US Pat. No. 10,479,139

WHEEL BEARING APPARATUS

NTN Corporation, Osaka-s...

1. A wheel bearing apparatus having an outer side positioned outside of a vehicle body and an inner side position inside the vehicle body comprising:an outer member has an inner circumference and an outer circumference with a body mounting flange, the flange to be mounted on a knuckle that forms a portion of a suspension apparatus, the outer member inner circumference includes double row outer raceway surfaces;
an inner member including a wheel hub and an inner ring, the wheel hub includes a first end with a wheel mounting flange, the wheel hub has an outer circumference that includes one inner raceway surface opposing one of the outer raceway surfaces of the double row outer raceway surfaces, a cylindrical portion axially extends from the inner raceway surface, and the inner ring is press-fit onto the wheel hub, an outer circumference of the inner ring includes a second inner raceway surface opposing the other outer raceway surface of the double row outer raceway surfaces;
double row rolling elements freely rollably accommodated between the outer and inner raceway surfaces of the outer and inner members; and
a seal mounted within an outer-side opening in an annular space formed between the outer member and the inner member;
the seal is formed from an integrated seal comprising a metal core and a sealing member, the metal core is fit into an outer-side end inner circumference of the outer member, the sealing member is integrally adhered to the metal core by vulcanized adhesion, the sealing member includes a plurality of sealing lips;
the metal core is press-formed from a steel sheet and comprises a cylindrical fitting part, a radial inner part, an annular flat part, and a cylindrical flange part, the cylindrical fitting part fit into the outer-side end inner circumference of the outer member, the radially inner part is bent from the fitting part and extends radial inward, the annular flat part extends radially outward from an outer-side end of the fitting part and contacts the outer-side end face of the outer member, and the cylindrical flange part is formed on the radially outermost end of the annular flat part and extends toward the outer member;
the sealing member is formed from synthetic rubber and adhered to the metal core in a range from the radially innermost end of the radially inner part to the flanged part;
the sealing member comprises a first side lip, a second side lip, a third side lip and a radial lip, the first side lip is inclined radially outward from the radially inner part of the metal core, the first side lip opposes an inner-side base of the wheel mounting flange, via an axial gap, the second side lip is formed radially inward of the first side lip, the second side lip is in sliding contact with a surface as the second side lip extends toward the wheel mounting flange, via an axial interference, the radial lip extends from a base of the second side lip and is inclined radially inward toward the inner side, the third side lip is adhered to the flanged part of the metal core, the third side lip covers the entire surface of the flanged part and extends radially outward from its base toward the wheel mounting flange;
a tip end of the third side lip is formed with a vertically flat surface opposing the inner-side surface of the wheel mounting flange via an axial gap to form a first labyrinth seal; and
a second labyrinth seal is formed at a position between the first labyrinth seal and the first side lip opposing the inner-side base of the wheel mounting flange via an axial gap.

US Pat. No. 10,479,138

ELECTROMAGNETIC WHEEL ASSEMBLY

1. An electromagnetic wheel assembly being configured to be electromagnetically coupled to a vehicle thereby facilitating a fastener-free coupling of a wheel to a vehicle, said assembly comprising:a spindle being configured to be rotatably coupled to an axle of a vehicle, said spindle being configured to have a wheel positioned thereon;
a hub, said hub having a disk, said hub having said spindle being rotatably positioned therein, said hub being configured to be coupled to a suspension of the vehicle;
an electromagnet being coupled to said hub, said electromagnet being selectively turned on wherein said electromagnet is configured to magnetically engage the wheel thereby retaining the wheel on said disk, said electromagnet being embedded within said disk; and
a lock being movably coupled to said spindle, said lock being selectively urged into a locking position wherein said lock is configured to inhibit the wheel from coming off of said spindle when said electromagnet fails, said lock being selectively urged into an unlocked position wherein said lock is configured to facilitate the wheel to be removed from said spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,135

OMNI-DIRECTIONAL WHEEL FOR POOL VACUUM HEAD

1. An omni-directional wheel comprising:a plurality of substantially identical interlocking frames;
each frame comprising a hub rotatable around a common axis;
a plurality of lower supports extending radially around the hub;
a plurality of upper supports coupled to the hub extending radially around the common axis, the upper supports and the lower supports in a circumferentially staggered relationship around the common axis wherein the upper supports are elevated relative to the lower supports when the common axis is vertically oriented; and
a plurality of rollers retained by the lower supports and the upper supports, the rollers oriented normal to the common axis and held in a radially staggered relationship around the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,132

BINDING TOOL AND FILE

YUGEN KAISHA SANKUSU, To...

1. A binding tool for papers, the binding tool comprising:a base member extending in a longitudinal direction; and
a plurality of first binding members and a plurality of second binding members, each having a base end portion protruding outward in a width direction of the base member and a tip end portion integral with the base end portion and curved inward in the width direction, the tip end portions located facing each other in the width direction and being movable between (i) a binding position in which the tip end portions are in contact with each other and (ii) an open position in which the tip end portions are separated by a predetermined distance, wherein:
when the tip end portions located facing each other in the width direction are in contact with each other in the binding position, the base end portions, which are integral with the corresponding tip end portions are positionally displaced from each other in the longitudinal direction by at least an amount corresponding to a thickness of each base end portion,
the base member includes a first base member formed with the plurality of first binding members and a second base member formed with the plurality of second binding members, the first base member and the second base member overlapping each other in an up-down direction perpendicular to each of the longitudinal direction and the width direction in the binding position, and
the first base member and the second base member include engagement portions each protruding in the up-down direction and located in positions where the first base member and the second base member overlap in a front end part and a rear end part of each of the first base member and the second base member in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,131

SEWING PATTERN ORGANIZER

1. An apparatus for storing and organizing sewing pattern pieces, the apparatus for storing and organizing sewing pattern pieces comprising:a housing having an inner chamber defined by at least four side walls and a bottom surface;
a lid, said lid removably attached to said housing and configured to cover said inner chamber of said housing;
a plurality of locking mechanisms, said plurality of locking mechanisms being coupled to said lid and configured to secure said lid to said housing; and
a plurality of sleeves, said plurality of sleeves removably positioned inside said inner chamber of said housing, and wherein each of said plurality of sleeves is configured to contain a sewing pattern piece; and
wherein each of said plurality of sleeves has at least one front-pocket on a front side of said sleeve;
wherein each of said plurality of sleeves has at least one back-pocket on a back side of said sleeve;
wherein said plurality of sleeves is at least fifteen said sleeves;
wherein said plurality of sleeves is made from a transparent material;
wherein the apparatus further comprises at least one flap coupled to said front side of said sleeve and configured to cover an opening of said at least one front-pocket;
wherein the apparatus further comprises at least one flap coupled to said back side of said sleeve and configured to cover an opening of said at least one back-pocket;
wherein said at least one flap is configured to cover said opening of said at least one front-pocket on said front side of said sleeve by a means for fastening said at least one flap;
wherein said at least one flap is configured to cover said opening of said at least one back-pocket on said back side of said sleeve by the fastening means;
wherein said fastening means is a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the apparatus further comprises a means for labeling the sewing pattern pieces removably located above said at least one front-pocket of said front side of said sleeve;
wherein said identification means is a label;
wherein said apparatus is made from a strong durable plastic;
wherein said inner chamber of said housing has a depth greater than a height of a sleeve of said plurality of sleeves;
wherein said plurality of sleeves is made from a flexible plastic material; and
wherein said plurality of locking mechanisms is two latches located on opposite sides of said lid.

US Pat. No. 10,479,130

CARD WITH EMBEDDED IMAGE

COMPOSECURE, L.L.C., Mou...

1. A method of making a hologram on a card, the card having a length, a width, a top side, top outer surface, a bottom side, and a bottom outer surface, the card consisting of a metallic foil layer sandwiched between a plurality of layers of thermoplastic materials, and optionally one or more colorants or printed features, the method comprising the steps of:a) forming a first assembly including a layer of metallic foil with at least a first layer of pattern-conforming material overlying and directly contacting said metallic foil, said first layer of pattern-conforming material comprising a thermoplastic which is solid at room temperature;
b) supplying the first assembly to an inline process having at least two stages, a first stage of the inline process including passing the first assembly through a first set of rollers, thereby embossing a pattern onto said metallic foil using a laminating plate disposed underneath the metallic foil and simultaneously laminating said first assembly under pressure applied along an axis normal to a first plane defined by the length and width of the card and at a first temperature to cause portions of the first layer of pattern-conforming material to flow within and conform to the embossed portions of the metallic foil and for the metallic foil to be set to the embossed pattern, the pattern comprising rectilinear elements defined by lines orthogonal to one another in a planar section disposed normal to the first plane, said orthogonal lines including one or more first lines parallel to the normal axis and one or more second lines parallel to the first plane; and
c) forming a second assembly including at least a second layer of pattern-conforming material, said second layer of pattern-conforming material comprising a thermoplastic which is solid at room temperature; and
d) stacking the first and second assemblies with the second layer of pattern conforming material of the second assembly in contact with and underlying the metallic foil and, in a second stage of the inline process, passing the stacked first and second assemblies through a second set of rollers, thereby laminating the first and second assemblies under pressure and at a second temperature less than the first temperature for maintaining the setting of the embossed pattern embedded between the first and second layers of pattern-conforming material, for causing portions of the second layer of pattern-conforming material to flow within and conform to the embossed portions of the metallic foil without disturbing the embossed pattern, and for securing the first and second assemblies so they constitute all the layers of said card with the metallic foil sandwiched between the first and second pattern-conforming material layers and with the top outer surface and the bottom outer surface each having a uniformly flat disposition, wherein the optical characteristics of the metallic foil and any layers disposed between the top outer surface and the metallic foil or between the bottom outer surface and the metallic foil are selected to enable the embossed pattern to be visible from at least one of the top side or bottom side of the card.

US Pat. No. 10,479,129

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SECURITY STRUCTURES FOR SECURITY DOCUMENTS

DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL L...

1. A method of manufacturing a hybrid security structure for a security document, the method comprising the steps of:providing a document substrate;
applying to the document substrate, by a first process, a first element comprising a first electrically conductive region of the hybrid security structure;
applying to the document substrate, by a second process, a second element comprising a second electrically conductive region of the hybrid security structure, wherein the first process is different from the second process; and
electrically coupling the first and second electrically conductive regions of the hybrid security structure using a DC or AC connecting element, so as to provide an electrical capacitance for detection by a capacitance sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,127

SHEET-LIKE GOODS WITH STRING

DENTSU INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A sheet-like article with a string having a first use form and a second use form, the sheet-like article with a string comprising:a sheet-like main body comprising a first sheet, and a second sheet having a shape corresponding to the first sheet; and
a string body inserted into a plurality of holes of the main body, wherein change from the first use form to the second use form is possible by pulling of the string body,
wherein, in the first use form, the string body is bended at the hole of the main body, and in the second use form, the string body is arranged linearly by pulling,
wherein, in the first use form, an inner surface of an end of the first sheet faces an inner surface of an end of the second sheet, and in the second use form, an outer surface of the end of the first sheet faces an outer surface of the end of the second sheet, and
wherein, in the second use form in which the string body has been pulled, no fold is formed around the holes of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,126

TRANSACTION INSTRUMENT

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., ...

1. A transaction instrument comprising a blended composite of metal and plastic, wherein the blended composite is a metal-filled plastic comprising a high-gravity compound, and wherein the metal of the blended composite has a weight in a range of 40% to 96% of the total blended composite weight.

US Pat. No. 10,479,122

PRINTING HEAD NOZZLE EVALUATION

XJET LTD., Rehovot (IL)

1. A method of selecting nozzles for printing a multi-layered line of metallic material, the method comprising:printing a first plurality of test marks using a plurality of nozzles and according to a set of parameters; printing a second plurality of test marks using the plurality of nozzles and according to the set of parameters;
inspecting the first and second pluralities of test marks to determine whether test marks printed by a particular nozzle of the plurality nozzles are identical in appearance; identifying a set of test marks from the first and second pluralities of test marks that were printed by a particular nozzle and that are not identical in appearance;
identifying the nozzle that printed the identified set of test marks; excluding the identified nozzle from the plurality of nozzles to generate a set of conforming nozzles; and using the set of conforming nozzles to print the multi-layered line of metallic material, wherein each nozzle in the set of conforming nozzles deposits metallic material to form a metallic layer within the multi-layered line of metallic material.

US Pat. No. 10,479,118

INK-JET PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An ink-jet printer comprising:a conveyer configured to convey a sheet in a conveyance direction;
a recording head including a plurality of nozzles;
a carriage having the recording head mounted thereon and configured to reciprocate in a scanning direction crossing the conveyance direction;
an ink receiver; and
a controller configured to control the conveyer, the recording head and the carriage so as to execute:
receiving a recording instruction for recording an image on a sheet;
in response to receipt of the recording instruction, determining an elapsed time elapsed since the ink has been jetted immediately therebefore;
moving the carriage in the first orientation of the scanning direction up to a returning position corresponding to the determined elapsed time;
moving the carriage in a second orientation of the scanning direction, which is opposite to the first orientation, from the returning position up to the sheet facing area;
executing a flushing processing for causing the ink to be jetted from the plurality of nozzles toward the ink receiver in a process in which the carriage is being moved in the second orientation of the scanning direction from the returning position up to the sheet facing area; and
executing recording of the image by causing the ink to be jetted from the plurality of nozzles toward the sheet, conveyed by the conveyer, after the carriage has reached the sheet facing area,
wherein the returning position is located at a first position downstream from the sheet facing area in the first orientation of the scanning direction, under a condition that the determined elapsed time is less than a threshold value, and
the returning position is located at a second position downstream from the first position in the first orientation of the scanning direction, under a condition that the determined elapsed time is not less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,117

PRINTER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A printer comprising:a print head configured to print along a raster direction portions of an image on a printing medium in units of a raster;
a movement mechanism that includes a stepping motor and is configured to move at least one of the printing medium and the print head so as to change a relative position between the printing medium and the print head in a direction intersecting the raster direction;
a motor driver configured to drive the stepping motor; and
a control unit configured to control the print head in response to a print start instruction, the control unit including a drive pulse generator configured to generate and output drive pulses to the motor driver, which drives the stepping motor based on the driver pulses, wherein
the print head is controlled to perform printing of one raster along the raster direction each time the relative position between the printing medium and the print head is changed by the movement mechanism by an interval of the raster, and
the driver pulse generator is configured to make an interval of consecutive two drive pulses longer than an immediately preceding interval before a rotation speed of the stepping motor increases to a predetermined target speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,116

BASE MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DETECTION METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A base material processing apparatus comprising:a transporting mechanism that transports a long band-like base material in a longitudinal direction of the base material along a predetermined transport path;
a first detection part that acquires a first detection result by continuously or intermittently detecting a position of an edge of the base material in a width direction at a first detection position in said transport path;
a second detection part that acquires a second detection result by continuously or intermittently detecting the position of the edge of the base material in the width direction at a second detection position that is located downstream of said first detection position in said transport path; and
a displacement amount calculation part that calculates an amount of displacement in position of the base material in a transport direction or an amount of difference in transporting speed of the base material on the basis of said first detection result and said second detection result,
wherein said displacement amount calculation part identifies a highly matched data section included in said second detection result for each data section included in said first detection result, and calculates the amount of displacement in position of the base material in the transport direction or the amount of difference in transporting speed of the base material on the basis of said data section that has been identified.

US Pat. No. 10,479,115

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on a continuous sheet;
a platen configured to support the continuous sheet to be printed by the printing unit;
a suction unit configured to perform, in a case where the printing operation is performed, a suction operation for sucking the continuous sheet supported on the platen;
a conveying unit configured to convey the continuous sheet in a first direction, which is a conveyance direction in the printing operation, and a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a cutting unit provided downstream of the printing unit in the first direction and configured to perform a cutting operation for cutting the continuous sheet; and
a control unit configured to cause the conveying unit to convey the continuous sheet in the second direction after the cutting operation so as to (i) in a case where the suction operation is stopped in a period from the cutting operation until a next printing operation, stop the continuous sheet at a first position where the continuous sheet does not face the printing unit, and (ii) in a case where the suction operation is continued after the cutting operation, stop the continuous sheet at a second position where the continuous sheet faces the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,113

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUSES FOR DETECTING A MEDIA JAM CONDITION

1. A method for detecting a media jam condition in a thermal printer, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, an input signal from a media sensor, wherein the input signal is indicative of a measure of a media transmissivity/reflectivity of a media, wherein content is printed on the media;
operating, by the processor, the thermal printer in a calibration mode, wherein operating the thermal printer in the calibration mode comprises:
halting, by the processor, a traversal of the media such that the media is stationary with respect to a print head in the thermal printer, wherein the print head is configured to print on the media;
analyzing, by the processor, the input signal received while the traversal of the media is halted, to determine one or more characteristics of the input signal; and
determining, by the processor, a first transmissivity/reflectivity threshold based on the one or more characteristics of the input signal received during the calibration mode; and
operating, by the processor, the thermal printer in a printing mode, wherein operating the thermal printer in the printing mode comprises:
causing, by the processor, traversal of the media with respect to the print head in the thermal printer to perform a print operation;
determining, by the processor, one or more current characteristics of the input signal received while the thermal printer operates in the printing mode; and
detecting, by the processor, the media jam condition in an instance in which a measure of the one or more current characteristics of the input signal, received while the thermal printer operates in the printing mode, is satisfy the first transmissivity/reflectivity threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,479,112

PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printing device that carries out printing with respect to a medium, the printing device comprising:an ejection head that ejects an ink to the medium; and
an infrared irradiating portion that irradiates an infrared light in which a wavelength is smaller than or equal to 3 ?m with respect to the ink on the medium;
wherein the ejection head ejects the ink containing a solvent that generates heat by absorbing the infrared light; and
the infrared irradiating portion volatilizes and removes at least one part of the solvent in the ink by irradiating the infrared light with respect to the ink on the medium,
wherein the infrared irradiating portion generates the infrared light in which a peak wavelength is smaller than or equal to 3 ?m, and an intensity of a component in which a wavelength is 4 ?m is smaller than or equal to 1/10 of an intensity at the peak wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,479,111

CARBON FILAMENT LAMP ARRAY

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A lamp array for drying a liquid ink on a media in a printing apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising a media transport system having a cross process width, the media transport system arranged to move the media through the printing apparatus in a process direction, the lamp array comprising:a plurality of lamps, each lamp of the plurality of lamps having a longitudinal axis arranged in a direction parallel to the process direction and adjacent to the media transport system,
wherein the plurality of lamps are equidistantly positioned substantially across the entire cross process width of the media transport system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,107

PRINTER

SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer, comprising:a housing;
a printer cover that is rotatable relative to the housing about a first rotary axis;
a thermal head configured to print on print medium;
a connector capable of being electrically connected to and disconnected from the thermal head; and
a head cover that is rotatable about a second rotary axis parallel to the first rotary axis, the head cover pivotally supported at the printer cover, the head cover rotating between a first position at which the head cover encloses the connector and a second position at which the head cover does not enclose the connector to electrically connect and disconnect the thermal head and the connector, wherein a space is defined between the head cover located at the second position and the printer cover, and
the connector is exposed through the space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,105

DROPLET DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND DROPLET DISCHARGE METHOD

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A droplet discharge apparatus to discharge a droplet onto a recording medium according to image data while being moved by a user, the droplet discharge apparatus comprising:a head to discharge the droplet onto the recording medium;
a sensor to detect a movement amount of the droplet discharge apparatus in a predetermined period;
a memory to store determination information, which indicates whether droplet discharging has been instructed for each pixel of the image data; and
a processor configured to:
accumulate the movement amount to calculate a total movement amount of the droplet discharge apparatus;
instruct droplet discharging from the head based on the total movement amount and the image data, the instructed droplet discharging being only for an unprinted pixel for which the determination information indicates that droplet discharging has not been instructed and the unprinted pixel being included in a predetermined region of the image data;
calculate a ratio between a number of printed pixels in the predetermined region and a total number of pixels in the predetermined region, the printed pixels for which the determination information indicates that droplet discharging has been instructed; and
rewrite, based on the ratio, the determination information of the unprinted pixel to indicate that droplet discharging has been instructed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,104

OPTICAL MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An optical module for a colorimeter comprising:a base having a first window and a second window;
a light source that is disposed in the base and radiates initial light through the second window onto a measurement position of a measurement target in a direction crossing a measurement optical axis;
an incident optical system that is disposed in the base and receives reflected light, the reflected light being obtained by reflecting the initial light at the measurement position of the measurement target, the reflected light traveling along the measurement optical axis through the first window;
a shutter having a shutter face facing the first window and the second window of the base;
a shutter holder supporting the shutter, the shutter holder being configured to open or close the first window with the shutter;
a reference object disposed on at least a part of the shutter face; and
a light guide disposed between the base and the shutter face;
wherein the first window and the second window face the shutter face of the shutter when the first window is closed with the shutter so that the light guide diffusively guides the initial light from the second window to the reference object.

US Pat. No. 10,479,103

AQUEOUS INK COMPOSITION AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An aqueous ink composition comprising:an alkanediol having a normal boiling point of 240° C. or higher;
polyoxyethylene mono(2-ethylhexyl) ether having a carbon number of 14 or more and 22 or less; and
water, wherein
a content of the polyoxyethylene mono(2-ethylhexyl) ether having a carbon number of 14 or more and 22 or less is in a range of 0.01% to 0.4% by mass based on a total amount of the aqueous ink composition.

