US Pat. No. 10,393,201

ACTUATING DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL SHOE BRAKE HAVING AN AUTOMATIC ADJUSTING DEVICE

1. An actuating device for an internal expanding shoe brake, comprising a housing, at least one expansion piston movably mounted in the housing and an automatic adjusting device, the adjusting device comprising:an adjusting bolt, which can be moved relative to the expansion piston in an axial direction and comprises a screw shank that extends into the expansion piston, and a head portion that is operatively connected to a brake shoe,
a rotatably mounted adjusting nut which is arranged at least in part inside the expansion piston and is in threaded engagement with the screw shank,
an adjusting lever which is pivotally mounted on the expansion piston, can be moved therewith relative to the housing and is in engagement with the adjusting nut in order to rotate said nut relative to the adjusting bolt, and
a guide element fixed to the housing, with which guide element the adjusting lever interacts such that a movement of the adjusting lever relative to the guide element causes a pivoting movement of the adjusting lever,
wherein the adjusting lever comprises a guide link in the form of a guide slot having two opposing link surfaces that interact with opposing sides of the guide element fixed to the housing in order to convert the movement of the adjusting lever relative to the guide element fixed to the housing into pivoting movements of the adjusting lever,
wherein the adjusting lever comprises an end portion having a pawl, which is in engagement with the adjusting nut, in order to rotate the adjusting nut on the basis of the pivoting movement of the adjusting lever, while the guide slot is arranged in a portion of the adjusting lever remote from the end portion, the adjusting lever being mounted by means of a pivot bearing which is located between the end portion and the remote portion, and
wherein the adjusting nut comprises a ratchet or is connected to a ratchet for conjoint rotation, the ratchet being arranged inside the expansion piston, the expansion piston comprising a recess through which the end portion of the adjusting lever that comprises the pawl extends in order to enter into engagement with the ratchet.

US Pat. No. 10,393,191

SYNCHRONIZER OF TRANSMISSION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A synchronizer of a transmission, comprising:a bottom key disposed on a hub to be slidable in a radial direction of the hub;
a top key disposed radially outside the bottom key to be slidable in an axial direction of the hub;
a sleeve disposed outside the hub and sliding in the axial direction to slide the top key in the axial direction to press a synchro-ring;
a key spring disposed between the bottom key and the hub to press the bottom key and the top key toward an internal side of the sleeve; and
a motion converting portion converting relative motion generated in a circumferential direction of the hub between the top key and the bottom key into axial relative motion of the top key to the bottom key toward the synchro-ring.

US Pat. No. 10,393,179

SEGMENTED OUTER RING FOR A BEARING FOR MITIGATING TORQUE DEGRADATION

12. A bearing assembly comprising:an outer ring comprising:
an outer sleeve defining a first exterior surface and a first interior area, the first interior area being defined by a first inner surface extending along the outer sleeve, the first inner surface having a first fastener mechanism formed therein, extending axially from a first axial end to a second axial end of the outer sleeve and extending circumferentially substantially along an entirety of the first inner surface, wherein the first inner surface is an uninterrupted surface;
an inner sleeve defining a second exterior surface and a second interior area, the second interior area being defined by a second inner surface extending along the inner sleeve, the second exterior surface having a second fastener mechanism formed therein, extending axially and circumferentially substantially along an entirety of the second exterior surface from a third axial end to a fourth axial end of the inner sleeve;
the inner sleeve being removably disposed in the first interior area by selective engagement of the first fastener mechanism with the second fastener mechanism and so that the outer sleeve surrounds the inner sleeve; and
wherein the first fastener mechanism comprises a female threaded area extending axially from the first axial end to the second axial end of the outer sleeve and the second fastener mechanism comprises a male threaded area which is selectively threadedly engaged with the female threaded area; and
an inner member having a third exterior surface, the inner member being at least partially disposed in the first interior area for relative rotation therebetween, the relative rotation being caused by an operating torque,
wherein the first exterior surface is cylindrical and has an outside diameter of a magnitude configured to be press fit into a bore of a housing,
wherein the female threaded area and the male threaded area cooperate with one another to establish an operating torque range control feature comprising a clearance between the male threaded area and the female threaded area, the clearance between the male threaded area and the female threaded area being configured to accommodate radially inward distortion of the outer ring so that torque is maintained within a predetermined range of 5% of the operating torque.

US Pat. No. 10,393,173

HALBACH-ARRAY LEVITATING PASSIVE MAGNETIC BEARING CONFIGURATION

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a rotor;
a first primary array comprising a first annular Halbach army attached to said rotor;
a support structure configured to lie stationary with respect to said rotor;
a second primary array comprising a second annular Halbach array attached to said support structure, wherein said first primary array and said second primary array are configured to interact magnetically one with another to provide a levitation force to said rotor;
a first secondary array comprising a third annular Halbach array attached to said rotor;
a second secondary array comprising a fourth annular Halbach array attached to said support structure, wherein said first secondary array and said second secondary array are configured to interact magnetically one with another to provide a force that is opposite to said levitation force to said rotor; and
an extra primary array comprising a fifth annular Halbach array configured to augment said levitation force, wherein said extra primary array is attached to said support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,393,143

COMPRESSOR WITH ANNULAR DIFFUSER HAVING FIRST VANES AND SECOND VANES

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

1. A compressor that compresses a fluid flowing through a fluid flow path, the compressor comprising:an impeller rotatably disposed inside the fluid flow path, and
an annular diffuser disposed around the impeller, the diffuser decelerating the fluid ejected from the impeller in a centrifugal direction,
wherein the diffuser includes a first blade row, extending in a circumferential direction, and a second blade row, extending in the circumferential direction and located further in the centrifugal direction than is the first blade row,
wherein the number of second vanes included in the second blade row is twice the number of first vanes included in the first blade row or larger, and
wherein each first vane and an adjacent first vane do not define a throat therebetween, and
wherein a choke length of each first vane, denoted with “c”, an angle formed by each first vane and the centrifugal direction, denoted with “?”, and a distance between an inner end portion of each first vane in the centrifugal direction and an inner end portion of an adjacent first vane in the centrifugal direction, denoted with “S”, satisfy
c?S·sin ??M,
where “M” denotes a margin constant larger than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,393,111

PUMP WITH WEAR-RESISTANT BARREL AND PLUNGER HAVING COATING SUPPORT

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A pumping mechanism comprising:a barrel formed of a barrel substrate and including:
a first end surface;
a second end surface opposite the first end surface; and
a bore between the first and second end surfaces;
wherein each of the first and second end surfaces and the bore is coated with a metal plating; and
a plunger formed of a plunger substrate and configured to be slidably disposed in the bore in barrel, the plunger substrate having a tribological coating.

US Pat. No. 10,393,110

PUMP CONNECTING THE INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE OF A PRODUCT VESSEL

1. A pump to connect an inside and an outside of a pharmaceutical product vessel, comprising:an upstream product passage end extending into the vessel and being in fluid communication with the vessel such that fluid product flows into the pump via the upstream product passage end,
a nonreturn valve, downstream of the upstream end, switching between closure and product passage configurations, and
wherein the upstream end is extended upstream by a labyrinth-forming member forming a labyrinth-type product passage through which the fluid product can flow having an entrance and an exit, wherein the fluid product follows a path that successively changes direction at least twice between the entrance and the exit of the labyrinth-type passage.

US Pat. No. 10,393,108

REDUCING FLUID PRESSURE SPIKES IN A PUMPING SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a pumping system, comprising:
a plurality of pumps each comprising:
a drive shaft;
a prime mover operatively coupled with the drive shaft and operable to rotate the drive shaft;
a plurality of reciprocating members operable to pump a fluid;
a plurality of connecting rods operatively connecting the drive shaft with the plurality of reciprocating members; and
a pump fluid outlet; and
a control system, comprising:
a plurality of position sensors each associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of pumps, wherein each of the plurality of position sensors is operable to generate information relating to phase and/or speed of the corresponding one of the plurality of pumps;
a plurality of pressure sensors each associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of pumps, wherein each of the plurality of pressure sensors is operable to generate information relating to fluid pressure spikes at a corresponding pump fluid outlet; and
a controller in communication with the plurality of position sensors and the plurality of pressure sensors, wherein the controller is operable to cause each of the plurality of pumps to operate such that each fluid pressure spike at each pump fluid outlet is out of phase with respect to another fluid pressure spike at another pump fluid outlet, wherein the controller is further operable to correlate the occurrence of each fluid pressure spike to the phase of a corresponding one of the plurality of pumps, and wherein the controller causes each prime mover to control the phase of each of the plurality of pumps such that a phase difference is maintained between each fluid pressure spike at each fluid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,393,100

CYLINDER HEAD ASSEMBLY FOR RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR

Emerson Climate Technolog...

1. A compressor comprising:a housing defining a cylinder, a mounting surface surrounding the cylinder, and a first valve seat that is recessed from the mounting surface;
a piston disposed within the housing and movable within the cylinder to define a compression chamber within the cylinder;
a valve plate mounted to the mounting surface and including a suction plenum, a suction passage providing fluid communication between the suction plenum and the cylinder, a second valve seat through which the suction passage extends, and a discharge passage extending through the valve plate; and
a suction valve having an annular main body and a plurality of lobes extending radially outward from the main body, the suction valve being movable between a first suction-valve-position in which the lobes are seated on the first valve seat to allow fluid flow through the suction passage and a second suction-valve-position in which the main body is seated on the second valve seat to restrict fluid flow through the suction passage, wherein the lobes are spaced apart from the first valve seat when the suction valve is in the second suction-valve-position, and wherein the lobes and the main body of the suction valve move axially between the first and second suction-valve-positions.

US Pat. No. 10,393,093

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE IMPACT OF WIND TURBINE UPGRADES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for assessing the performance impact of wind turbine upgrades, the method comprising:determining, with a computing device, a baseline power curve for a wind turbine prior to the wind turbine being upgraded;
determining a baseline wind speed transfer function for the wind turbine prior to the wind turbine being upgraded, the baseline wind speed transfer function relating a reference wind speed to a local wind speed for the wind turbine;
controlling an operation of the wind turbine after the wind turbine is upgraded while collecting data associated with the reference wind speed for the wind turbine from one or more reference wind sensors and the local wind speed for the wind turbine from one or more local wind speed sensors;
determining an upgraded wind speed transfer function for the wind turbine after the wind turbine is upgraded, the upgraded wind speed transfer function relating the reference wind speed to the local wind speed for the wind turbine measured after the wind turbine is upgraded;
determining a corrected local wind speed for the wind turbine based on the baseline and upgraded wind speed transfer functions;
determining an upgraded power curve for the wind turbine based on the corrected local wind speed; and
comparing the baseline power curve directly to the upgraded power curve in order to assess a performance impact provided to the upgraded wind turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,392,889

DOWNHOLE CABLE GRAB ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A cable grab assembly to retrieve a broken cable from a well comprising:a body having a longitudinally extending internal cavity disposed therein;
a piston disposed in the cavity, the piston axially moveable between a first position and a second position;
at least two grab arms hingedly attached to a bottom end of the body;
a linkage assembly to operatively couple the piston and the at least two grab arms such that movement of the piston between the first position toward the second position causes the at least two grab arms to pivot inward from an open position toward a closed position;
a shear-pin engaged with the piston and the body to restrain the piston to the first position; and
at least one spring element disposed between the piston and an end of the cavity to shift the piston from the first position toward the second position to capture the broken cable when the shear-pin is sheared;
wherein the at least one spring shifts the piston from the first position toward the second position by decompressing.

US Pat. No. 10,392,738

CLOTHES TREATING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for controlling a clothes treating apparatus comprising a manipulation knob, a main course selection interface having data identify a plurality of courses displayed on a circumference of the manipulation knob, a memory to store information identifying numbers of times each of the plurality of courses is selected through the main course selection interface, and a controller to drive the clothes treating apparatus in accordance with an input received through the manipulation knob, the method comprising the steps of:activating the clothes treating apparatus;
determining whether one or more of the courses were previously selected through the main course selection interface a prescribed number of times or more during a prescribed period;
displaying the one or more of the courses which were previously selected through the main course selection interface the prescribed number of times or more during the prescribed period;
receiving a selection of one of the one or more displayed courses through rotation of the manipulation knob, wherein the controller drives the clothes treating apparatus based on the selection;
after displaying the one or more courses selected the prescribed number of times or more on the main course selection interface, determining when the manipulation knob is rotated by a prescribed angle or more; and
modifying, when the manipulation knob is rotated by a prescribed angle or more, the main course selection interface such that all of the plurality of courses are concurrently displayed on the main course selection interface.

US Pat. No. 10,392,727

NANOFIBER MANUFACTURING-APPARATUS NOZZLE HEAD AND NANOFIBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A nanofiber manufacturing-apparatus nozzle head, comprising a plurality of holes, a solution being ejected from the holes, the holes being arranged on a straight line passing through a center of a face of the nozzle head,wherein the holes include:
a first hole,
a second hole,
a third hole being located between the first hole and the second hole and being adjacent to the first hole, and
a fourth hole being located between the second hole and the third hole and being adjacent to the second hole and the third hole, a first interval between the first hole and the third hole is larger than a second interval between the third hole and the fourth hole, the second interval is larger than a third interval between the second hole and the fourth hole.

US Pat. No. 10,392,548

COMPOSITE MATERIAL PART HAVING A THERMALLY AND ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE PORTION, AND A METHOD OF FABRICATING SUCH A PART

SAFRAN, Paris (FR)

1. A composite material part comprising:reinforcement made of carbon fibers or yarns consolidated by an organic matrix, the reinforcement comprising warp yarns or fibers and weft yarns or fibers woven together,
wherein said composite material part includes one or more thermally conductive portions in which the carbon fibers or yarns are free of matrix,
wherein the matrix-free carbon fiber or yarn portions are in contact with a material that is thermally conductive, and
wherein the material that is thermally conductive is situated in porosities between the carbon fibers or yarns free of matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,392,460

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GRAFT COPOLYMERS ON POLYOLEFIN BACKBONE

BOREALIS AG, Vienna (AT)...

1. A process of producing a modified olefin polymer (X) comprising a free-radical polymerisable monomer grafted to a polyolefin backbone in an extruder, which process comprises: contacting, in an extruder, an olefin polymer (A) and the free-radical polymeriseable monomer (D) and optionally a free-radical generator (C) to produce a mixture; extruding the mixture in the extruder in the presence of a stable nitroxide radical (B) that is formed by decomposition of an alkoxyamine (F) added to the extruder together with the olefin polymer (A) and, when included, the free-radical generator (C), thereby graft copolymerising the free-radical polymerisable monomer (D) to the olefin polymer (A) to produce the modified polymer composition (X); recovering the modified olefin polymer (X) from the extruder; and cooling the modified olefin polymer (X);wherein the free-radical polymerisable monomer (D) is an unsaturated hydrolysable silane compound or a mixture of unsaturated hydrolysable silane compounds;
and wherein the alkoxyamine (F) has the formula

wherein each R is independently a linear or branched alkyl group haying from 1 to 3 carbon atoms and R1 is one of a hydrogen atom, an alkali metal, NH4+, Bu4N+ or Bu3NH+, where Bu denotes a butyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,392,412

PLATINUM ANTICANCER AGENTS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, having the formula:
wherein R1 is independently hydrogen, halogen, —CY13, —CN, —SR9, —OSO2R8, —OSO3H, —NH2NH2, —ONR6R7, —NH2C(O)NHNH2, —C(O)R8, —C(O)NR6R7, —NH2C(O)NR6R7, —NR6R7, —OC(O)R8, —OC(O)NR6R7, —OR9, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
R2 is independently halogen, —CY23, —CN, —SOqR10, —SOuNR11R12, —NHNH2, —ONR11R12, —NHC?(O)NHNH2, —NHC?(O)NR11R12, —N(O)m, —NR11R12, —C(O)R13, —C(O)—OR13, —C(O)NR11R12, —OR10, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
two adjacent R2 substituents may optionally be joined to form a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
R3 is an unsubstituted C1-C4 alkyl or H;
R4, R5 and R32 are independently halogen,
—N3, —SCN, or —CN;R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, R12, and R13 are independently hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
z is an integer from 0 to 4;
u is independently an integer from 1 to 2;
m is independently an integer from 1 to 2;
q is independently an integer from 0 to 4;
Y1 and Y2 are independently —Cl, —Br, —I, or —F.

US Pat. No. 10,392,403

PROCESS FOR PREPARING THIENOPYRIMIDINE COMPOUND AND INTERMEDIATES USED THEREIN

HANMI PHARM. CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for preparing the compound of Formula 1, comprising steps of:1) subjecting the compound of Formula 3 to a reaction with the compound of Formula 4 in an organic solvent under the presence of a base to obtain the compound of Formula 2; and
2) subjecting the compound of Formula 2 to a reaction with the compound of Formula 5 in an organic solvent under the presence of an acid to obtain the compound of Formula 1:

US Pat. No. 10,392,385

N-((1-PHENYL-9H-PYRIDO[3,4-B]INDOL-3-YL)METHYL)CINNAMAMIDES AS POTENTIAL ANTICANCER AGENTS AND PREPARATION THEREOF

1. N-((1-phenyl-9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indol-3-yl)methyl) cinnamamides of formula A:
wherein
R1=3-F, 3,4,5-OMe, 4-OMe, H, 4-CF3, 4-Cl, 4-OH-3-OMe, 3,4-CH2—O—CH2, 3,5-F, 4-OH, 1-napthyl, 9-phenanthryl, or 4-Me, and
R2=3,4,5-OMe, 3,4-Cl, 4-F, 3,5-F, 2,5-OMe, 4-Cl, 4-OH-3-OMe, 3-OH, 3,4,5-OH, 4-CF3, 4-OMe, or 4-NH2.

US Pat. No. 10,392,354

HIGHLY SELECTIVE ANTI-CANCER AGENTS TARGETING NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER AND OTHER FORMS OF CANCER

The University of Toledo,...

1. A method of treating a mammalian disease comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition to a subject in need thereof, wherein the pharmaceutical composition comprises a compound of the following structural formula:wherein:n=1 or 2;
X is N or CH;
Y is S, O, or NH;
R is selected from the group consisting of:
?O;
2H;
—OR3, wherein R3 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, glycosyl, or polyether groups;
(CO)OR4, wherein R4 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, or aralkyl groups;
—NR5R6, wherein R5 and R6 are H, alkyl, aryl, or aralkyl groups; and,
?N—OR7, wherein R7 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, aralkyl, glycosyl, or polyether groups;
R1 is hydrogen, alkyl-, aryl-, or aralkyl;
Z is absent or selected from the group consisting of:
halide, wherein R2 is absent;
oxygen;
nitrogen, wherein there are two R2 groups;
(CO)O—; O(CO)—; O(CO)O—;
(CO)N<, wherein there are two R2 groups; and,
NH(CO)—; and NH(CO)N<, wherein there are two R2 groups;
wherein where Z is absent, R2 connects directly to a ring; and
R2 is hydrogen, alkyl-, aryl-, aralkyl-, glycosyl-, or polyether-, wherein multiple occurrences of R2 are the same or different;
or a prodrug, salt, stereoisomer, racemate, solvate, or hydrate thereof;
wherein the mammalian disease is a cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,392,308

FIRE RETARDANT CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

1. A method for making magnesium oxychloride boards, comprising:mixing a magnesium oxychloride slurry, comprising:
directing magnesium chloride, magnesium oxide, at least one phosphate, at least one inorganic salt, and water into a mixer; and
mixing the magnesium chloride, magnesium oxide, phosphate, inorganic salt and water to form a slurry in the mixer;
mixing at least one filler with the slurry;
directing the slurry to a mold and filling the mold with the slurry to form a magnesium oxychloride board;
curing the magnesium oxychloride board;
directing the slurry to a second mold and filling the mold with the slurry to form a second magnesium oxychloride board;
curing the second magnesium oxychloride board; and
combining the first magnesium oxychloride board with the second magnesium oxychloride board to make a multiple-layered board.

US Pat. No. 10,392,291

METHOD OF MAKING AN OPTICAL FIBER PREFORM AND HANDLE FOR USE IN MAKING OF OPTICAL FIBER PREFORM

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method for forming an optical fiber preform, the method comprising:inserting a glass core cane into a glass sleeve such that the glass sleeve surrounds a portion of the glass core cane and such that there is a gap between the glass sleeve and the portion of the glass core surrounded by the glass sleeve, the glass sleeve having an inner diameter that is greater than an outer diameter of the glass core cane;
inserting a removable insert in the gap between the glass sleeve and the portion of the glass core cane surrounded by the glass sleeve, the removable insert having a length at least equal to the length of the glass sleeve,
depositing silica soot onto at least a portion of the glass core cane and at least a portion of the glass sleeve to form a silica soot preform; and
flowing gas through the gap during processing of the silica soot preform.

US Pat. No. 10,392,290

PROCESSING 3D SHAPED TRANSPARENT BRITTLE SUBSTRATE

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A glass article having a 3D surface, the glass article having at least one edge having a plurality of defect lines extending at least 250 microns, the defect lines each having a diameter less than or equal to about 5 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,392,288

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING SHEET WIDTH ATTENUATION OF SHEET GLASS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

22. An apparatus for longitudinally drawing a viscous glass ribbon having a first side and an opposing second side, a first edge and an opposing second edge, and a width defined by a distance between the first and second edges, comprising:a first pair of edge rolls configured to contact the viscous glass ribbon along the first and second sides near the first edge; and
a second pair of edge rolls configured to contact the viscous glass ribbon along the first and second sides near the second edge,
wherein the first and second pair of edge rolls maintain a substantially consistent longitudinal velocity increase of the viscous glass ribbon in a substantially parallel manner across the width of the viscous glass ribbon downstream of the first and second pair of edge rolls.

