US Pat. No. 10,339,208

ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTATION

BRIEF-LYNX, INC., Denver...

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:displaying a source document in a first section of a graphical user interface (GUI) window;
receiving a selection of source document content from a user;
in response to the selection of source document content from a user, presenting a listing of potential destination documents;
receiving a selection of one of the potential destination documents;
displaying the selected destination document in a second section of the GUI window;
receiving a selection of destination document content from the user;
inserting a link from the selected source document content to the selected destination document content in the source document;
generating a combined document comprising the source document and a portion of the destination document, wherein the portion of the destination document comprising at least the selection of destination document content;
analyzing the source document to identify a typographical error in an erroneous text string;
presenting a pop-up window to the user with the erroneous text string;
receiving replacement text for the erroneous text string;
analyzing the erroneous text string to determine if it includes a link to a destination document;
storing the link in response to determining that the erroneous text string includes a link to a destination document.

US Pat. No. 10,339,159

OVERLAY DATASET

BMC Software, Inc., Hous...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:creating an overlay dataset that references a plurality of base datasets, each of the base datasets including a plurality of entities, the overlay dataset and the plurality of base datasets being collections of data included in a database, the creating of the overlay dataset including setting a dataset type attribute included in an overlay dataset object associated with the overlay dataset to an overlay dataset value, the overlay dataset value identifying a dataset as an overlay dataset;
receiving a request for access to an entity, the request designating a dataset;
determining that the entity is not included in the designated dataset;
responsive to determining that the entity is not included in the designated dataset, determining that the designated dataset is the overlay dataset based in part on determining that the dataset type attribute included in the dataset object is set to the overlay dataset value;
determining that the entity is one of the plurality of entities included in one of the plurality of base datasets;
retrieving the entity from the one of the plurality of base datasets, the retrieving comprising reading through the overlay dataset to the one of the plurality of base datasets; and
returning the entity retrieved from the one of the plurality of base datasets in response to the request for access to the entity that designated the dataset.

US Pat. No. 10,339,158

GENERATING A MAPPING RULE FOR CONVERTING RELATIONAL DATA INTO RDF FORMAT DATA

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for generating a mapping rule for converting relational data into resource description framework (RDF) format data, comprising:obtaining a first mapping rule for converting relational data in a first relational database into RDF format data, wherein a Universal Resource Identifier (URI) pattern of the first mapping rule expresses features of the relational data in the first relational database;
parsing a generated rule for the URI pattern of the first mapping rule;
determining that a second relational model of the second relational database and a first relational model of the first relational database conform to pattern matching, the pattern matching comprising performing a single matching technique, the single matching technique using linguistics based matching by applying a name and text to excavate pattern elements similar in semantics; and
generating a second mapping rule, to form a mapping file, for converting the relational data of the second relational database into RDF format data, based on a mapping relationship between the generated rule and the pattern matching of the first relational model and the second relational model, wherein the mapping file functions to convert, when accessing the relational data, a query language SPARQL of the RDF format data into an SQL data query type of the second relational database, and to convert an SQL query result into RDF triples.

US Pat. No. 10,339,153

UNIFORMLY ACCESSING FEDERATED USER REGISTRY TOPOLOGIES

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for standardizing identity management applications to interface seamlessly with an identity management system to facilitate a migration onto a cloud computing environment, the computer-implemented method comprising:providing, by one or more processors, a first schema extension to an identity management system and a bridge component to an identity management application, wherein the bridge component delegates calls to and receives responses from one or more user registries and allows user registries to connect to the identity management application dynamically at run-time, and comprises a second schema extension to the identity management application, wherein the second schema extension extends a schema of the identity management application to enable one or more users to store data in unused fields in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) user registry, and to enable the creation of additional data fields in the LDAP user registry wherein newly created and existing properties can be stored;
receiving, by the one or more processors, a request from an end user in a first data format associated with the identity management system;
converting, by the one or more processors, the request from the first data format into a second data format associated with the identity management application and compatible with an application programming interface (API) provided by the identity management application;
sending, by the one or more processors, the request in the second data format to the identity management application, through the API, for execution;
receiving, by the one or more processors, a response in the second data format from the identity management application to the request in the second data format;
converting, by the one or more processors, the response from the second data format into the first data format that is compatible with the identity management system, wherein the converted data is input into appropriate data entry fields in the identity management application via a data mapper and executing the converted request in the identity management application, wherein the converted data comprises a request made by the one or more end users through the identity management system enabling the identity management applications to interface seamlessly with the identity management system to facilitate a migration onto a cloud computing environment by enabling the use of identity management applications through the identity management system, without writing program code instructions for applications to interface with APIs provided by cloud platform vendors, making the applications portable across different cloud platforms; and
returning, by the one or more processors, the converted data enabling applications to be portable across different cloud platforms associated with the response via the identity management system.

US Pat. No. 10,339,110

POLICY-BASED SELECTION AND CONFIGURATION OF TARGET SITE RESOURCES FOR DATA REPLICATION

VMware, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a first management server within a first physical computing site from a second management server within a second physical computing site, characteristics of the second physical computing site that affect replication of data from the first physical computing site to the second physical computing site, wherein the characteristics include one or more protection service plans, each protection service plan providing an abstraction of a set of replication resources within the second physical computing site treated as a single entity that provides a particular range of service-level characteristics;
receiving, by the first management server from a third management server within a third physical computing site, characteristics of the third physical computing site that affect replication of data from the first physical computing site to the third physical computing site, wherein the characteristics include one or more protection service plans, each protection service plan providing an abstraction of a set of replication resources within the third physical computing site treated as a single entity that provides a particular range of service-level characteristics;
receiving, by the first management server, selection of one or more criteria defining particular service-level characteristics to be met in the selection of a target physical computing site for replication of data within the first physical computing site;
determining, by the first management server, the second physical computing site is a better match for the received criteria than the third physical computing site based upon a comparison of the received criteria with the received characteristics of the second and third physical computing sites;
configuring, by the first management server automatically in response to the determination that the second physical computing site is the better match for the received criteria, the second physical computing site as the target physical computing site for replication of the data within the first physical computing site; and
replicating data from the first physical computing site to the second physical computing site.

US Pat. No. 10,339,074

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH DYNAMICALLY-ADJUSTABLE BUFFER SPACE FOR SERIAL INTERFACE

Altera Corporation, San ...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a plurality of serial interface circuits;
digital protocol circuitry coupled to the plurality of serial interface circuits and arranged to implement a serial communications protocol;
a first non-programmable buffer circuit arranged to buffer data received from the plurality of serial interface circuits, wherein the first non-programmable buffer circuit is fixed in size during fabrication of the integrated circuit;
a second programmable buffer circuit arranged to further buffer data received from the plurality of serial interface circuits, wherein the second programmable buffer circuit comprises programmable memory blocks and is programmed to a set size during configuration of the integrated circuit;
a control logic circuit that is programmed during configuration of the integrated circuit with logic to dynamically control an accessible buffer range in the second programmable buffer circuit; and
monitoring circuitry arranged to monitor performance of the plurality of serial interface circuits, wherein the control logic circuit uses performance signals from the monitoring circuitry to dynamically adjust the accessible buffer range in the second programmable buffer circuit, wherein the control logic circuit utilizes partial reconfiguration during operation of the integrated circuit to instantiate the second programmable buffer circuit and associated control logic within the integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,339,022

NON-INTRUSIVE MONITORING AND CONTROL OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

ALTERA CORPORATION, San ...

1. A tangible, non-transitory, machine-readable medium, comprising machine-readable instructions to:establish a connection to an electrical device that comprises a programmable logic device;
send an incremental configuration data over the connection, wherein the incremental configuration data comprises a trigger condition, wherein the incremental configuration data is based at least in part on a first configuration data previously loaded on the programmable logic device, and wherein the incremental configuration data is configured to cause the programmable logic device of the electrical device to generate debug information upon meeting the trigger condition; and
receive the debug information from the programmable logic device over the connection.

US Pat. No. 10,339,017

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USING A WRITE CACHE IN A STORAGE SYSTEM

NETAPP, INC., Sunnyvale,...

8. A non-transitory machine readable medium having stored thereon instructions for performing a method comprising machine executable code which when executed by at least one machine, causes the machine to:store received data from a client system in a first write cache, the first write cache comprising volatile storage;
transfer the received data from the first write cache to a second write cache in response to an input/output (I/O) request size exceeding a threshold value, the second write cache comprising nonvolatile storage;
update a recovery control block with a location of the received data stored in the second write cache and an entry in a tracking structure used to track valid data stored at the second write cache; and
transfer, in response to a power failure, the recovery control block to a persistent storage device instead of all data contents of the first write cache.

US Pat. No. 10,339,008

DETERMINING TYPE OF BACKUP

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A system comprising:a physical processor; and
a non-transitory storage medium storing machine readable instructions executable on the physical processor to:
for each respective backup parameter of a set of backup parameters comprising backup parameters selected from among a parameter relating to an amount of storage space of a storage system, a parameter relating to a type of data to be backed up, and a parameter relating to an available resource of the system, the respective backup parameter having a respective predefined threshold for the respective backup parameter:
obtain a respective actual value of the respective backup parameter; and
determine a respective weightage for the respective backup parameter based on the respective predefined threshold and the respective actual value of the respective backup parameter, the respective weightage indicating a degree of contribution of the respective backup parameter for determining a type of backup to be executed in the system;
select the type of backup from a plurality of different types of backup based on the respective weightage and the respective actual value of each respective backup parameter of the set of backup parameters, wherein the machine-readable instructions are executable on the physical processor to select the type of backup by:
determining a respective weightage change value for each respective backup parameter of the set of backup parameters based on a respective maximum weightage, a respective minimum weightage, a respective predefined threshold, and a respective maximum value of the respective predefined threshold,
wherein the respective weightage change value is a value associated with a variation of the respective weightage with relation to an increase of the respective predefined threshold for the respective backup parameter; and
perform the selected type of backup to backup data from a source to the storage system.

US Pat. No. 10,338,996

PIPELINED DECODER AND METHOD FOR CONDITIONAL STORAGE

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A receiver for a wireless communication system, the receiver comprising:first, second and third memory locations, each being arranged to store information associated with one received block of a transmission signal;
a Log-Likelihood Ratio, LLR, computing unit arranged to provide soft bits based on a received block of the transmission signal;
a Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request, HARQ, combining unit operably coupled to the LLR computation unit and to the first, second and third memory locations, the HARQ combining unit being arranged to:
combine the soft bits with a retransmission of the received block; and,
store the combined soft bits into a cyclically selected one of the first, second and third memory locations;
a Forward Error Correction, FEC, decoding unit operably coupled to the first, second and third memory locations, the FEC decoding unit being arranged to:
decode combined soft bits into hard bits based on a previous cyclically selected memory location of the first, second and third memory locations; and,
provide a cyclic redundancy check, CRC, value of the hard bits;
a processing unit, such as a processor, operably coupled to the FEC decoding unit and the first, second and third memory locations, the processing unit being arranged to store in an external memory:
the combined soft bits of the previously cyclically selected memory location when the CRC value is representative of a CRC failure; and,
the hard bits when the CRC value is representative of a CRC success, wherein storage of the combined soft bits and the hard bits is deferred until after the CRC failure or CRC success, respectively, reducing the amount of memory required for the soft bits and the hard bits,
wherein, in operation,
the HARQ combining unit and FEC decoding unit concurrently operate on soft bits associated with different blocks of the transmission signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,977

CLUSTER-BASED PROCESSING OF UNSTRUCTURED LOG MESSAGES

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

10. A computer-implemented method comprising:accessing a data store that associates, for each machine-generated data record of a set of machine-generated data records, an identifier of the machine-generated data record with one or more value identifiers, each value identifier of the one or more value identifiers representing one or more values included within the machine-generated data record;
selecting a representative machine-generated data record from amongst the set of machine-generated data records;
identifying, for each component of a plurality of components of the representative machine-generated data record, a value for the component that is included in a part of the representative machine-generated data record that corresponds to the component; and
determining, for each component of a plurality of components, that the component corresponds to a variable component, thereby indicating that the set of machine-generated data records includes one or more other values for the component;
facilitating a presentation that includes, for each component of the plurality of components:
the value for the component; and
one or more interactive options configured to, upon detecting input of a defined type corresponding to the value, identify at least one of the one or more other values for the component, wherein each of the at least one of the one or more other values is included in a part of another machine-generated data record in the set of machine-generated data records.

US Pat. No. 10,338,922

SOFT SENSOR DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING A STATE VARIABLE BY CALCULATION USING A PLURALITY OF PROCESSOR CORES

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A soft sensor device that acquires a state variable x by calculation using a plurality of processor cores, in which a value of the state variable x changes in relation to an input variable u that is observable, and a time derivative dx/dt of the state variable x is expressed by a function f(x, g(x), u) having the state variable x, an inner function g(x) having the state variable x as an independent variable, and the input variable u, as independent variables, the soft sensor device, comprising:a first arithmetic operation device that is an arithmetic operation device configured to perform an arithmetic operation by using one or a plurality of processor cores, and is programmed to calculate a function f(x, v, u) by using respective values of the state variable x, an intervening variable v that is defined by the inner function g(x), and the input variable u, and further obtain a value of the state variable x by time-integrating a value of the function f(x, v, u); and
a second arithmetic operation device that is an arithmetic operation device configured to perform an arithmetic operation by using one or a plurality of processor cores that is or are different from the processor core or the processor cores used in the first arithmetic operation device, and is programmed to calculate the intervening variable v,
wherein the first arithmetic operation device is programmed to calculate the function f(x, v, u) by using a value of the state variable x that is calculated in the first arithmetic operation device in processing of a previous time, a value of the intervening variable v that is calculated in the second arithmetic device in the processing of the previous time, and a value of the input variable u that is inputted in processing of this time.

US Pat. No. 10,338,920

INSTRUCTIONS AND LOGIC FOR GET-MULTIPLE-VECTOR-ELEMENTS OPERATIONS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor, comprising:a decoder to decode an instruction, the instruction including an opcode and fields to identify a first source vector register, a second source vector register, and a destination vector register;
the first source vector register to store data elements of at least two tuples, each tuple to include at least three data elements;
the second source vector register to store data elements of at least two tuples, each tuple to include at least three data elements;
execution circuitry to execute the decoded instruction, the execution circuitry to:
extract a respective data element from a specific position within each tuple in the first source vector register, the specific position to be dependent on an encoding for the instruction;
extract a respective data element from the specific position within each tuple in the second source vector register;
store the data elements to be extracted from the first source vector register and the second source vector register in contiguous locations in the destination vector register; and
a retirement unit to retire the executed decoded instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,919

GENERALIZED ACCELERATION OF MATRIX MULTIPLY ACCUMULATE OPERATIONS

NVIDIA Corporation, Sant...

1. A processor, comprising:a datapath configured to execute a matrix multiply and accumulate (MMA) operation to generate a plurality of elements of a result matrix at an output of the datapath,
wherein each element in the plurality of elements of the result matrix is generated by calculating at least one dot product of corresponding pairs of vectors associated with matrix operands specified in an instruction for the MMA operation, and
wherein a dot product operation for calculating each dot product in the at least one dot product comprises:
generating a plurality of partial products by multiplying each element of a first vector with a corresponding element of a second vector,
aligning the plurality of partial products based on the exponents associated with each element of the first vector and each element of the second vector, and
accumulating the plurality of aligned partial products in parallel into a result queue utilizing at least one adder.

US Pat. No. 10,338,904

SPECIALIZED APP DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC BUILDI...

1. A system comprising:one or more memory elements collectively storing:
a plurality of widgets including a plurality of default identifiers; and
a plurality of identifiers of a plurality of devices associated with an identified space;
at least one processor in data communication with the one or more memory elements; and
a deployment component executable by the at least one processor and configured to:
receive a request to bind the plurality of widgets to the plurality of devices; and
bind, in response to receiving the request, the plurality of widgets to the plurality of devices by replacing one or more default identifiers of the plurality of default identifiers with one or more identifiers of the plurality of identifiers,
wherein the request to bind is included in a request to deploy and the deployment component is further configured to transmit, in response to receiving the request to deploy, a user app to a mobile computing device, the user app including the plurality of widgets and being configured to monitor and control the plurality of devices via the plurality of widgets.

US Pat. No. 10,338,823

ARCHIVING USING DATA OBTAINED DURING BACKUP OF PRIMARY STORAGE

Commvault Systems, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:copying, during a backup of one or more non-volatile information stores of primary storage, metadata of a plurality of files stored in the one or more non-volatile information stores to an index, the metadata copied to the index including at least modification date data of each file of the plurality of files, wherein the backup comprises:
identifying a first set of one or more files of the plurality of files for a backup operation based at least in part on a determination that the first set of one or more files were modified since a previous backup date, and
performing the backup operation on the first set of one or more files of the plurality of files, wherein the previous backup date indicates a date when modifications to files in the one or more non-volatile information stores were most recently copied to secondary storage;
following the backup operation of the one or more non-volatile information stores, reviewing the metadata copied to the index during the backup to identify a second set of one or more files of the plurality of files that were last modified prior to a system archival date; and
performing an archive operation on the second set of one or more files of the plurality of files, wherein the archive operation includes replacing a particular file of the second set of one or more files with an identifier indicating a location of one or more copies of the particular file in the secondary storage.

US Pat. No. 10,338,819

CONTROLLER TRANSMITTING OUTPUT COMMANDS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A controller comprising:a host command receiver suitable for receiving first and second typed host commands from a host, the first typed host commands having a higher priority than the second type host commands;
a host command sensor suitable for counting numbers of first and second typed host commands received by the host command receiver, and generating a target ratio which is a ratio between the numbers of first and second typed host commands;
an output command generator suitable for generating first and second typed output commands respectively corresponding to the first and second typed host commands;
an output command queue suitable for enqueueing the first and second typed output commands; and
an arbiter suitable for transmitting the first and second typed output commands from the output command queue to a channel, counting numbers of first and second typed output commands transmitted from the output command queue to the channel, and generating a channel ratio which is a ratio between the numbers of first and second typed output commands,
wherein the arbiter selects a next output command to be transmitted from the output command queue to the channel among the first typed output commands corresponding to the first typed host commands having a higher priority than the second type host commands, and the second typed output commands corresponding to the second typed host commands, based on a result of a comparison of the channel ratio with the target ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,338,792

OBJECT STOP POSITION CONTROL METHOD, ACTION INDICATING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An object stop position control method comprising:in response to detecting that a movement instruction as to an object displayed on a display unit is received by a first operation method wherein the movement instruction moves past an entirety of a predetermined stop position at a speed lower than a predetermined speed, moving the object in accordance with the movement instruction, stopping the movement of the object based on the movement instruction in response to detecting that the object moves to a predetermined stop position, and causing the object to automatically stop at the predetermined stop position; and,
in response to detecting that the movement instruction is received by a second operation method wherein the movement instruction moves past the entirety of the predetermined stop position at a speed equal to or higher than the predetermined speed, not causing the object to automatically stop, but moving the object in accordance with the movement instruction;
wherein an operation mode enters a skipping state where the object does not automatically stop at the predetermined stop position even when the movement instruction is received by the first operation method, by changing a display form of the object from a first display form to the second display form where a size of the first display form is smaller than a size of the second display form,
wherein the first display form of the object is obtained in response to detecting a first number of touch inputs providing the movement instruction, and the second display form of the object is obtained in response to detecting a second number of touch inputs different from the first number providing the movement instruction,
wherein the size of the first display form corresponds to a size of another object at the predetermined stop position, and
after the operation mode enters the skipping state, the skipping state is maintained until the display form of the object is changed from the second display form to the first display form.

US Pat. No. 10,338,771

CONTROL DEVICE FOR INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE AND SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD

U-MHI PLATECH CO., LTD., ...

1. An injection molding machine, comprising:a molding machine main body including a mold clamping unit having a first sensor and a plasticizing unit having a second sensor; and
a control device communicating with the molding machine main body to receive sensing information obtained from the first and second sensors during an injection molding process, and generating operation command information with the sensing information to drive the molding machine main body and to send the operation command information to the molding machine main body, the control device including
a display unit which displays a single display image or a plurality of display images including information relating to molding conditions of the injection molding machine;
a control unit which controls display of the display image on the display unit; and
a storage unit which stores in advance the plurality of display images and stores a display history associated with a temporal order in which the plurality of display images is displayed on the display unit,
wherein the control unit divides the display unit into a first display area and a second display area,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display a first display image on the first display area and a second display image on the second display area, and
when the control unit receives an instruction to scroll in a first direction, the control unit scrolls the plurality of display images to be displayed on the display unit in a state where an anteroposterior relationship in the temporal order in the display of the display images stored in the storage unit with respect to at least one of the first display image displayed on the first display area or the second display image displayed on the second display area is maintained, and
wherein an ID is assigned to each user, or each mold or target molded part in advance, a storage area of the control device is allocated to each ID, and a display procedure of operation screens is stored for each ID, and
the display procedure is performed by an operation of the user of storing setting images and the display history, which are actually displayed when the user selects the molding conditions, or
alternatively, the setting images which are frequently used by the user, and the display procedures are learned by the control device, and
the control device automatically sets the display procedure of each ID, and the display procedure is stored in the storage unit and is summoned so as to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,338,770

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM WITH DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display section configured to display an image;
a touch panel configured to detect an operating point where an operator has performed an operation on a display screen of the display section; and
a control unit that is formed of a CPU, the control unit, based on execution of a display control program by the CPU,
controlling a display operation of the display section,
when the operating point as an initial point and the operating points forming coordinate points continuous from the initial point are successively detected by the touch panel and the successive detection of the operating points is then stopped, detecting first movement information indicating a direction and an amount of movement from the initial point to a primary stopping point where the successive detection is stopped,
when the operating points forming coordinate points continuous from the primary stopping point are successively detected in a predetermined direction and the successive detection of the operating points is then stopped again, detecting an amount of movement from the primary stopping point to a secondary stopping point where the successive detection is stopped again,
calculating, from the amount of movement indicated by the detected first movement information, an amount of numerical value change at each display switch made in a case of allowing the display section to switch display from one to another of a plurality of numerical values in succession in increasing or decreasing order,
calculating, from the detected amount of movement from the primary stopping point to the secondary stopping point, a switching speed at each display switch made in a case of allowing the display section to switch the display from one to another of the plurality of numerical values in succession in the amount of numerical value change, and
allowing the display section to switch the display from one to another of the plurality of numerical values in succession in the amount of numerical value change and use the calculated-switching speed as the switching speed at the display switch from one to another of the plurality of numerical values.

