US Pat. No. 10,189,267

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,266

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,264

LIQUID SUPPLY UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,262

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

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,261

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIPING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,260

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,259

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

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,257

PRINT BAR STRUCTURE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,256

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,255

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,254

DROPLET EJECTING HEAD AND DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,253

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,251

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,248

PRINTHEAD WITH MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DIE AND APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,247

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,246

JETTING DEVICE WITH FILTER STATUS DETECTION

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,243

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,242

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,241

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,240

METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,237

FEEDSTOCK LINES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF AN OBJECT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,233

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,232

ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,230

METHOD FOR FORMING COPPER FILM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,229

SURFACE-TREATED STEEL SHEET

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,228

ASYMMETRIC PROCESSING METHOD FOR REDUCING BOW IN LAMINATE STRUCTURES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,227

TAILORED PANEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,220

CALCULATION SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING AN OPHTHALMIC LENS

Essilor International, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,171

SCISSOR CUTTER

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,161

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

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,139

SURFACING TOOL FOR OPTICAL PURPOSES

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,100

METHOD FOR WIRE ELECTRO-DISCHARGE MACHINING A PART

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,082

TURBINE SHROUD WITH ABRADABLE LAYER HAVING DIMPLED FORWARD ZONE

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,049

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,040

DISPENSING DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,007

METHOD FOR PRODUCING POROUS CELLULOSE BEADS AND ADSORBENT EMPLOYING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

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

US Pat. No. 10,188,911

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,188,890

MAGNETIC RESISTANCE MECHANISM IN A CABLE MACHINE

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

US Pat. No. 10,188,837

CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION CATHETER AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Regents of the University...

1. A cardiopulmonary resuscitation catheter system for use in a patient in need thereof, the system comprising:a. a multi-lumen resuscitation catheter comprising:
i. an elongate catheter shaft defining a first elongate, substantially tubular primary lumen having proximal and distal ends and comprising at least one opening at the distal end;
ii. at least one elongate substantially tubular supplemental lumen configured to be disposed within the primary lumen; and
iii. at least one balloon in operational communication with the at least one elongate substantially tubular supplemental lumen so as to be inflated by way of the supplemental lumen; and
b. a control unit comprising an inflation/deflation operations unit and an air pump in hermetic communication with the at least one balloon; and
c. a pressure sensor in operational communication with the control unit, wherein:
i. the elongate catheter shaft is configured to be disposed within the vena cava of the patient,
ii. the control unit and air pump are configured to inflate the at least one balloon to a specified pressure,
iii. the system is configured to permit isolation of a portion of the vascular system of the patient,
iv. the pressure sensor is configured to measure pressure in the aorta or inferior vena cava, and
v. the inflation and deflation of at least one of the first balloon or the second balloon can be controlled by the inflation/deflation operations unit in response to measured pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,188,835

IV STABILIZING DEVICE

1. An IV stabilizing device comprising:a cuff having a substantially rectangular-shaped body having a front surface, a rear surface, a top edge, a bottom edge, a right side edge and a left side edge;
at least one fastening means located on the cuff to fasten the right side edge of the body of the cuff to the left side edge of the body of the cuff;
a window located centrally on the body of the cuff to provide access to an insertion site of an IV;
a flap cover for covering said window and the insertion site for protection thereof;
said body of the cuff having a top layer and a bottom layer;
a securing aperture located on the top layer of the body of the cuff directly adjacent to an edge of the window;
a layer opening located on the edge of the window which is directly adjacent to the securing aperture; and
said securing aperture providing access through between the top layer and the bottom layer so that an IV may pass through the securing aperture located on the top layer, then between the top layer and the bottom layer, and exit the layer opening.

