US Pat. No. 10,710,736

LATCH INDICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A FAN COWL OF AN AIR VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A latch indication system for a fan cowl of an air vehicle, the latch indication system comprising:a door movable between a closed position and an open position;
a handle coupled to an interior of the fan cowl, the handle being movable between a handle stowed position and a handle deployed position, only when the door is in the open position; and
a linkage assembly mechanically connecting the handle to a cover assembly, the cover assembly having a movable member movable between a movable member stowed position and a movable member deployed position, such that when the door is in the closed position and the handle is in the handle stowed position, the latch indication system indicates that one or more latch assemblies of the fan cowl are in a latched condition, and when the door is in the open position and the handle is in the handle deployed position, the latch indication system indicates that one or more of the latch assemblies of the fan cowl are in an unlatched condition,
wherein the linkage assembly includes an interlock feature that prevents movement of the handle from the handle deployed position to the handle stowed position, when the one or more latch assemblies are in the unlatched condition.

US Pat. No. 10,710,734

HYBRID AIRCRAFT PROPULSORS HAVING ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN AUGMENTOR FANS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a turbofan including a core engine and a ducted fan to be rotated via the core engine, the ducted fan including a plurality of ducted fan blades arranged circumferentially around the core engine and circumscribed by a nacelle, the nacelle forming an outermost housing of the turbofan and circumscribing a bypass duct associated with the turbofan, the ducted fan blades being located within the bypass duct;
an augmentor fan configured to increase a bypass ratio associated with rotation of the ducted fan within the bypass duct, the augmentor fan including an augmentor hub ring and a plurality of augmentor fan blades, the augmentor fan blades being arranged circumferentially around the augmentor hub ring and projecting outwardly relative to an outer surface of the nacelle, the augmentor fan to rotate separately from the ducted fan; and
an electrical drive to rotate the augmentor hub ring in response to a supply of electrical energy provided to the electrical drive, the electrical drive being located radially outward of the bypass duct and between the outer surface and an inner surface of the nacelle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,729

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE PRESSURE IN AN AIRCRAFT CABIN

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for controlling pressure in an aircraft cabin, the method comprising:during flight operation of an aircraft, controlling an effective flow cross-sectional area of at least one outflow valve to adjust an air flow exiting the aircraft cabin through the outflow valve, such that the pressure within the aircraft cabin is controlled with a predetermined cabin pressure control strategy;
during flight operation of the aircraft, controlling an effective flow cross-sectional area of at least one negative relief valve to adjust an air flow entering the aircraft cabin through the negative relief valve, such that a negative differential pressure between the pressure within the aircraft cabin and an ambient pressure prevailing outside of the aircraft cabin is prevented from exceeding a predetermined threshold value; and
during ground operation of the aircraft, controlling the effective flow cross-sectional area of the at least one negative relief valve, as well as the at least one outflow valve and at least one additional auxiliary valve into a fully open state, to equalize the pressure between the aircraft cabin and the ambient pressure prevailing outside of the aircraft,
wherein the at least one outflow valve comprises an air outflow channel having an acceleration portion,
wherein the acceleration portion of the outflow channel has a longitudinal axis that is substantially parallel to an aircraft skin where air flow from the acceleration portion is discharged, such that a direction of air flow through the acceleration portion of the outflow channel is substantially parallel to a direction of an air flow along an outer surface of the aircraft skin during flight operation of the aircraft,
wherein the acceleration portion of the outflow channel is connected to an external surface of an opening in the aircraft skin, the opening being oriented in a direction that is substantially orthogonal to the direction of the air flow along the outer surface of the aircraft skin at which the opening is formed, and
wherein the air flow exiting the aircraft cabin and entering the acceleration portion of the outflow channel is controlled by a control flap disposed upstream of the acceleration portion, and
wherein the negative relief valve has an opening flap which is controlled either stepwise or continuously.

US Pat. No. 10,710,727

SEAT SYSTEM FOR A CABIN OF A TRANSPORTATION MEANS WITH A COMPACTABLE SEAT ROW

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A seat system for a cabin of a transportation system, the seat system comprising:a first seat unit comprising a first seat frame having a seat cushion and a back cushion;
a second seat unit located behind the first seat unit, wherein the second seat unit comprises a second seat frame having a foldable seat cushion and a back cushion; and
a rail system attachable to a floor of the cabin, wherein the rail system includes:
two main rails that run parallel to each other, wherein the two main rails are configured to receive the first seat unit and the second seat unit in selected positions; and
two auxiliary rails that run parallel to each other, wherein the two auxiliary rails are located between the two main rails;
wherein the second seat frame comprises two forward seat legs supported on the two auxiliary rails; and wherein the second seat unit has a stowed configuration in which the forward seat legs are located underneath the seat cushion of the first seat unit.

US Pat. No. 10,710,724

AIRCRAFT LOUNGE ASSEMBLY

1. An aircraft lounge assembly comprising:an enclosure that includes a rear wall, first and second side walls and a front wall that cooperate to define a seating area, wherein the front wall includes an entrance space defined therein,
a first seat positioned in the seating area, and
a first support positioned adjacent the front wall and pivotable in a transverse direction with respect to a longitudinal axis of the aircraft between a first position and a second position, wherein the front wall includes a first ledge on which the first support is positioned when it is in the second position, wherein the first support includes a ledge portion and a non-ledge portion, wherein the non-ledge portion is longer than the ledge portion such that the ledge portion is received on the first ledge when the first support is in the second position, and wherein the non-ledge portion extends beyond an inside edge of the front wall and into the entrance space when the first support is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,716

INHIBITING CABLE ENTANGLEMENT IN TETHERED DRONES

T-Mobile USA, Inc., Bell...

13. An apparatus for use with first and second unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the apparatus comprising:a first member having a bent body defining a predetermined angle and coupled to a cable nearer to the first UAV than the second UAV, wherein—
the cable couples the first and second UAVs, and
the first member is configured to generally direct the cable away from propellers of the first UAV; and
a second member coupled to the cable nearer to the second UAV than the first UAV, wherein the second member is configured to generally direct the cable away from propellers of the second UAV,
so that the first and second members inhibit the cable from being entangled in the propellers of the first or second UAVs.

US Pat. No. 10,710,714

AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT VEHICLE CAPABLE OF FIXED WING FLIGHT AND ROTARY WING FLIGHT

SkyX Limited, Markham, C...

1. A flight vehicle capable of rotary wing flight and fixed wing flight, the flight vehicle comprising:a fixed wing structure configured to generate lift during fixed wing flight of the flight vehicle;
a pair of combined flight thrusters mounted on opposites sides of a central portion of the fixed wing structure and configured to generate thrust during both fixed wing flight and rotary wing flight, rotational axes of each of the combined flight thrusters lying within a first plane; and
a pair of rotary wing flight thrusters, each of the rotary wing flight thrusters mounted at a fixed angle skewed away from a second plane perpendicular to the first plane and parallel to the rotational axis of at least one of the combined flight thrusters, the pair of rotary wing flight thrusters configured for providing thrust during rotary wing flight, the pair of rotary wing flight thrusters capable of providing greater thrust than the pair of combined flight thrusters.

US Pat. No. 10,710,713

VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING AIRCRAFT

PEGASUS UNIVERSAL AEROSPA...

1. A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft comprising:a fuselage defining a forward end and an aft end, the fuselage accommodating at least one engine;
a left wing and a right wing extending from either side of the fuselage, each wing comprising a rotor housing portion extending away from the fuselage and a wing tip portion extending away from the rotor housing portion, the wing tip portion being angled towards a rear and side of the aircraft, wherein each of the rotor housing portions comprises two rotor housings, one forward of the aircraft's centre of gravity and one aft of the aircraft's centre of gravity;
a lift fan drive system accommodated within each wing;
a forward thrust fan drive system fitted proximate the aft end of the fuselage;
a stabiliser arrangement proximate the forward thrust fan drive system, and
a stability system having a plurality of inputs, including that of a pilot, and a plurality of actuating outputs,
wherein the at least one engine is arranged to power both the lift fan drive system and the forward thrust fan drive system, the at least one engine defining a combined power plant within the fuselage, wherein each the rotor housing portions accommodates a lift fan with variable pitch blades, the lift fan forming part of the lift fan drive system,
wherein a lower opening of each of the rotor housings is fitted with a series of louvers, the louvers being orientated and angled during flight to redirect thrust generated by the lift fans, the louvers being controlled by the stability system, based on the pilot's inputs and stability sensor inputs into the stability system, with angulations of the thrust of the lift fans being independently variable based on an orientation of the thrust directing louvers, which, in combination with a variable thrust due to the variable pitch fan blades allows for full control of the aircraft in the vertical take-off, hover, transition and vertical landing phases of flight.

US Pat. No. 10,710,712

ROTOR BLADE AFTERBODY

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. An afterbody for a rotor blade of a rotorcraft, comprising:a body unitarily formed of a single material of construction including an upper surface disposed from a lower surface, a leading edge extending from the upper surface to the lower surface, and a trailing edge formed at an intersection of the upper surface with the lower surface, wherein the upper and lower surfaces extend in a chord direction from the leading edge to the trailing edge and the leading edge is curved inward in the chord direction toward the trailing edge; and
the body includes an internal structure encompassed by the leading edge, the upper surface, and the lower surface, the internal structure comprising at least one of a collection of ribs and stringers, or a lattice arrangement of cells.

US Pat. No. 10,710,711

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UAV SENSOR PLACEMENT

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a central body;
a plurality of rotors, each rotor configured to be independently controllable by one or more controllers;
a plurality of arms extending from the central body, wherein each arm of the plurality of arms is configured to support one or more of the plurality of rotors;
a plurality of protective covers, at least one of the protective covers configured to protect at least one of the rotors;
a plurality of sensors, at least one of the plurality of sensors is configured to sense an environment in which the UAV is configured to operate, by detecting one or more obstacles within the environment; and
one or more landing stands connected to the central body,
wherein at least one of the plurality of sensors is housed within the one or more landing stands,
wherein at least one of the plurality of sensors is located within a recess formed in one of the plurality of protective covers facing away from the central body, and
wherein the UAV further comprises at least one shield disposed on at least one of the plurality of protective covers, the at least one shield extending over the at least one of the plurality of sensors located within the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,710,704

FAIRING RING FOR A BLADED WHEEL

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A fairing ring for a bladed wheel, the fairing ring comprising:an annular wall extending axially, said wall presenting a plurality of notches extending axially, each notch being configured to receive a leading edge or a trailing edge of a blade,
wherein inter-notch portions are made of composite material, the composite material being an assembly of at least two different materials that are not miscible, while a remainder of the ring is made of metal material, the metal material being a metal or a metal-based alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,710,698

DIGITAL MATERIAL ASSEMBLY BY PASSIVE MEANS AND MODULAR ISOTROPIC LATTICE EXTRUDER SYSTEM (MILES)

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A system implementing a modular isotropic lattice extrusion comprising:a plurality of substantially identical triangular voxel building blocks, each voxel building block having one or more first geometrical constraints constructed to mate with one or more complementary second geometrical constraints on another substantially identical triangular voxel building block;
a first assembly platform for locomotion and joining of the voxel building blocks having a locking mechanism that includes guide rails used as a forming die having third geometrical constraints that cooperate with the first and second geometrical constraints of the voxel building blocks to lock the voxel building blocks together; the assembly platform forming one or more chains of voxel polyhedra
the one or more chains of voxel polyhedra each having a length and acting as material feeds;
a motion mechanism constructed to enable four or more of the chains of voxel polyhedra to be fed to a second assembly platform, to be locomoted through the second assembly platform, and forced into a final assembled isotropic lattice having increasing length as more voxel polyhedra are added, the length of the isotropic lattice being adjustable by adjusting the lengths of the chains of voxel polyhedra.

US Pat. No. 10,710,694

DRIVE UNIT FOR MARINE VESSELS COMPRISED OF DRIVE SHAFT BRAKING AND LOCKING SYSTEM

AETC SAPPHIRE, Saint Pet...

1. A drive unit configured to be mounted on a marine vessel, comprising:a mobile housing configured to pivot around an axis compared to a hull of the marine vessel;
a drive shaft configured to rotate in relation to the mobile housing and supported by two rolling bearings; and
a propulsion element rotating in solidarity with the drive shaft,
wherein the drive unit comprises, at a front area thereof, at least two braking and locking systems for braking and locking the drive shaft located in an area not watertight between an upstream rolling bearing of the two rolling bearings and the propulsion element.

US Pat. No. 10,710,689

POWER GENERATION METHOD AND DEVICE

1. An apparatus for generating power comprising:a. a body;
b. one or more blades which rotate the body in a fluid in reaction to movement of the fluid, wherein the one or more blades are configured to be demounted, further wherein spars and ribs in the one or more blades are compartmentalized with greater internal water pressure than water pressure surrounding the one or more blades; and
c. a plurality of gas tanks coupled to the body, wherein a first gas tank of the plurality of gas tanks is positioned vertically and a second gas tank of the plurality of gas tanks is positioned horizontally.

US Pat. No. 10,710,686

LONG SHAFT PROPELLER CONTROLLER AND BEARING SEAL PROTECTOR

1. A long shaft propeller, comprising:a power source;
a rotary drive shaft coupled to said power source at a first end and having a first helical thread formed in a first direction of rotation adjacent a second end distal to said power source and a second helical thread formed in a second direction of rotation opposed to said first direction of rotation adjacent to said first helical thread and spaced by said first helical thread from said shaft second end;
a casing surrounding said rotary drive shaft;
at least one bearing adapted to separate said rotary drive shaft from said casing;
a propeller;
a housing about said at least one bearing attached to said casing at a first end and having a first opening adjacent said casing and a second opening distal to said first opening;
at least one shaft seal adjacent said second opening;
a removable housing cover enclosing said second opening and removable therefrom, said removable housing cover having a bore that non-frictionally circumscribes said second helical thread therein.

US Pat. No. 10,710,685

SAILING VESSEL

SARAH-MAY STEENKAMP, Hou...

1. A sailing vessel having a hull, a mast, a keel extending from the underside of the hull and a keel canting mechanism for varying the angle of the keel about an axis extending longitudinally of the sailing vessel; the keel canting mechanism including a worm gear arranged for rotation about said axis, a worm in mesh with said worm gear and means for driving the worm; said sailing vessel including a mast canting mechanism for varying the position of the mast about a further axis extending longitudinally of the sailing vessel; said mast canting mechanism including a further worm gear arranged for rotation about said further axis, a further worm mesh with said further worm gear and means for driving the further worm; and including a further lock for locking the further worm gear in the angular position to which it has been rotated by said further worm.

US Pat. No. 10,710,684

MULTI FLANGE DESIGN FOR MARINE INDUSTRY

EFFICIENT POWER DESIGN LL...

1. A watercraft comprising:a hull forming a bottom portion of a shell of the watercraft;
a deck forming a top portion of said shell;
a first flange extending along a first portion of a first side of said shell; and
a second flange extending along at least one of said first portion and a second portion of said first side of said shell,
wherein at least a first segment of said first flange is vertically displaced from at least a first segment of said second flange, and
wherein said first and second flanges define respective first and second raceways, each raceway having an open bottom for receiving water during a first maneuver, wherein said first raceway and said second raceway are defined by respective first and second channels having respective first and second horizontal portions extending between respective opposed inner and outer vertical portions, and wherein said inner vertical portion of said first channel extends to said outer vertical portion of said second channel such that an upper surface of said second horizontal portion is positioned within an interior area of said shell, the first maneuver being one of banking the watercraft during a turn and plowing the watercraft through a wave.

US Pat. No. 10,710,681

AUTONOMOUS WATERCRAFT WITH A WATERPROOF CONTAINER SYSTEM THAT HOUSES SATELLITE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A watercraft comprising:first circuitry and a second circuitry;
a platform with a deck;
a first shell mounted above the deck of the watercraft, the first shell comprising a sealed first interior space that contains the first circuitry;
a second shell mounted below the deck, the second shell comprising a sealed second interior space sized to contain the second circuitry;
first ports that extend through each of the first and second shells;
a pressure port that extends through the first shell and is in communication with the first interior space, the pressure port comprising an opening and a seal that extends across the opening to prevent ingress of water into the first interior space and egress of gas out of the first interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,710,680

MARINE MOORING LINE VERMIN SHIELD

1. A marine mooring line vermin shield to prevent the passage of vermin crawling along a marine mooring line from land to a pleasure craft, comprising:(a) a disc having a disc axial axis perpendicular to a face of said disc, said disc axial axis being positioned in a central portion of said disc, said disc also includes a disc aperture through said disc coincident to said disc axial axis being positioned such that said disc aperture uses said disc axial axis as a centerline, said disc aperture is sized and configured as a passage for the marine mooring line, said disc also includes a radial slot through said disc coincident to said disc axial axis, said radial slot extending from said disc aperture to a periphery of said disc, said radial slot having a radial axis parallel to said radial slot;
(b) a closure sized and adapted to insert into said radial slot in a closure pivotal movement arc approximately parallel to said disc axial axis, said closure is in a closed state when inserted into said radial slot and is substantially flush with said disc face, said closure also sized and adapted to manually extract from said radial slot in said closure pivotal movement arc approximately parallel to said disc axial axis, said closure is in an open state when extracted from said radial slot to allow the marine mooring line to pass through said radial slot from said periphery to said disc aperture, said closure including a first end substantially flush with said disc periphery when said closure is in the closed state, said closure also including an opposing second end, said closure second end is also sized and configured to removably engageably receive a disc aperture insert, said closure second end includes a closure shoulder stop and a closure axial guide surface, further said closure second end includes a closure fastener protrusion receiving void with a closure void second aperture, said disc aperture insert includes an aperture shoulder rest and an aperture axial guide surface, further said disc aperture insert includes an aperture insert retention protrusion and neck including an aperture insert retention protrusion aperture, wherein said closure shoulder stop and said aperture insert shoulder rest contact one another to set position along said disc axial axis and said closure axial guide surface slidably contacts said aperture axial guide surface wherein said closure fastener protrusion receiving void and said aperture insert retention protrusion with neck are removably interlockable to one another via a fastener disposed in said aperture insert retention protrusion aperture and said closure void second aperture in said closure fastener protrusion receiving void, said aperture insert retention protrusion with neck and said closure fastener protrusion receiving void are positionally nested to one another to provide a single positional fit as between said closure and said aperture insert, being operational to removably retain said disc aperture insert on said closure second end to be correctly positioned to have said disc aperture insert to partially compress the mooring line against said disc aperture when said closure is in said closed state, wherein said disc resists axial movement along the mooring line when said closure is in said closed state with said disc face generally perpendicular to a mooring line axial axis; and
(c) means for urging said closure from the open state to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,710,670

RIGID FRAME WITH HIGH-COMPLIANCE SEAT TUBE AND INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING

Trek Bicycle Corporation,...

1. A bicycle, comprising:a frame including a top tube and a head tube;
a fork including a steer tube, wherein the steer tube comprises at least one routing feature selected from a flat face and a cable tray;
handlebars;
at least one spacer positioned between the head tube and the handlebars, wherein the at least one spacer includes a right portion and a left portion that is detachable from the right portion; and
an internal cable;
wherein:
the internal cable is routed at least partially inside the handlebars to the steer tube; and
the internal cable is routed between the routing feature of the steer tube and the spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,666

MOTORCYCLE FRAME

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A motorcycle frame comprising:a head pipe;
a pair of front main frames that separate in a vehicle width direction from said head pipe, extend toward a power engine that is located on a rear side of said head pipe, and include power engine fixing parts that are fixed to said power engine at positions that overlap with said power engine as viewed in the vehicle width direction;
a pair of rear main frames that extend rearward respectively from said power-engine fixing parts of said pair of front main frames;
a pivot bracket that is fixed to a rear part of said power engine, swingably supports swing arms that extend toward the rear of the motorcycle frame, and includes a rear suspension supporter that supports one end of a rear suspension;
a pair of rear auxiliary frames that support said pivot bracket and said power engine with respect to said pair of rear main frames; and
a pair of brackets that are supported to said pair of rear auxiliary frames and are supported on opposite sides of said pivot bracket, and that support pivot shafts of the swing arms from outer sides of said pivot bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,710,665

VEHICLE BODY FRAME STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle body frame structure for a saddle riding vehicle, the vehicle body frame structure comprising:a main frame formed by coupling a main tube extending rearwardly downward from a head pipe supporting a front wheel via a front fork to a pivot frame supporting a rear fork by rear end portions of the pivot frame;
a rear frame in a rear of the main frame, the rear frame being formed of a fiber reinforced resin and supporting a seat;
the rear frame including attaching portions attached to the main frame, a pair of left and right upper side portions linearly extending rearward from the attaching portions, and a cross member laterally coupling the upper side portions to each other;
the cross member including a bulging portion bulging above the upper side portions,
wherein an inside of the rear frame constitutes an air inlet chamber for an engine, an air cleaner element is provided inside of the rear frame, and the bulging portion demarcates an upper portion of a clean side where intake air, which has been cleaned by passing through the air cleaner element, flows,
wherein each of the respective upper side portions has a slit formed in a front portion thereof, and wherein a respective locking piece, extending from a radiator shroud, is fitted in each of said slits.

US Pat. No. 10,710,658

APPARATUS WITH HIGH SECURITY FOR BICYCLE

Microprogram Information ...

1. An apparatus, which is connected to a bicycle, comprising:a case having a chamber in an axial direction;
a main device received in the chamber of the case;
a locking member connected to the main device;
a lid connected to the case to seal the chamber, wherein the lid has a bore and the bore is received in the chamber of the case; and
a transceiver received in the chamber of the case and electrically connected to the locking member, wherein the transceiver receives a signal to control the locking member accordingly;
wherein the locking member engages the bore of the lid to secure the case, the main device, and the lid together in a normal condition, and the locking member disengages the bore of the lid when the transceiver receives an unlock signal, so that the main device and the lid are able to be separated from the case;
wherein the transceiver receives a wireless signal to transmit a control signal to the locking member, and the locking member is moved accordingly to engage or disengage the bore of the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,710,655

WIPER LINKAGE SUB-ASSEMBLY AND LINKAGE BLOCKED IN A POSITION FOR TRANSPORT BY MEANS OF A BLOCKING ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR BLOCKING A WIPER LINKAGE BY WAY OF A BLOCKING ELEMENT

1. A subassembly of a linkage of a wiper mechanism comprising:a bearing;
a crank articulated on the bearing having a first end connected to the bearing and a second end including a ball joint;
a link one end of which is connected by the ball joint to the crank,
wherein at least the crank includes a first through-opening; and
a locking element positioned in the first through-opening and configured to block the relative movement between the link and the crank.

US Pat. No. 10,710,654

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM

New Heights, LLC, Leola,...

