US Pat. No. 10,190,289

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING WEAR OF A GROUND-ENGAGING TOOL

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

12. A method for monitoring wear of a ground-engaging tool associated with a machine in relation to productivity of the machine, the ground-engaging tool defining an inner cavity and a first wall, the method comprising:receiving a first characteristic signal associated with the first wall from a first sensor, the first sensor operatively associated with the first wall;
receiving one or more productivity metrics associated with a productivity or an efficiency of the machine from a performance monitoring system, the performance monitoring system operatively associated with the machine, and the productivity metrics being determined by the performance monitoring system based on a machine efficiency characteristic sensed by a performance monitoring system sensor;
determining a first dimension of the ground-engaging tool based on the first characteristic signal;
determining a first wear metric of the ground-engaging tool based on the first dimension; and
correlating the first wear metric and the one or more productivity metrics to determine a relationship between wear on the ground-engaging tool and efficiency losses in the operation of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,190,288

EXCAVATION MEASUREMENT WITH LIGHT CURTAIN

1. An excavation measurement system, comprising:a sensor to be mounted on excavation equipment to establish a light curtain in an excavation area, the light curtain to measure a parameter of the excavation area; and
an interface to communicate the measure of the parameter of the excavation area,
in one position of the excavation equipment, the light curtain to measure a lateral profile of the excavation area and a longitudinal profile of the excavation area, and
the interface including a display device to substantially simultaneously display a first image comprising the lateral profile of the excavation area and a second image comprising the longitudinal profile of the excavation area,
the sensor comprising a first sensor to establish a first light curtain to measure the lateral profile of the excavation area and a second sensor to establish a second light curtain to measure the longitudinal profile of the excavation area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,286

DEBRIS DEFLECTION APPARATUS FOR OPERATORS STATION CLEANOUT

1. A debris deflection apparatus for a work vehicle, the work vehicle comprising a mainframe and an operator's station coupled to the mainframe, the operator's station defining a floor having a debris catch area, the debris deflection apparatus comprising:a deflector positioned to receive debris from the debris catch area and communicate the debris to an opening defined by the work vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,190,284

BOOM FOR A WORKING MACHINE WITH A PARTITION INSIDE THE BOOM

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A boom for a working machine, the boom comprising a boom main body formed by connecting upper parts of a left and right pair of sidewall parts to each other through a top wall part, and connecting lower parts of the left and right side wall parts to each other through a bottom wall part, the boom being provided with a partition inside the boom main body and in a longitudinal middle of the boom main body, whereinin the partition, a hose hole inserted with a hydraulic hose arranged inside the boom main body is formed,
the partition comprises: a lower plate part welded to the bottom wall part; and a vertical plate part that is raised from the lower plate part and welded to the sidewall parts, and
the hose hole is formed from the vertical plate part to the lower plate part via a first bending part between the vertical plate part and the lower plate part and penetrates through the vertical plate part, the first bending part, and the lower plate part, and
an end of the hose hole on a bottom wall part side is located, in a side view of the hose hole, on a side closer to the bottom wall part than a bending start line of the first bending part on a top wall part side.

US Pat. No. 10,190,252

DRY-CLEANING SOLVENT FILTER APPARATUS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY REUSE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THEREOF

1. A dry-cleaning solvent filter apparatus configured to deodorize, detoxify, and reclaim a contaminated dry-cleaning solvent, the dry-cleaning solvent filter apparatus comprising:an intake pipe connecting a dry-cleaning machine and a dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank of the dry-cleaning solvent filter apparatus;
the dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank operatively connected to the dry-cleaning machine via the intake pipe, wherein the intake pipe brings a contaminated dry-cleaning solvent from the dry-cleaning machine into the dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank prior to filtration;
a multi-level filtration container comprising a first-stage filter chamber with a first set of drilled micro holes on a first solid surface, a second-stage filter chamber with a second set of drilled micro holes on a second solid surface, and a gap separating the first-stage filter chamber and the second-stage filter chamber, wherein the first set and the second set of drilled micro holes hold up a multi-metallic and multi-chemical clay filtration agent from escaping downward while allowing a downward movement of a cleaned solvent;
the multi-metallic and multi-chemical clay filtration agent removably deposited on top of the first set of drilled micro holes on the first solid surface in the first-stage filter chamber, and also removably deposited on top of the second set of drilled micro holes on the second solid surface in the second-stage filter chamber, wherein the multi-metallic and multi-chemical clay filtration agent deposited in each chamber is physically separated by the gap between the first-stage filter chamber and the second-stage filter chamber;
a reserve tank-to-filtration container pipe that connects the dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank and the multi-level filtration container to mobilize the contaminated dry-cleaning solvent from the dry-cleaning reserve tank to a top portion of the multi-level filtration container; and
an outtake pipe connecting a treated solvent outlet of the multi-level filtration container to a fresh dry-cleaning solvent reserve tank inside the dry-cleaning machine, wherein the outtake pipe carries a deodorized and decontaminated dry-cleaning solvent that has been treated by the multi-level filtration container.

US Pat. No. 10,190,249

APPLIANCE CONTROL UNIT WITH ARRANGED CONTROL SWITCHES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A household appliance for treating at least one item according to a cycle of operation and configured to receive power from a power source having an AC voltage line and a neutral line, the household appliance comprising:a treating chamber for receiving the item; and
a central control unit to control independent electrical loads associated with the cycle of operation;
wherein the central control unit of the household appliance comprises a first plurality of parallel controlled master switches in the AC voltage line and a second plurality of parallel controlled slave switches in the neutral line thereby defining a number of independent loads equal to the number of the first plurality multiplied by the number of the second plurality.

US Pat. No. 10,190,244

FORMING BELT FOR SHAPED NONWOVEN

1. A forming belt for use in making a nonwoven substrate, the forming belt comprising:a first surface defining a plane of the first surface and an axis parallel to a longitudinal direction corresponding to a machine direction when in use; and
at least three discrete belt patterns ordered in sequential relationship with respect to the longitudinal direction, each of the plurality of discrete belt patterns comprising:
a discrete belt pattern overall area;
a first forming zone having a first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements extending outwardly from the plane of the first surface; and
a second forming zone having a second pattern of three-dimensional raised elements extending outwardly from the plane of the first surface;
wherein the first forming zone has a first air permeability value;
wherein the second forming zone has a second air permeability value;
wherein the first air permeability value is different from the second air permeability value;
wherein the first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements on a first discrete belt pattern is different from both the first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements on a second discrete belt pattern and the first pattern of three-dimensional raised elements on a third discrete belt pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,190,235

WAFER SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A device comprising:a wafer boat comprising at least a first column, a second column, a third column, and a fourth column fixed to a top plate and a bottom plate of the wafer boat, wherein a first lateral distance between the first column and second column, a second lateral distance between the second column and the third column, and a third lateral distance between the third column and the fourth column are equal; and
a supporting structure configured to support a wafer in the wafer boat, wherein:
the supporting structure is formed of silicon having an oxygen content level equal to or less than 1 parts-per-million-atomic (ppma) and the supporting structure is of a diameter greater than 300 mm, and wherein the supporting structure comprises a first portion having a first inner radius, a second portion having a second inner radius and a third portion having a third inner radius, and wherein:
the first portion is separated from the third portion by a first gap of the supporting structure,
the second portion joins the first portion to the third portion opposite the first gap,
the first inner radius is equal to the third inner radius, and
the second inner radius is greater than the first inner radius; and
wherein the wafer is of a wafer diameter equal to or greater than 300 mm, wherein the wafer is in direct contact with the supporting structure.

US Pat. No. 10,190,224

ANTI-EXPLOSION GAS GENERATOR FOR HEALTH USE

1. An anti-explosion gas generator for health use, comprising:an electrolysis device for electrolyzing water to produce a gas mixture comprising hydrogen for being transferred in a sealed tube and inhaled by a user, the electrolysis device comprising two electrodes and the electrodes having interchangeable polarity;
a power supply electrically connected to the electrolysis device, adapted for supplying power to the electrolysis device;
a humidifier coupled to the electrolysis device for receiving the gas mixture comprising hydrogen to produce a filtered gas;
an atomized/volatile gas mixing tank coupled to the humidifier for receiving the filtered gas, wherein the atomized/volatile gas mixing tank generates water vapor which is mixed with the filtered gas to produce a health gas, wherein the atomized/volatile gas mixing tank further comprises an oscillator for atomizing or vaporizing a liquid to produce the water vapor, and selectively outputs either the filtered gas or the health gas by turning on/off the oscillator; and
a flow controller coupled to the electrolysis device, adapted for controlling a flow rate of the gas mixture comprising hydrogen, wherein during electrolysis the flow rate is adjustable and greater than 0.1 L/min;
wherein the humidifier further comprises a pressure sensor and a release valve electrically connected to the pressure sensor, the pressure sensor adapted for detecting whether the pressure of the filtered gas excesses a dangerous level, the pressure sensor would open the release valve to reduce the pressure of the filtered gas when the pressure excesses the dangerous level.

US Pat. No. 10,190,222

CORROSION INHIBITORS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

9. A method for inhibiting corrosion of a metal surface in contact with an aqueous system, the method comprising adding to the aqueous system a compound of formula (I),
wherein each of X and Y is the same or different, and is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C16 alkyl, aryl, C2-C16 alkenyl, C2-C16 alkynyl, heteroaryl, C3-C8 cycloalkyl, benzyl, alkylheteroaryl, halogen, halosubstituted alkyl, amino, aminoalkyl, cyano, alkoxy, hydroxyl, thiol, alkylthio, carbonyl, nitro, phosphoryl, phosphonyl, and sulfonyl;
each of R1 and R2 is the same or different, and is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, deuterium, C1-C16 alkyl, aryl, C2-C16 alkenyl, C2-C16 alkynyl, heteroaryl, C3-C8 cycloalkyl, benzyl, alkylheteroaryl, halogen, hydroxyl, and carbonyl;
m is 1, 2, 3, or 4; and
n is 1, 2, or 3;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,211

HIGH CONDUCTIVITY GRAPHANE-METAL AND GRAPHENE-METAL COMPOSITE AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

1. A method for manufacturing a graphene-metal composite comprising:depositing graphene onto a porous metal foam substrate;
3D printing thermal elastomers or metal into voids in the porous metal foam substrate surface;
growing carbon nanotube ropes throughout the porous metal foam substrate using a catalyst material and a heated carbon-rich gas flowing over the porous metal foam substrate, wherein the carbon nanotube ropes occupy voids within the porous metal foam substrate; and
compressing the porous metal foam substrate with graphene applied to form a graphene-metal composite, the carbon nanotube ropes leaving a thermal and electrical pathway through the porous metal foam substrate after the compressing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,083

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PATTERNING AN INTERFACE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A coating interfacing device (999) for forming a defined interface between separated coatings, the device (999) comprising:a well (100) comprising an elastomeric bottom surface (200),
a slit (300) formed into the elastomeric bottom surface (200),
a removable divider (400) inserted into the slit (300) to create a closeable gap (310) and to divide the well (100) into a first compartment (110) and a second compartment (120), wherein the first compartment (110) comprises a first elastomeric bottom surface (210) and the second compartment (120) comprises a second elastomeric bottom surface (220),
the first elastomeric bottom surface (210) and the second elastomeric bottom surface (220) each lined with a designated coating,
wherein the divider (400) is removed to close the gap (310), whereby the designated coating lined on the first elastomeric bottom surface (210) interfaces with the designated coating lined on the second elastomeric bottom surface (220).

US Pat. No. 10,190,055

REVERSE EMULSION BREAKER COPOLYMERS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A method of resolving a reverse emulsion in produced fluid of an oil production system comprising adding a reverse emulsion breaker to a produced fluid of the oil production system in an amount effective for resolving the reverse emulsion, the reverse emulsion breaker comprising a structured copolymer derived from the monomers of Formulae 1, 2, and 3:whereinR1, R2, and R3 are independently hydrogen or alkyl;
R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 are independently alkyl;
A is independently —NH— or —O—;
p and q are independently an integer from 1 to 6; and
the weight average molecular weight of the structured copolymer is from about 20,000 to about 2,000,000 Daltons.