US Pat. No. 10,188,819

MOTION STABILIZER SYSTEM FOR RESPIRATORY INTERFACE DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A respiratory interface device comprising:a patient interface device including a body, the patient interface device body including an outer side;
a support assembly including a frame body, the frame body defining an opening, wherein, when the patient interface assembly is in use, the frame body opening is generally disposed in front of a user's nose;
the patient interface device body outer side disposed adjacent the frame body opening; and
an elastic coupling assembly including a number of elastic bands, each elastic band including a first end and a second end, wherein each elastic band first end is coupled to the frame body adjacent the frame body opening, wherein each elastic band second end is coupled to the patient interface device body outer side, and wherein the patient interface device body is floatably coupled to the frame body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,813

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION IN EMERGENCIES

1. A device for artificial respiration of a person in a medical emergency situation, comprisinga respiratory mask which can be placed on the nose and mouth section of the person,
a mouthpiece, through which respiratory air can be supplied by an aider,
a flow tube disposed between the respiratory mask and the mouthpiece, which flow tube forms a continuous flow channel from the mouthpiece to the respiratory mask,
at least one flow sensor disposed in the flow channel of the flow tube, wherein the at least one flow sensor can determine a mass or volumetric flow of a gas flowing through the flow channel,
a processor designed to generate a characteristic penetration depth signal from the mass or volumetric flow registered by the at least one flow sensor for air flowing out of the nose and/or mouth of the person and through the flow channel during a cardiac massage as a result of a compression of the person's thorax down to a penetration depth,
an output device configured to emit the characteristic penetration depth signal, and
a push-on part configured to be connected detachably to the flow tube such that the push-on part encompasses the flow tube at least in part when connected to the flow tube, the processor and the output device being arranged in the push-on part;
wherein the push-on part is configured to be selectively attached to the flow tube and configured to be selectively fastened to an arm of the aider during cardiac massage; and
wherein the mass or volumetric flow is determined when the push-on part is selectively attached to the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,188,799

AUTOINJECTOR

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. An autoinjector comprising a body that is adapted to receive a reservoir (S), said reservoir (S) containing fluid and including a piston (P) and a needle (A), said autoinjector further comprising an actuator sleeve that includes a contact end for coming into contact with a user's body, said actuator sleeve extending inside said body at least in part, and being movable relative to said body between projecting positions in which said actuator sleeve projects out from said body at least in part, and an actuated position in which said actuator sleeve is moved axially into said body, said actuator sleeve being in a first projecting position before actuation of the autoinjector, and in a second projecting position after actuation of the autoinjector; and wherein:said actuator sleeve, in said second projecting position, extends axially further out from said body than in said first projecting position, said actuator sleeve including an annular zone that, in said first projecting position, is arranged inside said body and that, in said second projecting position, is arranged outside said body, said annular zone including a visual indicator for indicating to the user that the autoinjector has been actuated;
and, axially adjacent to said annular zone, said actuator sleeve includes an outwardly-projecting radial shoulder, said shoulder projecting radially outwards relative to said visual indicator, thereby protecting said visual indicator against any contact with an inside surface of the body while the actuator sleeve is moving in said body, a bottom end of the actuator sleeve, that comes into contact with a zone in which injection takes place, comprising an outwardly-projecting radial shoulder that projects radially outwards relative to said visual indicator and that is distinct from the outwardly-projecting radial shoulder that is axially adjacent to said annular zone.

US Pat. No. 10,188,794

CLOSED LOOP CONTROL AND SIGNAL ATTENUATION DETECTION

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A method, comprising:monitoring a plurality of parameters associated with a closed loop control operation including continuously monitoring a physiological condition and automatic administration of a medication;
detecting a signal level associated with the monitored physiological condition deviating from a predetermined threshold level;
retrieving a medication level administered associated with a time period of the detected signal level;
applying the retrieved medication level to the detected signal level based on a predefined predictive model to generate a predictive signal; and
comparing the detected signal level to the predictive signal to determine whether a condition associated with the detected signal level is present.

