US Pat. No. 10,392,024

MODULAR VEHICLE

APPLIED MINDS, LLC, Burb...

1. A control system configured with one or more established operating relations for operating a modular vehicle, wherein the modular vehicle includes a vehicle platform that is configured to receive one or more selected modules of a plurality of modules at a selected location on the vehicle platform, furthermore the control system comprises a processor, embodying instructions, which when executed by the processor performs steps comprising:recognizing one or more of the selected modules upon installation of the one or more modules at the selected location on the vehicle platform;
receiving preloaded data from the one or more installed modules, wherein the preloaded data comprises attributes related to each module respectively; and
communicating an alert to an operator based on the received attributes and one or more established operating relations.

US Pat. No. 10,392,023

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A TRAILER IS ATTACHED TO A VEHICLE

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A system for determining whether a trailer is attached to a vehicle, the system comprising:an electronic processor for receiving pitch data indicative of the pitch of the vehicle, wherein the pitch data comprises, or is used to calculate, a pitch frequency of the vehicle when in motion,
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein,
wherein the electronic processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that the electronic processor is operable to:
calculate a pitch profile of the vehicle from the pitch frequency, and
determine from the pitch profile whether a trailer is attached to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,022

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DRIVER SCORING WITH MACHINE LEARNING

CalAmp Corp., Irvine, CA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,021

CONTROL DEVICE IN HYBRID VEHICLE

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

1. A control device in a hybrid vehicle; comprising:an internal combustion engine and an electric motor serving as drive sources of the hybrid vehicle;
a transmission including:
a first input shaft connected to the electric motor and optionally connected to an engine output shaft in the internal combustion engine with a first clutch;
a second input shaft optionally connected to the engine output shaft in the internal combustion engine with a second clutch;
an output shaft configured to output power toward drive wheels;
a first shift mechanism including a plurality of shift gears provided between the first input shaft and the output shaft and a first engagement switching mechanism which optionally engages any of the plurality of shift gears with the first input shaft or the output shaft and by which any one of odd shift stages and even shift stages is able to be set;
a second shift mechanism including a plurality of other shift gears provided between the second input shaft and the output shaft and a second engagement switching mechanism which optionally engages any of the plurality of other shift gears with the second input shaft or the output shaft and by which the other of the odd shift stages and the even shift stages is able to be set;
a reverse stage shift mechanism configured to be able to set a reverse shift stage disposed between the first input shaft and the output shaft; and
a parking lock mechanism configured to include a parking lock gear provided in the output shaft and a meshing member which is able to be meshed with the parking lock gear and lock the output shaft by meshing the meshing member with the parking lock gear; and
a control unit configured to control driving of the hybrid vehicle using the internal combustion engine and the electric motor,
wherein the control unit selects a lowest shift stage which is able to be set by the second shift mechanism as a preparation shift stage set when the parking lock mechanism is a parking lock state.

US Pat. No. 10,392,006

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

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,004

HYBRID VEHICLE

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

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric generator configured to be driven by the engine;
a battery electrically connected to the electric generator;
an electric motor configured to be driven by the electric generator and/or the battery, and to drive a driven wheel of the vehicle;
an engine temperature sensor for measuring or estimating a temperature of the engine; and
a control unit for controlling a load of the electric generator to operate the engine, according to a predetermined operating condition defined by a rotational speed and a torque of the engine;
wherein the operating condition includes a first operating condition and a second operating condition that coincides with the first operating condition when the torque is equal to or lower than a prescribed torque determination value,
wherein the control unit switches the operating condition from the first operating condition to the second operating condition when, in a case where the operating condition is the first operating condition, the temperature of the engine becomes equal to or lower than a prescribed temperature determination value and the torque is equal to or lower than the prescribed torque determination value, and
wherein the control unit switches the operating condition from the second operating condition to the first operating condition when, in a case where the operating condition is the second operating condition, the temperature of the engine becomes higher than the prescribed temperature determination value and the torque is equal to or lower than the prescribed torque determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,391,987

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

TRW AUTOMOTIVES U.S. LLC,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle comprising the steps of:providing a system having a plurality of brakes and a curve detecting mechanism, each brake of the plurality of brakes being configured to slow rotation of a respective vehicle wheel,
detecting a curve in a forward travel path of the vehicle using the curve detecting mechanism,
pre-filling at least two brakes but fewer than all of the plurality of brakes in response to the detection of a curve,
calculating a maximum speed that the vehicle can safely traverse the detected curve,
determining a speed of the vehicle; and
wherein the step of pre-filling occurs only when the determined speed of the vehicle exceeds the calculated maximum speed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,965

TUBULAR SEAT BELT SYSTEM HAVING AIR DELIVERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat belt system comprising:a seat belt comprising a tubular seat belt webbing defining a passageway and a plurality of pressure controlled valves; and
an air delivery device supplying air to the seat belt, wherein the valves allow the supplied air to exit openings in the seat belt webbing at a first air pressure and block the supplied air from exiting the openings at a second air pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,942

ELECTRONIC MIRROR APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic mirror apparatus comprising:a display which in operation displays an image taken by an imaging unit mounted on a vehicle;
a light control filter disposed at a side of the display nearer to a driver's seat, the light control filter in operation shifting between a light reflection state and a light transmission state in response to a state of voltage applied to the light control filter, the light reflection state including a state in which the reflectance of light of the light control filter is higher than the transmittance of light of the light control filter, the light transmission state including a state in which the transmittance of light of the light control filter is higher than the reflectance of light of the light control filter; and
a controller which in operation controls the display,
wherein
the controller in operation controls the display to not display the image when the light control filter is in the light reflection state, and controls the display to display the image when the light control filter is in the light transmission state and in a period of transition from the light reflection state to the light transmission state,
in the period of transition, the reflectance of light of the light control filter decreases, and the transmittance of light of the light control filter increases, and
the controller in operation controls the display to:
set a brightness of at least part of the image displayed on the display to a first brightness level during a sub period included in the period of transition, and
set a brightness of the at least part of the image displayed on the display to a second brightness level which is lower than the first brightness level, during the light transmission state.

