US Pat. No. 10,217,341

SMOKE DETECTOR SHIELDS AND RELATED METHODS

Xenex Disinfection Servic...

1. A device for shielding a smoke detector, comprising:a shroud comprising one or more materials that block transmission of infrared light, wherein the shroud comprises:
a first end having an opening dimensionally configured to receive a smoke detector that is mounted on a surface;
a second end opposing the first end, the second end having an opening dimensionally configured to expose one or more smoke inlets of the received smoke detector;
one or more sidewalls extending between the first and second ends and collectively configured to surround a portion of the received smoke detector without covering the exposed smoke inlets, wherein an area extending between the first and second ends and between the one or more sidewalls is hollow; and
a seal disposed at least along a peripheral edge of the opening in the second end of the shroud, wherein the seal is configured to conform to an exterior surface of the smoke detector;
two or more suspension members coupled to and extending below the shroud; and
a component coupled to the suspension members such that a gap exists between the shroud and the component.

US Pat. No. 10,217,339

PROXIMITY-BASED SYSTEM FOR OBJECT TRACKING AND AUTOMATIC APPLICATION INITIALIZATION

Proxense, LLC, Bend, OR ...

1. A system comprising:a first personal digital key (PDK) associated with an item, the first PDK assigned to a group of one or more PDKs associated with items of a similar type to the item, and the first PDK including an activity log storing information regarding activity associated with the item and information regarding one or more of maintenance and calibration of the item associated with the first PDK, wherein the first PDK is communicatively coupled to the item to create one or more of a visual and an audio response at the item responsive to the first PDK being proximate to a second PDK, wherein the second PDK belongs to the group of one or more PDKs associated with the items of the similar type and a criterion being met;
a reader wirelessly receiving, from the first PDK, the activity log and the information regarding the one or more of the maintenance and calibration of the item associated with the first PDK; and
a server communicating with the reader and determining that the criterion is met based on one or more of the activity log and the information regarding one or more of maintenance and calibration of the item.

US Pat. No. 10,217,319

MANAGING CASHLESS WAGERING GAME SYSTEMS

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A gaming system configured to transfer wagering credits from a first cashless wagering system to a second, different cashless wagering system, each of the first and second cashless wagering systems being configured to directly fund casino wagering games, the first and second cashless wagering systems being communicably coupled over a network, the gaming system comprising:a gaming machine primarily dedicated for use in conducting casino wagering games, the gaming machine including a value input device configured to detect a physical item associated with monetary value that establishes a credit balance on the gaming machine;
a communication interface configured to communicate with a handheld gaming device associated with the second cashless wagering system;
one or more controllers configured to:
initiate a casino wagering game on the gaming machine in response to a wager drawn on the credit balance;
deposit credits accrued from game play on the gaming machine into the first cashless wagering system;
receive, via the communication interface, an operation request from the handheld gaming device to transfer credits from the first cashless wagering system to the second cashless wagering system;
access, via a first system access technique, the first cashless wagering system;
debit, in a financial transaction, the credits from the first cashless wagering system;
credit, in the same financial transaction, the credits from the first cashless wagering system to the second cashless wagering system, the second cashless wagering system being accessed via a second, different system access technique; and
disburse the credits from the second cashless wagering system for game play on the handheld gaming device.

US Pat. No. 10,217,303

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF GOODS WITH AUTOMATIC ACCESS CODE EXPIRATION

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A method for delivering goods to recipients, the method comprising:providing a remote input receptor comprising a user interface for receiving one or more user inputs from a user;
providing a cloud-based network storing one or more acceptable inputs and comprising a network device for obtaining said one or more user inputs from the remote input receptor; wherein
the network device obtains said one or more user inputs from the remote input receptor while the user is using the user interface; wherein
the cloud-based network compares said one or more user inputs to said one or more acceptable inputs, the acceptable inputs at least partially derived from dynamically changing environmental parameters;
providing a remote device that is controlled based on the comparison of the one or more user inputs to the one or more acceptable inputs;
generating an access code to enable access to an enclosure;
the user inputs comprising the access code;
monitoring a status of a delivery of goods intended for deposit in the enclosure; and
automatically causing the access code to expire in response to detecting fulfillment of the delivery.

US Pat. No. 10,217,274

CONTROL FOR DIGITAL LIGHTING

Production Resource Group...

1. A media storing device, comprising:a central media server, storing a central database of media which includes multiple different video and images, and storing a first list of media to be stored by local media servers that are separate from the central media server, where the first list indicates changeable contents including multiple video and images to be located in each of the local media servers;
said central media server communicating to each of a plurality of the local media servers, over a network connection which connects between said central media server and each of said local media servers,
said central media server receiving, from each of said local media servers, a local list of media which is stored on said each local media server;
said central media server accessing said first list of media, and the central media server comparing contents of said first list with each of the local lists for each of said local media servers, and determining for each of the local media servers, multiple items of media including video and images that are on the first list and are not on the local list; and
said central media server sending multiple items of media including video and images that are on the first list and are not on the local list to said local media servers that causes each of said local media servers to store the media on the first list.

US Pat. No. 10,217,266

UNIFIED RASTERIZATION AND RAY TRACING RENDERING ENVIRONMENTS

Imagination Technologies ...

1. A rendering unit comprising:geometry processing logic configured to perform transformations on geometry data relating to a scene, for use in determining primitives within a 2-D rendering space;
rasterization logic configured to apply scan conversion to the primitives for determining a plurality of primitive fragments;
fragment shading logic operable to execute code modules for the determined primitive fragments, wherein at least one of the code modules defines ray data for one or more rays to be emitted into the scene;
a ray intersection testing unit operable to perform intersection testing on the one or more rays with respect to the scene; and
ray shading logic operable to execute code modules in response to results of the intersection testing,
wherein the fragment shading logic is configured to execute code modules at the same time as the ray intersection testing unit performing intersection testing.

US Pat. No. 10,217,258

HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A head mounted display comprising:a display;
a sensor; and
a controller configured to:
display content displayed on the display in a virtual area within a field of vision of a user,
calculate a disturbance value based on a disturbance sensed by the sensor,
determine whether the disturbance value exceeds a critical value,
generate a first thumbnail image using an image of the content displayed at a time when the disturbance value exceeds the critical value,
display the first thumbnail image on a part of the virtual area while continuing to display the content, wherein the first thumbnail is first displayed in the virtual area when the disturbance value exceeds the critical value, and
play the content back again from the time in the virtual area in response to an input for selecting the displayed first thumbnail image, wherein the time corresponds to a time when the first thumbnail is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,217,231

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UTILIZING ANCHOR GRAPHS IN MIXED REALITY ENVIRONMENTS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer system for generating an anchor graph for a mixed-reality environment, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media having stored thereon executable instructions that when executed by the one or more processors configure the computer system to perform at least the following:
identify a first anchor vertex, the first anchor vertex including: a first set of key frames, a first mixed-reality element, and at least one first transform connecting at least one key frame of the first set of key frames to the first mixed-reality element;
identify a second anchor vertex, the second anchor vertex including: a second set of key frames, a second mixed-reality element, and at least one second transform connecting at least one key frame of the second set of key frames to the second mixed-reality element;
create a first anchor edge between the first anchor vertex and the second anchor vertex wherein the first anchor edge omits one or more separate transforms between each of the key frames in the first anchor vertex and the second anchor vertex, and wherein the first anchor edge comprises a single transform that connects the first anchor vertex and the second anchor vertex; and
save the first anchor vertex, the second anchor vertex, and the anchor edge within an anchor graph data structure.

US Pat. No. 10,217,218

LINEAR-BASED EULERIAN MOTION MODULATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method of amplifying temporal variation from at least two images, the method comprising:converting at least two images to a transform representation in a transform domain;
for each particular spatial position within the at least two images, examining a plurality of coefficient values representing a neighborhood of the spatial position, the neighborhood of the spatial position being spatially the same across each of the at least two images;
calculating a first vector in the transform domain based on the plurality of coefficient values representing the particular spatial position, the first vector representing change from a first image to a second image of the at least two images describing deformation;
modifying the first vector to create a second vector in the transform domain representing amplified movement at the particular spatial position between the first and second images;
calculating a second plurality of coefficients based on the second vector of the transform domain; and
from the second plurality of coefficients, generating an output signal based on motion amplified according to the second vector for each particular spatial position between the first and second images.

US Pat. No. 10,217,216

KIND OF X-RAY CHEST IMAGE RIB SUPPRESSION METHOD BASED ON POISSON MODEL

SICHUAN UNIVERSITY, Chen...

1. An X-ray chest image rib suppression method based on a Poisson model, the method comprising the following steps:Step 1: read an original Chest Image I and conduct contourlet transformation on the Chest Image I;
Step 2: perform contrast stretching of a first frequency coefficient after the contourlet transformation;
Step 3: conduct gain transformation on a second frequency coefficient after the contourlet transformation and reconstitute a Chest Image E based on the transformed first and second frequency coefficients for texture enhancement, the first frequency coefficient being lower than the second frequency coefficient;
Step 4: conduct Gaussian filtering on the original Chest Image I at multiple scales, calculate a Hessian matrix of the filtered Chest Image I and of an eigenvalue of the filtered Chest Image I, and establish a strip-type detection filter, the strip-type detection filter detecting and locating a rib to obtain a binary mask image of a rib area of the rib; and
Step 5: based on the Chest Image E generated in the Step 3 and the binary mask image of the rib area generated in the Step 4, obtain an output Image I* by conducting a convolution operation on the Chest Image E by adopting a Laplacian template, gaining a divergence value
of a gradient field for the Chest Image E and establishing a Poisson equation ?G=DIV(E) s.t. G|??=I|??; wherein, G is a gray value of pixels within the rib area, I is the original Chest Image I and ?? is a boundary of the rib area in the binary mask image of the Step 4.

US Pat. No. 10,217,211

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PLACEMENT OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

ERSA GmbH, Wertheim (DE)...

1. A method for placing electronic components onto a circuit board, comprising the following steps:Placing a component of a first component type into a starting position;
Creating a component image of the component;
Creating a circuit board region image of a circuit board of a first circuit board region type;
Calculating a travel path for moving the component from the starting position into a final position on the circuit board based upon the following:
an image overlay of the component image and a previously saved reference component image of a reference component of the first component type,
a previously saved reference starting position, a previously saved reference travel path of the reference component from a previously saved reference starting position into a reference final position on a reference circuit board of the first circuit board region type, and
a corresponding image overlay of the circuit board region image and a previously saved reference circuit board region image of the reference circuit board;
Moving the component along the travel path into the final position; and
performing the calculation of the travel path by means of a coordinate transformation, which consists of a first rotation and translation of the image overlay of the component image and the previously saved reference component image, a second rotation and translation of the previously saved reference travel path, as well as a third rotation and translation of the image overlay of the circuit board region image and the previously saved reference circuit board region image.

US Pat. No. 10,217,187

METHOD FOR DYNAMIC VIDEO MAGNIFICATION

QATAR FOUNDATION FOR EDUC...

1. A method for dynamic video magnification of small motions occurring simultaneously within large motions, comprising the steps of:selecting the small motions as a region of interest (ROI) from a video for magnification;
warping the region of interest to discount the large motions, thereby obtaining a stabilized sequence of the small motion input video frames, wherein the warping technique is selected from the group consisting of a Kanade-Lucas-Tomasi (KLT) feature tracker, an optical flow, and parametric modeling;
for each of the input video frames in the stabilized sequence:
decomposing the frame into a foreground layer, a background layer, and an alpha matte layer;
magnifying each of the foreground and alpha matte layers, wherein the magnification includes applying phase-based magnification;
generating a magnified sequence of the magnified foreground and alpha matte layers by matte inversion, wherein the generated magnified sequence includes superimposing the magnified foreground layer over the background layer to reconstruct remaining unmagnified sites;
filling in holes in the magnified sequence by texture synthesis; and
de-warping the magnified sequence to original space-time coordinates after filling in the image holes to obtain dynamic video magnification of the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,217,160

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING CHARGE AVAILABILITY AND ROUTE PATHS FOR OBTAINING CHARGE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Emerging Automotive, LLC,...

1. A method for providing charge options to drivers of electric vehicles, comprising,receiving, by a server, data from computers connected to charge locations concerning availability for providing charge by a charge station;
receiving, by the server, sponsored rewards to be offered by the charge locations, the sponsored rewards changing over time based on data defined by entities providing the sponsored rewards for specific charge locations;
receiving, by the server, a request from processing logic of an electric vehicle, the request identifying an inquiry to obtain charge;
receiving, by the server, a current location of the electric vehicle;
determining, by the server, charge locations in proximity to the current location of the electric vehicle;
communicating automatically by pushing data, by the server, to the processing logic of the electric vehicle regarding at least one of the charge locations and a sponsored reward for the at least one of the charge locations for the current location of the electric vehicle, a path is definable to the at least one of the charge locations having said sponsored reward, the sponsored reward is available for a predefined period of time and available when the request from the processing logic of the electric vehicle was received by the server,
the communicated data includes a command to display information via a graphical user interface regarding the path that identifies the at least one of the charge locations and information regarding the sponsored reward before selection is made for one of said charge locations, the path being one of a plurality of paths provided as options for illustrating tradeoffs between distance to said charge locations and types of said sponsored rewards for each of said paths, and each of said paths identifying a respective one of said charge locations and sponsored reward associated to said charge locations;
receiving, by the server, selection of one of the charge locations from the electric vehicle; and
receiving a reservation request for the selected charge location;
communicating, by the server, with the computer of the charge location to confirm the reservation request, the computer of the charge location controls positioning of a mechanical barrier for a parking spot at the charge location to enable the vehicle to obtain charge, the mechanical barrier acting to hold the parking spot for the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,217,100

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSACTION PAYMENTS USING A MOBILE DEVICE

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A method for performing a financial transaction, said method comprising:processing a purchase transaction for products for purchase by a customer to determine a transaction amount;
requesting permission to communicate with a mobile device of the customer;
in response to receiving acceptance to the permission, communicating with the mobile device of the customer to communicate a store identifier, a mobile identifier, POS identifier, and the transaction amount to the mobile device;
determining a customer id associated with a financial institution, based on the mobile identifier;
preventing the mobile device from communicating information other than the acceptance to the permission, to allow for communicating to the mobile device to route the store identifier, POS identifier, and transaction amount to a financial institution of the customer for approval of the transaction amount for the customer; and
in response to receiving an approval number for the purchase transaction from a financial institution of the customer based on the transaction amount and the customer id, completing the purchase transaction for the purchase of the products by the customer.

US Pat. No. 10,217,095

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING TRANSACTION PATTERNS

First Data Corporation, ...

1. A method for evaluating transaction patterns of account holders to determine common points in paths traveled by account holders in a geographical area, the method comprising:receiving, at a host computing system, from a plurality of point of sale (POS) devices a plurality of POS datasets for a plurality of transactions conducted by account holders, wherein each POS dataset comprises at least a merchant identifier and an account identifier;
evaluating, by the host computing system, the POS datasets to determine a merchant location for each of the transactions;
generating, by the host computing system, a plurality of geographical transaction paths based on the merchant locations, each transaction path having a starting point and an ending point, with the starting and ending points interconnected based on the merchant locations and the POS datasets, each transaction path representing a traveled geographical path of merchant locations for transactions conducted by an account holder and locations along path segments between the merchant locations; and
evaluating, by the host computing system, the plurality of geographical transaction paths to identify common features of the transaction paths.

US Pat. No. 10,217,082

INVENTORY TRACKING

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing one or more programs configured for execution by an electronic device, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when executed, perform acts of:receiving a first item inventory level quantity for a first item;
storing the first item inventory level quantity at an inventory database;
comparing the first item inventory level quantity with a predetermined high threshold;
when the first item inventory level quantity is less than the predetermined high threshold, transmitting a first Limited Stock Alert to an inventory cache;
at the inventory cache, storing a first inventory status corresponding to the first item inventory level quantity;
at the inventory cache, storing (a) a second inventory status corresponding to a second item inventory level quantity for a second item, and (b) the second item inventory level quantity for the second item, wherein:
the second item inventory level quantity is different than the first item inventory level quantity;
the second item is available only after a starting date; and
the second item comprises at least one of:
a holiday item;
a seasonal item; or
a limited stock item; and
after the starting date, transmitting the second inventory status from the inventory cache.

US Pat. No. 10,217,009

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENHANCING USER LIVENESS DETECTION

DAON HOLDINGS LIMITED, G...

1. A method for enhancing user liveness detection comprising:calculating, by a terminal device, a first angle and a second angle for each frame in a video of captured face biometric data, the first angle being between a plane defined by a front face of the terminal device and a vertical axis, the second angle being between the plane defined by the front face of the terminal device and a plane defined by the face of the user;
creating a first signal from the first angles and a second signal from the second angles;
calculating a similarity score between the first and second signals; and
determining the user is live when the similarity score is at least equal to a threshold score.

US Pat. No. 10,216,992

DATA ENTRY SYSTEM WITH DRAWING RECOGNITION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An electronic device comprising:a memory storing an image for display to a user;
a shape recognition component which receives drawing input as a result of the user drawing at a location of the displayed image;
a semantic segmentation component configured to carry out image analysis of the image to compute one or more object classes of objects depicted at the location in the image; and wherein
the shape recognition component is configured to recognize the drawing input as being in a computed graphical item class of a plurality of pre-specified graphical item classes by analyzing a shape of the drawing input and by using information about the computed object classes of the one or more objects depicted at the drawing input location in the image; and
a processor configured to offer at least one graphical item of the computed graphical item class for input to the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,216,984

ACTIVITY RECOGNITION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Nant Holdings IP, LLC, C...

1. An activity recognition apparatus comprising:at least one sensor configured to generate a digital representation of an environment of activity according to one or more sensing modalities;
a memory storing known activity data objects, wherein each known activity data object relates to a known activity and includes similarity scoring techniques and clustered features; and
an activity recognition device electronically coupled with the sensor and the memory and having a processor, wherein, upon execution of software instructions stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium, the processor is configured to:
generate a plurality of features from the digital representation using at least one feature detection algorithm;
establish an observed activity data object comprising one or more observed feature clusters generated from the plurality of features;
calculate a similarity activity score for the observed activity data object relative to at least one of the known activity data objects as a function of the similarity scoring techniques that are contextually relevant to the environment, the clustered features, and the observed feature clusters;
access an activity recognition results set as a function of the similarity activity score; and
initiate an action regarding the environment based on the activity recognition results set.

US Pat. No. 10,216,958

MINIMIZING SENSITIVE DATA EXPOSURE DURING PREPARATION OF REDACTED DOCUMENTS

International Business Ma...

1. A method, comprising:identifying, using a processor of a computer, a first element within a first document that is contextually related to a second element within the first document in accordance with predefined contextual relationship criteria, wherein the first document is stored in a document repository, wherein the first document is a computer-viewable document;
minimizing, using the processor of the computer, exposure of sensitive information in the first document by creating a second document from the first document by interposing a third element between the first element and the second element, wherein the third element is not interposed between the first element and the second element within the first document, wherein the second document is stored in the document repository, and wherein the second document is a computer-viewable document;
performing, using the processor of the computer, at least one of replacing any data within the second document with deidentifying data and inserting into the second document data that are not found in the first document;
receiving, using the processor of the computer, a review action input for the second document, wherein the review action input comprises any of the second document is to be redacted and the second document is correctly redacted; and
disposing, using the processor of the computer, of the first document in accordance with the review action input for the second document, wherein the disposing is any one of redacting the first document and classifying the first document.

US Pat. No. 10,216,948

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE CREATION AND MANAGEMENT OF DECENTRALIZED AUTHORIZATIONS FOR CONNECTED OBJECTS

BULL SAS, Les Clayes-sou...

1. A computing system for the management of authorizations of connected objects, the computing system comprising:a plurality of storage servers comprising at least one memory and a blockchain distributed in the form of storage nodes, the plurality of storage servers configured to record a new block on the blockchain;
an access controlling module configured to create a right of access to the blockchain, for a user of the system, the right of access including:
a right of access only comprising read access; and
a right of access comprising a right to record new blocks of the blockchain on one of the storage nodes, the user having said right being a governing entity;
a write module for the creation of authorizations, the write module configured to:
receive smart contract execution data issued by a governing entity, the smart contract execution data comprising a unique identifier of the smart contract, application conditions of the smart contract and at least one conditional authorization associated with the smart contract; and
write the smart contract execution data on a storage node of the blockchain; and
a connection module for the allocation of authorizations, the connection module configured to:
receive connection data between a connected object and a third-party entity, the connection data including at least one authorisation request;
identify, on a storage node of the blockchain, a conditional authorization related to the authorization request;
verify the application conditions included in the smart contract execution data; and
generate an authorization allocation instruction acceding to the authorization request only when all the application conditions of the conditional authorization are verified.

US Pat. No. 10,216,927

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING MEMORY PAGES ASSOCIATED WITH A PROCESS USING A VIRTUALIZATION LAYER

FireEye, Inc., Milpitas,...

10. A computing device, comprising:a hardware processor including a control register;
a memory coupled to the hardware processor, the memory includes virtualization software that includes a virtual machine to operate in a guest mode and a virtualization layer to operate in a host mode,
wherein in response to detecting a guest process switch corresponding to a change to an operating state of a guest agent process within a virtual machine as being set into an inactive operating state, the virtualization layer, being executed by the processor, assigns a page table for use in memory address translations different than a page table currently in use, the different page table alters page permissions for one or more memory pages associated with the guest agent process, and
wherein the virtualization layer detects the guest process switch by detecting a change in content with the control register of the processor that is executing the virtualization layer and the virtualization layer assigns the different page table to restrict the page permissions for the one or more memory pages associated with the guest agent process when the content of the control register corresponds to an address space different than an address space associated with the guest agent process.

US Pat. No. 10,216,847

DOCUMENT REUSE IN A SEARCH ENGINE CRAWLER

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:at a computing system having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs executed by the one or more processors:
retrieving a plurality of records corresponding to prior scheduled crawls of respective documents in a plurality of documents; and
performing a document crawling operation on the plurality of documents, wherein the document crawling operation includes downloading a current version of a respective document from a host computer based on a determination that a document importance score for the respective document exceeds a first threshold, wherein the document importance score is based on a query-independent metric of an importance of the document for a search engine, or reusing a previously downloaded version of a respective document in the plurality of documents instead of downloading a current version of the respective document from a host computer based on a determination that the document importance score does not exceed a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,216,840

ASSET TAG TEMPLATE CREATION FROM READABLE ELEMENTS

Flexera Software LLC, It...

1. A method comprising:initiating a live view of an asset tag that is acquired by a camera of a user device,
wherein the asset tag is associated with a hardware asset having software-resident functionality;
recognizing a series of elements that are included on the asset tag;
generating a marker for each recognized element of the series of elements;
saving an arrangement of the markers as an asset tag template;
for each subsequent application of the asset tag template to a received asset tag,
extracting, from the received asset tag, information about a corresponding received hardware asset;
identifying, based on the information, a licensed software resource allocated to the corresponding received hardware asset; and
transmitting the information to an asset management system,
wherein said transmitting prompts the asset management system to associate the licensed software resource with the corresponding received hardware asset by populating a database entry with the information, and
monitor the database entry to ensure the corresponding received hardware asset uses the licensed software resource in accordance with a license term.

US Pat. No. 10,216,828

SCALABLE TOPOLOGICAL SUMMARY CONSTRUCTION USING LANDMARK POINT SELECTION

Ayasdi, Inc., Menlo Park...

