US Pat. No. 10,391,864

SYSTEM TO BALANCE HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY FOR VEHICLE

9. A method for charging a battery pack for use in a vehicle comprising:determining, by a battery management system (BMS), a first current voltage of a first battery module and a second current voltage of a second battery module of the battery pack;
receiving, by an on-board charger, electrical power from an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE);
controlling, by an electronic control unit (ECU), a pack switch to transfer the electrical power from the on-board charger to a combination of the first battery module and the second battery module when the first current voltage of the first battery module and the second current voltage of the second battery module are both less than a rated voltage;
controlling, by the ECU, the pack switch to transfer the electrical power from the on-board charger to a module switch and controlling, by the ECU, the module switch to transfer the electrical power to the first battery module when the first current voltage of the first battery module is less than the second current voltage of the second battery module;
controlling, by the ECU, the pack switch to transfer the electrical power from the on-board charger to the module switch and controlling, by the ECU, the module switch to transfer the electrical power to the second battery module when the first current voltage of the first battery module is greater than the second current voltage of the second battery module;
determining, by the ECU, that the electrical power is leaking from the first battery module by monitoring the first current voltage of the first battery module and the second current voltage of the second battery module; and
controlling, by the ECU, the pack switch to transfer the electrical power from the on-board charger to the module switch and controlling, by the ECU, the module switch to transfer the electrical power to the second battery module before the first battery module regardless of the first current voltage of the first battery module and the second current voltage of the second battery module when the electrical power is leaking from the first battery module and when the second current voltage of the second battery module is less than the rated voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,391,862

HEAD-UP DISPLAY COVER MEMBER AND DISPLAY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A head-up display cover member that covers from an upper side an image generation unit for generating an image viewed as a virtual image on a front side of a user, the cover member comprising:an upper wall;
a first transmissive member that transmits a light beam including the image generated by the image generation unit; and
a second transmissive member that is disposed on a rear side of the first transmissive member and transmits the light beam including the image generated by the image generation unit, wherein
the first transmissive member and the second transmissive member are disposed within a same opening formed in the upper wall,
the first transmissive member is shaped to face upward from a front end to a rear end,
the second transmissive member is shaped to face upward from a front end to a rear end, and
an angle defined by a slope at the rear end of the first transmissive member with respect to a front-rear direction is set to be larger than an angle defined by a slope at the front end of the second transmissive member with respect to the front-rear direction, or the rear end of the first transmissive member is offset to an upper side of the front end of the second transmissive member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,859

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a front hood provided at a front portion of the vehicle body and forming an inner space under a closed state;
an engine section provided at a rear portion of the vehicle body;
a blower pipe extending between the inner space and the rear portion of the vehicle body for sucking cooling air from the inner space toward the engine section, the blower pipe including an air inlet that is opened toward an inner side in a vehicle body transverse direction in the inner space, a blower pipe body having a leading end which is opened upwardly of the vehicle body in the inner space, and an attachment detachably attached to the leading end of the blower pipe body, the attachment having the air inlet; and
a spring coupled to the blower pipe body and to the attachment, the spring retaining the attachment by pulling under the coupled state of the attachment to the blower pipe body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,842

AUTOMATICALLY DEPLOYABLE VEHICLE SHADE SYSTEM

1. A computing system for a vehicle, the computing system comprising one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to:construct a virtual straight line connecting a predetermined location within a vehicle with a light source external to the vehicle;
determine spatial coordinates of locations on a plane defining at least one vehicle window;
determine if the virtual straight line passes through the at least one vehicle window, by determining if spatial coordinates of any location on the plane defining the at least one vehicle window coincide with spatial coordinates of any point on the virtual straight line;
if the virtual straight line passes through the at least one vehicle window, determine if the virtual straight line will pass through any deployable vehicle shade if the deployable vehicle shade is deployed; and
if the virtual straight line will pass through any deployable vehicle shade if the shade is deployed and the shade through which the virtual straight line will pass is not already deployed, operate the vehicle so as to deploy the deployable vehicle shade through which the virtual straight line will pass if the shade is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,832

VARIABLE EVAPORATOR OUTLET AIR PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A climate control system for a vehicle having a plurality of modes, the climate control system comprising:an evaporator having a downstream face;
at least one blower that blows air across the evaporator, the air downstream of the blower having a pressure distribution defined generally along the downstream face, the pressure distribution along the downstream face being variable depending on which of the plurality of modes the climate control system is currently set; and
a ducting assembly including a wall that faces an upstream face of the evaporator, wherein a distance between the wall and the upstream face is variable to vary the pressure distribution along the downstream face of the evaporator depending on which of the plurality of modes the climate control system is currently set;
wherein the wall includes a first portion that directs airflow to a first region of the evaporator and a second portion that directs airflow to a second region of the evaporator, at least one of the first and second portions being moveable relative to the other of the first and second portions; and
wherein a first variable distance is defined between the first portion of the wall and the first region of the evaporator, wherein a second variable distance is defined between the second portion of the wall and the second region of the evaporator, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance in a vent mode, and wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance in a heat mode.

US Pat. No. 10,391,830

INTEGRATED AIR-SUPPLY UNIT

1. An integrated air supply unit, comprising:an air compressor;
an electric motor;
an air dryer, wherein the air compressor together with an electric motor, the air dryer and multiple pneumatic connectors form a functional unit;
the functional unit is formed at least from a pneumatic block and an electronic control device; and
pneumatic valves are arranged in part in the pneumatic block and in part in the electronic control device, the air compressor is arranged in the pneumatic block and is driven by way of the electric motor, the electronic control device is arranged at a side of the pneumatic block opposite to the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,815

MULTIPLE LAYER FOAM INSERT FOR TIRES

1. A wheel for a vehicle comprising:a) a rim having an inner circumference, and an outer circumference and a cavity therebetween;
b) a tire mounted around the outer circumference of the rim; and
c) an insert inside the tire, comprising:
(i) a stiff core composed of a first foam material;
(ii) a resilient outer layer that substantially encircles a peripheral surface of the core and composed of a second foam material different from the first foam material
(iii) a foam material configured to fill the cavity of the rim.

US Pat. No. 10,391,805

ELECTRICAL COMPONENT ASSEMBLY ON FLEXIBLE MATERIALS

International Business Ma...

1. A method, comprising:patterning metal on a tape;
creating one or more holes in the tape;
attaching one or more electronic devices to the tape in the one or more holes such that a profile of the tape and the one or more electronic devices is less than a threshold;
electrically connecting the one or more electronic devices to the patterned metal;
cutting the tape, resulting in one or more component portions of the tape and one or more excess portions of the tape,
wherein the one or more component portions comprises at least one of the one or more electronic devices, attached to the patterned metal; and
bonding the one or more component portions to a ribbon.

US Pat. No. 10,391,803

IMAGE RECORDING PAPER MEDIUM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An image recording paper medium comprising:a resin having a constitutional unit represented by General Formula (1) and a constitutional unit represented by General Formula (2-1) and/or a constitutional unit represented by General Formula (2-2),
wherein in the resin, a content of the constitutional unit represented by General Formula (1) is 30% to 96% by mass, and a total content of the constitutional unit represented by General Formula (2-1) and the constitutional unit represented by General Formula (2-2) is 4% to 70% by mass,

in General Formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or methyl, L1 represents a divalent linking group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, and R2 represents an alkyl group having 4 to 24 carbon atoms or an aryl group having 6 to 24 carbon atoms, and
in General Formulae (2-1) and (2-2), R3 represents a hydrogen atom or methyl, L2 represents a single bond or a divalent linking group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, and M1 and M2 each represent a hydrogen ion or a cation, and
wherein the resin has a constitutional unit represented by General Formula (3),

in General Formula (3), R6 represents a hydrogen atom or methyl, L3 represents a divalent linking group, and M represents a hydrogen ion or a cation.

US Pat. No. 10,391,796

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit that performs recording on a medium being transported in a first direction;
a medium feeding unit that is positioned in a second direction opposite to the first direction of the recording unit, includes a medium supporting unit, and transmits the supported medium to a side of the first direction; and
a medium reversing unit that reverses the medium being transmitted in the second direction after the recording of the recording unit, and transmits the medium to the side of the first direction,
wherein the medium feeding unit includes
a first guide unit that is positioned on a side of the second direction of the medium supporting unit and forms a first guide surface in the downward slope toward the first direction, and
a power transmission unit that transmits a driving power from a power source of the medium reversing unit to the medium reversing unit, and
at least a part of the first guide unit in a vertical direction overlaps with the power transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,792

MEDIUM SPEED DETECTION DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium speed detection device comprising:a radiation optical system that radiates non-coherent light to a sheet-shaped medium which is being transported;
a linear light reception optical system that includes n light reception units (where n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) receiving diffused/reflected light of the non-coherent light from the medium through light reception surfaces and in which the n light reception surfaces are arranged on an imaginary straight line in a transport direction of the medium; and
a speed detection unit that obtains a speed of the medium based on a delay time obtained from a temporal correlation between an output of preceding light reception units with preceding light reception surfaces disposed on an upstream side in the transport direction and an output of following light reception units with following light reception surfaces disposed on a downstream side among the n light reception units,
wherein the n light reception surfaces are arranged at positions at which intervals are mutually different on the straight line.

US Pat. No. 10,391,786

PRINT INCONSISTENCY QUANTIFICATION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method for quantifying printing inconsistencies, the method comprising:printing, using at least one printing unit, first and second test patterns onto a print medium, the first test pattern progressing from less dense to more dense in a first direction and the second test pattern progressing from less dense to more dense in a second direction, the second direction opposite the first direction;
determining a location along one of the first direction or the second direction at which a first visual density of the first test pattern is at least substantially equal to a second visual density of the second test pattern; and
performing a print density correction based on the determined location.

US Pat. No. 10,391,778

LIQUID CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH DEFORMABLE MEMBER, MOVABLE MEMBER, AND URGING MEMBER FOR DETECTION OF REMAINING AMOUNT OF LIQUID

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a casing including a front wall and a liquid chamber configured to store liquid therein, the liquid chamber being configured such that an internal pressure of the liquid chamber is reduced in accordance with outflow of liquid from the liquid chamber;
a liquid supply portion extending from the chamber in a forward direction;
a deformable member protruding from the casing in a cross direction that crosses the forward direction and a rearward direction and having an internal space that is in communication with the liquid chamber, the deformable member having such an elasticity that a dimension of the deformable member in the cross direction becomes smaller in accordance with the reduction in the internal pressure of the liquid chamber;
a movable member including a contact portion configured to contact the deformable member, the contact portion being in contact with the deformable member and disposed at one of a position further forward relative to the deformable member and a position further rearward relative to the deformable member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,777

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE HAVING INTERFERING SURFACE, AND SET OF THE PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A set of printing-fluid cartridges each configured to be inserted into a prescribed insertion space of a cartridge-attachment section in an insertion direction crossing a gravitational direction to be attached to the cartridge-attachment section in an attached posture, the set of printing-fluid cartridges comprising a first printing-fluid cartridge, a second printing-fluid cartridge and a third printing-fluid cartridge,wherein:
the first printing-fluid cartridge stores printing fluid of a first type and the second printing-fluid cartridge stores printing fluid of a second type different from the first type, the third printing-fluid cartridge storing printing fluid of a third type different from the first type and the second type;
each of the first printing-fluid cartridge, the second printing-fluid cartridge and the third printing-fluid cartridge comprising:
a housing defining a width in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the insertion direction and the gravitational direction in the attached posture, the housing comprising:
a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid therein;
a front surface facing frontward in the insertion direction in the attached posture;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a removal direction opposite to the insertion direction in the attached posture, the rear surface facing rearward in the attached posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface in the insertion direction in the attached posture; and
an upper surface positioned between the front surface and the rear surface in the insertion direction, the upper surface being positioned upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward in the attached posture;
a supply portion provided at the front surface and having a supply hole, the printing fluid being configured to flow out of the storage chamber through the supply hole in the insertion direction in the attached posture;
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface and facing upward in the attached posture; and
an interfering surface positioned upward relative to the storage chamber in the attached posture, the interfering surface extending in the widthwise direction in the attached posture, the interfering surface being positioned downward and frontward in the insertion direction relative to the electrical interface in the attached posture, the interfering surface being configured to abut against a projection provided at another insertion space different from the prescribed insertion space of the cartridge-attachment section during an insertion of the printing-fluid cartridge into the another insertion space,
the upper surface of each of the printing-fluid cartridges has a first outer edge and a second outer edge opposite to each other in the widthwise direction; and
the interfering surface of the first printing-fluid cartridge is positioned closer to the first outer edge in the widthwise direction than the interfering surface of the second printing-fluid cartridge is to the first outer edge in the widthwise direction,
each of the printing-fluid cartridges defines an imaginary plane passing through a center of the electrical interface in the widthwise direction and extending parallel to the insertion direction and the gravitational direction;
the first printing-fluid cartridge and the third printing-fluid cartridge are configured to be inserted respectively into a first insertion space and a third insertion space positioned opposite to each other with respect to a second insertion space in the widthwise direction, the second printing-fluid cartridge being configured to be inserted into the second insertion space;
the interfering surface of the second printing-fluid cartridge is positioned on the imaginary plane in the widthwise direction;
the interfering surface of the first printing-fluid cartridge is positioned offset from the imaginary plane toward the first outer edge in the widthwise direction; and
the interfering surface of the third printing-fluid cartridge is positioned offset from the imaginary plane toward the second outer edge in the widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,769

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head that ejects a liquid in a pressure chamber by a piezoelectric device,the piezoelectric device including
a vibration plate,
a piezoelectric layer containing lead,
a first electrode provided between the vibration plate and the piezoelectric layer, and
a second electrode provided on a side opposite to a side of the first electrode as viewed from the piezoelectric layer, wherein
the piezoelectric layer is preferentially oriented in a (100) plane,
a lattice constant c defined by a crystal plane of the piezoelectric layer parallel to a film surface of the piezoelectric layer and a lattice constant a defined by a crystal plane perpendicular to the film surface satisfy 0.9945?c/a?1.012, and
a thickness of the piezoelectric device is twice or more a thickness t (t<5 ?m) of the piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,762

PAGE WIDE ARRAY PRINTER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A page-wide array printer for printing on a substrate an image made of columns of image data such that the first column of each image is positioned at a same predetermined position on a substrate, the printer comprising:a print bar along which a plurality of nozzles is provided, the nozzles dynamically adjustable in relation to a width of a substrate such that which of the nozzles is positioned over a lateral position of the substrate is adjustable; and
a controller to:
select a nozzle among a subset of the nozzles according to a rule to randomly select the nozzle among the subset of nozzles when the controller periodically dynamically adjusts the nozzles such that a first data column of the image is input to the selected nozzle;
transmit the image data to be printed to the print bar such that the first data column of the image is input to the selected nozzle and separate data columns of the image are input respectively to adjacent nozzles of the selected nozzle to enable the nozzles to collectively print the image; and
position the print bar and the substrate relative to each other such that the selected nozzle is laterally positioned in alignment with the predetermined position on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,761

PRINTING ASSEMBLY FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT INKJET PRINTING

1. An inkjet printing assembly configured for direct inkjet printing and for indirect inkjet printing, the assembly comprising:a transport path for transporting a print medium;
a control unit for selecting the print medium, wherein the print medium is selectable from a group comprising a recording medium and an intermediate medium;
an inkjet print station arranged along the transport path for providing droplets of a liquid on the print medium;
a transfer station, the transfer station being configured for transferring the droplets of the liquid from the print medium to a recording medium, if the print medium is an intermediate medium; and
a recording medium output station for receiving the recording medium,
wherein the inkjet printing assembly is further configured to perform both indirect and direct inkjet printing, and
wherein the inkjet print station is configured to provide droplets of ink on both the recording medium and the intermediate medium.

US Pat. No. 10,391,760

METHOD FOR THE CONTROL OF THE ROTATIONAL SPEED FOR A DRIVE DEVICE OF A PRINTING ROLL

1. A method for the control of rotational speed for a drive device of a printing roll with a resilient printing sleeve of a flexo printing press comprising the following steps: adjusting a first adjusting value such that in a crimping situation the printing roll is moved towards a counter printing roll and a printing gap lying in between the printing roller and the counter printing roller is decreased after banding of the resilient printing sleeve at the printing medium;subsequently crimping of the resilient printing sleeve occurs during an alteration of the first adjusting value to a second adjusting value,
determination of a first rotational speed (V1) of the printing roll in a simulated neutral gear condition without an active drive device with the first adjusting value,
determination of a second rotational speed (V2) of the printing roll in the simulated neutral gear condition without an active drive device with the second adjusting value,
generation of a control curve of the rotational speed related to the first adjusting value and the second adjusting value on the basis of the determination steps, controlling of the rotational speed of the printing roll with an active drive device based on the control curve wherein the crimping leads to a variation of the rotational speed of the printing roll.

US Pat. No. 10,391,751

SPATIAL REFERENCE FILM IN CORE-STIFFENED COMPOSITE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A core-stiffened composite product comprising:an interior core formed of a plurality of core components, each core component formed of a separate honeycomb structure, the core components being individually segmented and spaced apart;
layers of composite laminates sandwiched together about the interior core; and
at least one layer of adhesive film containing a visual target;
wherein the visual target is configured to be spatially scanned by an automated tracking system to produce a dimensionally corrected reference volume to collate successive layers of film as applied to the interior core, the visual target positioned to assure an as-designed alignment of each applied layer of laminate onto the interior core to minimize cumulative tolerance build-ups during a laminate layering process;
wherein the at least one layer of adhesive film remains within the completed core-stiffened composite product; and
wherein the core-stiffened composite product further includes exterior surfaces formed of layers of composite laminates, and the layers of composite laminates covering the adhesive film.

US Pat. No. 10,391,740

ADAPTIVE MATERIAL ARTICLE SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An adaptive material garment system comprising:an inner article in the form of a shirt, the inner article comprised of a first adaptive material that changes from a first physical state to a second physical state in response to a moisture stimulus, the inner article having a first air permeability in the first physical state and a second air permeability in the second physical state, the second air permeability greater than the first air permeability, the inner article having a first denier per yarn; and
an outer article configured to be layered over the inner article, the outer article comprising:
a first layer in the form of a shirt having an anterior portion and an opposite posterior portion, the first layer having a first layer inner surface and an opposite first layer outer surface, the first layer comprised of a second adaptive material that changes from a first physical state to a second physical state in response to the moisture stimulus, the first layer having a first air permeability in the first physical state and a second air permeability in the second physical state, the second air permeability greater than the first air permeability, the first layer having a second denier per yarn that is greater than the first denier per yarn; and
a second layer formed of a wind-resistant material having a plurality of apertures, the second layer extending across at least a part of the anterior portion of the first layer and having a second layer inner surface and an opposite second layer outer surface, and at least an inferior edge having a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion extending between the first portion and the second portion, the second layer inner surface adjacent to the first layer outer surface, wherein the first portion and the second portion of the inferior edge of the second layer are coupled to the first layer, and wherein the third portion of the inferior edge of the second layer is uncoupled from the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,734

COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANEL WITH DIFFERENTIAL RESIN LAYERS

1. A composite panel, comprising:a core layer having a lattice based on a repeating geometric shape;
a first reinforcement layer adhered to a first surface of the core layer using a resin formulation;
a second reinforcement layer adhered to an opposing surface of the core layer using the resin formulation;
wherein the first reinforcement layer and the second reinforcement layer are adhered to the core layer by
constructing a panel layup assembly upon a mold, the panel layup assembly including
a first prepreg layer comprising the resin formulation and the first reinforcement layer, wherein the first prepreg layer comprises a first layer of the resin formulation upon a first outer surface of the first prepreg layer, and a second layer of the resin formulation upon an opposing outer surface of the first prepreg layer, wherein
the first layer of the resin formulation is thinner than the second layer of the resin formulation, and
the first layer of the resin formulation is presented toward the mold,
the core layer, wherein the second layer of the resin formulation directly abuts a first outer surface of the core layer, and
a second prepreg layer comprising the resin formulation and the second reinforcement layer, wherein
the second prepreg layer comprises a first layer of the resin formulation upon a first outer surface of the second prepreg layer, and a second layer of the resin formulation upon an opposing outer surface of the second prepreg layer, wherein
the first layer of the resin formulation is thinner than the second layer of the resin formulation, and
the second layer of the resin formulation directly abuts a second outer surface of the core layer, and
curing the composite panel within the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,732

LABEL PRODUCING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A label producing apparatus comprising:a feeder configured to feed a label tape;
a movable blade configured to advance and retreat with respect to a tape feeding path and cut said label tape fed by said feeder;
a driving roller disposed to a downstream side of said movable blade on said tape feeding path and configured to contact and discharge said label tape;
a driven roller configured to advance and retreat with respect to said tape feeding path;
a motor configured to rotate in one direction and generate a driving force;
a driving force transmission mechanism configured to perform a switching operation between a transmission state where said driving force of said motor is transmitted to said driving roller and an interruption state where the transmission of said driving force to said driving roller is interrupted, and wherein said driving force transmission mechanism includes:
a driving part configured to receive said driving force of said motor;
a driven part connected to said driving roller; and
a friction transmission part configured to transmit said driving force by a frictional force between said driving part and said driven part;
an actuating member rotatably supported; and
a coordination adjusting mechanism configured to adjust an advancing and retreating operation of said driven roller to said driving roller, an advancing and retreating operation of said movable blade to said tape feeding path, and said switching operation of said driving force transmission mechanism into a desired mutually coordinated-mode, these operations being performed by said driving force of said motor in accordance with a rotation of said motor in said one direction, wherein said coordination adjusting mechanism includes a lock mechanism configured to lock said driven part into said interruption state and release a locking to said driven part into said transmission state where rotation of said driven part is allowed, and wherein said lock mechanism includes:
a locking piece configured to lock with a groove located on an outer circumference of said driven part; and
an arm part disposed to said actuating member and configured to be in contact with said locking piece.

