US Pat. No. 10,137,672

LAMINATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A lamination device comprising:a jig configured to accommodate a window having a curved surface;
a transfer member configured to allow a film to be attached to the window to be spaced from the jig;
a roller unit configured to press a surface of the transfer member to which the film is not attached and attaching the film to the window;
a driver connected to the roller unit and configured to move the roller unit along the curved surface of the window by rotating with respect to a fixed rotational center; and
a pressing unit connected to the driver and the roller unit and configured to press the roller unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,671

FLEXIBLE FILM COMPOSITION FOR HEAT SEALS AND CONTAINER WITH SAME

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A flexible container comprising:a first film and a second film, each film comprising a heat sealable flexible film structure comprising:
a seal layer (A) consisting of (i) from 35 to 80 percent by weight of the layer (A) of a propylene based plastomer or elastomer (“PBPE”) and (ii) from 20 to 65 percent by weight of layer (A) of a low density polyethylene having a melt index from 0.2 g/10 min to 50 g/10 min and a density in the range of from 0.915 g/cm3 to 0.935 g/cm3;
a base layer (B) comprising an ethylene-based polymer selected from the group consisting of high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low density polyethylene, (LLDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and combinations thereof; and
an outermost layer (C) comprising a material having a melting point greater than 140° C.;
wherein the films are arranged such that the layer (A) of each film is in contact with each other and the second film is superimposed on the first film to form a common peripheral edge; and
a heat seal is located along at least a portion of the common peripheral edge;
a hard seal wherein opposing layers (B) are in contact with each other; and
a frangible seal wherein opposing layers (A) are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,665

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LAMINATE, AND LAMINATE

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A laminate comprising a flat film and a support film, wherein:the flat film has a thickness of 1000 nm or less, and does not have through-pores with an opening diameter of 1 nm or more;
the support film is a porous film having a surface roughness of 100 nm or less;
a plurality of openings in the main surface of the support film have an average diameter below 1000 nm; and
the main surface of the support film has an opening ratio of 40 area % or less.

US Pat. No. 10,137,664

COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE, AIRCRAFT WING AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A composite material structure, comprising a fiber-reinforced plastic composite material extending in one direction, wherein the one direction is 0°, and having a plurality of holes defined at intervals in a row in the one direction, that is subjected to a tensile load or a compressive load in the one direction, wherein:a peripheral region around the holes includes a first area obtained by bending a composite material reinforced using continuous fibers made even in a longitudinal direction so that a center line of a width of the composite material weaves between adjacent holes and zigzags in the one direction;
a tensile rigidity and/or compressive rigidity in the one direction of the peripheral region is lower than a tensile rigidity and/or compressive rigidity in the one direction of another region that surrounds the peripheral region;
the first area includes at least two parallel parts, wherein a first parallel part is positioned on a side and in contact with a hole of the plurality and is connected to a second parallel part on a side and in contact with an adjacent hole of the plurality by a slanted part disposed between the hole and the adjacent hole, such that first parallel part on the side of the hole and the second parallel part on the side of the adjacent hole are on opposite sides; and
wherein the parallel part comprises the continuous fibers oriented in a 0° direction, is parallel to a first diameter of its corresponding hole, and includes an extension line of a second diameter of its corresponding hole that is oriented in a ±90° direction, wherein a portion of the parallel part has a length equal to or greater than the first diameter of its corresponding hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,661

MICRORELIEF STRUCTURAL BODY, DECORATIVE SHEET, DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED BODY, METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICRORELIEF STRUCTURAL BODY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DECORATIVE RESIN MOLDED BODY

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. A structural body comprising a base material, and a microrelief structural layer having a microrelief structure,the microrelief structural layer being laminated on the base material as a surface layer of the structural body, and
the microrelief structural layer having at least one physical property selected from the group consisting of the following (A) and (B):
(A) the elastic modulus at 25° C. is 50 MPa or more, and the elastic modulus at 80° C. is 30 MPa or less; and
(B) the tensile elongation at break at 80° C. is from 20% to 100%,wherein:the microrelief structural layer contains a cured product obtained by curing a curable composition,
the curable composition includes at least one monomer selected from the group consisting of a monomer having one radical-polymerizable double bond (X), a monomer having two radical-polymerizable double bonds (Y), and a monomer having three or more radical-polymerizable double bonds (Z), in an amount of from 70 parts by mass to 100 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the curable components in the curable composition,
the mass average molecular weight of the monomer having two radical-polymerizable double bonds (Y) is from 600 to 8000, and
the value obtained by dividing the mass average molecular weight of the monomer having three or more radical-polymerizable double bonds (Z) by the number of groups having polymerizable double bonds is from 300 to 1000.

US Pat. No. 10,137,659

FLOORBOARD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. Floorboards configured to make a floating floor, the floorboards comprising a surface layer and a core, the floorboards are mechanically lockable and which along edge portions of the floorboards have pairs of opposing connectors configured for locking similar, adjoining ones of the floorboards to each other both vertically and horizontally, wherein the surface layer comprises flexible resilient fibers, and wherein a thickness of the surface layer is equal or larger than 0.5 times a thickness of the core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,656

CARTON FEEDER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY FEEDING A PLURALITY OF CARTONS TO A CONVEYOR TRACK USING A PLURALITY OF PICK-UP HEADS

Norden Machinery AB, Kal...

1. A carton feeding system for feeding a plurality of cartons to a conveyor track, comprising:a plurality of feeding devices, where each feeding device comprises:
a pick-up head with a plurality of vacuum cups each having a front, the front of the plurality of vacuum cups defining a holding plane, the pick-up head being moveable between:
a pick-up position (P1) in which the holding plane of the pick-up head is positioned parallel to a folded carton blank that is to be picked up, and
an insertion position (P2) in which the carton blank is oriented for insertion into the conveyor track, and
an erecting finger having a bearing surface and pivotally suspended at the pick-up head, wherein the erecting finger is pivotal with respect to the holding plane of the pick-up head between:
a first position in which the bearing surface of the erecting finger is substantially parallel to the holding plane when the pick-up head is in the pick-up position (P1) such that the erecting finger supports the folded carton blank received on the holding plane of the pick-up head, and
a second position in which the bearing surface is transverse to the holding plane of the pick-up head when the pick-up head is in the insertion position (P2) to engage the carton blank and at least partially open the carton blank and align the erecting finger with the conveyor for insertion of the carton into the conveyor, wherein the pick-up head and the erecting finger are released from the carton blank at the insertion position (P2) when the carton is inserted into the conveyor;
wherein at least two of feeding devices of the plurality of feeding devices are operable in parallel to insert and release at least two cartons simultaneously at respective ones of the insertion positions (P2) located along the conveyor track.

US Pat. No. 10,137,653

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING A GREEN TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A method for manufacturing a green tire by winding a carcass reinforcement ply (N) onto a cylindrical rotary tire-building drum having a circular section of which the generatrix is rectilinear, on which an inner rubber layer (G) is laid and defines a first laying surface, on which a number of profiled elements (P) that are axially spaced, with respect to a rotation axis of said tire-building drum, apart one from one another and have a given thickness are laid, wherein said inner rubber layer (G) and said profiled elements (P) define a second laying surface that defines a meridian line (M) having a curved profile on which said carcass reinforcement ply (N) is wound, comprising:grasping a front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) with the aid of a transport device having a chassis that supports a transverse row of gripping pads disposed along a line parallel to said front edge,
transferring the carcass reinforcement ply (N), with the aid of said transport device, between a supply station and said tire-building drum,
laying the front edge (Nav) of said ply on the second laying surface,
withdrawing said transport device,
applying an applicator roller having a deformable profile to the front edge (Nav) of said carcass reinforcement ply, and exerting a pressure in the radial direction, with respect to the tire-building drum, across the width of said carcass reinforcement ply corresponding to the points at which the carcass reinforcement ply is brought into contact with said second laying surface, and rotating said tire-building drum,
wherein after the step of grasping the front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) and prior to the step of laying the front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) on the second laying surface, moving at least one of the gripping pads relative to at least one other of the gripping pads such that the transverse row of gripping pads is adjusted from a first configuration in which all of the gripping pads are located in a single plane while grasping the front edge (Nav) of the carcass reinforcement ply (N) to a second configuration in which said at least one gripping pad is vertically offset with respect to said at least one other gripping pad so as to impart in said carcass reinforcement ply (N) a non-planar profile which follows the contour of the meridian line (M) by displacing an articulating support carrying the at least one of the gripping pads into contact with a profiled bar that has a profile corresponding to that of the meridian line to as to impart the row of gripping pads with the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,652

METHOD OF HOSE CONSTRUCTION

7. A method of hose construction comprising:providing a hose former having a surface;
providing a sacrificial layer on the surface of the hose former;
constructing a hose on the sacrificial layer;
forcing pressurized fluid between the sacrificial layer and the hose former to separate the hose former from the sacrificial layer;
removing the hose former from the sacrificial layer; and
separating the sacrificial layer from the hose, wherein the step of separating the sacrificial layer from the hose comprises collapsing the sacrificial layer under atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,651

HEATING SYSTEM FOR COMPOSITE REWORK OF AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus that comprises:a frame;
an attachment system configured such that in operation, the attachment system attaches the frame to a surface of a composite structure;
a laser unit directly connected to the frame, such that the laser unit comprises a number of laser beams directed to; a first mirror, a second mirror, and a scanning lens, mounted within the frame, such that the laser unit comprises a laser source within the laser unit;
a vacuum bag that comprises a transparency for the number of laser beams with a vacuum applied to the vacuum bag;
a controller that comprises a rework module specially programmed to:
receive rework information and data, for each portion, of a composite patch, that comprises at least: a depth and a number of plies in layers of a composite material removed to form a scarf in the composite structure, boundary conditions of the scarf, an optical absorption factor of a resin in a composite patch for the scarf, the transparency of the vacuum bag, a pressure within the vacuum bag,
identify a heating cycle and a cooling cycle for each portion;
generate commands, based upon a simulation that comprises at least one of: a finite analysis and an analytical analysis of the rework information and the data, to select, for each portion, a wavelength and an intensity required for each laser beam, in the number of laser beams, for a period of time needed to respectively raise each portion to a desired temperature range; and
transmit the wavelength and the intensity required for each laser beam to pass through the vacuum bag with a vacuum applied to the vacuum bag and cause the desired temperature range in each portion, within the vacuum bag, for each step needed to cure the composite patch on the composite structure, such that the number of laser beams respectively heat each portion of the composite patch to the desired temperature range; and
an image sensor configured to confirm: an amount of curing of each portion of the composite patch, and a compliance of the laser beam with the commands, the controller configured to receive data from the image sensor and adjust commands based upon the data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,650

FILAMENT WINDING APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A filament winding apparatus comprising:a fiber supplier that supplies a fiber toward a liner having a cylindrical section;
a winder that rotates the liner along a circumferential direction of the cylindrical section to wind the fiber around the liner;
a tension adjuster that adjusts tension of the fiber supplied to the liner; and
a controller that controls an action of the filament winding apparatus,
wherein the controller includes
a tension amplitude estimator that estimates a tension amplitude that is a fluctuation width of the tension of the fiber wound around the liner based on an amount of circumferential swing of the liner rotated by the winder,
a waveform generator that generates a temporary tension waveform that relates a rotation phase of the liner rotated by the winder to the tension of the fiber wound around the liner based on the estimated tension amplitude and predetermined set tension of the fiber to be wound around the liner, and
a tension controller that controls the tension adjuster in such a way that an adjusted tension waveform that relates the rotation phase of the liner to the tension of the fiber adjusted by the tension adjuster has a phase opposite to a phase of the temporary tension waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,137,648

MATERIAL PLACEMENT SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for placing material for a composite part, the method comprising:positioning a roller relative to a material delivery structure in which the roller is associated with an end of the material delivery structure;
moving the material delivery structure relative to a mold;
moving a plurality of lengths of material towards the roller; and
placing the plurality of lengths of material on the mold with the roller;
wherein the roller has an axis of rotation configured to move over a curved path between a first position and a second position relative to the material delivery structure; wherein the material delivery structure has a first guide on a first side of the material delivery structure in which the first guide is configured to guide a first number of lengths of material in the plurality of lengths of material to the roller and a second guide on a second side of the material delivery structure in which the second guide is configured to guide a second number of lengths of material in the plurality of lengths of material to the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,647

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL FIBER FABRICS AND COMPONENT PREFORMS MADE OF FIBRES IN TWO STEPS

COMPOSITENCE GMBH, Leonb...

1. A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional fiber fabric or a three-dimensional component preform, comprising:forming an overall convex body by sequentially laying sets of fibers on an overall convex surface of a workpiece carrier such that the sets of fibers extend from a first edge region of the overall convex surface to a second edge region of the overall convex surface,
subsequently clamping the first and second edge regions of the overall convex body on the surface of the workpiece carrier by clamping each of the first and second edge regions between a clamping device and the workpiece carrier, and
subsequently reshaping a to-be-reshaped region, which lies between the first and second edge regions of the overall convex body, into a reshaped region having at least one concave section by using a re-molding tool having a movable part that presses the to-be-reshaped region to form the reshaped region,
wherein the reshaped region has a surface area that is greater than the surface area of the to-be-reshaped region and/or
at least the segment of a fiber that forms the reshaped region of the body has a length that is greater than the length of the segment of the same fiber that forms the to-be-reshaped region of the overall convex body and/or
in a cross-sectional view, the path of a surface of the to-be-reshaped region is represented by a first line, and in the cross-sectional view, the path of the same surface of the reshaped region is represented by a second line, the first line being shorter than the second line.

US Pat. No. 10,137,646

PREPARING A POLYGON MESH FOR PRINTING

Whispering Gibbon Limited...

1. A computer-implemented method of preparing a polygon mesh for printing by a process of additive manufacturing, comprising the steps of:receiving a model of an object to be printed in the form of a polygon mesh;
converting the polygon mesh into a signed distance field comprising voxels identified as interior or exterior to the object, including the steps of creating a plurality of layered depth images of the model, and writing to the distance field using said layered depth images,
said conversion including resolving degeneracies in the model so that the signed distance field defines an outer surface that is an orientable manifold, in that pixels in said layered depth images that have inconsistencies are not written to the distance field, and pixels are considered inconsistent if a polygon of one orientation does not have a corresponding polygon of an opposing orientation; and
converting the signed distance field to a format that facilitates additive manufacturing of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,137,643

MODEL-BASED PROCESS SIMULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a sensitivity model that comprises a plurality of sensitivity values and/or functions, each sensitivity value and/or function specifies a prediction, for a different lithographic apparatus setting for one lithographic apparatus, of an amount of a difference in an imaging result attributable to an amount of a difference in the lithographic apparatus setting;
generating, by a hardware computer, a simulated substrate contour using one or more of the sensitivity values and/or functions of the sensitivity model; and
storing in a non-transitory computer-readable medium and/or providing to a lithographic apparatus, data and/or instructions based on the simulated substrate contour,
where the data and/or instructions, or a derivative thereof, are configured to guide design, control and/or modification of an aspect of a physical process of manufacturing devices and/or an aspect of a physical object or apparatus for use in the process of manufacturing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,137,641

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

GUANGZHOU LITE-ON MOBILE ...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object, comprising:providing a carrier which has a predetermined surface, the predetermined surface including a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface; and
driving a discharging head to move on a work track and conduct a three-dimensional spread corresponding to the first surface, the second surface, and the third surface, wherein the predetermined surface and the work track have an identical spacing therebetween;
wherein the discharging head moves relative to the first surface using a first movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the discharging head moves relative to the second surface using a second movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the discharging head moves relative to the third surface using a third movement speed and conducts the three-dimensional spread, the first movement speed is identical to the third movement speed, and the second movement speed is different from the first and third movement speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,137,639

METHOD OF FABRICATING AN ULTRASONICALLY WELDED MAT UNIT

1. A method comprising:forming a first layer of a floor mat unit from non-vinyl nontoxic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material;
forming a second layer of the floor mat unit from the non-vinyl nontoxic TPE material;
curing, at least partially, the first and second layers;
adjoining the first layer in direct contact with the second layer at a plurality of intersecting welding contact points; and
welding the first and second layers together without any material to bond the first and second layers together other than the non-vinyl nontoxic TPE material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,632

METHOD OF REMOVING SUPPORT STRUCTURE USING INTEGRATED FLUID PATHS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional object:operating a first ejector of a three-dimensional object printer to eject a first material towards a platen to form an object;
operating a second ejector of the three-dimensional object printer to eject a second material towards the platen to form support for portions of the object, at least one portion of the support having a body with at least one fluid path that enables fluid to flow through the body of the support portion and contact a portion of the support material that formed the support;
connecting a fluid source to one end of the at least one fluid path of the support and operating an actuator to pump fluid from the fluid source through the at least one fluid path to enable fluid to flow through the at least one fluid path to contact the support material and exit from another end of the at least one fluid path to remove at least an inner portion of the support from the object; and
operating the actuator to periodically reverse a flow direction of the fluid through the at least one fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,137,631

DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING

1. A method for fused deposition modelling, comprising;configuring, using processing circuitry, a separation distance between a nozzle and an ultrasonic hammer;
depositing, using the nozzle, a material on a substrate at a first predetermined temperature;
moving, using the processing circuitry, the nozzle and the ultrasonic hammer at a predetermined speed in a predetermined pattern to create an object; and
hammering the deposited material using the ultrasonic hammer to compress the deposited material, wherein the deposited material is at a second predetermined temperature, and
wherein the configuring the separation distance between the nozzle and the ultrasonic hammer includes determining, using the processing circuitry, the separation distance so that the material changes in temperature from the first predetermined temperature when the material is deposited to the second predetermined temperature when the ultrasonic hammer is to compress the deposited material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,629

BLOWN FILM INSTALLATION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A BLOWN FILM STRIP AND FILM PRODUCED THEREWITH

1. A blown film installation (1) with an annular nozzle for extruding a film tube, with a tube formation area for longitudinal and transverse stretching of the film tube, with a cooling means for the film tube moving in the machine direction, with a collapsing section of the film tube into a double layer film strip and with a pair of haul-off rollers beyond the cooling means for hauling off the film tube, wherein a processing roller line (8) for longitudinal stretching of the double layer film strip is disposed beyond the pair of haul-off rollers (2) in the machine direction,wherein
the machine direction is oriented vertically from the bottom up and the processing roller line (8) is disposed above the pair of haul-off rollers, wherein a heating means is provided for the double layer film strip (23); and
wherein a reversing unit (20) is provided above the processing roller line (8).

US Pat. No. 10,137,627

UNIT FOR PROCESSING BLANKS PROVIDED WITH AN OPTICAL CONFINEMENT SECTION HAVING CONVERGENT WALLS

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Unit (1) for processing hollow-body blanks (2) of plastic material, which comprises a chamber (6) in which the blanks (2) advance by following a predetermined pathway (T), this chamber (6) being delimited on both sides of the pathway (T) by two lateral walls (3, 4) having opposing inner faces (5), this chamber (6) comprising a main section (9) in which at least one of the walls (3, 4) is provided with numerous sources (10) of electromagnetic radiation, the lateral walls (3, 4) defining between themselves, at at least one end of the chamber, an opening (8) for the passage of the blanks (2), this chamber (6) further comprising at least one optical confinement section (12), which extends between the main section (9) and the opening (8), and in which the inner faces (5) of the lateral walls (3, 4) are optically reflective and converging in the direction of the opening (8),wherein the chamber (6) comprises an absorption section (18), which extends between the optical confinement section (12) and the opening (8), and in which the inner faces (5) of the lateral walls (3, 4) are optically absorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,626

PET BLOW MOULDING MACHINES

1. A method for controlling a preform for stretch blow molding a container with an integrally formed handle, said preform comprising a body portion and said integrally formed handle, said preform transferred from a preform supply source to a blow molding tool for blowing said container, said method including the steps of:a. passing said preform through a preform handle orienting apparatus;
b. transferring said preform to a preform transportation system;
c. transferring said preform from said transportation system to said blow molding tool;
d. maintaining orientation of said preform handle imposed by said handle orienting apparatus during said transfer to said preform transportation system and said transfer to said blow molding tool;
e. setting heat outputs of individual preform heating elements to deliver a required distribution of heat density to said body portion of said preform,
f. rotating said preform during transport along said transportation system past an array of the preform heating elements; and
g. shielding said integrally formed handle from excessive exposure to heating from said heating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,137,616

FABRICATING LIGHTWEIGHT SKIN SYSTEMS FOR LARGE SCALE ROBOTIC CHARACTERS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method of texturing cellular foam material, comprising:providing a sheet of cellular foam material as input to a laser cutter;
first controlling the laser cutter to make a first pass over a surface of the sheet cutting a first layer of a texture pattern; and
second controlling the laser cutter to make a second pass over the surface of the sheet cutting a second layer of the texture pattern, wherein the second layer overlaps the first layer and wherein the laser cutter has a first resolution setting defining a first dots per inch (DPI) value for the laser cutter during the first controlling and a second resolution setting defining a second dots per inch (DPI) value for the laser cutter during the second controlling that is greater than the first DPI value defined by the first resolution setting, whereby the laser cutter concentrates more heat energy in the cellular foam material during the second controlling than in the first controlling to provide a deeper cut on the surface of the sheet during the second controlling.

US Pat. No. 10,137,615

METHOD FOR FORMING MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT UPHOSLTERY

1. A method of forming a cover element for upholstery of an element of a motor vehicle seat, comprising at least one layer of foam and a cap comprising at least a covering material, wherein the forming of the cover element comprises the steps of:placing said cap against a matrix defining the visible shape of the cover element, with the covering material on a side of the matrix;
maintaining the cap pressed against the matrix by suction;
placing said at least one layer of foam against a back of said covering material; and
applying a forming punch defining a rear surface of the cover element;
wherein a foam thickness of the at least one layer of foam is obtained by spraying foam on a substrate supported by a suction plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,614

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus configured to manufacture a sheet by heating and pressurizing a material containing a fiber and an additive agent, the apparatus comprising:a supplying opening configured to supply an additive agent in air;
a first tank configured to communicate with the supplying opening and store the additive agent, the first tank including
a first photoelectric detector configured to detect an absence of the additive agent in the first tank,
a second photoelectric detector configured to detect that an amount of the additive agent in the first tank reaches an upper limit, and
a third photoelectric detector disposed between the first photoelectric detector and the second photoelectric detector in a vertical direction and configured to detect the amount of the additive agent in the first tank and; and
a second tank configured to communicate with the first tank and store the additive agent, the second tank being detachably attached to the sheet manufacturing apparatus, the second tank including a screw feeder configured to transport the additive agent from the second tank to the first tank, the screw feeder being configured to commence to transport the additive agent from the second tank to the first tank in response to the third photoelectric detector detecting the amount of the additive agent in the first tank,
the second tank including an opening through which the second tank is configured to communicate with the first tank and including a valve slidable relative to the opening of the second tank between an opening position at which the valve opens the opening of the second tank and a closing position at which the valve closes the opening of the second tank.