1. A method comprising:receiving a large number of data points;
determining at least one size of a plurality of subsets of the large number of data points based on constraints of at least one of a plurality of computation devices or an analysis server, each data point of the large number of data points being a member of at least one of the plurality of subsets of the large number of data points;
transferring each of the plurality of subsets of the large number of data points to a respective one of the plurality of computation devices;
for each of the plurality of subsets of data points by an associated computation device of the plurality of computation devices:
selecting, by the associated computation device, a group of data points from the subset of data points to generate a first sub-subset of landmarks;
adding, by the associated computation device, a non-landmark data point of the subset of data points to the first sub-subset of landmarks to create an expanded sub-subset of landmarks, adding the non-landmark data points comprising:
calculating first data point distances between each non-landmark data point and each landmark;
identifying a shortest data point distance from among the first data point distances for each non-landmark data point;
identifying a particular non-landmark data point with a longest first landmark distance of all the shortest data path distances; and
adding the particular non-landmark data point to the first sub-subset of landmarks to expand the first sub-subset of landmarks to generate an expanded set of landmarks;
repeating the adding the non-landmark data points until the expanded sub-subset of the expanded landmarks reaches a predetermined number of members;
creating an analysis landmark set based on a combination of the expanded sub-subsets of expanded landmarks;
performing a similarity function on the analysis landmark set to map landmark points of the analysis landmark set to a mathematical reference space;
generating a cover of the mathematical reference space to divide the mathematical reference space into overlapping subsets;
clustering the mapped landmark points of the analysis landmark set based on the overlapping subsets of the cover in the mathematical reference space;
creating a plurality of nodes, each of the plurality of nodes being based on the clustering of the mapped landmark points of the analysis landmark set, each landmark point of the analysis landmark set being a member of at least one node;
connecting at least two of the plurality of nodes with an edge if the at least two of the plurality of nodes share at least one landmark point of the analysis landmark set as a member; and
generating a visualization of at least a subset of the plurality of nodes, the visualization including the edge connecting the at least two of the plurality of nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,216,789

SYNCHRONIZING DATA-SETS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for providing type ahead cues, the method comprising:at a processor of a first device, receive type-ahead operations from a second device, the second device being operable by a first user, the type-ahead operations including a data-set of contemporaneous cues or suggestions comprising word search terms, for the first user of the second device and the data-set being provided to the second device to complete an open enterable tillable field fillable by the first user of the second device, the open enterable fillable field in a fillable field application running on the second device,
at the processor of the first device, update a registry accessible over a network to reflect the received type-ahead operations from the second device;
at the processor of the first device, synchronizing type-ahead operations between the second device and a third device; wherein
the third device is being operated by a second user,
the first user is different than the second user,
the synchronized type-ahead operations are for use by a tillable field application at the third device during type-ahead operations of the fillable field application at the third device, and
the synchronized type-ahead operations are used by the third device to provide contemporaneous cues or suggestions to the second user when filling an open enterable field of the fillable field application of the third device;
determine if the third device is at a target physical location or is part of a target business networking group or is part of a target social networking group; and
when a determination is made that the third device is at the target physical location or is part of the target business networking group or is part of the target social networking group, synchronize updated type-ahead operations from the registry to the third device for use in the tillable field application running on the third device
when the third device is at the target physical location, or
when the third device is part of the target business networking group, or
when the third device has joined the target social networking group.

US Pat. No. 10,216,757

MANAGING DELETION OF REPLICAS OF FILES

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method for use in managing deletion of replicas of files, the method comprising:receiving a request to delete a set of replicas of a file of a file system, wherein a replica of the file represents a state of the file at a particular prior point in time;
identifying a destination replica from the set of replicas based on a criterion wherein the destination replica has a largest size in the set of replicas;
deleting the set of replicas by de-allocating file system blocks associated with the set of replicas by concurrently de-allocating a subset of the file system blocks residing at the same logical offset within the destination replica and a subset of the set of replicas, wherein the subset of the file system blocks are shared between the destination replica and the subset of the set of replicas, wherein indirect data blocks residing at the same logical offset within the set of replicas are processed by a same thread as the subset of the file system blocks and multiple threads process file system data blocks residing at different offsets; and
de-allocating a set of file system blocks shared between a replica of the set of replicas and the destination replica using a delegated reference counting mechanism by updating metadata of the destination replica.

US Pat. No. 10,216,740

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST PARALLEL DATA PROCESSING IN DISTRIBUTED STORAGE SYSTEMS

ACRONIS INTERNATIONAL GMB...

1. A method for fast parallel data processing in a distributed storage system, the method comprising:receiving at least one digital object;
determining, by a processor of a computing device, whether the at least one digital object has a fixed data block structure;
in response to determining that the at least one digital object has a fixed data block structure, determining by the processor a size of each fixed data block of the at least one digital object;
determining a number of archive chunks for storing the at least one digital object on a selected plurality of storage servers based at least upon the size of each fixed data block;
adjusting parameters of erasure coding for the selected plurality of storage servers based on a criticality of data stored thereon; and
partitioning the at least one digital object into the number of archive chunks for storing on the selected plurality of storage servers using the erasure coding.

US Pat. No. 10,216,692

MULTI-CORE PARALLEL PROCESSING SYSTEM

Massively Parallel Techno...

1. A multiprocessor system on a chip (MPSoC) for implementing parallel processing comprising:a plurality of cores, each comprising a system on a chip, wherein each of the cores functions as a node in a parallel processing system operating as a structured cascade; and
an on-chip switch fabric directly connected to each of the cores;
wherein the on-chip switch fabric is configurable for coordinated simultaneous direct communication between multiple pairs of the cores to form the structured cascade based upon position of each of the plurality of cores within the structured cascade, wherein, for each direct communication, data transfer from/to each core of the pair is directly coupled in time.

US Pat. No. 10,216,596

FAST CONSISTENT WRITE IN A DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM

BiTMICRO Networks, Inc., ...

1. A system, comprising:a local server comprising a first peripheral component that is attached to a PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) and that is configured to complete a write operation and a consistency operation by transmitting a derivative mirror write or log operation;
wherein the local server transmits the derivative mirror write or log operation in response to a request from a node to the local server;
wherein the request comprises a write from the node to the local server;
wherein the node comprises a host;
a remote server comprising a second peripheral component; and
wherein the write operation and consistency operation are completed without external software intervention in the remote server that is remote from the local server and the first peripheral component;
wherein the local server comprises a first network interface card (NIC);
wherein the first peripheral component comprises a first PCIe drive in the local server;
wherein the remote server comprises a second NIC;
wherein the second peripheral component comprises a second PCIe drive in the remote server;
wherein the first PCIe drive in the local server and the second PCIe drive in the remote server communicate with each other via the first NIC and the second NIC and via a network that is coupled to the first NIC and the second NIC;
wherein the local server transmits a final acknowledgement to the node to indicate a successful completion of the write operation and consistency operation;
wherein the local server transmits the final acknowledgement to the node in response to a derivative mirror write acknowledgement from the remote server to the local server or a log operation acknowledgement from the remote server to the local server and without the local server waiting for a CPU (central processing unit) acknowledgement from the remote server wherein the CPU acknowledgement indicates a completion of a remote write in the remote server;
wherein the remote server immediately transmits the derivative mirror write acknowledgement to the local server in response to the remote server receiving the derivative mirror write that is transmitted from the local server;
wherein the remote server immediately transmits the log write acknowledgement to the local server in response to the remote server receiving the log write that is transmitted from the local server;
wherein the local server comprises a first compute element and a first networking software that runs on the first compute element;
wherein the first compute element is configured to process requests from the node;
wherein the first networking software configures the local server to transmit the derivative mirror write or log operation to the remote server in response to the request from the node to the local server;
wherein the remote server comprises a second compute element and a second networking software that runs on the second compute element; and
wherein the second networking software configures the remote server for mirroring remote writes or for logging remote writes.

US Pat. No. 10,216,577

MULTICAST RAID: DISTRIBUTED PARITY PROTECTION

Nexenta Systems, Inc., S...

1. A method for a storage server to create a parity protection conglomerate protecting a received chunk, comprising:generating a manifest within a parity protection conglomerate, wherein the manifest enumerates: a set of chunks protected by the parity protection conglomerate, including the received chunk; a previously-generated unique chunk identifier for each chunk in the set of chunks; and a failure domain where the primary whole replica of that chunk should be stored, wherein a selection of the parity protection conglomerate by the storage server is constrained such that the created parity protection conglomerate references only chunks contained in failure domains enumerated in an eligibility set specified with a put message;
generating a payload portion of a parity protection conglomerate, wherein the payload portion comprises a Galois transformation of a payload portion of each chunk within the set of chunks, thereby protecting the received chunk as a protected chunk;
updating a local index to map a parity protection conglomerate identifier (PPCID) to the previously-generated unique chunk identifier of the parity protection conglomerate;
generating a protection index entry to map a chunk identifier of the received chunk to the PPCID; and
reducing an eligibility set associated with the PPCID to exclude all failure domains that were not contained in the eligibility set specified for the received chunk.

US Pat. No. 10,216,567

DIRECT PARITY ENCODER

Avago Technologies Intern...

1. An encoder for wireless local area networking (WLAN) communication, comprising:a processor configured to divide a generator matrix into a first portion and a second portion, the second portion of the generator matrix including an array of sub-blocks, the array of sub-blocks arranged in rows and columns, each row including M number of sub-blocks and each column including J number of sub-blocks, wherein M and J are integers, each sub-block including Z number of rows and Z number of columns, wherein Z is an integer, a sub-block of the array of sub-blocks including (i) a first set of elements circularly shifted from an identity matrix by a first amount, and (ii) a second set of elements circularly shifted from the identity matrix by a second amount; and
parity bit generation circuitry coupled to the processor, the parity bit generation circuitry configured to generate parity bits according to the array of sub-blocks, the parity bit generation circuitry including:
bit permutation circuitry,
Z number of XOR devices coupled to the bit permutation circuitry,
M sets of storage registers, each set of the M sets of storage registers including Z number of storage registers, each of the Z number of storage registers coupled to a corresponding XOR device of the Z number of XOR devices, and
control circuitry coupled to the bit permutation circuitry and the M sets of storage registers, the control circuitry configured to:
cause the bit permutation circuitry to generate Z number of first bits according to Z number of input bits and the first amount, the Z number of first bits equal to the Z number of input bits when circularly shifted according to the first amount, each of the Z number of first bits provided as input to a corresponding XOR device of the Z number of XOR devices,
cause each storage register of a first set of the M sets of storage registers to store an output of the corresponding XOR device of the Z number of XOR devices,
cause the bit permutation circuitry to generate Z number of second bits according to the Z number of input bits and the second amount, the Z number of second bits equal to the Z number of input bits when circularly shifted according to the second amount, and
cause the Z number of XOR devices to perform bit-wise XOR operations on the stored Z number of outputs from the first set of the M sets of storage registers and the generated Z number of second bits from the bit permutation circuitry, to provide a portion of the parity bits.

US Pat. No. 10,216,561

MONITOR PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

C SERIES AIRCRAFT LIMITED...

1. A system, comprising:a processor;
a memory system in communication with the processor, the memory system storing instructions that when executed by the processor result in the system being operable to:
identify a system hazard boundary of a monitored system and a system nuisance boundary of the monitored system;
determine a must-trip condition based on the system hazard boundary and a must-not-trip condition based on the system nuisance boundary;
conduct a tolerance stack-up at the must-trip condition to calculate a first estimation error; and
output a protection margin for the monitored system based on the system hazard boundary, the first estimation error and a difference between the must-trip condition and the must-not-trip condition; and
a monitor of the monitored system, the monitor being configured to receive a monitored input from the monitored system, and, based on the monitored input, trip before the monitored system exceeds the system hazard boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,216,559

DIAGNOSTIC FAULT COMMUNICATION

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a fault detector configured to detect a fault condition of the integrated circuit;
a controller configured to generate a controller output data signal; and
an output generator configured to generate an output signal of the integrated circuit and to:
generate the output signal at a first set of output levels based upon the controller output data signal when the fault detector does not detect the fault condition; and
generate the output signal at a second set of output levels based upon the controller output data signal when the fault detector detects the fault condition, wherein the second set of output levels is different than the first set of output levels and comprises a level of the output signal caused by an open circuit or a short circuit of the output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,216,537

DISPERSIVE STORAGE AREA NETWORKS

DISPERSIVE NETWORKS, INC....

1. A method for storing data from a first electronic device at a plurality of storage devices of a dispersive storage area network comprising:(a) spawning, at the first electronic device, a first virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the first electronic device such that a first virtual network connection is provided; (b) spawning, at a first storage server, a second virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the first storage server such that a second virtual network connection is provided; (c) spawning, at a second storage server, a third virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the second storage server such that a third virtual network connection is provided; (d) spawning, at a third storage server, a fourth virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the third storage server such that a fourth virtual network connection is provided; (e) spawning, at a first splitting server, a fifth virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the first splitting server such that a fifth virtual network connection is provided; (f) generating, at the first electronic device, a first hash for first data to be stored on the dispersive storage area network, and storing the generated first hash at the first electronic device; (g) communicating, from the first electronic device via the first virtual network connection, one or more packets collectively containing the first data for communication to the first splitting server for storage of the first data on the dispersive storage area network; (h) receiving, at the first splitting server via the fifth virtual network connection, the one or more packets containing data for storage on the dispersive storage area network; (i) spawning, at the first splitting server, a sixth virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the first splitting server such that a sixth virtual network connection is provided; (j) spawning, at the first splitting server, a seventh virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the first splitting server such that a seventh virtual network connection is provided; (k) spawning, at the splitting server, an eighth virtual machine that virtualizes network capabilities of the first splitting server such that an eighth virtual network connection is provided; (l) splitting, at the first splitting server, the first data for storage on the dispersive storage area network; (m) communicating, from the first splitting server via the sixth virtual network connection, one or more packets for communication to the first storage server representing a first portion of the split data; (n) receiving, at the first storage server via the second virtual network connection, the one or more packets representing a first portion of the split data; (o) storing, at the first storage server, the first portion of the split data; (p) communicating, from the first splitting server via the seventh virtual network connection, one or more packets for communication to the second storage server representing a second portion of the split data; (q) receiving, at the second storage server via the third virtual network connection, the one or more packets representing a second portion of the split data; (r) storing, at the second storage server, the second portion of the split data; (s) communicating, from the first splitting server via the eighth virtual network connection, one or more packets for communication to the third storage server representing a third portion of the split data; (t) receiving, at the third storage server via the fourth virtual network connection, the one or more packets representing a third portion of the split data; (u) storing, at the third storage server, the third portion of the split data; (v) effecting, by the first electronic device, retrieval of the first data; (w) retrieving, at a second splitting server in response to effecting retrieval of the first data, a plurality of data portions stored on a plurality of storage servers, including retrieving the first portion from the first storage server, retrieving the second portion from the second storage server, and retrieving the third portion from the third storage server; (x) combining, at the second splitting server, the retrieved plurality of data portions into second data; (y) communicating, from the second splitting server to the first electronic device, the second data; (z) generating, at the first electronic device, a second hash for the second data; (aa) determining, at the first electronic device, whether the stored first data was corrupted by comparing the stored first hash to the generated second hash.

US Pat. No. 10,216,498

CUSTOM-BUILT PROCESS ENGINE WITH MINIMAL MEMORY AND DISK RESOURCE CONSUMPTION

TIBCO Software Inc., Pal...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a selection of a trigger associated with a process application;
receiving a selection of one or more activities associated with the process application based on the selected trigger;
determining a minimum set of process engine components needed to perform the process application, wherein the determining further includes:
analyzing a process flow associated with the selected trigger and one or more activities to identify process engine components associated with the selected trigger and one or more activities respectively;
determining that, based on the analysis, at least one process engine component of the identified process engine components is not invoked by the process application at runtime, wherein the at least one process engine component is associated with at least one activity of the selected one or more activities, wherein an input of the at least one activity is not output of any of the selected trigger or one or more activities preceding to the at least one activity;
removing the at least one process engine component from the identified process engine components to form the minimum set of process engine components; and
compiling the process application into an executable code that includes the determined minimum set of process engine components.

US Pat. No. 10,216,357

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising a processor configured to:obtain image data representing an object, which object is displayed to a user at an object perception position in front of a three-dimensional display, wherein the object is displayed on the basis of left eye image data and right eye image data on the three-dimensional display, each of the left eye image data and the right eye image data including the image data representing the object;
obtain user eye position data representing a left pupil position and a right pupil position of the user; and
generate a left eye image position for the left eye image data and a right eye image position for the right eye image data on the basis of the user eye position data and the perception position of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,216,356

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device comprising:a display control section configured to display a plurality of objects in a virtual three-dimensional space, the virtual three-dimensional space including a depth direction of a display screen that is a direction substantially perpendicular to the display screen, and having a center region configured to include at least one group of first objects of the plurality of objects being displayed therewithin, and a peripheral region located around the center region and configured to include at least one group of second objects of the plurality of objects being displayed therewithin; and
an acquisition section configured to acquire an operation on one or more of the plurality of objects at least in the depth direction based on a movement of a body of a user without a touch of the user to the display screen,
wherein a selection is made based on the movement of the body of the user in a real space along the depth direction,
wherein a first range of the depth direction in which the at least one group of first objects is displayed and in which each first object can be moved is set to a first range in the center region, and a second range of the depth direction in which the at least one group of second objects is displayed and in which each second object can be moved is set to a second range in the peripheral region, the second range being narrower than the first range, and
wherein the display control section and the acquisition section are each implemented via at least one hardware processor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,352

METHOD, DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SELECTING CONTENT OF A WEBPAGE THROUGH AUTOMATICALLY SCROLLING WEBPAGE CONTENT

GUANGZHOU UCWEB COMPUTER ...

1. A method for selecting and processing content at an edge of a content-containing webpage, comprising:detecting, by a processor, locations of a pair of cursors for a user to select an area in the content-containing webpage on a touch-screen of a mobile terminal;
detecting, by the processor, one cursor of the pair of cursors moving in a direction toward a screen edge of the touch-screen and the one cursor of the pair of cursors moving in the direction toward the screen edge of the touch-screen is dragged in a horizontal direction or a vertical direction by the user to move on top of the content in the content-containing webpage without moving the content along;
detecting, by the processor, one or more user clicks on a preset marker displayed on a predetermined area of the touch-screen;
in response to detected clicks on the preset marker displayed on the predetermined area of the touch-screen, dragging the moving cursor to move on top of the content in the content-containing webpage, and wherein the preset marker includes an upward, a downward, a leftward, or a rightward arrow used to drag the moving cursor;
detecting, by the processor, a distance between a location of the screen edge and a location of the moving cursor is within a first predetermined distance;
triggering, by the processor, the content-containing webpage to move in a direction opposite to the moving direction of the moving cursor when the detected distance between the location of the screen edge and the location of the moving cursor is within the first predetermined distance;
detecting, by the processor, that the moving cursor reaches an edge of the content of the content-containing webpage while the content-containing webpage is moving in the opposite direction to the moving direction of the moving cursor;
moving, by the processor, the content-containing webpage by a second predetermined distance in the opposite direction to the moving direction of the moving cursor when the detected moving cursor reaches the edge of the content of the content-containing webpage to move the edge of the content of the content-containing webpage away from the screen edge of the touch-screen to a center of the touch-screen; and
selecting, by the processor, the content at the screen edge of the touch-screen in response to moving the edge of the content of the content-containing webpage away from the screen edge of the touch-screen to a center of the touch-screen.

US Pat. No. 10,216,340

TOUCH DETECTION DEVICE FOR IMPROVING TOUCH DETECTION AND VISIBILITY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

CRUCIALTEC CO., LTD., Ch...

1. A touch detection device, comprising:a plurality of sensor pads arranged in a plurality of rows and columns and suitable for forming touch capacitance with a touch input tool; and
a plurality of signal wirings for respectively connecting the plurality of sensor pads to a driving device;
wherein at least a first sensor pad of the plurality of sensor pads has a first side including a first segment and a second segment that meet one another and form a non-zero angle;
wherein the first segment of the first side of the first sensor pad forms an acute angle with a straight line parallel to the column direction;
wherein the second segment of the first side of the first sensor pad forms an acute angle with a straight line parallel to the column direction;
wherein at least a first signal wiring of the plurality of signal wirings includes a first segment and a second segment that meet one another and form a non-zero angle;
wherein the first segment of the first signal wiring forms an acute angle with a straight line parallel to the column direction;
wherein the second segment of the first signal wiring forms an acute angle with a straight line parallel to the column direction;
wherein the first segment of the first signal wiring is parallel to, and spaced a first distance from, the first segment of the first side of the first sensor pad;
wherein the second segment of the first signal wiring is parallel to, and spaced a second distance from, the second segment of the first side of the first sensor pad;
wherein the first distance is substantially equal to the second distance;
wherein the first sensor pad comprises a plurality of electrodes separated from each other at predetermined intervals by a plurality of slits and forming an acute angle with the straight line; and
wherein spacing between the first signal wiring and the first sensor pad defined by the first distance and the second distance forms a gap; and
wherein a pitch of the slits is formed to be the same as a pitch of the gap between the signal wirings.

US Pat. No. 10,216,326

PORTABLE APPARATUS

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A portable apparatus capable of detecting a grip strength with which a user grips the portable apparatus, the portable apparatus comprising:a rectangular frame on which a display panel unit is to be mounted;
a first grip detection-dedicated leg extending from a long side of the frame;
a first strain gage attached to the first grip detection-dedicated leg; and
a calculator that finds the grip strength based on an output of the first strain gage, the grip strength being a strength applied to the portable apparatus in a direction of a short side of the frame by the user gripping the portable apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,216,312

MOBILE TERMINAL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A sound system, comprising:a wearable device put on a user's neck; and
a mobile terminal communicating with the wearable device,
wherein the wearable device comprises:
a band part hung on the user's neck;
a body part coupled to both ends of the band part;
one pair of earphones coupled to be drawn from the body part;
a plurality of cameras including a first camera and a second camera, wherein the first camera is mounted at the body part and captures an object of a front of the user, wherein the second camera is mounted at a center part of the band part and captures an object of a rear of the user;
a vibration detection button installed at the body part, wherein the vibration button detects a vibration occurring as the user taps the vibration detection button;
a capture button installed at the body part;
a vibration sensor installed at the body part, wherein the vibration sensor detects that the user taps the body part;
a microphone to receive an audio input;
a location information module to obtain a location of the wearable device;
a proximity sensor to detect approach of an object;
a module detecting shaking of the first camera and the second camera;
a first wireless communication unit installed at the body part, wherein the first wireless communication unit communicates with the mobile terminal; and
a controller installed at the body part, wherein the controller controls operation of the plurality of cameras and transmits an image captured by the plurality of cameras to the mobile terminal,
wherein the mobile terminal comprises:
a second wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with the wearable device via the first wireless communication unit;
a touch screen configured to display information; and
a control unit configured to:
perform pairing between the mobile terminal and the wearable device,
display a lock screen on the touch screen, if the touch screen is changed from an off state into an on state,
display a control screen including both a first control screen including at least one sound control object for controlling sound output through the one pair of earphones of the wearable device and a second control screen including at least one camera control object for controlling the plurality of cameras of the wearable device on the lock screen,
transmit an activation command to the wearable device,
display a front preview screen and a rear preview screen for the plurality of cameras on the lock screen,
display a home screen including a plurality of executable icons, the front preview screen and the rear preview screen, if a lock state is released after the front preview screen and the rear preview screen are displayed on the lock screen,
receive at least one image captured by the plurality of cameras of the wearable device,
store the at least one image captured by the plurality of cameras of the wearable device and information relating to music played at the time of capturing the at least one image, and
if a specific music is played, display at least one image captured when the specific music has been played,
wherein the controller of the wearable device determines the number of times that the user taps the body part, recognizes one of an image capture mode and a video capture mode based on the number of times that the user taps the body part, captures a predetermined number of images within a predetermined time in the image capture mode, and captures a video for a predetermined time in the video capture mode,
wherein the controller of the wearable device determines the number of times that the user taps the vibration detection button,
wherein the controller of the wearable device activates both the first camera and the second camera, or activates the first camera, or activates the second camera, based on the number of times that the user taps the vibration detection button,
wherein the controller of the wearable device determines whether the first camera and the second camera are shaken when the capture button is pressed by the user, and identifies a shaking intensity of the first camera and the second camera,
wherein the controller of the wearable device captures a picture image for an image input to the first camera and the second camera if the shaking intensity is less than a predetermined setting value,
wherein the controller of the wearable device captures a video for an image input to the first camera and the second camera if the shaking intensity is greater than the predetermined setting value, and stores the video in the memory, wherein the video includes a plurality of frame images,
wherein the controller of the wearable device selects a frame image with a smallest shaking among the plurality of frame images as a picture image, transmits the selected frame image to the mobile terminal, and deletes the video stored in the memory,
wherein the controller of the wearable device detects whether the first camera is blocked by the mobile terminal by using a brightness change of an image input to the first camera, and transmits a picture capture command to the mobile terminal,
wherein the control unit of the mobile terminal captures an image when the picture capture command is received,
wherein the controller of the wearable device activates both the first camera and the second camera when the user's finger is positioned at a first distance from the proximity sensor of the wearable device, activates the first camera when the user's finger is positioned at a second distance from the proximity sensor of the wearable device, and activates the second camera when the user's finger is positioned at a third distance from the proximity sensor of the wearable device,
wherein the controller of the wearable device captures an image or a video when an input of a specific sound or voice is detected through the microphone,
wherein the controller of the wearable device captures an image or a video when a current location of the wearable device is changed more than a predetermined distance,
wherein the controller of the wearable device captures an image or a video when an arbitrary object approaches within a predetermined distance range,
wherein the control unit of the mobile terminal is configured to display the control screen including the second control screen enlarged to an area where the first control screen is displayed, if the sound is not output through the wearable device, and
wherein the control unit of the mobile terminal is further configured to display an image captured by the plurality of cameras of the wearable device and a marker indicating a location at which the image was captured.

