US Pat. No. 10,393,410

CRYOGENIC REFRIGERATOR AND ROTARY JOINT

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A cryogenic refrigerator for installation on an apparatus including a stationary portion and a rotating portion axially rotatably supported by the stationary portion, the refrigerator comprising:a compressor installed on the stationary portion;
an expander installed on the rotating portion; and
a rotary joint fluidly coupling the compressor with the expander, the rotary joint including
a rotor fixed to the rotating portion and coaxial with the rotating portion's rotational axis,
a stator disposed adjacent to the rotor to form a clearance between the rotor and the stator, and fixed to the stationary portion,
a first high-pressure flowpath, being a flowpath for a first high-pressure working gas having a first high pressure that is higher than ambient pressure of the cryogenic refrigerator, and extending from the stator through the clearance to the rotor,
a second high-pressure flowpath, being a flowpath for a second high-pressure working gas having a second high pressure that is higher than ambient pressure and is lower than the first high pressure, and extending from the rotor through the clearance to the stator, and
a working-gas sealing area dividing the clearance into a first high-pressure section communicating with the first high pressure flowpath, and a second high-pressure section communicating with the second high-pressure flowpath; wherein
the working-gas sealing area has a first diameter in the first high-pressure section, and a second diameter in the second high-pressure section, and the first diameter is smaller than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,393,402

AIR EXCHANGE DEVICE AND COVERING MEMBER THEROF

Sunonwealth Electric Mach...

1. An air exchange device, comprising:an air-guiding tube having a first maximal outer diameter, wherein the air-guiding tube comprises a first end and a second end; and
a covering member comprising a positioning portion adapted to be coupled to an outer wall of the air-guiding tube and a covering portion connected to the positioning portion, wherein the covering portion has a second maximal outer diameter larger than the first maximal outer diameter of the air-guiding tube, wherein an engaging ring is formed on a periphery of the positioning portion and engages with the outer wall of the air-guiding tube, wherein an inclined face is formed on an inner wall of the engaging ring, wherein the inclined face extends from the first end to a termination towards the second end of the air-guiding tube in an inclined and upward way, and wherein the inclined face is inclined in a same inclination direction and engages with the air-guiding tube from the first end to the termination.

US Pat. No. 10,393,396

THERMAL LOAD ESTIMATING DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A thermal load estimator, comprising:a processor that
receives an actual power consumption of various types of devices installed in a room;
stores therein a predetermined thermal load pattern, the thermal load pattern representing a maximum thermal load at each of certain times of day based on least one selected from the group consisting of a human-body thermal load, a lighting thermal load, or an insolation load in the room;
stores therein a maximum power consumption that is a total value of respective maximum values of the power consumption of the various types of devices in the room calculated from rated values of the various types of devices in the room;
estimates a thermal-load value of the room at a certain time of day subsequent to a time at which the actual power consumption has been measured, based on the actual power consumption at the time at which the actual power consumption has been measured, the thermal load pattern, and the maximum power consumption; and
transmits the estimated thermal-load value estimated by the thermal-load estimator to an air conditioning control device that controls an air-conditioning and heat source system including an air conditioner and a heat source unit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,393

DEHUMIDIFIER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A dehumidifier comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a compressor, a flow path switch configured to switch a refrigerant flow path, a first heat exchanger, a pressure-reducing device and a second heat exchanger are connected by piping;
a moisture adsorption member arranged between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger and configured to adsorb moisture contained in air flowing in an air path and desorb the adsorbed moisture;
a fan configured to blow air in a space to be dehumidified into the air path, the fan causing the air to flow in order of the first heat exchanger, the moisture adsorption member and the second heat exchanger;
a controller configured to control the flow path switch;
a storage unit configured to store an operation time map used to control the flow path switch; and
a temperature and humidity detection unit configured to detect temperature and humidity in the space to be dehumidified,
the controller being configured to control the flow path switch to switch a first operation mode, in which the first heat exchanger is caused to serve as an evaporator and the second heat exchanger is caused to serve as a condenser to adsorb moisture by the moisture adsorption member, and a second operation mode, in which the first heat exchanger is caused to serve as a condenser and the second heat exchanger is caused to serve as an evaporator to desorb moisture adsorbed by the moisture adsorption member,
the operation time map associating temperature and humidity in the space to be dehumidified with a first time during which operation is performed in the first operation mode and a second time during which operation is performed in the second operation mode,
the controller being configured to acquire the first time and the second time corresponding to the temperature and the humidity detected by the temperature and humidity detection unit from the operation time map, and control the flow path switch in accordance with the acquired first time and second time.

