US Pat. No. 10,596,834

LIGHT IRRADIATION DEVICE AND PRINTER

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A light irradiation device, comprising:a first supply section having a porous portion, the first supply section being capable of supplying a gas to a photo-curable material through the porous portion; and
an irradiation section disposed in alignment with the porous portion or disposed downstream from the porous portion, the irradiation section being capable of irradiating the photo-curable material with light.

US Pat. No. 10,596,832

PRINTER AND DRYER FOR DRYING IMAGES ON COATED SUBSTRATES IN AQUEOUS INK PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An aqueous ink printer comprising:at least one printhead configured to eject drops of an aqueous ink onto substrates moving past the at least one printhead to form ink images on the substrates;
a dryer having a plurality of laser diodes that are configured to be variably controlled;
a current source;
a variable electrical resistance network having a plurality of resistors;
a media transport configured to carry substrates past the at least one printhead and through the dryer so the at least one printhead forms ink images on the substrates and the dryer removes solvents from the ink images; and
a controller operatively connected to the dryer, the plurality of resistors in the variable electrical resistance network, and the at least one printhead, the controller being configured to operate the at least one printhead to print an ink image on a substrate carried by the media transport, to identify a plurality of ink coverage densities for a plurality of areas in the ink image printed on the substrate, to select and vary an electrical resistance of one or more of the resistors in the variable electrical resistance network using the ink coverage densities as the media transport carries the substrate bearing the printed ink image past the plurality of laser diodes, and to operate the plurality of resistors in the variable electrical resistance network to connect the laser diodes in the dryer selectively to the current source through the plurality of resistors using the identified ink coverage densities and a speed of the substrate moving through the dryer to vary an intensity of radiation emitted by the laser diodes as the ink image on the substrate moves past the laser diodes in the dryer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,830

SUBSTRATE PACKAGE HAVING VARIABLE MARKING

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. A substrate package, comprising:one or more substrate sheets arranged in a stack, wherein the stack has a sidewall defined by edges of the one or more substrate sheets; and
a mark on the sidewall, wherein the mark includes a plurality of mark segments on the edges and along a mark axis, wherein the mark varies along the mark axis, and wherein segment characteristics of the plurality of mark segments vary along the mark axis such that a mark segment on an edge of a substrate sheet has a segment characteristic specific to an attribute of the substrate sheet, wherein the one or more substrate sheets have respective faces, and wherein the plurality of mark segments extend from the edges onto the faces.

US Pat. No. 10,596,828

TABLET PRINTING APPARATUS AND TABLET PRINTING METHOD

SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS COR...

1. A tablet printing apparatus, comprising:a conveying path where a tablet is conveyed;
a drying device configured to dry the tablet in a supply device configured to supply the tablet to the conveying path or an alignment conveyor configured to convey the tablet supplied to the conveying path while aligning the tablet;
a print head device located on a downstream side of the drying device in the conveying path, and configured to perform printing on the tablet dried by the drying device; and
a conveyor configured to convey the tablet on which printing is to be performed by the print head device along the conveying path,
wherein a speed of conveying the tablet in the supply device or the alignment conveyor where the drying device is located, is slower than a speed of conveying the tablet in the conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,596,827

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING A PRINTER APPARATUS

1. A method for operating a printer apparatus, the method comprising:monitoring, by a monitoring unit, a utilization rate of each heating element in a first set of heating elements defined by a print head arrangement;
generating, by the monitoring unit, a utilization dataset based upon monitoring of the utilization rate of each heating element in the first set of heating elements;
analyzing, by a heating element identification unit, the utilization dataset to identify one or more overutilized heating elements of the first set of heating elements;
and
modifying, by a controller, one or more characteristics of data included in a print job causing a decrease in utilization of the identified one or more overutilized heating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,826

THERMAL HEAD AND THERMAL PRINTER

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A thermal head, comprising:a head base body, wherein the head base body includes:
a substrate,
a plurality of heat generating sections disposed on the substrate, and
a plurality of first terminals electrically connected to the plurality of heat generating sections;
a connection member that includes a plurality of second terminals electrically connected to the plurality of first terminals, respectively,
a conductive member that connects each of the plurality of first terminals and each of the plurality of second terminals;
a first cover member that covers a first connection region in which the plurality of second terminals of the connection member are arranged, wherein the first cover member includes:
a plurality of protruding portions that are located on part of an upper surface of the first cover member at predetermined intervals in a main scanning direction, and
an infiltration portion that penetrates between the connection member and the head base body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,825

PRINTER AND PRINTER CONTROL METHOD

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head configured to thermally transfer ink of an ink ribbon to a label;
a platen roller provided opposite to the thermal head;
a ribbon transport unit configured to transport the ink ribbon between the thermal head and the platen roller;
a transport unit configured to transport a sheet carrying the label between the thermal head and the platen roller such that a printed surface of the label and the thermal head face each other across the ink ribbon;
a clamping mechanism configured to clamp the ink ribbon, a printing area of the label, and the sheet between the thermal head and the platen roller;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of print commands and draw print data to be printed on each of a plurality of labels based on the acquired plurality of print commands;
a non-printing area specifying unit configured to specify a non-printing area on the sheet based on the print data of consecutive labels after drawing the print data to be printed on each of the plurality of labels; and
a control unit configured to control the clamping mechanism to separate the ink ribbon from the sheet and stop transport of the ink ribbon by the ribbon transport unit, when the transport unit transports the non-printing area on the sheet carrying the label between the thermal head and the platen roller.

US Pat. No. 10,596,824

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:a conveyer configured to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction;
a carriage configured to move in a scanning direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction;
a recording head carried on the carriage, the recording head including a nozzle row that has a plurality of nozzles aligned in the conveyance direction; and
a controller configured to control the conveyer, the carriage and the recording head to record an image on the recording medium by alternately performing a recording pass in which liquid is discharged from the nozzles to the recording medium during movement in the scanning direction of the carriage, and a conveyance operation in which the conveyer conveys the recording medium in the conveyance direction,
wherein in a case of recording the image,
in a case that the recording medium is conveyed by the conveyance operation and that the recording pass is performed twice successively to record the image on two recording areas of the recording medium such that the two recording areas partially overlap with each other, the controller is configured to control the recording head to record a thinned-out image by recording a line image corresponding to one line that extends in the scanning direction in an overlap area where the two recording areas overlap with each other by use of the nozzles different from each other between the two successive recording passes and causing different parts of the line image to be thinned out based on mask data,
the controller is configured to detect whether or not image data of the line image is present in the recording area for a next recording pass of a certain recording pass in an order starting from a downstream end in the conveyance direction,
in a case that the controller has not detected that the image data of the line image is present at an upstream end in the conveyance direction of the recording area for the next recording pass, the controller is configured to make a conveyance amount of the recording medium in the conveyance operation between the certain recording pass and the next recording pass smaller than a case in which the controller has detected that the image data of the line image is present at the upstream end in the conveyance direction of the recording area for the next recording pass, by an amount corresponding to a length in the conveyance direction that is equal to or less than a length between the upstream end of the recording area for the next recording pass and a most upstream position of the recording area where the image data of the line image is detected, and
the controller is configured control the conveyer, the carriage and the recording head to perform recording on the overlap area corresponding to the certain recording pass and the next recording pass by recording the thinned-out image.

US Pat. No. 10,596,821

ROCKER VALVE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A rocker valve comprising:a number of rails to transitionally connect an arm of a spring to the rocker valve such that the arm of the spring transitions across the rocker valve to actuate the rocker valve;
a first side of the rocker valve to selectively engage with a valve seat based on a position of the arm of the spring relative to the first side of the rocker valve; and
a number of pivot arms to pivot the rocker valve between a closed position and an open position such that the first side of the rocker valve selectively engages with the valve seat to regulate pressure inside a print head assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,596,819

LIQUID CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a casing having a first edge and a second edge separated in a first direction;
a liquid outlet extending from the casing in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a light attenuating wall extending from the first edge of the casing in the first direction; and
a liquid detection mechanism including a light access portion extending from the first edge of the casing in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,816

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate comprising:a base material;
an element array in which a plurality of ejection energy generating elements generating ejection energy for liquid ejection are arranged on a surface side of the base material; and
a heating unit,
wherein the heating unit includes a heating element extending in a direction of the element array and generating heat by being energized, wiring spaced apart from the heating element in a direction orthogonal to the surface of the base material, and a plurality of connecting portions connecting the heating element and the wiring to each other,
wherein the heating element, the wiring, and the plurality of connecting portions are provided in a region overlapping a region where the element array is disposed in a direction orthogonal to the direction of the element array when seen from the direction orthogonal to the surface of the base material and a current flows to the wiring in a middle of a path of a current flowing through a heating element when the heating element is energized.

US Pat. No. 10,596,815

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of element substrates on which elements configured to eject liquid are arrayed;
a plurality of electrical substrates each equipped with a first terminal and configured to supply power and an ejection signal to the element substrates;
a plurality of flexible circuits each equipped with a second terminal electrically connected to the first terminal and configured to connect each of the element substrates to the corresponding electrical substrate electrically; and
a flow path member including a lower surface on which the element substrates are arrayed and configured to supply liquid to the element substrates,
wherein the plurality of electrical substrates form a plurality of electrical substrate arrays along planes different from a plane on which the plurality of element substrates are arrayed, and extending in a direction in which the element substrates are arrayed,
each of the flexible circuits electrically connects the element substrate to the corresponding electrical substrate while being bent,
the plurality of electrical substrate arrays include two electrical substrate arrays arranged such that at least parts of first surfaces of the electrical substrates are opposed to each other, and
when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the lower surface of the flow path member, the plurality of electrical substrates are provided within an area of the lower surface of the flow path member.

US Pat. No. 10,596,814

SELECTIVELY FIRING A FLUID CIRCULATION ELEMENT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first drop ejecting element;
a second drop ejecting element;
a fluid circulating element positioned to circulate fluid across both the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element;
a pump generator; and
a logic device to:
receive, from the pump generator, a pump waveform signal that is intended to cause the fluid circulating element to fire;
determine whether one, both, or neither of the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element have been fired within a predetermined period of time prior to a current time;
determine whether to output the received pump waveform signal to cause the fluid circulating element to be selectively fired based on the determination as to whether one, both, or neither of the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element has been fired within the predetermined period of time; and
in response to another determination that one or both of the first drop ejecting element and the second drop ejecting element have been fired within the predetermined period of time, not output the received pump waveform signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,812

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for a printing apparatus that performs printing by using a printhead formed from a plurality of headchips, the printing control apparatus comprising:a first chip configured to integrate (1) a CPU, (2) a table configured to store processing contents set by the CPU, and (3) a processing circuit configured to process a plurality of data and to transfer the processed plurality of data to chips of a next stage, respectively;
a plurality of second chips, each second chip being connected to the first chip via a predetermined interface, and each second chip integrating (1) a plurality of processing circuits, each being configured to process print data based on the processed data transferred from the first chip to be used in a respective one of the plurality of headchips in accordance with the processing contents set in the table and (2) a control circuit configured to (a) wait for processing completion in a first one of the plurality of processing circuits, and (b) cause a second one of the plurality of processing circuits to execute next processing for the print data in response to the processing completion in the first one of the plurality of processing circuits in accordance with the processing contents set in the table; and
a plurality of drive circuits configured to drive, based on the print data processed by the plurality of processing circuits of the plurality of the second chips, each of a corresponding plurality of headchips.

US Pat. No. 10,596,811

TABLET PRINTING APPARATUS AND TABLET PRINTING METHOD

SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS COR...

1. A tablet printing apparatus comprising:a conveyor mechanism that conveys sequentially fed tablets by moving a conveyor belt;
a printing mechanism that has an inkjet head including a plurality of nozzles ejecting ink drops, the inkjet head being arranged to face to a surface of the conveyor belt, and performs printing on a tablet in a print position on the conveyor belt by ejecting ink drops from the plurality of nozzles onto the tablet according to print data;
a suction mechanism that holds a tablet on the surface of the conveyor belt in a predetermined area including at least the print position by sucking in air;
a detector that outputs a detection signal based on presence or absence of a tablet on the conveyor belt in a predetermined position on the upstream side of the print position in a conveying direction of the tablet;
a timer that measures time from detection of a tablet by the detector;
a determination unit that determines, based on measuring time of the timer and the detection signal from the detector, whether a tablet arrives at the print position according to whether a tablet is detected again by the detector within a predetermined time (T1) from the detection of a tablet by the detector;
an inkjet head moving mechanism that moves the inkjet head between a normal position where printing is performed on a tablet, and a retreat position farther away from the surface of the conveyor belt than the normal position;
a head retreat control unit that controls the inkjet head moving mechanism such that the inkjet head moves from the normal position to the retreat position, when the determination unit determines that a tablet does not arrive at the print position within the predetermined time (T1), wherein
the timer further measures time from after the inkjet head moves in the retreat position, and
the determination unit further determines, based on the measured time by the timer from after the inkjet head moves to the retreat position and on the detection signal from the detector, whether a tablet arrives at the print position within a predetermined time (T2) from after the inkjet head moves to the retreat position, and the tablet printing apparatus further comprising:
a head return control unit that controls the inkjet head moving mechanism such that the inkjet head moves from the retreat position to the normal position, when the determination unit determines that tablet arrives at the print position within the predetermined time (T2) from after the inkjet head moves to the retreat position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,810

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus comprising:a liquid jetting head having individual channels, a first common channel connected to the individual channels, and a second common channel connected to the individual channels, the individual channels having nozzles respectively;
a pump configured to circulate liquid inside the liquid jetting head by generating a flow of the liquid from the first common channel toward the second common channel via the individual channels; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
reduce a unit circulation amount of the liquid in stages as standby time becomes longer, the unit circulation amount being a circulation amount of the liquid per unit time by the pump, the standby time being a length of time during which a standby state is continued, the standby state being a state in which the liquid jetting head is ready without jetting the liquid from the nozzles; and
in a case of shifting the liquid jetting head from the standby state to a jetting operation of jetting the liquid from the nozzles, determine a type of recovery operations for resolving thickening of the liquid inside the nozzles in accordance with the standby time at the time of shifting from the standby state to the jetting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,808

METHOD FOR DENSITY COMPENSATION BY DROP SIZE ADAPTATION

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for modifying color density values in a dot-based printing system, the method comprising the following steps:using a control unit to implement a modification of the color density values after creating a raster image; and
using the control unit to modify at least one of a number or size of print dots to be applied to a printing material to attain predefined color density target values.

US Pat. No. 10,596,807

CAPACITIVE LOAD DRIVING CIRCUIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. A capacitive load driving circuit for charging and discharging a capacitive load repeatedly based on a control signal, the capacitive load driving circuit comprising:a first switching element that is interposed on a first charging path through which electric current flows from a charging power supply to the capacitive load, the charging power supply being configured to charge the capacitive load;
a second switching element that is interposed on a second charging path through which electric current flows from a capacitor to the capacitive load, the electric current being rectified by a first back flow preventing diode;
a third switching element that is interposed on a first discharging path through which electric current flows from the capacitive load to a ground;
a fourth switching element that is interposed on a second discharging path through which electric current flows from the capacitive load to the capacitor, the electric current being rectified by a second back flow preventing diode;
a first voltage dropper element that is provided between the first switching element and the second switching element on a voltage input path to a control terminal configured to indicate an on-state based on an input signal; and
a second voltage dropper element that is provided between the third switching element and the fourth switching element on a voltage input path to a control terminal configured to indicate an on-state based on an input signal,
wherein a control terminal of the first switching element is connected to a low potential side of the first voltage dropper element,
a control terminal of the second switching element is connected to a high potential side of the first voltage dropper element,
a control terminal of the third switching element is connected to a low potential side of the second voltage dropper element, and
a control terminal of the fourth switching element is connected to a high potential side of the second voltage dropper element.

US Pat. No. 10,596,806

METHOD FOR DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR DEFECTIVE PRINTING NOZZLES IN AN INK JET PRINTING MACHINE

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for detecting and compensating for failed printing nozzles in an ink jet printing machine by using a computer, the method comprising the following steps:carrying out printing of printing nozzle test charts next to an actual print during a production run and subsequently recording and digitizing the printed printing nozzle test charts by using at least one image sensor;
evaluating the recorded test charts and, based thereon, determining characteristic values for all printing nozzles contributing to the printing of the printing nozzle test chart by using the computer;
calculating a failure probability for every contributing printing nozzle based on the determined characteristic values by applying a statistical prediction model by using the computer;
for the application of the prediction model, establishing the characteristic values for every printing nozzle multiple times, with every evaluation of the printed printing nozzle test chart corresponding to one pass, and saving and using the characteristic values having been established multiple times to calculate the failure probability;
switching off all printing nozzles exceeding a first defined threshold for the calculated failure probability and compensating for the switched-off nozzles; and
carrying out a printing operation on the ink jet printing machine with printing nozzle compensation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,805

PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing device that prints an object on a medium by inkjet printing, the printing device comprising:at least one or more inkjet heads; and
a main scan driver that prompts the at least one or more inkjet heads to perform main scans in which the at least one or more inkjet heads discharge the ink droplets while moving in a main scanning direction previously set,
the at least one or more inkjet heads comprising:
a solid print nozzle through which ink droplets of an ink for solid-color print of a preset region are discharged; and
a color printing nozzle through which ink droplets of a color printing ink are discharged,
with a density of ink dots formed on the medium by one nozzle in a preset number of the main scans being defined as a main scan dot density, the main scan driver prompting the solid print nozzle to form ink dots at a first main scan dot density, the main scan driver further prompting the color printing nozzle to form ink dots at a second main scan dot density lower than the first main scan dot density, wherein
the printing device prints an object by multipass printing,
the solid print nozzle, in each one of the main scans, discharges the ink droplets to pixel positions selected based on mask data previously defined and set, and
the ink droplets discharged from the solid print nozzle each have a volume constituting a size that allows for contact, in a liquid state, on the medium between the ink dots formed in each one of the main scans,
the color printing nozzle discharges the ink droplets to pixel positions selected based on one piece of the mask data shared with solid print nozzle, and
the ink droplets discharged from the color printing nozzle each have a volume constituting a size that allows for no contact on the medium between the ink dots formed in each one of the main scans.

US Pat. No. 10,596,804

INDIRECT PRINTING SYSTEM

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. An indirect printing system having an intermediate transfer member (ITM) in the form of a circulating endless belt for transporting ink images from an image forming station, where the ink images are deposited on an outer surface of the ITM by at least one print bar, to an impression station where the ink images are transferred from the outer surface of the ITM onto a printing substrate, wherein the outer surface of the ITM is maintained within the image forming station at a predetermined distance from the at least one print bar by a plurality of support rollers that have a common flat tangential plane and contact the inner surface of the ITM, and wherein the inner surface of the ITM is attracted to the support rollers, the attraction being such that the area of contact between the ITM and each support roller is greater on the downstream side than the upstream side of the support roller, referenced to the direction of movement of the ITM, wherein (i) the attraction of the ITM to each support roller is sufficient to cause the section of the ITM disposed immediately downstream of the support roller to be deflected downwards, away from the common tangential plane of the support rollers; (ii) the attraction between the inner surface of the ITM and the support rollers is caused by suction; (iii) a presence of the suction causes the area of contact between the ITM and each support roller to be greater on the downstream side than the upstream side of the support roller, referenced to the direction of movement of the ITM; and (iv) a strength of the suction is sufficient to cause the section of the ITM disposed immediately downstream of the support roller to be deflected downwards, away from the common tangential plane of the support rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,802

CALIBRATION SYSTEMS FOR CALIBRATING BUILD PLATFORMS OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS AND RELATED PROGRAM PRODUCTS

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing system comprising:a build chamber;
a movable build platform positioned within the build chamber; and
a calibration system operably connected to the movable build platform, the calibration system including:
a reflective element operably coupled to the movable build platform;
a first calibration model positioned above the reflective element and coupled to the build chamber, the first calibration model positioned vertically offset and at least partially misaligned vertically from the reflective element;
a first camera positioned above the reflective element and substantially aligned with the first calibration model, the first camera visually aligned with the reflective element to capture a first reflective image of the first calibration model as reflected by the reflective element operably coupled to the movable build platform; and
at least one computing device operably connected to the movable build platform and the first camera, the at least one computing device configured to calibrate the movable build platform by:
adjusting an actual inclination of the movable build platform in response to determining the first reflective image of the first calibration model differs from a predetermined image of the first calibration model,
wherein the predetermined image of the first calibration model corresponds to a desired inclination of the movable build platform.

US Pat. No. 10,596,797

FILM AND DEVICE FOR TEARING FILM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A film, the film comprising:a film body; and
a first protection film, provided on the film body, wherein
the first protection film comprises a first magnetic part,
the first magnetic part is only disposed on an edge of the first protection film,
the film further comprises a second protection film the second protection film is provided on a side of the film body opposite to the first protection film an adhesive force between the second protection film and the film body is larger than an adhesive force between the first protection film and the film body, and the second protection film comprises a second magnetic part.

US Pat. No. 10,596,796

DECORATING LAMINATED FILM FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MOLDED ARTICLE, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL DECORATING METHOD

NIPPON PAINT AUTOMOTIVE C...

1. A laminated film for decorating a three-dimensional molded product, comprising:an adhesion layer (A),
a metallic tone design layer (B) constituted of a coating film layer (B-1) containing vapor-deposited aluminum, or a vapor-deposited metal layer (B-2) composed of indium or tin,
a clear coating film layer (C) comprising an energy ray-curable coating film, and
a base material film layer (D),
wherein the clear coating film layer (C) is formed from an active energy ray-curing type coating composition containing a polyurethane acrylate (C1), a monomer/oligomer (C2) having an unsaturated double bond, and a polymerization initiator (C3), and
wherein the polyurethane acrylate (C1) has a double bond equivalent of 130 to 600 g/eq, a molecular weight of 3000 to 200000, and a urethane concentration of 300 to 2000 g/eq.

US Pat. No. 10,596,794

RELEASABLE POLYESTER HIGH GLOSS METAL TRANSFER FILM METHOD

Toray Plastics (America),...

