US Pat. No. 10,794,154

METHOD OF PERFORMING COMPLEX FRACTURE OPERATIONS AT A WELLSITE HAVING LEDGED FRACTURES

Schlumberger Technology C...

16. A method of performing a fracture operation at a wellsite, the wellsite positioned about a subterranean formation having a wellbore therethrough and a fracture network therein, the fracture network comprising natural fractures, the method comprising:logging seismic measurements of the subterranean formation;
generating smooth fracture parameters of a smooth fracture by solving governing equations for the smooth fracture based on the wellsite parameters;
generating ledged fracture parameters of a ledged fracture by identifying ledge locations and solving the governing equations for the ledged fracture based on the wellsite parameters; and
optimizing production of fluids from the subterranean formation by designing the fracture parameters based on the ledged fracture parameters and fracturing the subterranean formation according to the designed fracture parameters,
wherein the generating ledged fracture parameters comprises determining boundary conditions for the governing equations based on the ledge locations of the ledged fractures.

US Pat. No. 10,794,153

RESCHEDULING ONE OR MORE TASKS OF A DIGITAL PLAN ASSOCIATED WITH SUBSYSTEMS OF A WELLSITE BASED ON THE WELLSITE'S STATE

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method comprising:in a networked system, receiving scheduled tasks of a digital plan associated with subsystems of a wellsite system wherein the scheduled tasks are associated with achievement of desired states of the wellsite system, wherein the subsystems comprise at least a drilling subsystem and a mud subsystem;
transmitting task information for at least a portion of the scheduled tasks to computing devices in the networked system as associated with the subsystems;
receiving state information via the wellsite system;
assessing the state information with respect to one or more of the desired states to determine a condition;
based at least in part on the condition, scheduling a particular task; and
transmitting task information for the particular task to one or more of the computing devices in the networked system as associated with the subsystems, wherein the task information comprises information that is for operation of the mud subsystem within a specified time for performance of the particular task that is renderable to a computing device display with mud subsystem sensor data as a graphical user interface,
wherein the assessing comprises determining that the wellsite system did not achieve one of the desired states based at least in part on transmitted task information for one of the scheduled tasks of the digital plan, and
wherein the scheduling the particular task addresses the condition via the task information for the particular task and further comprising rescheduling one or more of the scheduled tasks of the digital plan responsive to scheduling the particular task.

US Pat. No. 10,794,152

SUPPORT DEVICE FOR TUBING STRING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A support device comprising:an upper portion that has a first width and is sized to be positioned within a tubing string and is removable from the tubing string;
a base portion that has a second width and is sized to be positioned within the tubing string and is removable from the tubing string;
a vertical support connecting the upper portion to the base portion and having a third width that is sized to define a fluid flow path between the vertical support and an inner surface of the tubing string; and
a coupling surface for coupling the support device to an additional support device, the coupling surface comprising an opening extending partially through the support device, the opening sized and shaped to receive a connector rod for coupling the support device to the additional support device such that the connector rod extends only partially through the support device.

US Pat. No. 10,794,151

WELL DEBRIS HANDLING SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method comprising:rotating an electric submersible pump (ESP) within a wellbore in a first direction to pump well fluid in an uphole direction; and
rotating a well debris cutting tool positioned downhole relative to the ESP within the wellbore in a second direction opposite the first direction to grind debris carried by the well fluid in the uphole direction, wherein rotating the well debris cutting tool comprises:
rotating a turbine of the well debris cutting tool in the second direction in response to flow of the well fluid through the turbine in the uphole direction, wherein the well debris cutting tool comprises:
a first cutting blade sub-assembly that is connected to and rotatable by the turbine; and
a second cutting blade sub-assembly that is connected to and rotatable by the ESP, the second cutting blade sub-assembly being uphole relative to the first cutting blade sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,794,150

PREDICTING AND OPTIMIZING DRILLING EQUIPMENT OPERATING LIFE USING CONDITION BASED MAINTENANCE

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A system configured to predict and optimize operating life of drilling equipment, comprising:a catwalk, the catwalk comprising:
a staging rack having a first end and a second end;
a first cross bar having an upper end and a lower end pivotably coupled to the first end of the staging rack;
a first piston assembly having an extendable piston coupled to the first cross bar and disposed within a cylinder coupled proximate to the first end of the staging rack;
a second cross bar having an upper end and a lower end pivotably coupled to the second end of the staging rack;
a second piston assembly having an extendable piston coupled to the second cross bar and disposed within a cylinder coupled proximate to the second end of the staging rack; and
a pipe handling trough pivotably coupled to the upper end of the first cross bar and the upper end of the second cross bar;
a plurality of operating sensors coupled to at least one of the first or second piston assemblies, wherein each of the operating sensors are configured to measure a load exerted on at least one of the first or second piston assemblies to which the operating sensors are coupled;
a data sensor coupled to the catwalk and configured to receive a set of data from the operating sensors, the data sensor comprising a transmission device configured to send the set of data over a wired or wireless connection, the set of data pertaining to the load exerted on at least one of the first or second piston assemblies;
a control system in communication with at least one of the operating sensors or the data sensor, and configured to:
determine a weight of a tubular based on the load exerted on at least one of the first or second piston assemblies,
determine if the weight is above or below a weight limit,
calculate an operating life of the catwalk based on the load exerted on at least one of the first or second piston assemblies, and
calculate a maintenance schedule based on the load exerted on at least one of the first or second piston assemblies, or the operating life of the catwalk, the maintenance schedule comprising one or more optimal service intervals;
a rig controller in communication with at least one of the operating sensors, the data sensor, or the control system, and configured to receive a signal from at least one of the operating sensors, the data sensor, or the control system, and in response alter at least one of power, fluids, or operating parameters supplied to the catwalk; and
a mobile device in communication with at least one of the rig controller or the control system, and configured to send instructions to at least one of the rig controller or the control system to alter at least one of power, fluids, or operating parameters supplied to the catwalk.

US Pat. No. 10,794,149

ARTIFICIAL LIFT METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HORIZONTAL WELL

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. An artificial lifting system for bringing a formation fluid from a horizontal well to the surface, the system comprising:an outer production tubing that extends into the well, from a head of the well to a toe of a lateral portion of the well;
an extraction support mechanism extending in a bore of the outer production tubing; and
a flow conditioner disposed between the outer production tubing and the extraction support mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,794,148

SUBSURFACE SAFETY VALVE WITH PERMANENT LOCK OPEN FEATURE

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

8. A method, comprising:advancing a lock-open tool within a tubing string to a subsurface safety valve interconnected with the tubing string, the subsurface safety valve including:
a housing that defines a central flow passageway and includes a flapper pivotable within the central flow passageway between closed and open positions;
a flow tube movably positioned within the central flow passageway;
an actuation piston movably positioned within an actuation piston bore defined in a wall of the housing and operatively coupled to the flow tube;
a balance piston movably positioned within a balance piston bore defined in the wall and operatively coupled to the flow tube;
a lock-open piston movably positioned within a lock-open piston bore defined in the wall and engageable with an actuator sleeve operatively coupled to the flow tube; and
a filter positioned within the central flow passageway to facilitate fluid communication between the central flow passageway and the balance piston bore and the lock-open piston bore;
jarring down on the lock-open tool to sealingly engage an upper seal against an upper seal bore of the housing and sealingly engage a lower seal against a lower seal bore of the housing, wherein the upper and lower seal bores are provided on opposing axial ends of the filter;
pressurizing the tubing string and thereby pressurizing the lock-open piston bore via one or more radial flow ports defined in the lock-open tool that fluidly communicate with the filter between the upper and lower seals; and
moving the lock-open piston to an actuated position within the lock-open piston bore and thereby advancing the flow tube to move the flapper to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,794,147

DOWNHOLE COMPONENT INCLUDING A UNITARY BODY HAVING AN INTERNAL ANNULAR CHAMBER AND FLUID PASSAGES

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole component comprising:a unitary body including a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, the intermediate portion defining an outer surface and an inner surface forming a flow path; and
an annular chamber having a first end section spaced from a second end section by a gap, the annular chamber being formed in the unitary body spaced from the first end portion, the second end portion, the outer surface, and the inner surface, wherein the annular chamber is selectively, fluidically connected to the flow path through the inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,146

DOWNHOLE VALVE ASSEMBLY HAVING AN INTEGRATED J-SLOT

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A valve assembly comprising:a tubular including a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, the second end including one or more openings;
a piston element extending annularly about the intermediate portion of the tubular, the piston element being responsive to hydraulic pressure to shift the tubular axially within the valve assembly;
a pin member extending radially outwardly of the intermediate portion of the tubular between the first end and the piston element;
a valve member arranged about the tubular, the valve member including a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate section extending therebetween, the valve member including a first fluid port and a second fluid port arranged at the first end portion, the second end portion including a valve element that registers with the one or more openings; and
an actuator sleeve mounted to the first end of the valve member and extending about the tubular, the actuator sleeve including a first end section, a second end section, and an inner surface extending therebetween, the inner surface including a plurality of J-slots that are selectively receptive of the pin member to establish a position of the valve element relative to the one or more openings.

US Pat. No. 10,794,145

LINEAR SHEAR SEAL SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

17. A method, comprising:providing a first component with a hydraulic flow configuration and a second component with a corresponding hydraulic flow configuration;
mounting the first component and the second component in a body such that the second component is shiftable between operational positions with respect to the first component;
orienting the hydraulic flow configuration and the corresponding hydraulic flow configuration such that shifting between the operational positions enables different flow configurations directing flow of fluid through the hydraulic flow configuration and the corresponding hydraulic flow configuration; and
biasing an end of the first component toward the second component and into sealing engagement with a side of the second component such that the first component is biased against the second component in a direction transverse to the direction of movement of the second component, wherein biasing comprises engaging a biasing member with a second end of the first component, the second end being opposite the end of the first component in sealing engagement with the side of the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,794,144

DOWNHOLE TOOL WITH MAGNETIC BYPASS SEAT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A check valve comprising:a magnetic plug having an outer surface, wherein said plug has a magnetic polarity which is the same polarity across said outer surface;
a magnetic seat, wherein said magnetic plug and magnetic seat operationally engage so as to have a magnetic resistivity such that said magnetic plug has a first position in which it is not sealingly engaged with said magnetic seat and second position where said magnetic plug is sealingly engaged with said magnetic seat.

US Pat. No. 10,794,143

SUB-SURFACE SAFETY VALVE FLAPPER SLEEVE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

15. A method of activating a flapper valve comprising:inserting a flow tube through a valve body;
engaging a flapper supported by a flapper base with the flow tube;
shifting the flapper from a closed position, to an open position with the flow tube; and
limiting insertion of the flow tube with a travel limiter defined by a recess formed at a first end of an inner surface of a flapper sleeve, wherein in all positions other than the closed position, the flapper is exposed to fluid passing through the valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,142

PLUG SEAT WITH ENHANCED FLUID DISTRIBUTION AND SYSTEM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A plug seat comprising:a body having a lead in and a tooth configured to make a full seal against a plug during use, the body having a surface disposed immediately adjacent the tooth, the surface and the plug defining a gap therebetween;
a pathway defined through the body and being enclosed by the body other than at an opening at one end of the pathway and a port at another end of the pathway, the port being disposed between the lead in and the tooth and immediately adjacent the tooth, the pathway providing fluid access directly to the surface immediately adjacent the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,794,141

RISERLESS LIGHT WELL INTERVENTION CLAMP SYSTEM, CLAMP FOR USE IN THE SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF RISERLESS INTERVENTION OR ABANDONMENT OF A SUBSEA WELL FROM A FLOATING INSTALLATION

FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, ...

1. A system for riserless intervention or abandonment of a subsea well using a wire line tool which is lowered and/or retrieved from a floating vessel to a subsea location, the wire line tool being connected to a wire line during the lowering and/or retrieval, the system comprising:a Pressure Control Head having an internal through-going bore for receiving the wire line, the Pressure Control Head being configured such that, during use, the pressure control head allows access to the subsea well for the wire line and serves as a barrier when the wire line and wire line tool are run into and out of the subsea well; and
a clamp which is connected to the Pressure Control Head;
wherein the clamp is releasably securable to the wire line such that the lowering and retrieval of the Pressure Control Head and the wire line tool are performed using the wire line;
wherein the clamp comprises a first locking element and a second locking element, the first and second locking elements being adapted to move within respective first and second housings; and wherein:
a movement of the respective first or second locking element in a direction towards said respective first or second housing forces the clamp to enter an energized position in which an inner diameter of a through-going bore of the clamp is reduced and the clamp thereby clamps around the wire line; and
a movement of the respective first or second locking element in the opposite direction away from said respective first or second housing forces the clamp to enter a de-energized position in which the inner diameter of the through-going bore is increased and the clamp is retracted relative the wire line, thereby allowing unobstructed movement of the wire line relative to the clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,794,140

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO REDUCE BREAK-OUT TORQUE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A well completion system, comprising:a mandrel-style wellhead hanger comprising:
a neck portion configured to guide a running tool to a position about the wellhead hanger;
a threaded portion configured to threadedly engage the running tool during an operation; and
a rotation-stopping protrusion configured to abut a mating protrusion of the running tool and prevent over-torqueing of the running tool with respect to the wellhead hanger; and
a running tool with a threaded portion configured to couple the running tool to the wellhead hanger, wherein the mating protrusion of the running tool extends fixedly below the threaded portion of the running tool.

US Pat. No. 10,794,139

UMBILICAL METHOD

EQUINOR ENERGY AS, Stava...

1. A subsea umbilical laying method, comprising:mechanically coupling an umbilical termination assembly at an end of a first umbilical to an umbilical termination assembly at an end of a second umbilical; and
subsequently deploying the mechanically coupled ends of the first and second umbilicals together in a subsea umbilical laying process,
wherein said method further comprises the steps of:
connecting said umbilical termination assemblies using a first flying lead; and
connecting at least one of said umbilical termination assemblies to a subsea structure using a second flying lead.

US Pat. No. 10,794,138

MODULAR MANIFOLD SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTROHYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A control system for controlling subsea well equipment, comprising:a manifold comprising at least one manifold module, the manifold module comprising:
a body including an inner wall defining an orifice, an outer wall, a first end, and a second end;
a first path formed between the inner wall and the outer wall and extending to at least one of the first end and the second end;
a second path formed between the inner wall and the outer wall and extending through the manifold from the first end to the second end; and
a component disposed on the inner wall or the outer wall of the body and in fluid or electrical communication with the first path;
wherein the second path is configured to provide communication through the manifold to at least one of another manifold module and the subsea well equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,794,137

REMOTE OPERATOR INTERFACE AND CONTROL UNIT FOR FLUID CONNECTIONS

FHE USA LLC, Fruita, CO ...

9. A control unit, comprising:a first hydraulic hose, the first hydraulic hose disposed to be connected to a fluid connection housing assembly (FCHA) such that pressurization of the first hydraulic hose retracts at least one actuator piston to lock the FCHA;
a second hydraulic hose, the second hydraulic hose disposed to be connected to the FCHA such that pressurization of the second hydraulic hose extends the at least one actuator piston to unlock the FCHA;
a lock switch, the lock switch disposed to selectively energize pressurization of either the first hydraulic hose or the second hydraulic hose; and
an indicator light, the indicator light disposed to be addressed by first and second sensors on the FCHA such that the first sensor activates when the FCHA is in a locked condition and the second sensor activates when the FCHA is in an unlocked condition;
wherein the indicator light illuminates differently according to whether the first and second sensors detect that (a) the FCHA is in the unlocked condition, or (b) the FCHA is in the locked condition.

US Pat. No. 10,794,136

REVERSE ROTARY SPRINKLER DRILLING PIPE SYSTEM WITH ANTI-STICKING FUNCTION AND ITS APPLICATION METHOD

SHANDONG UNIVERSITY OF SC...

1. A reverse rotary sprinkler drilling pipe system with anti-sticking function comprises the front and rear drilling pipes which are arranged in sequence, a water spraying device, a rotary device; the rear drilling pipe is connected with an external drilling rig;both of the front and rear drilling pipes are arranged with through holes in an inner axial direction;
the water spraying device comprises a first cylinder and a connecting body which is fixedly connected with the front drilling pipe, multiple groups of water spraying holes are symmetrically arranged on an inner sidewall of the first cylinder, and a limit block is arranged in the upper part of the inner sidewall, the connecting body is disposed with water conveyance hole which is connected with the through hole and the inner part of the first cylinder;
the rotary device comprises a connected second cylinder and an annular partition, and the second cylinder is fixedly connected with the rear drilling pipe, the free end of the annular partition extends into the interior of the first cylinder and is rotatably coupled to the first cylinder, the annular partition is also arranged with an opening, and the limit block of the water spraying device is located in it;
the limit block is used to limit rotation of the annular partition from the first cylinder to a working position or a cleaning position, when in the working position, the annular partition blocks the water spraying holes; when in the cleaning position, the opening of the annular partition communicates with the water spraying holes.

US Pat. No. 10,794,135

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE ACTUATION TOOL AND METHOD OF USE

Charles Abernethy Anderso...

1. A tool connectable to a tubing string for enhancing agitation of a downhole apparatus, the tool comprising:a housing having an axial bore extending therethrough between a housing inlet and a housing outlet, and two or more flow passages defined therein uphole from the housing outlet; and
a piston movable in the bore of the housing between a first position and a second position, the piston having an axial bore extending therethrough between a piston inlet and a piston outlet, the piston inlet being in fluid communication with the bore of the housing, and
in the first position, the bore of the piston is in fluid communication with the two or more flow passages via the piston outlet; and
in the second position, the piston blocks fluid communication to at least one of the two or more flow passages, and the bore of the piston is only in fluid communication with the remainder of the two or more flow passages via the piston outlet,
wherein the piston is transitionable between the first and second positions by alternately introducing or increasing fluid flow to the housing via the housing inlet and ceasing or decreasing the fluid flow to the housing via the housing inlet, and wherein the fluid flow flows through at least some of the flow passages before exiting the tool,
wherein the piston comprises an elongated body having an upper portion connected to a lower portion by a middle portion; and a spring supported on the outer surface of the middle portion, wherein the upper and lower portions are in sealing engagement with the inner surface of the housing, and a bearing assembly secured to and inside the housing, and
wherein the piston further comprises a cam actuation area between the spring and the lower portion, and the bearing assembly abutting the lower end of the spring and being in rotational engagement with the piston about the cam actuation area.

US Pat. No. 10,794,134

ESTIMATION OF OPTIMUM TRIPPING SCHEDULES

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for evaluating a schedule for removing a core sample from a borehole, the method comprising:taking the core sample within the borehole with a sampling tool;
generating a model of the core sample based on a plurality of input parameters, the generating including applying a value of each of the input parameters, wherein one or more of the input parameter values is associated with an uncertainty range;
defining a proposed tripping schedule, and performing, by a processor, an evaluation of the proposed tripping schedule, the evaluation including applying the proposed tripping schedule and a set of expected input parameter values to the model, estimating a core parameter and determining whether the tripping schedule is predicted to be successful by comparing the core parameter to selected core damage criteria;
iteratively repeating the evaluation by applying the proposed tripping schedule and a different set of input parameter values to the model, estimating the core parameter and determining whether the tripping schedule is predicted to be successful by comparing the core parameter to the selected core damage criteria, the different set of input parameter values including a value of at least one parameter that is different than a previous value of the at least one parameter in a previous evaluation, the value of the at least one parameter and the previous value of the at least one parameter selected from a range of parameter values within an uncertainty associated with the at least one parameter, each evaluation being performed using a different combination of input parameter values than any other evaluation;
calculating a probability of success (POS) of the proposed tripping schedule based on a number of evaluations that result in the tripping schedule being predicted to be successful, the POS having a value based on a proportion of a total number of evaluations that are being predicted to be successful; and
removing the core sample through the borehole according to the proposed tripping schedule based on the calculated POS.

US Pat. No. 10,794,133

CONVEYANCE MEMBER FOR A RESOURCE EXPLORATION AND RECOVERY SYSTEM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole system comprising:a conveyance member having a body including an outer surface, an inner surface, and an interior portion;
an actuator arranged in the interior portion; and
a fluid trap provided on the outer surface and operatively connected with the actuator, the fluid trap including a first trap member and a second trap member, the fluid trap being selectively positionable in a first configuration establishing a continuously annular surface projecting radially outwardly of the body when being guided downhole and a second configuration wherein the first trap member is spaced from the second trap member allowing fluid to bypass the body when being withdrawn from a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,794,132

INTERLOCKING FRACTURE PLUG FOR PRESSURE ISOLATION AND REMOVAL IN TUBING OF WELL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A downhole apparatus, comprising a plug configured to set in a tubular, the plug comprising:a plurality of slip segments of the plug disposed on a mandrel between a cone and a first end shoulder and being moveable outward to engage the tubular, each of the slip segments having a first exterior surface and having a first seal elements disposed on the first exterior surface; and
a plurality of wedge segments of the plug disposed on the mandrel between the cone and the slip segments and being movable outward to engage the tubular, each of the wedge segments having a second exterior surface and having a second seal element disposed on the second exterior surface;
the first and second seal elements fitting between one another and forming an annular seal sealing off fluid communication in an annular space between the first and second exterior surfaces and the tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,794,131

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A WEIR

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

8. A method for controlling a flow of fluid to a shaker, the method comprising:disposing a weir in respective channels defined by first and second uprights disposed within an interior of a feeder coupled to a shaker inlet, the weir coupled to the interior such that at least a portion of the fluid flows over a top portion of the weir to an outlet of the feeder, the weir restricting fluid flow within the feeder, and the feeder further comprising a lid defining a slot; and
adjusting the weir, via an adjustment apparatus extending from the weir and through the slot, to generate a greater restriction of fluid flow within the feeder or a lesser restriction of fluid flow within the feeder,
wherein the adjustment apparatus comprises at least one drop-in plate, and
wherein adjusting the weir comprises inserting the at least one drop-in plate through the slot and into the respective channels of the first and second uprights, wherein the at least one drop-in plate provides an effective change in height of the weir.

US Pat. No. 10,794,130

CONTINUOUS CIRCULATION SUB CONNECTION SYSTEM

12. A method to conduct drilling operations, comprising:providing a first continuous circulation sub disposed atop a drill string, said first sub including a threaded side port having a safety plug and a pressure tap therein;
flowing a fluid through an upper connector of said first sub into said drill string;
locating a connection system proximal to said threaded side port of said first sub, wherein said connection system includes an inner wrench and an outer wrench;
engaging said pressure tap in said threaded side port with said inner wrench;
engaging said safety plug in said threaded side port with said outer wrench;
screwing by said connection system an adapter pipe into said threaded side port to create a fluid-tight threaded seal between said adapter pipe and said side port;
flowing said fluid through said adapter pipe and said threaded side port into said drill string;
providing a second continuous circulation sub disposed atop a drill pipe;
connecting said drill pipe to said upper connector of said first sub;
flowing said fluid through an upper connector of said second sub into said drill string;
unscrewing by said connection system said adapter pipe from said threaded side port; and
operating by said connection system said pressure tap of said first sub; and
measuring by said connection system a pressure within said first sub via said pressure tap.

