US Pat. No. 10,766,098

ULTRASONIC WELDING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Auto-Kabel Management Gmb...

1. A method for welding a connecting part with a stranded conductor using an ultrasonic welding device having a sonotrode and a counterbearing opposite the sonotrode, wherein the counterbearing is movably mounted parallel to a direction of oscillation of the sonotrode, and wherein the counterbearing is mounted dynamically such that it is periodically elongated by the oscillation energy coupled in by the activated sonotrode, comprising:fastening the connecting part to the counterbearing;
placing the stranded wire on the connecting part;
pressing the sonotrode onto the stranded conductor; and
introducing, from the sonotrode, an ultrasonic oscillation perpendicular to the surface normal of the connecting part into the stranded conductor, the counterbearing oscillating relative to the sonotrode in a direction of oscillation parallel to the direction of oscillation of the sonotrode.

US Pat. No. 10,766,096

ELEMENT SUPPLY DEVICE OF A SETTING WELDING DEVICE

1. An element supply device of a setting welding device for a bolt-like welding auxiliary joining part having a head and a shaft, in which a relative joining movement along a first straight movement line can be performed by an electrode punch and electrode counter bearing for producing a setting welding connection, wherein the element supply device has the following features:a. two scissor-like arranged clamping jaw levers, one clamping jaw lever of which is arranged fixedly and the remaining clamping jaw lever is arranged pivotably around an axis and spring pre-tensioned in the direction of the at least one fixedly arranged clamping jaw lever by a spring and both clamping jaw levers form together a blind hole channel which can be closed temporarily on one side having a nest-like end position, in which a welding auxiliary joining part can be received at an end position, wherein
b. the two clamping law levers are retained in a closed housing being closeable by a flap that is movable between a closed position in which the clamping law levers are enclosed in the housing and an open position in which the clamping law levers are capable of being moved at least partially out of the housing,
c. a first actuator by which the blind hole channel can be moved into and out of the closed housing along another than the first movement line so that the nest-like end position of the blind hole channel is positionable between the electrode punch and the electrode counter bearing, wherein the flap is moved to the open position to permit movement of the law levers at least partially out of the housing,
d. a second actuator by which the blind hole channel can be moved parallel to the first movement line in a force- and/or distance-controlled manner so that a welding auxiliary joining part held at the nest-like end position of the blind hole channel can be positioned in a force fit abutting at the electrode punch, wherein the force fit is achieved by the welding auxiliary joining part being movable into abutment with the electrode punch until a predetermined force is achieved, and
e. a control unit by which captured operating data of the element supply device can be evaluated and at least one command for at least one connected component can be created and transmitted thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,766,095

MATING ELECTRODES FOR RESISTANCE SPOT WELDING OF ALUMINUM WORKPIECES TO STEEL WORKPIECES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method comprising:providing a workpiece stack-up assembly that comprises a steel workpiece and adjacent aluminum workpiece that overlaps with the steel workpiece to establish a faying interface therebetween, the workpiece stack-up assembly having a first outer surface proximate the aluminum workpiece and an opposed second outer surface proximate the steel workpiece;
pressing a first spot welding electrode against the first outer surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly, the first spot welding electrode comprising a weld face that includes a central ascending convex surface that rises above an annular surface that surrounds the central ascending convex surface, wherein, at least initially, the central ascending convex surface makes contact with the first outer surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly and the surrounding annular surface of the weld face of the first welding electrode does not;
pressing a second spot welding electrode against the second outer surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly, the second spot welding electrode comprising a weld face that includes a central descending concave surface that drops below an annular surface that surrounds the descending concave surface, wherein, at least initially, the annular surface of the weld face of the second welding electrode makes contact with the second outer surface of the workpiece stack-up assembly and the descending concave surface does not;
passing an electrical current between the weld faces of the first and second spot welding electrodes across the faying interface of the steel and aluminum workpieces to cause melting of the aluminum workpiece and the formation of a molten weld pool within the aluminum workpiece that wets an adjacent surface of the steel workpiece, the electrical current being distributed along a radially outwardly expanding flow path that extends from the ascending convex surface of the weld face of the first spot welding electrode to the annular surface of the weld face of the second spot welding electrode such that a density of the electrical current is higher in the aluminum workpiece at an interface with the central ascending convex surface of the weld face of the first spot welding electrode than in the steel workpiece at an interface with the annular surface of the weld face of the second spot welding electrode; and, thereafter,
terminating passage of the electrical current between the weld faces of the first and second spot welding electrodes so that the molten weld pool solidifies into a weld joint that bonds the steel and aluminum workpieces together, and wherein the weld joint includes a bonding interface with the adjacent surface of the steel workpiece that is deformed toward the central descending concave surface of the weld face of the second spot welding electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,766,094

ARC WELDING DEVICE AND METHOD

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

1. An arc welding device comprising:a container having a first chamber and a second chamber formed therein separated by a partition, the second chamber configured to accommodate a plasma gas for arc welding;
a plurality of ejection ports formed in the second chamber of the container, the ejection ports configured to eject the plasma gas therefrom in a plurality of plasma gas streams,
a wire dispenser disposed in the first chamber of the container for dispensing a meltable filler wire, and
a plasma gas generating unit disposed in the second chamber of the container, the plasma gas generating unit comprising a copper plate and a plasma torch, the plasma torch being configured to discharge plasma toward the copper plate to generate the plasma gas,wherein the arc welding device is configured and arranged such that during operation thereof, the plasma gas, ejected from the plurality of ejection ports as the plurality of plasma gas streams, is concentrated in a prescribed concentration area such that a workpiece is welded in the concentration area.

US Pat. No. 10,766,092

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS TO PROVIDE PREHEAT VOLTAGE FEEDBACK LOSS PROTECTION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type system, comprising:a welding-type power source configured to provide welding-type power to a welding-type circuit, the welding-type circuit comprising a welding-type electrode and a first contact tip of a welding torch;
an electrode preheating circuit configured to provide preheating power through a first portion of the welding-type electrode via a second contact tip of the welding torch;
a preheat feedback circuit configured to measure a preheat voltage; and
an electrode preheat control circuit configured to:
control the preheating power based on the preheat voltage; and
control the electrode preheating circuit to reduce the preheating power in response to detecting an invalid preheat voltage measured by the preheat feedback circuit, wherein detecting the invalid preheat voltage is indicative of a loss of preheat voltage feedback from the preheat feedback circuit to the electrode preheat control circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,091

LOW MANGANESE FUME WELDING PROCESS

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. An arc welding process for replicating a manganese-containing weld deposit produced when a single conventional welding electrode is used to produce said weld deposit as well as weld fumes, the single conventional welding electrode containing enough manganese so that the weld deposit produced contains a predetermined amount of manganese while the weld fumes generated contain an undesirably high amount of manganese, the arc welding process comprisingcarrying out the process by means of a hot wire welding approach in which (a) some of the ingredients forming the weld deposit are supplied by a primary welding electrode which is subjected to the intense heat generated by an electric arc while other of the ingredients forming the weld deposit are supplied by at least one hot wire welding electrode different from the primary welding electrode and (b) the at least one hot wire electrode is melted without being subjected to the intense heat generated by the electric arc,
the process further comprising reducing the amount of manganese in the weld fumes without reducing the amount of manganese in the weld deposit by supplying greater than 50% of the manganese in the weld deposit by means of the at least one hot wire welding electrode,
wherein the primary electrode still contains up to 1 wt. % manganese so that refining all manganese out of the metal forming the primary electrode is avoided, and further
wherein the at least one hot wire electrode is resistance heated so that the arc welding process can be carried out at a rate which is faster than would otherwise be the case if the at least one hot wire welding electrode were not resistance heated.

US Pat. No. 10,766,089

HEAT INPUT CONTROL FOR WELDING SYSTEMS

Illinois Tool Works, Gle...

4. A welding system comprising:a welding power supply comprising power conversion circuitry configured to generate a welding power output for use in a submerged arc welding operation and an operator interface configured to receive a desired heat input level and an operator initiated first adjustment to a first weld variable of a set of weld variables, wherein the first weld variable is one of a voltage level or a wire feed speed and the welding power supply is operable in a constant current or constant voltage mode;
a wire feeder coupled to the welding power supply and configured to apply the welding power output to a supplied welding wire;
a positioning system configured to position a welding torch and a workpiece with respect to one another; and
control circuitry configured to:
receive data encoding the desired heat input level and the first adjustment to the first weld variable;
during the submerged arc welding operation, determine a second adjustment to a second weld variable of the set of weld variables that is suitable to maintain a heat input of the submerged arc welding operation approximately equal to the desired heat input level in response to the first adjustment to the first weld variable, wherein the second weld variable is the other of the voltage level or the wire feed speed;
generate a control signal to adjust the second weld variable based on the desired heat input level during the submerged arc welding operation encoding the determined second adjustment to the second weld variable, and wherein both the first weld variable and the second weld variable are adjusted by the control circuitry during the submerged arc welding operation to maintain the desired heat input level.

US Pat. No. 10,766,088

METAL WORKING POWER SUPPLY CONVERTER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Illinois Tool Works, Gle...

1. A welding or cutting power supply system, comprising:a converter circuit comprising first and second solid state switching circuits each having two power electronic switches, the first and second solid state switching circuits being electrically coupled to provide a combined output; and
control circuitry coupled to the first and second solid state switching circuits, the control circuitry operable to:
provide a first Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) control signal to the first solid state switching circuit based upon a desired duty cycle;
monitor output power of the first solid state switching circuit in response to the first PWM control signal for a first duration of time;
determine a period of the first solid state switching circuit output power during the monitored first duration;
determine a second PWM control signal for the second solid state switching circuit at a second duration of time following the first duration of time based upon the determined period of the output power based on the first PWM control signal; and
apply the second PWM control signal to the second solid state switching circuit based upon the determined period of the first solid state switching circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,083

SPIRAL FLUTE TAP WITH CONTINUOUSLY INCREASING HELIX ANGLE

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A spiral flute tap comprising a body having an axial forward end and an axial rearward end, the body having a cylindrical shank portion adjacent the axial rearward end, a threaded fluted portion adjacent the axial forward end, a non-threaded fluted portion between the cylindrical shank portion and the threaded fluted portion, and a central, longitudinal axis, wherein the threaded fluted portion and the non-threaded fluted portion of the spiral flute tap further comprises a plurality of helical flutes formed at a helix angle, HA, with respect to the central, longitudinal axis of the tap, and wherein the helix angle, HA, increases in magnitude at a constant rate of change, in a rearward direction for a predetermined distance from the axial forward end toward the axial rearward end.

US Pat. No. 10,766,082

BLADES

KANEFUSA KABUSHIKI KAISHA...

1. A blade comprising:a disc-shaped base metal;
cutting or grinding edges provided on an outer circumferential edge of the base metal; and
a protruding coating on a side face of the base metal along at least 75% of the outer circumference of the base metal,
wherein the protruding coating includes:
a plurality of first coating elements arranged in a circumferential or radial direction of the base metal at predetermined intervals; and
a plurality of second coating elements, where each second coating element is of different width from the width of each of the first coating elements, where the plurality of second coating elements are spaced apart at predetermined intervals to collectively form a plurality of V-shapes.

US Pat. No. 10,766,078

WORKPIECE PICKING DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A workpiece picking device configured to pick up plate-shaped or pillar-shaped workpieces one workpiece at a time from a top of the workpieces stacked in a vertical direction, the workpiece picking device comprising:a chuck including a plurality of gripping claws arranged around a topmost workpiece, the plurality of gripping claws configured to grip a side surface of the topmost workpiece, the chuck being movable in a vertical direction;
an air cylinder provided inside at least one of the gripping claws; and
a pressing member which is moved by the air cylinder, the pressing member having a rectangular or circular shape,
wherein the pressing member is configured to be projectable downwardly from the at least one of the gripping claws toward the second workpiece, and
the air cylinder is configured to press the pressing member against the second workpiece by protruding the pressing member downwardly from the at least one of the gripping claws, and thereby the air cylinder separates the second workpiece from the topmost workpiece gripped by the gripping claws.

US Pat. No. 10,766,077

CUTTING TOOL

Sumitomo Electric Hardmet...

1. A cutting tool comprising:a holder having a first surface and a second surface provided to be separated from each other to sandwich an axis line;
a head including a cutting edge portion located between the first surface and the second surface, and a shank portion configured to hold the cutting edge portion; and
a fastening portion configured to fix the head to the holder,
the holder being provided with a first hole and a second hole, the first hole extending in a first direction and a third direction, the first direction being inclined by a first angle toward the cutting edge portion relative to a direction perpendicular to the axis line, the third direction being inclined by a second angle relative to a second direction extending from the second surface toward the first surface when viewed in a direction parallel to the axis line, the second hole communicating with the first hole, the second hole extending in the direction parallel to the axis line,
the shank portion having a flat surface portion, the shank portion being provided inside the second hole,
the fastening portion being provided inside the first hole, the fastening portion being in contact with the flat surface portion,
in a plane perpendicular to the axis line, a third angle between the second direction and a fourth direction perpendicular to the flat surface portion being larger than the second angle,
the third angle being less than 90°, and
a contact surface of the fastening portion is inclined with respect to the flat surface portion when viewed in a cross-sectional surface perpendicular to the axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,766,076

COATED CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A coated cutting tool comprising:a cemented carbide;
a coating layer formed on a surface of the cemented carbide;
a surface region in the cemented carbide extending from the surface of the cemented carbide in a direction opposite from the coating layer; and
an inner region in the cemented carbide positioned on an opposite side of the surface region from the coating layer that extends up to a thickness corresponding to a remainder of the cemented carbide, wherein:
an average thickness of the coating layer is from 5.0 ?m or more to 30.0 ?m or less;
in the coated cemented carbide, the surface region ranges from the surface of the cemented carbide to a depth of 20.0 ?m, and an average value of KAM values in the surface region and an average value of KAM values in the inner region does not satisfy a condition represented by formula (1) below:
0.00°?|KAMs?KAMi|?0.10°  (1)
(In formula (1), KAMs denotes an average value of KAM values in the surface region, and KAMi denotes an average value of KAM values in the inner region), and
the KAMs is outside of the range from 0.35° or more to 0.57° or less;
the coated cemented carbide is subjected to dry shot blasting by setting shot pressure from 1.7 bar or higher to 1.9 bar or lower, using shot material with an average particle size from 120 ?m or more to 420 ?m or less, setting a shot angle to 90°, setting nozzle speed to 6,000 mm/minute or more to 7,000 mm/minute or less, and setting nozzle pitch interval to 3 mm or more to 5 mm or less;
after the dry shot blasting, the average value of KAM values in the surface region and the average value of KAM values in the inner region satisfy the condition represented by formula (1), and
the KAMs is from 0.35° or more to 0.57° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,766,073

COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS AND COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting method for a component mounter including: a workpiece holding body which aligns and holds a plurality of workpieces on which components are to be placed; a chuck portion which chucks the workpiece holding body; a rotation mechanism which rotates the chuck portion; and a placing head which places the components on each of the plurality of workpieces,the method comprising:
chucking the workpiece holding body at the chuck portion via a continuous drawing force:
adjusting postures of the plurality of workpieces; by rotating the chuck portion; around an axial line that extends in an aligning direction of the plurality of workpieces; and
placing the components respectively on each of the plurality of workpieces.

US Pat. No. 10,766,072

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH DENSITY NICKEL POWDER

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A method of producing nickel powder, comprising:performing an initial operation by charging a pressure vessel equipped with a stirrer with a nickel ammine complex solution containing nickel in a concentration of 5 to 75 g/L together with seed crystals in an amount of 5 g to 200 g per liter of the complex solution, increasing a temperature of the solution, and blowing hydrogen gas into the pressure vessel for performing a reduction reaction with hydrogen, thereby obtaining the nickel contained in the nickel ammine complex solution as nickel powder; and thereafter
performing an operation A repeatedly, the operation A including:
putting the obtained nickel powder in a cylinder filled with water;
stirring the nickel powder and the water in the cylinder;
allowing the cylinder to stand still in an upright position;
recovering from an upper portion of the cylinder a part of the obtained nickel powder; and
charging the pressure vessel equipped with the stirrer with the recovered nickel powder used as the seed crystals together with the nickel ammine complex solution in an amount of 5 g to 200 g per liter of the nickel ammine complex solution containing nickel in the concentration of 5 to 75 g/L, increasing a temperature of the solution, and performing the reduction reaction with hydrogen by blowing hydrogen gas into the pressure vessel for obtaining nickel powder,to obtain the nickel powder having a median diameter of 100 ?m or more and 160 ?m or less, and having a bulk density of 1 to 4.5 g/cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,766,071

EXTREME CREEP RESISTANT NANO-CRYSTALLINE METALLIC MATERIALS

The United States of Amer...

1. An extreme creep-resistant nano-crystalline metallic material comprising:a matrix formed of a solvent metal comprising crystalline grains having diameters of no more than about 500 nm; and
a plurality of dispersed metallic particles formed on the basis of a solute metal in the solvent metal matrix and having diameters of no more than about 200 nm,
wherein the particle density along the grain boundary of the matrix is as high as about 2 nm2 of grain boundary area per particle so as to substantially block grain boundary motion and rotation and limit creep at temperatures above 35% of the melting point of the material.

US Pat. No. 10,766,070

SELF SUPPORTING IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Materialise N.V., Leuven...

1. A system for modifying a design file of an object for additive manufacturing, comprising:a computer control system comprising one or more computers having a memory and a processor, the computer control system configured to:
receive the design file of the object for additive manufacturing, the object comprising a plurality of surfaces and store the received design file in the computer memory;
determine if one or more surfaces of the object are not self-supporting surfaces by determining that a surface angle of the surface is below a threshold angle, wherein the surface angle is calculated as the angle between a normal from a plane of the surface, and a normal from a build surface the object is to be built on;
add one or more edges including a first edge in the design file, the first edge being between a first surface of the one or more surfaces and a second surface of the one or more surfaces, wherein the first surface has a surface angle below the threshold angle and the second surface has a surface angle equal to or above the threshold angle;
generate one or more additional surfaces along the one or more edges in the design file, wherein the one or more additional surfaces are self-supporting, so that the design of the object is modified to be self-supporting; and
store the additional surfaces in the design file.

US Pat. No. 10,766,069

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRODE MATERIAL

MEIDENSHA CORPORATION, T...

1. A method for manufacturing an electrode material, comprising the steps of:(a) sintering a mixed powder containing a Cr powder and a powder of at least one heat-resistant element selected from the group consisting of Mo, W, Ta, Nb, V, and Zr, the mixed powder containing the Cr and the heat-resistant element in a ratio such that the Cr is greater than the heat-resistant element by weight, thereby making a solid solution of the Cr and the heat-resistant element;
(b) pulverizing the solid solution of the Cr and the heat-resistant element to obtain a solid solution powder of the Cr and the heat-resistant element, and then classifying the solid solution powder of the Cr and the heat-resistant element such that a volume-based relative particle amount of particles having a particle size of 90 ?m or less becomes 90% or greater;
(c) mixing the classified solid solution powder of the Cr and the heat-resistant element, a Cu powder having a median size of 100 ?m or less, and a low melting metal powder having a median size of from 5 ?m to 20 ?m, the low melting metal powder being at least one selected from the group consisting of Bi, Sn, Se and Pb, such that the electrode material contains 39.80 to 89.73 weight % of the Cu, 7.96 to 47.86 weight % of the Cr, 1.99 to 11.96 weight % of the heat-resistant element, and 0.30 to 0.50 weight % of the low melting metal powder; and
(d) sintering a compact prepared by pressing a mixed powder obtained by the mixing step, at a temperature of from 1010° C. to 1035° C., the sintering of step (d) being free from applying pressure to the compact,
wherein the at least one heat-resistant element comprises Mo, and the low melting powder comprises Bi.

US Pat. No. 10,766,068

DIE-CASTING SLEEVE AND ITS PRODUCTION METHOD

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A die-casting sleeve comprising an outer cylinder made of a low-thermal-expansion metal material, and an inner cylinder shrink-fit into said outer cylinder;said outer cylinder being provided on its outer peripheral surface with a flange for fixing the die-casting sleeve to a stationary die block of a die-casting machine;
said inner cylinder being constituted by a front member of a low-thermal-expansion metal material arranged on the injection opening side, and a rear member of silicon-nitride-based ceramics arranged in contact with a rear end surface of said front member;
said outer cylinder having an average thermal expansion coefficient ?A of 1×10?6/° C. to 5×10?6/° C. between 20° C. and 200° C.;
said front member having an average thermal expansion coefficient ?B of 1×10?6/° C. to 5×10?6/° C. between 20° C. and 200° C.;
the difference between ?A and ?B being ?1×10?6/° C. to 1×10?6/° C.; and
the axial length L1 (mm) and inner diameter Din (mm) of said front member, and the distance L2 (mm) from a tip end of said outer cylinder to a rear end of said flange meeting ?×Din?L1?L2+20.

US Pat. No. 10,766,066

DEVICE FOR SHOOTING A FOUNDRY CORE

Nemak, S.A.B. de C.V., G...