US Pat. No. 10,392,285

SUBMERGED COMBUSTION MELTERS HAVING AN EXTENDED TREATMENT ZONE AND METHODS OF PRODUCING MOLTEN GLASS

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A submerged combustion melter comprising:a floor, a roof, and a sidewall structure connecting the floor and roof defining an internal space, a first portion of the internal space comprising a melting zone, a second portion of the internal space defining a fining zone downstream of the melting zone, and a third portion of the internal space comprising a treating zone downstream of the melting zone and upstream of the fining zone, the treating zone comprising one or more apparatus configured to inject a treating composition into a molten mass of glass containing bubbles in the treating zone, the treating zone and the fining zone devoid of submerged combustion burners and other apparatus that would increase turbulence above that in the melting zone;
one or more combustion burners in either the floor, the roof, the sidewall structure, or any two or more of these, producing combustion gases and configured to emit the combustion gases from a position under a level of, and positioned to transfer heat to and produce, a turbulent molten mass of glass containing bubbles in the melting zone;
a skimmer having distal end adapted to extend to a point just above a level of molten mass of glass exiting the fining zone to hold back a portion of foam floating on the molten mass of glass flowing out of the fining zone;
the submerged combustion melter comprising a geometry whereby the level of the molten glass is substantially equivalent in the melting zone, the treatment zone, and the fining zone, wherein the floor in the melting zone is substantially horizontal and the floor in the fining zone is angled upward at an angle ? with respect to the substantially horizontal floor in the melting zone so that the floor in the fining zone is angled upward relative to horizontal beginning at an entrance to the fining zone and extending to an exit of the fining zone and rises uniformly from the depth of the substantially horizontal floor in the melting zone to a final depth that is at least 10 percent less than the depth of the substantially horizontal floor in the melting zone.

US Pat. No. 10,392,284

COMBUSTION METHOD FOR LOW VELOCITY REACTANT STREAMS

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of carrying out combustion in a furnace, comprising(A) combusting fuel in a furnace to produce gaseous combustion products; and
(B) alternately
(1) (i) passing a portion of the gaseous combustion products into and through a cooled first regenerator to heat the first regenerator and cool said portion of the gaseous combustion products,
(ii) passing at least part of said cooled portion of gaseous combustion products from said first regenerator, and fuel, into a heated second regenerator and, in the second regenerator, reacting the gaseous combustion products and the fuel in an endothermic reaction in the second regenerator to form syngas comprising hydrogen and CO,
(iii) passing said syngas formed in the second regenerator at a velocity less than 50 feet per second into a first duct having an outlet that is connected to the interior of the furnace,
(iv) injecting at least one stream of motive gas having a velocity of at least 100 feet per second from a nozzle in the first duct having an internal diameter D into the syngas in the first duct at an upstream distance L from the interior wall of the furnace wherein the mass flow rate of the motive gas injected into the syngas is less than 60% of the mass flow rate of the syngas into which the motive gas is injected,
under conditions such that the value of (L/D)×(N/R) is from 4 to 25, wherein N is the number of streams of motive gas injected into the syngas in the first duct and R is the ratio of the total mass flow rate of syngas passed into the first duct to the total mass flow rate of the stream, or all of the streams, of motive gas injected into the first duct, thereby entraining the syngas into the motive gas stream in the first duct and forming in the first duct at least one mixed stream comprising a mixture of the syngas and the motive gas and having a velocity greater than 50 feet per second, and
(v) passing said mixed stream at a velocity of greater than 50 feet per second from said first duct into said furnace and combusting the mixed stream with one or more oxidant streams injected into said furnace; and
(2) (i) passing a portion of the gaseous combustion products into and through a cooled second regenerator to heat the second regenerator and cool said portion of the gaseous combustion products,
(ii) passing at least part of said cooled portion of gaseous combustion products from said second regenerator, and fuel, into a heated first regenerator and, in the first regenerator, reacting the gaseous combustion products and the fuel in an endothermic reaction in the first regenerator to form syngas comprising hydrogen and CO,
(iii) passing said syngas formed in the first regenerator at a velocity less than 50 feet per second into a second duct having an outlet that is connected to the interior of the furnace,
(iv) injecting at least one stream of motive gas having a velocity of at least 100 feet per second from a nozzle in the duct having an internal diameter D into the syngas in the second duct at an upstream distance L from the interior wall of the furnace wherein the mass flow rate of the motive gas injected into the syngas is less than 60% of the mass flow rate of the syngas into which the motive gas is injected,
under conditions such that the value of (L/D)×(N/R) is from 4 to 25, wherein N is the number of streams of motive gas injected into the syngas in the second duct and R is the ratio of the total mass flow rate of syngas passed into the second duct to the total mass flow rate of the stream, or all of the streams, of motive gas injected into the second duct, thereby entraining the syngas into the motive gas stream in the second duct and forming in the second duct at least one mixed stream comprising a mixture of the syngas and the motive gas and having a velocity greater than 50 feet per second, and
(v) passing said mixed stream at a velocity of greater than 50 feet per second from said second duct into said furnace and combusting the mixed stream with one or more oxidant streams injected into said furnace.

US Pat. No. 10,392,282

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTROCOAGULATION

1. An electrocoagulation apparatus for removing contaminants from water, the apparatus comprising:a tank having a first end, a second end and side walls extending between the first end and the second end;
a first plurality of electrolytic cells provided in the tank, the first plurality of electrolytic cells forming a first stage;
a second plurality of electrolytic cells provided in the tank, the second plurality of electrolytic cells forming a second stage;
a first baffle provided between the first end of the tank and the first plurality of electrolytic cells in the first stage, the first baffle positioned in the tank to direct water introduced into the tank at the first end through the electrolytic cells in the first stage;
a second baffle provided between the first plurality of electrolytic cells in the first stage and the second plurality of electrolytic cells in the second stage, the second baffle positioned to prevent water in the first stage that has not passed through at least one of the first plurality of electrolytic cells in the first stage from entering the second plurality of electrolytic cells in the second stage;
a voltage supply connected to each electrolytic cell, and
a blanketing system operative to monitor the amount of oxygen in the tank and injecting an inert gas into the tank when the oxygen reaches a predetermined level;
wherein each electrolytic cell comprises:
an enclosure; and
a plurality of substantially parallel spaced-apart electrode plates provided in the enclosure, each electrode plate oriented substantially parallel to the side walls,
wherein the enclosure surrounds the plurality of substantially parallel spaced apart electrode plates, and wherein an opening is provided in a bottom of each enclosure, the opening positioned above a bottom of the tank, and wherein a top of each enclosure is open,
wherein the voltage supply is connected across adjacent electrode plates to form anode/cathode electrode pairs,
wherein each electrode plate has a main body and a tab extending above a portion of the main body, and
wherein water entering the electrocoagulation apparatus at the first end will pass through the first baffle before passing through the first stage, then through the second baffle and then through the second stage before exiting the electrocoagulation apparatus at the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,392,274

DEVICE FOR ELECTROCOAGULATION AND PROCESS

1. An electrocoagulation device configured to treat a process stream, the device comprising:a cathode;
a sacrificial anode consisting of a compacted powder comprising iron and having a porosity between 11 and 62% by volume, wherein said anode is porous and water permeable;
a pressure system, wherein the pressure system is configured for the process stream to flow through said anode,
wherein said anode has a first side and an opposite second side, wherein the process stream flows from the first side through said anode to the second side,
wherein a pressure of the process stream on the second side is less than the pressure on the first side, such that a pressure differential is at least 6.9 kPa (1 psi).

US Pat. No. 10,392,273

ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE, ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE LAMINATED BODY PROVIDED WITH ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE, ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL PROVIDED WITH ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE LAMINATED BODY, AND WATER TREATMENT APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electrochemical cell comprising:an ion exchange membrane laminated body;
electrodes which are disposed such that an anode and a cathode are opposed to each other; and
a partitioning board which has water permeability,
wherein the ion exchange membrane laminated body is disposed between the electrodes,
the ion exchange membranes are laminated in a direction orthogonal with respect to a vertical direction,
two or more of the ion exchange membrane laminated bodies are disposed to be lined up when viewed from a lamination direction of the ion exchange membranes,
the partitioning board is installed between two adjacent ones of the ion exchange membrane laminated bodies, and
the ion exchange membrane laminated body comprises:
two or more ion exchange membranes that are laminated to be opposed; and
a spacer member which is disposed between two adjacent ones of the ion exchange membranes and having a communicating structure between front and rear surfaces,
each of the two or more ion exchange membranes comprising:
a first cation exchange composition which has a cation exchange group, and which is formed in a sheet form, and through which water does not easily permeate;
a first anion exchange composition which is disposed to be in contact with the first cation exchange composition, which has an anion exchange group, and which is formed in a sheet form, and through which water does not easily permeate;
a second cation exchange composition which has a cation exchange group, is formed in a sheet form, and which is disposed to be opposed to the first cation exchange composition, and through which water permeates more easily than in the first cation exchange composition; and
a second anion exchange composition which has an anion exchange group, which is formed in a sheet form, and which is disposed to be opposed to the first anion exchange composition, and through which water permeates more easily than in the first anion exchange composition.

US Pat. No. 10,392,272

MODULATION OF ION TRANSPORT IN A LIQUID BY APPLICATION OF AN ELECTRIC POTENTIAL ON A MESOPOROUS CARBON MEMBRANE

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A method for regulating ion transport between first and second regions of a liquid solution containing ionic species in at least one of said first and second regions, the method comprising applying a voltage on a single electrically conductive mesoporous carbon membrane situated between said first and second regions of the liquid solution, wherein liquid flow between first and second regions is permitted only through said mesoporous carbon membrane, and the applied voltage is selected to modulate the degree of ion transport between said first and second regions, wherein an increase in applied voltage results in a reduction in the degree of ion transport between said first and second regions, optionally up to a critical voltage at which ion transport ceases, wherein said single electrically conductive mesoporous carbon membrane functions by hindering or blocking the transport of ions instead of absorbing the ions when applying said applied voltage, wherein the method does not include a step of desorbing the ions from the single electrically conductive mesoporous carbon membrane, and wherein said single electrically conductive mesoporous carbon membrane also includes: (i) a pore size distribution centered at 7.3 nm and having a degree of variation in pore size of ±3 nm from 7.3 nm, and (ii) conductive carbon nanoparticles embedded therein in an amount of 1-25 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,392,271

METHOD OF REMOVING HYDROGEN-SULFIDE FROM WATER

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method for removing hydrogen sulfide from a liquid stream comprising produced water from an underground oil or gas producing operation, the method comprising:contacting a first side of a porous, gas-liquid separation membrane with a liquid stream comprising a first amount of hydrogen sulfide; and
contacting a second, opposite side of the separation membrane with a receiving fluid having a lower concentration of hydrogen sulfide than the liquid stream, wherein the hydrogen sulfide moves through the pores of the membrane from the first side to the second side, to provide a reduced-sulfide liquid stream having a second amount of hydrogen sulfide that is less than the first amount of hydrogen sulfide in the liquid stream, wherein the receiving fluid comprises water and an organic amine reactive with hydrogen sulfide.

US Pat. No. 10,392,270

MULTI-EFFECT MEMBRANE DISTILLATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A multi-effect membrane distillation system, comprising:a first membrane distillation effect, comprising (a) a first-stage feed channel with a first-stage feed inlet, (b) a first-stage gap, and (c) a first-stage vapor-permeable membrane separating the first-stage feed channel from the first-stage gap;
a second membrane distillation effect, comprising (a) a second-stage feed channel with a second-stage feed inlet, (b) a second-stage gap, and (c) a second-stage vapor-permeable membrane separating the second-stage feed channel from the second-stage gap;
a heat-transfer plate separating the second-stage feed channel from the first-stage gap and configured to transfer heat therebetween;
a first feed-transfer conduit coupled with the first-stage feed channel and with the second-stage feed inlet and configured for flow of liquid feed from the first-stage feed inlet through the first-stage feed channel to the first feed-transfer conduit; and
a second feed-transfer conduit coupled with the second-stage feed channel and configured for flow of liquid feed from the second-stage feed inlet through the second-stage feed channel to the second feed-transfer conduit,
wherein at least one of the first membrane distillation effect and the second membrane distillation effect is selected from (a) a permeate-gap membrane distillation effect and (b) a conductive-gap membrane distillation effect with a thermally conductive spacer geometry that extends across the gap and improves the gap's effective thermal conductivity.

US Pat. No. 10,392,269

PORTABLE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS WITH ADJUSTABLE SOLAR POSITIONING APPARATUS

1. A configurable water purification system, comprising:a water storage receptacle defining a space within the water storage receptacle, the space having a size that defines a water storage capacity of the water storage receptacle;
a pump;
a power source comprising a Stirling engine;
at least one fresnel lens to focus solar energy on a heat exchanger of the Stirling engine;
a solar positioning apparatus that adjusts a position of the at least one fresnel lens relative to a base of the solar positioning apparatus in response to an angle of incoming light determined based at least in part on a location of a portion of a light sensing surface illuminated by light passing through an aperture, wherein the solar positioning apparatus comprises a downwardly-extending projection with a curved edge and at least two legs, and wherein the solar positioning apparatus based at least in part on the determined angle of incoming light lengthens or shortens one of the at least two legs so as to rotate the solar positioning apparatus along the curved edge of the downwardly-extending projection to modify both pitch and roll of the at least one fresnel lens and adjust the position of the at least one fresnel lens for aligning the at least one fresnel lens for focusing with the incoming light on the heat exchanger of the Stirling engine; and
a filter;
the water storage receptacle, the pump, the power source, the solar positioning apparatus, and the filter being configurable between:
(1) an operation configuration in which the solar positioning apparatus is positioned outside of the space and aligns the at least one fresnel lens for focusing solar energy on the heat exchanger of the Stirling engine to provide power from the power source, the power source is positioned outside of the space and provides the power to operate the pump, the pump is positioned outside of the space and operable to provide source water to the filter, the filter is positioned outside of the space and operable to convert the source water into purified water, wherein the purified water is stored within the space of the water storage receptacle in the absence of the pump, the power source, the solar positioning apparatus, and the filter; and
(2) a storage configuration in which at least one of the pump, the power source, the solar positioning apparatus, or the filter is stored within the space of the water storage receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,266

TREATMENT OF PRODUCED WATER USING INDIRECT HEAT

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

1. A method of generating steam for enhanced oil recovery techniques, comprising:admitting a batch of untreated water into a batch vessel, wherein the batch vessel has a demister and at least one heating coil in contact with the untreated water;
passing a heated waste flue gas stream through the at least one heating coil, wherein the heated waste flue gas has a temperature between 170° C. and 240° C.;
heating the at least one heating coil with the heated waste flue gas;
vaporizing the batch of untreated water with the heated heating coil to create intermediate steam;
flowing the intermediate steam through the demister to remove solids;
condensing the intermediate steam in a condenser to form an overhead gas stream and a condensed water stream;
separating the overhead gas stream and the condensed water stream;
passing the overhead gas stream through a knock out drum to remove residual water;
combining the residual water and the condensed water stream to form a treated water; and
heating the treated water in a furnace to generate an injection steam for the enhanced oil recovery and to generate the heated waste flue gas stream passed through the at least one heating coil.

US Pat. No. 10,392,263

MODIFICATION OF PIGMENTS USING ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION (ALD) IN VARYING ELECTRICAL RESISTIVITY

United States of America ...

1. A method, comprising:loading powdered pigment into a rotating drum;
evacuating air from the rotating drum;
pulsing an indium oxide precursor into the rotating drum, marinating the pigment in the indium oxide precursor for a first time period, and then purging the indium oxide precursor;
pulsing ozone into the rotating drum, marinating the pigment in the ozone for a second time period to complete an indium oxide stoichiometry, and then purging the ozone;
pulsing a tin oxide precursor into the rotating drum, marinating the pigment in the tin oxide precursor for a third time period, and then purging the tin oxide precursor; and
pulsing ozone into the rotating drum, marinating the pigment in the ozone for a fourth time period to complete an indium tin oxide (ITO) stoichiometry, and then purging the ozone, thereby producing a coated pigment that dissipates charge buildup.

US Pat. No. 10,392,260

METHOD OF TREATING PHOSPHATE-CONTAINING ASH FROM WASTE-INCINERATION PLANTS BY WET-CHEMICAL DIGESTION IN ORDER TO OBTAIN COMPOUNDS OF ALUMINIUM, CALCIUM, PHOSPHORUS AND NITROGEN

1. A method for obtaining precipitates of calcium sulphate (CaSO4) and for production of phosphoric acid from phosphate-containing ashes from waste incineration plants, characterized in thata) combining the phosphate-containing ashes with phosphoric acid to cause a reaction,
b) separating an acid-insoluble portion of the phosphate-containing ashes from the reaction of step a),
c) adding sulfuric acid to a filtrate or supernatant of step b) and thereby adjusting the pH to <1, to obtain and separate calcium sulphate precipitate and to thereby also obtain purified phosphoric acid as the filtrate or the supernatant of step c),
d) recycling at least partially the filtrate or supernatant of step c) as the phosphoric acid for use in step a).

US Pat. No. 10,392,253

AGGREGATE OF CARBON NANOTUBES, CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITE MATERIAL, AND CARBON NANOTUBE WIRE

Furukawa Electric Co., Lt...

1. A carbon nanotube aggregate, comprising:a plurality of carbon nanotubes each having one or more walls,
wherein a ratio of a total number of carbon nanotubes that have two or three walls relative to a total number of said plurality of carbon nanotubes is 75% or greater, and
wherein, in a G band of a Raman spectrum in Raman spectroscopy of the plurality of carbon nanotubes, a G+/Gtotal ratio that is indicative of an amount of semiconductor carbon nanotubes relative to metallic carbon nanotubes is 0.70 or greater, and a G/D ratio that is defined as a ratio in the Raman spectrum of the G band and a D band due to a crystallinity is 45 or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,392,246

THROUGH-SUBSTRATE CONDUCTOR SUPPORT

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A device, comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
first circuitry on the first surface;
second circuitry on the first surface;
a first surface mounting contact structure on the second surface;
a second surface mounting contact structure on the second surface;
a first conductor including first and second segments, the first segment affixed to the first surface and electrically coupled to the first circuitry and having a first elevated portion spaced away from the first surface, and the second segment affixed to the first surface and electrically coupled to the second circuitry and having a second elevated portion spaced away from the first surface;
a first supporting material between the first surface and the first elevated portion, the first supporting material supporting the first elevated portion;
a second supporting material between the first surface and the second elevated portion, the second supporting material supporting the second elevated portion; and
a second conductor including third and fourth segments, the third segment electrically coupled to the first elevated portion and to the first surface mounting contact structure, and the fourth segment electrically coupled to the second elevated portion and to the second surface mounting contact structure.

US Pat. No. 10,392,244

METHOD FOR SEALING A CAVITY OF A MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) DEVICE USING A SEAL LAYER COVERING OR LINING A HOLE IN FLUID COMMUNICATION WITH THE CAVITY

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for manufacturing a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device, the method comprising:providing a semiconductor structure including an integrated circuit (IC) substrate and a dielectric layer over the IC substrate;
performing a series of selective etches, including a first selective etch, into the dielectric layer to form a cavity in the dielectric layer, wherein the first selective etch forms a bulk region of the cavity in which a portion of the dielectric layer is exposed;
bonding a MEMS substrate to the IC substrate through the dielectric layer to seal the cavity between the MEMS substrate and the IC substrate, wherein the portion of the dielectric layer remains exposed in the cavity throughout the bonding;
performing a second selective etch into the MEMS substrate to form a MEMS hole in fluid communication with the cavity and extending through the MEMS substrate; and
forming a sealing layer over or lining the MEMS hole to hermetically seal the cavity with a reference pressure while the semiconductor structure is arranged within a vacuum having the reference pressure;
wherein the method forms a pair of first opposing sidewalls and a pair of second opposing sidewalls, wherein the first and second opposing sidewalls are formed in the cavity and are defined by the dielectric layer, wherein the first opposing sidewalls are formed with a same lateral orientation as the second opposing sidewalls, wherein the second opposing sidewalls are independent of the first opposing sidewalls and are formed laterally spaced between the first opposing sidewalls, and wherein the cavity is directly between the second opposing sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,392,243

COUPLED MEMRISTOR DEVICES TO ENABLE FEEDBACK CONTROL AND SENSING OF MICRO/NANOELECTROMECHANICAL ACTUATOR AND SENSORS

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A MEMS apparatus with dynamic displacement control, said apparatus comprising:a MEMS parallel plate capacitor integrated with at least one memristor in a series configuration wherein a displacement is observable as a function of memristance, such that an upper electrode position is capable of being interpreted in a form of a resistance rather than a capacitance;
a correlation circuit that receives input from the memristor, wherein the correlation circuit represents a polynomial equation that correlates with MEMS displacement;
a first summation circuit that receives input from the correlation circuit and a signal builder;
a speed estimator circuit that receives input from the correlation circuit;
a second summation circuit that receives input from the first summation circuit and the speed estimator circuit and provides an input to the MEMS parallel plate capacitor;
wherein a current in said apparatus is limited by said MEMS parallel plate capacitor restricting a change in a resistance of said at least one memristor; and
wherein said at least one memristor is employable as a sensor element to improve a MEMS operation range.

