US Pat. No. 10,766,324

WHEEL SUSPENSION SYSTEM

AI Incorporated, Toronto...

1. A robotic device comprising:a body;
an electronic computing device housed within the body; and
at least two wheel suspension systems coupled with the body, each wheel suspension system comprising:
a first suspension system comprising:
a frame;
a rotating arm pivotally coupled to the frame on a first end and coupled to a wheel on a second end; and
an extension spring coupled with the rotating arm on a third end and the frame on a fourth end, wherein the extension spring is extended when the wheel is retracted; and
a second suspension system comprising:
a base slidingly coupled with the frame;
a plurality of vertically positioned extension springs coupled with the frame on a fifth end and the base on a sixth end;
at least one set of paired magnets, with at least one magnet affixed to the frame and paired to at least one magnet affixed to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,766,323

TOW HITCH PLUG

1. A tow hitch plug for covering a cavity in a tow hitch receiver of a trailer hitch, the tow hitch plug comprising:a body having an outer surface that corresponds to inner dimensions of the cavity of the tow hitch receiver of the trailer hitch;
a flange connected to a front end of the body, the flange radially extending beyond the outer surface of the body, the flange further including a threaded hole extending through the flange;
an arm connected to a back end of the body; and
a lock insert connected to the arm;
wherein, in a locked state, the lock insert is inserted through an opening in a bracket of the trailer hitch at a back end of the tow hitch receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,766,322

FRAME AND TRIM RINGS FOR UNDERBED HITCH MOUNTING SYSTEM

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. An underbed hitch mounting system comprising:a structural frame member operably connectable to a frame of a vehicle under a load bed of the vehicle, comprising:
first and second rail mounts each having a pair of rail members extending therefrom and inserted into the first and second rail mounts;
a mid rail connected to the first and second rail mounts;
a socket positioned on each of the rail members, each socket engageable with a receiving member;
a hitch ball socket positioned on the mid rail, the hitch ball socket engageable with a hitch; and
wherein the rail members are made from at least one of welded tubing and sheet metal;
a base plate extending under the mid rail and along at least a portion of the first and second rail mounts wherein the first and second rail mounts are generally C-shaped frame members and the base plate is a generally C-shaped frame member that extends under the mid rail and under and within the first and second rail mounts.

US Pat. No. 10,766,321

HITCH IT SAFE TRAILER HITCH

1. A trailer hitch guide for restraining a trailer hitch, comprising holder comprising:an upper member configured to restrain a movement of the trailer hitch;
a lower member defining a hitching aperture and configured to connect to the upper member and to connect to a vehicle, wherein the upper member is rotatably connected to the lower member; and
a step washer including a flanging washer concentric with a collar washer, the flanging washer comprising a ball mounting surface, the collar washer configured to fit rotatably inside the hitching aperture of the lower member;
wherein a clearance ‘a’ between an apex of a trailer hitch cup and a bottom surface of the upper member is less than a dimension ‘b’ representing a height of the trailer hitch cup, and a ratio a/b less than one configured to prevent an escape of the trailer hitch from the trailer hitch guide, and a ratio of one configured to allow an escape of the trailer hitch from the trailer hitch guide, and
wherein a stacked step washer between a base of a hitch ball and the trailer hitch guide put into place during hitching reduces the ratio ‘a’ to ‘b’ to improve a safety margin to failure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,320

SAFETY CHAIN TIE-DOWN INSERTS

1. A tie-down apparatus removably securable within a slotted receiver, the receiver defining an elongate slot and providing at least one inwardly projecting shoulder extending over an interior space of the receiver, the tie-down apparatus comprising:a pedestal that defines a bore extending in an axial direction through the pedestal and a leg projecting from a bottom surface of the pedestal in the axial direction, the leg being insertable into the slot of the slotted receiver when a width of the leg is parallel to a width of the slot, and engagement of the leg with the slot resisting rotational movement of the pedestal relative to the slotted receiver;
a connector that includes a body, a coupling member projecting from a first side of the body, and a latching member projecting from an opposite second side of the body in the axial direction, the latching member being disposed to extend through the bore of the pedestal with an elongate head extending transverse to the axial direction, the head forming a radially extending flange, and the connector being rotatable about an axis extending in the axial direction relative to the pedestal to move the flange into axial alignment with the leg in an unlatched orientation and at least partially out of axial alignment with the leg in a latched orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,766,319

CHAIN HOLDER

GR Innovations LLC, Wate...

1. A chain holder, comprising:a first portion;
a second portion;
a third portion connecting the first portion with the second portion;
a first hook portion extending from the first portion; and
a second hook portion extending from the second portion;
wherein the chain holder comprises a polymer; the chain holder includes a flange; the flange extends from the first portion, the second portion, and the third portion; and a thickness of the flange is less than thicknesses of the first portion, the second portion, and the third portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,318

TIRE LEVER

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A tool for installing or removing a tire having a bead on a rim having a flange and a drop center, the tool comprising:a lever having first and second ends; and
a bead holder coupled to the second end, wherein the bead holder includes a receiving area and a head having a rounded surface, wherein the head includes a beak portion and a lip portion forming the receiving area, and the receiving area is adapted to engage the flange of the rim and the rounded surface of the head is adapted to engage the bead of the tire proximal to the flange to push the bead towards the drop center of the rim using the flange as a fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 10,766,317

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:at least one mechanical fastener member attached to a tire inner surface at a position in a tread portion when viewed in a tire axial direction cross section;
an outer surface mark provided on a tire outer surface, the outer surface mark showing a corresponding position in a tire rotation direction corresponding to the position where the mechanical fastener member is attached to the tire inner surface, wherein a solid body portion surrounded by a ridge is formed in a bottom portion of each of a plurality of grooves disposed in rows around the entire tire circumference and the outer surface mark is formed by selective coloration of an inner portion surrounded by the ridge only at the corresponding position where the outer surface mark is to be disposed; and
an interior mark located on a periphery of the mechanical fastener member attached to the tire inner surface, the interior mark showing the position of the mechanical fastener member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,316

COMBINATION IN LINE TIRE PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SENSOR AND TIRE PRESSURE SAFETY VALVE

Airgo IP, LLC, Oklahoma ...

1. A combination comprising:an air line communicating with and disposed between a rotary union and a tire, the tire communicating with an axle, the rotary union axially aligned with the axle, the air line facilitates pressurized air transferred between the rotary union and a valve stem of the tire, the pressurized air inflates the tire;
a tire pressure management safety valve disposed between the rotary union and the tire, and further disposed within the air line, the tire pressure management safety valve comprising:
a valve housing providing a valve activation chamber;
a fluid conduit, the fluid conduit having a downstream end and an upstream end, the fluid conduit supported by the valve housing and in fluid communication with the valve activation chamber;
a check valve disposed within the valve activation chamber and communicating with the fluid conduit, the check valve responsive to said pressurized air within the air line, such that when said pressurized air in the air line is below a predetermined value, the check valve automatically precludes air transfer between the upstream end of the fluid conduit and the valve activation chamber; and
a fitting communicating with the check valve activation chamber and the valve stem of the tire; and
a tire pressure measurement sensor disposed between the valve housing and a freely rotatable airline connection, else disposed within the valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,315

TIRE HAVING CHAFER STRUCTURE FOR ENHANCING BEAD ENDURANCE

Hankook Tire Co., Ltd., ...

1. A tire having a chafer structure for enhancing bead endurance, the tire comprising:a carcass having waved carcass cords; and
a steel chafer covering the carcass and having a plurality of waved chafer cords which are formed in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the carcass cords and arranged in a radial direction with respect to one another,
wherein the waved chafer cords have an amplitude that decreases in the radial direction as they get close to an edge of the carcass and the amplitude of a chafer cord of the plurality of waved chafer cords closest to the edge of the carcass is the smallest amplitude,
wherein the carcass is configured to absorb pressure and torque applied in the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the carcass cords,
wherein the steel chafer is configured to absorb pressure and torque applied in the longitudinal direction of the carcass cord, and
wherein the waved chafer cord of the plurality of waved chafer cords closest to the edge of the carcass is substantially straight.

US Pat. No. 10,766,314

LOAD DERIVATION METHOD

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire life prediction method comprising:measuring, by a displacement meter attached to a rim, a distance from the displacement meter to an inner surface of a tire;
measuring an internal pressure of the tire, by a sensor attached in a chamber of the tire;
deriving, by a derivation section, a load on the tire during running, based on the measured distance and the measured internal pressure,
predicting a tire life by a determination section based on the load derived based on the measured distance and the measured internal pressure,
wherein the displacement meter is attached on or in a hole of a rim base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,313

TIRE TREADS HAVING TREAD ELEMENTS WITH INCLINED LEADING SIDES

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A tire tread comprising:a length, a width, and a tread thickness, the tread thickness extending inward from an outer, ground-engaging side in a direction normal to both the width and the length of the tread;
the width extending laterally in a direction transverse to the tread thickness and to the length of the tread, the width extending laterally between a first lateral side and a second lateral side of the tread;
one or more tread elements, each of the one or more tread elements being arranged between a pair of discontinuities extending at least partially in the direction of the tread width, where each of the pair of discontinuities is a groove, where one of the pair of discontinuities is arranged adjacent to a first longitudinally-spaced side of the corresponding tread element and where the other of the pair of discontinuities is arranged adjacent to a second longitudinally-spaced side of the corresponding tread element such that the pair of discontinuities and the first and second longitudinally-spaced sides of the corresponding tread element are spaced-apart at least partially in the direction of the tread length to define a length of the corresponding tread element, the first longitudinally-spaced side being a leading side of the corresponding tread element and the second longitudinally-spaced side being a trailing side of the corresponding tread element, where the leading side is configured to enter a tire footprint before the trailing side;
where the one or more tread elements include a plurality of intermediate tread elements arranged along the length of the tread and axially between a plurality of shoulder elements;
where for each of the one or more tread elements, the first longitudinally-spaced side is oriented at an average first-side angle relative to the direction of the tread thickness and the second longitudinally-spaced side is oriented at an average second-side angle relative to the direction of the tread thickness, where the tread is configured to rotate in a direction of rotation of a tire, the direction of rotation comprising one of opposing directions of the tread length, such that a positive average first-side angle and a positive average second-side angle orientation is obtained when the respective first longitudinally-spaced side and the respective second longitudinally-spaced side are each increasingly inclined in the direction of rotation as each respective first longitudinally-spaced side and second longitudinally-spaced side extend in the direction of the tread thickness towards the outer, ground-engaging side of the tread;
where for each of the one or more tread elements, both the average first-side angle and the average second-side angle are equal to 18 to 30 degrees; and
where an average inclination angle comprising a combined average of the average first side-angle and the average second side-angle for all of the one or more tread elements along the first and second longitudinally-spaced sides is substantially greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,766,312

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

9. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion provided with a circumferential land region, the circumferential land region provided with a plurality of combined sipes,
wherein:
each of the combined sipes is composed of
a straight portion extending from one edge toward the other edge of the circumferential land region, and
an arc-shaped portion extending from the straight portion to the other edge of the circumferential land region, and
the combined sipes include
a first combined sipe in which the maximum depth of its arc-shaped portion is larger than the maximum depth of its straight portion, and
a second combined sipe in which the maximum depth of its straight portion is larger than the maximum depth of its arc-shaped portion,
the maximum depth (d1) of the arc-shaped portion of the first combined sipe and the maximum depth (d4) of the straight portion of the second combined sipe are in a range from 0.65 to 0.75 times the depth (d5) of a crown main groove disposed adjacently to the circumferential land region on the axially inside thereof,
the maximum depth (d2) of the straight portion of the first combined sipe and the maximum depth (d3) of the arc-shaped portion of the second combined sipe are in a range from 0.45 to 0.55 times the depth (d5) of the crown main groove, and
the first and second combined sipes have a length L3 in the tire axial direction, and each of the first and second combined sipes has a portion having its maximum depth (d1, d4) of which length (L4) in the tire axial direction is 0.30 to 0.40 times the length L3.

US Pat. No. 10,766,311

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion having an outboard tread edge to be positioned away from the center of a vehicle body and an inboard tread edge to be positioned close to the center of the vehicle body,
wherein a maximum ground-contacting length in a tire circumferential direction of the tread portion under a normally inflated loaded condition of the tire is not more than 70% of a maximum ground-contacting width in the tire axial direction of the tread portion under the normally inflated loaded condition of the tire,
wherein the tread portion is provided with main grooves extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction, and includes an inboard shoulder main groove which is disposed on the most inboard tread edge side, an outboard shoulder main groove which is disposed on the most outboard tread edge side, and an inboard middle main groove and an outboard middle main groove which are disposed between the inboard and outboard shoulder main grooves, respectively,
wherein the inboard shoulder main groove is larger in a groove width than the outboard shoulder main groove,
wherein an inboard shoulder land portion, defined between the inboard tread edge and the inboard shoulder main groove, is provided with inboard shoulder lateral grooves, which are arranged in the tire circumferential direction. and an outboard shoulder land portion defined between the outboard tread edge and the outboard shoulder main groove, the outboard shoulder land portion is provided with outboard shoulder lateral grooves which are arranged in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein
each of the inboard shoulder lateral grooves is an independent groove extending from the inboard tread edge toward the inboard shoulder main groove but terminating without reaching the inboard shoulder main groove so as to have an axially inner end within the inboard shoulder land portion, whereas each of the outboard shoulder lateral grooves extends across the entire width of the outboard shoulder land portion so as to connect to the outboard shoulder main groove,
the inboard shoulder lateral grooves are arranged in the tire circumferential direction at a pitch of not less than 20% of said maximum ground-contacting length, and wherein
sipes each having a groove width of not more than 1 mm are disposed in the inboard shoulder land portion. whereas a sipe having a groove width of not more than 1 mm is not disposed in the outboard shoulder land portion,
the sipes disposed in the inboard shoulder land portion are inboard shoulder sipes, which extend axially inwardly from the inboard tread edge and terminate without reaching the inboard shoulder main groove so as to have axially inner ends within the inboard shoulder land portion, and
the inboard shoulder sipes are disposed between the independent inboard shoulder lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,766,310

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with four circumferentially continuously extending main grooves including a pair of crown main grooves and a pair of shoulder main grooves so that the tread portion is axially divided into five land regions including a crown land region disposed on the tire equator, two axially outermost shoulder land regions and two middle land regions, wherein
the crown land region and the middle land regions are provided with only sipes defined as having a width of less than 2 mm,
the shoulder land regions are each provided with shoulder lug grooves each extending axially inwardly from the adjacent tread edge to have an axially inner end within the shoulder land region, and connecting sipes extending from the axially inner ends of the respective shoulder lug grooves to the adjacent shoulder main groove,
in a meridional cross section of the tire under a normally inflated unloaded condition, the tread portion is provided with a tread profile made up of a crown tread profile including the tire equator, a middle tread profile on each side of the crown tread profile, and a shoulder tread profile on the axially outside of each of the middle tread profiles,
the crown tread profile which is a radially outwardly convexed arc having a radius of curvature Rc, the middle tread profile which is a radially outwardly convexed arc having a radius of curvature Rm, and the shoulder tread profile which is a radially outwardly convexed arc having a radius of curvature Rs satisfy a magnitude relation Rc >Rm >Rs,
first interconnecting positions at which the crown tread profile connects with the middle tread profiles are positioned in the respective middle land regions,
second interconnecting positions at which the middle tread profiles connect with the shoulder tread profiles are positioned in the respective shoulder land regions and axially inside the inner ends of the shoulder lug grooves, and
each of the middle land regions has an axial width W6 between its axially inner edge and axially outer edge, and an axial distance L2 between the axially inner edge of the middle land region and the first interconnecting position is in a range from 0.40 to 0.60 times the axial width W6.

US Pat. No. 10,766,309

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:a tread portion extending in a tire circumferential direction to form an annular shape;
a pair of sidewall portions disposed on both sides of the tread portion;
a pair of bead portions disposed inward in a tire radial direction of the sidewall portions;
main grooves disposed in shoulder regions of the tread portion and extending in the tire circumferential direction;
a plurality of lug grooves extending outward in a tire width direction from the main grooves and reaching the sidewall portions; and
a plurality of blocks partitioned by the main grooves and the lug grooves; wherein
a narrow-width bent portion, having a groove width less than a groove width of other portions of the lug groove and which is bent with respect to an extending direction of the lug groove, is provided at an end portion outward in the tire width direction of at least a portion of lug grooves among the plurality of lug grooves, the narrow width bent portion including multiple bends in different directions; and
the lug grooves including the narrow-width bent portion and lug grooves not including the narrow-width bent portion are alternately disposed along the tire circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,308

PNEUMATIC TIRE FOR TWO-WHEELED AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire for a two-wheeled automotive vehicle, the tire comprising:a tread;
a carcass; and
a band, wherein
the band is layered inward of the tread in a radial direction and outward of the carcass in the radial direction,
the band includes a center portion disposed at a center in an axial direction, a pair of intermediate portions each disposed outward of the center portion in the axial direction, and a pair of outer end portions disposed outward of the intermediate portions, respectively, in the axial direction;
the center portion is formed from a first band member that is formed from a cord and a topping rubber and that extends in a circumferential direction,
each intermediate portion is formed from a second band member that is formed from a cord and a topping rubber and that extends so as to form a mesh-like shape, the second band member including a plurality of first tilt portions extending so as to be tilted relative to the circumferential direction and a plurality of second tilt portions extending so as to be tilted relative to the circumferential direction in a direction opposite to a direction in which the first tilt portions are tilted,
each outer end portion is formed from a third band member that is formed from a cord and a topping rubber and that extends in the circumferential direction;
wherein an outer end, in the axial direction, of the first band member of the center portion and an inner end, in the axial direction, of the second band member of the intermediate portion are joined to or spaced by a gap from each other, and an outer end, in the axial direction, of the second band member of the intermediate portion and an inner end, in the axial direction, of the third band member of the outer end portion are joined to or spaced by a gap from each other;
wherein a gap between an outer end, in the axial direction, of the second band member and an inner end, in the axial direction, of the third band member, is not greater than 4 mm; and
wherein a gap between an outer end, in the axial direction, of the first band member and an inner end, in the axial direction, of the second band member is not greater than 4 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,766,307

TIRE-TYPE DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire device for a vehicle, comprising:a radially outer structure of revolution, an axis of revolution of which is an axis of rotation of the tire device and which is adapted to come into contact with the ground via a tread comprising at least one elastomeric material, the radially outer structure of revolution having two axial ends and a radially inner face having an area S, and the radially outer structure of revolution comprising a circumferential reinforcement;
a radially inner structure of revolution that is coaxial with the radially outer structure of revolution and is configured to ensure a connection of the tire device with a means for mounting on the vehicle, the radially inner structure of revolution having two axial ends and a radially outer face, and the radially inner structure of revolution comprising at least one polymeric material;
an inner annular space of mean radial height H that is radially delimited by the radially inner face of the radially outer structure of revolution and by the radially outer face of the radially inner structure of revolution;
a bearing structure comprises a plurality of identical bearing elements that are not mechanically connected together in the inner annular space, the bearing elements extending continuously from the radially inner face of the radially outer structure of revolution to the radially outer face of the radially inner structure of revolution, such that, when the tire device is subjected to a nominal radial load Z and is in contact with flat ground via an area of contact A, the bearing elements that are connected to a portion of the radially outer structure of revolution that is in contact with the ground are made to buckle under compression and at least some of the bearing elements that are connected to a portion of the radially outer structure of revolution that is not in contact with the ground are under tension,
wherein the bearing elements of the bearing structure are filamentary, wherein the bearing elements of the bearing structure are connected to the radially inner face of the radially outer structure of revolution by a radially outer fabric, at least partially covering said radially inner face over a connecting area SE, and are connected to the radially outer face of the radially inner structure of revolution by a radially inner fabric, at least partially covering said radially outer face, an assembly made up of the bearing structure, the radially outer fabric, and the radially inner fabric being a sandwich structure,
wherein the mean surface density D of the bearing elements per unit area of radially outer structure of revolution, expressed in 1/m2, is at least equal to (S/SE)*Z/(A*Fr),
where:
S is the area, in m2, of the radially inner face of the radially outer structure of revolution,
SE is the connecting area, in m2, of the radially outer fabric with the radially inner face of the radially outer structure of revolution,
Z is the nominal radial load, in N, applied to the tire device,
A is the area of contact with the ground, in m2, of the tire device, and
Fr is the force at break, in N, of a bearing element of the plurality of identical bearing elements, and
wherein the tire device comprises two sidewalls that connect, in pairs, the axial ends of the radially outer and radially inner structures of revolution, respectively, and axially delimit the inner annular space, such that the inner annular space forms a closed cavity that can be pressurized by an inflation gas.

US Pat. No. 10,766,306

HIGH-PERFORMANCE TYRE

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A iso-styrene:diene-terminated copolymer, wherein said copolymer consists in (i) a polymeric block of at least one of styrene and substituted styrene consisting of a sequence of the at least one of styrene and substituted styrene in isotactic configuration, and (ii) a terminal polymeric block consisting of a sequence of three or more dienic monomers selected from the group comprising isoprene, 1,4-pentadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, 1,5-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, 1-vinyl-cyclopentene, 2-vinyl-cyclohexene, 4-vinyl-cyclohexene, and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,766,304

POLYAMIDE-BASED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER AND TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire comprising a polyamide-based thermoplastic elastomer comprising a hard segment and a soft segment, wherein the hard segment contains polyamide 612, and the soft segment contains an ABA-type triblock polyether diamine represented by the following Formula (N):
wherein, in Formula (N), XN and ZN each independently represent an integer from 1 to 20, and YN represents an integer from 4 to 50.

US Pat. No. 10,766,303

POSITIONING SYSTEMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:an upper frame;
a lower frame associated with the upper frame;
a wedge slideably located between the upper frame and the lower frame;
a force applicator associated with the wedge;
an upper air bearing coupled to the upper frame; and
a lower air bearing coupled to the lower frame, wherein the upper air bearing and the lower air bearing are configured to suspend the wedge substantially frictionless.