1. A device for shooting a foundry core, which surrounds a free inner space on its outer boundaries, wherein the device has a mould cavity representing the foundry core, which circulates around an inner slider extending along a longitudinal axis and is delimited on its outer side by an outer slider circulating around the mould cavity, wherein a clear width of the mould cavity is determined by a distance of an inner surface, assigned to the mould cavity, of the outer slider to an outer surface of the inner slider, wherein the inner slider is divided into at least three inner slider segments along dividing planes, which extend in a longitudinal direction of the inner slider and wherein the inner slider segments are displaceable between a removal position, in which they are positioned approximated in relation to one another and to the longitudinal axis of the inner slider and the clear width of the mould cavity present between the inner slider and the outer slider is increased, into a shooting position approximating the outer slider, in which the clear with of the mould cavity corresponds to a target specification for the foundry core to be shot, characterised in that one of the inner slider segments is movable in a radial direction on the longitudinal axis of the inner slider into a receiving portion, which is laterally delimited by in each case one further slider segment and expands in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the inner slider in the case of the slider segments being in the shooting position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,065

METHOD AND ASSEMBLY FOR A MULTIPLE COMPONENT CORE ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A mold assembly for forming a component from a component material, said mold assembly comprising:a mold comprising an interior wall that defines a mold cavity within said mold, said mold cavity configured to receive the component material in a molten state therein; and
a core assembly positioned inside said mold, said core assembly comprising:
a first core component;
a second core component separate from said first core component; and
a core connection component coupled to said first core component and said second core component, said core connection component formed from a connection component material configured to be absorbable by the component material and comprising a sleeve shaped to receive coupling portions of said first core component and said second core component, wherein said first core component is coupled adjacent said second core component at a core split line defining a contacting joint therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,766,064

CASTING COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR THE APPLICATION OF AN ANTICORROSIVE LAYER

1. A casting component for a device for casting or handling a metal melt, the component comprising a metallic basic body and a melt contact surface region which is exposed to the metal melt during casting operation, wherein the metallic basic body is provided in the melt contact surface region with an anticorrosive layer which is resistant to the metal melt and which is a sol/gel layer, using, as a filler, at least one of microparticles or nanoparticles of one or more substances selected from the group consisting of borides, nitrides and carbides of the transition metals and their alloys, boron, silicon, and Al2O3, whereinthe sol/gel layer comprises a plurality of gel layer plies, at least one gel layer ply being formed without the microparticles or nanoparticles, and
the at least one gel layer ply formed without the microparticles or nanoparticles constitutes the outer layer ply in a depositing direction of the sol/gel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,766,059

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING INERT FEEDSTOCK CONTAMINANTS FROM MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE DURING GASIFICATION

ThermoChem Recovery Inter...

1. A municipal solid waste (MSW) energy recovery system for converting MSW containing inert feedstock contaminants, into a product gas (122), the system comprising:(a) a first reactor (100) comprising:
a first reactor interior (101) suitable for accommodating a bed material and endothermically reacting MSW in the presence of steam to produce product gas;
a first reactor carbonaceous material input (104) for introducing MSW into the first reactor interior (101);
a first reactor reactant input (108) for introducing steam into the first interior (101);
a first reactor product gas output (124) through which product gas is removed;
a classified recycled bed material input (A27, A27A) in fluid communication with an upper portion of the first reactor interior (101), the classified recycled bed material input (A27, A27A) and the first reactor carbonaceous material input (104) being separate inputs into the first reactor interior (101);
a particulate output (A2A) connected to a lower portion of the first reactor interior, and through which a mixture of bed material and unreacted inert feedstock contaminants selectively exits the first reactor interior; and
(b) a plurality of particulate classification vessels (A1A, A1B) in fluid communication with the first reactor interior, each vessel having a classifier interior (INA) and comprising:
(i) a mixture input (A5A, A5AA) connected to the particulate output (A2A, A2AA), for receiving said mixture from the first reactor interior;
(ii) a classifier gas input (A6A, A6AA) connected to a source of classifier gas (A16A, 16AA), for receiving classifier gas to promote separation of said bed material from said unreacted inert feedstock contaminants within said vessel;
(iii) a bed material output (A7A, A7AA) connected to the classified recycled bed material input (A27, A27A) of the first reactor interior (101) via a classifier riser conduit (A17, A17A), for returning bed material separated from said mixture to the first reactor interior;
(iv) a contaminant output (A9A, A9AA) for removing unreacted inert feedstock contaminants (A19A, 19AA) which have been separated from said mixture, within the vessel; and
(v) a gas distributor valve (V91) configured to separate each vessel's classifier interior (INA) into a classifier zone (INA1) and a gas distribution zone (INA2); wherein:
the gas distributor valve (V91) comprises a valve body (504) and a blade (502) slidable relative to the valve body (504);
the blade (502) has perforations (514) at a first portion thereof; and
an actuator (506) is connected to the blade (502) and configured to selectively slide the blade (502) between:
a closed position in which the perforations (514) are located within the vessel, between the classifier zone (INA1) and a gas distribution zone (INA2); and
an open position in which the perforations (514) are no longer located within the vessel, between the classifier zone (INA1) and a gas distribution zone (INA2).

US Pat. No. 10,766,058

DEVICE FOR CLEANING, ESPECIALLY THE PIPES OF THE DRINKING WATER CIRCUIT OF AN AIRCRAFT

PRODOSE SARL, Bessieres ...

1. Cleaning device (D), for cleaning a drinking water system said device (D) being supplied with liquid, the device comprising:a mobile chassis (C);
a condensing gas boiler comprising a sealed combustion chamber (110), said condensing gas boiler being supported by said mobile chassis;
gas bottles (210, 220) for supplying gas to said condensing gas boiler in order to supply energy for the production of heat in said condensing gas boiler, said gas bottles being accommodated by said mobile chassis;
a primary circuit (130) containing a liquid, said liquid of said primary circuit being heated by said condensing gas boiler;
an exchange subassembly (400); and
an output subassembly (500) capable of being connected to the drinking-water system during cleaning of the drinking-water system, in which said exchange subassembly and said output subassembly contain a treatment liquid for cleaning, and in which the treatment liquid is heated in order to clean by heat exchange with said liquid of said primary circuit in said exchange subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,766,057

COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS FOR CLEANING A TOOL FOR FORMING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND RELATED METHODS

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

24. A cleaning wafer for cleaning a tool used for fabricating a semiconductor device, the cleaning wafer comprising:a thermally insulative material; and
a high specific heat capacity material selected from the group consisting of boron nitride, boron carbide, aluminum carbide, tungsten nitride, beryllium oxide, polyimide, graphite, and graphene surrounding at least a portion of the thermally insulative material and configured to be disposed on an electrostatic chuck of a tool used for fabricating a semiconductor device, the high specific heat capacity material configured to overlie a pocket defined between the electrostatic chuck and an edge ring of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,766,056

PURGE DEVICE, PURGE STOCKER, AND METHOD FOR FEEDING PURGE GAS

MURATA MACHINERY, LTD., ...

1. A purge stocker comprising:a plurality of purge devices each comprising:
a plurality of mounts that are arranged in a horizontal direction, on which containers are to be placed, and that are grouped;
a nozzle that is structured such that when a container is placed on the corresponding mount, a flow path to supply a purge gas to the container is opened; and
a flow rate controller that adjusts a flow rate of the purge gas supplied into a group based on a number of containers in the group; and
a conveyor that is capable of traveling along the mounts and that transfers the containers to the mounts, wherein
the flow rate controllers of the plurality of purge devices are arranged collectively on an end side of a traveling range of the conveyor;
each of the plurality of mounts includes a detector that detects whether the corresponding container is placed thereon;
the flow rate controller for the group sets the flow rate of the purge gas supplied into the group to a first flow rate based on a first number of containers in the group acquired from a detection result of the detectors of the plurality of mounts; and
when a new container is placed in the group, the flow rate controller for the group temporarily reduces the flow rate of the purge gas supplied into the group from the first flow rate and gradually increases the flow rate to a second flow rate based on a second number of containers in the group including the new container acquired from a detection result of the detectors of the plurality of mounts.

US Pat. No. 10,766,055

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SORTING ITEMS

ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A sorting and sequencing system for mass-produced, customized objects, each of the objects being marked with a unique machine-readable code that includes, for each of the objects, group data and sequence data indicating a sequence position within a group, the system comprising:a plurality of object carriers, each having a unique identity that associates each of the plurality of object carriers with one of the objects;
a code-reading mechanism operable to read the code on each of the objects, wherein the code-reading mechanism is operable to read the code on each of the objects and to associate each of the objects with the group data and the sequence data for that object;
a computer operatively coupled to the code-reading mechanism so as to map the code of each of the objects to the identity of an associated one of the plurality of object carriers;
a placement mechanism operatively associated with the computer and operable to place each of the objects on its associated object carrier using the code of each object and the identity of its associated object carrier;
a sorting mechanism responsive to the code-reading mechanism and operable to direct each of the objects into an assigned one of a plurality of buffer locations based on the group data of the object, thereby sorting the objects into a plurality of groups, each group of objects being held in an assigned buffer location; and
a sequencing mechanism responsive to the code-reading mechanism and operable to receive each group of objects from its assigned buffer location and to_place each of the objects in each of the groups into a sequence based only on the sequence data of the objects;
wherein the sorting mechanism is operable, in response to the group data, to identify a group of objects in a buffer location as an incomplete group, the system further comprising a storing mechanism configured to receive an incomplete group of objects from a buffer location with an incomplete group of objects, to store the incomplete group of objects until a complete group is formed by further objects received from the buffer locations, and to send the complete group to the sequencing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,766,054

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing method, comprising:a liquid film forming step of forming a liquid film puddle of a rinsing liquid on a pattern forming surface of a substrate formed with a pattern;
a liquid pool forming step of forming a liquid pool of an organic solvent by supplying the organic solvent to the liquid film puddle near a center of rotation of the substrate while maintaining the puddle;
after the liquid pool forming step, a replacement step of replacing the rinsing liquid constituting the liquid film with the organic solvent by supplying the organic solvent to the liquid pool while rotating the substrate at a rotational speed higher than in the liquid pool forming step;
an application step of applying a filler solution to the pattern forming surface coated with the organic solvent;
a filling step of causing a filler contained in the filler solution and applied to the pattern forming surface to sink and fill concave portions of the pattern with the filler;
a rinsing step of rinsing the pattern forming surface by supplying the rinsing liquid to the pattern forming surface while rotating the substrate at a first rotational speed, wherein:
the liquid film forming step includes a step of decelerating the rotational speed of the substrate to a second rotational speed lower than the first rotational speed, the step being performed following the rinsing step;
the liquid pool forming step includes a step of setting the rotational speed of the substrate equal to or lower than the second rotational speed; and
the rotation of the substrate is stopped and the organic solvent is supplied in the liquid pool forming step.

US Pat. No. 10,766,053

MATERIAL DISPENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Red Devil, Inc., Tulsa, ...

1. A material dispensing system comprising:a housing having a configuration capable of receiving a packaging containing a material therein;
at least one nozzle tip associated with said housing, said nozzle tip including at least one piercing projection configured to pierce the packaging and allowing the material in the packaging to be dispensed from said nozzle tip;
at least one piston rod at least partially slidably received in said housing, said piston rod having a configuration capable of compressing the packaging toward said piercing projection;
at least one motor;
a transmission assembly selectively operably coupling an output of said motor and said piston rod for powered translation of said piston rod in at least one of a forward direction and a reverse direction, said transmission assembly including a ring gear, and a lock block moveable to operably engage with said ring gear to prevent said ring gear from rotating, said transmission assembly including at least one planetary gear operably engageable with at least one sun gear; and
a gearbox configured to receive said ring gear and said lock block, said gearbox defining a channel configured to slidable receive said lock block;
wherein an axis of rotation of said sun gear is parallel with a longitudinal axis of said piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,766,051

APPARATUSES FOR WETTING MILDEW-REMOVAL STRIPS AND RELATED METHODS

1. An apparatus for wetting at least one absorbent strip with a solution, the apparatus comprising:a dispenser tray comprising:
a base that defines opposing upper and lower surfaces and at least one dispenser tray opening;
a sidewall that extends away from the upper surface and is disposed along a periphery of the base; and
at least one dispenser, including:
a tube extending between first and second ends, the first end coupled to the base of the dispenser tray such that the tube is configured to receive solution from a respective one of the at least one dispenser tray opening; and
a flow restrictor coupled in fixed relation to the second end of the tube and defining an outlet of the dispenser such that solution from the tube is permitted to pass through the flow restrictor to the outlet, the flow restrictor having a maximum internal transverse dimension that is less than or equal to 90% of a maximum internal transverse dimension of the tube;
an applicator tray configured to receive the at least one absorbent strip;
first and second support frames, wherein:
the dispenser tray and the applicator tray are configured to extend between and be removably coupled to the support frames such that the at least one dispenser overlies the applicator tray; and
at least one dispenser rail that is slidable between:
an open position in which solution is permitted to flow from the at least one dispenser onto the applicator tray; and
a closed position in which solution is not permitted to flow from the at least one dispenser onto the applicator tray;
wherein the applicator tray is configured to be pivotably coupled to the second support frame such that the applicator tray is pivotable between:
a first position in which at least a majority of the at least one dispenser does not overlie the applicator tray; and
a second position in which the at least one dispenser overlies the applicator tray;
wherein the dispenser tray and applicator tray are positionable such that when the dispenser tray receives the solution, the solution is permitted to flow:
through the at least one dispenser tray opening into the at least one dispenser; and
through the at least one dispenser onto the applicator tray to wet the at least one absorbent strip with the solution when the at least one absorbent strip is on the applicator tray.

US Pat. No. 10,766,049

MOBILE PAINT BOOTH SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING PAINT TO A VEHICLE

1. An inflatable structure comprising:an inflatable framework, said framework comprising:
first and second spaced vertically extending inflatable corner supports, each of said first and second corner supports having an upper end and a lower end;
a first generally horizontally extending inflatable beam connected to said first and second corner supports at their upper ends;
third and fourth vertically extending inflatable corner supports spaced from said first and second corner supports, respectively, each of said third and fourth corner supports having an upper end and a lower end;
a second generally horizontally extending inflatable beam connected to said third and fourth corner supports at their upper ends,
a generally U-shaped inflatable base connected to said first, second, third, and fourth corner supports at their lower ends;
at least one inflation port for inflating said framework,
a plurality of air vents in a surface of at least one of said first and second generally horizontally extending inflatable beams, said air vents allowing air to pass from an inside of said inflatable frame to the interior area of said inflatable structure to create a positive pressure within said inflatable structure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,046

MIX ON DEMAND SMART BACKPACK SPRAYER WITH REMOVABLE CONCENTRATE TANK

Chapin Manufacturing, Inc...

1. A backpack sprayer system comprising:a) a mounting bracket including a battery receiving fixture configured to removably receive a battery therein;
b) a first tank mounted to the mounting bracket and configured to hold a diluent;
c) a second tank mounted to the mounting bracket and configured to hold a liquid concentrate, wherein the second tank is separable from the first tank and selectively, individually removable from the mounting bracket;
d) a mixing manifold mounted to the mounting bracket, wherein the mixing manifold has a first inlet fitting configured to receive a fixed amount of diluent from the first tank and a second inlet configured to receive a selectively adjustable amount of liquid concentrate from the second tank, whereby the fixed amount of diluent and selectively adjustable amount of concentrate are combined to form a mixed solution, and wherein the mixing manifold includes a mixed solution outlet;
e) a positive displacement pump mounted to the mounting bracket, wherein the positive displacement pump includes a suction port fluidly coupled to the mixed solution outlet and a pressure port configured to fluidly couple with a spray device; and
f) a control unit mounted on the mounting bracket, wherein the control unit is configured to receive power from the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,766,045

CONCENTRATED CLEANING CAPSULE AND DISPENSER FOR DISPENSING CLEANING SOLUTION THEREFROM

13. A method of dispensing a cleaning solution from a capsule, the method comprising:providing a dispenser, the dispenser comprising:
a handle configured to (a) receive a capsule containing cleaning solution therein and (b) be secured to a base, the handle comprising:
a nozzle,
a trigger,
a lever configured to move between an open position and a closed position,
a dispensing pipette, and
a capsule chamber configured for receiving the capsule therein; and
the base, the base comprising:
a reservoir portion configured for receiving cleaning solution from the capsule;
inserting the capsule into the capsule chamber;
moving the lever from the open position to the closed position, wherein the moving of the lever from the open position to the closed position causes the cleaning capsule to be opened to enable the cleaning solution to flow into the reservoir portion;
diluting the cleaning solution with a dilution chemical in the reservoir portion; and
activating the trigger, thereby causing cleaning solution and dilution chemical to be dispensed from the reservoir portion, through the dispensing pipette, and out of the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,044

CHANNELED REDUCTANT MIXING DEVICE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A nozzle, comprising:a nozzle body comprising:
a proximal end defining a first inlet and a second inlet that is distinct from the first inlet, an axis of the first inlet being disposed parallel to a longitudinal axis of the nozzle, an axis of the second inlet being disposed at an angle perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the nozzle;
a distal end disposed opposite the proximal end along the longitudinal axis of the nozzle, the distal end comprising an outlet defining a plurality of outlet orifices therethrough; and
an interior disposed between the proximal end and the distal end, the interior including:
a fluid impingement chamber fluidly connected with the first inlet and the second inlet, and
a mixing chamber; and
an impingement device disposed within the interior of the nozzle body, the impingement device including an impingement pin and an impingement device body extending radially outward from the impingement pin along a radial direction, the radial direction being transverse to the longitudinal axis of the nozzle,
the impingement device body defining a plurality of impingement body orifices therethrough, the mixing chamber being fluidly coupled to the fluid impingement chamber via the plurality of impingement body orifices,
the impingement pin extending away from the impingement device body along the longitudinal axis of the nozzle, the impingement pin including a convex surface disposed at an end of the impingement pin, wherein the convex surface is concentric with the longitudinal axis of the nozzle,
the plurality of outlet orifices being fluidly coupled with the plurality of impingement body orifices via the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,766,042

SEALANT OR ADHESIVE DISPENSING SYSTEM

HAECO INC., Loveland, OH...

1. A dispensing nozzle assembly for dispensing a flowable liquid through a nozzle, the dispensing nozzle assembly including a rotating tube assembly, comprising:i) a nozzle coupling for supplying the flowable liquid, the nozzle coupling including a securing means,
ii) a nozzle tube comprising a cylinder having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end comprising a mating securing means for mating with and sealingly connecting to the securing means of the nozzle coupling,
iii) a dispensing nozzle attached to the outlet end of the nozzle tube,
iv) a union housing secured to the nozzle coupling, the union housing having a top opening through which the nozzle coupling extends, and an interior space that accepts and surrounds the nozzle coupling,
v) a rotatable outer tube comprising a cylinder that surrounds the nozzle tube to provide the rotating tube assembly, the rotatable outer tube having an inlet end that extends into the union housing, and an outlet end that extends proximate the outlet end of the nozzle tube,
vi) a means for rotatably securing the position of the inlet end of the rotatable outer tube within the union housing that is configured for low-friction rotation of the rotatable outer tube relative to the union housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,041

FLOW DIVERTER IN FLUID APPLICATION DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A flow diverter for a fluid application device, the flow diverter comprising:a plug configured for removable insertion in an applicator head between a fluid input conduit and two or more fluid output conduits, the plug comprising two or more channels, each channel in fluid communication with the fluid input conduit and a respective fluid output conduit of the two or more output conduits, the two or more channels formed on an exterior surface of the plug,
wherein each channel of the two or more channels is fluidically separated from each other channel of the two or more channels on the plug,
wherein at least one channel of the two more channels includes a plurality of circumferential flow sections and an axially extending connecting channel fluidically connecting the plurality of circumferential flow sections, and
wherein the plurality of circumferential flow sections includes at least a first circumferential flow section and a second circumferential flow section disposed axially outward relative to the first circumferential flow section on the plug, and wherein the second circumferential flow section is configured to receive the fluid from the first circumferential flow section via the axially extending connecting channel.

US Pat. No. 10,766,040

ANALYSIS DEVICE AND SEPARATION DEVICE

AFI CORPORATION, Kyoto (...

1. An analysis device for analyzing a crossover frequency at which a dielectrophoretic force on dielectric particles switches from a repulsive force to an attractive force or from the attractive force to the repulsive force, the analysis device comprising:a first flow channel through which a sample solution containing the dielectric particles in dielectrophoretic liquid flows,
a pair of first electrodes arranged in the first flow channel,
a first power supply that applies a frequency-modulated AC voltage to the pair of first electrodes,
an imaging unit that captures an image of a movement trajectory of each of the dielectric particles flowing between the pair of first electrodes in the first flow channel; and
a controller that analyzes a change in the movement trajectory along which the dielectric particles flow in the first flow channel and determines the crossover frequency of the dielectric particles based on the change in the movement trajectory in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,766,038

CRYOGENIC GRINDING APPARATUS AND PROCESS

1. A cryogenic grinding apparatus for producing fine material from a material to be ground comprising:a material charge for charging the material to be ground;
a low-temperature embrittling device connected to said material charge and configured for embrittling the charged material to be ground at a low temperature by supplying a low-temperature gas;
a whirlwind mill connected to said low-temperature embrittling device and configured for grinding the embrittled material to be ground in an atmosphere containing the supplied low-temperature gas;
a separating device configured for separating the fine material from a mill-output volumetric flow leaving the whirlwind mill;
said mill-output volumetric flow containing the low-temperature gas and ground material;
said whirlwind mill comprising:
a plurality of metal plates,
a stator,
a rotor with a vertical axis of rotation bearing the plurality of metal plates,
the plurality of metal plates being surrounded at an outer circumference by a grinding path to form a grinding gap between the rotor and the stator bearing the grinding path, and
a temperature control device configured to variably control an amount of the low-temperature gas taken up per unit of time to thereby keep a temperature during milling below a setpoint value which is in a range of ?40° Celsius to ?70° Celsius;
said separating device including a wind classifier configured to separate off a classifier-output volumetric flow containing the fine material from a classifier-input volumetric flow containing the ground material;
the classifier-input volumetric flow including pulsations induced by the temperature control device of the whirlwind mill when the temperature control device variably controls the amount of the low-temperature gas taken up per unit of time;
the wind classifier including:
a classifier wheel, which defines an upper grain limit by rotating at a constant rotational speed,
a classifier chamber from where such particles of the ground material contained in the classifier-input volumetric flow rise, which are sucked up by the classifier wheel, and
a coarse material discharge, into which such particles of the ground material sink downward from the classifier chamber, which are too heavy to be sucked up;
a removal device connected to the mill and configured to remove the ground material from said mill-output volumetric flow; and,
a directing device comprising a line network, detection device, at least one throttle damper, and a controller in communication with the detection device and the at least one throttle damper, the directing device being configured to feed the ground material removed by the removal device into said classifier-input volumetric flow and to discharge excess mill-output gas of said mill-output volumetric flow, and
the controller being configured to smoothen said classifier-input volumetric flow over time by removing from said mill-output volumetric flow the pulsations induced by the temperature control device of the whirlwind mill by controlling the at least one throttle damper based on an output of the detection device.

US Pat. No. 10,766,035

PIPETTING DEVICE, PIPETTE TIP COUPLER, AND PIPETTE TIP: DEVICES AND METHODS

Hamilton Company, Reno, ...