US Pat. No. 10,392,242

CHEMICAL PRODUCT DISPENSING INDEPENDENT OF DRIVE FLUID FLOW RATE

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A dispensing system, comprising:a product package defined by a plurality of sidewalls forming an enclosed cavity that contains a fluid chemical product to be dispensed from the product package, the product package further including:
an outlet through which the fluid chemical product is dispensed from the cavity;
a pump internally integrated into the product package that dispenses the fluid chemical product from the cavity of the product package through the outlet of the product package; and
a first pump engagement coupling externally accessible through at least one of the product package sidewalls; and
a chemical product dispenser, the chemical product dispenser including:
a housing having a cavity sized to removably receive the product package;
a fluid drive unit having an inlet conduit connected to receive a supply of a diluent such that flow of the diluent through the fluid drive unit causes rotation of the fluid drive unit;
an outlet conduit from which the diluent exits the housing; and
a second pump engagement coupling configured to removably connect to the first pump engagement coupling and to transfer the rotation of the fluid drive unit to the pump to dispense the fluid chemical product from the cavity of the product package through the outlet of the product package.

US Pat. No. 10,392,239

LIQUID DISPENSER

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A dispenser comprisinga container including a body formed to include an interior product-storage region and a neck coupled to the body and formed to include an opening arranged to open into the interior product-storage region,
a valve coupled to the container and located in the opening,
a lid coupled to the neck of the container to overlie the valve and configured to rotate relative to the container about an axis between an opened position and a closed position, the lid comprising a side wall, a bottom wall coupled to the side wall, the bottom wall is formed to include a dispense aperture, and a valve blocker coupled to the bottom wall, and
an overcap coupled to the lid to locate the lid between the container and the overcap,
wherein the lid is configured to block rotation of the lid from the closed positioned to the opened position at the selection of a user when the lid is mounted on the container,
wherein the valve blocker is engaged with the valve to block dispensing of product out of the interior product-storage region of the container into the overcap when the lid is in the closed position,
wherein the dispense aperture is aligned with the valve to allow dispensing of product out of the interior product-storage region of the container into the overcap when the lid is in the opened position,
further comprising an insert coupled to the neck of the container, wherein the valve is coupled to the insert and the insert is configured to carry the valve on the container,
wherein the insert includes a closure wall, an annular wall extending from the closure wall, and a valve seat coupled to the closure wall, and wherein the valve seat is configured to receive the valve therein, and
wherein the valve seat includes a cross member defining openings through the insert and retention tabs configured to hold the valve in the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,392,236

STRING REELS WITH LEVEL WIND APPARATUS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A level wind apparatus comprising:a first end plate;
a second end plate;
a track disposed between the first end plate and the second end plate;
a guide slidable along the track to direct a line onto or away from a reel when the reel is rotating, wherein the reel is rotatable in a first direction to wind the line onto the reel and the reel is rotatable in a second direction to unwind the line from the reel;
a tensioner including a friction wheel to create tension in the line while the reel is rotating the second direction;
a drive shaft extending between the first end plate and the second end plate, the friction wheel rotatable with the drive shaft and slidable along the drive shaft;
a sprocket disposed near the second end plate; and
a clutch disposed between an end of the drive shaft and the sprocket near the second end plate, the clutch to drive the drive shaft and the friction wheel when the reel is rotated in the second direction, and the clutch to freewheel the drive shaft and the friction wheel when the reel is rotated in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,392,230

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING AN ESCALATOR

1. A system for testing an escalator, comprising:a control cabinet (4);
a motor (5) coupled with said control cabinet (4) and receiving signals from said control cabinet (4);
an actuator, removable connected in series between the control cabinet (4) and the motor (5), said actuator adapted to actuate the escalator to simulate overspeed or reversal, while connected for testing, by varying the power supply frequency and phase of the motor;
at least one sensor, mounted on a step or a handrail belt of the escalator for quantitative detection of speed signals in communication with said control cabinet (4); and
an operation device, connected to the actuator and the at least one sensor, said operation device adapted to control the actuator for different test items, and said operation device comprising a processor and display for processing and displaying the speed signals detected.

US Pat. No. 10,392,227

ELEVATOR SYSTEM MAINTENANCE FROM INSIDE A CAR OF THE ELEVATOR SYSTEM

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. An elevator system comprising:a hoistway;
one or more elevator system components fixed in the hoistway;
an elevator car suspended in the hoistway via a suspension member and drivable along the hoistway, the elevator car including an access door openable from inside the elevator car to provide access to the one or more elevator system components in the hoistway, such that inspection, maintenance and/or repair can be performed on the one or more elevator system components from inside of the elevator car; and
a telescoping mechanism to urge the elevator system component toward the elevator car.

US Pat. No. 10,392,226

MACHINE ROOM-LESS ELEVATOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A machine room-less elevator, comprising:a car configured to ascend and descend in a hoistway of an architectural structure;
a counter weight configured to ascend and descend reversely to the car;
a rope configured to suspend the car and the counter weight; and
a hoisting machine configured to drive the rope,
wherein a support beam assembly, which is configured to bear not a load of the architectural structure but at least loads of the car, the counter weight, the rope, and the hoisting machine, is supported on a top-story floor beam assembly of the architectural structure, and
wherein the elevator services and lands at the top story floor,
wherein the support beam assembly and the hoisting machine exist in a gap between the car and a hoistway wall when seen in plan view in a projected manner,
wherein the support beam assembly comprises a first support beam unit, a second support beam unit, and a third support beam unit,
wherein the first support beam unit comprises a pair of beams extending horizontally and in parallel to each other, each beam of the pair of beams of the first support beam unit including ends,
wherein each of the pair of beams of the first support beam unit extends so as to bridge a corresponding pair of beams of the top-story floor beam assembly, is supported by the top-story floor beam assembly such that the top-story floor beam assembly bears the load of at least the car, and is fixed to the top-story floor beam assembly at the ends of the pair of beams of the first beam unit,
wherein the second support beam unit comprises a pair of beams members,
wherein each of the pair of beam members of the second support beam unit includes a pair of legs each extending vertically from a corresponding one of the beams of the first support beam unit, and wherein for each pair of legs, a bridge portion connects the pair of legs to each other,
wherein the third support beam unit comprises a pair of beams extending horizontally and in parallel to each other, and
wherein the pair of beams of the third support beam unit is parallel to the pair of beams of the first support beam unit, and each of the pair of beams of the third support beam unit bridges a corresponding pair of the legs of the second support beam unit.

US Pat. No. 10,392,224

ELEVATOR CONTROL WITH MOBILE DEVICES

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device comprising a processor, an identifier associated with a mobile device based on a passive transmission of the identifier by the mobile device;
based on the receipt of the identifier, scheduling at least one service associated with an elevator system based on an anticipated demand for the at least one service;
fulfilling the at least one service associated with the elevator system after determining that the mobile device has entered an elevator car.

US Pat. No. 10,392,223

SERVICE REQUEST USING WIRELESS PROGRAMMABLE DEVICE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device comprising a processor, a request for at least one service associated with an elevator system from a mobile device over a cellular network;
validating the request based on a determined location of the mobile device; and
causing at least one resource associated with the at least one service to be scheduled based on the validating indicating that the request is approved, wherein the scheduling of the at least one resource is initiated by a placement of an elevator car call.

US Pat. No. 10,392,222

ELEVATOR REMOTE DESTINATION ENTRY BASED ON ALTITUDE

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A method comprising:determining an altitude of a mobile device;
determining a floor coinciding with the altitude; and
requesting elevator service specific to the floor;
wherein the altitude is determined based on the use of at least one of a barometric pressure sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a camera included in the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,392,220

MATERIAL PIPE AND FEEDING SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A material pipe comprises:a rotation shaft that is provided with an outer thread on an outer peripheral surface of at least one end;
a housing that is covered around an exterior of the rotation shaft and that is provided with an inner thread and a recess spaced from the inner thread on an inner peripheral surface of at least one end;
a fixing member having an axially extending through hole and an operation hole formed in and passing through a side wall of the fixing member, the fixing member being provided with an outer thread on an outer peripheral surface thereof matching the inner thread of the housing, and the through hole being provided with an inner thread on a hole wall thereof matching the outer thread of the rotation shaft; and
a positioning assembly comprising an engaging member detachably disposed in the recess at one end and fixed to the fixing member at the other end, a portion of the engaging member corresponding to the operation hole in position, and the one end of the engaging member being separable from the recess by operation on the engaging member through the operation hole.

US Pat. No. 10,392,219

METHOD OF SPOOLING A BI-METALLIC PIPE

TECHNIP FRANCE, (FR)

1. A method of spooling a marine pipeline comprising a plurality of bi-metallic pipe sections onto a reel, the method comprising at least the steps of:(a) filling a first pipe section with a fluid;
(b) spooling the first pipe section onto the reel;
(c) filling a second pipe section with a fluid;
(d) joining the first pipe section with the second pipe section while maintaining the fluid in a pressurized state in at least one of the first and second pipe sections; and
(e) spooling the second pipe section onto the reel.

US Pat. No. 10,392,216

WEB TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, WEB TRANSPORTING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A web transporting apparatus, comprising:a drive roller which winds a web;
N (where N is an integer of 1 or greater) nip rollers which nip a wound portion, which is a portion of the web which is wound around the drive roller, between the drive roller and the nip rollers; and
a tension application unit which applies a tension (Tl) to a portion of the web which is one side of the wound portion and applies a tension (Th) which is higher than the tension (Tl) to a portion of the web which is opposite the one side of the wound portion,
wherein in front view as viewed from an axial direction of the drive roller,
a straight line which passes through an end of the one side of the wound portion and a center of rotation of the drive roller is set to a straight line (Ll),
a straight line which passes through an end of the other side of the wound portion and the center of rotation of the drive roller is set to a straight line (Lh),
a straight line which passes through the center of rotation of the nth nip roller and the center of rotation of the drive roller is set to a straight line L(n), where n is an integer of 1 or greater counting the nip rollers along the wound portion from the one side,
an angle which is formed by the straight line (Ll) and the straight line (Lh) along the wound portion around the center of rotation of the drive roller is set to an angle ?(0),
an angle which is formed by the straight line L(n) and the straight line (Lh) along the wound portion around the center of rotation of the drive roller is set to an angle ?(n),
a load which is applied to the drive roller from the nth nip roller is set to a load P(n),
a static friction coefficient between the drive roller and the web in the wound portion is set ?(0),
a static friction coefficient between the drive roller and the web in a range which is pinched between the nth nip roller and the drive roller is set to ?(n),
and the nip rollers are provided so as to satisfy a following expression

US Pat. No. 10,392,212

IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image formation device comprising:a registration roller pair configured to shift a sheet in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction of a sheet feeding direction while holding the sheet;
a feeding section provided upstream of the registration roller pair in the first direction and including a feeding belt configured to convey the sheet to the registration roller pair;
a first air adjustment section configured to perform air suction or blowing for the sheet conveyed by the feeding belt; and
a control section configured to switch between a first operation of controlling, when the sheet is conveyed by the feeding belt, the first air adjustment section to vacuum suck the sheet with air toward the feeding belt, and a second operation of controlling, when the sheet is swung by the registration roller pair, the first air adjustment section to provide an air cushion by blowing air on the sheet away from the feeding belt, the sheet being conveyed in the first direction during the second operation of controlling the first air adjustment section.

US Pat. No. 10,392,210

TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Foxlink Image Technology ...

1. A transmission device assembled to an automatic sheet feeder, comprising:a driving motor mounted to the automatic sheet feeder;
a separation roller module mounted to the automatic sheet feeder, the separation roller module including a separation shaft, a separation roller mounted to one end of the separation shaft, and a separation gear mounted to the other end of the separation shaft;
a correction roller module mounted to the automatic sheet feeder, the correction roller module including a correction shaft, and a correction roller mounted around the correction shaft;
a discharging roller module mounted to the automatic sheet feeder, the discharging roller module including a discharging shaft, and a discharging roller mounted around the discharging shaft;
a first clutch disposed between the driving motor and the separation roller module, the first clutch being connected with the separation roller module and controlling the separation roller module to rotate or stop rotating to control a distance between each two documents fed by the automatic sheet feeder;
a second clutch disposed between the driving motor and the correction roller module, the second clutch being connected with the correction roller module and controlling the correction roller module to rotate or stop rotating to correct a skew of each of the documents;
a third clutch being disposed between the driving motor and the discharging roller module, the third clutch being connected with the discharging roller module and controlling the discharging roller module to rotate or stop rotating to improve a stacked condition of the documents at the time of the documents being discharged;
a plurality of sensors mounted to the automatic sheet feeder, the plurality of the sensors sensing signal variations at the time of a leading end or a tail end of each of the documents passing through the plurality of the sensors, and the plurality of the sensors transmitting the signal variations to the first clutch, the second clutch and the third clutch so as to control the separation roller module, the correction roller module and the discharging roller module to rotate or stop rotating; and
a fastening shaft, the first clutch, the second clutch and the third clutch being fastened to the fastening shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,392,209

SHEET FEEDING SUB TRAY, SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A sheet feeding sub tray detachably attachable to a sheet loading stand of a sheet conveying device, the sheet conveying device including a setting reference part on one end side of the sheet loading stand in a sheet width direction and a side fence on an opposing end of the sheet loading stand in the sheet width direction that is slidable along a surface of the sheet loading stand in the sheet width direction, the sheet feeding sub tray comprising:a bottom plate in planar contact with a surface of the sheet loading stand between the setting reference part of the sheet loading stand and the side fence of the sheet loading stand;
a small-size setting reference part disposed at a position closer to a center of the sheet loading stand in the sheet width direction than the setting reference part in a state in which the sheet feeding sub tray is installed to the sheet loading stand; and
a small-sized side fence that is slidable in the sheet width direction on the bottom plate and disposed at a position closer to the center of the sheet loading stand in the sheet width direction than the side fence of the sheet loading stand.

US Pat. No. 10,392,207

MEDIUM FEED APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium feed apparatus comprising:a feed unit that feeds a medium;
a first support section that forms a first support face supporting a medium fed by the feed unit such that the medium adopts an inclined orientation; and
a second support section that is positioned upstream of the first support face in a feed direction, and that forms a second support face supporting the medium together with the first support face;
the second support face being at a position set back from the first support face, and an angle of inclination of the second support face from a lower end portion to an upper end portion of the second support face being larger than an angle of inclination of the first support face,
wherein a connecting face is formed connecting the first support face and the second support face together,
wherein an edge guide that guides an edge of a medium forms a shape straddling between the first support face and the connecting face.

US Pat. No. 10,392,206

LOADING DOCK RAIL SHELTER

1. A loading dock rail shelter for a building having a building wall with a bay doorway, the bay doorway having top and side portions, the bay doorway being spaced from railroad tracks for a railcar, the railcar having a sidewall with a railcar doorway, the railcar doorway being selectively aligned with the bay doorway, and said loading dock rail shelter comprising:an inflatable canopy with fixed and extendable canopy ends, top and side canopy portions, a canopy perimeter and an open canopy interior, said fixed canopy end being fixedly secured to the building wall around the bay doorway, said inflatable canopy being movable between retracted and extended canopy positions;
canopy fasteners secured along said top and side canopy portions, said canopy fasteners extending outwardly from said canopy perimeter proximal to and inwardly from said extendable canopy end;
a retractable canopy support structure with a frame and pivoting support mechanism, said frame having top and side frame portions and an open frame interior, said open frame interior receiving said canopy, said canopy fasteners being held by said frame, said pivoting support mechanism having pivotally secured and swinging ends, said pivotally secured end being pivotally secured to the building wall above said canopy, said swinging end being secured to said frame; said frame and pivoting support mechanism being selectively movable between retracted and extended frame positions, and said frame traveling with said canopy as said canopy moves between said retracted and extended canopy positions; and,
wherein said frame holds and supports said outer canopy end as said canopy moves between said retracted and extended canopy positions, said outer canopy end engages and seals around the railcar doorway when in said extended canopy position, and said frame passively retracts and holds said canopy against the building wall when in said retracted frame position.

US Pat. No. 10,392,202

TANK PRESSURIZATION CONTROL FOR AIR CARTS

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A method for controlling product distribution in an agricultural product distribution system, comprising:monitoring, using a processor, a first static pressure in a storage tank that stores a granular product;
monitoring, using the processor, a second static pressure in a meter housing, downstream of a meter roller; and
controlling, using the processor, a position of a valve on a secondary line to adjust the first static pressure to a value above the second static pressure by a threshold amount, wherein the secondary line is fluidly coupled between the storage tank and a primary line that pneumatically delivers the granular product to an agricultural implement.

US Pat. No. 10,392,201

MANUFACTURING PICKUP TOOL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A pickup tool, the tool comprising:a base member;
a first movement mechanism coupled with the base member;
a second movement mechanism coupled with the base member, wherein the first movement mechanism and the second movement mechanism are independently controllable;
a vacuum manifold coupled with the base member, the vacuum manifold comprised of a first sleeve and a second sleeve, the first sleeve is comprised of a first sleeve port and the second sleeve is comprised of a second sleeve port, wherein the first sleeve port and the second sleeve port are apertures that extend through the first sleeve and the second sleeve, respectively, fluidly coupling an internal volume of the vacuum manifold with the first sleeve and the second sleeve, respectively;
a first nozzle comprised of a first inlet port fluidly coupled with a first pressure port of the first nozzle, wherein the first nozzle is coupled with the first movement mechanism and slidably moveable in a longitudinal direction within the first sleeve and the first nozzle is configured to be positioned at an active position and an inactive position by the first movement mechanism;
a second nozzle comprised of a second inlet port fluidly coupled with a second pressure port of the second nozzle, wherein the second nozzle is coupled with the second movement mechanism and slidably moveable within the second sleeve and the second nozzle is configured to be positioned at an active position and an inactive position by the second movement mechanism; and
a manifold movement mechanism, wherein the manifold movement mechanism is coupled with the base member and the vacuum manifold to adjust a distance between the base member and the vacuum manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,392,198

FEED DEVICE FOR FEEDING ROUND BLANK RINGS MADE FROM PLASTIC AND ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSPORTING OF SUCH ROUND BLANK RINGS

SCHULER PRESSEN GMBH, Go...

1. A feed device (34) for feeding round blank rings (30) made from plastic from a receiving location (35) to a delivery location (36) arranged below the receiving location (35) in a height direction (H), having a motor-driven conveying unit (58) which is configured to convey a round blank ring (30) with a conveyance speed from the receiving location (35) to the delivery location (36) downwards in the height direction (H) independent from the weight of the round blank ring (30) in a positively guided manner such that the orientation of the round blank ring (30) with respect to the height direction (H) is predefined at every moment and/or is restricted to a predefined tolerance range.

US Pat. No. 10,392,197

CONVEYOR ROLLERS THAT INCLUDE A FLOATING BEARING

Precision, Inc., Pella, ...

1. A conveyor roller comprising:a shaft;
a floating bearing assembly, the floating bearing assembly being a first bearing assembly and comprising a bearing having:
an inner race through which the shaft extends;
an outer race disposed around the inner race; and
one or more rolling elements disposed between the inner race and outer race to enable the outer race to rotate relative to the inner race;
an elastic member disposed between the inner race and the shaft to resist movement of the inner race relative to the shaft;
a second bearing assembly that is axially fixed relative to the shaft; and
a center tube having an outer circumferential surface, the shaft being received in the center tube, the first and second bearing assemblies enabling the center tube to rotate relative to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,392,194

CONVEYOR ROLLER SURFACE ARRANGEMENT

1. A surface arrangement for a conveyor roller adapted for use in a conveyor system configured to support and move a conveyor medium, said surface arrangement comprising:a rotatable supporting surface having a cylindrical shape, said rotatable supporting surface defining an axis of rotation;
at least one shear stop member fixed to and extending outwardly from said rotatable supporting surface;
at least one lagging member positioned on said rotatable supporting surface, with at least a portion of one end of said at least one lagging member abutting at least a portion of said at least one shear stop member; and
a bond between said at least one lagging member and said rotatable supporting surface;
wherein said at least one shear stop member is adapted to resist movement of said at least one abutting lagging member in at least one direction along the circumference of said rotatable supporting surface to reduce a shear force exerted on said bond when said conveyor roller is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,392,192

DRIVE ASSEMBLY FOR A MODULAR CONVEYOR

REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC.,...

1. A modular conveying assembly comprising:a plurality of modules joined together, each module including
a bushing housing,
a coupling housed in the bushing housing,
an axle coupled to the coupling and supported for rotation relative to the module,
a drive pin coupled to the coupling, and
a driven surface fixed to the drive pin; and
a driving member in selective engagement with the driven surface to affect rotation of the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,189

REFUSE VEHICLE WITH A SLANT FLOOR REFUSE CONTAINER

The Heil Co., Chattanoog...

1. A refuse vehicle comprising:a vehicle chassis supportable on a ground surface by wheels, a cab and drive train supported by the chassis, the drive train driving at least one of the wheels;
a refuse container having a first end and a second end and defining an axis horizontal to the ground surface extending between the first end and the second end of the refuse container, the first end is positioned proximate the vehicle cab, the refuse container is supported by the vehicle chassis;
a collection mechanism coupled to the refuse container, the collection mechanism configured to load refuse intermixed with liquid into the refuse container;
a first mount on the chassis coupled to a second mount on the refuse container, the first mount is positioned above the chassis so that the refuse container is angled toward the ground surface with respect to the horizontal axis in a resting position, the refuse container comprising a floor that is continuous from the first end to the second end, such that the liquid intermixed with the refuse loaded into the refuse container by the collection mechanism moves along the refuse container floor in a direction from the second end of the refuse container toward the first end of the refuse container,
a tank residing proximate the first end of the refuse container, the tank configured to collect and retain at least a portion of the liquid; and
a pump positioned proximate the first end of the refuse container, the pump configured to eject liquid from the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,392,188

NESTED LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRASH RECEPTACLE

1. A method for making a nested liner assembly, said method comprising the steps of:providing a collar having a major axis;
forming a plurality of holes formed in said collar;
forming a fold in said collar parallel to said major axis;
attaching said collar to a strong liner, said strong liner having a mouth and wherein said collar extends beyond said mouth of said strong liner;
inverting said strong liner so that said collar forms a trough with said fold in said trough;
placing a first liner onto over said strong liner;
placing a second liner over said first liner so that said first and second liners are nested liners;
tucking said first and second nested liners into said trough of said collar;
attaching said collar to said nested liners; and
inverting said nested liners so that said nested liners are inside said strong liner.

