US Pat. No. 10,189,471

SHOVEL AND SHOVEL CONTROL METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A shovel comprising:a lower running body;
an upper turning body pivotally mounted on the lower running body;
an engine mounted on the upper turning body;
a motor generator driven by the engine;
a power storage device for storing electric power generated by the motor generator;
an electric motor for supplying regenerative electric power to the power storage device;
a selective reduction catalyst system for purifying exhaust gas by injecting a reducing agent stored in a reducing agent storage tank into an exhaust pipe of the engine;
an abnormality detection unit for detecting an abnormality of the selective reduction catalyst system; and
a control device that performs abnormality determination on the selective reduction catalyst system based on a comparison of a detection result of the abnormality detection unit against one or more predetermined threshold values;
wherein the control device continues to control the electric motor before and after the abnormality determination.

US Pat. No. 10,189,470

HYBRID VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of operating a vehicle propulsion system for a vehicle having a controller, the method comprising:selectively operating an engine and a first electric machine each configured to provide torque to propel the vehicle;
coupling a second electric machine to the engine to provide torque to start the engine from an inactive state;
powering both of the first electric machine and the second electric machine with a high-voltage power source over a high-voltage bus;
positioning a plurality of torque disconnect clutches along a torque flow path to selectively decouple at least one of the engine and the first electric machine according to a vehicle drive mode;
operating a turbocharging system, including a turbine and a compressor driven by an engine exhaust;
powering a third electric machine with the high-voltage power source and coupling the third electric machine to at least one of the compressor and the turbine to drive the turbocharging system in advance of a flow of the engine exhaust being at a full capacity;
selecting a first drive mode causing a decoupling of the engine in response to the vehicle being driven at a steady-state speed for a predetermined duration of time;
deactivating the engine and propelling the vehicle using the first electric machine; and
restarting the engine using the second electric machine powered by the high-voltage power source, via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,469

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN OF A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of controlling a powertrain of a vehicle, the powertrain including an internal combustion engine, a motor-generator coupled to the engine and having at least one actuator for connecting the motor-generator with the engine, a starter mechanism coupled to a crankshaft of the engine and having at least one actuator for engaging the starter mechanism with the crankshaft, at least one energy storage device, and at least one switch for connecting the at least one energy storage device to the motor-generator or the starter mechanism, the method comprising:sensing a plurality of operating conditions of the vehicle with a vehicle controller;
sensing an operating mode of a transmission with the vehicle controller to determine if the transmission is currently disposed in one of either a reverse drive mode or a forward drive mode, or if the transmission is not currently disposed in either of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode;
selecting a desired control mode from a plurality of available control modes based on the current operating conditions of the vehicle, with the vehicle controller, when the transmission is currently disposed in one of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode;
controlling a position of the at least one switch, engagement of the at least one actuator of the starter mechanism, and engagement of the at least one actuator of the motor-generator, with the vehicle controller, to configure the powertrain in the desired control mode;
sensing movement of the vehicle and a fueling state of the engine, with the vehicle controller, when the transmission is not currently disposed in either of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode, to determine if the vehicle is executing an autostop in which the vehicle is not moving and the engine is not being fueled and is not running, or if the vehicle is not currently executing the autostop;
controlling the position of the at least one switch, engagement of the at least one actuator of the starter mechanism, and engagement of the at least one actuator of the motor-generator, with the vehicle controller, when the transmission is not currently disposed in one of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode and the vehicle is executing the autostop, to configure the powertrain in an autostop control mode; and
controlling the position of the at least one switch, engagement of the at least one actuator of the starter mechanism, and engagement of the at least one actuator of the motor-generator, with the vehicle controller, to configure the powertrain in a discharge control mode to off-load the motor-generator when the transmission is not currently disposed in either of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode, and when the vehicle is not currently executing the autostop.

US Pat. No. 10,189,468

PADDLE SHIFTER CONTROL OF HYBRID POWERTRAIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to change a gear of a transmission in a hybrid powertrain in response to receiving a request from a paddle shifter and, in response to the hybrid powertrain operating in an economy mode and receiving the request in a presence of a brake demand signal indicative of a demand for braking, maintain the gear in an automatically selected gear.

US Pat. No. 10,189,467

CONTROL APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle in which an engine, a first rotary electric machine, and a second rotary electric machine are connected to each other through a transmission mechanism including a gear train, the control apparatus configured to:determine whether or not a drive condition of the hybrid vehicle satisfies an abnormal sound generation condition of the gear train; and
execute a pressing process to apply a pressing torque for reducing rattling from the first rotary electric machine to the gear train of the transmission mechanism when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied and to not apply the pressing torque when the abnormal sound generation condition is not satisfied, wherein
the pressing torque applied by the first rotary electric machine is a torque in a direction to suppress an engine cam torque which rotates an engine output shaft during a period in which the engine is stopped,
a relationship between a crank angle of the engine and a direction of the engine cam torque is determined and stored in advance,
a pressing torque in a direction to rotate the engine output shaft in a negative rotation direction is applied when the crank angle during the period in which the engine is stopped is in an angle range where the engine output shaft is rotated in a positive rotation direction by the engine cam torque, and
a pressing torque in a direction to rotate the engine output shaft in the positive rotation direction is applied when the crank angle during the period in which the engine is stopped is in an angle range where the engine output shaft is rotated in the negative rotation direction by the engine cam torque.

US Pat. No. 10,189,466

IDENTIFYING IN-RANGE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR ERROR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of operating an engine fuel system, comprising:during pulsed operation of a lift pump, turning the lift pump OFF when a sensed delivery pressure increases to a desired peak pressure, turning the lift pump OFF when an ON time of the lift pump reaches a calibrated maximum, turning the lift pump ON when the sensed delivery pressure decreases to a desired trough pressure, and turning the lift pump ON when a volume of fuel ingested by an engine reaches a predetermined volume.

US Pat. No. 10,189,465

CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A control method for a vehicle, in which an engine and first and second motor generators are connected to a planetary gear set to continuously change a gear ratio, the method comprising:a shifting request check step of checking whether there is a request for shifting in the vehicle based on an acceleration pedal depression extent and a vehicle speed by a shifting control device;
a target engine speed determination step of determining a target engine speed based on the vehicle speed and a gear ratio of a pseudo target gear stage by a target engine speed determiner when the request for shifting is found to have been received as a result of the shifting request check step; and
an engine speed control step of controlling an engine speed to follow the target engine speed by determining an engine speed control torque based on a difference between the target engine speed and a current engine speed and by applying the determined engine speed control torque to the first motor generator, after the target engine speed determination step,
wherein the pseudo target gear stage is achieved by changing torque from the first and second motor generators after the engine speed control step;
a required torque determination step of determining driver-requested torque based on the acceleration pedal depression extent and a brake pedal depression extent by a driver-requested torque determiner in the shifting request check step;
an engine torque determination step of determining a target engine torque based on the target engine speed and a high-voltage battery SOC by an engine operation point determiner after the target engine speed determination step; and
an engine torque control step of operating the engine with the target engine torque determined by the engine operation point determiner after the engine torque determination step,
wherein the engine speed control step is performed after the engine torque control step.

US Pat. No. 10,189,464

BATTERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A battery system installed in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a motor-generator; and
an internal combustion engine, the vehicle being configured to switch between electric travel in which the vehicle uses power from the motor-generator but not the internal combustion engine and hybrid travel in which the vehicle uses power from both the internal combustion engine and the motor-generator during the hybrid travel,
the battery system comprising:
an electricity storage device comprising a plurality of battery units connected in series, the electricity storage device being configured to receive power from the motor-generator and to supply power to the motor-generator; and
an electronic control unit (ECU), the ECU being configured to:
calculate a vehicle state of charge (SOC) and an average SOC, the vehicle SOC being a ratio of a remaining amount of power of the electricity storage device to a total amount of power that can be charged to the electricity storage device, and the average SOC being an average of a maximum unit SOC and a minimum unit SOC among a plurality of unit SOCs corresponding respectively to each battery unit of the plurality of battery units,
switch a travel mode of the vehicle between a charge depleting (CD) mode and a charge sustaining (CS) mode, the CD mode being a travel mode in which electric travel is performed, and the CS mode being a travel mode in which an amount of power stored in the electricity storage device is maintained within a predetermined range by switching between electric travel and hybrid travel,
cause the vehicle to travel in the CD mode when the vehicle SOC is higher than a predetermined value, and switch from the CD mode to the CS mode and cause the vehicle to travel in the CS mode when the vehicle SOC falls below the predetermined value, and
calculate the vehicle SOC at a higher value than the average SOC when the average SOC is higher than a threshold value, and calculate the vehicle SOC at a lower value than the average SOC when the average SOC is lower than the threshold value, and the threshold value being set at a lower value than a center value between an upper limit value and a lower limit value of the vehicle SOC.

US Pat. No. 10,189,463

FUEL CELL RANGE EXTENDER

1. A method for operating a fuel cell of a hybrid vehicle having an electric drive having a power accumulator configured to charge the fuel cell, the method comprising:activating and deactivating the fuel cell as a function of a first characteristic map having a first input variable representing a present power demand of the hybrid vehicle which exists over a first defined observation time range, a second input variable of representing a present charge state of the power accumulator, and a third input variable representing a present vehicle velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,462

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a generator;
an electric motor;
a drive shaft that is configured to transmit a driving force to a wheel;
a stepped transmission that is interposed between the electric motor and the drive shaft;
a power split mechanism that is configured to (i) mechanically couple three elements to one another, the three elements being a rotary shaft of the electric motor, an output shaft of the engine and a rotary shaft of the generator, and (ii) use one of the three elements as a reaction element to transmit a power between the other two elements; and
an electronic control unit that is configured to control driving of the engine, the generator, the electric motor and the stepped transmission,
wherein the electronic control unit stores a first shift map including a first down line that indicates a relationship between a vehicle speed and an accelerator opening degree, and a second shift map including a second down line that indicates a relationship between a vehicle speed and an accelerator opening degree,
wherein, as compared with the accelerator opening degree of the first down line and the accelerator opening degree of the second down line when the vehicle speeds are the same, the accelerator opening degree of the first down line is smaller than the accelerator opening degree of the second down line,
wherein the electronic control unit controls the driving of the stepped transmission based on the first shift map when a prescribed generator condition is fulfilled, and controls the driving of the stepped transmission based on the second shift map when the prescribed generator condition is not fulfilled, and
wherein the prescribed generator condition includes a condition that a temperature of the generator is equal to or higher than a prescribed first reference temperature and a condition that an absolute value of a rotational speed of the generator decreases by making the downshift.

US Pat. No. 10,189,461

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electronic control unit for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric motor being enabled to function as a power source for propulsion;
a main battery being electrically connected to the electric motor;
a fuel heating device being enabled to heat fuel to be used for the internal combustion engine; and
an auxiliary battery being enable to be charged by the main battery and supply electric power to the fuel heating device, wherein
the electronic control unit is programmed to:
execute fuel heating processing where the fuel is heated with the fuel heating device;
execute charge processing where the auxiliary battery is charged with the main battery; and
determine whether a voltage of the auxiliary battery is less than a predetermined value;
determine whether a start-up condition has been established;
wherein in response to a determination that the voltage of the auxiliary battery is not less than the predetermined value and a determination that the start-up condition has been established, the electronic control unit executes the fuel heating processing and then starts up the internal combustion engine in sequence; and
wherein in response to a determination that the voltage of the auxiliary battery is less than the predetermined value and a determination that the start-up condition has been established, the electronic control unit executes the charge processing, executes the fuel heating processing, and then starts up the internal combustion engine in sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,189,460

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:in response to a battery state of charge lower than a threshold charge, operating a driveline in a first mode in which a motor in the driveline coupled between an engine and an impeller of a torque converter is operated at a first desired motor torque determined as a function of a desired torque converter impeller speed, and the engine is operated at a first desired engine torque determined as a function of a driver demand torque; and
in response to the battery state of charge higher than the threshold charge, operating the driveline in a second mode in which the engine in the driveline is operated at a second desired engine torque determined as a function of the desired torque converter impeller speed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,459

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

1. A method for operating a vehicle, said vehicle having at least one torque transmission device which when rotating splashes in a fluid, at least two axles each having at least two wheels and at least one controllable coupling device adapted for selectively coupling or decoupling the torque transmission device with at least one of the wheels, said method comprising:in an operating state in which no torque is requested by a driver of the vehicle, decoupling the torque transmission device and the at least one wheel when a driving speed of the vehicle is greater than or equal to a predetermined speed threshold value and coupling with the control device the torque transmission device and the at least one wheel for torque transmission when the driving speed is smaller than the predetermined speed threshold value and a temperature of the fluid is smaller than a predetermined temperature threshold value,
wherein the coupling device has an automated change speed transmission and the at least one torque transmission device is assigned to the automated change speed transmission for coupling the change speed transmission with a drive unit of the vehicle for torque transmission,
wherein the torque transmission device is configured for selectively coupling and decoupling the change speed transmission with the drive unit, and
further comprising in the operating state in which no torque request by the driver is present, controlling the at least one controllable clutch so that the change speed transmission and the drive unit are decoupled.

US Pat. No. 10,189,458

THIOL BASED RESIN SYSTEM FOR REMOVAL OF COPPER IONS FROM HYDRAULIC FLUID

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for removing copper species from a hydraulic fluid, the system comprising:a filter comprising a thiol resin,
wherein the thiol resin comprises 2-mercaptoethyl ethyl sulfide silica beads, and
wherein the filter is configured to be in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,456

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle brake system comprising:a master cylinder;
a first plurality of brake cylinders provided at a first vehicle axle;
a second plurality of brake cylinders provided at a second vehicle axle;
an electronically-controlled pressure generating unit distinct from the master cylinder;
a first hydraulic circuit in selective fluid communication with the master cylinder and the first plurality of brake cylinders;
a second hydraulic circuit in selective fluid communication with the master cylinder and the second plurality of brake cylinders;
a first isolation valve in the first hydraulic circuit;
a second isolation valve in the second hydraulic circuit; and
a controller operable to receive an input;
wherein, in a first mode, the controller is operable to actuate the electronically-controlled pressure generating unit to deliver hydraulic fluid pressure to the first hydraulic circuit and separately to the second hydraulic circuit proportional to the input,
wherein, in a second mode, the controller is operable to actuate the electronically-controlled pressure generating unit to deliver hydraulic fluid pressure to the first hydraulic circuit and the first plurality of brake cylinders and the master cylinder is in communication with the second hydraulic circuit to deliver hydraulic fluid pressure to the second plurality of brake cylinders,
wherein, in the second mode, the second isolation valve is open to provide a fluid path between the master cylinder and the second plurality of brake cylinders and the first isolation valve is closed to block a fluid path between the master cylinder and the first plurality of brake cylinders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,455

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A BRAKING MANEUVER USING A VEHICLE BRAKING ASSISTANT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of performing a braking maneuver using a braking assistant in a motor vehicle, wherein:the braking assistant initiates an automatic braking maneuver when a distance between the motor vehicle and an object located ahead of the motor vehicle is less than a predetermined minimum distance,
an acceleration of the motor vehicle during the automatic braking maneuver is ascertained, wherein the acceleration is defined as positive for an increasing speed in a forward travel direction of the motor vehicle and for a decreasing speed in a backward travel direction of the motor vehicle,
a current change in speed of the motor vehicle is ascertained by integration of the acceleration using an acceleration integrator,
excluding determining a direction of travel of the motor vehicle other than as indicated indirectly by the ascertained acceleration being positive or negative, and
when the ascertained acceleration is positive, in response thereto the automatic braking maneuver is automatically interrupted.

US Pat. No. 10,189,454

BRAKE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake system mounted on a vehicle having a front wheel and a rear wheel each as a wheel, comprising:a brake operation member to be operated by a driver;
a hydraulic brake device configured to give a hydraulic braking force in accordance with an operation of the brake operation member to one of the front wheel and the rear wheel, the hydraulic braking force being a braking force generated by a pressure of a working fluid;
an electric brake device configured to give an electric braking force which is a braking force generated by an electric actuator to the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a regenerative brake device configured to give a regenerative braking force which is a braking force utilizing electric power generation by rotation of the wheel to the front wheel or the rear wheel, and
a controller configured to determine, based on the operation of the brake operation member, an insufficient braking force obtained by excluding the hydraulic braking force given by the hydraulic brake device from a required overall braking force that is a braking force required for the vehicle as a whole and to control the electric brake device and the regenerative brake device so as to control, based on the insufficient braking force, the electric braking force given by the electric brake device and the regenerative braking force given by the regenerative brake device,
wherein the brake system is configured such that the hydraulic brake device gives the hydraulic braking force when the required overall braking force exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,189,453

COASTING GUIDANCE TIMING AND DRIVE FORCE ADJUSTMENT

1. A coasting guidance system for controlling a coasting deceleration drive force that affects a deceleration of a vehicle when the vehicle coasts, comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
determine a location of a stop event,
determine a braking location and a target speed where when a brake is depressed an applied braking power is less than or equal to a regenerative power limit and the brake stops the vehicle at the location of the stop event,
determine an ideal coasting location based on the braking location,
determine an actual coasting location where the vehicle begins coasting, and
determine the coasting deceleration drive force that affects the deceleration of the vehicle based on the braking location, the target speed, the actual coasting location, and the ideal coasting location; and
a transmission configured to decelerate the vehicle to the target speed at the braking location using the coasting deceleration force.

US Pat. No. 10,189,452

SENSOR-TRIGGERING OF FRICTION AND REGENERATIVE BRAKING

1. A method for automatically activating simultaneously a friction braking system and a regenerative braking system of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:providing a first sensor on a vehicle to detect a position and movement of one or more objects in surroundings of the vehicle;
providing a second sensor on the vehicle to detect operation of a brake pedal of the vehicle;
providing a regenerative braking system of the vehicle;
providing a friction braking system of the vehicle;
detecting, via the first sensor, the position and movement of the one or more objects;
detecting, via the second sensor, an operation of the brake pedal of the vehicle;
calculating a risk of collision of the vehicle with the one or more objects based upon the position and movement of the one or more objects, the calculated risk of collision representing a probability determination that a collision of the vehicle with the one or more objects is unavoidable without an immediate and simultaneous activation of both the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system; and
in response to the calculated risk of collision exceeding a predetermined risk of collision level, automatically activating simultaneously the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,451

RETURN-TO-PARK SPRING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:a housing;
a valve assembly and a stop block each disposed on the housing;
a park brake lever in the housing, rotatable about an axis, and having first, second, and third legs extending away from the axis wherein the first leg is disposed between the valve assembly and the stop block;
a pawl coupled to the second leg for engaging a parking brake gear; and
a spring having a closed-ended first end coupled to the third leg, and an open-ended second end coupled to the housing to bias the first leg towards the valve assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,450

SENSOR CLEANING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A sensor cleaning device, comprising:a first valve to move fluid from a first end to a second end of the first valve;
a second valve to control airflow from an air compressor;
a set of fluid nozzles to eject the fluid onto a lens of a sensor; and
a housing structure coupled to the first valve, the second valve, and the set of fluid nozzles, the housing structure comprising: (i) a first channel to channel the fluid from the second end of the first valve to the set of fluid nozzles, (ii) a cavity, (iii) a second channel to channel air from the second valve to the cavity, and (iv) a slit opening to eject air from the cavity to the lens of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,449

VEHICLE CLEANING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instruction, the processor programmed to:upon determining that obstruction of a window exceeds a first threshold and a reservoir fluid level is above both of two level sensors vertically spaced in the reservoir, wash the window using fluid from the reservoir; and
upon determining that obstruction of an external sensor exceeds a second threshold and the fluid level is above at least one of the level sensors, wash the external sensor using fluid from the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,189,448

WIPER BLADE ADAPTER SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade adapter system comprising a wiper blade adapter unit (10) having a coupling unit (18) and at least two separate connection units (12, 14, 16) that have different overall forms and are each configured to couple to a different type of wiper arm adapter and to the coupling unit (18), wherein the at least two connection units each include a projecting plug element (24), wherein the coupling unit (18) includes a lateral plug-in unit (20) configured for coupling to the at least two connection units (12, 14, 16) in an assembly step, wherein the lateral plug-in unit (20) includes a receiving element (22) configured for receiving the plug element (24) of each one of the at least two connection units (12, 14, 16), wherein the receiving element (22) includes a mounting channel (26) defined by a closed cross-sectional circumference, wherein the receiving channel extends at least substantially parallel to a wiping direction (54) and is open at one end along the wiping direction such that during the assembly step the projecting plug element (24) of one of the connection units (12, 14, 16) is pushed along the wiping direction (54) and into the mounting channel (26), wherein at least one connection unit (12, 14, 16) of the at least two connection units (12, 14, 16) includes an intermediate element (30, 32, 34) which is configured for coupling to a connection element (64, 66, 68) of the at least one connection unit (12, 14, 16).