US Pat. No. 10,338,769

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING VISUALIZATION EXPLANATIONS

Business Objects Software...

1. A system comprising:at least one processor on a server; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium, coupled to the server, storing executable instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving an indication of a selected data point of a current visualization, the current visualization comprising a graphical representation of the plurality of data points, each one of the plurality of data points having a corresponding dimension and measure;
determining a context of the selected data point based on the corresponding dimension of the data point;
generating a plurality of explanation candidates based on the context, each one of the plurality of explanation candidates having a different dimension context that is within the context of the selected data point and a corresponding value for the dimension context;
generating, for each one of the plurality of explanation candidates, a corresponding score based on a difference between the value for the corresponding explanation candidate and an average value of the values of the plurality of explanation candidates, the difference affecting the corresponding score positively, such that the greater the difference is, the greater the corresponding score will be;
generating a ranking of the plurality of explanation candidates based on the scores;
selecting at least one of the explanation candidates based on the ranking; and
causing a corresponding selectable explanation for each one of the selected at least one explanation candidate to be displayed to a user in a graphical user interface of a client device concurrently with the current visualization, the corresponding selectable explanation for each one of the selected at least one explanation candidate comprising the corresponding value of the corresponding one of the selected at least one explanation candidate, the server being remote from the client device and operatively connected, via a network, to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,767

REAL-TIME DELIVERY OF INTERACTIONS IN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:sending, for display on client devices of users of a social networking system, a content item amongst a plurality of content items associated with the users;
receiving, from a client device of a first user of the social networking system, information indicating that the first user is currently viewing the content item;
responsive to receiving the information:
identifying one or more other users connected to the first user within the social networking system, each of the one or more other users performing a user interaction with the content item while the first user is currently viewing the content item;
selecting a second user from the one or more other users based on an affinity between the first user and the second user;
determining a type of emotion associated with the user interaction performed by the second user; and
sending for display to the client device a widget identifying the second user and identifying the type of emotion, the one or more widgets configured to move across the content item displayed on the client device while the first user is currently viewing the content item; and
responsive to receiving from the client device a user interaction with the widget by the first user, sending for display to the client device information indicating the second user in a field for receiving comments by the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,338,765

COMBINED SWITCHING AND WINDOW PLACEMENT

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. One or more computer storage media storing computer-useable instructions that, when used by one or more computing devices, cause the one or more computing devices to perform a method, the method comprising:providing a graphical user interface (GUI) comprising one or more snap portions and a collection of elements, wherein the collection of elements includes folders, wherein the folders include files;
providing one or more open elements in a first layout corresponding to a first view; and
receiving, in the first layout, a single step from a user to switch to a switcher view, which causes in the switcher view, the single step of a movement of an element to one of the one or more snap portions of a display area of the GUI to cause the files to be opened with their associated applications by a launching component and providing the opened files in a second layout specified by a positioning component.

US Pat. No. 10,338,764

APPLICATION INTEGRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

WRIKE, INC., San Jose, C...

1. A method for application integration comprising:receiving, by a first browser executing on a user computing device, an instruction to navigate to a uniform resource locator (URL) referencing a remote computing device;
requesting, by the first browser, an interface corresponding to the URL;
receiving, by the first browser, the interface;
rendering, by the first browser, the interface, the interface defining interface elements for interacting with a first remote application executing on a first remote server;
receiving, on the user computing device, an instruction to a first module executing within the first browser to generate a data object with respect to the interface; and
in response to receiving the instruction—
generating, by the first module, the data object, the data object including a status;
including, by the first module, the URL in the data object; and
storing, by the first module, the data object on a second remote server that is different from the first remote server;
receiving, by a second browser executing a second module such that one of (a) the second browser is the first browser and the second module is the first module and (b) the second browser is a different browser and the second module is a different module executing on the different browser, a subsequent instruction to navigate to the URL;
again requesting, by the second browser, the interface from the URL;
receiving, by the second browser, the interface;
(i) rendering, by the second browser, the interface;
detecting, by the second module, the subsequent instruction to navigate to the URL;
determining, by the second module, that the data object includes the URL;
in response to both of (a) detecting the subsequent instruction to navigate to the URL and (b) determining that the data object includes the URL, rendering, by the second module after performing (i), a visual reference to the data object superimposed on the interface;
receiving, by the second module, an update to the status of the data object; and
in response to receiving the update to the data object, updating, by the second module, the status of the data object on the second remote server.

US Pat. No. 10,338,762

ENVIRONMENTAL PERTINENCE INTERFACE

Atlassian Pty Ltd, Sydne...

1. An apparatus for generating an environmental pertinence interface, the apparatus comprising at least a processor, and a memory associated with the processor having computer coded instructions therein, the apparatus comprising: an environmental pertinence server coupled with the processor, the environmental pertinence server configured to:receive an interface request from a first mobile device associated with a first user profile;
receive first device location data associated with the first mobile device;
query an environmental object location database to identify environmental objects that satisfy a proximity threshold based on the first device location data;
for each instance in which the proximity threshold is satisfied, query a digital content item database associated with a plurality of software applications to identify a preliminary environmental pertinence digital content item set;
apply user permissions rules to the preliminary environmental pertinence digital content item set to generate a user-permitted environmental pertinence digital content item set;
generate the environmental pertinence interface based on each user-permitted environmental pertinence digital content item set;
transmit the environmental pertinence interface to the first mobile device; and
wherein the environmental object location database comprises second device location data of a second mobile device associated with a second user profile and object location data associated with a located object, and the environmental pertinence server is configured to compare the first device location data to the second device location data and the object location data, respectively, to identify if one or more of the second mobile device and the located object are environmental objects that satisfy the proximity threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,338,761

VARIABLE DE-EMPHASIS OF DISPLAYED CONTENT BASED ON RELEVANCE SCORE

PIXAR, Emeryville, CA (U...

1. A computer implemented method of providing a visual guide on a user interface, comprising:receiving content to display to a user, the content including a plurality of content items;
displaying the plurality of content items on a display;
after displaying the plurality of content items, receiving a content request for a subset of the plurality of the content items;
after receiving the content request, scoring the plurality of the content items based on the content request;
determining a first subset of the plurality of the content items based on the score of the content items in the first subset being less than a first threshold; and
visually deemphasizing the content items in the first subset relative to a base display level without fully removing the first subset of the plurality of the content items or any other content item of the plurality of the content items from the display, wherein the content request is generated based on information in a user profile.

US Pat. No. 10,338,760

TOUCH SENSOR UNIT AND TOUCH SENSOR DEVICE

TPK Universal Solutions L...

1. A touch sensor unit, comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of touch electrodes disposed on said substrate for generating sensing signals, wherein each of said plurality of touch electrodes comprises:
an electrically insulating layer that is light-transmissible, and
a plurality of nano-scale conducting wires distributed in said electrically insulating layer and electrically connected to one another, wherein each of said plurality of nano-scale conducting wires comprises a processed structure, and the processed structure comprises a layer-type light-absorbing member or a particle-type light-absorbing member, and
an anti-reflective element that has a first refractivity, wherein said first refractivity is lower than a second refractivity of said substrate, and said first refractivity is higher than a third refractivity of said plurality of touch electrodes, wherein said anti-reflective element is disposed between said substrate and said plurality of touch electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,338,758

TOUCH SENSING ELECTRODE STRUCTURE AND TOUCH SENSOR INCLUDING THE SAME

DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LT...

1. A touch sensing electrode structure, comprising:a plurality of electrode lines each extending in a first direction as a zigzag line shape, the plurality of the electrode lines being arranged along a second direction that crosses the first direction, the plurality of electrode lines each comprising a first electrode pattern and second electrode pattern which are alternately repeated to form the zigzag line shape; and
connecting electrodes which extend straight in the second direction and electrically connect neighboring ones of the electrode lines to form a plurality of concave hexagonal patterns, the concave hexagonal patterns each defined by two neighboring first electrode patterns facing each other, two neighboring second electrode patterns facing each other, and two neighboring connecting electrodes facing each other,
wherein the touch sensing electrode structure is a self-capacitance type to be provided as a unit cell of a self-capacitance type touch sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,757

CONNECTOR INTEGRATION FOR SMART CLOTHING

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. An interactive object comprising:a plurality of conductive threads, the conductive threads having a first end and a second and opposite end, the conductive threads being substantially linear and parallel from the first end to the second end, the conductive threads being integrated into the interactive object;
an internal electronics module coupled to the plurality of conductive threads, the internal electronics module comprising a flexible substrate having a width and a length and a plurality of electrical contact pads positioned sequentially along the width of the flexible substrate, each electrical contact pad being connected to a respective conductive thread; and
a controller in electrical communication with each of the electrical contact pads, the controller being configured to detect a touch-input when user pressure is applied to the conductive threads, the controller also being configured to communicate touch-input data to a computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,756

TOUCH SCREEN AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

NANCHANG O-FILM BIO-IDENT...

1. A touch screen for fingerprint identification, comprising:a touch panel comprising:
a cover plate;
a first sensing structure disposed on the cover plate and comprising a receiving electrode line; and
a second sensing structure disposed on the first sensing structure and comprising a transmitting electrode line;
a first circuit;
a processing chip; and
an ultrasonic probe comprising:
a first piezoelectric film attached to the touch panel and electrically coupled to the receiving electrode line; and
a second piezoelectric film attached to the touch panel and electrically coupled to the transmitting electrode line,
wherein the first is configured to send two first piezoelectric signals generated from the first piezoelectric film and the second piezoelectric film to the processing chip; the first circuit is configured to send two first fingerprint electrical signals generated from the first piezoelectric film and the second piezoelectric film to the processing chip; the first circuit is configured to send ultrasonic generated from the first piezoelectric film to the second piezoelectric film; and
wherein the processing chip is configured to process the two first piezoelectric signals to form a second piezoelectric signal; and the processing chip is configured to process the two first fingerprint electrical signals to form a second fingerprint electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,752

TOUCH PANEL, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a touch panel, comprising:forming touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics on a substrate, wherein the touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics are obtained by a topological treatment on a germanium (Ge) film with functionalized elements, and each of the touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics is at a state of insulation in its interior portion but is at a conductive state at a surface or boundary; each of the touch electrodes has a single-layer structure;
the functionalized elements comprise fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine elements;
obtaining of the touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics through the topological treatment on the Ge film with the functionalized elements includes: obtaining a germanium halide film with topological semiconductor characteristics by halogenation of the Ge film via the fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine elements,
wherein in a case of halogenating the Ge film by a liquid-phase process, halogenating of the Ge film includes:
forming a germanium bromide film after halogenating the Ge film in atmosphere of liquid bromine, in which a concentration of the liquid bromine is 1% to 10%, and a processing temperature is 40 to 80° C.;
in a case of halogenating the Ge film by a gas-phase process, halogenating of the Ge film includes:
forming a germanium iodide film after halogenating the Ge film in atmosphere of iodine gas, with a gas pressure of 1-10 Pa and a processing temperature of 60-100° C.; or
forming a germanium bromide film after halogenating the Ge film in atmosphere of bromine gas, with a gas pressure of 1-10 Pa and a processing temperature of 50-400° C.; or
forming a germanium chloride film after annealing the Ge film for 10 minutes in atmosphere of chlorine gas with a processing temperature of 50-400° C.;
in a case of halogenating the Ge film by a gas-phase process, halogenating of the Ge film includes:
forming a germanium chloride film after halogenation of the Ge film in atmosphere of BCl3 gas, with a gas pressure of 1-10 Pa and a processing temperature of 250-350° C., and annealing the Ge film in atmosphere of halogen gas with a temperature of 90-130° C.

US Pat. No. 10,338,750

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PROJECTOR, AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display section that displays an image;
a first detection section that detects a position of a first indicator on the image;
a second detection section that detects a position of a second indicator on the image;
a storage section that includes a first storage region corresponding to the first indicator, a second storage region corresponding to the second indicator, and a third storage region common to the first indicator and the second indicator;
a first storage control section that stores a first virtual object which is drawn according to a path of the first indicator or a path of the second indicator in the first storage region;
a second storage control section that stores a second virtual object which is drawn according to the path of the first indicator or the path of the second indicator in the second storage region;
a first pasting section that pastes the first virtual object stored in the first storage region to the image according to an operation of the first indicator;
a second pasting section that pastes the second virtual object stored in the second storage region to the image according to an operation of the second indicator; and
a switching section that switches operation modes of the first storage control section and the second storage control section to any one of a plurality of operation modes including a first mode and a second mode,
wherein
in the first mode, the first storage control section stores the first virtual object in the first storage region and the second storage control section stores the second virtual object in the second storage region, and
in the second mode, the first storage control section stores the first virtual object in the third storage region and the second storage control section stores the second virtual object in the third storage region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,749

OPTICAL DEVICE AND OPERATION INPUT APPARATUS

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical device comprising:a light-guiding plate that guides light in a plane parallel to an emission surface that emits light; and
a sensor for detecting an object located on an emission surface side using light that passes through a back surface opposite to the emission surface and through the emission surface, the sensor being provided on the side opposite to the emission surface with respect to the light-guiding plate, wherein
the light-guiding plate has a plurality of light convergence portions provided on the back surface that receive light guided by the light-guiding plate and each of the plurality of light convergence portions has optical surfaces that cause light to be emitted from the emission surface in directions in which the light substantially converges at one convergence point or one convergence line in a space, or substantially scatters from one convergence point or one convergence line in the space,
each of the plurality of light convergence portions comprise multiple reflection surfaces that are substantially continuous in an x-axis direction of the back surface, and
the convergence points or the convergence lines for the plurality of light convergence portions are different from each other, and an image is formed in the space on the emission surface side by a collection of a plurality of the convergence points or the convergence lines.

US Pat. No. 10,338,748

REDUCTION OF TOUCH SENSOR PATTERN VISIBILITY USING BEAMSPLITTERS

1. An apparatus, comprising:a display;
a first touch-sensor layer comprising a first plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein the first plurality of conductive electrodes comprises a metal mesh and is disposed on a first substrate;
a second touch-sensor layer comprising a second plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein the first plurality of conductive electrodes and the second plurality of conductive electrodes are electrically connected to one or more tracks of conductive material;
a beamsplitter operable to reflect a first portion of light incident on the coating and transmit a second portion of light incident on the coating, wherein the first portion of light is in the range of 30% to 95%, and the second portion of light is in the range of 5% to 70%;
wherein the beamsplitter is disposed above the first touch sensor layer;
wherein the beamsplitter is on a side of the first touch sensor layer opposite the display;
a touch-sensor controller configured to detect and process the change in capacitance at one or more touch-sensor nodes to determine the presence and location of a touch-sensor input, and further configured to communicate information about the touch-sensor input to one or more components of the apparatus; and
a flexible printed circuit electrically connected to the touch-sensor controller, wherein the one or more tracks of conductive material on the substrate is electrically connected to the flexible printed circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,746

MUTUAL CAPACITANCE SENSING USING MAGNITUDE NOISE SENSING WITH SINE AND COSINE MULTIPLIERS

STMicroelectronics Asia P...

1. A touch screen controller operable with a touch screen having force lines and sense lines, the touch screen controller, comprising:drive circuitry configured to drive the force lines with a force signal in a touch data sensing mode and to not drive the force lines in a noise sensing mode;
sense circuitry configured to sense data at the sense lines;
processing circuitry configured, for a plurality of frames during a noise sensing sub-frame, to perform steps of:
sampling the data at a plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
multiplying the data sampled at each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies by a sine multiplier to produce imaginary noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
summing the imaginary noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies to produce a separate sum for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
multiplying the data at each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies by a cosine multiplier to produce real noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
summing the real noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies to produce a separate sum for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies; and
determining separate noise magnitude values of the data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies as a function of the summed imaginary noise data and the summed real noise data.

US Pat. No. 10,338,745

MANAGEMENT OF A TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE OF A DEVICE

International Business Ma...

1. A method for management of a touchscreen interface of a device having a display, the method comprising:monitoring touchscreen interface function by logging data in a database relating to user interaction with locations of the touchscreen interface, wherein monitoring the touchscreen interface function include: monitoring and recording rotation of the device display between a portrait position and a landscape position in relation to the user interaction with the touchscreen interface;
analyzing the logged data to identify specific user interactions with a virtual button on the touchscreen interface with respect to both the portrait position and the landscape position;
identifying manual circumvention of an inactive area of the touchscreen interface based on determining that the specific user interactions with the virtual button comprises switching user interactions with the virtual button between the portrait position and the landscape position and recording a successful interaction with the virtual button in only one of the portrait position and the landscape position, and recording an unsuccessful interaction with the virtual button in the other position;
identifying the inactive area of the touchscreen interface based on the identified manual circumvention;
modeling remaining active areas of the touchscreen interface to form a modified interface; and
mapping an original touchscreen interface to the modified interface resulting in only use of the remaining active areas.

US Pat. No. 10,338,744

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH A TOUCH DETECTION FUNCTION

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a plurality of gate lines;
a plurality of first switches arranged in respective pixels in a display region, each of the first switches being coupled to one of the gate lines;
a plurality of second switches arranged in a frame region surrounding the display region, each of the second switches being coupled to one of the gate lines;
a first wire coupled to the respective second switches and supplying a detection drive signal to the respective gate lines through the respective second switches in a detection operation period;
a third switch arranged in the frame region and coupled to the first wire; and
a second wire coupled to the third switch and supplied with an off-state voltage,
wherein the first wire is arranged between the second switches and the display region, and
the off-state voltage of the first switches is supplied to the first wire in a display operation period different from the detection operation period.

US Pat. No. 10,338,743

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL TOUCH OPERATION ON MOBILE TERMINALS

NUBIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD...

1. An accidental-touch prevention method for a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal includes a touch control unit having an application layer, a driver layer and a touch screen IC layer, the driver layer has an interface for the application layer to call, and a touch screen has a chamfered-rounded-angle area, the accidental-touch prevention method comprising:receiving, by the touch screen IC layer, a touch instruction from a user, and reporting a touch point on a touch track corresponding to the touch instruction to the driver layer;
determining, by the driver layer, whether the touch point is in the chamfered-rounded-angle area; and
when the touch point is in the chamfered-rounded-angle area, correcting, by the driver layer, coordinates of the touch point, wherein correcting the coordinates of the touch point includes:
receiving, by the driver layer, a horizontal coordinate of the touch point reported by the touch screen IC layer, and acquiring a length of an arc of the chamfered-rounded-angle in an X-axis direction; and
based on a pre-set offset index, the horizontal coordinate of the touch point, and the length of the arc of the chamfered-rounded-angle in the X-axis direction, calculating an actual horizontal coordinate of the touch point.

