Total 8403 patents for "2018-12-20"

CONDITION-BASED VALIDATION OF PERFORMANCE UPDATES

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180364651

Systems and methods for condition-based validation of performance updates are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a method can include operating an asset under updated settings, ascertaining ambient conditions of the asset and matching the ambient conditions to a condition range, determining whether data completion criteria for the condition range are satisfied and, based at least in part on the determination, selectively switching between using the updated settings for operating the asset and using baseline settings for operating the asset while collecting data points for a predetermined period of time.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSISTING STEERING OF VEHICLE

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180362073

In a vehicle, an amount of change of a turning angle of a turning mechanism to an amount of change of a steering angle of a steering input device is defined as a transfer ratio, the turning mechanism is rotationally driven by a turning drive unit, and a driver's body posture parameter is detected by a body posture parameter detector. An apparatus for steering the vehicle includes a controller that executes an automatic steering mode that determines a target value for the turning angle of the turning mechanism based on a travelling condition of the vehicle and/or information about a road on which the vehicle is travelling, and controls the turning mechanism to adjust the turning angle of the turning mechanism to the target value. A transfer ratio adjuster adjusts the transfer ratio in accordance with the body posture parameter during execution of the automatic steering mode.

ANALYSIS OF COGNITIVE STATUS THROUGH OBJECT INTERACTION

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180360371

Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for analyzing cognitive status. The method includes capturing a set of observables for a subject based on their interaction with smart objects, such as smart blocks or smart items. The method further includes accessing data sets, such as medical data about cognitive function, scientific data about cognitive function, and historical data for the subject, analyzing the set of observables, and generating a report about the cognitive abilities of the subject based on the analysis.

MULTIPLE MASTER PROCESS CONTROLLERS USING A SHARED SERIAL PERIPHERAL BUS

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180365184

A fault-tolerant process control system includes a first and second master process controller, each including a first and second serial communication engine. A first bus switch couples the first serial communication engine to a shared SPI bus and a second bus switch couples the second communication engine to shared SPI bus. The shared SPI bus transmits SPI signals received from the first serial communication engine when the first bus switch is enabled to a first target device, and transmits SPI signals received from the second serial communication engine when the second bus switch is enabled to a second target device. An arbiter block receives a select control signal from the master process controllers and is coupled to both the first and second bus switch for single bus switch selection so that only one master process controller is granted access to the shared SPI bus.

WATERBORNE HEAT-INSULATION COATING AND COMPOSITION THEREOF

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180362773

A waterborne heat-insulation coating uses a silicon dioxide dispersion with silicon dioxide evenly dispersed in resin through a sol-gel method as a heat-insulation agent; since the silicon dioxide dispersion has great fineness and large specific surface area of between 30.1 and 100 m 2 /g, the waterborne heat-insulation coating when applied to building surfaces forms a coating layer that features a packed structure, a smooth surface, and a high surface reflectivity of 85% or more; resulted in that the coating layer can effectively block infrared rays and provide excellent thermal shielding effects, stain resistance, and durability.

Laparoscopic Devices and Related Methods

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180360434

A laparoscopic device includes an elongate shaft, an end effector coupled to a distal end of the elongate shaft, a rounded housing coupled to a proximal end of the elongate shaft and having a center point positioned along the central axis of the elongate shaft, and first and second cables extending from the end effector to the rounded housing respectively along first and second sides of the elongate shaft. The laparoscopic device also includes a handle that is adjustable between an expanded configuration and a compressed configuration. In the expanded configuration, the rounded housing can be rotated to further rotate a single shaft assembly with respect to the central axis of the elongate shaft, and the rounded housing can be pivoted to bend the end effector. In the compressed configuration, the rounded housing is fixed with respect to the handle.

Grant Free Configuration

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180368174

A wireless device may receive a radio resource control message comprising first configuration parameter(s) of a configured periodic grant of a first type. The first configuration parameter(s) may indicate: a timing offset and a symbol number that identify a resource of an uplink grant of the configured periodic grant; a first periodicity of the configured periodic grant, the first periodicity indicating a time interval between two subsequent resources of the configured periodic grant; and one or more demodulation reference signal parameters of the configured periodic grant. The configured periodic grant may be activated in response to the radio resource control message. Symbol(s) of the resource of the uplink grant of the configured periodic grant may be determined based on the timing offset, the symbol number, and the first periodicity. Transport block(s) may be transmitted, via the resource, employing the demodulation reference signal parameter(s).

