US Pat. No. 10,557,345

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PREDICT AND INHIBIT BROKEN-OUT DRILLING-INDUCED FRACTURES IN HYDROCARBON WELLS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

12. A method comprising:determining that a minimum circumferential hoop stress (???MIN) of a wellbore of a well drilled into a subsurface formation is less than or equal to a tensile strength (To) of formation rock in the wellbore;
determining that a lamination density (DL) of the formation rock is greater than a threshold lamination density (DLthres);
determining that a composition of the formation rock is a clay rich laminate;
determining that a linear swelling ratio (LSR) of the formation rock is within a specified range; and
in response to determining that the minimum circumferential hoop stress (???MIN) is less than or equal to the tensile strength (To) of formation rock in the wellbore, the lamination density (DL) of the formation rock is greater than the threshold lamination density (DLthres), the composition of the formation rock is a clay rich laminate, and the LSR of the formation rock is within the specified range, operating the well to inhibit occurrence of broken-out drilling-induced fractures (BODIFs).

US Pat. No. 10,557,344

DETERMINING GEOMETRIES OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURES

Reveal Energy Services, I...

1. A wellbore system, comprising:a first hydraulic fracture formed from a wellbore at a first location;
a second hydraulic fracture formed from the wellbore at a second location of the wellbore;
at least one wellbore seal positioned in the wellbore between the first and second locations and configured to fluidly seal a first portion of the wellbore that includes the first location from a second portion of the wellbore that includes the second location;
a pressure gauge positioned in the first portion of the wellbore;
a pressure gauge positioned in or uphole of the second portion of the wellbore; and
a control system configured to communicably couple to the pressure gauges and further configured to perform operations comprising:
identifying a set of first pressure values recorded by the pressure gauge positioned in the first portion of the wellbore during a hydraulic fracturing operation that forms the second hydraulic fracture;
identifying at least one second pressure value recorded by the pressure gauge positioned in the second portion of the wellbore during the hydraulic fracturing operation that forms the second hydraulic fracture;
based on the identified set of first pressure values and the at least one second pressure value, determining one or more fracture geometries of the second hydraulic fracture; and
generating a graphical representation of the one or more fracture geometries of the second hydraulic fracture for display on a graphical user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,343

SENSOR CONSTRUCTION FOR DISTRIBUTED PRESSURE SENSING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A cable comprising:an optical-fiber-containing sensor wire that includes:
a shielding structure comprising at least one metallic wire shaped to form an interior recess;
a first optical fiber disposed within the interior recess; and
a seal configured to hermetically seal the optical fiber in a longitudinal span of the interior recess.

US Pat. No. 10,557,342

SURFACE EXCITATION RANGING METHODS AND SYSTEMS EMPLOYING A CUSTOMIZED GROUNDING ARRANGEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A surface excitation ranging method that comprises:estimating grounding impedance for a target well based at least in part on one or more testing operations that measure the grounding impedance;
installing a customized grounding arrangement for a power supply located at earth's surface, wherein the customized grounding arrangement is based at least in part on the estimated grounding impedance for the target well;
conveying an electrical current output from the power supply along the target well with a metal casing;
sensing electromagnetic (EM) fields emitted from the target well due to the electrical current; and
using distance or direction information obtained from the sensed EM fields to guide drilling of a new well relative to the target well.

US Pat. No. 10,557,341

METHODS OF EVALUATING CEMENT ISOLATIONS AND QUALITY

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method comprising:preparing a map of cement quality for one or more intervals of a wellbore;
determining anticipated regions of fluid communication and anticipated regions of zonal isolation from the map of cement quality;
designing a stimulating treatment based on the presence of regions of fluid communication based on the map of cement quality created from one or more cement logs,
wherein the designing the stimulating treatment comprises using diversion techniques at anticipated regions of fluid communication; and
performing the stimulation treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,557,340

ULTRASONIC BORESCOPE FOR DRILLED SHAFT INSPECTION

Aver Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A borescope, comprising:a housing extending from a first end toward a second end, the housing including a first transparent viewing section extending circumferentially around a longitudinal axis of the housing and defining an exterior of a portion of the housing;
a first imaging assembly configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the housing, and also pivot relative to the longitudinal axis of the housing;
a second imaging assembly disposed within the housing, the second imaging assembly being configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the housing, wherein the second imaging assembly is configured to visualize a field of view exterior of the housing through the first transparent viewing section; and
an expandable sleeve coupled to an exterior of the housing, wherein the expandable sleeve is configured to move from a collapsed position to an expanded position via application of a fluid through the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,557,339

KIT, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USE FOR LIFTING VEHICLES

1. A kit for lifting vehicles, configured to be removably added to and used with a two-post vehicle lift that comprises;a first vertical column including a first vertically movable lifting carriage pivotally attached with:
a first horizontally extendable and retractable lifting arms having a first vehicle support pad structure proximate a terminal end thereof, and
a second horizontally extendable and retractable lifting arm having a second vehicle support pad structure proximate a terminal end thereof;
a second vertical column transversely spaced apart from the first vertical column, the second vertical column including a second vertically movable lifting carriage pivotally attached with:
a third horizontally extendable and retractable lifting arm having a third vehicle support pad structure proximate a terminal end thereof, and
a fourth horizontally extendable and retractable lifting arm having a fourth vehicle support pad structure proximate a terminal end thereof:
the kit comprising:
first and second support beams each extending longitudinally from a front end to a back end,
the first support beam comprising first and second arm connection structures, the first arm connection structure configured to removably engage the first vehicle support pad structure and the second arm connection structure configured to removably engage the second vehicle support pad structure;
the second support beam comprising third and fourth arm connection structures, the third arm connection structure configured to removably engage the third vehicle support pad structure and the fourth arm connection structure configured to removably engage the fourth vehicle support pad structure; and
a pair of baskets configured to support a vehicle, each basket having an upwardly-concave cross-section extending between first and second transversely spaced hanging structures each configured to be removably and selectably attached with and supported by one of the support beams at any of a plurality of longitudinally-spaced mounting positions on the support beam.

US Pat. No. 10,557,338

REDUCING THE CARBON EMISSIONS INTENSITY OF A FUEL

1234 10th Street LLC, Sa...

1. A method for reducing a carbon emissions intensity of a fuel, comprising:capturing a combustion input fluid that comprises hydrogen and is produced at a centralized facility for combustion at a combustion facility remote from the centralized facility to produce a treatment fluid for thermally enhanced oil recovery;
producing a first hydrocarbon fluid by using and injecting the treatment fluid produced by combusting the captured combustion input fluid to enhance a production of the first hydrocarbon fluid;
capturing a carbon dioxide (CO2) fluid that is produced as a byproduct from at least one of producing the combustion input fluid, combusting the combustion input fluid, or producing the first hydrocarbon fluid;
injecting the captured CO2 fluid into a subterranean zone from one or more wellbores to enhance a production of a second hydrocarbon fluid from the subterranean zone; and
providing at least one of the first or the second hydrocarbon fluids to a facility for processing into a hydrocarbon fuel that comprises a low carbon intensity fuel based, at least in part, on the captured and injected CO2 fluid, the low carbon intensity fuel comprising a transportation fuel having a specified life cycle emissions credit based, at least in part, on an amount of the captured and injected CO2 fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,557,337

DOWNHOLE CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATION AND REMOVAL OF SAND FROM WELLS USING PROGRESSING CAVITY PUMP

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for removing sand from fluid in a subterranean hydrocarbon development well, the method including:producing a cyclonic flow pattern of a sandy fluid of a subterranean well within a wellbore of the subterranean well with tangentially formed openings along a fluid flow path of the sandy fluid, where the cyclonic flow pattern causes sand traveling in the sandy fluid to fall downhole as separated sand, and causes a de-sanded fluid stream to be directed uphole towards a production tubing;
producing the de-sanded fluid stream through the production tubing;
collecting the separated sand proximate to a suction end of a progressing cavity pump; and
operating the progressing cavity pump so that the separated sand flows through the progressing cavity pump and out a discharge end of the progressing cavity pump, to produce the separated sand through a sand discharge tube, where a flow path of the sand discharge tube is separate from a flow path of the production tubing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,336

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PRODUCING OIL

PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC...

9. A method for generating steam, the method comprising:supplying air, water and fuel to a steam generator having a casing;
receiving at an interface portion of the steam generator the air and water through a first flexible tubing and a second flexible tubing, the interface portion being movably disposed within the system casing;
mixing a portion of the air from the first flexible tubing with fuel from the second flexible tubing to form a fuel-air mixture;
flowing another portion of air through reactor tubes, the reactor tubes having an oxidation catalyst on an outer surface;
flowing the fuel-air mixture over the outer surface of the reactor tubes;
mixing the first portion of air and the fuel-air mixture in a combustor;
burning the mixed first portion of air and the fuel-air mixture in a combustor to produce combustion gases, the combustor being movably disposed within the system casing;
moving the combustor and the interface portion relative to the casing in response to the burning; and
spraying water onto the combustion gases to form steam in a steam generator, the steam generator having a first end coupled to an end of the combustor and a second opposite end coupled to the system casing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,335

GAS FRACTURING METHOD AND SYSTEM

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore, comprising:injecting into a fracture in the formation a gas treatment fluid stage above a fracturing pressure, wherein the gas treatment fluid stage is substantially free of proppant and wherein the gas treatment fluid stage is a mist that comprises a continuous gas phase and a mist phase, wherein the continuous gas phase is present at a concentration above 95 percent by volume, and the mist phase comprises particles in an amount below 5 percent by volume;
depositing the mist phase particles onto a face of a fracture within the formation to inhibit fluid loss into a formation matrix; and
reducing the pressure in the fracture to form a network of flow paths in the formation,
wherein the mist phase particles are smaller than 100 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,557,334

FLOW METER WELL TOOL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method comprising:separating fluid flowing through a wellbore into an internal fluid flowing internal to a volumetric well flow meter positioned within the wellbore and an external fluid flowing external to and alongside the volumetric well flow meter in an annulus between the wellbore and the volumetric well flow meter;
measuring differential pressures in the internal fluid and in the external fluid as the internal fluid and the external fluid flow through and alongside, respectively, the volumetric flow meter;
commingling, in a discharge grill component within the wellbore and downstream of the volumetric well flow meter, the internal fluid and the external fluid into a combined fluid;
measuring a differential pressure in the combined fluid along a length of the wellbore downstream of the discharge grill component; and
determining one or more fluid properties of the fluid flowing through the wellbore based, in part, on the measured differential pressures in the internal fluid, the external fluid and the measured differential pressure in the combined fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,557,333

ESTIMATING MEASURES OF FORMATION FLOW CAPACITY AND PHASE MOBILITY FROM PRESSURE TRANSIENT DATA UNDER SEGREGATED OIL AND WATER FLOW CONDITIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. Non-transitory computer readable storage medium comprising program instructions stored thereon that are executable by a processor to cause the following operations for determining a measure of oil phase flow capacity from an oil production zone in a layer of a subsurface reservoir and a measure of water phase flow capacity from a water production zone in the layer of the subsurface reservoir based on a pressure transient test of production and pressure of the layer over time, the operations comprising:obtaining production and pressure data for the layer over time from the pressure transient test, the production and pressure data comprising:
for each sampled instant of different sampled instants of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer over time, a measure of well flowing pressure for the layer;
a measure of well pressure change for the layer over time during the pressure transient test of the layer;
a pressure time derivative of well pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer;
fluid properties of the layer including oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and water flow parameters for the water production zone; and
rock properties and geometrics of the layer;
storing the production and pressure data in a database;
(a) obtaining from the database the oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and the water flow parameters for the water production zone;
(b) obtaining from the database the measure of well flowing pressure for the layer at a given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer over time;
(c) obtaining from the database the measure of well pressure change for the layer over time during the pressure transient test of the layer;
(d) obtaining from the database the pressure time derivative of well pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer;
(e) determining an estimate of oil phase flow capacity of the oil production zone of the layer;
(f) determining an estimate of water phase flow capacity of the water production zone of the layer;
(g) determining an estimate of equivalent oil phase flow capacity of the layer;
(h) generating a model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer based on the measure of well flowing pressure of the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer over time obtained from the database and the fluid properties of the layer;
(i) generating a model well pressure change of the layer, based on the measure of well pressure change of the layer over time during the pressure transient test of the layer obtained from the database and the fluid properties of the layer;
(j) generating a pressure time derivative of the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer, based on the measure of pressure time derivative of well pressure for the layer at the given sampled time instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer obtained from the database and the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated;
(k) generating a model oil production rate for the oil zone of the layer based on the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated and the oil flow parameters for the oil production zone;
(l) generating a model water production rate for the water zone of the layer, based on the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated and the water flow parameters for the water production zone;
(m) displaying, via an output display, the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated, the model well pressure change of the layer generated, the pressure time derivative of the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated, the measure of well flowing pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer over time obtained from the database, the measure of well pressure change for the layer over time during the pressure transient test of the layer obtained from the database, and the pressure time derivative of well pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer obtained from the database for:
comparing the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated with the measure of well flowing pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer over time obtained from the database;
comparing the model measure of well pressure change of the layer generated with the measure of well pressure change for the layer over time during the pressure transient test of the layer obtained from the database; and
comparing the model pressure derivative of the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated with the pressure derivative of well pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer; and
(n) receiving an indication of a match or a non-match, the match being indicative of the following conditions being satisfied, and the non-match being indicative of one or more of the following conditions not being satisfied:
(i) the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated matches the measure of well flowing pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer over time obtained from the database;
(ii) the model measure of well pressure change of the layer generated matches the measure of well pressure change for the layer over time during the pressure transient test of the layer obtained from the database; and
(iii) the model pressure derivative of the model wellbore flowing pressure of the layer generated matches the pressure derivative of well pressure for the layer at the given sampled instant of measurement during the pressure transient test of the layer,
(o) in response to receiving an indication of a match, storing, in the database, the model oil production rate for the oil zone of the layer generated and the model water production rate for the water zone of the layer generated; and
(p) in response to receiving an indication of a non-match:
adjusting values of the oil flow parameters for the oil production zone to generate adjusted oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and adjusting the water flow parameters for the water production zone of the layer to generate adjusted water flow parameters for the water production zone, and
repeating steps (h) to (n) using the adjusted oil flow parameters for the oil production zone in place of the oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and using the adjusted water flow parameters for the water production zone in place of the water flow parameters for the water production zone,
in response to receiving an indication of a match at step (n) based on the adjusted oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and the adjusted water flow parameters for the water production zone, storing, in the database, the following:
the adjusted oil flow parameters for the oil production zone;
the adjusted water flow parameters for the water production zone;
the model oil production rate for the oil zone of the layer generated based on the adjusted oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and the adjusted water flow parameters for the water production zone; and
the model water production rate for the water zone of the layer generated based on the adjusted oil flow parameters for the oil production zone and the adjusted water flow parameters for the water production zone.

US Pat. No. 10,557,332

SPINDLE BRAKE LOGIC

The Charles Machine Works...

1. A method comprising:using a rotating spindle to drive rotation of a drill string;
activating a rotation brake so that the rotation brake engages the spindle;
applying a trial rotational pulse in a first rotational direction to the spindle while it remains engaged with the rotation brake; and
monitoring pressure within a hydraulic circuit coupled to the rotating spindle after the pulse is transmitted and while the spindle remains engaged with the rotation brake; and
transmitting a signal to a controller in response to a monitored pressure spike within the hydraulic circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,331

MULTILATERAL INTELLIGENT COMPLETION WITH STACKABLE ISOLATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

12. A method, comprising:advancing a whipstock assembly into a parent wellbore lined with casing that defines a casing exit and has a lateral wellbore extending from the casing exit, the whipstock assembly including a whipstock and an aligning tool operatively coupled to the whipstock;
extending the whipstock assembly into a completion window assembly that provides a muleshoe and has a window aligned with the casing exit, wherein the completion window assembly further includes upper and lower slots provided on opposing axial ends of the window;
engaging the aligning tool on the muleshoe and thereby angularly orienting a whipstock face of the, whipstock to the window;
coupling the whipstock to a sleeve coupling provided on an isolation sleeve positioned within the completion window assembly, and the isolation sleeve further provides an alignment key; and
deflecting a downhole tool off the whipstock face and through the window to access the lateral wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,557,330

INTERCHANGEABLE WELLBORE CLEANING MODULES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellbore cleaning system comprising:a bottom hole assembly configured to be run downhole into a drilled wellbore before the wellbore has been cleaned, wherein the wellbore comprises a cased or lined wellbore;
a control sub-assembly mounted on and carried by the bottom hole assembly, the
control sub-assembly configured to be positioned within the wellbore, wherein the control subassembly comprises:
one or more processors; and
a computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from a surface of the wellbore, cleaning instructions to perform cleaning operations within the wellbore; and
transmitting, to at least one of the plurality of cleaning sub-assemblies, at least a portion of the cleaning instructions; and
a plurality of cleaning sub-assemblies interchangeably mounted on and carried by the bottom hole assembly, each cleaning sub-assembly configured to be positioned within the wellbore, the plurality of cleaning sub-assemblies comprising at least two of:
a scraping sub-assembly configured to scrape an interior of the wellbore,
a brushing sub-assembly configured to brush the interior of the wellbore, or
a magnetic sub-assembly configured to magnetically capture debris within the wellbore;
wherein each of the plurality of cleaning sub-assemblies comprises:
a hydraulic power unit operatively coupled to the one or more processors, the hydraulic power unit configured to receive at least the portion of the cleaning instructions from the one or more processors; and
a cleaning tool operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit, the hydraulic power unit configured to mechanically activate the cleaning tool, wherein the cleaning tool is configured to implement a cleaning operation within the wellbore responsive to being mechanically activated by the hydraulic power unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,329

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW IN A WELLBORE USING A SWITCHABLE DOWNHOLE CROSSOVER TOOL WITH ROTATABLE SLEEVE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

11. A method of controlling fluid circulation in a wellbore intersecting a subterranean earth formation, wherein a tubing string is located in the wellbore and comprises a bore such that an annulus is formed between the tubing string and the wellbore, comprising:delivering fluid through the tubing string bore;
resisting axial movement of a body in a first direction on the tubing string relative to a drag block assembly to rotate a sleeve housed in the body in a second direction, wherein the rotational movement of the sleeve in the second direction closes a valve in the bore and diverts the fluid above the valve into a channel in fluid communication with a packer assembly;
expanding the packer assembly with the diverted fluid to create a fluid barrier in the annulus, the barrier dividing the annulus into an upper annulus and a lower annulus;
moving a piston with the diverted fluid to allow the fluid above the valve to flow from the bore to the lower annulus;
returning the diverted fluid from the lower annulus into the tubing string bore;
diverting the fluid in the bore below the closed valve to the upper annulus;
resisting axial movement of the body in a second direction to rotate the sleeve in a fourth direction opposite the second, wherein the rotational movement of the sleeve in the fourth direction opens the valve in the bore;
delivering the fluid into the lower annulus through a downhole end of the tubing string bore; and
bypassing the fluid in the lower annulus around the packer assembly to the upper annulus to circulate the fluid in a conventional circulation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,557,328

THERMAL LOAD BASED AUTOMATIC VALVE ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A thermal load based automatic valve arrangement comprising:an actuator responsive to fluid temperature flowing through the arrangement;
a closure member operably connected to the actuator; and
a seat configured to receive the closure member when actuated such that fluid flow through the arrangement is prevented or restricted in a first direction while fluid flow through the arrangement is still allowed in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,327

BRIDGE PLUGS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A system for well operations, comprising:a slickline; and a bridge plug attached to the slickline, the bridge plug comprising:
an actuator member that moves from a first position such that the bridge plug is in a retracted position and a second position such that the bridge plug is in a deployed position;
a slip section comprising one or more slips that grip a surface radially outward of the bridge plug in the deployed position;
a petal section positioned downward of and adjacent to the slip section, the petal section comprising a plurality of petals that fan radially outward from the bridge plug in the deployed position to catch a slurry; and
a centralizer section positioned downward of and adjacent to the pedal section, the centralizer section including a plurality of centralizers, wherein each centralizer is hingedly fixed at a first end to a tip member positioned downward of the centralizer section such that the plurality of centralizers are adapted to rotate from a retracted position and ramp outwardly in an upward direction in the deployed position for centralizing the bridge plug within a wellbore or casing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,326

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STUCK PIPE MITIGATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system for moving a tubular string within a subterranean well, the system having:a ring assembly including:
a structural ring sized with a ring inner diameter to circumscribe the tubular string and a ring outer diameter to fit within a bore of the subterranean well, where the structural ring includes an internal cavity and a fluid flow path extending from the internal cavity to an exterior of the ring assembly;
a rotatable blade extending from the structural ring, the blade rotatable in a path that circumscribes the tubular string; and
wheels spaced around an inner diameter surface of the structural ring.

US Pat. No. 10,557,325

CUTTING TOOL

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A method of cutting a casing and a formation, comprising:providing a rotatable cutting tool in a casing disposed in a wellbore, wherein the rotatable cutting tool includes a first portion having a first plurality of blades configured for cutting the casing and a second portion having a second plurality of blades configured for cutting the formation;
engaging the first plurality of blades with a whipstock and an initial engagement point of the casing, wherein the second plurality of blades does not contact the whipstock or the casing; and
engaging the second plurality of blades with the casing after engaging the first plurality of blades with the casing, wherein engaging the second plurality of blades with the casing occurs after the first plurality of blades experiences uninterrupted cutting, wherein uninterrupted cutting includes at least one of the first plurality of blades of the first portion engages the casing throughout each rotation of the rotatable cutting tool.

US Pat. No. 10,557,324

DIVERTER FOR DRILLING OPERATION

EQUIPMENT RESOURCES INTER...

1. A diverter assembly comprising:a diverter body assembly comprising:
a diverter body, the diverter body fluidly coupled to an annulus of a wellbore via a casing or riser, the diverter body including one or more diverter outlet ports fluidly coupled to the annulus of the wellbore; and
an upper packer assembly, the upper packer assembly including:
a packer sleeve, the packer sleeve mechanically coupled to the diverter body, the packer sleeve having an axis; and
an upper packer body wherein the upper packer body is adapted to be inserted or removed from the packer sleeve along the packer sleeve axis; and
a diverter support housing, the diverter support housing having:
a base plate, the base plate adapted to be coupled to a drilling rig; and
a housing cylinder, coupled to the base plate and coupled to the diverter body;
wherein the upper packer assembly further comprises two or three inflatable outer seals, the inflatable outer seals positioned on an outer surface of the upper packer body such that the inflatable outer seals form a fluid seal between the upper packer body and the diverter body or packer sleeve, the inflatable outer seals adapted to be inflated simultaneously or selectively independently; and
wherein the upper packer assembly further comprises two or three inflatable inner seals, the inflatable inner seals positioned on an inner surface of the upper packer body such that the inflatable inner seals form a fluid seal between the upper packer assembly and multiple diameters or pipe sizes of a drill string, the inflatable inner seals adapted to be inflated simultaneously or selectively independently.

US Pat. No. 10,557,323

DRILLING FLUID FILTER SCREEN AND METHOD OF USE

Hunting Energy Services, ...

