US Pat. No. 10,766,673

PORTABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER

Hydrovaze LLC, Laguna Ni...

1. A portable beverage container, comprising:an inner vessel having a neck;
an outer shell configured to surround a first portion of the inner vessel;
a cap configured to engage with the outer shell to surround a second portion of the inner vessel;
a shock-absorbing cup disposed within the outer shell and configured to receive a bottom end of the inner vessel;
a shock-absorbing ring disposed on an inner surface of the cap, wherein the inner vessel comprises a shoulder configured to bear against the shock-absorbing ring when the bottom end of the inner vessel is seated in the shock-absorbing cup and the cap is secured to the outer shell; and
an outer shell threaded structure on an inner surface of the outer shell, wherein the outer shell threaded structure is configured to engage with a first cap threaded structure on an outer surface of the cap to secure the cap to the outer shell, and wherein the shock-absorbing ring is attached to a second cap threaded structure on the inner surface of the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,766,670

SNAP CAP IN MULTI-COMPONENT INJECTION MOLDING TECHNOLOGY

1. A cover configured for clamping attachment to a wall region defining an opening, the cover comprising:a front wall deformable between a first stable, downwardly cambered state and a second stable, upwardly cambered state;
an annular edge portion having a larger outer circumference when said front wall is in said first stable state than when said front wall is in said second stable state, said annular edge portion effecting a clamping attachment of the cover to the wall region by pressing said annular edge portion against the wall region from inside the opening in said first stable state, or from outside the opening in said second stable state;
said annular edge portion having at least one expansion portion made of a second plastic material component and a remaining edge portion made of a first plastic material component, said second plastic material component being softer and/or more elastic than said first plastic material component, enabling an increase of an outer periphery of said annular edge portion in said first stable state relative to said second stable state; and
said front wall transitioning into said annular edge portion at a constant angle that remains constant in both of said first stable state and said second stable state.

US Pat. No. 10,766,669

FOUR-FLANGE CHILD-RESISTANT ZIPPER AND BAG

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A reclosure (10) for a reclosable package (100), including:a first profile (12) and a second profile (14);
the first profile (12) including a first web portion (16) with a first lower interlocking element (28) and a first upper interlocking element (29), wherein first profile (12) is severed through the first upper interlocking element (29) to form a lower first profile (12?) and an upper first profile (12?) thereby forming at least one tab (18) extending from an upper edge of the lower first profile (12?) and including a portion of the first upper interlocking element (29?); and
the second profile (14) including a second web portion (30) with a second lower interlocking element (44) and a second upper interlocking element (46).

US Pat. No. 10,766,667

EASY OPEN PLASTIC BAGS

Polytex Fibers Corporatio...

1. A bag comprisinga first wall and a second wall, each of the first wall and second wall having an interior surface, an exterior surface, a top edge and a bottom edge, and comprising a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer comprises woven strips consisting of oriented low density polyethylene, and the second layer consists of an oriented polyethylene film, wherein the first layer and second layer are laminated together, and wherein the top edge of the first wall and the top edge of the second wall are adapted to be heat sealed together to form a top end of the bag, and the bottom edge of the first wall and the bottom edge of the second wall are adapted to be heat sealed together to form a bottom end of the bag,
wherein said bag further comprises
a plurality of cuts, perforations, or a combination thereof, wherein said plurality of cuts, perforations, or a combination thereof, define a row extending a distance of at least ten percent across the first wall of the bag, wherein the row is not located on the top end or bottom end of the bag, wherein each of the plurality of cuts, perforations, or a combination thereof, extends through the first layer and through the second layer of the first wall of the bag, and
a cover having a pull tab and covering at least the plurality of cuts, perforations, or a combination thereof,
wherein said bag is adapted to hold at least ten pounds by weight of at least one filling material and wherein said bag can be opened by pulling the pull tab and removing the cover from the plurality of cuts, perforations, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,766,665

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CHEMICAL CONTAINER

Wuxi Huaying Microelectro...

1. A method for manufacturing a chemical container, comprising:providing a body portion;
providing a head portion comprising a top wall, a head sidewall extending from an edge of the top wall, and a plurality of bulges extending from an outer surface of the top wall outwardly with respect to a chamber, wherein the plurality of bulges comprise a boss located in a middle location of the top wall and an annular rib surrounding the boss, and wherein the top wall comprises a mouth structure configured to accommodate a pipeline to pass through the mouth structure and connect with an inside of the chamber;
processing the head portion such that at least one connecting hole is provided on each of the boss and the annular rib, wherein each of the at least one connecting hole is configured to accommodate the pipeline; and
welding the head portion and the body portion to form the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,766,664

MODULAR POTTED PLANT SHIPPING BOX

1. A modular potted plant shipping box comprises:an outer box;
a stopper frame;
a stabilizing frame;
a receptacle;
the stabilizing frame comprise a main base plate, a first brace, a second brace, and a central slot;
the stabilizing frame, the stopper frame, and the receptacle being positioned within the outer box;
a first edge of the main base plate being positioned opposite a second edge of the main base plate, across the main base plate;
the first brace being hingedly connected to the main base plate along the first edge of the main base plate;
the second brace being hingedly connected to the main base plate along the second edge of the main base plate;
the central slot traversing through the first brace and the second brace;
the central slot oriented perpendicular with the main plate;
the receptacle being positioned within the central slot, between the first brace and the second brace;
the receptacle being positioned within and frictionally engaged with a main rim of the central slot;
a fourth rim of the outer box being positioned opposite a base of the outer box across a lateral wall of the outer box;
a main opening of the outer box being defined by the fourth rim; and,
the stopper frame being positioned in between the stabilizing frame and the fourth rim.

US Pat. No. 10,766,662

INTEGRATED CARTON RECLOSE FEATURE

KELLOGG COMPANY, Battle ...

1. A storage assembly, comprising:a container defining an interior cavity, the container comprising a first sidewall and a second sidewall;
a first flap fixedly attached to the first sidewall; and
a second flap removably attached to the second sidewall of the container, the second flap having at least one aperture formed therethrough and a passage extending from the aperture to an outer perimeter of the second flap.

US Pat. No. 10,766,659

CONTAINER, BLANK, MODULAR DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR FORMING A DISPLAY DEVICE FROM THE MODULAR DISPLAY DEVICE

Intercontinental Great Br...

1. A container, constructed from a blank of foldable material and adapted to be stacked together with other similar containers to form a modular display device, the container comprising a base, a pair of opposed side walls extending upwardly from the base, and opposed front and rear walls extending upwardly from the base between said opposed side walls, said base and said walls defining an enclosure for storing and displaying one or more items, a locking tab being defined in an upper edge region of each side wall and a pair of corresponding locking slots being defined in the base, the locking tabs and locking slots being configured such that, in use, the container is detachably mountable on a similar container by insertion of the locking tabs of the similar container into the corresponding locking slots of the container; wherein each locking tab comprises a neck portion and a body portion with the body portion overhanging the neck portion to define an undercut and wherein a first recess is defined in the upper edge region of each of the opposed side walls, each first recess extending from a forward edge of the respective locking tab forwardly over part of the remaining length of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,766,658

LABEL PEELING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A post-processing apparatus, comprising:a sheet conveyance path having an entrance and an exit and configured to permit a label sheet to be conveyed in a sheet conveyance direction along the sheet conveyance path from the entrance to the exit;
a guide along the sheet conveyance path to move in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveyance direction; and
a control circuit configured to move the guide to align the label sheet in the direction perpendicular to the sheet conveyance direction and to move the guide toward a central portion of the label sheet while the label sheet is on the sheet conveyance path to peel a label body from the label sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,656

FILM WRAPPING APPARATUS

1. A film wrapping apparatus for wrapping two or more film rolls around a load, comprising:a roll holder comprising an elongated shaft member having two holding portions coaxially aligned with each other;
a roll locker provided at each of said holding portions of said shaft member for releasably locking the film rolls at said holding portions respectively in a free-rotating manner; and
a dispensing handle transversely extended from said shaft member at a position between said holding portions thereof, wherein said dispensing handle is arranged for being held by an operator to unroll the film rolls in a concurrent and controllable manner so as to wrap stretch films of the film rolls around the load; wherein said roll locker comprises one or more locking slots transversely extended through said shaft member adjacent to said holding portion thereof, and a locking member detachably passing through said locking slot for locking the film roll at said holding portion of said shaft member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,653

METHOD OF PACKAGING STERILIZED PRODUCTS

Veltek Associates, Inc., ...

1. A method of introducing a sterilized product that meets the requirements for a Grade A controlled environment into a controlled environment, the sterilized product being enclosed in a first layer that is substantially hermetically sealed to form a first sealed enclosure, the first sealed enclosure being enclosed in a second layer that is substantially hermetically sealed to form a second sealed enclosure, the second sealed enclosure being enclosed in a third layer that is substantially hermetically sealed to form a third sealed enclosure, and the third sealed enclosure being enclosed in a fourth layer that is substantially hermetically sealed to form a fourth sealed enclosure, the method comprising:removing the fourth layer in a first environment with a first sterility to expose the third sealed enclosure;
transporting the third sealed enclosure to a second environment;
removing the third layer in the second environment to expose the second sealed enclosure, wherein the second environment is a controlled environment with a predetermined second sterility that is higher than the first sterility;
transporting the second sealed enclosure to a third environment
removing the second layer in the third environment to expose the first sealed enclosure, wherein the third environment is a controlled environment with a predetermined third sterility that is higher than the second sterility;
transporting the first sealed enclosure to a fourth environment; and
removing the first layer in the fourth environment to expose the sterilized product, wherein the fourth environment is a controlled environment with a predetermined fourth sterility that is higher than the third sterility.

US Pat. No. 10,766,650

CONTROLLED FEED FOR BATCH PACKAGING

SIDEL PACKING SOLUTIONS, ...

1. A packaging device to package products in batches wherein the products in batches move along a conveying direction, said batches having at least two of the products oriented transversely to said conveying direction, said packaging device comprising:a transfer device positionable at a pick-up area of a pick-up zone within an upstream module, the transfer device configured to receive an individual transfer of products arriving in a single line traveling in a transfer direction toward the pick-up zone;
a feed device positionable at the pick-up zone, the feed device operative to receive the products in the pick-up area of the pick-up zone and to then bring the products to a deposit area of a deposit zone for subsequent packaging of the products, the feed device comprising
at least one collector that is movable and position-controlled, for receiving and then moving, in a position-controlled way, at least one of the products from the transfer device to the deposit zone, and
a conveyor in the deposit zone, the conveyor moving products in the conveying direction away from the deposit zone, the conveying direction being different from the transfer direction,
wherein the at least one collector deposits at least one of the products, previously picked up in the pick-up zone, onto the conveyor, and
wherein the at least one collector has a movement essentially perpendicular to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,643

APPARATUS FOR WINDING, FOLDING AND STRETCHING A FILM ABOUT A PRODUCT, IN PARTICULAR A CONTAINER CONTAINING COSMETIC PRODUCTS

Marcheini Group S.P.A., ...

1. An apparatus for winding, folding and stretching a film about a product, in particular a container containing cosmetic products, comprising:a winding station, in which a film is wound about longitudinal walls of a container so as to form a tubular winding of the film internally containing the container;
a sliding plane on which the container is transferred, wound in the tubular winding of film, so that the container is resting on the sliding plane, with a longitudinal wall on which the film is applied and respective transverse walls not yet covered by the film are arranged parallel to sides of the sliding plane;
a pushing device for pushing the container wound in the tubular winding of film along the sliding plane, the pushing device comprising a support element and a series of paddles mounted distanced from one another on the support element;
the sliding plane comprising a series of slots arranged in successive positions along the sliding plane and distanced from one another in a corresponding way to a distance existing between the paddles of the pushing device, with each of the slots being predisposed and having a suitable dimension for enabling passage there-through of a paddle of the series of paddles, first movement means, predisposed and actuable for moving the pushing device in a cyclic movement so as to impose on the support element, for each movement cycle, a cyclic pathway on the basis of which, starting from a starting position in which the support element is below the sliding plane and each paddle of the series of paddles is arranged below a respective slot of the series of slots present in the sliding plane, the support element performs following movements:
a raising movement for bringing the paddles above the sliding plane, with each of the paddles crossing a respective slot,
a first translation movement in a parallel direction to the sliding plane according to a predetermined advancement step, for translating the paddles above the sliding plane from a position corresponding to a position of a respective slot, through which the paddles are translated, up to a position corresponding to a position of a following slot arranged consecutively along the sliding plane,
a first lowering movement for bringing the paddles newly into a position below the sliding plane, with each of the paddles crossing a respective slot,
a second translation movement in a parallel direction to the sliding plane and having an opposite sense to the first translation movement for returning to the starting position;
such that for each movement cycle of the support element, time by time, a different and successive paddle of the series of paddles can push and translate the container wound inside the tubular winding of film along the sliding plane in accordance with the said predetermined advancement step;
a pair of wings, each of which is mounted and predisposed rotatably on a corresponding end of a given paddle of the series of paddles of the pushing device; and
second movement means for moving the wings in rotation with respect to the given paddle, the second movement means, after the given paddle has been brought above the sliding plane following the raising movement of the support element, being predisposed, during the translation of the given paddle along the sliding plane from the respective slot through which the given paddle transits to a following slot caused by the first translation movement of the support element, such as to rotate the wings in rotation with respect to the given paddle so that the wings can first abut a backward portion of ends of the tubular winding of film and, continuing in rotation thereof with respect to the paddle, folding and extending the backward portion against heads of the container,
wherein:
the second movement means are predisposed and positioned so as to maintain the wings, with respect to the given paddle, in a first spread configuration, wherein the wings are arranged in an obtuse angle with respect to a face of the given paddle which must push the container, and are able to rotate the wings in rotation with respect to the given paddle, during translation of the given paddle above the sliding plane, so as to bring the wings into a second neared configuration, in which the wings are arranged substantially perpendicular to the given paddle so that the wings, during rotation thereof from the first spread configuration to the second neared configuration, can first abut the backward portion of the ends of the tubular winding of film and then fold and extend the backward portion against the heads of the container;
the sliding plane exhibits at least two slots arranged consecutively to one another having a shape and dimensions suitable for enabling transit of the paddles with the wings when the wings are maintained by the second movement means in the first spread configuration;
the second movement means are further predisposed, before the first movement means carry out the lowering movement of the support element, for bringing the paddles newly into a position below the sliding plane, so as to rotate the wings in an opposite direction from the second neared configuration to the first spread configuration;
the given paddle on which the wings are predisposed is brought to and mounted on the support element with a distance from the paddle preceding the given paddle that is smaller than the predetermined advancement step of the support element during the first translation movement thereof along the sliding plane, and the slot through which the paddle must pass, in order to be positioned above the sliding plane, is spaced from a preceding slot by said distance, so that the wings mounted on the given paddle can be made to rotate by the second movement means from the first spread configuration towards the second neared configuration so that the wings during the rotation thereof, can abut the backward portion of the ends of the tubular winding of film and fold the backward portion towards the heads of the container before the given paddle abuts the container and starts to push and translate the container along the sliding plane; and
the wings are mounted on respective shafts in turn mounted rotatably on the given paddle and the second movement means comprise:
a plate mounted on the support element translatably with respect to the support element,
a first pair of hinged arms constrained on a side thereof to the plate and on another side thereof to a first shaft which bears a first wing, and a second pair of hinged arms constrained on one side to the plate and on another side to a second shaft which bears a second wing, and
means for alternatively translating the plate with respect to the support element so as to rotate the two pairs of hinged arms about a hinge point thereof and consequently activate in rotation the respective shafts and therefore rotate the wings with respect to the given paddle from the first spread configuration to the second neared configuration, in which the wings are arranged perpendicular to the given paddle, and vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,766,632

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MANAGE CHECK-LISTS FOR AN AIRCRAFT PILOT

Airbus Operations (SAS), ...

1. A method for aiding management of at least one check-list, managed by at least one pilot of an aircraft, the method includes:an identification step, implemented by an identification unit, including identifying at least one actuation element to be actuated to implement a current control from a check-list;
a signaling step, implemented by a signaling unit, including visually highlighting the identified at least one actuation element;
a detection step, implemented by a detection unit, including detecting a position of a hand of a pilot;
a checking step, implemented by a checking unit, including checking whether the detected position of the hand of the pilot is consistent with a position of the identified at least one actuation element which is visually highlighted, and
a first alert step, implemented by an alert unit, including alerting the pilot to a risk of incorrect actuation in response to an inconsistency between the detected position of the hand of the pilot and the position of the highlighted actuation element.

US Pat. No. 10,766,629

ARCHITECTURE OF A MULTIPLE-ENGINE HELICOPTER PROPULSION SYSTEM, AND CORRESPONDING HELICOPTER

SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES...

1. An architecture of a propulsion system of a multi-engine helicopter, comprising:a plurality of turboshaft engines that are connected to a power transmission gearbox comprising a hybrid turboshaft engine configured to operate in a nominal operating mode, in which a shaft of a gas generator of the hybrid turboshaft engine rotates at a nominal speed and a combustion chamber of the said gas generator is ignited, and a standby mode during flight of the multi-engine helicopter, in which the shaft of said gas generator of the hybrid turboshaft engine rotates at a speed less than that of said nominal speed, and
at least one non-hybrid turboshaft engine that is not coupled to any restart packs,
wherein during an economical flight phase, the at least one non-hybrid turboshaft engine operates in a stable flight mode and the hybrid turboshaft engine operates in said standby mode;
a restart pack configured for restarting the hybrid turboshaft engine during said flight in order to cause the hybrid turboshaft engine to leave said standby mode and to reach the nominal operating mode in less than ten seconds from an indication of an emergency condition;
an auxiliary power unit that is connected to the restart pack and is configured for providing said restart pack, on demand, with power required for causing the hybrid turboshaft engine to leave said standby mode and to reach the nominal operating mode, said auxiliary power unit arranged to provide power to equipment of the multi-engine helicopter.

US Pat. No. 10,766,628

AIR INLET WITH INTEGRATED STRUCTURAL HAND HOLD

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. An air inlet on a cowling of an aircraft, the air inlet comprising:a scoop, wherein the scoop comprises:
a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface has a flat front leading edge and slopes downwards towards a back edge of the scoop;
at least two sides, wherein the two sides are substantially planar along a top edge and are shorter towards the flat front leading edge of the scoop; and
an opening at the back edge of the scoop; and
a hand hold on the scoop, wherein the hand hold is an indentation in the bottom surface of the scoop along a first side.

US Pat. No. 10,766,623

OZONE CONVERTER BYPASS

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. An ozone converter comprising:an outer housing having an inlet and an outlet;
a core disposed within the outer housing, the core including a central passageway formed therein and passing through the core;
an ozone control assembly that allows air to pass through the central passageway in a closed mode and prevents flow thorough the central passageway in an open mode, the ozone control assembly including cover flaps that cover a portion of the core in the closed mode and that do not cover the core in the open mode; and
an actuator that causes the cover flaps to move when the ozone converter is changed from the closed mode to the open mode or from the open mode to the closed mode;
wherein the ozone control assembly includes:
a rod that is controlled by the actuator; and
a central passageway access cover connected to the rod;
wherein the cover flaps are connected to the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,766,621

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN OVERHEAD STORAGE COMPARTMENT FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an overhead storage compartment for an aircraft cabin, the method comprising:providing a shell part extending along a longitudinal axis between a first end and a second end, the shell part partially surrounding an interior space, the shell part comprising a first edge at the first end and a second edge at the second end, the first edge and the second edge being disposed transverse to the longitudinal axis;
providing a first end wall and a second end wall; and
assembling the shell part and the first and second end walls, wherein the first edge is attached to the first end wall and the second edge is attached to the second end wall, such that the shell part, the first end wall and the second end wall together at least partially surround the interior space,
wherein the first end wall or the second end wall comprise an undirected long fiber reinforced plastic material;
wherein the first end wall comprises a first groove formed in a surface of the first end wall to receive the first edge,
wherein the second end wall comprises a second groove formed in a surface of the second end wall to receive the second edge,
wherein the first edge is attached to the first end wall by inserting the first edge into the first groove, and
wherein the second edge is attached to the second end wall by inserting the second edge into the second groove.

US Pat. No. 10,766,615

HOVER AIRLIFT LOGISTICS OPERATIONS GUIDED EXPEDITIONARY AUTONOMOUS SCALABLE AND MODULAR VTOL PLATFORM

1. A vertical take-off and landing aircraft, comprising:a body having a circular shape extending horizontally to a circular outer edge, the body defining a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface including a circular lip which is located at a lowest position of the aircraft, the bottom surface further including a concave portion surrounded by the circular lip;
a cockpit disposed in a center region of the body;
a first plurality of through tunnels defined inside the body and arranged around the center region of the body, each of the first plurality of tunnels extending substantially vertically through the body between the top surface and the concave portion of the bottom surface;
a second plurality of through tunnels defined inside the body, each of the second plurality of tunnels extending substantially parallel to a horizontal front-back direction of the body between a front end and a rear end of the body;
a third plurality of through tunnels defined inside the body, each of the third plurality of tunnels extending in a direction which is neither substantially vertical nor substantially parallel to the horizontal front-back direction of the body, each of the third plurality of tunnels having an upper opening located on the top surface of the body and a side opening;
a plurality of propelling devices, wherein each propelling device is completely contained within one of the first, second and third plurality of tunnels, and wherein each propelling device is fixedly mounted to the body to generate propulsion in a fixed direction relative to the aircraft;
a passthrough tunnel defined inside the body and located below the cockpit, having a horizontally elongated cross-sectional shape and extending horizontally in the front-back direction of the body from an inlet adjacent to a leading edge of the circular outer edge of the body to an outlet adjacent a trailing edge of the circular outer edge of the body without other openings, wherein the passthrough tunnel is free of any propelling devices; and
control equipment disposed inside the body and coupled to the plurality of propelling devices, configured to control the plurality of propelling devices.

US Pat. No. 10,766,614

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING TRANSITION LIFT-FAN PERFORMANCE

Aurora Flight Sciences Co...

