US Pat. No. 10,336,051

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF PRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUN

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A three-dimensional object forming apparatus comprising:a print head configured to discharge a liquid;
an energy-emitting device configured to cure the liquid discharged from the print head and form a dot;
a storage medium that stores a dither mask; and
one or more controllers programmed to:
control an operation of the print head such that a three-dimensional object is formed as an aggregate of dots by representing a shape of the three-dimensional object to be formed as a voxel-set and forming a dot in a voxel of the voxel-set which is determined as a target in which the dot is formed, and
determine a target voxel in which a dot is formed depending on a result of comparing a forming index value which is a value depending on a dot forming rate in a voxel of the voxel-set which is positioned on an inside of the three-dimensional object with a threshold of the dither mask.

US Pat. No. 10,336,050

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING COMPONENTS

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing method for fabricating a component having a surface substantially free of imperfections, the method comprising:providing a mold having a configuration corresponding to the component;
depositing a flowable material on at least one surface of the mold via a nozzle ahead of a roller to fabricate the component having the surface substantially free of imperfections; and
compressing the flowable material via the roller;
wherein the at least one surface includes a plurality of curves, and wherein the nozzle is configured for movement relative to the at least one surface such that a centerline of the nozzle remains perpendicular to a tangent plane for each curve of the plurality of curves, and wherein the roller rotates about the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,049

METHOD FOR FORMING A HEAT-REFLECTIVE BLANK AND CONTAINER

WestRock Shared Services,...

1. A method for forming a heat-reflective blank including a blank of sheet material and a thermal film patch coupled to the blank, said method comprising:transferring the blank from a hopper to a transport system, the transport system including a plurality of lugs spaced apart along a first conveyor;
spacing the blank from at least one adjacent blank in a non-overlying relationship along the first conveyor by contacting a trailing edge of the blank with one or more of the plurality of lugs, wherein the spacing exposes an interior surface of the blank including an interior surface of a panel configured to receive the thermal film patch;
transporting the blank using the transport system while the blank is subject to an applied force that maintains the blank in a planar configuration and in the non-overlying relationship;
applying glue to at least one of the blank and the thermal film patch;
positioning the thermal film patch to a predetermined location on the interior surface of the panel configured to receive the thermal film patch; and
applying the thermal film patch to the blank in the predetermined location on the interior surface of the panel to form the heat-reflective blank, the thermal film patch being adhered to the blank by the applied glue.

US Pat. No. 10,336,048

FILM LAMINATOR FOR CELL PHONES

Alpha Comm Enterprises, L...

1. An apparatus for applying protective film to the screen of a portable electronic device having a defined shape, comprising:a fixing plate shaped to receive said portable electronic device, said fixing plate having a horizontal top surface and an opening in said horizontal top surface accommodating the defined shape of said portable electronic device;
a protective film assembly comprising a first outer film, a primary protective film layer, and a second outer film; and
a hinge bonded to a portion of said protective film assembly and to said horizontal top surface of said fixing plate,
wherein said first outer film is configured to be completely removed from said primary protective film layer, using a separating strip, prior to adhering said primary protective film layer to the screen of said portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,047

METHOD OF PREVENTING CORROSION OF MATING SURFACES OF COMPONENTS

MAHINDRA AND MAHINDRA LIM...

1. A method of preventing corrosion of the mating surfaces of components, said method comprising:(i) impregnating a polyester based carrier with at least one anaerobic acrylic adhesive to form an impregnated carrier;
(ii) spraying at least one pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive on one surface of said impregnated carrier to form an impregnated carrier having a pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive layer;
(iii) protecting said pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive layer using a protective silicon release liner to configure a pasting surface on said impregnated carrier;
(iv) pasting said pasting surface after detaching said silicon release liner therefrom on a first component, wherein said pasting surface is in contact with said first component;
(v) abutting a second component to said first component such that said impregnated carrier is sandwiched therebetween; and
(vi) applying force on said abutted first and second components such that said anaerobic acrylic adhesive oozes out from said impregnated carrier and coats mating surfaces of said abutted first and second components in the absence of oxygen to commence and complete curing of said anaerobic acrylic adhesive on mating surfaces of said first and said second components.

US Pat. No. 10,336,046

SELF-ADHERING TAPE COMPRISING MULTILAYERS OF POLYOLEFIN POLYMER MATERIALS AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A self-adhering tape comprising:a polyolefin substrate layer having a first major surface and opposing major surface;
an adhesive layer disposed on the first major surface of the polyolefin substrate, an outer layer disposed on the opposing major surface of the polyolefin substrate, the outer layer and adhesive layer independently comprising a polymer comprising at least 50 wt-% of C2-C3 alkylene and at least 20 wt-% C4-C20 ?-olefin having a density less than 0.88 g/cc or 0.87 g/cc, wherein the adhesive layer and outer layer self-adheres such that the peel force to separate the adhesive layer from the outer layer ranges from 2 psi to 100 psi.

US Pat. No. 10,336,044

LAMINATED FILM AND PACKAGING BAG

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A laminated film, comprising:a resin substrate;
a coating layer on the resin substrate; and,
a deposited thin film layer in between the resin substrate and the coating layer, the deposited thin film layer contains a silicon oxide and has a thickness of 5 to 100 nm,
wherein the coating layer contains a water-soluble polymer, at least one of a silane coupling agent and a hydrolysate thereof, at least one of a metal alkoxide and a hydrolysate thereof, and an inorganic layered compound, and
wherein the content of the inorganic layered compound in the coating layer is 2 to 10 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,336,043

TRANSFER FILM, TRANSPARENT LAMINATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING TRANSPARENT LAMINATE, CAPACITIVE INPUT DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A transfer film comprising:a temporary support;
a first curable transparent resin layer; and
a second curable transparent resin layer disposed adjacent to the first curable transparent resin layer in this order,
wherein the thickness of the first curable transparent resin layer is equal to or greater than 1 ?m,
the second curable transparent resin layer includes 5% by mass to 95% by mass of a metal oxide particle with respect to the solid content of the second curable transparent resin layer, and
the first curable transparent resin layer does not include the metal oxide particle, or includes less amount of the metal oxide particle than the second curable transparent resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,042

COMPOSITION, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR RIGIDITY TUNING WITH CONDUCTIVE THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSIT...

1. A composite comprising:a conductive elastomer comprising an elastomer and a conductive filler,
wherein the conductive filler is disposed within the elastomer to provide electrical conductivity,
wherein the conductive elastomer exhibits a non-activated state at a first temperature and exhibits an activated state at a second temperature; and
an isolating elastomer sealing all surfaces of the conductive elastomer,
wherein the isolating elastomer is non-conductive.

US Pat. No. 10,336,037

GALVANIZED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A galvanized steel sheet, comprising:a steel sheet; and
a galvanizing layer which is formed on a surface of the steel sheet,
wherein the steel sheet includes as a chemical component, by mass %,
C: more than 0.100% to 0.500%,
Si: 0.0001% to less than 0.20%,
Mn: more than 0.20% to 0.5%,
Al: 3.0% to 10.0%,
N: 0.0030% to 0.0100%,
Ti: more than 0.100% to 1.000%,
P: 0.00001% to 0.0200%,
S: 0.00001% to 0.0100%, and
a remainder including Fe and impurities,
wherein a sum of a C content and a Ti content satisfies 0.200 a product of an Al content and an Si content satisfies Al×Si?0.8,
the galvanizing layer is a hot-dip galvannealing layer and includes as a chemical component, by mass %,
Fe: 7% to 15%,
Ni: 0.05% to 1.0%,
Al: 0.15% to 2.0%, and
a remainder including Zn and impurities, and
the galvanized steel sheet has a specific gravity of 5.5 to less than 7.5,
a CTS of the galvanized steel sheet evaluated in accordance with JIS Z 3137 with a spot welding under welding conditions, which are adjusted such that a nugget diameter is 5×?t mm at a sheet thickness of t mm, is 5 kN or higher, and
TS×? is 30000 MPa ·% or more, in which TS is defined as a tensile strength of the galvanized steel sheet and ? is defined as a hole expansion ratio of the galvanized steel sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,336,035

POLYURETHANE BASED RIGID FLOORING LAMINATE

SCHNELLER LLC, Kent, OH ...

1. A laminate structure comprising:a backing layer comprising a fiber reinforcement with a thermoset or thermoplastic polymer resin matrix;
a base layer comprising an alloy layer made of polyurethane in combination with a terpolymer comprising polyamide, polyester and polyether or a combination thereof; and
an adhesive layer disposed on a first surface of the base layer between the backing layer and the base layer; and
a cap layer comprising polyurethane, wherein the peel resistance between the combination of the cap layer and base layer and the backing layer is at least about 103 Newtons (N) per 25 millimeters after aging for at least 500 hours, wherein the laminate meets the toxicity flaming and non-flaming test protocols pursuant to AITM 2.0007 with respect to HCN, CO, NO2, SO2/H2S, HF, and HCl limits, said limits being less than 150, 1000, 100, 100, 100, and 150 respectively as measured by specific optical density, in addition to Federal Aviation Regulation 25.853 MD with regard to the parameters of vertical burn, drip time and char of the laminate, said limits being less than 15 seconds, 5 seconds and 203 mm respectively, and further having a tear strength of greater than 50 Newtons according to ISO 4674, method A, and an areal density of between 1800 and 2100 grams per square meter.

US Pat. No. 10,336,034

CARRIER-ATTACHED METAL FOIL

FREESIA MACROSS CORPORATI...

1. A carrier-attached metal foil comprising:an entirely flat plate-shaped carrier;
an entirely flat metal foil laminated on at least one of surfaces of the carrier; and
a pressure-sensitive adhesive provided at least between the carrier and the metal foil and at a periphery of the carrier surrounding a central region of the carrier and a periphery of the metal foil surrounding a central region of the metal foil, the pressure-sensitive adhesive fixing the periphery of the carrier and the periphery of the metal foil to each other with the pressure-sensitive adhesive in direct contact with both the carrier and the metal foil,
wherein the pressure-sensitive adhesive is not provided in the central region of the carrier such that the central region of the carrier and the central region of the metal foil remain in non-adhesive contact to each other, and
wherein the carrier and the metal foil are to be cut off at portions within the central region of the carrier and the central region of the metal foil, and
wherein the periphery of the carrier and the periphery of the metal foil are: cut off from the central region of the carrier and the central region of the metal foil; removed; and not used as a product.

US Pat. No. 10,336,032

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PRINTING MATERIAL AND A DIRECTLY PRINTED DECORATIVE PANEL

1. Method for producing a printing substrate for direct printing onto a decorative panel, comprising the steps of:a) providing a plate-shaped carrier;
b) applying a resin layer onto the plate-shaped carrier;
c) applying a paper or non-woven fabric layer onto the plate-shaped carrier to form a layered structure; and
d) calendering the resulting layered structure at a temperature between ?40° C. and ?250° C.;
e) after said calendering, applying to the layered structure a resin which comprises between ?0.5 wt.-% and ?85 wt.-% of a solid material having a mean grain diameter d50 between ?0.1 ?m and ?120 ?m; and
f) performing a drying step on the resin applied in step (e) in which a surface temperature of ?75° C. and ?125° C. is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,336,031

IN-PROCESS POLYURETHANE EDGE COATING OF LASER CUT POLYURETHANE LAMINATED FABRIC

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method of forming a cosmetic edge on a laminated fabric, the laminated fabric including a polymer layer and an attached fabric layer, the fabric layer including fibers, the method comprising:cutting an edge of the laminated fabric by directing a laser beam at the polymer layer and the attached fabric layer, wherein during the cutting:
the laser beam melts a portion of the polymer layer forming a pool of melted polymer material, wherein the pool of melted polymer material coats the fibers along the edge so as to prevent exposure of the fibers along the edge.

US Pat. No. 10,336,030

EMBOSSED AND HOT-MELT LAMINATED MULTILAYER COMPOSITE FILM

Profol Kunststoffe GmbH, ...

1. A multi-layered composite film, comprising at least the following immediately consecutive and mutually bonded layers A-B-C:A: on a visible side, a polymer layer comprising 1 to 100% by weight of extrudable thermoplastic polyurethane-containing polymer and/or ionomer;
B: a tie layer comprising one or more modified plastics for the tie;
C: on a substrate side, a decorative layer;
characterised in that the layered composite of the layers A and B is coextruded and hot-melt laminated with the decorative layer at a temperature above the fusion temperature of the layered composite, while simultaneously one or more patterns is/are plastically embossed on the visible side of the multi-layered composite film in the same step; and
characterised in that an embossing depth index IP is at least 6.0 once the multi-layered composite film has cooled to room temperature, and the embossing depth index IP is dimensionless and defined as follows (all values being in micrometers):
IP=RZ(visible side)×1000/(RZ(substrate side)×thickness(A-B-C)).

US Pat. No. 10,336,029

METHOD OF FASTENING AN OBJECT TO A CONSTRUCTION ELEMENT

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of fastening an object to a lightweight building element, the method comprising the steps of:providing the lightweight building element element, being a planar structure with a first cover layer, a second cover layer, and a middle layer between the first and second cover layers, wherein a material density in the first and second cover layers is larger than in the middle layer, the first and second cover layers defining a first and second cover layer plane;
providing the object, the object comprising a first contact surface with a thermoplastic material, a second contact surface with thermoplastic material, and a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the object;
positioning the object relative to the lightweight building element to bring the first contact surface in contact with the first cover layer and the second contact surface with the second cover layer,
coupling mechanical energy into the object and pressing the object against the lightweight building element to move the object substantially parallel to the first and second cover layer planes and to cause thermoplastic material of the object to become liquefied and to be pressed into the first and second cover layers, until the first contact surface lies against an inside of the first cover layer and the second contact surface lies against an inside of the second cover layer; and
allowing the liquefied thermoplastic material to re-solidify, whereby the liquefied and re-solidified thermoplastic material pressed into the first and second cover layers anchors the object with respect to the lightweight building element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,028

WATERPROOF SHAPE-SHIFTING SURFACE

University of South Flori...

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,027

HYDRAULIC FEEDER SYSTEM HAVING COMPRESSION STAGE WITH MULTI-CYLINDER HYDRAULIC CIRCUIT

ThermoChem Recovery Inter...

1. A hydraulic circuit (214) comprising:a controller (500);
a primary hydraulic fluid source (2000);
a platen (212) configured to selectively move along a forward compression direction (310) and a rearward non-compression direction (312);
first and second ancillary piston cylinder assemblies (140, 164), having respective first and second pistons (154, 178) operatively connected to the platen (212);
a third main piston cylinder assembly (189) having a third piston (202) operatively connected to the platen (212); and
a surge tank (1000) selectively placed in fluid communication with the third main piston cylinder assembly;
wherein:
in a first mode of operation,
hydraulic fluid is introduced under pressure from the primary hydraulic fluid source (2000) into the first and second ancillary piston cylinder assemblies (140, 164), thereby causing the first and second pistons (154, 178) to urge the platen (212) in the forward compression direction,
the surge tank (100) is in fluid communication with the third main piston cylinder assembly (189), and
hydraulic fluid is displaced from one space (192) of the third main piston cylinder assembly (189) and flows towards the surge tank (1000) while hydraulic fluid is displaced from the surge tank (1000) and flows toward a second space (194) of the third main piston cylinder assembly (189), such that the third piston (202) passively travels in the forward compression direction (310);
in a second mode of operation, hydraulic fluid is introduced under pressure from the primary hydraulic fluid source (2000) into the first and second ancillary piston cylinder assemblies (140, 164) and also into the third main piston cylinder assembly (189), thereby causing the first, second and third pistons (154, 178, 202) to collectively urge the platen (212) in the forward compression direction (310); and
in a third mode of operation, hydraulic fluid is introduced under pressure from the primary hydraulic fluid source (2000) into at least the first and second ancillary piston cylinder assemblies (140, 164), thereby causing at least the first and second pistons (154, 178) to urge the platen (212) in the rearward non-compression direction (312).

US Pat. No. 10,336,026

USE OF VACUUM TO INCREASE EFFECTIVE SKID DEPTH OF PRE-CURED TREAD

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for increasing effective skid depth, comprising:providing a tire carcass having one or more worn original grooves on a surface thereof;
providing a pre-cured tread, comprising:
opposing top and bottom tread faces delineating a tread thickness coextensive therewith;
opposing lateral sides defining a tread width along which adjacent tread elements assume a tread sculpture;
one or more grooves provided on the top tread face with each groove terminating at a predetermined offset distance from the tread bottom face;
a network of channels incorporated along at least a portion of the tread bottom face; and
a thin undertread having a predetermined undertread thickness;
forming one or more groove hollows directly over corresponding original grooves of the carcass, with the groove hollows formed to match locations of the one or more grooves provided on the top tread face;
applying at least one layer of a bonding material between the bottom tread face and the carcass; and
curing the at least one layer of the bonding material without an envelope and evacuating gas along the channel network to force the tread onto the carcass and pull the undertread into the one or more groove hollows that are in fluid communication with the channel network such that a resultant skid depth is at least equal to a molded tread thickness of the pre-cured tread;
wherein forming the groove hollows deepens the original grooves by a predetermined net depth.

US Pat. No. 10,336,025

COMPOUND LENS FOR USE WITH ILLUMINATION SOURCES IN OPTICAL SYSTEMS

Lumenflow Corp., Wyoming...

1. A compound lens comprising:a first lens element;
a second lens element in alignment with the first lens element along a common optical axis, wherein the first and second lens elements are integrally joined to each other, wherein the first and second lens elements are co-molded from a silicone resin, and wherein the first and second lens elements are optically coupled to each other to reduce the optical path difference of center ray bundles and sagittal ray bundles propagating through the compound lens;
a third lens element integrally joined to the second lens element, the third lens element being a bi-concave frusto-conical lens, the bi-concave frusto-conical lens separating the center ray bundle from the sagittal ray bundle; and
a fourth lens element integrally joined to the third lens element, the fourth lens element being a bi-convex aspheric lens, wherein the third and fourth lens elements are in alignment with the first and second lens elements along the common optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,024

POLYVINYL ALCOHOL BASED POLARIZING FILM CONTAINING IODINE AND BORIC ACID

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A polarizing film, comprising a polyvinyl alcohol-based resin film having a thickness of 7 ?m or less,wherein:
the polyvinyl alcohol-based resin film has an iodine concentration of 4.0 wt % to 6.0 wt %;
the polyvinyl alcohol-based resin film has a boric acid concentration of 17 wt % to 30 wt %; and
the polarizing film has a cross-linking index defined by the below-indicated equation of from 100 to 180:
(Cross-linking index) [(wt %)2]=(Iodine concentration in film) [wt %]×(Boric acid concentration in film) [wt %].