US Pat. No. 10,137,613

APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING THIN-WALLED BODIES OF REVOLUTION

1. An apparatus for manufacturing thin-walled bodies of revolution comprises a heatable expander which is mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis, and a feeder for supplying mouldable material, said feeder being mounted above the expander so as to be movable therealong, wherein a lower part of the feeder is heatable, the expander is hollow with a reflective internal surface, and a heater of the expander is in the form of a laser, the radiation of which is transported into the expander.

US Pat. No. 10,137,611

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED ARTICLE USING FOOD WASTE

1. A method for manufacturing a molded article using food waste, comprising:(s1) a step wherein food waste is collected;
(s2) a step wherein with respect to 1 g of the food waste, 0.01 to 0.5 g of deodorizing agent, 0.01 to 0.5 g of sterilizing agent and 0.01 to 0.5 g of natural antiseptic are added to form a first mixture;
(s3) a step wherein the first mixture is dried using a drier of above 15° C. and a heating film;
(s4) a step wherein the particles of the food waste are sorted out to remove impurities;
(s5) a step wherein the sorted particles of step s4 are crushed into sizes of 0.01 mm to 1 mm to form a crushed powder;
(s6) a first mixing step wherein a binding agent containing a food additive is mixed and pasted with the crushed powder to form a second mixture;
(s7) a second mixing step wherein purified water and an aromatic agent are mixed and pasted with the second mixture manufactured in the first mixing step to form a third mixture;
(s8) a step wherein the third mixture is poured into a mold and is compressed and molded, thus manufacturing the molded article;
(s9) a drying step wherein the molded article which was manufactured in such a way that it had been compressed and molded is dried;
(s10) a polishing step wherein the molded article is polished using a polishing agent;
(s11) a step wherein at least one small cube is manufactured and is marked with a number and is colored, wherein the surface of each small cube is marked with a number or is colored so as to engage or attach each cube, which is manufactured through the polishing step in the step s10; and
(s12) a step wherein an expandable large cube is manufactured, wherein the expandable large cube is manufactured in such a way to attach the at least one small cube, which is manufactured in the step s11 and is colored and marked with a number, to each side of another small cube which is manufactured in the step s11 and is colored and marked with a number.

US Pat. No. 10,137,610

POST-MOLD COOLING METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH CYCLONE COOLING EFFECT

YUDO VALUEPRO LAB CANADA ...

1. A method for post-molding cooling a molded article, the method comprising:providing cooling fluid at an open end of the molded article;
helically directing the cooling fluid in the molded article such that at least a portion of a concave interior surface of the molded article acts as a curved surface relative to a direction of flow of the cooling fluid to create turbulent flow of the cooling fluid against the concave interior surface of the molded article along a length of the concave interior surface from the open end of the molded article toward a closed end of the molded article; and
venting cooling fluid out of the open end of the molded article.

US Pat. No. 10,137,608

FILM-STRETCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A method of producing a film having a porous structure, the film being configured to be used as separator for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, the method comprising:a film stretching step of stretching a film by use of a film-stretching apparatus which includes a stretching furnace having (i) an entrance through which the film is transferred into the stretching furnace and (ii) an exit through which the film is transferred out of the stretching furnace; and
a transfer step of holding, on the outside of the stretching furnace, both sides of the film with use of chucks and transferring the film into the stretching furnace through the entrance,
wherein, in the film stretching step, an airflow in the entrance is controlled so as to be directed toward an outside of the stretching furnace, the airflow containing a plasticizing agent volatilized from the film,
wherein, in the transfer step, while the chucks are moving outside of the stretching furnace, a temperature of the chucks is kept at not lower than 90° C. and not higher than 150° C.,
wherein the stretching furnace is divided, along a direction in which the film is transferred, into a plurality of air amount control zones, one of the plurality of air amount control zones being a zone connected to the entrance,
wherein the method further comprises independently controlling an amount of air in each of the plurality of air amount control zones,
wherein the plurality of air amount control zones include at least a pre-heating chamber and a stretching chamber,
wherein each of the pre-heating chamber and the stretching chamber supplies and discharges air, and
wherein a pressure in at least the zone connected to the entrance is controlled so as to be a positive pressure, and wherein the produced film has the porous structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,607

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CURING COMPOSITE NACELLE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for curing a composite structure, comprising:an enclosure comprising a top plate, a base, and an outer wall disposed between said top plate and said base, said outer wall having a closed contour;
an inner wall disposed between said top plate and said base and surrounded by said outer wall, said inner wall having a closed contour, wherein surfaces of said inner and outer walls, said top plate, and said base define a ring-shaped cure volume; and
a hollow tool made of metal or composite material, said hollow tool comprising a surface having a closed contour and embedded heating elements, wherein said hollow tool surrounds said inner wall and is surrounded by said outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,137,606

MOLDING APPARATUS WITH HYDROPHOBIC PROPERTIES AND METHOD

1. A molding apparatus for a one step forming and filling process of a plastic container from a preform comprising a mold having an inner surface and means for filling liquid product in the preform, the inner surface of the mold having hydrophobic properties, and the hydrophobic properties of the mold being non-transient.

US Pat. No. 10,137,605

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AFFIXING REFERENCE DOTS WITH RESPECT TO MODELING IMPRESSION MATERIALS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An optical data acquisition system for capturing non-line of sight features within a workpiece comprising:a light projector for projecting a plurality of reference dots on a workpiece with non-line of sight features;
a digital camera at a first location to capture the size and orientation of the reference dots;
a digital camera at a second location to capture the size and orientation of the reference dots;
a control subsystem configured to merge images taken by the cameras for triangulation and generation of a three-dimensional relationship and location of the dots;
a turntable for placing the workpiece with non-line of sight features,
an additively manufactured holder configured to be at least partially received within the non-line of sight feature of the workpiece,
wherein the holder comprises:
a handle portion;
an anchor portion opposite the handle portion; and
a float portion to at least partially support the handle portion with respect to the surface of a liquid modeling impression material within the non-line of sight feature of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,137,604

MOLD FOR CREATING NEGATIVE DRAFT SURFACES IN MOLDED ITEMS AND METHOD OF MOLDING

1. A method for molding a bathtub including at least one negative draft angle encroachment within said bathtub, said method comprising the steps of:(a) substantially covering the molding surfaces of a one-piece bathtub mold with a material to be molded while said material to be molded is in substantially fluid form, wherein said mold comprises a sump, walls extending beyond said sump, and at least one encroachment, wherein said sump comprises a sump front wall and a sump hack wall, and wherein said mold forms said sump front wall to reflect a negative draft angle of approximately 10 degrees and forms said sump back wall to reflect a negative draft angle of a magnitude not greater than the magnitude of the draft angle of said sump front wall, said encroachment comprises at least one of one or more shelves and one or more seats, and wherein at least one said encroachment reflects a draft angle that is negative with respect to a direction of pull parallel to the plane defined by said rear wall;
(b) allowing said material to harden to substantially solid form such that at least a portion of said material is molded into a bathtub; and
(c) removing said material from said mold by one or more of:
a) pulling;
(b) tilting; or
(c) liftingwithout breaking said mold or said material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,603

VACUUM CARRIER MODULE, METHOD OF USING AND PROCESS OF MAKING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method of using a vacuum carrier module, the method comprising:planarizing a gel film by flowing an alignment material through a hole in a substrate to contact a first surface of the gel film, wherein the gel film is adhered to an edge region of the substrate;
positioning at least one chip on a second surface of the gel film opposite the first surface;
encasing the at least one chip in a molding material; and
after encasing the at least one chip, applying a vacuum to the first surface of the gel film.

US Pat. No. 10,137,602

FABRICATING A ROBOTICS SKIN SYSTEM USING A MOLD CORE OR TOOL DEFINING AN INVERSE OF AN EXTERIOR SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method for fabricating an artificial skin system, comprising:from data storage, accessing a digital three dimensional (3D) model of an object, wherein the digital 3D model defines a topography of an exterior surface of the object;
processing the digital 3D model to generate a 3D model of a core, wherein the processing comprises defining an exterior surface of the core with a topography that is an inverse copy of the topography of the exterior surface of the object;
fabricating the core based on the 3D model of the core, whereby the core has an exterior surface corresponding to the exterior surface of the core in the 3D model;
coating the exterior surface of the fabricated core with skin-forming material in liquid form; and
after the skin-forming material has hardened, removing the hardened skin-forming material from the fabricated core including turning the hardened skin-forming material inside out to orient portions of the hardened skin-forming material abutting the exterior surface of the fabricated core to face outward to provide an exterior surface of an artificial skin free of seam lines.

US Pat. No. 10,137,600

TWIN-SCREW EXTRUDING KNEADER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRODE MIXTURE USING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A twin-screw extruding kneader which conveys and kneads predetermined materials to produce a paste, comprising:a hollow housing;
two rotational shafts arranged parallel to each other at a predetermined interval inside the housing; and
a plurality of paddles arranged around each of the rotational shafts, which knead the materials supplied to the inside of the housing, wherein
a stiffly kneading zone for kneading the materials with a solid content higher than a final solid content, and a diluting zone for diluting the materials having passed through the stiffly kneading zone to adjust the solid content of the materials to the final solid content are provided inside the housing, and
a paddle length L1, a clearance C1, a paddle length L2 and a clearance C2 are set to satisfy conditional expression (1):
(L1/C1)/(L2/C2)?1.4  (1),
wherein, in the conditional expression (1):
the paddle length L1 is a sum of thicknesses of all the paddles arranged in the stiffly kneading zone,
out of the plurality of paddles arranged around the rotational shaft, the clearance C1 is a smallest gap width between an outer circumferential surface of the paddle arranged in the stiffly kneading zone and an inner circumferential surface of the housing,
the paddle length L2 is a sum of thicknesses of all the paddles arranged in the diluting zone, and
out of the plurality of paddles arranged around the rotational shaft, the clearance C2 is a smallest gap width between the outer circumferential surface of the paddle arranged in the diluting zone and the inner circumferential surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,599

EXTRUDATE TRANSPORT APPARATUS HAVING A FREE FLOATING ROLLER ASSEMBLY

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method for orienting sections of a green ceramic extrudate, comprising:applying a reference mark to a green ceramic extrudate as the extrudate exits an extrusion apparatus onto an extrudate support channel;
contacting a surface of the green ceramic extrudate with a contact roller comprising a contact roller axis substantially perpendicular to a predetermined extrudate axis along the extrudate support channel, wherein the contact roller is rotatably mounted to a free floating roller assembly having a predetermined effective weight, wherein the free floating roller assembly exerts a constant contact force to the surface of the green ceramic extrudate;
selectively reorienting the contact roller angularly with respect to the predetermined extrudate axis while maintaining the constant contact force;
cutting the extrudate to form an extrudate segment;
floatingly supporting the extrudate segment on an air bearing;
taking an optical reading of the reference mark on the cut section of the floatingly supported extrudate;
transferring the extrudate segment from the extrudate support channel via frictional force to a dryer tray; and
imaging an end of the extrudate segment on the dryer tray and comparing the image with a target range for alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,598

FORMLINER AND METHOD OF USE

1. Formliners comprising at least two formliners configured to form a corner in curable material when the at least two formliners are assembled together, the formliners comprising:a first formliner comprising:
a cell comprising a recessed portion, wherein at least a part of the recessed portion is configured contact the curable material;
a boundary side extending along at least a part of the cell of the first formliner, the boundary side connected to the cell at a predetermined angle relative to the recessed portion of the cell of the first formliner, the predetermined angle corresponding to a desired angle of the corner when forming the corner in the curable material; and
a rib extending along at least a part of the cell of the first formliner toward the boundary side, the rib of the first formliner comprising an exterior surface forming an exterior cross-sectional profile, wherein at least a portion of the exterior surface is configured to contact the curable material; and
a second formliner comprising:
a cell comprising a recessed portion; and
a rib extending along at least a part of the cell of the second formliner, the rib of the second formliner comprising an opening having a cross-sectional profile corresponding to the exterior cross-sectional profile of the rib of the first formliner when the second formliner is positioned at the predetermined angle relative to the first formliner,
wherein the first formliner is configured to be assembled with the second formliner at the predetermined angle to form the corner in the curable material with the desired angle by mating the opening of the rib of the second formliner with exterior surface of the rib of the first formliner with the boundary side of the first formliner contacting the recessed portion of the cell of the second formliner along the predetermined angle relative to the recessed portion of the cell of the first formliner to minimize visible seams in the curable material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,593

MITER BOX

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A miter box comprising front and rear opposing surfaces, two opposing lateral surfaces, and an upper surface, wherein one lateral surface includes in a first direction, a through opening having a closed contour and a shape adapted to the cross-section of an element to be cut, the miter box further comprising a slot defining a cut line entirely crossing the opening,characterized in that a rear surface of the miter box comprises a first slot opening and a protruding rib, approximately vertical, for aiding positioning of the box for angle cuts, wherein the slot follows a plane forming a non-perpendicular angle with the first direction, and wherein the protruding rib is arranged offset from the first slot opening and in a middle of a projection of the slot on the rear surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,592

OSCILLATING MULTI-TOOL SYSTEM

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A power tool comprising:a housing;
a motor disposed within the housing;
a tool holder driven about an output axis by the motor, the tool holder having a locating feature projecting from a surface of the tool holder, wherein the locating feature includes a tapered portion becoming narrower in a direction away from the surface of the tool holder;
an output element for performing an operation on a workpiece, the output element having an aperture for receiving the locating feature of the tool holder to mate with the tool holder, wherein the output element includes a first face that faces the surface of the tool holder when the locating feature is received by the aperture and a second face generally opposite the first face;
a rotatable flange for transferring a clamping force for urging the output element towards the tool holder, wherein the flange includes a tab projecting from the flange for finger-tightening the flange, wherein the tab is operatively coupled to rotate the flange and the flange rotates to apply the clamping force; and
a biasing member providing the clamping force toollessly;
wherein a gap is defined between the surface of the tool holder and the first face when the tapered portion of the locating feature is fully received in the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,137,589

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR REDUCING PARTS OF TIRES TO PIECES AT THE END OF LIFE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A machine for cutting a part of a tire down into pieces, comprising:a frame;
a tire support for supporting said part of the tire;
a supplying device for supplying said part of the tire, said supplying device being configured to feed said part to a cutting station;
a cutting device, disposed at said cutting station, for cutting said part so as to cut the part down into pieces, the cutting device comprising a first blade and a second blade, at least one of said first and second blades being pivotable in a hinged manner with respect to the other of said first and second blades at a fulcrum and defining a cutting plane, said first blade and second blade being shaped such that the cutting of said part of the tire starts at a distal end part of the blades with respect to the fulcrum;
wherein at least one of the first and second blades has a concave shape and cooperates with the other of the first and second blades to keep said part of the tire to be cut inside of the blades; and
wherein the supplying device includes a movable unit which can pivot about a vertical axis in a hinged manner between a first position for supplying a cap of the tire to the cutting station and a second position for supplying a sidewall of the tire to the cutting station;
wherein the movable unit includes rotatable drive members that rotate about a central axis thereof and that feed said part to the cutting device, wherein in the first position the central axis of the drive members is substantially parallel to a vertical plane of movement of said cutting plane and in the second position the central axis of the drive members is in an inclined position with respect to the vertical plane of movement of said cutting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,588

UTILITY CUTTER

1. A utility cutter, comprising:a handle that comprises a gripping surface;
one or more blades configured to extend from the handle, the blade comprising a cutting portion which includes one or more cutting edges and a non-cutting portion including a thickness; and
a guide including a guide length in a direction substantially parallel with the non-cutting portion of the one or more blades and a guide width in a direction substantially transverse the guide length; the guide attached directly and fixedly to the blade independent of engaging contact between the guide and the handle, the guide positioned in an attaching position on the one or more blades to expose at least a portion of the cutting portion and cover at least a portion of the non-cutting portion, the guide comprising a contoured surface that comprises at least one pointed edge to pierce through a corrugated material, the guide further comprising a first ramped side and a second ramped side, the first and second ramped sides directly adjacent the at least one pointed edge, the ramped sides transition to a widening of the guide, and the guide width at the attaching portion is greater than the thickness of the non-cutting portion of the blade; and,
the utility cutter further comprising a cut-away region ahead of the one or more cutting edges of the blade configured to accept a bunched portion of a workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,137,586

DUAL STROKE RAZOR SYSTEM

1. A razor comprising:a one-piece base body comprising:
a first outwardly extending lateral part having opposite first and second surfaces;
a second outwardly extending lateral part opposite the first lateral part, the second lateral part having opposite first and second surfaces;
a projection part extending outwardly from and in between the first and second lateral parts, the projection part having a first projection part surface, a second projection part surface opposite the first projection part surface, and an end;
the first projection part surface and the first surface of the first lateral part together defining a first semi-circular finger receiving surface;
the second projection part surface and the first surface of the second lateral part together defining a second semi-circular finger receiving surface;
a grip part having a first flat surface and a second flat surface, the grip part extending outwardly opposite the projection part so that a portion of the first flat surface is coincident with a portion of the second surface of the first lateral part and a portion of the second flat surface is coincident with a portion of the second surface of the second lateral part; and
a head with an operation face on the end of the projection part so that the operational face faces away from the first and second lateral parts and the grip part, the operational face including at least one first blade located closer to the first semi-circular finger receiving surface than to the second semi-circular finger receiving surface, at least one second blade located closer to the second semi-circular finger receiving surface than to the first semi-circular finger receiving surface, and a sliding surface between the at least one first blade and the at least one second blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,585

RAZOR ASSEMBLY

1. A razor assembly being configured to be removably positioned in a palm thereby facilitating a razor to shave hair, said assembly comprising:a grip being configured to be positioned in a palm of a hand thereby facilitating said grip to inhibit symptoms of tendonitis, said grip including a panel having a first surface, a second surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge having a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said panel being concavely arcuate between said first lateral side and said second lateral side wherein said panel is configured to conform to a palm of a hand; and
a blade unit being removably coupled to said grip wherein said blade unit is configured to shave hair, said blade unit including a frame, said frame having a pair of first members extending between each of a pair of second members, a plurality of blades being coupled between each of said second members, said plurality of blades being arranged to include a first set of blades and a second set of blades, said first set of blades and said second set of blades each being positioned on opposite sides of a center of said frame, each blade of said first set of blades and said second set of blades having a cutting edge directed towards said center of said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,583

RAZOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

IRVING BARBER COMPANY LLC...

1. A razor device for supporting a razor blade, comprising:a blade support member having a recess formed therein;
a handle member coupled with the blade support member and rotatable relative to the blade support member;
and a cover member coupleable with the blade support member;
wherein:
the razor blade is removably supportable between the blade support member and the cover member;
the recess is sized such that, when the cover member is operably coupled with the blade support member, a perimeter edge of the cover member is either substantially aligned with a perimeter of the recess or within the perimeter of the recess; and
the cover member is coupleable adjacent to the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,137,582

FLUX BRIDGE FOR PIVOT MOTORS

Wahl Clipper Corporation,...

1. A pivot motor comprising,a stator and a plastic armature spaced from the stator by an air gap,
the plastic armature having a magnetic assembly and a pair of opposed openings for first and second springs on a first end, a drive arm on an opposite second end, and a pivot between the first end and the second end,
the magnetic assembly having first and second permanent magnets each having an outer face that is exposed to the stator, the first magnet and the second magnet being oriented at an oblique angle with respect to each other,
the magnetic assembly further having a flux bridge located on an inner face of the first and second permanent magnets that is opposite to the outer face,
the flux bridge occupying the space between the inner faces of the first and second magnets, the flux bridge having a first surface adjacent the first permanent magnet, a second surface adjacent the second permanent magnet, and a back surface between the first and second surfaces,
wherein the plastic armature further includes an orifice that holds only the flux bridge, and an alignment skeleton outside of the orifice that sets the first and second permanent magnets in the armature.

US Pat. No. 10,137,581

DRIVE FOR A HAIR CUTTING APPARATUS

Andis Company, Sturtevan...

1. A hair grooming device comprising:a yoke assembly that includes a slot that is configured to receive an eccentric drive, and a biased tension arm having a finger at one end, the finger includes a groove, the tension arm configured to engage a blade assembly;
a support assembly coupled to the yoke assembly, the support assembly includes a first arm spaced apart from a second arm, the first and second arms being respectively coupled to the yoke assembly, the yoke assembly being positioned between the first and second arms,
wherein the blade assembly includes a first blade and a second blade, the first blade is configured to reciprocate with respect to the second blade, the tension arm is biased into engagement with the first blade, and the groove is configured to receive a portion of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,580

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC ARM GUARD ASSEMBLIES

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A robotic system comprising:a robotic arm assembly comprising a robotic arm and an end effector coupled to said robotic arm, wherein said end effector is configured to selectively couple to a moveable object;
a guard assembly that is selectively moveable between an open configuration and a closed configuration and comprising a plurality of guard petals, each guard petal of said plurality of guard petals selectively moveable between a retracted configuration and an extended configuration and comprising:
a flexible support structure; and
a fluid bladder coupled to said flexible support structure, wherein said fluid bladder is selectively filled with a fluid to change said fluid bladder between a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein said fluid bladder is configured to wrap said flexible support structure around at least a portion of the moveable object when said guard petal is in the extended configuration and said fluid bladder is in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,578

JOINT STRUCTURE, HAND DEVICE, ROBOT ARM AND ROBOT

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

1. A joint structure comprising:a base; and
a link that is movable with respect to the base, and to which a load is applied from an object,
wherein the link includes: a first link member that is movable with respect to the base; a second link member that is movable with respect to the first link member, and to which a load is applied from the object; an elastic member that is provided between the first link member and the second link member; a drive mechanism that transmits a drive force to the first link member; and an engagement mechanism provided between the base and the second link member,
the elastic member biases the second link member in a direction opposite to a direction in Which a load is applied to the second link member from the object so that a position of the second link member with respect to the first link member is maintained at a predetermined position, and
the engagement mechanism engages the base with the second link member to fix the base to the second link member when the load is applied to the second link member from the object so that the position of the second link member with respect to the first link member is moved from the predetermined position against a biasing force of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,575

SYNTHETIC REPRESENTATION OF A SURGICAL ROBOT

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

7. A robotic surgical system, comprising:a robotic arm assembly coupled to a tool having an end effector;
an image capture device disposed relative to the tool so as to capture video images of the end effector;
an input device operatively coupled to the robotic arm for commanding the robotic arm to move the tool;
a tool tracking component configured to track movement of the tool;
a display; and
a processor programmed to:
receive tool tracking information from the tool tracking component;
receive video information derived from video images of the end effector which have been captured by the image capture device;
receive tool related information; and
cause the tool related information and the video information to be displayed on the display so that the tool information is continuously collocated with the video information during movement of the tool by using the tool tracking information.