1. A hydraulic drive system, comprising:a body housing;
a first rotor assembly attached to a first side of the body housing;
a first motor assembly disposed inside the body housing and having a first movable motor actuator connected and rotatable by a first hydraulic motor;
a second rotor assembly attached to a second side of the body housing opposite the first rotor assembly;
a second motor assembly positioned apart from the first motor assembly and disposed inside the body housing on an opposite end from the first motor assembly and having a second movable motor actuator rotatable by a second hydraulic motor; and
an engagement assembly moving the first movable motor actuator toward and away from the first rotor assembly to respectively engage and disengage therewith and moving the second movable motor actuator toward and away from the second rotor assembly to respectively engage and disengage therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,710,653

SELF ALIGNING IDLER WHEEL DESIGN FOR RUBBER TRACKS

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A vehicle track assembly to facilitate track alignment comprising:an endless track having a first surface displaying a series of ground engaging profiles longitudinally spaced along the first surface and a second surface displaying a series of wheel engaging drive lugs spaced longitudinally along the second surface;
a drive wheel for engaging the drive lugs; and,
at least one idler wheel defining an inside diameter and an outside diameter, wherein the inside diameter of the at least first idler wheel is greater than the outside diameter of the at least one idler wheel, wherein the inside diameter faces toward the drive lugs and the outside diameter faces away from the drive lugs.

US Pat. No. 10,710,651

MULTI-TREAD VEHICLES AND METHODS OF OPERATING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A multi-tread vehicle comprising:a first tread section comprising a first front tread portion and a first rear tread portion coupled to the first front tread portion,
the first front tread portion comprising a first front right tread and a first front left tread,
the first front right tread and the first front left tread having different lengths, and
the first rear tread portion comprising a first rear right tread and a first rear left tread.

US Pat. No. 10,710,650

SPARE TIRE HOLDER

1. A spare tire holder for use within a cargo area of a pick-up truck comprising:a first support rod having a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end secured to a respective first pivot member and a second pivot member the first pivot member and the second pivot member each adapted for securing to opposite side walls of a cargo area of a pick-up truck;
a second support rod having a first end and a second end, the second support rod first end secured to the first support rod, along a front end and a second end of the second support rod carrying a wheel wherein the second support rod is secured to the first support rod by a socket member that facilitates rotation of the second support rod in a lateral direction relative to the first support rod;
at least one attachment member secured to the second support rod, the at least one attachment member adapted for holding a spare tire thereto;
wherein, when the first support rod is in a horizontal configuration the first support rod can pivot within the first and second pivot members allowing the second support rod to be elevated from a first position having the wheel adjacent a floor of the cargo area to a second position wherein the second support rod and said wheel is elevated above a cargo area of the pick-up truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,710,643

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle rear structure comprising:rear side members that extend in a vehicle front-rear direction and are configured such that a towing hitch member is coupled to a rear end of each rear side member;
a lower back panel that includes a wall plate panel, and is joined to the rear side members, the wall plate panel being erected and being configured such that a frame member extending in a vehicle width direction is disposed on the wall plate panel; and
a rear floor panel having a rear end in a shape extending along the wall plate panel, the rear floor panel including a joint flange that is erected at the rear end of the rear floor panel and includes a joint point joined to the wall plate panel, joint portions each of which includes a joint point joined to a corresponding one of the rear side members, and coupling plate portions each of which is provided between the joint flange and a corresponding one of the joint portions so as to couple the joint flange to the joint portion, wherein:
a rear end of a central portion of the rear floor panel in the vehicle width direction is provided behind, in the vehicle front-rear direction, rear ends of both of side portions of the rear floor panel in the vehicle width direction;
a connecting portion is provided between the central portion of the rear floor panel and each of the side portions of the rear floor panel such that a rear end of the connecting portion is tilted in a plan view so as to connect the central portion and the side portion;
the joint flange is provided to extend along the rear ends of the central portion and the connecting portion, each of the coupling plate portions is provided to extend along the rear end of a corresponding one of the side portions, and a bent portion that is projected toward a front side of the vehicle is formed by the joint flange and each of the coupling plate portions; and
at least one of the joint portions is integrated with at least one of the coupling plate portions.

US Pat. No. 10,710,640

SIDE VEHICLE BODY REINFORCING STRUCTURE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A side vehicle body reinforcing structure comprising:at least two side sills connected to opposite ends of a center floor panel in a width direction of a vehicle body, respectively, and extending in a front and rear direction of the vehicle body, wherein each of the at least two side sills has a tube shape having an interior space therein;
a seat cross member having a bottom side connected to the center floor panel and having opposite ends in the width direction of the vehicle body connected to the at least two side sills, respectively, so that the seat cross member crosses the center floor panel in the width direction of the vehicle body;
a center partition spaced apart from an outer plate of each of the at least two side sills to be toward the center floor panel, wherein the center partition has a “U” shape to be convex while being supported by an inner plate of each of the at least two side sills; and
an outer partition spaced apart from the outer plate of each of the at least two side sills toward the center floor panel and spaced apart from the center partition toward the outer plate inside each of the at least two side sills, wherein the outer partition connects an upper plate of each of the at least two side sills with a lower plate of each of the at least two side sills.

US Pat. No. 10,710,638

VEHICLE LOWER PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle lower portion structure comprising:a pair of rocker panels extending along a vehicle front-rear direction, the rocker panels being respectively arranged on both outer sides of a vehicular floor panel in a vehicle width direction; and
an electric power supply device arranged below the floor panel, wherein:
the rocker panel is configured to include an outer portion, an inner portion, and a first shock absorbing portion;
the outer portion is positioned to define an outer wall of the rocker panel in the vehicle width direction;
the inner portion is formed integrally with the outer portion, is positioned inward of the outer portion in the vehicle width direction, and forms a closed sectional portion with the outer portion;
the first shock absorbing portion extends in the vehicle width direction from the outer portion to the inner portion in the closed sectional portion and is disposed to overlap the electric power supply device in vehicle side view
the electric power supply device is a storage battery;
the storage battery is provided with a battery case accommodating a plurality of battery modules;
a first cross member extending along the vehicle width direction is disposed to overlap the first shock absorbing portion in vehicle side view in the battery case;
the first shock absorbing portion is configured to include a first lateral wall extending in the vehicle width direction; and
the first cross member is configured to include a second lateral wall overlapping the first lateral wall extending in the vehicle width direction in vehicle side view.

US Pat. No. 10,710,632

AUTOMATIC DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An automatic driving control device configured to perform an automatic driving control for causing a vehicle to travel along a reference travel trajectory set in a lane in advance, the automatic driving control device comprising:an electronic control unit;
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to:
detect a steering by a driver of the vehicle during the automatic driving control;
set an allowance range that includes the reference travel trajectory in the lane as a range in a lane width direction of the lane, wherein the allowance range is a range where the steering by the driver is allowed while the automatic driving control is still being performed,
set a first range, within the allowance range, that includes the reference travel trajectory, and set a second range, within the allowance range, at both the right and left sides of the first range, so that the allowance range consists of the first range and the second range;
execute the automatic driving control and apply the steering by the driver during the automatic driving control in the travelling of the vehicle when the steering by the driver is detected and a position of the vehicle in the lane width direction is located within the allowance range;
determine whether or not a center position of the vehicle in the lane width direction is included in the second range when the steering by the driver is applied during the automatic driving control; and
when it is determined that the center position of the vehicle in the lane width direction is included in the second range, alert the driver that the vehicle is travelling in the second range,
when the steering by the driver is detected and the center position of the vehicle in the lane width direction is not located within the allowance range, determine whether or not the center position of the vehicle is included in a third range, wherein the third range is located on both right and left sides of the second range, and
when it is determined that the center position of the vehicle in the lane width direction is located in the third range, switch the driving mode from the automatic driving control to a manual driving control in which the steering is allowed by the driver without performing the automatic driving control.

US Pat. No. 10,710,626

STEERING WHEEL COVER

Hopkins Manufacturing Cor...

1. A steering wheel cover comprising:an inner core made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material or molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam and comprising front and rear spines and a plurality of ribs extending in arcs between the front and rear spines and separated by openings, each of the ribs including:
a stem connected to the front spine and a stem connected to the rear spine; and
a plurality of branches connected to each stem and separated by a slot; and
an outer casing that at least partially encloses the inner core.

US Pat. No. 10,710,624

WHEELED VEHICLE LIGHT SYSTEM

GoSafe Tech LLC, Mt. Ver...

1. A light system of comprising:a stroller comprising:
one or more front wheels;
a seating area;
a frame having, a front side and a rear side, and the rear side comprising a left rear side and a right rear side;
a handle, disposed on the rear side of the frame; and
an upper storage space, wherein the upper storage space is disposed on the rear of the stroller, adjacent to the handle;
a first battery pack, stored in the upper storage space, wherein the first battery pack comprises:
one or more batteries;
one ore more outlets for a power cable; and
a switch;
a first LED light, disposed on a mounting assembly, and disposed on the front side of the frame of the stroller above the one or more front wheels of the stroller;
a first power cable between the first battery pack and the first LED light, wherein the first power cable is secured to the frame of the stroller with a plurality of plastic ties;
a second LED light, wherein the second LED light is disposed on the left rear side of the frame of the stroller;
a second power cable, wherein the second power cable connects the second LED light with the first battery pack, and wherein the second power cable is secured to the frame of the stroller with a plurality of plastic ties;
a third LED light, wherein the third LED light is disposed on the right rear side of the frame of the stroller;
a third power cable, wherein the third power cable connects the third LED light with the first battery pack, and wherein the third power cable is secured to the frame of the stroller with a plurality of plastic ties;
a fourth LED light, wherein the fourth LED light is disposed near to and positioned to illuminate the upper storage space; and
a fourth power cable connecting the fourth LED light with the first battery pack.

US Pat. No. 10,710,614

WHEEL LOAD ADJUSTING TOOL OF RAILCAR BOGIE, RAILCAR BOGIE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A wheel load adjusting tool of a railcar bogie,the wheel load adjusting tool comprising at least one liner interposed between an axle box and a spring directly or indirectly supported by the axle box,
the liner including:
a pressure receiving portion configured to receive a load applied from the spring;
a first engaging portion formed by recessing a part of an outer edge of the pressure receiving portion inward, the first engaging portion engaging with a first engaged portion to restrict the liner from being displaced with respect to the axle box, the first engaged portion projecting from an upper surface of the axle box; and
a second engaging portion projecting outward from the pressure receiving portion at an opposite side of the first engaging portion, the second engaging portion engaging with a second engaged portion of the axle box to restrict the liner from being displaced and rotated with respect to the axle box.

US Pat. No. 10,710,606

ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND VEHICLE

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

1. An electric power supply apparatus comprising:a first power supply configured to supply electric power to a first control device configured to control a vehicle;
a second power supply configured to supply electric power to a second control device configured to control the vehicle;
a second switch configured to perform ON/OFF switching of supply of electric power from the second power supply to the second control device;
a third switch configured to perform ON/OFF switching of a first drive signal to the second switch; and
a switch control device configured to output a second drive signal to the second switch when a predetermined condition is satisfied,
wherein the second switch is turned on when the first drive signal or the second drive signal is inputted;
the second switch is turned off when the first drive signal and the second drive signal are not input, and
the second control device permits driving assistance by the second control device if abnormality occurs in the first control device while the predetermined condition is satisfied and the switch control device keeps the second switch in the ON state with the second drive signal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,605

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ALTER A VEHICLE OPERATION

1. A method comprising:determining a driving profile to implement on a vehicle;
identifying a set of alterations to current operating parameters of the vehicle based on the driving profile;
determining a subset of the set of alterations that the vehicle is capable of executing based on a set of rules defining an operation of the vehicle;
determining, based on the subset, one of the current operating parameters to change;
generating an instruction for an electronic control unit corresponding to the one of the current operating parameters to change the one of the current operating parameters; and
applying the subset of the set of alterations to the vehicle using the electronic control unit to receive the instruction and transmit control signals to a component of the vehicle to alter the component according to the instruction to change the one of the current operating parameters to implement the driving profile, wherein the component is mechanical, electrical, or both electrical and mechanical.

US Pat. No. 10,710,601

TRAVEL CONTROL METHOD AND TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A travel control method of a travel control device that can switch between an automatic driving mode in which travel of an own vehicle is controlled to locate a lateral position of the own vehicle at a predetermined position with respect to a lane in which the own vehicle is traveling and a manual driving mode in which travel of the own vehicle is not controlled, the method comprising:when switching from the manual driving mode to the automatic driving mode is performed,
calculating a steering-angle target value required to locate the lateral position of the own vehicle with respect to the lane at a predetermined position;
computing a target control value required to cause an actual steering angle to match the steering-angle target value;
adjusting a gain value by which the target control value is to be multiplied; to adjust an actual control amount;
determining whether the own vehicle deviates from the lane;
in response to determining that the own vehicle does not deviate from the lane, setting the gain value in a time from when switching to the automatic driving mode is performed until a predetermined time passes smaller than the gain value after the predetermined time has passed; and
in response to determining that the own vehicle deviates from the lane, setting the gain value in a time from when switching to the automatic driving mode is performed until the predetermined time passes equal to the gain value after the predetermined time has passed.

US Pat. No. 10,710,597

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPUTING A ROAD FRICTION ESTIMATE

VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, G...

1. A method for computing a friction estimate between a road surface and a tire of a vehicle when the vehicle is in motion along a course, the tire being arranged on a steerable wheel of the vehicle, the steerable wheel being one of multiple wheels of the vehicle, the multiple wheels including two front wheels and two rear wheels, the vehicle further comprising an axle rack pivotably attached to a linkage arm connected to the steerable wheel such that a translational motion of the axle rack causes the linkage arm to rotate about a kingpin element such that the linkage arm causes a turning motion of the steerable wheel, the method comprising:applying a first drive torque to a first wheel of the multiple wheels to thereby cause a yaw torque for the first wheel about a kingpin element of the first wheel, wherein the first drive torque is one of a braking torque or a propulsion torque;
applying a second drive torque to at least a second wheel of the multiple wheels, wherein the second drive torque is the other one of the braking torque or the propulsion torque, and wherein the relation between the second drive torque and the first drive torque is such that a longitudinal net force on the vehicle caused by any one of the first drive torque or the second drive torque is compensated for by the other one of the first drive torque or the second drive torque;
applying a steering force to the front wheels of the vehicle to generate a second vehicle yaw torque to at least partly compensate for a first vehicle yaw torque caused by the yaw torque for the first wheel such that the vehicle maintains the course;
measuring a rack force in the axle rack when the first drive torque is applied;
measuring a steering angle of the first wheel when the first drive torque is applied;
measuring a vehicle velocity when the first drive torque is applied;
computing the friction estimate based on the applied first drive torque, the measured rack force, the vehicle velocity, and the steering angle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,590

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RISK BASED DRIVING MODE SWITCHING IN HYBRID DRIVING

PLUSAI CORP, Los Altos, ...

1. A method, implemented on a machine having at least one processor, storage, and a communication platform capable of connecting to a network for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving real-time data related to the vehicle;
determining a current mode of operation of the vehicle;
evaluating a first risk associated with the current mode of operation of the vehicle based on the real-time data in accordance with a risk model;
determining, in response to the first risk satisfying a first criterion, a second risk associated with switching the current mode to a different mode of operation of the vehicle; and
switching, in response to the second risk satisfying a second criterion, the vehicle from the current mode to the different mode.

US Pat. No. 10,710,584

FOLLOW-UP START CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A follow-up start control device for a vehicle, comprising:a recognition unit configured to detect a stop and a start of a preceding vehicle that travels immediately in front of an own vehicle;
a first determination unit configured to determine presence or absence of a traffic jam on a road on which the own vehicle is currently traveling, on a basis of the stop and the start of the preceding vehicle and on a basis of parameters that indicate behavior of the own vehicle;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a category of the road, on the basis of the parameters, on a condition that the first determination unit determines the presence of the traffic jam on the road;
a setting unit configured to set a permission time, in accordance with the category of the road estimated by the estimation unit;
a second determination unit configured to compare a stop time with the permission time, the stop time being time from a follow-up stop of the own vehicle after the preceding vehicle to detection of the start of the preceding vehicle; and
a controller configured to execute a follow-up automatic start control on a condition that the second determination unit determines that the stop time is equal to or shorter than the permission time, the follow-up automatic start control including allowing the own vehicle to make a follow-up start after the preceding vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,583

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus mounted in a vehicle equipped with an imager to capture an image of surroundings of the vehicle, the apparatus being configured to perform driving aid control using map information stored in a storage, the map information including attribute information concerning roads on which the vehicle carrying the apparatus may travel and widths of the respective roads, the vehicle carrying the apparatus being referred to as an own vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a road recognizer configured to recognize a travelled road that is a road on which the own vehicle is traveling;
an information acquirer configured to acquire the attribute information of the travelled road;
an image acquirer configured to acquire an image captured by the imager;
a search range setter configured to, using the attribute information acquired by the information acquirer, set a search range in the captured image for searching for a road border that is an edge or a demarcation line of the travelled road; and
a border recognizer configured to recognize the road border in the search range.

US Pat. No. 10,710,580

TAILGATING SITUATION HANDLING BY AN AUTOMATED DRIVING VEHICLE

VALEO SCHALTER UND SENSOR...

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:detecting, by a processor of a computer in a first motor vehicle, while the first motor vehicle is in an automated driving mode, a tailgating situation involving a second motor vehicle behind the first motor vehicle; and
responsive to the detected tailgating situation, performing an automated safety routine including:
determining whether any adjacent lane is available for a lane change;
as an initial course of action, performing a lane change to an adjacent lane when the adjacent lane is determined to be available; and
when it is determined that no adjacent lanes are available for a lane change, decreasing a maximum permissible deceleration rate while increasing a time gap between the first motor vehicle and a third motor vehicle directly in front of the first motor vehicle by automatically adjusting an amount of at least one of acceleration or braking.

US Pat. No. 10,710,578

ACCIDENT-DATA-BASED VEHICLE FEATURE DETERMINATION

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A method comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors, a first dataset comprising accident location data, accident damage data, and present vehicle feature data, wherein the accident location data indicates one or more locations associated with one or more vehicular accidents, the accident damage data indicates damage resulting from the one or more vehicular accidents, and the present vehicle feature data indicates one or more sets of vehicle features present on one or more vehicles involved in the one or more vehicular accidents;
configuring, by one or more processors, a prediction model by configuring a set of prediction model parameters of the prediction model based on the accident location data, the accident damage data, and the present vehicle feature data for prediction of damage-reduction-related values associated with a set of available vehicle features for a vehicle in a geospatial region;
obtaining, by one or more processors, first vehicle data indicating a first vehicle, a set of vehicle features available to the first vehicle, and a first geospatial region;
subsequent to the configuration of the prediction model, using, by one or more processors, the prediction model to determine one or more damage-reduction-related values for the first vehicle based on the first vehicle data; and
generating, by one or more processors, a first set of features for the first vehicle based on the one or more damage-reduction-related values.

US Pat. No. 10,710,570

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for a hybrid vehicle, the vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine including a throttle valve on an intake air passage, and a generator coupled to an output shaft of the engine, the control system comprisinga controller configured to
detect, using the generator, shaft torque of the output shaft of the engine,
calculate an actual value of a throttle flow rate based on the shaft torque, the throttle flow rate being an amount of air that flows through the throttle valve, and
learn flow rate characteristics indicating a relationship between a throttle opening being a degree of opening of the throttle valve and the throttle flow rate, based on an actual value of the throttle opening and the actual value of the throttle flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,566

POWERED VEHICLE INCLUDING A SAHR BRAKE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A powered vehicle comprising:a spring-applied hydraulic release (SAHR) vehicle brake comprising:
a first brake element that is secured to or forms part of a rotatable element of a drive train of the vehicle;
a second brake element that is non-rotatably moveably mounted on the vehicle such that the first and second brake elements are mutually engageable with and separable from one another, where such mutual engagement of the brake elements causes braking of rotation of the rotatable element;
a resiliently deformable member acting on the second brake element so as to urge the first and second brake elements into mutual engagement; and
a hydraulic control circuit configured to apply hydraulic pressure to the second brake element so as to oppose the action of the resiliently deformable member and thereby maintain the first and second brake elements separated from one another;
a non-electric fail-safe comprising a hydraulic release valve that is configured to be alterable between a one-way valve configuration effective when a driving mode of the vehicle is selected and that permits the application of pressure to the second brake element and prevents venting thereof; and
a pressure relief configuration configured to provide two-way flow of hydraulic fluid via the hydraulic release valve,
wherein the hydraulic release valve including a biasser biasing the hydraulic release valve to the one-way valve configuration, and
wherein the hydraulic control circuit includes a proportional hydraulic valve connected in series with the hydraulic release valve, the proportional hydraulic valve being progressively alterable between an energizing configuration in which it connects the hydraulic release valve to a source of pressurized fluid, and a venting configuration in which it connects the hydraulic release valve to a drain or tank, and
the powered vehicle further comprising a two-position hydraulic valve connected between the hydraulic release valve and the proportional hydraulic valve, the two-position hydraulic valve being configured to selectively connect (a) the hydraulic release valve and the proportional hydraulic valve one to another; and (b) the hydraulic release valve to a drain or a tank.

US Pat. No. 10,710,565

BRAKING CONTROL BEHAVIORS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES DURING HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FAILURE

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method of controlling braking behaviors of a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode in response to a hydraulic system failure, the method comprising:controlling, by one or more processors, the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode according to a first braking control behavior based on a first relationship between position of a brake pedal and amount of deceleration of the vehicle;
while controlling the vehicle, determining, by the one or more processors, that the vehicle has experienced a hydraulic system failure; and
based on the determination, controlling, by the one or more processors, the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode according to a second braking control behavior by moving the brake pedal until the vehicle reaches a deceleration target defined by the second braking control behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,710,562

ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake system comprising:a plurality of electric brake devices each including an electric brake actuator that includes a brake rotor, a friction member, a friction member operator configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor, and an electric motor configured to drive the friction member operator, and an electric brake control device configured to control the electric motor;
a brake integrated control section configured to generate target values for controlling each of the electric brake control devices; and
a target value transmitter configured to transmit the generated target values to each of the electric brake control devices, wherein
the brake integrated control section generates, as the target values, a target braking force and a target wheel speed equivalent value of each of the electric brake devices, and transmits the target braking force and the target wheel speed equivalent value to the target value transmitter,
each of the electric brake control devices includes a braking force controller configured to control the electric motor in accordance with the target braking force, a wheel speed controller configured to control the electric motor in accordance with the target wheel speed equivalent value, and a control switcher configured to switch between use of the braking force controller and use of the wheel speed controller in accordance with a predetermined condition,
the brake integrated control section includes a wheel speed instruction section configured to estimate, from a wheel speed equivalent value estimated by a wheel speed estimator, a limit value of the wheel speed equivalent value for preventing an excessive slip state of a wheel, and use the limit value as the target wheel speed equivalent value, and
the control switcher of the electric brake control device selects control performed by the braking force controller using the target braking force included in the target values if the wheel speed equivalent value estimated by the wheel speed estimator does not exceed the target wheel speed equivalent value, and selects control performed by the wheel speed controller using the target wheel speed equivalent value included in the target values if the wheel speed equivalent value exceeds the target wheel speed equivalent value.