US Pat. No. 10,336,023

METHOD FOR CREATING PATTERNS

1. A method for creating patterns in a layer to be etched, starting from a stack comprising at least the layer to be etched and a masking layer on top of the layer to be etched, the masking layer having at least one pattern, the method comprising:a) modifying at least one zone of the layer to be etched via ion implantation vertically in line with said at least one pattern of said masking layer;
b) at least one sequence of b1) and b2):
b1) enlarging said at least one pattern of said masking layer, said masking layer having been preserved after the modification in order to carry out the enlargement, the enlarging being carried out in such a way as to enlarge said at least one pattern in a plane in which the layer to be etched mainly extends;
b2) modifying at least one zone of the layer to be etched via ion implantation vertically in line with the at least one enlarged pattern of said masking layer, the implantation being carried out over a depth less than the implantation depth of the preceding modification; and
c) removing the modified zones, the removal comprising etching the modified zones selectively with respect to the non-modified zones of the layer to be etched, said etching being wet etching,
wherein the masking layer is a hard mask or the stack comprises a buffer layer positioned between the masking layer and the layer to be etched and covering the layer to be etched during the implantation.

US Pat. No. 10,336,022

MANUFACTURE OF OPHTHALMIC LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of manufacturing an ophthalmic lens using a first mold portion and a puck assembly, said puck assembly comprising a carrier puck, wherein the puck assembly supports at least one of the first mold portion and the ophthalmic lens during at least two of the following ophthalmic lens manufacturing steps:a. assembling the first mold portion and a second mold portion into a mold assembly including a lens-defining cavity containing a lens precursor material;
b. curing the lens precursor material in the mold assembly to form a lens;
c. separating the mold assembly such that the lens remains attached to the first mold portion;
d. detaching the lens from the first mold portion;
e. extracting unwanted material from the lens;
f. hydrating the lens;
g. inspecting the lens;
h. packaging the lens; andcharacterised in that the carrier puck is arranged and configured to interface with a plurality of different step-specific puck elements and the method includes:i. providing a first step-specific puck element;
ii. combining the first step-specific puck element with the carrier puck and carrying out a first ophthalmic lens manufacturing step on the first mold portion and/or the lens carried by the carrier puck; and then
iii. providing a second step-specific puck element;
iv. combining the second step-specific puck element with the carrier puck and carrying out a second ophthalmic lens manufacturing step on the first mold portion and/or the lens carried by the carrier puck,wherein the puck assembly supports at least one of the first mold portion and the lens during the majority of the ophthalmic lens manufacturing steps a. to h.

US Pat. No. 10,336,021

IMAGING LENS ELEMENT, CAMERA MODULE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD...

1. An imaging lens element, comprising:an optical effective section having an optical axis;
an outer diameter surface surrounding the optical effective section;
at least two cut traces, wherein each of the cut traces is shrunk from an outer diameter reference plane of the outer diameter surface toward a center of the imaging lens element; and
at least two clearance surfaces connected between each of the cut traces and the outer diameter surface, respectively;
wherein at least one of the cut traces comprises a first surface, and a curvature center of the first surface is closer to the center of the imaging lens element than the first surface to the center of the imaging lens element thereto;
wherein each of the cut traces has a surface center, a first connecting line is defined between the surface center of one of the cut traces and the optical axis, a second connecting line is defined between the surface center of another of the cut traces and the optical axis, each of the first connecting line and the second connecting line is perpendicular to the optical axis, an angle between the first connecting line and the second connecting line is ?1, a curvature radius of the first surface is r, a curvature radius of the outer diameter surface is R, and the following conditions are satisfied:
0.60 90 degrees

US Pat. No. 10,336,020

HEAT DISPERSION DEVICE AND REPAIR AND JOINING METHODS

MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPO...

1. A heating apparatus for heating an object that comprises:a heater mat;
a heat dispersion device comprising a bag with a fluid sealed inside of the bag;
an internal heat source inside the bag which heats the fluid; and
a flow forcing part which forces the fluid to flow,
wherein the heat dispersion device is disposed on a surface of the heater mat.

US Pat. No. 10,336,019

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ON-AIRCRAFT COMPOSITE REPAIR USING DOUBLE VACUUM DEBULKING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for repairing a site on a parent structure, comprising:an outer bagging film sealed to the parent structure along a first perimeter that surrounds the site to form a chamber;
a strongback support tool that is disposed between said outer bagging film and the parent structure;
a solid standoff spacer that contacts said strongback support tool along a perimeter thereof and spaces said strongback support tool from the parent structure to form a portion of said chamber that is bounded by the strongback support tool, the spacer and the parent structure;
a first vacuum probe installed in an aperture in said outer bagging film for evacuating said chamber when said first vacuum probe is coupled to a vacuum source; and
a heat blanket overlying the site.

US Pat. No. 10,336,017

MICROWIRE ARRAY DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING POLYMERIC SHEETS CONTAINING MICROWIRES

Boeing Company, the, Chi...

1. A method for fabricating polymeric sheets containing microwires comprising:providing a plurality of microwires, individual microwires of the plurality being attached at an end to a substrate, having been grown on the substrate, having an independent length, being approximately perpendicular to the substrate, and containing magnetic ferrite;
encapsulating at least a portion of individual lengths of the microwires in a non-conductive polymeric sheet while the microwires are attached to the substrate;
detaching the microwires from the substrate without removing the microwires from the polymeric sheet, the detaching forming a separated polymeric sheet containing the detached microwires and individual detached microwires of the plurality of microwires being approximately perpendicular to the separated polymeric sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,336,016

EXTRUDER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH FIBER DENSITY RESIN STRUCTURES

Ticona LLC, Florence, KY...

1. A tape comprising a thermoplastic resin and a plurality of generally unidirectional continuous fibers embedded in the thermoplastic resin to form a single layer of fiber reinforced thermoplastic material, wherein the fibers are disposed in the single layer of fiber reinforced thermoplastic material to form a first resin rich portion, a second resin rich portion, and a fiber rich portion disposed between the first resin rich portion and the second resin rich portion, the first resin rich portion defining a first outer surface of the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material and the second resin rich portion defining an opposing second outer surface of the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material, the first resin rich portion, the second resin rich portion, and the fiber rich portion each including the identical thermoplastic resin which defines and extends between the first outer surface and the opposing second outer surface, wherein the first resin rich portion and second resin rich portion are each between 5% and one-third of a height of the tape and each comprises at least 75% thermoplastic resin by volume, and wherein the tape having the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material has a void fraction of approximately 3% or less, the tape formed by a process comprising:flowing a thermoplastic resin through a manifold assembly of a die, the manifold assembly comprising a plurality of branched runners;
coating at least one fiber roving with the resin;
traversing the coated roving through an impregnation zone of the die to impregnate the roving with the resin; and
drawing the impregnated roving through a faceplate spaced apart from a downstream side of the die.

US Pat. No. 10,336,015

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE MATERIAL COMPONENT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An arrangement for producing a composite material component, the arrangement comprising:a bagging configured to seal a receiving space for receiving a semi-finished part against the ambient atmosphere, wherein the bagging is a thermoformed bagging having a shape which, at least in sections, corresponds to a shape of the semi-finished part and which comprises an air-tight outer layer comprising a first material and an inner separation layer comprising a second material, the inner separation layer being configured to allow the bagging to be separated from the composite material component made from the semi-finished part, wherein the first material is different from the second material,
a vacuum source connected to the receiving space and configured to generate a reduced pressure within the receiving space, and
a curing apparatus adapted to cure a thermoset plastic material which is at least one of contained in at least one element of the semi-finished part or is injected into the receiving space when the semi-finished part is sealed within the receiving space by the bagging.

US Pat. No. 10,336,014

DOUBLE DIAPHRAGM VACUUM BAGGING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for vacuum bag molding a composite component in a vacuum bagging diaphragm assembly, comprising the steps of:positioning a composite laminate material between a first sheet comprising a first material and a second sheet comprising a second material wherein the second material has a modulus of elasticity greater than a modulus of elasticity of the first material;
positioning the second material of the second sheet in overlying relationship to a three dimensional forming tool with the second material positioned between the three dimensional forming tool and the composite laminate material, wherein:
the second sheet further comprises a portion of the second sheet constructed of a third material;
the modulus of elasticity of the second material is greater than a modulus of elasticity of the third material;
the second material of the second sheet is positioned in a central portion of the second sheet;
the third material of the second sheet is secured to and positioned about a perimeter of the second material of the second sheet and is secured to a frame; and
lowering the frame toward a support surface, wherein:
the support surface is associated with the frame and the support surface provides support for the three dimensional forming tool; and
a first side of the second material of the second sheet is positioned in contact with the three dimensional forming tool.

US Pat. No. 10,336,013

LARGE SCALE SMART SUSCEPTOR HEATER BLANKETS REQUIRING MULTI ZONE CONTROL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus for processing an article through application of heat, comprising:a first smart susceptor heater blanket comprising a first wire ribbon, wherein:
the first wire ribbon comprises a plurality of first wire assemblies;
each first wire assembly is adjacent to at least one other first wire assembly;
each first wire assembly comprises a litz wire and a susceptor wire wrapped around the litz wire to form a plurality of susceptor windings;
the first wire ribbon serpentines across the first smart susceptor heater blanket; and
the first wire ribbon is configured such that a current flow through each first wire assembly is in a direction opposite to a current flow through one or more adjacent first wire assemblies; and
a second smart susceptor heater blanket comprising a second wire ribbon, wherein:
the second wire ribbon comprises a plurality of second wire assemblies;
each second wire assembly is adjacent to at least one other second wire assembly;
each second wire assembly comprises a litz wire and a susceptor wire wrapped around the litz wire to form a plurality of susceptor windings;
the second wire ribbon serpentines across the second smart susceptor heater blanket; and
the second wire ribbon is configured such that a current flow through each second wire assembly is in a direction opposite to a current flow through one or more adjacent second wire assemblies,
wherein one of the first wire assemblies of the first wire ribbon is positioned adjacent to one of the second wire assemblies of the second wire ribbon and is configured such that a flow of current therethrough is in direction that is opposite to a flow of current through the second wire assembly positioned adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,336,012

METHOD FOR FORMING OF A TUBULAR SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCT FROM FIBRE-REINFORCED PLASTIC MATERIAL

FiberCore IP B.V., Rotte...

1. A method for producing a profiled semi-finished plastic product from web material, comprising:providing a plurality of webs of material;
continuously and simultaneously feeding the plurality of webs of material to and along a plurality of shaping pieces arranged next to each other, having a greatest transverse dimension which is smaller than a width of the plurality of webs of material;
folding each of the plurality of webs of material around a shaping piece to form a body and an edge strip which projects transversely with respect to the body;
causing the edge strip of each of the plurality of webs of material to at least partly cover each other;
impregnating the plurality of webs of material with folded-over edge strips covering each other with a hardenable means;
causing the hardenable means to harden to form a profiled semi-finished plastic product, in such a manner that hollow or open spaces remain, each defined between two neighbouring bodies and edge strips in the profiled semi-finished plastic product.

US Pat. No. 10,336,011

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SANDWICH COMPONENT AND SANDWICH COMPONENT

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A method for producing a sandwich component, comprising the steps of:providing a foamed core layer made from a foamed polyethylene terephthalate plastic and having a first melting temperature, and a cover layer which includes reinforcing fibers and polypropylene plastic fibers having a second melting temperature, wherein the first melting temperature is higher than the second melting temperature;
arranging the foamed core layer on the cover layer to form a multilayer composite;
heating the multilayer composite and/or a semi-finished product produced from the multilayer composite in a heating device of a finishing device to a temperature which is lower than the first melting temperature and higher than the second melting temperature; and
forming the heated multilayer composite and/or the semi-finished product in a forming tool of the finishing device to produce the sandwich component.

US Pat. No. 10,336,010

RESIN BODY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF RESIN BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A resin body comprising:a core member including an internal structure and a planar structure covering the internal structure, wherein the internal structure is comprised of metal and the planar structure is comprised of resin; and
a resin face material containing resin and joined so as to cover a surface of the planar structure on an opposite side to a side where the planar structure covers the internal structure:
wherein the planar structure has an uneven portion on a surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,336,009

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A three-dimensional modeling apparatus for modeling an object by discharging droplets, the three-dimensional modeling apparatus comprising:a plurality of droplet discharging units configured to individually discharge droplets;
a supporting unit that supports a structure made of the droplets;
a scan unit configured to move the plurality of droplet discharging units relative to the supporting unit in a first direction intersecting a discharging direction of the droplets, and in a second direction intersecting the discharging direction of the droplets and the first direction;
a colorimeter that measures a color of a targeted object arranged on the supporting unit; and
a control unit that controls the droplet discharging units, the supporting unit, and the scan unit to form a model based on a predetermined data for the model, and form the object based on object data that indicates a shape and a color of the object after forming the model,
wherein the control unit includes:
a model forming unit that forms the model by discharging droplets having a single predetermined color from the plurality of droplet discharging units based on the same reference signal;
a colorimetry unit that causes the colorimeter to measure a color of the model to perform colorimetry of the model and specifies a first portion of the model and a second portion of the model that has the color with a higher density than the first portion;
an adjustment unit that adjusts at least one of the liquid amount of droplets per unit area to be discharged from, among the plurality of droplet discharging units, a first type droplet discharging unit that formed the first portion, and the liquid amount of droplets per unit area to be discharged from, among the plurality of droplet discharging units, a second type droplet discharging unit that formed the second portion, by converting, based on measurement result of measuring the color of the model, a gradation value of density for the droplets that is designated by the object data, such that a difference in density of colors to be reproduced by the first type and the second type droplet discharging units decreases, the adjustment unit multiplying the gradation value by a coefficient to convert the gradation value based on the measurement result; and
a modeling unit that generates, from the object data and the gradation value that has been converted, cross sectional data that indicates a shape of a cross section of the object and color of the periphery of the cross section after the colorimetry unit causes the colorimeter to measure the color of the model to perform the colorimetry of the model, and models the object by repeating processing for discharging droplets from the plurality of droplet discharging units based on the cross sectional data and forming a plate-like structure for the object to newly form the plate-like structure for the object on a plate-like structure that has already been formed.

US Pat. No. 10,336,008

METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF A DEVICE FOR GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

EOS GMBH ELECTRO OPTICAL ...

1. A method for automatically calibrating an apparatus for generatively producing a three-dimensional object, comprising:providing a construction zone, in which the object is to be constructed layer by layer by selective consolidation of a pulverulent material;
providing a control unit for controlling the apparatus,
providing an irradiation device for emitting electromagnetic radiation onto selective regions of an applied layer of the material, wherein the irradiation device comprises at least one first and at least one second scanner;
operating the irradiation device with the first scanner, irradiating a first scan zone in the construction zone, and the second scanner irradiating a second scan zone in the construction zone; and
irradiating the applied layer of the material or a target by means of the first scanner in order to produce a first test pattern in the material or the target;
irradiating the applied layer of the material or the target by means of the second scanner in order to produce a second test pattern in the material or the target;
detecting the first and second test patterns by means of a camera and assigning the first and second test patterns to the first and second scanners, respectively;
comparing the first and second test patterns with one another;
determining a relative deviation between the first test pattern and the second test pattern comprising at least a deviation of a lattice constant of the test patterns, a deviation of a position of the test patterns in a coordinate system, a deviation of an orientation of the test patterns in the coordinate system or a deviation of size of the test patterns; and
calibrating the first and/or the second scanner in such a way that the relative deviation between the first test pattern and the second test pattern falls below a predetermined setpoint value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,007

SENSOR FUSION FOR POWDER BED MANUFACTURING PROCESS CONTROL

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method for additive manufacturing a component, the method comprising:forming a first layer of the component by sintering at least a portion of a first bed of metal powder;
collecting first physical property data of the first layer with a first sensor;
collecting second physical property data of the first layer with a second sensor;
forming a second layer of the component by sintering at least a portion of a second bed of metal powder disposed proximate the first layer;
collecting first physical property data of the second layer with the first sensor;
collecting second physical property data of the second layer with the second sensor;
aggregating the first physical property data of the first layer and the first physical property data of the second layer of the component to calculate a first submodel of the first and second layers;
aggregating the second physical property data of the first layer and the second physical property data of the second layer of the component to calculate a second submodel of the first and second layers; and
calculating a model based on the first submodel and the second submodel from which to determine a potential defect in the component; and
wherein the first sensor is a high speed camera and the first physical property data is an intensity of a heat source that forms the first layer and the second layer, and
wherein the second sensor comprises an ultrasonic emitter and ultrasonic receiver and the second physical property data comprises a density of the first bed of metal powder and a density of the second bed of metal powder.

US Pat. No. 10,336,006

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Southern Methodist Univer...