US Pat. No. 10,137,573

CLEANING ROBOT FOR RECYCLING EQUIPMENT

CP Manufacturing, Inc., ...

1. A self-cleaning apparatus for sorting a mixture of materials, the apparatus comprising:a material sorter for sorting material, wherein a portion of the material enters the sorter and travels along the sorter in a travel direction, the material sorter further comprises a plurality of rotors adjacent to each other, wherein the rotors are configured with spacing there between;
a multi-axis arm adjacent to the material sorter, wherein the multi-axis arm is constructed to move an end of the multi-axis arm in at least three linear directions, each of which is orthogonal to the other directions;
a cutter connected to the end of the multi-axis arm; and
a sensor for detecting a location where material has accumulated around one of the plurality of rotors;
a processor connected to the sensor, the multi-axis arm, and the cutter, wherein the sorter has a sorting surface, the sensor placed on one side of the sorting surface and a light place on the opposite site of the sorting surface, wherein the processor performs the following steps;
illuminating the light;
detecting the luminance at a plurality of locations where material has accumulated;
determining an occlusion measure based on the detected luminance and a default luminance
ranking the plurality of locations based on the occlusion measure; and
directing the multi-axis arm to position the cutter adjacent to a first location within the plurality based on the ranking;
actuating the cutter to dislodge the accumulation from the material sorter at the first location;
directing the multi-axis arm to position the cutter adjacent to a second location within the plurality based on the ranking;
actuating the cutter to dislodge the accumulation from the material sorter at the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,137,570

LINK-TYPE TRANSFER ROBOT

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A link-type transfer robot comprising:a hand portion to hold a work, the hand portion being linearly moveable;
a transfer arm to hold the hand portion;
a support member with a fixed position;
a first link member, one end portion of which is rotatably linked to the support member and another end portion of which is rotatably linked to the transfer arm; and
a second link member, one end portion of which is rotatably linked to the support member at a position different from the one end portion of the first link member and another end portion of which is rotatably linked to the transfer arm at a position different from the other end portion of the first link member,
wherein the first link member, the second link member, the support member and the transfer arm constitute a parallel link,
a rotating shaft rotated by a rotational driving source provided at the one end portion of the first link member of the parallel link, and the hand portion is linearly moveable with respect to the transfer arm by using a rotational driving force transmitted from the rotating shaft to the other end portion of the first link member of the parallel link, and
the transfer arm is moveable by rotating/driving the first link member or the second link member with respect to the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,567

INVENTORY ROBOT

1. A robot for tracking or locating objects within an area comprising:a camera configured to detect image data of a plurality of objects within the area;
a memory configured to store an identifier and an object location for an object of the plurality of objects; and
a robot controller coupled to the camera and the memory and configured to:
determine that the object among the plurality of objects is to be tracked based on a manipulation of the object or a request to manipulate the object,
associate the object with the identifier
determine a current location of the object based on the image data, and
update, using the identifier and in the memory, the object location for the object to include the current location to keep track of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,137,565

ERGONOMIC HANDLE AND STRUCTURES OPERABLE IN CONJUNCTION THEREWITH

1. A handle, comprising:a grip having a top end, a bottom end, a first side, a second side opposite said first side, a third side, and a fourth, combining to form an entire outer surface of the grip, wherein said first, second, third, and fourth sides extend between said top end and said bottom end;
wherein the first side comprises a convex curvature, originating from the top end and extending across a horizontal midpoint of the grip, the convex curvature transitioning to a concave curvature prior to a vertical midpoint of the grip, the concave curvature then transitioning to a second convex curvature that extends across the horizontal midpoint of the grip at the bottom end; and
wherein said horizontal midpoint comprises a center line between said first side and said second side and said vertical midpoint comprises a center line between said top end and said bottom end;
wherein said horizontal midpoint center line is orthogonal to said vertical midpoint center line; and
wherein at least one of said third or fourth side comprises an indented region having a length along a plane between the top end and the bottom end of the grip and having a width of the indented region along a plane between the first side and the second side of the grip, and wherein the horizontal midpoint center line runs along the length of the indented region and substantially through a center of the width of the indented region in at least one of the third and fourth side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,564

HANDLE FOR A TOOL OR LIKE IMPLEMENT

THE MAZZTECH GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A tool, comprising:a handle having an interior cavity therein;
a cylindrical grip disposed on the handle at a middle position and mechanically coupled to a rod, wherein the cylindrical grip moves laterally on the handle;
the rod being disposed within the interior cavity of the handle, wherein the rod is movable with respect to the interior cavity of the handle by movements of the cylindrical grip translated into movements of the rod to deploy and retract a first end of the rod with respect to an end of the handle that is fixed to a tool element;
the rod comprising a substantially uniform rod having a element disposed thereon and located proximate to a second end of the rod; and
a spring positioned about the rod and secured in place by the element, the spring extending between the element and the second end of the rod;
the tool element being attached to the end of the handle in a fixed position, wherein the tool element is not attached to the cylindrical grip or the rod;
wherein the tool is configured to deploy the rod by moving the cylindrical grip along the handle and towards the tool element, compressing the spring against the element;
whereby the first end of the rod extends beyond the end of the tool element to allow the rod be pushed into the earth to secure the tool in an upright position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,563

JEWELERS' INTERCHANGEABLE TOOL HEAD SET

1. A tool comprising:a handle and a plurality of interchangeable tool heads;
wherein the tool is adapted for use in making jewelry;
wherein the plurality of interchangeable tool heads comprises a collection of individual tool heads;
wherein each individual tool head is optionally mounted on the handle;
wherein the handle further comprises a spring loaded connector;
wherein the spring loaded connector attaches in a removable manner a first individual tool head selected from the plurality of interchangeable tool heads to the handle;
wherein the handle comprises of a first lever, a second lever, a pivot, a plurality of docking ports, a retaining space, and a retaining structure;
wherein the first lever is further defined with a first working end;
wherein the second lever is further defined with a second working end;
wherein each of the plurality of docking ports is a right cylindrical cavity;
wherein each of the plurality of docking ports is further formed with a first opening and a bottom;
wherein the plurality of docking ports further comprises a first docking port and a second docking port;
wherein the first docking port is formed in the first working end;
wherein the second docking port is formed in the second working end;
wherein a lever selected from the group consisting of the first lever and the second lever further comprises the spring loaded connector;
wherein the spring loaded connector further comprises a retaining space and a retaining structure;
wherein the retaining space further comprises a second opening;
wherein the retaining space opens into the docking port of the lever associated with the spring loaded connector using a third opening;
wherein the retaining structure is positioned in the retaining space;
wherein the retaining structure further comprises a release button, a cantilever, and a locking tab;
wherein the release button is further formed with a spring channel;
wherein the release button is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the release button is a cylindrical structure that is designed to fit into the second opening such that the first end of the release button will project beyond the lever associated with the spring loaded connector;
wherein the cantilever is a shaft that projects away from the second end of the release button at an angle perpendicular to the center axis of the release button;
wherein the cantilever is further defined with a second free end;
wherein the locking tab projects perpendicularly away from the second free end of the cantilever;
wherein the locking tab is positioned such that the locking tab projects into the docking port of the lever associated with the spring loaded connector;
wherein a spring channel is a cavity that is sized to receive a spring;
wherein the spring is inserted in the spring cavity;
wherein the spring is a helical compression spring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,562

REAR HANDLE

1. A power tool comprising:a housing;
a handle having two ends, the first end being moveably mounted to the housing via a first mounting assembly, the second end being moveably mounted to the housing via a second mounting assembly; and
a biasing mechanism connected between the housing and the handle;
wherein the first mounting assembly comprises a passageway defined within the handle and a rod having a first end, a second end, and a shaft with a longitudinal axis, the second end of the rod and at least a portion of the shaft being located in and axially slidable within the passageway to enable the end of the handle to move towards or away from the housing; and
wherein the housing comprises a chamber having an entrance formed within a wall of the housing, and the first end of the rod comprises a T-shaped portion having two arms projecting sideways from the first end of the rod, wherein the entrance is rectangular-shaped having short sides and long sides on a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, the entrance having a width along its long sides that is greater than a width of the T-shaped portion in the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, and the entrance is sized to receive the T-shaped portion along the longitudinal axis of the shaft, the T-shaped portion being received within the chamber through the entrance and making a bayonet connection with the wall of the housing around the short sides of the entrance within the chamber by rotation of the rod to secure the rod to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,561

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BOX

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electrical connection box comprising:a housing that accommodates an electronic component;
a tool that detaches the electronic component from the housing; and
a tool holding portion that is formed on a forming face of the housing and detachably holds the tool, wherein
the tool includes
a main body in which a holding hole is formed, and
a pinching portion that protrudes from the main body and pinches the electronic component,
the tool holding portion includes
a holding main body that is formed to protrude from the forming face and holds the main body by being inserted into the holding hole,
a rotation regulating portion that protrudes from the forming face and is formed to be separated from the holding main body, and regulates rotation of the pinching portion in a holding state in which the tool is held by the tool holding portion,
a first connection portion that protrudes from the forming face and extends from and is connected to each of the holding main body and the rotation regulating portion, and
a protrusion that is formed to protrude from the forming face on an opposite side from a side of the rotation regulating portion with the holding main body interposed therebetween, and
the protrusion is formed to face an opposite side from a side of the pinching portion with the holding hole interposed therebetween in the main body in an insertion direction in the holding state, and
the protrusion comes into contact with the main body in a state in which the pinching portion is positioned in a pulling direction corresponding to an opposite direction of the insertion direction compared to a position of the main body from the holding state.

US Pat. No. 10,137,559

PLIERS

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A pliers comprising:a first member including a first head and a first handle having a recessed area with a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an exposed end portion adjacent the recessed area, the recessed area bounded by a forward lip and a rear lip, the forward lip having a cross-sectional area not greater than a cross-sectional area of a portion of the first handle adjacent the forward lip and opposite the recessed area;
a first grip positioned on the recessed area of the first handle;
a second member pivotally coupled to the first member, the second member including a second head and a second handle having a recessed area with a non-circular cross-sectional shape and an exposed end portion adjacent the recessed area, the recessed area bounded by a forward lip and a rear lip, the forward lip having a cross-sectional area not greater than a cross-sectional area of a portion of the second handle adjacent the forward lip and opposite the recessed area; and
a second grip positioned on the recessed area of the second handle,
wherein the end portions of the first and second handles are made of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,558

METHOD OF MAKING A COATED ABRASIVE ARTICLE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a patterned abrasive layer on a resin coated backing comprising the steps of:providing a production tool having a dispensing surface with cavities, each cavity having a cavity longitudinal axis perpendicular to the dispensing surface and a depth, D, along the cavity longitudinal axis;
selecting elongated abrasive particles having a length, L, along a longitudinal particle axis greater than a width, W, along a transverse axis perpendicular to the longitudinal particle axis, wherein the depth, D, of the cavities is between 0.5L to 2L;
supplying an excess of the elongated abrasive particles to the dispensing surface such that more elongated abrasive particles are provided than the number of cavities;
filling a majority of the cavities in the dispensing surface with an elongated abrasive particle disposed in an individual cavity such that the longitudinal particle axis is parallel to the longitudinal cavity;
removing a remaining fraction of the excess elongated abrasive particles not disposed within a cavity after the filling step from the dispensing surface;
aligning the resin coated backing with the dispensing surface with the resin layer facing the dispensing surface;
transferring the elongated abrasive particles in the cavities to the resin coated backing and attaching the elongated abrasive particles to the resin layer; and
removing the production tool to expose the patterned abrasive layer on the resin coated backing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,557

HIGH-DENSITY POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND

Diamond Innovations, Inc....

1. A method of making a superabrasive compact, comprising: providing a plurality of superabrasive particles;subjecting the plurality of superabrasive particles to a first elevated temperature and pressure;
pressing the plurality of superabrasive particles into a pill under the first elevated temperature and pressure;
providing a substrate attached to the pill; and
subjecting the substrate and the pill to a second elevated temperature and pressure suitable for producing the superabrasive compact wherein the first elevated temperature is higher than the second elevated temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,137,556

SHAPED ABRASIVE PARTICLES WITH LOW ROUNDNESS FACTOR

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. Shaped abrasive particles comprising alpha alumina made from a dispersion of aluminum oxide monohydrate and having a cross-sectional shape along a longitudinal axis of the shaped abrasive particles, the cross-sectional shape comprising a noncircular cross-sectional plane, the shaped abrasive particles comprising an Average Roundness Factor of between about 15% to 0% for the transverse cut, C, of the cross-sectional shape along the longitudinal axis, the shaped abrasive particles comprising an average tip radius of a cross-section of a first and a second face separated by a thickness t ranging from about 25 ?m to about 500 ?m and the average tip radius is less than 75 microns, and wherein the shaped abrasive particles exhibit a better cut rate during grinding than corresponding shaped abrasive particles having a higher Average Roundness Factor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,555

WORKPIECE MACHINING METHOD

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. A method of machining a workpiece with a machine tool, comprising:retaining a tool on a spindle;
rotating the spindle at a target rotational speed; and
relatively moving the workpiece and the tool at a target moving speed to a target moving position in a cutting feed direction, wherein:
a rotational speed of the spindle is varied in a waveform having a predetermined amplitude and continuously changing in a periodic or non-periodic manner with respect to the target rotational speed; and
a relative moving speed between the tool and the workpiece is continuously varied in synchronization with the variation of the rotational speed of the spindle such that a ratio of the rotational speed of the spindle to the relative moving speed is not constant, at least in a predetermined time zone including a point where the rotational speed of the spindle reaches a maximal value and a predetermined time zone including a point where the rotational speed of the spindle reaches a minimal value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,554

HAND-HELD BELT SANDER

Techway Industrial Co., L...

1. A hand-held belt sander comprising:a casing including a head and a handgrip that is connected to said head, said head including a mounting seat that surrounds an axis and that has an open end;
an arm having
a sleeve segment that is mounted to said mounting seat and that is rotatable about the axis, and
an arm body that extends from said sleeve segment and that is transverse to the axis;
a sanding unit including
a drive member that is disposed in said head,
a driving roller that is driven rotatably by said drive member and that protrudes from said open end of said mounting seat,
a driven roller that is rotatably disposed at a distal end of said arm body of said arm, and
a sanding belt that is trained on said driving roller and said driven roller;
a retaining unit having
an annular groove that is formed in said mounting seat, and that opens away from the axis, and
a plurality of protrusions that are disposed on said sleeve segment of said arm, and that engage said annular groove so as to prevent separation of said arm from said head along the axis; and
a positioning unit including a plurality of spaced-apart engaging grooves that are arranged along an imaginary circle which surrounds the axis and that are formed in one of said mounting seat and said sleeve segment, and an engaging member that is disposed on the other one of said mounting seat and said sleeve segment, and that is operable to removably engage one of said engaging grooves;
wherein, when said engaging member engages the one of said engaging grooves, said arm is positioned relative to said head at an operating position;
wherein, when said engaging member is disengaged from the one of said engaging grooves, said arm is rotatable about the axis relative to said head;
wherein said positioning unit further includes a receiving groove that is formed at a side of said engaging grooves and that is disposed on the imaginary circle, said engaging member being operable to removably engage said receiving groove so as to position said arm relative to said head at a collapsed position, where said arm extends substantially parallel to said handgrip;
wherein said drive member is a motor;
wherein said sanding unit further includes a battery that is disposed in said handgrip, and a switch circuit that is electrically connected to said battery and said drive member, and that includes a controller and a safety switch, said safety switch including an actuator that is disposed in said arm, and a sensor that is disposed in said handgrip; and
wherein, when said arm is at the collapsed position and said actuator is sensed by said sensor, said switch circuit generates a control signal, and said controller cuts off power supplied by said battery to said drive member in response to said control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,553

ABRASIVE BELT GRINDING CENTER APPLICABLE TO GRINDING AND POLISHING OF WHOLE PROFILE OF BLISK

CHONGQING UNIVERSITY, Ch...

1. An abrasive belt grinding center applicable to grinding and polishing of a whole profile of a blisk, comprising a bed and a grinding head mechanism, wherein an index plate holder is arranged at a middle of an upper surface of the bed, and a numerical control index plate is mounted at a top end of the index plate holder, and a grinding robot is provided at a rear of the numerical control index plate;a Y-axis ram is provided at each of a left side and a right side of the index plate holder, a Y-axis screw rod is rotatably supported on each of the Y-axis ram, and the Y-axis screw rod at the left side and the Y-axis screw rod at the right side are splayed apart; one end of each of the Y-axis screw rods is coaxially connected to a respective Y-axis motor through a respective coupler, and a Y-axis screw rod nut seat threadedly mated with each of the Y-axis screw rods is fixed to a bottom side of a respective Y-axis sliding saddle;
an X-axis screw rod is rotatably supported on each of the Y-axis sliding saddle, and is perpendicular to the respective Y-axis screw rod, one end of the X-axis screw rod is connected to an X-axis motor through a coupler, and an X-axis screw rod nut seat threadedly mated with the X-axis screw rod is fixed to a bottom side of an X-axis sliding saddle;
a C-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on an upper surface of the X-axis sliding saddle, a center of the C-axis arc-shaped rack is close to an axis of the numerical control index plate, a C-axis straight tooth cylindrical gear engaged with the C-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on an output shaft of a C-axis driving right-angle reduction motor, and the C-axis driving right-angle reduction motor is mounted on an upper surface of a C-axis sliding saddle;
a pillar mounting support is provided on the upper surface of the C-axis sliding saddle, and a pillar is fixedly mounted on an upper surface of the pillar mounting support, a Z-axis screw rod is rotatably supported on a lateral side of the pillar, an upper end of the Z-axis screw rod is coaxially connected to a Z-axis motor through a coupler, the Z-axis motor is fixed to a top end of the pillar, and a Z-axis screw rod nut seat threadedly mated with the Z-axis screw rod is fixed to a back side of a Z-axis sliding saddle;
a B-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on a front side of the Z-axis sliding saddle, a center of the B-axis arc-shaped rack coincides with a center of a contact wheel of the respective grinding head mechanism, and a B-axis straight tooth cylindrical gear engaged with the B-axis arc-shaped rack is mounted on an output shaft of a B-axis driving right-angle reduction motor, and the B-axis driving right-angle reduction motor is mounted on a front side of a B-axis sliding saddle; and
a housing is provided on the front side of the B-axis sliding saddle, and a drum is mounted in a mounting hole of the housing by a bearing; the grinding head mechanism is mounted on the drum, and the contact wheel of the grinding head mechanism is toward the axis of the numerical control index plate, a synchronous driven pulley is coaxially fixed to the drum and is connected to a synchronous driving pulley by a synchronous belt, the synchronous driving pulley is sleeved on an output shaft of a grinding head rotation driving motor, and the grinding head rotation driving motor is mounted on the B-axis sliding saddle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,552

POLISHING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing method comprising:rotating a substrate;
supporting a first surface of the substrate by directing a jet of liquid to the first surface of the substrate; and
polishing a second surface of the substrate with a polishing tool, the second surface being an opposite side of the substrate from the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,551

SANDING APPARATUS

1. A vacuum sanding apparatus for sanding a drywall seam and vacuuming resulting sanding dust, the vacuum sanding apparatus comprising:a sanding assembly, the sanding assembly including a motor for driving a sanding roller about a drive axis for sanding a target surface;
a handle for maneuvering the sanding assembly in sanding the target surface;
a vacuuming mechanism including a vacuum channel structure that defines a vacuum channel fluidly connecting a vacuum nozzle of the channel structure and a vacuum generator, the vacuum nozzle disposed near the sanding roller for capturing sanding dust resulting from sanding the target surface;
a pair of guide structures attached to the sanding assembly for guiding a sanding depth of sanding the target surface; and
a pair of shroud structures configured to springingly retract upon being forced against the target surface during sanding, the shroud structures extending from the sanding assembly to trap sanding dust between the shroud structures during sanding.

US Pat. No. 10,137,550

DEVICE FOR STRIKING A TOOL SHANK AND METHOD OF REDUCING MACHINE TOOL RUN-OUT THEREWITH

1. A device for striking a tool shank, comprising:a tip configured to contact the shank;
a plunger configured to be retracted a pullback distance from the tip and to exert a force on the tip proportional to the pullback distance when released; and
a control mechanism configured to control the pullback distance.

US Pat. No. 10,137,546

SWITCHABLE GEAR DRIVE FOR A HANDHELD POWER TOOL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A switchable gear drive for a handheld power tool, comprising:at least two gears configured to be engaged via an axially adjustable switching member, the switching member being held in a locked position by a retaining element fixed in a housing in a first gear, and being held in an unlocked position with the retaining element in a second gear; and
a spindle for driving a tool which is drivable by an axially spring-loaded gear wheel supported in the housing;
wherein the gear wheel is axially supported on the retaining element on a side facing a distal end of the spindle, and wherein the retaining element is a circumferential, closed retaining ring,
wherein the retaining ring is accommodated in a first housing component of the handheld power tool such that it is held in a form-fitting manner in both axially directions,
wherein an inner wall of the first housing component includes at least one circumferential groove for axially accommodating a radially protruding locking element on the outer circumference of the retaining ring in a form-fit manner, and wherein the circumferential groove is connected to an axial groove in the inner wall of the first housing component,
wherein at least one of:
form fit elements situated on the inner circumference of the retaining ring are distributed over more than half the inner circumference;
radially protruding locking elements situated on the outer circumference of the retaining ring are distributed over more than half the outer circumference; or
more than two radially protruding locking elements are situated on the outer circumference of the retaining ring.