US Pat. No. 10,766,302

PERSONAL VEHICLE WHEEL MOUNT AND KIT AND METHODS AND USES THEREOF

eBoardStuff, San Luis Ob...

1. A skateboard wheel mount, comprising:a base, the base comprising a first side and an opposite second side, the first side having either a toothed belt engagement surface or a plurality of direct drive engagement portions, the first side further defining a bearing seat;
a plurality of first lugs projecting from the second side of the base and having a first shape; and
a plurality of second lugs projecting from the second side of the base and having a second shape different from the first shape; the plurality of first lugs and plurality of second lugs are arranged to enable interchangeable mounting of a first wheel having a first wheel core, and a second wheel having a second wheel core different from the first wheel core.

US Pat. No. 10,766,301

REAR WHEEL FIXING MECHANISM FOR A BICYCLE

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A rear wheel fixing mechanism for a bicycle, the rear wheel fixing mechanism comprising:an axle;
a rear hub body rotatably mounted around the axle about a rotational center axis;
a first clamp configured to exert a first clamping force in a perpendicular direction with respect to the rotational center axis onto a first clamping portion of the axle to mount the axle on a frame of the bicycle; and
a second clamp configured to exert a second clamping force in the perpendicular direction of the rotational center axis onto a second clamped portion of the axle to mount the axle on the frame of the bicycle, the first clamping portion located axially outward of the rear hub body in a first axial direction along the rotational center axis, the second clamping portion located axially outward of the rear hub body in a second axial direction along the rotational center axis opposite to the first axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,300

EXPANDABLE AND RETRACTABLE WHEEL ASSEMBLY

1. An expandable and retractable wheel assembly, comprising:a hub structure comprising a hub configured to be supported by an axle and at least one rigid circular disk affixed to the hub, said at least one rigid circular disk having axially facing surfaces perpendicular to the axle and a radially outer facing surface;
a rim expandable in circumference from a retracted circular position to one or more expanded circular positions, wherein the rim engages and is supported by the radially outer facing surface of the at least one rigid circular disk of the hub structure when in the retracted position;
a plurality of linear actuators attached to and supported by one or more axially facing surfaces of the at least one rigid circular disk of the hub structure, each linear actuator including a piston rod and a drive system for moving the piston rod from a retracted position to one or more extended positions, wherein a distal end of the piston rod engages and moves the rim when the piston rod is extended and also supports the rim in the one or more expanded rim positions.

US Pat. No. 10,766,299

VEHICLE WHEEL ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle wheel assembly, comprising:a wheel;
a tire disposed around the wheel; and
a wheel cap coupled to the wheel, comprising:
a polymeric base;
a substantially transparent cap comprising an injection molded polymer and positioned on the polymeric base defining a first surface and a second surface, wherein the second surface integrally defines an optical grating; and
a cap decorative layer on the second surface around the optical grating.

US Pat. No. 10,766,298

SYSTEM FOR AESTHETICALLY DISPENSING MELTED WAX

Rajeev Kulkarni, Charlot...

1. A system for aesthetically dispensing melted wax for the purposes of drawing, coloring, sketching and artwork comprises:a plurality of elongated heating cases;
a plurality of wax cartridges;
a plurality of transfer canisters;
the plurality of wax cartridges comprises at least one selected cartridge and a plurality of unselected wax cartridges;
each of the plurality of unselected wax cartridges being mounted within a corresponding canister from the plurality of transfer canisters; and
the at least one selected cartridge being operatively engaged into at least one activated case from the plurality of elongated heating cases, wherein the at least one activated case is used to hold and heat the at least one selected cartridge
wherein each of the plurality wax cartridges comprises a heat-receiving tube, a drawing tip, and a plurality of strike plates;
the heat-receiving tube comprises a first open end and a second open end;
the drawing tip being in fluid communication with the heat-receiving tube;
the drawing tip being mounted adjacent to the first open end;
the plurality of strike plates being connected around the drawing tip; and
the plurality of strike plates being oriented towards the second open end.

US Pat. No. 10,766,297

HAND-HELD DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR A WRITING INSTRUMENT, HAVING TWO RETRACTABLE HEADS

SOCIETE BIC, Clichy (FR)...

1. A writing instrument, comprising:a body extending along an axial direction and presenting a first axial end and a second axial end opposite from the first axial end along the axial direction;
a single carriage housed in the body and movable in translation along the axial direction relative to the body, the single carriage carrying a first head and a second head opposite from the first head along the axial direction housed in the body and being movable in translation along the axial direction relative to the body and a single blocking device including a single cavity and at least one ball;
the at least one ball is configured to block the single carriage relative to the body when, relative to a direction of gravity, the first axial end is below the second axial end, so that the first head is blocked relative to the body to project axially from the first axial end, while the second head is retracted into the body, and
the at least one ball is configured to block the single carriage when, in the direction of gravity, the first axial end is above the second axial end, so that the second head is blocked relative to the body to project axially from the second axial end, while the first head is retracted into the body.

US Pat. No. 10,766,296

METHOD FOR LACQUERING PENCILS, AND LACQUERING APPARATUS

13. A method for lacquering pencils via a push-through method, which comprises the steps of:guiding a respective pencil horizontally through a lacquering chamber for applying lacquer thus forming a lacquer coat, after exiting the lacquering chamber, successive ones of the pencils butt against one another and are held against one another at their end sides such that a plurality of the pencils form a horizontal strand, the respective pencil being held exclusively by the holding forces at the end sides between a preceding and a following pencil; and
guiding the strand, downstream of the lacquering chamber, horizontally through a drying section, with a result that the respective pencil is held horizontally in the strand in a hovering manner without a supporting point on a circumference of the respective pencil on leaving the lacquering chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,766,295

SECURITY ELEMENT AND VALUE DOCUMENT HAVING SAID SECURITY ELEMENT

Hueck Folien Gesellschaft...

1. A security element in the form of a strip, comprising:a polymer layer having at least one embossed diffraction structure;
at least one reflection layer which optically interacts with the at least one diffraction structure in order to form a reflection hologram as a first visually recognisable security feature; and
at least one imprint which is luminescent under UV radiation and which forms a second security feature that is recognisable under UV radiation, the at least one luminescent imprint comprising a halftone print image, wherein the reflection hologram comprises at least one see-through region revealing the second security feature, and at least one recess in the at least one reflection layer and the polymer layer together form the at least one see-through region, wherein the polymer layer is free from the at least one diffraction structure in the at least one recess, at least above the halftone print image of the imprint.

US Pat. No. 10,766,294

VALUE DOCUMENT HAVING SECURITY MARKING AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING THE SECURITY MARKING

1. A value document having a security marking in the form of at least two luminescing substances, whereinthe at least two luminescing substances are respectively present in a defined relative quantitative share, based on the total quantity of the at least two luminescing substances,
the at least two luminescing substances are jointly excitable by one excitation pulse,
time courses of intensities of emitted radiations of the at least two luminescing substances are different from each other, and
at least one luminescing substance of the at least two luminescing substances has a non-monoexponential time course of the intensity of the emitted radiation of the at least one luminescing substance.

US Pat. No. 10,766,293

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING A SECURITY DEVICE

DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL L...

1. A method of manufacturing a security device, comprising:a) providing a depth map of a macroimage depicting a three-dimensional object, the depth map representing a depth of each part of the three-dimensional object relative to a reference plane by means of different colours and/or different tones of one colour;
b) segmenting the depth map into a plurality of regions based on the colours and/or tones of the depth map, each region comprising those part(s) of the depth map having a colour or tonal value within a respective predetermined range;
c) for each region, creating a respective microimage element array, the microimage elements forming the microimage element array being arranged on a periodic grid in one or two dimensions with a pitch and orientation which are constant across the region, a periphery of the microimage element array substantially matching that of the region, the resulting plurality of microimage element arrays being arranged relative to one another in positions of the respective regions in the depth map to form a first image layer; and
d) providing a sampling element array of a predetermined pitch and orientation, the sampling element array overlapping the plurality of microimage element arrays, wherein the pitches of the sampling element array and of the microimage element arrays and their relative locations are such that the sampling element array cooperates with each of the microimage element arrays to generate magnified versions of the microimage elements in each region due to a moiré effect;
wherein the pitch and/or orientation of each respective microimage element array is different, and is configured such that the magnified versions of the microimage elements generated in any one of the regions have a different apparent depth relative to those generated in the other region(s), so as to form a three-dimensional representation of the macroimage.

US Pat. No. 10,766,292

OPTICAL DEVICE THAT PROVIDES FLICKER-LIKE OPTICAL EFFECTS

1. An optical security device comprising:a sacrificial arrangement of focusing elements comprising a first plurality of focusing elements arranged according to a first org-pattern;
a directionally cured arrangement of image icon elements having a pattern of a first contrasting material and a pattern of a second contrasting material, the pattern of the first contrasting material corresponding in part to the first org-pattern; and
a fixed arrangement of focusing elements disposed relative to the directionally cured arrangement of image icon elements such that the image icon elements project at least one synthetic image when viewed through the fixed arrangement of focusing elements, wherein the sacrificial arrangement of focusing elements is disposed between the fixed arrangement of focusing elements and the directionally cured arrangement of image icon elements,
wherein the fixed arrangement of focusing elements is disposed relative to the directionally cured arrangement of image icon elements such that a lens-icon mismatch is provided between the fixed arrangement of focusing elements and the directionally cured arrangement of image icon elements,
wherein the at least one synthetic image is a projection of both the first and second contrasting materials when viewed from at least one angle
wherein the at least one synthetic image produces a color-transition effect.

US Pat. No. 10,766,291

PAPER CLAMPING MECHANISM AND AUTOMATIC PAGE-TURNING AND UV-SCANNING SYSTEM HAVING SAME FIELD

HUBEI RUI TE WEI NETWORK ...

1. A paper clamping mechanism comprising:a base,
a first driving assembly fixing on the base;
a first driven assembly fixing on the base, the first driving assembly being configured for driving the first driven assembly to move;
a first clamping portion being fixed on the base via the first driven assembly; and
a second clamping portion being fixed on the base via the first driven assembly; wherein the first clamping portion is arranged facing the second clamping portion, the first driven assembly is able to drive the first clamping portion to move close to the second clamping portion to clamp a paper, and the first driven assembly is also able to drive the first clamping portion move away from the second clamping portion to release a paper;
the first driven assembly comprises a first screw rod, the first screw rod is fixed with the first base, an extension direction of the first screw rod is the same as a length direction of the first base, the first screw rod is connected with the first driving assembly, the first driving assembly is able to drive the first screw rod to move forward or backward, and the first screw rod carries the first clamping portion and/or the second clamping portion to move.

US Pat. No. 10,766,290

BOOKBINDING MACHINE

HORIZON INTERNATIONAL INC...

1. A bookbinding machine comprising:a nozzle type adhesive application mechanism arranged under a path of conveying a book block to be bound, the nozzle type adhesive application mechanism comprising:
a spray nozzle directed toward the path;
an adhesive supply source;
an adhesive supply pipe for supplying adhesive from the adhesive supply source to the spray nozzle and;
a pump connected to the adhesive supply pipe;
at least one damper adapted to grip the book block while keeping the book block in a standing state and convey the book block along the path,
a pump rotational speed setting section calculating a rotational speed coefficient depending on both of a thickness of the book block and a set value of a conveying speed of the at least one damper by use of first and second functions, the rotational speed coefficient representing the percent change of a rotational speed of the pump relative to the reference rotational speed of the pump, the first function defining a relationship between the thickness of the book block and the rotational speed coefficient, the second function defining a relationship between the conveying speed of the at least one damper and the rotational speed coefficient; the pump rotational speed setting section further calculating a set value of the rotational speed of the pump based on both the rotational speed coefficient and the reference rotational speed of the pump, and performing initial setting of the rotational speed of the pump according to the set value of the rotational speed,
a first input section for receiving inputs of correction magnifications of the rotational speed coefficient for two or more different thicknesses of the book block; and
a first function generation section generating as an alternative to the first function a third function based on the correction magnifications inputted into the first input section, the third function being used for calculating the corrected rotational speed coefficient depending on the thickness of the book block,
wherein, when the correction magnifications of the rotational speed coefficient are inputted into the first input section prior to an operation of the bookbinding machine, the pump rotational speed setting section calculates the corrected rotational speed coefficient depending on the thickness of the book block using the third function, and further calculates the set value of the rotational speed of the pump based on the corrected rotational speed coefficient, and the rotational speed coefficient depending on the set value of the conveying speed of the at least one damper calculated using the second function, and the reference rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,766,289

CLOTH HOLDER, FABRIC PRINTING APPARATUS, AND HEATING DEVICE

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A cloth holder comprising:a base;
a platen to hold a cloth, the platen being movable and including a flange;
a flange cover to sandwich the cloth together with the flange of the platen, the flange cover including a supported end in a longitudinal direction of the cloth holder that is pivotally supported by the base, the flange cover to be opened and closed relative to the base; and
a cloth stretcher to stretch the cloth placed on the platen while the flange cover is moved,
wherein the platen tilts relative to the base while the flange cover is opened.

US Pat. No. 10,766,288

IMPROVING A DEPTH IMAGE SUBJECT TO A SHADOW EFFECT

IDEMIA FRANCE, Courbevoi...

1. A processing method for producing a final image (IR) comprising pixels juxtaposed in a substrate presenting thickness and producing an image that possesses thickness so that each pixel produces a shadowing effect on its neighboring pixels, said method comprising:determining, using a target image, a production setpoint suitable for being used by an image production device to produce said final image;
wherein the determining comprises:
modeling the image production device by means of a transfer function that transforms a production setpoint into a corresponding predicted image; and
by inverting at least a portion of the transfer function, determining an improved production setpoint suitable for being used as a production setpoint by the production device in order to produce said final image in such a manner as to correct, at least in part, the shadowing effect in the final image.

US Pat. No. 10,766,287

SUBLIMATION OVER PRINT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. An article comprising:a first surface comprising a first area and a second area that is different than the first area, the first area and the second area including a material comprised of at least 50% polyester;
an ink layer located at the first area on the first surface, the ink layer having an ink surface distal to the first surface; and
a sublimation dye located at the second area and a portion of the first area, wherein the sublimation dye is at least partially absorbed by the material at the second area and is on at least the ink surface at the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,766,286

PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A PRINT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND A PRINTING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A print control device that communicates with a management device via a network, with the management device managing a printing device, the print control device comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire from the management device printing device information indicating whether a printing device the management device manages is a first printing device, which processes first band data of bands that are long in a first direction of a print object, or a second printing device, which processes second band data of bands that are long in a second direction intersecting the first direction of the print object;
a band data generator configured to determine the length direction of band data based on the acquired printing device information, and generate band data in the determined length direction by dividing the print object into bands of a specific band width in a direction intersecting the determined length direction; and
a transmitter configured to send the band data to the management device via the network for generation of print data of the print object.

US Pat. No. 10,766,285

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transporting unit configured to transport a medium along a guide member;
a winding unit disposed downstream of the guide member with respect to the transporting unit and configured to wind the medium;
a tension applying unit including a rod member configured to press the medium between the transporting unit and the winding unit, and the rod member configured to apply tension to the medium while moving between an upper limit position and a lower limit position; and
a control unit includinga first detecting unit configured to detect a movement amount of the medium, anda second detecting unit configured to detect a movement amount of the rod member,
wherein
the control unit detects the movement amount of the rod member every time the transporting unit transports the medium by a predetermined length, and detects a transportation failure of the medium when the movement amount of the rod member is smaller than a determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,766,284

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette, comprising:a cassette casing; and
a tape roll that is contained in the cassette casing and that is a roll of a tape having a strip shape and extending in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction orthogonal to the lengthwise direction,
wherein the tape comprises:
a subject surface provided on the tape and exposed in a thickness direction orthogonal to each of the lengthwise direction and the widthwise direction; and
a first image provided on the subject surface and indicating first information,
wherein the tape roll comprises: a first end portion located at an inner portion of the tape roll in a radial direction of the tape roll; and a second end portion located at an outer portion of the tape roll in the radial direction, and the first end portion and the second end portion are opposite end portions of the roll of the tape in the lengthwise direction,
wherein the first information relates to a remaining amount of the tape that is an amount of a portion of the tape which is located on a first-end-portion-side of a reference position in the lengthwise direction in the tape roll, and
wherein the reference position is located on the first-end-portion-side of the first image in the lengthwise direction on the tape at a particular distance from the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,766,283

TAPE CARTRIDGE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A tape cartridge of a plurality of types of tape cartridges configured to contain tapes with different widths, the plurality of types of tape cartridges configured to be mounted in a common tape printing device, the tape cartridge comprising:a roll body around which a tape is wound in a roll shape;
a cartridge case in which the roll body is contained and which is common to the plurality of types of the tape cartridges;
a spacer portion of a plurality of spacer portions that each have different sizes in a tape width direction, wherein the spacer portion is positioned between the cartridge case and a first end surface of the roll body, the spacer portion having a size in the tape width direction that is selected from the plurality of spacer portions depending on the width of the tape such that a position of the center of the tape is the same as the respective positions of the centers of the tapes within the plurality of types of tape cartridges in the tape width direction; and
an urging member that is provided between the cartridge case and a second end surface of the roll body and urges the roll body to a first end surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,766,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance device configured to convey a recording medium in a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction;
an image forming device configured to form at least one marker pattern and a colorimetric pattern on the recording medium;
an imaging device configured to capture an image of the at least one marker pattern on the recording medium; and
circuitry configured to control an operation of the image forming apparatus, the circuitry configured to:
cause the image forming device to form the colorimetric pattern on the recording medium that has been conveyed in the first direction by a predetermined distance after formation of the at least one marker pattern; and
cause the conveyance device to:
convey the recording medium in the second direction by a reverse conveyance distance after the colorimetric pattern is fixed, the reverse conveyance distance equivalent to a target conveyance distance plus an error value;
convey the recording medium in the first direction until the imaging device detects the at least one marker pattern; and
convey the recording medium in the first direction to a colorimetry position where colorimetry of the colorimetric pattern is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,766,281

PRINTER, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING AN INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing device having a rotating collation function, comprising:multiple paper feed ports configured to feed paper;
a printing mechanism configured to execute a printing process;
an operating panel having a display panel;
a memory configured to store printing conditions including a paper size, a paper feed port selection and a print ratio;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a user request to enable the rotating collation function and the printing conditions;
a setting unit configured to enable or disable the rotating collation function and to change the printing conditions; and
a print controller configured to control the printing mechanism based on the printing conditions stored in the memory, wherein
when the acquisition unit acquires the user request to enable the rotating collation function and the printing conditions, the acquisition unit stores the printing conditions in the memory, and
the setting unit
determines, prior to enabling the rotating collation function, whether a first paper of a first specified size that is fed in a landscape orientation and a second paper of the first specified size that is fed in a portrait orientation are set in the multiple paper feed ports and whether the paper feed port selection of the printing conditions is set to an automatic selection for automatically selecting a paper feed port,
changes the paper feed port selection of the printing conditions to the automatic selection while the setting unit determines that the first paper and the second paper are set in the multiple paper feed ports and that the paper feed port selection of the printing conditions is not set to the automatic selection,
stores report information in the memory when changing the paper feed port selection of the printing conditions, the report information including a message indicating that the paper feed port selection of the printing conditions is changed to the automatic selection,
reports the report information stored in the memory to a user by presenting the report information on the display panel of the operating panel after the paper feed port selection of the printing conditions is changed by the setting unit, and then
sets the rotating collation function to enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,766,280

PRINTER

SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a casing;
a detachable unit provided to the casing, the detachable unit being configured to be detachable from the casing;
an adjacent member provided adjacent to the detachable unit; and
an engagement member attached to the adjacent member, the engagement member being configured to be changeable between an engagement position with which the adjacent member is engaged with the casing and a non-engagement position with which the adjacent member is removed from the casing, wherein
the engagement member engages the detachable unit to the casing together with the adjacent member, at the engagement position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,279

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a roll sheet in which a continuous sheet is wound in a roll form;
a driving unit configured to supply a sheet in a sheet supplying direction from the roll sheet by rotating, in a first direction, the roll sheet held by the holding unit;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on the sheet supplied from the roll sheet;
a first sensor arranged at a first position and configured to face an outer circumferential surface of the roll sheet held by the holding unit, an output of the first sensor being changed in accordance with a distance to the sheet of the roll sheet;
a second sensor arranged at a second position which is different from the first position in a sheet width direction crossing the sheet supplying direction and configured to face the outer circumferential surface of the roll sheet held by the holding unit, an output of the second sensor being changed in accordance with a distance to the sheet of the roll sheet; and
a control unit configured to switch a rotation direction in which the roll sheet is rotated by the driving unit to the first direction from a second direction based on the output of the first sensor and the output of the second sensor when the roll sheet is rotated in the second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,278

PRINTING PRESS

1. A printing press (01), wherein the printing press (01) comprises at least two units (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000) configured as modules (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000), and wherein a module (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000) is understood as a respective unit (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000) or a structure composed of multiple units (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000), which is configured as a machine unit or functional assembly that is produced and/or installed as a separate entity, and wherein the printing press (01) has at least one module (100) configured as a substrate supply system (100), and wherein at least one of the at least two modules (500; 600) is configured as a non-impact coating module (600), and wherein the at least one non-impact coating module (600) has at least one print head (616), and wherein each of the at least two modules (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000) has at least one drive (M100; M101; M102; M200; M300; M400; M401; M500; M550; M600; M601; M700; M800; M801; M900; M1000) dedicated uniquely to it, each drive serving to effect a transport of substrate (02) through said respective module (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000) and/or through at least one zone of action of said respective module (100; 200; 300; 400; 500; 550; 600; 700; 800; 900; 1000), and wherein each of the uniquely dedicated drives (M100; M101; M102; M200; M300; M400; M401; M500; M550; M600; M601; M700; M800; M801; M900; M1000) is configured as a position-controlled electric motor (M100; M101; M102; M200; M300; M400; M401; M500; M550; M600; M601; M700; M800; M801; M900; M1000), and wherein along a transport path provided for a transport of substrate (02), at least one first application point (618) of at least one non-impact coating module (400; 600; 800), intended for colored coating medium, is located, followed downstream by an exposure zone of at least one drying device (506) assigned to the first application point (618), followed downstream by at least one additional application point (618) of at least one non-impact coating module (400; 600; 800), intended for colored coating medium, followed downstream by an exposure zone of at least one additional drying device (506) assigned to the additional application point (618), and wherein the first application point (618) is assigned to a first non-impact coating module (600) configured as a first printing module (600), and wherein the additional application point (618) is assigned to the same first non-impact coating module (600) configured as a first coating module (600), and wherein the first printing module (600) has a transport means (611) that extends through, along the transport path provided for the transport of substrate (02), beneath the at least one first application point (618) of the first printing module (600), and beneath the at least one drying device (506) of the first printing module (600), said drying device being located downstream of said at least one application point (618), and beneath every additional downstream application point (618) of the first printing module (600), and wherein at least one print head (616) is and/or can be connected to at least one positioning device (626), and wherein the at least one positioning device (626) has at least one positioning drive, and wherein said at least one print head (416; 616; 816) is arranged so as to be movable, at least with respect to a vertical direction (V), relative to a frame (427; 627; 827) of the at least one non-impact coating module (400; 600; 800), by means of the at least one positioning device (426; 626; 826).

