Assembling Or Joining Patents (Class 29/428)
  • Patent number: 11327391
    Abstract: A wavelength conversion device includes a heat dissipation substrate, a first reflection layer, a second reflection layer, and a wavelength conversion layer. The first reflection layer is disposed on the heat dissipation substrate. The second reflection layer is disposed on the first reflection layer. The wavelength conversion layer is disposed on the second reflection layer. The first reflection layer is located between the heat dissipation substrate and the second reflection layer, and the second reflection layer is located between the first reflection layer and the wavelength conversion layer. A reflectivity of the second reflection layer to a visible light is greater than a reflectivity of the first reflection layer to the visible light, and a thickness of the first reflection layer is greater than or equal to a thickness of the second reflection layer. A projection device having the wavelength conversion device is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: I-Hua Chen, Chi-Tang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11318902
    Abstract: A grille assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle grille having an opening with at least a pair of opposed edges, and at least one tab extending along at least one edge of the pair of opposed edges. The at least one tab has a base portion, an end portion, and two opposed faces extending between the base portion and end portion. The at least one tab is tapered such that a cross-sectional area of the tab taken along a plane extending perpendicular to either face of the opposed faces of the tab decreases in a direction extending from the base portion toward the end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Praveen Kumar
  • Patent number: 11319749
    Abstract: Provided is a retroreflective window which can block a direct light ray and reflect it to a sun side while maintaining a viewability and enhance a usability of the direct light ray. The retroreflective window (1 to 3) includes first and second transparent plate materials, a transparent first prism which is disposed between the first and second transparent plate materials, and a switching member which is installed facing a second side of the first prism and can be switched between a reflective state in which a reflectance of visible light rays and infrared rays is 70% or more and a non-reflective state in which the reflectance of visible light rays and infrared rays is 30% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI ENERGY SYSTEM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuju Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11305890
    Abstract: A stiffener composite charge placement system is presented. The stiffener composite charge placement system comprises a longitudinal end effector having a first attachment point and a second attachment point; a first rotational arm having a first connector configured to connect to the first attachment point; a first movement system configured to move the first rotational arm within a manufacturing environment; a second rotational arm having a second connector configured to connect to the second attachment point; and a second movement system configured to move the second rotational arm within the manufacturing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Young Ahn, Davis Tran
  • Patent number: 11286536
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a part is provided. The system includes a gantry, a first mobile arm and a second mobile arm, at least one conveyor and at least one sensor. The gantry has a first member and a second member disposed opposite the first member so as to define an opening. The first and the second mobile arms are disposed on the first and the second members, respectively. The at least one conveyor is operative to move the part through the opening so as to position the part within access of the first and the second mobile arms. The at least one sensor is operative to guide the first and the second mobile arms to one or more areas of the part. The first and the second mobile arms are operative to perform a manufacturing process on the part at the one or more areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Allan Ferry, Ronald Konopacki
  • Patent number: 11280222
    Abstract: A method of assembling thin-walled curvilinear components to a bulkhead offers a cost-effective, time-saving process of manufacture. Each component includes a faying edge configured to be aligned with respect to the other. A first component and the bulkhead are preassembled. In one approach, a second component is clamped about the bulkhead for a preassembly measurement of radial gaps between the faying edge of the second component and the bulkhead. An average value of the radial gaps is calculated, and a specific shim thickness corresponding to the calculated average gap value is selected. The second component is unclamped, and a plurality of shims, each having the selected thickness corresponding to the calculated average gap value, is applied about the bulkhead. The second component is then permanently secured to the bulkhead over the shims, with respective faying edges of the first and second components fixed in radial alignment with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rich L. Stark, Branko Lakic, Jared Marvin Pasik, Daniel D. Williams
