US Pat. No. 10,336,028

WATERPROOF SHAPE-SHIFTING SURFACE

University of South Flori...

1. A fluid-blocking, shape-shifting surface, comprising:at least one unit cell including a plurality of layered, adjacent, overlapping compliant links;
said compliant links each including a shield component and a compliant flexure,
said shield component being a substantially flat plate including a first node therein,
said each compliant flexure including a plurality of links, a plurality of joints, and a second node, wherein said second node has a first position and a second position,
said first position and said second position of said second node being substantially within a line of action, such that said second node travels substantially linearly between said first and second positions,
said compliant links being joined together at said first and second nodes and being pivotal about said first and second nodes,
said shield components of said compliant links forming a contiguous line of sight barrier in said first position and in said second position;
a flexible fluid-blocking membrane disposed between at least two layers of said compliant links within said at least one unit cell, said flexible membrane structured to have similar kinematics as said at least one unit cell during manipulation of said at least one unit cell, said flexible membrane being a barrier to fluid flow normal to a surface of said flexible membrane; and
said flexible membrane including edge segments that are disposed at the edges of said at least one unit cell, corner segments that are disposed at the corners of said at least one unit cell, and a center segment that is disposed between said edge segments and said corner segments,
said edge segments permitting compression and expansion of said at least one unit cell, said corner segments permitting shearing of said at least one unit cell, and said center segment providing a contiguous surface, said corner segments further permitting acute and obtuse angles at each corner of said at least one unit cell.

US Pat. No. 10,336,005

MANUFACTURING APPARATUS OF DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A manufacturing apparatus of a display device, the manufacturing apparatus comprising:a first jig configured to hold a first member;
a second jig located under the first jig and coupled to or separated from the first jig such that the first member is locatable between the first jig and the second jig; and
fixing parts located at both ends of the second jig and configured to hold a second member between the first member and the second jig, the second jig comprising:
a pad; and
a stage located under the pad and provided with a groove formed therethrough, the groove having an area smaller than an area of the pad when viewed in a plan view, wherein a portion of the pad facing the stage is configured to be within the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,335,997

METHOD OF STABILIZING A PHOTOHARDENING INHIBITOR-PERMEABLE FILM IN THE MANUFACTURE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Global Filtration Systems...

1. A method of making a three-dimensional object by sequentially forming cross-sections of the object on a build platform defining a build envelope having a build envelope area by solidifying a photohardenable material in a volume of the photohardenable material, wherein as each of the cross-sections of the object is formed, the cross-section being formed forms a currently formed object surface and is attached to a previously formed object surface formed by a previously formed one of the cross-sections of the object, and wherein the volume of the photohardenable material is contained in a container having a bottom defined by a photohardening inhibitor delivery device comprising:a photohardening inhibitor reservoir comprising an inlet channel in fluid communication with a continuous chamber by way of a conduit, the continuous chamber having an open top, a plurality of supports within the continuous chamber, wherein the continuous chamber has an open area that is not occupied by any of the supports, wherein the open area is 50 to 99 percent of the continuous chamber area, and wherein the reservoir is an integral unitary structure of a base, the inlet channel, the conduit, and the supports, with the base and supports defining said open area, the channel and the conduit being defined within the body of the base and spaced apart from the continuous chamber and supports along a build axis, and the channel extending to an outer surface of the reservoir distinct from the open top; and
a flexible film that is permeable to the photohardening inhibitor and is attached to the photohardening inhibitor reservoir, the flexible film having a first side that faces the continuous chamber and a second side that faces away from the continuous chamber, wherein the flexible film encloses the open top of the continuous chamber, wherein each of the supports in the continuous chamber is attached to the film, and wherein the photohardenable material is in contact with the flexible film at an interface of the flexible film with the photohardenable material,the method comprising:supplying the photohardening inhibitor through the continuous chamber and to the flexible film such that the photohardening inhibitor permeates the flexible film;
immersing into the volume of the photohardenable material the previously formed object surface formed by previously solidifying the photohardenable material in the container such that the previously formed object surface is spaced apart from the flexible film; and
supplying solidification energy to the photohardenable material in a pattern corresponding to one of said cross-sections of the three-dimensional object through the flexible film to form a currently formed object surface from solidified photohardenable material, wherein the currently formed object surface is attached to the previously formed object surface and is spaced apart from the flexible film, and wherein during the step of supplying solidification energy, the photohardening inhibitor prevents the photohardenable material from solidifying within a zone of non-solidification that includes the interface of the flexible film with the photohardenable material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,988

INJECTION MOLD WITH A TRANSFER LOADER AND ASSOCIATED INJECTION METHOD

JP GROSFILLEY, Martignat...

1. An injection mold comprising:at least one first station for the injection of a first portion of the part,
at least one second station for the injection of a second portion of the part,
a first loader including at least one first molding cavity, said first loader being movable at least in rotation between the first station and a first transfer and/or assembly area,
a second loader including at least one first molding cavity, said second loader being movable at least in rotation between the second station and a second transfer and/or assembly area,
wherein the injection mold comprises at least one transfer loader, movable at least in rotation between the first transfer and/or assembly area and the second transfer and/or assembly area, said transfer loader being configured to transfer the first portion of the part from the first loader on the second loader and/or said transfer loader being configured to transfer the second portion of the part from the second loader on the first loader.

US Pat. No. 10,335,987

MULTILAYER BODY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A method for producing a multilayer body, with the steps:providing a carrier ply, on which at least one illuminant is arranged;
applying a first optical auxiliary layer to a side of the carrier ply opposite the at least one illuminant, the first optical auxiliary layer having at least one aperture;
providing a decorative ply over the first optical auxiliary layer, the decorative ply having at least one aperture aligned with the at least one aperture of the first optical auxiliary layer;
injection-molding a plastic ply onto the carrier ply and/or the decorative ply in an injection-molding tool; and
applying a second optical auxiliary layer to a side of the plastic ply opposite the first optical auxiliary layer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,984

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for contacting a resin applied to a substrate with a mold to perform patterning on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:a substrate holding unit for holding the substrate,
wherein the substrate holding unit comprises a plurality of holding areas arranged in a predetermined direction,
the plurality of holding areas has a different width dimension in the predetermined direction respectively based on positions in the predetermined direction, and
a surface area ratio of a surface area of a widest area of the plurality of holding areas and a surface area of a narrowest area of the plurality of holding areas is within a range of 0.8 to 1.2.

US Pat. No. 10,335,979

MACHINING FEATURES IN A CERAMIC COMPONENT FOR USE IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for manufacturing a ceramic component for a portable electronic device, comprising:forming a green body from a ceramic powder comprising zirconium dioxide by heating the ceramic powder to a temperature that is below 700° C.;
partially sintering the green body at a temperature between 700 and 1200° C. to form a partially sintered body having a hardness of less than 1000 HV on a Vickers Hardness scale;
machining the partially sintered body to define a hole in a surface of the partially sintered body; and
sintering the partially sintered body to form the ceramic component, wherein the hole defined by the ceramic component has a diameter of 1 mm or less and a dimensional tolerance of +/?0.05 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,335,971

APPARATUS FOR DIVERTING SOLID FOOD PIECES SUSPENDED IN A FLOWING LIQUID

Vanmark Equipment LLC, C...

1. A distributor for guiding solid food pieces suspended in a working liquid to one or both of at least first and second destinations, the distributor comprising:(a) a tapered entry conduit having a first end and an opposite, larger second end connected by a central longitudinal conduit axis;
(b) a cylindrical drum to which the second end of the tapered entry conduit is mounted, the drum having opposing first and second longitudinal ends connected by a central longitudinal drum axis, the conduit axis being substantially perpendicular to, and radially spaced from, the drum axis, wherein a floor of the tapered entry conduit is aligned along a tangent to a drum sidewall;
(c) a first conical outlet having:
(i) a larger end of the first conical outlet having a first diameter, the larger end of the first conical outlet attached to the first longitudinal end of the drum; and
(ii) a smaller end of the first conical outlet with a diameter that is smaller than the first diameter, the smaller end of the first conical outlet attached to a first outlet tube extending to the first destination; and
(d) a second conical outlet having:
(i) a larger end of the second conical outlet having a second diameter, the larger end of the second conical outlet attached to the second longitudinal end of the drum; and
(ii) a smaller end of the second conical outlet with a diameter that is smaller than the second diameter, the smaller end of the second conical outlet attached to a second outlet tube extending to the second destination;
wherein an axis of the first conical outlet is coaxial with an axis of the second conical outlet, and the conical outlet axes are spaced radially from the drum axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,970

RAZOR WITH DETACHABLE REPLACEMENT BLADE

1. A razor comprising a holder and a blade cartridge that has a skin contacting surface, wherein the holder comprises a head portion for detachably holding the blade cartridge, and the holder includes a grip portion, an upper end of the grip portion being continuous with the head portion,the head portion comprising:
an annular portion;
a socket portion arranged within an inner circumference of the annular portion; and
an elastic plate arranged between an outer circumference of the socket portion and the inner circumference of the annular portion so that the elastic plate elastically supports the socket portion,
the blade cartridge comprising:
a blade assembly having a plurality of blades;
a coupler projection extending from the blade assembly in an opposite direction from the skin contacting surface of the blade cartridge;
a guide portion included in the coupler projection of the blade cartridge; and
a manipulation portion formed at an end of the guide portion, wherein
the socket portion has a coupler hole extending therethrough along a front-rear axis,
the coupler hole opens at an insertion/ejection opening in front of the elastic plate and a manipulation opening behind the elastic plate, both the coupler hole and the manipulation opening are aligned to each other along the front-rear axis,
the coupler projection is configured to be detachably coupled to the coupler hole through the insertion/ejection opening,
the manipulation portion has a pusher surface and is configured to extend through the socket portion of the holder to expose the pusher surface behind the elastic plate via the manipulation opening, when the coupler projection is coupled into the coupler hole, and the manipulation portion is operable with a single-stage manipulation by pushing the pusher surface with one finger of a hand that holds the grip portion from a rearward of the holder when removing the blade cartridge from the insertion/ejection opening of the socket portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,962

COMPREHENSIVE FAULT DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS OF ROBOTS

KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVES LLC...

1. A computer-implemented method for detecting and diagnosing fault of a robot, comprising:(a) mechanically moving a robotic component of the robot from a first position to a second position within an environment for operation of the robot, and collecting sensor data from a plurality of sensors during the operation;
(b) performing, with aid of one or more processors, simulation of the robot based at least in part on one or more control signals as input to simulation models of the robot to generate an output of the simulation models, wherein the one or more control signals control the operation of the robot;
(c) determining continuously in real-time, with aid of the one or more processors, discrepancy measurements between (i) the sensor data and (ii) the output of the simulation models, wherein the output of the simulation models and the discrepancy measurements are updated in real-time during the movement of the robotic component from the first position to the second position, and wherein the discrepancy measurements beyond a pre-determined threshold are indicative of physical fault; and
(d) performing a diagnosis exercise based at least in part on the discrepancy measurements to identify a cause of the physical fault, the diagnosis exercise comprising pre-determined robotic operations or randomly generated robotic operations, wherein the diagnosis exercise comprises mechanical movement of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,335,951

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire surface position information on an object based on image information of the object captured by a camera;
decide a measurement position for measuring the object based on the acquired surface position information;
control a robot to contact the object at the decided measurement position and measure contact position information when the robot contacts with the object at the decided measurement position;
create map information indicative of spatial position information on the object based on the measured contact position information; and
recognize a position and orientation of the object based on the created map information to control the robot to grasp the object.

US Pat. No. 10,335,948

ABNORMALITY DETERMINING DEVICE AND ABNORMALITY DETERMINING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An abnormality determining device that determines abnormality of a reduction gear of a motor for a robot including: a jointed arm having a joint rotating in a pitch direction that is driven by the motor via the reduction gear, and a balancer provided to the joint, the balancer being configured to generate a balancing force for balancing a gravitational moment acting on the joint, the abnormality determining device comprising:a processor programmed to:
detect a current value which is a value of a drive current of the motor;
group time-series current values detected in time series at a predetermined time interval of greater than 10 ms, to calculate a variance value of the current values of each group, and to calculate a variance ratio of each group by dividing the variance value of the current values of a corresponding group by a variance value of a reference current value of the motor when the reduction gear is new;
detect a rotational angular velocity of the motor;
detect a rotation angle of the motor;
determine that the reduction gear is abnormal when the calculated variance ratio is equal to or greater than a threshold value;
calculate a variation of rotational angular velocities corresponding to the current values of the motor in the groups based on the detected rotational angular velocity of the motor;
extract groups in which a calculated variation of the rotational angular velocities of the motor is equal to or less than a predetermined variation from the groups;
extract groups in which all the rotation angles corresponding to the current values belonging to each group are within a predetermined angle range centered on a neutral rotation angle at which the gravitational moment balances with the balancing force;
calculate an abnormality ratio which is a ratio of a number of groups in which the variance ratio is equal to or greater than the threshold value to a number of groups using only the variance ratios of the extracted groups;
determine that the reduction gear is abnormal when the calculated abnormality ratio is equal to or greater than a predetermined ratio; and
when it is determined that the reduction gear is abnormal, issue a report that the reduction gear is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,946

COMPOSITIONAL IMPEDANCE PROGRAMMING FOR ROBOTS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A robot control system comprising:a plurality of impedance modules, each of the impedance modules defining one or more mechanical impedance parameters; and
an impedance controller implemented in a processor and configured to:
generate a composite robot control law based on at least some of the plurality of impedance modules;
receive an actual robot configuration and an actual robot configuration-space velocity;
generate an actuator torque using the composite robot control law, the actual configuration of a robot and the actual configuration-space velocity of the robot; and
control actuators of the robot according the actuator torque;
wherein:
a first one of the plurality of impedance modules defines an impedance control law for an end-effector of the robot;
a second one of the plurality of impedance modules drives the robot to a selected base configuration; and
a third one of the plurality of impedance modules defines an impedance control law for a joint of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,335,944

ROBOT WRIST STRUCTURE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot wrist structure comprising:a first wrist element cantilevered so as to be rotatable about a first axis;
a second wrist element cantilevered by the first wrist element so as to be rotatable about a second axis that intersects the first axis;
a third wrist element cantilevered by the second wrist element so as to be rotatable about a third axis that intersects the second axis;
two drive motors disposed in the first wrist element, the two drive motors being configured to drive the second wrist element and the third wrist element, respectively; and
two gear sets that reduce speeds of rotation of the drive motors,
wherein one of the gear sets includes a driven-side large-diameter gear that rotates the second wrist element and another of the gear sets includes a driven-side small-diameter gear that rotates the third wrist element, where the driven-side large-diameter gear and the driven-side small-diameter gear are coaxially arranged so as to be rotatable about the second axis,
and
the second wrist element includes a first housing that is fixed to the driven-side large-diameter gear and a second housing that rotatably supports the third wrist element, wherein
a shaft that is supported so as to be rotatable about the second axis and has one end fixed to the driven-side small-diameter gear and the other end fixed to a drive-side bevel gear is accommodated in the first housing;
the drive-side bevel gear is meshed with a driven-side bevel gear fixed to the third wrist element;
the first housing has a flange face;
the flange face is disposed at a position displaced to a side on which the driven-side small-diameter gear is located, and about an entire circumference of the drive-side bevel gear;
the second housing is fixed to the flange face;
the first housing includes a cylinder inner face set back from the flange face and whose center lies on the second axis and which is adjacent to the flange face, and the first housing is gradually decreased in height in a stepwise manner in a radial direction between an unner surface of the first housing and the flange face, wherein the flange face is the most radial outward surface relative to the second axis;
the second housing includes a fitting face that is formed of a protruding cylinder face,
wherein the drive-side bevel gear is meshed with the driven-side bevel gear by fitting and fastening the cylinder inner face to the fitting face to bring the second housing in close contact with the first housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,942

SIMULTANEOUS PIVOTING AND TRANSLATION OF ROBOT ARM OF STORAGE LIBRARY

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

6. A method of operating a media element storage library, comprising:positioning a first robot arm of a first robotic assembly at a first position along an x-axis and a first position along a z-axis so as to face a first storage array of the media element storage library;
moving a second robot arm of a second robotic assembly from a second position along the x-axis to a third position along the x-axis, wherein the first position along the x-axis is between the second and third positions along the x-axis, and wherein the second robot arm remains in the first position along the z-axis during the moving, wherein the second robot arm remains facing a second storage array of the media element storage library during the moving, wherein the second storage array faces the first storage array;
first rotating the first robot arm about a first pivot axis from a first rotational position adjacent the first storage array to a second rotational position adjacent the second storage array; and
first translating the first pivot axis towards the second storage array in direct response to and simultaneously with the first rotating step.

US Pat. No. 10,335,939

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR HYDRAULIC HAMMER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A lubrication system for a hydraulic hammer, the lubrication system comprising:a housing defining a first chamber and a second chamber, the first chamber extending from a first end to a second end distal to the first end;
a reservoir containing a lubricant coupled proximal to the first end of the first chamber to supply the lubricant to the first chamber;
a control valve disposed proximal to the first end of the first chamber and fluidly communicated with the first chamber, the control valve being moveable from a closed position to an open position against a biasing force of a resilient member to allow a flow of the lubricant to a plurality of components disposed downstream of the control valve; and
a piston disposed within the first chamber and moveable between a first position and a second position, the second position of the piston corresponding to a peak of a compression stroke of the piston toward the first end of the first chamber, the piston including:
a first end facing toward the control valve, the first end of the piston defining a cavity; and
a second end opposite to the first end and facing toward the second chamber, the second chamber adapted to receive a hydraulic fluid therein to move the piston from the first position to the second position,
wherein in the second position, when the lubricant is received within the first chamber in the first position of the piston, a pressure of the lubricant causes movement of the control valve from the closed position to the open position to allow flow of the lubricant to the plurality of components, and
wherein in the second position, when the first chamber is filled with air in the first position of the piston, the cavity defined at the first end of the piston maintains pressure of the air less than the biasing force of the resilient member to keep the control valve in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,934

TOOL HAVING DUAL FLEX HEADS

Walter R. Tucker Enterpri...

1. A tool having dual flex heads comprising:a handle portion having a first U-shaped female member at a first end of said handle portion and a second U-shaped female member at a second end of said handle portion and said first and second U-shaped female members are adapted to receive a male member of a first flex head and a male member of a second flex head,
said first flex head having a ratchet head and connected to said first end of said handle portion and said second flex head having a bit driver head and connected to said second end of said handle portion wherein said first flex head and said second flex head are adapted to rotate 180 degrees about said handle portion,
said first flex head and said second flex head each further comprising a locking member to hold said first flex head and said second flex head in a plurality of different locked positions,
said first flex head including a reversible switch for allowing reversible rotation of said ratchet head and said second flex head including a reversible switch for allowing reversible rotation of said bit driver head,
wherein said ratchet head is ¼ inch and said bit driver head is ¼ inch, and
wherein said ratchet head includes a cover having a knurled portion adapted for rotating said ratchet head and said bit driver head includes a cover having a knurled portion adapted for rotating said bit driver head.

US Pat. No. 10,335,931

IMPACT ROTATION TOOL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An impact rotation tool comprising:a motor that serves as a rotation drive source;
an impact mechanism including an output shaft, which is rotatable by the motor, and an anvil, which is rotatable integrally with the output shaft, wherein the impact mechanism applies a striking impact to the anvil when the motor outputs rotation;
a housing that covers the motor and the impact mechanism;
a motor seat fastened to the motor to hold the motor in the housing; and
a vibration reducer arranged between the housing and the motor seat to reduce striking vibration transmitted to the motor, wherein:
the motor seat includes an annular body and two engagement portions, wherein the two engagement portions extend radially outward from two radially opposite sides of the body;
the vibration reducer includes two motor vibration rubber guards, wherein each of the motor vibration rubber guards covers a corresponding one of the engagement portions from a radially outer side;
each of the engagement portions includes contact surfaces which contact the housing in a rotation direction of the motor; and
each of the motor vibration rubber guards includes slits that expose the contact surfaces of the corresponding engagement portion in the rotation direction of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,930

SHAFT RATCHET RELEASE AND SEALING MECHANISM

Lomak Industrial Company ...

1. A torque wrench having a feature for permanently discontinuing ability to transmit torque, comprising:a handle;
an output shaft coupled to, and driven by rotation of, the handle, the output shaft having an axis of rotation about which the output shaft rotates when the handle rotates;
a torque control responsive to torques imposed on the output shaft from the handle, wherein the torque control comprises a torque responsive clutch which automatically disengages the output shaft from the handle upon attainment of a predetermined torque, wherein the torque responsive clutch is contained entirely within the handle, wherein the torque responsive clutch comprises opposed cams, wherein
the opposed cams interfit with one another in a torque transmitting mode when transmitting torque and
the opposed cams separate from one another in a released mode when not transmitting torque, and
a first spring urging the opposed cams towards one another;
a unidirectional ratchet selectively enabling the output shaft to rotate relative to the handle in a first direction when the handle is turned in the first direction about the axis of rotation and constraining the output shaft against rotating relative to the handle when the handle is turned in a second direction about the axis of rotation opposite the first direction, wherein the unidirectional ratchet is supported on and at least partially contained within the rotational coupling, wherein the unidirectional ratchet
has teeth projecting radially outwardly relative to the axis of rotation;
the teeth of the unidirectional ratchet engage corresponding grooves in the rotational coupling;
a push rod operable to advance along the rotational axis within the handle, contact the unidirectional ratchet, and displace the unidirectional ratchet axially out of engagement with the rotational coupling, wherein the push rod has threading, wherein said handle includes a threaded inhibiting member matingly compatible with the threading of the push rod, wherein the push rod is initially threaded to the threaded inhibiting member of the handle, and progressively unthreads from the threaded inhibiting member with each usage of the torque wrench;
a second spring urging the push rod towards the unidirectional ratchet, whereby when the push rod is fully unthreaded from the threaded inhibiting member, the second spring urges the push rod against the unidirectional ratchet such that the unidirectional ratchet is disengaged from the rotational coupling by displacing the teeth of the unidirectional ratchet axially out of engagement with the grooves of the rotational coupling; and
a disengagement feature which becomes operable to permanently disconnect the handle from the output shaft, wherein the disengagement feature displaces the teeth of the unidirectional ratchet axially out of engagement with the corresponding grooves of the rotational coupling, thereby enabling the output shaft to rotate freely relative to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,929

TOOL WITH A RATCHET MECHANISM

Stanley Chiro Internation...