US Pat. No. 10,391,928

LIGHTING TOOL FOR VEHICLE

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A lighting tool for a vehicle that radiates light from the vehicle toward a road surface, the lighting tool for the vehicle comprising:a light source device;
a light modulation device that modulates light emitted from the light source device to form multi-gradation light including a high gradation part, a low gradation part and a zero gradation part;
a projection unit that projects the multi-gradation light emitted from the light modulation device to the road surface as a light distribution pattern; and
a control unit that controls the light source device and the light modulation device,
wherein
the light modulation device forms a drawing pattern as the high gradation part which is surrounded by the low gradation part in the light distribution pattern,
the light modulation device is a digital mirror device that includes a reflection control surface configured by arranging a plurality of mirror elements that are tiltable,
the light source device has a light source unit in which a plurality of light emitting elements are arranged,
the control unit has a luminescence amount controller that individually varies luminescence amounts of the plurality of light emitting elements,
the plurality of light emitting elements emits light to the light modulation device, the light is reflected at the reflection control surface, and thereby, a synthetic light distribution pattern is formed on the road surface, the synthetic light distribution pattern being generated by synthesizing a plurality of light distribution regions corresponding to each of the plurality of light emitting elements,
the light emitting element that radiates a light distribution region which includes the drawing pattern among the plurality of light distribution regions is made to emit at a high illuminance compared to an illuminance of the light emitting element that radiates a light distribution region which does not include the drawing pattern among the plurality of light distribution regions, and
the plurality of mirror elements of the digital mirror device, which reflects light toward the light distribution region including the drawing pattern, includes a mirror element that is controlled so as to form the drawing pattern as the high gradation part.

US Pat. No. 10,391,916

EXTENDABLE TILT ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

1. An extendable tilt assembly system comprising:a tailgate guide assembly comprising:
a tailgate protector that may be bent or formed over the edge of the tailgate and/or bumper;
at least two upward facing tailgate guide runners fastened to the tailgate protector;
at least one removable or retractable lower catch member and may have a removable bar added to the lower catch member, disposed adjacent to the back end of the tailgate protector; and
whereby the tailgate guide assembly is either fastened to a tailgate or disposed over/fastened to a bumper;
a cargo handling system comprising:
a guide assembly having one of more locking holes through the upward facing wheel runner, closeable top openings/cutouts may be added on the inner sides of both the first and second inward facing channels to allow for the tilt of portions of the cargo handling system independently or locked together;
wherein the guide assembly may be fastened on a cargo bed of a pickup truck or any other applicable vehicle's cargo bed; and
wherein the guide assembly may be constructed such that it is in and of itself the cargo bed of a given vehicle;
wherein at least one removable or retractable lower catch member and removable bar is disposed adjacent to the back end of the guide assembly;
a lower extendable assembly having stabilizer components which may be lockable; and further comprising:
a plurality of tracking wheels to track the assembly;
at least one upper catch member to facilitate the tilt function;
cutouts on the back end of the lower extendable assembly disposed under the lower catch members in order to allow the passage of the lower extendable assembly over the tailgate guide assembly and its lower catch member(s) in order to facilitate the tilt function off of the tailgate guide assembly;
closeable top openings/cutouts may be added on the inner sides of both the first and second inward facing channels to allow for the tilt by the release of adjustable stabilizer components which may be lockable on the upper extendable assembly to tilt the upper extendable assembly; and
the lower extendable assembly may comprise of a plurality of cross members disposed on the lower bottom of its lower structure; and
an upper extendable assembly having adjustable stabilizer components which may be lockable and further comprising:
a plurality of both tracking and non-tracking wheels to roll on the upward facing wheel runners;
locking members that enable the upper extendable assembly to be locked by the bolt or spring lock of the guide assembly;
the upper extendable assembly may comprise of a plurality of cross members disposed on its upper bottom of its upper structure; and
the upper extendable assembly may comprise of at least two removable upwardly extending non-contiguous sidewalls,
whereby the modified upper extendable assembly rolls upon the modified lower extendable assembly which in turn rolls upon the modified guide assembly without the presence of the tailgate guide assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,391,905

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back including:
a back pad configured to support a back of an occupant; and
a back cover covering the back pad,
wherein the back pad is provided with a recess portion opened forward and configured to accommodate an armrest, a plurality of through holes penetrating in a front-and-rear direction are provided in an outer peripheral edge portion of a rear wall portion of the recess portion, and a flat-plate-shaped board is mounted on a rear wall portion side of the back cover which covers the rear wall portion,
wherein at least one protrusion portion extending toward an outer side in an in-plane direction of the rear wall portion is provided on a part of the board corresponding to at least one of the plurality of through holes, and
wherein when the back pad is covered by the back cover, the back cover covers an inner surface of the recess portion, and the at least one protrusion portion inserted into the at least one of the plurality of through holes is engaged and mounted on a back surface portion of the back pad on an opposite side of the rear wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,897

SEAT FOR VEHICLES

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

1. A seat for vehicles having a flip-up mechanism to shift a seat cushion disposed on a base part from a normal seating posture to a flipped-up posture in which a front side of the seat cushion is lifted and a rear side of the seat cushion is lower than the front side of the seat cushion, the flip-up mechanism comprising:a support leg part having one end connected to a frame of the seat cushion rotatably around a first rotation shaft and another end connected to the base part rotatably around a second rotation shaft and a guided part provided closer to a tip of the one end of the support leg part than the first rotation shaft;
a guide part comprising a guide groove formed around the first rotation shaft with the first rotation shaft as a center, the guide part being engaged with the guided part so as to have the guided part be able to move along the guide groove in a circumferential direction with the first rotation shaft as the center and guide the guided part in the guide groove; and
a coil spring provided between the frame and the guided part and applying a biasing force to the guided part so as to have the guided part guided by the guide part and have one end of the support leg part flipped up so that the seal cushion is in the flipped-up posture in which the front side of the seat cushion is lifted and the rear side of the seat cushion is lower than the front side of the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,888

SEAT DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,391,866

ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrically-driven vehicle configured to be connected to a power feeding device on the outside of the electrically-driven vehicle, the electrically-driven vehicle comprising:a rotary electric machine;
an electric power storage device configured to store electric power that is used to drive the rotary electric machine;
a communication device configured to communicate with a server on the outside of the electrically-driven vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to control external charging in which the electric power storage device is charged by using the electric power that is supplied from the power feeding device,
the electronic control unit being configured to acquire information from the server, the information indicating a degree of tightness of electricity supply-demand balance at a destination of the electrically-driven vehicle, and
the electronic control unit being configured to prohibit execution of charging promotion control for urging a user to perform the external charging at the destination when the acquired information indicates that the degree of the tightness is higher than a reference level.

US Pat. No. 10,391,860

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INSTALLING AND SEALING FUEL PUMP IN FUEL TANK

Holley Performance Produc...