US Pat. No. 10,189,447

END-PIECE INTENDED TO BE MOUNTED ON A FLEXIBLE SUPPORT AND WIPER INCLUDING THE END-PIECE AND THE FLEXIBLE SUPPORT

1. An end-piece for a motor vehicle glass wiper, comprising:a housing adapted to receive an end portion of a flexible support, the housing comprising a first longitudinal wall extending in a direction parallel to the flexible support;
a first lateral wall protruding from the first longitudinal wall;
a second longitudinal wall protruding from the first longitudinal wall; and
a locking means for locking the end portion of the flexible support in an engaged position inside the housing, the locking means comprising at least one tongue,
wherein the locking means comprises at least one cavity that is delimited by:
the first longitudinal wall,
the first lateral wall,
a second lateral wall, and
the at least one tongue,
wherein the at least one cavity is in a receptacle containing gluing means placed inside the cavity to immobilize the at least one tongue in the locking position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,446

END PIECE FOR A WIPER AND CORRESPONDING WIPING ASSEMBLY

1. An end piece for a wiper provided with a rigidifying element which extends substantially according to a longitudinal axis of extension, the end piece comprising:a channel for receipt of the rigidifying element, which opens at a first longitudinal end of the end piece;
first positioning stops;
a first means for locking the rigidifying element in the interior of the receipt channel; and
at least one second positioning stop to cooperate equally well with a first or second type of rigidifying element with dimensions different from one another,
the first positioning stops being operational when the first type of rigidifying element is inserted in the receipt channel, and
the at least one second positioning stop being operational when the second type of rigidifying element is inserted in the channel for receipt of the end piece,
wherein the first positioning stops and the at least one second positioning stop are separate from the first means for locking the rigidifying element, and project from at least one lateral wall of the end piece, and
wherein a free end of the at least one second positioning stop is disposed further than a free end of the first positioning stops from the at least one lateral wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,445

WIPER BLADE

1. A wiper blade comprising:a wiper strip,
a primary frame, having a top side oriented away from the wiper strip, and opposite ends, a connection device capable of connecting the wiper blade to a wiper arm disposed on the top side of the primary frame, and a connection structure disposed on each of the opposite ends of the primary frame;
a pair of secondary frames, each having a top surface oriented away from the wiper strip and a bottom surface oriented towards the wiper strip, each having a pivot connection portion and two leg portions, wherein each leg portion is straight and extends from the pivot connection portion at an oblique angle of descent relative to the pivot connection portion, a pivot structure disposed on the central pivot connection portion of the secondary frames, wherein each leg portion is thin and has a cross-section with a substantially rectangular shape having the thickness of the pivot connection portion, wherein the cross-section is made by a vertical plane;
wherein the pivot structures disposed on the secondary frames are connected to the connection structures on the ends of the primary frame.

US Pat. No. 10,189,444

WINDSCREEN WIPER ARM

Federal-Mogul S.A., Arlo...

1. A windscreen wiper arm, comprising:a mounting head mountable on a drive shaft and an arm member pivotally connected to the mounting head by means of a pivot pin, wherein the arm member has a substantially shaped cross-section near said pivot pin and has two side walls,
wherein a part of the mounting head extends between the side walls of the arm member and beyond said pivot pin,
wherein said mounting head has at least one groove with groove side walls,
wherein said arm member has at least one protrusion which cooperates with said at least one groove,
wherein said at least one protrusion is movable in said at least one groove along a path between a first position corresponding with a wiping position of the arm member and a second position corresponding with a mounting position of the arm member,
wherein said part is provided with opposite abutting surfaces for abutting against the side walls of the arm member and wherein said at least one groove is provided on one of said abutting surfaces,
wherein said at least one protrusion extends laterally inwardly from one of the side walls of said arm member into said groove, and
wherein said groove side walls are spaced apart from one another in a direction that is transverse to the path by a width which is larger than a width of said protrusion such that said protrusion is movable along the path in said groove for the entire length between said first and second positions without making contact with said groove side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,189,443

VIRTUAL KEY FOR VEHICLE SERVICING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A computer-implemented method for unlocking a vehicle for servicing the vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, by a telematics module, a sensor measurement of the vehicle from a diagnostic sensor of the vehicle;
determining, by a vehicle diagnostic module, a servicing request for the vehicle based on the sensor measurement;
generating, by a virtual key generator, a virtual key for servicing the vehicle, the virtual key including a time duration, a geographic location for servicing the vehicle, and an identifier of a specific virtual key device to be used to unlock the vehicle, wherein generating the virtual key comprises:
sending, by a service provider server, a servicing authorization request to a user device;
receiving, by the service provider server, from the user device, a selection of a service provider to service the vehicle and a selection of the geographic location at which to service the vehicle, wherein the service provider has the specific virtual key device;
sending, by the service provider server, a first authorization request to the user device, the first authorization request includes a time range for accessing the vehicle at the geographic location by the service provider;
receiving, by the virtual key generator, from the user device, a selection of the time duration at which to service the vehicle at the geographic location, the selection of the time duration made from within the time range;
generating, by the virtual key generator, the virtual key using the geographic location, the time duration, and the identifier of the specific virtual key device; and
sending, by the virtual key generator, the virtual key to the specific virtual key device; and
unlocking, by a virtual key module, the vehicle to allow access for servicing the vehicle based on the specific virtual key device when the specific virtual key device associated with the identifier has the virtual key stored therein, and is brought within a predetermined vicinity of the vehicle at the geographic location and during the time duration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,442

REMOTE VEHICLE STARTER AND APPLIANCE ACTIVATION SYSTEM

1. A remote vehicle starter and appliance activation system comprising:a base unit including at least one base unit transmitter, and at least one power outlet, said base unit transmitter being configured to transmit at least one signal at a predetermined time and to provide power to an appliance plugged into said power outlet at said predetermined time; and
a remote unit including at least one remote unit receiver, and at least one remote unit transmitter, said remote unit receiver being configured to receive said signal from said base unit transmitter, said remote unit transmitter being configured to transmit a vehicle start signal to a vehicle starting unit;
wherein said vehicle starting unit having a configuration capable of starting an engine of a vehicle associated with said vehicle starting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,441

TWO STEP SMART KEY START SYSTEM

1. A system for operating a vehicle comprising:a key comprising at least one electronic code; and
a processor configured to authenticate and detect the key,
wherein the vehicle comprises:
a vehicle movement selector; and
a brake system,
wherein the processor is configured to perform a primary authentication of the at least one electronic code and detection of the key within the vehicle at the time a vehicle starter activation is attempted and again upon activation of the brake system after the vehicle is started and a secondary authentication of the at least one electronic code at the time the vehicle starter is activation is attempted and again upon activation of the brake system after the vehicle is started, and
wherein the processor is configured to enable use of the vehicle movement selector following the primary or secondary authentication of the at least one electronic code.

US Pat. No. 10,189,440

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device comprising:a spool that takes up a webbing worn by an occupant, and that is rotated in a pull-out direction due to the webbing being pulled out;
a lock section that is configured to rotate integrally with the spool, and that is restricted from rotating in the pull-out direction in a vehicle emergency so as to limit rotation of the spool in the pull-out direction, with respect to the lock section;
a pawl that is rotated together with the spool and that, by being displaced to an engaged position, engages with a rotation force transmitting member so as to transmit rotation force of the spool to the rotation force transmitting member; and
a pawl displacement member that is configured to be displaced in a rotation circumferential direction of the spool, with respect to the spool, and that includes a pawl-abut portion, the pawl-abut portion abutting the pawl and displacing the pawl to the engaged position in a case in which the spool is rotated in the pull-out direction, with respect to the lock section,
wherein the pawl displacement member is configured including a stop portion that restricts displacement of the pawl displacement member in the rotation circumferential direction of the spool, with respect to the lock section, by being stopped at a stopping portion formed at the lock section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,438

SEAT BELT ATTACHMENT

6. An attachment device for connecting a seat belt buckle connector and a strap with a seat belt tongue, said attachment device comprising:an integral body having a buckle component comprising a tongue fastening mechanism configured to connect with the seat belt tongue, an attachment tongue extending from the buckle component configured to connect with the seat belt connector, and two rigid bars extending outwardly from the buckle component, each bar respectively extending from each side of the buckle component whereby when the seat belt buckle connector and the seat belt tongue are connected to the tongue fastening mechanism and the attachment tongue, the attachment device is located between said seat belt buckle connector and said seat belt tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,189,437

SEATBELT ASSIST DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A seatbelt assist device configured to attach to a seat back that is a backrest of a vehicle seat, and configured to move at least a portion of a seatbelt placed on the seat back to a position reachable by a seated passenger, comprising:a rotary member that is attached to the seat back via a rotary shaft, and is configured to move between a housing position at which the rotary member is housed in the seat back and a protruding position at which the rotary member protrudes forward of the seat back to push out the portion of the seatbelt;
wherein the rotary member is disposed forward of a belt guide provided at an upper end of the seat back or at a periphery of the upper end of the seat back, and
wherein an outer surface of the rotary member is disposed substantially integrally and continuously with an outer surface of the seat back when the rotary member is located at the housing position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,435

VEHICULAR RESTRAINT DEVICE FOR ANIMALS

1. An animal restraint device for restraining an animal relative to a vehicle seat having two lower anchors laterally spaced apart at a rear bottom of the seat and an auxiliary anchor separate from the lower anchors, and a retractable tether assembly having a retraction mechanism operable to vary an overall length of the tether assembly between opposing first and second ends of the tether assembly in which the second end is secured to the auxiliary anchor of the vehicle, the device comprising:a harness extending longitudinally between a front end and a rear end for being secured about a torso of the animal such that the front end is proximate a neck of the animal and the rear end is nearer to a rear of the animal than the front end;
the harness including a chest panel for extending along a chest of the animal and a back portion for extending along a back of the animal opposite the chest panel;
a lower connector on the back portion of the harness;
a common latch which selectively mates in connection with the lower connector on the back portion of the harness;
two lower tethers, each extending between an inner end and an outer end having a lower latch thereon for securement to a respective one of the lower anchors;
the inner ends of the two lower tethers being mounted onto a common mounting ring together with the common latch such that the two lower tethers are selectively secured to the harness by the mating connection of the common latch with the lower connector on the harness; and
an upper connector on the harness which is longitudinally spaced from the lower connector for connection to the first end of the retractable tether assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,434

AUGMENTED SAFETY RESTRAINT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An augmented safety restraint system, comprising:a first seat;
a first restraint operable to secure a first passenger to the first seat, the first restraint having an exposed surface facing away from a body of the first passenger; and
a gesture-sensing device integrated into a material of the first restraint and operable to receive an input from the first passenger on the exposed surface of the first restraint facing away from the body of the first passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,433

EXTRUDED 3D RAMP/PACKAGING DEVICE FOR TIGHT PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. An air curtain delivery assembly, comprising:an arcuate extruded unitary channel defining a cross-section width that is greater than a cross-section depth; and
an inflatable air curtain;
the channel having a longitudinal length defining an arc substantially matching a vehicle fore-aft curvature of a vehicle roof panel and having an open mouth defining a mouth width to provide a ramp for directing deployment of the inflatable air curtain from an interior of the channel and inboard of a vehicle side structure;
wherein the mouth width is less than the cross-section width.

US Pat. No. 10,189,432

VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

7. An occupant restraining device configured to restrain an occupant sitting in a vehicle seat, comprising:a seatbelt fixed at left and right sides of a seat cushion of the seat to restrain the hip of the occupant;
left and right airbags stored inside a seat back of the seat on left and right sides respectively thereof and inflated and deployed on left and right sides of the occupant; and
a tensile fabric connected to each of the left and right airbags and the seat cushion and placed under tension when the left and right airbags are inflated and deployed, the tensile fabric extending between the left and right airbags when inflated and deployed on both side surfaces of the seat cushion, the tensile fabric is a fabric member connected to each of the left and right airbags through an inside part or a lower part of the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,431

VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle occupant protection device comprising:an airbag structured as a single bag that is configured to cover a head area of a vehicle occupant, the airbag being stowed at a headrest or seatback of a vehicle seat, the airbag receiving a gas supply and inflating and expanding toward a seat front side, and the airbag including
a front inflation portion that is configured to be inflated at the seat front relative to the head area, and
a left and right pair of side inflation portions that are connected to the front inflation portion and configured to be inflated at seat sides relative to the head area; and
an opening portion that is provided at the airbag, is configured to cover the head area from the seat front side or a seat side, and is openable after the inflation and expansion of the airbag, wherein
the opening portion includes a plurality of opening hooks at a periphery edge portion thereof, and
the airbag includes opening engaging portions with which the plurality of opening hooks are respectively detachably engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,189,430

VEHICLE SEAT

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat back; and
an airbag that deploys in the seat back,
wherein the airbag deploys in the seat back in such a way that, after having deployed, the airbag elastically supports an upper body of an occupant and elastically receives an impact force applied to a back surface of the seat back, and
wherein, after having deployed, the airbag has such a shape that a deployment amount, in a front-back direction, of the airbag near a side of the seat back is greater than that near a center of the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,189,429

VEHICLE SENSOR CLEANING BASED ON A VEHICLE OCCUPANCY STATUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions, the processor programmed to:upon determining that a vehicle is unoccupied, instruct a compressor to pressurize an accumulator of the vehicle; and
upon determining that the vehicle is occupied and that the accumulator is below a threshold pressure, instruct the compressor to pressurize the accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,428

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A BUMPER ASSEMBLY AND A RADIATOR ASSEMBLY TO A VEHICLE, A VEHICLE FRAME, AND A VEHICLE

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

1. A mounting assembly for connecting each of a bumper assembly and a radiator assembly to a vehicle, the bumper assembly including a connector member extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the mounting assembly comprising:a first frame member extending along a vertical direction of the vehicle;
a transverse frame member extending in a transverse direction of the vehicle and connected to the first frame member; and
a bumper bracket configured to connect the connector member of the bumper assembly to each of the first frame member and the transverse frame member, the bumper bracket including a flange extending in the transverse direction of the vehicle, and the flange being configured to engage the radiator assembly mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,424

STRUCTURE FOR CONNECTING ELECTRIC WIRES AND WIRE HARNESS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A structure for connecting electric wires, comprising:a single-core conductor made of a single metal rod includes a single-core wire and an insulating coating wrapped around the single-core wire, the insulating coating is stripped from one end of the single-core wire so as to expose a terminal portion;
a flexible conductor made of a plurality of elemental metal wires includes a stranded wire and an insulating coating wrapped around the stranded wire, the insulating coating is stripped from one end of the stranded wire so as to expose a terminal portion, and the flexible conductor has a higher flexibility than the single-core conductor,
wherein a clamping portion is integrally formed at the one end of the single-core conductor so that it is made from the same single metal rod, the flexible conductor is inserted into the clamping portion and is clamped on two sides thereof in a direction transverse to a direction in which the electric wires extend so that the flexible conductor and the single-core conductor are connected together.

US Pat. No. 10,189,423

WIRE HARNESS ROUTING AID

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A wire harness routing aid for a vehicle comprising:an extruded core made of a thermosetting polymer, wherein the extruded core is cured into a shape to fit within a close packaging envelope of the vehicle;
a plurality of wires positioned around an exterior of the extruded core; and
a fastening layer to affix the plurality of wires to the extruded core.

US Pat. No. 10,189,422

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness which electrically connects high-voltage devices comprising:a conductive path that is used as a trunk cable;
a branch cable that branches from the trunk cable; and
a branch connecting portion which connects the trunk cable with the branch cable,
wherein the trunk cable has a trunk cable-side conductor exposed portion where a cover of the trunk cable lying in a predetermined position of the trunk cable is removed,
the branch cable has a branch cable-side conductor exposed portion where a cover of the branch cable lying a predetermined position of the branch cable is removed,
the trunk cable-side conductor exposed portion is connected with the branch cable-side conductor exposed portion at the branch connecting portion, and
the branch connecting portion has an insulating and waterproofing portion which functions as an insulating portion and a waterproofing portion,
wherein the insulating and waterproofing portion is configured to fill spaces around circumferences of the branch connecting portion with resin in a watertight fashion and setting the resin such that the branch connecting portion is embedded in set resin molds forming the insulating and waterproofing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,421

CAMERA UNIT, VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CAMERA UNIT

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

1. A camera unit comprising:a camera casing,
a lens, and
an image sensor that is disposed in interior of the camera casing,
wherein:
a recess is formed in the camera casing on a side that is closer to a subject than is the lens;
at least a portion of the recess is formed by a first wall portion, which is exposed on an exterior side of the camera casing and faces toward an optical axis;
the first wall portion extends in parallel with the optical axis or is inclined so as to space away from the optical axis as the first wall portion extends from the lens toward the subject; and
a plurality of projections are arranged on the first wall portion alongside one another in a direction of the optical axis, each of the plurality of projections comprising:
a first surface, which is a flat or curved surface, one side of the first surface close to the lens being closer to the optical axis than another side of the first surface facing toward the subject;
a second surface which is a flat or curved surface, and which extends substantially perpendicular to the optical axis,
wherein the first surface and the second surface of each of the plurality of projections are arranged such that an imaginary line extending perpendicularly to the second surface from an apex of the projection toward the lens intersects the first surface facing toward the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,420

VEHICULAR ROOF RACK MOUNTING BRACKET

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A bracket assembly for securing a bicycle anchor of a bicycle carrier to an elongate support bar of a vehicular roof rack, the bracket comprising:a pair of elongate clamps configured to be coupled to a bicycle anchor of a bicycle carrier, each clamp having a first end, a second end, and a bar engagement portion configured to abut an exterior of an elongate support bar of a vehicular roof rack in a secured configuration in which each clamp is fastened to the support bar,
wherein each clamp has a lengthwise oriented longitudinal axis and each longitudinal axis is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the lengthwise oriented longitudinal axis of the bicycle carrier, such that a distance between the first ends is greater than a distance between the second ends.

US Pat. No. 10,189,419

CARGO CARRIER AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. A cargo carrier attachable to a trailer hitch receiver and having a weight, the cargo carrier comprising:a hitch adapter mountable to the trailer hitch receiver;
a mount; and
a cargo receptacle secured to the mount;
wherein the mount includes a carriage and an actuator, the carriage being removably mountable to the hitch adapter, the carriage being selectively movable relative to the cargo receptacle between lower and upper positions, the actuator being operatively coupled to the carriage for moving the carriage between the lower and upper positions;
wherein the hitch adapter defines an adapter protruding portion and the carriage defines a cavity configured and sized for receiving at least partially the adapter protruding portion thereinto;
wherein the carriage defines a lower aperture leading into the cavity from below, the adapter protruding portion being inserted in the cavity through the lower aperture, the carriage abutting vertically against the hitch adapter when the carriage is operatively mounted to the hitch adapter so that the weight of the cargo carrier is supported by the hitch adapter through vertical abutment of the carriage against the hitch adapter;
whereby, with the carriage mounted to the hitch adapter, moving the carriage between the upper and lower positions raises and lowers the cargo receptacle relative to the hitch adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,418

ADJUSTABLE AND SLIDING LADDER RACK APPARATUS

Adrian Steel Company, Ad...