US Pat. No. 10,188,787

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUID DELIVERY

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A fill adapter system for an infusion pump assembly comprising:a reusable fill adapter base configured to releasably engage a reservoir assembly of the infusion pump assembly, the base comprising:
a volume control mechanism comprising a turn dial to adjust an available fill volume of a reservoir of the infusion pump assembly; and
a pump mechanism configured to pump air into a fluid vial; and
a vial adapter assembly comprising:
at least two vial fingers having a spring force attached to the interior of the housing and a bent portion and configured to maintain the position of the fluid vial wherein the fluid vial overcomes the spring force, wherein when the vial adapter is attached to the fluid vial, the bent portion and the top portion of the fluid vial are not in contact and a predetermined length of separation distance is maintained between the bent portion and a top portion of the fluid vial comprising a fluid vial septum;
a first needle configured to penetrate the fluid vial septum for fluidly coupling the pump mechanism to the fluid vial;
a second needle having a first end configured to penetrate the fluid vial septum and a second end configured to penetrate a reservoir septum of the infusion pump assembly to allow transfer of fluid from the fluid vial to the reservoir of the infusion pump assembly in response to air being pumped into the fluid vial; and
a needle carriage adapted to carry the first needle and the second needle, wherein the needle carriage slidably attached to the interior of the vial adapter assembly, wherein the needle carriage adapted to slide from a vial end of the vial adapter to a receptacle end of the vial adapter,
wherein when the fluid vial is removed from the vial adapter, the fluid vial first moves the predetermined length of separation distance and the bent portion catches the top portion of the fluid vial, and wherein a tip of a needle is removed from the fluid in the fluid vial and is located inside the fluid vial septum, whereby the fluid in the fluid vial will not continue to flow when the vial adapter is being removed from the fluid vial.

US Pat. No. 10,188,785

VAGINAL CLEANSING DEVICE

1. A lavage device comprising:a handle, a dressing, and a sterile container;
wherein the lavage device is adapted for use in personal hygiene;
wherein the lavage device is adapted for use with a body cavity;
wherein the dressing is a sterile absorbent dressing that is contained within the sterile container;
wherein the dressing is removed from the sterile container using the handle;
wherein the lavage device separates by distance the non-sterile handle from the sterile surface of the dressing;
wherein the handle comprises a grip and a plug;
wherein the grip is a ring;
wherein the plug is a cylindrical shaft that projects away from the grip;
wherein the plug is further defined with an outer diameter;
wherein the dressing comprises a textile and a port;
wherein the textile is elastic;
wherein the port is a cylindrically shaped cavity that is formed along the center axis of the textile;
wherein the port is further defined with a diameter;
wherein the span of the diameter of the port is less than the span of the outer diameter of the plug when the textile is in a relaxed state;
wherein the plug inserts into the port;
wherein the textile expands when the plug is inserted into the port such that when the textile returns to its relaxed shape a force is applied by the textile to the plug;
wherein the dressing is disposable;
wherein the sterile container comprises a capped tube and a sealing film;
wherein the sealing film attaches to the capped tube
wherein the capped tube is a gas and fluid impermeable structure;
wherein the capped tube is further defined with an open end;
wherein the capped tube is sterilized;
wherein the textile is inserted into the capped tube;
wherein the textile compresses when inserted into the capped tube;
wherein the open end of the capped tube is sealed with the sealing film;
wherein the sealing film is a plastic sheeting;
wherein the plug of the handle is pressed through the sealing film and directly into the port of the textile.