US Pat. No. 10,794,129

SCREEN DUMP STATION SYSTEM FOR DISPOSING OF SPENT DRILLING MUD

The Charles Machine Works...

15. A dumping station for receiving material from a transport vehicle, the dumping station comprising:a tank for receiving material discharged from a transport vehicle, the tank having a rectangular footprint and a length greater than its width;
a shield disposed above the tank;
a first track for supporting transport vehicles which move above the tank, the first track being orthogonal to the length of the tank; and
a second track for supporting transport vehicles which travel above the tank, the second track being spaced apart from the first track and orthogonal to the length of the tank, the shield being configured for positioning above the tank between the first and second tracks; and,
a screen disposed above the tank and between the first track and the second track, the screen being configured to receive a slurry material flowpath from the transport vehicle and to separate the slurry material flowpath into a particulate-rich flowpath and a recovered fluid-rich flowpath.

US Pat. No. 10,794,128

TORQUE ABSORBER FOR ABSORBING A TORQUE AND AN APPARATUS COMPRISING SUCH A TORQUE ABSORBER

West Drilling Products AS...

1. An apparatus for screwing together of corresponding threaded portions on a first tubular element and a second tubular element, wherein the apparatus comprises a first part that is rotatably arranged about an axis V and a second part that is rotatably arranged about the axis V, wherein the first part and the second part are rotatable relative to one another,the apparatus further comprising at least one torque absorber for absorbing of a rotational torque that occurs between the first part and the second part when the first tubular element and the second tubular element are screwed together, the torque absorber comprising at least one cylinder and at least one piston that is movably arranged in the cylinder, the at least one cylinder being curved in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder and the at least one piston having a corresponding curved shape such that the at least one piston can be moved into and out of the at least one cylinder, the at least one cylinder being fastened to the first part and the at least one piston being fastened to the second part,
and further wherein the piston comprises an inner end portion that is arranged in the cylinder, which end portion is configured with a main duct extending into the piston in the longitudinal direction from an end face on the piston, and at least one radial duct extending between the main duct and a side face of the piston such that a fluid can flow through the main duct and the at least one radial duct.

US Pat. No. 10,794,127

CONTINUOUS ROTATION MAKE/BREAK MACHINE

Warrior Rig Technologies ...

1. Apparatus useful for rotating a section of drill pipe, drill collar, drilling tool, casing or tubing, the apparatus comprising:a rotor mounted to a frame and supported for rotation by a compliant mounting, the rotor configured with a gap extending from a periphery of the rotor to a central region of the rotor;
a gripping mechanism comprising one or more jaws carried by the rotor;
one or more grip actuators operable to move the jaws between an engaged configuration wherein the jaws grip an elongated object in the central region and a disengaged configuration wherein the jaws permit passage of the elongated object through the gap; and,
a drive mechanism comprising a closed loop drive member having driving elements spaced apart along the drive member by a pitch distance; a portion of the drive member wrapped around a corresponding part of the periphery of a drive ring on the rotor, the drive ring including drive features configured to be engaged by the driving elements of the drive member and spaced apart from one another by the pitch distance on a portion of the drive ring extending from a first point on a first side of the gap to a second point on a second side of the gap, wherein the gap and drive ring are dimensioned such that the distance between the first point and the second point is an integer multiple of the pitch distance both when measured along a path taken by the drive member across the gap and along a path extending along the portion of the drive ring;
wherein the compliant mounting permits the rotor to rotate while a center of rotation of the rotor is located anywhere within a 12 mm diameter circle that is fixed relative to the frame;
wherein the drive mechanism comprises first and second rollers spaced apart from one another around a circumference of the rotor, the rollers positioned such that the drive member is flexed to provide a concave portion that contacts the rotor between the rollers; and
wherein the drive mechanism comprises a tensioner comprising an actuator operable to tension the drive member.

US Pat. No. 10,794,126

DUAL-ACTIVITY MAST

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A method, comprising:tripping out a plurality of drill pipe stands from a well center bore on a drill floor of a land based drilling rig and, with a first racking device disposed above a first portion of the drill floor on a first side of the well center bore, introducing the drill pipe stands to a first fingerboard on the first side of the well center bore; and
simultaneously assembling, with a second racking device disposed above a second portion of the drill floor on a second side of the well center bore opposite the first side, a casing stand with the use of a casing mousehole on the second side of the well center bore and introducing the casing stand to a second fingerboard, wherein the first and second portions of the drill floor are on opposite sides of the well center bore and aligned with the well center bore, wherein the second racking device is disposed between the casing mousehole and the well center bore, wherein the second fingerboard is disposed on the second side of the well center bore of the land based drilling rig such that assembly of the casing stand does not physically interfere with the tripping out of the plurality of drill pipe stands.

US Pat. No. 10,794,125

TUBING IN TUBING BYPASS

Joseph D Clark, Kligore,...

1. A downhole tool within a well comprising:a first capillary tube,
wherein the first capillary tube terminates at an upper end of an injection bypass valve,
a second capillary tube,
wherein the second capillary tube and a first fluid are in an interior of the first capillary tube,
the injection bypass valve having a first port to an exterior, a second port to the exterior, and a check valve,
wherein the injection bypass valve has a fluid pathway between the first capillary tube and the check valve,
wherein the check valve blocks the first port against the first fluid below a predetermined pressure,
wherein the second capillary tube passes through the injection bypass valve second port, and
wherein the injection bypass valve second port is sealed against fluid flow.

US Pat. No. 10,794,124

CENTRALIZER ELECTRONICS HOUSING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A centralizer for downhole oil country tubular goods (OCTG), comprising:a tubular member disposable about a first section of tubing, wherein the tubular member connects the first section of tubing to one or more other sections of tubing;
a plurality of blades disposed around an outer circumference surface of the tubular member, at least one blade of the plurality of blades having an inner cavity, wherein the at least one blade is a centralizer blade; and
a capsule disposed within the inner cavity of the at least one blade, the at least one capsule capable of storing an article for use downhole;
one or more transducers communicatively coupled to the capsule, wherein the one or more transducers are mounted in one or more channels in an outer surface of the tubular member between adjacent blades of the plurality of blades, wherein the one or more transducers are encased, and wherein the one or more transducers receive a signal from within the capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,794,123

TRAVEL JOINT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

14. A method of controlling a downhole tool by communicating hydraulic control signals through a travel joint, comprising:telescopically coupling a piston assembly in a sleeve assembly to form an annular cavity between the piston assembly and the sleeve assembly;
coupling a hydraulic line to the annular cavity from a side of the travel joint; coupling another hydraulic line to the annular cavity from the other side of the travel joint;
communicating hydraulic control signals to the downhole tool through the hydraulic lines through the annular cavity;
forming an additional annular cavity between the piston assembly and the sleeve assembly; and
communicating hydraulic control signals across the travel joint through the additional annular cavity without communicating through the annular cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,794,122

RELEASABLE CONNECTION FOR A DOWNHOLE TOOL STRING

Tier 1 Energy Tech Inc., ...

1. A releasable connection for a downhole tool string, comprisinga first part comprising an external connection profile; and
a second part comprising:
an outer housing;
a releasable engagement profile which internally engages the connection profile of the first part and which is configured to expand radially to release the connection profile of the first part;
a locking piston positioned within an internal cavity of the second part, the locking piston configured to move axially along the second part between a locking position that directly constrains the releasable engagement profile into engagement with the connection profile of the first part and a release position that permits the releasable engagement profile to expand radially to release the connection profile of the second part;
an expansion chamber in fluid communication with the locking piston; and
a source of fluid pressure in communication with the expansion chamber, wherein, upon activation, the source of fluid pressure is configured to apply fluid pressure to move the locking piston from the locking position toward the release position.

US Pat. No. 10,794,121

CONNECTING ASSEMBLY AND RECEPTACLE ADAPTED TO RECEIVE SAID CONNECTING ASSEMBLY FOR CONNECTING TWO TUBING SECTIONS, AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING AND CONNECTING TWO TUBING SECTIONS IN A WELLBORE

TERCEL IP LIMITED, Torto...

1. A connecting assembly to be plugged into a mating receptacle, the connecting assembly comprising:a first sleeve, wherein the first sleeve comprises a bottom connecting end of the connecting assembly and has a first sleeve top end opposite to the bottom connecting end, the bottom connecting end being provided with a shutter for preventing entrance of materials;
a second sleeve, wherein the second sleeve comprises a top connecting end of the connecting assembly, and wherein the second sleeve axially extends beyond the first sleeve top end such that the top connecting end is not surrounded by the first sleeve, and wherein a bottom end of the second sleeve is opposed to the top connecting end;
a first latching mechanism attached to the first sleeve and the second sleeve, wherein the first latching mechanism is adapted to lock the second sleeve in a position relative to the first sleeve such that the bottom end of the second sleeve is surrounded by the first sleeve, and wherein the dimensions of the first sleeve and the second sleeve are adapted such that when the first latching mechanism is unlocked, the second sleeve is allowed to move in a first direction relative to the first sleeve to impinge upon and open the shutter;
a second latching mechanism attached to the first sleeve and adapted to lock the connecting assembly to the mating receptacle;
a third sleeve surrounding at least a portion of the first sleeve; and
a third latching mechanism between the third sleeve and the first sleeve adapted to lock the third sleeve in a first position relative to the first sleeve, wherein the third sleeve covers the second latching mechanism, and wherein the third latching mechanism is adapted to unlock the third sleeve from the first sleeve to allow movement of the first sleeve relative to the third sleeve to uncover the second latching mechanism when the connecting assembly is plugged into the mating receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,794,120

PLANT MODULE WITH PERFORATED BEAMS

NUOVO PIGNONE TECNOLOGIE ...

1. A plant module comprising:a base deck comprising a plurality of base beams;
a frame coupled to the base deck and comprising a plurality of frame beams extending from the base deck such that the frame is developed above the base deck; and
a plurality of pieces of equipment mounted to said base deck and/or said frame,
wherein the base beams are castellated-type and/or cellular-type beams each respectively comprising a web defining a plurality of openings therethrough along the length of the web configured to receive conduits and/or pipes and/or trays, and the base beams and frame beams have an H-shaped comprised of a union of two T-shaped cross-section beams.

US Pat. No. 10,794,119

ROTARY DOWNHOLE TOOL

NOV Downhole Eurasia Limi...

1. A rotary downhole tool comprising a tool body defining a gauge region, and at least one gauge roller rotatably mounted to the body, wherein the at least one gauge roller has an axis of rotation which is angled to an axis of rotation of the body, in use, such that the axis of rotation of the at least one gauge roller lies upon a surface of a notional cone, wherein a damping arrangement is provided to resist acceleration of the gauge roller and/or to limit the speed of rotation of the gauge roller.

US Pat. No. 10,794,118

FIXED CUTTER BITS AND OTHER DOWNHOLE TOOLS HAVING NON-PLANAR CUTTING ELEMENTS THEREON

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A cutting tool, comprising:a body having a central axis extending therethrough;
a plurality of blades extending outwardly from the body and converging towards a central region around the central axis; and
at least one cutting element, comprising:
a longitudinal axis;
a non-cylindrical substrate; and
an ultra-hard material body on the non-cylindrical substrate, the ultra-hard material body comprising:
a side surface extending around a cutting face and defining a cross-sectional shape of the ultra-hard material body, the side surface comprising an edge having an inner angle of less than 180 degrees, wherein the cross-sectional shape of the ultra-hard material body is a tear-drop shape having a length between the edge and an opposite portion of the side surface and a width that extends across the longitudinal axis transverse to the length, wherein the length is between 20 to 50 percent greater than the width.

US Pat. No. 10,794,117

SLIDE REAMER AND STABILIZER TOOL

Dynomax Drilling Tools In...

1. A downhole tool comprising an elongate main body having:(a) a longitudinal axis;
(b) an outer surface; and
(c) a plurality of channels formed into said outer surface, said channels dividing the main body into a plurality of blade sections corresponding in number to the number of channels, wherein each of at least two of the blade sections has one or more cartridge pockets formed into the outer surface thereof, each cartridge pocket being configured to receive a tool cartridge housing a tool insert, and wherein the downhole tool forms a slide reamer,
in which each cartridge pocket has a width, a center, and a pocket end wall, the elongate main body has a central bore and a body wall depth extending from each respective center of each cartridge pocket to the central bore, and the pocket end wall has a height at each point along the pocket end wall, and
in which each pocket end wall height is less than the body wall depth at the center of the cartridge pocket, and each pocket end wall height is less than half the width of the cartridge pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,794,116

DOOR BREAKOUT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Overhead Door Corporation...

1. A door sensor system comprising:a door;
a sensor located on and configured to move with the door;
a trigger connected to the door and located proximate to the sensor and configured to move to an actuating position, and when in the actuating position, the trigger contacts the sensor causing the sensor to emit a signal, the trigger being biased away from the actuating position; and
a camming surface on the trigger, wherein dimensions of the trigger and the trigger's location on the door with respect to the sensor including the location and dimensions of the camming surface cause the trigger to move to the actuating position when the camming surface moves against a door guide forming a channel and the trigger moves out of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,794,115

SAFE CURTAIN CONTROL ASSEMBLY WITHOUT SCREW

Chen Tian Co., Ltd., Tai...

1. A safe curtain control assembly comprising:a base with a cavity centrally formed on a surface thereof, the cavity defined by at least one wall and a bottom, at least one stopping portion forming a raised structure on the wall of the cavity, the stopping portion including at least one block having a longer end and a shorter end opposite the longer end, an engaging surface being defined by the longer end of the stopping portion, a recess being defined by the wall of the cavity between the engaging surface of the stopping portion and the bottom of the cavity;
a sleeve including a polygonal assembly rod, and a first stopping flange connected to one end of the assembly rod, the first stopping flange engaging against and positioned at the bottom of the cavity;
an elastic member set around the assembly rod of the sleeve;
a drive member including a first assembly end with a polygonal connection hole, a second assembly end opposite to the first assembly end, and a second stopping flange radially arranged around the drive member;
wherein the sleeve, the elastic member, and the drive member are mounted within the cavity of the base in turn;
the assembly rod of the sleeve is inserted in and connected to the polygonal connection hole of the drive member;
the elastic member is disposed between the first stopping flange of the sleeve and the second stopping flange of the drive member, opposing ends of the elastic member engaging the first stopping flange of the sleeve and the second stopping flange of the drive member respectively; and
the second stopping flange of the drive member displaceably engages the engaging surface of the block upon assembly, the second stopping flange of the drive member thereby secured in the recess between the bottom of the cavity and the stopping portion, the second stopping flange axially and rotationally displaceable within the cavity, the sleeve and the elastic member secured between the second stopping flange and the bottom of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,794,114

MICROOPTICS FOR GLAZING

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A microoptical glazing, comprising:a pane of glass having a major surface;
a template layer forming a diffuser layer;
a microoptical layer comprising a cured backfill layer disposed on the template layer and comprising an organosilicon material having a planar surface immediately adjacent the major surface of the glass and essentially coextensive with the template layer,
wherein the microoptical glazing does not include a polymeric carrier film substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,794,113

COMPACT PRIVACY SCREEN

Marketing Displays, Inc.,...

1. A privacy screen or movable barrier positionable between a folded state and a deployed state, the privacy screen or movable barrier comprising:a plurality of base support members; and
a curtain including a plurality of frame members and at least one panel connected between the frame members, each frame member including a proximal frame member configured to mate with a respective base support member, and a distal frame member that is configured to mate with the proximal frame member,
wherein the proximal frame member includes a first section and an opposite second section that are connected to each other by a hinge, the first section and the second section being configured to be telescopically positioned within the hinge and secured to the hinge with at least one fastener;
the distal frame member includes a swaged end configured to mate with the second section of the proximal frame member,
wherein, in the folded state, the curtain is folded and separate and apart from the plurality of base support members; and
wherein, in a deployed state, the curtain is unfolded, the first sections of the proximal frame members are mated to respective base support members, and the distal frame members are mated to respective second sections of the proximal frame members.

US Pat. No. 10,794,112

SLATTED DOOR WITH INCREASED IMPACT RESISTANCE

MCKEON ROLLING STEEL DOOR...

1. A door assembly for covering an opening defined by at least one structural element of a building, the door assembly comprising:a shutter roller positioned proximate the opening and rotatable about an axis of rotation;
a drive mechanism configured to rotate the shutter roller about the axis of rotation;
a flexible door having an outward face and windable on and off the shutter roller such that the flexible door is movable between retracted and extended positions by operation of the drive mechanism, the flexible door having a plurality of interconnected slats, each having two ends, a first edge and a second edge, and each being arranged along a direction perpendicular to a direction of travel of the door;
a guide rail assembly positioned at each side of the opening and extending along the direction of travel of the door;
a plurality of end members each attachable to an end of a corresponding slat; and
at least one stiffening insert affixed to, and positioned proximate, an inner side of the outward face, and arranged in a direction along the length of the at least one slat,
wherein in the end members, insert brackets are provided, each having at least one opening to accept and secure one end of a respective stiffening insert, and
wherein the at least one stiffening insert forms a lateral reinforcement impact distribution structure configured to distribute and redirect an impact force applied to one or more of the slats of the door in a direction substantially along the length of said one or more slats.

US Pat. No. 10,794,111

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT DISPENSERS

Bowman Dispensers, LLC, ...

1. A dispenser for dispensing consumable objects comprising:a dispenser body defining a predetermined configuration of mounting structures;
a dispenser frame;
a first shelf structure adapted to be arranged in a first shelf configuration relative the dispenser body;
a second shelf structure adapted to be arranged in a second shelf configuration relative to the dispenser body;
a first door defining at least one first cutout defining a first cutout configuration, where the first cutout configuration is configured to cooperate with the first shelf structure in the first shelf configuration to allow access to consumables stored on the first shelf structure in the first shelf configuration, wherein the first cutout configuration is predetermined relative to the first shelf configuration such that, when the first door is rotatably attached to the dispenser frame with the first shelf structure in the first shelf configuration, consumable objects supported by the first shelf structure may be accessed through the at least one first cutout defining the first cutout configuration;
a second door defining at least one second cutout defining a second cutout configuration, where the at least one second cutout in the second door is configured to cooperate with the second shelf structure in the second shelf configuration to allow access to consumables stored on the second shelf structure in the second shelf configuration, where the second cutout configuration is predetermined relative to the second shelf configuration such that, when the second door is rotatably attached to the dispenser frame with the second shelf structure in the second shelf configuration, consumable objects supported by the second shelf structure may be accessed through the at least one second cutout defining the second cutout configuration; wherein
the first cutout configuration is different from the second cutout configuration;
the first shelf configuration is different from the second cutout configuration; wherein
the dispenser may be configured in
a first configuration in which the dispenser body supports only the first door and the first shelf assembly, where
the dispenser body supports the first door such that the first door may be rotated between a first door loading configuration and a first door dispensing configuration relative to the dispenser body,
the dispenser body supports the first shelf assembly in the first shelf configuration,
with the dispenser in the first configuration and the first door in the first door loading configuration, consumable objects may be arranged on the first shelf structure, and
with the dispenser in the first configuration and the first door in the first door dispensing configuration, consumable objects supported by the first shelf structure may be removed from the dispenser through the at least one first cutout in the first door, and
in a second configuration in which the dispenser body supports only the second door and the second shelf assembly, where
the dispenser body supports the second door such that the second door may be rotated between a second door loading configuration and a second door dispensing configuration relative to the dispenser body,
the dispenser boy supports the second shelf assembly in the second shelf configuration,
with the dispenser in the second configuration and second first door in the second door loading configuration, consumable objects may be arranged on the second shelf structure, and
with the dispenser in the second configuration and the second door in the second door dispensing configuration, consumable objects supported by the first shelf structure may be removed from the dispenser through the at least one second cutout in the second door.

US Pat. No. 10,794,110

ELECTRIC POTENTIALLY-DRIVEN SHADE WITH PERFORATIONS, AND/OR METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC, Aub...

1. An insulating glass (IG) unit, comprising:first and second substrates, each having interior and exterior major surfaces, the interior major surface of the first substrate facing the interior major surface of the second substrate;
a spacer system helping to maintain the first and second substrates in substantially parallel spaced apart relation to one another and to define a gap therebetween; and
a dynamically controllable shade interposed between the first and second substrates, the shade including:
a first conductive film provided, directly or indirectly, on the interior major surface of the first substrate;
a dielectric or insulator film provided, directly or indirectly, on the first conductive film; and
a shutter including a polymer material supporting a second conductive film, the polymer material being extendible to serve as a shutter closed position and retractable to serve a shutter open position, the shutter further including a plurality of holes extending through at least a portion of the polymer material, the holes being invisible to an unaided human eye and being sized, shaped, and arranged to form a passive shading element providing progressive shading from the sun when the polymer material is extended for the shutter closed position;
wherein the first and second conductive films are electrically connectable to a power source that is controllable to selectively set up an electric potential difference to correspondingly drive the polymer material between the shutter open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,794,109

WINDOW GLASS SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A window glass supporting structure comprising:a window frame formed in a vehicle body;
a window glass supported on the window frame; and
an adhesive portion interposed between the window glass and the window frame,
wherein the window frame includes:
an opening portion, and
a joining portion formed along an inner periphery of the opening portion and bonded to an outer periphery of the window glass,
wherein the window glass includes:
a plurality of corner portions formed in corner regions in the outer periphery of the window glass, and
connection side portions formed in the outer periphery of the window glass and connecting the adjacent corner portions to one another,
wherein the adhesive portion includes:
first adhesive portions interposed between the corner portions of the window glass and the joining portion of the window frame, and
second adhesive portions interposed between the connection side portions of the window glass and the joining portion of the window frame,
wherein an adhesion force per unit peripheral length in the first adhesive portions is greater than an adhesion force per unit peripheral length in the second adhesive portions, and
wherein the joining portion includes:
a flange portion formed over the entire inner periphery of the opening portion, and
extending portions formed to protrude inward from the flange portion at positions corresponding to the corner portions of the window glass.

US Pat. No. 10,794,108

BI-FOLD DOOR PIN BRACE

1. In combination, a bi-fold door and a bi-fold door pin brace operative to safely limit the movement of said bi-fold door,said bi-fold door having:
a header;
a bi-fold door track mounted to said header;
a lead door;
a guide pin affixed to said lead door and configured to slide within said bi-fold door track;
a pivot door;
a pivot pin anchored with respect to said bi-fold door track and affixed to said pivot door; and
a hinge coupling said lead door to said pivot door;
said bi-fold door pin brace having:
a header mounting plate generally defining a first generally planar surface affixed to and anchored by said header independent from said bi-fold door track;
a coupling plate extending from said header mounting plate in a plane angularly offset from said first generally planar surface and exterior to said bi-fold door track; and
a bi-fold pin shaft bracing plate defining a third generally planar surface extending from said coupling plate in a plane offset from said coupling plate plane and generally parallel to said header mounting plate first generally planar surface, said bi-fold pin shaft bracing plate third generally planar surface located between a bottom of said bi-fold door track and a top of said pivot door, said bi-fold pin shaft bracing plate configured to engage with and provide support to a shaft of at least one of said bi-fold door guide pin and said bi-fold door pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,794,107

VEHICLE DOOR ENTRY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A door entry system for a vehicle, comprising:a door;
an actuator;
a puddle lamp generating a puddle light;
a light sensor configured to sense reflected light from the puddle light, wherein the light sensor is located within a recessed tube outside of the puddle light to detect reflected light reflected from a user, and wherein the recessed tube is offset from the puddle lamp and angled in a direction below the puddle lamp; and
a controller processing a light signal generated by the light sensor and controlling activation of the actuator to open the door in response to sensing the user entering the puddle light with a door open input command within a distance of 25 cm of the puddle lamp and light sensor, wherein the door open input command is detected by detecting a rapid rise in the sensed reflected light, followed by a substantially level sensed reflected light, followed by a rapid fall in the sensed reflected light.