1. A method for installing and sealing a fuel pump in a fuel tank, comprising:providing an opening in a fuel tank;
securing a split clamping ring, of a fuel pump hanger assembly, adjacent to the opening on the inner surface of the fuel tank;
positioning a plurality of clamping lugs of the fuel pump hanger assembly through the opening and through the split clamping ring;
inserting a fuel pump hanger assembly into the opening;
securing a plurality of assembly screws in the top of the fuel pump hanger assembly; and
moving said clamping lugs from a generally circumferentially aligned first elevation adjacent to a lower surface of one of a plurality of bosses to a second elevation, non-circumferentially aligned position, and causing the plurality of clamping lugs to move to a position at least partially radially outward of the opening, and to engage an adjacent one of said plurality of bosses and tighten against the split clamping ring.

US Pat. No. 10,391,855

AIR CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES AND ASSEMBLY METHOD

HBPO GMBH, (DE)

1. A device for controlling an air stream to a radiator device of a vehicle, wherein the air stream is guidable through at least one opening to the radiator device comprising:at least one cover element for at least partially closing the opening in at least a closed position, each of the at least one cover element comprising:
a bearing element extending outward from the cover element from a first end of the cover element, wherein the bearing element has a smaller cross-section than the cover element; and
a carrier for installation and operation of the at least one cover element, the carrier comprising a bearing acceptance disposed to align with the bearing element of a corresponding cover element, the bearing acceptance comprising:
a free space and a restriction, wherein the free space is adjusted to the form of the cover element and the restriction is adjusted to the form of the bearing element, such that the bearing element is introduced into the restriction and the cover element is introduced into the free space when the cover element is in an assembly position and such that the bearing element is supported by the restriction and the cover element is outside of the free space upon movement of the cover element along its longitudinal axis into an operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,813

MULTIPLE CHAMBER PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire having a gas receiving fitting configured to receive a supply of pressurized gas, comprising:said receiving fitting in pneumatic communication with a plurality of chambers;
a plurality of valves, whereby, said plurality of chambers each having at least one valve;
said receiving fitting having a rod, said rod is in communication with at least one biasing mechanism, said rod is connected to a plurality of linkages, said plurality of linkages is connected to said plurality of valves, said at least one biasing mechanism positioning at least one linkage so that said at least one valve of said plurality of valves is biased in a closed orientation; and,
said rod is configured to open said at least one valve of said plurality of valves when said rod is depressed causing said at least one biasing mechanism to compress.

US Pat. No. 10,391,806

PERMANENT STAINING OF VARNISHED SECURITY DOCUMENTS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A security document comprising:a substrate;
a protective varnish having a predetermined thickness covering from about 70% to 90% of a surface area of at least one side of the substrate; and
an unauthorized access identification area arranged in a remaining about 10% to about 30% of the surface area of the at least one side of the substrate, which comprises at least one staining ink retention zone having either no protective varnish or a layer of the protective varnish having a thickness less than the predetermined thickness,
wherein the unauthorized access identification area is configured so that, in the event of a staining ink coming into contact with the at least one staining ink retention zone, the at least one staining ink retention zone permanently and irreversibly retains the staining ink as an indicator of an unauthorized access to the security document,
wherein the at least one staining rink retention zone has a shape of lines of guilloches, and
wherein the at least one staining ink retention zone has a linewidth between about 100 microns and about 1000 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,391,767

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head of a page-wide type, comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an ejection port array including a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting a liquid, each ejection port communicating with a pressure chamber including therein a recording element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid, and a liquid supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a flow path member on which the plurality of recording element substrates are arranged,
wherein the flow path member includes a plurality of common supply flow paths that are provided adjacently to each other as running along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head for supplying a liquid to the plurality of recording element substrates, and a plurality of individual supply flow paths that connect the liquid supply path of each recording element substrate to the common supply flow paths, and
the plurality of individual supply flow paths include portions running obliquely to a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, as viewed from an ejection port array surface having the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 10,391,754

FORMING APPARATUS AND FORMING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A forming apparatus for forming a three-dimensional object, comprising:a discharge head that discharges a forming material;
a forming platform disposed at a position so as to face the discharge head, the forming platform being a member in a form of a table that supports the three-dimensional object currently formed;
a first direction scan driver that drives the discharge head to perform a first direction scan in which the discharge head, while discharging the forming material, moves relative to the forming platform in a first direction previously set; and
a material-accumulating direction driver that moves at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head in a material-accumulating direction to change a head-platform distance between the discharge head and the forming platform, the material-accumulating direction being a direction in which the forming material discharged from the discharge head is accumulated in layers,
the material-accumulating direction driver being configured to move at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head during the first direction scan so as to increase the head-platform distance;
wherein the forming apparatus further comprising:
a data storage which stores slice data, and
the slice data representing a cross-sectional shape of the three-dimensional object to be formed,
the data storage being capable of storing a plurality of pieces of the slice data that respectively represent cross-sectional shapes at different positions in the three-dimensional object in the material-accumulating direction,
the first direction scan driver being configured to drive the discharge head to perform a plurality of the first direction scans at the same position in the three-dimensional object currently formed based on a respective one of the pieces of the slice data,
the material-accumulating direction driver being configured to move at least one of the forming platform and the discharge head so as to increase the head-platform distance at least at any one of timings during the plurality of the first direction scans performed at the same position based on one of the pieces of the slice data.

US Pat. No. 10,391,738

VACUUM HEAT-INSULATION MATERIAL

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A vacuum heat-insulation material, comprising:at least one first fiber member having a rectangular parallelepiped shape;
at least one second fiber member having a rectangular parallelepiped shape that is disposed directly on one surface of the at least one first fiber member and that is thinner than the at least one first fiber member, the one surface of the at least one first fiber member extending in a longitudinal direction of the at least one first fiber member; and
at least one shell material that surrounds the at least one first fiber member and the at least one second fiber member,
wherein the at least one second fiber member is larger in a surface direction than the at least one first fiber member such that a portion of the at least one second fiber member extends beyond the at least one first fiber member in the surface direction,
the shell material is disposed on an upper surface and a lower surface of the portion of the at least one second fiber member extending beyond the at least one first fiber member in the surface direction, and
the at least one first fiber member includes at least two first fiber members, and the at least one second fiber member is placed between said at least two first fiber members.