1. A vehicle equipment rack, comprising:a first cross member;
a second cross member;
a first roller coupled with an outboard end of said first cross member;
a second roller coupled with an outboard end of said second cross member;
a first arm in rolling engagement with said first roller;
a second arm in rolling engagement with said second roller;
a drive tube rotatably coupled with said first and second cross members;
a first pivot arm coupled with said drive tube, said first pivot arm rotatably coupled with said first arm;
a second pivot arm coupled with said drive tube, said second pivot arm rotatably coupled with said second arm;
said first arm comprising:
a base member in rolling engagement with said first roller;
said base member having an aperture disposed through a surface thereof;
a first linear actuator disposed in said base member, wherein a portion of said first linear actuator is disposed through said base member aperture;
a first bracket disposed on a surface of said base member;
said first bracket coupled with said first linear actuator;
a sliding member slideably coupled with said base member;
a second bracket coupled with said sliding member;
said second arm comprising:
a third bracket disposed on a surface of said second arm; and
a fourth bracket coupled with said second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,417

SLIDING AUTOMOBILE ROOF RACK

1. A sliding roof rack comprising:a base;
a rack slidably engaging a top of said base comprising:
a rack first rail;
a rack second rail;
a rack first crossmember disposed between said rack first rail and said rack second rail;
a rack second crossmember disposed between said rack first rail and said rack second rail;
a plurality of luggage rack luggage rails, each disposed between said rack first rail and said rack second rail; and,
a pair of sliders secured beneath said rack adjacent each corner of said rack first crossmember and said rack second crossmember;
wherein said pair of sliders each slidably interact with portions of said base; and,
wherein said supporting assembly slidably interacts with either said rack first rail or said rack second rail; and,
a supporting assembly pivotally attached to and capable of lengthwise movement along a portion of said rack;
wherein said base is adapted to be removably secured to a roof of an automobile;
wherein said rack is slidingly and movably secured to said base;
wherein a user can adaptably manipulate said rack from a stored position upon said base to a downward angular position adjacent a side of said automobile;
wherein a user can adaptably manipulate said supporting assembly to support a load on said rack; and,
wherein said supporting assembly further comprises:
a first movable hinge slidably interacting with a respective rack rail;
a support plate having a first end attached to said first movable hinge and a slot located at a second end;
a second movable hinge attached to an intermediate location on a first side of said support plate;
a third movable hinge slidably interacting with a respective rack rail;
a support brace, having a first end pivotally attached to said second movable hinge and a second end attached to said third movable hinge; and,
a locking knob attached to said third movable hinge and capable of securing a relative position of said third movable hinge relative to said respective rack rail;
wherein said locking knob is capable of securing said support plate second end to said respective rail when passing through said slot.

US Pat. No. 10,189,415

STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage assembly, comprising:a first portion including a shaft, the shaft having a stop portion protruded radially; and
a second portion including a shaft hole receiving the shaft to rotate therein; wherein
the first portion is rotatably connected to the second portion via the shaft to rotate from a first rest position to a second rest position through an intermediate position, the shaft hole is configured to contact the stop portion in the first rest position and the second rest position and to space apart radially from the stop portion in the intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,414

VEHICLE STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage assembly for a vehicle comprising:a console housing defined by a plurality of surfaces;
a member extending along at least one of the plurality of surfaces and movable along the console housing between a closed position and an open position, wherein the member defines a storage compartment in the open position; and
a substrate defining a bottom surface of the storage compartment and wound about a spool, the spool disposed within the storage compartment, the substrate expandable as the member is moved between the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,413

ADJUSTABLE TAMBOUR CARGO DECK FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle having a cargo area, comprising:interior panels positioned within the cargo area, the interior panels including a track system having a first track portion defining a first cargo floor position, a second track portion defining a second cargo floor position and a third track portion defining a third cargo floor position; and
a tambour cargo deck supported by the track system, and slidably movable from the first or second cargo floor position to the third cargo floor position, and slidably movable from the third argo floor position to the first or second cargo floor position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,411

INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR WITH GDO MODULE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mirror head comprising a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element;
a mirror mounting structure configured to adjustably mount said mirror head at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;
a receiving portion of said mirror head for receiving a portable self-contained garage door opening module;
wherein said receiving portion is disposed at a lower region of said mirror casing when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the equipped vehicle, and wherein said receiving portion comprises an opening established through a wall of said mirror casing;
wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module comprises a user input and a housing that houses (i) garage door opener circuitry operable under rolling code, (ii) a radio frequency transmitter and (iii) a battery for electrically powering said circuitry, and wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module is operable to wirelessly transmit a radio frequency signal responsive to actuation of said user input of said portable self-contained garage door opening module;
wherein, with said portable self-contained garage door opening module received at said receiving portion of said interior rearview mirror assembly, said user input is accessible by a driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module is configured to cooperate with said receiving portion to releasably secure said portable self-contained garage door opening module at said interior rearview mirror assembly, and wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module is releasable and removable from said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein, with said portable self-contained garage door opening module received at said mirror head, said portable self-contained garage door opening module, responsive to actuation of said user input, wirelessly transmits a radio frequency signal to open a garage door; and
wherein, with said portable self-contained garage door opening module removed from said mirror head, said portable self-contained garage door opening module, responsive to actuation of said user input, wirelessly transmits the radio frequency signal to open the garage door.

US Pat. No. 10,189,410

VEHICULAR VISUAL RECOGNITION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A vehicular visual recognition device, comprising:a support body that is provided on a vehicle body side;
a visual recognition means that is supported by the support body so as to be configured to swing, and that assists visual recognition by a vehicle occupant;
an engagement portion that is provided on a support body side;
a swinging portion that is provided on a visual recognition means side;
a biasing means that is provided with a gap, that uses biasing force to cause the engagement portion to engage with the swinging portion to restrict swinging of the visual recognition means, and that permits the visual recognition means to be swung and stowed by disengaging the engagement portion from the swinging portion against the biasing force; and
a damping member that is attached to the biasing means, and that is provided between a portion of the biasing means on one side of the gap and a portion of the biasing means on another side of the gap, and that dampens sound produced when the biasing means uses the biasing force to cause the swinging portion to engage with the engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,409

VEHICLE INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ACTUATOR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mounting structure configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle;
wherein the interior portion of the vehicle is at an interior surface of a windshield of the vehicle;
a housing;
a frameless reflective element disposed at said housing;
wherein, with said mounting structure mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said housing and the frameless reflective element are tandemly and pivotally adjustable about said mounting structure via a single ball joint to provide a desired rearward field of view to a driver of the vehicle;
wherein said single ball joint allows for manual adjustment of said housing and the frameless reflective element in tandem about said mounting structure;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the vehicle when said mounting structure is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle and when the driver is driving the vehicle;
a motorized actuator operable responsive to actuation of said user input;
wherein said motorized actuator is operable to tilt the frameless reflective element and said housing in tandem about a horizontal axis; and
wherein, responsive to actuation of said motorized actuator responsive to said user input, said motorized actuator tandemly tilts the frameless reflective element and said housing about the horizontal axis to orientate an outermost front surface of the frameless reflective element more towards the driver or more away from the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,189,408

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING HEATSINK

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a display device defining a display surface having a display perimeter elongated along a length;
a primary PCB in communication with the display device, the primary PCB comprising a first side and an opposing second side, wherein the first side is directed toward the display device;
a heat sink in connection with the second side of the primary PCB and extending substantially coextensive with the length display perimeter; and
a lighting module extending along the length of the display device, wherein the lighting module extends substantially perpendicular to the first side of the primary PCB and is configured to direct edge lighting substantially parallel to the first side of the primary PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,189,407

METHOD OF MAKING A MIRROR SUBSTRATE FOR AN INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A method of making a mirror substrate for an interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said method comprising:providing a glass substrate having a generally planar front surface, a generally planar rear surface and a circumferential perimeter edge about a periphery of the glass substrate and extending between the front and rear surfaces, wherein the front surface and the perimeter edge meet at a front perimeter portion of the glass substrate that circumscribes the glass substrate;
fixturing the glass substrate at a fixture to support the glass substrate;
providing a rotatable grinding wheel, said grinding wheel comprising a grit level between 150 and 200;
providing a rotatable polishing wheel, said polishing wheel comprising a grit level between 200 and 500;
presenting said grinding wheel to the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate;
grinding the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate via rotating said grinding wheel when said grinding wheel is at the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate to establish a ground rounded surface about and around the periphery of the glass substrate, wherein, during grinding, said grinding wheel rotates at between 4,000 RPM and 6,000 RPM;
after grinding the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate to establish the ground rounded surface, presenting said polishing wheel to the ground rounded surface and polishing the ground rounded surface via rotating said polishing wheel when said polishing wheel is at the ground rounded surface to establish a polished rounded surface about and around the periphery of the glass substrate, wherein, during polishing, said polishing wheel rotates at between 3,000 RPM and 4,000 RPM; and
wherein the polished rounded surface provides a smooth transition between the generally planar front surface of the glass substrate and a rear portion of the circumferential perimeter edge of the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,406

OVERHEAD STORAGE BIN UTILIZATION DETECTION AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

1. A storage bin space utilization detection and display system for use with a storage bin for storing one or more objects, comprising:a plurality of sensors disposed within an interior portion of the storage bin, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is associated with one of a plurality of regions defined within the interior portion of the storage bin, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is operable for detecting a presence/absence of the one or more objects within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin, and wherein each of the plurality of sensors is operable for determining one or more of a relative size of the one or more objects within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin and an amount of space remaining within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin; and
a visual indicator device operable for indicating the detected presence/absence of the one or more objects within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin to an individual outside of the storage bin.

US Pat. No. 10,189,405

VEHICULAR MULTI-PURPOSE WARNING HEAD-UP DISPLAY

Yazaki North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle head-up display device, comprising:a detecting module configured to receive, from a sensor device and/or a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device, detected signals related to objects appearing outside of a vehicle having the head-up display device;
an information module configured to obtain vehicle information from a plurality of sensors and controllers;
a display control module receiving signals from a plurality of sources comprising the detecting module and the information module, and determining one or more warnings and a severity of the one or more warnings based on the signals, wherein the warnings include at least one of a lane departure warning, a blind spot warning, a following distance indicator, a front distance indicator, a backup distance indicator, a head-on threat warning, or a lateral threat warning corresponding to the detected signals; and
a display module structured to selectively project, based on the severity of the one or more warnings, a plurality of light patterns, in the form of information dots, from a plurality of point light sources, onto a plurality of locations corresponding to detected locations of the objects on a windshield of the vehicle such that the plurality of light patterns are superimposed on the objects to indicate the warnings and the severity of the warnings,
wherein the display module is configured to selectively illuminate the plurality of point light sources in a first mode, a second mode, a third mode, a fourth mode, a fifth mode, and a sixth mode,
wherein the first mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the lane departure warning, the second mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the blind spot warning, the third mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the following distance indicator, the front distance indicator, and/or the backup distance indicator, the fourth mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the head-on threat warning, the fifth mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the lateral threat warning, and the sixth mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to a plurality of the first through fifth modes,
wherein the display module is capable of displaying the first through fifth modes and indicate the severity of the corresponding warnings simultaneously, and
wherein the display module determines which of the plurality of point light sources to illuminate based on one or more of the warnings delivered from the display control module.

US Pat. No. 10,189,404

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A vehicle lighting device, comprising:a light arranged in a vehicle interior;
a detector including a touch panel, the detector detecting a detection object by contact with the detection object on the touch panel; and
a controller controlling a lighting position of the light and a light intensity of the light by detecting the detection object,
wherein the detector includes a first portion for displacing, when a position of the detection object on the touch panel is detected, an emission direction of the light toward a position in the vehicle corresponding to the position of the detection object via the controller, and a second portion for controlling, when the position of the detection object on the touch panel is detected, the light intensity of the light via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,403

VEHICLE INTERIOR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle interior illumination device for controlling illumination in a vehicle interior, the vehicle interior illumination device comprising:an operation input portion configured to receive an instruction operation of either lighting or light adjustment by a user;
a first state detection portion configured to detect a first state representative of a getting-off preparation of the user;
a second state detection portion configured to detect a second state representative of a getting-off completion of the user; and
a light adjustment degree setting portion configured to shift the illumination to a preset light adjustment degree including off when the first state and the second state are detected,
wherein the second state is detected by the second state detection portion monitoring and detecting operation of the at least one of a switch and a function that is different from the operation input portion and either lighting or light adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,402

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle, the illumination apparatus comprising:a projector configured to project an image of visible light; and
a processing apparatus configured to predict a travel area of the vehicle after a predetermined time or a predetermined distance of travel, and project an image in the predicted travel area with the projector for illumination of the travel area, the image being indicative of a travel state of the vehicle or a control state of the vehicle, wherein the processing apparatus projects the image indicative of the control state of the intervention control with the projector, wherein the intervention control includes an autonomous vehicle speed control, and the processing apparatus projects, in an acceleration control state, the image such that only a front end portion of the image is flashed, and projects, in a deceleration control state, the image such that only a rear end portion of the image is flashed, and wherein front and rear directions of the image are defined with respect to the image on a road surface viewed from the vehicle side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,401

VEHICLE LIGHT STRIP WITH OPTICAL ELEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle light strip comprising:a housing member;
a light assembly inside the housing member and having a light source and a photoluminescent structure that is configured to luminesce in response to light excitation by the light source; and
an optical element having a cross-section with an inverted triangular shape, a first surface of the optical element defining a hypotenuse having a random non-planar arrangement configured to transmit a portion of luminescent light toward a front wall of the housing member and direct another portion of luminescent light toward at least one side wall of the housing member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,400

MOBILE DEVICE TRACKING FOR CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUBSYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:light panels attached to the vehicle;
wireless nodes; and
an auxiliary body control module to:
when a speed of the vehicle is less than a threshold speed, monitor, via the wireless nodes, a distance between a tracking tag and the vehicle, the tracking tag configured to attach to an article of clothing that includes an LED pixel; and
in response to the distance satisfying a range threshold, activate the light panels and the LED pixel of the tracking tag.

US Pat. No. 10,189,398

LASER HEAD LAMP FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laser head lamp for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of lamp modules each comprising a laser diode and configured to output at least one of a low beam or a high beam;
at least one processor; and
a computer-readable medium coupled to the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
acquiring total operation time of each of the plurality of lamp modules; and
controlling, based on the acquired total operation times, at least one first lamp module among the plurality of lamp modules differently from at least one second lamp module among the plurality of lamp modules.

US Pat. No. 10,189,396

VEHICLE HEADLAMP CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle headlamp control device comprising:a headlamp that irradiates an area in front of a vehicle;
a camera that captures an image of the area in front of the vehicle;
a pedestrian detection portion configured to detect a pedestrian in front of the vehicle from the image captured by the camera by performing pattern recognition based on a plurality of preregistered pattern images, wherein an image of a pedestrian whose eyes are hidden by a given-shaped part is included in the plurality of preregistered pattern images; and
a control portion configured to control the headlamp and cause the headlamp to irradiate the pedestrian based on the preregistered pattern image of the pedestrian whose eyes are hidden by the given-shaped part, so that the given-shaped part formed at a location of an eye of the pedestrian is not irradiated, or is irradiated by dimmed light.

US Pat. No. 10,189,395

ROTATABLE LIGHT BAR FOR MOTOR VEHICLE SPORT BARS

Iddea California, LLC, B...

1. A light bar and mounting system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a generally rectangular support frame encircling an elongated support member, the support frame having two opposing sidewalls joined to two opposing, first and second ends and open top;
a rotational axis extending between the first and second ends with the elongated support member extending along and rotating about that axis between a first, retracted position and a second, deployed position;
a plurality of electrical lights fastened to the elongated support member and pointing in the same direction and rotating with the elongated support member between the first and second positions, the plurality of lights in the first position pointing along a generally vertical axis during use and in the second position pointing in a direction generally perpendicular to the first direction;
an actuating mechanism having a piston connected to the elongated support member at a location offset from the rotational axis to form an offset cam, the actuating member is movable between a first, retracted cam position which rotates the elongated support member and lights to the first, retracted position, and a second, deployed cam position which rotates the elongated support member and lights to the second, deployed position;
a first mounting bracket having a first, upper end connected to at least one of the first end of the support frame or one of the sides of the support frame, the first mounting bracket having a second, lower end with a mounting plate to connect to the vehicle during use;
a second mounting bracket having a first, upper end connected to at least one of the second end of the support frame or one of the sides of the support frame, the second mounting bracket having a second, lower end with a mounting plate to connect to the vehicle during use.

US Pat. No. 10,189,394

VEHICLE GUTTER SPOUT COVER

1. A vehicle gutter spout cover comprising:a first receptacle with a generally smooth outside surface;
a first orifice located on the first receptacle and configured to allow the first receptacle to slide over and enclose at least a portion of a gutter spout;
an adjustable length connecting means permanently attached to the first receptacle, the adjustable length connecting means comprising:
a first connector;
a first connector length adjustment means attached to the first connector;
a second connector attached to the first connector length adjustment means, and wherein the adjustable length connecting means is infinitely adjustable in length between a maximum length and minimum length;
a second receptacle with a generally smooth outside surface;
a second orifice located on the second receptacle and configured to allow the second receptacle to slide over and enclose at least a portion of a gutter spout, and the adjustable length connecting means permanently attached to the second receptacle, and
wherein the adjustable length connecting means is configured to be tightened to securely attach the first receptacle and second receptacle to the gutter spouts.

US Pat. No. 10,189,386

SEAT BELT COVER

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

1. A seat for a motor vehicle, comprising:a seat base;
a seat back extending upwardly from a rear portion of the seat base;
a seat belt, a portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back;
an emergency locking retractor in an outboard side of the seat back, the seat belt being threaded through the emergency locking retractor; and
a cover covering the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back, comprising:
a first cover piece covering a first side of the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back; and
a second cover piece covering a second side of the emergency locking retractor and the portion of the seat belt stored in the seat back wherein a first portion of the second cover piece is styled in a shape of a seat trim and forms a portion of an exterior of the seat back, and a second portion of the second cover piece is covered by the exterior of the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,189,369

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING MOTORS

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling a plurality of motors provided in a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a state of charge of a battery configured to store a power supplied to each motor of the plurality of motors;
calculating, by the controller, a present current consumption of each motor of the plurality of motors when the state of charge of the battery is equal to or less than a predetermined reference value; and
resetting, by the controller, a power supply to each motor of the plurality of motors, based on the present current consumption of each motor of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,189,366

BATTERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A battery system comprising:a lithium-ion secondary battery that employs a two-phase coexistence type positive electrode active material; and
a controller that:
calculates a distribution of concentration of lithium in an active material in the lithium-ion secondary battery based on a diffusion coefficient and a boundary condition,
calculates an average concentration of lithium in the active material based on the calculated distribution of concentration of lithium, and
calculates a state of charge (SOC) corresponding to the calculated average concentration based on a corresponding relationship between the average concentration and an SOC of the lithium-ion secondary battery, wherein
the controller corrects the diffusion coefficient in accordance with history data indicating a charge/discharge state of the lithium-ion secondary battery in a predetermined period to a present time, by multiplying a reference value of the diffusion coefficient by a correction coefficient corresponding to the history data, and
wherein the history data is updated every time the lithium-ion secondary battery is charged or discharged.

US Pat. No. 10,189,364

NON-CONTACT ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, CHARGING STATION, AND VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A non-contact electric power transmission system transmitting electric power between a vehicle and a charging station in a non-contact manner,the charging station comprising:
a plurality of power transmission devices configured to transmit the electric power in the non-contact manner;
a station control unit configured to transmit a first message for inquiring whether or not the vehicle is parked at a location provided with one of the power transmission devices, after charging is completed;
the vehicle comprising:
a power reception device configured to receive the electric power in the non-contact manner; and
a vehicle control unit configured to transmit a second message for informing that the vehicle is parked, when receiving the first message,
when alignment between one of the plurality of power transmission devices and the power reception device is completed, the vehicle control unit being configured to perform pairing processing between the vehicle and the charging station, the pairing processing being performed for causing the charging station to specify with which of the plurality of power transmission devices the power reception device is aligned,
after the pairing processing is completed, the vehicle control unit being configured to receive from the charging station information for specifying the power transmission device with which the alignment is performed,
the first message including the information for specifying the power transmission device,
when a transmission device specified by the information received after the pairing processing corresponds to a transmission device specified by the first message received, the vehicle control unit being configured to transmit the second message including the received information for specifying the power transmission device,
when the station control unit does not receive the second message after transmitting the first message, the station control unit being configured to determine that the vehicle is not parked at the location provided with the one of the plurality of power transmission devices.