US Pat. No. 10,190,050

LIQUID CRYSTAL COMPOSITION, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A liquid crystal composition, comprising:a liquid crystal compound; and
a liquid crystal aligning agent comprising at least one compound represented by Formula 1:

wherein in Formula 1,
X—* is a C1-20-alkyl-*,

-L1-* is a single bond, *—(CH2)p1—*, *—O(CH2)p1—*, *—O—*,
*—CH?CH—*, or *—C?C—*, wherein p1 is an integer of 1 to 10;-L2-* is a single bond, *—(CH2)p2—*, *—O(CH2)p2—*, *—O—*,
*—CH?CH—*, or *—C?C—*, wherein p2 is an integer of 1 to 10;-L3-* is a single bond, *—(CH2)p3—*, *—O(CH2)p3—*, *—O—*,
*—CH?CH—*, or *—C?C—*, wherein p3 is an integer of 1 to 10;*-L1-*, *-L2-*, and *-L3-* are identical to or different from one another;
*—C—* is a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic linking group, which is substituted or unsubstituted
substituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedsubstituted or unsubstitutedor substituted or unsubstitutedwherein at least one hydrogen in the substituted cyclic linking group is substituted with a C1-10-alkyl-*, F—*, Br—*, I—*, *—OH, *—NH2, or a C1-10-((meth)acryloxy)alkyl-*;*—R—* is *—(CH2)q—*, *—O(CH2)q—*, *—(CH2)qArn-*, or *—O(CH2)qArn-*, wherein Arn is a substituted or unsubstituted C6-30 arylene and q is an integer of 1 to 10, wherein at least one hydrogen in the substituted C6-30 arylene is substituted with a C1-10-alkyl-*, F—*, Br—*, I—*, *—OH, *—NH2, or a C1-10-((meth)acryloxy)alkyl-*;
*—Y is
wherein n is an integer of 0 to 5;n1 is an integer of 1 to 3,
n2 and m are each independently 0 or 1, and
“*” indicates a point of attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,190,025

ADHESIVE COMPOSITION FOR POLARIZING PLATE

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Y...

1. An adhesive composition for polarizing plates, comprising:100 parts by weight of a polymerizable component including about 50 parts by weight to about 90 parts by weight of an epoxy group-containing compound (A) and about 10 parts by weight to about 50 parts by weight of a (meth)acrylate monomer (B), based on 100 parts by weight of the polymerizable component;
about 1 part by weight to about 7 parts by weight of a photoacid generator (C); and
about 0.1 parts by weight to about 7 parts by weight of at least one of a photosensitizer and a photopolymerization initiator (D);
wherein, the epoxy group-containing compound (A) comprises about 50 parts by weight to about 95 parts by weight of an alicyclic epoxy group-containing compound (A1) and about 1 part by weight to about 50 parts by weight of an aromatic group- and epoxy group-containing compound (A2), based on 100 parts by weight of the epoxy group-containing compound (A), and
the alicyclic epoxy group-containing compound (A1) and the aromatic group- and epoxy group-containing compound (A2) have a weight ratio of about 3:1 to about 95:1,
wherein when peeled under conditions of a peeling angle of 90° and a peeling rate of 300 mm/min, a polarizer and a PET film bonded by a cured product of the adhesive composition has a peel strength of 3 N/25 mm or more, or the polarizer and a COP film bonded by the cured product of the adhesive composition has a peel strength of 2 N/25 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,190,010

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:a pigment;
a water-soluble organic solvent; and
a surfactant,
wherein the ink has a viscosity of 5 mPa·s or more at 25° C.,
wherein a static surface tension of the ink as measured at 25° C. using a Wilhelmy method is from 31.0 mN/m to 35.0 mN/m, and
wherein a dynamic surface tension of the ink as measured at 25° C. using a maximum bubble pressure method is from 30.5 mN/m to 37.0 mN/m when a bubble life time is 150 msec.

US Pat. No. 10,189,986

ACRYLAMIDE-BASED COPOLYMERS, TERPOLYMERS, AND USE AS HYDRATE INHIBITORS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A terpolymer having General Formula (I):
in which:
R1, R2, and R3 are each independently chosen from C1 to C8 saturated aliphatic groups,
R4 is chosen from divalent C4 to C7 linear aliphatic groups or divalent C4 to C7 linear heteroaliphatic groups, optionally substituted with one or more C1-C6 linear aliphatic groups, C1-C6 branched aliphatic groups, or combination thereof, where the divalent C4 to C7 linear heteroaliphatic groups comprise 1 or 2 heteroatoms independently chosen from O, N, or S,
R5, R6, and R7 are each independently chosen from methyl or hydrogen,
x is a molar fraction range chosen from greater than 0 to 0.8,
y is a molar fraction range chosen from greater than 0 to 0.8,
z is a molar fraction range chosen from 0.1 to 0.9, where the summation of x, y, and z equals 1, and
the terpolymer is random.

US Pat. No. 10,189,946

PROCESS FOR PREPARING POLYAMINES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for preparing a polyamine,the process comprising polycondensing at least one diamine in liquid phase in the presence of hydrogen and at least one catalyst based on at least one metal of transition groups 8 to 11 of the Periodic Table of the Elements, by keeping pressure constant during the polycondensing through continuous supply of an inert gas, hydrogen, or both, and removing the inert gas, the hydrogen, or both, and ammonia formed during the polycondensing,
wherein:
the polycondensing occurs at a temperature of 150 to 180° C. and a pressure of 60 to 150 bar; and
a mean molecular weight of the polyamine is ?203 g/mol, in which a deviation from the mean molecular weight per ° C. of change in reaction temperature is <19% of the mean molecular weight.

US Pat. No. 10,189,865

GOLD(I) COMPLEXES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, AND METHODS OF TREATING PROLIFERATIVE DISORDERS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A gold(I) complex of Formula (I)or a salt thereof, a solvate thereof, a tautomer thereof, a stereoisomer thereof, or a mixture thereof;wherein:
R1 and R2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, and an optionally substituted arylalkyl;
R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted alkenyl, an optionally substituted alkynyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted alkoxy, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted arylalkyl, an optionally substituted alkanoyl, an optionally substituted aroyl, a halogen, a cyano, and a nitro;
R8 and R9 are independently a hydrogen, or an optionally substituted alkyl; and
X is an anion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,843

FUSED PYRAZOLE DERIVATIVE HAVING AUTOTAXIN INHIBITORY ACTIVITY

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, ...

1. A compound of formula (I) or a pharmaceutical acceptable salt thereof:
wherein
R1 is substituted or unsubstituted phenyl,
R2 is hydrogen,
R3 is hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl carbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted sulfamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl,
R4a and R4b are each independently hydrogen, halogen, hydroxy, cyano, formyl, carboxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted amino, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylthio, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylthio, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl carbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylcarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxycarbonyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted sulfamoyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfinyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl sulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclylsulfonyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclylsulfonyl,
R5a is hydrogen, halogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy,
R5b is halogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted aromatic carbocyclyloxy, substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocyclyloxy or substituted or unsubstituted aromatic heterocyclyloxy, or
R4b and R5a may be taken together to form a bond, R5b may be taken together with the substituent on R1 to form substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocycle or substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocycle, or R4b and R5b may be taken together to form substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic carbocycle or substituted or unsubstituted non-aromatic heterocycle,
provided that
(i) a compound wherein R1 is substituted or unsubstituted phenyloxymethyl or substituted or unsubstituted pyridyloxymethyl, R2 is hydrogen, R5a is hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted methyl, and R5b is substituted or unsubstituted methyl,
(ii) a compound wherein R3 is hydrogen or unsubstituted methyl, and either one of R5a and R5b or each of them are each independently unsubstituted methyloxy or unsubstituted ethyloxy, and
(iii) a compound represented as follows:

are excluded.

US Pat. No. 10,189,813

FORMYLATED N-HETEROCYCLIC DERIVATIVES AS FGFR4 INHIBITORS

NOVARTIS AG, Basel (CH)

1. A compound of formula (I) in free form or in pharmaceutically acceptable salt form
wherein
X is N or CH;
A is C(O) and B is NR5 or
A and B together form part of a 5- or 6-membered aromatic ring wherein A is C and B is C or N;
R1 is selected from hydrogen, hydroxyC1-C3alkyl, haloC1-C3alkyl, CO2H, CH2NR2R3, a 5-membered aromatic heterocyclic ring comprising at least one heteroatom selected from N, O or S, which ring is optionally substituted once or more than once with C1-C3alkyl;
R2 is C1-C3alkyl and R3 is C(O)C1-C3alkyl
or
R2 and R3 together with the N to which they are attached form a saturated 5- or 6-membered ring optionally comprising one additional heteroatom selected from N, O or S, which ring is optionally substituted once or more than once with R4;
R4 is for each occurrence independently selected from C1-C3alkyl, C1-C3alkoxy or two R4 attached at the same carbon atom form an oxo group;
R5 is selected from hydrogen, C1-C3alkyl, C1-C3alkoxyC1-C3alkyl, (CH2)0-1—R6;
R6 is a 4-, 5-, or 6-membered saturated heterocyclic ring comprising at least one heteroatom selected from N, O, or S;
R7 is selected from cyano, haloC1-C3alkyl;
R8 is selected from hydrogen, NR9R10, C1-C6alkoxy;
R9 is hydrogen;
R10 is selected from C1-C6alkyl, hydroxyC1-C6alkyl, C1-C4alkoxyC1-C6alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,189,746

MULTI-PHASIC CERAMIC COMPOSITE

1. A ceramic composite comprising:a first ceramic phase comprising grains of a first ceramic material; and
a second ceramic phase comprising grains of a second ceramic material;
wherein:
the first ceramic material has a different composition than the second ceramic material;
at least one of the first ceramic phase and the second ceramic phase has a median minimum width of at least 5 microns; and
the first phase, second phase, or both, includes grains of element carbon, wherein the elemental carbon is in an amount of at most 7 wt %, based on a total weight of the respective phase or phases.

US Pat. No. 10,189,735

WHITE, OPAQUE, ? SPODUMENE GLASS-CERAMIC ARTICLES WITH INHERENT DAMAGE RESISTANCE AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A process for making a glass-ceramic comprising:a) heating a crystallizable glass at a rate in a range from about 1° C./min to about 10° C./min to a nucleation temperature in a range from about 700° C. and 810° C., wherein, in mole %, the crystallizable glass comprises:
i) SiO2 in a range from about 60 to about 75,
ii) Al2O3 in a range from about 10 to about 18,
iii) Li2O in a range from about 5 to about 14, and
iv) B2O3 in a range from about 4.5 to about 20;
b) maintaining the crystallizable glass at the nucleation temperature to produce a nucleated crystallizable glass;
c) heating the nucleated crystallizable glass at a rate in a range from about 1° C./min to about 10° C./min to a crystallization temperature of in a range from about 850° C. and 1200° C.; and
d) maintaining the nucleated crystallizable glass at the crystallization temperature to produce a glass-ceramic having ?-spodumene as a predominant crystalline phase, wherein the glass-ceramic comprises a Vickers crack initiation threshold of at least about 25 kgf.

US Pat. No. 10,189,724

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A water treatment device comprising:a water treatment vessel which causes electric discharge in water stored therein to produce a sterilizing factor;
a water supplier, including a water tank and valve mechanism, which supplies water to the water treatment vessel;
a reservoir which stores the water supplied from the water supplier; and
a pair of electrodes which cause the electric discharge in the water treatment vessel, wherein
the water treatment vessel is configured to rotate, about a rotational shaft parallel to a horizontal plane in the reservoir, in accordance with the level of the water stored in the reservoir,
rotation of the water treatment vessel switches the water treatment vessel between a discharging state where the water treatment vessel and the reservoir have no communication and the pair of electrodes are immersed in the water in the water treatment vessel to cause the electric discharge, and a draining state where the pair of electrodes come out of the water in the water treatment vessel to stop the electric discharge and the water flows out of the water treatment vessel into the reservoir, and
the water supplier is configured to supply water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the draining state, and stop the supply of water to the water treatment vessel while the water treatment vessel is in the discharging state.

US Pat. No. 10,189,709

SYSTEM FOR COGENERATION OF POWER AND HYDROGEN

King Fahd University of P...

1. A power generation system, comprising:a membrane reformer assembly comprising
a first vessel with a first internal cavity having a heating zone with a heating zone inlet and a heating zone outlet, a reaction zone with a reaction zone inlet and a reaction zone outlet, and a sweep zone with a sweep zone inlet and a sweep zone outlet, wherein the reaction zone and the sweep zone are separated by a hydrogen-permeable membrane;
a combustor comprising
a plurality of combustor feed inlets, and
an exhaust outlet,
wherein the combustor is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and at least one of said combustor feed inlets is fluidly connected to the reaction zone outlet via a syngas line; and
an expander located downstream of the combustor and fluidly connected to the exhaust outlet via an exhaust line,
wherein a natural gas/H2O stream is converted into a syngas stream in the reaction zone in the presence of a catalyst, and at least a portion of molecular hydrogen present in the syngas stream is transported across the hydrogen-permeable membrane to the sweep zone leaving behind a hydrogen-depleted syngas stream in the reaction zone,
wherein the hydrogen-depleted syngas stream is combusted in the combustor to form an exhaust stream, and
wherein the exhaust stream is expanded in the expander to generate power,
the power generation system further comprising:
an ion transport membrane assembly comprising
a second vessel with a second internal cavity, and
an ion transport membrane that divides the second internal cavity into a feed zone and a permeate zone, wherein the feed zone has an ITM feed inlet and an ITM feed outlet and the permeate zone has a permeate zone inlet and a permeate zone outlet,
wherein at least a portion of molecular oxygen present in an oxygen-containing stream that is delivered to the feed zone is transported across the ion transport membrane to the permeate zone,
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located downstream of the membrane reformer assembly and the permeate zone inlet is fluidly connected to the heating zone outlet via a sweep gas line, and
wherein the ion transport membrane assembly is located upstream of the combustor and the permeate zone outlet is fluidly connected to one of said combustor feed inlets via an oxygen line.