INERTIAL WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180363619

A wave energy converter generates power from a wave-induced separation of a positively buoyant flotation module and a submerged negatively buoyant mass, using a rotating pulley to drive a power-take-off system.

REAGENT WELL HAVING A CAPILLARY INSERT

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361376

A reagent well having a capillary insert that contains a lyophilized reagent therein.

INTERNAL ANTICORROSIVE AND ABRASIVE RESISTANT PROTECTION COATING FOR STEEL PIPES

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361711

The present invention includes an inner anticorrosive and abrasive resistant coating (10) for steel pipes (1) used for the transport of fluids. The coating includes: a layer of epoxy resin (2) having free hydroxyl groups, which are applied directly to the inside 1 a of the steel pipe (1); a layer of thermoplastic adhesive (3) applied directly onto the layer of epoxy resin; and a layer of polypropylene, which is directly applied onto the layer of adhesive.

Methods and Compositions for In Situ Groundwater Remediation

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361443

Groundwater, slurry, or soil treatment or remediation compositions and methods of both production and use are described that include: at least one colloidal remediation chemical, at least one polysaccharide stabilizer, and at least one enzyme.

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY EQUIPPED WITH HEAT PIPE AND ADDITIONAL HEAT SINK

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180368283

An electrical receptacle assembly includes a metallic cage defining a receiving space therein, a receptacle connector unit is received in the receiving space. The receptacle connector unit includes a pair of mating ports. An middle heat transfer unit is located between the two mating ports in a vertical direction. The middle heat transfer unit includes a plastic thermal pad with a pair of heat pipes insert-molded on two sides. The pair of heat pipes extend through a rear wall of the cage and connect to a rear heat sink unit located behind the rear wall of the cage. An electrical plug module assembly equipped with a metallic case composed of the upper part and the lower part each having a heat sink structure unitarily formed on the exterior surfaces.

ELECTROSTATIC 3-D PRINTER CONTROLLING LAYER TOPOGRAPHY USING AEROSOL APPLICATOR

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361661

A 3-D printer includes build and support material development stations that electrostatically transfer build material and support material to an ITB. The ITB transfers a layer of build and support material to a platen each time the platen contacts one of the layers on the ITB, to successively form a freestanding stack of the layers on the platen. A sensor is positioned to generate a topographic measurement of the layer on the platen, and an aerosol applicator is positioned to propel build and support material on to the layer on the platen. The aerosol applicator controls the build and support material being propelled, based on the topographic measurement from the sensor through a feedback loop, to adjust the amount and location of the build material and the support material propelled on to the layer, and thereby control the flatness of surface topology of the layers in the freestanding stack on the platen.

RAIL VEHICLE COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180362057

A collision avoidance system obtains movement indicative data of plural vehicles included in separate vehicle systems. The movement indicative data can be obtained from sensors onboard the vehicles. The system determines an identification of which of the vehicles are included in the separate vehicle systems based on the movement indicative data that are obtained and determines a collision risk between two or more vehicle systems of the separate vehicle systems based on the movement indicative data that are obtained and the identification of which of the vehicles are in the separate vehicle systems. The system automatically changes movement of at least one of the two or more vehicle systems responsive to determining the collision risk.

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR USE WITH EMBEDDED APPLICATIONS IN CHAT CONVERSATIONS

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180367484

Implementations relate to suggested items for use with embedded applications in chat conversations. In some implementations, a method includes causing a chat interface to be displayed by a first user device, the chat interface generated by a messaging application. The chat interface is configured to display, in a chat conversation, messages provided by user devices participating in the chat conversation over a network. An embedded interface is associated with the chat interface and displayed by an embedded application associated with the messaging application. A suggestion event is determined to occur in association with the embedded application based on received data that indicates that a particular event has occurred at one or more other user devices participating in the chat conversation. Suggested response items are obtained based on the suggestion event, and the suggested response items are displayed by the first user device.

CYANOACRYLATE COMPOSITIONS

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180362808

Cyanoacrylate compositions that include, in addition to an allyl-2-cyanoacrylate, a rubber toughening component and a component functionalized with at least two blocked hydroxyl groups are provided.