US Pat. No. 10,189,363

ELECTRIC VEHICLE ROADWAY CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A system for charging an electric vehicle comprising:an electrical storage unit disposed on an electric vehicle;
a power source disposed external to the electric vehicle and configured to charge the electrical storage unit;
a charging panel in electrical communication with the electrical storage unit;
a vehicle database comprising required conditions for deployment of the charging panel; and
a vehicle controller that determines if the electrical storage unit requires charging and when the electrical storage unit is determined to require charging, the vehicle controller determines if conditions allow for deployment of the charging panel, wherein determining if conditions allow for deployment include the vehicle controller querying the vehicle database for the required conditions for deployment of the charging panel, the required conditions including information on charging services associated with a particular roadway the electric vehicle is on;
wherein the charging panel receives the charge from the power source and charges the electrical storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,361

CHARGING AND DISCHARGING CURRENT QUANTITY DISPLAY DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A charging and discharging current quantity display device for an electric vehicle, comprising:a power-feed unit having a charging port; and
an electricity storage unit which is charged by electric power supplied from an external power supply through the charging port;
a current sensor detecting a charging and discharging current quantity of the electricity storage unit;
a current quantity display unit that includes a plurality of indicators arranged at the power-feed unit and indicates the magnitude of the charging and discharging current quantity of the electricity storage unit by changing lighting states of the indicators; and
a current quantity display controller controlling a lighting state of each of the indicators in accordance with the current quantity detected by the current sensor,
wherein the indicators are arranged around the charging port, and
wherein the current quantity display controller controls the lighting states of the indicators such that each of the indicators blinks sequentially in one direction and changes the direction in which each of the indicators blinks sequentially, between when the battery is being charged and when the battery is being discharged.

US Pat. No. 10,189,359

TRANSMITTING NOTIFICATION MESSAGES FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING NETWORK

CHARGEPOINT, INC., Campb...

1. A method performed on a charging station network server which manages a plurality of charging stations, the method comprising:receiving subscriber notification message preferences for a subscriber of electric vehicle charging service which indicate a set of one or more events of interest which the subscriber wishes to receive notification messages for, wherein at least one of the set of events of interest is charging session related;
receiving a set of one or more contact points associated with the subscriber;
authorizing the subscriber to use one of the plurality of charging stations;
receiving data associated with the subscriber from that one of the plurality of charging stations, the data indicating a charging session has been established for an electric vehicle associated with the subscriber; and
responsive to detecting the at least one of the set of the events of interest for the subscriber that is charging session related and which is related to the established charging session, transmitting a notification message for that event of interest to at least one of the set of contact points associated with the subscriber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,358

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power supply device comprising:a first boost converter electrically connected to an electric load;
a second boost converter electrically connected to the electric load and connected in parallel with the first boost converter to the electric load;
a power storage device connected in common to the first boost converter and the second boost converter; and
a controller configured to (i) use the first boost converter to execute voltage control and (ii) use the second boost converter to execute power control, the voltage control being executed for performing a voltage boosting operation such that a voltage to be applied to the electric load is set at a target voltage, and the power control being executed for, when required power required at least for the electric load cannot be supplied to the electric load from only a single boost converter executing the voltage control, supplying electric power to the electric load while setting part of the required power as a target power,
the controller being configured to
calculate a first stress value and a second stress value, the first stress value quantitatively showing a stress that is caused by the voltage boosting operation of the first boost converter and that is accumulated in a component included in the first boost converter, the second stress value quantitatively showing a stress that is caused by the voltage boosting operation of the second boost converter and that is accumulated in a component included in the second boost converter,
when the first stress value is greater than the second stress value, use the second boost converter to execute the voltage control and use the first boost converter to execute the power control,
perform no switching from the voltage control using the first boost converter to the voltage control using the second boost converter when a magnitude of a difference between the first stress value and the second stress value is less than a threshold value even if the first stress value is greater than the second stress value, and
set the threshold value to be smaller as at least any one of the first stress value and the second stress value is larger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,355

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A BATTERY CONTACTOR IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A safety device (4) for a contactor (2) which is connected between a secondary battery and an electrical power supply system, the safety device comprising:at least one electronic evaluation unit (6) connected to at least one electrical component of the secondary battery by means of a communication connection (5), and
at least one safety switch (8) driven by way of the electronic evaluation unit (6) and arranged in an electrical control circuit (7) of the contactor (2),
wherein the electronic evaluation unit (6) is configured to
receive at least one component-specific item of actual information (12), which is an unambiguous actual identifier of the electrical component of the secondary battery, from the electrical component by means of the communication connection (5),
compare the received item of actual information (12) with at least one item of target information which is an unambiguous target identifier stored in the electronic evaluation unit (6), and
drive the safety switch (8) depending on a result of the comparison in such a way that said electronic evaluation unit closes the safety switch (8) when the item of actual information (12) corresponds to the item of target information, and opens the safety switch (8) when the item of actual information (12) does not correspond to the item of target information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,354

BATTERY SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery system (1) having multiple battery cells (8) and a battery management system for monitoring and controlling the battery cells (8), wherein the battery management system comprises a main control device (2), a first measuring chain (34) having a first plurality of measuring chips (40, 42), and a second measuring chain (36) having a second plurality of measuring chips (40, 42), wherein the first and second plurality of measuring chips (40, 42) are configured to ascertain, in a redundant manner, measured data at the battery cells (8) and in each case to perform diagnoses at the battery cells (8), and a cell balancing procedure of the battery cells (8), the method comprising:establishing a hierarchy state of the first and second measuring chains (34, 36) by a control channel (44) of the battery system (1);
wherein in the event of the failure of one of the measuring chains (34, 36) the battery system (1) transfers into a reduced availability mode and the control channel (44) establishes the hierarchy state such that the other measuring chain (34, 36) ascertains the measured data, performs the diagnoses and performs the cell balancing procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,352

INTELLIGENT SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

1. A smart safety and emergency-assistance system for a vehicle comprising:means for automatic Global System for Mobile communications/General Packet Radio Services/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (GSM/GPRS/UMTS) radio/tele-communication for enabling transmission of data and of an alarm;
a data recording device;
a first set of a plurality of sensors comprising an electrocardiogram sensor, weight sensors, infrared sensors, a sensor for a baby car seat of the vehicle, ultrasound sensors;
means for automatic driving and management of the vehicle, said means for automatic driving and management interfacing with said plurality of sensors, wherein said vehicle and an occupant present on board the vehicle is monitored for an occurrence of one or more predetermined distress events via the plurality of sensors, wherein during an occurrence of the one or more predetermined distress events, said system instantaneously sends, via said means for automatic driving and management of the vehicle, a communication indicating a state of emergency for the occupant of the vehicle, said communication being sent while the occupant is driving the vehicle or in a passive condition in which the vehicle is stationary and in a non-powered state with or without an ignition key being inserted in an ignition lock of the vehicle, and records in the data recording device, at pre-set time intervals, data regarding the monitored distress event; and wherein a vehicle micro-telephone and GSM/GPRS/UMTS radio/tele-communication means transmit data recorded on the data recording device and via a cellphone of the occupant of the vehicle to at least one of designated emergency contacts stored in the occupant's cellphone, a remote digital archive and operating centers of emergency-service providers and authorities; and
a bracelet including a bracelet data recording device and a second set of the plurality of sensors, said bracelet being worn by the occupant of the vehicle, said second set including a bracelet data recording device and at least a portion of sensors which are redundant to the first set of sensors, said bracelet being in electronic communication with the vehicle in a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth mode of operation to activate an alarm signal for requesting emergency intervention on behalf of the occupant when one of the one or more predetermined distress events is detected, said emergency intervention including sending a message to at least one of an emergency contact stored in the cell-phone of the occupant, the remote digital archive and operating centers of emergency-service providers and authorities; wherein said bracelet detects and monitors for malfunctioning of specific component elements of the system on-board the vehicle, and wherein at least one of said second set of sensors of the bracelet and bracelet data recording device are activated in order to compensate and guarantee operation of vehicle devices present on board the vehicle, the bracelet data recording device transmitting recorded data to the remote digital archive at predetermined intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,189,347

ENGAGING DEVICE FOR WHEEL AND WHEEL SET HAVING REMOVABLE POWER MODULE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. An engaging device for a wheel, comprising:a wheel hub located in a center of a wheel, wherein the wheel hub has a plurality of engaging holes; and
a transmitting member having a plurality of grooves, wherein an elastic member is provided in each of the grooves in such a way that one end of each elastic member is connected to one of the grooves and the other end of each elastic member is connected to an engaging member, wherein
the shapes of the engaging members and the engaging holes correspond to each other, such that the engaging members fit into the engaging holes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,345

CONTROL OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a transmission;
a clutch interposed between the internal combustion engine and the transmission;
a first rotating electrical machine connected to a first wheel via the clutch;
a second rotating electrical machine connected to a second wheel or the first wheel without going through the clutch;
an electric power storage device that supplies electric power to the first rotating electrical machine and the second rotating electrical machine; and
a power controller that controls power of the internal combustion engine, the first rotating electrical machine, and the second rotating electrical machine,
wherein the power controller, when adding additional power to the power of the internal combustion engine, allocates the electric power to the second rotating electrical machine with priority over the first rotating electrical machine to generate power by the second rotating electrical machine with priority over the first rotating electrical machine,
wherein the power controller controls the power of the internal combustion engine and the second rotating electrical machine such that sum of the power of the internal combustion engine and the power of the second rotating electrical machine exceeds maximum transmission power of the clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,344

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first rotary electric machine;
a second rotary electric machine configured to output power to a drive wheel;
a power transmission unit including an input element and an output element, the input element being configured to receive power from the internal combustion engine, the output element being configured to output power input to the input element, and the power transmission unit being configured to switch between a non-neutral state where power is transmitted between the input element and the output element and a neutral state where power is not transmitted between the input element and the output element;
a differential unit including a first rotating element, a second rotating element and a third rotating element, the first rotating element being connected to the first rotary electric machine, the second rotating element being connected to the second rotary electric machine and the drive wheel, the third rotating element being connected to the output element, and the differential unit being configured such that, when rotation speeds of any two of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element are determined, a rotation speed of the remaining one of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element is determined;
a clutch configured to switch between an engaged state where power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine and a released state where transmission of power from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine is interrupted, power from the internal combustion engine being transmitted to the first rotary electric machine through at least one of a first path or a second path, the first path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine via the power transmission unit and the differential unit, and the second path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine, the second path being different from the first path and not including the differential unit, and the clutch being provided in the second path; and
a controller configured to control the internal combustion engine, the first rotary electric machine, the power transmission unit and the clutch, the controller being configured to: (i) set the power transmission unit to the neutral state, (ii) set the clutch to the engaged state, and (iii) then start the internal combustion engine by increasing a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine with the use of the first rotary electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,343

CASE STRUCTURE OF POWER EQUIPMENT UNIT

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

1. A case structure of a power equipment unit which accommodates a power equipment mounted in a vehicle and is disposed in a power equipment unit accommodating part provided on a floor panel, the case structure comprising:a case body having an upper portion opened to accommodate the power equipment;
a lid member which covers the upper portion of the case body; and
a cover member which is attached to the lid member and covers at least an opening part formed in the lid member, wherein
the cover member has an intake port which takes in air from outside,
a levee wall is provided in front of the intake port,
the lid member is provided with a cover member disposing part having a recess shape concaved from an upper surface of the lid member,
the cover member is disposed in the cover member disposing part such that the intake port is located higher than the upper surface, and
an upper end of the levee wall is located above an imaginary line passing through a lower end of the intake port from an intersection between the upper surface of the lid member and the cover member disposing part in a sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,189,342

BALL-BALANCING ROBOT AND DRIVE ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

The Regents of the Univer...

12. A ball-balancing robot, comprising:a ball having a ball surface and a reference axis extending through a centroid of the ball;
three omniwheel assemblies, each omniwheel assembly comprising a motor having a motor axle and an omniwheel configured to rotate around the motor axle;
a chassis configured for supporting the three omniwheel assemblies at 120° spacings with the motor axles oriented at an angle a relative to the reference axis and the omniwheels rotated at an angle ? to define mutually-orthogonal planes, wherein each omniwheel frictionally contacts the ball surface to convert rotational motion of the motor axle to torque on the ball;
a frame extending upward from the chassis;
a control assembly disposed on the frame, the control assembly comprising an electronic controller for selectively and independently activating the omniwheel assemblies; and
a power supply for powering the motors and the control assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,339

TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM FOR A CARGO BED OF A VEHICLE

Rugged Liner, Inc., Owos...

1. A tonneau cover system comprising:a first side rail;
a second side rail, where each of the first side rail and the second side rail are adapted to be mounted to a vehicle; and
a plurality of panels coupled to the first side rail and the second side rail, where the plurality of panels comprise:
a first panel;
a second panel spaced from said first panel;
a third panel adjacent said second panel;
a spacer bar disposed between said first panel and the second panel with said spacer bar being fixed to said first side rail and said second side rail, the spacer bar including a channel;
a mounting mechanism connected to the spacer bar, the mounting mechanism including:
a housing disposed within the channel of the spacer bar, the housing having an opening and a closed end;
a bracket pivotably connected to the housing so that the bracket is movable between a locked position where a portion of the bracket is located proximate to the closed end and a stowed position where a portion of the bracket is located within the opening;
wherein said first panel is pivotally coupled to said spacer bar to enable said first panel to pivot relative to said spacer bar while said spacer bar remains fixed to said first side rail and said second side rail;
wherein said third panel is pivotally coupled to said second panel to enable said third panel to pivot relative to said second panel and to permit said third panel to be located over said second panel while said spacer bar remains fixed to said side rails to define an intermediate folded position of said tonneau cover system; and
a hinge assembly mounted between said second panel and said spacer bar to enable said second panel and said third panels to pivot relative to said spacer bar as a unit from said intermediate folded position to a final folded position located over said spacer bar and a portion of said first panel while said spacer bar remains fixed to said first side rails and said second side rail.

US Pat. No. 10,189,338

FOLDING TOP FOR A CABRIOLET VEHICLE

MAGNA Car Top Systems Gmb...

1. A folding top for a cabriolet vehicle, the folding top comprising:a top linkage having a storm linkage, the storm linkage having an upper storm rod and a lower storm rod which are connected to one another in an articulated manner;
a top cover;
a roof kinematic system to move the top linkage between a closed position and an open position, the roof kinematic system being including a four-bar linkage kinematic system having a first link, a second link, and a first drive member to drive the first link;
a tensioning hoop assigned to the top linkage and to which the top cover is connected;
a tensioning hoop kinematic system to move the tensioning hoop and to which the roof kinematic system is connected such that, during a movement of the roof kinematic system, the tensioning hoop performs an adjusting movement, the tensioning hoop kinematic system including a guide link and a coupling link connected in an articulated manner to the second link, a first bearing point to connect the guide link at a first end region to the coupling link in an articulated manner, and a second bearing point to connect the guide link at a second end region thereof to the tensioning hoop in an articulated manner; and
a control device to adjustably move the storm linkage between a locked position, in which the tensioning hoop is loaded by the storm linkage, and an unlocked position, the control device including a four-rod linkage and a second drive member, the four-rod linkage having an upper toggle lever and a lower toggle lever which are connected to one another in an articulated manner, the upper toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner to the lower storm rod, and the lower toggle lever being connected in an articulated manner between the second drive member and a body of the cabriolet vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,337

COMPOSITE LIFTGATE

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A composite liftgate system, comprising:an inner panel formed of a structural thermoplastic composite material;
an outer panel adhesive bonded to the inner panel, said outer panel having a finished surface;
at least one first channel that extends horizontally, at least one other channel that extends in a diagonal direction and a plurality of structural reinforcement ribs, at least one of said plurality of structural reinforcement ribs extending from at least one longitudinal side of said at least one other channel, all integrally molded into the inner panel to manage loads applied to the inner panel; and
at least a pair of steel reinforcement brackets connected by adhesive to the inner panel to add structure and strength to the inner panel;
wherein the inner panel further comprises at least one second channel, wherein the at least one first channel is located in the at least one second channel; and
wherein the at least one other channel is at least one first pair of channels that extend diagonally upward in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,334

REGISTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A register comprising:a bezel having an air outlet formed therein;
a retainer having an air flow path along which an air flow toward the air outlet occurs and which communicates with the air outlet;
a movable fin for changing a blowout direction of air sent into the air flow path of the retainer and blown out from the air outlet, the movable fin having an upstream end and a downstream end;
a pair of rotational shafts for rotatably supporting the movable fin, the rotational shafts being formed at side ends of the movable fin and positioned at a downstream side along an air flow direction on the side ends; and
a fixed fin positioned near the air outlet of the bezel, the fixed fin having an upstream side and a downstream side;
wherein the downstream end of the movable fin is arranged near an edge position of the fixed fin positioned at the upstream side along the air flow direction, the downstream end and the edge position of the fixed fin being separated with a clearance therebetween,
wherein both upper and lower surfaces of the movable fin each include a concave surface which gradually curves from the upstream end to the downstream end, and
wherein a thickness of the movable fin narrows from the upstream end of the movable fin to a minimum thickness along the airflow direction at a position between the upstream end and the downstream end of the movable fin, and the thickness of the movable fin thickens from the minimum thickness from the position to the downstream end.

US Pat. No. 10,189,330

AUXILIARY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR A SLEEPER CAB OF A TRUCK

1. In combination:a truck having an engine, a direct current battery system, a conventional air conditioning system operated by the engine, an operator's cab having a rearward end, and a sleeper cab at the rearward end of the operator's cab with the sleeper cab having an interior, a first side wall, a second side wall, a rear wall with interior and exterior sides, a floor, and a bunk bed positioned above the floor of the sleeper cab;
an auxiliary alternating current air conditioning system for supplying cool air to said interior of said sleeper cab only when the truck engine is not running, comprising:
(a) a 12 volt direct current condenser and fan mounted on said exterior side of said rear wall of said sleeper cab;
(b) an alternating current air conditioner unit mounted in said sleeper cab;
(c) said direct current condenser and fan being operatively connected to said alternating current air conditioner unit;
(d) an electrical inverter electrically connected to said direct current battery system which inverts direct current electricity from said direct current battery system of said truck to alternating current electricity;
(e) said inverter being electrically connected to said air conditioner unit which supplies alternating current thereto;
(f) an auxiliary control which is operatively connected to said air conditioner unit which controls the operation of said air conditioner unit;
(g) an inverter control electrically connected to said inverter which controls said inverter;
(h) said air conditioner unit having at least one cool air conduit extending therefrom into said interior of said sleeper cab;
an air manifold positioned on said air conditioning unit and is in communication with said air conditioning unit; and
said cool air conduit being in communication with said air manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,189,329

DAMPING FORCE ADJUSTING MECHANISM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damping force adjusting mechanism comprising:a case that houses an operating fluid;
a sealing member that separates an inside of the case into a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber;
a housing that holds the sealing member and houses the sealing member in the case;
a damping valve that is housed inside the housing and performs control of opening and closing between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber;
a first pilot chamber and a second pilot chamber which are separately formed inside the housing with the damping valve therebetween;
a first communication passage that causes the first fluid chamber to communicate with the first pilot chamber;
a second communication passage that causes the second fluid chamber to communicate with the second pilot chamber;
a first fixed orifice that is interposed in the first communication passage;
a second fixed orifice that is interposed in the second communication passage;
a control chamber that is formed inside the housing and communicates with the first pilot chamber and the second pilot chamber;
a control valve that is housed inside the control chamber, separates the control chamber into a first control chamber communicating with the first pilot chamber and a second control chamber communicating with the second pilot chamber, and selects a flow of the fluid from the first control chamber to the second control chamber or a flow of the fluid in a reverse direction with respect to the flow of the fluid in accordance with magnitudes of fluid pressures inside the first control chamber and the second control chamber;
an actuator that controls electrical driving of the control valve and controls the fluid pressure inside the first pilot chamber or the second pilot chamber;
a first relief valve that has a valve member having the first fixed orifice and being seated on an opening portion of the first communication passage, and a relief spring for biasing the valve member in a direction of closing the opening portion of the first communication passage; and
a second relief valve that has a valve member having the second fixed orifice and being seated on an opening portion of the second communication passage, and a relief spring for biasing the valve member in a direction of closing the opening portion of the second communication passage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,325

AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An amphibious vehicle, comprising:an engine;
at least one land traveling device;
at least one water propelling device;
a power distribution device configured to distribute power outputted from the engine between land travel power which is to be supplied to the at least one land traveling device and water propulsion power which is to be supplied to the at least one water propelling device;
a slippage-amount detection device configured to detect a slippage amount of the at least one land traveling device relative to ground; and
a controller configured to adjust at least the land travel power, of the land travel power and the water propulsion power, on the basis of the slippage amount detected by the slippage-amount detection device,
wherein the controller is configured to reduce the land travel power and increase or maintain unchanged the water propulsion power, if the slippage amount detected by the slippage-amount detection device is greater than a threshold while the land travel power and the water propulsion power are supplied respectively to the at least one land traveling device and the at least one water propelling device for landing from water to land.