  • Patent number: 11235956
    Abstract: A method of lifting a rotor of a wind turbine, the rotor having a center of gravity and including a hub and first, second, and third blades projecting outwardly from the hub at locations circumferentially distributed thereabout, includes positioning first and second slings around the first and second blades, respectively, to define first and second lifting zones delineating a lifting envelope, wherein the lifting envelope encompasses the center of gravity. The method also includes lifting the rotor above a surface via the first and second slings wherein the rotor is in one of a substantially horizontal or substantially vertical orientation, with the aid of at least one of the first and second slings while continuing to fully support the rotor by the first and second slings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Petersen, Jesper Hermann Hansen, Jens Torborg
  • Patent number: 11213957
    Abstract: An end-effector assembly comprising a master boom, a crossbar coupled to the master boom, at least one branch rail, and a swing arm is provided. The at least one branch rail is movably coupled to the crossbar by a branch lock. The at least one branch rail has a driving groove formed longitudinally therealong for telescopic movement relative to the crossbar. The branch lock comprises a crossbar clamp and a branch rail clamp. The crossbar clamp is slidably and pivotally disposed about the crossbar for slidable and pivotal movement therealong. The branch rail clamp comprises a body having a primary telescoping lock including a receiving bore formed therethrough and a wedging collet disposed in the receiving bore. The body further comprises a secondary telescoping lock having a ball and a plunger disposed in a ball-plunger cavity of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Erik B. Golm
  • Patent number: 11198520
    Abstract: The object is to provide an aircraft component positioning device, an aircraft assembly system, and an aircraft assembly method with which it is possible to precisely dispose components on a planar member of an aircraft without using a positioning jig. A positioning device (2) includes a detection unit (5) that detects positions of a plurality of first components installed on a planar member of an aircraft, a virtual position creation unit (6) that creates a virtual position between the plurality of first components on the basis of the positions of the plurality of first components that are detected, and a position determination unit (7) that, on the basis of the virtual position that is created, determines an installation position of a second component, different from the plurality of first components, that is installed on the planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Goto, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Hiroto Mori, Michinobu Takahagi, Hideyuki Suzuki, Junichi Takeshita, Jiro Wada, Katsumi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11105596
    Abstract: A deliverable weapon, such as a missile, an artillery round, an aerial bomb, or a mortar round, having an explosive warhead, utilizes concentric annular sleeves that upon detonation provide placement of smaller fragments of an inner annular sleeve interstitially with respect to larger fragments of an outer annular sleeve in an expanding fragmentation curtain that contains expanding gases to increase the pressure of the explosion and the kinetic energy transferred to the fragments. In embodiments, the sleeves are comprised of ordered layers of spherical metal fragments encased in binder material and an outer casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel J. Bonnstetter, Richard M. Truitt, Reid W. Wagnild
  • Patent number: 11101161
    Abstract: A substrate holding member includes a base, and a plurality of convex parts formed at an upper surface of the base and configured to hold a substrate at top surfaces thereof. Each convex part has a root portion extending from the upper surface of the base, and a top portion formed on the root portion and including the top surface. In each convex part, a cross-sectional area of the root portion is larger than a cross-sectional area of the top portion. At least a portion including the top surface of the top portion is formed of a holding member made of a material having a greater Young's modulus than a material forming the base. The respective holding members are spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Onodera, Takashi Teshima
  • Patent number: 11087153
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a traffic light recognition system and method for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and robust to variations in illumination, partial occlusion, climate, shape and angle at which traffic light is viewed. The solution performs a real time recognition of traffic light by detecting the region of interest, where extracting the region of interest is achieved by projecting the sequence of frames into a kernel space, binarizing the linearly separated sequence of frames, identifying and classifying the region of interest as a candidate representative of traffic light. With the aforesaid combination of techniques used, traffic light can be conveniently recognized from amidst closely similar appearing objects such as vehicle headlights, tail or rear lights, lamp posts, reflections, street lights etc. with enhanced accuracy in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INDIA PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Kumar Vishal, Arvind Channarayapatna Srinivasa, Ritesh Mishra, Venugopal Gundimeda