US Pat. No. 10,392,186

LINERS AND LININGS FOR TANKS AND OTHER LIQUID CONTAINMENT VESSELS

1. An apparatus for lining a liquid containment vessel, the apparatus comprising at least one sheet anchored to at least one structural component by an extrusion weld and at least one mechanical fastener that is coupled to the structural component, wherein the extrusion weld comprises thermoplastic material encapsulating at least a portion of the at least one mechanical fastener, wherein the mechanical fastener comprises a bent pin, a stud weld, and/or a hollow portion in which a portion of the thermoplastic material has infused, whereby the sheet is anchored to the structural component.

US Pat. No. 10,392,183

FUNNEL STORAGE SYSTEMS

1. A funnel storage system comprising:a cabinet enclosure having an upper opening;
a lid removably coupled with the cabinet enclosure, the lid forming a dust seal with the cabinet enclosure;
a planar top screened support coupled with the cabinet enclosure for receiving and supporting a plurality of funnels, wherein the top screened support further comprises one or more pre-cut openings for receiving a funnel and for maintaining the funnel in a stable vertical orientation such that fluids are drained from the funnel; and
a planar bottom screened support coupled with the cabinet enclosure for storing and organizing the plurality of funnels along a plurality of upright storage posts vertically aligned with the one or more pre-cut openings, wherein the plurality of upright storage posts receives the plurality of funnels through a plurality of funnel stems.

US Pat. No. 10,392,182

HIGH EFFICIENCY AUTOMATED PHARMACEUTICAL DISPENSER

1. A pharmaceutical dispensing system, comprising:a housing having a plurality of locations, each location configured to accept a series of linked pharmaceutical packages, wherein the plurality of locations within the housing are positioned in a grid pattern;
at least one series of two or more directly linked pharmaceutical packages positioned within the housing, each linked pharmaceutical package of the at least one series of linked pharmaceutical packages containing a pharmaceutical;
a first electronic communication interface for accepting descriptive information of the pharmaceutical and location data of the pharmaceutical within the plurality of locations and an associated memory for storing the pharmaceutical description and location data, and the location data corresponds to a position of one of the locations within the plurality of locations;
a second electronic communication interface for accepting an input for a desired identification of a pharmaceutical;
a microcontroller associated with the memory for controlling the operation of the pharmaceutical dispensing system, wherein the microcontroller retrieves from the memory the location data for the pharmaceutical description matching the desired identification;
a dispensing mechanism capable of moving to an associated location corresponding to the location data of the desired identification and extracting a specified quantity of pharmaceutical packages from the at least one series of linked pharmaceutical packages.

US Pat. No. 10,392,181

SMART CAP SYSTEM

COMPLIANCE MEDS TECHNOLOG...

1. A cap for use with a bottle containing a plurality of pills comprising:a casing having a pill dispensing opening, the casing being configured to securely attach to the bottle; and
a pill dispensing track assembly that includes an adjustable pill ramp for delivering pills to the pill dispensing opening, wherein the adjustable pill ramp is adjustable along a longitudinal direction which is a direction in which each pill travels from the bottle to the pill dispensing opening, wherein the adjustable pill ramp is configured to move between a plurality of different pill dispensing positions by moving the adjustable pill ramp along the longitudinal direction, wherein the pill dispensing position of the adjustable pill ramp dictates and defines a size of pills that can travel along the pill ramp and be dispensed through the pill dispensing opening, wherein at least a portion of the adjustable ramp comprises a sloped floor on which the pills travel in a downward direction toward the dispensing outlet and a ceiling spaced from the floor for allowing the pills to travel therebetween, wherein a distance between the floor and the ceiling is variable due to movement of the adjustable pill ramp in the longitudinal direction and the distance is set such that the pills are presorted as the pills travel along the pill ramp such that the pills only travel in series along the sloped floor to the dispensing outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,392,177

INSULATED SHIPPING CONTAINER AND METHOD OF MAKING

Vericool, Inc., Livermor...

1. An improved insulated and cushioning shipping container, said shipping container comprising:an exterior cardboard box defining a cavity;
an inner cardboard box within said cavity, said inner cardboard box defining a product cavity;
a compressed mass of compostable insulating material of pellet/granular form received in said cavity and around said inner cardboard box with said pellets/granules of said insulating material mutually engaging and interlocking with one another;
said compressed mass of compostable insulating material having a compression ratio of at least 1.125:1 in comparison to a free-flowing loose-filled condition of the pellet/granular insulating material and sufficient to provide said compressed insulating material with a thermal insulating value (R value) substantially equal to EPS; and
plural filamentary staples extending between and securing said exterior cardboard box and said inner cardboard box together.

US Pat. No. 10,392,175

WATERPROOF CONTAINER

LF CENTENNIAL LTD., Road...

1. A container comprising:a first shell and a second shell,
a first rim extending around said first shell,
a second rim extending around said second shell, and
a latch for securing the first shell to the second shell in a mated position, wherein an enclosed storage volume is defined by said first shell and said second shell in the mated position,
wherein the first shell comprises a grip projection adapted for opening said container from a mated position, wherein said latch defines a latch recess, said latch recess receiving said grip projection when the latch secures the first shell to the second shell in the mated position,
wherein said first rim and said second rim form a seal, said seal comprising a first side comprising a continuous recess, having a pair of continuous sides and a seal ridge between, but spaced apart from, said continuous sides, and a second side comprising inner and outer continuous sealing ridges, wherein both continuous sealing ridges are between the continuous sides and on opposite sides of the seal ridge in the mated position,
wherein the latch comprises a pivot assembly and a primary assembly, wherein the pivot assembly is rotatably coupled to both said second shell and said primary assembly, and wherein said primary assembly is adapted to engage said first rim, and
wherein said first rim comprises an elongated retention ridge extending laterally along front portion of the first rim, wherein an upper portion of said primary assembly comprises a laterally-extending, clamping ridge, wherein said clamping ridge extend over said retention ridge to lock said first shell to said second shell when the latch is in a locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,392,174

BEVERAGE CONTAINER WITH INTERNALLY RETAINED DISPENSER BOTTLES

15. A dietary supplement storage and dispensing apparatus, comprising:a bladder including an integrated dispenser in fluid communication with the interior of said bladder;
one or more serving vessels; and
a container including one or more walls, a floor, and one or more flaps for sealing the container, wherein said floor and one or more walls define a hollow cavity formed inside of said container;
wherein the container includes a perforated section formed in at least one of said walls of said container;
wherein the perforated section includes a perforated middle section and a perforated upper section;
wherein said hollow cavity is configured to receive said bladder such that when said bladder is installed in said container the walls of said bladder directly abut the walls of said container, when said bladder is filled with dietary supplement fluid, wherein the one or more serving vessels is disposed in a corner of said container and abuts one side of said dietary supplement fluid-filled bladder;
wherein the perforated middle section is fully detachable from said wall in which said perforated middle section is formed so as to provide an opening for said dispenser to be pulled through said wall when a user is ready to use the dispenser for dispensing dietary supplement fluid from inside said bladder;
wherein the fully detachable perforated middle section shares a shared perforation portion with the perforated upper section and is located midway between vertical side edges of a front wall of said container;
wherein the fully detachable perforated middle section is aligned with said dispenser, and is of a size and shape appropriate to allow said dispenser to be secured;
wherein the perforated upper section includes angled portions adjacent to the shared perforated portion; and
wherein said dispenser further includes a box engagement assembly that is configured to be received by the angled portions and the opening formed when the fully detachable perforated middle section is detached.

US Pat. No. 10,392,173

SAFETY CAPSULE FOR CONTAINERS

1. A safety capsule for containers, comprising: an external cap; an internal element, located inside the external cap and configured to be associated, in a removable manner, with an opening of a container; a coupling means configured to couple the external cap or the internal element to the neck of the container; connecting means, interposed between the external cap and the internal element, wherein the external cap is configured to rotate freely relative to the internal element with respect to a rotation of the external cap between a closed position and an intermediate position, and the external cap is configured to be jointly constrained to the internal element with respect to the rotation of the external cap between the intermediate position and an opening position;a signalling means, structured to take on a given configuration in the intermediate position; wherein the external cap has at least a top part that is transparent and/or the conformation of which consists of a polarized or non-polarized lens or set of lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,392,172

SECURITY CLOSURE

Obrist Closures Switzerla...

1. A security closure for a container neck, the security closure comprising a body formed from a plastics material, anda metal retention member formed integrally and irremovably with the body, the metal retention member arranged in use to irremovably remain on a container neck for retaining the body on the container neck to prevent removal of the body from the container neck.

US Pat. No. 10,392,170

CONTAINER CAP

TOKIWA CORPORATION, Gifu...

1. A container cap fitted to a container having contents, the container cap comprising:an outer cap; and
an inner cap housed within the outer cap, configured to close the container by covering a part of the container,
the inner cap including
a small-diameter portion at a front end side of the inner cap, a medium-diameter portion having a tapered shape of increasing diameter toward a rear end side of the inner cap and continuous with and distal of the small-diameter portion, and a large-diameter portion continuous with and distal of the medium-diameter portion at the rear end side of the inner cap,
a liquid trapping portion including a plurality of concave portions alternating with a plurality of convex portions, disposed on and extending along a long axis of an inner surface of the medium-diameter portion of the inner cap, the inner surface being a surface on a side covering the container,
the plurality of concave portions tapered to have a width that gradually decreases from the rear end side of the inner cap to the front end side of the inner cap,
each of the concave portions of the liquid trapping portion including a closed bottom portion recessed radially outward from the inner surface of the inner cap toward the outer surface of the inner cap,
an annular stepped portion of increased diameter provided around an inner circumference of the large-diameter portion, and
a heat radiating portion including a plurality of convex portions disposed on an external surface of the inner cap,
the concave portions on the inner surface of the inner cap having the closed bottom forming an enclosed space between the liquid trapping portion and the container when the inner cap is fitted to the container.

US Pat. No. 10,392,169

LUNCH BOX

1. A lunch box comprising:a base having an edge, the edge of the base having a base edge engagement portion; and
a lid having a top and an edge, the top of the lid having an upward annular groove such that an inner width of the upward annular groove increases from bottom to top, the edge of the lid having a lid edge engagement portion, the base edge engagement portion being embedded in the lid edge engagement portion, the lid edge engagement portion including:
an upward extension part extending upward and outward from the edge of the lid;
a horizontal extension part, one end of the horizontal extension part connecting with a top of the upward extension part; and
a downward extension part, another end of the horizontal extension part extending horizontally outward and connecting with a top of the downward extension part, and a bottom edge of the downward extension part having a folded edge that horizontally extends outwards;
wherein the upward extension part, the horizontal extension part, and the downward extension part have equal thickness; and the upward extension part, the horizontal extension part, and the downward extension part form a downward notch such that an inner width of the downward notch increases from top to bottom;
wherein the lid is disposed on the base and snap-fitted therewith such that a storage cavity is defined between the base and the lid, at least one movable sheet is provided on the lid by cutting the lid, and a pit is defined by the lid and an outer edge of the movable sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,392,165

METHOD FOR SEALING MATERIALS

IdeaStream Consumer Produ...

1. A method of sealing materials in a storage container comprising:providing said storage container, said storage container including:
a container body, said container body including one or more sidewalls forming an interior and exterior sidewall surface and a body cavity between a base of the container body and the one or more sidewalls, and
a container lid, said container lid including an outer rim portion, a center window portion and a sealing member disposed between the outer rim portion and the center window portion, said outer rim portion, said center window portion and said sealing member being separately formed components that have been interconnected together, said outer rim portion including a lid hinge and a front latch, said lid hinge is connected to said container body, said lid hinge permitting movement of the container lid relative to the container body between an open and a closed position, said front latch configured to move between an unlatched and latched position, said position of said front latch enabling said front latch to engage said container body and to secure said container lid in a closed and locked position;
placing said materials in said body cavity of said container body;
moving said container lid from said open position to said closed position such that said container lid at least partially overlies an opening of said body cavity; and,
moving said front latch from said unlatched position to said latched position to cause said container lid to be in said closed and locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,392,162

HINGED SLIDER FOR A CLOSURE ASSEMBLY

1. A hinged slider for a closure assembly of a bag, the hinged slider comprising:(A) a top wall;
(B) a pair of legs extending from the top wall, the pair of legs comprising:
(a) a first leg comprising a top end attached to the top wall and a bottom end opposing the top end; and
(b) a second leg comprising a top end attached to the top wall and a bottom end opposing the top end;
(C) a pair of wings hingedly attached to the pair of legs, the pair of wings comprising:
(a) a first wing hingedly attached to the bottom end of the first leg to hinge upwardly; and
(b) a second wing hingedly attached to the bottom end of the second leg to hinge upwardly; and
(D) a latching mechanism for securing the slider to the closure assembly, the latching mechanism comprising at least one latch and at least one opening,
wherein the first wing and the second wing hinge upwardly when securing the slider to the closure assembly by engaging the at least one latch with the at least one opening of the latching mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,392,161

CONTAINER ASSEMBLY WITH VENT

Silgan White Cap LLC, Do...

1. A container comprising:a pouch formed from a plastic material to define an interior for containing a substance and an open end into which the substance may be placed from the outside of the pouch;a fitment including a fluid-tight wall defining a flow channel through which the substance may flow with respect to the interior of the pouch;a sealing formation which is joined to the fitment and sealed to the material at the open end of the pouch with a fluid-tight seal to form a fluid-tight interface between the open end of the pouch and the fitment;
a support formation which joins the fitment to the open end and supports the fitment relative to the open end such that the fitment, sealing formation, support formation and pouch material form at least one cavity at the interface; and
a plurality of vents in one of the support formation and the pouch material which forms the cavity, the plurality of vents providing a fluid passage between the cavity and outside of the pouch such that when the pressure of a fluid surrounding the pouch is changed, the plurality of vents permit the fluid to flow relative to the cavity to equalize the pressure within the cavity and at the outside of the pouch.

US Pat. No. 10,392,160

PALLET GAP FILLER

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

9. A lift assembly for a pallet comprising top and bottom decks and blocks and/or stringers separating the top and bottom decks, the lift assembly comprising:tines insertable into a space between the top and bottom decks and the blocks and/or stringers; and
a lift coupled to the tines and operable to control the tines to maneuver the pallet following tine insertion,
the tines being configured to assume:
a first configuration during tine insertion, and
a second configuration in which, following tine insertion, the tines fix an orientation of the pallet relative to the lift,
the lift assembly further comprising an engaging element actuatable with the tines initially assuming the first configuration to cause the tines to assume the second configuration,
wherein:
the tines each comprise a first plate, a second plate, a pivot arm pivotally coupled at opposite ends thereof to the first and second plates, respectively, and a driving element operable by the engaging element to securely drive a pivoting of the pivot arm relative to the first and second plates, and
the first plate is abuttable with the top deck and the second plate is abuttable with the bottom deck with the tines assuming the second configuration or the first plate is abuttable with the bottom deck and the second plate is abuttable with the top deck with the tines assuming the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,392,159

CORRUGATED PALLET

Design Pallets, Inc., Ap...

1. A corrugated pallet produced from two flat blanks, the pallet comprising:a pallet bottom including a bottom surface and a first plurality of folded portions;
a pallet top including one or more corner straps and a second plurality of folded portions;
wherein the first plurality of folded portions are assembled to the second plurality of folded portions in nested relation when the pallet top and the pallet bottom are assembled to each other; and
wherein the one or more corner straps are folded into the pallet bottom and into contact with the bottom surface of the pallet bottom to lock the pallet top and the pallet bottom together.

US Pat. No. 10,392,158

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A LID WITH CLOSURE

1. A method for producing a lid with closure for a container comprising the following steps:provision of a lid panel with a pouring opening and at least one guide opening;
bringing together an inner slide piece and a side of the lid panel that is provided as a container inner face;
bringing together an outer slide piece and a side of the lid panel that is provided as a container outer face;
connecting the inner with the outer slide piece via at least one connection element that is disposed at least partially in the at least one guide opening;
bringing together a closure element and the side of the lid panel that is provided as container inner face with the inner slide piece; and
establishment of a coupling between the closure element and the inner slide piece.

US Pat. No. 10,392,157

CUTTING TOOTH OF A ROTATABLE CUTTING DEVICE OF A PACKAGING CLOSURE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A cutting tooth (101) of a cutting device (10), wherein the cutting device (10) is operatively connected to a closure device (1), which can be attached to a container covering (2), and is rotatable about an axis of rotation (R), wherein the cutting tooth (101) comprises a thermoplastic material and a tooth tip (1011) in a direction pointing away from an edge (100) of the cutting device (10) for opening the container covering (2) for a first time, characterized in that a cross-sectional area of the cutting tooth (101), defined by a radial cutting plane through the tooth tip (1011) and the axis of rotation (R) of the cutting device (10), includes a blunt cutting surface (1012) of the tooth tip (1011), wherein the cutting surface (1012) defines a plane (B) that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation (R) and is configured for cutting into the container covering (2).

US Pat. No. 10,392,156

RETURN SHIPPING SYSTEM

1. A return-shipping container system for shipment to a customer in an empty state and for return shipment of an item with shock-protection during transport, comprising:a collapsible shock absorbing assembly including a central panel having a central aperture, a peripheral wall extending along a periphery of the central panel, the peripheral wall comprising first, second, third, and fourth wall panels pivotably attached to the central panel, the first and third wall panels disposed at opposite ends of the central panel and the second and fourth wall panels disposed at opposite sides of the central panel;
the peripheral wall being foldable between a deployed position and a collapsed position, wherein in the deployed position the first, second, third, and fourth wall panels extend generally perpendicular to the central panel defining a deployed height of the collapsible shock absorbing assembly, and wherein in the collapsed position the peripheral wall is folded against the central panel and defines a collapsed height that is smaller than the deployed height;
wherein the second and fourth wall panels each comprise first and second diagonal fold creases, respectively, the second and fourth wall panels being configured to fold along the first and second diagonal fold creases from the deployed to the collapsed positions, forming first and second triangular overlapping portions on each of the second and fourth wall panels;
a resilient sheet having first, second, third, and fourth edge portions, the first and third edges of the resilient sheet being connected to the first and third wall panels and the second and fourth edges of the resilient sheet lying adjacent to the second and fourth wall portions;
a contractible outer container, foldable between contracted and expanded configurations, wherein in the expanded configuration, the contractible outer container defines an expanded interior cavity sufficiently large to receive the entire collapsible shock absorbing assembly in the deployed position and an additional article of commerce, and wherein when the contractible outer container is in the contracted configuration, the contractible outer container defines a contracted interior cavity that is too small to receive the entire collapsible shock absorbing assembly in the deployed configuration but is sufficiently large to receive and enclose for shipping the entire collapsible shock absorber absorbing assembly in the collapsed position.

US Pat. No. 10,392,155

CONTAINER FOR USE IN ITEM SORTATION DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A box for containing one or more items, the box being foldable from a substantially flat initial configuration into an open, intermediate configuration and further into a fully closed configuration, the box comprising:first and second sidewalls opposite one another;
first and second endwalls opposite one another, the first endwall defining a first handle aperture, the second endwall defining a second handle aperture;
first and second top end flaps extending respectively from the first and second endwalls, the first top end flap defining a third handle aperture, the second top end flap defining a fourth handle aperture; and
first and second top side flaps extending respectively from the first and second sidewalls,
wherein, in the intermediate configuration, 1) the first and second top end flaps are folded so as to be doubled over, and parallel with, the first and second endwalls, respectively, 2) the first and third handle apertures are aligned with each other along a first direction so as to be gripped by a hand, and 3) the second and fourth handle apertures are aligned with each along the first direction so as to be gripped by another hand, and
wherein, in the fully closed configuration, 1) the first and second top end flaps are folded so as to be substantially perpendicular to the first and second endwalls, respectively, 2) the first and second top side flaps are folded so as to be substantially perpendicular to the first and second sidewalls, respectively, and to underlie both of the third and fourth handle apertures, and 3) the first and second top end flaps and the first and second top side flaps collectively interlock with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,392,153

VENTILATION BOARDS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING VENTILATION BOARD

1. A method of manufacturing a ventilation board, said method comprising steps of:providing a three or more ply corrugated board having a top liner a bottom liner, and an intermediate corrugated layer, said intermediate corrugated layer having a plurality of flutes forming a plurality of crests and troughs;
forming at least one cut passing through the top liner and the corrugated layer such that the cut does not penetrate through the bottom liner;
forming at least one cut passing through the bottom liner and the corrugated layer such that the cut does not penetrate through the top liner and said cut being mutually adjacent and non-overlapping to the cut formed on the top liner; and
depressing portions of the top and bottom liners along with the flutes of the corrugated layer such that flutes on one side of a given cut cut are depressed and flutes on the other side of the given cut are not depressed, thereby providing ventilation across the corrugated board between the cut passing through the top liner and the cut passing through the bottom liner.