US Pat. No. 10,137,545

TOOL CHANGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

DMG MORI SEIKI CO., LTD.,...

1. A method for changing tools on a machine, the method comprising:transporting, by a tool transporter, one of the tools from a tool loading station or a tool magazine to a tool transfer position from which the one of the tools is retrieved by a tool changer;
holding, by the tool transporter, the one of the tools at the tool transfer position from which the one of the tools is retrieved by the tool changer during an automatic tool change process when the tool transporter is positioned at the tool transfer position;
holding, by a tool holder instead of the tool transporter, the one of the tools at the tool transfer position from which the one of the tools is retrieved by the tool changer during the automatic tool change process when the tool transporter is not positioned at the tool transfer position; and
providing, by the tool changer, the one of the tools to a tool change position of the machine during the automatic tool change process, wherein
a longitudinal axis of the one of the tools when the one of the tools is held by the tool transporter is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the one of the tools when the one of the tools is located at the tool change position,
the tool transfer position when the one of the tools is transferred from the tool transporter to the tool holder is a same location with respect to the machine as is the tool transfer position when the one of the tools is transferred from the tool holder to the tool changer such that the location of the tool transfer position is static,
the tool transporter and the tool holder are configured to hold a same portion of the one of the tools, and
the tool transporter moves away from the tool transfer position before the tool holder holds the one of the tools.

US Pat. No. 10,137,544

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING COMPONENTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of assembling a detail to a flexible member, comprising the steps of:positioning a detail against a plurality of reader pogos of a dimensional reader;
axially displacing the plurality of reader pogos to substantially conform to a detail contour in response to positioning the detail against the plurality of reader pogos;
recording reader pogo position data representing the detail contour;
clamping a flexible member against a plurality of positioning pogos of a positioning fixture physically separated from the dimensional reader;
axially displacing the plurality of positioning pogos complementary to the reader pogo position data;
deflecting, using the plurality of positioning pogos, the flexible member into a contour corresponding to the reader pogo position data; and
assembling the detail to the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,543

METHOD OF MINIMIZING STACKING ELEMENT DISTORTIONS IN OPTICAL ASSEMBLIES

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method of assembling a compound optic including a plurality of stacking elements for spacing, aligning, and retaining optical elements comprising steps of:measuring stacking faces of a plurality of stacking elements that include optic holders,
extracting surface errors that can be represented by mathematical approximations from the measurements of the stacking faces,
relatively positioning the stacking elements including the optic holders in relative orientations that enhance complementarity between the surface errors of mating stacking faces based on the surface errors extracted from the measurements of the stacking faces, and
securing combinations of relatively oriented stacking elements together based on the relatively positioning of the stacking elements to control stress or strain.

US Pat. No. 10,137,541

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BEARING RING MEMBER

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A manufacturing method for a bearing ring member having a raceway surface formed around at least one of an outer-circumferential surface and inner-circumferential surface, the method comprising performing a forging process on a metal raw material, whereinthe metal raw material is configured as a solid columnar member or as a tubular member;
the metal raw material comprises: a first metal part and a second metal part, the second metal part being made of a metal material different from a metal material of the first metal part and press-fitted to a circumferential surface of the first metal part or embedded within the first metal part, or being made of a metal material obtained by use of a modifying process performed on the metal material of the first metal part; and
the second metal part is provided only in an axial portion of the metal raw material which flows to a portion where metal characteristics or processing characteristics of the metal material of the second metal part are required in use of or at processing of the bearing ring member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,540

DEVICE FOR COATING TURBINE COMPONENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A coating device, comprising:electro-spark deposition (ESD) equipment including a power supply and an ESD torch electrically connected to the ESD equipment, the ESD torch including:
an inert gas source;
a vibration source;
a housing defining a cavity;
a spring positioned within the housing cavity and operably coupled to the vibration source to create a linear vibration in a controlled direction along an axis of the housing cavity;
an electrode disk holder contained within the housing cavity defining a disk holder cavity and formed from a conductive material, the electrode disk holder operably coupled to the vibration source;
an electrode disk including a conductive material, the electrode disk at least partially disposed within the electrode disk holder cavity and removably attached to the electrode disk holder by a pin, the electrode disk operably coupled with the electrode disk holder;
a torch cup extended from the housing and encloses the electrode disk; and
an inert gas lens surrounding the spring and at least a portion of the electrode disk holder within the housing cavity so at least a portion of the housing cavity defining an inert gas cavity between the electrode disk holder and the torch cup;
wherein during operation of the coating device, the vibration source linearly vibrates the electrode disk holder and the electrode disk along the axis, creating an air gap between the electrode disk and a surface of the work piece;
wherein in response to the housing following a contour of the work piece surface, the electrode disk rolls along the work piece surface; and
wherein the inert gas source is configured to provide the inert gas to the housing cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,137,537

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CHEMICALS AT HIGH TEMPERATURE

Frederick M. Mako, Fairf...

1. A method for forming an assembly comprising the steps of:placing a first tube of silicon carbide or mullite or superalloy adjacent a second tube of silicon carbide or mullite or tungsten; and bonding with a helium leak tight seal the first and second tubes together, wherein the helium leak tight seal maintains its integrity at a temperature of greater than 1100 ° C., wherein the placing step includes applying a mixture of between 30 wt % (weight percent or percent by mass) and 80 wt % alumina-silicate and between 20 wt % and 70 wt % magnesia-silicate in powder form to a 100% weight between the first and second tubes; or a mixture of between 80-10 wt % 80/20 nickel chromium alloy and 20-90 wt % copper of ?99.99% purity together to form a 100% weight.

US Pat. No. 10,137,533

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL APPARATUS FOR TESTING AND ETCHING SUBSTRATE AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method for manufacturing an organic light-emitting apparatus, the method comprising:injecting a substrate through a chamber body of a multi-functional apparatus for testing and etching the substrate, the chamber body having an entrance in one of its sides and an exit in another one of its sides, wherein the injecting of the substrate into the chamber body is through the entrance of the chamber body;
transferring the injected substrate in a direction from the entrance to the exit utilizing a transfer unit disposed inside of the chamber body;
etching a part of the substrate disposed on the transfer unit utilizing a laser etching unit disposed above the transfer unit;
testing the substrate disposed on the transfer unit utilizing a testing unit; and
ejecting the substrate from the chamber body through the exit of the chamber body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,532

SUBSTRATE CUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY APPARATUS BY USING A SUBSTRATE CUTTING APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of manufacturing a display apparatus, the method comprising:cutting a substrate by irradiating the substrate with a laser beam, the substrate comprising a first plurality of layers and a second plurality of layers, and a plurality of display units for displaying images,
wherein the cutting the substrate comprises:
irradiating a region of the substrate with an infrared wavelength laser beam to cut the first plurality of layers; and
irradiating the region of the substrate with a short pulse laser beam after the complete cut of the first plurality of layers, the short pulse laser beam having a visible wavelength of approximately 515 nm with a pulse in a picosecond range, to cut the second plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,530

LASER WELD METHOD AND WELD STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A laser welding method comprising:forming a melted section in which plural metallic workpieces within a weld region are melted by projecting a first laser beam onto said weld region with parts of the workpieces being set as the weld region when the workpieces are welded; and
projecting a second laser beam while the melted section is being solidified or after a solidified section in which the melted section is solidified is formed such that the second laser beam circles around a center of the melted section or the solidified section from an irradiation start position deviated from said center toward said center or such that the second laser beam is focused to the center of the melted section or the solidified section from an irradiation start region that includes the center and a periphery thereof,
wherein
the melted section including the center is progressed to solidify, or the solidified section is re-melted and a re-melted section is progressed to solidify while projecting the second laser beam; and
a solidification rate of at least the center of the melted section or the re-melted section is lowered by the projection of the second laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,526

LASER MACHINING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A laser machining device, to machine a machining target subject by irradiating the converged laser beam output from each laser diode of a plurality of laser diodes connected in series, comprising:a machining laser beam output-power driving circuit that outputs a machining laser beam by driving said plurality of laser diodes;
a guide light output-power driving circuit that outputs a guide light by driving at least one partial laser diode of said plurality of laser diodes;
a selection means to select said guide light output-power driving circuit on determining the position and to select said machining laser beam output-power driving circuit on laser machining; and
a setup value comparison circuit to control an electric current to be below an electric current setup value to output the guide light, wherein the electric current flowing through said partial laser diode is not higher than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,525

FRICTION WELDING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for friction welding, the method comprising:positioning metallic components such that welding surfaces of the metallic components contact each other, wherein a metallic component in the metallic components has a relief feature adjacent to a welding surface for a first metallic component;
moving the welding surfaces relative to each other while the welding surfaces are in contact such that solid-state joining of the metallic components at the welding surfaces occurs to form a structure, wherein the relief feature causes a material from at least one of the metallic components to form with respect to the relief feature in a manner that enables performing an additional solid-state joining operation with the structure at a subsequent welding surface on the structure without removing flash;
wherein the metallic components comprise the first metallic component and a second metallic component;
wherein the relief feature comprises a cut-away portion of an edge of the second metallic component, the cut-away portion comprising a notch having no more than two planar surfaces, wherein one of the two planar surfaces is approximately perpendicular to a surface of the first metallic component and a second planar surface is approximately parallel to the surface of the first metallic component; and
machining the structure when joining operations are completed for the structure, wherein the flash is removed from the structure by:
forming a group of holes in the structure, and
machining the flash through the group of holes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,523

RESISTANCE WELDING METHOD AND CONDUCTOR UNIT

Yazaki Corporation, Toky...

1. A resistance welding method of welding two objects together comprising the steps of:clamping the two objects between a pair of electrodes; and
applying a welding current between the pair of the electrodes on a condition that the two objects are pressed to bring the two objects toward each other,
heating a contacting surface between the two objects,
wherein one of the two objects includes a core member and a plated layer, which coats the core member and has a melting point lower than that of a coating layer that is a metal constituting an outer surface of the core member,
wherein the two objects are clamped between the pair of the electrodes and the contacting surface is allowed to generate heat to melt the plated layer, and to weld the coating layer of said one of the two objects and a base member of another of the two objects together,
wherein the core member includes a core wire and the coating layer, which coats the core wire, the core wire having a round shape in section and being made of a material having a melting point higher than that of the coating layer and also being made of a material having mechanical strength higher than that of the coating layer, and
wherein the coating layer is made of a metal which forms no intermetallic compound between the metal constituting the coating layer and the base member when the coating layer and a the base member are welded or the coating layer is made by a method in which the intermetallic compound is not produced when the coating layer joins the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,522

ADAPTIVE PLASMA CUTTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A plasma cutting system, comprising:a gas flow control system having at least one gas flow valve which controls the flow a gas through said gas flow control system, and a first gas pressure detection device which detects a first location pressure of said gas downstream of said at least one gas flow valve;
a cutting torch assembly coupled to said gas flow control system to receive said gas, where said cutting torch assembly comprises a second gas pressure detection device which detects a second location pressure of said gas downstream of said first gas pressure detection device;
a gas line located between the first gas pressure detection device and the second gas pressure detection device, wherein said gas is supplied to the cutting torch assembly from the gas flow control system through the gas line;
a power supply operatively connected to said cutting torch assembly to provide a cutting current amperage to the cutting torch assembly; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of said first and second gas pressure detection devices, to said at least one gas flow valve, and to said power supply, where said controller controls an operation of said at least one gas flow valve based on gas pressure feedback signals from each of said first and second gas pressure detection devices to provide a desired pressure level of said gas at said cutting torch assembly,
wherein said desired pressure level is determined by said controller based on at least one of a condition of said plasma cutting system and a parameter of a cutting operation,
wherein said gas is either a plasma gas or a shield gas,
wherein said controller dynamically changes said desired pressure level during the cutting operation, based on a detected gas flow profile for said plasma cutting system determined by said controller using said first and second gas pressure detection devices, in timed coordination with changes to the cutting current amperage by said controller, and
wherein said detected gas flow profile models pressure change time lags within the plasma cutting system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,518

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND SOLDER MOUNTING METHOD

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A semiconductor package comprising: a first substrate over which a semiconductor chip is mounted; a second substrate disposed so as to face the first substrate and including a first through-hole through which a pin penetrates and a second through-hole which the pin does not penetrate; wherein the second substrate is formed from a one piece construction; a first solder ball which is formed between the first substrate and the first through-hole and covers an upper end of the pin that protrudes from an upper surface of the second substrate; wherein a most bottom end of the pin does not extend beyond a bottom surface of the second substrate when the pin is fitted within the first through-hole; and a second solder ball which is formed between the first substrate and the second through-hole, the second through-hole is provided under a center part of the first substrate in which the semiconductor chip is mounted and the first through-hole is provided under a peripheral part of the first substrate in which the semiconductor chip is not mounted, solder is provided at a first part which is between a conductive film disposed on an inner sidewall of the first through-hole and the pin and a space is formed at a second part which is between the conductive film and the pin and is adjacent to the upper surface of the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,517

NICKEL-BASED BRAZING FOIL AND PROCESS FOR BRAZING

1. An amorphous, ductile Ni-based brazing foil having a composition consisting essentially ofNirestCraBbPcSidCeXfYg
wherein a, b, c, d, e, f, and g are numbers such that 16 atomic percent?a?30 atomic percent; 0.5 atomic percent?b?14 atomic percent; 2 atomic percent?c?20 atomic percent; 0 atomic percent?d?14 atomic percent; 0 atomic percent?e?5 atomic percent; 0 atomic percentb>c/15; wherein 10 atomic percent?b+c+d?25 atomic percent, wherein X is one or more of the elements Mo, Nb, Ta, W and Cu; and wherein Y is one or both of the elements Fe and Co,
and wherein the foil varies in thickness from a mean thickness of the foil in a variation of less than 25% over a length of 200 m, the foil has a width B of 0.5 mm?B?300 mm, and the brazing foil is at least 50% amorphous.

US Pat. No. 10,137,513

DECK FASTENER REMOVAL TOOL

1. A tool for mounting a cutting device for cutting fasteners flush with a joist of known width, comprising:an extended handle;
a caddy attached to a distal end of said handle, said caddy further comprising,
two elongate side rails having a separation width sufficient to accommodate the width of said joist,
two inverted substantially U-shaped supports each having a closed end, and an open end joined on opposing sides to a respective side rail,
a truss joined to and spanning the U-shaped supports, and
at least one inwardly projecting leveling member protruding inwardly between said side rails, and
a holster for supporting a cutting tool having a cutting blade, the cooperative arrangement of said at least one leveling member, said two side rails, and said holster maintaining said cutting blade on a plane with a top of said joist when said joist is received between said two elongate side rails.

US Pat. No. 10,137,512

GROOVE CUTTING TOOL

General Electric Technolo...

1. A groove cutting tool comprising:a body; and
a holder slidably mounted within the body, the holder having:
a first end;
a blade mounted at the first end;
a second end, distal, in a slidable direction of the holder, from the first end;
a drive pinion, located towards the second end, configured to be in rotational communication with the blade; and
wherein the groove cutting tool further includes:
a shaft mounted to and extending perpendicular from the blade;
a bearing mounted on the shaft;
an output pinion with a cavity, wherein the shaft extends into the cavity and is fixed to the output pinion within the cavity; and
a portion of the holder extends into the cavity such that the bearing is fixed between the portion and the shaft within the cavity so as to enable rotation relative to the holder, as a unit, of the shaft, the output pinion and the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,506

DRILLING TOOL

1. A manual drilling tool for drilling one or more coupled elements, comprising:an engagement chuck adapted to be tightened in the spindle of a tool machine to drag said tool in rotation;
a point body with tool diameter having at least four helical grooves developing longitudinally on the point body and defining at least two primary cutters and at least two secondary cutters; said two primary cutters forming a tip angle said secondary cutters having a discharge surface; said discharge surface being shaped so as to create an interruption between the secondary cutters and the primary cutters by contributing to reduce the operator's effort, to reduce the temperature and to promote the discharge of the worked material, wherein said point body is formed by a substantially cylindrical first portion and a substantially conical second portion with taper towards the end of the tool,which manual drilling tool provides three different coning angles defined as angles formed by tangents to outer profiles of the cutters with an axis of main extension of the drilling tool, wherein said primary and secondary cutters form:a coning angle comprised in a range between 2 and 10 degrees for a length of a first cutter tract comprised between 6 and 14 mm starting from the distal end of the drilling tool;
a coning angle comprised in a range between 1 and 7 degrees for a length of a second cutter tract comprised between 2 and 9 mm starting from the above-mentioned first cutter tract; and
a coning angle comprised in a range between 0 and 6 degrees for a length of a third cutter tract comprised between 2 and 9 mm starting from the above-mentioned second tract.

US Pat. No. 10,137,505

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising a base material and a coating formed on said base material,said coating including a hard layer,
said hard layer including a plurality of crystal grains having a sodium chloride-type crystal structure, wherein
when crystal orientation of each of said plurality of crystal grains is analyzed using an electron backscatter diffraction system for a cross section of said hard layer that is parallel to a normal direction of a surface of said base material to measure an angle of intersection between a normal direction to (001) plane that is a crystal plane of said crystal grain and the normal direction to the surface of said base material, a proportion A of said crystal grains having said angle of intersection of 0 degree or more to less than 20 degrees is 50% or more,
boundaries of said crystal grains include CSL boundaries and general boundaries,
the length of ?3 grain boundaries of said CSL boundaries is 50% or more of the length of ?3-29 grain boundaries that is a total of respective lengths of ?3 grain boundaries, ?7 grain boundaries, ?11 grain boundaries, ?17 grain boundaries, ?19 grain boundaries, ?21 grain boundaries, ?23 grain boundaries, and ?29 grain boundaries included in said CSL boundaries and is 1% or more and 30% or less of the total length of all boundaries that is a sum of the length of said ?3-29 grain boundaries and the length of said general boundaries,
said crystal grain has a layered structure in which a first layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlxTi1-x and a second layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlyTi1-y (where x?y) are alternately stacked, and
a total thickness of said first layer and said second layer adjacent to each other is 3 nm or more and 30 nm or less,
when the composition of the first layer is nitride, the composition of the second layer is also nitride, and
when the composition of the first layer is carbonitride, the composition of the second layer is also carbonitride.

US Pat. No. 10,137,502

NEAR NET SHAPE COMBUSTION DRIVEN COMPACTION PROCESS AND REFRACTORY COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

Utron Kinetics, LLC, Man...

1. A process of producing refractory near net shape rhenium composite components with a combustion driven compaction process, comprising:providing a chamber,
providing a cavity,
providing rhenium containing powder and hafnium powder, wherein the rhenium containing powder have a mesh size between ?200 and ?635,
providing a male die adjacent the cavity,
providing a piston in contact with the male die,
providing a gas supply,
filling the chamber with a mixture of compressed natural gas and air, moving the piston and moving the male die into the cavity, and closing the gas supply,
combusting the gas, causing the pressure in the chamber to rise and exert force on the piston,
compressing the powder mixture into a refractory near net shape rhenium containing component,
wherein the refractory near net shape rhenium composite component contains less than 50 wt % rhenium and 1-5 wt % hafnium.

US Pat. No. 10,137,501

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROPORE FILTER

PURERON JAPAN CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for manufacturing a micropore filter comprising:a step of treating stainless steel particles having particle diameters in a range of 3 to 60 ?m in a bead mill using zirconia beads to prepare powder having a flakiness expressed by a ratio of a thickness with respect to a long diameter (thickness/long diameter) in a range of 0.03 to 0.4;
a step of pickling the powder to remove zirconia adhered to a surface of the powder due to treatment in the bead mill;
a step of applying a load of 10 to 15 kN to 0.5 to 1.0 g of the powder after the pickling, thus compacting the powder to obtain a compact body having a columnar shape;
a step of keeping the compact body in a vacuum atmosphere in a range of 10?5 to 10?3 Pa at a temperature in a range of 1000 to 1300° C. for 1 to 3 hours, thus firing the compact body to obtain a sintered body; and
a step of pressing the sintered body into a pipe having an inner diameter in a range of 0.90 to 0.99 times of an outer diameter of the sintered body, and extruding the sintered body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,500

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method of manufacturing a component using electron beam melting comprising:providing a powder layer;
selectively melting at least a part of the powder layer so as to generate a solid layer of the component using a first electron beam;
identifying any defects in the solid layer by scanning the solid layer using a second electron beam;
removing any identified defects in the solid layer by using the first electron beam to re-melt at least a part of the solid layer; and then
repeating the steps of providing the powder layer, selectively melting at least a part of the powder layer, identifying any defects in the solid layer, and removing any identified defects at least once so as to build up a shape corresponding to the component, wherein
the power of the second electron beam is lower than the power of the first electron beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,499

METHOD AND ASSEMBLY FOR FORMING COMPONENTS HAVING AN INTERNAL PASSAGE DEFINED THEREIN

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of forming a component having an internal passage defined therein, said method comprising:positioning a jacketed core with respect to a mold, wherein the jacketed core includes:
a hollow structure consisting of a first material that is metallic, wherein the hollow structure includes an interior portion; and
an inner core disposed within the hollow structure, the inner core defining an inner core cross-sectional perimeter contacting substantially an entirety of the interior portion of the hollow structure;
introducing a component material in a molten state into a cavity of the mold, such that a portion of the jacketed core is submerged, and such that the component material in the molten state contacts the first material along substantially an entire outer perimeter of the submerged portion of the jacketed core; and
cooling the component material in the cavity to form the component, wherein the inner core cross-sectional perimeter defines a cross-sectional perimeter of the internal passage within the component.

US Pat. No. 10,137,498

HIGH-PRESSURE DIE CASTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Magna International Inc.,...