US Pat. No. 10,766,277

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MASKING A PRINTER TABLE

Inca Digital Printers Lim...

1. A printer table for supporting a substrate during a printing operation, comprising:a substrate support surface comprising a plurality of apertures, the apertures arranged such that a substrate placed on the printer table covers at least one of the apertures, wherein the substrate support surface comprises a plurality of regions, each of the regions comprising a subset of the plurality of apertures;
a plurality of ball valves, each having an open configuration and a closed configuration, and wherein each ball valve is biased to the open configuration; and
a negative air pressure source configured to apply a negative air pressure through the plurality of ball valves to the plurality of apertures;
wherein each ball valve is arranged in fluidic connection with the apertures corresponding to one of the regions, such that there is a one-to-one mapping between the ball valves and the regions; and
wherein regions arranged towards the centre of the substrate support surface are larger than regions arranged towards the perimeter of the substrate support surface, thereby allowing more precise control over the apertures towards the perimeter of the substrate support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,766,276

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus that ejects ink from an inkjet head to a print medium to perform printing, comprising:a drying unit for drying a liquid which is contained in the print medium;
a table on which the print medium is placed;
a plurality of spaced apart support members raising the print medium above the table, forming a plurality of spaces between the table and a surface of the print medium facing the table; and
a gas flow generating unit for blowing gas into the plurality of spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,766,275

IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus for recording an image on both recording media of fabric and recording paper, the ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:an ink set accommodating unit that accommodates an ink set including a water-based ink and a treatment agent that coagulates the water-based ink or increases viscosity of the water-based ink;
a treatment agent discharge head configured to discharge the treatment agent onto the recording medium;
an ink-jet head configured to discharge the water-based ink onto the recording medium; and
a controller configured to control the treatment agent discharge head and the ink-jet head to execute a first recording mode for recording on the fabric or a second recording mode for recording on the recording paper,
wherein in the first recording mode, the controller is configured to control the treatment agent discharge head to discharge a first application amount (TF) of the treatment agent per unit area to the fabric,
in the second recording mode, the controller is configured to control the treatment agent discharge head to discharge a second application amount (TP) of the treatment agent per unit area to the recording paper, the second application amount (TP) being not less than 0 mg/cm2, and the first application amount (TF) is larger than the second application amount (TP).

US Pat. No. 10,766,274

PRINTER, PRINTER-EQUIPPED IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A printer comprising:an image data input unit that inputs image data;
a line type light exposure head that is driven based on the input image data;
a film transport device including a capstan roller and a pinch roller that transport an instant film having a pod portion containing a developing treatment liquid in a direction orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the light exposure head, a pair of spread rollers that are arranged downstream of the capstan roller and the pinch roller in a transport direction of the instant film and spread the developing treatment liquid of the pod portion by squeezing the pod portion of the instant film and forwarding the instant film with pressure, and a power transmission mechanism that transmits rotational driving power of an electric motor to each of the capstan roller and the spread rollers;
a rotary encoder that outputs an encoder signal including a pulse signal having a cycle corresponding to a rotational speed of the capstan roller;
a pulse signal detection unit that detects the pulse signal from the encoder signal output from the rotary encoder;
a control unit that controls the light exposure head based on the image data input from the image data input unit, includes a speed detection unit detecting a transport speed of the instant film based on the pulse signal detected by the pulse signal detection unit, controls a light exposure timing of the light exposure head for a line image corresponding to the image data in synchronization with the pulse signal detected by the pulse signal detection unit, and sets the number of the line images per unit forwarding length of the instant film to be constant regardless of the transport speed of the instant film;
a density correction unit that corrects an amount of light emission of the light exposure head based on the transport speed of the instant film detected by the speed detection unit and corrects a change in density of the line image caused by a change in the transport speed of the instant film;
an effective detection period setting unit that sets an effective detection period for detecting a subsequent pulse signal each time the pulse signal detection unit detects the pulse signal; and
a pulse signal generation unit that generates the pulse signal after the effective detection period in a case where the pulse signal detection unit does not detect the pulse signal within the effective detection period.

US Pat. No. 10,766,273

THERMAL PRINTER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE THERMAL PRINTER

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A thermal printer for printing by thermally transferring an ink of an ink ribbon onto a printing medium using a thermal head, the ribbon including a plurality of unit printing regions each provided with the ink in a unit of a specified printing size, the thermal printer comprising:a seam shape calculator configured to determine a position and a shape of a seam between a plurality of images on the basis of an index of inconspicuousness to human eyes, in panorama printing where a panoramic image longer than the printing size is divided into the plurality of images as small as or smaller than the printing size, and is printed a plurality of times so that the plurality of images are joined to each other;
a controller configured to control the printing medium, the ink ribbon, and the thermal head so that the plurality of images divided based on the position and shape of the seam, determined by the seam shape calculator, are thermally transferred onto a plurality of respective continuous regions of the printing medium using the plurality of unit printing regions of the ink ribbon, so as to be joined to each other;
a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the thermal head; and
a temperature-and-humidity sensor configured to measure a temperature and a humidity of an inside of the thermal printer,
wherein the seam shape calculator calculates a coloring property of the ink that has been thermally transferred onto the printing medium, on the basis of the temperature of the thermal head, measured by the temperature sensor, and on the basis of the temperature and humidity of the inside of the thermal printer, measured by the temperature-and-humidity sensor, and
the seam shape calculator determines the position and shape of the seam on the basis of the coloring property and a gradation component of the panoramic image.

US Pat. No. 10,766,272

FLUID EJECTION DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid ejection device, comprising:a series of spaced two-sided walls forming three channels therebetween, each of the three channels containing a drop ejector; and
a fluid circulating element to circulate fluid across the drop ejector within each of the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,766,271

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to eject a first ink and a second ink;
a first tank in which the first ink is contained;
a second tank in which the second ink is contained;
a first pump for circulating the first ink in a first circulation route including the first tank and the print head;
a second pump for circulating the second ink in a second circulation route including the second tank and the print head; and
a switching unit for switching between a first mode for driving the first pump and the second pump and a second mode for driving the first pump and not driving the second pump.

US Pat. No. 10,766,270

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT AND LIQUID INJECTION DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A liquid supply unit for supplying predetermined liquid from a liquid storage container storing the liquid to a liquid injection head for injecting the liquid, comprising:a pressure chamber capable of storing the liquid;
a first supply passage allowing communication between the liquid storage container and the pressure chamber;
a second supply passage allowing communication between the liquid injection head and the pressure chamber;
a bypass supply passage having an upstream end in a liquid supply direction connected to the first supply passage and a downstream end joining the second supply passage; and
a pressurizing mechanism arranged in the bypass supply passage and configured to pressurize the liquid flowing in the bypass supply passage;
a valve mechanism configured to operate according to a pressure state of the pressure chamber;
wherein:
the pressure chamber and the second supply passage are maintained at a predetermined supply negative pressure when the liquid is supplied to the liquid injection head;
a part of a wall portion defining the pressure chamber is formed by a flexible film member; and
the valve mechanism prohibits the inflow of the liquid from the first supply passage in a first state where the pressure chamber is within the range of the supply negative pressure, allows the inflow of the liquid from the first supply passage in a second state where the pressure chamber is at a pressure lower than the supply negative pressure, and releases the pressure in the pressure chamber in a third state where the pressure chamber is at a pressure higher than the supply negative pressure by a predetermined value, the pressure in the third state being generated by the pressurizing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,766,269

PRINTER HAVING ACCOMMODATING PORTION FOR ACCOMMODATING PRINTING AGENT SUPPLIED FROM CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a mount portion on which a first cartridge storing printing agent is mountable;
an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the printing agent supplied from the first cartridge;
a print execution device configured to perform printing with the printing agent supplied from the accommodating portion; and
a processor configured to perform:
acquiring first information concerning a residual quantity of the printing agent remaining in the first cartridge;
acquiring second information concerning a preparation of a second cartridge to be replaced with the first cartridge on the mount portion;
if the residual quantity of the printing agent remaining in the first cartridge is below a reference quantity and if the second information is acquired, allowing the print execution device to perform printing under a cartridge removed state where the first cartridge is removed from the mount portion; and
if the residual quantity of the printing agent remaining in the first cartridge is larger than or equal to the reference quantity or if the second information is not acquired, prohibiting the print execution device from printing under the cartridge removed state.

US Pat. No. 10,766,268

FILTER UNIT, LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A filter unit disposed in a printer including a control unit, the filter unit comprising:a filter configured to trap a foreign material;
a frame configured to hold the filter; and
a storage element provided on the frame and capable of transmitting/receiving information about the filter to and from the control unit,
wherein the frame is formed in a rectangular shape, and the filter and the storage element are disposed in parallel along a short-side direction, and
wherein a coupling portion configured to be electrically coupled to the storage element, and electrically coupled to the control unit, is disposed at a central portion in a long-side direction of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,766,267

TRANSFORM MAP AT PRINTER CARTRIDGE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printer cartridge comprising:a memory device comprising a non-transitory data storage; and
a transform wrapper stored on the memory device,
the transform wrapper to dynamically build a transform map for a printer based on metadata stored on the memory device, wherein
the transform map is a channel map, and the channel map includes a mapping for one of a plurality of colors;
wherein:
the metadata is to indicate at least one of a type of depositing material, transform map, print media and printer; and
the metadata includes a recipe, the recipe including instruction to build a channel map based on at least one of a neutral axis, a set of seed nodes and a delta table included in primitive data stored by the printer cartridge; wherein
the neutral axis relates to a line extending from an origin of a three-dimensional color table to a node of the color table farthest from the origin;
the set of seed nodes correspond to nodes of a compressed color table; and
the delta table is to indicate a difference between an interpolated color table node and a corresponding actual color table.

US Pat. No. 10,766,266

LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-jet printer, comprising:an ink tank including an ink inlet;
a cap detachably installable in the ink inlet, the cap including a body which is configured to be inserted into the ink inlet, a flange which is configured not to be inserted into the ink inlet under a condition that the body is inserted into the ink inlet, a tab and an arm; and
a cover configured to be movable with respect to the ink inlet between a closed position at which the cover covers the ink inlet, and an open position at which the cover exposes the ink inlet,
wherein the cover includes an inner surface configured to face the ink inlet under a condition that the cover is in the closed position, and a rib provided at the inner surface;
the rib is configured to face the tab, in which the cap is inserted into the ink inlet under the condition that the cover is in the closed position and the rib is configured to abut against the tab of the cap under a condition that the cap is not appropriately installed in the inlet when the cover moving from the open position to the closed position, thereby the cover being prevented from reaching the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,265

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:an ink tank for each ink color that stores ink to be supplied to a print head that ejects ink;
an ink flow path plate for each ink color, the ink flow path plate having a supply flow path that guides the ink supplied from the ink tank to the print head;
a flow path concentration plate in which is concentrated the supply flow path for each ink color and which guides the ink between the ink flow path plate and the print head, the flow path concentration plate being inclined with respect to the ink flow path plate; and
one or a plurality of function parts provided within a space demarcated by both of (a) the ink flow path plate and (b) the flow path concentration plate, the one or a plurality of function parts being configured to act on the supply flow path inside the ink flow path plate.

US Pat. No. 10,766,264

TANK ARRANGEABLE IN LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,766,263

MAINTENANCE UNIT AND INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS THEREWITH

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A maintenance unit which cleans a recording head having an ink ejection face in which ink ejection openings for ejecting ink onto a recording medium are open, comprising:a wiper for wiping off ink on the ink ejection face;
a wiper carriage which, while holding the wiper, moves along a wiping direction; and
a collection tray which has a tray face arranged under the wiper and which collects the ink wiped off by the wiper,
wherein
the wiper carriage has a holding plate for holding the wiper and an ink guide member,
in a part of the holding plate fading the ink ejection face, a communication portion which connects together an upper space and a lower space is formed,
the ink guide member has an upper opening and a lower opening connected to the upper opening,
the upper opening receives the ink fallen from the ink ejection face and is arranged above the holding plate,
the lower opening is arranged in or under the communication portion and above the tray face,
a length of the upper opening in an orthogonal direction perpendicular to the wiping direction is larger than a length of the ink ejection face in the orthogonal direction,
a length of the communication portion in the orthogonal direction is smaller than the length of the ink ejection face in the orthogonal direction, and
a length of the lower opening in the orthogonal direction is smaller than the length of the communication portion in the orthogonal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,262

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid from a nozzle disposed on a nozzle surface; and
a wiper unit configured to wipe the nozzle surface, the wiper unit including:
a first wiping mechanism including a first wiping member configured to wipe the nozzle surface by movement in a wiping direction; and
a second wiping mechanism including a second wiping member configured to wipe the nozzle surface by movement in the wiping direction, the second wiping member being a long shaped absorption member capable of absorbing the liquid, and
the first wiping member contacts the second wiping member, and the liquid attached to the first wiping member is collected by the second wiping member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,261

HEAD CLEANING DEVICE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A head cleaning device comprising:a first wiping member to wipe a nozzle face of each of a plurality of liquid discharge heads;
a first drive mechanism to move the first wiping member to a first wiping position at which the first wiping member wipes the nozzle face and a first retraction position spaced apart from the nozzle face;
a second wiping member to wipe the nozzle face;
a second drive mechanism to move the second wiping member to a second wiping position at which the second wiping member wipes the nozzle face and a second retraction position spaced apart from the nozzle face;
a common drive source to drive the first drive mechanism and the second drive mechanism;
control circuitry to control the common drive source; and
a driving-force transmitter to transmit drive force of the second drive mechanism to the first drive mechanism,
wherein the first wiping member and the second wiping member are moved in synchronization with each other by the common drive source through the driving-force transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,766,260

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit that performs a recording by ejecting a liquid on a medium;
a carriage that includes the recording unit in a bottom portion and is movable in a width direction intersecting a medium transporting direction;
a casing that has the carriage therein and constitutes an external appearance of the apparatus;
an adapter that is mounted on an upper portion of the recording unit and accommodates the liquid to be supplied to the recording unit;
at least one liquid accommodating unit that supplies the liquid to the adapter through a tube and includes a filling port into which the liquid can be filled; and
a waste liquid receiving unit that receives the liquid discharged as a waste liquid during a maintenance operation of the recording unit, the waste liquid receiving unit comprising a protruding portion that protrudes vertically;
wherein the casing has a cover for covering both the liquid accommodating unit and the waste liquid receiving unit, the cover being configured to rotate to open or close,
wherein when the cover opens,
both the liquid accommodating unit and the waste liquid receiving unit are accessible to a user, and
the protruding portion is configured to be gripped by a user, such that the waste liquid receiving unit can be taken out or inserted into the recording apparatus, and
wherein the cover is provided with a first visual recognition unit and a second visual recognition unit, the first visual recognition unit being capable of checking a remaining amount of the liquid accommodating unit, and the second visual recognition unit being capable of checking a state of the waste liquid receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,259

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO A PRECEDING COMMAND

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus, comprising:a sheet conveyer configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction;
a carriage configured to move in a main scanning direction which intersect with the conveying direction in an area including a sheet facing area within which the carriage faces the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyer;
an inkjet head mounted on the carriage and configured to eject ink droplets through nozzles formed on the inkjet head;
a cap configured to face the inkjet head when the carriage is located at a first position which is outside the sheet facing area in the main scanning direction, the cap being movable between a covering position and a spaced position, the covering position being a position at which the cap closely contacts the inkjet head and covers the nozzles, the spaced position being a position at which the cap is spaced from the inkjet head;
an ink receiver configured to face the inkjet head when the ink receiver is located at a second position which is outside the sheet facing area in the main scanning direction and different from the first position;
a communication device;
a controller; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the controller to:
in response to receipt of a preceding command which is a command notifying transmission of a recording command in advance from an information processing device through the communication device, separate the cap from the covering position to the spaced position and move the carriage from which the cap is spaced from the first position toward the second position; and
in response to receipt of the recording command which instructs recording of an image on the sheet through the communication device, cause the inkjet head to eject the ink toward the ink receiver, move the carriage from the second position to the sheet facing area, cause the conveyer to convey the sheet, and cause the inkjet head to eject the ink in accordance with the recording command.

US Pat. No. 10,766,258

PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN INKJET HEAD

FUJIFILM DIMATIX, INC., ...

1. A method for manufacturing a piezoelectric element, the method comprises:forming a common electrode on a substrate
forming a piezoelectric film on the common electrode;
forming a plurality of individual electrodes on the other surface of the piezoelectric body film, at least two individual electrodes of the plurality of individual electrodes have different sizes to cause their associated piezoelectric film to have a uniform displacement amount when a voltage is applied to the at least two individual electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,766,257

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a communication plate including a descender connected to a nozzle;
a pressure chamber plate stacked on the communication plate, and including a plurality of pressure chambers each connected to the descender and arranged in an array direction;
a piezoelectric element arranged in a position to overlap with the pressure chambers in a stacking direction of the communication plate and the pressure chamber plate; and
a discharge common channel extending in the array direction, and connected to the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the discharge common channel includes a first discharge portion formed in the pressure chamber plate, and a second discharge portion formed in the communication plate and connected to the first discharge portion,
wherein the discharge common channel is configured to discharge liquid toward one side in the array direction, and
wherein the second discharge portion includes an expansion portion to expand beyond the first discharge portion in a width direction orthogonal to the stacking direction and to the array direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,256

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate comprising:a base;
a heat generating resistor layer formed on or above the base and including an electrothermal conversion portion for generating heat and bubbling the liquid for ejection;
a wiring electrically connected to the heat generating resistor layer and defining the electrothermal conversion portion; and
a protecting film covering at least the electrothermal conversion portion and the wiring of the heat generating resistor layer,
wherein the wiring has an alloy containing Al as a main component and Cu and having an average crystal grain size of 300 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,766,255

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate comprising a heat generating resistor that generates thermal energy for ejecting a liquid,wherein the heat generating resistor is a stacked structure having stacked a plurality of resistor layers including a first resistor layer and a second resistor layer, each containing a metal silicon nitride and the first resistor layer and the second resistor layer being different in at least one of a silicon content in the metal silicon nitride and a metal element contained in the metal silicon nitride, and
wherein when the second resistor layer has a specific resistance value not more than that of the first resistor layer, a ratio of the specific resistance value of the first resistor layer to the specific resistance value of the second resistor layer is 2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,766,254

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, LIQUID DISCHARGE SYSTEM, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid discharge head configured to discharge liquid when a drive waveform set in accordance with a value of image data is applied thereto in response to a discharge cycle signal;
a carriage on which the liquid discharge head is mounted, the carriage configured to scan the object in a predetermined direction; and
processing circuitry configured to:
output pattern data for decimating the discharge cycle signal and the image data in accordance with a number of scans performed by the carriage to form a line of an image; and
decimate the discharge cycle signal in accordance with the pattern data such that the discharge cycle signal switches once per scan.

US Pat. No. 10,766,253

SIDEBAND SIGNAL FOR FLUID EJECTION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid ejection system, comprising:a plurality of fluid ejection devices to distribute fluid onto a media;
a sensor to analyze a line of an image formed by the fluid on the media; and
a feedback system to determine a time delay of a last fluid ejection device of the plurality of fluid ejection devices based on the line of the image on the media that is analyzed by the sensor and to insert the time delay into a sideband signal generated by a controller of the feedback system that is fed from a first fluid ejection device of the plurality of fluid ejection devices to each remaining fluid ejection device of the plurality of fluid ejection devices via serial connections to provide a correct alignment of the fluid ejection devices across a width of the media when printing a subsequent line of the image on the media.

