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986 results about "Modular structure" patented technology

A modular organizational structure refers to a business that can be separated and recombined to work more efficiently. Automotive, computer and appliance manufacturers have been on the cutting edge of modular study, but the principle can be applied to any business, large or small.

Interbody fusion system with intervertebral implant retention assembly

ActiveUS20100217393A1Eliminating exacerbation of instabilityImprove stabilitySpinal implantsFastenersPosterior instrumentationCorpectomy
The present disclosure is directed towards a biomechanical implant and anterior, lateral or posterior instrumentation construct. The construct may be of unitary or modular construction, whereby a single molded construction can form the entire assembly, in which case the through holes may be adapted to receive a metallic insert for screw fixation; or alternatively be of a modular construction wherein the anterior/lateral instrumentation and intervertebral spacer are designed for removable locking engagement, one with the other, for insertion by the surgeon as a unitary construct. A unique feature of the construct resides within the instrumentation construction, whereby a single opening formed therein permits two bone screws, or the like fastener device, to be positioned within both the superior and inferior vertebral bodies surrounding the spacer implant, or, for example in the case of a corpectomy or diskectomy with cage insertion, wherein two screws can be fixed within a single vertebral body through a single through hole, and wherein the bone screws are constructed and arranged to cooperate with the retention plate so as to provide locking engagement, one to the other, with the retention plate, upon final fixation thereof. Screw retention elements of alternative shape, based upon the choice of vertical or horizontal orientation, based upon an opened figure eight design, are provided for insertion in a groove formed in the borehole of the instrumentation plate which allows insertion of each fixation element but will prevent a loosened fixation element from falling out of the plate.

Protective cushion and cooperatively engageable helmet casing for anesthetized patient

InactiveUS6490737B1Aid in temperature controlOperating tablesEye treatmentTemperature controlChin
A protective helmet apparatus of modular construction to be worn by anesthetized patients for facial support during surgery. The helmet apparatus is assembled using one of a plurality of interchangeable, substantially transparent helmet casings, which are removably attachable to a plurality of dismountable facial cushions providing even support to the facial surface of a patient. The removable facial cushions are dimensioned on and interior surface to accommodate different sized facial structures of different patients to yield maximum pressure diffusion on the face and chin of the patient and are replaceable when worn. The exterior surface of the facial cushions are dimensioned for cooperative engagement with the interior surface of the helmet casing. A plurality of different facial cushions and helmet casings are modular in design and dimension to be interchangeable with each other thus providing accommodate the broad differences in facial structure and size of patients using them for surgery. The cushions may be marked with printed or color coded indicia to designate size. A view of the patients eyes and surrounding area is afforded through in line ocular apertures extending around a front surface area and up at least one sidewall. The ocular aperture is in line with a cushion ocular aperture when the cushion is engaged with the casing thereby allowing a view of the patent eye and surrounding face through the ocular aperture from the side of the device. Additional utility is provided by variable elevation above a registered engagement with a mount which also may provide a mirrored surface to reflect the patent facial features for viewing by upright doctors and operating staff. An optional integral heating element aids in temperature control of the patient's head during surgery.

Full-automatic biological chips detection system

The invention discloses a full automatic biochip detection system belonging to the clinical detection field of multi-marker biochips. The system adopts modular structure and comprises an automatic sample processing module, a reaction washing module, a detection module, a Tip head storage module, a reagent storage module, a biochip storage module, a sample storage module, a system base, an electric control box and a computer, the electric control box and all the modules are operated under the control of software, so as to realize the automatic sampling, the sample adding, the reaction, the washing, the detection and other processes. All the modules can work independently and can also be combined together and matched for work. The full automatic biochip detection system can overcome the shortcomings of the existing biochip detector and reduce the errors caused by human operation, and has stable and reliable detection result and good flexibility, so that the full automatic biochip detection system can not only greatly improve the detection efficiency, but also can be conductive to the accuracy of the detection result; the system has simple operation, therefore, the system is not only applicable to the scientific research and the applications of laboratories and hospitals, but also can be used for large-scale sample screening of large-scale hospitals and blood stations.