  • Patent number: 11087646
    Abstract: Provided are a flexible display device including an electrode or wiring including an amorphous metal layer using amorphous metal, and a method of manufacturing thereof. Also, provided are a flexible display device including an electrode or wiring including an amorphous metal layer and a crystalline metal layer, and a method of manufacturing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION, SEJONG CAMPUS
    Inventors: Sang Hun Jeon, Kung Won Rhie, Min Hyun Jung, Chang Jin Yun
  • Patent number: 11077401
    Abstract: Embodiments of point-of-use (POU) abatement device and methods of abating a plurality of gas streams from a corresponding plurality of processing chambers are provided herein. In some embodiments, a compact POU abatement device includes a plurality of inlets respectively coupled to a plurality of process chambers in which each of the process chambers gas streams is isolated from the other gas streams. In some embodiments, the compact POU abatement device can include a plurality of oxidation devices and a corresponding plurality of wet scrubber columns each directly coupled to ones of the plurality of inlets to receive a gas stream from a corresponding process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HIGHVAC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Philip J. Catalano
  • Patent number: 11052545
    Abstract: A method of attaching a tip to a pipette, which is executed in a robot system, includes: making an end effector of a robot hold a pipette; bringing a vicinity portion of a distal end of the pipette into contact with or close to an edge of an opening formed in a base of a tip while tilting an axis direction of the pipette by a predetermined angle with respect to an axis direction of the tip; attaching the tip to the pipette by inserting the distal end of the pipette and the vicinity portion of the distal end of the pipette into the tip while raising the pipette such that the axis direction of the pipette is aligned with the axis direction of the tip; and separating the pipette and the tip attached to the pipette from the predetermined spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SYSMEX CORPORATION, MEDICAROID CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Iwasaki, Satoshi Ouchi, Eiji Mitsui, Junichi Matsuoka, Takehiro Hasegawa, Yukihiko Kitano
  • Patent number: 11041791
    Abstract: An indenter is made of polycrystalline diamond and has a tip having a spherical surface with a radius of 10 to 2000 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kensei Hamaki, Katsuko Yamamoto, Hitoshi Sumiya, Yuh Ishida
  • Patent number: 11014217
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in handling windscreens for example for installation in a vehicle, includes a windscreen anchor assembly comprising a windscreen anchor device and a support arm extending away from the windscreen anchor device. A mount assembly is provided for supporting the windscreen anchor assembly. The mount assembly includes a mount structure for engaging with the support arm such that the support arm can slide bodily in its longitudinal direction with respect to the mount structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Belron International Limited
    Inventors: William Finck, Christopher Davies
  • Patent number: 11011492
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transducer system is provided. The ultrasonic transducer system includes: a transducer mounting structure; a transducer, including at least one mounting flange for coupling the transducer to the transducer mounting structure; and a tuned resonator having a desired resonant frequency, the tuned resonator being integrated with at least one of the transducer mounting structure and the at least one mounting flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominick A. DeAngelis
  • Patent number: 11004705
    Abstract: A chip transfer device is provided. The chip transfer device according to an embodiment includes a support, a plurality of pick-up modules disposed on the support in a horizontal direction, and movably connected to the support, and a controller configured to control the plurality of pick-up modules, wherein each of the plurality of pick-up modules is movable while collectively picking up a plurality of chips on a corresponding wafer among a plurality of wafers, and wherein the controller moves and adjusts the plurality of pick-up modules in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Doyoung Kwag, Sangmoo Park, Yoonsuk Lee
  • Patent number: 10987876
    Abstract: A method for joining a first component and a second component. The method includes forming a first bond between the first component and the second component by providing a plurality of projections on the first component and embedding the plurality of projections in the second component; creating a fastener hole which passes through the first component and the second component and which encompasses at least one of the projections; and forming a second bond between the first component and the second component by installing a fastener in the fastener hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Piers Gow