1. A method of operating a propulsion system in a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the VTOL aircraft having a forward thrust propulsion system and a plurality of ducted lift fans, the method comprising:controlling the forward thrust propulsion system to generate a forward thrust during a transition from vertical flight to forward flight;
selectively allocating, during the transition from vertical flight to forward flight, each of the plurality of ducted lift fans into a first operation group configured to operate at substantially full throttle, a second operation group configured to operate at intermediate throttle, or a third operation group configured to operate at substantially zero throttle,
wherein:
each of the plurality of ducted lift fans is configured to be controlled independently, and
the first operation group, the second operation group, and the third operation group are configured to generate, in aggregate, a first desired thrust as a function of momentum drag; and
selectively reallocating, during the transition from vertical flight to forward flight, one or more of the plurality of ducted lift fans from one of the first operation group, the second operation group, or the third operation group to a different one of the first operation group, the second operation group, or the third operation group to generate a second desired thrust as a function of momentum drag.

US Pat. No. 10,766,612

ROTOR HUB ASSEMBLY WITH UNIVERSAL JOINT

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A rotor hub assembly, comprising:a yoke having at least two arms extending therefrom;
a yoke bracket having a base attached to the yoke, the yoke bracket including a tab extending from the base, the tab defining an opening extending therethrough;
a cross member defining a first aperture and a second aperture coaxially aligned with each other, and further defining a third aperture, the first and second apertures being orthogonal to the third aperture;
a drive member, comprising:
an inner member having an outer surface, the outer surface including a first plurality of projections extending therefrom;
an outer member having an outer surface and an opposite inner surface, the inner surface including a second plurality of projections extending therefrom, the outer member being configured to surround the inner member such that the second plurality of projections interlace with the first plurality of projections, the outer member also including a pair of trunnions extending from the outer surface thereof, the trunnions being positioned coaxially within the first and second apertures of the cross member; and
a plurality of elastomeric members, each elastomeric member being configured to fit between one of the first projections and one of the second projections; and
a hinge pin, the hinge pin being positioned coaxially within the opening of the tab of the yoke bracket and the second aperture of the cross member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,611

HELICOPTER ROTOR TRANSMISSION

KOPTER GROUP AG, Mollis ...

1. A helicopter rotor transmission with a transmission housing in which at least one central drive gear is mounted such that the at least one central drive gear can be rotated by at least one drive train,wherein by means of the at least one central drive gear, indirectly a plurality of planetary gears arranged on planetary gear carriers defining respective planetary gear axes are mounted such that planetary gears can rotate, whereby a rotatable rotor mast can be rotatably driven about a central axis by means of the helicopter rotor transmission,
wherein, the helicopter rotor transmission has a central cavity, in which runs a locationally and rotationally fixed bearing mast, which is held passing through the transmission housing at least partially in the direction of the central axis,
wherein the at least one central drive gear is mounted on the bearing mast such that the at least one central drive gear can rotate, and by means of a sun wheel connected with the at least one central drive gear, a rotation of planetary drive gears about the planetary gear axes can be achieved on a side of the planetary gear carriers facing the at least one central drive gear, and
wherein by way of an operative connection between an internally toothed gear ring that can rotate about the central axis and planetary gears, surrounded by the gear ring, and mounted in a fixed manner such that the planetary gears can rotate about the planetary gear axes, the gear ring can be rotated such that the rotor mast can be set in rotation by means of a gear ring driver attached to the gear ring and the rotor mast.

US Pat. No. 10,766,610

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH PROPELLER GUARD

Mattel, Inc., El Segundo...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising a rotor having one or more propeller blades and a propeller guard surrounding the rotor, the propeller guard comprising:a main guard surrounding the one or more propeller blades, the main guard being connected to a body of the unmanned aerial vehicle by a support beam; and
a movable guard vertically displaced from the main guard and supported by a linkage that connects the movable guard to the main guard to connect the movable guard to the body of the unmanned aerial vehicle, the movable guard being movable from a default position to an engaged position where a section of the movable guard intersects a plane defined by the main guard;
wherein moving the movable guard from the default position to the engaged position results in the movable guard contacting and obstructing rotation of the one or more propeller blades.

US Pat. No. 10,766,606

SEMI CANTILEVERED LANDING GEAR ACTUATED BY AN EXTERNAL ARTICULATING LOAD DAMPER FOR IMPROVED TAKE-OFF

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A landing gear arrangement, comprising:a lever configured to be coupled between an axle and a strut piston of a shock strut;
a load damper configured to be externally coupled between the shock strut and the lever;
a first link configured to be coupled to the load damper;
a second link configured to be coupled to the lever;
wherein the first link is configured to be rotatably coupled to the second link, and
the load damper is configured to increase a length of the landing gear arrangement in response to an extension force of the load damper increasing above a ground force reacted through the landing gear arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,766,602

MECHANICAL DROOP FOR SPOILER OPERATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for mechanical operation of an aircraft wing, comprising:a torque tube coupled to a control surface of the aircraft wing, wherein the torque tube is rotatable at a first rate of rotation to cause a downward rotation of the control surface relative to the aircraft wing;
a gearing assembly coupled to the torque tube, wherein the gearing assembly comprises an output shaft, and wherein the torque tube is configured to rotate the output shaft, via the gearing assembly, at a second rate of rotation that is less than the first rate of rotation of the torque tube;
a rotational member coupled to the output shaft of the gearing assembly, wherein the output shaft is configured to drive a rotation of the rotational member, and wherein a rotational center of the output shaft and a rotational center of the rotational member are concentric; and
a linear actuator comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the linear actuator is coupled to the rotational member at a forward attach point, wherein the forward attach point is eccentric to the rotational center of the rotational member, and wherein the rotational member is rotatable to cause a translation of the forward attach point relative to the aircraft wing,
wherein the rotational member comprises a first leg and a second leg coupled by a curved portion, wherein the first leg and the second leg of the rotational member straddle the first end of the linear actuator, and wherein a pin joint extends from the first leg, through the first end of the linear actuator, to the second leg.

US Pat. No. 10,766,601

AIRCRAFT WING FLAPS HAVING AERODYNAMIC RESTORATION DOORS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a door rotatably coupled to a closure rib of a flap of an aircraft wing, the door moveable between a deployed position and a retracted position, the flap having a leading edge and a cutout formed in the leading edge, the door filling a first portion of the cutout when the door is in the deployed position; and
a track coupled to the closure rib, the track including a trim tab, the trim tab filling a second portion of the cutout, the track receiving a deflection control rib of the aircraft wing when the flap is in a stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,594

COMPOSITE VEHICLE BODY

1. A vehicle body, comprising:an internal skeleton; and
a skin fabricated in-situ over the internal skeleton, the skin including:
a matrix material; and
a plurality of continuous fibers encased within the matrix material, wherein the plurality of continuous fibers includes at least one electrically conductive wire interwoven with others of the plurality of continuous fibers and configured to function as at least one of a heater and a strain gauge,
wherein the matrix material includes multiple resins deposited at strategic locations along a length of the plurality of continuous fibers in the skin.

US Pat. No. 10,766,591

COOLING WATER DRAIN SYSTEM FOR A MARINE ENGINE

AB VOLVO PENTA, Gothenbu...

1. A marine engine cooling system, comprising:a raw water passageway having a raw water intake for drawing raw water into the raw water passageway, and including a conduit arranged to have an upper point and a lower point;
a drain valve connected to the raw water passageway at the conduit lower point;
a vent line connected to the raw water passageway at the conduit higher point; and,
a control handle located remote from the conduit higher point and the conduit lower point, the control handle being operatively connected to a vent valve connected to the vent line, wherein actuating movement of the control handle selectively opens and closes the vent valve.

US Pat. No. 10,766,590

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:a steering shaft extending in an up-down direction;
an outboard motor main body that rotates around a centerline of the steering shaft together with the steering shaft and that includes a prime mover that generates power to rotate a propeller;
a steering arm that extends forward from the steering shaft and that turns around the centerline of the steering shaft together with the steering shaft;
a steering actuator including a movable body that moves in a right-left direction; and
a motion converter that converts a movement of the movable body in the right-left direction into a turning motion of the steering arm around the centerline of the steering shaft, and that includes a bushing holder in which the steering arm extends in a front-rear direction and a bushing interposed between the steering arm and the bushing holder and including an outer surface provided with a pair of first sliding portions each including a convex arc-shaped vertical section that is perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the right-left direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,584

ROTATING MACHINES WITH FLUID ROTOR HAVING ADJUSTABLE BLADES

ADV TECH, Merignac (FR)

1. A fluid rotor rotary machine comprising a set of blades (4) mounted on arms (2) rotating about a main axis (1) of a rotor, the rotor being held by a support structure (5) in an orientation such that said main axis (1) is essentially perpendicular to a direction of a fluid flow, each blade of the set of blades (4) being pivotally mounted about a respective rotation axis (3) parallel to the main axis (1), the machine comprising a linkage (13, 7, 14) for generating a relative rotational movement of each said blade (4) with respect to its corresponding arm (2) at the rotation axis (3) thereof, and varying the pitch of each said blade with respect to the direction of the fluid flow in an angular interval,wherein the machine comprises means for modifying a geometry of the linkage (13, 7, 14) from a movement generated at the main axis of the rotor so as to vary the amplitude of the angular interval.

US Pat. No. 10,766,581

ALIGNMENT GUIDE FOR PONTOON BOAT LIFT

1. A boat lift for a pontoon boat having a pair of laterally spaced pontoon floats supporting a deck, and a motor operably mounted to a rear portion of the deck and disposed to extend down below the floats, the lift comprising:a frame having a front and a rear;
vertically moveable transverse support beams attached at the front and rear of the frame, the support beams being moveable between a lowered position to load, and a raised position to lift the boat out of a body of water;
vertical supports operably attached to and extending up from the movable support beams;
an alignment guide including a pair of laterally spaced rails, the rails being generally horizontally disposed and spaced apart at a distance corresponding to spacing between the pontoon floats;
wherein the rails are operatively attached to the vertical supports and disposed at a selected fixed elevation above a waterline of the pontoon floats and below the deck when the support beams are in a the lowered position, whereby the rails capture and guide the pontoon floats as the pontoon boat advances toward a full forward position on the boat lift, while limiting movement of the pontoon boat with respect to port and starboard;
a pair of downwardly directed extensions, each having an upper end and a lower end, wherein the upper end of one of the pair of extensions is attached to one of the pair of rails, and the upper end of another of the pair of extensions is attached to another of the pair of rails; and
a stop bar attached to and interconnecting the lower ends of the pair of extensions, wherein the stop bar is disposed at an elevation above a lowermost portion of the boat motor, whereby the boat motor contacts the stop bar when the pontoon boat reaches the full forward position to locate the pontoon boat bow to stern at a desired point on the boat lift.

US Pat. No. 10,766,574

AUTOMATIC-OPENING FAIRLEAD AND TOWING DEVICE COMPRISING THE FAIRLEAD

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A fairlead that is configured for a towing device installed on a deck of a ship, the towing device comprising a winch, and a cable passing through the fairlead under an action of the winch, the fairlead comprising:an open-section channel extending in a main direction for guiding the cable, wherein the fairlead also comprises:
a movable bolt closing a section of the open-section channel,
a force sensor that is situated in front of the movable bolt with respect to the main direction and is configured to detect an external force, and
a trigger configured to open the movable bolt when a force exerted on the force sensor exceeds a predetermined force, and the trigger is configured to close the movable bolt when the force ceases.

US Pat. No. 10,766,572

TOE HOLD FOR A SNOWMOBILE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A snowmobile comprising:a frame defining a longitudinal centerplane of the snowmobile;
a motor operatively connected to the frame;
an endless track operatively connected to the motor and the frame;
a straddle seat connected to the frame and configured to accommodate a driver;
a left footrest connected to the frame and extending laterally outwardly therefrom, the left footrest extending generally horizontally and being disposed on a left side of the snowmobile vertically lower than the straddle seat for supporting a left foot of the driver;
a right footrest connected to the frame and extending laterally outwardly therefrom, the right footrest extending generally horizontally and being disposed on a right side of the snowmobile vertically lower than the straddle seat for supporting a right foot of the driver;
a left toe hold disposed above the left footrest, a portion of the left footrest extending under the left toe hold, the left toe hold being supported at an inner portion thereof and extending laterally outwardly therefrom to an outer portion thereof, all portions of the left toe hold disposed outward of the inner portion being freely suspended; and
a right toe hold disposed above the right footrest, a portion of the right footrest extending under the right toe hold, the right toe hold being supported at an inner portion thereof and extending laterally outwardly therefrom to an outer portion thereof, all portions of the right toe hold disposed outward of the inner portion being freely suspended.

US Pat. No. 10,766,570

SHIFTING OPERATION DETECTING APPARATUS

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

1. A shifting operation detecting apparatus comprising:a gearbox accommodated in a gearbox case and configured to transmit and output a driving force received in an input shaft from a drive source to an output shaft via any one shifting gear of a shifting gear group having a plurality of stages; and
a shift change apparatus including a shifting pedal that receives a shifting operation by a foot operation of a driver and configured to change the shifting gear of the gearbox,
the shift change apparatus comprising:
a shifting operation unit accommodated in the gearbox case and configured to change the shifting gear of the gearbox;
a shifting operation receiving section having an outer shaft section protruding outward from the gearbox case, receiving the shifting operation by the foot operation of the driver to pivot around a shaft of the outer shaft section and configured to transmit a pivotal movement to the shifting operation unit;
a swing lever integrally pivotably installed on the outer shaft section of the shifting operation receiving section; and
a connecting member configured to interlockably connect the swing lever and the shifting pedal,
wherein a shift operation detecting means is disposed between the swing lever and the gearbox case in the outer shaft section of the shifting operation receiving section to directly detect a pivoted state of the shifting operation receiving section, and
the connecting member is connected to the swing lever from the gearbox case side.

US Pat. No. 10,766,569

BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle control system comprising:a first electrical shifting device comprising:
a first base member configured to be attached to a bicycle body;
a first movable member movable relative to the first base member;
a first actuator configured to move the first movable member relative to the first base member for changing a gear ratio of a bicycle; and
a first controller including a first processor configured to control the first actuator and a first memory storing a transmission route including at least one synchro-shift points;
a second electrical shifting device comprising:
a second base member configured to be attached to the bicycle body;
a second movable member movable relative to the second base member;
a second actuator configured to move the second movable member relative to the second base member for changing the gear ratio of the bicycle; and
a second controller including a second processor configured to control the second actuator; and
an operating device having a wireless transmitter, wherein the bicycle control system has a normal mode and a synchro mode such that:
in the normal mode, the first electrical shifting device and the second electrical shifting device are independently controlled based on shift signals from the operating device without using the transmission route; and
in the synchro mode, the first electrical shifting device and the second electrical shifting device are synchronously controlled in accordance with the transmission route in response to a single shift signal from the operating device, the single shift signal being a synchro-operating signal, the transmission route including the least one synchro-shift points at which the first controller and the second controller respectively synchronously control the first actuator and the second actuator to change gears at gear positions corresponding to the at least one synchro-shift points in response to the synchro-operating signal, and
the operating device, the first electrical shifting device, and the second electrical shifting device are all attached to the same bicycle body.

US Pat. No. 10,766,568

SNOWMOBILE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A snowmobile comprising:a frame;
a ski connected to the frame;
a seat connected to the frame for accommodating a driver of the snowmobile;
a rear suspension assembly operatively connected to the frame, the rear suspension assembly comprising:
at least one slide rail;
a suspension assembly drive axle defining a drive axle rotation axis;
a drive sprocket mounted to the drive axle; and
a plurality of idler wheels connected to the at least one slide rail;
an endless track supported by the rear suspension assembly, the drive sprocket of the rear suspension assembly being rotatable about the drive axle rotation axis to drive the endless track;
a motor supported by the frame, the motor comprising a shaft rotatable about a shaft rotation axis, the drive axle rotation axis being positioned forwardly of the shaft rotation axis of the shaft of the motor, the seat being positioned above the motor; and
a continuously variable transmission (CVT) operatively connecting the motor to the endless track for driving the endless track.

US Pat. No. 10,766,566

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

1. A propulsion unit for an electric pedal-assisted cycle (EPAC) comprising:an electric machine having a stator and a rotor, the rotor being rotatable about a motor axis a crank pin defining a crank axis being coaxial with the motor axis,
wherein the rotor is coaxial and external to the stator, the rotor radially enclosing the stator, and
wherein the propulsion unit comprises:
at least one electronic unit for operating and controlling a functioning of the electric machine,
at least a pair of housings defining a containment space which houses the electric machine and at least partially houses the crank pin,
a transmittor of a movement from the rotor to the crank axis, the transmittor of the movement being arranged in an asymmetrical position overall and decentralised from the crank axis so as to be at least in part outside a projection of the rotor on a projection plane perpendicular to the crank axis,
the at least one electronic unit is positioned so as to fall inside a projection of the rotor on the projection plane perpendicular to the crank axis, and
the at least one electronic unit being shaped as a ‘C’ around the crank axis and being arranged to partially surround the transmittor of the movement;
wherein the transmittor of the movement comprises a first transmission stage having a first input gear, integral in rotation with the rotor and coaxial thereto, and a first output gear rotatable about a first axis parallel and offset in relation to a rotation axis;
wherein the transmittor of the movement comprises a second transmission stage having a second input gear, integral in rotation with the first output gear and coaxial therewith, and a second output gear, which meshes with the second input gear and is integral in rotation with a second shaft defining a second axis offset and parallel to the rotation axis and to the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,766,562

FORECARRIAGE OF A ROLLING MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A forecarriage of a rolling motor vehicle with three or four wheels, comprising:a forecarriage frame,
at least one pair of front wheels kinematically connected one to each other and to the forecarriage frame by means of a kinematic rolling mechanism which enables the front wheels to roll in a synchronous and specular manner, each wheel being connected to said kinematic rolling mechanism by means of a respective axle journal, said axle journal being mechanically connected to a rotation pin of a respective wheel in order to rotatably support said respective wheel around an rotation axis,
a roll block system,
suspension means which provide each axle journal at least one spring suspension movement with respect to said kinematic rolling mechanism,
a steering device suitable to command the rotation of the axle journals about respective steering axes of each front wheel,
wherein said roll block system comprises a length extensible rod which directly connects one of said two front wheels in correspondence of the respective axle journal to said forecarriage frame by means of hinging means at both ends of said length extensible rod, said forecarriage frame being suitable to follow the axle journal in rolling movements which are allowed by said kinematic rolling mechanism, said length extensible rod being suitable to passively follow the movements of said axle journal and of said forecarriage frame by varying its orientation in space with respect to them, and
wherein said roll block system comprises reversible blocking means which is suitable to reversibly block the lying position of said extensible rod on a rolling plane, with respect to said axle journal and/or with respect to said forecarriage frame, so as to be suitable to block the rolling movements allowed by said kinematic rolling mechanism, said lying position being defined by the angle formed by the projection of the rod on a vertical projection plane with a reference plane orthogonal to the rotation axis of the wheel associated to said axle journal, wherein said vertical projection plane is transverse to a centreline plane.

US Pat. No. 10,766,559

VEHICLE WITH SHOCK-ABSORBING PLATFORM

1. An open rider-controlled recreational vehicle for moving over a surface, comprising:a motive structure including a rider platform having a top surface upon which a rider is positioned and from which the rider has a control for the vehicle using a hand or foot contacting the surface, the control may include at least occasional propulsion or steering of the vehicle, the rider platform also having a bottom surface opposed to the top surface;
a frame, coupled to the motive structure, including a first portion, and a second portion spaced apart from said first portion, and further including a first support fixed to the first portion, a second support fixed to the second portion, said supports coupled to the bottom surface of the rider platform;
wherein an installed platform medium is suspended between said supports, the installed platform medium is intentionally slack and configured to at least perceptively flex, bow, stretch, or bounce when the rider stands, kneels, or sits upon the platform medium.

US Pat. No. 10,766,552

STAND FOR A BICYCLE OR FOR A BICYCLE FRAME

Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Ko...

1. A stand for a bicycle and or bicycle frame stand comprising:a first leg element,
a second leg element which forms an angle of less than or equal to 90° with the first leg element,
wherein the first leg element has a terminal end spaced from and opposite the second leg element, the terminal end comprises a slot-shaped bicycle receiving element for a bicycle component of the bicycle, the slot-shaped bicycle receiving element having an opening directed to an outer side of the first leg element for receiving the bicycle component,
wherein the second leg element has a frame receiving element for a bicycle frame component, the frame receiving element having a cylindrical opening for receiving a fixing element,
wherein the frame receiving element is configured for connection with rear dropouts of the bicycle frame,
wherein the first leg element serves as a ground contact element when the stand is in a first position,
wherein the second leg element serves as the ground contact element when the stand is in a second position, and
wherein, in the first position, at least a portion of the terminal end including the slot-shaped bicycle receiving element is in direct contact with the ground and, in the second position, the terminal end including the slot-shaped bicycle receiving element is spaced from the ground and is configured to receive the bicycle component.

US Pat. No. 10,766,551

AUTO MOUNTING SYSTEM OF DOOR HINGE FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

Kia Motors Corporation, ...

1. An auto mounting method of door hinges for a vehicle, the auto mounting method comprising:selecting, by an auto robot, one of a plurality of door hinge picking parts, each of which is configured to pick one of different kinds of the door hinges;
picking, by the one of the plurality of the door hinge picking parts, the one of different kinds of the door hinges arranged to correspond to the one of the plurality of the door hinge picking parts;
moving, by the auto robot, the one of the plurality of the door hinge picking parts to a side panel of the vehicle; and
bolting, by the one of the plurality of the door hinge picking parts, the door hinge picked in the one of the plurality of the door hinge picking parts to the side panel of the vehicle,
wherein each of the plurality of the door hinge picking parts includes:
a frame configured to be detachably connected to the auto robot; and
a pin disposed at the frame and configured to pick the one of different kinds of the door hinges.