1. A method for filtering drill bit cuttings and other abrasive debris and contaminants from a drilling mud that is circulated from a surface mud tank through an oil or gas well drilling system located on a well drilling rig having a rig floor and a rig derrick, the method comprising the steps of:providing a drill string;
providing a drilling system supported by the well derrick that rotatably drives the drill string for drilling a well bore, the drill string having a drilling mud fluid passageway;
providing an interconnecting conduit downstream of the mud circulating pump for communicating with the drilling mud fluid passage in the drill string;
wherein the drilling system includes a stand pipe that is located in the interconnecting conduit between a discharge outlet of the mud pump and the remainder of the drilling system on the derrick, the stand pipe being positioned in a generally upright position;
providing a mud filter screen assembly for filtering the drilling mud, the mud filter screen assembly being positioned in the interconnecting conduit adjacent the discharge outlet of the mud pump at ground level and prior to the stand pipe;
the mud filter screen assembly comprising a porous structure made of metal having a plurality of openings formed along a length thereof which allows a flow of drilling mud through the filter screen section while trapping drill bit cuttings and other abrasive debris;
wherein the mud filter screen assembly includes a filter screen section having a longitudinal axis, the filter screen section being mounted within an outer tubular member, whereby an annular passageway exists between the filter screen section and the outer tubular member, the filter screen assembly having a filter inlet for receiving mud flow from the discharge outlet of the mud pump and a filter outlet, and wherein drilling mud enters the filter inlet in an in-line direction and continues axially through the mud filter screen assembly and through the annular passageway, parallel to the longitudinal axis of the filter screen section and to the outer tubular member, the flow continuing to the filter outlet where it passes through the interconnecting conduit and from there through the drilling mud fluid passageway of the drilling system; and
wherein the mud filter screen assembly has an inlet piece provided with at least one by-pass outlet which allows the flow of mud to continue outside the filter screen section in the annular passageway between the filter screen section and the outer tubular member and thereafter along the longitudinal axis of the outer tubular member to the filter outlet in the event the filter screen section itself should become clogged or inoperative.

US Pat. No. 10,557,322

SEPARATION SYSTEM FOR USE WITH WEIGHTING MATERIALS IN DRILLING FLUIDS

FSI HOLDINGS, LLC, Houst...

1. A separation system for use with weighting materials in drilling fluids, the separation system comprising:a body having an interior;
a distribution chamber positioned in said interior of said body;
a drilling fluid inlet pipe extending into said body in communicating with said distribution chamber;
an overflow chamber positioned in said body, said overflow chamber having an outlet;
at least one separation chamber positioned in said body and extending below said distribution chamber, the separation chamber having a high-gravity solids outlet adjacent a lower end thereof, the separation chamber having a fluid outlet at an upper end thereof, said fluid outlet communicating with said overflow chamber and
a classifier affixed at said lower end of the separation chamber, said classifier having an interior passage that communicates with an interior of the separation chamber, said classifier being removably affixed to said lower end of the separation chamber, said interior of said classifier having a tapered inner diameter that narrows from an upper end at said high-gravity solids outlet of the separation chamber through a bottom end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,557,321

SPINNING TORQUE WRENCH

DRILLFORM TECHNICAL SERVI...

1. A torque wrench, comprising:a) a housing;
b) a rotating assembly rotatably mounted in the housing and comprising:
(i) a gripping assembly comprising:
an aperture for receiving a tubular and
a die assembly;
(ii) a bevel pinion carrier assembly comprising
a bevel pinion carrier and
a bevel pinion mounted in the bevel pinion carrier;
(iii) an upper ring gear fixed to an upper bevel gear rotatably connected to the bevel pinion at an upper side of the bevel pinion carrier;
(iv) a lower ring gear fixed to a lower bevel gear rotatably connected to the bevel pinion at a lower side of the bevel pinion carrier; and
(v) first and second members threadably coupleable with each other, the first threadably coupleable member fixedly connected to the bevel pinion and the second threadably coupleable member drivingly connected to the die assembly, wherein rotation of the bevel pinion drives the die assembly toward and away from the tubular;
c) at least one upper drive pinion rotatably mounted to the housing, and rotatably connectable to the upper ring gear; and
d) at least one lower drive pinion rotatably mounted to the housing, and rotatably connectable to the lower ring gear.

US Pat. No. 10,557,320

TUBULAR PIN CONTROL SYSTEM

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A skate control system configured to engage a tubular while moving along a catwalk trough, the skate control system comprising:a skate, comprising:
a frame having a drive system configured to move the tubular along the catwalk trough;
a grip device coupled to the frame and configured to grip a pin end of the tubular, wherein the grip device comprises a shovel configured to support the tubular, and the grip device and the shovel are rotatable about a first axis relative to the frame;
a first actuator coupled to the frame at a first end and to the grip device and the shovel at a second end via a hinge connection to rotate the grip device and the shovel about the first axis, and the first actuator is actuatable independent of the drive system; and
a controller in communication with the drive system that controls a velocity of the skate based on movement of a box end of the tubular by a tubular lifting system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,319

WEDGED CAMP ASSEMBLY

1. A clamp assembly for supporting a rod, comprising:a housing comprising (i) a base including a first corner and a second corner, (ii) a first wing extending from the first corner, (iii) a second wing extending from the second corner, (iv) a first lip connected to the first wing, the first lip not being parallel to the first corner, and (v) a second lip connected to the second wing along a front corner of the second wing, the second lip not being parallel to the second corner, free ends of the lips facing toward each other such that a rod-receiving slot is defined between the free ends of the lips, the rod-receiving slot being sized to allow the rod to pass laterally through the rod-receiving slot;
a door that engages with the lips, the housing and door being shaped such that downward movement of the door with respect to the housing causes the door to be forced closer to the base of the housing; and
a rod-contact member attached to the door, the rod-contact member being detachable from the door, the rod-contact member in use being in contact with the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,557,318

EARTH-BORING TOOLS HAVING MULTIPLE GAGE PAD LENGTHS AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body comprising a shank and a crown adjacent the shank;
at least one first blade extending outward from the body, the at least one first blade comprising:
an upper surface;
a first gage region having a first longitudinal length; and
a recess extending at least partially into the at least one first blade from the upper surface;
at least one second blade extending outward from the body, the at least one second blade comprising:
a second gage region having a second longitudinal length that is greater than the first longitudinal length; and
an upper external surface of the crown between the shank and each of the at least one first blade and the at least one second blade, the upper external surface being tapered radially outward in a longitudinally upward direction relative to a central axis of the earth-boring tool, wherein the upper external surface tapers radially outward to a maximum diameter substantially equal to an outer diameter of the shank.

US Pat. No. 10,557,317

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PIPE CONCENTRICITY, ZONAL ISOLATION, AND STUCK PIPE PREVENTION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

10. A method for moving a tubular string within a subterranean well, the method including:positioning a ring assembly around the tubular string, the ring assembly including:
a structural ring sized with a ring inner diameter to circumscribe the tubular string and a ring outer diameter to fit within a bore of the subterranean well;
a plurality of individual openings spaced around an outer diameter surface of the structural ring, each individual opening associated with an inflatable member; and
wheels spaced around an inner diameter surface of the structural ring;
repeatedly inflating and deflating the inflatable member to vibrationally impact an internal surface of the subterranean well with the inflatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,316

DRILL STRING COMPONENTS HAVING MULTIPLE-THREAD JOINTS

BLY IP INC., Salt Lake C...

1. A threaded drill string component, comprising:a hollow body having an outer surface, an inner surface, first end, an opposing second end, an intermediate body portion positioned between the first and second ends, and a central axis extending through the hollow body; and
a first plurality of threads positioned on the first end of the hollow body,
wherein the first end of the hollow body defines first and second cylindrical shoulders that are spaced apart relative to the central axis of the hollow body, wherein the first and second cylindrical shoulders have respective cylindrical inner and outer surfaces,
wherein each thread of the first end of the hollow body comprises a thread crest, a thread root, and a plurality of helical turns extending along the first end of the hollow body between the first and second cylindrical shoulders of the first end of the hollow body, and
wherein the thread root of each thread of the first plurality of threads has a frustoconical surface that is tapered relative to the central axis between the first and second shoulders.

US Pat. No. 10,557,315

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATIVELY MOUNTING ACTUATORS TO PIPE

Cold Bore Technology Inc....

8. A method for assembling a plurality of transducers into a transducer assembly, the method comprising:axially aligning a plurality of transducers to provide a transducer stack;
axially aligning a pair of threaded members at a first axial end of the transducer stack;
locating a cap at a second axial end of the transducer stack, the second axial end opposed from the first axial end; and
connecting a first one of the pair of threaded members to at least one of the transducer stack and the cap to provide a transducer assembly;
wherein threadable adjustment of a second one of the pair of threaded members relative to the first one of the pair of threaded members causes the second one of the pair of threaded members to move axially relative to the first one of the threaded members and corresponding adjustment of an axial dimension of the transducer assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,314

RIG FLOOR FOR A DRILLING RIG

National Oilwell Varco No...

1. A system for moving items on a rig floor, the system comprising a plurality of skids and a network of rails for guiding the plurality of skids, each skid of said plurality of skids for supporting an item, and each skid of said plurality of skids having a plurality of skid shoes engaging at least one rail of said network of rails, wherein the network of rails comprises at least one predetermined parking spot, and wherein the system further comprises a master computer control system, a parking sensor for obtaining parking location information to indicate that a first skid of said plurality of skids is parked at the predetermined parking spot and relaying the parking location information to the master computer control system, and an item sensor for identifying if the item is present aboard the first skid and relaying the item presence information to the master computer control system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,313

EARTH-BORING BIT

1. An earth-boring bit, comprising:a bit body threaded at its upper extent for connection to a drill string;
a plurality of blades on the bit body, each blade having a leading edge and a trailing edge;
a plurality of cutting elements arranged on the leading edge of each blade;
a junk slot defined between pairs of adjacent blades, the junk slot defining at least one surface;
at least one nozzle in the bit body, the nozzle spraying drilling fluid from an interior of the bit body; and
a plurality of protrusions raised relative to the junk slot, each protrusion extending at least partially across the junk slot.

US Pat. No. 10,557,312

DOWNHOLE OPERATIONAL TOOL

1. A downhole operational tool for moving a tool part between a retracted position and a projected position in a well, comprising:a tool body having a longitudinal axis,
the tool part being movable along a line that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis between the retracted position and the projected position,
a projection actuator configured to project the tool part from the tool body by means of hydraulics, the projection actuator comprising an actuator housing and a projection piston configured to slide inside the actuator housing, the tool part being connected with the projection piston, and
a retraction actuator comprising a spring element configured to retract the tool part into the tool body, the retraction actuator being connected with the projection piston so that when the projection actuator projects the tool part, the spring element is compressed,
wherein the spring element is arranged outside the actuator housing; and
wherein the retraction actuator comprises a retraction piston configured to compress the spring element, the retraction piston being connected with the projection piston by means of an elongated element,
the elongate element being attached to both the projection piston and the retraction piston and reciprocating with both pistons when the tool part is moved between the retracted and projected positions.

US Pat. No. 10,557,311

HYBRID DRILL BIT WITH COUNTER-ROTATION CUTTERS IN CENTER

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A drill bit for forming a wellbore through a geologic formation, the drill bit comprising:a connector configured for connection to a drillstring,
a bit body coupled to the connector and defining a bit body rotational axis extending longitudinally therethrough;
a peripherally-located fixed cutting structure on the bit body and including at least one fixed cutting element thereon for rotation with the bit body about the bit body rotational axis; and
a centrally-located counter-rotational cutting structure comprising two counter-rotational cutting members mounted about respective roller axes generally perpendicular to the bit body rotational axis;
wherein the peripherally-located fixed cutting structure includes a plurality of radially and axially distributed fixed-cutting elements, and wherein a leading end of the centrally-located counter-rotational cutting structure is disposed on a leading axial side of a radially-inner-most fixed cutting element; and
wherein the leading end of the centrally-located counter-rotational cutting structure is disposed on a trailing axial side of an axially leading-most fixed cutting element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,310

CONVERTIBLE FRAMEWORK FOR POST HOLE DIGGER

Frictionless World, LLC, ...

1. A method for use with a post hole digger, comprising:receiving a package that includes a framework made up of a plurality of framework pieces connected together in a first configuration, wherein the plurality of framework pieces includes a plurality of primary framework pieces, wherein each of the primary framework pieces includes a longitudinal axis, wherein the plurality of framework pieces includes a plurality of secondary framework pieces, wherein each of the secondary framework pieces includes a longitudinal axis, wherein the longitudinal axes of first and second secondary framework pieces of the plurality of secondary framework pieces are parallel in the first configuration of the framework, and wherein the longitudinal axes of the first and second secondary framework pieces of the plurality of secondary framework pieces are perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of first and second primary framework pieces of the plurality of primary framework pieces in the first configuration of the framework;
removing a plurality of pieces of a post hole digger from an internal space inside of the plurality of framework pieces in the first configuration of the framework;
disassembling the plurality of framework pieces in the first configuration of the framework;
assembling the plurality of framework pieces into a second configuration different than the first configuration, wherein the longitudinal axis of the first secondary framework piece is non-perpendicular and non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the first primary framework piece of the plurality of primary framework pieces in the second configuration of the framework; and
attaching the plurality of pieces of the post hole digger to the plurality of framework pieces in the second configuration of the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,557,309

SELF-SUPPORTING PNEUMATIC HAMMER POSITIONER WITH UNIVERSAL JOINT

R.N.P. INDUSTRIES INC., ...

1. A manually operated drill positioner, comprising:an articulated boom having one end for releasable coupling to a platform and another end opposite said one end;
a drill turret assembly for receiving a drill, comprising:
a drill turret defining a main body with an exposed outer wall and, an inner wall opposite said outer wall, and first and second opposite ends, a lengthwise rail member mounted to said outer wall;
a carriage slidingly engaging said rail member and operable to slidingly carry a drill head over said exposed outer wall for reciprocating motion between said first end and second ends of the drill turret;
a drive for power actuating said carriage sliding motion along said rail member;
a joint assembly releasably anchored to said another end of the boom and having a frame sized and shaped for releasable engagement with an intermediate section of said main body of the drill turret between the first and second ends thereof, the joint assembly comprising:
a first coupling pivotably connected to the main body of said drill turret for pivotal movement of said drill turret about a first axis; and
a second coupling pivotably connected to said another end of the boom for tilting movement of said drill turret about said another end of the boom along a second axis transverse to said first axis;wherein, prior to a drill operation, an intersection of the first axis and the second axis coincides with a center of gravity of the drill turret assembly to provide a manual and human manipulation of the drill turret assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,308

PROJECTILE DRILLING SYSTEM

HYPERSCIENCES, INC., Spo...

1. A method comprising:providing a first end of a tube within a hole, wherein the tube has a longitudinal axis and the first end of the tube is engaged with a drill bit configured for cutting a surface of the hole positioned at a non-parallel angle relative to the longitudinal axis;
sealing the first end of the tube to isolate an interior of the tube from one or more materials within the hole;
providing a projectile within the interior of the tube;
providing a drilling fluid into the tube to one or more of actuate, lubricate, or cool the drill bit, wherein the drilling fluid includes a propellant material entrained therein;
using the propellant material to provide a force to the projectile, accelerate the projectile toward the first end of the tube, and pass the projectile through an orifice in the drill bit to exit the tube and impact the surface of the hole adjacent to the drill bit; and
operating the drill bit during impact between the projectile and the surface such that the drill bit cuts the surface affected by impact with the projectile.

US Pat. No. 10,557,307

DRILLING TOOL

20. A drilling tool for drilling openings in a cement ballast tank of an oil rig in order to gain access to an internal space in the ballast tank, the drilling tool comprising:an electrical motor driving a first shaft,
a pump driven by the motor for pumping well fluid in through an inlet and out through an outlet,
a gear, driven by the first shaft extending through the pump, for reducing rotation of a second shaft, and
a drilling head having bits and at least one drilling head fluid channel and being driven by the second shaft, the outlet of the pump being fluidly connected with the fluid channel to pump well fluid out through the fluid channel,
wherein the gear is arranged in a gear housing, the gear housing arranged in a tool housing, the gear housing and the tool housing defining a gear fluid channel providing fluid communication between the pump and the drilling head fluid channel to prevent well fluid from entering the gear,
wherein the drilling tool further comprises a compensator in fluid communication with the gear housing for pressurising the gear housing with a compensator fluid, and wherein, in use, a gear housing pressure in the gear housing is controlled so as to be greater than a tool housing pressure thus ensuring the well fluid does not contact the gear,
wherein the pump is configured to transport both the well fluid and the compensator fluid, and
wherein the well fluid has a serpentine path through the pump, and the compensator fluid passes through the first shaft within the pump in linear fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,306

SAFETY POOL LADDER

1. A safety pool ladder installed against a wall of an above-ground pool and adapted to be moved between a use position for providing ingress into the above-ground pool and a block position to prevent ingress into the above-ground pool, the safety pool ladder comprising:a ladder structure comprising a plurality of step members and a pair of side members, wherein the plurality of step members extends horizontally between the pair of side members, and a flat surface disposed towards back of the plurality of step members, when the safety pool ladder is disposed in the use position; and
a pair of side rails with channels formed therein such that the pair of side members of the ladder structure is movingly arranged in the channels to allow the ladder structure to travel along a length of the side rails,
wherein the ladder structure is adapted to travel along the length of the side rails, and rotated and flipped thereafter such that the flat surface is disposed towards front of the plurality of step members to dispose the safety pool ladder in the block position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,305

TRANSMISSION STOPPING DEVICE FOR CORDLESS CURTAIN

ZHEJIANG WANBAO WEAVING A...

1. A transmission stopping device for a cordless curtain, comprising a box assembly and a stop wheel assembly transversely disposed in the box assembly, the stop wheel assembly including a torsion wheel and a stop wheel, the torsion wheel and the stop wheel being arranged side by side and meshed with each other, the box assembly including an upper cover and a lower cover, the torsion wheel having a first wheel body and a first wheel body rotating shaft disposed at a center of the first wheel body, the stop wheel having a second wheel body and a second wheel body rotating shaft disposed at a center of the second wheel body, the first and second wheel body rotating shaft being hollow, the lower cover being provided with two lower cover shafts each corresponding in position to one of the first and second wheel body rotating shafts, a center of each of the two lower cover shafts being provided with a cavity, the upper cover being provided with two upper cover shafts each corresponding in position with one of the first and second wheel body rotating shafts, an outer diameter of the two upper cover shafts being less than an inner diameter of the cavity of the two lower cover shafts, the stop wheel being provided with balls therein, a rotation-stopping assembly being provided between the stop wheel and the box assembly;wherein the rotation-stopping assembly includes a brake chamber disposed at one end of the stop wheel, the brake chamber is provided with three curved walls integrally formed with the brake chamber and arranged along a circumference thereof, the curved walls are provided with hook-shaped walls integrally formed with the curved walls and equiangularly arranged, the balls are disposed in the hook-shaped walls respectively, the stop wheel is provided with a brake chamber lid, the brake chamber lid is provided with a stop disc having an outer diameter slightly less than a circumference of the curved walls, and the stop disc is provided with stop notches equiangularly arranged, and wherein another end of the stop wheel, opposite to the end provided with the brake chamber, is provided with a torsion spring, one end of the torsion spring is an engaging end, the engaging end is tangent to the wheel body rotating shaft, the upper cover is provided with an annular wall around the upper cover shaft, the annular wall is provided with a notch corresponding in shape to the engaging end, and the engaging end is engaged with the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,557,304

ARRANGEMENT FOR MOUNTING AN ACTUATOR BUTTON ONTO A RAIL OF A WINDOW COVERING

Hunter Douglas Inc., Pea...

24. A brake arrangement for a covering for an architectural opening, said brake arrangement comprising:a hollow rail defining an exterior front face and a substantially hollow interior;
a rod extending within said interior of said hollow rail and operative to cause said covering to extend or to retract;
a brake comprising an engagement portion oriented towards said rod and configured for movement into and out of engagement with said rod to actuate said brake to prevent or allow movement of said covering, respectively; and
an actuator button supported relative to said exterior front face of said rail and formed separately from said brake, said actuator button supported for movement toward and away from said brake to actuate said brake.

US Pat. No. 10,557,303

WATER TROUGH WINDOW SEAL ASSEMBLY

1. A water trough window seal trim assembly comprising:a plurality of trim sections, the plurality of trim sections comprising a top trim section, a left trim section, and a right trim section, each of the plurality of trim sections comprising:
a bottom piece, the bottom piece having an exterior end, an interior end, a top face, and a bottom face;
an exterior perpendicular piece coupled to the bottom piece, the exterior perpendicular piece being perpendicularly coupled to the top face at the exterior end, the exterior perpendicular piece being configured to be disposed between a window frame and an outer wall;
an interior perpendicular piece coupled to the bottom piece, the interior perpendicular piece being perpendicularly coupled to the top face proximal the interior end; and
a parallel piece coupled to each of the exterior perpendicular piece and the interior perpendicular piece, the parallel piece being perpendicularly coupled to each of the exterior perpendicular piece and the interior perpendicular piece, the parallel piece thus being parallel to the bottom piece, the parallel piece forming a water trough between the exterior perpendicular piece and the interior perpendicular piece;
wherein the bottom piece, the exterior perpendicular piece, the interior perpendicular piece, and the parallel piece form a rectangular channel;
a pair of corner connectors, each of the pair of corner connectors perpendicularly coupling each of the left trim section and the right trim section to the top trim section; and
an end trim section, the end trim section being selectively engageable with either the left trim section or the right trim section, the end trim section having a drain aperture, the drain aperture being in fluid communication with the water trough.

US Pat. No. 10,557,302

REPLACEMENT WINDOW CLADDING METHOD AND SYSTEM

Pigott Agency, LLC, Mech...

1. A replacement window cladding system comprising:a) a window unit including a jamb assembly having a head jamb and a pair of side jambs, a sill assembly, and an exterior window casing structure, said head and side jambs each having aligned outer and inner balance system channels, a slot aligned with and extending between the outer and inner balance system channels, and a first outer sash guide;
b) a head adapter having opposed clip members for securing the head adapter in the slot between the balance system channels in the head jamb, a sash parting stop, and a second outer sash guide;
c) an inside trim member having a first leg including a reduced end portion and a longitudinal notch located on a surface of the reduced end portion for securing the inside trim member to the jamb assembly, and a first inner sash guide;
d) a frame adapter having opposed clip members for securing the frame adapter in the slot between the balance system channels of the side jambs, and second inner and outer sash guides;
e) said jamb assembly and sill assembly configured to be secured directly to an already existing window frame structure.

US Pat. No. 10,557,301

AUTOMATED DOOR SYSTEM

PORTAL ENTRYWAYS, INC, P...

1. An automated door system comprising:a first door control module configured to be mounted in a fixed position relative to a powered door; and
a second door control module configured to be carried by a user and configured to be in electronic communication with the first door control module to control at least one of an opening actuation and a closing actuation of the powered door, wherein at least one of the opening actuation and the closing actuation is based on at least one of a position of the second door control module relative to the user, an orientation of the second door control module relative to the user, and a location of the second door control module relative to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,557,300

GARAGE DOOR ACCESS REMOTE

AMESBURY GROUP, INC., Am...