US Pat. No. 10,766,252

HEATER AND INKJET PRINTER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A heater comprising:a planar heat generator;
a power supply circuit that controls supply of power to the planar heat generator;
a plurality of temperature sensors that is provided on the planar heat generator and measures a temperature; and
a hardware processor that detects abnormality of the temperature sensor in a case where a difference in temperature measured by each of two of the temperature sensors out of the plurality of temperature sensors exceeds an abnormality threshold value after a predetermined waiting time has elapsed since the supply of power to the planar heat generator is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,766,251

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DISCHARGE STATUS JUDGMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead including a plurality of nozzles each configured to discharge ink, a plurality of heaters respectively provided in the plurality of nozzles and each configured to heat the ink, a plurality of temperature detection elements provided in correspondence with the plurality of heaters, and an inspection circuit configured to inspect ink discharge statuses of the plurality of nozzles using the plurality of temperature detection elements;
a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of nozzles of the printhead, a nozzle as a target of inspection of the ink discharge status;
a drive unit configured to drive, by one of a first pulse and a second pulse whose waveform is different from that of the first pulse, the heater provided in the nozzle selected by the selection unit;
an inspection unit configured to cause the printhead to inspect the ink discharge status by changing stepwise a threshold value used for judging a temperature detection result of a temperature detection element corresponding to the nozzle selected by the selection unit, in order to judge the ink discharge status of the nozzle selected by the selection unit in a state in which the heater provided in the nozzle selected by the selection unit is driven by the drive unit by each of the first pulse and the second pulse;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, for the selected nozzle, first information about a change point at which a judgment result obtained by inspecting the ink discharge status by the inspection unit changes in the state in which the heater provided in the selected nozzle is driven by the drive unit by the first pulse, and second information about a change point at which a judgment result obtained by inspecting the ink discharge status by the inspection unit changes in the state in which the heater provided in the selected nozzle is driven by the drive unit by the second pulse; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on the first information and the second information obtained by the obtaining unit, the threshold value for judging the ink discharge status of the nozzle selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,250

PRINT CONTROLLER AND METHOD OF PRINTING

Xyrec IP B.V., Schiphol-...

1. Printing device comprising:a movable robot arm mounted on a movable support,
a print head supported at a printing end of the robot arm, the print head comprising a plurality of nozzles,
an ink reservoir connected to the nozzles of the print head and to a pump device for supplying ink from the reservoir to the nozzles, and
a controller for moving the print head along a printing trajectory while changing the orientation of the print head, wherein the controller is arranged for:in a calibrating step moving the print head along a calibration trajectory and measuring ink pressures in the printing head and generating and storing ink pressure control data for the nozzles for different orientations of the print head, andin a printing step generating for varying orientations of the print head along the printing trajectory a pressure control signal on the basis of the stored ink pressure control data, which pressure control signal is supplied to the pump device such that a pressure of the ink in the nozzles is set at a predetermined pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,766,249

METHOD AND CONTROLLER TO PREVENT INK LEAKAGE FROM A PRINT HEAD

Canon Production Printing...

1. A method for preventing the leaking of ink from a print head of an inkjet printing device, the print head including a nozzle plate and at least one nozzle, the method comprising:determining presence of a printing interruption phase of the print head or that a previous print preparation phase has been performed;
reducing, based on the determination, a physical rest pressure of the ink in the nozzle to a printing interruption level that is lower than a printing operation level used as a rest pressure during a printing phase of the print head;
determining state information corresponding to a degree of degradation of a protective layer disposed on the nozzle plate of the print head; and
adapting the printing interruption level based on the state information.

US Pat. No. 10,766,248

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXPOSING PRINTING PLATES USING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

Esko-Graphics Imaging Gmb...

1. An apparatus for back-exposing a printing plate comprising a photosensitive material activated by exposure to radiation, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged in one or more arrays, the plurality of LEDs comprising at least two sets of LEDs, each set having an emission spectrum different than a corresponding emission spectrum of at least one other set, the array spaced a pre-defined distance from a back, non-printing side of a printing plate; and
one or more controllers connected to the one or more arrays and configured to activate the one or more arrays to cause the plurality of sets of LEDs to emit radiation toward the back, non-printing side of the printing plate simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,766,247

EXPOSING PRINTING PLATES USING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

Esko-Graphics Imaging Gmb...

1. An apparatus comprising:a rotatable imaging drum configured to have a UV-curable printing plate placed thereon, the plate having a front and a back, the drum operative to rotate during an imaging process, the plate having an ablatable layer on the front thereof, the plate being a UV-curable flexographic plate, a UV-curable letterpress plate, or a UV-curable sleeve;
a source of one or more laser beams coupled to a source of image data and operable during the imaging process to image the UV-curable plate that has been placed on the drum, the imaging using the source of one or more laser beams causing ablating of some of the ablatable layer according to imaging data to form an imaged plate;
an unloading area onto which the imaged plate is movable as part of an unloading process that unloads the imaged plate from the drum;
a plurality of UV emitting LEDs (UV LEDs) configured to apply UV radiation to the back of the plate or to both the front and the back of the plate during or after the placing of the plate on the drum or during or after the unloading of the imaged plate;
wherein the UV radiation has divergence that is adjustable by tilting some of the UV LEDs differently with respect to each other such that UV radiation beams emitted by the UV LEDs towards the imaged plate emanate in a plurality of directions, and
wherein the plurality of UV LEDs collectively emit a plurality of wavelengths and are supplied by respective controllable power sources to produce the UV radiation having a spectral composition.

US Pat. No. 10,766,246

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An additive manufacturing process, comprising:forming a first layer of powdered build material;
dispensing a coalescing agent on to powdered build material in the first layer in a pattern corresponding to a first object slice;
dispensing a coalescence modifier agent on to powdered build material in the first layer surrounding build material patterned with coalescing agent;
solidifying build material in the first layer patterned with coalescing agent to form the first object slice; then
melting some or all of the first object slice;
after melting some or all of the first object slice, pressing a part into melted first object slice wherein some of the melted first object slice is displaced by the part;
forming a second layer of powdered build material on the first object slice and covering the part;
dispensing a coalescing agent on to powdered build material in the second layer in a pattern corresponding to a second object slice;
dispensing a coalescence modifier agent on to powdered build material in the second layer surrounding build material patterned with coalescing agent; and
solidifying build material in the second layer patterned with coalescing agent to form the second object slice covering the part.

US Pat. No. 10,766,245

SLICE AREA DISTRIBUTION FOR OBTAINING IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES

Materialise N.V., Leuven...

1. A method for improved 3D printing, the method comprising:calculating, on a computing device, a slice area distribution of a 3D design, wherein the slice area distribution comprises slice areas of a plurality of slices of the 3D design corresponding to a plurality of parallel planes along an axis;
determining, on the computing device, if based on the calculated slice area distribution a criteria based on one or more quality metrics is met, wherein:
the one or more quality metrics comprise one or more of the following: a maximum amplitude of a curve based on the calculated slice area distribution, wherein the curve is defined as a slice area, of each of the plurality of slices, as a function of height of each slice along a z-axis of the 3D design, a maximum frequency of the curve, a maximum smoothness of the curve, a slope of the curve, a maximum slice area minus a minimum slice area of slices of the calculated slice area distribution, and a maximum difference in slice area between adjacent slices of the calculated slice area distribution, and
the one or more quality metrics comprise the maximum difference in slice area between adjacent slices of the calculated slice area distribution;
adjusting the 3D design in the computing device if the criteria is not met, wherein adjusting is performed based on one or more restrictions; and
finalizing the 3D design in the computing device to instruct manufacture by an additive manufacturing apparatus,
wherein the computing device generates instructions for printing slices of the 3D design on the additive manufacturing apparatus, wherein the one or more quality metrics of the slice area distribution meet the criteria, thereby improving the 3D printing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,244

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COMPENSATING FOR THERMAL EXPANSION DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus, comprising:a printing gantry;
a nozzle movable with the printing gantry and configured to extrude a thermoplastic material;
a trimming gantry; and
a controller configured to:
receive first size information indicative of a first size of a part at a first temperature;
receive second size information indicative of a second size of the part at a second temperature;
calculate a difference between the first size and the second size; and
cause the trimming gantry to trim the part based on the difference between the first size and the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,766,243

CARTRIDGE FOR A STEREOLITHOGRAPHIC MACHINE, STEREO-LITHOGRAPHIC MACHINE COMPRISING SAID CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAID CARTRIDGE

1. A stereolithography cartridge, comprising:a container provided with an access opening and a bottom situated opposite said access opening;
a reservoir containing a liquid base material or a paste base material, suited to be solidified through exposure to a radiation, said reservoir being permanently associated with said container to form a single body, the reservoir and the container belonging to a single containment structure, which comprises an intermediate wall separating the container from the reservoir;
means for feeding incorporated into the stereolithographic cartridge, the means for feeding suited to feed said base material from said reservoir towards said container, the means for feeding comprising a properly sized orifice that connects the reservoir to the container,
wherein the bottom of said container is at least partially transparent to said radiation and wherein the cartridge is disposable, allowing for modification of the base material by replacing the cartridge in a stereolithography machine with another analogous cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,766,242

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING A COMPONENT USING A CONSOLIDATING DEVICE

General Electric Company,...

1. A consolidating device for an additive manufacturing system, said consolidating device comprising:at least one first energy beam generator configured to generate a first energy beam for forming a first melt pool in a layer of material;
at least one second energy beam generator configured to generate a second energy beam for forming a second melt pool in the layer of material;
at least one first lens having a first entrance pupil, said first lens positioned between said first energy beam generator and the layer of material, wherein said first lens is a first unilaterally telecentric lens and is configured to receive the first energy beam;
at least one second lens having a second entrance pupil, said second lens positioned between said first lens and the layer of material, wherein said second lens is a second unilaterally telecentric lens and is configured to receive the first energy beam from said first lens, wherein the first entrance pupil and the second entrance pupil substantially overlap, and wherein said first unilaterally telecentric lens and said second unilaterally telecentric lens create an afocal plane at a midpoint between said first unilaterally telecentric lens and said second unilaterally telecentric lens; and
at least one reflective element positioned between said first lens and said second lens, said reflective element configured to receive the second energy beam and to reflect the second energy beam through said second lens to be incident on the layer of material.

US Pat. No. 10,766,241

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing, the method comprising:dispensing a subsequent layer of a curable material against a preceding layer of the curable material; and
concurrently with the dispensing, directing curing energy to a discrete region of the curable material to cure together the subsequent layer and the preceding layer, wherein the discrete region consists of a forward side of the curable material as the curable material is being dispensed to define the subsequent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,766,240

LAMINATION MACHINE WITH DRAWING MEANS AND A METHOD FOR LAMINATING A MATERIAL

1. A laminating machine (01), wherein the laminating machine (01) has at least one material source (100) for material (02) to be laminated, and wherein the laminating machine (01) has at least one laminating unit (310), and wherein the laminating machine (01) has at least one lamination source (320; 330) for at least one web-type laminating material (321; 331), and wherein the axial direction (A) is oriented orthogonally to every transport direction of the material web (02), characterized in that at least two different webbing-up means (342; 343), each of which is movable along at least one respective webbing-up path (344; 346) for webbing up different laminating materials (321; 331), are and/or can be arranged at least intermittently at least within the laminating unit (310), and in that a first webbing-up path (344) associated with a first webbing-up means (342) is associated with a first lamination source (320) and a second webbing-up path (346) associated with a second webbing-up means (343) is associated with a second lamination source (330), and in that the first webbing-up path (344) and the second webbing-up path (344) are associated with the same laminating unit (310), and in that at least parts of the respective at least one webbing-up path (344; 346) are spaced by a distance of at least 1 cm with respect to an axial direction (A) from every component of a transport path provided for the at least one laminating material (321; 331) within the laminating unit (310), and in that the respective webbing-up paths (342; 343) of the at least two different webbing-up means (342; 343) are arranged spaced from one another in the axial direction (A).

US Pat. No. 10,766,239

COMPOSITE PANEL, COMPOSITE MATERIAL, IMPREGNATOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A COMPOSITE PANEL

ANNEXAIR INC., Drummondv...

1. A method for manufacturing a composite material, the method comprising:a) positioning a first fabric layer between a first Kraft paper layer and a second Kraft paper layer;
b) impregnating the first fabric layer with a binding composition in fluid state while maintaining the first Kraft paper layer and the second Kraft paper layer dry and separate from the first fabric layer;
c) after a) and b), assembling the impregnated first fabric layer, the first Kraft paper layer and the second Kraft paper layer together to form a first pre-impregnated multilayer assembly;
d) after c), applying pressure on the first pre-impregnated multilayer assembly to diffuse the binding composition from the first fabric layer to the first Kraft paper layer and the second Kraft paper layer; and
e) after d), curing the first pre-impregnated multilayer assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,766,238

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MULTILAYER SUBSTRATE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A method of manufacturing a multilayer substrate, the method comprising:preparing a plurality of substrates;
stacking the substrates with bonding sheets interposed; and
a first bonding process of bonding the substrates to each other by partially heating the stacked substrates by a heater and partially melting the bonding sheets, wherein:
each of the substrates is provided with a through-hole and a metal film covering an inner peripheral surface of the through-hole; and
in the first bonding process, the metal film on an outermost substrate is heated by the heater and heat is transferred from the heater to the bonding sheet adjacent the outermost substrate via the metal film, wherein:
the heater has a heater head;
in the first bonding process, the heated heater head is brought into contact with a region including the through-hole of the outermost substrate,
the heater head is provided with a contact surface and a protruding portion protruding from the contact surface; and
in the first bonding process, when the heater head is brought into contact with the region including the through-hole, the contact surface comes into contact with the substrate or the metal film, and the protruding portion is disposed in the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,766,237

POLYESTER FILM, LAMINATE, AND PACKAGING BAG

TOYOBO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A polyester film which is formed with a polyester resin whose main constituent component is ethylene terephthalate as a main component, and satisfies requirements (1) to (5) below:(1) the polyester film having two or more layers that include at least one fold holding layer, and wherein the fold holding layer is present on at least one of the film surfaces;
(2) the fold holding layer comprising a total of 12% by mol or more and 30% by mol or less of at least one monomer component that forms an amorphous component in all monomer components of the fold holding layer, and a difference in amount of an amorphous component being 4% by mol or more and 30% by mol or less that is obtained by deducting an amount of an amorphous component in a layer other than the fold holding layer from the amount of the amorphous component in the fold holding layer;
(3) the polyester film having a fold holding angle of 20 degrees or more and 70 degrees or less;
(4) the polyester film having a heat shrinkage rate of 0% or more and 15% or less both in a longitudinal direction and a width direction when treated in 80° C. hot water over 10 seconds; and
(5) the layer other than the fold holding layer comprises an ethylene terephthalate unit as a main constituent component and the amorphous component.

US Pat. No. 10,766,236

MULTILAYER SEALING FILM AND FILM LAMINATE COMPRISING A MULTILAYER SEALING FILM

1. A multilayer sealing film comprising a sealable polymer, wherein,surface structures provided on a first side of the multilayer sealing film in areas where sealing takes place increase compressibility of the multilayer sealing film, such that during sealing adjoining multilayer sealing films are pressed together and compressed to avoid formation of air channels, and
the multilayer sealing film has a thickness prior to introduction of the surface structures in a range of 10 ?m to 100 ?m, and
a total of the S-values for each layer of the multilayer sealing film is less than 10,000, the S-value of each layer defined as a product of a thickness of the layer in micrometer and an amount of slip additive in the layer in parts per million, and
the multilayer sealing film has a COF relative to steel of dynamically less than 0.3, with the side comprising the surface structures, irrespective of an addition of an antiblock additive to the multilayer sealing film.

US Pat. No. 10,766,234

OPTICAL FILM AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A foldable light-transmitting optical film for use in an image display device, comprising:a resin base material; and
a resin layer provided on one surface of the resin base material;
wherein the shear storage elastic modulus (G?) of the optical film at 25° C. in the frequency range from 500 Hz to 1000 Hz inclusive is 1 MPa or more and 200 MPa or less; and
the shear loss elastic modulus (G?) of the optical film at 25° C. in the frequency range from 500 Hz to 1000 Hz inclusive is 0.1 MPa or more and 100 MPa or less.

US Pat. No. 10,766,233

LAMINATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE WITH PATTERNED PLATED LAYER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL LAYER-CONTAINING LAMINATE, TOUCH PANEL SENSOR, AND TOUCH PANEL

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A laminate comprising, in order:a substrate;
a plated layer forming layer; and
a temporary protective film,
wherein the plated layer forming layer contains a polymerization initiator and Compound X or Composition Y shown below, and
an absorption edge ?0 on the long wavelength side of an ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of the temporary protective film,
an absorption edge ?1 on the long wavelength side of an ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of the polymerization initiator,
an absorption edge ?2 on the long wavelength side of an ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of the substrate satisfy the relationship represented by Expression (Z),
the substrate contains an ultraviolet absorber,
?0 Compound X: a compound containing a functional group capable of interacting with a plating catalyst or a precursor thereof, and a polymerizable group, and
Composition Y: a composition including a compound containing a functional group capable of interacting with a plating catalyst or a precursor thereof, and a compound containing a polymerizable group.

US Pat. No. 10,766,232

SMOOTH SURFACE FORMING TOOL AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

1. A method of manufacture of a composite aircraft article having an aerodynamic surface by forming the composite aircraft article having the aerodynamic surface on an aircraft article composite forming tool, wherein the aircraft article composite forming tool comprises a matrix laminate comprising a plurality of laid-up plies with an upper ply including a forming surface for forming said composite aircraft article having the aerodynamic surface, the upper ply of the aircraft article composite forming tool comprising a nano filament structure embedded therein, wherein a portion of the nano filament structure is exposed to the forming surface and wherein the nano filament structure comprises nano filaments that as a whole have a well-defined perpendicular orientation relative to an extension of a plane of the upper ply; the method comprising:conforming a blank onto the aircraft article composite forming tool;
forming the conformed blank on the upper ply of the forming surface, wherein the forming surface of the aircraft article composite forming tool is adapted to form the aerodynamic surface of the composite aircraft article;
curing the formed blank into the composite aircraft article having the aerodynamic surface; and
finishing the composite aircraft article.

US Pat. No. 10,766,230

LAMINATED GLASS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A laminated glass comprising a first laminated glass member, a second laminated glass member and an interlayer film arranged between the first laminated glass member and the second laminated glass member,the interlayer film being provided with an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a thermoplastic resin, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a thermoplastic resin,
the first resin layer optionally containing a heat shielding compound which is at least one kind of ingredient among heat shielding particles, a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound and an anthracyanine compound,
the second resin layer containing a heat shielding compound which is at least one kind of ingredient among heat shielding particles, a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound and an anthracyanine compound,
when a content of the heat shielding compound in the first resin layer is X % by weight and a content of the heat shielding compound in the second resin layer is Y % by weight, X is 0 or more, Y is 0.05 or more, and X is less than Y, and a difference between X and Y is 0.05 or more and 2 or less,
the first laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the first resin layer in the interlayer film, the second laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the second resin layer in the interlayer film, and the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the first laminated glass member and the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the second laminated glass member and the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,766,228

COATED FILM STRUCTURES WITH AN ALUMINUM OXIDE INTERMEDIATE LAYER

Michelman, Inc., Cincinn...

1. A coated film structure comprising:a substrate layer comprising a polymer film substrate, the substrate layer having a thickness of from 1 ?m to 120 ?m;
an overcoat layer comprising amorphous polyvinyl alcohol, the overcoat layer having a dry coat weight of from about 0.05 g/m2 to about 1.5 g/m2; and
at least one intermediate layer disposed between the substrate layer and the overcoat layer, the intermediate layer comprising aluminum oxide and having a thickness from about 5 nm to about 30 nm;
wherein the coated film structure comprises a rigid amorphous fraction (RAF) at an interface of the overcoat layer and the at least one intermediate layer, the overcoat layer comprising at least 30 weight percent RAF (% RAF) based on the total weight of the overcoat layer;
wherein the coated film structure has an oxygen transmission rate of less than about 0.70 cm3/m2/day at 90% relative humidity and 23° C. as measured in accordance with ASTM D3985; and
a water vapor transmission rate of less than 1.00 g/m2/day at 90% relative humidity and 37.8° C. as measured in accordance with ASTM E-398.

US Pat. No. 10,766,227

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITE AND LAMINATE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

6. A laminate comprising:a conductive base material made of a first metal having conductivity;
a buffer layer that is on the conductive base material and made of a second metal capable of mutual diffusion with the first metal;
a catalyst layer that is on the buffer layer and made of seed catalyst particles which catalyze formation of carbon nanotubes; and
a solid phase diffusion region where the first metal and the second metal are solid-phase diffused from a surface of the conductive base material to a predetermined depth selected from depths of 850 nm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,766,226

PET RELEASE LINER

Inteplast Group Corporati...

1. A multilayer release liner for a roofing material, comprising:a core layer comprising polyethylene terephthalate (PET) having a first side and a second side;
a first tie layer disposed upon the first side of the core layer and a second tie layer disposed upon the second side of the core layer;
a first polyolefin layer disposed on the first tie layer and a second polyolefin layer disposed on the second tie layer; and
a third polyolefin layer disposed on top of the first polyolefin layer and a fourth polyolefin layer disposed on top of the second polyolefin layer;
wherein the PET is present in the core layer in an amount of at least 50 wt % based on the total weight of the core layer.

US Pat. No. 10,766,225

LAMINATE, BUILDING MATERIAL, WINDOW MATERIAL, AND RADIATION COOLING DEVICE

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A laminate comprising:a substrate; and
a laminated structure that comprises two or more kinds of layers having different specific acoustic impedances and that is disposed on the substrate,
a number of layers constituting the laminated structure being 10 or more,
a thickness of a layer having the largest thickness among the layers constituting the laminated structure being 8 nm or less, and
the laminated structure having a CV value, that is defined by a standard deviation of layer thicknesses/average layer thickness, of 0.05 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,766,224

PANEL MADE OF LAMINATES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

FOKKER AEROSTRUCTURES B.V...