US Pat. No. 10,391,680

METHOD FOR PRODUCING BELT, AND CYLINDRICAL MOLD AND CROSSLINKING APPARATUS USED THEREFOR

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. A method for producing a belt, the method comprising:providing a cylindrical mold which is hollow, made of metal, and having a mold center axis that extends through the cylindrical mold between axial ends of the cylindrical mold, a shaped structure which is hollow, having a cylindrical shape, and having a structure center axis that extends through the shaped structure between axial ends of the shaped structure, a rotation mechanism that rotates about a mechanism center axis extending in a vertical direction and configured to rotatably support a lower end of the cylindrical mold, and an electromagnetic induction coil configured to heat the cylindrical mold through electromagnetic induction;
setting the shaped structure inside the cylindrical mold such that the structure center axis and the mold center axis extend in a same direction;
disposing the cylindrical mold having the shaped structure set therein on and concentrically with the rotation mechanism such that the mold center axis coincides with the mechanism center axis such that the structure center axis and the mold center axis extend in the vertical direction; and
molding a cylindrical belt slab by heating the cylindrical mold by the electromagnetic induction coil, while the cylindrical mold is rotated by the rotation mechanism and the shaped structure is pressurized from inside.

US Pat. No. 10,391,655

DUAL HEAD AND GUARD KNIFE

Spellbound Development Gr...

1. A tool, comprising:a blade holder mounting a first cutting edge and a second cutting edge, the first and second cutting edges separated by a portion of the blade holder; and
a movable cover coupled to the blade holder, such that the movable cover is configured to rotate relative to the blade holder to alternatively expose the first cutting edge and the second cutting edge.

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. 10,391,603

POLISHING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing apparatus for polishing a surface to be polished of an polishing object by sliding the surface to be polished and a polishing member relative to each other, comprising:a pressing unit that presses a back surface of the surface to be polished of the polishing object such that the surface to be polished is pressed against the polishing member;
a retainer member that is arranged on an outer side of the pressing unit and presses the polishing member;
a storage unit that stores information concerning a condition for preventing the polishing object from slipping out, the condition being defined by use of information concerning a pressing force of the retainer member; and
a control unit that acquires information concerning a force of friction between the surface to be polished of the polishing object and the polishing member or information concerning the pressing force of the retainer member, and executes control for adapting to the condition for preventing the slipping-out by using the acquired information concerning the force of friction or the acquired information concerning the pressing force of the retainer member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,590

HIGH TEMPERATURE SOLDER PASTE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A package comprising:a substrate;
a component coupled with the package via a plurality of solder bumps in a solder grid array (SGA); and
wherein a surface of the solder bumps includes approximately 1% or less of a thixotropic agent.

US Pat. No. 10,391,573

METHOD OF CUTTING AND REMOVING ADHESIVE MATTER AT END OF CUBOID METAL MATERIAL AND REMOVAL APPARATUS

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A method of removing adhesive matter remaining on upper and lower surfaces of a longitudinal end of a slab by corner removing cutting, comprising:in a predetermined position in a width position of the slab, moving a distance measurement device in the longitudinal direction of the slab and measuring a distance to the upper surface or the lower surface of the slab;
using a base metal part of the slab to which adhesive matter does not adhere as a reference line of the upper surface and the lower surface of the slab to provide distance distribution data, wherein a part to which adhesive matter adheres is nearer than the reference line of the upper surface or the lower surface of the slab;
determining a corner position of the slab as an intersecting point between the reference line of the slab and a curve of the distance distribution data;
obtaining a distance of the part to which adhesive matter adheres from a slab end in the longitudinal direction and the corner position of the slab;
setting an amount and a position of cutting by the cutting tool by setting a distance to be cut by the cutting tool in the longitudinal direction from the corner position more than or equal to the distance of the part to which adhesive matter adheres; and
performing corner-removing cutting on the upper and lower surfaces of the longitudinal end of the slab using the cutting tool in accordance with the determined amount and position of cutting,
wherein the cutting tool has a truncated cone-shaped tool body and a plurality of cutting tips provided on a conical surface of the tool body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,565

HOLE SAW GUIDE

1. A method of forming a hole in a work surface, said method comprising:providing a hole saw guide comprising: a transparent disk, said disk having on its surface concentric circular grooves;
determining a desired position on said work surface for forming a circular opening of a desired diameter;
aligning said hole saw guide with said desired position so that one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide having a corresponding diameter to that of said desired diameter for the circular opening is aligned with said desired position;
inserting a hole saw having a corresponding diameter to the one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide within the one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide;
cutting through the hole saw guide with the hole saw, within the one of said concentric circular grooves of the hole saw guide, prior to cutting into the work surface; and
forming said circular opening using said hole saw with said hole saw mounted to a drill and the drill being activated.

US Pat. No. 10,391,542

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ROLLING BEARING UNIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING VEHICLE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a rolling bearing unit,the rolling bearing unit comprising:
a hub main body having an inner ring track that is provided at one side in an axial direction and that is formed on an outer circumferential surface of an intermediate section of the hub main body in the axial direction; and
an inner ring that has an inner ring track on an outer circumferential surface of the inner ring at an other side in the axial direction and that is fitted onto a portion of the hub main body close to an other end of the hub main body in the axial direction,
wherein the inner ring is fixed to the hub main body by pressing an other end surface of the inner ring in the axial direction with a caulking section, and a hub-side face spline that is a concavo-convex section in a circumferential direction is formed on an other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, the caulking section being formed by plastically deforming a cylindrical section, formed on an other end portion of the hub main body in the axial direction, outward in a radial direction,
the method for manufacturing a rolling bearing unit comprising:
forming the hub-side face spline on the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction by performing rotary forging of rotating a roll about a central axis of the hub main body in a state in which a processing surface of the roll is pressed against the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, the roll being rotatably supported about a central axis of the roll and having a tip surface on which the processing surface is formed where concave sections and convex sections are alternately disposed throughout a circumference, the central axis of the roll being inclined with respect to the central axis of the hub main body,
during the rotary forging, in a stage in which a tooth depth of the hub-side face spline is increased to such an extent as to be engageable with the concave sections and the convex sections formed on the processing surface of the roll according to at least the rotary forging, periodically changing an interval between a roll support section supporting the roll and a stage supporting the hub main body so that the interval is minimized in a state in which one of a central position among the concave sections and the convex sections that constitute the processing surface of the roll is pressed toward the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, and the interval is maximized in a state in which other central position among the concave sections and the convex sections is pressed against the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction and so that the rotary forging is performed on the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction by rotating the roll about the central axis of the hub main body in a state in which the processing surface of the roll is pressed toward the other end surface of the caulking section in the axial direction, and
forming the hub-side face spline such that a tooth surface of a tooth of the hub-side face spline is parallel to a side surface of a concave section of the concave sections of the processing surface of the roll.