1. A tool with a bistable ratchet mechanism, comprising:a body (1) having a first chamber (11), a second chamber (12) adjacent to the first chamber (11) and a third chamber (13) connecting the first and second chambers to one another;
a driving member (2), being rotatably retained in the first chamber (11), and having a first pawl portion (21) arranged around an external portion of the driving member (2);
a stopping member (3), provided in the third chamber and having a second pawl portion (31) arranged on a first face, and arranged so that the second pawl portion (31) engages with the first pawl portion (21), the stopping member (3) further having a recess (32) in a second face of the stopping member (3), opposite the second pawl portion (31);
a switching member (4), rotatably provided in the second chamber and comprising a rotating member (41), the rotating member being radially provided a hole (44) the rotating member (41) being further radially provided with a dial member (43) for manipulating the rotating member (41); and
an elastic abutting assembly (5), comprising an elastic member (51) and an abutting block (52), the elastic member (51) in contact with a first end of the abutting block, the first end of the abutting block (52) and the elastic member (51) being received in the hole (44), and the elastic member (51) biasing the abutting block (52) toward the a recess (32) the stopping member (3), to bias the stopping member (3) into contact with the driving member (2); wherein
the mechanism is configurable in a position of unstable equilibrium, a first position of stable equilibrium or a second position of equilibrium, and is configured to transition between the stable and unstable equilibrium positions via non-equilibrium positions by rotating the switching member (4); wherein:
the position of unstable equilibrium corresponds to a neutral position in which the driving (2) member is rotatable in two directions relative to the body (1);
in the first stable equilibrium position the stopping member (3) contacts a first internal wall of the body (1) and prevents the driving member (2) from rotating in a first direction relative to the body (1); and
in the second stable equilibrium position the stopping member (3) contacts a second internal wall of the body (1) and prevents the driving member (2) from rotating in a second direction relative to the body (1), the second direction being opposite to the first direction; and wherein
positions between the stable and unstable equilibria are non-equilibrium positions because a force biasing the abutting block (52) is incompletely cancelled by the reaction force (71) acting on the abutting block (52) from the stopping member (3), the resultant force further biasing the stopping (3) member towards an internal wall of the body (1).

US Pat. No. 10,335,921

CONTINUOUS SHOT PEENING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COIL SPRING

DAEWON APPLIED ENG. CO., ...

1. A continuous shot peening apparatus for a coil spring, the apparatus comprising:a shot peening device (SP) configured to perform shot peening processing of the coil spring (CS); and
a mounting part (10) in which the coil spring (CS) is mounted,
wherein the mounting part (10) comprises: a shot peening housing module (CM) is located at a shot peening position; and a preparation housing module (CC) is located at a preparing position and having substantially the same structure as the shot peening housing module (CM),
wherein the shot peening housing module (CM) and the preparation housing module (CC) are arranged in parallel to each other in a first direction,
wherein the shot peening housing module (CM) includes:
a first shot peening housing (C1);
a central shot peening housing (C2) receiving the coil spring (CS);
a second shot peening housing (C3) having substantially the same structure as the first shot peening housing (C1) and arranged symmetrical to the first shot peening housing (C1) with respect to the central shot peening housing (C2), wherein the first shot peening housing (C1), the central shot peening housing (C2), and the second shot peening housing (C3) are arranged in a second direction and coupled to each other to form the shot peening housing module (CM), wherein the second direction is perpendicular to the first direction;
a first holding unit (100) disposed in the central shot peening housing (C2) and configured to hold a first end of the coil spring (CS);
a first driving unit (200) provided in the first shot peening housing (C1), coupled to the first holding unit (100), and rotating and revolving the first holding unit (100):
a second holding unit (100) disposed in the central shot peening housing (C2), having substantially the same structure as the first holding unit (100), arranged symmetrical to the first holding unit (100) with respect to the coil spring (CS), and configured to hold a second end of the coil spring (CS); and
a second driving unit (200) provided in the second shot peening housing (C3), having substantially the same structure as the first driving unit (200), arranged symmetrical to the first driving unit (200) with respect to the central shot peening housing (C2), coupled to the second holding unit (100), and rotating and revolving the second holding unit (100),
wherein the preparation housing module (CC) comprises:
a first preparation housing (C1);
a central preparation housing (C2); and
a second preparation housing (C3) having substantially the same structure as the first preparation housing (C1) and arranged symmetrical to the first preparation housing (C1) with respect to the central preparation housing (C2), wherein the first preparation housing (C1), the central preparation housing (C2), and the second preparation housing (C3) are arranged in the second direction and coupled to each other to form the preparation housing module (CM),
wherein the first driving unit (200) comprises a first driving shaft (S2), a first driving actuator (M2), a first rotation unit (GU), and a first revolution unit (500),
wherein the first driving shaft (S2) is configured to be rotated by the first driving actuator (M2),
wherein the first rotation unit (GU) interworks with the first driving shaft (S2) to rotate the first holding unit (100),
wherein the first revolution unit (500) interworks with the first driving shaft (S2) and the first holding unit (100) to revolve the first holding unit (100).

US Pat. No. 10,335,920

MULTIPLE NOZZLE SLURRY DISPENSE SCHEME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

12. An apparatus, comprising:a slurry dispensing arm configured to provide slurry in one direction through the slurry dispensing arm from a base of the slurry dispensing arm toward a distal end of the slurry dispensing arm without returning slurry from the distal end of the slurry dispensing arm back through the base of the slurry dispensing arm;
multiple nozzles formed on the slurry dispensing arm, wherein the slurry dispensing arm is configured to be used in a polishing process to polish a wafer that has a wafer radius and a percentage of a combined length of the multiple nozzles of the slurry dispensing arm over the wafer radius ranges from 20% to 70%, wherein a slurry outlet for each of the nozzles is disposed at a top surface of the slurry dispensing arm, wherein each of the multiple nozzles is disposed nearer to the distal end of the slurry dispensing arm than the base of the slurry dispensing arm; and
a polishing pad,
wherein the slurry dispensing arm is configured to provide slurry to the multiple nozzles and the multiple nozzles are configured to dispense the slurry in an upward direction away from the polishing pad and flowing onto the polishing pad,
wherein the slurry dispensing arm is positioned above the polishing pad on a side opposite to a wafer holder,
wherein the slurry is dispensed on the polishing pad on the side opposite to the wafer holder, and
wherein the apparatus is configured to rotate the polishing pad to spread the slurry located at an inner portion of the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,335,918

WORKPIECE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A workpiece processing apparatus comprising:a center drum that is rotatable around a rotation axis and has at least one first groove on the peripheral surface, each first groove being formed in the axial direction;
a carrier having a holding hole to insert and hold a workpiece to be processed;
an upper turn table and a lower turn table that are rotatable around the rotation axis in a state in which the carrier holding the workpiece is interposed;
at least one hook, each hook being fitted in the internal circumference of the upper turn table, with the tip of each hook being inserted into the first groove and movable along the first groove; wherein
the center drum has at least one second groove on the peripheral surface, each second groove being formed in the axial direction; and
the second groove has a length different from that of the first groove and has a supporting surface to support the hook from below at a position above a position where the upper turn table processes the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,335,915

KITS AND METHODS FOR INSTALLING A LIGHT SOURCE ON A TOOL REST

1. A method of installing a light source onto a tool rest having a front side and a back side, the method comprising the steps of:drilling a hole through the tool rest, including drilling a small diameter hole through the tool rest and a large diameter hole as a countersink on the back side of the tool rest, and installing a male connector to the power cord in the countersink,
measuring a length of a horizontal member of the tool rest,
cutting one or more strips of an array of LED lights from a roll of LED strip tape, threading the power cord through the hole, applying a sealing compound to fix the power cord in place in the hole,
connecting a power cord to an end of one strip,
mounting a light source onto the front side of the tool rest by mounting the strips onto the tool rest,
inserting a power cord through the hole in the tool rest so the power cord extends from the light source on the front side to the back side; and
connecting the strips to a power source.

US Pat. No. 10,335,902

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ARRESTING CRACK PROPAGATION

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A system for arresting propagation of an incident crack through a transparent material, the system comprising:a laser assembly configured to selectively provide a pulsed laser beam;
an optical assembly coupled to the laser assembly, the optical assembly being configured to cause the pulsed laser beam to converge at a focal line, the optical assembly being adjustable such that each focal line is characterized by a dimensional parameter and disposed at a position relative to the optical assembly;
a workpiece holder configured to hold the transparent material at a position relative to the optical assembly, the workpiece holder or the optical assembly being configured to provide a relative motion between the transparent material and the optical assembly; and
a controller coupled to the laser assembly, the optical assembly or the workpiece holder, the controller being configured to execute instructions representing a predetermined pattern, the controller being configured to select the dimensional parameter for each pulsed laser beam, the controller being further configured to select the relative motion such that a plurality of the pulsed laser beam forms a plurality of defects corresponding to the predetermined pattern within the transparent material, each defect of the plurality of defects being substantially generated by induced absorption;
wherein the predetermined pattern is designed to arrest an incident crack that propagates through the transparent material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,896

BORESIGHTING A LASER TO AN IMAGING SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wils...

1. An apparatus for use in boresighting a light source emitting a laser beam at a first wavelength to an imaging sensor having a detectable waveband, the apparatus comprising:a catadioptric element configured to transmit and focus the laser beam onto a location in a focal plane;
a target object positioned substantially at the focal plane and configured to emit, from a spot corresponding to the location of the focused laser beam, light having a second wavelength within the detectable waveband of the imaging sensor in response to receiving the laser beam having the first wavelength; and
wherein the catadioptric element is further configured as a collimating mirror to reflect the emitted light from the spot on the target object into a collimated emitted light having the second wavelength to be detected by the imaging sensor for indicating the location of the focused laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,335,891

WELD FACE DESIGN FOR SPOT WELDING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A welding electrode comprising:a cylindrical body of the welding electrode, which welding electrode forms resistance spot welds in a metal workpiece stack-up, the cylindrical body defining a hollow recess at a first end and having a circumference at a second end; a weld face supported on the second end of the cylindrical body, the weld face having a circumference and a center, the center of the weld face being raised above the circumference of the weld face to a height of about 0.5% to about 15% of a diameter of the circumference of the weld face; and wherein the weld face includes a plurality of circular ridges that project outwardly from a base surface, the plurality of circular ridges comprising a first circular ridge that surrounds the center of the weld face, a second circular ridge radially outwardly spaced from the first circular ridge, and a third circular ridge radially outwardly spaced from the second circular ridge, wherein each of the first, second, and third circular ridges is blunted and has a closed circumference, and wherein the base surface of the weld face comprises a central base surface portion located inside the first circular ridge, and wherein the central base surface portion is spaced below a ridge height of the first circular ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,335,885

STUD WELDING GUN SET UP TEACHING TOOL

1. A teaching tool for providing a dimensional set up of a stud-welding gun, the teaching tool comprising:a main body defining a first surface and a second surface;
a shaft configured to be received within a collet of the stud-welding gun, the shaft being integrally formed as a one-piece component with the main body and extending a distance from the first surface of the main body;
a first bore defined in a center of the main body and extending from a first end of the main body, opposite the shaft, and continuing through to an end of the shaft;
a movable stem having a cylindrical shape and received in the first bore defined in the main body, the movable stem defining a second bore opposite from an end of the moveable stem defining a third surface;
a biasing spring disposed in the first bore of the main body and in the second bore of the movable stem, the biasing spring being engaged with the movable stem to normally bias the movable stem in a direction opposite from the shaft; and
an attachment pin to couple the movable stem to the main body,
wherein a first distance between the first surface and the second surface defines a distance representative of a predetermined probe set up dimension, and a second distance between the first surface and the third surface defines a distance representative of a minimum weld set up dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,335,883

GRAVITY-BASED WELD TRAVEL SPEED SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:an orientation sensor associated with a welding torch, wherein the orientation sensor is configured to sense a welding torch orientation relative to a direction of gravity; and
one or more processors communicatively coupled to the orientation sensor and configured to:
determine an angular position of the welding torch relative to a pipe based at least in part on the welding torch orientation sensed by the orientation sensor and a radius of the pipe; and
determine an angular travel distance travelled by the welding torch from an initial position to the angular position based at least in part on the radius of the pipe, wherein the angular travel distance comprises a distance traveled along at least a portion of a circumference of the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,335,876

GRINDING MACHINE WITH PIVOTABLE TOOL SPINDLE

KLINGELNBERG AG, (CH)

1. A grinding machine comprising:a pivotable tool spindle defining a tool spindle axis, and
a workpiece spindle defining a workpiece spindle axis and adapted to receive a gearwheel workpiece and to rotationally drive the gearwheel workpiece about the workpiece spindle axis,
wherein
the grinding machine further comprises a pivoting table defining a pivot axis,
the tool spindle is configured to receive a grinding tool and to rotationally drive the grinding tool about the tool spindle axis,
the tool spindle with a received grinding tool is pivotable about the pivot axis, and
the pivot axis is offset laterally relative to the workpiece spindle axis and does not intersect the workpiece spindle axis, and
the grinding machine further comprises a shift axis member (i) configured to transversely displace the tool spindle and a grinding tool received thereby in a vertical plane perpendicular to the pivot axis and (ii) supported by the pivoting table, wherein the shift axis member, the tool spindle and a grinding tool received thereby collectively define a movable center of mass located at or near the pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,875

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DICING COMPONENTS FROM A SHEET OF COPPER ALLOY

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A saw blade for dicing a sheet of copper alloy to form individual resistors, the sheet of copper alloy having a thickness of less than 0.3 mm, the saw blade comprising:a ring having a first side, a second side, and a circumferential surface, the thickness of the ring between the first side and the second side is less than 0.6 mm; and
a plurality of teeth located on the circumferential surface, each of the teeth having a maximum thickness of 0.6 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,335,864

CLAMPING APPARATUS

Westinghouse Electric Ger...

1. Clamping apparatus for fixing in a recess of a component and for holding a workpiece carrier against the component, the clamping apparatus comprising:a housing for attachment to the workpiece carrier;
a clamping sleeve for insertion into the recess, the clamping sleeve being connected to the housing;
a clamping mandrel at least partially disposed inside the clamping sleeve, the clamping mandrel being movable relative to the clamping sleeve between a release position and a clamp position, wherein when the clamping sleeve is inserted into the recess and the clamping mandrel is in the clamp position, the clamping sleeve is braced within the recess by a holding force so as to be in a clamped position, and wherein when the clamping sleeve is in the clamped position, the housing is movable relative to the clamping mandrel;
a first connection for supplying a first pressure medium that moves the clamping mandrel to the clamp position, wherein the holding force is determined by the pressure of the first pressure medium; and
a second connection for supplying a second pressure medium that moves the housing relative to the clamping mandrel when the clamping sleeve is in the clamped position, wherein when the housing is attached to the workpiece carrier, the movement of the housing relative to the clamping mandrel causes the housing to move the workpiece carrier into contact with the component and apply a bearing force thereagainst, and wherein the bearing force is determined by the pressure of the second pressure medium; and
regulating devices for controlling the pressures of the first and second pressure mediums such that the holding force is greater than the bearing force.

US Pat. No. 10,335,863

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool comprising:a column which includes a feed drive for causing movement along an axis that is extended in an up/down direction;
a spindle head which is movably supported by the column for movement in the up/down direction;
a spindle which is provided in the spindle head and which is extended in the up/down direction;
a draw bar which is movably provided within the spindle for movement in the up/down direction, which drawbar is relatively moved upward with respect to the spindle so as to clamp, in cooperation with the spindle, a tool to a lower end portion of the spindle and which drawbar is relatively moved downward with respect to the spindle so as to release the tool from the lower end portion;
a biasing portion which biases the draw bar upward; and
a cam mechanism provided to the column, which cam mechanism includes a cam and includes an arm which is turnably supported by the spindle head, and one end of the arm slides on a cam surface of the cam such that an other end of the arm pushes down the draw bar,
wherein the machine tool further includes:
a measurement portion which measures, with a distance sensor provided in the spindle head, a position of the draw bar in the up/down direction;
a storage portion which stores a relationship between a position of the spindle head and a position of the draw bar when the draw bar is normal; and
an abnormality determination portion which determines an abnormality in the cam mechanism based on the position of the draw bar measured with the measurement portion and based on the relationship stored in the storage portion,
wherein the cam surface includes an inclination surface that is inclined towards a tip side of the spindle head as the inclination surface is extended upward, and the cam surface further includes a flat surface that is extended in the up/down direction and that is formed sequentially above and continuously with the inclination surface, and
wherein a controlling portion is configured so that the measurement portion measures, after the one end of the arm reaches the flat surface of the cam surface, the position of the draw bar in the up/down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,335,860

MACHINE TOOL

STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A machine tool comprising:a headstock provided with a main spindle for gripping a workpiece;
a rail extended along a main spindle axis;
a first bearing fixed to the headstock and guided on the rail;
a second bearing fixed to the headstock and guided on the rail, the second bearing being provided in a location spaced apart from a front end of the first bearing;
a supporting bed;
a guide bush; and
a guide,
wherein the guide bush and the guide are removably mounted on the supporting bed in an alternative way,
wherein, in a guide-bush mode in which the guide bush is mounted on the supporting bed, the guide bush slidably supports the workpiece on a front side of the main spindle, and, in a non-guide-bush mode in which the guide is mounted on the supporting bed instead of the guide bush, the guide movably supports the headstock in a direction of the main spindle axis; and
wherein, the rail includes a portion that provides a larger amount of play on the second bearing in the non-guide-bush mode compared with the amount of play in the guide-bush mode only by moving the headstock toward the supporting bed, and into the rail portion that provides the larger amount of play on the second bearing, when the guide-bush mode is switched to the non guide-bush mode.

US Pat. No. 10,335,858

METHOD OF MAKING AND USING A FUNCTIONALLY GRADIENT COMPOSITE TOOL

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method of making a composite downhole article, comprising:forming at least one removable core member comprising a first metallic material that is removable in a wellbore fluid at a first removal rate; and
disposing at least one outer member on the core member, the outer member comprising a second material that is removable in the wellbore fluid at a second removal rate, wherein the removable core member has a composition gradient or a density gradient, or a combination thereof, and wherein the first removal rate is greater than the second removal rate,
wherein forming the removable core member comprises establishing the composition gradient or the density gradient, or a combination thereof, of the first material from an outer portion proximate the outer member toward an inner portion away from the outer member, and
the composite downhole article comprises a selectively removeable or reconfigurable downhole article that is selectively removable or reconfigurable from a wellbore using the wellbore fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,335,850

LIGHT WEIGHT HOUSING FOR INTERNAL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MAKING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

17. A method of making a light weight component, comprising:forming a plurality of metallic foam core segments;
applying a metallic shell to a discrete surface of at least one of the plurality of metallic foam core segments;
assembling the plurality of metallic foam core segments into a desired configuration;
applying an external metallic shell to an exterior surface of the metallic foam core segments after they have been placed into the desired configuration;
introducing an acid into an internal cavity defined by the external metallic shell;
dissolving the metallic foam core; and
removing the dissolved metallic foam core from the internal cavity, wherein the metallic shell and the external metallic shell are resistant to the acid.

US Pat. No. 10,335,849

FULL AUTOMATIC WIRELESS MOULD CHANGING VEHICLE AND SYSTEM FOR PRESS

1. A full-automatic wireless die change cart for a press, comprising:an upper working table and a lower working table which are connected together up and down by means of driving devices,
wherein the lower working table is driven by a driving device I to move back and forth with respect to an axis of the die change cart, while the upper working table is driven by a driving device II to move rightwards or leftwards with respect to the axis of the die change cart;
wherein baffles, die lifting arms, and guide rails, all in parallel to one another, are disposed in order from outside to inside at two opposite ends of the upper working table, and push-and-pull devices, baffles, and fixed supporting plate assemblies are disposed in order from outside to inside at the other two ends perpendicular to said two ends,
wherein the baffles, the die lifting arms, the guide rails, the push-and-pull devices, and the fixed supporting plate assemblies at the opposite ends are pairwise symmetric about center lines of the upper working table; and the baffles, the die lifting arms, the push-and-pull devices, the guide rails and the fixed supporting plate assemblies are capable of moving up and down when driven by respective driving devices III;up-and-down motion of the upper working table and the lower working table is controlled by two-way oil cylinders, and proximity switches are mounted on the upper working table to control a distance of extension or retraction,wherein two ends of the baffles are connected to oil cylinders that control the baffles to rise and fall, and a distance of rising or falling is controlled by means of proximity switches;
wherein at least some of the oil cylinders are two-way oil cylinders and are mounted at lower ends of the push-and-pull devices, and proximity switches for controlling the rising and falling of the push-and-pull devices are mounted on the upper working table;
wherein at least some of the oil cylinders are two-way oil cylinders and are mounted at two ends of the die lifting arms, and fixed to the upper working table, and proximity switches for controlling the rising and falling of the die lifting arms are mounted on the upper working table.

US Pat. No. 10,335,847

BULK TEXTURED MATERIAL SHEETING

GRIPMETAL LIMITED, Dubli...

1. A process for making bulk textured material sheeting, comprising:a) feeding a continuous supply of material sheeting to a texturing apparatus; and
b) repeatedly impacting the sheeting with toothed knives of the texturing apparatus, each knife creating a row of raised and pointed structures on the sheeting to texture the sheeting;
wherein step b) comprises actuating a first one of the knives downward and across the sheeting, and actuating a second one of the knives downward and across the sheeting in an opposing direction;
wherein each pointed structure has a finished height of between 150% to 300% of a thickness of the sheeting; and
wherein in step b), the sheeting is not perforated.

US Pat. No. 10,335,844

FOLDING DEVICE FOR FORMING A CORRUGATION IN A METAL SHEET AND METHOD FOR USING A FOLDING DEVICE

GAZTRANSPORT ET TECHNIGAZ...