US Pat. No. 10,766,550

LOAD DIVIDER DOLLY WITH ACTIVE PITCH ANGLE ADJUSTMENT FOR ON-THE-FLY LOAD DISTRIBUTION

1. A load divider dolly comprising:a chassis;
ground engaging wheels;
a tow vehicle mount pivotally mounted to the chassis;
a variable volume element mounted to adjust a pitch angle between the chassis and the tow vehicle mount; and
a pressure control system configured to, during use, supply and exhaust gas to and from the variable volume element to distribute load between a tow vehicle and the ground engaging wheels of the load divider dolly;
in which the pressure control system is configured to maintain, during use, a pressure in the variable volume element within a predetermined range by reducing and increasing the pressure in the variable volume element when the pressure in the variable volume element is above or below the predetermined range, respectively;
in which the pressure control system is configured to adjust the predetermined range during use;
in which the pressure control system is configured to set the predetermined range based on the variable volume element being in a neutral intermediate expansion state; and
further comprising a position sensor, which is connected to the pressure control system and configured to detect the neutral intermediate expansion state; in which:
the position sensor comprises a pitch angle sensor; and
the variable volume element is mounted between planar surfaces, with one of the planar surfaces forming part of the tow vehicle mount and another of the planar surfaces forming part of the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,766,546

USER FRIENDLY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RETAINING AND REMOVING A SPARE TIRE FROM A STORAGE POSITION IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a retainer assembly including (a) a housing and (b) a first actuator, a first retainer and a first biasing element carried by said housing; and
a post having a retainer receiver wherein said first biasing element biases said first retainer into engagement with said retainer receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,766,542

LAWN MOWER FENDER

1. A fender kit for a mower having one or more tire and wheel assemblies each rotatably mounted to a yoke of a swivel caster assembly in which the yoke is pivotably carried by a swivel housing, the fender kit comprising:a fender body having an arcuate shape; and
a bracket configured to be attached to said fender body and to the yoke,
wherein said fender body includes an arcuate recess, said arcuate recess being configured to be received within a gap formed between the yoke and the swivel housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,537

VEHICLE SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side portion structure comprising:a pair of rockers arranged at each of two outer sides of a vehicle width direction of a floor panel of a vehicle, the rockers extending in a vehicle front-and-rear direction; and
a plurality of cross-members that are arranged with length directions thereof in the vehicle width direction, both length direction end portions of each cross-member being fixed to the pair of rockers, and the cross-members being disposed to be spaced in the vehicle front-and-rear direction,
wherein a separation distance L is specified so as to satisfy L?8 Mz/P when L represents the separation distance between neighboring cross-members in the vehicle front-and-rear direction, P represents a predefined input load input during a side collision of the vehicle and Mz represents a bending moment of the rockers.

US Pat. No. 10,766,536

LATERAL ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM

Thunder Power New Energy ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a lateral energy absorption system, comprising:
a first chamber, wherein a long side of the first chamber extends between a front and a rear of the vehicle and the first chamber is elongated;
a second chamber, wherein a long side of the second chamber extends between the front and the rear of the vehicle and the second chamber is elongated;
a first carbon structure within the first chamber, wherein the first carbon structure comprises carbon tubes and carbon flanges, wherein the carbon flanges are configured to connect the carbon tubes, wherein the flanges have varying lengths, and wherein the first carbon structure has a varying thickness in a direction perpendicular to the carbon flanges;
a second carbon structure within the second chamber, wherein the first and second carbon structures absorb energy from an impact on a side of the vehicle, and wherein the second carbon structure has a varying thickness in a direction perpendicular to the carbon flange; and
crossbeams coupling to and extending from the first chamber in a direction parallel or substantially parallel to the flanges; and, wherein
the first and second chambers are separate and distinct from each other and wherein the first chamber is arranged on a top of the second chamber such that the first chamber and second chamber are formed by a partition, and a maximum thickness of the first carbon structure is different from a maximum thickness of the second carbon structure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,535

VEHICLE BODY REAR PART STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body rear part structure, comprising:a rear side frame; and
an outrigger that extends outward in a vehicle width direction from the rear side frame,
wherein the rear side frame comprises: a general part that extends substantially horizontally in a lower surface of the rear side frame, a slope part that slopes downward from the general part, and a bent part at a boundary between the general part and the slope part,
the rear side frame comprises two components which are a front side member and a rear side member,
the bent part is provided on a joint part between the front side member and the rear side member, and
an outrigger joint part at which the rear side frame and the outrigger are joined together is provided on the bent part.

US Pat. No. 10,766,534

FRONT A-ARMS FOR A VEHICLE

Stephen Kariniemi, Scott...

1. An All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) comprising;a frame;
a shock;
a spindle;
a first rearward top A-Arm;
a first bottom A-Arm;
wherein the first rearward top A-Arm has an apex when viewed from a top view;
wherein the first rearward top A-Arm has a first end and a second end and arches around the shock and connects to a portion on the spindle with the first end of the first rearward top A-Arm, wherein the first rearward top A-Arm also arches towards the frame at the first rearward top A-Arm apex and connects to the frame at the second end of the first rearward top A-Arm;
wherein the first rearward top A-Arm is substantially straight when viewed from a front view; and
wherein the first bottom A-Arm arches upwards when viewed from a front view and is substantially straight when viewed from a top view.

US Pat. No. 10,766,533

UTILITY VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a plurality of ground-engaging members;
a frame assembly supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members;
a seating area supported by the frame assembly and configured to support at least an operator and a passenger;
a cargo area positioned rearward of the seating area and including a floor configured to support cargo thereon;
a powertrain assembly including an engine and a transmission operably coupled to at least one of the plurality of ground-engaging members;
a heat exchanger fluidly coupled to the engine, the heat exchanger being angled relative to the floor of the cargo area and positioned along a lateral side of the cargo area; and
an air intake assembly having a first air intake fluidly coupled to the engine and a second air intake fluidly coupled to the transmission, and both the first and second air intakes are positioned along a side of the cargo area.

US Pat. No. 10,766,526

MULTI-MODE STEERING CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

1. A steering system for an agricultural vehicle having one or more steerable front wheels, one or more steerable rear wheels, and a steering input device configured to receive a manual steering input for the one or more steerable front wheels, the steering system comprising:a front hydraulic motor coupled to at least one of the one or more steerable front wheels;
a rear hydraulic steering device coupled to at least one of the one or more steerable rear wheels; and
a controller configured to determine a front steering command and a rear steering command;
wherein, in a manual steering mode, the front hydraulic motor steers the at least one steerable front wheel based upon, at least in part, the manual steering input;
wherein, in a rear steering assist mode, the controller determines the rear steering command based upon, at least in part, the manual steering input, and controls the rear hydraulic steering device based upon, at least in part, the rear steering command; and
wherein, in an automated steering mode, the controller determines the front and rear steering commands based upon, at least in part, a target path of the agricultural vehicle, and controls the front hydraulic motor and the rear hydraulic steering device, respectively, based upon, at least in part, the front and rear steering commands, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,766,519

STEERING COLUMN

1. A steering column (10), comprising:a base (20);
an upper section (50) connected to the base (20), wherein the upper section (50) is movable relative to the base (20) with respect to at least two degrees of freedom;
an actuation lever (60) connected to the upper section (50) and operable between a locked position, in which the actuation lever (60) is in stable equilibrium and constrains both degrees of freedom of the upper section (50) relative to the base (20), and two distinct unlocked positions, each of which respectively releases one of the two degrees of freedom of the upper section (50) relative to the base (20);wherein, in the two unlocked positions, the actuation lever (60) is located in two distinct respective stable equilibrium positions;wherein, between the base (20) and the upper section (50), an intermediate section (30) can be interposed, the upper section (50) is slidably connected to the intermediate section (30) defining a degree of translational freedom of the upper section (50) relative to the base (20);wherein, between the upper section (50) and the intermediate section (30) a frictional locking assembly (54, 55) is interposed, equipped with a control member (53, 56) selectively operable between a closed position, in which it stops the sliding of the upper section (50) with respect to the intermediate section (30), and an open position, in which it releases the sliding of the upper section (50) relative to the intermediate section (30);wherein the actuation lever (60) can be connected to the control member (53, 56) for the actuation of the same selectively between the closed position and the open position, respectively in the locked position of the actuation lever (60) and in a first position of the two unlocked positions of the same;and wherein the actuation lever (60) is rotatably connected to the upper section (50) with respect to a first axis of oscillation (B) and comprise a cam (61) with an eccentric profile relative to the first axis of oscillation (B) and adapted to actuate the control member (53, 56) selectively between the closed position and the open position as a result of an oscillation of the cam (61) with respect to the first axis of oscillation (B) of a given angle of oscillation.

US Pat. No. 10,766,516

MODULAR CARTS

Cannon Equipment LLC, Ca...

13. A modular cart assembly comprising:a first cart having a latching assembly that vertically slides along the first cart, the latching assembly having a sleeve;
a second cart having a coupling arm with a pin; and
wherein the first cart is coupled to the second cart by positioning the first cart next to the second cart and vertically sliding the latching assembly along the first cart until the latching assembly couples to the coupling arm;
wherein the latching assembly is moveable between a locked position in which the sleeve is mounted onto the pin and an unlocked position in which the sleeve is vertically spaced apart from the pin;
wherein the latching assembly has a guide member on which a spring is positioned such that the spring biases the latching assembly toward the locked position; and
wherein the first cart further comprises a guide bracket in which the guide member slides as the latching assembly moves toward the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,513

ARTICLE TRANSPORT VEHICLE

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. An article transport vehicle for use in an article transport facility in which a plurality of article transport vehicles travel along a track so as to transport articles, the article transport vehicle comprising:an obstacle sensor having a detection area that includes at least a width of own vehicle in a width direction extending along a horizontal plane and orthogonal to an advancing direction of the own vehicle and that expands in the advancing direction,
wherein the article transport vehicle controls travel of the own vehicle, based on a front inter-object distance corresponding to own-vehicle position information indicating a position on the track of the own vehicle and front object position information indicating a position on the track of a front object that is located in front of the own vehicle and whose position on the track is specified, and sets a length of the detection area along the advancing direction of the obstacle sensor to be variable according to the front inter-object distance such that the length is less than the front inter-object distance.

US Pat. No. 10,766,509

LONGITUDINAL SUPPORT AND TRANSVERSE SUPPORT FOR A CHASSIS FRAME OF A RAIL VEHICLE

SIEMENS MOBILITY AUSTRIA ...

1. A longitudinal support for a chassis frame of a rail vehicle, comprising:a box-shaped first connecting portion disposed in a central portion of the longitudinal support such that said box-shaped first connecting portion is located centrally in relation to a longitudinal direction of the chassis frame, the first connecting portion having an aperture with a partially straight first peripheral edge for connection of a transverse support of the chassis frame, said aperture opening the first connecting portion normal to the longitudinal direction in a transverse direction of the chassis frame;
wherein the first peripheral edge is configured as four first connecting edges extending straight, said first connecting edges being separated from one another by first recesses, an upper first connecting edge of the four first connecting edges being formed by a top flange of the longitudinal support and a lower first connecting edge of the four first connecting edges being formed by a bottom flange of the longitudinal support.

US Pat. No. 10,766,508

RAILCAR BOGIE, WHEEL LOAD ADJUSTING METHOD THEREOF, AND WHEEL LOAD ADJUSTING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:a cross beam supporting a carbody of a railcar;
an axle box accommodating a bearing rotatably supporting a wheelset;
a supporting member provided at an upper portion of the axle box;
a plate spring supporting a car width direction end portion of the cross beam and extending in a car longitudinal direction, the plate spring including a car longitudinal direction end portion supported by the supporting member; and
an axle beam coupling the axle box and the cross beam in the car longitudinal direction and opposed to the plate spring in an upward/downward direction,
an installation seat being provided at an upper surface of the axle beam, the installation seat including an installation surface on which a pushing-up device is placed, the pushing-up device being configured to push up a lower surface of the plate spring.

US Pat. No. 10,766,506

SECURE STORAGE BOX FOR AUTORACK CAR

TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A railcar comprising:a railcar door for accessing an interior of the railcar;
a storage box comprising an access opening, the storage box disposed such that when the railcar door is in a closed position, the railcar door prevents access to the storage box access opening, and when the railcar door is in an open position, the storage box access opening is accessible; wherein:
the railcar door comprises a double door, the double door comprising a first portion and a second portion; and
the storage box comprises a first portion coupled to the first portion of the double door and a second portion coupled to the second portion of the double door and adjacent to the first portion of the storage box, the first portion of the storage box positioned such that the first portion of the storage box prevents access to the second portion of the storage box when the double doors are in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,501

MAGNETIC ELEVATED WHEEL

1. A rotary assembly of a vehicle comprising:at least one wheel mounted on an axle;
at least one magnet mounted on at least one of the axle and a vehicle body; and
a shell connected to the at least one wheel and extending from the at least one wheel in an axial direction and positioned radially outward of at least a portion of the at least one magnet;
wherein the at least one magnet is configured and oriented to generate a magnetic force acting on the shell to elevate at least a portion of a weight of the vehicle acting on the axle to balance a rolling resistance acting on the at least one wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,766,496

METHOD FOR DETECTING AND CHARACTERIZING A DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF A DRIVER OR AN AUTOPILOT IN A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE, CONTROL UNIT AND TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE

Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A control unit comprising:a processor; and
a program having a program code for carrying out a method for detecting and characterizing a driving behavior of a driver or an autopilot in a transportation vehicle when the program code is executed on the processor, the method comprising:
generating an image space as a GG diagram from data points of at least one subsection of a time interval, wherein the data points are recorded by at least one acceleration sensor and indicate a lateral acceleration and a longitudinal acceleration of the transportation vehicle over the time interval;
transforming the image space by a transformation into a parameter space, wherein the transformation is a Hough transform or a Radon transform;
acquiring coordinates of accumulation points in the parameter space; and
determining a classification value and/or a classification profile relating to the driving behavior using a classification algorithm based on the coordinates of the accumulation points.

US Pat. No. 10,766,495

ONBOARD APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An onboard apparatus comprising:a controller configured to:
acquire, during ride sharing of a vehicle, driving environment information regarding a driving environment along a route from a riding point of a passenger riding in the vehicle, which is a point where the passenger begins ride sharing, to an alighting point where the passenger alights from the vehicle;
calculate a number of points to be allocated to a driver who drives the vehicle along the route according to the acquired information regarding the driving environment; and
transfer the calculated number of points to the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,766,493

METHOD AND AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A GAP IN TRAFFIC BETWEEN TWO VEHICLES FOR A LANE CHANGE OF A VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A method for determining a gap in traffic between at least one transportation vehicle and a further transportation vehicle that is suitable for a lane change of the transportation vehicle, the method being performed under control of a control module implemented using at least one computer processor in the transportation vehicle, the method comprising:performing a gap identification process to identify the gap in traffic, wherein the gap identification process is based on a first detection process, a second detection process, and a third detection process,
wherein the first detection process is based on at least one vehicle-to-vehicle status message received by the transportation vehicle from at least one further transportation vehicle, wherein vehicle-to-vehicle status message includes information relating to a position and/or a trajectory of the at least one further transportation vehicle,
wherein the second detection process is based on data generated by an on-board sensor system of the transportation vehicle,
wherein the third detection process is based on vehicle-to-vehicle messages containing environmental information from the at least one further transportation vehicle, wherein the environmental information is based on sensor recordings of an environment of the at least one further transportation vehicle generated by at least one on-board sensor of the at least one further transportation vehicle,
wherein the gap identification process wherein the vehicle-to-vehicle messages including environmental information include information that indicates road areas which are occupied by transportation vehicles and free road areas,
wherein the gap identification process uses the environmental information to construct a virtual field of view or virtual sensor coverage from a combination of sensor data from the on-board sensor system of the transportation vehicle in the second detection process and the sensor data from the at least one further transportation vehicle in the third detection process,
whereby, the gap identification process is performed for positions which are accessible by viewpoints of sensors of the on-board sensor system of the transportation vehicle and for viewpoints concealed from sensor view points of the on-board sensor system of the transportation vehicle; and
in response to ascertaining that the gap identification process does not identify a gap in traffic, transmitting a driving intention message from the at least one transportation vehicle to at least one further transportation vehicle, wherein the driving intention message includes an item of information relating to a future lane change request of the transportation vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,492

DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A driving assistance method for predicting an action of a moving object around a host vehicle to control the host vehicle according to the predicted action of the moving object, the method comprising:detecting a behavior of the moving object causing a blind spot area around the host vehicle;
predicting a probability of action that the moving object takes when an obstacle which cannot be detected by the host vehicle is present in the blind spot area, according to a road structure around the host vehicle; and
comparing the behavior with the probability of action so as to predict the action of the moving object.

US Pat. No. 10,766,491

DRIVING CHANGE CONTROL DEVICE AND DRIVING CHANGE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driving change control device in a vehicle equipped with an autonomous driving function for performing a driving operation on behalf of a driver, the driving change control device controlling an exchange of the driving operation between the autonomous driving function and the driver, and comprising:a section setting unit that sets a change execution section where a driving change from the autonomous driving function to the driver is performed; and
a parameter adjustment unit that changes a travel control parameter referred to by the autonomous driving function in a switching section before the change execution section, to adjust a traveling state of the vehicle to be a state with a driving load lower than a driving load before arrival at the switching section.

US Pat. No. 10,766,490

DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A driving assistance method of causing a host vehicle to travel by following a preceding vehicle, the driving assistance method comprising:determining whether the preceding vehicle of the host vehicle is present or absent and, upon determining that the preceding vehicle is present, performing a preceding vehicle type determination of determining whether the preceding vehicle of the host vehicle is a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler;
upon the preceding vehicle being a four-wheeler, performing both a control of inter-vehicle distance to the four-wheeler and a route following based on the four-wheeler; and
upon the preceding vehicle being a two-wheeler, performing a control of inter-vehicle distance to the two-wheeler without performing a route following based on the two-wheeler.

US Pat. No. 10,766,487

VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM

Denso International Ameri...

1. An autonomous driving system of a first vehicle comprising: a controller configured to detect an operating state of a second vehicle traveling proximate the first vehicle; predict, at the first vehicle, a first potential behavior of the second vehicle based on the operating state of the second vehicle and from a perspective of the second vehicle, wherein the prediction comprises determining a plurality of characteristics of a cost function from a point of view of the second vehicle and optimizing the cost function from the point of view of the second vehicle, wherein the plurality of characteristics pertain to motion of the second vehicle; and control the first vehicle to avoid a collision with the second vehicle assuming the second vehicle operates according to the first potential behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,766,486

TESTING PREDICTIONS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method of controlling a first vehicle autonomously in order to complete a turn, the method comprising:maneuvering, by one or more processors, the first vehicle autonomously to complete a first portion of the turn in a way that would allow a second vehicle to pass by the first vehicle;
determining, by the one or more processors, whether the second vehicle is taking a responsive action in response to the maneuvering; and
after completing the first portion of the turn, maneuvering the first vehicle autonomously to complete a second portion of the turn, by the one or more processors, by controlling the first vehicle autonomously based on a result of the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,766,484

PARKING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A parking assistance apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to sense environment information of a vehicle surrounding area;
a display configured to display an image of the vehicle surrounding area; and
a processor configured to:
determine a parking area within the vehicle surrounding area on which parking is allowable,
generate virtual parking lines within the parking area, and control the display to display the virtual parking lines,
receive an input selecting a candidate parking space within the virtual parking lines,
set the selected candidate parking space as a target parking position, and
control a vehicle to be driven to the target parking position,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
detect a parking pattern of a parked vehicle within the vehicle surrounding area,
determine a boundary line based on, boundary surfaces of the parked vehicle,
set an area inside the boundary line including the parked vehicle as the parking area, and
set an area up to a predetermined distance away from the boundary line as a driving corridor area,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
detect a first parking pattern of a first row of parked vehicles on one side of the vehicle surrounding area and a second parking pattern of a second row of parked vehicles on another side of the vehicle surrounding area,
determine a first boundary line based on the first parking pattern,
determine a second boundary line based on the second parking pattern,
divide the vehicle surrounding area into the parking area and a no parking area based on the first boundary line and the second boundary line, and
generate the virtual parking lines in the parking area based on the first and second parking patterns, and
wherein the processor is further configured to generate the virtual parking lines for a parallel parking method for double parking when a distance between the first boundary line and the second boundary is greater than or equal to a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,766,482

METHOD FOR STABILIZING A TRACTOR VEHICLE-TRAILER COMBINATION DURING TRAVEL

KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER...

1. A method for stabilizing a tractor vehicle-trailer combination during travel, in which a tractor vehicle and at least one trailer are connected to one another via at least one pivot joint, the method comprising:a) ascertaining, via an analysis electronics unit (ECU) and a sensor unit, a setpoint buckling angle, which characterizes a driving-stable setpoint movement of the tractor vehicle-trailer combination, and/or a setpoint buckling angle velocity, which characterizes a driving-stable setpoint movement of the tractor vehicle-trailer combination, between the tractor vehicle and the trailer or between two trailers;
b) ascertaining, via the analysis electronics unit (ECU) and a sensor unit, an actual buckling angle, which characterizes the effective actual movement of the tractor vehicle-trailer combination, and/or an actual buckling angle velocity, which characterizes the effective actual movement of the tractor vehicle-trailer combination, between the tractor vehicle and the trailer or between multiple trailers;
c) ascertaining, via the analysis electronics unit (ECU) and a sensor unit, a deviation between the setpoint buckling angle and the actual buckling angle and/or between the setpoint buckling angle velocity and the actual buckling angle velocity, and
d) when the ascertained deviation exceeds a threshold value, generating, via the analysis electronics unit (ECU), a control signal to activate at least one vehicle component to control the movement of the tractor vehicle-trailer combination in the direction toward a driving-stable movement state;
wherein one of the following is satisfied: in task d), the engine torque of a drive engine of the tractor vehicle is changed, or in task d), at least one wheel brake of the tractor vehicle and/or the at least one trailer is closed or closed with a higher degree of closing in relation to an already existing closing state, to generate a torque which stabilizes the movement state,
wherein a variable characterizing a movement of the at least one trailer is used to ascertain the setpoint buckling angle, wherein the variable includes at least a curve radius of the trailer, wherein the curve radius is ascertained depending on a lateral acceleration of the trailer and the velocity of the trailer and at least one of the following variables: a) wheel speeds of at least one left and at least one right wheel of the trailer and a velocity of the trailer, and b) a yaw rate of the trailer and the velocity of the trailer, and
wherein the threshold value is variably set depending on driving conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,766,471

DECOUPLED ELECTRONIC BRAKING SYSTEM WITH A MOVEMENT TRANSMISSION DEVICE WITH RADIAL EFFECT COMPENSATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A decoupled electronic braking system with a movement transmission device connecting a brake actuator to a brake pedal, comprising:a control rod connected to the brake pedal and including a ball joint;
a thrust rod that is a piston that:
is connected to the actuator;
is guided in a cylinder of the actuator for movement along a central longitudinal axis of the cylinder; and
has a cup-shaped contact surface in which the ball joint of the control rod is pivotably accommodated, thereby connecting the thrust rod to an extremity of the control rod;
a return spring that applies a return force to return the thrust rod in a direction against a thrust of the control rod against the thrust rod; and
an elastic return device, wherein:
the elastic return device is configured to apply a spring force that radially biases the control rod toward the central longitudinal axis of the cylinder; and
at least one of:
(1) the elastic return device is arranged within the thrust rod; and
(2) at least a portion of the elastic return device abuts against the thrust rod or a retaining surface that is separate from the control rod and is embedded in the thrust rod.