US Pat. No. 10,391,730

PULSE MOTOR SYSTEM, PULSE MOTOR SYSTEM CONTROLLER, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING A PROGRAM

Janome Sewing Machine Co....

2. A pulse motor system controller for a pulse motor system, the system including:a slider that makes a linear reciprocating motion for a presswork to process a work piece;
a pulse motor configured to drive the slider in a linear reciprocating manner;
an encoder disposed at the pulse motor;
a speed feedback signal generator that generates a speed feedback signal by obtaining a positional signal based on an output signal from the encoder and differentiating the positional signal;
a setting unit that sets an operating condition including a condition of a position and a speed of the slider, a pulse condition corresponding to the operating condition, and an optimal deviation threshold based on the workpiece to be processed and the operating condition;
a linear encoder disposed externally;
a slider position detector that detects a position of the slider based on an output signal from the linear encoder;
a command pulse generator;
an encoder pulse counter;
a command pulse counter;
a difference calculator;
a pulse condition changing unit; and
a pulse motor controller,
wherein the pulse motor system controller performs:
a first step of, by the encoder pulse counter, constantly counting a number of pulses output from the encoder;
a second step of, by the command pulse counter, counting a number of pulses generated by the command pulse generator;
a third step of, by the difference calculator, calculating a difference between the number of pulses that has been constantly counted by the command pulse counter and the number of pulses that has been counted, when the slider is making the linear reciprocating motion, by the encoder pulse counter;
a fourth step of, by the pulse condition changing unit, changing the condition such that speed/acceleration of the pulse motor increases when a difference value between the deviation threshold and the difference calculated by the difference calculator is smaller than a predetermined range, and the speed/acceleration of the pulse motor decreases when the difference value is greater than the predetermined range, and setting optimal speed and acceleration without causing a step-out phenomenon; and
a fifth step of, by the pulse motor controller, controlling the pulse motor at the optimal speed and acceleration without causing the step-out phenomenon based on a position of the slider detected by the slider position detector, a position of the slider that has been set, the pulse condition that has been changed, and the speed feedback signal generated by the speed feedback signal generator.

US Pat. No. 10,391,729

SERVO PRESS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Janome Sewing Machine Co....

6. A control method for a servo press including:a slide configured to move up and down; a servomotor configured to drive the slide up and down; an encoder disposed at the servomotor; a first slide position detection unit configured to detect a position of the slide based on position change of the slide calculated based on an output signal from the encoder, the output signal corresponding to motion of the servomotor; a setting unit configured to set a positional condition of the slide; a sensing element disposed at a stop position of the slide; a second slide position detection unit configured to detect the position of the slide based on an output signal from the sensing element; a signal detection unit configured to detect a signal from the sensing element; and a servomotor control unit configured to control the servomotor based on the position of the slide detected by one of the first slide position detection unit and the second slide position detection unit, and based on the position of the slide that has been set, the method comprising:
a first step of performing semi-closed loop control of the servomotor, by the servomotor control unit, based on information detected by the first slide position detection unit disposed at the servomotor, before the signal detection unit detects the signal from the sensing element;
a second step of detecting, by the signal detection unit, a signal from the sensing element disposed at a stop position of the slide; and
a third step of shifting from the semi-closed loop control of the servomotor, by the servomotor control unit, based on information detected by the first slide position detection unit disposed at the servomotor, to full-closed loop control of the servomotor to move the slide to a target stop position, by the servomotor control unit,
wherein the third step is performed when the signal detection unit detects the signal from the sensing element disposed at the stop position of the slide, based on information detected by the second slide position detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,726

COMPOSITE LAYER, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME, AND COMPOSITE LAYER LAMINATION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A composite layer, comprising:a resin core comprising a plurality of guide protrusions protruding along an edge of the resin core wherein the guide protrusions are spaced apart at a predetermined distance from each other and a plurality of guide notches formed between the plurality of the guide protrusions; and
a reinforcing fiber wound around the resin core via the plurality of guide notches that function as a guide for the reinforcing fiber,
wherein the reinforcing fiber is impregnated into the resin core when the resin core is melted by heat or a solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,391,724

METHOD OF FORMING PRE-FORM CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE MOLD AND METHOD OF FORMING A CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE COMPONENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of forming a pre-form ceramic matrix composite mold for a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) component comprising:providing pieces of CMC remnant scrap material;
randomly arranging the pieces of CMC remnant scrap material relative to one another;
debulking the pieces of CMC remnant scrap material into a rigidized shape, the rigidized shape having gaps between adjacent pieces of CMC remnant scrap material of about 10 microns and about 10 mm and a gap spacing between about 50 microns and about 50 mm; and
forming the rigidized shape into a mold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,723

ROTARY COMPACTION TOOL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An end effector comprising:a rotary actuator that is rotatable about an axis;
a force transfer system that is rotatably connected to the rotary actuator in which the force transfer system is rotatable by the rotary actuator; and
a flexible membrane connected to the rotary actuator in which the flexible membrane does not rotate and the flexible membrane has an engagement surface that is configured to contact a multilayer material and the force transfer system.

US Pat. No. 10,391,717

PACKAGE AND HEAT SEALING DEVICE

GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, Wi...

1. A device for heat sealing a package comprising:a support boss plate having a boss with a face with one or more cavities for receiving a package and one or more gaskets secured to the face and surrounding at least a portion of the one or more cavities, wherein the gasket and at least the portion of the face on which the one or more gaskets is secured is non-flat, and
a heater plate having a heater with a face and one or more heating flanges mateable with the one or more gaskets on the support boss, wherein the one or more heating flanges are non-flat;
wherein upon mating of the support boss with the heater and an application of a downward directional force and heat, a package may be sealed with a non-linear seal along the downward directional force.

US Pat. No. 10,391,714

SUPPORTS FOR SINTERING ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS

MARKFORGED, INC., Watert...

1. A method of reducing distortion in an additively manufactured part, comprising:depositing successive layers of a composite to form a shrinking platform, wherein the composite includes metal particles embedded in a first matrix;
depositing successive layers of the composite to form shrinking supports upon the shrinking platform;
depositing successive layers of the composite to from a part upon the shrinking platform and shrinking supports;
forming an interior structure in at least one of the shrinking platform, the shrinking supports, and the part, wherein the interior structure is comprised of a plurality of chambers having interconnections therebetween;
forming, from the shrinking platform, the sintering supports, and the part, a portable assembly in a green state, wherein the shrinking supports are configured to prevent the part from distorting due to gravitational force during a sintering process; and
debinding, in a debinding chamber, the first matrix in the portable assembly to form a portable assembly in a brown state, wherein debinding the first matrix includes penetrating a fluid debinder into the interior structure of the at least one of the shrinking platform, the shrinking supports, and the part to debind the first matrix from within the interior structure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,713

3D PRINTER

1. A method for forming an object having a three-dimensional target shape, comprising:a) providing a build powder, a support powder and a binder; wherein said build powder is wettable by said binder and said support powder is not wettable by the binder;
b) dispensing said build powder and said support powder in a sequence of layers of build powder patterned with support powder that collectively form the three-dimensional shape in build powder;
c) after said dispensing of said build powder and said support powder in a sequence of layers, applying the binder to at least the build powder, thereby forming said object, made of build powder and binder;
d) separating said object from said support powder; and
e) wherein said step of dispensing said build powder and said support powder in a sequence of layers is performed by an apparatus for making three-dimensional physical objects, comprising:
i) a frame;
ii) a container;
iii) a first support powder pourer, at least partially filled with support powder and a second support powder pourer, at least partially filled with support powder and a build powder pourer at least partially filled with build powder, each of said pourers having a dispensing opening and a dispensing plug, controllably covering said dispensing opening; and
iv) wherein said opening of said first support powder pourer is larger than said opening of said second support powder pourer, so that said first support powder pourer can pour support powder more quickly than said second support powder pourer and said second support powder pourer can dispense a finer line of support powder than said first support powder pourer; and
v) a pourer-movement and dispensing plug-actuating assembly supported by said frame over said container, and including a movement element that is selectively attachable to said build powder pourer and alternately to said support powder pourer and also capable to controllably move an attached pourer in three orthogonal dimensions and to control said dispensing plug; and;
vi) a computing assembly, including an input for receiving a target three-dimensional shape, and controlling said pourer-movement and dispensing plug-actuating assembly to move said pourers and selectively open said plugs, thereby causing powder to be poured into said container, and to thereby create in said container a sequence of layers of build powder patterned with support powder that collectively form said target shape in build powder.

US Pat. No. 10,391,712

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED CLEANING OF PARTS PRODUCED BY A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system for removing support material from parts made by a three-dimensional object printer comprising:a receptacle having a device for securing a part within the receptacle;
a fluid directing nozzle pneumatically connected to a pressurized source of fluid;
a plurality of actuators, which are operatively connected to the device securing the part and the fluid directing nozzle;
an articulated arm mounted at one end to a base and having at least two arm segments and a sensor at each joint connecting the at least two arm segments, the sensors being configured to generate positional data for three orthogonal axis with respect to a reference datum associated with the articulated arm, the positional data corresponding to a single position at an end of the arm segment in the at least two arm segments that is most distal from the base of the articulated arm; and
a controller operatively connected to the plurality of actuators, the sensors at each joint of the articulated arm, and the pressurized source of fluid, the controller being configured to identify at least three positions on the part within the receptacle with reference to the positional data generated by the sensors at each joint of the articulated arm that correspond to at least three different locations on the part where the end of the arm segment most distal from the base has touched the part and to correlate the at least three identified positions on the part secured within the receptacle with structural data for the part that was used by the three-dimensional object printer to make the part, to operate the actuators in the plurality of actuators to move the fluid directing nozzle, the device securing the part, or both to position the fluid directing nozzle towards an area of the part in which support material is located with reference to the structural data for the part after the structural data used to make the part has been correlated to the positional data for the three identified positions on the part within the receptacle, to operate the source of pressurized fluid to direct pressurized fluid through the fluid directing nozzle at the support material on the part, and continuing to operate the actuators to position the fluid directing nozzle opposite other areas of the part with reference to the structural data used to make the part that has been correlated to the positional data for the three identified positions and to operate the source of pressurized fluid to remove support material from the other areas of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,391,711

FABRICATION OF THREE DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS WITH MULTIPLE OPERATING MODES

Carbon, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. In a method of forming a solid polymer body portion of a three-dimensional object from a polymerizable liquid by the process of continuous liquid interface printing, the body portion having a plurality of contiguous segments, and the process including advancing a carrier for the object away from a build surface while irradiating a build region between the carrier and build surface in a pattern of advancing and irradiating defined by an operating mode, the improvement comprising:changing operating modes at least once during the formation of said body portion for different contiguous segments of said body portion,
wherein one of said operating modes is reciprocal advancing with intermittent exposure, and
wherein another one of said operating modes is selected from the group consisting of:
(a) continuous advancing with continuous exposure;
(b) continuous advancing with intermittent exposure; and
(c) step-wise advancing with intermittent exposure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,709

3D OBJECT DATA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory storage medium storing instructions executable on the processor to:
receive object data representing a model of a three-dimensional (3D) object, the object data comprising object model data and object property data;
determine a continuous region of the 3D object having a common property specification;
determine, within the continuous region, a set of contiguous sub-regions, wherein determining the set of contiguous sub-regions comprises determining 3D polytopes of different sizes, each 3D polytope of the 3D polytopes representing a respective sub-region of the contiguous sub-regions;
map the object data to a print material coverage representation;
generate a rasterized representation of a plane of at least a portion of the model represented by the print material coverage representation; and
carry out halftoning of the rasterized representation to generate control data for production of the 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,391,707

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM HAVING LASER AND DISPENSER ON COMMON SUPPORT

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,391,706

POLYMER SPRAY DEPOSITION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A method of creating a three-dimensional object, comprising:generating a spray from a fluid by stretching the fluid between two diverging surfaces into a fluid filament until the fluid filament breaks into a plurality of droplets and forms the spray;
entraining the spray in a carrier gas flow in a first direction;
directing the carrier gas flow toward a target surface through a multi-nozzle array by generating a cross flow of air in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and
repeatedly applying the carrier gas flow on a target surface to form the three-dimensional object by controlling the direction of the carrier gas flow toward the target surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,705

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a structure onto a base component, comprising:providing a nozzle in a first position near the base component, the nozzle being configured to extrude material in a first direction perpendicular to the base component;
extruding a first portion of material in a continuous flow through the nozzle in the first direction onto the base component, wherein the first portion of material spreads radially outwardly in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction when the first portion of material contacts the base component;
forming a first portion of the structure including the extruded first portion of material;
moving the nozzle away from the first portion of material in a third direction that is opposite the first direction to a second position;
extruding a second portion of material in a continuous flow through the nozzle in the first direction onto the first portion of the structure, wherein the second portion of material spreads radially outwardly in the second direction when the second portion of material contacts the first portion of the structure;
forming a second portion of the structure including the extruded second portion of material;
wherein the first portion of the structure has a first cross-sectional area perpendicular to the first direction and the second portion of the structure has a second cross-sectional area perpendicular to the first direction; and wherein the first cross-sectional area is different from the second cross-sectional area;
further comprising varying a rate at which the nozzle is withdrawn from the base component during material extrusion to control a radial outflow rate of extruded material and thereby control the first cross-sectional area and the second cross sectional area, wherein the first cross-sectional area of the first portion of the structure corresponds to a first withdrawal rate of the nozzle and wherein the second cross-sectional area of the second portion of the structure corresponds to a second withdrawal rate of the nozzle that is different from the first withdrawal rate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,700

RECYCLABLE PLASTIC STRUCTURAL ARTICLES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A foam core system for use with an extrusion blow molding machine which forms an elongated plastic parison which can be blow molded into a hollow shell the shape of a mold cavity, the system comprising:a mold formed by a pair of mold halves defining an internal cavity with at least one of the mold halves provided with at least two groups of hollow pins which can be removably inserted into the mold cavity with each of the at least two groups connected to separate manifolds;
a pressure sensor in communication with the hollow shell;
a source of expanded plastic bead;
a reservoir for pressurized expanded plastic bead with an inlet coupled to the source of expanded plastic bead by a reservoir inlet valve and an outlet connected to a fill gun supply valve;
at least one bead fill gun attached to a mold half to cut a hole in a hollow shell formed within the mold cavity and to selectively coupling the mold cavity to the source of pressurized expanded plastic bead via the fill gun supply valve;
each of separate manifolds for the at least two groups of hollow pins, is also coupled to at least three valves connected to a source pressurized gas, an at least partially vaporized heating medium and a vent; and
a system controller in communication blow molding machine to sequentially operate and control the at least three valves and the fill gun to blow the shell, to insert the hollow pins, cutting at least one fill port in the plastic shell while maintaining the mold cavity pressurized above atmospheric pressure, controlling the hollow shell pressure above atmospheric pressure while filing the mold with bead so as to maintain the expandable polymer beads in a compressed state, to heat the bead sequentially in a plurality of zones, to cool the bead sequentially in a plurality of zones by introducing pressurized gas sequentially through the at least two groups of hollow pins until the bead is cooled, to signal the blow molding machine to expel the completed article and to refill the a reservoir for pressurized expanded plastic bead.

US Pat. No. 10,391,695

RETRACTING EXTRUDER BARREL WITH COOLING FEATURES

1. A barrel for use in an additive manufacturing machine comprising:a sleeve extending along a longitudinal axis;
a conduit extending along the longitudinal axis through the sleeve, the conduit being movable relative to the sleeve along the longitudinal axis between a first position and a second position;
a nozzle fluidly connected to the conduit, wherein the conduit provides a path for a material to flow through, the nozzle being movable with the conduit relative to the sleeve between the first position and the second position, wherein said first position comprises a closed position and the second position comprises an open position;
a spring located in the sleeve opposite the nozzle, the spring biasing the conduit toward the first position in a direction toward the spring; and
a nozzle tip of the nozzle having a first diameter that is less than a second diameter of the nozzle, wherein a first force generated from the material flow from the conduit interacts with the diameter differential between the first and second diameters is greater than a biasing force generated by the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,391,692

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding system including a plurality of inspection apparatuses for inspecting molded article quality, the injection molding system comprising:a unit that transports a molded article molded by an injection molding machine;
a molded article containment unit that is provided for each of types of post-treatment operations needed for the molded article;
a transport destination designation unit that selects and designates the molded article containment unit to contain the molded article on the basis of a combination of inspection results from the plurality of inspection apparatuses;
a molded article sorting and transport unit that sorts and transports the molded article into the molded article containment unit designated by the transport destination designation unit;
an insert article inspection apparatus that inspects an insert article to be inserted into a mold; and
a unit that inserts the insert article into the mold, wherein
the transport destination designation unit selects and designates the molded article containment unit to contain the molded article on the basis of inspection results from the plurality of inspection apparatuses and the insert article inspection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,391,691

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DEMOLDING ANNULAR ELASTOMER MOLDINGS FROM A MOLD CORE

1. A method for demolding annular elastomeric molded parts from a mold core (1) of an injection mold which has the mold core (1) and outer mold jaws and in which the molded parts (9, 19) are produced parallel to one another in a series of annular mold cavities (5) of the mold core (1), comprising the steps of:after removal of the outer mold jaws, the mold core (1), which contains the produced elastomeric molded parts (9, 19), which are open rings, on the surface thereof, is set at such a high rotational speed about the longitudinal axis (12) thereof that the internal diameter of the elastomeric molded parts (9, 19) is increased because of centrifugal force to such an extent that the open ring molded parts (9, 19) are released from the mold cavities (5) and can be removed from the mold core (1) in an axial direction (10) relative to the mold core, parallel to said longitudinal axis while still rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,391,688

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING BOTTOM LABELS AND WRAPAROUND LABELS INTO AN INJECTION MOULD AND DEVICE, SUITABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE, FOR PRODUCING INJECTION-MOULDED PARTS PROVIDED WITH BOTTOM LABELS AND WRAPAROUND LABELS

1. A method for transferring a bottom label (2) and a wraparound label (3) into an injection mold (4) for producing an injection molded part provided with the bottom label (2) and with the wraparound label (3), in particular in the form of a container, in that the bottom label (2) is arranged on the end side (10) of an insert die (1) and the wraparound label (3) on the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1), and the insert die (1) equipped with both the bottom label (2) and with the wraparound label (3) is introduced into a mold cavity of a molding tool (4), after which the bottom label (2) is deposited on the bottom (4a) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4) and the wraparound label (3) is deposited on the lateral surface (4b) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4) in order to back-mold them with a plastics material, characterized by the following steps:providing an insert die (1), the end side (10) of which has a central portion (l0a) and a circumferential portion (10b) adjoining the central portion (10a) radially on the outside, the central portion (10a) protruding further in the direction of the free end of the insert die (1) in the axial direction of the latter than the circumferential portion (10b), such that the cross-section of the insert die (1) narrows in the direction of its free end, at least in the circumferential portion (10b) of its end side (10); applying the bottom label (2) both to the central portion (10a) and to the circumferential portion (10b) of the end side (10) of the insert die (1) and applying the wraparound label (3) to the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1) such that the wraparound label (3) projects beyond the end, facing the end side (10) of the insert die (1), of the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1) in the direction of the free end thereof;
introducing the insert die (1) equipped with the bottom label (2) and with the wraparound label (3) into the mold cavity of the molding tool (4); detaching the wraparound label (3) from the lateral side (11) of the insert die (1) and applying the same at least to the lateral surface (4b) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4);
detaching the bottom label (2) from the end side (10) of the insert die (1) and applying the same to the bottom (4a) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4), the peripheral region (2a) of the bottom label (2) being turned down from the circumferential portion (10b) of the end side (10) of the insert die (1) onto the bottom (4a) of the mold cavity of the molding tool (4), such that it internally overlaps the edge (3a), facing it, of the wraparound label (3); and
extracting the insert die (1) from the mold cavity of the molding tool (4).

US Pat. No. 10,391,686

MOLD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED FOAM BODY, AND MOLDED FOAM BODY

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A manufacturing method for manufacturing a molded foam body including a molded body main body formed from a foamable synthetic resin, and a non-woven fabric reinforcement member disposed across at least a portion of an outer face of the molded body main body and integrated with the molded body main body, the manufacturing method comprising:providing a mold including at least two molding molds, the at least two molding molds being shaped so as to be capable of forming a cavity surrounded by the molding molds by fastening the molding molds together and forming a parting line by joining mating faces of each of the molding molds together at an inner face of the cavity;
a non-woven fabric reinforcement member placement process, in which the non-woven fabric reinforcement member is disposed across a cavity inner face of at least one molding mold prior to fastening the mold, and due to such disposition, the non-woven fabric reinforcement member is disposed so as to be adjacent to at least a portion of the parting line inside the cavity;
fixing a seal member to one mating face of the mating faces so that the seal member protrudes from the one mating face to another mating face side, so that a seal is made between the mating faces by the seal member pressing against the other mating face during mold fastening;
forming a region of the mold between the mating faces from the cavity inner face to the seal member to form a region for trapping the non-woven fabric reinforcement member;
forming a recessed step portion facing inside the cavity on the mating face of the molding mold that is opposite to the molding mold at which the reinforcement member is disposed, wherein the recessed step portion is formed corresponding to a size of the non-woven fabric reinforcement member, and is shaped such that the non-woven fabric reinforcement member is able to escape inside the recessed step portion in a case in which the non-woven fabric reinforcement member enters between the mating faces during mold fastening;
forming the cavity surrounded by the molding molds by fastening the molding molds together, and forming the parting line by joining mating faces of each of the molding molds together at an inner face of the cavity; and
a foam molding process, in which after the non-woven fabric reinforcement member placement process, the foamable synthetic resin is foamed inside the cavity,
wherein the seal member is disposed more to an opposite side from a cavity side than the recessed step portion, and
wherein a basis weight of the non-woven fabric is from 0.05 kg/m2 to 0.1 kg/m2 and a projection height T of the seal member from the one mating face is from 0.2 mm to 0.8 mm, or the basis weight of the non-woven fabric is from 0.1 kg/m2 to 0.2 kg/m2 and the projection height T is from 0.8 mm to 1.5 mm prior to mold fastening.