US Pat. No. 10,479,099

SYSTEM FOR CONSUMING CONSUMABLE MATERIAL STORED IN CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A system comprising:a cartridge configured to accommodate a consumable material;
a cartridge attachment section, the cartridge being inserted into and attached to the cartridge attachment section in a first direction, the cartridge being removed from the cartridge attachment section in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a consuming section including a recording head and configured to consume the consumable material stored in the cartridge completely attached to the cartridge attachment section,
the cartridge comprising:
a board supporting portion;
a board supported by the board supporting portion, the board having a mount surface and a supported surface opposite to the mount surface, the mount surface facing in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction, the supported surface facing in a fourth direction opposite to the third direction and supported by the board supporting portion, the board and a portion of the board supporting portion defining a moving trajectory during insertion and removal of the cartridge relative to the cartridge attachment section; and
an electrical interface mounted on the mount surface of the board,
the cartridge attachment section comprising:
a slider configured to contact at least one of the board and the board supporting portion of the cartridge, the slider being movable between a first position and a second position and between a first posture and a second posture in accordance with insertion and removal of the cartridge relative to the cartridge attachment section, the second position being displaced in the third direction relative to the first position, the slider at the first position being in the first posture and the slider at the second position being in the second posture;
an electrical contact provided on the slider and configured to contact the electrical interface of the cartridge, the electrical contact being movable between a contact position and a non-contact position in accordance with the movement of the slider between the first posture and the second posture;
a first wall provided on the slider at a position offset in the first direction relative to the electrical contact, the first wall having a portion that overlaps the moving trajectory of the board and the portion of the board supporting portion during insertion and removal of the cartridge relative to the cartridge attachment section;
a second wall provided on the slider at a position offset in the second direction relative to the electrical contact; and
a biasing member configured to apply a biasing force to the slider in the second direction,
wherein:
when the slider is at the first position and in the first posture,
the electrical contact is in the contact position and overlaps the electrical interface of the cartridge completely attached to the cartridge attachment section, the second wall having a portion overlapping the moving trajectory;
when the slider is in the second posture,
the electrical contact is in the non-contact position displaced in the third direction relative to the contact position, the second wall being displaced in the third direction relative to the moving trajectory; and
when the cartridge has been completely attached to the cartridge attachment section,
the cartridge and the cartridge attachment section define a first space therebetween at a position offset in the first direction relative to the board and the portion of the board supporting portion, the first wall being received in the first space; andthe cartridge and the cartridge attachment section define a second space therebetween at a position offset in the second direction relative to the board and the portion of the board supporting portion, the second wall of the slider at the first position and in the first posture being received in the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,098

TANK AND LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tank configured to be installed in a liquid consuming apparatus having a liquid consuming unit and be connected to the liquid consuming unit such that liquid flows between the tank and the liquid consuming unit, the tank comprising:a casing having a bottom wall, a rear wall, and a side wall in a usable posture of the tank, the side wall extending in a direction intersecting with the bottom wall, the rear wall extending in a direction intersecting the bottom wall and the side wall;
a storage chamber provided in the casing and configured to store the liquid; and
a communication port provided in the storage chamber to let the liquid flow out to an outside of the tank from an opening through the rear wall,
wherein the storage chamber includes:
a first space extending along the bottom wall from the communication port; and
a second space connected to the first space in a vicinity of the communication port and extending along the side wall and the rear wall from the communication port, and
in a state that the liquid is stored at least in the first space and the second space, a first pressure loss when the liquid stored in the storage chamber flows to the communication port via the first space is equal to a second pressure loss when the liquid stored in the storage chamber flows to the communication port along the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,091

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND WASTE LIQUID AMOUNT DETECTION METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid discharge section configured to discharge liquid onto a medium;
a holding section capable of holding a waste liquid container configured to contain waste liquid exhausted from the liquid discharge section;
a sensor capable of detecting a state in which a containing amount of the waste liquid container has reached a threshold value; and
a calculation section configured to calculate a waste liquid amount based on an exhaust amount of the waste liquid exhausted by the liquid discharge section,
wherein, in a case where the sensor has detected the state in which the containing amount has reached the threshold value, the calculation section calculates the waste liquid amount by adding the exhaust amount of the waste liquid exhausted after the detection of the state by the sensor to the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,090

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK DISCHARGE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit including a first ink ejection port array and a second ink ejection port array;
a first ink storage unit configured to store ink to be supplied to the first ink ejection port array;
a second ink storage unit configured to store ink to be supplied to the second ink ejection port array;
a discharge unit configured to perform a discharge operation of discharging at least one of the ink and air from the first ink ejection port array and the second ink ejection port array for a predetermined time;
a first detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the first ink storage unit is below a first predetermined amount;
a second detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the second ink storage unit is below a second predetermined amount;
a control unit configured to control the discharge unit to perform the discharge operation until the first detection unit detects that the amount of the first ink is below the first predetermined amount and the second detection unit detects that the amount of the second ink is below the second predetermined amount;
a first counter configured to count, as a first number of times, how many times the discharge operation is performed until the first detection unit detects that the amount of the first ink is below the first predetermined amount; and
a second counter configured to count, as a second number of times, how many times the discharge operation is performed until the second detection unit detects that the amount of the second ink is below the second predetermined amount,
wherein the control unit controls the discharge unit to perform the discharge operation a determined number of times based on the first number and the second number.

US Pat. No. 10,479,089

SUPPLY LIQUID TANK UNIT AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A supply liquid tank unit comprising:a supply liquid tank for containing cleaning liquid for cleaning a recording head to be supplied to the recording head that ejects ink onto a recording medium; and
a detection sensor for detecting a liquid level of the cleaning liquid in the supply liquid tank, wherein
the supply liquid tank includes:
a first chamber provided with an inflow port allowing inflow of the cleaning liquid;
a second chamber provided with an outflow port allowing outflow of the cleaning liquid;
a partition wall for partitioning the first chamber and the second chamber from each other; and
a lower communicating path which is formed from a lower end of the partition wall and a lower surface of the supply liquid tank and which makes the first chamber and the second chamber communicating with each other,
the outflow port is placed below the detection sensor,
the detection sensor detects a liquid level of the cleaning liquid in the second chamber, and is placed above the lower end of the partition wall, and
the inflow port is placed at a higher position than the outflow port.

US Pat. No. 10,479,088

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a printing head provided with a first ejection unit and a second ejection unit, in each of which a plurality of ejection port arrays are formed, with a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting an ink being aligned in each of the plurality of ejection port arrays, the first and second ejection units being provided along a first direction with end edges thereof disposed next to each other; and
a suction unit capable of contacting the first and the second ejection units and sucking the first and the second ejection units while moving relative to the first and the second ejection units in the first direction,
wherein, when the suction unit moves in the first direction, after having sucked ink from the first ejection unit, the suction unit sucks ink from the second ejection unit, and where the suction unit is in contact with a corner portion of the second ejection unit overlapping an end edge of the first ejection unit at a downstream side in the direction of movement, and is not in contact with a corner portion of the second ejection unit not overlapping the end edge of the first ejection unit at the downstream side in the direction of movement, when viewed from the direction of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,479,087

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a plurality of element substrates each configured to include an ejection opening face on which an ejection opening is formed and an element for ejecting ink through the ejection opening;
a plurality of first retention members configured to retain the element substrates;
a second retention member configured to retain the plurality of first retention members;
a cover member configured to be provided on an upper side of the first retention members so as to extend along a first direction along which the plurality of first retention members are arranged, the cover member including a face on which a cap member covering the ejection opening face is abutted; and
a sealing member disposed in a space surrounded by the plurality of first retention members, the second retention member, and the cover member,
wherein the sealing member contacts with opposed portions of the first retention members that are adjacent to each other in the first direction to seal between the opposed portions of the first retention members that are adjacent to each other, the opposed portions of the first retention members that are adjacent to each other opposing one another.

US Pat. No. 10,479,086

PROCESS FOR MAKING A MOLDED DEVICE ASSEMBLY AND PRINTHEAD ASSEMBLY

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A process for making a micro device assembly, comprising:placing a micro device on a front part of a printed circuit board;
molding a molding on the printed circuit board surrounding the micro device; and then
in a single operation, forming a channel to the micro device in a back part of the printed circuit board and opening a fluid passage in the micro device to the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,077

HEAD MODULE AND LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A head module configured to be removably attached to a liquid jetting apparatus along an attaching direction, comprising:a head having:
an inlet;
a plurality of nozzles configured to jet a liquid inflowed thereto via the inlet; and
a plurality of driving elements configured to impart a jetting energy to the liquid in the plurality of nozzles, respectively, the plurality of nozzles being aligned in a row in a longitudinal direction of a nozzle surface which is orthogonal to the attaching direction;
at least one driver IC configured to drive the plurality of driving elements;
a heat spreader thermally making contact with the at least one driver IC;
a flexible substrate connected to the at least one driver IC; and
a rigid substrate connected to the flexible substrate and having rigidity higher than that of the flexible substrate,
wherein in the attaching direction, the at least one driver IC is arranged between the head and the heat spreader;
the rigid substrate and the head are arranged side by side in the attaching direction;
the rigid substrate and the heat spreader are arranged side by side in the longitudinal direction; and
the rigid substrate has a thickness along the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,075

PRINT HEAD SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print head substrate comprising:a substrate surface including a plurality of printing elements and a plurality of pads disposed along a first side and electrically connected to the printing elements, the substrate surface having an acute angle portion formed by the first side and a second side; and
a test element group (TEG) area including a TEG not electrically connected to the printing elements, at least a part of the TEG area being located between the second side and a pad closest to a vertex of the acute angle portion among the pads.

US Pat. No. 10,479,074

LIQUID DROPLET JETTING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid droplet jetting apparatus comprising:a jetting head having a nozzle surface on which nozzles are aligned in a first direction, the jetting head configured to jet liquid droplets from the nozzles, the nozzles forming nozzle groups including two nozzle groups which are adjacent in the first direction;
a conveyer configured to convey a recording medium in the first direction; and
a controller; and
a memory storing computer readable instructions that, when executed, cause the controller to:
receive a printing data from an image scanner or an external device;
determine a jetting timing for each of the nozzle groups based on the printing data; and
execute a target printing to form a first image along the first direction in a first area on the recording medium, when the jetting head is at a first position in a second direction relative to the recording medium, the second direction being along the nozzle surface an intersecting the first direction;
execute a preceding printing to form a second image along the first direction in a second area on the recording medium when the jetting head is at a second position in the second direction relative to the recording medium, the preceding printing performed immediately before the target printing, the second image being formed before the first image on the recording medium, the second area being in the same position as the first area of the recording medium in the second direction; and
execute a succeeding printing to form a third image along the first direction in a third area on the recording medium when the jetting head is at a third position in the second direction relative to the recording medium, the succeeding printing performed immediately after the target printing, the third image being formed after the first image on the recording medium, the third area being in the same position as the first area and the second area of the recording medium in the second direction;
wherein in a case of determining the jetting timing, the controller is configured to:
determine a first spacing distance and a second spacing distance based on the printing data, the first spacing distance being a distance between a first target position located on the closest side to the second area of the recording medium in the first direction among landing target positions of the liquid droplets in the target printing and a second target position located on the closest side to the first area of the recording medium in the first direction among landing target positions of the liquid droplets in the preceding printing, the second spacing distance being a distance between a third target position located on the closest side to the third area of the recording medium in the first direction among the landing target positions of the liquid droplets in the target printing and a fourth target position located on the closest side to the first area of the recording medium in the first direction among landing target positions of the liquid droplets in the succeeding printing;
in a case that both the first spacing distance and the second spacing distance are not more than a first threshold value, determine that a first condition is satisfied;
in a case that at least one of the first spacing distance and the second spacing distance is greater than the first threshold value, determine that a second condition is satisfied;
in a case that the first condition is satisfied, determine the jetting timing such that a target value of a shift amount in the second direction, between landing target positions of liquid droplets jetted from one nozzle group of the two nozzle groups and landing target positions of liquid droplets jetted from the other nozzle group of the two nozzle groups, is not less than a second threshold value; and
in a case that the second condition is satisfied, determine the jetting timing such that the target value of the shift amount is less than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,072

METHOD FOR DECORATING SUBSTRATES AND DECORATED SUBSTRATE

1. A method for decorating substrates, comprising the following steps:printing at least one first decorative pattern (2) with a first printing ink composition (3) onto the substrate (1), the substrate being a glass vessel,
printing at least one second decorative pattern (4) with a second printing ink composition (5) onto the substrate (1), at least sectionally in a region adjacent to the first pattern (2), temporarily before, after, or during the printing of the first pattern,wherein the second printing ink composition (5) when radiation-cured, has a lower glass transition temperature than the first printing ink composition (3) when radiation-cured, and wherein a hot stamping method (10) is used to apply a decorative coating to the second pattern (4), for which purpose hot stamping foil comprising a decorative coating material is pressed with exposure to heat and pressure, by means of a stamping tool (12) against the printed substrate (1), at least sectionally in the region of the first and second patterns (4), so that the decorative coating adheres to the second pattern (4), but not to the first pattern (2),wherein the first and the second printing ink compositions (3, 5) are radiation-curable and wherein the first and second printing ink compositions (3, 5) are radiation-cured before the hot stamping method, and wherein the second printing ink composition (5) comprises a base composition having at least one radical photoinitiator and no cationic photoinitiator, andwherein the base composition comprises at least one epoxy resin based on bisphenol A, which is in solution in a UV-curing monomer, and also a resin having functional groups which free functional hydroxy, epoxide, acid, acid anhydride and/or acrylate groups, and further a wax, and wherein on irradiation of the second printing ink composition (5), the epoxy resin based on bisphenol A is not crosslinked with the UV-curable monomer, but is instead merely physically embedded, and wherein a weight fraction of a heat-activatable pressure-sensitive adhesive in the second printing ink composition (5) is between 10% and 25%.

US Pat. No. 10,479,065

APPLICATION DEVICE AND APPLICATION METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An application device that applies a film to a base material having a bonding surface, along a first direction which is an extending direction of the base material, comprising:an application mechanism having an application unit that applies the film from a first end to a second end in the first direction on the base material by pressing the film wherein the application unit can be driven in both the first direction and a second direction as the film is applied to the base material, the second direction being a direction orthogonal to the first direction and in which the bonding surface and the film are opposed to each other; and
a film gripping part that grips an end portion of the film on the second end side and that can be driven in the second direction as the application unit presses the film by moving in the first and second directions relative to the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,479,064

HEAT RADIATOR, DEVICE FOR INFRARED WELDING AND METHOD FOR HEATING PLASTIC COMPONENTS

1. A method for heating or welding at least one plastic component, the method comprising the following steps:a. providing at least one radiation source, preferably at least one infrared radiator or metal foil radiator,
b. providing at least one frequency converter having a first output, a second output and a third output so that between the first output and the third output a first alternating current is providable as well as between the second output and the third output a second alternating current is providable,
c. interconnecting a first transformer between the first output and the third output of the frequency converter and the at least one radiation source or interconnecting a second transformer between the second output and the third output of the frequency converter and the at least one radiation source so that an alternating voltage provided by the frequency converter is transformable into an electrical operating range of the at least one radiation source,
d. electrically supplying the at least one radiation source by means of the at least one frequency converter producing a first and a second alternating current, and
e. heating the at least one plastic component by means of a defined alternating current in the at least one radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,479,063

ROLLER MASKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

PDS IG Holding LLC, Prai...

1. A system for applying a masking material to a planar substrate, comprising:a carousel configured to support a first roller and a second roller;
a masking material application location where the system is configured to apply the masking material to a staging surface on the first roller or a staging surface on the second roller: and
a transfer location where at least a portion of the masking material is transferred from the staging surface on the first roller or the staging surface on the second roller to a surface of a planar substrate: and
wherein the carousel is configured to rotate around a carousel axis of the carousel to move the first roller between the masking material application location and the transfer location, wherein the carousel is further configured to rotate around the carousel axis to move the second roller between the masking material application location and the transfer location.

US Pat. No. 10,479,061

COMPONENT BONDING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component bonding device comprising:a bonding tool that sucks a film-like component and bonds the film-like component to a substrate,
a substrate holding portion that holds the substrate,
a backup stage that supports a lower surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding portion, and
a lifting cylinder configured to move the bonding tool up and down to bond the film-like component to the substrate,
wherein the bonding tool comprises:
a plurality of suction blocks, each of which has a suction hole for sucking the film-like component; and
a suction block holding portion which has a block holding-available region capable of holding the plurality of suction blocks, and which holds the plurality of suction blocks so as to be arranged in a row in the block holding-available region, and
wherein the suction block holding portion includes a first member and a second member which is arranged on a front surface of the first member,
wherein the block holding-available region has a passage which is opened downward at the suction block holding portion and between the first member and the second member,
wherein the plurality of the section blocks are clamped between the front surface of the first member and a rear surface of the second member and slidably guided along the passage
wherein the suction block holding portion allows change of a holding position of at least one of the plurality of suction blocks to any desired position in the block holding-available region, and
wherein the backup stage and each of the plurality of suction blocks sandwich the film-like component and the substrate and the film-like component is pressed against and bonded to the substrate when the lifting cylinder lowers the bonding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,479,057

POLYMERIC SUBSTRATES WITH AN IMPROVED THERMAL EXPANSION COEFFICIENT AND A METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

MAGMA FLOORING LLC, Rive...

1. A substrate comprising: a thermoplastic composite having a fiberglass mat embedded in a thermoplastic resin, wherein the fiberglass mat has a basis weight of 76 to 500 g/m2 and about 20 to about 3000 fiberglass intersections per cm2, and wherein the thermoplastic composite possesses (i) a Thermal Expansion Coefficient of ? or less than that of a substrate derived from a neat embodiment of the thermoplastic resin, or (ii) a Thermal Expansion Coefficient of 50*10?6 m/(m*° C.) or lower.

US Pat. No. 10,479,056

PRINT PROTECTION FILM

LINTEC CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A paint protection film, comprising:(a) a coating layer formed by reacting a silicon-containing fluororesin with an isocyanate-based crosslinker;
(b) a urethane layer; and
(c) an adhesive layer;
wherein the isocyanate-based crosslinker is a bifunctional urethane prepolymer comprising a diol in which both hydroxyl end groups are each covalently bonded by urethane bonds to an isocyanate group of an aliphatic diisocyanate compound.

US Pat. No. 10,479,053

COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW-E COATING WITH IR REFLECTING LAYER(S) AND NIOBIUM-DOPED TITANIUM OXIDE DIELECTRIC LAYER(S) AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first transparent dielectric layer on the glass substrate;
an infrared (IR) reflecting layer comprising silver on the glass substrate, located over at least the first transparent dielectric layer;
a second transparent dielectric layer on the glass substrate, located over at least the IR reflecting layer;
wherein at least one of the first and second transparent dielectric layers is amorphous or substantially amorphous, and comprises an oxide of Ti doped with at least one of Sn, SnZn, and Ba, and wherein metal content of the amorphous or substantially amorphous layer comprises from about 70-99.5% Ti and from about 0.5-30% of at least one of Sn, SnZn, and Ba (atomic %).

US Pat. No. 10,479,051

DECORATIVE PANEL

1. A building panel, comprising:a decorative assembly comprising:
a glass assembly consisting of first and second layers of glass and a clear interlayer between said first and second layers of glass, said glass assembly being compliant with safety code ANSI Z97.1, said glass assembly having opposed first and second surfaces, said first surface of said glass assembly being defined by said first layer of glass and being an outermost surface of said glass assembly, and said second surface of said glass assembly being defined by said second layer of glass; and
a decorative sheet having opposed first and second surfaces, said first surface of said decorative sheet being in contact with said second surface of said glass assembly, said decorative sheet being directly attached to said second surface of said glass assembly without adhesive; and
a protective backing sheet having opposed front and rear surfaces, said front surface being in contact with said second surface of said decorative sheet, and said rear surface of said backing sheet being on an opposite side of said backing sheet from a side on which said glass assembly is situated, said backing sheet and said decorative sheet being directly attached to one another without an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,479,048

BONDING ARRANGEMENT AND PRODUCTION METHOD

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

14. A bonding arrangement for the assembly of structures, the structures comprising at least one substrate member to which at least one coating structure is applied, the substrate member and the coating structure comprising a common interface which forms at least one bond, the at least one bond being configured as an adhesive bond, wherein the coating structure is split into a plurality of neighboring structural elements spatially separated from each other, and wherein at least one supporting member is provided, which comprises a plurality of recesses receiving the structural elements in operating position,wherein an intermediate layer is arranged between the supporting member and the neighboring structural elements of the coating structure, and
wherein the intermediate layer comprises an anisotropic lattice material.

US Pat. No. 10,479,042

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PLASTIC POUCHES

Mamata Machinery Pvt. Ltd...

1. A machine for making plastic pouches having three gussets comprising:a. a panel plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a panel plastic film;
b. a folding device adapted to longitudinally fold in half the panel plastic film;
c. a pair of guide rollers adapted to receive the folded panel plastic film and to transport the folded panel plastic film longitudinally;
d. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the folded panel plastic film and to further transport it in longitudinal direction;
e. a slitter adapted to slit into top and bottom halves the folded panel plastic film along the longitudinal fold and to create an initial gap substantially the same as a thickness of the slitter between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
f. a means to enlarge the gap between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
g. a side gusset plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a side gusset plastic film;
h. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the side gusset plastic film unwound from the side gusset plastic film unwinding means and to transport the side gusset plastic film in a transverse direction;
i. a means to longitudinally fold the side gusset plastic film such that the folded portions are on the top and the combined width of the folded top portions is substantially same as the width of the bottom portion;
j. a creasing device adapted to maintain the crease at the folds in the unwound folded side gusset plastic film;
k. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the folded side gusset plastic film and to transport it further in transverse direction;
l. a means to cut the folded side gusset plastic film into side gusset pieces having a length less than or equal to the width of the top and bottom halves of the folded panel plastic film;
m. a pair of index rollers adapted to intermittently transport in the transverse direction the side gusset pieces such that the side gusset pieces are placed through the enlarged gap between the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film at a predetermined distance from each other;
n. a transverse sealing means to seal the side gusset pieces along the length of the side gusset pieces with the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film such that at least the edges of the folded top portions of the side gusset piece are sealed with the bottom surface of the top half of the panel plastic film and at least the corresponding middle of the bottom portion of the side gusset piece is sealed with the top surface of the bottom half of the panel plastic film;
o. a means to pull the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film away from each other at the location of the side gusset creating a folded top portion of the top half of the panel plastic film that is substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the top half of the panel plastic film and a folded bottom portion of the bottom half of the panel plastic film that is substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the bottom half of the panel plastic film and to transform the shape of the end of the side gusset piece into a rhomboid-like shape having rounded front and rear corners;
p. a means to push inwards the front and rear corners of the rhomboid-like shaped end of the side gusset piece and to form two vertical edges that are substantially parallel to the vertical axis of the rhomboid-like end and to transform the rhomboid-like end into a rhomboid creating new front and rear corners of the rhomboid, the rhomboid shaped end being substantially perpendicular to the greater parts of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
q. a bottom gusset plastic film unwinding means adapted to provide a bottom gusset plastic film;
r. an accumulator roller adapted to receive the unwound bottom gusset plastic film and to transport the unwound bottom gusset plastic film in the transverse direction;
s. a pair of index rollers adapted to transport in the transverse direction the bottom gusset plastic film;
t. a turn bar adapted to reorient the bottom gusset film to be transported in the longitudinal direction and to be substantially in contact with the full face of the rhomboid shaped ends of the side gusset pieces and the folded top and bottom portions of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
u. a sealing means to seal along the vertical edges within the rhomboid shaped ends of the side gusset pieces, the sealing extending beyond the vertical edges up to the edges of the folded top and bottom portions of the top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film;
v. a means to collapse into equal top and bottom halves the bottom gusset film sealed with the rhomboid shaped end of the side gusset and the top and half folded portions of the top and bottom panel plastic film;
w. a sealing means to longitudinally seal the top edge of the bottom gusset film with the edge of the top half of the panel plastic film and the bottom edge of the bottom gusset film with the edge of the bottom half of the panel plastic film;
x. at least one sealing means to transversely further seal the top edge of the side gusset piece with the top half of the panel plastic film and the bottom edge of the side gusset piece with the bottom half of the panel plastic film, the seal also sealing the edges of the side gusset piece with the corresponding contacting edges of the bottom gusset film;
y. a means to transversely cut along substantially the middle of the length of the side gusset pieces and top and bottom halves of the panel plastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,041

STATIONARY CLOSURE DEVICE AND PACKAGE

1. A package for holding fluid product, comprising:a package body having first and second outer panel portions defining an inner cavity;
a dispensing portion defining a flow path from the inner cavity, the dispensing portion being bounded by first and second flexible film structures;
at least one of the first and second flexible film structures including at least one inflated portion to urge the first flexible film structure against the second flexible film structure to limit flow of the fluid product out the dispensing portion until the flow path is sufficiently opened to facilitate flow of the fluid product past the first and second flexible film structures and out the dispensing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,040

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRIMARY DRIVE OF A FINE BLANKING PRESS

Feintool International Ho...