1. An access system for a structure, the access system comprising:a control box mounted within a controlled access space of the structure and operatively coupled to a door panel operator that opens and closes a door panel of the structure for access to the controlled access space, wherein the control box is configured to (i) detect a presence of a security device relative to the control box, (ii) determine a position of the security device relative to the structure, and (iii) determine an authorization of the security device, wherein the control box comprises at least two antennas for determining position of the security device, and wherein a first antenna is directed to the controlled access space of the structure and a second antenna is directed to an uncontrolled access space of the structure; and
a user interface mounted in the uncontrolled access space of the structure and coupled in communication with the control box, the user interface being independent and remote from the control box and comprising a single button, wherein upon actuation of the single button, the control box operates the door panel operator when the security device is (i) positioned proximate the control box, (ii) located in the uncontrolled access space of the structure, and (iii) authorized to operate the door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,557,299

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF A BARRIER

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A computer-implemented method for automatically controlling movement of a barrier, comprising:determining at least one status zone associated with the barrier, wherein a current status of the barrier is determined when a vehicle travels through at least one portion of a boundary of the at least one status zone;
modifying a size of the at least one status zone by modifying the at least one portion of the boundary to be located at an extended distance from the barrier to allow the status of the barrier to be determined during at least one of: a first opportunity at which it is possible for a barrier controller to receive radio frequency signals from the vehicle during arrival of the vehicle towards the barrier and a last opportunity at which it is possible for the barrier controller to receive radio frequency signals from the vehicle during departure of the vehicle away from the barrier, wherein the size of the at least one status zone is modified based on a reception of a predetermined number of communication signals by the barrier controller from the extended distance;
sending a barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier, wherein the barrier control signal is based on the current state of the barrier and is sent when the vehicle travels through at least one barrier control zone associated with sending of the barrier control signal to control movement of the barrier, wherein a size of the at least one barrier control zone is based on the size of the at least one status zone;
controlling movement of the barrier to traverse the barrier from at least one of: an opened state to a closed state and the closed state to the opened state based on a receipt of the barrier control signal; and
presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is updated based on controlling the movement of the barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,557,298

LOCKING APPARATUS FOR COVERING AND RELEASING A CHARGING INTERFACE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A locking apparatus for covering and releasing a charging interface of a motor vehicle, comprising:a cover element, which can be pivoted about a mounting position relative to a component that is stationary relative to the charging interface, the cover element capable of being moved to a closed position in order to cover the charging interface and moved to an open position in order to release the charging interface; and
a flexible connection element, which is connected at an upper end region of the cover element, along the whole of the upper end region of the cover element, wherein:
the cover element is sealingly coupled via the flexible connection element to the component so as to protect the charging interface from incident foreign material;
the cover element can be additionally moved to a protective position that is different from the open position, in which the charging interface is protected by the cover element and the connection element can then be protected from incident foreign objects when a vehicle-external charging plug, which is at least partially covered by the cover element, is electrically connected to the charging interface; and
in the protective position, when the charging plug is electrically connected to the charging interface, the charging plug is blocked by the cover element from being removed, and the locking apparatus is provided with a displacement sensor for detecting a displacement of the cover element from the protective position and generates a control signal for interrupting a charging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,297

MULTI PANEL COMPONENTS

ASSA ABLOY NEW ZEALAND LI...

1. A panel carriage hanger configured to travel along a track, the panel carriage hanger comprising:a body;
rollers attached to the body;
a cylindrical bore in the body, the axis of the cylindrical bore configured to be substantially vertical when the carriage hanger is secured to a track, the cylindrical bore having first and second ends, the cylindrical bore having a lip substantially at a first end, the lip having a plurality of castellations;
an anti-rotating sleeve having:
first and second ends; and
a lip at the second end with a plurality of castellations;
the anti-rotating sleeve inserted into the cylindrical bore such that the first end passes through the first end of the cylindrical bore and the castellations of the anti-rotating sleeve mateable with the castellations of the cylindrical bore, the interior of the anti-rotating sleeve having a keyed portion, the anti-rotating sleeve movable substantially upwards from a first position in the bore where the castellations of the anti-rotating sleeve and the castellations of the cylindrical bore mate such that the anti-rotating sleeve cannot rotate into a second position in the bore where the anti-rotating sleeve can rotate in the bore;
a biasing mechanism providing a substantially downwards force to the anti-rotating sleeve to mate the castellations of the anti-rotating sleeve with the castellations of the cylindrical bore;
a panel attachment mechanism; and
a rod having first and second ends, the rod passing through the anti-rotating sleeve, the second end of the rod supported at the second end of the cylindrical bore by a rod support member, the rod further having a keyed portion, the keyed portion of the rod mating with the keyed portion of the anti-rotating sleeve, such that the anti-rotating sleeve and the rod rotate together, the first end of the rod connected to the panel attachment mechanism, wherein rotating the rod when the anti-rotating sleeve is in the second position adjusts the distance between the rod support member and the panel attachment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,557,296

WEIGHT COMPENSATION DEVICE OF A LIFTING DOOR WITH AT LEAST ONE COMPRESSION SPRING

1. A weight compensation device for a drive of a lifting door for position-dependent compensation of a weight force of a door leaf of the lifting door comprising a drive shaft, which is configured to be coupled to the drive in order to carry out an opening movement which raises the door leaf and a closing movement which lowers the door leaf, wherein at least one compression spring is provided and arranged such that the compression spring supports the opening movement, and the compression spring is arranged in a hollow-cylindrical guide element, characterized in that the hollow-cylindrical guide element is rotatably attached to a mount for supporting a rotary motion of the drive shaft, and wherein the compression spring is supported on a rotatable base part and on an adjusting element, in a force transmitting manner, wherein the rotatable base part is fixed with respect to the hollow-cylindrical guide element such that the base part and the hollow-cylindrical guide element rotate together, and the adjusting element is translationally movable relative to the hollow-cylindrical guide element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,295

SELF LOCATING TIE BAR GUIDE FOR SASH LOCK TIE BARS

Truth Hardware Corporatio...

1. A self locating tie bar guide for use with a tie bar of a locking mechanism having prelocated openings located thereon, the tie bar guide comprising:a unitary body comprising a tie bar receiving portion, a locator engaging portion and a fastener receiving portion;
the tie bar receiving portion being shiftable between an open orientation in which the tie bar can be inserted transversely into the tie bar receiving portion and a closed orientation in which the tie bar is held transversely in the tie bar receiving portion; the tie bar receiving portion defining a longitudinal tie bar passage therethrough, the passage being sized and shaped, when in the closed orientation, to engage the tie bar in close apposition while permitting longitudinal movement of the tie bar therein;
the locator engaging portion including a resilient tie bar engaging member that engages at least one of the prelocated openings when the tie bar receiving portion is in the open orientation and that is resiliently biased toward and into the tie bar passage when the tie bar receiving portion is in the open orientation and is shifted away from the tie bar passage and disengaged from the at least one of the prelocated openings when the tie bar receiving portion is in the closed orientation; and
the fastener receiving portion defining at least one aperture therethrough and being oriented such that a received fastener passing therethrough abuts at least part of the fastener receiving portion and urges the tie bar receiving portion toward the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,294

MULTIPOINT DOOR LOCKING SYSTEM

1. A multipoint door lock system for a door having on its edge a deadbolt and a secondary bore separated from the deadbolt, comprising:a door frame comprising a subframe, the subframe having a strike jamb, a bolt opening provided in the strike jamb being adapted to receive the deadbolt, the strike jamb having a secondary opening positioned to face the secondary bore of the door when the door is closed in the door frame;
a pivotable latch having a locking recess, a door-actuated tip and a door-locking tip, the pivotable latch being mounted in the subframe so that the door-actuated tip can protrude through the secondary opening of the strike jamb as the pivotable latch rotates, the pivotable latch being configured to rotate when the edge of the door pushes the door-actuated tip into the subframe, causing the door-locking tip to enter in the secondary bore of the door;
a lever mounted in the subframe and movable between a resting position facing the bolt opening when the deadbolt is not inserted in the bolt opening and a locking position adjacent to the resting position when the deadbolt is inserted in the bolt opening; and
a translating member having a proximal end operatively connected to the lever and a distal end extending toward the locking recess of the pivotable latch, the translating member taking a retracted position when the lever is in the resting position, leaving the distal end of the translating member outside the locking recess of the pivotable latch, the translating member taking an extended position when the lever is in the locking position, inserting the distal end of the translating member in the locking recess to lock the pivotable latch, whereby the pivotable latch is placed in a pre-armed position when the door-actuated tip enters the secondary bore of the door and when, concurrently, the distal end of the translating member is not inserted in the locking recess, the pivotable latch being placed in a locked position by the insertion of the distal end of the translating member in the locking recess.

US Pat. No. 10,557,293

CLOSURE LATCH ASSEMBLIES

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A latch assembly for opening and closing an openable structure, the latch assembly comprising:a housing defining a cavity;
a handle movably mounted to the housing; and
a latching mechanism in the cavity and disposed between the handle and the housing, the latching mechanism comprising:
at least one guide pin mounted to the housing;
a first body movable along the at least one guide pin, the first body having a first latching element extending through the housing;
a second body movable along the at least one guide pin, the second body having a second latching element extending through the housing;
a first link attached to the first body;
a second link attached to the second body; and
a link connector operably connecting the first link to the second link, wherein movement of the link connector urges the first latching element and the second latching element apart through movement of the first link and the second link and the first body and the second body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,292

DOOR CLOSER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A door closer device for a vehicle, the door closer device being mounted to a door of the vehicle, the door closer device comprising:a latch being rotatable in a first direction in which the latch is configured to be at least incompletely engaged with a striker provided at a vehicle body of the vehicle, the latch being rotatable in a second direction in which the latch is configured to be released from the striker, the latch being configured to be at least incompletely engaged with the striker and rotating in the first direction in response to a closing of the door;
a drive force transmission mechanism being configured to transmit a drive force of an actuator to the latch for a closing operation, during the closing operation, the drive force transmission mechanism rotates the latch in the first direction from a half-latched position, in which the latch is configured to be incompletely engaged with the striker, to a fully-latched position, in which the latch is configured to be completely engaged with the striker; and
a cancellation mechanism cancelling the closing operation of the drive force transmission mechanism; wherein
the drive force transmission mechanism includes a drive force transmission portion, the drive force transmission portion being provided on a drive force transmission passage being configured to be formed between the actuator and the latch, the drive force transmission portion being rotatable between a transmission position, in which the latch is configured to receive the drive force of the actuator and a non-transmission position, in which the latch is configured not to receive the drive force of the actuator, the drive force transmission portion being set at the transmission position in during the closing operation; and
the cancellation mechanism includes a contact piece of the drive force transmission portion, a first operation portion, and a second operation portion, the first operation portion being engaged with the drive force transmission portion to be rotated irrespective of the second operation portion, the second operation portion being engaged with the drive force transmission portion to be rotated irrespective of the first operation portion, the contact piece of the drive force transmission portion being configured to be independently engaged by each of the first operation portion and the second operation portion such that the drive force transmission portion is independently rotated from the transmission position to the non-transmission position by each of the first operation portion and the second operation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,291

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CLOSING PROCESS OF A VEHICLE WING AND CORRESPONDING VEHICLE CLOSING SYSTEM

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

9. A closing system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle wing;
a drive that controls movement of the vehicle wing during a closing process from a start position into an end position that is a closed position, wherein the start position is a pre-engagement position of a lock of the vehicle wing and the end position is a main engagement position of the lock of the vehicle wing; and
an evaluation and control unit that, when the start position is reached, controls the drive of the vehicle wing for a predetermined short first time period to move in a closing direction, in order to start the closing process,
wherein the evaluation and control unit interrupts the movement of the drive after the expiration of the short first time period for a prescribed second time period, in order to warn users or third parties of the imminent closing process of the vehicle wing,
wherein the evaluation and control unit controls the drive after the expiration of the second time period to move again in the closing direction, in order to continue the closing process for a third time period, which is considerably longer than the short first time period, until the vehicle wing has reached the end position,
wherein the vehicle wing is a vehicle door or rear lid.

US Pat. No. 10,557,290

MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

Kiekert Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A motor vehicle door, with a motor vehicle door latch having a catch, a pawl, an infeed section and pertaining locking bolt that traverses a course through the infeed section to a pre-latching position to a main latching position, the motor vehicle door comprising:a stop device positioned externally from the motor vehicle door latch, the stop device comprising:
a deflection lever positioned to directly contact the locking bolt when the locking bolt moves along the course through the infeed section, wherein movement of the locking bolt along the course through the infeed section moves the deflection lever and attenuates movement of the locking bolt; and
a transfer lever, wherein movement of the deflection lever directly moves the transfer lever.

US Pat. No. 10,557,289

LOCK FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Kiekert Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A latch for a door of a motor vehicle comprising a locking mechanism, the locking mechanism comprising:a catch that is rotatable between an open position and a closed position,
a pawl that is rotatable between a locked position that holds the catch in the closed position and an unlocked position where the pawl does not prevent the catch from rotating to the open position,
a first blocking lever that is rotatable between a blocked position that holds the pawl in the locked position and an unblocked position where the first blocking lever does not block the pawl from moving to the unlocked position,
a release lever adapted to move the first blocking lever from the blocked position to the unblocked position,
a blocking contour that defines a recess, and
a rotation-lock device that comprises a projection that is operatively coupled to the release lever or the blocking lever, wherein, in the event of a motor vehicle crash, the projection is adapted to engage the recess on the blocking contour thereby preventing the release lever from moving the blocking lever to the unblocked position or preventing the blocking lever from moving to the unblocked position,
wherein the rotation-lock device further comprises a second blocking lever, wherein the projection is on the second blocking lever, and
wherein the rotation-lock device further comprises an inertia lever, wherein the second blocking lever is rotationally connected to the inertia lever.

US Pat. No. 10,557,288

HOOP LOCK WITH BENT FOOT ENGAGEMENT

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A lock assembly having a longitudinal axis defining a proximal direction and a distal direction, the lock assembly comprising:a shackle comprising:
a proximal leg comprising a proximal foot extending in a direction of a lateral axis of the lock assembly, the proximal foot including a proximal foot groove; and
a distal leg connected to the proximal leg, the distal leg comprising a distal foot, wherein the distal foot includes an angled portion extending away from the proximal foot in the distal direction, and wherein the distal foot further includes a narrowed section including at least one distal foot groove extending parallel to the longitudinal axis, the at least one distal foot groove extending into the angled portion of the distal foot; and
a crossbar extending along the longitudinal axis, wherein the proximal foot and the distal foot are received in the crossbar, the crossbar comprising:
a deadbolt having a first locking position in which the deadbolt extends into the proximal foot groove; and a first unlocking position in which the deadbolt does not extend into the proximal foot groove, wherein the deadbolt has a first lateral thickness, and wherein the deadbolt defines a longitudinally-extending channel;
a locking plate including a plate opening, the plate opening including an elongated portion and a locking slot extending from the elongated portion, the elongated portion extending to a longitudinal length that is larger than a maximum transverse width of the elongated portion such that the elongated portion has a generally non-circular configuration, the locking plate having a second locking position in which the narrowed section is received in the locking slot, and a second unlocking position in which the narrowed section is received in the elongated portion, wherein the locking plate has a second lateral thickness less than the first lateral thickness, wherein the locking plate further comprises a longitudinally-extending arm received in the longitudinally-extending channel, and wherein the arm is coupled to the deadbolt via a pin; and
a lock cylinder including a cam, wherein the lock cylinder is operable to rotate the cam between a first cam position defining a locking state and a second cam position defining an unlocking state;
wherein, in the locking state, the deadbolt is in the first locking position and prevents removal of the proximal foot from the crossbar, and the locking plate is in the second locking position and prevents removal of the distal foot from the crossbar;
wherein, in the unlocking state, the deadbolt is in the first unlocking position and does not prevent removal of the proximal foot from the crossbar, and the locking plate is in the second unlocking position and does not prevent removal of the distal foot from the crossbar;
wherein each of the first locking position and the second locking position is a proximal position;
wherein each of the first unlocking position and the second unlocking position is a distal position; and
wherein the locking plate is coupled to the deadbolt for joint longitudinal movement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,557,287

CASEMENT ARRANGEMENT HAVING A CASEMENT OF A WINDOW OR DOOR AND METHOD FOR THE FRONTAL INSTALLATION OF A FITTING PART IN A CASEMENT

SAPA AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A casement arrangement comprising a casement of a window or door, with a frame profile of the casement, said frame profile having a C-shaped casement groove in a rebate, and comprising a fitting part with a main body insertable into the casement groove; further comprising a connector releasably connectable to the main body of the fitting part, wherein the casement groove has a first groove limb and a first groove portion and, located opposite, a second groove limb and a second groove portion; wherein the fitting part has an elongate main body having a front side and a rear side with on opposite longitudinal sides, a first peripheral region to engage behind the first groove limb of the casement groove and a second peripheral region to engage behind the second groove limb of the casement groove, wherein the main body of the fitting part is configured in a mirror-symmetrical manner in relation to its longitudinal center axis; and wherein a distance of a groove bottom of the first groove portion or second groove portion from a free end of a groove limb of an opposite groove portion is greater than a width of said at least one fitting part, such that said at least one fitting part is pivotable into the casement groove with the peripheral regions inserted into the groove portions, and wherein the connector comprises a connection body having a rear side and a front side; and further comprising at least one foot, on the rear side of the connection body, having at least one engagement protrusion to engage a groove of the fitting part and further comprising a protrusion, tapering in a wedge-shaped manner towards its free end in a longitudinal direction or on its underside, the connection body being arrangeable between two angled limbs of the fitting part on at least one end side of the connection body and comprises a screw-connection through-opening to receive a punching screw to fix the connector to the fitting part; and wherein the connection body is configured in a mirror-symmetrical manner in relation to its longitudinal center axis with regard to the screw-connection.

US Pat. No. 10,557,286

DOOR LOCK BOLT PLATE PIVOT SYSTEM, AND ASSOCIATED STRUCTURES AND METHODS

LEVEL HOME, INC., Redwoo...

1. A door lock bolt plate pivot system, comprising:a bolt housing for a deadbolt pivot plate assembly, wherein the bolt housing has an exterior surface and includes a rear end and a front end opposite the rear end, and a pair of vertically-aligned pivot mounting pins located on the exterior surface of the bolt housing at the front end;
a back plate having an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface, wherein the inner surface and the outer surface extend from an upper end to a lower end, the back plate including:
a central deadbolt hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, through which the rear end of the bolt housing can pass,
an upper door fastener hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole is located between the central deadbolt hole and the upper end,
a lower fastener hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole is located between the central deadbolt hole and the lower end, and
a plurality of assembly fastener holes defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface;
a front plate having an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface of the front plate, wherein the inner surface and the outer surface of the front plate extend from an upper end to a lower end of the front plate, the front plate including:
a central hole defined through the front plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, through which a bolt of the deadbolt assembly can extend,
an upper door fastener hole defined through the front plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole of the front plate is located between the central hole and the upper end of the front plate,
a lower fastener hole defined through the back plate from the outer surface to the inner surface, wherein the upper door fastener hole is located between the central hole and the lower end of the front plate, and
a plurality of threaded fastener holes defined on the inner surface;
a pair of plastic plate hinges pivotably located on the vertically-aligned pivot mounting pins; and
a plurality of assembly fasteners extending from the outer surface of the back plate, through the assembly fastener holes, and threadably attached to the plurality of threaded fastener holes on the inner surface;
wherein the plastic plate hinges are confined between the back plate and the front plate, to define the deadbolt pivot plate assembly;
wherein the deadbolt pivot plate assembly is affixed to the front end of the bolt housing through the plate hinges; and
wherein the deadbolt pivot plate assembly is vertically pivotable.

US Pat. No. 10,557,285

DEVICE AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING UNWANTED ACCESS TO A LOCKED ENCLOSURE

Lock II, LLC, Nicholasvi...

1. A self-powered lock, comprising;a lock operable by a motor;
a display device operable to display information regarding the lock to a user; and
a manually operable electricity generator generating electricity upon manual actuation by the user, the electricity generator electrically connected to the display device and the motor to supply electricity thereto for operating the lock and the display device,
wherein the display device further includes a display and a backlight, the display operable to display the information and the backlight operable to direct light on the display, and the electricity generator is electrically connected to the backlight,
wherein the display is a liquid crystal display and the backlight is a light emitting diode, and
wherein the self-powered lock further comprises:
a controller and an LCD driver module electrically connected between the electricity generator and the display device, the controller supplying a selected number to show at the display and a clock signal to the LCD driver module, and the LCD driver module randomizing the clock signal such that the selected number is shown at different frequencies by flickering the display at the different frequencies defined by the randomized clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,284

FASTENING A PORTABLE SHADE APPARATUS TO A FENCE TO PROVIDE SHADE

1. A portable shade apparatus, comprising:a sheet of material;
a set of cables; and
a set of flexible rods coupled to the sheet of material and the set of cables, each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods having (i) a first end section which projects from the sheet of material, (ii) a second end section which fastens to a respective cable of the set of cables, and (iii) an inner section between the first end section and the second end section, the inner section providing support to the sheet of material;wherein the inner section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods bends in an arc to prop up the sheet of material as a shade when the first end section of that flexible rod fastens to a fence and the second end section of that flexible rod is pulled under tension by a respective cable of the set of cables;wherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods projects from the sheet of material in a cantilevered manner to fasten to the fence;wherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods projects from the sheet of material by at least 12 inches while propping up the sheet of material as the shade;wherein the fence is a chain link fence; andwherein the first end section of each flexible rod of the set of flexible rods is bendable to permit weaving of the first end section of that flexible rod through openings in the chain link fence to attach that flexible rod to the fence.

US Pat. No. 10,557,283

HYDROPONIC TENT

Brollies and Parasols Lim...

1. A hydroponic tent comprising:a tent fabric cover having an inner surface which is at least in part light-reflective;
a tent frame to support the tent fabric cover in an assembled condition, the tent frame comprising:
a plurality of support legs; and
a plurality of support linkages positioned at or adjacent to an in use upper end of the support legs, the plurality of support linkages being interconnected so as to allow the tent frame to collapse in concertina; and
a hanging frame assembly having first and second support bars and at least one bridging bar, the first support bar being engagable with the tent frame at or adjacent to one of the plurality of support linkages, the second support bar being engagable with the tent frame at or adjacent to another one of the plurality of support linkages, and the at least one bridging bar being supportable between the first and second support bars,
wherein the plurality of support linkages comprise a plurality of outer support linkages positioned at or adjacent to the upper end of adjacent support legs, the plurality of outer support linkages interconnecting adjacent support legs so as to be collapsible in concertina;
the tent frame further comprising a plurality of inner support linkages which are spaced apart from the support legs and which interengage opposite outer support linkages so as to be collapsible in concertina; and
the first support bar being engagable with the tent frame at or adjacent to one of the plurality of outer support linkages, and the second support bar being engagable with the tent frame at or adjacent to one of the plurality of inner support linkages,
wherein the tent frame further comprises a central support leg, positioned at an intersection between the plurality of inner support linkages, and
wherein the central support leg comprises a central engagement element at an in use upper end thereof, the second support bar having a complementary support engagement element for interengagement of the tent frame and the second support bar.

US Pat. No. 10,557,282

STICKLESS EXTERIORLY OPERATED UMBRELLA CANOPY

Regalo International, LLC...