US Pat. No. 10,391,683

METHOD TO GENBERATE AN ULTRA-STRETCHABLE ELECTRICAL AND HEAT CONDUCTIVE ARRANGEMENT

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method to generate a stretchable conductor, comprising:placing a conductor wire on one side of a substrate according to a predetermined pattern by securing a dissolvable filament for temporary maintenance of placement of the conductor wire on the substrate;
placing the filament-secured substrate in a mold;
pouring a moldable medium on to the mold on top of the filament-secured substrate;
crosslinking the moldable medium thereby allowing the conductor wire to adhere to the moldable medium;
dissolving the dissolvable filament; and
removing the substrate from the moldable medium.

US Pat. No. 10,391,679

PERFORATED MEMBRANES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for forming a perforated membrane comprising:providing a mold having at least a first set of a plurality of rods extending to at least a first height from a base of the mold;
introducing a curable material into the mold in an amount such that a height of the curable material from the base of the mold is less than or equal to the first height so that the first set of the plurality of rods are within the curable material and extend to or past the height of the curable material in the mold;
curing the curable material;
dissolving the first set of the plurality of rods to thereby form perforations in the cured material;
reintroducing a second set of plurality of rods into the perforations in the cured material, thereafter coating a surface of the cured material with a hydrophobic material, and thereafter removing the reintroduced the second set of plurality of rods from the cured material; and
removing the cured material having the perforations from the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,678

METHOD FOR MODIFYING SURFACE OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL, METHOD FOR BONDING COMPOSITE MATERIAL, COMPOSITE MATERIAL, AND BONDED STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A composite material modification method comprising:irradiating a surface of a composite material with a laser to expose and fluff a reinforcing base member of the composite material to the surface of the composite material, the composite material comprising the reinforcing base member that is impregnated with a resin.

US Pat. No. 10,391,677

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PULSED-POWER RECYCLING OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS WITH REINFORCEMENTS AND MATRIX

1. A device for recycling composite materials comprising reinforcements and a matrix, wherein the device comprises:two metal rails, wherein the rails are parallel, or have areas of different spacing in order to receive different lengths of materials to be recycled;
a current generator connected to the two metal rails such that a short circuit is formed when the composite material is stretched between the two metal rails and a current is applied by the current generator; and
a mechanical system configured to automatically unrolling a roll of the composite material onto the two metal rails,
wherein said generator being configured to outputting at least one current pulse of a power of equal to or greater than one MW between the two rails, so as to allow for the reinforcements of the composite material to be separated from the matrix of the composite material,
wherein the mechanical system further comprises:
a supply roll configured for receiving the composite material after it has passed through the two metal rails, wherein the supply roll is mounted between two vertical guides and wherein the supply roll can move in a vertical direction between an upper position and a lower position,
a receiving roll configured for receiving the composite material after passing the supply roll; and
a geared motor that operates to wind the composite material onto the receiving roll, wherein
the supply roll is driven toward the upper position as the geared motor operates to wind the composite material onto the receiving roll.

US Pat. No. 10,391,674

DRIVE SHAFT WITH INSERTION DEVICE FOR GUIDING COOLING WATER

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A drive shaft for a machine tool which is connectable to a drilling tool, comprising:a cavity, wherein the cavity substantially extends over an entire length of the drive shaft and along a rotational axis of the drive shaft and wherein the cavity contains an inflow opening through which water is feedable along the drive shaft into the drilling tool; and
an insertion device disposed in the cavity, wherein the water is guidable through the insertion device to cool the drive shaft first in a first direction and then in a second direction, wherein the water has direct contact with an inner wall of the cavity at least in the first direction;
wherein the machine tool is a core drill and wherein the drilling tool is a core bit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,672

DRILLING TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A drilling tool for performing drilling and/or percussive work on materials, the drilling tool comprising: a fastening region; and a working region, the working region having a working body and at least one cutting element projecting axially and/or radially in relation to the working body, the at least one cutting element having a leading face portion with respect to a direction of rotation about a longitudinal axis of the drilling tool and a trailing face portion opposite to the leading face, the at least one cutting element having between the leading face portion and the trailing face portion at least one first cutting edge and at least one second cutting edge, wherein the at least one second cutting edge is configured to serve as a replacement cutting edge and/or as an auxiliary cutting edge, and wherein the at least one second cutting edge is set back in relation to the at least one first cutting edge of the drilling tool, axially along the longitudinal axis of the drilling tool, in a direction towards the fastening region, and wherein up to 70% of a maximum extent of the at least one second cutting edge is disposed parallel to the at least one first cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 10,391,671

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A NON-DENSE SINTERED CERAMIC MOLDED BODY HAVING AT LEAST TWO LAYERS

1. A process for producing a non-dense sintered ceramic molded body for dental purposes having at least two layers comprisingcontacting and pressing, in a mold for a blank for forming a dental restoration, at least a first powdery ceramic material forming a first layer with at least a second powdery ceramic material forming at least a second layer, thereby producing a molded body;
wherein said at least first powdery ceramic material has a presintering temperature T1 that is higher than a presintering temperature TS of said at least second powdery ceramic material;
the course of a curve of shrinkage S1 of said at least first powdery ceramic material differs from the course of a curve of shrinkage S2 of said at least second powdery material, wherein curve of shrinkage S1 is shifted towards higher temperatures as compared to curve of shrinkage S2; and
presintering the molded body by subjecting the layers to a common temperature treatment at the presintering temperature TS which is in a range from 850° C. to 1250° C. and that is lower than the presintering temperature T1 which is in a range of from 900° C. to 1300° C. and that is at least equal to presintering temperature T3 which is within a range of from 850° C. to 1200° C., to cause sintering that remains in a stage of sintering that has not proceeded to the theoretical density, with the molded body showing no distortions that are due to sintering distortion after completion of presintering the molded body;
wherein the at least first powdery ceramic material having the curve of shrinkage S1 is admixed with at least one component material that has the presintering temperature T3 and has a curve of shrinkage S3 which component material has a grain size smaller than the at least first powdery ceramic material, with the admixed materials having a curve of shrinkage that is between the curves of shrinkage S1 and S3 in the presintering temperature TS range from 850° C. to 1250° C.,
and wherein the at least second powdery ceramic material contains yttrium stabilized zirconia that exhibits a more intense coloring than the first powdery ceramic material; and
wherein the at least one component material is admixed with the at least first powdery ceramic material in proportions within a range of 25 to 50 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,391,670

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED INTEGRATED CASTING CORE STRUCTURE WITH CERAMIC SHELL

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of fabricating a ceramic casting mold comprising:forming a ceramic core-shell mold using an additive manufacturing process, the ceramic core-shell mold comprising a first ceramic material;
connecting at least one wax component to the ceramic core-shell mold, the ceramic core-shell mold comprising a core portion and a shell portion and at least one first cavity between the core portion and the shell portion;
coating at least a portion of the ceramic core-shell mold and the at least one wax component with a second ceramic material; and
removing the at least one wax component to form at least a second cavity in fluid communication with the at least one first cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,391,667

PORTABLE POWER TOOL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A power tool system, comprising:at least one portable power tool including:
at least one workpiece contact unit having at least one workpiece contact surface,
at least one power driven drive unit having at least one drive axis, and
at least one handle unit having at least one main handle,
wherein the main handle has at least one maximum distance point that, as viewed along a direction that is at least substantially perpendicular to the at least one workpiece contact surface, has a maximum distance of less than 150 mm in relation to the at least one workpiece contact surface; and
at least one energy storage unit configured to store power and configured such that, when arranged on the portable power tool, as viewed along the direction that is at least substantially perpendicular to the at least one workpiece contact surface, is disposed at least substantially entirely above a center of gravity axis of the portable power tool, wherein the at least one drive axis is coplanar with and intersects an axis of a main extent of the at least one main handle, and the at least one drive axis is located forwardly of the at least one main handle and above the at least one workpiece contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,665

PRECISION DRYWALL PUNCH

1. An apparatus comprising:a support block assembly having a thickness and at least one primary surface, the at least one primary surface defining a perimeter of the support block assembly, the support block assembly comprising:
a first portion defining the at least one primary surface;
a second portion defining at least one secondary surface, the at least one secondary surface being oriented so as to face the at least one primary surface of the first portion;
one or more retractable mechanisms; and
one or more cutting blades coupled to the support block assembly in at least one location and extending away from the at least one primary surface, the one or more cutting blades being arranged in a closed plane orientation defining an area within the closed plane orientation, and each of the one or more cutting blades being coupled to the support block assembly such that the one or more cutting blades extend away from the at least one primary surface at an inset distance relative to the perimeter of the support block assembly;
wherein the second portion of the support block assembly is directly coupled exclusively and only to the one or more retractable mechanisms such that the second portion is configured to move relative to and independent of the one or more cutting blades; the second portion of the support block assembly defines an area larger than the area of the closed plane orientation of the one or more cutting blades and comprises a plurality of slots arranged in an orientation identical to that of the one or more cutting blades, such that the second portion of the block assembly can extend and retract relative to the cutting blades without physically engaging the blades; and
wherein the retractable mechanisms are springs.

US Pat. No. 10,391,664

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING BAGS

1. A device for production of bags that consist mostly of paper, comprising:a perforation device that cross perforates a material web,
a tube formation device that forms a tube from the material web,
a first separation device including a first roll pair and a second roll pair that separates individual tube sections along perforation lines, with an upper layer of the separated tube section protruding beyond a lower layer thereof at a trailing edge of the separated tube section, including after the separated tube section has left the first separation device,
a device that forms a bottom on a leading end of the separated tube section by folding over a leading flap which is a part of the lower layer and which protrudes beyond the upper layer, and
a second separation device that tears off along perforation lines an individual material section from the tube section,
the second separation device including a first roll pair and a second roll pair, and (i) being spaced from the first separation device in a transport direction (z) of the tube, with which the material section is torn off when the tube section has left the first separation device, and operating independently of the first separation device, and (ii) including a removal device that removes the material section,
(iii) with rolls of the second separation device second roll pair, which is located downstream of the second separation device first roll pair in the direction of transport (z) of the tube sections, being operated with a peripheral speed that corresponds to a transport speed of the tube sections, and with the material section being grasped by the second separation device first roll pair, with one of the rolls thereof being a needle roll, which is to grasp only the material section of the upper layer, and which is operated, at least at a moment of grasping of the material section, with a reduced peripheral speed relative to the transport speed of the tube sections, or
(iv) with the second separation device first roll pair having a roll gap, and the second separation device second roll pair having a roll gap, and the second separation device first roll pair roll gap is to grasp only the material section of the upper layer, while the second separation device second roll pair provides for accelerated further transport of the bag,
wherein to effect the separation of the material section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,661

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BREAKING OUT A PLANAR WORKPIECE FROM A MATERIAL SHEET

1. Device for breaking out a workpiece (3) from a material sheet (2) through an opening (4) of a die (1) by means of a breakout tool (5), wherein the die (1) has a plug-in unit (22), wherein a breakout module (9.1-9.4) is insertable into the plug-in unit (22),wherein the breakout module (9.1-9.4) is composed of an insert (10) and of a module lobe (11) having a bearing face (12) for receiving the workpiece (3) after breaking out,
wherein the insert (10) has a surface (16) and a shearing edge (17),
wherein the shearing edge (17) faces toward the bearing face (12) and an offcut surface extending from the shearing edge (17) to the bearing face (12) and defining an offcut length (18), and
wherein the offcut length has a height (h) from the surface (16) to the bearing face (12) of 0.8 mm to 1.8 mm, and
wherein the module lobe (11) is at least partially resilient.

US Pat. No. 10,391,656

NON-SLIP RULER FOR QUILTING

1. A measuring device, comprising:a substantially rigid translucent base with a top surface and a bottom surface; and
a translucent removable coating layer comprising at least one constituent and which is applied to the bottom surface of the substantially rigid translucent base while the at least one constituent is in liquid form;
wherein the translucent removable coating layer resists movement of fabric when in contact with the fabric, the translucent removable coating layer is substantially flexible, the translucent removable coating layer comprises a plurality of removable sections which are configured to be selectively removable, and the liquid form of the translucent removable coating layer is configured to cure at room temperature under ambient lighting.

US Pat. No. 10,391,651

RAZOR BLADE, RAZOR HEAD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

BIC-VIOLEX SA, Anixi (GR...

1. A razor head comprising:a housing having a top face defining a shaving window, and an opposed stopping face, the housing further comprising at least one guide,
at least one integrally formed rigid razor blade freely mounted in the housing, and including;
a cutting edge portion extending along a cutting edge portion axis, and having a cutting edge portion dimension and a straight cutting edge accessible through the shaving window,
a guided portion extending along a guided portion axis, and a bent portion intermediate the cutting edge portion and the guided portion, and
a cantilever dimension;
the cantilever dimension being a distance that is constant when measured from the straight cutting edge to the guided portion axis, the cantilever dimension being between 1.1 millimeters and 1.8 millimeters, and
the cutting edge portion dimension being measured from an endmost extent of the straight cutting edge, along the cutting edge portion axis, to the bent portion, the cutting edge portion dimension being between 0.4 millimeters and 1.0 millimeter,
wherein the guided portion cooperates with the guide so that the at least one integrally formed rigid razor blade is independently translatable, under the effect of shaving forces applied to the blade during shaving, with respect to the housing along a sliding direction parallel to the guided portion axis.

US Pat. No. 10,391,650

HAIR GROOMING APPLIANCE

Spectrum Brands, Inc., M...

1. A handheld electric shaver comprising:a head having at least one outer cutter defining a skin-contacting plane of the shaver, and a head axis oriented substantially perpendicular to the skin-contacting plane of the shaver, the head including at least one inner cutter moveable relative to the outer cutter in operation of the shaver; and
a handle onto which the head is detachably mountable, the handle having a motor, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and defining a drive shaft axis, and a receptacle configured to receive at least a portion of the head therein upon mounting the head on the handle such that the drive shaft protrudes into the receptacle for operative connection with the at least one inner cutter of the head, the handle and the head being configured relative to each other such that the head is insertable into the receptacle along an insertion direction wherein the insertion direction is substantially parallel to the head axis and oblique relative to the drive shaft axis, wherein at least one of the handle and the head has a guide rail having at least two surfaces, wherein the other of the at least one of the handle and the head has a corresponding channel for slidably receiving the guide rail within the channel such that the two surfaces extend along the insertion direction within the channel to guide the head into the receptacle along the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,649

PORTABLE SHAVING APPARATUS

1. A portable shaving apparatus comprising:a central component having opposing ends, a first top end comprising a removable shaving device and a second bottom end having an exposed cavity;
a first removable, external component designed to attach to a portion of said central component; and
a second removable, external component designed to attach to a portion of said central component and when in a closed position, said apparatus is designed to look like a cosmetic container.

US Pat. No. 10,391,646

HAIR CLIPPERS WITH FLEXING ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE BLADES

1. A flex hair clipper with both powered hair cutting length adjustment as well as flexing compliance, comprising:a main hair clipper housing 110 having a reciprocating blade drive motor 116 driving a reciprocating cutter blade 113; tap switches 21 and 22 and a thumb wheel located on said main hair clipper housing; said reciprocating cutter blade 113 located within an exterior blade set module 140 located outside of said main hair clipper housing 110;
said reciprocating cutter blade 113 reciprocating in a direction transverse to an adjustable comb plate 114 which is adjacent thereto and also located within said exterior blade set module 140;
a power source being one of a battery 135 within said main hair clipper housing 110 and an AC driven corded power source;
said power source powering an electronic step driver module 160 within said main hair clipper housing, said electronic step driver module 160 being in communication with said tap switches and said wheel, an adjustable stepper motor 145 located in said blade set module 140, said adjustable stepper motor 145 being in communication with said electronic step driver module 160 and in communication with said adjustable comb plate 114, wherein respective user manual manipulation of said tap switches and said thumb wheel allow for said electronic step driver module 160 to drive said adjustable stepper motor 145 which adjusts a position of said adjustable comb plate 114 relative to said driven reciprocating cutter blade 113;
said adjustable comb plate 114 and said reciprocating cutting blade being located adjacent to each other and in the same plane;
a flexible compliant coupling 120 connecting said main hair clipper housing 110 to said exterior blade set module 140;
said exterior blade set module 140 comprising said reciprocating cutting blade 113 and said adjustable comb plate 114 being flexibly coupled by said flexible compliant coupling 120 to said main hair clipper housing 110 for adjusting automatically to the contours of a client's head to reduce the possibility of said reciprocating cutting blade 113 and said adjustable comb plate 114 from getting stuck in respective hairs of a head of a client of the user of said flex hair clipper and to reduce the possibility of cuts and irritation to a respective scalp of the client of the user,
said flexible compliant coupling 120 coupled to said exterior blade set module 140 and said main hair clipper housing permitting tilting and linear axial movement in any variable direction between said exterior blade set module 140 and said main hair clipper housing 110;
said flexible compliant coupling 120 resisting any relative rotational movement between said exterior blade set module 140 and said main hair clipper housing 110; wherein a resistance of said flexible compliant coupling 120 insuring control of said exterior blade set module 140 by keeping a cutting edge of said reciprocating cutting blade 113 aligned with a top surface of said main hair clipper housing 110 except for tilting;
said flexible compliant coupling 120 also rotationally resisting a driving torque of said reciprocating blade drive motor 116 driving said reciprocating cutter blade 113 adjacent to said adjustable comb plate 114 of said exterior blade set module 140; and,
said reciprocating cutting blade 113 and said adjustable comb plate 114 in said exterior blade set module tilting a predetermined amount in any direction when contacting respective scalp contours while a user conducts a hair cutting process by the user grasping said main hair clipper housing 110.

US Pat. No. 10,391,643

ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a cylindrical housing;
a core member having a first member and a second member disposed within the cylindrical housing, the core member having an outer circumferential surface;
an external cylinder member that places the core member inside;
a flat cable sandwiched by the first member and the second member and wound around the outer circumferential surface of the core member;
a housing portion located between the core member and the external cylinder member and housing the flat cable;
a first fixing portion that fixes the flat cable to the core member; and
a second guide portion located between the housing portion and the first fixing portion and regulating a width direction of the flat cable,
wherein a length in the width direction regulated by the second guide portion is shorter than a length in the width direction regulated by the housing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,642

BALANCER DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A balancer device which is provided at a robot including a robot arm, and an arm support section to which a base end portion of the robot arm is mounted via a bearing member having a first axis extending horizontally as a center axis in such a manner that the robot arm is rotatable, the balancer device including a gas spring mechanism which causes the robot arm to generate balance torque around the first axis in a direction opposite to torque around the first axis which is generated by a gravitational force applied to the robot arm, between a first angular position and a second angular position which is greater in inclination with respect to a vertical direction than the first angular position is, and a conversion mechanism,wherein a first end portion of the balancer device is coupled to a first fastening section which is independent of the robot arm in such a manner that the balancer device is rotatable around a second axis extending horizontally,
wherein a second end portion of the balancer device is coupled to a second fastening section provided at the robot arm in such a manner that the balancer device is rotatable around a third axis extending horizontally,
wherein a spacing formed between the second axis and the third axis in a state in which the robot arm is at the second angular position is greater than a spacing formed between the second axis and the third axis in a state in which the robot arm is at the first angular position,
wherein the gas spring mechanism includes:
a cylinder having an opening at a first end portion thereof and extending from the first end portion toward the second fastening section, a second end portion of the cylinder being closed,
a piston that is slidable with respect to an inner wall surface of the cylinder, the piston comparting an inner space of the cylinder into a first space closer to the second end portion of the cylinder and a second space closer to the first end portion of the cylinder,
a working fluid provided in the first space, and
a piston rod having a first end portion coupled to the piston, the piston rod extending from a spatial position at which the piston rod is coupled to the piston to a location that is outside the cylinder, through the opening of the cylinder, and the gas spring mechanism is contracted to compress the working fluid,
wherein the conversion mechanism includes:
a first coupling member that couples the cylinder to the first fastening section; and
a second coupling member that couples a second end portion of the piston rod to the second fastening section,
wherein the conversion mechanism contracts the gas spring mechanism according to a rotation of the robot arm from the first angular position toward the second angular position, and
wherein the balance torque is generated by a reactive force generated by compression of the working fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,641

COMBINATION TYPE LINK ACTUATION DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A combination type link actuation device having two link actuation devices combined with each other, whereineach link actuation device comprises: a proximal end side link hub; a distal end side link hub; and three link mechanisms aligned in a circumferential direction, the three link mechanisms connecting the proximal end side link hub with the distal end side link hub such that an orientation of the distal end side link hub is changed relative to the proximal end side link hub,
each link mechanism includes: a proximal side end link member having one end that is rotatably connected to the proximal end side link hub; a distal side end link member having one end rotatably connected to the distal end side link hub; and an intermediate link member having opposite ends that are rotatably connected to other ends of the proximal side end link member and the distal side end link member,
two or more link mechanisms among the three link mechanisms have an orientation controlling actuator therein, the orientation controlling actuator to change an orientation of the distal end side link hub relative to the proximal end side link hub, and
at least one separation angle among a plurality of separation angles, in the circumferential direction, of the three link mechanisms is greater than 120°, and the respective link mechanisms with the separation angle greater than 120° in the two link actuation devices are disposed to oppose each other.

