US Pat. No. 10,214,966

ROTARY DRILL BITS WITH BACK-UP CUTTING ELEMENTS TO OPTIMIZE BIT LIFE

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

17. A method of designing a multi-profile layer drill bit for drilling a wellbore including a plurality of formations, the method comprising:obtaining an expected drilling depth;
generating an expected depth of cut as a function of a drilling depth based on the expected drilling depth;
estimating a wear of each of a plurality of primary cutting elements on some of a plurality of blades wear as a function of the drilling depth;
generating a designed depth of cut as a function of the drilling depth based on the estimated wear of each of the primary cutting elements;
estimating a first drilling depth where the primary cutting elements are worn such that at least one of a plurality of back-up cutting elements engage the wellbore based on the expected depth of cut and the designed depth of cut; and
configuring the back-up cutting elements on different blades of the plurality of blades than the primary cutting elements based on the first drilling depth, each back-up cutting element located at the same radial position with respect to a rotational axis of the drill bit as a corresponding primary cutting element, the back-up cutting elements under-exposed with respect to the primary cutting elements based on a critical depth of cut as a function of a radius of a bit body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,964

CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF DRILLING TOOLFACE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A downhole closed loop method for controlling a drilling toolface when drilling a subterranean borehole, the method comprising:(a) drilling the subterranean borehole;
(b) measuring a first attitude of the subterranean borehole at a first upper survey station;
(c) measuring a second attitude of the subterranean borehole at a second lower survey station;
(d) processing downhole the first attitude and the second attitude to compute an angle change of the subterranean borehole between the upper and lower survey stations;
(e) repeating (b), (c), and (d) until the angle change of the subterranean borehole is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold;
(f) processing downhole the reference attitude and the measured attitude to compute a toolface angle;
(g) processing downhole the toolface angle computed in (f) to control a direction of drilling of the subterranean borehole, processing downhole the toolface angle further comprising:
1) processing the target toolface and the toolface angle computed in (f) to obtain an error signal,
2) and processing the error signal to obtain a target toolface for a control unit; and
(h) applying the target toolface for the control unit to change the direction of drilling.

US Pat. No. 10,214,963

ACCESS PLATFORM SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED FOLDING STEPS

GSE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, H...

1. An access platform system for enabling access to and egress from ground-based structures, vehicles, and mobile equipment, the system having:a main frame that is attached to or juxtaposed with the ground-based structures, vehicles, or mobile equipment;
a vertical displacement mechanism attached to the main frame, the vertical displacement mechanism having a platform assembly for permitting personnel to stand or ride to raise the personnel to an elevated level or lower the personnel to a lower or ground level, the vertical displacement mechanism also having an electronic controller, including position limit switches, proximity switches, and sensors;
and
a folding steps assembly also attached to the main frame, the folded steps assembly having steps and
an electromechanical means for folding the steps so that the steps are displaceable to, from and between a folded up configuration and a folded down configuration;
the folded up configuration permitting the steps to be folded up to a retracted, out of the way position when the platform assembly is raised or lowered, the folded up configuration blocking access to the ground-based structures, vehicles, and mobile equipment, and allowing the vertical displacement mechanism to freely move upwardly and downwardly without interference by the steps, thereby blocking the folding steps assembly from unauthorized use;
the folded down configuration securing the steps in place, the folded down configuration being a default configuration that permits ingress and egress of persons to or from the ground-based structures, vehicles, and mobile equipment;
the platform assembly being configured to be deployable within an area circumscribed by the folding steps.

US Pat. No. 10,214,961

ADJUSTABLE LADDERS AND RELATED METHODS

WING ENTERPRISES, INCORPO...

1. A ladder comprising:a first pair of spaced apart rails including a first rail and a second rail;
a plurality of rungs extending between and coupled to the first rail and the second rail;
a first adjustable leg having a first end pivotally coupled with a first longitudinal locking mechanism, the first longitudinal locking mechanism being slidably coupled with the first rail and configured to selectively maintain the first adjustable leg at each of a plurality of longitudinal positions relative to the first rail, the first adjustable leg being pivotally positionable relative to the first rail between a first position, wherein the first adjustable leg is collapsed against, and extends substantially parallel with, the first rail, and at least a second position wherein a second end of the first adjustable leg is spaced laterally away from the first rail such that the second adjustable leg extends at an acute angle relative to the second rail, wherein the second end of the first adjustable leg is continually positioned lower than a lowermost end of the first rail when the ladder is in an orientation of intended use and as the first adjustable leg transitions from the first adjustable leg's first position to the second position;
a first discrete lateral support extending between the first rail and the first adjustable leg the first discrete lateral support having one end pivotally attached to the first adjustable leg and a second free end extending within an interior portion of one of said rungs;
a second adjustable leg having a first end pivotally coupled with a second longitudinal locking mechanism, the second longitudinal locking mechanism being slidably coupled with the second rail and configured to selectively maintain the second adjustable leg at each of a plurality of longitudinal positions relative to the second rail, the second adjustable leg being pivotally positionable relative to the second rail between a first position, wherein the second adjustable leg is collapsed against, and extends substantially parallel with, the second rail, and at least a second position wherein a second end of the second adjustable leg is spaced laterally away from the first rail such that the second adjustable leg extends at an acute angle relative to the second rail, wherein the second end of the second adjustable leg is continually positioned lower than a lowermost end of the second rail when the ladder is in an orientation of intended use and as the second adjustable leg transitions from the first adjustable leg's first position to the second position;
a second discrete lateral support extending between the second rail and the second adjustable leg the second discrete lateral support having one end pivotally attached to the second adjustable leg and a second free end extending within the interior portion of the said one of said rungs; and
wherein the first adjustable leg is moveable between its first and second positions independent of whether the second adjustable leg is in the first position or the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,960

ADJUSTABLE ROLLER BLIND MOUNTING BRACKET WITH BLIND FABRIC PROTECTOR

ZMC Metal Coating Inc., ...

1. An adjustable roller blind mounting bracket comprising:a bracket member adapted for mounting to a surface, said bracket member having an interior face;
an adjustment plate slidably received upon said interior face of said bracket member, said adjustment plate releasably receiving and supporting a roller tube shaft of a roller tube of the roller blind;
an adjuster to alter the position of said adjustment plate relative to said bracket member; and
a shield secured to said adjustment plate and moveable therewith, said shield having an interior side surface offset from said adjustment plate and preventing contact between said adjuster and blind fabric received about the roller tube;
said bracket member and said shield having co-operating flanges comprising a first flange on said bracket member, and
a second flange on said shield,
said first flange including a threaded bore for receiving a threaded bolt, and said shield preventing contact between said first flange and said threaded bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,214,959

HEADRAIL OF A WINDOW COVERING WITH SAFETY DEVICE FOR ASSESSING THE STABILITY OF THE HEADRAIL MOUNTING

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

11. A headrail with a safety device for assessing the stability of a headrail mounting comprising:a first end and a second end of the headrail;
an extensible end cap assembly disposed at least at the first end of the headrail,
the extensible end cap assembly comprising:
a piston, the piston comprising at least one spring, and a mounting bracket, wherein each of the at least one spring comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of each of the at least one spring is connected to and applies pressure to the mounting bracket when the at least one spring is compressed;
a floating bearing, wherein the floating bearing is connected to the second end of the at least one spring;
a crankshaft, wherein the crankshaft is connected to the floating bearing, and wherein, upon rotation, the crankshaft either compresses or extends the at least one spring;
a lever arm, wherein the lever arm is connected to the crankshaft, wherein the lever arm rotates the crankshaft causing the crankshaft to push against the piston thereby compressing the at least one spring when the lever arm is in a first position to thus create a compression fit between the mounting bracket and a window casing in which the headrail is mounted;
a force sensing resistor, wherein the force sensing resistor is connected to the piston and wherein the force sensing resistor detects the amount of force applied by the piston to the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,958

CUSTOMIZABLE GLASS WALL SYSTEM

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A system comprising:a frame comprising a removable headboard;
at least two glazed, transparent panes mounted to the frame, defining an interior space with the frame;
a plurality of rollers comprising motors mounted to the removable headboard; and
a film attached to each of the plurality of rollers such that when the plurality of rollers are selectively actuated, the films are selectively disposed within the interior space within the frame, between the at least two glazed, transparent panes.

US Pat. No. 10,214,957

INSULATED WINDOW ASSEMBLY

Deceuninck North America,...

1. An insulated window assembly comprising:a main support frame for installing in a wall opening of a building structure and formed by parallel spaced vertical frame members rigidly connected by vertically spaced horizontal frame members including an upper frame member and a lower frame member, with said support frame having opposite side portions defining a peripheral inner recess and a peripheral outer recess,
an inner sash unit including an inner sash frame positioned within said inner recess and an outer sash unit including an outer sash frame positioned within said outer recess, with each said sash frame enclosing a transparent glazing unit,
a set of hinges pivotally connecting each said inner sash unit and said outer sash unit to one of said frame members of said main support frame and supporting each said inner sash unit and said outer sash unit for pivotal movement between an open position and a closed position with said inner sash frame and said outer sash frame sealed by weather seals to said opposite side portions of said main support frame,
a set of elongated link members connecting said inner sash unit and said outer sash unit to one of said frame members of said main support frame with said link members being connected to provide simultaneous movement of said inner sash unit and said outer sash unit, and
a lock system including a handle member adjacent said inner sash frame and a sash connector within one of said frame members of said main support frame and operable to secure said inner sash unit and said outer sash unit to said opposite side portions of said main support frame in response to movement of said handle member from an open position to a closed position,
said lock system comprising an elongated strap member supported by each of said sash frames for longitudinal movement, with each said strap member supporting longitudinally spaced studs, said sash connector includes an actuator member supported within one of said frame members of said main support frame for receiving and engaging one of said studs on said strap member on each of said sash frames, and keeper members mounted on at least one of said frame members of said main support frame for releasably engaging at least one of said studs on said strap member on each of said sash frames for locking each said sash unit in said closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,956

HEAT TREATABLE COATED ARTICLE HAVING TITANIUM NITRIDE AND NICKEL CHROME BASED IR REFLECTING LAYERS

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
a first infrared (IR) reflecting layer comprising NiCr on the glass substrate over at least the first dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
a second dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride on the glass substrate over at least the first dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride and the first IR reflecting layer comprising NiCr;
a second IR reflecting layer comprising a nitride of titanium on the glass substrate over at least the second dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride;
wherein the second dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride is located between and directly contacting the first and second IR reflecting layers;
a third dielectric layer comprising silicon nitride on the glass substrate over at least the second IR reflecting layer comprising the nitride of titanium;
wherein the coating contains no IR reflecting layer based on silver; and
wherein the coated article has: a visible transmission from about 12-70%, a glass side visible reflectance no greater than 14%, a film side visible reflectance no greater than about 16%, a glass side reflective a* value of from ?8 to +1.6, and a film side reflective a* color value of from ?8 to +1.6.