US Pat. No. 10,216,281

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADJUSTING POINT-OF-SALE INTERFACES

Clover Network, Inc., Su...

18. A point of sale (POS) system comprising:a display;
a sensor;
a memory storing data and computer-executable instructions; and
a processor configured to access the memory, the processor also being configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to:
receive a first indication of interaction with a merchant;
present, in response to the first indication, a merchant-associated interface associated with merchant interaction;
detect, using the sensor, an adjustment to a physical position of the display;
determine, based on the adjustment, that the POS system is to interact with a customer; and
present, in response to the receipt, detection, or determination, a customer-associated interface associated with customer interaction;
wherein the customer-associated interface is restricted from accessing a first set of functionalities that is in the merchant-associated interface.

US Pat. No. 10,216,245

APPLICATION RAMP RATE CONTROL IN LARGE INSTALLATIONS

Cray Inc., Seattle, WA (...

1. A method for managing power within a computing system having a plurality of processors, comprising:providing controls to the system which allow for control of the plurality of processors prior to a plurality of predetermined processing operations; and
upon a request for any one of the plurality of predetermined processing operations, instructing the plurality of processors such that each processor will transition between a plurality of power states in a predetermined manner prior to execution of any one of the plurality of predetermined processing operations thus avoiding an abrupt power transition within the computing system, wherein the predetermined manner involves moving from a first power state to a second power state and staying at the second power state for a predetermined period of time, subsequently moving from the second power state to a third power state after the predetermined period of time has elapsed, and, after staying at the third power state for a second predetermined period, subsequently moving to a fourth power state which is greater than the third power state.

US Pat. No. 10,216,223

HINGE ASSEMBLY

First Dome Corporation, ...

1. A hinge assembly, comprising:a base unit including a base seat defining a receiving space;
a first linkage rod including a first pivot end and a first swingable end opposite to said first pivot end, said first swingable end having a first abutment surface that defines a first sliding groove and a first recess communicating with said first sliding groove;
a first fixing shaft mounted to said base seat and extending through said first pivot end to allow said first linkage rod to rotate relative to said base seat;
a second linkage rod including a second pivot end and a second swingable end opposite to said second pivot end;
a second fixing shaft connecting said second pivot end and said base seat to allow said second linkage rod to rotate relative to said base seat;
a cam including a first pivot portion pivotally connected to said first swingable end of said first linkage rod, a second pivot portion pivotally connected to said second swingable end of said second linkage rod, and a latch hole formed between said first and second pivot portions;
a kickstand support including a hollow pivot body pivotally connected to said second pivot portion of said cam, said hollow pivot body having a second abutment surface that defines a second sliding groove, and a second recess communicating with said second sliding surface;
a torque unit including a torque spindle extending through said second swingable end of said second linkage rod, said second pivot portion of said cam, and said hollow pivot body of said kickstand support, and a torque plate set interferentially fitted into said hollow pivot body and interferentially sleeved on said torque spindle, said torque plate set and said torque spindle cooperatively producing a friction force to position said kickstand support when said kickstand support is rotated together with said torque plate set by a predetermined angle relative to said torque spindle; and
a latch disposed in said latch hole,
wherein said latch hole is interposed between said first and second abutment surfaces of said first linkage rod and said kickstand support, said latch extending into said first and second abutment surfaces,
wherein, when said first and second linkage rods, said kickstand support, and said cam are received in said receiving space, said latch hole is communicated with said second recess, and said latch is in a first locking position, where said latch extends into said second recess to lock rotational movement of said kickstand support relative to said cam, and
wherein, when said second linkage rod is rotated outward of said receiving space by a torque and brings said first linkage rod to rotate relative to said cam until said latch hole communicates with both of said first and second recesses, said latch is pushed by said second abutment surface of said kickstand support to leave said second recess of said kickstand support, and moves into said first recess of said first linkage rod, thereby placing said latch in a second locking position, where said first linkage rod is limited from rotating relative to said cam.

US Pat. No. 10,216,208

LOAD CURRENT SENSING IN VOLTAGE REGULATOR

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A circuit comprising:a linear drop-out regulator including a pass transistor and a first error amplifier, wherein an output from the first error amplifier is coupled to a gate of the pass transistor;
a current sense transistor having a source coupled to a source of the pass transistor, wherein the output from the first error amplifier is also coupled to a gate of the current sense transistor;
a current sense output transistor having a source coupled to a drain of the current sense transistor;
a second error amplifier having a first input terminal coupled to a drain of the pass transistor and having a second input terminal coupled to the drain of the current sense transistor, wherein an output of the second error amplifier is coupled to a gate of the current sense output transistor, and wherein a drain of the current sense output transistor is an output current node for the circuit;
offset sampling circuitry configured to compensate for an offset voltage of the second error amplifier with a first kind of offset compensation operation; and
chopping circuitry configured to compensate for the offset voltage of the second error amplifier with a second kind of offset compensation operation.

US Pat. No. 10,216,204

DETERMINING SHEAR RATE AND/OR SHEAR STRESS FROM SONAR BASED VELOCITY PROFILES AND DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE

CiDRA Corporate Services ...

1. A system for controlling an injection of a chemical into the flow of a slurry in a pipe in a mining operation, comprising:a data gathering module having a velocity profile meter configured to respond to a flow in a pipe and provide signals containing information about a zeta profile of a shear rate related to one or more velocity profiles of the flow of a slurry having mature fine tailing (MFT) in the pipe, and also having a differential pressure module configured to respond to the flow in the pipe and provide associated signaling containing information about a Tau profile of a shear stress related to a pressure gradient of the flow over a length of the pipe; and
a signal processor comprising one or more modules configured to receive the signals containing information about the zeta profile of the shear rate and the associated signaling containing information about the Tau profile of the shear stress, determine corresponding signaling containing information about an injection of flocculation chemicals into the flow of the slurry having MFT in the pipe that depends on a ratio between the Tau profile of the shear stress and the zeta profile of the shear rate of the flow in the pipe, based at least partly on the signals and associated signaling received, and provide the corresponding signaling as control signaling to control the injection of the flocculation chemicals into the flow of the slurry having MFT in the pipe in the mining operation.

US Pat. No. 10,216,175

CONVEYORS INCLUDING SENSORS FOR DETECTING ERROR CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PRODUCTS TRAVELING ON THE CONVEYORS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A system for sorting and tracking products at a product distribution facility, the system comprising:a plurality of interconnected conveyors configured to move the products;
a first sensor positioned proximate a product advancement surface of at least one of the conveyors and configured to detect at least one identifying characteristic of at least one product moving on the product advancement surface;
a second sensor positioned proximate the product advancement surface and configured to detect at least one physical characteristic of the at least one product moving on the product advancement surface;
an electronic database storing inventory management data including:
data indicating predefined identifying characteristic and physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product, the predefined identifying characteristic and physical characteristic information corresponding to the at least one product when in a new condition and undamaged; and
data indicating actual identifying characteristic information associated with the at least one product, the actual identifying characteristic information corresponding to the at least one product when detected by the first sensor during movement of the at least one product along the product advancement surface;
data indicating actual physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product, the actual physical characteristic information corresponding to the at least one product when detected by the second sensor during movement of the at least one product along the product advancement surface;
a third sensor positioned proximate the product advancement surface and configured to detect a location of the at least one product moving on the product advancement surface; and
a processor-based electronic inventory management device in communication with the first and second sensors and the electronic database, the electronic inventory management device being configured obtain the inventory management data stored in the electronic database and, based on the obtained inventory management data, to:
compare the data indicating the actual identifying characteristic information associated with the at least one product detected by the first sensor during movement on the product advancement surface to the data indicating the predefined identifying characteristic information associated with the at least one product in order to determine an identity of the at least one product detected by the first sensor;
compare the data indicating the actual physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product detected by the second sensor during movement on the product advancement surface to the data indicating the predefined physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product in order to verify that the identity of the at least one product and that the condition of the at least one product detected by the second sensor is new and undamaged; and
redirect movement of the at least one product detected by the first and second sensors on the product advancement surface of the at least one of the conveyors in response to a determination, by the electronic inventory management device, that a verification of the identity of the at least one product failed or that the at least one product is not in a new condition or is in a damaged condition;
wherein the inventory management data stored in the electronic database further includes data indicating predefined route information associated with the at least one product; and
wherein the electronic inventory management device is configured to compare actual route information of the at least one product based on detection of the at least one product by the third sensor to the predefined route information associated with the at least one product in the electronic database in order to determine whether the actual route of the at least one product moving on the product advancement surface of the at least one of the conveyors is consistent with the predefined route information associated with the at least one product.

US Pat. No. 10,216,146

INDICATOR ACTUATING ORGAN FOR A TIMEPIECE

PATEK PHILIPPE SA GENEVE,...

1. An actuating organ for actuating an indicator in a timepiece, said actuating organ comprising:a fixing portion,
a mobile portion,
a first elastic portion connecting the mobile portion to the fixing portion, said first elastic portion being arranged to guide the mobile portion relative to the fixing portion and to exert an elastic return action on the mobile portion,
an actuation portion arranged to engage with a toothed component of the timepiece upon actuation of the mobile portion relative to the fixing portion so as to actuate said toothed component, thereby actuating said indicator, and
a second elastic portion connecting the actuation portion to the mobile portion, said second elastic portion being arranged to guide the actuation portion relative to the mobile portion so as to allow the actuation portion to retract when leaving the toothed component after release of the mobile portion, said second elastic portion being also arranged to exert an elastic return action on the actuation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,132

LIQUID ELECTRO-PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING

HP INDIGO B.V., Amstelve...

1. A printer, comprising:a photoconductor;
a charging device to charge the photoconductor;
a photoimaging device to form latent images on the photoconductor;
a controller to operate the photoimaging device to discharge select areas of the photoconductor to form a first latent image;
a first developer applying a first ink to the photoconductor to develop the first latent image into a developed first image, the developed first image having an outer region composed predominantly of carrier liquid and an inner region composed predominantly of charged toner particles;
a discharging device to discharge the photoconductor and the outer region of the developed first image, without discharging the inner region of the developed first image, wherein the charging device to then re-charge the photoconductor and the outer region of the developed first image prior to the controller operating the photoimaging device to form a second latent image overlapping at least a part of the developed first image on the photoconductor; and
a second developer to develop the second latent image on the photoconductor while the first developed image remains on the photoconductor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,120

LIQUID ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTERS

HP INDIGO B.V., Amstelve...

1. A liquid electrophotographic printer comprising:an imaging element;
at least one image development unit to develop a latent image by depositing a layer of liquid toner comprising ink particles and a carrier liquid onto the imaging element, to form an inked image;
a heatable transfer element to receive the inked image from the imaging element and to transfer the inked image to a print substrate;
a compressive element to remove a portion of carrier liquid from the inked image on the imaging element prior to transfer to the heatable transfer element, the compressive element being selectively engageable; and
a controller to disengage the compressive element for a first layer of liquid toner so as to retain carrier liquid in said first layer and to engage the compressive element for a subsequent layer of liquid toner so as to remove a portion of carrier liquid from said subsequent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,995

LARGE AREA, LOW F-NUMBER OPTICAL SYSTEM

1. A large area, low f-number optical system for collecting light from a plurality of micro channels associated with a plurality of flow cytometers, the optical system comprising:a plurality of optical elements disposed along an optical path of the system; and
a mounting system for mounting the plurality of optical elements along the optical path, the plurality of optical elements configured to:
simultaneously collect light across the plurality of micro channels distributed over a source area having a length or width within a range of 10 mm to 75 mm; and
have a working distance between the source area and a first optical element in the plurality of optical elements along the optical path within a range of 10 mm to 30 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,215,994

DISPLAY PANEL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY PANEL, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A stereoscopic display panel comprising:a display panel comprising: a first substrate assembly located on a light output side of the display panel and comprising:
a single-layer substrate having a first surface on a light input side of the first substrate assembly and a second surface located on a light output side of the first substrate assembly and opposite to the first surface; and
a color filter layer disposed on and in contact with the first surface of the substrate of the first substrate assembly;
a second substrate assembly opposed to and spaced from the first substrate assembly;
a panel liquid crystal layer disposed between the first substrate assembly and the second substrate assembly; and
a first polarizing filter which is located on the light output side of the first substrate assembly; and
a lens grating disposed between the light output side of the first substrate assembly and the first polarizing filter such that light from the panel liquid crystal layer enters the lens grating through no polarizing filter, wherein:
the lens grating is embodied as a liquid crystal lens grating, and the lens grating comprises:
a third substrate assembly located on the light output side of the first substrate assembly and disposed on a light input side of the first polarizing filter;
a first electrode disposed on a light input side of the third substrate assembly;
a second electrode disposed on and in contact with the second surface of the substrate of the first substrate assembly; and
a lens liquid crystal layer disposed between the light output side of the first substrate assembly and the light input side of the third substrate assembly, wherein an electric field between the first electrode and the second electrode is adapted to deflect liquid crystals in the lens liquid crystal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,952

IMAGING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of lenses including a first lens, a second lens, and a third lens arranged in this order from a light incident side, wherein a diameter of the first lens is smaller than a diameter of the second lens and the diameter of the second lens is smaller than a diameter of the third lens;
a first member configured to hold the plurality of lenses, the first member including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion has a first outer diameter and the second portion has a second outer diameter that is smaller than the first outer diameter;
a second member engaged with the second portion of the first member;
an imaging device configured to receive an incident light through the plurality of lenses;
a driving member configured to drive the first member in a vertical direction relative to the imaging device, the driving member including a coil disposed on the second member and a magnet disposed opposite to the coil; and
a housing configured to surround the first member, the second member, and the driving member,
wherein a virtual line between an inner surface of the housing at a point opposite to the driving device in a horizontal direction, and an outer surface of the imaging device lies in a virtual plane extending in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,215,946

APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING CABLE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A method of supporting a cable along a transmission line comprising:connecting a cable support to an overhead power distribution system, the cable support including a channel member having a curved section bounding an interior, a top flange, a bottom flange, and an outer wall defining a channel with an opening facing the interior, and a cross brace extending across the channel member from a first end to a second end, the cross brace having a top surface with a depression configured to receive a mounting component for connecting the cable support to the overhead power distribution system, wherein the depression includes a first outer section, a second outer section, and a narrowed middle section; and
inserting a section of cable into the channel member.

US Pat. No. 10,215,907

SUBSTRATE FOR COLOR CONVERSION, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

Corning Precision Materia...

1. A color conversion substrate comprising:a thin glass plate;
a quantum dot coating layer disposed on one surface of the thin glass plate;
a light guide plate disposed to face the quantum dot coating layer, wherein a light-emitting diode is disposed on a side of the light guide plate; and
a sealant disposed between the thin glass plate and the light guide plate to isolate the quantum dot coating layer from an external environment,
wherein the quantum dot coating layer has an embossed pattern on a surface thereof facing the light guide plate,
wherein the embossed pattern is formed on the bottom surface of the quantum dot coating layer through which light guided by the light guide plate enters the quantum dot coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,852

ROBOTIC RADAR ASSISTANCE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

20. A non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to store instructions, that when executed by one or more processors, cause a computing system to perform functions comprising:monitoring, using a plurality of curved radar antennas coupled at respective positions of a robotic device, a buffer that extends proximate around one or more portions of the robotic device, wherein the plurality of curved radar antennas are configured to monitor the buffer such that the buffer has a shape that mirrors exterior shapes of the one or more portions of the robotic device;
receiving object location information from the plurality of curved radar antennas, wherein the object location information indicates positions of respective objects within the buffer relative to the robotic device;
identifying, based on the object location information, an unexpected object within the buffer; and
based on identifying the unexpected object within the buffer, causing the robotic device to adjust robotic operation.

US Pat. No. 10,215,815

POWER SUPPLY MONITORING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND POWER SUPPLY MONITORING METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A power supply monitoring device, comprising:time duration obtaining circuitry configured to determine a time duration for which a value of a pulsating signal is higher than a first predetermined reference voltage; and
power interruption detection circuitry configured to determine whether a supply of power has been interrupted based on whether or not the time duration is longer than a first threshold time duration,
wherein the pulsating signal is an alternating current signal processed with half-wave rectification, and the first threshold time duration is shorter than a period of the alternating current signal.

US Pat. No. 10,215,797

SMART BLINDS PCB TEST APPARATUS

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A test apparatus for printed circuit boards comprising:a motor;
a gearbox coupled to the motor and comprising a gear directly connected to an output shaft;
a hard-stop control connected to a support frame adjacent to the motor;
a first printed circuit board connection port comprising a plurality of contact pins for attaching a lower portion of an electric-component connector that includes a first printed circuit board;
a position encoder comprising:
a diametrically magnetized magnet;
a second printed circuit board connection port for attaching an upper portion of the electric-component connector that includes a second printed circuit board that detects magnetic field changes in the diametrically magnetized magnet;
a magnetic shield enclosing portions of the diametrically magnetized magnet such that changes in the magnetic field are detected only by the second printed circuit board when inserted into the second printed circuit board connection port, and the first printed circuit board is magnetically isolated from the diametrically magnetized magnet; and
wherein the magnetic shield comprises a permalloy, mu-metal, nanocrystalline grain structure, or ferromagnetic metal coating;
wherein the first printed circuit board connection port is in a longitudinal position spatially separated below the second printed circuit board connection port, which is in a latitudinal position, such that a gap forming an unfilled space separates the first printed circuit board connection port from the second printed circuit board connection port; and
wherein the test apparatus tests both the first printed circuit board and the second printed circuit board of the electric-component connector in tandem.

US Pat. No. 10,215,752

NANOTUBE ARRAY FOR OPTICAL DETECTION OF PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE O...

1. An array comprising a plurality of analysis regions on a substrate, at least one analysis region including a composition comprising:a nanostructure wherein the nanostructure is a carbon nanotube having photoluminescence in near infrared wavelengths, wherein the photoluminescence in the near infrared wavelengths of the carbon nanotube is subject to quenching;
a linker associated with the nanostructure, wherein the linker has the formula A-L-C, wherein A is a polymer and the nanostructure is wrapped with the polymer, wherein the polymer is chitosan having carboxylic groups provided by activating the chitosan with succinic anhydride, wherein L-C is N?,N?-bis(carboxymethyl)-L-Lysine and the N?,N?-bis(carboxymethyl)-L-Lysine is directly linked via its amino group to the carboxylic group of the chitosan through an amide bond, wherein the carboxylic group containing portion of the N?,N?-bis(carboxymethyl)-L-Lysine is a chelating region capable of associating with a nickel ion, wherein the N?,N?-bis(carboxymethyl)-L-lysine is associated with a first binding partner through the chelating region, wherein the first binding partner is a quencher including a nickel ion; and
an analyte-interacting capture protein including a second binding partner that binds to the first binding partner.

US Pat. No. 10,215,745

MOBILE WATER ANALYSIS

HACH COMPANY, Loveland, ...

1. A cuvette, comprising:a body having a fluid channel containing at least one jog therein, wherein one portion of the fluid channel terminates at an inlet and a second portion of the fluid channel terminates at a nipple of the cuvette;
the fluid channel comprising a plurality of chemical reagents disposed within the fluid channel, wherein each of the chemical reagents are disposed at separate locations within the fluid channel; and
an outer surface having encoded information disposed thereon and readable by a reader of a sample instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,215,734

METHOD FOR TESTING A WORKPIECE USING ULTRASOUND

AREVA GMBH, Erlangen (DE...

1. A method for testing a workpiece using ultrasound in a curved area of a surface of said workpiece, having the following steps:(a) emitting a plurality of ultrasonic signals from a plurality of transmitting positions under different pivot angles lying in a pivoting range using at least one ultrasonic transducer and injecting the ultrasonic signals into the workpiece,
(b) receiving a corresponding ultrasonic echo signal for each ultrasonic signal and determining the amplitude of the ultrasonic echo generated upon entering the workpiece or on a rear wall of the workpiece,
(c) determining, for each transmitting position, the ultrasonic echoes having amplitudes representing local maxima,
(d1) if a single ultrasonic echo having an amplitude representing a local maximum has been determined for a transmitting position in step (c), selecting the associated ultrasonic echo signal of said echo,
(d2) if in step (c) a plurality of ultrasonic echoes having an amplitude representing a local maximum have been determined for a transmitting position, or if this is predefined for a transmitting position, making a selection of ultrasonic echo signals, provided only a single ultrasonic echo having an amplitude representing a local maximum has been determined in step (c) for an adjacent transmitting position, by selecting those ultrasonic echo signals which lie in a specific angle range around the corresponding pivot angle of the ultrasonic echo signal having the maximum amplitude of the ultrasonic echo of the adjacent transmitting position and which have an ultrasonic echo having a maximum amplitude,
(e) performing an evaluation of at least the selected ultrasonic echo signals.

US Pat. No. 10,215,723

SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE ADIABATIC STRESS DERIVATIVE OF TEMPERATURE FOR ROCK

SOUTH CHINA SEA INSTITUTE...

1. A system for determining an adiabatic stress derivative of temperature for rock, comprising:two pressure vessels both filled with silicon oil and having bottoms communicated with each other through an oil pipe, each of the pressure vessels communicating with a booster pump through an oil inlet pipe, each of the pressure vessels having a pressure relief pipe provided at a top of the pressure vessel, each of the oil pipe, the oil inlet pipes and the pressure relief pipes being respectively provided with a drain valve, and each of the oil inlet pipes being respectively provided with a pressure sensor;
a rock sample disposed in each pressure vessel, the rock sample being encapsulated in a rubber sleeve immersed in the silicone oil, and the rock sample being provided with temperature sensors, at least one of the temperature sensors being located on a surface of the rock sample and at least one of the temperature sensors being located in a center of the rock sample;
a temperature sensor disposed in the silicone oil in each of the pressure vessels;
a confining pressure collecting module, communicated with the pressure sensors, and configured to collect confining pressure data inside the pressure vessels;
a temperature collecting module, communicated with the temperature sensors, and configured to collect temperature change data of the rock sample and the silicone oil in the pressure vessels; and
a processing module, communicated with the booster pumps, the confining pressure collecting module, and the temperature collecting module respectively, and configured to control the confining pressure inside the pressure vessels, and calculate the adiabatic stress derivative of temperature for rock based on the confining pressure data and the temperature change data.