US Pat. No. 10,710,560

TRAILER BRAKE CONTROLLER (TBC) FAILSAFE USING DETECTION CAMERA

1. A method comprising:monitoring one or more rear brake lights of a towing vehicle with a vehicle-facing camera operatively attached to a front section of a trailer, and arranged such that the vehicle-facing camera captures activation of the one or more rear brake lights of the towing vehicle;
detecting light emitted from the one or more rear brake lights of the towing vehicle by the vehicle-facing camera;
determining whether the emitted light is indicative of a towing vehicle braking condition; and
upon determining that the emitted light is indicative of the towing vehicle braking condition, providing a trailer brake activation signal from a controller to engage the brakes of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,556

WIPER BLADE FOR CLEANING VEHICLE WINDSCREENS

Valeo Wischersysteme GmbH...

1. A heatable wiper assembly for cleaning vehicle windscreens comprising:a wiper arm to which a wiper blade is attached;
a wiper arm side adapter to which the wiper blade is interchangeably attached;
a wiper blade side adapter arranged on the wiper blade which interacts with the wiper arm side adapter, whereby the wiper blade side adapter comprises a wiper blade side adapter section and a wiper arm side adapter section swivel-mounted on the wiper blade side adapter section configured to interact with the wiper arm side section,
wherein the wiper arm side adapter section comprises a U-shaped cross-section with a base facing the wiper arm side adapter and two perpendicularly projecting arms;
nozzle openings arranged on the wiper blade for supplying a washing and cleaning fluid;
arranged on the wiper arm side adapter section, a hydraulic plug connection which is connected by way of at least one tube connection line with the wiper blade side adapter section, wherein the hydraulic plug connection is a separate component from the wiper arm side adapter section and is at least indirectly coupled thereto by a form-fitting connection; and
arranged on the wiper arm side adapter section, an electrical plug connection, providing an electrical contact of the wiper blade with a connection assigned to the wiper arm,
wherein the electrical plug connection is connected to the hydraulic plug connection via an additional form-fitting connection,
wherein the electrical plug connection is arranged on the side of the hydraulic plug connection facing the base, and
wherein the electrical plug connection and the hydraulic plug connection are arranged between the two perpendicular projecting arms of the U-shaped cross-section, with the electrical plug connection disposed between the base and the hydraulic plug connection.

US Pat. No. 10,710,553

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE HAVING USER AUTHENTICATION UNIT PERFORMING AUTHENTICATION OF USER OF VEHICLE AND VEHICLE USE PERMISSION UNIT PERMITTING USE OF VEHICLE BY USER

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

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:a first authentication information acquisition unit configured to obtain first authentication information for permitting use of a vehicle to a user of the vehicle;
a second authentication information acquisition unit configured to obtain second authentication information that is stored in a portable terminal carried by the user of the vehicle and that is associated with the user;
a user authentication unit configured to perform authentication of the user based on the first authentication information and second authentication information; and
a vehicle use permission unit configured to permit the use of the vehicle by the user when authentication of the user by the user authentication unit is successful;
the vehicle control device further comprising an authentication success information storage unit configured to store authentication success information in a storage unit when authentication of the user by the user authentication unit is successful, wherein
the vehicle use permission unit permits, in a situation, the use of the vehicle by the user on condition that the authentication success information is stored in the storage unit, the situation being such that after authentication of the user by the user authentication unit is successful and the use of the vehicle is started, the use of the vehicle is interrupted and, after the interruption, authentication of the user by the user authentication unit is not successful when the second authentication information is obtained by the second authentication information acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,710,546

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a driver portion, the vehicle body further having a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion;
a seat provided in the driver portion;
a seatbelt apparatus configured to protect a passenger seated on the seat, the seatbelt apparatus including:
a belt main body, an insertion fixture being provided in a leading end portion of the belt main body,
a first stay provided in correspondence with the first fixing portion on one lateral side of the seat,
a belt reeling portion configured to reel and store the belt main body, the belt reeling portion being attached to the first fixing portion via the first stay,
a second stay provided in correspondence with the second fixing portion on the other lateral side of the seat, and
a buckle portion configured to fix the insertion fixture extending from the belt reeling portion, the buckle portion being attached to the second fixing portion via the second stay;
a first cover member configured to cover an outward exposed portion of the first stay, the first cover member being mounted to the first stay; and
a second cover member configured to cover an outward exposed portion of the second stay, the second cover member being mounted to the second stay.

US Pat. No. 10,710,542

INFLATABLE AIRBAG FOR PROTECTING A PERSON, AIRBAG MODULE, VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINING SYSTEM COMPRISING SUCH AN AIRBAG, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN INFLATABLE AIRBAG

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. An inflatable airbag (1) for protecting a person (5) comprising a flexible cover (10) formed of at least one textile cut (30, 30?), the at least one textile cut (30, 30?) including at least two finger extensions (11), each of the finger extensions (11) being spaced apart from each adjacent finger extension (11) by a textile cutout (31) in the at least one textile cut (30, 30?) when the flexible cover (10) is in a generally flat configuration, wherein the flexible cover (10) delimits a closed gas expansion compartment (12) by the finger extensions (11),wherein the spaced apart finger extensions (11) are brought together and connected to each other along their edges (32) to close the textile cutout (31) between adjacent finger extensions (11),
and wherein in an inflated state of the airbag (1), the finger extensions (11) are interconnected to each other so that the finger extensions (11) are restricted from reaching the generally planar configuration, the airbag (1) takes a three-dimensional shape, and the finger extensions (11) at least in portions delimit a clearance (13), the cover (10) being deformable for absorbing impact energy while deforming the clearance (13).

US Pat. No. 10,710,537

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AN INCIDENT , ACCIDENT AND/OR SCAM OF A VEHICLE

1. A method for collecting and storing vehicle sensor data by at least one sensing system of a vehicle in order to detect an incident, accident and/or scam, wherein the at least one sensing system comprises a camera sensing system comprising a camera or a plurality of cameras of the vehicle, said method comprising the steps of:1) continuously collecting and storing a first set of vehicle sensor data for a preceding first pre-definable time period responsive to a first triggering event comprising at least when the vehicle is in motion and/or when a door or trunk of the vehicle is open,
2) collecting and storing a second set of vehicle sensor data for a coming second pre-definable time period responsive to a second triggering event comprising when at least one of the following occurs:
the vehicle is brought to standstill,
the door or trunk of the vehicle is being closed, or
the vehicle drives away from standstill after being parked,
wherein the first pre-definable time period is immediately prior to the second pre-definable time period, and
wherein, for collecting and storing both the first set of vehicle sensor data and the second set of vehicle sensor data, the camera or the plurality of cameras is/are activated when it is detected that an object or another vehicle is approaching the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,534

FLEXING RADAR BRACKET IN BUMPER

1. A radar bracket mechanism arranged to accommodate a radar device behind a bumper skin of a vehicle, the radar bracket mechanism comprising:a bracket arranged to accommodate the radar device, which bracket is flexibly mounted behind the bumper skin to allow the bumper skin to flex from a first position to a second position towards a body of the vehicle upon the bumper skin being subjected to a force exerting on an exterior of the bumper skin, and to allow the bumper skin to flex back to the first position when the exterior of the bumper skin no longer is being subjected to said force; and
one or more of:
a flexible member arranged between the bracket arranged to accommodate the radar device and a body of the vehicle, and
a further bracket arranged behind the bumper skin, wherein the bracket arranged to accommodate the radar device is flexibly mounted in said further bracket and arranged to abut the body of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,533

PICKUP TRUCK BASEMENT BOX

1. A drawer assembly for a pick-up truck having laterally spaced frame members, a bed mounted on the frame members, and a rear bumper, the drawer assembly comprising:a box having a closed top, a closed bottom, closed opposite sides, a closed forward end, and an open rearward end, the box being mountable to the truck beneath the bed and between the frame members;
a drawer attachable to the rear bumper for longitudinal movement into and out of the box through the open rear end of the box;
the box includes brackets for mounting to the truck frame members and the drawer includes brackets for mounting to the rear bumper; and
whereby the rear bumper moves rearwardly to open the drawer and moves forwardly to close the drawer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,526

BATTERY APPARATUS, VEHICLE, AND AUTOMATIC VEHICLE

GS Yuasa International Lt...

1. A battery apparatus to be installed in a vehicle, comprising:an energy storage device which supplies power to a load including an engine starter;
a current breaker which cuts off a current from the energy storage device to the load; and
a controller,
wherein the controller:
when detecting a parking state of the vehicle, performs a current cutoff processing which cuts off the current from the energy storage device to the load by causing the current breaker to operate;
after performing the current cutoff processing and when detecting a pre-motion, which a user performs for the vehicle before starting driving, releases the current cutoff by releasing the operation of the current breaker, and
after releasing the operation of the current breaker in response to the detection of the pre-motion, causes the current breaker to operate again to cutoff the current from the energy storage device to the load if the vehicle does not transition from the parking state to a driving state within a predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,710,523

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:a seat;
a back panel, at least a part of the back panel being located behind the seat, the back panel having a box portion with an opening facing a cabin;
a lid that covers the opening; and
an electrical component housed in the box portion.

US Pat. No. 10,710,516

MOTOR VEHICLE MOULDING RING MADE FROM ALUMINIUM/MAGNESIUM ALLOY

CONSTELLIUM SINGEN ROLLED...

1. A manufacturing method of an outside decorative trim strip of a motor vehicle, wherein the strip is made of aluminum alloy, comprising(1) preparing a plate or strip made according to the following successive steps:
a) direct chill (DC) casting of a slab made of an alloy of AA5xxx series consisting of, as a percentage by weight:
Mg?1.1, Cu?0.10, other elements ?0.30, the rest aluminum,
b) heating the slab to a temperature of 480 to 530° C. for at least 1 h,
c) hot rolling and cooling, and
d) cold rolling including intermediate annealing in a continuous tunnel furnace, comprising holding between solvus temperature and alloy incipient melting temperature for 3 seconds to 5 minutes, followed by quenching in air or water, and
(2) shaping and brightening the prepared plate or strip,
wherein the brightening after d) comprises,
e) degreasing the strip,
f) electro-brightening the strip in a phospho-sulfuric acid medium,
g) rinsing the strip,
h) alkaline etching the strip,
i) desmutting the strip at ambient temperature,
j) rinsing the strip,
k) anodizing the strip in a sulfuric acid medium in direct current, and
l) sealing pores in two steps: pre-sealing in a solution of nickel acetate at ambient temperature followed by immersion in boiling water.

US Pat. No. 10,710,508

EXTENDABLE/RETRACTABLE STEP ASSEMBLY FOR A REAR ASSEMBLY OF A FLATBED TRAILER

1. An apparatus for extending and retracting steps at the rear assembly of a flatbed trailer, said apparatus comprising:an upper step and a lower step that can extend or retract through the rear assembly and wherein said lower step protrudes out farther from the rear assembly than does said upper step when said steps are extended in order to form a staggered pair of steps;
each step being coupled to a linkage assembly that extends or retracts said upper and lower steps together; and
an automatic control system for automatically extending and retracting said upper and lower steps, said automatic control system comprising a switch coupled between an air brake system of the flatbed trailer and a pneumatic actuator connected to said linkage assembly, said switch being controllable to allow an operator to extend said steps and to retract said steps.

US Pat. No. 10,710,505

BIRD'S-EYE VIEW VIDEO GENERATION DEVICE, BIRD'S-EYE VIEW VIDEO GENERATION SYSTEM, BIRD'S-EYE VIEW VIDEO GENERATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

JVC KENWOOD Corporation, ...

1. A bird's-eye view video generation device comprising:a video data acquiring unit configured to acquire videos from a plurality of cameras configured to capture videos of front, rear, a left side, and a right side of a vehicle;
an obstacle information acquiring unit configured to acquire information from an obstacle sensor configured to detect at least one obstacle around the vehicle;
a bird's-eye view video generating unit configured to: generate a bird's-eye view video in which the vehicle is viewed from above by synthesizing videos that are obtained by performing a viewpoint conversion process on the videos acquired by the video data acquiring unit; and
generate, when the obstacle information acquiring unit detects the obstacle, the bird's-eye view video in which a display region of the bird's-eye view video in a direction in which the obstacle has been detected is extended by reducing a display area of the video in a direction orthogonal to the direction in which the obstacle has been detected toward a direction opposite to the direction in which the obstacle has been detected; and
a display controller configured to display the bird's-eye view video generated by the bird's-eye view video generating unit on a display, wherein
the bird's-eye view video generating unit is further configured to generate, when the obstacle information acquiring unit detects the obstacle, the bird's-eye view video reduced by compressing the display area of the video in the direction orthogonal to the direction in which the obstacle has been detected.

US Pat. No. 10,710,503

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STREAMING VIDEO FROM A REAR VIEW BACKUP CAMERA

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. A method, comprising:detecting, by a mobile device, a first signal transmitted from a mobile device mount located in a vehicle, wherein the first signal corresponds to a beacon signal periodically transmitted by the mobile device mount;
establishing a wireless connection between the mobile device and a vehicle system interface device when the mobile device is located within a first wireless range of the vehicle system interface device, wherein the vehicle system interface connects to an on-board diagnostics port located within the vehicle;
transmitting, by the mobile device and in response to detecting the first signal, a second signal to the vehicle system interface device, wherein the vehicle system interface is not included in the mobile device mount;
sending, by the vehicle system interface device and in response to receiving the second signal, a third signal to a camera configured to capture video data associated with objects located at least one of behind or to a side of the vehicle, wherein the third signal comprises a wake-up signal to wake-up or turn on the camera;
wirelessly transmitting video data by the camera, in response to receiving the third signal;
receiving, by the mobile device, the video data wirelessly transmitted by the camera; and
automatically displaying, by the mobile device, the received video data.

US Pat. No. 10,710,501

ASSISTED TRAILER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

Robotzone, LLC, Winfield...

1. A method of setting up a system for guiding a vehicle into a substantially even left-right alignment, the substantially even left-right alignment meaning the car is positioned so as to be substantially the same distance from left and right sides of a vehicle supporting device when the vehicle is within the vehicle supporting device, wherein the vehicle supporting device is configured to support full weight of the vehicle, and wherein the method comprises:mounting a vertical line generator on the vehicle supporting device in a location such that a vertical line emitted from the vertical line generator will project across a hood portion of the vehicle as the vehicle approaches the vehicle supporting device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,500

ASSISTED TRAILER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

Robotzone, LLC, Winfield...

1. A vehicle alignment system, the system comprising:a sensor positioned near a device configured to support the full weight of the vehicle; and
a processor that determines, based on data received from the sensor, whether a vehicle while outside of the a device is headed on a trajectory to be in substantially balanced left-right alignment when the vehicle has entered the device and its front wheels are positioned between two side portions of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,710,492

MULTI-APPLICATION VEHICULAR RETENTION SYSTEM

Spartan Motors, Inc., Ch...

1. A utility land vehicle having a driver compartment and a cargo compartment including a cargo compartment wall, the utility land vehicle cargo compartment comprising:at least one longitudinally extended bracket member vertically oriented, fixed to the cargo compartment wall, and extended therefrom toward the cargo compartment;
a first longitudinally extending track;
a second longitudinally extending track;
wherein the first and second longitudinally extending tracks are each horizontally oriented, attached to the at least one longitudinally extended bracket member, and spaced apart from each other;
wherein each of the first and second longitudinally extending tracks include a plurality of track holes each disposed through a first surface and each regularly positioned along a longitudinal extent of each of the first and second longitudinally extending tracks;
wherein each of the plurality of track holes are vertically disposed through the first surfaces of the each of the first and second longitudinally extending tracks;
wherein the first and second longitudinally extending tracks each also extend away from the cargo compartment wall, toward the cargo compartment, and terminate at a second surface positioned transverse to the first surface;
a shelving assembly comprising at least one longitudinally extending bracket and at least one shelf;
wherein the at least one longitudinally extending bracket is vertically oriented and located adjacent the second surface positioned transverse to the first surface of the first and second longitudinally extending tracks;
wherein the at least one longitudinally extending bracket includes spaced apart first and second hangers;
wherein the first hanger abuts the second surface positioned transverse to the first surface of the first longitudinally extending track, wherein the first hanger includes a flange extending transverse therefrom;
wherein the flange of the first hanger engages, and is supported by, the first surface of the first longitudinally extending track;
wherein the flange includes at least one vertically oriented hole disposed therethrough and is aligned with at least one of the plurality of track holes in the first longitudinally extending track;
wherein the second hanger abuts the second surface positioned transverse to the first surface of the second longitudinally extending track, wherein the second hanger includes a flange extending transverse therefrom;
wherein the flange of the second hanger engages, and is supported by, the first surface of the second longitudinally extending track;
wherein the flange includes at least one vertically oriented hole disposed therethrough and is aligned with at least one of the plurality of track holes in the second longitudinally extending track;
a first longitudinally extending pin that is extended through both the at least one vertically oriented hole disposed through the flange of the first hanger, and the at least one of the plurality of track holes in the first longitudinally extending track; and
a second longitudinally extending pin that is extended through both the at least one vertically oriented hole disposed through the flange of the second hanger, and the at least one of the plurality of track holes in the second longitudinally extending track.

US Pat. No. 10,710,491

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

GRAND DESIGN RV, LLC, Mi...

1. A recreational vehicle comprising:a body including an interior living area and an exterior storage area; and
a kitchen assembly at least partially positioned within the exterior storage area, the kitchen assembly including:
a frame coupled to the exterior storage area,
a drawer slideable with respect to the frame and the body,
a sink assembly positioned on the drawer and including a sink cabinet, a countertop coupled to the sink cabinet to create an interior region, a sink bowl coupled to the countertop, and a drain coupled to the sink bowl,
a first gray water tank in fluid communication with the drain and positioned within the interior region of the sink cabinet, and
a pump positioned within the first gray water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,710,487

SEATING CARGO RETENTION AND LOUNGING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle interior system, comprising:a seating assembly comprising a seatback pivotally coupled to a seat-base and operable between use and stowed positions;
an anchoring feature disposed vehicle rearward of the seating assembly; and
a hammock coupled to the anchoring feature and configured to extend therefrom and attach to the seating assembly when the seating assembly is in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,475

SEAT RAIL FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A seat rail for a vehicle, the seat rail comprising:a locking mounting bracket being fixed on a moving rail and having a pair of bracket flanges provided thereon, the bracket flanges being spaced apart from each other in forward/rearward directions of the vehicle; and
a release lever being combined with the pair of bracket flanges therebetween so as to be elastically rotated by a lever shaft and a lever spring,
wherein the lever shaft is integrally combined with each of the bracket flanges by passing through the bracket flanges such that the lever shaft cannot move in forward/backward and leftward/rightward directions during a manipulation of the release lever,
wherein the lever spring is combined with the lever shaft such that a first end and a second end of the lever spring are supported by the locking mounting bracket and the release lever, respectively when the lever spring is wound on the lever shaft, and
wherein the release lever includes
an insertion hole into which the second end of the lever spring is inserted,
and a fixing hole which the second end of the lever spring is held in and fixed to, the insertion hole and the fixing hole being connected to each other by a connection hole.

US Pat. No. 10,710,472

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a pair of side frames;
a connecting member connecting the pair of side frames;
a plastic cover member fixed on an upper side of each side frame; and
a cushion pad laid over the connecting member and the cover member,
wherein the cover member includes an inner fixing portion fixed to an upper side of the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,710,468

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A vehicle power supply device comprising:a first conductive path electrically connected to a conductive path on an input side that serves as a power pathway from a first power supply;
a second conductive path that is electrically connected to the conductive path on the input side and branches off as a path different from the first conductive path, and is electrically connected to a conductive path on an output side;
a third conductive path that is electrically connected to the second conductive path and the conductive path on the output side;
a first voltage converter that performs at least a charging operation for stepping up or stepping down the voltage applied to the first conductive path and applying an output voltage to a conductive path on a second power supply side connected to the second power supply;
a second voltage converter that performs at least a charging operation for stepping up or stepping down a voltage applied to the third conductive path and applying an output voltage to the conductive path on the second power supply side, and a discharging operation for stepping up or stepping down a voltage applied to the conductive path on the second power supply side and applying an output voltage to the third conductive path; and
a control unit that performs at least a quick charging control which causes the first voltage converter to perform the charging operation and causes the second voltage converter to perform the charging operation, and a charging/discharging control which causes the first voltage converter to perform the charging operation and causes the second voltage converter to perform the discharging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,464

ELECTRICAL DIFFERENTIAL MOTOR ASSEMBLY WITH TORQUE VECTORING

1. A motor vehicle drive train assembly comprising:an axial flux induction motor including a stator, a first rotor and a second rotor, the stator, the first rotor and the second rotor being concentric with a motor center axis, the stator being axially between the first rotor and the second rotor and including a first axial side facing the first rotor and a second axial side opposite the first axial side facing the second rotor, the first rotor being axially spaced from the first axial side of the stator by a first air gap, the second rotor being axially spaced from the second axial side of the stator by a second air gap, the axial flux induction motor being configured such that the first rotor is rotatable about the motor center axis by the stator at a first rotational speed to drive a first drive shaft non-rotatably connected to the first rotor while the second rotor is rotatable about the motor center axis by the stator at a second rotational speed that is greater than the first rotational speed to drive a second drive shaft non-rotatably connected to the second rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,446

ENGINE STARTING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An engine starting system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine; and
an automatic transmission that is connected to an output side of the engine,
wherein the automatic transmission comprises
an input member to which a torque is delivered from the engine,
an output member that delivers the torque to drive wheels,
a planetary gear set that is adapted to perform a differential action among rotary elements including: a carrier that supports a pinion gear in a rotatable and revolvable manner; a first gear that is engaged with the pinion gear; and a second gear that has a different pitch diameter from that of the first gear and that is also engaged with the pinion gear, and
at least one engagement device in which a torque transmitting capacity is changed in accordance with an engagement force applied thereto, and which is engaged and disengaged to change a torque transmission route between the input member and the output member,
the automatic transmission is brought into a neutral stage in which a torque transmission between the input member and the output member is interrupted by disengaging the engagement device,
a first rotary element as one of the rotary elements serves as a free rotary element that is rotated by the torque delivered thereto without being subjected to a reaction torque during propulsion in the neutral stage,
a second rotary element as another one of the rotary elements serves as an input rotary element to which the torque is delivered from the input member during propulsion in the neutral stage,
a third rotary element as still another one of the rotary elements serves as a control rotary element whose rotational speed is changed by increasing a torque transmitting capacity of any of the disengaged engagement devices during propulsion in the neutral stage,
the engine starting system comprises a controller that controls the engine and the engagement device,
the controller is configured to
determine a satisfaction of a condition to crank the engine during propulsion in the neutral stage, and
apply the torque to the input rotary element connected to the engine in a cranking direction using an inertial force of the free rotary element as a reaction force, by increasing a torque transmitting capacity of a first engagement device connected to the control rotary element to reduce the rotational speed of the control rotary element in a condition where the control rotary element is rotated in an opposite direction to the cranking direction and the input rotary element is stopped, upon satisfaction of the condition to crank the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,710,445

POWERTRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A powertrain apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element, wherein the first rotation element is engaged with the second rotation element and the second rotation element is engaged with the third rotation element;
a first motor-generator directly connected to the first rotation element of the planetary gear set, wherein an engine of the vehicle is connected to the first rotation element through the first motor-generator;
a second motor-generator directly connected to the third rotation element of the planetary gear-set;
a first clutch directly connected to the first rotation element and a first drive gear;
a second clutch directly connected to the second rotation element and a second drive gear; and
an output shaft having a first driven gear and a second driven gear engaged with the first drive gear and the second drive gear, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,710,440

GLASS RUN SEAL COMPRISING CORNER MOLDINGS WITH INTEGRATED WINDOW SPACERS

1. A glass run seal, comprising:a glass run seal molding having a substantially c-shaped cross section channel comprising a base, and an inner sidewall and an opposed outer sidewall attached to and extending outwardly away from the base, the glass run seal molding extending along a length and comprising:
a top portion that extends substantially horizontally;
a first side portion and a second side portion disposed opposite the first side portion that extend downwardly away from the top portion;
a first corner portion attached to the top portion and to the first side portion, the first corner portion comprising a first rib attached to and protruding outwardly away from the base, the first rib extending horizontally; and
a second corner portion attached to the top portion and to the second side portion, the second corner portion comprising a second rib attached to and protruding outwardly away from the base, the second rib extending horizontally; wherein
the first side portion, first corner portion, top portion, second corner portion and second side portion are configured to sealingly receive a selectively movable window having a corresponding first side edge, first corner edge, top edge, second corner edge and second side edge, and the first rib and the second rib are configured to provide hard stop first contact between the top edge of the selectively movable window and the base when the selectively movable window is moved to a closed position, and provide a predetermined gap between the base and the top edge of the selectively movable window along a predetermined length the base in the top portion when the selectively movable window is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,435

SHADING DEVICE FOR A PANE OR A GLASS ROOF REGION OF A VEHICLE INTERIOR

1. A shading device for a window of a vehicle interior, said shading device comprising:a flexible shading structure mounted for movement between a rest position in which said shading structure is stowed in a receiving region in a compact configuration and a shading position in which said shading structure spans a vehicle window, said shading structure having a front end region, said front end region being a leading portion of said shading structure when moved from the rest position to the shading position;
a dimensionally stable pull-out profile connected to said front end region of said shading structure, said pull-out profile extending along a substantial part of a width of said shading structure, said pull-out profile being positioned in a passage of said receiving region in the rest position of said shading structure; and
elastically resilient damping elements respectively disposed on opposite longitudinally-extending walls of said passage, said damping elements being configured as elastomeric lugs, said elastomeric lugs being disposed to flank said pull-out profile in the rest position of said shading structure and protruding freely toward a center of said passage, said elastomeric lugs being disposed in supportive engagement with said pull-out profile in the rest position of said shading structure to maintain said pull-out profile at a distance from said walls of said passage in the rest position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,420

JACKKNIFE PREVENTION DEVICE

1. A jackknife prevention device installed adjacent a trailer hitch of a vehicle comprising:a base plate mounted at the trailer hitch of the vehicle adjacent to a ball mount of the trailer hitch;
a first arm pivotally associated with the base plate at a proximal end of the first arm, the first arm including a bumper portion extending perpendicular to the first arm at a distal end of the first arm beyond an edge of the base plate, the first arm pivotable between a first position and second position;
a second arm pivotally associated with the base plate at a proximal end of the second arm, the second arm including a bumper portion extending perpendicular to the second arm at a distal end of the second arm beyond the edge of the base plate, the second arm extending in a direction that is divergent from a direction of the first arm, the second arm pivotable between a first position and a second position;
wherein in the first position the first arm and second arm are releasably engaged with the base plate to maintain the first arm and second arm such that the first arm and second arm are parallel to a back bumper of the vehicle; and
wherein in the second position the first arm and second arm are releasably engaged with the base plate such that the first arm and second arm are retained at an angle between parallel and perpendicular to the back bumper of the vehicle, and wherein the bumper portion extending perpendicular to the first arm and the bumper portion extending perpendicular to the second arm contact sides of a trailer tongue mounted on the trailer hitch of the vehicle when the vehicle is turned in relation to the trailer tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,710,418

METHOD FOR WIRELESS OPTIMIZATION OF WHEEL MONITORING IN A VEHICLE, A WHEEL MONITORING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, AND ELECTRONIC WHEEL UNIT AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR A WHEEL MONITORING SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for a radio-oriented optimization of wheel monitoring in a vehicle equipped with vehicle wheels, wherein the monitoring of at least one of the vehicle wheels is prompted by an electronic wheel unit arranged on a relevant vehicle wheel capturing at least one wheel operating parameter of the vehicle wheel, and radio signals containing information about the at least one captured wheel operating parameter being transmitted for a respective wheel rotational position of the vehicle wheel, stipulated by the electronic wheel unit, wherein the radio signals are received and evaluated by a control device of the vehicle,wherein the radio-oriented optimization of the wheel monitoring is prompted during operation of the vehicle by the electronic wheel unit being used to transmit multiple radio signals for different wheel rotational positions of the vehicle wheel, wherein the multiple radio signals are received by the control device and rated in respect of their respective radio signal strength, wherein the control device is used to transmit an optimization radio signal to the electronic wheel unit, wherein the optimization radio signal comprises optimization information formed on the basis of rating of the multiple radio signals, and wherein the electronic wheel unit is used to receive the optimization radio signal, and the optimization information contained therein is taken into consideration for the stipulation of the wheel rotational position of the vehicle wheel for radio signals that are subsequently to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 10,710,417

CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING THE PRESSURE OF A TIRE WHEEL

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A control circuit for controlling a pressure of a tire wheel comprising a rim, an inner tube that encloses a first volume, a tire fixed to the rim that encloses the inner tube and a second volume external to the inner tube, the control circuit comprising:a controlled pressure line, connectable to a compressor;
a first line, connectable to the controlled pressure line and connected to the first volume for introducing air inside the first volume;
a second line, connectable to the controlled pressure line and connected to the second volume for introducing air inside the second volume;
a first spool valve, which is a three way-two positions valve, having a first position in which the controlled pressure line is connected to the first line, and a second position, in which the controlled pressure line is connected to the second line, wherein the first spool valve is configured to switch from the first position to the second position if a pressure in the first volume exceeds a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,416

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:a tread having a pair of crown main grooves formed respectively on both sides of a tire equator such that the crown main grooves are extending continuously in a tire circumferential direction, a pair of shoulder main grooves formed on tire axially outer sides of the crown main grooves such that the shoulder main grooves are extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction, a crown land section formed between the crown main grooves such that the pair of crown main grooves is sandwiching the crown land section, a pair of middle land sections formed between the crown main grooves and the shoulder main grooves such that each of the middle land sections is sandwiched between a respective one of the crown main grooves and a respective one of the shoulder main grooves, and a pair of shoulder land sections formed on tire axially outer sides of the shoulder main grooves,
wherein each of the middle land sections comprises a plurality of middle blocks and a plurality of middle inclined lateral grooves such that the middle inclined lateral grooves are inclining relative to a tire axial direction and connecting the respective one of the crown main grooves and the respective one of the shoulder main grooves, each of the shoulder land sections comprises a plurality of shoulder blocks and a plurality of shoulder inclined lateral grooves such that the shoulder inclined lateral grooves are inclining relative to the tire axial direction and connecting a respective one of the shoulder main grooves and a respective one of tread edges of the tread, each of the middle inclined lateral grooves is positioned adjacent to a respective one of the shoulder blocks such that each of the middle inclined lateral grooves and the respective one of the shoulder blocks are sandwiching the shoulder main groove and overlapping in the tire circumferential direction and have a ratio Lov/Lmg in a range of from 0.7 to 1.0, where Lov represents a tire circumferential overlapping length Lov, and Lmg represents a tire circumferential length Lmg of the middle inclined lateral grooves, the plurality of middle inclined lateral grooves includes a plurality of first middle inclined lateral grooves and a plurality of second middle inclined lateral grooves formed alternately in the tire circumferential direction, each of the first middle inclined lateral grooves has a first groove communicating with the respective one of the crown main grooves and a second groove communicating with the respective one of the shoulder main grooves and having a groove width which is smaller than a groove width of the first groove, each of the second middle inclined lateral grooves has a third groove communicating with the respective one of the shoulder main grooves and a fourth groove communicating with the respective one of the crown main grooves and having a groove width which is smaller than a groove width of the third groove, the plurality of first middle inclined lateral grooves and the plurality of second middle inclined lateral grooves are formed alternately in the tire circumferential direction such that the first and second middle inclined lateral grooves are formed in pairs, that the middle inclined lateral grooves have first step groove borders and first straight groove borders formed in the first middle inclined lateral grooves and second step groove borders and second straight groove borders formed in the second middle inclined lateral grooves, and that the second step groove borders face the first step groove borders in the pairs, and each of the middle land sections comprises a plurality of first middle slots and a plurality of second middle slots formed alternately such that each of the first middle slots is connected to a respective one of the shoulder main grooves and formed adjacent to the second groove of an adjacent one of the first middle inclined lateral grooves and that each of the second middle slots is connected to a respective one of the crown main grooves and formed adjacent to the fourth groove of an adjacent one of the second middle inclined lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,710,415

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated mounting direction to a vehicle, the tread portion comprising an outboard tread edge to be located on an outboard side of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle, and an inboard tread edge to be located on an outboard side of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle;
the tread portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending outboard shoulder main groove on the side of the outboard tread edge, a circumferentially and continuously extending outboard crown main groove disposed between the outboard shoulder main groove and a tire equator, and an outboard middle land portion disposed between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard crown main groove; and
the outboard middle land portion being provided with a plurality of first outboard middle lug grooves extending from the outboard crown main groove and terminating within the outboard middle land portion, and a plurality of second outboard middle lug grooves extending from the outboard shoulder main groove and terminating within the outboard middle land portion, wherein the second outboard middle lug grooves are larger in length than the first outboard middle lug grooves in a tire axial direction,
wherein the first outboard middle lug grooves and the second outboard middle lug grooves are inclined in the same direction with one another with respect to a tire axial direction; and the outboard middle land portion is provided with a third outboard middle sipe extending from one of the first outboard middle lug grooves to the outboard shoulder main groove.

US Pat. No. 10,710,378

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR APPLYING IMAGES OVER A CONTOURED AXIALLY SYMMETRIC OBJECT

LSINC Corporation, Hunts...

1. In conjunction with an ink delivery system capable of drawing ink from a plurality of ink reservoirs and delivering a color image to a plurality of inkjet printing heads to produce a printed image on a media object surface, said ink delivery system controlled by a computer system capable of receiving user control inputs, a direct-to-object printing system capable of printing on the surface of media object having an axially symmetrical, contoured exterior surface, comprising:a. a print job profile including information to graduate ink amounts to compensate for printing an image on said contoured exterior and object geometries representing the exterior dimensions of said media object, said print job profile adapted for providing information to said computer system;
b. a movable carriage assembly supported by said printing system for holding said media object in rotational relation thereof, wherein said movable carriage is adapted to rotate and convey said media object during rotation laterally along its symmetrical axis within said printing system at a constant velocity;
c. at least one movable ink jet assembly holding an ink jet printing head coupled to said ink delivery system for receiving ink from said reservoirs, said assembly capable of tilting said printing head such that the portion of said ink jet printing head expressing ink maintains a substantially normal nozzle spray orientation to the surface contours of said object as said media object moves laterally past said ink jet printing head continuously for printing thereupon, and wherein said ink jet assembly is further adapted to move said ink jet printing head responsive to the slope of said surface contours along and parallel to said symmetrical axis of said media object such that the relative lateral velocity of said ink jet print head along the contoured surface of said media object remains constant relative to said contoured surface and independent of said lateral movement velocity of said media object as it moves past said inkjet print head; and
d. responsive to data held by said print job profile, a motion control system electrically connected to said ink jet assembly for controlling said same.

US Pat. No. 10,710,362

DROPLET DEPOSITION HEAD AND METHOD OF PROVIDING ADJUSTMENT DATA THEREFOR

XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, ...

1. A method of providing adjustment data for a droplet deposition head comprising a plurality of fluid chambers with respective actuator elements, the method comprising:collecting test data by:
operating the droplet deposition head using a set of test waveforms at a plurality of test frequencies distributed over a test range, the set of test waveforms comprising a basic drive waveform and a number of adjusted drive waveforms, each adjusted drive waveform corresponding to the basic drive waveform with a waveform parameter adjusted by a respective amount, the waveform parameter being a continuous variable; and
recording a recorded volume (volr) and a recorded velocity (velr) of droplets ejected by the droplet deposition head, each recorded value (volr, velr) being represented within the test data; and
determining adjustment values for a plurality of adjustment frequencies distributed over at least a portion of the test range, each adjustment value corresponding to an amount of adjustment for the waveform parameter that, based on the test data, is configured to result in adjusted values for droplet volume (vola) and droplet velocity (vela) substantially equal to corresponding targeted values for droplet volume (volT) and droplet velocity (velT); and
outputting a set of adjustment data representing:
the adjustment values; and
the plurality of adjustment frequencies associated with the adjustment values.

US Pat. No. 10,710,360

DEVICE THAT IS CONFIGURED TO HANDLE FOIL FOR USE IN A PRINTING PROCESS

Vinnovation Holding B.V.,...

1. A device comprising:a foil input unit carrying at least one foil web having reference marks, the foil input unit arranged upstream of a printing area of a printing press;
rotatable shafts and bars arranged upstream and downstream of the printing area, respectively, for directing at least one foil web in a form of unused foil web to the printing press, and retrieving at least one foil web in a form of used foil web from the printing press;
wherein at least one of the bars arranged upstream of the printing area comprises a direct foil supply bar;
a controlling arrangement controlling operation of the device;
a motor driving the direct foil supply bar and in communication with the controlling arrangement; and
a web tension feedback unit that detects at least one characteristic related to foil web tension during operation of the device, wherein the web tension feedback unit is in communication with the controlling arrangement;
wherein the controlling arrangement receives and processes information from the web tension feedback unit about the detected characteristic and compares the information to a reference;
wherein the web tension feedback unit comprises a visual inspection unit visually inspecting at least a portion of the reference marks on at least one foil web; and
wherein the controlling arrangement temporarily adjusts motion of the direct foil supply bar in case the information, that includes longitudinal positions of the visually inspected reference marks, appears to deviate from the reference, that represents reference longitudinal positions, which results in adjusting positioning of the foil web in a longitudinal direction during a time that the foil web is allowed to run free in the printing area of the printing press.

US Pat. No. 10,710,356

APPARATUS FOR POINT OF SERVICE MANUFACTURE OF CUSTOM CRANIAL REMODELING DEVICES

CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. Apparatus to provide point of service manufacture of a custom cranial remodeling device for correction of cranial deformity of a subject's head, said apparatus comprising:image capture apparatus disposed at a physical location to capture a three-dimensional image of said subject's head and to generate a three-dimensional digital data file of a head;
a three-dimensional digital data file representative of said subject's head generated by said image capture apparatus;
an additive manufacture device located at said physical location;
a processor,
a non-transitory computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions stored thereon executed by said processor to operate on said three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising a shape for said custom cranial remodeling device to correct said cranial deformity and computer executable instructions stored thereon executed by said processor to automatically calculate contour lines for said custom cranial remodeling device, said device file comprising said contour lines;
a subject device file for said subject's head, said subject device file comprising a shape for said custom cranial remodeling device comprising said contour lines;
said subject device file generated by said processor executing said computer executable instructions to operate on said three-dimensional digital data file, said subject device file comprising said shape for said custom cranial remodeling device to correct said cranial deformity for said subject, said subject device file provided to said additive manufacture device; and
said additive manufacture device comprising apparatus to receive and utilize said subject device file to manufacture said custom cranial remodeling device at said physical location, said custom cranial remodeling device comprising said contour lines.

US Pat. No. 10,710,348

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO INCREASE FIRE RESISTANCE AND FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A multi-ply composite fuselage comprising:an innermost ply forming an inner skin of the multi-ply composite fuselage;
an outermost ply forming an outer skin of the multi-ply composite fuselage; and
a single fire-resistant ply located between the innermost ply and the outermost ply, the single fire-resistant ply including an epoxy-based resin and a first additive mixed evenly throughout the epoxy-based resin, the first additive to increase a flammability resistance of the multi-ply composite fuselage, wherein the single fire-resistant ply is the only ply of the multi-ply composite fuselage that includes the first additive, and wherein no ply of the multi-ply composite fuselage other than the single fire-resistant ply includes a fire-retardant additive.

US Pat. No. 10,710,346

DECORATIVE SHEETS, METHODS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND DECORATIVE MATERIALS

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A decorative sheet comprising:a thermoplastic resin substrate layer;
a pattern layer;
a transparent thermoplastic resin layer; and
a surface protective layer, wherein the surface protective layer comprises an UV-curable resin, wherein a test result of a scratch resistance test according to European standard EN16094 for an outermost surface of the surface protective layer is 3 or more;
which are disposed at least in this order, and
an overall thickness is in a range of 40 ?m or more and less than 500 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,710,343

COEXTRUDED POLYMER FILM CONFIGURED FOR SUCCESSIVE IRREVERSIBLE DELAMINATION

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A film comprising:a co-extruded stack of polymer layers, the polymer layers being organized into layer packets, each layer packet comprising a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer, the second layer being disposed between the first layer and the third layer;
a packet interface between first and third layers of adjacent layer packets, the packet interface exhibiting a first peel force of 1 g/inch or greater; and
layer interfaces between adjacent first and second layers and adjacent second and third layers, the layer interfaces exhibiting a second peel force that is greater than the first peel force,
wherein the first layer has a first composition comprising a semi-crystalline polyester;
the second layer has a second composition different from the first composition and comprises a copolyester or styrenic block copolymer; and
the third layer has a third composition different from the first and second compositions and comprises a blend of olefin and styrenic block copolymer,
wherein the layer packets are separately irreversibly peelable from a remainder of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,710,341

SHAPED COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Petroceramics S.p.A., Mi...

1. Shaped composite material comprising an inner layer of CCM C/SiC/Si material comprising short and disorderly filaments, essentially consisting of carbon, and respective outer layers of C/SiC/Si material having a fabric structure, wherein the outer layers of C/SiC/Si material have outer friction surfaces, and wherein the shaped composite material has the following characteristics:flexural strength XY45° 60-90 MPa
flexural strength XY90° 120-170 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,710,332

HEAT-INSULATION SHEET, ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HEAT-INSULATION SHEET

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A method for producing a heat-insulation sheet, comprising:in a state in which unwoven fabric fibers impregnated with a silica aerosol solution are placed between films, converting the silica aerosol solution to a gel to form a composite layer including the unwoven fabric fibers, and a silica xerogel that is located in a spatial volume in the unwoven fabric fibers; and
applying a pressure to the composite layer together with the films to form, on a first surface of the composite layer, a first silica xerogel layer including the silica xerogel, and to form, on a second surface of the composite layer a second silica xerogel layer including the silica xerogel, the second surface being located on the side opposite to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,330

METHOD OF USING A STERILIZATION WRAP SYSTEM

1. A sterilization wrap system comprising:an exterior panel comprising a permeable nonwoven material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the exterior panel having a first level of translucence; and
an interior panel comprising a permeable nonwoven material having barrier properties and having a first surface and a second opposing surface, the interior panel having a second level of translucence that is higher than the first level of translucence of the exterior panel, wherein the level of translucence of the interior panel falls within a range between transparent and opaque, wherein the interior panel includes a plurality of bond points and the bond points define discrete locations having higher translucence than locations on the permeable nonwoven material of the interior panel that are not bond points,
wherein the higher level of translucence of the interior panel compared to the exterior panel facilitates post-sterilization detection of breaches of the exterior panel when looking for light passing from the exterior panel of the wrap system through the interior panel of the wrap system after the wrap system is removed from a product that has been subjected to a sterilization cycle, wherein the difference in translucence as expressed in terms of light transmittance between the interior panel and the exterior panel is at least 15 percent.

US Pat. No. 10,710,329

HEAT PROTECTION PRODUCT

Zipper-Technik GmbH, Neu...

1. A heat protection product comprisinga felt layer comprising polysulfonamide fibers having a felt layer first side and a felt layer second side; and
a textile layer comprising inorganic fibers having a first side connected to the felt layer second side, and an opposite second side, wherein
said textile layer is bonded to a metal layer on at least the second side that is not in contact with the felt layer,
the felt layer first side is an outer layer of the heat protection product, and wherein
the felt layer first side defines a cold side (Tu) and an opposite outer side of the product defines a hot side (To),
the product exhibits 25% or less of the loss of insulating properties of a comparative product with layers of felt and textile respectively having the same or greater thickness as the respective felt layer and textile layer of the heat protection product but with the polysulfonamide fibers replaced with non-polysulfonamide fibers when exposed to the same temperature between 200° C. and 300° C. on the hot side (To) for the same duration, and
the reduction in insulation is measured by a change in the difference between a measured surface temperature at the hot side (To) and a measured surface temperature at the cold side (Tu).

US Pat. No. 10,710,325

TUBULAR PROTECTOR ASSEMBLY

1. A tubular protector assembly for handling a tubular comprising:a cylindrical sleeve having an inner diameter configured to be disposed around an outer diameter of the tubular;
a plurality of layers of carbon fiber-based tape configured to be interposed between the outer diameter of the tubular and the inner diameter of the cylindrical sleeve; and
the cylindrical sleeve including:
a cage having a plurality of radially extending ridges interconnected with a plurality of axially extending ridges,
a plurality of open cells formed within the cage, and
each of the plurality of open cells including a multilayer cellular structural member therein, the multilayer cellular structural member having an outer-facing external steel plate, an internal plastic filament plate, an internal middle steel plate, and an inner-facing internal steel plate concentrically engaged theretogether.