US Pat. No. 10,214,955

GLASS PANEL UNIT, GLASS WINDOW, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GLASS PANEL UNIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A glass panel unit comprising:a first glass substrate;
a second glass substrate placed facing the first glass substrate;
a sealing member hermetically bonding outer peripheries of the first glass substrate and the second glass substrate to each other;
an inside space hermetically enclosed by the first glass substrate, the second glass substrate, and the sealing member and having reduced pressure; and
a plurality of spacers placed in the inside space,
wherein:
the first glass substrate includes a wire-embedded glass panel with a wire structure embedded therein, and an additional glass panel having no wire structure embedded therein stacked with the wire-embedded glass panel;
the second glass substrate has no wire structure embedded therein;
the additional glass panel having no wire structure embedded therein is stacked on a side of the wire-embedded glass panel which is closer to the inside space than another side of the wire-embedded glass panel;
the plurality of spacers are arranged so as to overlap with part of the wire structure in a plan view; and
a total pattern of a combination of the plurality of spacers and the wire structure is repeated regularly in all directions in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,214,954

THERMALLY BROKEN DOOR PANEL

1. An improved door assembly with a dual support connector assembly and without corner clips comprising:a. a thermally broken door panel comprising;
(i) a thermal break core comprising a solid composite;
(ii) a rigid thermal break edge disposed around a top edge, a first side edge, a bottom edge and a second side edge of the thermal break core forming a thermal barrier;
(iii) a front metal panel secured to one side of the thermal break core over the rigid thermal break edge;
(iv) a back metal panel secured on an opposite side of the thermal break core over the rigid thermal break edge forming the thermally broken door panel, the thermally broken door panel preventing the front metal panel from touching the back metal panel;
(v) an opening in the thermally broken door panel;
(vi) an insert fitting within the opening in the thermally broken door panel;
(vii) a dual support connector assembly positioned between the insert and the opening simultaneously, the dual support connector assembly comprising:
1. a clip body having a pair of through holes;
2. a door flange extending from the clip body; and
3. an insert flange extending from the clip body in parallel with the door flange;
(viii) a fixed sealing frame engaging the dual support connector assembly;
(ix) a front seal between the thermally broken door panel and the fixed sealing frame for sealing the fixed sealing frame to the thermally broken door panel;
(x) a back seal between the insert and the fixed sealing frame for sealing the fixed sealing frame to the insert;
(xi) a seal-less removable frame with a seal-less removable frame profile for attaching to the dual support connector assembly;
(xii) a fastener engaging the clip body to the fixed sealing frame;
b. a reduced thermally conductive door frame attached to a facility for supporting the thermally broken door panel;
c. a plurality of hinges affixing the thermally broken door panel to the thermally insulating door frame in a pivoting relationship, and
wherein the thermally broken door panel with the improved dual support connector assembly without corner clips is secured between the fixed sealing frame, the thermally broken door panel, the insert, and the seal-less removable frame opposite side of the fixed sealing frame without touching the seal-less removable frame creating an easily removable insert with a secure connection, which prevents and insert from breaking during severe weather, including a hurricane.

US Pat. No. 10,214,953

CLOSURE MEMBER WITH DECORATIVE PANEL

NAN YA PLASTICS CORPORATI...

1. A door panel comprising:a body having opposite sides;
first and second skins on the respective opposite sides of the body, the skins together defining outer dimensions of the door panel, each of the first and second skins having an opening through the skin, and the openings are aligned with each other;
a first lip portion provided on the first skin and adjacent a first of the openings, the first lip portion configured for holding a glass panel in the opening;
the first lip portion includes a void for receiving an adhesive applicable to fix a glass panel in the opening;
a second lip portion provided on the second skin, the second lip portion being configured to cooperate with the first lip portion for holding the glass panel in the openings between the first and second lip portions;
first and second coupling elements provided on the first and second skins respectively and extending between the skins for inter-engagement of the coupling elements to thereby fix relative positions of the first and second skins;
the first and second skins defining a space between the skins configured for receiving a filling material selected to form the body;
upon inter-engagement, the first and second coupling elements form a partition in and extending across the space between the skins to delineate a portion of the space separated from the openings for receiving the filling material to form the body; the partition is part of and formed through inter-engagement of the coupling elements;
wherein the first lip portion and the first skin constitute a first integral one-piece structure that partially overlaps with the opening in the first skin;
the second lip portion and the second skin constitute a second integral one-piece structure that partially overlaps with the opening in the second skin, the first and second lip portions being located and configured for sandwiching a pane of glass between the first and second lip portions, and
a first coupling formation is formed on the first skin between the first coupling element and the first lip portion and the first coupling formation is unused when the second lip portion and the second skin remain an integral one-piece structure, the first coupling formation being configured for engagement with a coupling element of a replacement lip portion configured for replacing the second lip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,952

TUBULAR DRIVE APPARATUS

Stabilus GMBH, Koblenz (...

1. Tubular drive apparatus for a panel, a rear cover, a tailgate or a door of a vehicle, comprising two tubes which are inserted into one another in a telescopic manner, the free ends of which are each hinged to the panel, the rear cover, the tailgate or the door of the vehicle and to the vehicle itself, the tubes being capable of being separated from one another and brought together by a spindle which is driven by an electric motor and comprises a spindle nut arranged thereon, in order to thus open and close the panel, the rear cover, the tailgate or the door,wherein the electric motor, the spindle, the spindle nut and an electronic circuit board having sensor elements mounted thereon are arranged within the tubular drive apparatus, wherein a power electronics unit for actuating the electric motor and including control software for controlling the electric motor by pulse width modulation is additionally arranged on the same electronic circuit board, and the electronic circuit board also comprises a temperature sensor for monitoring the operating temperature of the electric motor and Hall elements, and
wherein the electronic circuit board is arranged directly on the electric motor between the electric motor and the free end of the tube supporting the electric motor, and a permanent magnet is axially opposed to the electronic circuit board between the electronic circuit board and the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,951

DOOR HINGE HAVING DAMPING FUNCTION

1. A door hinge having a damping function, comprising:a housing,
a first rotating shaft,
a second rotating shaft,
a U-shaped rotating shaft,
a hinge cup,
a linkage member,
a torsion spring,
a connector,
a supporting structure, and
a damping structure comprising a damping housing and a piston rod,
wherein a first end of the linkage member is rotationally provided on the housing by the first rotating shaft, and a second end of the linkage member is rotationally connected to the hinge cup by a first arm of the U-shaped rotating shaft, wherein the hinge cup is configured for fixing on a door plank, wherein a first end of the connector is rotationally provided on the housing by the second rotating shaft, and a second end of the connector is rotationally connected to the hinge cup by a second arm of the U-shaped rotating shaft, wherein the torsion spring is fitted over the second rotating shaft, a first end of the torsion spring is fixed to the linkage member, and a second end of the torsion spring abuts against the linkage member, wherein the supporting structure is fixed to the linkage member such that the supporting structure cannot move with respect to the linkage member, wherein the damping structure is supported by the supporting structure,
wherein as the linkage member moves between an open and a closed position, the supporting structure causes the damping housing to slide along the housing between a first position in which the piston rod is separated from the torsion spring and a second position in which the piston rod is in contact with the torsion spring.

US Pat. No. 10,214,950

HINGE

MANFRED FRANK PATENT HOLD...

1. A poly axial hinge comprising:a mounting plate,
a first arm pivotally coupled to a panel mounting element at its first end,
a second arm pivotally coupled in a scissoring manner with the first arm by a main pivot, and pivotally coupled to said mounting plate at its first end,
a third arm pivotally coupled at a first end to said second arm at a location part way between said first end of said second arm and a said main pivot,
a first link member pivotally coupled at one end to a second end of said second arm, and pivotally coupled at another end to said panel mounting element,
a second link member pivotally coupled at one end to a second end of said first arm, and pivotally coupled at another end to another end of said third arm,
wherein said mounting plate includes at least one rigidly fixed first gear, and said third arm includes gear teeth directly or indirectly coupled together with said fixed gear, such that rotation of said second arm with respect to said mounting plate causes rotation of said first arm with respect to said second arm thereby driving the poly axle hinge open and/or closed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,949

REFRIGERATOR

1. A refrigerator comprising:a housing that includes a storeroom;
a door that is rotatably provided in the housing through a hinge portion and configured to open and close an opening of the storeroom by rotation;a connection line; anda wireless communication apparatus connected to the connection line, the wireless communication apparatus including a wireless communication unit configured to communicate using a radio wave having a wavelength, wherein the wireless communication apparatus is disposed at a position where a distance between the wireless communication unit and the housing does not correspond to a multiple of a half of the wavelength of the radio wave.

US Pat. No. 10,214,948

DOOR BARRICADE

Campus Safety Products, L...

1. A door barricade for a door having an interior face and an exterior face, the door barricade designed for use on the interior face and locking in an adjacent floor comprising:a) a door interior face flat mounting plate, the mounting plate consisting of an exterior face and an interior face designed for vertically mounting the interior face of the mounting plate against the interior face of the door of a material designed to help prevent access to the barricade from the exterior face of the door and designed such that the flat mounting plate is the only part of the barricade touching the interior face of the door;
b) a straight vertical bolt capable of rotating circumferentially and moving up and down to an upper and lower position of a length that does not reach the floor when the bolt is in a down position attached to the barricade in spaced relationship to the interior face of the door;
c) at least one holding device attached to the mounting plate designed to keep the vertical bolt vertical relative to the mounting plate and allow the vertical bolt to rotate circumferentially and move in an upward and downward manner to the upper and lower position;
d) a single floor device with a receiver hole for attaching to the adjacent floor; and
e) a locking arm fixedly attached to the vertical bolt having a fixedly attached locking foot at the bottom of the locking arm extending below a bottom of the straight vertical bolt, the foot in horizontal fixed spaced relationship to the vertical bolt and capable of locking only into the single adjacent floor receiver hole when the bolt is in the down position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,947

DOOR LOCK ASSEMBLY FOR A DWELLING

Otto LLC, San Mateo, CA ...

1. A door lock assembly for use with a door, comprisinga first frame element configured for mounting within the door having a main body and a pair of opposed sides forming a first channel therebetween, wherein one of the sides has a connector portion coupled thereto,
a movable locking assembly pivotally coupled to the connector portion of the frame element and having one or more elongated locking elements movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein the movable locking assembly includes one or more locking elements having a main body having
a locking element connector portion disposed at one end thereof that is sized and dimensioned for mating engagement with the connector portion of the frame element, and
a plurality of first teeth formed on an outer surface of the main body at a location different than the locking element connector portion, and
a second frame element having a main body and forming a second channel therein and being coupled to a support element having a plurality of second teeth formed thereon,
wherein, when assembled, the locking element is disposed substantially within the first channel formed in the first frame element when disposed in the unlocked position, and extends outwardly from the first channel of the first frame element and extends at least partly into the second channel formed in the second frame element when disposed in the locked position, and
wherein one or more of the plurality of first teeth of the locking element are adapted to selectively engage with one or more of the plurality of second teeth formed on the support element when a force is applied to the door.