US Pat. No. 10,391,506

SPRAY APPLICATION SYSTEM COMPONENTS COMPRISING A REPELLENT SURFACE AND METHODS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A component of a spray application system, wherein the component is a liquid reservoir or a liquid reservoir liner comprising a liquid repellent surface such that the receding contact angle with water ranges from 90 degrees to 135 degrees and the liquid repellent surface repels water-based paint having a water soluble volatile organic solvent of at least 10 g/liter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,481

REGENERATION OF ACIDIC IONIC LIQUID CATALYSTS

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A process for regenerating an acidic ionic liquid catalyst which has been used to catalyze a reaction in a reaction zone and which has been deactivated during the reaction by a formation of complexes of conjunct polymers with an anion of the acidic ionic liquid catalyst, comprising removing the acidic ionic liquid catalyst from the reaction zone and breaking up the complexes of the conjunct polymers in the acidic ionic liquid catalyst in a separate regeneration zone to increase a catalytic activity of the acidic ionic liquid catalyst for the reaction; wherein the acidic ionic liquid catalyst is a fused salt ionic liquid composed of organic-based cations and inorganic anions.

US Pat. No. 10,391,472

SURFACE-FUNCTIONALIZED POLYOLEFIN FIBERS AND THEIR USE IN METHODS FOR EXTRACTING METAL IONS FROM LIQUID SOLUTIONS

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

1. A fiber useful in the absorption of metal ions from aqueous solutions, the fiber comprising a polyolefin backbone having a diameter of at least 1 micron and having covalently appended on its surface halogen atoms and vinyl-addition polymeric grafts functionalized with metal-binding groups.

US Pat. No. 10,391,448

SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION (SCR) CONTROL OPTIMIZATION

1. A method of dosing ammonia in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for reducing NOx emissions in a flue gas, the method comprising:calculating a running long term average, starting from the beginning of a compliance period, of NOx emissions;
determining whether the running long term average is greater than a defined NOx emissions limit for the compliance period and adjusting a short term target based on the running long term average being greater than the defined limit;
calculating a running short term average, starting from the beginning of a short-term period that is shorter than the compliance period, of the NOx emissions;
adjusting an instantaneous NOx setpoint based on the running short term average being greater than the adjusted short term target;
determining a stoichiometric constant based upon continuous real-time measurements of a ratio of NO2 to NO in the NOx emissions;
comparing inlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint and calculating a primary ammonia dosing need, the inlet NOx being measured at a location in the SCR system upstream of administering ammonia into the flue gas;
comparing outlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint and calculating a secondary ammonia dosing need, the outlet NOx being measured at a location in the SCR system downstream of an SCR reactor or catalyst;
controlling an ammonia dosing valve to administer ammonia into the flue gas, the dosing valve being at a location in the SCR system upstream of the SCR reactor or catalyst, based upon the combined primary and secondary ammonia dosing need and based upon the determined stoichiometric constants in a short-term control loop, continuously sequentially repeating the calculating the running short term average, the adjusting the instantaneous NOx setpoint, the determining the stoichiometric constant, the comparing inlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint, the calculating
the primary ammonia dosing need, the comparing outlet NOx to the instantaneous setpoint, the calculating the secondary ammonia dosing need, and the controlling the ammonia dosing valve, for the duration of the short term period; and
at the end of the short-term period and the start of a new short term period, in a compliance period control loop, recalculating the running long term average, re-adjusting the short term target or resetting the short term target to be equal to the defined limit, and continuously repeating the short-term control loop for the duration of the new short-term period.

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. 10,391,262

REMOVABLE ACTUATING CAP FOR USE WITH AN AUTO-INJECTOR ASSEMBLY

Windgap Medical, Inc., W...

1. A mixing device comprising:a housing;
a frame being rotatably disposed within the housing;
a mixing assembly being disposed within the frame, the mixing assembly being configured to actuate in response to rotation of the frame with respect to the housing;
an injection trigger; and
a cap being disposed at a distal end of the housing over the injection trigger, the cap being operatively connected to an interior portion of the housing, wherein rotation of the cap with respect to the housing imparts a relative rotation between the frame and the housing thus actuating the mixing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,391,222

DEVICES FOR UREA ELECTROLYSIS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC....

1. A device for the removal of urea from a fluid having urea to produce a cleansed fluid, the device comprising:a urea decomposition unit comprising an inlet for entry of the fluid having urea and an outlet for removal of the cleansed fluid, and one or more sets of electrodes each having an anode and a cathode, wherein the anode of the one or more sets of electrodes is provided with an electrocatalytic surface for decomposition of urea via electrooxidation; and
an electrodialysis unit comprising
a bipolar membrane;
at least two ion exchange membranes; and
a set of electrodes having an anode and a cathode for separation of the fluid having urea via electrodialysis, where the fluid having urea is separated into an acid stream and a basic stream,
wherein the basic stream of the electrodialysis unit is placed in fluid communication with the inlet of the urea decomposition unit, wherein the basic stream of the electrodialysis unit is oxidized by the one or more set of electrodes, and wherein the acid stream separated from the fluid having urea is placed in fluid communication with the basic stream oxidized by the one or more set of electrodes of the urea decomposition unit to produce a neutralized, cleansed fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,391,214

BREAST SHIELD UNIT

MEDELA HOLDING AG, Baar ...

1. A breastshield unit for use with a breastpump for expressing human breastmilk by means of underpressure, comprising a dimensionally stable breastshield and a flexible breastshield insert for placing in the breastshield, the breastshield having a first, open breastshield end for placing on a mother's breast, the breastshield insert havinga first insert end,
a second insert end,
a bearing area for placing on a mother's breast, the bearing area adjoining the first insert end and comprising a receiving opening leading from the first insert end to the second insert end,
and a tubular stub formed integrally on the bearing area and extending as far as the second insert end, the first and second insert ends together defining a longitudinal direction,
the first, open breastshield end having a peripheral edge, on which the breastshield insert is securable with the first insert end,
the breastshield insert, in an assembled state, extending from the first insert end through an inside of the breastshield to the second insert end,
the breastshield insert, between the first and second insert ends, extending substantially spaced apart from the breastshield,
and, in the assembled state of the breastshield insert, the second insert end is displaceable in the longitudinal direction relative to the breastshield, to adapt the breastshield insert to a shape of the breast and to provide a bearing force,
wherein the bearing area extends approximately perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal direction before being applied to the mother's breast and wherein the bearing area is approximately flat before being applied to the mother's breast, wherein the bearing area adapts to the shape of the mother's breast when applied to the mother's breast.

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. 10,390,972

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. 10,390,959

INTERVERTEBRAL DISC REPLACEMENT

AGADA MEDICAL LTD., Kfar...