1. A method of transferring a metal to a substrate comprising the steps of:(A) providing a metal transfer film consisting of
(i) a carrier film having a thickness of about 4-75 ?m and consisting essentially of a thermoplastic polyester and a release agent, in which the carrier film contains a core layer consisting essentially of thermoplastic polyester and a first skin layer coextensively adjacent in direct contact with one side of the core layer, a side of the first skin layer opposite the core layer defining a metal-contacting surface, said first skin layer consisting essentially of a thermoplastic polyester and a release agent;
in which at least one of the core layer and the first skin layer each independently comprises a heterogeneous mixture of finely divided solid particles uniformly dispersed in a continuous phase of the thermoplastic polyester, and in which the solid particles in the carrier film are present in concentration and size effective to provide the metal-contacting surface with roughness characterized by Ra at most about 50 nm and Sra at most about 30;
in which the release agent is selected from the group consisting of anionic surfactant, non-ionic surfactant, about 0.1-1 wt % paraffin wax dispersed in the thermoplastic polyester, and a mixture thereof, and is present in the thermoplastic polyester of the first skin layer in amount effective to provide the metal-contacting surface with a preselected adhesion value to a metal in the range of about 0.4-39 g/cm (1-100 g/in) measured by a 180 degree ethylene acrylic acid polymer peel test, and
(ii) a transferable metal layer in direct contact with the metal-contacting surface of the first skin layer with the metal of the transferable metal layer having a metal thickness equivalent to an optical density in the range of about 0.2-4.0;
(B) providing a substrate article having a surface coated with an adhesive layer;
(C) contacting the transferable metal layer of the metal transfer film with the adhesive layer of the substrate such that the metal transfer film bonds to the adhesive layer of the substrate, wherein the transferable metal layer on the metal-contacting surface exhibits a specular reflection of at least 860 gloss units measured by glossmeter at a 60° angle; and
(D) stripping the carrier film from the transferable metal layer, thereby transferring the metal onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,596,790

MULTILAYERED ELASTOMERIC ARTICLES AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A multilayered elastomeric article, comprising:a first layer comprising a patient contacting surface, the first layer formed from an aqueous dispersion of hydrophobic polymers, wherein the aqueous dispersion of hydrophobic polymers forming the first layer has a total solids content of 20-35% and a pH of 7-12, the first layer comprising at least one crosslinked polymer selected from the group consisting of natural rubber, synthetic polyisoprene, nitrile, polybutadiene, polystyrene-butadiene, and polychloroprene;
a third layer comprising a wearer contacting surface, the third layer formed from an aqueous dispersion of hydrophilic polymers, the third layer having a total solids content of 1-10% and a pH of 3-10, the third layer comprising at least one crosslinked polymer selected from the group consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone/vinylacetate copolymer, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene oxide, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate, polyacrylic acid, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/methacrylic acid copolymer, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/hydroxyethyl methacrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, polyhydroxypropyl acrylate/hydroxyethyl methacrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, polyacrylic amide, polyhydroxyethyl acrylate/acrylic amide copolymer, polyacetoacetylethyl methacrylate, polyacetoacetyl ethyl methacrylate/hydroxyl ethyl acrylate/acrylate acid, polylinoleyl acrylate, polylinoleyl acrylate/hydroxyl ethyl acrylate, polybenzophenone methacrylate, polyacrylate copolymer, polyurethane, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl acetate, melamine, polyisocyanate and polycarbodiimide;
a second layer that is an intermediate layer between the first and the third layers, the second layer being formed from an aqueous dispersion of crosslinked polymers from the first and the third layers, wherein the second layer consists of crosslinked polymers selected from at least one polymer from the first layer and at least one polymer from the third layer, and wherein the aqueous dispersion forming the second layer has a total solids content of 10-20% and a pH of 6-11, and comprises 30-70% hydrophobic polymers of the first layer, and 30-70% hydrophilic polymers of the third layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,789

METHOD FOR LABELING FABRICS AND HEAT-TRANSFER LABEL WELL-SUITED FOR USE IN SAID METHOD

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A heat-transfer label suitable for labeling fabric comprising:(a) a support portion, said support portion comprising a carrier and a release layer, with said release layer being positioned over said carrier layer; and
(b) a single transfer portion, said transfer portion being positioned over said support portion for transfer of the transfer portion from the support portion to an article of fabric under conditions of heat and pressure, said transfer portion comprising
(i) an ink design layer printed directly onto a desired area of a wax layer,
(ii) a mask layer printed over the ink design layer, as well as onto any exposed areas of the wax layer within the ink design layer and onto a surrounding area of the wax layer,
(iii) a primer layer printed over the mask layer,
(iv) an antenna printed directly onto the primer layer,
(iv) an RFID chip bonded to the antenna, and
(v) a heat-activatable adhesive layer provided over the RFID chip.

US Pat. No. 10,596,788

SOFT TOUCH LAMINATES CONSTRUCTED WITH IMPROVED FIRE RETARDANT PROPERTIES FOR TRANSPORTATION

SCHNELLER LLC, Kent, OH ...

1. A laminate material comprising:a) a base layer comprising a silicone foam;
b) a fluoropolymer layer;
c) a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) middle layer, foamed or unfoamed; and
d) a multiblock copolymer top layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,787

GLAZING

PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED,...

1. A laminated glazing comprising first and second plies of glass having an interlayer structure laminated therebetween, the interlayer structure comprising a first sheet of an interlayer material having a hole therein, the first sheet of interlayer material being directly laminated between a second and a third sheet of an interlayer material, there being a suspended particle device film positioned in the hole in the first sheet of interlayer material, the suspended particle device film being coplanar with the first sheet of interlayer material and being framed by the first sheet of interlayer material,wherein the interlayer material components of the first sheet do not comprise a plasticizer, or comprise a plasticizer that does not migrate into the suspended particle device film,
wherein the first sheet of interlayer material is one of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer, polyurethane, or poly vinyl chloride.

US Pat. No. 10,596,786

LAMINATED VEHICLE GLAZING WITH AMOLED SCREEN

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A laminated vehicle glazing, comprising:a first glazing, with a first main face, to be oriented on the outside of the vehicle, and a second opposite main face, of thickness E1;
a lamination interlayer of polymeric substance, on the second main face side, of thickness E2;
a second glazing, with a third main face on the lamination interlayer side and a fourth opposite main face, to be oriented on the inside of the vehicle, of thickness E?1, at least one of the first and second glazings being made of mineral glass,
between the second main face and the third main face, an organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen, comprising a set of pixels, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen comprising a zone of dynamic information display and being of thickness E3 less than E2, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen having a front main face oriented toward the third main face and a rear face oriented toward the second main face, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen being covered by a non-zero thickness of lamination interlayer, the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen being arranged in proximity to a lateral or longitudinal edge of the laminated vehicle glazing and masked from the exterior of the vehicle by an external masking layer positioned behind the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen,
wherein the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen is flexible and wherein the external masking layer stretches along the lateral or longitudinal edge and forms a local widened masking zone containing a zone of masking of the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen, the local widened masking zone having a width L1 greater than a width L0 of an adjacent zone along the lateral or longitudinal edge, and in the local widened masking zone the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen is alone or adjacent with one or more additional flexible organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screens also clustered between the second main face and the third main face, the one or more additional organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen covered by a non-zero thickness of lamination interlayer, and
wherein the organic light-emitting diode-based viewing screen includes an electrical connection element, with a flexible connecting part between the second main face and the third main face with a front surface on the third main face side and a rear surface on the second main face side, the flexible connecting part covered by a non-zero thickness of lamination interlayer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,785

INTERMEDIATE FILM FOR LAMINATED GLASS, AND LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. An interlayer film for laminated glass having a two or more-layer structure and having a thickness of one end thinner than a thickness of the other end at the opposite side of the one end, comprising a first layer containing a polyvinyl butyral resin as a thermoplastic resin, triethylene glycol di-2-ethylhexanoate as a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray screening agent, and an oxidation inhibitor; and a second layer containing a polyvinyl butyral resin as a thermoplastic resin, triethylene glycol di-2-ethylhexanoate as a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray screening agent, and an oxidation inhibitor;wherein the difference between the maximum thickness and the minimum thickness in the first layer is smaller than the difference between the maximum thickness and the minimum thickness in the second layer,
the first layer contains cesium-doped tungsten oxide particles as a heat shielding compound, and
when a distance between the one end and the other end of the interlayer film is defined as X, an excitation purity is 2.9 or less at a point positioned at a distance of 0.1X from the other end being thick in thickness of the interlayer film toward the one end of the interlayer film.

US Pat. No. 10,596,781

STRUCTURE HAVING SOLID PARTICLES DISTRIBUTED ON THE SURFACES THEREOF

TOYO SEIKAN CO., LTD., T...

1. A structure comprising a formed body and solid particles distributed on a surface of said formed body by being externally added thereto, wherein said solid particles are held on the surface of said formed body in a form of being covered with a very small amount of an oily liquid, and an air layer is present in gaps among the solid particles that are close to the surface of said formed body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,780

FLEXIBLE ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING SHEET AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A flexible electromagnetic shielding sheet comprising:a pressure-sensitive adhesive tape composed of a fiber-accumulating type substrate, a first electrically conductive adhesive layer formed on one surface of the fiber-accumulating type substrate and a second electrically conductive adhesive layer formed on the other surface of the fiber-accumulating type substrate,
wherein the fiber-accumulating type substrate is formed of accumulated polymer fibers and pores formed between the accumulated polymer fibers, and a metal coating layer is formed on outer circumferential surfaces of polymer fibers of the accumulated polymer fibers;
wherein the first electrically conductive adhesive layer and the second electrically conductive adhesive layer are formed of an adhesive material and electrically conductive fillers dispersed in the adhesive material, and filled in the pores of the fiber-accumulating type substrate; and
wherein the electrically conductive fillers are configured to be electrically connected to each other by an applied pressure and electrically connect the first electrically conductive adhesive layer and the second electrically conductive adhesive layer to each other by the applied pressure;
a fiber web adhered to one of the first electrically conductive adhesive layer and the second electrically conductive adhesive layer, and formed of accumulated fibers;
a metal layer formed on the fiber web to shield electromagnetic waves; and
an insulation film adhered to the fiber web on which the metal layer is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,779

COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A composite material structure, comprising:a first composite member which is disposed so as to face a heating element and includes PAN-based carbon fibers;
a second composite member which is disposed between the heating element and the first composite member and includes pitch-based carbon fibers; and
a cushioning element which is provided between the first composite member and the second composite member, connects the first composite member and the second composite member to each other, and has a lower rigidity than those of the first composite member and the second composite member in a load direction in which a pair of structures face each other,
wherein the first composite member, the cushioning element, and the second composite member are arranged in a first direction, the first direction being orthogonal to the load direction,
wherein the first composite member is provided so as to be connected between the pair of structures adjacent to each other while the second composite member and the cushioning element are provided so as to be separated from, and not connected to, the pair of structures, and
wherein the cushioning element is a corrugated plate member in which valley portions joined in plane contact to the first composite member and peak portions joined in plane contact to the second composite member are alternately adjacent to each other in the load direction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,778

FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Howard E. Crawford, III, ...

1. A composite panel comprising: two discontinuous-fiber-reinforced polymer sheets in physical contact;a first polymer sheet of the two polymer sheets comprising substantially parallel fibers embedded in the first polymer sheet, the fibers being oriented in a direction substantially parallel to vertical edges of the first polymer sheet, the fibers of the first polymer sheet being otherwise continuous but for a pattern of slits in the first polymer sheet that entirely penetrates the first polymer sheet and results in discontinuous strands of embedded fibers;
the pattern of slits comprising adjacent columns of slits extending from one vertical edge of the first polymer sheet to the other vertical edge of the first polymer sheet;
the slits of any particular column being mutually substantially aligned within the particular column; and
the any particular column of the slits overlaps along a vertical direction to a limited extent with any immediately adjacent neighboring column of slits without having any slit intersections;
wherein a second polymer sheet of the two polymer sheets has substantially the same pattern of slits as the first polymer sheet of the two polymer sheets with a vertical offset as a result of the sheet edges of the two polymer sheets being coincident;
wherein the vertical offset is of an amount so that the slits of the two polymer sheets do not perfectly align and the slits of the two polymer sheets overlap to a limited extent such that the slits would have intersections but for being in separate polymer sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,596,776

PINE STRAW BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Swift Straw Holdings, LLC...

1. A method of baling a material comprising:providing a baling apparatus including a hydraulic power unit having a hydrocarbon-fuel engine, a conveyor belt operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit by a conveyor motor, a baler operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit by a drive shaft powered by a baler motor and an electronic control system, wherein the hydraulic power unit, the hydrocarbon-fuel engine, the conveyor belt, the conveyor motor, the baler, the drive shaft, the baler motor and the electronic control system are supported on a frame,
placing a material on the conveyor,
conveying the material into the baler,
using the electronic control system to automatically suspend conveyance of the material into the baler,
using the baler to bundle the material,
dispensing a bale of the material from the baler, and
using the electronic control system to automatically resume conveyance of the material into the baler.

US Pat. No. 10,596,773

MULTILAYER BALLOONS

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

1. A medical device comprising:a balloon inflatable to an inflated configuration, the balloon comprising:
a non-compliant layer coextruded on an inner layer; and
an outer layer coextruded on the non-compliant layer, wherein the non-compliant layer delaminates from the inner and the outer layers in the inflated configuration at a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,596,771

PROCESS AND INSTALLATION FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE MATERIAL PART

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. A process for producing a composite material part, in which plies of continuous and electrically conducting fibers are deposited to form a stack of plies on a support, comprising:at least a face of said support bearing said stack is electrically insulating, and wherein the following steps are carried out:
a) introducing an electrical terminal between ends of at least two plies placed one directly above the other in said stack, and on at least two opposite sides of these plies, the electrical terminals being introduced between the plies and on each of the two opposite sides consecutive to deposit of each of the at least two plies,
b) when said fibers are dry, introducing a resin to impregnate said fibers,
c) making a current flow between said electrical terminals through said plies in order to harden said resin by Joule heating or to bring said resin to the liquid state by Joule heating with a view to consolidating said resin.

US Pat. No. 10,596,765

METHOD OF MAKING AN AEROSOL DISPENSER HAVING ANNULAR SEALS AND METHOD OF MAKING AN AEROSOL CONTAINER THEREFOR

1. A method of making an aerosol container, said method comprising:providing a polymeric outer container having a closed end bottom and an open neck longitudinally opposed thereto, a valve and a product delivery device, said valve and said product delivery device being complementary to said open neck,
disposing said product delivery device in said outer container and in contacting relationship with said neck,
disposing said valve at least partially in said outer container and in contacting relationship with said neck and said product delivery device,
spinning said valve relative to said product delivery device to weld said valve to said product delivery device at a product delivery device spin weld,
charging said outer container with propellant, and
spinning said valve relative to said outer container to weld said valve to said outer container at an outer container spin weld, thereby sealing said propellant therein,
wherein said valve has a product delivery device protrusion fitting onto a sealing surface on said product delivery device and an outer container protrusion fitting onto a sealing surface in said outer container, said product delivery device spin weld and said outer container spin weld being formed at said respective protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,761

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR 3-D PRINTING OF 3-D OBJECT MODELS IN INTERACTIVE CONTENT ITEMS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. An apparatus for printing three-dimensional prototypes of objects, the apparatus comprising:a network interface in communication with a client device, and a processor executing a resource server, the network interface is configured to:
provide, to the client device, a representation of a three-dimensional object for display on the client device; and
receive a request for a three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object for printing a three-dimensional prototype of the three-dimensional object on a three-dimensional printer communicatively coupled to the client device; and
the resource server is configured to:
responsive to receipt of the request, generate the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object with an identifier embedded on a visible surface of the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object, the identifier comprising a coupon code or a promotion code; and
provide the three-dimensional model of the three-dimensional object to the client device for printing the three-dimensional prototype of the three-dimensional object on the three-dimensional printer communicatively coupled to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,758

GAS PHASE INTEGRATED MULTIMATERIAL PRINTHEAD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

OBSIDIAN ADVANCED MANUFAC...

1. A method for the additive manufacturing of a 3D object, the method comprising:heating a feedstock material within a printhead to at least 5% of a melting point of the feedstock material;
creating, within the printhead, a plasma proximate to the feedstock material in order to sputter the feedstock material to produce a physical vapor; and
directing the physical vapor from the printhead onto a target to produce a first layer of the 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,755

METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional object, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a carrier and a build plate, said build plate comprising a semipermeable member, said semipermeable member comprising a build surface with said build surface and said carrier defining a build region therebetween, and with said build surface in fluid communication by way of the semipermeable member with a source of polymerization inhibitor;
(b) filling said build region with a polymerizable liquid, said polymerizable liquid contacting said build surface,
(c) irradiating said build region through said build plate to produce a solid polymerized region in said build region, while forming or maintaining a liquid film release layer comprised of said polymerizable liquid formed between said solid polymerized region and said build surface, wherein the polymerization of which liquid film is inhibited by said polymerization inhibitor; and
(d) advancing said carrier with said polymerized region adhered thereto away from said build surface on said build plate to create a subsequent build region between said polymerized region and said build surface while concurrently filling said subsequent build region with polymerizable liquid as in step (b),
(e) continuing and/or repeating steps (c) and (d) to continuously produce in a layerless manner a subsequent polymerized region adhered to a previous polymerized region until the continued or repeated deposition of polymerized regions adhered to one another forms said three-dimensional object;
wherein said build plate is stationary and further comprising heating or cooling said polymerizable liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,596,754

REAL TIME INSPECTION AND CORRECTION TECHNIQUES FOR DIRECT WRITING SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method comprising:operating a direct writing device configured to deposit material on a substrate through a tip to provide a portion of a product according to initial parameter values;
receiving a hyperspectral image frame comprising a plurality of spectral images of the deposited material and the tip;
processing the received hyperspectral image frame to determine a characteristic of the deposited material, wherein the characteristic comprises at least one of width or height of the deposited material, and wherein the at least one of the width or height is determined by comparing the deposited material shown within the image to the tip;
comparing the determined characteristic with a target characteristic, wherein the comparing comprises comparing the measured at least one of width and height with a predetermined target value stored in a dimensional database;
determining at least one corrective parameter value to conform the determined characteristic to the target characteristic;
updating at least one of the initial parameter values with the corrective parameter values; and
operating the direct writing device to deposit additional material on the substrate according to the corrective parameter value.

US Pat. No. 10,596,752

TRANSFER APPARATUS

TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI K...

2. A transfer apparatus for transferring a fine transfer pattern formed on a mold to a resin coated on a substrate installed in a substrate installation part, comprising:a transfer roller configured to support the mold and carry out transferring with movement of the transfer roller; and
a transfer roller guide part configured to guide the transfer roller when the mold is pressed against the resin coated on the substrate installed in the substrate installation part by the movement of the transfer roller, wherein:
the transfer roller guide part is an inclined member inclined integrally with the substrate installation part; and
the inclined member is formed along a moving direction of the transfer roller and also formed so as to extend from the substrate installation part in the moving direction of the transfer roller and protrude obliquely to the moving direction at a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,751

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BELL SOCKETED PLASTIC PIPES

MCWANE, INC., Birmingham...

1. A method of making a plastic pipe, the method comprising:arranging a pair of annular rings about a mandrel having an outer diameter,
heating a first plastic pipe having an inner diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the mandrel,
inserting the mandrel into the first plastic pipe thereby forming a bell socket in an end of the first plastic pipe, the bell socket including an annular cavity formed by and about the pair of annular rings,
removing the mandrel from the bell socket while leaving the pair of annular rings in the annular cavity of the bell socket,
removing a first annular ring of the pair of annular rings from the annular cavity after removing the mandrel from the bell socket, while leaving a second annular ring of the pair of annular rings in the annular cavity, and
replacing the first annular ring of the pair of annular rings with a gasket including a restraining member having a radially inward-extending tooth,
wherein an inner diameter of the gasket measured from a tip of the tooth is less than the outer diameter of the mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,750

BOW SPREADER

Pearl Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A bow spreader bar for laterally stressing a web drawn therepast and which web is unwound from a supply roll, processed in a processing stage, and then rewound onto a take-up roll, the bow spreader bar comprising:an elongated arcuate member having first and second axial ends, and having a profile that defines a rounded surface on a convex face of the elongated arcuate member;
an axial support member extending from a first rotary support member and a second rotary support member and on which the first and second ends of the elongated arcuate member are supported;
a first actuator coupled to one end of said axial support member for controllably rotating said axial support member and said elongated arcuate member to adjust a pitch angle thereof;
a second linear actuator mounted on said axial support member and having a rod extending therefrom to a center of said elongated arcuate member and configured to adjust the radial position of the center of the elongated arcuate member relative to the axial support member;
a remote controller arrangement having a remote transmitter component distant from said bow spreader bar and a receiver component mounted on said bow spreader bar and coupled with said first and second actuators and adapted to permit an operator to adjust said pitch angle and said radial position from a location remote from the bow spreader bar.

US Pat. No. 10,596,749

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORATING PAINT-ROLLER COVER FABRIC

1. A method for using a perforated fabric in a paint roller manufacturing process, comprising:using a fabric-coating applicator to apply a fabric adhesive onto a portion of a perforated paint roller cover fabric material having a plurality of perforations through which adhesive may flow, and into the plurality of perforations and into interstitial spaces of the fabric material, to yield a length of coated fabric;
winding an inner strip and an outer strip about a mandrel in offset relation;
using a strip-coating applicator to apply a strip adhesive to at least a portion of the outer strip as it is wound about the mandrel;
simultaneously with the step of applying the strip adhesive to the outer strip, receiving a portion of the coated paint roller fabric material at the outer strip and winding the length of coated fabric about at least the outer strip to form a paint roller tube;
applying compression to the paint roller tube; and,
cutting the paint roller tube into like lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,596,748

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COATING PAINT-ROLLER COVER FABRIC IN-LINE WITH A MANUFACTURING PROCESS

1. A method for coating a fabric in a manufacturing process, comprising:using a fabric stretching device to hold a portion of a paint roller cover fabric material taut while the paint roller fabric material is in motion;
while the portion of the paint roller cover fabric material is taut, using a fabric-coating applicator to apply a fabric adhesive onto the portion of the paint roller cover fabric material, and into interstitial spaces of the fabric material, to yield a length of coated fabric;
winding an inner strip and an outer strip about a mandrel in offset relation;
using a strip-coating applicator to apply a strip adhesive to at least a portion of the outer strip as it is wound about the mandrel;
simultaneously with the step of applying the strip adhesive to the outer strip, receiving from the fabric-coating applicator a portion of the coated fabric material at the outer strip and winding the length of coated fabric about at least the outer strip to form a paint roller tube;
applying compression to the paint roller tube; and,
cutting the paint roller tube into like lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,596,747

APPARATUS FOR THERMOFORMING PLASTIC CONTAINERS

MONDINI S.R.L., Brescia ...

1. An apparatus for thermoforming plastic containers comprising:a pickup station (24);
a feeder (25) for feeding flat sheets (8) of thermoformable plastic material to the pickup station (24);
at least one thermoforming device (3) in turn comprising a shaped mould (4) and a closing element (5), the shaped mould (4) and the closing element (5) being movable relative to each other at least between a home position in which they are away from one another, and a forming position in which they are near to each other for, in use, clamping a flat sheet (8) between them; the closing element (5) comprising a resting surface (16) that is facing the shaped mould (4) at least when they are in the forming position; and being equipped with suction means designed to retain on the resting surface (16) at least one of said flat sheets (8) at least when the shaped mould (4) and the closing element (5) are in the home position;
one or more heating elements (6) for heating the closing element (5);
a transferring device (26) for transferring the flat sheets (8) from the pickup station (24) to the closing element (5);
an extracting device (9) for extracting the thermoformed container (2) from the shaped mould (4); and
an electronic unit (10) for controlling and checking operation of the apparatus (1);characterised in that said feeder (25) comprises:at least one support (50) for a reel (51) of a web (52) of said thermoformable plastic material;
unwinding means (53) for unwinding said reel (51) of web (52), designed, in use, to feed the web (52) along a sliding path extending from the at least one support (50) to the pickup station (24); and
a cutting device (54) for cutting the web (52) positioned along the sliding path for dividing the web (52) into a plurality of pieces, each of which corresponds to one flat sheet (8) to be fed to the pickup station (24).

US Pat. No. 10,596,746

HOUSE WRAP AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

11. A house wrap comprises:a membrane having a beginning, an end, a first side extending between the beginning and the end, and a second side, opposite of the first side, the second side extending between the beginning and the end, and the beginning, the first side, the end and the second side defining a perimeter, the perimeter defining a surface area of the membrane, and the surface area of the membrane comprises a top surface and a bottom surface, opposite of the top surface; and
a pattern of a plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands adhered to the top surface of the membrane and raised above the top surface of the membrane, each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands comprising a polymer strand extending between the first side of the membrane and the second side of the membrane, at a first angle, such that an initial portion of the polymer strand nearest to the first side of the membrane is at a distance from the end of the membrane greater than a portion of the polymer strand nearest to the second side of the membrane, and the portion of the polymer strand nearest to the second side of the membrane forms a local minima, reversing direction of the polymer strand back toward the first side of the membrane at a second angle in a direction away from the local minima, whereby the polymer strand of each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands appears wavy, and each of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands are offset one from the other by an offset starting distance such that each of the wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands intersect with each of the other wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands at intersection points, each of the intersection points being defined by the crossing of the polymer strand of one of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands and the polymer strand of another of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands, whereby the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands form the pattern of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands, and wherein the pattern of the plurality of wavy, intersecting and raised polymer strands comprises a bridge defined by a length of a portion of the polymer strand raised above the top surface of the membrane wherein a water drainage channel is provided by a gap between the bridge of the polymer strand and the top surface of the membrane, and wherein the bridge is formed by depositing a water soluble substance on the top surface of the membrane prior to depositing a portion of the polymer strand over the water soluble substance, and the gap is formed, in situ, when water dissolves the water soluble substance before, during or after installation of the house wrap on the wall of a house.

US Pat. No. 10,596,745

MOULD FOR FORMING HOLLOW ARTICLES FROM PARISONS

KHS Corpoplast GmbH, Ham...