US Pat. No. 10,392,152

BIAXIAL STRETCH BLOW-MOLDED CONTAINER

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A process for producing a biaxially stretched, blow molded bottle container having a neck, a body and a bottom, the process comprising:biaxially stretching and blow molding a preform having a shape of a test tube and having a laminar structure in which the lamination extends over an entire height range from a predetermined height position of the neck to a lower end face of a gate mark of the bottom, to form the biaxially stretched, blow molded bottle container comprising:
an outer layer that forms an outer shell, and
an inner layer that forms an inner bag configured to be laminated in a peelable manner with an inner surface of the outer layer,the outer layer and the inner layer being formed to be in a laminar structure in which the lamination extends over an entire height range from the predetermined height position of the neck to the lower end face of the gate mark, the lower end face of the gate mark remaining in existence at a center of a bottom plate of the bottom and including an interface of lamination with respect to the inner surface of the outer layer and an outer surface of the inner layer, the interface of lamination being exposed to outside air at the lower end face of the gate mark,the biaxially stretching and blow molding of the preform being conducted such that the interface of lamination is formed to be configured to enable the outside air to be taken into a space defined by the opposing faces of the inner surface of the outer layer and the outer surface of the inner layer by applying an external force in the vicinity of the gate mark so that the interface of lamination, which is exposed to the outside air at the lower end face of the gate mark, can be used as an air intake vent when the opposing faces of the inner surface of the outer layer and the outer surface of the inner layer are peeled from each other starting from the interface of lamination at the lower end face of the gate mark;
wherein
the preform is molded by an injection molding process using a multi-nozzle section having two or more cylindrical flow channels disposed in concentric manner and having a cylindrical joined flow channel disposed at each downstream end of the cylindrical flow channels; and
the inner layer is formed to have a thickness that allows the inner bag to be deflated under a pressure drop inside the inner bag that is caused by a decrease in volume of a content fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,392,149

LABEL APPLICATOR

bioMerieux, Inc., Durham...

1. A method of applying a label to a curved surface of an object, the method comprising:providing a label applicator comprising:
a body having a first side and a second side, the second side comprising a curved surface, wherein at least one pathway extends from the first side of the body to the curved surface on the second side of the body;
a base positioned proximate to the first side of the body;
at least one first resilient member having a defined length between a first end and a second end, wherein the at least one first resilient member extends through the at least one pathway, the first end of the at least one first resilient member engages with the base, and the second end of the at least one first resilient member extends beyond the curved surface; and
at least one second resilient member engaging the body and the base,
wherein the second end of the at least one first resilient member is configured to removably attach to a label;
attaching the label to the second end of the at least one first resilient member;
moving the label applicator towards an object having a curved surface;
adhering the label to the curved surface using an increasing application force based at least on the first resilient member and the second resilient member, wherein the at least one first resilient member moves independently of the body such that pressure initially applied to the label as the label is attached to the second end compresses the second end toward the curved surface of the body, and wherein, upon the pressure causing the second end to reach the curved surface, further pressure compresses the body toward the base; and
detaching the label from the second end of the at least one first resilient member.

US Pat. No. 10,392,148

SAND BAG SHOVEL ASSEMBLY

1. A funnel assembly for a sand bag shovel assembly, comprising:a funnel having a flange that extends outwardly from a top opening of the funnel;
a tab extending down from the flange;
a clip extending down from the flange; and
wherein the clip has a main portion and a lip that extends perpendicular to the main portion and engages a side of the funnel.

US Pat. No. 10,392,147

STERILIZATION UNIT FOR A FILLING MACHINE

1. A method of operating a sterilization unit for a filling machine, the sterilization unit comprising a frame movable in an axial direction and first and second nozzle pipes for injecting sterilization agent, the first and second nozzle pipes being movable together with the frame in the axial direction to position each of the first and second nozzle pipes in an interior of a respective one of packaging containers to deliver sterilization agent to the interior of the respective packaging container, the method comprising:vertically moving the frame downward along the axial direction toward upwardly open ends of the packaging containers, the downward movement of the frame also downwardly moving the first and second nozzle pipes, the first nozzle pipe contacting an obstruction during the downward movement toward the upwardly open ends of the packaging containers so that further downward movement of the first nozzle pipe is stopped;
continuing the downward movement of the frame and the second nozzle pipe when the first nozzle pipe contacts the obstruction and stops the downward movement of the first nozzle pipe, so that the second nozzle pipe passes through the upwardly open end of a corresponding one of the packaging containers and is positioned in the corresponding packaging container; and
injecting sterilization agent from the second nozzle pipe into the corresponding packaging container.

US Pat. No. 10,392,145

APPARATUS FOR DOSING AND PACKAGING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

UNITEC S.P.A., Lugo (RA)...

1. Apparatus for the automatic dosing of a succession of definite quantities, as a weight, of agricultural products into a plurality or respective containers wherein it comprises:a first conveyor,
a second conveyor positioned to be loaded with agricultural products supplied by said first conveyor,
a third conveyor positioned to be loaded with products supplied by said second conveyor,
weighing means for determining the full weight of said second conveyor and products loaded on said second conveyor,
wherein said third conveyor is configured to transfer products laying thereon into a succession of containers,
and a fourth conveyor configured to convey an additional numerically controlled quantity of said agricultural products onto said third conveyor, said numerically controlled quantity being determined as a function of the weight of the products present on said second conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,392,142

BAG FORMER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. A former assembly for forming bags from flexible sheet material comprising:a base plate having an aperture formed therein;
a single bracing post attached to the base plate proximate to the aperture, the bracing post having a receiving groove formed along a side edge thereof;
a fill tube slidingly passable through the aperture in the base plate with an annulus between the fill tube and the base plate sized for the passage of the flexible sheet material;
a plurality of contact arms attached to the fill tube at spaced apart locations, the contact arms each extending from the fill tube and slidingly fittable into the receiving groove, wherein the receiving groove is sized to receive the contact arms when the fill tube is slidingly passed through the aperture in the base plate;
a locking orifice formed in each of the plurality of contact arms; and
a plurality of bracing orifices formed in the bracing post.

US Pat. No. 10,392,140

AUTOMATED SOLID PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT PACKAGING MACHINE

MTS Medication Technologi...

1. A system for filling solid pharmaceutical product packaging, comprising:a storage means for storing patient specific prescription data in an electronic memory associated with a computer controller;
a means for automatically effecting relative motion along multiple axes to locate a first solid pharmaceutical product cavity location of an array of cavity locations beneath a dispensing passageway for a first solid pharmaceutical dispensing canister, wherein the array of cavity locations comprises a plurality of cavities, each of the plurality of cavities corresponding to a different cavity formed within a product package wherein the array of cavities has a same number of cavities in a same arrangement as the product package;
means for automatically causing the first solid pharmaceutical dispensing canister to eject a solid pharmaceutical product into the first cavity location;
means for automatically effecting relative motion along multiple axes to selectively locate a second solid pharmaceutical product cavity location beneath a dispensing passageway for a second solid pharmaceutical dispensing canister;
means for automatically causing the second solid pharmaceutical dispensing canister to eject a solid pharmaceutical product into the second cavity; and
means for automatically effecting relative motion for each remaining cavity location of the array of cavity locations and the canisters and automatically dispensing one or more solid pharmaceutical products from each of a plurality of dispensing canisters corresponding to a prescribed dose at a dosing time for the specific patient corresponding at each cavity location until all cavities for the patient prescription have been filled.

US Pat. No. 10,392,139

CONTAINER PRODUCTION PLANT WITH COOLING OF THE BASE OF THE CONTAINERS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method of producing plastics material containers filled with liquid, comprising:shaping plastics material pre-forms by means of a shaping device to form the plastics material containers and conveying the plastics material containers by means of a conveying device to a first filling device and filling the plastics material containers using the first filling device with a product for filling; and
cooling at least one area of the plastics material containers between the shaping device and the first filling device by being acted upon with a flowable medium, wherein, for the purpose of cooling, a pre-set portion of the product for filling is filled into the plastics material containers by a second filling device,
metering a portion of the product to be filled by means of the second filling device into the plastics material containers,
wherein the product for filling is at least one of water, carbonated product, solids as suspension dissolved with water or aromatic substances, the pre-set portion of the product for filling remains inside the plastics material containers during and after the filling by the second filling device and the plastics material containers maintain a filling position during the filling by the second filling device, and wherein the product for filling has the same composition as the pre-set portion of the product for filling.

US Pat. No. 10,392,137

FOLDING UNIT FOR PRODUCING PACKAGES OF FOOD PRODUCTS POURABLE INTO A TUBE OF PACKAGING MATERIAL FROM SEALED PACKS

1. A folding unit for producing packages from sealed packs having at least one flap to be folded, said folding unit comprising:a conveying device carrying at least one pushing element arranged for interacting with said at least one flap;
a supporting element onto which said conveying device abuts when said at least one pushing element interacts with said at least one flap;
said conveying device comprising at least one rolling element rolling onto said supporting element; and
a main conveyor for advancing said packs along a path, said main conveyor being vertically below and spaced apart from said conveying device, said main conveyor having a conveying branch arranged for conveying said packs and said conveying device having an active branch along which said at least one pushing element interacts with said packs, said active branch of said conveying device facing said conveying branch of said main conveyor so that said at least one pushing element pushes said at least one flap while said packs are carried by said main conveyor, wherein
said conveying device comprises first driving means arranged for interacting with second driving means of said main conveyor so that, in use, said main conveyor drives said conveying device.

US Pat. No. 10,392,136

OFFLOAD ADJUSTMENT FOR SATELLITE IMAGE DIVERSITY

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A method of decoupling payload pointing from a host bus platform, the method comprising:operating a remote sensing vehicle comprising a host bus platform and a variable pitch instrument platform, wherein the variable pitch instrument platform is moveably coupled to the host bus platform in at least one degree of freedom via a dynamic coupling device;
establishing a pointing position of an image sensor of the variable pitch instrument platform to establish payload pointing of the image sensor;
operating the image sensor mounted on the variable pitch instrument platform at a first pitch angle relative to Nadir, thereby scanning a target surface to generate a first data set for processing with a processor;
moving the variable pitch instrument platform relative to the host bus platform to vary the pointing position of the image sensor of the variable pitch instrument platform; and
operating the image sensor at a second pitch angle relative to Nadir, thereby scanning the target surface to generate a second data set for processing with the processor,
such that payload pointing of the image sensor, and scanning with the image sensor, are decoupled from the host bus platform attitude, the payload pointing and scanning being independent of attitude control of the host bus platform.

US Pat. No. 10,392,135

SATELLITE RADIATOR PANELS WITH COMBINED STIFFENER/HEAT PIPE

WorldVu Satellites Limite...

1. An apparatus comprising a passive thermal system, wherein the passive thermal system comprises:a solid radiator panel; and
at least one structural heat pipe disposed on a surface of the solid radiator panel wherein a structural heat pipe has a structural modification that increases, by at least 50 percent, a component of the area moment-of-inertia along an axis that is orthogonal to the surface of the solid radiator panel.

US Pat. No. 10,392,132

CURVED AIRCRAFT SUBSTRUCTURE REPAIR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:trimming a first stock into a blank shape; and
cutting a plurality of slits into the first stock, wherein the first stock is configured to be bent at least a plurality of times to form:
a leg portion configured to be coupled to an aircraft;
a side portion connected to the leg portion; and
a top portion connected to the side portion, wherein the leg portion and the side portion include the plurality of slits, wherein the plurality of slits divides the leg portion into a plurality of leg flanges and the side portion into a plurality of side flanges, wherein each slit comprises a substantially straight first edge defined by the leg flange and the connected side flange, a substantially straight second edge defined by the adjacent leg flange and side flange, and a point of intersection of the first edge and the second edge, wherein the bent first stock is configured to be coupled to the aircraft to reinforce at least a curved portion of the aircraft, and wherein at least a portion of the top portion is curved, at least partly due to the slits, when the bent first stock is coupled to the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,392,131

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED TOOL ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A tool assembly comprising:a support frame including support beams and support mounts, the support mounts supporting the support beams, the support frame being rigid and used to transport the tool assembly; and
a support tool supported by the support frame, the support tool having a faceplate and a supporting grid structure formed with the faceplate as a monolithic structure, the faceplate and the supporting grid structure being defined by a series of additive manufactured (AM) layers built on each other with the supporting grid structure being positioned below and supporting the faceplate, the faceplate having a supporting surface at a top of the support tool for supporting a working component, the supporting surface being contoured and defined by a well formed into the AM layers;
wherein the supporting grid structure engages the support beams such that loads are transferred between the support tool and the support frame through the support beams, the support frame maintaining dimensional stability of the support tool during transport and when resting.

US Pat. No. 10,392,130

AUTOMATIC PASSENGER BOARDING BRIDGE DOCKING SYSTEM

SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES DY...

1. A system for joining a distal end of a passenger boarding bridge with an aircraft passenger door including:a) a sensory suite module, said sensory suite module comprised of:
an aircraft scanning identification component for aircraft scanning and identification;
an obstacle detection component for detecting obstacles near an embarking point or apron;
a door position sensor component for detecting the edges of the aircraft passenger door, wherein the door position sensor component comprises a laser profiler for detecting vertical and horizontal gaps in the aircraft fuselage that indicates the edges of the aircraft passenger door, wherein the laser profile emits a high resolution laser line covering the edge of the aircraft door and is not susceptible to changes in the background lighting;
one or more close range proximity sensors to measure the distance between the passenger boarding bridge and the aircraft; and
software filters that filter data to remove noise caused by fog, rain or snow, wherein the software filters are used by both the aircraft scanning and identification component and door position sensor component; and
b) a controller module including a motor driver, a position sensor and an encoder;
c) a triggering module including a remote docking trigger and an LCD panel,
wherein said triggering module activates the sensory suite module, and
wherein said controller module operates one or more actuators to drive the distal end of the passenger boarding bridge to the aircraft passenger door.

US Pat. No. 10,392,129

INTEGRATED MICRO-LED LUMINOUS AIRCRAFT PANEL

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. An integrated aircraft lighting and display panel, comprising:at least one flexible substrate configured to conform to an interior panel of an aircraft;
at least one lighting control unit (LCU) coupled to at least one of a power source of the aircraft, a network bus of the aircraft, and a data interface of the aircraft;
a plurality of light-emitting diode (LED) modules disposed on the flexible substrate in a spaced apart relationship and coupled to the LCU, each LED module comprising:
a) a printed circuit board (PCB);
b) at least one microcontroller attached to the PCB and coupled to the LCU;
and
c) an LED array of one or more LED units arranged on the PCB in a spaced apart relationship, each LED unit coupled to the microcontroller and including at least one of a white LED and a red/green/blue (RGB) LED, the LED array configured to generate a luminous output when activated by the microcontroller;
at least one decorative layer defining an external surface of the lighting and display panel;
and
a core material separating the flexible substrate and the plurality of LED modules from the decorative layer, the core material capable of at least partially transmitting the luminous output to the decorative layer.

US Pat. No. 10,392,128

ROTORCRAFT AND AUTOMATIC LANDING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

GUANGZHOU XAIRCRAFT TECHN...

1. An automatic landing system of a rotorcraft, comprising:a motor configured to drive a propeller of the rotorcraft to rotate;
an electronic governor communicatively connected with the motor and configured to regulate a rotational speed of the motor;
a laser emitter having a first emission head and a second emission head, wherein the first emission head and the second emission head respectively emit laser beams symmetrically about a central axis of the airframe of the rotorcraft, wherein the central axis is perpendicular to a horizontal plane of the ground at the location of a landing pattern, wherein a predetermined angle is formed between each laser beam and the central axis, and wherein the laser beams emitted from the first emission head and the second emission head respectively create projections on the ground;
a photographic device disposed at a bottom portion of the airframe of the rotorcraft, wherein the photographic device is configured to photograph a landing target image and a distance image of the projections; and
a controller configured to read and analyze the landing target image and the distance image so as to obtain real-time image data, identify a landing target pattern according to the real-time image data corresponding to the landing target image, obtain a spatial distance between a current position of the rotorcraft and the landing target pattern according to the predetermined angle and the real-time image data corresponding to the landing target image and the distance image, and control the electronic governor according to the spatial distance so as to make the rotorcraft land on the landing target pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,392,127

LIGHTNING STRIKE PROTECTION FOR COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. A method of manufacturing a lightning strike protection film, the method comprising:growing carbon nanotubes on a plurality of fibers in an intratow region within a fiber tow, wherein at least a portion of the carbon nanotubes comprise:
a first end coupled to a fiber of the plurality of fibers, and
a second end extending away from the fiber; and
controlling a growth of the carbon nanotubes to reach a selected tow fiber volume fraction of between 10% to 20% that is uniform throughout the fiber tow.

US Pat. No. 10,392,126

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE ATTITUDE DISPLAY

1. A vehicle attitude display controller adapted to cause a display to present pitch and bank information of a vehicle associated with said display by representation of a vehicle avatar representing said vehicle with respect to an artificial horizon and graduated bank and pitch angle scale, characterized in that said display controller is adapted to cause said vehicle avatar to be displayed in fixed relation to said display and to display said artificial horizon at an angle with respect to said vehicle avatar corresponding to the real instantaneous bank angle of said vehicle and wherein said vehicle attitude display controller is further adapted to cause said display unit to display a movable symbol in the form of a lozenge in a horizontal position with respect to the extremities of the vehicle avatar that is proportional to the symmetry of the vehicle,wherein said vehicle attitude display controller is adapted to cause said display to represent said avatar as comprising lateral lines separated by an index point, and to cause the display to represent said movable symbol as moving along said lateral lines.

US Pat. No. 10,392,125

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ONBOARD WAKE AND CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE AVOIDANCE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ...

1. An onboard air turbulence avoidance system for an aircraft comprising:two or more infrasonic sensors mounted on the aircraft and configured to passively detect infrasound, wherein the two or more infrasonic sensors comprise, at least:
an interior infrasonic sensor mounted to a structure in an interior portion of the aircraft wherein the interior portion of the aircraft comprises a cockpit and having a closed cell polyurethane foam windshield mounted over a sensor face of the interior infrasonic sensor; and
an exterior infrasonic sensor mounted in an external portion of the aircraft; and
a processor configured with processor-executable instructions to:
receive output signals from both the interior infrasonic sensor and the exterior infrasonic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,392,124

TACTILE AND PERIPHERAL VISION COMBINED MODALITY HOVER DRIFT CUEING

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a processor, vehicle position information from one or more sensors disposed on a vehicle;
determining, at the processor, position drift based on the received vehicle position information;
determining, at the processor, if a combined mode is selected, wherein, if the combined mode is selected, a cueing signal is transmitted to both a peripheral vision position drift indicator and a tactile feedback indicator; and
if the combined mode is not selected, determining if a peripheral only mode is selected, wherein if peripheral only mode is selected, the cueing signal is transmitted to the peripheral vision position drift indicator; and
if the peripheral only mode is not selected, transmitting the cueing signal to the tactile feedback indicator; and
controlling, with the processor, at least one of the peripheral vision position drift indicator and the tactile feedback indicator based on the combined mode and peripheral only mode, the tactile feedback indicator being configured to indicate the position drift by generating tactile feedback, and the peripheral vision position drift indicator and the tactile feedback indicator being onboard the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,123

ON-BOARD INERT GAS GENERATING AIR SEPARATION MODULE RECOVERY APPARATUS AND METHOD

Carleton Life Support Sys...

1. A method of recovering air separation performance of an air separation module (ASM) via a recovery system, the recovery system including an air source configured to provide an air flow of high pressure inlet air to the recovery system, a filter configured to filter the inlet air and output clean air, a heater configured to heat either the inlet air or clean air, and an inlet connector and outlet connector configured to couple with the ASM, the ASM comprising a hollow fiber membrane configured to receive the heated clean air and output nitrogen enriched air (NEA) exhaust, the method comprising:a) operating the recovery system with the air source and heater in respective default conditions, wherein the air source outputs a default air flow rate and the heater outputs heated air having a default air temperature;
b) measuring an initial purity of NEA exhaust;
c) adjusting at least one of the air source and heater based on the measured initial purity of the NEA exhaust;
d) operating the recovery system after adjusting at least one of the air source and heater;
e) returning the air source and heater to their respective default conditions;
f) measuring a recovered purity of the NEA exhaust; and
g) determining whether the recovered purity is within predetermined tolerances; wherein:
i) if the recovered purity is within predetermined tolerances, terminating operation of the recovery system; or
ii) if the recovered purity is not within predetermined tolerances, repeating steps c)-g).

US Pat. No. 10,392,120

PROPULSION ENGINE FOR AN AIRCRAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. A propulsion system for an aircraft having a fuselage and an aft end, the propulsion system comprising:an electric propulsion engine configured to be mounted to the aircraft, the propulsion engine defining a central axis and comprising:
an electric machine defining an electric machine tip speed during operation of the propulsion engine;
a fan rotatable about the central axis of the electric propulsion engine with the electric machine, the fan defining a fan pressure ratio (RFP), the fan pressure ratio being a fan pressure ratio rating for the fan, and the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades, each fan blade defining a fan blade tip speed during operation of the electric propulsion engine, the electric propulsion engine defining a ratio of fan blade tip speed to electric machine tip speed; and
a power gearbox mechanically coupled to the electric machine, the fan mechanically coupled to the power gearbox and rotatable about the central axis of the electric propulsion engine by the electric machine through the power gearbox;
wherein during operation of the electric propulsion engine, the ratio of fan blade tip speed to electric machine tip speed is within twenty percent of the following formula: 1. 68 × RFP ?0.518.