US Pat. No. 10,189,689

AUTOMOBILE JACK SYSTEM

1. An automobile jack, comprising:a housing having opposed side walls and opposed end walls, said side walls and said end walls collectively defining a perimeter of a hollow interior area, each said side wall defining a vertical channel with an open top end;
a ramp extending from said housing at a respective said end wall, said ramp having upper and lower ends;
a platform defining a tire-receiving surface;
first and second linkages, said first linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a first horizontal axis, said second linkage having an upper arm pivotally connected to a lower arm along a second horizontal axis, each upper arm being pivotally connected to said platform, each lower arm being pivotally connected to said housing;
a threaded yoke coupled to said second linkage, said threaded yoke being fixed along said second horizontal axis;
a power screw for selectively changing a distance between said first and second horizontal axes to thereby move said platform between a retracted configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is no higher than said upper end of said ramp and a raised configuration at which said tire-receiving surface is above said upper end of said ramp, said power screw having an input end and a threaded shaft, said input end being configured to receive rotational forces and rotate said threaded shaft, said threaded shaft being threaded through said threaded yoke, said threaded shaft extending through a respective said vertical channel when said platform is at said retracted configuration;
a wheel assembly having a wheel, a frame, and a biasing member;
wherein:
said wheel and said frame are movable between disengaged and engaged positions;
said wheel is separated from a ground surface when at said disengaged position;
said wheel is in contact with the ground surface when at said engaged position;
said biasing member biasing said wheel and said frame to said disengaged position;
said wheel assembly is adjacent a respective said housing end wall such that said hollow interior area is between said ramp and said wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,687

ELECTRIC WINCH DEVICE AND MOBILE CRANE

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

1. An electric winch device which is to be mounted on a mobile crane including an operative part for hoisting work to cause the operative part to perform an operation for the hoisting work by winding up or letting out a rope connected to the operative part, the electric winch device comprising:a winch drum having an axis, the winch drum being provided on the mobile crane to be rotatable about the axis and being wound with the rope therearound;
a plurality of motors located on one side of the winch drum in an axial direction in which the axis of the winch drum extends, and arranged side by side in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the winch drum;
a gear mechanism which combines torques output from the plurality of motors; and
a transmitting part which transmits a resultant of torques combined by the gear mechanism to the winch drum to rotate the winch drum to thereby cause the winch drum to wind up or let out the rope, wherein
the gear mechanism includes an outputting member which is configured to be rotated owing to the resultant of torques output from the plurality of motors, and
the transmitting part includes a speed reducer which causes the winch drum to rotate at a lower rotational speed than a rotational speed of the outputting member,
each of the plurality of motors has a drive shaft which serves as an output shaft for the torque, the gear mechanism further includes a plurality of gears, each of the plurality of gears being coupled to a corresponding one of the drive shafts of the plurality of motors to rotate integrally with the corresponding one of the drive shafts,
the outputting member is a center gear which is meshed with each of the plurality of gears to combine the torques of the drive shafts to rotate owing to a resultant torque which is a combined torque of the drive shafts,
the transmitting part further includes a transmission shaft configured to be integrally rotatable with the center gear, and
the speed reducer is connected with the transmission shaft to receive an input of the rotation of the transmission shaft and configured to rotate the winch drum at a reduced rotational speed to which the rotational speed of the transmission shaft has been reduced at a predetermined speed reduction ratio, wherein at least one of the transmission shaft and the speed reducer is located within the winch drum.

US Pat. No. 10,189,685

WINDER CABLE GUARD

1. A cable guard for a winder mechanism, which winder mechanism includes an elongate winder drum axially rotatably mounted to a support bearing assembly and a lift cable wound about a circumferential surface of the winder drum and wherein a clearance gap is recessed radially inwardly of the circumferential surface of the winder drum between a longitudinal end of the winder drum and an inwardly facing surface of the support bearing assembly, said cable guard comprising:an attachment piece for being secured to the inwardly facing surface of the support bearing assembly and positioned in the clearance gap to fill and seal the clearance gap sufficiently to restrict the lift cable from slipping, dropping or otherwise entering into the clearance gap during axial rotation of the winder drum, whereby the cable is constrained to remain on the circumferential surface of the winder drum and jamming and shearing of the lift cable between the winder drum and the support bearing assembly during axial rotation of the winder drum are prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,189,679

ELEVATOR CAR POWER SUPPLY

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A ropeless elevator system, comprising:a vertically extending first lane;
a vertically extending second lane;
a transfer station extending between and in communication with the first and second lanes;
a first elevator car disposed in and arranged to move through the transfer station and the first and second lanes;
a propulsion system for propelling the first elevator car through at least the first and second lanes;
a first DC energy storage device carried by the first elevator car and configured to provide supplemental power to the elevator car during normal operation; and
a wireless power transfer system configured to periodically charge the first DC energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,669

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS, POST-PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETERMINATION OF WHETHER OR NOT TO PERFORM POST-PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing, using an attached post-processing member, on a sheet received from an image forming apparatus, and one of a first post-processing member and a second post-processing member is selectively attached thereto as the post-processing member, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a type of the attached post-processing member;
a control unit configured to receive an instruction from the image forming apparatus and control an execution of the post-processing using the attached post-processing member; and
a setting switch configured to receive, from a user, a setting of whether or not to enable the post-processing using the second post-processing member,
wherein the control unit is further configured to:
in a case where the type of the post-processing member detected by the detection unit corresponds to the first post-processing member, regardless of the setting of the setting switch, determine whether to execute the post-processing using the first post-processing member based on presence or absence of an instruction to execute the post-processing using the first post-processing member from the image forming apparatus, and
in a case where the type of the post-processing member detected by the detection unit corresponds to the second post-processing member, determine whether to execute the post-processing using the second post-processing member based on the setting of the setting switch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,653

DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING CONTAINERS, SUCH AS BEVERAGE BOTTLES

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. Device for transporting containers (2), comprising a transport element (3) and including a plurality of container grippers (4, 4a) provided at the transport element (3) for gripping and holding the containers (2), wherein each container gripper (4, 4a) comprises at least two pivoting gripping arms (5, 5a), which are tensioned by at least one spring element (14, 14a) into a closed position, and at least one control element or blocking element (15), which forms at least one control surface with at least two sections (15.1, 15.2), supported on which are the spring elements (14) taking effect on the gripping arms (5, 5a), and which can be moved at least between a first position, corresponding to a releasing state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a) is supported at a first section (15.1) of the control surface, and a second position, corresponding to a blocking state of the container gripper (4, 4a), in which the respective spring element (14, 14a), additionally tensioned, is supported at a second section (15.2) of the control surface, wherein the respective control element or blocking element (15) can be moved axially in a blocking element axis (AS) between the first and second position, and that the sections (15.1, 15.2) are provided in the blocking element axis (AS) following one another, and wherein the control elements or blocking elements (15) form, at their ends located at a distance from one another in the direction of the blocking element axis (AS), further control surfaces for control curves (19, 20), not moved with the transport element (3), for the moving of the control elements or blocking elements (15) between the first and second position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,644

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission device comprising:a rotatable sun gear;
a planetary gear that meshes with the sun gear and can revolve around the sun gear;
an inner-tooth gear that meshes with the planetary gear and can rotate coaxially with the sun gear, one of the sun gear, the inner-tooth gear, and the carrier being an input member, another one being an output member, and the remaining one being a first rotational member;
a carrier that rotatably supports the planetary gear and can rotate coaxially with the sun gear; and
a second rotational member meshing with the first rotational member and being configured to rotate by a driving force from a drive source,
wherein the driving force from the drive source is configured to be transmitted from the input member to the output member,
wherein, in a state in which the rotation of the first rotational member is stopped by stopping the rotation of the second rotational member when the input member is caused to rotate unidirectionally by the driving force from the drive source, the output member rotates in a first direction, and
wherein, in a state in which the first rotational member is caused to rotate in the same direction as the input member by rotating the second rotational member, the output member rotates in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,640

CONTAINER HAVING GENERALLY L-SHAPED SLOTTED TRACKS TO FACILITATE MOVEMENT OF DUNNAGE

Bradford Company, Hollan...

1. A container for holding product therein during shipment, the container comprising:a bottom and two sides;
two stationary guides, each of the guides being spaced inwardly from each side of the container and generally parallel to the container sides, each of the guides having a generally L-shaped slotted track extending through the guide, each of the generally L-shaped slotted tracks having at least one substantially horizontally oriented portion and at least one substantially vertically oriented portion extending towards the container bottom from each substantially horizontally oriented portion and terminating proximate the container bottom; and
a plurality of movable dunnage supports generally inside the container, each of the dunnage supports having portions engaged with and slidable along the slotted tracks to facilitate movement of dunnage supported by the dunnage supports.

US Pat. No. 10,189,639

TEA DISPLAY AND STORAGE DEVICE

1. A tea display and storage device comprisingone or more tea bags
a cover with a fastener attached;
a plurality of pages attached by a binding to said cover; and
a plurality of tea bag holders comprising pockets formed by material coupled to the pages by seams, wherein a pocket is sized to accommodate a tea bag of the one or more tea bags such that a first portion of the tea bag is fully seated in the pocket and a second portion of the tea bag is uncovered by the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,631

METHOD OF DISPENSING A PLURALITY OF INTERCONNECTED WIPES

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A method of dispensing wipes, the method comprising:providing a stack of wipes, the stack having a right end, a left end, a transverse direction extending between the right end and the left end, a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the transverse direction, and a longitudinal centerline extending in the longitudinal direction and positioned midway between the right and left ends, the stack defining a right side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the right end and defining a left side transversely between the longitudinal centerline and the left end,
wherein each wipe is generally rectangular in shape and defines four corners and each wipe is connected to at least one other wipe by a plurality of bridging strips;
providing a dispenser, the dispenser having a dispensing orifice through which wipes can be extracted from the dispenser; and
grasping a presented corner of a leading wipe, and pulling the presented corner of the leading wipe to withdraw the leading wipe out of the dispenser, whereby the leading wipe releases from a succeeding wipe such that a presented corner of the succeeding wipe, and no other corner of the succeeding wipe, protrudes from the dispensing orifice,
whereby the presented corner of the leading wipe and the presented corner of the succeeding wipe originate from opposite sides of the stack.

US Pat. No. 10,189,626

PACKAGE HANDLING SYSTEM

1. An indicator for a package handling system comprising:an indicator display; and
a rupture component,
wherein the indicator is configured to integrate with a first package of the package handling system,
wherein the indicator is configured to display an indication upon application of a stacked weight force exceeding a predetermined threshold value applied to the indicator, and wherein
said rupture component is configured to rupture upon application of said force exceeding said predetermined threshold value to effectuate said display of said indication, wherein said package handling system comprises stackable packages, wherein the indicator is configured to allow for at least one other package to be stacked on top of said first package with the indicator in a manner that allows said at least one other package to lay relatively flat and substantially evenly supported on the surface of the package with the indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,623

CONTAINER ASSEMBLIES FOR STORING, SHIPPING, AND/OR DISPENSING FLUIDS, AND RELATED METHODS

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A container assembly for storing, shipping, and/or dispensing fluid, the container assembly comprising:a container; and
a receptacle configured to be disposed within the container, the receptacle having a spout protruding from a top surface of the receptacle and defining an opening for receiving fluid into the receptacle and/or for dispensing fluid from the receptacle;
wherein the container includes an opening defined at least partly in a top portion of the container such that the spout of the receptacle is aligned with the opening of the container when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to thereby facilitate dispensing of fluid from the receptacle through the spout of the receptacle and through the opening of the container; and
wherein the receptacle includes a handle defining a flange having a free end portion, the flange disposed generally above the top surface of the receptacle and extending in a direction toward the spout, the free end portion of the flange spaced apart from the top surface of the receptacle and spaced apart from the spout, and the free end portion of the flange having a continuous forward edge portion generally facing the spout to allow a user to grasp the handle at the free end portion of the flange, the handle configured to engage the top portion of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, to help support the receptacle in the container, and the continuous forward edge portion of the free end portion of the flange configured to generally align with the opening of the container, when the receptacle is disposed within the container, such that the flange is accessible through the opening of the container to allow for carrying, by the handle, the receptacle and the container together and to facilitate dispensing fluid from the receptacle when the receptacle is disposed within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,621

BAG MADE FROM HIGH-STRENGTH HEAT-SHRINKABLE FILM EXHIBITING DIRECTIONAL TEAR, AND PROCESS UTILIZING SAME

Cryovac, Inc., Charlotte...