16. A method of using a bending device to form a corrugation (2) in a metal sheet (1) intended for the construction of an airtight membrane of a fluid storage tank, the bending device comprising:a lower frame (9);
a lower die having a first and a second die element (14, 15), each having a bearing surface (16) for the metal sheet (1) and a concave half-impression, the first and second die elements (14, 15) each being mounted so as to slide on the lower frame (9) in a direction x, so as to be able to slide between a far position and a near position, the half-impressions of the first and second die elements (14, 15) together defining an impression (13) corresponding to the shape of the corrugation being formed when the first and second die elements (14, 15) are in their near position, said first and second die elements (14, 15) being returned to their far position by a first return unit (27);
an upper punch (11), arranged above the lower die, comprising a lower end provided with a head (12) having a shape complementary to that of the impression (13), said upper punch being able to move vertically with respect to the lower frame (9) between a position of rest and a bending position in which the head (12) of said upper punch (11) is engaged inside the impression (13) of the lower die so as to press on the metal sheet (1); and
a first and a second side clamp (17, 18), extending on either side of the upper punch (11), above the lower die, respectively facing the first and the second die elements (14, 15), said first and second side clamps (17, 18) being mounted able to slide in the direction x between a near position and a far position and being returned to their far position by a second return unit; the first and the second side clamps (17, 18) being able to move vertically with respect to the lower frame (9) between a released position and a clamping position in which the first and the second side clamps (17, 18) are respectively brought near the bearing surface (16) of the first die element (14) and that of the second die element (15) so as to clamp the metal sheet (1) against the bearing surface of the first and the second die elements (14, 15);
said method involving:
the positioning of a metal sheet (1) to bear against the bearing surfaces (16) of the first and second die elements (14, 15);
the movement of the first and second side clamps (17, 18) into their clamping position in which the first and the second side clamps (17, 18) force the metal sheet (1) respectively against the bearing surface of the first die element (14) and the second die element (15);
the movement of the upper punch (11) into its bending position in which the head (12) of the upper punch (11) presses the metal sheet (1) inside the impression (13) of the lower die so as to form a corrugation (2), said movement of the upper punch from its position of rest into its bending position resulting in a bending of the metal sheet such that the metal sheet transmits a traction force in the direction x to the die elements (14, 15) and to the side clamps (17, 18) and thus moves the die elements (14, 15) and the side clamps (17, 18) into their near position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,842

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING DATA ON A WORK PIECE

1. A method for encoding data on a work piece, the method comprising:engraving a concave circular feature on the work piece;
engraving a plurality of ring lands on the work piece within the concave circular feature;
wherein the plurality of ring lands are arranged in a pattern according to a data encoding schema.

US Pat. No. 10,335,837

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus for processing a substrate by ejecting a processing liquid, comprising:an ejection part that ejects a processing liquid toward said substrate;
supply piping having one end connected to a processing-liquid supply part via a first filter and the other end connected to said ejection part, said processing-liquid supply part supplying said processing liquid, and said first filter removing particles; and
an air-bubble capturing part that is inserted at a position between said first filter and said ejection part in said supply piping and captures air bubbles generated in said processing liquid by passing through said first filter,
wherein pressure loss caused by said air-bubble capturing part is approximately equal to or smaller than pressure loss caused by said first filter,
said air-bubble capturing part includes a second filter,
said air-bubble capturing part being configured to capture air bubbles generated until said processing liquid that has passed through said first filter reaches said air-bubble capturing part,
said first filter and said second filter are directly connected to each other through said supply piping,
the pressure loss of said second filter of said air-bubble capturing part is smaller than that of said first filter,
a distance from said air-bubble capturing part to said ejection part in said supply piping is shorter than a distance from a pressure source to said air-bubble capturing part in said supply piping, said pressure source applying pressure to said processing liquid,
said air-bubble capturing part includes a deaerating mechanism that releases air bubbles to the outside, and
between said air-bubble capturing part and said ejection part in said supply piping, no valve is provided for opening or closing said flow path of said supply piping.

US Pat. No. 10,335,828

VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD...

1. A vibration motor, comprising:a shell providing an accommodating space; and
a vibrating system elastically suspended and accommodated in the accommodating space, the vibrating system comprising a magnet assembly and a coil assembly arranged opposite to each other, the magnet assembly driving the coil assembly to vibrate, meanwhile, the coil assembly driving the magnet assembly to vibrate;
wherein the coil assembly comprises a first mass member, a coil unit with a lead wire, and a first circuit board connected to the lead wire; the coil unit and the first circuit board are fixed to the first mass member, the vibration motor further comprises a second circuit board fixed to the shell, and a twist wire unit connected between the first circuit board and the second circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,335,823

APPARATUSES FOR APPLYING GLUTINOUS SUBSTANCES TO SEAMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An applicator for applying a glutinous substance to a seam between a first part and a second part, the applicator comprising:a roller, comprising a first lateral surface, a second lateral surface opposite of the first lateral surface, and a circumferential surface, separating the first lateral surface and the second lateral surface; and
a housing, comprising a delivery port, a scraper, and a shaper;
and wherein:
the roller is coupled to the housing and is rotatable relative to the housing about an axis;
the housing at least partially encloses the circumferential surface of the roller;
the circumferential surface of the roller is fluidly communicatively coupled with the delivery port;
the first lateral surface and the second lateral surface are isolated from the delivery port;
an intersection of the circumferential surface of the roller and any virtual plane, containing the axis, is a non-linear segment;
the scraper is geometrically complementary at least with the non-linear segment of the circumferential surface of the roller; and
the shaper is fluidically communicatively coupled with the scraper.

US Pat. No. 10,335,819

VISUAL PERFORMANCE INFORMATION OF AN EJECTION DEVICE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print cartridge, comprising:a housing;
an ejection device mounted to the housing, the ejection device to dispense a composition;
an array mounted to the housing and comprising a visible marker, the visible marker to store information regarding performance of the ejection device; and
a circuit coupled to the ejection device, the circuit to:
measure performance of the ejection device and create information regarding the measured performance of the ejection device; and
actuate the visible marker to store the information regarding the measured performance of the ejection device in the visible marker, the visual marker having a physical characteristic to be changed in response to the actuation by the circuit, the changed physical characteristic persistently storing, in the visible marker, the information regarding the measured performance and being visually perceptible from outside the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,818

DUAL DISPENSER

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A dual dispenser comprising two pumps that are associated respectively with two different fluid reservoirs, and a dispenser head, the dispenser head including an outlet channel that forms a dispenser orifice, the outlet channel being fed with the fluids coming from both pumps;wherein:
the two pumps include respective actuator rods that are movable axially over strokes of different lengths, namely a first actuator rod having a long stroke, and a second actuator rod having a short stroke; and
the dispenser head includes a pivot member that forms two bearing elements that are constrained to move together, so as to move both actuator rods simultaneously over an axial height that corresponds to the short stroke, with one bearing element then continuing movement so as to terminate the long stroke by pivoting and turning the pivot member about the bearing element that is blocked in position as a result of the second actuator rod already being fully depressed.

US Pat. No. 10,335,817

SYSTEM FOR SPRAYING A DISPENSABLE MATERIAL AND METHODS RELATING THERETO

1. A system for spraying a material, comprising:a nozzle;
a disposable single piece housing having a reservoir therewithin for holding a material, a mixing chamber, and a discharge tube extending from the mixing chamber and providing an outlet;
an actuator; and
an attachment mechanism configured to couple the single piece housing to a container configured to hold a solvent to be mixed with the material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,816

ALL PLASTIC WATER RESISTANT PUMP

1. A hand operated dispensing pump made from all plastic materials, for dispensing fluid from a container, comprising:an actuator, a chaplet, a stem, a piston, a pump body, a check valve, and an elastic polymer spring;
the actuator including a flow passage having an inlet and an outlet;
the stem including a flow passage having an inlet and an outlet;
the pump body formed as a hollow, cylindrical body, having an open upper end, a fluid inlet at a lower end, and an interior volume therebetween;
the check valve formed integrally with the pump body and disposed at the lower end and above the fluid inlet of the pump body;
the stem configured such that the piston is attached to the inlet of the stem;
the piston configured to be slidable downwardly on the stem to close the inlet of the flow passage of the stem and configured to be slidable upwardly on the stem to open the inlet of the flow passage of the stem;
the chaplet configured to be disposed within the open upper end of the pump body;
the stem configured to be disposed via guide means within the chaplet;
the piston configured to slidably engage an interior cylindrical wall of the pump body and seal against the interior wall of the pump body;
the flow passage of the actuator configured to be in fluid communication with the flow passage of the stem, the flow passage of the stem configured to be in fluid communication with the interior volume of the pump body, the interior volume of the pump body configured to be in fluid communication with a product to be dispensed;
the elastic polymer spring configured to drive the actuator to a rest position;
wherein, upon a down-stroke of the actuator, the check valve closes the fluid inlet of the pump body and the piston slides upwardly and sealing on the stem opening the inlet of the flow passage of the stem; and
wherein, upon an up-stroke of the actuator, the check valve opens the fluid inlet of the pump body and the piston slides downwardly on the stem closing the inlet of the flow passage of the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,335,814

FLUID APPLICATION SYSTEM

1. A fluid application system, comprising:a first container;
a second container including:
a reservoir holding a non-pressurized product; and
a valve assembly that includes a product intake conduit and a spring biased valve stem, wherein the valve stem is at least one of an upwardly extending conduit or reciprocating conduit, which is in fluid communication with the product intake conduit, and the valve stem includes an inlet end disposed to receive the non-pressurized product from the second container and an outlet end that provides an outlet from the second container; and
a sprayer housing that receives fluid from the first container, that operatively engages with and disengages from the second container, and that receives the non-pressurized product from the second container when engaged with the second container,
wherein the sprayer housing includes an inlet port to receive the fluid from the first container, an inlet passageway to receive the non-pressurized product from the second container, and a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the inlet port and the inlet passageway, and
wherein the inlet passageway is configured to receive and surround the outlet end of the valve stem as the sprayer housing engages the valve assembly, to receive the non-pressurized product.

US Pat. No. 10,335,813

PUSH-TYPE NOZZLE ASSEMBLY

Derjin (Jiangsu) Plastic ...

1. A push-type nozzle assembly comprising:a cylinder being a tubular cylinder and having a recess and a passage formed in a bottom thereof;
a check valve located in the recess, an entrance formed between the check valve and the recess, the check valve capable of opening and closing the entrance;
a plunger being a hollow plunger and having a first insertion and a second insertion, the second insertion extending through the passage via the check valve, the first insertion located above the check valve;
a piston being a hollow piston and located in the cylinder, the piston including a piston rod and a piston head that is integrally connected to the piston rod, the piston head located corresponding to the first insertion, the piston head being reciprocally movable along an inner periphery of the cylinder, when the piston head moves to the first insertion, the first insertion seals a bottom end of the piston rod;
a spring mounted to the piston rod so as to create a spring force;
a rotating member mounted to an upper portion of the cylinder and adapted to be connected with a bottle;
a locking member being a hollow member and inserted into the cylinder;
an upper push rod having an upper tube and a bottom tube which is larger than the upper tube, the bottom tube extending through the locking member, a top end of the spring located in the bottom tube, a bottom end of the spring located in an inner bottom of the locking member, the upper tube mounted to a top end of the piston rod;
a suction valve extending through the upper tube and located in the top end of the piston rod, a top end of the suction valve located above the upper tube, and
a push head including an inner chamber, an outer chamber and a nozzle which communicates with the inner chamber, the inner chamber including a first locking portion formed therein, a preset distance formed between the first locking portion aid a top end of the inner chamber, the outer chamber having a second locking portion, the upper tube having a third locking portion formed on an outer surface thereof, the first and third locking portions being locked to each other, the locking member having a fourth locking portion formed on an outer surface thereof, the second and fourth locking portions being locked to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,335,809

ROTATING PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR SPRAYING A COATING PRODUCT

SAMES KREMLIN, Meylan (F...

1. A rotating projector for a coating product, comprising:a spraying bowl of the coating product having at least one circular spraying edge,
a turbine for driving the spraying bowl around a rotational axis,
a body that defines the rotational axis and which comprises primary openings arranged on a primary contour surrounding the rotational axis,
wherein
each primary opening is intended for injecting a primary air jet in a primary direction having, with respect to the rotational axis, an axial component and an orthoradial component which are not equal to zero, the primary direction has a radial component which is not equal to zero and which is centrifugal with respect to the rotational axis,
at a location along the rotational axis of the spraying bowl where the primary air jet crosses the at least one circular spraying edge of the spraying bowl, the primary air jet is at a radial distance from the rotational axis that is greater than the radius of the at least one circular spraying edge for expanding a jet width of the coating product being projected,
the body comprises secondary openings arranged on a secondary contour surrounding the rotational axis, each secondary opening being intended for ejecting a secondary air jet in a secondary direction having, with respect to the rotational axis, an axial component and a centripetal radial component which are not equal to zero, such that the secondary jet hits an external surface of the spraying bowl,
the primary and secondary contours of the primary and secondary openings coincide with a circle centered about the rotational axis, and
the primary direction forms, in a plane radial with respect to the rotational axis, a diverging angle between 3° and 12°.

US Pat. No. 10,335,805

NOZZLE ARRANGEMENT AND DISPENSING HEAD

APTAR DORTMUND GMBH, Dor...

1. A nozzle arrangement for atomization of a fluid, wherein the nozzle arrangement has a channel for the fluid,wherein the channel has a first channel portion and a second channel portion that connects to the first channel portion in the direction of flow of the fluid,
wherein the first channel portion converges in the direction of flow of the fluid,
wherein the second channel portion is elongate and/or slot-like in cross section and bordered by two elongate side surfaces and two short leg surfaces,
wherein the leg surfaces are inclined relative to the direction of flow or a longitudinal axis of the channel, and/or wherein the second channel portion is embodied as a trapezoidal prism, with the side surfaces being arranged so as to be at least substantially parallel to one another, and
wherein a longitudinal extension of a flow cross section of the first channel portion that is the smallest and/or that is adjacent to the second channel portion is transverse to the longitudinal extension of a flow cross section of the second channel portion that is the smallest and/or that is adjacent to the first channel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,804

CENTRIFUGE WITH DAMPING ELEMENTS

1. A centrifuge (10), comprising:a rotor (12) for receiving containers with material to be centrifuged;
a drive shaft (14);
said rotor 12 is supported on said drive shaft;
a motor (18) drives said drive shaft (14),
said motor includes a rotational axis Y and a motor housing;
a bearing unit (30) with damping elements (36);
each damping element has a spring axis (36a);
a support element (54) for securing said motor (18) in said centrifuge via said bearing unit (30);
said spring axes (36a) of said damping elements (36) are placed at an acute angle ? to said rotational axis Y of said motor (18);
said bearing unit (30) comprises a plurality of struts (34);
each of said plurality of struts is connected to a respective one of said damping elements (36);
each of said struts (34) being positioned and arranged such that they are concentrically aligned with a respective one of said respective spring axis;
said motor (18) includes mounting feet (20) projecting from said motor housing (24); and,
said mounting feet (20) being mounted around said motor housing (24) uniformly spaced from each other and connecting said motor (18) to said bearing unit (30).

US Pat. No. 10,335,796

SIZING SCREENS FOR COMMINUTING MACHINES

Vermeer Manufacturing Com...

1. A screen for use with a grinder comprising:an arcuate body defining a center axis having a screening region extending along an upstream-to-downstream circumferential dimension from an upstream boundary to a downstream boundary and extending along a cross-dimension from a first side boundary to a second side boundary, the screening region defining a plurality of apertures, the apertures being arranged in tracks that extend parallel to the upstream-to-downstream dimension of the screening region;
each aperture defining a parallelogram having one pair of edges extending parallel to the upstream-to-downstream dimension of the screening region, each aperture also having a second pair of edges that are angled relative to the upstream-to-downstream dimension of the screening region, each aperture defining a downstream corner that is located farther downstream along the upstream-to-downstream dimension than any other portion of the aperture, the downstream corner having a radius.

US Pat. No. 10,335,792

REAGENT BOTTLE CAP, SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HANDLING CLOSURE CAPS AND LIKE

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC ...

1. A system comprising:a bottle with a mouth;
a removable cap, the cap comprising a flexible body extending into the mouth of the bottle and having an inner recess, and a collar extending externally over the mouth of the bottle;
a gripper, the gripper comprising a mounting cone configured to fit within the inner recess of the body of the cap and a rim configured to extend over the collar of the cap, the rim comprising an attaching surface for the cap; and
a vacuum line within the mounting cone,
wherein, when the mounting cone is inserted into the recess of the body of the cap and the rim is extended over the collar, a vacuum is applied to the cap, the vacuum being sufficient to cause the flexible body to move inwards thereby moving the collar toward the attaching surface, facilitating detachment of the cap from the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,791

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SAMPLE ANALYSIS

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. A method for sealing an array of wells having an aqueous fluid disposed therein by disposing a layer of immiscible fluid over the array of wells, the method comprising:actuating movement of a droplet of aqueous fluid towards a droplet of immiscible fluid by using digital microfluidics (DMF) electrodes such that the two droplets contact each other thereby forming a biphasic droplet comprising an aqueous phase formed by the droplet of aqueous fluid and a non-aqueous phase formed by the droplet of immiscible fluid;
actuating movement of the aqueous phase of the biphasic droplet by using DMF electrodes thereby pulling the non-aqueous phase present in the biphasic droplet towards an array of wells;
contacting the array of wells with the aqueous phase of the biphasic droplet by actuating movement of the aqueous phase of the biphasic droplet over the array of wells by using DMF electrodes; and
contacting the array of wells with the non-aqueous phase of the biphasic droplet by actuating movement of the aqueous phase of the biphasic droplet to a position adjacent the array of wells by using DMF electrodes such that the non-aqueous phase is pulled over the array of wells,
wherein contacting the array of wells with the non-aqueous phase of the biphasic droplet covers the array of wells with the immiscible fluid thereby sealing the array of wells.

US Pat. No. 10,335,788

REMOVING BUBBLES IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

Emulate, Inc., Boston, M...

1. A method of reducing bubble volume, comprising:a) providing a microfluidic device comprising a microchannel, said microchannel comprises living cells attached thereto;
b) flowing fluid at a flow rate through said microchannel over said cells;
c) detecting a bubble, said bubble having a volume; and
d) reducing said bubble volume with pressure without stopping said flowing of said fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,335,786

CARTRIDGE FOR PREPARING A SAMPLE FLUID CONTAINING CELLS FOR ANALYSIS

Pixcell Medical Technolog...

1. A cartridge configured for use in a blood analyzer, the cartridge comprising:a substantially rigid frame;
a flow path within the rigid frame;
at least one opening in the substantially rigid frame, the at least one opening defining at least one wall in the substantially rigid frame, the at least one opening being configured to align and stabilize a capillary tube through interaction between the at least one wall and at least one of the capillary tube or a sampler body holding the capillary tube; and
a two-part seal within the flow path, the two-part seal including a first portion configured to establish a seal about the capillary tube after the capillary tube is introduced into the flow path within the rigid frame, the two-part seal also including a second portion separate from the first portion, wherein the second portion is configured to temporarily obstruct flow through at least a portion of the flow path, and wherein the second portion is configured to open in response to a force exerted via the capillary tube after the capillary tube is introduced into the flow path within the rigid frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,784

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIED FLUID SPOT ANALYSIS

DBS System SA, Gland (CH...

1. A fluid sampling device for sampling a biological sample on a dried spot sampling medium, the device comprising:a fluid channel having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet and the outlet arranged at different locations of the device, a dried fluid spot to be formed at the outlet, the fluid channel configured to induce a capillary action on a fluid moving from the inlet to the outlet; and
a cavity arranged at the location of the outlet of the device, the cavity configured to form a space between the outlet and the dried spot sampling medium when the dried spot sampling medium is placed onto the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,335,780

METHOD FOR REGENERATING DENITRIFICATION CATALYST

THE CHUGOKU ELECTRIC POWE...

1. A method for regenerating an NOx removal catalyst, characterized in that the method comprises:mixing an abrasive with a gas in a mixing part connected to an upstream portion of an upstream fixing member, by the mediation of an upstream connecting member, wherein the upstream fixing member is connected to one end of a member to be ground which is formed of an NOx removal catalyst, the upstream fixing member includes an expanded part which has a cross-sectional area larger than that of the NOx removal catalyst and has a screen member having a predetermined sieve opening of #8 to #40 disposed in the expanded part on the NOx removal catalyst side, the upstream connecting member includes a flow path which has a cross-sectional area smaller than that of the expanded part,
transferring the abrasive which has been mixed with the gas from the mixing part, through suction by a dust-collecting part, to the upstream fixing member,
reducing the flow rate of the mixture of the gas and the abrasive in the expanded part, to thereby temporarily retain the mixture in the expanded part,
subsequently, causing the mixture to pass through through-holes of the NOx removal catalyst and a downstream fixing member, to thereby grind the inner walls of the through-holes, and
subsequently, collecting dust by the dust-collecting part via a classification part,
wherein the downstream fixing member is connected to the other end of the NOx removal catalyst, the downstream fixing member including a flow path which has a fixed cross-sectional area over a predetermined length from a fixing end of NOx removal catalyst, and
the classification part and the dust-collecting part are connected to a downstream portion of the downstream fixing member, by the mediation of a downstream connecting member connected to a connecting part which is located on the downstream portion of the downstream fixing member and has a cross-sectional area smaller than the fixed cross-sectional area of the downstream fixing member, the classification part being adapted to separate the abrasive which has passed through through-holes of the NOx removal catalyst from a ground matter generated through grinding by the abrasive, and the dust-collecting part being adapted to absorb the gas in the mixing part via the classification part, and
wherein the member to be ground comprises an NOx removal catalyst and a dummy cell having a separate body which does not belong to the NOx removal catalyst for regenerating and is disposed around the outer surface of the catalyst, and the dummy cell has through-holes where the mixture is to be passed.

US Pat. No. 10,335,775

MAGNETICALLY SEPARABLE IRON-BASED HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSTS FOR DEHYDROGENATION OF ALCOHOLS AND AMINES

1. An iron based nitrogen doped graphene catalyst comprising magnetically separable iron nanoparticles supported on a nitrogen doped graphene catalyst, wherein the iron nanoparticles have a diameter in the range of 10 to 50 nm and iron is present as Iron (III) oxide (Fe2O3), Iron (II/III) oxide (Fe3O4), Iron nitride (Fe3N) and Iron carbide (Fe3C, Fe7C3).