1. A device comprising a mold carrier configured to receive mold sections for forming a hollow container from a parison through the introduction of a gaseous or liquid pressurized medium under pressure into the parison,wherein the mold carrier is divided into a first part for holding a first section of the mold and a second part for folding a second section of the mold,
wherein the first part is supported such that it is rotatable about an axis of rotation such that the first part and the second part are transitionable between an open position and a closed position relative to each other,
wherein the first part is connected to a first end of a first toggle lever such that the first toggle lever is rotatable about a first toggle lever first end axis of rotation that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein the second part is connected to a first end of a second toggle lever such that the second toggle lever is rotatable about a second toggle lever first end axis of rotation that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein a second end of the first toggle lever and a second end of the second toggle lever are connected to one another and to an actuating mechanism such that the first toggle lever, second toggle lever and the actuating mechanism are rotatable about a common connection axis that is parallel to the axis of rotation of the first mold part,
wherein a knee lever is formed by the first toggle lever, the second toggle lever and the common connection axis,
wherein, in the closed position, the first and second toggle levers are located shortly before a dead center position of the knee lever, and the actuating mechanism exerts an elastic force on the common connection axis in a direction towards the dead center position, and
wherein the actuating mechanism further comprises a secondary toggle lever, which acts on the first and second toggle levers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,744

METHOD FOR WELDING A HEAT SHIELD DURING MANUFACTURING OF A VEHICLE COMPONENT

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A method for welding a heat shield during manufacturing of a vehicle tank, or a filler pipe, the tank or the pipe being made from a thermoplastic material, the heat shield including: a reinforcement layer made from a thermoplastic material which is weldable to the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe; and a heat shielding material which differs from the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer and which is configured to decrease transfer of heat through the reinforcement layer to the vehicle tank or filler pipe; the method comprising:heating the heat shield to bring the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer in a molten state;
placing the heated heat shield in a mold;
bringing into the mold the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe in a molten state;
welding the thermoplastic material of the reinforcement layer being in a molten state to the thermoplastic material of the vehicle tank or filler pipe being in a molten state, by blow molding the vehicle tank or filler pipe in the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,596,743

METHOD OF PRODUCING MOLDED ARTICLE HAVING CONDUCTIVE CIRCUIT AND PREFORM HAVING CONDUCTIVE CIRCUIT

NISSHA PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A method of producing a molded article having a conductive circuit comprising:a process of forming the conductive circuit layer on a preform using an ink having stretchability;
blow molding the preform to obtain the molded article having the conductive circuit; and
a process of installing an electronic component on the preform or on the molded article having a conductive circuit to be electrically connected to the conductive circuit layer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,742

MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR FILLER TUBE

Sumitomo Riko Company Lim...

1. A manufacturing process for forming a filler tube from a workpiece, the filler tube to be welded to a fuel tank at an opening thereof, the filler tube being made of thermoplastic resin,the filler tube comprising:
a body with a cylinder shape;
a flange elongating outward radially from the body at an end thereof, the flange having an end face to be welded to the fuel tank; and
a locking portion disposed on the body on an outer peripheral side thereof;
the workpiece for forming the filler tube, the workpiece comprising:
a preformed body;
a to-be-molded portion with a cylindrical shape configured to be flare molded into the flange; and
a preformed locking portion;
the manufacturing process using an outer peripheral mold, and an inner peripheral mold;
the outer peripheral mold comprising:
a counter-welding-face forming portion capable of supporting the preformed body of the workpiece on an outer peripheral face thereof, and capable of forming a counter-welding face in the flange; and
a to-be-locked portion locking with respect to the preformed locking portion of the workpiece in an axial direction thereof;
the inner peripheral mold insertable at least into the to-be-molded portion of the workpiece, the inner peripheral mold comprising:
a welding-face forming portion capable of forming a welding face in the flange;
the manufacturing process comprising:
arranging the workpiece onto the outer peripheral mold to axially lock the to-be-locked portion with respect to the preformed locking portion and to support the preformed body of the workpiece on an outer peripheral face of the outer peripheral mold, the outer peripheral mold being set at a predetermined temperature;
inserting the inner peripheral mold into the to-be-molded portion on an inner peripheral side of the workpiece, the inner peripheral mold being set at a higher temperature than the predetermined temperature of the outer peripheral mold;
forming the flange from the to-be molded portion via flare molding by relatively moving the outer peripheral mold and the inner peripheral mold in an axial direction thereof such that the counter-welding-face forming portion and the welding-face forming portion clamp the to-be-molded portion therebetween in the axial direction; and
warming the to-be-molded portion at a predetermined location where the inner peripheral mold is inserted into the to-be-molded portion on an inner peripheral side thereof for a predetermined period of time with the inner peripheral mold being set at the higher temperature than the predetermined temperature of the outer peripheral mold, wherein:
after the predetermined time, the flange is formed via flare molding.

US Pat. No. 10,596,741

BLOWN FILM EXTRUSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE

1. A blown film extrusion device comprising:a blow head configured to extrude blown film; and
an adjustable thermal insulation structure directly adjacent to at least a portion of an outer sidewall of the blow head to provide selective thermal insulation of the blow head in relation to ambient air, the adjustable thermal insulating structure comprising:
at least one insulating air gap chamber thermally contacting the blow head configured to extrude the blown film; and
at least one flap, movably mounted between an insulation position closing the insulating air gap chamber to ambient air and a cooling position opening the insulating air gap chamber to ambient air, heat transfer from the blow head being completely controllable by controlling access of ambient air into the insulating air gap chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,596,738

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, COMPONENT ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING THE COMPONENT ASSEMBLY

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for manufacturing a component assembly for a motor vehicle, wherein the component assembly comprises a base body for an instrument panel of the motor vehicle and at least one functional component, the method comprising:molding the at least one functional component to the base body during the manufacture of the component assembly; and
producing the component assembly using a gas external pressure process,
wherein external gas pressure is applied to a planar region of the base body around the at least one functional component during manufacture of the component assembly, and
wherein the planar region of the base body is arranged on a rear side of the base body facing away from a visible side of the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,737

MOLDED ARTICLE AND MOLDING METHOD THEREOF

PANASONIC CORPORATION, O...

1. A molded article made of a resin material containing cellulose fibers,wherein the molded article has a surface portion that is in a range satisfying TF?0.1×T,
where T is a thickness of the molded article, and
TF is a thickness of the surface portion, which is a distance from a surface of the molded article,
the molded article satisfies DF?1.1×D,
where D is an average cellulose concentration of the overall molded article, and
DF is an average cellulose concentration of the surface portion,
the molded article has a weld line from a junction point of a resin flow during injection molding,
the molded article has a weld portion that is in a range satisfying TW?0.1×T,
where TW is the thickness of the weld portion, which is a distance from the weld line,
the molded article satisfies DW?1.1×D,
where DW is an average cellulose concentration of the weld portion, and
the molded article has fiber entanglement portions wherein cellulose fibers partially protruding from both sides of the weld line are entangled with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,596,735

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE PREFORM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for producing a fiber composite preform, the apparatus comprising:a lower mold; and
a molding unit configured to mold a preform by pressing a fiber composite placed on a surface of the lower mold while the molding unit is deformed in accordance with a shape of the surface of the lower mold;
wherein the molding unit includes a box-shaped pressing body having an inner space therein and having a plurality of gas flow holes at a bottom surface thereof and a pressing part provided at a lower side of the pressing body and configured to press and mold the fiber composite while the pressing part is deformed in accordance with the shape of the surface of the lower mold, wherein the pressing part includes:
a pressing sheet made of a flexible material and of which an end is provided at the lower side of the pressing body, the pressing sheet coming into contact with the fiber composite;
a plurality of molding balls filled in the pressing sheet; and
a tension adjusting roller provided in the pressing body and to which the end of the pressing sheet is coupled to be rolled up, the tension adjusting roller configured to function to maintain constant tension of the pressing sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,733

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING MANDRELS WITH VOIDS FOR EXPANSION CONTROL DURING CURING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a mold structure having a first end, a second end, and a hollow portion located between the first end of the mold structure and the second end of the mold structure;
a first plate associated with the first end of the mold structure, wherein the first plate has a first number of openings;
a second plate associated with the second end of the mold structure, wherein the second plate has a second number of openings;
a number of heat shrink members comprised of a thermoplastic material inserted through the first number of openings of the first plate and the second number of openings of the second plate such that the number of heat shrink members is suspended between the first plate and the second plate and positioned within the hollow portion of the mold structure to create a number of voids in an elastomeric mandrel that is formed within the hollow portion of the mold structure, wherein a configuration of the first number of openings, a configuration of the second number of openings, and diameters of the number of heat shrink members are selected such that outward expansion of the elastomeric mandrel is substantially equal to inward expansion of the elastomeric mandrel during a subsequent heating of the elastomeric mandrel; and
a number of rigid members inserted into the number of heat shrink members to support the number of heat shrink members.

US Pat. No. 10,596,732

STAMPING PRESS LINE STATION APPARATUS AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. An apparatus for a stamping press line station, comprising:a template including (a) a contact pad retainer, (b) a sprue in communication with said contact pad retainer and (c) an integral contact pad molded in place and self-attached to the template by a section of said integral contact pad captured by said contact pad retainer, wherein said template including said contact pad retainer and said sprue is of unitary construction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,730

HYBRID LAY-UP MOLD

Ascent Aerospace, LLC, S...

1. A method for manufacturing a hybrid lay-up mold, comprising:(a) providing an iron-nickel alloy eggcrate structure;
(b) creating an iron-nickel alloy interim working surface overlaying the eggcrate structure, the working surface comprising a plurality of abutting thin sheets of an iron-nickel alloy, the abutments creating a plurality of seams;
(c) tack welding the plurality of abutting thin sheets to the eggcrate structure;
(d) welding some of the adjacent abutting sheets of the plurality of abutting sheets together at their seams to define a unitary vacuum tight interim working surface;
(e) applying a carbon fiber (CF) composite material atop the interim working surface;
(f) vacuum bagging and sealing the CF composite material to the interim working surface;
(g) bonding the CF composite material to the interim working surface; and
(h) thereafter machining the CF composite material overlay to its final dimensions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,729

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FLEXIBLE MOLD WITH PERIPHERAL STIFFENER, AND MOLD RESULTING FROM SAID METHOD

1. A food mold (1),comprising a food mold body (2) made of a mold body material, having one or more cells (3) with flexible wall,
said one or more cells (3) being limited by a bottom (3a) and being open on a common access face (4),
the common access face (4) itself having a peripheral rim (5) extending radially outward from an inner edge (5d) marking a boundary with the cell or cells (3) and to a free outer edge (5c),
the peripheral rim (5) having a top main face (5a) and being provided with a peripheral stiffening element (10) in the form of a continuous annular reinforcement (100),wherein:the peripheral stiffening element (10) is entirely embedded in the mold body material,
around the peripheral stiffening element (10), the mold body material has no through passages free or blocked between the peripheral stiffening element (10) and an outer surface of the mold body material, and
the peripheral stiffening element (10) is edged externally, in at least two opposing gripping zones (11, 12) of the peripheral rim (5), by a peripheral strip (11a, 12a) of material forming the food mold body, said peripheral strip (11a, 12a) producing an increase in width of the gripping zones (11, 12) and exhibiting a greater flexibility than that of the peripheral stiffening element (10).

US Pat. No. 10,596,725

WET TABLE SAW CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for supporting a saw, comprising:a pan comprising at least four sides and a drain in a bottom of the pan;
a frame positioned on the pan;
a first tray coupled to a first side of the pan, wherein the first tray is capable of being moved in and out from the first side of the pan;
a second tray coupled to a second side of the pan, wherein the second tray is capable of being moved in and out from the second side of the pan;
a third tray coupled to a third side of the pan, wherein the third tray is capable of being moved in and out from the third side of the pan;
a fourth tray coupled to a fourth side of the pan, wherein the fourth tray is capable of being moved in and out from the fourth side of the pan;
at least one flat tray positioned on the frame, wherein the at least one flat tray is configured to support a saw; and
a hood apparatus coupled to the frame, wherein the hood apparatus is positioned at least partially above a position of the saw when the saw is placed on the at least one flat tray, and wherein the hood apparatus comprises:
a hood arm brace attached to the frame;
a hood frame attached to the hood arm brace;
a fixed top shield coupled to the hood frame;
a top shield extension coupled to the fixed top shield, wherein the top shield extension is capable of being moved in and out from an end of the fixed top shield; and
a plurality of curtains coupled to the fixed top shield and the top shield extension, wherein the curtains hang downwards from the fixed top shield and the top shield extension on at least three sides of the hood apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,596,724

WORKPIECE HOLDER AND METHOD FOR SLICING WORKPIECE

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

5. A method for slicing a workpiece, comprising pressing a workpiece made of a columnar single crystal held by a workpiece holder against a wire row of a wire saw to slice the workpiece with the use of the wire saw comprising the wire row formed by winding a wire which reciprocatively travels in an axial direction around a plurality of grooved rollers,wherein the workpiece holder comprises:
a workpiece plate which is bonded and fixed to the workpiece through a pad plate; and
a holder main body which supports the workpiece plate from a surface of the workpiece plate, the surface being an opposite side of another surface of the workpiece plate to which the workpiece is bonded and fixed,
assuming that, of radial directions of the workpieces, a direction parallel to the surface of the workpiece plate to which the workpiece is bonded and fixed is an x axis direction and a direction vertical to the surface of the workpiece plate to which the workpiece is bonded and fixed is a y axis direction, the workpiece plate is bonded and fixed to the workpiece so as to correct a deviation of a crystal orientation axis of the workpiece in the x axis direction,
the workpiece holder has a function to adjust a tilt in the y axis direction of the workpiece held by the workpiece plate by tilting the workpiece plate in the y axis direction and to enable fixing the workpiece plate and the workpiece to the holder main body at the adjusted tilt,
the workpiece plate has a protruding portion, which protrudes toward an outer side of the workpiece plate in a longitudinal direction and has a curved tip portion, on the surface thereof on the opposite side of another surface thereof on which the workpiece is held,
the holder main body has a receiving portion which sandwiches the curved tip portion of the protruding portion from upper and lower sides, the receiving portion sandwiches the curved tip portion of the protruding portion from the upper and lower sides by two forward-and-backward movable pieces, and each of the two movable pieces is formed into a tapered shape having a tilt on a surface thereof which comes into contact with the curved tip portion of the protruding portion, and
the workpiece holder being configured to tilt the workpiece plate in the y axis direction by adjusting a positional relationship of the two movable pieces, which sandwich the curved tip portion of the protruding portion, by each forward or backward movement, to adjust a tilt of the workpiece in the y axis direction, and to fix the workpiece at this position,
the workpiece plate is bonded and fixed to the workpiece so as to correct a deviation of the crystal orientation axis of the workpiece in the x axis direction at the time of holding the workpiece by the workpiece holder,
a tilt in the y axis direction of the workpiece held by the workpiece plate is adjusted by tilting the workpiece plate bonded and fixed to the workpiece in the y axis direction, and the workpiece is held by the workpiece holder by fixing the workpiece plate and the workpiece to the holder main body at the adjusted tilt, and
the workpiece fixed by adjusting the tilt is disposed to the wire saw through the workpiece holder, and the workpiece is pressed against the wire row to slice the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,596,723

CUTTING TOOL HOLDING DEVICE

EVERPADS CO., LTD., Taic...

1. A cutting tool holding device, which is for holding a cutting tool, the cutting tool holding device comprising:a base comprising:
a body;
a storage hole disposed in the body, the storage hole comprising:
an inner wall; and
an opening hole located on the inner wall; and
a non-circular channel disposed in the body and communicated with the storage hole via the opening hole, the non-circular channel having an axis;
a holder disposed on the base, and comprising:
a disposing portion for the cutting tool to connect; and
a connecting shaft portion connected to the disposing portion, the connecting shaft portion for inserting into the storage hole, and the connecting shaft portion comprising:
a shaft body accommodated in the storage hole; and
at least one positioning portion being concave on the shaft body and corresponding to the opening hole; and
a limiting set disposed in the non-circular channel, and comprising:
an abutting member accommodated in the non-circular channel and a cross-sectional shape of the abutting member corresponding to a cross-sectional shape of the non-circular channel, wherein the cross-sectional shape of the non-circular channel is ellipse, the abutting member is cylindroid, and the abutting member comprises:
a first end surface;
a second end surface opposite to the first end surface;
a stepping portion connected to the first end surface; and
an inclined plane connected between the stepping portion and the second end surface; and
a bolt passed through the abutting member;
wherein the abutting member is moved to the opening hole along the axis by rotating the bolt so as to push the positioning portion and abut the shaft body, and the positioning portion comprises an abutting surface, the abutting surface is inclined from a side of the shaft body to the other side of the shaft body, and the abutting surface is abutted by the inclined plane.

US Pat. No. 10,596,719

TREATMENT OF WOOD

1. A method for heat treatment of wood comprising the steps ofplacing said wood in an airtight tank,
pressurising said airtight tank to a predefined pressure from 5-27 bar to establish a pressurised environment for said wood,
heating said wood to a predefined temperature from 140° C. to 215° C. by dielectric heating,wherein the step of pressurising and the step of heating is performed simultaneously, orwherein the step of pressurising is carried out prior to the step of heating,wherein the predefined pressure during heating prevents water present in the wood from evaporating at the predefined temperature, and wherein the heating is performed without adding any fluid to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,596,718

HANDHELD MORTISE FORMING DEVICE

1. A handheld mortise forming devicecomprising:
a base unit including a first support extending parallel to a first axis and including a first working end and a second working end opposite to the first working end;
a first sidewall connected to the first support, with the first sidewall having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end;
a second sidewall connected to the first support;
two connecting units, with one of the two connecting units rotatably mounted to the first sidewall, with another of the two connecting units rotatably mounted to the second sidewall;
a second support extending parallel to the first axis and connected to the two connecting units, with the second support rotatable relative to the first and second sidewalls and including an abutting face movable between a position adjacent to the first end of the first sidewall and another position adjacent to the second end of the first sidewall.; and
a clamping unit including a pressing member located on a side of the second support adjacent to the abutting face, with the pressing member adapted to clamp lumber, with the pressing member jointly rotatable with the second support and switchable between the first working end and the second working end,
with the first and second working ends located on two opposite ends of the first support along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, with the first sidewall including a first sliding track extending parallel to the second axis, with the second sidewall including a second sliding track extending parallel to the first sliding track, with one of the two connecting units rotatably and slideably received in the first sliding track, with another of the two connecting units rotatably and slideably received in the second sliding track, with the second support slideably connected to the two connecting units to thereby move toward or away from the first support, with the second support slideable between the first working end and the second working end, with the clamping unit further including a clamping member disposed between the first and second working ends of the first support, and with the clamping member adapted to clamp the lumber,
with the first sliding track extending through two opposite surfaces of the first sidewall, with the second sliding track extending through two opposite surfaces of the second sidewall, with each of the two connecting units including a sliding member and at least one pin, with the sliding member including a base portion and at least one through-hole extending through the base portion, with the base portion of one of the two connecting units located on a side of the sliding member adjacent to the first sidewall, with the base portion of the other of the two connecting units located on a side of the sliding member adjacent to the second sidewall, with the at least one pin of one of the two connecting units removably extending through the first sliding track and removably extending through the at least one through-hole of one of the two connecting units, with the at least one pin of another of the two connecting units removably extending through the second sliding track and removably extending through the at least one through-hole of another of the two connecting units, and
with each sliding member including a first extension disposed on the base portion thereof and extending toward the second support, with the first extension including a sliding slot extending through two opposite surfaces of the first extension and extending parallel to the base portion, with the second support including a fixing groove in a face thereof opposite to the abutting face, with each of the two connecting units including a fixing member removably mounted in the fixing groove of the second support and removably and slideably extending through the sliding slot of one of the sliding members.

US Pat. No. 10,596,717

METHODS OF CUTTING FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE WORKPIECES WITH A PURE WATERJET

Flow International Corpor...

1. A method of trimming a fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece, the method comprising:providing the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece in a post-molded or post cured, untrimmed state in which fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece extends beyond a final component profile thereof; and thereafter
generating a pure waterjet via a cutting head in liquid phase unladened with solid particles at an operating pressure of at least 60,000 psi;
directing the pure waterjet to pass through the fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece in the post-molded or post cured, untrimmed state; and
moving at least one of the cutting head and the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece relative to the other at a cutting speed along a predetermined path while maintaining the operating pressure of at least 60,000 psi such that the pure waterjet trims the fiber reinforced polymer composite material of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece to the final component profile wherein the cutting speed is selected to produce an edge of the fiber reinforced polymer composite workpiece with a predetermined surface roughness having at least one of an Ra value of about 22 ±5 microns and an Rz value of 128 ±20 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,596,716

GENERATING A GUIDANCE INDICATOR AND INDICATOR SIGNAL

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method comprising:generating a guidance indicator relating to a portion of a user;
generating a marker representing a portion of a portable personal care device for performing a portable personal care treatment;
presenting the guidance indicator on a representation of the portion of the user;
presenting the marker representing the portion of the portable personal care device on the representation of the portion of the user;
determining a position of the portion of the portable personal care device relative to the portion of the user, said determining based on a signal indicative of the position of the portion of the portable personal care device; and
generating an indication signal when it is determined that at least a portion of the portable personal care device is in a defined position relative to the guidance indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,596,715

BLADE SET AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A stationary blade for a blade set of a hair cutting appliance, said blade set being arranged to be moved through hair in a moving direction to cut said hair, said stationary blade comprising:a substantially planar first wall portion, arranged to serve as a skin facing wall portion, comprising:
a first wall portion first surface,
a first wall portion second surface facing away from the first wall portion first surface, and
a first toothed leading edge comprising a plurality of mutually spaced apart projections provided with respective tips, wherein the first toothed leading edge at least partially extends in a transverse direction (Y, t) relative to the moving direction and at least partially extends forwardly in a longitudinal direction (X, r) perpendicular to the transverse direction (Y, t); and
a substantially planar second wall portion, opposite the first wall portion, comprising:
a second wall portion first surface,
a second wall portion second surface facing away from the second wall portion first surface, and
a second toothed leading edge comprising a plurality of mutually spaced apart projections provided with respective tips, wherein the second toothed leading edge at least partially extends in the transverse direction (Y, t) relative to the moving direction and at least partially extends forwardly in the longitudinal direction (X, r) perpendicular to the transverse direction (Y, t); and
a substantially planar intermediate wall portion comprising:
a intermediate wall portion first surface, and
an opposing intermediate wall portion second surface, said intermediate wall portion being positioned between the first wall portion and the second wall portion,
wherein the first wall portion first surface faces said intermediate wall portion first surface and the second wall portion first surface faces the intermediate wall portion second surface, the intermediate wall portion further comprising:
a centrally located opening extending between the intermediate wall portion first surface and the intermediate wall portion second surface, said centrally located opening defining a guide slot between the first wall portion and the second wall portion, the guide slot configured to:
contain a movable blade of said blade set, wherein the tips of the first toothed leading edge, the tips of the second toothed leading edge and the intermediate wall portion define a plurality of teeth,
wherein each of the tips of the first toothed leading edge comprises a first smoothed transitional region extending from a substantially flat region of the first wall portion second surface towards the first wall portion first surface through a first edge rounding radius (Rt1), and
each of the tips of the second toothed leading edge comprises a second smoothed transitional region extending from a substantially flat region of the second wall portion second surface towards the second wall portion first surface through a second edge rounding radius (Rt2), wherein a ratio between the first edge rounding radius (Rt1) and the second edge rounding radius (Rt2) is at least 1.5:1.