1. A heat-shrinkable bag comprising a heat-shrinkable multilayer film having an inside seal layer heat sealed to itself at a heat seal, the bag further comprising a first side, a second side, an open top, and a bag skirt outward of the heat seal, the bag skirt comprising a bag edge and a first means for initiating tearing, the first means being in the first side of the bag, the bag skirt also comprising a second means for initiating tearing, the second means being in the second side of the bag, the bag being capable of having a manually-initiated, manually-propagated first tear in a machine direction in the first side of the bag, and a manually-initiated and manually-propagated second tear in the machine direction in the second side of the bag, the first tear and the second tear each being capable of being propagated in the machine direction from the respective first and second means for initiating tearing, with each tear being propagated through the heat seal and across the bag, or down the length of the bag, with the tears being capable of being manually propagated in the machine direction through and to an opposite bag edge, so that upon making a package by placing a product inside the bag, sealing the bag closed so that a package is formed, and shrinking the film around the product, the resulting package can be manually opened, and the product readily removed from the bag, by manually initiating tears in the machine direction from the first and second means for initiating tearing, with the tears being manually propagated in the machine direction through the seal and to the opposite bag edge, and wherein the multilayer film exhibits a Peak Load Impact Strength, determined using ASTM D 3763-95A, of at least 50 Newtons per mil, wherein the bag further comprises a means for assisting grip of the multilayer film, wherein the means for assisting grip comprises a partial hole cut having a hanging chad therein, and wherein the heat-shrinkable bag does not comprise a patch thereon, and wherein at least one layer of the multilayer film comprises an incompatible polymer blend selected from the group consisting of:(A) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(B) a blend of ionomer resin with ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polybutylene, and/or polypropylene;
(C) a blend of homogeneous ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with recycled polymer blend comprising ethylene homopolymer, propylene homopolymer, ethylene copolymer, propylene copolymer, polyamide, ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymer, ionomer resin, anhydride-modified ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer, and antiblock;
(D) a blend of ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer with polypropylene, and/or polybutylene, and/or modified ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, and/or polystyrene;
(E) a blend of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer with polypropylene and/or polybutylene;
(F) a blend of single site catalyzed polypropylene with homogeneous ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate;
(G) a blend of polypropylene and/or ethylene/propylene copolymer and/or polybutylene with ethylene/methyl acrylate copolymer and/or ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer and/or ethylene/butyl acrylate copolymer; and
(H) a blend of polyamide with polystyrene and/or ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer and/or ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer and/or styrene/butadiene copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,619

LOCKABLE FOOD CONTAINER

1. A portable food container system (100), said system comprising:(a) a cylindrical base (110) with a lower end (111), an upper end (112) and a base lateral surface (115), wherein a top opening (113) is disposed on the upper end (112), wherein the upper end (112) of the cylindrical base comprises a first outer edge (1112), a second inner edge (2112), and an annular surface (3112) disposed between the first outer edge (1112) and the second inner edge (2112);
(b) a first lockable, cylindrical top cover (120) with an upper surface (121), a lower surface comprising a lower surface opening (123) surrounded by a lower opening rim (122), and a first cover lateral surface (125), wherein the first top cover (120) is pivotably and removably attached to the base via a separable hinge (116), wherein the separable hinge (116) is configured to connect a portion of the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to a portion of the base upper end (112) to the first cover lateral surface (125) adjacent to the lower opening rim (122);
(c) a combination lock system comprising (i) a combination dial (130) disposed on the lateral surface (115) of the base toward the upper end (112); (ii) a first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) adjacently above the combination dial (130); (iii) a first lock insertion (124) disposed on the lower opening rim (122) and on the opposite side facing the separable hinge (116); and (iv) a lock release button (132) disposed on the base lateral surface (115) adjacent to the combination dial (130),
wherein the first lock slot (114) is configured to snugly receive the first lock insertion (124) and securely lock the first lock insertion (124) within the first lock slot (114), wherein the lock release button (132) is operatively connected to the combination dial (130), wherein the lock release button (132) is configured to disengage the first lock insertion (124) from the first lock slot (114) after a predetermined combination key is selected and after the lock release button (132) is pushed;
(d) an internal cavity wall (1117) joining the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base such that the internal cavity wall (1117) transitions to the annular surface (3112), and the annular surface (3112) transitions to an outside wall (1119) disposed on the base lateral surface (115), wherein the transition of the internal cavity wall (1117) to the annular surface (3112) to the outside wall (119) is continuous and is without any spacial break other than the first lock slot (114) disposed on the annular surface (3112), wherein an inside space between the internal cavity wall (1117) and the outside wall (1119) is evacuated of air and a vacuum is generated which is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the food container (100), wherein a surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) is internally threaded; and
(e) an inner cover (140) comprising an inner cover upper section (142) and an externally threaded rod (144) disposed beneath the inner cover upper section (142), wherein the externally threaded rod (144) is configured to engage the top opening (113) and is configured to threadably dispose on the internally threaded surface of the internal cavity wall (1117) of the cylindrical base (110) and is effective to reduce heat escape from food contained inside the cylindrical base (110);
wherein the inner cover upper section (142) resides within the first top cover (120); wherein the cylindrical first top cover (120) engages the first outer edge (1112) of the upper end (112) of the base and the inner cover upper section (142) engages the second inner edge (2112) of the upper end (112) of the base; wherein the annular surface (3112) of the upper end (112) of the base engages with the cylindrical first top cover (120) and the inner cover upper section (142) and is effective to maintain an initial temperature of food contained inside the cylindrical base (110).

US Pat. No. 10,189,618

CONTAINER APPARATUS

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A container apparatus comprising:a container extending from a bottom end to a top end along an axis, the container comprising:
a body having a cavity for containing a material; and
a cap coupled to the body;
a sleeve circumscribing at least a portion of the container, the sleeve having a first pre-weakened section that divides the sleeve into a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the sleeve comprising a second pre-weakened section and the second portion of the sleeve comprising a third pre-weakened section; and
wherein the second and third pre-weakened sections are circumferentially offset from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,189,616

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PERSONALIZED DRUG PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing a drug product for an individual patient, comprising:a computer processor configured to receive information relating to the patient and to predict, based on the received patient information, an optimal drug selection, combination drug product comprising a plurality of discrete units of a first drug and a plurality of discrete units of a second drug, and dosage for the patient; and
a drug production device, in communication with the processor, for producing the drug product based on the predicted optimal drug selection, combination drug product, and dosage, wherein the drug production device comprises:
a plurality of drug containers, each configured to hold a quantity of a drug in the form of microtablets, each microtablet containing an equal sized dose of a particular drug, each microtablet being coated so as to enable drugs of different pH to be in close locality without interaction of components of the combination drug product, and each having a unique coupling element to couple the drug container to the drug production device;
a plurality of drug dispensers, each of said drug dispensers coupled to one of said drug containers;
a supply of empty ingestible capsules;
a controller, which controls dispensing by count of said microtablets of a drug by each drug dispenser into the ingestible capsules;
a verification unit including a scanner for scanning identifying indicia provided on the drug containers and comparing the indicia to the predicted optimal drug selection and combination drug product, wherein the combination drug product comprises at least a first coated microtablet of a first drug and a second coated microtablet of a second drug, wherein the second drug is distinct from the first drug, in a closed unitary ingestible capsule package customized for the patient produced from selected dispensed drugs, wherein the patient information includes information selected from (1) at least one of the group consisting of: weight; age; sex; BSA (body surface area); body mass index; lean body mass, percentage body fat, metabolism; renal function; liver enzymes; proteomics/biomarkers, blood chemistries, pharmacokinetics; risk factors for disease; partial or full genome SNP screening data; whole or partial genome analysis; vitamin deficiencies; vitamin and micronutrient levels; diet; environmental, toxin or other allergy history; the patient's medical history; diagnostic information; exercise activity; sleep activities; tissue expression profiling; hormonal cycles, biomarker information; radiologic/imaging information, demographic information; monthly reproductive cycle; geolocation, social network, consumer information, habits, physiologic data, electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings, behavioral history, geographic history, exposures or potential exposures to toxins and other environmental factors including exposure to radiation, compliance history and personality testing from body measurement devices, and (2) at least one of the group consisting of current medications; other medications/supplements; history of prior side effects to one or more medications; analysis of pharmacogenomic and/or pharmacogenetic profile; drug-drug interaction information; drug-diet interaction information; and drug allergies and/or sensitivities; and
a conveyor for moving an ingestible capsule to successive drug dispensers, wherein a determined quantity of each drug is dispensed into the ingestible capsule from each drug dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,189,605

DEBRIS PROTECTED TWIST ATTACHMENT

13. A detachable attachment assembly, comprising:a receptacle unit, including:
a housing defining a receptacle slot having a slot length and a slot width that is smaller than the slot length;
a piston having a profile having a width that is smaller than its length and an area less than the receptacle slot, and movable between an engaged position, in which the piston substantially blocks the receptacle slot and prevents passage of moisture and debris through the receptacle slot, and a retracted position, in which the piston is recessed from the receptacle slot; and
a biasing member configured to bias the piston toward the engaged position;
a carrier unit, including:
a flange having a width greater than the slot length of the receptacle slot; and
a lock tab offset from the flange and having a tab length and tab width to pass through the receptacle slot of the receptacle unit,
wherein a first angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, allows the lock tab to move the piston between the engaged position and the retracted position, and
wherein a second angle of the carrier unit, relative to the receptacle unit, prevents passage of the lock tab through the receptacle slot; and
a fastener point attached to the carrier unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,604

CONTAINER, PACKAGING, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A container comprising:a) a plant based structural layer having an inner surface and an opposed outer surface; and
b) a pre-formed polymeric liner layer secured to the plant based structural layer and lining at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface;wherein the structural layer comprises a pair of flexible panels, each panel having a pair of opposed side edges, the pair of panels being joined to each other along the side edges, the container movable between a flattened configuration in which the panels are flattened to provide a flat container, and an expanded configuration in which the panels are flexed outwardly to define an interior volume of the container therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,189,601

ADJUSTABLE PALLET

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A modular pallet system comprising:a pallet, the pallet including a rectangular base having a planar top surface, and a planar bottom surface spaced apart from the planar top surface, the planar top surface having a plurality of holes arranged thereon, and the planar bottom surface having a plurality of holes arranged to align with the holes of the planar top surface, the holes of the planar bottom surface being smaller in diameter than the holes of the planar top surface;
a plurality of stacking arms extending upwardly from the rectangular base, the arms being oriented generally perpendicular to the top surface;
a support connected to the bottom of the base for supporting the modular pallet;
a plurality of part holders cooperable with the top surface of the base and mounted on the base generally perpendicular to the top surface, a first part holder in the plurality of part holders including:
a bottom portion for standing on the top surface of the base, the bottom portion including at least one hole for a fastener;
a T-beam portion having a web, a flange, and spanning upwardly from the bottom portion, the web of the T-beam facing towards the hole on the bottom portion; and
an angled portion at the top of the T-beam portion, wherein the angled portion angles towards the web of the T-beam; and
a plurality of crossbeams located between the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface and oriented diagonally across the base for increasing the strength of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,189,600

PALLET-FREE BULK BIN CONTAINER

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPA...

1. A pallet-free bulk bin container assembly comprising:an open-ended bulk bin having a frame base at one end, the one end comprising at least a portion that is open;
a pair of channel inserts configured to be engaged with the frame base to partially enclose the portion of the one end of the open-ended bulk bin that is open, the channel inserts being separate from the open-ended bulk bin; and
a pair of center-filler supports received in the open-ended bulk bin to fully enclose the portion of the one end of the open-ended bulk bin that is open.

US Pat. No. 10,189,598

DISPLAY CARRIER

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A portable type display device comprising:a display including a screen on a front surface thereof and a rear surface opposite the screen; and
a display carrier, comprising:
a storage box configured to store the display, the storage box having a bottom surface,
a window part which is formed on a face of the storage box opposite the bottom surface of the storage box,
a fixing member disposed entirely within only a central area of the storage box and extending from the bottom surface of the storage box, the central area being defined between the bottom surface of the storage box and the window part of the storage box, the fixing member having a bottom surface fixed to the bottom surface of the storage box and an upper surface opposite the bottom surface of the fixing member, the upper surface of the fixing member being inclined, the rear surface of the display being joined to the inclined upper surface of the fixing member such that the screen is inclined with respect to the window part, and
a closing member which closes said window part,
wherein a supporting member configured to support said closing member removed from said window part is provided on a face of said storage box opposite to a face having said window part formed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,595

FEEDING UNIT FOR FEEDING SEALED PACKS OF POURABLE FOOD PRODUCTS

1. A feeding unit for receiving sealed packs of pourable food products from a forming unit arranged to form said packs and feed said packs to a folding unit arranged to fold said packs so as to obtain folded packages, said feeding unit comprising a feeding conveyor to carry said packs towards said folding unit, a driving arrangement interacting with said packs so as to pull said packs from said forming unit and push said packs towards said feeding conveyor, said driving arrangement comprising at least two cyclically movable driving elements positioned on opposite sides of an advancing path along which said packs are advanced through said feeding unit and an actuating arrangement for moving said driving elements, said driving elements being arranged to interact with opposite portions of said packs, said driving elements being configured to interact with flaps of said packs projecting from opposite lateral walls of said packs.