1. An umbrella canopy having an open flexed shape and a closed relaxed shape, the umbrella canopy having an exterior and interior, the umbrella canopy comprising:a) a first hub having an outer portion on a crown of the umbrella canopy and an inner portion on the interior of the umbrella canopy;
b) a second hub in the interior of the umbrella canopy, the second hub drawable to and away from the first hub, the second hub engageable to and disengageable from the first hub;
c) a set of at least three long ribs radially extending from the first hub, each of the long ribs having a proximal end, a distal end and an intermediate section therebetween, each of said proximal ends of the long ribs pivotally engaged to said first hub, the long ribs having a flexed state when the umbrella canopy is in the open flexed shape and a relaxed state when the umbrella canopy is in the closed relaxed shape;
d) a set of at least three short ribs radially extending from the second hub, each of the short ribs having a proximal end and a distal end, each of the proximal ends of the short ribs pivotally engaged to the second hub, each of the distal ends of the short ribs pivotally engaged to the intermediate section of one of said long ribs;
e) a flexible cover engaged to the long ribs and extending generally from the first hub to generally said distal ends of the long ribs, the flexible cover having generally a concave taut state when the long ribs are in the flexed state and a folded loose state when the long ribs are in the relaxed state, the flexible cover having an inner peripheral edge;
f) a line having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the line being engaged to the second hub, the line extending through the first hub, the proximal end of the line being disposed outside the interior of the umbrella canopy such that the proximal end of the line can be pulled to i) draw the second hub in the direction of the first hub such that the short ribs push against the main ribs and place the long ribs into the flexed state and ii) further draw the second hub in the direction of the first hub until the second hub engages the first hub to lock the long ribs in the flexed state and the flexible cover in the concave taut state;
g) a set of flaps, each of said flaps engaged to said inner peripheral edge continually to and between two distal ends of two respective adjacent long ribs;
h) each of said flaps extending beyond said inner peripheral edge to define an outer periphery;
i) each of the flaps being in a relaxed and nontaut state both when the flexible cover is in the concave taut state and when the flexible cover is in the folded loose state;
j) said set of flaps extending completely about the flexible cover;
k) each of the flaps having first and second adjacent flaps, each of the flaps having a right end and a left end, the right end of each of the flaps being adjacent to a left end of said first adjacent flap, the left end of each of the flaps being adjacent to a right end of said second adjacent flap;
l) each of the flaps extending horizontally; and
m) wherein one of the first and second hubs includes an elongated extension with an annular oblique face adjacent to an annular channel and wherein the other of the first and second hubs includes a pair of opposed transversely sliding members that are normally biased toward each other; and wherein said elongated extension of the second hub is insertable into the first hub, such that the sliding members engage the annular channel to releasably lock the first hub and the second hub together.

US Pat. No. 10,557,281

SLINGSHOT SIDE SADDLE SUBSTRUCTURE

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A slingshot land-based drilling rig comprising:a first substructure;
a second substructure, the second substructure being positioned generally parallel to the first substructure;
a first walker positioned at a lower end of the first substructure;
a second walker positioned at a lower end of the second substructure, the first and second walkers adapted to move the land-based drilling rig in a wellsite;
a drill rig floor coupled to the first and second substructures, the drill rig floor including a V-door, the side of the drill rig floor having the V-door defining a V-door side of the drill rig floor, the V-door side of the drill rig floor parallel to the first substructure, the first and second substructures pivotably supporting the drill rig floor;
a mast, the mast mechanically coupled to one or more of the first substructure, the second substructure, and the drill rig floor, the mast being pivotably coupled to one or more of the first substructure, the second substructure, and the drill rig floor by a mast pivot point, the mast comprising a V-door side, the V-door side of the mast parallel to the first or second substructure;
a mast hydraulic lift cylinder coupled to the mast at a mast lift point; and
a choke manifold, the choke manifold positioned on the drill rig floor.

US Pat. No. 10,557,280

BEACH UMBRELLA POST WITH INTEGRATED SUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A post for providing support for a structure when the structure is located in a soft ground, said post comprising:a hollow cylindrical tube having at least one slot providing an opening therethrough, wherein the at least one slot is located approximately at a center of said hollow cylindrical tube;
a free-sliding plunger located inside of said hollow cylindrical tube, wherein said free-sliding plunger includes an upper part, a lower part and a connector tube therebetween;
a slide-able external actuator ring;
an integrated suction mechanism coupled to the lower part of said free-sliding plunger; and
a connector to secure said free-sliding plunger and said slide-able external actuator ring through the at least one slot.

US Pat. No. 10,557,279

ROTATING LIGHT TOWER ASSEMBLY

BOSS LTG, INC., Baton Ro...

1. A light tower assembly including:(a) a primary boom extending vertically from a base;
(b) a light array boom supporting a light section on a frame rotatively mounted to said primary boom wherein said light array boom rotates around an axis of rotation;
(c) a mounting assembly rotatively mounting said light array boom to said primary boom;
(d) a linear actuator assembly connected to said primary boom and said light array boom being configured to rotate said light array boom in one direction when said linear actuator assembly extends and configured to rotate said light array boom in an opposite direction when said linear actuator assembly retracts; and
(e) a power assembly operatively connected to the linear actuator assembly to power said extension and retraction of said linear actuator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,278

POOL CLEANER WITH CYCLONIC FLOW

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A pool cleaner, comprising:an intake having an inlet opening;
a drive assembly causing motion of the pool cleaner;
a separator assembly, comprising:
a canister subassembly, the canister subassembly comprising:
a canister body having a chamber therein;
a first debris container hingedly connected to a bottom edge of the canister body;
an inlet in fluidic communication with the intake, the inlet allowing fluid to enter the canister body; and
an outlet, wherein the inlet, the outlet, and the chamber are in fluidic communication;
wherein a cyclonic flow is generated within the chamber; and
wherein said pool cleaner creates a suction effect at an inlet opening receiving debris-laden water from a pool or spa.

US Pat. No. 10,557,277

WAVE POOL AND WAVE GENERATOR FOR BI-DIRECTIONAL AND DYNAMICALLY-SHAPED SURFING WAVES

Kelly Slater Wave Company...

1. A wave pool having a length, the wave pool comprising:a channel for containing water at a mean surface level, the channel having a first side and a second side, at least a portion of the channel having a cross-section, between the first side and the second side normal to the length, that comprises:
a deep region in the channel at least partially along the length of the wave pool and proximate the first side, the deep region having a mean first depth below the mean surface level of the water contained in the channel;
a reef at least partially along a length of the deep region, the reef extending upward and away from the deep region to a mean second depth that is shallower than the mean first depth of the deep region, the reef comprising at least one reef module attached to a bottom surface of the channel proximate the deep region, the at least one reef module comprising a rigid bottom surface coupled to the bottom surface of the channel, a flexible top surface, and a wave damping mechanism, the wave damping mechanism comprising a texture member attached to a top surface of the reef module; and
a beach region that slopes up away from the reef toward the second side to expose a beach above the mean surface level of the water, the beach region having a convex parabolic shape with a slope that decreases toward the second side of the channel
a track proximate the first side, the track at least partially in the water of the channel; and
at least one foil configured to traverse the channel via the track and further configured to generate a wave in the channel, the at least one foil being substantially symmetrical around a central vertical axis and configured to generate a right breaking wave and a left breaking wave in response to traversal of the at least one foil along the track, the at least one foil further configured for bi-directional movement along the track.

US Pat. No. 10,557,276

MOBILE STAGE SYSTEM

Century Industries, LLC, ...

1. A mobile stage system for transitioning between a transport position and a deployed position, comprising:a support structure mounted on wheels;
a stage frame extending upward from the support structure;
an outer deck panel pivotally connected to the support structure opposite from the stage frame;
a first upper panel pivotally connected to the stage frame;
a bell-crank linkage pivotally connected to the support structure and fixedly connected to the outer deck panel;
a first strut extending between the bell-crank linkage and the first upper panel, the first strut pivotally connected to the bell-crank linkage and to the first upper panel; and
one or more actuators operably connected to the bell-crank linkage, such that, through activation of the one or more actuators, the outer deck panel rotates and transitions between the transport position and the deployed position, with the bell-crank linkage and the outer deck panel rotating downward to the deployed position, while the first strut is forced upward by the rotating bell-crank linkage, thus pushing and rotating the first upper panel upward relative to the stage frame to the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,275

PLATFORM SYSTEM WITH MOVEABLE DIVIDERS

1. A platform system, the platform system comprising:a first horizontal section comprising a plurality of annular receptacles;
a second horizontal section comprising a plurality of annular receptacles;
a connector having a top member comprising a plurality of vertical protrusions the vertical protrusions extending downwardly from the top member of the connector, wherein a vertical protrusion of the plurality of vertical protrusions is inserted into and retained within a receptacle of the plurality of annular receptacles of the first horizontal section and another vertical protrusion of the plurality of vertical protrusions is inserted into and retained within a receptacle of the plurality of annular receptacles of the second horizontal section, the connector connecting the first horizontal section to the second horizontal section, and wherein a top surface of the top member of the connector does not extend above a top plane of the first horizonal section or a top plane of the second horizontal section, the platform system further comprising a vertical divider comprising a blade that is present within and retained by an annular receiving aperture formed in an interior of the first horizontal section, wherein the vertical divider is held in position by engagement of the blade with the annular receiving aperture of the first horizontal section.

US Pat. No. 10,557,274

DRYWALL BANJO TOOLS FOR APPLYING JOINT TAPE

THE ADVANCE EQUIPMENT MAN...

1. A tool for applying joint tape to a corner drywall joint, the tool comprising:a base; and
a wheel configured to rotatably couple to the base and roll along the corner drywall joint, the wheel including a body that defines an outer surface, the outer surface including:
a first angled surface configured to press the joint tape against a first drywall defining the corner drywall joint;
a second angled surface opposite the first angled surface and configured to press the joint tape against a second drywall defining the corner drywall joint;
a rounded vertex defined between the first angled surface and the second angled surface, the rounded vertex is rounded to deter the wheel from perforating the joint tape; and
alternating lateral ribs and lateral grooves configured to facilitate the wheel in gripping the joint tape.

US Pat. No. 10,557,273

PREFABRICATED WALL PANEL WITH TONGUE AND GROOVE CONSTRUCTION

Boral Stone Products LLC,...

1. A wall panel comprising:a concrete body comprising a design element and a rear surface;
a mounting element projecting from the concrete body;
a groove positioned between the mounting element and the rear surface of the concrete body; and
at least one hole that allows water to drain from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,557,272

SIDING PANEL ASSEMBLY

Associated Materials, LLC...

1. A thermoplastic siding panel assembly, comprising:a siding panel defined by a single continuous sheet and made of thermoplastic material, the siding panel having a flat course surface that extends along a width of five to twelve inches, the siding panel comprising
a weatherable capstock layer, and
a substrate layer comprising a thermoplastic resin composition reinforced with a high aspect ratio filler such that the siding panel has a coefficient of linear thermal expansion of between 8.95×106 in/in/deg F. and approximately 2.33×10?5 in/in/deg F. when tested in accordance with ASTM D696-16 procedure;
a backing panel attached to the siding panel, the backing panel defined by a foam material and having a front facing surface with a shape that substantially corresponds with a shape of a rear facing surface of the siding panel; and
an adhesive disposed between the siding panel and the backing panel and configured to adhere the backing panel to the siding panel, the adhesive configured to maintain adhesion between the backing layer and the siding panel and maintain the flat course surface of the siding panel when installed on a wall surface and exposed to a temperature of approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,271

SIDING HAVING A STAPLE HEM

ROYAL BUILDING PRODUCTS (...

1. A siding panel for stapled attachment comprising:a tongue adapted to facilitate interconnection of said siding panel with another siding panel; and
a staple hem having a predominantly planar portion that extends from said tongue to a terminal edge of said siding panel, said predominantly planar portion comprising at least one aperture configured to accommodate a staple for attaching said siding panel to a support structure;
wherein said staple hem is less than 10 mm in length; and
wherein the length of said staple hem is shorter than a length of said tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,557,270

RAILING SYSTEM

1. A railing system comprising:a railing;
a railing panel frontage extending continuously along the course of the railing the railing panel frontage comprising a plurality of mutually adjacent railing panels vertically embedded with their lower marginal region in a holding profile fastened to a structural body or in a recess defined in a structural body;
a handrail profile mounted on an upper marginal region of the railing panel frontage; and
a securing element extending between the handrail profile and the structural body or the holding profile;
wherein the securing element connects the handrail profile to the structural body or the holding profile,
wherein the securing element is guided in one or more tubular sleeves.

US Pat. No. 10,557,269

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN INJECTION MOLDED NON-SKID SAFETY MAT INCORPORATING ADHERING SUPPORT PORTIONS SUCH AS FOR PLACEMENT UPON A SLOPING ROOF

Steel Grip Samm, Inc., K...

1. A method for producing and using an injection molded and anti-skid mat on a roof surface, comprising the steps of:providing a lower mold half and an enclosing upper mold half, said mold halves defining therebetween an interior cavity which is a negative of the mat to be produced;
configuring a cavity defining surface of the bottom mold half with locations for preplacement of a plurality of underside adhering portions;
the step of preplacement of the plurality of underside adhering portions further including preplacement of pluralities of draping adhesion portions, each of the draping adhesive portions further including pluralities of microfibers;
communicating a flowable plasticized/rubberized material through a channel in at least one of the mold halves in order to fill the interior cavity to create the mat and so that the pluralities of microfibers extend from an eventual underside surface of the mat;
setting and cooling the mat prior to removing the upper mold half and the formed mat;
placing the mat upon the roof surface so that the extending pluralities of the microfibers oppose the roof and establish electrostatic attractive forces to prevent movement of the mat.

US Pat. No. 10,557,268

SEALING APPARATUS FOR CORRUGATED ROOFING AND SIDING AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A method of sealing a transition vessel extending through a corrugated material used for at least one of roofing and siding, the steps comprising:obtaining at least one of a roof and wall structure;
creating an opening in the at least one of the roof and wall structure operable to pass a transition vessel;
installing a transition vessel in the opening and securing it in place;
obtaining a corrugated material and determining position, shape, and size of a transition barrier hole to be made through the corrugated material sufficient to pass the transition vessel;
cutting the transition barrier hole in the corrugated material;
obtaining one or more elongate gasket plugs having a generally planar ground facing surface and a metal facing surface opposite the ground facing surface and wherein the profile of the metal facing surface generally complements the profile of the corrugated material;
applying sealant to the generally planar ground facing surface and metal facing surface of the one or more elongate gasket plugs;
positioning the one or more elongate gasket plugs to mate with corrugations on the corrugated barrier;
placing the corrugated sheet metal material over the transition vessel; and
positioning the one or more gasket plugs assuring a seal around the circumference of the barrier hole.

US Pat. No. 10,557,267

TRUSS STRUCTURE

Isotruss Industries LLC, ...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) load bearing structure, comprising:a transverse frame including a plurality of transverse members sequentially arranged so as to define a plurality of 3D polyhedral structures arranged in a helical pattern along a longitudinal direction of the load bearing structure; and
a plurality of longitudinal members integrally coupled with the transverse frame, wherein
the plurality of longitudinal members are arranged in parallel to a central longitudinal axis of the load bearing structure, and extend longitudinally along a length of the transverse frame, and
each of the plurality of longitudinal members is integrally coupled, at a corresponding point of intersection, to a corresponding outer peripheral portion of a transverse member of the plurality of transverse members defining the plurality of 3D polyhedral structures of the transverse frame,
wherein the integral coupling between the plurality of longitudinal members and the transverse frame includes an integral weaving of a plurality of longitudinal fibers of the plurality of longitudinal members and a plurality of transverse fibers of the plurality of transverse members at the respective points of intersection, and
wherein a fiber pattern at each of the points of intersection includes:
a first section including an interweaving of a first portion of the transverse fibers of the respective transverse member and a first portion of the longitudinal fibers of the respective longitudinal member;
a second section adjacent to the first section, the second section including an arrangement of a second portion of the longitudinal fibers of the respective longitudinal member; and
a third section adjacent to the second section, the third section including an interweaving of a second portion of the transverse fibers of the respective transverse member and a third portion of the longitudinal fibers of the respective longitudinal member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,266

GIRDERS, JOISTS AND ROOF SYSTEM

AUSTIN BUILDING AND DESIG...

1. A joist comprising a top chord, a bottom chord and a plurality of web members connecting the top chord to the bottom chord, the top chord being hollow, having a rectangular lateral cross section with a flat top and having a first end sealed via a first plate and a second end sealed via a second plate, the bottom chord being hollow and having a first end sealed via a third plate and a second end sealed via a fourth plate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,265

CLIP FOR SUSPENDED CEILING MEMBERS

1. A clip for a suspended ceiling being suspended from an overhead structure and having at least first and second adjoined ceiling members defining a top surface interfacing with the overhead structure and an opposite undersurface, the top surface of each of the first and second adjoined ceiling members defining at least one slot, the clip comprising:a main longitudinal flat body defining opposite ends, the main longitudinal body being modular, wherein the modular longitudinal body comprises at least two body components which are connectable via hook elements of one of the body components being inserted into corresponding apertures of another adjacent one of the body components; and
a pair of flat inserts, each of the inserts downwardly extending from respective one of the ends of the longitudinal body, each of the inserts configured to be inserted into a respective one of the slots, each of the inserts defines with the main longitudinal body a respective end corner portion therebetween, each of the inserts forms an acute angle with the main longitudinal body, each slot defining walls comprising a corresponding angular configuration, the inserts inwardly gripping the walls defined by the slots,
wherein the clip is mountable to the first and second adjoined ceiling members with one insert being inserted in the slot of the first ceiling member and the other insert being inserted in the slot of the second ceiling member thereby maintaining the first and second ceiling members in the adjoined position against separation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,264

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CONSTRUCTING A CONCRETE STRUCTURE

Tindall Corporation, Spa...

1. A structure comprising:a pre-cast concrete component including at least one horizontal duct;
a post-tensioning tendon extending through the duct, a portion of the post-tensioning tendon extending beyond a perimeter of the pre-cast component; and
a poured in place concrete body disposed above and coupled to the pre-cast concrete component,
wherein the poured in place concrete body comprises a first stage composite pour and a second stage composite pour, the first stage composite pour is directly coupled to at least a portion of the perimeter of the pre-cast component and surrounds the portion of the post-tensioning tendon extending beyond the perimeter of the pre-cast component, and the second stage composite pour is directly coupled to an upper surface of the first stage composite pour and an upper surface of the pre-cast component.

US Pat. No. 10,557,263

MECHANICALLY-CENTERING JOINT SEAL WITH COVER

Schul International Co., ...

1. An expansion joint seal for use in an expansion joint, the expansion joint having a first substrate separated from a second substrate by a joint width,comprising:
a cover plate, the cover plate having a cover plate length between a cover plate front surface and a cover plate back surface, a cover plate width between plate first surface and a cover plate second surface, the cover plate width greater than the joint width:
a rib, the rib having a rib width between a rib first surface and a rib second surface, a rib height between a rib top surface and a rib bottom surface, a rib length between a rib front surface and a rib back surface, the rib length not greater than the cover plate length;
a resilient compressible body, the resilient compressible body having a body uncompressed width between a body first outer surface and a body second outer surface, a body length between a body front surface and a body back surface, a body height between a body bottom surface and a body top surface, a body first section, a body second section, the body uncompressed width greater than the joint width, the body length not greater than the cover plate length, the body first section having a body first section first surface adapted to contact a first substrate wall, and a body first section second surface, the body second section having a body second section second surface adapted to contact a second substrate wall, and a body second section first surface;
the rib first surface in contact with at least a portion of the body first section second surface, the rib second surface in contact with at least a portion of the body second section first surface, the rib top surface detachably fixed in relation to the cover plate; and
a resilient spacing member, the resilient spacing member having a resilient spacing member uncompressed width between a resilient spacing member uncompressed first outer surface and a resilient spacing member uncompressed second outer surface, the resilient spacing member uncompressed width greater than the joint width, a resilient spacing member length, the resilient spacing member length not greater than the cover plate length, the resilient spacing member having a resilient spacing member accordion profile across the resilient spacing member uncompressed width, the resilient spacing member adapted to contact to the rib adjacent the cover plate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,262

MODULAR PANELS AND RELATED ELEMENTS TO FORM A VARIETY OF WALL SEGMENTS AND ENCLOSURES

McCain Manufacturing, Inc...

1. A modular panel and component system from which a variety of structures with shapes characteristic of wall segments and enclosures may be rapidly assembled, the system comprising:a plurality of elongated wall panels having rearwardly projecting flanges along the edges of the wall panels;
a plurality of elongated interior finish panel rails, each said interior finish panel rail having a plurality of tapered cutouts having a first length;
a plurality of elongated interior finish panels, each having a finish surface and a flange projecting rearwardly away from the finish surface along each edge of the finish panel, each flange having a plurality of hook elements projecting rearwardly away from the finish surface, each said hook having a length which is less than the first length of said cutout; and
a multiplicity of connecting elements for connecting adjacent rearwardly projecting flanges of adjacent elongated wall panels and for connecting the interior finish panel rails to said wall panels.

US Pat. No. 10,557,261

PIPE SEALING DEVICE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

1. A device for releasably sealing a pipe, the device comprising:a bar comprising a first end, a second end, and a main body positioned between the first and second ends, wherein:
the first end that defines screw threads, and
the second end is defined by a stop;
a compressible gasket sandwiched between a first adaptor and a second adaptor, positioned at the second end and adjacent to the stop,
a coupling comprising a handle and being threadably engaged with the screw threads of the first end of the bar;
a sleeve configured on an outer surface of the main body of the bar that is maintained between the coupling and the second adaptor, wherein the sleeve defines a series of spaced-apart circumferentially extending graduation mark indicators to indicate a depth of the device when the device is placed within a body of water, wherein the mark indicators extend perpendicularly relative to a longitudinal extending through the sleeve;
wherein advancement of the coupling over the bar screw threads translates the sleeve towards the bar second end, which compresses the gasket between the first and second adaptors,
wherein, in operation, the compressible gasket sandwiched between the first adaptor and second adaptor is positioned within a drain housing formed within a basin, and the coupling is spaced-apart from the compressible gasket by the sleeve,
wherein, the coupling remains above a water line formed in the basin and the water line is positioned proximal the graduation mark indicators to determine a level of water in the basin.

US Pat. No. 10,557,260

AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR DRAINING, CLEANING AND SANITIZING OF PORTABLE TOILET SEWAGE HOLDING TANK USED IN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES SUCH AS CAMPERS, CARAVANS, BOATS ETC

1. A semi-automatic machine for emptying and cleaning a portable sewage-holding tank, comprising an upright casing with an opening for the insertion of the sewage-holding tank, a safety opening, a means for horizontal rotation for emptying the tank, and a means for internal rinsing of the tank,wherein the tank is placed on a sliding plate, and the sliding plate is positioned to assist horizontal movement of the tank to its correct position within the casing,
wherein a detection system recognizes the correct insertion of the tank and the type of tank inserted,
wherein a rotating platform comprises a means for lifting the tank vertically to empty it and wherein the rotating platform is set in motion by a motor fixed in the machine
wherein the center of the platform consists of a parallelepiped-shaped container void of a front side and void of a top side further consisting of two lateral slots along the sides close to the base,
wherein the container is attached to the platform, along its shorter side, by a hinge,
wherein the inside of the container consists of two optical sensors,
wherein a motor-reducer with a worm screw is positioned between the platform and the container for operating a lever which lifts the container by pivoting it on the hinge until it reaches a vertical position,
wherein the base of the container holds a rolling trolley plate secured thereto by two extendable telescopic guides and the plate further comprises an optical sensor and a latch for holding the inserted tank,
wherein the rolling trolley plate is set in motion by two motors fixed to the outer sides of the container itself that, by means of gears through the lateral slots along the container sides, transmit the motion to two cogwheel racks fixed on the insides of the same container.