US Pat. No. 10,188,781

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HEAT EXCHANGER AND HEAT EXCHANGER

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a heat exchanger having a hollow fiber membrane layer and comprised of a plurality of hollow fiber membrane conduits each of which has a hollow portion allowing a heat medium to pass therethrough, the method comprising the steps of:providing a cylindrical body for supporting the fiber membrane layer, wherein the cylindrical body has an outer surface defining a longitudinal axis and first and second longitudinal ends;
winding a continuous base cord of hollow fiber membrane onto the cylindrical body along a generally helical trajectory around the longitudinal axis with a plurality of continuous round trips from the first end to the second end and turning back at each respective end, wherein each round trip completes a number of circumferential revolutions N, wherein N is greater than or equal to one, wherein N is less than two, wherein an inclination angle of the hollow fiber membrane between turning-back portions ranges from 40° to 70°, and wherein each turning-back portion is folded at an acute angle;
continuously fixing in place each respective turning-back portion at the first end and the second end during the winding of the base cord;
cutting longitudinal end portions from the fiber membrane layer, thereby removing the turning-back portions to introduce open ends for the hollow fiber membrane conduits;
wherein the winding step satisfies an expression Traverse [mm/rotation]×N=traverse oscillation width×2±(outer diameter of hollow fiber membrane+gap between hollow fiber membranes adjacent to each other)×total number of hollow fiber membranes (where N satisfies 1?N<2).

US Pat. No. 10,188,780

BLOOD OXYGENATOR

University of Maryland, B...

14. A method for oxygenating blood through a blood oxygenator, comprising:receiving a stream of blood through an inlet and directing said stream into a spiral volute defining an internal cavity, said internal cavity decreasing in width from a first end of said spiral volute to a second end of said spiral volute, and being configured to uniformly distribute blood to an outer surface of an oxygenator fiber bundle;
wherein the blood moves from said spiral volute through the oxygenator fiber bundle and into a central lumen and is oxygenated as it moves through the oxygenator fiber bundle and into the central lumen; and
discharging the blood through a blood outlet connected to said central lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,188,761

GARMENT SANITIZER

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

15. A method of sanitizing a garment using a garment sanitizing device comprising a housing, a chamber within the housing to receive one or more garments to be sanitized, the chamber comprising a bottom wall, a top wall, and opposite first and second sides each extending from the bottom wall to the top wall, the housing containing a fan and one or more heating elements, the at least one heating element being disposed proximate the first side of the chamber and an air inlet disposed at the second side of the chamber, the method comprising,placing garments within the chamber,
directly heating the garments within the chamber from the first side of the chamber by radiation from the at least one heating element, and
additionally heating the garments using heated air by activating the fan to convey air via the at least one heating element to heat the air and to convey the heated air through the chamber from the air inlet in the second side of the chamber via air flow passages around an outside of the chamber to converge at a front of the housing towards a front of the chamber to pass through the second side of the chamber to heat the garments.

US Pat. No. 10,188,718

VACCINES AGAINST STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE SEROTYPE 4

1. A saccharide of general formula (I)V*—[Ux+3—Ux+2—Ux+1—Ux]n-V—O-L-NH2  (I)
wherein
x is an integer selected from 1, 2, 3 and 4;
n is an integer selected from 1, 2 and 3;

—V— represents a bond, —Ux+3—, —Ux+3—Ux+2— or —Ux+3—Ux+2—Ux+1—;
V*— represents H—, H—Ux, H—Ux+1—Ux—, H—Ux+2—Ux+1—Ux; and
L represents a linker;
or a diastereoisomer or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,665

OCULAR THERAPY USING GLUCOCORTICOID DERIVATIVES SELECTIVELY PENETRATING POSTERIOR SEGMENT TISSUES

Allergan, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. An ophthalmic composition comprising: a therapeutically effective amount of a Glucocorticoid Derivative (GD) comprising an acyl group linked to C17, C21, or combination thereof via an ester linkage, and a viscosity-inducing component.

US Pat. No. 10,188,581

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO EVACUATE ONE OR MORE DRESSINGS USING TWO OR MORE VACUUM PUMPS

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

12. A negative-pressure source, comprising:a first pump;
a second pump;
a first valve having an inlet fluidly coupled to an outlet of the first pump;
a second valve having an inlet fluidly coupled to an outlet of the second pump;
a cross-over valve having a first port fluidly coupled the outlet of the first pump and the inlet of the first valve, and a second port fluidly coupled to the outlet of the second pump and the inlet of the second valve; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the first pump, the second pump, the first valve, the second valve, and the cross-over valve for operation of the first pump, the second pump, the first valve, the second valve, and the cross-over valve.