US Pat. No. 10,338,742

DETECTION METHOD FOR A DIGITIZER

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method comprising:transmitting a Continuous Wave Frequency Modulated (CWFM) signal on a first drive line of a grid based capacitive sensor;
transmitting the CWFM signal with an imposed delay on a second drive line of grid based capacitive sensor simultaneously with transmission of the CWFM signal on the first drive line, wherein the CWFM signal is dynamically selected as one of a linearly increasing signal and linearly decreasing signal over different transmission cycles;
correlating output on a receive line with the CWFM signal, wherein output on the receive line is correlated with both the linearly increasing and the linearly decreasing CWFM signal;
performing Fourier transformation on the correlation of the output; and
identifying coordinates of an object interacting with the grid based capacitive sensor based on frequency and phase information determined from the Fourier transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,338,740

REDUCING BACKGROUND CAPACITANCE ASSOCIATED WITH A TOUCH SURFACE

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

11. A method for reducing background capacitance associated with a touch surface, comprising:driving a transmitter electrode of the touch surface with a waveform, wherein the waveform is periodic;
integrating, by receiver circuitry, a resulting signal from a receiver electrode of the touch surface;
subtracting, prior to completion of an integration period of the waveform, a first plurality of charge associated with background capacitance from the resulting signal using a capacitor,
wherein the integration period is approximately 1/N of a cycle of the waveform driving the transmitter electrode, and
wherein N is a natural number;
executing a first reload of the capacitor prior to completion of the integration period of the waveform;
subtracting, prior to completion of the integration period of the waveform, a second plurality of charge associated with background capacitance from the resulting signal using the capacitor after the first reload; and
detecting input in a sensing region of the touch surface based on the resulting signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,738

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A touch display device, comprising:an array substrate and a color film substrate arranged opposite to the array substrate;
a touch electrode array disposed on the array substrate, the touch electrode array including a M×N matrix of touch electrodes, the touch electrodes being insulated from each other; and
a plurality of touch sensing electrodes arranged along a first direction and disposed on the color film substrate, each of the touch sensing electrodes extending along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, each of the touch sensing electrodes being insulated from other touch sensing electrodes; and
an integrated circuit and a plurality of touch scanning signal line sets, wherein
an orthographic projection of each of the touch electrodes to a plane where the touch sensing electrodes are located overlaps at least partially with one of the touch sensing electrodes,
each of the touch scanning signal line sets comprises at least one touch scanning signal line;
each of the touch electrodes is correspondingly connected to a first end of at least one of the touch scanning signal lines, a second end of each of the touch scanning signal lines is connected to the integrated circuit;
the integrated circuit is configured to provide the common voltage signal to the touch electrodes during the displaying period, to provide the touch scanning signal to the touch electrodes and provide touch sensing signals to the plurality of touch sensing electrodes during the touch scanning period, and to provide the pressure scanning signal to the touch electrodes and to receive the pressure sensing signals from the touch electrodes during the pressure detecting period;
the integrated circuit comprises a common voltage signal port, a touch scanning signal generating circuit, a pressure scanning signal generating circuit, a plurality of switches, and a controller for controlling an ON/OFF state of the plurality of switches;
each of the switches includes a first port, a second port, a third port, a fourth port, and a control port;
the first port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the second end of the respective touch signal line, the second port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the common voltage signal port, the third port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the touch scanning signal generating circuit, the fourth port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the pressure scanning signal generating circuit; and
the controller is configured to apply a control signal to a control port of each of the switches, such that the connection between the first port of each of the switches and the second port of the switch is turned on during the displaying period, the connection between the first port of each of the switches and the third port of the switch is turned on during the touch scanning period, and the connection between the first port of each of the switches and the fourth port of the switch is turned on during the pressure detecting period.

US Pat. No. 10,338,737

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display device with a touch panel, comprising:a display panel; and
a touch panel provided above the display panel;
wherein the touch panel includes:
X electrodes extended in a first direction;
Y electrodes extended in a second direction different from the first direction;
a plurality of connecting terminals; and
connecting wirings electrically connecting between connecting terminals and the X electrodes or between connecting terminals and the Y electrodes;
wherein both the X electrodes and the Y electrodes include:
intersection portions each formed where the X electrodes and the Y electrodes overlap each other; and
electrode portions each formed between the intersection portions;
wherein the electrode portions of one of the X electrodes is smaller in area than the electrode portions of one of the Y electrodes,
wherein the X electrodes and Y electrodes are made of a transparent conductive material,
wherein floating electrodes are formed close to the electrode portion of the one of the X electrodes or Y electrodes, and between the X electrode and Y electrode,
wherein the floating electrodes are made of a transparent conductive material, and
wherein the electrode portions of the X electrodes and the Y electrodes are formed in a same layer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,735

TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A touch display panel comprising:a first substrate;
a drive layer on the first substrate, the drive layer including a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of source lines intersected with the plurality of gate lines; the touch display panel defining at least two blocks, each of the at least two blocks including at least six of the plurality of gate lines; and
a driving circuit system comprising a gate driver coupled to the plurality of gate lines, the touch display panel comprising a plurality of drive cycles, the driving circuit system driving the at least two blocks in sequence during each of the plurality of drive cycles;
wherein each of the at least two blocks includes at least one display scanning period Ta and a touch scanning period Tb during each of the plurality of drive cycles;
wherein the gate driver is configured to scan the gate lines in sequence during each of the at least one display scanning period Ta; wherein for each of the at least two blocks, at least one of the at least six of the plurality of gate lines is scanned from an initial gate line to an interrupted gate line in sequence, and then the touch scanning period Tb starts; and wherein for one of the at least two blocks, the interrupted gate lines in different drive cycles are different;
wherein for one of the at least two blocks in successive drive cycles, each gate line of the one of the at least two blocks is selected as the interrupted gate line in an order that is same with an order the gate lines being arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,338,734

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

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing device comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to,
execute reception processing that includes receiving event information from a plurality of terminal devices,
execute conversion processing that includes converting the event information received in a predetermined time period to a multitouch event in a format describing a plurality of touch events that occur at same time; and
execute notification processing that includes notifying a target application of the multitouch event via an operating system,
wherein the multitouch event includes a plurality of array elements,
wherein the conversion processing is configured to store, in a first element of the multitouch event, a value derived from the event information, the first element being one element of the plurality of array elements and being located at an array index corresponding to a terminal device from which the event information is received.

US Pat. No. 10,338,733

INTERACTIVE TOUGH SYSTEM AND CONTROL TERMINAL

MERIM DIGITAL MEDIA, St ...

1. A control terminal comprising:a caisson comprising at least one door equipped with a closing device, the door further comprising a plurality of openings and pivotably mounted on a frame;
at least one interactive touch system, each interactive touch system comprising:
a touch pad, comprising a hard protective surface stuck to the touch screen of the pad projecting onto the pad and having a thickness adapted to fall into an opening flush with the external surface of the caisson, an electronic assembly of the corresponding pad being incorporated into the back of said touch pad, the supplies for the other equipment passing into the reinforcement bars of the caisson;
the electronic assembly, connected electronically to the touch pad, ensuring at least the provision of command and control signals of the pad and the data to be displayed on the screen of the pad, said electronic assembly comprising a network connection configured to receive the data to be displayed on the screen and program updates;
a conversion card for control signals of the touch pad, connected to the touch pad, being connected to an electric generator and also connected to and controlled by the electronic assembly, being configured to ensure the conversion of control signals originating from the electronic assembly, into video signals for the screen of the corresponding touch pad;
an electronic card configured to control the lighting of the backlighting system, being connected to the electric generator and also connected to and controlled by the electronic assembly; and
a touch controller connected to the touch pad is connected to the electronic assembly, enabling conversion of the signal, generated by the pad after the screen has been touched, into an electric signal which can be interpreted by the electronic assembly; and
complementary equipment including at least one of a barcode reader module, a printer, a payment system, the payment system comprising a bank card reader and an input, said complementary equipment being connected and controlled by at least one said electronic assembly and supplied by the electronic assembly or a power supply of the corresponding interactive touch system,
wherein
said electronic assembly, said electronic card of the lighting of the backlighting system, said conversion card of video signals and said touch controller are incorporated into the back of said touch pad and connected by connectors, and
wherein said interactive touch system and said complementary equipment are incorporated into the openings of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,338,732

DISPLAYING METHOD OF TOUCH INPUT DEVICE

HiDeep Inc., (KR)

1. A displaying method of a touch input device comprising a touch screen, a touch screen controller which detects a magnitude of a pressure of a touch input to a surface of the touch screen, and a controller which controls the touch screen on the basis of information detected by the touch screen controller, the displaying method comprising:detecting, by the touch screen controller, a magnitude of the pressure of the touch which is input to a first region when an object touches the first region of the surface of the touch screen in a state where a display of the touch screen is turned off;
displaying by controlling, by the controller, the touch screen such that, when the detected magnitude of the pressure is greater than that of a first reference pressure, a second region of the display of the touch screen is displayed and a remaining region excluding the second region of the display of the touch screen continues in the turned-off state; and
in the state where the second region is being displayed, turning-off, by the controller, the second region immediately after the magnitude of the pressure of the touch which is input to the first region becomes equal to or less than that of a predetermined third reference pressure,
wherein the predetermined third reference pressure is greater than 0 and is equal to or less than the first reference pressure; and
wherein, in the displaying, the controller controls a size of the second region to correspond to the magnitude of the pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,338,730

DISPLAY DEVICE AND TIMING CONTROLLER

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a panel on which a plurality of subpixels are disposed;
a characteristic sensing circuit receiving a characteristic sensing signal corresponding to a voltage or a current between a gate and a source/drain of a driving transistor driving an organic light-emitting diode included in each of the plurality of subpixels, sensing a characteristic value of the plurality of subpixels using the characteristic sensing signal, calculating a compensation value to compensate for a change or a difference in the characteristic value, and generating coordinate data of the specific subpixel when a difference between the characteristic value of a specific subpixel among the plurality of subpixels corresponding to the characteristic sensing signal and a reference value exceeds a predetermined range; and
a host controller recognizing a user manipulation based on the coordinate data of the specific subpixel,
wherein the characteristic value of the plurality of subpixels includes at least one of a threshold voltage and a mobility of the driving transistor included in each of the plurality of subpixels, and
wherein the characteristic sensing circuit adjusts the predetermined range in accordance with a set value received from the host controller.

US Pat. No. 10,338,678

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RECOGNITION OF START AND/OR STOP PORTIONS OF A GESTURE USING AN AUXILIARY SENSOR

NOD, INC., Santa Clara, ...

1. An apparatus capable of interacting with at least one controllable device based upon a pose of at least a portion of a human body, the apparatus comprising:one or more sensors that are sized for wearing on the human body, each of the one or more sensors emitting sensor data;
an auxiliary sensor sized for wearing on the human body that receives a first specific input based on one of a tactile switch and capacitive touch input and generates a gesture start signal; and
a detection unit that operates upon the sensor data to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body and is capable of interacting with the at least one controllable device, the detection unit including:
a memory that stores at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy that are associated with the human body using at least a partial skeletal rendering of a human; and
a detection processor, automatically operating under software control, that inputs, aggregates and fuses the sensor data from each of the one or more sensors using the at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy stored in the memory to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body based upon a locality of said one or more sensors, wherein the detection processor begins to input, aggregate and fuse the sensor data upon receipt of the gesture start signal and ceases to input the sensor data upon receipt of a gesture stop signal;
wherein at least some of the one or more sensors, the auxiliary sensor, and the detection unit are packaged in an integrated mechanical assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,338,647

HOUSING ASSEMBLY FOR A COMPUTER SYSTEM AND COMPUTER SYSTEM

Fujitsu Client Computing ...

1. A housing assembly for a computer system comprising: at least one first shielding casing with a first plurality of ventilation openings in an area of a first housing wall of the first shielding casing; and at least one second shielding casing with a second plurality of ventilation openings in an area of a second housing wall of the second shielding casing, wherein a first contact area of the first housing wall of the first shielding casing borders directly on a corresponding second contact area of the second housing wall of the second shielding casing, and at least one of the first housing wall of the first shielding casing and the second housing wall of the second shielding casing comprises a recess, which is enclosed by the first and second contact areas, and in which the first and second plurality of ventilation openings of the respective shielding casing is formed, so that the first plurality of ventilation openings of the first shielding casing is spaced apart from the second plurality of ventilation openings of the second shielding casing.

US Pat. No. 10,338,608

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND WATER SAMPLING METHOD THEREOF

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A water sampling method comprising:controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering above a water surface of a sampling site;
acquiring, by the unmanned aerial vehicle, a sampling depth at which a water sample is to be taken, the sampling depth being sent by a portable electronic device or being a preset default depth;
calculating a descending distance based on a sum of the sampling depth and a distance between a bottom of the unmanned aerial vehicle and the water surface;
controlling the water sampler to descend for the descending distance;
sampling, by the water sampler, a water sample; and
sending a sampling result to a ground station or the portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,603

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A MATERIAL HANDLING VEHICLE NETWORK

The Raymond Corporation, ...

1. A management system for a fleet of material handling vehicles, the management system comprising:a management server system enabled for communication over a management network, including management server;
a first material handling vehicle with a first telematics controller and a processor device;
a second material handling vehicle with a second telematics controller, and a second-vehicle vehicle identification;
the processor device of the first material handling vehicle being configured to:
determine that the second material handling vehicle is in proximity to the first material handling vehicle;
obtain the second-vehicle vehicle identification from the second material handling vehicle;
based upon the second-vehicle vehicle identification, determine whether the second material handling vehicle is a missing vehicle; and
log multiple material handling vehicles of the fleet that have been determined to be in proximity to the first material handling vehicle; and
report the log to the management server via at least one of:
a mesh network that includes the first material handling vehicle; and
a direct communications link between the first material handling vehicle and a mobile device; and
wherein the first telematics controller is a multi-channel controller configured to communicate with the second telematics controller over a first channel and to communicate with the management server over a second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,338,589

CONTROLLER, DRIVING CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A controller that controls driving of an autonomously moving vehicle, the controller comprising:a first sensor that detects an obstacle present in a periphery of the vehicle, and detects a direction of travel of the vehicle; and
a processor that
sets a virtual region surrounding the periphery of the vehicle, the processor configured to stop the vehicle when changing from a state where the obstacle is not detected within the virtual region to a state where the obstacle is detected within the virtual region,
determines whether or not the obstacle is present in the direction of travel of the vehicle,
determines whether or not the vehicle has been stopped for a predetermined amount of time or longer when the obstacle is determined to be present in the direction of travel of the vehicle,
reduces a length of the virtual region in the direction of travel to provide an adjusted virtual region when the vehicle is determined to have been stopped for the predetermined amount of time or longer,
causes the vehicle to drive when the obstacle is not detected within the adjusted virtual region, and
stops the vehicle when changing from a state where the obstacle is not detected within the adjusted virtual region to a state where the obstacle is detected within the adjusted virtual region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,539

ACTUATOR CONTROL SYSTEM WITH TRANSIENT REDUCTION AFTER REDUNDANCY LEVEL CHANGES

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. An actuator control system comprising:an actuator;
a plurality of motors configured to cooperatively operate the actuator; and
a controller configured to:
determine an output signal for controlling active ones of the motors during a current update cycle based on a first gain value, an integral contribution from the current update cycle, and an integral contribution from a preceding update cycle; and
based on a quantity of the motors that is active differing between the current and preceding update cycles, scale the integral contribution from the preceding update cycle for the output signal determination based on the first gain value and a second gain value from the preceding update cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,538

WATCH TYPE TERMINAL

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A watch type terminal comprising:a frame in which electronic components are mounted;
a case configured to cover a lateral area of the frame;
a display unit located in a front side of the case;
a metal ring arranged in an edge area of a front side of the display unit;
a window provided in a front side of the metal ring and configured to cover the display unit;
an hour clock hand and a minute clock hand installed between the window and the display unit;
a driving unit provided in a back side of the display unit, connected to one end of the hour clock hand and the minute clock hand through the display unit, and configured to vary the position of the hour clock hand and the minute clock hand; and
a controller implemented to control the display unit to output a second clock hand when the display is activated,
wherein the display unit comprises:
a display panel configured to output visual information; and
a mold configured to cover an edge and a back side of the display panel, the mold comprising metal, and
wherein the controller comprises an NFC module connected to the metal of the mold and implementing to transmit and receive NFC signals.

US Pat. No. 10,338,536

ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic timepiece comprising:a magnetic detection unit;
a reception unit that receives positional information of a current position;
a specifying unit that specifies a controller-determined declination angle based on the positional information;
a declination angle adjustment unit that allows a user to adjust the controller-determined declination angle to a user-adjusted declination angle;
a decision unit that decides a direction of a due north based on a output of the magnetic detection unit and the user-adjusted declination angle;
an azimuth display unit that displays the direction of the due north decided by the decision unit; and
a declination angle display unit that displays at least one of the controller-determined declination angle and the user-adjusted declination angle,
wherein a hand of the timepiece indicates the direction of the due north in a compass mode and the hand of the timepiece indicates the at least one of the controller-determined declination angle and the user-adjusted declination angle in a declination angle adjustment processing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,338,535

METHOD FOR UNLOCKING A FUNCTION USING A TIMEPIECE

ETA SA Manufacture Horlog...

1. A method for unlocking a function of a device using a timepiece, the timepiece including a display device including a plurality of display elements and a control means for driving the plurality of display elements in a predefined animation sequence, the method comprising:placing the timepiece in front of a detection means;
actuating the control means to drive the plurality of display elements in the predefined animation sequence;
detecting the predefined animation sequence by the detection means;
comparing the detected animation sequence to a reference animation sequence; and
if the detected animation sequence is identical to the reference animation sequence, then unlocking the function.

US Pat. No. 10,338,534

SEMI-IMPERMEABLE CLOSURE DEVICE

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A portable object, comprising:a case forming a housing inside which is arranged a device that requires air to operate; and
a closure device comprising at least one permeable element, wherein
said closure device is arranged to provide impermeability to liquids while allowing the atmosphere inside the housing to communicate with the external atmosphere,
said case comprises a recess in which a through opening is made, said recess being closed by said closure device,
said closure device comprises a permeable module including a tubular support and a permeable membrane mounted on the tubular support, and a flexible gasket fixed at a first end to said recess and fixed at a second end to the tubular support to mount the tubular support in a suspended manner by the flexible gasket, the flexible gasket being configured to deform to move said tubular support and said permeable membrane between,
a rest position in which the permeable membrane is spaced apart from a bottom of the recess such that, in a gaseous environment, gases are allowed to penetrate said case opening through said permeable module, and
an operating position in which the permeable membrane is in contact with the bottom of the recess such that, in a liquid environment, gases and liquids are blocked from penetrating through said permeable module.

US Pat. No. 10,338,533

WRISTWATCH COMPRISING A DIAL WITH LUMINOUS INDICES

1. A wristwatch comprising:a watch case inside which is housed a timepiece movement;
a bezel mounted to rotate on the watch case; and
a dial including at least one luminous index;
wherein the luminous index is illuminated through the dial by at least one light source disposed underneath the dial and powered by an electrical energy source;
wherein an activation component for activating the light source is housed inside the rotating bezel and cooperates with a detection component housed inside the watch case;
wherein the activation component is configured such that, in a determined position of the rotating bezel, presence of the activation component is detected by the detection component;
wherein the detection component is configured to emit an electrical signal addressed to an electronic power and control assembly housed inside the watch case;
wherein the electronic power and control assembly is configured to emit in response to reception of the electrical signal emitted by the detection component an electrical signal that activates lighting of the light source for a determined period of time;
wherein a lower surface of the dial includes recesses and a light guide is arranged in each of the recesses;
wherein the at least one light source is mounted on an upper surface of a first printed circuit sheet disposed underneath the lower surface of the dial and positioned adjacent to the light guides;
wherein the first printed circuit sheet is disposed above the timepiece movement;
wherein a second printed circuit sheet that carries the electronic power and control assembly is disposed underneath the timepiece movement; and
wherein the light source carried by the first printed circuit sheet is electrically connected to the electronic power and control assembly by a connecting tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,338,532

TRIGONOMETRIC DISPLAY AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A trigonometric function display clock, the clock comprising:axial markings aligned with an x-axis and a y-axis of a clock face; and
a secondary circle having a diameter equal to a radius of the axial markings between a center of each axial marking and an end of each axial marking; and at least one hand configured to rotate about the central axis, wherein the secondary circle is coupled to the at least one hand,
wherein a first point on the secondary circle is aligned at the center of each axial marking,
wherein the secondary circle is configured to be rotatable about the first point, and
wherein the secondary circle is configured to overlap and align with at least a portion of the axial markings as the secondary circle rotates about the first point.

US Pat. No. 10,338,531

ANALOG ELECTRONIC WATCH

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD, ...

1. An analog electronic watch comprising:a hand that is configured to be rotatable; and
a control unit that controls the hand to perform a fast-forward operation during a display switching process that switches a display content to be displayed by the hand, the control unit controlling the hand such that the fast-forward operation differs between (i) a first case in which the display content after the display switching process relates to a current time, and (ii) a second case in which the display content after the display switching process relates to measurement of a time interval,
wherein:
in the first case, the control unit changes a fast-forward speed of the hand while the fast-forward operation is being performed, and
in the second case, the control unit does not change the fast-forward speed of the hand while the fast-forward operation is being performed.

US Pat. No. 10,338,530

TIMEPIECE MECHANISM FOR CONTROL OF A PLURALITY OF DISPLAYS

ETA SA Manufacture Horlog...

1. A control mechanism to control a plurality of timepiece displays, said plurality of displays comprising at least one group comprising a first display and a second display which are separate,the control mechanism being driven by a moving body of a timepiece movement,
the control mechanism comprising, for each said group of displays, a train to drive a control mobile body according to a control period,
the control mechanism further comprising, for each said group, a first control element to control said first display, and a second control element to control said second display, at different moments within the control period, and
wherein the control mechanism comprises a pivoting control lever to pivot with a to-and-from motion according to a limited angular course, and said control lever supports said first control element and said second control element to sequentially disengage said first control element and said second control element respectively from a first train driving said first display and a second train driving said second display according to the to-and-fro motion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,529

FASTENING PART FOR A HAIRSPRING

ROLEX SA, Geneva (CH)

1. An assembly comprising a hairspring and a fastening stud,the stud having a first portion designed to come into contact with the hairspring,
the first portion being formed so as to have a first surface and at least one second surface, wherein each of the first surface and second surface is a bearing surface in contact with a same face of the hairspring,
the first surface and the at least one second surface together forming an angle,
the first surface and the at least one second surface being discontinuous.