US Pat. No. 10,392,119

ELECTRIC PROPULSION ENGINE FOR AN AIRCRAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. A propulsion system for an aircraft having a structural member, the propulsion system comprising:an electric propulsion engine configured to be mounted to the aircraft, the electric propulsion engine defining a central axis and comprising:
an electric motor;
a power gearbox mechanically coupled to the electric motor;
a fan rotatable about the central axis of the electric propulsion engine by the electric motor through the power gearbox;
a fan frame mounted about the central axis of the propulsion engine; and
an attachment assembly for mounting at least one of the electric motor or the power gearbox, the attachment assembly including a torsional damper for accommodating torsional vibration of the electric motor or the power gearbox, wherein the attachment assembly is configured to mount the electric motor to at least one of the fan frame or the bulkhead of the aircraft, and wherein the torsional damper is positioned between the electric motor and the at least one of the fan frame or the bulkhead.

US Pat. No. 10,392,118

CONDUCTIVE NETWORK FOR PARACHUTE FABRICS

1. A system comprising:a conductive network; wherein the conductive network includes a set of flexible conductive elements; wherein the set includes a first flexible conductive element; wherein at least a portion of the first flexible conductive element is enclosed within an insulator; and
one or more Faraday cages, wherein the one or more Faraday cages are configured to be arranged to shield at least a portion of the conductive network; wherein the one or more Faraday cages and conductive network are configured to integrate with a parachute to enable the conductive network and parachute to be packed, deployed, and recovered without damaging the parachute, one or more Faraday cages, or conductive network.

US Pat. No. 10,392,117

ICING CONDITION DETECTION USING INSTANTANEOUS HUMIDITY SENSING

General Electric Company,...

1. An ice mitigation system, comprising:instantaneous humidity instrumentation mounted within an aircraft engine downstream of a fan stage;
aircraft-mounted pressure measurement instrumentation;
aircraft-mounted temperature measurement instrumentation;
an aircraft propulsion system-mounted ice mitigation system; and
a controller in continuous communication with the instantaneous humidity instrumentation, the pressure measurement instrumentation and the temperature measurement instrumentation, the controller receiving signals from the instrumentation indicative of instantaneous ambient humidity, temperature and pressure and continuously determining conditions for ice formation based on received signals, the controller signaling activation of the ice mitigation system when the determined conditions for ice formation based on signals received from the instrumentation are favorable and signaling deactivation of the ice mitigation system when the determined conditions for ice formation are unfavorable.

US Pat. No. 10,392,115

VEHICLE SEAT TUBING HAVING VARIABLE WALL THICKNESS

1. A seat for an aircraft, the seat comprising:a base frame; and
a base frame tube, the base frame tube comprising:
a first portion having a first wall thickness;
a second portion having a second wall thickness that is greater than the first wall thickness, wherein the first portion defines an inner diameter that is greater than an inner diameter defined by the second portion; and
a third portion having an outer diameter that is greater than an outer diameter of at least one of the first portion or the second portion,
wherein the base frame tube is supported at a first location on the base frame, and wherein the base frame is configured to connect with a back frame for a seat back of the seat at a second location such that the base frame tube is not directly connected to the back frame.

US Pat. No. 10,392,113

GALLEY COOLING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING A GALLEY COOLING SYSTEM

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A galley cooling system for an aircraft, the galley cooling system comprising:a trolley compartment comprising a front side access opening and a back wall arranged opposite to the front side access opening;
a cooling unit for providing a cooling fluid and comprising a cooling fluid outlet and a cooling fluid inlet;
a first cooling fluid manifold connected to the cooling fluid outlet or the cooling fluid inlet of the cooling unit, wherein the first cooling fluid manifold has at least one first cooling fluid manifold wall defining at least a portion of a lateral boundary of a receiving space of the trolley compartment, wherein the at least one first cooling fluid manifold wall extends in a direction between the front side access opening and the back wall of the trolley compartment approximately perpendicular to the back wall of the trolley compartment, and wherein the first cooling fluid manifold wall comprises a first cooling fluid opening to connect the first cooling fluid manifold to the receiving space of the trolley compartment; and
a second cooling fluid manifold connected to the cooling fluid inlet or the cooling fluid outlet of the cooling unit, the second cooling fluid manifold having a second cooling fluid manifold wall defining at least a portion of an upper boundary of the receiving space of the trolley compartment, wherein the second cooling fluid manifold wall comprises a second cooling fluid opening to connect the second cooling fluid manifold to the receiving space of the trolley compartment,
wherein the cooling unit is arranged inside the trolley compartment, outside of the lateral boundary of the receiving space of the trolley compartment defined by the at least one first cooling fluid manifold wall.

US Pat. No. 10,392,112

LAVATORY WITH STOWAGE COMPARTMENT

1. An aircraft lavatory with a stowage compartment, comprising:an enclosure having a door, a first side wall, a rear wall, a ceiling, and a second side wall, wherein the second side wall includes a sink, the second side wall defining a plane and wherein the sink is inwardly disposed from said plane with respect to said first side wall;
an additional side wall parallel to, and adjacent to, and outwardly disposed from said second side wall and said sink with respect to said first side wall, creating a first space between the second side wall and the additional side wall forming an amenities area; and
a lockable stowage compartment disposed above the sink and accessible from outside said lavatory, the stowage compartment formed in a second space between said second side wall and said additional wall.

US Pat. No. 10,392,111

SEMI-AUTOMATED LOCK ASSEMBLY

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A semi-automated lock assembly, comprising:a housing;
a pawl rotatably coupled to the housing to occupy and rotate between retracted and erected positions relative to the housing; and
a torque generating assembly secured within the housing and comprising a motor, a gear coupled to the pawl, a shaft by which torque generated in the motor is transmitted to the gear and a one-way clutch operably interposed between the shaft and the gear,
the torque generating assembly being configured to apply the torque generated in the motor as torque assist to an erecting rotation thereof without opposing a retracting rotation thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,392,110

SOLAR CELL MODULE FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

National Taiwan Universit...

1. A solar cell module used for a rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicle capable of taking off and landing vertically, comprising:a carrier base being arranged on the rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicle;
a solar cell unit comprising a plurality of solar cells attached to the carrier base;
wherein a ratio of the power totally generated by the solar cell unit (P) to the weight of the solar cell module (Wg) is equal to or greater than 0.1 (W/g), and wherein the weight of the solar cell module (Wg) is the weight of the carrier base plus the weight of the solar cell unit.

US Pat. No. 10,392,108

IN-FLIGHT RECONFIGURABLE HYBRID UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a fuselage configured to support transport of cargo that is coupled to the fuselage or stored within the fuselage;
a plurality of propulsion units coupled directly or indirectly to the fuselage;
a main wing coupled to the fuselage;
a tail rotatably coupled to the fuselage, wherein the tail extends outward from the fuselage and along a longitudinal axis of the fuselage, wherein the tail is configured to rotate about a pivot between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position corresponds to an extended position used during horizontal flight and the second position corresponds to a stowed position used during vertical flight, and wherein the tail is in a substantially horizontal inward orientation in the second position;
a drive mechanism coupled to or stored within the fuselage, wherein the drive mechanism is configured to cause the tail to rotate about the pivot between the first position and the second position;
a power source coupled to or stored within the fuselage, wherein the power source is configured to provide power to at least the plurality of propulsion units and the drive mechanism; and
a control system coupled to or stored within the fuselage, wherein the control system is in communication with at least the plurality of propulsion units and the drive mechanism, and wherein the control system is configured to control at least operation of the plurality of propulsion units and operation of the drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,392,107

AERIAL VEHICLE CAPABLE OF VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING, VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL FLIGHT AND ON-AIR ENERGY GENERATION

Korea Advanced Institute ...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising: a main body arranged in a first direction; two main wings arranged to the main body in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction, the two main wings oppositely arranged to each other;two main wing tilting control units respectively coupled to the main wings and adapted to control the main wings to tilt independently of each other;
two main propulsion units respectively arranged on the main wings;
tail wings arranged on a rear side of the main body in a second and third direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction;
a rudder arranged on the tail wing of the third direction; a rudder tilting control unit adapted to control the rudder to tilt; a tail propulsion unit arranged to the rear of the main body;
a tail tilting control unit adapted to control the tail propulsion unit to tilt;
a power unit adapted to provide power to the main and tail propulsion units; and
a position control unit adapted to control the main wing tilting control units, the main propulsion units, the rudder tilting control unit, the tail propulsion unit, and the tail tilting control unit to adjust a position of the aerial vehicle while airborne.

US Pat. No. 10,392,105

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING IN ROTOR SPEED CONTROL

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A system for assisting in rotor speed control in a rotorcraft, the system comprising:a sensor configured for measuring the rotor speed; and
a computer having a droop protection loop, the droop protection loop configured to detect a drop in rotor speed beyond a droop rotor limit speed, the droop protection loop operable to generate a decrease collective command to a collective actuator in response to a measured rotor speed decreasing below a lower droop limit, the droop protection loop operable to generate the decrease in collective command without the detection of an engine failure;
wherein the lower droop limit is below a normal lower rotor speed range; and
wherein the collective actuator is configured to cause a pitch change in a rotor blade as a function of the commanded decrease in collective to provide an initial increase in rotor speed.

US Pat. No. 10,392,104

SHAFT-MOUNTED OPERATORS FOR FOLDING AND OPENING PROPELLER BLADES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a frame;
a first motor mounted to the frame, wherein the first motor comprises a first shaft;
a first propeller comprising a first hub, a first blade joined to a first root, a second blade joined to a second root and a first operator,
wherein the first hub is coupled to the first shaft and configured to rotate about a first motor axis defined by the first shaft during operation of the first motor,
wherein the first root is joined to the first blade by a first hinged connection defining a first hinge axis,
wherein the first blade is configured to rotate about the first hinge axis over a predetermined angular range including at least a first rotational position with a center of mass of the first blade on an opposite side of the first shaft axis from a center of mass of the second blade and at least a second rotational position with the center of mass of the first blade on a same side of the first shaft axis as the center of mass of the second blade,
wherein the first operator is configured to urge the first blade from the first rotational position to the second rotational position,
wherein the second root is joined to the second blade at a second hinged connection defining a second hinge axis, and
wherein the second blade is configured to rotate about the second hinge axis,
a second motor mounted to the frame, wherein the second motor comprises a second shaft; and
a second propeller comprising a second hub, a third blade joined to a third root and a fourth blade joined to a fourth root,
wherein the second hub is coupled to the second shaft and configured to rotate about a second motor axis defined by the second shaft during operation of the second motor.

US Pat. No. 10,392,103

DETACHABLE POWER TRANSFER DEVICE FOR A ROTARY-WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

11. A method of operating a rotary-wing aircraft comprising:connecting a power pod to a docking station including a mechanical power connector carried by the rotary-wing aircraft;
converting electrical power into mechanical power at the power pod;
transferring the mechanical power from the power pod to the rotary-wing aircraft during at least one of take-off, landing, and hovering; and
disengaging the power pod from the docking station after completion of at least one of the take-off, landing, and hovering.

US Pat. No. 10,392,101

AIRCRAFT WITH A FOLDABLE WING TIP DEVICE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft comprising a wing and a wing tip device at the tip of the wing, the wing comprising first and second spars that converge towards the wing tip device, wherein the wing tip device is moveable between:i. a flight configuration for use during flight, in which the wing tip device projects from the wing increasing the span of the aircraft, and
ii. a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is pivoted away from the flight configuration such that a span of the aircraft is reduced,
and wherein the wing tip device is connected to the wing by a hinge arrangement associated with the first spar and allowing pivoting about a fixed hinge axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the first spar, and by a pivotal mounting arrangement associated with the second spar, the mounting arrangement being disposed in the second spar perpendicular thereto whilst mounting the wing tip device for pivoting about the fixed hinge axis, the hinge arrangement and the pivotal mounting arrangement being arranged to allow the wing tip device to rotate about the hinge axis between the flight configuration and the ground configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,392,097

EFFICIENT SUB-STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A component comprising:a part comprising a honeycomb-like structure attached to a first surface, the first surface formed from at least a seamless resin-infused fiber composite material, wherein the honeycomb-like structure comprises:
a first plurality of cells; and
a second plurality of cells, different than the first plurality of cells;
wherein first cells of the first plurality of cells have walls that have different varying thicknesses, at either or both of, a top or bottom portions of the walls, relative to second cells of the second plurality of cells.

US Pat. No. 10,392,095

ELECTRIC DRIVE AND EMERGENCY STOP SWITCH FOR BOATS

Torqeedo GmbH, Gilching ...

1. An outboard motor assembly for a boat, the outboard motor assembly comprising:an electric motor for propelling the boat;
a battery coupled to the electric motor, the battery including:
positive and negative poles in current-conducting connection with a battery cell;
a user activatable emergency stop switch, including a magnet and a magnetic field sensing sensor, the emergency stop switch activating when the sensor senses a magnetic field change caused by the magnet; and
an isolating circuit element operatively connected to the emergency stop switch, and configured to, upon activation of the emergency stop switch, isolate the current-conducting connection between at least one of the poles and the battery cell.

US Pat. No. 10,392,094

TRANSMISSIONS FOR ROTATING COAXIAL DRIVE SHAFTS IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first face gear coupled to a first drive shaft;
a first elliptically interfacing gear coupled to a second drive shaft and facing toward the first face gear, the second drive shaft disposed within and coaxially aligned with the first drive shaft along a rotational axis; and
a wobble plate disposed between the first face gear and the first elliptically interfacing gear, the wobble plate having a second face gear on a first side of the wobble plate engaged with the first face gear and a second elliptically interfacing gear on a second side of the wobble plate engaged with the first elliptically interfacing gear, a central portion of the wobble plate not engaged with a fulcrum, the wobble plate to rotate the first face gear and the first elliptically interfacing gear in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,392,090

SWIMMING PROPULSION DEVICE

DEKA Products Limited Par...

14. A swimming propulsion device comprising:a swimmer connection mechanism removably attached to a fuselage by a locking mechanism, the swimmer connection mechanism further comprising:
a first member;
a second member; and
a fastening mechanism comprising a buckle and strap.

US Pat. No. 10,392,087

PERIPHERAL TUNNELS PROPELLER WITH ALTERNATIVE BALANCE

1. A propeller comprisinga truncated substantially conical block spinning around a rotation axis,
said conical block having a plurality of holes as helical tunnels surrounding the rotation axis,
each of the holes having inlet and outlet at each end face of the conical block, respectively, wherein each end face of the conical block is disposed at each end of the conical block,
said conical block having a plurality of flow-guiding structures attached to the ends,
said flow-guiding structures comprising an aerodynamically chamfered wedge disposed at each end face and among ends of the holes,
said chamfered wedges having a base at the respective end face,
said wedges base having a cross-section substantially shaped as an annular sector having concave ends, each end congruent with a semi cross-section of an adjacent one of the tunnels,
said wedges cross-section varying progressively its shape at one of the concave ends until said end is shaped convex and is congruent with an opposite one of the concave ends as a base plane rises above the respective end face,
Whereby rotation of the conical block induces minimal turbulence on the perpendicular momentum of the fluid inside each respective hole thus avoiding collateral noise and delaying the cavitation phenomena.

US Pat. No. 10,392,086

WIRELESSLY CONTROLLED SUBSYSTEMS FOR UNDERWATER REMOTELY OPERATED VEHICLES

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A system for underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and wirelessly controlled subsystems, comprising:an ROV comprising a main hull, a microcontroller, a main battery, and at least one ROV transmitter-receiver, wherein the main hull encloses the microcontroller, the main battery, and the at least one ROV transmitter-receiver;
a self-powered subsystem mounted to the main hull without the use of a tether, the subsystem comprising a housing, a controller, a battery, and at least one subsystem transmitter-receiver, wherein the housing encloses the controller, the battery, and the at least one subsystem transmitter-receiver; and
wherein the ROV is configured to communicate wirelessly with the self-powered subsystem via signals transmitted between the at least one ROV transmitter-receiver, and the at least one subsystem transmitter receiver, and wherein the ROV and the self-powered subsystem are free of openings and tether-less.

US Pat. No. 10,392,084

INFLATABLE SWIM PLATFORM FOR WATER SPORTS

1. A method of operating a boat, the method comprising:driving a boat forward through water creating a wake behind the boat, the boat having a planing hull having starboard and port sides extending aft to a stern having a transom extending laterally between the starboard and port sides; and
towing, while driving the boat, an inflatable floating swim platform attached to the stern behind the transom, the swim platform including:
a rearwardly tapered inflatable body defined by an outer perimeter including a forward wall adjacent the transom, an aft wall, and a port sidewall and a starboard sidewall extending between the forward wall and aft wall;
wherein the forward wall is longer than the aft wall and the forward wall does not extend laterally beyond the starboard and port sides at the transom.

US Pat. No. 10,392,082

FLOATING OFFSHORE STRUCTURES

GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for controlling stability of a tension leg platform structure, the tension leg platform structure having a buoyancy structure providing excess buoyancy and a plurality of mooring lines, the buoyancy structure including one or more water tanks, the method comprising:measuring a tension in at least one mooring line of the plurality of mooring lines;
changing a quantity of water in one or more of the water tanks based on the measured tension in the at least one mooring line of the plurality of mooring lines, in order:
to vary a mass of the tension leg platform structure;
to vary a center of gravity of the tension leg platform structure; or
to vary both the center of gravity and the mass of the tension leg platform structure.

US Pat. No. 10,392,081

FAIRING, ELONGATE FAIRED ELEMENT AND TOWING ASSEMBLY

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A fairing intended to fair an elongate object intended to be at least partially immersed, comprising a plurality of fairing portions, each fairing portion comprising a plurality of fairing elements, the fairing elements comprising a canal intended to accept the elongate object and being profiled in such a way as to reduce the hydrodynamic drag of the at least partially immersed elongate object, said fairing elements being intended to be pivot-mounted on the elongate element around the longitudinal axis of the canal, said fairing elements being connected to one another along the axis of the canal and being articulated to one another, the fairing portions being free to rotate with respect to one another about the canal; andwherein the fairing elements of one and the same fairing portion are joined together by means of a plurality of individual coupling devices, each individual coupling device allowing one of the fairing elements of said portion to be connected to another fairing element of said portion which is adjacent to said fairing element.

US Pat. No. 10,392,080

BIASED FAIRLEAD CLUMP WEIGHT

Bardex Corporation, Gole...

1. A fairlead and clump weight assembly comprising:a fairlead, the fairlead including a chain guide support structure and a clump weight engagement member;
a clump weight assembly, the clump weight assembly including a clump weight body, a clump weight coupled to the clump weight body, and a spring housing, wherein at least one spring is coupled between the spring housing and the clump weight; and
wherein the clump weight body is selectively engageable and disengageable with the fairlead.

US Pat. No. 10,392,079

SNOWMOBILE FRAME STRUCTURE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A snowmobile comprising:a frame;
a front suspension assembly and a rear suspension assembly connected to the frame;
at least one ski operatively connected to the front suspension assembly;
an endless drive track operatively connected to the rear suspension assembly;
a motor supported by the frame and operatively connected to the drive track for propelling the snowmobile;
the frame including:
a longitudinally extending tunnel, the rear suspension assembly being connected to the tunnel, the tunnel comprising:
a top wall extending generally horizontally and comprising a left edge and a right edge;
a planar left bevel wall extending downwardly and leftwardly from the left edge;
a left side wall extending downwardly from the left bevel wall;
a planar right bevel wall extending downwardly and rightwardly from the right edge; and
a right side wall extending downwardly from the right bevel wall; and
an upper rear support comprising a left leg and a right leg, each of the left and right legs having a lower end connected to the corresponding one of the left bevel wall and the right bevel wall and extending forwardly, upwardly and laterally inwardly therefrom to an upper end,
each of the left and right legs being formed by a side wall being generally planar and having a recess defined in the lower end,
the recess of each of the left and right legs having an inner wall being spaced from the side wall and being connected to a corresponding one of the left bevel wall and the right bevel wall of the tunnel, the corresponding one of the left leg and the right leg being thereby connected to the tunnel, a portion of the side wall adjacent the recess in each of the left and right legs being spaced from the tunnel.

US Pat. No. 10,392,078

ELECTROMECHANICAL SHIFTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...

1. An electromechanical component for a bicycle, comprising:a base part attachable to a bicycle;
a movable part;
an electric motor disposed on the electromechanical component;
a control unit disposed on the electromechanical component for operating the electric motor to operate the electromechanical component, the control unit including a wireless receiver; and
a wake sensor connected to the control unit, the wake sensor configured to cause the control unit and the wireless receiver to become operational in response to detected vibrations of the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,077

DIRECTIONAL TRANSMISSION MECHANISM, DIRECTIONAL SPROCKET APPARATUS AND PEDAL DEVICE

Shenzhen Geniusmart Techn...