1. A method for additive manufacturing of a composite article comprising:forming a three-dimensional mesh comprising a plurality of fibers by:
alternately inserting a first subset of the plurality of fibers along the X-axis between a third subset of the plurality of fibers along the Z-axis followed by inserting a second subset of the plurality of fibers along the Y-axis between the third subset of the plurality of fibers along the Z-axis to form a layer, fibers in each subset separated by gaps which form voids between the plurality of fibers;
introducing a flowable, solidifiable material into the layer; and
solidifying the material;
wherein the material at least partially surrounds the fibers and wherein portions of the material are solidified to form a solid matrix embedding the fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,336,005

MANUFACTURING APPARATUS OF DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

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

US Pat. No. 10,336,004

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STITCHING TOGETHER LEADING END AND TRAILING END OF A TIRE COMPONENT

VMI HOLLAND B.V., (NL)

1. An apparatus for stitching a leading end of a tire component to a trailing end of the same or another tire component along a splice line above a working surface, which working surface is arranged to support the respective one or two tire components, wherein the apparatus comprises a separator for in a separation position separating the leading end and the trailing end from the working surface to form a separation space, wherein the apparatus comprises a stitcher unit with a stitcher foot that is arranged to support the leading end and the trailing end at the splice line from the separation space and a stitcher head that is arranged for stitching the leading end and the trailing end on the stitcher foot from outside the separation space, wherein the stitcher unit comprises a stitcher drive for driving the stitcher unit in a stitching direction along the splice line while the stitcher unit stitches the leading end to the trailing end and a separator drive that is coupled to the separator for retracting the separator in the stitching direction parallel to the splice line, wherein the apparatus further comprises a control unit that is operationally connected to and arranged to control the separator drive and the stitcher drive simultaneously such that, during the stitching, the separator is retracted in the stitching direction ahead of the stitcher unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,003

METHOD AND DEVICES TO MINIMIZE WORK-PIECE DISTORTION DUE TO ADHERING STRESSES AND CHANGES IN INTERNAL STRESSES

1. A method of holding a work-piece on an adhesive fixture, comprising:providing a fixture having a fixture base and a plurality of fixing surfaces each capable of displacing relative to the fixture base, the fixture including a plurality of fixture elements each defining one of the fixing surfaces, each of the fixture elements being capable of displacing relative to the fixture base with prescribed degrees of freedom, the fixture further including a clamping system operable to selectively disengage so as to release displacement of each of the fixture elements relative to the fixture base or engage so as to stop displacement of each of the fixture elements relative to the fixture base, the fixture further having a suspension for each fixture element operable to support each fixture element in a nominal pose, wherein when the clamping system is disengaged, gravitational forces acting on the fixture elements are countered by the suspensions;
adjoining adhesive to at least one of the fixing surfaces of the fixture elements;
adhering the adhesive to the at least one fixing surface and to a work-piece to create an adhesive joint between the at least one fixing surface and the work-piece to restrain the work-piece during a manufacturing process; and
disengaging the clamping system such that the fixture elements are displaceable;
allowing each of the fixture elements to displace as the work-piece and adhesive joint obtain an equilibrium shape to reduce strain energy, wherein displacement of the fixing surfaces reducing stresses within the adhesive joint; and
engaging the clamping system to stop the motion freedom of the fixture elements after the work-piece and adhesive joint have obtained their equilibrium shape;
whereby the work-piece is allowed to obtain an equilibrium shape closer to a free state without rupturing the adhesive joint or substantially reducing its holding strength.

US Pat. No. 10,336,002

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HIGH SPEED PLASTIC STRAPPING WELDING

Pavlo Barlasov, Palo Alt...

1. The method comprising:placing a first portion of plastic in contact with a second portion of plastic;
turning a motor shaft in a first direction which releases a lock and allows an upper link to pivot, so that another side of the upper link pushes down on a vertical link, pushing down a gripper that engages with an upper strap under a force of a main spring, such that when the first portion of plastic is in contact with the gripper, the first portion of plastic is between the gripper and the second portion of plastic;
as a result of turning the motor shaft in the first direction, the motor shaft engaging an eccentric shaft in a first configuration in which a rotating axis of the eccentric shaft is coaxial with an eccentric axis of an eccentric bushing creating a non-eccentric neutral position of the eccentric bushing; and
the non-eccentric neutral position of the eccentric bushing causing a vertical link to be engaged with the eccentric bushing in a non-oscillatory neutral position of the vertical link, causing the gripper to exert a force, resulting from the main spring, on the first portion of plastic, holding the first portion of plastic in place on the second portion of plastic aligned in a neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,001

END EFFECTOR FOR WOUND CLOSURE DEVICE

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

18. A composite suture device, comprising:(a) an elongated suture body defining a longitudinal axis, wherein the elongated suture body has a first thickness; and
(b) a fixation tab attached to the elongated suture body, wherein the fixation tab comprises:
(i) a first layer integrally attached to the elongated suture body and having the first thickness, and
(ii) a second layer securely fastened to the first layer and having a second thickness;
wherein the first and second layers extend laterally relative to the longitudinal axis such that the fixation tab is wider than the elongated suture body, wherein the central axis of the elongated suture body passes through the center of the first layer, wherein one end of the elongated suture body is directly attached to the fixation tab and an opposing end of the elongated suture body is free, wherein a maximum thickness of the composite suture device is the sum of the first and second thicknesses.

US Pat. No. 10,336,000

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR DETERMINING ORIENTATION AND FABRICATION PARAMETERS USED IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) CONTINUOUS LIQUID INTERFACE PRINTING (CLIP) SYSTEMS, AND RELATED PRINTERS

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method of operating a Continuous Liquid Interface Printing (CLIP) printer, the method comprising:receiving a set of objectives for fabrication of a three-dimensional (3D) object using the CLIP printer;
defining the 3D object as a plurality of different portions;
for each orientation of a plurality of orientations of the 3D object, performing a plurality of simulations of a fabrication of each portion of the plurality of portions of the 3D object using a different set of parameters for each simulation;
selecting a fabrication orientation from among the plurality of orientations for fabrication of the 3D object responsive to a determination that at least one simulation of the plurality of simulations achieves the set of objectives,
wherein a first set of parameters selected for a first portion of the object is different than a second set of parameters selected for a second portion of the 3D object;
and
fabricating the 3D object by the CLIP printer at the fabrication orientation using the first set of parameters for the first portion of the 3D object and the second set of parameters for the second portion of the 3D object,
wherein the set of objectives for fabrication comprises at least one mechanical characteristic of the 3D object, a surface finish of the 3D object, an indicator of accuracy of the fabricated 3D object relative to data used to fabricate the 3D object, a degree to which augmentation/modification of the 3D object is affected as a result of fabrication, and/or a speed at which the 3D object is to be fabricated, and
wherein the set of objectives for fabrication further comprises an indication of weighting of respective ones of the set of objectives.

US Pat. No. 10,335,999

HEAD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTINUOUSLY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE HOLLOW STRUCTURE

1. A head for a manufacturing system, comprising:a housing configured to receive a liquid matrix and at least one continuous fiber and to discharge a composite tubular structure made from the at least one continuous fiber and the liquid matrix;
a nozzle operatively coupled to the head and configured to deposit a material layer onto an internal surface of the composite tubular structure as the composite tubular structure is discharging from the housing;
a squeegee associated with the nozzle and configured to wipe over the material layer; and
a UV light operatively connected to the housing and configured to cure the liquid matrix in the composite tubular structure during discharge and prior to deposition of the material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,998

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM HAVING LASER AND DISPENSER ON COMMON SUPPORT

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An additive manufacturing system, comprising:a platen having a top surface to support an object being manufactured;
a support structure;
a dispenser to deliver a plurality of successive layers of a powder on the platen, the dispenser configured to deliver the powder on the platen simultaneously in a linear region that extends and is elongated along a first axis;
an actuator coupled to the support structure to move the support structure along a second axis parallel to the top surface and perpendicular to the first axis; and
an energy source configured to fuse at least a portion of the powder on the platen;
wherein the dispenser and energy source are secured to the support structure such that the dispenser and energy source move as a single unit with the support structure over the platen along the second axis and such that the linear region sweeps along the second axis to deposit the powder along a swath over the platen to form a layer of powder.

US Pat. No. 10,335,997

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

Global Filtration Systems...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,996

USING DEPTH IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTING TO FORM COLORS THAT CHANGE WITH VIEWING AND ILLUMINATION ANGLES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensionally printed object comprising:a plurality of different material regions that define a first surface region of the three-dimensionally printed object, the plurality of different material regions including:
a first subset of material regions, each material region in the first subset of material regions having a respective color, the first subset of material regions including at least a first material region having a first color; and
a second subset of material regions, each material region in the second subset of material regions having a respective color, the second subset of material regions including at least a second material region having a second color that is different from the first color,
wherein the plurality of the different material regions overlap each other by different amounts along different directions to enable (i) different proportions of light from the plurality of different material regions to be visible to an observer viewing the first surface region of the three-dimensionally printed object from at least one of different view directions, different view angles, and with illumination lighting the first surface region at different angles, and (ii) a coloration of the first surface region of the three-dimensionally printed object to be altered based on the proportions of light from the plurality of different material regions visible to an observer, such that:
the first subset of material regions form an image in the first surface region over at least one of a first view direction, a first view angle range, and a first illumination angle range; and
the second subset of material regions modifies the image formed in the first surface region by the first subset of material regions over at least one of a second view direction, a second view angle range, and a second illumination angle range.

US Pat. No. 10,335,995

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR DISSIMILAR SHRINKAGE RATES IN DIFFERENT MATERIALS USED TO FORM A THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTED OBJECT DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An additive manufacturing system comprising:a first ejector head having a plurality of ejectors pneumatically connected to a source of a first material;
a second ejector head having a plurality of ejectors pneumatically connected to a source of a second material; and
a controller operatively connected to the first ejector head and the second ejector head, the controller is configured to:
modify object image data that has been rendered into layers, the modification of the object image data is for the object image data corresponding to the second material only in one layer in an object being made with reference to a difference between a volumetric reduction of the first material and a volumetric reduction of the second material so data values corresponding to the second material are distributed in a pattern having voids at predetermined locations that enable drops of the second material to spread into the voids so a height of the second material in the one layer is equal to a height of the first material after the one layer is cured, dried, or sintered, the volumetric reduction of the first material being greater than the volumetric reduction of the second material; operate the ejectors in the first ejector head using unmodified object image data corresponding to the first material in the one layer to eject drops of the first material in the one layer according to a first pattern to form a portion of the one layer in the object; and
operate the ejectors in the second ejector head using the modified object image data corresponding to the second material in the one layer to eject drops of the second material in the one layer according to the second pattern having the voids at the predetermined locations to form another portion of the layer in the object, the first pattern being different than the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,335,994

METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL PRINTING

STRATASYS LTD, Rehovot (...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional object, the method comprising:selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form the three-dimensional object;
selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form a support construction for the three-dimensional object;
selectively dispensing, layer by layer, one or more materials to form a rigid exterior construction around at least part of the support construction, the rigid exterior having substantially similar strength and elasticity to the three-dimensional object; and
forming a release construction around the rigid exterior construction, the release construction being between the rigid exterior construction and the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,335,993

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR FORMING A CONTAINER FROM A PREFORM WITH A HANDLE NOTCH

DT Inventions, Houston, ...

1. A method for forming a container, comprising:heating a preform having a first handle attachment notch and a second handle attachment notch in a first oven;
stretching the preform to move the second handle attachment notch away from the first handle attachment notch;
closing a first mold having a first mold recess and a second mold having a second mold recess around the preform; and
blowing air into the preform,
wherein, during the heating, the stretching, the closing, and the blowing, the first and second handle attachment notches do not have a handle disposed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,335,992

BLOW-MOLDING METHOD FOR CONTAINER WITH HANDLE AND BLOW-MOLDING EQUIPMENT

NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., L...

1. A blow molding method comprising:holding a plurality of preforms and a plurality of handles using a blow transfer jigs in a non-contact state so that one handle is situated between two preforms that are adjacent to each other in a transfer direction, and simultaneously transferring the plurality of preforms and the plurality of handles into a space between a pair of blow cavity molds in an open state;
clamping the pair of blow cavity molds to position the plurality of preforms and the plurality of handles inside the pair of blow cavity molds; and
blow-molding each of the plurality of preforms into a container inside the pair of blow cavity molds to integrate each of the plurality of the handles with the container.

US Pat. No. 10,335,991

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATION OF MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUSION PRINTHEADS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printer comprising:a support member;
a printhead including a plurality of nozzles configured to extrude an extrusion material to form at least one layer of a three-dimensional object;
a plurality of passageways connecting the plurality of nozzles to a chamber in the printhead in a one-to-one correspondence between the passageways and the nozzles, the chamber in the printhead being at a pressure that enables the extrusion material to flow from the chamber in the printhead through the passageways to the plurality of nozzles;
a plurality of valves, each valve having a member positioned within one of the passageways in a one-to-one correspondence, the members of the valves being configured to move between a first position at which the corresponding nozzle is open and a second position at which the corresponding nozzle is closed, a direction of the member movement is perpendicular to the flow of the extrusion material through the passageways to the nozzles;
at least one actuator configured to generate relative movement between the printhead and the support member;
a Z angle actuator operatively connected to the printhead, the Z angle actuator being configured to rotate the printhead about a Z-axis that is perpendicular to and extends through the printhead and the support member to alter a cross-process distance between nozzles in the printhead;
a memory configured to store image data corresponding to a plurality of layers for the three-dimensional printed object; and
a controller operatively connected to the printhead, the at least one actuator, the Z angle actuator, and the memory, the controller being configured to:
operate the at least one actuator to generate relative movement between the printhead including the plurality of nozzles and an image receiving surface formed on the support member along a path corresponding to an outline of a predetermined region of the image receiving surface with reference to the image data stored for one of the layers of the three-dimensional printed object;
operate each valve to move the members of the valves within the passageways between the chamber in the printhead and the nozzles between the first position and a second position;
operate at least one valve to activate the corresponding at least one nozzle in the plurality of nozzles in the printhead to extrude a pattern of an extrusion material on the image receiving surface corresponding to the outline;
operate the at least one actuator to generate relative movement between the printhead and the image receiving surface along a plurality of paths corresponding to a plurality of swaths, at least one of the paths being curved to form at least one curved swath, within the pattern of the extrusion material corresponding to the outline of the predetermined region formed with the extrusion material on the image receiving surface, the at least one actuator being operated with reference to the image data for the one layer of the three-dimensional printed object;
operate the Z angle actuator to rotate the printhead about the Z-axis prior to operating the at least one actuator to generate the relative movement to set the cross-process distance between nozzles in the printhead to a predetermined distance that is maintained during the relative movement of the printhead and the image receiving surface;
identify the at least one curved path for movement of the printhead that is used to form the corresponding at least one curved swath with an arrangement of extrusion material extruded from a first nozzle and a second nozzle in the printhead with reference to the image data for the one layer of the three-dimensional object; and
operate the at least one actuator to move the printhead along the plurality of paths including the at least one curved path while operating the plurality of valves to activate more than one nozzle in the printhead simultaneously to extrude a plurality of patterns of the extrusion material on the image receiving surface that correspond to the plurality of swaths to substantially fill the predetermined region formed within the outline of the predetermined region, the operation of the plurality of valves including operating the valve corresponding to the first nozzle in the printhead to form a first arrangement of extruded material along the at least one curved path and operating the valve corresponding to the second nozzle in the printhead to form a second arrangement of extrusion material along the at least once curved path by activating and deactivating the valve corresponding to the second nozzle with reference to a ratio of a length of the first arrangement to a length of the second arrangement to enable the second arrangement of extruded material to have a same height and density as the first arrangement of extruded material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,990

COMPOSITE FLOOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

ZHEJIANG KINGDOM PLASTICS...

1. A manufacturing method of a composite floor, comprising following steps:S1: respectively mixing raw materials of a stone-plastic layer and raw materials of a stone-plastic foaming layer;
S2: preheating the mixed raw materials of the stone-plastic foaming layer through a plurality of heating zones, temperature of the plurality of heating zones being first reduced and then increased in sequence, a final temperature being 160-190° C.; and simultaneously preheating the mixed raw materials of the stone-plastic layer through a plurality of heating zones, temperature of the plurality of heating zones being first reduced and then increased in sequence, and a final temperature being 160-190° C.;
S3: extruding the preheated raw materials of the stone-plastic foaming layer into a layer, and extruding the preheated raw materials of the stone-plastic layer into two layers, namely a first stone-plastic layer and a second stone-plastic layer, the first stone-plastic layer being extruded on the stone-plastic foaming layer, the second stone-plastic layer being extruded beneath the stone-plastic foaming layer, and the first stone-plastic layer, the stone-plastic foaming layer and the second stone-plastic layer forming a coextrusion layer semi-finished product; and
S4: moving the coextrusion layer semi-finished product to be between a pair of oppositely-arranged pressing rollers for compression moulding, a temperature of the pressing rollers ranging from 180° C. to 210° C., and a space between the pair of pressing rollers being 0.7 mm-1.3 mm subtracted from a thickness of the coextrusion layer semi-finished product;
wherein the preheating process of the raw materials of the stone-plastic foaming layer goes through five heating zones in sequence, temperature of the five heating zones being as below, respectively: a first zone 175-205° C., a second zone 170-205° C., a third zone 155-185° C., a fourth zone 150-180° C., and a fifth zone 160-190° C.; and the preheating process of the raw materials of the stone-plastic layer goes through five heating zones in sequence, temperature of the five heating zones being as below, respectively: a first zone 175-205° C., a second zone 170-205° C., a third zone 155-185° C., a fourth zone 150-180° C., and a fifth zone 160-190° C.

US Pat. No. 10,335,989

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BEARING CAGE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a bearing cage molded by injecting a melted resin into a cavity from a plurality of resin injection gates provided at a peripheral portion of a substantially annular cavity formed in a mold, wherein,the bearing cage includes
a substantially annular base portion,
a plurality and an even number of pillars projecting in an axial direction from an axial lateral surface of the base portion at a predetermined interval in a circumferential direction, and
pockets whose number is equal to a number of the pillars formed by mutually facing surfaces of a pair of adjacent pillars and the axial lateral surface of the base portion,
the resin injection gates are provided in half of a plurality of the pillars respectively,
the pillar provided with the resin injection gate and the pillar not provided with the resin injection gate are arranged alternately in the circumferential direction,
a cross-sectional area of one resin injection gate is larger than cross-sectional areas of the other resin injection gates among a plurality of the resin injection gates,
a resin reservoir capable of storing the melted resin is provided in:
(a) the pillar radially facing the pillar provided with the resin injection gate having a cross-sectional area larger than those of the other resin injection gates among a plurality of the pillars not provided with the resin injection gate; or
(b) the pillar in the vicinity of the pillar facing the pillar provided with the resin injection gate having a cross-sectional area larger than those of the other resin injection gates among the plurality of the pillars not provided with the resin injection gate, and
a cross-sectional area of a communicating portion of the resin reservoir which communicates with the pillar is smaller than the smallest of cross-sectional areas of a plurality of the resin injection gates.