1. An intervertebral disc replacement comprising:a first layer having a lower surface for contacting a first vertebral bone;
a second layer coupled to the first layer, the second layer comprising a plurality of compressible column springs; and
a third layer coupled to the second layer, the third layer having an upper surface for contacting a second vertebral bone,
wherein each of the plurality of compressible column springs comprises a plurality of stacked coils,
wherein each coil of each of the plurality of stacked coils has a spring constant (K), and
wherein at least one of the plurality of compressible column springs comprises a first coil having a first spring constant and a second coil comprising a second spring constant, wherein the first spring constant is different from the second spring constant, wherein each coil has a cross-section, wherein the cross-section of each coil has a flat lower surface and a flat upper surface that is parallel to the flat lower surface, wherein, when a column spring of the plurality of column springs is maximally compressed, the lower flat surface and upper flat surface of adjacent coils contact each other, forming a continuous column without space between adjacent coils, and wherein the height of the continuous column defines a predetermined limit beyond which the intervertebral disc replacement cannot be compressed,
wherein the first layer, the second layer, and the third layer are one unitary, monolithic piece formed from a single material.

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. 10,390,870

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. 10,390,868

FLUID DISPLACEMENT AND PRESSURIZING DEVICES, AND ASSEMBLY THEREOF

ATRION MEDICAL PRODUCTS, ...

1. A fluid displacement and pressurizing device comprising: a housing having a longitudinal axis; and a carrier member which is disposed generally in the housing, and which is removable from the housing; a plunger which extends through the carrier member; a plunger engaging structure pinned to, and moveable relative to, the carrier member, wherein the plunger engaging structure is selectively engageable with, and disengageable from, the plunger, wherein the housing and the carrier member are configured such that the carrier member and the plunger engaging structure are transversely installable in the housing relative to the longitudinal axis of the housing after the plunger engaging structure has been pinned to the carrier member.

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. 10,390,791

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. 10,390,785

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. 10,390,749

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING FATIGUED DRIVING

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A device for monitoring fatigue driving, comprising a processor, and a monitoring unit, an alarm unit and an inflating unit which are respectively connected with the processor, wherein:the processor is configured to acquire a monitoring result, send an alarm instruction to the alarm unit according to the monitoring result, and send an inflating instruction to the inflating unit when acquiring the monitoring result again after sending the alarm instruction, wherein the monitoring result is used for indicating whether a driver is in a fatigue driving state, the alarm instruction is used for instructing the alarm unit to give out an alarm, and the inflating instruction is used for instructing the inflating unit to perform an inflation operation;
the monitoring unit is configured to monitor the driving state of the driver in real time, and send data indicating the driving state of the driver to the processor;
the alarm unit is configured to receive the alarm instruction sent by the processor, and give out the alarm according to the alarm instruction; and
the inflating unit is configured to receive the inflating instruction sent by the processor, and perform the inflation operation according to the inflating instruction,
wherein the inflating unit includes a microprocessor connected with the processor, a driving module connected with the microprocessor, and a cuff connected with the driving module, wherein:
the microprocessor is configured to receive the inflating instruction sent by the processor, and send an inflating signal to the driving module according to the inflating instruction;
the driving module is configured to receive the inflating signal sent by the microprocessor, and inflate the cuff according to the inflating signal;
wherein the cuff is wound around the driver's head to impose pressure on the driver's head when it is inflated so as to increase the amount of blood supply on the driver's head.

US Pat. No. 10,390,739

ANALYSIS OF BREATHING DATA

PNEUMACARE LIMITED, (GB)...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining a measurement data signal representing performance of an external optical measurement of a three-dimensional shape of a body of a subject over time;
processing the measurement data signal with a signal processing unit to
produce a data array of at least three dimensions representing a shape of at least part of the body of the subject as a function of time, the data array relating to a two-dimensional grid having grid points, a position in space of the shape at each grid point and points of time,
map the data array onto a two-dimensional array,
decompose the two-dimensional array,
form a signature of the subject from the decomposed two-dimensional array representing a motion pattern of the shape, and
store the signature in a signature database of a data storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,390,708

OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE AND TOOTHBRUSH PROVIDED WITH SAME

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

1. An optical measuring device detecting fluorescence of a substance to be measured, the substance adhering to a sample emitting intrinsic fluorescence, the optical measuring device comprising:first and second light sources that respectively emit first light and second light exciting the sample, the second light having a longer wavelength and lower excitation efficiency for the substance than the first light;
an optical filter on which the fluorescence is incident, the optical filter substantially transmitting only light in a wavelength region including a peak wavelength of the fluorescence of the substance, wherein the light in the wavelength region is such that first intensity of fluorescence generated by the first light is different from second intensity generated by the second light,
a detection unit that detects light transmitted through the optical filter,
a control unit that calculates a ratio or difference between the first intensity of fluorescence detected when the sample is irradiated with the first light and second intensity of fluorescence detected when the sample is irradiated with the second light,
thereby obtaining an intensity of fluorescence without the intrinsic fluorescence, to calculate the amount of fluorescence of the substance.

US Pat. No. 10,390,683

DISHWASHER

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A dishwasher comprising:(a) a basket for accommodating articles to be cleaned;
(b) tubing located at the bottom of the basket, said tubing being adapted for connection to a supply of washing liquid;
(c) a plurality of utensil holders independently rotatably connected to the tubing, each of said plurality of utensil holders being adapted to be rotated between an operating position in which an article to be cleaned can be held at said utensil holder, and a resting position in which said utensil holder is configured to be stowed away, wherein the plurality of utensil holders are each independently rotatable relative to each other; and
(d) a plurality of nozzles configured to communicate with said tubing and located to direct a jet of washing liquid towards an article held at the utensil holder;
wherein each utensil holder comprises a clamping portion adapted to engage an article to be cleaned, wherein said nozzle is located in proximity of the clamping portion; and
wherein each utensil holder comprises a valve which provides for fluid communication between the tubing and a respective one of the plurality of nozzles when the respective utensil holder rotated into the operating position, and which blocks the fluid communication between the tubing and the respective one of the plurality of nozzles when the respective utensil holder is rotated into the resting position.

US Pat. No. 10,390,616

PRODUCT DISPLAY ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

iSee Store Innovations, L...

1. A product display assembly configured to display beverage containers, the assembly comprising:a body defining an interior volume, the body comprising a base;
at least one support mounted to the base of the body, the support disposed within the interior volume, the support comprising a foot and a stem extending from the foot, wherein the foot is mounted to the base of the body and defines a foot plane, the stem extending from the foot at an oblique angle to the foot plane;
at least one product holder mounted to the at least one support, the product holder configured to hold a product at an orientation that is oblique to the foot plane; and
a simulated ice portion mounted to an upper portion of the body, the simulated ice portion extending from the interior volume.
US Pat. No. 10,390,511

PLANTS AND SEEDS OF HYBRID CORN VARIETY CH567286

MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC, ...