1. A pipette tip coupling device and pipette tip assembly comprising:a pipette tip comprising a circumscribing sidewall with an open interior passage including an interior surface extending along a central longitudinal axis of the pipette tip between an open proximal end and an open distal end of the pipette tip;
a pipette tip coupling device comprising:
a central body terminating in a distal end, the central body comprising an interior circumscribing sidewall surface defining an open ended passageway extending through the central body;
an elastomeric element circumscribing the central body and adjacent to the distal end of the central body;
an expanding mandrel collet comprising:
an annular base portion;
a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart upwardly extending collet arms, each of the plurality of circumferentially spaced apart upwardly extending collet arms further comprising:
a lower arm portion attached to the annular base portion;
an upper arm portion terminating to a free segmented end; and
wherein the lower arm portion transitions into the upper arm portion; and
wherein a plurality of the free segmented ends forms a segmented collar disposed axially above the annular base portion;
a spacer comprising:
a cylindrical body extending between a superior end of the spacer and an inferior end of the spacer, the cylindrical body further comprising:
an exterior circumscribing surface;
a ring circumscribing the exterior circumscribing surface of the cylindrical body of the spacer;
a plurality of cogs, each of the plurality of cogs extending outwardly from the ring;
an interior circumscribing surface that defines an open ended spacer passageway extending through the cylindrical body of the spacer;
wherein the spacer circumscribes the central body;
wherein the expanding mandrel collet circumscribes the spacer;
wherein each of the plurality of cogs protrudes outwardly through an open slot in the expanding mandrel collet formed between two of the plurality of circumferentially spaced apart upwardly extending collet arms; and
wherein the pipette tip coupling device abuts the interior surface of the circumscribing sidewall of the pipette tip for coupling the pipette tip to the pipette tip coupling device.

US Pat. No. 10,766,034

OPTICAL CAVITY PCR

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for performing ultra fast thermal cycling of a fluidic sample, the method comprising:providing a micro-fluidic thermal cycling chamber defined by opposing first and second thin films;
filling the micro-fluidic thermal cycling chamber with the fluidic sample;
illuminating the first thin film with a light source;
wherein a first portion of light illuminated onto the first thin film is absorbed into the first thin film and a second portion of the light illuminated onto the first thin film is transmitted through the first thin film;
illuminating the second thin film with the light transmitted through the first thin film;
wherein at least a portion of the transmitted light illuminating the second thin film is absorbed into the second thin film;
uniformly elevating a temperature of the first thin film and a temperature of the second thin film as a function of the absorbed light into the first thin film and second thin film; and
heating the fluidic sample within the micro-fluidic thermal cycling chamber as a result of the elevated temperature of the first thin film and second thin film.

US Pat. No. 10,766,031

MICROFLUIDICS BASED ANALYZER AND METHOD FOR FLUID CONTROL THEREOF

FENG CHIA UNIVERSITY, Ta...

1. A microfluidic-based analyzer, comprising:a drive module;
a microfluidic disc detachably configured on the drive module, wherein the microfluidic disc comprises:
at least one injection chamber;
at least one microfluidic structure connecting to the at least one injection chamber, comprising:
a mixing chamber connecting to the at least one injection chamber;
a capillary connecting to the mixing chamber; and
a waste chamber connecting to the capillary;
wherein the capillary comprises:
a first access connected to the mixing chamber, wherein the first access is configured on a first radius;
a second access connected to the waste chamber, wherein the second access is configured on a second radius; and
a turning section connected to the first access and the second access, wherein the turning section is configured on a third radius:
wherein the first radius is less than the second radius, and the third radius is less than the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,766,029

DEVICE, PLATFORM, AND ASSAY FOR ASSESSING CELLS

CELLS FOR CELLS S.A., La...

1. A device adapted to assess cell migration responses of a population of cells, the device comprising:a) a cell load chamber;
b) at least two migration assay lanes or lines formed by two parallel hydrogel side bands and allowing migration, wherein the migration assay lanes or lines are parallel, wherein a migration area in each assay lane is delimited in a lower part by the two side bands and material capable of supporting the two side bands and allowing migration, wherein the assay lanes or lines are open in an upper part and the migration is produced on the material; and
c) wherein the hydrogel comprises an encapsulated migration inducing factor.

US Pat. No. 10,766,028

REAGENT MIXER AND FLUID CONTROL DEVICES

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. An apparatus comprising:a case defining a volume and having a gas port; and
a plurality of enclosures disposed within the volume and secured to the case, each enclosure of the plurality of enclosures comprising:
a fluid port providing fluidic access to the interior of the enclosure;
a container disposed within the each enclosure, the container defining an internal cavity having a compressible volume and defining a passage providing fluidic communication between the internal cavity and the exterior of the container, wherein the container includes an insert coupled to a fitting to form the internal cavity; and
a reagent disposed within the internal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,766,027

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TAGGING AND ACOUSTICALLY CHARACTERIZING CONTAINERS

Labcyte Inc., San Jose, ...

1. A container configured to hold a fluid, the container comprising:at least one vertical sidewall; and
a bottom coupled to the at least one vertical sidewall, the bottom including a plurality of recesses, grooves, or protrusions thereon or therein so as to provide a plurality of times of flight of an acoustic signal through the bottom;
wherein the plurality of recesses, grooves, or protrusions include a hydrophobic region configured so as to increase or decrease an amplitude of a reflection of the acoustic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,766,024

MULTICOMPONENT PLASMONIC PHOTOCATALYSTS CONSISTING OF A PLASMONIC ANTENNA AND A REACTIVE CATALYTIC SURFACE: THE ANTENNA-REACTOR EFFECT

William Marsh Rice Univer...

1. A multicomponent photocatalyst comprising:a reactive component optically, electronically, or thermally coupled to a plasmonic material, wherein the plasmonic material has at least a portion of its surface coated with a spacer material that separates the reactive component and the plasmonic material.

US Pat. No. 10,766,023

ZEOLITE SYNTHESIS WITH ALKALINE EARTH METAL

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An aluminosilicate zeolite comprising at least about 90% phase pure AFX framework, wherein the aluminosilicate zeolite has a short hexagonal prism morphology.

US Pat. No. 10,766,020

PLATINUM-CONTAINING CATALYSTS FOR COMBUSTION ENGINES

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. A diesel oxidation catalyst composite comprising: a diesel oxidation catalytic material on a carrier, the catalytic material comprising a platinum component on a high surface area refractory metal oxide support,wherein the catalytic material exhibits a peak vibration frequency in the range of about 2085 to about 2105 cm?1 as measured by CO-DRIFTS prior to exposure to operating conditions of a vehicle having a diesel engine,
and wherein the catalyst composite is fully degreened during production of the catalytic material.

US Pat. No. 10,766,015

CONTINUOUS CARBON SEQUESTRATION MATERIAL PRODUCTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRACTICING THE SAME

Blue Planet, Ltd., Los G...

1. A method of producing a solid carbonate coated aggregate material, the method comprising:providing a continuous reactor comprising a flowing aqueous bicarbonate and/or carbonate containing liquid that comprises seed structure comprising an aggregate; and
introducing a divalent cation source into the flowing aqueous bicarbonate and/or carbonate containing liquid comprising the seed structure comprising an aggregate to produce a solid carbonate coated aggregate comprising a composite structure of a non-slurry solid phase carbonate material and the seed structure in the flowing aqueous bicarbonate and/or carbonate containing liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,766,014

SYSTEMS WITH ANTI-FOULING CONTROL AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING FOULING WITHIN A CHANNEL OF A PLUG FLOW CRYSTALLIZER

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A system with anti-fouling control, the system comprising:a plug flow crystallizer comprising a channel;
one or more heating/cooling elements, each operably associated with a different segment of the channel; and
a controller operably coupled to the one or more heating/cooling elements and configured to implement, via an algorithm, a temperature profile within the channel of the plug flow crystallizer that grows crystals in a plug of fluid that flows through a first segment of the channel and dissolves encrust in a second segment of the channel while having minimal impact on crystal growth in the plug of fluid in the second segment of the channel, wherein the algorithm accounts for existence of a boundary layer between the encrust and the channel such that there exists a temperature gradient between the encrust and the channel so that during cooling, a film temperature is lower than that of the channel, while during heating it is higher such that supersaturation in a growth phase and under saturation in a dissolution phase are stronger for encrust dynamics relative to that of crystallization.

US Pat. No. 10,766,013

APPARATUSES FOR MIXING OF STAGED METHANOL INJECTION

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A riser reactor, comprising:a cylindrical riser comprising an outer wall and an inner wall;
at least one baffle affixed to the inner wall extending into the riser; and
at least one distributor configured to inject methanol into the riser, wherein the at least one distributor is located above the at least one baffle, below the at least one baffle, extends through the at least one baffle and into a different radial location within the riser reactor, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,766,012

PAINT MIXING DEVICE AND METHOD

RADIA, Plymouth, MN (US)...

1. A container holder for a paint mixer adapted to receive a paint or colorant container, the container holder comprisingan open top portion to receive the paint or colorant container;
a generally square base portion having a tapered bottom section with a tapered portion at each corner of the base portion to support the paint or colorant container, wherein each tapered portion of the tapered bottom section has an opening therein, wherein the base portion has a plurality of edges, and wherein each edge of the base portion has a ledge located where the paint or colorant container contacts the base portion and the tapered bottom section when the paint or colorant container is received by the container holder; and
a body comprising upright sides extending from and attached to the base portion and the tapered bottom section, wherein
the upright sides are attached at adjacent edges of each upright side forming the body of the container holder.

US Pat. No. 10,766,011

LIQUID POLYMER ACTIVATION SYSTEM USING A SUBMERSIBLE ACUTATOR

1. A liquid polymer activation system, comprising:a cover having a first distal end and a second distal end, wherein each distal end is opposite to each other;
a first flange connected to the first distal end and a second flange connected to the second distal end, wherein such configuration creates a chamber inside the cover that is flanked by the first flange and the second flange;
wherein the first flange comprises at least one inlet for receiving one or more substances and the second flange comprises at least one outlet for releasing the one or more substances;
a submersible actuator connected to the second flange;
a high shear mixer for mixing the one or more substances;
wherein the high shear mixer is connected to a motorized shaft extension which in turn is connected to the submersible actuator, whose rotation rotates the high shear mixer;
a first retention mechanism for receiving the one or more substances;
a second retention mechanism for receiving the one or more substances from the first retention mechanism and wherein said second retention mechanism encircles the first retention mechanism;
wherein said submersible actuator, said high shear mixer, said first retention mechanism and said second retention mechanism are located inside said chamber;
wherein the first retention mechanism and the second retention mechanism are connected to the first flange;
wherein the first retention mechanism is connected to the submersible actuator via a coupling ring;
wherein the at least one inlet leads the one or more substances into the first retention mechanism in which the one or more substances are mixed by the high shear mixer;
wherein the high shear mixer directs the mixed one or more substances towards the submersible actuator;
wherein the mixed one or more substances are then directed by the high shear mixer, through one or more grooves in the first retention mechanism, towards the second retention mechanism; and
wherein once in the second retention mechanism, the mixed one or more substances are directed, via one or more openings in the second retention mechanism, towards the at least one outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,010

HIGH THROUGHPUT BRINE GENERATING SYSTEM

HENDERSON PRODUCTS, INC.,...

1. A brine generation system comprising:a tank having an upper opening configured for receiving salt crystals therethrough into the tank;
a divider separating a volume within the tank into an upper portion, which is adapted for holding salt crystals, and a lower portion, which is adapted for holding a brine solution, wherein the divider is adapted to resist movement of salt crystals therethrough but be permeable to allow the brine solution to fall into the lower portion from the upper portion through the divider, wherein the divider includes a sump channel adapted to collect non-soluble particles present in the salt crystals, and wherein the sump channel is in communication with an openable port extending through a wall of the tank;
a fluid conduit disposed within the upper portion, the fluid conduit including at least one water jet adapted to inject a stream of water provided through the fluid conduit, the stream of water configured for discharge through the water jet in a direction that is downward into the volume of the tank; and
an outlet positioned in the lower portion of the tank for withdrawing the brine solution;
wherein the upper portion defines an upper volume and wherein the at least one water jet is positioned within the lower two thirds of the upper volume such that the at least one water jet is substantially surrounded by salt crystals when the upper portion of the tank is full with salt crystals.

US Pat. No. 10,766,009

SLURRY INJECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Vector Technologies LLC, ...

10. A method of operating a slurry injection system comprising a low pressure clear fluid manifold, a high pressure clear fluid manifold, a plurality of clear fluid pumps, a blender unit having an outlet, a mixer, a bypass pump and a slurry pressurizer comprising:receiving low pressure clear fluid from the low pressure clear fluid manifold at the plurality of clear fluid pumps;
pressurizing the low pressure clear fluid into high pressure clear fluid at the plurality of clear fluid pumps;
communicating the high pressure clear fluid into the high pressure clear fluid manifold from the plurality of clear fluid pumps;
communicating high pressure clear fluid from the high pressure clear fluid manifold to the mixer;
communicating the high pressure clear fluid from the high pressure clear fluid manifold to the slurry pressurizer using a bypass pump;
pressurizing, by the slurry pressurizer, low pressure slurry from the blender unit using high pressure clear fluid from the high pressure clear fluid manifold to form high pressure slurry;
communicating low pressure fluid from the slurry pressurizer to the low pressure clear fluid manifold;
communicating high pressure slurry from an outlet of the slurry pressurizer to a mixer;
generating a flow rate signal of the low pressure slurry and a density signal corresponding to a density of the low pressure slurry;
blending, at a mixer, the high pressure slurry with high pressure clear fluid to form a slurry mixture;
communicating the mixture to a slurry injection site; and
controlling an operation of the bypass pump in response to the flow rate signal and the density signal to control a density of high pressure slurry.

US Pat. No. 10,766,008

SALT TOLERANT POROUS MEDIUM

Pall Corporation, Port W...

1. A porous medium comprising a porous support and a crosslinked polymer coating,wherein the crosslinked polymer coating is prepared by polymerizing a monomer mixture of at least one monomer (A), at least one monomer (B), and at least one monomer (C), and a crosslinking agent selected from diepoxide, dialdehyde, dihalide, diester, disulfonyl chloride, and diacyl halide,
wherein
monomer (A) has the formula:
CH2?C(R1)—C(?O)—NH—(CH2)n—N?R2R3,
wherein n is 1-6,
monomer (B) has the formula:
CH2?C(R4)—C(?O)—NR5R6,
and
monomer (C) has the formula:
CH2?C(R8)—C(?O)—NH—C(R7)2—(CH2)m—X,
wherein m is 1-3 and X is SO3H or COOH;
wherein
R1, R4, and R8 are independently H or C1-C6 alkyl, and
R2, R3, R5, R6, and R7 are independently H, C1-C6 alkyl, C6-C10 aryl, C1-C alkoxy C1-C alkyl, or triphenylmethyl.

US Pat. No. 10,766,007

HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE MODULE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A hollow-fiber membrane module comprising:a cylindrical case having a first end and a second end in a height direction,
a plurality of hollow-fiber membranes housed in the cylindrical case, and
a first potting part which bonds end parts of the plurality of hollow-fiber membranes located at the first end of the cylindrical case, while the end parts of the plurality of hollow-fiber membranes are open, wherein
the hollow-fiber membrane is a porous hollow-fiber membrane and has a breaking strength of 23 MPa or more,
a membrane area per unit volume of the hollow-fiber membrane module is from 800 to 3,700 m2/m3,
in a cross-section which perpendicularly intersects the height direction of the cylindrical case, a filling ratio of the hollow-fiber membranes is from 25% to 38%,
the hollow-fiber membrane contains a fluororesin-based polymer,
the hollow-fiber membrane has a columnar texture oriented in a longitudinal direction thereof,
the columnar texture has a short-side length of from 0.5 ?m to 3 ?m, and
an aspect ratio of the columnar texture is 3 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,766,006

ELECTROKINETIC THICKENING AND DEWATERING METHOD AND SYSTEM

BCR ENVIRONMENTAL CORPORA...

1. A method for separating water from biosolids, the method comprising:treating a sludge or biosolids with chlorine dioxide to form a pretreated bio solids; and
subjecting the pretreated biosolids to electro-osmosis to separate water from the pretreated biosolids in an electrokinetic dewatering or thickening device including:
a first electrode compartment having a first electrode surrounded by filter material, the first electrode and filter material defining a filtrate drain space between the first electrode and the filter material; and
a second electrode compartment having a second electrode, the second electrode compartment spaced apart from and surrounding the first compartment,
subjecting the pretreated biosolids to electro-osmosis including applying a voltage across the first and second electrodes that causes water to flow from the sludge or biosolids through the filter material and into the filtrate drain space, and then out of the device through a filtrate outlet in fluid communication with the filtrate drain space.

US Pat. No. 10,766,002

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING REVERSE OSMOSIS WITH BRINE RECIRCULATION AND ENERGY RECOVERY

Fluid Equipment Developme...

1. A reverse osmosis system comprising:a membrane housing comprising a reverse osmosis membrane therein, said membrane housing comprising a feed fluid inlet, a brine outlet and a permeate outlet;
a first turbocharger comprising a first pump portion and a first turbine portion;
said brine outlet coupled to a first pipe directing a first portion of brine to the first pump portion;
said first pump portion in fluid communication with the feed fluid inlet;
a feed pump communicating feed fluid to the feed fluid inlet;
a second turbocharger comprising a second pump portion and a second turbine portion; and
said brine outlet coupled to a second pipe directing a second portion of brine to the second turbine portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,000

NANOFIBER FOR FILTER MEDIUM, FILTER MEDIUM COMPRISING SAME, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND FILTER UNIT COMPRISING SAME

AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A nanofiber for a filter medium, comprising:polyacrylonitrile (PAN);
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF); and
an emulsifying agent for improving miscibility of the PAN and PVDF,
wherein the emulsifying agent is a nonionic emulsifying agent which improves spinnability, and
wherein the nonionic emulsifying agent satisfies a hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB) in a range of 10 to 18.

US Pat. No. 10,765,997

REGENERABLE NON-AQUEOUS BASIC IMMOBILIZED AMINE SLURRIES FOR REMOVAL OF CO2 FROM A GASEOUS MIXTURE AND A METHOD OF USE THEREOF

U.S. Department of Energy...

11. A composition for the separation of CO2 from a gaseous mixture, the composition comprising:a carrier fluid comprising polymerized silicone oil, wherein the carrier fluid has a molecular weight of less than 1500 g/mol and a boiling point greater than 200° C.; and,
basic immobilized amine sorbent (BIAS) is suspended in the carrier fluid, wherein the BIAS is a class 1 where class 1 are prepared by dry or wet impregnation of a support with a polyamine/hydrophilic solvent mixture, class 2 where class 2 are prepared by wet impregnation of a mixture of a reactive aminosilane and anhydrous hydrophobic solvent onto a dry pre-treated silica support, class 1/class 2 hybrid, or a combination thereof; wherein the basic immobilized amine sorbent ranges from about 27 to about 35 wt. % of the composition; wherein the viscosity of the composition is in a range from about 20 to about 30 cSt; wherein the CO2 capture capacity is greater than 1.0 mmol/L; and wherein the composition is hydrophobic.

US Pat. No. 10,765,995

HELIUM RECOVERY FROM GASEOUS STREAMS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A helium recovery method comprising:contacting an acid gas removal membrane with a gaseous stream comprising hydrocarbon gas, acid gas, and helium, thereby separating the gaseous stream into a permeate stream and a residual stream, each comprising a portion of the hydrocarbon gas, a portion of the acid gas, and a portion of the helium, wherein a concentration of the helium in the permeate stream is greater than a concentration of the helium in the residual stream, and wherein a concentration of the acid gas in the permeate stream is greater than a concentration of the acid gas in the residual stream;
removing a majority of the acid gas from the residual stream to yield a first acid gas stream and a helium depleted clean gas stream, wherein a concentration of acid gas in the first acid gas stream is greater than a concentration of acid gas in the helium depleted clean gas stream;
removing a majority of the acid gas from the permeate stream to yield a second acid gas stream and a helium rich stream, wherein a concentration of acid gas in the second acid gas stream is greater than a concentration of acid gas in the helium rich stream; and
removing helium from the helium rich stream to yield a helium product stream and a helium depleted stream, wherein a concentration of helium in the helium product stream is greater than a concentration of helium in the helium depleted stream.

US Pat. No. 10,765,994

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RECOVERING CARBON DIOXIDE FROM AN EXHAUST GAS STREAM

NextStream CO2, LLC, Okl...

1. A carbon dioxide capture system comprising:a first heat exchanger configured to exchange heat between an exhaust stream and a lean carbon dioxide effluent stream;
a second heat exchanger coupled in flow communication with said first heat exchanger, said second heat exchanger configured to cool the exhaust stream such that a condensate is formed, and said second heat exchanger configured to channel a condensate stream for injection into the lean carbon dioxide effluent stream;
at least one turboexpander comprising:
a compressor coupled in flow communication with said first heat exchanger and configured to compress the exhaust stream; and
a turbine coupled in flow communication with said first heat exchanger, said compressor driven by said turbine, said turbine configured to expand the lean carbon dioxide effluent stream; and
a carbon dioxide membrane unit coupled in flow communication with said compressor, said carbon dioxide membrane unit configured to separate the exhaust stream into the lean carbon dioxide effluent stream and a rich carbon dioxide effluent stream, said carbon dioxide membrane unit further configured to channel the lean carbon dioxide effluent stream to said first heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,765,993

GEL INCLUDING CONDENSATION PRODUCT OF ORGANIC SILICON COMPOUND

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A gel comprising a crosslinked polymer having at least one selected from the group consisting of an acidic dissociative group, an acidic dissociative group in a salt form, and a derivative group of an acidic dissociative group, and a condensate of a compound represented by the following formula (I):Si{R1—N(R2)(R3)}(OR4)(OR5)(R6)   (I)
wherein
R1 is an alkylene group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkanediyl group optionally having substituent(s), an arenediyl group optionally having substituent(s), or a divalent group optionally having substituent(s) and being a combination of at least two selected from the group consisting of an alkylene group, a cycloalkanediyl group and an arenediyl group, and one or more —CH2— excluding —CH2— adjacent to Si and —CH2— adjacent to N in said alkylene group and cycloalkanediyl group is/are optionally replaced by at least one selected from the group consisting of —O— and —NR7— wherein R7 is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyl group optionally having substituent(s), an aryl group optionally having substituent(s) or an aralkyl group optionally having substituent(s),
R2 and R3 are each independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyl group optionally having substituent(s), an aryl group optionally having substituent(s), or an aralkyl group optionally having substituent(s), or they are bonded to each other to form, together with the adjacent nitrogen atom, a basic nitrogen-containing heterocycle optionally having substituent(s),
R4 and R5 are each independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyl group optionally having substituent(s), an aryl group optionally having substituent(s), or an aralkyl group optionally having substituent(s), and
R6 is an alkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyl group optionally having substituent(s), an aryl group optionally having substituent(s), an aralkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyloxy group optionally having substituent(s), an aryloxy group optionally having substituent(s), an aralkyloxy group optionally having substituent(s), or a group represented by —R?1—N(R?2)(R?3), wherein
R?1 is an alkylene group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkanediyl group optionally having substituent(s), an arenediyl group optionally having substituent(s), or a divalent group optionally having substituent(s) and being a combination of at least two selected from the group consisting of an alkylene group, a cycloalkanediyl group and an arenediyl group, and one or more —CH2— excluding —CH2— adjacent to Si and —CH2— adjacent to N in said alkylene group and cycloalkanediyl group is/are optionally replaced by at least one selected from the group consisting of —O— and —NR?7— wherein R?7 is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyl group optionally having substituent(s), an aryl group optionally having substituent(s) or an aralkyl group optionally having substituent(s), and
R?2 and R?3 are each independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group optionally having substituent(s), a cycloalkyl group optionally having substituent(s), an aryl group optionally having substituent(s), or an aralkyl group optionally having substituent(s), or they are bonded to each other to form, together with the adjacent nitrogen atom, a basic nitrogen-containing heterocycle optionally having substituent(s).