US Pat. No. 10,766,469

BRAKING CONTROL DEVICE AND BRAKING CONTROL METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A braking control device for automatically controlling a main braking device normally used to brake a host vehicle during travel and a second braking device used to maintain the host vehicle in a stopped state, the braking control device comprising a controller configured to:determine a slip degree;
predict a possibility that the host vehicle will slip based on the determined slip degree,
switch from the main braking device to the second braking device when the host vehicle is placed in a stop holding state by the main braking device, and
when switching from the main braking device to the second braking device, delay a timing with which to start a reduction in a braking force of the main braking device, with respect to the timing with which to start the reduction in the braking force of the main braking device when a slip is not predicted, upon predicting the slip.

US Pat. No. 10,766,462

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONNECTOR

1. A windshield wiper connector for connecting a first or second type of wiper arm with a windshield wiper, the connector having a proximal end and a distal end longitudinally opposed to the proximal end, the connector also having a top side and an opposed bottom side, the connector comprising:two opposing peripheral side walls each having an outer surface;
a top surface extending between the two opposing peripheral side walls at the top side of the connector;
a first pin passage extending between the opposing peripheral side walls and including a plurality of first pin apertures, at least one first pin aperture provided in one of the peripheral side walls;
a second pin passage extending between the opposing peripheral side walls and including a plurality of second pin apertures, at least one of the second pin apertures provided in one of the peripheral side walls;
at least two internal support walls extending downward from the top surface and substantially along the longitudinal length of the connector; and
a rivet passage and arcuate rivet clip in each of the internal support walls, the arcuate rivet clip open at the bottom side and closed at the top side by the top surface,
wherein the top surface has a break between the opposing peripheral side walls at the first pin passage, the first pin passage and the at least one first pin aperture is thereby open at the top side.

US Pat. No. 10,766,458

SENSOR FUSION FOR PASSIVE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEMS

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. An electronic key a vehicle, comprising:an inertial sensor;
a microcontroller coupled to the inertial sensor;
a transmitter/receiver coupled to the microcontroller; and
wherein the microcontroller is configured to perform an operation, the operation includes detecting a motion, turning a radio of the transmitter/receiver on, determining that a distance to the vehicle is less than a preselected distance, determining an activity using a sensor fusion process, determining that the distance to the vehicle is decreasing and performing a preselected vehicle operation on the vehicle, wherein the turning on of the radio includes receiving a wake up signal from the vehicle and disregarding the wake up signal if the determined activity is not one of a predetermined activities.

US Pat. No. 10,766,455

SOUND OUTPUT APPARATUS, SOUND OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD, VEHICLE, AND LOCKING AND UNLOCKING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sound output apparatus placed in a vehicle having a door that is lockable and unlockable based on a result of communication with mobile terminals, the sound output apparatus comprising:a sound output controller configured to:
determine, when the door of the vehicle is unlocked based on authentication information for unlocking of the door received from a mobile terminal of the mobile terminals, which one of an owner of the vehicle and a person in charge of delivery possesses the mobile terminal;
notify, when it is determined that the person in charge of delivery possesses the mobile terminal, an area surrounding the vehicle that the vehicle was unlocked by the person in charge of delivery including outputting a first sound from a speaker to the area surrounding the vehicle;
output a second sound, different from the first sound, from the speaker to the area surrounding the vehicle when it is determined that the owner of the vehicle possesses the mobile terminal; and
output a third sound, different from the first and second sounds, from the speaker to the area surrounding the vehicle when it is determined that another person in charge of delivery different from the person in charge of delivery possesses the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,766,453

APPARATUS, KEY REMOTE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATING CONDITIONS OF A KEY MODULE

Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg...

1. An apparatus for a key module for a transportation vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a communication interface for radio communication with a key partner of the transportation vehicle;
a motion sensor for determining information about a key module motion; and
a control module for:
controlling the communication interface and the motion sensor,
controlling an operating state included in a plurality of operating states of the key module based on the determined information about the key module motion,
wherein the plurality of operating states comprises at least a first operating state, a pre-shutdown operating state and a shutdown state, by:
activating the first operating state in response to the key module motion being above a motion limit value,
activating the pre-shutdown operating state in response to the key module motion being below the motion limit value over a period of time,
transmitting a shutdown request via the communication interface for the key partner of the transportation vehicle in response to the key module being in the pre-shutdown operating state, and
shutting down the key module in response to a response of the key partner of the transportation vehicle to the shutdown request indicating an authorization for shutdown of the key module while the key module continues to be in the pre-shutdown operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,766,218

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A TYPE AND TYRE BEAD STRUCTURE

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A process for forming a bead structure used in manufacturing a tyre comprising:(a) winding at least one bare metal wire or cord so as to form a plurality of coils, said coils being radially superimposed and axially arranged side-by-side with respect to one another, to obtain a bead core;
(b) applying a layer of crosslinkable elastomeric material to the bead core obtained in step (a), to obtain a coated bead core wherein the layer of the crosslinkable material comprises: at least one elastomeric polymer; at least one rubber-to-metal adhesion promoting additive present in an amount ranging from 0.2 phr to 3 phr; and sulfur or derivatives thereof present in an amount ranging from 6 phr to 12 phr;
(c) partially crosslinking said layer of crosslinkable elastomeric material at a temperature ranging from 125° C. to 150° C. and for a period of time ranging from 10 minutes to 40 minutes, to obtain 50% by weight to 60% by weight free sulfur with respect to the total weight of the sulfur present in said crosslinkable elastomeric material; and
(d) applying a bead filler to the radial outer surface of the bead core obtained in step (c), to obtain a bead structure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,198

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING EXPECTED TROUBLE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
detect, from slice data of each page of slice data of a plurality of pages obtained by slicing 3D data at a plurality of respective planes, expected trouble that may occur when 3D modeling post-processing is performed on a recording medium on which a slice image has been formed based on the slice data of the page, the detection including at least one of a first thin-line region that is a cutting-out region to be cut out of the recording medium and laid on a preceding cutting-out region and having a width that is smaller than or equal to a threshold value and a second thin-line region that is interposed between adjacent cutting-out regions and having a width that is smaller than or equal to a threshold value; and
warn a user about the detection of the expected trouble.

US Pat. No. 10,766,196

FILAMENT FEEDER

Ultimaker B.V., Utrecht ...

1. A filament feeder for use in an additive manufacturing system, comprising a main feeder body having mounted thereon a first roller assembly and a second roller assembly, the first and second roller assemblies being spaced apart along a feed trajectory of the filament feeder,wherein the first roller assembly comprises a first biasing roller and a driven first gripper roller, the first biasing roller and the first gripper roller being journaled for rotation and arranged at an adjustable first roller distance from each other allowing a filament material to be received between the first biasing roller and the driven first gripper roller,wherein the second roller assembly comprises a second biasing roller and a driven second gripper roller, the second biasing roller and second gripper roller being journaled for rotation and arranged at an adjustable second roller distance from each other allowing the filament material to be received between the second biasing roller and the driven second gripper roller,wherein each of the first and second gripper rollers is arranged for driven rotation in a direction corresponding to a feed direction in which the filament material is to be moved along the feed trajectory, and further comprisinga single spring member having an adjustable length, the spring member being in resilient engagement with the first and second biasing rollers and configured to bias the first and second biasing roller toward the first and second gripper rollers, respectively, during an additive manufacturing process.

US Pat. No. 10,766,193

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING SYSTEM WITH RESIN CONTAINMENT SOLUTION

3D Systems, Inc., Rock H...

1. A three dimensional printing system for fabricating a three-dimensional article of manufacture comprising:a resin vessel for containing photocurable resin and having a transparent sheet on a lower side that provides a lower bound for the photocurable resin;
a light engine disposed below the resin vessel to project pixelated light up through the transparent sheet; and
a fluid spill containment vessel disposed between the resin vessel and the light engine to capture resin that spills from the resin vessel, the fluid spill containment vessel including:
a housing for containing the spilled resin;
a transparent window for allowing the pixelated light to project up through the fluid spill containment vessel and to the transparent sheet; and
a fluid barrier wall surrounding at least part of the transparent window and configured to reduce an amount of spilled resin required to occlude the pixelated light.

US Pat. No. 10,766,192

LASER 3D PRINTER

3D4MEC SRL, Sasso Marcon...

1. A laser 3D printer comprising a tubular compartment, which has a vertical longitudinal axis and is limited by a first side wall, which extends about the longitudinal axis itself; a lifting platform engaged in a sliding manner in the tubular compartment; a feeding unit for feeding a powdered material onto the lifting platform; a laser printing head for sintering the powdered material laid on the lifting platform; and a collection chamber, which extends about the first side wall of the tubular compartment, has an outlet for the powdered material, and is limited by a second side wall and a bottom wall configured so as to feed the powdered material towards the outlet itself; the tubular compartment having at least one opening made through the first side wall for connecting together the tubular compartment and the collection chamber; and being characterized in that the tubular compartment is inserted within the collection chamber so that the outlet is located beneath the tubular compartment, wherein an annular channel is defined between the first side wall and the second side wall and communicates with the tubular compartment via the at least one opening of the first side wall, the annular channel having a substantially U-shaped inlet section and is closed by a plane (P) on a fourth side thereof, wherein the bottom wall of the collection chamber is inclined inwardly and downwardly towards the outlet for centrally feeding the powered material to the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,190

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND RELATED PROCESS

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus comprising a build module, the build module comprising:a support structure;
a powder supply chamber formed in the support structure for containing and supplying a powder material;
a powder applicator disposed on the support structure and located proximate to the powder supply chamber;
a powder recovery chamber formed in the support structure such that the powder supply chamber is disposed between the powder applicator and the powder recovery chamber; and
a plurality of build plates formed in the support structure and spatially disposed around the powder recovery chamber, the plurality of build plates configured to move around the powder recovery chamber;
wherein the build module is configured such that during an additive manufacturing process step, a build plate of the plurality of build plates is disposed between the powder supply chamber and the powder recovery chamber, and the powder applicator is configured to distribute a required amount of the powder material from the powder supply chamber on the build plate and deposit any excess powder material in the powder recovery chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,766,188

APPLYING METHOD FOR A FILM

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An applying method of applying a film on an application target surface of an application target object, comprising:an applying step of applying the film, which is supported by a film support portion provided with a first support body and a second support body lined up in a first direction on the application target surface, the first support body and second support body pivotally coupled to each other by a hinge portion; wherein
the applying step is provided with
a first step of applying the film on the application target surface by the first support body and
a second step of applying the film on the application target surface by changing an angle of the second support body relative to the first support body through rotation of the second support body about the hinge portion so as to bring the second support body closer to the application target surface.

US Pat. No. 10,766,186

METHOD OF MAKING AN ABSORBENT CORE FOR DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE

1. A method of manufacturing an absorbent core component having a longitudinal centerline, comprising the steps of:a. providing an airlaid fibrous web material comprising cellulosic fibers and a binder;
b. providing a spunbond fibrous web material;
c. providing a pair of rolls forming a nip through which both of said airlaid fibrous web material and said spunbond fibrous web material can be processed together, said pair of rolls being adapted to mechanically deform the airlaid and spunbond web materials together via at least one of ring rolling, SELFing or rotary knife aperturing;
d. deforming said airlaid fibrous web material and said spunbond fibrous web material together by processing through said pair of rolls and said nip, and thereby combining said web materials to form a processed combined web; and
e. combining said processed combined web with an absorbent layer comprising an airlaid blend of cellulosic fibers and absorbent gelling material to form a layered absorbent structure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,184

SEAT COVERING MATERIAL, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SEAT COVERING MATERIAL, AND EMBOSSING ROLL

SUMINOE TEXTILE CO., LTD....

1. A method for manufacturing a seat covering material, the method comprising a step ofpassing an elongated material between a heating embossing roll, which includes a plurality of embossing portions projecting from a base surface, and a heating flat roll so that the elongated material is pressed by the embossing portions, wherein:
(a) at least some embossing portions of the plurality of embossing portions are formed to have a height from the base surface of the heating embossing roll that varies by section, and the elongated material is pressed by the plurality of embossing portions;
each embossing portion of the at least some embossing portions includes:
(i) a long-side surface and a short-side surface, which extend from the base surface, the long-side surface extending a longer distance from the base surface than the short-side surface;
(ii) a top surface formed on a section that is farthest from the base surface; and
(iii) a bevel formed between the top surface and the short-side surface, wherein
the bevel varies in height from the base surface;
(b) the at least some embossing portions include a group of embossing portions arranged along an imaginary line on the base surface, the imaginary line being oriented in the axial direction of the heating embossing roll;
(c) the bevels of adjacent embossing portions in the group of embossing portions are inclined in different orientations with respect to the imaginary line; and
(d) the plurality of embossing portions have the same height from the base surface to the top surface of each embossing portion in the plurality of embossing portions.

US Pat. No. 10,766,182

EXTRUSION PARISON HEAD FOR DISCONTINUOUS FOAMING

1. Extrusion head for producing tubular parisons from extrudable plastic, which are made up from at least a first layer and a second layer, wherein the extrusion head comprises:a first manifold with a connection for a first extruder,
a second manifold with a connection for a second extruder,
a first flow channel with an annular first outlet opening for producing the first layer, wherein the first flow channel is fed by the first manifold,
a second flow channel with an annular second outlet opening for producing the second layer, wherein the second flow channel is fed by the second manifold,
a dynamic mixer arranged within the second flow channel with a connection for introducing a foaming agent, wherein the dynamic mixer comprises a mixer housing with a bore, a mixing element rotatingly drivable arranged within said bore, and a first annular channel portion between the bore of the mixer housing and the mixing element, wherein the first annular channel portion is part of the second flow channel,
a bore shaped channel portion of the second flow channel downstream of the mixer, wherein the material flows out of the first annular channel portion of the mixer is joined in the bore shaped channel portion, and
a second annular channel portion of the second flow channel is downstream of said bore shaped channel portion, wherein the material flows out of the bore shaped channel portion to the second annular channel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,180

PAPER-LIKE FILM AND PROCESS FOR MAKING IT

GREENROCK, LTD., Cincinn...

1. A micro-voided film comprising, by weight, i) from about 20% to about 60% of high density polyethylene having a molecular weight of at least about 500,000 and a melt index of less than 0.2 dg/min, and ii) from about 40% to about 80% of low aspect ratio filler having a mean particle size from about 1 to about 25 microns, wherein the weight ratio of the low aspect ratio filler to the polyethylene is at least about 0.7, said film having a having a thickness of from about 0.1 to about 20 mils and a void fraction of from 0.60 to about 0.75 and a density of from about 0.40 to about 0.70 g/cm3, wherein the voids are in the interior of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,766,178

SCREW FOR INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE, INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE, AND INJECTION MOLDING METHOD

U-MHI PLATECH CO., LTD., ...

1. An injection molding machine comprising:a cylinder that is provided with an injection nozzle; and
a screw that is provided inside the cylinder so as to be able to rotate around a rotating axis and to be able to advance and retreat along the rotating axis,
wherein the injection molding machine performs injection molding of a fiber reinforcing resin, and
wherein the screw includes:
a first stage that is provided on an upstream side; and
a second stage that is provided on a downstream side of the first stage,
wherein the first stage includes a feed zone, a compression zone, and a metering zone in order from the upstream side, the compression zone being provided with a main flight and an auxiliary flight having an outer diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the main flight,
wherein the second stage includes a multi-start screw portion which is provided on an upstream side and has a plurality of flights, and a kneading portion which is provided on a downstream side of the multi-start screw portion and has a fin, and
when a diameter of an apex portion of the main flight is D, a length of the screw, in which the multi-start screw portion is provided, in a rotating axis direction ranges from 2 D to 5 D.

US Pat. No. 10,766,174

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A THERMOPLASTIC HOMOGENEOUS FAILURE MODULE

Reliant Worldwide Plastic...

1. A failure module comprising:a thermoplastic failure module support element;
a reinforcing element disposed on the thermoplastic failure module support element, the reinforcing element being chemically compatible with the thermoplastic failure module support element;
wherein a homogeneous chemical bond is formed between the thermoplastic failure module support element and the reinforcing element;
a plurality of integrated thermoplastic reinforcing elements chemically compatible with the thermoplastic failure module support element;
wherein a homogenous chemical bond is formed between the thermoplastic failure module support element and the reinforcing elements;
wherein the plurality of reinforcing elements comprise load diversion geometry so as to displace upon application of a load;
wherein the plurality of reinforcing elements comprising load diversion geometry precipitates the initial mechanism of failure of the failure module and of the system in which the failure module is integrated into;
and wherein each of said plurality of reinforcing elements comprise a portion which is along a perimeter of said support element as well as a portion diverter which extends inwardly atop said support element.

US Pat. No. 10,766,169

RESIN MOLD

ASAHI KASEI E-MATERIALS C...

1. A method of manufacturing a resin mold containing a substrate and a cured material deposited on said substrate and having a fine concavo-convex structure on a surface of the cured material, comprising:coating said substrate or a master mold with a photopolymerizable mixture containing fluorine-non-containing (meth)acrylate, fluorine-containing (meth)acrylate, and a photoinitiator,
migrating or diffusing the fluorine-containing (meth) acrylate to the surface of the photopolymerizable mixture coated on said substrate or the master mold by performing pre-baking after coating the substrate with the resin composition;
pressing the photopolymerizable mixture between said substrate and the master mold;
obtaining the cured material by curing the photopolymerizable mixture by exposure;
applying pre-peeling heating treatment to the cured material during the time between curing and peeling;
peeling off the cured material with said substrate from the master mold at a certain velocity to obtain the resin mold; and
performing post-peeling heat treatment to the resin mold after peeling, wherein the fluorine element concentration (Es) in a resin mold surface portion is more than an average fluorine element concentration (Eb) in the resin mold, wherein
said resin mold surface portion means a portion in the range of 2 nm to 20 nm in the thickness direction perpendicular to the surface of the resin mold, and
a ratio between Eb and Es satisfies equation (1):
30?Es/Eb?160.  Eq.(1)

US Pat. No. 10,766,168

DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING A COMPOSITE PRODUCT

1. A device for manufacturing a composite product comprising:a first folded layer comprising a first and a second superposed portion extending from a respective first and second free end to a first bend connecting the first and the second superposed portions, and
a second folded layer comprising a third and a fourth superposed portion extending from a respective third and fourth free end to a second bend connecting the third and the fourth superposed portions,
wherein the first and second folded layers are laid adjacent to each other in order that the second portion of the first folded layer is in contact with the third portion of the second folded layer, the first and second folded layers being oriented with respect to each other in order to extend from a first side including the first, second, third and fourth free ends to a second side including the first and second bend, and
wherein the first folded layer and second folded layer include a first roller and a second roller respectively between the first and the second superposed portions and between the third and the fourth superposed portions, respectively at the first and second bend.

US Pat. No. 10,766,166

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SKIN-COVERED, EXPANDED BEAD MOLDED ARTICLE

JSP CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method for producing a skin-covered, expanded bead molded article comprising the steps of:providing a skin of a thermoplastic resin molded article defining a hollow space therewithin;
filling polypropylene-based resin expanded beads in the hollow space; and
then feeding a heating medium into the hollow space through one or more heating medium feeding pins inserted into the hollow space to fusion-bond the expanded beads to each other and to form an expanded bead molded article that is covered with the skin;
wherein the polypropylene-based resin expanded beads are prepared from a polypropylene-based resin which has a melting point of 140 to 155° C. and which is selected from the group consisting of ethylene-propylene random copolymers, propylene-butene random copolymers, and propylene-ethylene-butene random copolymers,
wherein the polypropylene-based resin expanded beads have such a crystal structure that gives a first DSC curve obtained when a measurement specimen sampled from the polypropylene-based resin expanded beads is heated from 23° C. to 200° C. at a heating speed of 10° C./min and a second DSC curve obtained when the measurement specimen remaining after the measurement of the first DSC curve is cooled from 200° C. to 40° C. at a cooling rate of 10° C./minute and then again heated to 200° C. at a heating rate of 10° C./minute,
said first DSC curve having an intrinsic endothermic peak intrinsic to the polypropylene-based resin constituting the polypropylene-based resin expanded beads and at least one high temperature endothermic peak which is located on a higher temperature side of the intrinsic endothermic peak,
said at least one high temperature endothermic peak does not appear in the second DSC curve,
wherein a total heat of fusion ?Ht of the entire endothermic peaks of the DSC curve is more than 75 J/g,
a ratio ?H2/?Ht of a total heat of fusion ?H2 of said at least one high temperature endothermic peak to the total heat of fusion ?Ht is 0.20 to 0.30, wherein the heat of fusion ?H2 is greater than 15 J/g and not greater than 23 J/g, and
a heat of fusion ?Hh of that portion of said at least one high temperature endothermic peak which is higher than the peak top temperature of a lowest temperature peak is 6 J/g or more and 10 J/g or less, said lowest temperature peak being that high temperature endothermic peak which has the lowest peak top temperature among the peak top temperatures of said at least one high temperature endothermic peak with the proviso that when there is only one high temperature endothermic peak in said DSC curve, the peak top temperature of the only one high temperature endothermic peak is said lowest temperature peak.