US Pat. No. 10,335,988

INJECTION MOLD WITH A TRANSFER LOADER AND ASSOCIATED INJECTION METHOD

JP GROSFILLEY, Martignat...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,987

MULTILAYER BODY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,986

REFLECTIVE DISPLAY DEVICE, INJECTION MOLD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING REFLECTIVE DISPLAY DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A reflective display device comprising:a substrate that has an upper side surface, a right side surface and a left side surface each including a surface of arithmetic average roughness of at least 5 ?m, and that is formed by injection-molding cycloolefin-based resin; and
a vapor-deposited film for a half mirror formed of SiOx, where x is 1 or more and 2 or less, formed on a display surface of the substrate, the display surface being a first surface,
wherein, when viewed from the display surface side, two corner portions on an upper side of the substrate each has a curved portion of a radius of at least 1 mm,
wherein, when viewed from the display surface side, two corner portions on a lower side of the substrate each has an edge portion, and
wherein, when viewed from the upper side surface, the right side surface and the left side surface, an area of a first surface side portion is larger than an area of a second surface side portion with respect to a parting line for an injection molding as a boundary, the second surface side portion being on an opposite side of the first surface side portion with respect to the parting line, and the substrate includes a level difference portion where the second surface side portion is formed recessed with respect to the first surface side portion with the parting line as the boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,335,985

MOLDED POCKET IN TRANSACTION CARD CONSTRUCTION

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing a transaction card, the method comprising:forming a transaction card frame within a mold, wherein the mold comprises a pin configured to release the transaction card from the mold;
extending the pin into at least one recessed portion of the transaction card frame, wherein the at least one recessed portion of the transaction card frame is configured for affixing one or more electronic components; and
releasing the transaction card frame from the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,335,984

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,982

BEAD IMMOBILISATION METHOD AND BEAD ARRAYS MADE THEREBY

SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF T...

1. A bead immobilization method, comprising: receiving at least one bead in at least one well in a casting surface, and casting a casting material over the casting surface to form a reverse casting in which the at least one bead is cast onto at least one post upstanding from a surface of the reverse casting.

US Pat. No. 10,335,981

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a first substrate comprising a display panel in which a display region and a peripheral region are defined, wherein the peripheral region surrounds the display region;
a second substrate disposed opposite the first substrate such that a first space is formed between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a first member disposed at a bottom surface of the second substrate corresponding to the peripheral region of the first substrate;
a second member which surrounds the first substrate, the second substrate, and the first member, the second member being in direct contact with opposing side portions of the second substrate, the second member being spaced apart from opposing portions of the first substrate such that a second space is formed between the first substrate and the second member; and
a resin layer disposed at the first space and the second space, the resin layer being in direct contact with an upper surface and opposing side portions of the first substrate, a lower surface of the second substrate, and a first surface of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,980

DUST SUCTION DRILL AND DUST SUCTION UNIT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA MIYANAGA...

1. A dust suction drill comprising:a drill tip with cutting edge portions formed on a distal end of the drill tip;
a shaft joined to the drill tip and configured to rotate about an axis line; and
a dust suction passage for sucking dust that is generated when the cutting edge portions rotate, the dust suction passage being formed inside the shaft, wherein
the dust suction passage is formed extending substantially parallel to the axis line;
the cutting edge portions and the drill tip are made of a metal and integrally formed together,
the cutting edge portions are provided on a distal end surface of the drill tip and spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction,
cutting edges, each of which is formed by a joint ridge between a rake face and a relief face of a corresponding one of the cutting edge portions, are arranged radially, and at a center of the drill tip, form a chisel point, which is a pointed end, and
a dust suction hole, which communicates with the dust suction passage, is formed in the rake face or the relief face closely to the chisel point, or formed over the joint ridge between the rake face and the relief face closely to the chisel point; and further including
an auxiliary passage, which communicates with the dust suction passage and in which a removal member for pushing dust out of the dust suction passage is insertable, is formed in the shaft; and
an auxiliary passage closing cover that is attached to the shaft, the auxiliary passage closing cover being configured to rotate about the axis line and switch a state of the auxiliary passage between a closed state and an open state by rotating about the axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,335,979

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

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,978

FABRICATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES USING REFLOWED MOLDING

Honeywell International I...

1. A method of fabricating one or more three-dimensional (3D) structures, the method comprising:forming a patterned area in a handle wafer;
bonding a mold wafer over the patterned area to produce one or more sealed cavities having a first pressure in the handle wafer;
heating the mold wafer past a softening point of the mold wafer at a second pressure different from the first pressure to create a differential pressure across the mold wafer over the one or more sealed cavities;
cooling the mold wafer to harden the mold wafer into one or more 3D shapes over the one or more sealed cavities;
depositing one or more materials on an outer surface of the mold wafer over the one or more 3D shapes to form a structure layer having one or more 3D structures that conform to the hardened one or more 3D shapes of the mold wafer, wherein the structure layer is formed without reflowing the deposited one or more materials;
bonding the one or more 3D structures to a device wafer; and
removing the handle wafer to expose the one or more 3D structures on the device wafer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,973

HYDRO-FORMED FILM WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL MICRO-APERTURES

TREDEGAR FILM PRODUCTS CO...

1. A film comprising:a polymeric web having first and second opposing, substantially planar web surfaces; and
a plurality of three dimensional perforations through the polymeric web, each three dimensional perforation comprising a hollow protrusion extending from the first planar web surface, each protrusion having an apex, an opening at the apex having a circumference defined, at least in part, by a plurality of irregularly shaped petals, and an elliptical cross-section parallel to the planar surface of the web, the elliptical cross-section having a protrusion axis ratio in a range of 0.65 to 1.35,
wherein the plurality of three dimensional perforations were formed using a hydroforming process, and
wherein the localized protrusions are formed in the web in a two-dimensional pattern having a mesh count in a range of about 40 to about 75.

US Pat. No. 10,335,972

TABLE SAWS

SawStop Holding LLC, Tua...

1. A table saw comprising:a table;
a housing supporting the table;
a circular blade;
a motor that spins the blade;
electronics that detect contact between the blade and a person;
a safety system that stops or retracts the blade when contact between the blade and a person is detected;
a first switch that is switchable between an “on” position and an “off” position to start and stop the motor; and
a second switch to bypass the safety system, where the second switch is moveable from a first position to a second position, and where the second switch does not stay in the second position unless held in that position by a user;
where switching the first switch to the “on” position while the user is holding the second switch in the second position bypasses the safety system and starts the motor, but switching the first switch to the “on” position after the user moved the second switch to the second position and then released the second switch does not bypass the safety system.

US Pat. No. 10,335,971

APPARATUS FOR DIVERTING SOLID FOOD PIECES SUSPENDED IN A FLOWING LIQUID

Vanmark Equipment LLC, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,970

RAZOR WITH DETACHABLE REPLACEMENT BLADE

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,969

SHAVING CARTRIDGE WITH ENHANCED RINSING

1. A razor cartridge, comprising:a cartridge body including an elongate opening having a total area, and further comprising;
first and second trapezoidal chutes formed by a surface of the cartridge body, first and second side walls, a respective outer wall and a vertical wall separating first and second volumes defined by the first and second trapezoidal chutes, each trapezoidal chute having a fluid inlet and an fluid outlet, the fluid outlets coinciding with a portion of the elongate opening, and a an area of the fluid inlet of the first and second trapezoidal chutes exceeds an area of a corresponding one of the fluid outlets;
a plurality of blades arranged longitudinally within the elongate opening; and
wherein the first and second trapezoidal chutes are on opposite ends of the cartridge body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,968

RAZOR HEAD

XIANGRONG REN, Wenzhou (...

1. A razor head, comprising:a head frame having a front frame wall, a rear frame wall and a side frame wall, the front frame wall and the rear frame wall arranged in a lengthwise direction of the head frame, with a determined spacing, and integrated together by means of the side frame wall;
a razor blade arranged along a lengthwise direction of the head frame and between the front frame wall and the rear frame wall, and adapted to assemble on the side frame wall, with a cutting edge of the razor blade facing the front frame wall;
an independent trimming unit arranged along the lengthwise direction of the head frame and adapted to assemble on the side frame wall, with a receiving groove being defined by the trimming unit and the rear frame wall and arranged along the lengthwise direction of the head frame; and
a lubricating strip arranged along the lengthwise direction of the head frame and inserted into the receiving groove, and the lubricating strip being clamped by the trimming unit and the rear frame wall;
wherein a receiving cavity is defined by the front frame wall, the rear frame wall and the side frame wall to accommodate the razor blade, a resilient leg is extended from the side frame wall and toward the receiving cavity, and the razor blade is limited by the resilient leg once the razor blade moves along a first direction and is assembled on the resilient leg.

US Pat. No. 10,335,967

SHAVER WITH LIGHT SOURCE

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An electrically operable shaver with an elongate shaver handle housing defining a longitudinal axis, a shaver head moveable with respect to the shaver handle housing comprising at least one short-hair cutter unit and at least one long-hair trimmer unit, an additional long-hair trimmer unit disposed on the shaver handle housing, which is movable substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis between a retracted idle position and an extended operating position and at least one light source, wherein, the light source is movable substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis between a retracted position and an extended position and the light source is mounted on or integrated in the additional long-hair trimmer unit and wherein the shaver head is angled relative to longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,966

CLIPPERS FOR NOSE AND EAR HAIRS

1. A motorized clipper for trimming hairs which grow in the nose and ear cavities of users, which comprises:a handle defining a central longitudinal axis; and
a shaving head mounted to said handle and configured for insertion within a nose or an ear cavity of a user, said shaving head including a pair of moving blades and a stationary blade, said stationary blade having slots for the penetration of the hairs on a front face and on a side face thereof as viewed in a direction of introduction of said shaver head into a cavity to be trimmed, said stationary blade also includes slots for the penetration of hairs on a rear face thereof also allowing cutting of hairs upon a withdrawal of said shaving head from the cavity to be trimmed,
wherein said side face defines a cylindrical wall having a constant diameter extending along said central longitudinal axis; and wherein said front face and wherein said rear face each contiguously extend from said cylindrical wall of said side face and taper radially inwardly relative to said central longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,965

KNIFE HAVING AN RFID TRANSPONDER ARRANGED ON THE TANG

21. A knife comprising:a knife blade having a tang;
an RFID transponder which is fixed to the tang; and
a knife handle which surrounds the tang and the RFID transponder;
wherein the knife blade is produced from steel metal;
wherein the RFID transponder has an antenna and at least a portion of the antenna of the RFID transponder is constructed in a planar manner and is arranged parallel with a planar lateral face of the tang;
wherein the at least one planar portion of the antenna which is arranged parallel with the planar lateral face of the tang is arranged in front of the planar lateral face with a spacing of a maximum of 2 mm;
wherein the antenna of the RFID transponder has two mutually galvanically separated antenna portions, and only one of the antenna portions is galvanically connected to the tang, and wherein the antenna portions have a different capacitance and/or inductivity.

US Pat. No. 10,335,964

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A robot control system comprising:a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance from an operating region of a robot main body to a person who is approaching the region;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire, by a wirelessly transmitted signal, information necessary to acquire a safety skill level of the person, which is stored in a recording medium possessed by the person; and
a control device configured to control operation of the robot main body and acquiring the distance and the information from the distance measuring unit and the information acquisition unit, wherein
the control device is configured to classify the distance into a short distance, which is a distance within the operating region, a long distance, which is a distance that exceeds a movable region of the robot main body, and an intermediate distance, which is a distance between the short distance and the long distance,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the long distance, the control device operates the robot main body without deceleration,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the short distance, the control device stops the operation of the robot main body,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the intermediate distance and the safety skill level indicates an expert, the control device operates the robot main body without deceleration,
in a case in which the distance belongs to the intermediate distance and the safety skill level indicates a beginner, the control device operates the robot main body in a decelerated state such that the person takes action to ensure their own safety, and
in a case in which the distance belongs to the intermediate distance and the safety skill level is not acquired, the control device stops the operation of the robot main body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,963

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a data holding unit configured to hold information on a shape of a target object;
an approximate position-orientation obtaining unit configured to obtain an approximate position-orientation of the target object;
a positional information obtaining unit configured to obtain positional information of the target object by measuring the target object by a noncontact sensor;
a contact position information obtaining unit configured to obtain positional information of contact positions touched by a contact sensor when the contact sensor is brought into contact with the target object;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first accuracy information indicating accuracy of the positional information of the target object obtained by the positional information obtaining unit and second accuracy information indicating accuracy of the positional information of the contact positions obtained by the contact position obtaining unit; and
a position-orientation obtaining unit configured to obtain a position-orientation of the target object by associating the shape information of the target object held in the data holding unit with at least one of the positional information of the target object and the positional information of the contact positions in accordance with the approximate position-orientation, the first accuracy information, and the second accuracy information.

US Pat. No. 10,335,962

COMPREHENSIVE FAULT DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS OF ROBOTS

KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVES LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,961

SUPPORT ARM SYSTEM WITH AT LEAST ONE LOCKABLE ARTICULATED CONNECTION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A SUPPORT ARM SYSTEM

1. A support arm system comprising at least one lockable articulated connection with a pivot axis, the articulated connection comprising a locking device associated with the articulated connection, the locking device comprising:at least one brake shoe lever applying a braking force at the articulated connection, the braking force being applied perpendicular to the pivot axis;
a passive drive, passively applying a passive drive force on the at least one brake shoe lever; and
an actuating device associated with the locking device, the actuating device comprising an active drive applying an active drive force relative to the passive drive force, upon being actuated, wherein the active drive force acts in a same plane as the passive drive force and the braking force is applied in said same plane or in a plane which is parallel to said same plane and closely adjacent to said same plane.

US Pat. No. 10,335,960

KEY FOR ACTUATING A PLURALITY OF HUMANOID ROBOT MECHANISMS

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE,...

1. An equipment item comprising:a key comprising two slender fingers of axes substantially parallel one another, the fingers of the key comprise, at their end, a bevel;
a humanoid-type robot comprising several mechanisms that can be actuated from outside the robot, one of the mechanisms is a removable outer shell, and
a clip that is configured to hold the removable outer shell against the robot, the clip comprises a lateral deformable element and an axial deformable element, wherein
each of the mechanisms comprises a connection interface into which the key can be inserted, the connection interface of each of the mechanisms being configured such that the insertion of the key actuates the mechanism, the connection interface of each of the mechanisms comprises two tubular orifices of axes substantially parallel to one another, configured to allow the simultaneous insertion of the two fingers of the key into the two orifices to actuate the mechanism,
the fingers and the orifices being configured symmetrically such that each finger can be inserted into one or other of the two orifices, and
the connection interface of the shell is configured such that upon the insertion of the key into the connection interface of the shell, the bevel of the fingers displaces the lateral deformable element then the axial deformable element of the clip, releasing the shell from the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,335,959

JOINT DRIVING APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A joint driving apparatus comprising:a housing unit fixed to a first link;
a driving unit housed in the housing unit and adapted to rotationally drive a second link, an output shaft of the driving unit being connected to the second link;
a bearing fixed to the housing unit, the bearing (i) adapted to rotatably support the second link and (ii) configured to couple the second link to the housing unit; and
a supporting unit configured to couple the driving unit to the housing unit and configured to support the driving unit on the housing unit, the supporting unit including (i) an elastic body configured to deform according to a relative movement of the driving unit in relation to the housing unit in a rotating direction of the second link and (ii) a sensor configured to measure a torque based on the deformation of the elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,335,958

ROBOTIC END EFFECTOR QUICK CHANGE MECHANISM WITH SWITCHABLE MAGNETIC COUPLER

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A robotic end effector quick change coupling apparatus comprising:a robotic manipulator having controllable motion in at least one axis;
a drive motor assembly connected to the robotic manipulator and having a center drive interface;
a coupling component extending from the drive motor assembly and having a magnetic element;
an end effector having a mating coupling component and having a drive connection adapted to removably receive the center drive interface, said mating coupling component concentric with the drive connection and having a mating magnetic element, said magnetic element and mating magnetic element separably engaged by mutual magnetic attraction;
a tool holder incorporating a relief sized to closely receive the profile of the end effector, said tool holder adapted to removably receive and secure said end effector whereby motion of the robotic manipulator in the at least one axis joins or separates the coupling component and the mating coupling component and the robotic manipulator engages or disengages the end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,335,957

MAGNETICALLY ACTIVATED TOOL CHANGER

ATI Industrial Automation...

1. A robotic tool changer, comprising:a tool unit operative to connect to a robotic tool; and
a master unit operative to connect to a robotic arm, wherein the master unit includes:
a housing;
a piston disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to place the master unit in one of a coupled state and a decoupled state, wherein the coupled state is associated with the master unit being securely coupled to the tool unit and the decoupled state is associated with the master unit being decoupled from the tool unit;
wherein the master unit is operative to assume the coupled state in response to altering an orientation of magnetic fields, by circumferentially moving a first magnetic member at least partially about the piston axis between a first radial position and a second radial position, to provide a first magnetic force that moves the piston to the coupled state and holds it there; and
wherein the master unit is operative to assume the decoupled state in response to altering an orientation of the magnetic fields to provide a second magnetic force that moves the piston to the decoupled state;
a first magnetic member projecting a plurality of magnetic fields over different surface areas of the first magnetic member, the magnetic fields having a same orientation or at least two of the magnetic fields having opposite orientation, the first magnetic member operative to circumferentially move at least partially about the piston axis between a first radial position and a second radial position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,956

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACQUIRING AND MOVING OBJECTS

Berkshire Grey, Inc., Le...

1. A method of engaging and moving an object using a programmable motion system, said method comprising the steps of:engaging the object with a primary end effector of a primary acquisition system;
moving the object toward a secondary retention system;
retaining the object with the secondary retention system, said step of retaining the object with the secondary retention system being independent of the prior steps of engaging the object and moving the object such that movement of the secondary retention system is not dependent on movement of the primary acquisition system, wherein the secondary retention system includes a retention area that is defined by at least one wall and a floor;
disengaging the object from the primary acquisition system;
transporting the object to an output destination; and
releasing the object from the secondary retention system by dropping the object through the floor of the retention area.