US Pat. No. 10,765,992

GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE AND METHOD FOR GAS SEPARATION

UBE INDUSTRIES, LTD., Ya...

1. A gas separation membrane module, comprising;a cartridge housing a hollow fiber bundle including a number of hollow fiber membranes in a cylindrical vessel, each hollow fiber membrane extends in parallel the length of the cylindrical vessel,
capping members each of which is configured to be attached to both end of said cartridge,
sealing members for sealing between each of said capping members and said cartridge respectively, and
a fixture for fixing said capping members to each other, said fixture being disposed outside of the cartridge,
wherein said cartridge is replaceably mounted between said capping members, and
wherein a pair of tube sheets secure each end of the hollow fiber bundle within the cylindrical vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,991

RAPID CYCLE PRESSURE SWING ADSORPTION PROCESS AND ADSORBENT LAMINATES FOR USE THEREIN

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A process for separating air by cryogenic distillation, said process comprising the steps of:(i) passing a feed air stream through at least one rapid cycle pressure swing adsorption (RCPSA) device to remove at least one impurity selected from the group consisting of H2O, CO2, N2O, and one or more hydrocarbons from said feed air stream to produce purified air; and
(ii) feeding said purified air through a cryogenic distillation column system to separate said purified air into oxygen and/or nitrogen products;
wherein said process has a cycle time from 0.3 to 60 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,765,990

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT HEATING OF SORBENTS IN AN INDOOR AIR SCRUBBER

enverid systems, inc., W...

1. A system for regenerating a sorbent material of a scrubber configured for scrubbing a contaminant from indoor air from an enclosed space comprising:a sorbent material portion (SMP) including a sorbent material, the SMP configured to be cycled between at least two operational phases including:
an adsorption phase for adsorbing a contaminant from indoor air, and
a regeneration phase configured for releasing at least a portion of the contaminant adsorbed by the sorbent material during the adsorption phase thereof via temperature swing adsorption into a purging airflow,
wherein the system is configured to operate in one operational phase at a time; and
a shunt conduit configurable in a closed loop arrangement with the SMP, such that during at least a first phase of the regeneration phase, the purging airflow exiting from the SMP is directed back to an inlet of the SMP to be flowed over and/or through the sorbent material again.

US Pat. No. 10,765,989

TRACE AND LOW CONCENTRATION CO2 REMOVAL METHODS AND APPARATUS UTILIZING METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A device for removing CO2 from a gas, comprising:a gas flow inlet;
a housing including a SIFSIX-3-Cu metal-organic framework (MOF) composition for sorbing and/or desorbing CO2; and
a gas flow outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,765,988

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING GAS IN A LIQUID MEDIUM WITH ULTRASONIC ENERGY FOR CHEMICAL REACTION

Coldharbour Marine Limite...

1. Gas conversion apparatus for converting carbon dioxide in a process gas to a plurality of hydrocarbon gases, the apparatus comprising:a compressor configured to supply the process gas into a liquid water medium;
a whistle device configured to generate ultrasonic energy,
wherein the apparatus is configured to launch the ultrasonic energy generated by the whistle device directly into the liquid water medium such that the process gas in the liquid water medium is directly exposed to the ultrasonic energy so that the carbon dioxide in the process gas is converted to the plurality of hydrocarbon gases; and
a gas separator configured to collect and separate the plurality of hydrocarbon gases from the liquid water medium, and to return some of the plurality of hydrocarbon gases to the liquid water medium for further exposure to the ultrasonic energy.

US Pat. No. 10,765,987

AIR FILTER MEDIUM, AIR FILTER PACK, AND AIR FILTER UNIT

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. An air filter medium comprising a first porous PTFE membrane and a second porous PTFE membrane, whereinan average fiber diameter of fibers included in the first porous PTFE membrane is 0.24 to 0.45 ?m,
an average fiber diameter of fibers included in the second porous PTFE membrane is 0.04 to 0.23 ?m,
the air filter medium has a first main surface and a second main surface, and
the first porous PTFE membrane and the second porous PTFE membrane are arranged so that an air flow moving from the first main surface to the second main surface passes through the first porous PTFE membrane and subsequently through the second porous PTFE membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,765,986

PLUGGED HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A plugged honeycomb structure comprising: a plurality of prismatic columnar honeycomb segments; a bonding layer bonding side surfaces of the plurality of honeycomb segments to one another, andplugging portions arranged in open ends of predetermined cells in an inflow end face of each honeycomb segment and arranged in open ends of residual cells in an outflow end face thereof,
wherein each honeycomb segment has porous partition walls arranged to surround a plurality of cells extending from the inflow end face to the outflow end face, and segment circumferential walls arranged at an outermost circumference, in a cross section of the honeycomb segment which is perpendicular to an extending direction of the cells, at least two types of cells having different shapes are formed to constitute predetermined repeated arrangement patterns,
the cells including the plugging portions arranged on the side of the inflow end face are defined as outflow cells, and the cells including the plugging portions arranged on the side of the outflow end face are defined as inflow cells,
the cells of the honeycomb segment include whole rim partition wall cells and partial rim circumferential wall cells,
the whole rim partition wall cells are the cells having whole rims of the cells which are surrounded by the partition walls,
the partial rim circumferential wall cells are the cells having rims of the cells which are surrounded by the partition walls and the segment circumferential walls,
a shape of the cross section of each partial rim circumferential wall cell which is perpendicular to the cell extending direction includes a shape of at least a part of the whole rim partition wall cell, and
when a value obtained by dividing an average sectional area S1in of the inflow cells by an average sectional area S1out of the outflow cells in a region where the whole rim partition wall cells are present is denoted R1s, and
a value obtained by dividing an average sectional area S2in of the inflow cells by an average sectional area S2out of the outflow cells in a region where the partial rim circumferential wall cells are present is denoted R2s,
a ratio of the R2s to the R1s is in a range of 1.7 times or more and 2.0 times or less.

US Pat. No. 10,765,985

AIR FILTER STRUCTURE IN GENERAL PURPOSE ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An air filter structure for a general purpose engine, which comprises:a fan casing to cover an air cooling fan for the engine;
a cleaner casing fitted to the fan casing to define a cleaner chamber therebetween;
a filter element of a cylindrical configuration accommodated within the cleaner chamber and configured to purify air which will be used as an engine intake air; and
a swirling passage defined in an outer periphery of the filter element within the cleaner chamber and configured to pass the air into a hollow portion of the filter element while the air is swirled around the filter element, wherein a suction opening is provided for introducing air outside the fan casing into the swirling passage, wherein the fan casing includes a fan housing portion for covering the air cooling fan, and a rear wall that divides the cleaner chamber from an interior space in the fan housing portion of the fan casing and that prevents air induced by the air cooling fan from flowing into the cleaner chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,765,984

VIBRATING AIR FILTER FOR ROBOTIC VACUUMS

AI Incorporated, Toronto...

1. A method to prevent accumulation of particulates on an air filter of a robotic vacuum comprising:delivering, by a power source, electric current pulses in alternating directions through a metal wire connected to the air filter; and,
vibrating, by placement of a permanent magnet in a location wherein a magnetic field of the permanent magnet and an magnetic field of the metal wire can interact, the metal wire and connected air filter.

US Pat. No. 10,765,983

FILTER FOR IMMERSION COOLING APPARATUS

Bitfury IP B.V., Amsterd...

1. An immersion cooling system for electronic equipment, wherein heat generated by the electronic equipment immersed in a heat transfer fluid produces a convective flow of the heat transfer fluid, the system comprising:a tank to hold the heat transfer fluid in liquid form into which the electronic equipment can be immersed; and
at least one filter assembly, each filter assembly comprising:
a filter housing through which the convective flow of heat transfer fluid travels and comprising an inlet and an outlet; and
a filter cartridge contained in the filter housing, wherein,
at least one filter assembly is located within the liquid heat transfer fluid in the tank;
a cross-sectional area of the filter housing inlet is greater than a cross-sectional area of the filter housing outlet;
the filter housing inlet is vertically oriented on a side of the filter housing;
the filter cartridge is positioned within the filter housing at an inclined angle relative to the filter housing inlet; and
the filter housing outlet is disposed adjacent to a top of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,765,982

HELICAL WATER COLLECTOR

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A water extractor, comprising:an inlet;
an outlet;
a body comprising a helical passageway having an exit proximate the outlet and an entrance;
an elbow connector enclosing a fluid passageway that fluidly connects the inlet to the entrance of the helical passageway, the elbow connector being bent at a selected angle and including an inner radius and an outer radius opposite the inner radius; and
a baffle extending from proximate the inlet to the entrance and located within the fluid passageway of the elbow connector, the baffle being configured to partition the fluid passageway into a first fluid passageway proximate the inner radius of the elbow connector and a second fluid passageway proximate the outer radius of the elbow connector.

US Pat. No. 10,765,981

MOISTURE SEPARATOR CONFIGURATION

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A moisture separator configuration for separating water droplets from steam of a flow having a mixture of the steam and the water droplets, such that the flow travels through the moisture separator configuration so that the separation of the water droplets from the steam is achieved, the moisture separator configuration comprising:a first plurality of plates oriented in line with the flow, wherein the first plurality of plates form channels through which the flow travels, the channels having progressive cross-section variation along the flow direction, in order to collect progressively the water droplets separated from the steam in the flow, wherein each one of the first plurality of plates includes a plurality of longitudinal grooves on one of its wall sides defining a plurality of drainage channels; and
a second plurality of plates;
wherein a first plate of the first plurality of plates includes a convex bend that protrudes into one of the channels through which the flow travels, towards an adjacent, second plate of the first plurality of plates; and
a first plate of the second plurality of plates extends across the one of the channels towards the convex bend of the first plate of the first plurality of plates;
wherein the Venturi channel is formed between the convex bend of the first plate of the first plurality of plates and a portion of the first plate of the second plurality of plates located adjacent to the convex bend;
wherein the second plate of the first plurality of plates and the first plate of the second plurality of plates forms a first concave shaped cavity therebetween for entrapping small water droplets, for separating the small water droplets from the steam in the flow, and for preventing water film transportation on the non-impinging wall side;
wherein each of the second plurality of plates includes a plurality of window openings forming a passage for the flow and inhibits vibrations in the moisture separator configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,765,980

INERTIAL PARTICLE SEPARATOR FOR ENGINE INLET

1. An aircraft engine having an engine axis and having an inertial particle separator communicating with an engine inlet of the aircraft engine, the inertial particle separator comprising:an inlet duct extending from an intake connectable to an environment outside the engine to an intersection with a bypass duct, the bypass duct extending from the intersection to an outlet of the inertial particle separator, a radial height of the bypass duct relative to the engine axis at the intersection greater than a radial height of the inlet duct at the intersection, an intermediate duct extending generally transversally relative to the inlet duct from the intersection toward the engine inlet, and an inlet screen extending at an angle from a wall of the inlet duct facing toward the engine axis, the inlet screen upstream of the intersection, the angle between 10 to 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,765,979

SELF SUPPORTING PLEATABLE WEB AND AN OIL FILTER INCLUDING THE SAME

1. An oil filter comprising a fibrous media, wherein the fibrous media includes a fibrous web comprising:(i) synthetic fibers; and
(ii) a binder component which is at least one selected from the group consisting of a thermoset binder present at a concentration of at least 15 wt % by weight of the fibrous web and at least one binder fiber; wherein
the synthetic fibers comprise up to 30 wt. % of glass fibers, based on the total weight of the fibers; and wherein
the synthetic fibers are bonded with the thermoset binder and/or the at least one binder fiber to form the fibrous web; and wherein
the fibrous media is in the form of a self-supporting, pleated oil filter which retains pleats upon contact with oil having a temperature in the range encountered in a combustion engine; and
the fibrous media is not reinforced with an additional mechanical support layer.

US Pat. No. 10,765,978

FILTER

JNC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A filter, comprising a base material layer, a filtration layer and a skin layer,wherein the base material layer is a layer formed by a nonwoven fabric being wound in a multiple manner, and subjected to thermocompression bonding;
the filtration layer is a laminate comprising at least a through-air nonwoven fabric and a net wound in a multiple manner and not thermocompression bonded together, and there is a gap between the through-air nonwoven fabric(s) in the filtration layer;
the skin layer is a layer including a nonwoven fabric; and
a mean pore diameter of the nonwoven fabric composing the base material layer and the skin layer is larger than a mean pore diameter of the through-air nonwoven fabric composing the filtration layer.

US Pat. No. 10,765,977

FUEL FILTER INSERT, AND FUEL FILTER COMPRISING A PREFILTER ELEMENT AND A MAIN FILTER ELEMENT AND COMPRISING A WATER SEPARATING UNIT

1. A fuel filter insert for a fuel filter, the fuel filter insert comprising:a prefilter element; and
a main filter element arranged atop the prefilter element in an axial direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the fuel filter insert;
the main filter element comprising a water separating unit configured to separate water contained in a fuel to be filtered;
the water separating unit comprising a water discharge channel for water separated from the fuel,
wherein the water discharge channel is extending in the axial direction at least partially through the prefilter element;
wherein the fuel filter insert further comprises:
a flow channel for fuel that has been prefiltered by the prefilter element,
wherein the flow channel is arranged between the prefilter element and the main filter element,
wherein the flow channel is immediately delimited in the axial direction by an end disc of the prefilter element that is facing the main filter element and by an end disc of the main filter element that is facing the prefilter element.

US Pat. No. 10,765,976

OPEN BOTTOM MULTIPLE CHANNEL GAS DELIVERY DEVICE FOR IMMERSED MEMBRANES

BL TECHNOLOGIES, INC., M...

2. A method of air scouring an immersed membrane comprising adjusting one or more aeration parameters: between successive permeation, backpulse or relaxation cycles; during a permeation cycle; or between a permeation cycle and a backpulse or relaxation cycle wherein air scouring during the backpulse or relaxation cycle comprises releasing a series of bursts of bubbles;wherein aeration is provided by a gas delivery device comprising:
a distribution plenum adapted to be connected to a source of a pressurized gas; and,
a plurality of channels, each of the plurality of channels being in fluid communication with the distribution plenum through a distinct associated port, each of the plurality of channels having an outlet at the end of the channel adapted to discharge gas,
wherein the ports have a smaller area than the channels and the ports are located close together relative to a variation in the lengths of the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,765,975

FILTER ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A FILTER ELEMENT

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A filter element manufactured by a laser manufacturing process, the filter element comprising:a first component corresponding to a filtration media and having a first porosity that is permeable to fluid; and
a second component integral to the first component and corresponding to a preexisting brazing barrier configured to block the flow of a brazing material in a liquid state into the first component, the brazing barrier comprising a solid component of the filter element having a second porosity less than the first porosity and that is impermeable to fluid;
a solid housing component joined to the first component by brazing material;
wherein the first component and the brazing barrier are manufactured from powdered metal that is different from the brazing material and are formed integrally adjacent to each other by a laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,765,974

LINT COLLECTION ASSEMBLY FOR A DRYER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dryer appliance comprising:a cabinet;
a drum rotatably mounted within the cabinet, the drum defining a chamber for receipt of clothes for drying;
an air handler for urging a flow of air through the chamber;
a trap duct in fluid communication with the chamber; and
a lint collection assembly operably coupled to the trap duct for filtering lint from the flow of air exiting the chamber, the lint collection assembly comprising:
a filter housing defining an aperture through which the flow of air passes;
a roller assembly comprising a supply roller for supplying a filter medium over the aperture and a collection roller for receiving the filter medium; and
a drive mechanism operably coupled to the roller assembly for rotating the supply roller and the collection roller to move the filter medium over the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,765,973

FILTER CORE CONFIGURATION

BRITA LP, Oakland, CA (U...

1. A filter core, comprising:a body extending along a longitudinal axis having a cylindrical shape that defines a hollow interior, the body comprises:
a first annular wall disposed proximate a first end of the body;
a second annular wall disposed proximate a second end of the body such that the second annular wall is axially spaced apart along the longitudinal axis from the first annular wall, and the second annular wall and the first annular wall extending axially toward each other; and
a framework connected to the first annular wall and the second annular wall, wherein the framework includes a plurality of elements, the plurality of elements and the first and second annular walls cooperate with each other to define a group of openings,
wherein each of the openings in the group of openings communicates with the hollow interior of the body, and wherein the openings collectively define an open space of the filter core,
wherein the plurality of elements of the framework comprises:
a plurality of annual elements spaced apart from each other and arranged along the longitudinal axis; and
a plurality of axial elements spaced apart from each other and arranged along the longitudinal axis about a diameter of the body, each of the axial elements connected to one or more of the annular elements;
wherein each of the axial elements has a transverse cross-section that is transverse to the longitudinal axis that has a T-shape and that has a first end connected to the first annular wall, and a second end connected to the second annular wall, wherein a bottom portion of the T-shape extends toward the hollow interior of the body;
wherein each of the annular elements has a transverse cross-section that is parallel to the longitudinal axis that has a T-shape, wherein a bottom portion of the T-shape extends away from the hollow interior of the body;
wherein the T-shape of the plurality of axial elements and the plurality of annular elements are configured to provide strength and rigidity to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,765,972

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PURIFICATION OF A FLUID BY MEANS OF A FILTER BED

Paques I.P. B.V., Balk (...

1. An apparatus for purification of a fluid, the apparatus comprising:a vessel (1) for receiving a filter bed (2) with granular filter material;
a transport system (8) configured to, during operation, transport filter material from a walled cavity (5) underneath the filter bed (2) to a location (17) above the filter bed;
a fluid inlet (14) for introducing fluid to be purified into the apparatus;
a mixing section (3) adapted to, in operation, provide a mixture of fluid from the fluid inlet and granular filter material from the filter bed; and
a plurality of gas lift injectors (4) within said walled cavity, wherein each gas lift injector (4) is configured to, in operation, transport the mixture of fluid from the fluid inlet (14) and granular filter material from the filter bed (2) to the walled cavity (5), wherein at least one gas lift injector (4) comprises a pipe which runs diagonally upwards from an off-center position towards a center axis of the walled cavity (5).

US Pat. No. 10,765,971

THREE-PORT CHAMBER FOR PROCESSING PARTICLES

Terumo BCT, Inc., Lakewo...

1. A chamber for separating particles from a liquid, the chamber comprising:a first side wall defining a first volume, wherein the first volume comprises a first cross-sectional area and a second cross-sectional area, the second cross-sectional area being smaller than the first cross-sectional area;
a second side wall defining a second volume located above the first volume;
a first port in fluid communication with the first volume, wherein the first port is located in the first side wall;
a first wall adjacent the first port, the first wall, said first wall being curved and preventing flow of particles in liquid into the second volume, wherein the first wall at least partially defines a channel for flow of particles away from the second volume;
a second port in fluid communication with the first volume, wherein the second port is located below the first port; and
a third port in fluid communication with the second volume, wherein the third port is located above the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,765,969

FLUID DEGASSING SYSTEMS

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

19. A fuel degassing arrangement, comprising:a first housing;
a second housing positioned at least partially radially of the first housing defining an annular space therebetween, an inlet and an outlet being defined in at least one of the first housing and the second housing configured to cause fluid flowing into the annular space to flow circumferentially through a portion of the annular space before exiting the annular space through the outlet; and
a plurality of tubes positioned within the annular space having walls configured to be selectively permeable to at least one gas such that the at least one gas is able to flow through the walls thereby being separated from fluid passing radially through the annular space, wherein a circumferential flow of fluid through the annular space is through a circumferential angle of at least 270 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,765,968

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUPERCRITICAL FLUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

1. A chromatography system utilizing pressurized carbon dioxide, comprising:a carbon dioxide source;
a single carbon-dioxide pump for pumping carbon dioxide from said carbon dioxide source through said chromatography system; and
a pressurized vessel;
wherein the single carbon-dioxide pump is the sole pump configured to pump and pressurize said carbon dioxide from the carbon dioxide source to the pressurized vessel;
wherein the single carbon-dioxide pump is further configured to produce a flow stream having a mass flow rate that is repeatable and proportionate to pump speed;
an open loop cooling circuit that utilizes a flow of a positive Joule-Thompson fluid; said positive Joule-Thompson fluid having a positive Joule-Thompson coefficient; and
wherein said flow of said positive Joule-Thompson fluid expands through channels in an object to be cooled to cool the carbon dioxide;
an injection device that can introduce samples or solutions into the pressurized flow stream; and
the pressurized vessel comprising a disposable plastic chromatographic column cartridge configured to be removably attached to the pressurized vessel by a fitting to the pressurized vessel, wherein the disposable plastic chromatographic column cartridge is loaded with silica or modified silica gel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,966

BIOMASS EXTRACTION AND CENTRIFUGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Heinkel Filtering Systems...