  • Patent number: 10966692
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a quick release apparatus configurable to drive a driven member. The driven member comprises a primary driver which provides or carries a driven member, and that is able to drive the driven member in a first direction to an operative position. The driven member further comprises an actuable secondary driver. The primary and secondary drivers are configurable between a first mode, wherein the secondary driver is able to drive the primary driver in the first direction, and in a second mode which allows the primary driver to be moved away from the operative position independent of the position of the secondary driver under the influence of a bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SNPSHOT TRUSTEE LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Stuart Gardner, Roy Victor Bladen, Rory Bladen
  • Patent number: 10953905
    Abstract: A kit for motorizing a golf bag cart, a motorized golf bag cart, and a method of motorizing a golf bag cart are disclosed herein. The kit can include brackets having clamps, a golf cart drive unit, and a remote control. Each bracket is used to replace a rear wheel assembly of a non-motorized golf bag cart. The clamps are used to attach the golf drive unit to the cart. The remote control is used to control and steer the cart via the attached golf cart drive unit. The golf cart drive unit includes two motors, two axles, two wheels and an axle aligning member. The axles slide relative to the axle aligning member to accommodate golf bag carts having different rear wheel spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Alex Chi Bun Tse
  • Patent number: 10948121
    Abstract: A super-long thermal insulation steel jacket pipe and a machining process for making such a pipe are provided. The pipe is designed to exhibit good thermal insulation performance and corrosion resistance. An annular cavity of the pipe is in a vacuum state, and the pipe is internally provided with a support frame and filled with a phase change material. When the pipe is used for underground energy exploitation, temperature in a working steel pipe in the pipe can be effectively kept unaffected when external temperature decreases. The steel jacket pipe has long service life, and can greatly reduce costs of exploitation of petroleum and/or of an underground heat source, such as by reducing a heat loss in exploitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHINDA (TANGSHAN) CREATIVE OIL & GAS EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shujun Zhang, Bin Zheng, Jianliang Duan, Jian Dong, Yueqing Lin, Xiang Liu, Fengshou Shangguan
  • Patent number: 10940846
    Abstract: An electromechanical brake assist system driven by an electric motor cooperating with a master cylinder and having, along the axis of actuation, a helper piston in the shape of an axial sleeve solidly connected with a guide bracket and having a threaded surface. A nut, fixed in translation but free to rotate, has interior threads that complement those of the helper piston, which it receives, and exterior teeth that cooperate with the drive motor. A plunger piston carries a drive base so it can be pushed by the piston. Its other extremity is connected to the control rod, formed from a body and a head. The body has a crimping area and the head has a sleeve with an extremity that can be crimped along the crimping area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: David Patarra, Francois Gaffe, Philippe Richard
  • Patent number: 10921781
    Abstract: Algorithmic reasoning about a cutting tool assembly's space of feasible configurations can be effectively harnessed to construct a sequence of motions that guarantees a collision-free path for the tool assembly to remove each support structure in the sequence. A greedy algorithm models the motion of the cutting tool assembly through the free-spaces around the intermediate shapes of the part as the free-spaces iteratively reduce in size to the near-net shape to determine feasible points of contact for the cutting tool assembly. Each support beam is evaluated for a contact feature along the boundary of the near-net shape that constitutes a feasible point of contact. If a support beam has at least one feasible configuration at each point, the support beam is deemed ‘accessible’ and a collection of tool assembly configurations that are guaranteed to be non-colliding but which can access all points of contact of each accessible support beam can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Saigopal Nelaturi, Morad Behandish
  • Patent number: 10914461
    Abstract: A device to support string lights, the device including a base member configured with a slot structured to receive a supporting band, and at least one support member extending away from the base member and configured to receive and support a portion of string lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Mark V. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10914043