ELECTRICAL PROTECTION UNIT INCLUDING A CURRENT LIMITER DEVICE

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180366289

An electrical protection unit A including a main conductor and, for each main conductor, a current limiter device connected in series with the main conductor to limit the current when a current or temperature threshold is exceeded, the limiter device including an element made of a material having a positive temperature coefficient, called PTC, and being capable of controlling a device for tripping the mechanism M for opening the contacts of the protection unit D, to cause the opening of the contacts of the unit when the threshold is exceeded leading to a change of state of the element between a low resistance state and a high resistance state. The PTC element includes the trip device, in such a way that this element itself provides the functions of fault current limitation and of tripping the mechanism for opening the contacts.

Piperidine Derivative and Methods of Use Thereof

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180362505

The present invention provides N-[1-(1-Cyclohexyl-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazole-4-sulfonyl)-4-phenyl-piperidin-4-ylmethyl]-N-isobutyl-4-{[(piperidin-4-ylmethyl)-amino]-methyl}-benzenesulfonamide and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof. These compounds may be useful in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or renal failure. The present invention further relates to methods for the preparation of compounds of Formula (I) and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, pharmaceutical compositions comprising such compounds, and the use of such compounds and/or pharmaceutical compositions in treating certain diseases.

Cannabis Vaporization Temperature Control

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361086

It is the object of the present invention to reduce the disadvantages in currently available Vaporizers by providing a method and system of controlling the output voltage of the Battery such that the electrical current within and the temperature of the heating element and Extract are controllable.

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SECONDARY PARAMETER, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180366224

A method for providing a secondary parameter, a decision support system, a computer-readable medium and a computer program product are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method is for providing a secondary parameter in a decision support system providing a primary parameter, in particular in a clinical decision support system. The method includes: providing an input data set; approximating a secondary parameter based on the input data set by using a sub-system being trained by a machine learning mechanism, in particular by a deep learning mechanism; and providing the approximated secondary parameter. The input data set is a shape data set.

TREATING RAW NATURAL GAS

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180363978

Techniques for treating a natural gas feed stream include receiving a natural gas feed stream that includes one or more acid gases, one or more hydrocarbon fluids, and one or more non-hydrocarbon fluids; circulating the natural gas feed stream to a membrane module; separating, with the membrane module, at least a portion of the one or more acid gases into a permeate stream and at least a portion of the one or more hydrocarbon fluids into a reject stream; circulating the permeate stream to a distillation unit; and separating, in the distillation unit, the one or more acid gases from the one or more non-hydrocarbon fluids.

CREATION OF A DECISION SUPPORT MATERIAL INDICATING DAMAGE TO AN ANATOMICAL JOINT

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180365827

In accordance with one or more embodiments herein, a system for creating an interactive decision support material indicating damage to at least a part of an anatomical joint of a patient is provided. The system comprises a storage media and at least one processor which is configured to: i) receive a plurality of medical image stacks of at least a part of the anatomical joint from the storage media, where each medical image stack has been generated during a scanning process using a specific sequence, wherein each specific sequence uses a unique set of parameters; ii) obtain a three-dimensional image representation of the at least part of the anatomical joint which is based on one of said medical image stacks by generating said three-dimensional image representation in an image segmentation process based on said medical image stack, or receiving said three-dimensional image representation from the storage media; iii) identify tissue parts of the anatomical joint, including at least cartilage, tendons, ligaments and/or menisci, in at least one of the plurality of medical image stacks and/or the three-dimensional image representation; iv) determine damage to the identified tissue parts in the anatomical joint by analyzing at least one of said plurality of radiology image stacks ; v) mark damage to the anatomical joint in the obtained three-dimensional image representation; vi) obtain at least one interactive 3D model based on the three-dimensional image representation in which damage has been marked; and vii) generate an interactive decision support material comprising: the at least one interactive 3D model, in which the determined damage to the at least part of the anatomical joint is marked; at least one medical image from one of the plurality of medical image stacks; and functionality to browse the medical image stack to which said medical image belongs.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING A POROUS DIELECTRIC LAYER, AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180366408

A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a porous dielectric layer including a recessed portion, forming a conductive layer in the recessed portion of the porous dielectric layer, and forming a conformal cap layer on the porous dielectric layer and on the conductive layer in the recessed portion, an upper surface of the porous dielectric layer being exposed through a gap in the conformal cap layer.