1. A method of using a biomass extraction and centrifugation system to extract and centrifuge biomass, the method comprising:sending a first portion of biomass from a biomass feed tank into a vessel and sending a first portion of solvent from a solvent feed tank into the vessel;
holding the first portion of biomass and the first portion of solvent in the vessel for a predetermined amount of time, wherein a first slurry of a first cycle comprises the first portion of biomass and the first portion of solvent;
extracting at least a portion of a biomass extraction from the first slurry of the first cycle;
separating, via a centrifuge fluidly coupled to the vessel, the first slurry of the first cycle into a first extract discharge and a first waste discharge;
sending a second portion of biomass from the biomass feed tank into the vessel and sending a second portion of solvent from the solvent feed tank into the vessel;
holding the second portion of biomass and the second portion of solvent in the vessel for the predetermined amount of time, wherein a first slurry of a second cycle comprises the second portion of biomass and the second portion of solvent;
extracting at least a portion of a biomass extraction from the first slurry of the second cycle;
separating, via the centrifuge, the first slurry of the second cycle into a second extract discharge and a second waste discharge; and
separating the first slurry of the first cycle while simultaneously sending the second portion of biomass and the second portion of solvent into the vessel for the second cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,765,965

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND EQUIPMENT FOR CHEMICAL EXTRACTION

Loxley Systems, LLC, Hig...

1. A method for extracting at least one chemical compound from plant material without the use of a solvent, comprising:a) preparing a feedstock by at least one of chopping, cutting, treating, pelletizing, and grinding the plant material;
b) preheating the feedstock to a first temperature at atmospheric or sub-atmospheric pressure for a preselected time to form a preheated feedstock;
c) heating the preheated feedstock to a second temperature at sub-atmospheric pressure in an evaporation chamber to form a heated feedstock;
d) introducing a heated motive gas through the evaporation chamber to drive the at least one chemical compound from the heated feedstock, thereby forming a pregnant motive gas; and
e) condensing a portion of the pregnant motive gas to recover the at least one chemical compound.

US Pat. No. 10,765,964

PROCESS TO MITIGATE UNWANTED FORMATION OF POPCORN POLYMERS USING ACOUSTIC EMISSION SIGNALS

1. A process to mitigate the unwanted popcorn formation of a cross-linked polymer having internal mechanical strain comprising the steps of:a) providing an installation in which unwanted popcorn formation of a cross-linked polymer may occur, with at least one resonant piezo electric transducer being attached outside of the installation;
b) counting the acoustic emissions generated by the cross-linked polymer formation originating by the sudden break of the polymer with the at least one resonant piezo electric transducer and comparing the number of acoustic emissions counted per unit of time with at least one predefined threshold; and
c) intervening on the installation in order to limit the unwanted popcorn formation of a cross-linked polymer when the number of acoustic emissions counted per unit of time of step b) is higher than the at least one predefined threshold;wherein the step of counting the acoustic emissions is done by detecting a second harmonic of the acoustic emissions.

US Pat. No. 10,765,963

PRESSURIZED VAPOR CYCLE LIQUID DISTILLATION

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A liquid vapor distillation apparatus comprising:an evaporative condenser for transforming an intake liquid to a compressed vapor and a blowdown liquid and for transforming the compressed vapor into a product liquid, wherein the blowdown liquid and product liquid are two of a plurality of heat sources; and
a heat exchanger with multiple heat sources comprising:
a first heat exchanger;
a second heat exchanger; and
a third heat exchanger
wherein a first heat source of the plurality of heat sources is fluidly connected to at least one of the first heat exchanger and the third heat exchanger, and a second heat source of the plurality of heat sources is fluidly connected to the second heat exchangerwherein the intake liquid flows through the first heat exchanger, the second heat exchanger and the third heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,765,962

INTERACTIVE MAZE ATTRACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS LL...

1. An attraction system, comprising:a first level;
a second level positioned vertically above or below the first level;
a lift configured to move a ride vehicle vertically from the first level to the second level; and
one or more controllers configured to:
present a game environment to one or more riders in the ride vehicle as the ride vehicle travels along a path on the first level;
monitor a performance of the one or more riders in the game environment; and
control movement of the lift to move the ride vehicle vertically from the first level to the second level based at least in part on the performance of the one or more riders in the game environment.

US Pat. No. 10,765,960

DOLL BODY MOTION ACCESSORY FOR RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

14. A method of manufacturing a leg actuator mechanism, the method comprising:providing an upper leg mechanism comprising a hip end and a knee end;
providing a lower leg mechanism comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the lower leg portion is operably coupled to the knee end of the upper leg portion; and
defining a follower pathway within a mounting configured to receive a follower joint;
attaching an upper follower connector at a first upper follower end to the follower joint and to the upper leg portion at a second upper follower end, wherein the upper follower connector is attached to the upper leg portion between the hip end and the knee end; and
attaching a lower follower connector at a first lower follower end to the follower joint and to the lower leg portion at a second lower follower end, wherein the lower follower connector is attached to the lower leg portion between the first end of the lower leg portion and the second end of the lower leg portion,
wherein the mounting, the upper follower connector, and the lower follower connector define a follower mechanism and the follower mechanism is configured to move at least one of the upper leg mechanism or the lower leg mechanism when activated.

US Pat. No. 10,765,959

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A SENSORY FLOOR

1. A sensory dance floor capable of providing a non-auditory stimulation in synchronization with an audio stream, the sensory dance floor comprising:a) multiple disparate surface tiles;
b) one or more vibration actuators in mechanical communication with the multiple disparate surface tiles;
c) a smart mixer board in logical communication with the vibration actuators;
d) a vibration actuator controller in communication with a vibration unit storage device storing code executable on command capable of causing the vibration actuator controller to:
i) operate the smart mixer board to control the vibration actuators;
ii) receive the audio stream;
iii) synchronize the sensory dance floor with the audio stream by generating a vibration actuator control signal based upon an audio component of the received audio stream;
iv) transmit the vibration actuator control signal to the vibration actuators; and
v) generate the non-auditory stimulation through the sensory dance floor via operation of the vibration actuators in response to a user viewing a crowd reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,765,958

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR POWER LIMITED SKY DIVING WIND TUNNEL DRIVE TRAIN/FAN

Maida Engineering, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling a wind tunnel having a fan and nacelle, the system comprising:a) a drive end right angle thrust bearing ratio gearbox housed within the nacelle of the wind tunnel and directly connected to the fan;
b) a motor disposed remote from the nacelle for powering the fan, the motor being connected to the drive end right angle thrust bearing ratio gearbox via a jackshaft so as to power the fan to rotate at at least a threshold minimum speed sufficient to enable human flight within the wind tunnel; and
c) a variable frequency drive positioned remote from the wind tunnel that receives a control signal from a programmable logic controller, wherein the variable frequency drive is programmed to regulate the speed of the motor to: a) a first nonzero target motor speed which is not sufficient to cause the fan to rotate at at least the threshold minimum speed; b) a range of second target motor speeds, all second target motor speeds in the range being greater than the first nonzero target motor speed and sufficiently high to cause the fan to rotate at at least the threshold minimum speed; c) a third target motor speed of zero RPM indicative of an off condition; wherein the variable frequency drive dcvicc is programmed to operate the motor at nonzero target speeds only equal to or greater than said first nonzero target motor speed.

US Pat. No. 10,765,957

INTEGRATING COMMENTARY CONTENT AND GAMEPLAY CONTENT OVER A MULTI-USER PLATFORM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for providing commentary related to gameplay, the method comprising:receiving gameplay content for a game session hosted by a multi-user platform, wherein the gameplay content includes a plurality of different media streams that show one or more views of the game session;
generating a graphical representation for each of the media streams in a virtual reality (VR) environment;
generating an editor interface in the VR environment, the editor interface including one or more tools selectable to modify one or more portions of the plurality of media streams to create a modified media stream;
receiving commentary content that includes the modified media stream created via the editor interface;
designating a time period within an identified graphical representation as an active representation in the VR environment, wherein the active graphical representation is associated with an identified one of the media streams;
synchronizing a portion of the commentary content corresponding to the time period with the identified media stream associated with the active representation to create synchronized content; and
distributing the synchronized content via a gameplay channel accessible to one or more subscribers connected to the multi-user platform.

US Pat. No. 10,765,956

NAMED ENTITY RECOGNITION ON CHAT DATA

Machine Zone Inc., Palo ...

1. A method comprisingperforming by one or more computers:
training a statistical classifier to identify named entities using training data comprising a plurality of features, wherein one of the features is a word shape feature that comprises a respective token for each letter of a respective word, the respective token indicating that each letter of the respective word is one of an upper case letter, a lower case letter, and a digit;
receiving a plurality of word strings in a first language, each received word string comprising a plurality of words;
identifying at least one named entity in each received word string using the trained statistical classifier; and
translating the received word strings from the first language to a second language, wherein translating comprises preserving the identified at least one named entity in the first language.

US Pat. No. 10,765,953

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information processing system including a first terminal operated by a first user, a second terminal operated by a second user, and a server capable of communicating with the first terminal and the second terminal, whereinthe first terminal is configured to:
using inaudible sound, transmit first identification information identifying the first user, and
based on transmitting the first identification information, display, on a display screen, an instruction to the first user related to a first audible sound,
the second terminal is configured to:
receive, from the first terminal, the first identification information transmitted using inaudible sound,
based on receiving the first identification information from the first terminal, superimpose inaudible sound corresponding to second identification information for identifying the second user on audible sound; output, as the first audible sound, the audible sound having the superimposed inaudible sound; and transmit, to the server, a first request to store information associating the first user and the second user,
the first terminal is configured to:
transmit a second request to the server for storing information associating the first user and second user, and
the server is configured to:
based on receiving the first request and the second request, storing the information associating the first user and the second user in a storage.

US Pat. No. 10,765,952

SYSTEM-LEVEL MULTIPLAYER MATCHMAKING

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for providing system-level multiuser matchmaking, the method comprising:receiving a user selection from a user device of a user, wherein the user selection specifies a selected multiuser activity associated with an interactive content title, wherein the user device is external to currently active multiuser sessions associated with the selected multiuser activity;
retrieving an activity template associated with the selected multiuser activity, the activity template providing activity requirements required to launch the selected multiuser activity;
establishing a new multiuser session having session requirements that are based on at least the activity requirements provided by the activity template;
adding the user device and at least one identified peer device to the new multiuser session, wherein the at least one identified peer device is associated with at least one peer identified based on the session requirements; and
launching the interactive content title at a starting point of the selected multiuser activity in the new multiuser session that has been established for the user device and the at least one identified peer device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,951

GAME SYSTEM, GAME CONTROL DEVICE, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A game system comprising at least one processor configured to:select at least one game object from a plurality of selection candidate game objects, as a game object to be associated with first user identification information, based on predetermined lottery processing;
associate the selected game object with the first user identification information; and
set a game object as one of the plurality of selection candidate game objects, wherein the game object is associated with second user identification information, and the game object is a game character trained by the second user or a game item upgraded by the second user, and the second user is identified by the second user identification information;
wherein the game object is a game character,
the game character associated with the second user identification information can be associated with each of a plurality of pieces of user identification information other than the second user identification information,
the game character is made available for use in a plurality of games respectively played by a plurality of users identified by the pieces of user identification information, in a case where the game character associated with the second user identification information is associated with each of the pieces of user identification information, and
the at least one processor is further configured to associate a reward with at least one of the pieces of user identification information or the second user identification information, in a case where the game character associated with the second user identification information is associated with each of the pieces of user identification information and information relating to the performance of the game character in the games respectively played by the plurality of users satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,765,949

DETERMINING ACTION SELECTION POLICIES OF AN EXECUTION DEVICE

Alibaba Group Holding Lim...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating an action selection policy for causing an execution device to complete a task in an environment that includes the execution device and one or more other devices, the method comprising:at a current iteration of a plurality of iterations,
obtaining, by a computer system, an action selection policy in the current iteration, wherein the action selection policy specifies a respective probability of selecting an action among a plurality of possible actions in a current state of the execution device, wherein the current state results from a previous action taken by the execution device in a previous state, and each action of the plurality of possible actions leads to a respective next state if performed by the execution device when the execution device is in the current state;
obtaining, by the computer system, a respective first reward for each action of the plurality of possible actions in the current state, wherein the respective first reward for the action represents a gain attributed to the action towards completing the task;
computing, by the computer system, a first reward for the current state based on respective first rewards for the plurality of possible actions and the action selection policy in the current iteration, wherein the first reward for the current state represents a gain attributed to the current state towards completing the task;
computing, by the computer system, a respective regret value of each action of the plurality of possible actions based on a difference between the respective first reward for the action and the first reward for the current state;
computing, by the computer system, an incremental action selection policy based on the respective regret value of the action in the current iteration but not any regret value of the action in any iteration prior to the current iteration, wherein the incremental action selection policy is used for determining an action selection policy in a next iteration;
computing, by the computer system, a second reward for the current state based on the respective first rewards for the plurality of possible actions and the incremental action selection policy, wherein the second reward for the current state includes partial information of the action selection policy in the next iteration; and
determining, by the computer system, the action selection policy in the next iteration based on the second reward of the current state; and
controlling actions of the execution device according to the action selection policy.

US Pat. No. 10,765,947

VISUAL DISPLAY METHOD FOR COMPENSATING SOUND INFORMATION, COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWOR...

1. A visual display method for compensating sound information, applied to a touch terminal capable of presenting a graphical user interface, the graphical user interface at least partially comprising a game scene, and at least part of a virtual object, wherein the method comprises:providing a mini-map on the graphical user interface, and rendering a first graphic identifier on the mini-map, wherein the first graphic identifier is used to indicate a current position and orientation of the virtual object in the game scene;
detecting a sound in a first preset range of the game scene, and when the sound in the first preset range of the game scene is detected, acquiring orientation information of a sound source of the sound; and
generating a second graphic identifier corresponding to the sound at a corresponding position on the mini-map according to the orientation information of the sound source of the sound,
wherein the method further comprises: setting a timer for recording a duration of the sound from beginning, determining whether the duration exceeds a preset time threshold, and if not, displaying the second graphic identifier corresponding to the sound, and
wherein the method further comprises:
when a plurality of the sounds that are located at the same orientation and do not exceed the preset time threshold are detected, displaying the second graphic identifier corresponding to the sound that occurs at the latest.

US Pat. No. 10,765,946

VIDEO GAME DYNAMIC GAME PLAY SUPPORT OPTIONS

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A method for presenting goods to a game player for use by a game character in a video game, comprising:receiving, by a server, information regarding the game character in the video game, the game character controlled by a game player during play of the video game on a compute device configured for play of the video game;
determining, by the server, available goods, the available goods being equipment and/or supplies for use by the game character in the video game;
determining, by the server, an ordering for the available goods based on the information regarding the game character;
determining, by the server, a primary set of the available goods based on the ordering;
determining, by the server, at least one secondary set of the available goods based on the ordering; and
formatting information of the primary set and the secondary set to provide a display for a compute device with a primary set of stacked icons representative of goods of the primary set of the available goods and with at least one secondary set of stacked icons representative of goods of the secondary set of the available goods, with icons of the primary set of stacked icons having a visually distinct appearance from icons of the at least one secondary set of stacked icons.

US Pat. No. 10,765,945

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. An information processing system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory configured to store computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing system to:
set an observation performance region with a predetermined shape around a predetermined object to be observed in a virtual space, the predetermined object positioned in the virtual space along with a player character;
move the player character in the virtual space;
move a virtual camera together with the movement of the player character in the virtual space; and
perform observation control of moving the virtual camera to make the predetermined object to be observed included in a visual field of the virtual camera in a case where the player character is inside the observation performance region set for observing the predetermined object.

US Pat. No. 10,765,944

MACHINE LEARNING MODELS FOR IMPLEMENTING ANIMATION ACTIONS

Electronic Arts Inc., Re...

1. An animation development system, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
identify a first event that transpires during a video game play of a video game;
determine one or more parameter values associated with the first event;
identify a first outcome associated with the first event;
generate training data based at least in part on the one or more para meter values and the first outcome; and
generate a predictive model based at least in part on the training data; and
deploy the predictive model in the video game to make a prediction of a second outcome associated with a second event that transpires during game play of the video game.

US Pat. No. 10,765,943

GAMING PERIPHERAL WITH INTELLIGENT AUDIO CONTROL

PERFORMANCE DESIGNED PROD...

1. A gaming controller, comprising:a plurality of input components;
a housing coupled with the plurality of input components;
a processor;
an audio jack for receiving an audio connector of an audio headset, the audio jack communicatively coupled with the processor;
a communications circuit communicatively coupled to the processor, wherein the communications circuit is configured to establish a connection to a gaming console, the gaming console configured to be communicatively coupled to an audiovisual system using a cable;
an audio headset detection circuit communicatively coupled to the processor, the audio headset detection circuit comprising a switch coupled to the audio jack, the switch caused to be in a first state when an audio connector has been plugged into the audio jack, the switch caused to be in a second state when no audio connector has been plugged into the jack; and
a transmitter that is configured, in response to actuation of one or more of the plurality of input components corresponding to an audio control operation, to transmit:
an audio control signal causing an audio attribute of sound outputted by a speaker of the audio headset to be adjusted if the switch of the audio headset detection circuit is in the first state; and
an audio control signal causing the audiovisual system to adjust an audio attribute of sound outputted by a speaker of the audiovisual system if the switch of the audio headset detection circuit is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,765,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A server device comprising:a set information acquisitor configured to acquire a set information from a first terminal device, wherein the set information indicates a set of objects and the set information is associated with a first user, the first terminal device is configured to process a game by using the set information and to proceed with reference to the set of objects extracted from the set information;
a first storage that stores the set information that the set information acquisitor has acquired;
a second storage that stores a provision information that indicates regulations, wherein the set information that does not satisfy the regulations cannot be used to play the game;
a set information request receiver configured to receive an output request related to the set information from a second terminal device corresponding to a second user; and
an output controller configured to cause, on the basis of the set information stored in the first storage, an output device to output at least one of the set information corresponding to the output request and information related to the set information,
wherein the server device is configured to perform control for causing the game to proceed in accordance with user's operations;
wherein the server device is configured to manage the set information;
wherein the server device is configured to receive a request from a second terminal device different from the first terminal,
wherein the server device is configured to output, in response to the request from the second terminal, to the second terminal, at least one of the set information that the server device manages and an attribute of the set information.

US Pat. No. 10,765,941

DATA EXCHANGE SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM AND DATA EXCHANGE METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A data exchange system for exchanging object data for first and second game objects having different values, the data exchange system comprising:a first game apparatus comprising first communication circuitry, first storage, and a first processor; and
a second game apparatus comprising second communication circuitry, second storage, and a second processor, wherein
the first processor is configured to control to transmit, to the second game apparatus, via the first communication circuitry, first object data for the first game object; and control to receive, from the second game apparatus, via the first communication circuitry, second object data for the second game object;
the second processor is configured to control to transmit, to the first game apparatus, via the second communication circuitry, the second object data; and control to receive, from the first game apparatus, via the second communication circuitry, the first object data;
each of the first processor and the second processor is configured to compare the values of the first and second game objects;
the first processor is configured to control to transmit, to the second game apparatus, a first writing start notification for providing notification of a start of writing to the first storage by the first game apparatus of second identification information for identifying the second object data for use by the first game apparatus;
the second processor is configured to control to transmit, to the first game apparatus, a second writing start notification for providing notification of a start of writing to the second storage by the second game apparatus of first identification information for identifying the first object data for use by the second game apparatus;
the first processor is configured to, based on determining by the comparing that the value of the second game object is less than the value of the first game object, control to start writing the second identification information to the first storage without receiving the second writing start notification from the second apparatus so that the writing of the second identification information to the first storage is completed before writing of the first identification information to the second storage is completed, thereby reducing a time period during which the first game object can be illicitly duplicated in the first and second storages; and, based on determining by the comparing that the value of the second game object is greater than the value of the first game object, control to start writing the second identification information to the first storage when the second writing start notification is received from the second game apparatus so that the writing of the first identification information to the second storage is completed before the writing of the second identification information to she first storage is completed, thereby reducing a time period during which the second game object can be illicitly duplicated in the first and second storages; and
the second processor is configured to, based on determining by the comparing that the value of the second game object is less than the value of the first game object, control to start writing the first identification information to the second storage when the first writing start notification is received from the first game apparatus so that the writing of the second identification information to the first storage is completed before the writing of the first identification information to the second storage is completed, thereby reducing a time period during which the first game object can be illicitly duplicated in the first and second storages; and, based on determining by the comparing that the value of the second game object is greater than the value of the first game object, control to start writing the first identification information to the second storage without receiving the first writing start notification from the first game apparatus so that the writing of the first identification information to the second storage is completed before the writing of the second identification information to the first storage, thereby reducing a time period during which the second game object can be illicitly duplicated in the first and second storages.

US Pat. No. 10,765,940

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING STIMULUS SIGNALS GENERATED BY ACCESSORY DEVICES

STEELSERIES ApS, Frederi...

1. A method comprising:modifying, by a system comprising a processor, a first stimulus signal from a first device in a session of a game application used by a first contestant of a plurality of contestants according to a first gaming action result, resulting in a modified first stimulus signal;
modifying, by the system, a second stimulus signal from the first device used by the first contestant according to a second gaming action result in the session of the game application resulting in a modified second stimulus signal;
determining, by the system, a performance measure based on the modified first stimulus signal and the modified second stimulus signal based on proficiencies of the first contestant in performing a first gaming action and a second gaming action with the first device, respectively; and
providing, by the system, feedback that includes the performance measure via a user interface coupled to the system.