US Pat. No. 10,335,955

PROXIMITY SENSOR ARRANGEMENT

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A proximity sensor arrangement comprising:a substrate;
a circuit board carrying contact surfaces which are mounted on a surface of the substrate; and
at least one support which carries contact surfaces complementary to the contact surfaces of the circuit board, and at least one proximity sensor, the proximity sensor comprising a measuring electrode and a shield electrode extending between the measuring electrode and the surface,
wherein the substrate and support are configured for being plug-connected in a plugging direction running parallel to the surface of the substrate, and wherein plug connecting said substrate and support is configured to bring the contact surfaces of the circuit board and of the support into contact.

US Pat. No. 10,335,954

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING DIALOGS OF A ROBOT

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE,...

1. A computer-implemented method of handling an audio dialog between a robot and a human user, the method comprising:during said audio dialog, receiving audio data and converting said audio data into text data;
in response to said text data, determining a dialog topic, said dialog topic comprising a dialog content and a dialog voice skin, wherein the dialog content comprises a plurality of sentences, and the dialog voice skin includes audio rendering modifications and voice skin parameters including frequency, velocity and tone;
determining a sentence to be rendered in audio by the robot;
receiving a modification request of said determined dialog sentence, wherein the modification request is a vote of a plurality of parties;
applying one or more moderation rules to the modified determined dialog sentence according to said modification request, wherein the one or more moderation rules comprise one or more filters, said one or more filters comprising blacklists of one or more words or whitelists of one or more words; and
producing a dialog expression based on the modified determined dialog sentence and the one or more moderation rules.

US Pat. No. 10,335,953

PHARMACY AUTOMATION USING AUTONOMOUS ROBOT

1. A pharmacy automation system comprising a robot, the robot being configured to:automatically create a schedule for delivery of a prescribed medication at regular intervals to a patient with a chronic illness, the schedule being based on the refill rate of the prescribed medication prescribed for the patient;
communicate the schedule electronically to the patient in advance of the time at which the delivery is to be made;
receive approval of the schedule from the patient and patient's doctor;
determine the mode of pick-up from the scheduled; and
deliver the prescribed medication;
wherein the mode of pick-up is self-pick or proxy pick-up, wherein the robot is further configured to:
interact with an inventory of goods to determine if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy;
if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy:
use an internal mapping of at least a portion of the pharmacy to interact with a medication dispenser to fill a container with the prescribed medication, and store the container;
when the patient or the proxy arrives to pick up the prescribed medication, to check and approve an identification of the patient or the proxy; and
retrieve the container with the prescribed medication and hand the container with the prescribed medication over to the patient or proxy.

US Pat. No. 10,335,952

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF MOBILE ROBOTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

16. A system, comprising:a mobile robot;
a tracking system that monitors a selectively permeable virtual membrane and a current location of the mobile robot in a physical space, wherein the physical space comprises a first area separated from a second area by the selectively permeable virtual membrane, and a software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot with regard to the second area;
a memory storing a computer program; and
a processor that executes the computer program, wherein the computer program:
assigns the software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot to the second area;
assigns the selectively permeable virtual membrane to a location in the physical space;
identifies a software state of the mobile robot, wherein the software state of the mobile robot matches the software requirement;
determines whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement; and
allows the mobile robot to move from the first area to the second area through the selectively permeable virtual membrane in response to determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement.

US Pat. No. 10,335,951

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,950

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot control apparatus comprising:a storage unit that stores an operating program and a kinematic parameter used in a formula representing a relationship between displacement of each drive axis of a robot and a position and an orientation of a leading end of the robot; and
a drive unit that operates the drive axis of the robot based on the operating program and the kinematic parameter stored in the storage unit,
wherein, in order for the leading end of the robot to assume a position and an orientation at the time of teaching even when the kinematic parameter has been updated after teaching of the operating program and when the drive axis is operated by executing the operating program using the present kinematic parameter,
the storage unit stores the kinematic parameter before updating,
the drive unit corrects position data of at least one teaching point in the operating program based on the kinematic parameter before updating, stored in the storage unit, and the present kinematic parameter, and
the drive unit corrects position data of at least one teaching point of the operating program taught before updating of the kinematic parameter, the position data being corrected by using a difference between an angle of the drive axis at which the same position and orientation of the leading end of the robot as those at the time of teaching are realized by using the kinematic parameter before updating and an angle of the drive axis at which the same position and orientation of the leading end of the robot as those at the time of teaching are realized by using the present kinematic parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,949

SYSTEM FOR OPERATING MOBILE ROBOT BASED ON COMPLEX MAP INFORMATION AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

1. A mobile robot comprising:a memory; and
a controller,
wherein the controller selects cleaning area information stored in the memory, recognizes a position of the mobile robot within a cleaning area, and causes the mobile robot to clean the cleaning area based on the selected cleaning area information and the recognized position using feature point maps including feature point information for the cleaning area,
wherein the controller obtains images of the cleaning area while the mobile robot moves from a first position to a second position within the cleaning area, and extracts feature point information from the obtained images to configure a temporary feature point map,
wherein the controller calculates odometry information using inertia information obtained during the movement of the mobile robot from the first position to the second position, and predicts a movement point based on the calculated odometry information,
wherein the controller compares the temporary feature point map with feature point maps associated with the predicted movement point and a vicinity of the predicted movement point without comparing the temporary feature point map with all feature point maps which constitute a loaded composite of cleaning area information, and
wherein the controller determines, based on the comparison of the temporary feature point map with the feature point maps associated with the predicted movement point and a vicinity of the predicted movement point, a position having a highest matching rate as the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,948

ABNORMALITY DETERMINING DEVICE AND ABNORMALITY DETERMINING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,947

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH PIECE-LOSS MANAGEMENT MECHANISM

MUJIN, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

19. A tangible, non-transient computer-readable medium having processor instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a robotic system via one or more processors thereof, cause the robotic system to:calculate a base motion plan, wherein the base motion plan includes a first set of actuator commands, actuator settings, or a combination thereof, that is configured to operate a robotic arm and a gripper to transfer a target object from a start location to a task location;
receive a contact measure while executing the base motion plan, wherein the contact measure represents an amount of grip of the gripper on the target object measured by a contact sensor;
determine that the contact measure fails to satisfy a threshold;
track a progress of executing the base motion plan, wherein the progress is associated with a horizontal transfer of the target object; and
selectively generate a second set of actuator commands, actuator settings, or a combination thereof based on the determination and the progress for operating the robotic arm, the gripper, or a combination thereof to deviate from the base motion plan and execute one or more response actions not included in the base motion plan.

US Pat. No. 10,335,946

COMPOSITIONAL IMPEDANCE PROGRAMMING FOR ROBOTS

Massachusetts Institute o...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,945

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORT APPARTATUS WITH MULTIPLE MOVABLE ARMS UTILIZING A MECHANICAL SWITCH MECHANISM

Brooks Automation, Inc., ...

1. A substrate transport apparatus comprising:a drive section having coaxial drive shafts and at least a first and a second independently controllable motor coupled to a respective first and second drive shaft of the coaxial drive shafts;
a first articulated arm having a first arm link and a first end effector connected to the first arm link for holding a substrate thereon;
a second articulated arm having a second arm link and a second end effector connected to the second arm link for holding a substrate thereon; and
each of the first and second arm links being rotatably joined by the coaxial drive shafts to rotors of both of the first and second independently controllable motors such that simultaneous movement of the first and second independently controllable motors effects extension of an extension arm of the first and second articulated arms and rotation of a rotating retracted arm of the first and second articulated arms wherein the first articulated arm is respectively the extension arm while the second articulated arm is the rotating retracted arm and is the rotating retracted arm while the second articulated arm is the extension arm, so that each of the first arm link supporting the first end effector respectively become extension arm links as each of the second arm link supporting the second end effector respectively become rotating retracted arm links and so that each of the second arm link supporting the second end effector respectively become extension arm links as each of the first arm link supporting the first end effector respectively become rotating retracted arm links that are rotated in a substantially retracted configuration so that each of the rotating retracted arm links of the rotating retracted arm being rotated in the substantially retracted configuration, is maintained in a substantially constant position, with respect to each other rotating retracted arm link of the rotating retracted arm being rotated in the substantially retracted configuration, by a common drive shaft, of the coaxial drive shafts, rotating in a common direction relative to and substantially simultaneously with the rotating retracted arm effecting extension of the extension arm with rotation of the rotating retracted arm being rotated in the substantially retracted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,335,944

ROBOT WRIST STRUCTURE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,943

ROBOT ARM MECHANISM

Life Robotics Inc., Toky...

1. A robot arm mechanism including a plurality of joints, whereinthe plurality of joints include a first joint, a second joint, a third joint, a fourth joint, a fifth joint and a sixth joint,
the first joint is a rotational joint that rotates on a first axis,
the second joint is a rotational joint that rotates on a second axis,
the third joint is a linear motion joint that moves along a third axis,
the second axis is perpendicular to the first axis and is a first distance away from the first axis, and
the third axis is perpendicular to the second axis and is a second distance away from the second axis,
the fourth joint is a rotational joint that rotates on a fourth axis that substantially matches the third axis,
the fifth joint is a rotational joint that rotates on a fifth axis perpendicular to the fourth axis,
the sixth joint is a rotational joint that rotates on a sixth axis perpendicular to the fourth axis and the fifth axis, and
the first to sixth joints are arranged in order from the base,
wherein the first distance is different from the second distance,
wherein a distance between the fifth axis and the sixth axis is different from a difference between the first distance and the second distance, and
wherein the robot arm mechanism prevents or eliminates singular point postures.

US Pat. No. 10,335,942

SIMULTANEOUS PIVOTING AND TRANSLATION OF ROBOT ARM OF STORAGE LIBRARY

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,941

MARKING TEMPLATE TOOL

1. A tool for inscribing markings onto a medium, comprising:a circular body, the circular body having a mounting hole in a center of the circular body, and at least one slit extending in a line that intersects the center toward an outer edge of the circular body; and
a plurality of drawing holes in a face of the circular body, each drawing hole a different predetermined radial distance from the mounting hole;
wherein the at least one slit has a guide line inscribed on a side of the slit, the guide line aligning the side of the slit for marking a line using the slit, the alignment line positioned on the edge of the slit at which a line is to be drawn.

US Pat. No. 10,335,940

PREP TOOL

THE SHERWIN WILLIAMS COMP...

1. A tool, comprising:a unitary plate having a first end, a second end opposite thereto, a length between the first end and the second end, and a thickness, the first end forming a front end of a blade portion and the second end forming a rear end of a tang portion;
the blade portion including a rear end opposite the front end of the blade portion;
the tang portion include a front end opposite the rear end of the tang portion;
a hilt member that receives the unitary plate and is located at a position on the unitary plate that transitions from the rear end of the blade portion to the front end of the tang portion, wherein the hilt member includes a front rim, a through passage that is configured to receive the unitary plate such that the front rim abuts the rear end of the blade portion, a ridge proximate to the front rim, the ridge surrounds the through passage, and one or more additional ridges proximate to the ridge in which the additional ridges are lengthwise from the ridge to a tab on the hilt member, wherein the tab includes a notch;
the tang portion includes a first hole proximate to the front end of the tang portion, a second hole proximate to the rear end of the tang portion, a slot positioned in between the first hole and the second hole, a rivet hole proximate to the rear end of the tang portion, and at least one barb on each side of the tang portion in between the second hole and the rivet hole;
a body that extends from the front rim to the rear end of the tang portion, wherein the body is integrated to the tang portion through at least one of the slot or the second hole;
the body includes a first aligned hole that aligns with the first hole and a second aligned hole that aligns with the rivet hole;
a rear rim formed on the body at a location between the second hole and the rivet hole;
a pin inserted through the first hole and the first aligned hole to secure the tang portion to the body;
an overlay on the body that extends from the front rim to the rear rim; and
a hammerhead cap coupled to an end of the body that includes a rivet inserted through the rivet hole and the second aligned hole to fasten the hammerhead cap to the body in contact with the rear rim.

US Pat. No. 10,335,939

LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR HYDRAULIC HAMMER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,938

CUSHION DEVICE FOR CYLINDER OF PNEUMATIC TOOL

1. A cushion device for a cylinder of a pneumatic tool, and the pneumatic tool comprising:a body including a grip and a fitting sleeve fitted with the grip, the fitting sleeve having a chamber defined therein, a closing element formed on a first end thereof, and an opening formed on a second end thereof, the closing element having an accommodation trough defined on a first side thereof facing the opening;
a cylinder slidably fitted in the chamber of the fitting sleeve, and a part of the cylinder extending out of the fitting sleeve from the opening of the chamber, the cylinder including a room formed therein and an abutting portion adjacent to the closing element of the chamber of the fitting sleeve;
a valve unit mounted between the room and the abutting portion of the cylinder;
a piston member accommodated in the room of the cylinder and sliding forward and backward along a movement axis;
a cushion washer being flexible and mounted in the chamber of the fitting sleeve, and the cushion washer abutting against the closing element of the chamber of the fitting sleeve and the pressing face of the abutting portion of the cylinder, wherein the cushion washer includes at least one open segment arranged on at least one end thereof corresponding to the closing element, the at least one open segment has the at least one air groove, and each of the at least one air groove having a mouth parallel to the movement axis of the piston member, the cushion washer also includes a raised close segment formed on a second end thereof and corresponding to the pressing face; and
at least one spring fixed in the chamber of the fitting sleeve and housed in the accommodation trough of the closing element, wherein the at least one spring is pressed by the cushion washer to distort.

US Pat. No. 10,335,937

FASTENER-DRIVING TOOL INCLUDING A FASTENING RESULT DETECTOR

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener-driving tool comprising:a housing;
a cylinder within the housing;
a piston slidably disposed within the cylinder;
a driver blade extending from the piston;
a signal generator movable with the piston relative to the cylinder;
a plurality of sensors associated with the cylinder, each sensor configured to generate a signal based on movement of the signal generator relative to the sensor; and
a controller configured to communicate with the sensors and, responsive to receiving at least one of the signals, determine whether a positive fastening result or a negative fastening result has occurred based on at least one of the signals.

US Pat. No. 10,335,936

FIRING CONTROL DEVICE FOR A PNEUMATIC TOOL

Basso Industry Corp., Ta...

1. A firing control device adapted for use in a pneumatic tool, the pneumatic tool including a casing that defines a main chamber and an operating chamber therein, a safety member that is movably mounted to the casing, a trigger assembly that is pivotally mounted to the casing, and a valve rod that is movable relative to the casing, when both of the safety member and the trigger assembly are depressed, the valve rod being activated for preventing fluid communication between the main chamber and the operating chamber and for releasing the pressure in the operating chamber so as to fire a fastener, said firing control device comprising:a flow path unit adapted to be connected to the main chamber, the operating chamber and the outside of the pneumatic tool;
a conditioning valve assembly including a conditioning valve that is movably disposed in said flow path unit and that removably blocks fluid communication between the main chamber and the operating chamber via said flow path unit; and
a switch valve assembly including a switch valve that is movably disposed in said flow path unit, said switch valve being activated upon the depression of the trigger assembly to prevent fluid communication between said flow path unit and the outside, and to permit the pressure in the casing to move said conditioning valve, said conditioning valve being moved to permit the fluid communication between the main chamber and the operating chamber via said flow path unit when said switch valve is continuously activated by a predetermined time period, so that the fluid communication between the main chamber and the operating chamber is maintained upon the activation of the valve rod, and the fastener is prevented from being fired.

US Pat. No. 10,335,935

TORQUE WRENCH WITH SHOCK ABSORPTION

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A tool having a handle portion and a drive head, the tool comprising:a control housing extending from the drive head and including first and second housing portions;
a controller disposed in the control housing;
a display disposed between the first housing portion and the controller, the display having opposing first and second surfaces, the first surface facing the first housing portion and the second surface facing the controller and the second housing portion; and
first and second materials adapted to absorb impact forces to protect the display when the tool experiences an impact force, the first material is disposed between the second surface and the controller, and the second material is disposed between the first surface and the first housing portion;
a battery tray disposed in the handle portion;
an end cap coupled to an end of the battery tray;
a flange disposed in the handle portion and
a third material disposed between the end of the battery tray and the flange, wherein the end cap and the battery tray are adapted to slide within the handle portion and the third material is adapted to compress upon application of an impact force to the end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,335,934

TOOL HAVING DUAL FLEX HEADS

Walter R. Tucker Enterpri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,933

ADJUSTABLE SOCKET WRENCH

1. An adjustable wrench, said adjustable wrench comprising:a wrench casing that forms an orbital cavity said orbital cavity comprising a pocket with a curved or rounded lower interior surface;
a drive head positioned in said orbital cavity such that a portion of said drive head is concentric to said curved or rounded lower interior surface of said orbital cavity formed in said wrench casing;
a drive gear;
a pawl gear;
an axis pin bushing;
at least one drive head axis pin that connects said drive head to said axis pin bushing such that said drive head can rotate about a first axis with respect to said wrench casing;
at least one drive gear axis pin that is mounted in a hole in said drive gear that connects said drive gear to said axis pin bushing such that said drive head can rotate about a second axis with respect to said wrench casing; and
a retaining plate that holds said drive head in said orbital cavity in said wrench casing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,932

BRAKING STRUCTURE OF RATCHET WRENCH

1. A braking structure of a ratchet wrench comprising:a wrench head, having an operating portion, a rear end of the wrench head being a head pivoting portion, a peripheral of the head pivoting portion having a plurality of urging grooves;
a wrench handle, a front end of the wrench handle having a handle pivoting portion that is pivotally connected with the head pivoting portion, the handle pivoting portion having a pivoting room, an acting through hole being at a rear end of the pivoting room and extending toward the wrench handle, a positioning device adjacent to a rear end of the handle pivoting portion and having an acting slot extending along an axial direction of the wrench handle and having no connection with the rear end of the pivoting room, an accommodating hole being in the acting slot and being perpendicular to an extension direction of the wrench handle, an urging hole being in the acting slot and located between the rear end of the pivoting room and the accommodating hole, a spring is in the urging hole, an urging ball being on a top of the spring, wherein the accommodating hole has an axial direction perpendicular to and connected with the acting through hole, the accommodating hole has a narrow shape in a plane parallel to a plane of the wrench handle, and a length of the narrow shape extending in the axial direction of the wrench handle is larger than a length of the narrow shape extending in a vertical axial direction of the wrench handle;
an urging device, having an urging rod, wherein a diameter of the urging rod is less than a diameter of the acting through hole and a front end of the urging rod is an urging head that has a rotating slot configured to engagingly receive a flathead screwdriver; and
an operation device, having a pushing member that has an inserting rod, the inserting rod having a positioning through hole that is perpendicular to an axial direction of the inserting rod, wherein the diameter of the inserting rod is less than the length of the accommodating hole and the positioning through hole corresponds to the acting through hole, wherein the positioning through hole is a threaded hole,
wherein the pushing member is disposed in the acting slot, the inserting rod is inserted into the accommodating hole, and the urging rod is through the acting through hole, continuously a threaded section of the urging rod is fixed in the positioning through hole for tight connection of the urging rod and the positioning through hole, and the urging rod is against to one of the urging grooves;
when the pushing member is located ahead, the inserting rod is against to the accommodating hole, therefore the urging head of the urging rod protrudes out of the acting through hole in order to urge the urging grooves, so that the wrench head is positioned so as to proceed rotation operations by means of fitting pieces of the operation portion;
when the wrench head is going to lift and bend, the pushing member is moved backward so as to move the inserting rod and the urging rod, hence, the urging head of the urging rod takes off from one of the urging grooves, so that the angle of lifting and bending the wrench head is controlled, on the contrary, the pushing member is pushed forwardly to let the urging head of the urging rod be against to one of the urging grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,335,931

IMPACT ROTATION TOOL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,930

SHAFT RATCHET RELEASE AND SEALING MECHANISM

Lomak Industrial Company ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,929

TOOL WITH A RATCHET MECHANISM

Stanley Chiro Internation...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,928

QUIET WRENCH

HANGZHOU GREAT STAR TOOLS...