US Pat. No. 10,557,259

STERILIZED WATER SPRAY DEVICE AND BIDET SEAT HAVING SAME

COWAY CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. A sterilized water spraying device comprising:a housing into which sterilizing water is introduced;
a nozzle unit having a tubular shape, configured to spray the sterilizing water introduced into the housing to a toilet through spray holes disposed in one end of the nozzle unit; and
a driving unit rotating the nozzle unit;
and
a power transmission unit disposed between the driving unit and the nozzle unit, to transmit driving force of the driving unit to the nozzle unit,
wherein the nozzle unit is raised and lowered from the housing by rotating about the central axis of the nozzle unit,
the nozzle unit is rotated when the sterilization water is sprayed.

US Pat. No. 10,557,258

SANITARY WASHING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A sanitary washing device comprising:a nozzle that injects a liquid so as to wash a local region of a human body;
a nozzle washing unit that washes the nozzle with the liquid;
a supply flow path that connects a supply source of the liquid and the nozzle;
a branch flow path that connects the supply flow path and the nozzle washing unit;
a vacuum breaker that is disposed in a flow path that connects the supply source and the nozzle washing unit, in the supply flow path and the branch flow path;
a tank that is disposed in the branch flow path between the vacuum breaker and the nozzle washing unit and accommodates therein a sterilizing agent, a sterilizing component of which is dissolved in the liquid passing through the tank; and
a bag disposed in the tank, the bag has liquid permeability and encloses the sterilizing agent therein; wherein
the vacuum breaker opens a flow path which is connected to a downstream side of the vacuum breaker to atmosphere when no liquid is introduced from a flow path which is connected to an upstream side of the vacuum breaker,
in the tank, an outlet port, through which the liquid is discharged, is disposed in a vertically upward position compared to an inner bottom surface of the tank, and
the bag is disposed inside the tank in a folded and overlapped state around the sterilizing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,557,257

SANITIZING AND SMART SMELL DETECTION DEVICE FOR HANDHELD BIDET SPRAYER AND AIR FRESHENING

1. A sanitizing device for a handheld bidet sprayer, comprising:a housing;
a spray head mount on the housing;
a control module within the housing;
an optical sensor affixed to the housing, the optical sensor configured to detect the presence or absence of a bidet sprayer on the spray head mount;
an odoriferous substance sensor affixed to the housing, the sensor configured to sense odoriferous conditions or indications of a significant presence of microbes; and
a chemical supply holder within the housing, the chemical supply holder comprising:
at least one container of sanitizer;
at least one container of fragrance;
a plurality of pumps;
a plurality of discharge output nozzles; and
a plurality of pump supply conduits, each conduit extending between a respective pump and nozzle; wherein the plurality of pumps are configured to extract the sanitizer and fragrance from respective ones of the containers of sanitizer and fragrance and discharge the sanitizer and fragrance from the discharge output nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,557,256

HOLDING TANK FOR PORTABLE TOILET

ADCO UMWELTDIENSTE HOLDIN...

1. In combination with a sanitary installation carrying a sanitary fixture, a holding tank for receiving fecal matter and wastewater from the sanitary fixture of the sanitary installation, the tank comprising:an inlet; an outlet;
a suction screen downwardly delimiting a suction chamber;
a float in the holding tank floating on the liquid therein and above the screen, the suction chamber opening downward through the suction screen into the tank;
a suction pump; and
an extraction line connected to the suction pump and opening into the liquid in the suction chamber for withdrawing the liquid from the holding tank through the suction float and for recycling the extracted liquid for use as a flushing fluid for the sanitary fixture of the sanitary installation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,255

UNPOWERED AND AUTOMATICALLY FLUSHING TOILET SEAT, FOR WATER TANK, HAVING DETACHABLE AND WATERPROOF FUNCTIONS

AIR VOOM INC., Seoul (KR...

29. An unpowered and automatically flushing toilet seat, for a water tank, having detachable and waterproof functions, the toilet seat comprising:a seating switch (100) configured to guide downward movement of a toilet seat (10) by a sitting user's body weight, and to guide upward movement of the toilet seat (10) when the user stands up from the toilet seat (10) and the user's body weight is unloaded;
a loading unit (200) configured to press a loading member (220) in conjunction with the downward movement of the toilet seat (10) so as to obtain a loading force to pull a flushing wire (540) of an opening and closing member (500), and to pull the flushing wire (540) of the opening and closing member (500) in conjunction with the downward movement of the toilet seat (10) by the loading force of the restoring loading member (220) when the user's body weight is unloaded;
a feces and urine distinguishing unit (300) configured to adjust a discharge amount of air inside a distinguishing-guide rib (310) as a guide rod (330) operating in conjunction with the downward movement of the toilet seat (10) is moved in the distinguishing-guide rib (310), such that when a feces and urine determination member (340a) fails to press a feces and urine determination pin (340), user's excreta is determined as urine, and when the feces and urine determination member (340a) presses the feces and urine determination pin (340), user's excreta is determined as feces;
a toilet paper time and flush control unit (400) configured to discharge air inside a guide rib (410) as an air inlet regulator (420) operating in conjunction with the downward movement of the toilet seat (10) is moved upward, and to adjust an amount of air flowing in the guide rib (410) as the air inlet regulator (420) operating in conjunction with the upward movement of the toilet seat (10) is moved downward when the user's body weight is unloaded, thereby controlling user's toilet paper-disposal time and flushing;
the opening and closing member (500) configured to supply flushing water of a water tank to a toilet main body through a drain hole opened while a siphon cover (20) is rotated upward by the flushing wire (540) pulled by the loading force of the loading member (220) to remove excreta, and to allow the siphon cover (20) being rotated downward to close the drain hole when the loading force of the loading member (220) is released; and
a flushing-maintaining unit (600) configured to maintain operation of the opening and closing member (500) until set water is discharged while preventing abrupt restoration of the restoring loading member (220).

US Pat. No. 10,557,254

ELECTRONIC PLUMBING FIXTURE FITTINGS WITH SHAPED AND LIMITED SENSOR DETECTION ZONES

MOEN INCORPORATED, North...

1. An electronic plumbing fixture fitting, comprising:a faucet body including a discharge outlet, the discharge outlet being operable to deliver water through an expected fluid flow volume;
an electronically controlled valve in fluid communication with the faucet body upstream of the discharge outlet;
at least one processor programmed to control the electronically controlled valve to selectively control a flow of fluid from the electronically controlled valve out the discharge outlet of the faucet body; and
a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor in electrical communication with the processor and operably connected to the faucet body and positioned to transmit a sensing signal toward the expected fluid flow volume in a sensing signal volume; and
wherein at least one of the at least one processor and the TOF sensor is configured to create a detection zone inside the sensing signal volume that overlaps at least a portion of the expected fluid flow volume; and
wherein at least one of the at least one processor and the TOF sensor is configured to permit the TOF sensor to detect the presence or absence of an object in the detection zone whether or not water is flowing out of the discharge outlet through the expected fluid flow volume; and
wherein the TOF sensor is aimed into an expected location of a water vessel relative to the faucet body; and
wherein the processor generates a user interface permitting a user to interact with a sensor using specific patterns or gestures that are detected and translated by the at least one processor to enter a program mode and store a depth of water corresponding to normal usage of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,557,253

MOUNTING DEVICES AND METHODS FOR EXTERIOR FAUCETS AND LINES

1. A mounting device for securing an exterior faucet to an exterior wall of a building, the mounting device comprising:a pair of mounting plates, each of the mounting plates comprising:
a base;
a pair of arms extending from the base and spaced apart from one another;
a slot defined between the arms;
a first hole extending through the mounting plate; and
a second hole extending through the mounting plate;
a pair of first fasteners configured to pass through the first holes of the pair of mounting plates;
a pair of second fasteners configured to pass through the second holes of the pair of mounting plates; and
a pair of cover plates configured to be positioned over the pair of mounting plates, each of the cover plates comprising:
a base;
a pair of arms extending from the base and spaced apart from one another; and
a slot defined between the arms;
a first hole extending through the cover plate; and
a second hole extending through the cover plate, wherein each of the cover plates has a color and a texture pattern corresponding to a color and a texture pattern of the exterior wall.

US Pat. No. 10,557,252

FIRE HYDRANT VALVE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WATER FLOW IN A FIRE HYDRANT CONDUIT

1. A fire hydrant valve insertable in a fire hydrant conduit defined by a conduit peripheral wall, the fire hydrant valve comprising:a fixed valve body having a peripheral wall and defining a longitudinal passageway with a downstream end, and having at least one upstream port and a downstream port in fluid communication with the longitudinal passageway, the longitudinal passageway being opened at the downstream end with the downstream port being located at the downstream end of the longitudinal passageway;
a displaceable valve body having a peripheral wall and defining a longitudinal passageway with a downstream end and being inserted into the longitudinal passageway of the fixed valve body and being linearly displaceable into the longitudinal passageway of the fixed valve body between a closed configuration, preventing water from flowing into the longitudinal passageways through the at least one upstream port, and at least one open configuration allowing water to flow into the longitudinal passageways through the at least one upstream port and towards the downstream ends of the longitudinal passageways of the fixed valve body and the displaceable valve body, wherein the downstream port is open in the closed configuration and the at least one open configuration; and
a valve actuator assembly operatively engageable with the displaceable valve body, the valve actuator assembly being operable to linearly displace the displaceable valve body along the longitudinal passageway of the fixed valve body between the closed configuration and the at least one open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,557,251

WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work machine comprising:an engine;
a hydraulic pump driven by the engine;
a hydraulic actuator driven by hydraulic fluid discharged from the hydraulic pump;
an engine speed instructing device for an operator to instruct a target engine speed for the engine;
an operation device for operating the hydraulic actuator; and
a control device for controlling an engine speed of the engine,
wherein the control device includes:
a target engine speed computing section for detecting an operation amount of the engine speed instructing device and computing the target engine speed based on target engine speed characteristics preset from the detected operation amount of the engine speed instructing device; and
a target pump flow rate computing section for receiving an operation amount of the operation device and the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device and computing a target flow rate for the hydraulic pump based on the received operation amounts of the operation device and the engine speed instructing device,
wherein the target engine speed characteristics are such that the target engine speed can be set excluding a range between a first engine speed and a second engine speed, the first engine speed being higher than a minimum speed of the engine and lower than a maximum speed of the engine, the second engine speed being higher than the first engine speed and lower than the maximum speed of the engine,
wherein a ratio of a change in the target engine speed to a change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from an operation amount for instructing the minimum speed to an operation amount for instructing the first engine speed is larger than a ratio of a change in the target engine speed to a change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from an operation amount for instructing the second engine speed to an operation amount for instructing the maximum speed, and
wherein the target pump flow rate computing section computes the target flow rate of the hydraulic pump such that a ratio of a change in the discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump to the change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from the operation amount for instructing the minimum speed to the operation amount for instructing the first engine speed becomes equal to a ratio of a change in a discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump to the change in the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device when the operation amount of the engine speed instructing device is changed from the operation amount for instructing the second engine speed to the operation amount for instructing the maximum speed.

US Pat. No. 10,557,250

MOTOR GRADER 3D GRADE CONTROL

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. A construction machine comprising:a body including a front frame and a yoke pin;
a body angle sensor configured to detect body angle data corresponding to movement of the body;
a yoke pin angle sensor configured to detect yoke pin angle data corresponding to rotation of the yoke pin;
a front 3D positioning device mounted to the body and configured to detect a geospatial position of the body within a world space;
a drawbar coupled to the body via a first articulating connection;
a drawbar angle sensor configured to detect drawbar angle data corresponding to movement of the drawbar;
a blade coupled to the drawbar via a second articulating connection;
a blade angle sensor configured to detect blade angle data corresponding to movement of the blade; and
one or more processors configured to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from the body angle sensor, the body angle data;
receiving, from the yoke pin angle sensor, the yoke pin angle data;
receiving, from the drawbar angle sensor, the drawbar angle data;
receiving, from the blade angle sensor, the blade angle data;
receiving, from the front 3D positioning device, the geospatial position of the body within the world space;
calculating, based on the drawbar angle data, the yoke pin angle data, and the blade angle data, a first and a second position on the blade within a machine space, wherein the machine space includes a machine-space reference point positioned within the construction machine; and
calculating, based on the body angle data, the geospatial position, and the first and second positions on the blade within the machine space, a first and a second position on the blade within the world space.

US Pat. No. 10,557,249

WHEEL LOADER

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A wheel loader comprising:a work implement including a boom rotatably supported by a vehicular body and a bucket rotatably supported by the boom;
a pair of left and right front wheels and a pair of left and right rear wheels attached to the vehicular body;
an obtaining unit which obtains soil property information on a soil property of an excavation object; and
a control unit which controls an operation to excavate the excavation object with the bucket of the work implement by determining a trace of the bucket based on the soil property information obtained by the obtaining unit and moving based on the trace, the bucket into the excavation object in a forward moving direction of the wheel loader.

US Pat. No. 10,557,248

POST-GROUTING METHOD FOR IMMERSED TUBE JOINT BASE

CCCC Highway Consultants ...

1. A method for grouting a base of a joint between immersed tubes, the method comprising:disposing a grouting tube in a furrow between gravel mattresses on an underwater geologic structure, wherein the grouting tube is configured to output a solidifiable slurry;
after disposing the grouting tube, implanting the immersed tubes on the gravel mattresses;
simultaneously backfilling the immersed tubes; and then
grouting the base of the joint between the immersed tubes using the grouting tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,247

REINFORCEMENT UNIT AND METHODS FOR CREATING A FOOTING FOR SUPPORTING A STRUCTURE

Glen Raven, Inc., Glen R...

1. A reinforcement unit for creating a footing for supporting a structure, comprising:a base extending in a first direction; and
a tower extending in a second direction from a first end of the base that is generally perpendicular to said base, a top portion of the tower having a width or a diameter smaller than a width or diameter of a bottom portion of the tower, the tower defining a cavity for receiving a portion of the structure and an anchoring material, wherein the portion of the structure is inserted into the cavity by way of a top of the cavity, and the width or diameter of the top portion of the tower is substantially greater than the outer dimensions of the portion of the structure so that the anchoring material can be introduced into the cavity by way of the top of the cavity while the portion of the structure is positioned within the cavity,
wherein a second end of the base comprises a pocket substantially similar in width or diameter to the top portion of the tower such that a second identical reinforcement unit can be inverted and stacked on top of the reinforcement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,246

ROLLER FORMS FOR TEMPORARILY SUPPORTING A NEW SLAB FOUNDATION

Frederick S. Marshall, A...

1. An assembly for supporting a concrete slab foundation above a ground surface while being poured and hardened, comprising:a plurality of forms, each of the forms having a frame;
a plurality of lower rollers mounted to each of the frames for rolling each of the forms onto and along the ground surface;
a plurality of upper rollers mounted to each of the frames at an elevation above the lower rollers;
a plurality of upper decks, each of the upper decks being placed on top of the upper rollers of one of the forms, each of the upper decks having an upper surface configured to receive the concrete while being poured and hardened; and wherein
the upper rollers of each of the forms are in rolling engagement with a lower side of one of the upper decks, enabling the forms to be rolled out from under the upper decks and off the ground surface after the slab foundation has hardened.

US Pat. No. 10,557,245

VIBRATORY PILE-DRIVING DEVICE

BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Sc...

1. A vibratory pile-driving apparatus comprising:a carrier implement with a mast;
a vibration generator for the purpose of generating vibrations, the vibration generator comprising:
a transmission housing;
at least one pair of rotatably supported unbalanced units arranged in the transmission housing; and
at least one rotary drive, which is a hydraulic motor;
a soundproof housing;
damping elements;
at least one oil supply line;
at least one oil discharge line;
hydraulic/transmission oil; and
a joint hydraulic/transmission oil tank, which is arranged on the carrier implement,
wherein
the at least one pair of rotatably supported unbalanced units is driven in a rotating manner by the at least one rotary drive,
the transmission housing is substantially surrounded by the soundproof housing,
the transmission housing is supported within the soundproof housing by the damping elements,
the at least one oil supply line and the at least one oil discharge line are led out of the soundproof housing,
the vibratory pile-driving apparatus is configured to cool the hydraulic/transmission oil outside the soundproof housing,
the hydraulic/transmission oil flows inside the hydraulic motor,
the hydraulic/transmission oil flows inside the transmission housing,
the hydraulic/transmission oil flows between the hydraulic motor and the joint hydraulic/transmission oil tank and between the transmission housing and the joint hydraulic/transmission oil tank,
on an underside of the transmission housing, a holding unit for clamping and holding a driving material is mounted,
the soundproof housing is spaced from the holding unit through an annular gap that is covered by an elastic cover element, and
the cover element is designed as a bellows with a first end fixed on the soundproof housing and a second end fixed on the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,244

HAMMERING DEVICE

1. A hammering device which can be coupled to a working machine, comprising a first frame and a second frame,the first frame having a forked shape with two forks and having attachment means for attaching the hammering device to the working machine the first frame further having a series of suspension organs on inner surfaces of the two forks,
wherein
said second frame comprises
two vibrators, and
gripping jaws for gripping an object, the gripping jaws locating in the first end of turning jaw bars, wherein said bars can be moved by means of a hydraulic cylinder,
the second frame being attached via the suspension organs to the first frame, wherein the second frame extends to a first direction parallel to a center line and a second direction perpendicular to the center line so that said jaw bars are attached to articulation points such that
the suspension organs, the vibrators and the gripping jaws all locate on a same plane, and
the vibrators and the suspension organs locate centric on both sides of said center line,
thereby arranging a hammering force of the hammering device to be transferred from the vibrators to the turning jaw bars via the articulation points of the turning jaw bars.

US Pat. No. 10,557,243

ARRANGEMENT FOR SUPPORTING A STEEL PILE IN AN IMPACT PILE DRIVING DEVICE, AN IMPACT PILE DRIVING DEVICE, AN IMPACT PILE DRIVING MACHINE, AND A METHOD FOR ARRANGING THE SUPPORT OF A STEEL PILE IN AN IMPACT PILE DRIVING DEVICE

Junttan Oy, Kuopio (FI)

12. A method for arranging support of a steel pile in an impact pile driving device and reducing noise caused by impact pile driving, the method comprising:providing a cushion element made of material harder than steel of the steel pile and having a flat impact surface, a side surface and a supporting surface, the supporting surface having one or more grooves, each groove having an inner surface forming an absorbing surface having a concave shape;
said one or more grooves being wider from their open end than from their bottom end, the open end being wider than an end of steel pile wall, and the bottom end being narrower than the end of the steel pile wall, and the supporting surface is substantially on same level as the open ends of the grooves; and
placing the end of the steel pile wall at least partly against the absorption surface;
wherein by an effect of impact driving hit on the flat impact surface the end of the steel pile wall placed at least partly against the absorbing surface is shaped to match the concave shape of the absorbing surface, whereby vibration of the steel pile wall in direction of a plane transverse to the direction of impact driving of the steel pile is reduced and noise level of the impact driving is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,557,242

LUBRICATED SOIL MIXING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method of conditioning soil, the method comprising:demoulding soil using a tool including a chassis including at least two counter revolving chains each including at least one ground engaging element holder thereby creating demoulded soil,
extracting the demoulded soil,
mixing dry cement, cement slurry, bentonite cement slurry, phyllosilicates, granulated ground blast furnace slag, or a combination thereof with the extracted, demoulded soil at a mobile mixing plant,
wherein the extracted, demoulded soil includes at least one soil mixing additive.

US Pat. No. 10,557,241

PILING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT METHOD

Oak Co., Ltd., (JP)

1. A piling construction management method, comprising:providing a penetration testing device including a knocking block integrated with a penetration shaft projecting downward, a drive hammer that strikes the knocking block in free-fall, and a lifting mechanism that lifts the drive hammer after falling and releases the drive hammer at a prescribed height;
wherein the penetration testing device is configured such that a cylindrical hammer casing incorporating the lifting mechanism and the drive hammer is held movably up and down inside a vertical cylindrical outer casing, the knocking block is fixed to a lower end of the hammer casing, and the penetration shaft penetrates through a lower end side of the outer casing and projects downward to an outside of the outer casing;
after forming a piling hole with a set depth in the ground and before erecting a piling in the piling hole, disposing the penetration shaft of the penetration testing device inside the piling hole such that the penetration shaft reaches a hole bottom, and determining a support strength of the hole bottom based on the required number of impacts by the drive hammer for the penetration shaft to penetrate to a prescribed depth from the hole bottom;
when the support strength is equal to or more than a prescribed value, erecting a piling in the piling hole; and
when the support strength is less than the prescribed value, digging the piling hole deeper to form a deeper hole bottom and determining a support strength of the deeper hole bottom based on the required number of impacts by the drive hammer for the penetration shaft to penetrate to a prescribed depth from the deeper hole bottom until the support strength of the deeper hole bottom reaches the prescribed value or more, and erecting a piling in the piling hole with a length corresponding to a depth of the deeper piling hole.

US Pat. No. 10,557,240

OFFSHORE STRUCTURE, SUPPORTING MEMBER, SKID SHOE, METHOD FOR MOVING A CANTILEVER

GustoMSC Resources B.V., ...