US Pat. No. 10,766,165

MANUFACTURING LINE, PROCESS, AND SINTERED ARTICLE

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A sintered article, comprising:a first surface, a second surface, and a body of material extending therebetween, wherein the second surface is on an opposite side of the sintered article from the first surface such that a thickness of the sintered article is defined as a distance between the first and second surfaces, a width of the sintered article is defined as a first dimension of one of the first or second surfaces orthogonal to the thickness, and a length of the sintered article is defined as a second dimension of one of the first or second surfaces orthogonal to both the thickness and the width of the sintered article,
wherein the body of material comprises an inorganic material;
wherein the length of the sintered article is greater than or equal to the width of the sintered article, and wherein the sintered article is thin such that the width of the sintered article is greater than five times the thickness of the sintered article, the thickness of the sintered article being no more than one millimeter;
wherein the sintered article is substantially unpolished such that the first and second surfaces each have a granular profile;
wherein the sintered article has high surface quality such that the first and second surfaces both have at least a square centimeter of area having fewer than ten surface defects from adhesion or abrasion with a dimension greater than five micrometers, the high surface quality facilitating strength of the sintered article; and
wherein the sintered article has consistent surface quality on both the first and second surfaces such that an average area per square centimeter of the first surface of surface defects from adhesion or abrasion having a dimension greater than 5 micrometers is within plus or minus fifty percent of an average area per square centimeter of the second surface of surface defects from adhesion or abrasion having a dimension greater than 5 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,766,164

CHAMBER

Phytosanitation Vacuum Sy...

1. A system for treating freight in a vacuum, comprising:a) a chamber, configured for providing a treatment in a vacuum and configured to receive a loaded freight container having an external length, an external width and an external height, wherein the chamber has
i) two side walls and
ii) a top arranged opposite a bottom as well as
iii) a back wall arranged opposite a front wall, and wherein the direction system XYZ is at right angles,
b) a conveying element, wherein the conveying element has a platform for putting down the freight container and a wheel or roller system for moving the platform together with the freight container relative to the chamber from the first position outside the chamber into the second position in the chamber, and
c) a driving device connected to the platform for moving the platform together with the freight container between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,163

BLADE ATTACHMENT FOR AN OSCILLATING TOOL

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A blade attachment for mounting on a power tool, the blade attachment comprising:an intermediate portion configured to be coupled to the power tool to be oscillated by the power tool about an oscillation axis, the intermediate portion including:
a central portion having an upper central surface and an opposite surface directly opposed to the upper central surface, the central portion having an opening extending through the upper central surface and through the opposite surface in a direction along an opening axis, the opening configured to engage with the power tool;
a first connecting portion extending from a first side of the central portion, the first connecting portion having a first upper surface that is contiguous with the upper central surface;
a first extension extending from the first connecting portion along a first direction away from the opening and having a second upper surface that is contiguous with the first upper surface, the second upper surface parallel to the upper central surface and not coplanar with the upper central surface;
a second connecting portion extending from a second side of the central portion, the second connecting portion having a third upper surface that is contiguous with the upper central surface; and
a second extension extending from the second connecting portion along a second direction away from the opening and having a fourth upper surface that is contiguous with the third upper surface, the opening axis interposed between the second side and the first side, the fourth upper surface parallel to the upper central surface and not coplanar with the upper central surface;
a first blade portion directly coupled to the first extension of the intermediate portion, the first blade portion including a first plurality of cutting teeth; and
a second blade portion directly coupled to the second extension of the intermediate portion, the second blade portion including a second plurality of cutting teeth, wherein:
the first blade portion and the second blade portion are coupled to the intermediate portion such that the first blade portion and the second blade portion are arranged to mirror one another on opposite sides of the intermediate portion;
the first blade portion is directly coupled to a fifth surface of the first extension, the fifth surface directly opposed to the second surface; and
the second blade portion is directly coupled to a sixth surface of the second extension, the sixth surface directly opposed to the fourth surface.

US Pat. No. 10,766,156

RAZOR CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY

DORCO CO., LTD., Seoul (...

1. A razor cartridge assembly comprising:one or more razor blades, each having a cutting edge;
a blade housing configured to accommodate the one or more razor blades in a longitudinal direction of the blade housing; and
a connector configured to be coupled to a back of the blade housing,
wherein:
the blade housing comprises a rib disposed at the back of the blade housing and positioned in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction; and
the connector comprises an inner cantilever and an outer cantilever opposite the inner cantilever, wherein the inner cantilever and the outer cantilever are configured to engage with the rib inserted into a space formed between the inner cantilever and the outer cantilever to couple the blade housing and the connector together.

US Pat. No. 10,766,153

CUTTING INSTRUMENT, COATING AND METHOD

Acme United Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a cutting instrument having a cutting blade comprising steel,
placing the cutting instrument in a position suitable for coating the cutting blade;
cleaning the cutting blade; and
depositing a single coating layer on the cutting blade, the coating layer comprising an amorphous material including chromium, titanium, carbon and nitrogen and being deposited directly on the cutting blade using physical vapor deposition, the overall thickness of the coating layer being in the range of 0.1 microns to 0.6 microns,
wherein at least some of the chromium is in the form chromium carbonitride and titanium chromium carbonitride and at least some of the titanium is in the form of titanium carbonitride, and
wherein the coating comprises chromium and titanium in a weight ratio in the range of 3:1 to 1:3.

US Pat. No. 10,766,152

GLOVE OR BAG WINDER DESIGNED TO BE USED WITH A CLOSED CHAMBER GLOVE BOX

1. A winder comprising:a roller with an attachment to an external portion of a glove port fitted on a closed vacuum chamber or a panel, wherein said glove port is fitted, to roll a glove or a bag carried by said glove port outside said chamber,
wherein the roller is carried by a spindle, and
wherein the attachment is formed by two attachment cleats by tightening of the external portion of the glove port, one end of the spindle passing through each cleat pressed in contact with one end of the roller by a nut screwed to an end of the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,151

FAILURE DIAGNOSIS DEVICE AND FAILURE DIAGNOSIS METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A failure diagnosis device for a mechanical device provided with a motor as a source to drive a motion axis element, comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and programmed to:
acquire a moving position of the motion axis element and a disturbance torque value applied to the motion axis element every predetermined period,
calculate a normalized change from a reference value of each of the acquired disturbance torque values by calculating a change from the reference value thereof, and dividing the change by the reference value,
accumulate the disturbance torque values, wherein the disturbance torque values are replaced with the reference value when the normalized change from the reference value is equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold, and
diagnose whether a failure of the mechanical device is occurring when a value calculated from the accumulated disturbance torque values is larger than a failure determination threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,766,147

REUSABLE BUOYANCY MODULES FOR BUOYANCY CONTROL OF UNDERWATER VEHICLES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A buoyancy module arrangement for use with a water environment robotic system of the type having an underwater robotic vehicle having a winch, comprisinga buoyancy module configured to be repeatably, selectively buoyantly engaged and buoyantly disengaged with the underwater robotic vehicle;
a tether connecting the buoyancy module and the underwater robotic vehicle which is extendable and retractable in response to operation of the winch; and
a state controller operative to control winch to cause a transition of the robotic system between at least two buoyancy conditions including from a first condition to a second condition and back to the first condition;
wherein in the first condition the tether and buoyancy module are in a retracted position and the underwater robotic vehicle has a neutral buoyancy, and in the second condition the tether and buoyancy module are in an extended position and the underwater robotic vehicle has a negative buoyancy,
wherein the buoyancy module is buoyantly engaged in the first condition, and the buoyancy module is buoyantly disengaged with the underwater robot in the second condition, and
wherein the tether being in a slack condition causes the module to be in the state of being buoyantly disengaged with the underwater robot.

US Pat. No. 10,766,145

EYE IN-HAND ROBOT

Brown University, Provid...

1. A robot comprising:a gripping member configured to move and pick up an object;
a camera affixed to the gripping member such that movement of the gripping member causes movement of the camera, the camera configured to measure and store data related to intensity of light and direction of light rays within the environment;
an image processing module configured to process the data to generate a probabilistic model defining a location of the object within an environment; and
an operation module configured to move the gripping member to the location and pick up the object.

US Pat. No. 10,766,142

ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic device manufacturing apparatus for installing a cable on a connector that configures a part of an electronic circuit, comprising:a cable holding tool which holds the cable;
a robot section which relatively moves the cable holding tool with respect to the electronic device including the connector;
a base section which moves together with the cable holding tool by the robot section;
a first position detector which detects positions in a two-dimensional plane direction of the cable held by the cable holding tool and of the connector of the electronic device;
a second position detector which detects positions in a height direction of the cable held by the cable holding tool and of the connector of the electronic device;
a single imager configured to provide images for the first and second position detectors;
a controller which controls the robot section based on one or more images taken by the imager and on the detection result of each of the first position detector and the second position detector; and
a projector which projects light for height measurement to the cable held by the cable holding tool and the connector of the electronic device,
wherein the imager and the projector are attached to the base section, and
wherein the imager is configured to take a first image of the cable and the connector positioned in an imaging field of the first position detector and a second image of the cable and the connector positioned in an imaging field of the second position detector.

US Pat. No. 10,766,140

TEACH MODE COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDUSTRIAL ROBOTIC MANIPULATORS

Battelle Memorial Institu...

11. A method for operating a robot system including a robot with a manipulator arm, a teach pendant including an operator interface having keys, and a robot controller containing a virtual representation of the robot and an environment, said method comprising:moving the robot along an actual path in the environment containing objects constituting collision geometry;
receiving operator input entered into the teach pendant, whereby the operator is able to directly control motion of the robot along the actual path;
recording a history of the motion of the robot;
developing a predicted path of the robot based on the input entered into the teach pendant and the history of the motion of the robot; and
performing real-time collision checking by projecting the robot's future motion along the predicted path and checking between the robot at predicted robot positions on the predicted path and the collision geometry while the operator manually controls the robot using the teach pendant.

US Pat. No. 10,766,139

METHOD FOR AVOIDING COLLISIONS BETWEEN TWO ROBOTS

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method for avoiding collisions between two robots in a robot system comprising a first robot having a first work area and a second robot having a second work area, the first work area overlapping with the second work area to thereby define an overlapping work area, the method comprising the steps of:providing first movement information related to a first robot movement which is being executed by the first robot;
retrieving the first movement information;
determining for a plurality of second robot movements by the second robot whether the second robot movements involve a risk for collision between the first and second robots using the first movement information related to the first robot executing the first robot movement; and
executing one of the second robot movements which has been determined to involve no risk for collision between the first and second robots
wherein the first and second robots are configured to carry out a pick and place task such that at each point of time a number of available robot movements is related to a number of respective items or empty places that are within or are about to be within the work area of the respective robot, and the plurality of second robot movements is selected among the available robot movements.

US Pat. No. 10,766,138

STAND DEVICE RESPONSIVE TO FORCE OR MOVEMENT, CONTROL DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING THE STAND DEVICE

1. A stand device for arranging in an operating room and for locally moving a medical device, comprising:at least one movably mounted support arm;
a braking device having at least one brake that is configured to adjust a degree of freedom of movement of the at least one support arm and/or the medical device relative to a supporting device;
a control device connected to the braking device; and
at least one sensor device connected to the control device, the at least one sensor device being configured to detect an external force acting on the stand device or a movement caused by the external force and configured to output a corresponding measured value to the control device, wherein the control device is configured to control the braking device as a function of the measured value, the controlling including completely releasing the braking device when the external force exceeds a certain threshold value and reactivating the braking device when the external force reduces to, or less than, the certain threshold value, as a function of the measured value autonomously and without operating an additional switch based only on the external force acting on the stand device, the complete releasing causing adjustment of the degree of freedom of movement of the at least one support arm and/or the medical device relative to the supporting device.

US Pat. No. 10,766,136

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM FOR MODELING AND EVALUATING ROBOTIC SUCCESS AT TASK PERFORMANCE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a robotic system configured to perform a task according to a set of control parameters, the task comprising picking up and moving a particular type of physical object;
an observation system positioned and configured to capture at least video data representing the robotic system performing the task, the video data comprising frames showing movement of a physical object of the particular type by the robotic system; and
a robotic control system comprising one or more computing devices, the robotic control system programmed with executable instructions to at least:
access a corpus of training videos depicting performances of the task;
train a convolutional neural network to evaluate a level of success depicted in a given video of the task, wherein the convolutional neural network, during training, learns what pixel values, sequences of pixel values, or vector values in vector representations of the training videos, correspond to success at task performance, and generates weights that encode information about the pixel values, sequences of pixel values, or vector values corresponding to success at task performance;
capture, using the observation system, a plurality of videos of the robotic system performing the task, each such video comprising frames showing movement by the robotic system of a physical object of the particular type;
evaluate the plurality of videos using the convolutional neural network, wherein evaluating the plurality videos comprises using the weights of the convolutional neural network to generate data values representing preferences for particular videos over other videos, said data values specifying, for each of a plurality of pairs of the videos compared with the convolutional neural network, which video of the respective pair represents a higher level of success at performing the task;
learn a reward function modeling success at performance of the task based at least partly on the data values generated by the convolutional neural network, wherein the reward function is configured to generate a reward value representing a level of success of task performance depicted in a video;
generate, using a reinforcement learning system and the reward function, a policy comprising the set of control parameters; and
upon the robotic system initiating a further performance of the task, control the robotic system using the policy to complete the further performance of the task.

US Pat. No. 10,766,135

TEACH PENDANT AND ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A teach pendant for teaching a robot comprising:an operation unit disposed on a first surface of the teach pendant, to perform an input operation;
a camera disposed on a second surface opposite the first surface of the teach pendant;
a display unit disposed on the first surface, the display unit displaying an image captured by the camera; and
an image processing unit configured to identify a position of a part of a workpiece, captured by the camera as a captured image, in a shape model of the workpiece, based on information about processing points of the robot on the workpiece and information about the shape model of the workpiece, and to display, on the captured image, information about an uncorrected processing point that is nearest to a processing point included in the captured image and that is outside a frame of the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,766,124

RATCHET WRENCHES

1. A ratchet wrench comprising:a wrench head comprising a housing having an outer sidewall and a housing aperture defined a by an inner sidewall provided with a plurality of housing teeth;
a handle having a first end connected with said wrench head;
a clutch ring disposed in said housing aperture, said clutch ring having an outer surface and an inner surface that defines a clutch aperture, at least a portion of said outer surface being provided with clutch teeth and at least a portion of said inner surface being provided with a plurality of clutch transmission ramps that each have having a shoulder and an abutment surface; and
a drive element disposed in said clutch ring, said drive element having an outer surface provided with a plurality of drive ramps and an inner surface defining a drive aperture provided with fastener engaging surfaces, said drive element outer surface further comprising at least one recess containing a resilient member that biases said clutch ring away from said drive element;
wherein rotation of said handle in a first direction causes said clutch teeth to initially, engage said housing teeth thereby causing said clutch transmission ramps to move in a first direction along said drive ramps, causing said clutch ring to expand against said housing thereby locking said housing, clutch ring, and drive element together, and rotation of said handle in a second direction opposite said first direction causes said clutch transmission ramps to move in a second direction along said drive ramps that is opposite said first direction along said drive ramps to release said wrench head for rotation relative to said drive element; and
wherein said clutch ring is a split ring having a first end and a second end opposing said first end, a first said end having a clutch protrusion, said clutch teeth being provided at said second end and facing said housing teeth and said outer surface between said clutch teeth and said first end being a smooth surface.

US Pat. No. 10,766,123

MAGNETIC TOOLS

1. A magnetic tool for attaching to and moving a ferromagnetic workpiece, comprising:a chassis having a magnetic face having an aperture for receiving a magnet;
a base rotatably coupled to the chassis;
a handle rotatably coupled to the base, wherein a rotation axis of the base relative to the chassis is orthogonal to a rotation axis of the handle relative to the base; and
a coupler capable of being removably coupled to the chassis and to another chassis of another magnetic tool.

US Pat. No. 10,766,122

PRESSURE ADJUSTING DEVICE OF QUICK FIXTURE

Hi-Max Innovation Co., Lt...

1. A pressure adjusting device of a quick fixture, comprising:a main member having a first end and a second end at opposite ends thereof; each ends having an opening;
a fixed member fixed to the main member through the second end;
a movable member movably connected to the main member through the first end, wherein the movable member has a first stop block received in the main member,
an elastic member received in the main member and having opposite end connected to the fixed member and the movable member to urge the movable member;
wherein the main member has a first plug connected to the first end of the main member; the first plug is provided with a first opening, and the first stop block is larger than the first opening;
wherein the main member has a second plug connected to the second end of the main member; the second plug is provided with a second opening, and the second opening comprises a threaded hole, and the fixed member has a threaded section to be threaded with the second opening; and
an auxiliary holder located at the second end of the main member, wherein the auxiliary holder comprises a nut;
wherein the fixed member has a threaded section to be threaded with both the threaded hole of the second plug and the nut of the auxiliary holder in sequence, and the nut abuts against the second plug.

US Pat. No. 10,766,119

SPECTRA BASED ENDPOINTING FOR CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A computer program product encoded in a non-transitory machine-readable medium, the product comprising instructions operable to cause a processor to:store a plurality of reference spectra, the reference spectra representing spectra resulting from reflection of white light from a reference substrate;
receive a plurality of current spectra from an optical sensor for each sweep of a plurality of sweeps of the optical sensor across a substrate undergoing polishing, each current spectrum of the plurality of current spectra being a spectrum resulting from reflection of white light from the substrate;
for each sweep of the plurality of sweeps, determine a difference between each current spectrum and each reference spectrum of a plurality of reference spectra to generate a plurality of differences;
for each sweep of the plurality of sweeps, select a best-matching reference spectrum from the plurality of reference spectra, the best-matching reference spectrum having a smallest difference of the plurality of differences, thus generating a sequence of best matching reference spectra;
determine a polishing endpoint based on the sequence of best matching reference spectra; and
cause polishing of the substrate to halt at the polishing endpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,766,118

EDGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR MOLDED POWDER COMPACT AND EDGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR MOLDED POWDER COMPACT

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

8. An edge processing method for a molded powder compact, the method comprising:a conveying step for conveying a molded powder compact along a predetermined conveying path;
a first processing step for processing a first corner portion by bringing a first rotating tool into contact from an upstream side with the first corner portion between one side surface of a processing target portion of the molded powder compact and a rear surface of the processing target portion; and
a second processing step for processing a second corner portion by bringing a second rotating tool into contact from a downstream side with the second corner portion between the other side surface of the processing target portion and a front surface of the processing target portion, wherein
the second rotating tool is positionally displaced to the downstream side with respect to the first rotating tool, and the second corner portion is processed by the second rotating tool when the first corner portion is processed by the first rotating tool.

US Pat. No. 10,766,116

HAND-HELD SANDING DEVICE WITH CONTINUOUS ROTATING BELT

1. A hand-held sanding device for sanding a work piece, the device comprising:a frame adapted for a manual grip and permitting application of a manual pulling force across a workpiece;
rollers coupled to the frame;
a sanding material provided within and coupled to the rollers and frame for movement with the frame when the rollers are not permitted to roll, and movement relative to the frame when the rollers are permitted to roll, the sanding material forming a sanding surface for the device in frictional contact with a workpiece, and creating a secondary pulling force on the sanding material relative to the frame by application of said manual pulling force; and
a mechanism which permits rolling of the rollers and permits movement of the sanding material relative to the frame in a first direction in response to said secondary pulling force, and restricts rolling of the rollers and restricts movement of the sanding material relative to the frame in a direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,114

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GRINDING THE EXTERIOR OF SHAFT PARTS BETWEEN TIPS

ERWIN JUNKER GRINDING TEC...

1. A method for grinding the exterior of a shaft part with rotationally symmetrical sections and end surfaces into which centering bores have been introduced, which bores define a reference longitudinal axis and rotational axis of the shaft part, wherein during grinding, up to the end of finishing grinding by means of a grinding disk, the shaft part is held between tips that engage into the centering bores, and supported on the rotationally symmetrical sections by means of a support device with a first and a second support unit, wherein the shaft part is disposed between the grinding disk and a first support unit of the support device, and a measurement device is an in-process measurement device and measures diameter values of the rotationally symmetrical sections of the shaft part, transmits these measurement values to a controller, and this controller, on the basis of these measurement values, actively updates setting of the grinding disk with respect to the measured diameter values, and updates the support device, continuously supporting the rotationally symmetrical sections, all the way to the finished dimension of the shaft part, wherein the support device, as the first support unit, has a support disk or a contact ruler, and the second support unit has a contact ruler being configured as a support rail having separate support regions and is set against the shaft part by two drives, each CNC-controlled.

US Pat. No. 10,766,111

LOADING AND/OR UNLOADING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A LOADING AND/OR UNLOADING DEVICE

SW AUTOMATION GMBH, Tett...

1. A mobile loading and/or unloading device comprising:at least one transport unit for moving the loading and/or unloading device;
at least one storage unit fixed to the transport unit, on which at least one gripping object is able to be arranged or is arranged; and
at least one on-the-transport-unit fixed manipulator unit, said fixed manipulator unit comprising at least one manipulator, which comprises at least one gripping means for gripping the at least one gripping object through which the at least one gripping object is able to be arranged and/or removed in a processing station and/or is able to be arranged in or on and/or removed from the storage unit,
wherein the storage unit comprises at least one holding means by which the at least one gripping object is able to be fixed against moving at least transversely or obliquely to a direction of travel of the loading and unloading device,
further comprising at least one clamping element, by which the at least one gripping object is able to be fixed against movement parallel, transversely and obliquely to the direction of travel; and
at least one processing unit fixed to the at least one transport unit, by which the at least one gripping object fixed to the at least one clamping element is able to be machined on the at least one transport unit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,110

TOOL CHANGER

DMG MORI CO., LTD., Nara...

1. A tool changer disposed at a tool change position in a machine tool and changing a tool attached to a spindle with a next tool positioned at a standby position, the tool changer comprising:a holding member disposed to have a center axis parallel to an axis of the spindle, and provided to be rotatable about the center axis and movable in a direction along the axis of the spindle;
a rotation mechanism including a rotation servo motor and rotating the holding member at a first rotation speed in normal and reverse directions about the center axis, the rotation servo motor having an encoder;
a forward/backward movement mechanism including a forward/backward movement servo motor and moving the holding member forward and backward at a first forward/backward movement speed in the direction along the axis of the spindle, the forward/backward movement servo motor having an encoder;
at least one tool change arm disposed on the holding member to extend in a radial direction of the holding member and holding the tools such that axes of the tools are parallel to the center axis of the holding member;
a storage having a first threshold previously stored therein; and
a controller calculating a first difference as a difference between a command value for the rotation servo motor and an output value of the encoder of the rotation servo motor and comparing the first difference with the first threshold, in a case where the first difference is equal to or greater than the first threshold, changing a rotational speed of the holding member rotated by the rotation mechanism to a second rotation speed slower than the first rotation speed, and in a case where the first difference is less than the first threshold, maintaining the rotational speed of the holding member rotated by the rotation mechanism at the first rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,766,109

EZ SPEEDY FENCE MOUNT

1. A fence mount comprising:a. a mounting surface having a lower X-axis track cut therefrom;
b. means for slidably positioning and securing within the lower X-axis track and against the mounting surface, a Y-axis track perpendicular to the lower X-axis track, wherein the slidable positioning and securing means within the lower X-axis track comprises a tooth key aligner guide dimensioned to snugly fit within the lower X-axis track;
c. means for slidably positioning within, securing within and selectively elevating from, the Y-axis track an upper X-axis track perpendicular to both the Y-axis track and the lower X-axis track.