    Abstract: A construction method for a cantilever beam on a central pier. A scaled model of the cantilever beam on the central pier is established and tested to obtain the stress distribution regularities of the cantilever beam according to test data and analysis results of the scaled model, so as to find out week parts of the cantilever beam, and thus the optimization design can be performed to make the cantilever beam reasonably carry the load and improve the materials with a higher utilization ratio. The wheeled stand support used in the present application has a high turnover rate and it is easy and convenient to dismantle and assemble the wheeled stand support. A height of the cantilever beam mold can be adjusted by a hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignees: POLY CHANGDA ENGINEERING CO., LTD., CCCC HIGH WAY CONSULTANTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gangliang Liu, Chengmin Wang, Zhongwen Wang, Jie Chen, Yiming Xu, Rongfeng Chen, Baihong Deng, Taihao Chen, Yi Zhou, Zungui Lei, Lichuan Cui, Yadang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10903705
    Abstract: A motor includes a rotor to rotate about a motor axis, and a stator radially outside of the rotor. The rotor includes a shaft extending along the motor axis, and a rotor core surrounding the shaft from radially outside. The shaft includes a hollow portion including an inner circumferential surface extending along an axial direction, and a communicating hole extending in a radial direction to bring a space outside of the shaft and the hollow portion into communication with each other, the hollow portion being structured to allow oil to be fed thereinto. The inner circumferential surface of the hollow portion includes a recessed groove extending along a circumferential direction. The communicating hole opens into the hollow portion at the recessed groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Ishikawa, Takayuki Migita
  • Patent number: 10869759
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a prosthetic valve can comprise a radially expandable and compressible frame, which can include a plurality of struts which are pivotally joined together without requiring individual rivets. In some embodiments, the struts are interwoven, and can be joined using integral hinges formed in the struts, such as by performing alternate cuts on the struts, bending the struts to form stopper tabs adjacent to joints and/or drilling holes in the struts to facilitate interconnecting struts at joints, or otherwise forming integral hinges and corresponding holes at junction points between the struts. In another embodiment, the frame comprises a plurality of inner struts and outer struts which are connected by a plurality of chains of interconnected rivets, avoiding the need to provide individual rivets at each junction between struts. In still another embodiment, separate hinges are provided to interconnect the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Barash, Yair A. Neumann, Tomer Saar, Ziv Yohanan, Noam Nir
  • Patent number: 10870553
    Abstract: Disclosed is a first creel bobbin brake, a creel bobbin assembly, a creel and a creel method. The first creel bobbin brake is arranged for applying a braking torque to a first shaft of a first creel bobbin. The first creel bobbin brake includes a strap that is provided with a first end, a second end and a strap body extending in a longitudinal direction between the first end and the second end, wherein the strap further includes an opening in the strap body, wherein the strap body and the opening are arranged to taper from the first end towards the second end, wherein the strap is arranged to be wound around the first shaft of the first creel bobbin over at least two revolutions, and wherein the second end is insertable through the opening with each revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Marcel Smits
  • Patent number: 10830209
    Abstract: A locking unit (24) for a rotor lock system (20) of a wind turbine (1), the locking unit (24) comprising: a locking shaft (34) that is slidably movable within a barrel (30) under the influence of an actuator (32); and an angular drive arrangement (48, 50) which is configured to enable angular movement of the locking shaft (34) about a longitudinal axis as the locking shaft (34) is moved linearly within the barrel (30) by the actuator (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gerner Larsen
  • Patent number: 10795342
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for proximity detection in a fabrication environment. One embodiment is a method for reporting proximity in an assembly environment. The method includes inserting an arm of a bracket into an interior of a part that is held by a cradle, and that is worked upon by a robot, placing indexing features at the bracket into contact with indexing features of the cradle, operating sensors at the bracket to directly detect a location of a first proximity detector worn by a technician and a location of the second proximity detector at the robot, and directing the first proximity detector to provide a warning to the technician if a distance between the first proximity detector and the second proximity detector is less than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Fei Cai, Farahnaz Sisco
  • Patent number: 10752500