US Pat. No. 10,189,322

DEVICE FOR DISASSEMBLING A TIRE FROM A WHEEL RIM AND A METHOD OF DISASSEMBLING A TIRED WHEEL

BUTLER ENGINEERING AND MA...

1. A device for dismounting a tired wheel having a wheel rim and a tire mounted on the wheel rim, comprising:a support member,
a bill or lever-shaped disassembling tool having one end thereof articulated to said support member, and the other work end thereof substantially hook-shaped, whereby said disassembling tool can be angularly displaced between a first insertion position between the tire bead of the tire and edge of the wheel rim and a second engagement and extraction position of the tire bead,
comprising an interception element for holding said tool in an engagement and extraction position wherein the interception element is carried either by said support member or by said disassembling tool and arranged to intercept said tool or said support member, respectively, when said disassembling tool reaches said engagement and extraction position, said interception element comprising an elastically loaded pin, wherein during the angular displacement between said first insertion position and the second extraction position and upon reaching the second extraction position, the elastically loaded pin is energized to lock said tool in said second extraction position, and thereby preventing any backwards angular movement of said tool.

US Pat. No. 10,189,320

ON-WHEEL AIR MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

1. An air maintenance system comprising:a rotating inner ring secured to a vehicle wheel;
a stationary outer ring maintaining a constant angular position;
an occlusion roller rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring, the occlusion roller having a protruding portion centered axially at a radially outer surface of the occlusion roller with axially outer portions of the occlusion roller being radially recessed from the protruding portion and supported by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring;
spacer rollers rotationally fixed to the stationary outer ring and rotationally supported by the bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring; and
a flexible tube defining a pump cavity, the air maintenance system pumping a fluid from the ambient environment into a pneumatic tire by applying an occluding force against the flexible tube, periodically occluding portions of the pump cavity,
the spacer rollers having axially outer surfaces for rotational support by bearing surfaces of the rotating inner ring and a recess centered axially at the outer surface of the spacer rollers for avoiding any contact between the spacer rollers and the flexible tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,318

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING SPECIFIED GROUNDING TREAD

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: a carcass layer; a belt layer being disposed on a periphery of the carcass layer; a tread rubber including a cap tread and an undertread; a pair of side wall rubbers; a pair of rim cushion rubbers; and a rubber grounding tread that is exposed to a road contact surface of the tread rubber and penetrates the cap tread and the undertread to contact the belt layer in an electrically conductive manner;the grounding tread including a widened portion having a cross-sectional area that widens toward a contact surface with the belt layer at a contact portion with the belt layer;
the widened portion of the grounding tread having a profile shape that bulges outward in a tire width direction;
the undertread including a thickened portion that has a gauge that increases toward each contact surface with the grounding tread at the portion of the grounding tread penetrating the undertread; and
a gauge G1 of a flat portion of the undertread and a gauge G2 of the thickened portion of the undertread have a relationship of 1.5?G2/G1?2.5.

US Pat. No. 10,189,317

PNEUMATIC TIRE HAVING TWISTED BEAD CORDS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire having twisted bead cords comprising a carcass comprising a carcass ply extending from a tread portion through a sidewall portion to a bead core of a bead portion; whereinthe bead core is made of axially inner and outer core pieces, and a radially inner end portion of the carcass ply is held between the inner and outer core pieces without turning-up around the bead core;
the inner and outer core pieces are each formed of a helical body by each helically winding a bead cord made of a plurality of twisted steel wires around a tire axis from radially inward to outward; and
in the inner core piece, a twisting direction of the bead cord around the cord axis is in a direction that is the same as a winding direction of the bead cord around the tire axis in a side view from an axial outward of the tire, and
in the outer core piece, a twisting direction of the bead cord around the cord axis is in a direction that is opposite of a winding direction of the bead cord around the tire axis in a side view from an axial outward of the tire;
wherein a twisting direction of a sheath in the inner core piece around the cord axis and a twisting direction of a sheath in the outer core piece around the cord axis are the same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,315

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire having a vehicle inner/outer orientation when mounted on a vehicle, comprising: a plurality of protrusions provided on a vehicle inner side on an inner tire side portion in a tire circumferential direction, wherein the vehicle inner side is facing toward the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; a plurality of recesses provided on a vehicle outer side on an outer tire side portion, wherein the vehicle outer side is facing away from the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle; and indicators on the inner tire side portion or the outer tire side portion, the indicators indicating the vehicle inner/outer orientation for the pneumatic tire when mounted on the vehicle;a height of projection of the protrusions from the tire side portion being more than 4 mm and not more than 10 mm, the protrusions being formed elongated, a bending rigidity in a lateral direction satisfying a range not less than 0.1 MPa·mm4 and not more than 10,000 MPa·mm4, and an inclination of the protrusions in the longitudinal direction with respect to the tire radial direction satisfying a range ±60°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,314

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising a tread portion on which land portions are formed by main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction and lateral grooves extending in a tire width direction, wherein at least one stepped portion whose height is gradually decreased on a downstream side in a water drain direction is formed on at least one portion of a groove wall which forms the land portion;wherein the groove wall has a tapered surface which is gradually inclined toward a groove bottom side as the groove wall extends toward the inside of the groove from an open end of the groove, wherein the stepped portion is formed on the tapered surface; and
wherein the tapered surface is formed on the groove wall which forms the lateral groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,312

TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a carcass toroidally extending between a pair of bead portions;
an inclined belt formed by two inclined belt layers including cords that extend at an inclination angle of equal to or greater than 35° and equal to or smaller than 90° relative to a tire circumferential direction and a circumferential belt formed by one or more circumferential belt layers including cords that extend at an inclination angle of 5° or less relative to the tire circumferential direction, the inclined belt and the circumferential belt being provided at an outer side of a crown portion of the carcass in a tire radial direction; and
a tread disposed at an outer side of the circumferential belt in the tire radial direction;
wherein the circumferential belt has a higher tire circumferential direction rigidity per unit width in a central region including a tire equator than in other regions;
in a region of a surface of the tread including at least the tire equator, the tread includes a land portion continuous in the tire circumferential direction;
when an internal pressure of the pneumatic tire is set to 250 kPa or higher, a sectional width SW and an outer diameter OD of the pneumatic tire satisfy either one of the following relational expressions:
SW/OD?0.26 and SW<165 mm, or
OD?2.135×SW+282.3 mm and SW?165 mm; and
a width of the central region in a tire width direction, centered on a tire equator, is between 0.2 and 0.6 times a width of the circumferential belt in the tire width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,311

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire, comprising:a plurality of tire pieces comprising a first tire piece and a second tire piece such that the first tire piece and the second tire piece are integrated in alignment in a tire axial direction; and
a coupling portion configured to couple one of a first inner periphery portion and a second inner periphery portion to an axle,
wherein the first tire piece comprises a first tread ring, the first inner periphery portion and a plurality of first spokes such that the first tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the first inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the first tread ring, and the plurality of first spokes is connecting the first tread ring and the first inner periphery portion, the second tire piece comprises a second tread ring, the second inner periphery portion, and a plurality of second spokes such that the second tread ring has a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface, the second inner periphery portion is formed on a radial direction inner side of the second tread ring, and the plurality of second spokes is connecting the second tread ring and the second inner periphery portion, the first inner periphery portion includes a first cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of first spokes, and a first flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the first cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion, and the second inner periphery portion includes a second cylindrical portion formed on a tire radial direction inner side of the plurality of second spokes, and a second flange portion projecting on an inner peripheral side of the second cylindrical portion and configured to be fixed to the coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,310

AIRLESS TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An airless tire comprising:a tread ring having a cylindrical form and a ground contact surface;
a hub positioned on a radial direction inner side of the tread ring and configured to be fixed to an axle; and
a spoke structure connecting the tread ring and the hub,
wherein the tread ring includes a tread rubber layer, a first reinforcing cord layer, a second reinforcing cord layer and a shear rubber layer such that the tread rubber layer has the ground contact surface, the first reinforcing cord layer is positioned on a radial direction inner side of the tread rubber layer, the second reinforcing cord layer is positioned on a radial direction inner side of the first reinforcing cord layer, and the shear rubber layer is positioned between the first reinforcing cord layer and the second reinforcing cord layer, the first reinforcing cord layer comprises a first array layer comprising a plurality of first reinforcing cords, and a first topping rubber portion covering the first array layer, the second reinforcing cord layer comprises a second array layer comprising a plurality of second reinforcing cords, and a second topping rubber portion covering the second array layer, each of the first topping rubber portion and the second topping rubber portion has an inner topping rubber portion adjacent to the shear rubber layer, and an outer topping rubber portion, and at least one of the first topping rubber portion and the second topping rubber portion has the inner topping rubber portion formed of a rubber composition comprising a rubber component such that the rubber component comprises a butadiene rubber in a content rate in a range of 10 to 100% by mass, an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid metal salt in an amount in a range of 10 to 80 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by mass of the rubber component, and a peroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,189,308

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING AT LEAST ONE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first drive assembly,
a second drive assembly, and
a wheel axle having a first axle member and a second axle member,
wherein the axle members are arranged in a lengthwise direction relative to an axis of rotation of at least one of the first axle member and the second axle member on sides of the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly lying opposite to one another,
wherein the first axle member is coupled to the first drive assembly and the second axle member is coupled to the second drive assembly so that torque is transmitted,
wherein the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly are arranged axis-parallel to each another,
wherein the drive device has a first transmission for transmitting torque between the first drive assembly and the first axle member and a second transmission for transmitting torque between the second drive assembly and the second axle member,
wherein the first transmission and the second transmission are each designed as a spur or helical gear transmission with at least one transmission stage, and
wherein a displacement of the first axle member relative to the first drive assembly is executed in a crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the first axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the first transmission, or in that a displacement of the second axle member relative to the second drive assembly is executed in the crosswise direction with respect to the axis of rotation of the second axle member by a rotation of the at least one transmission stage of the second transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,189,307

WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

GEO Plastics, Los Angele...

13. An assembly comprising:a pin sleeve configured to contain a retaining member and a biasing element;
a wheel mounting sleeve including an axle bore configured to receive an axle;
an annular rib extending radially outward from the wheel mounting sleeve at a position longitudinally spaced from the pin sleeve; and
a spacer extending longitudinally from the wheel mounting sleeve, the spacer monolithically formed with the wheel mounting sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,189,302

WHEEL TRIM

ZANINI AUTO GRUP, S.A., ...

1. A wheel trim (1) comprising:a base element (2) provided with holes (3); and
a cover element (4) placed on said base element (2), the cover element (4) being linked with the base element (2) by a speed activation element (5) and said cover element (4) being movable between a rest position, in which the holes (3) are not covered by the cover element (4), and an active position, in which the holes (3) are completely or partially covered by the cover element (4), when a rotating speed of the wheel is higher than a preset speed,
wherein the cover element (4) is also linked with the base element (2) by a temperature activation element (6) which moves the cover element (4) to said rest position when a temperature sensed by said temperature activation element (6) is higher than a preset temperature,
wherein a first end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is fixed to the base element (2) and a second end of each of the temperature activation element (6) and the speed activation element (5) is linked to the cover element (4) by an arm (10), a second end of the arm (10) being movable inside a groove (7) ,provided in the base element (2).

US Pat. No. 10,189,301

WHEEL SPIDER WITH ASSEMBLED SPOKE ELEMENTS AND CONNECTION OF WHEEL SPIDER TO RIM WELL

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A wheel made of fiber composite material, the wheel comprising:a rim comprising a rim well and rim flanges;
a hub comprising a first force application element and a second force application element;
a first spoke element comprising first spoke element fiber composite material;
a second spoke element comprising second spoke element fiber composite material, the first spoke element being formed separate from the second spoke element to define a separately formed first spoke and a separately formed second spoke, the first spoke extending from a first area of the hub to a first area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a first positive-locking connection or by a first positive-locking connection and a first material connection in material bond, the second spoke extending from a second area of the hub to a second area of the rim, wherein the first spoke is connected to the rim by a second positive-locking connection or by a second positive-locking connection and a second material connection in material bond, the second area of the rim being located at a circumferentially spaced location from the first area of the rim with respect to a circumferential direction of the rim, the first spoke comprising a first spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one first spoke textile strand, the second spoke comprising a second spoke fiber reinforcement comprising at least one second spoke textile strand, the first spoke comprising a first spoke distal end portion and a first spoke proximal end portion, the first spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the first spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the first spoke proximal end portion comprising a first spoke surface, the second spoke comprising a second spoke distal end portion and a second spoke proximal end portion, the second spoke distal end portion being adjacent to the rim, the second spoke proximal end portion being adjacent to the hub, the second spoke proximal end portion comprising a second spoke surface, the second spoke surface engaging the first spoke surface, wherein the second spoke surface is located circumferentially adjacent to the first spoke surface with respect to the circumferential direction, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are arranged between the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first spoke proximal end portion and the second spoke proximal end portion are fixed by at least the first force application element and the second force application element, at least one of the first force application element and the second force application element comprising pins, the pins being arranged between the spokes and the pins extending to another one of the first force application element and the second force application element, wherein the first force application element is connected to the second force application element via the pins.

US Pat. No. 10,189,300

DECORATIVE WPC PANEL COMPRISING A LOW-POROUS PROFILED EDGE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A method for producing a decorative panel, comprising the steps of: providing a plate-shaped carrier made of a WPC (wood plastic composite) material comprising wood particles and plastic;forming a profile in at least one edge of the plate-shaped carrier by milling using a milling head;
subjecting a surface of the profile to a thermal treatment to at least partially melt the WPC material in the region of the profile and seal the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,298

DEVICE FOR HOLDING AND TILTING A CONTAINER

1. An apparatus, comprising:a top plate, the top plate having a proximate end and a distal end;
a hinge assembly, wherein the proximate end of the top plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the top plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a bottom plate, wherein the top plate is hingedly coupled to the bottom plate by the hinge assembly, the bottom plate having a proximate end and a distal end, wherein the proximate end of the bottom plate is located proximate to the hinge assembly and the distal end of the bottom plate is located on an opposite end from the proximate end;
a leg extending outwardly away from the bottom plate, wherein the leg is coplanar with the bottom plate, and wherein the leg is connected to the bottom plate near the distal end of the bottom plate;
a hook connected to a top end of a bungee cord, wherein the bungee cord is adapted to extend upwardly from a top surface of the top plate; and
a retaining wall, wherein the retaining wall protrudes upwardly from the top surface of the top plate, and wherein the retaining wall extends around at least a portion of a perimeter of the top plate,
wherein the top plate is rotatable relative to the bottom plate,
and wherein the apparatus is adapted to hold a container, the container being positionable on the top surface of the top plate and at least partially enclosed by the retaining wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,297

WALL APPLIQUé

18. A wall appliqué comprising:a body portion consisting of a single layer having a front side and a back side wherein the body portion is a polyurethane material that is not a cross-linked polyethylene foam and sized and shaped to be used as architectural embellishment for a wall wherein the body portion has a thickness that is greater than .033 inches and less than ?? and has a Shore hardness of 10-60 and wherein the body portion is configured to be cut with handheld scissors; and
an adhesive portion comprising an adhesive layer wherein the adhesive portion is directly on the back side of the single-layer body portion wherein the adhesive layer is configured to bond the body portion to a wall by applying pressure to the body portion when the body portion is positioned on a wall wherein the adhesive portion is co-extensive with the back side of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,296

INSTRUMENT, SUCH AS A WRITING PEN, MAKE-UP PEN, TOOL OR TOY AND METHOD FOR USING SUCH AN INSTRUMENT

1. An instrument, said instrument comprising:a body adapted for being grasped by a user;
at least two modules, each module being independent of the other module(s), including an active portion and being movable relatively to the body; and
for each module, a mechanism for guiding the module in translation and in rotation along the body, the module being movable relatively to the body successively in a translation parallel to a first axis and in a rotation around a second axis which is perpendicular to the first axis and which is secured to the body, between a rest configuration wherein the active portion of the module is housed in the body and a use configuration wherein the active portion of the module protrudes out of the body,wherein both modules or two of the modules are positioned on either side of a same arm of the body, which extends along the first axis from a base of the body as far as one end of the body, the respective active portions of both of these modules being housed in the base in the rest configuration and extending along the first axis beyond the end of the body in the use configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,295

LAYER ELEMENT

1. A method for manufacturing a partially demetallized layer element, comprising the steps of:supplying a layer element, having
a carrier substrate with a face having at least one first and one second region, wherein the first region has a first structure which is different from a second structure of the second region, and at least one metal layer arranged on the face of the carrier substrate; and
removing the metal layer by exciting surface plasmon polaritons by means of electromagnetic radiation in the first region having the first structure;
wherein the metal layer in the second region is not removable by the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons that contribute to the removing of the metal layer in the first region on account of the first structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,294

ARRAYS OF INDIVIDUALLY ORIENTED MICRO MIRRORS FOR USE IN IMAGING SECURITY DEVICES FOR CURRENCY AND BRAND AUTHENTICATION

LUMENCO, LLC, Englewood,...

1. A visual display assembly useful as a security element on paper and coin currency, and product labels, comprising:a substrate; and
on a surface of the substrate, an array of micro mirrors receiving ambient light and, in response, displaying an image in a plane spaced a distance apart from the surface of the substrate, wherein the image comprises a plurality of pixels and wherein the array of micro mirrors includes for each of the pixels a different set of the micro mirrors each having a reflective surface oriented, in a fixed manner with a body of each of the micro mirrors rotated about at least one of first and second rotation axes extending through the body, to reflect the ambient light toward a point on the plane corresponding to one of the pixels, wherein each of the different sets concurrently reflect the ambient light to concurrently generate the plurality of pixels, and wherein a voxel is created at each of the points on the plane via intersection of two or more beams of the reflected ambient light and wherein each of the created voxels produces an effect of a point source of light floating above the surface of the substrate in the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,293

ANTI-COUNTERFEIT MEDIUM AND VERIFICATION METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. An anti-counterfeit medium comprising:a support member including a first portion having optical transparency;
a first retardation layer facing the first portion and including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other;
a polarizing layer facing the first retardation layer at a position of the first portion; and
a second retardation layer facing the first retardation layer with the polarizing layer interposed therebetween, the second retardation layer including a plurality of regions whose slow axis directions are different from each other, wherein
the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer are attached to the support member,
the anti-counterfeit medium comprises only the polarizing layer as a polarizer,
a portion out of the anti-counterfeit medium where the first portion, the first retardation layer, the polarizing layer, and the second retardation layer form a stacked structure has optical transparency, and
the anti-counterfeit medium is configured such that
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a first image when observing a portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with an unaided eye in a state in which the first retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and an observer, and a reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium, and
the anti-counterfeit medium displays a second image different from the first image when observing the portion of the anti-counterfeit medium corresponding to the stacked structure with the unaided eye in a state in which the second retardation layer is located between the polarizing layer and the observer, and the reflector is located behind the anti-counterfeit medium.