15. A supporting member comprising a bottom part arranged to engage a curved deck rail and a top part arranged to engage a cantilever rail, wherein the top part and/or the bottom part are configured to allow rotational movement of the rail to which it is engaged during rotation of the cantilever rail with respect to the curved deck rail wherein the top part and/or bottom part comprises a guide element for receiving a rail, wherein the guide element has a width larger than a width of the rail, to allow for rotational movement of the rail, and wherein the top part and/or bottom part comprises a guide element for receiving the rail, the guide element has curved or V-shaped guide walls to allow for rotational movement of the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,557,239

INFLATABLE FLOOD BARRIER

1. A temporary dike comprising:a plurality of curtains, a plurality of floating bladders, a plurality of bed bladders, and a plurality of fasteners;
wherein the temporary dike forms a water impermeable barrier that contains and controls the flow of flood water;
wherein the flood water further comprises a flood bed;
wherein the temporary dike is a temporary structure;
wherein the each of the plurality of fasteners attaches a first curtain selected from the plurality of curtains to a second curtain selected from the plurality of curtains;
wherein the interconnection of the plurality of curtains forms a boundary structure used to contain and control the flow of flood water;
wherein the plurality of floating bladders forms a floatation structure that raises the plurality of curtains to form a vertical barrier that contains and controls the flow of flood water;
wherein the plurality of bed bladders anchor the temporary dike to the flood bed;
wherein each of the plurality of curtains are interconnected to form the boundary structure;
wherein the plurality of curtains comprises a plurality of identical rectangular barrier sheeting;
wherein the rectangular barrier sheeting is a fluid impermeable sheeting;
wherein the rectangular barrier sheeting is cut in a rectangular shape;
wherein each rectangular barrier sheeting further comprises a first vertical edge, a second vertical edge, a superior edge, and an inferior edge;
wherein the superior edge and the inferior edge are perpendicular to the force of gravity when the temporary dike is deployed;
wherein the first vertical edge is an edge of the rectangular barrier sheeting is perpendicular to the force of gravity;
wherein the second vertical edge is parallel to the first vertical edge;
wherein the plurality of fasteners comprises a first hook and loop structure and a second hook and loop structure;
wherein the first hook and loop structure is a textile-based structure that attaches to the first vertical edge of the rectangular barrier sheeting;
wherein the second hook and loop structure is a textile-based structure that attaches to the second vertical edge of the rectangular barrier sheeting;
wherein the plurality of curtains are interconnected by attaching the first hook and loop structure of a first curtain selected from the plurality of curtains to the second hook and loop structure of a second curtain selected from the plurality of curtains;
wherein the first hook and loop structure comprises a first strap, a first hook/loop surface, a second hook/loop surface, a third hook/loop surface, and a fourth hook/loop surface;
wherein the first strap is further defined with a first surface and a second surface;
wherein the first strap is a textile-based webbing;
wherein the first hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the second hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the third hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the fourth hook/loop surface attaches to the first strap;
wherein the first hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the second hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the third hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the fourth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the second hook and loop structure comprises a second strap, a fifth hook/loop surface, a sixth hook/loop surface, a seventh hook/loop surface, and an eighth hook/loop surface;
wherein the second strap is further defined with a third surface and a fourth surface;
wherein the second strap is a textile-based webbing;
wherein the fifth hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the sixth hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the seventh hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the eighth hook/loop surface attaches to the second strap;
wherein the fifth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the sixth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the seventh hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener;
wherein the eighth hook/loop surface is the hook/loop surface of a hook and loop fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,557,238

LOST SAND COLLECTING APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING COASTAL EROSION

HAN OCEAN CO., LTD, (KR)...

4. A lost sand collecting apparatus comprising:a filling frame which has a structure in which a plurality of plates are disposed in parallel to overlap each other at certain intervals in a longitudinal direction thereof and adjacent plates are partially attached to each other, wherein the filling frame extends in a lateral direction thereof to form a plurality of filling spaces, the filling frame relative to a respective filling space has a front portion and a rear portion, the rear portion extending higher than the front portion; and
collecting units which are provided on the filling frame and are each disposed to correspond to one of the filling spaces, wherein sands moved by a near shore current flowing from a coast to a sea above the filling frame are collected by the collecting units, wherein the collecting units are formed in a planar structure form which protrudes in an upward direction from the filling frame and is formed in the rear of the filling space of the filling frame with respect to a direction of the near shore current flowing from the coast to the sea.

US Pat. No. 10,557,237

CURBSTONE DEFLECTOR FOR A SNOW-CLEARING STRIP

1. A curbstone deflector for protection of a lateral end region of a snow-clearing strip attached to a snowplow clearing blade,wherein the curbstone deflector has a round or polygonally rounded-off wear edge and is provided with a recess that surrounds the end region of the snow-clearing strip, wherein the curbstone deflector has a front support surface supported on a front side of the snow-clearing strip, and a lateral support surface supported on a side edge of the snow-clearing strip,
wherein the front support surface is configured to be braceable against the front side of the snow-clearing strip via a screw connection,
wherein the screw connection has at least first and second attachment screws,
wherein the front support surface has a triangular basic shape and has an upper support edge that runs parallel to the longitudinal expanse of the snow-clearing strip, and has a lateral support edge that runs parallel to the side edge of the snow-clearing strip,
wherein the expanse of the front support surface in a longitudinal direction of the snow-clearing strip is greater by 1.5 times than the distance between the lateral support surface and the wear edge of the curbstone deflector, and
wherein the first attachment screw is disposed in the region of the upper support edge of the front support surface, and the second attachment screw is disposed in the region of the lateral support edge of the front support region and at a lowermost region of the front support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,236

ENGINEERED MATERIAL ARRESTING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR FORMING SAME

1. A method of forming a vehicle arresting system, comprising:pouring a first aggregate layer on top of a substrate;
compacting the first aggregate layer;
installing a separation layer on top of the first aggregate layer;
pouring a second aggregate layer on top of the separation layer;
compacting the second aggregate layer; and
installing a slab layer on top of the second aggregate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,557,235

ULTRASONIC SEMELT DISSOLVING AND SHATTERING SYSTEM

Andritz Inc., Alpharetta...

9. A method for monitoring and adjusting a rate of smelt dissolving in a dissolving tank comprising:receiving a sensor output signal from a sensor disposed within the dissolving tank, the sensor output signal indicating a process condition at a measured time;
receiving a transducer output signal from an ultrasonic transducer disposed in the dissolving tank indicating a transducer output;
comparing the sensor output signal with a programmed operation range for the process condition;
comparing the transducer output signal with a programmed operation range for the transducer;
sending a transducer input signal to the transducer to adjust the transducer output when the sensor output signal is outside the operation range for the process condition.

US Pat. No. 10,557,233

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HOISTING ROPE, HOISTING ROPE AND ELEVATOR USING THE SAME

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for manufacturing a hoisting rope, the method comprising:providing a plurality of elongated composite members, each elongated composite member of the plurality of elongated composite members including a composite material, the composite material including reinforcing fibers embedded in a polymer matrix;
arranging the plurality of elongated composite members to form an elongated row of parallel composite members such that the elongated row of parallel composite members includes the plurality of elongated composite members, the elongated row of parallel composite members having a longitudinal direction, a thickness direction and a width direction, wherein, in the elongated row of parallel composite members, the plurality of elongated composite members positioned side by side in the width direction such that the plurality of elongated composite members extend in parallel in the longitudinal direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members and are spaced apart at a particular distance in the width direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members, wherein
each elongated composite member of the plurality of elongated composite members is substantially larger in the width direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members than in the thickness direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members and includes
two opposite sides facing in the thickness direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members, and
two opposite sides forming flanks facing in the width direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members, and
each flank of said each elongated composite member of the plurality of elongated composite members has a convex shape,
wherein the arranging of the plurality of the elongated composite members to be positioned side by side in the width direction, is performed by guiding said each elongated composite member under tension;
directing plasma treatment on the elongated row of parallel composite members and thereby on one or more outer surfaces of said each elongated composite member of the elongated row of parallel composite members while continuing the guiding to keep the elongated composite members spaced apart at the particular distance in the width direction;
embedding the plurality of elongated composite members of the elongated row of parallel composite members in fluid polymer material while keeping the elongated composite members spaced apart at the particular distance in the width direction, subsequently to the directing the plasma treatment, to establish a product having the plurality of elongated composite members embedded in the fluid polymer material where the elongated composite members embedded in the fluid polymer material are positioned side by side with said each elongated composite member spaced apart at the particular distance in the width direction; and
solidifying the fluid polymer material of the product to form the hoisting rope.

US Pat. No. 10,557,232

TREATMENT LIQUID COMPOSITION AND INK JET TEXTILE PRINTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A treatment liquid composition for use in ink jet pigment textile printing and used by attaching the composition to fabric, the composition comprising:at least one cationic compound;
at least one compound selected from polyvinylpyrrolidones, polyethylene oxides, carboxymethyl celluloses, hydroxyethyl celluloses, and polyvinyl alcohols;
a surfactant having an HLB of 13 or more, and
water, wherein
the fabric contains polyester.

US Pat. No. 10,557,230

IRONING MACHINE

Electrolux Laundry System...

1. An ironing machine comprising: an axially-rotatable ironing drum; a motor assembly adapted to drive the ironing drum into rotation about a drum longitudinal axis; an ironing chest arranged adjacent to the ironing drum, locally substantially parallel to a peripheral surface of said ironing drum; a supporting assembly adapted to keep the ironing drum and the ironing chest adjacent to one another; and an induction device located adjacent to the ironing chest and adapted to heat up, via electromagnetic induction, the ironing chest;said ironing chest comprising a platelike member which extends beside the ironing drum, and is substantially C-bent so as to extend locally substantially parallel to the peripheral surface of said ironing drum;
wherein said platelike member has a multilayer structure that includes: a main supporting sheet which is substantially C-bent and is made of a first metal material having a given thermal conductivity; and a ferromagnetic layer which covers a convex face of said main supporting sheet, and is made of a ferromagnetic second metal material having a thermal conductivity lower than that of said first metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,229

BLOCKAGE DETECTION IN A DRYER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dryer appliance comprising:a cabinet;
a drum rotatably mounted within the cabinet, the drum defining a drying chamber for receipt of clothes for drying;
an exhaust conduit defining an exhaust passage, the exhaust conduit having a first cross-sectional area and being in fluid communication with the drying chamber, the exhaust conduit further having a flow restriction having a second cross-sectional area less than the first cross-sectional area;
an air handler operably coupled to the exhaust conduit for urging a flow of air through the exhaust passage;
a differential pressure sensor operably coupled to the exhaust conduit, the differential pressure sensor comprising an upstream conduit fluidly coupled to the exhaust conduit upstream of the flow restriction and a downstream conduit fluidly coupled to the exhaust conduit proximate the flow restriction; and
a controller operably coupled to the differential pressure sensor, the controller being configured for detecting a blockage within the exhaust passage.

US Pat. No. 10,557,228

ADDITIVE DELIVERY ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An additive delivery assembly for an appliance, the appliance defining a chamber in which an airflow is configured to flow, the additive delivery assembly comprising:a tank defining a tank volume configured for receipt of an additive; and
a roller configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the roller comprising a surface that defines a reference point that is exposed to the additive disposed within the tank when the roller is in a first position and the reference point of the surface is exposed to the chamber when the roller is in a second position, and wherein when the roller is rotated about the axis of rotation from the first position to the second position, the additive disposed on the surface of the roller at the reference point is exposed to the airflow flowing in the chamber of the appliance;
a motor mechanically coupled with the roller for driving the roller about the axis of rotation;
a controller communicatively coupled with the motor, and wherein the controller is configured to:
receive a request to deliver an amount of the additive to the chamber of the appliance;
receive one or more signals indicative of a liquid level of the additive within the tank;
determine an angular distance in which to rotate the roller about the axis of rotation based at least in part on the one or more signals; and
activate the motor to rotate the roller about the axis of rotation the determined angular distance.

US Pat. No. 10,557,227

DRYING RACK

Whitmor, Inc., Southhave...

1. A drying rack for drying wet garments, the drying rack comprising:a left frame comprising a top leg and a bottom leg;
a right frame comprising a top leg and a bottom leg;
a plurality of crossbars that attach the left frame top leg to the right frame top leg;
a plurality of crossbars that attach the left frame bottom leg to the right frame bottom leg;
a joint member at a proximal portion of each of the top legs and the bottom legs;
wherein the top and bottom legs have projections and the crossbars have an aperture to receive a left frame projection and an aperture to receive a right frame projection, allowing the crossbars to be releasably attached to the legs; and
wherein each joint member is used to attach the top leg of the left frame to the bottom leg of the left frame and the top leg of the right frame to the bottom leg of the right frame; a first lock member coupled to one of the joint members of the top leg or the bottom leg in the left frame; and
a second lock member coupled to one of the joint members of the top leg or the bottom leg in the right frame.

US Pat. No. 10,557,226

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS AND DOOR OF A LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a cabinet having an opening in the front;
a drum rotatably provided inside the cabinet; and
a door assembly pivotably provided at the cabinet to open or close the opening,
wherein the door assembly includes:
an inner body configured to open or close the opening and having a first height, a first surface, and a second surface;
an outer body having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface configured to be coupled to the first surface of the inner body, and having a second height;
a control panel provided on an upper side of the inner body and configured to receive an input from a user and to display information;
a control panel cover provided on a rear surface of the control panel; and
an outer cover provided on the first surface of the outer body and formed of a transparent material,
wherein the second height is greater than the first height such that a portion of the second surface of the outer body is exposed above the inner body, and
wherein the control panel cover is configured to be detachably coupled to the second surface of the outer body and is positioned above the inner body to define a rear upper surface of the door assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,225

SEWING MACHINE

YAMATO MISHIN SEIZO KABUS...

1. A sewing machine comprising:a cylinder unit configured to support two materials having annular edges by being inserted therethrough, with one of the two materials being located on an inner side and the other one of the two materials being located on an outer side;
a stitch plate configured to support said one of the two materials on the inner side supported by the cylinder unit by abutting said one of the two materials on the inner side from below;
a material presser configured to press the other one of the two materials on the outer side supported by the cylinder unit above the stitch plate; and
a material sandwiching unit provided on the near side of the stitch plate and the material presser and configured to sandwich, from above and below, the two materials stacked, with the one of the two materials on the inner side being located on the lower side and the remaining one of the two materials on the outer side being located on the upper side.

US Pat. No. 10,557,224

THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES WITH IMPROVED THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

Hanwha Azdel, Inc., Fore...

1. A method of producing a thermoplastic composite article comprising:adding discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers, expandable microspheres and a thermoplastic resin to an agitated liquid-containing foam to form a dispersed liquid mixture of the thermoplastic resin, expandable microspheres and the discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers;
depositing the dispersed liquid mixture of the discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers, the expandable microspheres and the thermoplastic resin onto a forming support element;
evacuating the liquid from the deposited dispersed mixture to form a web from the discontinuous reinforcing mineral fibers, the expandable microspheres and the thermoplastic resin;
heating the web above a softening temperature of the thermoplastic resin of the web;
compressing the web to a predetermined thickness to form a porous thermoplastic core sheet material comprising the web formed from the discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers and the thermoplastic resin; and
disposing a first skin layer on a first surface of the porous thermoplastic core sheet material to form a porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article, wherein the basalt fibers are present in the porous thermoplastic core sheet material from about 45 weight percent to about 55 weight percent, and wherein the formed porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article comprises a lower sag, a higher peak load value in the machine direction, a higher flexural strength value in the machine direction, a higher flexural modulus in the machine direction and a higher flexural slope in the machine direction when compared to a reference porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article that is substantially the same as the formed porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article except having glass fibers in place of the basalt fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,557,223

WOVEN CLOTH

1. A woven cloth, including: a plurality of first threads, a plurality of second threads, and a plurality of third threads; each of the plurality of first threads and each of the plurality of second threads woven by a plurality of filaments respectively; each of the plurality of first threads interwoven with and tie the plurality of second threads and interwoven with and tie at least part of the plurality of third threads; the third threads being not interwoven with the plurality of second threads;wherein each of the plurality of third threads has a plurality of wave crests and a plurality of wave troughs arranged alternatively, the plurality of wave crests and the plurality of wave troughs of the at least adjacent two of the third threads are arranged toward two opposite sides of the woven cloth and form a plurality of mesh portions above a plurality of meshes formed by the plurality of first threads and the plurality of second threads;
wherein at least one of the plurality of wave crests and at least one of the plurality of wave troughs of the at least adjacent two of the third threads overlap and form at least one first overlapped portion and at least one second overlapped portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,222

WOVEN TEXTILE

1. A woven textile, having a first end and a second which is opposite to the first end, a direction from the first end to the second end defining a longitudinal direction, a horizontal direction being defined perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the woven textile including a first block and a second block which are connected with each other, the first and second blocks being arranged along the longitudinal direction, the woven textile further including at least one binding thread;wherein the first block includes a first upper layer and a first lower layer, the first upper layer includes at least one first woven braid, the first woven braid is woven by a plurality of woven threads and meanderingly extends along the horizontal direction, the meandering first woven braid extending back and forth along the longitudinal direction to form a plurality of first threads to form a plurality of hollow-out portions among adjacent first threads of the first woven braid, the first lower layer includes at least one second woven braid, the second woven braid is woven by a plurality of woven threads and meanderingly extends along the horizontal direction, the meandering second woven braid extending back and forth along the longitudinal direction to form a plurality of second threads to form a plurality of hollow-out portions among the second woven braid, and a overlapping part of the hollow-out portions of the first upper layer and the hollow-out portions of the first lower layer forms a plurality of first meshes;
wherein the second block includes a second upper layer and a second lower layer, the second upper layer includes at least one third woven braid, the third woven braid is woven by a plurality of woven threads and meanderingly extends along the horizontal direction, the meandering third woven braid extending back and forth along the longitudinal direction to form a plurality of third threads to form a plurality of hollow-out portions among the third woven braid, the second lower layer includes at least one fourth woven braid, the fourth woven braid is woven by a plurality of woven threads and meanderingly extends along the horizontal direction, the meandering fourth woven braid extending back and forth along the longitudinal direction to form a plurality of fourth threads to form a plurality of hollow-out portions among the fourth braid, and a overlapping part of the hollow-out portions of the second upper layer and the hollow-out portions of the second lower layer forms a plurality of second meshes;
wherein the at least one binding thread weaves and fixes the first woven braid and the second woven braid with each other and weaves and fixes the third woven braid and the fourth woven braid with each other, and the at least one binding thread weaves and fixes the first block and the second block with each other;
wherein at least the first woven braid is greater than the third woven braid in diameter, and each said first mesh is smaller than each said second mesh in area.

US Pat. No. 10,557,221

COVERS FOR ELECTRONIC DISPLAY ELEMENTS WITH IMPROVED VISIBILITY

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An electronic device comprising:a cylindrical housing;
a display element disposed about the cylindrical housing; and
a woven fabric cover disposed about the display element, the woven fabric cover having an inside surface that faces the display element, and an outside surface that faces outward with respect to the cylindrical housing, wherein the woven fabric cover comprises:
a first yarn segment;
a second yarn segment coupled to the first yarn segment, wherein the first yarn segment and the second yarn segment together form an opening that extends through the woven fabric cover; and
an optically clear adhesive disposed on the first yarn segment and the second yarn segment, wherein a first portion of the optically clear adhesive is disposed on the inside surface of the woven fabric cover, and a second portion of the optically clear adhesive fills the opening, wherein the optically clear adhesive has a refractive index value of about 1.5;
wherein light output by the display element is visible through the woven fabric cover.

US Pat. No. 10,557,220

SMART YARN AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A YARN CONTAINING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SIREN CARE, INC., San Fr...

1. A method for producing a smart yarn, the method comprising:providing a set of sensing elements comprising a first sensing element and a second sensing element, each sensing element in the set of sensing elements comprising:
a respective sensor module; and
a respective conductive lead extending from the sensor module along a longitudinal axis;
wrapping a set of fibers into a yarn within a wrapping field;
feeding a leading end of the first sensing element into the wrapping field;
releasing the first sensing element into the wrapping field;
encasing the first sensing element between the set of fibers within the yarn;
following release of the first sensing element into the wrapping field, feeding a leading end of the second sensing element into the wrapping field;
releasing the second sensing element into the wrapping field; and
encasing the second sensing element between the set of fibers and longitudinally behind the first sensing element within the yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,557,219

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR COOLING YARNS AND FABRICS COMPRISING A CELLULOSIC FIBER, AND ARTICLES COMPRISING SAME

1. A single covered yarn comprising:(a) a core fiber comprising a composite fiber; and
(b) a first fiber comprising a cellulosic fiber;
wherein the composite fiber comprises a core component and a sheath component;
wherein the core component comprises a polyester polymer and a first cooling composition;
wherein the sheath component comprises a polyamide polymer and a second cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition is present in an amount of about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % based on the weight of the polyester polymer and the first cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition comprises Ag, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Si, Ti, or combinations thereof present in at least one ionic or covalent compound;
wherein the second cooling composition is present in an amount of about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % based on the weight of the polyamide polymer and the second cooling composition;
wherein the second cooling composition comprises Ag, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Si, Ti, or combinations thereof present in an at least one ionic or covalent compound; and
wherein the first fiber is wound around the core yarn to form a single covered yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,557,218

TEXTILE MACHINE BELT

NITTA CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A belt for a textile machine comprising a canvas core, the canvas core being constituted by a woven fabric with warps and wefts, which are respectively extending in a longitudinal direction and a width direction of the belt,the woven fabric composed with minimum units (11) of a twill weave texture, which are repeatedly arranged in the longitudinal direction and the width direction,
each of the minimum units (11) being constituted by weave points (13,15) arranged in a vertical direction which is the longitudinal direction of the belt and in a horizontal direction which is the width direction of the belt, each of the weave points (13,15) being a cross point at which a warp of the warps crosses a weft of the wefts,
the weave points (13,15) being constituted by two types of points that are a first weave point (13) at which the warp crosses the weft by passing over the weft and a second weave point (15) at which the warp crosses the weft by passing under the weft, wherein
in the minimum unit (11):
a plurality of columns, each of which is constituted by the weave points (13,15) aligning in the vertical direction, are arranged in the horizontal direction such that one column extending in the vertical direction is parallel to another column next to the one column;
the column includes an aggregate (19) in which one first weave point (13) and another first weave point (13) are arranged adjacent to each other in the vertical direction; and
a twill line (17) of the twill weave texture is formed by connecting these aggregates (19) over the columns such that the twill line (17) runs in the horizontal direction wherein one aggregate of one column is adjacent to another aggregate (19) of another column next to the one column in the horizontal direction, wherein
the twill line (17) is shifted down by one weave point in the vertical direction as the twill line (17) moves to the next column in the horizontal direction,
after the twill line (17) moves over more than two of the columns in the horizontal direction, the twill line is shifted up by one weave point in an opposite direction from the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,215

CDTE-BASED COMPOUND SINGLE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

1. A CdTe based compound single crystal comprising:a precipitate consisting essentially of particles having a particle size of less than 0.1 ?m obtained from an analysis by a light scattering tomography method, andan n-type impurity being Ga, In or Cl, whereina concentration of Ga is 1.8 ppmwt or more and 2.2 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound,
a concentration of In is 0.3 ppmwt or more and 6.3 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound, and
a concentration of Cl is 40 ppmwt or more and 300 ppmwt of less of the CdTe based compound.

US Pat. No. 10,557,214

METHODS OF PREPARATION OF ORGANOMETALLIC HALIDE STRUCTURES

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A method of making an AMX3 structure, comprising:dissolving MX2 and AX in a solvent to form dissolved AMX3 in a container, wherein A is an organic cation or Cesium (Cs), M is a divalent cation selected from the group consisting of: Pb, Sn, Cu, Ni, Co, Fe, Mn, Pd, Cd, Ge, Cs, or Eu, and X is selected from a halide; and
heating the mixture in the solvent to a temperature to form the AMX3 structure, wherein the temperature corresponds to the inverse temperature solubility for dissolved AMX3.

US Pat. No. 10,557,213

CRYSTAL GROWING SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCLUDING A TRANSPARENT CRUCIBLE

GLOBALWAFERS CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of growing a crystal ingot from a melt, the method comprising:providing a susceptor and a crucible assembly, the crucible assembly comprising a crucible and a plurality of weirs;
supporting the crucible with the susceptor, the crucible configured to contain the melt, wherein the crucible is substantially transparent; and
generating thermal energy via a heating system and supplying the thermal energy to the susceptor via thermal radiation,
the susceptor enabling transfer of thermal energy to the melt via radiation through the transparent crucible wherein a percent of the total thermal radiation supplied to the susceptor and transferred through the crucible is between approximately 80% and approximately 92%, each weir being substantially transparent such that a percent of the total thermal radiation transferred through the plurality of weirs is between approximately 80% and approximately 92%.