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing optical components, wherein a first contact surface is formed by bringing a deformation element into contact with a carrier; and a second contact surface is formed by applying a functional element to the deformation element; said second contact surface at least partially overlapping the first contact surface, so that a deformation zone is formed by the area of the deformation element that lies between the overlapping areas of the two contact surfaces, wherein at least one portion of the deformation zone is heated and deformed in such a way that the functional element is deflected, in particular, shifts and/or tilts, and the functional element is joined with the deformation element during the process step of applying the functional element to the deformation element and/or during the process step of heating and deforming the deformation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Hans Joachim Quenzer, Vanessa Stenchly
  • Patent number: 10712465
    Abstract: Embodiments, including apparatuses, systems and methods, for automatically attaching and detaching seismic devices to a deployment cable, including a plurality of autonomous seismic nodes. A node installation system may include a moveable node carrier coupled to a cable detection device and a node attachment device that is configured to move a direct attachment mechanism on a node into a locking or closed position about the deployment cable. In an embodiment for retrieval and/or detachment operations, the system may also be configured to automatically detect the position of a node and remove the node from the deployment line by actuating the direct attachment mechanism into an open or unlocked position. Other devices besides a node may be attached and detached from the deployment line if they are coupled to one or more direct attachment mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Arne Henning Rokkan, Richard Edward Henman, Leif Johan Larsen, Johan Fredrik Næs, Mariann Ervik, Ole-Fredrik Semb
  • Patent number: 10694866
    Abstract: A crib may include: an upper frame; an enclosure made of flexible material, connected to the upper frame and having an openable side; a lower frame connected to the upper frame and configured to support a mattress; and two guides. The upper frame may include a first portion, connected to the lower frame and having two first ends, and a second portion, movable relative to the first portion and having two second ends. The upper frame may be switched between a closed configuration, in which the second ends are locked with respect to the first ends, and an open configuration, in which the second portion is spaced from the first ends. The guides may extend from the first portion of the upper frame toward the lower frame. The second ends may be configured to slide along a respective guide to move from the closed to the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ARTSANA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Erica Gallina
  • Patent number: 10682499
    Abstract: A catheter and introducer needle assembly, including a flexible catheter and a catheter hub having an outer surface portion. The assembly includes an introducer needle disposed in the catheter, a needle shield having a resilient clip adapted to flex between first and second positions. The resilient clip includes a cantilevered arm with a pawl. In the resilient clip's first position, the cantilevered arm is flexed so that the pawl frictionally contacts the catheter hub's outer surface portion to retain the needle shield with the catheter hub. In the second position, the pawl no longer frictionally contacts the hub's outer surface, thereby permitting needle shield displacement relative to the catheter hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: S. Ray Isaacson, Siddarth Shevgoor, Jeff O'Bryan, Yiping Ma
  • Patent number: 10660165
    Abstract: A cooking system for preparation of foods, comprises an oven with a microwave source and a convection heater, and a bowl with a stirrer; the system further comprises at least a couple of interchangeable bowls, a plastic bowl being configured to be used when microwave source is in an activated configuration and a metal bowl being configured to be used when heater is in an activated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Daniele Franchi, Charles Lai
  • Patent number: 10625333
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus for setting a fastener penetrating into a workpiece having a first and a second sheet of material to be joined is provided. The fastening apparatus includes a frame supporting a punch and an upsetting die assembly. The upsetting die assembly includes a housing defining an axial bore, and a die member and a rod located in the bore. The die member and rod are axially displaceable within the bore. A stop member is pivotally connected to the frame and is in engagement with the rod. A fastener insertion force generated by the punch displaces the die member and rod within the bore, and the stop member is configured to dampen the axial displacement and reduce the fastener insertion force over a predetermined fastener insertion distance of the fastener into the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Carlos Edwards, II, Richard Wolfgang Geary, Matthew J. Raiche, Kevin Scott Schnipke, Gregory A. Seckel
  • Patent number: 10606243