US Pat. No. 10,189,292

METHOD FOR THE SURFACE APPLICATION OF A SECURITY DEVICE TO A SUBSTRATE

1. A fibrous sheet material having opposing surfaces and a recessin one opposing surface, which comprises:
a fibrous sub-region disposed beneath the recess, and an immediate adjoining bulk-region disposed next to the recess and the sub-region;
a surface applied security device disposed in the recess; and
an interface between the surface applied security device and the one opposing surface,
wherein the surface applied security device has been introduced during a wet stage of a paper manufacturing process where a fibrous web was sufficiently consolidated as a fully formed wet web, wherein by introducing the security device at this wet stage of the paper manufacturing process, the security device has been adequately forced into the fibrous web to further consolidate fibers in the sub-region rather than displacing them, wherein a water level and/or a moisture level of the sufficiently consolidated fibrous web ranged from about 60% to about 90% by weight, based on a total weight of the fibrous web, when the surface applied security device was introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,189,291

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUPPORT FOR THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMAL TRANSFER IMAGE-RECEIVING SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

14. A thermal transfer image-receiving sheet comprising a substrate layer composed of a substrate, an adhesive layer composed of a melt-extruded resin, a porous layer composed of a porous film, and a color material-receiving layer that are layered in the order mentioned, whereinthe substrate and the porous film are laminated by the melt-extruded resin while passing the substrate and the porous film between a pair of rollers, the pair of rollers comprising a press roller and a cooling roller having a spacing d therebetween, and a midpoint defined along the spacing d between the press roller and the cooling roller; wherein,
a difference (d?h) between the spacing d between the rollers and a total thickness h of the substrate layer, the adhesive layer, and the porous layer is 20 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less; and
wherein a die is arranged above a position between the midpoint and the cooling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,290

PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a print-receiving medium that has plural pages arranged on the print-receiving medium along a length direction of the print-receiving medium, each of the pages including a print area, and has non-print areas each disposed between respective two adjacent pages of said plural pages;
a driving motor configured to drive said feeding roller; and
a printing head including plural heat generating elements that is arranged along a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of said feeding roller and is configured to form at least dots in each print line formed by dividing said print-receiving medium in said feeding direction at a print resolution, said printing head being configured to form a print on said print-receiving medium,
the printer being configured to sequentially execute printing using said feeding roller and said printing head in cooperation with each other for each of said plural pages of said print-receiving medium,
said printer further comprising:
a motor temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of said driving motor;
a processor; and
a first memory,
said first memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by said processor, cause said printer to perform:
a forcible cooling determination process for determining whether a detected temperature detected by said motor temperature detector reaches a forcible cooling temperature predetermined in advance in a state that said printing head executes the printing on said print area;
a first discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute forcible cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said forcible cooling temperature by said forcible cooling determination process;
a first resuming control process for resuming said printing while doubly forming dots on said print line of said print-receiving medium on which dots are formed last at least immediately before discontinuing said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to a forcible cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said forcible cooling by said first discontinuation control process;
a between-page cooling determination process for determining whether said detected temperature reaches a between-page cooling temperature that is lower than said forcible cooling temperature in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area;
a second discontinuation control process for discontinuing said printing to execute between-page cooling, by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller in a state that said printing head faces said non-print area at a timing that it is determined that said detected temperature reaches said between-page cooling temperature by said between-page cooling determination process; and
a second resuming control process for resuming said printing by controlling said printing head and said feeding roller when said detected temperature is decreased to between-page cooling cancellation temperature predetermined in advance after a start of an execution of said between-page cooling by said second discontinuation control process.

US Pat. No. 10,189,289

TAPE INCLUDING LABEL PART AND ATTACHMENT PART SEPARABLE THEREFROM AND TAPE CARTRIDGE ACCOMMODATING THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape comprising:a release sheet having an elongated rectangular shape, the release sheet having a length in a first direction greater than a length in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a main label portion affixed to the release sheet and containing a fold line extending in the first direction, the main label portion having a center portion in the second direction where the fold line extends in the first direction; and
a subordinate label portion affixed to the release sheet and arrayed with the main label portion in the first direction,
the subordinate label portion being separate from the main label portion and having a length in the second direction not more than a length from one end in the second direction of the main label portion to the fold line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,288

REJECTED MEDIA UNIT STORAGE FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device, comprising:a housing having an opening to provide access to a cassette removably supported within the housing;
a media unit holder configured to receive a rejected media unit driven between the opening and a body of the cassette along a media reject path, the media unit holder including:
a first deck having a first support surface between the body of the cassette and the opening, the first support surface facing the opening; and
a second deck mounted within the housing and having a second support surface, the media unit holder configured to receive the rejected media unit to support (i) a leading portion of the rejected media unit on the first deck, and (ii) a trailing portion of the rejected media unit on the second deck, wherein the first and second decks are configured to receive the rejected media unit for removal of the rejected media unit via the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,287

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:an ejection head provided with a plurality of nozzles and configured to eject a liquid from the nozzles to a paper sheet to perform printing;
a paper sheet transport roller configured to transport the paper sheet to an ejection position of the ejection head by rotating while pinching the paper sheet;
an inverting portion configured to curve and invert the paper sheet in order to print on a second surface of the paper sheet after printing on a first surface of the paper sheet;
a pinch portion configured to pinch the paper sheet with the inverting portion; and
a rotation control unit configured to control rotation of the paper sheet transport roller,
wherein, after printing on the first surface of the paper sheet, the rotation control unit performs a decurling process including a rotation stop control to stop rotation of the paper sheet transport roller for a predetermined time in a state in which a length from a position in which the paper sheet is pinched by the pinch portion to a forward end of the second surface of the paper sheet is equal to or shorter than a distance from a position in which the paper sheet is pinched by the paper sheet transport roller to an uppermost stream nozzle of the ejection head.

US Pat. No. 10,189,286

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS OF WEB PRINT MEDIUM

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a web and arranged downstream of an inkjet head for ejecting ink to the web in a conveyance direction of the web;
a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a back tension roller arranged upstream of the inkjet head in the conveyance direction and configured to apply a tension to a portion of the web located under the inkjet head in cooperation with the conveyance roller;
a conveyance speed detector configured to detect a conveyance speed of the web;
a brake configured to apply a braking force to the back tension roller; and
a controller configured to control the conveyance motor and the brake,wherein the controller is configured tobased on the conveyance speed of the web detected by the conveyance speed detector, control a value of a drive control parameter of the conveyance motor such that the conveyance speed of the web is equal to a target speed, the drive control parameter being a parameter for controlling power supplied to the conveyance motor,
calculate an output torque of the conveyance motor corresponding to the value of the drive control parameter, and
adjust the braking force of the brake such that a difference between the calculated output torque of the conveyance motor and an output torque of the brake is equal to a target torque difference corresponding to a target tension of the tension of the web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,285

SELF-STRIP MEDIA MODULE

1. A module, comprising:a peel bar rotatable from a first position on a discharge side of a platen roller to a second position on a feed side of the platen roller and to a third position on the discharge side of the platen roller;
wherein, when the peel bar is in the second position, media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and a mid-chassis of a printer;
wherein, when the peel bar is rotated from the second position to the third position after the media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and the mid-chassis, the peel bar pulls the media over the platen roller and over itself;
wherein the printer comprises a thermal printhead configured to be lowered onto the media over the platen roller and to print on media, the media comprising a series of labels adhered to a liner; and
wherein, when the printer advances the media over the peel bar when the peel bar is in the third position, the labels are stripped from the liner as the media advances around the peel bar and the printer advances the liner around the peel bar and over the platen roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,284

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette, comprising:a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a front wall, a first wall, a second wall, and a third wall, the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the rear wall in a first direction orthogonal to the front wall and the rear wall, an arm portion including the front wall, the first wall, and the third wall, the arm portion having a tape feed exit located on an end of the arm portion in a second direction parallel to the front wall and the bottom wall, the first wall and the second wall forming an arm-opening extending in a third direction from the bottom wall to the top wall between the first wall and the second wall in the first direction, the third wall being positioned between the front wall and the first wall in the first direction, the third direction being orthogonal to the first and the second directions;
a tape, a portion of the tape being included within the arm portion, a different portion of the tape being exposed through the tape feed exit, the tape being configured to be fed to the tape feed exit in the second direction;
a rear indentation indented from a rear portion of the bottom wall toward the top wall up to a ceiling surface, the ceiling surface being parallel to the top wall and the bottom wall, the ceiling surface being between the top wall and the bottom wall in the third direction;
a plurality of front indicator portions positioned opposite of the portion of the tape with respect to the third wall in the first direction, the plurality of front indicator portions including a first type and a second type, the first type being defined on a surface of the front wall, the second type having an elevation with respect to the front wall in the first direction and exposing a portion of the third wall, positions of the plurality of front indicator portions corresponding to a type of the tape; and
a rear indicator portion formed on the ceiling surface, a position of the rear indicator portion indicating a color of characters, the rear indicator portion being one of a pressing portion or a non-pressing portion,
wherein the plurality of front indicator portions and the rear indicator portion are positioned between a first virtual line and a second virtual line, the first virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting the tape feed exit, and the second virtual line extending in the first direction and intersecting an upstream end of the arm-opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,283

VACUUM MEDIA TRANSPORT SYSTEM WITH REDUCED PRESSURE VARIATIONS IN INTER-COPY GAPS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A media transport system comprising:a vacuum plenum; and
a belt positioned over the vacuum plenum, the belt comprising:
at least one member configured to carry print media in a process direction;
a first plurality of holes formed through the at least one member in a first region only that carries a first print medium to enable the vacuum plenum to apply a force to hold the first print medium against the at least one member of the belt;
a second plurality of holes formed through the at least one member in a second region only that carries a second print medium to enable the vacuum plenum to apply the force to hold the second print medium against the at least one member of the belt; and
a plurality of slots formed through the at least one member in a third region corresponding to an inter-copy gap only that is positioned between the first region and the second region, each slot in the plurality of slots being formed with a first area that is greater than a second area occupied by one hole in the first plurality of holes or the second plurality of holes wherein the plurality of slots is arranged with a length of each slot being aligned with the process direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,189,282

PRINTER AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING MULTI-PASS PRINTING

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a print executing unit including:
a conveying mechanism configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction;
a print head having a plurality of nozzles arranged in the conveying direction, each of the plurality of nozzles being configured to eject an ink droplet to form a dot on the sheet; and
a main scanning mechanism configured to execute a main scan by moving the print head in a main scanning direction perpendicular to the conveying direction; and
a controller configured to control the print executing unit to perform a multi-pass printing for printing a target image on the sheet with a plurality of pass processes, the plurality of pass processes forming a plurality of partial images respectively, two partial images formed with successive two pass processes overlapping partially, wherein K-number of active nozzles consecutively arranged are selected from the plurality of nozzles for each of the plurality of pass processes, dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles decreasing at an upstream gradient from a nozzle having a maximum dot recording rate among the dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles toward a most-upstream nozzle of the K-number of active nozzles in the conveying direction, the dot recording rates of the K-number of active nozzles decreasing at a downstream gradient from a nozzle having the maximum dot recording rate toward a most-downstream nozzle of the K-number of active nozzles in the conveying direction,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the print executing unit to perform:
executing an (A)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and a pass process is executed with KA number of active nozzles;
executing, before the (A)-print process is executed, a (B)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and a pass process is executed with KB number of active nozzles, KB being smaller than KA; and
executing, after the (B)-print process is executed before the (A)-print process is executed, a (C)-print process in which the conveying mechanism conveys the sheet and at least two pass processes are executed with KC number of active nozzles, KC being greater than or equal to KB and smaller than KA,
wherein the (C)-print process includes:
a (C1)-pass process with KC1 number of active nozzles as the KC number of active nozzles, the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC1 number of active nozzles used in the (C1)-pass process being smaller than the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process, the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC1 number of active nozzles used in the (C1)-pass process being the same as the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process; and
a (C2)-pass process with KC2 number of active nozzles as the KC number of active nozzles, the (C2)-pass process being executed after the (C1) pass process, the upstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC2 number of active nozzles used in the (C2)-pass process being the same as the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KA number of active nozzles used in the (A)-print process, the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KC2 number of active nozzles used in the (C2)-pass process being smaller than the downstream gradient of the dot recording rates of the KB number of active nozzles used in the (B)-print process, KC1 being smaller than KC2.

US Pat. No. 10,189,278

HIGH-TURNAROUND, CLOSED-LOOP, DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTING

1. A printing apparatus for direct-to-garment printing, comprising:a plurality of pallets movable along a closed-loop path, each pallet configured to secure a fabric substrate having a printable surface; and
a plurality of stations positioned along the closed-loop path, wherein each pallet stops at each station for a preset dwell time, and wherein the plurality of stations comprises:
an operator station configured for receiving and securing the fabric substrate onto one of the plurality of pallets to provide access to the printable surface of the fabric substrate;
one or more pretreatment stations configured for pretreating at least a portion of the printable surface of the fabric substrate with a pretreatment fluid;
one or more heating stations configured for heating and drying the pretreated printable surface of the fabric substrate; and
one or more printing stations configured for printing an image on the dried pretreated printable surface of the fabric substrate to form a printed fabric product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,276

TAPE PRINTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape printing device that is vertically long and is able to be operated by being handheld, comprising:a main key operating portion; and
a plurality of groups of keys positioned on the main key operation portion on a front surface of the tape printing device,
wherein the plurality of groups of keys comprises a first group of keys having a high frequency of operations and a second group of keys having a low frequency of operations,
wherein the first group of keys having a high frequency of operations is disposed at a position near to a center of gravity in a longitudinal direction of the tape printing device, and the second group of keys having a low frequency of operations is disposed at a position distant from the center of gravity in the longitudinal direction of the tape printing device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,275

TREATMENT SEGMENT WITH A COUPLING SECTION AND DEVICE FOR PRINTING CONTAINERS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A treatment segment for printing on containers, said treatment segment comprising a coupling section for securing said treatment segment on a revolving and drivable transport element such that said treatment segment can be exchanged, wherein said treatment segment comprises at least one of a retention-and-centering unit for securing a container on said treatment segment and a receiver for retaining and releasing a retention-and-centering unit, wherein said coupling section is a component of a support structure that runs, at least in sections, in an interior of said treatment segment enclosed by a housing, and wherein said housing is retained, at least indirectly, on said support structure, wherein said support structure comprises at least one first coupling-element on which at least two spaced apart bearing sections are formed, wherein said bearing sections each have pairs of bearing surfaces that are configured such that an alignment of said treatment segment in relation to the transport element takes place through said bearing surfaces in two orthogonal spatial directions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,274

PRINTER, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head having a plurality of heating elements arranged in an arrangement direction, the thermal head being configured to selectively energize the plurality of heating elements, thereby applying thermal energy to a print medium, wherein the print medium is configured to develop a first color when supplied with a quantity of thermal energy per unit area that is equal to or more than a first quantity and equal to or less than a second quantity and to develop a second color when supplied with a quantity of thermal energy per unit area that is equal to or more than a third quantity more than the second quantity;
a conveyor configured to convey the print medium in a conveyance direction perpendicular to the arrangement direction of the heating elements; and
a controller configured to perform a particular process comprising:
while controlling the conveyor to convey the print medium, controlling the thermal head to apply a fourth quantity of thermal energy per unit area to a first area of the print medium; and
while controlling the conveyor to convey the print medium, controlling the thermal head to apply a fifth quantity of thermal energy per unit area to a second area of the print medium, the second area including an overlapping area that overlaps and positionally coincides with at least a part of the first area in the conveyance direction, each of the fourth quantity and the fifth quantity being more than the first quantity and less than the second quantity, a sum of the fourth quantity and the fifth quantity being less than the third quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,273

HEAD UNIT HAVING NOZZLE CHIPS ARRANGED SIDE BY SIDE AND LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A head unit comprising:nozzle chips which are arranged side by side in a first direction, each of the nozzle chips having a jetting surface and nozzles aligned in a predetermined direction parallel to the jetting surface and crossing both of the first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a holder configured to hold the nozzle chips from a side opposite to the jetting surface of each of the nozzle chips; and
a fixing plate to which the nozzle chips are fixed and which is arranged on a side facing the jetting surface of each of the nozzle chips,
wherein the holder has first walls arranged in the second direction so as to sandwich the nozzle chips therebetween,
each of the first walls has first projections formed on a lower surface thereof facing the fixing plate, and
the first projections make contact with the fixing plate and
wherein two nozzle chips included in the nozzle chips are exposed from the holder in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,272

CORRECTION VALUE ACQUIRING METHOD FOR INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND AN INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A correction value acquiring method for inkjet printing apparatus, an inkjet printing apparatus with an inkjet head for dispensing ink droplets to a printing medium to form images thereon, the inkjet head including a plurality of head modules each having a plurality of nozzles for dispensing the ink droplets, and drive circuits provided for the respective head modules for driving the nozzles, the method being arranged to obtain correction values for the drive circuits, the method comprising the following steps:a testing chart forming step for forming a testing chart in one printing job, the testing chart including a first line segment group having a plurality of first line segments formed in a direction perpendicular to a transport direction of the printing medium, by causing the drive circuit of a head module acting as reference among the head modules to output a reference drive signal for obtaining a reference density, and a second line segment group having a plurality of second line segments formed in the direction perpendicular to the transport direction of the printing medium, by causing the drive circuits of the head modules other than the head module acting as reference to output the reference drive signal and drive signals with a plurality of different correction values added to the reference drive signal;
an identifying step for comparing density of each first line segment and density of each second line segment based on the testing chart, and identifying a second line segment having a matching density; and
a correction value acquiring step for acquiring a correction value corresponding to the second line segment identified.

US Pat. No. 10,189,269

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to discharge first black ink, second black ink having a higher surface tension than the first black ink, and color ink having a lower surface tension than the second black ink;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a target portion of a first area to be subjected to recording with a black ink on a recording medium is an edge portion adjoining a second area to be subjected to recording with at least the color ink; and
a control unit configured to control a recording operation to record an image on the recording medium by discharging ink from the recording head,
wherein the control unit controls the recording operation to discharge both the first and the second black ink to the target portion determined to be the edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,268

SOLVENT OR INK CONTAINER PLUG

DOVER EUROPE SARL, Verni...

1. A solvent or ink container plug including:a cylindrical base having an upper side and a lower side, the lower side being configured to face an inside of a container when the container is closed by the plug; and
a connection portion, connected to the upper side of the cylindrical base, the connection portion comprising at least two connection tips,
wherein the cylindrical base comprises a first aperture and a second aperture provided at the lower side of the cylindrical base,
wherein the first aperture and second aperture are each in communication with a corresponding one of the two connection tips, and
wherein the connection portion has a side dimension, measured in a plane perpendicular to an axis of introducing the plug onto or into the container, that is smaller than the cylindrical base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,267

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber which communicates with a nozzle for ejecting liquid;
an inflow path which is connected to the liquid chamber;
a liquid supply unit which supplies the liquid to the inflow path;
an outflow path which is connected to the liquid chamber, and through which the liquid is caused to flow out from the liquid chamber;
a moving object which causes the liquid to be ejected from the nozzle by reciprocating toward the nozzle in the liquid chamber; and
an actuator which causes the moving object to reciprocate,
wherein, at least in an ejecting state in which the liquid is continuously ejected from the nozzle due to reciprocating of the moving object, a flow path resistance of the outflow path is larger than that of the inflow path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,266

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle through which fluid is ejected or purged;
a pressure regulating valve arranged upstream of the nozzle,
wherein the pressure regulating valve is configured to open in response to an open/close pressure differential of the fluid across the pressure regulating valve, and
wherein the pressure regulating valve is configured to controllably regulate the open/close pressure differential; and
a controller configured to:
when a suction pump is being operated to perform a first purging operation comprising creating a first negative pressure through suctioning by the suction pump to purge the fluid through the nozzle, control the pressure regulating valve to set the open/close pressure differential of the pressure regulating valve to a first value.