US Pat. No. 10,338,528

METHOD FOR FABRICATION OF A BALANCE SPRING OF A PREDETERMINED STIFFNESS BY LOCAL REMOVAL OF MATERIAL

1. A method for fabrication of a balance spring of a predetermined stiffness, comprising the following steps:a) forming a balance spring in dimensions greater than dimensions necessary to obtain said balance spring of predetermined stiffness;
b) determining a stiffness of the balance spring formed in step a) by measuring a frequency of said balance spring coupled with a balance having a predetermined inertia;
c) calculating a thickness of material to be removed from said balance spring, based on the stiffness of the balance spring determined in step b), to obtain dimensions necessary to obtain said balance spring of predetermined stiffness; and
d) removing, from the balance spring formed in step a), said thickness of the material in a non-homogeneous manner along the balance spring from a first face of said balance spring that is substantially perpendicular to a height dimension thereof and from another face of said balance spring that is substantially perpendicular to the first face, to obtain the balance spring having said dimensions necessary for said predetermined stiffness, said removing from the first face and from the another face being performed before the balance spring is assembled with a balance to form a resonator for a timepiece.

US Pat. No. 10,338,527

SELF-WINDING WATCH

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A self-winding watch comprising a movement connected to a winding device of a barrel spring comprising:an oscillating weight pivoting around an axis A;
a reduction wheel train cooperating with the oscillating weight to transmit the torque to the barrel;
at least one storage unit for electrical energy;
at least one photovoltaic cell arranged to receive the ambient light and charge the electrical energy storage unit;
a control circuit connected to the terminals of the storage unit; and
drive means connected to the control circuit and coupled to the oscillating weight to displace the oscillating weight,
wherein the energy storage unit, the control circuit and the drive means are integrated in the oscillating weight.

US Pat. No. 10,338,526

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR HOLOGRAPHIC 3D IMAGING

THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF...

1. A device, comprising:a laser light source that delivers a laser beam;
an image sensor;
an aperture disc comprising at least two stationary pinholes, wherein the laser beam is filtered by the stationary pinholes in a direction from the laser light source to the image sensor to generate a reference wave and an object wave;
a sample having a first area containing an object to be imaged and a second area without any object, wherein the first area is illuminated by the object wave and the second area is illuminated by the reference wave; and
wherein the image sensor captures an off-axis hologram for reconstructing an image of the object, wherein the reference wave and the object wave are interfered on the image sensor and the hologram is captured based on an interference pattern of the reference wave and the object wave.

US Pat. No. 10,338,525

HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING STEERABLE VIEWING

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A holographic display apparatus comprising:a light source configured to output light;
a spatial light modulator configured to modulate incident light and thereby reproduce a holographic image;
a lens configured to collimate light incident thereon from the light source and to focus light incident thereon from the spatial light modulator;
a retroreflective mirror configured to reflect collimated light incident thereon from the lens and thereby change a travel direction of the light incident thereon by 180 degrees;
a spatial filter configured to transmit only the holographic image;
an eye tracker configured to track a pupil location of an observer; and
a controller configured to adjust locations of the light source and the spatial filter in response to information identifying a change in the pupil location of the observer received from the eye tracker.

US Pat. No. 10,338,524

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROJECTING CONTENT

CREATIVISION (I.P.) LTD, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a frame comprising one or more projecting units;
wherein the one or more projecting units are arranged in a manner to project the content on a projecting field, said projecting field is defined by the frame;
wherein the frame is of a polygonal shape and comprises two or more frame elements, at least two of the two or more frame elements comprise a projection unit of the two or more projection units.

US Pat. No. 10,338,523

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING FINE PARTICLES FROM FLOWING OUT OF APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a fixing portion configured to heat a sheet on which a toner image has been transferred to fix the toner image to the sheet;
a sheet conveying portion configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path that leads to a sheet discharge port via the fixing portion;
a first airflow generating portion that includes a first fan and is configured to generate an airflow flowing upstream from the fixing portion in a conveyance direction in which the sheet conveying portion conveys the sheet;
a setting processing portion configured to set a drive speed of the first fan based on either or both of a size of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion, and a conveyance interval at which the sheet conveying portion conveys the sheet; and
a first drive processing portion configured to drive the first fan at the drive speed set by the setting processing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,522

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A body of an image formation apparatus configured to form an image on a continuous medium, comprising:a transfer device configured to transfer a prescribed toner image to the continuous medium;
a fixing device configured to apply heat to fix the toner image transferred to the continuous medium; and
a cooling device configured to cool the continuous medium heated,
the cooling device being disposed only on a side of one surface of the continuous medium and having a selection mechanism allowing selection of either transporting the continuous medium without the continuous medium abutting against the cooling device or transporting the continuous medium while the continuous medium abuts against the cooling device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,521

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING WASTE TONER COLLECTING FUNCTION FROM A PLURALITY OF PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUMS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main casing including:
a first wall; and
a second wall facing the first wall in an array direction;
a plurality of process cartridges;
a cartridge-supporting body for supporting the plurality of process cartridges, the cartridge-supporting body including:
a third wall; and
a fourth wall arranged between the third wall and the second wall in the array direction;
a waste toner cartridge for accommodating waste toner collected from the plurality of process cartridges;
a pair of positioning members for positioning the plurality of process cartridges; and
a conveying unit for conveying the waste toner to the waste toner cartridge, the conveying unit being overlapped with the pair of positioning members when viewed in the array direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,520

DRUM CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE CAPABLE OF SUPPRESSING VARIATION IN POSITION OF ELECTRICAL CONTACT SURFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:a casing configured to accommodate toner therein, the casing having a first end portion and a second end portion in a first direction, the casing having a third end portion and a fourth end portion in a second direction;
a developing roller rotatable about a developing roller axis extending in the first direction, the developing roller being positioned at the third end portion of the casing;
a supply roller rotatable about a supply roller axis extending in the first direction, the supply roller being in contact with a surface of the developing roller;
a developing electrode for supplying electric power to the developing roller, the developing electrode having a developing contact surface, the developing contact surface being positioned at the first end portion of the casing;
a supply electrode for supplying electric power to the supply roller, the supply electrode having a supply electrode surface, the supply electrode surface being positioned at the first end portion of the casing; and
a storage medium having an electrical contact surface, the electrical contact surface being positioned closer to the second end portion of the casing than the first end portion of the casing is to the second end portion, the electrical contact surface being positioned closer to the third end portion of the casing than the fourth end portion is to the third end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,519

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveying unit provided at an apparatus main body in a turnable manner and configured to form or open a nip area between the conveying unit and the apparatus main body, a sheet being conveyed through the nip area;
a boss provided at the apparatus main body;
a hook member provided at the conveying unit in a turnable manner and configured to be engaged with the boss when the conveying unit is turned to a position where the nip area is formed; and
an auxiliary pressing member configured to press the hook member in a direction in which the hook member is engaged with the boss after the hook member is engaged with the boss,
wherein a direction in which the auxiliary pressing member presses the hook member is different from a turning direction of the conveying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,518

REDUNDANT ELECTRICAL CONTACT BETWEEN A FASTENER AND A COMPONENT

Lexmark International, In...

1. An assembly, comprising:an electrically conductive fastener that includes a head and a shank, the shank extends from an undersurface of the head along a longitudinal axis of the fastener to a distal end of the fastener;
a fastening hole formed by an electrically nonconductive material, at least a portion of the shank of the fastener is installed in the fastening hole;
an electrically conductive component held between the undersurface of the head of the fastener and a surface surrounding an entrance to the fastening hole; and
an electrically conductive flange that extends from the component and contacts an outer portion of the head of the fastener such that an electrical path is formed between the fastener and the component,
wherein the flange is formed integrally with the component.

US Pat. No. 10,338,517

WASTE LIQUID CONTAINER AND ATTACHMENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A waste liquid container, comprising:a body having a mounting face, a side face, and a bottom face that are outer surfaces intersecting each other;
a waste liquid inlet disposed on the mounting face;
a circuit board having a connection terminal disposed along the side face;
a recess portion that opens in the mounting face and the bottom face below the waste liquid inlet; and
a dent,
wherein when a width direction is defined as a direction in which both the mounting face and the bottom face extend, the recess portion is disposed at a position between the waste liquid inlet and the connection terminal in the width direction, and
wherein when the side face is a first side face, the body has a second side face that is an outer surface opposite to the first side face, and
the dent opens in the mounting face and the second side face below the waste liquid inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,338,515

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a casing;
a process unit movable between an inside position which is inside the casing and an outside position which is outside the casing, the process unit including:
a first photoconductive drum;
a first drum cleaning unit configured to remove toner from the first photoconductive drum;
a second photoconductive drum;
a second drum cleaning unit configured to remove toner from the second photoconductive drum;
a process frame including a first wall and second wall, the first photoconductive drum and the second photoconductive drum being arranged between the first wall and second wall; and
a tube in which both the toner removed from the first photoconductive drum by the first drum cleaning unit and the toner removed from the second photoconductive drum by the second drum cleaning unit is conveyed, the tube including an opening and a shutter, the shutter being movable between an opened position at which the opening is opened and a closed position at which the opening is closed; and
an accommodating unit configured to accommodate the toner conveyed in the tube,
wherein the tube is supported on the first wall of the process frame, and
wherein the tube is movable with the process unit such that when the process unit is moved from the inside position to the outside position, the tube moves from inside the casing to outside of the casing together with the process unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPER USED THEREBY, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member including a single-layer-type photosensitive layer containing a binder resin and filler particles, the filler particles being contained in an amount in a range from 3 parts by mass to 40 parts by mass inclusive with respect to 100 parts by mass of the binder resin;
a charging section that is either in contact with or positioned close to the image bearing member and that electrically charges the image bearing member by generating a proximity discharge between the charging section and the image bearing member;
a developing section that supplies toner to a circumferential surface of the charged image bearing member;
a cleaning member that is brought into pressure contact with the circumferential surface of the image bearing member being rotated, by applying linear pressure equal to or higher than 15 gf/cm; and
a driving mechanism that causes the image bearing member and the cleaning member to reciprocate relative to each other along a rotation axis direction of the image bearing member, wherein
the cleaning member has a degree of hardness equal to or higher than 65° and a degree of impact resilience equal to or lower than 30%,
a volume median diameter of the filler particles is in a range from 0.07 ?m to 5.0 ?m inclusive,
surface roughness of the image bearing member is larger than 0.2 ?m and is equal to or smaller than 1.5 ?m,
a moving distance by which the image bearing member and the cleaning member move relative to each other while the image bearing member rotates once is longer than 0 ?m and is equal to or shorter than 100 ?m,
the cleaning member is brought into pressure contact with the circumferential surface of the image bearing member being rotated, by applying linear pressure equal to or larger than a value selected according to the moving distance, and
the driving mechanism causes the image bearing member to reciprocate.

US Pat. No. 10,338,513

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

JIANGXI YIBO E-TECH CO., ...

1. A process cartridge detachably installed in an imaging device with a rotatable driving head and an openable and closable machine door cover along an installation direction, the process cartridge comprising:a housing;
a driving force receiving member capable of receiving a force of the driving head; and
a rotatable component rotatably supported by the housing and capable of receiving a force of the driving force receiving member to rotate,
the process cartridge being installed in the imaging device along a direction approximately perpendicular to the axis direction of the rotatable component,
wherein the driving force receiving member has a first state and a second state relative to the driving head, the first state is a state in which the driving force receiving member abuts against the driving head after the process cartridge is installed in the imaging device and the machine door cover is closed, the abutting state refers to a state in which the axis of the driving force receiving member is not coaxial with the axis of the driving head, the second state is a state in which the driving force receiving member is engaged with the driving head, the second state refers to that the driving force receiving member and the driving head are approximately coaxial, and the driving force receiving member can receive the driving force from the driving head to rotate the rotatable component, and when the driving force receiving member is in the first state relative to the driving head, as the imaging device drives the driving head to rotate, the driving force receiving member can move from the first state to the second state relative to the driving head.

US Pat. No. 10,338,512

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming system comprising:an image former that performs an image forming process on a paper sheet, the image forming process including foil pressing; and
a controller that controls the image former to perform the image forming process by selectively setting one of a first test print mode and a second test print mode when a test print mode is set, an amount of foil consumption at the image former being normal in the first test print mode, an amount of foil consumption at the image former being reduced in the second test print mode.

US Pat. No. 10,338,511

READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH GUIDE MEMBER TO GUIDE SHEET FROM FIRST FEEDING PATH TO SECOND FEEDING PATH

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A reading apparatus comprising:a reader that reads an image formed on a sheet;
an opposed reading member that is provided opposite to the reader;
a first feeding path that feeds a sheet on an upstream of the reader in a sheet feeding direction;
a second feeding path that is continuous to the first feeding path and feeds a sheet between the reader and the opposed reading member;
a pair of feeding rollers that feeds a sheet on the first feeding path to the second feeding path;
a guide member that guides a sheet fed from the first feeding path to the second feeding path, from the opposed reading member side; and
a roller that is arranged on the second feeding path and is rotatably driven in a sheet feeding direction due to contact with a sheet,
wherein the first feeding path and the second feeding path form a feeding path bent due to the different sheet feeding directions of the first feeding path and the second feeding path, and
a downstream end of the guide member in a sheet feeding direction is positioned in a first region surrounded by a line connecting a nip part of the pair of feeding rollers and a center of the roller arranged on the second feeding path, a tangential line tangential to a surface of the roller arranged on the second feeding path and parallel with a sheet feeding direction of the second feeding path, and the outer periphery of the roller arranged on the second feeding path.

US Pat. No. 10,338,510

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH HEAT ACCUMULATOR

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing device that forms a fixing nip by bringing a pressure member having a release layer and an elastic layer on a surface into pressure contact with a peripheral surface of a heating rotator and fixes an unfixed toner image by feeding a recording medium having the unfixed toner image through the fixing nip;
an acceptor that accepts a specified laminate processing mode for performing laminate processing by feeding a laminate in which laminate films are laminated on both surfaces of the recording medium through the fixing nip; and
a hardware processor that controls the heating rotator to idle for a predetermined time without feeding a sheet while the fixing nip is formed when the laminate processing mode is accepted, and then, controls to perform the laminate processing, wherein
a heat accumulating member provided to be capable of contacting with and separating from an outer peripheral surface of the pressure member and a pressure contact/separation mechanism which makes the heat accumulating member have contact with or be separated from the pressure member are further included, and
when accepting the laminate processing mode, the hardware processor performs control to idle the heating rotator for a predetermined time in a state where the heat accumulating member is brought into pressure contact with the pressure member by the pressure contact/separation mechanism to accumulate heat in the heat accumulating member.

US Pat. No. 10,338,509

INFORMATION INPUTTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING INFORMATION INPUTTING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An information inputting apparatus, comprising:an antenna composing a circuit substrate configured to communicate with an information terminal through Near Field Communication;
a placement surface on which the information terminal is to be put, the placement surface facing the circuit substrate in a first direction which is orthogonal to the placement surface;
an operation unit disposed adjacent to the placement surface in a second direction which is along the placement surface, the operation unit having a plurality of operation surfaces arranged in a third direction which is along the placement surface and intersects with the second direction, each of the plurality of operation surfaces being parallel to the placement surface and protruding further in the first direction than the placement surface; and
a protrusion disposed between the placement surface and the plurality of operation surfaces of the operation unit in the second direction, the protrusion extending along substantially an entire length of the placement surface in the third direction, the protrusion having a height higher than a height, of any of the plurality of operation surfaces, at which the operation unit reacts,
wherein the protrusion extends along the third direction to separate the plurality of operation surfaces from the placement surface in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,508

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE POSITION DEVIATION CORRECTION AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CORRECTING IMAGE POSITION DEVIATION

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a developing section configured to form a visible image on a photoconductor for each type of developer;
an image carrier configured to carry visible images formed in a plurality of the developing sections;
a deviation correction section configured to correct position deviation of the plurality of visible images formed on the image carrier;
a specific pixel detection section configured to detect a specific pixel used to form an image with each type of developer; and
a determination section configured to determine execution of correction in the deviation correction section according to information indicating an amount of the specific pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,338,507

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ESTIMATING LIFE OF ION CONDUCTIVE COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING LIFE OF ION CONDUCTIVE COMPONENT

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an ion conductive component; and
a processor for estimating a life of the conductive component,
the processor acquiring an index value related to energization of the conductive component, and
estimating the life of the conductive component based on the index value per unit time.

US Pat. No. 10,338,506

FIXING DEVICE

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing rotator;
a pressure rotator configured to be pressed into contact with the fixing rotator to form a nip portion;
a heating section configured to be provided over an outer circumference of the fixing rotator in a non-contact manner with the fixing rotator and heat the fixing rotator; and
a power shutdown section configured to shut down power supply to the heating section when temperature becomes higher than a predetermined setting temperature,
wherein the heating section includes an infrared heater and a reflection member which covers the infrared heater and whose portion facing the fixing rotator is an opening portion,
a longitudinal length of the reflection member is longer than a length in an axis direction of a light emitting unit of the infrared heater, and
a temperature detection unit of the power shutdown section is arranged outside the reflection member and at a position on a surface of the reflection member that is away from a terminal edge of the reflection member that is closest to the fixing rotator and not below a vertical position defined by the nip portion;
wherein the reflection member is formed from planer portions and a portion of the temperature detection unit contacting a planar portion of the reflection member is arranged entirely in contact with the planer portion of the reflection member;
wherein an area of an inside surface of the reflection member, which faces the temperature detection unit, is processed to have an emissivity higher than that of the other area of the inside surface.

US Pat. No. 10,338,505

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A HEAT GENERATING QUANTITY OF A PLURALITY OF HEATING ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Saisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater having a plurality of heating elements arranged in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material, each of the plurality of heating elements having a heating region; and
a control portion that controls electrical power to be supplied to the plurality of heating elements, the control portion being capable of individually controlling the plurality of heating elements,
wherein the control portion executes control of a heat generating quantity of each of the plurality of heating elements such that a heat generating quantity when heating a first region of the recording material including an image, a heat generating quantity when heating a second region of the recording material not including an image, and a heat generating quantity when heating a third region in which there is no recording material are different each other.

US Pat. No. 10,338,504

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing member to heat a toner on a medium while rotating;
a pressing member to form a pressing area between the fixing member and the pressing member while rotating and press the toner on the medium passing through the pressing area;
a cover to be movable between a closing position at which a conveyance path to convey the medium is formed and an opening position at which the conveyance path is exposed, the cover including a recess on a side of the conveyance path; and
a separation member to be movable between a contact position at which the separation member comes in contact with a face of the fixing member in a state in which the cover is arranged at the closing position and a withdrawing position at which the separation member is separated from the fixing member in a state in which the cover is arranged at the opening position, wherein
a cam part is formed at an end in an axial direction of the cover,
the cover rotates around an opening-and-closing shaft extended in the axial direction,
the separation member includes:
an arm to rotate around a separation shaft extended in an axial direction of the fixing member;
a separation plate to be fixed to a supporting member connected to the arm, a tip end of the separation plate coming in contact with the face of the fixing member; and
a contact part to be provided at a tip end of the arm and to move while coming in contact with the cam part,
the separation member separates the medium from the face of the fixing member in a state in which the separation member is arranged at the contact position, and
a tip end part of the separation member enters an interior of the recess of the cover in a state in which the separation member is arranged at the withdrawing position.

US Pat. No. 10,338,503

FIXING DEVICE INCLUDING ROTARY MEMBER TO SUPPRESS VAPORIZED COMPONENT ESCAPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes an unfixed toner image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a rotatable film including a first end face and a second end face opposite the first end face;
a first restriction member that includes a surface that faces the first end face of the film, the first restriction member restricting movement of the film in a generatrix direction of the film in a case where the film is shifted in the generatrix direction and the first end face of the film is in contact with the surface of the first restriction member;
a second restriction member that includes a surface that faces the second end face of the film, the second restriction member restricting movement of the film in a generatrix direction of the film in a case where the film is shifted in the generatrix direction and the second end face of the film is in contact with the surface of the second restriction member;
a pressure member that forms a fixing nip portion that pinches and conveys the recording material by being in contact with the film;
a cover member that surrounds the film;
a cylindrically-shaped rotary member being provided between the film and the cover member such that a gap is formed between the film and the cylindrically-shaped rotary member, wherein a part of the cylindrically-shaped rotary member that is farthest from an axis of rotation of the cylindrically-shaped rotary member is closer to an exit of the fixing nip portion than to an entrance of the fixing nip portion; and
a shaft that supports the cylindrically-shaped rotary member, the shaft including a first end attached to the surface of the first restriction member and an opposing second end attached to the surface of the second restriction member such that the cylindrically-shaped rotary member is held by the first and second restriction members,
wherein the unfixed toner image formed on the recording material is fixed to the recording material at the fixing nip portion with heat from the film, and
wherein a generatrix direction of the cylindrically-shaped rotary member is substantially parallel to a generatrix direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,338,502

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:a first image bearing member that bears a toner image;
a second image bearing member that bears a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member that is movable and onto which a toner image born by at least one of the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member is primary-transferred;
a first transfer member that is in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member and is disposed at a position corresponding to the first image bearing member;
a first power supply that applies a voltage to the first transfer member;
a charging unit that is in contact with an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member and is disposed, with respect to a movement direction of the intermediate transfer member, downstream of a secondary transfer portion where the toner image is secondary-transferred from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer medium and that charges toner that has passed the secondary transfer portion with opposite polarity that is opposite to a normal charging polarity of the toner; and
a control unit that can perform a collection operation in which the toner charged with the opposite polarity by the charging unit is moved from the intermediate transfer member to any one of the first and second image bearing members that are in contact with the intermediate transfer member, wherein
the control unit performs the collection operation by causing the first power supply to apply a first voltage that is a voltage having the opposite polarity to the first transfer member in a first state in which the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member are in contact with the intermediate transfer member, and
the control unit performs the collection operation by causing the first power supply to apply a second voltage that is a voltage having the opposite polarity and higher in absolute value than the first voltage to the first transfer member in a second state in which the first image bearing member is in contact with the intermediate transfer member and the second image bearing member is separated from the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,338,320

SCALABLE OPTICAL SWITCHES AND SWITCHING MODULES

NeoPhotonics Corporation,...