US Pat. No. 10,214,946

LOCKING DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A locking device, comprising:a base adapted to be attached to a lid member;
a lever rotatably attached the base to be switched from an initial state to an operating state against an urging force or self-weight, and including a main member, the main member having a pressing portion at one side thereof, a connection portion turnably connected to the base for opening and closing a lid member, and an attachment portion provided at the connection portion;
a lock rod disposed on the base and sliding in association with turning of the lever, the lock rod having a shaft protruding from one end portion of the lock rod and a tip at another end portion of the lock rod opposite to the one end portion;
a braking device, which is a rotation damper, disposed on and attached to the attachment portion to be substantially coaxial to the connection portion of the lever for damping a rotational speed of the lever and a moving speed of the lock rod,
the braking device including a member having an attaching portion attached to the attachment portion, a braking shaft, which is an output shaft, for receiving a resistance of a fluid disposed inside the member, and a gear attached to the braking shaft;
an operation gear disposed on the base and rotating about a rotational axis thereof, the operation gear including a trunk portion extending in the rotational axis, a first teeth portion having a plurality of first teeth arranged along a circumference of the trunk portion, and a second teeth portion arranged on the trunk portion coaxially to the first teeth portion and separately from the first teeth portion in a rotational axis direction of the operation gear,
the second teeth portion having a plurality of second teeth arranged along the circumference of the trunk portion and engaging the gear of the braking device to rotate the gear in a direction opposite to a turning direction of the lever, the second teeth portion having a diameter larger than that of the first teeth portion for increasing a number of rotation of the gear of the braking device to obtain a stable braking force; and
a slide member disposed on the base and sliding upon the turning of the lever, the slide member having a shaft portion protruding in the rotational axis direction and contacting the pressing portion of the lever, a rack engaging the first teeth portion of the operation gear to turn the operation gear in association with the sliding of the slide member, and a groove slidably receiving the shaft of the lock rod so that when the lever is turned to push and move the slide member in a first direction, the shaft of the lock rod slides along the groove of the slide member to move the lock rod in a second direction crossing the first direction to switch the lid member to be unlocked,
wherein the lid member is adapted to be locked in the main member through the lock rod, and when the lever is turned to move the slide member in the first direction, the shaft of the lock rod slides along the groove of the slide member to move the lock rod in the second direction for switching the lid member to be unlocked and the operation gear simultaneously rotates so that the braking device engaged to the operation gear damps the moving speed of the lock rod.

US Pat. No. 10,214,945

DOOR LATCH ASSEMBLY FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A vehicle door latch assembly, comprising:a housing;
a ratchet moveable within said housing between a striker capture position wherein said ratchet is positioned to retain a striker and a striker release position wherein said ratchet is positioned to release the striker;
a pawl moveable within said housing between a ratchet hold position wherein said pawl is positioned to hold said ratchet in its striker capture position and a ratchet release position wherein said pawl permits movement of said ratchet out of its striker capture position;
a pawl lever coupled for movement with said pawl; and
a locking mechanism including an inside release lever pivotally mounted to said housing and a release link, said inside release lever operatively connected to an inside door handle and moveable between a Rest position and a Released position in response to movement of the inside door handle, said release link coupled to said inside release lever and moveable relative to said inside release lever between an Unlock position and a Lock position in response to actuation of an operating mechanism, wherein movement of said inside release lever between its Rest position and its Released position causes movement of said release link between a Retracted position and an Extended position relative to said pawl lever, and wherein said release link is operable to selectively engage said pawl lever and move said pawl from its ratchet hold position toward its ratchet release position when said release link is positioned in its Unlock position and movement of said inside release lever from its Rest position into its Released position causes said release link to move from its Retracted position into its Extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,944

OPENING-AND-CLOSING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DOOR

Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corpor...

1. An opening-and-closing device for vehicle door comprising:a close-latch mechanism that is provided to a door, the close-latch mechanism including a first latch configured to move from an unlatched position to a latched position and a first ratchet subject to an urging force and configured to engage with the first latch in the latched position to hold the door in a closed position;
an open-latch mechanism that is provided to the door, the open-latch mechanism including a second latch configured to move from an unlatched position to a latched position and a second ratchet subject to an urging force and configured to engage with the second latch in the latched position to hold the door in an opened position;
an electric-powered releasing mechanism including a motor configured to perform a drive by an input from a user and a release output lever configured to rotate to operate the first ratchet to a releasing position;
an open-latch interlocking mechanism that is configured to operate in conjunction with a motion of the second latch from the unlatched position to the latched position; and
a relay mechanism that is configured to change a state of a transmission path of releasing operation from a connected state to a disconnected state to allow returning of the first ratchet which has stopped in the releasing position, a releasing operation of the electric-powered releasing mechanism being transmitted to the first ratchet in the connected state and not being transmitted to the first ratchet in the disconnected state, the connected state changing to the disconnected state by an operation of the open-latch interlocking mechanism,
wherein the open-latch interlocking mechanism includes a cam lever configured to pivot by making contact with the second latch pivoting from the unlatched position to the latched position, a cancel lever coupled to the relay mechanism via a cable and configured to pivot integrally with the cam lever, and an urging member configured to urge the cam lever and the cancel lever, which have pivoted by making contact with the second latch, to return to initial positions, and
the relay mechanism is configured to be changed from the connected state to the disconnected state with the cable pulled by pivoting of the cancel lever.

US Pat. No. 10,214,943

VEHICLE DOOR LATCH MECHANISM

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle door latch mechanism comprising:a latch assembly including a housing, a door latch member, a latch retaining member and a release member, the door latch member being movably supported within the housing to pivot about a first pivot axis between a latched position and an unlatched position, the latch retaining member being movably supported within the housing to pivot between a retaining position retaining the door latch member in the latched position and a releasing position, the release member being supported within the housing for pivotal movement about a second pivot axis spaced apart from the first pivot axis and having a first end connected to a cable of a remote actuation part and a second end located within the housing operatively coupled to the latch retaining member, the release member moving in response to movement of the cable; and
an inertia activated lock-out mechanism including a locking member disposed within the housing and being pivotally supported by the housing for movement about a third pivot axis spaced apart from the first pivot axis and the second pivot axis, the first pivot axis, the second pivot axis and the third pivot axis all being parallel to one another at fixed locations within the housing, the locking member pivoting between a locking position in which the locking member contacts the release member to prevent movement of the release member independent of movement of the cable of the remote actuation part and a non-interfering position in which the locking member is spaced apart from the release member allowing the release member to be movable, and the inertia activated lock-out mechanism further including a counterweight operatively coupled to the locking member to move the locking member to the locking position in response to an inertial three exceeding a threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,214,942

ZIPPER PADLOCK WITH A DUAL LOCKING SYSTEM

The Sun Lock Company, Ltd...

1. A lock at least operable in a locked mode and an unlocked mode, comprising:a lock body;
a pole formed in the lock body;
a cover plate movable in a first movement direction between a first cover position to block the pole and a second cover position to clear the pole;
a latch engageable with the cover plate for movement together in the first movement direction; and
a control plate movable in a second movement direction between a first plate position and a second plate position, wherein
when the control plate is located in the first plate position, the control plate is configured to restrict movement of the latch and the cover plate, and
when the control plate is located in the second plate position, the cover plate is allowed to move from the first cover position to the second cover position together with the latch so as to change the lock from the locked mode to the unlocked mode, wherein the second movement direction is substantially perpendicular to the first movement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,941

DOOR LATCH ACTIVATOR FOR TRAILERS OR TRUCK BODIES

HYUNDAI TRANSLEAD, San D...

1. A door latch activator system for a trailer or truck body coupled to a door latch, the system comprising:a plunger installed in a path of the door latch;
a spring coupled to the plunger;
a pneumatic valve configured to control flow of pressurized air; and
a switch configurable into one of an open or closed position by the plunger, the switch configured to control flow of the pressurized air through the pneumatic valve depending on the position of the switch,
wherein the plunger is moved toward the switch by a circular motion of the door latch to engage the switch and to activate the pneumatic valve to allow the pressurized air to flow through the pneumatic valve,
wherein the plunger is moved away from the switch by the spring to deactivate the pneumatic valve to interrupt the pressurized air flowing through the pneumatic valve,
wherein the flow of the pressurized air through the pneumatic valve is used to control synchronizing and managing units of the trailer or truck body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,940

POST SLEEVE POSITIONING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHODS

1. A system for positioning post sleeves, the system comprising:a first post sleeve installation device configured to receive a first post sleeve and to enable selective adjustment of a position of the first post sleeve;
a second post sleeve installation device configured to receive a second post sleeve and to enable selective adjustment of a position of the second post sleeve; and
a spacing mechanism coupleable between the first and second post sleeve installation devices to determine or control an elevation of the first post sleeve relative to the second post sleeve, the spacing mechanism having a variable length and an adjustable pitch.

US Pat. No. 10,214,939

FENCE STRUCTURE

1. A fence structure comprising:one or more hollow posts having: an upper open end and a lower open end, one or more pass-through notches located at the lower open end, and one or more openings for entrance of hardening material to the interior of the post, each of the one or more openings located at an upper end of said one or more pass-through notches; and
a lower guide base comprising an elongated hollow member with an upper surface having one or more openings for receiving the lower end of each post,
wherein the lower open end of each post are embedded in the lower guide base by means of a hardening material entering the lower guide base through the openings for entrance of hardening material of the post,
wherein the lower open end of each post and the lower guide base are embedded in a hardening material mass driving each post into soil, and
wherein the lower guide base comprises an elongated hollow rectangular member with a quadrangular cross section having an upper surface, a lower surface and two longitudinal ends, wherein the one or more openings are located at predefined distances normally equidistant to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,214,938

RAIL SYSTEM FOR AN OUTDOOR SHELTER

Sunjoy Industries Group L...

1. A rail system for an outdoor shelter, comprising:at least one pair of support post members, each pair of support post members comprising a first support post member being spaced apart from a second support post member;
a first guide rail member coupled to the first support post member;
a second guide rail member coupled to the second support post member; and
a shade support pole member slidably coupled to the first and second guide rail members, the shade support pole member being coupled to an end portion of a shade member of the outdoor shelter, and the shade support pole member configured to be slidably displaced along the lengths of the first and second guide rail members so as to allow an amount by which the shade member overhangs a side of the outdoor shelter to be adjusted by a user;
wherein the shade support pole member is slidably coupled to the first and second guide rail members by a pair of spaced-apart shade support pole connector members, at least one of the pair of spaced-apart shade support pole connector members being disposed proximate to a longitudinal end of the shade support pole member; and
wherein at least one of the pair of spaced-apart shade support pole connector members comprises a tubular portion and a flange portion, the tubular portion of the shade support pole connector member having a pole receiving cavity formed therein for slidably engaging a respective one of the first and second guide rail members, and the flange portion of the shade support pole connector member having at least one fastener aperture formed therethrough that is configured to receive a fastener member for securing the shade support pole connector member to the shade support pole member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,937

SLINGSHOT SIDE SADDLE SUBSTRUCTURE

Nabors Drilling Technolog...

2. A land-based drilling rig comprising:a first substructure;
a second substructure, the second substructure being positioned generally parallel to the first substructure;
a drill rig floor fixedly coupled to the first and second substructures wherein the drill rig floor is immovable with respect to the first and second substructures when the land-based drilling rig is assembled and set up for drilling, 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;
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. 10,214,936

SIDE SADDLE SLINGSHOT DRILLING RIG

NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOG...