1. A one-way clutch comprising:a first surface;
a second surface;
said first surface and said second surface being cylindrically curved surfaces, said second surface being located inside said first surface;
one or more wedge member(s), arranged between said first surface and said second surface; and
a distance between said first surface and said second surface varying along the radial direction of the first surface, so that said wedge member(s) can prevent the rotation of said first surface relative to said second surface in a predetermined direction;
wherein said wedge member is cylindrical structure or spherical structure;
wherein said wedge member is at said first stop position by a pre-tightening force applied to said second surface and said predetermined direction is clockwise direction; said wedge member is at said second stop position by a pre-tightening force and said predetermined direction is counter-clockwise direction;
said one-way clutch further comprises a reversing apparatus for moving said wedge member between a first stop position and a second stop position, and a holding frame, said wedge member is mounted on the holding frame; wherein
said reversing apparatus comprises a knob and a reversing shaft, said knob being mounted on one end of the reversing shaft, said knob being fixedly connected to said holding frame, said reversing shaft and said torque output member being coaxial;
said reversing apparatus also comprises two beads in the opposite recesses on the side facing the torque output member of the knob.

US Pat. No. 10,335,927

CLAMP APPARATUS

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A clamp apparatus in which, by rotation of a pair of clamp arms, a workpiece is clamped between one of the clamp arms and another of the clamp arms, comprising:a body;
a drive unit disposed on the body and which outputs a driving force along an axial direction;
a pair of clamp arms supported rotatably on the body, the clamp arms being arranged face-to-face with each other;
a driving force transmission mechanism, which transmits a driving force of the drive unit to the clamp arms, to thereby cause rotation of the clamp arms;
a cover member disposed detachably with respect to the body, and which covers the drive unit and a portion of the clamp arms; and
an unloading tray disposed inside of the cover member at a position below the clamp arms in the direction of gravity, the unloading tray being removable from the body,
wherein the cover member includes openings through which ends of the pair of clamp arms are inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,335,926

VISE

Concepts To Solutions, LL...

1. A vise, comprising:a base plate, the base plate including at least:
a longitudinal fixed jaw slot;
at least one latitudinal fixed jaw slot;
a left slide bar cavity;
a right slide bar cavity; and
a worm shaft;
a fixed jaw, the fixed jaw including at least:
a longitudinal tab; and
a latitudinal tab; and
a pusher jaw, the pusher jaw including at least:
a worm shaft mating portion;
a left slide bar; and
a right slide bar.

US Pat. No. 10,335,925

SKATE BLADE HOLDER TOOL

VELASA SPORTS, INC., Act...

1. A blade holder to hold single skate blades for sharpening, the blade holder comprising:a first sidewall and a second sidewall, the first sidewall positioned opposite the second sidewall, a blade engagement channel formed between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a first blade-engaging member and a second blade-engaging member coupled to the blade holder and positioned within the blade engagement channel, wherein bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall define a bottom of the channel, wherein at least the first blade engaging member is configured to move toward the opposite sidewall of the first sidewall or the second sidewall; and
a user-controlled component coupled to the blade holder, wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component between a first position and a second position is configured to control movement of at least the first blade-engaging member within the blade engagement channel;
wherein, in the first position, a gap between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member allows the skate blade to be positioned between the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member; and
wherein manipulation of the user-controlled component from the first position to the second position moves at least the first blade-engaging member to reduce the gap and laterally engage a respective side of the skate blade such that the first blade-engaging member and the second blade-engaging member hold the skate blade at a bottom portion of the blade engagement channel and a skating edge of the skate blade extends beyond the bottom surfaces of the first sidewall and the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,335,924

METHOD AND BLASTING MEANS FOR PRODUCING A SATINIZED FINISH ON AN ALUMINIUM SUBSTRATE

VULKAN INOX GMBH, (DE)

1. A method for producing a satinized surface on an aluminium substrate, comprising the method steps:providing an aluminium substrate; and
treating by a blasting process with a blasting material the surface regions of the aluminium substrate provided that are to be satinized;wherein there is used as the blasting material a mixture of angular and spherical particles having a grain diameter D90 of ?0.3 mm, further wherein the mixture has the following distribution:particles with a diameter >0.315 mm being <0.1% of the total mixture;
particles with a diameter ?0.315 mm and ?0.200 mm being ?5% of the total mixture;
particles with a diameter <0.200 mm and ?0.050 mm being ?95% of the total mixture; and
particles with a diameter <0.050 mm being <0.1% of the total mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,335,923

CENTRIFUGAL BLADE LOCK AND RELEASE DEVICE FOR A BLAST WHEEL MACHINE

WHEELABRATOR GROUP, INC.,...

1. A centrifugal blast wheel machine comprising:a wheel assembly including a blast wheel and a plurality of blades configured to throw blast media introduced into the blast wheel against a work piece;
an impeller positioned about an axis of the blast wheel, the impeller having a media inlet at one end adapted to receive blast media and a plurality of impeller media outlets constructed and arranged to allow egress of blast media upon rotation of the impeller;
a motor coupled to the impeller to drive the rotation of the impeller and the wheel assembly; and
a control cage surrounding the impeller and secured to the blast wheel, the control cage including a cylindrical body defining an interior chamber, the cylindrical body having an opening formed therein to allow the egress of blast media from the interior chamber,
wherein each blade includes a main body portion having a first side, a second side, and a first end, the first side including a first rail portion that extends along a length of the first side, the first rail portion having a thickness greater than a thickness of the main body portion, the second side including a second rail portion that extends along a length of the second side, the second rail portion having a thickness greater than a thickness of the main body portion, the first rail portion of the blade having a first locking member positioned on an outside surface of the first rail portion adjacent the first end of the main body portion of the blade, the second rail portion of the blade having a second locking member positioned on an outside surface of the second rail portion adjacent the first end of the main body portion of the blade, the first rail portion further having a first raised contact surface that is configured to engage a surface of a seat of the blast wheel, the first raised contact surface extending beyond a surface of the first rail portion, the second rail portion further having a second raised contact surface that is configured to engage another surface of the seat of the blast wheel, the second raised contact surface extending beyond a surface of the second rail portion, the blade further including a positioning knob located on the first raised contact surface to prevent the blade from inadvertently being removed from the seat, the knob being positioned within a recess formed in the first raised contact surface in which a portion of the knob extends slightly beyond the first raised contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,922

NON-CONDUCTIVE SUBSTRATE WITH TRACKS FORMED BY SAND BLASTING

DIRECTOR GENERAL, CENTRE ...

1. A method for forming track(s) on a non-conductive substrate, said method comprising the following steps:forming a layer of coating material on an operative face of said non-conductive substrate;
disposing a stencil on said layer of coating material thereby covering a selected portion of said layer of coating material while leaving exposed a portion of said layer of coating material corresponding to a pattern to be formed thereby forming an assembly of said non-conductive substrate, said layer of coating material and said stencil;
eroding said exposed portion of said layer of coating material by propelling an abrasive material using a blasting gun towards said assembly on said operative face; and
separating said stencil from said abraded assembly;wherein said abrasive material is a mixture of alumina and glass, wherein said glass comprises Bi2O3, V2O5, P2O5 and SiO2 so that the shrinkage and coefficient of thermal expansion of said mixture of alumina and glass is compatible with that of said non-conductive substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,335,921

CONTINUOUS SHOT PEENING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COIL SPRING

DAEWON APPLIED ENG. CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,920

MULTIPLE NOZZLE SLURRY DISPENSE SCHEME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,919

SPECIMEN MOVER AND A METHOD OF PLACING SPECIMENS IN A SPECIMEN MOVER

STRUERS APS, Ballerup (D...

18. A method of placing specimens in a specimen mover comprising a thrust housing and a specimen mover plate or cage, where said thrust housing and said specimen mover plate or cage are disposed essentially coaxially on a driveshaft protruding from a drive housing, comprising:moving the thrust housing along the driveshaft protruding from the drive housing to increase a distance in-between the thrust housing and the specimen mover plate or cage,
placing one or more specimens in slots configured for receiving specimens in the specimen mover plate or cage, and
moving the thrust housing towards the specimen mover plate or cage to apply load or force on the specimens.

US Pat. No. 10,335,918

WORKPIECE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,917

PAD FOR SUPPORTING ABRASIVE DISC

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A pad for supporting an abrasive disc by being fixed with the abrasive disc to a shaft of a grinder, the pad comprising:a supporting surface configured to contact and engage the abrasive disc at a vertex portion, wherein a cross-section of the supporting surface along the radial direction has a V-shaped profile such that, when the grinder is not being operated, the abrasive disc contacts the supporting surface only at the vertex portion and portions of the abrasive disc located radially outward from the vertex portion are separated from the pad,
in a radial direction, an outer edge of the supporting surface being located inward of an outer edge of the abrasive disc,
the supporting surface including a taper portion extending from the vertex portion to the outer edge of the supporting surface, wherein the taper portion is inclined away from the abrasive disc as the taper portion approaches the outer edge of the supporting surface, and
the abrasive disc being not fixed to the taper portion so as to be moveable relative thereto between a first position where the abrasive disc is separated from the taper portion and a second position where the abrasive disc contacts the taper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,916

METHOD FOR FORMING A WORKPIECE

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. A method of forming a workpiece comprising:removing material while rotating a workpiece having a machinability rating of not greater than a machinability rating of Inconel 718 at a specific grinding energy of not greater than about 7 Hp/in3 min (about 19 J/mm3) for a material removal rate of at least about 2.5 in3/min·in, by moving multiple grinding wheels relative to the rotating workpiece in sequence at different locations on the rotating workpiece and oriented at different angles relative to a lateral reference plane of the rotating workpiece,
wherein each of the multiple grinding wheels forms a distinct complex surface feature of a complex shape of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,335,915

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,914

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A POSITION OF A WORK PIECE IN A MACHINE TOOL

1. A method for determining a position of a work piece and/or a tool in a machine tool, the method comprising:clamping a work piece at the machine tool;
subsequently inserting the tool into a rotatable spindle shaft directly or via a tool holder;
rotating the spindle shaft;
applying an electrical voltage between the work piece and the tool;
displacing the tool and the work piece with respect to one another;
if a contact occurs between the tool and the work piece, determining a change in the applied voltage or a resulting current flow through the work piece and the tool; and
determining and recording the respective position of the work piece and/or the tool for controlling and/or regulating the machining of the work piece,
wherein determining the respective position of the work piece and/or the tool is made at surfaces of the work piece, which have been machined with a previously used tool, in an environment of a residual material machining to be performed with the tool,
wherein the residual material machining is aligned with the tool by contacting the work piece at the surface machined with the previously used tool.

US Pat. No. 10,335,913

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A temperature control system for a machine tool for controlling an ambient temperature of the machine tool provided in a room interior, the system comprising:a cover surrounding the machine tool;
a first temperature control device configured to control a temperature of gas supplied to a gas bearing possessed by the machine tool;
a second temperature control device configured to control a temperature of the room interior and having a state notification function of issuing a notification of an operation state of the second temperature control device to outside;
a gas supply controller capable of supplying the gas bearing and an interior space of the cover with the gas whose temperature has been controlled by the first temperature control device; and
a gas supply control section configured to perform gas supply control of the gas supply section so that gas is distributed to both of the gas bearing and the interior space, when receiving the notification that the operation state is abnormal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,912

RADIATING STRUCTURE FOR MAIN SPINDLE IN MACHINING APPARATUS

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A radiating structure for a main spindle in a machining apparatus, the radiating structure comprising:a drive key fixing member having a drive key configured to prevent a phase shift in a rotation direction of a tool holder arising from rotation of the main spindle when
the drive key fixing member is fixed to a distal end of the main spindle, and
a tapered portion of the tool holder is detachably mounted into a tapered bore formed at the distal end of the main spindle so that the drive key is fit into a key groove formed in the tool holder; and
a radiating member configured to exchange heat with an ambient atmosphere as the drive key fixing member rotates together with the rotation of the main spindle, wherein
the drive key fixing member has an annular hub which has, along an axial direction of the main spindle, a front end and a rear end,
the drive key has
a first portion that extends from the front end of the annular hub forward along the axial direction of the main spindle, and
a second portion that extends from a front end of the first portion, inwardly in a radial direction of the main spindle,
the radiating member extends from an outer circumferential surface of the annular hub outwardly in the radial direction of the main spindle and has a front side facing toward the drive key in the axial direction of the main spindle,
the radiating member includes a plurality of grooves formed on the front side for increasing an area of contact with the atmosphere and agitating the atmosphere,
the radiating member is integral with the drive key fixing member,
the radiating member is of a same material as the drive key fixing member, and
the radiating member and the drive key fixing member are part of a unitary body of said material.

US Pat. No. 10,335,911

TOOL HOLDER ASSEMBLY MOUNTABLE ON A MACHINE SPINDLE HAVING A SPINDLE COOLANT CHANNEL

Precision Machinery Resea...

1. A tool holder assembly comprising:a holder body extending along an axial line, and having a first end, a second end opposite to said first end along the axial line, and a holder coolant channel extending through said first end and said second end along the axial line;
a pull stud extending along the axial line into said holder body through said first end, and having an insertion portion, a grip portion, and a longitudinal passage, said insertion portion being disposed adjacent to said first end, said grip portion being opposite to said insertion portion along the axial line, said longitudinal passage extending through said insertion portion and said grip portion along the axial line, and fluidly communicating with said holder coolant channel; and
a flow adjustment unit including a connection tube extending into said longitudinal passage, a resilient member urging said connection tube to project outwardly from said grip portion, and a flow guide channel extending through said connection tube and fluidly communicating with said holder coolant channel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,908

ROTARY TABLE DEVICE

TSUDAKOMA KOGYO KABUSHIKI...

1. A rotary table device for a machine tool comprising:a main shaft that is rotatably supported with respect to a frame by a first bearing in an insertion hole formed in the frame;
a table that is secured to an end side of the main shaft, and on which a workpiece, which serves as an object to be processed, is mounted; and
a clamp piston that is provided so as to be movable in an axial direction of the main shaft in the insertion hole,
wherein the main shaft has a clamp surface that faces the table,
wherein a pressure chamber is defined by the frame and the clamp piston,
wherein the table is brought into a clamped state by friction force that is generated between the clamp piston and the clamp surface by causing the clamp piston to press-contact the clamp surface when an operating fluid is supplied to the pressure chamber,
wherein the rotary table device further comprises a second bearing that is provided separately from the first bearing, the second bearing being provided between the table and the frame so as to contact the table and the frame, and being provided so as to directly support the table with respect to the frame, and
wherein at least part of the second bearing is provided so as to be positioned within a range of existence of the pressure chamber in a radial direction of the main shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,335,907

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSTALLING PIERCE NUTS

REO Hydro-Pierce, Inc., ...

1. A method of installing pierce nuts into a solid metal workpiece wherein the pierce nut has a nut body, a pilot collar on one surface and an axial bore through the body of the pilot collar, the method comprising the steps of:a. placing a pierce nut in a punch in an initial position so that the nut is aligned with but out of contact with an installation location in a workpiece;
b. using a gag bar to drive a slug kicker pin through the nut bore while continuing to hold the nut in an out-of-contact position;
c. driving the punch and the kicker pin toward the workpiece until the pilot collar and the slug kicker pin extend though the workpiece so as to install the pilot collar into the workpiece, forming a slug from the workpiece and separating the slug from the workpiece using the kicker pin and, thereafter,
d. withdrawing the punch and the kicker pin from the installed nut to allow another nut to be put into said initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,906

COMPRESSOR DIAGNOSTIC AND PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A system comprising:a compressor operable in a refrigeration circuit;
a first sensor detecting first data indicative of an operating condition of a high-pressure side of the refrigeration circuit;
a second sensor detecting second data indicative of an operating condition of a low-pressure side of the refrigeration circuit;
processing circuitry configured to: (i) receive the first data and the second data, (ii) determine a fault based on at least one of the first data and the second data, (iii) categorize the fault as one of a mild low-side fault, a severe low-side fault, a mild high-side fault, and a severe high-side fault based on the first data and the second data, (iv) operate the compressor in a limp-along mode by at least one of restricting power to the compressor and reducing a capacity of the compressor in response to categorizing the fault as one of the mild high-side fault and the mild low-side fault, and (v) shutting down the compressor in response to categorizing the fault as one of the severe high-side fault and the severe low-side fault.