1. An integrated panel of interconnected laminates, comprising:a first laminate (1); and
a second laminate (2),
the first laminate (1) comprised of stacked first metal layers (5, 5?, 5?) and at least one fibre-reinforced adhesive layer (19) between adjacent metal layers of the first metal layers (5, 5?, 5?), and
the second laminate (2) comprised of stacked second metal layers (4, 4?, 4?) and at least one fibre-reinforced adhesive layer (19) between adjacent metal layers of the second metal layers (4, 4?, 4?),
wherein, from the first and second metal layers, outer metal layers form outer surfaces which in turn define a continuous and uniformly formed panel surface (6), in which, of one pair of outer metal layers that comprises a first outer metal layer (5) of the first laminate (1) and a second outer metal layer (4) of the second laminate (2), the first and second outer metal layers (4, 5) each comprise adjacent joggled edge parts (8, 9) that overlap and are adhered via an adhesion surface (25) of the edge part (9) of the first outer metal layer (5) by means of an adhesive (10), which adhesion surface (25) faces away from the panel surface (6), wherein at a recessed location of transition from the outer surface (7) of the first outer metal layer (5) to the outer surface (7) to the outer surface (4) a filler (11) is located, and
wherein the panel further comprises a cladding layer (14) in the recessed location of transition, which cladding layer comprises at least one fibre material layer (15, 24) extending over the filler (11) and the adjacent outer surface areas (12, 13) of the outer metal layers (5, 4) located on opposite sides of the filler (11) and being adhered to the outer surface areas (12, 13), the outer side of the cladding layer (14) formed by an adhesive layer (16) or by a fibre layer embedded in an adhesive material, and
wherein an outer surface of the cladding layer (14) defines an outer surface of the panel, which coincides with the external surface (6).

US Pat. No. 10,766,223

LOW GLOSS LAMINATED ARTICLE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A low gloss fabric-based graphic film, comprising:a printed woven fabric layer having first and second major sides;
a low gloss light transmissive film layer having first and second major sides, its second major side adhesively coupled to the first major side of the printed woven fabric layer;
wherein the first major side of the light transmissive film layer has a relative luminous reflectance factor that is at least 50% lower than the light transmissive film layer's luminous reflectance factor before adhesive coupling to the first major side of the printed fabric; and,
wherein the luminous reflectance factors are measured according to ASTM D523-14 at 60°; and
wherein the first major side of the light transmissive film layer has a sparkle index of less than 20,
wherein the sparkle index is measured in accordance with ASTM E284-13b.

US Pat. No. 10,766,222

GLASS SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, COVER GLASS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A cover glass to protect a protection object, wherein:at least one concave portion is provided in a front surface or back surface of the cover glass,
the cover glass comprises a thin portion formed by providing the concave portion and a thick portion connecting to the thin portion,
an anti-glare treated layer is included in at least a part of a surface of the cover glass,
a refractive index of the anti-glare treated layer is smaller than that of a center part of the thick portion in a thickness direction of the cover glass in a section view, and
a haze value of the thin portion is 8% or less.

US Pat. No. 10,766,221

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A CUSHIONING PRODUCT AND CUSHIONING PRODUCT

Storopack Hans Reicheneck...

1. A cushioning product comprising:an elongated, longitudinally extending, multi-layered paper strip, said strip having a pair of opposite marginal areas and a middle area between said opposite marginal areas,
individual layers of said multi-layered paper strip connected to one another in said middle area in at least some locations along the longitudinal extent of said middle area,
individual layers of said multi-layered paper strip not connected to one another in said marginal areas,
adjacent ones of the individual layers of said multi-layered paper strip spread away from one another in said marginal areas such that said cushioning product has a longitudinally continuous star-shaped cross-section, the star-shaped cross-section defined as having protruding rays extending from the middle area of the paper strip, wherein the number of rays is based on the number of layers in the paper strip,
said middle area of said cushioning product crumpled longitudinally such that for a given length of said multi-layered paper strip, said cushioning product is shorter than the given length of said multi-layered paper strip,
wherein said adjacent ones of the individual layers of said multi-layered paper strip at each said marginal area form an included angle therebetween ranging from about 60 degrees to about 120 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,766,220

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A CUSHIONING PRODUCT AND CUSHIONING PRODUCT

Storopack Hans Reicheneck...

1. A device for producing a cushioning product comprising:an inlet area for receiving a longitudinal, two-layered paper strip, wherein individual layers of the paper strip are closely adjacent to one other, wherein the individual layers of the paper strip are connected to one another in at least some sections in a middle area of the paper strip extending in a longitudinal direction, and wherein the individual layers of the paper strip comprise marginal areas which, while closely adjacent to one another, are not connected to one other,
at least one opening core configured to spread the individual layers apart away from one another along the marginal areas while permitting the individual layers to remain connected to one another in the middle area so that the paper strip has a star-shaped cross-section, the star-shaped cross-section defined as having protruding rays extending from the middle area of the paper strip, wherein the number of rays is based on the number of layers in the paper strip,
an advance mechanism configured to advance the paper strip and to move the marginal areas over the at least one opening core, and
a crumpling mechanism configured to crumple the paper strip along the middle area,
wherein the at least one opening core comprises at least two mutually facing opening cores, which are spaced apart from each other in a transverse direction, so that the middle area of the paper strip can be moved in the longitudinal direction between the two mutually facing opening cores,
wherein the two mutually facing opening cores comprise wedge sections, each wedge section, in a cross-section along the longitudinal direction, having a thinner end and a thicker end, the thinner ends of the wedge sections being directed toward the inlet area.

US Pat. No. 10,766,219

PRESSING DEVICE

1. A pressing device comprising, an endless conveyor having a multiplicity of conveying links connected to one another to form an endlessly revolving track, adjacent ones of the conveying links are pivotally connected to one another in each case via a pin forming a pivot axes, and at least one pressing roll provided in a pressing zone in order to pressurize a pressing material to be conveyed on the endless conveyor between the pressing roll and the endless conveyor, adjacent ones of the conveying links of the endless conveyor have intermeshing fingers, the pin connecting said conveying links passes through said fingers, and the conveying links take up a pivoted position with respect to one another in the pressing zone such that an outside of the endless conveyor that faces the pressing roll and is configured to receive the pressing material forms a protrusion-less and recess-less surface that is convex relative to the pressing roll, the pressing zone is followed by a breaking-open zone in a revolving direction of the endless conveyor, and the endless conveyor is deflected such that the outside thereof is bent concavely in the breaking-open zone, a deflection roller is located in the pressing zone that the endless conveyor revolves about, the deflection roller or deflection roll and the pressing roll are at a smallest distance from each other in the pressing zone which is at a point or in a region that is arranged on a line or plane running through axes of rotation of said deflection roller or deflection roll and said pressing roll, and a clearing-out zone between the breaking-open zone and the pressing zone in the revolving direction of the endless conveyor, and the endless conveyor is deflected in said clearing-out zone such that the outside is bent convexly.

US Pat. No. 10,766,217

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR BUILDING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A plant for building a tyre for vehicle wheels, comprising:a carcass-structure building line;
a crown-structure building line; and
an assembling station for coupling each carcass structure to each crown structure,wherein the crown-structure building line comprises:at least one first forming drum comprising sectors that are radially movable relative to a geometric rotation axis, each sector having a central portion and axially external end portions that are radially movable relative to the central portion, wherein said sectors are circumferentially distributed one after the other so as to define a deposition surface;
devices for setting the deposition surface in at least one deposition configuration; and
applicator devices for depositing strip-like elements in circumferential side by side relationship on the deposition surface set in said deposition configuration, so as to form at least one component of at least one crown structure, andwherein said devices for setting the deposition surface comprise:sliders for moving the sectors so as to give the deposition surface a predetermined diameter; and
the sliders also being configured for moving the end portions relative to the central portion of each sector and relative to the geometric rotation axis in order to shape the deposition surface into a predetermined convex outline, wherein each slider is carried by a radial arm that is engaged with a respective end portion of each respective sector;
central-portion locking devices configured for operating on the central portion of each sector so as to lock the central portion of each sector relative to the geometric rotation axis to a predetermined work position selected from a plurality of positions between a maximum-contraction position and a maximum-expansion position, while moving the end portions of each sector relative to the geometric rotation axis through respective sliders; and
end-portion locking devices configured for operating on the end portions of each sector for locking them to a predetermined work position selected from a plurality of positions between a maximum-contraction position and a minimum-contraction position relative to a corresponding central portion, while radially moving said corresponding central portions of said sectors.

US Pat. No. 10,766,216

TIRE HEATING PRESS

HARBURG-FREUDENBERGER MAS...

1. A device for vulcanization of tire blanks, comprising: at least one heatable mold for receiving the tire blank; at least one controllable supply device for a heating medium, the supply device having one inlet valve and one outlet valve, wherein the inlet valve has a first positioning device that is actuated by a liquid fluid, wherein the outlet valve has a second positioning device that is actuated by the liquid fluid, wherein the first positioning device includes a first piston-cylinder assembly and the second positioning device includes a second piston-cylinder assembly; and a pump to deliver the liquid fluid from a tank to the first and the second piston-cylinder assemblies and for a pressure buildup, wherein the pump is coupled to the tank, and wherein the inlet valve is connected to a first control valve by a first control line for actuating the inlet valve and the outlet valve is connected to a second control valve by a second control line for actuating the outlet valve, wherein the first control valve and the second control valve are 3/2-way valves.

US Pat. No. 10,766,215

ADJUSTABLE TIRE MOLD

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. An adjustable tire molding system, comprising:an annular mold assembly including at least one mold segment;
an adjuster ring assembly including at least one adjuster engaged with the at least one mold segment, wherein the adjuster ring assembly is oriented radially outwardly of the annular mold assembly;
an outer side plate, wherein the at least one mold segment and the adjuster ring assembly are operatively connected to the outer side plate; and
an outer ring assembly including a tubular outer ring connected to a container side plate, wherein the outer ring assembly has an inner diameter that is greater than an outer diameter of the adjuster ring assembly and an outer diameter of the outer side plate, wherein the annular mold assembly, the adjuster ring assembly, and the outer side plate are configured to be placed in the outer ring assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,766,214

DEVICE AND TRANSPORT DEVICE FOR HANDLING TYRE BLANKS

HARBURG-FREUDENBERGER MAS...

1. An arrangement, comprising:a tire-production plant arranged at a shop-floor height level;
a logistics system for implementing a material flow of tire blanks to the tire production plant, the logistics system including at least one loading installation for feeding the tire blanks to the tire production plant, and at least one transport installation arranged at a second height level relative to the shop-floor height level; and
at least one blank stand disposed at a first height level in a material flow direction between the transport installation and the loading installation, wherein the blank stand is arranged next to the tire-production plant to receive and/or temporarily store at least one of the tire blanks, the blank stand including at least three gripping holders for holding the at least one tire blank, the gripping holders being arranged to receive the tire blank on a rotationally symmetrical area and to have a free gap between the gripping holders that corresponds to the rotationally symmetrical area,
wherein the blank stand includes a frame, the at least three gripping holders being arranged on the frame,
wherein the at least three gripping holders for holding at least one tire blank are disposed so as to be movable radially relative to a central axis so that the free gap for receiving the tire blank is variable so that the tire blank is receivable on a rotationally symmetrical external or internal area.

US Pat. No. 10,766,212

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING RADIUS FILLER KITS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:positioning a plurality of segments of radius filler onto a radius filler forming tool; and
applying the plurality of segments of radius filler to a stringer in a single placement step;
wherein applying the plurality of segments of radius filler comprises bending the radius filler forming tool to press the plurality of segments of radius filler against the stringer and remove the plurality of segments of radius filler from the radius filler forming tool.

US Pat. No. 10,766,211

METHOD OF FORMING PRESSURE PAD OR OTHER FLEXIBLE ELEMENT FOR USE DURING CURE OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A method of manufacturing a pressure pad configured for pressing against composite material received on a mold surface of a mold during cure, the method comprising:placing a porous material over the mold surface;
forming a sealed enclosure containing the entire mold and the porous material, wherein a portion of the enclosure is movable relative to the mold surface when the sealed enclosure is under vacuum;
connecting an open liquid material supply bag to an inlet of the sealed enclosure and with the sealed enclosure under vacuum, infusing a curable liquid material from the liquid material supply bag into the enclosure and through the porous material;
after infusing the curable liquid material, closing the liquid material supply bag;
curing the liquid material under vacuum to form the pressure pad; and
opening the enclosure and disengaging the pressure pad from the mold;
wherein the sealed enclosure comprises a free bag that is not connected to the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,766,210

CUTTER DEVICE FOR AUTOMATED COMPOSITE MATERIAL PLACEMENT EQUIPMENT

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Zhe...

1. A cutter device for automated composite material placement equipment, comprising at least one cutter component, at least one drive mechanism that drives the at least one cutter component to slide, and a guide mechanism that provides slide room for the at least one cutter component, wherein the guide mechanism comprises: a cutter stop, a base, a cover plate arranged on the base, and a cutting board arranged between the base and the cover plate;at least one guide groove for accommodating the cutter component to slide is provided in a side of the base in contact with the cutting board; the cutter stop is arranged at an outer side of the at least one guide groove to limit the at least one cutter component from sliding out; the cutting board has a protruding part relative to the base and the cover plate, and a first tow guide hole is provided on the protruding part; a second tow guide hole coaxial with the first tow guide hole is provided on the cutter stop, and a cutter avoidance groove is further provided at a side of the cutter stop close to the cutting board, the second tow guide hole extends through the cutter avoidance groove.

US Pat. No. 10,766,209

HYBRID POLYMER PIPE AND TILE HYBRID POLYMER

1. An accelerated method for making a reduced plastic content hybrid polymer pipe or hybrid flat sheets comprising:a. initiating turning of a heated mandrel heated to a temperature from 25 percent to 40 percent less in surface temperature than the temperature of a heated polymer, the heated mandrel being turned a rate of speed from 1 to 6 revolutions per minute;
b. extruding the heated polymer from an extruder at a temperature from 400-460 Fahrenheit without deforming or becoming soluble;
c. wrapping while compressing a first layer of the heated polymer over the turning mandrel wherein the first layer of the heated polymer is: disposed as overlapping wrapping on the turning heated mandrel from one edge of the turning heated mandrel to the opposite edge of the turning heated mandrel until from 70 percent to 80 percent of the surface of the turning heated mandrel is covered with the first layer of the heated polymer; and disposing a interstitial layer comprising mesh, glass rope, or metallic wire over the first layer of the heated polymer on the turning heated mandrel while simultaneously laying a second layer of the heated polymer over the turning heated mandrel with a width from 1 inch to 1½ feet and compressing the second layer of the heated polymer into the interstitial layer and the interstitial layer into the first layer of the heated polymer simultaneously;
d. repeating the layering of the heated polymer and the interstitial layer until a desired wall thickness is reached; wherein a quantity of layers of heated polymer are equal to or greater than the interstitial layer, creating a hybrid polymer cylinder;
e. performing one of the following to form a hybrid polymer pipe or a hybrid flat sheet:
(i) while hot, removing the hybrid polymer cylinder from the mandrel and forming one of a warm hybrid polymer oval, square, or rectangular shaped pipe therefrom; and cooling the shaped pipe to form a shaped hybrid polymer pipe; or
(ii) while cool, removing the hybrid polymer cylinder from the mandrel forming a round hybrid polymer pipe; or
(iii) while warm, cutting the hybrid polymer cylinder, setting it flat and cooling it to form the hybrid flat sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,208

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Beijing Lenovo Software L...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a maintaining body configured to maintain a relative position relationship between the electronic device and at least one part of a body of a user in a case that the electronic device is in a maintained state;
a display connected to the maintaining body and comprising at least two display regions, wherein illumination spaces for the at least two display regions do not overlap in a case that the display is in a curved posture;
a first sensor configured to sense a motion parameter of the at least one part of the body in a case that the at least one part of the body of the user moves; and
a processor connected to the first sensor and the display, wherein the processor is configured to determine a motion state of the at least one part of the body based on the motion parameter and adjust a display mode of the display based on the motion state according to a first adjusting strategy, to make the user determine that the motion state of the at least one part of the body is obtained by the electronic device,
wherein the processor is configured to adjust display modes of the at least two display regions based on the motion state, to make the user determine, based on a display mode of any of the at least two display regions in a visual field range, that the motion of the at least one part of the body is obtained by the electronic device, wherein the display mode comprises a text prompt, and/or a display picture, and/or a display symbol, display modes before adjusting are the same for both of the at least two display regions, display modes after adjusting are the same for both of the at least two display regions, and the display modes before adjusting for both of the at least two display regions are different from the display modes after adjusting for both of the at least two display regions.

US Pat. No. 10,766,207

THERMOFORMED CASCADES FOR JET ENGINE THRUST REVERSERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for forming a cascade for a jet engine thrust reverser, the apparatus comprising:a tool including a plurality of hard tool inserts fixed on the tool in relationship to each other, wherein the hard tool inserts are configured to fit within vane cavities defined by:
a plurality of strongbacks that are spaced apart to form slots between adjacent ones of the strongbacks; and
a plurality of vanes arranged and spaced within the slots formed by the strongbacks,
wherein the hard tool inserts are spaced apart on the tool to insert into alternating ones of the cavities; and
a plurality of expandable mandrels distinct from the hard tool inserts and configured to fit within the remaining ones of the cavities disposed between the alternating cavities defined by the strongbacks and vanes, wherein the mandrels are configured to expand in response to heat and pressure to compress the vanes against the strongbacks and hard tool inserts, and wherein the hard tool inserts and mandrels each have a cross-sectional geometry substantially matching that of their respective vane cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,766,206

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RESIN COMPOSITE PLATE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A method of manufacturing a resin composite plate having a predetermined thickness, the method comprising:producing a plurality of resin sheet groups, wherein each of the plurality of resin sheet groups is produced by stacking at least
(1) a first fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin sheet having a first thickness on
(2) a second fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin sheet having a second thickness which is different from the first thickness,
each of the first and second fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin sheets containing fibers arranged in one direction;
laying the plurality of resin sheet groups side-by-side on a plane; and
manufacturing the resin composite plate having the predetermined thickness by heating, under pressure, the plurality of resin sheet groups that are laid side-by-side on the plane, to integrate the plurality of resin sheet groups into said resin composite plate, wherein
at least one resin sheet group among the plurality of resin sheet groups laid on the plane requires strength and differs from another resin sheet group not requiring strength among the plurality of resin sheet groups laid on the plane in a number of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin sheets that are stacked, so as to increase the strength of said at least one resin sheet group and to weaken the strength of said another resin sheet group.

US Pat. No. 10,766,205

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A FASTENING MATERIAL TO A SUBSTRATE

KELLOGG COMPANY, Battle ...

1. A method of applying a fastening material to a substrate, the method comprising:feeding the substrate in a first direction, the substrate defining a first length extending perpendicular to the first direction from a first edge to a second edge;
indexing the fastening material in a second direction substantially parallel to the first direction, the fastening material defining a second length extending perpendicular to the second direction, the second length substantially equal to the first length, the fastening material is one of a hook and loop-type fastener;
cutting a portion of the fastening material to form a cut portion thereof, wherein the cut portion defines a length substantially equal to the first length and a width of 1 percent to 10 percent of the cut portion length; and
securing the cut portion of the fastening material to the substrate such that the cut portion extends from the first edge to the second edge wherein cutting the portion of the fastening material further includes, after cutting, translating the cut portion of the fastening material along the second direction and translating the cut portion towards and into engagement with the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,766,204

JOINING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joining device, comprising:a holding portion that is configured to hold a shaft portion of a metal member, and that is configured to push the metal member toward one side in an axial direction of the shaft portion in a state in which the shaft portion is held by the holding portion;
a supporting portion that is configured to support a thermoplastic resin member from a surface of the thermoplastic resin member at the one side in the axial direction;
a heating portion that is configured to heat a surface at the one side in the axial direction of a distal end portion, which structures a portion of the metal member and is provided at the one side in the axial direction of the shaft portion, to a temperature at which a thermoplastic resin that structures the thermoplastic resin member, melts;
a sleeve portion that is tubular, that is provided at an outer peripheral side of the holding portion, that is disposed so as to overlap with the distal end portion as seen from the axial direction, and that is configured to move in the axial direction relative to the holding portion; and
an outer tube portion that is formed in a shape of a tube provided at an outer peripheral side of the sleeve portion and accommodating the metal member at an inner peripheral side thereof as seen from the axial direction, and that is configured to move in the axial direction relative to the sleeve portion, an end portion of the outer tube portion at the one side in the axial direction being configured to abut a surface of the thermoplastic resin member at another side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,203

THERMAL BONDING ASSEMBLY

ILAPAK ITALIA S.P.A., Fo...

1. A thermal bonding assembly for sheets made of polymeric material, of the type comprising:at least one pair of jaws that can be moved mutually closer, at least one of the jaws includes a heater at an abutment surface configured for abutment against a corresponding complementary abutment surface of the other of the jaws;
a shaft configured to rotate by the action of a respective motor, said shaft comprising at least two eccentric rings arranged side by side such that an eccentric portion that protrudes the most with respect to a rotation axis is substantially mutually opposite;
each jaw of said pair comprises a through hole configured for accommodating said shaft, with the interposition of a rotatable disk, the hole of a first jaw accommodating rotatably a first disk, said first disk being provided with an eccentric hole the shape and dimensions of which are complementary to those of a respective eccentric ring integral with said shaft and the hole of a second jaw accommodating rotatably a second disk, said second disk having an eccentric hole the shape and dimensions of which are complementary to those of a respective eccentric ring integral with said shaft, the rotation of said shaft causing a mutual approach/spacing motion of said abutment surfaces of said jaws by the action of said eccentric rings in the corresponding disk configured to rotate in said hole of a respective jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,766,202

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WELDING A CHAMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of forming a fluid-filled chamber for an article of footwear, the method comprising:positioning a first sheet of material and a second sheet of material in a pressure chamber;
increasing a fluid pressure within the pressure chamber to a first value;
applying pressure at the first value to both sides of a least one of the first sheet of material and the second sheet of material within the pressure chamber;
coupling the first sheet of material to the second sheet of material within the pressure chamber to define a fluid-filled chamber defined by the first sheet of material and the second sheet of material and having a fluid pressure equal to the first value; and
decreasing the fluid pressure within the pressure chamber to a second value.