1. A drilling rig comprising:a right substructure and a left substructure, the substructures positioned generally parallel and spaced apart from each other;
the right substructure comprises a right lower box and a first strut, the first strut pivotably coupled to a drill rig floor and pivotably coupled to the right lower box, the drill rig floor including a V-door, the side of the drill rig floor including the V-door defining the V-door side of the drill rig floor, the V-door oriented to face perpendicular to the right substructure;
the left substructure comprises a left lower box and a second strut, the second strut pivotably coupled to the drill rig floor and pivotably coupled to the left lower box;
a cylinder sub box, the cylinder sub box including one or more mast hydraulic cylinders, the cylinder sub box coupled to the left substructure at a side of the left substructure or to the right substructure at a side of the right substructure; and
a mast, the mast including an open side defining a mast V-door side, the open side oriented to face perpendicular to the right substructure, the mast pivotably coupled to the drill rig floor by one or more pivot points and one or more lower mast attachment points, the mast being pivotable in a direction perpendicular to the V-door side of the drill rig floor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,935

SUPPORTING TEMPORARY BARRIERS

Oxford Plastic Systems Li...

1. A base for a temporary barrier, comprising:a support portion of plastics material on which is provided an upwardly extending spigot or socket for engaging with a part of the barrier;
first and second elongate, horizontally extending, ground engaging stabilizing members of plastics material connected to the support portion, the stabilizing members extending in diametrically opposite directions from the support portion to respective remote ends of the stabilizing members; and
an elongate stiffening member which is connected to the first stabilizing member and to the second stabilizing member and extends horizontally from adjacent the remote end of the first stabilizing member to adjacent the remote end of the second stabilizing member;
wherein at least one of the first and second stabilizing members is provided with a resiliently deformable portion at its remote end so that the retaining portion can be moved to permit insertion of the stiffening member and can return subsequently to retain the stiffening member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,934

BANNER FRAME WITH ANCHOR STAKES

1. A banner frame, comprising:a horizontal support section with a first end and a second end;
a first vertical support with a top end and a bottom end, the top end supporting the first end of the horizontal support section, and the bottom end mounted on a first anchor stake;
a second vertical support with a top end and a bottom end, the top end support the second end of the horizontal support section, and the bottom end mounted on a second anchor stake;
wherein the first and second anchor stakes each comprise a longitudinal axis and a lower end with a plurality of flanges spaced circumferentially around the lower end and extending at an angle therefrom;
wherein each flange of said plurality of flanges comprises a first section with a first width and first outer edge substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, a second section immediately below the first section with a second width and a second outer edge angled with respect to the longitudinal axis, a third section immediately below the second section with a third width and a third outer edge substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, and a fourth section immediately below the third section with a fourth width and a fourth outer edge angled with respect to the longitudinal axis;
further wherein the first width is greater than the third width, the second width varies from a maximum where the first outer edge and second outer edge meet, to a minimum where the second outer edge and third outer edge meet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,933

POOL CLEANER POWER SUPPLY

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A power supply for a pool cleaner, comprising:a housing;
a user interface;
a low-power user interface printed circuit board, the low-power user interface printed circuit board in electrical communication with the user interface; and
a potted power converter board assembly, comprising:
a tray;
a high-power printed circuit board including a plurality of electrical components and low-power user interface wires, the high-power printed circuit board positioned within the tray;
an AC power input connector in electrical communication with the high-power printed circuit board and providing a power input to the high-power printed circuit board;
a female power and communication output port in electrical communication with the high-power printed circuit board and providing power output from the high-power printed circuit board; and
a potting compound positioned within the tray and surrounding the high-power circuit board and the electrical components, the potting compound isolating the high-power circuit board and the electrical components, the low-power user interface wires extending out from the potting compound and in electrical communication with the low-power user interface printed circuit board;
wherein the low-power user interface wires provide power to the low-power user interface printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,214,932

ROBOTIC POOL CLEANING APPARATUS

WATER TECHNOLOGY, LLC, E...

19. An autonomous robotic apparatus for cleaning surfaces of a swimming pool comprising:a frame, the frame having a travel direction axis, a transverse axis, and a vertical axis;
a first plurality of pulley wheels mounted for rotation to one side of the frame with respect to the transverse axis and defining a first belt path;
a second plurality of pulley wheels mounted for rotation to an opposite side of the frame with respect to the transverse axis and defining a second belt path;
first and second track belts respectively extending around the first and second belt paths, at least a portion of each belt being adapted to engage a swimming pool surface;
a first drive motor mounted to the frame and operatively engaged to at least one pulley wheel of the first plurality of pulley wheels for rotating at least one pulley wheel to move the first belt with respect to the frame to thereby move the frame along a swimming pool surface;
a second drive motor mounted to the frame and operatively engaged to at least one pulley wheel of the second plurality of pulley wheels for rotating the at least one pulley wheel to move the second belt with respect to the frame to thereby move the frame along a swimming pool surface;
at least one brush assembly mounted for rotation on the frame for brushing a swimming pool surface, the at least one brush assembly being operatively engaged to at least one of said first drive motor and said second drive motor for rotating the at least one brush assembly;
at least one inlet at a lower side of the frame with respect to the vertical axis, the inlet being for receiving water from a swimming pool into a free volume of the frame;
a filter unit for filtering debris from water received by the inlet;
a pump assembly for pumping water;
a computer processor assembly electrically connected to the drive motors and the pump assembly for controlling the drive motors and the pump assembly; and
a power source;
wherein the first and second track belts are each in a substantially trapezoidal configuration, each track belt comprising four corners defined by four pulley wheels, each track belt comprising two horizontal parallel sides and two other sides connecting the horizontal sides, with a shorter of the horizontal sides of each track belt oriented downward for contacting a pool surface and a longer of the horizontal sides oriented upward.

US Pat. No. 10,214,931

PRE-FILTER WATER SKIMMER

Asia Connection LLC, New...

1. A pre-filter skimmer system (100), comprising:a chamber (105) being defined by a housing having a sidewall, an opening on top of the sidewall and a single outlet (140) at the bottom (190) of the sidewall, with no other openings therebetween, said sidewall having a top end surface and arranged such that water enters the chamber (105) only via the top opening and exits the chamber (105) only via the single outlet (140);
a first collector (120) made of plastic or metal capable of withstanding water pressure and positioned within the chamber (105) and configured to capture particles of a first size carried with the water;
a second collector (130) made of fabric, plastic or metal and capable of withstanding flow of water and positioned within the chamber (105) downstream of the first collector (120), wherein the second collector (130) is configured to capture particles of a second size smaller than the first size that passed through the first collector (120),
the first collector (120) extending down into the second collector (130),
the first and second collectors (120, 130) having orifices, the orifices in the second collector (130) being smaller than orifices in the first collector (120),
the first and second collectors (120, 130) arranged with respect to one another such that water completely flows through both said first and second collectors (120, 130) and at least partially flows laterally outwardly from the first collector (120) through the second collector (130), and particles of both first and second sizes are simultaneously captured by said first and second collectors (120, 130), and
the second collector (130) having a bottom (680) spaced above and away from the bottom (190) of the chamber (105).

US Pat. No. 10,214,930

LOW PROFILE CIRCULAR DRAIN WITH WATER STOP FOR SWIMMING POOL

1. A sump drain assembly for installation in a surface of a swimming pool or spa having a drain inlet, the sump drain assembly comprising:an upper part exposed through the surface when installed, the upper part having a first portion forming an outer sidewall and a second portion forming an interior sidewall, the outer sidewall encircling the interior sidewall, the first and second portions being configured for at least partial embedding in the surface, the outer and interior sidewalls defining a contiguous annular top opening therebetween, the outer sidewall being formed with a water stop defining a gutter extending radially therefrom for embedded anchoring in the surface;
a drainage hub disposed radially inward from the contiguous annular top opening of the upper part to be in open communication therewith, and the drainage hub being configured for embedding in the surface of the swimming pool or spa and coupling to the drain inlet; and,
a lower part configured for embedding in the surface beneath the upper part when installed, the lower part being disposed to receive water admitted through the contiguous annular top opening and in cooperation with the upper part guide the water to the drainage hub;
wherein the contiguous annular top opening is defined to contiguously extend fully about the drainage hub and remain substantially flush with the surface when the sump drain assembly is installed in the swimming pool or spa.

US Pat. No. 10,214,929

FLOATING SWIMMING POOL COVER

1. A pool cover apparatus comprisinga vapor barrier sheet formed of a flexible material, the vapor barrier sheet for covering a defined surface of a pool, the vapor barrier sheet including a corrugated lower surface for contacting the defined surface of the pool when in place on the pool;
a storage shaft for supporting the vapor barrier sheet when not in use, the vapor barrier sheet wound upon the storage shaft when not in use; and
a drive shaft disposed in relation to the storage shaft such that as the vapor barrier sheet is unwound from the storage shaft, the vapor barrier sheet passes over the drive shaft and onto the defined surface of the pool, the drive shaft including gear teeth that mate with the corrugated lower surface of the vapor barrier sheet such that as the drive shaft is rotated, the corrugated lower surface of the vapor barrier sheet engages with the gear teeth and imparts forward movement of the vapor barrier sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,928

WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOBILE HYDRAULIC STAGES

Progressive Products, Inc...

4. A method of transforming a mobile stage from a first position to a second position, the method comprising the steps:wirelessly transmitting, from a remote mobile computing device, commands to a mobile stage receiver unit, said remote mobile computing device including a CPU, data storage, communications antenna, and graphical user interface (GUI) configured to interact with a software application stored on said data storage and accessible by said CPU;
receiving, with said mobile stage receiver unit, said commands, said mobile stage receiver unit affixed to a mobile stage and including a communications antenna, a CPU, data storage, and a signal amplifier, said receiver unit configured to receive control commands from said remote mobile computing device;
controlling, with said mobile stage receiver unit, a hydraulic system configured to transform said mobile stage from a first position to a second position via a plurality of hydraulic valves connected to a plurality of structural elements of said mobile stage, said hydraulic system including at least one selector/supply valve;
wirelessly receiving, with said mobile stage receiver unit, control variables transmitted by an external data source;
transmitting control variables to said CPU of said receiver unit;
automatically sending control commands, with said CPU of said receiver unit, to said hydraulic system based upon said control variables; and
automatically activating said hydraulic system such that at least one of said plurality of structural elements of said mobile stage are moved via at least one hydraulic cylinder powered by said hydraulic system.

US Pat. No. 10,214,927

BUILDING SYSTEM

Up First Construction Sys...

1. A collapsible jack for displacing a building structure, the jack comprising:a central mast having an inner core and an outer shell adapted to slide along the inner core in a telescopic configuration;
a drive system for moving the outer shell along the inner core to selectively displace the jack between a contracted condition and an extended condition;
a carriage slidably mounted on the outer shell; and,
a cable and a pulley system for selectively displacing the carriage between a first location and a second location on the outer shell, the pulley system being located at an upper portion of the outer shell wherein, in use, the cable and the pulley system operate to displace the carriage during sliding movement of the outer shell along the inner core.

US Pat. No. 10,214,926

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLEANING EXTERNAL WALLS OF BUILDING

Elid Technology Internati...