US Pat. No. 10,596,714

ELECTRIC SHAVER

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An electric shaver comprising:a. a handle, and
b. a shaver head including at least one cutter unit including a cutter element and a shear foil,
c. wherein said shaver head is connected to said handle by a support structure comprising at least one link arm, said support structure providing for a swivel axis and a tilting axis about which said shaver head can swivel or tilt relative to said handle,
d. wherein said cutter element is drivable by a drive unit in an oscillating manner along a cutter oscillation axis, said drive unit including an elongated drive transmitter coupled to said cutter element,
e. wherein said elongated drive transmitter is coupled to said cutter element by a pivot joint providing for a pair of pivot axes extending perpendicular to each other and transverse to a longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter to allow said cutter element multiaxial pivoting relative to said elongated drive transmitter, and
f. wherein said pivot joint is mounted to said elongated drive transmitter and to said cutter element fixedly in the direction of said cutter oscillation axis and displaceably in directions perpendicular thereto to allow for displacement of said pivot joint relative to said cutter element in a first direction transverse to the cutter oscillation axis and to the longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter and relative to said elongated drive transmitter and to said cutter element in a second direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of said elongated drive transmitter, wherein said elongated drive transmitter includes a shaft rotatable in an oscillating manner and extending from said handle into said shaver head, wherein a rigid drive pin is rigidly attached to a crank arm rigidly fixed to said shaft to execute an oscillating driving movement, said drive pin being connected to the cutter element by means of said pivot joint.

US Pat. No. 10,596,713

ACTUATED SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR IN SITU GAP INSPECTION ROBOTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:a robot configured to navigate within a gap of a machine, the gap being defined by opposed surfaces within the machine; and
a sensor module connected to the robot, the sensor module including:
a mounting interface attached to the robot;
at least one arm operatively connected to the mounting interface and having a first joint and a second joint, wherein the at least one arm includes a length adjustment mechanism that adjusts a length of the at least one arm between the first joint and the second joint;
a sensor head operatively connected to the at least one arm at the first joint; and
a first actuator operatively connected to the at least one arm for moving the sensor head around the first joint and perpendicularly against one of the opposed surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,596,711

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC VACUUM PRESSURE IN AN ARTICULATED ARM END EFFECTOR

Berkshire Grey, Inc., Le...

1. A system for providing dynamic vacuum control to an end effector of an articulated arm, said system comprising:(i) a first air source for providing a positive air pressure;
(ii) a second air source for providing a negative air pressure; and
(iii) a multi-stage ejector coupled at a first end thereof to the first air source for receiving the positive air pressure and coupled at a second opposite end thereof to the second air source tier receiving the negative air pressure, wherein the first air source and the second air source are thereby provided to the multi-stage ejector that automatically selects between a first vacuum source that uses the first air source to provide a first vacuum pressure with a first maximum air flow rate and a second vacuum source that uses the second air source to provide a second vacuum pressure with a second maximum air flow rate responsive to a change in air pressure at an exit of the multi-stage ejector without using an independently actuatable valve, wherein the first vacuum pressure is at least about 90,000 Pascals below atmospheric, and said second vacuum pressure is no more than about 50,000 Pascals below atmospheric.

US Pat. No. 10,596,710

LINEAR ROBOT ARM WITH MULTIPLE END EFFECTORS

Persimmon Technologies Co...

1. A substrate transport apparatus comprising:a support structure;
an upper fork with spaced paddles;
a first scara arm rotatably mounted to the support structure, where the first scara arm is configured to drive the upper fork along a straight linear path between a retracted position and an extended position;
second and third scara arms rotatably mounted to the support structure, where the second and third scara arms are configured to be driven together;
a first lower paddle connected to the second scara arm, where the second scara arm is configured to drive the first lower paddle; and
a second lower paddle connected to the third scara arm, where the third scara arm is configured to drive the second lower paddle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,709

SELF-CONTAINED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOL RESPONSIVE TO LOCALLY STORED HISTORICAL DATA

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A modular tool, comprising:an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver a modular tool coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in modular tool and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function, the end-effector further including a memory having historical data about at least one previous function performed by the end-effector; and
a local controller disposed in the modular tool and enabled to control the end-effector in response to the historical data;
wherein:
at least one local controller is further enabled to receive an electronic start signal from a master control system that causes the at least one local controller to initiate the manufacturing function; and
the at least one local controller is further enabled to send an electronic finish signal to the master control system or to at least one other local controller indicating that manufacturing function is accomplished and enabled to send data about the historical data with the electronic finish signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,708

INTERACTION DEVICE AND INTERACTION METHOD THEREOF

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. An interaction device comprising a processor and a memory storing at least one instruction to be executed by the processor, wherein the at least one instruction is configured to:perform a participation action state classifying corresponding to classifying a participation action state for each of the plurality of participants based on an external stimulus signal for each of the plurality of participants;
perform a participation degree calculating corresponding to calculating a participation degree value for each of the plurality of participants based on the external stimulus signal for each of the plurality of participants;
perform a role classifying corresponding to classifying a role for each of a plurality of participants based on both of the participation action state for each of the plurality of participants and the participation degree value for each of the plurality of participants; and
perform an action adjusting corresponding to performing different interaction operations for each of the plurality of participants based on the role for each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the role is any one of an active participant, a addressee, a side-participant, and a bystander,
wherein the role of each of the plurality of participants is determined in order of the active participant, the addressee, the side-participant and the bystander in descending order of the participation degree value corresponding to each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the participation action state indicates a subsequent expected order of interaction for each of the plurality of participants,
wherein the participation action state is any one of a Grab state, a Release state, a Wait state and a Keep state,
wherein the Grab state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently fetch the order of interaction,
wherein the Release state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently hand over the order of interaction to another participant,
wherein the Wait state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently wait for the order of interaction, and
wherein the Keep state indicates that a participant is expected to subsequently keep the order of interaction.

US Pat. No. 10,596,707

ARTICLE TRANSFER DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An article transfer device comprising:at least one robot configured to perform a workpiece picking operation with respect to a conveyor for transferring a plurality of workpieces;
a camera configured to sequentially capture images of the workpieces on the conveyor; and
a computer comprising a processor, wherein the computer is configured to execute:
a workpiece identification process which performs workpiece detection in the images captured by the camera;
a workpiece information storage process which stores workpiece information about a position and an angle of each detected workpiece in a storage device, when the workpiece detection is performed in the workpiece identification process;
an identical workpiece determination process which compares the workpiece information of each of the detected workpieces in a newly captured image, to which the workpiece detection is performed, with the workpiece information of each of the detected workpieces in a previously captured image, to which the workpiece detection is performed, to determine whether one or more of the detected workpieces that are identical to the detected workpieces in the previously captured image exist in the newly captured image;
a determination process which performs, for at least one detected workpiece determined as an identical one in the identical workpiece determination process, a first determination that determines a degree of match between the workpiece information in the newly captured image and a predetermined model, and a second determination that determines a degree of match between the workpiece information in the previously captured image and the predetermined model;
a workpiece information selection process which performs selection to store in the storage device only one of the workpiece information of the newly captured image and the workpiece information of the previously captured image, wherein the degree of match of the workpiece information which is to be stored is higher than the degree of match of the workpiece information which is not to be stored;
wherein the computer is further configured to execute:
an interference area setting process which sets an interference area for each of the detected workpieces in each of the images; and
an interference determination process which determines whether or not the interference area of the each detected workpiece interferes with a contour of another detected workpiece; and
wherein the robot does not perform the workpiece picking operation for detected workpieces to which interference is determined by the interference determination process.

US Pat. No. 10,596,704

GENERATE, SIMULATE, AND EXECUTE A REUSABLE ROBOTICS SOLUTION RECIPE TO EXECUTE A ROBOTIC SOLUTION

Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd...

1. A computer implemented method to generate, simulate, and execute a reusable robotic solution recipe for executing a robotic solution, the method comprising:at a web user interface of a software framework, receiving a selection of one or more hardware components to be included in the reusable robotic solution recipe;
at the web user interface of the software framework, displaying one or more software components as suggestion corresponding to the selected one or more hardware components;
receiving a selection of a software component from the displayed one more software components to be included in the reusable robotic solution recipe;
deploying the reusable robotic solution recipe to a hardware-vendor agnostic controller;
the hardware-vendor agnostic controller executing the reusable robotic solution recipe to:
determine one or more hardware component configuration and environment component configuration of the environment for executing the robotic solution;
invoke a model descriptor file to determine defined one or more hardware components configuration and environment data configuration of one or more of a simulated hardware component and the selected one or more hardware components defined to execute the robotic solution, the simulated hardware component is a simulation of the one or more hardware components;
based on the determined and the defined one or more hardware components configuration and environment component configuration, initiating execution of the robotic solution;
determine whether a real-time sensor data received from a sensor at the one or more of the simulated hardware component and the one or more hardware components matches with one of a hardware and environment related constraint condition defined at the reusable robotic solution recipe;
determine an execution instruction based on the matched condition; and
send the determined execution instruction to the simulated hardware component and the selected one or more hardware components for executing the robotic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,596,703

PARAMETRIC GENERATION OF INTERLOCKING JOINTS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:obtaining a virtual model of an object that is to be assembled by securing a first element and a second element to each other, the virtual model specifying pre-cut physical characteristics of the first element and the second element, the pre-cut physical characteristics including:
first pre-cut dimensions of the first element and one or more first physical properties of a material of the first element; and
second pre-cut dimensions of the second element and one or more second physical properties of a material of the second element;
determining, using the virtual model and for each of the first element and the second element, cut dimensions that indicate a manner in which the element is to be altered such that the altered first element and the altered second element include interlockable features that are capable of interlocking with each other, including:
selecting, from a set of element cutting options, one or more element cutting options that correspond to the pre-cut physical characteristics of the first element and the second element, wherein each cutting option correlates cut dimensions with pre-cut physical characteristics of a set of pre-cut elements;
determining, using the virtual model and the one or more element cutting options, multiple candidate cut dimensions of the first element or the second element; and
selecting, from the multiple candidate cut dimensions, particular cut dimensions of the first element or the second element based on (i) a physical characteristic of the element after being altered using each of the multiple cut dimensions and (ii) one or more criteria for the physical characteristic of the element;
generating data that indicates the particular cut dimensions of the first element or the second element; and
providing the data that indicates the particular cut dimensions to one or more computers that are associated with fabricating or assembling the object.

US Pat. No. 10,596,702

RECONFIGURABLE MOBILE CABLE ROBOT

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE TEC...

1. A method for defining an optimal configuration of a reconfigurable set of cable of a cable robot, said method comprising steps of:obtaining a material layout of the cable robot, the cable robot comprising:
a platform supporting an effector;
a plurality of cables, each connected on one end to an attachment point on the platform and extending from this attachment point to an anchoring point attached to a supporting structure, said anchoring points being contained in more than one plane;
wherein the plurality of cables comprises a set of driving cables whose ends are connected to a winch;
wherein the plurality of cables comprises a set of reconfigurable cables, whose anchoring points are movable relative to the supporting structure;
wherein the supporting structure is beared by a set of independent mobile bases comprising anchorings to fix said mobile bases to the ground;
obtaining a targeted trajectory of the effector, discretized in segments of suitable length;
obtaining external forces wrench applied to the platform in each point of the aforesaid the discretized trajectory;
obtaining a discrete set of starting configurations, of the reconfigurable set;
analyzing, for each starting configuration, an ability to reach all the segments of the targeted trajectory under static equilibrium conditions according to the applied external forces and to the obtained material layout, and to eliminate the less promising starting configurations;
determining among remaining configurations, dominant configurations covering the targeted trajectory and including other configurations;
gathering nondominant configurations according to their coverage by dominant configurations;
seeking for singular segments covered by only one dominant configuration, and eliminate configurations comprised in the dominant solutions which do not cover the singular segments;
determining among the configurations remaining after seeking singular segments, a minimal combination of configurations covering the whole of the segments obtained at the targeted trajectory obtaining step;
generating a trajectory program integrating configuration changes determined at the step of determining the minimal combination of configurations, and transmitting the trajectory program to a control unit of the cable robot in order to carry out the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,596,701

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH ENHANCED SCANNING MECHANISM

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for operating a robotic system, the method comprising:receiving imaging data representing a pickup area including a target object;
determining an initial pose of the target object based on the imaging data;
calculating a confidence measure associated with the initial pose, wherein the confidence measure is indicative of a likelihood of the initial pose being accurate;
deriving, based on the confidence measure, an approach location and at least one scanning location, the approach location defining a location for an end-effector of a robotic arm to contact and grip the target object, the scanning location defining a location for the end-effector to present one or more surfaces of the target object before one or more corresponding object scanners so as to scan one or more object identifiers,
deriving, based on the derived approached location and the scanning location, a motion plan, wherein the motion plan includes commands, settings, or a combination thereof, for operating the robotic arm and the end-effector to execute a task based on (1) picking up the target object from a start location, (2) transferring the target object to a task location, and (3) presenting the one or more object identifiers to the one or more object scanners located between the start location and the task location; and
implementing the motion plan for operating one or more actuation devices to execute the task;
wherein deriving the approach location and the at least one scanning location and deriving the motion plan include:
calculating a set of available approach locations about the start location for the target object, wherein the set of available approach locations represents positions for placing the end-effector to grip the target object without disturbing other objects;
calculating a candidate plan for each available approach location in the set of available approach locations, wherein the candidate plan includes a candidate scanning location;
calculating a performance metric for each candidate plan, wherein the performance metric corresponds to a throughput rate associated with a distance traversed by the target object, an estimated transfer duration, a number of commands or setting changes, a completion rate associated with the corresponding available approach location, or a combination thereof for placing the target object at the task location; and
selectively calculating the approach location and the scanning location according to the corresponding performance metric and/or a scanning metric, wherein:
the scanning metric corresponds to a likelihood of at least one of the object identifiers remaining uncovered by the end-effector regardless of whether or not the initial pose is accurate, and
the approach location is an available approach location in the set corresponding to the highest performance metric and/or the highest scanning metric.

US Pat. No. 10,596,699

PARALLEL MECHANISM MASTICATOR AND CHEWING APPARATUS

1. A masticator and chewing apparatus comprising:a) a parallel mechanism;
b) a frame of the apparatus;
c) an upper denture attached to a stationary platform;
d) a lower denture attached to a moving platform;
e) one or more rotary cranks configured to be synchronously driven by a motor via a transmission;
f) three passive ball-jointed rods jointed to the frame of the apparatus; and
g) three driving ball-jointed rods jointed to the rotary cranks;
wherein the moving platform is supported and driven in mandibular motion by the ball-jointed rods;
wherein the phase angle, radii and location of said rotary cranks relative to the frame, the location of the passive-rod ends relative to the frame, and the lengths of the ball-jointed rods are adjustable and are configured to be adjusted such as to simulate a prescribed motion between said dentures.

US Pat. No. 10,596,697

ROBOT ASSEMBLING SYSTEM AND ROBOT ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. A robot assembling system, comprising:a first assembling workstation configured to assemble a contact of a connector assembly and a light guide pipe of the connector assembly to form a contact subassembly;
a second assembling workstation configured to assemble the contact subassembly and a cage to form the connector assembly, the connector assembly including:
the cage having a middle vertical partition plate and a plurality of horizontal partition plates connected to each side of the middle vertical partition plate, the middle vertical partition plate and the horizontal partition plates dividing an inner space of the cage into a plurality of chambers;
the contact mounted in one of the chambers of the cage; and
the light guide pipe mounted on the contact and extending into a space defined between the horizontal partition plates; and
a robot configured to transmit the cage, the light guide pipe, the contact, or the contact subassembly between the first assembling workstation and the second assembling workstation and configured to assist an assembling operation at the first assembling workstation and the second assembling workstation.

US Pat. No. 10,596,694

APPARATUS WITH HAND GRIP AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING HAND GRIP

TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC, ...

1. A method of mounting a hand grip, the method comprising:placing the hand grip formed of wood in a recess of a handle formed of a malleable metal, wherein the hand grip comprises a base surface, a top surface opposite the base surface, a first end wall surface, and a second end wall surface opposite the first end wall surface, and wherein the first end wall surface and the second end wall surface taper the hand grip from the base surface to the top surface; and
after placing the hand grip in the recess, deforming at least a portion of a first end wall of the recess such that at least malleable metal of the first end wall directly engages the first end wall surface of the hand grip and prevents removal of the hand grip from the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,596,692

TOOL COMBINATION

1. A tool combination comprising:a body having a left portion and a right portion, the left portion and the right portion being symmetric to each other relative to a vertical plane, the body having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion and the bottom portion being symmetric to each other relative to a horizontal plane, the vertical plane intersecting the horizontal plane at an axis of the body;
the left portion and the right portion respectively having a left recess and a right recess which is symmetric to the left recess, the left recess having a left space defined in a front portion thereof, the right recess having a right space defined in a front portion thereof, the left space being symmetric to the right space, two left holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the front portion of the left recess, two right holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the front portion of the right recess, the front portion of each of the left recess and the right recess communicating with a front recessed area defined in a front end of the body; wherein a middle portion of the left recess having at least one left clip groove formed therein, a middle portion of the right recess having at least one right clip groove formed therein, and
the top portion and the bottom portion respectively having a top recess and a bottom recess which is symmetric to the top recess, the top recess having a top space defined in a rear portion thereof, the bottom recess having a bottom space defined in a rear portion thereof, the top space being symmetric to the bottom space, two top holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the rear portion of the top recess, two bottom holes respectively defined through two sidewalls of the rear portion of the bottom recess, the rear portion of each of the top recess and the bottom recess communicating with a rear recessed area defied in a rear end of the body, the left recess, the right recess, the top recess and the bottom recess being identical, the left space, the right space, the top space and the bottom space being identical; wherein, a middle portion of the top recess having at least one top clip groove formed therein, a middle portion of the bottom recess having at least one bottom clip groove formed therein; and wherein, the at least one left clip groove, the at least one right clip groove, the at least one top clip groove and the at least one bottom clip groove respectively clipping a handle of at least one screwdriver bit, and the left space, the right space, the top space and the bottom space respectively receiving a function end of the at least one screwdriver bit.

US Pat. No. 10,596,691

DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING THEM TO ASSEMBLE TWO OR MORE WORKPIECES TO EACH OTHER

1. A device configured to attach two workpieces to each other, the device comprising:a base comprising a planar member configured to engage a planar surface of a first workpiece, the base further comprising a second member coupled to the planar member, the second member configured to engage a first planar surface of a second workpiece positioned adjacent to the first workpiece, the second member further configured to receive an attachment device;
a first handle coupled to the base, in which the first handle comprises a first internal valve configured to fluidically couple to an external pressure source, in which the first handle further comprises a first plunger configured to actuate the first internal valve to an open position after movement of the first plunger from a first position to a second position and to close the first internal valve after release of the first plunger to the first position, wherein in the open position the first internal valve permits air pressure to build in the device;
a second handle coupled to the base, in which the second handle comprises a second internal valve configured to fluidically couple to the first internal valve of the first handle upon movement of the first plunger of the first handle to the second position of the first internal valve, in which the second handle further comprises a second plunger configured to actuate the second internal valve to an open position after movement of the second plunger from a first position to a second position and to close the second internal valve after release of the second plunger to the first position, wherein the second internal valve is configured to fluidically couple to the attachment device when the second plunger is moved to the second position to actuate the attachment device and cause the attachment device to insert a first fastener into the first and second workpieces to hold them together, wherein, after insertion of the first fastener into the first and second workpieces, the second plunger is configured to be released to permit movement of the second plunger from the second position to the first position to permit air pressure to build up again in the device, when the first plunger remains in the second position, before a second movement of the second plunger from the first position to the second position causes the attachment device to insert a second fastener into the first and second workpieces; and
a pneumatic cylinder coupled to the planar member of the base and fluidically coupled to the first internal valve of the first handle upon movement of the first plunger of the first handle from the first position to the second position, the pneumatic cylinder configured to engage a second planar surface of the second workpiece when the first plunger is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,596,690

DRIVING TOOL FOR DRIVING FASTENING MEANS INTO A WORKPIECE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A driving tool for driving fastening means into a workpiece by driving-in cycles, comprising:an actuator unit for driving the fastening means into the workpiece, wherein the actuator unit includes a working cylinder with an associated working piston connected to a driving punch, wherein the working piston is movable linearly along the working cylinder to move the driving punch during each driving-in cycle;
a triggering assembly for triggering each driving-in cycle of the actuator unit, the triggering assembly having a manually actuatable trigger lever, a workpiece contact element that is actuatable by placing the driving tool onto the workpiece, and a trigger valve with a valve piston movable between a non-actuating position that does not trigger movement of the working piston and an actuating position that triggers application of a working pressure to a driving volume of the working cylinder to move the working piston;
wherein each individual sequence of an actuation of the workpiece contact element with subsequent actuation of the trigger lever causes movement of the valve piston to the actuating position in order to trigger one of the driving-in cycles according to a single shot mode of the driving tool,
wherein, with the trigger lever continuously actuated, each individual actuation of the workpiece contact element causes movement of the valve piston to the actuating position to trigger one of the driving-in cycles according to a bump firing mode of the driving tool,
a resetting assembly for resetting the driving tool from the bump firing mode to the single shot mode, wherein the resetting assembly includes a control volume that is coupled by a fluid path to the working cylinder, wherein the resetting assembly is activated in the bump firing mode by movement of the working piston and the driving punch during each driving-in cycle so that the fluid path from the working cylinder to the control volume applies the working pressure to the control volume, wherein the resetting assembly is configured such that, after a delay time starting from activation of the resetting assembly and determined by a pressure in the control volume falling below a limit value due to venting of air from the control volume, the resetting assembly automatically causes switching of the driving tool from the bump firing mode into the single shot mode by preventing actuation of the workpiece contact element from moving the valve piston to the actuating position so long as the trigger lever remains continuously actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,596,689

ENGINE SERVICING SYSTEM

15. An engine servicing system for compressing valve springs on an assembled engine, said system comprising:a motorcycle having an engine, said engine having a cylinder head, an intake valve and an exhaust valve;
a mount being selectively coupled to said cylinder head, said mount comprising:
a first plate having a first surface, a second surface and a perimeter edge extending therebetween, said perimeter edge having a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a front side and a back side, said first plate having a pair of first apertures extending through said first surface and said second surface, each of said first apertures being positioned closer to said first lateral side than said second lateral side, each of said first apertures being spaced apart from each other and being aligned with each other, said first plate having a second aperture extending through said first surface and said second surface, said second aperture being centrally positioned between each of said first apertures, said second aperture being positioned closer to said first apertures than said second lateral side, said first plate having a third aperture extending through said first surface and said second surface, said third aperture being aligned with said second aperture, said third aperture being positioned closer to said second lateral side than said second aperture, said third aperture being elongated between said first lateral side and said second lateral side such that said third aperture has an ovoid shape,
a second plate having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge being coupled to said first surface of said first plate having said second plate being oriented perpendicular to said first plate, said second plate having a fourth aperture extending through said primary surface and said secondary surface, said second plate extending between said front side and said back side of said first plate, said second plate being positioned closer to said second aperture in said first plate than said third aperture in said first plate, and
a third plate having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge of said third plate being coupled to said first surface of said first plate having said third plate being oriented perpendicular to said first plate, said third plate having a fifth aperture extending through said primary surface and said secondary surface of said third plate, said third plate extending between said front side and said back side of said first plate, said third plate being positioned between said third aperture on said first plate and said second lateral side, said third plate being perpendicular to said second plate and positioned in spaced relationship parallel to and aligned with said second plate;
a plurality of bolts, each of said bolts extending through said mount and engaging said cylinder head at predetermined points on said cylinder head to retain said mount on said cylinder head; and
a compression unit being removably coupled to said mount wherein said compression unit is configured to be manipulated, said compression unit engaging each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve such that said compression unit selectively compresses each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve thereby facilitating each of said intake valve and said exhaust valve to be serviced while said engine is mounted in said motorcycle without removing said cylinder head from said engine, said compression unit comprising:
a rod, said rod being extended perpendicularly through said second plate and said third plate wherein said rod is rotatable relative to each of said second plate and said third plate, said rod having a primary end, a secondary end, and an outer surface extending therebetween, said outer surface having a plurality of intersecting sides adjacent to said primary end wherein said plurality of intersecting sides is configured to be engaged by a wrench to facilitate rotation of said rod, and
a fourth plate, said fourth plate having a first end and a second end, said fourth plate being coupled to said rod having said rod being oriented perpendicular to a line extending through said first end and said second end of said fourth plate wherein said fourth plate is pivoted by rotation of said rod relative to said second plate and said third plate, said first end of said fourth plate and said second end of said fourth plate being positioned on opposite sides of said rod wherein the first end and the second end are configured to simultaneously engage a respective one of the intake valve and the exhaust valve.