US Pat. No. 10,794,106

WIRE TYPE WINDOW REGULATOR FOR VEHICLE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A wire type window regulator for vehicle comprising:a guide rail fixed to a vehicle door panel;
a slider base supported to the guide rail to freely move up and down, a window glass being supported to the slider base;
a drive wire configured to drive to move up and down the slider base along the guide rail;
a wire driving mechanism configured to drive the drive wire; and
a wire guide member disposed on at least one of an upper end and a lower end of the guide rail, the wire guide member being configured to change a routing direction of the drive wire, wherein
the wire guide member includes:
a wire guide groove around which the drive wire is wound;
a wire disconnection prevention portion disposed to extend from one region to another region of regions on both sides between which the wire guide groove is interposed, the wire disconnection prevention portion forming a wire insertion clearance from which the drive wire is introducible to the wire guide groove from the other region; and
an inclination guide surface disposed in the other region, the inclination guide surface guiding the drive wire to be introduced to the wire guide groove via the wire insertion clearance,
wherein the wire guide member further includes an inclined rib which extends in a direction crossing an extending direction of the wire guide groove, and an edge of the inclined rib forms the inclination guide surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,105

VEHICULAR OPENING/CLOSING BODY CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicular opening/closing body control device comprising:a braking control unit configured to apply a braking force to an opening/closing body provided in an opening in a vehicle;
a position detection unit configured to detect an opening/closing operation position of the opening/closing body; and
a traveling state determination unit configured to determine a traveling state of the vehicle,
wherein the opening/closing body is opened/closed along a movement path, which is formed by a guide rail extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and a guide roller engaged with the guide rail,
wherein the guide rail includes a curved portion, which is curved in a width direction of the vehicle in a closing operation side end portion, which is disposed in a closing operation direction of the opening/closing body, and
wherein the braking control unit configured to
determine whether the opening/closing operation position of the opening/closing body is within a specific range during the traveling of the vehicle, the specific range being set in the movement path of the opening/closing body to correspond to the curved portion of the guide rail, and
execute braking control for applying the braking force to the opening/closing body when the opening/closing operation position of the opening/closing body is within the specific range.

US Pat. No. 10,794,104

CONTROL DEVICE FOR OPENING AND CLOSING BODIES

Mitsuba Corporation, Gun...

1. A control device for an opening and closing member that drives a driving source of an opening and closing member that opens and closes an opening section of a vehicle, the control device for the opening and closing member comprising:a rotation sensor that outputs a pulse signal to detect a position of the opening and closing member;
a power generation detector that detects power generation of the driving source; and
a controller that controls driving of the driving source,
wherein the controller is changed to a sleep state upon stoppage of the opening and closing member, during in the sleep state, the controller controls a braking of the driving source when the opening and closing member is moving on a basis of an activation of the rotation sensor at a prescribed interval, and also controls the braking of the driving source when the power generation detector detects power generation of the driving source in the sleep state in which the activation of the rotation sensor at the prescribed interval is not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,794,103

DOOR COMPONENT COMPRISING A CONTROLLABLE DAMPING SYSTEM

INVENTUS Engineering GmbH...

1. A door component, comprising:a damper device having two connection units that are movable relative to one another for damping a movement of a door of a vehicle;
said damper device including a cylinder unit with a first chamber and a second chamber;
a piston separating said first and second chambers from one another and being movable between a first position and a second position, said piston having a damping valve;
a drive and a connection device configured for coupling said piston to said drive, said drive being configured to actively assist in a movement of said piston relative to said cylinder unit at least from the first position into the second position;
said damper device being formed with an air chamber that is operationally connected to said piston, and said connection device including a fluid connection at said air chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,794,102

HINGE FOR DOORS OF DOMESTIC APPLIANCES

NUOVA STAR S.P.A., Zola ...

1. A hinge for doors of electrical household appliances, comprising:a box-shaped element and
a first lever pivoted on the box-shaped element via a pivot; one of either the box-shaped element or the first lever being fixable to a frame and the other of either the box-shaped element or the first lever being fixable to a door, to make the door tiltably movable relative to the frame between a closed position and an open position;
a first spring supported by the box-shaped element and configured to apply an elastic action on the first lever,
a connecting rod for connecting the first lever to the first spring, the connecting rod being slidably positioned inside the box-shaped element;
a hydraulic damping member for applying a damping action during a reciprocal motion of the first lever and the box-shaped element in a proximity of reaching at least one of the open and closed positions, the hydraulic damping member being positioned inside overall dimensions of the box-shaped element;
an actuator for actuating the damping member, the actuator comprising a second rocker lever supported by the connecting rod and a third oscillating lever for controlling the second rocker lever, the third oscillating lever having a first arm configured for engaging with the second rocker lever and a second arm configured for engaging with a portion of the first lever.

US Pat. No. 10,794,101

FLAG ANGLE METHOD FOR SUPPORTING TRACKS OF VARIOUS RADII

Overhead Door Corporation...

1. A flag angle comprising:an elongated body having a first end, and a second end, and a middle section located between the first and second ends;
a mounting portion on the body for mounting the body to a surface;
a first wider portion located at the first end, the first wider portion extending further away from the mounting portion than an amount the middle section extends from the mounting portion;
a second wider portion located at the second end, the second wider portion extending further away from the mounting portion than the amount the middle section extends away from the mounting portion;
and
first and second attaching features located on the second wider portion, wherein each the first and second attaching features comprises an upper horizontal slot and a lower horizontal slot, wherein the upper horizontal slot of the first attaching feature is located and sized to attach to curved door tracks of a first curved radius and the upper horizontal slot of the second attaching feature is located and sized to attach to a curved door track of a second curved radius; and
third, fourth, fifth, and sixth attaching features located on the first wider portion, wherein each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth attaching features is located progressively further away from the mounting portion and comprises at least one slot.

US Pat. No. 10,794,100

HINGED BOTTOM ROLLER ASSEMBLY AND COUNTERBALANCE MECHANISM FOR OVERHEAD DOOR

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A counterbalance assembly for use with an overhead door assembly positioned at a rear end of a trailer, the trailer including a rear opening and an overhead door defining a generally vertical plane when in a closed position, comprising:a support shaft;
a first counterbalance mechanism including a first cable drum rotatably supported on the support shaft, a first winding cone coupled to the first cable drum, a first stationary cone, and a first tension spring secured to the first winding cone and the first stationary cone, and a first cable coupled to the first cable drum at one end and coupled to a rear surface of the overhead door at the other end;
a second counterbalance mechanism including a second cable drum rotatably supported on the support shaft, a second winding cone coupled to the second cable drum, a second stationary cone, and a second tension spring secured to the second winding cone and the second stationary cone, and a second cable coupled to the second cable drum at one end and coupled to a rear surface of the overhead door at the other end;
an adjustment mechanism coupled to and positioned between the first and second counterbalance mechanisms for adjusting a tension force in each of the first and second counterbalance mechanisms; and
a housing positioned rearward of the vertical plane, wherein the support shaft, the first counterbalance mechanism, the second counterbalance mechanism, and the adjustment mechanism are positioned within the housing and entirely rearward of the vertical plane, the housing being coupled to a roof of the trailer and having an interior that is accessible from an exterior of the trailer, and
wherein the first and second cables each extend forwardly on the trailer from the top of the first and second cable drums to the overhead door.

US Pat. No. 10,794,099

FIXING STRUCTURE OF DOOR BODY SHAFT BUSHING AND DRUM WASHING MACHINE

Qingdao Haier Drum Washin...

1. A fixing structure of a door body shaft bushing, comprising:a door body outer frame,
a door body inner frame engaged with the door body outer frame,
the door body shaft bushing arranged between the door body outer frame and the door body inner frame, and a plurality of reinforcing ribs arranged on two opposed surfaces of the door body outer frame and the door body inner frame when the door body outer frame and the door body inner frame are engaged with each other, wherein
the plurality of reinforcing ribs of the door body outer frame and the door body inner frame are respectively arranged in a staggered manner along a radial direction and an axial direction of shaft holes of the door body shaft bushing;
the reinforcing ribs on at least one of the door body outer frame and the door body inner frame are in contact with the door body shaft bushing and clamp the door body shaft bushing; and
the plurality of reinforcing ribs of the door body outer frame and the door body inner frame comprise first reinforcing ribs distributed along the axial direction of the door body shaft bushing and second reinforcing ribs distributed along the radial direction of the door body shaft bushing, wherein each of the second reinforcing ribs on the door body outer frame is located between respective two adjacent first reinforcing ribs on the door body outer frame and is connected with the respective two first reinforcing ribs; and each of the second reinforcing ribs on the door body inner frame is located between respective two adjacent first reinforcing ribs on the door body inner frame and is connected with the respective two first reinforcing ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,794,098

HINGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A hinge device comprising:a support member;
a pivotable member supported by the support member and configured to pivot about a pivot axis between a closed position and a different position where the pivotable member is in a position that is different from the closed position;
a first gear located at one of the support member and the pivotable member;
a second gear located at the other of the support member and the pivotable member, the second gear being configured to rotate in engagement with the first gear based on pivoting of the pivotable member;
a friction member configured to apply rotational frictional resistance to the second gear;
means for disengaging, when the pivotable member is at the closed position, the first gear and the second gear from each other; and
a pressing spring,
wherein the second gear is disposed between the pressing spring and the friction member in a direction of a rotation axis of the second gear, and
wherein the pressing spring is configured to urge the second gear toward the friction member.

US Pat. No. 10,794,097

COMPARTMENT COVER RELEASE SYSTEM AND METHOD

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A compartment cover release system that is configured to selectively latch and unlatch a cover of a compartment, the compartment cover release system comprising:a housing;
a lid sub-assembly coupled to the housing, the lid sub-assembly comprising a handle that is configured to be pivoted between an open position and a closed position; and
a cam coupled to one or both of the housing and the lid sub-assembly, the cam comprising a central hub connected to one or more legs, wherein the one or more legs are configured to move in response to rotation of the central hub,
wherein the one or more legs comprise clamping prongs that are configured to securely engage a portion of the handle in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,794,096

SYSTEM COMPRISING A COMPONENT AND AN ACTUATING APPARATUS FOR THE COMPONENT

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A system comprising a component mounted movably in or on an automobile and an actuating apparatus for the component, the actuating apparatus having a push-push mechanism which interacts with the component, the component movable out of a closed position by manual exertion of a pressing force counter to the prestress of a spring into an unlocked position in order to unlock the push- push mechanism, out of which unlocked position the component is moved into a partially open position driven by the prestress of the spring, out of which partially open position the component is moved into an open position by manual exertion of a pulling force, wherein tensioning means are provided which prestress the spring during the movement of the component out of the partially open position into the open position, with the result that the component is subsequently moved out of the open position into the closed position without a counterforce by the spring and the tensioning means includes a pivotably mounted actuator connected to the component via the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,794,095

ELECTROMECHANICAL LOCK

The Eastern Company, Nav...

1. An electromechanical lock for installation through an opening formed through a closure of an enclosable space, the lock comprising:a barrel for extending through and to be secured within the opening formed through the closure, wherein:
the barrel has an inner end configured to extend from the opening and into the enclosable space when the barrel is secured within the opening;
the barrel defines a first locking formation on the inner end of the barrel;
the barrel has an outer end configured to extend from the opening in an opposite direction from the inner end, and away from enclosable space when the barrel is secured within the opening;
the barrel defines a first plug passage that extends through the barrel between the inner and outer ends of the barrel; and
the position and orientation of the first plug passage defines the position and orientation of a central axis;
a plug housing for extending through the first plug passage along the central axis and configured to turn within the first plug passage about the central axis to effect unlatching of the closure when the lock is in an unlocked state, wherein:
the plug housing includes an inner end configured to extend from the first plug passage, beyond the inner end of the barrel, and further into the enclosable space when the plug housing is installed within the first plug passage;
the plug housing includes an outer end configured to extend within the first plug passage to at least the outer end of the barrel to provide access to the plug housing from outside the closure to turn the plug housing about the central axis;
with the plug housing defining a second plug passage that extends along the central axis and opens through the outer end of the plug housing;
with the plug housing also defining a pin slot that opens through a side wall of a portion of the inner end of the plug housing that extends beyond the inner end of the barrel; and
wherein the pin slot perpendicularly intersects and communicates with the second plug passage;
a plug carried within the second plug passage along the central axis for turning within the second plug passage about the central axis to transition the lock between a locked state wherein the plug housing is prevented from turning about the central axis, and the unlocked state wherein the plug housing is permitted to turn about the central axis to effect unlatching of the closure, wherein:
the plug has an outer portion configured to extend within the second plug passage to at least the outer end of the plug housing to provide access to the plug from outside the closure for turning the plug about the central axis;
the plug also has an inner portion configured to extend within the second plug passage and into the intersection of the second plug passage and the pin slot; and
the inner portion of the plug defines a helical groove accessible from outside the inner end of the plug housing through the pin slot; and
a stop movable linearly along an external surface of the inner end of the plug housing and parallel to the central axis between an inward position away from the inner end of the barrel, and an outward position toward the inner end of the barrel, wherein:
the stop has a second locking formation configured to be pulled out of engagement with the first locking formation to place the lock in the unlocked state when the stop is moved to the inward position, and to be pushed into engagement with the first locking formation to place the lock in the locked state when the stop is moved to the outward position; and
the stop also has a stop pin to extend through the pin slot of the inner end of the plug housing and into the helical groove to be engaged by opposed helical surfaces that define edges of the helical groove to enable turning of the plug about the central axis to cause one of the opposed helical surfaces to move the stop pin linearly in parallel with the central axis to move the stop linearly along the external surface of the inner end of the plug housing between the inward and outward positions.

US Pat. No. 10,794,094

GLOVE BOX SELF-LOCKING FEATURE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A glove box retainer for retaining a glove box mounted in a motor vehicle instrument panel in a closed position during and after a frontal impact event, the glove box comprising a movable bin having an outer door panel and an open receptacle received within a cavity of a surround fixedly mounted in the motor vehicle instrument panel, the movable bin having a normally closed position, wherein the movable bin is disposed within the cavity of the surround and the open receptacle is not exposed, and an open position, wherein the movable bin is withdrawn from and proximate the cavity of the surround and the open receptacle is exposed, wherein the glove box retainer comprises:a first interlocker disposed proximate a forward edge of the open receptacle of the movable bin; and
a second interlocker disposed proximate a forward portion of the surround, the second interlocker being disposed proximate to and displaced forward of the first interlocker when the movable bin is in the normally closed position;
wherein a predetermined force against the outer door panel of the movable bin displaces the open receptacle and the first interlocker forward and into engagement with the second interlocker, whereby the first interlocker is juxtaposed against and displaced forward of the second interlocker to retain the glove box in the closed position during and after the frontal impact event.

US Pat. No. 10,794,093

METHOD OF OPTIMIZING MEMORY WIRE ACTUATOR ENERGY OUTPUT

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An apparatus for locking a computing device, comprising:an actuator;
a locking protrusion connected to a first portion of the computing device;
a locking receptacle connected to a second portion of the computing device;
a shape memory metal (SMM) wire connected to the locking protrusion or locking receptacle, the SMM wire having a first state and a second state and movable between the first state and the second state by the actuator, the first state having a first length of the SMM wire and the second state having a second length of the SMM wire that is shorter than the first length, wherein moving from the first state to the second state applies a contraction force along a longitudinal direction of the SMM wire; and
a means for conditioning a return force to the SMM wire opposite the contraction force to return the SMM wire toward the first state while moving a maximum available force of the SMM wire to the second state of the SMM wire.

US Pat. No. 10,794,092

LOCK BOX

SINOX CO., LTD, New Taip...

1. A lock box, comprising:a box having an accommodating space inside, comprising;
a box opening;
a lock hole disposed at a location on the box other than the box opening;
a lock body disposed at a location on the box other than the box opening and the lock hole;
a cap capable of covering the box opening to seal the accommodating space, including:
a cap fixing part protruding from one side of the cap facing the box opening, wherein the cap fixing part is able to extend into the lock hole and be locked by the lock body when the cap covers the box opening;
a cap socket disposed on the other side of the cap with respect to the cap fixing part;
a restricting device disposed in the cap, wherein the restricting device has a lifting lever protruding from one side of the cap facing the box opening;
a cable, wherein one end of the cable is fixed on either the box or the cap and the other end of the cable has a cable fixing part, wherein the cable fixing part can be inserted into the cap socket with its movement being restricted by the restricting device, wherein the lifting lever is located outside the accommodating space when the cap doesn't cover the box opening, a user can apply a force on the lifting lever to release the restriction on the movement of the cable fixing part by the restricting device.

US Pat. No. 10,794,091

GATE LATCH ASSEMBLY

1. A magnetic gate latch assembly arranged to be mounted to either a gate or gate post and adapted to co-operate with a striker having a magnet mounted on the other of the gate or gate post to hold the gate closed, the gate latch assembly comprising:a housing having a keeper arranged to receive the striker;
a latch mechanism disposed within the housing and having an internally mounted latching pin, the latching pin being movable between a latched condition where the latching pin is drawn into the striker by magnetic force provided by the magnet of the striker and an unlatched condition where the latching pin retracts into the housing;
an actuator for releasing said latching pin from the latched condition; and
at least one latch accessory in the form of a modular component removably engageable with at least one coupling portion of the housing to mount the modular component to the housing, the modular component houses an electronic sensor operable to sense a magnetic field of the latching pin through the housing to indicate a condition of the gate latch assembly via indirect sensing, the modular component being able to be removed from the housing during the normal operation of the latch mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,794,090

INPUT DEVICE FOR DOOR LOCK

AMADAS CO., LTD., Seoul ...

1. An input device for a door lock having a door lock lever, comprising:a button board installed inside the door lock lever, wherein a plurality of input terminals comprising an input terminal for touch signal and an input terminal for push signal are disposed on the button board;
an array of buttons installed on the input terminals of the button board to comprise a push button for push signal input and a touch sensor for touch signal input disposed on the push button; and
a door lock control unit that sets the door lock to a power-saving mode if an input signal is not received from the array of buttons for a predetermined period of time, and cancels the power-saving mode only if a swipe signal generated when touching and sliding on the array of buttons with a finger is received from the array of buttons while the power-saving mode is set.

US Pat. No. 10,794,089

SECURITY LOCK

1. A security lock, comprising a lock tongue, a key cylinder and a key; wherein the key cylinder comprises a body, a cap configured co-axially with the body, and a connection assembly that connects or disconnects motion transmission between the body and the cap; the cap and the lock tongue are connected to transmit motion; the body is provided with a channel into which the key is inserted; an electric control assembly and a mechanical control assembly that control movement of the connection assembly are provided inside the body; the key comprises an elongated portion and a grip portion fixedly connected to one end of the elongated portion; a power supply and a control chip mutually connected to each other are provided within the grip portion; bitting cuts are provided on the elongated portion; a first contact piece connected with the control chip is also provided on the elongated portion; when unlocking the security lock, the key is inserted into the channel, wherein the first contact piece communicates with the electric control assembly, and the bitting cuts abut against the mechanical control assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,794,088

ADJUSTABLE STRIKE KEEPER FACE AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING

Hanchett Entry Systems, I...

1. An actuator-controlled electric strike for operating in conjunction with a latch of a lockset, wherein the latch has a tapered contact face, wherein latch has an engaged position and a release position, and wherein the engaged position secures a door in a closed state, the strike comprising:a housing defining an entry chamber therein, wherein said housing includes a housing longitudinal length, a back wall extending along said housing longitudinal length, a bottom panel disposed perpendicular to said back wall, and upstanding first and second side walls disposed perpendicular to both said bottom panel and said back wall wherein said first and second side walls include respective edges comprising a front profile that loins a front edge and a top edge of each respective side wall edge; and
a keeper rotatably disposed in said entry chamber between said first side wall and said second side wall of said housing, wherein said keeper includes a keeper longitudinal length and is rotatable about an axis of rotation between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein said axis of rotation is parallel with said housing longitudinal length, wherein said keeper includes a keeper base and a ramp element, wherein said ramp element includes a contoured surface wherein said contoured surface is contactable by said tapered contact face of the latch when said keeper is in said locked position and said door is moved to said closed state, wherein said contoured surface runs along said keeper longitudinal length, and wherein the contoured surface of the ramp element extends beyond said front profile of said housing when said keeper is in said locked position to prevent the tapered face of the latch from contacting said front profile of said housing as the door is moved to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,794,087

DOOR LOCKING DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR AN ELECTROMAGNETIC DOOR LOCKING DEVICE

Kendrion Kuhnke Automatio...

1. A door locking device for a door having a closing bolt, the door locking device comprising:a rotary catch for the closing bolt of the door;
a pivoting body;
a connecting body; and
a lever body; and
wherein the rotary catch is configured to be acted upon by a torque,
wherein the rotary catch includes a recess with a closing bearing surface,
wherein the connecting body is connected by a first joint to the pivoting body and by a second joint to the lever body,
wherein, in a closed position of the rotary catch, the closing bearing surface of the recess of the rotary catch directly contacts the first joint between the pivoting body and the connecting body, and
wherein, in an open position of the rotary catch, the closing bearing surface of the recess of the rotary catch does not directly contact the first joint between the pivoting body and the connecting body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,086

DEADBOLT ASSEMBLY

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A deadbolt assembly, comprising:a housing defining a longitudinal channel and a longitudinal slot, wherein the longitudinal channel extends along a longitudinal axis defining a proximal direction and an opposite distal direction, wherein the longitudinal channel has a depth along a lateral axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the lateral axis defining a forward direction and an opposite rearward direction, and wherein the longitudinal slot includes a plurality of notches extending in the rearward direction;
a traveler movably mounted in the longitudinal channel, the traveler including a projection extending into the longitudinal slot, wherein the projection is operable to be received in each of the notches as the traveler moves longitudinally through the longitudinal channel throughout a range of longitudinal movement of the traveler, the traveler having a rearward position in which the projection is received in one of the notches, the traveler having a forward position in which the projection is not received in any of the notches; and
a bolt movably mounted in the longitudinal channel for movement along the longitudinal axis, the bolt having a body portion, a distal end, and a ramp arm extending from the body portion,
wherein the ramp arm is engaged with the traveler such that a proximal pushing force on the distal end causes the ramp arm to drive the traveler from the forward position to the rearward position and away from the bolt body portion, thereby causing the projection to enter one of the notches, thereby blocking the proximal pushing force from driving the bolt in the proximal direction;
wherein the traveler is configured to move from the rearward position to the forward position in response to a proximal pulling force exerted on the traveler, the proximal pulling force driving the traveler and the bolt in the proximal direction, thereby retracting the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,794,085

INTERNET OF THINGS LOCK MODULE

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A retrofit module for an existing lockset comprising a spring cage and a handle mounted to the spring cage, the retrofit module comprising:a housing assembly, comprising:
a base configured to be mounted between the spring cage and a face of a door such that the base circumferentially surrounds a portion of the lockset; and
a translucent shroud mounted to the base;
a light-emitting diode (LED) array mounted to the housing assembly and operable to illuminate the translucent shroud;
a controller mounted to the housing assembly and in communication with the LED array;
a wireless transceiver in communication with the controller and configured to facilitate communication between the controller and an external device;
an energy storage device mounted to the housing assembly and operable to provide power to the LED array, the controller, and the wireless transceiver; and
a sensor array in communication with the controller, the sensor array comprising at least one of: (i) a movement sensor operable to detect at least one of movement of the retrofit module or movement in a vicinity of the retrofit module, and (ii) an environmental sensor operable to detect at least one condition in the vicinity of the retrofit module;
wherein the controller is configured to transmit information received from the sensor array to the external device via the wireless transceiver; and
wherein the controller is configured to control operation of the LED array based upon information received from at least one of the sensor array and the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,794,084

LATCH MECHANISM REINFORCING ASSEMBLY

Hanchett Entry Systems, I...