3. A die apparatus for die casting, comprising:a first die half having a first molding surface;
a second die half having a second molding surface facing said first molding surface to present a mold cavity therebetween;
a shot sleeve extending through said first die half toward said first molding surface;
said shot sleeve including a side wall presenting a fluid opening for conveying fluid,
said side wall extending to a partial end wall, the partial end wall defining at least one wall opening for allowing fluid to flow from said fluid opening toward said mold cavity;
a plunger disposed in said shot sleeve for pressing fluid through said at least one wall opening; and
a material separator disposed along one of said molding surfaces and movable relative to said molding surface,
wherein said first die half comprises a block of material disposed in a fixed position relative to said second die half;
said first molding surface includes a contour for shaping the fluid;
said first die half includes a first back surface facing opposite said first molding surface and a sleeve opening extending continuously from said first back surface to said first molding surface;
said sleeve opening includes at least one die opening extending toward said first molding first, each of said die openings being axially aligned with one of said wall openings for conveying fluid from said fluid opening of said shot sleeve toward said first molding surface;
said first die half includes a support ledge disposed parallel to said first molding surface and defining said at least one die opening and spacing said shot sleeve from said first molding surface;
said first die half defines a material separator opening along said first molding surface for receiving said material separator;
said material separator is movable in a direction perpendicular to said first molding surface;
said side wall of said shot sleeve extends along a center axis from a first end to a second end and circumferentially around said center axis to form said fluid passage;
said fluid passage presents a cross-sectional area extending perpendicular to said center axis and parallel to said first molding surface;
said first end of said shot sleeve is open and receives said plunger;
said partial end wall of said shot sleeve is disposed in a fixed position and stationary relative to said side wall of said shot sleeve and said first molding surface;
said partial end wall of said first die presents a cross-sectional area extending perpendicular to said center axis and parallel to said first molding surface, and said cross-sectional area of said partial end wall is greater than or equal to one third of said cross-sectional area of said fluid passage, and said partial end wall is disposed along one side of said shot sleeve;
each of said wall openings of said shot sleeve presents a cross-section area extending perpendicular to said center axis and parallel to said first molding surface, said cross-sectional area of each wall opening is less than said cross-sectional area of said axially aligned die opening, and said cross-sectional area of each wall opening increases in a direction moving toward said axially aligned die opening;
said side wall of said shot sleeve defines a pouring hole disposed on a side of said shot sleeve opposite said partial end wall for receiving the fluid;
said plunger includes a plunger head presenting a cross-sectional area approximately equal to said cross-sectional area of said fluid passage of said shot sleeve;
said plunger head includes a serrated surface facing said second die half for engaging material contained in said shot sleeve;
at least one hold pin is received in said second die half and extends upwardly from said second molding surface, each of said hold pins is axially aligned with one of said die openings and one of said wall openings;
said second die half comprises a block of material aligned with and movable relative to said first die half;
said second molding surface presents a contour for shaping said fluid;
said second die half includes a second back surface facing opposite said second molding surface; and
said second die half defines at least one hold pin opening along said second molding surface, and each hold pin opening receives one of said hold pins.

US Pat. No. 10,137,497

CASTING DIE

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

1. A casting die comprising:a base;
a lower mold arranged on the base;
a horizontal sliding mold which is provided so as to be capable of moving on the lower mold and which has a surface shape corresponding to at least a part of a side face shape of a product to be casted; and
an upper mold which is provided so as to be capable of moving up and down with respect to the lower mold and which has a surface shape corresponding to an upper face shape of the product; wherein,
the lower mold is configured by a lower mold body and a lower mold stage which supports the lower mold body from below,
the lower mold body has a positioning part which abuts the horizontal sliding mold at a mold-closing position of the horizontal sliding mold, and has a surface shape corresponding to a lower face shape of the product,
a guide member is mounted on the lower mold stage so as to freely move in an up and down direction with respect to the lower mold stage,
the horizontal sliding mold is configured to slide on the guide member and the lower mold body, and
the guide member is provided with a locking part configured to lock with a lateral edge part of the lower mold body when the lower mold body is separated upward with respect to the lower mold stage, so that the lower mold body and the guide member are separated upward together.

US Pat. No. 10,137,495

MACHINE FOR FORMING METAL BARS

IKOI S.P.A., Cassola (VI...

1. A method for forming a precious metal ingot having specified dimensions and weight from solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes, the specified dimensions of said precious metal ingot includes a dimensionally specified ingot upper limit, said method employing a machine including an ingot mold and a cover for closing said ingot mold, said ingot mold having an interior comprising a first lower volume configured to the specified dimensions of the precious metal ingot, a second upper volume configured to facilitate depositing into said ingot mold of an amount of said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes to form said precious metal ingot, and an upper end comprising an upper abutting edge of said ingot mold, said cover comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion including a rim adapted to engage the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold to close and hermetically seal said ingot mold when said precious metal ingot has been formed in said ingot mold first lower volume, said lower portion configured to project into the interior of said ingot mold so as to rest on said amount of solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf ov various sizes deposited in said ingot mold to form said precious metal ingot, said cover lower portion having a dimension such that on engagement of said cover upper portion rim with the ingot mold upper abutting edge, the cover lower portion delineates an upper limit to the ingot mold first lower volume corresponding to the precious metal ingot dimensionally specified upper limit, said method comprising the steps of:a) depositing into said ingot mold through said second upper volume thereof said amount of solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes to form said precious metal ingot;
b) positioning said ingot mold cover for closing said ingot mold such that the cover lower portion projects into the interior of said ingot mold so as to rest on said amount of precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes deposited in said ingot mold, and the cover upper portion rim remains raised with respect to the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold;
c) compacting said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf of various sizes deposited in said ingot mold by compressing the same during a melting step by the resting of said ingot mold cover on said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf; and
d) progressively lowering said ingot mold cover during the compacting and compressing of said solid precious metal powder, grits or swarf during said melting step until the cover upper portion rim engages the upper abutting edge of said ingot mold closing and hermetically sealing said ingot mold whereby, because of said cover lower portion dimension, the cover lower portion delineates the ingot mold first lower volume upper limit corresponding to the dimensionally specified upper limit of said precious metal ingot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,494

METHOD FOR OBTAINING A FOUNDRY BODY FROM A GRANULAR MIXTURE COMPRISING A MODIFIED POLYCONDENSED RESIN AND A FORMALDEHYDE SCAVENGER

HUTTENES ALBERTUS FRANCE,...

1. Method for producing a foundry body, comprising at least the following successive steps:preparing a granular mixture, comprising, in % weight with respect to the total weight of the mixture:
a—at least 90%, by weight of grains, said grains being mainly composed of at least one mineral oxide, and at least 80% of said grains having a size from 10 to 3000 ?m,
b—0.3 to 3%, by weight of at least one resin polycondensed with formaldehyde and/or its derivatives, the percentage being calculated in dry resin solids,
c—0.001 to 3%, by weight of at least one curing agent, the percentage being calculated in dry curing agent solids,
d—0.003 to 1%, by weight of at least one formaldehyde scavenger compound, and
f—0.2 to 3%, by weight of water;
placing said granular mixture in contact with at least one surface of a forming tool, and
blowing at least one gas stream into the granular mixture at a temperature of 50° C. to 380° C., for a duration comprised from 1 to 300 seconds, in order to ensure at least partial curing of said mixture,
wherein said at least one resin has undergone a chemical reaction between a first element chosen from urea and its derivatives, melamine, benzoguanamine, glycoluril, and a second element chosen from formaldehyde and/or its derivatives,
wherein the polycondensed resin (component b—) of said granular mixture is modified by the presence of a component e—in the mixture, at a content from 0.003% to 1.5%, by weight with respect to the total weight of the mixture, said component e—being at least one resin,
wherein said at least one resin comprises tannins; and
wherein the foundry body disintegrates 50% or less after 20 minutes at 450° C.

US Pat. No. 10,137,492

METHOD FOR CONNECTING A FIRST COMPONENT TO A SECOND COMPONENT

JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH, B...

1. A method for connecting a first component to a second component, the method comprising the steps of:providing the first component with a deformation region;
at least partially heating the deformation region;
providing an inner die with an optical component for plastic deformation;
plastically deforming the first component in the deformation region to connect the first component to the second component; and
directing light for heating the first component onto the deformation region by way of the optical component of the inner die for the step of at least partially heating the deformation region or for the step of plastically deforming the first component or for both the steps of heating the deformation region and plastically deforming the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,137,491

FORMING DEVICE AND FORMING METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A forming device configured to form a metal pipe having a pipe part and a flange part, the forming device comprising:a pair of a first die and a second die;
a driving mechanism configured to move at least one of the first die and the second die in a direction in which the dies are approached together;
a gas supply part configured to supply a first gas and a second gas into a metal pipe material held and heated between the first die and the second die; and
a controller configured to control driving of the driving mechanism and gas supply of the gas supply part,
wherein the first die and the second die configure a first cavity part for forming the pipe part and a second cavity part, communicating with the first cavity part, for forming the flange part, and
the controller is configured to:
cause the gas supply part to supply a first gas into the metal pipe material during a first supply time, such that a part of the metal pipe material is expanded in the second cavity part;
drive the driving mechanism such that the expanded part of the metal pipe material is pressed by the first die and the second die and the flange part is formed; and
cause the gas supply part to supply a second gas into the metal pipe material during a second supply time, after the formation of the flange part such that the pipe part is formed in the first cavity part, and
wherein the second supply time is longer than the first supply time.

US Pat. No. 10,137,488

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LEVELING A METAL PLATE

Allor Manufacturing Inc.,...

1. A device configured to level a metal plate fabricated from high-strength metal material, the device comprising:a frame;
a leveling station including one pair of upper rollers and a corresponding one pair of lower rollers rotatably disposed on the frame in a parallel arrangement in a lateral direction and defining a serpentine path that is disposed in a longitudinal direction that is associated with a direction of travel for the metal plate; and
wherein each one of the one pair of upper rollers includes a cylindrical outer peripheral surface that extends in the lateral direction and radially surrounds an upper axis of rotation;
wherein each one of the one pair of lower rollers includes a cylindrical outer peripheral surface that extends in the lateral direction and radially surrounds a lower axis of rotation;
wherein the radii of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and the radii of each one of the one pair of lower rollers are equivalent;
wherein the upper axes of rotation are offset in the longitudinal direction from the lower axes of rotation such that a longitudinal spacing is defined between the axes of rotation of contiguous ones of the one pair of upper rollers and the one pair of lower rollers;
wherein a plunge depth is defined as a difference in an elevation direction between a first elevation associated with a top-dead-center point of each one of the one pair of lower rollers and a second elevation that is associated with a bottom-dead-center point of each one of the one pair of upper rollers;
wherein the magnitude of the plunge depth associated with each one of the one pair of upper rollers and one of the one pair of lower rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of upper rollers is equal to the magnitude of the plunge depth associated with each one of the one pair of lower rollers and one of the one pair of upper rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of lower rollers;
wherein the serpentine path is defined between the outer peripheral surfaces of contiguous ones of the one pair of upper rollers and the one pair of lower rollers;
wherein the longitudinal spacing of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and each one of the one pair of lower rollers is equal to achieve the equal plastification on the first and second sides of the metal plate;
wherein the longitudinal spacing and the plunge depth are configured such that the one pair of upper rollers and the one of the one pair of lower rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of upper rollers imparts a first bend radius on the metal plate in a first orientation and the one pair of lower rollers and the one of the pair of upper rollers that is longitudinally disposed between the one pair of lower rollers subsequently imparts a second bend radius on the metal plate in a second orientation that is opposed to the first orientation as the metal plate moves through the serpentine path as the metal plate bends about a portion of the outer peripheral surfaces of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and each one of the one pair of lower rollers to subject the metal plate to plastic deformation corresponding to the portion of the respective outer peripheral surfaces of each one of the one pair of upper rollers and each one of the one pair of lower rollers to provide equal plastification on both sides of the metal plate;
wherein the magnitude of the first bend radius and the magnitude of the second bend radius is selected such that a magnitude of plastification of the metal plate that is greater than 70% is achieved once the metal plate moves along the serpentine path past the two upper rollers and the two lower rollers; and
wherein the magnitude of the first bend radius is equivalent to the magnitude of the second bend radius; and
wherein there is a quantity of not more than the one pair of upper rollers and a quantity of not more than the one pair of lower rollers to achieve equal plastification on both sides of the metal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,487

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BLADE

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a blade, the apparatus comprising:an arm module including a pressing unit pivoting around a first shaft;
a molding module including a molding die, wherein the molding die is pressed by the pressing unit and a bulk metallic glass (BMG) is pressed to be molded to a blade in the molding die; and
a drawing module pulling an end portion of the BMG exposed to the outside of the molding die to form an edge of the blade,
wherein the drawing module includes a pair of drawing tools pulling one end portion of the BMG in two directions so as to generate a necking due to a plastic deformation of the BMG, and
wherein the pair of drawing tools pull the one end portion of the BMG in the two directions positioned to be coplanar with a direction in which the blade extends and forming a predetermined angle with respect to the direction in which the blade extends.

US Pat. No. 10,137,486

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMAL TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED MATERIAL

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

1. A method for treating porous media containing an undesired organic substance, comprising:a. providing a volume containing the porous media and the undesired organic substance;
b. adding a microwave absorber to the volume to thereby form a volume of a mixture to accelerate microwave heating of the volume of the mixture;
c. subjecting a portion of the volume of the mixture to microwave irradiation to heat the portion of the volume of the mixture to a combustion temperature of from 150° C. to 1200° C.;
d. initiating smoldering combustion in the portion of the volume of the mixture;
e. terminating the microwave irradiation once the smoldering combustion in the portion of the volume of the mixture is initiated;
f. initiating a flow of an oxidizer gas through the portion of the volume of the mixture once the smoldering combustion in the portion of the volume of the mixture is initiated and controlling the flow at a rate such that a self-sustaining smoldering combustion front is formed that moves through remaining additional portions of the volume of the mixture; and
g. continuing the flow of the oxidizer gas until a target amount of the undesired organic substance in the volume of the mixture reaches a destructive temperature and is thereby destroyed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,485

INTEGRATED WORKPIECE POSITIONING SYSTEM WITH INTEGRAL FUME EXTRACTION SYSTEM

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

8. The system of claim 7, wherein the manifold is located below the work surface and the duct extends horizontally toward the manifold, each extraction port including a flexible seal extending outward therefrom to sealingly engage the duct when aligned therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,137,484

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PASSIVATION OF REMOTE SYSTEMS BY CHEMICAL DISPLACEMENT THROUGH PRE-CHARGED CONDUITS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A system for displacing fluids from a fluid handling system that is comprised of at least one structure requiring displacement, the system for displacing fluids comprising:i) a plurality of storage conduits, each storage conduit having an outlet and an inlet valve proximate an inlet;
ii) an outlet manifold having a plurality of inlets, one for each outlet of the plurality of storage conduits, and a manifold outlet spaced from the plurality of inlets;
iii) an outlet valve proximate the manifold outlet and connected to a flow line in fluid communication with an inlet of the at least one structure to be displaced;
iv) an inlet manifold having an inlet and a plurality of outlets, each of the plurality of outlets in fluid communication with an associated inlet valve of one of the plurality of storage conduits;
v) a displacement fluid inlet manifold inlet valve having an inlet in fluid communication with a source of a displacement fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet manifold;
vi) a treatment fluid inlet manifold inlet valve having an inlet in fluid communication with a source of a treatment fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet manifold;
vii) a barrier fluid inlet manifold inlet valve having an inlet in fluid communication with a source of a barrier fluid and an outlet in fluid communication with the inlet manifold; and
viii) at least three drivers for transferring fluids into and out of the plurality of storage conduits and in fluid communication with the inlet manifold;
wherein the at least three drivers include a first driver to transfer displacement fluid, a second driver to transfer treatment fluid, and a third driver to transfer barrier fluid into the storage conduits to selective recharge the storage conduits.

US Pat. No. 10,137,482

STRIPPING DEVICE AND DISPLAY SUBSTRATE PRODUCTION LINE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A stripping device, comprising a stripping chamber and a cleaning chamber, wherein,a stripping liquid having a set temperature is provided within the stripping chamber,
the stripping device further comprises a liquid jet component, the liquid jet component comprises a liquid supplying pipeline and a liquid jet head, the liquid supplying pipeline is configured to supply a cleaning liquid to the liquid jet head, the liquid jet head is configured to output the cleaning liquid, the liquid supplying pipeline is arranged in the stripping chamber, and the stripping liquid heats the cleaning liquid in the liquid supplying pipeline as the cleaning liquid flows through the liquid supplying pipeline arranged in the stripping chamber,
the cleaning chamber is provided outside of, and communicated with, the stripping chamber, and
in a direction from the stripping chamber to the cleaning chamber, the liquid supplying pipeline continuously extends from a first end of the stripping chamber to a second end, which is connected with the cleaning chamber and opposite to the first end, of the stripping chamber without disconnecting at a center portion of the stripping chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,481

METHODS OF REMOVING PARTICLES FROM OVER SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATES

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method of removing particles from over a surface of a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:flowing a liquid in parallel with and across a horizontal surface of the substrate and the particles, the liquid having thickness over the substrate, the substrate having an undulating topography and the particles being less than 100 nm in cross-sectional diameter, a first region of the thickness being near the substrate and comprising particles, a second region of the thickness being further from the substrate than the first region and having more flow than the first region;
while the liquid is flowing, imparting an electric field across at least a region of the surface from electrodes spaced apart from one another and configured to form an electric field across at least the first region of the substrate; and
inducing movement of the particles from the first region to the second region using the electric field, wherein
the electric field is provided for a duration;
the electric field is maintained with an alternating current for part of the duration; and
the electric field is maintained with a direct current for another part of the duration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,480

METHOD FOR TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of treating a sensor array, the sensor array including a plurality of sensors and an isolation structure, a sensor of the plurality of sensors having a sensor pad exposed at a surface of the sensor array, wherein the exposed surface of the sensor pad defines a bottom surface of the isolation structure, the method comprising:exposing the exposed surface of the sensor pad to a non-aqueous organo-silicon solution including an organo-silicon compound and a first non-aqueous carrier;
applying an acid solution including an organic acid and a second non-aqueous carrier to the exposed surface of the sensor pad; and
rinsing the acid solution from the exposed surface of the sensor pad.

US Pat. No. 10,137,477

MODULAR ASSEMBLY FOR MULTIDIMENSIONAL TRANSDUCER ARRAYS

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A multidimensional transducer array system, the system comprising:first and second modules, each of the first and second modules comprising:
an adaptor having first and second planar surfaces oriented about 90 degrees relative to each other, the first planar surface connected with the multidimensional transducer array;
conductors in the adaptor, separate ones of the conductors electrically connected with separate elements of the multidimensional transducer array;
a printed circuit board having a top surface connected with the second planar surface of the adaptor, the conductors electrically connected with the printed circuit board; and
an integrated circuit connected with the printed circuit board such that signals on the conductors are provided at the integrated circuit;
the first module stacked with the second module such that the adaptors are in contact with each other and the adaptors are in contact with different parts of the multidimensional transducer array.

US Pat. No. 10,137,474

HIGH VISCOSITY FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for depositing a fluid over an interface, the method comprising:moving, by a dispensing device, the fluid within a chamber in a housing towards an exit of the chamber such that the fluid is dispensed through the exit of the chamber, wherein the chamber is configured to increase a tendency of the fluid to flow within the chamber;
receiving the fluid from the exit of the chamber at an input of a nozzle located at a first end of a body of the nozzle;
moving the fluid from the input through an arrangement of a plurality of channels located within the body such that the fluid exits the plurality of channels at an output of the nozzle located at a second end of the body, including:
moving the fluid through a center channel located along a center axis that extends through the first end and the second end of the body of the nozzle, wherein the cross-sectional diameter of the center channel varies along a length that extends along the center axis; and
moving the fluid through outer channels located away from the center axis around the center channel, wherein the cross-sectional diameter of each of the outer channels remains substantially constant along the center axis;
controlling a flow of the fluid through the plurality of channels by a configuration of the plurality of channels, wherein the configuration comprises a diameter profile that includes the cross-sectional diameter for each of the plurality of channels; and
depositing the fluid that exits the output of the nozzle over the interface to form a deposition having a desired shape.

US Pat. No. 10,137,281

CATHETER FOR TREATMENT OF SINUSITIS

Tsukada Medical Research ...

1. A catheter for treatment of sinusitis comprising:an anterior nasal aperture balloon;
an anterior nasal aperture balloon air supply lumen for inflating the anterior nasal aperture balloon;
a posterior nasal aperture balloon;
a posterior nasal aperture balloon air supply lumen for inflating the posterior nasal aperture balloon;
a drainage lumen having an opening between the anterior nasal aperture balloon and the posterior nasal aperture balloon;
a drainage catheter comprising the anterior nasal aperture balloon air supply lumen and the drainage lumen therein;
a posterior nasal aperture balloon catheter comprising the posterior nasal aperture balloon air supply lumen therein; and
an external air communication lumen having an opening on a distal side from the posterior nasal aperture balloon is further provided in the posterior nasal aperture balloon catheter,
wherein the catheter comprising the external air communication lumen is formed of silicone rubber,
wherein the drainage catheter and the posterior nasal aperture balloon catheter are arranged in a side-by-side configuration,
wherein a distance between the posterior nasal aperture balloon and the anterior nasal aperture balloon is adjustable, and
wherein adjustment of the distance between the posterior nasal aperture balloon and the anterior nasal aperture balloon is realized by an internal space having a circular section formed in the anterior nasal aperture balloon through which the posterior nasal aperture balloon catheter passes, and at least one annular sealing rib formed on a wall surface which surrounds the internal space, and the at least one annular sealing rib is configured to seal an annular gap between an outer surface of the posterior nasal aperture balloon catheter and the wall surface such that liquid does not pass through the annular gap between the outer surface and the wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,279

CATHETER GUIDE AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING THE SAME

WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL...

1. A catheter guide comprising:a first conduit for guiding a catheter, wherein the first conduit includes a tube-shaped body having a proximal end and a distal end, and wherein the distal end of the tube-shaped body is sized and configured to be inserted into a urethra;
a second conduit connected to an outer surface of the first conduit, wherein a passage extending through the first conduit is fluidly-connected to a passage extending through the second conduit;
a shield member, wherein the shield member includes an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the shield member is connected to the outer surface of the first conduit, and wherein the distal end of the tube-shaped body of the first conduit extends through the shield member and beyond at least part of the inner surface of the shield member;
a grasping member that extends radially outwardly from and is integrally connected to the outer surface of the first conduit, wherein the grasping member is angularly offset from the second conduit at a first angle; and
a third conduit connected to the outer surface of the first conduit, wherein the passage extending through the first conduit is fluidly-connected to a passage extending through the third conduit, wherein the grasping member is angularly offset from the third conduit at a second angle, and wherein the second conduit is angularly offset from the third conduit at a third angle,
wherein the first conduit of the catheter guide includes one or more weakened zones, wherein at least one first weakened zone of the one or more weakened zones longitudinally extends along the length of the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,278

CANNULA STABILIZATION DEVICE

1. A cannula stabilization device comprising:a bearing platform;
a tubing holder located on a first end of the bearing platform;
a tubing holder located on a second end of the bearing platform opposite the first end, wherein each tubing holder is configured to secure and route continuous tubing, and wherein the tubing is configured to intersect the bearing platform only at each tubing holder;
a rotational joint fixedly attached to the bearing platform on a bottom side of the bearing platform; and
a helmet releasably attachable to the rotational joint;
wherein the helmet and the bearing platform are independently rotatable around a common rotational axis when the helmet is attached to the rotational joint.