1. A hydraulically driven fine blanking press, comprising a base; a main cylinder chamber formed in the base; a main piston disposed in the main cylinder chamber so as to carry out a stroke movement of the main piston along a vertical stroke axis between a lower dead point and an upper dead point, the piston including a radially outwardly extending protrusion having upper and lower faces; an upper and a lower hydraulic pressure chamber formed in the base, each of the upper and lower hydraulic pressure chambers being comprised of interior faces of the main cylinder chamber and exterior faces of the main piston including the protrusion and wherein the upper hydraulic pressure chamber includes the upper face of the protrusion and the lower hydraulic pressure chamber includes the lower face of the protrusion whereby the upper hydraulic pressure chamber acts on the upper face of the protrusion to push the main piston toward the lower dead point and the lower hydraulic pressure chamber acts on the lower face of the protrusion to push the main piston toward the upper dead point; a table supported by the main piston; respective fast stroke cylinders formed in the base and respective double-acting fast stroke pistons each received in a respective one of the fast stroke cylinders and each fast stroke piston comprising partitioning structure having an upper surface and a lower surface, the partitioning structure partitioning the fast stroke cylinder in which the fast stroke piston is received into an upper hydraulic pressure chamber which acts on the upper surface of the partitioning structure of the fast stroke piston to push the fast stroke piston downwards and a lower hydraulic pressure chamber which acts on the lower surface of the partitioning structure of the fast stroke piston to push the fast stroke piston upwards to a target position; respective piston rods each connecting to the table; an internal hydraulic system formed in the base; a hydraulic system external of the base and connected to the internal hydraulic system and including a hydraulic pump, a hydraulic fluid collection tank provided with a tank valve, a high pressure accumulator and a central control unit that sets the hydraulic fluid to a predetermined working pressure; the internal hydraulic system comprising a hydraulic fluid upper channel connecting with the upper hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston, a hydraulic fluid lower channel connecting with the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston, and a hydraulic fluid bypass channel connecting between the hydraulic fluid upper channel and the hydraulic fluid lower channel; a pressure-controlled proportional valve connecting with the external hydraulic system and with the hydraulic fluid lower channel and the hydraulic fluid bypass channel; a vent channel connecting with the upper hydraulic pressure chamber of the main piston and, via the tank valve, with the hydraulic fluid collection tank; a hydraulic fluid supply channel connecting the hydraulic fluid lower channel, via a hydraulic fluid branch channel branching from the hydraulic fluid supply channel, to the external hydraulic system; and a hydraulic fluid branch channel branching from the hydraulic fluid supply channel and connected to the external hydraulic system, whereby the fine blanking press is controlled by the internal hydraulic system as follows: the fast stroke piston is pushed upwards toward its target position by hydraulic pressure in the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the fast stroke piston while the pressure-controlled proportional valve is open and the main piston carries out a stroke movement from the lower dead point toward but not reaching the upper dead point during which the hydraulic fluid is displaced from the upper hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston to the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston through the hydraulic fluid upper channel, the hydraulic fluid lower channel and the hydraulic fluid bypass channel; and when the fast stroke piston reaches its target position, the pressure-controlled proportional valve closes and the main piston is caused to effect a power stroke to the upper dead point by the hydraulic fluid being supplied through the hydraulic fluid supply channel and the hydraulic fluid bypass channel to the lower hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston and being discharged from the upper hydraulic pressure chamber for the main piston to the hydraulic fluid collection tank via the tank valve.

US Pat. No. 10,479,039

BRIQUETTING ROLL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

FUJICO CO., LTD., Kitaky...

1. A briquetting roll, integrally having an inner layer material and an outer layer material, which comprise mutually different materials and are in contact with each other at a respective exterior and interior thereof, and having pockets formed at an outer circumference of the outer layer material, whereinthe inner layer material is a chromium-molybdenum forged steel material, and the outer layer material is a high-carbon high-speed steel material:
wherein the high-carbon high-speed steel material, which is the outer layer material, comprises, as mass ratios, C: 1.5 to 2.5%, Si: 0.2to 1.0%, Mn: 0.2 to 1.2%, Ni: 0 to 1.6%, Cr: 2.5 to 11%, Mo: 0.2 to 8.0%, V: 0.2 to 8.5%, W: 0 to 5.0%, Co: 0 to 5.0%, and a balance of Fe and inevitable impurities, having a secondary dendrite size of 20 to 150 ?m, a total carbide area ratio of 15 to 30%, and a surface hardness of HS 87 to 93.

US Pat. No. 10,479,035

METHOD FOR MANAGING THE PRODUCTION CYCLE OF A PLANT IN A PROCESS FOR BUILDING TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A method for managing the production cycle of a plant for building a tyre for vehicle wheels:feeding a plurality of anchoring annular structures, each comprising a bead ring and a filling insert, to a basket within a storage region, wherein the basket feeds the anchoring annular structures in succession to a predetermined picking-up position in three dimensional space, said predetermined picking-up position does not change if anchoring annular structures of the plurality of anchoring annular structures have differing diameters;
supporting each anchoring annular structure in the basket by a respective supporting member, each supporting member includes an abutment wall comprising a pair of coplanar fins separated from one another by a recess,
wherein each anchoring annular structure is supported by the respective supporting member at a respective support portion that is defined by a single circular sector at an upper portion of the anchoring annular structure's internal circumference, and
wherein an uppermost support portion of each anchoring annular structure spans a corresponding recess of its respective supporting member;
picking up a first anchoring annular structure of the plurality of anchoring annular structures from its uppermost support portion by inserting a gripper into the first anchoring annular structure's corresponding recess of its respective supporting member when the first anchoring annular structure reaches the predetermined picking-up position; and
carrying with said gripper the first anchoring annular structure by its uppermost support portion to a processing station associated with a forming drum.

US Pat. No. 10,479,033

WINDABLE BODY, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ITS PRODUCTION

1. A method of providing a helical composite body, comprising the steps of:providing a resin impregnated fibre by pulling at least one fibre element through a resin bath; and
providing a cured composite body by curing the resin impregnated fibre in a linear die; whereby
the cured composite body is provided in a helical shape by varying an axial and/or torsional tension along a length and/or width of the impregnated fibre.

US Pat. No. 10,479,032

METHOD OF FABRICATING A VACUUM BARRIER SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of fabricating a vacuum barrier system, comprising the steps of:fabricating a soluble forming mandrel;
laying up composite material over the soluble forming mandrel;
applying a forming mandrel vacuum bag over the composite material and curing the composite material;
removing the forming mandrel vacuum bag to reveal a cured non-soluble composite bag carrier;
assembling a soluble detail onto an end of the cured non-soluble composite bag carrier to form a bag carrier assembly; and
applying rubber material over the bag carrier assembly and curing to form a cured bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,479,031

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INFILTRATING A FIBER PREFORM

THYSSENKRUPP FEDERN UND S...

1. A method of infiltrating with a matrix material a fiber preform for a component of fiber composite material, wherein the method comprises:(a) applying an elastic overlay to the fiber preform, the fiber preform being dry,
(b) expanding the elastic overlay by creating an unoccupied gap that surrounds the fiber preform between a surface of the fiber preform and the elastic overlay,
(c) introducing the matrix material directly into the unoccupied gap through a casting line which comprises a casting-line connection piece connected to the elastic overlay to distribute the matrix material over the surface of the fiber preform, and
(d) thereafter pressing the elastic overlay onto the fiber preform to cause the matrix material to infiltrate the fiber preform, wherein a tubular, elastic overlay is used, and wherein the tubular elastic tube is applied to the fiber preform such that the elastic tube is drawn over a hollow-profile auxiliary body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,027

EDGE BANDING MACHINE CAPABLE OF REDUCING PROCESSING ERROR

OAV EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS, ...

1. An edge banding machine which is capable of reducing processing error and adapted for processing a workpiece, the edge banding machine comprising:a base having a slide installation seat, the slide installation seat having an first outer wall and an second outer wall which are arranged parallel to each other, the slide installation seat having a feed inlet end and a feed outlet end;
a slide rail movably disposed on the slide installation seat from the feed inlet end to the feed outlet end;
a positioning pressing wheel set being spacedly disposed above the slide rail and pressing the workpiece toward the slide rail in such a way that the workpiece can be moved between the slide rail and the positioning pressing wheel set and moved along with the slide rail;
a pre-milling mechanism fixed to the second outer wall and located close to the feed inlet end and far from the feed outlet end.

US Pat. No. 10,479,026

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONNECTING PROFILE PARTS

Rotox Besitz-und Verwaltu...

1. A method for connecting a first plastic profile part (2) to a second plastic profile part (2), comprising:bringing into contact a front edge of the first profile part (2) and a heating surface (34) of a heating element (36) in a joining direction in order to start to melt the first profile part (2) in its welding area before it is joined to the second profile part (2),
moving, from a resting position to a working position relative to the first profile part (2) and relative to the heating element (36), a delimiting element (7), said delimiting element (7) comprising at least one contact element (21) and a molded part (22), both of which are movable relative to each other and movable relative to the first profile part (2), keeping at least a profiled section (26) of the molded part (22) in contact with the heating surface (34) of the heating element (36) and keeping the contact element (21) in contact with a profile surface (9) of the first profile part (2) as the welding area of the first profile part (2) is melted; and
before the first profile part (2) is compressed for joining to the second profile part, moving the contact element (21)—together with the molded part (22)—of the delimiting element (7) in the direction of its working position so that the profiled section (26) of the delimiting element (7) extends beyond the front edge (4) of the first profile part (2) to create a holding plane (37).

US Pat. No. 10,479,021

CURVED PLATE PRODUCTION BY ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURE

Rolls-Royce plc, London ...

1. A method of producing a curved plate by additive layer manufacture, the method including:building up the plate layer-by-layer such that a first layer forms a bottom edge of the plate and the plate is additively extended upwards therefrom by subsequent layers such that a last layer forms an opposing top edge of the plate, wherein spaced, first and second lateral edges of the plate each grow layer-by-layer to extend between respective ends of the bottom and top edges, and the plate thus built up arches over from the bottom edge to adopt a curved shape on cross-sections through the plate normal to the bottom edge;
simultaneously building up layer-by-layer with the plate first and second sacrificial plate additions along respectively the first and second lateral edges, each sacrificial plate addition continuing the geometry of the plate beyond its lateral edge such that the additions also arch over from the bottom edge to adopt a curved shape on cross-sections through the additions normal to the bottom edge; and
removing the sacrificial plate additions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,019

METHOD OF FORMING A TEXTURED EFFECT ON A SUBSTRATE

NEOLT ASIA PTE LTD, Sing...

1. A method of forming a textured effect on a sheet of glass, the method comprising the steps of:a) creating a data file of an image to be formed as the textured effect on the sheet of glass, the data file comprising at least one print image and a number of times specified for printing of the at least one print image;
b) preparing the data file for surface deposition by a printer;
c) providing the sheet of glass on the printer;
d) printing, with the printer, the at least one print image in the data file on the sheet of glass using a clear ink to form a layer of ink;
e) UV curing, with the printer, the layer of ink;
f) repeating steps (d) and (e) for every print image of the at least one print image for the number of times specified in the data file so that the image formed as the textured effect on the sheet of glass comprises a plurality of layers of printed and UV cured clear ink.

US Pat. No. 10,479,018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHODS

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-Und...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus comprisinga scanner for directing a laser beam on to layers of flowable material to selectively solidify the material to form an object in a layer-by-layer manner, the scanner comprising a first actuator, an optical component operable under the control of the first actuator to reflect the laser beam over a first range of angles in a first dimension, a second actuator, and the optical component or a further optical component operable under the control of the second actuator to reflect the laser beam over a second range of angles in the first dimension,
wherein the second actuator provides a faster dynamic response but a smaller range of movement of the laser beam than the first actuator; and
a controller arranged to control the first and second actuators to accelerate/decelerate the laser beam in the first dimension using the faster dynamic response of the second actuator synchronously whilst moving the laser beam in the first dimension using the first actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,479,008

APPARATUS AND TECHNIQUES FOR COATING PIPELINE FIELD JOINTS

Subsea 7 Limited, Sutton...

28. An injection moulding apparatus for coating a field joint of a pipeline, the apparatus comprising:a mould tool positionable around the field joint to define a mould cavity;
first and second pumping chambers communicating with the mould tool, each chamber being reciprocally expansible in an induction stroke for drawing molten polymer into that chamber from a melt supply and reciprocally contractible in a compression stroke for driving molten polymer out of that chamber into the mould cavity in use; and
first and second injection valves, each of those injection valves being associated with a respective one of the pumping chambers and being interposed in a flow path between that pumping chamber and an injection gate of the mould tool with which both of the pumping chambers communicate via the respective associated injection valves;
wherein expansion of one of said chambers is synchronised with contraction of the other of said chambers such that the induction stroke of one of said chambers coincides with the compression stroke of the other of said chambers; and
the apparatus is arranged for sequential injection of shots of molten polymer into the mould cavity through the shared injection gate, those shots being output in alternation from the first and second pumping chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,479,006

INJECTION MOLDING AND ASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MOLDING AND ASSEMBLING A PLURALITY OF TWO DIFFERENT MOLDED PARTS

1. An injection molding and assembly apparatus comprising:a first injection unit to provide a first molten material comprising a hot runner system;
a first machine platen and a second machine platen;
a first injection molding station defined between the first machine platen and the second machine platen;
a first mold plate and
a second mold plate, the second mold plate comprising at least a portion of a plurality of first mold cavities of type A and at least a portion of a plurality of mold cavities of type B,
wherein the second mold plate is laterally movable relative to the first mold plate and outside the injection molding station
wherein the plurality of first mold cavities of type A are configured to form a plurality of molded parts of type A?, and
wherein the plurality of mold cavities of type B are configured to form a plurality of molded parts of type B? that have a different structure relative to the molded parts of type A?;
a transferring mechanism to carry the second mold plate including the molded parts of type A? and of type B? outside the injection molding station;
a tempering device located at a tempering station to temper the molded parts of type A? and type B?;
a first device located at a removing and coupling station to remove the molded parts of type A? from the second mold plate;
a second device located at the removing and coupling station to position the molded parts of type A? in a predetermined position relative to the molded parts of type B?; and
a removing and coupling device located at the removing and coupling station to separate the molded parts of type B? from the second mold plate and to couple the molded parts of type A? and type B? to create an assembly of molded parts of type A? and type B?,
wherein the transferring mechanism is configured to carry the second mold plate to the tempering station after the first injection unit has provided the first molten material to the plurality of mold cavities of type A and B; and
wherein the transferring mechanism is configured to carry the second mold plate to the removing and coupling station after the tempering device has tempered the plurality of molded parts of type A? and the plurality of molded parts of type B?.

US Pat. No. 10,479,005

COMPOSITE MOLDED ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kai...

1. A composite molded article comprising:a thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material comprising a continuous reinforcement fiber (A) and a thermoplastic resin (B); and
a thermoplastic resin composition,
wherein the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material is bonded to the thermoplastic resin composition via a bonding surface,
wherein a bonded part between the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material and the thermoplastic resin composition has a tensile strength which is 0.35 times or more as strong as a tensile strength of the thermoplastic resin composition,
wherein the bonded part between the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material and the thermoplastic resin composition has a convexo-concave structure where the material and the composition are mixed with each other, and
wherein a length L of an interface at the bonding surface between the thermoplastic resin continuous fiber composite material and the thermoplastic resin composition; and a thickness t of the composite molded article satisfy a relation of L>1.8t.

US Pat. No. 10,479,003

SOLID STATE MICROCELLULAR FOAMING METHOD INCLUDING CONTINUOUS SATURATION OF SOLID POLYMERIC MATERIAL

Dart Container Corporatio...

1. A solid state microcellular foaming method that includes saturating a solid polymeric material with a pressurized inert gas in a pressure vessel, the method comprising:continuously passing the solid polymeric material through a first set of cascading seals fluidly sealing an inlet to the pressure vessel;
exposing the solid polymeric material passing through an interior of the pressure vessel to the pressurized inert gas to form a saturated solid polymeric material, wherein the inert gas in the saturated solid polymeric material forms microcellular bubbles in the saturated solid polymeric material in a subsequent foaming stage;
continuously passing the saturated solid polymeric material through a second set of cascading seals fluidly sealing an outlet to the pressure vessel; and
operating a pressure regulation system to control the pressure across each of the first set of cascading seals, the second set of cascading seals, and the interior of the pressure vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,002

MOLDING TOOLS AND METHOD WITH GRIP-ENHANCING STRUCTURE

OLBRICH GMBH, Bocholt (D...

1. A press-molding apparatus for forming a press-molded trim component that has an edge and an edge portion adjacent to the edge, said press-molding apparatus comprising:a first mold tool that has a first molding surface, and a second mold tool that has a second molding surface;
wherein the first and second mold tools are movable relative to one another to bring the first and second mold tools into a closed position with the first and second molding surfaces juxtaposed facing one another with a mold cavity formed and bounded therebetween, the mold cavity terminates and is bounded at a mold cavity end where the first and second mold tools meet one another, the mold cavity includes an end portion that terminates at and extends from the mold cavity end, and the first and second mold tools are configured and adapted to press-mold the trim component in the mold cavity with the edge portion of the trim component received in the end portion of the mold cavity; and
wherein a selected portion of the first molding surface of the first mold tool bounding the end portion of the mold cavity has a grip-enhancing structure configured and adapted to provide, on the edge portion of the trim component, an increased grip in comparison to an adjacent portion of the first molding surface adjacent to the grip-enhancing structure, to prevent or counteract retraction of the edge of the trim component away from the mold cavity end during the press-molding of the trim component in the mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,479,001

ROTARY DEVICE AND SPHERICAL RECEIVING DEVICE FOR RECEIVING AT LEAST ONE ROTATIONAL MOLD

Roto Evolution GmbH, Cri...

1. A spherical receiving device (1) for receiving at least one rotational mold, which is configured and intended to be driven to rotate in a rotational device by means of a drive wheel (7) rolling on the outer side (2) of the spherical receiving device (1), wherein the receiving device (1) has at least one guiding device (3) which causes the drive wheel (7) rolling on the outer side (2) of the spherical receiving device (1) to follow a predetermined rolling path on the outer side (2) of the spherical receiving device (1).

US Pat. No. 10,478,996

METHOD OF MAKING CERAMIC COMPOSITE BEARINGS

Lancer Systems L.P., Qua...

1. A method for forming a ceramic matrix composite bearing, the method comprising:preparing a layup slurry formed from a mixture including water, a pre-ceramic polymer and a refractory filler, a ratio of the pre-ceramic polymer to the refractory filler being 20% to 50% by weight;
forming a concentric stack of slurry-impregnated fabric sleeve layers over a rod-shaped inner mold;
applying an outer mold that, when assembled, forms an inner perimeter in the shape of a tubular cylinder that extends around the concentric stack and the inner mold to form a mold assembly;
heating the mold assembly to bond together and cure the stack of concentric slurry-impregnated fabric sleeve layers to form a tubular green body therefrom;
rough cutting the green body to a pre-determined bearing length to form an elongate green bearing;
rough treating the green bearing including iteratively performing a density-tuning process for one or more cycles until a density of the green bearing meets a pre-determined density parameter, the density-tuning process including performing, in order, steps comprising:
heat-treating the green bearing in a kiln to create heat-treated bearing; and
performing a polymer infiltration and pyrolysis treatment on the heat-treated bearing:
conducting dimensional stability treatment processes on the heat-treated bearing; and
performing final grinding and machining of the heat-treated bearing to meet pre-determined specifications.

US Pat. No. 10,478,995

PRESSING DEVICE

SYSTEM S.P.A., Fiorano M...

1. A pressing device for pressing ceramic particles into a ceramic item, the pressing device comprising:a lower presser (10), provided with a pressing surface (10a) facing upwards;
an upper presser (11), provided with a pressing surface (11a) facing downwards; at least one of the two pressers is movable towards and away relative to the other in order to perform pressing of a layer (L) of ceramic particles;
a pressing space (V), which is delimited inferiorly and superiorly by the lower presser (10) and the upper presser (11);
a lower belt (2), movable along a forward direction (Y) and comprising an active portion (3) which is disposed at least partially between the upper presser (11) and the lower presser (10);
an upper belt (4), movable along the forward direction (Y) and comprising an active portion (5), which is disposed at least partially between the lower belt (2) and the upper presser (11); wherein the pressing device is configured to regularly cycle between a closed position and an open position; in the closed position one or both of the two pressers are moved towards the other so that a portion of the layer (L) of ceramic particles is pressed between (a) the active portion (5) of the upper belt (4) and (b) the active portion (3) of the lower belt (2); in the open position one or both of the two pressers are moved away from the other so that the layer (L) of ceramic particles can be borne by the active portion (3) of the lower belt (2) and carried in the forward direction; wherein the pressing device comprises side barriers (13,14,15) which are arranged so that the layer (L) is laterally sealed between the active portion (3) of the lower belt (2) and the active portion (5) of the upper belt (4) within the pressing space (V) in the closed position but not in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,991

ENTRY SHEET FOR DRILLING AND METHOD FOR DRILLING PROCESSING USING SAME

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. An entry sheet for drilling comprising:a metallic foil; and
a layer of a resin composition, the layer formed on the metallic foil without interposing an adhesion layer, wherein
a surface of the layer of the resin composition, the surface being in contact with the metallic foil, has a dispersion term ?SD of a surface free energy in a range from 27.0 to 37.0 mJ/m2 and a polar term ?SP of the surface free energy in a range from 0 to 5.0 mJ/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,478,990

PUNCHING DEVICE WITH ILLUMINATED RECEIVING PLATE

Hamilton Bonaduz AG, Bon...