US Pat. No. 10,391,640

ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A robot comprising:a robot arm;
a plurality of stages of hands including a first hand and a second hand that are provided at a tip of the robot arm;
a first direct drive motor in which a rotation axis is defined at the tip of the robot arm, the first direct drive motor coupling the first hand to the tip of the robot arm such that the first hand is rotatable about the rotation axis; and
a second direct drive motor that couples the second hand to the first hand such that the second hand is rotatable about the rotation axis, wherein
the first direct drive motor includes a first rotor and a first stator,
the second direct drive motor includes a second rotor and a second stator,
one of the first rotor and the first stator is fixed to the first hand and the other is fixed to the robot arm, and
one of the second rotor and the second stator is fixed to the first hand and the other is fixed to the second hand.

US Pat. No. 10,391,639

TRANSFER TOOL AND ROBOT

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A transfer tool comprising:a substantially strip-shaped frame;
a wrist-side slider to be attached to a wrist of a robot, provided on one side of the frame in a thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along a longitudinal direction of the frame;
a workpiece-side slider provided on another side of the frame in the thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along the longitudinal direction of the frame;
a distal-end swing shaft attached to the workpiece-side slider;
wherein the distal-end swing shaft includes:
a workpiece support section supported by the workpiece-side slider in a manner capable of swinging around an axis line extending in a width direction of the frame, the workpiece support section supporting a workpiece; and
an actuator attached to the workpiece-side slider, the actuator causing the workpiece support section to swing; and
wherein the actuator includes:
a motor fixed to the workpiece-side slider; and
a pair of gears that transmits driving force of the motor to the workpiece support section; and
at least one of the gears is formed into a fan shape where teeth are provided correspondingly with a swing angle range of the workpiece support section around the axis line.

US Pat. No. 10,391,638

MOBILE ROBOT PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING FOR HOUSEHOLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot, comprising:a processor connected to a memory; and
a drive system commandable by the processor to reach a multiplicity of accessible locations within a living structure;
the processor executing a plurality of routines including:
a navigation routine which commands the drive system to move the mobile robot about the living structure; and
a mission pre-planning routine that identifies a target completion time based on an occupancy schedule of the living structure and launches the mobile robot autonomously based on the occupancy schedule of the living structure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,634

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A HUMAN BODY USING SUPERNUMERARY ARTIFICIAL LIMBS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus comprising:a base structure configured to couple with a human body, the base structure including a sensor that obtains a measurement regarding a load of the human body;
at least one supernumerary artificial limb having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the supernumerary artificial limb being coupled to the base structure; and
a processor operatively coupled with the sensor, the processor configured to receive the measurement from the sensor, determine a position of the supernumerary artificial limb and/or a torque exerted by the supernumerary artificial limb based on the measurement regarding the load, generate a control signal based on the determined position and/or torque, and send the control signal to the at least one supernumerary artificial limb in order to change the position of the supernumerary artificial limb and/or the torque exerted by the supernumerary artificial limb based on the control signal, wherein the processor is configured to determine the position of the supernumerary artificial limb by:
(i) determining a plurality of possible positions for the supernumerary artificial limb such that, for each possible position in the plurality of possible positions, a distal end of the supernumerary artificial limb would contact a surface of an environment if the supernumerary artificial limb were moved into that possible position, and selecting a position from the plurality of possible positions; or
(ii) determining, for each position in a plurality of possible positions for the supernumerary artificial limb, an amount of support provided to a center of mass of the human body by the position of the supernumerary artificial limb and a position of a limb of the human body, and selecting the position associated with the largest amount of support.

US Pat. No. 10,391,633

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INVENTORYING OBJECTS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a computing system, a first request from a user device to establish a current state of an area as a default configuration for the area;
in response to the first request, transmitting, by the computing system to a first robotic device, instructions to obtain a first set of sensor data representative of the area, wherein the first robotic device is navigating the area;
responsive to receiving the first set of sensor data representative of the area, determining, by the computing system, a first map that represents the area in the default configuration, wherein the default configuration indicates respective positions of objects in the area when the first robotic device obtained the first set of sensor data;
receiving, at the computing system, a second request from the user device to restore a state of the area to the default configuration;
in response to the second request, transmitting, by the computing system to a second robotic device, instructions to obtain a second set of sensor data representative of the area;
responsive to receiving the second set of sensor data representative of the area, determining, by the computing system, a second map that represents the area in a second configuration, wherein the second configuration indicates respective positions of objects in the area when the second robotic device obtained the second set of sensor data;
performing, by the computing system, a comparison between the first map and the second map;
based on the comparison, identifying, by the computing system, a change in position of an object in the area in the second configuration relative to the default configuration; and
transmitting, by the computing system, instructions to the second robotic device to adjust a position of the object according to the default configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,632

GENERATING A ROBOT CONTROL POLICY FROM DEMONSTRATIONS COLLECTED VIA KINESTHETIC TEACHING OF A ROBOT

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors, comprising:determining a total spatial length of a group of data points, the group of data points generated based on sensor data from one or more sensors of a robot during physical manipulation of the robot, the physical manipulation being by a user to traverse a reference point of the robot from an initial point to a target point;
generating a potential gradient based on the total spatial length, wherein generating the potential gradient based on the total spatial length comprises:
calculating the potential gradient as a function of the total spatial length, an average damping of the group of data points, and a total time of the group of data points;
assigning the potential gradient to each of the data points of the group of data points;
generating a control policy that regulates both robot motion and robot interaction with an environment, wherein generating the control policy comprises using the data points with the assigned potential gradient in learning a potential function for use in the control policy, the potential function having a global minimum based on the target point; and
controlling the robot or an additional robot based on the control policy.

US Pat. No. 10,391,631

MODULAR ROBOT WITH SMART DEVICE

1. A robot that processes instructions independently and in conjunction with a wearable smart device, the robot comprising:a sensor device configured to detect environmental data of an environment of the robot;
an input/output port for sending and receiving data to and from the wearable smart device including a presence or a lack of presence of a user within a home; and
a processor coupled to the input/output port and the sensor device, the processor being configured to:
obtain, from the sensor device, the environmental data of the environment of the robot,
obtain, from the wearable smart device and by a sensor of the wearable smart device, the data including the presence or the lack of presence of the user within the home,
determine a powered state of a remotely controllable smart device within the home of the user,
determine that the lack of presence of the user within the home has occurred over a predetermined amount of time based on the data and the environmental data,
determine a first action that includes changing the powered state of the remotely controllable smart device based on the lack of presence of the user within the home over the predetermined amount of time,
change the powered state of the remotely controllable smart device within the home of the user,
determine that the wearable smart device is to control a second action of the robot,
receive, from the wearable smart device, a request for processing assistance,
perform the request for processing assistance,
receive, from the wearable smart device, an instruction to perform the second action, and
perform a processing job to achieve the second action, or delegate the processing job to achieve the second action.

US Pat. No. 10,391,628

TRAINABLE MODULAR ROBOTIC APPARATUS AND METHODS

Brain Corporation, San D...

1. A modular robotic apparatus body, comprising:a first movable element and a second movable element; and
an electrical interface configured to effectuate movement of the first and the second movable elements separately based on one or more inputs from a control apparatus when the control apparatus is mated to the modular robotic apparatus body;
wherein the control apparatus is configured to receive feedback signals configured to train the body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,627

ARM SUPPORTING EXOSKELETON WITH A VARIABLE FORCE GENERATOR

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An arm supporting exoskeleton comprising an arm link mechanism, the arm link mechanism comprising:a proximal link;
a distal link, configured to rotate relative to the proximal link around a first rotational axis;
an arm coupler, attached to the distal link and configured to couple an upper arm of a person to the distal link; and
a variable force generator, comprising a first spring and a second spring, configured to create a torque between the proximal link and the distal link, and is configured to generate at least a first stiffness rate and a second stiffness rate, wherein:
when the variable force generator is in a first force mode, the variable force generator generates the first stiffness rate defined by the first spring that supports the upper arm of the person against gravity forces and,
when the variable force generator is in second force mode, the variable force generator generates the second stiffness rate defined by the first spring and the second spring that supports the upper arm of the person against the gravity forces.

US Pat. No. 10,391,617

CANOPY REMOVAL AND STORAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A canopy support system for removing a canopy from and installing the canopy onto a truck, where the truck is on a surface and comprises a truck bed and the canopy defines first and second sides, the canopy support system comprising:a plurality of receivers supported by canopy;
first and second lifting mechanisms, where each lifting mechanism comprises
forward and rear legs, where at least one of the forward and rear legs defines an upper portion and a lower portion,
a pivot supported by the forward and rear legs;
a pivot assembly rotatably supported by the forward and rear legs, where the pivot assembly rotates about the pivot and comprises first and second projections adapted to engage the receivers supported by the canopy;
an arm attached to the pivot;
a gas strut connected between the arm and one of the front leg and the rear leg such that rotation of the pivot assembly between first and second orientations acts on the arm to compress the gas strut; and
a lever arm mechanism comprising a handle movable between first and second positions, where the lever arm mechanism is mechanically connected between the upper portion and the lower portion such that, when the handle is moved between the first and second positions, the lever arm mechanism displaces the upper portion relative to the lower portion such that the pivot assembly moves between first and second distances, respectively, above the surface, where the first distance is lower than the second distance; wherein
with the handles of the first and second lifting mechanisms in the first positions, the first and second lifting mechanisms are arranged such that the first and second projections of the pivot assembly of the first lifting assembly each engage one of the receivers supported by the first side of the canopy and the first and second projections of the pivot assembly of the second lifting assembly each engage one of the receivers supported by the second side of the canopy;
with the pivot assembly of the first lifting assembly engaging the first side of the canopy, the handle of the lever arm mechanism of the first lifting assembly is displaced from the first position to the second position to lift the first side of the canopy off of the truck bed;
with the pivot assembly of the second lifting assembly engaging the second side of the canopy, the handle of the lever arm mechanism of the second lifting assembly is displaced from the first position to the second position to lift the second side of the canopy off of the truck bed; and
when the pivot assemblies are engaged with the canopy and are rotated between the first and second orientations, compression of the gas struts inhibits rotation of the canopy as the pivot assemblies rotate between the first and second orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,391,604

METHOD OF PROCESSING THIN LAYER

SK HYNIX INC., Icheon (K...

1. A method of processing a thin layer, comprising:providing a substrate having a processing target layer into a polishing module of a thin layer processing apparatus;
performing chemical mechanical polishing on the processing target layer using a polishing pad accommodating a polishing slurry in the polishing module; and
cleaning the substrate by having the processing target layer being in contact with the polishing pad using a cleaning slurry including an abrasive in the polishing module,
wherein while the cleaning process is performed, the cleaning slurry is applied to the polishing pad through a slurry dispenser of the polishing module.

US Pat. No. 10,391,554

POWDER MIXTURES CONTAINING UNIFORM DISPERSIONS OF CERAMIC PARTICLES IN SUPERALLOY PARTICLES AND RELATED METHODS

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A superalloy powder mixture, comprising:a particle-infiltrated superalloy powder, comprising:
a plurality of superalloy mother particles; and
ceramic particles embedded into the plurality of superalloy mother particles and having an average diameter less than an average diameter of the superalloy mother particles; and
carbide particles mixed with the superalloy powder, the carbide particles having an average diameter greater than that of the ceramic particles and less than that of the superalloy mother particles.

US Pat. No. 10,391,508

CONTAINER FOR NESTED SPRAYER HANDLE

Silgan Plastics LLC, Che...

1. A container comprising:container walls defining an internal volume, the container walls including first and second side walls defining a center plane therebetween;
a top wall, wherein the top wall includes a first side and a second side positioned on opposite sides of the center plane, the first side and second side each having a generally planar surface, wherein the first side includes an arched panel extending from the center plane to the first side wall, and wherein the arched panel is located between two panels that define the generally planar surface of the first side;
a container handle, wherein the top wall and container handle define a handle opening;
wherein the handle opening is configured to receive and mechanically secure a sprayer handle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,500

CRUSHING SHELL WITH ROTATIONAL LOCK

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A crushing shell arranged to be mounted within a gyratory crusher topshell, the crushing shell comprising:an annular wall extending around a longitudinal axis, the wall being terminated at an axial end by an annular rim;
a plurality of fastening ears projecting radially outward from the wall at a region of the rim, each ear being engageable with an annular rim of the topshell of a gyratory crusher, each ear having a notch; and
a lock lug projecting from each ear and arranged to be received within respective recesses at the annular rim of the topshell to rotatably lock the crushing shell at the topshell, each lug having a length in a circumferential direction around the longitudinal axis that is less than half of a corresponding circumferential length of a respective ear, wherein the circumferential length of each lug is greater than a radial width of each lug, and the circumferential length of each lug is about half of a distance in the circumferential direction between an end face of the ear and the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,391,442

COALESCER FOR CO-CURRENT CONTRACTORS

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

8. A co-current contacting system, comprising:a plurality of co-current contactors coupled in series, wherein each co-current contactor comprises:
a first inlet configured to receive a first fluid stream proximate to a first end of the co-current contactor;
a second inlet configured to receive a second fluid stream proximate to the first end of the co-current contactor;
an inlet section configured to atomize at least a portion of the second fluid stream;
a mass transfer section configured to receive the first fluid stream and the atomized second fluid stream, and to pass the atomized second fluid stream and the the first fluid stream as a combined stream;
a coalescer configured to receive the combined stream, and to increase an average droplet size of the atomized second fluid stream;
a separator configured to separate at least a portion of the atomized second fluid stream from the combined stream;
a boot connected to the separator and configured to collect the atomized second fluid stream; and
a recycle gas inlet configured to return gas, collected with the atomized second fluid stream in the boot, to the separator.

US Pat. No. 10,391,404

UNIFIED PLATFORM FOR A PLURALITY OF TITLES AND GAMING DEVICES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor is configured to:
provide a software development kit (SDK) to a first publisher and a second publisher of a plurality of publishers, the SDK enabling the first publisher and the second publisher to configure a plurality of tournaments for a title;
receive, by the system, a first tournament definition and one or more first permission levels for the title from the first publisher, according to the SDK, wherein the one or more first permission levels define which of a plurality of tournament organizers are able to create tournament definitions or view tournament instances for the title, wherein the one or more first permission levels further define parameters for the plurality of tournament organizers to follow when creating the plurality of tournaments for the title;
receive, by the system, a second tournament definition and one or more second permission levels for the title from the second publisher, according to the SDK, wherein the one or more second permission levels define which of the plurality of tournament organizers are able to create tournament definitions or view tournament instances for the title, wherein the one or more second permission levels further define parameters for the plurality of tournament organizers to follow when creating the plurality of tournaments for the title;
determine, by the system, whether at least one of the first tournament definition or the second tournament definition includes a declaration for publication of at least one of a first tournament or a second tournament of the plurality of tournaments within the title; and
publish the first tournament and the second tournament according to the tournament definition.

US Pat. No. 10,391,398

GAME DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED SLIDE-OPERATION-DRIVEN USER INTERFACE

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium comprising program code that, when executed, causes an information processing apparatus including:a display unit configured to display a game content;
an operation unit configured to receive a first input operation of a user, the first input operation of the user comprising a selection of a game content, the operation unit being further configured to receive a second input operation of the user, the second input operation of the user comprising an instruction to perform a process on the game content selected by the first input operation, the operation unit being further configured to output first input operation data comprising coordinate information associated with the first input operation and second input operation data comprising coordinate information associated with the second input operation; and
a storage unit configured to store information comprising an association of a process executable on the game content and a particular direction;
to execute steps of:
game content specifying, in a game content specifying step, with the information processing apparatus, the selected game content based on the first input operation data;
retrieving, on the information processing apparatus, the information from the storage unit, the information retrieved from the storage unit comprising the process executable on the game content and the particular direction associated with the process;
receiving a start point of the second input operation based on the second input operation data, and, when the start point of the second input operation is specified and the end point is not specified, displaying, in a prediction display step, on the display unit, a prediction, wherein the prediction is displayed at the time that a process associated with a direction from the start point to a specific intermediate point of the second input operation is executed;
determining a direction, from the start point to an end point, of the second input operation, based on the second input operation data; and
executing, in an execution step, with the information processing apparatus, on the game content, a process associated with the direction of the second input operation game content, based on the information retrieved from the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,389

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROSTER MANAGEMENT IN FANTASY SPORTS CONTEST APPLICATIONS

Rovi Technologies Corpora...

1. A method for using a fantasy sports contest application to manage a fantasy sports team roster, the method comprising:receiving, via a graphical user interface, at first user television equipment, a user input to create a fantasy sports team roster associated with a fantasy sports contest;
retrieving before a start of a round of the fantasy sports contest, using control circuitry, data associated with an availability of each player on the fantasy sports team roster;
determining, based on the retrieved data, whether the fantasy sports team roster is filled with available players;
in response to determining that the fantasy sports team roster is not entirely filled with available players, evaluating, using the control circuitry, available players not on the fantasy sports team roster by:
converting real-life statistics of each respective player of the available players to a point total for the respective player in the fantasy sports contest; and
determining whether the point total for the respective player meets performance criteria comprising a weight for the respective player's performance;
identifying, using control circuitry, a beneficial roster change to recommend to the user based on the evaluating; and
generating for display, in the graphical user interface, an alert to a user, the alert having both a recommended beneficial roster change to be made to the fantasy sports team roster and a plurality of selectable elements related to the recommended beneficial roster change, wherein the alert is automatically displayed before the start of the round of the fantasy sports contest.

US Pat. No. 10,391,306

TUBE-CUT HELICAL FIXATION ANCHOR FOR ELECTROTHERAPY DEVICE

Pacesetter, Inc., Sylmar...

1. An implantable medical device comprising:a body including a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end;
an electrode supported on the body; and
a tube-cut helical fixation anchor distally extending from the distal end, the tube-cut helical fixation anchor comprising a plurality of helical turns, wherein the tube-cut helical fixation anchor is a result of a manufacturing process comprising cutting the tube-cut helical fixation anchor from a tubular body to form a helical slot separating the plurality of helical turns, wherein at least two adjacent turns of the plurality of helical turns are joined together by a retained wall portion of the tubular body, and wherein the retained wall portion extends uninterrupted between the at least two adjacent turns of the plurality of helical turns of the tube-cut helical fixation anchor to occlude the helical slot and divide a proximal gap space of the helical slot from a distal gap space of the helical slot.

US Pat. No. 10,391,215

ROTARY BLOOD PUMP WITH OPPOSING SPINDLE MAGNETS, BORE AND DRIVE WINDINGS

TC1 LLC, St. Paul, MN (U...

1. A method of pumping a liquid comprising:obtaining a centrifugal pump having a housing, a rotor having a bore, the rotor having at least one blade; said rotor having a rotor magnet assembly comprising at least one rotor magnet with its magnetic vector being substantially parallel to an axis of said rotor; a spindle extending into said bore; said spindle having a spindle magnet assembly comprising at least one spindle magnet with its magnetic vector being substantially parallel to an axis of said spindle; said rotor magnet assembly and said spindle magnet assembly constituting a passive axial magnetic bearing;
supporting said rotor with said passive axial magnetic bearing;
pre-biasing said rotor axially in a first direction;
adjusting, as needed, said passive axial magnetic bearing so as to modify the pre-bias of said rotor in said first direction;
generating a force in a direction parallel to said first direction when said rotor is in a rotating state via at least one hydrodynamic bearing disposed between said rotor and said housing;
levitating said rotor during rotation of said rotor using said passive axial magnetic bearing and said at least one hydrodynamic bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,069

SNACKING PRODUCT WITH CAPSAICIN OR ANALOGUE THEREOF

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A snacking product comprising: a flavor system that comprises encapsulated capsaicin, an encapsulated capsaicin analogue, or a combination thereof; wherein the snacking product is a zero-calorie to near-zero calorie snacking product; wherein the snacking product does not comprise capsiate; and wherein the flavor system further comprises food fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,391,057

LIPOSOME COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A liposome composition, comprising:liposomes each of which has an inner water phase and an aqueous solution which constitutes an outer water phase and in which the liposomes are dispersed,
wherein the content of cholesterols is 17 mol % to 21 mol % with respect to the total amount of lipid components in the liposome composition,
each of the liposomes encapsulates a drug in a dissolved state, and the osmotic pressure of the inner water phase is 3-fold to 5-fold relative to the osmotic pressure of the outer water phase,
the release rate of the drug from the liposome composition in blood plasma is 10 wt %/24 hr to 70 wt %/24 hr relative to an initial encapsulation amount in the liposome composition,
the lipids constituting the liposome include at least hydrogenated soybean phosphatidylcholine, 1,2-distearoyl-3-phosphatidylethanolamine-polyethylene glycol, and cholesterol, and
the drug is an anticancer agent which is gemcitabine.

US Pat. No. 10,391,036

MEDICINE CASSETTE, MEDICINE DISPENSING APPARATUS AND MEDICINE PACKAGING APPARATUS

YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD., T...

1. A medicine dispensing apparatus comprising a medicine cassette, said medicine cassette comprising:a side-wall constituent body constituting a side-wall of a medicine containing part in which medicines should be contained;
a first rotating body which is arranged so as to be inclined from a bottom side toward an upper end side of the side-wall constituent body and can rotate around a first rotational axis;
a second rotating body which is arranged on an upper-side outer periphery of the side-wall constituent body and which can rotate around a second rotational axis; and
a medicine discharging part for discharging the medicines,
wherein the medicine cassette is configured to transfer and place the medicines prepared in the medicine containing part onto the second rotating body due to a rotation of the first rotating body and transfer the medicines toward a downstream side of a rotational direction of the second rotating body to discharge the medicines from the medicine discharging part, and
wherein a transferred medicine detecting device configured to detect the medicines in a transfer path to the medicine discharging part after the medicines are transferred and placed from the first rotating body onto the second rotating body is provided in the medicine cassette; and
a cassette control device for performing operation control for the medicine cassette,
wherein the cassette control device performs a transferring and placing operation for rotating the first rotating body to transfer and place the medicines in the medicine containing part onto the second rotating body on a condition that the medicine is not detected by the transferred medicine detecting device and rotates the first rotating body with a lower speed than that at the time of the transferring and placing operation, stops or irregularly rotates the first rotating body on a condition that the medicine is detected by the transferred medicine detecting device.