US Pat. No. 10,557,211

SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, DISPLACEMENT COMPENSATION METHOD FOR SUBSTRATE TRANSPORTING APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM THAT RECORDS PROGRAM

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A substrate transporting apparatus comprising:a plurality of substrate holders configured to hold substrates;
a holder gripper configured to grip each substrate holder;
a substrate transporting section that includes a horizontal guide, a vertical guide, and an arm on which the holder gripper is mounted, the arm configured to move along the horizontal guide and the vertical guide;
a rotation mechanism configured to rotate the holder gripper about a vertical direction axis;
a linear motion mechanism configured to linearly move the holder gripper in a direction perpendicular to a plane defined by the horizontal guide and the vertical guide;
a plurality of processing tanks configured to process the substrates;
a controller;
a memory that stores a first angular displacement compensation value and a first linear displacement compensation value relating to each of the plurality of processing tanks;
wherein the controller controls the rotation mechanism and the linear motion mechanism based on the first angular displacement compensation value and the first linear displacement compensation value so as to compensate for displacement of each of the plurality of the processing tanks;
wherein the memory further stores a second angular displacement compensation value and a second linear displacement compensation value relating to each of the plurality of substrate holders; and
wherein the controller controls the rotation mechanism and the linear motion mechanism based on the second angular displacement compensation value and the second linear displacement compensation value so as to compensate for displacement of each of the plurality of substrate holders.

US Pat. No. 10,557,210

DIRECT ELECTROCHEMICAL SYNTHESIS OF DOPED CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS ON METAL ALLOYS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for preparing a corrosion-resistant anodized metal surface, the method comprising:anodizing a metal surface with a bath liquid comprising water, sulfuric acid, and an aniline-monomer to form a corrosion-resistant coating of a doped polyaniline (PANI) on the metal surface;
de-doping the doped PANT of the anodized metal surface by rinsing the anodized metal surface with deionized (DI) water such that the corrosion-resistant coating of the doped PANI becomes de-doped and non-conducting; and
re-doping the de-doped PANI of the rinsed anodized metal surface by sealing the rinsed anodized metal surface with a seal solution consisting essentially of water and a dimercaptothiadiazole inhibitor at a temperature of about 80° C. to about 100° C. so as to form a re-doped conductive corrosion-resistant PANI coating on the rinsed anodized metal surface, wherein the dimercaptothiadiazole inhibitor is used as a dopant to form the re-doped conductive corrosion-resistant PANI coating.

US Pat. No. 10,557,209

METHOD FOR OPTICALLY INSCRIBING AND/OR MARKING ROUND STOCK

Weber-Hydraulik GmbH, Gu...

1. A method for applying an inscription or for applying a marking (16) in the form of a code on a piston rod (10) of a fluid cylinder, wherein at least a surface (12) of the piston rod (10) is chrome or steel, the method comprising:placing at least one covering (20) on the surface (12), the at least one covering having openings for the at least one of the inscription or marking (16) to be placed on the chrome or steel surface (12) such that an area that is to be provided with the at least one of the inscription or marking (16) is not covered by the covering (20),
exposing the piston rod (10) having the covering (20) to a first electrolyte (30) by which material is removed from the chrome or steel surface (12) by forming depressions (14) in the area that is to be provided with at least one of the at least one of the inscription or marking (16), and
exposing the piston rod (10) having the covering (20) and having the depressions (14) that are not covered by the covering (20) to a second electrolyte (32) by which the depressions (14) are filled by black chrome or black nickel in a galvanic process so as to form a finished inscription or marking (16) that is optically distinguishable from and flush with the chrome or steel surface (12).

US Pat. No. 10,557,208

METHOD OF PRODUCING REINFORCED CONTAINER

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method for manufacturing at least a portion of a reinforced container, comprising:forming, with a first material via an additive manufacturing process, a shaped substrate having mutually opposed first and second substrate surfaces;
disposing, within the substrate, a plurality of transverse members each of which includes mutually opposed first and second member ends exposed at least partially at the first and second substrate surfaces, respectively;
applying a coating of a second material to the first and second substrate surfaces to form first and second substrate coatings bonded to the first and second member ends, respectively;
removing substantially all of the first material such that the first and second substrate coatings remain in a mutually opposed disposition and define an interior region among the plurality of transverse members between the first and second substrate coatings; and
filling substantially all of the interior region with a third material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,207

ELECTROREFINING OF MAGNESIUM FROM SCRAP METAL ALUMINUM OR MAGNESIUM ALLOYS

PHINIX, LLC, Clayton, MO...

1. A method of removing Mg from Al scrap while recovering primary quality Mg master alloys, comprising:a. establishing a closed-loop circuit between a Mg recovery electrorefiner and a melter, the Mg recovery electrorefiner comprising an anode and a cathode separated by an electrolyte molten salt with density between that of Al and Mg metal melt;
b. melting Al scrap in the melter;
c. delivering melted Al scrap from the melter to the anode of the Mg recovery electrorefiner; and
d. extracting from the melted Al scrap a Mg—Al alloy product at said cathode and an Al alloy product at said anode by applying a current between the cathode and the anode through the electrolyte molten salt.

US Pat. No. 10,557,206

ELECTROLYSIS MEMBRANE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for checking a membrane of an electrolyzer for leaking, wherein the electrolyzer comprises two electrolyzer volumes separated from one another by the membrane and produces two product gases from a starting liquid by means of electrolysis, the method comprising:during electrolysis, detecting an electrolysis current strength;
measuring a liquid flow rate of the starting liquid between the two electrolyzer volumes;
calculating a ratio parameter proportional to the ratio of the measured liquid flow rate and the detected electrolysis current strength detected; and
using the calculated ratio parameter as an indication of membrane leaktightness.

US Pat. No. 10,557,205

ORGANIC RESIN-COVERED SURFACE-TREATED METAL SHEET

TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDING...

1. An organic resin-covered surface-treated metal sheet forming, on at least one surface of a metal sheet, a surface-treatment coating and an organic resin film on said surface-treatment coating, wherein:said surface-treatment coating contains a polycarboxylic acid polymer and a polyvalent metal compound;
said polycarboxylic acid polymer comprises a constituent unit in an amount of not less than 60 mol % derived from at least one polymerizable monomer selected from the group consisting of acrylic acid, maleic acid, methacrylic acid, and itaconic acid; and
said surface-treatment coating exhibits an infrared-ray absorption spectra having a peak height ratio (?/?) of a maximum absorption peak height (?) in a wave number range of 1660 to 1760 cm?1 and a maximum absorption peak height (?) in a wave number range of 1490 to 1659 cm?1 of from 0.37 to 2.35.

US Pat. No. 10,557,204

PLATED MATERIAL AND TERMINAL USING THIS PLATED MATERIAL

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A plated material comprising;a base metal made from Cu or an alloy containing Cu as a main raw material;
an underlayer made from Ni formed on the base metal; and
an Ag plated layer directly formed on the underlayer, wherein
a thickness of the underlayer is 0.1 ?m to 1.0 ?m,
a thickness of the Ag plated layer is 1.0 ?m or less, and
the Ag plated layer is exposed, wherein the Ag plated layer has a surface Vickers hardness Hv of 65 or more, and has a contact resistance of 1 m? or less when a contact load of 1 N is applied after the plated material is left to stand for a few days in a SO2 atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,557,203

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR GASEOUS PRECURSOR DELIVERY

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A temperature control system, comprising:a housing defining an internal volume; and
a first temperature control module positioned in the internal volume of the housing, comprising:
a first heat-exchanging module, comprising:
a fluid delivery module plate having one or more temperature control channels formed therein;
a heat spreader plate; and
a thermoelectric module positioned in between the fluid delivery module plate and the heat spreader plate and operable to create a heat flux between the heat spreader plate and the fluid delivery module plate; and
a first ampoule assembly, comprising:
a first canister comprising a sidewall, a top surface, and a bottom surface encompassing an interior volume therein;
a thermally conductive coating disposed over an outside surface of the sidewall and the bottom surface of the first canister;
an insulator layer disposed over the thermally conductive coating, wherein the thermally conductive coating over the bottom surface of the first canister remains exposed and contacts the heat spreader plate;
a bonding layer disposed over the outside surface of the first canister in between the outside surface of the first canister and the thermally conductive coating; and
an inlet port and an outlet port in fluid communication with the interior volume.

US Pat. No. 10,557,202

METHOD OF PROCESSING A SUBSTRATE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for forming a protective layer on a substrate support assembly, comprising:a chamber wall enclosing a processing region;
a support disposed in the processing region for supporting a substrate support assembly during processing;
a shield coupled to the support;
a rotary assembly coupled to the shield;
a plate coupled to the chamber wall, wherein the support is supported by the plate; and
a material source positioned to deliver a flux of material to a substrate supporting surface of the substrate support assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,201

VAPOR-PHASE GROWTH APPARATUS

TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPOR...

1. A gas-phase growth apparatus in which an upper part of a circular susceptor on the upper surface of which a substrate is arranged is provided into a circular opening formed at a bottom wall of a flow channel, while rotating the susceptor, the substrate is heated by a heater provided under the susceptor through the susceptor, a reaction gas is supplied into the flow channel, and a thin film is produced on the substrate,wherein a rotation driving device for rotating the susceptor including a cylindrical rotation member, and the cylindrical rotation member which is configured to support the circumferential edge of the susceptor by the top end thereof is arranged in a state of surrounding the heater
the heater is covered and sealed with the cylindrical rotation member,
the cylindrical rotation member includes a cylindrical main body, a susceptor supporting member having a short cylindrical shape provided at the top end of the cylindrical main body, and a plate ring-shaped support base provided at the top end of the susceptor supporting member, and a mounting part for carrying the circumferential edge of the susceptor is provided at the inner wall of the ring-shaped support base, and
the susceptor supporting member and the ring-shaped support base are made of boron nitride or silicon boron nitride.

US Pat. No. 10,557,200

PLASMA PROCESSING DEVICE WITH SHOWER PLATE HAVING PROTRUSION FOR SUPPRESSING FILM FORMATION IN GAS HOLES OF SHOWER PLATE

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A plasma processing device that processes a substrate by generating a plasma using a surface wave formed on a surface of a shower plate by a supplied microwave, the plasma processing device including a plasma generating antenna which is provided with the shower plate configured to supply a first gas and a second gas into a processing vessel, the plasma processing device comprising:a protrusion member made of a conductor and installed on the shower plate to protrude downward from a lower end surface of the shower plate, the protrusion member having a truncated conical shape,
wherein the truncated conical shape of the protrusion member is defined by an upper end surface, a lower end surface and a lateral surface extending between the upper end surface and the lower end surface, a diameter of the lower end surface being larger than a diameter of the upper end surface,
the lateral surface being inclined such that the supplied microwave is reflected from the lateral surface in a lateral direction and an upwardly inclined direction and the lateral surface having a parabolic shape spreading outward from the upper end surface to the lower end surface, wherein the shower plate includes a plurality of first gas supply holes through which the first gas is supplied into the processing vessel and a plurality of second gas supply holes through which the second gas is supplied into the processing vessel, wherein the upper end surface of the protrusion member is in contact with a lower end surface of the shower plate;
through-holes extending from the upper end surface of the protrusion member to the lower end surface of the protrusion member are formed in the protrusion member; and the first gas supply holes are connected to the through-holes, wherein the second gas supply holes are disposed on the lower end surface of the shower plate to surround a portion of the lower end surface of the shower plate being in contact with the upper end surface of the protrusion member, and wherein the through-holes of the protrusion member are formed at positions corresponding to minimum values of an electric field intensity distribution on a circumference of a circle having a predetermined radius in the lower end surface of the protrusion member, which are obtained by a Bessel function as solutions of a Bessel equation for the minimum values of the electric field intensity distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,557,199

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A heat treatment apparatus, comprising:a substantially-cylindrical reaction tube extending in a vertical direction, and configured to accommodate a substrate holder in which a plurality of substrates is stacked in the vertical direction;
a gas supply duct integrally formed with the reaction tube on an outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube to extend in a longitudinal direction of the reaction tube;
gas supply holes configured as pipe lines to bring an interior of the gas supply duct and an interior of the reaction tube into communication with each other, the pipe lines being oriented parallel to one another to supply a gas to the substrates in a mutually-parallel relationship;
a preheating duct integrally formed with the reaction tube on the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube, and installed so as to extend along the longitudinal direction of the reaction tube up to a predetermined position of a predetermined height existing in a vicinity of an upper end of the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube;
a connection duct configured to connect the preheating duct and the gas supply duct; and
a pressure-resistant container configured to cover the reaction tube, the gas supply duct and the preheating duct from the outside,
wherein the gas supply holes are formed in a region of the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube covered with the gas supply duct, and not formed in a region of the reaction tube covered with the preheating duct,
wherein a closed space is formed by the outer circumferential wall of the reaction tube and the preheating duct, and
wherein the gas supply duct and the gas supply holes are formed to cover a mounting region of the substrates mounted on the substrate holder along the longitudinal direction of the reaction tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,198

GAS DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:a substrate chuck;
a shower head structure over the substrate chuck; and
a gas distribution apparatus connected to the shower head structure,
wherein the gas distribution apparatus includes a dispersion container including a first dispersion space and a gas inlet section on the dispersion container,
wherein the gas inlet section includes a first inlet pipe including a first inlet path fluidly connected to the first dispersion space and a second inlet pipe including a second inlet path fluidly connected to the first dispersion space; and
wherein the second inlet pipe surrounds at least a portion of a sidewall of the first inlet pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,557,197

MONOLITHIC GAS DISTRIBUTION MANIFOLD AND VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND USE CASES THEREFOR

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a surface mount gas flow component having one or more gas flow ports;
obtaining a ceramic substrate having a first side and second side opposite the first side and including a surface-mount valve interface, the surface-mount valve interface configured to receive the surface-mount gas flow component and located on the first side, wherein the surface-mount valve interface includes a) two or more mounting holes in the ceramic substrate for receiving mounting fasteners for fixedly mounting the surface-mount gas flow component and b) one or more drop-holes, each drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes extending into the ceramic substrate and fluidically connected within the ceramic substrate with a corresponding gas flow channel that is located within the ceramic substrate and that follows a path that includes one or more segments that extend along one or more directions parallel to the first side, wherein each drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes has a corresponding seal region immediately adjacent thereto;
lapping or polishing at least each seal region of the one or more seal regions such that the surface roughness of that seal region is less than or equal to 5 ?in Ra;
placing, after the lapping or polishing, a crushable metal seal around each drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes such that the crushable metal seal is in contact with the seal region immediately adjacent to that drop-hole;
placing the surface-mount gas flow component against the first side with the one or more crushable metal seals interposed between the first side and the surface mount valve component and such that each gas flow port of the one or more gas flow ports of the surface-mount gas flow component aligns with a corresponding drop-hole of the one or more drop-holes;
compressing each crushable metal seal of the one or more crushable metal seals against a corresponding seal region of the one or more seal regions.

US Pat. No. 10,557,196

METHOD FOR REDUCING THE ADHESION OF DIRT TO A SUBSTRATE

1. A method for reducing the adhesion of dirt to a substrate, the method comprising:depositing a thin, incompletely closed layer of a material on at least one surface area of the substrate by a reactive vacuum coating process, the incompletely closed layer of the material comprising a plurality of islands of the material on the substrate, wherein the thin, incompletely closed layer is deposited by a sputtering magnetron, and wherein an oxygen-containing gas is used as a reactive gas in the reactive vacuum coating process; and
ion etching the at least one surface area after the thin, incompletely closed layer is deposited, wherein during the ion etching, ions adhere to the islands of the material, and surface subareas of the substrate on which the material is not present are affected to a varying degree by the ion etching, and wherein the ion etching results in a surface structure required for a Lotus effect, wherein the substrate includes an optical component, wherein optical transmission of light through the substrate is affected by an amount of dirt on the surface structure, and wherein ions causing the ion etching come from a plasma that is generated by the sputtering magnetron.

US Pat. No. 10,557,195

SPUTTERING TARGET AND/OR COIL, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A method of providing a sputtering target and/or a coil, comprising the steps of:heating a finished-processed sputtering target and/or a coil for being disposed at a periphery of a plasma-generating region for confining plasma to 500° C. or more under a vacuum atmosphere or an inert gas atmosphere to regulate the hydrogen content of a surface to be eroded of the target and/or the coil to a depth of 8 mm beneath the surface to 500 ?L/cm2 or less; and
installing the target and/or coil in a vacuum chamber within 5 hours after said heating step to prevent adsorption or occlusion of hydrogen; and
determining the hydrogen content by cutting out a sample of 20×10×8 mm=1.6 cm3 of the target or the coil including the surface, heating the sample to 800° C., and quantitatively measuring hydrogen gas released from the surface of the sample by means of mass spectrometry.

US Pat. No. 10,557,194

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMAL SOURCE MATERIAL DEPOSITION ALONG HOLE EDGES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for depositing a coating of a MCrAIY-type source material onto a panel, the panel defining an edge and a front panel surface, the method comprising:providing a cathodic arc, the cathodic arc including a target surface, the target surface disposed along a target deposition axis and able to emit the MCrAIY-type source material as both a cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor and a generally conical stream of liquid particles of the MCrAIY-type source material;
positioning the panel relative to the target surface based on a deposition angle, the deposition angle being between the target surface and an outer limit of the generally conical stream of liquid particles of the source material;
emitting the MCrAIY-type source material from the target surface as the cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor and the generally conical stream of liquid particles of the MCrAIY-type source material; and
coating the edge with the cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor to provide an edge coating
wherein the panel is a combustor panel and the panel defines at least one hole,
wherein the edge is a hole edge of the at least one hole, and
wherein coating the edge with the cloud of MCrAIY-type source material vapor to provide an edge coating includes coating the hole edge of the at least one hole, and further wherein the target deposition axis defines a target deposition plane, and
wherein positioning the panel relative to the target surface based on the deposition angle includes positioning the entire panel above or below the target deposition plane and within the generally conical stream of liquid particles.

US Pat. No. 10,557,193

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THIN FILMS BY UTILIZING SHORT LASER PULSES AND COMPOSITE TARGET MATERIALS

Pulsedeon Oy, Tampere (F...

1. A method for manufacturing a thin film type of coating by means of laser pulses, said method comprising the steps of:providing a coated powder, formed of at least a first and a second material, wherein the first material is metallic, inorganic or organic material, and the second material is a powdery substance, and the ablation threshold (J/cm2) of the first material is lower than the ablation threshold of the second material, and the first material forms a coating on the second material particles;
manufacturing a target of a desired shape from the coated powder by means of pressure and/or temperature by compressing;
directing laser pulses to the target for detaching the target materials and for forming particles with a desired size and material distribution, wherein the duration of an individual laser pulse is less than 10 ns; and
directing the materials detached from the target towards a substrate to form a coating on the surface or part of the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,192

METHOD FOR USING SPUTTERING TARGET AND METHOD FOR FORMING OXIDE FILM

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A method for using a sputtering target including a polycrystalline oxide containing a plurality of crystal grains, wherein the polycrystalline oxide contains indium, zinc, and one selected from the group consisting of gallium, tin, aluminum, titanium, nickel, zirconium, lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, hafnium, tantalum, and tungsten, the method comprising:generating a flat-plate-like particle having a flat plane by making an ion collide with the sputtering target, so that an equivalent circle diameter of the flat plane is greater than or equal to 1/3000 and less than or equal to 1/20 of an average grain size of the plurality of crystal grains, and
forming an oxide semiconductor film suitable as a channel region of a transistor by depositing the flat-plate-like particle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,191

METHOD FOR PRODUCING DEPOSITION MASK, DEPOSITION MASK, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sakai Display Products Co...

1. A vapor deposition mask comprising:a frame;
a magnetic metal body supported on the frame and including at least one first opening;
a resin layer arranged on the magnetic metal body so as to cover the at least one first opening; and
an adhesive layer located between the resin layer and the magnetic metal body for attaching together the resin layer and the magnetic metal body, wherein:
the resin layer has a tensile stress in an layer in-plane direction; and
the magnetic metal body receives a compressive stress in an in-plane direction from the resin layer, wherein:
a width of the at least one first opening is 30 mm or more; and
a maximum bend amount ? of a region of the resin layer that is located in the at least one first opening of the magnetic metal body when the magnetic metal body is held in a horizontal direction is 5 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,557,190

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUSCEPTOR

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising: a chamber; a susceptor to receive a substrate and provided in the chamber, the susceptor including a first ceramics base member including a flow passage to let a coolant pass through and formed therein and a first conductive layer formed on a top surface of the first ceramics base member, the top surface of the first ceramics base member is configured to receive and support the substrate, and a side surface of the first ceramics base member; a gas supply source to supply a predetermined gas into the chamber; and a high frequency power source electrically connected via a conducting member contacting the first conductive layer at an outer surface of the first ceramics base member to generate plasma.

US Pat. No. 10,557,189

NI BASED SUPERALLOY, MEMBER OF NI BASED SUPERALLOY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ...

1. A manufacturing process of a Ni based superalloy softening material comprising:a step for preparing a raw material of a Ni-based superalloy, the raw material of a Ni-based superalloy being subjected to a softening step in a next step;
a step for softening the raw material of the Ni based superalloy and improving workability, the step being performed subsequently to the step for preparing a raw material of a Ni-based superalloy, wherein
the step for softening the Ni based superalloy and improving workability is a step for precipitating a gamma prime phase that is incoherent with a gamma phase that is a matrix of the Ni based superalloy by 20 vol % or more, and the step of softening the Ni based superalloy and improving workability comprises:
a first step for hot-forging the Ni based superalloy at a temperature below the solvus of the gamma prime phase; and
a second step, being performed subsequently to the first step, for precipitating the gamma prime phase that is incoherent with a gamma phase that is a matrix by 20 vol % or more by slow cooling at equal to or more than 10° C./h and equal to or less than 100° C./h from a temperature below the solvus of the gamma prime phase and increasing the amount of the gamma prime incoherent phase,
wherein the solvus of the gamma prime phase is 1,050° C. or above; and further comprising a step of cooling the Ni based superalloy by quenching after the second step.

US Pat. No. 10,557,188

ALUMINUM ALLOY COMPOSITION AND METHOD

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. An extruded aluminum alloy product formed of an aluminum alloy having a composition consisting essentially of, in weight percent:0.5-0.7 manganese;
0.05-0.15 iron;
0.3-0.5 silicon;
0.005-0.020 nickel;
0.05-0.15 titanium;
0.01 max copper; and
0.10 max zinc,
with the balance being aluminum and unavoidable impurities, wherein the alloy includes manganese and silicon in a Mn/Si ratio of 2.25 or less,
wherein the extruded product is formed of an intermediate aluminum alloy product that was homogenized in a single homogenization step at a homogenization temperature of 500° C. to 595° C.

US Pat. No. 10,557,186

WROUGHT ALUMINUM ALLOY

KOREA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLO...