US Pat. No. 10,710,323

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING NOISE REDUCER ELEMENTS TO TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

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

1. A process for applying noise reducing elements to tyres for vehicle wheels, comprising:arranging at least one stack of noise reducing elements;
extracting said noise reducing elements one at a time from said at least one stack;
feeding, in succession, said noise reducing elements extracted from the stack according to a set path;
picking up said noise reducing elements from said set path; and
applying said noise reducing elements to a radially inner surface of at least one tyre for vehicle wheels,wherein extracting said noise reducing elements one at a time comprises:retaining a first noise reducing element placed at a base of said at least one stack;
lifting remaining noise reducing elements of said at least one stack with respect to said first noise reducing element;
moving away the first noise reducing element according to the set path; and
lowering the remaining noise reducing elements of said at least one stack.

US Pat. No. 10,710,317

COMPOSITE ROTATABLE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AXIAL-FLOW COMPRESSOR

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A composite turbomachine comprising:a spool comprised of fiber and resin; and
a plurality of blade assemblies, each one of the plurality of blade assemblies comprising:
a blade having a tip, a root, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the blade mounted to a base at the root; and
a forward tang and an aft tang extending from the base, the forward tang extending forward of the leading edge proximate the root and the aft tang extending aft of the trailing edge proximate the root,
wherein the plurality of blade assemblies are arranged circumferentially around the spool at a first axial location,
wherein each blade assembly of the plurality of blade assemblies interlocks with an adjacent blade assembly of the plurality of blade assemblies and is retained in position by a first band overwrapping the forward tangs and a second band overwrapping the aft tangs so as to form a first stage,
wherein the first band extends axially beyond the forward tangs and the second band extends axially beyond the aft tangs, and
wherein an outer layer of abradable material is disposed on a first radially outer surface of the first band and on a second radially outer surface of the second band.

US Pat. No. 10,710,314

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SETTING A PRESS-IN ELEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for setting a press-in element into a workpiece formed of plastic or fiber composite material, the method comprising the steps of:fixing the workpiece;
introducing a hole into the workpiece;
positioning a press-in element over the hole introduced into the workpiece by a press-in unit; and
pressing the press-in element into the hole by actuating the press-in unit such that a plunger of the press-in unit, with the press-in element accommodated on or in the plunger, is fed in a feed direction toward the hole, wherein
the method is carried out via a single device that combines the preceding steps wherein the press-in element is held on or in the plunger of the press-in unit by an elastic element until the press-in element is pressed into the hole such that the press-in element is retained on or in the plunger of the press-in unit against action of inertia and shear forces.

US Pat. No. 10,710,306

SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. A method of separating an additively manufactured article from a support structure, the method comprising:heating an interface layer coupling an article constructed by layer wise addition of layers on the interface layer; and
cooling the interface layer such that the interface layer fractures, wherein cooling the interface layer includes cooling the interface layer to a temperature that is below a ductile-to brittle transition temperature of a material forming the interface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,710,305

METHOD AND APPARATUS 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 rigid stationary build plate, said build plate comprising a fixed semipermeable member, said semipermeable member comprising a build surface and a feed surface separate from said build surface, with said build surface and said carrier defining a build region therebetween, and with said feed surface in fluid contact with a polymerization inhibitor;
(b) filing said build region with a polymerizable liquid, said polymerizable liquid contacting said build segment,
(c) irradiating said build region through said build plate to produce a solid polymerized region in said build region, with a liquid film release layer comprised of said polymerizable liquid formed between said solid polymerized region and said build surface, the polymerization of which liquid film is inhibited by said polymerization inhibitor; and
(d) advancing said carrier with said polymerized region adhered thereto and said build plate away from one another solely in the Z (vertical) direction to create a subsequent build region between said polymerized region and said top zone, wherein:
said filling step is carried out by forcing said polymerizable liquid into said build region under pressure, and
said advancing step or steps is/are carried out at a cumulative rate of at least 0.1 to 1000 microns per second; and/or
said pressure is sufficient to increase the rate of said advancing step(s) at least 2 times as compared to the maximum rate of repetition of said advancing steps in the absence of said pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,710,294

SCREEN PROTECTOR INSTALLATION MACHINE

ZAGG Intellectual Propert...

1. A screen protector installation machine configured to install a screen protector on a mobile device, the machine comprising:a base comprising an impression configured to receive and secure the mobile device;
a lid coupled to the base and closable over the base;
the lid having an open position, a closed position over the base, and an intermediate position over and spaced-apart from the base;
an opening in the lid, the lid configured to carry a screen protector laminate across the opening and over the impression when the lid is in the closed position, the lid configured to receive and secure a web of the laminate carrying a screen protector and a backing with a tab;
a pair of rails carried by the base on opposite sides of the impression and having a leading end and a trailing end, the trailing end declining towards the base;
a pair of tracks carried by the lid on opposite sides of the opening;
a first slider carried by the lid and slidable along the pair of tracks, and comprising a first handle and a spool, the spool having a slot configured to receive the tab of the screen protector laminate, the first slider sliding from an initial position to a subsequent position at the trailing end of the pair of rails;
the spool being rotatable as the first slider slides configured to wind the backing of the laminate around the spool and remove the backing from the screen protector as the first slider slides from the initial position to the subsequent position;
a pair of wheels coupled to the first slider and riding on the pair of rails of the base when the lid is in the intermediate position, the pair of wheels declining on the trailing end of the pair of rails to allow the lid to move from the intermediate position to the closed position; and
a second slider carried by the lid and slidable back and forth along the pair of tracks, and comprising a second handle and a roller, the roller configured to abut to the web of the laminate and press the screen protector against the mobile device as the second slider slides back and forth while the lid is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,293

COMPOSITE ARTICLE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A composite article assembly method, the composite article assembly method comprising the steps of:axially aligning web-based first and second thermoformed workpieces within an assembly station along an assembly alignment axis;
directing the first and second workpieces toward one another within the assembly station along the assembly alignment axis; and
assembling the first and second workpieces along the assembly alignment axis within the assembly station thereby forming a composite article.

US Pat. No. 10,710,290

MOLD PLATEN, MOLD CLAMPING DEVICE, INJECTION MOLDING DEVICE

U-MHI PLATECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A mold platen, comprising:a mold plate to which a mold is attached;
a rear-surface plate provided opposite to the mold plate;
coupling portions configured to be coupled to respective tie rods at four corners of the mold plate and the rear-surface plate;
a cylindrical rib that is provided between the mold plate and the rear-surface plate and is located at a center part of the mold plate and the rear-surface plate;
a diagonal reinforcing rib that is provided between the mold plate and the rear-surface plate and is configured to connect the cylindrical rib and each of the coupling portions; and
a longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib that is provided between the mold plate and the rear-surface plate and extends from the cylindrical rib toward a position between the adjacent coupling portions, wherein
a dimension L2 of a part of the longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib connected with the rear-surface plate is equal to or lower than 1/2 of a dimension L1 of a part of the longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib connected with the mold plate, or the longitudinal/lateral reinforcing rib is connected with the mold plate and the cylindrical rib but is not connected with the rear-surface plate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,286

IN-MOLD CARPET LAMINATION

NYX, INC., Livonia, MI (...

1. A process for fabricating a molded carpet laminate, comprising:supporting a carpet layer in a molding tool that has first and second mold dies that define a mold cavity there between, at least one of the first or second mold dies being moveable such that the mold tool has a closed position, a partially closed position, and an open position relative to the mold cavity, and the carpet layer has a working side and a finish side, the finish side facing the first mold die, wherein the supporting of the carpet layer includes supporting the carpet layer on one or more eccentric pins in the molding tools, each of the eccentric pins including first and second offset pin sections;
with the carpet layer in the molding tool and the mold tool in the open position, moving the first and second mold dies from the open position to the partially closed position;
in the partially closed position, injecting a heated polymer material into the mold cavity against the working side of the carpet layer, the heated polymer material incompletely filling the mold cavity on the working side of the carpet layer;
moving the first and second mold dies from the partially closed position to the closed position to spread the heated polymer material and fill the mold cavity on the working side of the carpet layer to form a molded polymer wall, the molded polymer wall adhering to the working side of the carpet layer to form a molded carpet laminate; and
moving the first and second mold dies from the closed position and cooling the molded carpet laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,710,285

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING FIBER-REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE ARTICLE

CORETECH SYSTEM CO., LTD....

1. A molding system for preparing an injection-molded article, comprising:a molding machine;
a mold disposed on the molding machine and having a mold cavity for being filled with a molding resin;
a processing module configured to generate a mixed anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin in the mold cavity based on a molding condition for the molding machine, wherein the mixed anisotropic viscosity distribution of the molding resin is generated by taking into consideration an extension rate distribution and a shear rate distribution of the molding resin; and
a controller coupled to the processing module and configured to control the molding machine with the molding condition using the generated extension rate distribution and the generated shear rate distribution of the molding resin to perform an actual molding process for preparing the injection-molded article.

US Pat. No. 10,710,284

EXPANSION DEVICE AND MOLDING SYSTEM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An expansion device, comprising:an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a thermally expandable sheet placed on a placing unit with light;
a conveyance unit configured to reciprocably convey the irradiation unit between a first position and a second position;
an exhaust fan fixed to a housing and configured to discharge air from the housing; and
an air supply fan which is movable with the irradiation unit and configured to supply outside air into the housing,
wherein the exhaust fan is provided at a position where air can be discharged from an area of the second position when the irradiation unit is returned from the first position to the second position after being moved from the second position toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,283

MEMBRANE SURFACE HYDROPHOBICITY THROUGH ELECTRO-HYDRODYNAMIC FILM PATTERNING

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A roll-to-roll system for forming a hydrophobic polymer membrane surface, comprising:a heated carrier belt;
a repository of polymer material arranged to deposit the polymer material onto the carrier to create a heated polymer, wherein the polymer material contains polyelectrolytes;
an electrode belt positioned opposite the carrier belt;
an electric field generator positioned to generate an electric field between the carrier belt and the electrode belt and to infuse a pattern into the heated polymer to form a patterned polymer film;
a first solvent bath to rinse the patterned polymer film; and
a second solvent bath to set the pattern in the patterned polymer film.

US Pat. No. 10,710,282

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MEMBRANE FOR AN ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER

SSI New Material (Zhenjia...

1. A method of manufacturing a membrane for an electro-acoustic transducer, the method comprising the steps of:spray coating one or more layers of a liquid elastomer solution on a mold having a desired membrane geometry;
allowing the liquid elastomer to cure; and
removing the cured elastomer in the shape of the membrane off the mold,
wherein the mold comprises one or more recesses configured to accept a component of an electro-acoustic transducer,
wherein the method further comprises a step of placing a component of the electro-acoustic transducer into the one or more recesses in the mold before the spray-coating step, and wherein the component of the electro-acoustic transducer is adhered to the cured elastomer after the removal step without the use of an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,710,280

METHODS OF FORMING SEALS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a seal about at least a portion of an object, using a form, comprising a non-metallic solidified material, at least one through lateral opening, a distal axial opening, a proximal axial opening, and a lateral wall, between the distal axial opening and the proximal axial opening, configured such that at least a portion of the at least one through lateral opening is spiral-shaped, the method comprising:placing the form about the at least a portion of the object;
flowing a viscous substance into the form and about the at least a portion of the object; and
removing the form from the object by unwinding or unraveling the form to form the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,710,274

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A THERMOPLASTIC MOULDING COMPOUND

INEOS STYROLUTION GROUP G...

1. A process for producing a thermoplastic molding composition by an extruder, comprising:at least one feed zone,
at least one mixing section,
at least one venting section, and
at least one discharge zone,
wherein:
a water-containing first component of the thermoplastic molding composition and a second component of the thermoplastic molding composition are introduced in the at least one feed zone,
the thermoplastic molding composition is mixed and water present is evaporated in the at least one mixing section,
water vapor is removed from the thermoplastic molding composition in the at least one venting section, and
the thermoplastic molding composition is discharged in the at least one discharge zone, and
wherein:
at least one mixing barrel section of the mixing section is maintained at a temperature which is the same as or lower than the temperature of the thermoplastic molding composition within the mixing section,
a first mixing barrel section and/or a second mixing barrel section is/are operated adiabatically, and
at least one barrel section of the venting section is heated by temperature-control equipment in a manner such that the temperature of the at least one barrel section of the venting section is higher than the temperature of at least one mixing barrel section, and/or
at least one barrel section of the discharge zone is heated by temperature-control equipment in a manner such that the temperature of the at least one barrel section of the discharge zone is higher than the temperature of at least one mixing barrel section.

US Pat. No. 10,710,268

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYNTHESIS ELEMENT FOR CONNECTING AN EDGE MATERIAL TO A WORKPIECE

HOMAG GMBH, Schopfloch (...

1. A method for bonding a connecting face of an edge material to a connecting face of a workpiece by a synthesis element, wherein the method comprises the steps:providing the workpiece,
feeding in the synthesis element, which comprises one or more function films, wherein at least one of the one or more function films forming the synthesis element consists of an adhesive to form an adhesive function film, wherein the adhesive function film is self-supporting before forming the synthesis element and before being applied to any connecting face,
activating the adhesive function film,
applying the synthesis element onto one of the connecting faces,
bonding the synthesis element to the other one of the connecting faces such that the workpiece and the edge material are bonded together by the synthesis element located between them.

US Pat. No. 10,710,266

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAKING CORNER BOARDS FOR CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES

1. A method of manufacturing a hangable corner board, comprising:moving an apparatus or machine that has one or more cutting tools secured to a frame to a rearmost position, the apparatus or machine having a first motor configured to move the one or more cutting tools;
feeding a bent board stock into the apparatus or machine at a set or predetermined rate or velocity by a second motor, and moving the apparatus or machine forward with the bent board stock at the set or predetermined rate or velocity;
cutting the bent board stock into fixed lengths using the apparatus or machine;
forming at least one slit in or near a first end of the corner board using the one or more cutting tools; and
bending or folding a part of the corner board between the first end and the slit(s) to create a notch or flap adapted to rest, seat or hang the corner board on or from a substantially horizontal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,264

SLAB SEVERING OR DIVIDING DEVICE AND METHOD

Kitchenworks Corporation,...

13. A method of severing a portion from a frozen food piece, comprising the steps of:providing an elongated body providing a base for being supported on a surface and a raised edge portion supported from the base;
the base sized and configured to resist overturning of the body when force is applied onto the raised edge portion to sever a portion from a frozen food piece; and
placing a frozen food piece onto the raised edge portion with a portion to be severed on one side of the raised edge portion and a remainder of the frozen food piece on an opposite side of the raised edge portion; and
applying a downward force on the portion to be severed while holding the remainder down.

US Pat. No. 10,710,263

CUTTING ROLL CARTRIDGE FOR MODULAR INSTALLATION IN A CUTTING ROLL ASSEMBLY

AKRON STEEL FABRICATORS C...

1. A method of improving efficiency of cutting material by improving the replacing or repairing of blades in a cutting roll assembly, the method comprising steps ofproviding a first cutting roll cartridge having a sidewall perimeter, the sidewall perimeter being formed by a first independent separated perimeter portion and a second independent separated perimeter portion,
the first independent separated perimeter portion carrying an anvil roll and further carrying an alignment tab extending therefrom, the alignment tab having a tab alignment hole, and
the second independent separated perimeter portion spaced apart from the first independent separated perimeter portion and carrying a cutter roll having at least one cutter blade, and
means for controlling the spacing and amount of movement between the first independent separated perimeter portion with the second independent separated perimeter portion upon a cutting action,
providing an alignment bracket having a bracket alignment hole,
providing a base having a first base alignment hole and a second base alignment hole,
aligning the tab alignment hole with the first base alignment hole, aligning the bracket alignment hole with the second base alignment hole,
positioning the first cutting roll cartridge on the base, wherein the step of positioning the first cutting roll cartridge includes directly affixing the first independent separated perimeter portion with the base by way of the alignment tab, and wherein the step of positioning the first cutting roll cartridge does not include directly affixing the second independent separated perimeter portion with the base,
providing a material having an original length to the first cutting roll cartridge,
cutting, with the at least one cutter blade of the first cutting roll cartridge, the material into a plurality of pieces of the material each having a shorter length than the original length of the material, thereby wearing the at least one cutter blade of the first cutting roll cartridge by a predetermined amount to thereby become an at least one worn cutter blade of the first cutting roll cartridge,
removing, after the step of cutting, the first cutting roll cartridge from the base,
positioning a second cutting roll cartridge having an anvil roll and a cutter roll with at least one cutter blade in a condition for effective use on the base,
providing an additional material having an original length to the second cutting roll cartridge,
additionally cutting, with the at least one cutter blade of the second cutting roll cartridge, the additional material into a plurality of pieces of the additional material each having a shorter length than the original length of the additional material,thereby wearing the at least one cutter blade of the second cutting roll cartridge by a predetermined amount to thereby become an at least one worn cutter blade of the second cutting roll cartridge,repairing or replacing the at least one worn cutter blade in the first cutting roll cartridge to thereby form a first cutting roll cartridge in a condition for effective use,
removing, after the step of repairing or replacing, the second cutting roll cartridge from the base, and
additionally repairing or replacing the at least one worn cutter blade in the second cutting roll cartridge to thereby form a second cutting roll cartridge in a condition for effective use.

US Pat. No. 10,710,259

CUTTING UNIT AND CUTTING PROCESS

1. A method for cutting off slices by a blade using a cutting edge of the blade from a front end of a product strand, the method comprising the steps:moving the product strand forward in the feed direction until it contacts a stop surface of a stop,
moving the blade, which is offset against the feed direction, from the stop surface by an axial distance in the penetration direction with the cutting edge through the cross section of the product strand,
moving the increasingly cut off slice through a gap between the stop plate and the blade, and
flipping the cut off slice over a functional edge of the stop, the functional edge being offset from a throwing circle of the blade radially with respect to the rotation axis by a radial distance, wherein
the radial distance is changed while the cutting edge runs through the cross section of the product strand.

US Pat. No. 10,710,253

TOOL EQUIPPED WITH A LOCKING DEVICE IN AT LEAST ONE POSITION OF A MOBILE PORTION OF THE TOOL

1. A tool (2) comprising a first portion (1; 101) defining a receiving housing (16) of at least a second portion (3), said second portion (3) rotatably mounted (F1) about a rotation shaft (A17) fixed on the first portion (1; 101) between an inactive position in which the second portion (3) is housed in the first portion (1, 16; 101) and an active position in which the second portion (3) is out of its housing (16), said tool (2) equipped with at least one locking device in at least one position of said second portion (3), said device comprising an elongated part (8), fixed on the first portion (1; 101) and mobile (F) by pivoting about a shaft (R; R1; R2) perpendicular to a largest dimension (161) between at least one position where an end (19, 22) of the second portion (3) is engaged in a notch (7; 107) provided in an end of the first portion (1; 101) and another position where the end (19, 24) of the second portion (3) is disengaged from said notch (7; 107), the elongated part (8) configured for a return to the inactive position by at least one return member (18, 19; 118; 218), the first portion (1; 101) made at least by folding of a metal plate and in that at least the elongated part (8), its pivot shaft (R; R1; R2) and the at least one return member (18, 19; 118; 218) constituting the locking device integrally formed, by cutting, with the first portion (1; 101), wherein the pivot shaft (R; R1; R2) is defined by the center of a circle determined by a circular cutting line (15; 115), the return member comprising at least one leaf spring type tab (18, 19; 118; 218).

US Pat. No. 10,710,249

3 DOF PARALLEL MECHANISM WITH 3 BRANCHED-CHAINS

SHENZHEN INSTITUTES OF AD...

1. A three-degree-of-freedom (3-DOF) parallel mechanism with three branches, comprising:a fixed platform;
a movable platform, disposed above the fixed platform; and
three arc-shaped connecting rods, each of which rotatably connected to the fixed platform;
wherein rotational axes of the three arc-shaped connecting rods intersect each other and each of the rotational axes is parallel to the fixed platform, wherein each of the three arc-shaped connecting rods is provided with a sliding groove curvily extending along a longitudinal direction of the arc-shaped connecting rod, wherein the movable platform is provided with three connecting shafts that are in one-to-one correspondence with the three arc-shaped connecting rods, wherein a first end of each of the three connecting shafts is fixedly connected to the movable platform, and a second end of the connecting shaft is hinged with a connecting head, the connecting head being slidably arranged in a corresponding sliding groove;
wherein two ends of each of the three arc-shaped connecting rods are each fixedly connected to the fixed platform through a connecting assembly, and the two ends of each of the three arc-shaped connecting rods are each rotatably connected to the corresponding connecting assembly;
wherein each connecting assembly comprises two supports fixedly disposed on the fixed platform, and the two ends of each of the three arc-shaped connecting rods are each rotatably connected to a corresponding support by a pin shaft;
wherein the two supports are oppositely disposed, and the two ends of each of the three arc-shaped connecting rods are both disposed between the two corresponding supports.

US Pat. No. 10,710,244

ROBOT CONTROL USING GESTURES

Beijing Airlango Technolo...

1. A method of operating a robot, comprising:acquiring information of a first gesture from a group of gestures, each gesture from the group of gestures corresponding to an operation instruction from a group of operation instructions;
obtaining, based on the acquired information of the first gesture, a first operation instruction from the group of operation instructions, the first operation instruction corresponding to the first gesture; and
executing the first operation instruction;
wherein acquiring the information of the first gesture comprises:
capturing an image using a camera;
identifying a Region Of Interest (ROI) from the captured image;
determining whether the ROI includes an operator of the robot; and
acquiring, using the captured image, the information of the first gesture after it is determined that the ROI includes the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,710,243

CONTROL AND REGULATION OF ACTUATORS OF A ROBOT BY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION AMBIENT CONTACTS

1. A method for the control and regulation of actuators of a robot, taking environmental contacts into consideration, wherein the robot comprises at least two parts, which are connected by way of an articulated joint drivable by an actuator, comprising the following steps:by way of a sensor system, ascertaining and storing a time-dependent one-dimensional or multidimensional variable G(t) which can be used to describe an action, as a function of time, of one or more external contact forces Fext and/or of one or more external moments Mext on the at least two parts;
providing a condition B for the variable G(t);
provided that the condition B is not satisfied by G(t) at a time to, a feature vector MM (G(t)) is ascertained for the variable G(t) in a time interval T=[ta, te], where ta=start of the time interval, te=end of the time interval, t0?T and to a median or mean value of G(t) in the time interval T;
a minimum and a maximum of G(t) in the time interval T;
a deviation of G(t) from the median or from the mean value in the time interval T;
a signal width of G(t) in the time interval T;
a frequency spectrum of G(t) in the time interval T; and
one or more characteristic frequencies of the frequency spectrum,
classifying the feature vector MM(G(t)) based on predefined categories, which each indicate a contact type between one of the at least two parts or the articulated joint and an object in a surrounding environment, which are each imparted by corresponding external contact forces Fext and/or external contact moments Mext, to generate a classification result KE; and
open-loop and/or closed-loop control of the actuator for times t>t0 as a function of the classification result KE.