US Pat. No. 10,765,939

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. An information processing system, comprising:one or more terminal devices,
one or more server devices, at least one of the one or more server devices being configured to function as a first platform, the first platform comprising one or more first processors configured to:
receive information from a first user using at least a first terminal device of the one or more terminal devices, wherein the first user has a first account to log into the first platform; and
in response to the first user logging into the first platform, provide a first game to the first user; and
at least a second terminal device of the one or more terminal devices being configured to transmit, to the first platform, an authenticated identifier of a second user having a second account of a second platform, the authenticated identifier being authenticated by using information concerning the second account,
wherein at least one of the one or more server devices is configured to function as the second platform, the second platform comprising one or more second processors configured to:
receive the information concerning the second account from the second user using the at least second terminal device, wherein the second user has the second account to log into the second platform; and
in response to the second user logging into the second platform, provide a second game to the second user, and
wherein the first platform is configured to:
generate a specific identifier in response to receiving the authenticated identifier of the second user from the at least second terminal device;
store the authenticated identifier and the specific identifier in association with each other; and
provide the first game to the second user using the specific identifier associated with the authenticated identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,765,938

DE-INTERLEAVING GAMEPLAY DATA

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A system for providing game play channels, the system comprising:one or more processors;
a network interface coupled to the one or more processors; and
a non-transitory memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory comprising instructions stored therein, which when executed by the processors, cause the processors to perform operations comprising:
capturing gameplay data based on live gameplay in a game environment, the gameplay data comprising video data and statistical metadata based on player interactions with the game environment;
de-interleaving the video data and the statistical metadata;
storing the video data to a first database;
storing the statistical metadata to a second database, wherein the first database is different from the second database;
repairing statistical metadata corresponding to corrupted gameplay data; and
re-interleaving the video data and the repaired statistical metadata to create a simulation of the live gameplay in the game environment.

US Pat. No. 10,765,937

OPERATING DEVICE

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. An operating device comprising:left and right hold sections to be held by a user;
a first operating member which is disposed at the one of the right or the left hold sections, the first operating member being an operating button; and
a first operating stick which is disposed at one of a right side or a left side with respect to the center line which extends in a front-rear direction of the operating device;
a second operating member which has a smaller size than the first operating stick and the first operating member in a plane view, the second operating member being an operating button;
wherein, in the plane view, a point is located on the second operating member, the point being located at an equal distance from both a center of the first operating stick and a center of the first operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,765,936

FORCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Bertec Limited, Edinburg...

1. A force measurement system, comprising:a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject, the force measurement assembly including:
a top surface for receiving at least one portion of the body of the subject; and
at least one force transducer, the at least one force transducer configured to sense one or more measured quantities and output one or more signals that are representative of forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface of the force measurement assembly by the subject;
a data processing device operatively coupled to the force measurement assembly, the data processing device configured to receive the one or more signals that are representative of the forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface of the force measurement assembly by the subject, and to convert the one or more signals into output forces and/or moments, the data processing device further configured to determine a center of pressure for the subject using the output forces and/or moments from the force measurement assembly; and
a mobile device configured to determine one or more parameters indicative of the body sway for the subject;
wherein a fall risk of the subject is assessed based upon a combination of the center of pressure and the one or more parameters indicative of the body sway determined for the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,765,935

TILE DISPENSERS AND METHODS OF DISPENSING TILES

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. A tile dispenser, comprising:a tile chamber in which tiles are shuffleable; and
a gate element that is moveable between a closed position in which the gate element is loadable with one or more tiles coming from the tile chamber and an open position for dispensing any tiles that have been loaded into the gate element;
wherein the gate element is configured such that more than one tile is dispensable from the gate element when the gate element is moved from the closed position to the open position;
wherein the gate element has a shape that defines a first exit channel and a second exit channel for dispensing tiles from the gate element; and
wherein the first exit channel is separate from the second exit channel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,934

JUGGLING SIMULATION GAME

1. A juggling simulation device comprisinga base structure, a vertical structure, and a control circuit;
wherein the base structure attaches to the vertical structure;
wherein the base structure and the vertical structure contain the control circuit;
wherein the control circuit simulates the appearance and the movement of a juggling process;
wherein the juggling simulation device is a game of skill;
wherein the juggling simulation device is electrically operated;
wherein the juggling simulation device simulates the juggling process;
wherein the base structure presents an interface that controls the simulation of the appearance and the movement of a plurality of balls during the juggling process;
wherein the vertical structure forms a vertically oriented elements of the juggling simulation device;
wherein the control circuit manages the interface that controls the simulation of the appearance and the movement of a plurality of balls during the juggling process;
wherein the control circuit comprises a logic circuit, a plurality of switches, an external power source, and a remote control circuit;
wherein the logic circuit, the plurality of switches, the external power source, and the remote control circuit are electrically interconnected;
wherein the base structure comprises a horizontal disk and a canted disk;
wherein the horizontal disk attaches to the canted disk to form a cant angle;
wherein the canted disk presents an interface that controls the simulation of the appearance and the movement of a plurality of balls during the juggling process such that the interface is accessible during the play of the juggling simulation device;
wherein the vertical structure comprises a vertical disk, a plurality of displays, and a plurality of moving light structures;
wherein the plurality of moving light structures mount on the horizontal disk of the base structure such that each of the plurality of moving light structures is visible;
wherein each of the plurality of moving light structures is an electrical device that simulates the appearance and the movement of a plurality of balls during the juggling process;
wherein each of the plurality of moving light structures displays what appears to be a point of light that moves along a parabolic arc that is parallel to the force of gravity;
wherein this moving point of light provides the illusion of the movement of a juggled ball.

US Pat. No. 10,765,933

CROWN CAP GAME DEVICE

2. A crown cap game device using crown caps, comprisinga measurement device configured with a Bluetooth module installed in a bottom of a crown cap, wherein the measurement device clings to a wall and the Bluetooth module provides a connection with a mobile device equipped with a mobile application which analyzes and displays data from the measurement device, and displays the data on a screen of the mobile device, wherein
the game device is a single part device configured to travel in all directions along X, Y, and Z axes during a game,
wherein the measurement device includes a gyroscope installed in the bottom of the crown cap, wherein
the gyroscope is used to detect and measure the rotation of the crown cap, the cap rotation angle, and the cap rotational speed for each of three axes X, Y and Z, detecting impact with another object, and wherein
the gyroscope detects the number of revolutions of the cap in the air.

US Pat. No. 10,765,932

MAZE CAPABLE OF CHANGING ROLLING PATHS

1. A maze capable of changing rolling paths comprising:a rotatable three-dimensional block formed in a six-sided cube shape and defined by twenty-six square cube units for matching with a central fixing element, wherein the rotatable three-dimensional block includes nine of the twenty-six square cube units formed in a 3 by 3 grid arranged on each of six surfaces of the rotatable three-dimensional block, and each of the twenty-six square cube units has three sets of rotary layers so as to form twelve rotary layer units;
wherein the rotatable three-dimensional block includes at least one path formed on each square cube unit and having at least one visible window formed on the at least one path respectively, wherein the at least one path is formed in any one of a T shape, a cross shape, and an arc shape on each square cube unit, and the at least one path includes a ball rolling therein and at least one channel which communicates with one another, such that the ball rolls from a path of one square cube unit to a path of another square cube unit, wherein the at least one path is changeable by rotating each rotary layer unit so as to changeably roll the ball relative to each square cube unit and each of the at least one path;
wherein the central fixing element includes six three-dimensional extensions, wherein the six three-dimensional extensions have six threaded orifices defined on six central positions of six free end surfaces of the six three-dimensional extensions respectively; the twenty-six square cube units include six first square cube units rotatably connected with the six threaded orifices of the central fixing element individually, wherein the six first square cube units have six first bodies, six first screwing elements, six first maze seats, and six first caps respectively, wherein the six first bodies have six first connection portions corresponding to the six threaded orifices of the central fixing element individually, the six first connection portions have six receiving orifices configured to accommodate the first screwing elements respectively so that the first screwing elements are screwed with the six threaded orifices of the central fixing element via the first screwing elements individually, the six first bodies have six arcuate faces and six first uneven ridges opposite to the six arcuate faces respectively and connected with multiple first protrusions of the six first maze seats respectively; the six first maze seats have six first open segments opposite to the multiple first protrusions respectively, and the six first open segments have six first V-shaped tracks and being a part of the at least one path individually, the six first V-shaped tracks have multiple first openings defined below the multiple first protrusions and communicate with the multiple first openings; the six first open segments of the six first maze seats have six first inner fringes and connected with six first outer fringes of the six first caps respectively so as to close the six first open segments individually, and the six first caps have six first visible windows corresponding to the six first V-shaped tracks respectively, and the six first visible windows have six first limiting rims individually, when the ball rolls in the six first V-shaped tracks, the six first limiting rims limit an upper portion of the ball.

US Pat. No. 10,765,931

ORIENTATION DEPENDENT TOKEN AND METHOD FOR PLAYING A GAME THEREWITH

Tetra Entertainment, LLC,...

1. An orientation-based entertainment system comprising:a play surface having a first region, a second region adjacent said first region, and having a first player position and a second player position;
a first game component disposed in said first region in a first orientation and comprising:
a first orientation surface and a first functional indicator disposed on said first game component proximate said first orientation surface;
a second orientation surface and a second functional indicator disposed on said first game component proximate said second orientation surface, said second orientation surface facing a different direction than said first orientation surface; and
a second game component disposed in said second region;
wherein in said first orientation:
said first orientation surface is facing said first player position and said second orientation surface is facing said second game component;
said first functional indicator defines a functional game relationship between said first player position and said first game component; and
said second functional indicator defines a functional game relationship between said first game component and said second game component;
wherein when said first game component is rotated in said first region to a second orientation in which said first orientation surface is facing said second player position and said second orientation surface is not facing said second game component:
said first functional indicator does not define said functional game relationship between said first player position and said first game component;
said first functional indicator defines a functional game relationship between said second player position and said first game component, said functional game relationship between said second player position and said first game component being the same functional game relationship as said functional game relationship between said first player position and said first game component; and
said second orientation surface does not define said functional game relationship between said first game component and said second game component.

US Pat. No. 10,765,930

TRAP DOOR MECHANISM FOR CARD HANDLING DEVICES SUCH AS CARD SHUFFLERS

AGS LLC, Las Vegas, NV (...

1. A trap door system for a card shuffling apparatus, the trap door system comprising:a trap door comprising a card platform, an axle disposed at a proximal end of the trap door, and a cam follower surface disposed on the axle; and
a latching device configured to interact with a distal end of the trap door to hold and lock the trapdoor in a position where the card platform is substantially horizontal, the latching device comprising a first end attached to an actuator, a hinge about which the latching device rotates, and
a second end that interfaces with the distal end of the trap door,
wherein when the actuator rotates the latching device so that the second end is moved away from the distal end of the trap door, the trap door rotates about the axle so that the platform is substantially vertical, and
wherein the cam follower surface is configured to interface with a sweeper arm to rotate the trap door about the axle from where the platform is substantially vertical to where the platform is substantially horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,765,929

RECONFIGURABLE PLAYING CARD DEVICES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SG Gaming, Inc., Las Veg...

1. A method of providing at least one reconfigurable playing card device, the method comprising:providing the at least one reconfigurable playing card device to at least one player at a live wagering game at a gaming table with a dealer, the at least one reconfigurable playing card device comprising a support frame enclosing an entirety of peripheral edges and at least a portion of a back side of a display, the support frame including a processing device, a data storage device, and a communication device positioned at least partially within the support frame at a location laterally at least partially beyond the peripheral edges of the display between the peripheral edges of the display and an outside edge of the support frame; and
displaying images of playing cards on a front side of the display of the at least one reconfigurable playing card device at the gaming table, the front side opposing the back side of the display.

US Pat. No. 10,765,928

PROTECTIVE PAD FOR PROTECTION FROM IMPACT AND A PROTECTIVE GARMENT USING THE SAME

BSN SPORTS, LLC, Farmers...

1. A protective pad for protection from impact, the protective pad comprising:a foam part; and a pad plate,
wherein the foam part includes:
a plurality of channels,
a first plurality of cutout portions, and
a plate accommodating section configured to receive the pad plate,
wherein the plurality of channels is formed in a first surface of the foam part and the plate accommodating section is formed in a second surface of the foam part opposite to the first surface of the foam part, the plate accommodating section comprising a recess in the second surface of the foam part that is configured to receive the pad plate at least partially therein, and
wherein the first plurality of cutout portions comprises through-holes extending from the first surface of the foam part to the second surface of the foam part, and
wherein the pad plate includes:
a central section having a second plurality of cutout portions formed therein, the second plurality of cutout portions configured to be aligned with the first plurality of cutout portions when the pad plate is situated within the recess in the second surface of the foam part, and
an outer edge of the pad plate extending about the central section, the outer edge configured to be secured to the second surface of the foam part,
wherein the second plurality of cutout portions comprises through-holes formed in the pad plate to extend from a first surface of the pad plate that is configured to face the foam part, to a second surface of the pad plate opposite to the first surface of the pad plate,
wherein at least one cutout portion of the second plurality of cutout portions is spaced apart from the outer edge of the pad plate such that the at least one cutout portion is situated entirely within the central section of the pad plate, and
wherein the second plurality of cutout portions is tapered inward from the second surface of the pad plate towards the first surface of the pad plate.

US Pat. No. 10,765,927

MECHANICAL SPORTS BALL CATAPULT SYSTEM

1. A mechanical sports ball catapult system, comprising:a structural main body;
an arming mechanism;
a cradle mechanism;
a drive mechanism; and
a firing mechanism;
wherein said arming mechanism, said drive mechanism, said cradle mechanism, and said firing mechanism are attached to said structural main body;
wherein said structural main body further comprises a plurality of side panels, a rear panel, a plurality of cradle support frames, a plurality of vertical frames, a plurality of horizontal frames, an axle, and a plurality of wheels;
wherein a first of said plurality of vertical frames is attached to a first end of each of said plurality of horizontal frames, and a second of said plurality of vertical frames is attached to a second end of each of said plurality of horizontal frames;
wherein an upper end of each of said plurality of cradle support frames is attached to an upper end of each of said plurality of vertical frames, and a lower end of each of said plurality of cradle support frames is attached to a front end of said plurality of horizontal frames; and
wherein said plurality of cradle support frames, said plurality of vertical frames, and said plurality of horizontal frames comprise a system skeleton.

US Pat. No. 10,765,926

GOLF PUTTER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

1. A putter head comprising:a front portion having a forward facing vertical ball striking face and an upward facing front top surface adjacent to the vertical striking face;
a rear portion that extends away the front portion, and an upward facing rear top surface;
a first alignment circle and a second alignment circle mounted on the front top surface, the first and second alignment circles formed in one or more colors that contrast with the color of the front top surface,
wherein the first and second alignment circles are located toward opposite ends of the front top surface;
wherein each of the first and second alignment circles are equidistantly located from a midpoint in the front top surface that aligns with the horizontal center of the strike face; and
wherein no alignment markers are present at the midpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,765,925

SPORTS BALL ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for monitoring the motion of a sport ball that has been impacted by an individual during the course of an athletic activity, the method comprising:a mobile phone wirelessly receiving acceleration data from the sport ball;
the mobile phone determining a rate of spin of the sport ball after the impact based on the acceleration data;
the mobile phone determining a speed traveled by the sport ball after the impact based on the acceleration data, wherein determining the speed traveled by the sport ball comprises comparing the rate of spin of the sport ball after the impact to a predetermined threshold rate of spin; and
the mobile phone determining a point of impact based on the speed traveled by the sport ball and the rate of spin of the sport ball, wherein the point of impact comprises a location on a surface of the sport ball where the impact occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,765,924

LACROSSE HEAD HAVING A PINCHED BALL CONTAINMENT AREA

Wm. T. Burnett IP, LLC, ...

20. A lacrosse stick for controlling a ball having a diameter, the lacrosse stick comprising:a handle; and
a head including
a juncture configured to receive the handle, a majority length of the handle defining a horizontal centerline when the lacrosse stick is viewed from a side view and a bisecting line when the lacrosse stick is viewed from a front view;
a stop member adjoining the juncture;
a first sidewall extending from the stop member in a forward direction;
a second sidewall extending from the stop member in the forward direction; and
a transverse wall connecting the first sidewall and the second sidewall opposite to the stop member,
wherein the adjoining transverse wall and first sidewall form a first shoulder portion of the lacrosse head and the adjoining transverse wall and second sidewall form a second shoulder portion of the lacrosse head,
wherein the first shoulder portion and the second shoulder portion define an inside widest point of the lacrosse head perpendicularly across the bisecting line when viewed from the front view,
wherein within a distance from the widest point in a rearward direction equal to about half of the diameter, a first interior elbow portion of the first sidewall and a second interior elbow portion of the second sidewall define a ball containment width equal to or less than about 1.8 times the diameter,
wherein the lacrosse head defines an overall length along the bisecting line from an inside point on the stop member to a top outside point on the transverse wall,
wherein the ball containment width is disposed forward of a midpoint of the overall length,
wherein, when viewed from the side view, the first interior elbow portion defines at the ball containment width a first downward protrusion that protrudes from a first lower edge portion of the first sidewall that is adjacent to and rearward and upward of the first downward protrusion so as to define a first recessed area, and the second interior elbow portion defines at the ball containment width a second downward protrusion that protrudes from a second lower edge portion of the second sidewall that is adjacent to and rearward and upward of the second downward protrusion so as to define a second recessed area, and
wherein the first recessed area and the second recessed area are configured to receive during a draw an opposing transverse wall of an opposing lacrosse head placed back-to-back with the lacrosse head such that the first downward protrusion and the second downward protrusion reach into the opposing lacrosse head and hold the ball between the first downward protrusion and the second downward protrusion, within the ball containment width, and closer to the lacrosse head than the opposing lacrosse head.

US Pat. No. 10,765,923

GOLF CLUB HEADS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body having:
a ball striking face,
a cavity defined in the body at a location behind the ball striking face,
a first cavity opening at a surface of the body other than the ball striking face,
wherein the first cavity opening opens into the cavity, and
a plurality of ball striking face openings intersecting the cavity and extending in a direction away from the cavity, wherein the plurality of ball striking face openings are separate from the first cavity opening; and
a polymeric material provided in the cavity,
wherein the plurality of ball striking face openings extend to and open at the ball striking face,
wherein the plurality of ball striking face openings extend in an arched or curved pattern across the ball striking face in a range of 10%-80% of a heel-to-toe length dimension of the ball striking face,
wherein adjacent ball striking face openings are separated by a separation distance,
wherein the separation distance corresponds to the dimensions of the ball striking face member material between adjacent ball striking face openings, and
wherein the ball striking face member material between adjacent ball striking face openings is metallic,
wherein the separation distance between any two adjacent ball striking face openings varies along the length of any two adjacent ball striking face openings,
wherein the polymeric material extends to the ball striking face and at least partially fills the ball striking face openings.

US Pat. No. 10,765,922

MIXED MATERIAL GOLF CLUB HEAD

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

10. A golf club head comprising:a metallic front body including a strike face and a surrounding frame that extends rearward from a perimeter of the strike face;
a rear body coupled to the metallic front body to define a substantially hollow structure, the rear body including a crown member coupled with a sole member, wherein the crown member and the sole member comprise:
a structural layer having:
a forward portion in contact with and bonded to the metallic front body;
a plurality of apertures extending through a thickness of the structural layer; and
a plurality of stiffening members, each stiffening member extending from the forward portion and between at least two of the plurality of apertures;
a resilient layer bonded to an external surface of the structural layer without an intermediate adhesive such that the resilient layer abuts the metallic front body and extends across each of the plurality of apertures;
wherein the structural layer is formed from a first material consisting of a first plurality of fibers disposed within a first thermoplastic polymer, and the resilient layer is formed from a second material consisting of a second plurality of fibers disposed within a second thermoplastic polymer, wherein an amount of the first thermoplastic polymer, by volume, within the first material is greater than an amount of the second thermoplastic polymer, by volume, within the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,765,921

IRON GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An iron-type golf club head comprising:a head main body including a striking face comprising scorelines, the main body comprising a main body specific gravity;
a weight member having a weight member specific gravity that is larger than the main body specific gravity; and
a fixing member having a fixing member specific gravity less than the weight member specific gravity, the fixing member being fixed to the head main body by welding so as to cover the weight member, wherein:
the weight member further comprises a weight member center of gravity; and
measured in a direction perpendicular to the striking face, the club head further comprises:
a backmost location;
a maximum thickness w being the shortest distance between the striking face and the backmost location; and
a distance D, from the backmost location to the weight member center of gravity, that is not more than 47.3% of the maximum thickness w of the club head.

US Pat. No. 10,765,920

IRON-TYPE GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. An iron-type golf club head, comprising:a ball striking face member including a rear surface and a ball striking face;
a rear weight member including a front surface,
at least one resilient member between the front surface of the rear weight member and the rear surface of the ball striking face member,
wherein the front surface of the rear weight member and the rear surface of the ball striking face member face one another and define a space therebetween;
wherein the at least one resilient member is disposed within the space,
wherein the ball striking face member comprises a first material having a first hardness,
wherein the rear weight member comprises a second member having a second hardness, and
wherein the at least one resilient member comprises at least a third hardness,
wherein no portion of the at least one resilient member comprises a hardness greater than any portion of the ball striking face member or rear weight member;
wherein the hardness of the at least one resilient member is varied;
wherein the rear surface of the ball striking face member comprises an engagement member,
wherein the engagement member comprises a raised rib element formed as part of the ball striking face member,
wherein the raised rib element projects rearward from the rear surface of the ball striking face member,
wherein the raised rib element extends from a toe portion of the ball striking face member to a heel portion of the ball striking face member,
wherein the at least one rear weight member and varied hardness of the at least one resilient member are configured to receive transferred energy from impact between the face member and a ball, and to selectively limit compressibility of the space between the ball striking face member and the rear weight member and divide the space into: (a) an area of low compressibility located above the raised rib element, and (b) an area of high compressibility located below the raised rib element,
wherein the raised rib element is arranged with respect to a center of gravity of the golf club head such that the raised rib element passes through the center of gravity of the iron type golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,765,919

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH MOLDED POLYMERIC BODY

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a forward section joined to a body section via a tongue-in-grove joint to define an internal volume therebetween;
the body section includes:
a lower portion that defines a sole portion and further comprises a body seam and a body flange;
an upper portion that defines a crown portion and further comprises a first receiving portion configured to mate with the body flange of the lower portion in a clamshell-style arrangement;
a second receiving portion defined by a forward edge and is positioned proximal to the forward section and extends circumferentially around the upper portion and the lower portion of the body section in a direction extending substantially parallel to a strike face;
a support flange extending from the upper portion of the body section and secured to a support flange receiving portion;
the forward section includes:
the strike face adapted to impact a golf ball;
a frame member extending rearwardly from the strike face and a forward flange further extending rearwardly from the frame member;
wherein:
the lower portion and the upper portion of the body section are distinct, single piece structure, thereby defining a first part and a second part, respectively;
the forward section and the body section cooperate to form a three-part golf club head;
the body seam extends around a perimeter of the lower portion and wherein the body flange is disposed along the body seam;
wherein a height of the body flange decreases as a function of an increasing distance from the forward edge;
the first receiving portion of the upper portion is adapted to engage the body flange of the lower portion to become adhesively affixed;
the forward flange of the forward section is configured to be directly inserted into the second receiving portion to become adhesively affixed;
the support flange of the body section increases stiffness of the clubhead;
the support flange receiving portion forms a channel that is defined by two uniformly spaced walls positioned such that the two uniformly spaced walls extend on opposing sides of the support flange; and
the support flange receiving portion is positioned on the lower portion of the body section.