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of producing an assembly tool for assembling a first system comprising one or more components. The method comprises: for each component, determining, when the first system is attached to a second system, a position and orientation of that component relative to the second system and positions and orientations relative to the second system at which that component is to be supported; providing a frame; attaching, to the frame, a reference structure; providing a plurality of pickup devices each having a receiving element for receiving a component; and securing each pickup device to the frame such that a position and orientation relative to the reference structure of each receiving element is the same as a position and orientation at which a component is to be supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: John Bickerstaff, Andrew Peter Cookson
  • Patent number: 10577224
    Abstract: A lifting arrangement (1) for lifting a wind turbine tower segment (2), the lifting arrangement (1) comprising at least two component pulley arrangements (3) connected to a flange (5) of the tower segment, and at least one hoisting pulley arrangement (4), arranged to be connected to a hoisting apparatus. A rope (8) interconnects the component pulley arrangements (3) and the hoisting pulley arrangements (4), in such a manner that each component pulley arrangement (3) is connected to two hoisting pulley arrangements (4), or to one hoisting pulley arrangement (4) and a rope end attachment point (9), via the rope (8), and each hoisting pulley arrangement (4) is connected to two component pulley arrangements (3), via the rope (8), the rope (8) being arranged movably in each pulley arrangement (3, 4). The tower segment (2) is automatically rotated from a first orientation into a second orientation during the lifting process. Load distribution among various parts of the rope (8) is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gunnar K. Storgaard Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10558198
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a component of a water infrastructure system can include carrying a mobile manufacturing platform with a vehicle from a storage site to a worksite located remotely from the storage site, the mobile manufacturing platform including a control unit; and a manufacturing unit operatively coupled to the control unit; sending the solid model of a first component or an equivalent thereof to the manufacturing unit; fabricating a second component using an automated manufacturing process based on the solid model of the first component saved on a computer-readable storage medium operatively coupled to the control unit; and returning the system from the worksite to the storage site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Timofey Sitnikov, Jason White Bradley, Paul Gifford, Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 10549613
    Abstract: A panel retention structure includes a retention member including a head portion, a neck portion and a flange portion being provided in the aforementioned order from an end of the retention member. The neck portion includes a dimension which is set smaller than a dimension of a first hole and a dimension of a second hole, and passes through the first hole and the second hole. The head portion is in contact with a confronting surface serving as a surface of a retention wall facing a panel body in one of a state where the head portion is elastically in contact with the panel body, and a state where an elastic wall being elastically in contact with an opposing surface serving as a surface of the retention wall which opposes the panel body is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takashi Kitani, Shinji Sakai
  • Patent number: 10549377
    Abstract: A welding assistance member with electrically-conductive properties is used for spot-welding performed by sandwiching a second member between electrically-conductive first members different in material from the second member. The welding assistance member is fitted into a hole extending through the second member so as to allow for spot-welding of the first members to each other from opposite sides in the hole. The welding assistance member includes: a main body that has a size and shape that allow a gap to be formed between the main body and an inner side surface of the hole when the main body is fitted in the hole; and a position maintaining component that is provided at an outer side of the main body, has heat, heat resisting, and electrically insulating properties, and maintains the main body in a separated state from the inner side surface. A spot-welding method uses this welding assistance member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akiko Inami, Keiji Nakamura, Noboru Sakamoto, Wataru Kato
  • Patent number: 10546980
    Abstract: A process method for bond-packaging an LED using a thermoplastic resin photoconverter by rolling includes at least the following continuous process flow: preparation of a photoconversion sheet, shaping and cutting of a photoconversion sheet array, forming of LED package elements by roll-bonding, and curing of the LED package elements. The present invention has a significant advantage of bond-packaging the LED by continuous rolling, can meet a condition requirement of bond-packaging the LED using the thermoplastic resin photoconverter, and can enhance the production efficiency and yield of LED packages in industrialized batch production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Jiangsu Cherrity Optronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinhua He
  • Patent number: 10537341