US Pat. No. 10,393,392

AIR CONDITIONER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a case provided with a first and a second indoor suction port, and a first and a second indoor discharge port;
an air conditioning unit to operate according to a heat pump cycle, the air conditioning unit provided with a first heat exchanger to operate as one of an evaporator and a condenser, and a second heat exchanger to operate as the other of the evaporator and the condenser;
a first indoor flow channel connected between the first indoor suction port and the first indoor discharge port, the first indoor flow channel to allow an indoor air suctioned through the first indoor suction port to pass through the first heat exchanger and discharge through the first indoor discharge port;
a second indoor flow channel connected between the second indoor suction port and the second indoor discharge port, the second indoor flow channel to allow the indoor air suctioned through the second indoor suction port to pass through the second heat exchanger and discharge through the second indoor discharge port; and
a condensing unit to receive regenerated air, heat-exchanged with the condenser, from one of the first indoor flow channel and the second indoor flow channel, and perform a heat exchange between the regenerated air and a cooling fluid having a lower temperature than the regenerated air so as to condense moisture contained in the regenerated air,
wherein the first indoor flow channel comprises:
a first main indoor flow channel connected between the first heat exchanger and the first indoor discharge port;
a first regeneration indoor flow channel diverged from the first main indoor flow channel, passed through the condensing unit and connected the first indoor discharge port;
wherein the second indoor flow channel comprises:
a second main indoor flow channel connected between the second heat exchanger and the second indoor discharge port;
a second regeneration indoor flow channel diverged from the second main indoor flow channel, passed through the condensing unit and connected the second indoor discharge port;
wherein the condensing unit comprises:
a regenerated air flow channel connected to the first regeneration indoor flow channel and the second main indoor flow channel to receive the regenerated air, heat-exchanged with the condenser, from one of the first regeneration indoor flow channel and the second main indoor flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,393,391

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a high-pressure shell compressor, a condenser, an expansion mechanism and an evaporator are connected;
a mixed refrigerant circulating through the refrigerant circuit and containing 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene, difluoromethane and 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene mixed with each other,
wherein, in a state prior to introduction of the mixed refrigerant into the refrigerant circuit, a percentage by weight of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene is contained in the mixed refrigerant in an amount less than 50 wt %, and a percentage by weight of the difluoromethane is contained in an amount of at least 0.7 times but not more than two times the percentage by weight of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene in terms of weight ratio; and
a refrigerating machine oil is enclosed in the refrigerant circuit together with the mixed refrigerant in an amount equal to and up to four times the weight of the mixed refrigerant in terms of weight ratio, the refrigerating machine oil being a solvent for the mixed refrigerant with a portion of each of the difluoromethane, the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene and the 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene being dissolved in the refrigerating machine oil enclosed in the refrigerant circuit,
wherein the refrigerating machine oil satisfies a relationship that the difluoromethane has a smaller solubility in the refrigerating machine oil compared to solubilities of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene and the 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene in the refrigerating machine oil, and the refrigerating machine oil reduces the amount of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene contained in the mixed refrigerant enclosed in the refrigerant circuit for inhibiting a disproportionation reaction of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene during operation of the refrigeration cycle apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,393,387

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY FOR A COOKTOP APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A gas burner assembly, comprising:a burner body having an inner side wall and an outer side wall, the inner side wall spaced apart from the outer side wall along a radial direction, the burner body defining a plurality of inner flame ports and a plurality of outer flame ports, the plurality of inner flame ports positioned at the inner side wall, the plurality of outer flame ports positioned at the outer side wall, a first fuel chamber within the burner body contiguous with the plurality of inner flame ports, a second fuel chamber within the burner body contiguous with the plurality of outer flame ports, the first fuel chamber separate from the second fuel chamber within the burner body,
wherein a carryover duct extends within the burner body between the inner and outer side walls, a first supply duct extends between the first fuel chamber and the carryover duct, a second supply duct extends between the second fuel chamber and the carryover duct, and
wherein the second fuel chamber extends beneath the carryover duct such that fuel within the second fuel chamber is flowable beneath the crossover duct.