US Pat. No. 10,188,576

PIN COVER FOR AN INVERSION TABLE

1. A pin cover for an inversion table comprising:an inversion table;
said inversion table having a fixed frame that is axially connected to a rotating frame;
a pin cover that covers an interface between said fixed frame and said rotating frame;
said pin cover having an inner housing and an outer housing;
said pin cover further includes a slot between said inner housing and said outer housing whereby a portion of said rotating frame rotates on an axis through said pin cover;
said outer housing having at least one pin opening whereby a repositionable pin is inserted to stop rotation of said rotating frame, and
both said inner housing and said outer housing are fixed from rotating in relationship to said fixed frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,569

PATIENT SUPPORT USABLE WITH BARIATRIC PATIENTS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus for supporting a patient, said patient support apparatus comprising:a patient support deck;
a frame supporting said patient support deck;
a pair of wheels coupled to said frame with a width between said wheels being adjustable;
an actuator operatively coupled to said wheels such that operation of said actuator adjusts said width between said wheels; and
a control system configured to determine a condition of at least one of the patient support apparatus and the patient and to control adjustment of said width between said wheels based on said condition.

US Pat. No. 10,188,567

HOSPITAL CHAIR BEDS WITH EXTENDABLE/RETRACTABLE FOOT SECTIONS

1. A hospital bed, comprising:a base comprising opposite end portions;
a lifting mechanism secured to the base between the end portions; and
a patient support surface pivotally secured to the lifting mechanism, wherein the patient support surface comprises a back section, a seat section, and a foot section configured to articulate relative to each other, and wherein the patient support surface is configured to translate from a bed configuration to a chair configuration;
wherein the foot section comprises first, second, third, fourth, and fifth panels operably connected together that are configured to move relative to each other in substantially parallel overlapping planes between an extended configuration when the patient support surface is in a bed configuration and a retracted configuration when the patient support surface is in a chair configuration, wherein the first, third and fifth panels move relative to each other in a first plane, and wherein the second and fourth panels move relative to each other in a second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,188,525

SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A spinal implant comprising:a substantially cylindrical member; and
an implant body extending between an anterior surface and a posterior surface, and including a first vertebral engaging surface and a second vertebral engaging surface,
the implant body further including an inner surface that defines a portion of a first cavity and a portion of a second cavity spaced from the first cavity,
the first cavity being oriented to implant a fastener oblique relative to a bilateral axis of a subject body and the second cavity being oriented to implant a fastener in substantial alignment with the bilateral axis,
wherein the inner surface further defines a transverse bore, the member being disposed entirely within the transverse bore, and
wherein the member includes a threaded surface defining a portion of the first cavity and a threaded surface defining a portion of the second cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,499

ARTIFICIAL VASCULAR GRAFT

1. An artificial vascular graft (1) comprising:a primary scaffold structure (2) encompassing an inner space (8) of the artificial vascular graft (1), said primary scaffold structure (2) having
a. an inner surface (21) facing towards said inner space (8) and
b. an outer surface (20) facing away from said inner space (8); and
a coating (3) on said inner surface (21) and on said outer surface (20)
characterized in that:
a plurality of grooves (4) is comprised in said coating (3) of said inner surface (21), wherein the grooves extend in a longitudinal direction of said coating (3) and
said primary scaffold structure (2) and said coating (3) on said inner surface (21) and on said outer surface (20) are designed in such a way that progenitor cells can migrate through an outer surface of said coating (3), said primary scaffold structure (2) and said inner surface of said coating (3) to said inner space (8); and
the primary scaffold structure (2) comprises a shape memory alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,188,494

METHODS OF USING DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SURGICAL IMPLANTS