US Pat. No. 10,189,264

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid supply unit configured to be attachable to and detachable from a liquid ejection device that comprises an electrode assembly and an engaged part, the liquid supply unit comprising:a lower wall having a liquid supply port;
an upper wall opposed to the lower wall;
a first vertical wall intersecting the lower wall and the upper wall;
a second vertical wall intersecting the lower wall and the upper wall and opposed to the first vertical wall;
a third vertical wall intersecting the lower wall, the upper wall, the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall;
a fourth vertical wall intersecting the lower wall, the upper wall, the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall and opposed to the third vertical wall;
an inclined surface extending outward and upward from the second vertical wall such that the second vertical wall has a vertically extending section below the inclined surface;
a plurality of contact portions arrayed in an array direction on the inclined surface, the contact portions being electrically connectable with the electrode assembly; and
an engagement part that is engageable with the engaged part,
wherein the engagement part is located above the inclined surface on the second vertical wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,262

CLEANING LIQUID, CONTAINER, INKJET PRINTING METHOD, INKJET PRINTING DEVICE, AND SET OF INK AND CLEANING LIQUID

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A cleaning liquid for rinsing an ink adhering to an article comprising:water; and
a first organic solvent,
wherein a liquid mixture of the water and the first organic solvent has a Hansen solubility parameter including a hydrogen bond term of 10.0 (cal/cm3)1/2 or less,
wherein the ink includes water, a second organic solvent, a polyurethane resin particle, and a polysiloxane surfactant having an HLB value of 8 or less,
wherein the polyurethane resin particle accounts for 5 percent by mass or more of a total amount of the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,189,261

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIPING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a wiper;
a wiping surface configured to be wiped with the wiper;
a plurality of nozzles provided in the wiping surface;
a drive element for discharging liquids from the nozzles; and
a moving mechanism configured to cause the wiper and the wiping surface to relatively move,
wherein, in a moving direction of the wiper with respect to the wiping surface, a distance between an edge of the wiping surface on an upstream side in the moving direction and the nozzle disposed on the most upstream side is shorter than a distance between an edge of the wiping surface on a downstream side in the moving direction and the nozzle disposed on the most downstream side,
wherein the wiping surface has a first region in which the nozzles are arranged and a second region in which no nozzles are arranged,
wherein the wiper is configured to move with respect to the wiping surface at a slower speed in the second region than in the first region,
wherein the wiper is shorter in length in a direction intersecting with the moving direction than a length of the wiping surface in the direction intersecting with the moving direction, and
wherein the wiper relatively moves a plurality of times from the edge of the wiping surface on the upstream side to the edge of the wiping surface on the downstream side, for wiping the wiping surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,260

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head having a plurality of nozzles through which an ink composition containing an inorganic pigment is ejected, a nozzle surface having nozzle orifices, and a liquid-repellent film disposed on the nozzle surface;
an absorbing member that absorbs the ink composition containing the inorganic pigment from the nozzle orifices and the nozzle surface; and
an actuating mechanism including a pressing member that presses the absorbing member and the nozzle surface relative to each other,
wherein the actuating mechanism moves at least one of the absorbing member and the recording head relative to the other to perform a cleaning operation in which the ink composition is removed from the nozzle surface with the absorbing member, and
the absorbing member contains an impregnation liquid in an amount of 10% to 200% by mass based on 100% by mass of the absorbing member, the impregnation liquid having a surface tension of 45 mN/m or less during the cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,259

JOINING METHOD, APPARATUS OF MANUFACTURING JOINED BODY, JOINED BODY, INK JET HEAD UNIT, AND INK JET TYPE RECORDING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A joining method, comprising:applying a joining material to a transfer medium, the joining material joining a first member and a second member;
increasing a viscosity of the joining material that applied to the transfer medium than the viscosity of the joining material in applying the joining material to the transfer medium;
transferring the joining material to the first member; and
joining the first member and the second member by the joining material that transferred to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,258

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a plurality of recording heads each having at least a nozzle array from which droplets of an ink are discharged;
a pair of units for subsequent treatment that apply an energy to the droplets discharged from the plurality of recording heads onto a recording medium to exercise subsequent treatment for dots formed with the ink; and
a controller that, while reciprocating the plurality of recording heads along a first direction, prompts the plurality of recording heads to discharge the droplets onto the recording medium at timings of forward and backward scans being performed in order to obtain an image formed with the dots on the recording medium,
wherein two or more than two of the plurality of recording heads being disposed in a staggered arrangement in the first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction,
the pair of units for subsequent treatment being disposed along the second direction and spaced at an interval with the plurality of recording heads being interposed therebetween,
a respective one of the pair of units for subsequent treatment having a length in the second direction greater than or equal to an ink-dischargeable extent in the second direction of the plurality of recording heads in one scan, and
two or more than two nozzle arrays of the plurality of recording heads, from which droplets of a same color ink are discharged, being disposed symmetrically with respect to an intermediary line extending along the second direction and passing through center of the interval between the pair of units for subsequent treatment that are spaced apart;
wherein the plurality of recording heads comprises at least a pair of recording heads having two or more than two nozzle arrays disposed in parallel to each other from which droplets of different color inks are discharged, and
the two or more than two nozzle arrays are disposed symmetrically with respect to the intermediary line for each color of the droplets;
the plurality of recording heads comprise: a plurality of pairs of recording heads,
one of the pairs of recording heads disposed downstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a longer distance in the first direction, and another one of the pairs of recording heads disposed upstream in the second direction are spaced apart by a shorter distance in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,257

PRINT BAR STRUCTURE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print bar structure, comprising:a beam having two flanges connected by a web and a planar surface along a longitudinal edge of each flange;
a printhead mounting structure attached to the beam along the planar surfaces to mount a printhead;
a fluid flow structure positioned between the flanges to carry printing fluid to the printhead mounting structure, the fluid flow structure being distinct from the beam; and
multiple printheads mounted to the printhead mounting structure and arranged end to end in a staggered configuration in which each printhead overlaps an adjacent printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,256

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a head comprising a plurality of introduction openings and a plurality of sets of nozzles, each set of nozzles corresponding to each of the plurality of introduction openings, the head receiving a corresponding liquid from each of at least one of the plurality of introduction openings and ejecting the corresponding liquid through the corresponding set of nozzles while moving in a scanning direction, the plurality of introduction openings being arranged in a direction parallel to the scanning direction;
a plurality of liquid retention portions that are arranged in a direction that intersects the scanning direction and that retain a plurality of liquids, the plurality of liquid retention portions feeding the plurality of liquids to the plurality of introduction openings of the head;
a mounting portion in which the plurality of liquid retention portions are mounted; and
a plurality of flow channels that are provided in the mounting portion and supply the liquid to the head from the plurality of liquid retention portions,
wherein:
the plurality of liquid retention portions include a black liquid retention portion that retains a black liquid, and
among flow channel lengths of the plurality of flow channels, a flow channel length of a flow channel that supplies the black liquid is shortest.

US Pat. No. 10,189,255

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a flow passage member comprising:
a plurality of discharge holes;
a plurality of pressurizing chambers respectively connected to the plurality of discharge holes;
a plurality of first flow passages respectively connected to the plurality of pressurizing chambers and supplying the plurality of pressurizing chambers with liquid respectively;
a second flow passage commonly connected to the plurality of first flow passages;
a plurality of third flow passages respectively connected to the plurality of pressurizing chambers and collecting liquid in the plurality of pressurizing chambers respectively; and
a fourth flow passage including a damper and commonly connected to the plurality of third flow passages; and
a plurality of pressurizing sections respectively pressurizing liquid in the plurality of pressurizing chambers,
wherein a flow passage resistance in the plurality of third flow passages is lower than a flow passage resistance in the plurality of first flow passages, and
wherein a space facing the fourth flow passage via the damper is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,254

DROPLET EJECTING HEAD AND DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A droplet ejecting head, comprising:a board having a first surface and a second surface;
a pressure chamber in the board and having an opening on a first surface side of the board through which a solution can be supplied to the pressure chamber;
a nozzle through which solution supplied from the pressure chamber can be ejected, the nozzle being disposed on a second surface side of the board opposite the first surface side;
an actuator configured to cause a pressure change in the pressure chamber in response to an electrical signal supplied from a drive circuit by changing a volume of the pressure chamber; and
a solution holding container on the first surface side of the board, the solution holding container having a solution inlet for receiving solution and a solution outlet for supplying solution to the pressure chamber via the opening, wherein
the drive circuit is configured to:
set the electrical signal at a first voltage level at a start of a droplet ejection process for ejecting solution through the nozzle,
change the electrical signal from the first voltage level to a second voltage level during the droplet ejection process,
set the electrical signal to a third voltage level during a time period after changing the electrical signal from the first voltage level to the second voltage level, the time period being equal to a primary natural oscillation period of the actuator when the pressure chamber and the nozzle are filled with solution, and
set the electrical signal to the first voltage level after the time period has elapsed,
the second voltage level when applied to actuator causing the pressure chamber to expand in volume from a volume of the pressure chamber when the first voltage level is applied to the actuator, and
the third voltage level being in a range between the first voltage level and the second voltage level or equal to the second voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,189,253

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate; and
an ejection orifice-forming member formed on the substrate and including an ejection orifice configured to eject liquid and a liquid channel communicating with the ejection orifice,
wherein the ejection orifice-forming member includes an ejection orifice-forming member layer A, an intermediate water-repellent layer, and an ejection orifice-forming member layer B in this order from a substrate-side of the member,
the ejection orifice-forming member includes a protrusion protruding into the ejection orifice, and
the ejection orifice-forming member includes a water-repellent projection portion that is at least a portion of the intermediate water-repellent layer and that projects farther into the ejection orifice than the ejection orifice-forming member layer A and the ejection orifice-forming member layer B.

US Pat. No. 10,189,251

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, comprising:a recording head configured to discharge ink to a recording medium;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to temperature of the recording head;
a conveying unit configured to convey a recording medium;
a mode selecting controller which performs selecting of one recording mode from a plurality of recording modes at least including
(i) a first recording mode for printing a first surface of a recording medium and a second surface of a recording medium, the second surface being continuously fed to a recording position being recorded by the recording head after the first surface by the conveying unit and being recorded upon next after the first surface, and
(ii) a second recording mode where a period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface is shorter than the period in the first recording mode;
a heating controller which performs heating of the recording head so as
(i) not to heat the recording head during the period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface in the first recording mode, and
(ii) to heat the recording head, on the basis of information relating to the temperature of the recording head by driving a heating element to adjust a temperature of the recording head, during the period from finishing of recording onto the first surface to starting of recording onto the second surface in the second recording mode; and
a recording controller which performs recording onto the first surface and the second surface by the recording head in accordance with the selected recording mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,248

PRINTHEAD WITH MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DIE AND APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print head assembly (PHA), comprising:a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) die mounted to a substrate, the die comprising:
an opening defined in the die;
a plurality of nozzles adjacent to the opening in fluid communication with the opening; and
a pad to receive electrical control signals; and
an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) mounted to the substrate to processes image data received by the ASIC into electrical signals defining firing patterns, comprising:
a communication link; and
a plurality of transmission lines that transmit the electrical signals to the MEMS die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,247

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting section that ejects liquid in response to a drive signal;
a non-contact power transmission circuit that transmits power in a non-contact manner by using the first frequency band;
a drive signal generation circuit that generates the drive signal by using a second frequency band including a portion of the first frequency band, the second frequency band being different from the first frequency band; and
a case body that surrounds the drive signal generation circuit and the non-contract power transmission circuit and includes a first surface and a second surface that faces the first surface,
wherein the drive signal generation circuit is arranged at a position closer to the first surface than to the second surface, and
wherein the non-contact power transmission circuit is arranged at a position closer to the second surface than to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,246

JETTING DEVICE WITH FILTER STATUS DETECTION

6. A method of detecting an obstruction status of a filter in a jetting device, the jetting device comprising an ejection unit arranged to eject droplets of a liquid, the ejection unit comprising a nozzle, a liquid duct connected to the nozzle, and an electro-mechanical transducer arranged to create an acoustic pressure wave in the liquid in the duct, and the jetting device further comprising a circuit configured to measure the electric response of the transducer, said method comprising the steps of:ejecting droplets from the nozzle in order to create an increased demand for liquid in the duct;
creating an acoustic pressure wave in the duct of the ejection unit by energizing the transducer with or without ejecting another droplet;
recording changes in the electric response of the transducer that represent pressure fluctuations induced by the acoustic pressure wave in the form of a time-dependent function P(t); and
judging the obstruction status of the filter on the basis of said time-dependent function P(t).

US Pat. No. 10,189,243

PRINTING TRANSFERABLE COMPONENTS USING MICROSTRUCTURED ELASTOMERIC SURFACES WITH PRESSURE MODULATED REVERSIBLE ADHESION

1. An apparatus for printing transferable components, the apparatus comprising:a stamp comprising an elastomeric post protruding therefrom, the post having a surface configured for contact with a respective transferable component and including three-dimensional relief features protruding therefrom;
a transfer printing tool head including the stamp mounted thereon; and
a controller configured to operate the transfer printing tool head to press the stamp including the post protruding therefrom against the respective transferable component on a donor substrate with a first pressure to mechanically deform the relief features and a region of the post between the relief features such that the post contacts the respective transferable component over a first contact area, retract the stamp from the donor substrate such that the respective transferable component is adhered to the stamp, press the stamp including the respective transferable component adhered thereto against a receiving substrate with a second pressure that is less than the first pressure such that the post contacts the component over a second contact area that is smaller than the first contact area, and retract the stamp from the receiving substrate to delaminate the respective transferable component from the stamp and print the respective transferable component onto the receiving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,242

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting resin component that is not fully cured; and
while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path, delivering a ring of a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy that intersects at least a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line to a desired level of cure; and
wherein the ring of the curing energy is delivered by at least one galvanometer mirror-positioning system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,241

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:pushing a continuous flexible line through a delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting-epoxy-resin component that is partially cured, and wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the thermosetting-epoxy-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to selectively translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide; and
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the thermosetting-epoxy-resin component, removed by the scraper.

US Pat. No. 10,189,240

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of additively manufacturing a composite part, the method comprising:applying a liquid photopolymer resin to a non-resin component to create a continuous flexible line by pulling the non-resin component through a vessel, containing a volume of the liquid photopolymer resin, wherein the continuous flexible line comprises the non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that comprises at least some of the liquid photopolymer resin, applied to the non-resin component;
routing the continuous flexible line into a delivery guide;
pushing the continuous flexible line out of the delivery guide using a feed mechanism, wherein the feed mechanism comprises opposing rollers and a scraper that is in contact with at least one of the opposing rollers;
removing, using the scraper, residue of the photopolymer-resin component, produced by the engagement between the opposing rollers and the continuous flexible line as the opposing rollers rotate to translate the continuous flexible line to push the continuous flexible line through the delivery guide;
collecting, into a collection reservoir, the residue of the photopolymer-resin component, removed by the scraper;
depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path; and
delivering curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,239

ABILITY TO THREE-DIMENSIONALLY PRINT AN APERTURE MASK ON A MULTI SPECTRAL FILTER ARRAY

MATERION CORPORATION, Ma...

7. A three-dimensional inkjet printer, comprising:a tray comprising a vacuum chuck configured to support an associated prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array; and
a print block, comprising:
at least one inkjet head in fluid communication with a reservoir for storing associated photopolymer resin, the at least one inkjet head configured to deposit the associated photopolymer resin onto a surface of the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array forming an aperture mask thereon, and
at least one ultraviolet lamp for illuminating deposited photopolymer resin on the surface of the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array, wherein the vacuum chuck is further configured to locate a start position of the at least one inkjet head relative to the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array,
wherein the prefabricated multi-spectral optical filter array comprises a plurality of optical filter elements of different optical filter types, the optical filter elements having slanted sidewalls, the optical filter elements bonded together at the slanted sidewalls to form an optical filter array.

US Pat. No. 10,189,238

EXPOSURE MOLDING DEVICE AND EXPOSURE MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., L...

1. An exposure molding device, comprising:an exposure tank having a first surface and a second surface, wherein photosensitive liquid is accommodated within the exposure tank;
a working platform disposed relative to the first surface; and
an optical system disposed relative to the second surface and comprising:
a light emission element emitting light along an optical path; and
an optical assembly comprising:
a light transparent element disposed on the optical path;
a first optical element disposed behind the light transparent element on the optical path;
a first transmission mechanism disposed along a first direction, and connected with the first optical element for driving the first optical element to move along the first direction;
a second optical element disposed between the light transparent element and the first optical element on the optical path; and
a first optical compensating element and a second optical compensating element disposed between the light transparent element and the second optical element on the optical path, wherein the first optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the first optical element, and the second optical compensating element is disposed parallel to the second optical element,
wherein after the light is transmitted through the light transparent element, the light is reflected to the exposure tank by the first optical element, such that the photosensitive liquid is exposed and molded on the working platform.

US Pat. No. 10,189,237

FEEDSTOCK LINES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF AN OBJECT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A feedstock line for additive manufacturing of an object, the feedstock line having a feedstock-line length and an exterior surface, defining an interior volume of the feedstock line, and comprising:elongate filaments, extending along at least a portion of the feedstock-line length;
a resin, covering the elongate filaments; and
optical direction modifiers, each extending along only a portion of the feedstock-line length; and
wherein:
the optical direction modifiers are covered by the resin and are interspersed among the elongate filaments;
each of the optical direction modifiers has an outer surface;
each of the optical direction modifiers is configured such that when electromagnetic radiation strikes the outer surface from a first direction, at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation departs the outer surface in a second direction that is at an angle to the first direction to irradiate, in the interior volume of the feedstock line, the resin that, due at least in part to the elongate filaments, is not directly accessible to the electromagnetic radiation, incident on the exterior surface of the feedstock line;
the optical direction modifiers comprise partial-length optical waveguides;
each of the partial-length optical waveguides comprises a partial-length optical core;
the partial-length optical core of each of the partial-length optical waveguides comprises a first partial-length-optical-core end face, a second partial-length-optical-core end face, opposite the first partial-length-optical-core end face, and a partial-length peripheral surface, extending between the first partial-length-optical-core end face and the second partial-length-optical-core end face; and
each of the partial-length optical waveguides is configured such that when the electromagnetic radiation enters the partial-length optical core via at least one of the first partial-length-optical-core end face, the second partial-length-optical-core end face, or the partial-length peripheral surface, at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation exits the partial-length optical core via the partial-length peripheral surface to irradiate, in the interior volume of the feedstock line, the resin that, due at least in part to the elongate filaments, is not directly accessible to the electromagnetic radiation, incident on the exterior surface of the feedstock line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,233

METHOD FOR FIXING RESIN TUBE TO DIE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR RESIN-TUBE COVERED ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for fixing a resin tube inserted in a cylindrical die to the die, comprising:(a) placing the resin tube inside the cylindrical die so that both end portions of the resin tube protrude from both ends of the die; and
(b) folding back the end portions of the resin tube protruding from the both ends of the die onto an outer peripheral surface of the die,
wherein step (b) includes the following steps (i), (ii), and (iii):
(i) providing a diameter expanding unit having a plurality of diameter expanding claws which are movable in a radial direction between a diameter reduced position to be insertable in the resin tube and a diameter expanded position to extend the resin tube so that an inner diameter of the resin tube is larger than an outer diameter of the die, and which extend in an axial direction orthogonal to the radial direction;
placing the diameter expanding unit so that the axial direction is substantially parallel to a center axis of the die;
inserting the diameter expanding claws at the diameter reduced position into one end portion of the resin tube protruding from one of the ends of the die; and
moving the diameter expanding claws to the diameter expanded position to expand a diameter of the one end portion of the resin tube so that an inner diameter of the one end portion is larger than the outer diameter of the die;
(ii) moving the diameter expanding unit and the die relative to each other so that the diameter expanding unit approaches the other end portion of the resin tube while keeping the one end portion of the resin tube in a diameter expanded state by the diameter expanding claws; and
(iii) applying a pressing force toward the other end portion of the resin tube to an end surface of the one end portion of the resin tube; disengaging the one end portion of the resin tube kept in the diameter expanded state with the diameter expanding claws from the diameter expanding claws; and shifting the one end portion of the resin tube onto the outer peripheral surface of the die.

US Pat. No. 10,189,232

ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

NHK SPRING CO., LTD., Ka...