US Pat. No. 10,710,242

CONTROLLER, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

1. A controller comprising:a first communication device configured to input and output information to and from a first controller that controls a first controlled object with a first gain, wherein the first controlled object is associated with a first timing characteristic;
a second communication device configured to input and output information to and from a second controller that controls a second controlled object with a second gain, wherein the second controlled object is associated with a second timing characteristic that is different from the first timing characteristic which creates a timing offset; and
a processing device configured to:
output a first operation command to the first controller via the first communication device in order to operate the first controlled object,
output a second operation command to the second controller via the second communication device in order to operate the second controlled object,
switch a mode between a normal control mode associated with a normal mode gain, and a synchronous control mode associated with a synchronous mode gain that is lower than the normal mode gain, and
output, to the second controller via the second communication device, a gain adjustment command to set the second gain to the synchronous mode gain during at least part of a period of the synchronous control mode, in order to correct the timing offset.

US Pat. No. 10,710,241

CONTROLLER FOR LIMITING SPEED OF ROBOT COMPONENT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A controller for controlling a robot including drive axis for driving a component of the robot and a position detector for detecting a position on the drive axis, the controller comprising:a stop command unit for stopping a motion of the robot when a person comes into contact with the robot; and
a speed limiting unit for limiting an operation speed of the component driven on the drive axis, wherein
the controller is configured to switch between
a collaboration control in which the robot performs an operation in collaboration with the person and
a quick control in which the robot performs the operation alone without performing the operation in collaboration with the person,
a variable calculated from the position of the component on the drive axis and a range of the variable for a state where the person is caught by the robot or an operation tool attached to the robot are determined in advance,
in the collaboration control, the speed limiting unit acquires the position of the component on the drive axis from the output of the position detector, acquires the variable based on the position of the component on the drive axis, and controls the operation speed of the component to a predetermined speed limit or lower if the variable is within the range, and
in the quick control, the controller prohibits a control in which the speed limiting unit controls the operation speed of the component to the predetermined speed limit or lower if the variable is within the range.

US Pat. No. 10,710,240

PROGRAMMING DEVICE FOR WELDING ROBOT AND PROGRAMMING METHOD FOR WELDING ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A programming device for a welding robot, the programming device comprising:a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to:
obtain a three-dimensional model of the welding robot and three-dimensional models of two workpieces to be welded together by a tool of the welding robot;
specify a welding line along which the two workpieces are to be welded together, as well as an origin on the welding line, on the basis of the three-dimensional models of the two workpieces;
accept an operation;
calculate an angle made at the origin by the two workpieces to be welded together as an angle projected onto a plane perpendicular to the welding line and set a target angle of the tool by using the calculated angle or that sets the target angle on the basis of the operation accepted via the accepting unit;
set an advance angle of the tool on the basis of the operation accepted via the accepting unit;
set a tentative coordinate system defined with reference to the origin and a tool coordinate system in accordance with the tool on the basis of the tentative coordinate system;
set a welding position of the tool on the basis of the newly set tool coordinate system;
create an operating program for the welding robot to weld the two workpieces together with reference to the newly set tool coordinate system; and
detect, by using the three-dimensional robot of the welding robot and the three-dimensional models of the two workpieces in a virtual space, interference that occurs between the welding robot and the two workpieces in the case where welding is performed along the welding line with the set welding position, wherein
three axes constituting the tentative coordinate system include a first axis set on the basis of the welding line, a second axis perpendicular to the first axis and parallel to a face of one of the workpieces to be welded together, and a third axis perpendicular to both the first axis and the second axis,
the tool coordinate system is a coordinate system set by rotating the tentative coordinate system about the first axis of the tentative coordinate in accordance with the target angle and about the third axis of the tentative coordinate in accordance with the advance angle, and
in the case where the interference is detected, the setting of the welding position of the tool sets a new welding position that resolve the interference by rotating the tool coordinate system about at least one of the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis.

US Pat. No. 10,710,238

MODULAR ROBOTIC SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING CONFIGURATION AND CONTROL THEREFOR

INSIGHT SCIENTIFIC INTERN...

1. A building block for a robotic system, comprising:a chassis having a first end and a second end;
a connector positioned closer to the second end than the first end of the chassis;
a rotational actuator positioned closer to the first end than the second end of the chassis and configured to couple with the connector;
a signal interface on a surface of the chassis, the signal interface including hardware and circuitry for transferring and receiving signals from and to the building block; and
a power and control interface on the chassis for receiving power for the building block.

US Pat. No. 10,710,237

ASSIST DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An assist device comprising:a body wearing unit configured to be worn on a body of a user including a region around the thigh of the user; and
an actuator unit configured to be attached to the body wearing unit and to the assist target body part so as to assist a motion of the thigh,
wherein the actuator unit includes:
an output link configured to pivot about a joint of the thigh and to be attached to the thigh;
an actuator including an output shaft configured to generate an assist torque for assisting pivoting of the thigh via the output link;
a torque determination unit configured to determine a combined torque obtained by combining a user torque and the assist torque from the output shaft, the user torque being input from the output link when the user causes the thigh to pivot with force of the user;
a correction unit configured to calculate a correction amount for the determined combined torque, wherein the correction unit is configured to calculate, based on the combined torque, a posture angle that is an inclination angle of an upper half of the body of the user with respect to a vertical direction, the correction unit configured to calculate the correction amount based on the calculated posture angle; and
a pivot angle control unit configured to control a pivot angle of the output shaft based on the combined torque determined by the torque determination unit and the correction amount calculated by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,710,236

FLEXIBLE CONTINUUM STRUCTURE CAPABLE OF REALIZING POSTURE FEEDBACK

Beijing Surgerii Technolo...

1. A flexible continuum structure capable of realizing a posture feedback, the flexible continuum comprising a flexible continuum structure body and a posture feedback mechanism; and, whereinthe flexible continuum structure body comprises a distal structural body, a proximal structural body and a middle connecting body, wherein
the distal structural body comprises distal spacing disks, a distal fixation disk and distal structural backbones;
the proximal structural body comprises proximal spacing disks, a proximal fixation disk and proximal structural backbones, the proximal structural backbones being securely connected, in one-to-one correspondence, to or being the same as the distal structural backbones;
the middle connecting body comprises a proximal guide channel fixing plate, a distal guide channel fixing plate and a structural backbone guide channel, the structural backbone guide channel being securely connected between the proximal guide channel fixing plate and the distal guide channel fixing plate, wherein
one end of the proximal structural backbones is securely connected to the proximal fixation disk, and the other end passes through the proximal spacing disks, the structural backbone guide channel and the distal spacing disks in sequence and is then securely connected to the distal fixation disk;
the posture feedback mechanism comprises one or more of an identical posture feedback structure, a first proportional feedback structure and a second proportional feedback structure, wherein
the identical posture feedback structure comprises second distal spacing disks, a second distal fixation disk, second distal structural backbones, second proximal structural backbones and a second structural backbone guide channel, wherein
the second structural backbone guide channel is securely connected between the proximal guide channel fixing plate and the distal guide channel fixing plate,
the second proximal structural backbones are securely connected, in one-to-one correspondence, to or are the same as the second distal structural backbones,
one end of the second structural backbone is securely connected to the proximal fixation disk, and the other end passes through the proximal spacing disks, the second structural backbone guide channel and the second distal spacing disks in sequence and is then securely connected to the second distal fixation disk;
a ratio of a distribution radius of the second distal structural backbone to that of the second proximal structural backbone is consistent with a ratio of the distribution radius of the distal structural backbone to that of the proximal structural backbone;
a length of the identical posture feedback structure is consistent with that of the distal structural body;
the first proportional feedback structure comprises third distal spacing disks, a third distal fixation disk, third distal structural backbones, third proximal structural backbones and a third structural backbone guide channel, wherein
the third structural backbone guide channel is securely connected between the proximal guide channel fixing plate and the distal guide channel fixing plate,
the third proximal structural backbones are securely connected, in one-to-one correspondence, to or are the same as the third distal structural backbones,
one end of the third structural backbone is securely connected to the proximal fixation disk, and the other end passes through the proximal spacing disks, the third structural backbone guide channel and the third distal spacing disks in sequence and is then securely connected to the third distal fixation disk;
a ratio of the distribution radius of the third distal structural backbone to that of the third proximal structural backbone is different from the ratio of the distribution radius of the distal structural backbone to that of the proximal structural backbone;
the second proportional feedback structure comprises fourth distal spacing disks, a fourth distal fixation disk, fourth distal structural backbones, fourth proximal structural backbones and a fourth structural backbone guide channel, wherein
the fourth structural backbone guide channel is securely connected between the proximal guide channel fixing plate and the distal guide channel fixing plate,
the fourth proximal structural backbones are securely connected, in one-to-one correspondence, to or are the same as the fourth distal structural backbones,one end of the fourth structural backbone is securely connected to the proximal fixation disk, and the other end passes through the proximal spacing disks, the fourth structural backbone guide channel and the fourth distal spacing disks in sequence and is then securely connected to the fourth distal fixation disk, andeach of the fourth distal structural backbones and the corresponding fourth proximal structural backbone, which have a connection relationship, have spacing angles on a circumference between each other, with a degree of the spacing angles being the same.

US Pat. No. 10,710,235

TIERED TIP OUT ASSEMBLY FOR ROUND SHANK DRILL BITS

JORE CORPORATION, Ronan,...

1. A round shank tool holder assembly, comprising:a storage case;
a first tip out tool holder configured to removably receive at least a first round shank tool therein, the first tip out tool holder pivotally secured within the storage case and moveable about a first pivot axis between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein the first round shank tool remains visible in both the stowed and deployed positions;
a second tip out tool holder configured to removably receive at least a second round shank tool therein, the second tip out tool holder pivotally secured within the storage case and moveable about a second pivot axis between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein the second round shank tool remains visible in both the stowed and deployed positions;
a first tool retention member configured to substantially prevent axial movement of the first round shank tool when the first tip out tool holder is in the stowed position;
a second tool retention member configured to substantially prevent axial movement of the second round shank tool when the second tip out tool holder is in the stowed position; and
wherein the first tool retention member is defined at least in part by a first portion of the second tip out tool holder; and
an interference assembly configured to substantially prevent the second tip out tool holder from being moved toward the deployed position with the first tip out tool holder in the stowed position, wherein the interference assembly is defined by a portion of the second tip out tool holder that is configured to engage a portion of the first tip out tool holder when the second tip out tool holder is moved toward the deployed position with the first tip out tool holder in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,710,231

PRY BAR HANDLE

Mayhew Steel Products, In...

1. A pry bar comprising:a handle having a distal end, a proximate end and a grip portion disposed between the ends;
said grip portion comprises an upper surface, a lower surface and outwardly disposed curved side surfaces, said grip portion comprises a transversely disposed generally triangular cross-section, said upper surface defining one side and the outwardly disposed side surfaces defining two sides of the generally triangular cross-section;
said handle further comprises an inner thermoplastic core and an outer integrally bonded elastomeric material;
said elastomeric material being disposed on the grip portion thermoplastic core surfaces;
a longitudinally rectilinear extending bore through said thermoplastic core;
a pry bar blade, said blade having a proximate end and a distal end;
said blade proximate end being disposed within said handle bore; and
said blade distal end being in angular disposition with the blade proximate end;
said pry bar angularly disposed distal end being upwardly disposed with respect to the grip portion outwardly disposed upper surface;
said outwardly disposed upper surface having a lesser curvature than the lower surface, and wherein the lower surface curvature defines an apex of the generally triangular cross-section; and
wherein the rectilinear bore is disposed more adjacent the apex than the upper face in a portion of the handle adjacent the proximate end than in a portion adjacent the distal end” in lines 20-21 has been amended as—wherein in a sectional view the rectilinear bore is disposed more adjacent the apex than the upper surface in a portion of the handle adjacent a proximate end of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,229

IMPACT HAMMER

1. An impact hammer, comprising:a spindle adapted for rotational movement;
a multiple roller swing arm comprising:
a first end, the first end comprising a first swing arm to piston engagement roller;
a second end, the second end comprising a second swing arm to piston engagement roller; and
an attachment point, the attachment point being rotatably coupled to the spindle such that rotational motion of the spindle is transferred to the swing arm;
a piston comprising a piston contact surface adapted to contact the first swing arm to piston engagement roller such that rotation of the multiple roller swing arm causes the piston to move in a first direction along a linear path, the piston interacting with an energy storage medium when the multiple roller swing arm moves the piston in the first direction causing energy to be stored in the energy storage medium; and
an anvil comprising an anvil impact surface adapted to contact the piston;
wherein continued rotation of the multiple roller swing arm causes the first swing arm to piston engagement roller to lose contact with the piston contact surface allowing the energy storage medium to urge the piston in a second direction opposite the first direction allowing the piston to strike the anvil impact surface for a first strike during a single rotation of the spindle;
wherein continued rotation of the multiple roller swing arm causes the second swing arm to piston engagement roller to make contact with the piston contact surface causing the piston to move in the first direction along the linear path, the piston interacting with the energy storage medium when the multiple roller swing arm moves the piston in the first direction causing energy to be stored in the energy storage medium; and
wherein continued rotation of the multiple roller swing arm causes the second swing arm to piston engagement roller to lose contact with the piston contact surface allowing the energy storage medium to urge the piston in the second direction opposite the first direction allowing the piston to strike the anvil impact surface for a second strike during the single rotation of the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,224

VACUUM SYSTEM ASSEMBLY TOOL

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNI...

1. A tool for positioning a flat ring for installation of flat ring at the end of a cylindrical body, the tool comprising:a plurality of body segments each having an inner concave surface, a first finger located adjacent a first side of the inner concave surface and extending perpendicular to and away from the inner concave surface, and a second finger located adjacent an opposite second side of the inner concave surface and extending perpendicular to and away from the inner concave surface parallel to and spaced apart from the first finger, the body segments being hingedly connected to one another with the first fingers aligned with one another and the second fingers aligned with one another; and
a proximal one of the body segments having a lock surface and a distal one of the body segments having a lock lever hingedly mounted thereon, the lock lever being positionable in engagement with the lock surface and pivotal to lockably engage the lock lever with the lock surface;
wherein during installation of the flat ring at the end of the cylindrical body with the flat ring positioned at the end of the cylindrical body, the tool is positionable so that the lock lever is lockably engaged with the lock surface and the body segments are located to surround the end of the cylindrical body, with the first fingers bearing against the flat ring and the second fingers bearing against the cylindrical body so that the flat ring is maintained at the end of the cylindrical body by the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,710,223

PORTABLE WORK EQUIPMENT FOR TRAVELING USE

Cembre S.p.A., Brescia (...

1. Portable work equipment for travelling use, comprising:A) a portable tool suitable for manipulating work pieces by performing work cycles, said tool having:
a manipulating group suitable for manipulating pieces to be processed by means of said work cycles,
a actuation motor which co-operates with the manipulating group for performing the work cycles,
a first control system which detects and acquires values representative of parameters of said work cycles,
first wireless communication means connected to the first control system,
B) a portable electronic device, comprising:
a second control system,
global positioning means connected to the second control system,
second wireless communication means connected to the second control system, in which the first control system is suitable to transmit by means of the first wireless communication means in real-time identification data of the portable tool and data representative of a set of parameters of the current work cycle,
wherein the second control system is adapted to:
receive in real time from the global positioning means data representative of global positioning coordinates of the portable electronic device,
receive in real time, by means of the second means of communication, the identification data of the portable tool and the data representative of the set of parameters of the work cycle,
generate traceability data-sets by associating to each set of parameters of the work cycle:
a unique identification code for the portable tool or for the portable electronic device or for both,
the global positioning coordinates of the portable electronic device referred to the moment of receipt of the signal or of the data representative of the set of parameters of the work cycle,
the date and time of receipt of the data representative of the set of parameters of the work cycle,
transmit these traceability data-sets by means of the second wireless communication means to a central database which is remotely accessible,
wherein the central database is separate and remote from the electronic control device and the portable tool, and
wherein the generation of said traceability data-sets is performed only for those work cycles of the portable tool during the performance of which a distance between the portable tool and the electronic device is less than a predetermined maximum allowed distance.

US Pat. No. 10,710,222

HYDRAULIC CYLINDER ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

1. A piston puller tool for installing a piston into a barrel of a hydraulic cylinder, comprising:a piston rod engagement member includes a base engagement member, a thrust retainer projection, at least one threaded rod plug, said thrust retainer projection extends from one end of said base engagement member, said at least one threaded rod plug extends from an opposing end of said base engagement member, wherein said piston rod engagement member is engaged with the piston;
a thrust bearing retainer includes a rod bore formed through one end, a bearing bore is formed into said thrust bearing retainer starting at an opposing end to receive a thrust bearing, said thrust retainer projection is engaged in an entrance to said bearing bore;
a draw rod having one end retained in said thrust bearing retainer; and
a barrel end retainer is threadably retained on an opposing end of said draw rod, said barrel end retainer includes a barrel perimeter, said barrel perimeter is sized to receive an inner diameter of the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,710,216

ADJUSTABLE POSITIONING DEVICE

SHERN YEONG PRECISE OPTIC...

1. An adjustable positioning device, comprising:a connection member comprising an outer thread and a head at one end of said outer thread;
a positioning component set comprising a positioning member and an adjusting member respectively threaded onto said outer thread of said connection member, said positioning member being disposed adjacent to said head of said connection member, said adjusting member being disposed at one end of said positioning member remote from said head; and
an adjustment structure comprising two protrusions and at least one abutment surface, said two protrusions being respectively located on said positioning member and said adjusting member of said positioning component set to face toward each other, each said abutment surface extending upwardly and circularly from a bottom side of one said protrusion toward the other said protrusion;
wherein when rotating said adjusting member on said connection member toward said head after said two protrusions are abutted against each other, said positioning member is forced to rotate toward said head; when rotating said adjusting member on said connection member in direction away from said head after said two protrusions are abutted against each other, one said protrusion is moved into abutment against one said abutment surface to eliminate the screw pitch between said positioning member, said adjusting member and said outer thread, achieving a positioning effect.

US Pat. No. 10,710,214

POLISHING OR GRINDING PAD WITH MULTILAYER REINFORCEMENT

Husqvarna AB, Huskvarna ...

1. A polishing or grinding pad assembly comprising:(a) a flexible and rotatable pad;
(b) a polymeric ring attached to the pad and having a central opening exposing the flexible and rotatable pad;
(c) a metallic ring attached to the polymeric ring and having an inner hole exposing the flexible and rotatable pad; and
(d) abrasive tools contacting against a bottom surface of the metallic ring,
wherein the metallic ring includes an outer periphery having recesses radially arranged thereon between each of the abrasive tools, and
wherein the recesses are arcuate scallops which expose bottom surface portions of the polymeric ring.

US Pat. No. 10,710,213

ALUMINA SINTERED BODY, ABRASIVE GRAIN, AND GRINDING WHEEL

SHOWA DENKO K.K., Tokyo ...

1. An alumina sintered body comprising:an inner layer comprising alumina crystal grains; and
an outer layer covering at least a part of the inner layer from outside, having a higher content of an alkaline earth metal than the inner layer, and comprising alumina crystal grains, wherein
the content of the alkaline earth metal contained in the outer layer is 1.0 to 30.0 mass % in terms of oxide,
the alumina sintered body being free from silicon except unavoidable impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,710,208

POLISHING METHOD AND POLISHING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

3. A polishing method for polishing a substrate by pressing the substrate against a polishing pad on a polishing table, comprising:a first step of defining a plurality of concentric annular areas in a radial direction of the polishing pad, selecting the area to adjust the surface temperature from the defined plural areas, adjusting the surface temperature of the selected area to a predetermined temperature, calculating, for each of radial positions on the substrate, an amount of heat that the substrate receives from the polishing pad by contact with the temperature-adjusted polishing pad, calculating, for each of the radial positions on the substrate, an integrated value of the amount of heat during rotation of the substrate from the calculated amount of heat, thereby obtaining a profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat in the radial direction of the substrate, and preparing and accumulating, for each area to adjust the surface temperature, the profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat;
a second step of obtaining a temperature profile in the radial direction of the surface of the polishing pad when the substrate is polished under such polishing conditions as to achieve a target polishing profile in a state where the surface temperature of the polishing pad is not adjusted, and calculating, for each of radial positions on the substrate, an integrated value of the amount of heat during rotation of the substrate from the temperature profile, thereby obtaining a profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat in the radial direction of the substrate;
a third step of selecting a profile which is equal or similar to a profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat, obtained by normalizing the profile of the integrated value of the amount of heat obtained in the second step, from profiles of the integrated value of the amount of heat, obtained by normalizing the profiles of the integrated value of the amount of heat accumulated in the first step; and
a fourth step of determining an area where the surface temperature of the polishing pad is adjusted based on the profile selected in the third step, and polishing the substrate by pressing the substrate against the polishing pad while adjusting the surface temperature of the determined area of the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,710,207

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING TARGETED POLISHING VIA MANIPULATION OF MAGNETIC-ABRASIVE FLUID

10. A method for magnetic abrasive polishing, the method comprising:positioning a workpiece in a container;
positioning a compressible barrier having a portion thereof extending downwardly perpendicular to the container around the workpiece, the compressible barrier contacting the container so as to create a sealed region between the workpiece and the container, wherein the compressible barrier is spaced apart from a side interior face of the container and extends below the workpiece;
introducing a magnetic abrasive fluid to a space under the workpiece within the sealed region;
magnetizing the magnetic abrasive fluid via a magnet;
varying a resulting magnetic field by rotating the magnet to apply a magnetic field gradient to the workpiece; and
inducing travel of magnetic particles present in the magnetic abrasive fluid, via spatial and temporal variations in the magnetic field, to affect localized polishing of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,710,205

QUERY UNIT FOR TOGGLE LEVER CLAMP

1. A query unit for determining a status of moving or movable parts of a toggle lever clamping apparatus comprising:(a) an electroblock; and
(b) a sensor unit;
wherein the electroblock has at least one electrical connector element for connecting an outer, releaseable connection cable, a first connector plug-in connection part which is a first projection for connecting the electroblock with the sensor unit, and at least one screw passage opening for installation on an outer surface of the toggle lever clamping apparatus, whereby the electroblock is installed on a housing wall of the toggle lever clamping apparatus from an outside;
wherein the sensor unit has at least one sensor and a second connector plug-in connection part which has a second recess for connecting the sensor unit with the electroblock and attachable to the toggle lever clamping apparatus; and
said first projection plugging into said second recess; and
wherein the second connector plug-in connection part of the sensor unit is attachable in an opening of the toggle lever clamping apparatus with shape fit, wherein the connector plug-in connection is integrated into the housing wall of a head in such a manner that the toggle lever clamping apparatus is sealed against outer influences and that the sensors are disposed in a protected manner; and
wherein the electroblock has a connector for shape-fit connection with the toggle lever clamping apparatus;
wherein the connector is a shape-fit projection placed into a shape-fit recess of the housing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,710,201

NI-BASED ALLOY SOLID WIRE FOR WELDING AND NI-BASED ALLOY WELD METAL

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. A Ni-based alloy solid wire for welding, comprising a composition comprising:Cr: 27.0 to 31.5 mass %,
Ti: 0.97 to 2.40 mass %,
Nb: 0.30 to 2.40 mass %,
C: 0.020 to 0.040 mass %,
S: 0.0005 to 0.0030 mass %,
Mn: 0.20 to 1.00 mass %, and
Fe: 5.0 to 11.0 mass %,and further comprising:Mo+W: 0.5 mass % or less,
P: 0.0100 mass % or less,
Si: 0.50 mass % or less,
Al: 0.20 mass % or less,
Ca: 0.005 mass % or less,
B: 0.005 mass % or less,
Mg: 0.008 mass % or less,
Zr: 0.005 mass % or less,
Co: 0.10 mass % or less,
O: 0.015 mass % or less,
H: 0.003 mass % or less,
N: from 0.015 mass % to greater than 0 mass %, and
Ni and inevitable impurities,
wherein ([Ti]+[Nb])/[C] is from 80 to 150, wherein [Ti], [Nb], and [C] represent the amounts (mass %) of Ti, Nb, and C, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,710,194

LASER PROCESSING SYSTEM AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD

Gigaphoton Inc., Tochigi...