Modular construction system

A system for modular construction comprising a plurality of structural members. Each of the plurality of structural members comprises a first lengthwise side and a second lengthwise side opposite the first lengthwise side. Each of the lengthwise sides are generally parallel to each other. Each of the plurality of structural members also comprises a first widthwise side and a second widthwise side opposite the first widthwise side. Each of the widthwise sides are generally parallel to each other. Each of the plurality of structural members also comprises at least two slots along one of said lengthwise sides. Each of the slots comprise a pair of generally parallel slot sides, an open end along one of the lengthwise sides, a slot axis parallel to and disposed equally between the slot sides. A first one of the at least two slots defines a first outside slot which is located nearest to the first widthwise side and a second one of the at least two slots defines a second outside slot which is located nearest to the second widthwise side. The distance between the slot axis of the first outside slot and the first widthwise side is a predetermined slot-to-side distance, and the distance between the slot axis of the second outside slot and the second widthwise side is a whole-number multiple of the predetermined slot-to-side distance. The distance between each of the slot axes of the at least two slots along one of said lengthwise sides is a whole-number multiple of the predetermined slot-to-side distance. Each of the at least two slots along one of the lengthwise sides of one of the plurality of structural members is detachably and selectively connected slot-to-slot to one of all of the at least two slots along one of the lengthwise sides of each of the other of the plurality of structural members.

Refuelable and rechargeable metal-air fuel cell battery power supply unit for integration into an appliance

A refuelable and rechargable metal-air FCB based power supply unit for integration into a device/system for generating and providing electrical power to at least one electrical-energy-consuming load device disposed therein. An external power source is used to recharge the metal-air FCB subsystems embodied therein. A control subsystem automatically transitions between discharging mode (wherein at least one metal-air FCB subsystem supplies electrical power to the electrical power-consuming load device) and a recharging mode (wherein the external power source is electrically coupled to at least one metal-air FCB subsystem to thereby recharge the metal-air FCB subsystem(s). The metal-air FCB subsystem(s) are refueled by manually loading and unloading metal-fuel from the metal-air FCB subsystem(s). Preferably, electrical power provided to the at least one electrical power-consuming load device is supplied solely by electrical power generated by discharging metal-fuel in the metal-air fuel cell battery subsystem(s). In addition, the metal-air FCB subsystem(s) preferably has a modular architecture that enable flexible and user-friendly operations in loading of metal-fuel, unloading of consumed metal-fuel, replacement of the ionic-conducting medium, and replacement of the cathode.

Laser scanner module having integral interface with hand-held data capture terminal, proximity and label sensing, and enhanced sensitivity and power efficiency

A portable, hand-held data processing assembly of modular structure includes a base unit with a keyboard and a display screen. An indicia reader module is housed in a housing shell which is attachable to the base unit. The indicia reader module can contain a reflected light indicia reader for non-contact essentially instantaneous reading of bar codes of the like disposed in a spaced, non-contacting relationship to the assembly. The indicia reader module can also include a processor. The base can include a light source. Additionally, the base unit can include a battery for powering the hand-held data processing assembly. A data collection and communications module can include a stacked arrangement of a communications interface main circuit board, a radio and a laser scanner assembly which are housed in a housing shell attachable to the base unit. In this arrangement, the radio is mounted in spaced relationship to one side of the main circuit board, while the laser scanner assembly is mounted to the other side of the main circuit board. A support frame and a plurality of ground planes in the sandwiched main circuit board and a routing circuit board form an RF cage for shielding RF interference which may be generated by the radio. Also disclosed is a method for reducing the operational power consumption requirements of laser bar code scanners by analyzing reflected laser light in order to determine the presence of optically readable information sets.
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