1. A reinforcing assembly for a door latch mechanism, the door latch mechanism configured to releasably secure a door in a door frame, the reinforcing assembly configured to reside within a recess formed within a first face of the door, the reinforcing assembly comprising a back plate and at least one wall perpendicular to said back plate thereby defining a latch receiving cavity, the latch receiving cavity configured to receive at least a portion of a body of said door latch mechanism, wherein said reinforcing assembly is securable to said door by at least one fastener, and wherein said at least one fastener is oriented substantially parallel with said back plate and said first face of said door when securing the reinforcing assembly within said first face of said door.

US Pat. No. 10,794,083

RETRACTABLE STRIKER COVER ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A retractable cover assembly for a vehicle door, comprising:a retractable cover comprises a plurality of moving doors, wherein the plurality of moving doors comprises first and second sliding doors that slide within a common plane between open and closed positions, each of the first and second sliding doors having a side edge extending perpendicularly between top and bottom surfaces, thereof;
a support structure supporting the first and second sliding doors in the closed position so as to cover a vehicle door latching component;
a sensor arrangement sensing a position of the vehicle door, the sensor arrangement comprising one or more sensing elements located on at least one of a vehicle door sill and the vehicle door to sense the position of the vehicle door;
an actuator for actuating the first and second sliding doors between the open and closed positions based on the sensed position of the vehicle door; and
a light source operative to illuminate the first and second sliding doors in the closed position, wherein the light source is operative to directly illuminate the side edge of each of the first and second sliding doors in the closed position to edge light the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,794,082

DOOR HANDLE HAVING A LIGHT SOURCE FOR ILLUMINATING A DOOR WITH A LIGHT PATTERN

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A door handle configured for mounting to a door, the door handle comprising:a shell having a front side and a rear side, the shell defining an internal chamber;
a shank extending from the rear side;
a light source positioned in the internal chamber; and
a window pattern positioned on the rear side of the shell such that the light source is operable to project a light pattern onto the door corresponding to the window pattern, wherein the rear side of the shell includes varied regions of opaqueness, transparency or translucency to define the window pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,794,081

FENCE RAIL WITH CONCEALED FASTENER AND ANTI-RATTLING CAPABILITIES

1. A fence panel comprisinga rail, where the rail comprises two sides and a top web, where the top web additionally comprises a rail hole, at least one of the two sides additionally comprises a lip, and where the two sides each have an outer surface and an inner surface;
a picket, where the picket has a picket length and a picket width, and additionally comprising a picket slot cut;
a clip, where the clip comprises a main body, a protruding member, and two bent edges, where the protruding member has a narrow neck portion and a wide head portion, where the protruding member is secured to the main body by its neck portion; where the two bent edges are attached to a bottom portion of the main body;
where the protruding member of the clip mates with the picket slot cut, where the picket is pushed through the rail hole such that the progress of the picket is stopped by the top edge of the clip, and where the bent edges of the clip exert an amount of pressure against an inner surface of the rail, whereby the picket slot cut provides for the clip being able to slide inside the picket thereby allowing a focal point of picket rotation to change position along an axis of the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,794,080

RAPIDLY DEPLOYABLE MODULAR SHELTER SYSTEM

WEATHERHAVEN GLOBAL RESOU...

1. A leg element for use in a folding tent frame system, said folding tent frame system having a roof frame comprising arch brackets configured to receive a plurality of said leg elements, each said leg element comprising:a) a first inner leg element comprising a base and a rigid vertical element mounted on said base, said rigid vertical element having a plurality of vertically spaced latch-receiving slots; and
b) a second outer sliding leg element slideably movable vertically on said first inner leg element, said second outer sliding leg element comprising a horizontally extending lifting bar secured thereto and a spring-biased latch element for securing said outer sliding leg element at selected vertical locations on said inner leg element, wherein said second outer sliding leg element further comprises adjacent the upper end thereof a spring-biased T-shaped lever rotatable about a central horizontal axis and forming a horizontal bar at the upper end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,794,079

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A CROSS ARM ON A UTILITY POLE

Terex USA, LLC, Westport...

1. A method of installing a cross arm on a utility pole comprising the steps of:a. providing an elevated work platform (EWP) on a mobile base, where the EWP is isolated from electrical connection with the earth;
b. providing on said EWP a means for providing electric power to recharge a battery located on said EWP, said battery configured for providing battery power for use by an electric tool, where the means for providing electric power excludes hydraulic power generating equipment, and where said means for providing electric power comprises:
i. a diode that generates light in response to an electric stimuli;
ii. an optical fiber for transmission of said light;
iii. a device configured to receive said light from said optical fiber and thereby generate light converted electric power therefrom; and
iv. means for utilizing said light converted electric power in an electric drill and an electric saw.

US Pat. No. 10,794,078

DAMPER FOR REINFORCING EARTHQUAKE RESISTANCE

KOREA ELECTRIC POWER CORP...

1. A damper for reinforcing earthquake resistance, the damper comprising: a first supporting part mounted on a building structure;a second supporting part movably mounted on a supporting structure disposed to be separated from the building structure and disposed to face the first supporting part;
the second supporting part further having protruding parts that protrude toward the supporting structure;
a damper part configured to connect the first supporting part with the second supporting part and absorb energy generated by an earthquake; and
a plate part that is fixed to the supporting structure and having a plurality of apertures into which the protruding parts are disposed so that the second supporting part is vertically moveable.

US Pat. No. 10,794,077

MECHANICAL PARKING GARAGE

1. A mechanical parking garage comprising:a plurality of pallets, each of said pallets being adapted for carrying a vehicle;
a parking system including
a rail track unit that is adapted to be mounted on the ground, and
a plurality of tower units that are mounted on and slidable along said rail track unit, each of said tower units having a plurality of first parking spaces, each of said first parking spaces being disposed for storing one of said pallets; and
a transporting system including
a rail mechanism that is mounted above said parking system, and
a transporting mechanism that is mounted to said rail mechanism and that is horizontally movable;
wherein any adjacent two of said tower units are movable along said rail track unit relative to each other between a proximate state, where said adjacent two of said tower units are proximate to each other, and a distal state, where said adjacent two of said tower units are distal from each other and cooperatively define a transporting aisle therebetween; and
wherein said transporting system is operable to transport one of said pallets into one of said first parking spaces of one of said tower units via said transporting aisle between said one of said tower units and an adjacent one of said tower units.

US Pat. No. 10,794,076

LINEAR GUIDE RAIL SELF-TRACKING MODULAR TELESCOPING STRUCTURE

1. A linear guide self-tracking modular telescoping structure comprising:a retractable vehicle cover with at least one static panel section;
at least two moving panel sections that are configured to telescope within each other and within said at least one static panel section;
said at least one static section and said at least two moving panel sections progressively interconnect with at least two guide rods with wheels that are guided in extruded sections;
said at least two moving panel sections each telescope together and each at least two moving panel sections further includes a flashing on a top surface and both side surfaces;
said at least two moving panel sections each have at least one bottom brush pocket;
said flashing shields a first of said at least two moving panel sections with a second of said at least two moving panel sections when said moving panel sections are extended, and
said at least two guide rods with wheels are guided in female pockets in said extruded sections.

US Pat. No. 10,794,075

AUTONOMOUS SWIMMING POOL SKIMMER

1. A swimming pool skimmer comprising:a buoyant skimmer body;
a channel extending through the buoyant skimmer body from a forward end of the buoyant skimmer body to a stern of the buoyant skimmer body;
an electrical power supply including a solar cell mounted to a topside of the buoyant skimmer body;
a set of proximity sensors operatively connected to the electrical power supply and mounted at the forward end of the buoyant skimmer body, wherein the set of proximity sensors is configured to generate a signal in response to detecting an obstruction;
a set of pump jets operatively connected to both the electrical power supply and the set of proximity sensors, wherein the set of pump jets is configured to activate in response to the signal from the set of proximity sensors thereby rotating the swimming pool skimmer; and
a set of paddlewheels operatively connected to the electrical power supply and rotatably mounted within the channel, wherein the set of paddlewheels is configured to forwardly propel the buoyant skimmer body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,074

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR SWIMMING POOL COPINGS

CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SOLUT...

1. A molding system for a swimming pool coping having a track for receiving a pool cover, the molding system comprising:an adaptor sized and configured to be positioned at least partially within the track, the adaptor comprising:
a front wall configured to be inserted into the track;
a lower portion extending from a bottom of the front wall;
an upper portion extending from a top of the front wall and spaced apart from the lower portion, the upper portion and the lower portion defining a channel there between; and
an upper flange extending from the upper portion; and
a spacer sized and configured to be at least partially positioned in the channel defined between the lower portion and the upper portion of the adaptor, the spacer configured to abut against the lower portion and the upper portion when the spacer is positioned in the channel,
wherein the spacer includes a base having a top side and a bottom side, at least one support extending from the top side, and a slot on the bottom side configured to receive the lower portion of the adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,794,073

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

Universal City Studios LL...

1. An entertainment system, comprising:a cylinder disposed within a body of liquid;
an entertainment platform disposed within the cylinder, wherein the entertainment platform is configured to move within the cylinder; and
a pump system configured to remove fluid from and provide fluid to an interior of the cylinder on a first side of the entertainment platform to move the entertainment platform within the cylinder, wherein the pump system is configured to remove fluid from the cylinder on the first side of the entertainment platform and configured to direct the fluid to a location external to the cylinder to store the fluid, wherein the cylinder comprises an access panel coupled to a bottom portion of the cylinder, and wherein the access panel is configured to enable access for at least one performer, at least one object, or both to enter the interior of the cylinder from a passageway exterior of and extending from the bottom portion of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,794,072

FIBERBOARD SURFACE PROTECTION SYSTEM

Garland Industries, Inc.,...

1. A roll of surface protector configured to protect selected portions of floor surfaces, said surface protector system comprises:a continuous single sheet of bendable water-resistant material having a longitudinal length of at least 10 feet and a width of at least 2 feet that has been rolled and formed into said roll of surface protector system, said continuous single sheet is in a roll and is absent creases running between a width of said continuous single sheet when said continuous single sheet is rolled into said roll, said continuous single sheet having a perimeter, a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side, a second side which is parallel to said first side and extends along a longitudinal length of said continuous single sheet, a front edge, and a back edge, and a first preformed crease that is offset a distance inward from said first and second sides of said continuous single sheet and positioned on said top surface of said continuous single sheet, said first preformed crease formed along a longitudinal length of said continuous single sheet, said continuous single sheet formed of paperboard or fiberboard, said first preformed crease is preformed in said continuous single sheet and forms a reduced thickness in said continuous single sheet prior to said continuous single sheet being folded along said first preformed crease, said continuous single sheet is configured to be foldable along said first preformed crease to thereby create a first portion and a second portion without damaging said continuous single sheet and without compromising the water-resistant properties of said continuous single sheet along said first preformed crease, said continuous single sheet configured such that said first preformed crease is configured to be water-resistant both prior to and after said continuous single sheet is folded along said first preformed crease;
a first preapplied adhesive strip positioned at or adjacent to said perimeter of said continuous single sheet, said first preapplied adhesive strip having a top adhesive surface, said first preapplied adhesive strip on said first surface protector runs parallel to a side edge of said continuous single sheet and along the longitudinal length of said continuous single sheet, said first preapplied adhesive strip positioned on the same side of said continuous single sheet as said first preformed crease, said first preformed crease is spaced a greater distance from said perimeter of said continuous single sheet than said first preapplied adhesive strip, said first preformed crease positioned closer to said second side of said continuous single sheet than said first preapplied adhesive strip, said first preapplied adhesive strip runs parallel to said first side of said continuous single sheet and along the longitudinal length of said continuous single sheet, said first preapplied adhesive strip includes a removable top protective release liner that, when removed, exposes said top adhesive surface of said first preapplied adhesive strip; and,
wherein said top adhesive surface is configured to form an adhesive bond with an adjacently positioned surface protector so as to connect together said surface protector and the adjacently positioned surface protector.

US Pat. No. 10,794,071

DRYWALL SCAFFOLD ROLLER LIFT

1. A tool for lifting drywall, comprising:(a) a hanger flange, said hanger flange having a four-sided portion having a first side and a second side opposite said first side and a third side opposite a fourth side, a first hook member connected to said first side and a second hook member connected to said third side, said third side adjacent said first side, and an additional flange connected to a distal end of said first hook member, said distal end being with respect to said four-sided portion, said additional flange having an aperture extending through a thickness of said additional flange;
(b) a shaft having a first end and a second end, said first end extending into said aperture;
(c) a first spacer and a second spacer each having an aperture, said shaft extending through said aperture of said spacer and said second spacer, said first spacer abutting said additional flange and said second spacer abutting said first spacer;
(d) a roller having a first end and a second end opposite said first end and an aperture extending from said first end to said second end of said roller, said shaft extending through said aperture of said roller, said first end of said roller abutting said second spacer;
(e) a third spacer having an aperture, said shaft extending through said aperture of said third spacer, said third spacer abutting said second end of said roller;
(f) a washer having an aperture, said shaft extending through said aperture of said washer, said washer abutting said third spacer;
(g) a push ring cup placed on said second end of said shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,794,070

FORMWORK ANCHOR RECEPTACLE

DOKA GMBH, Amstetten (AT...

1. A formwork anchor receptacle for arrangement on a bearing element of a formwork element, having a receptacle element, which has a receptacle opening for insertion of an anchor rod and a ball section for mounting on the bearing element of the formwork element, and having a retaining apparatus for retaining the receptacle element on the bearing element of the formwork element, wherein the retaining apparatus comprises a spacer element for resting against the bearing element of the formwork element, wherein the spacer element comprises a mounting opening for mounting on the receptacle element;wherein the spacer element at an outer circumference comprises a first contact surface curved in a shape of a circular arc for resting against the bearing element of the formwork element; and
wherein the first contact surface of the spacer element has a first radial distance from a central axis of the receptacle element and a second contact surface of the spacer element has a second radial distance from the central axis of the receptacle element, wherein the first radial distance of the first contact surface is greater than the second radial distance of the second contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,794,069

DOOR HANGER BRACKET

Express Products, Inc., ...

1. A door hanger bracket comprising: a flat elongated bendable body having an irregular shape; a pre-formed first wall mounting tab projecting laterally from a first end of said elongated manually bendable body: said elongated manually bendable body extending from said first wall mounting tab for a distance approximately equal to the width of a doorjamb, and sufficiently far beyond to provide for forming a second wall mounting tab; said elongated manually bendable body including at least one bend line extending laterally with respect to the length of said elongated manually bendable body, whereby after said elongated manually bendable body has been passed through the space between a doorjamb and a wall opening, said elongated manually bendable body can be manually bent at said at least one bend line to form said second wall mounting tab projecting laterally from said elongated manually bendable body at said at least one bend line.

US Pat. No. 10,794,068

FLOOR PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FLOOR PANEL

IVC BVBA, Avelgem (BE)

1. A floor panel, which comprises:a substrate; and
a top layer provided above, and preferably directly above, the substrate,
wherein the top layer comprises a decor layer, a thermoplastic wear layer, a lacquer layer provided above, and preferably directly above, the wear layer, and an additional lacquer layer above the lacquer layer, and
wherein the floor panel has an upper surface showing a relief, wherein the relief has a maximum relief depth which is larger than 200 microns, and
wherein the wear layer and the lacquer layer are embossed in order to form the relief and the additional lacquer layer is not embossed or deformed, and
wherein the embossed lacquer layer is made based upon a polyurethane dispersion with solid matter content between 30 and 40%, limits included.

US Pat. No. 10,794,067

FLOORING SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A finish flooring support system for use over a waterproofed underlying deck structure, comprising:a planar, structural panel having a top face and a bottom face with an array of open cells formed there between, wherein said array of open cells is a repeating array of square configured open cells having four tapered, sloped internal cell sides such that a longer edge of said cell sides lies along a top face of said panel, said structural panel used as a substrate for finish flooring;
a planar float plate with a top surface and a bottom surface that are parallel; and
a pair of spring arms;
wherein said spring arms extend from said top surface of said float plate and connect said structural panel to said float plate.

US Pat. No. 10,794,066

SELF-ADHESIVE FLOOR COVERING AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

NORA SYSTEMS GMBH, (DE)

18. A method for producing a self-adhesive floor covering, comprising the steps of:providing a base layer having a thickness between 1 mm to 10 mm, comprising a polymer composition, which comprises an elastomer and/or a thermoplastic elastomer, wherein the base layer comprises a matrix comprising the polymer composition, wherein the matrix comprises a filler selected from the group consisting of a chalk, a silicic acid, a silica, an aluminum hydroxide, a kaolin, a sodium aluminum silicate, a glass powder, a wood flour, and combinations thereof, in a weight proportion of between 50 and 500 parts of the filler to 100 parts of the polymer composition in the matrix;
providing an adhesive layer having a thickness between 0.01 mm and 1 mm, which comprises a styrene-based thermoplastic elastomer; and
applying the adhesive layer to a first side of the base layer for producing a floor covering with an adhesive layer for connecting to a substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,794,065

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR BUILDING PANELS

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. Method for producing a locking system at edges of building panels, said locking system comprising a tongue, at a first edge of a first building panel, cooperating with a tongue groove, at a second edge of an adjacent second building panel, for vertical locking of the building panels, wherein the method comprises the steps of:forming material of the first edge to obtain at least parts of the outer shape of the tongue in a production line comprising mechanical cutting devices;
forming an insertion groove at the first edge in said production line, wherein said insertion groove is sidewardly open and extends in the horizontal direction; and
displacing the tongue in said production line at least partly into the insertion groove.

US Pat. No. 10,794,064

SEAL AND GAPS AND JOINTS SEALING METHOD

Jehbco Manufacturing Pty ...

1. A resilient seal for sealing one or more gaps or joints, the seal comprising:an elongate strip having a first portion and a second portion integrally formed with the first portion, the second portion having two opposing side walls each having a longitudinal axis extending away from the first portion, the second portion having a bottom wall extending between and connecting a distal end of each of the two opposing side walls,
a hollow running longitudinally along the length of the strip and located at least partially in the second portion of the elongate strip, and
a pair of opposing extensions located at an exposed surface of the first portion,
wherein:
the pair of opposing extensions define a width of the exposed surface that is greater than a width of the first portion lacking the pair of opposing extensions,
the exposed surface of the first portion is spaced apart from the second portion and is configured, based in part upon the pair of opposing extensions, to provide a flush surface relative to a top of the gaps or joints,
the first portion is configured, in use, to engage one or more internal surfaces defining the gaps or joints,
the second portion is configured to substantially conform to the shape and configuration of the or each gap or joint so as to, in use, substantially fill the or each gap or joint;
the second portion is flanked by at least one pair of flanges extending outwardly from the two opposing side walls of the second portion, each flange of the at least one pair of flanges having a longitudinal axis extending at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal wall axis of the second portion such that each flange is configured to engage the internal surfaces of the gaps or joints;
the bottom wall has at least one exterior-facing concave surface extending between the distal end of each of the two opposing side walls; and
the hollow is defined by:
a concave upper surface positioned between the first portion and an uppermost of the at least one pair of flanges of the second portion,
a convex lower surface extending substantially parallel with the concave upper surface and being defined by a portion of the bottom wall,
a pair of chamfered surfaces extending at an acute angle relative to and from opposing ends of the concave upper surface, and
a pair of side surfaces extending from the pair of chamfered surfaces to the convex lower surface, the pair of side surfaces of the hollow being defined by an interior-facing surface of the two opposing side walls of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,063

TENSION ROD ANCHORS AND RAILINGS

Clearview Handrails Inc.,...

1. A method for securing a railing rod extending in an axial dimension between a hollow proximal end portion and a distal end portion under tension, comprising:securing a first tension rod anchor to a first support structure;
securing the distal end portion of the railing rod to the first tension rod anchor;
securing a second tension rod anchor to a second support structure, the second tension rod anchor comprising:
a collar connected to the second support structure comprising a ball race,
a ball jack comprising a ball head forming a swivel joint with the ball race of the collar and a threaded shaft extending in the axial dimension from the ball head, and
a hosel extending in the axial dimension comprising a threaded socket engaged with the threaded shaft of the ball jack, a rod channel sized to receive the proximal end portion of the railing rod, and a threaded hole extending in a transverse dimension transverse to the axial dimension through a side of the hosel into the rod channel;
securing the proximal end portion of the railing rod to the second tension rod anchor by:
screwing the hosel on the threaded shaft of the ball jack in a first direction around the axial dimension to translate the hosel in the proximal direction sufficiently to clear the proximal end portion of the railing rod past a distal end of the hosel,
aligning the proximal end portion of the railing rod with the rod channel of the hosel,
screwing the hosel on the threaded shaft of the ball jack in a second direction around the axial dimension to translate the hosel in the distal direction sufficiently to align the threaded hole of the hosel with an anchor hole of the railing rod,
screwing a set screw into the threaded hole of the hosel until it engages the anchor hole of the railing rod without bearing against the threaded shaft of the ball jack,
screwing the hosel on the threaded shaft again in the first direction around the axial dimension to translate the hosel in the proximal direction to draw a portion of the threaded shaft of the ball jack into the hollow proximal end portion of the railing rod until the anchor hole of the railing rod is positioned in the transverse dimension between the threaded hole of the hosel and the portion of the threaded shaft of the ball jack, and to tension the railing rod, and
screwing the set screw further into the threaded hole of the hosel until the set screw tightens against the portion of the threaded shaft of the ball jack to secure the proximal end of the railing rod between the hosel and the portion of the threaded shaft of the ball jack with the railing rod under tension.

US Pat. No. 10,794,062

MODULAR STAIR SYSTEM

EMEH, INC., Lebanon, NJ ...