1. A laser processing system that irradiates a workpiece with pulsed laser light to perform laser processing on the workpiece, the laser processing system comprising:A. a wavelength tunable laser apparatus configured to output the pulsed laser light and be capable of changing a wavelength of the pulsed laser light;
B. an optical system configured to irradiate the workpiece with the pulsed laser light outputted from the wavelength tunable laser apparatus;
C. a reference wavelength acquisition section configured to acquire a reference wavelength corresponding to photon absorption according to a material of the workpiece;
D. a laser processing controller configured to control the wavelength tunable laser apparatus to perform preprocessing before final processing is performed on the workpiece, change the wavelength of the pulsed laser light outputted from the wavelength tunable laser apparatus over a predetermined range containing the reference wavelength, and perform wavelength search preprocessing at a plurality of wavelengths;
E. a processed state measurer configured to measure a processed state on a wavelength basis achieved by the wavelength search preprocessing performed at the plurality of wavelengths; and
F. an optimum wavelength determination section configured to assess the processed state on a wavelength basis to determine an optimum wavelength used in the final processing.

US Pat. No. 10,710,193

CONNECTING ELEMENT FOR PRODUCING A FRICTION-WELDING CONNECTION

1. A component connection, comprising:a base layer having a top surface;
a top layer having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface being superimposed on the top surface of the base layer; and
a friction-welding connecting element comprising a head and a shaft;
said head being cylindrically shaped and having an outermost radial peripheral face having an outside diameter (DA), said head having an underside, a flat top side configured for transmitting an axial force, and a drive cutout being formed in said flat top side for transmission of torque;
said shaft having a cylindrical shaft segment having a shaft diameter (DS), an arcuate portion extending from an upper end of the shaft segment at an ascent level (A), and an end of the shaft extending from a lower end of the shaft segment configured for penetrating the top layer, the arcuate portion comprising an annular concave contour having a continuous diameter increase starting at said ascent level to said underside of said head at a level (K);
wherein the distance of said ascent level (A) from said underside of said head, level (K), is less than half the difference between the outside diameter of the head and the shaft diameter, (DA?DS)/2, and greater than a quarter of the difference between said outside diameter of the head and said shaft diameter, (DA?DS)/4;
said connecting element transmitting axial force downwardly and rotated such that said end of said shaft of said connecting element penetrates the top layer and is friction-welded to said base layer and such that the cylindrical shaft segment is deformed radially outwardly defining an annular undercut between the cylindrical shaft segment and the underside of said head, said undercut interlockably receiving displaced softened material from said top layer to secure said top layer to said base layer, and said head residing above said top surface of said top layer and displaced material of said top layer extending upwardly to radially encompass said outermost radial peripheral face of said head.

US Pat. No. 10,710,191

RETRACTABLE WORK CABLE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:a welding-type power supply configured to provide welding-type power;
a reel located within a housing of the welding-type power supply;
a welding-type cable, the reel configured to wind the welding-type cable to reduce a length of the welding-type cable extending from the housing, and to unwind and increase a length of the welding-type cable extending from the housing at least partially wound around the reel when stored, the welding-type cable comprising:
a first end secured to the reel and electrically connected to the welding-type power supply; and
a second end configured to provide the welding-type power to at least one welding-type tool, wherein the reel further comprises an electrical connector electrically connecting the first end of the welding-type cable to the welding-type power supply, the electrical connector comprising a first conductor ring connected to the first end of the welding-type cable and a second conductor ring connected to the welding-type power supply, the first conductor ring being concentric with the second conductor ring, and the first conductor ring being electrically connected to the second conductor ring.

US Pat. No. 10,710,190

WELDING GUN WITH LOCKABLE ROTATION MECHANISM

HENLEX INC., Montreal, (...

1. A welding gun comprising:an elongated body having a front end, a rear end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the front end and the rear end;
a neck assembly having an end connectable to the front end of the elongated body;
a handle including a sleeve portion mounted coaxially around and in a fixed longitudinal relationship with the elongated body, and a grasping portion extending lengthwise radially outwardly from the sleeve portion; and
a rotation mechanism operatively connected between an outer periphery of the elongated body and an inner periphery of the sleeve portion for rotating the elongated body and the neck assembly relative to the handle about the longitudinal axis, the rotation mechanism including:
an inner structure fixedly provided along the outer periphery of the elongated body, the inner structure having a number of circumferentially distributed engaging elements; and
an outer structure fixedly provided along the inner periphery of the sleeve portion, the outer structure having a number of circumferentially distributed engaging elements, the engaging elements of the outer structure cooperating with the engaging elements of the inner structure for releasably locking the elongated body into a plurality of discrete angular positions relative to the sleeve portion about the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,710,188

UNIVERSAL WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL FOR WELDING APPARATUS IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:a controller configured to regulate welding operations for at least one welder;
a wireless communication system configured to communicate over a wireless medium and provide an operational parameter to the controller based on the communication, wherein the controller is configured to regulate the at least one welder based on the operational parameter;
a pairing apparatus coupled to the wireless communication system and configured to:
identify a terminal device capable of wirelessly communicating with the wireless communication system;
identify a status of the terminal device through wireless communication with the terminal device, via the wireless communication system; and
initiate a transfer of data to the terminal device in response to the status indicating a need for an update or upgrade, wherein the data allows the terminal device to provide the operational parameter to the controller via wireless communication with the wireless communication system.

US Pat. No. 10,710,187

WELDING METHOD AND ARC WELDING DEVICE

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A welding method comprising:a step of preparing a first base material and a second base material;
a step of disposing the first base material and the second base material in a manner such that a first end face of the first base material and a second end face of the second base material face each other; and
a step of welding the first base material and the second base material together using GMA welding so that the first end face and the second end face are joined together,
wherein an arc is formed between a welding wire and each of the first base material and the second base material and a molten region is formed at the first base material and the second base material by heat of the arc, so that the first base material and the second base material are welded together in the step of welding the first base material and the second base material together, and
the arc is formed in a state where the welding wire penetrates into a region surrounded by the molten region, so that the molten region is formed to pierce through the first base material and the second base material in a thickness direction in the step of welding the first base material and the second base material together.

US Pat. No. 10,710,184

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OF A ROTOR

Atlas Copco Airpower, N.V...

1. A method for manufacturing a screw rotor for a compressor, a blower, a vacuum pump, or an expander, the method comprising the following operations:clamping a workpiece into a grinding machine to perform a grinding operation, the workpiece having been partially processed so that before being clamped into the grinding machine, along an axis of the workpiece, the workpiece has a general cross-sectional shape of a rotor;
performing one or more cylindrical grinding operations including cylindrical grinding with one or more cylindrical grinding disks including a first cylindrical grinding disk and a second cylindrical grinding disk, wherein one or more sections of the workpiece are ground to respective one or more diameters to form one or more rotor shaft sections;
performing one or more profile grinding operations, wherein, in said one or more profile grinding operations, with one or more profile grinding disks including a coarse profile grinding disk and a fine profile grinding disk, a section of the workpiece is profiled to form a rotor body of the screw rotor;wherein during the manufacture of the screw rotor in the grinding machine, the workpiece is not unclamped and both the cylindrical grinding operations and the profile grinding operations are executed with the same grinding machine,wherein performing the one or more cylindrical grinding operations includes a first cylindrical grinding operation that includes cylindrically grinding with the first cylindrical grinding disk a first section on at least a first end of the workpiece to obtain a cylindrical clamping surface that is centred with respect to a centre line of the workpiece along the axis of the workpiece,wherein performing the one or more cylindrical grinding operations further includes a second cylindrical grinding operation that includes cylindrically grinding with the first or second cylindrical grinding disks a second section on at least a second end of the workpiece, the second end of the workpiece being opposite from the first end of the workpiece, to obtain a cylindrical support surface that is centred with respect to the centre line of the workpiece along the axis of the workpiece, andwherein performing the one or more profile grinding operations includesclamping the workpiece at the first end at the cylindrical clamping surface to provide rotational support to the workpiece during the profile grinding by controlling rotation of the workpiece during the profile grinding operations to form the rotor body of the screw rotor,wherein performing the one or more profile grinding operations includes a first coarse profile grinding operation using the coarse profile grinding disk to obtain on the workpiece a coarsely ground rotor body having a coarsely finished spiral toothing,wherein, after said first coarse profile grinding operation, said method further comprises performing a third cylindrical grinding operation that includes grinding said one or more rotor shaft sections or grinding an end face of the rotor body,wherein after said third cylindrical grinding operation is performed, the one or more profile grinding operations includes a second profile grinding operation that includes finely grinding the profile of the rotor body using the fine profile grinding disk during a fine profile grinding operation to obtain on the workpiece a finely ground rotor body having a finely finished spiral toothing, andwherein said providing rotational support to the workpiece during said one or more profile grinding operations includes driving the workpiece around the axis of the workpiece by a clamp clamped at said cylindrical clamping surface during said first profile grinding operation and during said second profile grinding operation.

US Pat. No. 10,710,183

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE FLANK FACE CONTOUR OF A GEAR SKIVING TOOL, GEAR SKIVING TOOL AND USE THEREOF

1. A tool for gear skiving, comprising:a plurality of teeth, each of the teeth having faces with cutting edges and adjoining flank faces, the teeth being arranged on a cylindrical or conical shell, wherein the tool can be driven rotatingly about a tool rotational axis spaced a radial distance away from a workpiece axis and can be advanced in rolling engagement at a crossed-axes angle between a rotational axis of a driven workpiece and the tool rotational axis, wherein a closed annular envelope surface is formed by a bundle of tangential velocity vectors of each cutting edge point, wherein no tangential velocity vectors lie within the closed annular envelope surface and the flank face of the respective tooth is inclined by 2° to 10° in relation to the closed annular envelope surface.

US Pat. No. 10,710,181

SAW BLADE FOR CIRCULAR SAW AND USE OF SUCH SAW BLADE IN A BRUSH CUTTER

Swedex AB, Mjolby (SE)

1. A saw blade, comprisinga generally circular blade base body, and
a plurality of teeth, extending radially from the base body,
wherein the teeth are alternatingly set towards opposing axial directions of the saw blade, such that each tooth presents a respective tooth plane, which is angled relative to a base body plane,
wherein the teeth present a respective first cutting edge, extending along a radially distal edge portion of the respective tooth, along a length of the tooth, as seen in a direction of rotation of the saw blade, and
wherein the radially distal edge portion of the respective tooth presents a first bevel, providing a first bevel surface which is non-perpendicular relative to the tooth plane,
wherein the radially distal edge portion presents, at a radially outermost portion thereof, a hard portion having greater hardness than the base body and
wherein the hard portion extends more than 0.05 mm and less than 1.5 mm radially inwardly from the radially distal edge of the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,710,180

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR AND SHUT DOWN PRODUCTION SAW

HOLLYMATIC CORPORATION, ...

1. A machine comprising:a motor;
a first wheel coupled to the motor;
a second wheel; and
a blade,
wherein
the first wheel and the second wheel each comprise a first lip and a second lip sandwiching a groove therebetween,
the first wheel is formed of an anodized main body with a non-anodized surface extending along the circumference of the groove of the first wheel,
the blade is wrapped around the first wheel and the second wheel such that the blade is positioned within the groove of the first wheel and within the groove of the second wheel, and the blade directly contacts the non-anodized surface of the first wheel,
the blade comprises a base part and a toothed part, the toothed part being for cutting,
an entire width of the non-anodized surface of the first wheel is equal to or less than a width of the base part, and a side of the base part is in direct contact with the non-anodized surface, and
the non-anodized surface of the first wheel is directly adjacent to an anodized surface of the groove of the first wheel, extending along the circumference of the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,710,178

CUTTING ELEMENT, TOOL, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A HELICALLY EXTENDING, TRAPEZOIDALLY UNDERCUT GROOVE IN A CYLINDRICAL SURFACE OF A BORE

Guehring KG, Albstadt (D...

1. Cutting element for a tool to create a helically extending, trapezoidally undercut groove in a cylindrical surface of a bore, the cutting element comprising:a series of groove-cutting teeth to create a symmetrically cross-sectioned groove, each groove-cutting tooth spaced from a next-in-series or a prior-in-series groove-cutting teeth in the series by a whole-numbered multiple of a pitch, the series of groove-cutting teeth comprising at least one pre-machining tooth to create and machine a base groove and several trapezoidal teeth following the at least one pre-machining tooth, each trapezoidal tooth is trapezoidal in shape and has a tooth head profile with a cross-section that is larger at a head of the tooth than at a base of the tooth, with two flanks delimiting a flank angle for further machining the base groove to a trapezoidally undercut final cross-section, wherein
each of the groove-cutting teeth has a symmetrically cross-sectioned tooth head profile, and
the flank angle delimited by the two flanks of the trapezoidally shaped tooth head profile increases from at least one trapezoidal tooth to a following trapezoidal tooth to a defined final dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,710,176

ELLIPTICAL ULTRASONIC MACHINING DEVICE POWERED BY NON-CONTACT INDUCTION

BEIHANG UNIVERSITY, BeiJ...

1. An elliptical ultrasonic machining device powered by non-contact induction, comprising an induction power supply device (9) and an elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2), wherein: induction power supply secondary units (92) of the induction power supply device (9) encircle a BT spindle shank shell (6) of the elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2); induction power supply primary units (91) of the induction power supply device (9) are arranged at a primary magnetic core seat (911) outside the elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2); the primary magnetic core seat (911) and the elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2) have a same circle center, and a relatively small gap exists between the primary magnetic core seat and the elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank; the primary magnetic core seat (911) is fastened on a machine tool spindle seat (5) of a machine tool through a support (10) and keeps still; the elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2) is mounted on a machine tool spindle (4) of the machine tool through a taper shank (61), and rotates with the spindle (4) in a high speed;the induction power supply device (9) comprises two independent loosely coupled transformers, wherein: the two loosely coupled transformers are arranged along an axis direction, up and down; each loosely coupled transformer consists of one induction power supply primary unit (91) and one induction power supply secondary unit (92); the induction power supply primary units (91) are embedded in the primary magnetic core seat (911), and the primary magnetic core seat is fastened on the machine tool spindle seat (5) of the machine tool through the support (10) and keeps still; the induction power supply secondary units (92) encircle the BT spindle shank shell (6) and rotate with the machine tool spindle (4) in the machine tool spindle seat (5) of the machine tool in a high speed, and a relatively small gap exists between each induction power supply primary unit and the corresponding induction power supply secondary unit;
each induction power supply primary unit (91) consists of a primary magnetic core (912) and a primary coil (913), wherein: the primary coil (913) is wound in a U-shaped inner circular groove and on an outer circular surface of the primary magnetic core (912), and the primary coil is connected with an external ultrasonic power supply (1) through a wire hole (9112) on the primary magnetic core seat (911); and, both of the primary magnetic core (912) and the primary coil (913) are arranged inside the primary magnetic core seat (911);
the primary magnetic core seat (911) has an incomplete annular structure with a circumference of 150°; ladder-shaped U-shaped grooves are opened inside the primary magnetic core seat for placing the primary magnetic cores (912) and the primary coils (913); and, a support hole (9111) for connecting with the support (10) and the wire hole (9112) for passing through by the primary coils (913) are opened on the primary magnetic core seat;
each primary magnetic core (912) has an incomplete annular structure with a circumference of 120°, and a U-shaped groove is opened on an inner circular surface of each primary magnetic core, namely the U-shaped inner circular groove;
each primary coil (913) is a stranded enameled wire, comprising copper wires and a nylon cover, wherein insulating varnish is coated on the copper wires and the nylon cover wraps the copper wires;
each induction power supply secondary unit (92) consists of a secondary magnetic core (921) and a secondary coil (922), wherein: the secondary magnetic core (921) is arranged inside a U-shaped annular groove of a secondary magnetic core seat (63) of the BT spindle shank shell (6); the secondary coil (922) is wound inside a U-shaped groove of the secondary magnetic core (921) and is connected with an elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7) inside the BT spindle shank shell (6) through a wire hole (65) on the secondary magnetic core seat (63);
the secondary magnetic core seat (63) consists of two U-shaped annular grooves which are arranged along the axis direction, showing a complete annular structure; a width of each U-shaped annular groove is consistent with that of each secondary magnetic core (921); two parallel wire holes (65) are opened at a bottom part of each U-shaped annular groove and are distributed symmetrically in 180°;
each secondary magnetic core (921) is formed through connecting two semi-annular magnetic cores together and arranged inside the secondary magnetic core seat (63); and the U-shaped groove is opened on an outer circular surface of each secondary magnetic core;
each secondary coil (922) is a stranded enameled wire, comprising copper wires and a nylon cover, wherein insulating varnish is coated on the copper wires and the nylon cover wraps the copper wires;
the elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2) consists of the BT spindle shank shell (6), the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7), a tool (8), a rivet (3) and bolts (11), wherein: the tool (8) is connected with the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7) through a hot charging head (81); the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7) is fixed inside the BT spindle shank shell (6) through the bolts (11); the whole elliptical ultrasonic spindle shank (2) is fixed on the machine tool spindle (4) of the machine tool through the rivet (3) and rotates with the spindle (4) in a high speed;
the BT spindle shank shell (6) is designed and modified based on a standard BT spindle shank, comprising the taper shank (61), an annular groove (62), the secondary magnetic core seat (63), an inner cavity (64) and bolt holes (66), wherein: the taper shank (61) is located at a tail part of the BT spindle shank shell (6), for connecting with the machine tool spindle (4) of the machine tool; the annular groove (62) is located at a middle part of the BT spindle shank shell (6); the secondary magnetic core seat (63) is located at a head part of the BT spindle shank shell (6), and the wire holes (65) are opened at the bottom part of each U-shaped annular groove of the secondary magnetic core seat; and the inner cavity is opened inside the BT spindle shank shell (6);
the taper shank (61) is consistent with a taper shank of the standard BT spindle shank, and is able to be fixed on the machine tool spindle (4) of the machine tool to rotate with the spindle (4) in a high speed;
the annular groove (62) is consistent with an annular groove of the standard BT spindle shank and meets an automatic tool change requirement;
the secondary magnetic core seat (63) has been described when illustrating the induction power supply device (9) and is not repeated;
the inner cavity (64) has a ladder-shaped cylindrical cavity structure, for placing the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7);
the bolt holes (66) are threaded holes of M4*1, for fixing a flange plate (712) of the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7);
the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7) consists of an ultrasonic horn (71), a piezoelectric ceramic stack, a back cover plate (74), copper electrodes (73), and an insulation sleeve (75), wherein: a screw (711) is arranged at a large end of the ultrasonic horn (71) with the insulation sleeve (75) sleeved on an outer surface of the screw; an inner hole of the back cover plate (74) has thread thereon, and the back cover plate presses the piezoelectric ceramic stack together through a preset pre-tightening force;
the ultrasonic horn (71) has a ladder-shaped cylindrical structure with datum lines of cylindrical sections ensured to be coaxial, wherein: the screw (711) is arranged at the large end of the ultrasonic horn; a threaded hole is opened at a small end of the ultrasonic horn for fixing the hot charging head (81); the flange plate (712) is arranged at a middle part of the ultrasonic horn (71), for fixing the ultrasonic horn to the inner cavity of the BT spindle shank shell (6);
the piezoelectric ceramic stack consists of four groups of semi-annular ceramic wafers (72) which are arranged according to different polarization directions;
the back cover plate (74) has a cylindrical structure with a threaded hole opened inside, and a surface of the back cover plate contacting the piezoelectric ceramic stack is smooth;
each copper electrode (73) has an annular structure; and, an outer diameter and an inner diameter of each copper electrode are consistent with that of the piezoelectric ceramic stack;
the insulation sleeve (75) has a tubular structure and is made of insulation material; the insulation sleeve is sleeved on the screw (711) arranged at the ultrasonic horn (71), so that the copper electrodes (73) are insulated from each other; and
according to different machining types, one of a milling cutter, a drill bit and a diamond grinding tool is selected to serve as the tool (8); the tool (8) tightly fits the hot charging head (81) in a hot charging manner; and the hot charging head (81) is fixed to a fore part of the ultrasonic horn (71) of the elliptical ultrasonic transducer (7) in a thread form.

US Pat. No. 10,710,175

ORBITAL DRILL WITH LEFT-HANDED AND RIGHT-HANDED FLUTES

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A cutting tool for forming a hole in a material, comprising:a drilling portion; and
a shank portion,
wherein the drilling portion includes a first flute having a right-handed helix configuration with a first cutting edge having a positive axial rake angle for positive cutting action while orbiting into a material to form a hole in the material, and a second flute located rearward of the first flute and having a left-handed helix configuration with a second cutting edge having a positive axial rake angle for positive cutting action while orbiting back out of the material and removing any residual material in the hole due to deflection of the cutting tool when orbiting into the material, thereby eliminating a separate reaming operation;
wherein the first cutting edge overlaps the second cutting edge in the axial direction; and
wherein the cutting tool comprises an orbital drill.