US Pat. No. 10,335,768

SUPER ABSORBENT POLYMER

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A super absorbent polymer comprising:a base layer comprising a first crosslinked polymer; and
a surface-crosslinked layer disposed on the base layer, the surface-crosslinked layer comprising a second crosslinked polymer,
wherein the first crosslinked polymer is prepared from a water-soluble ethylene-based unsaturated monomer having an acidic group, wherein at least a part of the acidic group is neutralized, and
wherein the second crosslinked polymer is prepared by crosslinking the first crosslinked polymer using a surface crosslinking agent,
wherein the super absorbent polymer has:
a centrifuge retention capacity (CRC) for a physiological saline solution (0.9 wt % aqueous sodium chloride solution) for 30 minutes, of 25 g/g or more,
an absorbency under pressure (AUP) for a physiological saline solution (0.9 wt % aqueous sodium chloride solution) under 0.7 psi for 1 hour, of 21 g/g or more,
a saline flow conductivity (SFC) for a physiological saline solution (0.685 wt % aqueous sodium chloride solution), of 30(·10?7cm3·s/g) or more, and
T-20 indicating the time required for absorbing 1 g of the super absorbent polymer to 20 g of 0.9 wt % sodium chloride and 0.01 wt % aqueous solution of alcohol ethoxylate having 12 to 14 carbon atoms, of 190 seconds or less, and
a free swell rate (FSR) of 0.20 g/g/s or more, when 1 g of the super absorbent polymer absorbs 20 g of a 0.9 wt % aqueous sodium chloride solution.

US Pat. No. 10,335,764

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PLASTERBOARDS

SAINT-GOBAIN PLACO, Sure...

1. A process for the manufacture of a plasterboard comprising activated carbon, said process comprising:preparing a main mixed batch comprising a foaming agent and devoid of activated carbon;
preparing a secondary mixed batch comprising powdered activated carbon;
providing a first facing sheet;
pouring the secondary mixed batch over the first facing sheet, said secondary mixed batch forming a first plaster layer;
pouring the main mixed batch over the first plaster layer, said main mixed batch forming a second plaster layer;
providing a second facing sheet on said first and second plaster layers; and
forming the plasterboard;wherein the secondary mixed batch has a greater density than the main mixed batch.

US Pat. No. 10,335,750

MAGNETIC DRIVE FOR BIOREACTOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A system to be utilized as bioreactor mixer, the system comprising:a rotating drive;
a fixed shaft;
an impeller capable of rotating around the fixed shaft;
a first set of magnets in a first array format positioned at a drive end adjacent the rotating drive and a second set of magnets in a second array format positioned at the impeller; and
at least one plate including the first set of magnets positioned thereon such that the first set of magnets are positioned in a concentric geometric configuration and individually shaped with a wider outside dimension that narrows toward a center of the concentric geometric configuration;wherein the second set of magnets are arranged adjacent one another to augment a magnetic field on one side of the second array while cancelling the magnetic field to zero on an opposite side of the second array to achieve a spatially rotating pattern of magnetization.

US Pat. No. 10,335,748

STIRRING DEVICE AND LABORATORY DEVICE WITH SUCH A STIRRING DEVICE

1. A stirring device (1) for stirring a stirring medium (3), the stirring device (1) comprising at least one stirring element (4), driven by a stirring drive (2), movable relative to the stirring drive (2) and to the stirring medium (3), and at least partially immersible in stirring medium (3), so as to be in contact therewith, in a use position, wherein the stirring element (4) includes a stirring element housing (6) which is sealed close or closable in a liquid-tight manner, the stirring drive (2) being arranged in the interior of the stirring element (4).

US Pat. No. 10,335,746

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VARIATION OF FLOW TO ERODE SOLID CHEMISTRY

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method for obtaining a solution from a product chemistry and a fluid, comprising:providing the product chemistry;
introducing the fluid through a plurality of manifold diffuse member ports in a manifold diffuse member positioned adjacent the product chemistry; and
adjusting characteristics of the flow of the fluid through the manifold diffuse member ports in the manifold diffuse member by selectively blocking or unblocking at least some of the manifold diffuse member ports with a cover to obtain and maintain a concentration or amount of the solution, the cover having asymmetrically arranged and radially positioned cover slots to provide various potential configurations, each configuration blocking a different number of manifold diffuse member ports;
wherein the cover is attached to a molded portion having closed ports for blocking the at least some of the manifold diffuse member ports or at least some of the cover slots;
wherein the asymmetrically arranged and radially positioned cover slots are not symmetric about any axis on the surface of the manifold diffuse member; and
wherein the amount of liquid allowed through the ports modifies the turbulence of the liquid, which modifies the erosion rate of the product chemistry.

US Pat. No. 10,335,738

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING TIME-BOMB MALWARE

FireEye, Inc., Milpitas,...

1. A system adapted with one or more processors and a non-transitory storage medium communicatively coupled to the one or more processors that are configured to instantiate a virtual machine that is adapted to receive content and process the received content, the system comprising:analysis logic configured to monitor one or more events representing operations within the virtual machine to delay further processing of the received content and adjust an operating parameter or parameters each associated with a corresponding event of the one or more events, the operating parameter or parameters track any combination of (i) a number of Sleep request messages initiated during processing of the received content by the virtual machine, or (ii) a cumulative Sleep time requested during processing of the received content by the virtual machine, or (iii) a number of calls initiated during processing of the received content by the virtual machine;
comparison logic to compare the operating parameter or parameters to a threshold associated with the corresponding event, wherein the received content is classified as including delay-activated malware upon detecting that a value of the operating parameter or parameters exceed the threshold associated with the corresponding event; and
a reporting module that, in response to classifying the received content as including delay-activated malware, issues an alert message for transmission from the system.

US Pat. No. 10,335,736

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION MATERIAL

CATALER CORPORATION, Kak...

1. An exhaust gas purification material that is disposed in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine, and purifies exhaust gas emitted by the internal combustion engine, the exhaust gas purification material comprising:a particulate filter that traps particulate matter in the exhaust gas and contains an SCR catalyst for adsorbing ammonia and reducing NOx in the exhaust gas,
wherein an upstream portion of the filter including an exhaust gas inlet-side end, and a downstream portion of the filter including an exhaust gas outlet-side end, each contain a zeolite catalyst as the SCR catalyst,
the upstream portion and the downstream portion each comprise a different type of the zeolite catalyst, wherein the zeolite catalyst contained in the upstream portion is ?-zeolite and the zeolite catalyst contained in the downstream portion is SAPO-based zeolite, and
a ratio (B/A) of a maximum allowable adsorption amount of ammonia A in the upstream portion and a maximum allowable adsorption amount of ammonia B in the downstream portion satisfies the relationship 1.1?(B/A)?2.

US Pat. No. 10,335,734

GAS SEPARATION PROCESS

Fujifilm Manufacturing Eu...

1. A process for separating a feed gas comprising CO2 and non-polar gases into a gas mixture enriched in CO2 and a gas mixture depleted in CO2, the process comprising passing the feed gas through a gas separation unit comprising at least two gas-separation modules in order of decreasing selectivity for the CO2, wherein (i) the feed gas entering the gas separation unit comprises 1 to 35 mol % of CO2; (ii) each gas-separation module comprises a gas separation membrane; (iii) the feed gas is passed through a first set of gas-separation modules and then through a second set of gas-separation modules, wherein each of the gas-separation modules in the second set of gas-separation modules has a lower CO2 selectivity than all of the gas-separation modules in the first set of gas-separation modules; and (iv) all of the gas-separation modules in the second set of gas-separation modules comprise gas separation membranes having an ?CO2/CH4 selectivity of 5 to 25 and all of the gas-separation modules in the first set of gas-separation modules comprise gas separation membranes having an ?CO2/CH4 selectivity of 20 to 50.

US Pat. No. 10,335,733

GAS SEPARATION PROCESS

Fujifilm Manufacturing Eu...

1. A process for separating a feed gas comprising polar and non-polar gases into a gas mixture enriched in polar gas(es) and a gas mixture depleted in polar gas(es), the process comprising passing the feed gas through a gas separation unit comprising at least two gas-separation modules in order of increasing selectivity for the polar gas(es), wherein (i) the feed gas entering the gas separation unit comprises more than 35 mol % and up to 90 mol % of polar gas(es); and (ii) each gas-separation module comprises a gas separation membrane; (iii) the feed gas is passed through a first set of gas-separation modules and then through a second set of gas-separation modules, wherein each of the gas-separation modules in the second set of gas-separation modules has a higher polar gas selectivity than all of the gas-separation modules in the first set of gas-separation modules; and (iv) all of the gas-separation modules in the first set of gas-separation modules comprise gas separation membranes having ?CO2/CH4 selectivity of 5 to 25 and all of the gas-separation modules in the second set of gas-separation modules comprise gas separation membranes having ?CO2/CH4 selectivity of 20 to 50.

US Pat. No. 10,335,729

STRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR AIR FILTER

AMERICAN AIR FILTER COMPA...

1. A filter apparatus comprising:a filter media having a plurality of pleats, said plurality of pleats having a plurality of pleat tips each defined by a pair of sloping side surfaces along a front face and a rear face of said filter media;
an outer peripheral frame receiving said filter media;
one or more elongated first support strips on said front face of said filter media and transversely orientated to said plurality of pleats;
one or more elongated second support strips on said rear face of said filter media and transversely orientated to said plurality of pleats, at least one of said second support strips includes an elongated center flap and opposing first and second folding lateral flaps, wherein said first folding lateral flap extends from said center flap along a first folding edge and said second folding lateral flap extends from said center flap along a second folding edge, wherein at least a portion of each one of said first folding lateral flap, said second folding lateral flap, and said center flap is substantially planar when in an overlapping engagement with each other; and
at least one of said first support strips on said front face at least partially overlaps at least one of said second support strips on said rear face.

US Pat. No. 10,335,727

HONEYCOMB FILTER

IBIDEN CO., LTD., Ogaki-...

1. A honeycomb filter comprising:a honeycomb fired body including porous cell partition walls defining a plurality of cells that serve as channels of exhaust gas, exhaust gas introduction cells each having an open end at an exhaust gas inlet side and a plugged end at an exhaust gas outlet side, exhaust gas emission cells each having an open end at the exhaust gas outlet side and a plugged end at the exhaust gas inlet side, and an outer wall on a periphery thereof, wherein
a cross-sectional shape of each exhaust gas introduction cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof is entirely uniform from an end at the exhaust gas inlet side to an end at the exhaust gas outlet side excluding a plugged portion,
a cross-sectional shape of each exhaust gas emission cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof is entirely uniform from an end at the exhaust gas inlet side to an end at the exhaust gas outlet side excluding a plugged portion,
the exhaust gas emission cells, except for cells adjacent to the outer wall, are each adjacently surrounded fully by the exhaust gas introduction cells across the porous cell partition walls,
cells adjacent to the outer wall include the exhaust gas introduction cells and the exhaust gas emission cells,
a substantial ratio of number of the exhaust gas introduction cells to number of the exhaust gas emission cells (exhaust gas introduction cells:exhaust gas emission cells) is 4:1,
all the exhaust gas introduction cells, except for cells adjacent to the outer wall, have same cross-sectional area in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof, a cross-sectional area of each exhaust gas introduction cell being smaller than that of each exhaust gas emission cell in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof,
the outer wall has corners, and each of the exhaust gas introduction cells adjacent to the outer wall and each of the exhaust gas emission cells adjacent to the outer wall have a side in contact with the outer wall in a cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cells, the side being straight and parallel to a side defining an outer periphery of the outer wall, the thickness of the outer wall excluding the corners is uniform, and
the area of each exhaust gas introduction cell adjacent to the outer wall is 130 to 200% of the area of each exhaust gas introduction cell other than the exhaust gas introduction cells adjacent to the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,726

GAS PURIFICATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A gas purification device that is detachably mounted over a discharge port of an image forming apparatus body, the discharge port discharges gas from the inside of the image forming apparatus body, the gas purification device comprising:a removing member that removes powder contained in the gas and has a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being disposed to face the discharge port, wherein the gas discharged from the discharge port enters the first surface and is discharged from the second surface;
a casing that has an inner surface, the inner surface being disposed to face the second surface with a gap therebetween, wherein the gas discharged from the second surface passes through the gap and strikes the inner surface; and
an outflow port that flows out the gas from the gas purification device and is disposed at a different position from the inner surface,
wherein the length of the casing in a discharging direction in which the gas is discharged from the discharge port is shorter than in an intersecting direction against the discharging direction in which the removing member and the outflow port are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,335,723

FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter device, comprising:a filter housing having an element seat therein with a pipe socket;
a filter element exchangeably disposed in said filter housing and having filter material and an end cap on one end of said filter material, said end cap having a cap rim surrounding said filter material; and
a connection adapter on said end cap attaching said filter element in an operating position to said element seat in said filter housing, forming a fluid impermeable connection between said filter element and said filter housing and enabling a rotationally and positionally fixed mounting of said filter element and a formation of the fluid-impermeable connection with element seats of different designs in said filter housing, said connection adapter having an outer ring body with a pattern of ring design irregularities deviating from a circular cylinder on an outside surface of said outer ring body, said ring design irregularities on said outer ring body being matched to and engageable with a complementary pattern of seat design irregularities deviating from a circular cylinder on an inside surface of said pipe socket of said element seat of one of the different designs of said element seats in said filter housing, alignment of said ring and seat design irregularities placing said filter element in the operating position in said filter housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,721

FILTER ELEMENT FOR A FILTER DEVICE

1. A filter, comprising:a filter element received in a filter housing and having an axially extending receiving part on said filter element;
said axially extending receiving part having first and second guiding tracks extending on respective axially extending inner and outer surfaces of said receiving part;
the inner surface comprising a cylindrical surface having an annular groove for receiving a sealing ring; and the outer surface including a threaded surface;
wherein said filter element is capable of being received in the filter housing in either a first or second mode of construction by engaging with a housing socket; whereby in the first mode of construction the axially extending receiving part forms a sealing connection between an outer surface of the housing socket and the inner surface of the receiving part; and whereby in the second mode of construction the axially extending receiving part forms a sealing connection between an inner surface of the housing socket and the outer surface of the receiving part.

US Pat. No. 10,335,717

CARAFE FILTER WITH AIR LOCK PREVENTION FEATURE

KX Technologies LLC, Wes...

1. A filter housing for gravity-fed applications including:a top cap having at least a first aperture for fluid ingress;
a filter media having a hollow center;
a filter media top end cap having apertures for allowing fluid ingress to said filter media;
a filter media housing body attached to said filter media top end cap;
a bottom end cap attached to said housing body;
at least a second aperture through a side of said housing body, said bottom cap, or both, for fluid egress;
a surface tension disrupter extending from said top cap to at least within a top portion of said filter media hollow center, such that said surface tension disrupter within said top portion of said filter media hollow center, pierces a resulting air pocket formed by fluid flow through said filter media.

US Pat. No. 10,335,716

FILTER ELEMENT AND FILTER UNIT

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A unit comprising a plurality of filter elements consecutively arranged along a longitudinal axis, each of the plurality of filter elements comprising: a carrier element, which is permeable to fluid, including a support surface having a surface area increasing contour; and a filter medium, deposited onto the support surface of the carrier element, forming a filter layer adapted to the surface area increasing contour, wherein the carrier element includes a first and second outer surface portions, the outer surface portions facing away from each other on a non-filtrate side of the filter element and constituting the support surface such that both outer surface facing portions include the surface area increasing contour, wherein any adjacent pair of filter elements face each other with one of their outer surface portions, wherein the surface area increasing contour of each of the carrier elements includes convex and concave surface portions, and wherein the convex and concave surface portions of any adjacent pair of filter elements mesh with each other such that the convex surface portions are arranged partially within the concave surface portions in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,335,712

METHOD USING PRESSURE GRADIENT PROFILING IN AN EXTRACTION COLUMN

1. A method of extracting a compound from a raw material using an extraction column comprising:directing a flow of pressurized solvent into a base of the extraction column;
utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent to create a pressure gradient applied to the raw materials packed within the extraction column;
compressing the raw materials via hydraulic compression from the pressurized solvent; and
obtaining an extracted effluent from the compressed raw materials that flows out of the extraction column;
wherein the extraction column is sealed off by a removable pressure cap, the removable pressure cap configured to cover the extraction column when utilizing the flow of pressurized solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,335,709

APPARATUS FOR DEWATERING FLUIDS

1. An apparatus for dewatering fluids, comprising:a dewatering chamber through which a fluid can flow for at least partial dewatering therein and having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet;
a fluid reservoir;
a supply line connected in fluid communication with said fluid inlet of said dewatering chamber and said fluid reservoir to supply the fluid to be dewatered to said dewatering chamber, said supply line including a shared line;
a discharge line connected in fluid communication with said fluid outlet of said dewatering chamber and said fluid reservoir for at least partially dewatered fluid, said discharge line also including said shared line, said shared line being selectively connected in fluid communication to said supply line and said discharge line;
a fluid pump in said shared line;
a control valve selectively connecting said shared line to said fluid reservoir in a first setting thereof or to said dewatering chamber in a second setting thereof;
a flow divider at an end of said shared line opposite said control valve, said flow divider having constantly open first and second conduits dividing fluid flow from said fluid pump into a first substream conveyed to said fluid inlet and a second substream conveyed to said fluid reservoir, said flow divider dividing the fluid flow from said fluid pump into the first and second substreams at a fixed and defined ratio of substreams independently of a degree of contamination of the fluid flow in every active operating state of the apparatus;
a fluid heater in said supply line in fluid communication with and between said flow divider and said dewatering chamber; and
a fluid filter in said discharge line in fluid communication with and downstream of said fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,335,698

TUMBLING TOY SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED METHOD OF OPERATION

KMA Concepts Limited, No...

1. A tumbling toy system, comprising:a guide track having two sides and a bottom that extend between two opposite ends, wherein said two sides are a first distance apart at a first elevation above said bottom;
a tumble pin resting in said guide track that is free to tumble within said guide track, said tumble pin having a first length between a first end and an opposite second end, and a midplane between said first end and said second end, wherein said first end and said second end of said tumble pin cyclically contact said bottom of said guide track as said tumble pin tumbles within said guide track;
wherein said tumble pin tapers from a maximum diameter at said midplane to a minimum diameter at both said first end and said second end, and wherein said maximum diameter is larger than said first distance between said two sides, therein causing said tumble pin to cyclically contact said two sides and become temporarily suspended between said two sides as said tumble pin tumbles within said guide track.

US Pat. No. 10,335,696

DRIFT RACER

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A ride assembly, comprising:a passenger vehicle comprising front wheels, rear wheels, a motor, and a steering wheel;
wherein the front and rear wheels are disposed on a surface;
wherein the motor is configured to provide power to the front wheels to propel the passenger vehicle; and
wherein the steering wheel is configured to adjust a position of the rear wheels and enable the passenger vehicle to drift;
a track forming a trough in the surface; and
a bogie hingedly coupled to the passenger vehicle to enable the passenger vehicle to drift, wherein the bogie is disposed in the trough, and wherein the bogie is configured to direct movement of the passenger vehicle along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,335,695

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCORPORATING PNEUMATIC ROBOTIC SYSTEMS INTO STRUCTURES

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A system, comprising:a virtual reality system configured to present one or more virtual objects via an electronic display;
one or more inflatable objects that correspond to the one or more virtual objects, wherein one or more shapes of the one or more inflatable objects matches one or more shapes of the one or more virtual objects; and
a processor configured to cause at least one of the one or more inflatable objects to inflate based on feedback from the virtual reality system.

US Pat. No. 10,335,691

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AUDIO AND VIDEO CHANNELS FOR VIDEO GAME PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system for managing chat sessions for a video game, comprising: a video game execution engine on a computing device configured to:execute the video game, in response to selection of the video game for game play received from a player;
responsively generate audio and video data of the video game based on input provided by the player;
receive a request from a first spectator to join in game play of the video game, the first spectator responsively added as a new player of the video game, wherein control of the game play of the video game is transferred from the player to the new player;
update the audio and video data of the video game to include input from the new player;
transmit the audio and video data updated with input from the new player for the video game to client devices of the player, the new player and client devices of spectators that request to view the game play of the video game; and
a chat subsystem configured to establish chat sessions for the video game, wherein the chat subsystem establishes a plurality of chat channels in response to the selection of the video game for game play by the player including,
a player channel over which the new player participates in chat with the player using a peer-to-peer communication, wherein the player channel is associated with the new player and the client device of the new player through a new player node;
a spectator channel over which the spectators and the new player participate in chat using peer-to-peer communication, the spectator channel is associated with specific ones of the spectators and the client devices of the specific ones of the spectators through a corresponding spectator node, and the new player is associated with the spectator channel through the new player node of the new player,
wherein the plurality of chat channels including the player channel and the spectator channel are managed concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,335,689

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, GAME CONTROL METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer readable recording medium having stored thereon instructions to be executed on a computer, the instructions causing the computer to perform steps of:deploying a plurality of units on a field displayed on a display, the plurality of units being movable in the field;
varying an attack strength of a first unit among the plurality of units so that the attack strength of the first unit, in response to the first unit and a second unit among the plurality of units satisfying a first positional relationship by a movement of at least one of the first unit and the second unit, is decreased to be lower than the attack strength of the first unit when the first unit and the second unit do not satisfy the first positional relationship, wherein the attack strength is an attack strength for attacking a stronghold on the field and attacking a third unit, the first unit and the third unit not belonging to an identical group; and
attacking the stronghold by the first unit and the second unit, wherein
the first positional relationship is satisfied by the movement causing the second unit to be located within a first range of the first unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,688

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL FEATURES FOR HOSTED SESSIONS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method for managing a game application having administrative controls provided to a first user, wherein the first user has administrative controls over a plurality of users, the method comprising:receiving, from a second user, an access request comprising credentials for overriding the administrative controls;
verifying the credentials for overriding the administrative controls;
in response to verifying the credentials for overriding the administrative controls, granting permissions to the second user to override the administrative controls of the first user while the first user maintains administrative control over the plurality of users, wherein overriding the administrative controls allows the second user to reject parameter changes issued by the first user;
communicating game data defining activity of a game session to a companion application that is associated with the second user;
receiving commands for modifying attributes of the game data from the companion application; and
modifying the attributes of the game data in response to receiving the commands.