1. A directional transmission mechanism configured to be attached as an add-on to an existing pedal device, the directional transmission mechanism comprising:a driving shaft;
an output shaft;
a co-rotating wheel set configured to drive the output shaft to rotate in a same direction of the driving shaft;
a reverse-rotating wheel set configured to drive the output shaft to rotate in a direction opposite to that of the driving shaft;
a switching mechanism configured to switch the driving shaft to drive the co-rotating wheel set or drive the reverse-rotating wheel set, so as to enable the output shaft to rotate directionally; and
wherein the co-rotating wheel set is connected with the driving shaft and the output shaft, and the reverse-rotating wheel set is connected with the driving shaft and the output shaft;
wherein the switching mechanism includes first meshing teeth configured to drive the reverse-rotating wheel set, second meshing teeth configured to drive the co-rotating wheel set, and a sliding member configured to be fittingly connected with the first meshing teeth or the second meshing teeth; the sliding member is slidably mounted on the driving shaft, one end of the sliding member has a toothed configuration for meshing with the first meshing teeth, another end of the sliding member has a toothed configuration for meshing with the second meshing teeth, and the driving shaft is provided thereon with a sliding groove for guiding the sliding member to slide back and forth between the first meshing teeth and the second meshing teeth;
wherein both the first meshing teeth and the second meshing teeth are ratchet teeth, and a ratchet orientation of the first meshing teeth is opposite to a ratchet orientation of the second meshing teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,392,076

PROPULSION UNIT FOR AN ELECTRIC PEDAL-ASSISTED CYCLE AND PEDAL-ASSISTED CYCLE THEREOF

1. Propulsion unit for an electric pedal-assisted cycle (EPAC) comprising an electric machine having a stator and a rotor, rotatable about a motor axis, said rotor being operatively connected to a crank pin, defining a crank axis mechanically connected to pedals,wherein the propulsion unit comprises at least one electronic unit for operating and controlling the functioning of the electric machine,
wherein the propulsion unit comprises at least a pair of housings defining a containment space which houses the electric machine and at least partially the crank pin,
wherein the propulsion unit comprises transmission means of the movement from the rotor to the crank pin,
wherein the electronic unit is contained and is supported inside said containment space by an intermediate support element, wherein said intermediate support element also supports said rotor and the intermediate support element is contained in the containment space, said intermediate support element being in contact with at least one of said housings so as to dissipate heat through the pair of housings to the outside of the propulsion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,392,075

INVERTED PENDULUM TYPE VEHICLE AND ANKLE TORQUE ESTIMATION METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

4. An inverted pendulum vehicle including a drive wheel and a boarding part configured to support a rider in a standing position, the inverted pendulum vehicle comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a drive torque of the drive wheel to maintain an inverted state;
an output unit configured to generate torque information about an ankle torque based on the drive torque detected by the detection unit and output the generated torque information, the ankle torque being applied to the boarding part by the rider; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one of a weight of the rider and a size of a foot of the rider,
wherein the output unit generates the torque information using the drive torque and at least one of the weight and the size of the foot acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,392,073

COEFFICIENT ERGONOMIC BICYCLE HANDLEBAR SYSTEMS

1. A coefficient ergonomic bicycle handlebar system comprising:a) a hood comprising:
i) a top bar hood comprising:
(1) exactly two mirror-imaged top bars;
(2) wherein each of said exactly two mirror-imaged top bars is structured and arranged for structurally mounting to a bicycle stem;
(3) wherein said exactly two mirror-imaged top bars comprise a single top bar structural member;
ii) exactly two drops comprising:
(1) a first portion of each of said exactly two drops; and
(2) a second portion of each of said exactly two drops;
(3) wherein said first portion of each of said exactly two drops and said second portion of each of said exactly two drops are structured and arranged as a single top bar hood structural member with each of said exactly two mirror-imaged top bars;
iii) a hood sweep angle defined as an included sweep angle between said top bar hood and said first portion of said exactly two drops; and
iv) a drop angle defined as an included angle between said first portion of each of said exactly two drops and said second portion of each of said exactly two drops;
(1) wherein said sweep angle is greater than said drop angle;
(2) wherein said sweep angle is an acute angle;
b) exactly two palm flat segments, each of said exactly two palm flat segments comprising:
i) a straight length of said handlebar segment that is structured and arranged adjacent to a lowest handlebar segment;
ii) wherein each said straight length of said handlebar segment is structured and arranged for a rider to grasp each said straight length of said handlebar segment; and
c) exactly two thumb indices:
i) wherein each of said exactly two thumb indices comprise a longer thumb index dimension and a shorter thumb index dimension, which together define a thumb index flat surface, and which define each of said exactly two thumb indices;
ii) wherein said longer thumb index dimension that is structured and arranged parallel to a vertical handlebar segment when mounted on the bicycle stem;
iii) wherein said shorter thumb index dimension length that is structured and arranged perpendicular to said vertical handlebar segment;
iv) wherein each of said thumb index flat surface is angled at a mirrored angle relative to the bicycle stem; and
v) wherein said mirrored angle of each said thumb index flat surface comprises approximately ninety degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,392,072

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PACKING A HUMAN-POWERABLE WHEELED VEHICLE

1. A bicycle system comprising:a folding bicycle frame, wherein the folding frame comprises a front frame section rotatably connected to a rear frame section, wherein:
the front frame section comprises:
a front frame tube;
a head tube wherein:
the head tube is permanently attached to a first end of the front frame tube; and
the head tube is configured for rotatably coupling a front fork wherein the front fork is configured for securing a front wheel and handlebars; and
a connection module wherein:
the connection module is permanently attached to a second end of the front frame tube; and
the connection module comprises a front clamp jaw and a front frame pivot element;
the rear frame section comprises:
a drive-side stay with one end having a drive side rear dropout configured for attachment to a drive side of a rear wheel;
a non-drive side stay with one end having a non-drive side rear dropout configured for attachment of the non-drive side of the rear wheel;
a crankshaft housing configured for holding a crankshaft in a configuration in which the crankshaft rotates in a horizontal axis parallel to the rotation of the rear wheel, wherein:
the crankshaft is configured for the attachment of cranks; and
the cranks are configured for the attachment of pedals;
a rear frame pivot element wherein:
the rear frame pivot element is attached to the other end of the drive-side stay, the other end of the non-drive side stay, and the crankshaft housing;
a rear clamp jaw wherein:
the rear clamp jaw is located above the rear frame pivot element when the bicycle frame is oriented in a ridable position; and
the rear clamp jaw is rigidly connected to the rear frame pivot element;
the rear frame pivot element and the front frame pivot element are connected to form a folding bicycle frame pivot joint configured for:
rotating the front frame section relative to the rear frame section about an axis that is approximately parallel to the axis of rotation of the crankshaft; and,
when viewed from the drive side, rotating the front frame section approximately 180 degrees clockwise relative to the rear frame section to convert from a ridable configuration to a folded frame configuration; and
the front clamp jaw is configured for:
user detachable attachment to the rear clamp jaw wherein the interface between the front clamp jaw and the rear clamp jaw comprises a plurality of v-shaped features configured to prevent the front frame section from moving relative to the rear frame section in a direction aligned with the axis of rotation of the crankshaft when the front clamp jaw is pressed against the rear clamp jaw; and
detachment from the rear clamp jaw when the front frame section is to be rotated to convert the bicycle frame from a ridable configuration to a folded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,392,071

ELECTRIC COMPONENT SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDE VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An electric component support structure for a saddle ride vehicle comprising:a body frame that supports a water-cooled engine; and
a radiator supported on the body frame through an elastic body,
wherein an electric component is fixed to an electric component support piece provided on an upper surface of the radiator.

US Pat. No. 10,392,069

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SOUCY INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A method of securing an accessory to a recreational vehicle,the accessory including at least one locking mechanism having:
a housing including an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion including a first recessed region, the lower portion being configured to be received into at least one receiving opening of at least one receiving base of the recreational vehicle;
an actuator pivotally mounted to the housing, the actuator including a handle portion and a locking actuation portion extending downwardly from the handle portion, the handle portion including a second recessed region, at least the handle portion of the actuator being selectively pivotable between an open position and a closed position by a user hand via an opening formed by the first recessed region and the second recessed region, the locking actuation portion having an arcuate shape and including an engaging surface; and
first and second latches pivotally mounted to the housing, the first and second latches being selectively pivotable between an unlocked position and a locked position;
the recreational vehicle including the at least one receiving base having the at least one receiving opening, the at least one receiving opening having two opposed side openings,wherein the actuator and the first and second latches are mechanically operatively connected via the locking actuation portion such that when the handle portion is pivoted from the open position to the closed position, the engaging surface of the locking actuation portion engages the first and second latches and causes the first and second latches to pivot from the unlocked positions to the locked positions, and when the handle portion is pivoted from the closed position to the open position, the first and second latches are free to pivot from the locked positions to the unlocked positions;wherein when the lower portion is received into the at least one receiving opening of the at least one receiving base, and when the first and second latches are in the locked positions, the locking actuation portion is disposed between the first and second latches and the first and second latches engage the two opposed side openings of the at least one receiving opening of the at least one receiving base;the method comprising:
inserting the lower portion of the housing of the at least one locking mechanism of the accessory into the at least one receiving opening of the at least one receiving base of the recreational vehicle; and
pivoting the handle portion of the actuator of the locking mechanism of the accessory to the closed position causing the first and second latches to pivot from the unlocked positions to the locked positions causing the first and second latches to engage the two opposed side openings of the at least one receiving opening of the at least one receiving base of the recreational vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,067

LIGHTING DEVICE STRUCTURE INCLUDING AUXILIARY ILLUMINATION

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A lighting device structure comprising a lighting source configured to provide lighting illumination, a reflector configured to reflect said lighting illumination from said lighting source, an inner lens mounted to said reflector and illuminated by said light source; wherein said lighting source, said reflector, said inner lens are housed within a housing, and an outer lens assembled to said housing characterized in that said inner lens includes an overlapping arm and is mounted to a front end portion of said reflector, wherein the overlapping arm has a thickness greater and wider than a thickness of the front end portion of said reflector such that the overlapping arm includes an overlapping portion overlapping the front end portion of the reflector; said overlapping portion of said inner lens inducing said lighting illumination for illuminating said inner lens;further comprising a low beam device and a high beam device;
wherein, said lighting source comprises an upper lighting source and a lower lighting source which provides low beam light and high beam light separately and respectively in upper and lower position to the respective said low beam device and said high beam device; and
wherein said overlapping portion of said inner lens is positioned at said low beam device; said inner lens comprising an extending base, which is illuminated by said high beam.

US Pat. No. 10,392,066

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle vehicle which turns in a bank state in which a vehicle body is rotated around an axis extending in a vehicle length direction, the straddle vehicle comprising:a head lamp unit which is disposed at a front portion of the straddle vehicle and emits a light beam with which a forward region of the vehicle body is irradiated;
right and left cornering lamp units which are disposed at the front portion of the straddle vehicle, provided separately from the head lamp unit, and turned on in the bank state;
a duct member included in an engine air-intake system;
a bank angle sensor which detects a bank angle of the vehicle body; and
an electronic control unit which turns the cornering lamp units on and off,
wherein the cornering lamp units are disposed below the head lamp unit and below an air-intake inlet of the duct member,
wherein each of the right and left cornering lamp units includes a plurality of light source members which can be turned on and off independently of each other, and the electric control unit determines whether or not each of the plurality of light sources is to be turned on or off based on the detected bank angle, and
wherein the cornering lamp extends in a straight line shape that is slanted downward toward a rear of the straddle vehicle, and
wherein the plurality of light source members are arranged in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,392,062

THREE PIECE MODULAR AUTOMOTIVE INSTRUMENT PANEL

1. An instrument panel, comprising:a first group of modules;
a left section;
a right section, wherein the left and right sections each include at least one module-receiving area configured to interchangeably receive each of the modules in the first group of modules, and wherein the instrument panel is symmetrical about a centerline between the left and right sections;
at least one vent in each of the left and right sections operatively connected to a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system; and
wherein there is a gap between at least one of the left and right sections and a module of the first group of modules when the module is in an installed position.

US Pat. No. 10,392,061

SPROCKET AND ELASTIC CRAWLER DRIVE MECHANISM

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A sprocket capable of engaging with a plurality of engaging portions on an elastic endless belt, each of the engaging portions including an edge surface and a bottom surface, and being tapered from the bottom surface towards the edge surface, the sprocket comprising a tooth, the tooth including two tooth faces tapered from a tooth bottom surface towards a tooth tip surface and are symmetrical about a center line of the tooth, wherein:each of the two tooth faces includes:
a root surface connecting to the tooth bottom surface,
a tooth base surface connecting to the root surface, and
a tooth end surface connecting to the tooth base surface, and
at least one of the tooth base surfaces of the two tooth faces is inclined relative to the center line of the tooth at an angle in a range of greater than 0 to 7.5 or less so as to approach the center line of the tooth towards the tooth tip surface.

US Pat. No. 10,392,060

TRACK SYSTEM FOR TRACTION OF A VEHICLE

1. A track for traction of a vehicle, the track being movable around a track-engaging assembly comprising a drive wheel to drive the track, the track comprising:a ground-engaging outer surface for engaging the ground and an inner surface opposite to the ground-engaging outer surface; and
a plurality of traction projections projecting from the ground-engaging outer surface, each traction projection comprising a containment space to contain ground matter when the traction projection engages the ground, the containment space comprising a plurality of containment voids to contain respective portions of the ground matter.

US Pat. No. 10,392,058

SYSTEM FOR LUBRICATING A PIVOT INTERFACE OF A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A system for lubricating a pivot interface defined between adjacent components of a work vehicle, the system comprising:a shaft;
a shaft housing defining a shaft cavity extending axially between a first axial end of the shaft housing and an opposed second axial end of the shaft housing, an axial portion of the shaft being received within the shaft cavity between the first and second axial ends such that the shaft housing is configured to rotate relative to the shaft about an axis, a radial gap being defined within the shaft cavity between an inner surface of the shaft housing and an outer surface of the shaft, the first axial end of the shaft housing correspond to a sealed end of the shaft housing;
a bushing positioned within the shaft cavity at a bushing location disposed axially between the first axial end of the shaft housing and the second axial end of the shaft housing, the bushing extending radially between the shaft housing and the shaft at the bushing location; and
a sealing device positioned within the shaft cavity at a seal location disposed axially between the bushing and the second axial end of the shaft housing, the sealing device configured to seal the radial gap defined between the shaft housing and the shaft at the seal location when a fluid pressure within the shaft cavity is below a cracking pressure for the sealing device,
wherein, when the fluid pressure within the shaft cavity exceeds the cracking pressure, the sealing device is configured to transition to an unsealed state at the seal location to allow lubricant contained within the shaft cavity to flow axially between the sealing device and the shaft towards the second axial end of the shaft housing.

US Pat. No. 10,392,057

VEHICLE

1. A vehicle comprising:a framework including at least one beam having a wheel with an integrated electric motor mounted on one end thereof and a braking system;
a handlebar defined on a second end of said beam, said handlebar defining a righthand grip and a passenger grip, said handlebar is asymmetric with respect to said righthand and passenger grips, said asymmetricity is such that said righthand grip is positioned in parallel with the wheel's pivot and being configured to be gripped by a user and said passenger grip has a bend such that one end of the passenger grip is positioned perpendicular to the wheel's pivot, said one end of the passenger grip in working condition where the wheel is engaging the riding surface is positioned vertically and being configured to tow passenger; and
a support grip defined on a middle part of said beam and being configured for supporting of another hand of user, wherein said wheel is configured to rotate relative to said framework, and wherein a center line of the support grip is parallel to a plane of rotation of the wheel, the support grip diverges from the beam at an angle in such that in working condition where the wheel is engaging the riding surface the support grip is oriented horizontally and is disposed along the beam such that at least a portion of the weight of user is exerted thereon together with the weight of the motor increasing thereby the adherence of the wheel tire with the riding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,392,056

MODULAR COUNTERWEIGHT

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A counterweight system comprising:a bracket including:
a base configured to be coupled to a vehicle; and
at least one arm extending from the base; and
a counterweight defining an internal cavity and coupled to the at least one arm, the counterweight including a plurality of weights selectively received by the internal cavity, the plurality of weights facilitate incremental adjustment of an overall weight of the counterweight, wherein the counterweight is configured to be at least one of (i) pivotally repositionable, (ii) extensionally repositionable, and (iii) translationally repositionable relative to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,055

TURBULENT AIR MITIGATION FOR VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:detecting, via a sensor of a first automobile travelling along a roadway, the first automobile having one or more downforce elements, a second automobile that is travelling along the roadway in front of the first automobile during operation of the first automobile;
calculating, via a processor coupled to the sensor, a distance between the first automobile and the second automobile, during operation of the first automobile as the first and second automobiles are travelling along the roadway;
determining whether turbulent air for the first automobile is likely based on the calculated distance as the first and second automobiles are travelling along the roadway; and
adjusting movement of the one or more downforce elements of the first vehicle automobile as the first automobile is travelling along the roadway, provided that the second automobile is travelling substantially in front of the first automobile, and provided further that the distance between the first automobile and the second automobile is less than a predetermined distance threshold, based on the calculated distance between the first automobile and the second automobile as the first and second automobiles are travelling along the roadway, thereby adjusting a downforce for the first vehicle automobile as the first automobile is travelling along the roadway, thereby keeping the first automobile in proximity to the roadway, via a processor, using instructions provided via the processor for controlling the one or more downforce elements for the first automobile, when a determination is made that turbulent air for the first automobile is likely as the first and second automobiles are travelling along the roadway based on the calculated distance between the first automobile and the second automobile;
wherein the step of adjusting the movement of the one or more downforce elements comprises:
adjusting the movement of the one or more downforce elements for the first automobile as the first automobile is travelling along the roadway, via the processor, using instructions provided via the processor for controlling one or more downforce elements for the first automobile in a manner that adjusts airflow toward another automobile that is travelling behind the first automobile as the first automobile is travelling along the roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,392,054

JOINING STRUCTURE AND JOINING METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joining structure for a vehicle, comprising:a panel formed of resin;
a temporary holding member, formed of metal, formed in a hat shape in cross-section, and having a top wall and a pair of flange portions, the pair of flange portions being fastened to the panel;
a reinforcing member, formed of metal, welded to the top wall, and being disposed so as to face the panel; and
a thermosetting adhesive, provided between the panel and the reinforcing member, and joining the panel and the reinforcing member.

US Pat. No. 10,392,053

SIDE LOAD TRANSFER DEVICE FOR A BODY ON FRAME VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame system defining a longitudinal axis, and including a first frame rail extending along and laterally offset from the longitudinal axis;
a body mounted to the frame system and including a first rocker panel extending along the longitudinal axis and disposed outboard of the first frame rail; and
a first side load transfer device positioned between the first frame rail and the first rocker panel having a first inner wall, and attached to one of the first frame rail or the body, wherein
the first side load transfer device is operable to transfer an applied load from the first rocker panel to the first frame rail,
the first side load transfer device includes a first side wall perpendicular to the first rocker panel, a second side wall offset from the first side wall and perpendicular to the first rocker panel, and a bottom wall connected between the first side wall and the second side wall,
at least one of the first side wall and the second side wall includes a deformable structure oriented parallel to the first inner wall of the first rocker panel, and
the applied load is applied to the first rocker panel in an inboard direction transverse to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,392,052

VEHICLE FRAMEWORK STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle framework structure, comprising:a front frame that configures a part of a framework of a vehicle front section;
a rear frame that configures a part of a framework of a vehicle rear section;
an intermediate frame that configures a part of a framework of a vehicle intermediate section, and that includes a framework member disposed between the front frame and the rear frame and having a length direction in a vehicle front-rear direction; and
a coupling section that includes a first configuration member attached to the framework member of the intermediate frame so as to be continuous with the framework member in the vehicle front-rear direction, the first configuration member having a leading end portion and a base end portion, and a second configuration member attached to the first configuration member so as to be continuous with the first configuration member in the vehicle front-rear direction, the second configuration member having a leading end portion and a base end portion, the coupling section coupling at least one of the front frame or the rear frame to the intermediate frame in the vehicle front-rear direction by joining the leading end portion of the first configuration member to the leading end portion of the second configuration member opposing the leading end portion of the first configuration member, with both the first configuration member and the second configuration member being formed so as to gradually increase in size in at least one of a vehicle width direction or a vehicle vertical direction on progression from the respective base end portions of the first configuration member and the second configuration member toward the respective leading end portions of the first configuration member and the second configuration member,
wherein the coupling section is formed with at least one of a hollow portion or an opening, and
wherein a portion of a suspension arm is inserted into the at least one of the hollow portion or the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,392,050

STEERING APPARATUS FOR STEER BY WIRE SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A steering apparatus for a steer by wire system, the steering apparatus comprising:a first motor and a second motor configured to provide a torque;
a first planetary gear set configured to receive the torque from the first motor and reduce the torque and output the reduced torque to a steering wheel to generate a reaction torque for steering;
a second planetary gear set configured to receive the torque from the steering wheel and the second motor, to reduce and output the torque, and to variably output a gear ratio for an input by the steering wheel depending on a rotation of the second motor; and
a stopping mechanism configured to be locked to a second stopper portion on a rotation path of a first stopper portion rotated on the basis of the torque output from the second planetary gear set to serve to limit a maximum rotation angle of the steering wheel;
wherein the first planetary gear set is provided with at least three rotation elements, a first of the at least three rotation elements configured to receive the torque from the first motor, a second of the at least three rotation elements configured to reduce the torque and output the reduced torque to the steering wheel, and remaining rotation elements being fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,392,049

POWER STEERING DEVICE AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR ON-BOARD DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A power steering device comprising:a steering mechanism by which steered wheels are steered according to a steering operation of a steering wheel;
an electric motor providing a steering force to the steering mechanism;
a control device having a first microprocessor and controlling and driving the electric motor;
a steering state detection unit provided at the steering mechanism or the electric motor and detecting a steering state, the steering state detection unit configured to output a plurality of signals outputted from a plurality of detection elements or output a first signal, a second signal and a third signal that are a plurality of signals outputted through a plurality of different electronic circuits after being detected by a common detection element;
a second microprocessor provided between the steering state detection unit and the control device;
a first judgment circuit provided in the second microprocessor, the first judgment circuit configured to input the first signal, the second signal and the third signal and judge whether the first signal, the second signal and the third signal are normal or abnormal by comparing the first signal, the second signal and the third
a first judgment circuit output signal receiving unit provided in the control device, the first judgment circuit output signal receiving unit configured to input an output signal of the first judgment circuit; and
a motor command signal calculation unit provided in the control device, the motor command signal calculation unit configured to calculate and output a command signal to the electric motor according to a signal, which is judged to be normal by the first judgment circuit, of the first signal, the second signal and the third signal.