8. A wrought aluminum alloy comprising:0.01 to 0.15 wt % of Ti;
5.5 to 6.0 wt % of Zn;
more than 2.0 wt % but not more than 2.25 wt % of Mg;
0.4 to 0.8 wt % of Cu;
0.1 to 0.2 wt % of Cr;
at most 0.2 wt % (and more than 0 wt %) of Fe;
at most 0.2 wt % (and more than 0 wt %) of Mn; and
at most 0.2 wt % (and more than 0 wt %) of Si, with the remainder being Al,
wherein a change in volume change ratio along the solidus is in the range of 0.11% to 0.27%, wherein extrusion is possible at an extrusion speed in the range of 1.0 mm/s to 1.4 mm/s, and wherein the yield strength is greater than 508 MPa but not greater than 515 MPa when T6 heat treatment is performed after the extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,185

FREE-CUTTING COPPER ALLOY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FREE-CUTTING COPPER ALLOY

Mitsubishi Shindoh Co., L...

3. A method of manufacturing a free-cutting copper alloy worked material, the method comprising:any one or both of a cold working step and a hot working step; and
a low-temperature annealing step that is performed after the cold working step or the hot working step, wherein in the low-temperature annealing step, conditions are as follows:
the material's temperature is in a range of 240° C. to 350° C.;
the heating time is in a range of 10 minutes to 300 minutes; and
when the material's temperature is represented by T° C. and the heating time is represented by t min, 150?(T-220)×(t)1/2?1200 is satisfied,
the manufactured free-cutting copper alloy worked material comprises:
75.0 mass % to 78.5 mass % of Cu;
2.95 mass % to 3.55 mass % of Si;
0.07 mass % to 0.28 mass % of Sn;
0.06 mass % to 0.14 mass % of P;
0.022 mass % to 0.25 mass % of Pb; and
a balance including Zn and inevitable impurities,
a total amount of Fe, Mn, Co, and Cr as the inevitable impurities is lower than 0.08 mass %,
when a Cu content is represented by [Cu] mass %, a Si content is represented by [Si] mass %, a Sn content is represented by [Sn] mass %, a P content is represented by [P] mass %, and a Pb content is represented by [Pb] mass %, the relations of
76.25?f1=[Cu]+0.8×[Si]?8.5×[Sn]+[P]+0.5×[Pb]?80.3 and
61.5?f2=[Cu]?4.3×[Si]?0.7×[Sn]?[P]+0.5×[Pb]?63.3
are satisfied,
in constituent phases of metallographic structure of the manufactured free-cutting copper alloy worked material, when an area ratio of a phase is represented by (?)%, an area ratio of ? phase is represented by (?)%, an area ratio of ? phase is represented by (?)%, an area ratio of K phase is represented by (?)%, and an area ratio of ? phase is represented by (?)%, the relations of
25?(?)?65,
0?(?)?1.5,
0?(?)?0.2,
0?(?)?2.0,
97.0?f3=(?)+(?),
99.4?f4=(?)+(?)+(?)+(?),
0?f5=(?)+(?)?2.5, and
27?f6=(?)+6×(?)1/2+0.5×(?)?70
are satisfied,
the length of the long side of ? phase is 30 ?m or less,
the length of the long side of ? phase is 25 ?m or less, and
? phase is present in a phase.

US Pat. No. 10,557,184

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COPPER ALLOY AND COPPER ALLOY

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method for manufacturing a copper alloy, the method comprising the steps of:(a) weighing a copper powder and one of a Cu—Zr master alloy and a ZrH2 powder such that an alloy composition of Cu-xZr (x is the atomic % of Zr, and 0.5?x?8.6 is satisfied) is obtained and pulverizing and mixing the copper powder and the one of the Cu—Zr master alloy and the ZrH2 powder in an inert atmosphere until an average particle diameter D50 falls within the range of from 1 ?m to 500 ?m to thereby obtain a powder mixture; and
(b) subjecting the powder mixture to spark plasma sintering by holding the powder mixture at a prescribed temperature lower than eutectic temperature while the powder mixture is pressurized at a pressure within a prescribed range,
wherein the copper alloy has a structure in which a second phase is dispersed in a Cu matrix phase, the copper alloy having the following features (1) to (3):
(1) the average particle diameter D50 of the second phase in cross section is within the range of 1 ?m to 100 ?m;
(2) the Cu matrix phase and the second phase are present as two separate phases, and the second phase contains a Cu—Zr-based compound; and
(3) the second phase has an outer shell composed of a Cu—Zr-based compound phase and a core portion including a Zr-rich Zr phase.

US Pat. No. 10,557,183

WORK HARDENABLE YIELD RATIO-CONTROLLED STEEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHIN...

1. A method of manufacturing a yield ratio-controlled steel, comprising the steps of :subjecting an alloy of steel, comprising 0.10 to 0.40 wt % carbon (C), 0.90 to 1.50 wt % manganese (Mn), 0.50 to 2.50 wt % silicon (Si), and 0.060 wt % or less but exceeding 0 wt % aluminum (Al), with a remainder of iron (Fe) and unavoidable impurities, to rolling or wire drawing, thus obtaining a material;
performing a first heat treatment on the material, in which the material is heated to and maintained for a first predetermined period of time at a first temperature ranging from Ac1 to Ac3, which are Ac1 and Ac3 transformation temperatures; and
immediately after the end of the first predetermine period of time, cooling the material to a second temperature ranging from (25° C+Ms)/2 to Ms, where Ms is a martensite start temperature;
performing a second heat treatment immediately after the material is cooled to the second temperature, in which the material is maintained at the second temperature for a second predetermined period of time; and
generating in the material bainite or martensite based on ferrite.

US Pat. No. 10,557,182

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TAILORING COEFFICIENTS OF THERMAL EXPANSION BETWEEN EXTREME POSITIVE AND EXTREME NEGATIVE VALUES

1. A method of manufacturing a metallic material with a tailored thermal expansion coefficient in a selected range, comprising:plastically deforming said metallic material comprising a first phase and a first thermal expansion coefficient;
transforming, in response to said plastic deforming, at least some of said first phase into a second phase; and
orienting said metallic material in at least one selected orientation;
wherein:
said metallic material comprises an alloy with a mixture of phases;
said mixture of phases comprises at least one phase capable of a martensitic transformation that is embedded in another phase or phases that may or may not be capable of martensitic transformation;
said second phase comprises martensite;
said plastic deforming comprises mechanical deformation;
said metallic material, subsequent to said plastic deformation, comprises a second thermal expansion coefficient;
said second thermal expansion coefficient is within a selected range; and
said second thermal expansion coefficient quantifies thermal expansion of said metallic material in at least one selected direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,181

VALVE BODY TREATED BY AUTOFRETTAGE

Luxembourg Patent Company...

1. A method for improving the mechanical behavior of treatment of a body with threaded ports of a gas valve, comprising:providing at least two bores in the body and at least one bore intersection defining an internal volume;
closing the internal volume of the valve body by screwing plugs on the threaded ports, respectively; and
subjecting the internal volume to an autofrettage by applying a pressure of a value between 100 MPa and 500 MPa by means of a liquid, for improving the mechanical behavior of said body;
wherein a diameter of the at least two bores at the at least one bore intersections is between 1 mm and 20 mm; and
wherein the threads of the threaded ports have each a diameter delimiting a cross-section of the corresponding plug that is subject to the pressure of autofrettage, said diameter being at least three times greater than a diameter of the at least two bores at the at least one bore intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,557,179

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING REDUCED IRON

POSCO, Pohang-si (KR) Pr...

1. A method for manufacturing reduced iron, comprising:drying ores in an ore drier;
supplying the dried ores to at least one reduction reactor;
reducing the ores in the at least one reduction reactor and manufacturing reduced iron;
discharging exhaust gas by which the ores are reduced in the at least one reduction reactor;
branching the exhaust gas and providing the branched exhaust gas as ore feeding gas; and
exchanging heat between the exhaust gas and the ore feeding gas and transferring the sensible heat of the exhaust gas to the ore feeding gas,
wherein in the supplying of the dried ores to the at least one reduction reactor, the dried ores are supplied to the at least one reduction reactor by using the ore feeding gas, and
wherein the supplying of the dried ores to the at least one reduction reactor comprises supplying the dried ores along a first direction, supplying the dried ores along a second direction crossing the first direction and raising the dried ores along the second direction, and supplying the dried ores to the at least one reduction reactor through a plurality of third feeding gas pipe parts connected to the at least one reduction reactor in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,176

METHOD FOR DETECTING TRACE FUNGI USING SINGLE-CELL SEQUENCING AND KIT THEREOF

BEIJING INSTITUTE OF RADI...

1. A method for detecting trace fungi using a single-cell sequencing, comprising the following steps:(1) acquisition of trace fungal cells: coating trace fungi samples onto a membrane glass slide for laser microdissection, finding target cells using a laser microdissection system, and performing the laser microdissection on one of the target cells by a laser with a laser power of 37-43 micro joules to obtain a single target cell; wherein the above operation is repeated to obtain the target cells with a total number of 1-100;
(2) wall-breaking of fungal cell walls: extraction of fungal protoplasm by a chemical method combined with a mixed enzymatic method;
1) adding 0.8 M D-sorbitol solution into a centrifuge tube containing the target cells to immerse the target cells at 4° C. for 2 h;
2) preparation of a composite pretreatment agent: mixing 50 mM Tris, 5 mM EDTA and 5% ?-mercaptoethanol evenly;
3) preparation of a mixed enzyme treatment agent: preparing the mixed enzyme treatment agent according to any one of the following formula:
A: 6 mg/mL of snail enzyme and 4 mg/mL of lywallzyme,
B: 6 mg/mL of snail enzyme and 4 mg/mL of lysozyme,
C: 4 mg/mL of snail enzyme, 4 mg/mL of lywallzyme and 4 mg/mL of lysozyme,
D: 4 mg/mL of snail enzyme, 3 mg/mL of lywallzyme and 3 mg/mL of cellulase,
E: 4 mg/mL of snail enzyme, 3 mg/mL of lysozyme and 3 mg/mL of cellulase,
F: 5 mg/mL of lywallzyme, 4 mg/mL of lysozyme and 3 mg/mL of cellulase, and
G: 4 mg/mL of snail enzyme, 2 mg/mL of lywallzyme, 3 mg/mL of lysozyme and 4mg/mL of cellulase;
4) adding the composite pretreatment agent into the centrifuge tube containing the target cells to treat the target cells at 35° C. for 1 h;
5) subjecting the centrifuge tube to a centrifugation to collect the target cells to a bottom of the centrifuge tube, then discarding the composite pretreatment agent;
6) adding sterile water into the centrifuge tube to wash the target cells twice, centrifuging, and discarding liquid;
7) adding the mixed enzyme treatment agent into the centrifuge tube to treat the target cells at 35-45° C. for 3-12 h;
8) subjecting the centrifuge tube to a centrifugation to collect the target cells to a bottom of the centrifuge tube, then discarding liquid; and
9) adding PBS (phosphate-buffered saline) into the centrifuge tube to wash the target cells once, centrifuging, discarding liquid, and retaining 4-10 ?l of cell suspension;
(3) extraction fungal gDNA from the fungal protoplasm and amplification of the fungal gDNA: using a single-cell whole genome amplification kit to perform a nucleic acid extraction and amplification reaction on the 4-10 ?l cell suspension obtained in the step 9) to obtain the fungal gDNA;
(4) library construction of trace gDNA: constructing a library of the fungal gDNA using a DNA library construction kit;
(5) genome sequencing: performing whole genome sequencing on the fungal gDNA after constructing the library; and
(6) bioinformatics analysis: assembling data obtained from sequencing by using a relevant software to obtain assembled results, and the assembled results are compared with a relevant public database to determine a species of the trace fungi.

US Pat. No. 10,557,174

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COPIES-PER-UNIT-VOLUME USING PCR AND FLOW CONTROL OF DROPLETS

Life Technologies Corpora...

1. A method for quantification of a target nucleic acid in a sample, the method comprising:forming a plurality of discrete sample portions, each of the plurality of discrete sample portions comprising a portion of the sample, a reference dye, and a reaction mixture, wherein the plurality of discrete sample portions comprises discrete sample portions of a plurality of sizes;
amplifying the plurality of discrete sample portions to form a plurality of discrete processed sample portions including at least one discrete processed sample portion containing nucleic acid amplification reaction products;
detecting one or more fluorescence signals from the at least one of the plurality of discrete processed sample portions to determine a presence of the at least one target nucleic acid;
detecting one or more reference fluorescence signals of the reference dye from the at least one of the plurality of discrete processed sample portions to determine respective volume(s) by analyzing the reference fluorescence signal(s); and
estimating the number of copies-per-unit-volume of the at least one target nucleic acid in the sample based on the number of discrete processed sample portions determined to contain the at least one target nucleic acid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,557,169

POOLED ADAPTER STRATEGY FOR REDUCING BIAS IN SMALL RNA CHARACTERIZATION

Mount Sinai School of Med...

1. A mixture of 5? adapters for small RNA characterization comprising:a plurality of modified adapter sequences that are covalently extended at the 3? ends by addition of at least two random nucleotides, wherein the modified adapter sequences comprise the structure fNN, wherein f is the adaptor sequence, and wherein NN are at least two random nucleotides that have been covalently attached to the 3? end of the adapter sequence;
wherein the mixture comprises at least sixteen modified adapter sequences for each unique adapter sequence, wherein the at least sixteen modified adapter sequences comprise fAA, fAC, fAG, fAT, fCA, fCC, fCG, fCT, fGA, fGC, fGG, fGT, fTA, fTC, fTG, and fTT.

US Pat. No. 10,557,167

BIOMOLECULE SEQUENCING DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

QUANTUM BIOSYSTEMS INC., ...

1. A system for detecting a biomolecule using at least one pair of nanogap electrodes, comprising:a fluid flow unit comprising at least one pump for directing a plurality of monomers with reference substances bound thereto to the at least one pair of nanogap electrodes, wherein the reference substances comprise a first reference substance bound to a first monomer and a second reference substance bound to a second monomer, wherein the first reference substance is different than the second reference substance; and
a computer processor coupled to the at least one pair of nanogap electrodes and programmed to:
(a) measure tunneling nanocurrent signals resulting from the plurality of monomers with reference substances bound thereto using the at least one pair of nanogap electrodes, wherein the tunneling nanocurrent signals correspond to the reference substances, wherein the first reference substance and the second reference substance correspond to different tunneling nanocurrent signals; and
(b) identify a monomer of the plurality of monomers with reference substances bound thereto based on the tunneling nanocurrent signals measured in (a).

US Pat. No. 10,557,165

NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION METHOD AND ASSAY KIT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A method for detecting target nucleic acid in a sample, the target nucleic acid including a first sequence, the method comprising:(A) forming a reaction field by placing a reaction mixture on an electrode,
the reaction mixture comprising:
the sample;
a primer set for amplifying the first sequence to obtain an amplification product, wherein the primer set contains at least a first primer complementary to a terminal of the first sequence and a second primer homologous to the other terminal of the first sequence;
a corresponding amplification enzyme;
4 mM to 30 mM in concentration of magnesium ion; and
a redox probe having an oxidation reduction potential of ?0.5 V to 0.5 V, which generates a detectable electric signal;
(B) maintaining the reaction field under an amplification reaction condition to generate the amplification product, wherein, with the increase in the amount of the amplification product, a magnesium pyrophosphate is generated from the magnesium ion and the magnesium pyrophosphate precipitates with the redox probe on the electrode;
(C) chronologically detecting the electric signal from the redox probe with the electrode while maintaining the reaction field under the amplification reaction condition, wherein the electric signal increases with the increase in the amount of the amplification product present in a reaction field; and
(D) determining existence or quantity of the target nucleic acid based on chronological variation in the amplitude of the electric signal, obtained in (C).

US Pat. No. 10,557,163

BACTERIAL DETECTION CARTRIDGE

Becton Dickinson and Comp...

1. An apparatus for determining the presence of a microorganism in a sample, the apparatus comprising:a container assembly having a top, a bottom, an inner side wall, an outer side wall, a plurality of walls extending radially from the inner side wall to the outer side wall defining a plurality of compartments, and a plunger device adapted to move from a first position to a second position,
wherein, when in the first position, the plunger device defines a flow pathway adapted to receive a sample, the flow pathway being in fluid communication with an exterior of the container assembly and also with the plurality of compartments;
wherein, when in the second position, the plunger device seals the flow pathway, such that the plurality of compartments are not in fluid communication with each other, and the sample in each of the plurality of compartments is isolated from the sample in other compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,557,150

AUTOMATED NUCLEIC ACID ASSEMBLY AND INTRODUCTION OF NUCLEIC ACIDS INTO CELLS

Inscripta, Inc., Boulder...

1. An automated instrument comprising:a housing configured to house all of some modules;
one or more receptacles configured to receive nucleic acids and cells;
a growth module configured to grow the cells;
a cell concentration module configured to concentrate and render the cells electrocompetent;
a flow-through electroporation (FTEP) module configured to introduce the nucleic acids into the cells;
a selection module configured to select for transformed cells; and
a processor configured to operate the automated instrument based on user input and/or selection of a pre-programmed script; and
an automated liquid handling system to move liquids from the one or more receptacles to the growth module, from the growth module to the cell concentration module, from the cell concentration module to the FTEP module, and from the FTEP module to the selection module, all without user intervention.

US Pat. No. 10,557,146

MODIFIED PLANTS

THE INSTITUTE OF GENETICS...

1. A mutant wheat plant or plant part comprising a loss of function mutation in a TaMLO-A1, TaMLO-B1 and a TaMLO-D1 nucleic acid sequence, wherein said mutation has been introduced into SEQ NO. 13, SEQ ID NO. 14, SEQ ID NO. 15, SEQ ID NO. 16 or SEQ ID NO. 17 by using targeted genome modification, and wherein said mutation confers resistance to powdery mildew.

US Pat. No. 10,557,137

MODULATING APOLIPOPROTEIN (A) EXPRESSION

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, In...

1. A method of treating a disease or condition in a human comprising administering to the human 75 mg to 85 mg of an oligomeric compound having the following structure:and thereby treating the disease or condition in the human.

US Pat. No. 10,557,134

PROTECTION OF BARCODES DURING DNA AMPLIFICATION USING MOLECULAR HAIRPINS

TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVER...

1. A method of amplifying a target nucleic acid in a sample comprising:a. contacting a sample comprising a target nucleic acid with a target-specific hairpin barcode forward primer and a target-specific reverse primer,
wherein the hairpin barcode forward primer comprises, in a 5? to 3? direction: a 5? stem sequence, an adaptor sequence, a barcode sequence, a 3? stem sequence, and a 3? target-specific sequence, wherein the 5? stem sequence and the 3? stem sequence each comprise sequence complementary to each other and the complementary sequences hybridize to each other under a closed annealing temperature and do not hybridize to each other at an open annealing temperature;
b. amplifying the target nucleic acid by performing 2-5 cycles of PCR pre-amplification on the target nucleic acid, wherein the 2-5 cycles of PCR pre-amplification have an annealing temperature less than or equal to the closed annealing temperature of the hairpin barcode forward primer, to generate a plurality of pre-amplification target nucleic acids;
c. contacting the plurality of pre-amplification target nucleic acids with an adaptor-specific forward primer and an adaptor-specific reverse primer; and
d. amplifying the pre-amplification target nucleic acid by performing at least 10 cycles of PCR amplification on the pre-amplification target nucleic acids, wherein at least 3 of the at least 10 cycles of PCR-based amplification have an annealing temperature greater than or equal to the open annealing temperature of the hairpin barcode forward primer, to generate a plurality of target nucleic acid amplicons, wherein the target nucleic acid amplicons comprise the adaptor sequence and the barcode sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,557,132

MICROFLUIDIC CARTRIDGE FOR PROCESSING AND DETECTING NUCLEIC ACIDS

NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc., ...

1. A cartridge for processing a sample, the cartridge comprising:a first layer comprising a sample port and a fluid port at a surface of the first layer;
an intermediate substrate coupled to the first layer and defining a chamber opposing the first layer, wherein the chamber comprises an external surface defining a set of voids configured to receive a set of pins;
an actuation layer between the first layer and the intermediate substrate; and
a fluidic pathway defined by at least a portion of the first layer and at least partially separated from the chamber by the actuation layer, the fluidic pathway fluidly coupled to the sample port and the fluid port, and configured to transport fluid through the cartridge upon manipulation of the actuation layer by the set of pins; and
a set of chamber inlets configured to deliver fluid from the fluidic pathway into the chamber, wherein the chamber is fluidly accessible at more than one location along the fluidic pathway through the set of chamber inlets, and wherein the cartridge is configured to drive fluid from the fluidic pathway into the chamber, through at least a subset of the set of chamber inlets, upon manipulation of the actuation layer by the set of pins.

US Pat. No. 10,557,125

SELECTION MARKER FOR CELL TRANSFECTION AND PROTEIN PRODUCTION

SANOFI, Paris (FR)

1. An expression vector comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:3 encoding a mammalian dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) and at least one expression cassette for expressing a recombinant protein, wherein the DHODH comprises the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:4, wherein the DHODH is inhibited by at least one DHODH inhibitor.

US Pat. No. 10,557,113

SURFACE DETECTION AND PICKTOOL MANIPULATOR

BD KIESTRA B.V., Drachte...

1. A device for collecting a specimen from a culture medium, comprising:a body comprising a cavity structure for receiving a replaceable picktool, the body and picktool being in approximately axial alignment; and
a detector configured to generate a signal in response to a force applied to the picktool when the picktool is brought into contact with a specimen disposed on a culture medium,
wherein the device is configured to operate in at least first and second modes, wherein the first mode permits the body and the picktool to move freely in an axial direction, which is proximately perpendicular to a surface of the culture medium, and the second mode applies more resistance to the axial movement of the body and the picktool than when the device is in the first mode;
wherein the device further comprises a device structure coupled to the body, wherein the body moves more freely in the axial direction relative to the device structure in the first mode, and the body is locked from such axial movement in the axial direction in the second mode and a key coupled to the body, wherein the key cooperates with an opening in the device structure above the key so that the key does not engage and may advance into and through the device structure in the first mode and in which the key cannot advance into and through the device structure in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,557,111

CELL CULTURE VESSEL

DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., ...

1. A cell culture vessel comprising a bottom and a sidewall, whereinthe bottom has a cell containing section in which a plurality of microwells for containing cells are disposed, wherein the plurality of microwells comprises 4 or more microwells whose centroids are positioned on a same axis and includes every microwell present on the cell culture vessel,
one or more microscopic identifiers are disposed in the vicinities of each of the 4 or more microwells and outside the 4 or more microwells so as to form respective identifier-microwell pairs, said microscopic identifiers being visible under a microscope and disposed on the same axis, and
the relative position of each of the one or more microscopic identifiers to a partner microwell varies in every pair.

US Pat. No. 10,557,109

INFUSION FILTER ARRANGEMENT WITH FORCED INFUSION SYSTEM FOR BEER-BREWING SYSTEM

1. An infusion filter arrangement for use with a brewing kettle of a beer-brewing system, the infusion filter arrangement comprising:a filter body configured to be placed and maintained in a kettle cavity of the brewing kettle during a mash cycle and having perforated outer walls defining a filter cavity configured to hold grains defining a grain bed in the filter cavity during the mash cycle; and
a forced infusion system including an infusion liquid delivery system configured to release water or wort out of the infusion liquid delivery system inside the filter cavity at an intermediate segment of the filter cavity and at a location relative to the grain bed for establishing a flow of the water or wort from the intermediate segment of the filter cavity radially outwardly through the grain bed that agitates the grains in the grain bed contained within the filter cavity.