1. A wall cleaning system for spray cleaning external walls of building, the system comprising:a gondola for hanging on a motor driven pulley system, wherein the motor driven pulley system comprises a pair of rails and a set of motors located at roof-top end of the pulley system; wherein the pair of rails are disposed in a horizontal plane on the roof top, and the hanging gondola is disposed in a vertical plane in parallel to an external wall; thereby, when the set of motors drives the pulley system along the pair of rails in the horizontal plane, the gondola operationally traverses in the vertical plane along the pair of rails along a linear distance of the rails for a water spraying process to be carried out; wherein the gondola comprises a controlling motor of the pulley system that hoists and lowers the gondola in parallel to the external wall of the building to be cleaned, wherein the controlling motor is located within the gondola;
a six-axis robotic arm, coupled with a 3D camera, and a spray nozzle on its end effector, the six-axis robotic arm is seated on the gondola for carrying out water spray cleaning on the external walls;
wherein the 3D camera mounted on the robotic arm operationally scans a wall area to be sprayed clean; and
a software program adapted for receiving the scanned results from the 3D camera and calculating the trajectory path of the spray cleaning motion for the robotic arm.

US Pat. No. 10,214,925

ADJUSTABLE CONCRETE FORM BRACE AND REINFORCEMENT BAR HANGER

1. An adjustable vertical brace comprising:a collar having an attachment point;
a right leg having a right top end attached to the attachment point;
a left leg having a left top end attached to the attachment point;
wherein the right leg and the left leg include at least two extendable components including a top component and a bottom component;
wherein each of the extendable components are made in a telescoping configuration with leg locking mechanisms located between the top and bottom components, each leg locking mechanism being adapted to join the top and bottom components together, where the collar is sized to slip over a reinforcement bar and the collar is adapted to be positioned by telescoping of the right and left legs; and
wherein each of the right and left legs terminate at one end in a resilient clip which is adapted to clip snugly to a reinforcement bar and the top end includes an aperture through which each leg is joined with the collar by means of a collar locking mechanism located at the attachment point.

US Pat. No. 10,214,924

METHOD OF USING A PANEL FRAMING DEVICE TO BUILD PANELS FOR USE IN HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

1. A method of constructing a panel comprising the steps of applying a tape along the length of a bottom plate, where the tape comprises indicia for placement of studs, a header, and fasteners; applying a second tape along the length of a top plate, where the second tape comprises indicia for placement of studs, a header, and fasteners; fastening the studs to the bottom plate according to the indicia on the tape; fastening the studs to the top plate according to the indicia on the second tape; and fastening the pre-built header to the bottom plate according to the indicia on the tape, and where the panel comprises a top plate, a bottom plate, a plurality of studs, where, the plurality of studs consists of 2×4 studs.

US Pat. No. 10,214,923

SEALING PLUG FOR CLOSING HOLES IN WALLS AND THE LIKE

20 EMMA 20 S.L., Aduna (...

1. A plug for closing a hole in a wall that holds a fluid, the wall having an inner surface that defines the hole, the plug comprising:an elastic body having a central axis, a first end, a second end, an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining at least in part an internal cavity; and
a stem having a first part that resides inside the internal cavity and a second part that resides external to the elastic body protruding from the first end of the elastic body, the first part being operatively coupled to the elastic body so that a pulling on the second part causes the elastic body to axially compress and radially expand to exert a first pressure on the inner surface of the wall that defines the hole when the plug is located inside the hole;
the first end of the elastic body having a through opening that fluidly communicates the internal cavity with the fluid held by the wall so that when the plug is located inside the hole and the elastic body is radially expanded the fluid applies pressure against the inner surface of the elastic body to cause the pressure applied to the inner surface of the wall that defines the hole to be greater than the first pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,214,921

FLOOR PANEL

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel comprising:a substrate; and
a top layer located above the substrate;
wherein the substrate is single-layered and includes PVC material having a density of more than 650 kilograms per cubic meter;
wherein the substrate has a thickness of 2 to 10 millimeters;
wherein the substrate forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel;
wherein the top layer includes a printed synthetic film and a transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer located above the printed synthetic film;
wherein the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer includes PVC material and a percentage of plasticizer of 5 to 75 percent by weight;
wherein the PVC material of the substrate is harder than the PVC material of the transparent or translucent thermoplastic layer;
wherein the floor panel is free of intermediate layers between the printed synthetic film and the substrate;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and includes a pair of long edges and a pair of short edges;
wherein the floor panel includes first mechanical coupling parts at the pair of long edges and second mechanical coupling parts at the pair of short edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a turning movement along the respective long edges;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts include a tongue and a groove;
wherein the tongue and the groove are substantially responsible for the vertical locking;
wherein the tongue and the groove include locking parts substantially responsible for the horizontal locking;
wherein the first mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate;
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts comprise a male coupling part and a female coupling part arranged for horizontal and vertical locking of two of such floor panels using a downward movement along the respective short edges;
wherein the downward movement is automatically created by the turning movement along the respective long edges; and
wherein the second mechanical coupling parts are substantially realized in the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,919

GLUE-FREE ANTISLIP PLASTIC FLOORBOARD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Xiaoling Zhang, Changzho...

1. A glue-free antislip plastic floorboard, characterized in that: comprising from a top to a bottom a wear-resistance layer, a printing layer, a PVC medium material layer, a glass fiber, a PVC medium material layer, a PVC bottom material layer and a PVC antislip layer; wherein compositions of the PVC medium material layers comprise:PVC resin from 13 to 15.42 weight percent, calcium carbonate from 74 to 75.55 weight percent, plasticizer from 10 to 11 weight percent, stabilizer from 0.25 to 0.28 weight percent, and carbon black from 0.2 to 0.3 weight percent, wherein compositions of the PVC bottom material layer comprise: PVC resin from 34.7 to 40 weight percent, calcium carbonate from 34 to 40 weight percent, plasticizer from 24 to 24.9 weight percent, stabilizer from 0.7 to 0.8 weight percent, and carbon black from 0.4 to 0.5 weight percent.

US Pat. No. 10,214,918

FLOOR PANEL FORMING A FLOOR COVERING, FLOOR COVERING FORMED FROM SUCH FLOOR PANELS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH FLOOR PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering,wherein this floor panel at least comprises a substrate and a decorative upper side;
wherein the substrate is based on synthetic material;
wherein the floor panel is rectangular, either oblong rectangular or square, and comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein the floor panel, on both pairs of opposite edges, comprises coupling parts which allow coupling such floor panels to each other
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges are of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one floor panel in respect to the other;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges comprise a first locking system which in the coupled condition of two of said panels effects a locking in vertical direction and a second locking system which in the coupled condition of two of such panels effects a locking in the horizontal direction;
wherein said second locking system comprises locking parts engaging behind each other, in the form of an upward-directed locking part, which is provided on a first lip on a first of said two edges, and a downward-directed locking part, which is provided on a second lip on the second of said two edges, respectively, wherein these locking parts, in the coupled condition of two of said panels, engage one behind the other, and effect said locking in horizontal direction;
wherein the upmost point of the upward-directed locking part defines a theoretical horizontal level;
wherein said first locking system comprises locking portions at the respective edges, which in the coupled condition of two of such panels co-operate with each other, at least one of said locking portions comprising a locking surface located at the downward-directed locking part, which locking surface in the coupled condition of two of such panels is located below said horizontal level, said locking surface providing a locking against disconnection of two of such panels in the coupled condition by vertical separation;
wherein the second lip, seen in cross-section, comprises a bridging portion, the bridging portion being a portion of the second lip extending from a most proximal end of the second lip up to the downward-directed locking portion;
wherein in the coupled condition, said bridging portion in horizontal direction overlaps the first lip of the coupled panel, thereby defining a horizontal distance over which said bridging portion overlaps said first lip;
wherein said bridging portion of the second lip over the majority of said horizontal distance and in distal direction of this second lip is decreasing in thickness; and
wherein on the second pair of edges of the floor panel, coupling parts are provided of the type which allows coupling two of such floor panels to each other along the respective edges by means of a turning movement, wherein these coupling parts provide for a vertical and a horizontal locking and are made in one piece with the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,917

MECHANICAL LOCKING OF FLOOR PANELS WITH VERTICAL SNAP FOLDING

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of essentially identical floor panels, each floor panel comprising long and short edges provided with a mechanical locking system comprising connectors integrated with the floor panels, and wherein immediately juxtaposed upper parts of two adjacent joint edges of two joined floor panels together define a vertical plane perpendicular to the main plane of the panels, the connectors comprising a locking strip at a lower part of a first edge of one of the two joined floor panels, wherein the locking strip comprises an upwardly directed locking element configured to cooperate with a downwardly open locking groove at an adjacent second edge of another one of the two joined floor panels for connecting the adjacent first and second edges in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the vertical plane,wherein the locking strip at the first edge is bendable, to obtain a resilient bending during assembling, which bending facilitates the assembling of the first edge and the second edge, and wherein a recess extends through the locking element and through a part of the locking strip.

US Pat. No. 10,214,916

COVERING OF RECTANGULAR OR SQUARE PANELS WHICH ARE LAID TO FORM AN ASSEMBLY

1. A covering, comprising:rectangular or square panels laid in an assembly and arranged in a checkerboard pattern so that butt joints between the panels intersect,
each panel having a movable tongue provided on a first one of four border sides of the panel, a fixed tongue on a second one of the four border sides adjoining the first border side and a respective groove on each of the remaining two of the four border sides, any of said movable tongue and fixed tongue fitting into any of the respective groove for vertical locking of respective neighboring ones of the panels,
wherein for horizontal locking of the neighboring panels a first laid one of the neighboring panels engages under a subsequently laid one of the neighboring panels,
wherein for the vertical locking of the neighboring panels the movable tongue of the subsequently laid panel is displaceable behind a locking edge provided on the first laid panel,
wherein a holding groove extends slanted relative to a topside of the panel so that during connection of the neighboring panels the movable tongue is displaceable obliquely downwards; and wherein the movable tongue has at least one holding cam which is arranged outside the holding groove when the movable tongue engages behind the locking edge, said holding cam holding the movable tongue in the locking position or holding the movable tongue in the holding groove in the non-locking position by form fit or by force fit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,915

MECHANICAL LOCKINGS OF FLOOR PANELS AND A TONGUE BLANK

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of floor panels provided with a locking system comprising a displaceable tongue in a displacement groove in a first edge of a first floor panel, wherein the displaceable tongue is configured to cooperate with a tongue groove at a second edge of a second floor panel for vertical locking of the first and the second edge,the locking system further comprises a locking strip with a locking element which is configured to cooperate with a locking groove for horizontal locking of the first and the second edge, the displaceable tongue comprises a protrusion and the displacement groove comprises a cavity, the protrusion is configured to cooperate with a wall of the cavity such that the displaceable tongue is displaced in a first direction, perpendicular to the first edge and the second edge, when the displaceable tongue is displaced in a second direction along the edge, such that the displaceable tongue is displaced from the displacement groove and partly into the tongue groove,
wherein the protrusion is flexible and is configured to exert a horizontal pretension against the tongue groove.