US Pat. No. 10,189,594

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CONTAINER CONTAINING A CONTENT FLUID, A METHOD FOR PLACING AN INSIDE OF A CONTAINER UNDER A POSITIVE PRESSURE, A FILLED CONTAINER, A BLOW MOLDING METHOD, AND A BLOW MOLDING DEVICE

1. A method for manufacturing a container containing a content fluid, comprising:a molding step of stretching a bottomed tubular preform that is heated to a temperature at which the preform is stretchable so as to form the container by means of pressure of the content fluid injected into the preform through a mouth portion of the preform;
a sealing step of sealing the content fluid by fitting a cap body to the mouth portion; and
a pressurizing step of increasing an inner pressure of the container, wherein the container includes an invertible deforming portion that is freely invertible and deformable toward an inside of the container, and
in the pressurizing step, after the sealing step before a temperature of the container decreases to a room temperature, the inner pressure of the container is increased by reducing a volume of the container by inverting and deforming the invertible deforming portion toward the inside of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,592

APPARATUS FOR SEALING AN OPEN END OF A CONTAINER

17. A method of producing a package for distribution comprising:folding and sealing a bottom of the package;
filling the package with a product to produce a filled package; and
sealing a top of the filled package by:
moving a first longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a first longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the first sealing jaw including moving the first eccentric shaft by rotating around a first rotational axis;
moving a second longitudinally extending sealing jaw that is bearing mounted on a second longitudinally extending eccentric shaft, the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the second eccentric shaft by rotating around a second rotational axis, the second sealing jaw being parallel with the first sealing jaw, the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw being synchronized by transversally extending guiding bars cooperating with the first and second eccentric shafts via guiding pins running in guiding grooves, and play in a transversal direction being permitted between the first and second eccentric shafts and the first and second sealing jaws; and
the moving of the first sealing jaw and the moving of the second sealing jaw including moving the first and second sealing jaws toward each other and pressing the top of the package to seal the top of the filled package.

US Pat. No. 10,189,589

CHAMBER MACHINE WITH GAS NOZZLE MONITORING

13. A chamber machine for packaging products in at least one bag, said chamber machine comprising:at least one gas nozzle; and
a monitoring device configured for detecting the presence of a bag neck of said at least one bag over said at least one gas nozzle;
wherein said monitoring device comprises at least one sensing finger for each of said at least one gas nozzle; and
wherein said at least one gas nozzle or said at least one sensing finger is adapted to have applied thereto an electric voltage, and wherein said at least one gas nozzle is electrically insulated from said at least one sensing finger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,587

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY ENCAPSULATING ELONGATED COMPONENTS AND ENCAPSULATED ELONGATED COMPONENTS OBTAINED

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A process for a continuous production of an encapsulated component web, the process comprising the steps of:conveying at least two continuous encapsulation films, spaced apart from one another, along a longitudinal axis of a production line;
conveying at least one encapsulatable component along the longitudinal axis of the production line between the two continuous encapsulation films;
displacing transversally at least one of the at least one encapsulatable component simultaneously while the at least one encapsulatable component is conveyed along the longitudinal axis of the production line;
superposing an assembly including the at least two continuous encapsulation films and the at least one encapsulatable component with the at least one encapsulatable component extending between two of the at least two continuous encapsulation films; and
laminating the assembly to encapsulate the at least one encapsulatable component between the at least two continuous encapsulation films.

US Pat. No. 10,189,586

PROCESS FOR SINGLE-STEP FORMING AND FILLING OF CONTAINERS

1. A process for the manufacturing and filling of plastic containers comprising the steps of:heating a localized zone of a stretchable portion of a preform to a temperature closer to its vitreous transition temperature (Tg) than to ambient temperature while maintaining at least a portion of the stretchable portion of the preform at a temperature closer to ambient temperature than to the vitreous transition temperature (Tg);
positioning the preform in a mold assembly of two or more components while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, the preform being fabricated from a plastic and being provided with a longitudinal axis and including the stretchable portion and a non-stretchable portion;
after positioning the preform in the mold assembly while still having the heated localized zone and a portion of the stretchable portion at a temperature closer to ambient temperature, initially stretching the preform along its longitudinal axis;
injecting a fluid into the interior volume of the preform, the fluid being under such pressure so as to cause the preform to plastically deform until achieving a container of a desired size and shape; and
releasing the container formed from the preform from the mold assembly and sealing the container.

US Pat. No. 10,189,578

SELF-BALANCING PRESSURE BULKHEAD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure bulkhead comprising:a bulkhead wall having a radially inner disk of a first thickness and a radially outer compression ring of a second thickness defining a convex surface as a first side of the bulkhead wall, wherein the radially outer compression ring defines a periphery of the bulkhead wall, and the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
wherein the second thickness of the outer compression ring is effective to provide a strength to oppose meridional and hoop stresses across the surface of the radially inner disk in response to a pressure differential across the bulkhead wall; and the radially inner disk being unitary with the outer compression ring and being made of the same material as the outer compression ring; and
an attachment ring having a concave surface oriented toward a non-pressurized area and attached to the first side and the periphery of the bulkhead wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,576

LIQUID STORAGE TANK

BAE SYSTEMS PLC, London ...

1. An aircraft fuel tank comprising:a tank wall enclosing a liquid storage space, the tank wall comprising two opposing aircraft external skins and an aircraft substructure disposed between the two aircraft external skins; and
a plurality of tensionable tie assemblies located at least partially within the liquid storage space, each tensionable tie assembly comprising:
a first attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a first of the aircraft external skins;
a second attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a second of the aircraft external skins; and
an elongate member fixed between the first and second attachment devices of that tie assembly such that the elongate member of that tie assembly crosses the liquid storage space;
wherein the tensionable tie assemblies are capable of being tightened during installation, configured to exert an inward force on the tank wall, and are more closely spaced together at or proximate to points at which the aircraft external skins are attached to the aircraft substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,574

ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An electric propulsion system for a vehicle, said electric propulsion system comprising:at least one generator;
at least one drive engine coupled to said at least one generator;
at least one electrical device;
at least one battery integrated power converter (BIC), wherein said at least one generator and at least one of said at least one BIC are coupled, and wherein said at least one BIC and said at least one electrical device are coupled;
wherein said at least one BIC comprises:
at least one string comprising a plurality of BIC modules (BICMs) coupled to each other wherein each BICM of said plurality of BICMs comprises:
a first switching device and a second switching device, each of said first switching device and said second switching device comprising an antiparallel diode coupled in parallel thereto;
a first node defined between said first switching device and said second switching device;
a second node coupled to said second switching device;
at least one energy storage device coupled in parallel across said first switching device and said second switching device; and
at least one bypass switch coupled to and between said first node and said second node.

US Pat. No. 10,189,573

OFF-WING SLIDE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An inflatable evacuation device, comprising:a ramp portion;
a slide portion extending from the ramp portion;
a releasable support strap coupled between the ramp portion and the slide portion; and
a release assembly coupled to the releasable support strap, wherein the releasable support strap is configured to release tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion such that an angle of the slide portion relative to the ramp portion changes in response to the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion, and wherein the ramp portion remains affixed to the slide portion after the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING ICE FORMATION ON PORTIONS OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An ice prevention system that is configured to prevent ice from forming with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft, the ice prevention system comprising:a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet, wherein the combustor is within the housing of an engine between a fan and an engine core;
a supply air conduit coupled to the air inlet of the combustor, wherein the supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor, wherein the low pressure air is air that has not been compressed within the engine core; and
one or more delivery conduits coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor, the one or more delivery conduits further coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft, wherein the combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the one or more delivery conduits through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming or melt ice with respect to the one more portions of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,571

MODULE FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN WITH A SEAT FASTENED TO A DOOR

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A module for an aircraft cabin, the module comprising:a door to open the module; and
a seat fastened to the door;
wherein a seat surface of the seat is configured to swivel from an essentially perpendicular stowage position into an essentially horizontal operating position, and
wherein the module comprises a locking mechanism allowing the seat to swivel from the essentially perpendicular stowage position into the essentially horizontal operating position only when the door is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,189,570

SEAT PAN ASSEMBLY WITH ENCASED COMFORT SPRING

1. A seat pan assembly, comprising:spaced seat spreaders;
at least one transverse frame member affixed between the spaced seat spreaders; and
a seat cushion assembly disposed between the spaced seat spreaders and atop and supported on the at least one transverse frame member, the seat cushion assembly comprising:
a spring assembly disposed at depth within a foam assembly and free of attachment to the spaced seat spreaders and the at least one transverse frame member, the spring assembly comprising a frame having a base and sidewalls extending upwardly at an obtuse angle to the base, and a plurality of springs affixed along a top of the sidewalls and extending between the sidewalls elevated above the base;
the foam assembly comprising a first layer of foam disposed within the spring assembly between the plurality of springs and the base;
the foam assembly further comprising a second layer of foam, having a different density than the first layer of foam, encasing at depth the spring assembly within the seat cushion assembly, the second layer of foam continuous along opposing outer sides and a top of the spring assembly; and
a rigid bottom panel pivotally attached at one end to the spaced seat spreaders, the rigid bottom panel disposed atop and supported on the spaced seat spreaders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,569

DRAINING DEVICE FOR DRAINING A FLUID LINE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A draining device for draining a fluid line of a galley unit, the draining device comprising:a first coupling connectable to a second coupling, the second coupling being connected to an end of the fluid line of the galley unit, wherein the first coupling and second coupling are configured to produce a fluid conductive connection between the fluid line and the draining device;
wherein the first and second coupling form a double self-closing coupling between the draining device and the fluid line without producing a direct mechanical fixation between the fluid line and the first coupling; and
a holding device that holds the first coupling stationary relative to the fluid line such that no relative motion between the double self-closing coupling and the fluid line takes place;
wherein the holding device comprises guide rails or holding rails that are designed for engaging with a mount of the galley unit for fixing the draining device relative to the mount;
wherein the guide rails or holding rails extend in a direction parallel to the fluid line; and
wherein the double self-closing coupling is configured to automatically separate and close the first and the second couplings if the first coupling is moved away from the second coupling without releasing a mechanical lock.

US Pat. No. 10,189,568

AGRICULTURAL CROP ANALYSIS DRONE

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A system for agricultural farming, the system comprising:a first agricultural drone flying over a field having a plurality of crops in a position in advance of an agricultural vehicle which is traversing the plurality of crops, collecting information specific to the plurality of crops, and transmitting the collected information in real-time from the first agricultural drone to the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the agricultural vehicle is a boom sprayer which receives the collected information from the first agricultural done in real-time and adjusts at least one operation of the boom sprayer using the received collected information from the first agricultural drone such that the adjustment of the at least one operation includes a leveling of the boom sprayer achieved independent of any information collected by one or more sensors resident on the boom sprayer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,565

MODULAR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM WITH MULTI-MODE PROPULSION

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A modular Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) having a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) configuration and a forward-flight configuration, the UAS comprising:a plurality of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) modules each having:
a main wing coupled to a corresponding fuselage and having a uniform tip chord length across the plurality of UAV modules;
a pair of booms extending orthogonally from the main wing;
a first pair of propellers, each of which is connected to the main wing via a corresponding arm and selectively stowable within a respective one of the booms in the forward-flight configuration, the corresponding arm being configured to pivot with respect to the main wing;
a second pair of propellers, each of which is connected to a respective one of the booms via a corresponding articulating motor mount and tiltable with respect to the booms via operation of the corresponding articulating motor mount, wherein the first and second pairs of propellers rotate in parallel horizontal planes in the VTOL configuration, and the second pair of propellers rotates in a vertical plane in the forward-flight configuration; and
wingtip docking mechanisms;
wherein the UAS is configured to selectively couple the UAV modules to each other, wingtip-to-wingtip, in both the VTOL and forward-flight configurations using the wingtip docking mechanisms, and is further configured to selectively uncouple the UAV modules from each other via the wingtip docking mechanisms in an independent flight configuration of the UAS.

US Pat. No. 10,189,564

NON-LOADED MANUAL BLADE FOLD ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A pin configured for use in a rotor blade movable between an aligned position and a folded position and having a rotor blade airfoil contour, comprising:a cylindrical body configured to couple a first section and a second of the rotor blade, when the rotor blade is in the aligned position; and
a handle mounted to an end of the cylindrical body and having an airfoil contour generally complementary to the rotor blade airfoil contour, the handle being movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein when the handle is in the closed position, the handle is flush with an adjacent portion of the rotor blade, and when the handle is in the open position, the handle is accessible to pull the cylindrical body from the first and second sections of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,189,561

RESONATOR, AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH THE RESONATOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A resonator having a heavy member and a spring blade, the heavy member comprising a casing fastened to the spring blade, the heavy member further comprising a set of masses that is movable in translation inside the casing along a longitudinal direction, the resonator including a wormscrew engaged in a slider nut of the set of masses, the resonator including drive means suitable for driving the wormscrew in rotation so that rotation of the wormscrew drives the movement in translation, wherein the casing presents an inside face defining in part at least two cylindrical spaces each presenting a generator line parallel to the longitudinal direction, the two cylindrical spaces being arranged outside a central space, the wormscrew being arranged in the central space, the set of masses comprising two masses slidable respectively in the two cylindrical spaces, the set of masses including a support carrying the slider nut, each mass comprising at least one heavy element fastened to the support, each mass presenting at least two presser means interposed between the mass and the inside face, each presser means comprising a groove formed in a circumference of a mass and contained in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, each groove describing a closed curve, each presser means comprising at least one resilient member arranged in the groove and a split ring pressed against the inside face by the at least one resilient member of the presser means, the split ring projecting in part from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,560

LANDING GEAR PLATFORM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A landing gear platform comprising:a chock that is configured to fit and engage between a rearward tire of an aircraft landing gear and a forward tire of the aircraft landing gear, the chock having a top surface; and,
a panel having a top surface and opposite bottom surface, the bottom surface of the panel being configured to be positioned over the top surface of the chock when the chock is fit and engaged between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear whereby the chock supports the top surface of the panel between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear where the top surface of the panel is accessible to an individual and is configured to support the individual above the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear.