1. A punching device for processing samples applied to a sample card, the punching device comprising:a movable gripper unit;
an image capturing device;
at least one punching head having a punch and a lower die, wherein the punch is movable between a rest position in which it is away from the lower die and a punching position in which it is close to the lower die, and wherein the punching head has a receiving opening into which a sample card is introducible by means of the movable gripper unit and is positionable relative to the punching head;
a punching drive which is couplable or coupled to the punch of the punching head and by way of which the movement of the punch between the rest position and the punching position is driven, wherein the punching head is set up such that a sample piece punched out of the sample card can be dispensed at an outlet opening of the lower die into a receiving recess in a receiving container arranged beneath the punching head;
a receiving plate supporting the receiving container and having a light source illuminating at least a part of the receiving plate, wherein the light source is arranged such that at least a part of the receiving container located on the receiving plate can be illuminated from the direction of the receiving plate; and
an image processing device configured to use data about positioning of the receiving container relative to the image capturing device to determine an analysis set of receiving recesses of the receiving container in an analysis region being a part of the receiving container, said analysis region being changeable by moving the receiving container relative to the image capturing device,
wherein the image processing device is further configured to detect outlines of the receiving recesses in the analysis set and to determine the positions thereof, and is further configured to detect sample pieces contained in the receiving recesses in the analysis set.

US Pat. No. 10,478,989

ANVIL COVER INSTALLATION

DICAR, INC., Pine Brook,...

1. An assembly comprising:an anvil cylinder comprising a horizontal lock channel;
a die cylinder comprising a plurality of mounting points for installing respective cutting components;
a sleeve comprising a magnetic component configured to removably magnetically attach to the die cylinder, wherein the sleeve covers at least one of the plurality of mounting points;
an anvil cover disposed on the anvil cylinder; and
a motor to cause rotation of the anvil cylinder, wherein the rotation of the anvil cylinder causes the sleeve to generate a pressing force on the anvil cover to force a locking component of the anvil cover into the horizontal lock channel of the anvil cylinder to secure the anvil cover on the anvil cylinder,
wherein when the sleeve is removed from the die cylinder, one or more cutting components are installed at one or more of the plurality of mounting points, and wherein the anvil cylinder with the anvil cover securely installed thereon provides a platform for a cutting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,988

METHOD OF CONVEYING TISSUE LOGS IN A SAW CONVEYOR WITH INDEPENDENT LANE CONTROL CUTTING AND VARIABLE CONVEYOR FLIGHT LENGTH

PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a first tissue log in a lane of a conveyor;
with a first log advancement member, advancing the first tissue log in the lane of the conveyor for cutting with a tissue log saw;
receiving a second tissue log in the lane of the conveyor when the first tissue log has advanced sufficiently in the lane to accommodate the second tissue log in the lane; and
with a second log advancement member, advancing the second tissue log in the lane of the conveyor for cutting with the tissue log saw independently of the step of advancing the first tissue log in the lane.

US Pat. No. 10,478,987

CUTTING MODULE OF CUTTING MACHINE FOR WINDOW COVERING

Nien Made Enterprise Co.,...

1. A cutting module of a cutting machine for trimming a window covering, wherein the window covering comprises a covering material; comprising:a main body, wherein the main body has two opposite sides, which are a first side and a second side, respectively; the main body has a through hole communicating the first side and the second side, wherein the through hole is adapted to be passed through by the covering material of the window covering;
a blade, which has a cutting edge, wherein the blade is provided corresponding to the second side of the main body, and is movable back and forth along a sliding path; the cutting edge passes over the through hole as the blade slides, and therefore is adapted to cut off a part of the covering material beyond the second side when the covering material passes through the through hole; and
an elastic holding member, which is provided corresponding to the through hole, and is adapted to exert an elastic force on the covering material when the covering material passes through the through hole to be trimmed, whereby to maintain the covering material at a predetermined position where the covering material does not contact at least a wall of the through hole;
wherein the elastic holding member has two elastic plates which are adapted to provide the elastic force to the covering material passing through the through hole by being deformed, whereby to maintain the covering material at the predetermined position;
wherein the two elastic plates are provided on the first side of the main body on opposite sides of the through hole, respectively, to provide the elastic force on opposite sides of the covering material, wherein the elastic plates are configured to deform by the covering material toward the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,478,986

MANDOLINE SLICER

1. A mandoline slicer, comprising:a frame having two opposed side walls and a food support surface positioned between the two opposed side walls;
a blade opening provided on the food support surface;
a blade assembly which is mounted with a cutting blade thereon and movably received within the frame;
a slicing thickness adjustment mechanism engaging, the blade assembly with the frame and configured to vertically move the blade assembly relative to the food support surface between an operating position where the cutting blade is exposed above the food support surface for a vertical distance for slicing and a resting position where the cutting blade is positioned coplanar with or below the food support surface;
the blade assembly is spring-loaded by springs disposed on a top side of the blade assembly and abutting against the food support surface to bias the blade assembly away from the food support surface when the blade assembly is in the resting position;
the blade assembly comprises two opposed blade assembly side walls and a blade seat positioned between the two opposed blade assembly side walls for receiving the cutting blade, and each of the two opposed blade assembly side walls has a corresponding notch at a lower side thereof; the slicing thickness adjustment mechanism comprises a blade assembly axle which passes through two corresponding blade assembly axle openings at the two side walls so that each of a first end and a second end of the blade assembly axle protrudes outward from the corresponding side wall and connects to a knob rotatably mounted at the corresponding side wall; an eccentric cam is provided near each of the first and the second end of the blade assembly axle, wherein the eccentric cams are configured to abut against the notches so as to overcome the spring biasing force exerted to the blade assembly and move the blade assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,985

MACHINE FOR CUTTING CARDBOARD TUBES

FUTURA S.P.A., Capannori...

1. A machine for cutting cardboard tubes, the machine comprising:a cutting unit comprising a carriage on which is mounted a blade and a support element for supporting a cardboard tube to be transversely cut by the blade, wherein said support element allows the tube to slide along a predetermined direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the tube and to rotate about the longitudinal axis, wherein said carriage is adapted to move bidirectionally such that the blade moves parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tube, said support element having a part where said cutting unit is arranged, said part being movable from and towards the blade to maintain the tube spaced from the blade and, respectively, for approaching the tube to the blade during a cutting phase.

US Pat. No. 10,478,983

SNAP-OFF DOUBLE-EDGED RAZOR BLADE

DORCO CO,. LTD., Seoul (...

1. A double-edged razor blade, comprising:a first unit blade having a first cutting edge;
a second unit blade having a second cutting edge;
a first connecting portion connecting one side of the first unit blade with one side of the second unit blade;
a second connecting portion connecting the other side of the first unit blade with the other side of the second unit blade;
a pair of first notches forming a boundary between the first unit blade and the first and the second connecting portions, and guiding breakage of the first unit blade, wherein a direction along which each notch of the pair of first notches extends forms an acute angle with a direction along which the first cutting edge extends; and
a pair of second notches forming a boundary between the second unit blade and the first and the second connecting portions, guiding breakage of the second unit blade, wherein a direction along which each notch of the pair of second notches extends forms an acute angle with a direction along which the second cutting edge extends.

US Pat. No. 10,478,981

ELECTRIC SHAVER

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An electric shaver comprising a handle portion, a shaver head supported by said handle portion and including at least one drivable cutter element, and at least one rinse opening for rinsing water or other fluids through the interior of said shaver head, wherein said rinse opening forms a funnel-like inlet channel having a horn- or funnel-shaped contour with a cross-section continuously expanding towards the ambience of the shaver, wherein said shaver head has a functional face to be contacted with the skin to be shaved, a pair of oblong side faces neighboring said functional face and a pair of small side faces neighboring said functional face and said oblong side faces, wherein said at least one rinse opening opens toward one of said small side faces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,979

SHEARS USEFUL FOR CUTTING HAIR

1. Adjustable shears comprising a first blade, a second blade pivotally connected to the first blade for pivoting movement of the blades about a first axis to accomplish a cutting motion of the blades, the shears having an open position in which the first and second blades are spaced apart and a closed position in which the first and second blades are closest together, a first handle connected to the first blade and a second handle connected to the second blade, the second blade including a cutting portion and an extension portion extending from the first axis toward the first handle in the closed position of the shears, a link formed separately from the second handle and second blade is configured to connect the second handle to the second blade and space the second handle from the second blade, the second handle being configured for connection by the link to the second blade in a plurality of distinct positions with respect to the second blade, at least some of the distinct positions being separated angularly from each other about a second axis parallel to the first axis, wherein the second handle is configured for connection to the link in a plurality of distinct positions with respect to the link, at least some of the distinct positions of the second handle with respect to the link being separated angularly from each other about a third axis parallel to the first axis and the second axis, wherein at least one of the link and the second blade is formed with a locking structure for fixing the link and second blade in a selected one of the distinct positions about the second axis, and at least one of the link and the second handle being formed with a locking structure for fixing the second handle and link in a selected one of the plurality of distinct positions about the third axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,978

ELECTRIC KNIFE

1. An electric knife including a knife body forming a handle housing an electric motor and a blade holder received in the handle, carrying a blade and maneuvered by the motor via a device for transforming rotary movement of the motor into alternating movement of the blade holder; wherein the knife body includes a fixed shaft perpendicular to the blade on which the blade holder is mounted and which is positioned so that the blade holder is moved in rotation and to-and-fro relative to said fixed shaft by said motor to impart an oscillatory movement to the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,478,976

HANDLE AND KNIFE HAVING THE SAME

NEXTORCH INDUSTRIES CO., ...

1. A handle, comprising:a handle body, a locating portion is provided on the handle body; and
a handle clamp, the handle clamp comprising a first clamping arm, a second clamping arm and a connecting portion, the connecting portion is provided between the first clamping arm and the second clamping arm, and the first clamping arm is movably provided on the handle body and enables the handle clamp to retract and extend between a retracted position and an extended position,
wherein the first clamping arm is movable along a longitudinal axis of the handle body and transferrable between the retracted position and the extended position;
a first fitting portion and a second fitting portion are provided on the first clamping arm, the first fitting portion is closer to the connecting portion relative to the second fitting portion, when the first fitting portion matches with the locating portion, the handle clamp is located at the retracted position, and when the second fitting portion matches with the locating portion, the handle clamp is located at the extended position;
wherein the handle body comprises a first side plate and a second side plate, opposite to each other, the first side plate is provided with an avoidance channel running through an internal surface of the first side plate and an external surface of the first side plate, the locating portion is provided in the avoidance channel, the locating portion comprises a cantilever and a bulge provided on the cantilever, the bulge protruding inwardly, the first clamping arm penetrates through the first side plate and the second side plate, and the bulge abuts against the first clamping arm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,973

MOBILE ROBOT SECURITY ENFORCEMENT

Cobalt Robotics Inc., Pa...

1. A mobile robot, comprising:a motorized base configured to move the mobile robot along one or more patrol routes within a building;
a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with a central system of the building;
a housing body storing one or more sensors configured to detect a violation of a security policy by an object or individual within a proximity of the mobile robot; and
a controller configured to, in response to detecting the violation of the security policy:
provide information representative of the object or individual and describing the violation of the security policy to the central system, the central system configured to display an interface to a human operator, the interface displaying:
the information representative of the object or individual and the violation of the security policy,
a location of the object or individual within a map displayed within the interface, and
a manual control interface element comprising one or more selectable security operations selected based on the violated security policy;
in response to receiving a request from the central system and generated in response to a selection of a displayed selectable security operation by the human operator, configure the mobile robot to operate in a manual control mode controlled by the human operator; and
perform the selected security operation, the selected security operation causing a modification of a patrol route of the mobile robot.

US Pat. No. 10,478,972

METHOD OF COVERING A SURFACE OF A BUILDING AND ROBOT THEREFOR

Q-Bot Limited, London (G...

1. A method of forming an insulative covering on an internal surface of a building, the method comprising:introducing a robotic vehicle into an underfloor cavity of the building, wherein the underfloor cavity comprises a space between an underside of a suspended floor and the ground;
spraying, by the robotic vehicle, a thermally insulating material in at least one layer onto the internal surface, wherein the internal surface comprises the underside of the suspended floor, wherein the robotic vehicle comprises a spray nozzle coupled to a hose that is coupled to a source of the thermally insulating material, and further wherein the source is located outside of the underfloor cavity;
supplying, by the source, the thermally insulating material to the spray nozzle of the robotic vehicle via the hose; and
allowing the thermally insulating material to solidify, wherein the solidified thermally insulating material forms the insulative covering of the internal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,971

SPHERICAL ROBOT HAVING A DRIVING MECHANISM FOR INDICATING AMOUNT OF STORED ELECTRIC POWER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A robot, comprising:a spherical body, including:
a spherical-band-shaped main casing where a first side portion of a sphere and a second side portion opposing the first side portion have been removed,
a first spherical cap corresponding to the first side portion, and
a second spherical cap corresponding to the second side portion;
a shaft linking the first spherical cap and the second spherical cap;
a display attached to the shaft via an arm and displays at least a part of a face of the robot;
a first driving mechanism that causes the first spherical cap and the second spherical cap to be rotated by a rotation of the shaft;
a second driving mechanism, independent from the first driving mechanism, that causes the main casing to be rotated, the main casing being centered on the shaft;
an electric power source that is charged by electric power from an external charger, and supplies the electric power to the first driving mechanism and the second driving mechanism; and
a control circuit, when an amount of electric power of the electric power source remaining is lower than or equal to a predetermined value while the electric power source is disconnected from the charger, controls the second driving mechanism to stop a rotation of the main casing and controls the first driving mechanism to switch a rotational direction of the first spherical cap and the second spherical cap, thereby causing the display to be reciprocally moved in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,970

ROBOT SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot system comprising:a robot body that is provided with at least two links that are relatively moved by at least one joint;
a sensor that detects the distances from mutually opposed surfaces of the at least two links to an object inserted between the surfaces; and
a control unit that performs an interference avoidance operation if the distances detected by the sensor are less than a predetermined threshold,
wherein the sensor disposed in the vicinity of the joint and that measures the object distance to each position on the surface of the object inserted between the links, and calculates the distances from the surfaces of the links to the object on the basis of the distance from the sensor to the surface of the object and the angle of the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,478,969

METHOD FOR THE IMPROVED DETECTION OF THE COLLISION OF A ROBOT WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

1. A method for detecting a collision between a robot composed of a plurality of bodies linked together by at least one articulation and the environment of the robot, said method being executed by a system for detecting a collision comprising a processor, a control member, and a physical interface, the method comprising the steps of:moving at least one articulation of the robot by manipulating, via a motor of the robot, a torque applied to the at least one articulation of the robot,
receiving, from a measurement device of the control member, at least a measure of a variable characteristic of the state of the robot among a position, a velocity or an acceleration of the at least one articulation of the robot,
executing, with the processor, a computer program stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium, the computer program stored on the non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to automatically perform the steps of:
generating, from a dynamic model of the robot, a signal representative of the collisions between the robot and the environment of the robot, said signal being called a residual r and comprising as many components as articulations of the robot,
adaptive high-pass filtering of the residual r so as to render the residual r independent of parametric or non-parametric uncertainties related to low-frequency phenomena,
determining recursively adaptive thresholds T composed of at least one first dynamic term T?1 dependent on the parametric uncertainties between said model and the real behavior of the robot, said parametric uncertainties being related to a first variable e1 characteristic of the state of said robot from among the following variables: the position, the velocity or the acceleration of the at least one articulation of the robot, or a linear or nonlinear function of one of these variables or of a combination of these variables, wherein determining recursively an adaptive threshold T of the adaptive thresholds T at a given instant is based upon a previously determined adaptive threshold of the adaptive thresholds T at an instant previous to the given instant, so that the adaptive threshold T is dependent on said parametric uncertainties between said model and the real behavior of the robot,
comparing the filtered residual with the adaptive threshold T so as to deduce therefrom the existence or otherwise of the collision,
deciding, as a result of the comparison of the filtered residual and the adaptive threshold T, if a collision between the robot and the environment of the robot occurs,
providing the decision to the interface, and
utilizing the decision provided to the interface, wherein
the adaptive high-pass filtering is implemented via a recursive least squares algorithm and comprises:
estimating, in a recursive manner, the coefficients of the transfer function of the high-pass filter G0?1, and
filtering the residual r with the estimated high-pass filter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,966

WORKPIECE SUPPORT SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A workpiece support system comprising:a workpiece support device that supports a workpiece by a support body having a support that comes in contact with the workpiece; and
a robot that is separately provided outside the workpiece support device and moves the support, wherein
the support is configured to be movable within a predetermined range and lockable at an arbitrary position,
by clamping a robot-clamped component of the support body, the robot unlocks the support and moves the unlocked support according to a shape of the workpiece,
the support body includes an X-slide, a Y-slide, and a Z-slide, each of which is unlocked to move the support,
the robot-clamped component unlocks the support by being supplied with air,
the Z-slide is unlocked to become slidable by being supplied with the air, and the X-slide, Y-slide and Z-slide are interlocked so that when the Z-slide is unlocked, the X-slide and Y-slide are also unlocked to become slidable,
the robot has a tool assembly that supplies the air, and
as the tool assembly of the robot clamps the robot-clamped component of the support body, the air is supplied from the tool assembly to the robot-clamped component and the support is unlocked.

US Pat. No. 10,478,964

ROBOT FIXING SYSTEM AND ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot fixing system comprising:a base member having a front surface in which an insertion hole is formed;
a power transmission member configured to supply a rotational driving force to a movable part, which is supported on the base member in a rotatable manner about a first axis of rotation, by rotating about a second axis of rotation while opposing the front surface, a through hole being formed in the power transmission member to extend parallel to the second axis of rotation in a penetrating manner at a position separated from the second axis of rotation by a distance equal to a distance from the second axis of rotation to the insertion hole; and
a fixing pin configured to be simultaneously inserted into the through hole and the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,963

MODULAR STORAGE CONTAINER

1. A divider configured to separate a compartment of a storage container said divider comprising:a first vertical edge;
a second vertical edge positioned opposite the first vertical edge;
a bottom edge;
a top edge positioned opposite the bottom edge, said bottom and top edges being perpendicular to said first and second vertical edges;
a body defining a surface between the first vertical, second vertical, bottom, and top edges said body having a thickness; and
a compartment formed in the body, said compartment having a first opening in the top edge, a second opening in the bottom edge, and an aperture extending through the body and between the first and second openings, such that the first opening is in fluid communication with the second opening via the aperture, said compartment further having an outer diameter and an inner diameter, said inner diameter being less than the outer diameter, and the thickness of the body being less than the outer diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,962

ROBOT BASE STAND

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot base stand comprising:a first support table configured to mount a robot thereon;
the robot fixed to the first support table;
a second support table configured to place thereon objects to be handled by the robot; and
a relative distance adjusting mechanism that adjusts a relative distance between the first support table and the second support table wherein the relative distance adjusting mechanism is configured to permit selection of one distance from a plurality of relative distances preset in accordance with types of the robot, wherein each of the preset distances is marked by an indicia indicative of the type of robot to be mounted to the first support table, wherein the relative distance adjusting mechanism includes:
a plurality of first connecting portions that is provided in the first support table, extends in the direction of relative distance adjustment between the first support table and the second support table, and is spaced from each other in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the direction of relative distance adjustment;
a plurality of second connecting portions that is provided in the second support table, extends in the direction of relative distance adjustment, and is spaced from each other in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the direction of relative distance adjustment; and
a plurality of fixing parts for fixing the first connecting portions and the second connecting portions to each other, wherein the plurality of first connecting portions has an arm-like shape projecting toward the second support table, is displaceable horizontally with respect to the second support table in the direction of the relative distance adjustment, and is fixed with respect to the second support table at a position that is determined by the selected distance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,960

HANDHELD MACHINE TOOL HAVING A SPINDLE-LOCKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A handheld machine tool, comprising:a tool housing, in which a drive motor is situated for driving a drive element equipped with at least one clamping surface, to which a spindle-locking device is assigned that is equipped with a blocking element and at least one spindle cylinder, the at least one spindle cylinder being clampable in the spindle-lock operation of spindle-locking device radially between the at least one clamping surface and the blocking element within a plane that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the machine tool to prevent the drive element from rotating relative to the tool housing; and
a positioning element assigned to the spindle-locking device is situated at least in sections on the at least one clamping surface of the drive element, the positioning element being situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface,
wherein the positioning element is configured to impinge on the at least one spindle cylinder in a direction of the blocking element,
wherein the positioning element projects beyond the at least one clamping surface at least in regions in the direction of blocking element, thereby forming a maximal projection on the clamping surface when viewed in a circumferential direction of the drive element,
wherein the positioning element is situated at least partially in the region radially between the at least one spindle cylinder and the at least one clamping surface within a plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the machine tool.

US Pat. No. 10,478,959

HAND-HELD POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hand-held power tool, comprising:a gear housing with a gear for transmitting a torque, generated by a drive motor, to a spindle that rotates about a rotation axis and defines an axial direction; and
a housing-side interface element, the gear housing being exchangeably connectable to a tool attachment via the housing-side interface element in such a way that a torque is transmitted from the spindle to an input spindle of the tool attachment, the housing-side interface element including a flange ring that is connected to the gear housing in a torsionally stiff manner, and the housing-side interface element corresponding to a tool attachment-side interface element which includes a fastening ring that is rotatably supported on the tool attachment, the fastening ring being brought into engagement with the flange ring by a coupled rotatory and axial relative movement of the fastening ring with respect to the flange ring in such a way that the fastening ring and the flange ring together form a bayonet-type connector,
wherein the flange ring has at least one beveled undercut that extends in a circumferential direction of the flange ring and has a variable slope.