PEO-PVA BASED BINDER FOR LITHIUM-SULFUR BATTERIES

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180366730

In the formation of cathodes for lithium-sulfur battery cells, it is often desired to form the cathodes by resin-bonding particles of a sulfur-based cathode material as a porous cathode material layer on the surface(s) of a suitable metal current collector. It is found that the use of a copolymer of polyethylene oxide and polyvinyl alcohol, dissolved in water, provides a resin-particle slurry that is readily spreadable onto the current collector surface to form a uniform layer of porous cathode material particles. And upon evaporation of the water, the copolymer-bonded, sulfur-based particle coated cathodes function very well in assembled lithium-sulfur cells.

Hand-Held Power Tool Device

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361553

A hand-held power tool device, in particular a hammer drill and/or chisel hammer device, includes at least one operating element and at least one locking unit. The at least one locking unit includes at least one locking element and at least one controllable actuator element. The at least one locking element can be moved from at least one storage position into at least one locking position, and vice versa, and locks the operating element in at least one operating state in the locking position. The at least one controllable actuator element influences motion of the locking element.

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND DATA OUTPUT APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180367520

An information processing system includes a data output apparatus and an information processing apparatus. The data output apparatus includes processors and memories to store instructions which cause the processors to receive a first authentication information, request authentication based on the first authentication information, and transmit the first authentication information authenticated in response to the authentication request and a transmission request of information indicating storage locations to store data output from the data output apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes processors and memories to store instructions which cause the processors to receive a second authentication information, request authentication based on the second authentication information, determine whether the second authentication information authenticated in response to the authentication request and the first authentication information transmitted from the data output apparatus have a predetermined relationship, and transmit information indicating the storage locations when the first and the second authentication information have the predetermined relationship.

ONLINE MATCHMAKING FOR P2P TOPOLOGIES

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180367608

For improved peer to peer matchmaking network information is obtained from a plurality of devices and a plurality of users is selected to form peer to peer connections via corresponding devices to create a set of potential matches. Device connection statistics for each pair of devices in the set of potential matches are obtained and compared to one or more threshold values. Users with devices that have at least one connection statistic that does not satisfy a threshold condition for that connection statistic are removed from the set of potential matches. Replacements for the removed devices are selected and the match making refinement process repeated until all of the device connection statistics satisfy all conditions associated with the one or more threshold values to generate a refined set of matched peers. Peer to peer connections may then be initiated among the refined set of matched peers.

AUTOMATED PRESS BRAKE OR BENDING MACHINE FOR BENDING METAL SHEET MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR BENDING METAL SHEET MATERIAL WITH SUCH AN AUTOMATED PRESS BRAKE OR BENDING MACHINE

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361451

An automated bending machine for bending metal sheet material, provided with driving means which are integrated in a table and/or ram depending on whether the driving means are designed for moving and arranging bottom tools and/or top tools respectively on the respective tool holder of the automated bending machine, whereby the driving means are such that several tool segments can be simultaneously controlled with the latter in order to make these multiple tool segments simultaneously undergo a movement, independently from one another, along the tool holder concerned.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING CRUSTACEAN BODY PARTS FOR MEAT EXTRACTION

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180360057

A system and method for preparing a shelled crustacean body part for meat extraction are provided. The method involves capturing an image of said body part, evaluating the thickness of the shell from the image, determining from the thickness evaluation at least one laser parameter for forming a line of weakness within the shell, the line of weakness being dimensioned to facilitate meat extraction, while preserving the sensory characteristics of the meat, and sweeping a laser beam on the body part in accordance with the laser parameter to form the line of weakness within the shell. The method and system provide the advantage of facilitating meat extraction without compromising the quality or commercial value of the meat all while increasing productivity and performance in comparison with completely manual extraction techniques.

PNEUMATIC TIRE

Pub Date: 2018-12-20

Pub Number: US20180361798

A pneumatic tire includes a tread portion being provided with blocks which are provided with sipes. When the tread portion is virtually divided into a crown area having a tread ground-contact width centered on a tire equator, a pair of middle areas each having a tread ground-contact width and being adjacent to axially each side of the crown area and a pair of inner shoulder areas each having a tread ground-contact width and being adjacent to axially outside the middle areas, the sipes comprise crown sipes having main portions included in the crown area, middle sipes having main portions included in the middle areas and shoulder sipes having main portions included in the inner shoulder areas. Depths of the crown sipes are smaller than depths of the middle sipes, and depths of the shoulder sipes are smaller than the depths of the middle sipes.