US Pat. No. 10,710,173

SLOT MILLING DISC, A SLOT MILLING TOOL COMPRISING A SLOT MILLING DISC AND A DISC FOR A MILLING DISC

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A slot milling disc comprising:an outer peripheral surface provided with a plurality of cutting edges, wherein the slot milling disc is made in one piece, the cutting edges being provided by separate cutting inserts mounted in insert seats arranged at the outer peripheral surface;
an attachment arrangement configured to prevent rotary movement between the slot milling disc and a rotatable mounting shaft; and
at least one flushing fluid channel having a confined cross-section and extending within the milling disc from an inlet opening located in a central part of the disc and configured to be connected to a source of flushing fluid and to at least one outlet opening in the outer peripheral surface of the disc, wherein the at least one flushing fluid channel includes an inner channel portion extending from the inlet opening towards the outer peripheral surface and ending before reaching the outer peripheral surface, and a first outer channel portion extending from the inner channel portion in a direction opposite to a direction of intended rotation of the disc, while changing direction of the flushing fluid channel in such a manner as to be inclined towards a rake surface of a respective cutting edge and extending to the at least one outlet opening, and a second outer channel portion extending from the inner channel portion in the direction of the intended rotation direction towards and inclined to a clearance side of another cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,710,172

ROTARY POWER TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A core drill comprising:a housing;
a first handle extending from the housing and defining a gap between the handle and the housing;
a motor supported within the housing;
a battery removably coupled to the housing and configured to provide power to the motor, wherein the battery has an output voltage greater than 40 volts;
a spindle configured to rotate about a rotational axis in response to torque received from the motor;
a fluid delivery system configured to supply fluid to the spindle, the fluid delivery system including a valve operable to regulate a flow of fluid to the spindle; and
an auxiliary handle removably coupleable to the housing at each of a first mounting point and a second mounting point,
wherein the first mounting point is located at a first position along the rotational axis, and the second mounting point is located at a second position offset from the first position along the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,710,170

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:an upper surface comprising a first corner part, a second corner part, and a side part located between the first corner part and the second corner part;
a lower surface opposite to the upper surface;
a lateral surface located between the upper surface and the lower surface; and
an upper edge located at an intersection of the upper surface and the lateral surface; wherein
the upper surface further comprises:
a first surface located along the upper edge and comprising a portion which is located lower than the upper edge, and
a flat second surface which is located above the upper edge and is located farther from the upper edge than the first surface;
the upper edge comprises:
a first edge located at the first corner part,
a second edge located at the side part, and
a third edge located at the second corner part;
the second surface comprises:
a first region extending toward the first corner part, and
a second region extending toward the second corner part;
a length of the first surface in a direction perpendicular to the upper edge reaches a maximum at a midportion of the side part in a top view;
a first distance between the first region and the upper edge becomes smaller as going from the first edge toward the second edge in the top view; and
a second distance between the second region and the upper edge becomes smaller as going from the third edge toward the second edge in the top view.

US Pat. No. 10,710,163

AUTOMATIC SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AND MACHINING THE END OF TUBULAR ELEMENTS

VALLOUREC TUBOS DO BRASIL...

1. An automatic system for measuring and machining ends of tubular elements, comprising:measuring equipment that has:
an internal laser sensor to measure the inner diameter of the pipe end on at least one section of the pipe length;
an external laser sensor to measure the outer diameter of the pipe end on at least one section of the pipe length;
a machining station that has:
at least one machining tool for machining the inner diameter of the pipe and at least one machining tool for machining the outer diameter of the pipe, the machining tools being operated independently of each other;
an electronic interface central between the measuring equipment and the machining tools, which contains records of critical values of outer and inner diameters for the pipe end,
the electronic interface central receives the measured values of outer and inner diameters from the measuring equipment, compares them with the critical values of outer and inner diameters, and controls the operation of the machining tools for machining the inner and outer diameters as a function of the result of the comparison, so that the real values of the outer and inner diameters of the pipe will come close to the critical values of the outer and inner diameters.

US Pat. No. 10,710,161

TURBINE DISK FABRICATION WITH IN SITU MATERIAL PROPERTY VARIATION

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method of fabricating a functionally graded turbine engine component comprising:depositing layers of powder onto a base;
solidifying and fusing each layer with a first directed energy beam to define a component; and
varying a process parameter between deposited layers to define different material properties within the component, further comprising varying the energy level from the first directed energy beam to vary a density of a solidified layer of powder.

US Pat. No. 10,710,156

PROCESS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF PARTS BY MELTING OR SINTERING PARTICLES OF POWDER(S) USING A HIGH-ENERGY BEAM WITH POWDERS ADAPTED TO THE TARGETED PROCESS/MATERIAL PAIR

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of fabricating a part out of a material with discontinuous reinforcement, the method comprising:melting or sintering powder particles of the material with discontinuous reinforcement via a high-energy beam,
wherein
the material is a metallic, intermetallic, ceramic, ceramic matrix composite, or a metal matrix composite material,
the powder particles have substantially identical mean composition, a sphericity of from 0.8 to 1.0, a form factor of from 1 to ?2, and a grain size distribution narrowed around a mean diameter value d50% in such a manner that:
(d90%?d50%)/d50%?0.66,
(d50%?d10%)/d50%?0.33, and
(d90%?d10%)/d50%?1.00,
the composition of the powder particles comprises an additional chemical element in a quantity of more than 0 and less than 0.5 wt % and suitable for modifying the material's microstructure,
and
the additional chemical element facilitates wetting of the reinforcement by a liquid, which is formed by melting a portion of the powder particles via the high-energy beam.

US Pat. No. 10,710,154

CASTING CORE REMOVAL THROUGH THERMAL CYCLING

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

15. A method of removing a silica-based ceramic core, the method comprising:disposing a casting within a vessel, wherein the silica-based ceramic core is within and surrounded by the casting;
increasing a temperature within the vessel from a first temperature to a second temperature to increase a temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a first heating iteration;
decreasing the temperature within the vessel from the second temperature to the first temperature to decrease the temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a first cooling iteration;
increasing the temperature within the vessel from the first temperature to the second temperature to increase the temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a second heating iteration;
decreasing the temperature within the vessel from the second temperature to the first temperature to decrease the temperature of the silica-based ceramic core for a second cooling iteration; and
after the second cooling iteration, chemically dissolving the silica based ceramic core from within the casting.

US Pat. No. 10,710,153

METHOD FOR FILLING WITH METALLIC SODIUM

NITTAN VALVE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for filling a hollow area of a hollow engine valve with metallic sodium, the method comprising:injecting melted metallic sodium into a cylinder having a larger diameter than an inner diameter of the hollow area of the engine valve under a directional solidification condition, at a speed faster than a speed at which a droplet solidifies, and in a form in which no discontinuity occurs;
forming a solidified metallic sodium rod having a substantially uniform structure in the cylinder;
inserting metallic sodium into the hollow area of the engine valve through a nozzle shaped die while keeping the uniform structure of the metallic sodium rod;
cutting the inserted metallic sodium; and
sealing the engine valve.

US Pat. No. 10,710,144

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING REINFORCEMENTS

MBK Maschinebau GmbH, Ki...

1. A device for producing a reinforcement comprising an expansion device which has a single expansion slide, wherein the expansion slide is configured for modifying a radial position of an actuating element for a longitudinal wire of the reinforcement by way of a transmission mechanism of the expansion device,wherein the expansion device has a mold slide, wherein an actuator drive is provided for moving the mold slide, and wherein the actuator drive for a linear movement of the mold slide in relation to the expansion slide is supported on the expansion slide.

US Pat. No. 10,710,143

CONTROLLED TRANSLATION METHOD OF AFFIXING A TERMINATION TO A MULTI-STRANDED TENSILE MEMBER

Bright Technologies, LLC,...

1. A method for adding a termination to an end of a tensile strength member including multiple synthetic filaments, said tensile strength member having a central axis, comprising:(a) providing an anchor with a cavity;
(b) providing a potting compound in a liquid state, said potting compound being configured to transition to a solid state;
(c) placing a length of said filaments within said cavity;
(d) adding said potting compound in said liquid state to said cavity; and
(e) while at least a portion of said potting compound remains in said liquid state, applying tension to said tensile strength member.

US Pat. No. 10,710,139

METHOD FOR QUICK GAS BULGING FORMING OF HOT METAL SHEET

Harbin Institute of Techn...

1. A method for gas bulging forming of a hot metal sheet, wherein the method is implemented according to the following steps:step one, placing a metal sheet blank to be formed on a forming mold, and closing a sealing mold to form enclosed cavities on upper and lower surfaces of the metal sheet blank;
step two, introducing high-pressure gases with equal pressures simultaneously into upper and lower enclosed cavities respectively formed by the metal sheet blank and the sealing mold, and the metal sheet blank and the forming mold;
step three, heating the metal sheet blank to a preset forming temperature condition;
step four, quickly releasing the high-pressure gas from the enclosed cavity formed by the metal sheet blank and the forming mold, such that the metal sheet blank bulges quickly under the action of the high-pressure gas in the upper cavity and thus fits into the mold cavity of the forming mold; and
step five, discharging the gas from the cavity formed by the metal sheet blank and the sealing mold, and opening the sealing mold to obtain a formed metal sheet part.

US Pat. No. 10,710,136

PRESS-FORMING APPARATUS AND PRESS-FORMING METHOD

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A press-forming apparatus comprising a die and a punch, said apparatus being configured for manufacturing a press-formed article from a workpiece sheet by moving at least one of the die and the punch so as to be close to each other in a press-forming direction, the press-formed article having a top portion, a first sidewall portion, and a second sidewall portion, the first sidewall portion and the second sidewall portion being connected to ridge portions formed on both edges of the top portion, wherein the die comprises:a die slide;
a first divisional die arranged at the die slide so as to be adjacent to a first side face of the punch in a state where the die and the punch are the closest to each other;
a second divisional die arranged at the die slide so as to be adjacent to a second side face of the punch in a state where the die and the punch are the closest to each other, the second side face being an opposite side face of the first side face;
a second divisional die driving unit configured to move the second divisional die in the press-forming direction so as to separate the second divisional die from the die slide;
a die pad arranged between the first divisional die and the second divisional die;
a die pad driving unit, including a pressing mechanism or an electrical motor, configured to move the die pad in the press-forming direction;
an insert block having a base end portion configured to be inserted between the die slide and the second divisional die in a state where the die slide and the second divisional die are separated from each other; and
an insert block driving unit, including a pressing mechanism or an electrical motor configured to move the insert block in a direction perpendicular to the press-forming direction.

US Pat. No. 10,710,127

HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING LANCE DRIVE SAFETY APPARATUS

STONEAGE, INC., Durango,...

1. A flexible cleaning lance safety apparatus comprising:a support structure adapted to be placed on a support surface and located above an opening into an object to be cleaned;
a flexible lance drive fastened to the support structure for driving a flexible lance directing a high pressure fluid to and into the object to be cleaned;
an air operated dump valve connected to the high pressure fluid; and
one or more sensors between the support structure and the support surface connected to an air pressure supply connected to the air operated dump valve, wherein the one or more sensors are each configured to sense a predetermined force applied between the support structure and the support surface wherein when the predetermined force is sensed, the high pressure fluid in the flexible lance is diverted from the object to be cleaned via actuation of the air operated dump valve.

US Pat. No. 10,710,125

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING BIOFOULING FROM A PROTECTED SURFACE IN A LIQUID ENVIRONMENT

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A system for anti-biofouling a protected surface disposed upon an object configured to be immersed in water, comprising:an ultraviolet light source operable to generate ultraviolet light;
an optical medium disposed under the protected surface, the optical medium coupled to receive the ultraviolet light and configured to disburse the ultraviolet light; and
a degradable layer disposed over the protected surface, wherein the degradable layer is disposed to receive portions of the ultraviolet light that escape the optical medium, wherein the degradable layer is responsive to the ultraviolet light such that selected portions of the degradable layer are configured to change mechanical properties and to be removable in response to the ultraviolet light, facilitating removal of biological material on the degradable layer, and wherein the optical medium comprises a continuous optical coating over the object, wherein the optical coating is configured to provide a propagation path for the ultraviolet light.

US Pat. No. 10,710,121

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODULAR CAMP SORTATION AND DYNAMIC LOADING LAYOUT GENERATION

COUPANG CORP., Seoul (KR...

1. A computer-implemented system for optimizing sorting and loading of packages, the system comprising:a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising:
receiving data comprising a plurality of package identifiers associated with a plurality of packages;
receiving configuration parameters of a delivery vehicle, the configuration parameters comprising one or more available positions;
causing a sorting device or a robotic sorter to sort the plurality of packages into one or more compartments within a plurality of modular containers;
determining a loading order in which to load the plurality of modular containers into the available positions based on the configuration parameters of the delivery vehicle; and
generating instructions for a device to display a visual representation of the determined loading order.

US Pat. No. 10,710,119

MATERIAL SORTING USING A VISION SYSTEM

UHV Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A system for classifying and sorting a first heterogeneous mix of materials comprising:a first device configured to produce image data of the first heterogeneous mix of materials;
a first conveyor system configured to convey the first heterogeneous mix of materials past the first device;
a first data processing system comprising a machine learning system configured to assign a first classification to a first one of the materials based on the image data of the first heterogeneous mix of materials, wherein the first classification is based on a first knowledge base containing a previously generated library of observed characteristics captured from a homogenous set of samples of the first one of the materials; and
a first sorter configured to sort the first one of the materials from the first heterogeneous mix of materials as a function of the first classification of the first one of the materials.

US Pat. No. 10,710,115

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A linear vibration motor comprising:a base including an accommodation space;
a vibration unit;
a first elastic unit suspending the vibration unit in the accommodation space, the first elastic unit comprising two elastic pieces located on two opposite sides of the vibration unit along a vibration direction, each of the elastic pieces having a centrally symmetric structure and comprising a main elastic arm, a first auxiliary elastic arm and a second auxiliary elastic arm extending reversely in a bending way respectively from two opposite ends of the main elastic arm, a first fixed arm extending in a bending way from an end of the first auxiliary elastic arm and a second fixed arm extending in a bending way from an end of the second auxiliary elastic arm; wherein
the main elastic arm is perpendicular to the vibration direction, the first auxiliary elastic arm and the second auxiliary elastic arm are respectively located on two opposite sides of the main elastic arm, the first fixed arm is fixed to the vibration unit, and the second fixed arm is fixed to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,710,112

CAULKING FINGER

FWMM Products, LLC, Rosw...

1. A caulking finger, comprising:a handle; and
a finger portion shaped according to a human finger and coupled to the handle, wherein the finger portion comprises an elastic material and a cross-sectional shape having a plurality of surfaces on a bottom side of the finger portion comprising a plurality of different radii of curvatures,
wherein the handle comprises a finger engagement tab having a width that, beginning with a base portion at a finger engagement end and moving outward, decreases at a middle portion before increasing to substantially a same width at a tip portion as the base portion, and
wherein the finger portion comprises a tab engagement recess configured to receive the finger engagement tab of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,710,111

CONTINUOUS TOW FIBER COATING REACTOR

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

13. A system for continuously coating fiber tows, said system comprising:a reactor comprising an outer tubular member, an inner support member spaced from said outer tubular member, a reactant flowing through a space defined by said outer tubular member and said inner support member, and at least one flow promotor located on an outer surface of said inner support member for directing said reactant towards an inner surface of said outer tubular member; and
a plurality of take-off spools and take-up spools for causing a plurality of tow fibers to travel through said reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,710,110

OUTLET FITTING FOR FLUID-CARRYING CONDUIT

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. An outlet fitting for a conduit opening of a pressurized fluid-carrying cylindrical conduit including an outer wall having an outer surface annularly circular and longitudinally straight near the conduit opening, the outlet fitting comprising:a coupler comprising:
an aft section configured to be inserted into the conduit opening, the aft section having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a distal end, a portion of the inner surface decreasing in diameter away from the distal end;
a forward section extending from the aft section and having an inner surface and an outer surface, the forward section being configured to connect a fluid emitter to the coupler,
the inner surfaces of the aft section and forward section forming a fluid passageway extending through the coupler; and
a radially extending flange bisecting the aft and forward sections, the flange including a conduit-facing surface having no curvature in a first direction and a constant curvature in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction such that an entirety of the conduit-facing surface is configured to abut the outer surface of the conduit near the conduit opening; and
a plug configured to be at least partially positioned in the aft section of the coupler, the plug having an aft end and a forward end, the plug comprising:
a frusto-conical shaped outer surface widening in diameter towards the aft end; and
a central aperture extending through the plug from the aft end to the forward end for allowing fluid to pass therethrough,
the plug being configured to be drawn into the aft section of the coupler so as to radially expand the aft section such that at least a portion of the outer surface of the aft section secures the coupler in the conduit opening and creates a seal between the coupler and the conduit, wherein the outer surface of the aft section includes a radially extending lip configured to positively secure the coupler in the conduit opening when the aft section is radially expanded, the coupler including the radially extending lip being monolithic.

US Pat. No. 10,710,105

DISPOSABLE CLEANING-FREE PAINT POT

Zhejiang Rongpeng Air Too...

1. A disposable cleaning-free paint pot comprising:a pot body and a pot lid covering an opening of the pot body, the pot lid including a pot lid connector and a feed hole disposed in the pot lid connector;
wherein the pot body is made of disposable transparent aviation material; the pot lid connector includes an adapter or a pot plug sleeved thereon; the adapter having positioning blocks symmetrically disposed in an inner wall thereof and an external thread disposed at one end thereof; the pot lid connector includes positioning slots engaging with the positioning blocks and an annular groove disposed on an outer wall thereof; the adapter includes mobile holes disposed symmetrically on both sides thereof, a press plate hinged to the mobile hole, and a clamping cam connected to the press plate; the clamping cam partially passes through the mobile hole into the adapter and corresponds to the annular groove; the pot lid connector includes an annular recess disposed outside thereof;
wherein the pot plug seals the feed hole and includes a ring sealed tube disposed in an inner wall of an upper end thereof and engaging with the feed hole, the ring sealed tube is obverse truncated cone shape; a retaining ring disposed therein, surrounding the ring sealed tube, and having a movable space between the retaining ring and the inner wall of the pot plug; a plurality of buffer slots distributed uniformly in circumference of the retaining ring; a plurality of elastic strips formed uniformly on circumference of the retaining groove; a plurality of hooks disposed in a bottom inner wall of the elastic strip and engaging with the annular groove; a plurality of guide blocks disposed in an inner wall of the retaining ring and distributed uniformly in circumference, the plurality of guide blocks forming an inner circle diameter d1 which is smaller than an inner diameter d2 formed by the plurality of hooks; and a resilient groove disposed in the bottom inner wall of the elastic strip, which is disposed above the plurality of hooks.

US Pat. No. 10,710,098

CLEANING DEVICE FOR CLEANING AN AIR-IONIZING PART OF AN ELECTRODE

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An ionization electrode, comprising:an air-ionizing part, wherein the air-ionizing part comprises a needle-tip or a thin wire; and
a cleaning device for cleaning the air-ionizing part,
wherein the cleaning device comprises:
a cleaning member arranged to be in physical contact with a circumference of the needle-tip or the thin-wire, wherein the air-ionizing part and the cleaning member are configured to be capable of sliding relative to each other; and
an actuator arranged to activate a relative motion between the air-ionizing part of the electrode and the cleaning member,
wherein the cleaning member comprises a sheet containing at least one perforation through which the air-ionizing part slides,
wherein the at least one perforation is substantially closed by edges in contact with each other when the needle-tip or the thin wire does not protrude through the at least one perforation, and
wherein a shearing force applied by the cleaning member to the needle-tip or the thin-wire is depends on a thickness of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,710,088

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING A CRUSHER, A CRUSHER AND A METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A CRUSHER

Metso Minerals, Inc., He...

1. A method for monitoring a gyratory or cone crusher, comprising:rotating a main shaft of the crusher and an inner blade arranged on the main shaft for creating repeating measuring revolutions;
determining a starting point of a measuring revolution during rotation of the main shaft upon receipt of a triggering pulse from the main shaft of the crusher during rotation of the main shaft;
receiving a plurality of measuring pulses from a drive shaft of the crusher after receipt of the triggering pulse and during the measuring revolution;
determining at least one rotational position of the inner blade of the crusher based upon receipt of one of the measuring pulses from the drive shaft of the crusher; and
measuring a load of the crusher at the moment of receipt of every measuring pulse from the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,710,085

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ANALYSIS DEVICE AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETM...

3. A method for controlling an analysis device for testing a biological sample received in a cartridge, the analysis device having an interior space which is delimited by a housing, a temperature-control apparatus having a temperature sensor that measures temperature within the interior space, the temperature sensor being positioned to be out of direct thermal contact with the cartridge when the cartridge is received in the interior space, and the temperature-control apparatus having a heating surface that is directly engageable with the cartridge when the cartridge is received in the interior space, the method comprising:using the temperature sensor to measure the temperature of the interior space,
using the temperature-control apparatus for temperature-controlling of the interior space based on the temperature measured and irrespective of whether or not the cartridge is received within the interior space,
engaging the heating surface of the temperature-control apparatus with the cartridge, and
testing the biological sample received in the cartridge, the temperature of the cartridge being directly controlled by said temperature-control apparatus during testing.

US Pat. No. 10,710,069

MICROFLUIDIC VALVE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

HandyLab, Inc., Franklin...

1. A method of making a microfluidic valve in a microfluidic device comprising a reactor and a window disposed relative to the reactor to allow detection of fluorescence from the reactor, the method of making comprising:directing a dispensing head over an inlet hole in a microfluidic substrate of the microfluidic device;
propelling a quantity of thermally responsive substance as a succession of fluid dots from the dispensing head into the inlet hole; and
maintaining a temperature of the microfluidic substrate so that the thermally responsive substance flows by capillary action from the inlet hole into a microfluidic loading channel in communication with the inlet hole, the microfluidic loading channel comprising a first end and a second end, the second end of the microfluidic loading channel intersecting a microfluidic flow channel at a T-junction such that the flow of thermally responsive substance stops when the thermally responsive substance reaches the microfluidic flow channel without entering the microfluidic flow channel to form the microfluidic valve.

US Pat. No. 10,710,065

POLYMERIC MATERIALS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL CELLS AND ION SEPARATION PROCESSES

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A modified polymer of intrinsic microporosity comprising a polymer of intrinsic microporosity having a plurality of repeat units, wherein at least one of the repeat units includes one or more negative charges; andwherein at least one of the repeat units includes one or more charged moieties selected from the group consisting of:
where subscript m and subscript o are independently integers selected from 1 to 8.

US Pat. No. 10,710,061

ION PAIR CATALYSIS OF TUNGSTATE AND MOLYBDATE

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A complex of formula (I), comprising an organic cation (A) and an inorganic anion (B):
wherein: each R1 independently represents C1-3 alkyl-aryl or C1-3 alkyl-Heta, which aryl or Heta groups are unsubstituted or are substituted by from one to five R3 substituents;
each R2 independently represents aryl, which group is unsubstituted or substituted by from one to five R4 substituents;
Heta represents a 4- to 14-membered heterocyclic group containing one or more heteroatoms selected from O, S and N, which heterocyclic group comprises one, two or three rings;
each R3 and R4 independently represents halo, branched or unbranched C1-6 alkyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkenyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkynyl; C3-6 cycloalkyl, aryl or OR5;
R5 represents H, branched or unbranched C1-6 alkyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkenyl, branched or unbranched C2-6 alkynyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl or aryl,
wherein alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, and aryl, when present in R3, R4, and R5, are optionally substituted by one or more halogen atoms.