US Pat. No. 10,478,957

MODULAR TOOL HAVING A RIFLE BULLET CASING AS THE HANDLE

1. A multipurpose tool comprising:a handle, a connection and an instrument;
wherein the connection removably attaches the instrument to the handle;
wherein the handle forms a grip that allows the multipurpose tool to be manipulated by hand;
wherein the instrument forms the working element of the multipurpose tool;
wherein the handle comprises the cartridge of a bullet;
wherein the cartridge is further defined with a rim, a body, a shoulder, a neck, and a mouth;
wherein in the working tip of the instrument is selected from the group consisting of a screw driver, a socket, a knife sharpener, a bit extension, and a cleaning rod, and a fire starter;
wherein the fire starter further comprises a steel cylinder, an epoxy and magnesium insert, and a flint striker;
wherein the steel cylinder comprises a cylindrical steel tube;
wherein the flint striker is a device that provides a flint surface;
wherein when the flint striker is struck against the steel cylinder sparks are created that are used to ignite the epoxy and magnesium insert;
wherein the epoxy and magnesium insert is a solid material formed from a resin comprising a mixture of epoxy and magnesium;
wherein the epoxy and magnesium insert is formed as a cylindrical structure that is sized such that the epoxy and magnesium insert may be inserted into the steel cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,478,956

METHOD OF EQUIPPING A HAMMER HANDLE WITH A MAGNETIC, NAIL-HEAD RETAINER FOR STARTING A NAIL, AND KIT

1. A method of equipping a hammer handle with a magnetic, nail-head retainer for starting a nail; said method comprising the steps of:producing a tubular sleeve from tube stock which extends between spaced open ends and which has a hollow core characterized by an inside diameter;
boring an unequipped hammer handle with a bore hole which extends between an open end and closed end;
inserting a magnet in the bore hole; and
inserting the tubular sleeve in the bore hole afterwards to trap the magnet in the bore hole;
wherein the step of producing the tubular sleeve further comprises forming one of the open ends with an inward burr or flare; and
the step of inserting the tubular sleeve in the bore hole further comprises inserting the tubular sleeve in the bore hole with the one open end that has the inward burr or flare leading.

US Pat. No. 10,478,955

TOOL FOR RELEASABLY RETAINING A RAILWAY SPIKE

1. A tool for releasably holding a fastener, the tool comprising:a handle defining a handle axis; and
a tool head connected to an end of the handle, the tool head having a channel for receiving a fastener, the tool head comprising:
a first flat wall, a second flat wall, and a third flat wall, each of the first and second flat walls connected to and extending perpendicularly away from the third flat wall and parallel to the handle axis to define the channel, the channel defining a longitudinal channel axis,
a spring disposed along a length of an inner surface of the first flat wall, the length being parallel to the longitudinal channel axis, the spring received in a first notch at a first end of the inner surface and in a second notch at a second end of the inner surface, the spring configured to engage and hold the fastener against the second flat wall, and
a lip disposed along a longitudinal length of the second flat wall, the longitudinal length being parallel to the longitudinal channel axis, the lip extending perpendicularly away from the second flat wall and toward the first flat wall to define a distal portion of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,952

PROCESS FOR EXTRACTING SECURITY SCREW FOR WHEELS OF MOTOR VEHICLE AND EXTRACTOR FOR EXECUTING THE PROCESS

Hubitools SA, Wavre (BE)...

1. A method of extracting a safety screw or a broken screw, said screw (13) comprising a rod (21) and possibly a head (23), the method comprising the following steps:a) drilling a bore (17) longitudinally in the screw (13) using a drill (19) with a diameter less than the diameter of the rod (21) of the screw (13);
b) fitting an extractor (1) in the said bore (17), the extractor (1) comprising a cogged rod (3) whose cogs are in the form of longitudinal ribs (5) and a head (7) fixed to one of the ends of said rod (3), wherein fitting the extractor includes inserting the rod (3) of the extractor (1) in said bore (17) and by percussion on the head (7) of said extractor (1) by means of a percussion tool (49), so as to couple the extractor (1) and the screw (13) in rotation;
c) extracting the screw (13) by loosening it using a key adapted to the head (7) of the extractor;
wherein the step of fitting an extractor (step b) includes the use of a punch mandrel (51) placed between the extractor (1) and the percussion tool (49) and one end of which having a recess (53) adapted to the head (7) of extractor (1).

US Pat. No. 10,478,951

DEVICE, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSERTING AN ELASTIC RING INTO AN INNER GROOVE

OHRMANN MONTAGETECHNIK GM...

1. A device for inserting an elastic ring into an inner groove in a workpiece opening, said device having:at least two retainers that are circumferentially spaced apart from one another and can slide into the workpiece opening with regard to an axial insertion direction (B), each of said retainers having a radially outwards open recess for retaining regions on the ring,
wherein the device is configured so that the ring that sits in the recesses can deform between its retaining regions to form a wavy shape, seen in a lateral view, in order to form trailing, curved regions,
at least one slider for pushing the trailing, curved regions in the direction towards the inner groove, wherein the device is configured such that the slider can be moved into the workpiece opening in a trailing manner with respect to the recesses, and
wherein a mouthpiece is provided with a guiding aperture for the ring to be pushed through in the direction towards the workpiece and for deforming the ring, wherein the retainers together with the inserted ring and the slider can be pushed axially through the guiding aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,949

WRENCH ASSEMBLIES

1. A wrench assembly, comprising:a first member, the first member includes a first wrenching component and a first handle;
a second member, the second member includes a second wrenching component and a second handle;
the first handle is sufficiently hollow to enable the second handle to be inserted into the first handle;
a switch, the switch is mounted to the first handle and includes a proximal extremity, a distal extremity, and an engagement member, the switch is configured to move between an engaging position of the engagement member and a disengaging position of the engagement member, the proximal extremity is in an undepressed position when the engagement member is in the engaging position, the proximal extremity is in a depressed position when the engagement member is in the disengaging position, and the proximal extremity is exteriorly operable by hand for movement between the undepressed position and the depressed position;
a complemental engagement member carried by the second handle;
the second handle is configured to act on the distal extremity of the switch to move the switch from the engaging position of the engagement member to the disengaging position of the engagement member, when the second handle is inserted into the first handle to a partially installed position;
the switch is configured to move from the disengaging position of the engagement member to the engaging position of the engagement member releasably engaging the engagement member to the complemental engagement member disabling the second handle from being withdrawn from the first handle, when the engagement member registers with the complemental engagement member when the second handle is inserted into the first handle beyond the partially installed position to an installed position;
the switch is configured to move from the engaging position of the engagement member to the disengaging position of the engagement member releasing the engagement member from the complemental engagement member enabling the second handle to be withdrawn from the first handle, when the second handle is in the installed position and when the proximal extremity of the switch is moved from the undepressed position to the depressed position;
the switch further includes a projection between the proximal extremity and both the engagement member and the distal extremity, and is mounted pivotally to the first handle at the projection for pivotal movement between the engaging position of the engagement member and the disengaging position of the engagement member; and
the second handle is configured to about the projection when the second handle advances through the first handle to the installed position from the partially installed position before the switch moves from the disengaging position of the engagement member to the engaging position of the engagement member, disabling the second handle from advancing through the first handle beyond the installed position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,948

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INSTALLING NETWORK HARDWARE IN SERVER RACKS

DKNXT, Inc., Houston, TX...

1. A tool for assisting in the installation of a device in a rack including an aperture having a width, the tool comprising:a body having an arch shape, the body including a first leg and a second leg;
a tilt lock attached to the body, the tilt lock comprising an elongated element extending past at least one side of the body proximate to a leveler configured to support the device; and
one or more lips each attached to a corresponding leg, each lip extending laterally outwardly from the body such that a combined width of the one or more lips is less than the width of the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,947

STRAIGHT EDGE CLAMP

AFFINITY TOOL WORKS, LLC,...

1. A straight edge clamp comprising; an elongated body having a longitudinal centerline, a clamping head assembly and an end stop assembly; said elongated body has opposed edges, a top and a bottom, a main channel formed in said bottom, said clamping head assembly and said end stop assembly are mounted within said main channel a spaced distance from one another; said end stop assembly has a movable first jaw which is movable with respect to said clamping head assembly, from an unlocked position to a locked position; said clamping head assembly has a second jaw which is movable with respect to said first jaw from a released position to a clamped position; whereby said bottom of said elongated body is adapted to be positioned against a work surface having sides and said clamping head assembly and said end stop assembly are adapted to be positioned against said sides, said second jaw is moved to said clamped position and said first jaw is moved to said locked position to clamp said straight edge clamp to said work surface;said end stop assembly includes at least one clamp pad mounted adjacent said first jaw, said first jaw being moveable with respect to said at least one clamp pad to move said clamp pad into engagement with said elongated body to said locked position;
said main channel has sidewalls, said first jaw being moveable with respect to said at least one clamp pad to move said at least one clamp pad into engagement with at least one of said sidewalls to said locked position;
said first jaw includes at least one side wall extending at an acute angle with respect to the longitudinal center line of said elongated body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,944

METHOD FOR RECYCLING ABRASIVE USED FOR HIGH PRESSURE WATERJET CUTTING FROM CUTTING SLUDGE AND AN EQUIPMENT FOR APPLICATION OF THIS METHOD

PTV, spol. s r. o., Host...

1. A method for recycling abrasive material used for high pressure waterjet cutting from cutting sludge is characterised by conveying the cutting sludge to a vibrating separator separating smaller and larger particles from the abrasive, then depositing of the abrasive into a water-permeable container (17); after displacing of excess water, putting a wet screened recycled abrasive (A) into a storage tank (1) for the wet screened recycled abrasive, conveying of the wet screened recycled abrasive by a screw conveyor (3) to a drying oven (4) which is heated by heating elements (6), aerated by a heated air (E); regulating a temperature in the oven by switching off and on said heating elements (6) and conveying an intensity of batching of the wet screened recycled abrasive (A) by the screw conveyor (3); conveying particles of a dry abrasive (C) through an outlet (B) for a dry recycled abrasive from the drying oven (4) to an output of vibrating separator (8), passing the dried abrasive material (C) from a vibrating separator (8) through a screen and putting into a storage container or a bulk bag (9) for the dry recycled abrasive (C).

US Pat. No. 10,478,942

NOZZLE CARRIER FOR A TOOL GRINDING MACHINE

ISOG TECHNOLOGY GMBH, We...

1. A coolant nozzle carrier configured to be mounted to a grinding machine, the grinding machine having a grinding spindle defining a rotational axis, the grinding spindle being configured to support and drive a grinding disc, the coolant nozzle carrier comprising:at least two coolant nozzles configured to provide a fluid coolant to the grinding disk;
at least a center leg and two side legs each being attached to the center leg, wherein
each of the two side legs supports at least one of the at least two coolant nozzles,
the two side legs extend in a plane and embrace a space dimensioned to receive the grinding disc;
and
at least one of a pivotable attachment and hinges, wherein at least one of the following conditions is satisfied:
a) the side legs are pivotably attached to the center leg with said pivotable attachment, and
b) each of the side legs comprises a corresponding hinge and a corresponding free end, said hinge enabling said free end of the side legs to pivot outward;
wherein the at least one of the pivotable attachment and hinges are configured to provide a stop to define a minimum distance between the two side legs; and
wherein the two side legs are spring loaded against the stop.

US Pat. No. 10,478,941

PAD CONDITIONER HAVING REDUCED FRICTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

EHWA DIAMOND IND. CO., LT...

1. A pad conditioner having reduced friction, comprising:a substrate having a plurality of protrusions having different heights which are formed upwards and separated from each other by a same distance on part or all of one surface of the substrate, each of tops of the protrusions forming a plane parallel to the surface of the substrate; and
a diamond layer disposed on the plurality of protrusions or on the entire surface having the protrusions,
wherein a diamond crystalline structure of the diamond layer has a (1,0,0) growth plane,
wherein the diamond layer is deposited using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) under conditions including a filament temperature of 1900˜2000° C. and a substrate temperature of 1000˜1100° C., and
wherein the plurality of protrusions comprise a first height group comprising a plurality of first protrusions having a first height, a second height group comprising a plurality of second protrusions having a second height, and a third height group comprising a plurality of third protrusions having a third height, in which the second height is lower than the first height, the third height is lower than the second height, and a difference between the first height and the second height is 10˜70 ?m,
wherein each of the second protrusions of the second height group and each of the third protrusions of the third height group are formed such that only one of the second protrusions and only one of the third protrusions are disposed between a pair of first protrusions of the first height group in any direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,940

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF POLISHING LAYER, AND POLISHING METHOD

IV Technologies CO., Ltd....

1. A manufacturing method of a polishing layer, comprising:providing a mold having a mold cavity, wherein the mold cavity has a contour pattern, and a cross section of the contour pattern along a direction comprises a plurality of recessions and at least one concavity portion, each of the recessions has a bottom, and the at least one concavity portion is disposed on the bottom of at least one of the recessions;
disposing a polymer material in the mold cavity;
curing the polymer material to form a semifinished product, wherein a cross section of the semifinished product along the direction comprises a plurality of polishing portions corresponding to the recessions and at least one protruding portion corresponding to the at least one concavity portion; and
performing a flattening process on the semifinished product to remove the at least one protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,937

ACOUSTIC EMISSION MONITORING AND ENDPOINT FOR CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A chemical mechanical polishing apparatus, comprising:a platen to support a polishing pad; and
an in-situ acoustic monitoring system to generate a signal, the in-situ acoustic monitoring system including an acoustic emission sensor supported by the platen and an acoustic waveguide positioned to extend through the polishing pad such that the acoustic waveguide has a first end coupled to the acoustic emission sensor and a second end in a groove in the polishing pad so that the acoustic emission sensor receives acoustic signals that propagate through slurry in the groove in the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,478,930

TOOL ATTACHMENT AND TOOL SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

21. A tool attachment, comprising:an attachment housing;
a fastening interface situated on the attachment housing for detachable fastening on a handheld power tool, the fastening interface having a locking unit which, (i) in a locked state, locks the tool attachment for operation on the handheld power tool, and (ii) in an unlocked state, enables a removal of the tool attachment from the handheld power tool;
a drive unit situated in the attachment housing for driving a tool receptacle of the tool attachment; and
a first angle position setting unit for setting a predefined angle position of the tool attachment on the handheld power tool, wherein the first angle position setting unit is configured to be operable to enable a change of the predefined angle position of the drive unit in relation to the fastening interface,
wherein the first angle position setting unit is operated by a combined and simultaneous longitudinal and rotational movement of the attachment housing in relation to the fastening interface to change the predefined angle position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,929

ENERGY SOURCE SUPPLY SYSTEMS, ENERGY SOURCE SUPPLY DEVICES, AND RELATED METHODS

A3 LABS LLC, Oakland, CA...

1. An energy source supply appliance comprising:an appliance energy source supply system comprising:
an appliance energy source supply subsystem comprising a pressure regulator, a first thermal control device, and a second thermal control device;
wherein:
the appliance energy source supply subsystem is configured to receive a hydrogen fuel energy source and to make available the hydrogen fuel energy source to a receiver vehicle;
the receiver vehicle comprises a drive system configured to use the hydrogen fuel energy source received by the receiver vehicle to motively power the receiver vehicle;
the appliance energy source supply subsystem is configured so that the hydrogen fuel energy source is received by the pressure regulator before the hydrogen fuel energy source is made available to the receiver vehicle;
the pressure regulator is configured to receive the hydrogen fuel energy source and to limit the hydrogen fuel energy source to a predetermined pressure when the pressure regulator receives the hydrogen fuel energy source;
the appliance energy source supply subsystem is configured so that the hydrogen fuel energy source is selectively received by one of the first thermal control device or the second thermal control device before the hydrogen fuel energy source is made available to the receiver vehicle and after the hydrogen fuel energy source is received by the pressure regulator;
the first thermal control device is configured to receive the hydrogen fuel energy source and to cause a first temperature reduction of the hydrogen fuel energy source when the first thermal control device receives the hydrogen fuel energy source;
the second thermal control device is configured to receive the hydrogen fuel energy source and to cause a second temperature reduction of the hydrogen fuel energy source when the second thermal control device receives the hydrogen fuel energy source; and
the first temperature reduction is different than the second temperature reduction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,928

METHOD OF INSTALLATION AND MANUFACTURING OF A STACK PIPE HEAT EXCHANGER WITH INTEGRAL CONNECTORS

1. A method of installing a drain water heat recovery exchanger for pre-heating water to be heated using a solar, electric or combustion energy hot water heater or to be sent to the cold-water line of a hot-water-consuming apparatus, the method comprising:providing a drain water heat recovery exchanger including:
a copper pipe with an integral copper pipe fitting with a diameter that is smaller than a non-fitting portion of said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger and an integral copper pipe outlet fitting with a diameter that is smaller than said non-fitting portion of said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger, wherein each of said fittings is fashioned from said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger by at least one of rotary-forming, roll-forming, crimping and die-pressing said copper pipe to include barbs for a male plastic pipe connection; and
a core waste water drain tube;
cutting out a portion of a vertical drain water pipe of a building;
inserting said drain water heat recovery exchanger into said drain water pipe at a position of said cut-out portion of said drain water pipe;
connecting said core waste water drain tube to said drain water pipe; and
selecting additional copper pipes or cross-linked polyethylene pipes for connecting to said fittings, and
when said cross-linked polyethylene pipes are selected, connecting a first one of said fittings to a cold-water supply using a first cross-linked polyethylene pipe of said cross-linked polyethylene pipes, and connecting a second one of said fittings to an inlet of a hot water heater, a hot water tank or a cold-water line of a hot-water-consuming apparatus using a second cross-linked polyethylene pipe of said cross-linked polyethylene pipes by making a bend in a length of said second cross-linked polyethylene pipe between said second one of said fittings and said inlet of said hot water heater, said hot water tank or said cold-water line of said hot-water-consuming apparatus; and
when said additional copper pipes are selected, cutting said fittings to remove a portion of said copper pipe including said barbs, soldering a copper pipe fitting to each end of said copper pipe of said drain water heat recovery exchanger, and connecting a first additional copper pipe of said additional copper pipes and a second additional copper pipe of said additional copper pipes to respectively each of said copper pipe fittings, wherein said first additional copper pipe is connected or connectable to a cold-water supply and said second additional copper pipe is connected or connectable to an inlet of a hot water heater, a hot water tank or a cold-water line of a hot-water-consuming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,478,927

DEVICE FOR ASSEMBLING CAMS ON A CAMSHAFT PIPE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A device for assembling cams on a camshaft pipe of a camshaft, comprising:a first gripper and a second gripper each configured for gripping and holding a respective cam during assembly, wherein the first gripper and the second gripper receive the respective cam in a common direction and are movable in a common direction into alignment with respect to the camshaft pipe, and the second gripper grips and holds the respective cam that is pivoted by 90° with respect to an orientation of the respective cam in the first gripper; and
wherein the second gripper comprises a U-shaped seat and a U-shaped holder, and the U-shaped holder is movable axially and radially with respect to the U-shaped seat.

US Pat. No. 10,478,925

BRAZING FILLER MATERIAL AND BRAZING SHEET

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

1. A brazing filler material, consisting of:Si: 3.5% by mass or more and 13.0% by mass or less,
Ti: 0.001% by mass or more and 0.05% by mass or less,
V: more than 0.0005% by mass and 0.05% by mass or less,
Fe: 0.15% by mass or more and 1.2% by mass or less,
Cu: less than 0.05% by mass,
B: 0.001% by mass or less, excluding 0% by mass,
with the balance being Al and inevitable impurities,
wherein a value of V/Ti, which is a value obtained by dividing a V content (% by mass) by a Ti content (% by mass), is 0.05 or more and 5 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,478,923

LASER MACHINING DEVICE AND LASER OSCILLATION CONTROL METHOD

AMADA COMPANY, LIMITED, ...

1. A laser machining device, comprising:a laser oscillator for oscillating a laser beam to have a variable output according to a machining condition,
an optical fiber for propagating said laser beam,
a photoelectric sensor for detecting an intensity of light leaking from a cladding side face of said optical fiber and outputting a detection signal indicating said intensity, and
a laser oscillation control device for controlling an operation of said laser machining device based on said detection signal,
the laser oscillation control device comprising:
a control unit,
said photoelectric sensor, and
a monitor unit comprising a CPU and a memory, said monitor unit being configured to receive the detection signal outputted by the photoelectric sensor and to carry out signal exchanges with the control unit,
an output display and/or speech unit configured to output information from the control unit externally,
an input unit configured for a user to input information to the control unit,
wherein said CPU compares a first light value threshold that is set according to a laser beam output with said intensity or an amount of light obtained from said detection signal, when an output of said laser oscillator is less than or equal to a prescribed output, and
compares a second light value threshold that is set according to the laser beam output with an intensity or an amount of light obtained from said detection signal, when an output of said laser oscillator is greater than said prescribed output, and
generates a command signal to the laser oscillator to stop an oscillation of the laser beam at said laser oscillator to thereby prevent an occurrence of a defect of the optical fiber,
wherein the first and the second light value thresholds are each set based upon respective predetermined reference levels.

US Pat. No. 10,478,922

WIRE-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wire based additive manufacturing system, comprising:a base movable in a feed direction;
at least one welding laser;
at least a first cutting laser and a second cutting laser;
at least a first wire feed member feeding a first wire onto the base as the base moves in the feed direction; and
at least a second wire feed member feeding a second wire onto the base and parallel to the first wire as the base moves in the feed direction;
wherein the at least one welding laser is energized to fuse the first wire to the second wire, the first cutting laser is energized to cut the first wire and the second cutting laser is energized to cut the second wire to complete a wire layer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,921

LASER BUILD-UP WELDING OF HIGH HEAT RESISTANT SUPER ALLOYS BY MEANS OF OSCILLATING BEAM GUIDANCE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for a layer-by-layer creation of a deposition structure, the deposition structure being made of high-temperature superalloys on a substrate, the method comprising:applying a build-up material containing the high-temperature superalloys to the substrate, which is melted by an energy beam in a working point, wherein the working point is guided along the substrate in a main direction of movement and, in the process, oscillates transversely with respect to the main direction of movement,
wherein the working point oscillates from a first edge of a respective layer of the deposition structure to a second edge of the respective layer of the deposition structure, and a time span between leaving a respective edge of the first edge and the second edge and returning, immediately after leaving, to the respective edge of the first edge and the second edge is determined such that a melt pool at the respective edge of the first edge and the second edge solidifies, during the time span, to a mushy zone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,920

DUAL WALL COMPONENTS FOR GAS TURBINE ENGINES

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method for producing a dual wall component for a gas turbine engine, the method comprising:depositing powder feedstock at predetermined positions on an inner wall,
applying a first directed energy beam onto the powder feedstock to create pedestals and form inner weld joints between an outer surface of the inner wall and the pedestals,
positioning an outer wall on the pedestals, and
welding the pedestals to an inner surface of the outer wall by applying a second directed energy beam onto an outer surface of the outer wall at predetermined positions corresponding to the pedestals to form outer weld joints between the inner surface of the outer wall and the pedestals.