US Pat. No. 10,766,201

COMPENSATING FOR SHRINKING OF OBJECTS IN 3D PRINTING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method comprising:receiving object model data in an original coordinate system to print within a usable build volume of a three dimensional printer;
obtaining at least one compensation factor for the object model data to compensate for any shrinking of an object;
scaling the object model data by the at least one compensation factor to provide printable object model data; wherein
the scaling is performed with reference to an origin at a center of the usable build volume.

US Pat. No. 10,766,200

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVICE

ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES,...

1. A method for adjusting and measuring a material spray/fuse device via a direct additive laser construction method utilizing a system comprising:a powder spray nozzle;
a laser beam passing through a center of the powder spray nozzle;
a light source to provide a light beam substantially perpendicular to a lighting plane, and comprising a support to position the light source with respect to a material surface;
a first profile camera installed such that its optical axis is substantially parallel to the lighting plane;
a projector to project a view seen by the center of the powder spray nozzle on an optical path;
a centering camera with its optical axis placed on the optical path;
a target markable by a laser shot and
an acquisition and processing unit configured to collect images from the first profile camera and the centering camera;
the method comprising steps of:
positioning the powder spray nozzle above the lighting plane according to an orientation that is substantially normal to the lighting plane;
placing the target between an outlet of the powder spray nozzle and the lighting plane such that the target intercepts the laser shot;
delivering the laser shot to the target by a laser, the laser beam passing through the center of the powder spray nozzle;
lighting an end of the powder spray nozzle by the light source; and
obtaining an image, through the end of the powder spray nozzle by the centering camera, of a mark left by the laser shot on the target while the end of the powder spray nozzle is lit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,199

THREE-DIMENSIONAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVICE

JEOL Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A three-dimensional additive manufacturing device, comprising:a base plate configured to move along a vertical direction;
a powder feeding unit configured to laminate a powder layer including a powder sample on an upper surface of the base plate;
a beam generating unit configured to generate a beam in a designated quantity of heat; and
a control unit configured to control modeling by causing the beam generating unit to irradiate a designated position of the powder layer prepared on the base plate with the beam in a scan order programed based on three-dimensional model data,
wherein the control unit controls modeling by repeating steps including:
spreading the powder sample thinly on a top surface of the base plate and laminating the powder layer;
presintering to mildly sinter the powder sample of the powder layer after the spreading;
primarily preheating the powder layer to return the temperature of the designated position at a desired temperature by scanning through the powder layer with the beam after the presintering;
modeling by irradiating the designated position of the powder layer with the beam in the scan order programed based on the three-dimensional model data; and
secondarily preheating the powder layer to set the temperature of the designated position at a target temperature by irradiating the powder layer with the beam after the modeling and before moving on to the spreading,
wherein the control unit calculates heat capacity of the designated position of the powder layer by following formula (4):
C=Vacc×?j(Ij×?j)/Ttarget?Tnow+?·?t  (4)
where
C represents heat capacity of the designated position of the powder layer;
Ttarget represents temperature right before the spreading;
Tnow represents temperature right before the primary preheating;
Vacc represents acceleration voltage of the beam generating unit;
Ij represents an emission current of electron beam;
?j represents irradiation time of the emission current;
?t represents time difference between the temperature right before the primary preheating and the temperature right before the powder spreading; and
? represents cooling rate calculated using the maximum temperature during the presintering, the temperature right before the primary preheating, and the time interval between those two temperatures,
wherein the control unit determines a required quantity of heat to be input to the designated position, based on the calculated heat capacity, to set a temperature of the designated position at a desired temperature at a future designated time, and the control unit controls the beam generated by the beam generating unit to enable input of the required quantity of heat to the designated position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,197

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING AN OBJECT WITH A VOID

Hexcel Corporation, Stam...

1. A selective laser sintering method, the method comprising the steps of:(i) providing build data of an object, the build data comprising a plurality of cross-section patterns according to geometric description data for the object, each of the cross-section patterns comprising data specifying points in the cross-section intended for solidification, and the plurality of cross-section patterns including a cross-section pattern for a layer L0, a cross-section pattern for a layer L?1, and a cross-section pattern for a layer L?2 wherein the layer L?1 is a layer below the layer L0, and the layer L?2 is a layer below the layer L?1;
(ii) applying a polymer powder layer L0 coinciding with the build layer L0 on a bed of a laser sintering system;
(iii) determining an amount of heat energy to introduce by electromagnetic radiation to solidify a point at a first x-y position in the powder layer L0, the point at the first x-y position being intended for solidification according to the cross-section pattern for the build layer L0;
(iv) adjusting the amount of heat energy to introduce at the first x-y position in the powder layer L0 using a controller programmed to make the adjustment based on whether the build data specifies solidification of a point at the first x-y position in the cross-section pattern for the layer L?1 and the cross section pattern for the layer L?2, wherein the adjustment is made to inhibit unwanted fusion between the first x-y position in the powder layer L0 and the first x-y position in the layer L?1; and
(v) solidifying the point at the first x-y position in the polymer powder layer L0 by introducing the adjusted amount of heat energy.

US Pat. No. 10,766,195

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FIBER COMPOSITES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing an article, comprising:dispensing an additive manufacturing fiber tow, a photopolymer matrix material, and an energy-emissive dopant, wherein the energy-emissive dopant emits a curing energy in response to receiving an activating energy, and the curing energy effects curing of the photopolymer matrix material; and
applying the activating energy to the energy-emissive dopant to activate the energy-emissive dopant to emit the curing energy, wherein the activating energy is different than the curing energy and penetrates the additive manufacturing fiber tow.

US Pat. No. 10,766,194

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR USE IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

SprintRay Inc., Los Ange...

1. A reservoir assembly for use in three-dimensional printing, comprising:a removable top frame having a cavity with an aperture defined on a bottom edge of the removable top frame, the cavity configured to be at least partially filled with a photosensitive liquid;
a permeable tensioned film stretchily coupled to the aperture so as to hold the photosensitive liquid within the cavity of the removable top frame;
a bottom frame including a transparent or semi-transparent rigid substrate, the bottom frame configured to register with the removable top frame; and
a media layer disposed between the permeable tensioned film and the rigid substrate of the bottom frame, the media layer comprising a clearance between a top surface of the transparent or semi-transparent rigid substrate and a bottom surface of the permeable tensioned film in a manner so that the permeable tensioned film is suspended above and detached from the media layer.

US Pat. No. 10,766,191

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM HAVING IN-HEAD FIBER WEAVING

1. An additive manufacturing system, comprising:a head configured to discharge a composite material including a matrix and a plurality of continuous reinforcements; and
a weave mechanism configured to selectively adjust a pattern of weaving of the plurality of continuous reinforcements occurring inside of the head.

US Pat. No. 10,766,189

CONTAINER FOR 3D PRINTED OBJECTS AND METHOD OF COOLING AND UNPACKING A MANUFACTURED OBJECT FROM A 3D PRINTER USING THAT CONTAINER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A container for receiving a manufactured object from a 3D printer, the container comprising:a wall forming sides of the container;
a top extending to the sides of the container
a connector for connection to a vacuum source; and
a guillotine member;
wherein a lower portion of the container has support members to slidably receive the guillotine member to form a base of the container;
wherein the guillotine member is selectively adjustable between an apertured configuration having a plurality of through holes to allow passage of air and/or build material, and a closed configuration in which the through holes are closed so as to prevent build material from falling out of the container; and
wherein the container is further provided with clamp points to receive a clamp arm from the 3D printer, the clamp arm being provided with a vibration mechanism for vibrating the container.

US Pat. No. 10,766,187

LAMINATE APPLICATOR

NORTHWEST AEROSPACE TECHN...

1. A device for adhering a laminate to a panel, the device comprising:a base that includes an upper surface, a front edge and a rear edge, and
a folding assembly that includes a first surface that is generally perpendicular with the upper surface of the base, a folding portion having an inner surface, a front edge and a rear edge, wherein the folding portion is heated by a rear heater strip having a front surface that it directly attached to a rear surface of the folding portion, such that the laminate is adhered to the panel,
wherein a folding path is defined from the front edge of the folding portion to the rear edge of the folding portion, and
wherein a first angle that is defined between the inner surface of the folding portion and the first surface decreases along the folding path, wherein the front surface of the rear heater strip defines a rear heater strip angle with the first surface, wherein the rear heater strip angle decreases along the folding path, wherein the rear heater strip angle is the same as the first angle along the entire folding path.

US Pat. No. 10,766,185

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING MICROSCOPIC FEATURES ON A FILM LAYER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:using a surface of a tool to contact a thermoplastic film coupled to an outer surface of a structure, the surface of the tool defining a first microscopic pattern;
rotating the surface of the tool on the thermoplastic film at a rotational speed sufficient to create friction between the tool and the thermoplastic film to heat the thermoplastic film to malleability; and
urging the heated thermoplastic film into the first microscopic pattern of the surface of the tool to form a second microscopic pattern in the thermoplastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,766,183

LIQUID BLOW-MOLDING METHOD FOR DELAMINATION CONTAINER

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A liquid blow-molding method for molding a delamination container from a resin container material, the resin container material including an outer layer, an inner layer, and an ambient air introduction hole provided in the outer layer to communicate between the outer layer and the inner layer, and the delamination container including an outer layer body and an inner layer body laminated on an inner side of the outer layer body in a manner such that the inner layer body is separatable from the outer layer body, the liquid blow-molding method comprising:a container molding step of molding the resin container material into the delamination container by actuating a plunger pump in a positive direction and supplying a pressurized liquid into the resin container material; and
an inner layer body separation step of separating the inner layer body from the outer layer body by actuating the plunger pump in a reverse direction and sucking the pressurized liquid, which has been filled in the delamination container, out of the delamination.

US Pat. No. 10,766,181

MAGNETIC FEED MATERIAL AND ITS USE IN PRODUCING BONDED PERMANENT MAGNETS BY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A method for producing a bonded permanent magnet, the method comprising:(i) blending thermoplastic polymer and particles having a hard magnetic material composition to produce a blended magnet-polymer mixture, wherein said thermoplastic polymer has a melting point of at least 175° C., and said particles having a hard magnetic material composition are present in said blended magnet-polymer mixture in an amount of at least 75 vol %;
(ii) feeding said blended magnet-polymer mixture into a pre-feed hopper having a powered auger at an outlet of said pre-feed hopper, wherein said outlet feeds directly into an inlet of a temperature-controlled barrel extruder;
(iii) feeding the blended magnet-polymer mixture from step (ii) into said temperature-controlled barrel extruder at a fixed feed rate of 5-20 kg/hour, pushing said blended magnet-polymer mixture from said inlet to an outlet of said temperature-controlled barrel extruder, and subjecting said blended magnet-polymer mixture to an increasing temperature from said inlet to said outlet of said temperature-controlled barrel extruder, wherein the temperature at said outlet is at least the glass transition temperature to no more than 10° C. above the glass transition temperature of said blended magnet-polymer mixture;
(iv) feeding said blended magnet-polymer mixture at said outlet of the barrel extruder directly into an extruding die, wherein said extruding die is set at a temperature below the temperature of said outlet of the barrel extruder and below the glass transition temperature of said blended magnet-polymer mixture, to cool and harden said blended magnet-polymer mixture;
(v) passing the blended magnet-polymer mixture from step (iv) through said extruding die at a fixed speed to produce a shaped and hardened form of said magnet-polymer mixture exiting said extruding die at said fixed speed;
(vi) cutting said shaped and hardened form of said magnet-polymer mixture at regular intervals as said shaped and hardened form of said magnet-polymer mixture exits said extruding die at said fixed speed, to produce hardened pellets of said magnet-polymer mixture, wherein said hardened pellets are of uniform size by virtue of said fixed speed and cutting at regular intervals; and
(vii) feeding said hardened pellets into an additive manufacturing device and operating said additive manufacturing device, by at least hot extruding said hardened pellets through a die or nozzle of said additive manufacturing device and repeatedly depositing discrete amounts of the extruded material in designated locations, to produce a bonded permanent magnet having the composition of said hardened pellets.

US Pat. No. 10,766,179

SUPPLY DEVICE FOR A MOLDING DEVICE, MOLDING LINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAID MOLDING LINE

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

1. A supply device for supplying at least one molding device with a polymerizable mixture of at least two reactants that react with one another to form a final polymer material, said supply device comprising:a buffer tank designed to receive said polymerizable mixture of at least two reactants that react with one another to form a final polymer material through an inlet of said buffer tank,
a supply circuit, looped with this buffer tank, for feeding the polymerizable mixture to an inlet of said at least one molding device and comprising, beyond said inlet of the at least one molding device, a return line connected to the inlet of the buffer tank in order to return some of the polymerizable mixture into the buffer tank, said buffer tank being designed to receive said polymerizable mixture from said return line, and
a filling line for filling said buffer tank, said filling line being connected to said inlet of this buffer tank, being separate from the return line, said buffer tank being designed to receive said polymerizable mixture or at least one of said reactants from said filling line.

US Pat. No. 10,766,177

GUIDE BUSHING FOR AN INJECTION MOULDING APPARATUS

1. Guide bushing for guiding and sealing of a closing needle of a needle valve nozzle of an injection moulding apparatus, the guide bushing having:a main part having a flange and a neck portion, the neck portion having a top side, and
a fastening element coaxially enclosing the neck portion, the fastening element having an encircling flange rim at its top side, wherein the flange rim has a central opening which is oriented concentrically with a through-borehole of the main part,
wherein the main part has a through-opening for the closing needle, wherein the through-opening of the main part comprises at least one guiding portion, which encloses the closing needle with slight movement play, wherein the through-opening comprises at least two expansion portions, whose diameter in each case is larger than that of the at least one guiding portion,
wherein the diameter of the central opening in the flange rim corresponds to the diameter of the at least one guiding portion,
wherein the fastening element is securable to the main part,
wherein the guide bushing further comprises a seal element arranged between the fastening element and the main part, bearing against an entire circumference of the closing needle inserted into the through-opening,
wherein the seal element is arranged between the flange rim of the fastening element and the top side of the main part, and
wherein the flange rim of the fastening element is configured to apply a force to the seal element in the direction of the main part when securing the fastening element to the main part.

US Pat. No. 10,766,176

INJECTION-MOLDING SYSTEMS HAVING HOT-RUNNER MANIFOLDS CONTAINING NON-MELT INTERNAL CHANNELS FOR PROVIDING OPERABILITY ENHANCEMENTS

HUSKY INJECTION MOLDING S...

1. An injection-molding system, comprising:a hot-runner manifold comprising a body that includes:
a melt-inlet;
an injection-nozzle region;
a melt channel extending from said melt inlet to said injection-nozzle region;
a coolant inlet for receiving air;
a coolant outlet designed and configured to cool a nozzle tip at a front end of a hot-tip injection nozzle by directing the air toward the nozzle tip when the hot-tip injection nozzle is located at said injection-nozzle region, the melt channel extending into a back end of the hot-tip injection nozzle and through the nozzle tip when the hot-tip injection nozzle is located at the injection-nozzle region, the coolant outlet being nearer to the nozzle tip than the back end of the hot-tip injection nozzle; and
a coolant channel extending from said coolant inlet to said coolant outlet and being fluidly isolated from said melt channel, wherein the coolant channel extends at least partially alongside the melt channel and wherein the coolant channel is designed and configured to convey the coolant from said coolant inlet to said coolant outlet to cool the nozzle tip.

US Pat. No. 10,766,173

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MULTIPLE FUEL CELL SEPARATOR PLATE ASSEMBLIES

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method of manufacturing a flow field plate, comprising:mixing graphite and resin materials;
heating the graphite and resin materials to provide a molten graphite and resin mixture;
forming the molten graphite and resin mixture into a continuous flow field plate, the forming including extruding the molten graphite and resin mixture through a die to net shape, the extruding the molten graphite and resin mixture through the die to net shape including providing flow field channels in the continuous flow field plate during the extruding via ribs and channels of a profile of the die, wherein during the forming, the resin material has a liquid to solid phase ratio between 40:60 and 60:40 at an exit of the die; and
separating the continuous flow field plate into discrete flow field plates having the flow field channels.

US Pat. No. 10,766,172

METHOD OF BONDING A THERMOPLASTIC COMPONENT TO A CARPETED COMPONENT

Global IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A method of bonding thermoplastic components to a carpeted component to form a sandwich-type article, the method comprising:providing a set of article components, the set of article components including a thermoplastic component, a first thermoplastic carpet, a first reinforced thermoplastic skin, a cellulose-based core, a second reinforced thermoplastic skin, a second thermoplastic carpet, and a covering layer, the first thermoplastic carpet being adapted to bond to the thermoplastic component and the first reinforced thermoplastic skin upon becoming fluent under application of heat, the second thermoplastic carpet being adapted to bond to the covering layer and the second reinforced thermoplastic skin upon becoming fluent under application of the heat;
heating the set of article components sufficiently to cause the first thermoplastic carpet to become fluent in the area where the first thermoplastic carpet is to be bonded to the thermoplastic component and the first reinforced thermoplastic skin and to cause the second thermoplastic carpet to become fluent in the area where the second thermoplastic carpet is to be bonded to the covering layer and the second reinforced thermoplastic skin;
placing, in a compression mold, the covering layer, the second thermoplastic caret overlying and in contact with the covering layer, the second reinforced thermoplastic skin overlying and in contact with the second thermoplastic carpet, the cellulose-based core overlying and in contact with the second reinforced thermoplastic skin, the first reinforced thermoplastic skin overlying and in contact with the cellulose-based core, the first thermoplastic carpet overlying and in contact with the first reinforced thermoplastic skin, the thermoplastic component overlying and in contact with the first thermoplastic carpet;
closing the compression mold and applying substantially uniform pressure over the surface area of the set of article components to cause the set of article components to bond into a sandwich-type article in a single pressing operation, the bonding including to cause the fluent thermoplastic of the first thermoplastic carpet to form a solid bonding layer at its interfaces with the thermoplastic component and the first reinforced thermoplastic skin, as well as to cause the fluent thermoplastic of the second thermoplastic carpet to form a solid bonding layer at its interfaces with the covering layer and the second reinforced thermoplastic skin; and
removing the bonded components from the mold as a sandwich-type article.

US Pat. No. 10,766,171

CONTROLLING THE FORMATION OF IMPERFECTIONS DUE TO POLYMERIC SHRINKAGE DURING MOLDING OPERATIONS

Compagnie Generale des Et...

8. A polymer molding apparatus comprising:a mold comprising a molding cavity defining an interior mold volume separate from an exterior environment, the molding cavity being adapted to mold a volume of polymeric material; and
a shrinkage compensation mechanism operatively arranged in cooperation with the mold, the shrinkage compensation mechanism adapted to isolate the volume of polymeric material within the molding cavity from the exterior environment and to consume a volume of the molding cavity; and
wherein the shrinkage compensation mechanism is a translatable member arranged in association with a fluid passage, the fluid passage being in fluid communication with the mold cavity, where the translatable member forms a translatable sealing member, where the translatable sealing member is configured to translate between an open position and a closed position to substantially close a fluid passage in fluid communication with the molding cavity such that the translatable member substantially separates and isolates the molding cavity from the exterior environment.

US Pat. No. 10,766,170

DEVICE FOR MAKING AN OBJECT AND A METHOD FOR MAKING AN OBJECT

1. A device for making an object, the device comprising:a vessel comprising a wall for receiving a radiation hardenable material;
a guide;
a fabrication platform assembly comprising a fabrication platform attached by at least one joint and at least one fastener operationally coupled to the fabrication platform, the at least one fastener having an unfastened state in which the at least one joint is movable to pivot the fabrication platform about each of two orthogonal axes parallel to the wall into parallel alignment with the wall by a reaction force generatable by the fabrication platform contacting the guide, and the at least one fastener having a fastened state wherein the at least one joint is immobilized, the fabrication platform assembly being configured for positioning at the wall when the at least one fastener is in the fastened state to form a layer of the radiation hardenable material when so received between the fabrication platform and the wall;
a radiation source arranged to illuminate the layer of radiation hardenable material when so formed to form one of a plurality of layers of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,766,167

METHOD OF FORMING THERMALLY AND ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYOLEFIN-CARBON NANOMATERIAL COMPOSITE HAVING BREAKDOWN-INDUCED ELECTRICAL CONDUCTION PATHWAYS

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd ...