US Pat. No. 10,137,277

CIRCADIAN-FRIENDLY LED LIGHT SOURCE

Soraa, Inc., Fremont, CA...

1. A light emitter comprising:one or more LEDs configured to emit LED light, said one or more LEDs comprising at least a violet pump LED configured to emit a pump light with a peak wavelength around 405 nm;
at least one phosphor configured to emit converted light by converting a fraction of said pump light; and
wherein said light emitter emits an emitted light formed by a combination of a fraction of said LED light and said converted light, said emitted light having a spectral power distribution (SPD), said SPD has a first power from 350 nm to 850 nm and a second power from 400 nm to about 440 nm, wherein said second power is at least 25% of said first power, and wherein said SPD has a CRI greater than 80 and an R9 greater than 0.

US Pat. No. 10,137,276

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SLEEP SESSION MANAGEMENT BASED ON SLOW WAVE SLEEP ACTIVITY IN A SUBJECT

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A system configured to manage a sleep session of a subject, the system comprising:one or more sensory stimulators configured to provide sensory stimuli to the subject;
one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to a current sleep stage of the subject during the sleep session; and
one or more processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
determine a dissipation threshold level for triggering a sensory waking stimulus;
obtain, during the sleep session, the output signals from the one or more sensors, at least some of the output signals being related to slow wave activity in the subject;
monitor, during the sleep session, the slow wave activity based on the output signals;
determine, based on the monitoring of the slow wave activity, a rate of change in the slow wave activity over time with respect to the sleep session;
determine a sleep pressure dissipation level of the subject based on the rate of change in the slow wave activity, the sleep pressure dissipation level being a metric indicating a level of dissipation with respect to sleep pressure of the subject, the sleep pressure indicating the subject's remaining need for sleep; and
responsive to the sleep pressure dissipation level breaching the dissipation threshold level, control the one or more sensory stimulators to generate the sensory waking stimulus to cause the subject to wake from the sleep session.

US Pat. No. 10,137,274

PATIENT INTERFACES

1. A patient interface comprising:a mask assembly configured to be coupled with an elbow assembly for delivering a pressurized gas to a patient;
the elbow assembly comprising:
a first leg configured to connect to a source of the pressurized gas at a first end of the elbow assembly; and
a second leg configured to swivelably connect to the mask assembly, the second leg comprising:
a second end of the elbow assembly configured to insertably interface with the mask assembly;
an outer conduit and an inner conduit fixed within the outer conduit, a first tubular section of the outer conduit disposed radially outward of a second tubular section of the inner conduit, the inner conduit and the outer conduit extending towards the second end of the elbow assembly from a front wall of the outer conduit, a distal end of the outer conduit disposed beyond a distal portion of the second tubular section of the inner conduit in an axial direction such that the distal portion of the second tubular section is disposed within a straight section of the second leg;
a first flow path defined between the inner conduit and the outer conduit, the first flow path accommodating a first flow of gases in a first direction;
a second flow path defined within the inner conduit, the second flow path accommodating a second flow of gases in a second direction, the first direction being directly opposite the second direction in at least a portion of the second leg; and
a diffuser comprising a plurality of exhaust vents in the front wall of the outer conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,273

PATIENT INTERFACES

1. A patient interface for use as part of a system for delivering a supply of gases to a patient comprising:a hollow body configured to be disposed on the patient's face in use and configured to deliver gases to the patient, said hollow body comprising an aperture extending from an inside of the hollow body to an outside of said hollow body; and
an elbow connector comprising a first end configured to be connected to a gas supply conduit, a second end configured to be swivelably connected to said aperture of said hollow body, and an exhaust port positioned between said first end and said second end, said exhaust port comprising a plurality of outlet vent holes extending through an outer wall of the elbow connector, and at least one wall at least partially defining an exhaust passage and extending from said exhaust port toward said second end, and said at least one wall being interposed between said exhaust passage and a delivery passage extending from said first end of said elbow connector to said second end of said elbow connector such that incoming gases are separated from said exhaust passage by said at least one wall, wherein said wall forms an enclosed perimeter such that a space within the wall is separated from a space that completely surrounds the wall, and wherein the wall extends in a direction aligned with the second end of the elbow connector;
wherein said at least one wall is rigid and fixed in position inside said elbow connector.

US Pat. No. 10,137,272

DEVICE FOR POSITIONING A PATIENT INTERFACE

Loweenstein Medical Techn...

1. An adjusting device for a patient interface that is fixed on the head of a patient by a head harness, wherein the device comprises at least one harness receiving element, a support body for supporting the patient interface in a region of the forehead of the patient and a single spring element which contacts the support body at least in a compressed state, wherein a tightening force of the head harness is transmitted to the spring element by the at least one harness receiving element such that the spring element is at least partially compressed to thereby exert a force which presses the support body against the forehead of the patient, and wherein the support body engages at least in part in a horizontal receiving element of a mask body and the spring element in a mounted state is present in part in the receiving element and in part in a guide to thereby be covered over its entire length.

US Pat. No. 10,137,271

NASAL INTERFACE

1. A nasal interface for use in a system for providing a flow of respiratory gases to a user, the nasal interface comprising:a body made from a pliable first material, the body comprising an inlet configured to receive a flow of gases and at least one nasal outlet, the at least one nasal outlet comprising a tubular structure configured to interface with a user's nostril, the at least one nasal outlet being fluidly connected to the inlet, wherein at least one plastically deformable member is attached to or integrally formed with the body, the at least one plastically deformable member having an elastic limit less than the elastic limit of the pliable first material; and
a flow restrictor comprising a member coupled to the body in a fixed position, the flow restrictor blocking a center of the flow of gases through the body and defining a gradually reducing cross sectional flow area such that all flow into and through the body passes through and is thereby restricted by the flow restrictor, wherein the flow restrictor is a dominant flow restriction of all gases flow in the system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,270

CUSHION TO FRAME ASSEMBLY MECHANISM

ResMed Limited, Bella Vi...

1. A mask assembly for treatment of sleep disorder breathing by delivering a flow of pressurized gas to a patient, the mask assembly comprising:a first frame including a first wall that at least partially delimits a breathing chamber, a second wall surrounding an opening through the first wall and defining a first substantially cylindrical surface surrounding the opening and defining a central axis, the second wall extending from the first wall, the opening being configured to allow the flow of pressurized gas to the breathing chamber;
a second frame including a third wall that is cylindrical and defines a second substantially cylindrical surface, a fourth wall, a member extending toward a forehead support and two headgear attachment locations, the third wall extending away from the fourth wall, the second substantially cylindrical surface at least partially overlapping with and passing completely around the first substantially cylindrical surface, and the second frame being configured to removably interlock with the first frame proximate the opening when the first frame and the second frame are moved towards one another along the central axis; and
a cushion molded to the first frame and including a side wall and a membrane adapted to seal around a patient's nose, the membrane being connected to the side wall at an outer periphery of the membrane and being unconnected at an inner periphery of the membrane; wherein
the membrane is on an opposite side of the first frame with respect to the opening,
the first frame comprises a first material and the cushion comprises a second material that is more flexible than the first material and the first wall and the second wall comprise the first material.

US Pat. No. 10,137,269

CUSHION-TO-FRAME COMPONENT FOR AN INTERFACING STRUCTURE

RESMED LIMITED, Bella Vi...

1. An interfacing structure for a mask system, comprising:a cushion component adapted to contact the patient's face in use; and
a cushion-to-frame component provided to the cushion component, the cushion-to-frame component structured to secure the cushion component to a mask frame of the mask system,
the cushion-to-frame component including a cushion side adapted to interface with the cushion component and a frame side adapted to interface with the mask frame,
wherein the cushion side includes a platform including an inner flange and an outer flange provided to opposing ends of the platform and an engagement surface between the inner flange and the outer flange to engage the cushion component, and
wherein the engagement surface is non-linear along its width and includes incline portions, decline portions, and flat portions along its width.

US Pat. No. 10,137,268

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURING A BREATHING GAS DELIVERY HOSE

CPAP Miracle LLC, Beachw...

1. A device comprising:a substantially rigid, elongated contiguous, tubular support member comprised of a tube wall having a first distal end, a second distal end, and a centralized living hinge biasing portion, integrated in the tube wall and comprised of a series of spaced apart slits in the tube wall, the living hinge, configured to bias arcuate movement between the first distal end and the second distal end, and wherein
the living hinge has an axial length smaller than axial lengths of the first and second distal ends,
a bias of the living hinge is configured to be adjustable while maintaining a fixed distance between the first and second distal ends, and
the bias of the living hinge corresponds to a position of an outer tube disposed circumferentially along a surface of the tube so as to be slide-able relative to the biasing portion;
a generally planar, rigid base configured to receive an associated pillow on an upper surface thereof so as to secure the first distal end so that the support member extends from a surface of the base to hold the first distal end in a generally vertical position relative to the second distal end when a radial force is applied to the second distal end during flexure of the living hinge;
a mount comprised of first and second coaxial, biased C-clips secured to the second distal end, the mount configured to snap fit an associated tube thereto with substantially unrestricted fluid flow therethrough; and
a mount support, formed from a cutaway portion of the tube wall, extending radially outwardly from the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,137,267

TRACHEOSTOMY TUBES

SMITHS MEDICAL INTERNATIO...

1. A tracheostomy tube having a shaft with a length, a patient end, a machine end and a fenestrated region locating substantially midway along the length and spaced from the machine end and the patient end including at least one opening at a location adapted to lie within the trachea, characterized in that the shaft is formed of a first material that is relatively soft and that the fenestrated region of the tube is formed only by a plate that includes the at least one opening, the plate formed of a second material that is stiffer than the first material to increase the overall stiffness of the shaft at the fenestrated region such that the portion of the shaft between the patient end of the tube and the patient end of the plate is more flexible than the fenestrated portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,266

PATIENT-VENTILATOR DYSSYNCHRONY DETECTION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of detecting dyssynchrony between a patient and a pressure support system, comprising:receiving patient flow data representing a patient flow waveform, the patient flow waveform representing a flow of gas provided to the patient by the pressure support system;
obtaining an I/E state signal indicating whether a current respiratory phase of the patient is inspiratory or expiratory, the I/E state signal being in binary form and having only a first binary state and a second binary state, the first binary state indicating that the current respiratory phase is inspiratory and the second binary state indicating that the current respiratory phase is expiratory; and
analyzing both the patient flow data and the I/E state signal for a breath to determine whether at least one of a number of predetermined criterion is satisfied based on both the patient flow data and the I/E state signal and declaring a dyssynchrony for the breath and outputting a dyssynchrony indicator if it is determined that at least one of the number of predetermined criterion is satisfied based on both the patient flow data and the I/E state signal, wherein the dyssynchrony is a condition where a respiratory drive of the patient is out of sync with breaths being generated by the pressure support system, wherein the number of predetermined criterion includes all of; (i) a number of volume qualified flow slope reversals in the patient flow data for the breath exceeding a predetermined number; (ii) an incremented tidal volume during at least a portion of an expiratory phase of the breath as indicated by the I/E state signal exceeding a predetermined positive value; (iii) an absolute value of a tidal volume during the breath exceeds a predetermined value; and (iv) a tidal volume during an inspiratory phase of the breath as indicated by the I/E state is less than a predetermined negative value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,265

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WIRELESS FEEDBACK DURING VENTILATION

ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION,...

1. A system for providing feedback on delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the system comprising:a manual patient ventilation unit defining an airflow path, the unit arranged so that when the unit is applied to a patient, the airflow path is in fluid communication with the patients airway, the patient ventilation unit comprising:
a ventilation bag configured to enable manual ventilation of the patient by a rescuer;
at least one first sensor in the airflow path positioned to sense the presence of ventilation airflow and measure a gas flow rate in the airflow path; and
at least one second sensor in the airflow path positioned to sense gas pressure in the airflow path;
at least one chest compression sensor configured to detect and measure compression information based on chest compressions applied to the patient; and
a feedback unit separate from the manual patient ventilation unit comprising a processor arranged to:
wirelessly receive data generated by the at least one first sensor and the at least one second sensor;
determine one or more ventilation quality parameters based at least in part on a gas flow volume calculated based on the sensed gas flow rate and gas pressures;
receive compression data generated by the at least one chest compression sensor;
determine one or more chest compression parameters based at least in part on the measured compression information; and
provide both ventilation feedback and chest compression feedback to a rescuer, the ventilation feedback comprising the one or more ventilation quality parameters and instructions for performing ventilations based upon a comparison of the ventilation quality parameters with a ventilation protocol comprising ranges of predetermined acceptable values for administering ventilations to the patient and the chest compression feedback comprising the one or more chest compression parameters and instructions for performing chest compressions based upon a comparison of the chest compression parameters with a chest compression protocol comprising ranges of predetermined acceptable values for administering chest compressions to the patient,
wherein the ventilation quality parameters comprise one or more of tidal volume, minute volume, end-inspiratory pressure, and maximum ventilation pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,264

RESPIRATORY ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

1. A head-mounted respiratory assistance apparatus configured to provide a respiratory gases stream to a user, comprising:a main body securable to the head of a user;
a blower unit provided on the main body having a gases inlet to receive a supply of gases from the surrounding atmosphere and which is operable to generate a pressurised gases stream at a gases outlet, wherein the blower unit comprises a casing and wherein the gases outlet extends radially outward from a center of the casing; and
a patient interface provided on the main body having a gases inlet which is fluidly connected via a gases flow path to the gases outlet of the blower unit and which is configured to deliver the pressurised gases to the user's nose and/or mouth via one or more gases outlets,
wherein the gases flow path from the gases inlet of the blower unit to the gases outlet(s) of the patient interface is substantially sealed such that there is zero bias flow along the gases flow path, and
wherein the blower unit comprises a lightweight shroudless impeller, wherein the impeller comprises a plurality of separated impeller blades extending outward from a central hub of the impeller, and a motor with a rotatable drive shaft that is configured to rotate the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,263

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN AIRWAY DEVICE SUCH AS AN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE

Indian Ocean Medical Inc....

1. A method of detecting a leak of fluid from an inflatable airway device in a closed volume pressure system, the method comprising:periodically receiving a pressure value for the inflatable airway device from a pressure sensor in a pressure control and monitoring apparatus in the closed volume pressure system;
in a processor of the pressure control and monitoring apparatus, comparing the received pressure value with a setpoint value to determine a difference between the received pressure value and the setpoint value;
calculating in the processor if the difference is within a predefined tolerance band of the setpoint value;
calculating in the processor a rate of change of volume as a number of steps of a stepper motor in the closed volume pressure system required to correct the difference between the received pressure value and the setpoint value;
if the received pressure value is higher than the predefined tolerance band, setting the number of steps of the stepper motor as negative, if the received pressure value is lower than the predefined tolerance band, setting the number of steps of the stepper motor as positive, and driving the stepper motor the number of steps required to correct the difference between the received pressure value and the setpoint value;
calculating in the processor a statistical average of the rate of change of volume calculated using the received pressure value and a predetermined number of previously received pressure values to indicate whether significant changes have been necessary over a preceding time interval to increase pressure to the setpoint value;
determining if the statistical average is greater or lower than a threshold value, wherein the threshold value is a minimum average value that is indicative of an ineffective operation of pressure regulation in response to pressure reduction arising during normal usage of a patient and the minimum average value represents an average value for a breathing cycle, including inflation, deflation, and static steps, over a predetermined number of seconds; and
if the statistical average is greater than the threshold value, activating an alarm in the pressure control and monitoring apparatus to indicate a leak of fluid from the airway device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,262

SYNCHRONIZING MECHANICAL IN-EXSUFFLATION AND DIAPHRAGMATIC PACING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for synchronizing machine-induced inexsufflation with a diaphragmatic pacing of a subject, the system comprising;a pressure generator configured to generate a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to an airway of the subject;
one or more sensors configured to generate one or more output signals conveying information related to one or both of
i) one or more gas parameters of a flow of breathable gas being breathed by the subject and/or
ii) one or more respiratory parameters of the subject; and
one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules comprising:
a configuration module configured to obtain one or more configurable operational settings of the diaphragmatic pacing of the subject;
a detection module configured to detect onsets of inhalations of the subject such that, for a first respiratory cycle, the detection module detects an onset of a first inhalation of the subject based on the one or more output signals, wherein the first inhalation is included in the first respiratory cycle;
a target module configured to determine a target parameter for machine-induced inexsufflation during respiratory cycles such that, responsive to detection of the onset of the first inhalation, the target module determines the target parameter for machine-induced inexsufflation during a second respiratory cycle such that the machine-induced inexsufflation occurs in synchrony with the diaphragmatic pacing of the subject, wherein the second respiratory cycle is subsequent to the first respiratory cycle, and wherein the target parameter corresponds to an onset of inhalation during the second respiratory cycle or an onset of exhalation during the second respiratory cycle; and
a control module configured to control the pressure generator to inexsufflate the subject such that during the second respiratory cycle the control module controls the pressure generator to inexsufflate the subject in accordance with the target parameter for machine-induced inexsufflation, wherein:
inexsufflating the subject comprises controlling the pressure generator to generate a pressure cycle providing a positive pressure during a first time period, a negative pressure during a second time period, and a pause in pressure generation during a third time period, wherein the third time period occurs subsequent to the second time period and the second time period occurs subsequent to the first time period; and
at least two of the first, second, or third time periods are adjusted based on the target parameter in one or more subsequent pressure cycles to enhance synchronization of the machine-induced inexsufflation with the diaphragmatic pacing over multiple pressure or respiratory cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,137,261

INHALATOR

LK INVESTMENT APS, Humle...

1. An inhalator comprising a housing with at least a first compartment and a second compartment, and including one or more substances, and a release device, said second compartment including at least one air entry port, said inhalator having a first proximal end of said first compartment and a second proximal end of said second compartment and a first distal end of the first compartment, a second distal end distal of the second compartment, the at least one entry port is at the second distal end, an inhalation part being at said second proximal end, said first compartment being for storing at least one substance and including in an inoperative state of said inhalator a plurality of sealing bodies arranged in a neighboring relationship, without the release device inserted into the housing, wherein being proximal is closest to a mouth of a user and being distal is furthest away from the mouth of said user;wherein at least one pair of neighboring sealing bodies defines at least in part a sealed chamber for containing a substance, said at least one pair of neighboring sealing bodies being movable together with said at least one substance from said first compartment into said second compartment to define an operative state of said inhalator;
said operative state of the inhalator being a state;
wherein said one or more substances are contained and are allowed to mix and blend in said second compartment;
the release device is in the first compartment, and
air entering through said at least one air entry port obtains at least a part of said at least one substance contained in said second compartment and is inhaled through said inhalation part while the release device is in the first compartment; and
wherein said release device is for moving at least one of the sealing bodies from the first compartment to the second compartment when being inserted into the first compartment from the first distal end, and is configured to allow said air to flow to said at least one air entry port in the operative state, and the second compartment is located between the inhalation part and the first compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,260

NEBULIZER KIT AND NEBULIZER

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A nebulizer kit comprising:an external air introduction tube defining an external air introduction path that introduces external air into the nebulizer kit;
an atomization portion that generates aerosol using compressed air from a compressed air tube unit, the atomization portion including a conically shaped liquid aspiration tube forming body that has an opening formed at both ends thereof, the atomization portion being provided at a center position within the external air introduction tube such that the external air introduction tube surrounds at least an upper portion of the atomization portion; and
a case body surrounding the external air introduction tube and defining an aerosol carrier path that communicates with an aerosol discharge port, the aerosol carrier path having at least a first region and a second region, the first region being located closer to the aerosol discharge port, and the second region being located opposite to the first region, wherein:
the case body includes an aerosol stream changing portion being provided in the second region of the aerosol carrier path, the atomization portion being located between the first region and the second region;
the aerosol changing portion is configured to redirect a stream of the aerosol flowing in a direction away from the aerosol discharge port to a direction toward the aerosol discharge port;
the case body is semicircular in shape and has a first curved wall surface that surrounds a portion of the external air introduction tube, the first wall surface is provided with the aerosol discharge port, and a second wall surface opposite to the first wall surface;
the second wall surface is a flat planar surface;
a distance from the second wall surface to the atomization portion along a horizontal plane passing through the atomization portion being smaller than a distance from the first wall surface to the atomization portion along the same horizontal plane;
the second wall surface is the aerosol stream changing portion;
the first region of the aerosol carrier path extends vertically through the case body;
the aerosol discharge port is directly disposed vertically above a reservoir that surrounds the external air introduction tube; and
the compressed air tube unit being off center from a vertical axis of the case body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,259

PORTABLE ULTRASONIC NEBULIZER AND NEBULIZATION STRUCTURE THEREOF

HCMED INNOVATIONS CO., LT...

1. A nebulization structure, comprising:a carrier unit having a first carrier portion, a first surrounding portion extended outward from an outer perimeter of the first carrier portion, a second carrier portion extended outward from an outer perimeter of the first surrounding portion, and a second surrounding portion extended outward from an outer perimeter of the second carrier portion, wherein the first carrier portion has a through hole, and the first surrounding portion, the second carrier portion and the second surrounding portion are sequentially connected to form a surrounding groove, wherein the first surrounding portion is extended backward and slantwise from the outer perimeter of the first carrier portion;
a vibration unit including an annular vibrating sheet received in the surrounding groove;
a waterproof package unit received in the surrounding groove to enclose the annular vibrating sheet;
a nebulization unit disposed on the first carrier portion, wherein the nebulization unit has a plurality of micro holes communicated with the through hole; and
a position-limiting unit having a first position-limiting portion disposed on the nebulization unit and a second position-limiting portion extended outward and slantwise from an outer perimeter of the first position-limiting portion and along the first surrounding portion, wherein the nebulization unit is positioned between the first carrier portion and the position-limiting unit, and the first position-limiting portion has an opening for exposing the micro holes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,257

SLACK-TIME HEATING SYSTEM FOR BLOOD AND FLUID WARMING

Belmont Instrument, LLC, ...