US Pat. No. 10,478,919

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ALUMINUM JOINED BODY

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

1. A method for producing an aluminum joined body comprising:a step of forming a flare joint by using a first aluminum member and a second aluminum member; and
a step of performing laser welding by irradiating a groove of the flare joint between the first aluminum member and the second aluminum member with a laser beam having a beam diameter of 0.8 to 3.5 mm while feeding a filler material to the groove, the filler material being made of an aluminum alloy containing, in percent by mass, 1.0% to 3.0% of Mg, 0.50% to 1.0% of Mn, 0.05% to 0.20% of Cr, and 0.05% to 0.20% of Ti, with the balance being aluminum and incidental impurities.

US Pat. No. 10,478,918

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL FILM

ZEON CORPORATION, Chiyod...

1. A method for producing an optical film comprising a cutting step of performing irradiation with a laser light onto a layered body having a support and a resin layer provided on the support to cut the resin layer, whereinin the cutting step, the irradiation with the laser light is performed such that
a beam of the laser light has a flat energy distribution, and
a distance between a focus of the laser light and a receiving point of the laser light on a surface of the resin layer where the laser light is received is 0.1 to 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,917

HYBRID LASER WELDING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING TWO ROBOTS

Bombardier Transportation...

1. A hybrid welding system for welding components along a welding joint, the hybrid welding system comprising:a first manipulator;
a first high energy welding device connected to said first manipulator;
a joint detection device connected to the first manipulator and operative to optically detect welding joint characteristics along a welding joint, the joint detection device spaced apart from the first high energy welding device by a first distance;
a second manipulator spaced apart from the first manipulator;
a second electrode type welding device connected to said second manipulator; and
a controller in communication with said first manipulator, with said second manipulator, and with said joint detection device, said controller being operative to:
(a) control a movement and a position of the joint detection device via the first manipulator along a predetermined trajectory to optically detect the welding joint characteristics;
(b) determine a first corrected trajectory for the first high energy welding device based on said predetermined welding trajectory and on said welding joint characteristics detected by said joint detection device, wherein the first corrected trajectory is different from the predetermined trajectory;
(c) control a movement and a position of the first high energy welding device via the first manipulator along the first corrected trajectory to perform a first welding operation comprising melting a material of the components being welded;
(d) determine a second corrected trajectory for the second electrode type welding device based on said predetermined welding trajectory and on said welding joint characteristics detected by said joint detection device, wherein the second corrected trajectory is different from the first corrected trajectory; and
(e) control a movement and a position of the second electrode type welding device via the second manipulator along the second corrected trajectory to perform a second welding operation after the first welding operation, the second welding operation comprising adding a filler material between the components being welded,
wherein said first corrected trajectory is further based on characteristics of said first high energy welding device and said second corrected trajectory is further based on characteristics of said second electrode type welding device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,914

METHOD FOR BUTT WELDING, BUTT WELDED JOINT, AND OUTSIDE JOINT MEMBER FOR CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A method of manufacturing an outer joint member of a constant velocity universal joint, the method comprising:bringing a solid shaft-shaped end portion of a cup member and a solid shaft-shaped end portion of a shaft member into abutment against each other; and
radiating a high energy intensity beam from a radially outer side to perform butt welding, wherein
the shaft member has a joining end surface and a recess formed on a radially inner side of the joining end surface of the shaft member,
the cup member has a joining end surface protruding toward a radially inner side with respect to an inner diameter of the joining end surface of the shaft member and a protruding portion provided on a radially inner side with respect to the joining end surface of the cup member,
the shaft member is formed by upset forging,
the cup member is formed by forging,
the joining end surface and the protruding portion of the cup member are formed by performing turning on only an annular region of an end surface of the cup member, and
the butt welding is performed by bringing the joining end surface of the cup member and the joining end surface of the shaft member into abutment against each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,913

METHOD FOR RESISTING WELDING OF A FIRST COMPONENT TO A SECOND COMPONENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for resistance welding a first component to a second component, the method comprising:inserting at least a connecting region of the second component into an opening of the first component by an insertion distance along an insertion direction;
welding the first component to the second component while inserting at least the connecting region of the second component into the opening of the first component by the insertion distance; and
limiting the insertion of the connecting region into the opening to the insertion distance, with an adjustable mechanical external distance limiter spaced apart from the first and the second component in a direction perpendicular to the insertion direction, without contacting the first component or the second component with the adjustable mechanical external distance limiter, wherein:
an internal dimension of the opening and an external dimension of the connecting region are configured similar to a press fit with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,912

RUGGEDIZED CASING FOR A PORTABLE WELDING SYSTEM

THE ESAB GROUP INC., Flo...

1. A portable welding system casing, comprising:a wrapper including a front portion, a rear portion, a top portion and a bottom portion that collectively define a first perimeter edge and a second perimeter edge opposite the first perimeter edge;
a first side member with a first plurality of fastening lug portions and an inner surface with a first recess that receives the first perimeter edge of the wrapper;
a first plate member that is coupled to the first side member, is recessed below a first plane defined by the first side member, and includes a first recessed portion residing in a different plane than both the first plane and a remainder of the first plate member;
a second side member with a second plurality of fastening lug portions and an inner surface with a second recess that receives the second perimeter edge of the wrapper;
a second plate member that is coupled to the second side member, is recessed below a second plane defined by the second side member, and includes a second recessed portion residing in a different plane than both the second plane and a remainder of the second plate member;
a plurality of handle members, each of the plurality of handle members coupled between a first fastening lug portion of the first plurality of fastening lug portions and a second fastening lug portion of the second plurality of fastening lug portions;
an additional handle member that is connected to the top portion of the wrapper and that extends perpendicular to each of the plurality of handle members;
a first foot member coupled to the front portion and the bottom portion; and
a second foot member coupled to the rear portion and the bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,910

ELECTRODE WIRE FOR ELECTRO-DISCHARGE MACHINING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. An electrode wire for electro-discharge machining, the electrode wire comprising:a core wire including a first metal comprising brass having a mixture of copper and zinc and having one of phases ?, ?+??, and ??;
a first alloy layer of a first alloy material formed at a boundary region between the core wire and a second metal, the second metal being plated and diffused on an entire outer circumferential surface of the core wire, and said first alloy layer having a phase ??; and
a second alloy layer of a second alloy material formed at an entire outer surface of the first alloy layer due to the diffusion of the first metal to the second metal and having a phase ? and a phase ?,
wherein the second metal includes one selected from the group consisting of zinc, aluminum, tin, and an alloy thereof,
wherein the second alloy layer has a higher hardness and lower tensile strength than the first alloy layer,
wherein the second alloy layer is provided with a plurality of cracks,
wherein the core wire is distributed onto a surface of the second alloy layer,
wherein the core wire directly contacts the first alloy layer and the second alloy layer,
wherein the first alloy layer directly contacts both the core wire and the second alloy layer,
wherein the core wire, the first alloy layer and the second alloy layer are exposed onto the outer circumferential surface of the electrode wire for electro-discharge machining,
wherein ?, ?+??, ??, ? and ? are crystalline structures, and
wherein said core wire projects through the first alloy layer and through the cracks of the second alloy layer to the outer circumferential surface of the electrode wire.

US Pat. No. 10,478,908

OSCILLATING JIG SAW BLADE

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. An accessory tool for an oscillating power tool, the oscillating power tool defining an oscillating axis, the accessory tool comprising:a first metal plate forming:
a mounting portion configured to mate with an oscillating drive member of a power tool; and
a support arm portion including a rearmost portion, a distal end portion, a first lateral support edge and a second lateral support edge, the rearmost portion being adjacent the mounting portion, the first lateral support edge and the second lateral support edge extending in a forward direction from the rearmost portion to the distal end portion, the first lateral support edge being angled toward the second lateral support edge such that the support arm portion narrows as it approaches the distal end portion; and
a second metal plate forming:
an overlapping portion attached to the support arm portion, the overlapping portion including a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, and a forward end portion, the first lateral edge being aligned with the first lateral support edge, the second lateral edge being aligned with the second lateral support edge, the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge following the first lateral support edge and the second lateral support edge, respectively, from the rearmost portion of the support arm portion and beyond the distal end portion to position the forward end portion forward of the distal end portion of the support arm portion; and
a blade portion extending laterally from the forward end portion of the overlapping portion, the blade portion including a cutting edge arranged facing in the forward direction and a trailing edge that faces toward the mounting portion,
wherein the mounting portion defines a central axis which intersects the oscillating axis when the mounting portion is attached to a tool holder of the oscillating power tool,
wherein the angled first lateral support edge of the support arm portion and the trailing edge of the blade portion define an open region which is interposed between the blade portion and the mounting portion, and
wherein the central axis intersects the open region, the first lateral support edge of the support arm portion and both the trailing edge and the cutting edge of the blade portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,907

CIRCULAR SAW BENCH INCLUDING A WORK PIECE FEEDING APPARATUS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An apparatus used with a power tool, the power tool having a work table with a work piece support surface for supporting a work piece, the apparatus comprising:a guide slidably mounted to the work table to slide in an infeed direction relative to the work piece support surface;
a work piece support carried by said guide, said work piece support having a clamping device and a work piece sliding fence, said clamping device operatively mounted to said work piece sliding fence in both a clamping position and an unclamping position,
said clamping device including:
a lower clamping element having a work piece contacting element and a vertical shaft, said work piece contacting element connected to the vertical shaft for movement therewith and configured and arranged relative to the work piece support surface to be situated at least at a height of the work piece support surface, wherein the lower clamping element is adjustable to adjust a vertical position of said work piece contacting element relative to the work piece support surface of the work table, and
an upper clamping element slidably supported on the vertical shaft for vertical adjustment relative to the work piece contacting element to press the work piece against the work piece contacting element; and
said work piece sliding fence arranged relative to the work piece contacting element to contact the work piece when the work piece is clamped against the work piece contacting element and the clamping device is connected to the work piece sliding fence,
wherein said upper clamping element is arranged in a position overlapping the guide in relation to the work piece support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,906

DUPLEX SAW

1. A duplex saw, comprising a machine head assembly of which a top portion is mounted with a cutting working platform, a base, a rotating disk, and a machine head rotating seat positioned between the machine head assembly and the rotating disk and hinged with the machine head assembly and the rotating disk respectively, wherein the machine head assembly comprises a motor, a machine frame, a gear box body, a transmission mechanism and a saw blade, the motor is fixed on the machine frame, the transmission mechanism is provided in the gear box body and constitutes a gear box assembly, a gear shaft of the motor drives the transmission mechanism to be rotated, the saw blade is fixed on an output shaft of the transmission mechanism, the output shaft and the gear shaft of the motor are parallel to each other;wherein the gear box body is provided thereon with a rotating sleeve connected to a handle, the machine frame is provided thereon with a rotating seat, so that upon operation of the handle the rotating sleeve rotates relative to the rotating seat.

US Pat. No. 10,478,901

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

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:a first surface comprising a corner part and a first side and a second side each extending from the corner part;
a second surface connected to the first surface; and
a cutting edge located at a region where the first surface intersects with the second surface, wherein
the cutting edge comprises:
a first cutting edge located at the first side,
a second cutting edge located at the second side, and
a third cutting edge located at the corner part;
the third cutting edge comprises:
a first part connected to the first cutting edge, and
a second part located between the first part and the second edge;
the first cutting edge and the third cutting edge are provided with a honing in a front view of the first surface;
a honing width of the first part is constant; and
a honing width of the second part decreases as approaching the second cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,900

CRASH RESISTANT TRIP FOR A PIPE MACHINING APPARATUS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of operating a pipe machining apparatus, the method comprising:fixedly coupling a frame of the pipe machining apparatus to a pipe;
moving a tool support relative to the frame, wherein the tool support is moveably coupled to the frame;
advancing a tool coupled to the tool support toward the pipe at an increment due to an advancement member, coupled to the tool support, contacting a first linear contact-surface of a first advancement projection fixedly attached to the frame; and
advancing the tool coupled to the tool support toward the pipe at the increment due to the advancement member contacting a second linear contact-surface of a second advancement projection fixedly attached to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,478,899

METHOD OF MAKING A TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITE MATERIAL

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A method of making a transparent conductive material, comprising steps of:a) preparing a precursor solution that contains a metal salt, a templating reagent, a buffer agent, and a first solvent which also serves as a reducing agent;
b) preparing a graphene oxide solution by dispersing a graphene oxide in a second solvent which is miscible with the first solvent; and
c) slowly adding the graphene oxide solution to the precursor solution at an elevated temperature of no smaller than 150° C. and less than 290° C. so as to permit growth of graphene on metal nanowire seeds which are formed as a result of a reduction of the metal salt to thereby obtain a network structure which includes a plurality of core-shell nanowires interconnected to each other and a plurality of nanowebs of graphene extending from the core-shell nanowires.

US Pat. No. 10,478,894

CARBON AS AN AIDE FOR DUCTILE NANOCELLULAR FOAM

United Technologies Corpo...

10. A method of fabricating an article, the method comprising:providing a dispersion of nanowires in a first carrier fluid;
combining the dispersion with a solution including at least one alloy element in a second carrier fluid;
removing the first carrier fluid and the second carrier fluid to provide an arrangement of dry, loose nanowires including the at least one alloy element;
prior to the bonding, forming the dry, loose nanowires into a geometry of an end-use article
depositing the arrangement of nanowires into a mold;
compressing said arrangement of nanowires in said mold to consolidate said nanowires;
placing said assembly into a furnace; and
after the compression step, bonding in a furnace in the presence of carbon, the arrangement of nanowires together into a unitary cellular structure, introducing the carbon by a gas containing carbon into the furnace, wherein said bonding is done in an environment having the gas containing carbon that reacts with the nanowires to alter the composition of the nanowires and the surfaces of the nanowires that are in contact with each other to permanently bond together at nodes, such that cores of the nanowires remain solid and support the unitary cellular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,478,893

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING A SELECTIVE RECOATER

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:a build unit comprising a powder dispenser, a first gas zone positioned immediately over a work surface, a second gas zone contained by an enclosure, a recoater blade, and an irradiation emission directing device, the powder dispenser comprising a powder storage area and at least a first and second gate, the first gate operable by a first actuator that allows opening and closing the first gate, the second gate operable by a second actuator that allows opening and closing the second gate, and each gate adapted to control the dispensation of powder from the powder storage area onto a work surface, the at least first and second gate arranged along the width of the powder dispenser, wherein the build unit moves in an x and y direction over a build envelope.

US Pat. No. 10,478,889

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PORTABLE RIVETING MACHINE, AND ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PORTABLE RIVETING MACHINE

1. A method for operating an electrically-operated portable riveting machine, the method comprising:providing an electrically-operated portable riveting machine comprising:
a housing,
a rivet setting mechanism arranged in the housing, the rivet setting mechanism being configured to set rivet elements into workpieces to be connected,
a collecting vessel,
a delivery duct configured so that spent rivet mandrels created during a setting of the rivet elements are delivered into the collecting vessel,
an actuation switch,
a spent rivet mandrel determination device configured to determine a number of the spent rivet mandrels in the collecting vessel, the spent rivet mandrel determination device comprising an electronic counting device which is configured to count a number of actuations of the electrically-operated portable riveting machine by the user via the activation switch so as to determine the number of the spent rivet mandrels delivered into the collecting vessel therefrom, and
a user information device configured to inform a user when it is necessary to empty the collecting vessel; and
informing the user when it is necessary to empty the collecting vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,887

DIE ABNORMALITY PREDICTION SYSTEM, PRESS MACHINE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME, AND DIE ABNORMALITY PREDICTION METHOD

NIDEC-SHIMPO CORPORATION,...

1. A die abnormality prediction system for predicting an abnormality in a die that is used in a press machine, comprising:an acoustic emission (AE) sensor configured to detect an elastic wave that occurs in a processing portion of the die during stamping performed by the press machine using the die;
a stamping state detection unit configured to detect a parameter other than a parameter regarding the elastic wave, out of parameters regarding a state of the die during the stamping performed by the press machine using the die;
a score calculation unit configured to calculate an abnormality prediction score of the die based on an output signal from the AE sensor and an output signal from the stamping state detection unit; and
an abnormality prediction unit configured to predict an abnormality occurring in the die, based on a result of the calculation performed by the score calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,884

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FORMING FROM A FLAT SHEET MATERIAL A CORNER BOUNDED BY THREE SIDES

1. A system for trimming a three-dimensional corner region manufactured from a flat plate by a tool having a top face and shaping surfaces adapted to form two folded-down intersecting side walls of the flat plate in the corner region having free end faces and an excess projection in the corner region where the side walls intersect which comprisesa clamping device for clamping the flat plate to the top face of a tool;
first and second supports for said two folded down intersecting side walls, said supports being adapted to support the free end faces of the side walls;
a knife having a first planar face and a die having a second planar face, said first and second planar faces being disposed in abutting relationship and defining a virtual plane therebetween, said first planar face being displaceable with respect to said second planar face between a first position and a second position said knife also being displaceable with respect to said folded down side wall whereby movement of said knife from said first position to said second position severs a free end of said side walls;
said virtual plane being disposed in oblique relationship to said sidewalls, said virtual plane being oblique to a plane that is normal to the side walls whereby an edge is formed on the free end face of each side wall that is perpendicular to the sidewall and has more points on the edge formed on the free end that are disposed in a single plane that is perpendicular to the sidewall than if the virtual plane is disposed in a direction that is parallel to a plane is normal to the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,478,883

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ROBOTIC ROLLER HAMMING

FerRobotics Complaint Rob...

1. An apparatus for robotic roller hemming with a manipulator, and with a roller hemming apparatus that comprises:a frame;
a first roller and a second roller, which, when in operation, contact opposite sides of a workpiece and are mounted movably relative to the frame;
at least one first actuator mechanically coupled to the frame and to at least one of the first and the second rollers and is controlled so that, over the first and the second rollers, opposing process forces lying approximately along one effective line of force are applied to the opposite sides of the workpiece,
wherein the first and the second rollers are movable along the effective line of force by the at least one first actuator,
wherein the first and the second rollers are mounted onto the frame so as to allow compensation of an incorrect positioning of the roller hemming apparatus relative to the workpiece by moving the first and the second rollers relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,478,882

CONDUIT MARKING DEVICE

1. A conduit marking device comprising:a measuring handle for a conduit bender, and
an integral measuring scale;
wherein the measuring handle comprises a hollow metal tube;
wherein the measuring handle comprises one or more slots located longitudinally along a side of the measuring handle;
wherein the integral measuring scale comprises a set of markings oriented longitudinally on the side of the measuring handle;
wherein the markings comprising the integral measuring scale are predictably spaced and serve as reference points for a linear measurement;
wherein the integral measuring scale is adjacent to the one or more slots;
wherein the measuring handle comprises a measuring handle threaded end to facilitate coupling of the measuring handle to a conduit bending head;
wherein the measuring handle threaded end is a male thread;
wherein the measuring handle couples to the conduit bending head by screwing the measuring handle threaded end into a handle attachment point on the conduit bending head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,881

CIRCUIT FOR CONDUIT BENDER

Greenlee Tools, Inc., Ro...

1. A circuit for controlling the bending operation performed by a bender on a conduit, the circuit comprising:a microprocessor in communication with a motor used to rotate a shoe about which the conduit is to be bent, wherein the microprocessor is configured to provide a motor control signal to the motor to control the bending operation;
wherein the microprocessor is configured to determine a stop position for rotation of the shoe to achieve the desired bend to the conduit; and
wherein the motor control signal provided to the motor to drive the motor is configured to be ramped down prior to the shoe reaching the stop position to stop rotation of the shoe at the stop position without the use of a mechanical brake.

US Pat. No. 10,478,880

METHOD FOR INDUCTION BEND FORMING A COMPRESSION-RESISTANT PIPE HAVING A LARGE WALL THICKNESS AND A LARGE DIAMETER

AWS SCHAEFER TECHNOLOGIE ...

1. A method for induction bend forming a pressure-resistant pipe, having a large wall thickness and a large diameter, said method comprising:supporting a pipe on a machine bed;
clamping the pipe with its rear end in a holding device, wherein the holding device is supported moveably in a first direction of a longitudinal pipe axis;
supplying current to an annular inductor of an induction device;
feeding the pipe through the annular inductor with a pipe feed having a speed vR while heat-treating, at a phase t1, a starting tangent of the pipe by pushing the starting tangent through the inductor without engagement of the bending lock, wherein heat treating further comprises the pipe feed speed vR being increased by a travel speed vI of the inductor;
stopping, at a phase t2, the pipe feed at the end of the starting tangent and moving the inductor along the pipe counter to a second direction that is opposite the first direction;
reducing, at a phase t3, the travel speed vI of the inductor to zero in order to initiate bending of the pipe;
moving the inductor to a bending position for the pipe and clamping the front pipe section in a bending lock, the bending lock being supported on a bending arm that can pivot around a vertical axis of rotation arranged on a side of the pipe, wherein moving the inductor occurs at the same time the feed of the pipe begins until the pipe feed speed vR is reached;
producing, at a phase t4, a pipe bend at the pipe feed speed vR of the pipe by deflecting the bending arm through a longitudinal advance of the pipe until the pipe bend is completed;
reducing, at a phase t5, the pipe feed speed vR and accelerating the inductor counter to the second direction, wherein the bending lock is opened; and
heating, at a phase t6, an end tangent by further advance of the inductor in an opposite direction from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,879

EXTRUSION PRESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Manchester Copper Product...