US Pat. No. 10,393,381

UNITARY FLOW PATH STRUCTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. An outer wall of a flow path of a gas turbine engine, the outer wall comprising:a combustor portion extending through a combustion section or the gas turbine engine; and
a turbine portion extending through at least a first turbine stage and a second turbine stage of a turbine section of the gas turbine engine,
wherein the combustor portion comprises an outer liner of a combustor of the combustion section,
wherein the turbine portion comprises
an outer band of a nozzle portion of the first turbine stage,
a shroud of a blade portion of the first turbine stage,
an outer band of a nozzle portion of the second turbine stage, and
a shroud of a blade portion of the second turbine stage,
wherein the combustor portion and the turbine portion are integrally formed such that the combustor portion and the turbine portion are a single unitary structure, and
wherein the single unitary structure defines an outer boundary of the flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,393,377

DIRECTIONAL FIRE-STARTING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DEVICE

1. A directional fire-starting device, having a front and a back, comprising:a. a tube-shaped housing, defining a longitudinal dimension and further defining a slot extending longitudinally along the tube-shaped housing, the slot having a front end positioned near the front of the device, the tube-shaped housing further defining a flint chamber, having an open end at the front of the device;
b. a flint positioned inside the flint chamber, and separated by void space from the tube-shaped housing, and having a surface portion that extends adjacent to, and is thereby transversely accessible through, substantially the entirety of the slot; and
c. a striker having a first portion and a second portion, and wherein the first portion is sized to fit through the slot and extend to the flint as the second portion extends from the slot outwardly from the tube-shaped housing;
d. whereby a user may hold the striker by the second portion, extend the first portion through the slot at the back of the slot, and push the striker against the flint material as the striker is rapidly moved from the back to the front of the slot, thereby causing sparks to fly out of the flint chamber open end at the front of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,373

OXYGEN-FUEL BURNER WITH CAVITY-ACTUATED MIXING

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A burner comprising:a first annular conduit in fluid flow communication with a supply of an annular gas, the annular gas comprising one of oxygen and a gaseous fuel, the first annular conduit having a first inner wall and a first outer wall;
a central conduit located within the first annular conduit and being in fluid flow communication with a supply of a central gas, the central gas comprising the other of oxygen and a gaseous fuel, the central conduit having a central outer wall and an outlet plane; and
a symmetric cavity formed in at least one of the central outer wall, the first inner wall, and the first outer wall, the cavity being positioned proximal to and a non-zero distance upstream of the outlet plane of the central conduit, the cavity having a length, a depth, and an aspect ratio defined as the length divided by the depth, the depth being at least 10% of the hydraulic diameter of the conduit bounded by the wall in which the cavity is formed, the aspect ratio being from 1 to 10;
wherein the cavity has an upstream wall, a bottom wall, and a downstream wall, and wherein the upstream wall and the downstream wall each adioin the bottom wall at the same relative angle to render the cavity symmetric in the upstream-downstream direction, and wherein the length is a distance between the upstream wall and the downstream wall, and wherein the depth is a height of one of the upstream wall and the downstream wall; and
wherein the cavity is formed in the central outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,393,368