US Pat. No. 10,215,711

DETERMINING OXIDATION OF PHOTOCONDUCTOR MEMBERS BASED ON OBTAINED SPECTRUM FROM OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY

HP INDIGO B.V., Amstelve...

1. A method comprising:obtaining, using optical spectroscopy, a spectrum of a surface of a photoconductor member; and
determining an extent of oxidation of the surface based on the obtained spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,215,707

SYSTEM FOR INSPECTING A BACKSIDE OF A WAFER

CAMTEK LTD., Higdal Haem...

1. An inspection system for inspection a surface of a substrate, the inspection system comprises:an interface for holding the substrate;
a moving mechanism for moving the interface, thereby moving the substrate between different positions;
a bright field light source that is configured to illuminate different bright field illuminated parts of the surface of the substrate when the substrate is positioned at the different positions;
at least one dark field light source that is configured to illuminate different dark field illuminated parts of the surface of the substrate when the substrate is positioned at the different positions; and
a camera that is configured to: (a) generate bright field detection signals in response to light that is detected by the camera as a result of the illumination of the different bright field illuminated parts; and (b) generate dark field detection signals in response to light that is detected by the camera as a result of the illumination of the different dark field illuminated parts;
wherein light that is detected by the camera as the result of the illumination of the different bright field illuminated parts and as the result of the illumination of the different dark field illuminated parts does not include an image of the camera;
wherein the surface of the substrate is a backside of the substrate; and
wherein at least one of the following is true:
a. the multiple dark field light sources are a first dark field source, a second dark field source, a third dark field source, and a fourth dark field source; wherein the first dark field source is parallel to the third dark field source; wherein the second dark field source is parallel to the fourth dark field source; and wherein the first dark field source is is perpendicular to the second dark field source;
b. an axis of rotation of the interface virtually crosses the bright field light source at a second crossing point that is spaced apart from a center of the bright field light source;
c. the camera and the bright field light source are positioned at substantially a same distance from a substrate backside plane in which the backside of the substrate is located; and
d. a distance between the dark field light source and the substrate backside plane is smaller than a distance between the camera and the substrate backside plane and is smaller than the distance between the bright field light source and the substrate backside plane.

US Pat. No. 10,215,658

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR DETECTING SPILLS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A system for detecting spills comprising:a plurality of electrodes disposed within a portion of a surface;
a resistance meter in communication with the plurality of rows of electrodes; and
a spill detection module executed by a processor in a processing device and in communication with a database, the spill detection module configured to:
detect a spill based on a change in a resistance value between at least two electrodes among the plurality of electrodes, the change detected by the resistance meter;
determine a location of the spill based on a known location of each of the plurality of electrodes;
determine a size of the spill based on a number of the at least two electrodes for which a change in resistance value is detected;
retrieve known resistance values from the database corresponding to a plurality of substances;
compare the resistance value detected between the at least two of the plurality of electrodes against the retrieved resistance values corresponding to the plurality of substances; and
identify a type of fluid spilled based on a comparison of the resistance value detected between the at least two of the plurality of electrodes and the retrieved resistance values corresponding to the plurality of substances.

US Pat. No. 10,215,656

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIQUID DYNAMIC PRESSURE TESTING

Kulite Semiconductor Prod...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:dynamically pressurizing a liquid in a cavity associated with a housing;
while dynamically pressurizing the liquid, simultaneously measuring:
a test frequency response, by a test transducer in communication with the liquid, wherein the test transducer includes a filter section configured to dampen pressure ripples;
a reference frequency response, by a reference transducer in communication with the liquid;
determining, by one or more computer processors, a normalized frequency response of the test transducer, based at least in part on the test frequency response and the reference frequency response; and
outputting an indication of the normalized frequency response of the test transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,651

TRIMMABLE LINKS FOR SELECTIVELY SETTING TRANSDUCER IMPEDANCE

Kulite Semiconductor Prod...

1. A method, comprising:determining a desired impedance for a configurable transducer, the configurable transducer comprising one or more sensing branches, each sensing branch comprising:
an active piezoresistive area;
three or more independent conduction paths configured in electrical communication with different regions of the active piezoresistive area;
one or more trimmable links configured in parallel communication with at least two of the three or more conduction paths; and
two or more connection terminals configured in electrical communication with the three or more conduction paths; and
selectively opening, based on the desired impedance, one or more of the trimmable links to selectively set a value of nominal impedance associated with the active piezoresistive area.

US Pat. No. 10,215,623

OPTICAL SENSOR AND METHOD OF CORRECTING SAME

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...

1. An optical sensor comprising:a plurality of light receiving portions which include: a RGB light receiving portion formed with a green light receiving portion, a red light receiving portion and a blue light receiving portion; and an other light receiving portion having a spectral sensitivity characteristic different from a spectral sensitivity characteristic of the RGB light receiving portion;
a plurality of analog-to-digital converters which convert photocurrents generated in the light receiving portions into digital values; and
a switch which is coupled to a signal path between the light receiving portions and the analog-to-digital converters,
wherein the switch switches between a first step of applying the photocurrents generated in the RGB light receiving portion to the analog-to-digital converters and a second step of applying the photocurrent generated in at least one computation reference light receiving portion selected from the RGB light receiving portion and the photocurrent generated in the other light receiving portion to the analog-to-digital converters, and
the optical sensor calculates the photocurrent generated in the other light receiving portion in the first step from a ratio between the photocurrents of the computation reference light receiving portion selected both in the first step and the second step.

US Pat. No. 10,215,584

STORING AND ACCESSING TRAFFIC DATA IMAGES IN A LIMITED BANDWIDTH ENVIRONMENT

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising:determining a real-time traffic condition for a location;
comparing, using a processor, the real-time traffic condition with a server database comprising a plurality of traffic map images;
selecting a traffic map image from the server database to represent the real-time traffic condition, the traffic map image having an identification key associated with the traffic map image; and
transmitting the identification key to a navigation device having a navigation device database comprising the plurality of traffic map images, wherein the navigation device is capable of retrieving the traffic map image from the navigation device database for display.

US Pat. No. 10,215,567

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device, comprising:circuitry to:
acquire pieces of data including positional information for movement and time at which the positional information is acquired;
analyze a velocity for the movement on a route based on the acquired pieces of data;
divide the route based on the analyzed velocity for the movement; and
set a check point for the divided route based on a route situation corresponding to the analyzed velocity for the movement.

US Pat. No. 10,215,520

SAFETY DEVICE FOR CROSSBOWS

POE LANG ENTERPRISE CO., ...

1. A safety device connected to a shooting device of a crossbow, comprising;a case having a first end, a second end and a bottom connected between the first and second ends, a room defined in the case, a notch defined in the first end and communicating with the room, two elongate holes respectively defined through two walls of the case and communicating with the room, an opening defined in the bottom and communicating with the room;
a shooting unit located in the room and having an activating member, a shooting member, a safety member, a transmission plate, a resilient member and a positioning member, the activating member pivotably located in the room and having a first end thereof protruding beyond the opening, the shooting member pivotably located in the room and being pivotable to contact a second end of the activating member, a gap being formed between the activating member and the shooting member when the shooting member is not pivoted, the safety member having two protrusions which respectively extend beyond the elongate holes of the case;
the transmission plate slidably located in the room and partially located beneath the shooting member, the transmission plate being moved by movement of the safety member, the transmission plate having a passage defined transversely through a first end thereof, the resilient member a first end thereof hooked to the passage, a second end of the resilient member connected to a rod extending from an inside of the room;
the positioning member located in the room and beside the notch, the positioning member being not pivotable to form a ready-to-shoot mode when the transmission plate moves toward the positioning member, the positioning member being pivoted and protruding beyond the notch when the transmission plate moves away from the positioning member, the safety member moving toward the first end of the case and pushing the transmission plate to move so as to pull the resilient member to store energy, and
wherein when changing arrows during that the shooting device is in the ready-to-shoot mode, the safety member is moved toward the second end of the case, the transmission plate deactivates restriction to the safety member and moves toward the second end of the case by the resilient member so that the transmission plate deactivates restriction to the positioning member, and the positioning member pivots toward the notch to prevent a string from bouncing forward.

US Pat. No. 10,215,503

HEAT EXCHANGER, AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS USING THE SAME AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Mistubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A heat exchanger including plural heat transfer tubes and plural fins, whereineach fin has a first edge and a second edge, which are opposed, and plural opening ports on the first edge, for inserting and fastening the plural heat transfer tubes,
the heat exchanger is formed such that the plural heat transfer tubes and the plural fins cross each other,
only two of the plural heat transfer tubes are fastened to the opening ports in a state such that an outer side of each of the two heat transfer tubes protrudes from the first edges of the fins, and the two heat transfer tubes are located at opposite end portions of the fins,
each of innermost ends of the opening ports is spaced apart from the second edge of the fins, respectively,
the heat transfer tubes have a width dimension that is measured along a line that extends from the first edge to the second edge of each fin, and
the width dimension of the heat transfer tubes is uniform.

US Pat. No. 10,215,501

PHASE CHANGE ACTUATED VALVE FOR USE IN HEAT PIPE APPLICATIONS

ADVANCED COOLING TECHNOLO...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of heat pipes, two or more of the heat pipes having a thermally actuate control valve;each thermally actuate passive control valve comprising:a housing having a first opening for receiving a condenser portion of a respective heat pipe therein, a second opening for receiving an evaporator portion of the respective heat pipe therein, a passage extending through the housing from the first opening to the second opening, the passage configured to receive working fluid from the heat pipe therein;
a passage closing member positioned in the housing proximate to or in the passage, the passage closing member having a surface which cooperates with a wall of the passage, the passage closing member is movable between an open position and a closed position;
a heater provided proximate the passage closing member, the heating device configured to supply heat to the passage closing member;
wherein with the passage closing member in an open position, the valve is configured to provide a flow path for the working fluid;
wherein at a design temperature, the passage closing member moves into the passage to the closed position, preventing the flow of the working fluid, thereby preventing heat transfer between the condenser portion and the evaporator portion when the design temperature is reached or exceeded;
a phase change material of first respective thermally actuate passive control valves positioned in first heat pipes of the plurality of heat pipes is activated or melted at a different temperature than a phase change material of second respective thermally actuate passive control valves positioned in second heat pipes of the plurality of heat pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,215,483

REFRIGERATOR WITH CAMERA AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet in which a storage compartment is defined by a fixed insulation wall, the storage compartment configured to store food and having an access opening;
a door rotatably provided at the cabinet and configured to open and close the access opening of the storage compartment;
a camera configured to take a photo that captures a plurality of regions of an interior of the storage compartment;
a display; and
at least one processor configured to control the display to display, simultaneously on a screen, a plurality of images that represent the plurality of regions,
wherein the plurality of images displayed on the screen of the display are arranged in a row and separated from each other, each image having the same width.

US Pat. No. 10,215,477

REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet having a storage compartment;
a door provided at the cabinet;
a water tank separably coupled to the door;
an inlet port formed in the door to allow water, stored in the water tank, to be introduced into the door;
a support structure provided at the door to support the bottom of the water tank;
a fixing unit provided at the door to fix the water tank, the fixing unit including a first protrusion configured to be moved by elastic force and separably coupled to the water tank; and
a handle provided at the water tank to enable separation of the water tank from the fixing unit, the handle rotatably provided at the water tank,
wherein the water tank is separated from the fixing unit when the handle is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,215,470

HEAT PUMP SYSTEM AND OPERATION METHOD THEREFOR

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A heat pump system in which a plurality of heat pumps is connected with respect to a system load, comprising:a system controller that successively calculates a capacity capable of being output by each heat pump which is in operation among the heat pumps, compares a value of the calculated capacity which serves as a threshold value with a thermal load of the system load, and controls the number of heat pumps which are in operation among the heat pumps,
wherein the system controller is configured to calculate, when a specific heat pump among the respective heat pumps starts or terminates a defrost operation, the capacity capable of being output by each heat pump so that an overall capacity of the heat pump system is increased or decreased by the capacity of the specific heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,215,469

COOLING CYCLE APPARATUS FOR REFRIGERATOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cooling cycle apparatus for a refrigerator, comprising:a first compressor that compresses a refrigerant;
a condenser that condenses the refrigerant compressed in the first compressor;
a first expansion device that lowers a temperature and a pressure of a portion of the refrigerant condensed in the condenser;
a first evaporator that evaporates the refrigerant that has passed through the first expansion device;
a second expansion device that lowers a temperature and a pressure of a remaining portion of the refrigerant condensed in the condenser;
a gas-liquid separator that separates a liquid-phase refrigerant from a gas-phase refrigerant in the refrigerant that has passed through the second expansion device;
a third expansion device that lowers a temperature and a pressure of the liquid-phase refrigerant separated in the gas-liquid separator;
a second evaporator that evaporates the refrigerant that has passed through the third expansion device; and
a second compressor that compresses the refrigerant that has passed through the second evaporator and that transfers the refrigerant to the first compressor,
wherein the refrigerant that has passed through the first evaporator and the gas-phase refrigerant separated in the gas-liquid separator are introduced into the first compressor and are prevented from flowing into the second compressor,
wherein each of the first expansion device, the second expansion device and the third expansion device includes at least one of a capillary tube or an expansion valve, and
wherein the refrigerant that has passed through the second evaporator is provided to pass through the second compressor, and then is introduced into the first compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,215,459

VEHICLE CONDENSER

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A vehicle condenser comprising:a pair of header tanks (10, 20) installed so as to be spaced transversely apart from each other;
a plurality of tubes (30) stacked so as to be spaced longitudinally apart from each other while both ends of each of the tubes are inserted into the header tanks (10, 20);
a plurality of radiation fins (40) installed between the tubes (30); and
a pair of supports (50, 60) installed such that one surface of each of the supports comes into contact with an associated outermost one of the radiation fins (40) while both ends of each of the supports are inserted into the header tanks (10, 20), wherein each of the supports (50, 60) comprises:
a body part (100) extending transversely;
an embossing part (200) protruding from another surface of the body part (100) which does not come into contact with the radiation fins (40); and
coupling parts (300) extending outward from both tips (120) of the body part (100), each of the coupling parts (300) including a fork portion (320) and a notch portion (310), wherein the notch portion (310) is formed by inwardly cutting out of the body part (100) from a tip (321) of the fork portion of each of the coupling parts (300) to locate the notch portion (310) on a central axis line (110) of the body part (100), wherein the notch portion (310) is tapered wherein a width (W) thereof is gradually reduced at a constant rate toward an inside end (311) along an entire length of the notch portion (310) from the tip (321) of the fork portion (320) to the inside end (311) of the notch portion (310), wherein the fork portion (320) is inserted into a support insertion hole (13, 23) formed in a corresponding one of the header tanks (10, 20), and wherein the inside end (311) of the notch portion (310) is disposed externally to and at a distance from the corresponding one of the header tanks (10, 20) when the fork portion (320) is inserted into the support insertion hole (13, 23) of the corresponding one of the header tanks (10, 20).

US Pat. No. 10,215,440

PUMPED TWO PHASE AIR TO AIR HEAT EXCHANGER

ADVANCED COOLING TECHNOLO...

1. An air to air heat exchanger comprising:an upper header;
a lower header;
multiple heat pipes extending between the upper header and the lower header, the heat pipes having first heat transfer sections proximate the upper header and second heat transfer sections proximate the lower header, the first heat transfer sections provided in a first gas stream, the second heat transfer sections provided in a second gas stream;
a working fluid;
a pump in fluid communication with the upper header and the lower header;
the second heat transfer sections are evaporator sections when the air to air heat exchanger is operating in a first mode, in which the second air stream is warmer than the first air stream, wherein the condensed working fluid flows between the second heat transfer sections and the first heat transfer sections under the influence of gravity;
the first heat transfer sections are evaporator sections when the air to air heat exchanger is operating in a second mode, in which the first air stream is warmer than the second air stream, wherein the condensed working fluid is pumped by the pump from the lower header to the upper header.

US Pat. No. 10,215,419

PARTICULATE BUILDUP PREVENTION IN IGNITOR AND FUEL NOZZLE BOSSES

1. A floating collar assembly for a gas turbine engine combustor, the floating collar assembly comprising:a boss assembly including first and second portions assembled to provide a peripheral wall and spaced apart top and bottom walls collectively defining a cavity therebetween, the top and bottom walls each having a central opening therein aligned with one another, and at least one of the top and bottom walls including a recessed particulate collecting groove adjacent to the peripheral wall; and
a floating collar within the boss assembly and having a peripheral flange received within the cavity and an opening extending axially therethrough aligned with the central openings of the top and bottom walls, a periphery of the peripheral flange proximate the particulate collecting groove being spaced inwardly from the peripheral wall of the boss assembly a selected distance, the selected distance chosen based on an expected size of particulate ingested into the floating collar assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,215,418

SEALING DEVICE FOR A GAS TURBINE COMBUSTOR

ANSALDO ENERGIA IP UK LIM...

7. A gas turbine combustor comprising:a combustion liner positioned along an axis of the gas turbine combustor, the combustion liner having a forward end and an aft end;
a flow sleeve having a forward end and an aft end; and
a seal, the seal comprising:
a first annular portion having a first diameter;
a second annular portion having a second diameter, wherein the second annular portion is radially outward of the first annular portion; and
a transition portion extending between the first annular portion and the second annular portion, the transition portion having a plurality of openings for regulating a flow of a cooling fluid,
wherein the first annular portion is fixedly secured to an annular ring of the combustion liner thereby restricting movement in an axial direction between the seal and the combustion liner, the annular ring of the combustion liner extending from a position on the combustion liner proximate the aft end of the combustion liner to the aft end of the combustion liner, wherein the flow sleeve is positioned radially outward of the combustion liner such that an annular passage between the combustion liner and the flow sleeve is formed, wherein the annular passage is configured to direct a portion of the flow of the cooling fluid to an inlet of the combustion liner positioned at the forward end of the combustion liner, and wherein the second annular portion includes a plurality of axial slots such that the second annular portion is compressible from a free condition to a compressed condition when assembled into the gas turbine combustor, the second diameter of the second annular portion when in the compressed condition being smaller than the second diameter of the second annular portion when in the free condition,
wherein the flow sleeve has an inlet ring with an outer diameter and an inner diameter, the inlet ring extending from a position on the flow sleeve proximate the aft end of the flow sleeve to the aft end of the flow sleeve,
wherein the second annular portion of the compressible seal is positioned radially within, and in sliding contact with, the inner diameter of the flow sleeve inlet ring such that the second annular portion is in the compressed condition to form a compression fit between the compressible seal and the inlet ring.

US Pat. No. 10,215,389

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A SMART MODULE DIRECTLY EMBEDDED ON A LIGHTING FIXTURE

Fluence Bioengineering, I...

1. A light fixture comprising:a substrate formed of metal core PCB;
a first grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate;
a second grouping of light sources embedded on the substrate, wherein there is a space between the first grouping of light sources and the second grouping of light sources;
a smart module including at least one sensor being embedded on the substrate within the space, wherein traces associated with the smart module are directly embedded on the substrate, the traces being configured to electrically couple the first grouping of light sources, the second grouping of light sources, and electronic components associated with the smart module.

US Pat. No. 10,215,385

LIGHT MOUNTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Fluence Bioengineering, ...

1. A lighting system comprising:a plurality of lighting shelves, each lighting shelf including a first end and a second end, the first end coupled with strut channels, and the second end being an open end, a width across the first end being shorter than a length from the first end to the second end;
a light housing including a plurality of light sources positioned within each lighting shelf, the light housing extending from the first end to the second end; and
a cart with a plurality of cart shelves, the cart shelves being configured to be inserted between the plurality of lighting shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,215,345

BATTERY HOLDER AND PORTABLE LIGHTING APPARATUS USING SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A battery holder comprising:a storage chamber for storing a button battery,
wherein the storage chamber including:
an opening end surface through which the button battery is taken in or out while being led by a side surface of the button battery; and
an upper surface section, a lower surface section, a first side-surface section, and a second side-surface section for holding flat surfaces and a side surface of the button battery, the first side-surface section and the second side-surface section opposing each other,
wherein a projection projecting toward an inside of the storage chamber is formed on an inner wall of the first side-surface section at a portion including an end on an opening end surface side,
a flexible section deformable toward an outside of the storage chamber is formed on the second side-surface section at a portion including an end on the opening end surface side,
a slit is formed in at least one of the upper surface section and the lower surface section, the slit extending from a third side-surface section opposite to the opening end surface toward the opening end surface, and extending to a position corresponding to a part of the button battery,
an end of the flexible section on the opening end surface side is located closer to the third side-surface section than the projection in an extending direction of the flexible section, and
the slit is located at the second side-surface section from a center line passing a center of the button battery and being parallel with the first side-surface section and the second side-surface section.

US Pat. No. 10,215,309

SHOWER ARM ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY

WATER PIK, INC., Fort Co...

1. A shower arm assembly comprisinga tubular arm with a transverse connection portion at a first end; and
a shower arm attachment assembly rotatably connected to the transverse connection portion and including
an arm coupling member configured to both allow rotation of the arm with respect thereto and fixedly interface with the transverse connection portion at multiple positions; and
an arm rotation assembly including
a connector rod comprising a threaded portion at a first end and a flange at a second end and positioned axially within a portion of the arm coupling member and axially within the transverse connection portion of the arm;
a nut joined to the connector rod at the threaded end and operative with the connector rod to releasably press together the arm coupling member and the transverse connection portion of the arm; and
a retaining clip slideably attached to and directly engaging the connector rod between the threaded portion and the flange and statically positioned with respect to the transverse connection portion of the arm to prevent disassembly of the arm from the arm coupling member independent of the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,215,270

AUTOMATED PRODUCT DISPENSERS AND RELATED METHODS FOR ISOLATING A DRIVE ASSEMBLY TO INHIBIT VIBRATION TRANSMISSION

GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC, At...

1. An automated product dispenser for dispensing a product from a supply of product, the dispenser comprising:a chassis assembly comprising a chassis frame;
a drive assembly comprising a motor, a drivetrain, and a drivetrain housing, wherein the drivetrain comprises a plurality of gears disposed within the drivetrain housing, and wherein the drivetrain housing comprises a first drivetrain housing portion and a second drivetrain housing portion attached to one another and enclosing the drivetrain; and
an isolation member for mounting the drive assembly to the chassis assembly such that the drive assembly is substantially spaced apart from the chassis frame.

US Pat. No. 10,215,135

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR EXTRACTING WATER FROM EXHAUST GASES FOR WATER INJECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

17. A system for an engine, comprising:an intake including an intake manifold arranged upstream of cylinders of the engine;
an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) passage arranged between the intake and an exhaust of the engine, the EGR passage including a first EGR cooler and a second EGR cooler disposed downstream of the first EGR cooler, the EGR passage also including a first valve;
a bypass passage coupled to the EGR passage, between the first and second EGR coolers, and to the intake, the bypass passage including a second valve;
a cyclonic separator coupled to an outlet of the second EGR cooler and a water reservoir;
a water injector coupled to the intake manifold and fluidly coupled to the water reservoir via a fluid passage; and
a controller coupled to the first valve and the second valve, the controller including non-transitory memory with instructions for:
flowing exhaust gases to the intake via the first EGR cooler and the second EGR cooler via the first valve;
flowing a first portion of the exhaust gases to the intake via the first EGR cooler and the second EGR cooler while flowing a remaining, second portion of the exhaust gases to the intake via the first cooler only, the second valve, and the bypass passage; and
extracting condensate from the exhaust flow via the second EGR cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,215,120

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE WITH A VENTED HOOD AND RAIN TRAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:in response to an electrical signal indicating that a rain tray is coupled within a vehicle, below a vent of a vented hood of the vehicle, setting a vehicle speed limit of the vehicle to a first threshold;
in response to each of rain occurring at the vehicle and receiving the electrical signal indicating the rain tray is present, setting the vehicle speed limit to a second threshold, lower than the first threshold; and
maintaining a vehicle speed of the vehicle below the vehicle speed limit and alerting a vehicle operator of the set vehicle speed limit.