1. A method for building modular stair system, comprising:assembling a plurality of self-supporting modular stair units, each of the plurality of self-supporting modular stair units associated with a single story of a structure, each of the plurality of self-supporting modular stair units further comprising a self-supporting structure supported by a plurality of corner support columns;
locating a first self-supporting modular stair unit on a foundation of the structure;
securing the first self-supporting modular stair unit to the foundation of the structure;
stacking a second self-supporting modular stair unit on top of the first self-supporting modular stair unit, wherein a top of a first plurality of corner support columns of the first self-supporting modular stair unit engage a base of a second plurality of corner support columns of the second self-supporting modular stair unit;
leveling the second self-supporting modular stair unit using a connection sleeve that slides within the top of the first plurality of corner support columns and the base of the second plurality of corner support columns;
connecting the second self-supporting modular stair unit to the first self-supporting modular stair unit to maintain the leveled second self-supporting modular stair unit using the connection sleeve;
attaching the first and the second self-supporting modular stair units to the structure to enable the structure to support the first and the second self-supporting modular stair units independent of a plurality of self-supporting columns; and
removing the plurality of self-supporting columns from the self-supporting modular stair unit after the first and the second self-supporting modular stair units have been attached to the structure to enable the first and the second self-supporting modular stair units to be supported by the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,794,061

ROOFING ALIGNMENT ASSEMBLY

1. A roofing alignment system being configured to precisely align roofing materials being installed on a roof, said assembly comprising:a building having a roof, said roof having a top surface, an eave edge, a first gable edge and a second gable edge;
a pair of jigs, each of said jigs being removably coupled to said top surface of said roof, each of said jigs being aligned with a respective one of said first and second gable edges, each of said jigs having a front side, said front side on each of said jigs being spaced a measured distance from said eave edge when said jigs are positioned on said roof;
a string being stretched between said front side of each of said jigs when said jigs are positioned on said roof, said string being oriented collinear with said eave edge of said roof and being spaced said measured distance from said roof thereby facilitating said string to define a straight edge for aligning roofing material being installed on said roof;
each of said jigs having a top surface, a bottom surface, and an outer surface extending therebetween, said outer surface having said front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said outer surface of each of said jigs having a groove extending inwardly therein, said groove on each of said jigs extending along said front side and partially along each of said first and second lateral sides;
each of said jigs having a plurality of fastener holes extending through said top surface and said bottom surface, said fastener holes in each of said jigs being spaced apart from each other and being distributed from said back side toward said front side, each of said fastener holes in each of said jigs having fasteners being extended therethrough and engaging said top surface of said roof to retain said jigs on said roof having said front side of said outer surface of each of said jigs lying on a line being oriented parallel to said eave edge of said roof;
said first lateral side of said outer surface of each of said jigs having a first well extending inwardly therein, said first well on each of said jigs being spaced from a first terminal end of said groove on each of said jigs; and
said second lateral side of said outer surface of each of said jigs having a second well extending inwardly therein, said second well on each of said jigs being spaced from a second terminal end of said groove on each of said jigs.

US Pat. No. 10,794,060

SNOW RAKE

1. A rake for moving snow from roofs, comprising:an upstanding and rectangular-shaped base plate having an upper end, a lower end, a first side edge, a second side edge, an outer side and an inner side;
said inner side of said base plate having an internally threaded tube extending therefrom;
an upstanding and rectangular-shaped first rake member having an outer end, an inner end, an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
said inner end of said first rake member being pivotally secured to said first side edge of said base plate;
an upstanding and rectangular-shaped second rake member having an outer end, an inner end, an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
said inner end of said second rake member being pivotally secured to said second side edge of said base plate;
said first and second rake members being selectively pivotally movable between first, second, and third positions with respect to said base plate;
said first and second rake members, when in said first position, being substantially parallel to one another in an end-to-end manner and being substantially parallel to said base plate;
said first and second rake members, when in said second position, being angularly disposed with respect to one another and being angularly disposed with respect to said base plate;
said first and second rake members, when in said third position, being parallel to one another with said inner sides thereof facing one another;
an extension pole, having upper and lower ends;
said extension pole being comprised of a plurality of pole sections;
said upper end of said extension pole having an externally threaded member which is selectively threadably and removably secured to said internally threaded tube at said inner side of said base plate;
an elongated and rigid first support arm having an inner end and an outer end;
said outer end of said first support arm being pivotally secured to said inner side of said first rake member;
an elongated and rigid second support arm having an inner end and an outer end;
said outer end of said second support arm being pivotally secured to said inner side of said second rake member;
said first and second support arms, when said first and second rake members are in said third position, being positioned between said inner sides of said first and second rake members;
an elongated hollow tubular clamp having an outer end, an inner end, a first side and a second side;
said tubular clamp having first and second spaced-apart supports extending laterally from said first side thereof;
said inner end of said first support arm being received between said first and second spaced-apart supports;
said inner end of said first support arm being pivotally secured to said first and second supports;
said tubular clamp having third and fourth spaced-apart supports extending laterally from said second side thereof;
said inner end of said second support arm being received between said third and fourth spaced-apart supports;
said inner end of said second support arm being pivotally secured to said third and fourth supports;
said tubular clamp having a threaded bolt, having inner and outer ends, extending into said hollow tubular clamp;
said extension pole extending through said tubular clamp whereby said inner ends of said first and second support arms may be longitudinally adjustably secured to said extension pole;
said first and second rake members when in said third position, said first and second rake members are parallel to one another and are angularly disposed at a 90 degree angle with respect to said base plate for shipment or storage;
said extension pole sections having first and second ends; and
said inner side of said base plate having a plurality of spaced-apart extension pole receptacles formed therein which are configured to receive the ends of the elongated pole sections therein when said first and second rake members are in said third position for shipment or storage.

US Pat. No. 10,794,059

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTERCONNECTING STRUCTURAL PANELS

1. A method of connecting a first and second structural panel comprising the steps of:providing a first structural panel having a first anchor mounted in a T shaped slot formed therein, the first anchor comprising an elongate body defining a plurality of first anchor slots separated by one or more first mounts;
providing a second structural panel having a second anchor mounted in a T shaped slot formed therein, the second anchor comprising an elongate body defining a plurality of second anchor slots separated by one or more second mounts;
providing a first elongate connector comprising a first body having a first side and a second side and at least a first edge and a second edge, a first projection extending outwardly from the first edge of the first body and having an adjacent first slot and a second projection extending outwardly from the second edge of the first body and having an adjacent second slot;
providing a second elongate connector comprising a second body having a first side and a second side and at least a first edge and a second edge, a first projection extending outwardly from the first edge of the second body and having an adjacent first slot and a connector slot defining at least one connector mount;
passing the first projection of the first elongate connector into the T shaped slot in the first structural panel and through one of the first anchor slots in the first anchor, whereby at least one of the first mounts is inserted into a corresponding first slot of the first body, preventing lateral movement between the first anchor and the first elongate connector;
passing the first projection of the second elongate connector into the T shaped slot in the second structural panel and through one of the second anchor slots in the second anchor, whereby at least one of the second mounts is inserted into a corresponding first slot of the second body, preventing lateral movement between the second anchor and the second elongate connector; and
connecting the first and second structural panels by passing the second projection of the first elongate connector into the connector slot of the second elongate connector and positioning the at least one connector mount in the second slot of the first body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,058

STRUCTURAL PANEL

The Pro Design Group, Ga...

1. A structural panel comprising:a core having bonding surfaces on first and second, opposite sides thereof;
a non-thermoplastic first facing sheet having an inner surface bonded to the bonding surface on the first side;
a second facing sheet bonded to the bonding surface on the second side;
the first facing sheet being fire retardant or non-flammable; and
the core being at least fire retardant, and formed from a single sheet of thermoplastic polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,794,057

FALSE CEILING SYSTEM

OC S.R.L., Pontinia (IT)...

1. A false ceiling system, comprising:one or more panels having a perimeter with at least two opposite and parallel sides;
a plurality of first inverted-T-shaped section bars having a direction of longitudinal extension, each inverted-T-shaped section bar comprising:
a base;
a vertical body comprising at least one vertical wall with a first vertical wall end, a second vertical wall end opposite to said first vertical wall end, and two resilient tabs integrally formed as part of the vertical body, wherein the first vertical wall end is fixed to said base, the two resilient tabs extend downward on opposite sides of said vertical body along said direction of longitudinal extension, wherein each of said two resilient tabs comprises:
a first portion with a first end and a second end, the first portion formed with a bend, wherein the first end is fixed to said second vertical wall end having an elbow at an intersection of the first end of the first portion and the second vertical wall end, and the second end of the of the first portion is oriented towards said base;
a second portion extends from said first portion; and
a third portion extends from said second portion, said second portion and said third portion being inclined with respect to each other in such a way as to form an obtuse angle with convexity between the second and the third portion in a direction away from said vertical body;
wherein:
fastening means are comprised for fastening a first inverted-T-shaped section bar and at least one second inverted-T-shaped section bar transversely to one another, and
said one or more panels are dimensioned in such a way that, in use, push, on said at least two opposite and parallel sides, against the third portion of respective resilient tabs opposite in the direction of said base.

US Pat. No. 10,794,056

WATER AND/OR FIRE RESISTANT EXPANSION JOINT SYSTEM

EMSEAL JOINT SYSTEMS LTD....

1. A fire and water resistant expansion joint system, comprising:a core having a transition at an angle;
a fire retardant included in the core, the core with the fire retardant therein configured to have a compressed density effective to pass testing as provided by UL 2079; and
a water resistant layer disposed on the core;
wherein the water resistant layer facilitates compression of the expansion joint system between substrates;
wherein the core with the fire retardant therein is configured to withstand exposure to a temperature of about 540° C. at about five minutes; and
wherein the fire and water resistant expansion joint system and the core with fire retardant therein are configured to pass the testing as provided by UL 2079.

US Pat. No. 10,794,055

COMPOSITE JOINT SEAL

Schul International Compa...

1. An expansion joint seal comprising:an elastic and resilient rectangular prism body having a rectangular prism body top surface, a rectangular prism body bottom surface opposite the rectangular prism body top surface, a rectangular prism height from the rectangular prism body bottom surface to the rectangular prism body top surface, a rectangular prism body first side surface, a rectangular prism body second side surface opposite the rectangular prism body first side surface, a rectangular prism body width from the rectangular prism body second side surface to the rectangular prism body first side surface, a rectangular prism body front surface, a rectangular prism body rear surface opposite the rectangular prism body front surface, a rectangular prism body length from the rectangular prism body rear surface to the rectangular prism body front surface, the rectangular prism body having a plurality of prism members, each of the prism members having a prism body length equal to the rectangular prism body length, a prism body width less than the rectangular prism body width; and
a thin, flexible non-foam member intermediate each of the plurality of nonrectangular prism members, the non-foam member having a non-foam member length rectangular prism body, the non-foam member adhered to each of the plurality of nonrectangular prism members.

US Pat. No. 10,794,054

PANELIZED WARP-CORNER FOR BUILDINGS

KNAPHUS EXTERIOR PANEL CO...

1. A corner construction for a building, comprising:the building comprises at least two support members;
two corner panels each having two vertical edges adjacent to one of the two support members;
at least three connections between each panel and each support member, forming support joints;
at least three connections between the panels forming a corner joint;
at least one of the connections in each support joint being load bearing and supporting the weight of the two panels, transmitting the load to at least one of the support members;
at least one of the connections in the corner joint being a shearing type rotational hinge; and
each connection being deformable, enabling rotation of the panels relative to each other and the support members.

US Pat. No. 10,794,053

REINFORCED COMPOUND CONCRETE BEAM-COLUMN JOINT CONTAINING DEMOLISHED CONCRETE LUMPS AND A CONSTRUCTION METHOD

SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF...

1. A reinforced compound concrete beam-column joint containing demolished concrete lumps, comprising: a reinforced compound concrete beam containing the demolished concrete lumps, a reinforced compound concrete column containing the demolished concrete lumps, steel strip stirrups, steel connection sheets with grooves, and short steel bars with threads at a first end; wherein the steel strip stirrups are configured to constrain column longitudinal reinforcements of the reinforced compound concrete column containing the demolished concrete lumps and the steel connection sheets with the grooves are arranged in joint at positions of an upper and a lower beam longitudinal reinforcements of the reinforced compound concrete beam containing the demolished concrete lumps; the steel strip stirrups abut against the column longitudinal reinforcements of the reinforced compound concrete column containing the demolished concrete lumps, and the steel connection sheets with the grooves are welded to the steel strip stirrups; a second end of the short steel bars with the threads at the first end is welded into the groove of the steel connection sheets, and the first end of the short steel bars with the threads at the first end is connected to the beam longitudinal reinforcement of the reinforced compound concrete beam containing the demolished concrete lumps via a steel sleeve; and a diameter of the short steel bars with the threads at the first end is less than a diameter of the beam longitudinal reinforcement of the reinforced compound concrete beam containing the demolished concrete lumps,wherein the steel connection sheets with the grooves are welded to the steel strip stirrups via a fillet weld, the short steel bars with the threads at the first end are welded to the steel connection sheets with the grooves via the fillet weld, and the steel strip stirrups are formed by welding steel plates having the same thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,794,052

CUP AND SAUCER THINSET SURFACE DRAIN

Christopher Adam McLeod, ...

1. A wet room surface drain assembly comprising:a saucer shaped membrane adapter configured to be mounted to a subfloor, the saucer shaped membrane adapter comprising an upstream flange, and downstream of the upstream flange a central perforated receptacle for downward penetration of a hole in the subfloor, and
a perforated grate support cup configured to support a grate support,
wherein:
the perforated grate support cup is configured to rest upon a radial flange interior to a downstream end of the central perforated receptacle of the saucer shaped membrane adapter, and
the upstream flange of the saucer shaped membrane adapter is configured to adhere to a liquid or solid membrane disposed on a wet room floor to provide a waterproof connection from the membrane to a drain provided in the wet room floor.

US Pat. No. 10,794,051

INLINE BIOREMEDIATION LIQUID TREATMENT SYSTEM

SUNTREE TECHNOLOGIES HOLD...

1. A liquid treatment system comprising:a vault having a treatment chamber and an outflow chamber;
a liquid inlet positioned to direct liquid into said treatment chamber from outside the treatment system;
a porous layer adjacent to the bottom of the treatment chamber;
a plurality of slightly inclined but substantially horizontal pipes positioned to direct liquid from the treatment chamber into the outflow chamber, and supported by said porous layer, at least a portion of each of said plurality of pipes being perforated;
a filtration media layer located directly above said plurality of pipes;
a plurality of shields disposed between the perforated portions of said plurality of pipes and said filtration media layer, said shields adapted to prevent liquid from entering the perforated portions of said plurality of pipes directly from said layer of filtration media; and
an outlet adapted to direct treated liquid from said outflow chamber to outside the system.

US Pat. No. 10,794,050

DISCHARGE VALVE OPERATING DEVICE, FLUSH WATER TANK DEVICE, AND FLUSH TOILET

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-sh...

1. A discharge valve operating device configured to perform valve opening operation of a discharge valve in a flush water tank device which supplies flush water to a toilet, comprising:an operation device including a rotating shaft and being operated by first and second operation modes, the operating portion being configured to rotate the rotating shaft in a first direction on the first operation mode and to rotate the rotating shaft in a second direction opposite to the first rotation direction on the second operation mode;
first and second coupling members in which each one end of the first and second coupling members is coupled to the discharge valve;
a first rotary winding member configured to be mounted to the rotating shaft so as to be engageable and disengageable in a rotation direction, an other end of the first coupling member being coupled to the first rotary winding member, the first rotary winding member being configured to wind up the first coupling member when the first rotary winding member rotates together with the rotating shaft in the first rotation direction; and
a second rotary winding member configured to be mounted to the rotating shaft so as to be engageable and disengageable in the rotation direction, an other end of the second coupling member being coupled to the second rotary winding member, the second rotary winding member being configured to wind up the second coupling member when the second rotary winding member rotates together with the rotating shaft in the second rotation direction, independently of the first rotary winding member,
wherein the first rotary winding member and the second rotary winding member respectively include a first holed portion and a second holed portion, which are provided near respective rotation centers, and each of the holed portions is engageable and disengageable with/from the rotating shaft in the rotation direction in accordance with the rotation direction of the rotating shaft in each of the operation modes,
when the rotating shaft is rotated in the first rotation direction in the first operation mode of the operation device,
the first holed portion of the first rotary winding member is configured to rotate in the first rotation direction in a state of being engaged with the rotating shaft in the rotation direction while the second holed portion of the second rotary winding member is configured to be brought out of engagement with the rotating shaft in the rotation direction and enter a stationary state, and
the discharge valve is configured to be pulled up by a first amount when the first coupling member alone is wound up by the first amount by the first rotary winding member, and toilet flushing in a first flush mode is executable when a first flush water amount of flush water is supplied from the flush water tank device to the toilet, and
when the rotating shaft is rotated in the second rotation direction in the second operation mode of the operation device,
the first holed portion of the first rotary winding member is configured to be brought out of engagement with the rotating shaft in the rotation direction and enter a stationary state while the second holed portion of the second rotary winding member is configured to rotate in the second rotation direction in a state of being engaged with the rotating shaft in the rotation direction, and
the discharge valve is configured to be pulled up by a second amount different from the first amount when the second coupling member alone is wound up by the second amount by the second rotary winding member, and toilet flushing in a second flush mode is executable when a second flush water amount different from the first flush water amount of flush water is supplied from the flush water tank device to the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,794,049

FLUID MANAGEMENT/CONTROL SYSTEM

ENASI Industries Inc., C...

1. A system for monitoring and controlling a flow of fluid in an environment, the system comprising:a. a main valve positioned at an entry point of the environment, wherein the main valve permits fluid to be discharged into the environment upon receipt of an authorizing signal thereto;
b. one or more authorizing signaling devices, wherein at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices (i) is associated with a respective outlet tap or valve from which fluid can be requested, (ii) is positioned intermediate the main valve and the respective outlet tap or valve with which it is associated, and (iii) has a unique identifier associated therewith;
c. a controller in communication with the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices, wherein the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices can request authorization from the controller to discharge fluid to the respective outlet tap or valve with which it is associated;
d. a supply network of one or more lines, tubes and/or pipes in the environment, wherein the supply network of one or more lines, tubes and/or pipes permit the flow of fluid through the main valve through the at least one or more of the authorizing signaling devices and to the respective outlet tap or valve associated with the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices;
wherein the controller receives an authorization request from the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices, determines whether the requested authorization from the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices is an authorized request, and provides the authorizing signal to the main valve to permit the flow of fluid through the main valve upon a determination by the controller that the authorization request from the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices is the authorized request,
at least one monitoring signaling device positioned within the supply network of one or more lines, tubes and/or pipes and intermediate the main valve and the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices, wherein the fluid flows through the main valve, the at least one monitoring signaling device and the at least one of the one or more authorizing signaling devices;
wherein the at least one monitoring signaling device has a unique identifier associated therewith and comprises a sensor for monitoring a process condition associated therewith;
wherein the receipt of a signal from the at least one monitoring signaling device to the controller provides information to the controller regarding the process condition being monitored; and
wherein the at least one monitoring signaling device cannot authorize a request for fluid from the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,794,047

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

5. A display system which is mounted on an excavator including a work machine and a vehicle body supporting the work machine,wherein the work machine includes a working member including a blade tip and a connection member connecting the working member and the vehicle body to each other,
wherein the vehicle body includes an upper swing body which is able to swing about a swing axis while being supported by a lower travel body,
wherein the display system comprises:
a display unit which displays an image;
a vehicle body position data acquisition unit which acquires vehicle body position data indicating a position of the vehicle body;
a process position data storage unit which stores process position data indicating a process position of a process target including a center of a channel constructed by the work machine in a width direction;
a blade tip position data acquisition unit which acquires blade tip position data indicating a position of the blade tip; and
a display controller which displays an image indicating the process position based on the process position data, on the display unit along with a top view image of a construction machine based on the vehicle body position data and displays, on the top view image, an image indicating a specific position representing a positional relation between the process position and the construction machine and a top view image indicating the position of the blade tip based on the blade tip position data in the top view displayed and representing a positional relation between the position of the blade, the process position and the specific position in the top view on the display unit together.

US Pat. No. 10,794,046

WORK MACHINE

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. A work machine comprising:a multi-joint work implement including a boom and an arm;
a boom cylinder and an arm cylinder for driving the boom and the arm, respectively;
an operating device for outputting a first control signal that matches an input amount by an operator to a flow control valve of the arm cylinder; and
a controller configured to calculate a second control signal, the second control signal being used to operate the boom cylinder such that when a tip of the work implement is approaching a target surface based on the first control signal, the tip of the work implement moves along the target surface, the controller configured to control the flow control valve of the arm cylinder based on the second control signal thereby raising and lowering the boom,
wherein the controller:
calculates, based on topographic information input from a topographic measurement device that measures topography near the work implement, positional information of a finished shape formed by the work implement based upon an arm crowding operation being not performed,
calculates a first corrective value for the second control signal, based upon a height of the finished shape being lower than the target surface, that increases pilot pressures for boom raising and decreases pilot pressures for boom lowering,
calculates a second corrective value for the second control signal, based upon the height of the finished shape being higher than the target surface, that decreases pilot pressures for boom raising and increases pilot pressures for boom lowering, and
corrects the second control signal by using the first corrective value or the second corrective value.

US Pat. No. 10,794,045

HYDRAULIC DRIVING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic driving system comprising:a flow control valve device interposed between a hydraulic pump and a hydraulic actuator configured to be driven by an operating liquid discharged from the hydraulic pump, the flow control valve device being configured to adjust an opening degree between the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic actuator in accordance with a movement command current to control a flow rate of the operating liquid discharged from the hydraulic pump, the movement command current being supplied to the flow control valve device;
a bleed-off valve device interposed between the hydraulic pump and a tank and configured to adjust an opening degree between the hydraulic pump and the tank to control the flow rate at which bleed-off of the operating liquid is performed;
a discharge pressure sensor configured to detect a discharge pressure of the hydraulic pump;
a relief valve configured to, when the discharge pressure of the hydraulic pump becomes a relief pressure or more, exhaust to the tank the operating liquid discharged from the hydraulic pump;
an operating element configured to be operated for driving the hydraulic actuator; and
a controller configured to control a movement of the flow control valve device by supplying to the flow control valve device the movement command current corresponding to an operation amount of the operating element and also configured to control a movement of the bleed-off valve device, wherein
the controller executes calibration in which:
in a state where the bleed-off valve device blocks between the hydraulic pump and the tank, the controller changes the movement command current supplied to the flow control valve device and makes the discharge pressure sensor detect the discharge pressure;
based on the detected discharge pressure and the relief pressure, the controller detects at least one of an opening start current that is a current when the flow control valve device starts opening and a closing completion current that is a current when closing of the flow control valve device is completed; and
based on the detected at least one current, the controller adjusts a correspondence relation between the operation amount of the operating element and the at least one current.