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

5. A method of inserting an implant into tissue comprising:providing an implant including an end and an insertion aid connected with said end of said implant;
providing an insertion device including a handle, an actuator, an elongated shaft, and a cutting element adjacent a distal end of said elongated shaft that is coupled with said actuator, wherein said elongated shaft includes an outer wall having an opening and said cutting element is disposed within said elongated shaft adjacent the opening in said outer wall;
providing an actuating wire that is disposed within said elongated shaft;
connecting a proximal end of said actuating wire with said actuator;
connecting a distal end of said actuating wire with said cutting element;
receiving said insertion aid in the opening in said outer wall of said elongated shaft;
engaging said actuator for moving said cutting element from a first position to a second position for breaking a connection between said insertion aid and said implant, the engaging step including pushing said actuator toward the distal end of said elongated shaft for moving said cutting element from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,482

CLEANING DEVICE FOR ENTERAL FEEDING CONNECTION

1. A cleaning device, comprising:a handle having a proximal end and a distal end;
a cleaning fitment attached to the distal end;
a centering post formed from a compressible polymer deformable to temporarily plug a main fluid pathway lumen of an enteral feeding connector, the centering post oriented along a longitudinal length of the cleaning device and extending from a distal end of the cleaning fitment in a fixed position relative to the cleaning fitment;
a plurality of cleaning elements extending from the fitment disposed in a spaced apart relation and extending along the longitudinal axis of the cleaning device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,478

DEVICE HOUSING PROTECTED AGAINST PENETRATION OF LIQUIDS

1. A device housing for devices with at least one module, which is to be protected against penetration of liquids, the device housing comprising:a housing with a top side opening having an edge area comprising at least one mounting groove, said housing comprising a first wall and a second wall, at least said first wall and said second wall defining said mounting groove, wherein at least one outlet is provided for each said mounting groove through which penetrated liquid is guided out of the housing;
a cover arranged on the top side of the housing closing the opening in a closed position, the cover having an outer edge area comprising a collar which protrudes downwards when the cover is in the closed position and having a drip edge arranged below the collar when the cover is in the closed position, such that a liquid dripping from the drip edge falls into the mounting groove, wherein the cover has another collar to provide two collars arranged at a distance to one another, each of said two collars protruding downwards into the mounting groove, said collar and said another collar being directly connected to the same cover, wherein at least a portion of each of said two collars is located between said first wall and said second wall.

US Pat. No. 10,188,470

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TO PROVIDE NEEDLE-BASED THERAPY

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A minimally invasive surgical instrument, comprising:a first input mechanism comprising a periphery and an axial slot in the periphery, wherein a first axial axis of rotation is defined for the first input mechanism;
a second input mechanism comprising a surface and a helical slot in the surface, wherein a second axial axis of rotation is defined for the second input mechanism, and wherein the second input mechanism surrounds the first input mechanism such that the second axial axis of rotation is coincident with the first axial axis of rotation;
an insert comprising a pin, wherein a third axial axis of rotation is defined for the insert, wherein the insert is surrounded by the first input mechanism such that the third axial axis of rotation is coincident with the first axial axis of rotation, and wherein the pin extends from the insert through the axial slot of the first input mechanism and into the helical slot of the second input mechanism; and
a needle coupled to an end of the first input mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,188,406

DRILL DEPTH MEASURING DEVICES AND METHODS

1. An expanding gauge device for measuring a hole formed in bone, the expanding gauge device, comprising:an elongated shaft having a distal surface area defined by an outer perimeter;
a first distal pivoting element positioned adjacent the distal surface area and configured to pivot between a collapsed position and an expanded position, wherein the collapsed position includes the first distal pivoting element being positioned at least one of along and within the outer perimeter of the distal surface, and wherein the expanded position includes at least a part of the first distal pivoting element being positioned outside of the outer perimeter of the distal surface area;
a proximal pivoting element positioned adjacent a proximal end of the elongated shaft and operatively coupled to the distal pivoting element such that pivoting of the proximal pivoting element causes the first distal pivoting element to pivot; and
wherein the elongated shaft includes at least one marking along a length of the elongated shaft, wherein each of the at least one marking indicates a depth of the hole formed in the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,188,393