1. An optical switching device with expansion connections comprising a photonic integrated circuit, the photonic integrated circuit comprising:N input optical ports where N?2, M output optical ports where M?2, and mM expansion-in ports wherein m is an integer greater than or equal to 1;
a N×M multicast switch comprising N MCS input ports connected to a unique one of the N input ports and M MCS output ports;
M (m+1)×1 optical elements, either an optical splitter or an optical switch, each optical element comprising (m+1) input ports and 1 output port, wherein each optical element has an input port connected to one of the M MCS output ports and an output port connected to a unique one of the M output optical ports;
wherein each of the remaining mM input ports of the optical elements are directly connected to a unique expansion-in port.

US Pat. No. 10,338,319

PHASE SHIFTING BY MECHANICAL MOVEMENT

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. Apparatus for providing a phase shift for one or more propagating waves, the apparatus comprising:a first waveguide configured to support one or more first propagating waves;
a second waveguide configured to support one or more second propagating waves;
wherein the first waveguide and the second waveguide are in lateral proximity to each other in an interaction region such that the first and second propagating waves propagating in the first and second waveguides are coupled in the interaction region;
a mechanism configured to provide an adjustable longitudinal displacement d of the interaction region with respect to one or both of the first and second waveguides without substantially changing a length W of the interaction region;
further comprising a substrate wherein the first waveguide is affixed to a first member attached to the substrate via one or more first flexures;wherein the one or more first flexures comprise a double flexure arrangement configured to adjust the longitudinal displacement d without making a corresponding change in a lateral separation s between the first waveguide and the second waveguide in the interaction region;wherein the double flexure arrangement includes two flexible waveguide sections disposed parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,338,318

PLANAR LIGHTWAVE CIRCUITS (PLCS) EXHIBITING CONTROLLABLE TRANSMISSIVITY / REFLECTIVITY

LioniX International BV, ...

1. A planar lightwave circuit comprising:an input port;
an output port; and
a resonant mirror assembly optically coupling the input port to the output port, the resonant mirror assembly exhibiting a tunable reflectivity/transmittvity, the resonant mirror assembly including a plurality of cascaded optical resonators, each optical resonator exhibiting a pair of coupling coefficients, wherein one of the coupling coefficients of at least one of the plurality of resonators is different in value from all the other coupling coefficients;
wherein at least a portion of light received at the input port is reflected back to that port through the effect of the resonant mirror assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,338,317

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACEABLE CABLES

Corning Optical Communica...

1. A traceable cable, comprising:at least one data transmission element;
a jacket at least partially surrounding the at least one data transmission element;
a tracing optical fiber incorporated with and extending along at least a portion of a length of the cable, wherein the tracing optical fiber includes a core having a first index of refraction and a cladding with a second index of refraction; and
at least one launch point provided through at least a portion of the jacket for optically accessing the tracing optical fiber, the launch point comprising:
an optical medium accessible from an exterior of the jacket and in contact with the tracing optical fiber, wherein the optical medium is index-matched to the core of the tracing optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,338,285

BLAZED DIFFRACTION GRATING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING BLAZED DIFFRACTION GRATING

Shimadzu Corporation, Na...

1. A blazed diffraction grating comprising:a) a support having a saw-tooth sectional shape and having a basic blaze surface and a basic riser surface arranged alternately and repeatedly in a direction;
b) a resin layer covering the basic blaze surface and the basic riser surface of the support and having monotonically changing thickness on the basic blaze surface in the direction; and
c) a reflective metal coating film covering a surface of the resin layer,
wherein a blaze angle of the resin layer on the basic blaze surface is smaller than a blaze angle of the basic blaze surface, and
wherein a thickness of the resin layer is 100 nm to 200 nm at a thinnest spot of the resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,259

SURGICAL ADAPTER ASSEMBLIES AND WIRELESS DETECTION OF SURGICAL LOADING UNITS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adapter assembly, comprising:an elongated body having a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the proximal portion is configured to couple to a handle assembly and the distal portion is configured to couple to a loading unit assembly;
an oscillator disposed within the elongated body and configured to output a voltage signal; and
a sensor disposed within the elongated body and configured to determine a connection status of a loading unit assembly coupled to the elongated body based on a change in the voltage signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,239

DETECTOR IN AN IMAGING SYSTEM

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A method for evaluating a working condition of a photodetector of a detector in an imaging device comprising:receiving radiation by the detector in response to which a plurality of single events occur, wherein the detector includes a scintillator and the radiation is generated by a background radiation of the scintillator;
generating, by the photodetector, an electronic signal relating to the plurality of single events;
determining a parameter of the electronic signal relating to a photon energy spectrum of the plurality of single events; and
evaluating the working condition of the photodetector based on the parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,338,231

HARDWARE FRONT-END FOR A GNSS RECEIVER

TRIMBLE INC., Sunnyvale,...

1. A hardware front-end for a software-defined GNSS receiver, the front-end comprising:an antenna;
a first RF circuit that is coupled to and receives a first RF signal at a first RF frequency in a first frequency range from the antenna, and produces a first GNSS signal, the first RF circuit including:
a first low-noise amplifier that amplifies the first RF signal; and
a first direct conversion receiver that downconverts the first RF signal to create separate, digitized I and Q channels;
a second RF circuit that is coupled to and receives a second RF signal at a second RF frequency from the antenna, and produces a second GNSS signal, wherein the second RF frequency is significantly different than the first RF frequency and is outside of the first frequency range and wherein the first RF frequency is in the range of 1500-1635 MHz and the second RF frequency is in the range of 1200-1250 MHz, the second RF circuit including:
a second low-noise amplifier that amplifies the second RF signal;
a first bandpass filter that filters the second RF signal;
an oscillator that provides a signal at an LO frequency;
a mixer that is receptive of the second RF signal and receptive of the LO frequency signal and mixes the two signals to produce a third RF signal that is in the first frequency range; and
a second direct conversion receiver that converts the third RF signal into separate, digitized I and Q channels; and
a microcontroller that receives the separate I and Q channels from the first RF circuit and receives the separate I and Q channels from the second RF circuit and creates a digital bus signal therefrom, wherein the first direct conversion receiver generates a GNSS L1 signal and the second direct conversion receiver generates a GNSS L2 signal that has been upconverted to a frequency range of the GNSS L1 signal to allow combination of L2 information in the GNSS L2 signal with L1 information of the GNSS L1 signal provided in the digital bus signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,210

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING GPS ALTERNATIVES ON 1090 MHZ

1. A method, comprising:obtaining an estimate of position of an own aircraft based on time of arrival of signals from a plurality of ground stations, wherein calculation of the estimate is performed in the own aircraft, wherein the signals from the plurality of ground stations are transmitted on 1090 MHz+/?about 30 Hz, and wherein the signals comprise data overlay signals wherein each of the respective data overlay signals respectively comprise a signal modulated with a first message and further modulated with a second overlay message, wherein the first message and second overlay message may be independently demodulated from a particular data overlay signal; and
using the estimate of position instead of a position from a global positioning system.

US Pat. No. 10,338,202

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING LIDAR SENSOR SIGNAL AVAILABILITY ON A WIND TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for improving signal availability of a laser sensor mounted on a nacelle of a wind turbine, the method comprising:generating, via the laser sensor, one or more laser signals towards a rotor of the wind turbine, the rotor comprising one or more rotor blades mounted to a rotatable hub;
receiving, via a controller, a rotor position of the rotor of the wind turbine; and,
coordinating, via a control algorithm programmed within the controller, the rotor position with the one or more laser signals of the laser sensor so as to minimize interference between the laser signals and the rotor blades during rotation of the rotor, wherein coordinating the rotor position with the one or more laser signals of the laser sensor further comprises switching a rotational direction of the one or more laser signals.

US Pat. No. 10,338,175

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured to
generate a plurality of cross-sectional images for setting a sectional position to be collected in main imaging based on a characteristic portion of a target detected in three-dimensional data,
list the cross-sectional images on a display and superimpose a mark corresponding to the characteristic portion on at least one of the cross-sectional images,
receive a setting operation to determine the sectional position,
cause, when the mark is selected in the setting operation, a cross-sectional image among the listed cross-sectional images to be emphasized, a sectional position of the cross-sectional image being defined using the characteristic portion corresponding to the mark, and
perform main imaging based on the sectional position after the setting operation, wherein
when the position of the mark is changed in the setting operation, the processing circuitry calculates an angle using the characteristic portion corresponding to the mark, the angle being an angle between a vector corresponding to a change of the position and a normal vector of the cross-sectional image, and the processing circuitry causes the cross-sectional image to be emphasized in a degree corresponding to the calculated angle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,173

DEVICE FOR CANCELLATION OF LARGE MAGNETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY ARTIFACTS IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF PATIENTS WITH PACEMAKERS AND IMPLANTABLE CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A system for cancelling an artifact in magnetic resonance imaging, comprising:a solenoid electromagnet having a coil,
the solenoid electromagnet configured to generate a magnetic field to create a controlled field distortion,
the solenoid electromagnet being positioned adjacent to a source of the artifact, and
the solenoid electromagnet being secured to a fixture and configured to restrict movement associated with rotational torque exerted by the magnetic field associated with the solenoid electromagnet opposing a magnetic field associated with a magnetic resonance imaging scanner,
the fixture being associated with one or more motors associated with movement of the solenoid electromagnet;
one or more memories; and
one or more processors, communicatively coupled to the one or more memories, to:
determine adjustments to the solenoid electromagnet to reduce the artifact based on movement of the solenoid electromagnet.

US Pat. No. 10,338,160

HIGH-PRECISION IMAGING AND DETECTING DEVICE FOR DETECTING SMALL DEFECT OF PIPELINE BY HELICAL MAGNETIC MATRIX

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Bei...

1. A high-precision imaging and detecting device for detecting a small defect of a pipeline by a helical magnetic matrix, comprising:a helical excitation module, comprising a helical excitation coil, the helical excitation coil being configured to induce an alternating current in the pipeline;
a magnetic matrix detection module, disposed at an inner side of the helical excitation coil and comprising one magnetic sensor group or comprising a plurality of magnetic sensor groups spaced apart and arranged along an axial direction of the helical excitation coil, each magnetic sensor group comprising a plurality of magnetic sensors evenly spaced apart and arranged along a circumferential direction of the helical excitation coil, and each magnetic sensor being configured to detect an induction magnetic field of the pipeline; and
a signal processing module, connected with the magnetic matrix detection module, and configured to receive, process and output an induction magnetic field signal of the pipeline detected by the magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,157

DETECTION OF BIOMAGNETIC SIGNALS USING QUANTUM DETECTOR ARRAYS

The United States of Amer...

1. A biosignal measurement device comprising:a cooler assembly;
a probe assembly;
a probe housing and a radome enclosing said probe assembly
a vacuum valve connected to said cooler assembly and said probe housing, said vacuum valve establishing a vacuum in said probe housing; and,
said probe assembly including a cold finger defining an axis, said cold finger terminating in at least one Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) array (SQA) of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) Josephson Junctions (JJs).

US Pat. No. 10,338,093

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A physical quantity sensor comprising:a base substrate, the base substrate including:
a first recess having a first bottom surface;
a second recess having a second bottom surface, the second recess being located directly adjacent to the first recess, the second bottom surface being deeper than the first bottom surface;
a first fixed electrode that is provided on the first bottom surface; and
a second fixed electrode that is provided on the first bottom surface, the second fixed electrode being located directly adjacent to the first fixed electrode; and
a sensor member that is made of a low-resistance silicon material and that is located above the base substrate, the sensor member including:
a first part that faces the first fixed electrode via a first gap;
a second part that faces the second fixed electrode via a second gap, the second part being located directly adjacent to the first part, the second part being larger in mass than the first part so that the second part has an additional mass area at an edge of the second part, the additional mass area having three sides;
a first overlapped area in the first part overlapped between the first part and the first fixed electrode in a plan view corresponding to a first sensor electrode; and
a second overlapped area in the second part overlapped between the second part and the second fixed electrode in the plan view corresponding to a second sensor electrode;
a conductor that is provided on the second bottom surface of the second recess,
wherein the first fixed electrode is configured to detect a first electrostatic capacitance between the first part and the first fixed electrode, and the second fixed electrode is configured to detect a second electrostatic capacitance between the second part and the second fixed electrode,
the sensor member is swingable around an axis that is located between the first and second parts,
the second recess is overlapped with the additional mass area of the sensor member in the plan view,
the additional mass area is laterally shifted from the second fixed electrode in the plan view,
the conductor outwardly extends away from the three sides of the additional mass area in the plan view, and
the first bottom surface of the first recess is located higher than a top surface of the conductor in the second recess in a cross sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,338,009

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT DEFECTS IN TRANSPARENT SOLIDS

KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A method, comprising:(a) directing a scanning beam to a first location on a first surface of a first transparent solid, wherein a second surface of the first transparent solid abuts a first surface of a second transparent solid;
(b) at the first location, measuring: (i) specular reflection intensity, (ii) Near Specular Scattered Radiation (NSSR) intensity, (iii) Large Angle Scattered Radiation (LASR) intensity, and (iv) Specular Reflection Angle, wherein (i) through (iv) result from irradiation by the scanning beam;
(c) storing coordinate values of the first location, and measurements (i) through (iv) in a memory; and
(d) determining if a type of defect is present at the first location by: (i) comparing the LASR to the NSSR, (ii) comparing the specular reflection intensity to an average specular reflection intensity, and (iii) comparing the measured specular reflection angle to a stored specular reflection angle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,977

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GLASS PARTICLE DETECTION

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A glass particle detection system, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam into a cylindrical glass article when the cylindrical glass article is imaged by the glass particle detection system, the light beam being directed along a beam propagation axis that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical glass article;
a polarizer positioned between the light source and the cylindrical glass article;
a camera configured to capture an image of the light beam reflected from the cylindrical glass article, an optical axis of the camera being perpendicular to the beam propagation axis of the light source;
an analyzer positioned between the cylindrical glass article and the camera; and
a computing device communicatively coupled to the camera, the computing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer readable and executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the computing device to:
determine boundaries of an inner wall and an outer wall of the cylindrical glass article based on the captured image;
determine a region of interest based on the boundaries; and
determine whether a particle is present within the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,337,898

SENSOR UNIT FOR MEASURING A MASS FLOW RATE OF A LIQUID HOT-MELT ADHESIVE

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A sensor unit for measuring a mass flow rate of a liquid hot-melt adhesive, the sensor unit comprising:a flow channel configured to receive the liquid hot-melt adhesive;
a first temperature measurement device positioned at a first position in the flow channel, wherein the first temperature measurement device is configured to measure a first temperature of the liquid hot-melt adhesive at the first position in the flow channel;
a second temperature measurement device positioned at a second position in the flow channel and a heating device assigned to the second temperature measurement device, wherein the heating device is configured to heat the second temperature measurement device, and the second temperature measurement device is configured to measure a second temperature at the second temperature measurement device; and
a control unit configured to control the heating device and measure the mass flow rate, the control unit being further configured to adjust the temperature of the heating device assigned to the second temperature measurement device to a value, to determine a heating power for heating the heating device assigned to the second temperature measurement device, and to calculate the mass flow rate in the flow channel,
wherein the first temperature measurement device and the second temperature measurement device are arranged substantially parallel to each other in the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,892

SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SENSOR

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A sensor comprising:a generating unit that generates a predetermined object to be detected;
a detecting unit that detects the object to be detected generated by the generating unit;
a substrate that is a flexible substrate including:
a first portion provided with the generating unit;
a second portion provided with the detecting unit;
a connecting portion that connects the first portion and the second portion; and
a harness portion including wiring connected to the generating unit and the detecting unit; and
a cylindrical housing that houses:
the substrate excluding the harness portion; and
a rotary body arranged between the generating unit and the detecting unit, wherein,
from a first end of the substrate to a second end of the substrate, one of the first portion and the second portion, the connecting portion, and the other of the first portion and the second portion are sequentially arranged and integrated,
the substrate is bent at a first bending position corresponding to a boundary between the first portion and the connecting portion and at a second bending position corresponding to a boundary between the second portion and the connecting portion to have a C shape such that a first surface of the first portion with the generating unit thereon and a second surface of the second portion with the detecting unit thereon face each other,
a support member for keeping a surface at which an electronic component is provided in a plane manner is attached to a back-side surface of at least one of the first surface of the first portion at which electronic components including the generating unit are provided and the second surface of the second portion at which electronic components including the detecting unit are provided,
the housing includes:
a first housing that operably supports the rotary body and that has an opening portion;
a second housing to which a part of the substrate is fixed; and
a cover that covers the opening portion of the first housing,
the other of the first portion and the second portion is fixed to the second housing,
the second housing includes two support portions facing each other across the other of the first portion and the second portion,
the two support portions each include: an arc-shaped inner peripheral portion that is in contact with a circular outer periphery of the other of the first portion and the second portion; and an arc-shaped outer peripheral portion that is along a cylindrical inner peripheral surface of the first housing, and
the opening portion is provided such that the substrate and the two support portions are insertable into the opening portion in a state where the substrate is bent such that the first portion and the second portion are parallel to each other and the other of the first portion and the second portion is fixed to the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,816

TRIGGER MECHANISM FOR A FIREARM

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

1. A trigger mechanism for a firearm, the trigger mechanism comprising:a hammer element moveable between at least three positions, wherein the hammer element comprises a main body, a hammer sear and a notch; and
a trigger element comprising a trigger sear, wherein the trigger element is moveable between at least a ready position and a fire position, wherein the hammer element is engaged with the trigger sear in two positions of the at least three positions such that the trigger element is retained in the ready position; wherein the hammer sear and the notch each engages a different zone of the trigger sear; and
wherein the notch projects from the main body in a direction generally parallel to an axis of rotation of the hammer element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,792

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF ARGON BY CRYOGENIC RECTIFICATION OF AIR

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method for producing argon in a cryogenic air separation unit comprising the steps of:(a) rectifying a feed air stream in a higher pressure column and a lower pressure column of the cryogenic air separation unit to produce an oxygen product stream and a nitrogen product stream, wherein the higher pressure column and the lower pressure column each have a plurality of separation stages configured to separate nitrogen and oxygen from a descending liquid stream and an ascending vapor stream in the respective columns;
(b) rectifying an argon-oxygen-containing stream taken from the lower pressure column in an argon column configured to produce an argon-rich vapor stream and an argon-oxygen containing liquid;
(c) directing the argon rich vapor stream from the argon column to a down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser configured to achieve simultaneous heat and mass transfer in one or more boiling passages of the stripping reflux condenser, the stripping reflux condenser disposed at an intermediate location within a lower pressure column of the cryogenic air separation unit;
(d) directing the argon-oxygen containing liquid from the argon column to an intermediate location of the lower pressure column below the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser;
(e) mixing a flow of an oxygen-enriched liquid from the higher pressure column of the cryogenic air separation unit with the descending liquid in the lower pressure column in a collection trough disposed in the lower pressure column at a location immediately above the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser to form an oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream;
(f) feeding the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream to the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser;
(g) condensing the argon rich vapor stream against the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the argon condensing assembly to produce a argon-rich liquid stream while vaporizing a portion of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser and stripping nitrogen from the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream, the stripped nitrogen included in the vaporized portion, wherein the stripping of nitrogen from the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser is equivalent to the stripping of nitrogen that occurs in 2 stages to 8 stages of separation in the lower pressure column;
(h) releasing the vaporized portion of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream including the separated nitrogen from the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser into the lower pressure column at a location proximate the top of the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser;
(i) releasing the non-vaporized portion of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream from the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser into the lower pressure column at a location proximate the bottom of the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser; and
(j) removing at least a portion of the argon-rich liquid stream from the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser in the lower pressure column;
wherein the flow of the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream within the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser is sufficient to keep surfaces of the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser wetted and prevent the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser from boiling to dryness; and
wherein argon recovery from the cryogenic air separation unit is increased by virtue of the separation of nitrogen from the oxygen-enriched mixed liquid stream in the down-flowing, once-through stripping reflux condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,337,791

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION BY CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION OF A MIXTURE OF METHANE, CARBON DIOXIDE AND HYDROGEN

1. A process for controlling a cryogenic separation of a feed mixture comprising carbon monoxide, hydrogen and at least 2% methane, the process comprising the steps of:i) providing the feed mixture to a cold box, wherein the feed mixture is sourced from a syngas production facility, wherein a flow rate of the feed mixture is measured;
ii) cooling the feed mixture in a heat exchanger to produce a cold feed mixture at a first temperature;
iii) introducing the cold feed mixture to a methane wash column to produce a gas enriched in hydrogen and a liquid reduced in hydrogen;
iv) withdrawing the liquid reduced in hydrogen from the methane wash column and introducing the liquid reduced in hydrogen to a flash column to produce an impure hydrogen gas at a top portion of the flash column and a bottoms liquid comprising carbon monoxide and methane, wherein the flash column comprises a bottom reboiler;
v) introducing the bottoms liquid to a distillation column to produce a carbon monoxide-rich top gas and a methane-rich bottoms liquid;
vi) removing the methane-rich bottoms liquid from a bottom section of the distillation column;
vii) introducing a first portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid to the methane wash column;
viii) vaporizing a second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid in the heat exchanger against the feed mixture;
wherein the bottom section of the distillation column comprises a liquid distributor, a reboiler section, and a storage section, wherein the liquid distributor is configured to receive falling liquid from within the distillation column and send the falling liquid to the reboiler section, wherein the storage section is configured to receive an overflow liquid from the reboiler section, wherein the liquid distributor is disposed above the storage section and the reboiler section, wherein the reboiler section and the storage section are disposed side by side within the bottom section of the distillation column, wherein a partition wall separates the storage section from the reboiler section, wherein the methane-rich bottoms liquid removed in step vi) is removed from the storage section of the bottom section; and
ix) adjusting a flow rate of the methane-rich bottoms liquid removed from the bottom section in step vi) based on the flow rate of the feed mixture,
wherein a flow rate of the second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid that is vaporized in the heat exchanger is adjusted higher if the measured flow rate of the feed mixture increases and is adjusted lower if the measured flow rate of the feed mixture decreases,
wherein the flow rate of the second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid vaporized in the heat exchanger is adjusted in order to maintain the cold feed mixture at the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,790

REFRIGERATED STORAGE UNIT

MARS Company, Takasaki-s...