1. An extrusion press system comprising:a mandrel bar having a first end and a second end, the first end for receiving a billet having a hole therethrough and the second end coupled to a mandrel bar tip;
a plurality of cooling elements configured to be clamped to the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of cooling elements having a respective port through which cooling fluid is delivered into an interior of the mandrel bar for cooling the mandrel bar tip, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cooling elements are clamped to the mandrel bar;
a plurality of gripping elements configured to grip the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of gripping elements comprising moveable grips for securing in place and preventing rotation of the mandrel bar, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of gripping elements are gripping the mandrel bar; and
a rotating extrusion die configured to receive the billet from a centering insert having a frictional surface that frictionally engages the billet to prevent the billet from rotating prior to entry of the billet into the rotating extrusion die;
wherein the mandrel bar tip is positioned within the rotating die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,878

EXTRUSION PRESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Manchester Copper Product...

1. An extrusion press system comprising:a mandrel bar having a first end and a second end, the first end for receiving a billet having a hole therethrough and the second end coupled to a mandrel bar tip;
a plurality of cooling elements configured to be clamped to the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of cooling elements having a respective port through which cooling fluid is delivered into an interior of the mandrel bar for cooling the mandrel bar tip, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cooling elements are clamped to the mandrel bar;
a plurality of gripping elements configured to grip the mandrel bar, each of the plurality of gripping elements comprising moveable grips for securing in place and preventing rotation of the mandrel bar, wherein at any given time at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of gripping elements are gripping the mandrel bar; and
a rotating extrusion die, rotating at a speed between 200 RPM and 1000 RPM, configured to receive the billet from a centering insert having a frictional surface that frictionally engages the billet to prevent the billet from rotating prior to entry of the billet into the rotating extrusion die,
wherein the mandrel bar tip is positioned within the rotating die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,876

METHOD OF INCREASING HYDROPHOBICITY OF NATIVE WATER-BEARING ZONES

REGENESIS BIOREMEDIATION ...

1. A method for the retardation of the migration of hydrophobic contaminants through the subsurface of a water-bearing zone comprising the steps of:a) providing a non-degradable, solid, colloidal material to which said hydrophobic contaminants will sorb, said colloidal material having a particle size of less than 10 microns and having a surface treatment formed thereon to facilitate distribution of the colloid material through soil and groundwater;
b) applying said colloidal material provided in step a) to the subsurface of said water-bearing zone by a method selected from the group consisting of injection within the subsurface of said water-bearing zone at a pressure of less than 100 psi, gravity feed and percolation such that once applied, said surface treatment is operative to facilitate distribution of said colloidal material into position within the subsurface of said water-bearing zone a distance up to 5 meters; and
c) permanently embedding said colloidal material distributed within the subsurface of said water-bearing zone in step b) as facilitated by said surface treatment to sorb said hydrophobic contaminants passing therethrough for a period of at least 30 years.

US Pat. No. 10,478,874

LOCAL AIR CLEANER

KOKEN LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A local air cleaning apparatus comprising:a push hood including an air flow opening face that blows out a uniform air flow; and
a guide provided on a side of the push hood covering an entire outer peripheral outline portion of the air flow opening face and extending from the side thereof having the air flow opening face to a downstream side of the uniform air flow to form an opening face at an end portion of the downstream side,
wherein the push hood is arranged such that the uniform air flow blown out from the air flow opening face passes through inside the guide and then collides with an air collision face on a downstream side of the opening face of the guide; the opening face of the guide is spaced apart from and opposite to the air collision face to form an open region between the opening face of the guide and the air collision face;
the uniform air flow blown out from the air flow opening face collides with the air collision face to flow outside the open region, so as to cause a number of dust particles inside the guide and inside the open region to be lower than a number of dust particles of other regions, and wherein
the local air cleaning apparatus further includes a device for measuring pressures inside the guide and inside the push hood;
the guide includes a moving portion capable of changing a position of the entire outer peripheral outline portion;
when the distance between the opening face of the guide and the air collision face decreases by moving the moving portion to lengthen the guide length, the device for measuring pressures measures the pressure rise in the guide due to the decrease of the distance, and the flow velocity of the uniform air flow is decelerated; and
when the distance between the opening face of the guide and the air collision face increases by moving the moving portion to shorten the guide length, the device for measuring pressures measures the pressure drop in the guide due to the increase of the distance, and the flow velocity of the uniform air flow is accelerated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,872

METHOD AND STATION FOR TREATMENT OF A TRANSPORT CONTAINER MADE OF PLASTIC MATERIAL FOR THE ATMOSPHERIC STORAGE AND CONVEYANCE OF SUBSTRATES

PFEIFFER VACUUM, Annecy ...

1. A method for treatment of a plastic transport box for conveyance and atmospheric storage of substrates including walls bounding a volume intended for storage of substrates, the method comprising:at least one plasma treatment, selected to remove contaminating molecules from at least one interior wall of the transport box via chemical action or mechanical action, the at least one plasma treatment comprising applying a plasma of a treatment gas at a gas pressure lower than 10,000 pascals,
wherein, in the at least one plasma treatment, at least the interior wall of the transport box is heated to a temperature in a range from above 50° C. to less than 100° C.; and
a non-plasma treatment in which at least the interior wall of the transport box is subjected to combined action of a gas pressure lower than 10,000 pascals and heating to a temperature above 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,478,870

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HIGH PRESSURE WATER TREATMENT OF THE INSIDE OF A PIPE SECTION

1. A hydrodemolition apparatus for removing a liner material from the inside surface of a cylindrical structure, comprising a support for supporting the cylindrical structure in a horizontal orientation, a rotation mechanism cooperating with the support to enable the cylindrical structure to be rotated about a longitudinal axis of the structure and an elongated boom partially insertable into the structure, a first end of said boom comprising one or more nozzles oriented to deliver a pressurized jet of water to the liner to disintegrate the liner by hydrodemolition, a boom support for a portion of said boom that is distal from said first end of said boom, said boom support being located outside of said cylindrical structure, and a displacement mechanism for displacing said boom in a longitudinal direction, characterized in that:said apparatus further comprises at least one boom end support adjacent said first end of said boom, said at least one boom end support being adapted to roll circumferentially along the inside of said cylindrical structure; and
wherein said one or more nozzles comprises: a first set of nozzles connected to a first source of pressurized water to impinge on the inside of the cylindrical structure at a first location; a second set of nozzles connected to a second source of pressurized water at a higher pressure than said first source; said second set of nozzles being spaced downstream from said first set of nozzles along a longitudinal direction of said boom to impinge on the inside of the cylindrical structure at a second location downstream from said first location.

US Pat. No. 10,478,869

METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR REDUCING MICROBIAL CONCENTRATION AND/OR BIOFILM FORMATION

DABNEY PATENTS, L.L.C., ...

1. A device for reducing microbial concentration in a hydrocarbon or for reducing biofilms formed in a hydrocarbon, on the surface of the hydrocarbon, or on the surface of equipment involved in the storage, transport or processing of the hydrocarbon, comprising:a hydrocarbon container;
an oxidizing agent introducing component for introducing a liquid composition oxidizing agent compound to hydrocarbon to be treated, and
at least one radiation emitting component for creating radiation of certain wavelengths arranged inside the hydrocarbon container, the at least one radiation emitting component being one of (i) a floating mat having a density to enable flotation at an interface between hydrocarbon content and water accumulated in the hydrocarbon container, (ii) a mat that rests on the bottom of the hydrocarbon container, or (iii) a lining layer on a wall of the hydrocarbon container,
wherein the liquid composition comprising the oxidizing agent compound functions together with the radiation of certain wavelengths to lead to a synergistic reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,868

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SURFACE NANOPARTICLE MEASUREMENT

APPLIED MATIERIALS, INC.,...

1. A particle collection apparatus for counting particles present on a processing tool component, the apparatus comprising:a particle collector configured to collect particles from the processing tool component, the particle collector comprising:
a body;
a probe head coupled to the body, the probe head having a probe body and a controlled spacing element, wherein the controlled spacing element is coupled to the probe body and is configured to form a manifold between the probe body and the processing tool component, wherein the controlled spacing element is a filter ring; and
an ionizer mesh ring disposed in the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,867

TREATMENT LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE USING SYRINGE, AND WET TREATMENT DEVICE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A wet treatment device comprising:a stage including a locking piece for holding a wafer;
a treatment liquid supply device, comprising:
a syringe that sucks and discharges a treatment liquid onto the wafer that is arranged in the stage;
a treatment liquid tank that is filled with the treatment liquid;
a filling pipe that has one end connected to the treatment liquid tank and the other end connected to the syringe, and causes the treatment liquid filled in the treatment liquid tank to be sucked into the syringe;
a supply pipe that has one end connected to an intermediate section of the filling pipe and the other end disposed at a predetermined supply position, and supplies the treatment liquid discharged from the syringe to the predetermined supply position; and
an opening/closing valve that is attached to a connection position of the supply pipe and the filling pipe, and is capable of controlling opening/closing of each of the supply pipe and the filling pipe; and
a nozzle having a cylindrical shape, the nozzle being arranged so as to oppose the stage concentrically with the locking piece, the treatment liquid being supplied from the treatment liquid supply device to the nozzle,
wherein the nozzle is formed to have an outside diameter dimension equal to or larger than an inside diameter dimension of the locking piece.

US Pat. No. 10,478,865

FIBROUS STRUCTURES COMPRISING REGIONS HAVING DIFFERENT SOLID ADDITIVE LEVELS

1. A fibrous structure comprising a plurality of filaments and a plurality of solid additives, the fibrous structure further comprising:(a) a continuous network region, wherein the solid additives are present in the continuous network region at a first average weight % as measured according to the TGA Test Method; and
(b) a plurality of discrete zones, wherein the solid additives are present in one or more of the discrete zones at a second average weight % different from the first average weight % as measured according to the TGA Test Method.

US Pat. No. 10,478,864

FOOD ARTICLE DEFECT REMOVAL APPARATUS

Lamb Weston, Inc., Eagle...

1. A food article defect removal apparatus for removing defective food articles from a food processing line, the food article defect removal apparatus comprising:a manifold comprising an exterior wall at least partially defining a first chamber having a first volume and a second chamber having a second volume, the first chamber and the second chamber configured for holding pressurized fluid, the exterior wall defining a first plurality of channels extending from a first side of the manifold into fluid communication with at least one of the first chamber or the second chamber, the manifold comprising an interior wall disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber, the interior wall defining a second plurality of channels extending from the first side of the manifold through to a second side of the manifold, the first chamber and the second chamber connected to join the first volume and the second volume together in fluid communication to hold the pressurized fluid; and
a valve assembly comprising:
a plurality of valves selectively connecting each one of the first plurality of channels to a corresponding one of the second plurality of channels for selectively dispensing the pressurized fluid from the second side of the manifold, and
a driver operably coupled with the plurality of valves for selectively actuating individual ones of the plurality of valves, the plurality of valves pluggably coupled with the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,478,863

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A method of sorting which includes the steps:providing a product stream of individual objects of interest which are non-uniform agricultural products, and passing the product stream through an inspection station;
acquiring a multiplicity of synchronized image signals of the individual objects of interest from a plurality of hyperspectral or multispectral image generating devices, each of the multiplicity of synchronized image signals having discreet signal features, and wherein the acquired multiplicity of synchronized image signals represent the individual agricultural products traveling in the product stream, and the individual agricultural product's characteristics, and aspects, which are deemed acceptable for further processing, and characteristics, and aspects, which are deemed unacceptable, for further processing;
providing an image model formed from a multiplicity of previously acquired synchronized image signals from individual agricultural products having acceptable characteristics and aspects, and from individual agricultural products having unacceptable characteristics and aspects;
generating a multiplicity of fused image and sensor signals by combining the multiplicity of synchronized image signals by a selective synchronization of the plurality of image generating devices, and by utilizing a known position, orientation, and an operational response of each of the plurality of image generating devices to generate an accurate spatial resolution of each of the individual agricultural products travelling in the product stream, and to further align the discrete signal features of each of the multiplicity of synchronized image signals;
providing a first controller to predict the presence of acceptable, and unacceptable characteristics in the individual agricultural products in the product stream by applying the image model to the multiplicity of fused image and sensor signals, to facilitate formation of an object presence image signal, and to facilitate the formation of a defect image signal;
providing a second controller to identify individual objects of interest travelling in the product stream as being an acceptable agricultural product, or as being an unacceptable agricultural product, by identifying one or more of a group of pixels in each of the object presence image signals and defect image signals which identify objects of interest or defects;
determining a spatial orientation and location of the identified individual objects of interest travelling in the product stream by applying a prior source of knowledge of acceptable agricultural product aspects and unacceptable agricultural product aspects, to the object presence image signals and to the defect image signals;
detecting unacceptable individual objects of interest in the product stream by applying a prior source of knowledge of unacceptable agricultural product aspects relative to object aspects to a multiplicity of object images formed of the object presence image signals and the defect image signals;
updating the image model with additional and subsequently acquired object presence image signals and defect image signals;
identifying the position and location of the unacceptable individual objects of interest in the product stream; and
providing a third controller which is controllably coupled with, and renders operational an ejector, and wherein the third controller is coupled in signal receiving relation relative to an unacceptable agricultural product defect signal which is generated by the second controller, and which further renders the ejector operational to remove unacceptable agricultural products from the product stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,860

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE FLEXIBLE CLASSIFICATION OF POLYCRYSTALLINE SILICON FRAGMENTS

WACKER CHEMIE AG, Munich...

16. A method for the flexible classification of crushed polysilicon comprising:first classifying the crushed polysilicon with a mechanical screening system comprising at least one screen having fine holes, removing fine polysilicon fragments through the holes, and leaving a residual polysilicon component on the mechanical screening system; and
classifying the residual polysilicon component from the mechanical screening system into a plurality of fractions of different fragment sizes by an optoelectronic sorting system.

US Pat. No. 10,478,859

HIGH FREQUENCY ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND MATCHING LAYER COMPRISING CYANOACRYLATE

FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., ...

1. An ultrasonic transducer stack, comprising:a plurality of layers comprising:
a piezoelectric layer;
at least one matching layer that comprises a first matching layer, which comprises cyanoacrylate; and
a lens layer comprising TPX,
wherein each layer of the plurality of layers has a top surface and an opposed bottom surface, wherein the first matching layer is connected to and underlies the bottom surface of the lens layer, and wherein the piezoelectric layer underlies the bottom surface of the matching layer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,858

PIEZOELECTRIC ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND PROCESS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A piezoelectric micromechanical ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) comprising:a multilayer stack disposed on a substrate and including:
an anchor structure disposed over the substrate;
a piezoelectric layer stack disposed over the anchor structure
an acoustic coupling medium disposed above the piezoelectric layer stack; and
a mechanical layer disposed proximate to the piezoelectric layer stack; wherein:
the piezoelectric layer stack is disposed over a cavity;
the mechanical layer seals the cavity and, together with the piezoelectric layer stack, is supported by the anchor structure and forms a membrane over the cavity, the membrane being configured to undergo one or both of flexural motion and vibration when the PMUT receives or transmits ultrasonic signals; and
the PMUT is configured to receive or transmit ultrasonic signals through the coupling medium.

US Pat. No. 10,478,857

PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCERS USING MICRO-DOME ARRAYS

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., ...

1. A piezoelectric transducer, comprising:a vibrating element comprising a drive electrode, a reference electrode, and a piezoelectric element disposed between the drive electrode and the reference electrode; and
a base supporting the vibrating element on a first surface of the base and including integrated circuitry electrically connected to the drive electrode and the reference electrode of the vibrating element,
wherein the drive electrode, the reference electrode, and the piezoelectric element each include a respective flexible portion and a respective stationary portion connected to the respective flexible portion,
wherein the flexible portions of the drive electrode, reference electrode, and piezoelectric element are suspended over a same area of the first surface and are curved in a first direction relative to the first surface of the base in the absence of an applied voltage between the drive electrode and the reference electrode,
wherein the flexible portions of the reference electrode, drive electrode, and piezoelectric element deflect in response to a driving voltage applied between the drive electrode and the reference electrode,
wherein the transducer has an exposed outer surface facing a direction pointing from the base to the vibrating element, and the exposed outer surface of the transducer includes an outer surface of the vibrating element or an outer surface of a flexible film covering the outer surface of the vibrating element, and
wherein the exposed outer surface of the transducer device deflects in conformity with the deflection of the flexible portions of the reference electrode, drive electrode, and piezoelectric element,
wherein the base has a cavity formed in the first surface, and the flexible portions of the reference electrode, drive electrode, and piezoelectric element are suspended over the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,478,855

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A linear vibration motor, comprising:a base having accommodating space;
a vibrating unit; and
an elastic member fixing and suspending the vibrating unit in the accommodating space;
wherein the vibrating unit comprises a first side wall and a second side wall oppositely arranged along a direction intersecting with a vibrating direction of the vibrating unit, the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member spaced from each other and arranged by stacking,
wherein the first elastic member comprises a first fixing arm fixed on the first side wall, two first elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the first fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two first connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of the two first elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, the two first connecting arms are respectively fixed at a side of the base close to the second side wall;
the second elastic member comprises a second fixing arm fixed on the second side wall and located between the second side wall and the first connecting arm, two second elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the second fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two second connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of the two second elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, wherein the two connecting arms are respectively fixed at a side of the base close to the first side wall, and the first fixing arm is located between the first side wall and the second connecting arm;
the linear vibration motor further comprises:
a first stopper, and
at least two second stoppers,
wherein the first stopper is fixed at a side of the first fixing arm far away from the vibrating unit and/or a side of the second fixing arm far away from the vibrating unit;
at least two second stoppers are respectively fixed on the first connecting arm and/or the second connecting arm adjacent to the first stopper, and are located at two opposite sides of the first stopper in a direction intersecting with the vibrating direction of the vibrating unit;
for the first stopper and the second stopper located at the same side of the vibrating unit, the first stopper and the second stopper are spaced from each other and an orthographic projection of the first stopper along the vibrating direction at least partially falls into the second stopper, a distance between the first stopper and the adjacent second stopper is not larger than the an effective elastic displacement of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,478,853

WEB LIFTER/STABILIZER AND METHOD

Durr MEGTEC, LLC, DePere...

1. Web lifter or stabilizer device for lifting or stabilizing a travelling web, comprising a body having a first portion defining a leading edge of said device, and a second portion defining a trailing edge of said device, said first portion being spaced from said second portion so as to define an air entry slot between them for the entry of air upon the application of negative pressure to said body; a vacuum source in fluid communication with said body for receiving said air that enters said slot; said body being rotatable between a first position in which said web travels in an undeflected state, and a second position in which said web is deflected by said body so as to travel in a deflected state, wherein the applied negative pressure positions said web into contact with a surface of said device.

US Pat. No. 10,478,851

APPLICATOR FOR A FLUID INGREDIENT AND METHOD OF ACTIVATING AN APPLICATOR

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. An applicator for a fluid ingredient, comprising:at least one storage chamber, the storage chamber having an outlet end with an initially sealed outlet via which a fluid ingredient is capable of being output;
at least one first predetermined breaking point or line configured in or at the storage chamber; and
an actuation mechanism arranged at the storage chamber, the actuation mechanism having at least one activation part capable of being displaced relative to the outlet end and by which at least one part or section of the storage chamber is capable of being axially displaced to activate the at least one first predetermined breaking point or line, upon activation of the applicator, the actuation mechanism actuated by at least one of a rotation of the at least one activation part and an axial movement of the at least one activation part, the actuation mechanism comprises a first threaded section configured to engage a second threaded section in the storage chamber to bring about both the rotation and the axial movement of the at least one activation part, upon the activation of the applicator, and
the storage chamber comprises at least two parts, an outlet part comprising the outlet and a sealing part inserted into the outlet part via an activation end, with an end of the sealing part being remote from the outlet end and sealing off the storage chamber so as to provide an airtight storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,849

NOZZLE AUTO-CLEANING DEVICE AND NOZZLE AUTO-CLEANING METHOD

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A nozzle auto-cleaning device, comprising a base and a cleaning piece feeding unit disposed on the base,the base having a bearing surface on which the cleaning piece feeding unit is disposed,
the cleaning piece feeding unit being configured to transport a cleaning piece installed inside the nozzle auto-cleaning device along a first direction intersected with the bearing surface so that a first portion of the cleaning piece is protruded in a direction away from the bearing surface and inserted into a nozzle,
the base being configured to move along at least one direction of the first direction, a second direction, and a third direction, the second direction and the third direction being intersected in a plane of the bearing surface, so as to drive the first portion of the cleaning piece to move inside the nozzle, wherein
the cleaning piece feeding unit comprises at least two clamping parts which are sequentially arrange along the first direction, each of the at least two clamping parts is configured to be switched between a clamping, state and a releasing state, and
the at least two clamping parts comprise at least one movable clamping part which is configured to be movable along the first direction so that the cleaning piece is transported in a direction away from the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,847

COATING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD

1. A Coating system for coating components, having:a) a coating booth,
b) a conveyor for conveying the components through the coating booth,
c) at least one applicator inside the coating booth for applying a spray jet of a coating agent to the components to be coated, a portion of the applied coating agent being deposited on the components to be coated, while another portion of the applied coating agent floats in the booth interior as overspray,
d) a cleaning device for reducing the overspray from the booth interior by an additional measure in addition to the reduction of the overspray by a vertically downwardly directed air flow that is generated by a filter ceiling wherein the cleaning device is on a movable manipulator having a plurality of movement axis; the cleaning device has a blowing nozzle arrangement which delivers the air flow downwards through at least one blowing nozzle in order to blow the troublesome overspray downwards out of the booth interior, and
the movable manipulator is arranged above the conveyor, and
the blowing nozzle arrangement extends through the coating booth transversely to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,844

ERGONOMIC SPRAY ACTUATOR, A SPRAYER COMPRISING THE ERGONOMIC SPRAY ACTUATOR, AND A METHOD OF FRESHENING THE AIR OR FABRIC

1. An actuator comprising:a nozzle;
a piston;
a trigger operatively connected with the valve, wherein the trigger comprises a first zone and a second zone, wherein the first and second zones are joined by a hinge, wherein the hinge comprises a hinge axis that the first and second zones are movable about, wherein the trigger is configured to reciprocate from a forward position to a rearward position and back to a forward position upon actuation, wherein reciprocation of the trigger causes corresponding reciprocation of the piston, the reciprocation of the piston being able to draw a liquid from a reservoir, and discharging a liquid through the nozzle; and
a mechanical stop, wherein the mechanical stop is configured to engage with the first zone of the trigger, wherein movement of the trigger from a forward position to the mechanical stop causes the first and second zones to move about a common axis, wherein movement of the trigger from the mechanical stop to the rearward position causes the first and second zones to move in opposite directions about the hinge axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,842

AUTO-OPEN COMPACT CONTAINER

1. An auto-open compact container comprising:an outer container having a button formed on one side of the outer container;
an outer container lid comprising a hinge and a hook, wherein the hinge is coupled to one side of the outer container to be opened or closed;
an inner container which is mounted inside the outer container, and an upper rim of which is sealed by an annular packing member inserted into an inner periphery of the outer container lid;
an inner container cover coupled to an upper portion of the inner container and the inner container cover comprises a cosmetic material suction hole formed at a center of the inner container cover;
a pump installed at an upper portion of the inner container cover to pump a cosmetic material; and
a discharge plate which is coupled to an upper side of the inner container cover to be vertically moved and concurrently coupled to an upper portion of the pump,
wherein the discharge plate comprises a plurality of cosmetic material discharging holes formed in the discharge plate, and the discharge plate comprises an upper portion of which is exposed to an outside such that a user comes into contact with a puff,
wherein the button comprises:
an air inlet protrusion integrally formed at an upper end of the button to push the annular packing member of the outer container lid by a pressing operation of the user so as to allow external air to be introduced into the inner container;
a stopper protrusion integrally formed on an outer side of the upper end of the button and unstopped from the hook formed on one side of the outer container lid by a pressing operation of the user to open the outer container lid; and
return springs protruding from opposite sides of the button in an arc shape to be symmetric to each other, and returning to original positions when the button is pressed and then unpressed while the return springs come into contact with an inner wall of the outer container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,841

MODULAR SPRAYER SYSTEM FOR HEAVY-LIFT UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Harris Aerial LLC, Casse...