US Pat. No. 10,596,687

TORQUE SOCKET HAVING LOCKING AND RELEASING FUNCTION

1. A torque socket having locking and releasing function, comprising:a shaft rod, radially formed with a flange, wherein two sides of said flange are respectively and axially extended with an insertion tenon allowing a rotation tool to be connected and a core shaft axially formed with a shaft hole, an outer circumference of said core shaft is radially formed with at least one cut groove communicated with said shaft hole, and radially formed with a first friction surface;
a shaft cylinder, having two axial sides thereof respectively formed with a shaft slot allowing said core shaft to be received and a sleeve tube formed with a sleeve slot, wherein said sleeve slot is served to allow a drive head to be inserted, a second friction surface being in contact with said first friction surface is radially formed inside said shaft slot; and
a locking and releasing mechanism, including:
a first elastic member, sleeved on said sleeve tube and abutted against one end of said sleeve tube;
a slide sleeve, formed with a tube slot sleeved with said shaft cylinder and an outer side of said flange, wherein an opening at one side of said tube slot is formed with an accommodation chamber allowing said first elastic member to be accommodated and abutted against, said sleeve tube is radially formed with a positioning hole allowing a positioning ball to be received, and an inner circumference of said slide sleeve is respectively formed with a stopping wall and a ball chamber corresponding to locations of said positioning ball during two elastic sliding strokes, and
a fasten ring, fastened at another end of said sleeve tube for preventing said slide sleeve from being released from said sleeve tube;
when said positioning ball is pressed by stopping wall, a part of said positioning ball is exposed in said sleeve slot, so that a sleeve rod of said drive head is unable to be inserted or said positioning ball is buckled in a buckle slot of said sleeve rod; when said slide sleeve is elastically slid at an outer side of said shaft cylinder, said ball chamber is served to allow a part of said positioning ball to be accommodated, thereby allowing said sleeve rod to be inserted into or released from said sleeve slot.

US Pat. No. 10,596,683

FIXTURE DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURE OF AERONAUTICAL STRUCTURES AND A METHOD FOR APPLYING THE DEVICE

1. A jig for holding a first structural aeronautical article in mutual position relative to a second structural aeronautical article, the jig comprising:a plurality of elongated first level connection bars having a first predetermined length and comprising a first end and a second end, each of the first ends and the second ends operatively connected to the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article, respectively, such that the first level connection bars are in between the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article;
a plurality of second level connection bars having a second predetermined length, each having first and second ends; and
couplers that are releasably coupled into apertures of the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article, and to the first and second ends of the first and second level connection bars, wherein first ends of the second level connection bars are coupled to couplers of the second structural aeronautical article and second ends of the second level connection bars are coupled to couplers of a third structural aeronautical article, such that the second level connection bars are in between the second structural aeronautical article and the third structural aeronautical article,
wherein:
a first fixed distance between the first structural aeronautical article and the second structural aeronautical article is determined by the first predetermined length of the plurality of elongated first level connection bars; and
a second fixed distance between the second structural aeronautical article and the third structural aeronautical article is determined by the second predetermined length of the plurality of second level connection bars.

US Pat. No. 10,596,679

ELECTRIC TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. An electric tool comprising:a motor having a rotary shaft;
an inverter circuit which has a plurality of switching elements, performs a switching operation, and controls driving of the motor;
a controller which controls an ON/OFF operation of the plurality of switching elements; and
a circuit substrate in which the plurality of switching elements are loaded,
wherein a partition plate formed of an insulating material is interposed between the plurality of switching elements,
wherein each of the plurality of switching elements has a rear surface which is connected to a heat radiation member and a front surface which is opposite to the rear surface,
wherein the plurality of switching elements are disposed in a manner that three switching elements and other three switching elements are respectively arranged in lines in an axial direction of the rotary shaft with the front surfaces of the three switching elements facing to the front surfaces of the other three switching elements, and
wherein the partition plate is positioned between the three switching elements and the other three switching elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,677

MACHINE TOOL CONTROL SYSTEM CAPABLE OF OBTAINING WORKPIECE ORIGIN AND WORKPIECE ORIGIN SETTING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool control system, comprising:a machine tool configured to machine an ingot according to a machining program;
an imaging apparatus placed at a predetermined position in the machine tool and configured to take an image of the ingot by a stereo system;
a three-dimensional coordinate computing unit configured to
calculate three-dimensional coordinates of the ingot based on the image of the ingot taken by the imaging apparatus, and
calculate, from the three-dimensional coordinates of the ingot, three-dimensional coordinates of a specified machining start point on the ingot;
a coordinate converting unit configured to
convert the three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point on the ingot, that are calculated by the three-dimensional coordinate computing unit, into coordinates in a machine coordinate system for the machine tool, and
set the converted three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point on the ingot, as a workpiece origin, into the machining program for the machine tool;
a touch probe configured to contact each of end faces and a top face of the ingot; and
a workpiece origin updating unit configured to
obtain, in response to the touch probe contacting the ingot, positional coordinates of each of the end faces and the top face of the ingot in the machine coordinate system,
calculate further three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point on the ingot from the obtained positional coordinates, and
set the further three-dimensional coordinates of the machining start point, as the workpiece origin, into the machining program for the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,596,676

TOOL EXCHANGE METHOD AND TOOL EXCHANGE DEVICE

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A tool changing method for a machine tool configured to change a tool, via a changing arm, between a machining space and a tool storage space, the tool changing method comprising:an image capturing step of capturing an image of the tool with an image capturing device;
an operation parameter determining step of determining an operation parameter for the changing arm for the time of tool change by the changing arm, based on mass of the tool and position of the center of gravity of the tool relative to a tool holder which holds the tool, the mass and the position of the center of gravity being calculated from the image of the tool captured by the image capturing device; and
a tool changing step of changing the tool via the changing arm operated based on the operation parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,596,674

IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUTER APPARATUS

Power Box AG, Zug (CH)

1. A power tool comprising:a housing and a base, said housing mounted to be moveable with respect to and spaced from the base, said housing including a motor, connected to rotate a tool holder for a cutting tool, said tool holder located at or adjacent to the base and said housing connected to the base by at least one extendable assembly, said cutting tool provided to be movable through an aperture in the base to contact with and perform work on a workpiece located on the side of the base opposing the side at which the housing is located and said base locatable with a work surface or a guide plate component to act as a guide for the tool via at least one engagement means provided on the power tool and which is movable between a first, engaging, position and a second release position, said engagement means including a gripping portion which is provided with an internal threaded formation to receive a shaft with which a locating head is formed or attached, said locating head provided to be received in an aperture or passage formed on the guide plate or worksurface and the shaft passes through an aperture in the base and into the internal threaded formation of the gripping portion which is located on the opposite side of the base from the locating head wherein the shaft is formed as two parts, a first part in threaded engagement with said internal threaded formation and a second part in which said locating head is formed and said second part is in threaded engagement with the first part and the locating head is movable to a selected one of a number of positions by rotation of the said gripping portion.

US Pat. No. 10,596,673

MODULAR PRESSURE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Elijah Tooling, Inc., De...

1. A modular vice system for securing a part, comprising:an adjustable vise having a manually operated drive screw for advancing and retracting a pusher member, wherein at least one end of the drive screw is configured to receive a drive tool for turning the drive screw;
a fixed vise comprising:
a force measuring system; and
one or more apertures passing through the adjustable vise, whereby the adjustable vise may be releasably attached to a fixture plate;
one or more apertures passing through the fixed vise, whereby the fixed vise may be releasably attached to the fixture plate;
wherein the part is retained between the adjustable vise and the fixed vise; and
wherein the force measuring system determines a force applied to the part from the adjustable vise and the fixed vise.

US Pat. No. 10,596,672

TOOL TURRET

SAUTER FEINMECHANIK GMBH,...

1. A tool turret, comprising:a turret housing;
a turret head rotatable about a rotational axis relative to said turret housing by a drive;
first and second toothed rims being coaxial to said rotational axis and being fixedly connected to said turret head and said turret housing, respectively;
a locking part being movable axially relative to said turret housing and said turret head along said rotational axis, having a set of locking teeth oriented toward said first and second toothed rims and being movable between unlocked and locked positions, in the locked position teeth of said toothed rims being engaged with said locking teeth in a form-fitting connection;
a pressure fluid control activating movement of said locking part between the unlocked and locked positions; and
a frictional lock forming a frictional locking connection between said turret head and said turret housing in the locked position in addition to connection of said teeth of said first and second toothed rims with said locking teeth of said locking part, said frictional lock including a chamber between said turret housing and said turret head, said chamber being fillable with a pressure fluid, lying outside of the connection of said teeth of said first and second toothed rims with said locking teeth of said locking part and having a pressure effective surface arranged between said turret housing and said turret head that produces said frictional locking upon fluid pressure being applied to said chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,596,671

MILLING FIXTURE FOR FORGED WHEEL

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD, ...

1. A milling fixture for a forged wheel, comprising a bottom plate, a connecting plate, a positioning base, a plurality of pressure claws, an end face ring, a plurality of pressure claw pads, a plurality of bidirectional threaded rods, a plurality of compression nuts, a linear bearing, a positioning rod, a spring, a base, an expansion sleeve, a pressure plate, a plurality of tightening bolts and a limiting screw, wherein the connecting plate is installed on a milling machine table through the bottom plate, the linear bearing is installed on the connecting plate through the positioning base, a small diameter end of the positioning rod penetrates through the spring and the linear bearing, and the limiting screw is installed on a side wall of the linear bearing and is connected with the positioning rod to limit a position of the positioning rod in the linear bearing; under the coaction of the spring and an external force, the positioning rod is configured to move in the linear bearing and is inserted into a wheel valve hole; the plurality of bidirectional threaded rods are uniformly installed on the bottom plate, one end of each of the plurality of bidirectional threaded rods penetrate through the plurality of pressure claws, the plurality of compression nuts are installed at another end of each of the plurality of bidirectional threaded rods, the plurality of pressure claws are sandwiched between the plurality of compression nuts and the connecting plate, the plurality of pressure claw pads are installed on the plurality of pressure claws and fasten the plurality of compression nuts, and the plurality of pressure claws compress a wheel lip through the plurality of pressure claw pads; the base is installed on the bottom plate, an upper end surface and an inner wall tapered surface of the expansion sleeve are respectively connected with the pressure plate and an outer tapered surface of the base through the plurality of tightening bolts, eight gaps are uniformly distributed on a side wall of the expansion sleeve, the pressure plate compresses the expansion sleeve to move down during the process of screwing down the plurality of tightening bolts, and a diameter of the expansion sleeve gradually increases through a fit of the inner wall tapered surface of the expansion sleeve and the outer tapered surface of the base, and the expansion sleeve expands a center hole of a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,670

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THERMAL STABILITY

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A thermal stability control system for a machine tool which comprises a machine cooling sub-system adapted with a tank for storing cooling fluid and at least a cooling loop for cooling the machine tool, the control system further comprising:a cooling fluid cooling and heating sub-system arranged to have a condenser, an evaporator, and a directional valve, wherein the condenser or the evaporator is mounted inside the tank;
a heater mounted inside the tank for heating the cooling fluid; and
a micro controller connected electrically to the machine cooling sub-system, the cooling fluid cooling and heating sub-system and the heater individually;
wherein the micro controller is arranged to control the machine cooling sub-system, the cooling fluid cooling and heating sub-system and the heater according to a relationship and operational data of the machine tool, and the micro controller is configured to control the following steps:
receiving a real-time load and a revolution of the machine tool, and a temperature of the cooling fluid flowing out the at least a cooling loop;
deciding whether the temperature of the cooling fluid is not greater than a default temperature, if yes, turns on the heater and optionally further activates the directional valve to enable the condenser to be an additional heater to warm up the cooling fluid in the tank, if not, changes the driving frequency of an inverter duty motor according to the relationship and releases the directional valve to enable the evaporator to cool down the cooling fluid in the tank; and
re-deciding whether the temperature of the cooling fluid is not greater than the default temperature and an elapsed time thereof exceeds a default period of time, if yes, turns on the heater and further activates the directional vale to enable the condenser to be the additional heater to warm up the cooling fluid in the tank, if not, goes back to the above deciding step.

US Pat. No. 10,596,669

MACHINING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machining system comprising a machine tool, a machine tool controller that controls the machine tool, an auxiliary device that assists the machine tool, and an auxiliary device controller that controls the auxiliary device, the machine tool and the auxiliary device working cooperatively for machining, the machining system comprising:a signal management unit that receives a first signal and a second signal, the first signal indicating information about the machine tool as a criterion used for determining whether the machine tool and the auxiliary device are operable or inoperable, the second signal indicating information about the auxiliary device as a criterion used for determining whether the machine tool and the auxiliary device are operable or inoperable, wherein
the signal management unit outputs a third signal to the machine tool controller and the auxiliary device controller, the third signal independently indicating an operable state or an inoperable state of the machine tool based on the first signal and an operable state or an inoperable state of the auxiliary device based on the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,596,667

COUPLING MEMBERS AND PIPE MACHINING APPARATUSES INCLUDING COUPLING MEMBERS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC....

1. A pipe machining apparatus comprising:a first section including a first portion of a frame and a first portion of a tool carrier;
a second section including a second portion of the frame and a second portion of the tool carrier, wherein the first section and the second section are adapted to be coupled together, and, with the first and second sections coupled together, the tool carrier is adapted to move relative to the frame;
a tool support coupled to one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier and adapted to support a tool for movement with the tool carrier relative to the frame; and
a coupling member adapted to couple the tool support to the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier, the coupling member including a shaft adapted to engage the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier and an engagement member coupled to the shaft and rotatable relative to the shaft and the tool support between a coupled condition, in which the engagement member couples the tool support to the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier, and an uncoupled condition, in which the engagement member does not couple the tool support to the one of the first or second portions of the tool carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,596,666

COUPLING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A SPINDLE APPARATUS OF A MACHINE TOOL

SAUER GMBH, Stipshausen ...

1. A system for use with a spindle apparatus of a machine tool, comprising:an energy transmission unit having a transmitter coil unit for contact-free transmission of electrical energy to a receiver coil unit of a tool interface unit, the tool interface unit including:
the receiver coil unit;
an electrical load; and
a tool interface portion configured to be received by a tool support of a work spindle of the spindle apparatus; and
the system further comprising:
a coupling interface unit having an interface body element configured to be releasably attached to the spindle apparatus,
wherein the coupling interface unit includes a second coupling element configured to be releasably coupled to a first coupling element of the energy transmission unit; and
wherein the coupling interface unit has an electrically, hydraulically, or pneumatically controllable locking mechanism for unlocking and locking the releasable connection between the first and second coupling elements.

US Pat. No. 10,596,664

ROBOT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA ...

1. A robot comprising:a flange configured so that a welding torch is to be attached thereto and configured to rotate about a T axis;
a wrist arm configured to rotate about a B axis substantially perpendicular to the T axis and configured to support the flange;
a forearm configured to support the wrist arm and including bifurcated portions;
a first arm configured to support the forearm at a base end of the forearm such that the forearm rotates about an R axis substantially perpendicular to the B axis, the first arm being supported at a base end portion of the first arm so as to rotate about a U axis substantially perpendicular to the R axis;
a cable that is a feeding route of a welding wire and is routed along the R axis, the welding wire being fed to the welding torch; and
a feeder provided between the bifurcated portions of the forearm at a position closer to the base end of the forearm than to a tip end of the forearm opposite to the base end, the position being between the base end of the forearm and the tip end of the forearm so as to intersect with the R axis and rotate together with the forearm, and configured to feed the welding wire, wherein
the feeder includes a body and a driving source, the body includes a feeding mechanism for the welding wire, and the driving source is configured to drive the feeding mechanism,
the B axis and the R axis both extend within a plane,
the U axis is located at a first distance from the plane in a direction that is perpendicular to the plane when the U axis and the plane are oriented in parallel to each other,
the wrist arm has a length from the B axis to a tip end of the wrist arm that is less than the first distance,
the welding torch is to be directly attached to the flange supported by the tip end of the wrist arm,
the body is disposed to extend parallel to the R axis between the bifurcated portions, and
the driving source is provided to extend non-parallel to the R axis, the driving source is provided to extend parallel to an outline of the bifurcated portions and below the bifurcated portions of the forearm when viewed in a direction parallel to the B axis, and the driving source is provided so as to abut the body and not to protrude from the forearm when viewed in a direction parallel to the T axis.

US Pat. No. 10,596,660

POROUS STRUCTURES PRODUCED BY ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURING

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. A method of forming a three-dimensional structure by additive layer manufacturing, the three-dimensional structure corresponding to a three-dimensional computer-generated model constructed of unit cells, the method comprising:depositing a first layer of a material selected from the group consisting of metal, ceramic, glass, and combinations thereof onto a substrate;
scanning the first layer of the material deposited with a high energy beam of an additive layer manufacturing machine to melt or partially melt the first layer of the material according to the computer-generated model; and
depositing onto the first layer and scanning successive layers of the material with the high energy beam at predetermined locations according to the computer-generated model to form portions of a first segment corresponding to one or more of the unit cells of the computer-generated model, a second segment corresponding to one or more of the unit cells of the computer-generated model, and a third segment attached to an end of the second segment of the three-dimensional structure and corresponding to one or more of the unit cells of the computer-generated model until the first segment is formed either (i) overlapping the second segment and underlapping the third segment or (ii) overlapping and underlapping the second segment, respectively,
wherein each of the portions formed of the first, the second, and the third segments are flat and linear,
wherein the first segment is a section of a first curvilinear or rectilinear portion of the three-dimensional structure and the second and the third segments are sections of a second curvilinear or rectilinear portion of the three-dimensional structure, and
wherein a barb corresponding to a barbed geometry of the computer-generated model transversely extends from each of at least some of the curvilinear or rectilinear portions of the three-dimensional structure.

US Pat. No. 10,596,659

CONVEYOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH SPEED MATERIAL SHEET PROCESSING

Amada America, Inc., Bue...

1. A conveyor system for rapidly moving and simultaneously processing material sheets through a plurality of processing stations, the conveyor system comprising:a chain member that moves in an endless loop;
a drive shaft that engages and drives the chain member;
a plurality of skids that are attached to portions of the chain member, such that to form a conveyor having a plurality of noncontiguous skid sections for supporting material sheets, the noncontiguous skid sections moving with the chain member in the endless loop;
a plurality of chain covers that are attached to same portions of the chain member extending within the plurality of skid sections, the chain covers protecting the chain member from the processing stations' operations, and moving with the chain member and with the skid sections in the endless loop;
wherein the plurality of noncontiguous skids sections are arranged such that some of the skid sections are in operational positions at the top of the conveyor while the remaining skid sections are in standby and staggered positions at the bottom of the conveyor;
wherein the conveyor indexes through the plurality of processing stations, such that, after each indexing, the conveyor has one skid section that is in operational position associated with each of the plurality of processing stations;
thus allowing each of the plurality of processing stations to operate simultaneously on the associated skid section, during each time period when the conveyor is stopped, after each indexing.

US Pat. No. 10,596,657

FRICTION STIR WELDING APPARATUS, FRICTION STIR WELDING CONTROL DEVICE, AND FRICTION STIR WELDING METHOD

Hitachi Power Solutions C...

12. A friction stir welding control device connected to a friction stir welding apparatus which includes a friction stir welding tool that is held by an apparatus main body and welds a plurality of members to each other by friction stir, a gradual cooling device that gradually cools a weld site of the members welded by the friction stir welding tool, a gradual cooling device welding direction movement driver that is provided to the apparatus main body and moves the gradual cooling device in a welding direction, and a temperature measurement device that measures a welding temperature of the weld site, the friction stir welding control device comprising:a target temperature storage that stores a target temperature to be set for the weld site; and
a heat amount calculator that calculates an amount of heat to be applied to the weld site based on the target temperature, wherein
the gradual cooling device is controlled to move vertically relative to the friction stir welding tool,
the heat amount calculator controls the gradual cooling device so that the welding temperature has zero deviation from the target temperature, and
the gradual cooling device welding direction movement driver is controlled to move the gradual cooling device to change a distance from the gradual cooling device to the friction stir welding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,596,656

PRESSURE WELDING DEVICE AND PRESSURE WELDING METHOD

KUKA INDUSTRIES GMBH, Au...

1. A pressure welding device with a plasticization device and with an upsetting device, the pressure welding device comprising:a mounting for the components to be welded together;
a machine frame;
a machine head;
an upsetting head wherein the machine head and the upsetting head are movable relative to one another along a machine axis, the mounting has a component mount mounted moveably at the machine frame between the machine head and the upsetting head; and
an adjusting device for adaptation to different component dimensions, including component length, wherein the upsetting device comprises an upsetting drive with two or more parallel drive units, which are arranged extending along a machine axis on both sides of the machine axis, and said upsetting drive is arranged between the machine head and the upsetting head and acts by pulling, wherein the adjusting device comprises a controllable and variable-length coupling device between the component mount and the upsetting head.

US Pat. No. 10,596,655

MAGNETIC PULSE ACTUATION ARRANGEMENT FOR DOWNHOLE TOOLS AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

8. A method for actuating a downhole tool comprising:creating a magnetic pulse;
coupling the magnetic pulse to a workpiece;
moving the workpiece with the pulse, the workpiece causing deformation of a chamber;
moving another component in a direction other than a direction of the magnetic pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,596,654

METAL POWDER PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Matsuura Machinery Corpor...

1. In metal powder processing equipment in which metal powder is sequentially laminated on a table inside a chamber, and laser beam melting or electron beam melting and shaping by a cutting tool subsequent to the melting are performed, with the cutting tool held by a tool holder connected with a main shaft, the improvement comprising:an arrangement which generates plural air flows to a side cutting surface of the cutting tool along a longitudinal direction of the cutting tool, which rotates along a central rotational axis of the cutting tool and which flows the air in the longitudinal direction of the cutting tool to scatter unmolded powder remaining at the time of melting and cut powder generated by cutting, the arrangement being provided at the main shaft for the cutting tool,
the arrangement including:
plural air flow pass holes formed in the main shaft between a portion of a center of rotation at a rear end of the main shaft and a portion deviated from the center of rotation at a leading end of the main shaft, and
plural jet exits at outlet ends of the air pass holes at the portion deviated from the center of rotation at the leading end of the main shaft, the jet exits angled inwardly relative to the center rotational axis along which the rotating cutting surface of the cutting tool along a longitudinal direction of the cutting tool rotates in such a manner that the air flow in a state of rotation follows a slanting direction relative to the center rotational axis from the jet exits at the outlet ends of the air flow pass holes and directed in a direction inwardly toward the cutting tool for colliding with the side cutting surface along the longitudinal direction of the cutting tool, with the jet exits formed at a leading end surface of the main shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,596,652

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FUEL LEVEL MONITORING IN AN ENGINE-DRIVEN GENERATOR

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. An engine-driven welding generator comprising:an engine;
a generator configured to be driven by the engine;
a fuel tank configured to supply fuel to the engine; and
a fuel level monitoring system comprising:
a memory configured to store a fuel usage map comprising a list of generator outputs or engine outputs, each generator output or engine output being correlated with a fuel usage rate;
a clock;
a fuel sensor configured to measure a remaining fuel level in the fuel tank and store the remaining fuel level in the memory with a corresponding timestamp determined by the clock; and
a processor configured to:
determine a rate of fuel usage using the fuel usage map and an output of the generator or the engine, and
calculate a remaining run time of the engine based on the remaining fuel level and the rate of fuel usage.