1. A refrigerated storage unit comprising:a refrigeration chamber comprising an internal chamber;
a cooling system for cooling air inside the internal chamber to provide cold air;
a blower system for sending the cold air through a guidance passage above a top plate provided inside the internal chamber into the internal chamber, wherein the blower system includes a first blower and a second blower,
wherein the first blower is provided in the top plate, and wherein the second blower is provided inside the internal chamber below the top plate,
wherein the first blower blows a first flow of the cold air toward a lower side of the internal chamber in a vertical direction,
wherein the first flow of the cold air is able to be varied by a second flow of air blown from the second blower in a horizontal direction;
an in-chamber temperature sensor provided in the internal chamber for detecting a temperature inside the internal chamber;
a food temperature sensor provided inside the internal chamber for detecting a temperature of a content provided inside the internal chamber; and
a controller for controlling driving of the blower system based on a result detected by at least one of the in-chamber temperature sensor and the food temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,789

REFRIGERATOR WITH REMOVABLE WATER TANK

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet that defines a storage compartment;
a door that is configured to open and close the storage compartment; and
a water tank that is detachably mounted on the door and that comprises:
a handle that is configured for a user to grasp;
a storage unit that is configured to store water, that defines an opening, that is rotatably coupled to the handle, and that comprises:
a first wall that faces an inner surface of the door based on the water tank being mounted on the door;
a second wall provided opposite to the first wall; and
a shaft coupled to the handle and located closer to the first wall than the second wall,
wherein the handle extends from the shaft toward the second wall;
a valve that is configured to selectively dispense water, that is mounted on lower portion of the storage unit, that is located below the shaft, and that is located closer to the first wall than the second wall; and
a cover that is detachably coupled to the storage unit and that is configured to cover the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,337,788

REFRIGERATOR COMPRISING VACUUM SPACE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A home appliance or a vacuum wall, comprising:an inner case;
an outer case spaced apart from the inner case by a vacuum space configured to insulate the outer case from the inner case; and
a reinforcing frame provided in the vacuum space to contact one of an outer surface of the inner case and an inner surface of the outer case,
wherein the reinforcing frame has (i) a height smaller than a width of the vacuum space formed between the inner case and the outer case, and (ii) a length along an extended direction of the reinforcing frame that is larger than the width of the vacuum space formed between the inner case and the outer case,
wherein edges of the inner case and the outer case are configured to be connected with a cover to seal the vacuum space, and
wherein the reinforcing frame is placed in the vacuum space to reinforce strength of the inner case and the outer case prior to sealing the vacuum space.

US Pat. No. 10,337,787

VACUUM INSULATION PANEL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VACUUM INSULATION PANEL, AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING VACUUM INSULATION PANEL

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising a vacuum insulation panel, wherein the vacuum insulation panel comprises:a core material;
a covering material disposed outside the core material to form an accommodation space in which the core material is accommodated;
a first adsorbent disposed in the accommodation space to be activated at a temperature higher than room temperature and to remove at least one of gases and water present in the accommodation space;
a path on which an electromagnetic wave moves toward the adsorbent; and
a shielding layer disposed in the accommodation space to prevent at least one of gases and water from penetrating the accommodation space, and having a portion discontinuously disposed in a longitudinal direction of the vacuum insulation panel to be positioned outside the path.

US Pat. No. 10,337,786

VACUUM HEAT INSULATING BODY, AND HEAT INSULATING CONTAINER AND HEAT INSULATING WALL EMPLOYING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A vacuum heat insulating body comprising:a core material having air permeability; and
an enveloping member which vacuum seals the core material,
wherein the core material is formed of at least two layers of heat insulating core materials having different heat conductivities,
at least two of the at least two layers of the heat insulating core materials are formed of materials having different change gradients in the heat conductivity as a function of temperature from each other, and
superimposed plots of the change gradients of the core materials of the at least two layers intersect.

US Pat. No. 10,337,785

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a body;
a storage compartment provided with an open front side in the body;
a door including a first door and a second door coupled with the body to open or close the open front side of the storage compartment;
a rotating bar rotatably coupled with the first door; and
a guide device provided at the body to induce the rotating bar to rotate,
wherein the guide device comprises:
a moveable member that is moved linearly according to opening or closing of the second door;
a rotating member which rotates in connection with the moveable member; and
a guide that is moved linearly in connection with the rotating member in a direction opposite to that of the moveable member to guide the rotating bar to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,783

CARRY BAG WITH INSULATED MEDICINE COMPARTMENT AND RELATED METHODS

1. A system comprising:a mobile wireless communications device; and
a carry bag comprising
a pouch having an opening therein,
at least one divider within the pouch defining a medical container compartment and a storage compartment,
insulation lining the medical container compartment,
a temperature sensor carried by the pouch and configured to monitor temperature within the medical container compartment,
a wireless transceiver carried by the pouch, and
a processor carried by the pouch and cooperating with the temperature sensor and the wireless transceiver to send temperature data to the mobile wireless communications device;
wherein the mobile wireless communications device is configured to
select at least one medicine from among a plurality of different medicines each having different recommended storage temperature ranges associated therewith,
determine a safe temperature range based upon the at least one medicine selected, and
generate an alert when the temperature within the medical container compartment is outside of the safe storage temperature range;
wherein the carry bag further comprises at least one pocket on an exterior surface thereof, and a changing pad coupled to the exterior surface of the carry bag that folds to cover the at least one pocket when in a closed position and unfolds to reveal the at least one pocket when in an open position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,782

LIGHTWEIGHT, PORTABLE, EXTERNAL NUCLEATION FAN GUN

Snow Realm Holdings, LLC,...

1. A method of making snow using a fan gun comprising:providing a structure for said fan gun;
using a fan mounted on said structure, that blows air through a fan barrel to generate a column of air exiting said fan barrel;
creating an atomized water mist of water nuclei in open air using an external nucleator by passing water under pressure through a nucleation nozzle;
generating an expanded flow of compressed air using an air nozzle that intersects said atomized water mist in open air, said air nozzle located sufficiently close to said nucleation nozzle and having a sufficient high pressure to break apart water particles of said atomized. water mist, and said expanded flow of compressed air being sufficiently expansive to freeze broken apart water particles of said atomized water mist, in open air, to create frozen water nuclei;
creating a fan-shaped water spray using spray nozzles located at an. opening of said fan barrel that intersect said column of air so that said fan-shaped spray and said frozen nuclei are projected by said column of air from said fan barrel and combine to create snowflakes.

US Pat. No. 10,337,781

VARIABLE SPEED DRIVE CONTROL FOR CHILLER COAST-THROUGH

Johnson Controls Technolo...

11. A control system for a chiller system comprising:a control panel, the control panel configured to:
deactivate a variable speed drive in response to sensing that an input power to the chiller system is less than a predetermined threshold;
determine that the input power is restored when the input power is greater than or equal to the predetermined threshold;
determine a motor rotation and motor rotational speed; and
in response to determining that the input power is restored and the motor is rotating in the forward direction:
set an output frequency of the variable speed drive to approximately equal the motor rotational speed; and
increase the output frequency of the variable speed drive and the motor rotational speed to approximately equal a predetermined motor rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,780

VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW SYSTEM OPERATION IN LOW AMBIENT CONDITIONS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a compressor coupled to a first coil through a first valve and a second coil through a second valve, wherein the first coil and the second coil are further coupled to a third coil, the compressor being operable to compress refrigerant and pump the refrigerant out of a first compressor opening into the first and second coils and receive the refrigerant through a second compressor opening after the refrigerant has passed through the third coil;
one or more first fans operable to blow ambient air across the first coil;
one or more second fans operable to blow ambient air across the second coil;
a first expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the first coil and the third coil;
a second expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the second coil and the third coil;
one or more sensors positioned to sense a pressure of the refrigerant circulating through the system; and
a controller operable to trigger a low ambient temperature mode to:
configure the first coil as an active coil by energizing one or more of the first fans;
configure the second coil as an inactive coil by de-energizing the one or more second fans;
monitor the refrigerant pressure based on data received from the one or more sensors;
in response to determining that the refrigerant pressure is below a low threshold pressure:
operate the first expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow into the first coil and increase refrigerant flow through the second coil and into the third coil;
determine whether the first expansion valve is closed; and
in response to determining that the first expansion valve is closed, shut off the compressor and the one or more first fans; and
in response to determining that the refrigerant pressure is above a high threshold pressure, operate the second expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow through the second coil and increase refrigerant flow through the first coil and into the third coil.

US Pat. No. 10,337,779

GAS RECOVERY SYSTEM, COMPRESSOR SYSTEM, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A gas recovery system that separates a mixed gas, in which a process gas compressed by a compressor and an inert gas supplied to a seal portion of the compressor are mixed together, into the process gas and the inert gas, the gas recovery system comprising:a cooling section that cools and liquefies the process gas contained in the mixed gas by cooling the mixed gas at a temperature that is higher than a condensation temperature of the inert gas and lower than a condensation temperature of the process gas;
a separating section that separates the mixed gas cooled in the cooling section into the process gas in a liquid state and the inert gas in a gas state; and
a process gas recovery line that is connected to the separating section and that circulates and gasifies the liquid-state process gas and then supplies the process gas into the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,778

ECONOMIZER COMPONENT AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEM THEREOF

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. An economizer component, comprising: a housing; an economizer chamber and an inter-stage flow path chamber, formed inside the housing by using a separator; a condenser connecting port and an evaporator connecting port, disposed on the economizer chamber; a first connecting port and a second connecting port, connected in a multi-stage compressor unit and disposed on the inter-stage flow path chamber; and the economizer chamber being in fluid connection with the inter-stage flow path chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,777

CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. An HVAC system comprising:a controller;
an evaporator;
a condenser:
one or more compressors;
a plurality of sensors, including at least one pressure sensor, the plurality of sensors capable of detecting a stress event, the stress event comprising operating a portion of the HVAC system with a refrigerant pressure above a predetermined pressure value for the portion of the HVAC system; and
a stress module communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and to the controller;
wherein the stress module is operable, in response to the controller receiving a request for an operation of the HVAC system, to:
determine whether to allow the operation based at least in part on detecting the stress event;
restrict the requested operation if the stress module determines to not allow the operation;
identify at least one stress operation to allow based in part on a measured pressure at the at least one pressure sensor exceeding the predetermined pressure value for the portion of the HVAC system, if the operation is restricted; and
allow at least one stress operation based on the identification, wherein the at least one stress operation comprises adjusting a refrigerant flow rate;
wherein:
the identification of one or more stress operations to allow by the stress module is further based on tracking a trip count comprising a number of times the measured pressure exceeds the threshold and whether the trip count exceeds a predetermined trip count; and
the at least one stress operation further comprises performing at least one safe mode operation if the trip count exceeds the predetermined trip count, wherein the at least one safe mode operation comprises at least one of:
allowing a respective compressor of the one or more compressors to operate at a low stage, wherein the respective compressor comprises a high stage and at least one low stage; or
allowing operation of one compressor of the one or more compressors and restricting operation of another compressor of the one or more compressors.

US Pat. No. 10,337,776

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM HAVING VALVES AND VALVE CONTROL ACTUATORS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A refrigeration system having an airflow supply system having a supply duct providing cooled air from a refrigeration unit to a plurality of galley carts received in one or more cart compartments, the refrigeration system comprising:a plurality of valves coupled in the airflow supply system for controlling flows of the cooled air to the plurality of galley carts in the one or more cart compartments, each valve of the plurality of valves associated with a respective galley cart;
a plurality of primary valve control actuators, each of the primary valve control actuators coupled to a respective valve and configured to reposition the respective valve during a first mode of operation; and
a backup valve control actuator coupled to at least one of the plurality of valves and configured to reposition the at least one of the plurality of valves during a second mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,775

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NOISE ATTENUATION FOR HVAC AND R SYSTEM

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. An apparatus for noise attenuation of an HVAC&R system, comprising:an enclosure having a first enclosure frame;
a chassis insertable inside the enclosure and supported by the first enclosure frame upon insertion of the chassis inside the enclosure, the chassis comprising:
a first chassis structure comprising opposed channels at a base of the first chassis structure;
a self-contained refrigerant loop secured to the first chassis structure, the self-contained refrigerant loop maintaining a gap from the enclosure upon insertion of the chassis inside the enclosure, the self-contained refrigerant loop comprising a compressor, a first heat exchanger, and a second heat exchanger;
a second chassis structure supporting the first chassis structure, wherein the second chassis structure comprises a plurality of structural frame segments forming a plurality of C-channels; and
at least one vibration damping device positioned partially within and partially beneath at least one channel of the opposed channels of the first chassis structure, such that the at least one vibration damping device extends through a circular aperture formed in a bottommost panel of the at least one channel of the opposed channels, wherein the at least one vibration damping device extends adjacent to a first surface of the at least one channel and extends adjacent to a second surface of the at least one channel, opposite the first surface, wherein the at least one vibration damping device is between the first chassis structure and the second chassis structure, wherein the at least one vibration damping device is a single-piece component, wherein the vibration damping device is directly supported by a third surface of a C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure, wherein a fourth surface of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure is directly supported by the first enclosure frame, wherein a web of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure extends crosswise from a first terminal end of the fourth surface to the third surface in a first direction, wherein the second chassis structure comprises a flange extending crosswise from a second terminal end of the fourth surface of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels in a second direction, opposite the first direction, wherein the first terminal end of the fourth surface is opposite the second terminal end of the fourth surface, and wherein the fourth surface extends from the web to the flange in a third direction, crosswise to the first direction, and wherein the enclosure is vibrationally isolated from the self-contained refrigerant loop.

US Pat. No. 10,337,774

REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH AN INTERNAL EVAPORATOR

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A refrigeration appliance, comprising:at least one storage container;
an evaporator assembly having a broadside and two narrow sides;
a heat insulation layer surrounding said evaporator assembly and said at least one storage container;
at least one inner container separating said at least one storage container for refrigerated goods and said evaporator assembly from said heat insulation layer, said inner container having a wall; and
a mounting element having a base plate resting against said wall of said inner container and opposing said broad side of said evaporator assembly, and retaining webs projecting from said base plate and engaging in a form-fit manner into said two narrow sides of said evaporator assembly, said retaining webs having a lower edge with projections facing one another, and on said projections said evaporator assembly is supported, said retaining webs each having a lower edge strip and said projections are formed by bending said lower edge strip of said retaining webs.

US Pat. No. 10,337,773

COOLING SYSTEM

1. A cooling system comprising:a refrigerant compressor, and
an oil separator configured to separate a combined operating medium comprising a mixture of a refrigerant and a lubrication oil into a first operating medium and a second operating medium, wherein the second operating medium comprises between 15% by weight and 50% by weight of the refrigerant, so that the second operating medium is lubrication oil enriched compared to the first operating medium, wherein the refrigerant compressor is configured to compress at least a portion of the first operating medium,
wherein the second operating medium has a viscosity ratio of ?<1 in a first operating state of the cooling system and serves for lubricating at least one bearing site of a rotor of the refrigerant compressor,
wherein the at least one bearing site comprises at least one angular ball bearing, which comprises an inner ring, an outer ring and balls rolling therebetween, and
wherein the inner ring and/or the outer ring comprise a nitrided or carbonitrided or case-hardened raceway.

US Pat. No. 10,337,772

HYBRID SOLAR HEAT ABSORPTION COOLING SYSTEM

KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY...

1. A hybrid solar heat absorption cooling system comprising:an absorption refrigerator;
a solar heat steam generator comprising a concentration solar collector configured to collect solar heat and to generate wet steam and a steam drum configured to separate the wet steam generated by the concentration solar collector into dry steam and heated water;
a daytime steam supplying unit comprising a daytime steam supplying flow path that connects the steam drum and the absorption refrigerator, the daytime steam supply unit configured to supply the dry steam generated by the solar heat steam generator during the day as a heat source for the absorption refrigerator;
a daytime hot water storage tank configured to store the heated water discharged from the absorption refrigerator during the day;
a nighttime hot water supplying flow path that connects the daytime hot water storage tank and the absorption refrigerator to guide the heated water in the daytime hot water storage tank to the absorption refrigerator during the night;
a nighttime hot water pump installed on the nighttime hot water supplying flow path and operating during the night;
a nighttime hot water storage tank configured to store the heated water discharged from the absorption refrigerator during the night;
a daytime hot water supplying flow path that connects the nighttime hot water storage tank and the solar heat steam generator to guide the hot water in the nighttime hot water storage tank to the solar heat steam generator during the day;
a daytime pressing hot water pump installed on the daytime hot water supplying flow path and operating during the day;
a temperature sensor installed in the daytime hot water storage tank; and
a bypass flow path that bypasses at least part of the heated water separated from the steam drum to the daytime hot water storage tank when the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is less than a predetermined set temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,771

CLOSED LOOP SOLAR REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

King Fahd University of P...

1. A solar refrigeration system comprising:a refrigerant storage tank, which stores a refrigerant liquid, wherein the storage tank is fluidly connected to a first conduit, a second conduit, and an inlet;
a finned evaporator, which receives and evaporates a first portion of the refrigerant liquid from the refrigerant storage tank to form a refrigerant vapor;
a mixing chamber, which receives the refrigerant vapor from the evaporator and a second portion of the refrigerant liquid from the refrigerant storage tank through the second conduit, wherein the refrigerant vapor and the second portion of the refrigerant liquid are mixed in the mixing chamber to form a mixture;
wherein the first conduit consists of a plurality of check valves and a first throttle valve, wherein the first throttle valve regulates a volume of the second portion of the refrigerant liquid flowing to the mixing chamber;
an isochoric thermal compressor comprising a condensate heat exchanger and a heating coil fluidly connected to a solar collector field, wherein the isochoric thermal compressor receives the mixture from the mixing chamber and compresses the mixture by heating the mixture to form a compressed refrigerant; and
a condenser, which is located between the isochoric thermal compressor and the refrigerant storage tank, wherein the condenser receives and condenses the compressed refrigerant to form a condensate that flows through the condensate heat exchanger to the inlet of the refrigerant storage tank;
wherein the condenser, the isochoric thermal compressor, the refrigerant storage tank, the finned evaporator, and the mixing chamber are fluidly connected to one another, and the mixing chamber and the finned evaporator are connected in parallel to the refrigerant storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,337,769

AIR CONDITIONER

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. An air conditioner comprising:an outdoor unit having a compressor and a discharge pressure detector configured to detect a discharge pressure which is a pressure of refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
a plurality of indoor units each having an indoor heat exchanger, an indoor expansion valve and liquid side temperature detector configured to detect a heat exchange exit temperature which is a temperature of refrigerant flowing out from the indoor heat exchanger when the indoor heat exchanger is functioning as a condenser; and
a controller configured to calculate an average refrigerant subcooling degree based on refrigerant subcooling degrees obtained from the plurality of indoor units, and execute a refrigerant amount balance control based on the average refrigerant subcooling degree,
wherein the outdoor unit is installed to be positioned above the plurality of indoor units, and the plurality of indoor units comprises at least three indoor units having different installation heights therebetween, and
wherein the controller is configured to execute the refrigerant amount balance control to adjust degrees of opening of the indoor expansion valves so that the refrigerant subcooling degrees of the indoor units become the average refrigerant subcooling degree obtained as a midpoint between a maximum value from among all of the obtained refrigerant subcooling degrees and a minimum value from among all of the obtained refrigerant subcooling degrees, or that the heat exchange exit temperatures of the indoor units become an average heat exchange exit temperature obtained as a midpoint between a maximum value from among all of the detected heat exchange exit temperatures and a minimum value from among all of the detected heat exchange exit temperatures, when the air conditioner performs heating operation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,768

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A COMPRESSOR WITH DOUBLE SUCTION FOR REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

Embraco Industria de Comp...