US Pat. No. 10,391,033

MEDICATION DOSE PREPARATION AND TRANSFER SYSTEM

CRISI Medical Systems, In...

1. An apparatus for transferring medication from a primary medication container to a secondary medication container, comprising:a housing having a fluid channel extending between a primary medication container port and a secondary medication container port;
a secondary medication container coupling configured to fluidically couple the secondary medication container to the secondary medication container port;
at least one identification sensor disposed within the housing adjacent the secondary medication port, the at least one identification sensor configured to sense an information transfer element on the secondary medication container, the information transfer element on the secondary medication container identifying the secondary medication container; and
a communication module to transmit information obtained by and/or derived from the at least one identification sensor to a remote computing system.

US Pat. No. 10,391,029

PTP SHEET FOR DRUG PACKAGING

NIPRO CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A PTP sheet for packaging a pharmaceutical drug, comprising:a first sheet and a second sheet, the first sheet having a surface facing the second sheet, the first sheet having a first portion and a pocket portion, the first portion being in contact with the second sheet;
the pocket portion having sidewalls and a base portion, the pocket portion configured for holding the pharmaceutical drug;
wherein the sidewalls of the pocket portion have a wall thickness less than the wall thickness of the base portion and the first portion;
wherein the base portion has a wall thickness equal to the wall thickness of the first portion of the first sheet; and
wherein a first force, applied to the base portion in a direction normal to a plane defined by the first portion, that drives the base portion just to said plane is less than three times a second force applied normal to the base portion in said direction that causes yield point rupture of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,391,028

SECURE PILL CONTAINER

1. A secure pharmaceutical container, comprising:a housing comprising a first group of compartments wherein each compartment comprises an opening that engages with a lid secured in a closed position by a first locking mechanism, and a second group of compartments wherein each compartment comprises an opening that engages with a lid secured in a closed position by a second locking mechanism;
an electronic computing system comprising a non-transitory computer readable medium, a first biometric system operably connected to the first locking mechanism and configured to actuate the first locking mechanism, and a second biometric system operably connected to the second locking mechanism and configured to actuate the second locking mechanism;
the housing and the electronic computing system are physically connected;
the compartments of the first group of compartments are arranged linearly in a first row, and wherein the compartments of the second group of compartments are arranged linearly in a second row, wherein the first row and the second row are parallel to each other, and wherein the openings and the lids are all on one side of the housing;
the first biometric system comprises a first fingerprint scanner attached to a first surface of the housing adjacent to the first row of compartments;
the second biometric system comprises a second fingerprint scanner attached to a second surface of the housing adjacent to the second row of compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,391,027

PILL ORGANIZER AND DISPENSER

1. A pill loading device for positioning pills into a pill storage container, comprising:a housing having an array of openings formed on a top wall of the housing, the array comprising two or more rows of openings extending in a left-to-right, lateral direction of the housing and two or more columns of openings extending in a front-to-back, transverse direction of the housing, the housing defining a cavity beneath the array of openings;
a user-operable sorting plate assembly, positioned beneath the array of openings and carried by the housing in a transversely movable relationship with the housing, the sorting plate assembly operable from outside the housing to move transversely relative to the housing, the sorting plate assembly comprising two or more user-operable slides laterally movable relative to one another; wherein
each slide is arranged under a respective row of the two or more rows of openings and extending across the respective row, and is operable from outside the housing to move transversely relative to the housing, and further wherein
each slide comprises a first portion having transversely interspersed and aligned solid portions and open portions, said solid portions and open portions divided into at least two pairs of a solid portion and an open portion, wherein each slide is transversely movable to a first transverse position in which the slide is laterally movable relative to the housing to adopt:
a position in which the solid portions of the slide are aligned with the openings of the respective row, preventing a pill from passing through the opening and into the cavity of the housing, and
an alternative position in which the open portions of the slide are aligned with the openings of the respective row, allowing a pill to pass through the opening and into the cavity of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,026

BODY DRYER

1. A system for delivering heated air streams into a shower enclosure comprising:a heated air source;
a conduit providing air flow communication between the heated air source to a first panel having a plurality of spaced air jets for forming heated air streams directed downward through;
a second panel having a plurality of spaced air vents for directing heated air flow into the shower enclosure,
wherein the second panel is disposed below the first panel and on a top end of the shower enclosure;
a computerized control unit disposed on an outside of a shower enclosure door; and
an air exhaust unit, which is disposed at a lower section of the shower enclosure and on at least one side of a shower enclosure wall,
wherein the control unit comprises a plurality of air-flow sensors, a plurality of temperature sensors, a touch-sensitive switch, a digital display, a CPU, and memory;
wherein the heated air source comprises an air intake, an air heater and an air blower, and wherein the air heater and blower are operatively associated with, while independently regulated by the control unit; and
wherein the heated air flow produced by the heated air source flows through the conduit to and through the first panel, prior to flowing through the second panel into an interior of the shower enclosure, and eventually exits through the air exhaust unit out of the shower enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,025

EYE MASSAGING DEVICE

1. An eye massaging device, comprising:a main body, having a front mounting portion and a rear mounting portion arranged opposite to each other, a circulating water tank, a heating member, and a circulating pump are arranged on the front mounting portion, the heating member is stacked on the circulating water tank, and the circulating pump is fluidly communicated with the circulating water tank via a heating pipe;
a water bag, arranged at the rear mounting portion, the water bag includes an outer frame portion, an affixing portion for touching a peripheral of two eyes, and a receiving portion, the affixing portion is arranged at an inner edge of the outer frame portion, and an peripheral of the receiving portion is arranged at the affixing portion, a flow guiding passage is formed between the receiving portion and the affixing portion, two concave areas are arranged at the affixing portion so as to avoid the eyes, a thickness of the affixing portion is thicker than a thickness of the outer frame portion, a circulating pipe is passed through the main body, a first portion of the circulating pipe is fluidly communicated between the circulating pump and a location of the flow guiding passage of the water bag, and a second portion of the circulating pipe is fluidly communicated between the circulating water tank and another location of the flow guiding passage of the water bag;
a control unit, arranged at the front mounting portion of the main body, the control unit includes a thermal sensor for sensing a temperature of the circulating water tank and a microprocessor, the microprocessor is electrically connected to the thermal sensor, the circulating pump, and the heating member;
a cover, used for receiving the circulating water tank, the heating member, the circulating pump, the control unit, the heating pipe, and part of the circulating pipe and fastened at the front mounting portion of the main body; and
a fixing ring, surrounded a peripheral of the water bag and fixed at the rear mounting portion of the main body with the water bag.

US Pat. No. 10,391,023

COLD FOOT PAIN RELIEVER

1. A heat removal relief device comprising:a spherical container having a thermally conductive surface and defining a first hole, and a second hole;
a tube defining a channel, provided through the first hole and the second hole, and sealed into watertight engagement with the spherical container in a configuration that defines a watertight, at least partially hollow, interior within the spherical container;
a fluid mixture provided within the watertight, at least partially hollow, interior within the spherical interior;
wherein the fluid mixture comprises:
crosslinked, water-absorbing polymer;
water; and
a flexible strap provided through the channel of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,391,022

LEG MUSCLE THERAPY APPARATUS

1. A leg muscle therapy apparatus comprising:two main support members, each of said main support members comprising a support structure member having a first end and a second end;
a coupling member for pivotally coupling the first ends of said main support members together so that the support structure member of each of said main support members may pivotally move away and towards one another;
at least one user engagement member pivotally mounted to each of said support structure members such that said at least one user engagement member pivots toward and away from an inner surface of said support structure member, said at least one user engagement member having a curved inner surface with said at least one user engaging element mounted thereon; said at least one user engaging element having an outward surface of which is generally concave in shape;
whereby each of said main support members of said leg muscle therapy apparatus may be positioned around a leg of a user in such a manner that the user maymove said main support members along the contours of the leg, in both a linear and circular motion, such that said at least one user engaging element mounted to said inner surface of each of said at least one user engagement member may engage the leg of the user, with said coupling member allowing said main support members to pivotally move away and towards one another as varying contours of the leg are being engaged, thereby providing a muscle therapy routine on the leg of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,391,019

PATIENT SUPPORT WITH UNIVERSAL ENERGY SUPPLY SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:a patient support surface for supporting a patient thereon, said patient support having a mattress with at least one inflatable bladder and a pneumatic system, said pneumatic system being in fluid communication with the inflatable bladder and including a plurality of ports mounted to said patient support, each of said ports being accessible by a user for coupling an external device to said pneumatic system;
a DVT assembly having a housing and a DVT pump mounted in said housing, said DVT assembly being configured to mount to said patient support relative to said patient support surface, and when mounted to said patient support said DVT pump configured to be in fluid communication with said pneumatic system of said patient support
for delivering fluid to at least one port of said ports, and said at least one said port configured for coupling to a DVT device for delivering fluid to the DVT device from said DVT pump when the DVT pump is in fluid communication with said pneumatic system of said patient support and after a user has coupled the DVT device to said at least one port; and
a patient support control system mounted in said patient support to control one more of components of said patient support and configured to communicate with the DVT assembly, and said control system configured to send signals to the DVT assembly to control the DVT pump.

US Pat. No. 10,391,018

WALK AGAIN WALKER

1. A collapsible upright wheeled walker device for augmenting an upright partially-supported walking gait on a walking surface for an unassisted user, the device comprising:a frame having right, left, and back sides, the sides folding in on themselves for compact storage and transport;
two front wheel assemblies and two rear wheel assemblies coupled to the frame for supporting the frame above the walking surface and apportioned at the vertices of a polygonal footprint on the walking surface within which the user walks during use;
the frame having a simultaneously adjustable height and depth provided by lock-in-place slidable supports that cooperate with slidable lock-in-place front-to-rear adjustable support braces;
wherein the frame collapses to a compact structure via V-folder hinges located at two posterior and four side hinges;
two upper supports each coupled to and disposed at an adjustable height above a respective frame side; and
two handles, each coupled to a respective upper anterior support for gripping by the user, the handles disposed at a forward handle angle with respect to the device and having locking handbrake levers used to actuate a cable connected to a friction brake at each of the respective rear wheel assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,391,007

ELEVATABLE AND PORTABLE WHEELCHAIR

1. A wheelchair comprising:a lower assembly including a lower frame having wheels rotatably mounted thereto;
an upper assembly including an upper frame supporting a seat, a backrest and at least one movable armrest; and
a lift mechanism configured to move the upper assembly relative to the lower assembly between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein a user can move sideways out of the seat in the raised position with the movable armrest lowered, wherein the upper assembly includes upper struts pivotally connected between the upper frame and the lift mechanism, wherein the lower assembly includes lower struts pivotally connected between the lower frame and the lift mechanism, and wherein the upper struts, the lower struts, the lower assembly, the upper assembly and the lift mechanism are configured to enable folding of the wheelchair for storage and/or transport.

US Pat. No. 10,391,005

DIAPER ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

YKK Corporation, (JP)

11. An attachment tab for use with a diaper comprising:a fastening portion comprising a handle portion disposed at a distal edge of the fastening portion and a grip portion;
wherein the grip portion is disposed between the handle portion and a proximal edge of the fastening portion;
wherein the grip portion is configured to removably attach to a second end;
wherein the fastening portion comprises at least one cut portion extending through an entire thickness of the fastening portion;
wherein during disengagement of the fastening portion from the second end, the diaper is configured such that a peeling force resists detachment of the fastening portion from the second end before detachment of the fastening portion reaches a pair of end points of the at least one cut portion; and
wherein during disengagement of the fastening portion from the second end, the diaper is configured such that a shear force resists detachment of the fastening portion from the second end after the detachment of the fastening portion reaches the pair of end points of the at least one cut portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,004

COMPOSTABLE DIAPER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

1. A diaper comprising a biodegradable topsheet, a biodegradable absorbent core and a biodegradable bottom sheet, wherein the bottom sheet is liquid impervious and wherein the top sheet is configured for transmission of bodily fluids to the absorbent core, wherein the absorbent core comprises a first and a second non-woven layer comprising pulp fibers, and in between thereof a composting-stimulating layer comprising charcoal wherein the composting-stimulating layer is present in an amount of 8-30 wt % based on the total diaper.

US Pat. No. 10,391,002

STRETCH LAMINATE, METHOD OF MAKING, AND ABSORBENT ARTICLE

1. A stretch laminate comprising:(a) a first layer comprising an elastomer film, the first layer having a surface;
(b) a second layer comprising a nonwoven material, the second layer having a surface that is attached to the surface of the first layer; and
(c) a third layer comprising a nonwoven material, the third layer having a surface that is attached to the first layer on a surface opposite the second layer;
wherein the first, second and third layers are bonded together by an attachment mechanism selected from the group consisting of heat bonding, pressure bonding, ultrasonic bonding, dynamic mechanical bonding and combinations thereof; and
wherein the tensile behavior in the transverse direction of the stretch laminate is within about 2.5 N/cm of the tensile behavior in the transverse direction of the film at an engineering strain of about 1.5, and exists independent of mechanical activation.

US Pat. No. 10,391,001

ABSORBENT ARTICLE

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...

1. An absorbent article comprising:an absorbent body provided between a liquid permeable topsheet and a backsheet, a convex portion of the absorbent body that is high toward a skin side being formed at a skin side surface of the absorbent body at a center portion in a width direction,
wherein the convex portion includes
a front convex portion designed to be provided at an area including a body fluid expelling portion of a wearer,
a rear convex portion designed to be provided at an area including an intergluteal cleft of the wearer, and
a constricted convex portion provided at an area connecting the front convex portion and the rear convex portion in a front-rear direction of the absorbent article whose both side edges are constricted toward an inner side,
wherein the front convex portion is formed to be vertically long in the front-rear direction of the absorbent article, both side edges of the front convex portion being formed by linear lines extending in the front-rear direction of the absorbent article, a width of the front convex portion being the same over the entire length, the width of the front convex portion being 20 to 36 mm,
wherein the rear convex portion is designed to be provided at an area from a start position of the intergluteal cleft of the wearer at a crotch side, in a rearward direction, to a position exceeding the intergluteal cleft, an end position of the intergluteal cleft or a middle position of the intergluteal cleft, a maximum width of the rear convex portion being 20 to 36 mm, the maximum width of the rear convex portion and the width of the front convex portion being the same width, and
wherein both side edges of the constricted convex portion are formed by arc-shaped curves each having a center at outside in the width direction, an interface of the constricted convex portion with the front convex portion being provided at an area corresponding to a perineum portion of the wearer, a minimum width of the constricted convex portion being 10 to 20 mm, the length of the constricted convex portion in the front-rear direction being 45 to 75% of the length of the front convex portion in the front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,390,999

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE INCLUDING A DISCRETE SUBSTRATE HAVING A RUGOSITY

1. A method for forming a substrate comprising a discrete substrate including a rugosity, the method comprising the steps of:providing a folding roll comprising a folding member and an outer circumferential surface extending between a first roll surface and a second roll surface, wherein at least one of the first roll surface and the second roll surface comprise an external vacuum portion, and wherein the folding member comprises a leading edge portion, a trailing edge portion opposite the leading edge portion, a groove portion between the leading edge portion and the trailing edge portion and a plurality of apertures disposed on at least one of the leading edge portion, the trailing edge portion, and the groove portion, and wherein the plurality of apertures are fluidly connected to the external vacuum portion;
advancing a discrete substrate comprising a leading edge portion, a trailing edge portion opposite the leading edge portion, and a central portion between the leading edge portion and the trailing edge portion;
associating the leading edge portion of the discrete substrate with the leading edge portion of the folding member by activating a first vacuum port of the external vacuum portion;
associating the central portion of the discrete substrate with the groove portion of the folding member by activating a second vacuum port of the external vacuum portion, wherein the central portion folds down into the groove portion;
associating the trailing portion of the discrete substrate with the trailing portion of the folding member by activating a third vacuum port of the external vacuum portion;
advancing a substrate comprising a first substrate surface and a second substrate surface opposite the first substrate surface; and
bonding the discrete substrate to at least one of the first substrate surface and the second substrate surface, wherein the discrete substrate bonded to the substrate forms a rugosity, wherein the groove portion is taken the same shape as the rugosity, and
wherein the first, second, and third vacuum port are activated sequentially, wherein the folding member is removably associated with the folding roll.

US Pat. No. 10,390,998

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE USING A LASER SOURCE

1. A method for manufacturing an absorbent article, the method comprising:advancing a discrete component on a carrier member;
rotating a transfer member about a first axis of rotation;
accepting the discrete article on the transfer member;
advancing a first substrate, a second substrate, and one or more elastic strands toward a process member;
receiving the second substrate on an outer circumferential surface of the process member, wherein the process member rotates about a longitudinal axis of rotation;
attaching at least a portion of the one or more elastic strands to the first substrate;
disposing the second substrate on at least a portion of the one or more elastic strands and the first substrate to form a belt assembly;
advancing the belt assembly to a first laser source, where the first laser source imparts a line of weakness on the belt assembly;
advancing the belt assembly including the discrete component to a trim removal apparatus, wherein the trim removal apparatus removes trim from the line of weakness forming a separation edge;
advancing the belt assembly to a second laser source, wherein the second laser source severs a portion of the one or more elastic strands forming a gap in the elastic strands at an elastic gap location that is spaced apart from the line of weakness; and
positioning the discrete component on a portion of the belt assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,390,995

SHORT PULSE LASER WITH ADJUSTABLE PULSE LENGTH

AMO Development, LLC, Sa...

1. A method for generating a pulse laser beam to be delivered to a patient's eye, comprising:generating a beam of laser pulses by an oscillator, the laser pulses having a first pulse length;
inputting the beam of laser pulses to a compressor;
changing the pulse length of the input laser pulses by the compressor to output a beam of laser pulses having a second pulse length, the compressor comprising a plurality of optical components directing the beam of laser pulses along a beam path, including a moveable optical component mounted on a computer controlled stage, the moveable optical component being at a first position;
focusing the beam of laser pulses having the second pulse length into a first tissue of the patient's eye to perform incisions in the first tissue;
then, receiving a user instruction by a computing device, the user instruction specifying a third pulse length;
in response to the user instruction, controlling the stage by the computing device to reposition the moveable optical component to a second position to output a beam of laser pulses having the third pulse length from the compressor; and
focusing the beam of laser pulses having the third pulse length to a second tissue of the patient's eye to perform incisions in the second tissue, wherein the third pulse length is different from the second pulse length and the second tissue is different from the first tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,390,994

TREATMENT APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL CORRECTION OF DEFECTIVE EYESIGHT, METHOD OF GENERATING CONTROL DATA THEREFORE, AND METHOD FOR SURGICAL CORRECTION OF DEFECTIVE EYESIGHT

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A treatment apparatus for ophthalmic surgery of an eye of a patient, said apparatus comprising:a laser device including a laser source emitting pulsed treatment laser radiation;
a focusing device that focuses the treatment laser radiation to a focus position located in the eye;
a scanner that shifts the focus position and
a control device operably coupled to the scanner and configured to control the scanner by specifying a pattern of target points located within the eye such that a cut is generated within the eye,
wherein the control device is further configured to introduce a point of aim in form of a pre-offset for at least some of the specified target points which point of aim differs from a desired final focus position by a spatial difference selected to compensate for focus position errors generated by the focusing device, and
wherein the spatial difference depends on a position of a respective target point.

US Pat. No. 10,390,988

ABSORBING SEALING DEVICE FOR AN INTESTINAL STOMA

1. An ostomy accessory for an intestinal stoma of a mammal ostomy patient, adapted to be used together with an implanted constriction device with an artificial closing sphincter for independently from the ostomy accessory constricting the intestine from outside of the intestine for closing the intestinal passageway thereby hindering fecal matter to reach the ostomy accessory,wherein said ostomy accessory is adapted to work independently from the artificial closing sphincter and adapted to work in an intestinal environment where the artificial closing sphincter is preventing feces to reach the ostomy accessory, wherein said ostomy accessory is adapted to have its function consisting of to absorb non-fecal secret from the mucosa wall of the part of the intestine which is distal to the constriction device, the ostomy accessory comprising an insertion portion adapted for insertion into said intestinal stoma, said insertion portion comprising an absorbing body for absorbing and retaining liquid matter consisting of liquid secreted from a mucosa wall of the intestine, the accessory also comprising an outer part attached to the insertion portion and adapted to seal said stoma together with the insertion portion, the outer part being attached to a liquid non-permeable layer in order to allow the absorbing body to retain absorbed liquid secretions from the mucosa wall so that the mucosa wall does not dehydrate, and wherein said outer part is attached to an attachment layer adapted to create an electrostatic field between the outer part and the abdominal wall, adapted for retaining the outer part against the abdominal wall when non-fecal secret only is absorbed from the intestinal wall, wherein the insertion portion is attached to the outer part so that a portion of the outer part forms an outer wall of the insertion portion, wherein the insertion portion and the outer part are formed in one piece, without previously-separate coupled together pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,390,986

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A RIGIDITY OF AN ORTHOSIS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A RIGIDITY OF AN ORTHOSIS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A control device for controlling a rigidity of an orthosis, comprising:a sensing circuit for sensing a falling motion;
a signal generating circuit which generates a sensing signal based on the sensing of the falling motion; and
a rigidity control mechanism which increases a rigidity of the orthosis based on:
history data associated with a subject that is wearing the orthosis, the history data including a cognitive state of the subject and a fall history of the subject; and
the sensing signal indicating the sensing of the falling motion,
wherein the rigidity control mechanism comprises a location detecting circuit which detects a location of the orthosis, and controls the rigidity based on:
a level of risk of falling at the detected location; and
a severity of consequences of falling at the detected location.

US Pat. No. 10,390,984

GASTRIC DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

CVDevices, LLC, San Dieg...