SAW BLADE POSITIONING DEVICE

1. A saw blade positioner for aiding in correctly positioning a reciprocating saw blade within a tube stub for making longitudinal cuts to an interior surface of the tube stub, said saw blade positioner comprisinga housing, said housing being substantially cylindrical, having a proximate end, a distal end, and an outside diameter less than an inside diameter of the tube stub,
said housing having an interior channel, said interior channel spanning said housing from its proximate end to its distal end, said interior channel having an inner back wall, said inner back wall being substantially planar, said interior channel having a pair of inner side walls, each located substantially perpendicular to the inner back wall and substantially parallel to each other, each inner side wall being substantially planar, and
said housing having an access slot through an exterior surface of said housing, said access slot in communication with said interior channel of said housing, said access slot located opposite said inner back wall of said interior channel of said housing and aligned with a longitudinal axis of said housing, said access slot spanning said housing from its proximate end to its distal end, said access slot configured to allow the saw blade to be positioned at least partly within the interior channel of said housing and at least partly outside said housing;
a biasing mechanism, said biasing mechanism being located within the interior channel of the housing, said biasing mechanism having an outer surface, said outer surface being substantially planar and oriented substantially parallel to the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and oriented towards and aligned with the access slot of the housing, whereby said biasing mechanism is configured to be manipulated such that it dynamically moves its outer surface in a first direction away from the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and dynamically moves its outer surface in a second direction towards the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing; and
a blade guide, said blade guide formed into the outer surface of the biasing mechanism, said blade guide oriented substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing, said blade guide configured to accommodate the reciprocating saw blade such that a non-cutting portion of the reciprocating saw blade travels within the blade guide and cutting teeth of the reciprocating saw blade extend upward from the blade guide;wherein the biasing mechanism comprisesa first support wedge, said first support wedge having a long end, a short end substantially parallel to the long end, a base surface substantially perpendicular to the long end and to the short end, a pair of side surfaces substantially parallel to each other and substantially perpendicular to the long end, the short end, and the base surface, and a planar inclined surface located opposite the base surface and oriented at an acute first angle to the long end, whereby the first support wedge is configured to be placed within the interior channel of the housing, the base surface of the first support wedge is configured to be placed against and to slide along the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing, and the side surfaces of the first support wedge are configured to be placed against and to slide along the inner side walls of the interior channel of the housing;
a second support wedge, said second support wedge having a long end, a short end substantially parallel to the long end, a base surface substantially perpendicular to the long end and to the short end, a pair of side surfaces substantially parallel to each other and substantially perpendicular to the long end, the short end, and the base surface, and a planar inclined surface located opposite the base surface and oriented at an acute second angle to the long end, said second angle being substantially equivalent to the first angle, whereby the second support wedge is configured to be placed within the interior channel of the housing, with the inclined surface of the second support wedge configured to be placed onto and to slide against the inclined surface of the first support wedge, with the base surface of the second support wedge being the outer surface of the biasing mechanism, and with the side surfaces of the second support wedge configured to be placed against and to slide along the inner side walls of the interior channel of the housing; and
a positioning means suitable for moving the first support wedge in a forward direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing and in a rearward direction opposite the forward direction;
wherein the second support wedge has substantially the same shape and dimensions as the first support wedge, the first and second support wedges are oriented so that the long end of the first support wedge is proximate to the short end of second support wedge and the short end of the first support wedge is proximate to the long end of the second support wedge, the side surfaces of the first support wedge are substantially coplanar with the side surfaces of the second support wedge, and the base surface of the first support wedge is substantially parallel to the base surface of the second support wedge;
whereby the reciprocating saw blade is placed into the blade guide of the biasing mechanism of the saw blade positioner, the saw blade positioner is placed into the tube stub, and the biasing mechanism is manipulated to dynamically move its outer surface and the blade guide formed therein in either or both the first direction and the second direction, where moving the first support wedge of the biasing mechanism in the forward direction causes the long end of the first support wedge to move towards the long end of the second support wedge, with the inclined surface of the first support wedge sliding along the inclined surface of the second support wedge, thereby moving the second support wedge in the first direction away from the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and moving the blade guide through the access slot of the housing and out of the interior channel of the housing, and moving the first support wedge of the biasing mechanism in the rearward direction causes the short end of the first support wedge to move towards the short end of the second support wedge, with the inclined surface of the first support wedge sliding along the inclined surface of the second support wedge, thereby allowing the second support wedge to move in the second direction toward the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and moving the blade guide through the access slot of the housing into the interior channel of the housing, resulting in the raising or lowering of the reciprocating saw blade, so that a depth of a longitudinal cut created by the reciprocating saw blade into the interior surface of the tube stub can be precisely controlled.

US Pat. No. 10,393,363

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR A FLUID DELIVERY APPARATUS

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A sprayhead comprising:a housing defining a longitudinal axis;
a waterway received within the housing;
a sprayface fluidly coupled to the waterway and supporting a water outlet; and
an illumination device supported by the housing, the illumination device including a substrate, a plurality of light emitters supported by the substrate, and a translucent light pipe defining a closed loop to diffuse light from the light emitters outwardly away from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,360

LED LUMINAIRE HAVING LATERAL COOLING FINS AND ADAPTIVE LED ASSEMBLY

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A luminaire housing comprising: a core having a top, a bottom, a first side, and a second side; and a group of cooling fins comprising at least three cooling fins that project laterally outwardly from the first side in a downward slope, the group of cooling fins each terminating laterally in a distal edge and each having a reach defined by the lateral distance of its respective distal edge from a medial longitudinal vertical plane of the housing, wherein the reaches of the group of cooling fins are nonuniform.