US Pat. No. 10,214,914

FLOORING SYSTEM FOR AND METHODS OF INSTALLING DECKING MATERIAL DIRECTLY ATOP AN INSTALLATION SURFACE

1. A flooring system, comprising: floor members made of non-wood material, wherein the floor members comprise one or more holding floor members and two or more floating floor members, and are configurable to form a floor covering atop an installation surface, and wherein the one or more holding floor members are configurable and arrangeable to secure the floor covering in place atop the installation surface wherein the one or more holding floor members comprise a notch formed on an underside side edge thereof, the notch spanning substantially an entire length of the underside side edge, and wherein the two or more floating floor members each comprise a notch formed on an upper side of at least one end of the two or more floating floor members, the notch spanning substantially an entire width of the at least one end; and wherein when installed atop the installation surface the two or more floating floor members are arranged as adjacent parallel floor members and are in physical abutment with each other along their adjacent parallel sides and are not interconnected with one another along their adjacent parallel sides, and further the notch of the one or more holding floor members overlap with the notch of the two or more floating floor members to hold the two or more floating floor members in place atop the installation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,912

KIT OF PARTS FOR MODULAR STAIRCASE

Lograr Group Limited, Au...

1. A kit of parts for building a staircase around a vertical elongate support member comprising:a plurality of attachment members, each attachment member of the plurality of attachment members comprising:
an aperture for receiving the elongate support member, the aperture being larger than a lateral dimension of the elongate support member to provide a gap between each attachment member of the plurality of attachment members and the elongate support member when received in the aperture, and
a fixing detail,
a plurality of locking elements, the plurality of attachment members and the plurality of locking elements adapted so that each locking element of the plurality of locking elements secures not more than one attachment member of the plurality of attachment members to the elongate support member by friction when received in the gap,
each attachment member of the plurality of attachment members adapted to engage an adjacent attachment member of the plurality of attachment members to align the plurality of attachment members laterally and form a hollow column secured around the elongate support member, and
a plurality of steps, each step of the plurality of steps adapted to be attached to one of the plurality of attachment members via the fixing detail.

US Pat. No. 10,214,911

AUTOMATED SHINGLE APPLICATION SYSTEM

1. A system for automating application of shingles to a roof, comprising:an anchoring ground supported vehicle;
a repositionable support structure supported by the vehicle, the repositionable support structure including:
a vertical gantry support including a plurality of vertically extending support members;
a horizontal gantry including a plurality of horizontally extending support members, the horizontal gantry rotationally supported by the vertical gantry support and disposed perpendicular to the vertical gantry support;
a gantry rotational apparatus including a rotational gear for rotation of the horizontal gantry about the vertical gantry support; and
an elevation apparatus, the elevation apparatus moving a shingle applicator vertically perpendicular to the horizontal gantry and parallel to the vertical gantry support until the shingle applicator is in a proximity to a surface of the roof, the elevation apparatus including:
an elevator translation motor; and
a rack and pinion gear drive; and
the shingle applicator including:
a shingle pickup apparatus that holds shingles for subsequent placement on the roof; and
a shingle fastener mechanism for fastening shingles to the roof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,910

ATTACHMENT OF ROOF EDGE ELEMENTS

METAL-ERA, INC., Waukesh...

6. A canted fascia with roof edge bracket for extending insulation over a top of a wall of a building, said roof edge bracket is attached to the top of the wall, comprising:an anchor bar includes a lengthwise base member and an upper cover retainer, said upper cover retainer extends inward from a top of said lengthwise base member;
said roof edge bracket includes a vertical member and a base member which extends from said vertical member;
a water dam includes an angled portion, a base portion and a vertical portion, said vertical portion extends downward from one end of said base portion, said angled portion extends upward at an acute angle from an opposing end of said base portion; and
an S-clip retains said vertical member and said vertical portion, wherein said lengthwise base member of said anchor bar is attached to said vertical member of said roof edge bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,909

FLASHING SYSTEM FOR ANCHORING FLEXIBLE ROOFING MEMBRANES AND ITS ASSOCIATED METHOD OF INSTALLATION

8. In a rooftop application where a roofing membrane is applied to a roof that abuts a vertical wall with an extending flashing detail, a method of anchoring said roofing membrane to said vertical wall, said method comprising the steps of:providing a mounting plate having a top edge, a bottom edge, and a tubular structure that runs along said mounting plate parallel to both said top edge and said bottom edge;
mounting said mounting plate to said vertical wall a first distance below said flashing detail, therein leaving a segment of said vertical wall exposed between said flashing detail and said mounting plate, wherein a portion of said roofing membrane becomes locked between said mounting plate and said vertical wall;
providing a cover plate;
providing mechanical fasteners;
mounting said cover plate to said tubular structure of said mounting plate by advancing at least some of said mechanical fasteners through said cover plate and into said tubular structure,
wherein said cover plate covers said mounting plate and said portion of said vertical wall between said flashing detail and said mounting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,908

ROOFING PRODUCT INCLUDING A HEATER

CERTAINTEED CORPORATION, ...

1. A roofing product, comprising:a polymeric substrate;
an adhesive layer overlying the substrate;
a release liner overlying the adhesive layer;
a first heater and a second heater; and
a metal hinge at least partially embedded within the substrate along a centerline of the roofing product, and
wherein the first heater is located on a principal surface of the substrate on a first side of the hinge,
wherein the second heater is located on a principal surface of the substrate on a second side of the hinge,
wherein the first and second heaters comprise heating elements,
wherein the heating elements comprise bus bars extending parallel to the centerline, and wherein the hinge is configured to allow the roofing product to be folded along the hinge to fit into a valley on a roof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,907

LEAK DETECTION AND LOCATION SYSTEM

1. A leak detection and location system for detecting and locating leaks in waterproofing membranes, comprising:at least one waterproofing membrane with an upper side and a lower side;
at least one underlayment with an upper side and a lower side disposed directly below a lowermost waterproofing membrane of said at least one waterproofing membranes, wherein said at least one underlayment is non-conductive and will become conductive only when saturated;
at least one conductive layer disposed below a lowermost underlayment of said at least one underlayments;
a voltage source with first and second poles, wherein said first pole of said voltage source is attached to said upper side of an uppermost waterproofing membrane of said at least one waterproofing membranes and said second pole is attached to said conductive layer;
a test set comprising:
two handheld poles, each of which detect a voltage at a location where said pole is located; and
an indicator that indicates a difference between said voltages detected by each of said handheld poles; and
a device that creates an electrical field across said at least one waterproofing membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,214,906

REVERSE BALLASTED ROOF SYSTEM

1. A converted reverse ballasted roof system, comprising:a structural roof beam;
insulation positioned upwardly adjacent said structural roof beam;
a first waterproofing membrane arranged upwardly adjacent said insulation;
a weighted cover board disposed directly adjacent said first waterproofing membrane; and
a second waterproofing membrane installed upwardly adjacent said weighted cover board, wherein said first waterproofing membrane and said second waterproofing membrane substantially seal said weighted cover board.

US Pat. No. 10,214,905

COMPOSITE STRUCTURE MEMBERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-FLOOR STRUCTURES

Renco World Corporation, ...

1. A set of structure members each comprising a panel adaptor having a body including a base section having a plurality of sides including lateral surfaces, each of the structural members made of a composite material comprising at least one type of fiber and at least one type of resin, and a plurality of connection extensions configured as one-piece with said body to provide connection to another structure member with the same properties, wherein two panel adaptor connection recesses are provided within at least one lateral surface or two panel adaptor connection protrusions are provided extending outwardly from at least one lateral surface and facing a lateral surface of another structure member which is horizontally adjacent thereto having corresponding panel adaptor connection recesses or panel adaptor connection protrusions, wherein the panel adaptor connection recesses of the structural member are configured to receive panel adaptor connection protrusions of a horizontally adjacent structure member and the panel adaptor connection protrusions of the structure member are configured to be received within panel adaptor connection recesses of the horizontally adjacent structure member, wherein the body of each structure member further includes a plurality of panel connection sections extending horizontally outwardly from the plurality of sides of the base section of the body, each of the plurality of panel connection sections forming a step configuration thereat, and wherein the panel connection section is provided on each of oppositely spaced apart sides of the base section; and a panel seated horizontally on each of the plurality of panel connection sections of each structural member thereby forming a portion of a base without the need for pouring base concrete.

US Pat. No. 10,214,904

TRUSSES AND SIMILAR STRUCTURES

1. A truss section, said truss section being elongated and having two ends, each of said ends suitable for mechanically coupling said truss section with another one of said truss sections, said truss section having an elongated central axis extending between said ends,a first elongated chord, said first chord extending between said ends, said first chord being substantially parallel to said central axis,
a second elongated chord, said second chord extending between said ends, said second chord being substantially parallel to and spaced apart from said first chord,
a third elongated chord, said third chord extending between said ends, said third chord being substantially parallel to and spaced apart from said first chord and said second chord,
a fourth elongated chord, said fourth chord extending between said ends, said fourth chord being substantially parallel to and spaced apart from said first, said second, and said third chords,
first cross-members mechanically connecting said first chord with said second chord,
second cross-members mechanically connecting said second chord with said third chord,
third cross-members mechanically connecting said third chord with said fourth chord,
said four chords and said cross-members together defining a first volume, said first volume being substantially rectangular in cross-section and having, at least between said ends, one substantially unobstructed side,
first and second leg carriages,
said leg carriages each having at least a first and a second elongated leg,
said first and said second elongated leg each having one and another end;
said leg carriages also having an additional elongated structural member, said additional elongated member having first and second ends, and being attached at said first end to said first leg proximate to said one end of said first leg,
said additional elongated member being attached at said second end to said second leg proximate to said one end of said second leg,
each of said leg carriages having at least two casters, one of said casters being attached to each said leg, proximate to said one end of said leg,
the improvement comprising said another ends of said first and said legs of said leg carriage being attached to said truss structure so as to permit rotation of said leg carriage between:
a first position, in which said additional elongated members of said first and second leg carriages are parallel to each other and to said chords, and said legs of said first and said second leg carriages are parallel to each other, said additional elongated members and said first and said fourth chords of said truss defining a second volume, said second volume adjacent said substantially unobstructed side of said first volume, generally rectangular in cross-section, and at least equal in area to said first volume,
and at least a second position in which said additional elongated members of said carriages have been rotated to positions closer to said second and said third chords than to said first and said fourth chords.

US Pat. No. 10,214,903

PANEL SYSTEM FOR BUILDING STRUCTURES

1. A method of forming a building panel comprising:constructing a frame from a plurality of framing members;
fastening an inner layer of sheathing to an outer side of said framing members of said frame;
adhering a layer of insulation to an outer surface of said inner layer of sheathing without using fasteners;
adhering an outer layer of sheathing to an outer surface said layer of insulation without using fasteners; said outer layer of sheathing having a water resistive barrier applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,214,902

STUD LAYOUT LOCKER

FlexAbility Concepts, LLC...

1. A stud layout locker in a bracing assembly configured to support studs in a wall structure, each stud having a web defining an opening, the bracing assembly having a number of the stud layout lockers operably joined together end-to-end and substantially horizontal with a stud captured between adjacent stud layout lockers, each stud layout locker comprising:a longitudinally-extending beam;
a first end of the horizontal beam defining an upwardly-directed tab having a laterally-directed width, and having edges defining opposing transversely-directed open-ended slots configured to receive the web between opposite edges of the slots in the operably joined together end-to-end configuration; and
a second end of the horizontal beam having an upwardly-directed flange defining a slot having a laterally-directed width that is larger than the laterally-directed width of the upwardly-directed tab.