    Abstract: An orthopaedic system and method to assemble an orthopaedic prosthesis is disclosed. The system may also include prosthetic trial components, which may be used to size and select the components of the orthopaedic prosthesis. The system may include components of the orthopaedic prosthesis such as, for example, a prosthetic femoral component, a prosthetic tibial component, a prosthetic stem component, and a prosthetic sleeve component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Ireland Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Megan Wallace, Carl F. Livorsi, Jeremy Oden, Gregory S. Meadows, Francisco A. Amaral, Michael J. Brock, Anthony J. Webb, Craig S. Tsukayama, Karen N. Moeller, Richard C. Ditto
  • Patent number: 10539062
    Abstract: An exhaust manifold apparatus for routing an exhaust gas produced by an internal combustion engine is described. The manifold includes a manifold log with a log wall that defines a log bore. The log bore is in fluid communication with an upstream opening of the manifold log and a downstream opening of the manifold log. An inlet runner includes a runner wall that defines a runner bore in fluid communication with the log bore. The inlet runner is engaged to the manifold log at a stress point, which also includes at least one stiffening rib disposed on an interior surface of the log wall and/or the inlet runner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Sunadh Gidla, Ryan Nelson Knight
  • Patent number: 10501126
    Abstract: In a mounting structure of an exterior part, a molding has a recess capable of being fitted to an outer periphery of the exterior part, as seen in a cross-sectional view. The outer periphery includes a recessed corner portion at which two sides of the outer periphery cross each other. One of the two sides constituting the recessed corner portion includes a protrusion capable of being fitted into the recess of the molding. The other of the two sides includes a cutout portion disposed adjacent to the protrusion, the cutout portion permitting insertion of the molding therethrough under a condition where the exterior part is mounted on a front surface of a main member. The exterior part is mounted on the front surface of the main member under a condition where an end portion of the molding mounted on the one side is inserted into the cutout portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Ryo Shiogai, Masahiro Abe
  • Patent number: 10495302
    Abstract: A combustor is provided, including a pipe and a burner tray. The pipe is transverse U-shaped, including a first pipe section and a second pipe section. The first pipe section has an inlet, and the second pipe section has an outlet extending along an axial direction thereof. The second pipe section has at least one reduced section, wherein a smallest sectional area in the reduced section is smaller than sectional areas on both sides of the reduced section. The burner tray is connected to the second pipe section, provided over the outlet, and has a plurality of flame holes which communicate with the outlet. Whereby, with the reduced section, the flow including gas could be evenly delivered to the burner tray. As a result, after the gas exhausted through the flame holes is ignited, the combustion range would be evener, which enhances the combustion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GRAND MATE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung-Chin Huang, Chin-Ying Huang, Hsin-Ming Huang, Hsing-Hsiung Huang, Yen-Jen Yeh, Wei-Long Chen, Kuan-Chou Lin, Tang-Yuan Luo
  • Patent number: 10470603
    Abstract: The invention concerns a brewing unit (3) having a cavity for enclosing a food ingredient contained in a package (C), comprising first (14) and second (15) cavity parts, and fluid injection means (13), characterized in that said first and second cavity parts (14, 15) are hinged in a pivotal arrangement between open and closed positions and in that, when said cavity parts are pivoted in a closed position, the fluid injection means (13) and/or the first cavity part (14) are movable in translation relative to the second cavity part (15), between:—a closed unlocked position that allows relative pivotal movement between cavity parts, and—a closed locked position wherein said cavity parts are translated in contact with each other to close said brewing cavity, and wherein said injection means (13) protrude inside the brewing cavity to pierce a wall of the portion package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Dumur, Fabien Ludovic Agon, Youcef Ait Bouziad
  • Patent number: 10464614
    Abstract: A floor brace has an upper end joined to a rear end of a cowl-to brace, is placed to incline toward a rear side of a vehicle, from the upper end toward a lower end, and has the lower end joined to a side wall of a floor tunnel. The rear end of the cowl-to brace and the upper end of the floor brace include overlap portions which overlap each other in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle. A first bolt joint portion and a second bolt joint portion which are bolt-joined in a width direction of the vehicle are formed on each of the overlap portions of the cowl-to brace and the floor brace. A fragile portion that crosses between the first bolt joint portion and the second bolt joint portion is formed on one of the overlap portions of the cowl-to brace and the floor brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kouta Kajikawa