A pattern enhancer was a type of device that was associated with Transporter technology.
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The USS Enterprise made use of pattern enhancers in 2368 where they were beamed down the surface of an unexplored class M moon of Mab-Bu VI. At the moons surface was a stranded away team and due to the interference from an approaching storm, a beam out was impossible which prompted Chief Miles O'Brien to transport down with a set of pattern enhancers which were used to safely beam the away team back to the Enterprise. (TNG episode: "Power Play")
The USS Voyager's crew in 2375 made use of the technology to break through a Borg sphere's defenses in order to transport a Transwarp coil from the vessel and onto the Voyager. Initial testing first began on the Holodeck and was later used to remove the coil from the Borg starship. (VOY episode: "Dark Frontier")
A year later, the USS Voyager's Hazard team deployed pattern enhancers at the Scavengers base in the Forge in order to break through the transport inhibitors that were preventing a beam in or beam out from the base. (VOY video game: Elite Force (game))