US Pat. No. 10,189,559

ROTOR SPEED CONTROL USING A FEED-FORWARD ROTOR SPEED COMMAND

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A computer-implemented method for feed-forward rotor speed control, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a first flight command indicative of a flight characteristic change of an aircraft comprising a rotor;
generating, by the processing device, a load factor change based on the flight command;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed change based on the load factor change;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed command based on the rotor speed change to a flight controller to cause the aircraft to change a rotor speed of the rotor; and
changing, by the processing device, the rotor speed of the rotor responsive to the rotor speed command,
wherein the first flight command is responsive to a first pilot command from a pilot of the aircraft, and the second flight command is responsive to a second pilot command from the pilot of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,557

PASSENGER AIRCRAFT WITH A DOWNWARDLY FOLDABLE WING TIP DEVICE

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A passenger aircraft comprising a wing, the wing having a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is moveable between:i. a flight configuration for use during flight, and
ii. a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is folded downwardly from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft is reduced, and
wherein the wing tip device is connected to the wing along a hinge defining a hinge line, the hinge being arranged to allow the wing tip device to rotate about the hinge line between the flight configuration and the ground configuration, but to prevent the wing tip device rotating upwardly beyond the flight configuration;
wherein the hinge line is orientated at an angle to a flight direction such that the wing tip device presents a larger frontal area when in the ground configuration than when in the flight configuration, and such that during forward motion of the aircraft, aerodynamic forces act on the wing tip device to allow the wing tip device to rotate away from the ground configuration and towards the flight configuration under the action of the aerodynamic forces, and
wherein the aircraft further comprises an actuator for moving the wing tip device from the ground configuration to the flight configuration, the actuator having a capacity of less than that required for moving the wing tip device in the absence of the aerodynamic forces.

US Pat. No. 10,189,555

ROTARY BALL LOCK LATCHING MECHANISM

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

1. A latching mechanism for engaging an aircraft surface panel to a support member comprising:an aircraft surface panel defining an upper surface, a lower surface, and a post extending from the lower surface, the post defining a circumferential recess formed thereabout;
a panel support member extending substantially parallel to the aircraft surface panel, the panel support member defining a post receiving aperture formed therethrough;
a post engagement mechanism disposed adjacent the support panel lower surface, the post engagement mechanism defining a central aperture in substantial vertical alignment with the post receiving aperture, for receiving and engaging the post;
the post engagement mechanism further defining a rotatable sleeve, the rotatable sleeve being rotatable to enable locking and unlocking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism; and
a post engagement mechanism actuator, connectable to a power source, in operative engagement with the rotatable sleeve for rotation thereof;
wherein the aircraft surface panel and the panel support member are translatable into and out of abutting engagement independent of any contact with the aircraft surface panel upper surface; and
wherein locking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism continues when power to the actuator is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,550

COMPACT, PEDAL-PROPELLED BOATS

1. A compact, pedal-propelled boat comprising:a gearbox (1) made from a tube (2) and a cylindrical housing (3) allowing a pinion having a shaft (4) being supported by two bearings housed inside the cylindrical housing (3) and a gear having a shaft (6) being supported by one of the two bearings housed in a right bushing (5) and the other of the two bearings housed in a left bushing (7) allowing that two retaining rings (27) installed on the gear shaft (6), one on a right and other on a left side, restrict relative axial movement between the gear shaft (6) and the gearbox (1) so that the gear remains engaged to the pinion; and the right bushing (5) and the left bushing (7) each have a shoulder on an outside thereof;
an outer tube (11) being made from two tubes, a long tube (12) and a short tube (13) which are joined at an angle around 120 degrees allowing an assembly to be inserted inside, wherein the assembly comprises
a torque tube (14) having a first end fixed to an end of the pinion shaft (4) and a second end fixed to an intermediate shaft (15) and the intermediate shaft (15) is supported by a bearing housed within an intermediate bushing (16);
the intermediate shaft (15) is fixed to a double universal joint (17);
a second end of the double universal joint (17) is fixed to a propeller shaft (18);
wherein the assembly can be inserted into the outer tube (11) until the moment when an end of the outer tube (11) is fitted on the outside of the cylindrical housing (3) of the gearbox (1) and the propeller shaft (18) is positioned inside the short tube (13) allowing a propeller bushing (19) to be inserted inside the short tube (13);
the propeller shaft (18) is supported by two bearings housed in the propeller bushing (19) allowing an elastic ring to be installed on the propeller shaft (18), which together with the end of the double universal joint (17) restrict axial movement of the propeller shaft (18) relative to the propeller bushing (19) and the propeller bushing (19) can be fixed in the short tube (13), transferring to the short tube (13) stress caused by a propeller (21) installed on the propeller shaft (18);
cranks and pedals are installed at ends of the gear shaft (6) which, when operating the pedals, the gear shaft (6) drives the pinion shaft (4) which, in turn, transmits the movement through the torque tube (14) to the double universal joint (17), which allows for a homokinetic transmission of movement to the propeller shaft (18).

US Pat. No. 10,189,549

RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION FARM FOR FISHING WORK

1. A renewable power generation farm for fishing work floating on a sea surface, the farm comprising:a plurality of floating ships, wherein each ship is configured to generate an energy using solar and wind power, wherein each ship comprises:
a main elongate floating structure having a top face;
a wind-based energy generation device secured to the main elongate floating structure via a vertical support pillar fixed to a first point of the top face of the main elongate floating structure;
a transverse beam extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending beyond lateral edges of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
a longitudinal beam extending in a parallel manner to the longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending within the longitudinal length of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
connection beams connecting both opposing first and second ends of the transverse beam and both opposing first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
auxiliary pillars vertically extending through the first and second ends of the transverse beam and the first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
solar-based energy generation devices disposed at top ends of the auxiliary pillars respectively;
auxiliary elongate floating structures disposed at bottom ends of the auxiliary pillars passing through the first and second ends of the transverse beam;
connectors coupled to rear and front ends of the main elongate floating structure respectively,
a cover surrounding the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the cover has a heated space defined therein;
an air outlet tube and an air inlet tube air-communicated with the heated space;
an air discharge block connected to the air outlet tube and configured to discharge air using a pressure pump into an evaporation region defined in water, wherein the evaporation region is defined by a jacket, wherein the pressure pump is configured to blow air from the air discharge block at a high pressure;
a salt-free air supply device including: the evaporation region defined above the air discharge block; and a filtering unit disposed above the evaporation region, wherein the salt-free air supply device is configured to supply the salt-free air to the heated space through the air inlet tube connected to the filtering unit;
a detection device provided at the upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to detect an illegally infiltrated ship and/or a position of the sun; and
a rotator disposed on an upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to rotate the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the orientation of the solar-based energy generation device is adjusted through the rotator based on the position of the detected sun,
wherein the plurality of the floating ships are connected in series to each other via the connectors to allow the renewable power generation farm for fishing work to act as a defense floating barrier to protect the sea surface from illegal invasion, and
wherein each of the auxiliary elongate floating structures includes a floating force generation body to act as a floating-force generation structure, wherein the floating-force generation structure has a receiving space for accommodating a battery defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,189,548

LADDER WITH WATER SENSING LIGHTS

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A ladder for a boat, the ladder comprising:a rail configured to be coupled to the boat;
a rung supported by the rail;
a light source coupled to at least one of the rung and the rail;
a power source configured to provide electrical power to the light source; and
a water sensor configured to control provision of the electrical power to the light source;
wherein the electrical power is provided to the light source and the light source is illuminated in response to the water sensor sensing water;
further comprising a switching element that turns ON in response to the water sensor sensing water and thereby completes an electrical circuit with the power source and the light source; and
further comprising a printed circuit board (PCB) that supports the light source, the switching element, and the electrical circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,547

HYBRID CARGO HANDLING METHOD OF OIL TANKER AND CARGO PUMP PRIME MOVER SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD

1. A hybrid cargo handling method for an oil tanker or ore/oil carrier comprising:segregating and carrying at least three kinds of grade cargo oil; and
using plural sets of cargo oil pump systems,
wherein a cargo oil pump of one set of the systems is driven by an electric motor system of which a speed is controlled with a frequency conversion control device, and
wherein a cargo oil pump of a remaining set of the systems is driven by a steam turbine drive system,
further comprising the following steps of:
(i) operating the cargo oil pump driven by a mover of a steam turbine and discharging an exhaust gas from an auxiliary boiler supplying steam to the steam turbine; and
(ii) charging an inert gas purified from the exhaust gas into a void space of a cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the cargo oil pump driven by the mover of the steam turbine,
while operating the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system when exceeding a minimum demand threshold value of the inert gas
to control a speed with a frequency conversion control device so that the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system does not exceed a load equivalent to consuming surplus of residual inert gas balance allocated to the void space of the cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the mover of the steam turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,545

CLEAT AND CLEAT FAIRING FOR A BOAT

1. A cleat for a boat, comprising:a cam mounted to a surface of the boat and having a rotatable toothed surface for pressing against a line;
a guide mounted to the surface of the boat adjacent said cam, said guide having a bottom portion, a top portion, and a slide surface that extends from the bottom portion to the top portion, the slide surface is sloped relative to the bottom portion to direct the line from the surface of the boat to a point above a top of said cam; and
a slot formed in the slide surface of said guide, wherein said slot is configured to permit the line to be moved into opposition with the rotatable toothed surface of said cam.

US Pat. No. 10,189,543

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE WITH IMPROVED MOTOR PERFORMANCE

5. An electric motorcycle, comprising a power transmission system, said power transmission system comprising an electric motor, a motor controller adapted for controlling the operation of said electric motor, a gearbox, and a main drive shaft coupled between said electric motor and said gearbox, wherein said main drive shaft has one end thereof fixedly mounted with a belt gear and coupled to said electric motor through a transmission belt, and an opposite end thereof fixedly mounted with a main drive gear; said gearbox comprising a power input gear located at a power input end thereof and meshed with said main drive gear, a speed change gear set, said speed change gear set comprising a tachometer output sprocket located at an opposing output end thereof for driving a rear wheel of the electric motorcycle to rotate; the power transmission system further comprises a motor speed sensor mounted on said main drive gear of said main drive shaft and adapted for obtaining the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor, a vehicle speed sensor disposed at one side of one gear of said speed change gear set that is synchronized with said tachometer output sprocket and adapted for obtaining the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle, a pitch shifting pedal for controlling the desired gear shift position, a control unit, said control unit comprising a MCU electrically coupled with said motor speed sensor and said vehicle speed sensor and adapted for converting the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle and driving a speedometer and a tachometer to display the converted data, and a gear shift position sensor adapted for detecting the position of a gear shift position dial switch of a fork shaft to obtain the data of the gear shift position, the data of the gear shift position detected by said gear shift position sensor, the data of the turning degree of a speed twist grip of the electric motorcycle, the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor detected by said motor speed sensor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle detected by said vehicle speed sensor being provided to said MCU of said control unit for computing so that said MCU provides a control signal to said motor controller for regulating the rotating speed of said electric motor to rotate said gearbox synchronously.