1. A seed of hybrid corn variety CH567286, produced by crossing a first plant of variety CV756266 with a second plant of variety CV052865, wherein representative seeds of said varieties CV756266 and CV052865 are deposited under ATCC Accession Nos. PTA-124511 and PTA-123058, respectively.
US Pat. No. 10,391,044

LOW WATER DENTIFRICE COMPOSITIONS

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A dentifrice composition comprising:an orally acceptable vehicle;
calcium pyrophosphate, wherein the calcium pyrophosphate comprises from 10 to 40% by weight of the composition;
a source of stannous ions;
a source of zinc ions, wherein the source of zinc ions comprises zinc oxide;
a source of fluoride ions;
an acid, wherein the acid is phosphoric acid; and
a polyphosphate salt selected from the group consisting of inorganic polyphosphate salts which have equal to or less than three phosphorous atoms;wherein the dentifrice composition has a total water content of less than about 1% based on the weight of the composition.
US Pat. No. 10,390,552

HIGHLY REFINED CELLULOSE-BASED GEL

1. A method of forming a gel comprising from a highly refined cellulose comprising:providing a composition of highly refined cellulose fiber as at least 0.5% weight/weight highly refined cellulose to water;
adding at least one buffering agent to the composition to maintain the pH of the composition at a pH below 9.5;
bringing the buffered composition to a boil;
stirring the buffered composition before cooling the buffered composition to form a gel; and
cooling the buffered composition to below 25° C. to form a gel.
US Pat. No. 10,392,609

HYDROLYSIS OF MANNOSE-1-PHOSPHO-6-MANNOSE LINKAGE TO PHOSPHO-6-MANNOSE

Oxyrane UK Limited, Manc...

1. A method for uncapping a mannose-6-phosphate residue on an oligosaccharide, said method comprisinga) providing said oligosaccharide having a mannose-1-phospho-6-mannose linkage; and
b) contacting said oligosaccharide with a mannosidase capable of hydrolyzing said mannose-1-phospho-6-mannose residue to phospho-6-mannose, wherein said mannosidase is a member of glycosyl hydrolase family 92 and wherein said mannosidase does not contain a catalytic acid residue capable of protonating the anomeric oxygen, and
wherein said mannosidase comprises an amino acid sequence having (i) a GVGXXGXGG motif where X is Gly, Ala, Ser, Thr, or Cys; (ii) a VRXE motif, where X is any amino acid other than Pro; (iii) an X1YQGX2 motif, where X1 is Leu, Ile, Val, Ala, Phe, Tyr or Met, and X2 is Thr, Ser, or Asn; and (iv) GDXGN, where X can be any amino acid other than Pro, and
wherein said mannosidase comprises an amino acid sequence having at least 90% identity to residues 1 to 774 of SEQ ID NO:50 or an amino acid sequence having at least 95% identity to SEQ ID NO: 50.
US Pat. No. 10,392,390

5-HT2C RECEPTOR AGONISTS AND COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE

Arena Pharmaceuticals, In...


US Pat. No. 10,392,647

STABILIZED LACTATE RESPONSIVE ENZYMES, ELECTRODES AND SENSORS, AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Abbot Diabetes Care Inc.,...

1. A lactate sensor comprising an enzyme composition that comprises:a lactate responsive enzyme; and
a stabilizing agent that stabilizes the lactate responsive enzyme in a manner sufficient to increase sensor sensitivity to lactate as compared to a lactate sensor that does not include a stabilizing agent,
wherein the lactate responsive enzyme is lactate oxidase and the stabilizing agent is catalase.
US Pat. No. 10,391,142

BIOMARKERS FOR PAINFUL INTERVERTEBRAL DISCS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of treating a painful intervertebral disc in an individual, the method comprising:a) detecting the painful intervertebral disc, wherein said detecting comprises assaying for an expression level of a gene product of a pain indicator gene, wherein the pain indicator gene is phospholipase A2 (PLA2),
wherein a decreased expression level of a PLA2 gene product in an intervertebral disc tissue, compared to a nonpainful degenerated disc reference sample, indicates that the intervertebral disc is painful; and
b) administering an effective amount of a tumor necrosis factor-alpha induced protein 6 (TSG6) polypeptide, wherein the TSG6 polypeptide comprises an amino acid sequence having at least 95% amino acid sequence identity to the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:1.
US Pat. No. 10,392,447

HUMAN-DERIVED ANTI-DIPEPTIDE REPEATS (DPRS) ANTIBODY

Neurimmune Holding AG, S...

1. An antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof that binds to a chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) dipeptide repeat (DPR) protein with a poly-glycine-alanine (GA)15 repeat, wherein the antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof comprises:a heavy chain variable region (VH) comprising VH complementarity determining regions (CDRs) 1, 2, and 3, wherein the VH CDRs 1, 2, and 3 comprise the amino acid sequences set forth in amino acid positions 32-36 of SEQ ID NO:8, amino acid positions 51-67 of SEQ ID NO:8, and amino acid positions 100-113 of SEQ ID NO:8, respectively; and
a light chain variable region (VL) comprising VL CDRs 1, 2, and 3, wherein the VL CDRs 1, 2, and 3 comprise the amino acid sequences set forth in amino acid positions 25-35 of SEQ ID NO:10, amino acid positions 51-57 of SEQ ID NO:10, and amino acid positions 90-98 of SEQ ID NO:10, respectively; and
wherein the antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof comprises a heterologous sequence that is heterologous to the VH CDRs 1, 2, and 3 and the VL CDRs 1, 2, and 3.
US Pat. No. 10,392,708

METALIZED PLASTIC ARTICLES AND METHODS THEREOF

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A plastic article comprising: a plastic substrate having a plastic, at least one accelerator, and at least a first and a second metal layers plated on the at least one accelerator, the accelerator having a formula ABO3, wherein A is one or more elements selected from Groups 9, and 10 of the Periodic Table of Elements, B includes one or more elements selected from Groups 4B and 5B of the Periodic Table of Elements, and O is oxygen.
US Pat. No. 10,392,457

METHOD OF PREPARING THERMOPLASTIC RESIN

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A method of preparing a styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) resin, the method comprising:a coagulation step of adding a water-soluble silicate compound and a metal salt coagulant to an ?-methylstyrene-vinyl cyan compound copolymer latex, followed by coagulation;
an aging step after the coagulation step; and
drying the coagulated copolymer latex to form a powder of particles having an average diameter of 500 to 700 microns,
wherein the coagulation step is carried out at a temperature of greater than 80° C., and the aging step is carried out at 110° C. or more.
US Pat. No. 10,392,472

BIODEGRADABLE CROSS-LINKED POLYMER AND METHODS OF PREPARING THE SAME

Shanghai Microport Medica...