1. An implantable restraining device, comprising:a first engaging component and a second engaging component each defining a longitudinal axis, each configured for laparoscopic insertion into a body cavity, and each comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and a body extending therebetween, wherein the body of the first engaging component is configured to conform to a first targeted tissue surface, and the body of the second engaging component is configured to conform to a second targeted tissue surface;
a first swivel arm and a second swivel arm, each defining a length and connected to the first engaging component and the second engaging component, having a first position wherein the lengths are substantially coaxial with the longitudinal axes of the first engaging component and the second engaging component and rotatable to a second position wherein the lengths are substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of the first engaging component and the second engaging component;
wherein the first swivel arm and the second swivel arm are both connected to both the first engaging component and the second engaging component in both the first position and the second position; and
wherein the first engagement component and the second engagement component are planar.

US Pat. No. 10,390,983

MEDICAL-DEVICE POSITION ADJUSTING METHOD AND MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical-device position adjusting method comprising:a. providing a medical device that is configured to be delivered to a lesion area in a body lumen, a guide wire that is configured to guide the medical device, a port member that is configured to introduce the guide wire and the medical device into a living body, a proximal-end fixing member that is configured to fix the guide wire and the port member and is provided with an operation unit that is configured to cause the guide wire to move in an insertion or pulling-out direction, an anchor device provided with an anchor portion in a distal portion thereof, and an anchor-device guide wire that is configured to guide the anchor device;
b. inserting the guide wire through the port member into the body lumen to extend to a distal side of the lesion area relative to the port member;
c. inserting the anchor device into the body lumen and fixing the guide wire to an inner wall surface of the body lumen by the anchor portion on the distal side of the lesion area;
d. inserting the medical device from the port member along the guide wire to the lesion area or a vicinity of the lesion area;
e. fixing the guide wire and the port member with the proximal-end fixing member; and
f. causing the guide wire to move in the insertion or pulling-out direction by using the operation unit to change a path of the guide wire in the body lumen and adjust a position of the medical device in the lesion area.

US Pat. No. 10,390,980

EXTRALUMINAL ENTEROGENESIS DEVICE

1. A medical device, comprising:an extraluminal displacement mechanism comprising:
a first length as measured along a longitudinal axis between two attachment points prior to activation of the extraluminal displacement mechanism;
a self-activated shape memory polymer system comprising isobornyl acrylate, HEA, and HDDA, wherein:
the extraluminal displacement mechanism is configured to:
connect outside an intestinal lumen of a patient between the two attachment points on the lumen;
create automatically a displacement distance between the two attachment points via actuation of the extraluminal displacement mechanism before a first defined time elapses while the extraluminal displacement mechanism is exposed to a first exposure environment of two different exposure environments;
create automatically the displacement distance between the two attachment points via actuation of the extraluminal displacement mechanism only after a second defined time while the extraluminal displacement mechanism is exposed to a second exposure environment of the two different exposure environments;
the extraluminal displacement mechanism has a second length as measured along the longitudinal axis after activation of the extraluminal displacement mechanism;
the second length is greater than the first length;
the extraluminal displacement mechanism exerts force on at least one of the two attachment points as it expands from the first length to the second length;
the self-activated shape memory polymer system is further configured to be activated solely via a first exposure to a 37 degrees Celsius physiological saline fluid and regulated for that first exposure to induce an early activation transition that occurs within the first defined time of no greater than 168 hours of exposure; and
the self-activated shape memory polymer system is further configured to be activated solely by second exposure to 37 degrees Celsius air at atmospheric pressure and relative humidity between 50 and 60 percent and regulated for that second exposure to induce a late activation transition that occurs only after the second defined time of greater than 500 hours of exposure.

US Pat. No. 10,390,975

TRANSCUTANEOUS IMPLANT FOR SKELETAL ATTACHMENT OF EXTERNAL PROSTHETIC DEVICES

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A transcutaneous device to anchor an external prosthetic device to a bone, the transcutaneous device comprising:a bone anchor implantable into bone and including a male end configured to extend from the bone, wherein the male end has a threaded passage for receiving a fastener, the passage configured to extend along a longitudinal length of the male end external to the bone;
a prosthetic interface configured for implantation external to the bone and configured for soft tissue ingrowth and vascularization after implantation, the prosthetic interface having a male connection configured to extend external to the soft tissue and configured to mate with the external prosthetic device, the prosthetic interface having a female connection configured to receive the male end of the bone anchor therein, wherein the prosthetic interface has a through bore that extends longitudinally from the male connection to the female connection, and wherein the threaded passage and the through bore are substantially aligned to receive the fastener to couple the prosthetic interface to the bone anchor when the male end of the bone anchor is received in the female connection of the prosthetic interface; and
a failsafe comprising a proximal portion and a distal portion, the proximal portion couplable to the prosthetic interface external to the bone and the soft tissue at a proximal end, and couplable to the external prosthetic device at a distal end, wherein the failsafe includes a shear pin connecting the proximal portion and the distal portion, the shear pin configured to separate the proximal portion from the distal portion to separate the prosthetic device from the prosthetic interface when a predetermined shear load is applied to the failsafe, wherein a shaft of the failsafe includes a medial/lateral bending notch configured to separate the prosthetic device from the prosthetic interface when a predetermined medial/lateral bending load is applied to at least one of the proximal portion and the distal portion, and wherein the failsafe includes an anterior/posterior bending notch configured to separate the prosthetic device from the prosthetic interface when a predetermined anterior/posterior bending load is applied to the failsafe.

US Pat. No. 10,390,974

PROSTHETIC FOOT WITH REMOVABLE FLEXIBLE MEMBERS

1. A prosthetic foot comprising:an attachment member comprising a connector configured to connect the attachment member to a user or another prosthetic device;
at least one first brace mounted to the attachment member;
at least one first flexible member connected to the attachment member by the at least one first brace such that the first brace mounts around the first flexible member and a force between the ground and the attachment member can be supported by the at least one first flexible member;
an unpowered actuator mounted to the attachment member;
at least one second brace mounted to the actuator; and
at least one second flexible member connected to the attachment member by the at least one second brace such that the second brace mounts around the second flexible member and a force between the ground and the attachment member can be supported by the at least one second flexible member,
wherein at least one of the combination of the first brace and the first flexible member and the combination of the second brace and the second flexible member form a non-rotating joint between each other,
wherein the at least one first brace attaches to the attachment member by a rotatable joint, such that the first brace rotates relative to the attachment member about a single pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,390,973

INTERACTIVE EXOSKELETON ROBOTIC KNEE SYSTEM

THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC...

1. An interactive exoskeleton knee system comprising:an exoskeleton framework having a thigh support, a shank support, a thigh mechanical support and a shank mechanical support;
at least one motion sensor mounted on the exoskeleton framework;
at least one force sensor attached on a foot piece or inside of a shoe;
a motor for rotating the shank mechanical support from the thigh mechanical support to generate an assistant power for a knee joint;
a mechanical lock system connected the thigh mechanical support and the shank mechanical support to provide mechanical support;
a control box connected with the at least one motion sensor and the at least one force sensor for providing power and signal communication, and sending control command to the motor and the mechanical lock system; and
a control algorithm, executed by the control box, for using collected data from the at least one motion sensor and the at least one force sensor to identify a walking environment based on a gait analysis, and for driving the knee joint by the motor and locking the knee joint by the mechanical lock system according to a gait pattern based on the walking environment;
wherein the at least one motion sensor comprises a gyroscope and an accelerometer, and the control algorithm is further for using data detected by the at least one motion sensor for identifying a walking speed; and
wherein the control algorithm is further used for identifying the walking speed when a loading force detected by the at least one force sensor drops below a loading force threshold, an angular velocity detected by the gyroscope is larger than an angular velocity threshold, and an acceleration detected by the accelerometer is larger than an acceleration threshold, and classifying the walking environment.

US Pat. No. 10,390,972

HUMERAL TRIAL ADAPTOR

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

11. An orthopedic trialing system comprising:a stem including a shaft portion adapted to be received in a canal of a bone, the stem defining first, second and third recesses, the third recess extending in a transverse direction relative to the first and second recesses;
an adaptor having top and bottom surfaces, a protrusion extending from the bottom surface and into the second recess of the stem, and first and second apertures extending through the top and bottom surfaces; and
a trial member having a first protrusion extending through the first aperture of the adaptor and at least partially into the first recess of the stem, and a second protrusion having an angled end extending through the second aperture of the adaptor and at least partially into the third recess of the stem coupling together the trial member, the adaptor and the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,390,970

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL SAW ASSEMBLY FOR REMOVING AN IMPLANTED GLENOID COMPONENT AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A surgical instrument for removing an implanted glenoid component from the glenoid of a patient, comprising:a protective dual-lumen cannula having a first cannula and a second cannula positioned adjacent to the first cannula, each of the first cannula and the second cannula having a proximal end, a distal end, and an elbow positioned adjacent to each of the distal ends, and
a flexible wire saw having a first wire section including a first end, a second section including a second end opposite the first end, and a middle section positioned between the first end and the second end, wherein each of the elbows is configured to redirect the wire saw from a first orientation to a second orientation for cutting through the glenoid component, wherein, in the first orientation, the first wire section and the second wire section of the wire saw extend substantially coplanar to a plane defined by the first cannula and the second cannula of the protective dual-lumen cannula, and, in the second orientation, the middle section of the wire saw is angled out of the plane, and
wherein the first end of the flexible wire saw extends out of the proximal end of the first cannula, the second end of the flexible wire saw extends out of the proximal end of the second cannula, and the middle section of the flexible wire saw forms a loop that extends outwardly in the second orientation from the distal end and the elbow of the first cannula and outwardly in the second orientation from the distal end and the elbow of the second cannula such that the middle section of the flexible wire saw is exposed to cut the glenoid component.

US Pat. No. 10,390,967

INSERTER GUIDE AND DRIVER SYSTEM

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A driver comprising:a rotatable driver shaft;
a rod disposed within the rotatable driver shaft;
a driver tip at a distal end of the rotatable driver shaft, the driver tip coupled to the rotatable driver shaft at a rotatable joint;
a housing that receives the rotatable driver shaft at a distal end thereof;
a mating sleeve coupling the driver shaft to the housing, the mating sleeve fixedly coupled to a proximal end of the driver shaft, the driver shaft extending into a central channel of the mating sleeve, the proximal end of the driver shaft not extending beyond a proximal end of the mating sleeve; and
a control element disposed at a proximal end of the housing, the control element receiving a proximal end of the rod,
wherein the housing, driver tip and driver shaft are coupled such that an input force received at the housing results in a corresponding force at the driver tip,
wherein actuation of the control element engages the proximal end of the rod, causing a distal end of the rod to frictionally engage the rotatable joint and prevent movement between the rod and the driver tip and hold the driver tip at the adjusted angle.

US Pat. No. 10,390,963

INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of implanting an expandable intervertebral implant comprising:positioning the implant between two vertebral bodies via a transforaminal approach, wherein the implant comprises:
a one-piece upper body portion;
a one-piece lower body portion that generally faces the upper body portion along a transverse direction;
a threaded shaft disposed between the upper and lower body portions, the threaded shaft having a first end and a second end spaced from the first end in a unidirectional first direction;
a first wedge member threadedly coupled to the first end of the threaded shaft, wherein the first wedge member defines respective upper and lower guide members; and
a second wedge member supported by the threaded shaft at a location spaced from the first wedge member in the unidirectional first direction that is perpendicular to the transverse direction, wherein the second wedge member defines respective upper and lower guide members,
wherein each of the upper and lower guide members of the first wedge member has respective outermost lateral ends spaced from each other along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to each of the unidirectional first direction and the transverse direction, the first wedge member has second respective outermost lateral ends that are spaced from each other along the lateral direction and coplanar with the threaded shaft in a plane that is perpendicular to the transverse direction, and the outermost ends of the upper and lower guide members of the first wedge member are inwardly recessed with respect to the second respective outermost ends along the lateral direction;
after the positioning step, rotating the threaded shaft about a shaft axis so as to increase a distance between the upper and lower body portions, wherein the rotating step causes
1) the first wedge member to threadedly move along the threaded shaft toward the second wedge member as
a) the upper guide member of the first wedge member rides in a first slot of the upper body portion and
b) the first wedge member pushes against the upper and lower body portions, and
2) the second wedge member to push against the upper and lower body portions.

US Pat. No. 10,390,962

EXPANDABLE FUSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. A spinal system having a proximal end, a distal end, a central portion between the proximal end and the distal end, the central portion extending along a longitudinal axis of the spinal system between the proximal end and the distal end, a midpoint located midway between the proximal end and the distal end along the longitudinal axis, said spinal system comprising:a first endplate;
a second endplate;
a driving ramp positioned at the proximal end between the first endplate and the second endplate; and
a central ramp positioned at the distal end between the first endplate and the second endplate,
wherein the driving ramp comprises a first ramped portion and a second ramped portion, wherein a first angled groove is formed through the first ramped portion and a second angled groove is formed through the second ramped portion,
wherein the driving ramp includes an annular contact surface for engagement with an actuator assembly,
wherein the central ramp comprises a first expansion portion at the distal end and a rod receiving extension extending from the first expansion portion into the central portion, wherein the rod receiving extension extends to a second end of the central ramp disposed away from the distal end that is beyond the midway point towards the proximal end midway point of the longitudinal axis towards the proximal end,
wherein the rod receiving extension comprises a first central ramped portion to engage the first endplate in the central portion and a second central ramped portion to engage the second endplate in the central portion, wherein the first central ramped portion and the second central ramped portion are separated from the first expansion portion by a portion of the rod receiving extension.

US Pat. No. 10,390,961

STACKABLE INTERLOCKING INTERVERTEBRAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A spinal support system, comprising:a plurality of elongated inserts having ramped distal portions for successively increasing the height of a space within a spine, the plurality of elongated inserts including a first insert having a distal end, a proximal end, an upper surface, and a lower surface, the first insert having a maximum length extending between the distal and proximal ends and a maximum height extending between the upper and lower surfaces, the maximum length being greater than the maximum height, wherein the ramped distal portion of the first insert comprises a planar beveled surface extending between the lower surface and the upper surface, the planar beveled surface forming a tapered endwall that tapers from the lower surface to the upper surface, and where the plurality of elongated inserts further includes a second insert identical in size and shape to the first insert, wherein the second insert is positioned with at least a portion of the second insert lower surface above at least a portion of the first insert upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,390,960

VERTEBRAL BODY REPLACEMENT

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. An implant for providing support between a first vertebra and a second vertebra in a space remaining after the removal of at least part of one vertebra, comprising:an expandable body extending along a longitudinal axis from a first end to a second end, the expandable body having a transverse axis extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, a body length spanning from the first end to the second end, a central aperture spanning from the first end to the second end, and a ring member rotatable about the longitudinal axis to adjust the body length, the first end including a first end attachment feature having an outer profile and a plurality of threaded holes situated radially about the longitudinal axis;
a first endplate having a first surface opposing a second surface, said first endplate coupled to the expandable body via a first attachment feature on the first surface, the first attachment feature including a first receptacle configured to receive the outer profile of the first end and a screw opening extending through the second surface into the first receptacle, the first receptacle configured to receive the first attachment feature outer profile in a plurality of different orientations such that the first endplate is coupleable to the first end in a plurality of rotational positions relative to the transverse axis, the plurality of rotational positions comprising a first rotational position and a second rotational position, wherein the second rotational position is rotated 30 to 150 degrees from the first rotational position, with the screw opening aligning with one of the plurality of threaded holes in each of the plurality of positions and receiving a set screw therethrough to lock the first endplate in the selected position; and
a second endplate having a third surface opposing a fourth surface, said second endplate coupled to the expandable body via a second attachment feature on the third surface that mates with a second end attachment feature, said second attachment feature configured to couple with the second end attachment feature in a plurality of different orientations such that the second end plate is coupleable to the second end in a plurality of positions relative to the transverse axis.

US Pat. No. 10,390,958

ARTIFICIAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC IMPLANT DEVICE

1. A customized, patient specific intervertebral disc replacement device configured to replace one or more intervertebral discs in a spinal column of a human or an animal to restore or provide flexibility and mobility post-operatively to at least two adjacent vertebrae, the device configured to be positioned with respect to at least one intervertebral disc space respectively located between the at least two adjacent vertebrae, the device comprising:a connector integrally formed with at least one shock absorbing pad, the connector configured to extend between and interconnect the at least two adjacent vertebrae when the at least one shock absorbing pad is located within the at least one intervertebral disc space;
wherein the at least one shock absorbing pad is made from the same material as the connector such that the at least one shock absorbing pad extends laterally from the connector, wherein the material of the connector and the at least one shock absorbing pad is continuous from side-to-side, from front-to-back and from a pad top surface to a pad bottom surface, and wherein the material of the connector and the at least one shock absorbing pad is a compressible, flexible, and resilient biocompatible material selected from the group consisting of compressible polymers, silicon-based flexible polymers, elastomers, and elasto-plastics,
wherein the at least one shock absorbing pad is configured to exhibit mechanical and functional properties similar to those of a natural biological intervertebral disc such that the at least one shock absorbing pad is configured to simulate similar mobility, operational function and normal performance of the natural biological intervertebral disc, and wherein the at least one shock absorbing pad is configured to be customized to and made specifically for an individual patient based on anatomical characteristics of the individual patient's intervertebral disc space by molding, 3D printing from digitized MRI, or other radiographic techniques, so that the at least one shock absorbing pad is configured to fill the entire at least one intervertebral disc space from side-to-side, front-to-back and top-to-bottom upon being deployed and located therein.

US Pat. No. 10,390,950

FLEXIBLE CATHETERS AND METHODS OF FORMING SAME

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve comprising:an inner shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
an outer shaft disposed around the inner shaft and longitudinally moveable relative to the inner shaft; and
a distal sheath disposed about a portion of the inner shaft and forming a compartment with the inner shaft, the compartment being adapted to receive the prosthetic heart valve;
the outer shaft having a pattern of cutouts formed therein, the pattern including at least one ring around a circumference of the outer shaft, the at least one ring having at least one of the cutouts.

US Pat. No. 10,390,949

STAGED DEPLOYMENT DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve, the delivery device comprising:an operating handle, including:
a frame defining a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end spaced apart in a longitudinal direction of the operating handle, and a movement space located between the first and second longitudinal ends;
a carriage assembly having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end spaced apart in the longitudinal direction, the carriage assembly moveable in the longitudinal direction within the movement space, the first and second longitudinal ends of the carriage assembly located within the movement space; and
a first resheathing lock having a locked position and an unlocked position, the first resheathing lock in the locked position limiting movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction to a first intermediate position in the movement space, and the first resheathing lock in the unlocked position permitting movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction beyond the first intermediate position in the movement space; and
a catheter assembly, including:
a first shaft around which a compartment is defined, the first shaft being fixedly connected to the frame, the compartment being adapted to receive the valve in an assembled condition;
a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly, the distal sheath being moveable between a closed condition adapted to maintain the valve in the assembled condition and an open condition adapted to fully deploy the valve; and
an outer shaft connecting the carriage assembly to the distal sheath and at least partially surrounding the first shaft,
wherein movement of the carriage assembly to the first intermediate position moves the distal sheath to a condition between the closed condition and the open condition so that the valve is not fully deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,390,942

SPEECH VALVE FOR PERSONS HAVING UNDERGONE A LARYNGECTOMY OR TRACHEOTOMY

1. A speech valve for persons having undergone a laryngectomy or tracheotomy, comprising a housing with a proximal opening and a at least one filter at least partially received in the housing, the housing having a piston-like valve element, wherein the filter at least partially encompasses the valve element, wherein the housing includes a cover part having an opening for receiving the valve element, the proximal opening being located at an end of the housing opposite the cover part, wherein the valve element bears on the opening in a sealing manner, wherein the valve element is moved onto a valve seat disposed on the proximal opening in order to generate a closure position, and is returned to an open position of the speech valve in a spring-loaded manner, and wherein the valve element has a lower end facing toward the proximal opening, and when in the open position, forms a gap with the valve seat, through which an air flow is conducted.

US Pat. No. 10,390,941

AUTOMATED INTRAOCULAR LENS INJECTOR DEVICE

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. A device for implanting an intraocular lens in the lens capsule of an eye, the device comprising:a tubular housing having a primary axis extending between front and rear ends of the housing;
a plunger longitudinally disposed within the housing and having first and second ends, the first end being disposed towards the front end of the housing;
an electric drive system disposed within the housing, the electric drive system including an electric motor and configured to cause longitudinal translation of the plunger along the primary axis of the housing;
a cartridge mount at or near the front end of the housing and configured to accommodate a removable insertion cartridge in alignment with the plunger so that an intraocular lens disposed in the insertion cartridge is displaced from the insertion cartridge as the plunger is translated towards the front end of the housing; and
a control circuit, electrically connected to the electric motor and configured to: monitor a back EMF signal from the electric motor caused by the force on the plunger; advance the plunger;
detect, based on the back EMF signal exceeding a predetermined threshold level, a critical point at which an axial compressive force on the lens suddenly increases;
in response to the detection of the back EMF exceeding the predetermined threshold level, retract the plunger from the critical point to a sufficient distance for material of the intraocular lens to relax;
pause after the plunger is retracted to allow the material of the intraocular lens to relax;
advance the plunger to the critical point a second time; and
continue to advance the plunger beyond the critical point at an accelerated rate to implant the intraocular lens.

