end of said retainer against said weight mount.

US Pat. No. 10,391,370

CO-FORGED GOLF CLUB HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

11. A forged golf club head comprising:a body portion made out of a first metallic material having a face cavity and at least one weight cavity;
at least one high density weight adjustment portion made out of a second metallic material encased within said weight cavity;
a lightweight weight adjustment portion made out of a third metallic material encased within said face cavity; and
a striking face insert made out of said first material adapted to cover a frontal portion of said body portion,
wherein said striking face insert at least partially forms a portion of a topline and a portion of a sole portion of said forged golf club head,
wherein said lightweight weight adjustment portion substantially covers an entire frontal surface of said face cavity,
wherein said lightweight weight adjustment portion further comprises a plurality of two or more cutouts, said plurality of cutouts form a draft angle to create a countersink, and
wherein said high density weight adjustment portion is encased monolithically within said weight cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,368

GOLF CLUB WITH MOVABLE WEIGHT

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body having a face, a sole, a crown, and a skirt joining said face, sole, and crown;
a hollow golf club interior within said body;
said body having an exterior surface opposite said hollow golf club interior;
said body having a center of gravity;
wherein said body comprises an elongate weight receptacle;
a weight retainer located in said weight receptacle;
wherein said weight receptacle comprises a plurality of weight mounts;
wherein said weight retainer comprises a rotating portion and a non-rotating portion, said rotating portion rotatably affixed to said non-rotating portion;
wherein between 180 degrees and 10 degrees of rotation of said rotating portion in a first direction relative to said non-rotating portion locks said weight retainer, and wherein between 180 degrees and 10 degrees of rotation of said rotating portion in a second direction relative to said non-rotating portion unlocks said weight retainer; and
wherein said weight retainer is configured to slide along said weight receptacle between each of said plurality of weight mounts when said weight retainer is unlocked, and wherein said weight retainer is configured to reside in any of said plurality of weight mounts when said weight retainer is locked;
wherein said weight receptacle comprises a pair of locking rails running along each side of said weight receptacle and a channel formed between said locking rails;
wherein each of said plurality of weight mounts comprises a recess, and wherein said recess comprises a locking wall, wherein said pair of locking rails comprise thick portions and thin portions, said thin portions located adjacent said recesses, and wherein said locking walls are formed between said thin portions and said thick portions.