1. A method for controlling and adjusting the refrigeration capacities of a refrigeration system equipped with a double suction compressor (10), the system comprising first and second compartments to be refrigerated (60, 70) and comprising first and second evaporators (20) positioned respectively in the first and second compartments to be refrigerated (60,70) and connected respectively to first and second suction lines (SC1,SC2) of the compressor, the double suction compressor (10) being controllable to alternate its compression capacity (CAPCOMP) between the first and second suction lines (SC1,SC2), the method comprising the steps of:(i) continuously measuring at least one of a first temperature (T1) associated with the first evaporator and a second temperature (T2) associated with the second evaporator,
(ii) acting on the compression capacity of the compressor (10), based on the temperature measured in step (i), the acting on the compressor's capacity (CAPCOMP) being performed through the intermittent operation of the compressor, thus alternating the operation of each one of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2),
wherein, under operation, the refrigeration system interchanges the operation of each one of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2) of the compressor's double suction by means of a valve (10?) located inside the compressor (10), the valve (10?) being configured to distribute a refrigerant gas through each one of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2),
and wherein the interchange of operation of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2) of the compressor (10) is performed, by means of the valve (10?), through switching of the valve's (10) operation according to the first and second duty cycles (D1DS, D2DS) respectively defining the activity of the first and second suction lines (SC1, SC2), the switching of the valve's (10?) operation being performed in a complementary manner between each one of the suction lines (SC1, SC2),
wherein the first and second evaporators (20) transport the refrigerant gas with pulsation coming from the switching of the valve's (10) operation in a way that said switching is substantially imperceptible for the heat exchange capacity of each evaporator, therefore providing simultaneous cooling of the first and second compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,337,767

ADAPTIVE CONTROL OF MULTI-COMPARTMENT TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

4. A method of operating a multi-compartment transport refrigeration system, the method comprising:operating a first evaporator and first evaporator expansion device to cool a first compartment of a container to a first temperature, a first evaporator outlet coupled to a compressor inlet path;
operating a second evaporator and second evaporator expansion device to cool a second compartment of the container to a second temperature greater than the first temperature, a second evaporator outlet coupled to the compressor inlet path;controlling the first evaporator expansion device in response to a first superheat setpoint and controlling the second evaporator expansion device in response to a second superheat setpoint, the controller adjusting the second superheat setpoint in response to the second temperature and the first temperature;wherein adjusting the second superheat setpoint includes determining an adjusted second superheat setpoint equal to an original second superheat setpoint plus a difference between the second temperature and the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,766

TWO-STAGE COMPRESSION REFRIGERATION CYCLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A two-stage pressurizing refrigeration cycle, comprising:a low-stage side compressor that compresses and discharges a refrigerant in which a lubricating oil is mixed;
a high-stage side compressor that compresses and discharges the refrigerant discharged from the low-stage side compressor;
a low-stage side suction pipe connected to a refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor;
a low-stage side discharge pipe that connects a refrigerant discharge side of the low-stage side compressor to a refrigerant suction side of the high-stage side compressor;
a high-stage side discharge pipe connected to the refrigerant discharge side of the high-stage side compressor;
a bypass pipe branched from the low-stage side suction pipe and connected to the low-stage side discharge pipe, the bypass pipe being configured to guide the refrigerant to the high-stage side compressor while bypassing the low-stage side compressor when the low-stage side compressor stops; and
a check valve provided in the bypass pipe, the check valve being configured to allow a flow of the refrigerant from the low-stage side suction pipe to the low-stage side discharge pipe, while blocking a flow of the refrigerant from the low-stage side discharge pipe to the low-stage side suction pipe, wherein
a suction-side guiding portion is provided in a part of the low-stage side suction pipe that leads from a bypass branch portion, at which the bypass pipe is branched, to the refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor, the suction-side guiding portion being configured to guide the lubricating oil from the refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor to a side of the bypass branch portion, and
the suction-side guiding portion is located at a position in a vertical direction that is equal to or higher than a position in the vertical direction of the bypass branch portion, and a part of the suction-side guiding portion on the refrigerant suction side of the low-stage side compressor is located at a higher position in the vertical direction than a part of the suction-side guiding portion on the side of the bypass branch portion.

US Pat. No. 10,337,765

SOLAR CELL MODULE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A solar cell module comprising:a rectangular plate-shaped module main body including a solar cell, first and second end surfaces parallel to each other, and third and fourth end surfaces parallel to each other;
a frame provided so as to surround the module main body and including a groove into which the module main body is inserted; and
an adhesive member disposed in the groove and bonding the module main body and the frame to each other, wherein
the frame includes:
a first frame section disposed outside the first end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces thereof;
a second frame section disposed outside the second end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces thereof;
a third frame section disposed outside the third end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces on both longitudinal ends of the third frame section, one of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to one of the longitudinal end surfaces of the first frame section, the other of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to one of the longitudinal end surfaces of the second frame section;
a fourth frame section disposed outside the fourth end surface and including longitudinal end surfaces on both longitudinal ends of the fourth frame section, one of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to the other longitudinal end surface of the first frame section, the other of the longitudinal end surfaces facing to the other longitudinal end surface of the second frame section; and
four corner portions at which adjacent two of the first, second, third, and fourth frame sections intersect with each other,
the frame comprises:
a first portion disposed above one principal surface side of the module main body;
a second portion disposed below another principal surface side of the module main body; and
a third portion connecting the first portion and the second portion and constituting the groove with the first and second portions, such that the groove is defined by the first portion, the second portion, and the third portion, and the second portion provided below the groove is formed with a hollow section,
the adhesive member is provided in at least part of a region where the groove is provided except one of the corner portions of the frame and thereby forming a space, where the adhesive member is not provided in the groove, in the one of the corner portions,
the one of the corner portions of the frame includes, at the third portion of the frame, a through hole communicating an exterior of the frame directly with the space in the groove, in such a manner that the through hole comprises a notch opened in a longitudinal end surface of a corresponding one of the frame sections, and
the one of the corner portions of the frame includes, at the first portion of the frame, a removed portion communicating an exterior of the frame directly with the space in the groove, in such a manner that the removed portion comprises a notch opened in the longitudinal end surface of the corresponding one of the frame sections, such that the through hole and the removed portion are provided adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,337,759

TRANSITION MODULE FOR AN ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATOR UNIT

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. A transition module for an energy recovery ventilator unit, comprising:a first frame having:
two opposing major surfaces with first and second separated through-hole openings therein; and
a self-sealing surface on one of the major surfaces surrounding the two through-hole openings, wherein
the first through-hole opening is configured to overlap with return air openings located in a side of an energy recovery ventilator unit and in a side of an air handling unit, and
the second through-hole opening is configured to overlap with the supply air openings located in the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit,
wherein the self-sealing surface is part of two separated air-tight and moisture-tight sealed passageways of the return air flowing through the first through-hole opening of the frame between the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit, and, of the supply air flowing through the second through-hole opening of the frame between the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit;
further wherein the major surface that the self-sealing surface is not on, is configured as a mounting surface to attach to the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit or the side of the air handling unit and the mounting surface includes an adhesive to facilitate attachment to the target side;
and a second frame comprising: two opposing major surfaces with two separate second first and second through-hole openings therein, wherein one of the major surfaces of the second frame is configured to be contacted by the self-sealing surface such that the first and second through-hole openings and the second first and second through-hole openings are contiguous with each other and form part of the two separated air-tight and moisture-tight sealed passageways, and wherein the second frame overlaps the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,337,740

ANNULAR COMBUSTION CHAMBER IN A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for supporting and centering a fuel injector in a turbine engine combustion chamber, comprising:means for centering a fuel injector along a centering axis, wherein the means for centering is movable in a plane that is radial to the centering axis, and
supporting means intended for being attached to a bottom of an annular chamber,
wherein the means of centering includes at least two radially external tabs, each inserted respectively in a circumferential recess of the supporting means,
wherein each of the at least two radially external tabs is associated with a corresponding circumferential abutment means, and
wherein the circumferential abutment means are configured to enable a greater angular displacement of a first one of the radially external tabs in a first circumferential recess relative to a second one of the radially external tabs in a second circumferential recess.

US Pat. No. 10,337,708

LENGTH ALTERATION TOOL FOR LIGHTING

COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPA...

1. An outdoor light fixture system comprising:an extendable support comprising:
a lower support;
an upper support coupled to the lower support, the upper support being movable between a raised position and a lowered position; and
a support locking assembly configured to lock the upper support with the lower support; and
a length alteration tool comprising a connection element configured to engage a corresponding portion of the upper support of the extendable support, wherein the length alteration further comprises:
a lower section; and
an upper section telescopically engaging the lower section, the upper section being axially movable between an extended position and a retracted position;
wherein the connection element is located on the upper section and is configured for engagement with the upper support of the extendable support; and
a tool biasing member, wherein the tool biasing member biases the upper section of the length alteration tool to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,704

ILLUMINATION LIGHT SOURCE HAVING FASTENER FASTENING A PEDESTAL AND COVER TOGETHER WITH A MOUNTING SUBSTRATE INTERPOSED THEREBETWEEN AND LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENTS SURROUND THE COVER, THE ENTIRETY OF WHICH IS SPACED IN A HORIZONTAL DIRECTION FROM THE LIGHT EM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An illumination light source comprising:a pedestal;
a mounting substrate disposed on the pedestal;
a plurality of light-emitting elements on a main surface of the mounting substrate, the main surface extending in a horizontal direction;
a cover, having a planar upper surface and defined by an outer periphery, which covers a partial region of the main surface of the mounting substrate, the entirety of the cover being spaced in the horizontal direction from the plurality of light-emitting elements so that none of the plurality of light-emitting elements are even partially covered by the cover in a vertical direction, the vertical direction extending transverse to the horizontal direction; and
a fastener which fastens the pedestal and the cover together while the mounting substrate is interposed between the pedestal and the cover,
wherein the plurality of light-emitting elements are provided around the cover and beyond the outer periphery of the cover such that the cover does not surround, in a plane of the cover, any light emitting elements provided on the main surface of the mounting substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,674

CONTROL SYSTEM IN A GAS PIPELINE NETWORK TO SATISFY PRESSURE CONSTRAINTS

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A system for controlling flow of gas in a gas pipeline network comprising:a gas pipeline network comprising one or more gas production plants each having a minimum and maximum production rate, one or more gas receipt facilities of a customer each having a demand rate, a plurality of pipeline segments, a plurality of pipeline network nodes, and a plurality of control elements,
wherein flow of gas within each of the plurality of pipeline segments is associated with a direction, the direction being associated with a positive sign or a negative sign;
one or more processors configured to:
calculate a minimum signed flow rate and a maximum signed flow rate for each pipeline segment as a function of the minimum and maximum production rates of the one or more gas production plants and the demand rates of the one or more gas receipt facilities, the minimum signed flow rate constituting a lower bound for flow in each pipeline segment and the maximum signed flow rate constituting an upper bound for flow in each pipeline segment;
linearize a nonlinear pressure drop relationship within the lower bound for the flow and the upper bound for the flow to create a linearized pressure drop model for each pipeline segment; and
calculate a network flow solution, using the linear pressure drop model, comprising flow rates for each of the plurality of pipeline segments to satisfy demand constraints and pressures for each of the plurality of network nodes to satisfy pressure constraints, wherein a lower bound pressure constraint comprises a minimum delivery pressure and an upper bound pressure constraint comprises a maximum operating pressure of the pipeline, the network flow solution being associated with control element setpoints; and
at least one controller receiving data describing the control element setpoints and controlling at least some of the plurality of control elements using the data describing the control element setpoints;
wherein the linearized pressure drop model for each pipeline segment is a slope-only model having an intercept of zero, if the sign of the minimum signed flow rate is different than the sign of the maximum signed flow rate of the pipeline segment.

US Pat. No. 10,337,647

OBSTRUCTION DETECTION FOR A CONTROL VALVE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of data samples associated with a particular control valve, the particular control valve including a valve stem;
each of the plurality of data samples associated with both a respective target setpoint and a respective measured position of the particular control valve stem;
each respective target setpoint and respective measured position of the plurality of data samples obtained at about a same respective time during a time period;
determining, via a processor, a first subset of the plurality of data samples that are in a control zone associated with normal operation of the particular control valve, the first subset determination based on a first distribution among the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve;
determining, via the processor, a second subset of the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the second subset being located in a low obstruction zone based on a second distribution among the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the second subset of the plurality of data samples having respective target setpoints less than their associated respective measured positions;
indicating a first alert associated with a low obstruction;
determining, via the processor, a third subset of the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the third subset being located in a high obstruction zone based on a third distribution among the plurality of data samples for the particular control valve, the second subset of the plurality of data samples having respective target setpoints less than their associated respective measured positions; and
indicating a second alert associated with a high obstruction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,608

STEERABLE TRANSAXLE

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive apparatus for a vehicle having a prime mover, the drive apparatus comprising:a housing forming an internal sump;
a transmission disposed in the internal sump and comprising:
a center section containing hydraulic porting;
a hydraulic pump disposed on the center section; and
a first hydraulic motor engaged to and driving a first motor shaft and a second hydraulic motor engaged to and driving a second motor shaft, wherein both hydraulic motors are disposed on the center section and in hydraulic communication with the hydraulic pump through the hydraulic porting to form a hydraulic circuit; and
a brake mechanism having a brake shaft pivotably supported in the housing, a brake arm attached to the brake shaft, and a first brake rod and a second brake rod each supported by a plurality of brake rod guides formed in the center section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,604

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A GEARBOX ACTUATOR

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A position monitoring method for monitoring a position of a gearbox actuator responsible for engaging a ratio at an end of a preliminary phase of synchronization of two shafts of a gearbox by a electrical machine whose torque is controlled to bring a difference between speeds of the two shafts into a range which permits mechanical coupling of the two shafts, the position monitoring method comprising:monitoring neutral shifting of the gearbox actuator during a change of ratio, and
ensuring a convergence of a measured speed on one of the two shafts with an observed speed as a function of a value of observed inertia on the one of the two shafts relative to an expected value as a function of the gearbox actuator by using an estimate of an estimated torque of the electrical machine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,592

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the first member of the first planetary gearset and the first member of the second planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the first planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the third planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset; and
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset and the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the third member of the third planetary gearset;
wherein, the third planetary gearset comprises an idler planetary gearset;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least eight forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,516

MULTI-STAGE, SELF-PRIMING CENTRIFUGAL PUMP ASSEMBLY

1. A multi-stage, self-priming centrifugal pump assembly comprising:at least two pump stages which are consecutive in a main flow direction and which include a diffuser; and
a backflow channel which lies parallel to at least one pump stage and which runs out downstream of the first or a further pump stage in the main flow direction, wherein the backflow channel runs out downstream of the diffuser of the at least one pump stage, wherein the backflow channel is an annular channel surrounding at least one pump stage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,510

WEAR-RESISTANT COATING FOR OIL PUMP CAVITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An oil pump, comprising:an aluminum housing that defines a cavity;
a steel rotor disposed within the cavity and configured to rotate therein such that a portion of the steel rotor contacts the aluminum housing; and
a metal coating covering at least a portion of the aluminum housing in a region that is configured to be contacted by the steel rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,488

WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER DEEP SEA MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A wave energy converter deep sea mounting system comprises:a floatable platform;
an enclosure support axle;
a float arm;
a float;
a wave energy converter mechanism;
an electrical generator;
an enclosure;
the float arm comprises a proximal end and a distal end;
the enclosure support axle being mounted to the floatable platform, wherein the enclosure support axle is affixed in place relative to the floatable platform and does not rotate relative to the floatable platform;
the enclosure support axle traversing through the enclosure;
the enclosure being rotatably engaged with the enclosure support axle, wherein the enclosure is free to rotate about the enclosure support axle;
the wave energy converter mechanism and the electrical generator being positioned within the enclosure;
the wave energy converter mechanism comprises a stationary input pulley, at least one pulley system, and a generator output pulley, wherein each of the at least one pulley system comprises a large input pulley and a small output pulley;
the large input pulley being torsionally coupled to the small output pulley by a belt for each of the at least one pulley system;
the stationary input pulley being mounted within the enclosure, wherein the stationary input pulley is restrained from rotation relative to the enclosure;
the float being connected to the distal end of the float arm;
the proximal end of the float arm being connected to the enclosure;
the stationary input pulley being torsionally and mechanically coupled to the generator output pulley through the at least one pulley system; and
the generator output pulley being rotatably coupled to the electrical generator.

US Pat. No. 10,337,481

START CONTROLLER FOR ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A start controller for an engine, the engine including a plurality of cylinders and a crankshaft, and the engine being a cylinder-injection engine, the start controller comprising:a starter motor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
execute fuel injection and ignition in a cylinder in an expansion stroke when a restart condition is established immediately before a stop of the engine,
determine whether a reverse operation of the crankshaft has been performed after the fuel injection and the ignition in the cylinder in the expansion stroke are executed, and
operate the starter motor and execute the fuel injection and the ignition in a cylinder in a compression stroke to start the engine, when the electronic control unit determines that the reverse operation of the crankshaft has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,461

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING A WATER INJECTION INTO A COMBUSTION CHAMBER OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

5. A method for diagnosing a water injection into a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, comprising:ascertaining a knock susceptibility of the internal combustion engine from signals of a knock sensor; and
evaluating the knock susceptibility to diagnose the water injection;
wherein in an operating range of the internal combustion engine, the knock susceptibility of the internal combustion engine is compared with a comparison value;
wherein the water injection is diagnosed as faulty if the knock susceptibility of the internal combustion engine exceeds the comparison value.

US Pat. No. 10,337,453

ATTACHMENT FEATURE FOR A CORE PANEL

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. An attachment feature for a structural panel comprising:a bracket arm;
a first flange extending from the bracket arm, wherein the first flange comprises a first land and a first lead ramp adjacent to the first land; and
a top surface, wherein a height from the first land to the top surface is equal to a thickness of a top skin of a structural panel configured to be coupled to the attachment feature such that the top surface is flush with the top skin of the structural panel when the structural panel is coupled to the attachment feature,
wherein the first land separates the top surface from the lead ramp,
wherein the attachment feature is a single component and is configured to couple at least one of an exhaust nozzle or an exhaust nozzle center body to a gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,440

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENGINE POPPET VALVE DIAGNOSTICS

Ford Global Technologies,...

15. An engine system, comprising:an engine including one or more cylinder valve deactivating mechanisms and an exhaust system;
an electric machine; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to adjust operation of the engine in response to an indication of degradation of the one or more cylinder valve deactivating mechanisms, the indication of degradation based on a temperature in the exhaust system while the electric machine is rotating the engine and while fuel is not supplied to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,438

PUSH-BUTTON START SYSTEM FAULT DIAGNOSIS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:determining, using a plurality of vehicle subsystem control modules including respective processors, said control modules being in communication with each other and receiving signals from at least a vehicle communications bus and vehicle sensors, that a no engine crank condition has occurred if the switch is pressed and the brake is applied, and if so, performing a no crank diagnosis;
determining, using the respective processors in the control modules, that a starter control relay has not been enabled after the system is in a crank power mode, and if so, performing a starter control relay not-enabled diagnosis, and recording at least one first indication of error within a first vehicle subsystem control module of the vehicle subsystem control modules;
determining, using the respective processors in the control modules, that the starter control relay has been disabled before the engine begins to run, and if so, performing a starter control relay disabled diagnosis, and recording at least one second indication of error within the first vehicle subsystem control module;
determining, using the respective processors in the control modules, that the engine has stalled within a defined threshold time after being started, and if so, performing an engine stall diagnosis; and
switching the vehicle to a run power mode when the engine is started and no faults have been detected.

US Pat. No. 10,337,337

BLADING MEMBER FOR A FLUID FLOW MACHINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A blading member for a fluid flow machine, the blading member comprising:a platform member including a platform member receiver section having a first face and a second face, and a platform member receiver through-opening disposed in the platform member receiver section, the platform member receiver through-opening extending from the first face to the second face;
at least one airfoil member extending from an airfoil base to an airfoil tip and including an airfoil member foot section and an airfoil member aerodynamic section, wherein the airfoil member foot section extends from the airfoil base to the airfoil member aerodynamic section and the airfoil member aerodynamic section extends from the airfoil member foot section to the airfoil tip, the airfoil member aerodynamic section projecting from the first face of the platform member receiver section, the airfoil member foot section including an airfoil member male mating section received within the platform member receiver through-opening,
wherein at least one interlock receiver recess is provided on at least one of a platform member receiver section through-opening inner wall and the airfoil member foot section;
at least one interlock member partially received in the at least one interlock receiver recess and including a section protruding from the at least one interlock receiver recess, wherein the protruding section of the at least one interlock member includes at least one seating surface, wherein
an interlock counterpart seating surface is provided on one of the platform member receiver section and the airfoil foot section, wherein the at least one seating surface provided on the protruding section of the at least one interlock member and the interlock counterpart seating surface are arranged and configured to bear on each other; and
a retainer member disposed and arranged to mate with an external surface of the at least one interlock member and configured to secure the at least one interlock member in the at least one interlock receiver recess during operation of the fluid flow machine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,318

SENSOR ARRAY NOISE REDUCTION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A logging and control system, comprising:a sensor array noise reduction manager configured to:
receive measurements from two or more sensors configured to detect an electromagnetic telemetry signal;
convert the measurements into symbols in a constellation domain;
measure a dispersion of the symbols around one or more constellation centers in the constellation domain;
determine a demixing vector based on the dispersion; and
apply the demixing vector to filter one or more noise sources from the measurements and improve a signal to noise ratio of the electromagnetic telemetry signal in the measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,337,284

REVOLVED SEAT LINE FOR A CURVED FLAPPER

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A device, comprising:a hard seat having an axial bore extending along a central axis;
a flapper pivotally connected with the hard seat at a hinge axis and pivotal between an open position to allow flow through the bore and a closed position to block flow through the bore, the flapper having a flapper sealing surface that slopes inward toward the central axis along a full circumference of the flapper sealing surface; and
the hard seat having a hard sealing surface that slopes inward toward the central axis conforming to the flapper sealing surface and on which the flapper sealing surface bears when in the closed position, the hard sealing surface comprising at least one valley and at least one crest,
wherein the flapper sealing surface and the hard sealing surface slope inward at the at least one valley and the at least one crest.