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT BATTERY COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF CELLS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a surgical instrument comprising:
an open electrical circuit;
a contactor;
a first electrode; and
a second electrode, wherein said first and second electrodes are electrically coupled to said open electrical circuit;
a battery pack, comprising:
a third electrode;
a fourth electrode;
a first battery cell;
a second battery cell, wherein said fourth electrode is electrically coupled to said first battery cell; and
an open portion disposed between said first battery cell and said second battery cell; and
a switch comprising said contactor and said open portion,
wherein electrical contact is established between said first electrode and said third electrode and between said second electrode and said fourth electrode when said battery pack is attached to said surgical instrument,
wherein said switch is operative between an open state and a closed state, wherein said first battery cell and said second battery cell are electrically isolated during said open state, and are in electrical communication during said closed state,
wherein said switch is configured in said open state prior to attachment of said battery pack to said surgical instrument, and is configured to transition to said closed state upon attachment of said battery pack to said surgical instrument, and wherein said contactor of said surgical instrument is in electrical contact with said open portion of said battery pack upon attachment of said battery pack to said surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,188,384

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SOFT PALATE TISSUE ELEVATION PROCEDURES

Ethicon, Inc., Sommervil...

1. A method of approximating soft palate tissue using a bidirectional self-retaining suture having first and second tissue-penetrating ends, first and second pluralities of tissue retainers oriented towards the first and second ends, respectively, and separated by a retainer-free transition segment, the method comprising:a. inserting the first end of the suture into a soft palate at an insertion point to one side of a palate midline and between a junction of the hard and soft palates and a posterior end of the soft palate;
b. deploying the first end through the soft palate across the palate midline to a first exit point to the other side of the palate midline and between the junction of the hard and soft palates and the posterior end of the soft palate;
c. urging the first end out of the soft palate at the first exit point and drawing the suture through the soft palate until the second plurality of tissue retainers engage the tissue;
d. re-inserting the first end into the first exit point and deploying the first end through the soft palate posteriorly and away from the palate midline to a second exit point;
e. urging the first end out of the soft palate at the second exit point and drawing the suture out through the second exit point;
f. inserting the second end into the insertion point and deploying the second end through the soft palate posteriorly and away from the palate midline to a third exit point; and
g. urging the second end out of the soft palate at the third exit point and drawing the suture out through the third exit point.

US Pat. No. 10,188,371

ULTRASOUND PHANTOM HAVING A CURVED SURFACE

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. An ultrasound phantom comprising:a container including a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a wall mounted between the top surface and the bottom surface to form the container;
a boundary formed within the container and configured to hold a tissue mimicking material; and
a curved scanning surface formed in the top surface to extend downwards from the top surface in a direction towards an interior of the container, wherein the curved scanning surface is shaped to support translation perpendicular to an image plane of an application end of an ultrasound transducer along at least a portion of an axis extending between a first location on the curved scanning surface and a second location on the curved scanning surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,263

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing container;
an air-guiding channel to generate an air flow;
a sorption drying system to dry items to be washed, wherein the sorption drying system has a sorption container with reversibly dehydratable sorption material, the sorption container connected to the washing container by the air-guiding channel; and
a heater disposed in the sorption container and arranged upstream of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material for desorption of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material;
wherein the air-guiding channel includes an inlet connecting piece connected to the sorption container and which diverts incoming air flow from an inflow direction by between 45° to 135° into a through-flow direction through the heater and the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the through-flow direction through the heater and through the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is the same direction, such that the through-flow direction runs from a bottom portion to a top portion of the sorption container, and
wherein the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is one of a granular solid and a granulate with an average fill density of at least 500 kg/m3.