US Pat. No. 10,390,940

INTRAOCULAR LENS INSERTION DEVICE

Hoya Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An intraocular lens insertion apparatus, comprising:a main body including an intraocular lens storage region, a tapered transition part and a nozzle; and
a plunger, movable relative to the main body to push an intraocular lens along a lens travelling axis from the storage region and through the nozzle, including a rod having a proximal portion and a distal axial portion with an upper protrusion defining a distal end, a lower protrusion defining a distal end that is offset from the distal end of the upper protrusion in a first direction defined by the lens travelling axis, and an indentation defining a slot between the upper and lower protrusions;
wherein the upper protrusion and the lower protrusion are spaced from one another across the slot in a first second direction that is perpendicular to the lens travelling axis; and
wherein the lower protrusion defines a width in a third direction perpendicular to the lens travelling axis and perpendicular to the second direction, the slot defines a width that is at least as wide as the lower protrusion with a midpoint in the third direction, the upper protrusion defines a width in the third direction that is less that the width of the slot, and the upper protrusion is offset from the slot midpoint in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,390,938

OPHTHALMIC LENSES WITH ENHANCED SURFACE AND METHODS OF FABRICATION THEREOF

1. A method of making an intraocular lens, comprising:forming a support structure;
forming, using a first mold, a base optic having an anterior surface and an opposing posterior surface;
processing the base optic to change a physical characteristic of the base optic, wherein the base optic is spherical;
subsequent to processing the base optic, placing the base optic in a second mold and forming, using the second mold, a membrane, the membrane being affixed to at least one of the surfaces of the base optic, thereby fabricating a finished optic, wherein the membrane includes an outer surface that defines a plurality of echelettes of a diffractive grating, and further wherein the membrane and the spherical base optic together, provision an aspheric optic.

US Pat. No. 10,390,936

OVERDRIVE PREVENTION FOR EXPANDABLE ANCHOR

MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL,...

1. A tendon anchoring system, comprising:an anchor assembly having
a sheath with a threaded lumen formed therein, and
a threaded expander screw configured to threadably engage the threaded lumen in the sheath such that the expander screw causes the sheath to expand outward to engage a bone hole; and
an inserter tool having
an elongate outer shaft having proximal and distal ends with an inner lumen extending therethrough, the distal end being configured to couple to a proximal end of the sheath, and
an elongate inner shaft having a distal drive tip configured to engage a corresponding drive recess formed in a proximal end of the expander screw, the inner shaft being rotatable relative to the outer shaft to thread the expander screw into the sheath, and the inner shaft being prevented from rotating relative to the outer shaft when the expander screw is fully threaded into the sheath to prevent over-insertion of the expander screw into the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,390,928

OPEN LUMEN STENT

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A ureteral stent, comprising:an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal end and defining a single lumen with a substantially circular cross-sectional profile, and an opening in communication with the single lumen, the opening extending an entire length of the elongate body from the proximal end of the elongate body to the distal end of the elongate body, the elongate body having an inner surface and an outer surface disposed opposite the inner surface, the inner surface defining the single lumen, the elongate body defining at least one groove on the outer surface of the elongate body,
wherein the elongate body has a cross-sectional profile including a first end portion, a second end portion, and a middle portion between the first end portion and the second end portion, inner surfaces of the first end portion and the second end portion defining the opening, the first and second end portions being enlarged portions each having a thickness greater than the middle portion and configured to releasably couple to a guidewire.

US Pat. No. 10,390,923

IMPLANTABLE DEVICE FOR INTERNAL URINARY CONTROL

1. An apparatus for assisting the discharging of urine from a natural urinary bladder of a patient, the apparatus comprising:an implantable expandable member configured to be implanted inside of the urinary bladder,
an implantable control device for controlling the volume of the expandable member,
wherein the implantable control device is configured generate a pressure in the implantable expandable member exceeding 50 cm water pressure thereby assisting the discharging of urine.

US Pat. No. 10,390,922

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF ATTACHMENT DEVICES

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An apparatus for delivering attachment devices, the apparatus comprising:a needle including a lumen and a distal opening;
a plurality of attachment devices disposed within the lumen of the needle, each attachment device including a first attachment part and a second attachment part, the first attachment part includes a first end portion and a second end portion, and an extending portion, the extending portion extending from at least one of the first end portion and the second end portion;
a connecting member coupled to the first attachment part and the second attachment part and configured to attach the first attachment part and second attachment part together, the connecting member being configured to be at least partially housed within at least one of the first attachment part or the second attachment part; and
an actuator configured to drive each attachment device out of the distal opening of the needle during a surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,390,920

DEVICE FOR INGUINAL LIGAMENT FIXATION AND SURGERY METHOD THEREOF

1. A surgery method for inguinal ligament fixation, comprising steps of: at a bladder lithotomy position of a patient, providing routine disinfection for abdominal and perineal skins, and applying a sterile towel; opening a bladder and back-folding a peritoneum; pushing down the bladder for exposing a vaginal wall; fixing a cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling of a suspension mesh on a cervical isthmus with several absorbable or non-absorbable sutures; respectively suturing two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms of the suspension mesh on a posterior vaginal wall, and fixing the sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms on an inguinal ligament; pulling out two inguinal ligament suspension arms of the suspension mesh along outside portions of peritoneum at two sides of an uterus; opening the peritoneum at a position where a round ligament is attached on the uterus, and suturing the suspension mesh on a myometrium avascular zone under the round ligament; opening the peritoneum below the round ligament; outside the peritoneum and parallel to the round ligament, passing the suspension mesh through anterior superior iliac crest inguinal ligament, fascia and aponeurosis which directly reach an inlet of an inguinal canal, and dragging the suspension mesh until a pre-set length is reached; then opening surface peritoneum of the inguinal ligament and a fascia, and fixing the two inguinal ligament suspension arms on the inguinal ligament, the fascia and the aponeurosis; closing all peritoneal incisions so as to place the suspension mesh outside the peritoneum, and then closing an abdomen.

US Pat. No. 10,390,918

VIBRATING TOOTHBRUSH

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a body formed of rigid material and extending from a proximal end to a distal end along an axis;
a mechanical vibratory device located in the body and circumferentially surrounded by the rigid material, the mechanical vibratory device including a motor and an eccentric weight and configured to generate vibrations;
the body having a first axial portion located between the motor and the proximal end, a second axial portion located between the motor and the distal end, and a third axial portion axially aligned with the motor, wherein the eccentric weight is located in the second axial portion of the body; and
the body comprising a vibration-reducing section, at least a portion of the vibration-reducing section being located on the third axial portion of the body and comprising an elastomeric material exposed on an outer surface of the body;
wherein the rigid material of the body extends continuously from the proximal end to the distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,390,917

POWERED ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A powered toothbrush comprising:a handle;
a power source;
a head including a cavity and disposed at a distal end of the handle, the cavity bounded by a floor and a peripheral side-wall completely surrounding the cavity, the cavity having an open top end defined by the peripheral side-wall;
an electrically conducting element disposed in the cavity and electrically connected to the power source, wherein application of an electrical current from the power source to one or more of the electrically conducting elements generates a magnetic field; and
a movable cleaning element connected to the head and covering the open top end of the cavity, the movable cleaning element movable relative to the cavity and comprising a bristle support member disposed at least partially over the cavity, a plurality of bristles extending from the bristle support member in a direction away from the cavity, and a ferromagnetic member;
wherein the magnetic field selectively at least one of attracts and repels the ferromagnetic member to move the movable cleaning element relative to the electrically conducting element.

US Pat. No. 10,390,916

SALIVA EJECTOR APPLIANCE

1. A saliva ejector system comprising:a saliva ejector configured to:
suction materials from a patient's oral cavity, and
a saliva ejector appliance comprising:
an elongate member having a front face, a rearward portion, and a forward head portion;
the front face having a longitudinal groove configured to hold therein in a snap-fit held position and affixed in place, the saliva ejector along generally an entire length of the front face with a distal end of the saliva ejector being spaced a small distance rearwardly from an end of the forward head portion, wherein the forward head portion is continuous with the rearward portion in a longitudinal direction;
the rearward portion forming an operator handle portion of the appliance when the saliva ejector is in the held position allowing an operator grasping the handle portion to controllably move the forward head portion in the patient's oral cavity in a saliva ejection procedure; and
the handle portion being longer than the head portion, and
wherein the saliva ejector appliance is configured to:
stop the saliva ejector at the oral cavity by holding in place the saliva ejector to the front face; and
protect soft tissue in the patient's oral cavity by extending past a tip of the saliva ejector and thereby preventing the aspiration of soft tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,390,915

ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT WITH APPLICATOR

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. An oral care implement comprising:a body comprising a handle and a head coupled to a distal end of the handle, the body extending along a longitudinal axis;
at least one tooth cleaning element located on the head;
a store of oral care material located within the body;
an applicator on the handle, the applicator comprising a plurality of outlets in fluid communication with the store of oral care material, the plurality of outlets located on a concave dispensing surface of the applicator; and
an actuator operably coupled to the store of oral care material to dispense the oral care material through the plurality of outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,390,911

ABUTMENT POSITION LOCATOR

Nobel Biocare Services AG...

1. Fitting for insertion into a dental implant in an insertion orientation defining a central insertion axis, comprising:a body portion extending along a central axis;
at least one resilient spring member extending distally from a distal end of the body portion; and
an alignment feature extending distally from the distal end of the body portion, the alignment feature configured to align the fitting relative to the dental implant about the insertion axis,
wherein the alignment feature is positioned distally beyond a distal end of the at least one resilient spring member,
wherein the alignment feature comprises a closed structure and at least one opening formed in the closed structure,
wherein one of the at least one spring member is disposed in the at least one opening of the alignment feature,
wherein the opening is a through hole on a peripheral portion of the alignment feature such that an axis passing through the opening is substantially perpendicular to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,390,908

UNIVERSAL ALIGNING ADAPTOR SYSTEM AND METHODS

1. A method for manufacturing a dental component comprising:receiving electronic vertical and horizontal position data of an adaptor seated on an implant in a patient's jaw, said adaptor having an adaptor reference indicium that is co-operable with a prosthetic reference indicium of a prosthetic component to position the adaptor into a repeatable vertical and horizontal predetermined position in relation to the implant, the electronic vertical and horizontal position data including electronic adaptor reference indicium data representative of the adaptor reference indicium position and electronic prosthetic reference indicium data representative of the prosthetic reference indicium position;
translating the electronic position data into electronic manufacturing device codes for a milling or printing program;
transmitting the electronic manufacturing device codes to a device configured to manufacture the prosthetic component, such that the manufactured prosthetic component is configured to be inserted on the implant such that the prosthetic component is in the preferred position; and
manufacturing the prosthetic component.

US Pat. No. 10,390,907

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TRAYS FOR BRACKETS

1. A method of producing individual trays for positioning orthodontic brackets on a patient's teeth, the method comprising:a) producing a model, the model comprising a replica of at least portions of at least two tooth crowns of the patient's teeth;
b) arranging a bracket replica or bracket replica part on each of the at least portions of the at least two tooth crowns of the model, wherein the bracket replica or bracket replica part comprises a coronal wing; and wherein arranging of the bracket replica or bracket replica part includes positioning the bracket replica or bracket replica part in a desired position on an exterior surface of each of the at least portions of the at least two tooth crowns such that the bracket replica or bracket replica part is extending on said exterior surface in an occlusal-gingival direction; and
c) producing at least two trays, each of said at least two trays being produced by forming at least one impression of the model with the positioned bracket replica or bracket replica part on each of the at least two tooth crowns thereon; the at least two trays each comprising: an impression of at least an occlusal portion of each of the at least two tooth crowns and of at least a coronal portion including at least the coronal wing of the bracket replica or bracket replica part, wherein said impression extends gingivally at most to an end of a wire guide of the bracket replica or bracket replica part, the wire guide being arranged gingivally of the coronal wing of the bracket replica or bracket replica part when viewed vertically from the occlusal portion of each of the at least two tooth crowns.

US Pat. No. 10,390,906

MEDICAL LUMINAIRE

11. A medical luminaire for intraoral illumination of a surgical field, the medical luminaire comprising:a plurality of illuminating units, each illuminating unit including a LED light source, a collimator and at least one diverging lens, each illuminating unit generating a field of light in an object plane, wherein each illuminating unit of the plurality of illuminating units is coupled to a common carrier at different locations on the common carrier and oriented so that the fields of light generated by each illuminating unit of the plurality of illuminating units substantially coincide at the object plane; and
a common diffuser for the plurality of illuminating units positioned downstream of the plurality of illuminating units, wherein the common diffuser is configured to widen the field of light generated by each illuminating unit and to lower a contrast gradient in a marginal region of each field of light, wherein the marginal region is where the field of light of each illuminating unit do not perfectly coincide in the object plane.

US Pat. No. 10,390,904

ORTHODONTIC SYSTEMS

1. An orthodontic system, comprising:at least one orthodontic bracket configured to be attached to a surface of a tooth, the at least one orthodontic bracket defining an archwire slot, the at least one orthodontic bracket comprising
a base configured to be attached to the surface of the tooth,
a gear system that comprises a first gear,
a motor to drive the gear system,
an integrated circuit to control the motor,
an archwire placed in the archwire slot, and
a first member and a second member both attached to the base, the first and second members being spaced apart to define the archwire slot, wherein the first member comprises the first gear and a first rod, the first rod has a first portion having notches that engage the first gear, the first rod has a second portion that extends into the archwire slot, when the first gear rotates in a specified direction, the first gear drives the first rod in which the first rod is configured to contact the archwire and apply a first force to the archwire; and
a computer server configured to send instructions to the integrated circuit in the at least one orthodontic bracket;
wherein the integrated circuit is configured to control the motor according to the instructions from the computer server to drive the gear system to apply a force to the archwire.

US Pat. No. 10,390,899

ARTICULATING SURGICAL ACCESS SYSTEM FOR LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical system, comprising:a first arm having a first longitudinal passageway defined therethrough and configured to receive a surgical instrument therein, the first arm having a proximal portion and a distal portion, the distal portion including a first articulatable segment and a second articulatable segment that are longitudinally spaced from one another;
a first articulation assembly coupled to the proximal portion of the first arm and having a first state and a second state, the first articulation assembly configured to transition the first articulatable segment of the first arm between a first articulated configuration and a second articulated configuration in response to the first articulation assembly transitioning between the first state and the second state; and
a second articulation assembly coupled to the proximal portion of the first arm, the second articulation assembly having a third state and a fourth state and configured to transition the second articulatable segment of the first arm between a third articulated configuration and a fourth articulated configuration independent of articulation of the first articulatable segment of the first arm in response to the second articulation assembly transitioning between the third state and the fourth state, the first and second articulatable segments transitionable to another articulated configuration from one of the articulated configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,390,898

CROSSED-CYLINDER WRIST MECHANISM WITH TWO DEGREES OF FREEDOM

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A medical device comprising:a first member;
a second member;
a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member;
a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member; and
a plurality of cables coupled to the first cylinder portion and providing force to ensure the first cylinder portion stays rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion, the plurality of cables configured to actuate movements in two or more degrees of freedom such that the first member moves in two or more directions with respect to the second member;
the second cylinder portion being positioned such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion;
a first degree of freedom of the two or more degrees of freedom comprising a rolling translation of the first cylinder portion along a surface of the second cylinder portion parallel to the longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion; and
a second degree of freedom of the two or more degrees of freedom comprising a rolling translation of the first cylinder portion on the surface of the second cylinder portion around the longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion;
wherein a first pulling force on each cable of a first pair of the cables actuates a first movement consisting of the rolling translation of the first cylinder portion along the surface of the second cylinder portion parallel to the longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion; and
wherein a second pulling force on each cable of a second pair of the cables actuates a second movement consisting of the rolling translation of the first cylinder portion on the surface of the second cylinder portion around the longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion.

US Pat. No. 10,390,896

FORCE SENSOR TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A force sensor apparatus, for use with a surgical instrument including a shaft and a wrist joint coupled to an end effector, the surgical instrument being operably couplable to a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system, comprising:a plurality of strain gauges;
a tube portion including a proximal end, a distal end, a plurality of radial ribs that run along and radiate from a centerline axis of the tube, wherein a different strain gauge, from among the plurality of strain gauges, is positioned over each rib of the plurality of radial ribs to reduce temperature differences between opposing strain gauges by providing a direct thermal pathway between opposing strain gauges;
the proximal end of the tube portion operably couplable to the shaft of the surgical instrument;
the distal end of the tube portion operably couplable to the wrist joint of the surgical instrument; and
a thermal shunt shell over an outer surface of the tube portion.

US Pat. No. 10,390,895

CONTROL OF ADVANCEMENT RATE AND APPLICATION FORCE BASED ON MEASURED FORCES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A robotic surgical system comprising:a first robotic arm;
a first tool assembly coupled to the first robotic arm, the first tool assembly comprising
a first shaft extending distally from a first housing;
a first end effector coupled to a first distal end of the first shaft, the first end effector being configured to manipulate a tissue of a patient; and
a first sensor operatively coupled to the first end effector and configured to sense a first force applied to the first end effector by the tissue;
a second robotic arm;
a second tool assembly coupled to the second robotic arm, the second tool assembly comprising
a second shaft extending distally from a second housing;
a second end effector coupled to a second distal end of the second shaft, the second end effector being configured to treat the tissue; and
a control system configured to control, based on the sensed first force applied to the first end effector, a velocity of movement of the second end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,390,894

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT MANIPULATOR ASPECTS

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A remote center manipulator comprising:a mounting base;
an instrument holder configured to couple with a surgical instrument; and
a linkage coupling the instrument holder to the mounting base, the linkage comprising a yaw joint, a parallelogram linkage portion, and a conical sweep joint;
the yaw joint being positioned to rotate the instrument holder about a yaw axis that intersects a remote center of manipulation;
the parallelogram linkage portion comprising a first joint, a second joint, and a third joint that are constrained to rotate the instrument holder about a pitch axis that intersects the remote center of manipulation; and
the conical sweep joint being configured to reorient the yaw joint and the parallelogram linkage portion about a conical sweep axis that intersects the remote center of manipulation, the conical sweep axis being non-parallel with the yaw axis.

US Pat. No. 10,390,892

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR UPDATING PATIENT REGISTRATION DURING SURFACE TRACE ACQUISITION

1. A method of performing a patient registration using a surgical navigation system, having a processor, in a medical procedure, comprising:initializing a surface trace acquisition;
recording one or more surface traces;
receiving a patient image of a patient anatomy;
extracting a surface from the patient image;
computing a registration transform for patient registration between the one or more surface traces and the patient image extracted surface, the patient registration dynamically updated during the surface trace acquisition;
segmenting the patient image into a plurality of regions, each region of the plurality of regions containing an anatomical landmark;
determining a spatial distribution of surface traces among the plurality of regions;
determining whether the spatial distribution in relation to each region of the plurality of regions minimizes deviance below a threshold; and
if the spatial distribution in relation to any region of the plurality of regions is determined as exceeding the threshold, providing information relating to such region.

US Pat. No. 10,390,891

HOLOGRAM LENS FOR POSITIONING AN ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. An apparatus for positioning an orthopedic implant, the apparatus comprising:a magnetic receiver, which is configured to sense respective components of one or more magnetic fields generated by a field-generating device coupled to the orthopedic implant, and to produce corresponding electrical signals indicative of the sensed components of the one or more magnetic fields;
a processor, which is configured to calculate, based on the electrical signals, a position of the orthopedic implant within an organ of a patient; and
a personal display device, which is configured to display at least part of the orthopedic implant overlaid on a scene, based on the position calculated by the processor, wherein the displayed at least part of the orthopedic implant comprises a three-dimensional (3D) hologram of the at least part of the orthopedic implant.

US Pat. No. 10,390,889

REMOVABLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

1. A medical navigation device, comprising:a sheath comprising a material, the sheath configured to cover at least a portion of a medical device configured for navigation in a body lumen of a patient, wherein the sheath comprises a first opening, a second opening, and a lumen therebetween, wherein the first opening, the second opening, and the lumen are each sized and configured such that a portion of the medical device may removably pass therethrough; and
a positioning sensor comprising an electromagnetic coil affixed within the material of the sheath so that the sheath and the positioning sensor are removable from the medical device and from the body lumen while the medical device remains in the body lumen, wherein the electromagnetic coil is sized and configured such that a portion of the medical device may removably pass therethrough, and wherein the electromagnetic coil is electrically coupled to conductors extending longitudinally along the sheath from the electromagnetic coil to a sheath proximal end located outside of the body lumen and patient while the medical device remains in the body lumen so as to enable connection of the conductors to a navigation and tracking system, and
wherein the electromagnetic coil is sized and configured to produce a signal that can be interpreted by a signal processing unit and such that a portion of the medical device may pass therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,390,888

INTRAVASCULAR CATHETER FOR MODELING BLOOD VESSELS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of generating a 4-Dimensional model comprising:capturing imagery of a catheter and a vessel as the catheter is directed through the vessel to a location of interest, wherein the catheter is disposed on a guidewire;
constructing a 3-Dimensional time varying reference curve describing a trajectory of the guidewire; and
constructing a time varying 3-Dimensional model of the artery comprising image frames mapped to points on the reference curve,
wherein constructing the 3-Dimensional time varying reference curve describing a trajectory of the guidewire further comprises:
acquiring at least two angiogram runs from different viewing angles with the guidewire, and a proximal marker, a distal tip marker, and a lens marker visible over a complete cardiac cycle;
mapping each image frame of the at least two angiogram runs to positions within the cardiac cycle;
selecting a subset of the image frames of the at least two angiogram runs that encompass at least the cardiac cycle;
segmenting the proximal marker, the distal tip marker, the lens marker and the guidewire from the subset of the image frames; and
computing an intersection between the at least two angiogram runs for each of the proximal marker, the distal tip marker, the lens marker and the guidewire in a world coordinate system over time to determine a reference curve as a trajectory of the lens marker in the world coordinate system as a function of time.

US Pat. No. 10,390,887

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTRAOPERATIVE SURGICAL PLANNING

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method for intraoperative surgical planning, the method comprising:accessing, on a computing device operating an intraoperative surgical planning interface, a first medical image providing a first view of a joint within a surgical site;
receiving, within the intraoperative surgical planning interface, selection of a first component of a modular prosthetic device implanted in the first bone of the joint;
displaying, within the intraoperative surgical planning interface, a graphical representation of the first component of the modular prosthetic device overlaid on the first medical image;
updating the graphical representation of the first component based on receiving, within the intraoperative surgical planning interface, positioning inputs representative of an implant location of the first component relative to landmarks on the first bone visible within the first medical image; and
presenting, within the intraoperative surgical planning interface, a selection interface enabling visualization of additional components of the modular prosthetic device virtually connected to the first component and overlaid on the first medical image;
wherein the first component implanted within the first bone includes a plurality of fiducial marks indicative of position; and
wherein receiving the positioning inputs includes receiving indication of relationship between at least one fiducial mark of the plurality of fiducial marks on the first component and the first bone.