1. A method of making a polyolefin-carbon nanomaterial composite, comprising:mixing graphene nanoplatelets with a low density polyethylene powder to form a mixture, wherein 95 wt % of the particles of the polyethylene powder have a particle size of less than 500 ?m,
ball milling the mixture in a high-energy shaker to form a composite powder,
molding the composite powder to form a composite plate, and
subjecting the composite plate to an AC voltage of 1 to 50 kV to form the polyolefin-carbon nanomaterial composite, wherein the AC voltage is applied to the composite plate through a needle electrode disposed inside the composite plate while the composite plate is disposed on a supporting ground electrode such that the needle electrode does not contact the supporting ground electrode and the supporting ground electrode and the needle electrode are separated by a distance of at least 30% of a thickness of the composite plate, and the supporting ground electrode, the composite plate, and the needle electrode are immersed in a non-conductive liquid medium,
wherein the polyolefin-carbon nanomaterial composite has oriented electrically and thermally conductive pathways that comprise dendritic conductive channels in the polyethylene matrix which terminate at and originate from at least one selected from the group consisting of an exterior surface of the polyolefin-carbon nanomaterial composite, a channel created by the needle electrode, and a graphene nanoplatelet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,162

PORTABLE MACHINING DEVICE

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A portable machining device, comprising:a base with which a material to be cut is brought into contact; and
a machining device main body which is supported above and movable relative to an upper surface of the base and includes a handle, a motor case and a controller housing; wherein:
the handle (a) includes (1) a front end that is integrally formed with the motor case, (2) a second end that is integrally formed with the controller housing and (3) a front grip that extends in a left-to-right direction and (b) has a loop shape between the front end and the second end; wherein:
the machining device main body (a) includes a rotary cutting blade that is rotated by using an electric motor serving as a drive source, (b) is configured to be moved in an up-to-down direction to protrude the cutting blade below a lower surface of the base such that the cutting blade cuts into the material to be cut to perform a cutting task, and (c) is supported so as to be swung in the up-to-down direction about a swing fulcrum that is disposed behind a rotation center of the cutting blade; and
when the protruding length of the cutting blade protruding below the lower surface of the base is set to a maximum, (1) a controller for controlling the electric motor is tilted so as to be displaced in the upward direction as extending from the front to the rear in a side view and (2) a part of the controller is located behind the handle and the swing fulcrum in a front-to-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,161

VERTICAL GRAIN SAWMILL AND METHOD OF SAWING VERTICAL GRAIN LUMBER

1. A method of cutting vertical grain lumber, where said method comprises the following steps:the step of providing a sawmill, wherein said sawmill is configured to cut a log into a plurality of boards in a lengthwise manner, wherein said sawmill comprises a rotational mechanism for holding and rotating a log, wherein said sawmill comprises a cutting mechanism for cutting a vertical grain board from said log, wherein said rotational mechanism for holding and rotating a log comprises a lathe, wherein said lathe comprises a ratchet and pawl mechanism for arresting rotation of said lathe;
the step of positioning a log in a first position in said rotational mechanism for holding and rotating a log;
the step of cutting at least one vertical grain board from said log in said first position;
the step of rotating said log to a second position;
the step of cutting at least one vertical grain board from said log in said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,160

SHEET FOR FORMING PILLAR FOR GLASS PANEL UNIT, PILLAR MOUNTING DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING GLASS PANEL UNIT, GLASS PANEL UNIT MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND GLASS WINDOW MANUFACTURING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A sheet comprising a base material having a sheet-like shape,the base material having a plurality of loop-shaped grooves,
the base material having a plurality of portions serving as pillars for a glass panel unit having a pair of substrates and an inside space between the pair of substrates, each of the plurality of portions being surrounded by a corresponding one of the plurality of loop-shaped grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,766,159

MANUAL CRAFT CUTTING MACHINE

PARRIC NINGBO STATIONARY ...

1. A manual craft cutting machine, comprising a housing (1), a template, a press roller, a retainer, a backing plate and a drive mechanism; the template including a pair of upper and lower templates, a pattern medium being sandwiched between the upper and lower templates; the press roller being composed of a pair of a first press roller (4) and a second press roller (5), the press rollers being disposed axially parallel to each other, two ends of the press roller forming a roller axle (41) or extending in an axial direction of the press roller to form the roller axle (41), the roller axle (41) being confined by the retainer, the backing plate being composed of a pair of backing plates attached to each other and sandwiched between the press rollers, the template being sandwiched between the backing plates; characterized in that:the retainer comprises a positioning retainer (3) and a sliding retainer, the positioning retainer (3) is tightly connected with the housing (1) and disposed at the two ends of the press roller, the positioning retainer (3) is provided with a slide groove; the sliding retainer is inserted in the slide groove and movable along the slide groove, the sliding retainer comprises a first sliding retainer (31) rotatably connected with the first press roller (4) and a second sliding retainer (32) rotatably connected with the second press roller (5);
the drive mechanism includes a handle (2) and a gear set; the gear set includes a speed reduction gear set (6) and a constant speed gear set (7), the speed reduction gear set (6) includes a handle gear (61), a speed reduction gear or the speed reduction gear set (6) to mesh with each other, the handle gear (61) is rotated along with the handle (2), the speed reduction gear is connected with the first press roller (4) or the second press roller (5) to drive one of the two press rollers to rotate; the constant speed gear set (7) includes a pair of a first constant speed gear (71) and a second constant speed gear (72) to mesh with each other, the constant speed gears are fixed on the roller axles of the first press roller (4) and the second press roller (5) respectively, when one of the press rollers is driven by the speed reduction gear to rotate, the other press roller is driven by the constant speed gear to rotate at a constant speed;
the manual craft cutting machine further comprises a press roller spacing adjustment mechanism, the press roller spacing adjustment mechanism comprises a shift adjusting mechanism for adjusting a large spacing between the press rollers and a fine adjustment mechanism for adjusting a fine spacing between the press rollers, the shift adjustment mechanism drives the first sliding retainer (31) to move along the slide groove, the fine adjustment mechanism drives the second sliding retainer (32) to move along the slide groove.

US Pat. No. 10,766,158

OSCILLATING BLADE FOR FOOD PROCESSOR SYSTEM

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A food processing system, comprising:a food processor base;
a container connectable to said food processing base, said container having a processing chamber and a first open end;
a rotatable assembly disposed within said processing chamber; and
at least one cutting assembly for performing a food processing operation, said at least one cutting assembly being operably coupled to said rotatable assembly;
wherein an initial operation of said at least one cutting assembly is configured to cut a food item in a first, generally vertical direction, said at least one cutting assembly including an oscillating blade for performing said initial operation, said oscillating blade being driven by rotation of said rotatable assembly about an axis; and
wherein a later operation of said at least one cutting assembly is configured to cut said food item in a second direction, said second direction being distinct from said vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,157

RAZOR BLADES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of treating one or more polyfluorocarbon coated razor blades comprising:contacting at least one polyfluorocarbon coated razor blade with a solution of C14F24 comprising one or more defluorination compounds, wherein said one or more defluorination compounds comprise one or more of the following compounds: C14F10, C14F14, or C14F18 or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,766,155

HEATING DELIVERY ELEMENT FOR A SHAVING RAZOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A heat delivery element for a shaving razor comprising:a face plate having a skin contacting surface and an opposing inner surface;
a heater having a heater track positioned between an upper dielectric layer and a lower dielectric layer; and
a heat dispersion layer having a lower surface directly contacting the inner surface of the face plate and an upper surface directly contacting the lower dielectric layer of the heater;
and a compressible thermal insulation layer positioned on one of the dielectric layers.

US Pat. No. 10,766,154

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING A PART OF A BODY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A treating system for cutting hair, comprising:a controller; and
a treating device defining a hair cutting device, comprising:
a treating unit defining a cutting unit for treating a part of a body of a subject; and
an imaging arrangement that is configured to obtain image data;
wherein the controller is configured to:
analyze the image data to identify a boundary between the part of the body of the subject and a surrounding environment around the part of the body, and
determine a device position of the treating device relative to the part of the body of the subject based on a boundary position of the boundary in the image data including based on a distance of the boundary from an edge of an image derived from the image data,
wherein the controller is configured to determine a height of the treating device on the part of the body based on the distance of the boundary from an upper or a lower edge of the image derived from the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,766,150

GRIPPING TOOL, GRIPPING SYSTEM, AND EVALUATION METHOD OF GRIPPING PERFORMANCE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A gripping tool, comprising:a gripper, the gripper being flexible;
a plurality of granular materials being provided in an interior of the gripper,
the gripping tool being configured to grip a workpiece by depressurizing the interior of the gripper in a state in which the gripper is caused to contact the workpiece,
a diameter of at least a portion of the granular materials being less than 1774 ?m, wherein
the gripper includes:
a first portion being configured to contact the workpiece: and
a second portion opposing the first portion,
the first portion includes:
a concave portion recessed toward a first direction, the first direction being from the first portion toward the second portion; and
a convex portion protruding toward a second direction opposite to the first direction and being provided around the concave portion,
the granular materials are provided between the convex portion and the second portion,
the gripping tool further comprises a second space port communicating with a second space surrounded with the concave portion and the convex portion,
the second space port penetrates the second portion and the concave portion, and
a dimension of the concave portion in a direction perpendicular to the first direction is longer than a dimension of the penetrated part of the second portion in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,149

OPTIMIZATION-BASED SPRING LATTICE DEFORMATION MODEL FOR SOFT MATERIALS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method, comprising:capturing one or more images of an item within a storage container to be retrieved using a robotic picking arm having a suction device;
retrieving a n-dimensional surface model of the item, based on a unique identifier corresponding to the item;
determining a plurality of candidate contact points for holding the item using the suction device of the robotic picking arm, based on the captured one or more images of the item and the n-dimensional surface model of the item;
determining an expected seal quality metric for a first one of the candidate contact points, by processing the n-dimensional surface model of the item and physical properties of the suction device of the robotic picking arm as inputs, comprising:
modelling deformation and contact between the suction device and the n-dimensional surface model at the first candidate contact point, using at least one n-dimensional spring-lattice to model deformation and contact between the suction device and the n-dimensional surface model at the first candidate contact point, such that potential energy across the n-dimensional spring-lattice is minimized; and
calculating the expected seal quality metric, using the n-dimensional spring-lattice and a fluids model relating fluid force and leak pathways; and
determining, based on the expected seal quality metric, whether to retrieve the item from the storage container by holding the item at the first candidate contact point using the suction device of the robotic picking arm.

US Pat. No. 10,766,148

HAND MECHANISM WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL CAMS

SHINANO KENSHI KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hand mechanism with three-dimensional cams comprising:a motor;
a cam pedestal member, the cam pedestal member including a cam base portion detachably assembled directly or indirectly to a rotor shaft extending from the motor, and a three-dimensional cam including a plurality of cam guiding surfaces continuing over a range from the outer edge of a through hole provided at a center of the cam base portion to an outer peripheral side and being protruded at a plurality of positions; and
a hand mechanism assembled to the motor constantly in abutment with the three-dimensional cam, the hand mechanism including a plurality of claw portions openable and closable about an axial line of the rotor shaft in association with a rotary motion of the three-dimensional cam,
wherein the rotor shaft is a hollow shaft provided with a hollow shaft hole and is assembled to bring the through hole provided in the cam base portion of the cam pedestal member into communication with the hollow shaft hole, and a functional part is provided in the hollow shaft hole.

US Pat. No. 10,766,146

ACTIVE CLAMPING DEVICE

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

15. A clamping arm for holding a container in a clamping device, comprising:a holding section configured to hold the container;
a control section configured to interact with a control cam to actively displace the holding section; and
at least two support elements, spaced apart from each other, and configured to support a position of the clamping arm against tilting with respect to a pivot axis of the clamping arm with respect to an installation position in the clamping device, wherein one support element is formed in a region of the pivot axis and one support element is formed at an end of the control section.

US Pat. No. 10,766,144

MAP RELATED ACOUSTIC FILTERING BY A MOBILE ROBOT

DIGITAL DREAM LABS, LLC, ...

1. A robot comprising:a body and one or more physically moveable components;
a plurality of microphones;
one or more processors; and
one or more storage devices storing instructions that are operable, when executed by the one or more processors, to cause the robot to perform operations comprising:
obtaining map data of an environment of the robot;
selecting a test location from the map data;
navigating to the selected test location;
receiving a test signal of a sound wave propagating through the environment of the robot;
computing one or more acoustic transfer functions for the test signal, wherein each acoustic transfer function represents how the test signal was transformed by the environment of the robot while the sound wave propagated through the environment of the robot; and
storing each of the transfer functions in association with the test location.

US Pat. No. 10,766,143

VOICE CONTROLLED KEYBOARD TYPING USING COMPUTER VISION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A robot-assisted system for implementing speech-to-text commands on a device, the robot-assisted system comprising:a device mounting station configured to physically hold the device;
a camera configured to captures images of the device while the device is mounted in the device mounting station;
a robot arm having a tip configured to contact the device;
a controller having a processor and memory containing executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the controller to:
receive an image of the device from the camera;
detect a keyboard region of the device based at least in part on a keyboard detection algorithm that uses the image;
detect one or more characters in the keyboard region based at least in part on a character detection algorithm that uses a portion of the image that corresponds to the keyboard region;
generate one or more groups for the one or more characters based at least in part on the portion of the image that corresponds to the keyboard region and the one or more characters, a group of the one or more groups including characters of the one or more characters;
update the characters in the one or more groups based at least in part on an error detection algorithm; and
instruct the robot arm to perform a first plurality of movements that correspond to input provided by a speech-to-text device in communication with the robot-assisted system, the first plurality of movements including moving the robot arm to cause the tip to touch a plurality of specific locations on the device that correspond to the keyboard region.

US Pat. No. 10,766,141

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH A COORDINATED TRANSFER MECHANISM

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by one or more processors, cause one or more computing systems to perform a method for operating a robotic system to transfer an object from a source to a destination, the method comprising:accessing image data representative of the source;
deriving a motion plan based on the image data, wherein the motion plan includes one or more portions for operating (1) a picking robot configured to grip and manipulate the object and (2) a lateral transfer mechanism including a transfer tray located adjacent to the source and the destination and configured to move laterally between the source and the destination;
implementing a picking portion of the motion plan for operating the picking robot to grip and lift the object from the source;
detecting a clearing event representative of the object reaching a predetermined height that is above a height of the transfer tray;
implementing a source transfer portion of the motion plan for operating the lateral transfer mechanism to move the transfer tray toward the source;
implementing a tray placement portion of the motion plan based on the clearing event and/or a tray location for placing the object on the transfer tray; and
implementing a destination transfer portion of the motion plan for operating the lateral transfer mechanism to laterally move the transfer tray toward the destination with the object thereon and to move the object from the transfer tray and onto the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,766,137

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM FOR MODELING AND EVALUATING ROBOTIC SUCCESS AT TASK PERFORMANCE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a robotic system configured to perform a task according to a policy comprising a set of control parameters;
an observation system positioned and configured to capture at least video data representing the robotic system performing the task; and
a robotic control system comprising one or more computing devices, the robotic control system programmed with executable instructions to, in real time as the robotic system repeatedly performs the task, monitor the robotic system by at least:
capturing, using the observation system, a video of the robotic system executing a performance the task;
evaluating the video using a convolutional neural network trained to determine a level of success of the performance depicted in the video, said convolutional neural network trained with training data that comprises a plurality of pairs of videos of robotic performance of the task, each of said pairs labeled with an indication of which video of the respective pair depicts a higher degree of success;
comparing the level of success of the performance to a threshold value based on a result of evaluating the video using the convolutional neural network;
when a result of the comparing indicates that the level of success is above the threshold value, upon the robotic system initiating a further performance of the task, controlling the robotic system using the policy to complete the further performance of the task; and
when a result of the comparing indicates the level of success is below the threshold value:
recalibrating the policy comprising the set of control parameters using a reinforcement learning system; and
upon the robotic system initiating the further performance of the task, controlling the robotic system using the recalibrated policy to complete the further performance of the task.

US Pat. No. 10,766,134

BACK MODULE FOR AN EXOSKELETON STRUCTURE

1. A back module for an exoskeleton structure, comprising a spinal column segment designed to extend along a spinal column of a user, the spinal column segment comprising a plurality of vertebral elements, stacked on one another, and a flexible connecting element connecting the vertebral elements to one another, the spinal column segment having a stable equilibrium position in which the flexible connecting element holds the vertebral elements supported against one another, and the flexible connecting element being elastic so that, during a movement of the back of the user, the flexible connecting element allows a movement of the vertebral element with respect to one another, while exerting a return force tending to return the spinal column segment to the stable equilibrium position, andone or more electrical transmission or data transmission cable(s) extending inside the spinal column segment through each of the vertebral elements, for connecting a battery and/or actuators and/or sensors to a control module of the exoskeleton structure, or for connecting two control modules of the exoskeleton structure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,133

LEGGED ROBOTIC DEVICE UTILIZING MODIFIABLE LINKAGE MECHANISM

Sarcos LC, Salt Lake Cit...

1. A legged robotic device, comprising:a mechanism formed at least in part by a plurality of support members coupled together for relative movement defining a plurality of degrees of freedom, at least some of the plurality of degrees of freedom corresponding to degrees of freedom of elements of a human leg, wherein the mechanism is configured to move in a gait-like motion that emulates human gait;
a primary drive actuator operable to apply a force or a torque to the support members in a first degree of freedom of the plurality of degrees of freedom; and
a secondary actuator operable to apply a force or a torque to the support members in a second degree of freedom of the plurality of degrees of freedom,
wherein, with the secondary actuator inactive, the primary drive actuator is operable to provide sufficient force to actuate the mechanism to move the mechanism in the gait-like motion, and
wherein the secondary actuator is operable to be selectively activated in real-time during operation of the legged robotic device to dynamically modify the mechanism in response to a given operator command scenario to facilitate at least one of tuning of the gait-like motion or the performance of a non-gait motion, and
wherein the mechanism is dynamically modifiable to tune the gait-like motion of the mechanism in response to a change in stride length.

US Pat. No. 10,766,132

MOBILE ROBOT FOR CLEANING

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A method of cleaning a floor surface with a mobile robot, wherein the mobile robot comprises a cleaning assembly, the cleaning assembly comprising a cleaning pad, and a drive assembly having a first wheel and a second wheel, the method comprising:aligning a side edge of the cleaning pad and a vertical surface by
moving the mobile robot towards the vertical surface until a front edge of the cleaning pad contacts the vertical surface, and then
rotating the mobile robot relative to the vertical surface such that a forward drive direction of the mobile robot is substantially parallel to the vertical surface; and
moving along the vertical surface to maintain contact between the side edge of the cleaning pad and the vertical surface by
turning the first wheel with a first angular velocity, and
turning the second wheel with a second angular velocity, wherein the second angular velocity is larger than the first angular velocity such that wheel axes of the first and second wheels are rotated between 0 and 5 degrees away from a direction orthogonal to the vertical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,766,131

PALMAR GRIP

1. A palmar grip for an object, comprising:a flexible body configured to be laid open and wrapped around the object, said flexible body including a first edge and a second edge separated from the first edge by a portion of the body, said first edge and said second edge being in close proximity to one another when said flexible body is wrapped around the object, and said first edge and said second edge being distal from one another when said flexible body is laid open, and;
a wing configured to attach to said body over said first and second edges when said first and second edges are in close proximity to one another, the wing including a contoured support surface configured to receive a palm of a user's hand.

US Pat. No. 10,766,130

SYSTEM FORMED BY AT LEAST ONE HAND-HELD POWER TOOL, AT LEAST ONE FIRST INTERFACE, AND AT LEAST ONE ELECTROTECHNICAL PRODUCT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system comprising:at least one hand-held power tool comprising a housing having a handle, a drive motor arranged in the housing and coupled to a tool receiver, and at least one first interface configured to receive information from at least one second external interface and/or to send information to the at least one second external interface; and
at least one electrotechnical product comprising another housing,
wherein the housing of the at least one hand-held power tool and the housing of the at least one electrotechnical product each have a receiving opening configured to be releasably closed by a cover, and
wherein the cover closes the housing of the at least one hand-held power tool outwardly, and
wherein the at least one first interface is configured to be removably arranged in the receiving openings.

US Pat. No. 10,766,129

TORQUE-ADJUSTABLE PNEUMATIC TOOL

AIRBOSS AIR TOOL CO., LTD...

1. A pneumatic tool comprising:a body comprising
a trigger chamber defined in the body;
a trigger assembly mounted in the trigger chamber;
an inlet channel communicating with the trigger chamber; and
an outlet channel communicating with the trigger chamber;
a torque adjusting unit connected with a bottom of the body, mounted on one end of the outlet channel, and comprising
a silencer mounted detachably on the bottom of the body and having a discharging chamber of the silencer;
a piston rod connected adjustably with the silencer and extending into the discharging chamber;
a piston sleeve mounted around the piston rod and being axially moveable relative to the piston rod; and
a spring mounted around the piston sleeve and having two ends abutting respectively the piston sleeve and the silencer; and
a signal pressure transmitting unit disposed between the trigger assembly and the torque adjusting unit to transmit a signal pressure from compressed air led into the inlet channel to the piston rod of the torque adjusting unit so as to push the piston sleeve to move relative to the piston rod, and comprising
a positioning member mounted on the trigger assembly; and
a signal element connected with the trigger assembly and screwed with the positioning member to adjust a position of the signal element relative to the trigger assembly by rotating the positioning member;
wherein the torque adjusting unit further comprises a piston rod adjusting member mounted adjustably on an end of the piston rod to adjust a movement distance of the piston rod relative to the silencer, and a piston sleeve adjusting member mounted adjustably on an end of the piston rod opposite the piston rod adjusting member to adjust a movement distance of the piston sleeve relative to the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,766,128

POWER TOOL DRIVE MECHANISM

1. A nailer, comprising:a housing;
a motor disposed in the housing, the motor having a stator and a rotor;
a magazine which holds nails to be driven by the nailer;
a driver configured to drive the nails;
a flywheel which is driven by the motor, the flywheel having a cantilevered portion which radially surrounds at least a portion of the stator;
wherein the flywheel has a flywheel ring with at least one groove;
wherein the at least one groove is on the cantilevered portion; and
wherein the rotor is located radially inwardly compared to the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,766,127

NOSEPIECE ASSEMBLY WITH A PASSAGE FOR EJECTING DEBRIS

1. A nosepiece assembly comprising:a first nosepiece portion including a fastener guide, the fastener guide having a support ledge to position a first fastener of a collated strip of fasteners in a drive channel; and
a second nosepiece portion connected to the first nosepiece portion opposite to the fastener guide with the first and second nosepiece portions defining the drive channel therebetween and defining a debris ejection passage therebetween, the debris ejection passage extending between the drive channel and a debris ejection aperture on an exterior surface of the nosepiece assembly;
wherein the first and second nosepiece portions further define a nose with a distal opening from which the first fastener is driven from the nosepiece assembly, and the debris ejection aperture is positioned between the support ledge and the distal opening.

US Pat. No. 10,766,126

PNEUMATIC SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE FOR A PNEUMATIC TOOL

AIRBOSS AIR TOOL CO., LTD...