1. A system for heating an infusate, the system comprising:a reservoir for containing an infusate;
an induction fluid heater comprising a circular single flow path therewithin;
a diversion valve;
a patient line; and
a recirculation line,
wherein the induction fluid heater comprises an inlet to receive the infusate from the reservoir and to direct the infusate to the circular single flow path,
wherein the induction fluid heater comprises an outlet to direct a heated infusate from the circular single flow path into the patient line and/or the recirculation line,
wherein the diversion valve operates to direct the heated infusate from the induction fluid heater into the patient line and/or the recirculation line, said diversion valve controlling a ratio of a flow in the patient line to a flow in the recirculation line,
wherein the patient line directs the heated infusate to a patient, and
wherein the recirculation line directs the heated infusate to the reservoir, so that the system increases a temperature of the infusate in the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,137,256

AUTOINJECTOR

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An autoinjector comprising:a case adapted to hold a medicament container having a needle;
a needle shroud telescopically coupled to the case and movable between a first extended position relative to the case in which the needle is covered, a retracted position relative to the case in which the needle is exposed, and a second extended position relative to the case in which the needle is covered and the needle shroud is inhibited from translating relative to the case; and
a plunger slidably disposed in the case and movable between a proximal position, an intermediate position and a distal position relative to the case,
wherein, when the plunger is in the intermediate position and the needle shroud is in the retracted position, the plunger abuts the case to prevent the needle shroud from returning to the first extended position, and
wherein, when the plunger is in the distal position and the needle shroud is in the second extended position, the plunger abuts the case to prevent the needle shroud from returning to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,255

AUTOINJECTOR

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An autoinjector comprising:a case having a rib;
a needle shroud telescopically coupled to the case and movable between a first extended position, a retracted position and a locked second extended position;
a carrier slidably arranged in the case and adapted to hold a medicament container, the carrier movable from a first axial position to a second axial position relative to the case;
a collar rotatably and slidably disposed in the case, the collar coupled to the needle shroud and the carrier; and
a control spring biasing the collar in a distal direction relative to the case,
wherein the collar is adapted to abut the rib when the needle shroud is in the first extended position and the carrier is in the first axial position, and the collar is adapted to disengage the rib when the needle shroud is in the retracted position and the carrier is in the second axial position,
wherein the collar includes a shroud boss adapted to engage a shroud slot in the needle shroud, a carrier boss adapted to engage a carrier slot in the carrier, and a case boss adapted to engage the rib in the case,
wherein the collar is adapted to couple a force of the control spring to one of the carrier, the needle shroud and the case based on axial and rotational positions of the needle shroud, the carrier, and the rib in the case relative to the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,254

TELESCOPIC DRIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

1. A drug delivery device, comprising:a compartment adapted to receive and hold a drug-filled cartridge having an axially moveable piston,
a support structure,
a drive tube comprising an inner thread,
a motor assembly having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the distal portion comprising a rotatable drive shaft and being adapted to be received inside the drive tube,
a drive member comprising an outer thread, and
a controller for controlling the motor assembly,wherein:the drive member outer thread is in threaded engagement with the drive tube inner thread,
the motor assembly is arranged non-rotational relative to the support structure,
the drive tube is arranged axially displaceable but non-rotational relative to the motor assembly and is adapted to engage and axially move, directly or indirectly, the piston of a loaded cartridge to thereby expel drug from the cartridge,
the motor assembly proximal portion is connected to the support structure via a first flexible joint, and
the drive shaft is connected to the drive member via a second flexible joint,whereby rotation of the drive shaft results in axial, non-rotational displacement of the drive tube relative to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,252

PEN-SHAPED TORSION SPRING DRIVEN INJECTION DEVICE

1. A pen-shaped torsion spring driven injection device for apportioning set dose of a liquid drug comprising:A housing having a window,
A piston rod having an external thread,
A rotatable piston rod guide engaging and driving the piston rod during dose expelling,
A torsion spring for rotating the piston rod guide,
A rotatable scale drum having a thread engaging the external thread of the piston rod and carrying a plurality of indicia viewable through the window of the housing,
A rotatable dose setting member cooperating with the scale drum such that rotation of the dose setting member during dose setting is transformed to a rotation of the scale drum, and whereinthe piston rod is held inrotatable during dose setting whereby the scale drum rotates helically on the external thread of the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,137,251

ASSEMBLY FOR A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An assembly for a drug delivery device, comprising:a compression spring, wherein the compression spring is compressed during a setting of a dose of a drug;
a sleeve member,
a rotation member, wherein the sleeve member is rotationally fixed and axially moveable with respect to the rotation member;
a dose setting member which is configured to be rotated in a dose setting direction in order to set a dose, wherein a rotation of the dose setting member in the dose setting direction causes a rotation of the rotation member in the dose setting direction, wherein the rotation member is coupled to the dose setting member by means of a drive shaft;
an actuator which is configured to be operated in order to dispense the dose of the drug, wherein the compression spring is enabled to relax when the actuator is operated; and
a locking member which is configured to inhibit a rotation of the rotation member in a dose dispensing direction during the setting of the dose, thereby inhibiting a relaxation of the compression spring,
wherein the compression spring abuts the sleeve member and wherein the compression spring and the sleeve member are configured such that the relaxation of the compression spring effects a rotational movement and an axial movement of the sleeve member in a proximal direction away from a dispensing end of the drug delivery device, thereby causing a dispensing of the dose from the drug delivery device, and wherein the assembly further comprises a housing, wherein the compression spring is arranged between a bearing surface of the housing and the sleeve member, and wherein the compression spring exerts a force on the sleeve member which is directed in the proximal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,250

SYRINGE AND PREFILLED SYRINGE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A syringe comprising:a cylindrically-shaped gasket comprising a closed distal end, an open proximal end, and an inner cavity portion extending distally from a proximal side;
a barrel comprising a distal opening portion and configured to slidably contain the gasket; and
a plunger comprising a head portion configured to be contained in the inner cavity portion of the gasket,
wherein the head portion comprises:
a shaft portion, and
a helical rib located at an outer surface of the shaft portion, the helical rib comprising a starting end on a distal side and a terminal end on a proximal side,
wherein the gasket comprises, on an inner surface of the inner cavity portion, a helical crest portion forming a helical valley portion configured to threadedly engage with the helical rib of the plunger, and a plunger-retaining annular rib positioned distally from the helical crest portion, wherein the inner cavity portion further comprises an accommodation portion positioned distally from the plunger-retaining annular rib, the accommodation portion configured to contain a part of the head portion of the plunger at which the helical rib is formed, and wherein the plunger-retaining annular rib further comprises a rib absent portion configured to guide, to the accommodation portion, the helical rib reaching the plunger-retaining annular rib as threaded engagement is advanced between the plunger and the gasket,
wherein the plunger comprises, at the terminal end of the helical rib, an entrance-restricting terminal end portion configured to restrict the entrance of the helical rib into the rib absent portion after the part of the plunger at which the helical rib is formed is contained in the accommodation portion of the gasket,
wherein the helical rib includes a proximal surface extending outward from the shaft portion, a distal surface extending outward from the shaft portion, and an outer surface extending between the proximal surface to the distal surface, and
wherein the entrance-restricting terminal end portion comprises a terminal end surface that extends (i) between the proximal surface of the helical rib and the distal surface of the helical rib, and (ii) between the shaft portion and the outer surface of the helical rib.

US Pat. No. 10,137,249

PRIMING CONFIGURATION FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE COMPRISING A PRIMING CONFIGURATION

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. A priming configuration for a medical device, the priming configuration comprising:a piston rod configured to operate the device; and
a movable element comprising an inclined surface being arranged to engage the piston rod, wherein the inclined surface is arranged to be movable in a transverse direction with respect to the piston rod by a user of the medical device, wherein the inclined surface slides along the piston rod during a movement of the inclined surface in the transverse direction, and wherein the movement of the inclined surface in the transverse direction from one end of the inclined surface to an opposite end of the inclined surface causes the engagement of the inclined surface and the piston rod to advance the piston rod in a further direction different from the transverse direction thereby providing a priming of the medical device before use.

US Pat. No. 10,137,248

AUTO-INJECTION DEVICE

SHL Group AB, Nacka Stra...

1. A medical delivery device comprising:a housing; and
a syringe holder having a syringe holder wall comprising a substantially tubular shape, the syringe holder wall being parallel to a longitudinal axis of the medical delivery device, the syringe holder wall comprising:
an open proximal end,
a slot extending from the open proximal end, resulting in a C-shaped cross sectional shape of the syringe holder wall in the proximal end,
wherein the open proximal end comprises a C-shaped proximal supporting collar arranged around an inner periphery of the syringe holder wall, wherein the C-shaped proximal supporting collar is configured such that, when a syringe having an outer diameter that is greater than an inner diameter of the C-shaped proximal supporting collar is longitudinally inserted into the syringe holder, the C-shaped proximal supporting collar flexes radially outward from a first position to a second position for allowing a tubular needle shield of the syringe to pass until a neck of the syringe is supported by the C-shaped proximal supporting collar, and
an open distal end comprising a distal supporting collar, wherein the distal supporting collar is arranged around and in contact with an outer periphery of the syringe holder wall, and wherein the distal supporting collar comprises a surface that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and configured to abut a proximal side of a radially extending flange of the syringe after the syringe is inserted into the syringe holder,
wherein the syringe holder is movably arranged in the housing between a distal position in which the syringe can be longitudinally inserted into the syringe holder and a proximal assembled position,
wherein an outer periphery of the proximal end of the syringe holder is configured to be radially supported by at least one contact surface on an inside surface of the housing when the syringe holder is in the proximal assembled position, and
wherein the at least one contact surface is configured to prevent the C-shaped proximal supporting collar from flexing radially outward to the second position when the syringe holder is in the proximal assembled position, thereby restraining the syringe within the syringe holder.

US Pat. No. 10,137,247

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS TO MUCOUS OR SEROUS MEMBRANE

1. A method, comprising:receiving from a sensor at least one body signal from a patient;
detecting a condition of said patient based on said body signal, said detecting a condition being detected by a therapy device; and
administering a therapy with said therapy device to at least one of a mucous membrane or a serous membrane of said patient, in response to said detecting; wherein said body signal is a signal indicative of a concentration of a therapeutic medication in a body fluid; said condition is said concentration of said therapeutic medication being above a second concentration; and said therapy comprises at least one of reducing a dose of said therapeutic medication, reducing a rate of delivery of said therapeutic medication, or delaying a delivery of said therapeutic medication.

US Pat. No. 10,137,246

INFUSION PUMP ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.,...

1. A medical infusion pump system, comprising: a portable pump housing configured to receive insulin for dispensation to a user, the pump housing at least partially containing a pump drive system to dispense the insulin through a flow path to the user; a controller communicatively coupled with the pump drive system to cause dispensation of the insulin from the portable pump housing, the controller having computer memory for storing instructions, and one or more processors for executing the instructions stored in the computer memory; a first wireless communication device configured to receive a suggested bolus dosage amount from a mobile device, wherein the suggested bolus dosage amount has been calculated by a dosage calculator executing on the mobile device, the dosage calculator using at least one recent blood glucose measurement of the user to calculate the suggested bolus dosage amount; and a near field communication (NFC) circuit configured to receive NFC communications from the mobile device; wherein, the instructions stored in the computer memory, when executed by the one or more processors of the controller, cause the controller to perform operations comprising: in response to receiving the suggested bolus dosage amount from the mobile device, prompting the user for confirmation of acceptance of the suggested bolus dosage; receiving an NFC communication, via the NFC circuit, indicating confirmation of acceptance of the suggested bolus dosage; and in response to receiving the NFC communication indicating confirmation of acceptance of the suggested bolus dosage, controlling the pump drive system to cause dispensation of the suggested bolus dosage.

US Pat. No. 10,137,245

CENTRAL SITE PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAPHY, MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION, AND SAFETY

University of Florida Res...

1. A system for monitoring and control for safe administration, reduction or cessation of administration of at least one of medication to a subject, comprising:(a) at least one photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor adapted to secure to a central source site of the subject;
(b) an infusion pump for delivering the at least one medication to the subject, wherein the infusion pump comprises an infusion controller for increasing or decreasing flow of medication to the subject; and
(c) an infusion pump agnostic safety device that is adapted to be deployed onto tubing adapted to deliver the at least one medication from the infusion pump to the subject, wherein the safety device comprises an occlusion apparatus and an occlusion controller, wherein the occlusion controller receives signals from the PPG sensor, calculates at least one respiratory parameter based on the signals from the PPG sensor, and if the at least one respiratory parameter is determined by the occlusion controller to be adverse, the occlusion controller directs the occlusion apparatus to partially or completely occlude the tubing
wherein the infusion pump agnostic safety device only occludes the tubing in the event the occlusion controller determines that an adverse event has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,137,244

MICROFLUIDIC DRUG DELIVERY DEVICES WITH VENTURI EFFECT

ALCYONE LIFESCIENCES, INC...

1. A microfluidic convection-enhanced-delivery (CED) device, comprising:a shank portion;
at least one fluid delivery conduit having a proximal end, a distal end, a fluid inlet port, and at least one fluid outlet port, the at least one fluid delivery conduit being formed in or on the shank portion, the at least one fluid delivery conduit comprising first and second upstream lumens and a single downstream lumen;
a flow restriction formed within the at least one fluid delivery conduit at a merge of the first and second upstream lumens into the single downstream lumen, the flow restriction being configured to adjust a pressure of fluid being directed through the at least one fluid delivery conduit;
wherein the flow restriction comprises a constricted region of the at least one fluid delivery conduit having a cross-sectional area that is less than a cross-sectional area of a proximally-adjacent portion of the at least one fluid delivery conduit;
wherein the at least one fluid outlet port includes a plurality of fluid outlet ports formed in the first and second upstream lumens and a plurality of fluid outlet ports formed in the single downstream lumen; and
wherein the plurality of fluid outlet ports formed in the first and second upstream lumens are formed in an outermost surface of the microfluidic CED device and disposed such that fluid exits from the first and second upstream lumens directly to a location exterior to the microfluidic CED device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,242

FLUID DISPENSING DEVICE WITH A FLOW DETECTOR

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A portable therapeutic fluid delivery device for delivering a therapeutic fluid into a body of a patient, the fluid delivery device comprising:a first part comprising,
a driving mechanism,
a flow detector comprising at least one heating element and at least two temperature sensors, and
a processor;
a second part comprising,
a reservoir,
an exit port, and
a delivery tube communicating between the reservoir and the exit port;
wherein the first part and the second part are designed such that upon pairing of the first part with the second part, the at least one heating element and the at least two temperature sensors touch the delivery tube, and wherein the processor, upon activation of the at least one heating element, determines a flow condition of the therapeutic fluid inside the delivery tube based on signals provided by the at least two temperature sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,137,241

AUTOMATED INSERTION ASSEMBLY

DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PAR...

1. An automated insertion system comprising:a cartridge assembly comprising:
a toothed track;
a toothless groove; and
at least one dermal perforation assembly having an interior passage configured to releasably engage at least a portion of a subdermal device therein; and
an actuation assembly configured to drive the at least one dermal perforation assembly a predetermined distance, the actuation assembly comprising:
a drive gear set comprising an uppermost gear, the drive gear set for engaging the cartridge assembly;
an actuator; and
a torsion spring,
wherein when the uppermost gear of the drive gear set is engaged with the toothed track of the cartridge assembly, the actuator is raised and the torsion spring is wound,
wherein after the at least one dermal perforation assembly is driven the predetermined distance, the uppermost gear of the drive gear set is seated in the toothless groove.

US Pat. No. 10,137,240

CAPILLARY CHANNEL STRUCTURE FOR DISPENSE INTERFACE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A dispense interface for a drug delivery device for delivering at least two drug agents, comprising:at least two flow regulation structures configured to connect to at least two fluid reservoirs; and
a confluence at which the at least two flow regulation structures meet,
wherein each flow regulation structure has a first end and a second end and comprises:
a fluid inlet opening at the first end, the fluid inlet opening of each flow regulation structure configured to connect to a different one of the at least two fluid reservoirs, and
a fluid outlet opening at the second end connected to the confluence,
wherein one or more of the at least two flow regulation structures each further comprises a capillary fluid channel that ends at the confluence,
each capillary fluid channel having a volume configured to contain a backflow from one or more others of the at least two flow regulation structures, and arranged in a meandering pattern on a plane perpendicular to a direction of fluid flow through an outlet of the confluence.

US Pat. No. 10,137,237

NEEDLE ARRANGEMENT

1. A needle arrangement for an injection device comprising:a needle cannula having a lumen and mounted such that a distal part having a distal tip extend in a distal direction,
a telescopically movable shield slidable between a first extended position and a second retracted position and wherein the telescopically movable shield distally carries a cleaning chamber containing a cleaning solvent for cleaning at least the tip of the needle cannula between subsequent injections and which cleaning chamber at least distally is provided with a pierceable distal septum, wherein the telescopically movable shield in the first extended position is extended to at least cover the distal tip of the needle cannula and in the second retracted position is retracted to at least expose the tip of the needle cannula,
a telescopically movable tube for guiding the needle cannula, the telescopically movable tube having a tube lumen and a distal end wherein the needle cannula is guided inside the tube lumen, and which tube lumen is movable relatively to the needle cannula, and wherein the distal end of the telescopically movable tube at least partly penetrates the distal septum when the telescopically movable shield is moved from the first extended position to the second retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,231

INTRA-AORTIC BALLOON APPARATUS, ASSIST DEVICES AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING FLOW, COUNTERPULSATION AND HAEMODYNAMICS

1. A circulatory assist apparatus for use to generate pressure and create and augment flow in an aorta or other circulatory lumen, the apparatus comprising:an inflatable pumping balloon having a proximal end joined to an elongated balloon catheter, the balloon catheter having a distal end joined to the pumping balloon and a proximal end, separated from the distal end by a length sufficient to extend from within the circulatory lumen to the outside of a patient's body, for receiving positive and negative pressure pulses from a pump to inflate and deflate the pumping balloon; and
a radially and reversibly expandable frame, mounted on one of a segment extending distally from the pumping balloon, the balloon catheter, and a sleeve tube surrounding the balloon catheter;
wherein the expandable frame is manipulable to expand and collapse within the circulatory lumen, and functions to space apart the inflatable pumping balloon, when inflated, from the circulatory lumen, said expandable frame having a first diameter in a collapsed configuration for intraluminal delivery and withdrawal and a second, larger diameter in an expanded configuration achieved by said manipulation; and
wherein said expandable frame includes a radially and reversibly expandable check valve mounted on said expandable frame and configured to, upon expansion, substantially block flow away from the inflatable pumping balloon and permit flow toward the pumping balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,137,229

TREATING CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A method for treating heart disease in a mammal using an assist device comprising (i) a conduit comprising a proximal region, a distal region and an intermediate region located between said proximal and distal regions, wherein said proximal region is adapted to be positioned within an aorta of said mammal, wherein said distal region is adapted to be positioned within a left atrium of said mammal, and wherein said intermediate region is adapted to define a lumen through a shared wall between said aorta and said left atrium, and (ii) a pump, wherein said pump is adapted to be positioned within said conduit,wherein said method comprises implanting said assist device with said proximal region positioned within said aorta, said distal region positioned within said left atrium, and said intermediate region positioned to extend from said aorta to said left atrium across said shared wall between said aorta and said left atrium without being positioned outside of said aorta, said left atrium, and said shared wall, wherein said shared wall extends along the ascending aorta to the aortic valve,
wherein blood flow in said mammal is enhanced, thereby treating said heart disease.

US Pat. No. 10,137,228

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEALING AN INCISIONAL WOUND

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

17. A system to treat an incisional wound having incisional walls, the system comprising:a scaffold fluidly coupled to a conduit to receive reduced pressure from a reduce pressure source, and configured to be positioned within the incisional wound adjacent the incisional walls, the scaffold being formed from an elongated porous material; and
an internal manifold having a primary flow channel extending within the scaffold and configured to be fluidly coupled to the conduit, wherein the primary flow channel is formed by an alignment of interconnected pores of the scaffold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,227

BONE MARROW ASPIRATION DEVICE

SpineSmith Partners, L.P....

6. A method for extracting bone marrow from a subject comprising the steps of:inserting a needle of a bone marrow aspiration device into a bone of a subject, the bone marrow aspiration device comprising:
a housing configured to couple to a first syringe, a second syringe, and a needle;
a first one-way valve disposed within the housing and positioned between the needle and the first syringe, the first one-way valve configured to allow a fluid to only flow from the needle to the first syringe;
a second one-way valve disposed within the housing and positioned between the first syringe and the second syringe, the second one-way valve configured to allow a fluid to flow only from the first syringe to the second syringe; and
a coupler disposed within the housing and joining flow paths of the first syringe, the first one-way valve, and the second one-way valve together;
creating a vacuum in the first syringe sufficient to withdraw bone marrow from the subject through the needle into the first syringe;
filling a portion of the volume of the first syringe with bone marrow;
releasing the bone marrow from the first syringe into the second tubing; and
causing the second syringe to fill with bone marrow from the first syringe.

US Pat. No. 10,137,226

MEDICAL DRAINAGE DEVICES WITH CARBON-BASED STRUCTURES FOR INHIBITING GROWTH OF FIBROBLASTS

Mobius Therapeutics, LLC,...

1. A composition for use in manufacturing an implantable medical device, having a body with an opening therethrough defining a fluid path for passage of body fluids therethrough, the composition comprising:a carbon scaffold consisting essentially fibers combined with a biocompatible polymer; and
a layer of carbon nanotubes grown on the carbon fibers providing a resulting structure and configured to be provided at least on inner walls defining the body of the implantable medical device, the resulting structure forming a carbon fuzzy veil;
wherein: the carbon fuzzy veil resulting from the carbon nanotubes grown on the carbon scaffold is fibroblast-inhibiting relative to a carbon scaffold alone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,223

ALIGNED FIBER AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

LifeNet Health, Virginia...

1. A scaffold comprising one or more electrospun fibers comprising collagen, wherein a fast Fourier transform (FFT) analysis result of the fibers have adjacent major peaks with about 180° apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,219

COHERENT BLOOD COAGULATION STRUCTURE OF WATER-INSOLUBLE CHITOSAN AND WATER-DISPERSIBLE STARCH COATING

1. An absorbent layer comprising a non-woven fabric layer of water-insoluble chitosan fibers having a continuous coating of water-absorbent starch on at least one face of the fabric layer, wherein the starch has been modified to include hydrophilic groups into or onto molecular chains of the starch.