US Pat. No. 10,335,905

ISO-GRID COMPOSITE COMPONENT

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An iso-grid composite component for a gas turbine engine comprising:a uni-tape ply bundle including uni-tape plies and a first spacer ply;
a spacer including a second, different spacer ply, said spacer transverse to said uni-tape ply bundle, and said spacer interrupted by said uni-tape ply bundle;
an interstitial ply layer adjacent said uni-tape ply bundle and said spacer; and
wherein said uni-tape ply bundle and said spacer define a rib pattern, said uni-tape ply bundle at least partially defines a first rib of said rib pattern, said spacer at least partially defines a second rib of said rib pattern that is transverse to said first rib, and said interstitial ply layer spanning between a first sidewall of said first rib and a second sidewall of said second rib.

US Pat. No. 10,335,904

DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING AN ASSEMBLED CAMSHAFT

1. A device for machining the running surface of at least one cam disc for an assembled camshaft, the at least one cam disc having a cam-disc recess and is shrinkable onto a corresponding shaft to form the assembled camshaft, the device comprising:a clamping device on which the at least one cam disc with the cam-disc recess is clampable so that a tension force acts on a recess wall region of the cam disc recess, the tension force corresponding to at least one of a state of stresses and a deformation state of the recess wall region when the at least one cam disc is shrunk onto the corresponding shaft, wherein the clamping device comprises a tension tube onto which the at least one cam disc can be pushed by the cam-disc recess, the tension tube being configured to be expandable outward at least in a region assigned to the cam-disc recess by a corresponding application of force to exert a defined tension force on the recess wall region; and
two male cones actuatable in opposite directions within the tension rod and interacting with female cones of the tension tube.

US Pat. No. 10,335,902

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ARRESTING CRACK PROPAGATION

Corning Incorporated, Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,901

SELECTIVE LASER SOLIDIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-und...

1. A selective laser solidification apparatus, comprising:a build platform for supporting a powder bed onto which powder layers can be deposited;
at least one laser module for generating a plurality of laser beams for solidifying powder material deposited onto the powder bed;
a laser scanner for individually steering each laser beam to solidify separate areas in each powder layer, a scanning zone for each laser beam being defined by the locations on the powder bed to which the laser beam can be steered by the laser scanner, and the laser scanner being arranged such that each scanning zone is less than the total area of the powder bed and at least two of the scanning zones overlap; and
a processing unit arranged to select, for at least one of the powder layers, which one of the laser beams to use to solidify an area of the powder layer located within a region in which the scanning zones overlap based on a total length of time each laser beam is used for solidifying areas in the powder layer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,900

PROTECTIVE SHIELD FOR LIQUID GUIDED LASER CUTTING TOOLS

General Electric Company,...

1. A shield comprising:a rigid body with a target facing surface;
wherein the rigid body defines a through hole with a diameter that accommodates a liquid guided laser path and the rigid body has a thickness that defines a length of the liquid guided laser path through the rigid body;
wherein the thickness of the rigid body is at least twice the diameter of the through hole;
whereby the rigid body is positioned in the liquid guided laser path of a liquid guided laser system between a discharge nozzle of the liquid guided laser system and a target; and
wherein the shield is removably connected to a nozzle cap that separates the shield from the discharge nozzle of the liquid guided laser system while maintaining the position of the shield relative to the liquid guided laser path.

US Pat. No. 10,335,899

CROSS JET LASER WELDING NOZZLE

PRIMA POWER LASERDYNE, C...

1. A nozzle for a laser welding system that directs a laser beam along an optical axis through an optic onto a work piece, said nozzle comprising:a first gas directing section that upon receiving a single airflow simultaneously directs both a first portion of said airflow through said laser beam in a direction substantially perpendicular to said optical axis of said laser beam and a second portion of said single airflow through cooling passages in said nozzle and outwardly through exhaust holes adjacent said work piece; and
a second gas directing section that directs a process gas flow through a passageway in said nozzle to a process gas reservoir concentric with said laser beam and out an output end of said nozzle, said process gas filling the pathway of said laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,335,898

LASER PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RETRACTING PROCESSING NOZZLE UPON POWER FAILURE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing apparatus comprising:a processing nozzle configured to irradiate a workpiece with laser beam;
a driving mechanism configured to move said processing nozzle and said workpiece relative to each other;
a gap sensor configured to detect a gap between said processing nozzle and said workpiece;
a gap control section configured to refer to a measured value detected by said gap sensor and calculate a manipulating variable used for controlling said driving mechanism so as to maintain said gap during execution of laser processing at a first dimension;
a power monitoring section configured to monitor electric power supplied from a power supply and send an abnormality detection signal to said gap control section when an abnormality occurs in the electric power; and
a control action switching section configured to switch a control action of said gap control section so as to increase said gap from said first dimension when said abnormality detection signal is sent to said gap control section during execution of laser processing,
wherein said control action switching section includes an information selecting section configured to select, as feedback information to be referred to by said gap control section, either one of said measured value detected by said gap sensor and a command value for a nozzle retraction, the command value being previously determined to be smaller than said first dimension, and wherein,
when said abnormality detection signal is sent to said gap control section during execution of laser processing, said information selecting section selects said command value instead of said measured value, and said gap control section calculates said manipulating variable by referring to said command value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,897

LASER ABLATION OF ACCELEROMETER PROOF MASS

Applied Physics, Inc., M...

1. A method for producing a proof-mass assembly, comprising:forming a proof mass with a curved flapper hingedly supported at a straight end by a bifilar flexure that extends radially inwardly from a support ring, wherein one side of the bifilar flexure comprises a pair of adjacent flexure arms spaced apart by a window;
scanning a femtosecond laser on the flexure arms over a plurality of passes to gradually thin bifilar flexure regions on a first side of the flexure arms;
feathering with the femtosecond laser in areas where the flexure arms connect to the curved flapper or reed and producing a gradual transition from a thick to a thin section; and
periodically reducing femtosecond laser output to minimize damage from laser scanning and maximize bifilar flexure strength until the bifilar flexure arms reach a predetermined thickness to form the proof-mass assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,335,896

BORESIGHTING A LASER TO AN IMAGING SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wils...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,895

FRICTION STIR WELDING DEVICE AND FRICTION STIR WELDING METHOD

Hitachi Power Solutions C...

1. A friction stir welding device comprising:a joining head attached to a wrist head of a robot main body having multi-axis degrees of freedom;
a drive device having the robot main body and capable of moving the joining head along a joint line where two members to be joined are joined together;
a control device which supplies a motor drive current to an electric motor provided for the joining head, thus inserts a pin part of a joining tool into the members to be joined while rotating the joining tool, and also controls the drive device in such a way that the joining head moves along the joint line, thus performing friction stir welding of the two members to be joined; and
a deviation detection device which detects a junction deviation which is a deviation between the joining head that is moving and a direction along the joint line,
wherein the control device is configured to output to the drive device a position correction signal with a different polarity according to a difference in direction of misalignment between the joining head and the joint line, for moving the joining head in a direction toward the joint line and resolving the junction deviation, and thus moves the joining head toward the joint line, until a time the junction deviation becomes zero, said control device to output when the junction deviation exceeds a deviation limit value which is a predetermined maximum deviation at the time of the friction stir welding, and
wherein the control device is configured to stop outputting the position correction signal to the drive device until the next time the junction deviation exceeds the deviation limit value, said control device to stop outputting when the junction deviation becomes zero.

US Pat. No. 10,335,894

JOINING METHOD

NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPAN...

1. A joining method comprising:a butting process configured to butt a first metal member and a second metal member each having a front surface with various heights against each other to form therebetween a butt portion with varying heights, wherein the butt portion includes at least two flat sections, at least one upward inclined section and at least one downward inclined section; and
a welding process configured to apply a friction stirring to the butt portion by a stirring pin of a rotation tool, the stirring pin being maintained at a constant insertion depth with respect to at least one of the first and the second metal member across the flat sections and said upward and downward inclined sections of the butt portion,
wherein only the stirring pin contacts both the first metal member and the second metal member at the insertion depth generating only frictional heat and the stirring pin has a tapered shape so as to have a smaller diameter in a hanging down direction and includes only one outer circumferential surface having only one continuous spiral groove engraved only in the outer circumferential surface engaging the first metal member and the second metal member, and
wherein the spiral groove extends counterclockwise from a proximal end side to a distal end side of the outer circumferential surface of the stirring pin, while the rotation tool rotates clockwise, and the spiral groove extends clockwise from a proximal end side to a distal end side of the outer circumferential surface of the stirring pin, while the rotation tool rotates counterclockwise.

US Pat. No. 10,335,893

TIP DRESSER BLADE

Semtorq, Inc., Twinsburg...

1. A tip dresser blade comprisinga body of M2 steel hardened to a Rockwell C hardness in the range of 63 to 66, inclusive, by double tempering;
the body being ground to provide a geometry having
a first drill point angle in the range of 0 degrees to 35 degrees, inclusive;
a first relief angle in the range of 0 degrees to 35 degrees, inclusive;
a first chip breaker diameter in the range of 9.00 mm to 13.00 mm, inclusive;
a second chip breaker diameter in the range of 13.00 mm to 17.00 mm, inclusive;
a first relief dimension in the range of 7.00 mm to 12.00 mm, inclusive;
a second relief angle in the range of 2 degrees to 85 degrees, inclusive;
a first groove depth in the range of 0.20 mm to 0.40 mm, inclusive;
a first groove angle in the range of 2 degrees to 85 degrees, inclusive;
a first groove radius in the range of 0.177 mm to 0.203 mm, inclusive;
a first chip cutter in the range of 10.010 mm to 0.350 mm, inclusive;
a second chip cutter in the range of 2 0.010 mm to 0.500 mm, inclusive;
a third chip cutter in the range of 0.010 mm to 0.450 mm, inclusive;
a first chip cutter radius in the range of 0.010 mm to 0.025 mm, inclusive;
a third chip breaker diameter in the range of 11.00 mm to 15.00 mm, inclusive;
a first groove turn angle in the range of 0 degrees to 35 degrees, inclusive;
a first stage one turn angle in the range of 0 degrees to 35 degrees, inclusive;
a first tip angle in the range of 0 degrees to 35 degrees, inclusive; and
a first groove tip angle in the range of 0 degrees to 35 degrees, inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,335,892

WELD ELECTRODE FOR ATTRACTIVE WELD APPEARANCE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A welding electrode comprising: a body of the welding electrode, which welding electrode forms electrical resistance spot welds in an assembly of overlying metal workpieces that comprises at least one aluminum alloy workpiece, the body having an end; a convex weld face supported at the end of the body; and ringed protrusions that project outwardly from the convex weld face and are positioned to make contact with and indent into a surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece when the convex weld face of the welding electrode is brought into contact with the assembly of overlying sheet metal workpieces during a resistance spot welding operation, the ringed protrusions being radially spaced from one another on the convex weld face and each of the ringed protrusions having a circumference that surrounds a center of the convex weld face, wherein each of the ringed protrusions has rounded corners when viewed in cross-section, and wherein an innermost ringed protrusion of the ringed protrusions rises to a height above a portion of the convex weld face surrounded by the innermost ringed protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,891

WELD FACE DESIGN FOR SPOT WELDING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,890

SEAM WELDING METHOD AND VEHICLE BODY

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle body which is formed by joining plural laminated metal sheets together through welding, the vehicle body comprising:a side panel in which a front side door opening for an associated front side door is defined,
a portion of the side panel surrounding the front side door opening includes a front portion, a front pillar, a center pillar, and a side sill,
the front portion, the front pillar, the center pillar, and the side sill include flange portions which form a circumferential edge portion of the side panel that defines the front side door opening, the circumferential edge portion constitutes a welded portion, and
the circumferential edge portion is quadrangular shaped with linear portions and corner portions where a sharp curve is formed,
the side panel of the vehicle body including:
spot welded areas formed in the welded portion, the spot welded areas including spot welded joint portions formed through spot welding, the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions and include a boundary portion where number of laminated metal sheets differ; and
seam welded joint portions formed in the welded portion, the seam welded joint portions formed through seam welding, the seam welded joint portions being formed along the linear portions between the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions,
wherein in the spot welded areas the spot welded joint portions are located on either side of the boundary portion and in positions which face end portions of the seam welded joint portions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,889

SYSTEMS FOR PRINTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

DIGITAL ALLOYS INCORPORAT...

1. A method for forming a three-dimensional structure, comprising:(a) bringing a feedstock in contact with a solid object; and
(b) subjecting electrical current to flow from said feedstock to said solid object, or vice versa, while said feedstock and a surface of said solid object are moving relative to one another and while said feedstock is in contact with said surface of said solid object, which flow of said electrical current from said feedstock to said solid object, or vice versa, is sufficient to melt a portion of said feedstock to deposit said portion of said feedstock on said surface of said solid object, thereby forming at least a portion of said three-dimensional structure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,887

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PLASMA CUTTING HOLES AND CONTOURS IN WORKPIECES

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Sa...

1. A plasma arc torch system configured to cut contours and holes of different shapes and sizes in workpieces of different thicknesses and material types, the plasma arc torch system comprising:a plasma arc torch which receives a plasma arc current and generates a plasma arc to cut a workpiece; and
a computer numerical controller configured to:
select a piercing location in the workpiece with said plasma arc torch;
select, from a plurality of lead in cutting geometries, a first lead in geometry used to lead in to hole geometries and a second lead in geometry used to lead in to contour geometries,
select, from a plurality of geometry cutting speeds, a geometry cutting speed based on at least a thickness of said workpiece; and
select, from a plurality of lead out cutting geometries, a first lead out geometry when leading out from hole geometries and a second lead out geometry when leading out from contour geometries,
wherein for said first lead out geometry, after said plasma arc torch reaches a lead in point from said first lead in geometry, said computer numerical controller maintains said plasma arc on said plasma arc torch for an overburn distance past said lead in point and moves said plasma arc along a perimeter of said hole geometry past said lead in point, and wherein after said overburn distance said plasma arc current is turned off to said plasma arc torch and said plasma arc torch is moved along said perimeter until said plasma arc is fully extinguished, and
wherein for said second lead out geometry, after said plasma torch reaches a lead in point for said contour geometry, said computer numerical controller maintains said plasma arc on said plasma arc torch for a tail out portion which extends from said lead in point, where said tail out portion is cut at an angle relative to a line coincident with the perimeter of the contour at said lead in point at the conclusion of the creation of the perimeter and said angle is in the range of 20 to 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,335,886

VIBRATING WELDING SYSTEM

1. A vibration welding system, comprising:a tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding torch body;
a welding head attached to said torch body;
a tungsten electrode held by said welding head; and,
a vibration unit attached to said torch body and which imparts vibrating motion to said tungsten electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,335,885

STUD WELDING GUN SET UP TEACHING TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,884

CLADDING STRIP FEEDERS HAVING ADJUSTABLE STRIP GUIDE BEARINGS AND STRIP CLADDING SYSTEMS WITH CLADDING STRIP FEEDERS HAVING ADJUSTABLE STRIP GUIDE BEARINGS

Illinois Tool Works, Inc....

1. A strip feeder for a strip cladding system, comprising:a drive roller to advance a cladding strip along a strip feed path through contact plates;
a first guide rail having a first slot extending across an entirety of the strip feed path;
a first adjustable bearing and a second adjustable bearing located within the first slot, the first adjustable bearing and the second adjustable bearing capable of being secured at positions within the first slot using corresponding first and second strip width adjusters;
a second guide rail having a second slot extending across an entirety of the strip feed path and positioned at a different location than the first guide rail along the strip feed path; and
a third adjustable bearing and a fourth adjustable bearing located within the second slot, the third adjustable bearing and the fourth adjustable bearing capable of being secured at positions within the second slot using corresponding third and fourth strip width adjusters, the first, second, third, and fourth strip width adjusters to, when secured, define a location and a width of an effective strip feed path.

US Pat. No. 10,335,883

GRAVITY-BASED WELD TRAVEL SPEED SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,882

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ATTACHING INTERCONNECTOR OF SOLAR CELL PANEL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An apparatus for attaching an interconnector of a solar cell panel, the apparatus comprising:a working table;
a jig fixing a plurality of interconnectors at a first position spaced apart from the working table, wherein the jig includes a first fixing part to fix one side of the plurality of interconnectors and a second fixing part to fix an opposite side of the plurality of interconnectors;
a cutter cutting the plurality of interconnectors fixed to the jig to form an interconnector-jig coupling at a second position spaced apart from the working table, wherein the interconnector-jig coupling is transported from the first position to the working table; and
a heat source to attach the plurality of interconnectors and the solar cell to each other by applying heat to the plurality of interconnectors and the solar cell, which are thereby fixed to each other,
wherein the jig is separated from the plurality of interconnectors prior to passing through the heat source,
wherein each of the first fixing part and the second fixing part includes a first part comprising a first clamp and a movable second part comprising a second clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,335,881

COATING CONCEPT

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A composition comprising:particles of a metallic parent material, and
a mechanical blend comprising a first component and a second component,
wherein the first component is at least one powder of particles of a boron source and wherein the particles in the powders of the boron source have an average particle size less than 250 ?m,
wherein the second component is at least one powder of particles of a silicon source, and wherein the particles in the powders of the silicon source have an average particle size less than 250 ?m,
wherein the mechanical blend comprises boron and silicon in a weight ratio of boron to silicon within a range from about 3:100 wt:wt to about 15:100 wt:wt,
wherein each particle in the mechanical blend is either a boron source or a silicon source,
wherein silicon and boron are present in the blend in at least 80 wt %,
wherein the parent material is less than 75 wt % of the parent material, silicon and boron, and
wherein the at least one boron source and the at least one silicon source are oxygen free except for inevitable amounts of contaminating oxygen, and wherein the inevitable amount of contaminating oxygen is less than 10 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,335,880

RACKS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE METAL PROCESSING

H.C. STARCK INC., Newton...