US Pat. No. 10,215,095

GAS TURBINE SYSTEM WITH COOLING FLUID GENERATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A gas turbine system comprising:a gas turbine unit comprising a first compressor for compressing a working fluid, a combustor in which a fuel is injected into the working fluid discharged from the first compressor so as to be combusted, a first expansion turbine for expanding a combustion gas generated in the combustor, the first expansion turbine being coupled to the first compressor by a first shaft, and a fuel tank for holding the fuel to be supplied to the combustor;
a fuel circulation passage configured to allow the fuel held in the fuel tank to circulate therethrough; and
a cooling fluid generator comprising a second compressor for compressing the working fluid that has a pressure increased by the first compressor and that has been extracted from the gas turbine unit, a cooler for cooling, using the fuel flowing through the fuel circulation passage, the working fluid that has a pressure increased by the second compressor, a second expansion turbine for expanding the working fluid that has been cooled by the cooler, and a vaporizer, wherein
the fuel circulation passage is provided with a first branch passage that branches from the fuel circulation passage on an upstream side of the cooler, and after passing through the cooler the fuel flows to the fuel tank,
the vaporizer vaporizes the fuel flowing through a second branch passage of the fuel circulation passage using the working fluid discharged from the second compressor, and after passing through the vaporizer the fuel flows to the combustor,
a flow path that allows the working fluid to flow therethrough is formed, and
the flow path passes through the first compressor, the second compressor, the vaporizer, the cooler, and the second expansion turbine in this order.

US Pat. No. 10,215,075

MODULAR MIXER INLET AND MIXER ASSEMBLY TO PROVIDE FOR COMPACT MIXER

FAURECIA EMISSIONS CONTRO...

1. A mixer assembly for a vehicle exhaust system comprising:a mixer having an upstream end and a downstream end, the mixer defining an internal cavity configured to mix exhaust gases, and wherein the mixer includes an injector mount area for a doser that injects a reducing agent into the exhaust gases;
a mixer inlet body having an enclosed end and an open end that attaches to the upstream end of the mixer, the mixer inlet body including an outer peripheral surface extending from the enclosed end to the open end to surround a center axis, wherein the outer peripheral surface includes an inlet port comprising a tubular portion, and wherein the enclosed end includes a helically formed portion that initiates a swirling motion to the exhaust gases exiting the inlet port;
wherein the inlet port is configured to receive exhaust gases from a vehicle engine and wherein the mixer is configured to direct the exhaust gases to a downstream exhaust component, and wherein the reducing agent is injected into the exhaust gases at location that is downstream of the mixer inlet body and upstream of the downstream exhaust component; and
wherein the inlet port is selectively rotated between a plurality of different positions relative to the injector mount area to achieve a desired mounting orientation relative to the injector mount area prior to attaching the mixer inlet body to the mixer.

US Pat. No. 10,215,074

SCR EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE

BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK...

1. An SCR exhaust aftertreatment device of an internal combustion engine, containing an injector for injecting a reductant, a mixing unit and an SCR catalytic converter disposed immediately downstream in the direction of exhaust flow, wherein the mixing unit contains a swirl element and an impact element positioned upstream of the swirl element in the direction of exhaust flow, whereby the swirl element is configured of two guide elements disposed inside one another and swirl vanes for creating a swirling motion are disposed in an inner guide element and swirl vanes, which create a counterswirling motion, are disposed between the inner guide element and the outer guide element; and wherein the impact element has at least two baffles, is directly connected to and firmly bonded to the swirl element, and the baffles are arranged to face one another in a radial direction and angled in the direction of exhaust flow.

US Pat. No. 10,215,021

DOWNHOLE ELECTROMAGNETIC AND MUD PULSE TELEMETRY APPARATUS

Evolution Engineering Inc...

1. A downhole telemetry tool comprising: plural sensors;first and second telemetry units respectively operative to independently obtain and transmit signals encoding first and second measurement data from first and second sets of the sensors;
a data communication bus connected to provide data communication between the first and second telemetry units;
wherein the first telemetry unit is configured to, in response to determining by way of the data bus that the second telemetry unit has failed or is not functioning properly, obtain the second measurement data in addition to the first measurement data;
wherein one of the first and second telemetry units is an electromagnetic (EM) telemetry unit and the other of the first and second telemetry units comprises a mud pulse (MP) telemetry unit; and
wherein the MP telemetry unit is configured to transmit a survey message frame while mud is flowing and before the drill string rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,214,990

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A FLUID PRODUCTION WELL, ASSOCIATED INSTALLATION AND METHOD

GEOSERVICES EQUIPEMENTS, ...

1. A safety device for a fluid production well, comprising:a valve housing intended to be fixed tightly inside a fluid flow conduit, the housing delimiting a fluid flow passage and comprising:
a valve used to seal the passage, and which can move between an open position of the passage and a closed position of the passage;
a biasing spring for permanently biasing the valve towards the closed position thereof; and
connecting means capable of connecting the housing to a coupling member of a working wire line;
holding means for holding the valve in its open position against the biasing spring, said holding means comprising at least one movement element for the valve, which can move in the valve housing between a rest position and an active valve biasing position, and an element for returning the movement element to its rest position, the device being configured so that the valve is in the open position when the movement element is in the active valve biasing position and the valve is in the closed position when the movement element is in the rest position; and
actuating means which can be controlled by a control signal to actuate the movement element upon receipt of a valve open control signal by the actuating means, wherein the valve open control signal generates a displacement of the movement element in the active valve biasing position, and to deactivate the movement element in the absence of said control signal, wherein the holding means are configured so that, upon deactivation, the movement element returns to the rest position;
wherein the actuating means are configured to actuate the movement element, on reception of a maintenance signal, to generate:
a first displacement of the movement element from the active valve biasing position to an intermediate valve biasing position, in which the valve remains in its open position; and
a subsequent second return displacement of the movement element from the intermediate valve biasing position to the active valve biasing position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,958

CUSTOMIZABLE GLASS WALL SYSTEM

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A system comprising:a frame comprising a removable headboard;
at least two glazed, transparent panes mounted to the frame, defining an interior space with the frame;
a plurality of rollers comprising motors mounted to the removable headboard; and
a film attached to each of the plurality of rollers such that when the plurality of rollers are selectively actuated, the films are selectively disposed within the interior space within the frame, between the at least two glazed, transparent panes.

US Pat. No. 10,214,955

GLASS PANEL UNIT, GLASS WINDOW, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GLASS PANEL UNIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A glass panel unit comprising:a first glass substrate;
a second glass substrate placed facing the first glass substrate;
a sealing member hermetically bonding outer peripheries of the first glass substrate and the second glass substrate to each other;
an inside space hermetically enclosed by the first glass substrate, the second glass substrate, and the sealing member and having reduced pressure; and
a plurality of spacers placed in the inside space,
wherein:
the first glass substrate includes a wire-embedded glass panel with a wire structure embedded therein, and an additional glass panel having no wire structure embedded therein stacked with the wire-embedded glass panel;
the second glass substrate has no wire structure embedded therein;
the additional glass panel having no wire structure embedded therein is stacked on a side of the wire-embedded glass panel which is closer to the inside space than another side of the wire-embedded glass panel;
the plurality of spacers are arranged so as to overlap with part of the wire structure in a plan view; and
a total pattern of a combination of the plurality of spacers and the wire structure is repeated regularly in all directions in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,214,941

DOOR LATCH ACTIVATOR FOR TRAILERS OR TRUCK BODIES

HYUNDAI TRANSLEAD, San D...

1. A door latch activator system for a trailer or truck body coupled to a door latch, the system comprising:a plunger installed in a path of the door latch;
a spring coupled to the plunger;
a pneumatic valve configured to control flow of pressurized air; and
a switch configurable into one of an open or closed position by the plunger, the switch configured to control flow of the pressurized air through the pneumatic valve depending on the position of the switch,
wherein the plunger is moved toward the switch by a circular motion of the door latch to engage the switch and to activate the pneumatic valve to allow the pressurized air to flow through the pneumatic valve,
wherein the plunger is moved away from the switch by the spring to deactivate the pneumatic valve to interrupt the pressurized air flowing through the pneumatic valve,
wherein the flow of the pressurized air through the pneumatic valve is used to control synchronizing and managing units of the trailer or truck body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,932

ROBOTIC POOL CLEANING APPARATUS

WATER TECHNOLOGY, LLC, E...

19. An autonomous robotic apparatus for cleaning surfaces of a swimming pool comprising:a frame, the frame having a travel direction axis, a transverse axis, and a vertical axis;
a first plurality of pulley wheels mounted for rotation to one side of the frame with respect to the transverse axis and defining a first belt path;
a second plurality of pulley wheels mounted for rotation to an opposite side of the frame with respect to the transverse axis and defining a second belt path;
first and second track belts respectively extending around the first and second belt paths, at least a portion of each belt being adapted to engage a swimming pool surface;
a first drive motor mounted to the frame and operatively engaged to at least one pulley wheel of the first plurality of pulley wheels for rotating at least one pulley wheel to move the first belt with respect to the frame to thereby move the frame along a swimming pool surface;
a second drive motor mounted to the frame and operatively engaged to at least one pulley wheel of the second plurality of pulley wheels for rotating the at least one pulley wheel to move the second belt with respect to the frame to thereby move the frame along a swimming pool surface;
at least one brush assembly mounted for rotation on the frame for brushing a swimming pool surface, the at least one brush assembly being operatively engaged to at least one of said first drive motor and said second drive motor for rotating the at least one brush assembly;
at least one inlet at a lower side of the frame with respect to the vertical axis, the inlet being for receiving water from a swimming pool into a free volume of the frame;
a filter unit for filtering debris from water received by the inlet;
a pump assembly for pumping water;
a computer processor assembly electrically connected to the drive motors and the pump assembly for controlling the drive motors and the pump assembly; and
a power source;
wherein the first and second track belts are each in a substantially trapezoidal configuration, each track belt comprising four corners defined by four pulley wheels, each track belt comprising two horizontal parallel sides and two other sides connecting the horizontal sides, with a shorter of the horizontal sides of each track belt oriented downward for contacting a pool surface and a longer of the horizontal sides oriented upward.

US Pat. No. 10,214,919

GLUE-FREE ANTISLIP PLASTIC FLOORBOARD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Xiaoling Zhang, Changzho...

1. A glue-free antislip plastic floorboard, characterized in that: comprising from a top to a bottom a wear-resistance layer, a printing layer, a PVC medium material layer, a glass fiber, a PVC medium material layer, a PVC bottom material layer and a PVC antislip layer; wherein compositions of the PVC medium material layers comprise:PVC resin from 13 to 15.42 weight percent, calcium carbonate from 74 to 75.55 weight percent, plasticizer from 10 to 11 weight percent, stabilizer from 0.25 to 0.28 weight percent, and carbon black from 0.2 to 0.3 weight percent, wherein compositions of the PVC bottom material layer comprise: PVC resin from 34.7 to 40 weight percent, calcium carbonate from 34 to 40 weight percent, plasticizer from 24 to 24.9 weight percent, stabilizer from 0.7 to 0.8 weight percent, and carbon black from 0.4 to 0.5 weight percent.

US Pat. No. 10,214,918

FLOOR PANEL FORMING A FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR COVERING FORMED FROM SUCH FLOOR PANELS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering,wherein this floor panel at least comprises a substrate and a decorative upper side;
wherein the substrate is based on synthetic material;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular, either oblong rectangular or square, and comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein the floor panel, on both pairs of opposite edges, comprises coupling parts which allow coupling such floor panels to each other
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges are of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one floor panel in respect to the other;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges comprise a first locking system which in the coupled condition of two of said panels effects a locking in vertical direction and a second locking system which in the coupled condition of two of such panels effects a locking in the horizontal direction;
wherein said second locking system comprises locking parts engaging behind each other, in the form of an upward-directed locking part, which is provided on a first lip on a first of said two edges, and a downward-directed locking part, which is provided on a second lip on the second of said two edges, respectively, wherein these locking parts, in the coupled condition of two of said panels, engage one behind the other, and effect said locking in horizontal direction;
wherein the upmost point of the upward-directed locking part defines a theoretical horizontal level;
wherein said first locking system comprises locking portions at the respective edges, which in the coupled condition of two of such panels co-operate with each other, at least one of said locking portions comprising a locking surface located at the downward-directed locking part, which locking surface in the coupled condition of two of such panels is located below said horizontal level, said locking surface providing a locking against disconnection of two of such panels in the coupled condition by vertical separation;
wherein the second lip, seen in cross-section, comprises a bridging portion, the bridging portion being a portion of the second lip extending from a most proximal end of the second lip up to the downward-directed locking portion;
wherein in the coupled condition, said bridging portion in horizontal direction overlaps the first lip of the coupled panel, thereby defining a horizontal distance over which said bridging portion overlaps said first lip;
wherein said bridging portion of the second lip over the majority of said horizontal distance and in distal direction of this second lip is decreasing in thickness; and
wherein on the second pair of edges of the floor panel, coupling parts are provided of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other along the respective edges by means of a turning movement, wherein these coupling parts provide for a vertical and a horizontal locking and are made in one piece with the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,917

MECHANICAL LOCKING OF FLOOR PANELS WITH VERTICAL SNAP FOLDING

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of essentially identical floor panels, each floor panel comprising long and short edges provided with a mechanical locking system comprising connectors integrated with the floor panels, and wherein immediately juxtaposed upper parts of two adjacent joint edges of two joined floor panels together define a vertical plane perpendicular to the main plane of the panels, the connectors comprising a locking strip at a lower part of a first edge of one of the two joined floor panels, wherein the locking strip comprises an upwardly directed locking element configured to cooperate with a downwardly open locking groove at an adjacent second edge of another one of the two joined floor panels for connecting the adjacent first and second edges in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the vertical plane,wherein the locking strip at the first edge is bendable, to obtain a resilient bending during assembling, which bending facilitates the assembling of the first edge and the second edge, and wherein a recess extends through the locking element and through a part of the locking strip.

US Pat. No. 10,214,916

COVERING OF RECTANGULAR OR SQUARE PANELS WHICH ARE LAID TO FORM AN ASSEMBLY

1. A covering, comprising:rectangular or square panels laid in an assembly and arranged in a checkerboard pattern so that butt joints between the panels intersect,
each panel having a movable tongue provided on a first one of four border sides of the panel, a fixed tongue on a second one of the four border sides adjoining the first border side and a respective groove on each of the remaining two of the four border sides, any of said movable tongue and fixed tongue fitting into any of the respective groove for vertical locking of respective neighboring ones of the panels,
wherein for horizontal locking of the neighboring panels a first laid one of the neighboring panels engages under a subsequently laid one of the neighboring panels,
wherein for the vertical locking of the neighboring panels the movable tongue of the subsequently laid panel is displaceable behind a locking edge provided on the first laid panel,
wherein a holding groove extends slanted relative to a topside of the panel so that during connection of the neighboring panels the movable tongue is displaceable obliquely downwards; and wherein the movable tongue has at least one holding cam which is arranged outside the holding groove when the movable tongue engages behind the locking edge, said holding cam holding the movable tongue in the locking position or holding the movable tongue in the holding groove in the non-locking position by form fit or by force fit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,915

MECHANICAL LOCKINGS OF FLOOR PANELS AND A TONGUE BLANK

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of floor panels provided with a locking system comprising a displaceable tongue in a displacement groove in a first edge of a first floor panel, wherein the displaceable tongue is configured to cooperate with a tongue groove at a second edge of a second floor panel for vertical locking of the first and the second edge,the locking system further comprises a locking strip with a locking element which is configured to cooperate with a locking groove for horizontal locking of the first and the second edge, the displaceable tongue comprises a protrusion and the displacement groove comprises a cavity, the protrusion is configured to cooperate with a wall of the cavity such that the displaceable tongue is displaced in a first direction, perpendicular to the first edge and the second edge, when the displaceable tongue is displaced in a second direction along the edge, such that the displaceable tongue is displaced from the displacement groove and partly into the tongue groove,
wherein the protrusion is flexible and is configured to exert a horizontal pretension against the tongue groove.

US Pat. No. 10,214,914

FLOORING SYSTEM FOR AND METHODS OF INSTALLING DECKING MATERIAL DIRECTLY ATOP AN INSTALLATION SURFACE

1. A flooring system, comprising: floor members made of non-wood material, wherein the floor members comprise one or more holding floor members and two or more floating floor members, and are configurable to form a floor covering atop an installation surface, and wherein the one or more holding floor members are configurable and arrangeable to secure the floor covering in place atop the installation surface wherein the one or more holding floor members comprise a notch formed on an underside side edge thereof, the notch spanning substantially an entire length of the underside side edge, and wherein the two or more floating floor members each comprise a notch formed on an upper side of at least one end of the two or more floating floor members, the notch spanning substantially an entire width of the at least one end; and wherein when installed atop the installation surface the two or more floating floor members are arranged as adjacent parallel floor members and are in physical abutment with each other along their adjacent parallel sides and are not interconnected with one another along their adjacent parallel sides, and further the notch of the one or more holding floor members overlap with the notch of the two or more floating floor members to hold the two or more floating floor members in place atop the installation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,912

KIT OF PARTS FOR MODULAR STAIRCASE

Lograr Group Limited, Au...

1. A kit of parts for building a staircase around a vertical elongate support member comprising:a plurality of attachment members, each attachment member of the plurality of attachment members comprising:
an aperture for receiving the elongate support member, the aperture being larger than a lateral dimension of the elongate support member to provide a gap between each attachment member of the plurality of attachment members and the elongate support member when received in the aperture, and
a fixing detail,
a plurality of locking elements, the plurality of attachment members and the plurality of locking elements adapted so that each locking element of the plurality of locking elements secures not more than one attachment member of the plurality of attachment members to the elongate support member by friction when received in the gap,
each attachment member of the plurality of attachment members adapted to engage an adjacent attachment member of the plurality of attachment members to align the plurality of attachment members laterally and form a hollow column secured around the elongate support member, and
a plurality of steps, each step of the plurality of steps adapted to be attached to one of the plurality of attachment members via the fixing detail.

US Pat. No. 10,214,911

AUTOMATED SHINGLE APPLICATION SYSTEM

1. A system for automating application of shingles to a roof, comprising:an anchoring ground supported vehicle;
a repositionable support structure supported by the vehicle, the repositionable support structure including:
a vertical gantry support including a plurality of vertically extending support members;
a horizontal gantry including a plurality of horizontally extending support members, the horizontal gantry rotationally supported by the vertical gantry support and disposed perpendicular to the vertical gantry support;
a gantry rotational apparatus including a rotational gear for rotation of the horizontal gantry about the vertical gantry support; and
an elevation apparatus, the elevation apparatus moving a shingle applicator vertically perpendicular to the horizontal gantry and parallel to the vertical gantry support until the shingle applicator is in a proximity to a surface of the roof, the elevation apparatus including:
an elevator translation motor; and
a rack and pinion gear drive; and
the shingle applicator including:
a shingle pickup apparatus that holds shingles for subsequent placement on the roof; and
a shingle fastener mechanism for fastening shingles to the roof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,910

ATTACHMENT OF ROOF EDGE ELEMENTS

METAL-ERA, INC., Waukesh...

6. A canted fascia with roof edge bracket for extending insulation over a top of a wall of a building, said roof edge bracket is attached to the top of the wall, comprising:an anchor bar includes a lengthwise base member and an upper cover retainer, said upper cover retainer extends inward from a top of said lengthwise base member;
said roof edge bracket includes a vertical member and a base member which extends from said vertical member;
a water dam includes an angled portion, a base portion and a vertical portion, said vertical portion extends downward from one end of said base portion, said angled portion extends upward at an acute angle from an opposing end of said base portion; and
an S-clip retains said vertical member and said vertical portion, wherein said lengthwise base member of said anchor bar is attached to said vertical member of said roof edge bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,909

FLASHING SYSTEM FOR ANCHORING FLEXIBLE ROOFING MEMBRANES AND ITS ASSOCIATED METHOD OF INSTALLATION

8. In a rooftop application where a roofing membrane is applied to a roof that abuts a vertical wall with an extending flashing detail, a method of anchoring said roofing membrane to said vertical wall, said method comprising the steps of:providing a mounting plate having a top edge, a bottom edge, and a tubular structure that runs along said mounting plate parallel to both said top edge and said bottom edge;
mounting said mounting plate to said vertical wall a first distance below said flashing detail, therein leaving a segment of said vertical wall exposed between said flashing detail and said mounting plate, wherein a portion of said roofing membrane becomes locked between said mounting plate and said vertical wall;
providing a cover plate;
providing mechanical fasteners;
mounting said cover plate to said tubular structure of said mounting plate by advancing at least some of said mechanical fasteners through said cover plate and into said tubular structure,
wherein said cover plate covers said mounting plate and said portion of said vertical wall between said flashing detail and said mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,907

LEAK DETECTION AND LOCATION SYSTEM

1. A leak detection and location system for detecting and locating leaks in waterproofing membranes, comprising:at least one waterproofing membrane with an upper side and a lower side;
at least one underlayment with an upper side and a lower side disposed directly below a lowermost waterproofing membrane of said at least one waterproofing membranes, wherein said at least one underlayment is non-conductive and will become conductive only when saturated;
at least one conductive layer disposed below a lowermost underlayment of said at least one underlayments;
a voltage source with first and second poles, wherein said first pole of said voltage source is attached to said upper side of an uppermost waterproofing membrane of said at least one waterproofing membranes and said second pole is attached to said conductive layer;
a test set comprising:
two handheld poles, each of which detect a voltage at a location where said pole is located; and
an indicator that indicates a difference between said voltages detected by each of said handheld poles; and
a device that creates an electrical field across said at least one waterproofing membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,214,906

REVERSE BALLASTED ROOF SYSTEM

1. A converted reverse ballasted roof system, comprising:a structural roof beam;
insulation positioned upwardly adjacent said structural roof beam;
a first waterproofing membrane arranged upwardly adjacent said insulation;
a weighted cover board disposed directly adjacent said first waterproofing membrane; and
a second waterproofing membrane installed upwardly adjacent said weighted cover board, wherein said first waterproofing membrane and said second waterproofing membrane substantially seal said weighted cover board.

US Pat. No. 10,214,904

TRUSSES AND SIMILAR STRUCTURES

1. A truss section, said truss section being elongated and having two ends, each of said ends suitable for mechanically coupling said truss section with another one of said truss sections, said truss section having an elongated central axis extending between said ends,a first elongated chord, said first chord extending between said ends, said first chord being substantially parallel to said central axis,
a second elongated chord, said second chord extending between said ends, said second chord being substantially parallel to and spaced apart from said first chord,
a third elongated chord, said third chord extending between said ends, said third chord being substantially parallel to and spaced apart from said first chord and said second chord,
a fourth elongated chord, said fourth chord extending between said ends, said fourth chord being substantially parallel to and spaced apart from said first, said second, and said third chords,
first cross-members mechanically connecting said first chord with said second chord,
second cross-members mechanically connecting said second chord with said third chord,
third cross-members mechanically connecting said third chord with said fourth chord,
said four chords and said cross-members together defining a first volume, said first volume being substantially rectangular in cross-section and having, at least between said ends, one substantially unobstructed side,
first and second leg carriages,
said leg carriages each having at least a first and a second elongated leg,
said first and said second elongated leg each having one and another end;
said leg carriages also having an additional elongated structural member, said additional elongated member having first and second ends, and being attached at said first end to said first leg proximate to said one end of said first leg,
said additional elongated member being attached at said second end to said second leg proximate to said one end of said second leg,
each of said leg carriages having at least two casters, one of said casters being attached to each said leg, proximate to said one end of said leg,
the improvement comprising said another ends of said first and said legs of said leg carriage being attached to said truss structure so as to permit rotation of said leg carriage between:
a first position, in which said additional elongated members of said first and second leg carriages are parallel to each other and to said chords, and said legs of said first and said second leg carriages are parallel to each other, said additional elongated members and said first and said fourth chords of said truss defining a second volume, said second volume adjacent said substantially unobstructed side of said first volume, generally rectangular in cross-section, and at least equal in area to said first volume,
and at least a second position in which said additional elongated members of said carriages have been rotated to positions closer to said second and said third chords than to said first and said fourth chords.