US Pat. No. 10,766,108

AUTOMATIC FAULT DIAGNOSABLE INTEGRATED SHEET BODY PUNCHING AND GRINDING ASSEMBLY

DONGGUAN UNIVERSITY OF TE...

1. An automatic fault diagnosable integrated sheet body punching and grinding assembly, comprising:a frame (1) and a conveying trough seat (2) disposed on the frame (1);
a feed trough (3) disposed in a middle portion of the conveying trough seat (2); and
a processing frame (12) disposed on the conveying trough seat (2);
wherein said processing frame (12) is sequentially provided with a punching device (13) comprising a punching head (37) and a grinding device (14) comprising a grinding head (14), said punching device (13) and said grinding device (14) matching with a sheet body (4) for punching and grinding said sheet body (4) which is disposed within said conveying trough seat (2);
wherein said frame (1) is disposed with a feed motor (5) and a feed screw (6) cooperating with each other, the feed screw (6) is sleeved with movable feed blocks (7), wherein said movable feed blocks (7) are connected with a movable feed seat (8), said movable feed seat (8) is provided with a feed lift cylinder (9), and said feed lift cylinder (9) is disposed with a feed lift block (10);
wherein a plurality of feed blocks (11), which can travel along said feed trough (3), are uniformly provided upon said feed lift block (10); and
wherein a distance defined between said punching head (37) of said punching device (13) and said grinding head (24) of said grinding device (14) is the same as that defined between two adjacent feed blocks (11) of said plurality of feed blocks (11).

US Pat. No. 10,766,105

REPAIR OF DUAL WALLED METALLIC COMPONENTS USING BRAZE MATERIAL

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method for repairing a dual walled component, the method comprising:removing a damaged portion of a coversheet from a dual walled component to expose a plurality of exposed pedestals and define a repair location and an adjacent coversheet portion, wherein the dual walled component comprises:
a spar defining an inner wall of the dual walled component and comprising a plurality of pedestals, wherein the plurality of pedestals comprise the plurality of exposed pedestals; and
the coversheet defining an outer wall of the dual walled component, wherein the coversheet is attached to the plurality of pedestals;
filling space between the plurality of exposed pedestals with a stop material, wherein the stop material defines a surface substantially aligned with a pedestal-contacting surface of the adjacent coversheet portion;
positioning a braze material on the surface of the stop material; and
attaching the braze material to the plurality of exposed pedestals and adjacent coversheet portion to form a repaired coversheet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,102

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING LASER MARKING

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method for performing laser marking, comprising:capturing, by the laser marking system, a first image of a region to be laser marked;
comparing, by the laser marking system, the first image with a predefined image of a predefined pattern to be laser marked on the region, to compute a first score, wherein the first score indicates amount of marking present on the region to be laser marked, in relation to the predefined image; and
modifying, by the laser marking system, a co-ordinate data of a configuration file, relating to the predefined pattern, in the laser marking system based on a portion of the region identified by comparing the first score with a first predefined threshold value of the configuration file and determining the portion to be laser marked based on the first score and the coordinate data, upon determining the first score to be lesser than the first predefined threshold value, for performing the laser marking on the region.

US Pat. No. 10,766,101

ADHESIVE TAPE AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING SAME

certoplast Technische Kle...

1. An apparatus for making an adhesive tape, the apparatus comprising:a supply for feeding a ribbon-shaped textile substrate strip of thermoplastic fibers in a longitudinal feed direction along a path;
a coater downstream of the supply along the path for applying a strip-shaped adhesive coating to at least one face of the substrate strip;
an ultrasound or laser device provided between the supply and the coater and movable in three dimensions, transversely and longitudinally of the longitudinal feed direction and also toward and away from the moving web for forming longitudinal and transversely extending rows of perforations and/or cut edges in the moving substrate strip; and
a cutter downstream of the coater for cutting the perforated/cut and coated strip into a plurality of longitudinally extending tapes.

US Pat. No. 10,766,097

INTEGRATION OF ULTRASONIC ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED THERMAL STRUCTURES IN BRAZEMENTS

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A manifold structure having at least one flow passage, the manifold structure comprising:a center manifold section formed of a single metal material and having at least one machined cavity in communication with the at least one flow passage; and
a plurality of ultrasonic additively manufactured finstock layers that are arranged within the flow passage and segment the flow passage into a plurality of flow cavities,
wherein the finstock layers are stacked in a direction normal to the center manifold section and permanently joined to the center manifold section, the finstock layers being vacuum brazed to the center manifold section, and
wherein the finstock layers are formed of a multi-material laminate material having dissimilar metal materials that is integrated into the single metal material of the center manifold section and
wherein each of the finstock layers has a bond joint that is a point of contact between a sheet of the respective finstock layer and a vertically extending support wall of the manifold structure, wherein the bond joint of at least one of the finstock layers is arranged at an angle greater than ten degrees relative to a horizontal axis of the manifold structure.

US Pat. No. 10,766,093

REDUCED FRICTION ROTATING COUPLER ASSEMBLY AND QUICK DISCONNECT FOR USE WITH WELDING DEVICES

American Torch Tip, Co., ...

1. A rotating coupler assembly for an electric welding torch comprising:a central axis that defines a center of the rotating coupler assembly;
a substantially cylindrical outer housing with a proximal and distal end;
a substantially cylindrical inner housing with a proximal and distal end axially disposed within the outer housing;
a substantially cylindrical rotating contact member with a proximal and distal end axially disposed within the inner housing;
at least one sealed bearing between the inner housing and rotating contact member;
a constant pressure apparatus with a proximal and distal end axially disposed within the inner housing;
wherein the rotating contact member is able to rotate about the central axis of the rotating coupler assembly during operation of the electric welding torch and the proximal end of the rotating contact member is in mechanical and electrical communication with the distal end of the constant pressure apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,766,090

CONTROL PANELS FOR POWER SYSTEMS

Illinois Tool Works, Gle...

1. A power system for a vehicle, comprising:a generator housed within a service pack to generate electrical power, wherein the service pack is to be installed on the vehicle at a first location on the vehicle;
a remote control panel for the power system including a first case component and a second case component, the first case component configured to be attached to a surface of the vehicle at a second location on the vehicle that is separate and remote from the service pack, the second case component configured to be attached to the first case component, the first case component and the second case component together forming an enclosure;
a user control device located on the second case component configured to receive a user input for controlling an output of the generator; and
an electrical output located on the second case component configured to output at least a portion of the electrical power generated by the generator.

US Pat. No. 10,766,087

EXTERNAL PULSE GENERATING DEVICE AND METHOD

JATTUS LLC, Thornton, CO...

1. An external pulse generator, comprising:a controller for use with a continuous welding machine and an associated pedal for controlling the continuous welding machine, the controller further comprising a discrete circuitry comprising one or more input pins and one or more output pins, the controller being located between the continuous welding machine and the pedal and being:
in communication with a pedal input port of the controller for receiving a pedal position input signal from the pedal for controlling the continuous welding machine, the pedal position input signal being a constant waveform signal, and converting the pedal position input signal into a digital value that is coupled to one or more input pins of the discrete circuitry of the controller,
in communication with a modified pulsed waveform output port of the controller, the modified puled waveform output port coupled with the continuous welding machine, the discrete circuitry of the controller outputting a modified pulsed waveform signal that is converted into an analog value and coupled to the modified pulsed waveform output port, and
in communication with a settings input of the controller for receiving settings identifying waveform characteristic settings comprising a pulse frequency and a wave type of the modified pulsed waveform signal;
wherein the controller is adapted to, in response to the pedal position input signal received from the pedal at the pedal input port of the controller, generate the modified pulsed waveform signal based upon the waveform characteristic settings received from the settings input and couple the modified pulsed waveform signal to the modified pulsed waveform output port of the controller, and the external pulse generator further comprising a power supply, the power supply being an independent power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,766,086

INJECTION-MOLDED SOLDER (IMS) TOOL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An injection-molded solder (IMS) tool assembly apparatus, the apparatus comprising:an IMS tool including a round extrusion part that has an outlet to dispense a molten material to coat an outside wall of a pipe; and
a chiller comprising an opening that connects to the pipe and dispenses cooling water to flow through an inside of the pipe,
wherein the IMS tool comprises:
a tungsten head that dispenses the molten material into the round extrusion part;
a heater that maintains a molten state of the molten material in the tungsten head; and
a pressure source that supplies pressure to the molten material thereby causing the molten material to dispense from the tungsten head into the round extrusion part,
wherein the IMS tool interfaces with a tungsten box and wherein the pipe is drawn through the tungsten box.

US Pat. No. 10,766,085

WORK PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PROCESSED WORK

ORIGIN COMPANY, LIMITED, ...

1. A work processing apparatus, comprising:a vaporizer having:
a vaporization part including a heat storage body having a heat capacity higher than that of a vaporization target liquid by a predetermined ratio, the vaporization target liquid being a carboxylic acid; and
a heat supplier for supplying heat to the vaporization part;
a chamber for processing a work therein, the chamber being configured to be able to be airtight from outside, where a flow path in the vaporizer through which the vaporization target liquid flows and an inside of the chamber are communicated with each other; and
a vacuum pump for creating a negative pressure in the inside of the chamber and an inside of the flow path through which the vaporization target liquid flows;
wherein the heat storage body has a heat storage body flow path formed therein, the heat storage body flow path being a flow path through which the vaporization target liquid flows; and
wherein the predetermined ratio is a ratio of heat capacity at which a temperature drop of the heat storage body by heat transfer from the heat storage body to the vaporization target liquid flowing through the heat storage body flow path is within a predetermined range, wherein the amount of heat transferred from the heat storage body to the vaporization target liquid is an amount of heat necessary to vaporize the vaporization target liquid at a planned proportion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,084

JOINING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN EXHAUST GAS SYSTEM

Faurecia Emissions Contro...

1. A joining device for producing an exhaust gas system for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle comprising:a device base that is configured to be positioned on a hall floor;
a frame associated with the base; and
at least two joining units that can be operated simultaneously fastened to the frame, wherein the frame extends essentially vertically starting from the device base, and wherein the at least two joining units are configured to connect exhuast components of the exhaust gas system to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,766,081

FINISHING DEVICE

URBAN Machinery Corporati...

1. A finishing device for removing the weld bead generated during welding at mitered surfaces of a window frame, a door frame, or a section of a frame, the finishing device comprising:a support surface for the window frame, the door frame, or the frame section, and
a processing arm for supporting a tool holder, wherein the processing arm comprises a plurality of arm elements configured to move in a hinged fashion relative to one another but can also be fixed in place, and wherein the tool holder comprises at least two cutting tools, wherein each of the at least two cutting tools is driven by a respective dedicated rotational drive, each of said at least two cutting tools rotating about a respective tool axis, and wherein contact side members are provided to the tool holder so as to be adjacent to at least one of the at least two cutting tools, wherein each of the contact side members has a respective front edge that sits against a profile surface of the window frame, the door frame, or the section of a frame when the respective cutting tool is used to remove the weld bead.

US Pat. No. 10,766,080

MULTIDIAMETER CUTTING TOOL HAVING BALANCED MINIMUM QUANTITY LUBRICATION FLOW AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MULTIDIAMETER CUTTING TOOL

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. A method of manufacturing a tool disposed about an axis and having a plurality of cutting edges at a plurality of diameters, the method comprising:determining a desired flowrate to a corresponding one of the plurality of cutting edges at the plurality of diameters for each nth-passage of nth-passages, the nth-passages extending from a central bore to the cutting edges;
calculating a pressure drop, a cross-sectional area, and a length for each of the nth-passages based on In=(Pn*Ann)/(?n*Ln), wherein In is the flowrate of the nth-passage, Pn is the pressure drop of the nth-passage, Ann is the cross-sectional area of the nth-passage raised to a power n, the power n being equal to 0.5, ?n is an nth-passage resistivity, and Ln is the length of the nth-passage, wherein one of the nth-passages has one end open to the central bore and an opposite end open through a terminal end-most surface of the tool; and
forming the nth-passages and the central bore in the tool such that each of the nth-passages is open to the central bore and open to the corresponding one of the cutting edges, wherein each of the nth-passages is formed edge based on the calculated Ann and Ln for the nth-passage.

US Pat. No. 10,766,079

DRILL BIT HOLDING ASSEMBLY FOR JIG AND JIG APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Power Box AG, Zug (CH)

1. A jig apparatus for use with a drill and drill bit to form a hole in a workpiece with which said jig apparatus is located, said jig apparatus guiding the movement of the drill bit with respect to the workpiece into the workpiece to form the hole and said jig apparatus includes a drill hold assembly which, when disengaged allows said drill and drill bit to be linearly movable with respect to the jig apparatus to move into the workpiece to form said hole and wherein when said drill hold assembly is engaged allows the said drill and drill bit to be maintained in a withdrawn location with the jig whilst the jig apparatus is located to form the said hole by moving said workpiece with respect to said jig apparatus and said drill and drill bit are supported by, and retained in said withdrawn location with said jig apparatus by the said drill hold assembly until the same is disengaged wherein the drill hold assembly includes a movable block which engages with a slot formed around the drill bit to serve to support the drill and drill bit in the said withdrawn location until the drill hold assembly is released.

US Pat. No. 10,766,075

METAL CUTTING GROOVING INSERT FOR FACE GROOVING

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A grooving insert comprising:a front surface and an opposite rear surface;
a first side surface and an opposite second side surface; and
a top surface and an opposite bottom surface, the top surface including a top front portion and a top rear portion, the top front portion having a rake face and a cutting edge, the cutting edge being at least partly formed in an intersection between the rake face and the front surface, the cutting edge extending continuously or substantially continuously between a first end point and a second end point, the cutting edge being arranged symmetrically or substantially symmetrically relative to a first plane, wherein the first plane intersects a mid-point of the cutting edge and intersects the rear surface, the top rear portion having a top support surface and the bottom surface having a bottom support surface, wherein the bottom surface is symmetrically or substantially symmetrically arranged in relation to a second plane, the second plane intersecting the front surface and the rear surface, and wherein the first plane and the second plane form an angle of 0.5-5.0° relative to each other in a top view.

US Pat. No. 10,766,074

ROTATIONAL CUTTING TOOL FOR TRIMMING WORKPIECE

Hong Ann Tool Industries ...

1. A rotational cutting tool which is operably rotated for trimming a workpiece comprising:a body including a connecting end for engaging with a driving tool and a cutting end for engaging with the workpiece, wherein the body is rotatable about a rotation axis, wherein the connecting end and the cutting end rotate about the rotation axis upon rotation of the body, wherein an inner periphery of the cutting end defines a receiving space for receiving the workpiece, wherein the receiving space has a conic surface which extends radially and obliquely with respect to the rotation axis, wherein the receiving space includes a first ridge forming at least one cutting edge for trimming the workpiece, wherein the at least one cutting edge extends radially and obliquely with respect to the rotation axis, and wherein the at least one cutting edge extends curvedly and has a curved contour.

US Pat. No. 10,766,070

SELF SUPPORTING IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Materialise N.V., Leuven...

1. A system for modifying a design file of an object for additive manufacturing, comprising:a computer control system comprising one or more computers having a memory and a processor, the computer control system configured to:
receive the design file of the object for additive manufacturing, the object comprising a plurality of surfaces and store the received design file in the computer memory;
determine if one or more surfaces of the object are not self-supporting surfaces by determining that a surface angle of the surface is below a threshold angle, wherein the surface angle is calculated as the angle between a normal from a plane of the surface, and a normal from a build surface the object is to be built on;
add one or more edges including a first edge in the design file, the first edge being between a first surface of the one or more surfaces and a second surface of the one or more surfaces, wherein the first surface has a surface angle below the threshold angle and the second surface has a surface angle equal to or above the threshold angle;
generate one or more additional surfaces along the one or more edges in the design file, wherein the one or more additional surfaces are self-supporting, so that the design of the object is modified to be self-supporting; and
store the additional surfaces in the design file.

US Pat. No. 10,766,067

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING CAST PARTS, SUCH AS ALUMINUM CASTINGS, IN A PRESSURE METHOD OR LOW-PRESSURE METHOD

Foshan Nanhai Superband M...

1. A device for producing a cast part (9) in a pressure method or a low-pressure method by means of a casting tool (20) which comprises movably arranged side parts (4), a base (1) receiving a lower part or a lower mold part (3), and an upper part (7) or a plate having an upper mold part (5), wherein at least the upper part (7), together with a demoulding plate (10) and the upper mold part (5), is adjustable in a vertical direction (Z) relative to a supporting surface of the casting tool (20) by means of at least one adjusting device (17), and the side parts (4) are also adjustable in a horizontal direction (X) by means of at least one adjusting device and/or an additional adjusting device;wherein, at least one of the at least one adjusting device (17) is configured to interact directly or indirectly with the demoulding plate (10) to demould the cast part (9), and during the vertical adjustment, the upper mold part (5) is adjustable in the vertical direction (Z), and then the side parts (4) are adjustable in the horizontal direction (X) at least via the at least one adjusting device (17),
the at least one adjusting device (17) is configured to interact with positive control elements, which cause a continuous or uniform movement of the side parts (4) in an inclined direction relative to the supporting surface of the casting tool,
the positive control elements are constructed as sliding surfaces (19a, 19b, 50a, 50b, 60a, 60b, 70a, 70b),
the casting tool (20) is configured with a plurality of sliding surface pairs, characterized by that
a first sliding surface pair (60a, 60b) extending horizontally is consisted of a horizontal first sliding surface (60a) arranged on the demoulding plate (10) and a second sliding surface (60b) horizontally arranged on a first sliding element (8);
a second sliding surface pair (50a, 50b) extending in an inclined direction is consisted of a third sliding surface (50a) arranged on the first sliding element (8) and a fourth sliding surface (50b) arranged on the demoulding plate (10);
a third sliding surface pair (19a, 19b) extending in an inclined direction is consisted of a fifth sliding surface (19a) arranged on the first sliding element (8) and a sixth sliding surface (19b) arranged on a second sliding element (11);
wherein, a fourth sliding surface pair (70a, 70b) extending horizontally is consisted of a seventh sliding surface (70a) arranged on the first sliding element (8) and an eighth sliding surface (70b) arranged on the upper part (7).

US Pat. No. 10,766,063

EVAPORATIVE PATTERN CASTING METHOD

KOBE STEEL, LTD., Hyogo ...

1. A casting method using a lost foam, comprising embedding, in foundry sand, a casting pattern formed by applying a mold wash to a surface of a foam pattern; and pouring a molten metal into the casting pattern and losing the foam pattern to replace the foam pattern with the molten metal, thereby making a casting with a thickness T [mm], the casting including a hole with a diameter of 12 mm or less and a length l [mm],the casting method comprising the steps of:
determining a thermal decomposition amount ?C(?,t) [wt %] of a resin binder when the mold wash is exposed at a temperature ? [° C.] for a time t [sec], from the following formulae (1) to (3), wherein ?Csat(?) [wt %] is a critical thermal decomposition amount of the resin binder contained in the mold wash at a temperature ? [° C.], kd [1/sec] is a thermal decomposition rate constant of the resin binder, ?s [° C.] is a temperature at which thermal decomposition of the resin binder starts, and A, ?, and ?3 are material parameters relying on a material of the mold wash, respectively;
determining a room temperature transverse rupture strength ?b(?,t) [MPa] of the mold wash after receiving thermal loads from the following formula (4), wherein ?c0 [MPa] is a room temperature transverse rupture strength of the mold wash before receiving thermal loads, ?c1 [MPa] is a room temperature transverse rupture strength of the mold wash after the resin binder is completely thermally decomposed, ?s(?,t) [MPa] is a strength increase caused by reaction and sintering among aggregates contained in the mold wash, and ? is a material parameter relying on the material of the mold wash; and
performing casting with the mold wash having the room temperature transverse rupture strength ?b(?,t) after receiving thermal loads being equal to or larger than a threshold value ?cr [MPa]:
?C(?,t)=?Csat(?)·{1?exp(?kdt)}  (1)
?Csat(?)=tanh{?(???s)}×100  (2)
kd=A exp(??)  (3)
?b(?,t)=?c0?(?c0??c1)tanh(??C(?,t))+?s(?,t)  (4).

US Pat. No. 10,766,062

SERVOMOTOR CONTROL DEVICE IN PROCESSING MACHINE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A servomotor control device in a processing machine configured to process an object to be processed on a press support driven by a second servomotor by applying pressure by means of a press driven by a first servomotor, comprising:a first position sensor configured to detect an actual position of the first servomotor;
a pressure sensor configured to detect an actual pressure applied by the press to the object to be processed; and
a processor configured to:
generate a position command for controlling the first servomotor;
generate a speed command for controlling the first servomotor, based on the position command generated and the actual position detected;
generate a pressure command to control a pressure applied by the press to the object to be processed;
generate a speed command for controlling the second servomotor, based on the pressure command generated and the actual pressure detected; and
limit the speed command generated for controlling the second servomotor using a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,766,061

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PLANISHING METAL PRODUCT

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES FR...

1. An installation for planishing a metal strip or plate moving along a running path, the installation comprising:a frame;
a lower planishing cassette comprising lower planishing rollers, and an upper planishing cassette comprising upper planishing rollers, the lower and upper cassettes disposed in the frame;
a lower drive located and configured for driving rotation of the planishing rollers of the lower cassette;
an upper drive located and configured for driving rotation of the planishing rollers of the upper cassette;
the upper and lower drives being disposed on a first motor side and external to the frame, laterally in relation to the running path;
a secured assembly comprising the lower cassette and the lower drive;
a displacement device positioned on the first motor side and configured and operable to be activated: (1) to remove the lower cassette from the frame toward the first motor side, or (2) to insert the lower cassette from the first motor side into the frame; and
the secured assembly comprising a replacement tool for the lower cassette, the replacement tool being coupled to the lower cassette on a second operator side opposite the first motor side in relation to the running path.