US Pat. No. 10,214,901

FIRE-RATED WALL AND CEILING SYSTEM

CALIFORNIA EXPANDED METAL...

1. A fire-rated stud framing wall and ceiling member system for inhibiting transmission of smoke and sound, the system comprising:a bottom track comprising a web, a first flange and a second flange, the first and second flanges extending in an upward direction from opposing side edges of the web, the bottom track defining an interior space between the web and the inwardly-facing surfaces of the first and second flanges;
a plurality of studs that are spaced from one another along the bottom track, each of the plurality of studs having a bottom end received within the interior space of the bottom track, each of the plurality of studs extending in a generally vertical direction from the bottom track;
a top track comprising a web, a first flange and a second flange, the first and second flanges extending in a downward direction from opposing side edges of the web, the top track defining an interior space between the web and the inwardly-facing surfaces of the first and second flanges, wherein upper ends of each of the plurality of studs are received within the interior space of the top track;
a ceiling member comprising at least one flute extending along a length of the ceiling member; and
an elongate flat strap positioned between the top track and the ceiling member, the elongate flat strap configured to cover the at least one flute, the elongate flat strap comprising:
a first gasket extending along a length of the elongate flat strap, the first gasket adhered to the elongate flat strap on a surface that faces the ceiling member; and
a second gasket extending along the length of the elongate flat strap, the second gasket adhered to the elongate flat strap on the surface that faces the ceiling member,
wherein the elongate flat strap is fastened to the ceiling member such that the first and second gaskets are pressed against the ceiling member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,900

STRUCTURAL SUBFLOOR PRODUCT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Innovative Construction T...

1. A flooring and framing system for a multistory structure comprising:a plurality of flooring products defining a subfloor, each flooring product comprising:
a first oriented strand board including a first surface and a second surface;
a second oriented strand board including a first surface and a second surface; and
an acoustic barrier layer including a first surface and a second surface positioned between the first oriented strand board and the second oriented strand board;
wherein the first surface of the acoustic barrier layer is secured to the first surface of the first oriented strand board by an adhesive material and the second surface of the acoustic barrier layer is secured to the first surface of the second oriented strand board by an adhesive material;
further wherein, the plurality of flooring products are positioned adjacent to one another such that the plurality of flooring products spans the area encompassed by the outer walls of the structure to form flooring for a story of the structure; and
a plurality of structural members arranged to form framing for interior and exterior walls of the story of the structure, wherein the plurality of structural members are affixed to one or more of the plurality of flooring products.

US Pat. No. 10,214,899

HANDRAIL FOR STAIRCASE OR RAMP

1. A plurality of riser barriers for a handrail of a staircase or ramp, the handrail being an elongated member supported at a height above the staircase or ramp by a plurality of external supports,each riser barrier of the plurality of riser barriers comprising:
an extender portion; and
a riser portion,
wherein the plurality of riser barriers are solely supported by the elongated member at a first set of spaced-apart locations along the elongated member,
wherein the plurality of external supports support the elongated member at a second set of spaced-apart locations along the elongated member,
wherein each of the extender portions has a length between a proximal end and a distal end, each of the proximal ends being fastened to the elongated member, each of the distal ends being fastened to a respective riser portion at a position below the height of the elongated member,
wherein the length of each of the extender portions holds each respective riser portion a horizontal distance away from the elongated member to permit passage of a hand along the elongated member, and
wherein each of the riser portions has a length that extends above the elongated member so as to deter sliding along the elongated member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,898

DEVICE FOR INTENSIFYING OR REVERSING A GEO-GRAVOMAGNETIC FIELD

1. A device for intensifying or reversing a geo-gravomagnetic field having a certain frequency in order to add moisture to or remove moisture from moist capillary-bearing masonry or such floors, to transport dissolved salts in the capillary water or to colloidally plug the capillaries after the drying out, and to reduce or suppress and to intensify a gravomagnetic disturbance field of a certain frequency, said device comprising:at least one electrical conductor is arranged in a housing, said conductor being wound into a spiral or conical spiral coil having a winding diameter, said winding diameter of said coil decreases from an outer end to a center of said coil in a manner of a spiral, wherein a largest coil radius (R1) between said outer end of said coil and a coil axis is a whole number multiple of half of a grid line width having a permissible deviation of one eighth of the grid line width of a grid network of the gravomagnetic field, wherein the grid line width is in the range of 10 to 100 cm; and
an insulating panel including an upper side and a bottom side isolated from each other, said upper side includes a plurality of said coil, and said bottom side including a plurality of counter-wound coils, at least one of said coil being applied as a conductor track;
wherein inner ends of said counter-wound coils do not extend to said coil axis to provide a central conductor track-free region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,897

HANGER BRACKET

MITEK HOLDINGS, INC., Wi...

1. A hanger bracket for mounting a skewed beam at a junction of two adjacent beams, comprising;a supporting section configured to support the skewed beam;
fixing flanges substantially perpendicular to the supporting section configured for attaching the bracket to the adjacent beams, the fixing flanges including surfaces and edges, the surfaces extending between the edges, the surfaces of the fixing flanges being positioned to engage respective ones of the adjacent beams when attached thereto, the surfaces lying in planes that are non-parallel and non-coincident with each other;
reinforcing faces located between the supporting section and each of the fixing flanges, the reinforcing faces being inclined relative to the supporting section and fixing flanges; and holes in at least one of the supporting section and the reinforcing faces configured to receive fasteners to secure the skewed beam to the hanger bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,896

DECKING CLIP

1. A deck board fastening system comprising:a single-sided clip for fastening a deck board to a structure, the clip comprising:
a body portion having a front side and a generally flat, vertical back side, the generally flat, vertical back side configured to rest against a side surface of the deck board;
at least one generally horizontal portion extending outwardly from the front side of the body portion and configured to enter a groove of an adjacent deck board; and
an opening in the body portion for receiving a fastener, the opening configured to allow the fastener to pass through the body portion, into the deck board, and into the structure such that a portion of a head of the fastener resides within the groove of the adjacent deck board after the at least one generally horizontal portion enters the groove of the adjacent deck board.

US Pat. No. 10,214,895

BUILDING HAVING SECURITY AND SAFETY FUNCTION

1. A building having a security and safety function, the building comprising:a house body including an inner panel that defines an interior space, an outer panel that surrounds the inner panel to be spaced a predetermined distance from the outer surface of the inner panel, a heat insulating material that is installed between the inner panel and the outer panel, and an air flow passage that is formed between the inner panel and the outer panel to facilitate a fluid flow therebetween and to block the heat transfer with respect to the outside;
an indoor entrance door installed on one side of the house body for entering the interior space; and
an outdoor entrance door installed on the house body in front of the indoor entrance door,
wherein a ladder is installed on a side wall between the indoor entrance door and the outdoor entrance door, which includes foot step members that are installed to be spaced a predetermined distance from each other to go up to a rooftop, and wherein a plurality of guide holes are formed on the outdoor entrance door such that the foot step members are exposed to the outside of the outdoor entrance door when the outdoor entrance door is opened inwards and comes into contact with the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,894

PORTABLE STRUCTURE

1. A floor support comprising:a. a floor support sleeve, wherein said floor support sleeve encompasses a portion of an exterior of a first vertical rail member;
b. a floor support clamp, wherein said floor support clamp is pivotally affixed to said floor support sleeve, wherein a portion of said floor support clamp engages said exterior of said first vertical rail member, and wherein an inner surface of said floor support clamp is shaped to match said exterior of said first vertical rail member;
c. a second floor support clamp, wherein said second floor support clamp is pivotally affixed to said floor support sleeve opposite said floor support clamp, wherein a portion of said second floor support clamp engages said exterior of said first vertical rail member, and wherein an inner surface of said second floor support clamp is shaped to match said exterior of said first vertical rail member;
d. a floor support arm, wherein a first end of said floor support arm is engaged with said floor support clamp;
e. a second floor support arm, wherein a first end of said second floor support arm is engaged with said second floor support clamp;
f. a floor support platform, wherein said floor support platform is engaged with a second end of said floor support arm, and wherein said floor support arm is angled with respect to both said floor support sleeve and said floor support platform such that a downward force on said floor support platform causes said floor support clamp to pivot with respect to said floor support sleeve such that a portion of said floor support clamp moves in a direction toward said first vertical rail member; and
g. a second floor support platform, wherein said second floor support platform is engaged with a second end of said second floor support arm, and wherein said second floor support arm is angled with respect to both said floor support sleeve and said second floor support platform such that a downward force on said second floor support platform causes said second floor support clamp to pivot with respect to said floor support sleeve such that a bottom edge of said second floor such that a bottom edge of said second floor support clamp moves in a direction toward said first vertical rail member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,893

MANHOLE BASE ASSEMBLY WITH INTERNAL LINER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Press-Seal Corporation, ...

1. A liner for use in casting within a cast manhole structure having a cast base, the liner comprising:an entry aperture defining an entry aperture diameter;
a first side wall having a first pipe aperture sized and positioned to be aligned with a first side opening of the cast base;
a second side wall having a second pipe aperture sized and positioned to be aligned with a second side opening of the cast base; and
a liner top wall disposed radially outwardly of said entry aperture diameter and extending between said entry aperture and said first side wall;
a flow channel extending between said first and second pipe apertures and in fluid communication with the entry aperture; and
a liner lid received in the entry aperture, the liner lid comprising:
a first lid portion sealingly engaged with a sidewall of the entry aperture; and
a second lid portion coupled to the first lid portion and moveable in an upward direction about an axis which extends across said entry aperture between a closed configuration in which the second lid portion is sealingly engaged with the entry aperture and an open configuration in which the second lid portion is disengaged from the entry aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,214,892

WASTEWATER PIPE STRUCTURE

1. A wastewater pipe comprising:a body having a profile defined by:
a bottom portion having an interior surface defined by a first circular arc having a first axis and a first radius;
a top portion having a top interior surface defined by a second circular arc having a second axis and a second radius different than the first axis and the first radius;
a first side wall extending tangentially from the bottom interior surface and intersecting tangentially with the top interior surface; and
a second side wall extending tangentially from the bottom interior surface and intersecting tangentially with the top interior surface; and
a bell housing extending from one end of the body, the bell housing defining an interior surface that is configured to tightly receive a body portion of another wastewater pipe having substantially the same profile as the body, the bell housing further comprising a guide portion, the guide portion extending longitudinally further than an upper portion of the bell housing and forming a substantially contiguous surface with the interior surface of the bell housing such that the body portion of the other wastewater pipe is able to be lowered onto the guide portion and then slid along the guide portion into the bell housing while being at least partially supported by the guide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,891

MODULAR STORMWATER CAPTURE SYSTEM

1. A modular fluid capture system adapted to retain storm water runoff beneath a ground surface, the modular fluid capture system comprising:a plurality of vertical column components located at a plurality of vertical column locations and defining one or more capture system layers, wherein each of said plurality of vertical column components has a surface with one or more recesses formed therein;
a plurality of elongated horizontal strut components each having two distal ends received into two of the recesses to thereby connect pairs of column components whereby the strut components form interconnections between the column components and transfer physical loads between the column components;
a plurality of wall components adapted to couple to one or more distal ends of one or more of said plurality of horizontal strut components, or one or more of said plurality of vertical columns, or both;
a plurality of floor components adapted to interlock with and locate a plurality of components including locating a plurality of the vertical column components; and
a plurality of ceiling components coupled to the vertical column components to form an interlocking structure with the vertical column components and the horizontal strut components that horizontally locates a grid-like structure of the vertical column components with respect to the ceiling components, said plurality of wall components, said plurality of floor components, and said plurality of ceiling components collectively define outer walls, a floor and a ceiling of said modular fluid capture system and provide a physical and structural barrier to the external environment.