US Pat. No. 10,393,353

LUMINAIRE AND OUTPUT ELEMENT COUPLING MECHANISM THEREFOR

1. A luminaire assembly for recessed installation within a correspondingly shaped aperture, comprising:two or more luminaire modules mountable end-to-end within the aperture, each one of which comprising a recessable housing having opposed side walls;
an output element securable along and between said side walls to at least partially define an output of the luminaire; and
opposed inwardly biased output coupling structures extending at least partially along respective side walls and adapted to receive and resiliently secure corresponding edges of said output element along said side walls,
wherein at least one of said luminaire modules comprises a curved module, and wherein said output element comprises at least one correspondingly curved output element, and
said output element comprising at least one seamless output element that is securable along and between said side walls of at least two contiguous luminaire modules, and wherein said at least two contiguous luminaire modules comprise said curved module.

US Pat. No. 10,393,346

LIGHT EMITTING MODULE WITH CONCAVE REFLECTING STRUCTURE, DISPLAY DEVICE WITH LIGHT EMITTING MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING MODULE WITH CONCAVE REFLECTING STRUCTURE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A light emitting module comprising:a substrate,
a concave reflecting structure on the substrate,
a first planarizing layer on the concave reflecting structure,
a first anode on the first planarizing layer,
a light emitting layer on the first anode, an opening of the concave reflecting structure facing the light emitting layer, and a vertical distance from a bottom of the concave reflecting structure to the light emitting layer being a preset distance, and
a cathode on the light emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,393,344

UPLIGHT REFLECTOR FOR LUMINAIRES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A light fixture assembly, comprising:a light fixture comprising:
a housing that is configured to house one or more electrical components of the light fixture;
a heat sink coupled to the housing,
wherein the heat sink comprises:
a planar base portion having an inner annular edge and an outer annular edge that is larger in diameter than and concentric with the inner annular edge, wherein the inner annular edge defines a circular aperture in the center of the planar base portion, and
an annular outer plate concentric with the inner annular edge and the outer annular edge of the planar base portion, wherein the annular outer plate has a first diameter that is larger than a second diameter of the outer annular edge of the planar base portion, wherein the first diameter is an outermost diameter of the annular outer plate;
a plurality of LEDs coupled to a surface of the heat sink such that they emit light in a first direction, and
one or more reflectors, each having a substantially curved cross-sectional profile,
wherein at least one of the one or more reflectors is coupled to the heat sink and disposed in the first direction of at least a portion of the plurality LEDs such that light emitted by the portion of the plurality of LEDs in the first direction is reflected by the at least one of the one or more reflectors towards a second direction that is substantially opposite to the first direction,
wherein each of the one or more reflectors have an inner edge and an outer edge, and
wherein at least one of the one or more reflectors is coupled to at least one of the outer annular edge of the heat sink and the annular outer plate of the heat sink via one or more tab features of the reflector such that:
the at least one of the one or more reflectors is disposed below the heat sink,
the outer edge of the at least one of the one or more reflectors extends outside the first diameter of the annular outer plate of the heat sink, and
the portion of the plurality of the LEDs is disposed between the inner edge and the outer edge of the at least one of the one or more reflectors.

US Pat. No. 10,393,337

VEHICULAR HEADLAMP

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicular headlamp comprising:a first light source in which a normal line to an emission surface of the first light source is directed forwardly and obliquely downward such that a first light serving as a low beam is emitted from the first light source;
a second light source in which a normal line to an emission surface of the second light source is directed forwardly and obliquely upward such that a second light serving as a high beam is emitted from the second light source;
a projection lens that transmits the first light and the second light;
a third light source that emits a third light in response to at least one of an operation of a steering and an operation of a direction indicator; and
an optical member that adjusts a light distribution of the third light,
wherein the first light source, the second light source, and the third light source share a single heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,393,327