US Pat. No. 10,794,044

WORK MACHINE HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work machine hydraulic control system comprising:a hydraulic pump;
a hydraulic apparatus connected to a delivery side of the hydraulic pump;
a pump output power switching device selectively switching the hydraulic pump between a high output power and a low output power;
an accumulator connected to a hydraulic line between the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic apparatus, accumulating a portion of a hydraulic fluid delivered from the hydraulic pump when the hydraulic pump is of high output power, and supplying the hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic apparatus when the hydraulic pump is of low output power;
a pump check valve permitting flow of the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic pump to the hydraulic apparatus and the accumulator and preventing flow of the hydraulic fluid from the accumulator to the hydraulic pump;
a pressure sensor detecting a pressure of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the hydraulic apparatus from one of the hydraulic pump and the accumulator; and
a controller having a pump output power control section that in a case where pressure value of the pressure sensor is equal to or more than a previously set upper limit value when the hydraulic pump is of high output power, outputs a low output power command to the pump output power switching device in order to switch the hydraulic pump to low output power, and that in a case where the pressure value of the pressure sensor is equal to or less than a previously set lower limit value when the hydraulic pump is of low output power, outputs a high output power command to the pump output power switching device in order to switch the hydraulic pump to high output power, wherein
the controller further comprises an abnormality determination section that computes a command continuation time in a state in which the command output from the pump output power control section to the pump output power switching device is not changed, and that in a case where the command continuation time is equal to or more than a previously set predetermined value, determines that there is abnormality in the pump output power switching device, and outputs a determination result.

US Pat. No. 10,794,043

WORK VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A work vehicle, comprising:a first hydraulic actuator and a second hydraulic actuator configured to vary a steering angle
the first hydraulic actuator contracting and the second hydraulic actuator expanding to change the steering angle toward a left side,
the second hydraulic actuator contracting and the first hydraulic actuator expanding to change the steering angle toward the right side;
a control valve configured to control flow of fluid supplied to the first and second hydraulic actuators;
an operation member mechanically linked to the control valve, the operation member being configured
to be operated by an operator and
to control the control valve when varying the steering angle;
a pressure sensing unit configured to sense a first pressure produced by the first hydraulic actuator and a second pressure produced by the second hydraulic actuator;
a force imparting component configured to impart an assisting force or a counterforce to operation of the operation member; and
a controller configured to control the force imparting component so as to generate a resistance to operation of the operation member based on the first pressure and the second pressure detected by the pressure sensing unit, the controller calculating a pressure difference between the first pressure and the second pressure and controlling the force imparting component such that the resistance becomes larger as the pressure difference increases.

US Pat. No. 10,794,042

MOTOR VEHICLE FOR PRODUCING TRENCHES IN THE GROUND

GROUPE MARAIS, Durtal (F...

1. A motor vehicle for digging trenches in the ground, comprising:a chassis having a motor unit;
a controllable digging device mounted on the chassis, the controllable digging device comprising:
a trenching tool configured to dig a trench; and
a controllable suctioning and collecting device configured to suction and collect rubble produced during the digging of the trench with the trenching tool;
a driver station for the movement on the ground of the vehicle during a transfer phase;
a portable and remote control unit configured to enable an operator to remotely control one or more of the digging device, the suctioning, and the collecting device during digging in the course of a working phase and the advancing of the vehicle at least during the working phase.

US Pat. No. 10,794,041

STABILIZER PAD FOR A WORK MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A resilient member for a stabilizer pad of a work machine, the resilient member comprising:a plate member including one or more mounts configured for attachment to a stabilizer leg, the plate member defining a first plane;
a first resilient pad defining an elastomeric envelope which at least partially surrounds the plate member, the first resilient pad including a first surface from which the one or more mounts extend and a second surface opposite the first surface, the first resilient pad defining a second plane; and
a second resilient pad attached to the second surface of the first resilient pad, the second resilient pad defining a third plane;
wherein the first and second resilient pads include at least one fiber reinforced elastomeric layer; and
wherein the first, second, and third planes are parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,794,040

AUTONOMOUS VERTICALLY-ADJUSTABLE DREDGE

1. A method of dredging a bottom of a body of water, comprising:positioning at least three winching stations spaced at intervals around a perimeter of an area to be dredged, wherein each winching station comprises a winch and a cable;
connecting a remote end of each cable from each winching station to a float, the cable passing through a pulley assembly attached to a submersible assembly, the pulley assembly applying a variable resistance to cable movement, and the submersible assembly comprising a cutter and a submersible pump;
tensioning the cables sufficiently to suspend the submersible assembly in contact with the bottom of the body of water;
activating the cutter and submersible pump;
operating the winches in a coordinated manner to move the submersible assembly in a dredging pattern over the area to be dredged;
when an obstacle is encountered, decreasing the resistance of the pulley assembly and applying sufficient tension on the cable to lift the submersible assembly toward the float.

US Pat. No. 10,794,039

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF A MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A system for automated control of a machine along a first slot in a work surface, the first slot being adjacent to a second slot in the work surface with a berm disposed between the first slot and the second slot, the system comprising:a machine position sensor for generating a plurality of machine position signals indicative of a position of the machine at a work site; and
a controller configured to:
store a slot elevation difference threshold;
receive a plurality of machine position signals from the machine position sensor;
determine the position of the machine along the first slot based upon the plurality of machine position signals;
access a plurality of first positions of at least one first slot surface spaced apart along the first slot;
access a plurality of second positions of at least one second slot surface along the second slot, each of the plurality of first positions being laterally aligned with one of the plurality of second positions to define pairs of laterally aligned positions;
determine an elevation difference between each pair of laterally aligned positions;
generate a first propulsion command to operate the machine according to a first propulsion mode while the machine is disposed along the first slot adjacent each pair of laterally aligned positions at which the elevation difference is less than the slot elevation difference threshold; and
generate a second propulsion command to operate the machine according to a second propulsion mode while the machine is disposed along the first slot adjacent each pair of laterally aligned positions at which the elevation difference is greater than the slot elevation difference threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,794,038

IMPLEMENT ANGLE DETERMINATION USING A LASER DISTANCE METER

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. A calibration framework comprising an earthmoving machine, a laser distance meter (LDM), and a plurality of laser reflectors, wherein:the earthmoving machine comprises a machine chassis, a linkage assembly, an earthmoving implement, and control architecture;
the linkage assembly collectively defines a plurality of linkage assembly positions comprising a terminal pivot point B and a plurality of nodes;
the LDM is configured to generate at least (i) an LDM distance signal DLDM indicative of a distance between the LDM and a laser reflector of the plurality of laser reflectors and (ii) an angle of inclination signal ?INC indicative of an angle between the LDM and the laser reflector;
the plurality of laser reflectors are disposed at respective positions corresponding to the plurality of nodes;
the control architecture comprises one or more linkage assembly actuators and an architecture controller programmed to execute an iterative process at n linkage assembly positions, the iterative process comprising:
positioning the linkage assembly at a linkage assembly position n;
setting one of the plurality of nodes as an nth calibration node with the linkage assembly at the linkage assembly position n,
determining a height ? and a distance D between the nth calibration node and the LDM based on the LDM distance signal DLDM and angle of inclination signal ?INC; and
determining a position of the nth calibration node at least partially based on the height ? and the distance D;
identifying respective positions of two other nodes that, together with the nth calibration node, form an external triangle, the two other nodes comprising one of the plurality of nodes, and a node corresponding to a position of the terminal pivot point B;
determining side lengths for each of the legs of the external triangle formed between the nth calibration node and the two other nodes; and
determining triangular angles of the external triangle based on the side lengths of the external triangle; and
the architecture controller is further programmed to:
repeat the iterative process n times until triangular angles and side lengths of at least three external triangles are determined, wherein the external triangles form an internal triangle therebetween, the internal triangle shares two nodes and one side with each of the three external triangles and comprises a set of three internal triangle side lengths;
determine the angles of the internal triangle at least partially based on the set of three internal triangle side lengths;
generate an implement angle of the earthmoving implement at least partially based on a summation of a set of adjacent determined triangular angles, the set of adjacent determined triangular angles comprising an angle from the internal triangle and angles from at least two of the external triangles; and
operate the earthmoving machine using the implement angle.

US Pat. No. 10,794,037

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

NOVATRON OY, Pirkkala (F...

1. A positioning system of a construction machine for connecting a machine coordinate system of the construction machine to a work site coordinate system, the positioning system comprising:the machine coordinate system of the construction machine;
at least one boom measuring device for determining a position of a tool of the construction machine relative to a carrier in the machine coordinate system;
at least one heading measuring device for determining a heading of the tool where the heading measuring device comprises a magnetic compass or a gyroscope;
means for determining an inclination of the carrier;
at least one control unit comprising at least one processor for determining the position and the heading of the tool in the machine coordinate system based on measuring data input to the control unit;
at least one reference point on a work site, position data of the reference point being determined in the work site coordinate system by a surveying device external to the construction machine and the position data of the reference point in the work site coordinate system being input to the control unit by automatically reading a remote readable RFID tag or manually through a user interface or machine reading, the control unit being configured to connect the machine coordinate system to the work site coordinate system as a response to a calibration positioning wherein the tool is positioned in accordance with the reference point.

US Pat. No. 10,794,036

EXCAVATOR QUICK HITCH WITH MULTIPLE MOUNTING POSITION ARRANGEMENTS

1. An excavator quick hitch, comprising:a quick hitch body comprising four arrangements:
a dipper arm/stick attachment arrangement to facilitate attachment of the said quick hitch body to a dipper arm/stick; and,
a first mounting position arrangement comprising at least two attachment points for attaching an excavator attachment to the quick hitch body in a first mounting position;
a second mounting position arrangement comprising at least two attachment points for attaching the same, or an alternate, excavator attachment to the quick hitch body in a second mounting position;
a third mounting position arrangement comprising at least two attachment points for attaching the same, or an alternate, excavator attachment to the quick hitch body in a third mounting position; and
wherein the first mounting position arrangement and the second mounting position arrangement are substantially at 90 degrees to each other, and wherein there is no shared arrangement portion between the dipper arm/stick attachment arrangement and the mounting position arrangements.

US Pat. No. 10,794,035

FASTENER FOR CONSTRUCTION ELEMENT

RBS SPRL, Eghezee (BE)

1. A fastening tab assembly (1) affixing a construction element, that is adjustable vertically and pivotably relative to a horizontal plane, to a support with an inner thread (6), the assembly successively comprising:a first fastening countersunk screw (5) comprising a beveled head (13) and a threaded shank;
a metal plate (4) pierced with a beveled opening (14) that can accommodate said first fastening countersunk screw (5), the metal plate defining a fastening tab configured to be received by a mounting bracket affixed to the construction element;
a flexible polymer washer (3) having a central opening;
a second screw (2) comprising a machined beveled head with an inner thread corresponding to that of the threaded shank of said first fastening screw (5) and a threaded shank, wherein the position of the second screw (2) relative to the support (6), obtained by screwing/unscrewing the threaded shank of the second screw into the inner thread of the support, allows vertical adjustment of the metal plate (4);
wherein the fastening tab (1) is assembled by screwing the first fastening screw (5) into the inner thread of the second screw (2) through the beveled opening of the metal plate (4) and the central opening of the flexible polymer washer (3), so that the metal plate (4) and the polymer flexible washer are located between the respective heads of said screws (5,2), the flexible washer being compressed between the metal plate and the head of the second screw;
characterized in that the diameter of the metal plate (4) beveled opening is larger than the maximum diameter of the first fastening countersunk screw (5) head so that the metal plate (4) beveled opening pivotably receives the first fastening countersunk screw (5) head, enabling the construction element affixed to the metal plate (4) to be angularly adjusted to an inclined position relative to the horizontal plane, wherein when pivoted to the inclined position, the flexible polymer washer (3) is peripherically compressed, more on a first portion of the washer than on a second portion of the washer, on a side of the metal plate (4), between the metal plate (4) and the head of the second screw (2).

US Pat. No. 10,794,034

ADAPTER FRAME

Sema Invest AS, Godvik (...

1. An adapter frame for use when installing or renovating a basin, the basin including a basin body buried in the ground, with a basin top, a basin frame adapted to be on level with a top coating covering the ground, the basin frame being of the floating type and holding a basin cover,wherein the adapter frame is placed between the basin body and the basin frame preventing the basin frame from being attached to the basin body, the adapter frame forming a void between the basin top and the adapter frame, wherein the adapter frame includes a skirt with an inward facing flange attached to an upper part of the skirt, the flange fitting around the circumference of the basin frame and an inner dimension of at least a lower part of the skirt being larger than a corresponding outer dimension of the basin top,
characterized in an outward facing flange foot attached to a lower part of the skirt, the flange foot resting on masses outside the basin body transferring forces from the basin frame to the masses outside the basin body.

US Pat. No. 10,794,033

PORTABLE COFFERDAM SYSTEM

Subsurface, Inc., Moorhe...

1. A portable cofferdam, comprising:a first sidewall having an interior side, an exterior side, an upper edge, a lower edge and a rear edge, wherein the first sidewall is vertically orientated;
a second sidewall having an interior side, an exterior side, an upper edge, a lower edge and a rear edge, wherein the second sidewall is vertically orientated and wherein the second sidewall is distally spaced from the first sidewall;
a middle wall extending between the first sidewall and the second sidewall, the middle wall includes an interior side, an exterior side, an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the middle wall is vertically orientated;
wherein the first sidewall, the second sidewall, and the middle wall are comprised of a single sheet of metal folded or formed to the U-shaped structure; and
an opening formed between the rear edges of the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
wherein the first sidewall, the second sidewall and the middle wall form a U-shaped structure;
wherein the opening is adapted to be positioned about or near an inlet of a culvert and wherein the rear edges of the first sidewall and the second sidewall are adapted to be positioned upon a sloped ground surrounding the inlet of the culvert to close in a water tight manner an interior space formed between the first sidewall, the middle wall, the second sidewall and the sloped ground to prevent water from entering the inlet of the culvert.

US Pat. No. 10,794,032

NOISE MITIGATION SYSTEM

IHC HOLLAND IE B.V., Sli...

1. A method of installing a foundation element in an underwater ground formation by means of a driver, comprising:placing a foundation element on the underwater ground formation,
placing a first screen for reducing noise input from the driver into surrounding water,
driving the foundation element into the ground formation by means of the driver while the first screen is positioned about the foundation element, and
deploying a further screen in the water before driving the foundation element into the ground formation, the further screen comprising a plurality of arms movably attached to the first screen and wherein deploying the further screen comprises moving the arms to deploy the further screen between a retracted position and a deployed position such that the further screen is deployed about the first screen at a distance of at least 3 meters, measured between an outer circumference of the first screen and an outer circumference of the further screen with water separating the first screen from the further screen.

US Pat. No. 10,794,031

FOUNDATION PILE FOR A WIND TURBINE AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING A FOUNDATION PILE

INNOGY SE, Essen (DE)

7. A method for manufacturing a foundation pile (10) comprising at least two interconnected part-cylinder segments (20), each part-cylinder segment having a width extent and a height extent, comprising:bending a steel plate (1) having a length extent (L) and a width extent (B), along the width extent (B) of the steel plate (1), to produce the respective part-cylinder segments (20), so that end edges of the respective part-cylinder segments (23) extending along the width extent (B) of the respective part-cylinder segments (20) have a bend, and so that the height extent (H) of the respective part-cylinder segments (20) is greater than the width extent (B), wherein
longitudinal edges (22) of the part-cylinder segments (20) extending along the height extent (H) of the part-cylinder segments (20) are arranged parallel to one another;
the longitudinal edges (22) of the interconnected part-cylinder segments (20) are arranged parallel to one another to form a foundation pile segment (30);
the foundation pile (10) comprises at least two foundation pile segments (30) whose longitudinal axes (31) run substantially co-linear with one another and whose end edges (33) are connected to one another;
and
connecting the longitudinal edges (22) of mutually adjoining part-cylinder segments (20) by longitudinal weld seams to form the foundation pile (10) having a diameter of more than 7 meters for carrying a wind turbine in offshore use.

US Pat. No. 10,794,030

SUPPORTS FOR HELICAL PILES AND ANCHORS

HUBBELL INCORPORATED, Sh...

1. A lateral support for a shaft of a helical pile, the lateral support comprising:a tubular portion for receiving the shaft; and
a plurality of fins extending from the tubular portion;
wherein each of the plurality of fins includes an orifice and a tab;
wherein the orifice has a rectangular portion and a notch portion extending from opposite ends of the rectangular portion, wherein the rectangular portion has a first predetermined width, and wherein the rectangular portion and the notch portions have a second predetermined width, and wherein the first predetermined width is less that the second predetermined width; and
wherein the tab has a neck and a pair of ears extending from opposite ends of the neck, the ears having a length that is less than a length of the neck so that a gap is formed between the one outer edges of the fin and the respective ear, wherein the neck has a third predetermined width, and wherein the neck and the pair of ears have a fourth predetermined width, wherein the third predetermined width is substantially the same as the first predetermined width and less than the fourth predetermined width; and wherein the fourth predetermined width is substantially the same as the second predetermined width such that the neck and pair of ears of one fin can fit within the second predetermined width of an orifice of an adjacent fin and the neck of the one fin can fit within the first predetermined width of the orifice of an adjacent fin.

US Pat. No. 10,794,029

HYDROGEL BIOCEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A soil stabilization method comprising;forming an admixture of at least one hydrogel precursor and urease enzyme;
contacting at least a portion of the admixture with soil; and
forming a hydrogel network in-situ within at least a portion of the soil, wherein at least a portion of the hydrogel network includes in-situ precipitated calcium carbonate.

US Pat. No. 10,794,028

FLEXIBLE EROSION CONTROL FOR EQUIPMENT PADS

J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A flexible erosion control barrier for an outdoor equipment support pad for a condenser, generator, or transformer having side walls that meet to define at least one side corner that runs from the top surface to the bottom surfaces of the support pad, the flexible erosion control barrier comprising:a geosynthetic soil retention barrier that is a full or partially surrounding skirt having a reinforced attachment edge section and a remaining area, wherein:
the edge section, which extends along a side or edge of the geosynthetic soil retention barrier, comprises more stitching, thicker or more tear-resistant material, grommets, or a combination thereof than the remaining area and is thus more durable and resistant to tearing than the remaining area;
the edge section has the size to fit and the flexibility to bend around a portion of a perimeter, including the at least one side corner, of the support pad, and is structured for attachment along at least two sides of the perimeter of the support pad;
the edge section facilitates mechanical attachment of the geosynthetic soil retention barrier to the support pad below the top surface of the support pad, and anchors the remaining area to extend from the reinforced attachment edge section to an opposing side or edge that remains unjoined to the support pad;
the remaining area is bendable upwards or downwards from the edge section when the edge section is attached to the outdoor equipment support pad; and
the remaining area is configured for use with an insertion tool to be tucked into soil surrounding the pad and below the bottom surface of the support pad without necessitating excavation.

US Pat. No. 10,794,027

POLLUTION FILTER AND CONTAINMENT

Innermost Containment Sys...

1. A system, comprising:a buoyant rim with a top side and a bottom side, the buoyant rim encircling a void: a submersible bag attached to the buoyant bottom side, where the buoyant rim and the submersible bag are configured to form a container for containing a volume of polluted water, and wherein the buoyant rim and the submersible bag are configured to separate the volume of polluted water from water surrounding an outside of the container;
a detachable filter on the top side of the buoyant rim; and
wherein the submersible bag is water permeable and pollutant impermeable.

US Pat. No. 10,794,026

DOCK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

DockIQ, LLC, Dawsonville...

1. An apparatus for managing a dock, a portion of which is disposed over a body of water, from a remote device, the apparatus comprising:(a) a control unit disposed on the dock;
(b) a plurality of sensors, each sensor in data communication with the control unit, each of the plurality of sensors including:
(i) an electric shock sensor;
(ii) a water level sensor that senses a distance to the water from a predetermined location of the dock; and
(iii) a theft detection circuit;
(c) a communication chipset in data communication with the control unit, wherein the control unit includes a processor that is programmed to transmit to the remote device via the communication chipset an indication of the following: a shock likelihood sensed by the electric shock sensor; a level detected by the water level sensor; and an alert when the theft detection circuit detects a likelihood of theft; and
(d) a dock movement detector in communication with the control unit and configured to provide information to the control unit regarding movement of the dock,
wherein the dock movement detector comprises at least one device selected from a list consisting of: an accelerometer; a magnetometer; a digital compass; and combinations thereof and wherein the control unit sets a predetermined perimeter around the dock whenever the dock is purposely repositioned and wherein the control unit issues an alert whenever the movement detector indicates that any part of the dock has moved outside of the predetermined perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,794,025

WAVE CAPTURING AND ATTENUATING STRUCTURE

1. A wave capturing and attenuating structure comprising at least one pair of floating structures each coupled to each other such that the wave capturing and attenuating structure is arranged along a wave-encountering line for capturing water-surface waves, wherein each of said at least one pair of floating structures comprise:a body comprising a floating floor and a side wall extended down from a perimeter of the floating floor; and
a floating member connected to the floating floor of said body in order to support said body for submerging in water, wherein said floating member comprises a wave baffle having at least one part of the wave baffle located above a water-surface level, wherein said wave baffle of said floating member comprises a surface formed as a vertical plane and is inclined at an acute angle with respect to a line extended along a length of said body as viewed from above,
wherein each of said at least one pair of floating structures is fixed together by a fixing means, such that they are spaced apart from each other, and a passageway is formed into a wave passage, and, therefore, each of said at least one pair of floating structures is forced to face an incoming wave,
wherein each of said at least one pair of floating structures further comprises: a float attached to a rear with respect to each of said at least one pair of floating structures, and the float is spaced apart from said passageway arranged between each of said at least one pair of floating structures for attenuating a wave departed from said passageway,
wherein said float comprises a floatable body, and a support plate in a form of a flat plate and located below a water surface and underneath said body in order to assist in stabilization of said float.

US Pat. No. 10,794,024

SNOW AND ICE REMOVING ASSEMBLY

1. A snow and ice removal assembly comprising:a housing having a front wall, a back wall and a peripheral wall extending between said front wall and said back wall;
a hot air conduit being fluidly coupled to said housing, said hot air conduit extending away from said front wall;
an air warming unit being mounted in said housing, said air warming unit drawing air into said housing through an air intake extending through said housing and warming the air when said air warming unit is turned on, said air warming unit forcing said air outwardly of said housing through said hot air conduit;
a container being positioned remote of said housing, said container being configured to hold snow melting compound therein;
a dispensing unit being mounted on said housing and being fluidly coupled to said container, said dispensing unit being actuated to extract the snow melting compound from said container and dispense the snow melting compound outwardly from said housing such that the snow melting compound melts the snow and the ice positioned on the ground surface;
a power supply being mounted on said housing, said power supply being electrically coupled to said air warming unit and said dispensing unit; and
wherein said air warming unit comprises
a control circuit being mounted in said housing,
a heating element being mounted in said housing and being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said heating element being in thermal communication with the air positioned within said housing, said heating element being actuated to heat the air within said housing to a preselected temperature,
a blower being mounted in said housing and being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said blower being in fluid communication with the air heated by said heating element, said blower being in fluid communication with said hot air conduit, said blower being actuated to take in the air from outside of said housing through said air intake wherein said heating element warms the air and forces the air outwardly of said hot air conduit, and
an input being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said input being actuated to turn on each of said heating element and said blower, said input including a temperature selector to selectively choose a one of a plurality of temperature levels at which the air is to be heated.