US Pat. No. 10,766,060

GROOVED WIRE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GROOVED WIRE

Unarco Industries LLC, W...

1. A device for forming grooves along an axial direction of a wire, said device comprising:a set of grooving rollers, the set of grooving rollers comprising:
a first grooving roller configured to rotate in a first direction and comprising a first groove-fabricating portion aligned circumferentially around a radial face of the first grooving roller and oriented in a third direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the wire;
a second grooving roller configured to rotate in a second direction opposite the first direction and comprising a second groove-fabricating portion aligned circumferentially around a radial face of the second grooving roller and oriented in the third direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the wire;
wherein the first groove-fabricating portion of the first grooving roller and the second groove-fabricating portion of the second grooving roller are configured to form grooves on an outermost surface of the wire along the axial direction of the wire, wherein the first groove-fabricating portion of the first grooving roller extends substantially halfway along the outermost face of the wire, wherein the second groove-fabricating portion of the second grooving roller extends substantially halfway along the outermost face of the wire, and wherein the first fabricating portion of the first grooving roller and the second groove-fabricating portion of the second grooving roller substantially surround a circumference of the wire; and
a set of finishing rollers positioned downstream of the set of grooving rollers, the set of finishing rollers comprising:
a first finishing roller configured to rotate in the first direction and comprising a first wire-finishing portion aligned circumferentially around a radial face of the first finishing roller and oriented in the third direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the wire;
a second finishing roller configured to rotate in the second direction opposite the first direction and comprising a second wire-finishing portion aligned circumferentially around a radial face of the second finishing roller and oriented in the third direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the wire;
wherein, via the first wire-finishing portion and the second wire-finishing portion, the first finishing roller and the second finishing roller are configured to smooth the grooves on the outermost surface of the wire formed by the first grooving roller and the second grooving roller.

US Pat. No. 10,766,052

APPLICATOR WITH AT LEAST ONE PUMP HAVING AN INTEGRATED DRIVE

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An applicator for dispensing adhesive onto a substrate, the applicator comprising:a manifold having a front, a back opposite to the front, a first side, and a second side that is opposite the first side;
at least one dispensing module coupled to said manifold; and
at least one modular pump assembly configured to be removably mounted to said manifold, each of said at least one modular pump assembly comprising:
an inlet for receiving the adhesive and an outlet in fluid communication with said manifold;
a gear assembly disposed within a housing assembly; and
a drive motor unit coupled to said gear assembly and operable for pumping adhesive from said inlet to said outlet, said drive motor unit having:
a housing that defines a first end, and a second end that is opposite said first end and that faces said gear assembly;
a drive shaft that extends through said second end and is connected to said gear assembly;
a drive motor disposed within said housing and that is configured to rotate said drive shaft about an axis that does not intersect both of said first side and said second side of said manifold, wherein said axis extends through said drive motor and said housing assembly such that said drive motor and said housing assembly are aligned with one another along said axis; and
a thermal isolation region between said drive motor and said gear assembly, said thermal isolation region including a thermal isolation member that spaces said housing and said housing assembly from one another so as to define a gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,766,050

COATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A coating apparatus connectable to both an image forming apparatus with a first enclosure having an entrance and a sheet feeder with a second enclosure having an ejector, the coating apparatus comprising:a coater to coat a recording medium with a treatment liquid;
a carry-in entrance on one of two exterior wall surfaces, the carry-in entrance to receive the recording medium from the sheet feeder; and
an ejector on another of the two exterior wall surfaces, the ejector to eject the recording medium to the image forming apparatus,
wherein a position of the carry-in entrance on the one of the exterior wall surfaces aligns with the ejector on said another of the exterior wall surfaces, aligns with
the ejector of the second enclosure of the sheet feeder, and aligns with the entrance of the first enclosure of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,766,048

APPARATUS FOR CLEANING SPRAY GUNS AND BELLS

Crystal Cap Cleaners Inc....

1. A cleaner for spray guns comprising a vessel having an inlet, a drain and a port for receiving an atomizer of the spray gun; an impeller rotatably mounted within said vessel in fluid communication with said inlet, the impeller having an offset cleaning nozzle for projecting a cleaning spray towards said port, a rotational nozzle for projecting a rotational spray to effect rotation of said impeller; and, an air wipe down for removing excess solvent from the atomizer of the spray gun as it leaves the cleaner following a wash cycle; said air wipe down comprising:(a) a cap attached to the vessel and having a neck extending upwardly therefrom;
(b) a sleeve, coaxial with the neck of the cap, and together with the neck of the cap defining a channel for fluid communication with an air source; and,
(c) said sleeve defining a plurality of air holes therethrough in fluid communication with the channel to direct a flow of air toward the atomizer; and
(d) a helical flushing means.

US Pat. No. 10,766,047

DISPENSING CONTAINER AND ACTUATOR THEREFOR

MEDISCA PHARMACEUTIQUE IN...

1. A dispensing container, comprising:a casing having a dimension along a longitudinal direction; and
a fluid dispenser mounted to the casing and configured so as to cause fluid to be drawn from within the casing and released towards an exterior of the dispensing container via an egress port during at least part of a time when a first element of the fluid dispenser is rotated relative to a second element of the fluid dispenser about an axis from a start position to one of a plurality of angularly spaced-apart dosage positions and back to the start position, wherein the egress port is centered about the axis;
the first element and the second element of the fluid dispenser each having a respective outer annular portion and configured such that an axial distance between the outer annular portions remains constant throughout operation of the fluid dispenser, the outer annular portions being continuously exposed during the operation of the fluid dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,766,043

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF COATING PARTICLE IN PROCESS GAS NOZZLE AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus, comprising:a process chamber in which a substrate is accommodated to be processed, the process chamber having an interior portion;
a plurality of quartz gas nozzles configured to supply, into the process chamber, a plurality of process gasses capable of generating reaction products by reacting the plurality of process gasses with each other;
an evacuation device configured to evacuate the interior portion of the process chamber;
at least one bypass pipe configured to connect a quartz gas nozzle among the plurality of quartz gas nozzles to the evacuation device;
at least one coating gas nozzle configured to supply, into the process chamber, at least one of a silicon-containing gas and an oxidizing gas capable of forming a SiO2 coating film inside the quartz gas nozzle connected to the evacuation device in a state in which the inside of the quartz gas nozzle connected to the evacuation device is evacuated by the evacuation device;
a process gas supply source; and
a process gas supply pipe having a first valve and connected between each of the plurality of quartz gas nozzles and the process gas supply source,
wherein the SiO2 coating film is formed inside the quartz gas nozzle connected to the evacuation device by the at least one of the silicon-containing gas and the oxidizing gas supplied from the at least one coating gas nozzle,
wherein the at least one bypass pipe has a second valve, branches from a branch point of the process gas supply pipe at a predetermined position closer to the process chamber than the first valve, and is connected to the evacuation device, and
wherein an interior of the quartz gas nozzle connected to the evacuation device is evacuated by the evacuation device by closing the first valve and opening the second valve.

US Pat. No. 10,766,039

ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electrostatic precipitator comprising:a first high voltage generator configured to generate a first high voltage and a reference voltage;
a second high voltage generator configured to generate a second high voltage;
a charger including:
a first high voltage electrode configured to receive the first high voltage, and
a counter electrode configured to receive the reference voltage,
wherein the charger is configured to charge suspended particles by generating a discharge between the first high voltage electrode and the counter electrode; and
a dust collector disposed in a downstream side of an air flow direction of the charger including:
a second high voltage electrode, and
a ground electrode,
wherein the second high voltage is applied between the second high voltage electrode and the ground electrode, so that the dust collector collects the suspended particles onto a surface of the ground electrode,
wherein the counter electrode comprises a conductor formed of a conductive material, and a resistor covering at least one surface of the conductor, the resistor configured to suppress a discharge current between the first high voltage electrode and the counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,766,037

DISCHARGING DEVICE FOR MILLS

CERTECH S.P.A. A SOCIO UN...

7. A mill for the grinding of a substance comprising a substantially cylindrical-shaped casing (1) and rotating about an axis of rotation (X); an inlet opening (2) being concentric to the axis of rotation (X); an outlet opening (3) being concentric to the axis of rotation (X); wherein the mill further comprises a discharging device;wherein the discharging device comprises a conduit (10), which is connected to the outlet opening (3); a bend (11) disposed along the conduit (10), which defines a curve of the conduit (10); a regulating device (12) associated to the bend (11) and predisposed for varying the position of the bend (11) so as to vary at least the height thereof;
wherein the regulating device (12) is configured for rotating at least one intermediate stretch of the conduit (10) comprising the bend (11) about the axis of rotation (X);
wherein the axis of rotation (X) is aligned with the outlet opening (3).

US Pat. No. 10,766,036

MULTI-DRIVE CRUSHER

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A crusher unit comprising:a mainframe;
a crusher supported by the mainframe;
a primary motor carried by the mainframe to drive the crusher via a first drive belt extending around a first drive pulley at the primary motor and a first flywheel mounted at the crusher;
a secondary motor carried by the mainframe to provide a secondary drive of the crusher; and
a second drive belt extending around a second drive pulley at the secondary motor and either the first flywheel or a second flywheel mounted at the crusher, wherein the secondary motor is movably mounted via a pivot arm to adjust a tension of the second drive belt.

US Pat. No. 10,766,033

DROPLET GENERATION IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE HAVING AN OPTOELECTROWETTING CONFIGURATION

BERKELEY LIGHTS, INC., E...

1. A method of generating a droplet in a microfluidic device comprising a substrate and an optoelectrowetting (OEW) configuration, the method comprising:applying a first electrowetting (EW) force to a droplet reservoir disposed within the microfluidic device, wherein the droplet reservoir comprises an aqueous fluid;
projecting an optical droplet actuator, wherein the optical droplet actuator comprises a projected pattern of light sufficient to activate a second electrowetting force, onto a first position on a surface of the substrate of the microfluidic device, wherein the first position overlaps at least partially with a position on the surface of the substrate that is in contact with the aqueous fluid of the droplet reservoir; and
moving the projection of the optical droplet actuator to a second position on the surface of the substrate of the microfluidic device, wherein the second position is a sufficient distance away from the first position so as to cause a first droplet of the aqueous fluid to separate away from the droplet reservoir,
wherein, prior to moving the projection of the optical droplet actuator to the second position on the substrate, the droplet reservoir contains a volume of aqueous fluid equal to or greater than twice the volume of the first droplet.

US Pat. No. 10,766,032

DEVICES HAVING A PLURALITY OF DROPLET FORMATION REGIONS

10X Genomics, Inc., Plea...

1. A system of producing droplets, the system comprising:(i) a device comprising:
a) a first channel having a first depth, a first width, a first proximal end, and a first distal end;
b) a second channel having a second depth, a second width, a second proximal end, and a second distal end, wherein the second channel intersects the first channel between the first proximal and first distal ends;
c) a shelf region, wherein the shelf region is in fluid communication with the first distal end, wherein the shelf region had a width greater than the first width; and
d) a collection reservoir to collect a population of droplets and comprising at least one wall forming a step, wherein the step is fluidically connected to the shelf region, and wherein the step has a fourth depth that is greater than the first depth;
(ii) a first liquid in the first channel;
(iii) a second liquid in the collection reservoir and the shelf region, wherein, during droplet formation, the second liquid required to form droplets is present only in the collection reservoir and the shelf region; and
(iv) a third liquid in the second channel;wherein the first and third liquids combine at the intersection of the first and second channels and form droplets in the second liquid; andwherein the first and second liquids are immiscible, and the first and third liquids are miscible.

US Pat. No. 10,766,021

PROPYLENE DIRECT OXIDATION REACTION CATALYST, METHOD FOR PREPARING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PREPARING PROPYLENE OXIDE THROUGH PROPYLENE DIRECT OXIDATION REACTION USING SAME

Lotte Chemical Corporatio...

1. A propylene direct oxidation reaction catalyst, which is a supported silver catalyst used for preparing a propylene oxide from a propylene direct oxidation reaction, the catalyst comprising, as a catalyst promoter, a molybdenum oxide (MoO3) and a tungsten oxide (WO3), wherein a carrier used for the supported silver catalyst is a zirconium oxide, and wherein the zirconium oxide has a monoclinic crystal phase fraction of 0.15-1.00 as calculated based on X-ray diffraction analysis results according to the following equation:Monoclinic crystal phase peak height/(monoclinic crystal phase peak height+tetragonal crystal phase peak height)  (Equation).

US Pat. No. 10,766,018

COMPOSITES OF ALUMINUM OXIDE AND CERIUM/ZIRCONIUM MIXED OXIDES

Sasol Germany GmbH, Hamb...

1. An Al/Ce/Zr oxide composite comprising aluminum oxide and cerium/zirconium mixed oxides in the form of a “solid solution”, wherein Al2O3 and the Ce/Zr and optionally rare earth (RE) mixed oxides are homogeneously distributed side by side comprising20% to 80% by weight aluminum, calculated as Al2O3;
5% to 80% by weight zirconium, calculated as ZrO2;
5% to 80% by weight cerium, calculated as CeO2; and
0% to 12% by weight, rare earth metal(s) (RE) calculated as RE2O3.

US Pat. No. 10,766,004

COMPOSITE MEMBRANES AND METHODS OF USE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of separating alcohol from a mixture of alcohol and gasoline, the method comprising contacting the mixture with an asymmetric composite membrane comprising:a porous substrate comprising opposite first and second major surfaces, and a plurality of pores; and
a pore-filling polymer disposed in at least some of the pores so as to form a layer coating all of the first major surface of the porous substrate and having a thickness within the porous substrate, with the amount of the pore-filling polymer at or adjacent to the first major surface being greater than the amount of the pore-filling polymer at or adjacent to the second major surface;
wherein the starting materials for the pore-filling polymer include a (meth)acrylate-containing monomer and/or oligomer, and the starting materials for the pore-filling polymer also comprise one or more polymeric additives that (a) have a strong affinity with the pore-filling polymer so that the pore-filling polymer is reinforced by the one or more polymeric additives and (b) enter pores of the porous substrate with the starting materials and thereby form an interpenetrating polymer network, the polymeric additive is selected from polyacrylic acid, polymethacrylic acid, polyacrylamide or its copolymers, polyethylene oxide, polyvinyl alcohol, poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL), poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone), and mixtures or copolymers thereof, the amount of polymeric additive is in the range of from at least 0.20 wt-% up to 75%, based on the total amount of pore-filling polymer plus polymeric additive, the molecular weight (weight average) of the polymeric additive is in the range of from 1,000 to 500,000; and
wherein the pore-filling polymer is more permeable to alcohol than gasoline but not soluble in alcohol or gasoline.

US Pat. No. 10,766,003

PRESTERILIZABLE FILTRATION SYSTEM TO BE DISPOSED OF AFTER A SINGLE USE

SARTORIUS STEDIM BIOTECH ...

1. A filtration system, comprising:a pre-sterilized subsystem (2) that includes:
at least one disposable Container (6);
at least one disposable filtration module (7);
a disposable hose system (8) connecting the at least one container (6) and the at least one filtration module (7);
a disposable pump part (14) integrated into the hose system (8) between the at least one container (6) and the at least one filtration module (7);
a disposable, valve part (12) integrated in the hose system (8) and having a variable passage; and
a plurality of disposable measuring cells (28) integrated into the hose system (8); and
a reusable filtration installation (1) that includes:
a reusable pump drive (15) removably associated with the disposable pump part (14) for selectively operating the disposable pump part (14) to control flow through the hose system (8);
a reusable actuator (13) removably associated with the disposable valve part (12) and operating the disposable valve part (12) for selectively varying the passage of the disposable valve part (12) to control flow through the hose system (8);
reusable transducers (29) removably associated respectively with the disposable measuring cells (12); and
a controlling unit (4) connected to the reusable actuator (13), to the reusable transducers (29) and to the reusable pump drive (15) for controlling the disposable pump part (14) and for controlling the reusable actuator (13) and thereby controlling the disposable valve part (12) of the valve (11) and for receiving information from the measuring cells (28), and
wherein the at least one container (6), the at least one filtration module (7), the hose system (8), the disposable valve part (12), disposable measuring cells (28) and the disposable pump part (14) are prepackaged in a sterile manner for connection to the reusable actuator (13), the reusable pump drive (15) and the reusable transducers (29).

US Pat. No. 10,766,001

AERATOR APPARATUS AND AIR DIFFUSION APPARATUS COMPRISING SAME

LOTTE CHEMICAL CORPORATIO...

1. An aerator comprising:a housing having an inner cavity and comprising at least one side wall and an upper surface connected to the at least one side wall;
a first partition formed in the inner cavity and extending from a first lower end to a first upper end to define a first cavity and a second cavity; and
a second partition formed between the first partition and a first side wall in the inner cavity and extending from a second upper end to a second lower end to form a first chamber and a second chamber in the second cavity,
wherein the housing comprises an outlet communicating with the second chamber, the first upper end of the first partition is spaced apart from the upper surface to form a first opening such that the first cavity communicates with the second cavity through the first opening, the at least one side wall comprises the first side wall and a second side wall opposite the first side wall, the first lower end of the first partition is connected to the first side wall through a lower surface, the second side wall is connected to the upper surface through a first connecting surface, the second partition is connected to the upper surface through a second connecting surface, the first chamber and the second chamber communicate with each other under the second lower end of the second partition, and at least one of the first connecting surface and the second connecting surface is a planar surface, a curved surface, or a polygonal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,765,998

THREE-WAY CATALYST FOR PURIFYING GASOLINE ENGINE EXHAUST GAS

N.E. CHEMCAT CORPORATION,...

1. A three-way catalyst for purifying gasoline engine exhaust gas, the three-way catalyst comprising:a carrier having a honeycomb structure, and
a first catalyst layer and a second catalyst layer on the carrier to remove carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides in gasoline engine exhaust gas,
wherein:
the first catalyst layer is composed of a first catalyst composition comprising a heat resistant inorganic oxide supporting Pd and a La-containing oxide,
the second catalyst layer is composed of a second catalyst composition comprising a heat resistant inorganic oxide supporting Rh,
the first catalyst layer is disposed farther from the carrier than the second catalyst layer,
the heat resistant inorganic oxide in at least one of the first catalyst composition and the second catalyst composition comprises a Ce-containing oxide, and
in the three-way catalyst, a content of La in terms of La2O3 is 9.6 g/L to 23 g/L, and a content of Ce in terms of CeO2 is 5 g/L to 20 g/L.

US Pat. No. 10,765,996

PORTABLE CARBON DIOXIDE ABSORPTION SYSTEM

Allied Healthcare Product...

1. A portable carbon dioxide absorption machine comprising:a housing defining an inlet and an outlet;
a blower in fluid communication with the outlet and with a manifold system the blower being disposed within the housing, wherein the blower pulls air from the manifold system into the housing, and pushes the air from the housing through the outlet;
the manifold system comprising a manifold housing defining an expansion chamber; the expansion chamber disposed within the housing, wherein the expansion chamber filters and reduces a velocity of air pulled by the blower;
a carbon dioxide absorbing device disposed within the housing, the carbon dioxide absorbing device in fluid communication with the inlet and the manifold system, wherein the carbon dioxide absorbing device absorbs carbon dioxide from the air entering the inlet; and
a power supply disposed within the housing, wherein the power supply is in electrical communication with the blower.

US Pat. No. 10,765,970

DEFOAMER OIL COMPOUND, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND DEFOAMER COMPOSITION

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. An oil compound for a defoamer, comprising:(A) 100 parts by weight of an inherently hydrophobic organopolysiloxane having a viscosity at 25° C. of from 10 to 100,000 mm2/s,
(B) from 1 to 30 parts by weight of a fine silica powder having a specific surface area of at least 50 m2/g, and
(C) from 0.001 to 5 parts by weight of an organopolysiloxane of general formula (I) and/or (II) below
(wherein X is an organic group selected from R1 and Y—O—; Y is an organic group represented by —SiR13-a(OR2)a; R1 and R2are methyl; a is 2 or 3; and m is an integer of 2 or more)[wherein each R1 is as defined above, X1 and X2 are each independently R1 or a group of formula (i) below(wherein R1 and R2 are as defined above; a is 2 to 3;and b is an integer of 2 or more), each Y is independently a group of formula (ii) below(wherein R1 and X2 are as defined above, X3 is the same as X1, and f is an integer of 0 or more), and c, d and e are each integers of 0 or more, with the proviso that at least one of X1 to X3 is a group of formula (i)],wherein component (C) serves as a surface treatment agent for component (B).

US Pat. No. 10,765,961

ROTOR-SUPPORTING HOUSING

Tanous Works, LLC, Simps...

1. A remote controlled hovering toy creature comprising:a body having at least two wings;
a propulsion system mounted to the body, said propulsion system configured for producing a hovering form of flight for the hovering toy creature, the propulsion system comprising a motor drive driving a primary rotor via at least one rotor mast;
a housing to support the at least one rotor mast against lateral vibration;
a control system for controlling the propulsion system, said control system configured to receive electronic signals from a wireless control device; and
a wing actuation system for actuating the wings in a flapping motion, thereby simulating a flapping motion of the hovering toy creature.

US Pat. No. 10,765,958

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR POWER LIMITED SKY DIVING WIND TUNNEL DRIVE TRAIN/FAN

Maida Engineering, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling a wind tunnel having a fan and nacelle, the system comprising:a) a drive end right angle thrust bearing ratio gearbox housed within the nacelle of the wind tunnel and directly connected to the fan;
b) a motor disposed remote from the nacelle for powering the fan, the motor being connected to the drive end right angle thrust bearing ratio gearbox via a jackshaft so as to power the fan to rotate at at least a threshold minimum speed sufficient to enable human flight within the wind tunnel; and
c) a variable frequency drive positioned remote from the wind tunnel that receives a control signal from a programmable logic controller, wherein the variable frequency drive is programmed to regulate the speed of the motor to: a) a first nonzero target motor speed which is not sufficient to cause the fan to rotate at at least the threshold minimum speed; b) a range of second target motor speeds, all second target motor speeds in the range being greater than the first nonzero target motor speed and sufficiently high to cause the fan to rotate at at least the threshold minimum speed; c) a third target motor speed of zero RPM indicative of an off condition; wherein the variable frequency drive dcvicc is programmed to operate the motor at nonzero target speeds only equal to or greater than said first nonzero target motor speed.