US Pat. No. 10,335,686

PROGRAM, CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium upon which a computer program product is embodied, comprising code executable by a computer arranged to operate a computer game, the computer having at least a processor and a storage unit, to cause the computer to carry out the following steps:a storing step, comprising storing, in the storage unit, a first parameter associated with a first game content arranged in virtual space, and a second parameter associated with a second game content arranged in the virtual space, the first parameter corresponding to a degree of adjustment attribute of the first game content, the second parameter corresponding to a mutable attribute of the second game content;
a starting step, comprising, with the processor, starting a match between the first game content and the second game content;
a first changing step, comprising, with the processor, automatically changing a third parameter, the third parameter corresponding to a positional relationship between the first game content and the second game content in the virtual space to be closer to a first target value at a certain time change rate;
an increasing step, comprising, with the processor, increasing a fourth parameter when a first task is achieved, the fourth parameter comprising a counter of a number of consecutive achievements of the first task;
a second changing step, comprising, with the processor, changing the second parameter associated with the second game content, by an amount determined based on the values of the third parameter, the first parameter, and the fourth parameter; and
a determining step, comprising determining, with the processor, that a user wins the match when the second parameter becomes a second target value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,685

STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN GAME PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND GAME PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein a game program executed by a computer included in an information processing apparatus for performing game processing in which a first group including a first object and a second object operated by a user competes with a second group including a third object and a fourth object, the game program causing the computer to execute:arranging, in a virtual three-dimensional space, the first object, the second object, the third object, the fourth object, a first connection object connecting the first object and the second object, and a second connection object connecting the third object and the fourth object;
controlling actions of the first object and the second object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the first object and the second object based on the first connection object, and controlling actions of the third object and the fourth object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the third object and the fourth object based on the second connection object;
controlling a virtual camera arranged in the virtual three-dimensional space such that at least one of the third object and the fourth object is included in a field-of-view range of the virtual camera;
generating a virtual space image acquired based on the virtual camera; and
causing a display to display the virtual space image.

US Pat. No. 10,335,683

COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND COMPUTER

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A server connected to a first terminal used by a first player and a second terminal used by a second player different from the first player, the server comprising:circuitry configured to:
receive first information from the first terminal, the first information identifying the second player;
receive second information from the second terminal, the second terminal executing a game, the second information being associated with the second player and the second information indicating types and positions of at least one of a set of game contents arranged within at least a part of a game space associated with the second player; and
transmit third information to the first terminal based on the received first information, the third information being associated with the second player, the third information being related to the second information, and the third information being used for reproducing the types and the positions of the at least one of the set of game contents arranged within the at least a part of the game space in the first terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,682

COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND COMPUTER

GREE, INC., Minato-ku (J...

1. A method performed by a user terminal used by a first player, the method comprising:transmitting first information to a server from the user terminal, the first information identifying a second player which is different from the first player and being designated by the first player, the server receiving second information from another user terminal executing a game, the second information being associated with the second player and the second information indicating types and positions of at least one of a set of game contents arranged within at least a part of a game space; and
receiving, at the user terminal, third information from the server based on the first information, the third information being associated with the second player, the third information being related to the second information, and the third information being used for reproducing the types and the positions of the at least one of the set of game contents arranged within the at least a part of the game space in the user terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,681

CONTROLLING A USER INTERFACE OF A COMPUTER DEVICE

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer implemented method of controlling a user interface of a computer device responsive to user engagement with displayed player objects on the user interface, the method comprising the following steps implemented by computer executable code executed by one or more hardware processors on the computer device;displaying on the user interface a game area having a plurality of game objects in a static player graph;
providing on the user interface a player object configured for targeting and shooting of said game objects in response to user input, the player object configured to respond to user input to selectively perform one of (i) travel along a player selected trajectory to target one of the plurality of game objects in the static player graph, and (ii) be selected to contribute directly to an objective and be deselected from targeting the game objects in the static player graph; and
detecting fulfilment of the objective to trigger a boost action.

US Pat. No. 10,335,680

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE GAME

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for providing an interactive media guidance game, the method comprising:retrieving, from a first content provider, a first viewing history identifying a first plurality of media assets requested by a user from the first content provider;
retrieving, from a second content provider, a second viewing history identifying a second plurality of media assets requested by the user from the second content provider;
generating for display within an electronic media guidance application a plurality of tiles arranged in a grid, wherein each tile in a first column of the grid is associated with a respective media asset of the first plurality of media assets, and wherein each tile in a second column of the grid is associated with a respective media asset of the second plurality of media assets;
receiving a user input to modify the displayed plurality of tiles;
in response to receiving the user input:
selecting, using a selection algorithm, a first media asset from the first plurality of media assets and a second media asset from the second plurality of media assets;
generating for display a first tile associated with the first media asset in the first column of the grid and a second tile associated with the second media asset in the second column of the grid;
retrieving first metadata associated with the first media asset and second metadata associated with the second media asset;
retrieving a first plurality of fields from the first metadata and a second plurality of fields from the second metadata;
comparing, for each field in the first plurality of fields, a field type with a field type of each field in the second plurality fields;
determining, based on the comparing, for each field in the first plurality of fields a corresponding field in the second plurality of fields;
comparing data in each of the first plurality of fields with data in the corresponding field in the second plurality of fields;
determining, based on comparing the data in each of the first plurality of fields with the data in the corresponding field in the second plurality of fields, whether one or more fields in the second plurality of fields match a corresponding field in the first plurality of fields;
determining based on an amount of fields in the second plurality of fields that match a corresponding field in the first plurality of fields, whether the first media asset matches the second media asset;
in response to determining that the first media asset matches the second media asset, generating for display an indication that the first media asset matches the second media asset; and
in response to determining that the first media asset does not match the second media asset, generating for display an indication that the first media asset does not match the second media asset.

US Pat. No. 10,335,679

VIDEO PROCESSING DEVICE, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A video processing device comprising:a log acquisition section adapted to acquire a log of events that took place in a game,
wherein a moving image of the game is continuously recorded using a ring buffer having a predetermined storage capacity, and
wherein the events are selected from a list of predefined events for the game;
a video acquisition section adapted to acquire from the ring buffer, a video showing playing details of the game; and
an identification section adapted to identify a portion, in the video, showing the game playing details at times of occurrence of the events in the log; and
a memory to store the video in association with the events in the log.

US Pat. No. 10,335,675

GAME CONTROLLER

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A game controller comprising:a holding portion configured to be held by a user;
a first button placed on an upper surface of a main body of the game controller and configured to allow the user to operate the first button with a finger of the user while holding the holding portion, the first button having a lower portion and an upper portion that is configured to be contacted by the user's finger, and
a second button placed on the upper surface of the main body and configured to allow the user to operate the second button with the same finger of the user that operates the first button, the second button being located closer to a front surface of the main body than the first button, wherein
the upper portion of the first button includes a protruding portion that protrudes outward from the lower portion in a direction from the front surface to a back surface of the game controller and in a direction from a center of the game controller to a side surface of the game controller, the protruding portion warps upward in the direction from the front surface to the back surface, and an end portion of the first button in the direction of the side surface has a sloped portion, the sloped portion including a portion sloping at a first sloping angle and a portion sloping at a second sloping angle greater than the first sloping angle, the portion sloping at the first sloping angle and the portion sloping at the second sloping angle are within an outer perimeter of the upper portion when the first button is viewed towards the upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,673

ELECTRONIC GAMING DIE

BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNI...

1. An electronic gaming die comprising:an enclosure having N sides where N is equal to or greater than 4;
a flexible substrate that folds into N sides and fits into an interior of the enclosure, wherein each side has an inner face, an outer face and is assigned an integer from 1 to N;
a number of light emitting diodes disposed on the outer face of each side of the flexible substrate, wherein the number of light emitting diodes equals the integer assigned to the side of the flexible substrate;
a sensor disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate;
a processor disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate and communicably coupled to the sensor and the one or more light emitting diodes; and
a battery disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate and electrically connected to the one or more light emitting diodes, the sensor and the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,672

GAME KIT AND ASSEMBLY

1. A game kit, comprising:a generally rectangular box portion defining a recess, wherein the box portion further comprises a case portion and a cover portion hingedly connected thereto;
a generally flat support member hingedly connected to the case portion;
a lockable armature assembly operationally connected to the generally flat support member and to the case portion;
a first pipe operationally connected to the cover portion;
a pair of ancillary pipes connected to the cover portion, wherein each respective ancillary pipe is positioned opposite the first pipe from the other respective ancillary pipe and wherein each ancillary pipe is equidistant from the first pipe; and
a plurality of bean bags;
wherein the cover portion is pivotably connected to the case portion and pivotable between a closed position parallel to and engaging the case portion and an open position parallel to and extending away from the case portion;
wherein with the case portion placed on a generally flat surface, pivoting the first cover portion away from the case portion and into a generally vertical orientation and pivoting the support member away from the case portion and locking the armature assembly deploys the first and ancillary pipes in a generally vertical orientation for receiving tossed bags.

US Pat. No. 10,335,671

CHILD PROTECTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING ACCESSORY

1. A child protective entertainment and dining accessory, comprising:a base tray selectively attachable to and detachable from a dining table and configured to support at least one of food and drink for a child;
a food compartment disposed on a portion of the base tray, such that the food compartment is recessed from a top surface of the base tray;
a child cup holder disposed on a portion of the base tray to store a cup therein;
a rail onto which to secure one or more toys such that the rail is supported by the base tray, the rail disposed above the food compartment, the rail comprising:
a lateral portion in parallel with the base tray to support the one or more toys, such that the lateral portion has a length substantially the same as a length of the food compartment, such that the lateral portion prevents the one or more toys from contact with the food compartment,
a first vertical portion perpendicularly disposed on a first end of the lateral portion to elevate at least a portion of the lateral portion above the base tray, such that the first vertical portion is removably connected to at least a portion of the top surface of the base tray, such that a height of the first vertical portion is at least less than half of a length of the lateral portion, such that the first vertical portion is disposed near at least a portion of a first edge of the food compartment between the food compartment and the child cup holder, and
a second vertical portion perpendicularly disposed on a second end of the lateral portion to elevate at least a portion of the lateral portion above the base tray, such that the second vertical portion is removably connected to at least a portion of the top surface of the base tray, such that a height of the second vertical portion is equivalent to the height of the first vertical portion, such that the second vertical portion is disposed at a greater distance from a second edge of the food compartment with respect to the first vertical portion; and
a flexible edge extension removably connected to at least a portion of an edge portion of the base tray to extend along and from an edge portion of a peripheral edge of the base tray.

US Pat. No. 10,335,668

ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a carrier for supporting a user;
a free-wheel unit disposed at one end of the carrier;
a foot-wheel unit disposed at the other end of the carrier;
a driving unit disposed at one of the free-wheel unit and the foot-wheel unit, and for providing a power to the electric vehicle;
a first angle-detecting unit disposed at one of the free-wheel unit and the carrier, the first angle-detecting unit for detecting a swinging status between the free-wheel unit and the carrier so as to provide a swinging signal;
a micro processing unit signally connected to the driving unit and the first angle-detecting unit; and
a voice prompting unit disposed at the carrier and electrically connected to the micro processing unit;
wherein when the swinging signal achieves a predetermined condition which is determined by the micro processing unit, the driving unit is turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,335,666

INLINE SKATE HAVING ADJUSTABLE SHOCK ABSORBER

Dongguan Hongmei Sports E...

1. An inline skate, comprising:a skate boot;
a front wheel mount secured to a front portion of a bottom of the skate boot;
a front wheel rotatably secured to the front wheel mount;
a rear wheel mount secured to a rear portion of the bottom of the skate boot;
a rear wheel rotatably secured to the rear wheel mount;
a shock absorber disposed between the front wheel mount and the rear wheel mount;
a protective member disposed on the shock absorber; and
a brake block attached to a rear end of the skate boot with both the rear wheel mount and the rear wheel disposed below;
wherein the shock absorber comprises two sets of a positioning member secured to the bottom of the skate boot; a threaded adjustment member disposed through either the rear wheel mount or the front wheel mount; a biasing member; a first bifurcation element disposed through the biasing member, the first bifurcation element having one end secured to an end of the threaded adjustment member and the other two ends secured to the other end of the biasing member; and a second bifurcation element disposed through the biasing member, the second bifurcation element having one end secured to the positioning member and the other two ends secured to one end of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,665

SPLITBOARD LATCHING DEVICE

1. A device for latching a first splitboard ski and a second splitboard ski, a first fastener assembly secured to the first splitboard ski and a second fastener assembly secured to the second splitboard ski, and a lengthwise common edge between the first splitboard ski and the second splitboard ski, comprising:a latching device including an aperture, a first side, and a slot;
the aperture is centered about a rotational axis of the latching device and is rotationally coupled to the first splitboard ski;
the first side is distanced away from the aperture;
the first side includes a first side portion bridging over an opening of the slot;
the slot is distanced away from the aperture and extends through the first side below the first side portion;
the slot includes an outside edge with two or more detents; and
the two or more detents each successively engage the second fastener assembly progressively closer to the rotational axis and away from the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,664

GOLF UTILITY DEVICE WITH BALL ALIGNMENT TOOL, DIVOT REPAIR TOOL AND RANGEFINDER

1. A golf utility apparatus comprising first and second rotational members configured to rotate at a fixed distance from each other,wherein:a. the first rotational member comprises a ball alignment tool for assisting a golfer to align a putt;b. the second rotational member has at least one golf tool removably coupled therewith, wherein said at least one golf tool is selected from among a group of golf tools consisting of a divot repair tool, a range finder, a spike wrench, a ball marker, a golf tee, a fidget/focus device, and combinations thereof; andc. a third rotational member with at least one golf tool removably coupled therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,335,662

EXERCISE BALANCE AND FLEXIBILITY METHOD

1. A method for an exerciser to perform different balancing squat exercise, comprising the following steps:a. selecting a swing elevation and balance kit that includes a main clip designed to attach to the front edge of a brim on a visor or hat at a location aligned with the exerciser's front midline axis, a length adjustable string attached at one end to said main clip, and a weight attached at an end of said string opposite said end attached to said main clip;
b. attaching said main clip to said brim so that the string is aligned with said exerciser's front midline axis;
c. selecting a balancing squat exercise to perform from a standing position that requires the exerciser to keep said weight aligned with said midline axis all times;
d. adjusting the length of the string so that said weight is elevated above ground and supported by said brim on the visor or hat when standing and remains elevated above the ground and when performing said balancing squat exercise;
e. performing said balancing squat exercise and simultaneously keeping said weight aligned over said midline axis at all times; and
f. repeating step (e) repeatedly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,660

BALL RETURN DEVICE

1. A device for returning a thrown ball, comprising:a rim that is shaped and dimensioned to receive a ball;
an elastic reflector having a first open end and an opposite second end, wherein said first end is connected to said rim and defines an opening; wherein said elastic reflector is downwardly tapered from said first end to form a vertex at said second end; and wherein said reflector has an axis passing through the vertex of the reflector and the centroid of the opening of the reflector; and
a frame; and wherein
said rim and said vertex are connected to said frame;
a tension cord that connects the vertex of the reflector to the frame;
wherein the tension cord is connected at a first point on the tension cord to the vertex of the reflector and connected at a second point on the tension cord to the frame; and
wherein the reflector and the tension cord are under tension;
a tension cord fastener configured to connect the tension cord at a desired point along the tension cord to at least one of the frame and the vertex of the reflector;
wherein the tension cord is configured such that changing the point along the tension cord at which the tension cord is connected to at least one of the frame and the vertex of the reflector varies the degree of tension in the tension cord and varies the distance between the first end of the reflector and the second end of the reflector; and
wherein the tension cord fastener comprises a collar slidably mounted on the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,659

GOLF CLUB HEAD, METHOD FOR MEASURING PERFORMANCE OF THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a top portion;
a sole portion opposite the top portion; and
a striking face configured to impact a golf ball, the striking face comprising a face center and a variable thickness distribution such that the club head exhibits an Expected COR value of not less than 0.810, the Expected COR value being determined based on the following relationship:

wherein:
(a) a virtual rectangular evaluation region is superimposed onto the striking face, the virtual rectangular evaluation region comprising a first pair of horizontal sides having a length of 45 mm, a second pair of vertical sides having a length of 25 mm, and a geometric center that coincides with the face center;
(b) the virtual rectangular evaluation region is divided into 5 rows (m) having an equal height of 5 mm and is divided into 9 columns (n) having an equal width of 5 mm, thereby forming a matrix of bins having coordinates i and j;
(c) cij corresponds to an average COR value associated with bin i, j;
(d) pij corresponds to a bin-specific impact probability value in accordance with the following:
and(e) the golf club head exhibits a characteristic time no greater than 257 microseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,335,658

BASEBALL BAT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A control apparatus for securing to a handle, the control apparatus comprising:a sleeve body that extends along an axis from a first end to a second end and is configured to removably attach to the handle, the sleeve body having:
an inner cavity for receiving the handle;
at least one protrusion extending away from the sleeve body from a proximal end at the sleeve body to a distal end that defines a distal tip;
wherein the distal tip extends past the first end and is at least level with the second end of the sleeve body along the axis;
wherein the sleeve body is elastic, thereby allowing flexibility for securing the sleeve body to the handle;
wherein the sleeve body alters a grip associated with the handle via the at least one protrusion; and
wherein the at least one protrusion provide leverage associated with the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,657

GOLF CLUB

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club comprising:a head;
a shaft; and
a grip, wherein
a forward club flex is greater than or equal to 140 mm,
a grip weight Wg is less than or equal to 30 g, and
when a weight of the head is denoted by Wh, and a weight of the club is denoted by Wc, Wh/Wc is greater than or equal to 0.72.

US Pat. No. 10,335,656

GOLF BAG WITH CLUB SPACING FEATURES

1. A golf bag configured to eliminate contact between golf club heads, comprising:a body including an elongated octagonal shape in a top view, a flat top surface in parallel with a flat bottom surface, and four pairs of opposing flat sides, each pair of opposing flat sides being in parallel to define an interior octagonal space;
a plurality of club openings formed through the top surface and spaced apart from each other by a distance greater than a length of a golf club head such that when golf club shafts are inserted into a respective one of the club openings the golf club heads of the shafts are disposed outside the golf bag and cannot contact a shaft of an adjacent golf club while the shafts rotate within the respective club opening; and
a plurality of bases disposed one above another and extending horizontally from one side of the interior of the bag to the other and from a front side to a rear side, each of the bases having a predetermined number and sequence of holes disposed therethrough such that adjacent golf clubs extending through aligned base holes and respective club openings are maintained at different heights such that adjacent golf club heads cannot contact each other during rotation within the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,335,655

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a golf club head body including a ball striking face, a top, a bottom, a heel edge, and a toe edge, wherein the ball striking face is constructed at least in part from a first material having a first hardness, and wherein the ball striking face further includes: (a) a first elongated channel extending from a top-to-bottom center line of the ball striking face toward the heel edge and from the top-to-bottom center line toward the toe edge (b) a second elongated channel separated from the first elongated channel at the ball striking face by a first portion of the first material, wherein the second elongated channel extends from the top-to-bottom center line of the ball striking face toward the heel edge and from the top-to-bottom center line toward the toe edge and (c) a first groove defining a first recess in the first portion of the first material between the first elongated channel and the second elongated channel, and wherein, at the top-to-bottom center line, a first edge of the first groove constitutes the first material and a second edge of the first groove opposite the first edge of the first groove constitutes a first fill material, wherein the first groove is adjacent the second channel and the second channel extends deeper into the club head, measured in a direction perpendicular to the ball striking face, than the first groove;
a first fill material partially filling the first elongated channel, wherein the first fill material has a different hardness than the first material of the ball striking face, wherein a first portion of the first fill material extends flush to the ball striking face and a second portion of the first fill material defines a second groove, and wherein a first edge of the second groove constitutes the first fill material and a second edge of the second groove opposite the first edge of the second groove constitutes the first fill material; and
the second fill material partially filling the second elongated channel, wherein the second fill material has a different hardness than the first material of the ball striking face, wherein a first portion of the second fill material extends flush to the ball striking face and a second portion of the second fill material defines a third groove, and wherein a first edge of the third groove constitutes the second fill material and a second edge of the third groove opposite the first edge of the third groove constitutes the second fill material, and wherein the first fill material is separate and independent from the second fill material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,654

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A CONFIGURED SHAPE

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a wood type golf club head body including a ball striking face portion at a front side thereof, a rear side opposite the front side, a crown portion, and a sole portion;
the golf club head body comprising an imaginary XY coordinate axis,
wherein a Y-axis is defined in a front-to-rear direction perpendicular to a front tangent and a rear tangent through a geometric center of the golf club head, and
wherein an X-axis is defined in a heel-to-toe direction perpendicular to the Y-axis through the geometric center of the golf club head,
the golf club head body including:
a maximum breadth that extends from a forwardmost point of the ball striking face portion to a rearwardmost point of the rear side;
a maximum depth that extends from a topmost point of the crown portion to a bottommost point of the sole portion;
a first portion of the golf club head body that extends from the crown portion to the sole portion and includes a first depth of the golf club head body;
a second portion of the golf club head body that extends from the crown portion to the sole portion and includes a second depth that is less than the first depth;
wherein the sole portion of the golf club head body is configured so that it includes:
a sloped boundary portion that separates a sole region of the first portion from a sole region of the second portion, wherein the sloped boundary portion has a height of at least 2 mm and extends from the sole region of the first portion to the sole region of the second portion, thereby defining a transition in depth between the first portion and the second portion of the golf club head body;
further wherein the sloped boundary portion extends so as to define a rear heel quadrant of the golf club head body,
wherein the rear heel quadrant of the body is heelward of the Y-axis and rearward of the X-axis; and
wherein the first portion of the golf club head body is the rear quadrant of the golf club head body,
further wherein the first portion and second portion are configured so that a center of gravity of the golf club head body is positioned nearer to the rear heel quadrant than the toe edge or the front side,
wherein at least 26% of the mass of the golf club head body is in the first portion of the golf club head body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,653

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUB HEADS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing an electrical resistance welder comprising a pair of electrodes;
placing between the pair of electrodes a golf club head comprising a first piece composed of a metal material and a second piece composed of a metal material, wherein the first piece is at least partially disconnected from the second piece;
applying power to a plurality of regions of the golf club head so that at least one weld bead forms between the first and second pieces;
removing the golf club head from the electrical resistance welder; and
finishing the golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,335,652

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. An iron-type golf club head comprising:a striking wall having a strike face and a rear surface opposite the strike face;
a perimeter-weighting element located about the periphery of the rear surface and forming a rear cavity;
a resilient insert comprising a recess, the resilient insert being located within the rear cavity and abutting the perimeter-weighting element and the rear surface of the striking wall; and
a constraining member comprising a rigid metallic material and having a retaining portion that is disposed at least partially in the recess of the resilient insert such that a portion of the resilient insert is in a compressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,335,651

IRON-TYPE GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH A DUAL-DENSITY INSERT

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. An iron-type golf club head comprising:a top surface adjacent and above a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball, wherein the top surface defines an upper portion of the iron-type golf club head, a sole adjacent the ball striking surface and opposite the top surface, a heel side near a hosel, and a toe side opposite the hosel, the top surface having a width within a range of 6 mm and 8 mm and the sole having a width within a range of 8 mm and 16 mm; and
a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface having an upper blade portion, a blade interface portion, and a lower muscle portion,
wherein the upper blade portion is adjacent to the top surface and extends across the rear surface from the heel side of the rear surface to the toe side of the rear surface and further extends downward from the top surface to the blade interface portion,
wherein the blade interface portion extends across the rear surface from the heel side of the rear surface to the toe side of the rear surface and is a smooth arcuate surface extending between and in direct contact with both the upper blade portion and the lower muscle portion,
wherein the lower muscle portion extends across the rear surface from the heel side of the rear surface to the toe side of the rear surface and the lower muscle portion extends upward from the sole to the blade interface portion, and wherein the lower muscle portion has a thickness greater than the upper blade portion, wherein the upper blade portion has a substantially constant thickness;
a recess provided in the rear surface;
wherein the recess comprises a constant depth;
wherein the recess comprises a recess floor that is substantially planar;
wherein the recess comprises a perimeter wall;
wherein the perimeter wall comprises a perimeter wall height;
wherein the perimeter wall height is substantially constant; and
an insert received within the recess;
wherein the insert consists of at least two metallic materials;
wherein the insert is affixed within the recess by means of welding or brazing;
wherein at least a portion of the recess extends behind a location of a center of gravity of the iron-type golf club head,
wherein the insert has a first portion having a first density and a second portion having a second density which is less than the first density,
wherein the first portion and the second portion are located adjacent and contiguous to each other, and further wherein the second portion of the insert has a majority of its volume located on the heel side of the rear surface, and
wherein the first portion of the insert is located entirely within the lower muscle portion and the second portion is located within the upper blade portion, the blade interface portion, and the lower muscle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,650

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH ADJUSTABLE CENTER OF GRAVITY

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a hosel, a striking face, a heel side, a toe side, a rear side, and a sole;
a rail comprising a stem and a ledge extending approximately perpendicular to, and away from, the stem; and
a slidable weight assembly comprising a weight body and a rotatable portion,
wherein the weight body comprises an upper portion, a base portion extending from and perpendicular to the upper portion, and at least one nub extending from and approximately perpendicular to the base portion,
wherein the rotatable portion comprises a body and a protrusion extending from a lower end of the body,
wherein the protrusion extends only partially around the body,
wherein the upper portion comprises an opening sized to receive an upper end of the body,
wherein the upper end of the body is permanently trapped within the opening,
wherein the stem extends from, and is approximately perpendicular to, the sole,
wherein the ledge is spaced from the floor, and
wherein rotating the rotatable portion causes at least a portion of the curved protrusion to slide under the ledge and reversibly fixes the slidable weight assembly to the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,335,647

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING STRESS-REDUCING FEATURES

Callaway Golf Company, C...