1. A biodegradable cross-linked polymer for manufacturing a vascular stent, wherein the biodegradable cross-linked polymer is formed from a biodegradable polymeric material having two or more arms,wherein the biodegradable polymeric material having two or more arms is a random copolymer formed of a first monomer and a second monomer different from the first monomer, wherein the first monomer is selected from the group consisting of L-lactide, DL-lactide, glycolide, ?-caprolactone, trimethylene carbonate, p-dioxanone, and the second monomer is one or two selected from the group consisting of D-lactide, DL-lactide, glycolide, ?-caprolactone, trimethyl carbonate, salicylic acid, carbonates, amino acids and derivatives thereof, and wherein the biodegradable polymeric material having two or more arms has a number-average molecular weight of from 20,000 to 1,200,000, an intrinsic viscosity of from 0.1 to 9.0 dl/g and an elastic modulus of from 2.5 GPa to 4.5 Gpa at room temperature, and
wherein each of terminal groups on the arms of the biodegradable polymeric material having two or more arms is selected from the group consisting of hydroxyl, amino and carboxyl groups.
US Pat. No. 10,392,475

POLYAMIDE ELASTOMER, MEDICAL DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLYAMIDE ELASTOMER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A polyamide elastomer that is a reaction product of at least components (a), (b), and (c):the component (a) being at least one compound represented by formula (1):
HOOC—R1?NH—CO—R1?nNH2  (1)where each R1 independently represents a linear saturated hydrocarbon group containing 1 or more carbon atoms; n represents a real number of 0 or greater; and when the formula contains two or more types of repeating units each containing R1, n represents a total number of the two or more types of the repeating units each containing R1, the component (a) having a number average molecular weight of 4000 or higher and 10,000 or lower;the component (b) being at least one compound represented by formula (2):
HOOC—R2—COOH  (2)where R2 represents a direct bond or a linear saturated hydrocarbon group containing 1 or more carbon atoms;the component (c) being at least one compound represented by formula (3):
H2N—R4?O—R4?mNH2  (3)where each R4 independently represents a saturated hydrocarbon group containing 1 or more carbon atoms; m represents a real number of 1 or greater; and when the formula contains two or more types of repeating units each containing R4, m represents a total number of the two or more types of the repeating units each containing R4, the component (c) having a number average molecular weight of 500 or higher and 700 or lower.
US Pat. No. 10,392,478

METHOD FOR PRODUCING WET RUBBER MASTERBATCH

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A method for producing a wet rubber masterbatch containing at least a filler, a dispersing solvent and a rubber latex solution as raw materials, the method comprising :a step (I) of dispersing the filler into the dispersing solvent , and adding, at the time of the dispersing, at least one portion of the rubber latex solution to the dispersing solvent to produce a slurry solution containing the filler to which particles of the rubber latex adhere;
a step (II) of mixing the slurry solution containing the filler, to which the rubber latex particles adhere, with the rest of the rubber latex solution to produce a rubber latex solution containing the filler, to which the rubber latex particles adhere; and
a step (III) of solidifying and drying the rubber latex solution containing the filler,
wherein the filler has a ratio of the nitrogen adsorption specific surface area (N2SA) thereof to the iodine adsorption amount (IA) thereof ((N2SA)/(IA)) of 1.00 or more, and
wherein the nitrogen adsorption specific surface area (N2SA) of the filler is 100 m2/g or more.
US Pat. No. 10,393,759

METHODS OF DETERMINING A TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR AND/OR A PROGNOSIS OF A PATIENT'S RECOVERY FROM A BRAIN INJURY

Quanterix Corporation, L...

1. A method of determining a prognosis of a patient's recovery from a brain injury comprising:(a) performing an assay on each of a plurality of blood samples obtained from the patient following the brain injury and/or plasma and/or serum derived from each of the blood samples to determine a measure of the tau protein molecule concentration in each sample,
wherein the plurality of samples are obtained from the patient over a period of time of at least about 48 hours,
wherein at least one of the plurality of samples is obtained within 12 hours of the brain injury,
wherein the assay is characterized by a limit of detection of tau protein molecules that is less than about 0.2 pg/mL; and comprises:
i. exposing a plurality of capture objects that each include a binding surface having affinity for tau protein molecules to the blood sample;
ii. immobilizing at least a portion of the tau protein molecules with respect to the plurality of capture objects such that at least some of the capture objects associate with at least one tau protein molecule and a statistically significant fraction of the capture objects do not associate with any tau protein molecules;
iii. determining a proportion of the plurality of capture objects that associated with a tau protein molecule in step ii; and
iv. determining a measure of tau protein molecule concentration in the blood sample based at least in part on the proportion determined in step iii;
(b) determining an area under a curve of a graph of the measure of the tau protein molecule concentration in the plurality of samples versus time, wherein the area is determined for the total period of time and/or a second peak in the tau protein molecule concentration; and
(c) determining a prognosis of the patient's recovery from the brain injury and/or a method of treatment based on the area under the curve determined in step (b).
US Pat. No. 10,391,456

ELECTROLYTE CHEMISTRY AND IMPROVED STACK PERFORMANCE IN HIGH BRINE CONCENTRATION ELECTRODIALYSIS

GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE,...

1. In an electrodialysis unit comprising an anode and a cathode, the anode and the cathode both having an electrolyte solution of a selected concentration continuously applied to both the anode and the cathode and with a membrane stack disposed between the anode and the cathode, the membrane stack comprising pairs of cationic and anionic selective membranes to segregate increasingly dilute salts streams from concentrated salts streams by acting upon a salt solution, wherein the salt solution, dilute salts streams, and concentrated salts streams are distinct and separate from the electrolyte solution and wherein the salt solution has an ion concentration and contains at least 0.5% TDS, a method for improving ion flux and energy efficiency in the stack, the method comprising at least one technique selected from the group consisting of increasing the concentration of the electrolyte solution to balance the electrolyte concentration to be similar or greater than the ion concentration of the salt solution wherein the electrolyte solution comprises sulfate anions, adding a strong base to the electrolyte solution to increase electrolyte solution pH to 9-12, and adding buffering anions to the electrolyte solution, where the electrolyte solution has a pH of 11-12.