1. A pneumatic signal generating device for a pneumatic tool comprising:a valve sleeve comprising
a sleeve chamber defined in the valve sleeve;
an opening defined in an end of the valve sleeve and communicating with the sleeve chamber; and
an input end defined in an end of the valve sleeve opposite the opening;
a valve core mounted rotatably in the sleeve chamber of the valve sleeve and comprising
an input segment formed on an end of the valve core;
an output segment formed on an end of the valve core opposite the input segment and having a positioning recess defined in the output segment;
a connection segment mounted between the input segment and the output segment to connect the input segment with the output segment;
an axial hole defined axially through the input segment, the connecting segment, and the output segment of the valve core; and
an annular groove defined between the input segment and the output segment and formed around the connection segment of the valve core;
a piston pin mounted moveably in the axial hole in the valve core and having an end extending out of the input end of the valve sleeve and connected with a sealing cap; and
a guiding assembly connected rotatably with the valve core and comprising
a fastening member mounted in the positioning recess of the output segment;
a signal member connected with the input segment of the valve core, held in the annular groove in the valve core, and having
a positioning end extending laterally and connected securely with the fastening member; and
a passage defined in the signal member and communicating with the sleeve chamber of the valve sleeve; and
a guiding tube connected with the signal member and communicating with the passage in the signal member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,125

RATCHET SCREWDRIVER

1. A ratchet screwdriver comprising:a mounting seat having a front portion defined in a front side thereof; a first slot, a second slot, a first extension slot and a second extension slot being recessed from a front end of the front portion; the first and second slots being located symmetrically in opposite directions to each other; the first and second extension slots being located symmetrically in opposite directions to each other; the first slot and the second slot respectively having a first hole and a second hole defined in an inner portion thereof; the first and second holes being located symmetrically in opposite directions to each other; a pivotal portion protruding from a central area of the front end of the front portion; a fixing rod protruding from the front end of the front portion and locating at a lateral side of the pivotal portion with a distance; a passage being defined through the mounting seat and coaxially extending through the pivotal portion; a reception hole being defined in an outer periphery of the front portion;
a driving shaft having a rear end defined a circular receiving space therein; the receiving space being for receiving the front portion; a ratchet portion with multiple teeth being circularly distributed on an inner periphery of the receiving space; a pivotal hole being recessed from a bottom of the receiving space for pivotably receiving the pivotal portion; a screwed hole being recessed from a bottom of the pivotal hole; a function end being defined on a front end of the driving shaft;
two pawls being respectively located in the first and second slots and being located symmetrically in opposite directions to each other with respect to the mounting seat;a front end of each pawl having an engaging portion with multiple teeth for engaging with the teeth of the ratchet portion; each pawl having a cylindrical pivot with two ends protruding from two lateral sides of a rear end of each pawl; each pawl having a contact portion; one end of the cylindrical pivots of the two pawls being respectively pivotably inserted into the first and second holes so that the engaging portions of the two pawls are rotatable to engage with the ratchet portion; the engaging portions of the two pawls being respectively located in the first and second slots, and the contact portions of the two pawls being respectively located in the first and second extension slots;two springs being respectively located in the first and second slots for providing elastic forces to pivot the two pawls to engage with the teeth of the ratchet portion by the teeth of the engaging portions; one spring in the first slot being biased between an inside of the first slot and one pawl corresponding thereto, and the other spring in the second slot being biased between an inside of the second slot and the other pawl corresponding thereto;
a fixing ring having a through hole, two apertures and a positioning hole; the fixing ring being connected to the front side of the mounting seat and fixedly mounted on the pivotal portion; the other ends of the cylindrical pivots of the two pawls being pivotably inserted into the two apertures respectively; the positioning hole being engaged with the fixing rod;
a ring shaped control member being rotatably mounted on an outer periphery of the front portion and having a mounting hole defined therethrough; the mounting hole being for the front portion penetrating; at least one push portion extending from an inner wall of an inner space of the mounting hole; the inner wall of the inner space having three positioning slots defined thereon; wherein when the control member being rotated clockwise with respect to the mounting seat from a second position to a first position, the at least one push portion pivoting the pawl in the second slot to compress one spring and remove the teeth of the engaging portion of one pawl in the second slot from the teeth of the ratchet portion so that the driving shaft being freely rotated counter clockwise relative to the mounting seat; wherein when the control member being rotated counter clockwise with respect to the mounting seat from the second position to a third position, the at least one push portion pivoting the pawl in the first slot to compress the other spring and removes the teeth of the engaging portion of the pawl in the first slot from the teeth of the ratchet portion so that the driving shaft is freely rotated clockwise relative to the mounting seat; wherein when the control member being at the second position with respect to the mounting seat, the teeth of the engaging portions of the two pawls engaging with the teeth of the ratchet portion so that the driving shaft is rotatable clockwise and counter clockwise together with the mounting seat;
a bead being axially and movably located in the reception hole; a positioning spring being located in the reception hole to elastically push the bead outward to engage with the three positioning slots respectively so as to position the control member at the first, second and third positions with respect to the mounting seat respectively, and
a bolt being inserted into the passage; one end of the bolt defined a screwed portion thereon to be screwed with the screwed hole of the driving shaft so as to restrict the driving shaft from being separated from the mounting seat.

US Pat. No. 10,766,121

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING CARPENTER LEVELS

Handy Tools, LLC, Silver...

1. A method of operating a level-system for obtaining level-indications, comprising:sliding a thick disk that is part of a first doughnut into a horseshoe cutout within a first angle bracket;
positioning a locking bump located in the center of the thick disk to be located into a concave surface of the first angle bracket;
holding the first doughnut and the angle bracket to be snug, but allowing the first doughnut to swivel to accept a removable level suitable for giving a visual level indication;
sliding the removable level into an opening within the first doughnut;
positioning a first end of the removable level within the doughnut, the combination of the doughnut and the angle bracket now being locatable anywhere on the removable level;
adjusting a first knurled knob downwards until a first thrust pad is snug against a surface of the removable level;
performing the above steps for a second end of the removable level with a second angle bracket attached to a second doughnut having a second knurled knob;
attaching a first ratcheting slider to the first angle bracket;
attaching a second ratcheting slider to the second angle bracket, thereby forming the level-system;
positioning the first angle bracket and the first ratcheting slider over a first portion of a desired first clamping surface;
positioning the second angle bracket and the second ratcheting slider over a second portion of the desired first clamping surface;
adjusting the first and second ratcheting slider to have sufficient gap-space to admit the desired first clamping surface wherein the first and second sliders movement is entirely straight line linear;
pushing the first and second angle brackets onto the first and second portions of the first clamping surface;
moving the first and second ratcheting sliders toward the first clamping surface until the first and second ratcheting sliders indicate tactile feedback that the first and second ratcheting sliders cannot be moved further, thereby ensuring that both ends of the level-system are securely attached by spring-pressure of a slider spring to the first clamping surface, wherein the first and second ratcheting sliders movement is entirely straight line linear;
obtaining visual assurance from removable level whether the first clamping surface is at a proper level-ness;
the level-system remaining in place thereby permitting the user having the two hands free to achieve the appropriate leveling if necessary;
the ratcheting slider remaining in place due to a ratcheting effect as well as the pressure from the slider spring;
without making any adjustments to the level-system, pulling the level-system entirely off from the first clamping surface;
without making any adjustments to the level-system, pushing the level-system onto a second clamping surface having the same width as the first clamping surface;
obtaining visual assurance from the level whether the second clamping surface is at a proper level-ness; and
the level-system remaining in place thereby permitting the user having the two hands free to achieve the appropriate leveling if necessary.

US Pat. No. 10,766,120

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING COMPRESSOR SCROLLS, COMPRESSOR SCROLL, AND SCROLL COMPRESSOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method for manufacturing a compressor scroll, the compressor scroll includinga first scroll provided on a spiral-shaped first wall portion disposed on a first side of a first end plate,
a second scroll provided on a spiral-shaped second wall portion disposed on a first side of a second end plate, with the second wall portion meshed with the first wall portion of the first scroll, wherein the second scroll is supported for orbiting movement and prevented from rotating,
a step portion disposed on the first side of each of the end plates where a height transitions from high on a center portion side of the spiral following the respective wall portion to low on an outer end side, and
a stepped portion disposed on each of the wall portions where a height transitions from low on the central portion side of the spiral to high on the outer end side, wherein the stepped portions engage with the corresponding step portions, the method comprising the step of:
water jet peening by jetting cavitation bubbles generated underwater by a water jet at the first side of the end plate of at least one of the scrolls, with a center of the cavitation bubbles being offset from a center of the spiral shape of the wall portion on the end plate and the step portion, and the stepped portion positioned at an outer peripheral portion of the cavitation bubbles,
wherein the water jet peening step includes moving the cavitation bubbles and the scroll relative to one another to intersect with a straight imaginary line that joins the step portion and the stepped portion and the positions of the cavitation bubbles and the scroll.

US Pat. No. 10,766,117

RETAINING RING WITH SHAPED SURFACE

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A retaining ring comprising:an annular body having a bottom surface, an inner surface, an outer surface and a top surface configured for attachment to a carrier head, an inner edge between the inner surface and the bottom surface having a first radius of curvature, and an outer edge between the outer surface and the bottom surface having a second radius of curvature that is different from the first radius of curvature.

US Pat. No. 10,766,115

MULTIFUNCTIONAL WHEEL BURR REMOVING DEVICE

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD, ...

1. A multifunctional wheel burr removing device, comprising a frame, first cylinders, a lower fixed plate, first belt pulleys, first shafts, first bearing seats, a first synchronous belt, a lower lifting plate, first gears, first racks, first guide rails, sliding supports, first servo motors, second shafts, second bearing seats, springs, third shafts, brush heads, a second servo motor, a first turnover support, a second belt pulley, a second cylinder, a second synchronous belt, a third bearing seat, a third belt pulley, a fourth shaft, second guide rails, a left sliding plate, second racks, left shafts, fourth bearing seats, V-shaped rollers, a second gear, a brush disc, a fourth belt pulley, a fifth shaft, a third synchronous belt, a rotating support, a fifth belt pulley, a third servo motor, a sixth shaft, a fifth bearing seat, a fourth servo motor, a second turnover support, a fifth servo motor, a servo electric cylinder, an upper sliding plate, an upper lifting plate, a third guide rail, upper guide posts, upper guide sleeves, third cylinders, a brush shaft, right shafts, sixth bearing seats, a right sliding plate, a sixth servo motor, a seventh bearing seat, a seventh shaft, a seventh servo motor, lower guide posts and lower guide sleeves,a lower lifting system comprises: the two first cylinders and the four lower guide sleeves are all fixed on the lower fixed plate, and the four lower guide posts matched with the lower guide sleeves are fixed below the lower lifting plate; and the output ends of the first cylinders are articulated with the lower part of the lower lifting plate;
a burr brushing unit comprises: the first bearing seat is fixed below the lower lifting plate, and the first shaft is mounted inside the first bearing seat via bearings; the first gear is fixed at the upper end of the first shaft, and the first belt pulley is fixed at the lower end of the first shaft; the bottom of the sliding support is mounted above the lower lifting plate via the first guide rail; the first rack is fixed below the sliding support, and engaged with the first gear; the second bearing seat is fixed above a top plate of the sliding support; the second shaft is mounted inside the second bearing seat via bearings; the third shaft is in sliding fit with the upper end of the second shaft; the spring is mounted inside the second shaft, and arranged below the third shaft; the brush head is fixed at the top of the third shaft; the first servo motor is fixed below the top of the sliding support, and the output end of the first servo motor is connected with the lower part of the second shaft;
a lower brush system comprises five burr brushing units, which are uniformly distributed in the circumferential direction; the first synchronous belt is connected with the first belt pulleys in the five burr brushing units; the seventh servo motor is fixed below the lower lifting plate, and the output end of the seventh servo motor is connected with the lower part of the first shaft in one burr brushing unit;
a turnover system comprises: the second servo motor is fixed at the lower part of the left side of the frame, and the second belt pulley is fixed at the output end of the second servo motor; the third bearing seat is fixed on the left side of the frame, and arranged above the second servo motor; the fourth shaft is mounted inside the third bearing seat via bearings; the third belt pulley is fixed on the right side of the fourth shaft; the right end of the fourth shaft is fixed at the left end of the first turnover support; the second belt pulley is connected with the third belt pulley via the second synchronous belt; seventh bearing seat is fixed on the right side of the frame; the seventh shaft is mounted inside the seventh bearing seat via bearings, and the left end of the seventh shaft is fixed at the right end of the first turnover support;
a synchronous clamping and rotating system comprises: the second gear is fixed above a bottom plate of the first turnover support; the left sliding plate is mounted above the bottom plate of the first turnover support via a second guide rail; the second cylinder is also fixed above the bottom plate of the first turnover support, and the output end of the second cylinder is connected with the lower part of the left sliding plate; a second rack is fixed below the left sliding plate, and the two fourth bearing seats are fixed above the left sliding plate; the two left shafts are mounted inside the fourth bearing seats via bearings; two V-shaped rollers are respectively mounted above the two left shafts; the right sliding plate is mounted above the bottom plate of the first turnover support via a second guide rail; a second rack is fixed below the right sliding plate, and the two sixth bearing seats are fixed above the right sliding plate; the second rack below the left sliding plate and the second rack below the right sliding plate are simultaneously engaged with the second gear; the two right shafts are mounted inside the sixth bearing seats via bearings; two V-shaped rollers are respectively mounted above the two right shafts; the sixth servo motor is fixed below the right sliding plate, and the output end of the sixth servo motor is connected with the lower end of one right shaft;
an upper brush system comprises: the fifth shaft is mounted below the rotating support via bearings; the brush disc is fixed at the leftmost end of the fifth shaft; the fourth belt pulley is fixed at the left end of the fifth shaft, and arranged between the brush disc and the rotating support; the brush shaft is mounted at the right end of the fifth shaft; the third servo motor is fixed on the left side of the rotating support, and the fifth belt pulley is fixed at the output end of the third servo motor; the fourth belt pulley is connected with the fifth belt pulley via the third synchronous belt; the fifth bearing seat is fixed below a bottom plate of the second turnover support; the sixth shaft is mounted inside the fifth bearing seat via bearings; the fourth servo motor is fixed above the bottom plate of the second turnover support, and the output end of the fourth servo motor is connected with the top of the sixth shaft; the top of the rotating support is fixed below the sixth shaft; the second turnover support is mounted below the upper sliding plate via a pin roll; the fifth servo motor is fixed on a side plate below the upper sliding plate, and the output end of the fifth servo motor is connected with the pin roll for connecting the second turnover support; the upper sliding plate is mounted below the upper lifting plate via the third guide-rail; the servo electric cylinder is fixed below the upper lifting plate, and the output end of the servo electric cylinder is connected with the upper sliding plate;
an upper lifting system comprises: the two third cylinders and the four upper guide sleeves are fixed at the top of the frame; the four upper guide posts matched with the four upper guide sleeves are fixed at the top of the upper lifting plate; and the output ends of the two third cylinders are articulated with the upper part of the upper lifting plate;
in the working process, the second cylinder drives the four V-shaped rollers via the second gear and the second racks to synchronous clamp a wheel, and sixth servo motor drives the clamped wheel to rotate; the third servo motor drives the brush disc via the third synchronous belt to rotate; the third cylinders drive the brush disc via the upper guide posts to descend, and when the brush disc contacts a riser of the wheel, burrs thereon may be removed, the angle of the brush shaft in the horizontal direction may be adjusted under the drive of the fourth servo motor via the sixth shaft, the included angle between the brush shaft and the vertical direction may be adjusted under the drive of the fifth servo motor via the second turnover support, and the position of the brush shaft in the horizontal direction may be adjusted under the drive of the servo electric cylinder via the third guide rail; after the angle and position of the brush shaft are adjusted to be proper, burrs may be removed from a cap seal allowance and a valve hole of the wheel with the use of the brush shaft; the five brush heads are adjusted to pitch circles of both holes of the wheel under the drive of the seventh servo motor via the first synchronous belt, the first gears, the first racks and the like; sixth servo motor drives the wheel to rotate till the center of the each bolt hole is just concentric with the axis of each brush head; the first cylinders drive the brush heads via the lower guide posts to ascend, and when the brush heads contact the bolt holes of the wheel, burrs may be simultaneously removed from the bolt holes; the second servo motor drives the first turnover support and the wheel via the second synchronous belt to turn over 180 degrees, and burrs may also be removed from bolt hole counter bores by the same method.

US Pat. No. 10,766,113

MACHINE TOOL

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A machine tool including a vibration sensor configured to measure vibration and detecting abnormal vibrations during machining, the machine tool comprising:a frequency band setting unit configured to set, within a range of frequencies that can be measured by the vibration sensor, a first frequency band including a natural frequency of a spindle system, and a second frequency band including a natural frequency of a movement system, and a third frequency band including a natural frequency of a fixed system of a feed axis device, and
a filter unit configured to extract vibration components in the first, second and third frequency bands from an output from the vibration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,766,112

MACHINE-TOOL SPINDLE COOLING METHOD AND MACHINE TOOL

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A machine-tool spindle cooling method in which a heat source that generates heat with rotation of a spindle is cooled by causing a spindle cooling device to supply and circulate a liquid inside a housing rotatably supporting the spindle, the method comprising:deactuating all motors in the spindle cooling device to thereby stop supplying and circulating the liquid in a case where a number of revolutions of the spindle is less than or equal to a predetermined number of revolutions and a temperature of the heat source detected by a temperature sensor is less than or equal to a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,766,107

TRANSMISSION SHAFT DISASSEMBLY PRESS FIXTURE

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

1. An apparatus for axially aligning a shaft having a plurality of gears attached thereto with a hydraulic press, the apparatus comprising:the hydraulic press;
a body portion defining a plurality of gear lands oriented normal to a pressing direction of the hydraulic press, each gear land having a semi-circular shape partially encompassing a central opening; and
a moveable portion limited to movement between generally opposing positions, movement thereof reconfiguring the apparatus to enable positioning of each of a plurality of transmission shaft assemblies in axial alignment with the hydraulic press, each of the assemblies having a unique configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,766,106

DRIVE SHAFT PRESS

1. A press system comprising:at least one rack whose movement is guided along an X-axis and limited relative to a Z-axis and a Y-axis by a plurality of cam followers, the at least one rack being operatively connectable with a drive shaft oriented along the X-axis for axial pushing action on the drive shaft along a length thereof, the at least one rack having a plurality of gear teeth;
a mechanical drive system operable to move the at least one rack and the connected drive shaft relative to a differential, the drive system including a gear assembly operatively coupled to the gear teeth of the at least one rack, whose rotation drives movement of the at least one rack to axially push the drive shaft relative to the differential and press-fit the drive shaft and the differential together, and a culminating nut-runner-compatible input member operatively coupled to the gear assembly, whose rotation drives rotation of the gear assembly; and
a nut runner operatively connected to the mechanical drive system at the input member, the nut runner operable to supply a drive torque to the input member to drive rotation thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,766,104

WELDING ACCESSORY APPARATUS

1. A welding accessory apparatus for a human welding a workpiece, the welding accessory apparatus comprising:a head assembly, the head assembly comprising:
a central aperture defined by an inner wall;
a welding lens assembly mounted within the central aperture;
a manifold peripheral to the central aperture, the manifold in fluid communication with a vacuum source;
a top plate;
a bottom plate facing the workpiece; and
an adjustable arm assembly supporting the head assembly in a stationary position desired by the welder;
wherein the welding accessory apparatus is self-supporting and does not comprise a welder's helmet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,103

SOLDER ALLOY, SOLDER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

SHANGHAI PHICHEM MATERIAL...

1. A solder alloy, comprising:0.9-4.1 wt % of silver, 0.3-0.7 wt % of copper, 0.02-0.085 wt % of rhodium, and the balance of wt % being substantially tin, based on the total weight of the solder alloy being 100 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,766,100

HYBRID ELECTROSLAG CLADDING

Lincoln Global, Inc., Sa...

1. A hybrid electroslag cladding method, the method comprising:providing a workpiece to be cladded;
guiding a strip electrode onto a surface of the workpiece;
cladding the strip electrode onto the surface of the workpiece using electroslag cladding; and
guiding a metal cored hybrid electroslag cladding wire into a weld puddle of the strip electrode for controlling a chemical composition of the cladding, and
for a second workpiece requiring stainless steel cladding with a different cladding composition than the workpiece, selecting a second metal cored hybrid electroslag cladding wire for controlling a chemical composition of the cladding of the second workpiece,
wherein the chemical composition of the metal cored hybrid electroslag cladding wire differs from the chemical composition of the second metal cored hybrid electroslag cladding wire.

US Pat. No. 10,766,099

FRICTION STIR WELDING APPARATUS FOR STRUCTURAL STEEL

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

1. A friction stir welding apparatus for structural steel, the welding apparatus comprising:a rotary tool that includes a shoulder and a pin disposed on the shoulder,
the pin sharing a rotation axis with the shoulder,
at least the shoulder and the pin being made of a material that is harder than steel sheets that are used as workpieces,
a front heating device that is provided in front of the rotary tool and positioned higher than a top surface of the rotary tool, and
a rear heating device provided behind the rotary tool and positioned lower than the front heating device,
wherein:
the front heating device is adapted to:
form a heated region
on the steel sheets such that: (a) a center of the heated region is located on the advancing side; and (b) a distance from the center of the heated region to the welding centerline is from 0.5 times to 1 time a maximum radius of the pin of the rotary tool,
the heated region having a temperature TS (° C.) that satisfies TS?0.8×TA1 (such that TA1 is described in Formula (1) below)
TA1(° C.)=723?10.7[% Mn]?16.9[% Ni]+29.1[% Si]+16.9[% Cr]+290 [% As]+6.38[% W]  Formula (1),
where [% M] represents an amount (mass %) of element M in the steel sheets used as a workpiece,
the rotary tool is adapted to penetrate into a non-welded part of the steel sheets and to move in a welding direction while the rotary tool rotates so that a portion of the steel sheets which has been preheated by the front heating device is: (i) softened by frictional heat between the rotary tool and the steel sheets and (ii) the softened portion of the steels sheet is stirred with the rotary tool to produce plastic flow, and
the welding centerline is a straight line that passes through the rotation axis of the rotary tool and is parallel to the welding direction.