10. A method comprising:preparing a wax of a golf club head body, the wax of the golf club head body comprising a striking face section, a sole section extending from a lower edge of the striking face section, and a return section extending from an upper edge of the striking face section, the striking face section, sole section, and return section defining a hollow body interior, the return section comprising a receiving pocket, and the sole section comprising a through-hole;
preparing a wax of a solid rod comprising an upper end and a lower end;
inserting the solid rod into the through-hole and seating the upper end in the receiving pocket so that the solid rod is located within 1 inch of a rear surface of the striking face section measured along a vertical plane extending through a face center perpendicular to the striking face section;
bonding the solid rod to the body with an adhesive material to form a combined wax mold; and
casting a golf club head from the combined wax mold,
wherein the through-hole is aligned with the receiving pocket,
wherein the solid rod has a variable diameter,
wherein each of the upper end and lower end of the solid rod has a diameter of 0.140 to 0.170 inch,
wherein a midpoint of the solid rod has a diameter of 0.100 to 0.125 inch, and
wherein no portion of the solid rod makes contact with the striking face section.

US Pat. No. 10,335,646

GOLF CLUB FACE PLATES WITH INTERNAL CELL LATTICES

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a faceplate having:
an inner skin;
an outer skin;
a first region; and
a second region;
wherein:
the first region comprises one or more cell lattices, wherein a cell lattice comprises a plurality of walls defining a plurality of cells bounded between the inner skin and the outer skin;
the second region comprises one or more cell lattices; and
a density of the plurality of cells decreases towards a target strike region of the faceplate.

US Pat. No. 10,335,644

REINFORCED FACES OF CLUB HEADS AND RELATED METHODS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A club head comprising:a front face,
the front face comprising a front surface and a back surface opposite the front surface; andone or more reinforcing structures;wherein:
the one or more reinforcing structures are coupled with the front face at the back surface;
the one or more reinforcing structures consist of a solidified welding material; and
the one or more reinforcing structures are devoid of an adjoining structure other than the back surface of the front face;
the front face comprises a front face material;
the solidified welding material comprises a filler material; and
the one or more reinforcing structures are coupled symmetrically about a center of the back surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,642

GOLF BALL

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf ball comprising a core, an inner cover positioned outside the core, a main cover positioned outside the inner cover, and an outer cover positioned outside the main cover, with a large number of dimples formed on a surface of the outer cover, whereina TH value X at a central point of the core, a TH value S at a surface of the core, a TH value M of the main cover, a TH value I of the inner cover, a TH value O of the outer cover, and an average Q are defined by the following formulas (1) to (6) from a radius Rc (mm) of the core, a Shore C hardness Hc at the central point of the core, a Shore C hardness Hs at the surface of the core, a thickness Tm (mm) of the main cover, a Shore C hardness Hm of the main cover, a thickness Ti (mm) of the inner cover, a Shore C hardness Hi of the inner cover, a thickness To (mm) of the outer cover, and a Shore C hardness Ho of the outer cover,
X=Hc×Rc×0.05  (1)
S=Hs×Rc×0.05  (2)
M=Hm×Tm  (3)
I=Hi×Ti  (4)
O=Ho×To  (5)
Q=(I+O)/2  (6), and
the TH value X, the TH value S, the TH value M, the TH value I, the TH value O, and the average Q satisfy the following formulas (7) to (10),
15?M?S?100  (7)
0.25 ?10?I?O?30  (9)
Q/X?0.8  (10).

US Pat. No. 10,335,639

THREADED TREE STEP TOOL

1. An installation tool for a threaded tree step having a lever portion and a platform portion, the tool being operable by a user using only one hand when installing the tree step into a tree trunk, the tool comprising:a main body having a handle for the user to grip the tool;
the main body having an interior cylindrical cavity for inserting the platform portion of the tree step, wherein the lever portion of the tree step is perpendicular to the tool;
the main body having a beveled interior cavity for holding an off-axis portion of the platform portion of the tree step, wherein a surface of the beveled interior cavity pressing against the off-axis portion keeps the platform portion of the tree step from sliding out of the tool; and
the main body having a slot-and-lock system comprising two slots for inserting the platform portion of the tree step through the slots and securing the lever portion of the tree step against one of the slots using a groove cut into the main body, wherein the lever portion of the tree step is parallel to the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,335,638

TURNING PLATE FOR MEASURING THE PUSHING-OFF FORCES OF SWIMMERS

Kistler Holding AG, Wint...

1. A turning plate for measuring push-off forces of swimmers during turning in a swimming pool defined in part by a pool wall that is disposed generally normal to a pool edge, comprising:a stiff plate,
at least four force sensors for detecting the push-off forces applied by swimmers to the stiff plate,
a stiff, rectangular frame on which the plate is mounted on in at least four locations under pretension with a respective clamping screw and a respective force sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,634

ROLLER EXERCISE DEVICE

Samir Hanna Safar, San D...

1. A roller exercise device, capable of being placed on a flat support surface, comprising:a pair of roller support members, designated as a left roller support member and a right roller support member,
each roller support member having a semi-cylindrical configuration and a flat side surface, such that the flat side surface is placed on the support surface;
a cylindrical core roller member configured to support at least a portion of a user's body above the support surface during an exercise activity,
wherein the cylindrical core roller member is centrally and parallelly positioned in between the left roller support member and the right roller support member;
a bottom rest unit, said bottom rest unit further comprising:
a cushion member, a cushion base member, a plurality of carriage wheels, a plurality of carriage track members, a plurality of bottom rest support members, a position locking means wherein the position locking means comprises a mechanical fastener to secure the bottom rest supports with carriage track members;
a head rest unit configured with a central depression,
a core roller support member, configured as cylindrical elongated member, having a first end and a second end,
wherein the core roller support member is coaxially positioned and connected to the head rest unit at the first end, and the cylindrical core roller member at the second end, such that cylindrical core roller member is coaxially rotatable around the core roller support member;
a base support assembly, said base support assembly further comprising a plurality of structural support members,
wherein each structural support member has at least one flat surface configured to rest on the support surface and said plurality of structural support members are positioned below and non-removably attached to the left roller support member, the right roller support member, the cylindrical core roller member, the bottom rest unit and the head rest unit at predetermined locations.

US Pat. No. 10,335,633

DETACHABLE SPEED DETERMINING DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMPUTING ACCURATE SPEED INFORMATION OF A BICYCLE AND FIXING A BIKE COMPONENT OF THE BICYCLE

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A detachable speed determining device, comprising:an optical detecting module adapted to determine axial rotational displacement of a bike component by detecting a movement of a pattern on the bike component;
an energy generating module adapted to generate energy;
an energy storage module sealed inside a housing of the detachable speed determining device in a water-resistance manner and electrically connected with the optical detecting module and the energy generating module, the optical detecting module being powered by the energy storage module, and the energy storage module being charged by the energy generating module;
a bolted joint connected with the optical detecting module and the bolted joint detachably passing through a rotation axle of the bike component; and a quick releasing handle foldably disposed on the bolted joint and including the energy generating module and the energy storage module.

US Pat. No. 10,335,629

EXERCISE APPARATUS AND METHODS

1. An exercise device, comprising:a rigid spherical structure having a hand-opening in the surface, a cavity in the approximate center of the spherical structure, and a passageway coupling the hand-opening and the cavity, wherein the hand-opening is relatively small and sized to accommodate insertion of a hand and forearm to permit only limited movement thereof during exercises, wherein the passageway increases in size toward the cavity, and wherein the cavity is relatively larger and sized to more freely accommodate the hand; and
a rigid handle laterally positioned in the cavity and affixed in the approximate center of the spherical structure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,627

METHODS OF RESISTANCE TRAINING TO ARM AND LEG MOVEMENTS WHILE RUNNING

1. A method for resistance training to arm and leg movement, comprising:a. connecting a horizontally oriented raised weight base to a moveable sled in a spaced apart relationship for supporting a plurality of removable weights mounted to the horizontally oriented raised weight base, the horizontally oriented raised weight base configured to align and support a plurality of removable weights on the horizontally oriented raised weight base; the moveable sled comprising:
(i) a front;
(ii) a back opposite the front;
(iii) a first base side connected between the front and back; and
(iv) a second base side connected between the front and back opposite the first base side;
b. mounting a agility box mounted over the moveable sled;
c. threading a first flexible and extendable one piece stretch cord through a plurality of aligned first upper rollers mounted on the agility box and through a first remote roller mounted to the moveable sled spaced apart from the agility box and connecting the first flexible and extendable one piece stretch cord to a first lockable pulley system bracket mounted to the agility box;
d. securing a static non-extending stretch cord between the moveable sled and a subject, wherein the static non-extending stretch cord is secured to at least one of: a waist and an upper torso of the subject;
e. pulling on the first flexible and extendable one piece stretch cord connected to the moveable sled by the subject to receive a first load of resistance causing a physiological change to a first targeted part of the subject and simultaneously receiving a second load of resistance to a second targeted part of the subject while pulling the moveable sled with the static non-extendable stretch cord.

US Pat. No. 10,335,624

FIRE EXTINGUISHING COMPOSITIONS AND METHOD

Tyco Fire Products LP, L...

1. A firefighting foam preservative composition, comprising:a suspension system comprising water and at least one suspension agent, which comprises glycol, glycol ether, polyethylene glycol, or a mixture of two or more thereof;
a first polysaccharide that is soluble in the suspension system, wherein the firefighting foam preservative composition includes 0.1 to 1.0 wt. % of the first polysaccharide;
a second polysaccharide that is insoluble in the suspension system but soluble in water alone, wherein the firefighting foam preservative composition includes 3 to 12 wt. % of the second polysaccharide;
wherein the foam preservative composition has a viscosity of 1000 cPs to 6000 cPs; and
wherein the ratio of water to suspension agent is at least 2:8.

US Pat. No. 10,335,622

SPRINKLER HEAD WITH SMA SPRING

1. A sprinkler head for use in a structure for the delivery of a liquid, said sprinkler head comprising:a housing defining an inlet passage;
a sleeve with a first portion positioned in said housing, wherein said first portion has a valve face that seals said inlet passage to close a liquid flow path;
a cap assembled to said housing;
a spray assembly assembled to a second portion of said sleeve;
a return spring positioned between said cap and said first portion, wherein said return spring applies a force between said cap and said first portion to seal said inlet passage to close the liquid flow path;
an SMA spring positioned between said cap and said spray assembly; and
wherein said sleeve is movable relative to said housing to open said liquid flow path due to activation of said SMA spring, wherein said SMA spring applies a force to said sleeve to move said sleeve to open said inlet passage to open said liquid flow path when said SMA spring is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,335,618

BREATHING APPARATUS WITH ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

1. A breathing apparatus, comprising:a facemask portion sized to cover a lower portion of a wearer's face, the facemask portion comprising:
a flow chamber comprising:
a conduit, comprising:
a first opening disposed near a first end of the flow chamber;
a second opening disposed near a second end of the flow chamber; and
at least two internal walls that form a serpentine passage disposed between the first opening and the second opening, the serpentine passage including at least a first section in communication with the first opening, a second section connected by a first U-shaped bend with the first section, and a third section connected by a second U-shaped bend with the second section;
at least one light emitting diode configured to emit light having a peak wavelength in the ultraviolet range disposed in one of the first, the second, and the third sections of the conduit, wherein;
the at least one light emitting diode is disposed off center relative to a centerline of the one of the first, the second, and the third sections; and
the centerline is parallel to one of the two internal walls.

US Pat. No. 10,335,617

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

1. A respiratory protection hood, comprising: a flexible bag adapted and configured to be slipped over a head of a user; and a reservoir of pressurized oxygen comprising an outlet orifice opening into an internal volume of the flexible bag, the outlet orifice being closed off by a removable or contrived-rupture stopper, wherein:the pressurized-oxygen reservoir comprises, upstream of the orifice, a passage for the pressurized gas and a valve needle able to move in a determined direction of travel in said passage;
the valve needle is subjected to two opposing forces in the direction of travel that are respectively generated, on one hand, by the pressure of the gas in the reservoir, and on the other hand, by a return member;
the valve needle has a cross section of determined profile that varies in the direction of travel in order to alter a degree of closure of the passage according to its position relative to the passage so as to regulate the flow rate of gas allowed to escape via the passage to the orifice as a function of time and as a function of the pressure of gas in the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,335,609

MULTITUBE ESOPHAGEAL BRACHYTHERAPY CATHETER

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A system for delivery of radiation to a target portion of a native tissue, the system comprising:a catheter comprising a catheter body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a longitudinally oriented lumen therebetween;
an expansion device disposed about at least a portion of the catheter body and having an expanded configuration and a non-expanded configuration;
an anchor balloon disposed about the catheter body distal to the expansion device and having an inflated configuration and a deflated configuration, the anchor balloon having a curved outer surface in an inflated configuration;
a plurality of tubes disposed about at least a portion of the expansion device and disposed only part-way along the longitudinal length of the anchor balloon along the curved outer surface, each of the plurality of tubes being configured to selectively guide exposure of a radiation source to the target portion of the native tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,335,606

USE OF TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION TO MODULATE PERMEABILITY OF THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER

BRAINSWAY, LTD., Jerusal...

1. A method for modulating permeability of a blood brain barrier, the method comprising:providing a system for transcranial magnetic stimulation;
placing said system on a scalp; and
providing a series of magnetic pulses to a brain via the system, said providing done in a range of at least 0.2 Hz stimulation frequency, greater than 120% of resting motor threshold stimulation amplitude, and at least 100 stimulation pulses, wherein said series of magnetic pulses is configured to temporarily increase permeability of the blood brain barrier, wherein the temporary increase is for a period of at least 1 minute.

US Pat. No. 10,335,604

APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A CARDIAC RHYTHM DURING CPR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An automated external defibrillator (AED) for use during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) comprising:an input of an ECG signal;
a user interface having at least one of an aural instruction output and a visual display;
an ECG analyzer in communication with the input and operable to determine a shockable cardiac rhythm in the presence of CPR-related signal noise artifact from the input;
a memory for storing instructions related to a CPR rescue protocol that includes a period for providing CPR compressions; and
a processor in communication with the ECG analyzer and the user interface, the processor operable to issue instructions via the user interface responsive to the determined shockable cardiac rhythm,
wherein the ECG analyzer is operable to determine the shockable cardiac rhythm in the presence of CPR-related signal noise artifact from the input with a sensitivity of greater than about 70% and a specificity of greater than about 95%,
wherein the input comprises a stream of digitized ECG signal data, and further wherein the ECG analyzer segments the ECG signal data corresponding to a predetermined time segment,
wherein the ECG analyzer further comprises a set of fixed-frequency band pass filters which operate to filter the CPR-related signal noise artifact from the ECG signal data,
wherein the ECG analyzer further comprises an algorithm which determines the shockable cardiac rhythm from both a measure of a filtered ECG signal data centered on one frequency at about 25 Hz and of a second filtered ECG signal data centered on a second frequency of about 35 Hz, and
wherein the ECG analyzer further determines that the cardiac rhythm is shockable if both the filtered ECG signal data and the second filtered ECG signal data are below respective predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,335,603

MEDICAL DEVICES INCLUDING FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BODIES WITH EXPOSED PORTIONS OF CIRCUIT TRACES ATTACHED TO ELECTRICAL CONTACTS OF COMPONENTS

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

8. A medical device, comprising:a housing;
a first circuit within the housing that generates stimulation pulses;
an electrical component within the housing and spaced from the first circuit, the electrical component having an electrical contact; and
a flexible circuit body within the housing and having at least one conductive circuit trace with an insulative body having a first external surface and a second external surface on an opposite side from the first external surface and with the first and second external surfaces covering the at least one conductive circuit trace, the at least one conductive circuit trace having a longitudinal axis and having a first portion that extends along the longitudinal axis and that is exposed from the insulative body in proximity to a first end of the insulative body by spanning a first window present in the first external surface and the second external surface of the insulative body and having a second portion that is exposed from the insulative body in proximity to a second end of the insulative body by spanning a second window present in the first external surface and the second external surface of the insulative body, with at least one of the first and second portions being attached to the electrical contact of the electrical component by a resistive weld to create an electrical connection between the first or second portion of the circuit trace and the electrical contact of the electrical component, and the circuit trace being electrically coupled to the first circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,601

USER INTERFACE FOR CUSTOM PATTERNED ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A neurostimulation system, comprising:a stimulation device configured to deliver neurostimulation pulses and to control the delivery of the neurostimulation pulses using a plurality of stimulation parameters;
a programming device configured to transmit the plurality of stimulation parameters to the stimulation device, the programming device including a programming control circuit configured to generate the plurality of stimulation parameters according to scheduled one or more neurostimulation programs each specifying a pattern of the neurostimulation pulses; and
a user interface coupled to the programming control circuit and including a display screen, a user input device, and a neurostimulation program circuit coupled to the display screen and the user input device, the neurostimulation program circuit configured to display a program creation area including a pulse train (PT) construction area and a train grouping (TG) construction area on the display screen, to create building blocks of the one or more neurostimulation programs including constructing PTs by temporally arranging one or more pulse blocks (PBs) in the PT construction area using the user input device and constructing TGs by temporally arranging one or more PTs selected from the constructed PTs in the TG construction area using the user input device, wherein constructing the TGs further includes receiving an order and a number of repetitions of the one or more PBs in each PT of the one or more PTs in the TG construction area using the user input device, to display a program scheduling area on the display screen, to schedule the one or more neurostimulation programs by temporally arranging one or more TGs selected from the constructed TGs for each program of the one or more neurostimulation programs and specifying one or more delivery times for the each program in the program scheduling area using the user input device, and to transmit the scheduled one or more neurostimulation programs to the programming device, the one or more PBs each including a plurality of pulses of the neurostimulation pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,335,599

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROGRAMMING CHARGE RECOVERY IN NEUROSTIMULATION WAVEFORM

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A method for neurostimulation, comprising:determining a stimulation waveform representing a pattern of neurostimulation pulses each including a charge injection phase;
generating charge recovery parameters based on a charge recovery scheme and one or more predetermined values of each parameter of one or more of the charge recovery parameters;
adjusting the determined stimulation waveform by automatically inserting charge recovery phases into the determined stimulation waveform to recover charges injected during the charge injection phases using the charge recovery parameters; and
programming a stimulation device for delivering the neurostimulation pulses according to the adjusted stimulation waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,335,598

ELECTRICAL STIMULATION DEVICE HAVING REMOTE ACCESS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An electrical stimulation device configured to perform a stimulation therapy on a patient, the device comprising:an interface configured to exchange information with a user of the device, the interface including a card reader, the card reader configured to read a code from a key card issued to the patient;
a controller configured to access, over a network, a stimulation program stored remotely on a server, the device being communicatively coupled to the server via the network, the controller configured to enable remote execution of the stimulation program in response to the code being validated, the controller configured to execute the stimulation program based on a subscription including at least an authorization code, the controller being configured to determine whether the subscription is active;
at least one electrode lead including one or more electrodes, the one or more electrodes configured to stimulate a tibial nerve;
a stimulation circuit configured to generate electrical stimulation pulses and deliver the electrical stimulation pulses to the one or more electrodes in response to the remote execution of the stimulation program; and
a communication circuit configured to communicate with the server over the network, the communication circuit configured to transmit, over the network, therapy data about the stimulation therapy to the server for storage thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,335,595

DYNAMIC CONTROL OF TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION THERAPY USING CONTINUOUS SLEEP DETECTION

Neurometrix, Inc., Walth...