US Pat. No. 10,189,541

ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electrically assisted bicycle comprising:an electric motor that applies a walk-push assisting torque to a wheel of the bicycle when a rider pushes the bicycle;
a controller configured or programmed to execute a first mode in which the electric motor applies no torque to the wheel, a second mode in which the electric motor applies a stay assisting torque to the wheel which allows the electrically assisted bicycle to stay in a position, and a third mode in which the electric motor applies the walk-push assisting torque to the wheel; and
an operator operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode; wherein
the operator includes a first operator and a second operator which differs from the first operator, the first operator and the second operator are operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode by switching on/off the first operator and the second operator, or
the operator is a single operator, and the controller executes shifting of the modes in an order of the first mode, the second mode, and the third mode or in an order of the first mode, the third mode, and the second mode in response to reception of an ON signal from the single operator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,540

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:a base member including a cylinder bore and a reservoir tank, the cylinder bore having a cylinder axis;
an operating member being a lever having a first end pivotally mounted to the base member to pivot about a pivot axis located on a first side of the cylinder axis, the operating member having a second end that is a free end located on a second side of the cylinder axis;
a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore of the base member along the cylinder axis of the cylinder bore; and
a connecting rod operatively coupling the operating member to the piston,
the reservoir tank being arranged to overlap the connecting rod as viewed in a direction parallel to the pivot axis of the operating member, and the reservoir tank being axially offset from the piston along the cylinder axis as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the cylinder axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,539

MASTER CYLINDER DEVICE FOR A HYDRAULIC DISK BRAKE

1. A master cylinder for a hydraulic brake, which comprises:a compensating chamber;
a cylinder in which a piston is disposed so as to be movable, the piston having a rest position;
a pressure chamber that is disposed in the cylinder and is connected to the compensating chamber via at least one connecting opening;
a pressure point adjusting device designed and disposed such that the connection between the compensating chamber and the pressure chamber can be interrupted in the rest position of the piston; and
a gasket for interrupting the connection between the pressure chamber and the compensating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,538

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operation device comprising:a bracket configured to be attached to a bicycle part, wherein the bracket includes a grip portion configured to be gripped by a rider;
a grip cover attached to the bracket to at least partially cover the bracket, wherein the grip cover is made of elastic material;
a hydraulic cylinder provided in the bracket, wherein the hydraulic cylinder has a cylinder axis and a cylinder wall;
a port located on the cylinder wall;
a piston located within the hydraulic cylinder, wherein the piston is movable in an axial direction of the hydraulic cylinder; and
an attachment bore provided on the bracket, wherein
the attachment bore is connected with the hydraulic cylinder by a passage having no turns so that fluid flows through the attachment bore in response to movement of the piston, wherein the passage intersects the cylinder wall through a connection at the port,
the attachment bore includes a step,
at least part of the attachment bore is arranged in an area that radially surrounds the hydraulic cylinder, and
a part of the grip cover directly contacts a hose extending from the attachment bore,
wherein the bracket includes a proximal end portion, which is configured to be attached to the bicycle part, and a distal end portion, which is opposite to the proximal end portion, wherein the grip portion extends between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, and the attachment bore is closer to the distal end portion than the proximal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,537

BRAKE FOR BICYCLE

1. A brake configured for being mounted to a bicycle, including:a base, including a rigid main body configured for being rigidly fixed to a frame of the bicycle, including a channeled portion fixedly connected with the rigid main body and having a through hole configured for a brake line to be slidably disposed therethrough, and the channeled portion being at a fixed position relative the rigid main body when the brake line is operated;
a first arm assembly, pivoted to the base and rotatable about a first axis, having a first end portion, a second end portion and a first abutting portion, the first end portion being for connection of the brake line which is disposed through the through hole of channeled portion, the second end portion being swingable toward a first brake side of a wheel rim to frictionally contact the first brake side;
a second arm assembly, pivoted to the base and corresponding to the first arm assembly, being rotatable about a second axis, having a third end portion, a fourth end portion and a second abutting portion arranged on the third end portion, the second abutting portion located correspondingly above the first abutting portion and interferable with the first abutting portion in a pivoting direction of the first abutting portion, the fourth end portion being swingable toward a second brake side of the wheel rim to frictionally contact the second brake side of the wheel rim;
wherein the rigid main body has an opening configured for a fastener to be disposed therethrough to rigidly fix the base to the frame of the bicycle, the opening extends in a direction parallel to the first axis and the second axis, the base further includes a projection integrally extending from the rigid main body and being outwardly protrusive beyond the first arm assembly and the second arm assembly, the channeled portion is disposed on the projection, and the through hole extends in a direction transverse to the first axis and the second axis and is directed toward the first end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,536

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE CALIPER

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake caliper comprising:a caliper body including:
a first body portion;
a second body portion coupled to the first body portion so as to provide a slot therebetween;
a mounting surface configured to face a pipe portion of a bicycle body in a mounted state where the bicycle disc brake caliper is mounted to the bicycle body;
a first receiving hole provided on the mounting surface, the first receiving hole being configured to be threadedly engaged with a fastener to mount the bicycle disc brake caliper to the bicycle body;
a first cylinder bore provided on the first body portion; and
a second cylinder bore provided on the first body portion, wherein
the first receiving hole has a first center axis,
the first cylinder bore has a first cylinder center axis non-parallel to the first center axis, and
the first center axis extends through the first cylinder bore.

US Pat. No. 10,189,535

MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY UNIT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An after-market air pressure and display assembly controlling air pressure to a rear wheel motorcycle air shock, the assembly for mounting onto an existing control panel that is attached to a handle bar on a motorcycle, comprising:a housing having a main chassis and a rear cover, with a sealing gasket therebetween;
a display on top of the main chassis for displaying pressure level in the rear motorcycle air shock;
push button switches on the main chassis for increasing and decreasing air pressure levels to the rear motorcycle air shock; and
a mount consisting of a single eyelet extending from a corner adjacent to the housing, wherein one existing fastener which is attaching a strap from the existing control panel to the handle bar on the motorcycle is removed and a single fastener is reattached through the single eyelet on the generally rectangular housing and into the existing strap on the existing control panel, is used for attaching the assembly to the handlebar on the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,532

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an operating unit including a rotatable member rotatable relative to the base member about a first rotational axis to control a bicycle component, the operating unit having a first operating unit end supported by the base member and a second operating unit end opposite to the first operating unit end along the first rotational axis; and
a support shaft extending in a direction non-parallel to the first rotational axis and coupling the second operating unit end to the base member, the support shaft having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end and the second end being supported by the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,531

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a cylinder bore;
a piston provided in the cylinder bore and movable relative to the hydraulic cylinder, the piston being configured to receive a pulling force to generate a hydraulic pressure to a bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating unit configured to actuate at least one bicycle component different from the bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating member operatively connected to the piston to move the piston in a movement direction;
a piston rod configured to couple the operating member to the piston; and
a support member configured to pivotally support the operating member such that the operating member downwardly extends from the support member in a state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar, wherein
the operating member is configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis, and
the pivot axis of the operating member is disposed below the piston rod in the state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,526

STRUCTURE FOR FRONT PART OF SADDLED VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A front structure for a saddle-riding vehicle, which comprises:a meter unit;
a meter covering for covering at least an area forwardly of the meter unit; and
a windshield disposed forwardly of the meter covering, wherein
the windshield is disposed in a fashion inclined upwardly rearwardly when viewed from lateral side,
the windshield has a rear surface bulged forwardly from opposite side portions thereof towards an intermediate portion thereof in a lateral direction while depicting a curved shape,
the meter covering includes a front wall shaped to represent a forwardly bulged to thereby allow the sunlight, coming from rear, to divert from the focal point of light reflected upon the windshield, the front wall having a forwardly bulged protruding shape forwardly bulged from opposite side end portions towards a lateral intermediate portion in the lateral direction,
the front wall includes: a lower half portion ranging from a lower end portion to a vertical intermediate portion in a vertical direction; and an upper half portion ranging from the vertical intermediate portion to an upper end portion,
the lower half portion extends substantially parallel to a rear surface of the windshield in a direction diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? relative to a horizontal plane, whereas the upper half portion extends inclined diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? so as to diverge from the windshield, and
the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 65° to 75°, and the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 25° to 35°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,525

HANDLEBAR ACCESSORY MOUNT

1. A cam lever operated accessory gripping mechanism to secure an accessory to a handlebar, comprising:a cam lever;
a threaded stud;
a dowel to which a first end of the threaded stud is fixed;
a first main body section;
a second main body section; and
at least one biasing spring extending between the first main body section and the second main body section,
wherein the first main body section is arranged to be clamped to the handlebar and includes an opening for slidably receiving the threaded stud; a first clamping jaw for engaging a first side of the accessory, and an opening shaped to slidably receive a second main body section,
wherein the second main body section includes a bore for slidably receiving a second end of the threaded stud and a second clamping jaw for engaging a second side of the accessory, and is arranged to support a fastening member into which the second end of the threaded stud is threaded,
wherein the dowel is inserted into openings in the cam lever the cam lever having at least one overcenter camming surface that engages a cam-engaging surface of the first main body section, such that pivoting of the camming lever about the dowel in a first direction causes the dowel holding section of the camming level to move in an axial direction of the threaded stud, pulling the second main body section in a direction that causes the second clamping jaw to move towards the first clamping jaw and thereby grip the accessory,
wherein the at least one overcenter camming surface of the cam lever and/or the cam-engaging surface of the first main body section are shaped such that continued turning after a maximum clamping force has been achieved provides an overcenter latching effect that permits a slight movement of the threaded stud in a direction opposite the clamping direction to prevent release of the camming lever and thereby secure the clamping jaws in the gripping position,
wherein adjustment of the gripping mechanism to fit different accessories is accomplished by turning the camming lever about an axis of the threaded stud, to cause rotation of the threaded stud with respect to the fastening member and axial movement of the second main body section in a desired direction to adjust the initial spacing of the first and second clamping jaws, and
wherein the accessory is released by pivoting the camming lever in a releasing direction opposite the first direction past the point of maximum clamping force to cause the clamping jaws to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,189,518

TRACK NUT WITH INCREASED BEARING AREA

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A track nut comprising:a main body defining a central aperture with threads disposed in the central aperture, the aperture defining a cylindrical axis and a radial direction;
a first end and a second end disposed along the cylindrical axis; and
wherein the second end defines a generally polygonal perimeter with a plurality of corners, the polygonal perimeter including a variable blend portion between each of the plurality of corners that defines a radius of curvature that decreases between each of the plurality of corners.

US Pat. No. 10,189,516

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC ASSEMBLIES FOR PROVIDING PASSIVE WATER MANAGEMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle aerodynamic assembly, comprising:a first end plate;
an airfoil including an outboard edge portion contiguous with the first end plate, wherein a first portion of the first end plate extends above the airfoil and a second portion of the first end plate extends below the airfoil;
a second end plate connected to an opposing outboard edge portion of the airfoil; and
a first drainage channel extending through at least one of the first end plate and the outboard edge portion of the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,189,515

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. An aerodynamic control system comprising:one or more flexible sheets configured to be coupled with a first vehicle in a vehicle system formed from the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets configured to extend from the first vehicle and be coupled with the second vehicle to at least partially enclose an air volume in a gap between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets reducing aerodynamic drag exerted on the vehicle system during movement of the vehicle system relative to the vehicle system moving without the one or more flexible sheets extending from the first vehicle to the second vehicle; and
a frame configured to extend across the gap between the first and second vehicles, the frame configured to be coupled with the one or more flexible sheets to support the one or more flexible sheets in the gap between the first and second vehicles, wherein the frame includes two or more elongated telescoping members configured to support the one or more flexible sheets and configured to telescope into each other as a size of the gap between the first and second vehicles changes during the movement of the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,513

SENSOR BASED CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF ACTIVE AERODYNAMIC ELEMENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

9. A vehicle, comprising:an active aerodynamic element disposed on an underside of the vehicle and movable between a plurality of positions relative to the vehicle;
an actuator configured to position the active aerodynamic element at the plurality of positions;
a pressure sensing array adjacent the active aerodynamic element, and configured to determine a dynamic pressure;
an aero controller in communication with the pressure sensing array and the actuator, and configured to instruct the actuator by:
receiving a target aerodynamic force provided to the aero controller based on dynamic conditions of the vehicle;
determining a target position for the active aerodynamic element from the target aerodynamic force;
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the target position;
determining a dynamic pressure from the pressure sensor array;
calculating an underbody air speed from the dynamic pressure;
determining an overbody air speed of the vehicle;
calculating an estimated applied aerodynamic force from the differential between underbody air speed and the overbody air speed;
comparing the estimated applied aerodynamic force to the target aerodynamic force;
determining a force error from the comparison of the estimated applied aerodynamic force and the target aerodynamic force;
determining a modified position for the active aerodynamic element from the force error and the target aerodynamic force; and
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the modified position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,511

VEHICLE BODY BARRIER

Nissan North America, Inc...