US Pat. No. 10,794,023

BARRIER SYSTEM

Holmes Solutions LP, Wel...

1. A barrier system comprising at least one post and a longitudinal beam, the at least one post and longitudinal beam being indirectly linked via at least one fastener passing through apertures in the at least one post and longitudinal beam, and at least one washer, the post aperture being elongated to allow vertical movement of the at least one fastener within the post aperture; wherein the at least one washer comprises:at least one aperture that receives the at least one fastener therethrough; and
at least one deformable region extending at least partly about the aperture that at least partially bears on at least a part of the at least one fastener and an opposing face that bears on at least part of a post wall; and,
in the event of an applied force or a displacement being applied on the longitudinal beam or fastener of sufficient magnitude, the at least one fastener and at least one washer attached to the at least one fastener moves to a predetermined extent in the direction of the elongation in the post aperture before deformation forces are applied to the at least one washer, and, at least part of the at least one deformable region of the at least one washer deforms during movement or when the at least one fastener and at least one washer impact the top of the post aperture to an extent that the indirect link ceases to provide indirect attachment between the post and longitudinal beam, thereby releasing or loosening the connection between the post and longitudinal beam.

US Pat. No. 10,794,022

RETRACTABLE BARRIER ASSEMBLY

1. A non-anchored, self-supporting screen assembly for selective placement by a user on a walking surface, comprising:a base member;
a housing having a first end, a second opposing end, and a sidewall extending therebetween and having an elongate opening;
a base coupler affixed to the base member and the housing, whereby the housing is independently supported and disposed in an upright position substantially normal to the walking surface during use;
a rotatable rod disposed within the housing;
a flexible screen having a trailing edge coupled to the rotatable rod, a leading edge, and a top edge extending between the trailing edge and the leading edge;
an edge coupler attached to the leading edge to couple the leading edge to an external attachment point upon extension of the screen through the elongate opening and decouple the leading edge from the external attachment point upon retraction; and
a spring coupled to the rotatable rod to exert a force in a direction opposite a direction of extension of the flexible screen.

US Pat. No. 10,794,021

RETROREFLECTIVE TRAFFIC STRIPE

1. A retroreflective road stripe configured to be horizontally attached to a highway, said road stripe having a length parallel to the direction of traffic and a width perpendicular to the direction of traffic, said road stripe comprising the following:a. A substantially transparent polymeric material having an upper surface exposed to the ambient environment and a lower surface facing said highway below,
b. Said upper surface including a plurality of linear light-turning prisms extending substantially across the width of said road stripe in a repeating pattern along the length of said road stripe, each of said light-turning prisms having three exposed faces,
i. The first of said exposed faces is substantially vertical, facing oncoming traffic
ii. The second of said exposed faces is opposite said first face and inclined at substantially 45 degrees relative to horizontal, and having a horizontal length, L1
iii. The third of said exposed faces is substantially horizontal connecting the tops of said first and second faces and having a horizontal length, L3
c. Said lower surface including a plurality of cube-corner retroreflective prisms,
i. Said cube-corner prisms each having a horizontal length, L2
ii. Said cube-corner prism horizontal length, L2, being at least 83% smaller than the said horizontal length, L1, of said second exposed face of said light-turning prisms
iii. Said cube-corner retroreflective prisms being surrounded by air spaces below said prisms to enable total internal reflection by said prisms
d. Said repeating pattern of said light-turning prisms spaced apart along the length of said road stripe by a spacing, S, which obeys the inequality below:

US Pat. No. 10,794,020

BRIDGING DEVICE FOR A CONSTRUCTION JOINT WITH A HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE

MAURER ENGINEERING GMBH, ...

1. A bridging device of lamellar construction for a construction joint between a first construction part and a second construction part, having a plurality of lamellae and at least one hydraulic control device for controlling the gap width between the lamellae, the hydraulic control device having double-acting hydraulic cylinders each having one movable piston and one piston rod arranged on the piston, wherein each hydraulic cylinder is arranged on one lamella, and each piston rod is connected to another lamella, and wherein the piston defines a first working volume and a second working volume of the corresponding hydraulic cylinder, wherein the hydraulic control device has at least three double-acting hydraulic cylinders which are connected to one another via a hydraulic connection, in that the first working volume of each hydraulic cylinder is hydraulically connected to the second working volume of another hydraulic cylinder, so that a hydraulic loop is formed between the at least three hydraulic cylinders.

US Pat. No. 10,794,019

APPARATUS AND ASSEMBLY FOR EXCAVATION

SIMEX S.R.L., San Giovan...

1. Excavation apparatus for an operating machine comprising:an apparatus body comprising a coupling portion to the operating machine and delimiting a first body compartment wherein an excavation tool of said apparatus is partly housed, rotating around a rotation axis;
a self-leveling body, comprising a pair of abutment runners with a working surface and rotatably mounted in an idle manner with respect to the apparatus body, wherein the coupling portion is angularly adjustable with respect to the pair of abutment runners;
the self-leveling body comprises at least one pair of transverse walls are spaced apart along the rotation axis, rigidly connected by a pair of longitudinal walls of said body for delimiting a box-shaped structure housing the excavation tool protruding frontally to the pair of abutment runners;
wherein the apparatus body is mechanically connected to the self-leveling body to weigh in a balanced manner on the at least one pair of transverse walls and on the pair of abutment runners;
wherein the coupling portion is rotatable with respect to the pair of abutment runners at least in a first angular position toward the left and in a second angular position to the right with respect to a vertical direction, and wherein the coupling portion is rotatable independently of a position of the tool and an excavation depth of the tool, the vertical direction being orthogonal to the working surface and incident to the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,794,018

QUICK CHANGE MILLING ASSEMBLY FOR A COLD PLANER

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

8. A cold planer comprising:a frame;
a milling assembly including a drum housing;
a locking mechanism for mounting the milling assembly to the frame;
at least one pin reception fixed to the drum housing;
a lifting actuator connected to the frame, the lifting actuator including a lifting rod which is attachable to the at least one pin reception to lift the drum housing toward the frame; and
a plurality of mounting units fixed to the drum housing for mounting the milling assembly to the frame, the mounting units including a plurality of mounting holes configured to connect to the locking mechanism, wherein the mounting units are formed as wedge-shaped protrusions extending from the drum housing and configured to mate with corresponding wedge-shaped protrusions on the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,794,017

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREPARING ASPHALT AND AGGREGATE MIXTURE

1. An emitter system for treating recycled asphalt/concrete pavement, comprising:a first emitter configured to emit a peak wavelength of radiation of from 1,000 to 10,000 nm;
a second emitter configured to emit a peak wavelength of radiation of from 1,000 to 10,000 nm; and
a passage between the emitters configured to allow passage of recycled asphalt/concrete pavement there between, such that, in use, the recycled asphalt/concrete pavement absorbs the radiation emitted by the emitters.

US Pat. No. 10,794,016

CURBING MACHINE WITH HOPPER DASHER AND ELIPTICAL COMPACTION

Team Inc., Brigham City,...

1. A manually maneuverable curb forming extruder propelled apparatus for concrete, cementitious and other similar plastic building materials comprising:a. a chassis frame with speed reduction unit with walls defining a feed hopper with a top opening and sides structured to received, hold, and gravity feed building materials into a compaction chamber having a front and rear with a rear opening which directs building materials through the rear opening to propel the chassis frame forward,
b. a dasher with frame and cross-bar structured to mix building materials and sized to fit and pivot within the hopper pivotally affixed to the top opening to pivot front to rear as well as along the sides within the hopper to break up bridged building materials,
c. steering and castering wheels attached to the chassis frame via swinging arms which allow the wheels to be adjusted from side to side for manual steering of the apparatus,
d. a reciprocating compacting, member having a compacting surface orbitally mounted to the chassis frame such that the compacting surface moves in a reciprocating elliptical orbit within the compaction chamber to withdraw, drop and receive building materials from the bottom outlet of the hopper in a loading stroke, and to force and lift the building materials rearward into and through the rear opening of the compaction chamber in a compaction, stroke;
e. a removable slip form with open forward and rearward ends and an open bottom in communication with the compaction chamber rear opening to receive and sectionally form the building material into a continuous curb form, and
f. a drive motor with speed reducer associated with the compacting member to reciprocate and orbitally move the compacting member and, pivot the dasher.

US Pat. No. 10,794,015

ASPHALT SCREED EXTENSION TUBE ADJUSTMENT ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A screed assembly for a paving machine adjustable between a first screed width and a second screed width, the screed assembly comprising:a main screed portion, including a screed frame having a main deflector and a screed side plate coupled thereto;
a screed extension portion including a screed extension portion frame, the screed extension portion being in a laterally exterior position with respect to the main screed portion;
a screed extension tube operably coupled to the screed frame and the screed extension portion frame, the screed extension tube configured to adjust the screed extension portion between the first screed width and the second screed width; and
an extension tube support mechanism for supporting the screed extension tube when the screed assembly is adjusted between the first screed width and the second screed width, the extension tube support mechanism including:
a bushing circumferentially surrounding the screed extension tube and disposed within a bushing recess defined in the screed extension portion frame, and
a retainer ring that circumferentially surrounds and is in direct contact with at least a portion of the bushing, wherein the retainer ring is capable of being adjusted between the bushing and the screed extension portion frame to eliminate an uncontrolled movement of the screed extension tube and the screed extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,794,014

SOIL COMPACTOR

HAMM AG, Tirschenreuth (...

1. A soil compactor comprising at least one compactor roller rotatable about an axis of rotation of the roller and a plurality of roller segments following one another along the direction of the axis of rotation of the roller, each roller segment having exclusively assigned therewith an electromotive drive for producing a propulsion drive torque, each electromotive drive for producing a propulsion drive torque being arrange d for additionally producing an oscillating torque applied to the roller segment associated therewith,wherein each electromotive drive is configured as an external rotor motor including a stator and a rotor, which surrounds the stator and is coupled with the assigned roller segment, for a joint rotation about the axis of rotation of the roller,
wherein a roller axle, which extends along the axis of rotation of the roller, is provided at a compactor frame such that the roller axle does not rotate about the axis of rotation of the roller, each roller segment being supported so as to rotate about the roller axle,
wherein the stator of each external rotor motor is carried on the roller axle.

US Pat. No. 10,794,013

PLAYING SURFACE ASSEMBLIES AND SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPAN...

1. A system comprising:first and second playing surface assemblies that cooperate to define at least a portion of a playing field, court, or track, at least the first playing surface assembly having:
a backing having a top surface;
a plurality of reinforcement elements secured to and extending upwardly from the backing; and
an infill material defining a top surface of the playing surface assembly and having a height measured from the top surface of the backing, wherein each reinforcement element of the plurality of reinforcement elements has a top end and a reveal distance corresponding to a vertical spacing between the top surface of the playing surface assembly and the top end of the reinforcement element, wherein the plurality of reinforcement elements of the playing surface assembly are configured to restrict lateral and vertical migration of the infill material of the playing surface assembly, wherein the infill material of each playing surface assembly is the primary source of performance characteristics of the playing surface assembly,
wherein a ratio between the height of the infill material of the first playing surface assembly and the reveal distance of each reinforcement element of the first playing surface assembly is at least 7:1,
wherein the infill material of the first playing surface assembly comprises clay, and
wherein portions of each reinforcement element of the first playing surface assembly extend above the infill material of the first playing surface assembly and have a color that matches or substantially matches a color of the infill material.

US Pat. No. 10,794,012

MULTI-AXIAL FABRIC

NICOLON CORPORATION, Pen...

1. A composite fabric comprising:a. a substrate comprising a nonwoven fabric comprising polymeric fibers having melting point greater than 320° F. (160° C.), the substrate having a low surface area side and a high surface area side, the high surface area side having a greater absorbency than the low surface side, and the low surface area side comprising fused fibers;
b. a plurality of first strands disposed across the substrate;
c. a plurality of second strands disposed across the substrate and being substantially perpendicular to the first strands;
d. a plurality of third strands disposed across the substrate and being positioned at a first oblique angle with respect to either the plurality of first strands or the plurality of second strands;
e. a plurality of fourth strands disposed across the substrate and being positioned at a second oblique angle with respect to either the plurality of first strands or the plurality of second strands and being substantially perpendicular to the plurality of third strands;
f. a plurality of binding fibers disposed through and across the entire substrate, the plurality of first strands, the plurality of second strands, the plurality of third strands, and the plurality of fourth strands along an axis substantially parallel with the plurality of first strands, such that the plurality of binding fibers secures the plurality of first strands, the plurality of second strands, the plurality of third strands, and the plurality of fourth strands to the substrate and is present between strands of the first plurality of strands; and
g. optionally a tack layer disposed on the high surface area side to act as a water barrier for the composite fabric;
wherein all strands are disposed across the high surface area of the substrate and comprise mineral fibers; and
wherein no more than three of the plurality of first strands, the plurality of second strands, the plurality of third strands, and the plurality of fourth strands overlap at intersections of the plurality of first strands, the plurality of second strands, the plurality of third strands, and the plurality of fourth strands so that the composite fabric is free of protrusions; and
wherein a load positioned on the composite fabric is distributed across the plurality of first strands, the plurality of second strands, the plurality of third strands, and the plurality of fourth strands.

US Pat. No. 10,794,011

HELICALLY-PACKAGED EXPANSION JOINT SEAL SYSTEM WITH IMPREGNATED FOAM AND OVERLAPPING LOW-FRICTION CASING

Schul International Co., ...

1. An expansion joint seal system, comprising:a longitudinal body of foam in compression;
the longitudinal body of foam in compression impregnated with a fire retardant additive;
a casing in tension helically compressively encircling the longitudinal body of foam in compression, the casing having an internal surface, the internal surface contacting the longitudinal body of foam, the internal surface having a low friction coefficient; and
wherein a successive section of the casing overlaps a prior section of the casing by at least 15%.

US Pat. No. 10,794,010

PLANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATING ROAD MILLING TASKS

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

1. A method for operating one or more road milling machines, comprising:specifying at least two roads and/or road segments to be processed by milling;
ascertaining expected milling and/or consumption data for each of the one or more road milling machines with respect to the roads and/or road segments to be processed, based on at least one of material properties or characteristic values correlating with the material properties,
wherein the material properties and/or characteristic values are associated with at least one of road designations, designations of road segments, or geographic coordinates as respectively pertinent to the roads and/or road segments to be processed;
ascertaining and displaying an optimized sequence of the roads and/or road segments to be processed by milling.

US Pat. No. 10,794,009

TAMPING MACHINE FOR COMPACTING THE BALLAST BED OF A TRACK

HP3 Real GmbH, Vienna (A...

1. A tamping machine for compacting the ballast bed of a track, comprising:tamping units tamping the track, said tamping units having
a lifting and lining device lifting and lining tracks and switches, said device being arranged between running gears and comprising a lifting roller and a lifting hook,
wherein the lifting roller and the lifting hook each has associated therewith a respective vertical guide, and the lifting roller and the lifting hook each moves in a respective vertical path independently of each other on the respective vertical guide, and the lifting roller and the lifting hook and the associated vertical guides are displaceably mounted along a common transverse guide extending transversely to a longitudinal axis of the tamping machine so as to be transversely movable.

US Pat. No. 10,794,008

ELECTRIC-HYDRAULIC RAILWAY SWITCH DEVICE FOR MOVING RAILROAD SWITCH POINTS

1. A railroad switch device for moving railroad switch points, the device comprising:a hydraulic unit comprising:
a hydraulic manifold;
a hydraulic cylinder to provide constant forward movement and reverse movement, and
a hydraulic circuit unit;
a mechanical target to automatically indicate the position of a point rod, wherein the hydraulic unit is coupled to the point rod;
a plurality of spring units to produce a continuous thrust force for holding the railroad switch points closed in forward position and reverse position, wherein the plurality of spring units control the target rotation to 90 degrees through a bolt configured with a rotation limit ring;
a plurality of proximity sensors to detect the point rod position; and
a power unit to supply the hydraulic power to the hydraulic unit for moving the hydraulic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,794,006

COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING MICROFIBRILATED CELLULOSE AND POLYMERS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING FIBRES AND NONWOVEN MATERIALS THEREFROM

FiberLean Technologies Li...

1. A method for preparing a fibre consisting of (a) microfibrillated cellulose and (b) one or more inorganic particulate material, the method comprising the steps of:(1) preparing a composition consisting of microfibrillated cellulose and one or more inorganic particulate material wherein the inorganic particulate material is selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, dolomite, gypsum, kaolin, halloysite, ball clay, metakaolin, fully calcined kaolin, talc, mica, huntite, hydromagnesite, ground glass, perlite, diatomaceous earth, wollastonite, titanium dioxide, magnesium hydroxide, aluminium trihydrate, lime, graphite or combinations thereof, wherein the microfibrillated cellulose has a fibre steepness ranging from about 20 to about 50; wherein the microfibrillated cellulose is obtained by a two-stage process of (i) grinding a fibrous substrate in a grinding vessel in the presence of the inorganic particulate material and (ii) refining in a refiner or homogenizing in a homogenizer, or sonicating with an ultrasonic device the ground fibrous substrate comprising cellulose and the inorganic particulate material; wherein the grinding is carried out in an aqueous environment in the presence or in the absence of a grinding medium; wherein the term “grinding medium” means a medium other than inorganic particulate material and is 0.5 mm or greater in size;
(2) extruding the microfibrillated cellulose from step (1) through an extruder;
(3) attenuating the extruded microfibrillated cellulose with an attenuating gas; and
(4) collecting the extruded fibre.

US Pat. No. 10,794,005

PAPER INCLUDING ONE OR MORE MULTI-TONAL WATERMARKS HAVING FULL TONALITY, AND AN IMPROVED WATERMARKING TOOL FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH PAPER

1. A watermarking device comprising:a wire-mesh element including an embossed wire area having a wire-mesh relief structure, the wire-mesh relief structure comprising indicia of a watermark; and
an electrotype element including an embossed electrotype area having an electrotype relief structure, and including a perforation pattern, the perforation pattern comprising perforations based on a half-tone image of the indicia of the watermark,
wherein the electrotype element is coupled to the wire-mesh element such that the wire-mesh relief structure and the electrotype relief structure overlap such that the indicia of the watermark are in register.

US Pat. No. 10,794,004

UNITARY DEFLECTION MEMBER FOR MAKING FIBROUS STRUCTURES AND PROCESS FOR MAKING SAME

1. A deflection member, the deflection member comprising a unitary structure having a machine direction and a cross machine direction orthogonal to the machine direction:a. a plurality of discrete primary elements, each primary element being separated from a nearest of the discrete primary elements by a distance, wherein a first primary element has a first caliper and a second primary element has a second caliper, and the first caliper is different from the second caliper;
b. a plurality of secondary elements, at least one of the secondary elements being unitary with at least one of the discrete primary elements, and being an elongate member having a major axis having both a machine direction vector component and a cross machine direction vector component; and
c. the plurality of secondary elements being interconnected to define a set spacing between each of the plurality of discrete primary elements.

US Pat. No. 10,794,003

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING WOOD FIBERS

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPA...

1. A refining member for a pulp refiner, the refining member comprising:a refining body including a refining surface comprising:
refiner bars separated by refiner grooves, each of the refiner bars extending from a radially inward position on the refining surface to a first radially outward position on the refining surface and having a first height extending upward from a floor of an adjacent refiner groove, wherein a refining zone of the refining body is defined between the radially inward position and the first radially outward position of the refiner bars and wherein each refiner groove extends continuously between the radially inward position and the first radially outward position of adjacent ones of the refiner bars; and
teeth extending to a second radially outward position on the refining surface and having a second height extending upward from a floor of an adjacent refiner groove, the second height of the teeth being greater than the first height of the refiner bars, wherein the teeth are located between radially outer edges of the refiner bars and a radially outer edge of the refining body; and
wherein the refiner bars are adapted to refine wood fibers and the teeth are adapted to break up fiber bundles.

US Pat. No. 10,794,002

METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH SOLIDS NANOCELLULOSE

University of Maine Syste...

1. A method of producing a nanocellulose composite, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a cellulosic biomass, wherein the cellulosic biomass has a water content less than 30%;
(b) associating the cellulosic biomass with a first organic liquid to form a first mixture, wherein the first organic liquid has a boiling temperature greater than 100° C., and wherein the first organic liquid comprises a monomer;
(c) removing substantially all water from the first mixture;
(d) processing the first mixture to produce a slurry comprising cellulose nanofibrils and the first organic liquid;
(e) heating the first mixture to a temperature at or above the boiling temperature of the first organic liquid; and
(f) polymerizing the slurry,
thereby producing a nanocellulose composite comprising cellulose nanofibrils substantially homogenously distributed in a polymeric compound, wherein no exogenous water is added during the process after the initiation of step (b).

US Pat. No. 10,794,001

ROTARY FEEDER WITH RECESS FOR PROTECTIVE BAFFLE AND SHEAR EDGE ASSEMBLY

Andritz Inc., Alpharetta...

12. A rotary feeder assembly comprising:a rotary feeder housing having an internal surface defining an inlet configured to convey a comminuted cellulosic fibrous material to a pocket of a rotor disposed below the inlet; and
an inner wall defining a recess in the inner wall above a rotor; and
a shear edge assembly disposed within the recess, the shear edge assembly comprising a shear edge plate having a tip configured to shear the comminuted cellulosic fibrous material, wherein the tip of the shear edge assembly is disposed in the recess such that the tip of the shear edge assembly does not extend beyond the recess into the inlet such that the tip of the shear edge assembly is not in line with the flow of comminuted cellulosic fibrous material entering the pocket of the rotor through the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,793,999

APPARATUS FOR DEPOSITING A POLYMER COATING CONTAINING NANOMATERIAL ON A SUBSTRATE

Nederlandse Organisatie V...