US Pat. No. 10,137,216

FLUID DISINFECTION DEVICE AND METHOD

Molekule Inc., San Franc...

1. A device for decontaminating a fluid, comprising: a porous filter medium having a predetermined path of fluid travel therethrough, the porous filter medium comprisinga filter, and
a fiber having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is fixed to the filter and the second end is freely movable within the predetermined path of fluid travel, wherein the fiber is operable between a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein the fiber is opaque;at least one photocatalytic particle disposed on the fiber between the first and second ends for generating electron-hole pairs and having a cross sectional area normal to the path of fluid travel;a source of photons having a wavelength corresponding to at least a band gap energy of the at least one photocatalytic particle, and arranged to illuminate the at least one photocatalytic particle during device operation; andan agitator coupled to the porous filter medium, the agitator operable to oscillate the fiber, relative to the filter wherein the filter is fixed, between the first configuration and the second configuration during device operation, wherein the at least one photocatalytic particle is swept through an area greater than the cross sectional area in a direction normal to the path of fluid travel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,214

STERILIZATION CONTAINER WITH MOVABLE AND NESTABLE LID

SYMMETRY MEDICAL MANUFACT...

1. A sterilization container comprising:a floor;
a first sidewall connected to a first side of the floor and a second sidewall connected to a second side of the floor, wherein the first side is opposite the second side, wherein each of the first and second sidewalls has an elongated blind cavity formed along a length thereof;
a first hinge positioned partially within the blind cavity of the first sidewall, and a second hinge positioned partially within the blind cavity of the second sidewall, wherein each of the first and second hinges are movable along a length of the first and second blind cavities, respectively; and
a lid connected between the first and second hinges, wherein the lid is positionable between at least a first position substantially parallel with the floor on a third side of the floor, and a second position substantially parallel with the floor on a fourth side of the floor, wherein the third side is substantially opposite the fourth side, wherein the lid and the floor each define a plurality of holes adapted to allow a sterilization fluid to pass therethrough;
further comprising a membrane tray insert positioned between the first and second sidewalls, wherein the membrane tray insert is connected to each of the first and second sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,137,212

TETRAHYDROXAMATE CHELATORS OF ZIRCONIUM89 AND NIOBIUM90 FOR USE IN DIAGNOSTIC APPLICATIONS

The United States of Amer...

1. A compound of formula (I) or (II)whereinZ1-Z4 and Z1?-Z4? are the same or different and each is

R1, R2, R3, R4, R2?, R3?, and R4?, are the same or different and each is —(CR6R7)n— or —(CR8R9)m—X—(CR10R11)m?—,
R1? is —(CR6R7)nR12 or —(CR8R9)m—X—(CR10R11)m?—R12,
R5?, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, and R12 are the same or different and each is selected from hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, cycloalkyl, alkoxy, aryl, aryloxy, heteroaryl, hydroxyalkyl, thioalkyl, thioalkoxy, thioaryl, and an amino acid-containing group, wherein each group other than hydrogen is optionally substituted,
X is O, S, or NR13,
R13 is hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, or amino-acid containing group, wherein each group other than hydrogen is optionally substituted,
n is an integer selected from 5-7, and
m and m? are the same or different and each is an integer selected from 0-6, such that 4?(m+m?)?6; and
wherein the compound optionally further comprises a biomolecule
(i) that is covalently linked, either directly or through a linker in the compound of formula (I), to a carbon or nitrogen atom of one or more of R1-R4, or
(ii) that is covalently linked, either directly or through a linker in the compound of formula (II), to carbon or nitrogen atom of one or more of R1?-R5? or a nitrogen atom of one or both of Z1? or Z4?.

US Pat. No. 10,137,194

IMMUNOGENIC PEPTIDE CONJUGATE AND METHOD FOR INDUCING AN ANTI-INFLUENZA THERAPEUTIC ANTIBODY RESPONSE THEREWITH

The Admininstrators of th...

1. An immunogenic peptide conjugate consisting of a hemagglutinin fusion initiation region (FIR) peptide or a variant thereof, conjugated to an immunogenic carrier protein by a linking group; wherein the hemagglutinin FIR peptide consists of 16 amino acid residues and has an amino acid sequence that consists of SEQ ID NO: 1 or a variant of SEQ ID NO: 1 sharing at least 50% sequence identity therewith and differing from SEQ ID NO: 1 by one or more amino acid substitutions selected from the group consisting of V1I, V1L, V1A, V1G, V1T, V1S, V1M, E2D, E2K, E2R, D3E, T4G, T4S, T4Q, T4A, K5F, K5M, K5I, K5V, K5L, K5A, I6L, I6V, I6A, I6T, I6S, I6Q, I6N, D7E, L8I, L8V, L8A, W9Y, S10T, S10G, S10A, S10M, and E14K; wherein the immunogenic carrier protein is selected from the group consisting of the outer membrane protein complex of Neiserria meningitidis (OMPC), tetanus toxoid protein, diphtheria toxin derivative CRM197, Concholepas concholepas hemocyanin (CCH), hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen protein (HBsAg), HBV core antigen protein, a rotavirus capsid protein, bovine papilloma virus (BPV) L1 protein, a human papilloma virus (HPV) L1 protein, ovalbumin, and a full-length influenza hemagglutinin protein; and wherein the linking group comprises a sulfide bond or a 4-(N-succinimidomethyl)cyclohexane-1-carbonyl group of Formula (I):wherein a primary amine on the carrier protein is bound by an amide bond to the 1-carbonyl moiety of the 4-(N-succinimidomethyl)cyclohexane-1-carbonyl group, and the Cys residue in Formula (I) is bound by peptide bond to the to the N-terminus of the FIR peptide, optionally with an additional spacer peptide of 1 to 5 residues between the Cys and the FIR peptide.

US Pat. No. 10,137,179

COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF PREPARATION OF PROTEASE MICROPARTICULATE SLOW RELEASE PREPARATION

HYALO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. A composition, comprising a plurality of biodegradable polymer microparticies comprising a protease enzyme therein, the biodegradable polymer and the protease enzyme forming a controlled release matrix for extended release of the enzyme; wherein (a) the protease is selected from the group consisting of collagenase, papain, elastase and mixtures thereof; (b) the plurality of the biodegradable polymer microparticies is a mixture of biodegradable polymer microparticles containing different proteases; (c) a first portion of the plurality of the biodegradable polymer microparticles contains collagenase, and (d) a second portion of the plurality of the biodegradable polymer microparticles contains papain or elastase.

US Pat. No. 10,137,138

SULFONYLUREA DERIVATIVES OF OLEANOLIC ACID

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A sulfonylurea derivative of oleanolic acid, comprising a compound having the formula:where R is selected from the group consisting H and CH3, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,137,134

MOLYBDENUM COMPOUNDS FOR USE IN THE TREATMENT OF CYANIDE POISONING

1. A compound according to the following formula:
Wherein
X is S or a bond; and
R1, R2, and R3 independently or together are one or more of the ligands selected from: a mono- or disaccharide having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, a mono- or di-carboxylic acid having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, which may be substituted with O, S, CH3S— or N, a thiocarboxylic acid having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, a primary, secondary or tertiary amide having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, wherein the side chains attached to the nitrogen is an alkyl having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, threonine, serine, glutamate, malate, oxalate, mercapto succinate, cyanide thiocyanate, thiosulfate, or sulfite; and wherein R3 may be an electron pair.

US Pat. No. 10,137,125

BENZENESULFONAMIDE DERIVATIVES OF QUINOXALINE, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, AND THEIR USE IN METHODS FOR TREATING CANCER

NEUPHARMA, INC., Foster ...

1. A compound of Formula I:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, whereinR1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R8, and R10 are independently hydrogen, cyano, halo, hydroxy, azido, nitro, carboxy, sulfinyl, sulfanyl, sulfonyl, optionally substituted alkoxy, optionally substituted aryloxy, optionally substituted heteroaryloxy, optionally substituted heterocycloalkyloxy, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted aryloxy, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted amino, optionally substituted acyl, optionally substituted alkoxycarbonyl, optionally substituted aminocarbonyl, optionally substituted aminosulfonyl, optionally substituted carbamimidoyl, or optionally substituted alkynyl;
R7 is halo;
R9 is optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted cycloalkyl, optionally substituted heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl; and
R11 is hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted cycloalkyl, optionally substituted heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl.

US Pat. No. 10,137,116

BENZIMIDAZOLE SULFIDE DERIVATIVES FOR THE TREATMENT OR PREVENTION OF TUBERCULOSIS

1. A method of treating tuberculosis in a subject comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a benzimidazole sulfide derivative of general formula (I):wherein R is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-heteroalkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, aryl, C1-C6-alkyl aryl, heteroaryl, C1-C6-alkyl heteroaryl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkenyl aryl, C2-C6-alkenyl heteroaryl, C3-C8-cycloalkyl, C1-C6-alkyl cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, C1-C6-alkyl heterocycloalkyl, carboxy, C1-C6-alkyl carboxy, acyl, C1-C6-alkyl acyl, acyloxy, C1-C6-alkyl acyloxy, alkoxy, C1-C6-alkoxy, C1-C6-heteroalkoxy, C1-C6-haloalkoxy, C1-C6-alkoxycarbonyl, halogen, sulfanyl, and C1-C6-alkylsulfanyl, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and/or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,137,109

CARBAZOLE COMPOUNDS AND THERAPEUTIC USES OF THE COMPOUNDS

INCURON, INC., Buffalo, ...

1. A method for treating melanoma, comprising intraarterially administering to a patient in need thereof an effective amount of a compound of a structural formula:
wherein Ra is selected from the group consisting of C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, ORe, N(Re)2, and SRe; alternatively, either Ra and R1 or NRe and R1 together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached form a five or six-membered aliphatic carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring;
Rb is selected from the group consisting of C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, ORe, N(Re)2, and SRe, alternatively, either Rb and R6 or NRe and R6 together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached form a five or six-membered aliphatic carbocyclic ring or a five or six-membered aliphatic carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring;
Rc is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 hydroxyalkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, and C(?O)Re, or Rc and Rd are taken together to form a five, six, or seven-membered aliphatic ring, optionally containing an oxygen atom;
Rd is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, and C(?O)Re, or Rd and R7 together with the atoms to which they are attached form a five or six-membered aliphatic ring;
Re, independently, is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl, or two Re groups taken together with a nitrogen to which they are attached to form a five or six-membered aliphatic ring;
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6, independently, are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, halo, ORe, C(?O)Re, C(?O)ORe, OC(?O)Re, C(?O)N(Re)2, C(?O)NReSO2Re, N(Re)2, NReC(?O)Re, NReC(?O)N(Re)2, CN, NO2, CF3, OCF3, SRe, SORe, SO2N(Re)2, and OSO2CF3;
R7 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl; and
n is 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5,
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or hydrate thereof and
wherein the intraarterial administration is intraarterial infusion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,103

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF FATTY ACID METABOLISM DISORDERS

1. A method for treating a fatty acid oxidation disorder in a subject, said method comprising administering at least one S-nitrosylating agent to said subject,wherein said S-nitrosylating agent is a mononitrated-diheptanoin.

US Pat. No. 10,137,093

MILRINONE CONTROLLED-RELEASE FORMULATION

Cardiora Pty Ltd., Melbo...

1. An oral controlled-release formulation comprising:(i) a core comprising:
(a) milrinone, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
(b) hydroxypropylmethylcellulose having a viscosity of 80,000 to 120,000 cps:
hydroxypropylmethylcellulose having a viscosity of about 50 cps;
and at least one pharmaceutically acceptable excipient;
and
(ii) a sustained release coating; and
(iii) an enteric coating; wherein the formulation permits the release of milrinone, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, into the bloodstream in an amount that is effective to ameliorate symptoms of heart failure for a period of at least 6 hours,
wherein the hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (80,000 to 120,000 cps) and the hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (about 50 cps) are in a ratio of about 1.5:1 to 1:1.5, and the ratio of milrinone, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, to total hydroxypropylmethylcellulose is about 1:3 to 1:5, and
wherein the formulation exhibits zero order release of about 100% of milrinone, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, over about 12 hours at pH 6.8.

US Pat. No. 10,137,092

DOUBLE-LAYER TABLET AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

1. A method of preparing a double-layer tablet comprising an upper layer on top of a lower layer, comprising:1) pressing a first active ingredient and a first pharmaceutically acceptable excipient to form the upper layer, wherein the upper layer is a sustained-release layer and comprises one or more holes, and the diameter of each hole is between about 2 mm and about 6 mm; and
2) pressing the upper layer onto a second active ingredient and a second pharmaceutically acceptable excipient, which are configured to form the lower layer, to form the double-layer tablet comprising the upper layer on top of the lower layer,
thereby part of the second active ingredient and the second pharmaceutically acceptable excipient of the lower layer are filled into the hole(s) of the upper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,137,089

SOLVENT EXTRACTION FROM BIODEGRADABLE MICROPARTICLES

Rezolute, Inc, Louisvill...

1. A system for reducing a solvent concentration in a plurality of microparticles, the system comprising:an emulsifier that mixes an oil phase from an oil phase mix tank and a water phase from a water phase mix tank;
a first solvent extraction tank in fluid communication with the emulsifier;
a concentration unit in fluid communication with the first solvent extraction tank, the concentration unit comprising a cross-flow filtration column in fluid communication with a second solvent extraction tank;
a washing unit adapted to receive a microparticle concentrate from the concentration unit; and
a water tank separate from the water phase mix tank;
wherein:
the water tank is in fluid communication with the concentration unit without passing through the emulsifier, the first solvent extraction tank, or the washing unit,
the water tank is in fluid communication with the first solvent extraction tank without passing through the emulsifier, the concentration unit, or the washing unit,
the first solvent extraction tank comprises a mixer to keep the microparticles from settling to the bottom of the first solvent extraction tank,
the cross-flow filtration column is operable to remove water and a solvent from the second solvent extraction tank without removing the microparticles, and
the cross-flow filtration column comprises a ceramic membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,060

INFANT PACIFIER WITH IMPROVED RETENTION

1. A pacifier, comprising:a nipple portion comprising a bulb and a stem, the bulb extending proximally from the stem;
a shield, the nipple portion extending proximally from the shield, the shield extending radially outwardly about the circumference of the stem and having an outer edge comprising top, side and bottom edge portions, the entire shield outer edge being distal of the bulb;
a retainer portion spaced from the nipple portion, the retainer portion extending proximally and terminating at a contact pad; and
an extension extending between the nipple portion and the retainer portion, at least part of the extension being distal of the nipple portion and attached to the shield, the extension depending below the bottom edge portion of the shield, the extension supporting the retainer portion so as to maintain the retainer portion at a position wherein the retainer portion extends proximally, generally parallel to and spaced from the stem;
wherein the retainer portion is biased toward the nipple portion; and
wherein no portion of the pacifier proximal of the shield extends higher than the top edge portion of the shield when the pacifier is held so that the stem extends horizontally with the top edge portion of the shield higher than the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,137,059

NURSING BOTTLE WITH INTEGRATED COLLAR AND NIPPLE FLANGE VENTING STRUCTURE

3. A single vented container for use for holding a liquid, and for dispensing of the same, said container consisting of a body portion, a neck portion, the neck portion having integral threads, a collar provided for the container, and having internal threads capable of engagement with the neck portion of said container, a nipple provided upon the upper neck portion of the bottle, said nipple having an upstanding dispensing portion, and an integral flange extending radially from the bottom of the nipple, said flange having a vertical aperture extending therethrough, communicating with the interior of the bottle, and said flange having an upper surface, and a flange passage provided upon the upper surface of the flange nipple, communicating with the flange vertical aperture, and extending radially to the perimeter edge of the nipple flange, and communicating with the space between the threads securing the collar to the neck of the bottle, said nipple flange having a lower surface, an integral sleeve provided upon the lower surface of the nipple flange, and said sleeve being in alignment with the vertical aperture through said flange, a vent tube securing with the integral sleeve upon the lower surface of said nipple flange, and said vent tube provided for securing with said integral sleeve for holding the vent tube into position when applied for venting with the single vented container during usage, wherein said container comprises a nursing bottle, and wherein said nipple is a nursing bottle nipple.

US Pat. No. 10,137,056

DEVICE FOR SEXUAL STIMULATION

1. A device for sexual stimulation of a human body, said device comprising a phallus-shaped stimulation body having a thickness and/or a length that is variable in regions, wherein the stimulation body comprises a length adjustment element that is movable to lengthen and shorten the stimulation body in an axial direction in relation to a main body of the stimulation body, and has a hollow cylinder that is mounted on and displaceable on the main body, wherein the stimulation body is provided with permanent magnets to vary the length of the stimulation body, the permanent magnets being arrangeable in a starting position, in which the permanent magnets mutually attract, and in a lengthening position, in which the permanent magnets mutually repel, and the length adjustment element is movable on the main body by movement of the permanent magnets between the starting position and the lengthening position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,055

PORTABLE FITNESS ROLLER

1. A portable fitness roller comprising:an outer contact skin having an outer compressible surface configured for use as a fitness roller, wherein the outer contact skin includes a series of rigid axial stiffeners running parallel to a central roller axis and extending a length of the outer contact skin, adjacent axial stiffeners being joined together via joints parallel to the central roller axis so that the axial stiffeners and outer contact skin can be formed into a tubular expanded shape defining a cylindrical volume and the axial stiffeners may be released from the tubular expanded shape so as to convert to a collapsed shape, the fitness roller in the expanded shape having sufficient strength to support the weight of a person rolling thereon without collapse; and
a plurality of stiffening elements disposed within the outer contact skin so as to contact and radially support the outer contact skin in the tubular expanded shape and that are movable relative to each other to permit the outer contact skin to assume the collapsed shape by manually displacing two of the plurality of stiffening elements located at each longitudinal end of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,054

MASSAGE DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH INTERCHANGEABLE MASSAGE HEADS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. Massage device (1) including:a body (2) which contains a drive mechanism (3),
at least one type of massage head (4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) which includes massage elements,
a transmission mechanism which allows the massage elements to be activated by the drive mechanism,
an installation mechanism (9) which is configured for the installation and removal of the at least one type of massage head with the body, characterized in that the device includes recognition means (146) of the type of massage head installed on the body and control mechanisms (161) for controlling said massage device based on the recognition of the type of massage head, wherein the massage device comprises a reduction gear installed on an output of a motor,
wherein the installation mechanism comprises a snapping mechanism comprising a blockage system with a notch and a release latch,
wherein the recognition means comprises: (i) mechanical sensors installed on the at least one type of massage head and the body, and are configured to transfer information to the control mechanisms based on the type of massage head installed on the body; or (ii) magnetic sensors installed on the at least one type of massage head and the body, and are configured to transfer information to the control mechanisms based on the type of massage head installed on the body, and
wherein the mechanical or magnetic sensors are formed in grooves of the body that receive protuberances of the at least one type of massage head such that the protuberances trigger the mechanical or magnetic sensors and are recognized based on binary code programmed into a command box.

US Pat. No. 10,137,053

MASSAGE APPARATUS

DAITO ELECTRIC MACHINE IN...

1. A massage apparatus comprising:a backrest for supporting user's back; and
a massager disposed inside the backrest for producing massage action on the user's back,
said backrest having its front side with a two-layer structure, and being provided with a warm-cool air supply section capable of feeding warm air or cool air into an interlayer region of said two-layer structure,
said massager being configured to move up and down along a direction of length of said backrest,
said warm-cool air supply section being located outside of a movement area of the massager,
said movement area of said massager having a shape of an elongated strip that extends in the length direction,
said warm-cool air supply section being disposed on at least a right side or a left side of said movement area,
said two-layer structure comprising a front cover body constituting a front face of said backrest and a back cover body disposed in a state of overlying a back side of the front cover body,
the interlayer region is configured to store warm air or cool air created between said front cover body and said back cover body,
said warm-cool air supply section being connected to the interlayer region and is configured to feed warm air or cool air into said interlayer region,
said warm-cool air supply section including a blower fan, a fan motor, and a heater, the blower fan delivering air to the heater to produce heated air and to feed the heated air into the interlayer region of the two-layer structure, and
when viewed from a lateral direction, the warm-cool air supply section, including the blower fan, the fan motor, and the heater, is located in overlapping relation with the movement area of the massager,
wherein the massage apparatus further comprises a cover plate being plate shaped and overlying a front face of the massager, the cover plate being provided with an opening at a location corresponding to the movement area of the massager,
wherein the warm-cool air supply section includes right and left warm-cool air supply sections being disposed on at least either of a right side and a left side of the opening on a rear face of the cover plate in a horizontal direction, with said opening lying in between the right and left warm-cool air supply sections,
wherein the back cover body is attached to the opening of said cover plate,
wherein the front cover body overlies the cover plate to cover an entire front side of the cover plate,
wherein the right and left warm-cool air supply sections are configured to feed warm air or cool air from a respective open hole of the cover plate, and
wherein the open holes of the right and left warm-cool air supply sections are located at a lower end side of the cover plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,051

SINGLE TUBE CRUTCH AND METHOD OF NESTING AND PACKAGING THE SAME

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A crutch, comprising:a single tube support comprising an upper leg and a lower leg comprising a slip-resistant tip, the lower leg fully insertable into a first end of the upper leg such that only the slip-resistant tip is exposed;
an underarm support coupled to a second end of the upper leg opposite the first end;
a grip assembly configured to translate along the upper leg between a usage position and a stowed position, the grip assembly comprising an annular receiver and a grip extending distally from the annular receiver;
a plurality of grip assembly apertures disposed along the upper leg, each of which the grip assembly may align when in the usage position; and
a stowage aperture disposed along the upper leg, with which the grip assembly may align when in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,048

STRETCHING APPARATUS FOR STRETCHING THE BACK

1. A stretching appliance, comprising:a floor plate (9) having a mast (6, 8) upwardly disposed on said floor plate (9) and having an adjustable height;
a rest mounted on said mast and being configured for supporting a human body, said rest is pivotably mounted to said mast (6, 8) and is being configured to pivot about a horizontal axis (42);
shoulders restraining means adjustably mounted on a first end of said rest and being configured to hold shoulders of a human body laying on said rest;
feet restraining means adjustably mounted on a second end of said rest and being configured to hold feet of the human body laying on said rest; and
an adjusting mechanism configured for adjusting distance between said shoulder restraining means and feet restraining means by way of pivoting the rest about the horizontal axis.