1. Apparatus for providing transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy to a user, said apparatus comprising:a housing;
an application unit for providing mechanical coupling between said housing and the user's body;
a stimulation unit for electrically stimulating at least one nerve of the user;
a sensing unit for (i) sensing the body movement and body orientation of the user to determine whether the user is in an “out-of-bed” state or a “rest-in-bed” state, and (ii) analyzing sleep characteristics of the user during said “rest-in-bed” state; and
a feedback unit for at least one of (i) providing the user with feedback in response to said analysis of said sleep characteristics of the user, and (ii) modifying the electrical stimulation provided to the user by said stimulation unit in response to said analysis of said sleep characteristics of the user;
wherein said sleep characteristics comprise a likelihood measure of the sleep quality of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,335,591

AUDITORY SIGNAL PROCESSING

COCHLEAR LIMITED, Macqua...

1. A method, comprising:dividing an acoustic signal into first and second stimulation frames, wherein the first and second stimulation frames each include a stimulus period during which stimuli are delivered to electrodes of an auditory prosthesis and a wait period during which no stimuli are delivered to the electrodes of the auditory prosthesis;
determining a length for one or more of the wait periods of the first and second stimulation frames based on at least one feature of the acoustic signal; and
sequentially applying the first and second stimulation frames to the electrodes of the auditory prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,590

MRI COMPATIBLE LEADS FOR A DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION SYSTEM

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A lead for an implanted medical device in which the lead is adapted for electrical communication with an electrical signal source and has a distal tip with an electrode, the lead comprising:a wire adapted to be placed in electrical communication with the electrode, the wire including (i) a core comprising a polymeric material, (ii) a continuous metallic layer surrounding and contacting an outer surface of the core, the continuous metallic layer extending along the core a first length and having a layer thickness, and (iii) an outer metallic layer disposed on the continuous metallic layer, the outer metallic layer extending axially along the first length and having a first section and a second section, the first section defined by a first thickness greater than the layer thickness, the first section extending continuously and axially along the continuous metallic layer toward the second section, the second section having a second thickness greater than the first thickness and extending continuously and axially away from the first section, the first section having a first resistance and the second section having a second resistance different than the first resistance,
wherein the lead is substantially transparent to radio frequency waves in clinically-applicable magnetic resonance environments to reduce radio frequency absorption and avoid substantial heating effects.

US Pat. No. 10,335,588

UNWRAPPED 2D VIEW OF A STIMULATION LEAD WITH COMPLEX ELECTRODE ARRAY GEOMETRY

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A lead comprising:a lead housing defining a longitudinal axis and a circumference;
a ring stimulation electrode disposed at a first axial position along the longitudinal axis of the lead housing; and
a plurality of stimulation electrodes disposed at respective different positions around the circumference of the lead housing, wherein the plurality of stimulation electrodes comprises at least three stimulation electrodes, and wherein the plurality of stimulation electrodes is disposed at a second axial position proximal from a distal end of the lead housing and different than the first axial position along the longitudinal axis of the lead housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,587

WEARABLE BAND FOR LOW-FREQUENCY THERAPY

1. A low-frequency therapy wearing band 20 allowing a low-frequency therapy device 10 including a control box 11 constituted of a case, a power supply 12, a controller 13, a low-frequency wave output unit 14, and a control switch 15 to be connected thereto to provide a low-frequency stimulus to a body part of a wearer to enable physical therapy, the wearing band 20 comprising outer yarn 21 shaped as a cylinder by continuously knitting fiber yarn loops and knitted with fiber yarn, inner yarn 22 knitted with covering yarn, and pile yarn 23 formed of a conductive fiber, knitted at inner surfaces of the inner yarn 22, and applying a low-frequency stimulus while tightly contacting a skin, wherein a cable 16 of the low-frequency therapy device 10 is connected to electrode terminals 24 protruding from a surface to transmit a negative low-frequency current and a positive low-frequency current to the pile yarn 23, and wherein a stainless fiber 30 is knitted on an outside of the outer yarn 21 to prevent static electricity that occurs due to a contact to the wearing band 20.

US Pat. No. 10,335,585

PATIENT FLUID LINE ACCESS VALVE ANTIMICROBIAL CAP/CLEANER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A cap device for reducing risk of contamination of a patient fluid line access valve, the cap device comprising:a housing forming:
a first inner cavity which contains a first material storing an antimicrobial agent, the first inner cavity comprising a first opening through which an access portion of the patient fluid access valve may be inserted to contact the antimicrobial agent, and
a second inner cavity which contains a second material storing a cleaning solution, the second inner cavity having a second opening through which the access portion of the patient fluid access valve may be inserted to contact the cleaning solution; and
a wall interposed between the first and second inner cavities, said wall comprising:
a first surface opposite said first opening to said first inner cavity, and
a second surface opposite to said second opening to said second inner cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,335,584

PATIENT FLUID LINE ACCESS VALVE ANTIMICROBIAL CAP/CLEANER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A device for maintaining a patient fluid line access valve having an access portion with a distalmost end face that includes a septum and external threads on the access portion proximate the distalmost end face, the device comprising:a housing having an inner cavity, wherein an opening to the inner cavity is configured for receiving the access portion of the patient fluid tine access valve;
a material impregnated with a liquid antimicrobial agent prior to receiving the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve, wherein the material is disposed in the inner cavity;
threading protruding inwardly into the inner cavity from an inner wall of the housing near the opening, the threading configured to engage the external threads of the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve as the housing is placed over the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve to contact the material with the distalmost end face of the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve, and configured to disinfect the distalmost end face and at least a portion of the external threads of the access portion of the patient fluid line access valve with the liquid antimicrobial agent from the material,
wherein the threading receives the external threads of the access portion of the access valve thereby causing the distalmost end face to advance into the inner cavity such that the septum contacts the material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,583

CONDUIT CONNECTOR FOR A PATIENT BREATHING DEVICE

1. A connector assembly for a gas delivery conduit of a respiratory system, the respiratory system configured for providing respiratory gases to a patient, the connector assembly comprising:a first connector, the first connector comprising one or more locking tabs formed on an inner surface thereof, the one or more locking tabs protruding radially inward from the interior surface, the first connector coupled with a first conduit configured to transport respiratory gases from a flow generator or to a patient interface; and
a second connector, the second connector comprising:
a first aperture,
a second aperture, and
one or more locking fingers, the locking fingers configured to releasably attach with the one or more locking tabs of the first connector to removably couple the first connector and the second connector, the one or more locking fingers protruding longitudinally from the first aperture of the second connector, the second connector coupled with a second conduit configured to transport respiratory gases.

US Pat. No. 10,335,582

ALCOHOL PREP APPLICATOR

1. An improved applicator for application of an alcohol solution prior to medical procedures comprising:an applicator body comprising a top portion connected to a central portion, the central portion connected to a squeezable bladder, and the squeezable bladder connected to a bottom portion, the central portion and the squeezable bladder each defining a separate hollow internal chamber;
the hollow internal chamber of the central portion integral to the applicator body is designed to hold at least one cartridge having a plurality of swabs, each swab having a top portion for application of an alcohol solution;
the hollow internal chamber of the squeezable bladder integral to the applicator body is designed for holding alcohol solution and for holding at least one of the plurality of swabs, and the bladder capable of being squeezed to allow for an alcohol solution to fill an interior of the bladder and to release the solution from the bladder;
a spring-loaded hinge lever extending from the internal chamber of the central portion of the applicator body and extending outwards from the top portion of the applicator body for loading and ejecting individual swabs from the cartridge;
a hinge door positioned on the central portion of the applicator body, the hinge door being provided to load and remove the cartridge of swabs in the internal chamber of the central portion;
wherein the spring-loaded hinge lever is used to advance at least one swab from the cartridge held in the central portion through the bladder and then through an opening of the bottom portion of the applicator body for the application of alcohol solution to a patient's skin, such that only the top portion of the swab touches a patient's skin, causing the applicator to have minimal contact with a patient's skin;
wherein the internal chamber of the squeezable bladder can be partially or wholly filled with alcohol solution by squeezing the bladder, the squeezing of the bladder allowing a user to adjust the flow of alcohol solution on the patient's skin;
wherein the bladder is squeezed to release alcohol solution through the bottom portion of the applicator body, which is absorbed by the at least one swab protruding from the opening of the bottom portion of the applicator body; and
whereby the improved applicator allows for the application of an alcohol solution to a patient's skin with minimal contact, and allows the user to control and adjust the flow of alcohol solution to be applied to a patient's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,335,581

MEDICAL BALLOON INCLUDING PLEATS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A balloon for a balloon catheter comprising:a proximal cone section having proximal and distal ends, a length extending between the proximal and distal ends, an exterior surface having a generally conical shape, an interior surface, a wall thickness between the exterior and interior surfaces, and a circumference tapering proximally toward the proximal end of the proximal cone section;
a distal cone section having proximal and distal ends, a length extending between the proximal and distal ends, an exterior surface having a generally conical shape, an interior surface, a wall thickness between the exterior and interior surfaces, and a circumference tapering distally toward the distal end of the distal cone section; and
a balloon body section extending between and interconnecting the distal end of the proximal cone section and the proximal end of the distal cone section, the proximal and distal cone sections and the balloon body section defining an interior chamber configured to receive fluid to expand the balloon from a non-expanded state to an expanded state,
wherein one of the proximal and distal cone sections comprises grooves spaced apart around the circumference of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections, each groove having a length extending lengthwise of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections, a depth extending inward from the exterior surface of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections, and a width extending circumferentially of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections,
wherein the width of at least a portion of each groove tapers toward the balloon body section, and
wherein said one of the proximal and distal cone sections includes a plurality of ribs extending inward from the interior surface of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections at locations of the grooves on the exterior surface of said one of the proximal and distal cone sections such that each of the plurality of ribs extends at the respective location of each groove.

US Pat. No. 10,335,580

GUIDEWIRE WITH VARYING PROPERTIES

Abbott Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A method of making a medical guidewire core element comprising:providing a wire of nickel titanium alloy with superelastic properties having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a first length separates the proximal end from the distal end;
applying cold work to the wire through a rotary swaging machine in a sequence that comprises:
swaging the wire over a second length that includes the distal end by using a die set having a first diameter wherein the second length is less than the first length;
swaging the wire over a third length that includes the distal end by using a die set having a second diameter, the third length being less than the second length, and the second diameter being less than the first diameter; and
applying a reducing process to the wire, following swaging the wire over the second length and the third length, whereby the wire is reduced to have a constant diameter over the first length wherein the reducing process includes applying centerless grinding.

US Pat. No. 10,335,579

INTRAVENOUS CATHETER APPARATUS

POLY MEDICURE LIMITED, F...

1. An intravenous catheter apparatus comprising:a catheter tube;
a catheter hub having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end is joined to the catheter tube and the proximal end defines a housing;
a needle extending through the catheter hub and the catheter tube and defining an axial direction, wherein the needle has opposite proximal and distal ends, the distal end forming a needle tip;
a needle hub attached to the proximal end of the needle;
a needle guard slidably arranged on the needle, wherein the needle guard is movably retained in the housing of the catheter hub, when the needle extends through the catheter hub and the catheter tube, wherein the needle guard is removable from the catheter hub once the needle tip is received in the needle guard upon withdrawal of the needle from the catheter tube, wherein the housing defines a chamber at one end thereof ensuring that a first and second arm of the needle guard do not engage or interact with an inner surface of the chamber prior and during venipuncture of a patient, wherein the catheter hub is made of two separate parts comprising a first part and a second part, wherein the first and second parts form the chamber, wherein the inner surface of the chamber is parallel to the axial direction and defined only by the second part, wherein the first part comprises a chamfered surface abutting the inner surface of the chamber, which chamfered surface is inclined towards the inside of the housing in a proximal direction of the catheter hub, and wherein the chamfered surface has a smaller inside diameter at its innermost end than a distance between outermost points of the arms in their deflected state inside the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,578

CATHETER ASSEMBLY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A catheter assembly comprising:a hollow catheter;
a catheter hub to which the catheter is fixed;
an inner needle including a needle tip, the inner needle being detachably disposed inside of the catheter;
a needle hub to which the inner needle is fixed;
a catheter operation member configured to move the catheter relative to the inner needle; and
a support member disposed at the needle hub,
wherein the support member includes a support main body portion that is movable relative to the needle hub between (i) a first position at which the support main body portion contacts and supports the catheter, and (ii) a second position that is a different position from the first position, at which the support main body portion does not contact the catheter,
wherein the support member is rotatably attached to the needle hub, and
wherein the support member includes an axial rod portion rotatably attached to the needle hub, and the support main body portion projects in a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the axial rod portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,576

ANCHOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

INTERRAD Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method for securing a catheter relative to a skin penetration point, comprising:inserting a catheter through a skin penetration point;
adjusting a first anchor and a second anchor of an anchor instrument from a first configuration to a deployed configuration, the first and second anchors being coupled to an external retainer device of the anchor instrument and being configured to extend distally away from a distal end of the external retainer device, wherein a first subcutaneous flexible tine of the first anchor and a second subcutaneous flexible tine of the second anchor are deployed in a subcutaneous region adjacent to an underside of a skin layer to secure the external retainer device relative to the skin penetration point;
inserting the first and second anchors of an anchor instrument through the skin penetration point while the catheter is occupying the skin penetration point;
connecting a removable cap member to the external retainer device; and
releasably engaging the external retainer device to an external portion of the catheter while the catheter is occupying the skin penetration point and while the first and second anchors extend distally away from the distal end of the external retainer device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,575

MEDICAL ELONGATED BODY

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical elongated body, the medical elongated body comprising:a tubular body, which extends in an axial center direction, at least a part of the tubular body having a spiral slit, the tubular body including sites in which spiral inclination angles of the spiral slit in an extending direction of a spiral of the spiral slit with respect to a cross-section orthogonal to the axial center direction are different from each other, and a stepped portion in which a spiral inclination angle of the spiral slit changes with respect to the spiral inclination angle on one opposed surface side of a pair of opposed surfaces constituting the spiral slit, and an abutting portion on which the stepped portion abuts when the tubular body is twisted in a direction in which the spiral of the slit is released on the other opposed surface side of the opposed surfaces; and
a length of the stepped portion in the axial center direction is longer in a site having a first spiral inclination angle with respect to the cross-section orthogonal to the axial center direction than in a site having a second spiral inclination angle with respect to the cross-section orthogonal to the axial center direction, and wherein the first spiral inclination angle is greater than the second spiral inclination angle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,574

ACCELEROMETER-BASED CONTACT SENSING ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method comprising:providing a catheter having a proximal portion and a flexible distal portion, the proximal portion being stiff relative to the flexible distal portion;
providing an electrode coupled to the flexible distal portion, and an accelerometer coupled to the electrode; and
monitoring an output of the accelerometer to recognize when the electrode comes into contact with a tissue surface of an endocardial wall of a heart of the patient, and detecting when the electrode contacts the tissue surface by recognizing, using said accelerometer output, when the electrode motion corresponds to a motion of the tissue surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,573

INTRAPERITONEAL CHEMOTHERAPY MEDICAL DEVICES, KITS, AND METHODS

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A catheter, comprising:an elongate member having an elongate member proximal end, an elongate member distal end, and an elongate member main body extending between the elongate member proximal end and the elongate member distal end, the elongate member main body defining an elongate member circumferential wall, first, second, and third openings on the elongate member proximal end, a first heating lumen extending from the first opening toward the elongate member distal end, a second heating lumen extending from the second opening toward the elongate member distal end, and a treatment lumen extending from the third opening toward the elongate member distal end; and
a distal cap disposed on the distal end of the elongate member, the distal cap defining a terminating surface that terminates the treatment lumen and a return lumen extending and providing fluid communication between the first heating lumen and the second heating lumen;
wherein the treatment lumen comprises a blind passage and the elongate member circumferential wall defines a plurality of passageways providing fluid communication between the treatment lumen and an environment external to said catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPUTER ASSISTED OPERATION

1. A monitoring system, comprising:a projector aimed at a retina, the projector providing three dimensional images with different depth view points;
a camera to capture vision and transmit the vision to the projector to sweep the retina with images associated with the vision;
a mobile device coupled to the projector;
sensors coupled to a body to detect pain based on biometric and physical conditions, the sensor having a wireless transceiver adapted to communicate with the mobile device; and
a software module to display information from the mobile device and the camera using the projector to provide sexual stimulation with explicit augmented or virtual reality views of sex organ body part of an adult entertainer during pain episodes to distract a patient from feeling the pain.

US Pat. No. 10,335,568

NECK STRAP, CROWN STRAP ASSEMBLY AND HEADGEAR FOR A BREATHING MASK

ResMed Limited, Bella Vi...

1. Neck strap for a headgear, comprising:a one-piece main body adapted to engage a patient's neck, the main body including:
first and second lower connection portions adapted to connect to respective first and second lower mask connection straps, and
first and second upper connection portions adapted to connect to respective first and second lateral crown straps,
wherein the main body comprises two opposing major side edges and two opposing minor side edges that interconnect the opposing major side edges,
wherein the first upper connection portion and the first lower connection portion are located along a first of the two opposing minor side edges, and wherein the second upper connection portion and the second lower connection portion are located along a second of the two opposing minor side edges, and
wherein, in a flat state of the main body, each of the opposing major side edges comprises a curved portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,565

MEASURING RESPIRATORY MECHANICS PARAMETERS OF VENTILATED PATIENTS

1. A system for measuring respiratory resistance of a subject breathing with use of a ventilator comprising:an airflow perturbation device comprising:
a sealed housing having an airflow path, a first port at one end of the path, and a second port at an opposite end of the path, each configured to couple to a ventilator hose, wherein the housing is sealed against the atmosphere;
a perturbation mechanism positioned within the airflow path between the first and second ports, wherein the perturbation mechanism includes an element disposed in the airflow path and an actuator coupled to the element to control the element to intermittently create an obstruction to airflow and periodically alter airflow resistance between the first port and the second port;
a pneumotachometer comprising a flow sensor, a first pressure tap disposed proximate the first port and a second pressure tap disposed proximate the second port to measure airflow between the first port and the second port;
a pressure sensor to measure a difference in air pressure between the first port and the second port, wherein the pressure sensor is coupled to the first pressure tap to access pressure at a position between a mouth of the subject and the perturbation mechanism, and to the second pressure tap to access pressure at a position between the perturbation mechanism and the ventilator; and
a computing system comprising at least one processor configured to:
receive data from the flow sensor and pressure sensor; and
determine an airflow resistance based on the received data.

US Pat. No. 10,335,564

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXSUFFLATION PRESSURE DURING IN-EXSUFFLATION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

6. A method to reduce airway collapse in a subject during in-exsufflation therapy the method comprising:generating, with a pressure generator, a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to an airway of the subject;
generating, with one or more sensors, output signals conveying information related to one or more parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas;
controlling, with one or more processors, the pressure generator based on an in-exsufflation therapy regime and the output signals to apply the pressurized flow of breathable gas, the in-exsufflation therapy regime including an exsufflation pressure of the pressurized flow of breathable gas during exhalation of the subject;
determining, with the one or more processors, based on a percentage of an actual inhalation tidal volume of the subject during a first respiratory cycle, a target exhalation tidal volume for exhalation of the subject during a second respiratory cycle, the percentage being less than 100%;
monitoring, with the one or more processors, based on the output signals, an actual exhalation tidal volume of the subject during the second respiratory cycle;
detecting, with the one or more processors, based on the monitoring, an airway collapse of the subject, the detection of the airway collapse being based on a comparison of the actual exhalation tidal volume and the target exhalation tidal volume during the second respiratory cycle; and
responsive to the detection of the airway collapse, adjusting, with the one or more processors, the control of the pressure generator by adjusting the exsufflation pressure in the in-exsufflation therapy regime.

US Pat. No. 10,335,561

VALVE

1. A valve for an inhalation device comprising an interior volume that is delimited at least partially by a valve wall, a permanent opening as well as a valve functional area, whereby the valve functional area is configured to be at least almost closed below an opening pressure difference and to be open above the opening pressure difference such that above the opening pressure difference, a fluid can flow through the permanent opening into the interior volume and out of the valve functional area,wherein
the valve comprises an inversion protector that is configured to impede or prevent inversion of the valve wall,
the inversion protector comprises a reinforcing region of the valve wall,
the valve functional area is configured to have a slit below the opening pressure difference,
the reinforcing region is elongated and extends from an end of the slit or from a vicinity of the end of the slit along a shortest path or almost along the shortest path in a direction of the permanent opening, and
the valve wall is invertible, in the absence of the reinforcing region, when a surrounding pressure exceeds a pressure in the interior volume of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,335,559

COMBINED LARYNO-TRACHEAL ANESTHETIC AND STYLET DEVICE

1. A medication delivery device, the device comprising:a malleable conduit comprising an upstream end and a downstream end configured to deliver medication, wherein the conduit is reversibly deformable into a shape that facilitates intubation;
a dispenser comprising:
a housing comprising a reservoir, a first end and a second end, the first end of the housing attached to a syringe containing a medication, the syringe further comprising a plunger and a barrel for transferring the medication from the syringe to the reservoir; and
a releasing mechanism for releasing the medication from the reservoir;
a pressurizing mechanism for keeping the medication pressurized within the reservoir; and
a connector that provides fluid communication between the syringe and the upstream end of the conduit through the second end of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,557

METHOD FOR MAKING PATCH-SIZED FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEMS

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A method for making a delivery device for delivering an infusion medium to a user, the method comprising:providing a first housing portion adapted to be secured to a user;
providing a second housing portion configured to be selectively engaged with and disengaged from the first housing portion to allow disposal of the first housing portion without disposing of the second housing portion;
supporting a reservoir on the first housing portion, the reservoir having an interior for containing a fluidic medium;
supporting a pumping chamber on the first housing portion, for containing the fluidic medium for expanding an expandable structure, wherein the expandable structure comprises a bellows structure;
coupling a conduit in fluid flow communication with the pumping chamber and an interior volume of the expandable structure; and
operatively coupling a drive device for selectively conveying the fluidic medium through the conduit, from the pumping chamber to the interior volume of the expandable structure, to selectively expand the expandable structure, when the first housing portion and the second housing portion are engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,335,556

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR LOW-VOLUME MEDICAMENT DELIVERY

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. A fitting for a fluid dispenser, the fitting having a longitudinal axis and comprising:a detent that is configured to limit longitudinal insertion of the dispenser into the fitting by contacting a terminal surface of the dispenser, a top of the detent defining a first tangent plane;
a seal that is configured to be deformed by the surface, into a sealing contact against the surface, the contact defining a second tangent plane substantially coplanar with the first plane when the surface abuts the detent, the first plane maintaining a fixed orientation relative to the top throughout deformation of the seal; and
a body that is configured to:
receive the surface; and
support the detent and the seal;wherein;the seal is seated in the body in a recess having a bottom; and
the body includes an interior proximal-facing facet that is disposed;
more proximal than is the bottom; and
more distal than is the top.