US Pat. No. 10,390,870

UNCALIBRATED THERMOCOUPLE SYSTEM

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. An apparatus comprising:a catheter having a distal section with multiple thermocouples configured to generate first multiple input signals, respectively;
a temperature module; and
a circuit comprising:
a multiplexer configured to receive in parallel the first multiple input signals and a first feedback signal, and to cycle through and output serially the first multiple input signals and the first feedback signal;
an output amplifier with a variable gain; and
a control circuitry having a processor configured to:
select a first selected input signal from the first multiple input signals based on a predetermined characteristic;
perform a comparison of the first selected input signal and the first feedback signal;
adjust the variable gain of the output amplifier in response to the comparison;
send the first selected input signal through the adjusted output amplifier and back to the multiplexer as a second feedback signal; and
send the first multiple input signals through the adjusted output amplifier to the temperature module.

US Pat. No. 10,390,828

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SEALING STAPLES IN TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body configured to be disposed within a jaw of a surgical stapler, the cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein, each of the surgical staples having a pair of legs, each of the legs of the surgical staple having an adjunct that is disposed therearound prior to the cartridge body being disposed within the jaw and that is movable independent of the adjunct disposed around the other leg of the surgical staple, and each adjunct forming a fluid tight seal around the leg of the surgical staple around which the adjunct is disposed upon deployment of the surgical staple from the cartridge body.

US Pat. No. 10,390,808

VASCULAR HOLE CLOSURE DEVICE

Rex Medical, L.P, Consho...

1. A device for closing an aperture in a vessel wall, the aperture having an external opening in an external region of the vessel wall and an internal opening in an internal region of the vessel wall, the device comprising:a distal covering member positionable inside the vessel against the internal opening of the aperture, the covering member having a first opening, a second opening, a third opening and a fourth opening;
a proximal first retainer positionable external of the vessel;
a proximal second retainer positionable external of the vessel; and
a first flexible connecting member operatively connecting the first retainer to the covering member and a second flexible connecting member operatively connecting the second retainer to the covering member, the first flexible connecting member advancing the first retainer toward the covering member, the first opening of the covering member restricting movement of the first flexible connecting member and the second opening of the covering member providing for freer movement of the first flexible connecting member, the second flexible connecting member advancing the second retainer toward the covering member, the third opening of the covering member restricting movement of the second flexible connecting member and the fourth opening of the covering member providing for freer movement of the second flexible connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,390,807

VASCULAR HOLE CLOSURE DEVICE

Rex Medical, L.P., Consh...

1. A vascular device for closing an aperture in a wall of a vessel, the vascular device comprising:an intravascular distal covering member positionable inside the vessel, the covering member having a length and a width, the covering member pivoting from a first position to a second placement position when outside a delivery device;
an extravascular first retainer positionable external of the vessel, the first retainer positioned proximal of the covering member during delivery and placement outside of the aperture; and
a first flexible member extending between the distal covering member and the first retainer, wherein applying a proximally directed force on a portion of the first flexible member advances the first retainer distally toward the covering member as the position of the first retainer remains fixed with respect to a first end and a second end of the first flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,390,806

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING A TISSUE SAMPLE USING A BIOPSY TOOL

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A biopsy assembly comprising:a biopsy catheter having a proximal portion and a distal portion;
a navigation catheter configured to receive the biopsy catheter for positioning the biopsy catheter adjacent target tissue;
a coring component including:
a distal portion formed of two or more distally extending spiral blades disposed radially around a longitudinal center of the coring component;
a spiral slit defined between two spiral edges of two adjacent blades of the two or more distally extending blades; and
a proximal portion being coupled to the distal portion of the biopsy catheter,
wherein the two or more blades are configured to penetrate the target tissue and sever a tissue sample from the target tissue, and
wherein the spiral slit is configured to enable movement of the two or more distally extending blades towards the longitudinal center of the coring component to reduce a diameter of the distal portion of the coring component when the coring component is retracted from the target tissue; and
an anchor to anchor the biopsy catheter to the target tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,390,805

BIOPSY NEEDLE WITH LARGE FIBER DISTANCE AT THE TIP

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

14. A biopsy device comprising:a tubular member; and
a shaft movably accommodated within the tubular member, the shaft comprising:
a centered longitudinal axis;
a bevel at a distal end of the shaft, the a surface of the bevel facing upwardly;
a recess in the shaft adjacent the distal end of the shaft, the recess having a bottom surface and facing sidewardly, wherein upwardly and sidewardly are directions that are mutually offset in a circumferential direction about the centered longitudinal axis of the shaft; and
two channels formed in a longitudinal direction within the shaft, the two channels having corresponding openings in the bevel surface, and accommodating optical fibers, respectively,
wherein the two channels are in a plane laterally offset from the centered longitudinal axis in a direction away from the bottom surface of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,390,802

EYESCAN APP FOR DETECTING IMPAIRMENT

1. A computer program product for testing impairment in an individual, the computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer readable program code embodied therewith, the computer readable program code being configured to, when executed by a processor:initiate a test for impairment of a person in response to a button press of a user interface on a mobile computing device;
capture in response to the button press of the user interface, via a camera of the mobile computing device, an image of the person's eye;
record ocular features in the captured image;
measure a pupil size of the person's eye from the recorded ocular features in the captured image;
compare the measured pupil size to a stored threshold pupil size value;
determine whether the measured pupil size exceeds the threshold pupil size value; and
provide an electronic report indicating whether the person is impaired based on the determination of determine whether the measured pupil size exceeds the threshold pupil size value.

US Pat. No. 10,390,800

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS METHOD AND ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus comprising:a probe;
an ultrasound transmitter configured to transmit ultrasound waves to an object by using the probe;
an ultrasound receiver configured to generate ultrasound data based on reflection waves corresponding to the transmitted ultrasound waves;
a bio-signal obtaining unit configured to obtain bio-signals that are periodically generated;
a data processor configured to obtain first loop image data and second loop image data based on the ultrasound data; and
an image generator configured to:
determine a first characteristic point in the first loop image data, based on the bio-signals;
determine a second characteristic point corresponding to the first characteristic point, in the second loop image data, based on the bio-signals; and
generate combined data by combining the first loop image data and the second loop data, image based on a location of the first characteristic point and a location of the second characteristic point.

US Pat. No. 10,390,799

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERPOLATING LESION DETECTION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor, when executing the stored instructions, is configured to:
receive a sequence of first images inputted in real time,
match a current image of the sequence of first images with a second image of reference images, the reference images previously stored prior to the receiving of the sequence of first images,
determine whether to interpolate a lesion area in the current image based on a matching result,
in response to determining that the current image is matched with the second image, acquire the lesion area of the current image by interpolating, based on the second image, the lesion area, and
in response to determining that the current image is not matched with the second image, detect the lesion area of the current image by using a lesion area detection algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,390,797

SHEAR WAVE VELOCITY ESTIMATION USING CENTER OF MASS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A device comprising:an ultrasound transducer configured to fire pushing beams into a medium, the medium comprising a material, wherein each pushing beam of the pushing beams comprises a pushing beam focus and is configured to produce a respective shear wave along a propagation path through the medium, the ultrasound transducer further being configured to issue tracking beams;
a multiline beamformer configured to form a plurality of spatially overlapping receive lines from respective echoes from the tracking beams, each respective tracking beam of the tracking beams comprising one transmit beam;
a beamforming circuitry configured to measure shear-wave induced displacements in the medium at different spatial locations along the propagation path of the respective shear wave in response to the plurality of spatially overlapping receive lines; and
a processor operatively connected with all the tracking beams,
wherein the processor is configured to use the shear-wave-induced displacements, measured at the different spatial locations along the propagation path by the beamforming circuitry, to determine a time value of a center of mass of a waveform of the respective shear wave for each of the different spatial locations by computing a time-of-arrival weighted average of a displacement curve of the respective shear wave based on the plurality of spatially overlapping receive lines,
wherein the time-of-arrival weighted average of the displacement curve is determined using time values of the displacement curve weighted by the respective shear-wave induced displacements of the displacement curve associated with the time values and measured by the beamforming circuitry at different sampling times associated with sampling that detects the shearwave induced displacements in the medium at each of the different spatial locations, and
wherein the time value of the center of mass of the waveform of the respective shear wave for each of the different spatial locations, determined by computing the time-of-arrival weighted average of the displacement curve for each of the different spatial locations, is representative of an arrival time of the respective shear wave at a respective location of the different spatial locations, each respective location of the different spatial locations having a respective time-of-arrival weighted average.

US Pat. No. 10,390,796

MOTION CORRECTION IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL ELASTICITY ULTRASOUND IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for elasticity ultrasound imaging, the method comprising:acquiring, with an ultrasound system, first ultrasound data for a three-dimensional region, the first ultrasound data comprising voxels representing different locations distributed along three axes in the three-dimensional region at a first time;
acquiring, with the ultrasound system, second ultrasound data for the three-dimensional region, the second ultrasound data comprising voxels representing the different locations distributed along the three axes in the three-dimensional region at a second time different than the first time and while a region of interest for elasticity estimation is subject to application of stress, the region of interest being within the three-dimensional region;
identifying an anatomical landmark of the three-dimensional region and spaced from the region of interest for elasticity estimation and from a region of application of the stress, the anatomical landmark represented in the first and second ultrasound data, the identifying being by detection of a structure as the anatomical landmark by a processor processing each of the first ultrasound data for the structure and the second ultrasound data for the structure; then
determining motion of the anatomical landmark based on a difference in position as identified from the first time to the second time;
estimating elasticity in the three-dimensional region from the first and second ultrasound data, the elasticity estimated in the region of interest in the three-dimensional region;
motion correcting in the estimating of elasticity in the three-dimensional region from the first and second ultrasound data, the motion correcting being a function of the motion of the anatomical landmark; and
displaying a three-dimensional representation of the elasticity in the three-dimensional region.

US Pat. No. 10,390,793

BACKING ELEMENT OF ULTRASONIC PROBE, BACKING LAYER OF ULTRASONIC PROBE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Medison Co., Ltd....

1. A backing element of an ultrasonic probe, the backing element comprising:a member which is a component of a backing layer having a shape of a polygonal column that is configured to acoustically connect to an ultrasonic transducer element;
a conductive trace disposed at a first surface of the member and electrically connected to the ultrasonic transducer element; and
an electrode layer disposed on a second surface of the member, different from the first surface on which the conductive trace is disposed,
wherein the second surface of the member is acoustically connected to the ultrasonic transducer element,
the member has a recessed portion on the second surface, the electrode layer being divided by the recessed portion, and
portions of the electrode layer divided by the recessed portion are electrically connected through the ultrasonic transducer element.

US Pat. No. 10,390,792

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS DEVICE AND METHOD OF DIAGNOSING BY USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasonic diagnosis system comprising:an auxiliary diagnosis device having an auxiliary probe, and
an ultrasonic diagnosis device including:
a first probe;
a memory storing instructions;
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to perform functions to:
generate image data of a target object diagnosed by a first user based on ultrasonic signals transmitted to the target object from the first probe; and
confirm a first physical location of the first probe with respect to the target object;
a wired or wireless network communication transceiver performing functions to:
transmit the image data and information on the first physical location to the auxiliary diagnosis device distinct from the ultrasound diagnosis device across a wired or wireless network; and
receive, across the wired or wireless network from the auxiliary ultrasonic diagnosis device, information on a second physical location of the auxiliary probe of the auxiliary diagnosis device with respect to an auxiliary target object; and
an image processor controlling a display and executing instructions to cause the display to perform functions to display a location correction of the first probe wherein the location correction is a correlation between the first physical location of the first probe of the first ultrasonic diagnosis device and the second physical location of the auxiliary probe of the auxiliary ultrasonic diagnosis device, and the display of the location correction of the first probe includes the display of a location of the first probe that needs to be corrected as at least one selected from the group consisting of a moving direction, a moving distance, a scan direction, a scan range, a rotation direction, and a rotation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,390,791

ULTRASONIC PROBE WITH ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS ADDRESSABLE ON COMMON ELECTRICAL CHANNEL

SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCE...

1. An ultrasound imaging probe comprising:a hollow sheath;
an imaging conduit extending through said hollow sheath, said imaging conduit comprising electrically conductive paths that define an electrical channel;
an imaging assembly supported remote from a proximal end of said imaging conduit, said imaging assembly comprising:
a solid support;
an ultrasound transducer in electrical communication with said electrically conductive paths;
one or more pivot elements contacting said ultrasound transducer and pivotally supporting said ultrasound transducer relative to said solid support; and
a spring connecting said ultrasound transducer to said solid support, such that said spring provides a restoring force in response to pivotal motion of said ultrasound transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,390,790

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND CONSOLE DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A radiographic imaging apparatus, including an electronic cassette and a console device for radio communication with said electronic cassette, comprising:said electronic cassette including:
a transmitter for transmitting a beacon for said radio communication;
a regulation unit for regulating beaconing of said beacon in a predetermined specific state among plural operational states;
said console device including:
a receiver for receiving said beacon;
a processor configured for:
checking whether a communication failure has occurred in said radio communication according to a receiving state of said beacon in said receiver;
checking whether said electronic cassette is in said specific state or in a non-specific state different from said specific state;
validating generation of alert notification to notify said communication failure while said communication failure has occurred and said electronic cassette is in said non-specific state;
an alert indicator for generating said alert notification in case that said processor validates generation of said alert notification.

US Pat. No. 10,390,789

TWO-DIMENSIONAL X-RAY DETECTOR, CONE-BEAM CT APPARATUS AND METHOD USING REGION-OF-INTEREST

UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPE...

1. A two-dimensional X-ray detector comprising:an ROI table having a position and size of a region-of-interest (ROI) settable for each frame; and
an ROI controller configured to control the ROI based on the ROI table.

US Pat. No. 10,390,787

OPTIMIZATION OF IMAGE ACQUISITION PARAMETERS FOR REGISTRATION WITH REFERENCE IMAGE

Varian Medical Systems, I...

1. An apparatus, comprising:one or more input for electronically obtaining a first image and for obtaining a plurality of image parameters that includes at least a first image parameter and a second image parameter;
a simulated image generator, and an image registration module coupled downstream with respect to the simulated image generator, wherein the simulated image generator and the image registration module are implemented using a processor;
wherein the simulated image generator is configured for electronically generating a plurality of simulated images based on the first image and the plurality of image parameters, the plurality of simulated images having at least a first simulated image computed based on the first image parameter, and a second simulated image computed based on the second image parameter, wherein the first simulated image has a first image quality, the second simulated image has a second image quality, and the first image quality is different from the second image quality;
wherein the image registration module is configured for signal processing to electronically perform a plurality of image registrations using the simulated images, and for generating registration data representing results from the act of performing the plurality of image registrations;
wherein the apparatus is configured to provide image acquisition parameter via a communication interface based at least on one or more of the registration data, and wherein in an imaging system that is configured to perform image acquisition, the image acquisition parameter controls or affects a manner in which the image acquisition is performed by the imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,390,785

MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE, TUBE VOLTAGE SETTING DEVICE, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGING CONTROL PROGRAM

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. An imaging control method for a medical imaging device that is equipped with a press plate to press a breast and an emitter to radiate radiation onto the breast, and that is capable of performing radiographic imaging and ultrasound imaging of the breast, the imaging control method comprising:acquiring information indicating a type of an acoustic matching member inserted between the press plate and the breast in a case in which ultrasound imaging of the breast is performed;
setting a tube voltage of the emitter to a first tube voltage in a case in which radiographic imaging of the breast is performed alone; and
setting the tube voltage of the emitter to a second tube voltage that is different from the first tube voltage, by employing the acquired information, in a case in which radiographic imaging and ultrasound imaging of the breast are performed consecutively with the acoustic matching member still inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,390,782

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING AT LEAST ONE INDIVIDUAL FLUID-DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTIC PARAMETER OF A STENOSIS IN A VASCULAR SEGMENT HAVING SERIAL STENOSES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for ascertaining at least one individual fluid-dynamic characteristic parameter of a stenosis in a vascular segment of a body vessel having a plurality of serial stenoses, the method comprising:receiving, from an angiography recording device, angiography image data of the vascular segment;
ascertaining, by an analysis device, geometry data of the vascular segment based on the angiography image data;
combining the geometry data and the angiography image data to form a segment model of the vascular segment;
ascertaining, by a dividing device, at least one division point located between two serial stenosis of the plurality of serial stenosis, respectively, in the segment model by a predetermined division criterion, wherein the division criterion comprises a first stenosis with a local cross section smaller than a predetermined percentage of a virtual, stenosis-free interpolated vessel path upstream of the respective division point and a second stenosis with a local cross section smaller than a predetermined percentage of the virtual, stenosis-free interpolated vessel path downstream of the respective division point;
subdividing the segment model into subsegment models at the at least one division point, and
ascertaining, by a simulation device, the respective fluid-dynamic characteristic parameter for at least one of the subsegment models based on respective geometry data of the subsegment model, wherein the respective geometry data of each remaining subsegment model is ignored.

US Pat. No. 10,390,781

X-RAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING X-RAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray photographing unit configured to acquire first image information by irradiating an X-ray of a first dose to an object;
a control unit configured to determine existence/nonexistence of a density abnormality of the object on the basis of the first image information;
an output unit configured to display information about the existence/nonexistence of the density abnormality; and
an input unit configured to receive an input about rephotographing of the first image information from a user,
wherein when the rephotographing is not requested in the input, the X-ray photographing unit further acquires second image information by irradiating an X-ray of a second dose greater than the first dose, and
the second dose is determined on the basis of at least one of a measured object thickness and object density.

US Pat. No. 10,390,779

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:an X-ray source configured to generate and radiate X-rays;
an imaging device configured to photograph an image of an object;
a controller configured to acquire object direction information from the photographed image of the object, and determine whether the object direction information corresponds to an imaging information included in an imaging protocol, the imaging information including at least one of a position of the object and a posture of the object; and
a user interface configured to output a warning in response to a determination by the controller that the object direction information does not correspond to the at least one of the position of the object and the posture of the object from the imaging protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,390,777

TRANSFORMABLE IMAGING SYSTEM

Medtronic Navigation, Inc...

1. An imaging system configured to acquire images of a subject, comprising:a source configured to emit an energy;
a detector configured to detect the emitted energy and generate image data based on the detected emitted energy;
a base; and
a track attached to the base and extending along an arc around a center;
wherein both the source and the detector are individually and independently moveable on the track along the arc around the center from a first position to a second position, wherein the second position has a greater distance between the source and the detector than the first position;
wherein both the source and the detector are configured to move along the arc around the center independently on the track.

US Pat. No. 10,390,776

THREE-DIMENTIONAL SERIAL FOCUSED INTRAORAL DIGITAL TOMOSYNTHESIS SCANNER AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

China Medical University,...

1. A three-dimensional serial focused intraoral digital tomosynthesis scanner for scanning a patient's mouth, the three-dimensional serial focused intraoral digital tomosynthesis scanner comprising:a frame body comprising a central axis and a light source seat, wherein the light source seat is moved along a scanning path and rotated around the central axis;
an image capturing module disposed on the light source seat and reciprocated along the scanning path, wherein the image capturing module is configured to generate a light beam emitted from an outside to the patient's mouth;
a photosensitive member connected to the frame body and positioned in the patient's mouth, wherein the light beam is emitted to the photosensitive member, the light beam is moved along the scanning path corresponding to the photosensitive member so as to generate a plurality of two-dimensional optical images by the image capturing module, and the photosensitive member has a flaky shape; and
an image processing module electrically connected to the image capturing module, wherein the image processing module receives the two-dimensional optical images and calculates the two-dimensional optical images to generate a three-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 10,390,775

INTER-DETECTOR SCATTER ENHANCED EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An emission tomography system for acquiring a series of medical images of a subject, the system comprising:a bore configured to receive the subject having been administered a dose of a radiotracer;
a detector system having a field of view and arranged about the bore configured to receive gamma rays emitted from the subject as a result of the dose of the radiotracer and communicate signals corresponding to the gamma rays;
a data processing system configured to:
receive the signals from the detector system;
determine, from the signals, photon coincidence events involving two photons;
apply a set of predetermined factors to determine, from the signals, photon coincidence events involving more than two photons;
sort the photon coincidence events involving two photons along projected lines of response in the field of view;
sort and weight the photon coincidence events involving more than two photons along projected lines of response based at least on the sorted photon coincidence events involving two photons; and
a reconstruction system configured to receive the sorted photon coincidence events involving two photons and the sorted photon coincidence events involving more than two photons from the data processing system and reconstruct therefrom a series of medical images of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,390,774

ANNULAR RING TARGET MULTI-SOURCE CT SYSTEM

1. A multiple-source computed tomography system comprising:an annular vacuum chamber disposed around a passage;
a supporting system configured to support within the passage an item selected from the group consisting of an object and a living organism to be imaged;
a target ring disposed within the chamber, the passage passing through an axial opening of the target ring;
a plurality of electron beam emitters mounted to a mechanically rotatable emitter gantry within the vacuum chamber, each electron beam emitter configured to emit an electron beam towards the target ring and to cause emissions of x-rays at an impact location of the electron beam on the target ring;
an x-ray radiation detector array disposed within the passage and mounted upon a rotatable detector gantry, the rotatable detector gantry configured to rotate during imaging at a different angular velocity than rotation of the rotatable emitter gantry;
an image processing system configured to receive projection data from the radiation detector array, and to generate tomographic images from the projection data received from the radiation detector array.