US Pat. No. 10,392,048

POWER STEERING DEVICE AND CONTROL DEVICE THEREFOR

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A power steering device, comprising:a steering unit having a steering shaft rotatable with rotation of a steering wheel of a vehicle; and a rack bar made of an iron-based metal material and axially movable in response to rotation of the steering shaft;
an electric motor arranged to apply a steering force to the steering unit;
a ball-screw mechanism arranged as a reduction unit between the steering unit and the electric motor so as to transmit a torque of the electric motor to the steering unit, the ball-screw mechanism including:
a steerable wheel-side ball screw groove helically recessed in an outer circumferential surface of the rack bar;
a nut made of an iron-based metal material in an annular shape and arranged to surround the rack bar and be rotatable relative to the rack bar;
a nut-side ball screw groove helically recessed in an inner circumferential surface of the nut to define a ball circulation channel with the steerable wheel-side ball screw groove;
a plurality of balls made of an iron-based metal material and arranged in the ball circulation channel; and
a circulation member connecting one end to another end of the ball circulation channel so as to allow circulation of the plurality of balls from the one end to the another end of the ball circulation channel; and
a control unit arranged to drive and control the electric motor,
wherein the control unit comprises:
a steering torque signal receiver configured to receive a signal indicative of a steering torque generated in the steering unit;
a command signal calculator configured to calculate an electric motor command signal for drive control of the electric motor based on the steering torque signal; and
an abnormality detection circuit configured to use the steering torque, the electric motor command signal or a motor current flowing in the electric motor as steering force information and judge the occurrence of an abnormality in the power steering device when a value of the steering force information periodically changes in a predetermined frequency range, which is higher than or equal to a first frequency and lower than or equal to a second frequency, and the value of the steering force information in the predetermined frequency range becomes higher than a predetermined value; and
a limiter circuit configured to limit the electric motor command signal to be larger than or equal to a predetermined upper limit value; and
wherein the abnormality detection circuit is configured to, for judgement of the abnormality, not use the value of the steering force information under a condition that the electric motor command signal is being limited by the limiter circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,392,047

ALGORITHM FOR TIE ROD FORCE SHAPING

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A control system for controlling a power steering system, comprising:a first input indicative of an actual load torque of a vehicle chassis, wherein the first input is a load sensor signal received from a chassis load sensor;
an interface module that receives the first input, that determines a compensation value associated with the first input, and that generates an assist value to compensate for the first input based on the compensation value; and
a steering control module that generates a steering control signal based on the assist value.

US Pat. No. 10,392,046

STEERING RACK AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A steering rack configured to mesh with a pinion configured to be rotationally driven by an input shaft of a steering gear configuring an automotive steering device, the steering rack comprising:a rod part extending in an axial direction and having a round cross section; and
a plurality of rack teeth formed on a radial one side surface of a portion of the rod part in the axial direction and configured to mesh with the pinion; and
dummy teeth each of the dummy teeth having a tooth height less than the plurality of rack teeth and configured not to mesh with the pinion,
wherein the dummy teeth are formed at an end of the portion of the rod part in the axial direction and are adjacent to the plurality of rack teeth in the axial direction,
wherein each of the dummy teeth comprises:
an axially inner surface and an axially outer surface, which are configured to incline toward each other in a radial direction,
a radially outer surface configured to connect the axially inner surface and the axially outer surface via a pair of connection portions, and
the pair of connection portions comprising a first connection portion which is between the axially inner surface and the radially outer surface, and a second connection portion which is between the axially outer surface and the radially outer surface,
wherein each of the pair of connection portions has a curved shape,
wherein an n number of dummy teeth are formed, the n number being a natural number,
wherein each of the plurality of rack teeth comprises:
an axially inner surface and an axially outer surface, which are configured to incline toward each other in the radial direction, and
a radially outer surface configured to connect the axially inner surface and the axially outer surface,
wherein a relationship of ?1 ?1 denotes a first inclination angle of the axially outer surface of a first rack tooth, from among the plurality of rack teeth, where the first rack tooth is adjacent to the dummy tooth and is positioned at one of axial ends of the plurality of rack teeth,
?2, ?4, . . . , ?2n respectively denote inclination angles of axially inner surfaces of the dummy teeth such that the dummy teeth are arranged in an order of a first dummy tooth having the ?2 inclination angle is closest to the first rack tooth, from among the dummy teeth, and an nth dummy tooth having the ?2n inclination angle is furthest from the first rack tooth, from among the dummy teeth, and
?3, ?5, . . . , ?2n+1 respectively denoting inclination angles of axially outer surfaces of the dummy teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,392,044

CLIMATE CONTROLLING MECHANISMS FOR CAR SEATS/STROLLERS

1. A climate controlling mechanism for use in a car seat or stroller, the climate controlling mechanism comprising:at least one circulation pad attached to at least one sensor having a plug-in, the at least one circulation pad connected to a fan and a compressor via a tubing arranged to deliver air and power to the at least one circulation pad and the at least one sensor at a continuous rate without inflating or deflating the at least one circulation pad;
a temperature controller connected to the at least one circulation pad; and
at least one input mechanism connected to the temperature controller to elect a temperature range to heat or cool the at least one circulation pad,
wherein the plug-in removably attaches the at least one sensor to the at least one input mechanism,
wherein the at least one circulation pad is placed in at least one of the following: a seat portion of the car seat or stroller, a back portion of the car seat or stroller, and a blanket,
wherein the climate controlling mechanism provides even heating and cooling to the at least one circulation pad, and
wherein the at least one sensor is configured to automatically sense and prevent a child from overheating and overcooling when left unattended in the car seat or stroller.

US Pat. No. 10,392,041

FOLDING CHASSIS FOR MANUALLY DRIVEN CARRIER VEHICLES

1. A folding chassis comprising:a frame having a reference plane;
an actuator attached pivotally to said frame;
a first mechanism comprising said actuator and a platform attached pivotally to said frame; and
a second mechanism comprising said actuator and two arms, each attached to said frame pivotally around a first axis and having a wheel arrangement attached hereto rotatable around a second axis,
wherein said first and second mechanisms configured to be initiated by said actuator simultaneously and move independently of each other between at least a first position, in which said platform generally perpendicular to said frame and said wheel arrangements generally perpendicular to said reference plane, and a second position, in which said platform adjacent to said frame and said wheel arrangements adjacent and parallel to said reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,392,040

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING TRACK LOCATION AND/OR DIRECTION OF TRAVEL

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

1. A system for determining a track location of a train including at least two locomotives or control cars and, optionally, at least one railroad car, in a track network having a plurality of tracks, the system comprising at least one computer programmed or configured to:receive or determine at least one location associated with at least one locomotive or control car of the train;
receive or determine at least one other location associated with at least one other locomotive or control car, wherein the at least one other locomotive or control car is different than the at least one locomotive or control car, and wherein the at least one other locomotive or control car is in the same train as the at least one locomotive or control car; and
determine a track of the plurality of tracks on which the train is located based at least partly on the at least one location associated with the at least one locomotive or control car and the at least one other location associated with the at least one other locomotive or control car.

US Pat. No. 10,392,022

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DRIVER SCORING WITH MACHINE LEARNING

CalAmp Corp., Irvine, CA...

1. A vehicle telematics device, comprising:a processor;
a communications device coupled to the processor;
one or more sensor devices coupled to the processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor;
wherein the vehicle telematics device:
receives a set of unstructured vehicle driver data from the one or more sensor devices;
identifies anomalies in the set of unstructured vehicle driver data by using an unsupervised machine learning process that identifies relationships in the unstructured vehicle driver data;
calculates a driver risk score by using the anomalies identified in the set of unstructured vehicle driver data and the identified relationships in the uncategorized vehicle driver data; and
transmits the driver risk score to a remote server system by using the communications device;
wherein using the unsupervised machine learning process further comprises generating a plurality of isolation forests that distinguish clusters of the set of uncategorized vehicle driver data from anomalies in the set of uncategorized vehicle driver data.

US Pat. No. 10,392,006

OPERATION OF A HYBRID VEHICLE AFTER DETECTING THAT A LOWER FUEL FILLING LEVEL HAS BEEN REACHED OR UNDERSHOT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

19. A control device for controlling the operation of a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine and an electrical machine for driving the hybrid vehicle, wherein the internal combustion engine is supplied with fuel from a fuel tank, wherein a fuel filling level of the fuel tank is determined using a fuel filling level sensor, wherein the electrical machine is supplied with electrical energy from an energy store, and the vehicle is configured to be driven in a purely electric mode, with the internal combustion engine switched off, using the electrical machine, wherein the control device is configured:to establish that the fuel filling level sensor indicates that a lower filling level has been reached or undershot, and,
in response to establishing that the filling level has been reached or undershot, the control device is further configured to trigger switch off of the internal combustion engine and driving of the vehicle in the purely electric mode, with the internal combustion engine switched off, using the electrical machine,
wherein, following the purely electric mode of the vehicle, the control device is configured to trigger switch on of the internal combustion engine and driving of the vehicle using the internal combustion engine in a special mode with the internal combustion engine switched on when one or more conditions for the special mode are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,391,961

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING DRIVING MODES IN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

7. An autonomous vehicle comprising:one or more sensors provided within an interior of the autonomous vehicle, the one or more sensors configured to observe one or more occupants within the interior of the autonomous vehicle and produce sensor data associated therewith;
a driving mode determination module, including a processor, configured to, by the processor,select a driving mode for the vehicle by:receiving, by the processor, a set of occupant state parameters indicative of a state of one or more occupants of the vehicle;
prompting, by a processor, the one or more occupants of the vehicle to select a first driving mode from a set of candidate sport modes that are specific to a number and a position of the one or more occupants of the vehicle and determined from the set of occupant state parameters;
receiving occupant preference information indicative of whether the one or more occupants prefer that the vehicle operating in the first driving mode;
receiving a set of vehicle state parameters indicative of whether a state of the vehicle is conducive to the first driving mode; and
engaging vehicle tuning parameters corresponding to the first driving mode for the vehicle based on the occupant preference information, the set of vehicle state parameters, and the occupant state parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,391,952

CAMERA MODULE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A camera module configured to be mounted on an inside of a windshield of a vehicle and to image an external environment of the vehicle, the camera module comprising:a plurality of lens units having optical axes, respectively, wherein the optical axes are different from each other, an optical image of the external environment individually enters within angles of view, which are around the optical axes, respectively, the angles of view are different from each other;
an imaging system to perform imaging individually through the lens units and to generate an outside image of the external environment; and
a hood defining an imaging space, which is to guide the optical image of the external environment within an imaging target range of the imaging system to the lens units, and to restrict incidence of light on the lens units from an outside of the imaging target range, wherein
one of the lens units is a wide angle unit having an angle of view defined with the wide angle lens,
another of the lens units is a narrow angle unit having an angle of view narrower than that of the wide angle unit,
the hood includes:
a base wall portion to be located to face the windshield via the imaging space; and
a side wall portion raised from the base wall portion at a lateral side of the imaging space and inclined laterally outward correspondingly to an angle of view of the wide angle unit from a periphery of the wide angle unit toward an external environment side,
a narrow angle exposure window is provided as an opening in the side wall portion on the external environment side of the wide angle unit and exposes the narrow angle unit to the imaging space,
under a definition that an intersection is a point, at which a lower light ray intersects with the windshield shield, that the lower light ray is incident on the wide angle unit at a taper angle within the imaging target range, and that the taper angle defines a horizontal angle of view range which is smaller than an angle of view of the wide angle unit,
the side wall portion is located to spread from the periphery of the wide angle unit toward the intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,391,947

SEMI-RIGID ROOFTOP CARGO CARRIER

1. A semi-rigid cargo carrier comprising:a collapsible frame having
at least two end members including an upper longitudinal bar and a lower longitudinal bar affixed to at least two opposing cross bars thereby forming a substantially planar frame wherein the upper longitudinal bar joins opposing ends of the at least two cross bars to form an opposing pair of upper corners,
at least two elongate side members having opposing ends pivotally connected to each of the opposing pair of upper corners of the at least two end members, wherein the at least two elongate side members include a first side arm member and a second side arm member, wherein the first elongate side arm member and the second elongate side arm member has a pivot end pivotally attached proximal to the opposing pair of upper corners of each of the at least two end members and a fastenable end for fastening to an EPB securing mechanism, and wherein the EPB securing mechanism is capable of detachably fastening the fastenable end of the first side arm member and the fastenable end of the second side arm member of the at least two side members into abutted engagement so as to secure the at least two elongate side members in extended linear longitudinal alignment exerting outward pressure against the pair of opposing upper corners of the at least two end members to thereby pivot the at least two elongate side members to form the substantially rectangular plane with the longitudinal bars of the end members placing the semi-rigid carrier in the assembled position, and wherein the at least two elongate side members form a substantially rectangular plane with the upper longitudinal bars of the end members when the semi-rigid cargo carrier is in the assembled position; and
a pliable shell sized and configured for tensionable mounting about the collapsible frame such that outward pressure exerted by the at least two opposing elongate side members pivots the at least two end members into an assembled position and thereby mounts the pliable shell into taut alignment whereby the opposing force exerted between the pliable shell and the collapsible frame sets the semi-rigid cargo carrier in an assembled position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,940

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUC...

1. A construction machine, comprising:a lower-part traveling body that performs a traveling operation;
an upper-part turning body turnably mounted on the lower-part traveling body;
an operator's cab mounted on the upper-part turning body;
a plurality of image capturing devices mounted on the upper-part turning body; and
a display unit mounted in the operator's cab to simultaneously display an image and operating information regarding an operating condition, said image including at least one of a plurality of images captured with the plurality of image capturing devices,
wherein the display unit is configured to change switch a plurality of screens according to a predetermined order, the plurality of screens being different from each other in at least one of said displayed image and a display position of the displayed operating information, in response to an operation of a single changeover switch during simultaneous display of the image and the operating information.

US Pat. No. 10,391,939

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE TRAILER POSE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system to determine trailer pose comprising:first, second and third telltales affixable to a trailer, the first and second telltales being affixed to the trailer at respective outer edges of a front surface of the trailer such that the first telltale is affixed at a first outer edge and the second telltale is affixed at a second outer edge, different from the first outer edge, the first and second outer edges defining a width of the front surface and hence a width of the trailer, and the third telltale is affixed to a side surface of the trailer at a rear portion of the trailer defining a length of the trailer between one of the first and second telltales and the third telltale;
an imaging system operable to detect the first, second and third telltales and to indicate at least one geometric relationship between the telltales and the imaging system and to provide trailer image date;
a controller coupled to the imaging system to receive the trailer image data, the controller configured to determine from the trailer image data the trailer pose,
wherein the controller is configured to determine a trailer width, w, based upon an imaged first distance of the image data from a first point on a tow vehicle to the first telltale and a second imaged distance of the image data from the first point on the tow vehicle and the second telltale, and to determine a trailer length, l, based upon the width, w, and a third imaged distance of the image data from a second point on a tow vehicle and the third telltale;
the controller is further configured to determine trailer pose as an angle of a longitudinal axis of the trailer relative to the first point on the tow vehicle using at least the width, w, and,
the controller is further configured to provide in real time the trailer pose and the trailer length, l, to a controller operably associated with the tow vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,938

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR LOCATING A MOVING OBJECT IN RELATION TO ANOTHER OBJECT

Ford Global Technologies,...

13. A system for positioning a vehicle, comprising:one or more visible-light video cameras configured to provide a stream of camera images of an area outside a footprint of the vehicle;
a controller configured to receive the stream from the one or more cameras, augment the stream with a vehicle receive coil positioning symbol, a transmit coil positioning symbol, and a vehicle positioning symbol based on a target in the stream and predetermined relative position data between a target and a transmit coil received wirelessly from the transmit coil to generate an augmented stream, and transmit the augmented stream to a vehicle display; and
the receive coil positioning symbol being located within the vehicle positioning symbol.

US Pat. No. 10,391,906

SLIDING MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE FLOOR CONSOLE AND A FLOOR CONSOLE SLIDING ARMREST ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sliding mechanism for a vehicle floor console, comprising:a base portion including a panel and a sliding groove positioned at an end of the base-panel and comprising an opening;
a guide portion comprising a guide rail positioned and slidable in the sliding groove; and
an armrest secured to one of the base portion and guide portion, wherein the sliding groove includes first and second surfaces connected to each other and configured to at least partially enclose a first sliding portion of the guide rail, wherein the first and second surfaces are positioned along a first direction, wherein the first surface has a first angle relative the first direction and the second surface has a second angle relative to the first direction, and wherein the first direction is the width direction of the base portion, and at least one of the first angle and the second angle is less than ninety degrees (90°).

US Pat. No. 10,391,903

SEAT FRAME FOR VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A seat frame for a vehicle seat, the seat frame extending in a specific direction and having a closed cross sectional shape, the seat frame comprising:a bent portion having a shape in which a part of a cross section shape of the seat frame is bent inward and outward of the closed cross section; and
a shape-changing structure in which a bending shape of the bent portion changes in the specific direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,892

SEAT FOR VEHICLE

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A seat for a vehicle, the seat comprising:a seat cushion;
a seat back; and
a reclining device configured to allow the seat back to be tilted to the seat cushion, wherein
the seat back includes
a back frame having an opening, and
a pipe frame comprising a pipe member,
the pipe frame includes a lower part having a distal end part,
the lower part of the pipe frame extends through the opening such that the distal end part is located inside a space defined by the back frame and the reclining device,
the lower part of the pipe frame is fixed to the back frame at the opening, and
rotation center of the reclining device is set so as to be aligned with axial center of the lower part of the pipe frame.

US Pat. No. 10,391,890

VEHICLE SEAT CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE SEAT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A vehicle seat control system that is mounted on a vehicle, the vehicle seat control system comprising:a first backrest portion rotatably connected to a seating portion by a first connection unit;
a second backrest portion rotatably connected to the first backrest portion by a second connection unit;
a folding adjustment unit that adjusts an angle of the second connection unit;
a seat surface adjustment unit that adjusts a height of the seating portion;
a first angle detection unit that detects a first angle that is formed between the first backrest portion and a floor surface;
a second angle detection unit that detects a second angle that is formed between the second backrest portion and the first backrest portion; and
a control unit that controls the folding adjustment unit on the basis of the first angle detected by the first angle detection unit at a time of automatic driving of the vehicle to adjust the second angle, and controls the seat surface adjustment unit to maintain a height of a reference position in the second backrest portion to be equal to or greater than a reference height in a case that the height of the reference position in the second backrest portion is smaller than the reference height.

US Pat. No. 10,391,888

SEAT DEVICE

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Akish...

1. A seat device comprising:a rail disposed on a floor of a vehicle, the rail extending along a front-back direction of the vehicle;
a seat movable in the front-back direction of the vehicle along the rail;
a lock portion that fastens the seat unmovably to the rail;
a juxtaposed member coupled to the floor or the seat, side by side with the rail, the juxtaposed member extending along the front-back direction of the vehicle;
a detected portion disposed on a member or the juxtaposed member, the member relatively moving with respect to the floor or the seat to which the juxtaposed member is coupled, the member being on a side of the floor or a side of the seat; and
a sensor that detects the position of the detected portion in the front-back direction of the vehicle, the sensor being disposed on any of the juxtaposed member and the member on the floor side or the seat side.

US Pat. No. 10,391,878

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for calibrating state-of-charge (SOC) of an energy storage device, the method comprising:monitoring, via a battery management system, an accumulated capacity of the energy storage device after each top-of-charge (TOC) reset and a time period after each TOC reset, each TOC reset comprising the SOC of the energy storage device being equal to 100% full capacity during recharge when a certain battery condition is reached, the battery condition comprising at least one of a current, a resistance, or a voltage of the energy storage device;
determining, via the battery management system, whether the accumulated capacity or the time period after each TOC reset is above a predetermined threshold; and
if at least one of the accumulated capacity or the time period after each TOC reset is above a predetermined threshold, charging, via the battery management system, the energy storage device for a specified duration until the energy storage device reaches another TOC reset.

US Pat. No. 10,391,876

CHARGING STATION AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of operating a charging unit, comprising:charging, by the charging station, an electrical energy store of the electric vehicle;
establishing, by the charging station, a communication link between the charging station and an electric vehicle;
establishing, by the charging station, a further communication link between the charging station and a server via a communication network;
performing, by the server via the communication link and the further communication link, a defect analysis of a processing unit of the electric vehicle;
determining by the server, based on the defect analysis, the processing unit of the electric vehicle has a defect;
determining, by the server, whether a software update is sufficient to eliminate the defect of the processing unit of the electric vehicle;
determining, by the server, the software update is not sufficient to eliminate the defect of the processing unit of the electric vehicle;
based on determining the software update is not sufficient to eliminate the defect, at least one of the following actions is carried out with the aid of the charging station:
transmitting a message to an operator of a vehicle fleet when the electric vehicle is part of a vehicle fleet;
transmitting a message to a repair shop of a keeper and/or driver of the electric vehicle to inform the repair shop that the software update is not sufficient to eliminate the defect;
blocking and/or limiting at least one driving function of the electric vehicle relevant to the defect;
transmitting a message to a breakdown service to commission the breakdown service with a repair of the malfunction; and
transmitting a message to a pick-up service to commission the pick-up service with a pick-up of the electric vehicle.