1. An apparatus for depositing a polymer coating containing nanomaterial on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a. an atmospheric pressure plasma chamber creating a non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma reaction zone;
b. a feeder mechanism for feeding an elongated substrate longitudinally and horizontally through the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma reaction zone, the elongated substrate having top and bottom surfaces;
c. an electrode structure mounted in the chamber, the electrode structure including first and second electrodes, the first and the second electrodes being positioned under the substrate, and extending transversely across the substrate near the bottom surface, the first and second electrodes of the electrode structure for creating the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma reaction zone adjacent at least the top surface of the substrate while passing through said chamber upon applying a non-zero voltage between the first and second electrodes;
d. a power source for initiating the electrode structure to create a non-thermal plasma in the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma reaction zone that fosters a non-thermal polymerization reaction adjacent at least the top surface of the substrate, the power source being connected to the electrode structure so as to be capable of applying the non-zero voltage between the first and second electrodes positioned under the substrate for generating the non-thermal plasma;
e. an external conduit protruding into said chamber;
f. an external input to said conduit for inputting a flow of carrier gas that supports the non-thermal plasma and contains a polymerization material in gas state and nanomaterial dispersed therein; and
g. an outlet terminating said conduit, said outlet positioned near and across the top surface of the substrate, said outlet having an array of discharge openings extending transversely across the substrate to provide a substantially homogeneous distribution of outflow from the conduit near and across the top surface of the substrate,
wherein upon the flow of carrier gas being input to said conduit, the non-thermal plasma is generated in the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma reaction zone that fosters the non-thermal polymerization reaction adjacent at least the top surface of a substrate to deposit on the substrate a polymer layer containing non-thermally embedded nanomaterial preserved in physical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,793,998

OUTDOOR RETAIL SPACE STRUCTURE

1. An apparatus comprising:a first space, wherein the first space comprises dimensions in a first direction, a second direction, and a third direction, a first length of the first space is in the first direction, a first width of the first space is in the second direction, a first height of the first space is in the third direction, the first, second, and third directions are transverse directions, the first length, the first width, and the first height are compliant with universal shipping container dimensions and configurations dictated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the first space is above a ground;
a second space, wherein the second space comprises dimensions in a fourth direction, a fifth direction, and a sixth direction, a second length of the second space is in the fourth direction, a second width of the second space is in the fifth direction, a second height of the second space is in the sixth direction, the fourth, fifth, and sixth directions are transverse directions, the second length, the second width, and the second height are compliant with universal shipping container dimensions and configurations dictated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the second space is above the ground;
a first joist, above the first space, wherein the first joist extends at least the first length in the first direction along a first edge of the first space, overlapping the first space, and extends a first extended length beyond a front edge of the first space;
a second joist, above the first space, wherein the second joist extends at least the first length in the first direction along a second edge of the first space, overlapping the first space, and extends a second extended length beyond the front edge of the first space;
a third joist, coupled between the first and second joists, along the front edge of the first space;
a fourth joist, coupled between the first and second joists, along a back edge of the first space;
a fifth joist, above the first space and above the second joist, wherein the fifth joist extends at least the first length in the first direction along the second edge of the first space, overlapping the second joist, and extends a third extended length beyond the front edge of the first space;
a sixth joist, above the second space, wherein the sixth joist extends at least the second length in the fourth direction along a first edge of the second space, overlapping the second space, and extends a fourth extended length beyond a front edge of the second space;
a seventh joist, above the second space, wherein the seventh joist extends at least the second length in the fourth direction along a second edge of the second space, overlapping the second space, and extends an fifth extended length beyond the front edge of the second space;
an eighth joist, coupled between the sixth and seventh joists, along the front edge of the second space;
a ninth joist, coupled between the sixth and seventh joists, along a back edge of the second space;
a tenth joist, above the second space and above the seventh joist, wherein the tenth joist extends at least the second length in the fourth direction along the first edge of the second space, overlapping the seventh joist, and extends in a sixth extended length beyond the front edge of the second space;
a first stud, coupled between the ground and the first joist, wherein the first stud extends in the third direction, and the first stud is below the first joist at a position beyond the front edge of the first space;
a second stud, coupled between the ground and the second joist, wherein the second stud extends in the third direction, and the second stud is below the second joist at a position beyond the front edge of the first space;
a third stud, coupled between the second and fifth joists, wherein the third stud is above the first space; and
a fourth stud, coupled between the seventh and tenth joists, wherein the fourth stud is above the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,793,997

STEAMER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A steamer comprising:a handle that extends in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end, the handle having a hinge at the second end of the handle, the hinge protruding in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction;
a head that is rotatably coupled to the hinge at a first end of the head, and the head to spray steam from a second end of the head;
a motor that rotates the head relative to the hinge;
a sensor that senses an inclination of the handle with respect to a horizontal line; and
a controller configured to operate the motor, based on the sensed inclination, and to rotate the head such that the head is to spray steam in a direction corresponding to the horizontal line,
wherein the head includes:
a heater that applies heat to water particles so that the water particles are phase-changed into steam, and
a spray hole that sprays the steam to the outside.

US Pat. No. 10,793,996

DRYER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dryer comprising:a drum configured to accommodate laundry;
a motor connected to the drum by a drive belt and configured to rotate the drum;
a blow fan configured to circulate air through the drum in response to driving of the motor;
a current sensing unit configured to measure a current value of the motor; and
a controller that is configured to apply operation power to the motor to thereby operate the motor or stop the motor, that is configured to control a rotation speed of the motor, and that is configured to sense an amount of laundry based on the current value sensed by the current sensing unit during a rotation of the drum,
wherein the controller is further configured to, for sensing the amount of laundry, control the motor to thereby control a rotation speed of the drum based on (i) an acceleration stage in which the rotation speed of the drum is increased and (ii) a maintaining stage in which the rotation speed of the drum is maintained, and
wherein the controller is further configured to, in the acceleration stage, increase the rotation speed of the drum based on an acceleration gradient of the motor that is set in a range from 500 rpm/s to 1500 rpm/s.

US Pat. No. 10,793,995

CONDENSING TYPE CLOTHES DRYER HAVING A HEAT PUMP CYCLE AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONDENSING TYPE CLOTHES DRYER HAVING A HEAT PUMP CYCLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A condensing type clothes dryer having a heat pump cycle, comprising:a drum in which an object to be dried is accommodated;
a circulation duct that forms a circulation passage such that air circulates via the drum;
a circulation fan configured to circulate the air along the circulation duct;
a heat pump cycle having an evaporator and a condenser spaced from each other in the circulation duct, wherein the heat pump cycle is configured to absorb heat from the air discharged from the drum through the evaporator and to transfer the heat to air introduced into the drum through the condenser using an operation fluid that circulates via the evaporator and the condenser;
a bypass flow path formed at the circulation duct such that a portion of the air discharged from the drum bypasses the evaporator to be mixed with air having passed through the evaporator at an upstream side of the condenser;
a first pressure sensor installed in the evaporator that measures an evaporation pressure;
a second pressure sensor installed in the condenser that measures a condensation pressure;
a damper provided at the bypass flow path and configured to selectively open or close the bypass flow path; and
a controller configured to control an open degree of the bypass flow path when the evaporation pressure or the condensation pressure is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,793,994

CLOTHES TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A clothes treatment apparatus, comprising:a tub provided within a cabinet to store wash water;
a drum rotatably provided within the tub to accommodate washing and drying objects; and
a heat pump including an evaporator, a gas-liquid separator, a compressor, a condenser, and an expansion valve, through which refrigerant is circulated to provide heat to air circulated through the drum,
wherein the heat pump further includes:
a heat exchange duct configured to accommodate the evaporator and the condenser and connected to the tub to form a flow path to circulate the air;
a compressor base integrally connected to a rear portion of the heat exchange duct to support the compressor;
a gas-liquid separator mount integrally formed with a rear portion of the heat exchange duct and one lateral portion of the compressor base to support the gas-liquid separator; and
an internal heat exchanger provided within the evaporator and including an internal heat exchange pipe extending from the condenser to an inside of the evaporator to exchange heat between the internal heat exchange pipe and a refrigerant pipe of the evaporator within the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,793,993

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC OPENING AND CLOSING OF UPPER COVER OF WASHING MACHINE

Qingdao Haier Washing Mac...

6. A method for controlling automatic opening and closing of an upper cover of a washing machine, comprising:(a) controlling a motor to drive the upper cover to open, close or stop by a controller;
(b) collecting a signal indicating an obstacle between the upper cover and a tray or on one side of the upper cover facing away from the tray by a detector, and sending the signal indicating the obstacle to the controller by the detector;
(c) receiving the signal indicating the obstacle by the controller, determining, by the controller, whether the obstacle between the upper cover and the tray or on the one side of the upper cover facing away from the tray exists according to the signal indicating the obstacle;
(d) when an existence of the obstacle between the upper cover and the tray or on the one side of the upper cover facing away from the tray is determined by controller, controlling, by the controller, the motor to drive the upper cover to stop at a current position or return to an initial position by the controller and performing (a)-(d) after the upper cover stops at the current position or returns to the initial position for a duration T; and
(e) when a nonexistence of the obstacle between the upper cover and the tray or on the one side of the upper cover facing away from the tray is determined by the controller, controlling, by the controller, the motor to drive the upper cover to be continuously opened or closed until the upper cover is fully opened or closed.

US Pat. No. 10,793,992

DRAIN PUMP

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A drain pump, comprising:a housing configured to accommodate water;
a first discharge port and a second discharge port to protrude from the housing, and the first discharge port is spaced apart from the second discharge port;
a water flow portion having an impeller, and the water flow portion is provided at an inner surface of the housing to discharge the water through the first discharge port or through the second discharge port;
a drain pump chamber at an inner surface of the housing to receive the water before the water is provided at the water flow portion; and
an inlet port between the water flow portion and the drain pump chamber,
wherein a portion of the impeller is within the inlet port,
wherein a length of the inlet port protruded toward the water flow portion is formed to be less than a predetermined length not to cause a cavitation phenomenon at the inlet port due to a pressure difference between the water flow portion and the drain pump chamber, and
wherein the impeller is to guide water or wash water flowing out of the inlet port back to an outer surface of the inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,793,991

HOME LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF

Electrolux Appliances Akt...

1. A method to control a laundry washing machine comprising an outer casing, a washing tub placed inside said outer casing, a rotatable drum housed in axially rotatable manner inside the washing tub and structured for housing the laundry to be washed, a water softening device provided with ion exchanger agents designed to reduce the hardness degree of fresh water to be supplied to the washing tub, and a brine tank configured to contain brine for regenerating the ion exchanger agents contained in the water softening device, the method comprising:performing a washing cycle including at least:
a washing phase,
a rinse phase, and
a spin phase,
performing a regeneration cycle, in which a prefixed amount of the brine is supplied to the water softening device during a first phase of the washing cycle, and draining the brine from the water softening device; and
after draining the brine from the water softening device, and while performing a second phase of the washing cycle that is different than the first phase of the washing cycle, perform a waste-brine cleaning cycle by injecting water into the water softening device and/or in the brine tank and draining the injected water from the water softening device and/or in the brine tank to wash out the waste brine solution remaining in the water softening device and/or in the brine tank from the first washing phase.

US Pat. No. 10,793,990

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of controlling a washing machine provided with an outer tub, an inner tub located in the outer tub, a pulsator located in the inner tub, an outer shaft configured to rotate the inner tub, an inner shaft located in the outer shaft and configured to rotate the pulsator, a motor configured to rotate the inner shaft, and a clutch configured to selectively transmit rotation of the inner shaft to the outer shaft, the clutch and the inner shaft being interconnected by a threaded interface, and the clutch and the outer shaft being interconnected by an anti-rotation interface, so that rotation of the inner shaft with respect to the outer shaft in a forward direction raises the clutch to a preset maximum raised position where the clutch is restrained from being raised further and the outer shaft rotates in the forward direction together with the inner shaft, and rotation of the inner shaft with respect to the outer shaft in a reverse direction lowers the clutch to a preset maximum lowered position where the clutch is restrained from being lowered further and the outer shaft rotates in the reverse direction together with the inner shaft, the method comprising:(a) rotating the motor in a first direction to drive the inner shaft to position the clutch at a reference position corresponding to one of the maximum lowered position and the maximum raised position;
(b) rotating the motor in a second direction by a preset reference alignment angle to move the clutch from the reference position to a starting position corresponding to one of an upper limit and a lower limit of an agitating control section, wherein the upper limit of the agitating control section is spaced downward by a first distance from the maximum raised position, and wherein the lower limit of the agitating control section is spaced upward by a second distance from the maximum lowered position; and
(c) rotating the motor by a starting alignment angle set according to a displacement of the clutch from the starting position to a target position corresponding to the other one of the upper limit and the lower limit of the agitating control section so that the clutch moves from the starting position to the target position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,989

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH LAUNDRY DEFLECTOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

20. A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation, the appliance comprising:a chassis defining an interior;
a front panel provided with the chassis and defining a front panel opening to the interior;
a door movable relative to the front panel selectively opening and closing the front panel opening;
a tub located within the interior and at least partially defining a treating chamber, the tub having a tub opening at least partially aligned with the front panel opening providing access to the treating chamber through the front panel opening and the tub opening when the door is opened;
a bellows extending between the front panel and the tub at their respective openings; and
a deflector mounted to the tub extending towards the door so as to overlie at least a portion of the bellows and adapted to encourage movement of laundry into the treating chamber and wherein the deflector includes a resilient guard that is configured to at least one of continuously or intermittently abut the door when the door is closed, based on vibrational movement of the tub during the automatic cycle of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,988

RADIOLOGY GARMENT DISPENSING, CLEANING, AND TRACKING SYSTEM

1. A method of storing, cleaning, and tracking at least one radiology garment via a radiology garment storage and cleaning system having a storage apparatus comprising a plurality of compartments, each compartment having a door, a hanging mechanism, a lock, a cleaning system comprising two scrubbing mechanisms, each having a first pulley rotatably attached to the compartment proximate to a top surface of the compartment, a second pulley rotatably attached to the compartment and within the volume of cleaning solution, a cable rotatably attached to the first and second pulley, and at least one brush fixed to the cable, a status light, a hanger having a hook, a triangular portion, and a clamp mechanism, an ID card reader, and a monitoring system having a memory unit, for use by a plurality of users, each user having an identification card having a unique identifier, comprising the steps of:inserting an identification card into the ID card reader;
determining by the monitor system the unique identifier of said ID card;
recording by the monitoring system in its memory unit said unique identifier;
unlocking, by the monitoring system, the lock of one of the plurality of compartments;
removing the hanger by the user;
hanging a radiology garment on the triangular portion of the hanger;
placing the hanger on the hanging mechanism, via the hook, in the unlocked compartment;
closing the door;
cleaning the radiology garment by the cleaning system by rotating the first pulley and the second pulley such that the brush is placed in a cleaning solution and rotating the first pulley and the second pulley in the opposite direction such that the brush is dragged across the radiology garment; and
tracking usage of said radiology garment by said monitoring system in said memory unit.

US Pat. No. 10,793,987

LAUNDRY TREATING APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treating apparatus comprising:a housing;
a tub provided inside the housing, for storing washing water therein;
a drum rotatably provided inside the tub, for storing laundry therein; and
a top cover provided above the housing to cover upper portions of the tub and the drum,
wherein the housing comprises:
a front sidewall, a rear sidewall, a left sidewall, and a right sidewall that define a space therein; and
an extending portion formed to have a front and rear spacing and an up and down spacing from the top cover above the front sidewall so that an entrance space is formed from a front upper portion of the front sidewall to an inside of the housing, and
wherein the top cover comprises a cutting portion to form the entrance space together with the extending portion from an outside of the housing to an inside of the housing in an up and down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,986

WASHING MACHINE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A washing machine comprising:a main body having a first washing space to hold laundry to be machine washed by the washing machine; and
an auxiliary washing unit including a unit body having a bottom part and a side part angled with respect to the bottom part so that the bottom part and the side part form a concave shaped second washing space configured to hold laundry to be hand washed, the unit body being seatable on the main body so that, when the unit body is seated on the main body, the second washing space opens upward,
wherein the unit body includes
a laundry discharging hole configured so that the laundry held in the second washing space is dischargeable through the laundry discharging hole to the first washing space, and
frictional protrusions provided on the side part of the unit body to increase frictional force with the laundry when hand washing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,793,985

PORTABLE WASHER AND DRYER UNIT FOR LINGERIE

1. A washer and dryer unit comprising a washer compartment, a dryer compartment, a base, a servomotor, and a control panel;wherein both the washer compartment and the dryer compartment sit on the base;
wherein the washer compartment comprises a container and a slidable cover having an internal seal to engage the container;
wherein the container includes at least one pompom facing at least one pompom of the cover;
wherein the washer compartment further comprises a gear rotatably fixed to the container and a gear rotatably fixed to the cover; and,
wherein the pompom of the container is connected to an axial shaft projecting from the gear of the container;
wherein the pompom of the cover is connected to an axial shaft projecting from the gear of the cover; and,
wherein the pompoms able to reciprocate back and forth using the servomotor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,984

NON-IRON FABRICS AND GARMENTS, AND A METHOD OF FINISHING THE SAME

PVH Corporation, New Yor...

1. A method of finishing a non-iron fabric comprising the steps of:a) mercerizing a fabric without liquid ammonia to obtain a mercerized fabric;
b) curing the mercerized fabric, including the steps of:
applying low temperature curing resin to the mercerized fabric to obtain a resin-treated fabric; and
dry cross linking the resin-treated fabric to obtain a cured fabric; and
c) massaging the cured fabric using an air blast textile finishing machine to produce the non-iron fabric, further comprising the following steps after the massaging step c):
width setting the non-iron fabric to obtain a width set fabric, and sanforizing the width set fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,793,983

FOOTWEAR AND OTHER ARTICLES FORMED BY JET EXTRUSION PROCESSES

The North Face Apparel Co...

1. A method of forming an article using jet extrusion, comprising:disposing, on a 3D mold comprising at least in part a non-planar form or other form representing an article or component of footwear, an insert comprising a removable or dissolvable element;
streaming a first fiber-forming material from an outlet of a jet extrusion apparatus over the removable or dissolvable element of the 3D mold in whole or part until a first web of entangled fibers are disposed against the mold or other form in a first layer wherein the removable or dissolvable element has a shape that leaves a three-dimensional impression of a selected shape in at least the first web of entangled fibers following removal or dissolving; and
further streaming the first fiber forming material or a second fiber forming material from the same or a different outlet until a second web of entangled fibers are disposed over or adjacent the first web of fibers in a second layer different from the first layer in terms of one or more of fiber-forming material, fiber diameters, fiber geometries, web porosities, web densities, or web thicknesses, and
wherein fibers of the first web intersect or entangle with fibers of the second web as a result of the jet extrusion; and
masking a selected part of the 3D mold and/or one or more of the first fiber forming material or a second fiber forming material on the mold or other form to create articulating parts.

US Pat. No. 10,793,982

METHOD OF NEEDLING A FIBER LAYER

ARIANEGROUP SAS, Paris (...

1. A method of needling a fiber layer, the method comprising:a first needling step wherein the fiber layer is needled by a needling head, during which the fiber layer is caused to move in translation relative to the needling head, wherein needles of the needling head are distributed uniformly over a surface of the needling head;
a shift step, performed after the first needling step, during which the fiber layer is shifted relative to the needling head along a shift direction through a distance d equal to N*x*p, where N is an integer not less than 1, x is a coefficient greater than 0, and less than 1, and p designates the pitch of two consecutive needles of the needling head along the shift direction; and
a second needling step wherein the fiber layer is needled by the needling head at least in a zone of the fiber layer needled during the first needling step, the second needling step being performed after the shift step, and during which the fiber layer is moved in translation relative to the needling head, the needles not penetrating, during the second needling step, into the holes formed during the first needling step in the zone of the fiber layer needled during the first needling step.

US Pat. No. 10,793,981

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THERMALLY ADAPTIVE MATERIALS

OTHER LAB, LLC, San Fran...

1. A thermally adaptive fabric that comprises:a fabric layer defining a first length, the fabric layer configured to assume a base configuration in response to a first temperature range and assume a lofted configuration in response to a second temperature range with the fabric layer being curled along the first length compared the base configuration, the fabric layer comprising:
a first material defining a second length and having a first thermal expansion coefficient, and wherein the first material is configured to increasingly change length along the second length in response to temperature change within the second environmental temperature range, and
a second material defining a third length and having a second thermal expansion coefficient that is different than the first thermal expansion coefficient,
wherein at least one of the first and second materials comprises a twisted polymer coil actuator; and
wherein the first material comprises at least one coiled actuator that includes alternating hetero-chiral and homo-chiral portions configured to respectively respond to temperature changes in opposite ways.

US Pat. No. 10,793,980

KNITTING YARN AND METHOD OF FORMING A KNITTED PRODUCT

YUNTEKS TEKSTIL SANAYI VE...

1. A method for knitting a knitting yarn, the knitting yarn comprising a core thread having a length dimension and a plurality of loops affixed to the core thread, at least a first thread and at least a second thread having different structural and/or physical properties than each other, wherein, the plurality of loops of the knitting yarn are made of the first thread, and the core thread is made of the second thread, the method comprising:a) arranging the knitting yarn into a plurality of rows, wherein each row includes a desired number of loops;
b) threading at least one loop of an arranged second row through an interior space of at least one corresponding loop of an arranged first row;
c) applying threading step (b) to all loops of the first row and the second row;
d) threading each of the loops of an upper row yet-to-be-knitted through an interior space of each of the loops obtained in a previous threading step;
e) repeating step (d) till a knitted product is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,793,979

COILED ACTUATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

OTHER LAB, LLC, San Fran...

1. A method of constructing a thermally adaptive garment configured to be worn on and to at least partially surround a portion of the body of a user, the thermally adaptive garment comprising:generating a plurality of coiled actuator fibers, with each of the plurality of coiled actuator fibers being generated by:
twisting a fiber to generate a highly twisted fiber having a fiber bias angle ?fiber between 25° and 50°;
wrapping the highly twisted fiber around a sacrificial core to generate a coil in the highly twisted fiber;
setting the highly twisted fiber coil by applying heat or a chemical setting agent to the highly twisted fiber coil disposed on the sacrificial core; and
removing the sacrificial core by dissolving the sacrificial core in a solvent to generate a coiled actuator fiber having the following characteristics:
a coil spring index (C) greater than or equal to 2.0,
a coil portion contact temperature greater than or equal to 20° C.,
a thermal response of |CTE|2 mm/m/K, and
a fiber bias angle ?fiber between 25° and 50°;
generating a thermally adaptive fabric that comprises the generated plurality of coiled actuator fibers;
generating a garment body defined by the thermally adaptive fabric that includes:
an internal portion having an internal face configured to face the body of a wearing user; and
an external portion having an external face configured to face an environment external to the wearing user,
wherein the thermally adaptive fabric is configured to assume a base configuration in response to a first environmental temperature range, and
wherein the thermally adaptive fabric is configured to assume a lofted configuration in response to a second environmental temperature range separate from the first environmental temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,793,978

WORKSTATION OF A TWO-FOR-ONE TWISTING OR CABLING MACHINE

1. An individual workstation of a two-for-one twisting or cabling machine which comprises a rotatably mounted spindle and a balloon-yarn-guide-eye height-adjustable by a drive,characterized in that,
the drive is coupled to a control device, which controls the drive in such a manner that it displaces the balloon-yarn-guide-eye between operating positions dependent upon production parameters and a resting position advantageous in the case of production interruptions and transient operating phases associated with the latter, and
that a device for detecting a measured value (i) is present, which is made available to the control device and causes the control of the drive to change the position of the balloon-yarn-guide-eye,
wherein the balloon-yarn-guide-eye is separately controlled by the individual workstation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,977

PRESSURE REGULATION IN A FLOCK FEED

Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG...

1. A device for regulating pressure in a flock feed, comprising:a storage device disposed for receipt of fiber flocks;
an exhaust air fan having a drive;
a controller in communication with the drive;
a filling level measurement device and a pressure measurement device provided in the storage device;
wherein the controller is configured to regulate the drive to achieve a target pressure as sensed by the pressure measurement device that is based on a filling level of the fiber flocks determined by the filling level measurement device;
wherein the target pressure in the controller assigned to the filling level increases continuously with a decrease in the filling level; and
wherein the controller regulates the drive to maintain a pressure on the fiber flocks at a lower boundary of the storage device constant.