15. A vehicle body barrier comprising:a vertical support configured to be received in a vehicle body;
a first non-movable board fixedly attached to the vertical support, the first non-movable board having a pocket; and
a movable board movably connected to the non-movable board between a primarily offset position and a primarily overlapping position, the pocket being sized and dimensioned to receive the movable board so that the movable board is disposed substantially inside the pocket in the primarily overlapping position and is disposed substantially outside the pocket in the primarily offset position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,509

VEHICULAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular structure comprising:a vehicular panel member configured by resin including reinforcing fibers; and
a joined portion of a vehicle body that supports, all the way around, a peripheral portion of a predetermined area of the panel member and to which the peripheral portion of the predetermined area is joined,
wherein the panel member has a bulging shape where both front and back surfaces of the panel member bulge out such that the thickness of the panel member gradually becomes thicker from a peripheral end portion to a central portion within the predetermined area supported all the way around by the joined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,504

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar upper portion that extends along a vehicle height direction on a vehicle width direction outer side, and is made of a transparent resin; and
a pillar lower portion that is disposed on a vehicle height direction lower side of the pillar upper portion, is made of metal, and is joined to the pillar upper portion at a joint portion,
wherein the joint portion between the pillar upper portion and the pillar lower portion includes
an outer joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and a vehicle forward-rearward direction on the vehicle width direction outer side, and
an inner joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and the vehicle forward-rearward direction on a vehicle width direction inner side, and
wherein a height of the outer joint portion is less than a height of the inner joint portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,503

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a front side member having a front end and a front-section extending rearward from the front end, the front side member defining a hollow interior and extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, the front side member having an outboard wall and an inboard wall with an outboard forward opening extending through the outboard wall to the hollow interior;
a body attachment structure attached to the outboard wall of the front side member along the front-section rearward of the outboard forward opening; and
an off center impact structure having a first end portion, a second end portion and a main section extending from the first end portion to the second end portion, the first end portion extending through the outboard forward opening and into the hollow interior of the front side member and being rigidly connected to the front side member forward of the body attachment structure, the second end portion being attached to the front side member at a location rearward of the body attachment structure and the main section extending around and outboard of the body attachment structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,500

PARKING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assistance apparatus comprising:an occupant information processing unit configured to process information on an occupant of a vehicle to generate occupant information;
a peripheral information processing unit configured to process information on a periphery of the vehicle to generate peripheral information including information on an object in the periphery of the vehicle; and
a parking setting unit configured to detect a parkable area which is an area in which the vehicle is parkable based on the peripheral information, and set a parking target position that is a target of parking of the vehicle in the parkable area based on the occupant information, and further comprising:
a storage unit configured to store door information including information on opening/closing of a door of the vehicle,
wherein the parking setting unit sets the parking target position in the parkable area based on the door information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,499

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A steering control apparatus comprising:a sensing unit configured to sense a vehicle speed, a steering angle, first lateral acceleration, and a steering angle speed;
an estimation unit configured to estimate second lateral acceleration on the basis of the vehicle speed and the steering angle;
a controller configured to
control a steering device to thereby increase a steering torque on the basis of a slip gradient which indicates a difference between the first lateral acceleration and the second lateral acceleration, and
release the controlling of the steering device when the steering angle speed is inverted, and
a dead zone setting unit configured to set a dead zone in which the slip gradient is set to have a value from 0 to a predetermined value,
wherein the controller controls the steering device so that the steering torque increases only when the slip gradient corresponds to a zone other than the dead zone.

US Pat. No. 10,189,498

POWER STEERING TANK BAFFLE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A power steering tank baffle, comprising:a filter member including an inflow portion and an outflow portion, the inflow portion including a first plurality of openings having a first flow path and a second plurality of openings;
a hood member disposed over the inflow portion to cover the first or second plurality of openings and defining an open area having a second flow path transverse to the first flow path; and
a rib member connecting the filter member and the hood member, the rib member extending along the inflow portion adjacent at least two openings of the first plurality of openings and separating the first plurality of openings and the second plurality of openings,
the first plurality of openings and the hood member being disposed such that power steering fluid is capable of passing through the first plurality of openings along the first flow path, and then contact the hood member so as to be directed through the open area along the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,484

SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A transportation system, comprising:a first support tower;
a second support tower;
a suspension cable extending between the first and second support towers;
a first tube defining a first interior channel extending between the first and second support towers, wherein a vehicle is configured to travel through the first interior channel; and
a tension support member having a first end coupled to the suspension cable and a second end coupled to the first tube through an actuator, wherein the tension support member exerts tension force to urge the first tube towards the suspension cable, and wherein the transportation system is configured to control the actuator to adjust the tension force upon detecting the vehicle traveling through the first interior channel under the tension support member to reduce deflection of the first tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,483

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING FUNCTIONS ACCORDING TO LOCATION

1. A vehicle comprising: a display screen; a receiver which receives location information; and a controller configured to: determine the location of the vehicle using the location information, render, on the display screen, a plurality of mode selection options including a valet mode selection option to select a valet mode, determine whether the valet mode selection option is selected, activate the valet mode when the valet mode selection option is selected, and render on the display a menu including a plurality of valet mode settings associated with the valet mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,480

APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING DISTRACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH VEHICLE DRIVING ROUTES

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A device for determining distractions associated with corresponding geographic locations along vehicle driving routes, the device comprising:a vehicle interior data receiving module stored on a memory that, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to receive vehicle interior data from at least one vehicle interior sensor, wherein the vehicle interior data is representative of distractions of at least one vehicle occupant;
a vehicle location data receiving module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to receive vehicle GPS (Global Positioning System) location data from at least one vehicle location sensor, wherein the vehicle GPS location data is representative of a vehicle GPS location;
a determined distraction/vehicle location correlation module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to correlate an image or an extracted image feature (i) from the vehicle interior data, and (ii) that has been determined to be representative of a vehicle occupant distraction, with the vehicle GPS location derived from the vehicle GPS location data;
and
a risk report generation module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to generate a risk report based upon the vehicle occupant distraction and the vehicle GPS location.

US Pat. No. 10,189,479

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE OPERATION ANALYSIS

1. A method to monitor, evaluate and quantify vehicle behavior, the method comprising:processing, using a mobile device including a processor, image data obtained by a camera showing an environment including a) at least a portion of a vehicle and b) objects external to and in proximity to the vehicle, wherein the objects comprise a traffic sign, and wherein processing the image data comprises using a component analysis of the image data to isolate features in the image data to identify the objects in relation to the vehicle and to identify the traffic sign among the objects based on at least one of a shape, color, or content of the traffic sign;
identifying, using the mobile device, a driver event using a pattern of objects including the traffic sign and the vehicle in the image data, the driver event involving the traffic sign and associated with a driver event rule specifying a reference vehicle operating behavior for the driver event, the driver event rule including observance of the traffic sign;
measuring, using the mobile device, a geographic location of the vehicle using a received signal indicating the geographic location of the vehicle;
determining, using the mobile device, an operating state of the vehicle using a received indication of vehicle motion;
evaluating, using the mobile device, compliance with the driver event rule for the driver event by at least:
a) calculating a proximity of the traffic sign to the vehicle based on a distance between the vehicle and the traffic sign and ii) the operating state of the vehicle, the distance determined using the geographic location of the vehicle and a geometry between the vehicle and the traffic sign extracted from the image data; and
b) comparing the proximity of the traffic sign and the operating state of the vehicle to determine an actual vehicle operating behavior; and
c) generating a score associated with operation of the vehicle by comparing the actual vehicle operating behavior with the reference vehicle operating behavior; and
outputting, using the mobile device, a profile of the actual vehicle operating behavior including the score to quantify an evaluation of the actual vehicle operating behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,189,478

METHOD FOR FAST CHANGE OF GEARS IN A VEHICLE COMPRISING A HYBRID DRIVELINE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for shifting in a vehicle with a hybrid powertrain,the vehicle comprising:
a combustion engine and an electric machine both configured and operable to drive the vehicle;
a gearbox having an input shaft and a main shaft, wherein the combustion engine and the electric machine are connected to the input shaft; and
a lay shaft which is connected via gear sets to the input shaft and to the main shaft, to form a split gear unit and a main gear unit, the split gear unit having a synchronizer;
the method comprising the following steps:
a) bringing the main gear unit into a substantially zero torque state;
b) initiating, at a first point in time t1, synchronization of speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the input shaft, and synchronization of speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the main shaft;
c) engaging the gear in the split gear unit when the speed of the lay shaft has been synchronized with the speed of the input shaft at a second point in time t2; and
d) engaging the gear in the main gear unit when the speed of the lay shaft has been synchronized with the speed of the main shaft at a third point in time t3;
performing the synchronization of the speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the input shaft in step b) with the synchronizer arranged at the split gear unit, wherein the synchronizer comprises synchronization rings.

US Pat. No. 10,189,477

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric motor configured to give braking force to the vehicle;
a battery configured to exchange electric power with the electric motor;
a hydraulic brake configured to give braking force to the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to execute regeneration cooperative control such that braking force is given from the engine, the electric motor, or the hydraulic brake to the vehicle based on a driver's brake-on operation, the electronic control unit being configured to limit the regeneration cooperative control when an open end voltage of the battery is equal to or greater than a first predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,475

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vehicle including an engine, and an automatic transmission provided in a power transmission path between the engine and wheels, comprising:one or more processors configured to execute:
a transmission mode switching control program for controlling the automatic transmission to switch between an automatic transmission mode in which a gear ratio of the automatic transmission is changed automatically according to a traveling state of the vehicle and a manual transmission mode in which the gear ratio is changed manually by an operation of an operator of the vehicle;
a coast idle stop control program for performing a coast idle stop control in which the engine is stopped automatically and the automatic transmission is changed into a neutral position while the vehicle is traveling;
a coast idle control program for performing a coast idle control in which the engine is made running idle and the automatic transmission is changed into the neutral position while the vehicle is traveling; and
a coast traveling control program for causing the coast idle stop control program to perform the coast idle stop control or causing the coast idle control program to perform the coast idle control when a given coast traveling condition is satisfied, the given coast traveling condition being a condition in which a vehicle speed is faster than a given speed, a stepping-on amount of an accelerator pedal by the operator is less than a first given amount, and a stepping-on amount of a brake pedal by the operator is less than a second given amount,
wherein, after the given coast traveling condition is satisfied, when the transmission mode switching control program controls the automatic transmission in the automatic transmission mode, the coast traveling control program causes the coast idle stop control program to perform the coast idle stop control, and when the transmission mode switching control program controls the automatic transmission in the manual transmission mode, the coast traveling control program causes the coast idle control program to perform the coast idle control.

US Pat. No. 10,189,474

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for driving control of a given vehicle in motion, comprising:driving an object detecting transducer that is fixed to the given vehicle in order to detect an object in a detection area at a detection distance away from the given vehicle; and
communicating a notification message from the given vehicle to the object in the detection area, the notification message being sent when the object is detected at a too close distance; and
wherein the object detecting transducer includes an image analysis detection system including plural image detection transducer elements.

US Pat. No. 10,189,472

SMART TRAILER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during vehicle driving, over a road segment, inferring characteristics of a trailer attached to a vehicle based on a real-time road gradient relative to an expected road gradient for the road segment; and
adjusting vehicle operations based on the inferred characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,189,471

SHOVEL AND SHOVEL CONTROL METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,470

HYBRID VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,469

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN OF A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,468

PADDLE SHIFTER CONTROL OF HYBRID POWERTRAIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,467

CONTROL APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,466

IDENTIFYING IN-RANGE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR ERROR

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,464

BATTERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,463

FUEL CELL RANGE EXTENDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,462

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,461

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,460

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,459

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,458

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

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,456

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,454

BRAKE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,452

SENSOR-TRIGGERING OF FRICTION AND REGENERATIVE BRAKING

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,451

RETURN-TO-PARK SPRING

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,450

SENSOR CLEANING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,449

VEHICLE CLEANING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,448

WIPER BLADE ADAPTER SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,447

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,446

END PIECE FOR A WIPER AND CORRESPONDING WIPING ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,445

WIPER BLADE

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,444

WINDSCREEN WIPER ARM

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,443

VIRTUAL KEY FOR VEHICLE SERVICING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,442

REMOTE VEHICLE STARTER AND APPLIANCE ACTIVATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,441

TWO STEP SMART KEY START SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,438

SEAT BELT ATTACHMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,437

SEATBELT ASSIST DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,435

VEHICULAR RESTRAINT DEVICE FOR ANIMALS

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,434

AUGMENTED SAFETY RESTRAINT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,432

VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,431

VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,430

VEHICLE SEAT

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,429

VEHICLE SENSOR CLEANING BASED ON A VEHICLE OCCUPANCY STATUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,424

STRUCTURE FOR CONNECTING ELECTRIC WIRES AND WIRE HARNESS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,423

WIRE HARNESS ROUTING AID

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,422

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,419

CARGO CARRIER AND METHOD OF USING SAME

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,417

SLIDING AUTOMOBILE ROOF RACK

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,415

STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,414

VEHICLE STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,413

ADJUSTABLE TAMBOUR CARGO DECK FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,408

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING HEATSINK

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,406

OVERHEAD STORAGE BIN UTILIZATION DETECTION AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,404

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,403

VEHICLE INTERIOR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,402

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,401

VEHICLE LIGHT STRIP WITH OPTICAL ELEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,400

MOBILE DEVICE TRACKING FOR CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUBSYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,396

VEHICLE HEADLAMP CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,394

VEHICLE GUTTER SPOUT COVER

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,366

BATTERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,364

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

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,361

CHARGING AND DISCHARGING CURRENT QUANTITY DISPLAY DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,358

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,355

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A BATTERY CONTACTOR IN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,354

BATTERY SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAID BATTERY SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,352

INTELLIGENT SAFETY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,347

ENGAGING DEVICE FOR WHEEL AND WHEEL SET HAVING REMOVABLE POWER MODULE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,344

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,342

BALL-BALANCING ROBOT AND DRIVE ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

The Regents of the Univer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,282

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

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,278

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,276

TAPE PRINTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,275

TREATMENT SEGMENT WITH A COUPLING SECTION AND DEVICE FOR PRINTING CONTAINERS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,274

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

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,273

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

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,272

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

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,269

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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