US Pat. No. 10,337,275

O-RING SEALING FOR CASING INSTALLATION SYSTEM

1. An annular sealing structure associated with at least one annular support for sealing off against a well casing, said sealing structure comprising:a first O-ring and at least two spaced annular sealing surfaces against which the O-ring seals in addition to sealing off against the well casing; and
a holder connected to said sealing structure, said holder having a third annular surface spaced from said two spaced annular sealing surfaces, wherein said third annular surface extends at an angle in a plane containing the O-ring and is configured to compress the O-ring against the well casing and also against said sealing surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,337,274

PLUG RECEPTION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF REDUCING RESTRICTION IN A BOREHOLE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

2. A plug reception assembly having one longitudinal end and another longitudinal end, the plug reception assembly comprising:a mandrel providing a flowpath, the mandrel configured to receive a plug to block flow through the flowpath in a downhole direction;
an elastic member forming a portion of a radially exterior surface of the plug reception assembly, the elastic member having one longitudinal end and another longitudinal end;
only a single set of slips arranged to maintain the plug reception assembly in anchored relation to a borehole, the single set of slips disposed between the one longitudinal end of the plug reception assembly and the one longitudinal end of the elastic member, and the plug reception assembly being free of slips between the other longitudinal end of the plug reception assembly and the other longitudinal end of the elastic member; and
at least one component of the plug reception assembly being disintegratable or dissolvable by at least one of a wave, a target fluid and a target temperature, the at least one component being one that upon disintegration or dissolution facilitates removal of the plug reception assembly as a restriction in the borehole;
wherein the plug to block flow through the flowpath in a downhole direction is a first plug having a first size, and the flowpath extends from a first end to a second end of the plug reception assembly, the flowpath configured to enable passage of a second plug from a location uphole of the plug reception assembly to a location downhole of the plug reception assembly, the second plug having a second size smaller than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,337,273

SYSTEMS, TOOLS AND METHODS FOR WELL DECOMMISSIONING

Foro Energy, Inc., Littl...

1. A system for surface decommission of wells, the system comprising:a. laser unit, the laser unit comprising: a chiller; a laser source, the laser source capable of generating at least a 5 kW laser beam; a control systems; and, a control console;
b. a deployment crane;
c. a laser tool comprising a shielding and exhaust gas collection housing;
d. a gate door on the laser unit, the gate door having and upper and a lower section, whereby the lower section is hingidly attached to the unit;
e. the deployment crane mounted on the upper section of the gate door, whereby when the gate door is opened the upper section is a greater distance from the unit than the lower section; and,
f. the laser tool comprising: a first assembly; a second assembly; whereby the second assembly is rotatable with respect to the first assembly; and, the second assembly housing a laser beam path.

US Pat. No. 10,337,272

HYBRID ROLLER CONE AND JUNK MILL BIT

VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND.,...

1. A hybrid bit for use in a wellbore, comprising:a body having a shank for connection to a drilling motor or drill pipe and a plurality of legs attached to the shank; and
a plurality of cutting structures, comprising:
a roller cone mounted to a first one of the plurality of legs; and
a fixed mill mounted to a second one of the plurality of legs and comprising a pad dressed with a cermet material, wherein:
the plurality of cutting structures define a cutting face of the hybrid bit,
an inner portion of the pad is located at a center of the cutting face,
the cermet material is a plurality of cutter blocks brazed to the pad,
the pad has a leading edge, a trailing edge, and a surface extending between the leading and trailing edges,
each edge extends to the center of the cutting face, and
at least the entire trailing edge and the entire surface are dressed with the plurality of cutter blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,337,271

DOWNHOLE POSITIONING AND ANCHORING DEVICE

Robertson Intellectual Pr...

1. An anchor tool for positioning downhole, comprising:a body configured to be disposed within a conduit in a wellbore;
one or more blades configured to move radially relative to the body, wherein at least one of the one or more blades comprises a key having a fixed protrusion configured to match a corresponding groove of an anchor sub receptacle within the conduit, and wherein the at least one or more blade comprises a shear pin receptacle; and
a locking mechanism comprising a shear pin, a first state and a second state, wherein the first state permits radial movement of the one or more blades in a direction away from the body of the anchor tool and the second state inhibits radial movement of the one or more blades in a direction toward the body of the anchor tool, and wherein the locking mechanism is configured to switch to the second state from the first state as soon as the fixed protrusion extends into the corresponding groove of the anchor sub receptacle, wherein the shear pin is configured to align with and extend into the shear pin receptacle when the locking mechanism is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,337,270

SELECT FIRE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

NEO Products, LLC, Harah...

16. A bailer bottom for performing bailer operations at a wellsite, the wellsite positioned about a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation, the bailer bottom deployable into the wellbore, the bailer bottom comprising:a plurality of downhole components, the plurality of downhole components comprising a cement unit, the cement unit comprising a cement chamber and a valve, the cement chamber having a port therethrough in selective communication with the wellbore via the valve; and
a select fire unit comprising a downhole switch electrically coupled to the plurality of downhole components, the downhole switch having a trigger signal for each of the plurality of downhole components, the downhole switch triggerable to selectively move between the trigger signal for each of the plurality of downhole components and selectively pass an activation signal to one of the plurality of downhole components whereby the plurality of downhole components are selectively activated;
wherein the cement unit further comprises a piston slidably positionable in the cement chamber between an extended position and a retracted position, a volume of the cement chamber reduced as the piston moves from the retracted to the extended position; and
wherein the piston is electrically coupled between a surface trigger and the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,269

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO INSTALL VELOCITY STRING

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

8. A method for installing a velocity string system in a production string comprising:running a lock mandrel having a seal bore assembly attached thereto into a production string;
landing the lock mandrel on a no-go shoulder of a seating nipple in the production string;
actuating a locking dog of the lock mandrel into a locking groove of the seating nipple;
lifting the locking mandrel off the no-go shoulder with the locking dog; and then
running a velocity string into the locking mandrel; and
seating the velocity string in the seal bore assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,337,268

DEVICE FOR ENSURING CONTINUOUS CIRCULATION IN WELL DRILLING

HAD ENGINEERING S.R.L., ...

1. A device for ensuring continuous circulation during well drilling, during insertion or removal of a drill string in wells for hydrocarbon exploration and production, the device comprising:a substantially tubular body extending along a longitudinal axis in a preset axial direction from an upstream end to a downstream end;
the tubular body comprising an inner tubular wall;
an axial conduit extending in the tubular body from the upstream end to the downstream end which allows drilling mud to flow through the device;
first threaded connection means, at the upstream end, for connection of the upstream end of the device to one end of a drill string;
second threaded connection means, at the downstream end, for connection of the downstream end of the device to one end of another drill string;
a lateral opening provided in the tubular body, between the upstream end and the downstream end, to define a lateral conduit in the device in fluid communication with the axial conduit;
a plug removably fitted, in a pressure-tight manner by a threaded nut-screw engagement, into the lateral opening;
valve means comprising at least one shut-off member and located in the axial conduit to block the drilling mud and stop a flow of the drilling mud from the upstream end to the downstream end;
a tubular support concentrically inserted in a pressure-tight manner in the tubular body from the upstream end to an axial limit-stop position defined by positioning and centering means, and the valve means being carried by the tubular support to be removed from the tubular body; and
retainer means to maintain the tubular support inserted in the axial conduit in the axial limit-stop position, and the retainer means comprise:
a plurality of retainer elements placed in the tubular body in a circumferentially offset position and close to a head end of the tubular support facing the upstream end of the tubular body, and the retainer elements acting as retainer means to prevent the tubular support from axially moving toward the upstream end of the tubular body;
an inner seat provided in the inner tubular wall of the tubular body in which a first portion of the retainer elements is housed; and
a locking guide engaged with the inner tubular wall of the tubular body to maintain the first portion of the retainer elements within the inner seat;
wherein the retainer elements of the plurality of retainer elements are offset and circumferentially spaced along the inner seat from which the retainer elements project towards an inside of the tubular body with a second portion to define overall in the axial conduit of the tubular body an inner shoulder having a smaller inner diameter with respect to the inner diameter of the inner annular wall of the axial conduit of the tubular body;
an adjustment pressing/pushing member, the adjustment pressing/pushing member is coaxially associated in kinematic nut-screw engagement with the tubular support, so that a relative rotation either in a first direction or in an opposite direction of the adjustment pressing/pushing member with respect to the tubular support corresponds to a relative displacement in the axial direction, either in the first direction or in the opposite direction of the adjustment pressing/pushing member with respect to the tubular support;
following a relative rotation with respect to the tubular support, the adjustment pressing/pushing member reversibly moves in the axial direction, to pass from a retracted first position, spaced from the upstream end, towards an advanced second position with respect to the upstream end, and vice-versa;
in the retracted first position, the adjustment pressing/pushing member does not interfere with the retainer elements being spaced further from the upstream end of the tubular body with respect to the retainer elements;
the inner shoulder defined in the tubular body by the retainer elements defines a limit stop abutment to the movement of the adjustment pressing/pushing member towards the advanced second position; and
the adjustment pressing/pushing member abuts with forcing against the inner shoulder defined in the tubular body to force the retainer elements in the inner seat towards the upstream end of the tubular body and, at the same time, to force the tubular support in the axial limit-stop position against the positioning and centering means, so as to allow recovery of clearances in the positioning inside the tubular body of the tubular support and of the valve means supported by the tubular support.

US Pat. No. 10,337,267

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR DRILLING OPERATIONS

CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETRO...

1. A control method for drilling operations, wherein the control method comprises:detecting an overflow occurring in a well;
performing a shut-in operation and controlling the wellhead back pressure based on an increase in fluid discharge returned from an annulus of the well, so as to keep the bottom hole pressure stable and prevent a gas in the stratum from continuing to invade drilling fluid during process that overflow drilling fluid is discharged from annular of the well, wherein the controlling the wellhead back pressure based on the increase in fluid discharge returned form the annulus of the well comprises:
controlling the wellhead back pressure to a first back pressure in an initial stage after the shut-in operation;
controlling the wellhead back pressure to a second back pressure after the initial stage lasts for a predetermined period of time and before a gas overflow is detected at the wellhead; and
controlling the wellhead back pressure to a third back pressure when a gas overflow is detected at the wellhead
wherein the control method further comprises, after performing the shut-in operation:
determining whether the gas contains an acid gas based on an actual increase in fluid discharge and a calculated value of the increase in fluid discharge, the calculated value of the increase in fluid discharge is calculated according to a gas state equation;
calculating, if the gas contains the acid gas, the total amount of the acid gas based on a methane solubility chart, an acid gas solubility chart, a pressure distribution of the annulus, and a total gas volume;
calculating a critical pressure for keeping the acid gas in supercritical state based on the total amount of the acid gas, a temperature and pressure field of the wellbore, a dissolution pattern and phase state curve of the acid gas; and
regulating the wellhead back pressure based on the critical pressure to prevent the gas in the stratum from continuing to invade into the drilling fluid,
wherein the regulating the wellhead back pressure based on the critical pressure comprises:calculating a fourth back pressure based on the critical pressure; and regulating the wellhead back pressure based on a stage corresponding to the first back pressure, the second back pressure, and the third back pressure respectively, and a maximum value between the fourth back pressure and one of the first back pressure, the second back pressure, and the third back pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,337,266

BOREHOLE CONDITIONING TOOLS

Ernest Newton Sumrall, H...

1. A borehole tool, comprising: a cylindrical body, the cylindrical body having an upper shank, a lower shank, and a component tool disposed between the upper shank and the lower shank, wherein the component tool is configured to have an outer surface airfoil configuration, whereby lift is created as fluid passes along the cylindrical body;wherein the airfoil configuration changes in annular volume within the cylindrical body such that fluid moving across said tubular surface enters an annular cross-sectional area that is reduced in an axial direction at a predetermined rate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,265

WELL PIPE GUIDE SPOOL

Deep Well Services, Zeli...

1. A tubular guide assembly to provide lateral support to a tubular extending through a BOP, wherein the BOP has an encasement with an inner diameter, wherein the drill pipe has a base diameter and a joint diameter and the inner diameter of the BOP encasement is larger than the joint diameter, and wherein the assembly is positioned between rams of the BOP, the assembly comprises:a) a guide spool with a central bore extending therethrough along a longitudinal axis, wherein the diameter of the guide spool central bore is greater than the joint diameter of the tubular;
b) at least two guide spool apertures extending radially inwardly through a wall of the guide spool to the central bore;
c) a first guide post for each guide spool aperture, wherein each first guide post has a first guide post length to accommodate a tubular having a first diameter;
d) a second guide post for each guide spool aperture, wherein each second guide post has a second guide post length different from the first guide post length to accommodate a tubular having a second diameter different from the first diameter; and
e) wherein, depending upon the diameter of the tubular, one of the first guide post or the second guide post is fixed within each respective guide spool aperture and extends into the guide spool central bore to limit lateral displacement of the tubular extending therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,337,264

MOVABLE TONG ASSEMBLY

1. A tong assembly comprising:a power tong;
a backup tong; and
a carriage assembly operatively connecting the power tong and the backup tong, the carriage assembly including a movable trolley assembly coupled to a bracket assembly, the movable trolley assembly axially located between the power tong and the backup tong, the movable trolley assembly being connected to the backup tong and configured to axially move the backup tong relative to the power tong and the bracket assembly,
wherein the bracket assembly is pivotally connected to the power tong, and
wherein the movable trolley assembly is slidably connected to the bracket assembly to operatively connect the power tong and the backup tong.

US Pat. No. 10,337,263

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HANDLING A TUBULAR

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A method of running tubulars, comprising:attaching a load collar to a recess of a first tubular, the recess being recessed from a first outer diameter of the first tubular, and the load collar having a second outer diameter larger than the first outer diameter of the first tubular, wherein a top surface of the load collar disposed in the recess is engaged with the first tubular to axially support the tubular;
engaging the load collar attached to the first tubular using an elevator;
lowering a bottom surface of the load collar onto a load support member using the elevator;
connecting a second tubular to the first tubular;
disengaging the elevator from the load collar;
removing the load collar from the first tubular; and
lowering the first tubular and the second tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,337,262

REMOTE FLUID GRIP TONG

1. A tubular gripping assembly, comprising:a power tong housing configured to actuate between an open position and a closed position;
one or more valves coupled to the power tong housing;
an inflatable bladder apparatus coupled to an inner surface of the power tong housing and configured to grip a tubular member when the power tong housing is in the closed position and the inflatable bladder apparatus is inflated;
a latch mechanism configured to secure the power tong housing in the closed position and configured to allow the power tong housing to actuate to the open position; and
a remote-controller device in wireless communication with the one or more valves, wherein the remote-controller device is configured to control the power tong housing, the inflatable bladder apparatus, and the latch mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,337,261

UNIVERSAL JOINT

Ulterra Drilling Technolo...

1. A universal joint for transmitting torque from one shaft to another shaft, the joint comprising:a first member for coupling with a first shaft, the first member having a first axis of rotation coincident with the axis of rotation of the first shaft when coupled with the first shaft;
a second member for coupling with a second shaft, the second member, when coupled with the second shaft, having a second axis of rotation coincident with the axis of rotation of the second shaft;
a spacer for separating the first and second shafts in a spaced relationship; and
a plurality of links, each including a first end, a second end, and a middle portion between the first end and the second end, the first end of each of the plurality of links being coupled to the first member at a first position displaced radially from the first axis, and the second end being connected to the second member at a second position displaced radially from the second axis, wherein the first position and the second position are axially and rotationally displaced from each other such that, when no torque is applied, at least the middle portion of each of the plurality of links is inclined relative to the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,337,260

CABLE PROTECTING DEVICE

Roxar Flow Measurement AS...

9. A cable protecting device for protecting cables extending over a collar on a pipeline, said collar extending around a circumference of the pipeline and extending a known length outside said pipeline circumference, the collar having a first end that forms a first interface zone between itself and the pipeline, and a second end that forms a second interface zone between itself and the pipeline, the cable protecting device having a length in a direction of the pipeline being longer than the collar and comprising:an uphole engaging mechanism and a downhole engaging mechanism, wherein at least one of the uphole and downhole engaging mechanisms is configured to engage a respective interface zone, thus fixing the cable protecting device to the collar;
a first recess for enclosing the cable to be protected and a second recess for containing at least a part of the collar, wherein the second recess comprises an axial length that corresponds essentially to the length of the collar, and extends from proximate the uphole engaging mechanism to proximate the downhole engaging mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,337,259

MAINTAINING TENSION OF A TRANSMISSION LINE IN A TUBULAR

NextStream Wired Pipe, LL...

1. An apparatus for locking a transmission line in a tubular, the apparatus comprising:a first clamp segment configured to disposed at an interior of the tubular and surround at least a portion of a wire channel of a transmission line, the wire channel housing a communications line therein;
a second clamp segment configured to be disposed at the interior of the tubular and surround at least a portion of the wire channel of the transmission line, the second clamp segment having a first axial end and a second axial end, the first axial end configured to contact an axial end of the first clamp segment, such that the first clamp segment and the second clamp segment are configured to apply forces in opposite radial directions to clamp the wire channel with respect to the tubular and maintain tension in the wire channel within the tubular, one of the forces being an outward radial force that pushes the first clamp segment against an inner surface of the tubular, and another of the radial forces being an inward radial force that pushes the second clamp segment against a surface of the wire channel, the radial forces operating together to maintain the transmission line in a fixed position relative to the tubular and maintain tension in the wire channel; and
an inner-pipe clamp device configured to be inserted into the tubular, the inner-pipe clamp device configured to clamp the wire channel, to pull the wire channel line taut into a tensioned state, and to be disengaged from the wire channel and removed from the tubular based on the wire channel being fixed by the clamp device in the tensioned state.

US Pat. No. 10,337,258

DUAL OPERATIONAL RIG

Rowan Companies, Inc., H...

1. An offshore rig for operating at separate wells, the rig comprising:a hull positionable relative to the separate wells;
a cantilever assembly coupled to the hull and movably mounted in a plane relative to the hull; and
at least two operational assemblies coupled to the cantilever assembly, each movably mounted independent of each other in the plane relative to the cantilever assembly and to the hull,
the at least two operational assemblies being operable to conduct separate operations of the separate wells independent of one another in both time and space,
wherein the cantilever assembly comprises an equipment handling assembly handling operational equipment for the at least two operational assemblies and being shared between the at least two operational assemblies moved independent of each other in the plane relative to the cantilever assembly and to the hull.

US Pat. No. 10,337,257

CUSTOMIZED DRILLING TOOLS

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A bit for removing material from a formation, the bit comprising:a bit body;
a blade coupled to the bit body, the blade defining a nose region and a shoulder region;
a plurality of cutting elements coupled to the blade in the nose region and the shoulder region, at least one cutting element of the plurality of the cutting elements having a cutting face having a diameter; and
a plurality of fluid outlets, the plurality of fluid outlets positioned such that at least 70% of a totality of the cutting elements have at least one fluid outlet positioned an outlet distance equal to or less than three times the diameter of the cutting element away from the cutting face of the at least one cutting element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,255

CUTTING ELEMENTS FOR EARTH-BORING TOOLS, EARTH-BORING TOOLS INCLUDING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. A cutting element for an earth-boring tool, comprising:a substrate having a lateral side surface;
a volume of superabrasive material disposed on the substrate, the volume of superabrasive material having a front cutting face and a lateral side surface coextensive and continuous with the lateral side surface of the substrate;
at least one of a recess extending into the volume of superabrasive material from the front cutting face and a protrusion extending outward from the front cutting face of the volume of superabrasive material; and
a recess extending only into the lateral side surface of the volume of superabrasive material, longitudinally spaced from an interface between the volume of superabrasive material and the substrate by a portion of the lateral side surface of the volume of superabrasive material parallel to the lateral side surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,254

TUNGSTEN CARBIDE INSERT BIT WITH MILLED STEEL TEETH

PDB Tools, Inc., Grapevi...

1. An earth boring bit comprising:a bit body having at least one downwardly extending leg;
a bearing shaft cantilevered from said bit body;
a rotary cutter mounted for rotating on said bearing shaft;
a plurality of milled teeth formed in circumferentially extending rows about said cutter, each of said plurality of milled teeth having a tooth body which includes a base, a crest and sides, said sides defining oppositely facing flanks which extend generally transverse to a direction of rotation of said cutter, said flanks extending from said base to said crest which together define a milled tooth profile, and said tooth body further including an insert socket formed to extend through said crest and into said tooth body;
inserts having an insert base, an insert crest and insert sides extending from said insert base to said insert crest which together define an insert profile, wherein for each of said plurality of milled teeth a respective one of said inserts is mounted within said insert socket and extends outward of said tooth body from said crest, with said insert profile aligned in complimentary relation to said milled tooth profile such that said insert profile and said milled tooth profile both together define an effective tooth height and provide cutting engagement for said cutter; and
elongate recesses formed to extend between adjacent ones of said milled teeth, aligned with said adjacent ones of said milled teeth.