US Pat. No. 10,596,648

INTERNAL THREAD CHASE

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A method of chasing threads of a female threaded coupling comprising:providing a thread chase having a drive with a shaft and an input, the shaft having a drive cross-section, a cage having a body and an opening with a cross-section complementary to the cross-section of the drive, and a slot extending radially from the opening so as to communicate the opening with an external periphery of the cage, and a chase block having cutting teeth adapted to engage undamaged threads of the female threaded coupling and repair or recut damaged threads of the female threaded coupling, the chase block further including a rear face opposite the cutting teeth, wherein the rear face has a cross-sectional area larger than a cross-sectional area of the slot to prevent the chase block from moving completely through the slot;
inserting the cage into female threaded coupling;
inserting the drive through the opening, thereby causing the chase block to move radially outward within the slot to cause the cutting teeth to engage the threads of the female threaded coupling;
rotating the thread chase within the threads in a rotational direction that causes the thread chase to move axially relative to the female threaded coupling; and
continuing to rotate the thread chase so as to chase the threads of the female threaded coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,596,645

SAWING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SAWING MACHINE

9. A sawing machine comprising:a sawing tool (3),
an electrical sawing tool drive having a frequency converter for driving the sawing tool (3),
a sawing feed device having an electrical feed drive, the sawing feed device adapted to move the driven sawing tool (3) at a constant or varying feed rate relative to a workpiece (2) to be sawn, and
a machine controller operatively connected to the sawing tool drive and the sawing feed device, the machine controller being configured to use a constant or varying working feed rate during cutting of the workpiece (2), wherein, for a first cut in the workpiece (2), the machine controller uses a constant or varying initial working feed rate defined in advance that corresponds to a workpiece geometry, a workpiece material, and the sawing tool (3),
wherein the frequency converter is configured such that, during the first cut, the frequency converter transmits an instantaneous value of a physical variable to the machine controller, said value corresponding to a torque transmitted by the sawing tool drive to the sawing tool (3), the machine controller continuously evaluating said value as an instantaneous torque value (6), the physical variable is an active current emitted by the frequency converter to a motor of the sawing tool drive,
the machine controller is further configured such that it continuously evaluates the value that corresponds to the instantaneous torque value (6) received from the frequency converter, determines a maximum torque value of the first cut, and defines a maximum torque value (8) for subsequent cuts based thereon,
and, for all the subsequent cuts in the same workpiece (2), the machine controller is configured to regulate the working feed rate using the instantaneous torque value (6) as a regulating variable, such that the instantaneous torque value (6) is kept constant and is as close as possible to the defined maximum torque value (8).

US Pat. No. 10,596,644

PANEL SAW AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. A method of operating a vertical panel saw comprising the following steps:(A) providing a vertical panel saw comprising: a framework supporting a set of railings, the set of railings are held in a parallel and spaced-apart orientation to one another and to the framework to create an cutting space located between and separating the railings apart and the railings are further beveled; a carriage having at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges, at least one pair of the at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges are beveled and removably engages the set of railings to movably locate the carriage between the set of railings to allow the carriage to move along the railings, the carriage further configured to removably receive a cutting tool, wherein a combination of the cutting tool and the carriage moves in and out of contact with the set of railings through a pair of openings, wherein each railing of the set of railings comprises an outer railing bracket and an inner railing bracket, wherein said outer and inner railing brackets are two separate L-brackets fastened together to form a space for receiving the carriage, a length of the outer railing bracket is greater than a length of the inner railing bracket by a distance that is greater than a length of the carriage side edge to form one opening of the pair of openings, each opening from the pair of openings is located along a side of a respective railing to allow the one pair of the at least two pairs of carriage side edges to be moved out of contact with the set of railings while alternately allowing a remaining pair of opposing carriage side edges to removably engage the set of railings in a manner that lets the carriage move along the set of railings, a direction of a movement of the carriage along the set of railings being perpendicular to a direction of a movement of the carriage in or out of the set of railings, the carriage and set of railings being configured to provide an removable engagement of the at least one pair of beveled carriage side edges with the set of railings that allows the carriage to be self-centering within the set of railings, wherein the combination of the cutting tool and the carriage when in removable contact with the set of railings places a cutting portion of the cutting tool within the cutting space;
(B) moving the one pair of beveled carriage side edges of the at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges through the pair of openings;
(C) engaging one pair of beveled carriage side edges of the at least two pairs of opposing carriage side edges with the set of railings wherein each engaging beveled carriage side edge has a beveled portion that contacts a respective beveled portion of a respective railing of the set of railings permitting the carriage to be self-centering within the set of railings.

US Pat. No. 10,596,643

SINGLE SHEAR FOR CUTTING AND CONVEYING MULTIPLE ROLLED SECTIONS

1. A method of cutting and conveying rolling wires or bars using a shear, the shear for cutting and simultaneously conveying the wires or bars and comprising:i) a mobile diverter comprising at least two channels in each of which one of the wires or bars can slide;
ii) counter-rotating knives acting on the wires or bars, thus producing one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar; and
iii) a conveying device for conveying the one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar, comprising
at least two pairs of output channels for conveying the one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar, and
at least one pair of mobile elements that are independent of each other and synchronized with each other and with the mobile diverter so as to separately manage each segment of said one or more pairs of segments of wire or bar and insert each segment in a respective output channel of said at least two pairs of output channels,
wherein the mobile diverter is configured to take:
a first conveying position at which the wires or bars are conveyed in a first pair of the at least two pairs of output channels;
a second conveying position at which the wires or bars are conveyed in a second pair of the at least two pairs of output channels;
and an intermediate cutting position, between the first conveying position and the second conveying position, at which the wires or bars come into contact with the counter-rotating knives;
and wherein a first mobile element of said at least one pair of mobile elements is positioned at an entrance of a first central output channel of said first pair of said at least two pairs of output channels, and a second mobile element of said at least one pair of mobile elements is positioned at an entrance of a second central output channel of said second pair of said at least two pairs of output channels, said second central output channel being adjacent to the first central output channel;
the method comprising the following sequence of steps:
a) providing the mobile diverter in said first conveying position, and simultaneously lowering said first mobile element up to a total opening of said first central output channel and raising said second mobile element up to a total closing of said second central output channel;
b) moving the mobile diverter in a first direction towards the intermediate cutting position, and simultaneously raising the first mobile element up to a partial closure of the first central output channel and lowering the second mobile element up to a partial opening of the second central output channel;
c) moving the mobile diverter in said first direction up to reaching said second conveying position, and simultaneously raising the first mobile element up to a total closure of the first central output channel and lowering the second mobile element up to a total opening of the second central output channel;
d) moving the mobile diverter in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, towards the intermediate cutting position, and simultaneously lowering the first mobile element up to a partial opening of the first central output channel and raising the second mobile element up to a partial closure of the second central output channel;
e) moving the mobile diverter in said second direction up to reaching said first conveying position;
f) repeating steps a)-e).

US Pat. No. 10,596,642

TOOL AND TOOL HOLDER ASSEMBLY

Gemini Precision Machinin...

1. An assembly comprising:a tool having an elongated body with a socket;
a tool holder having a body with a first bore configured to receive at least a portion of the elongated body, and a second bore substantially transverse to the first bore; and
an impinging member including a body having an end with a curved surface;
wherein in an assembled state, a portion of the elongated body of the tool is positioned within the first bore of the body of the tool holder such that the socket and the second bore are substantially aligned, and the body of the impinging member is positioned within the second bore with the curved surface pressed against the elongated body in the socket at a predetermined torque; and
wherein the impinging member includes an extension extending radially from the body of the impinging member, and the elongated body of the tool includes a groove extending from the socket, the extension sitting in the groove in the assembled state to ensure that the predetermined torque is met.

US Pat. No. 10,596,641

DRILL STRUCTURE

TCT GLOBAL LIMITED, Hong...

1. A drill structure comprisinga shank part; and
a flute part disposed at one end of said shank part, wherein a chisel edge is formed on a front end of said flute part, and two drill blades with tilt directions toward said shank part are symmetrically formed on two sides of said chisel edge; two helical cutting edges are respectively formed spirally on an outer surface of said flute part from outer edges of said drill blades to form two helical grooves; two said drill blades have a common edge at said chisel edge, and wherein each of said drill blades includes
a primary relief surface having a cutting edge, a first connecting edge and a first chamfering edge, wherein said cutting edge and said first connecting edge are respectively extended from two opposite ends of said common edge; another end of said cutting edge and another end of said first connecting edge, which are far away from said common edge, are joined with said first chamfering edge, wherein the first chamfering edge is shaped as a linear line;
a secondary relief surface having a knife-back edge, a second connecting edge, a second chamfering edge, and an outer edge of said secondary relief surface, wherein said second connecting edge is joined with said first connecting edge; one end of said second chamfering edge is connected with said second connecting edge and said first chamfering edge of said primary relief surface; another end of said second chamfering edge is connected with said outer edge of said secondary relief surface; and
an assist relief surface extended from said first chamfering edge with linear line shape of said primary relief surface and said second chamfering edge of said secondary relief surface and tilted toward said shank part, said assist relief surface includes an assist cutting edge, only said assist cutting edge touches a drilled hole wall to reduce friction and overheating;
wherein said two drill blades converge by the primary relief surfaces thereof at said chisel edge as a linear line, but the convergence of both the primary and secondary relief surfaces at the chisel edge is precluded.

US Pat. No. 10,596,637

TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A tool, comprising:a substrate of a cemented carbide; and
a cutting edge tip of a cubic boron nitride sintered body joined to the substrate, wherein
the cutting edge tip has a thickness covering an upper surface to a lower surface of the substrate,
the cubic boron nitride sintered body contains 50 volume % or more and 95 volume % or less of cubic boron nitride and 5 volume % or more and 50 volume % or less of a binder phase,
the cubic boron nitride has an average grain size of 1.0 ?m or more and 6.0 ?m or less,
a joint surface of the cutting edge tip and the substrate contains a curved area,
the curved area contains a curve with a radius of curvature of 50 ?m or more and 1.0 mm or less,
the curved area is formed so as to include an undulating portion comprising a plurality of concave portions and a plurality of convex portions, and
the plurality of concave portions and the plurality of convex portions are arranged in an alternating manner, such that a respective concave portion of the plurality of concave portions is adjacent to a respective convex portion of the plurality of convex portions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,634

CUTTING TOOL WITH A NOZZLE WITH A COOLANT CHANNEL

SECO TOOLS AB, Fagersta ...

1. A tool comprising:a holder body;
a cutting insert; and
a nozzle, said nozzle having a single through hole arranged to receive a fastening member, said nozzle having a forward end, a rear end and a bottom face, said through hole extending between the bottom face and an opposite top face, two internal coolant channels provided in the nozzle and extending from a first opening to a second opening, said first opening connecting to a coolant supply conduit in the holder body, said second opening serving as exit for the coolant at the forward end, wherein the two internal coolant channels and the first opening are spaced from the through hole, wherein the two internal coolant channels extend at opposite sides of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,596,631

METHOD OF FORMING A COMPOSITE COMPONENT USING POST-COMPACTION DIMENSIONAL CHANGE

GKN Sinter Metals, LLC, ...

1. A method of forming a composite component, the method comprising the sequential steps of:compacting a powder metal in a tool and die set using a compaction press to form a powder metal compact whereby, during compaction, a temperature of the powder metal used to form the powder metal compact increases relative to ambient temperature due to deformation of the powder metal during compacting;
ejecting the powder metal compact from the tool and die set;
positioning the powder metal compact relative to another part while the temperature of the powder metal compact is still above ambient temperature; and
prior to sintering, cooling the powder metal compact, thereby resulting in dimensional shrinkage of the powder metal compact to form an interference fit between the powder metal compact and the other part thereby forming the composite component.

US Pat. No. 10,596,630

THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEPOSITION DEVICE AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEPOSITION METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A three-dimensional deposition device which forms a three-dimensional object by depositing a formed layer on a base unit, comprising:a deposition chamber;
a powder supply unit which supplies a powder material into the deposition chamber;
a light irradiation unit which irradiates the powder material with a light beam and sinters or melts and solidifies at least a part of the powder material irradiated with the light beam to form the formed layer;
a machining unit which includes a tool and performs a machining operation on the formed layer by the tool;
a shape measurement unit which measures a surface shape of the formed layer; and
a controller which controls an operation of at least one of the powder supply unit, the light irradiation unit, and the machining unit, wherein,
the powder supply unit injects the powder material toward the base unit,
the light irradiation unit irradiates the powder material feeding from the powder supply unit toward the base unit with a light beam, melts the powder material, and solidifies the melted powder material on the base unit, and
at least one of the powder supply unit and the machining unit is accommodated in an accommodation chamber, and the deposition chamber and the accommodation chamber are connected by a bellows, and
wherein, the controller
controls an operation of at least one of the powder supply unit, the light irradiation unit and the machining unit in response to a measurement result of the surface shape of the formed layer obtained by the shape measurement unit, and
determines whether the machining operation for the formed layer is needed based on the measurement result of the surface shape, performs the machining operation by the machining unit in accordance with a determination result, and forms the formed layer on a surface of the formed layer subjected to the machining operation by the powder supply unit and the light irradiation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,596,629

SYSTEM FOR INCREASING THE BULK DENSITY OF METAL POWDER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for increasing a bulk density of a metal powder, formed of a metal material, the apparatus comprising:a sealed chamber;
a nozzle, coupled to an inert gas source and configured to discharge a cold spray mixture of raw metal particles and inert gas into the sealed chamber;
a target, housed within the sealed chamber and configured to receive an impact of the cold spray mixture in a manner causing plastic deformation of the raw metal particles into generally flattened metal particles; and
a target temperature control mechanism, configured to control a temperature of the target and to cool the target in a manner, preventing bonding of the raw metal particles to the target upon impact of the raw metal particles with the target.

US Pat. No. 10,596,627

METHOD OF INSTALLING A FIXTURE AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method of installing a mounting fixture in or on a structure of an aircraft or spacecraft, the method comprising:arranging an apparatus in, on or adjacent the structure;
pre-treating a surface region of the structure by ablation using the apparatus; and
forming the mounting fixture in situ on the structure at the pre-treated surface region using the apparatus based on a digital model of the mounting fixture,
wherein the mounting fixture is installed by connecting the mounting fixture to the structure at the pre-treated surface region as the mounting fixture is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,623

LOW-PRESSURE CASTING SECONDARY PRESSURE PROCESS FOR ALUMINUM WHEEL

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD, ...

1. A low-pressure casting secondary pressure process for an aluminum wheel, comprising low-pressure filling and secondary pressurization, a holding pressure is delayed for a period of time after a mold cavity is full of molten aluminum alloy under the low-pressure filling process, and the mold cavity is closed after a rim is completely solidified under low pressure feeding; wherein five center extrusion rods at corresponding positions of a wheel center of the aluminum wheel move down to apply mechanical pressure for secondary pressure feeding of the aluminum wheel to realize sequential solidification, until a forming process of crystallization and solidification of a casting is completed;a low pressure holding delay stage should be set after the mold cavity is full of the molten aluminum alloy and before a center sprue spreader is lowered to seal the low pressure in a holding furnace, in which the pressure holding time is between 10 and 20 seconds;
the center sprue spreader is in clearance fit with a center sprue with a clearance distance of 0 to 2 mm; the clearance fit surface of the center sprue spreader and the center sprue is a tapered surface, and in order to facilitate de-molding, a tapered angle is between 0° and 5°;
before the center extrusion rods move down, a water cooling holding delay stage is set, and the delayed water cooling holding time is between 10 and 20 seconds;
a lowering stage of the center extrusion rods is divided into first low speed and then high speed, the lowering speed at the low-speed stage of the lowering process of the center extrusion rods is 0 to 0.2 mm/s, the lowering speed at the high-speed stage of the lowering process of the center extrusion rods is 0.5 to 0.8 mm/s, and the cross section diameters of the center extrusion rods are 50 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,596,620

MOLD FOR PRODUCING CAST PARTS

1. A mold for production of cast parts, comprising:two mold parts
wherein at least one of the mold parts of the two mold parts is movable relative to the other to transform an open position into a closed position,
wherein in the closed position the mold parts define a mold cavity fillable with liquid casting compound, and in their open position the mold parts enable removal of a cast part which has solidified by at least partial cooling, and
a locking device,
wherein the mold parts are lockable in the closed position by the locking device configured to join the two mold parts so as to be releasable, and
wherein the mold parts are swingable around predeterminable axes in accordance with a casting program which is adjustable as to shape, time sequence and regions of the mold cavity which are to be wetted,
wherein the two mold parts are respectively mold plates,
wherein at least one of the two mold parts is movable with respect to the mold part from the open position into the closed position in an essentially straight line along a movement direction which is essentially perpendicular to planes of said mold plates, wherewith in the closed position the locking device which joins the two mold plates so as to be releasable brings about the locking of the mold plates in a pressed-together state such that a locking pressure is maintained while the mold plates are in their closed position,
wherein the locking device includes a gas pressure spring configured to store energy to maintain a closing pressure which presses the mold plates together after the mold plates are closed and pressed together in a direction essentially perpendicular to the midplane of the mold plates,
wherein the locking device further has
a locking sleeve at one of the mold plates,
a tension sleeve at the other mold plate, the tension sleeve is essentially aligned with the locking sleeve, and
a movable tension bolt configured to interact with the locking sleeve and the tension sleeve,
wherein the tension bolt is movable essentially in the movement direction perpendicular to the planes of the mold plates, and is axially mounted in a locking receptacle provided at one of the mold plates, with the movement of the tension bolt being subject to the action of closing pressure from the gas pressure spring,
wherein the mold is part of a mold apparatus,
wherein the mold apparatus is configured to automatically swing the two mold parts around the predeterminable axes, and
wherein the tension sleeve houses the gas pressure spring and an entirety of the tension sleeve is provided outside of said other mold plate when the mold plates are in the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,619

TUBE END SEALING METHOD

SHOALS TUBULAR PRODUCTS, ...

1. A method for closing open ends of aluminum tubes, the method comprising:spin-closing the tube end by contacting a tooling member to the tube end while the tooling member is spinning;
forming a concavity in the tube end by forcing a protrusion into the tube end;
brazing the tube end to fill the concavity with aluminum alloy braze.

US Pat. No. 10,596,618

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HEAT SINK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for producing a heat sink having a substrate and a heat radiating film formed on a surface of the substrate, comprising:a first step of casting a substrate by injecting molten metal into a cavity of molding dies; and
a second step of applying a heat radiating coating to a surface of the substrate to be coated through spraying or dropping in a period from when the molding dies are opened after the casting until when a temperature of the substrate that has been cast becomes lower than a deposition temperature that is a temperature necessary to deposit the heat radiating coating on the substrate,
wherein the heat radiating coating is applied to the surface of the substrate to be coated while the substrate is left in a part of the molding dies immediately after the molding dies are opened, and the surface of the substrate to be coated is thus exposed, and
wherein the heat radiating coating is baked by heat of the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,596,617

BLANKING DIE AND METHOD OF BLANKING SHEET METAL THEREWITH

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

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising:movably supporting the ejecting mechanism, comprising raising the ejecting mechanism and lowering the ejecting mechanism, the ejecting mechanism from a storage position in the cavity in which the ejecting mechanism is stored to an ejection position above the cavity when the ejecting mechanism is needed to eject the second one of the metallic blanks to the front ejector, the ejecting mechanism being lowered from the ejection position to the storage position when the ejecting mechanism has ejected the second one of the metallic blanks to the front ejector.

US Pat. No. 10,596,615

BENDING PRESS AND/OR FEEDING DEVICE FOR A BENDING PRESS WITH A BENDING TOOL TRANSFER DEVICE

32. A bending tool transfer device for moving a bending tool, the bending tool transfer device comprising:a guide part designed to be inserted in a rail of a tool holder having an inner profile;
a releasable coupling for connecting a bending tool, the releasable coupling comprising an active area and a mechanical gripper;
a drive for moving the transfer device along a longitudinal extension of the rail;
a shuttle configured to be displaceable along the longitudinal extension of the rail via the drive; and
an actuator configured to operate the releasable coupling between a releasing state and a coupling state;
wherein the active area of the releasable coupling lies at least partially at a height of the guide part;
wherein the releasable coupling is disposed on the shuttle; and
wherein the actuator is disposed in or on the shuttle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,613

PRODUCING METHOD, PRODUCING APPARATUS AND PRODUCING EQUIPMENT LINE OF PRESS FORMED PRODUCT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing a press formed product from a starting material,the press formed product comprising a top panel part, vertical wall parts respectively extending from both ends of the top panel part, and ridge line parts between the vertical wall parts and the top panel part, and including a shape-changing part in a part of the ridge line parts,
the producing method comprising:
a preparation step of preparing a metal sheet as the starting material; and
a press working step of performing press working on the starting material by using a punch, a pad arranged opposed to a front end surface of the punch, and a die capable of receiving the pad,
the press working step including:
during a time period from when pushing-in of the starting material into the die by the punch is started or immediately thereafter until the pushing-in of the punch with respect to the die reaches a predetermined distance short of a bottom dead point for the pushing-in, holding the pad at a position distant from the punch by the predetermined distance;
when the pushing-in of the punch with respect to the die reaches the predetermined distance short of the bottom dead point, receiving the pad in the die; and
continuing the pushing-in of the punch with respect to the die and the pad to the bottom dead point, so as to form the top panel part, the ridge line parts, and the vertical wall parts;
wherein, in the press working step, the top panel part and the ridge line parts are formed, and predetermined regions, having a predetermined height from the top panel part, of regions formed into the vertical wall parts are also formed,
the producing method further comprises a second press working step of performing press working on an intermediate formed product obtained in the press working step, and
in the second press working step, the vertical wall parts are formed from excessive regions of the regions formed into the vertical wall parts except for the predetermined regions.

US Pat. No. 10,596,611

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRESS-FORMED PRODUCT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing an intermediate formed product, the intermediate formed product to be further processed into a press-formed product,the production method comprising:
placing a blank metal plate in such a way that the blank metal plate extends off opposite sides of a vertex of a first punch;
causing the blank plate to undergo bend forming by using the first punch, a pad, and a first die in such a way that concave ridges, a concave area, and areas of concave-correspondence vertical wall areas that are areas adjacent to the concave ridges are formed in the blank plate to produce an initial intermediate formed product; and
causing the initial intermediate formed product to undergo draw forming by using a second punch, a second die, and a blank holder in such a way that convex ridges, a convex area, areas of convex-correspondence vertical wall areas that are areas adjacent to the convex ridges, and second ridges located opposite the concave and convex ridges are formed in the initial intermediate formed product to form the intermediate formed product, the second ridges being part of vertical wall sections having the concave-correspondence vertical wall areas adjacent to the concave ridges and the convex-correspondence vertical wall areas adjacent to the convex ridges.

US Pat. No. 10,596,610

STRADDLE-TYPE STEEL SECTION PROCESSING DEVICE OF MULTIPLE SADDLES

COSEN MECHATRONICS CO., L...

1. A steel section processing device of multiple saddles, comprising:a machine unit, including:
a crossbeam, having an end surface; and
a base, having a first end and a second end, the second end disposed opposite the first end in an X-axis direction;
a Z-axis direction processing unit, mounted on the crossbeam to slide in a Y-axis direction;
a pair of Y-axis direction processing units, arranged respectively at two sides of the Z-axis direction processing unit to slide in the Y-axis direction, each Y-axis direction processing unit comprising:
a side saddle mounted on the end surface of the crossbeam to slide in the Y-axis direction,
a side positioning seat mounted on the side saddle to slide in the X-axis direction, and
a side sliding seat mounted on the side positioning seat to slide in the Z-axis direction; and
a Y-axis direction guiderail unit, extending in the Y-axis direction disposed at a position between the end surface of the crossbeam and the Y-axis direction processing units.

US Pat. No. 10,596,608

WIDTH SETTING ON A FINISHING TRAIN

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GE...