1. A modular sprayer system for use with heavy-lift unmanned aerial vehicles, said system comprising:a liquid storage tank having a top end, a bottom end, and a hollow interior space;
a mounting unit that extends upward from the top end of the liquid storage tank, said mounting unit including a plurality of apertures that are configured to engage mounting brackets on the unmanned aerial vehicle;
a pump that is in communication with the interior space of the liquid storage tank;
at least one elongated boom that is in fluid communication with the pump;
at least one dispenser unit that is in fluid communication with the elongated boom; and
a control unit that is configured to control an operation of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,478,839

PORTABLE ULTRAFINE NEBULIZER

AIROFOG MACHINERY CO., LT...

1. A portable ultrafine nebulizer comprising:a housing (1);
an air turbine (3) and a water pump (5) located inside the housing (1);
an atomizing means for atomizing water comprising anatomizing nozzle (2) and an air flow guide device (4);
the atomizing nozzle (2) comprises a nozzle housing (24) with an inner cavity (241), an inner core (25) deposited at a front section of the inner cavity (241), a first block (26) deposited in the inner cavity (241) and located at a rear end of the inner core (25), and a junction (27) inserted in a rear section of the inner cavity (241), the junction (27) is connected with the water pump (5) by a transfusion tube (6), a spray port (23) is placed at a front end of the nozzle housing (24), an outer wall of the first block (26) is bonded to an inner wall of the nozzle housing (24);
a liquid flow space is formed between an outer wall of the inner core (25) and an inner wall of the nozzle housing (24), and between a rear end of the inner core (25) and a front end of the first block (26), respectively; a spiral channel (21) is placed at the outer wall of the inner core (25), the first block (26) is provided with a first through hole (261) penetrated through forwards and backwards, the junction (27) is provided with a second through hole (271) penetrated through forwards and backwards; the first through hole (261), the second through hole (271) and the liquid flow space are communicated to form a fluid channel;
the air flow guide device (4) comprises a connection lid (11) and a fixed disc (42) with a plurality of air flow guide blades (41) distributed uniformly around the atomizing nozzle (2), the air flow guide blades (41) extends forward from the fixed disc (42) into an inner chamber of the connection lid to define an air flow passage;
wherein, the air flow passage comprises an inner chamber of the connection lid (11) having a ring shape entrance between the inner wall of the connection lid (11) and the fixed disc (42) and an air outlet (111) in a center part of bottom of the connection lid (11), a plurality of air flow guide ways created by the plurality of air flow guide blades (41) in the inner chamber;
wherein, the nozzle housing (24) fixedly penetrates in a center of the fixed disc (42); the fixed disc (42) is provided with a plurality of connection parts (421), which are fixedly connected to the housing (1).

US Pat. No. 10,478,837

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SHOWERHEAD

WATER PIK, INC., Fort Co...

1. A method of assembling a showerhead comprising:connecting together two or more flow directing plates to create an engine for the showerhead;
placing the engine within a spray head a number of degrees out of phase from an operational orientation;
rotating the engine the number of degrees into the operational orientation; and
connecting the engine to the spray head by a fastener received through a back wall of an outer housing of the spray head, wherein connecting the engine to the spray head further comprises:
aligning a keyed washer with a corresponding keyed protrusion on the engine; and
inserting the fastener through the keyed washer and the back wall of the spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,478,836

WATER OUTPUT DEVICE CAPABLE OF REGULATING WATER OUTPUT SPRAY

RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP., X...

1. A water output device capable of regulating water output spray, comprising:a water channel switching mechanism;
an outer chamber;
an inner chamber, disposed inside the outer chamber;
an upper chamber, used to supply water to the inner chamber and the outer chamber;
a water output panel, disposed on the outer chamber;
a plurality of rotation panels, disposed evenly on the water output panel to form into a ring, on the respective rotation panels is provided with slant water output holes, and water is supplied to the rotation panel from the inner chamber; and
a driving mechanism, disposed in the inner chamber, to drive all the rotation panels into rotation synchronously,
wherein the driving mechanism includes a sun gear disposed in a center of the inner chamber, and a planetary gear disposed fixedly on a side wall of the rotation shaft engaging the sun gear;
wherein the water channel switching mechanism includes a seal plate separating the upper chamber into an upper part and a lower part; on the seal plate is provided with a water passage hole; on a lower surface of the seal plate is provided with a lug penetrating through the upper chamber for controlling rotation of the sun gear; on an upper surface of the seal plate is provided with a water input tube; on a bottom portion of a side wall of the water input tube is provided with a water output port; an upper end of the water input tube penetrating through a water seal seat is connected to the water supply pipe line; while a driving lever is sleeved around an upper end of the water input tube, for driving the water input tube into rotation, such that when the driving lever is moved to drive the seal plate into rotation, the water passage hole is connected to and in communication with the first water input hole and the second water input hole in sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,478,835

NOZZLE FOR WET GAS SCRUBBER

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A nozzle comprising,a ceramic nozzle assembly comprising an inlet at one end of a cylindrical portion, an outlet at one end of a conical portion, wherein the cylindrical portion transitioning to the conical portion at an end of the cylindrical portion distal from the inlet, wherein the conical portion transitioning to the cylindrical portion at an end of the conical portion distal from the outlet; and
a ceramic vane assembly within the cylindrical portion, wherein the vane assembly comprising a central vane support located substantially concentrically within the cylindrical portion, and a plurality of angled vanes extending from the central vane support to an inner wall of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the ceramic nozzle assembly and the ceramic vane assembly are manufactured such that the two assemblies comprise a single piece of ceramic,
wherein the central vane support is rounded at ends proximate to the inlet and the outlet and perpendicular to a fluid flow through the nozzle;
wherein the cylindrical portion has an axial dimension of L1 and the conical portion has an axial dimension of L2, wherein the ratio of L1:L2 is 1 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,833

FLUID TREATMENT SYSTEM, A FLUID PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF TREATING A MIXTURE

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A fluid treatment system for separating a mixture of a first fluid and a second fluid, comprising:a separator comprising a separating chamber, an inlet for receiving the mixture, a first outlet for discharge of the first fluid from the separating chamber and a second outlet for discharge of the second fluid from the separating chamber;
an inlet pressure transmitter, a first outlet pressure transmitter, and a second outlet pressure transmitter for monitoring the pressure at the inlet, first outlet and second outlet respectively and providing a signalling indicative of the pressures to a control device;
an inlet flow monitor for monitoring fluid flow rate at the inlet;
an outlet flow monitor for monitoring fluid flow rate at at least one of the first and the second outlets; and
a control device for receiving signals from the pressure transmitters and flow monitors and for processing those signals to provide an indication of blockage within the separator,
wherein the control device uses the signals from the inlet, first outlet, and second outlet pressure transmitters to compute a pressure differential ratio (PDR),
wherein the control device comprises a memory storing a relationship between percentage reject flow and PDR,
wherein the control device comprises processing means for performing calculations on the computed PDR to calculate a first percentage reject flow value based on the relationship between percentage reject flow and PDR, the first percentage reject flow value indicating operating conditions in the separator when there is no blockage,
wherein the control device uses the signals from the flow monitors to calculate a second percentage reject flow value based upon the flow into the inlet and the flow through the at least one of the first and the second outlets, the second percentage reject flow value indicating actual operating conditions within the separator,
wherein the control device is configured to compare the first percentage reject flow value to the second percentage reject flow value to provide the indication of blockage within the separator.

US Pat. No. 10,478,832

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING A MIXTURE OF EXPANSION GAS AND FILLING PRODUCT FOAM IN A BEVERAGE FILLING PLANT

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for treating a mixture of an expansion gas and a fill product foam in a beverage filling plant, comprising the steps of:removing the mixture of the expansion gas and the fill product foam from a fill product;
introducing the mixture into a closed separation container after the mixture is removed from the fill product; and
extracting the expansion gas out of the closed separation container via suction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,831

BIOLUMINESCENT TORNADO MAKER SYSTEM

20. A bioluminescent tornado maker, comprising:a transparent vessel;
a liquid disposed within the transparent vessel, wherein the liquid comprises salt water and bioluminescent organisms;
an impeller in contact with the liquid such that a rotation of the impeller causes a flow of the liquid;
wherein the flow of the liquid creates a disturbance that causes the bioluminescent organisms to emit a visible light; and
an air pump coupled to the transparent vessel, wherein the air pump creates air bubbles in the liquid;
wherein the flow of the liquid is a rotational flow;
wherein the flow of the liquid creates a visible vortex within the transparent vessel;
a base sealingly coupled to the transparent vessel, wherein the impeller is mounted in the base;
an electric motor mounted within the base, the electric motor coupled to the impeller such that the electric motor rotates the impeller when energized;
wherein the visible vortex comprises the air bubbles created by the air pump;
wherein the air pump is mounted within the base.

US Pat. No. 10,478,828

SOLVENT SEPARATION METHOD AND SOLVENT SEPARATION APPARATUS

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A solvent separation apparatus, comprising:a condensation part that a gas including a vaporized solvent is introduced into in a first direction, and in which an electric field is applied to the gas to condense the vaporized solvent, and the gas is discharged therefrom to a downstream side of said condensation part;
a dust-collection part that the gas discharged from the downstream side of the condensation part is introduced into in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and in which an electric field is applied to the gas to separate the vaporized solvent; and
a heat-exchange part that is placed between the condensation part and the dust-collection part, and that provides heat exchange between the gas within the condensation part and the gas within the dust-collection part.

US Pat. No. 10,478,827

DEVICES FOR MANIPULATING MAGNETIC PARTICLES, AND METHODS OF FABRICATING THE DEVICES AND THE USE THEREOF

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, Ham...

1. A device for manipulating magnetic particles, the device comprising:a substrate;
a conductive element formed onto the substrate in a meandering design pattern shaped to enhance a magnetic field generated in response to a current applied to the conductive element, the conductive element including one of a microstructure having a high aspect ratio and a nanostructure having a high aspect ratio, the conductive element having a wrinkled structure resulting from the substrate being shrunk during fabrication of the device;
an insulating layer; and
a magnetic element formed onto the insulating layer, the insulating layer isolates the conductive element from the magnetic element, and the magnetic element enhances a magnetic force resulting from the magnetic field generated by the conductive element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERY OF VALUABLE CONSTITUENTS FROM STEEL-MAKING SLAG FINES

Fritz Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A system for recovering relatively iron-rich material from slag fines, the system including:a magnetic classifying station for receiving a first batch of material and separating the particles in the first batch into magnetic and non-magnetic groups;
a first size classifying station for receiving a second batch including the nonmagnetic group, and separating the particles in the second batch into a group of particles of size greater than or equal to about 10 mm and a group of particles of size less than about 10 mm;
a milling station for receiving a third batch including the group of particles of size less than about 10 mm and milling the particles in the third batch;
a second size classifying station for receiving the third batch and separating the particles in the third batch into a group of particles of size greater than or equal to about 1 mm and a group of particles of size less than about 1 mm; and
a hydraulic fluidized bed density separator for receiving a fourth batch including the group of particles of size less than about 1 mm and separating the particles in the fourth batch into a group of particles having a density in the range of about 5.0-6.0 g/cm3 and a group of particles having a density in the range of about 2.3-2.7 g/cm3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,825

PORTABLE ELECTRIC AND HAND OPERATED HERB GRINDER

LUVNKURE INC., Ottawa, O...

1. A portable herb grinder comprising:a top section having a motor, and a bottom opening;
a disc having a plurality of top grinding knives, wherein the disc is connected to the motor for rotation within the bottom opening of the top section, and wherein the plurality of top grinding knives are oriented to protrude downward;
a middle section having a top opening that is removably inserted into the bottom opening of the top section, a bottom opening, and a plate, wherein the plate comprises a plurality of bottom grinding knives protruding upward and a plurality of apertures; and
a bottom section having a top opening that is removably attached to the bottom opening of the middle section, wherein the disc only rotates within the bottom opening of the top section when powered by the motor, thereby allowing the portable herb grinder to be operated manually and electrically.

US Pat. No. 10,478,821

OPTICAL DENSITY INSTRUMENT AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING THE SAME

BIOMERIEUX, INC., Durham...

1. An optical density instrument comprising:a handheld unit having a top and a bottom and further comprising:
an optical test platform having an open top and a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of a first sample tube and a bottom portion positioned within the handheld unit such that the first sample tube extends above the top of the handheld unit when inserted in the optical test platform;
an emitter positioned within the handheld unit at the bottom portion of the optical test platform such that the emitter is configured to emit light into the cavity, and wherein the emitter is configured to emit light into the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform;
at least one sensor positioned in optical communication with the emitter via the cavity, such that the at least one sensor is configured to receive the emitted light from the cavity, and such that the at least one sensor is configured to receive light emitted by the emitter and passing through the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform; and
an illumination light positioned at the bottom portion of the optical test platform and configured to illuminate the cavity such that light emitted by the illumination light is configured to illuminate the first sample tube when the first sample tube is inserted in the optical test platform; and
a base station having at least a handheld unit receiving portion,
wherein the handheld unit is configured to operably couple to the base station both when the handheld unit engages the handheld unit receiving portion and when the handheld unit is separated from the base station.

US Pat. No. 10,478,819

SORTING PARTICLES IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method of producing a sample enriched in particles of a first type, the method comprising:obtaining a fluid sample comprising particles of the first type;
altering a size of the particles of the first type in the fluid sample to provide particles of the first type having an increased effective size in the fluid sample; and
flowing the fluid sample containing the particles of the first type having the increased effective size into a particle sorting region of a microfluidic device comprising
a first outer wall of the particle sorting region;
a second outer wall of the particle sorting region;
a first microfluidic channel extending longitudinally along the particle sorting region between the first outer wall and the second outer wall;
a second microfluidic channel extending longitudinally between the first microfluidic channel and the first outer wall;
a first array of islands separating the first microfluidic channel from the second microfluidic channel, wherein each island in the first array is separated from an adjacent island in the first array by an opening that fluidly couples the first microfluidic channel to the second microfluidic channel;
a third microfluidic channel extending longitudinally between the first microfluidic channel and the second outer wall;
a second array of islands separating the first microfluidic channel from the third microfluidic channel, wherein each island in the second array is separated from an adjacent island in the second array by an opening that fluidly couples the first microfluidic channel to the third microfluidic channel;
wherein, over a length of the particle sorting region that includes a plurality of islands from the first array and from the second array, a distance from the first outer wall to the first array of islands increases so that a fluidic resistance of the second microfluidic channel decreases along a longitudinal direction of the particle sorting region relative to the fluidic resistance of the first microfluidic channel, such that a portion of fluid from the fluid sample in the first microfluidic channel passes through the first array into the second microfluidic channel, and
wherein, over the length of the particle sorting region that includes the plurality of islands from the first array and from the second array, a distance from the second outer wall to the second array of islands decreases so that a fluidic resistance of the third microfluidic channel increases along the longitudinal direction of the particle sorting region relative to the fluidic resistance of the first microfluidic channel, such that a portion of fluid from the fluid sample in the third microfluidic channel passes through the second array into the first microfluidic channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,818

CHECK VALVES FOR MICROFLUIDIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A fluidic check valve comprising:a base comprising an inlet;
an elastomeric pad comprising a first surface and a second surface that opposes the first surface, wherein the first surface is configured to releasably contact the inlet;
a pre-stressed spring comprising a plurality of extended beams defined within a planar substrate and connected to a central support, wherein a surface portion of the substrate is configured to contact a surface portion of the base, and wherein the central support is defined within the substrate and configured to align with the second surface of the elastomeric pad, thereby providing a pressurized seal between the inlet of the base, the elastomeric pad, and the central support of the pre-stressed spring; and
a lid comprising a cavity, wherein the cavity is configured to encompass the pre-stressed spring and the elastomeric pad.

US Pat. No. 10,478,816

FLUIDICS SYSTEM FOR SEQUENTIAL DELIVERY OF REAGENTS

Life Technologies Corpora...

1. A fluidics circuit comprising:a plurality of fluid inlets;
a waste port;
a fluid outlet;
a node in fluid communication with the fluid outlet;
a wash fluid inlet in fluid communication between the fluid outlet and the node;
a reference electrode in electrical communication with the wash fluid inlet; and
a plurality of fluid passages, each fluid passage of the plurality of fluid passages including a junction in unique fluid communication with a fluid inlet of the plurality of fluid inlets, each fluid passage of the plurality of fluid passages providing a distinct fluid pathway between the node and the waste port.

US Pat. No. 10,478,814

CAESIUM SELECTIVE RESIN

LANXESS Deutschland GmbH,...

1. An ion exchanger comprising:polymers having functional groups of formula (I)

wherein:
represents a polystyrene copolymer scaffold; and
R1 and R2 are identical or different and independently of one another represent methyl and/or ethyl, and
where a degree of substitution as indicated by a ratio of unsubstituted to alkylated amino groups is 1.1 to 1.6, and
at least one cobalthexacyanoferrate complex.

US Pat. No. 10,478,813

CATALYTIC MATERIAL FOR CATALYTIC ACTIVATION OF PERSULFATE AND TARGETED DEGRADATION OF TYPICAL POLLUTANT IN PAPERMAKING WASTEWATER AND SYNTHESIS METHOD AND USE THEREOF

SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF...

1. A method of preparing a catalyst for degrading phthalates in water, the method comprising:dissolving phthalates in acetonitrile in a reactor;
sequentially adding metal organic framework MIL-88A and methacrylic acid into the reactor and stirring for a first period of time;
adding tetraethyl orthosilicate and acetic acid into the reactor;
sealing the reactor;
heating the reactor at 60-80° C. for a second period of time to form a catalyst containing the phthalates by using the phthalates as template molecules;
removing the phthalates from the obtained catalyst by extracting to obtain a porous catalyst MIL-88A@MIP; and
drying the porous catalyst MIL-88A@MIP.

US Pat. No. 10,478,811

SYNTHESIS OF MTW FRAMEWORK TYPE ZEOLITES VIA INTERZEOLITE TRANSFORMATION

CHEVRON USA. INC., San R...

1. A method of synthesizing a MTW framework type zeolite, the method comprising:(a) preparing a reaction mixture comprising:
(1) a FAU framework type zeolite;
(2) polyethyleneimine (Q);
(3) fluoride ions; and
(4) water; and
(b) subjecting the reaction mixture to crystallization conditions sufficient to form crystals of the MTW framework type zeolite.

US Pat. No. 10,478,808

SYNTHESIS OF OXYGEN-MOBILITY ENHANCED CEO2 AND USE THEREOF

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

17. A method of making the catalyst of claim 1, the method comprising:(a) obtaining a solution comprising a redox-metal salt and a salt of tin (Sn), niobium (Nb), lanthanum (La), bismuth (Bi), indium (In) or gallium (Ga), or any combination thereof solubilized in the solution, wherein the weight ratio of the redox-metal salt to the salt of the Sn, Nb, La, Bi, In or Ga, or any combination thereof present in the solution is at least 5:1;
(b) impregnating a metal oxide core, a clay core, or a zeolite core, with the solution to obtain an impregnated material;
(c) drying and calcining the impregnated material to obtain a core-shell structure having:
(i) a metal oxide core, a clay core, or a zeolite core; and
(ii) a shell surrounding the core, wherein the shell has a redox-metal oxide phase formed from the redox-metal salt and Sn, Nb, La, Bi, In or Ga, or any combination thereof formed from the salt thereof that is incorporated into the lattice framework of the redox-metal oxide phase; and
(d) depositing one or more active metals on the surface of the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,478,807

CATALYTIC EFFECTS OF OXYGEN CARRIER BASED CHEMICAL-LOOPING REFORMING OF CH4 WITH CO2

1. A method of carbon dioxide sequestration, comprising the steps of:introducing a gaseous feed mixture comprising carbon dioxide (CO2) into a reactor; and
performing carbon dioxide sequestration according to reaction R1, reaction R2, and reaction R3:
MO+CH4?M+2H2+CO  (R1)
MO+CO2?MO+CO  (R2)
CH4+CO2?2H2+2CO  (R3)
wherein said M is a metal,
wherein said MO is a metal oxide, and
wherein reaction R1 and reaction R2 further comprise a rare earth oxide catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,478,805

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AMMONIA COMBUSTION CATALYST AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING HEAT GENERATED BY AMMONIA CATALYST COMBUSTION

National University Corpo...

1. A supported catalyst comprising:a support body which is formed by a catalyst composition being supported by a carrier,
wherein the catalyst composition consists of an oxide of copper or a combination of an oxide of copper with at least one metal selected from the group consisting of silver, gold, iridium, platinum, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium,
the carrier consists of 10Al2O3.2B2O3, and
the amount of the catalyst composition based on 100% by mass of the carrier is 4% by mass or more.