US Pat. No. 10,765,918

PUTTER WITH BI-MATERIAL SHAFT

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A shaft for a putter, the shaft comprising:a body with a tip end and a butt end, the body comprising a metal section extending from the tip end to a connection point, and a composite section extending from the butt end to the connection point; and
a mass member positioned within an opening at the butt end of the shaft;
wherein mass of the putter is focused in the club head and the mass member in the butt end of the shaft;
wherein the composite section is from 60 to 80 percent of the length of the shaft and the composite section is less than 50 percent of the mass of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,765,917

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core, an intermediate layer encasing the core and a cover which encases the intermediate layer and has numerous dimples formed on an outside surface thereof (ball surface), wherein the intermediate layer is formed of a resin material, the cover is formed of a urethane resin material, the core has a diameter of at least 38.0 mm, a sphere obtained by encasing the core with the intermediate layer (intermediate layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness on the Shore D hardness scale of at least 69, the cover has a material hardness on the Shore D hardness scale of 55 or less, the (intermediate layer thickness)/(core diameter) value is from 0.025 to 0.043, the (cover thickness)/(core diameter) value is from 0.014 to 0.027, and the intermediate layer-encased sphere has an initial velocity A and the core has an initial velocity B which together satisfy the condition A?B?0 m/s, and wherein the core has a hardness profile from a center to a surface thereof which satisfies the following condition:(JIS-C hardness at core surface?JIS-C hardness 5 mm inside of core surface)?(JIS-C hardness 5 mm outside of core center?JIS-C hardness at core center)?0,
wherein the surface of the cover has a coating layer formed thereon and the relationship between the material hardness Hc of the coating layer and the hardness 5 mm inside of the core surface (Cs?5) satisfies the following condition:
[(Cs?5)?Hc]?0.

US Pat. No. 10,765,916

SWIM SHOE

1. Swimming shoe for learning the leg kick and/or for support of breaststroke swimming, with a shoe body and a sole flap connected to the shoe body via a lateral hinge coupling, wherein the hinge coupling comprises a flexible strap, the flexible strap including a non-swiveling section attached to the shoe body and a swiveling section protruding below a floor space of the shoe body when the strap is in a relaxed state by which the strap, after being elastically bent outwardly at about 90°, detachably connects the sole flap with the shoe body, with the strap flexibly pressing the sole flap under pre-tension to a floor space of the shoe body.

US Pat. No. 10,765,915

STATIONARY JUMPING AND TRICK BIKE

1. A stationary jumping and trick bike, comprising:a frame assembly;
a handlebar on a forward portion of the frame assembly;
a seat post on a rear portion of the frame assembly;
a seat on the seat post of the frame assembly;
a pivot arm movably attached to the frame assembly under the seat post;
a spring-based leg member pivotably attached on a first end portion of the spring-based leg member to the seat post, and the spring-based leg member pivotably attached on a second end portion of the spring-based leg member to the pivot arm on to a rearward portion the frame assembly; wherein a standing or seated user holding the handlebar on the frame assembly is able to practice jumps and tricks by lifting and landing a lower portion of the spring-based leg member on a solid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,765,914

REAL TIME ISOKINETIC TORQUE EXERCISE DATA MONITORING

1. An exercise training system apparatus for a user doing a whole repetition, the apparatus comprising:a pull cable exercise machine with an equipment base including frame mounts to moveably support a floating load frame;
the floating load frame including a first side shaft support and a second side shaft support;
a rotatable winding shaft rotatably supported by the first side shaft support and the second side shaft support;
a spring return connected to the rotatable winding shaft;
a pull cable wound on the rotatable winding shaft;
a cable handle connected to the pull cable;
a resistance shaft rotatably supported by the first side shaft support and the second side shaft support and coupled to the rotatable winding shaft by a connecting chain;
an adjustable resistance device connected to the resistance shaft;
a data circuit including a microprocessor monitoring a load cell measuring force, a rotary encoder measuring distance, and a clock measuring time and transmitting the force, distance and time; and
a processing apparatus receiving the force, distance and time and generating a visual display graph showing power at multiple points over the time of the whole repetition and a force to distance graph over the length of the whole repetition, the whole repetition starting when the cable is pulled and including both an outward pull and inward rewind of the cable.

US Pat. No. 10,765,913

FOOT AND ANKLE STRENGTHENING DEVICE

Newton Biomechanics, LLC,...

1. A foot and ankle strengthening device, comprising:a wedge block formed of a resilient material, the wedge block comprising:
a base surface that defines a base plane; and
a top surface substantially opposite the base surface and including a plurality of raised bulges, the top surface extending from a front side to a back side along a longitudinal axis and from a left side to a right side along a horizontal axis, the top surface having a midpoint ridge arranged between the left and right side,
wherein the top surface is sloped downwardly from the front side to the back side at the midpoint ridge and along the longitudinal axis at a first angle defined from the base plane,
wherein the top surface is sloped downwardly from the midpoint ridge to the left side and along the horizontal axis at a second angle defined from the base plane and from the midpoint ridge to the right side and along the horizontal axis at a third angle defined from the base plane, and
wherein the base surface is configured to contact a ground surface to support the wedge block when a user places at least one foot on the top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,765,912

EXERCISE APPARATUS

ENANEF LIMITED, Abinger ...

1. An exercise apparatus comprising a pair of footplates arranged for movement on respective supports, the supports extending away from a central frame portion of the apparatus, the pair of footplates being configured to receive a pair of human feet and so as to be moved by a user in a manner in the direction of the supports as part of an exercise routine, and wherein the apparatus includes handgrip portions mounted on a handlebar arrangement extending from the central frame portion of the apparatus, the handgrip portions being arranged for movement relative to the frame portion during the exercise routine wherein the said movement of the handgrip portions is restricted to a single plane of movement and said single plane of movement comprises one with a major vertical component.

US Pat. No. 10,765,911

CORE EXERCISE ASSEMBLY

1. A core exercise assembly being configured to be mounted by a user for exercising core muscles, said assembly comprising:a rack being vertically oriented on a support surface wherein said rack is configured to have a user stand within said rack;
a ball being positioned in said rack having said ball resting on the support surface wherein said ball is configured to have the user mounted thereon, said ball being comprised of a resiliently compressible material wherein said ball is configured to enhance comfort for the user;
a cup being positionable on top of said ball;
a pair of knee pads, each of said knee pads being coupled to a top surface of said cup wherein each of said knee pads is configured have a respective one of the user's knees positioned thereon for kneeling on said ball;
a collar being closable around said ball having said collar being aligned with an equator of said ball;
a plurality of bottom cords, each of said bottom cords being coupled between said collar and a bottom ring thereby centering said collar within said bottom ring, each of said bottom cords being comprised of a resiliently stretchable material wherein said bottom cords are configured to pose resistance to the user moving said ball within said rack for strengthening core muscles;
a pair of arm rests, each of said arm rests being coupled to and extending upwardly from a support on said bottom ring wherein each of said arm rests is configured to a respective one of the user's arms laid thereon when the user mounts said ball;
a shirt being wearable by the user, said shirt having a pair of sleeves and a zipper; and
a plurality of top cords, each of said top cords being coupled between a top ring and said shirt such that said shirt is suspended from said top ring, each of said top cords being comprised of a resiliently compressible material wherein each of said top cords is configured to pose resistance to the user moving the user's trunk and torso when the user wears said shirt for exercising core muscles.

US Pat. No. 10,765,910

YOGA MAT BARRIER

1. A yoga mat barrier assembly for attaching to a yoga mat having two edges, between an upper portion and a lower portion of the yoga mat, comprising:a. a roller body having a generally cylindrical shape with two substantially parallel flat sides and an orifice in each side;
b. wherein the roller barrier is positioned upon across the yoga mat; and
c. mat connectors having a spindle which fits into one of the orifices, when in use;
d. wherein the mat connectors attach the roller body to the edges of the yoga mat.

US Pat. No. 10,765,909

CALF EXERCISING ASSEMBLY

1. A calf exercising assembly being configured to exercise calf muscles on legs, said assembly comprising:a pair of blocks, each of said blocks being configured to be selectively positioned on a support surface thereby facilitating a user's feet to be positioned thereon, each of said blocks being configured to space the user's heel from the support surface thereby facilitating the user to perform seated calf exercises, said pair of blocks includes a first block and a second block, said first block having a first end, a second end and an outer surface extending therebetween, said first block being elongated between said first end and said second end, said outer surface having a top side, bottom side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said top side having a plurality of wells extending toward said bottom side, said wells being spaced apart from each other and being distributed between said first end and said second end, said bottom side being configured to abut the support surface when said first block is positioned on the support surface, said second block having an upper surface and a bottom surface;
a yoke being configured to be coupled to a weight, said yoke being configured to be positioned on the user's thighs thereby facilitating the user to perform seated calf raises; and
a pair first feet, each of said first feet being coupled to and extending laterally away from said first lateral side of said first block, said first feet being spaced apart from each other, each of said first feet being aligned with said bottom side of said first block wherein each of said first feet is configured to stabilize said first block on the support surface;
wherein said yoke has a primary end, a secondary end and an outside surface extending therebetween, said yoke being elongated between said primary end and said secondary end, said outside surface having a first side and a second side, said first side undulating between said primary end and said secondary end to define a pair of valleys on said first side wherein each of said valleys is configured to conform to the user's thighs;
wherein said second side has a pair of prominences extending away therefrom, said prominences being spaced apart from each other; and
wherein said second side has a slot extending toward said first side, said slot extending through each of said primary end and said secondary end wherein said slot is configured to insertably receive a bar on a weight machine, said slot being centrally positioned on said yoke such that said slot bisects each of said prominences wherein each of said prominences is configured to inhibit the bar from sliding out of said slot.

US Pat. No. 10,765,908

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MUSCLE ENGAGEMENT IDENTIFICATION

Alert Core, Inc., Kailua...

1. A system for development of muscles, comprising:a contraction sensor for detecting a muscle contraction;
an elastic bumper coupled to the contraction sensor wherein the elastic bumper is placed against the muscles;
a belt holding the contraction sensor and the elastic bumper over the muscle;
a movement sensor for detecting body movements;
a processor coupled to the contraction sensor for receiving muscle contraction signals from the contraction sensor and body movement signals from the movement sensor wherein the processor determines a muscle engagement value from the muscle contraction signals that are between zero and a 100% maximum engagement value based upon the muscle contraction signals; and
a display coupled to the processor wherein the display displays the muscle engagement value and body movement data simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,765,907

FREE-STANDING BALANCING APPARATUS

Everybodies Here LLC, Bo...

1. A free-standing balancing apparatus, comprising:a shaft body;
a handle attached to the shaft body that is adjustable in height, wherein the handle is collapsible against sides of the shaft body; and
a stabilizer section including:
a spring mechanism disposed around a lower portion of the shaft body;
a cap disposed around the shaft body, the cap movable along the shaft body due to a downward force on a surface of the cap by a user or by expansion of the spring mechanism;
a pedal disposed on the surface of the cap;
a locking mechanism attached to the pedal and extending downward into the cap, wherein the locking mechanism engages with the spring mechanism when the pedal is pressed;
a plurality of stabilizers configured to be lowered and positioned into contact with a surface due to force on the surface of the cap and the plurality of stabilizers are locked via pressure to the pedal, wherein the plurality of stabilizers are individual or particular groupings of stabilizers, and the stabilizer section is adapted to enable the individual or the particular groupings of stabilizers to be positioned to provide varying levels of increased stability,
wherein in a closed position, a portion of the plurality of stabilizers is inside the cap and in an open position the portion of the plurality of stabilizers is outside the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,765,906

WEIGHT COLLAR

1. A collar for retaining a weight on a bar, the collar comprising:a bar engaging section having an opening for receiving the bar therethrough and an annular surface encircling the opening, the annular surface being concentric about a central axis of the opening;
a weight engaging section having opposing proximal and distal ends, the weight engaging section extending from the bar engaging section near the proximal end so as to extend at least partially toward the weight when the bar engaging section receives the bar through the opening, the bar engaging section being configured to engage the bar with a gripping force as the weight exerts a rotational force on the distal end of the weight engaging section so as to prevent the weight from sliding off the bar, the distal end of the weight engaging section being orthogonally spaced from the central axis of the opening an offset distance of at least 1 inch, a center of gravity of the collar being orthogonally spaced from the central axis toward the distal end an offset distance of at least 0.1 inches; and
a leaf spring connected to the weight engaging section and extending in a cantilever arc toward the opening of the bar engaging section such that the leaf spring can be depressed via the bar as the collar is being pushed onto the bar, the leaf spring being configured to exert a biasing force against the bar such that the bar engaging section imparts a nominal gripping force on the bar when the weight is not engaging the weight engaging section for preventing the collar from sliding freely relative to the bar.

US Pat. No. 10,765,905

EXERCISE BALL

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS A...

1. An exercise ball for strength or weight training, comprising:a separable first section formed in the shape of a Yin symbol;
a separable second section formed in the shape of a Yang symbol;
a core in an interior of the exercise ball including a hollow hole that receives an adjustable amount of fillers that selectively changes a weight of the exercise ball;
a plurality of magnets provided in the interior of the exercise ball, wherein the plurality of magnets attach and completely detach the separable first section and the separable second section during the strength or weight training; and wherein the plurality of magnets provide a twist-release attachment and detachment of the separable first section and the separable second section.

US Pat. No. 10,765,904

EXERCISE DEVICE

Pvolve, LLC, New York, N...

1. An exercise device comprising:a strap comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the strap configured to be secured to a lower leg of a user such that the first surface of the strap interfaces with the lower leg of the user;
a ball comprising an outer surface configured to be held by the user, the outer surface including a rigid protrusion having an aperture;
a first connector coupled to the rigid protrusion of the ball via the aperture;
a second connector extending from the second surface of the strap; and
a tension member comprising a first coupling mechanism and a second coupling mechanism at opposite ends thereof and configured to be releasably coupled to the first connector and the second connector via the first and second coupling mechanisms, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,765,903

APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING AND SUSPENDING A BODY PART

1. A device for supporting and suspending a body part above a floor, the device comprising:a unitary structure comprising:
a base member configured to be supported on the floor and comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a first tower member coupled to and extending upwards from the first end of the base member; and
a second tower member coupled to and extending upwards from the second end of the base member, the second tower member being spaced apart from the first tower member; and
a pliable strap suspended over at least a portion of the base member and between the first and second tower members, the pliable strap configured to support the body part above the floor; and
a first and a second pin member, wherein the pliable strap comprises a plurality of through holes and is configured to be locked in position via: the first pin member being removably secured within a first opening on a top portion of the first tower member and through a first through hole of the plurality of through holes; and the second pin member being removably secured within a second opening on a top portion of the second tower member and through a second through hole of the plurality of through holes.

US Pat. No. 10,765,902

TRAINING TIGHT WITH PRECONFIGURED COMPRESSION ZONES AND INTEGRATED STRUCTURE PATTERNS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper torso article of apparel having an outer-facing surface and a planar inner-facing surface, the upper torso article of apparel comprising:a plurality of compression zones, wherein:
each of the plurality of compression zones has a modulus of elasticity value within a predefined range, and
one or more of the plurality of compression zones has an integrated structure pattern comprising a plurality of offset areas extending inwardly from the outer-facing surface of the upper torso article of apparel, the plurality of offset areas comprising a shorter length knit stitch, wherein the plurality of offset areas within the integrated structure pattern has a higher modulus of elasticity value compared to remaining areas within the one or more of the plurality of compression zones without the integrated structure pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,765,901

PROGRAMMABLE RANGE OF MOTION SYSTEM

T-REX Investment, Inc., ...

1. A programmable end range of motion system for a leg comprises:a frame having a seat adjustably mounted on the frame configured to support a rehab patient, a plurality of legs elevating the seat above a floor and one or more frame attachment locations for receiving one or more range of motion improving devices;
a first end range of motion improving device for attachment to a patient's leg, the first end range of motion improving device attached to the frame, a leg linkage connected to said frame, the leg linkage including a support affixed to said frame at one of said attachment locations;
a leg linkage, the leg linkage including:
a first link member;
a second link member supported on the first link member, the second link member configured for being secured to a lower leg of the patient and being rotatable about a second link member axis for rotating the lower leg of the patient about a knee axis of the patient through a lower leg range of motion, the second link member axis being displaceable into a selectable fixed position aligned with the knee axis and maintaining the fixed position during rotation of the second link member;
the first link member being independently rotatable about a first link member axis without causing the second link member to rotate about the second link member axis, and the second link member being independently rotatable about the second link member axis without causing the first link member to rotate about the first link member axis;
a leg actuator for rotating the second link member about the second link axis;
a controller controlling the leg actuator for selectively rotating the second link member about the second link axis through the lower leg range of motion or the arm actuator;
a computer connected electronically to the controller, the computer having a software, program or application including a plurality of programmable range of motion movements for exercising the limb; and
a sensor to detect movements of the actuator and record data back to the computer.

US Pat. No. 10,765,900

WEIGHTS SYSTEM

Flak Limited, Maldon Ess...

1. A system for imparting a variable user force to a user, the system comprising:a line guide arrangement, including at least one moveable line guide which may move in both directions along a linear axis;
wherein a force arrangement is arranged to apply at least one internal force to the at least one moveable line guide, wherein the at least one internal force opposes the motion of the at least one moveable line guide in a first direction along the linear axis;
a member with which the user may interact so that the user force is applied to the user through the member;
a line, having a distal end and a proximal end, with the distal end of the line attached to the member, the line being continuously threaded around the line guide arrangement;
the system further comprising a line adjustment arrangement, wherein:
the line adjustment arrangement is attached to the line, or is connected to move a component of the line guide arrangement;
when the line adjustment arrangement is in a locked mode, there is a first ratio between distance moved by the member and distance moved by the force arrangement;
the line adjustment arrangement is operable to remove/introduce line between an entry point and the member, or actively move the component of the line guide arrangement, to alter the ratio between distance moved by the member and distance moved by the force arrangement during movement of the member, wherein:
the system is configured to apply a first mode of operation during a first motion performed by the user and a second mode of operation during a second motion performed by the user, wherein the line adjustment arrangement changes the length of line between the entry point and the member in a different manner during the first and second modes of operation; and
wherein the line adjustment arrangement is operable to apply a scaling factor to the distance moved by the member in order to remove or introduce line between the entry point and the member at a rate which is, at any moment, maintained in a pre-determined proportion to the rate at which the user moves the member.

US Pat. No. 10,765,899

ALARM VALVE STATION OF A FIRE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR A SPRINKLER OR SPRAY WATER EXTINGUISHING SYSTEM, AND FIRE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEM

1. An alarm valve station (80) of a fire extinguishing system (100), comprising:a fire extinguishing system valve (1) comprising a housing (2, 3) which has a fluid inlet chamber (8), a fluid outlet chamber (9) and a closing body (4a) reciprocable between a blocking state and a release state, wherein the fluid inlet chamber (8) and the fluid outlet chamber (9) are separated from each other in the blocking state and communicate with each other in fluid-conducting relationship in the release state, and a housing cover removably secured to the housing between the fluid outlet chamber and an exterior of the fire extinguishing system valve;
wherein the housing cover isolates the fluid outlet chamber from the exterior of the fire extinguishing system valve;
an alarm passage (5) in fluid communication with at least one of the fluid inlet chamber (8) and the fluid outlet chamber (9),
one or more sensors, and
an electronic evaluation unit (50) which is integrated in the housing (2, 3), arranged externally on the housing or arranged in the proximity of the fire extinguishing system valve (1),
wherein the evaluation unit (50) is connected in signal-conducting relationship to the sensor or sensors for receiving data, and is configured for data processing into each of:
state information, and
operating instructions that cause functions to be triggered by an observer,
and is adapted to transmit the state information and/or operating instructions to a display unit (40) which is adapted to receive the state information and/or operating instructions from the evaluation unit and to reproduce numerical values and/or text characters, and
wherein the state information and/or operating instructions is ascertained in dependence on sensor data detected by the one or more sensors from a fluid within the alarm passage (5) and related to opening of the housing cover secured to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,765,898

STEEL COATED METAL STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING THE SAME

Bull Moose Tube Company, ...

1. A method of fabricating an elongated hollow component, said method comprising:unrolling a sheet of a first steel material from a coil as a sheet;
coupling an inner surface layer to the unrolled sheet to form a plurality of layers, wherein a base layer is formed from the first steel material and the inner surface layer is formed from a second steel material;
stamping, after said coupling the inner surface layer, the base layer to cut the base layer from the coil; and
rolling, after said stamping the base layer, the plurality of layers to form a tubular body of the elongated hollow component, such that the plurality of layers each circumscribe a longitudinal axis extending from a first end to a second end of the body, and the inner surface layer is on a radially inner surface of the base layer and exposed to an interior cavity of the hollow component.

US Pat. No. 10,765,897

FIRE PROTECTION MATERIAL, HIGH-PRESSURE STORAGE TANK COATED WITH SAID MATERIAL, METHODS FOR PREPARING SAME, AND USES THEREOF

1. A process for preparing a fire-proof material for a high pressure storage tank, the fire-proof material including a matrix of thermosetting elastomeric resin in which endothermic fillers are incorporated, the matrix of thermosetting elastomeric resin being a matrix of silicone resin, comprising the following steps:a) preparing, at room temperature, a mixture including at least one precursor of the thermosetting elastomeric resin and at least one endothermic filler by gradually adding the at least one endothermic filler to the at least one precursor of the thermosetting elastomeric resin whereby a homogeneous dispersion is obtained;
b) adding, to the mixture obtained in step a), an agent enabling the thermosetting elastomeric resin to be obtained from the at least one precursor, wherein the adding of the agent is performed at room temperature; and
c) cold shaping the mixture obtained in step b) by casting, injection, or vacuum assisted transfer, into a mold on the high pressure storage tank to obtain the fire-proof material including the matrix of thermosetting elastomeric resin in which the endothermic fillers are incorporated.