US Pat. No. 10,214,903

PANEL SYSTEM FOR BUILDING STRUCTURES

1. A method of forming a building panel comprising:constructing a frame from a plurality of framing members;
fastening an inner layer of sheathing to an outer side of said framing members of said frame;
adhering a layer of insulation to an outer surface of said inner layer of sheathing without using fasteners;
adhering an outer layer of sheathing to an outer surface said layer of insulation without using fasteners; said outer layer of sheathing having a water resistive barrier applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,214,902

STUD LAYOUT LOCKER

FlexAbility Concepts, LLC...

1. A stud layout locker in a bracing assembly configured to support studs in a wall structure, each stud having a web defining an opening, the bracing assembly having a number of the stud layout lockers operably joined together end-to-end and substantially horizontal with a stud captured between adjacent stud layout lockers, each stud layout locker comprising:a longitudinally-extending beam;
a first end of the horizontal beam defining an upwardly-directed tab having a laterally-directed width, and having edges defining opposing transversely-directed open-ended slots configured to receive the web between opposite edges of the slots in the operably joined together end-to-end configuration; and
a second end of the horizontal beam having an upwardly-directed flange defining a slot having a laterally-directed width that is larger than the laterally-directed width of the upwardly-directed tab.

US Pat. No. 10,214,901

FIRE-RATED WALL AND CEILING SYSTEM

CALIFORNIA EXPANDED METAL...

1. A fire-rated stud framing wall and ceiling member system for inhibiting transmission of smoke and sound, the system comprising:a bottom track comprising a web, a first flange and a second flange, the first and second flanges extending in an upward direction from opposing side edges of the web, the bottom track defining an interior space between the web and the inwardly-facing surfaces of the first and second flanges;
a plurality of studs that are spaced from one another along the bottom track, each of the plurality of studs having a bottom end received within the interior space of the bottom track, each of the plurality of studs extending in a generally vertical direction from the bottom track;
a top track comprising a web, a first flange and a second flange, the first and second flanges extending in a downward direction from opposing side edges of the web, the top track defining an interior space between the web and the inwardly-facing surfaces of the first and second flanges, wherein upper ends of each of the plurality of studs are received within the interior space of the top track;
a ceiling member comprising at least one flute extending along a length of the ceiling member; and
an elongate flat strap positioned between the top track and the ceiling member, the elongate flat strap configured to cover the at least one flute, the elongate flat strap comprising:
a first gasket extending along a length of the elongate flat strap, the first gasket adhered to the elongate flat strap on a surface that faces the ceiling member; and
a second gasket extending along the length of the elongate flat strap, the second gasket adhered to the elongate flat strap on the surface that faces the ceiling member,
wherein the elongate flat strap is fastened to the ceiling member such that the first and second gaskets are pressed against the ceiling member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,900

STRUCTURAL SUBFLOOR PRODUCT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Innovative Construction T...

1. A flooring and framing system for a multistory structure comprising:a plurality of flooring products defining a subfloor, each flooring product comprising:
a first oriented strand board including a first surface and a second surface;
a second oriented strand board including a first surface and a second surface; and
an acoustic barrier layer including a first surface and a second surface positioned between the first oriented strand board and the second oriented strand board;
wherein the first surface of the acoustic barrier layer is secured to the first surface of the first oriented strand board by an adhesive material and the second surface of the acoustic barrier layer is secured to the first surface of the second oriented strand board by an adhesive material;
further wherein, the plurality of flooring products are positioned adjacent to one another such that the plurality of flooring products spans the area encompassed by the outer walls of the structure to form flooring for a story of the structure; and
a plurality of structural members arranged to form framing for interior and exterior walls of the story of the structure, wherein the plurality of structural members are affixed to one or more of the plurality of flooring products.

US Pat. No. 10,214,899

HANDRAIL FOR STAIRCASE OR RAMP

1. A plurality of riser barriers for a handrail of a staircase or ramp, the handrail being an elongated member supported at a height above the staircase or ramp by a plurality of external supports,each riser barrier of the plurality of riser barriers comprising:
an extender portion; and
a riser portion,
wherein the plurality of riser barriers are solely supported by the elongated member at a first set of spaced-apart locations along the elongated member,
wherein the plurality of external supports support the elongated member at a second set of spaced-apart locations along the elongated member,
wherein each of the extender portions has a length between a proximal end and a distal end, each of the proximal ends being fastened to the elongated member, each of the distal ends being fastened to a respective riser portion at a position below the height of the elongated member,
wherein the length of each of the extender portions holds each respective riser portion a horizontal distance away from the elongated member to permit passage of a hand along the elongated member, and
wherein each of the riser portions has a length that extends above the elongated member so as to deter sliding along the elongated member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,898

DEVICE FOR INTENSIFYING OR REVERSING A GEO-GRAVOMAGNETIC FIELD

1. A device for intensifying or reversing a geo-gravomagnetic field having a certain frequency in order to add moisture to or remove moisture from moist capillary-bearing masonry or such floors, to transport dissolved salts in the capillary water or to colloidally plug the capillaries after the drying out, and to reduce or suppress and to intensify a gravomagnetic disturbance field of a certain frequency, said device comprising:at least one electrical conductor is arranged in a housing, said conductor being wound into a spiral or conical spiral coil having a winding diameter, said winding diameter of said coil decreases from an outer end to a center of said coil in a manner of a spiral, wherein a largest coil radius (R1) between said outer end of said coil and a coil axis is a whole number multiple of half of a grid line width having a permissible deviation of one eighth of the grid line width of a grid network of the gravomagnetic field, wherein the grid line width is in the range of 10 to 100 cm; and
an insulating panel including an upper side and a bottom side isolated from each other, said upper side includes a plurality of said coil, and said bottom side including a plurality of counter-wound coils, at least one of said coil being applied as a conductor track;
wherein inner ends of said counter-wound coils do not extend to said coil axis to provide a central conductor track-free region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,896

DECKING CLIP

1. A deck board fastening system comprising:a single-sided clip for fastening a deck board to a structure, the clip comprising:
a body portion having a front side and a generally flat, vertical back side, the generally flat, vertical back side configured to rest against a side surface of the deck board;
at least one generally horizontal portion extending outwardly from the front side of the body portion and configured to enter a groove of an adjacent deck board; and
an opening in the body portion for receiving a fastener, the opening configured to allow the fastener to pass through the body portion, into the deck board, and into the structure such that a portion of a head of the fastener resides within the groove of the adjacent deck board after the at least one generally horizontal portion enters the groove of the adjacent deck board.

US Pat. No. 10,214,895

BUILDING HAVING SECURITY AND SAFETY FUNCTION

1. A building having a security and safety function, the building comprising:a house body including an inner panel that defines an interior space, an outer panel that surrounds the inner panel to be spaced a predetermined distance from the outer surface of the inner panel, a heat insulating material that is installed between the inner panel and the outer panel, and an air flow passage that is formed between the inner panel and the outer panel to facilitate a fluid flow therebetween and to block the heat transfer with respect to the outside;
an indoor entrance door installed on one side of the house body for entering the interior space; and
an outdoor entrance door installed on the house body in front of the indoor entrance door,
wherein a ladder is installed on a side wall between the indoor entrance door and the outdoor entrance door, which includes foot step members that are installed to be spaced a predetermined distance from each other to go up to a rooftop, and wherein a plurality of guide holes are formed on the outdoor entrance door such that the foot step members are exposed to the outside of the outdoor entrance door when the outdoor entrance door is opened inwards and comes into contact with the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,894

PORTABLE STRUCTURE

1. A floor support comprising:a. a floor support sleeve, wherein said floor support sleeve encompasses a portion of an exterior of a first vertical rail member;
b. a floor support clamp, wherein said floor support clamp is pivotally affixed to said floor support sleeve, wherein a portion of said floor support clamp engages said exterior of said first vertical rail member, and wherein an inner surface of said floor support clamp is shaped to match said exterior of said first vertical rail member;
c. a second floor support clamp, wherein said second floor support clamp is pivotally affixed to said floor support sleeve opposite said floor support clamp, wherein a portion of said second floor support clamp engages said exterior of said first vertical rail member, and wherein an inner surface of said second floor support clamp is shaped to match said exterior of said first vertical rail member;
d. a floor support arm, wherein a first end of said floor support arm is engaged with said floor support clamp;
e. a second floor support arm, wherein a first end of said second floor support arm is engaged with said second floor support clamp;
f. a floor support platform, wherein said floor support platform is engaged with a second end of said floor support arm, and wherein said floor support arm is angled with respect to both said floor support sleeve and said floor support platform such that a downward force on said floor support platform causes said floor support clamp to pivot with respect to said floor support sleeve such that a portion of said floor support clamp moves in a direction toward said first vertical rail member; and
g. a second floor support platform, wherein said second floor support platform is engaged with a second end of said second floor support arm, and wherein said second floor support arm is angled with respect to both said floor support sleeve and said second floor support platform such that a downward force on said second floor support platform causes said second floor support clamp to pivot with respect to said floor support sleeve such that a bottom edge of said second floor such that a bottom edge of said second floor support clamp moves in a direction toward said first vertical rail member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,892

WASTEWATER PIPE STRUCTURE

1. A wastewater pipe comprising:a body having a profile defined by:
a bottom portion having an interior surface defined by a first circular arc having a first axis and a first radius;
a top portion having a top interior surface defined by a second circular arc having a second axis and a second radius different than the first axis and the first radius;
a first side wall extending tangentially from the bottom interior surface and intersecting tangentially with the top interior surface; and
a second side wall extending tangentially from the bottom interior surface and intersecting tangentially with the top interior surface; and
a bell housing extending from one end of the body, the bell housing defining an interior surface that is configured to tightly receive a body portion of another wastewater pipe having substantially the same profile as the body, the bell housing further comprising a guide portion, the guide portion extending longitudinally further than an upper portion of the bell housing and forming a substantially contiguous surface with the interior surface of the bell housing such that the body portion of the other wastewater pipe is able to be lowered onto the guide portion and then slid along the guide portion into the bell housing while being at least partially supported by the guide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,891

MODULAR STORMWATER CAPTURE SYSTEM

1. A modular fluid capture system adapted to retain storm water runoff beneath a ground surface, the modular fluid capture system comprising:a plurality of vertical column components located at a plurality of vertical column locations and defining one or more capture system layers, wherein each of said plurality of vertical column components has a surface with one or more recesses formed therein;
a plurality of elongated horizontal strut components each having two distal ends received into two of the recesses to thereby connect pairs of column components whereby the strut components form interconnections between the column components and transfer physical loads between the column components;
a plurality of wall components adapted to couple to one or more distal ends of one or more of said plurality of horizontal strut components, or one or more of said plurality of vertical columns, or both;
a plurality of floor components adapted to interlock with and locate a plurality of components including locating a plurality of the vertical column components; and
a plurality of ceiling components coupled to the vertical column components to form an interlocking structure with the vertical column components and the horizontal strut components that horizontally locates a grid-like structure of the vertical column components with respect to the ceiling components, said plurality of wall components, said plurality of floor components, and said plurality of ceiling components collectively define outer walls, a floor and a ceiling of said modular fluid capture system and provide a physical and structural barrier to the external environment.

US Pat. No. 10,214,890

TOILET COUPLING

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:a tank having a bottom with an outlet;
a pedestal having a bowl and a ledge, wherein an inlet and three holes provided around the inlet are disposed in the ledge;
a valve fluidly connecting the inlet with the outlet, the valve comprising a threaded valve body extending through the outlet to the inlet;
a mounting bracket comprising a generally triangular base, an opening, and three mounting locations disposed around the opening with one mounting location located proximate each of three corners of the generally triangular base, wherein each mounting location includes a mounting surface offset from the base in a direction toward the pedestal;
a valve nut threaded to the valve body to hold the mounting bracket between the bottom of the tank and the valve nut;
a flexible gasket disposed around the valve nut between the mounting bracket and the pedestal; and
three fasteners disposed externally to the tank, wherein each fastener extends through one mounting location and one hole in the ledge to secure the mounting bracket to the pedestal and a part of each fastener is disposed between the mounting bracket and the bottom of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,214,889

IN-TOILET LEAK DETECTOR

Leak Beeper, LLC, Frankl...

1. A toilet leak detector for a toilet having a toilet tank, comprising:an inlet adapted to connect to a toilet fill tube;
a nonconductive flow tube, the flow tube
being connected to the inlet to receive water from the inlet,
having an opening at one end that allows the water from the inlet to flow through the flow tube and out of the opening, and
being operationally arranged relative to the inlet within the toilet such that water flowing out of the opening is directed into an overflow tube of the toilet so as to fill a toilet bowl;
a first conductive contact along an interior surface of the flow tube and a second conductive contact along an exterior surface of the flow tube, the first and second conductive contacts being electrically isolated from one another by the flow tube, such that the first and second conductive contacts serve as a capacitor for which capacitance is measured in a capacitive sensor;
a water-tight housing connected to the flow tube and the inlet, the housing being sized and configured to remain within the toilet tank;
a depending clip connected to the underside of the housing and positioned to retain and support the leak detector on the overflow tube of the toilet, the clip being arranged relative to the flow tube such that when the leak detector is positioned on the overflow tube of the toilet, the flow tube extends into the overflow tube; and
a controller coupled to the sensor and disposed within the housing, the controller being adapted to determine long flow and short flow conditions based on measuring flow duration using the capacitive sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,888

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING A PRODUCT INSIDE A TOILET BOWL

ZOBELLE ESPANA, S.A., Ba...

1. A device for supplying a product to an interior of a toilet bowl, the device comprising:a replaceable reservoir (1) of said product; and
a dosing means (2) connected to said replaceable reservoir (1) for supplying a predetermined quantity of said product to the interior of the toilet bowl, said dosing means (2) including
a first housing (3) and a second housing (4), interconnected therebetween, said first housing (3) being connected to said replaceable reservoir (1) and said second housing (4) holding a mixture of toilet flush water and said product therein; and
a valve movable between (i) an open position to allow for outflow from the second housing (4) of the mixture of the toilet flush water and said product and (ii) a closed position in which the outflow of the mixture held in the second housing (4) is not permitted,
wherein in the closed position of the valve (5), fluid communication between said first and second housings (3, 4) is closed, and in the open position of the valve (5), fluid communication between said first and second housings (3, 4) is open.

US Pat. No. 10,214,887

DIAPHRAGM DISK

Zurn Industries, LLC, Mi...

1. A method of making a diaphragm disk for use in a diaphragm flush valve for use with toilet devices, the diaphragm flush valve including a body having an inlet and an outlet, a valve seat between said inlet and outlet and a valve member movable to a closing position on said valve seat to stop flow between said inlet and outlet, said valve member, including a diaphragm peripherally attached to said body, a pressure chamber above said diaphragm for holding said valve member on said valve seat, the method of making the diaphragm disk comprising the steps of:forming a disk body made of a composite material for use in the diaphragm flush valve in which the disk body is a rigid body,
applying an adhesive to said disk body, and
molding a layer of rubber onto a recessed area of the upper surface of said disk body to form the diaphragm disk, wherein the layer of rubber is a seal member providing a sealing surface on the upper surface of the disk body in which the sealing surface is configured to provide sealing contact with a relief valve extending through the disk body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,886

SANITARY BASIN MOLDED PART AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SANITARY BASIN MOLDED PART OF THIS KIND

SCHOCK GMBH, Regen (DE)

1. A method of manufacturing a sanitary basin, comprising the steps of:providing a main body in a shape of a sanitary basin;
mechanically stabilizing the main body by providing a covering layer on a surface area of a visible side of the main body, the covering layer including a fiber fabric impregnated with a cured binding agent and including a top layer, the main body and the covering layer being separately manufactured, the fiber fabric having woven rovings with warp and weft fibers forming an angle of essentially 90 degrees therebetween, the top layer and the binding agent being at least one of transparent or translucent capable of allowing an orientation of the fiber fabric to be visible on an exposed surface of the top layer;
the covering layer being connected to the main body subsequent to the separate manufacturing of the main body and the covering layer by attaching the covering layer to the surface area of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,885

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SANITARY FITTING

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A method for operating a sanitary fitting, the sanitary fitting comprising a housing with a spout and a touch sensor, the method comprising:enabling a touch mode of the sanitary fitting, the touch mode allowing a flow of a fluid, wherein during the touch mode, the flow of the fluid is activated by touching the touch sensor; and
disabling the touch mode by touching the touch sensor for a first predetermined period of time, wherein the disabling of the touch mode prohibits activation of the flow of the fluid when the touch sensor is touched during a second predetermined period of time,
wherein the touch mode is automatically reactivated upon expiration of the second predetermined time period, and
wherein the reactivation of the touch mode is confirmed by a release of fluid from the spout.

US Pat. No. 10,214,884

BASIN FAUCET

YOUSHI (XIAMEN) SANITARY ...

1. A basin faucet, comprising a curved faucet made of a metal material and a soft pipe made of a plastic material, the soft pipe being mounted in the curved faucet, a first end of the soft pipe being connected with a water outlet connector, a second end of the soft pipe being connected with a water inlet connector, one end of the water inlet connector being fixed to the curved faucet, the water outlet connector being fixed to the curved faucet, at least one of the water inlet connector and the water outlet connector being detachably connected with the soft pipe; wherein the water inlet connector includes a connecting seat fixed to the soft pipe and a mounting seat mated with the connecting seat, a metal mounting ring is fitted on the mounting seat, and an outer wall of the metal mounting ring is welded to the curved faucet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,883

SILLCOCK FOR ROBUST RE-INSTALLATION

1. A sillcock for installation of a faucet on a building outer wall comprisinga base plate traversed through a central hole by a fitted pipe and having a smooth planar surface of area at least five times a cross-sectional area of said pipe
said base plate consisting of two bolt or screw holes, respectively corresponding to holes drilled in said wall for at least two mounting bolts or screws, wherein said base plate is integral with the faucet and wherein:
the separation between said holes is at least three times an outer diameter of said pipe
said smooth planar surface exerts, substantially throughout the area of said base plate, a uniformly-distributed compressive force against said wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,882

SEALED VALVE BOX ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF INSTALLING A SEALING GASKET TO PROVIDE A SEALED VALVE BOX ASSEMBLY

1. A sealed valve box assembly, comprising:a valve box lid constructed of a rigid material, the valve box lid comprising a lower plug portion,
a cylindrical upper cover portion defining a first diameter, the cylindrical upper cover portion having an annular peripheral rim portion extending radially outward beyond said lower plug portion, defining a valve box lid top planar surface and outer cylindrical surface, and
a plurality of vertically-oriented protuberances spaced apart from one another in a circumferential pattern about said lower plug portion, and integrally connected with said upper cover portion and said lower plug portion, the vertical protuberances projecting radially outward from said lower plug portion;
a valve box body constructed of a rigid material and defining a central opening extending therethrough and sized such that the upper cover portion of said valve box lid fits within the central opening to define an annular void between the valve box lid and the valve box body, such that the annular void remains partially filled by the vertically-oriented protuberances of said valve box lid; and
an annular sealing gasket constructed of a resilient compressible material, the annular sealing gasket comprising
a unitary annular body sized nominally smaller than the respective annular void such that the unitary annular body is accommodated within the annular void, and
a plurality of vertically-oriented, protuberance-receiving channels defined in an interior surface of said annular body, the protuberance-receiving channels spaced apart from one another and arranged in a circumferential pattern about said annular body interior surface in conformance with the respective circumferential pattern of the vertical protuberances such that the vertical channels extending into the interior surface of said annular sealing gasket are sized, shaped, and otherwise configured for mating engagement with the valve box lid vertically-oriented protuberances to provide an air-tight press-fitted sealed relationship between said valve box lid and said valve box body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,881

WATER LOSS DETECTION AND CONTROL SYSTEM

Flow Stop, LLC, Muenster...