1. A metal rolling method comprising:rolling a metal strip in a finishing train, wherein the metal strip is comprised of a plurality of sections along the metal strip and wherein the finishing train has multiple rolling stands through which the metal strip passes in succession;
detecting an actual width (b0) and an actual temperature (T0) of each of the sections of the metal strip before each section enters the finishing train;
deriving an actual width (b) from the detected actual width (b0) for each section of the metal strip;
deriving an actual temperature (T) from the detected actual temperature (T0) for each section of the metal strip;
associating each derived actual width (b) with an initial target width (b0*);
associating each derived actual temperature (T) with a target temperature (T*);
path-tracking the sections of the metal strip during passage of the metal strip through the finishing train;
associating a width control unit with each of the rolling stands, except the last rolling stand in the succession of the plurality of rolling stands;
ascertaining, with each width control unit that is associated with a rolling stand of the rolling stands, a target width (b*) of each section of the strip after said each section is rolled in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, and associating the target width (b*) with said each section of the metal strip, the ascertaining being based on all of said initial target width (b0*) before the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, a target tension (Z1*) desired in the metal strip before a rolling in said rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, a target tension (Z2*) desired in the metal strip after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the target temperature (T*) associated with said each section of the rolling strip and parameters (P) of the rolling procedure performed in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, said each target width (b*) ascertained by said each control unit after the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit and associating the target width (b*) with said each section of the metal strip;
ascertaining, with said each width control unit, an actual width (b) for said each section of the metal strip after the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit and associating the actual width (b) with said each section of the metal strip on the basis of all of the actual width (b) of said each section of metal strip before the rolling in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the target tension (Z1*) of the metal strip, which is corrected by an upstream additional target value (?Z1*), which is desired in the metal strip before the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, correcting the target tension (Z2*) by a downstream additional target value (?Z2*), which is desired in the metal strip after said each rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the actual temperature (T) associated with the section of the metal strip, and the parameters (P) of the rolling procedure performed in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit;
using said each width control unit to ascertain the downstream additional target value (?Z2*) on the basis of the target tension (Z2*) desired in the metal strip after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, the target temperature (T*) and the actual temperature (T) of said each section of the metal strip rolled in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, a difference (?b) between the target width (b*) and the actual width (b) of a section of the metal strip which is located at a predetermined point after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit, and the parameters (P) of the rolling procedure;
using said each width control unit to ascertain the downstream additional target value (?Z2*) such that the actual width (b) of the rolled section of the metal strip rolled in the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit approximates the target width (b*) of the rolled section; and
using said each width control unit to supply the downstream additional target value (?Z2*) to an associated tension regulator, which sets an actual tension prevailing in the metal strip after the rolling stand associated with said each width control unit and the actual tension corresponds to the target tension (Z2*) corrected by the downstream additional target value (?Z2*).

US Pat. No. 10,596,605

METHOD AND APPARATUS, INCLUDING HOSE REEL, FOR CLEANING AN OIL AND GAS WELL RISER ASSEMBLY WITH MULTIPLE TOOLS SIMULTANEOUSLY

TRI-STATE ENVIRONMENTAL, ...

1. A method of cleaning a larger diameter tubular member that has an inside surface and two opposing end portions that are open, the method comprising the steps of;a) placing a fitting on one end portion of the tubular member, the fitting covering the open end of the tubular member, said fitting having a drain opening;
b) inserting a cleaning tool into the larger diameter tubular member, wherein said cleaning tool cleans the inside surface of a larger diameter tubular member;
c) removing fluid from the cleaning operations of steps “a” and “b” via the drain opening;
d) wherein the fluid removed in step “c” has a temperature between 100 and 220° F.;
e) filtering the fluid removed in step “c” through a filter that is downstream of the drain opening of step “c”;
f) transmitting the fluid to a first holding tank;
g) transmitting the fluid to a first heat exchanger;
h) transmitting the fluid to a second heat exchanger that employs a refrigerant; and
i) returning the fluid to the cleaning tool of step “b” after step “h”.

US Pat. No. 10,596,603

METHOD OF PRODUCING GLUTEN FREE OATS

General Mills, Inc., Min...

1. A method of producing gluten-free oats from a combination of grains comprising:optically analyzing the combination of grains employing ratios of wavelengths; and
separating the oats from the combination of grains to establish a supply of oats having a gluten level below 20 ppm based on the optical analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,596,602

DELIVERY AND ROUTING MANAGEMENT BASED ON MULTI-IDENTIFIER LABELS

PATHOVER, INC., San Fran...

1. A system for delivery and routing management based on multi-identifier labels, the system comprising:a communication network interface that receives a plurality of orders over a communication network, each order associated with a different delivery destination;
memory that updates a master picking list, wherein an entry corresponding to each of the received orders is added to the master picking list;
a processor that executes instructions stored in memory, wherein execution of the instructions by the processor:
filters the master picking list to identify a batch of orders designated for delivery within a specified time period, selects one or more drivers to be assigned to deliver the batch of orders based on a number of the orders in the batch and the different delivery destination associated with each order in the batch,
generates a route for each selected driver based on the different delivery destination associated with each order in the batch, the generated route including a plurality of stops in a sequence, and
assigns a different primary visual indicator to each generated route, wherein each assigned primary visual indicator is configured to be readable by human visual inspection and is further associated with a set of sequential indicators each corresponding to where an associated one of the stops appears within the sequence of the associated route, the set of sequential indicators including non-alphanumerical indicators; and
a printer that prints a static label for each order in the batch, wherein each static label depicts at least the primary visual indicator assigned to the associated route and the sequential indicator that identifies where the associated stop appears within the sequence of the associated route, and
wherein the communication network interface transmits a notification to a driver device of each selected driver, the respective notification including at least the primary visual indicator assigned to the route generated for the respective driver, wherein labels printed for the route include the same primary visual indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,596,601

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR SORTING POULTRY MEAT WITH WOODEN BREAST MYOPATHY

The United States of Amer...

1. A method of sorting poultry meat, the steps of the method comprising:(a) placing a boneless poultry breast fillet on a conveyor;
(b) acquiring digital images of the fillet as the conveyor moves the fillet, and transmitting the images to a controller;
(c) a using the digital images transmitted to the controller to calculate physical characteristics of the fillet;
(d) directing the fillet to an end of the conveyor so that the fillet proceeds off an end of the conveyor;
(e) using the controller to make a decision regarding whether the fillet has WB myopathy based on:
(i) a position of a fillet centroid calculated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller based on whether a distance between a reference point and the centroid of the fillet exceeds a predetermined minimum threshold distance; or,
(ii) a bending energy of the fillet calculated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller based on a magnitude of bending energy calculated for the fillet; or,
(iii) a bend angle of the fillet calculated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller based on a magnitude of the bend angle calculated for the fillet; or,
(iv) a three dimensional image evaluated by the controller, the decision in step (e) is made by the controller (at least in part) based on the presence or absence of bulges in the images of the fillet.

US Pat. No. 10,596,599

MATERIAL SEPARATORS

1. A material separator comprising:a supporting frame;
a screening surface mounted at an incline on the supporting frame, the screening surface comprising a plurality of fixed bars that are attached to the frame in a manner to resist upward movement, and a plurality of shift bars that are attached to the frame at their upper and lower ends, in a manner to allow upward movement;
a shift bar actuator, positioned between the upper and lower ends of the shift bars, the shift bar actuator being configured to impart movement to the shift bars; and
a deck bar support member, fixedly mounted to the frame and extending generally parallel to the shift bar actuator;
wherein the shift bar actuator is pivotably mounted on the deck bar support member, and the deck bar support member and shift bar actuator are positioned closer to the upper ends of the shift bars than the lower ends of the shift bars.

US Pat. No. 10,596,598

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR WAFER LEVEL FRONT FACE ATTACHMENT

General Electric Company,...

1. An ultrasound transducer, comprising:a piezoelectric layer;
a matching layer for acoustic impedance matching, one surface of the matching layer electrically coupled to a top surface of the piezoelectric layer and another surface of the matching layer forming a signal pad within a front face of the ultrasound transducer; and
a base package electrically coupled to a bottom surface of the piezoelectric layer, the base package extending horizontally and laterally to form a back face of the ultrasound transducer parallel to the front face of the ultrasound transducer, and extending vertically relative to the back face of the ultrasound transducer to form a ground pad within the front face of the ultrasound transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,596,597

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCERS AND OTHER COMPONENTS

Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc., ...

1. An ultrasonic transducer assembly comprising:a transducer array comprising a number of spaced transducer elements;
at least one printed circuit including a plurality of trace layers, each layer having a plurality of conductive traces therein that are electrically coupled to a corresponding transducer element, wherein the conductive traces in any single trace layer at a point where the traces are coupled to the transducer elements are spaced farther apart than a distance between adjacent transducer elements in the transducer array; and
a plurality of interconnections, each interconnection electrically coupling a conductive trace of the printed circuit to a corresponding transducer element.

US Pat. No. 10,596,596

VIBRATION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration device, comprising:a housing having accommodating space,
a vibrator accommodated in the accommodating space,
a stator accommodated in the accommodating space, and
an elastic member, the elastic member is configured to suspend the vibrator in the accommodating space,
wherein the elastic member comprises two elastic plate components disposed at two opposite sides of the vibrator, one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, and the other one of the vibrator and the stator comprises a coil,
wherein each elastic plate component comprises at least two V-shaped elastic plates arranged parallel to each other in a direction perpendicular to the vibrating direction, and each V-shaped elastic plate comprises a first fixing portion fixedly connected with the housing, a second fixing portion fixedly connected with the vibrator, and a V-shaped elastic arm connecting the first fixing portion with the second fixing portion, the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion are arranged opposite to and spaced from each other to form an opening end, and the opening ends of the two V-shaped elastic plates are arranged toward opposite directions;
wherein a deformation path of each V-shaped elastic plate is out of a vibration path of the vibrator, and a deformation state of each V-shaped elastic plate is consistent.

US Pat. No. 10,596,595

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell having accommodating space;
a driving device accommodated in the accommodating space;
a vibrator; and
an elastic component elastically supporting the vibrator;
wherein the elastic component comprises a first fixing portion, a second fixing portion and a deforming portion; the first fixing portion is connected with the shell, the second fixing portion is connected with the vibrator, and the deforming portion connects the first fixing portion with the second fixing portion;
the deforming portion comprises at least two elastic arms and a bending portion; the bending portion is shaped in an arc structure and connects two adjacent elastic arms; the deforming portion comprises at least two bending portions, opening directions of adjacent two bending portions are opposite to each other; a damping member is arranged at an inner surface of the bending portion close to the two adjacent elastic arms.

US Pat. No. 10,596,594

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration motor comprising:a housing with side walls and a bottom plate connecting to the side walls;
a vibration unit accommodated in the housing, the vibration unit including a first surface opposite to the side wall and extending along a vibration direction of the vibration unit, and a second surface connecting the first surface;
a driving device fixed on the bottom plate;
an elastic member elastically supporting the vibration unit in the housing, the elastic member including a first fixed section, extension sections extending from two sides of the first fixed section and surrounding the second surface and a second fixed section connecting to the extension section and fixed on the side wall away from one side of the first fixed section; wherein
the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member opposite to the first elastic member; the first elastic member and the second elastic member are respectively fixed on two first surfaces of the vibration unit; wherein the second elastic member is disposed underneath the first elastic member in a direction perpendicular to the vibration direction and located between the first elastic member and the bottom plate, and orthographic projections of the first elastic member and the second elastic member on the bottom plate are crossed.

US Pat. No. 10,596,593

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell,
a vibrator accommodated in the shell,
a stator accommodated in the shell, and
an elastic member suspending the vibrator in the shell,
wherein the vibrator comprises a magnetic circuit unit, the stator comprises a coil, the magnetic circuit unit comprises a yoke having an accommodating cavity, a magnet accommodated in and fixed to the accommodating cavity, the coil is fixed to the shell and is surrounding the magnet the yoke comprises a bottom wall and a side wall bending and extending along the bottom wall, the bottom wall and the side wall together form the accommodating cavity, the magnet is fixed on the bottom wall, and the magnet is spaced from the side wall to form a magnetic gap, and the coil is inserted into the magnetic gap,
wherein the elastic member comprises a first fixing portion fixedly connected with the shell, a first elastic arm and a second elastic arm bending and extending from two opposite ends of the first fixing portion, a second fixing portion extending from an end of the first elastic arm in a direction away from a geometric center of the first fixing portion, and a third fixing portion extending from an end of the second elastic arm in a direction away from the geometric center of the first fixing portion; both the second fixing portion and the third fixing portion are fixedly connected with the yoke.

US Pat. No. 10,596,591

MATERIAL DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Red Devil Inc., Tulsa, O...

1. A material dispensing system comprising:a housing having a configuration capable of receiving a packaging containing a material therein;
at least one nozzle tip associated with said housing, said nozzle tip including a receiving end, and a dispensing end;
at least one piercing projection having a configuration capable of piercing the packaging and allowing the material in the packaging to be dispensed from said nozzle tip, said piercing projection including a piercing end, an exterior side, and an interior side defining at least one channel in said interior side and along a longitudinal axis of said piercing projection, said channel being in fluid communication with a hollow interior of said dispensing end; and
a packaging compression assembly having a configuration capable of compressing the packaging toward said piercing projection,
wherein said receiving end of said nozzle tip including an annular wall parallel with a longitudinal axis of said nozzle tip, said annular wall including a plurality of radially arranged internal ribs extending out therefrom and located between said annular wall and said exterior side of said piercing projection.

US Pat. No. 10,596,588

ADHESIVE MELTER HAVING PUMP MOUNTED INTO HEATED HOUSING

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An adhesive melter subassembly, comprising:a heated housing defining an elongate bore;
a pump including a pump body having an elongate body portion shaped for insertion into the elongate bore of the heated housing, an upper seal portion abutting a top surface of said heated housing and preventing adhesive leakage from the elongate bore during operation of said pump, and an actuation section outside of the elongate bore when the elongate body portion is inserted into the elongate bore;
a heated reservoir comprising one or more fins and being configured to heat adhesive pellets, wherein the heated reservoir is in fluid communication with the pump body via a flow path under the heated reservoir and the pump such that pump body receives melted adhesive from the heated reservoir;
a heating element configured to generate heat energy for adhesive in the pump;
a subassembly cover covering and at least partially insulating the heated housing, the pump, and the heated reservoir; and
a top end of a cyclone separator unit extending out of the subassembly cover, the cyclone separator unit configured to receive the adhesive pellets from a fill system.

US Pat. No. 10,596,586

DEVICE FOR RECOVERING ENERGY FROM EXHAUST AIR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An energy recovery device for recovering energy from exhaust air which flows through a discharge line, the device comprising:a heat exchanger device including a first heat exchanger unit, a second heat exchanger unit, and a heat pump, wherein:
the first heat exchanger unit and the second heat exchanger unit are arranged along an exhaust air flow direction of the discharge line with the second heat exchanger unit being downstream of the first heat exchanger unit, such that the exhaust air flows from the discharge line through the first heat exchanger unit and the second heat exchanger unit and exists from an outlet of the second heat exchanger unit.
a high-temperature side of the heat pump is connected to the first heat exchanger unit and the heat pump is arranged at a low-temperature side of the exhaust air flow direction downstream of the first heat exchanger unit; and
a low-temperature side of the heat pump is connected to the second heat exchanger unit, a first portion of heat being removed from the exhaust air in the first heat exchanger to the high-temperature side of the heat pump, a second portion of heat being removed from the exhaust air in the second heat exchanger to the low-temperature side of the heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,596,585

INDUSTRIAL COATING APPLICATION FILTER WITH PLEATED SUPPORT

Columbus Industries, Inc....

1. A filter for a spray coating system, the filter comprising:(a) a housing including a peripheral sidewall having an inlet opening on a first side and an outlet opening on a second, opposite side of the housing, the inlet and outlet openings providing substantially no resistance to the flow of gas along a flow path extending through the housing from the inlet opening to the outlet opening;
(b) a support backing disposed within the peripheral sidewall between the inlet and outlet openings, the support backing having at least a first substantially planar panel joined at a first edge to a first edge of a second substantially planar panel at a predetermined, non-parallel angle thereto, said first and second panels having openings formed therethrough to provide substantially no resistance to the flow of gas through the panels, wherein a hinge is formed where the first edge of the first panel is joined to the first edge of the second panel, whereby the support backing may be collapsed by pivoting said first panel along the hinge relative to the second panel;
(c) a filtration material attached to the support backing; and
(d) at least one extended surface area filter disposed at the second side of the housing downstream of the outlet opening for filtering gas after passing through the filtration material attached to the support backing.

US Pat. No. 10,596,584

SLIP MOLDING APPARATUS FOR LINING PIPES AND METHOD OF USING SAME

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A slip molding apparatus for lining a pipe comprising:a dispense head adapted to engage an interior surface of a pipe and to dispense a lining material;
a slip mold pulled by said dispense head and having a leading end and a trailing end, wherein the trailing end has a greater diameter than a diameter of the leading end, the slip mold including a body having a generally cylindrical shape;
at least one camera disposed on said dispense head to provide a view of the interior surface of the pipe;
a guide connected to said dispense head and said slip mold for guiding the lining material dispensed by said dispense head about said slip mold, the guide disposed between said dispense head and said slip mold; and
at least one diverter plate on said slip mold cooperating with said guide to divert a flow of lining material dispensed by said dispense head about said slip mold,
wherein the at least one diverter plate is operatively connected to an actuator on said slip mold to actuate and move the at least one diverter plate between a retracted position and an extended position, and
in the extended position, the actuator is configured to push the at least one diverter plate into contact with the guide to block flow of the lining material about a side of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,596,583

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGULATING THE VISCOSITY OF A FLUID PRIOR TO ATOMIZATION

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A system for regulating the viscosity of a fluid prior to atomization, the system comprising:a temperature controller having a processor and a body including a heat transfer surface, the processor configured to adapt the temperature controller to adjust a temperature of a fluid flowing in a conduit prior to atomization of the fluid by an atomizer fluidly connected to the conduit;
a sensor in communication with the processor such that the sensor provides an indicator to the processor of a viscosity of the fluid flowing in the conduit prior to atomization;
wherein an adjustment to the temperature of the fluid by the temperature controller via the processor is based on:
the measured viscosity indicator of the fluid; and
a heat flux rate of the temperature controller configured to respectively increase and decrease as the difference between a coking temperature of the fluid and a target-atomization temperature of the fluid increases and decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,596,582

DEPOSITING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING DEPOSITION QUANTITY USING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method for measuring a deposited quantity, comprising:a test substrate disposing step of facing a plurality of depositing sources spraying a deposition material to the test substrate of which the surface is divided into a plurality of areas;
a deposition area setting step of setting one area of the surface of the test substrate as a deposition area to which the deposition material is attached;
a first opening step of selecting and opening some depositing sources to measure a deposition quantity among the plurality of depositing sources;
a first depositing step of partially depositing the deposition material on the one area of the surface of the test substrate based on a position corresponding to the depositing source; and
a first closing step of closing the some depositing sources,
wherein:
the deposition area setting step further comprises disposing a main shutter between the depositing source and the test substrate;
said main shutter includes a main shutter body with a plurality of through openings penetrating in a thickness direction and the openings arranged to overlap a deposition area of the test substrate and a passage of the depositing source; and
said main shutter comprises a guiding unit surrounding the respective openings and disposed on one surface of the main shutter body facing the depositing source.

US Pat. No. 10,596,581

ACTUATOR, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An actuator comprising:a diaphragm;
a lower electrode on the diaphragm;
an electromechanical transducer film on the lower electrode; and
an upper electrode on the electromechanical transducer film,
the diaphragm including:
a first silicon oxide film having a thickness of 0.5 ?m or more;
a silicon layer on the first silicon oxide film, a thickness of which is 3 ?m or more; and
a second silicon oxide film on the silicon layer, a thickness of which is 0.5 ?m or more,
a volume resistivity of the silicon layer being 103?˜cm or more and 106 ?·cm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,596,579

FLUID SEPARATION CHAMBERS FOR FLUID PROCESSING SYSTEMS

Fenwal, Inc., Lake Zuric...

1. A fluid separation chamber for rotation about an axis in a fluid processing system, comprising:a top edge;
a bottom edge;
a first stage configured for separating a fluid into a first component and a second component and including
a first outlet configured for removal of the first component from the first stage, and
a second outlet configured for removal of the second component from the first stage; and
a second stage including an inlet configured for receipt of at least a portion of the first component following removal of the first component from the first stage or at least a portion of the second component following removal of the second component from the first stage, wherein
the first and second stages are configured to be at least somewhat offset in an axial direction during rotation of the fluid separation chamber about the axis, and
the first stage is separated from the bottom edge by the second stage.

US Pat. No. 10,596,578

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR LOW-SULFUR IRON ORE

KOBE STEEL, LTD., Kobe-s...

1. A process for producing an iron ore having a sulfur content reduced to 0.08% or less, the process comprisingsubjecting an iron ore containing sulfur in an amount of more than 0.08% and 2% or less to a flotation using
(1) a xanthate-based compound and a salt of an amine compound as collectors, wherein the amine compound has an alkyl group having a number of carbon atoms of 6 to 18; or
(2) a xanthate-based compound as a collector and a substance which releases a sulfur ion in water as an activator; or
(3) a xanthate-based compound and a salt of an amine compound as collectors and a substance which releases a sulfur ion in water as an activator.

US Pat. No. 10,596,576

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AN APRON ASSEMBLY

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., Y...

1. An apron assembly adapted for use on a crusher, said apron assembly comprising:(a) an apron, said apron being mounted to the crusher and being configured to be moved between an operating position and an open position;
(b) a tension rod, said tension rod being operatively attached to and disposed between the apron and a shock absorber mount and said tension rod having a tension rod base;
(c) a spring seat, said spring seat being mounted to the crusher and being configured to be moved between a raised position and a lowered position;
(d) a spring, said spring being operatively disposed between the tension rod base and the spring seat;
(e) an actuator, said actuator being mounted to the crusher and the spring seat and being configured to be moved between a retracted position and an extended position;
(f) a hydraulic shock absorber, said hydraulic shock absorber being operatively attached to and disposed between the spring seat and the shock absorber mount;
wherein the hydraulic shock absorber reduces the pressure applied to the actuator when the crusher is operating under normal crushing conditions and during a tramp iron event; and wherein the hydraulic shock absorber reduces the speed at which the apron returns from the open position to the operating position after a tramp iron event.

US Pat. No. 10,596,575

GRINDING MILL STONE CONTROLLER ASSEMBLY

1. A grinding device for food comprising:(a) a mill having a lower mill stone and an upper mill stone;
(b) a hopper;
(c) a mill stone controller assembly;
(d) the mill stone controller assembly has a notched wheel and a lever;
wherein the mill stone controller assembly is enclosed in the hopper and controls the distance between the lower mill stone and the upper mill stone,
wherein the notched wheel and the lever restrains the movement of the milling head controller.

US Pat. No. 10,596,573

DEVICES FOR BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Bio-Marketing-T, Ltd. (BM...

1. A device, comprising:an extraction chamber filled with an extraction reagent, wherein the extraction reagent includes a nitrite salt;
a swab comprising an absorptive component attached to a stem, the absorptive component being configured to obtain a biological sample at a sampling location,
wherein the absorptive component comprises a non-volatile reagent, wherein the non-volatile reagent is configured to react with the extraction reagent to produce an extraction solution, the extraction solution being configured to extract an analyte from the biological sample,
wherein the non-volatile reagent comprises a dry solid that is incorporated into the swab,
wherein the non-volatile reagent is acidic,
wherein the swab is configured to be received within the extraction chamber so as to position the absorptive component of the swab in fluid communication with the extraction reagent so as to produce the extraction solution, and
a test strip configured to be brought in fluid communication with the extraction solution following extraction of the analyte from the biological sample, the test strip comprising:
a sample receiving portion configured to accept a sample,
wherein the sample is a liquid sample, and
wherein the sample receiving portion is configured to permit
the movement of the analyte in the liquid sample through the test strip by capillary action,
a site on the strip where an analyte-specific labeled reagent has been incorporated, wherein the analyte-specific labeled reagent is configured to bind the analyte from the biological sample, and
wherein the analyte-specific labeled reagent comprises a molecule that is configured to bind the analyte specifically and with high affinity, and
wherein the analyte-specific labeled reagent is labeled with a label that allows its detection,
a capture portion configured to receive the analyte from the biological sample and the analyte-specific labeled reagent so as to result in displaying a positive or negative result at a completion of an assay, and
an adsorbent pad attached to a distal end of the test strip and configured to bind to an excess extraction reagent thereby allowing flow across the test strip.

US Pat. No. 10,596,572

FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR PARALLEL DROPLET CONTROL IN A DIGITAL MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

mirOculus Inc., San Fran...

11. A method of simultaneously determining the locations of multiple drops in a digital microfluidics (DMF) apparatus, the method comprising:applying voltage to a plurality of actuation electrodes in a first plate to move one or more droplets within a gap between the first plate and a second plate;
applying voltage to one or more ground electrodes in the second plate;
concurrently sensing, in a plurality of sensing circuits, wherein each actuation electrode is associated with a separate sensing circuit from the plurality of sensing circuits, a charging voltage while applying voltage to the one or more ground electrodes; and
determining a location of the one or more droplets relative to the plurality of actuation electrodes based on the sensed charging voltages by comparing the sensed charging voltages to a predetermined value or range of values to determine if a droplet is on or adjacent to an actuation electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,596,571

COLLECTION COMPONENT AND SAMPLE PROCESSING KIT HAVING THE SAME

National Taiwan Universit...