1. An electronic device manufacturing apparatus which manufactures an electronic device including electronic components fixed by a conductive adhesive agent, the apparatus comprising:a conveyor which conveys a work to which uncured conductive adhesive agent is applied;
a plurality of heaters opposed to the conveyor, the heaters being arranged at intervals;
a gas supply source which supplies an inert gas to each of the heaters;
a narrow path part including a narrow path formed locally along a locus in which the conductive adhesive agent passes, the narrow path part being disposed between the heaters and the conveyor to gather the inert gas passing through the heaters; and
a plurality of guide parts connecting the heaters and the narrow path part to guide the inert gas passing through the heaters to the narrow path,
wherein:
each of the guide parts includes a gas dispersion member which stores heat from a connected heater and disperses the inert gas passing through the connected heater,
each gas dispersion member includes a plurality of wire meshes layered in a direction of a flow of the inert gas, and
each of the pluralities of wire meshes includes at least two wire meshes of different permeabilities.

US Pat. No. 10,189,230

METHOD FOR FORMING COPPER FILM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method for forming a copper film, the method comprising:forming a base film along a surface of an insulating film of an object, the base film being one of a titanium nitride film, a tungsten film or a tungsten nitride film; and
forming a copper film on the base film of the object having the insulating film and the base film after cooling the object to a temperature of 209 K or less.

US Pat. No. 10,189,229

SURFACE-TREATED STEEL SHEET

1. A surface-treated steel sheet comprising:a base steel sheet;
a surface treatment layer which is formed on at least one surface of the base steel sheet and which consists of an oxide layer and a metal layer; and
a chemical conversion layer which is formed on a surface of the surface treatment layer,
wherein the surface treatment layer contains Zn in an adhered amount of 0.30 g/m2 to 2.00 g/m2 and Ni in an adhered amount of 0.03 g/m2 to 2.00 g/m2, wherein the adhered amount of Ni is equal to or lower than the adhered amount of Zn,
the oxide layer is formed on a surface of the metal layer and is between the chemical conversion layer and the metal layer,
wherein distribution curves of emission intensities of Fe atoms, Zn atoms, and Ni atoms are obtained respectively by performing a glow discharge spectrometry in a range from a surface of the chemical conversion layer, which is used as a measurement start position, to a position at 1 ?m from the surface of the surface treatment layer in a depth direction, which is used as a measurement end position,
the emission intensity of the Fe atoms at an interface between the oxide layer and the metal layer is 20% or less of a maximum emission intensity of the Fe atoms in the measured range,
the emission intensity of the Ni atoms at the interface is 20% or less of a maximum emission intensity of the Ni atoms, and
a first range in which the emission intensity of the Zn atoms is 60% or higher of a maximum emission intensity of the Zn atoms and a second range in which the emission intensity of the Ni atoms is 60% or higher of the maximum emission intensity of the Ni atoms overlap in the depth direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,228

ASYMMETRIC PROCESSING METHOD FOR REDUCING BOW IN LAMINATE STRUCTURES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A laminate structure comprising a first substrate, a second substrate, and an interlayer attaching the first and second substrates,wherein the second substrate is a glass substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface, the first surface having a compressive stress less than a compressive stress of the second surface;
wherein the interlayer is positioned in direct contact with the second surface of the second substrate;
wherein a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first substrate is different than a coefficient of thermal expansion of the second substrate; and
wherein a minimum radius of curvature of the laminate structure at a temperature ranging from about ?20° C. to about 90° C. is at least about 40 times greater than a maximum dimension of the laminate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,227

TAILORED PANEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of manufacturing a panel assembly, the method comprising:forming a plurality of bonds between a first sheet material and a second sheet material of a laminated sheet to bond the first and second sheet materials in a face to face relationship to form a preform, the plurality of bonds defining a closed perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials and an open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials, wherein the open perimeter region is formed to define a structural load path for transmitting a force between a first location of the panel assembly and a second location of the panel assembly;
forming the preform into a predefined shape of the panel assembly;
applying a pressurized fluid through at least one inlet coupled in fluid communication with the open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials of the preform to expand the preform, wherein the pressurized fluid expands the open perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials, wherein the first and second sheet materials expand in an opposing direction thereby defining an expanded open perimeter region, and wherein the closed perimeter region between the first and second sheet materials remains vacant of the pressurized fluid such that the closed perimeter region is not expanded; and
filling the expanded open perimeter region defined between the first and second sheet materials with a non-gaseous filler material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,226

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICRO-TRUSS STRUCTURE

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A three-dimensional micro-truss structure comprising:a plurality of first polymer waveguide struts extending along a first direction;
a plurality of second polymer waveguide struts extending along a second direction;
a plurality of third polymer waveguide struts extending along a third direction; and
a plurality of fourth polymer waveguide struts extending along a fourth direction,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth polymer waveguide struts interpenetrate one another at a plurality of nodes, the plurality of nodes defining a plane,
wherein each of the first, second, and third directions extends at a non-perpendicular angle with respect to the plane, the plane being substantially perpendicular to the fourth direction,
wherein the first, second, and third polymer waveguide struts that extend from the same node on the same side of the plane define a three-dimensional volume, and
wherein the fourth polymer waveguide strut that extends from the same node on the same side of the plane extends into the three-dimensional volume.

US Pat. No. 10,189,225

HOSE WITH OPTIMIZED STEEL WIRE REINFORCEMENT LAYERS

NV BEKAERT SA, Zwevegem ...

1. A hose for conveying fluids under pressure comprising an elastomer core tube, at least two reinforcement layers at distinct reinforcement layer radii, said reinforcement layers being radially separated by intermediate elastomer material layers and an outer protective layer covering the outermost reinforcement layer,wherein at least two of said reinforcement layers comprise steel wires helically wound around the axis of said hose,
wherein the steel wires of the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the highest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers, the steel wires of the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have the lowest E-ratio of the at least two reinforcement layers differing from said highest E-ratio, whereby the E-ratio of any steel wire reinforcement layer is not lower than the E-ratio of any inner laying steel wire reinforcement layer, said E-ratio being equal to the ratio of the tensile strength over the elongation at break of said steel wire,
wherein said E-ratio is between 70,000 N/mm2 up to 200,000 N/mm2 for the radially outermost steel wire reinforcement layer and between 30,000 N/mm2 and 120,000 N/mm2 for the radially innermost steel wire reinforcement layer,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost steel wire reinforcement layer have crimps or bends for altering said E-ratio, while said steel wires of at least the outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are free of bends or crimps,
wherein said steel wires of at least the innermost and outermost steel wire reinforcement layer are of the same diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,220

CALCULATION SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING AN OPHTHALMIC LENS

Essilor International, C...

1. A calculation system for manufacturing an ophthalmic lens, comprising:a processor;
a set of calculation modules 1 to N, N being an integer higher than 1, each calculation module being implemented by the processor and associated to a partial calculation in relation with a manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens, each calculation module activated independently and asynchronously from another calculation module,
a managing program implemented by a memory and the processor, wherein the memory stores sequences of instructions that are accessible to the processor and executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
receive input data from a remote device, the input data being related to the manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens and/or to an ophthalmic lens manufacturing system that manufactures the ophthalmic lens,
calculate output data related to the manufacturing process of said ophthalmic lens from the input data, through one or several iteration(s) of:
determining several calculation modules to activate,
determining an order of activation of the several calculation modules to be activate,
activating the determined several calculation modules, in accordance with the determined order of activation, and
transmit, to the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system, an indication that the output data have been calculated, and make the output data available to the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system,
the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system manufacturing the ophthalmic lens based on the output data received by the ophthalmic lens manufacturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,171

SCISSOR CUTTER

1. A scissor cutter, comprising:a first cutting member including
a first pivot portion pivotal about a pivot axis of said scissor cutter,
two first offset portions respectively connected to two opposite sides of said first pivot portion, which are opposite to each other with respect to the pivot axis and along a lengthwise direction of the scissor cutter perpendicular to the pivot axis,
a first cutting portion that is connected to said first pivot portion and one of said first offset portions and extends away therefrom along the lengthwise direction and that has a first contact face, and
a first handle portion that is connected to said first pivot portion and the other of said first offset portions and that extends oppositely of said first cutting portion;
a second cutting member including
a second pivot portion pivotally connected to said first pivot portion,
two second offset portions respectively connected to two opposite sides of said second pivot portion, which are opposite to each other with respect to the pivot axis and along the lengthwise direction,
a second cutting portion that is connected to said second pivot portion and one of said second offset portions and extends away therefrom along the lengthwise direction and that has a second contact face, and
a second handle portion that is connected to said second pivot portion and the other of said second offset portions and that extends oppositely of said second cutting portion; and
a pivot extending through and interconnecting said first and second pivot portions;
wherein said first and second contact faces contact each other along a shear plane, said second pivot portion, said first cutting portion and said first offset portions are located at a first side of the shear plane, and said first pivot portion, said second cutting portion and said second offset portions are located at a second side of the shear plane, and
wherein, when said first and second pivot portions pivotally move with respect to each other, said first offset portions respectively abut against said second offset portions along said shear plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,161

CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD CALIBRATING MECHANICAL PARAMETERS OF WRIST PART OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A calibration system calibrating parameters of a mechanical model representing a wrist part of a robot utilizing a target fastened at a hand of the robot at a predetermined position with respect to a joint closest to the hand, the target being able to be changed in position and posture by the robot, and an imaging device set around the robot, the calibration system comprising:a preliminary position generating part using a position of the robot when the target is arranged at a position where the target is included in a field of vision of the imaging device as an initial position and changing the posture of the target without changing the position of the target to generate a plurality of positions of the robot as a plurality of preliminary positions,
a target detecting part using an image of the target at the image acquired by the imaging device as the basis to acquire information on the position of the target on the image and the distance between the target and the imaging device,
an end point position storing part using the plurality of preliminary positions as starting points, making the robot move translationally so that the positions of the target detected by the target detecting part become predetermined positions and the distances become predetermined distance, and storing the positions of the robot after the translational movement as end points, and
a parameter calculating part using the positions of the end points stored by the end point position storing part as the basis to calculate the parameters of the mechanical model.

US Pat. No. 10,189,139

SURFACING TOOL FOR OPTICAL PURPOSES

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

1. An optical-quality surfacing tool comprising:an elastically compressible interface (12) comprising a first transverse end surface (20), a second transverse end surface (21) and a lateral surface (22) extending from the periphery of the first transverse end surface (20) to the periphery of the second transverse end surface (21);
a flexible pad (13) configured to be pressed against a workpiece surface (35), and secured to the interface (12) by its second transverse end surface (21); and
a connecting structure connecting said elastically compressible interface (12) and a member (30) for mounting the tool (10) on a surfacing machine (32, 33);
wherein said connecting structure is configured to form a bearing surface resting against part of the lateral surface (22) and/or of the first transverse end surface (20) of the interface (12), leaving at least part of the lateral surface (22) and at least a central part of the first transverse end surface (20) of the interface (12) free.

US Pat. No. 10,189,100

METHOD FOR WIRE ELECTRO-DISCHARGE MACHINING A PART

1. A method for machining a part, comprising, in sequence:wire electro-discharge machining the part using a wire electrode having a zinc component to create a recast layer having an initial composition make-up including a zinc content and at least one other material content in an outer surface thereof as a result of wire electro-discharge machining the part; and
removing at least a portion of the zinc content from the outer surface of the recast layer without substantially altering the remainder of the initial composition make-up of the recast layer by submersing the part in a zinc-removing solution to remove the zinc content that is free within the recast layer and to produce a final composition make-up of the recast layer, the zinc-removing solution dissolving the zinc content that is free for removal from the outer surface and into the zinc-removing solution, the final composition make-up being substantially identical to the initial composition make-up except for the removed zinc content.

US Pat. No. 10,189,082

TURBINE SHROUD WITH ABRADABLE LAYER HAVING DIMPLED FORWARD ZONE

1. A turbine engine ring segment component, adapted for coupling to an interior circumference of a turbine casing in opposed orientation with a rotating turbine blade tip circumferential swept path, the blade tip having a rotational direction, a leading edge, a mid-chord cutoff point on its pressure side concave surface and a trailing edge, the component comprising:a curved support surface adapted for coupling to a turbine casing inner circumference, the support surface having upstream and downstream axial ends and a support surface curvature radius defined by a support surface central axis;
an abradable substrate coupled to the support surface, having a substrate surface facing the support surface central axis, the substrate surface defining a forward zone originating nearer the support surface upstream end and terminating axially between the support surface ends, and the substrate surface defining an aft zone originating at the adjoining forward zone termination and terminating axially nearer the support surface downstream end;
the forward zone defining a plan form pattern of projection or indentation dimples facing the support surface central axis, the dimples respectively having cross sectional profiles, for selectively varying hot working gas erosion resistance, porosity and/or abradability thereof, the dimples further having increasing volumes axially along the abradable surface from proximate the upstream axial end of the support surface to proximate the downstream axial end of the support surface;
the aft zone defining a plan form pattern of grooves and vertically projecting ridges facing the support surface central axis, angularly oriented at a first forward angle transverse to the support surface central axis;
the respective forward zone dimple pattern enhancing higher hot working gas erosion resistance than in the aft zone; and the respective aft zone ridge and groove pattern enhancing greater porosity and abradability than in the forward zone.

US Pat. No. 10,189,049

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitive transducer comprising:an element including a plurality of cells, the element having an end portion and a middle portion, and having at least two of the cells in the end portion and at least two of the cells in the middle portion,
wherein each cell includes a vibrating membrane that is connected to one of a first electrode and a second electrode,
wherein there is a gap between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein an electrical signal is outputted via either one of the first electrode and the second electrode when an acoustic wave from an object is incident on the vibrating membrane and the vibrating membrane vibrates,
wherein the cells in the end portion of the element have a diameter equal to that of the cells in the middle portion of the element,
wherein the first electrodes of all cells in the element are electrically connected to each other, and the second electrodes of all cells in the element are electrically connected to each other, and
wherein shape of the element is rectangular having a pair of long sides and a pair of short sides; in a direction along the long side, the distance between cells in the end portion of the element is greater than the distance between cells in the middle portion of the element; and in a direction along the short side, the distance between cells in the end portion of the element is equal to the distance between cells in the middle portion of the element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,040

DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A dispensing device, comprising:a container having an upper end, a lower end, and a hollow interior volume;
a hand pump mechanism disposed on the upper end for dispensing a substance stored within the interior volume, wherein the hand pump mechanism is permanently secured to the upper end of the container;
a dispensing aperture on the lower end, wherein the dispensing aperture is removably sealed by a removable panel;
a refill valve disposed on the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,007

METHOD FOR PRODUCING POROUS CELLULOSE BEADS AND ADSORBENT EMPLOYING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing porous cellulose beads, the method comprising:mixing an alkaline aqueous solution having a temperature of not less than ?20° C. and not more than 20° C. and cellulose to obtain a cellulose dispersion;
adding a crosslinking agent to the cellulose dispersion to obtain a mixed liquid;
dispersing the mixed liquid in a dispersion medium to obtain an emulsion; and
contacting the emulsion with a coagulating solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,188,973

APPARATUS AND METHOD USING AN ELECTRIC FIELD FOR CREATING UNIFORM NANOFIBER PATTERNS ON NONCONDUCTIVE MATERIALS TO ENHANCE FILTRATION AND FOR EMBEDMENT OF FIBERS INTO MATERIALS FOR OTHER APPLICATIONS

Research Triangle Institu...

1. A filtration device comprising:a base filtration material having openings for fluid flow therethrough; and
a filtration medium disposed in contact with the base filtration material, said filtration medium comprising a plurality of nanofibers formed on the base filtration material, and
a collection of said nanofibers having a macroscopically ordered pattern formed by the nanofibers themselves comprising sections of differently oriented fibers, the pattern comprising first and second sections of oriented fibers with the second section having an orientation different from the first section, the pattern present on a surface of the collection of the nanofibers, and the collection comprising a first macroscopic region having said nanofibers at a greater thickness than a second macroscopic region having said nanofibers, wherein the nanofibers in the first macroscopic region and the nanofibers in the second macroscopic region form together the macroscopically ordered pattern,
wherein the filtration medium has a figure of merit greater than 30 kPa?1, where the figure of merit is given by ?Log (Pt)?P, where Pt is the fractional penetration of a specific aerosol particle diameter and ?P is a pressure drop across the filtration medium corresponding to a face velocity of 5.3 cm/s and particle size of 0.3 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,188,918

GOLF BAG HAVING SHOULDER STRAP ASSEMBLY FOR CONVERTING FROM TWO STRAPS TO SINGLE STRAP

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf bag having dual shoulder straps that can be converted to a single shoulder strap, the bag comprising:an elongated tubular body for holding golf clubs; and
a shoulder strap assembly, the assembly comprising:
i) a first strap (A) having a connector webbing and a cushioned portion, the webbing having a proximal end and a distal end and the cushioned portion having an interior surface made from a unitary foamed material containing a plurality of integrated foam male members and first and second ends, the proximal end of the webbing being adjoined to the first end of the cushioned portion and the distal end being removably attached to the tubular body portion,
ii) a second strap (B) having a connector webbing and a cushioned portion, the webbing having a proximal end and a distal end and the cushioned portion having an exterior surface made from a unitary foamed material containing a plurality of integrated foam female members and first and second ends, the proximal end of the webbing being adjoined to a first end of the cushioned portion and the distal end being removably attached to the tubular body portion,
iii) a rotatable hub plate, the hub plate being fastened to the second end of the cushioned portion of the first strap (A) and to the second end of the cushioned portion of the second strap (B) so that the straps form a V-shaped pattern when the first strap is fitted over one shoulder and the second strap is fitted over an opposing shoulder of a person carrying the bag, and
iv) a hub connector strap having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being adjoined to the hub plate and the distal end being removably attached to the tubular body, so that the first strap (A) is rotatable and is coupled to the second strap (B) by interlocking the male and female foam members so they are nested together in an egg carton stacking arrangement to form a single strap that is fitted over one shoulder of the person carrying the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,188,911

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a spherical core, a mid layer positioned outside the core, and a cover positioned outside the mid layer, whereina hardness H75 at a point to which a distance from a central point of the core is equal to 75% of a radius of the core is greater than a hardness H0 at the central point of the core, and a difference D1=(H75?H0) between the hardness H75 and the hardness H0 is not less than 10.0 and not greater than 27.0 in Shore C hardness,
a hardness Hs at a surface of the core is greater than the hardness H75, and a difference D2=(Hs?H75) between the hardness Hs and the hardness H75 is not less than 0 and not greater than 6.5 in Shore C hardness,
the hardness H75 is less than a Shore C hardness HmC of the mid layer, and
a Shore D hardness HmD of the mid layer is greater than a Shore D hardness Hc of the cover,
wherein a ratio (D2/D1) of the difference D2 to the difference D1 is not greater than 0.25 in Shore C hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,188,890

MAGNETIC RESISTANCE MECHANISM IN A CABLE MACHINE

1. A cable exercise system comprising:a tower;
a first pull cable, a second pull cable, a third pull cable, and a fourth pull cable incorporated into the tower;
a resistance mechanism linked to the first pull cable, the second pull cable, the third pull cable, and the fourth pull cable, the resistance mechanism including:
a central shaft;
a flywheel connected to the central shaft and configured to rotate by a user pulling on any of the first pull cable, the second pull cable, the third pull cable, and the fourth pull cable;
rotation magnets configured to rotate with the flywheel; and
resistance magnets arranged to apply one or more levels of magnetic resistance to rotation of the flywheel during a workout and thereby apply the one or more levels of magnetic resistance to the user pulling on any of the first pull cable, the second pull cable, the third pull cable, and the fourth pull cable during the workout;
a magnetic sensor configured to track the rotation magnets as they rotate;
a processor and a memory storing a counter and an energy tracker that are programmed instructions configured to be executed by the processor, the counter configured to count the number of partial rotations of the flywheel during the workout based on input from the magnetic sensor, the energy tracker configured to calculate a number of calories burned by the user during the workout by the user pulling on any of the first pull cable, the second pull cable, the third pull cable, and the fourth pull cable based at least in part on the counted number of partial rotations of the flywheel during the workout and based at least in part on the one or more levels of magnetic resistance applied to rotation of the flywheel by the resistance magnets during the workout; and
a control panel including a display configured to present the calculated number of calories burned by the user during the workout.