1. A water flow control device having:(a) a water inlet;
(b) a flow sensor assembly in fluid communication with the inlet, wherein the flow sensor assembly includes a flow sensing impeller;
(c) a shut-off assembly located downstream of and in fluid communication with the flow sensor assembly, wherein the shut-off assembly includes
(i) a shut-off valve, and
(ii) a valve activation solenoid assembly, wherein the valve activation solenoid assembly comprises:
a solenoid shaft,
a solenoid spring,
a trigger cone, and
a pair of retainer arms that pivot between a first position and a second position about pivot pins, wherein when the retainer arms are in the first position each retainer arm biases a surface of a retainer ball thereby forcing the retainer ball to interface with a radial undercut of a value stem and when the retainer arms are in the second position each retainer arm moves away from the valve stem releasing the interaction of the retainer ball and the radial undercut of the valve stem;
(d) a controller configured to receive input from the flow sensor assembly, determine if the received input falls within predetermined flow characteristic limits, and to send a signal to the shut-off assembly whenever the received input falls outside of the predetermined limits; and
(e) a water outlet, wherein the outlet is located downstream of and in fluid communication with the shut-off assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,880

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GREYWATER RECOVERY AND REUSE

1. A greywater recovery and reuse system for collecting and reconditioning greywater, said system comprising:a controller to control operation of said system;
a greywater inlet connection connectable to a source of greywater;
a holding tank configured to receive said greywater water from said greywater inlet connection;
a greywater reconditioning system configured to recondition said greywater prior to being received in said holding tank, said reconditioning system comprising a filter positioned between said greywater inlet connection and said holding tank to filter the greywater to provide reconditioned greywater;
a filter cleaning system for periodically applying said reconditioned greywater from said holding tank on top of said filter to clean contaminants from the top of said filter;
an overflow trough positioned adjacent to an edge of said filter to receive said contaminants cleaned from the top of the filter and an amount of the reconditioned water applied by the cleaning system; and
a holding tank level sensor positioned in said holding tank and operatively connected to said controller, said controller being configured to calculate a level of said reconditioned greywater in said holding tank from signals generated by said holding tank level sensor;
wherein said controller is configured to monitor a change in said level of said reconditioned greywater in said holding tank during operation of said filter cleaning system to determine said amount of the reconditioned water received by the overflow trough, and wherein the controller is configured to determine when said amount of the reconditioned water received by the overflow trough exceeds a predetermined amount requiring manual cleaning or replacement of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,879

TOOTH AND ADAPTOR FOR ATTACHMENT OF THE TOOTH TO A WORKING MACHINE

1. A tooth (1) for attachment to the lip of a bucket of a working machine via an adaptor;the tooth having an exterior surface comprising two externally opposed outer working surfaces, namely a first working surface (12) and a second working surface (14), the working surfaces (12, 14) having a width (W) in a horizontal direction (H) that, when the tooth is attached to the lip of the bucket, extends in a direction parallel to said lip of the bucket, and having a length (L) extending between an attachment end and a tip (16) of said tooth, the working surfaces (12, 14) extending along said length (L) while converging in a vertical direction (V) to connect at said tip (16) of the tooth;
the tooth (1) further comprising:
a cavity (103) for receiving a portion of said adaptor, the cavity (103) extending between said first and second working surfaces (12, 14) from an open end (104), at said attachment end of the tooth, to a bottom end (105); the cavity (103) being delimited by an inner wall (102);
said inner wall (102) comprising:
first and second internally facing inner walls (106, 107), being internal surfaces associated with said first working surface and said second working surface (12,14), respectively; and
opposing side walls (108), interconnecting said first and second inner walls (106, 107);
the opposing side walls (108) delimiting opposing through holes (109) for receiving a pin extending through the cavity (103) for attachment of the tooth (1) to the adaptor portion;
a first axis X extending through centres of the opposing through holes (109);
a second axis Y extending along the cavity (103) from the open end (104) of the cavity towards the bottom end (105) of the cavity; and
a third axis Z being orthogonal to said first and second axes X, Y;
the three axes X, Y, Z thereby forming an orthogonal axes system, meeting at an origin, whereby each point of the inner wall (102) may be defined by Cartesian coordinates (x, y, z); and
wherein:
the cavity defines:
a back portion (BP) extending along the Y axis, the back portion being at least partially located between an XZ plane spanned by the X and Z axes and the open end (104) of the cavity,
a front portion (FP) extending along the Y axis, the front portion being located between the XZ plane and the bottom end (105) of the cavity; and
a stepped portion (SP), interconnecting the back portion and the front portion;
in the back portion, the first and second inner walls (106, 107), each comprises a pair of essentially planar back contact surfaces (130a,b; 140a,b), each pair of back contact surfaces being symmetrical about, and facing away from, a YZ plane spanned by the Y and Z axes, so as to form an angle (beta, gamma) with an XY plane spanned by the X and Y axes being less than 35 degrees;
each pair of back contact surfaces (130a,b; 140a,b) being separated by a back divider region (132, 142), extending beyond the pair of back contact surfaces (130a, b) in the Z direction away from the XY plane;
in the front portion, the first and second inner wall (106, 107) each comprises a pair of essentially planar front contact surfaces (110a,b, 120a,b), being symmetrical about the YZ plane;
each of the front and back contact surfaces forming an angle (alfa) less than 5 degrees with the Y axis, as seen in any plane parallel to the YZ plane;
the front contact surfaces of the first inner wall and/or the front contact surfaces of the second inner wall (110a,b; 120a,b) being located closer to the XY plane than the corresponding back contact surfaces (130a,b, 140 a,b); and
in the stepped portion, the first and/or second inner wall (106, 107) forming a slope (150a,b and 160a,b) wherein at least a portion of the inner wall approaches the XY plane towards the bottom wall (105), interconnecting said first and/or second back contact surfaces (130a,b, 140a,b) and the corresponding first and/or second front contact surface (110a,b; 120a,b);
wherein a first stepped distance, D1, along the Z axis is bridged by the first inner wall (106) along the stepped portion (SP), between the first back contact surfaces (130) and the first front contact surfaces (110); and
wherein a second stepped distance, D2, along the Z axis is bridged by the second inner wall (107) along the stepped portion (SP), between the second back contact surfaces (140) and the second front contact surfaces (120); wherein 0.80 D1

US Pat. No. 10,214,878

VALVE SUBASSEMBLY HAVING AT LEAST TWO PUMP LINES FOR A PUMP

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve subassembly, comprising:a pump connection location;
at least one tank connection location; and
at least two constantly adjustable direction control valves each with a first operating connection location, a second operating connection location, and an input connection location, the at least two direction control valves each having a first operating position, a central position, and a second operating position,
wherein the input connection location is connected (i) in the first operating position in fluid terms to the first operating connection location and (ii) in the second operating position in fluid terms to the second operating connection location,
wherein a first valve group comprises at least one direction control valve, whose input connection location is connected in parallel to two of at least two separate pump lines in such a manner that pressurized fluid is configured to be directed exclusively from the two pump lines to the input connection location,
wherein a fluid exchange between the two pump lines is prevented,
wherein the at least two pump lines comprise a maximum of a first pump line, and each remaining pump line is a second pump line,
wherein the maximum one first pump line is directly connected to the pump connection location in fluid terms,
wherein a separate constantly adjustable pump valve is associated with each second pump line, and
wherein pressurized fluid is configured to be directed from the pump connection location via the pump valve into the associated second pump line.

US Pat. No. 10,214,877

OPERATION SYSTEM OF WORKING MACHINE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An operation system of a working machine comprising: a work progress calculating unit configured to calculate a work progress of a plurality of working machines;a scheduled ending time calculating unit configured to calculate a scheduled ending time of a work by using the work progress calculated by the work progress calculating unit;
a work progress switching controller configured to compare the work progress of the plurality of machines,
wherein;
a working machine of which an operation is switched from automatic control to remote control is determined from among the plurality of working machines by using the work progress or the scheduled ending time,
the operation system includes a centralized operation controller which transmits an operation instruction to the determined working machine, and
automatic control of the determined working machine is switched to remote control based on a comparison result obtained by the work progress switching controller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,876

WORK MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work machine comprising:a machine body;
an engine to move the machine body;
a rotary electrical device to rotate around a rotational axis to move the machine body, the rotary electrical device comprising:
a housing coupled to the engine, the housing comprising:
a housing main body;
a first lateral extension integrally extended from the housing main body in a first lateral direction substantially perpendicular to the rotational axis; and
a second lateral extension integrally extended from the housing main body in a second lateral direction opposite to the first lateral direction; and
a connector provided on the housing main body;
an actuator disposed opposite to the engine with respect to the rotary electrical device to be driven by at least the engine;
an electric power controller to control the rotary electrical device;
a cable connecting the electric power controller and the connector of the rotary electrical device;
a particulate removal device to capture particulates in exhaust gas discharged from the engine, the particulate removal device being provided above the rotary electrical device in a height direction along a height of the work machine and between the engine and the cable along the rotational axis;
a first mount device provided on the machine body to support the engine;
a second mount device provided on the machine body and connected to the first lateral extension to support the housing, the second mount device comprising a first elastic body provided directly on the first lateral extension; and
a third mount device provided on the machine body and connected to the second lateral extension to support the housing, the third mount device comprising a second elastic body provided directly on the second lateral extension.

US Pat. No. 10,214,875

WORKING MACHINE HAVING A HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED IMPLEMENT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A working machine comprising:a movable implement;
a hydraulic actuator for displacing the implement; and
a hydraulic control system for enabling an operator to control movement of the implement, the hydraulic control system comprising:
a high pressure supply line for supplying hydraulic fluid at a high pressure;
a pilot pressure supply line for supplying hydraulic fluid at a pilot pressure lower than the high pressure;
a hydraulic return line;
a pilot-operated valve for selectively connecting the high pressure supply line and the hydraulic return line to the hydraulic actuator to displace the implement, the pilot-operated valve comprising a spool movable by application of the pilot pressure;
a manually operable joystick;
a hydraulic pilot valve for regulating a supply of the pilot pressure to the pilot-operated valve based on a position of the joystick;
an electrically operated valve for bypassing the hydraulic pilot valve and supplying the pilot pressure to the pilot-operated valve independently of the position of the joystick; and
an electrical circuit comprising a manually operable switch, the electrical circuit triggered by operation of the manually operable switch to initiate a return of the implement to a predetermined state by actuation of the electrically operated valve, independently of the position of the joystick; and
a hydraulic pressure sensor connected to a line leading from the hydraulic pilot valve to the pilot-operated valve, the hydraulic pressure sensor configured to sense a pressure in the line,
wherein the electrical circuit is only triggered by the operation of the manually operable switch when the pressure sensed by the hydraulic pressure sensor exceeds a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,874

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT RELATED TO A ROTATOR

Indexator Rotator Systems...

1. An arrangement related to a rotator, whereby the rotator (10) comprises a stator (20) and a rotor (30), characterized in that the arrangement comprises a fastening ring (50) for attaching a work tool, and that a bearing (D) is arranged between the stator (20) and the fastening ring (50),wherein the fastening ring (50) for the attaching of a work tool is separately journalled relative to the stator (20) independently of a bearing (B, C) between the stator (20) and the rotor (30), and
a driver (80; 180; 280) for transferring the rotational movement of the rotor (30) to the fastening ring (50),
wherein the driver (80) is movable laterally relative to the rotor (30), or the fastening ring (50), or both, in order to eliminate stressing conflict between the bearings (B,C) between the stator (20) and the rotor (30), and
at least one radially outwardly extending tab on said driver received in at least one corresponding recess in said fastening ring, and at least one radially inwardly extending tab on said driver received in at least one corresponding recess in said rotor, said radially outwardly and inwardly extending tabs and corresponding recesses being arranged to enable lateral movement of said driver relative to said rotor, or said fastening ring, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,214,873

VALVE UNIT FOR A QUICK-CHANGER AND QUICK-CHANGE SYSTEM

1. A valve unit for the exclusive hydraulic actuation of the locking means of a mechanical quick-changer for attachments of a construction machine, whereinthe valve unit comprises a feed pressure connector, a first valve unit outlet for connecting an unlocking pressure line, a second valve unit outlet for connecting a locking pressure line, at least one discharge to the tank, and at least two switchable directional valves, with the feed pressure connector being connected or connectable to the first valve unit outlet via a serial connection of the at least two switchable directional valves, and
the valve unit comprises an integrated pressure store and/or a separate store connector for an external pressure store, with the internal pressure store and/or the external pressure store connector being connected or connectable to the second valve unit outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,872

FOUNDATION FOR A WIND TURBINE

19. The method according to claim 17, where the distance elements are provided with a tubular shape and where a first set of the anchor bolts are arranged inside a distance element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,871

SCREEN INTAKE FLOW CONTROL AND SUPPORT DEVICE

Aqseptence Group, Inc., ...

1. A screen intake, comprising:a central body configured for placement in a body of water, the central body having a longitudinal axis, defining an internal hollow and including a sidewall and first and second opposing ends, the first opposing end with a first end wall contiguous with the sidewall, the second opposing end with a second end wall contiguous with the sidewall, the sidewall defining an outlet therethrough at a position extending a distance along the longitudinal axis, the first and second opposing ends each defining a corresponding first and second passage;
first and second screens respectively disposed on the first and second opposing ends of the central body, each of the first and second screens including slots configured to allow fluid flow from the body of water to an interior of each of the first and second screens, the interior of the first screen communicating with the internal hollow of the central body through the first passage defined by the first opposing end, the interior of the second screen communicating with the internal hollow of the central body through the second passage defined by the second opposing end; and
at least one plate disposed within the central body at a location along the longitudinal axis coincident with the position of the outlet along the longitudinal axis, and dividing the internal hollow into portions, a first portion communicating with the first screen, a second portion communicating with the second screen, the at least one plate adapted to merge fluid flow from the first and second portions such that the merged fluid flow has reduced turbulence as the merged fluid flow is directed to the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,870

BUOYANCY COMPENSATED EROSION CONTROL MODULE

1. A buoyancy compensated erosion control module, comprising:a shell having at least one wall oriented at an off-vertical angle;
a substantially enclosed inner cavity, the inner cavity at least partially filled with a foam core;
a perimeter footing at the bottom of the shell, the perimeter footing having a lower cavity that is open on the bottom;
at least one vertical pile sleeve and at least one battered pile sleeve; and
at least one connector to couple the module to a second module, wherein the erosion control module is buoyancy compensated by the inner cavity and foam core.

US Pat. No. 10,214,869

OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT INCLUDING ELECTRIC WHEEL MOTORS AND CONTROLS

1. A snow thrower, comprising:an auger for gathering snow;
a chute for discharging the gathered snow;
a prime mover;
a first drive wheel powered by the prime mover, wherein the first drive wheel is configured to be driven at variable speeds;
a second drive wheel powered by the prime mover, wherein the second drive wheel is configured to be driven at variable speeds;
a user interface configured to pivot within an angular range of motion relative to an axis of rotation to indicate a direction and a magnitude of a desired turn, the user interface comprising:
a left hand grip and a right hand grip;
a first plurality of input devices located near the left hand grip, configured to be operable by a user such that the user can operate the input devices without removing a left hand from the left hand grip;
a second plurality of input devices located near the right hand grip, configured to be operable by the user such that the user can operate the input devices without removing a right hand from the right hand grip;
wherein one of the first plurality and second plurality of input devices is an electronic speed input device configured to control speed and direction of the drive wheels, wherein the electronic speed input device is configured to adjust the speed of the wheels among a range of speeds;
wherein one of the first plurality and second plurality of input devices is an electronic drive wheel input device configured to selectively control the engagement of the drive wheels; and
wherein one of the first plurality and second plurality of input devices is an electronic auger input device configured to selectively control the engagement of the auger;
a steering sensor configured to receive a user input indicating a direction and a magnitude of a desired turn;
an electronic control unit configured to receive a signal from the steering sensor and control operation of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel; and
wherein the electronic control unit is programmed to:
determine the direction and the magnitude of the desired turn in response to the steering sensor signal; and
control the relative speeds of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel to execute the desired turn.

US Pat. No. 10,214,868

COMPRESSIBLE SHOCK ABSORBER AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

TICOPTER SA, Agno (CH)

1. A compressible shock absorber, comprising:at least one pair of co-axial and telescopic shock absorbing elements reciprocally slideable along a longitudinal sliding axis; said co-axial shock absorbing elements comprise a cavity and comprise therein a compressible air volume during their reciprocal axial sliding between a first position of maximum axial extension and a second position of lower axial extension; said at least one pair of shock absorbing elements defines therein an internal substantially continuous air volume and comprises air extractors susceptible of allowing an extraction of the air from said internal volume progressive with the reduction of the axial extension following the impact of a vehicle against said shock absorber; said air extractors, that are constantly open, are realized by a dimensional difference between a first portion of the body of a first shock absorbing element of said at least two co-axial shock absorbing elements and a second portion of the body of a second shock absorbing element of said at least two co-axial shock absorbing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,214,867

TERMINAL FOR ROAD CRASH BARRIER

Obex Systems Ltd., Smith...

1. A terminal configured to be attached to and anchor an end portion of a road crash barrier, the terminal comprising:a plurality of energy absorbing modules arranged in a linear formation along a longitudinal axis, each module defining a hollow section; and
at least two anchors for anchoring the energy absorbing modules, wherein the at least two anchors also function to provide an anchorage for the barrier itself;
wherein at least one of the energy absorbing modules is supported by a flexible linear member between the at least two anchors.

US Pat. No. 10,214,866

END TREATMENTS AND TRANSITIONS FOR WATER-BALLASTED PROTECTION BARRIER ARRAYS

TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC., S...

1. An end treatment array for attenuating the forces generated by a vehicular impact, comprising:a transition barrier module fabricated of plastic and comprising first and second side walls, first and second end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, the module walls together defining a substantially enclosed interior space, the interior space being hollow and unfilled with any ballasting material, the transition barrier module having a predetermined width and length; and
a containment impact sled comprising an axially extending frame, said frame having a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within said frame when in an assembled configuration, and having an axial length which is at least one-half the length of said transition barrier module, the frame defining an interior volume;
wherein the containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module in said assembled configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,214,863

PLATE ELEMENT FOR A FASTENING POINT AT WHICH A RAIL, WHICH IS PROVIDED FOR RAIL VEHICLES, IS FASTENED AND FASTENING POINT

Vossloh-Werke GmbH, Werd...

1. A plate element for a fastening point in which a rail provided for rail vehicles is fastened to a base, wherein the plate element comprises an opening leading from an upper side of the plate element associated with the rail to be fastened to an underside of the plate element associated with the base, wherein a fastening element for fastening the plate element onto the base is guided through the opening during use, wherein the fastening element engages with an anchor fitting countersunk into the base, wherein a ring element made from a flexibly resilient material sits in a mouth of the opening associated with the base, such that the ring element is carried by the plate element at a time of mounting the plate element on the base, and wherein a revolving shoulder is moulded into the mouth of the opening in which the ring element sits, on which shoulder the ring element is supported.

US Pat. No. 10,214,862

CASING TUBE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

NINGBO SHUXIANG NEW MATER...

1. A casing tube for being pre-buried in a railway transport system, comprising:at least two tube bodies, each having an inner-side surface, an outer-side surface, and at least a retaining element provided at said inner-side surface, wherein when said two tube bodies are coupled with each other to form a tubular configuration, a screw channel is formed within said inner-side surfaces of said tube bodies for receiving a screw, wherein said retaining elements formed a thread portion integrally formed at said inner-side surfaces for engaging with the screw, wherein each of said tube bodies further has a plurality of locating elements spacedly and radially protruded from said outer-side surface, and at least one locating slot formed between two of said locating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,214,861

RAILWAY TIE PLATE RETENTION DEVICES AND METHODS TO FACILITATE RAILWAY TIE REPLACEMENT

MOW Equipment Solutions, ...

1. A retention device to retain a railway tie plate, the retention device comprising:a head section comprising one or more protrusions adapted to engage a railway rail;
an insert section adjacent to the head section, wherein:
the insert section is adapted to fit in a spike hole of a railway tie plate; and
the insert section comprises one or more flexible members extending from the head section, each flexible member adapted to allow flex adjustment having at least a lateral component with respect to a longitudinal axis to engage the railway tie plate when the insert section is inserted in the spike hole of the railway tie plate;
wherein the insert section fits into the spike hole of the railway tie plate so that the one or more protrusions engage the railway rail and the insert section engages the railway tie plate to mechanically interlock the railway tie plate with the railway rail to allow suspension of the railway tie plate from the railway rail without a railway tie.

US Pat. No. 10,214,860

HINGED MOULD-AND-DECKLE TOOL FOR MAKING PAPER BY HAND

1. A hinged mould-and-deckle frame (keta) for use in conjunction with a flexible screen (su) comprising two handles in making paper by hand, comprising:a mould having front, rear, and opposing side rails, each having a length and a width, and a top surface;
a deckle having front, rear, and opposing side rails, each having a length and a width, and a top surface and a bottom surface;
the rear rails of the mould and the deckle being hingedly connected to form a double frame configured to be operable between a closed position, in which the bottom surface of the deckle overlays and is in close proximity to the top surface of the mould, and an open position, in which the bottom surface of the deckle does not overlay the top surface of the mould;
the top surface of each of the front and rear rails of the mould having a groove disposed along the entire length thereof at the front and rear sides, respectively, of the mould;
the groove in the top surface of the front rail of the mould having a width that will accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the groove In the top surface of the rear rail of the mould having a width that will similarly accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the bottom surface of each of the front and rear rails of the deckle having a groove disposed along the entire length thereof at the front and rear sides, respectively, of the deckle;
the groove in the bottom surface of the front rail of the deckle having a width that will accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the groove In the bottom surface of the rear rail of the deckle having a width that will similarly accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the groove in the top surface of the front rail of the mould being widened out at either end;
the groove in the bottom surface of the front rail of the deckle being widened out at either end;
wherein, when the frame is in the closed position, the grooves in the front rails of the mould and the deckle cooperate to form a front channel, and the grooves in the rear rails of the mould and the deckle cooperate to form a rear channel, each channel configured to hold a handle of a su securely, and wherein the widened ends of the grooves of the front rails of the mould and the deckle cooperate to form an opening large enough to allow a finger to be inserted of at either end of the front channel;
a guide bar disposed in the top surface of a side rail of the mould;
the guide bar in the side rail being mortised into the cooperating side rail of the deckle when the frame is in the closed position;
the frame being restrainable in the closed position by two cooperating catch latches disposed on both sides of the frame, each catch latch disposed on an outside surface of the side rails of the mould and deckle, proximate the front rails of the mould and deckle;
semi-rigid slat struts, each being fitted into slots disposed in the front and rear rails of the mould;
beveling along a top inside edge of the rear rail; and
beveling along a top inside edge of the opposing side rails of the deckle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,859

PAPER AND PAPERBOARD PRODUCTS

FiberLean Technologies Li...

1. A method of making a paper or board product, the method comprising:(a) providing a wet web of pulp;
(b) providing a top ply slurry onto the wet web of pulp using an applicator suitable to form a film through a non-pressurized or pressurized slot opening on top of a wet substrate on the wire of the wet end of a paper machine, wherein:
the top ply slurry is provided in an amount ranging from 15 g/m2 to 40 g/m2;
(ii) the top ply slurry comprises a sufficient amount of microfibrillated cellulose to obtain a product having a top ply comprising at least about 5 wt. % to about 30 wt. % microfibrillated cellulose, based on the total weight of the top ply; and
(iii) the top ply slurry comprises a sufficient amount of inorganic particulate material to obtain a product having a top ply comprising at least 67 wt. % inorganic particulate material, based on the total weight of the top ply, wherein the inorganic particulate material has a particle size distribution in which at least 20 wt. % to at least 95 wt. % of the particles have an equivalent spherical diameter (e.s.d.) of less than 2 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,214,858

CELLULOSIC MATERIAL WITH ANTIMICROBIAL AND DEFIBERIZATION PROPERTIES

RAYONIER PERFORMANCE FIBE...

1. A bifunctional reagent comprising a reaction product of an alkyl amine and an epoxide, wherein the bifunctional reagent has the following chemical structure:
wherein
n is an integer from 1 to 1,000;
R is ethyl, isopropyl or butyl;
R1, and R2, can be the same or different and are selected from hydrogen, methyl, or ethyl; and
R3, is an alkyl group with 3 to 30 carbon atoms, which alkyl group may be saturated, unsaturated, substituted, un-substituted, branched, un-branched, cyclic, and/or acyclic, and may contain 1 to 3 heteroatoms.

US Pat. No. 10,214,857

METHODS OF CONTROLLING A CONVERTING LINE THAT PRODUCES PAPER PRODUCTS

GPCP IP Holdings LLC, At...

1. A method of controlling a converting line that produces a paper product, the method comprising:(a) unwinding a paper web from a parent roll on a converting line, the converting line having a plurality of operational parameters, the paper web including (i) a plurality of sections in a sequence, and (ii) a plurality of marks, at least one mark being assigned to each of the plurality of sections and each mark being associated with an action score, at least one action score having an action value, the action value being a value of the action score that indicates an actionable risk of converting line failure;
(b) reading at least one of the plurality of marks with a mark reading unit;
(c) obtaining the action score associated with a second one of the plurality of marks, the second one of the plurality of marks being the next mark with an action value after the at least one mark read by the reading unit;
(d) calculating a distance between the at least one mark read by the reading unit and the second one of the plurality of marks;
(e) changing at least one operational parameter of the converting line based upon the action score of the second one of the plurality of marks when the calculated distance is less than a threshold; and
(f) converting the paper web into a paper product.

US Pat. No. 10,214,856

UNITARY DEFLECTION MEMBER FOR MAKING FIBROUS STRUCTURES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

1. A deflection member, the deflection member comprising in a unitary structure having a machine direction and a cross machine direction orthogonal to the machine direction and a Z-direction:a. a plurality of discrete primary elements, each discrete primary element being separated from a nearest of the discrete primary elements by a distance;
b. a plurality of secondary elements, at least one of the secondary elements being unitary with at least one of the discrete primary elements, and being an elongate member having a major axis having both a machine direction vector component and a cross machine direction vector component;
c. the plurality of secondary elements being interconnected to define the distance between the plurality of discrete primary elements; and,
d. at least one of the discrete primary elements being an open structure comprised of a plurality of linking segments comprising at least two linking segments, the at least two linking segments being generally linear elements having a linear axis and a first end and a second end, and each being joined to at least one of the secondary elements at one of the first or second ends, the other of the first or second end being joined to the other of the at least two linking segments or a third linking segment, and wherein the axis of at least one of the plurality of linking segments has a Z-direction vector component.

US Pat. No. 10,214,854

METHOD OF DYEING KNITTED FABRICS, AND FABRIC AND VAMP FABRIC WITH PREDETERMINED COLOR USING THE SAME

LONG JOHN TSUNG RIGHT IND...