US Pat. No. 10,765,955

VIDEO GAME NOTIFICATIONS FOR STREAMING GAMES

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A method of providing notifications to users of occurrence of video game play events, comprising:receiving, by at least one server of one or more servers, a plurality of requests for notification of occurrence of video game play events from a plurality of devices of a plurality of requestors, each of the requests for notification specifying a video game play event and including an identification of the requestor making the request;
storing, by at least one server of the one or more servers, information of the requests for notification of occurrence of video game play events;
determining, by at least one server of the one or more servers, whether information regarding play of a plurality of video games on a plurality of game servers matches the information of the requests for notification of occurrence of video game play events; and
in response to determining the existence of a match, providing, by at least one server of the one or more servers, a notification comprising an identifier of the matched video game play event to particular ones of the plurality of devices corresponding to requestors making a request for the matched video game play event.

US Pat. No. 10,765,954

VIRTUAL EVENT BROADCASTING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A broadcast augmentation computing system, comprising:a logic machine; and
a storage machine holding instructions executable by the logic machine to:
receive, at an insight generation service of the broadcast augmentation computing system, dynamically-updating state information reported by a currently-executing application providing an interactive virtual event that is dynamically affected by control inputs provided to a player-facing device, the control inputs also affecting the dynamically-updating state information, the dynamically-updating state information at least including positions of avatars and objects within a virtual environment of the interactive virtual event, such positions being generated by the currently-executing application;
computer-analyze the dynamically-updating state information to automatically generate a plurality of insights for review at a broadcaster computing system;
based on one or more relevance filtering parameters, filter the plurality of insights to identify insights relevant for a current state of the currently-executing application; and
present the relevant insights to a broadcaster of the broadcaster computing system for delivery to one or more viewer computing devices receiving a broadcast of the interactive virtual event, such that one or more of the relevant insights are viewable at the one or more viewer computing devices in conjunction with the interactive virtual event.

US Pat. No. 10,765,950

WIRELESS ELECTRICAL CONNECTION BOX

1. A remotely controllable power strip, comprising:a power strip body having at least four receptacles that are independently remotely controlled;
a main power cord and a main power plug connected to a power source;
a main power switch allowing for local deactivation of said receptacles as well as remote-control capabilities of said remotely controllable power strip;
an enclosure provided on an entire upper portion of said power strip body, said enclosure having a main box and a hinged lid, said hinged lid is attached to said main box by use of a hinge along a rear portion of said enclosure and a lockable securing mechanism on a forward face of said enclosure;
a plurality of slotted openings equal in number to said receptacles provided along an upper surface of said main box, said slotted openings are equally spaced with reference to said receptacles;
up to four electrical loads each connected to said remotely controllable power strip, up to four load power cords, each said load power cords are routed through an individual one of said slotted openings;
a load power plug connected to an end of each said load power cord, said each load power cord is electrically connected to said receptacle, said main box is closed upon said load power cords and secured with said lockable securing mechanism; and
a first wireless connection to the Internet governing independent control of applied power to said remotely controllable power strip, while control of power application to said electrical loads remain under control of said remotely controllable power strip, one or more parameters within the Internet are governed by a second wireless connection to a computer-based controller.

US Pat. No. 10,765,948

VIDEO GAME CONTENT AGGREGATION, NORMALIZATION, AND PUBLICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A method for aggregating and normalizing data across a plurality of different video games to achieve uniform data values, said plurality of different video games being executed by at least one game server and rendered on a plurality of client devices to be played by users of said client devices, said at least one game server being in communication with a database that stores game data, the method comprising:accessing said at least one game server to obtain game data for a plurality of games, said game data comprising information about virtual items associated with game environments of said plurality of different video games;
storing game data comprising information about the virtual items from the plurality of different video games in the database;
acquiring the game data comprising information about the virtual items from the database;
normalizing the game data comprising information about the virtual items, such that a value of a virtual item from one of the plurality of different video games can be compared with a value of a virtual item from another one of the plurality of different video games; wherein the normalizing comprises:
grouping the game data based on at least a video game genre corresponding to said game data and an attribute genre corresponding to said game data, wherein grouping the attribute genre is based on at least two of a virtual item's rarity, a percentage of video game players possessing the virtual item, a cost of purchasing the virtual item, a gaming level at which the virtual item is available for purchase, or an availability of the virtual item as a reward;
assigning one or more scores measured on a common scale to each virtual item, wherein each assigned score corresponds to a video game genre and attribute genres that said item is grouped into; and
obtaining a normalized value of each of the virtual items by aggregating each of the assigned common scale scores corresponding to each virtual item; and
generating data representative of a user interface, wherein the user interface is configured to allow multiple users to concurrently trade virtual items from different ones of the plurality of different video games based on the normalized values of said virtual items.

US Pat. No. 10,765,887

PHOTOTHERAPY DEVICE

Thera B Medical Products,...

1. A phototherapy device comprising:an outer garment wrap, of the phototherapy device, having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a lamp assembly, of the phototherapy device, having a base layer and a frame positioned on the base layer, the frame comprising:
a top elongated member, and a bottom elongated member spaced apart from each other, with a plurality of connector members extending therebetween and being substantially perpendicular to each of the top and bottom elongated members, each of connector members having an upper end, with the upper end being spaced apart from the top elongated member, to form a channel therebetween, the elongated members defining a plurality of inner chambers that are generally elongated and spaced apart from each other, with the top elongated member, the bottom elongated member and the connector members being formed from a foam material
with a LED lamp assembly positioned within each of the plurality of inner chambers, and the LED lamp assemblies being electrically coupled together through connector leads that extend into the channel formed between the connector members and the top elongated member, wherein the lamp assembly is positioned within a protective lamp envelope that is detachably coupled to the inner surface of the outer garment wrap, the inner surface comprising an infant contact surface of the outer garment wrap.

US Pat. No. 10,765,886

SYSTEM, USER DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING CIRCADIAN RHYTHM RESPONSIVE TO FUTURE EVENTS

Healthe Inc., Cocoa Beac...

1. A method of dynamically adjusting a circadian rhythm of an observer via a user device that includes control circuitry and an associated memory, the method comprising:determining a preconditioning schedule for at least one future event, the step of determining a preconditioning schedule including
identifying a circadian shift needed to the circadian rhythm of the observer for the at least one future event,
determining a timeframe for preconditioning,
determining a per-day shift needed based upon the identified circadian shift needed and the determined timeframe, and
determining if the needed per-day shift exceeds a threshold,
wherein upon a determination that the per-day shift exceeds the threshold, setting the preconditioning schedule responsive to the determination to operate a light source to emit light based upon the preconditioning schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,765,885

PHOTOTHERAPY MASK WITH QUANTUM DOT PHOSPHORS

Nanoco Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A phototherapy method comprising:providing a shell having eye openings and an inner surface contoured to a user's face;
providing a flexible array of light-emitting diodes affixed to the inner surface of the shell;
providing a first, interchangeable, flexible quantum dot-containing film substantially covering the array of light-emitting diodes, said first, flexible quantum dot-containing film emitting light at a first wavelength in response to photo-excitation by light from the array of light-emitting diodes;
exposing the face of a patient wearing the shell provided with the flexible array of light-emitting diodes affixed to the inner surface of the shell and the first, replaceable, flexible, quantum dot-containing film substantially covering the array of light-emitting diodes to light of the first wavelength by activating the light-emitting diodes for a first period of time;
replacing the first, interchangeable, flexible, quantum dot-containing film with a second, flexible, quantum dot-containing film said second, flexible, quantum dot-containing film emitting light at a second wavelength in response to photo-excitation by light from the array of light-emitting diodes; and
exposing the face of a patient wearing the shell provided with the flexible array of light-emitting diodes affixed to the inner surface of the shell and the second, flexible, quantum dot-containing film substantially covering the array of light-emitting diodes to light of the second wavelength by activating the light-emitting diodes for a second period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,765,882

SELF OPERATED ESTHETIC DEVICE WITH A SUBSTRATE

MADRYN HEATLH PARTNERS, L...

1. A device for treating a skin of a patient, comprising:a. a substrate having a first side and a second side;
b. a plurality of RF electrodes arranged in said substrate, said RF electrodes are configured to emit RF radiation from said first side to a surface of said skin;
c. at least one RF generator configured to generate pulses of current to said RF electrodes; and,
d. a control unit connected to said at least one RF generator, said control unit is configured to control operation of said RF electrodes;
wherein said control unit is configured to control the operation of said RF electrodes according to a predetermined treatment protocol, such that the same activates or deactivates at least one of said RF electrodes at any predetermined time interval according to a predetermined pattern so as to achieve a particular therapeutic result; wherein said predetermined pattern is configured to mimic a treatment in which an applicator with RF electrodes is moved on the surface of said skin;
wherein said device comprises a feedback mechanism connected to said control unit and configured to change parameters of said treatment protocol, according to predetermined parameters; said feedback mechanism configured to change said current to said RF electrodes according to predetermined medical needs, said feedback mechanism comprising:
a. at least one sensor configured to sense at least one electrotherapy parameter selected from a group consisting of dermal tensile forces, tissue impedance, muscle contraction forces, skin elasticity, and any combination thereof;
b. a processor, configured to generate a score of at least one analyzed tissue parameter according to a predetermined scale of treatment success; said at least one analyzed tissue parameter selected from a group consisting of: dermal tensile forces, tissue impedance, muscle contraction forces, skin elasticity, and any combination thereof-said change in said parameters of said treatment protocol and said change in said current based on said score; and,
c. at least one regulator, configured to allow said treatment if said score is higher than a predetermined value and to stop said treatment if said score is lower than a predetermined value;
said regulator configured to provide said treatment only in surroundings of an area in which said score is higher than a predetermined value
wherein said processor is configured to store said score, and to update, based on said score, for at least one said treatment protocol, at least one selected from a waveform group consisting of a waveform and a waveform combination, said waveform group having achieved a highest score in at least one treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,765,877

DEVICE INCLUDING RF SOURCE OF ENERGY AND VACUUM SYSTEM

BTL Medical Technologies ...

28. A method of the soft tissue treatment of a patient comprising:placing an applicator onto a surface of the soft tissue, with the applicator including an electrode at least partially covered by a dielectric material;
the electrode providing radio frequency treatment in a frequency range between 50 kHz to 2.5 GHz;
applying a pulsating negative pressure to a cavity under the applicator, wherein the negative pressure is applied in pulses in a range from 0.01 kPa to 100 kPa, with a duration of one or more of the pulses in a range between 0.1 s to 100 s; and
heating the soft tissue by capacitive heating.

US Pat. No. 10,765,876

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING ANTI-TACHYCARDIA PACING

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A medical device comprising:a sensing circuit configured to receive a cardiac electrical signal from a patient's heart and sense R-waves and T-waves from the cardiac electrical signal;
a therapy delivery circuit configured to generate and deliver anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) pulses to the patient's heart via electrodes coupled to the therapy delivery circuit;
a control circuit coupled to the sensing circuit and to the therapy delivery circuit and configured to:
detect a ventricular tachyarrhythmia from the cardiac electrical signal received by the sensing circuit;
responsive to the detected ventricular tachyarrhythmia, control the therapy delivery circuit to:
deliver a plurality of ATP pulses at alternating ATP time intervals comprising at least a first ATP time interval separating a first pair of the plurality of the ATP pulses comprising a first ATP pulse and a second ATP pulse consecutively following the first ATP pulse at the first ATP time interval, a second ATP time interval separating a second pair of the plurality of ATP pulses comprising the second ATP pulse and a third ATP pulse consecutively following the second ATP pulse at the second ATP time interval, the second ATP time interval being different than the first ATP time interval and consecutively following the first ATP time interval, and a fourth ATP pulse consecutively following the third ATP pulse at the first ATP time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,765,875

IMPLANTABLE CARDIAC DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING LOW ENERGY, PAIN-FREE DEFIBRILLATION SIGNALS FOR VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEAR...

1. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator comprising:a power source;
a controller, powered by the power source, including an electronic processor, a memory, and a pulse generator;
a His-bundle lead coupled to the controller and an electrode that is configured to make in electrical contact with the His-bundle of a patient's heart;
a capacitor circuit including a capacitor configured to deliver a defibrillation shock to the His-bundle; and
a sensing lead coupled to the controller and configured to make in electrical communication with the patient's heart, the sensing lead configured to detect electrical signals generated by the patient's heart, and
wherein the controller is configured to
receive the electrical signals provided by the sensing lead,
process the electrical signals to determine if ventricular fibrillation is present,
if ventricular fibrillation is detected on the electrical signals,
determine a cycle length of the ventricular fibrillation and a set of pacing pulse characteristics for the ventricular fibrillation, wherein the set of pacing pulse characteristics includes at least a number of pulses, pulse duration, pulse cycle length, current, and voltage based on an average of the cycle length of the ventricular fibrillation, while transmitting a signal to the capacitor circuit to charge the capacitor,
transmit instructions to the pulse generator to deliver a pulsed defibrillation signal in accordance with the set of pacing pulse characteristics to the electrode to terminate the ventricular fibrillation,
decrease speed of delivery of the pulsed defibrillation signal to a normal sinus rate,
process the electrical signals to determine if ventricular fibrillation is present after transmission of the pulsed defibrillation signal to the electrode,
if ventricular fibrillation remains present in the electrical signals,
transmit a signal to the capacitor circuit to deliver a defibrillation shock to the electrode,
if ventricular fibrillation is no longer present in the electrical signals,
transmit a signal to the capacitor circuit to discharge the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,765,870

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTION OF INTRINSIC DEPOLARIZATION FOLLOWING HIGH ENERGY CARDIAC ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:delivering a first electrical stimulation pulse to a patient that produces a post-stimulation polarization signal;
starting a pacing escape interval upon delivering the electrical stimulation pulse;
setting a blanking interval upon delivering the electrical stimulation pulse, the blanking interval extending beyond a time of an expected evoked response signal caused by the electrical stimulation pulse;
obtaining, after the blanking interval expires, an electrical signal sensed on an electrode vector, the electrical signal including a cardiac electrical signal superimposed on the post-stimulation polarization signal;
determining a feature of the sensed electrical signal;
comparing the feature of the sensed electrical signal to criteria for identifying an intrinsic cardiac event during the post-stimulation polarization signal;
identifying the intrinsic cardiac event when the feature meets the criteria;
restarting the pacing escape interval in response to identifying the intrinsic cardiac event; and
delivering a second electrical stimulation pulse in response to expiration of the pacing escape interval.

US Pat. No. 10,765,860

SUBCUTANEOUS IMPLANTATION MEDICAL DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE PARASTERNAL-ANTERIOR ELECTRODES

Pacesetter, Inc., Sylmar...

1. A subcutaneous implantable medical device (SIMD), comprising:a pulse generator (PG) configured to be positioned subcutaneously within a lateral region of a chest of a patient, the PG having a housing that includes a PG electrode, the PG having an electronics module; and
an elongated lead that is electrically coupled to the pulse generator, the elongated lead including a first electrode that is configured to be positioned subcutaneously along a first parasternal region proximate a sternum of the patient and a second electrode that is configured to be positioned subcutaneously at an anterior region of the patient, wherein the first and second electrodes are coupled to be electrically common with one another, wherein the PG is further configured to be positioned relative to a vertical direction substantially aligned with an apex of a heart to define at least one shocking vector between the PG and the first and second electrodes that passes through a ventricle of the heart, wherein the electronics module is configured to provide electrical shocks for antiarrhythmic therapy along the at least one shocking vector, wherein the lead, the first electrode and the second electrode are not attached to bone.

US Pat. No. 10,765,858

EXTRAVASCULAR LEAD DESIGNS FOR OPTIMIZED PACING AND SENSING HAVING SEGMENTED, PARTIALLY ELECTRICALLY INSULATED DEFIBRILLATION COILS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implantable medical electrical lead comprising:an elongate lead body having a proximal end and a distal portion, the elongate lead body comprising an insulated portion;
a defibrillation electrode positioned along the distal portion of the lead body, the defibrillation electrode including a first defibrillation electrode segment and a second defibrillation electrode segment spaced a distance apart from each other, the second defibrillation electrode segment positioned distal to the first defibrillation electrode segment, the insulated portion of the elongate lead body positioned between the first and second defibrillation electrode segments and within the distance, at least one of the first and second defibrillation electrode segments including at least one coated portion and at least one uncoated portion, the at least one coated portion being coated with an electrically insulating material configured to prevent transmission of a pacing pulse to a patient's heart and configured to allow transmission of a defibrillation shock to the heart, the at least one uncoated portion being configured to transmit a defibrillation shock and at least one of transmit a pacing pulse to the heart and sense a cardiac depolarization;
an electrical conductor disposed within the elongate lead body, each of the first and second defibrillation electrode segments being electrically coupled to the electrical conductor; and
one or more pace/sense electrodes along the distal portion of the lead body and configured to, at least one of, deliver pacing pulses to and sense electrical activity from the heart, wherein at least one of the pace/sense electrodes is disposed between the first defibrillation electrode segment and the second defibrillation electrode segment.

US Pat. No. 10,765,845

MEDICAL TUBE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical tube comprising:an elongated main shaft tube that has a distal end and a proximal end, that has a distal opening on a distal side, and that internally has a lumen which communicates with the distal opening;
a lateral introduction portion that is disposed at an intermediate position in an axial direction of the main shaft tube, and that introduces a fluid to the lumen from a boundary portion which connects a plurality of biological organs to each other; and
a flow path opening/closing mechanism that is operable to be in a state of opening the lumen and to be in a state of closing the lumen, wherein the flow path opening/closing mechanism closes the lumen, when negative pressure is applied to the lumen on a proximal side further from flow path opening/closing mechanism, and opens the lumen, when positive pressure is applied to the lumen on a distal side further from the flow path opening/closing mechanism or when the negative pressure is released, and wherein the fluid is aspirated into the lumen via the lateral introduction portion by the negative pressure, and flows inside the main shaft tube in a proximal end direction.

US Pat. No. 10,765,841

OCCLUDING CATHETER AND DYNAMIC METHOD FOR PREVENTION OF STROKE

1. A system for use in prevention of stroke, comprising:a shaft that carries an occluding balloon, wherein the occluding balloon is inflated to occlude blood flow through at least one of a right carotid artery and a left carotid artery;
an actuation device for causing inflation of the occluding balloon, wherein the inflation is applied in a cyclical nature based upon a cardiac cycle, wherein the cyclical inflation of the occluding balloon in turn causes a resulting cyclical occlusion;
wherein the actuation device is a pressure source that delivers a fluid to the occluding balloon, wherein the occluding balloon is a distal occluding balloon that is configured for location in in the left carotid artery and is configured to occlude blood flow through the left carotid artery when inflated;
wherein the shaft has a proximal occluding balloon that is spaced from the distal occluding balloon by a segment of the shaft, wherein the proximal occluding balloon is configured for location in an innominate artery and is inflated by the actuation device to be configured to occlude blood flow through the right carotid artery and a right subclavian artery when inflated, wherein the inflation of the proximal occluding balloon is applied in a cyclical nature based upon the cardiac cycle, wherein the cyclical inflation, of the proximal occluding balloon is in turn configured to cause a resulting cyclical occlusion;
a cardiac monitoring device that is configured to monitor a heart, wherein the cardiac cycle is the cardiac cycle of the heart, wherein the cardiac monitoring device obtains data on when the cardiac cycle is in a systole phase and when the cardiac cycle is in a diastole phase; and
a synchronization device that obtains the data from the cardiac monitoring device, wherein the synchronization device causes the actuation device to cause inflation of the proximal and distal occluding balloons based upon the data obtained from the cardiac monitoring devices such that the occlusion of blood flow is configured to be applied during a majority of the systole phase and is not configured to be applied during a majority of the diastole phase such that the proximal and distal occluding balloons are always at least partially inflated during the entire diastole phase but less than the systole phase inflation.

US Pat. No. 10,765,839

INFLATION DEVICE WITH DETACHABLE HOUSING AND RELATED METHODS

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. A syringe assembly comprising:an elongate syringe barrel defining a fluid reservoir;
an adaptor coupled to the elongate syringe barrel;
a housing coupled to the adaptor;
a lock coupled to the housing;
a pressure transducer;
an aperture that extends through a wall of the elongate syringe barrel such that the fluid reservoir of the elongate syringe barrel is in fluid communication with the pressure transducer; and
a key,
wherein the syringe assembly is configured to transition from a locked configuration in which the lock prevents movement of the adaptor relative to the housing to an unlocked configuration in which the adaptor is free to move relative to the housing, and
wherein the key is configured to extend through an orifice in the housing to displace the lock, thereby transitioning the syringe assembly from the locked configuration to the unlocked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,765,835

NEEDLE MAGNETIZER

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A magnetizer for magnetizing a tissue-penetrating medical device comprising:a base segment having one or more magnets;
one or more movable segments, each of the one or more movable segments being embedded with one or more magnets, stacked in a vertical configuration on top of the base segment, the base segment and the one or more movable segments having a central cavity; and
a hinge having a vertical axis not in contact with the central cavity, the hinge connecting the one or more movable segments and the base segment.

US Pat. No. 10,765,831

TRAUMATIC NIGHTMARE DETECTION AND INTERVENTION

NIGHTWARE, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of detecting and intervening in traumatic nightmares, the method comprising:monitoring a user by collecting data from at least two of an accelerometer, a gyroscope, or a heartrate sensor of at least one device worn by the user;
determining average values for each of the at least two of the accelerometer, gyroscope, or heartrate sensor over a first period of time and detecting traumatic nightmares or precursors thereof based on a combination of the average values; and
causing an intervention based upon detection of a traumatic nightmare or precursor thereof;
wherein detecting traumatic nightmares or precursors thereof based on a combination of the average values comprises averaging combinations of the average values over a second period of time greater than the first period of time; and
wherein average values for each of the at least two of the accelerometer, gyroscope, or heartrate sensor are determined over a plurality of first periods of time, and the average values corresponding to the plurality of first periods of time are averaged over the second period of time.