1. An apparatus for receiving and supporting one or more components during processing thereof at a process temperature greater than approximately 1000° C., the apparatus comprising:a first shelf (i) comprising a first refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures, each aperture being threaded through at least a portion of its thickness;
a plurality of first support posts, each first support post (i) comprising a second refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature, (ii) having a threaded lower end for engagement with a threaded aperture of the first shelf, and (iii) defining a support collar proximate an upper end opposite the threaded lower end, a lateral dimension of the first support post above the support collar being smaller than a lateral dimension of the first support post below the support collar;
a second shelf (i) comprising a third refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures, each aperture of the second shelf being configured to receive the upper end of one of the first support posts such that a portion of the second shelf proximate each aperture thereof rests upon the support collar of the first support post received in the aperture,
a third shelf (i) comprising a fourth refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature and (ii) defining therethrough a plurality of apertures; and
a plurality of second support posts, each second support post (i) comprising a fifth refractory metal having a melting point greater than the process temperature, (ii) having a threaded lower end for engagement with a threaded aperture, (iii) defining a support collar proximate an upper end opposite the threaded lower end, a lateral dimension of each second support post above the support collar being smaller than a lateral dimension of each second support post below the support collar, and (iv) defining a dowel pin mount through the upper end thereof above the support collar,
wherein (A) the upper end of each second support post is receivable within an aperture of the third shelf such that (i) a portion of the third shelf proximate each aperture thereof rests upon the support collar of the second support post received in the aperture, and (ii) the dowel pin mount of each second support post is disposed above a top surface of the third shelf, (B) each of the apertures of the second shelf is threaded through at least a portion of its thickness, and (C) the threaded lower end of each second support post is receivable within one of the threaded apertures in the second shelf.

US Pat. No. 10,335,878

NI—TI—CR NEAR TERNARY EUTECTIC ALLOY FOR GAS TURBINE COMPONENT REPAIR

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A method for repairing or joining a gas turbine component comprising:a) cleaning the area of said component to be repaired and filling said area to be repaired with a mixture of filler material and base material;
wherein said filler material has a melting temperature less than the solution heat treatment temperature of said base material; and
wherein said mixture contains relative fractions of said filler material and said base material so that full homogenization is achieved after heat treatment of said component;
b) solution heat treating said component and said mixture above the melting point of said filler material achieving thereby fusion and homogenization, wherein said filler is a ternary eutectic alloy comprising Ni, Ti, Cr, and wherein no boron is present in said alloy, wherein said filler has Ni in 60%, Ti in 20% and Cr in 20% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,335,877

MULTILAYER BRAZE TAPE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:positioning a multilayer braze tape at a joint between a first part comprising a ceramic or ceramic matrix composite (CMC) and a second part comprising at least one of a ceramic, a CMC, a metal, or an alloy, wherein the joint is defined by a first joint surface of the first part and a second joint surface of the second part, and wherein the multilayer braze tape comprises:
at least one layer comprising a silicon metal- or silicon alloy-containing braze material; and
at least one layer comprising a reinforcement material;
applying pressure to compress the multilayer braze tape between the first joint surface of the first part and the second joint surface of the second part; and
heating the multilayer braze tape to melt the silicon metal or the silicon alloy in the silicon metal- or silicon alloy-containing braze material and join the first part and the second part without introducing molten material from outside the joint during the brazing technique.

US Pat. No. 10,335,876

GRINDING MACHINE WITH PIVOTABLE TOOL SPINDLE

KLINGELNBERG AG, (CH)

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,875

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

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,874

RECIPROCATING TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. A reciprocating tool for moving a tip tool in a reciprocating direction to achieve a cutting action, comprising:a housing accommodating:
a motor;
a power transmission member, driven by the motor, revolving around a rotation axis crossing the reciprocating direction;
a plunger extending in the reciprocating direction, one end of the plunger holding the tip tool;
a connector coupling the power transmission member to another end of the plunger and converting a revolving motion of the power transmission member into a reciprocating motion of the plunger holding the tip tool in the reciprocating direction, the connector having a support member protruding from the connector in a direction perpendicular to the reciprocating direction;
a guide member fixed to the housing and extending along the reciprocating direction, wherein
the support member of the connector slidably and rockably engages with the guide member so that the guide member guides a movement of the connector to convert the revolving motion of the power transmission member into the reciprocating motion of the plunger, and
the connector supports the plunger to allow the plunger to move together with the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,335,873

PORTABLE MITER SAW ACCESSORY

1. An alignment device attached to a miter saw, the alignment device comprising:a first plate member having a first planar portion and a first connection portion, the first planar portion having a plurality of holes therethrough;
a second plate member removably attached to the first plate member, the second plate member having a second planar portion and a second connection portion, the second planar portion having at least two holes therethrough;
a wing secured to the first planar portion of the first plate member, the wing having a work surface parallel with the first planar portion, the wing having a bottom surface opposite the work surface, parallel with the work surface, the bottom surface attached to and supported by the first planar portion, wherein
the at least two holes are adapted to secure the second plate member to the miter saw;
the work surface of the wing configured to be flush with a table of the miter saw; and
the first plate member having a first plate member width and a first plate member length greater than a second plate member width and a second plate member length of the second plate member, wherein
the wing and the first plate member are square shape with a corner removed, the removed corner of the wing adapted to allow the miter saw to make 45 degree angle cuts.

US Pat. No. 10,335,872

CUTTING INSERT HAVING ARC-SHAPED CUTTING EDGES AND INCLINED SEATING SURFACES, TOOL BODY AND CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A cutting insert (1) to be mounted onto a tool body (21), said cutting insert comprising first and second end surfaces (2, 3), a peripheral side surface (4) extending between the first and second end surfaces (2, 3), a central axis (A) perpendicular to the first and second end surfaces (2, 3) and passing through a center thereof, and a cutting edge (5) formed at least in part of an intersecting edge between the first end surface (2) and the peripheral side surface (4), wherein, in the cutting insert:the cutting edge (5) includes at least one circular-arc-shaped cutting edge (5a) having a first circular-arc-shaped cutting edge (5a1) which forms part of a virtual circle having a center (E), the center (E) being spaced apart from the central axis (A) as viewed from a direction facing the first end surface (2);
the second end surface (3) comprises a contact surface portion (6) that is in contact with the tool body (21) when the cutting insert is mounted onto the tool body;
a longitudinal plane (B) includes the central axis (A) and the center (E) of the virtual circle;
a median plane (C) perpendicular to the central axis (A) passes midway between the two end surfaces (2, 3);
a longitudinal axis (L) is defined by the intersection of the longitudinal plane (B) and the median plane (C);
a virtual plane (D) perpendicular to both the longitudinal plane (B) and the median plane (C) intersects the first circular-arc-shaped cutting edge (5a1) and traverses the contact surface portion (6);
in a cross-section taken along the virtual plane (D), the contact surface portion (6) is inclined at a non-zero angle of inclination (8) relative to the median plane (C); and
at least one cutting edge (5) formed at an intersecting edge between the second end surface (3) and the peripheral side surface (4).

US Pat. No. 10,335,871

REPLACEABLE FACE-MILLING HEAD WITH INTEGRALLY FORMED THREADED SHANK-CONNECTOR

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A replaceable face-milling head configured for rotating about a central rotation axis AR defining opposite axially forward and rearward directions DF, DR and opposite rotational preceding and succeeding directions DP, DS, the preceding direction DP being the cutting direction, the face-milling head comprising:a head rear face, a head front face and a head peripheral surface extending from the head rear face to the head front face;
a shank-connector portion formed with external threading and extending forward from the head rear face;
a cutting portion integrally formed with the shank-connector portion and extending forward from the shank-connector portion to the head front face, the cutting portion comprising a rearwardly facing cutting portion annular surface surrounding the shank-connector, the annular surface located at an intersection where the cutting portion and the shank-connector meet;
a cutting portion length LC measurable parallel to the central rotation axis AR, from the intersection to the head front face; and
a perpendicular plane PP adjacent the front face and extending perpendicular to the central rotation axis AR;the cutting portion comprising:a plurality of integrally formed teeth, each of the teeth comprising a primary cutting edge at the head front face;
a plurality of flutes alternating with the plurality of teeth; and
a cutting portion diameter DE;characterized in that a length-diameter ratio LDR defined as the cutting portion length LC divided by the cutting portion diameter DE fulfills the condition: 0.3?LDR?1.00.

US Pat. No. 10,335,870

ROTARY CUTTER FOR MACHINING MATERIALS

NEW TECH CUTTING TOOLS, I...

1. An endmill for cutting a workpiece, said endmill comprising:a body, said body comprising a shank portion having a lower end, and a cutting portion, said cutting portion comprising (a) flutes extending upward along said body from a lower flute end, said flutes comprising a leading edge land portion having a flute cutting edge, and at least one margin relief portion, (b) a face portion, said face portion comprising a plurality of face cutting edge portions, and a downwardly and inwardly sloping first dish portion adjacent each face cutting edge portion, said first dish portion sloping inwardly at an angle in a range of from about five point five (5.5) degrees to about twenty five (25) degrees; and
(c) corner blend portions extending from flute cutting edge to said face cutting edge portions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,869

DEVICE FOR MACHINING A PLANAR WORKPIECE AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

1. A device for machining a flat workpiece, which comprises:a machine stand which includes a support surface for a flat workpiece, wherein the support surface has at least one counterholder which serves as a vibration damper which acts in a direction perpendicular to the support surface, the counterholder having at least one brush element with a plurality of bristles, wherein ends of the bristles of the brush element form the front face of the counterholder on which the workpiece can be placed,
a hold-down unit for pressing the workpiece against the support surface, and
a processing head which can be moved relative to the support surface for the machining of the workpiece,
wherein the brush element is formed by at least one brush strip having a length that is substantially greater than a width perpendicular to the length, wherein the bristles extend perpendicularly to the length and to the width;
a holding rail on the machine stand; and
the hold-down unit being arranged on the holding rail.

US Pat. No. 10,335,868

PNEUMATIC MILLING WHEEL CAP SECTION BURR DEVICE

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD, ...

1. A pneumatic milling wheel cap section burr device, comprising: a frame, bearing seats, bearings, a rotating table, a servo motor, a coupling, clamping guide rails, a left sliding table, a right sliding table, a gear rack, a clamping cylinder, rotating drive motors, clamping wheels, a wheel feeding roller bed, a turnover roller bed, a wheel discharge roller bed, a lifting cylinder, guide posts, guide sleeves, a lifting table, adjusting guide rails, an adjusting slide block, an adjusting cylinder, a connecting rod, a turnover platform, feeding guide rails, a feeding platform, a feeding cylinder, an air compressor and a pneumatic milling cutter, wherein the servo motor drives the rotating table to turn over 90 degrees, and a clamped wheel is configured to turn over 90 degrees, so that the wheel is upright; the lifting cylinder drives the lifting table to move up and down to adjust a height of the pneumatic milling cutter, thereby meeting a requirement for removing burrs from wheels having different cap section diameters; and the adjusting cylinder adjusts the angle of the turnover platform to adjust a contact angle between the pneumatic milling cutter and a cap section edge, thereby meeting the requirement for removing burrs from various cap section chamfers.

US Pat. No. 10,335,867

HOLE CUTTER WITH MULTIPLE FULCRUMS

1. A hole cutter comprising:a substantially cylindrical blade body defining a cutting edge and a longitudinal axis; and
at least one axially-elongated aperture formed through the blade body and spaced from the cutting edge such that a portion of the blade body extends between the cutting edge and the axially-elongated aperture, the at least one axially-elongated aperture bounded by a bottom edge axially spaced adjacent to the cutting edge, a top edge spaced further away from the cutting edge than the bottom edge, and a side edge connecting the bottom edge to the top edge and oriented at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the blade body;
wherein the axially-elongated aperture is configured to receive therethrough a lever for removing a work piece slug from an interior of the blade body, and the blade body defines within the axially-elongated aperture a plurality of fulcrums configured for engaging the lever and for levering the slug out of the interior of the blade body by applying a sufficient levering force against the fulcrums to lever the slug towards the cutting edge, the plurality of fulcrums including a first fulcrum axially spaced adjacent to the cutting edge and a second fulcrum axially spaced further away from the cutting edge than the first fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 10,335,866

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A ROTARY TOOL AND ROTARY TOOL

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A rotary tool comprising:a base body extending in a longitudinal direction from a shank end to a front end opposite the shank end, the base body having at least one flute,
the at least one flute being formed by a first partial flute having a first helix angle and a second partial flute having a second helix angle,
wherein the first partial flute and the second partial flute together form a flute;
wherein the first helix angle differs from the second helix angle so that the flute expands in the longitudinal direction;
wherein the first partial flute and the second partial flute are ground to the same flute depth; and
wherein the first partial flute and the second partial flute coincide at the front end opposite the shank end.

US Pat. No. 10,335,865

METHODS FOR PROCESSING A CONFINED AREA OF A WORKPIECE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for processing a drilling location in a confined area of a workpiece that has a first side and a second side, located opposite the first side, along a drilling axis using an end effector, the method comprising steps of:positioning the end effector relative to the drilling location of the workpiece, and wherein the end effector comprises:
a base;
a translation platform, coupled to and moveable relative to the base;
a pressure foot, coupled to the translation platform and movable relative to the base;
a spindle, coupled to the translation platform and movable relative to the pressure foot;
a drill bracket, coupled to the spindle;
a flat angle drill, coupled to the drill bracket and operatively coupled with the spindle;
a clamp, coupled to and movable relative to the pressure foot;
a clamp drive mechanism, operatively coupled with the pressure foot and the clamp; and
a counterbalance mechanism, operatively coupled with the base and the translation platform;
coupling a bushing to a hexagonal retainer of the flat angle drill wherein the bushing comprises a cylindrical outer surface and a hexagonal inner surface configured to receive the hexagonal retainer;
rotationally positioning the drilling axis of the flat angle drill in a selected clocked orientation relative to a rotational axis of the spindle;
clamping the bushing between a first arcuate clamping surface of a first bracket member of the drill bracket and a second arcuate clamping surface of a second bracket member of the drill bracket at the selected clocked orientation, wherein the first bracket member and the second bracket member are coupled to each other and to the spindle;
counterbalancing a weight sum of the translation platform, the pressure foot, the spindle, the drill bracket, the flat angle drill, the clamp, and the clamp drive mechanism using the counterbalance mechanism;
moving the clamp relative to the pressure foot along the drilling axis into contact with the first side of the workpiece using the clamp drive mechanism;
moving the pressure foot relative to the clamp and relative to the base along the drilling axis into contact with the second side of the workpiece using the clamp drive mechanism;
clamping the workpiece between the clamp and the pressure foot; and
drilling the workpiece with the flat angle drill.

US Pat. No. 10,335,864

CLAMPING APPARATUS

Westinghouse Electric Ger...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,863

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,862

TOOL BODY AND A TURNING TOOL FOR GROOVING OPERATIONS

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A tool body for a turning tool configured for grooving operations, the tool body comprising:a fitting member arranged to fix the tool body to a machine, the fitting member extending along a longitudinal first axis;
upper and lower clamping members, each of the members having respective inner seating surfaces facing one another and separated by an intermediate gap in which an elongated cutting insert is insertable, the cutting insert having a rake face on an upper side and a bottom side facing the inner seating surface of the lower clamping member, wherein a major part of said lower inner seating surface extends along a second axis perpendicular to the longitudinal first axis, wherein said upper and lower clamping members are configured to be movable toward one another by a tightening device in order to secure the cutting insert in the intermediate gap between the inner seating surfaces, wherein the fitting member and the clamping members are integrally formed in a unitary piece; and
a hinge joint formed between the upper and lower clamping members, at least one of the upper and lower clamping members being movable with respect to the other by turning around an axis of rotation of the hinge joint, wherein the axis of rotation of the hinge joint extends perpendicularly to the second axis along which the major part of the lower inner seating surface extends.

US Pat. No. 10,335,861

DOUBLE-SIDED, INDEXABLE TURNING INSERT AND TURNING TOOL

SECO TOOLS AB, Fagersta ...

1. A double-sided turning insert comprising:a square basic shape with first and second major surfaces;
a side surface disposed between the first and second major surfaces;
exactly four cutting edges proximate exactly four respective chipbreaker structures, wherein each cutting edge of the exactly four cutting edges and a respective chipbreaker structure of each of the exactly four cutting edges is located at corner portions of the turning insert and spaced from another cutting edge of the exactly four cutting edges;
exactly two of the exactly four cutting edges are diagonally opposed and located on each major surface, wherein the major surfaces are identical but rotated 90 degrees relative to each other,
wherein the first major surface includes a first support surface and the second major surface includes a second support surface, the first support surface and the second support surface extending to the side surface; and
wherein a plane of the first major surface contains the first support surface and a plane of the second major surface contains the second support surface, the exactly four cutting edges are recessed relative to the respective plane of the first and second major surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,335,860

MACHINE TOOL

STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,335,859

WHEEL LIGHTWEIGHT MACHINING FIXTURE AND METHOD

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel lightweight machining fixture, comprising a rotating chuck, an electric cylinder, a guide rail, a slide block, a first linear motor, a first piezoelectric sensor, a first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor, a first vertical lathe turret, a second linear motor, a clamping base for clamping the second linear motor, a second piezoelectric sensor, a second ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor, and a central hole flange turning tool for turning a central hole and a flange surface of a wheel, wherein two grooves are bilaterally distributed in the rotating chuck, the electric cylinder and the guide rail being fixedly mounted in a left groove of the two grooves, the slide block is mounted on the guide rail, an output end of the electric cylinder is connected with the slide block, the first linear motor is fixedly mounted on the slide block, the first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor is mounted at an output end of the first linear motor, and the first piezoelectric sensor is located inside the first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor; when the electric cylinder drives the slide block to move along the guide rail, the first ultrasonic thickness measuring sensor can be in contact with different positions on a spoke of the wheel, so that a spoke thicknesses at different positions can be detected.