1. A method for dyeing a knitted fabric, comprising:providing an undyed knitted fabric;
spray dyeing the undyed knitted fabric by a dye liquor containing nano-particles through a printing and spraying process, the dye liquor containing nano-particles including dye nanoparticles, dispersants, auxiliaries, or their combinations thereof;
executing a high temperature process or a steam process of a thermal process to the spray dyed knitted fabric such that the nano-particles attach into fibers of the spray dyed knitted fabric; and
forming a knitted fabric with a predetermined color after dyeing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,852

PORTABLE GARMENT STEAMER

Techtronic Floor Care Tec...

1. A method of generating steam in a steamer comprising:receiving fluid in a reservoir including a heating element;
preheating the fluid using power from an external power source until the fluid is a predetermined temperature below a boiling temperature of the fluid;
conveying the preheated fluid to a steam generating device;
heating the fluid in the steam generating device to form steam, the steam generating device using power from a battery when the steamer is unplugged from the external power source; and
discharging the steam through a nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,851

LINT CATCHING SYSTEM AND EXHAUST ASSEMBLY

ADR Products, LLC, Laram...

1. A lint catching system for a clothes dryer which generates an exhaust air laden with an amount of lint, comprising:a filter housing having an interior chamber defined by a front and back panel walls connected by corresponding first and second side panel walls and first and second curved end panel walls;
an exhaust aperture element disposed in said second curved end panel wall;
a cover element rotatably coupled to said second curved end panel wall to removably cover said exhaust aperture element;
a filter housing inlet disposed in said first curved end panel wall;
a filter housing outlet disposed in said front panel wall; and
a filtration material supported in said filter housing outlet;
wherein said first and second curved end panel walls are configured to generate a circulation of said exhaust air inside said interior chamber which deposits said amount of lint on said filtration material.

US Pat. No. 10,214,850

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR REMOVING WRINKLES ON TEXTILE CLOTHES AND METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT SAID WRINKLE REMOVAL

MABE, S.A. DE C.V., Quer...

1. A process to remove wrinkles from textiles disposed within a dryer machine, a user that interacts with the dryer machine, wherein said dryer machine comprises a main body, a rotatory drum arranged in the center of the dryer machine, heating means, a motor that transmits motion to the drum, a propeller fan, a propeller fan motor that transmits motion to said propeller fan, temperature sensing means, a water injection means, a set of control conditions and parameters, a control panel that hosts the intelligent electronic system that includes a main board that contains a microcontroller, said microcontroller integrally comprises a memory for storing the conditions and parameters, wherein said memory can be a Random Access Memory (RAM) or an Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (EEPROM); furthermore, said microcontroller is programmable in a microcontroller assembly language within a programming environment, having a specific programming frequency and an instruction cycle time; said dryer machine further comprises a user interface located on the control panel allowing communications between the user and the dryer machine, further characterized in that said user interface is of the hardware type, beside it is a touch interface allowing the user to interact with one finger similarly to actuating a physical control; said process to remove wrinkles comprises in the following order the steps of:(a) placing dry textile clothes to be unwrinkled, inside the drum of the dryer machine and determining a quantity of water to be injected for a first predetermined period of time, according to the amount of the textile clothes to be unwrinkled, and a desired predetermined Initial Moisture Content (IMC);
(b) injecting water in the form of droplets, through the water injection means for a first predetermined period of time while the drum and propeller fan remain motionless, said water injection means comprises at least one nozzle, a spray valve, a portion that is activated for a first predetermined period of time allowing to flow a predetermined amount of water in the form of droplets that is sprinkled to the textile clothes to be unwrinkled disposed into the drum in order to reach a predetermined IMC, while the drum remains motionless;
(c) stopping the injection of the water once said first predetermined period of time has lapsed while the drum and propeller fan remain motionless and allowing for a second predetermined period of time to elapse, so that moisture penetrates into the fibers of the textile clothes material and not remaining just on the surface thereof;
(d) rotating the drum by turning on the motor of the dryer machine for a third predetermined period of time, after which the motor of the dryer is turned off;
(e) repeating steps (b), (c), (d) until the predetermined IMC is obtained, in order to ensure that all the textile clothes inside the drum are homogeneously moistened; and
(f) rotating the drum by turning on the motor of the dryer machine and injecting hot air that passes thru the textile clothes by turning on the propeller fan motor and the heating means, thus to allow a total removal of humidity from the textile clothes and allowing the removal of wrinkles.

US Pat. No. 10,214,849

STEAM GENERATOR AND WASHING MACHINE HAVING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A steam generator comprising:a lower case having a first space for storing water, the lower case having a base which forms a bottom surface of the lower case and side walls which are upwardly extended from the base;
a heater for heating the lower case;
an upper case on the lower case; and
a steam supply passage in the lower case comprising a second space and a third space for introducing steam generated in the first space of the lower case,
wherein steam generated in the first space is discharged from the steam generator after the steam is sequentially introduced into only the second space, the third space, and a steam discharge pipe,
wherein the first space is defined by the base and the side walls of the lower case,
wherein the second space is defined by an outer wall portion including a surface other than the side walls which upwardly extends from the base and is disposed in the lower case, an outer wall portion flow passage is provided at a top of the outer wall portion and is disposed in the lower case, and the steam generated in the first space is introduced into the second space through only the outer wall portion flow passage, and
wherein the outer wall portion upwardly extends from the base and the outer wall portion is integrally formed with the base so as to prevent the water stored in the first space from being introduced into the second space by the outer wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,848

METHODS OF DETERMINING A LOAD SIZE IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of determining a laundry load size in a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable tub or rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, at least one imaging device, and a controller having a processor, the method comprising:rotating the rotatable tub or the rotatable drum;
generating multiple images of a laundry load within the treating chamber, from a single imaging device, where the generated multiple images are from different viewpoints of the laundry load;
combining, by the controller, the multiple images together to define a composite;
analyzing, by the controller utilizing a computer algorithm, the composite to define a 3D model of the laundry load including mountains and valleys in the laundry load;
determining, by the controller, multiple heights defining the mountains and valleys in the laundry load; and
determining a load size based on the 3D model including the multiple heights defining the mountains and valleys in the laundry load.

US Pat. No. 10,214,847

DRUM WASHING MACHINE

Haier Asia Co., Ltd., (J...

1. A drum washing machine, comprising:an outer tank configured in a shell;
a drum configured in the outer tank and capable of rotating by using a horizontal axis or an inclination axis inclining relative to a horizontal direction as a center;
a rotating body arranged at a rear part of the drum and provided with a protruding part in contact with washings on a surface of the rotating body;
a driving part capable of operating in a first driving form and a second driving form, wherein the first driving form is a driving form that enables the drum and the rotating body to rotate at different rotating speeds, and the second driving form is a driving form that enables the drum and the rotating body to integrally rotate at a same rotating speed; and
a control part,
wherein the control part detects load quantity of the washings in the drum, and enables the driving part to operate in the second driving form while detecting the load quantity;
wherein the driving part comprises a driving motor, a first rotating shaft, a second rotating shaft, a wing decelerating mechanism, a drum decelerating mechanism, and a clutch mechanism part, the clutch mechanism part configured to switch a driving form of the driving part between the first driving form and the second driving form;
wherein the driving motor is configured to generate torque for driving the drum and the rotating body;
wherein the first rotating shaft has a hollow shape, and a first sliding bearing and a second sliding bearing are respectively arranged at a front part and a rear part of an inner part of the first rotating shaft;
wherein the second rotating shaft is encircled by the first rotating shaft, a front part of the second rotating shaft protruding forward of the first rotating shaft, a rear part of the second rotating shaft protruding backwards of the first rotating shaft, an outer circumferential surface of the second rotating shaft supported by the first sliding bearing and the second sliding bearing, and the second rotating shaft rotatable within the first rotating shaft;
wherein the wing decelerating mechanism comprises a wing belt wheel, a first motor belt wheel, and a wing transmission belt, the wing decelerating mechanism configured to decelerate a rotation of the driving motor according to a deceleration ratio determined by an outer diameter ratio of the wing belt wheel to the first motor belt wheel and transmit the rotation being decelerated to the second rotating shaft;
wherein the drum decelerating mechanism comprises a drum belt wheel, a second motor belt wheel, and a drum transmission belt, the drum decelerating mechanism configured to decelerate a rotation of the driving motor according to the deceleration ratio determined by the outer diameter ratio of the drum belt wheel to the second motor belt wheel and transmit the rotation being decelerated to the first rotating shaft; and
wherein, in the first driving form, the second rotating shaft is connected to the wing belt wheel for transmitting the rotation of the wing belt wheel to the second rotating shaft so as to rotate the drum and the rotating body at different rotating speeds and, in the second driving form, the second rotating shaft is connected to the drum belt wheel for transmitting the rotation of the drum belt wheel to the second rotating shaft so as to rotate the drum and the rotating body at the same rotating speed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,845

WASHING MACHINE ASSEMBLY

1. A washing machine assembly, comprising:A) a washing machine comprising an electronic control panel, a refill drawer assembly, and a drum having at least one drum paddle, said drum paddle comprising at lease one first hole; and
B) a basket assembly that mounts onto said at least one drum paddle, said basket assembly comprising first and second baskets to contain articles therein to wash, each of said first and second baskets comprising first and second walls, an outer lateral wall, an inner lateral wall, and a bottom wall, said first and second baskets are joined by an elongated curved wall, said elongated curved wall comprising at least one second hole and at least one security screw, said at least one first hole and at least one second hole are aligned to receive said at least one security screw to removably mount said curved wall to said drum paddle, each of said first and second baskets comprising respective dividing walls, each of said first and second baskets further comprising respective cover doors hingedly mounted to said outer lateral walls.

US Pat. No. 10,214,844

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE OUT-OF-BALANCE DETECTION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance, comprising:a tub;
a basket rotatably mounted within the tub, the basket defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing;
a valve;
a nozzle configured for flowing liquid from the valve into the tub;
an agitation element;
a motor in mechanical communication with the basket, the motor configured for selectively rotating the basket within the tub and further configured for selectively rotating the agitation element;
a gyroscope mounted to the tub;
wherein the tub defines an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis that are mutually orthogonal to each other, the Z-axis extending along a longitudinal direction and defining a center of the tub, and wherein the gyroscope measures movement about the Y-axis,
an accelerometer mounted to the tub; and
a controller in operative communication with the valve, motor, gyroscope and accelerometer, the controller configured for:
flowing a volume of liquid into the tub,
agitating articles within the tub for a first period, the tub containing the volume of liquid,
measuring movement of the tub during agitation of the articles within the tub, the tub containing the volume of liquid, wherein the movement is measured using the accelerometer and the gyroscope, wherein movement is measured as a plurality of amplitudes occurring in discrete channels of motion, wherein the tub extends from a top portion to a bottom portion along the Z-axis, and wherein the discrete amplitudes include an amplitude of displacement of one point along the Z-axis of the tub and an amplitude of displacement at another point along the Z-axis of the tub,
agitating articles within the tub for a second period when a final measured movement is greater than an out-of-balance movement threshold, the tub containing the volume of liquid,
draining liquid from the tub when the final measured movement is less than the out-of-balance movement threshold, and
spinning the basket after draining liquid from the tub.

US Pat. No. 10,214,843

CONTROL METHOD OF WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A control method of a washing machine, the washing machine including a water storage tub, a wash tub configured to accommodate fabric, the wash tub being rotated about a vertical axis inside the water storage tub, a pulsator rotatably provided inside the wash tub, and a motor configured to rotate at least one of the wash tub and the pulsator, the control method comprising:supplying water to a predetermined water level in the wash tub;
rotating the pulsator alternately in opposite directions while the wash tub is filled to the predetermined water level, wherein at the predetermined water level, the fabric continuously remains in contact with the pulsator during the rotation of the pulsator;
sensing an amount of fabric;
rotating the wash tub at a constant acceleration after the fabric is moved while in contact with the pulsator as the pulsator rotates alternately in opposite directions;
sensing a current value applied to the motor when a rotational speed of the wash tub is within a given range while the wash tub is rotated at the constant acceleration;
determining unbalance based on the sensed amount of fabric and the current value applied to the motor; and
supplying water to a predetermined water supply level which is determined based on the unbalance, wherein the predetermined water supply level is determined as a first water supply level when the unbalance is greater than a reference value, and wherein the predetermined water supply level is determined as a second water supply level higher than the first water supply level when the unbalance is smaller than the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,842

WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A washing machine comprising:a cabinet having a door at a top area of the cabinet;
a tub in the cabinet to receive wash water;
a drum inside the tub to receive laundry;
a driving device at the tub to rotate the drum;
a water supply device to supply the wash water to the tub;
a balancer to reduce vibration from the tub, the balancer disposed at an upper side of the tub;
a drainage device includes a drainage valve connected to the tub and a drainage channel coupled to the drainage valve to discharge the wash water from the tub;
a drying device at the cabinet to supply heated air to the tub, the heated air to dry the laundry;
an exhaust duct coupled to the tub to discharge air within the tub to outside of the cabinet, the exhaust duct disposed in a vertical direction, and the exhaust duct disposed between the tub and the cabinet; and
an extension duct, disposed in the vertical direction, and disposed between the tub and the cabinet, the extension duct having a first end coupled to the exhaust duct and a second end coupled to the cabinet;
wherein the exhaust duct includes:
an exhaust suction port to couple to a lower side of the tub, the exhaust suction port provided at the first end of the exhaust duct, and the exhaust suction port always communicating with inside of the tub, and
an exhaust discharge port provided higher than the exhaust suction port, the exhaust discharge port provided at the second end of the exhaust duct;
wherein the first end of the extension duct coupled to the exhaust discharge port forms a turning part for turning the air by 180 degrees in the vertical direction, the first end of the extension duct is disposed to be higher than a full water level of wash water supplied in the tub during washing, and the first end of the extension duct always communicating with the exhaust discharge port,
wherein the second end of the extension duct is disposed lower than the full water level of wash water supplied in the tub during washing, and the second end of the extension duct is coupled to discharge the air from within the tub to outside of the cabinet, and the second end of the extension duct always communicating with outside of the cabinet,
wherein the turning part includes a slit disposed at a top end of the extension duct and facing a hollow interior of the cabinet, and
wherein the slit always communicating with the hollow interior of the cabinet, formed in the vertical direction, the slit opening toward an upper side of the hollow interior of the cabinet for restraining occurrence of a siphon phenomenon, the slit being opened at an upper side of the turning point,
wherein the exhaust discharge port is provided lower than the balancer, and the exhaust discharge port is provided higher than the full water level of wash water supplied during washing,
wherein the turning part is lower than the balancer, and the turning part is higher than the full water level of wash water supplied during washing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,841

NEEDLE INSERTER FOR EMBROIDERY NEEDLES

1. A needle inserter for use by a user in inserting an embroidery needle having an elongated shaft with an eye and a longitudinally extending groove into a retaining member of an embroidery machine, the needle inserter comprising:an elongated handle having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a releasable support at the first end portion; and
an elongated element extending perpendicularly from the first end portion and having a perpendicular extending distal end;
wherein said releasable support operates to engage with the elongated shaft of the embroidery needle; and
wherein said distal end operates to engage with the eye of the elongated shaft and cooperates with said releasable support to support the embroidery needle on the needle inserter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,839

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING NET SHAPE PREFORM FROM TEXTILE STRIPS

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A method comprising:forming fabric strips from a wide stitch-bonded stretch broken carbon fiber fabric;
positively transporting and placing a length of fiber strip to a desired orientation via a moveable fiber strip delivery mechanism interposed between a fiber strip supply and a desired lay down location of the fiber strip;
controlling delivery of a fiber strip tension from the fiber strip supply using an electronic unwinder; and
moving the moveable fiber strip delivery mechanism radially towards at least one of an inner diameter or an outer diameter of the desired lay down location by half the width of the fiber strips to interlock layers of a preform, wherein the moveable fiber strip delivery mechanism comprises a plurality of rollers on a common axis.

US Pat. No. 10,214,837

TEXTILE STUFFER BOX AND METHOD FOR TEXTURING YARN

American Linc, LLC, Gast...

1. A textile processing assembly for texturing and heatsetting a moving length of ply-twisted yarn, said textile processing assembly comprising:(a) a pair of feed rolls adapted for engaging and moving the yarn downstream away from a supply creel;
(b) a textile stuffer box downstream of said feed rolls, and comprising:
(i) a housing assembly having a yarn entrance and a yarn exit, and comprising cooperating chamber-forming surfaces defining a multi-stage internal crimping chamber for receiving and accumulating the ply-twisted yarn between the entrance and exit of said housing assembly, said crimping chamber comprising an upstream fixed-volume stage and a downstream adjustable-volume stage;
(ii) means for selectively adjusting a volume of the downstream adjustable-volume stage of said crimping chamber, thereby controlling axial compression of yarn accumulating inside the upstream fixed-volume stage of said crimping chamber, wherein said means for selectively adjusting a volume of the downstream adjustable-volume stage of said crimping chamber comprises an elongated chamber gate extending linearly between opposing terminal end edges and a removable gate weight, said chamber gate being pivotably mounted to said housing assembly at an intermediate fulcrum point of said chamber gate, and said fulcrum point dividing said chamber gate to form an inside-the-chamber first end defining at least one of said chamber-forming surfaces adjacent the yarn exit of said housing assembly, and an outside-the-chamber second end comprising a removable gate weight, and said first and second ends of said chamber gate being integrally formed together as a single elongated structure, and said gate weight being selectively positioned along the outside-the-chamber second end of said chamber gate to adjustably increase and decrease a resistance exerted by said chamber gate, whereby selective adjustment of the gate resistance operates to control axial compression of yarn accumulating inside of said crimping chamber;
(c) a climate chamber downstream of said stuffer box, and adapted for heat-setting the ply-twisted yarn;
(d) means for conveying the yarn downstream from said stuffer box and through said climate chamber; and
(e) a take-up winder downstream of said climate chamber for collecting the processed yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,214,836

ACRYLIC COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING A HINDERED AMINE LIGHT STABILIZER AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Glen Raven, Inc., Glen R...

1. An acrylic fiber comprising:an acrylonitrile polymer having acrylonitrile units present in an amount of at least 85% by weight of the acrylonitrile polymer; and
a hindered amine light stabilizer;
wherein the hindered amine light stabilizer has a pKa from 4 to 7 and has a water solubility at 20° C. of about 2% w/w or less;
wherein the hindered amine light stabilizer is within the acrylic fiber in an amount of about 0.5% to about 10% by weight of the acrylic fiber and is distributed throughout the polymer matrix of the acrylonitrile polymer;
wherein the acrylonitrile polymer is selected from the group consisting of polyacrylonitrile (PAN), poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) (P(AN-VA)), poly(acrylonitrile-co-methyl acrylate) (P(AN-MA)), poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinyl chloride) (PAN-VC), poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinylidene chloride, poly(acrylonitrile-co-methyl methacrylate), and any combination thereof; and
wherein the hindered amine light stabilizer has a structure represented by Formula (I), Formula (II), Formula (III), or Formula (IV):

wherein:
each X is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl and C1-C20 alkenyl;
L, in each instance, is absent or is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl and C1-C20 alkenyl;
each R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl, C1-C20 alkenyl, —O(C1-C20 alkyl), and —O(C1-C20 alkenyl);
each R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C20 alkyl, and C1-C20 alkenyl;
each R3 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C20 alkyl, and C1-C20 alkenyl; and
n is an integer selected from 1 to 50.

US Pat. No. 10,214,835

POST-SYNTHESIS PROCESSING OF DIAMOND AND RELATED SUPER-HARD MATERIALS

Element Six Technologies ...

1. A method of processing a super-hard material having a Vickers hardness of no less than 2000 kg/mm2, the method comprising:(a) forming a surface of the super-hard material to have a first surface profile within a first root mean square deviation from a smooth target surface profile, said first root mean square deviation being no more than 5 ?m;
(b) analysing said surface of the super-hard material to detect a plurality of protruding regions on said surface; and
(c) selectively processing over a first protruding region on the surface of the super-hard material and, subsequent to selectively processing over the first protruding region, selectively processing over a second protruding region on the surface of the super-hard material to form a second surface profile within a second root mean square deviation from the smooth target surface profile, said second root mean square deviation being no more than 100 nm, wherein the surface of the super-hard material has at least one dimension of at least 10 mm and wherein the selective processing of each protruding region is performed over an area smaller than the area of the surface of the super-hard material;
wherein step (b) comprises calculating an amount of processing at each of the plurality of protruding regions required to form the second surface profile, and
wherein step (c) comprises applying said calculated amount of processing at each of the plurality of protruding regions to form the second surface profile.

US Pat. No. 10,214,833

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS

1. A method of making an organometallic crystalline material, the method comprising:inducing an initial organometallic crystalline seed by positioning a direct write source at a first position on a substrate, wherein the direct write source is configured to produce a thermal voxel and has a wavelength of from about 500 nm to about 1,000 nm, and wherein a liquid precursor is in proximity to the substrate, and wherein the seed is a product arising from thermal heating of the liquid precursor by the thermal voxel; and
promoting crystal growth or crystal dissolution of the seed, thereby providing the organometallic crystalline material that is patterned upon the substrate, wherein the organometallic crystalline material comprises an organic moiety.

US Pat. No. 10,214,832

APPARATUS FOR RECOVERY OF MATERIAL GENERATED DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL MATERIAL REMOVAL IN ACIDIC ELECTROLYTES

FARADAY TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A system for recycling machined metal produced by an electrochemical material removal process, the system comprising:a machining unit comprising an anode to receive a workpiece, a cathode tool, and a first pulse generator to provide a voltage or current waveform between the anode and the cathode tool; and
an electrowinning unit comprising an electrowinning cathode, an electrowinning anode, and a second pulse generator to provide a voltage or current waveform between the electrowinning anode and the electrowinning cathode;
wherein the machining unit is in fluid communication with the electrowinning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,831

ONE-PIECE ELECTROFORMED METAL COMPONENT

Nivarox-FAR S.A., Le Loc...

1. A method for fabricating a one-piece component, comprising:a) forming a mould on an electrically conductive substrate;
b) filling the mould by electroforming to form at least one one-piece metal component comprising an electroformed metal body;
c) releasing the at least one one-piece metal component from the electrically conductive substrate and from the mould;
wherein the method further comprises:
d) effecting desorption of trapped hydrogen in the at least one one-piece metal component during electroforming so as to form, only over a predetermined depth of an external surface of the body, a hardening relative to the rest of the body,
wherein the metal is electroformed in the filling b) in amorphous form and the external surface comprises an at least partially crystalline phase of the electroformed metal.

US Pat. No. 10,214,830

SUBSTRATE HOLDER AND PLATING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A substrate holder comprising:a base member comprising a support surface configured to support a substrate to be plated in a plating solution;
a seal ring configured to be brought into contact with a peripheral portion of the substrate such that the seal ring presses down upon the substrate thereby capturing the substrate between the seal ring and the support surface of the base member;
a support ring supporting the seal ring;
a fixing ring pressing the seal ring against the support ring, the fixing ring including an annular portion having an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface, each of which is constituted by a tapered surface, the outer circumferential surface being inclined downwardly toward an inside of the substrate holder when the substrate holder is in a vertical position; and
wherein the fixing ring, the support ring, and the seal ring are pivotally coupled to the base member,
wherein the outer circumferential surface defines a flow path for the plating solution to prevent the plating solution from flowing across the support surface of the base member and the substrate when the substrate is supported by the support surface and when the substrate holder is removed from the plating solution,
wherein the fixing ring further including a seal-ring pressing portion connected to the annular portion, and a regulation ring projecting radially inwardly from the seal-ring pressing portion, the regulation ring having an inside diameter which is smaller than an inside diameter of the seal ring.