US Pat. No. 10,765,896

WELLS RESCUE DEVICE

KING ABDUL AZIZ CITY FOR ...

1. A well rescue device comprising:an adjustment assembly;
a support assembly attached to the adjustment assembly;
two holding arms movably attached to the support assembly, the two holding arms configured to hold at least a shoulder of a victim, the adjustment assembly configured to move the two holding arms in a horizontal direction between a contracted position and an extended position to position the two holding arms relative to the victim;
an inflatable air bag on each of the two holding arms for securing the victim between the two holding arms;
a seating assembly attached to the adjustment assembly, the adjustment assembly configured to move the seat assembly in the horizontal direction and in a vertical direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction;
and
a gripper assembly attached to the adjustment assembly, the gripper assembly including a gripper arm extendable in the vertical direction and a gripper attached to the gripper arm, wherein the adjustment assembly is configured to move the gripper arm in the horizontal direction and in the vertical direction to adjust a position of the gripper with respect to the victim.

US Pat. No. 10,765,895

FALL PROTECTION DEVICE AND SAFETY BELT BASE THEREOF

YOKE INDUSTRIAL CORP., T...

1. A fall protection device adapted to be connected to a safety belt; comprising:a frame having a receiving place;
a shaft disposed on the frame;
a safety belt base which is fitted around the shaft and is located in the receiving place, including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion has a ring, and the second portion has a reinforcement portion and a sleeve, which is surrounded by the ring and is adapted to be connected to the safety belt; the reinforcement portion is embedded within the ring; and
wherein the first portion has a first base plate, and a side of the first base plate is connected to the ring; the second portion has a second base plate embedded in the first portion, wherein a side of the second base plate is connected to the sleeve and the reinforcement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,894

HEAD PROTECTION DEVICE AND RESPIRATOR DEVICE

1. A head protection device for protecting a head of a wearer, the head protection device comprising:a head bracket;
a visor fastened rotatably to the head bracket via at least one swivel joint; and
a branched air duct comprising one air inlet and a plurality of air outlets, wherein:
at least one of the air outlets is arranged as a forehead air outlet at an upper visor section;
at least one of the air outlets is arranged as a chin air outlet at a lateral section of the visor;
the at least one swivel joint forms an inner air channel extending as a part of the air duct from the head bracket to the visor;
the branched air duct comprises a visor air channel defined by the visor and extending from the inner air channel to the chin air outlet; and
the branched air duct comprises a further air channel defined by the head bracket, or the visor or by both the head bracket and the visor and extending from the air inlet to the forehead air outlet;
the at least one swivel joint is configured as a rotary throttle valve;
the rotary throttle valve comprises a first passage opening providing fluid communication between the air inlet and the inner air channel and a second passage opening providing fluid communication between the inner air channel and the forehead air outlet, whereby in an opened state of the rotary throttle valve air passes through the first passage opening, the inner air channel, and the second passage opening to provide air flow from the air inlet to the forehead air outlet in parallel to air flow in the further air channel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,893

MULTI FUNCTION HAND TOOL IN A UNITARY DEVICE

1. A survival rescue multi-tool device consisting of: a single planer body constructed and arranged to have incorporated therewith a cylinder wrench configured as a valve opener; measuring indicia; a grip cavity for threading a rope therethrough with a tapering area that is configured to bind the rope and further to function as a wire stripper; two congruent flathead screwdriver formations; a nail puller defined by a nail puller cavity between said two congruent flathead screwdriver formations; a single hammer surface being a glass break prong; an assembly configured as a dual striking surface utilizing each of said two congruent flathead screwdriver formations; a single finger grasp cavity, and an overall curved ergonomic formation.

US Pat. No. 10,765,892

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING TRANSCRANIAL ULTRASOUND FOCUSING

INSIGHTEC, LTD., Tirat C...

1. A method of transmitting ultrasound waves from at least one transducer element and traversing a patient's skull into a target region utilizing data of the patient's skull, the method comprising:(a) predicting a first beam path of the ultrasound waves traversing the skull into the target region based at least in part on a location of the target region;
(b) computationally determining structural characteristics of the skull along the first beam path based on the skull data;
(c) predicting a second beam path of the ultrasound waves traversing the skull based at least in part on the determined structural characteristics;
(d) updating the second beam path of the ultrasound waves based at least in part on at least one of a deviation between the second beam path and the location of the target region or the second beam path; and
(e) activating the at least one transducer element in accordance with a treatment protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,765,891

EVALUATION OF DOSE ACCURACY OF RADIATION THERAPY TREATMENT PLANS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for evaluating a treatment plan for an external radiation therapy treatment of a patient delivered using an external beam radiation therapy apparatus, the treatment plan comprising parameters for controlling the external beam radiation therapy apparatus during the treatment, the system comprising:a database storing a plurality of historic treatment plans and storing for each historic treatment plan a quality parameter indicative of whether a deviation between a planned dose distribution corresponding to the respective treatment plan and a measured dose distribution resulting from an execution of the treatment plan is within an acceptable limit; and
an evaluation unit configured to: determine a threshold value for each of a plurality of treatment plan metrics on a basis of the historic treatment plans and associated quality parameters; calculate a value of each of the plurality of treatment plan metrics for the treatment plan and to compare the value of each of the plurality of treatment plan metrics with the threshold value determined for the respective metric and to provide the result of the calculation and/or the comparison for a validation of the treatment plan; and compare the calculated value of each of the plurality of treatment plan metrics with an associated further flexibility threshold, wherein the value of the flexibility threshold does not comply with the threshold values determined for the metric.

US Pat. No. 10,765,890

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A method implemented on a computing device having at least one processor and at least one computer-readable storage medium, the method comprising:obtaining first image data relating to a region of interest (ROI) of a first subject, the first image data corresponding to a first equivalent dose level;
obtaining a model for denoising relating to the first image data;
determining, based on the first image data and the model for denoising, second image data corresponding to a second equivalent dose level higher than the first equivalent dose level;
determining, based on the second image data, information relating to the ROI of the first subject;
obtaining information relating to the ROI of the first subject from a treatment plan of the first subject; and
performing a delivery of a treatment radiation beam based on the determined information relating to the ROI of the first subject and the information relating to the ROI obtained from the treatment plan of the first subject.

US Pat. No. 10,765,889

RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEM WITH FOLLOW-THE-LIGHTS USER INTERFACE

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, I...

1. A method of controlling a user interface for a radiation therapy system, the method comprising:simultaneously causing a first set of one or more available input mechanisms to be visually emphasized via a first visual technique and a second set of one or more recommended input mechanisms to be visually emphasized via a second visual technique that is different than the first visual technique;
receiving a user input via an input mechanism that is included in one of the first set or the second set;
based on the user input, determining a third set of one or more available input mechanisms and a fourth set of one or more recommended input mechanisms; and
causing the third set of one or more available input mechanisms to be visually emphasized via the first visual technique and the fourth set of one or more available input mechanisms to be visually emphasized via the second visual technique.

US Pat. No. 10,765,888

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC TREATMENT PLANNING

Elekta AB, Stockholm (SE...

1. A radiotherapy system for treating a target patient according to a treatment plan, the system configured to use training data associated with past treatment plans used to treat sample patients, the training data including a plurality of observations associated with conditions of the sample patients and derived from medical image data associated with the sample patients, the training data further including one or more plan outcomes reflecting outcomes resulting from the past treatment plans, or plan parameters reflecting design parameters of the past treatment plans, the system comprising:a processing device configured to generate the treatment plan, the processing device configured to execute instructions stored on a computer-readable medium that, upon execution, cause the processing device to perform operations including:
determining a joint probability density indicating a likelihood that both at least one particular observation and at least one particular plan outcome of the one or more plan outcomes or plan parameter of the plan parameters are present in the training data;
calculating a conditional probability based upon the determined joint probability density, wherein the conditional probability indicates a likelihood that the at least one particular plan outcome or the plan parameter is present in the training data;
predicting a probability of a patient specific plan outcome or patient specific plan parameter based on the conditional probability and at least one patient specific observation associated with the target patient and derived from medical image data associated with the target patient;
generating the treatment plan based on the prediction; and
controlling a radiotherapy device to perform radiotherapy treatment according to the generated treatment plan.

US Pat. No. 10,765,884

METHODS TO TRIGGER HIGH AMPLITUDE OSCILLATIONS OR RESONANCE IN THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM OF A PATIENT USING ELECTROMAGNETIC STIMULATION

1. A method of providing light stimulation therapy to a patient, comprising:identifying a resonance frequency of a cardiovascular system associated with the patient;
selecting signal parameters for a light stimulation signal based on the resonance frequency of the cardiovascular system associated with the patient, wherein the signal parameters include a first time period associated with a first type of light stimulation signal, a second time period associated with a second type of light stimulation signal, and a third period that is equivalent to a combination of the first time period and the second time period and that is also equivalent to the resonance frequency of the cardiovascular system of the patient; and
delivering, using a device capable of configuring light to create the first type of light stimulation signal for the first time period and the second type of light stimulation signal for the second time period, the light stimulation signal to the patient, wherein the light stimulation signal includes the first type of the light stimulation signal being successively delivered to the patient over the first time period and a second type of the light stimulation signal being delivered to the patient over the second time period, the second time period being interposed between instances of the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,765,883

VAGINAL TIGHTENING AND TREATMENT OF WRINKLES

1. A system comprising:a laser source coupled to an optical waveguide which has a laser output portion; and
a vaginal housing transparent to laser energy which is emitted by said laser source and which exits said laser output portion, wherein said optical waveguide is movable along a path inside said vaginal housing, wherein said vaginal housing is a tubular structure with an openable distal end, and wherein said laser output portion has a first operable position inside said vaginal housing and a second operable position in which said distal end is open and said laser output portion protrudes out of said vaginal housing through said distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,765,881

MAGNETIC PARTICLE CONJUGATES AND METHODS OF ACTIVATING CELL SIGNALING

University of Florida Res...

1. A method of activating cell signaling, comprising:introducing a magnetic particle conjugate to a subject, wherein the magnetic particle conjugate includes a magnetic core and a nucleic acid aptamer attached to the magnetic core, wherein the aptamer has an affinity for a target cell, wherein the magnetic particle conjugate binds to the target cell, wherein the binding of the magnetic particle to the target cell does not cause activation of the specific biochemical signaling cascade in the target cell; and
subjecting the magnetic particle conjugate to a magnetic field, wherein application of the magnetic field causes an energy transfer from the magnetic field to the magnetic particle to the target cell activating a specific biochemical signaling cascade in the target cell.

US Pat. No. 10,765,880

DEVICE FOR REPETITIVE NERVE STIMULATION IN ORDER TO BREAK DOWN FAT TISSUE MEANS OF INDUCTIVE MAGNETIC FIELDS

BTL Medical Technologies ...

1. A method for reducing excess weight of a patient using a device including a power unit, at least one switch, a pulse capacitor and a stimulation coil, the method comprising:charging the pulse capacitor;
switching the at least one switch;
providing a current pulse having a peak current in a range of 500 A to 6000 A from the pulse capacitor to the stimulation coil in order to generate a pulsed magnetic field by the stimulation coil;
cooling the stimulation coil; and
applying diphasic sinusoidal pulses of the pulsed magnetic field with a pulse duration in a range of 100 ?s to 300 ?s to a muscle of the patient in order to cause a contraction of the muscle in order to reduce fatty tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,765,879

ELECTROMAGNETIC TREATMENT OF BRAIN AND BODY DISORDERS

NeuroEM Therapeutics, Inc...

1. A device to treat a human subject using electromagnetic stimulation (EMS), comprising:a head unit to be worn on a head region of the human subject, the head unit comprising:
a first group of multiple antennae on a first side of the head unit; and
a second group of multiple antennae on a second side of the head unit;
wherein the head unit is programmed such that each of the multiple antennae in each group is configured to sequentially discharge electromagnetic waves such that no two antennae on a same side of the head discharge simultaneously;
a power source connected to the first group and second group; and a control panel connected to the power source and configured to activate the first group and second group to discharge electromagnetic waves to create electromagnetic stimulation (EMS) in the subject's brain at a frequency of between 300 and 3,000 MHz to enhance neuronal function of neurons of the human subject.

US Pat. No. 10,765,874

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING HEADER SUBASSEMBLY

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A system for assembling a subassembly for use in manufacturing an implantable device header, the system comprising:a first split web;
a second split web;
a conductor assembly;
an antenna assembly;
a top platen configured to receive the first split web; and
a bottom platen configured to receive the second split web, the conductor assembly, and the antenna assembly such that the second split web is positioned below the conductor assembly and the antenna assembly, wherein to form the subassembly, the top and bottom platens are configured to compress together and increase in temperature to fuse the first split web to the second split web.

US Pat. No. 10,765,873

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EMS DEVICE COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A communications interface device for making available information collected by a patient monitoring device, the communications interface device comprising:an asset management database configured to store framed data comprising the information collected by the patient monitoring device;
a transceiver configured to transmit information via wireless communications; and
a processor electrically coupled via an integrated circuit to the asset management database and the transceiver, the processor configured to:
receive streaming full disclosure data from a patient monitoring device module that processes the full disclosure data, streams the full disclosure data to the processor, and operates the patient monitoring device, wherein the processor is interposed between the patient monitoring device module and the transceiver,
format the full disclosure data into a plurality of full disclosure data frames, each full disclosure data frame of the plurality of full disclosure data frames associated with an incident identifier that identifies an emergency medical services (EMS) incident during which the full disclosure data was gathered,
store the plurality of full disclosure data frames to the asset management database,
receive, via the transceiver, a first request to retrieve a subset of the full disclosure data during monitoring or treatment of a patient by the patient monitoring device,
receive, via the transceiver, a second request for data delivery of frames associated with error codes generated by the patient monitoring device,
in response to the first request, retrieve the subset of the full disclosure data from the asset management database during the monitoring or treatment of the patient by the patient monitoring device, the subset corresponding to specific incident-based data and comprising one or more frames of the plurality of full disclosure data frames from the asset management database,
in response to the first request, transmit to a first receiving device the retrieved subset of the full disclosure data from the patient monitoring device during the monitoring or treatment of the patient by the patient monitoring device by the transceiver for transmission via the wireless communications,
in response to the second request, retrieve the frames associated with the error codes generated by the patient monitoring device, and
in response to the second request, transmit to a second receiving device the frames associated with the error codes generated by the patient monitoring device,
wherein the communications interface device interfaces with the patient monitoring device in the patient monitoring device, is powered by the patient monitoring device, and does not comprise a keyboard and a display, and
wherein the information collected by the patient monitoring device comprises patient monitoring information and the error codes generated by the patient monitoring device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,872

IMPLANT DELIVERY AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A catheter system, comprising:a catheter having a lumen along a longitudinal axis;
a docking cap coupled to the catheter and including a body having a side surface defining a chamber, and a proximal opening coaxial with the longitudinal axis and extending into the chamber, wherein the docking cap includes a first cap key and a second cap key disposed radially around the side surface;
a retriever including a first sheath having a first snare lumen and a second sheath having a second snare lumen, wherein the first sheath and the second sheath extend distally through the proximal opening and the chamber; and
a plurality of snare loops extending distally within the first sheath and the second sheath through the proximal opening and the chamber in an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein a first snare wire and a second snare wire extend longitudinally through the first snare lumen at a first radial position between the first cap key and the second cap key, wherein the first snare wire and the second snare wire extend longitudinally through the second snare lumen at a second radial position radially between the first cap key and the second cap key and opposite to the first radial position, wherein the first snare wire extends from the first snare lumen into the second snare lumen to form a first snare loop of the plurality of snare loops pointing in a first direction, wherein the second snare wire extends from the first snare lumen into the second snare lumen to form a second snare loop of the plurality of snare loops pointing in a second direction different from the first direction, and wherein the first snare loop and the second snare loop form a docking space and the plurality of snare loops are movable between the engaged position and the disengaged position by translating the first snare wire and the second snare wire within the first snare lumen and the second snare lumen to change a size of the docking space.

US Pat. No. 10,765,871

IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE WITH PRESSURE SENSOR

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP) configured to sense cardiac activity and to pace a patient's heart, the LCP comprising:a housing having a proximal end and a distal end;
a fixation member configured for fixing the housing to an inner wall of the patient's heart such that both the proximal end and the distal end of the housing are located inside of a chamber of the patient's heart, the fixation member comprising a plurality of hooks or tines extending distally from the distal end of the housing and into the patient's heart to anchor the distal end of the housing to the patient's heart;
a first electrode secured relative to the housing and exposed to the environment outside of the housing;
a second electrode secured relative to the housing and exposed to the environment outside of the housing;
the housing having a diaphragm that is exposed to the environment outside of the housing, the diaphragm is positioned on the proximal end of the housing and is responsive to a pressure applied to the diaphragm by the environment outside the proximal end of the housing;
a pressure sensor within the housing, the pressure sensor having a pressure sensor diaphragm that is responsive to a pressure applied to the pressure sensor diaphragm and provides a pressure sensor output signal that is representative of the pressure applied to the pressure sensor diaphragm;
a fluid filled cavity in fluid communication with both the diaphragm of the housing and the pressure sensor diaphragm of the pressure sensor, the fluid filled cavity is configured to communicate a measure related to the pressure applied by the environment to the diaphragm of the housing to the pressure sensor diaphragm of the pressure sensor; and
circuitry in the housing in operative communication with the pressure sensor, the circuitry configured to determine a pressure exterior to the housing based on the pressure sensor output signal, and further configured to provide a plurality of pacing pulses via the first and second electrodes, wherein a timing of at least some of the plurality of pacing pulses is based at least in part on the pressure sensor output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,765,869

PRECISION DELIVERY OF ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for controlling delivery of electrical stimulation therapy, the method comprising:maintaining, by one or more processors of a medical device configured to deliver electrical stimulation to a patient, a counter tied to a clock used by the medical device to deliver the electrical stimulation to the patient;
obtaining, by the one or more processors, one or more representations of sensed electrical signals for the patient that are referenced to counts of the counter;
identifying, by the one or more processors and based on the one or more representations of the sensed electrical signals for the patient, a count of the counter at which stimulation is to be delivered to the patient; and
delivering, by the medical device and to the patient, electrical stimulation based on the identified count of the counter.

US Pat. No. 10,765,868

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION DEVICE

GIMER MEDICAL CO., LTD, ...

1. An electrical stimulation device for electrically stimulating at least one target zone of an organism, comprisinga control unit; and
an electrical stimulation unit including:
a frequency synthesizer which is coupled to the control unit and configured to generate a frequency signal;
a summing amplifier which is coupled to the frequency synthesizer;
a variable resistor which comprises a resistance and is coupled to the control unit and the summing amplifier;
at least one first electrode and at least one second electrode, wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are coupled to the summing amplifier;
a pulse generator which is coupled to the control unit and configured to generate a plurality of pulse signals, wherein the plurality of pulse signals include a first pulse wave signal and a second pulse wave signal, a time difference between the first pulse wave signal and the second pulse wave signal is at least 2 micro-seconds; and
a differential amplifier which is coupled to the pulse generator and the summing amplifier, and configured to output a biphasic pulse signal according to the plurality of pulse signals,
wherein the summing amplifier is configured to output an electrical stimulation signal according to the biphasic pulse signal, the frequency signal of the frequency synthesizer and the resistance of the variable resistor to impel the first electrode and the second electrode to generate an electric field, the electric field covers the target zone, and the electric field strength ranges from 100 V/m to 5000 V/m.

US Pat. No. 10,765,867

TRANSVASCULAR NERVE STIMULATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

Lungpacer Medical Inc., ...

24. A method of stimulating at least one nerve, the method comprising:positioning a first electrode array having two or more first electrodes in a first blood vessel;
positioning a second electrode array having two or more second electrodes in a second blood vessel, said first and second electrode arrays arranged to receive stimulation signals from a signal generator outside of a body having the first and second blood vessels;
selecting at least one of the first electrodes proximate a right phrenic nerve;
selecting at least one of the second electrodes proximate a left phrenic nerve; and
stimulating the first electrodes in the first blood vessel and the second electrodes in the second blood vessel, to assist in contracting a diaphragm;
wherein the stimulating step does not occur during expiration.

US Pat. No. 10,765,866

PRIMING NEUROMODULATION FOR FASTER THERAPEUTIC RESPONSE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method for delivering neuromodulation, comprising:generating a first modulation field over a region of neural tissue for a first period of time using electrodes and first fractionalized current values for the electrodes;
generating a second modulation field for a second period of time using the electrodes and second fractionalized current values for the electrodes; and
adjusting the second fractionalized current values to focus the second modulation field on each location of a plurality of locations within the region of neural tissue,
wherein the first period of time and the second period of time at least partially overlap, and the first fractionalized current values and the second fractionalized values each include current values individually programmable for different fractions of a total current for the electrodes, the different fractions each applied to an electrode of the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,765,865

IMPLANTS USING ULTRASONIC WAVES FOR STIMULATING TISSUE

The Regents of the Univer...

14. A method of stimulating a tissue, comprising:receiving ultrasonic waves at a first implantable device configured to detect a physiological signal;
converting, at the first implantable device, energy from the ultrasonic waves into an electrical current that flows through a modulation circuit;
detecting, at the first implantable device, the physiological signal;
producing, at the first implantable device, a modulated electrical current based on the detected physiological signal;
transducing, at the first implantable device, the modulated electrical current into an ultrasonic backscatter that encodes information related to the detected physiological signal; and
emitting, from the first implantable device, the ultrasonic backscatter that encodes the information related to the detected physiological signal;
receiving, at an interrogator comprising one or more ultrasonic transducers, the ultrasonic backscatter that encodes the information related to the detected physiological signal;
emitting, from the interrogator, ultrasonic waves configured to power a second implantable device;
receiving, at the second implantable device, the ultrasonic waves configured to power the second implantable device;
converting, at the second implantable device, energy from the ultrasonic waves configured to power the second implantable device into an electrical current that charges an energy storage circuit of the second implantable device;
emitting, from the interrogator, ultrasonic waves encoding a trigger signal;
receiving, at the second implantable device, the ultrasonic waves encoding the trigger signal; and
emitting, from the second implantable device, an electrical pulse that stimulates the tissue in response to the trigger signal.