US Pat. No. 10,335,553

CAP ASSEMBLY FOR A MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A cap assembly for a medicament delivery device, the cap assembly comprising:a cap body arranged to be connected to the medicament delivery device for protecting and for removing a medicament delivery member shield, which cap body has an inner cap structure defining a channel extending along a central axis of the cap body, where the channel has an open end; and
a gripping member configured to be received in the channel with a friction fit and to receive a medicament delivery member shield, where the gripping member has a first axial position relative to the inner cap structure and a second axial position relative to the inner cap structure;
wherein the gripping member has a proximal end and a distal end, a first leg, a second leg, and a transverse portion extending distally from the proximal end and between the first leg and the second leg to define a cavity comprising a support structure,
wherein each of the first leg and the second leg having a respective proximal portion extending distally from the transverse portion and extending parallel to each other and having distal portions with proximal ends extending distally from the proximal portions,
wherein when the gripping member is in the first axial position, the proximal ends of the distal portions are bent radially outward from the central axis extending away from each other to define a mouth that has a larger opening than the open end of the channel and large enough to receive a medicament delivery member shield between the distal portions,
wherein when the gripping member is moved to the second axial position, the proximal ends of the distal portions are bent radially inward closing the mouth around medicament delivery member shield such that the mouth opening is smaller than the open end of the channel,
wherein movement of the gripping member from the first axial position to the second axial position is caused by proximal axial movement of the medicament delivery member shield and by contact of the medicament delivery member shield with the support structure within the cavity, and
wherein each distal portion being provided with a medicament delivery member shield gripper configured to engage with the medicament delivery member shield when the gripping member is moved from the first axial position to the second axial position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,551

NEEDLE ASSEMBLY AND DRUG INJECTION DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A needle assembly configured to be connected to a drug container that includes a drug ejection portion having a male tapered shape with an outer diameter that becomes smaller toward a distal end, the needle assembly comprising:a needle tube that includes, at a distal end, a needle tip configured to puncture skin;
a fitting portion having a fitting opening in which the drug ejection portion of the drug container is insertable, the fitting portion having a female tapered shape;
an intermediate portion located distal of the fitting portion;
a retaining portion that retains the needle tube; and
an elastic member comprising:
a main body portion located in the intermediate portion, wherein an outer diameter of the main body portion before insertion in the intermediate portion is larger than an inner diameter of an inner wall surface of the intermediate portion, such that the main body portion is contacted by the inner wall surface and retained in the intermediate portion in a liquid-tight manner,
a contact portion that contacts the needle tube such that a proximal portion of the needle tube protrudes from the contact portion toward the fitting opening, and
a deformation portion that extends from the contact portion toward the fitting opening and is configured to deform when the drug ejection portion of the drug container comes into contact with the elastic member,
wherein a length of the deformation portion is in a range of 35% or more and 50% or less with respect to a length of the elastic member, and
wherein a length of a portion of the needle tube that protrudes from the close contact portion toward the fitting portion is in a range of 45% or more and 245% or less with respect to the length of the deformation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,547

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL OF NERVE ACTIVATION

PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATIO...

1. An apparatus for activating one or more neurons in a patient at a desired activation level for a therapeutic purpose comprising:a transducer for stimulating the one or more neurons according to a set of stimulus parameter values;
a measuring electrode configured to measure an activation level yielded by the stimulation of the one or more neurons, the activation level representing at least one of (1) a percentage of activated neurons inside a nerve, (2) a percentage activation of organ function, or (3) a percentage inhibition of organ function;
a neuron activation comparator for comparing the measured activation level of the one or more neurons to the desired activation level of the one or more neurons; and
a closed-loop micro controller configured to autonomously predict, at a microprocessor, a particular set of stimulus parameter values to apply to form a stimulation pulse shape yielding the desired activation level representing a particular non-zero percentage of a particular non-zero percentage of at least one of (1) activated neurons inside a nerve, (2) organ function, or (3) inhibition of organ function,
the closed-loop micro controller is configured to autonomously derive the predicted set of stimulus parameter values to apply from measured patient characteristics,
the closed-loop micro controller is configured to autonomously generate an activation profile of one or more neuron types based on a measured physiological response to the stimulation according to the predicted set of stimulus parameter values,
the generated activation profile comprises, for each of two or more particular non-zero activation levels of each of the one or more neuron types, a plurality of sets of stimulus parameter values observed or predicted to yield the particular non-zero activation level,
the closed-loop micro controller is configured to autonomously derive the measured patient characteristics via a linear regression from at least one of (1) measurements by the measuring electrode of the activation level of each of the one or more neuron types for different electrical pulse durations and amplitudes and (2) measurements of organ function for different electrical pulse durations and amplitudes,
the closed-loop micro controller is configured to actively maintain the desired activation level at the particular non-zero percentage by adjusting the predicted set of stimulus parameter values to apply to stimulate the one or more neurons,
the closed-loop micro controller applies changes to the activation profile of the one or more neuron types over time based on the adjusted set of stimulus parameter values and is configured to adapt to the changes in the activation profile of the one or more neuron types to maintain the desired activation level by autonomously updating the measured patient characteristics based on at least one of (1) additional measurements by the measuring electrode of the activation level of each of the one or more neuron types for different electrical pulse durations and amplitudes and (2) additional measurements of organ function for different electrical pulse durations and amplitudes.

US Pat. No. 10,335,544

PASSIVE RESTART Y-SITE

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A fluid delivery Y-site device comprising:a body having a chamber, a primary flow port, secondary flow port, and an exit flow port fluidly coupled to the chamber;
a valve guide having a lower portion that extends into the chamber, between the primary flow port and the exit flow port, and an upper portion that extends from the lower portion toward the primary flow port;
a valve positioned in the chamber, between the primary flow port and the valve guide, wherein the valve is moveable between the primary flow port and the lower portion of the valve guide; and
a float positioned within the chamber between the valve and the exit flow port, wherein the float comprises a protrusion, and wherein the float is configured to move based on a level of fluid in the chamber, such that the protrusion of the float extends through the valve guide and engages the valve to occlude the primary flow port.

US Pat. No. 10,335,539

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MODULATING MEDIUM DELIVERY

Osprey Medical, Inc., Mi...

1. A method for mechanically modulating a fluid medium delivered to a vascular site within a body of a patient, the method comprising:employing a system including:
a sterile medium container that contains the fluid medium;
an injector;
a delivery catheter configured to deliver the fluid medium from outside the body of the patient to the vascular site within the body of the patient;
a chamber disposed between the injector and the delivery catheter;
a first connector, said first connector being fluidly coupled to each of the injector, the chamber, and a second connector, wherein the first connector is fluidly coupled to the chamber via a first valve;
the second connector being fluidly coupled to the sterile medium container via a second valve, and the second connector being fluidly coupled to the delivery catheter, wherein the second connector resides between the first connector and the delivery catheter;
injecting the fluid medium from the injector to the first connector, wherein the first valve is open;
simultaneously accepting a portion of the injected fluid medium into the chamber, wherein said chamber comprises at least one surface that imparts a force on the fluid medium within the chamber;
delivering the fluid medium to the vascular site within the body of the patient through the delivery catheter at a flow rate that remains substantially unchanged during the injecting of the fluid medium; and
drawing the fluid medium from the sterile medium container and filling the injector with the drawn fluid medium, wherein the first valve is closed and the second valve is open.

US Pat. No. 10,335,538

SYSTEM AND TREATMENT METHOD TO INCREASE CIRCULATION AND PLURIPOTENCY OF STEM AND PROGENITOR CELLS WITHIN A PATIENT

1. A treatment method to increase circulation and pluripotency of stem and progenitor cells within a patient by a practitioner, the method comprises the steps of:(A) providing a medicinal-administration system including a syringe, an infusion device, and a tourniquet;
(B) identifying an accessible peripheral vein on an upper extremity of the patient;
(C) preparing a volumetric dosage of an oxygen-ozone mixture within the syringe of the medicinal-administration system;
(D) applying the tourniquet to a cannulation area on the upper extremity and inserting the infusion device into the accessible peripheral vein of the patient before step (E);
(E) transfusing the volumetric dosage of the oxygen-ozone mixture from the syringe, through the infusion device, and into the accessible peripheral vein of the patient at a specified rate by releasing the tourniquet from the cannulation area during step (E) after the practitioner witnesses a flash of blood within the cannulation area;
(F) targeting a renal system and/or bone marrow of the patient with the volumetric dosage of the oxygen-ozone mixture to create stem and progenitor cells within the renal system and/or bone barrow of the patient; and
(G) repeating steps (B) through (F) as a plurality of treatment sessions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,536

PEN-TYPE DRUG INJECTION DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE-USE NEEDLE MODULE WITH NEEDLE CLEANING RESERVOIR

1. A medical injection device for apportioning set doses of a liquid drug, comprisinga housing supporting a cartridge containing the liquid drug,
a needle cannula having a distal part with a distal tip and an opposite proximal part and a longitudinal lumen there between, the needle cannula being mounted relatively to the housing such that the distal part extend in a distal direction and the proximal part extend in a proximal direction and into the cartridge,
a telescopically movable shield which is telescopically movable in relation to the housing and urged in the distal direction by a spring means operable between the telescopically movable shield and the housing, and wherein the telescopically movable shield carries a first cleaning reservoir containing a liquid cleaning solvent for cleaning at least the distal tip of the needle cannula between subsequent injections,
wherein the first cleaning reservoir distally is sealed by a distal seal and proximally by a proximal seal longitudinal spaced from each other to define a volume containing the cleaning solvent and wherein the first cleaning reservoir further is provided with an opening connecting the first cleaning reservoir with a second overflow reservoir to accommodate a volume expansion of the liquid cleaning solvent contained in the first cleaning reservoir, and
wherein a predetermined amount of liquid cleaning solvent is present inside the second overflow reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,335,535

INJECTION DEVICE WITH A NEEDLE CANNULA

1. An injection device for injecting a pharmaceutical liquid drug containing a preservative, comprising:a housing supporting a cartridge permanently embedded in the injection device, the cartridge having an interior chamber containing the pharmaceutical preservative containing liquid drug to be injected,
a needle cannula permanently secured to the injection device, and usable for multiple injections and having a front part with a tip and a back part, which back part is adapted to be in liquid communication with the interior chamber of the cartridge, and
a telescopic needle covering shield, which distally is provided with a reservoir confining a predetermined volume of a liquid for cleaning at least the tip of the needle cannula between subsequent injections, and which telescopic needle covering shield is urged distally into a first position by a first resilient member and moved proximally against the bias of the first resilient member into a second position during injection;
the first position being a position in which, the tip of the front part of the needle cannula is located inside the reservoir, and
the second position being a position in which, the tip of the front part of the needle cannula is located outside the reservoir and distally to the reservoir,and wherein, the predetermined volume of liquid confined in the reservoir of the telescopic needle covering shield is the identical same pharmaceutical preservative containing liquid drug as present in the interior chamber of the cartridge, such that the identical same pharmaceutical preservative containing liquid drug is present in both the reservoir of the telescopic needle covering shield and in the interior chamber of the cartridge, andwherein the injection device automatically ejects a predetermined amount of pharmaceutical preservative containing liquid drug into the reservoir upon first use of the injection device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,534

DIALYSIS PRESCRIPTION OPTIMIZATION FOR DECREASED ARRHYTHMIAS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method, comprising:determining a potassium concentration of a patient;
determining a fluid volume of the patient;
calculating a desired potassium concentration change and a desired fluid volume change for a dialysis session, wherein the desired potassium concentration change and desired fluid volume change are calculated based on a first risk score for arrhythmia due to an anticipated change in potassium concentration and an anticipated change in fluid volume during dialysis; and
setting an ultrafiltration prescription and/or a potassium prescription based in part on the desired potassium concentration change and desired fluid volume change;
wherein the method uses a system comprising:
a dialysate flow loop comprising a dialyzer; wherein dialysate enters the dialyzer through a dialysate inlet and exits the dialyzer through a dialysate outlet;
an extracorporeal flow loop for transporting blood from the patient, to the dialyzer, and back to the patient;
an ultrafiltration pump, wherein the ultrafiltration pump controls a net fluid movement between the patient and the dialysate flow loop;
control electronics, wherein the control electronics are configured to control a pump rate of the ultrafiltration pump;
a processor; wherein the processor is configured to obtain the potassium concentration of the patient;
the processor configured to calculate the first risk score for arrhythmia, wherein the first risk score for arrhythmia is based at least in part on the potassium concentration of the patient and the fluid volume of the patient; and wherein the processor calculates the ultrafiltration prescription based on the first risk score for arrhythmia and transmits the ultrafiltration prescription to the control electronics; and
wherein the control electronics are configured to control the pump rate of the ultrafiltration pump based on the ultrafiltration prescription.

US Pat. No. 10,335,531

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CARDIOPULMONARY BYPASS USING HYPOBARIC OXYGENATION

1. A system for cardiopulmonary bypass, comprising:a cardiopulmonary bypass reservoir configured to store a blood;
a pump in fluid communication with the cardiopulmonary bypass reservoir configured to provide pressure to the system;
an oxygen source comprising a pressure regulator configured to regulate an oxygen pressure;
an oxygenator fluidly connected to the pressure regulator of the oxygen source via a sweep gas inlet, wherein the sweep gas inlet is configured to have a subatmospheric pressure and the oxygenator is configured to oxygenate the blood;
a vacuum regulator fluidly connected to the oxygenator via a sweep gas outlet, and configured to provide the subatmospheric pressure;
a vaporizer in fluid communication with the oxygenator;
a flow restrictor fluidly connected to the sweep gas inlet and configured to allow for a pressure drop from the oxygen source to the oxygenator, and disposed between the vaporizer and the oxygenator; and
an arterial filter fluidly connected to a blood outlet of the oxygenator and to the cardiopulmonary bypass reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,335,530

LUNG ASSIST DEVICE WITH OSCILLATING FIBER BUNDLE

1. An extracorporeal system for lung assist comprising:a system housing, the system housing comprising a blood flow inlet and a blood flow outlet;
a fiber bundle housing movably positioned within the system housing, the fiber bundle housing comprising a gas inlet and a gas outlet;
a fiber bundle in operative connection with the fiber bundle housing, the fiber bundle comprising a plurality of hollow gas permeable fibers, wherein lumens of the plurality of hollow gas fibers are in fluid connection with the gas inlet at a first end thereof and in fluid connection with the gas outlet as a second end thereof;
an actuator to impart linear oscillatory motion to the fiber bundle housing and thereby to the fiber bundle.

US Pat. No. 10,335,529

EXTRA-CORPOREAL BLOOD TREATMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING OFF OR REDUCING THE SPEED OF A NON-OCCLUDING PUMP IN A FLUID SYSTEM OF AN EXTRA-CORPOREAL BLOOD DEVICE

Fresenius Medical Care De...

1. An extracorporeal blood treatment apparatus comprising:a fluid system comprising a blood feed line that leads to a blood treatment unit, and a blood discharge line that leads away from the blood treatment unit, wherein the blood treatment unit is divided into a blood chamber and a dialysis fluid chamber by means of a semi-permeable membrane,
a pump configured to (1) convey blood in the blood feed line or in the blood discharge line of the fluid system, or (2) convey dialysis fluid through the dialysis fluid chamber, wherein the pump is a non-occluding pump,
a first shut-off element for shutting off the blood feed line and a second shut-off element for shutting off the blood discharge line, and
a control unit for controlling the first shut-off element, the second shut-off element and the non-occluding pump,
wherein the control unit is configured such that before the speed of rotation of the pump is reduced or before the pump is shut off, the first shut-off element and the second shut-off element are closed, and the speed of rotation of the pump is reduced or the pump is shut off only after a predetermined time interval has lapsed, the predetermined time interval beginning after the first shut-off element and the second shut-off element are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,335,527

VENTRICULAR ASSIST ASSEMBLY, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of attaching an implantable anastomotic assembly to cardiovascular tissue, the method comprising:engaging a connection interface against the cardiovascular tissue;
engaging an outer plate against the cardiovascular tissue a distance away from the connection interface; and
after engaging the connection interface and the outer plate against the cardiovascular tissue, interconnecting the connection interface to the outer plate using a connector;
wherein before interconnecting the connection interface and the outer plate, the connection interface is separate from and non-contiguous with the outer plate.

US Pat. No. 10,335,525

BREASTSHIELD WITH MEDIA SEPARATION

MEDELA HOLDING AG, Baar ...

1. A breastshield unit for use in a device for expressing human breastmilk by means of underpressure applied to a nipple, wherein the device comprises an underpressure source for generating the underpressure applied to the nipple, wherein the breastshield unit comprises a breastshield body with a first opening for receiving the nipple of a mother's breast, with a second opening as a drain for expressed breastmilk and with at least one third opening for connection to the underpressure source in order to apply the underpressure to the nipple, wherein the breastshield unit further comprises a media separation membrane arranged in the breastshield body, the media separation membrane being made of a flexible material and transferring the underpressure generated by the underpressure source to the nipple and the media separation membrane separating the first opening and the second opening from the at least one third opening and therefore separating the expressed breastmilk from the underpressure source and therefore protecting the underpressure source from contamination by the expressed breastmilk, wherein the media separation membrane comprises a through-channel which connects the first opening of the breastshield body to the second opening of the breastshield body, the underpressure source disposed outside of the media separation membrane, wherein the through-channel comprises a through-opening, which is enlarged when subjected to the underpressure from the underpressure source, the through-opening being formed by walls of the media separation membrane, wherein the walls, when subjected to the underpressure, are moved away from each other in order to enlarge the through-opening from an initially closed or almost closed condition, mainly by purely geometric shifting of the position of the walls, the shifting of the position of the walls being caused by the underpressure generated by the underpressure source.

US Pat. No. 10,335,524

PORTABLE CHEST TUBE PRESSURE AND CO2 MONITOR

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A chest tube thoracostomy system comprising:one or more sensors that are configured to detect a level of CO2 and a pressure of gas that is passing through a chest tube between a patient and a vacuum source; and
a monitoring device that is configured to be in electrical communication with the one or more sensors and that is configured to receive, from the one or more sensors, one or more signals that are indicative of the detected level of CO2 and the detected pressure of the gas that is passing through the chest tube between the patient and the vacuum source, the monitoring device comprising a user interface that is configured to display indications of the detected level of CO2 and the detected pressure,
wherein the monitoring device is configured to algorithmically process the one or more signals that are indicative of: (i) the detected level of CO2 and (ii) the detected pressure in combination with each other to enable determining whether the chest tube needs to be repositioned within the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,523

INCONTINENCE AID

1. A method of attaching an incontinence aid to a man, the method comprising:(a) positioning a pad body of the incontinence aid such that an interior side of the pad body adjacent a proximal end of the pad body is under the man's genitals;
(b) folding a first side edge of the pad body over at least a portion of the man's genitals such that the interior side of the pad body adjacent the proximal end of the pad body and adjacent the first side edge of the pad body faces at least a portion of the man's genitals;
(c) folding a second side edge of the pad body over the first side edge of the pad body such that the interior side of the pad body adjacent the proximal end of the pad body and adjacent the second side edge of the pad body faces at least a portion of an exterior side of the pad body adjacent the proximal end of the pad body and adjacent the first side edge of the pad body;
(d) folding the pad body such that the interior side of the pad body adjacent a distal end of the pad body faces at least a portion of the exterior side of the pad body to cover the man's genitals; and
(e) securing the pad body in a folded position to retain the pad body on the man's genitals.

US Pat. No. 10,335,522

INTERFACES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR USE IN REDUCED PRESSURE TISSUE TREATMENT

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A system for treating a tissue site with a reduced pressure, comprising:a manifold for placing proximate the tissue site, the manifold having a first side and a second side, the second side of the manifold adapted to face the tissue site;
a flexible film drape for covering the first side of the manifold to form a sealed space containing the manifold, the flexible film drape having an aperture adapted to provide fluid communication with the sealed space;
an interface for positioning over the flexible film drape proximate the aperture, the interface having a first side and a second side, the second side of the interface adapted to face the tissue site, the interface comprising:
an inlet port positioned proximate the first side of the interface and adapted to intake ambient gas, the inlet port comprising a constricted portion having a first diameter at an upstream end and a second diameter at an opposing downstream end, wherein the second diameter is smaller than the first diameter, and wherein the constricted portion is adapted to provide a pressure drop,
a first reduced-pressure channel extending through the interface from the inlet port to an outlet port positioned proximate the first side of the interface,
a second reduced-pressure channel adapted to deliver the reduced pressure to the tissue site, the second reduced-pressure channel fluidly coupled between the first reduced-pressure channel and the second side of the interface, wherein the reduced pressure substantially corresponds to the pressure drop, and
a pressure-sensing port positioned in the second side of the interface;
a reduced-pressure source fluidly coupled to the outlet port; and
a pressure-sensing unit fluidly coupled to the pressure-sensing port for monitoring pressure proximate the tissue site.

US Pat. No. 10,335,521

REDUCED PRESSURE THERAPY DEVICES

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A reduced pressure therapy system, the system comprising:a wound dressing comprising:
a sealing film comprising an adhesive region, wherein the sealing film is configured to be affixed around an area of tissue to be treated and create a sealed enclosure,
an outlet port, and
a contact layer comprising a plurality of stacked sheets retained by a porous layer;
a suction apparatus configured to generate reduced pressure of at least ?50 mm Hg, the suction apparatus comprising:
a first chamber having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the first chamber has rigid sides having first threads from the distal end to the proximal end of the first chamber on an internal surface,
a reciprocating member comprising second threads on an outer surface configured to engage the first threads to form a threaded interface allowing the reciprocating member to sealably rotate along the rigid sides,
a second chamber, and
a valve controlling fluid communication with the second chamber; and
an extension tube configured to attach to the outlet port of the wound dressing and to the suction apparatus.