LUMEN WAND

20. A lumen wand comprising:a wand portion formed of a transparent or semi-transparent material having a paddle shape with a front surface, a rear surface, a thickness, a length, and a width, the thickness being substantially less than at least the length;
a grip coupled to a proximal end of the wand portion;
a first magnetic component carried on the grip and a second magnetic component carried on the wand portion near a distal end thereof; and
an illumination element that is configured to emit light into the wand portion,
wherein the emitted light is propagated by the wand portion such that light is emitted from surfaces of the wand portion,
wherein the first and second magnetic components are configured to magnetically adhere the front surface or the rear surface of the lumen wand to a front surface or a rear surface of another lumen wand of like construction,
wherein the first magnetic component of the lumen wand is configured to adhere to a second magnetic component carried on a wand portion of the another lumen wand, and
wherein the second magnetic component of the lumen wand is configured to adhere to a first magnetic component carried on a grip of the another lumen wand.

US Pat. No. 10,393,201

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,393,179

SEGMENTED OUTER RING FOR A BEARING FOR MITIGATING TORQUE DEGRADATION

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

US Pat. No. 10,393,173

HALBACH-ARRAY LEVITATING PASSIVE MAGNETIC BEARING CONFIGURATION

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

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

US Pat. No. 10,393,143

COMPRESSOR WITH ANNULAR DIFFUSER HAVING FIRST VANES AND SECOND VANES

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,393,108

REDUCING FLUID PRESSURE SPIKES IN A PUMPING SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,393,100

CYLINDER HEAD ASSEMBLY FOR RECIPROCATING COMPRESSOR

Emerson Climate Technolog...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,889

DOWNHOLE CABLE GRAB ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,738

CLOTHES TREATING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,727

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

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,548

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

SAFRAN, Paris (FR)

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,460

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GRAFT COPOLYMERS ON POLYOLEFIN BACKBONE

BOREALIS AG, Vienna (AT)...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,403

PROCESS FOR PREPARING THIENOPYRIMIDINE COMPOUND AND INTERMEDIATES USED THEREIN

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,308

FIRE RETARDANT CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,291

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

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,290

PROCESSING 3D SHAPED TRANSPARENT BRITTLE SUBSTRATE

Corning Incorporated, Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,288

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING SHEET WIDTH ATTENUATION OF SHEET GLASS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,284

COMBUSTION METHOD FOR LOW VELOCITY REACTANT STREAMS

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,282

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTROCOAGULATION

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,273

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

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,272

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

UT-Battelle, LLC, Oak Ri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,271

METHOD OF REMOVING HYDROGEN-SULFIDE FROM WATER

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,269

PORTABLE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS WITH ADJUSTABLE SOLAR POSITIONING APPARATUS

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,263

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

United States of America ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,260

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,244

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

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,242

CHEMICAL PRODUCT DISPENSING INDEPENDENT OF DRIVE FLUID FLOW RATE

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,239

LIQUID DISPENSER

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,236

STRING REELS WITH LEVEL WIND APPARATUS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,226

MACHINE ROOM-LESS ELEVATOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,220

MATERIAL PIPE AND FEEDING SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,212

IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,210

TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Foxlink Image Technology ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,209

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

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,207

MEDIUM FEED APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,201

MANUFACTURING PICKUP TOOL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,197

CONVEYOR ROLLERS THAT INCLUDE A FLOATING BEARING

Precision, Inc., Pella, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,194

CONVEYOR ROLLER SURFACE ARRANGEMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,192

DRIVE ASSEMBLY FOR A MODULAR CONVEYOR

REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,188

NESTED LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRASH RECEPTACLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,181

SMART CAP SYSTEM

COMPLIANCE MEDS TECHNOLOG...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,175

WATERPROOF CONTAINER

LF CENTENNIAL LTD., Road...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,169

LUNCH BOX

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,165

METHOD FOR SEALING MATERIALS

IdeaStream Consumer Produ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,161

CONTAINER ASSEMBLY WITH VENT

Silgan White Cap LLC, Do...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,157

CUTTING TOOTH OF A ROTATABLE CUTTING DEVICE OF A PACKAGING CLOSURE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,156

RETURN SHIPPING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,155

CONTAINER FOR USE IN ITEM SORTATION DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,153

VENTILATION BOARDS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING VENTILATION BOARD

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

US Pat. No. 10,392,152

BIAXIAL STRETCH BLOW-MOLDED CONTAINER

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

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