1. A sample processing kit, comprising at least one centrifugal microfluidic component and at least one collection component, wherein the at least one centrifugal microfluidic component comprises:a sample inlet for loading a biological sample into the centrifugal microfluidic component;
a separation chamber, connected with the sample inlet; and
a settling chamber, wherein the settling chamber is connected with the separation chamber through a connecting portion and is arranged radially outward from the separation chamber, an extension of the connecting portion from the separation chamber to the settling chamber fully follows a radially outward direction, and the separation chamber, the connecting portion and the settling chamber form one continuous cavity without a valve therein; and
a fitting site for accommodating the at least one collection component, and
wherein the at least one collection component and the at least one centrifugal microfluidic component are separate components and when the at least one collection component is detachably fitted into the fitting site of the at least one centrifugal microfluidic component, the at least one collection component is connected with the separation chamber of the at least one centrifugal microfluidic component, the at least one collection component has an intake opening thereon for receiving the biological sample that is processed by the at least one centrifugal microfluidic component, and the at least one collection component is disconnected from the fitting site of the at least one centrifugal microfluidic component after receiving the processed biological sample.

US Pat. No. 10,596,570

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING AUTOMATED CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATION

QVELLA CORPORATION, Rich...

1. A method of performing centrifugal separation and microfluidic processing using a fluidic processing system, the fluidic processing system comprising:an integrated fluidic processing cartridge comprising:
a macrofluidic centrifugation component comprising a macrofluidic centrifugation chamber, wherein a distal region of the macrofluidic centrifugation chamber is configured to collect a sediment under the application of centrifugal force;
a microfluidic device having an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface is attached to a lateral surface of the macrofluidic centrifugation component, the microfluidic device comprising one or more fluidic components that are configured to be actuated through the outer surface;
wherein a sediment extraction port is provided within the macrofluidic centrifugation component such that the sediment extraction port is in fluid communication with the macrofluidic centrifugation chamber and wherein the sediment extraction port is in fluid communication, through the lateral surface, with a sediment extraction channel of the microfluidic device for extraction of the sediment to the microfluidic device, and wherein the one or more fluidic components comprise a valve configured to control fluid flow through the sediment extraction port;
a centrifugation device comprising a receptacle pivotally connected to a rotor, wherein the receptacle is configured to receive the integrated fluidic cartridge;
a cartridge interfacing assembly configured to removably interface with the integrated fluidic processing cartridge and the receptacle, the cartridge interfacing assembly being further configured to apply a pressure difference between the macrofluidic centrifugation chamber and the sediment extraction channel;
wherein the receptacle comprises a mechanical valve latching mechanism that can be actuated by the cartridge interfacing assembly to open the valve when the cartridge interfacing assembly is interfaced with the receptacle and to latch the valve in a closed state during centrifugation when the cartridge interfacing assembly is not interfaced with the receptacle, and wherein the valve and the mechanical valve latching mechanism are configured such that leakage of fluid through the valve is prevented when the valve is latched in the closed state during centrifugation despite fluidic pressures generated during centrifugation;
the method comprising:
inserting the integrated fluidic processing cartridge into the receptacle of the centrifugation device such that the outer surface is laterally and outwardly oriented relative to a rotational axis of the rotor when the rotor is at rest;
with the cartridge interfacing assembly disengaged from the integrated fluidic processing cartridge and the receptacle such that the valve is latched in a closed state by the mechanical valve latching mechanism of the receptacle, centrifuging the integrated fluidic processing cartridge with the centrifugation device such that the sediment is collected, from a liquid sample introduced into the macrofluidic centrifugation chamber, within the distal region;
after centrifugation, interfacing the cartridge interfacing assembly with the integrated fluidic processing cartridge and the receptacle;
employing the cartridge interfacing assembly to actuate the mechanical valve latching mechanism of the receptacle so that the valve is in an open state; and
employing the cartridge interfacing assembly to generate a pressure difference between the sediment extraction channel of the microfluidic device and the macrofluidic centrifugation chamber, such that a concentrated suspension comprising at least a portion of the sediment flows through the sediment extraction port and into the microfluidic device, thereby transferring the concentrated suspension to the microfluidic device; and
employing the cartridge interfacing assembly to actuate one or more of the fluidic components to fluidically process the concentrated suspension within the microfluidic device by actuating one or more of the fluidic components through the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,596,568

FLUID LOADING INTO A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

Sharp Life Science (EU) L...

15. A method of loading assay fluid into a microfluidic device, the method comprising:positioning a fluid loader, the fluid loader comprising a fluid well communicating with a fluid exit provided in a base of the fluid loader, such that the fluid exit is located relative to an aperture in the microfluidic device; and
causing assay fluid to pass from the fluid loader into a fluid chamber of the microfluidic device, wherein the aperture is connected to the fluid chamber;
wherein the positioning of the fluid loader comprises locating the fluid exit of the fluid loader relative to the aperture and directing assay fluid leaving the fluid loader via the fluid exit first into the aperture and then preferentially in a first direction into the fluid chamber of the microfluidic device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,567

MICROFLUIDIC RATCHETS FOR DISPLACING PARTICLES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A microfluidic device comprising:a substrate having a first channel defined in an upper surface of the substrate, wherein a first bottom wall of the first channel comprises first contiguous steps, wherein the first contiguous steps form a first ratchet topography having an asymmetric profile along a longitudinal direction of the first channel;
a lid, opposite to and at a distance from said upper surface, facing the first bottom wall of the first channel; and
a second channel defined in said upper surface of the substrate, wherein a second bottom wall of the second channel comprises second contiguous steps, wherein the second contiguous steps form a second ratchet topography having an asymmetric profile along a longitudinal direction of the second channel, wherein the lid faces each of the first channel and the second channel, wherein an average depth of the second channel is larger than an average depth of the first channel, as measured in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the substrate, wherein the second channel has a lower height than the first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,596,566

CAPILLARY-ACTION MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR POINT-OF-CARE DIAGNOSTICS

Mauk et al., Philadelphi...

1. A capillary action driven-testing device that integrates the processing and the analysis of samples comprisinga substrate having an upper area surface that defines at least three laterally aligned reagent reservoirs that are spaced apart from one another and a lower area surface upon which is disposed at least three sections of adsorbing material, wherein each of the sections is aligned with at least one of the at least three reservoirs;
a slidebar upon which is mounted a binding membrane, the slidebar being slidably attached to the substrate so that is can be slidably moved along a hypothetical horizontal plane that bisects the substrate upon application of a horizontal-directed force;wherein the slidebar may be slid in the horizontal plane to bridge, in series, one of the at least three reservoirs and one of the at least three sections of absorbing material to place the reservoir and the section of adsorbing material in fluidic communication with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,596,565

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MICROFLUIDIC CHIP AND A MICROFLUIDIC CHIP MADE THEREBY

Taiwan Green Point Enterp...

1. A method of manufacturing a microfluidic chip comprising:providing a metal mold assembly which includes an upper mold and a lower mold, the upper mold having an array of upper ribs extending toward the lower mold and an array of upper trenches, each of the upper trenches being defined by two adjacent ones of the upper ribs, the lower mold having an array of lower ribs extending toward the upper mold and an array of lower trenches, each of the lower trenches being defined by two adjacent ones of the lower ribs, the upper ribs being spaced apart along a first direction and extending along a second direction different from the first direction, the lower ribs being spaced apart along the second direction, extending along the first direction and intersecting the upper ribs at a plurality of intersections, a lower end of the upper ribs and an upper end of the lower ribs cooperatively defining a plurality of gaps that are respectively located at the intersections, the upper trenches, the lower trenches and the gaps being spatially interconnected and cooperatively defining a filling space;
forming a forming material in the filling space to provide a channeled plate having an array of upper microfluidic channels that is complementary in shape to the array of the upper ribs of the upper mold, an array of lower microfluidic channels that is complementary in shape to the array of the lower ribs of the lower mold, and an array of thin film valves, the thin film valves being complementary in shape to the gaps;
separating the upper and lower molds from the channeled plate; and
covering the array of the lower microfluidic channels and the array of the upper microfluidic channels.

US Pat. No. 10,596,563

SINTER-RESISTANT STABLE CATALYST SYSTEMS BY TRAPPING OF MOBILE PLATINUM GROUP METAL (PGM) CATALYST SPECIES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of preparing a sinter-resistant catalyst system, the method comprising:contacting a surface of a catalyst support in a particulate form with a first liquid precursor comprising a metal salt comprising an element selected from the group consisting of: aluminum (Al), cerium (Ce), zirconium (Zr), titanium (Ti), silicon (Si), magnesium (Mg), zinc (Zn), and combinations thereof, wherein the surface of the catalyst support comprises at least one bound active catalyst particle disposed thereon prior to the contacting of the surface with the first liquid precursor;
precipitating or adsorbing the first liquid precursor on a portion of the surface of the catalyst support and calcining to form a first coating comprising a porous metal oxide on discrete regions of the surface;
contacting the surface having the first coating comprising the porous metal oxide on discrete regions with a second liquid precursor comprising a sol comprising a metal oxide selected from the group consisting of: aluminum (Al), cerium (Ce), zirconium (Zr), iron (Fe), titanium (Ti), silicon (Si), and combinations thereof, wherein the contacting the surface with the second liquid precursor occurs after the contacting the surface of a catalyst support in the particulate form with the first liquid precursor; and
forming a second coating comprising a porous metal oxide from the second liquid precursor on a portion of the surface of the catalyst support having the first coating comprising the porous metal oxide on discrete regions, so that the catalyst support comprises a dual coating comprising the first coating and the second coating to create the sinter-resistant catalyst system.

US Pat. No. 10,596,562

PRODUCTION OF FATTY OLEFIN DERIVATIVES VIA OLEFIN METATHESIS

PROVIVI, INC., Santa Mon...

1. A method for synthesizing a fatty olefin derivative according to Formula VIb:
the method comprising:
i) reducing an alkyl ester according to Formula IIb

to form an alkenol according to Formula VIII

ii) acylating the alkenol to form an acylated alkenol according to Formula IX

 and
iii) contacting the acylated alkenol with an olefin according to Formula I

in the presence of a metathesis catalyst having the formula:

under conditions sufficient to form the fatty olefin derivative; wherein:
R1 is selected from the group consisting of H, C1-18 alkyl, and C2-18 alkenyl;
R2b is C1-8 alkyl,
R2c is C1-6 acyl,
subscript y is an integer ranging from 0 to 17; and
subscript z is an integer ranging from 0 to 17.

US Pat. No. 10,596,561

HALOMETALLATE IONIC LIQUID MICRO-EMULSIONS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A micro-emulsion comprising:a hydrocarbon component comprising a hydrocarbon having a polarity;
an ionic liquid component comprising an ionic liquid, the ionic liquid comprising a halometallate anion and a cation, wherein the ionic liquid does not contain fluorine;
a co-solvent having a polarity greater than the polarity of the hydrocarbon, wherein the co-solvent is miscible in the hydrocarbon, and wherein the co-solvent is present in an amount of about 30 wt % to about 80 wt % of the micro-emulsion;
a surfactant, wherein a molar ratio of the surfactant to the ionic liquid is less than 2.5:1; and
a catalyst promoter, wherein a molar ratio of the catalyst promoter to the ionic liquid is 0.1:1 to 1:1;
wherein the ionic liquid is present in an amount of about 0.05 wt % to about 40 wt % of the micro-emulsion; and
wherein the micro-emulsion comprises micelles or reverse micelles and wherein more than about 90% of the micelles or reverse micelles have a diameter less than about 100 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,596,548

METHOD FOR PREPARING SUPER ABSORBENT RESIN

YUMING JIANG, Xiamen (CN...

1. A method for preparing a super absorbent resin, comprising:step 1) adding an inner-crosslinking agent, an active promoter, and an initiator to a solution of an unsaturated monomer in water to obtain a mixture solution, deoxygenating the mixture solution by bubbling nitrogen therethrough, and subjecting the mixture solution to a free radical polymerization to obtain a gel, wherein
the active promoter is one selected from the group consisting of a fatty acid ester, a fatty acid salt, an alkyl sulfonate salt, and a mixture of the fatty acid ester, the fatty acid salt, and the alkyl sulfonate salt;
the free radical polymerization is initiated at a temperature ranging from ?3° C. to 5° C.;
the initiator is a mixture of a redox initiator and a thermally decomposable initiator, wherein the redox initiator is a combination of ascorbic acid and ferrous chloride; and the thermally decomposable initiator is one selected from the group consisting of hydrogen peroxide, phthalimide peroxide, a persulfate, an ammonium persulfate, an alkali metal persulfate, 2,2?-azobis(2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride, 2,2?-azodiisobutylamidine dihydrochloride, 2,2?-azobis(N,N?-dimethyleneisobutylamidine) dihydrochloride, and 2,2-azo[2-methyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)]propenamine;
the unsaturated monomer is acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, maleic acid, or fumaric acid;
step 2) reacting the gel with a neutralizing agent to obtain an intermediate product; extruding and granulating the intermediate product to obtain a product;
step 3) drying, pulverizing, sieving, and fixing a particle size distribution after the sieving to obtain a plurality of powdered raw particles, wherein the particle size distribution after sieving is 100-800 ?m; an average particle size of the powdered raw particles obtained after fixing the particle size distribution is 300-450 ?m; and the bulk density is 0.55-0.63 g/mL,
step 4) adding a surface crosslinking agent to the plurality of powdered raw particles and performing surface crosslinking by heating to obtain a plurality of crosslinked particles; and
step 5) subjecting the plurality of crosslinked particles to an anti-caking treatment, wherein the anti-caking treatment comprises adding an aqueous solution of aluminum sodium sulfate to the plurality of crosslinked particles to obtain a mixed particle, and then adding fumed silica to the mixed particle and heating, to obtain a super absorbent resin.

US Pat. No. 10,596,545

FILAMENT WEB TYPE PRECURSOR FABRIC FOR ACTIVATED CARBON FIBER FABRIC AND METHOD FOR PREPARING SAME

KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A method for preparing a filament web precursor fabric for an activated carbon fiber fabric, comprising:(i) spreading precursor filaments for preparing activated carbon fiber in a web state; and
(ii) punching the precursor filaments for preparing activated carbon fiber spread in a web state to entangle the precursor filaments for preparing activated carbon fiber with each other to obtain the filament web precursor fabric,
wherein the spreading of (i) is carried out by passing a bundle of the precursor filaments for preparing activated carbon fiber between tension bars while altering tension applied to the precursor filaments for preparing activated carbon fiber, wherein the altering tension is a repetitive increasing and decreasing the tension; and
wherein the punching of (ii) is carried out in an air-punching mode.

US Pat. No. 10,596,544

CHEMICAL REACTION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A chemical reaction system comprising:a supply source configured to generate a first carbon compound including at least one selected from the group consisting of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide;
an electrochemical reaction device configured to generate a second carbon compound by a reduction reaction of carbon dioxide, and oxygen by an oxidation reaction of water, the second carbon compound including carbon monoxide;
a reactor configured to generate a product including a third carbon compound by a chemical reaction of a reactant including hydrogen and the first and second carbon compounds; and
a flow path through which the second carbon compound is supplied from the electrochemical reaction device to the supply source and the reactor,
wherein the supply source is configured to generate the first carbon compound under an atmosphere including the oxygen generated by and supplied from the electrochemical reaction device,
wherein the reactor is configured to generate the third carbon compound under an atmosphere including the oxygen generated by and supplied from the electrochemical reaction device.

US Pat. No. 10,596,543

LIGHT ILLUMINATING APPARATUS

HOYA CANDEO OPTRONICS COR...

1. A light irradiation device for irradiating an irradiation target capable of relatively moving along a first direction with light, the light irradiation device comprising:a substrate to be defined by the first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a light source having a plurality of solid-state elements which are disposed on the substrate in a plurality of rows along the first direction and irradiate the irradiation target with the light from a third direction orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction;
an optical element which is disposed in an optical path of the plurality of solid-state elements and refracts light from each of the solid-state elements at a predetermined angle and emits the light as well as narrows a spread angle of light to be emitted from each of the solid-state elements with respect to the third direction;
a first reflection portion which has at least two first reflection surfaces disposed on a downstream side in the third direction of the irradiation target when viewed from the first direction and reflects a part of light incident on the first reflection surface from the optical element to the irradiation target; and
a second reflection portion which has a pair of second reflection surfaces disposed between the optical element and the first reflection portion and guides the light from the optical element to the first reflection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,596,542

METHOD AND DEVICE TO SYNTHESIZE BORON NITRIDE NANOTUBES AND RELATED NANOPARTICLES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plasma source configured to generate a plasma jet, the plasma source defining at least one port for the introduction of a first chemical-species proximate a region where the plasma jet is generated;
a port connector connected to the plasma source, the port connector configured to receive the plasma jet, the port connector defining at least one port along its length configured for the introduction of a second chemical-species to the plasma jet; and
a chamber connected to the port connector;
wherein the plasma source comprises a first and a second electrode;
wherein the second electrode is positioned distal to the first electrode and proximal to the port connector; and
wherein the first electrode is a conical tip electrode that extends towards an annular opening of the second electrode to form a nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,596,540

FLOW CELL ARRAY AND USES THEREOF

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:determining, within a two-by-two pixel array, locations for multiple reaction sites in multiple surface channels of a first component, wherein each of the pixels within the two-by-two pixel array is of a size of approximately one micrometer;
connecting the first component to a second component, wherein said connecting comprises forming a fluidic connection between each of the multiple surface channels of the first component and respective pairs of sub-surface channels of the second component via a respective pair of vias of the second component;
wherein a designation is established wherein at least:
a first of the pairs of sub-surface channels is designated for use with (i) a first distinct one of multiple chemical matters, (ii) one or more of the multiple reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the first distinct one of the multiple chemical matters, and (iii) one or more of the multiple surface channels connected to the one or more reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the first distinct one of the multiple chemical matters;
a second of the pairs of sub-surface channels is designated for use with (i) a second distinct one of multiple chemical matters, (ii) one or more of the multiple reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the second distinct one of the multiple chemical matters, and (iii) one or more of the multiple surface channels connected to the one or more reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the second distinct one of the multiple chemical matters;
a third of the pairs of sub-surface channels is designated for use with (i) a third distinct one of multiple chemical matters, (ii) one or more of the multiple reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the third distinct one of the multiple chemical matters, and (iii) one or more of the multiple surface channels connected to the one or more reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the third distinct one of the multiple chemical matters; and
a fourth of the pairs of sub-surface channels is designated for use with (i) a fourth distinct one of multiple chemical matters, (ii) one or more of the multiple reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the fourth distinct one of the multiple chemical matters, and (iii) one or more of the multiple surface channels connected to the one or more reaction sites designated for exclusive use with the fourth distinct one of the multiple chemical matters;
delivering, within a single one of the pixels within the two-by-two pixel array, the multiple chemical matters to the multiple reaction sites, in accordance with the established designation, across multiple different time moments;
imaging, via an imaging system, multiple chemical reactions at the multiple reaction sites at multiple different time moments, wherein a distance between each of the multiple reaction sites is smaller than an optical resolution of the imaging system; and
recording an emission from each of the multiple reactions sites, wherein the multiple recordings are carried out at different time moments.

US Pat. No. 10,596,537

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING LIQUID IN (METH)ACRYLIC MONOMER PROCESS VESSELS

Arkema France, Colombes ...

1. A method for uniformly and continuously distributing a process liquid over an internal cross-section of a (meth)acrylic monomer vapor-liquid contacting process vessel to suppress formation of condensation polymer, said method comprising:a. providing a process liquid to at least two fouling-resistant liquid distributors comprising a liquid distribution head, installed within said (meth)acrylic monomer vapor-liquid contacting process vessel having a cross-sectional area, said process liquid comprising one or more polymerization inhibitors;
b. causing rotational movement of the fouling-resistant liquid distributors;
c. while said method is in operation, uniformly and continuously distributing and discharging the process liquid from said liquid distributor over the cross-sectional area within the (meth)acrylic monomer vapor-liquid contacting process vessel; and
d. simultaneously self-rinsing the at least two fouling-resistant liquid distributors with a portion of the process liquid during step (c), whereby the discharged liquid is discharged onto the exterior surfaces of said distributor,
wherein each of the at least two fouling-resistant liquid distributors simultaneously rinses each other with a portion of the process liquid during step (c).

US Pat. No. 10,596,535

CONTROLLED DISSOLUTION SOLID PRODUCT DISPENSER

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method for obtaining a solution from a solid product and a liquid, comprising:spraying the solid product with the liquid having a variable turbulence to form the solution;
diverting the liquid through distinct fluid paths with a movable manifold diffuse; and
adjusting the turbulence of the spraying liquid by changing a first distance between the movable manifold diffuse and the liquid spray source or a second distance between the movable manifold diffuse and the solid product based upon a characteristic of the liquid or the solid product in order to maintain a desired concentration of the solution that is discharged from the dispenser and towards an end use application;
wherein the spray erodes the solid product to form the solution having a concentration that is varied by the turbulence to attempt to substantially equal the desired concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,596,534

APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING AND MIXING BLENDED COMPOSITION FOR SKIN TREATMENT

1. An apparatus for dispensing a cosmetic composition, comprising:a cartridge holder configured to hold a plurality of cartridges, each containing a different cosmetic composition, the cartridge holder being configured to move at least one of the cartridges to a predetermined location, wherein the plurality of cartridges include at least one cartridge for a base composition having a first size, and at least one cartridge for a booster composition having a second size that is smaller than the first size;
a plunger disposed above the predetermined location and configured to cause the at least one of the cartridges to dispense the cosmetic composition when the at least one of the cartridges is moved to the predetermined location, where the same plunger is configured to dispense the cartridge having the first size and the cartridge having the second size;
a container receiving area configured to hold an output container beneath the predetermined location;
a near field communication (NFC) interface configured to scan an NFC tag on each of the plurality cartridges and collect information for each of the plurality of cartridges when each of the cartridges is rotated by the cartridge holder to within a predetermined distance of the NFC interface, the NFC interface being coupled to the apparatus by a spring-biased attachment arm such that the NFC interface is positioned to be within the predetermined distance of each of the plurality of cartridges when the NFC interface is scanning a cartridge of the first size and when the NFC interface is scanning a cartridge of the second size;
circuitry configured to determine a cosmetic composition in the at least one of the cartridges in the cartridge holder based on the scan performed by the NFC interface, control the cartridge holder to move the at least one of the cartridges to the predetermined location based on the determination, and control the at least one of the cartridges to dispense the cosmetic composition into the output container; and
a mixer configured to hold the output container and subject the output container to a predetermined movement to cause contents of the output container to mix together.

US Pat. No. 10,596,533

IMPELLER BOTTLE WITH AN ELONGATED EVACUATION TUBE

MEDI-PHYSICS, INC., Prin...

1. A device for mixing ingredients, the device comprising:a container having a container body defining a container cavity, the container body further defining at least one port in fluid communication with the container cavity, the container body including a bottom wall;
a hollow impeller shaft including a first end, a second end, and an elongate shaft body extending therebetween, said first end defining a first shaft aperture, said second end defining a second shaft aperture, and said shaft body defining an elongate passageway extending in fluid communication between said first and second shaft apertures, the second end of said hollow impeller shaft attached to the bottom wall of said container within said cavity such that said passageway is in fluid communication with said container cavity through both said first and second shaft apertures, the fluid communication at the second end of the hollow impeller shaft is provided by a notch formed by a semi-cylindrical cut-out in said shaft body;
an elongate impeller free to rotate about the hollow impeller shaft, the impeller having an elongate impeller body defining a transversely-extending central aperture therethrough for receiving the hollow impeller shaft; and
an elongate evacuation tube having a first end positioned within the passageway of the hollow impeller shaft and an opposed second end extending to a port of the container, wherein the hollow impeller shaft is formed from the same material as the container body.