US Pat. No. 10,214,890

TOILET COUPLING

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising:a tank having a bottom with an outlet;
a pedestal having a bowl and a ledge, wherein an inlet and three holes provided around the inlet are disposed in the ledge;
a valve fluidly connecting the inlet with the outlet, the valve comprising a threaded valve body extending through the outlet to the inlet;
a mounting bracket comprising a generally triangular base, an opening, and three mounting locations disposed around the opening with one mounting location located proximate each of three corners of the generally triangular base, wherein each mounting location includes a mounting surface offset from the base in a direction toward the pedestal;
a valve nut threaded to the valve body to hold the mounting bracket between the bottom of the tank and the valve nut;
a flexible gasket disposed around the valve nut between the mounting bracket and the pedestal; and
three fasteners disposed externally to the tank, wherein each fastener extends through one mounting location and one hole in the ledge to secure the mounting bracket to the pedestal and a part of each fastener is disposed between the mounting bracket and the bottom of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,214,889

IN-TOILET LEAK DETECTOR

Leak Beeper, LLC, Frankl...

1. A toilet leak detector for a toilet having a toilet tank, comprising:an inlet adapted to connect to a toilet fill tube;
a nonconductive flow tube, the flow tube
being connected to the inlet to receive water from the inlet,
having an opening at one end that allows the water from the inlet to flow through the flow tube and out of the opening, and
being operationally arranged relative to the inlet within the toilet such that water flowing out of the opening is directed into an overflow tube of the toilet so as to fill a toilet bowl;
a first conductive contact along an interior surface of the flow tube and a second conductive contact along an exterior surface of the flow tube, the first and second conductive contacts being electrically isolated from one another by the flow tube, such that the first and second conductive contacts serve as a capacitor for which capacitance is measured in a capacitive sensor;
a water-tight housing connected to the flow tube and the inlet, the housing being sized and configured to remain within the toilet tank;
a depending clip connected to the underside of the housing and positioned to retain and support the leak detector on the overflow tube of the toilet, the clip being arranged relative to the flow tube such that when the leak detector is positioned on the overflow tube of the toilet, the flow tube extends into the overflow tube; and
a controller coupled to the sensor and disposed within the housing, the controller being adapted to determine long flow and short flow conditions based on measuring flow duration using the capacitive sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,888

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING A PRODUCT INSIDE A TOILET BOWL

ZOBELLE ESPANA, S.A., Ba...

1. A device for supplying a product to an interior of a toilet bowl, the device comprising:a replaceable reservoir (1) of said product; and
a dosing means (2) connected to said replaceable reservoir (1) for supplying a predetermined quantity of said product to the interior of the toilet bowl, said dosing means (2) including
a first housing (3) and a second housing (4), interconnected therebetween, said first housing (3) being connected to said replaceable reservoir (1) and said second housing (4) holding a mixture of toilet flush water and said product therein; and
a valve movable between (i) an open position to allow for outflow from the second housing (4) of the mixture of the toilet flush water and said product and (ii) a closed position in which the outflow of the mixture held in the second housing (4) is not permitted,
wherein in the closed position of the valve (5), fluid communication between said first and second housings (3, 4) is closed, and in the open position of the valve (5), fluid communication between said first and second housings (3, 4) is open.

US Pat. No. 10,214,887

DIAPHRAGM DISK

Zurn Industries, LLC, Mi...

1. A method of making a diaphragm disk for use in a diaphragm flush valve for use with toilet devices, the diaphragm flush valve including a body having an inlet and an outlet, a valve seat between said inlet and outlet and a valve member movable to a closing position on said valve seat to stop flow between said inlet and outlet, said valve member, including a diaphragm peripherally attached to said body, a pressure chamber above said diaphragm for holding said valve member on said valve seat, the method of making the diaphragm disk comprising the steps of:forming a disk body made of a composite material for use in the diaphragm flush valve in which the disk body is a rigid body,
applying an adhesive to said disk body, and
molding a layer of rubber onto a recessed area of the upper surface of said disk body to form the diaphragm disk, wherein the layer of rubber is a seal member providing a sealing surface on the upper surface of the disk body in which the sealing surface is configured to provide sealing contact with a relief valve extending through the disk body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,886

SANITARY BASIN MOLDED PART AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SANITARY BASIN MOLDED PART OF THIS KIND

SCHOCK GMBH, Regen (DE)

1. A method of manufacturing a sanitary basin, comprising the steps of:providing a main body in a shape of a sanitary basin;
mechanically stabilizing the main body by providing a covering layer on a surface area of a visible side of the main body, the covering layer including a fiber fabric impregnated with a cured binding agent and including a top layer, the main body and the covering layer being separately manufactured, the fiber fabric having woven rovings with warp and weft fibers forming an angle of essentially 90 degrees therebetween, the top layer and the binding agent being at least one of transparent or translucent capable of allowing an orientation of the fiber fabric to be visible on an exposed surface of the top layer;
the covering layer being connected to the main body subsequent to the separate manufacturing of the main body and the covering layer by attaching the covering layer to the surface area of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,885

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SANITARY FITTING

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A method for operating a sanitary fitting, the sanitary fitting comprising a housing with a spout and a touch sensor, the method comprising:enabling a touch mode of the sanitary fitting, the touch mode allowing a flow of a fluid, wherein during the touch mode, the flow of the fluid is activated by touching the touch sensor; and
disabling the touch mode by touching the touch sensor for a first predetermined period of time, wherein the disabling of the touch mode prohibits activation of the flow of the fluid when the touch sensor is touched during a second predetermined period of time,
wherein the touch mode is automatically reactivated upon expiration of the second predetermined time period, and
wherein the reactivation of the touch mode is confirmed by a release of fluid from the spout.

US Pat. No. 10,214,884

BASIN FAUCET

YOUSHI (XIAMEN) SANITARY ...

1. A basin faucet, comprising a curved faucet made of a metal material and a soft pipe made of a plastic material, the soft pipe being mounted in the curved faucet, a first end of the soft pipe being connected with a water outlet connector, a second end of the soft pipe being connected with a water inlet connector, one end of the water inlet connector being fixed to the curved faucet, the water outlet connector being fixed to the curved faucet, at least one of the water inlet connector and the water outlet connector being detachably connected with the soft pipe; wherein the water inlet connector includes a connecting seat fixed to the soft pipe and a mounting seat mated with the connecting seat, a metal mounting ring is fitted on the mounting seat, and an outer wall of the metal mounting ring is welded to the curved faucet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,883

SILLCOCK FOR ROBUST RE-INSTALLATION

1. A sillcock for installation of a faucet on a building outer wall comprisinga base plate traversed through a central hole by a fitted pipe and having a smooth planar surface of area at least five times a cross-sectional area of said pipe
said base plate consisting of two bolt or screw holes, respectively corresponding to holes drilled in said wall for at least two mounting bolts or screws, wherein said base plate is integral with the faucet and wherein:
the separation between said holes is at least three times an outer diameter of said pipe
said smooth planar surface exerts, substantially throughout the area of said base plate, a uniformly-distributed compressive force against said wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,882

SEALED VALVE BOX ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF INSTALLING A SEALING GASKET TO PROVIDE A SEALED VALVE BOX ASSEMBLY

1. A sealed valve box assembly, comprising:a valve box lid constructed of a rigid material, the valve box lid comprising a lower plug portion,
a cylindrical upper cover portion defining a first diameter, the cylindrical upper cover portion having an annular peripheral rim portion extending radially outward beyond said lower plug portion, defining a valve box lid top planar surface and outer cylindrical surface, and
a plurality of vertically-oriented protuberances spaced apart from one another in a circumferential pattern about said lower plug portion, and integrally connected with said upper cover portion and said lower plug portion, the vertical protuberances projecting radially outward from said lower plug portion;
a valve box body constructed of a rigid material and defining a central opening extending therethrough and sized such that the upper cover portion of said valve box lid fits within the central opening to define an annular void between the valve box lid and the valve box body, such that the annular void remains partially filled by the vertically-oriented protuberances of said valve box lid; and
an annular sealing gasket constructed of a resilient compressible material, the annular sealing gasket comprising
a unitary annular body sized nominally smaller than the respective annular void such that the unitary annular body is accommodated within the annular void, and
a plurality of vertically-oriented, protuberance-receiving channels defined in an interior surface of said annular body, the protuberance-receiving channels spaced apart from one another and arranged in a circumferential pattern about said annular body interior surface in conformance with the respective circumferential pattern of the vertical protuberances such that the vertical channels extending into the interior surface of said annular sealing gasket are sized, shaped, and otherwise configured for mating engagement with the valve box lid vertically-oriented protuberances to provide an air-tight press-fitted sealed relationship between said valve box lid and said valve box body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,881

WATER LOSS DETECTION AND CONTROL SYSTEM

Flow Stop, LLC, Muenster...

1. A water flow control device having:(a) a water inlet;
(b) a flow sensor assembly in fluid communication with the inlet, wherein the flow sensor assembly includes a flow sensing impeller;
(c) a shut-off assembly located downstream of and in fluid communication with the flow sensor assembly, wherein the shut-off assembly includes
(i) a shut-off valve, and
(ii) a valve activation solenoid assembly, wherein the valve activation solenoid assembly comprises:
a solenoid shaft,
a solenoid spring,
a trigger cone, and
a pair of retainer arms that pivot between a first position and a second position about pivot pins, wherein when the retainer arms are in the first position each retainer arm biases a surface of a retainer ball thereby forcing the retainer ball to interface with a radial undercut of a value stem and when the retainer arms are in the second position each retainer arm moves away from the valve stem releasing the interaction of the retainer ball and the radial undercut of the valve stem;
(d) a controller configured to receive input from the flow sensor assembly, determine if the received input falls within predetermined flow characteristic limits, and to send a signal to the shut-off assembly whenever the received input falls outside of the predetermined limits; and
(e) a water outlet, wherein the outlet is located downstream of and in fluid communication with the shut-off assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,880

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GREYWATER RECOVERY AND REUSE

1. A greywater recovery and reuse system for collecting and reconditioning greywater, said system comprising:a controller to control operation of said system;
a greywater inlet connection connectable to a source of greywater;
a holding tank configured to receive said greywater water from said greywater inlet connection;
a greywater reconditioning system configured to recondition said greywater prior to being received in said holding tank, said reconditioning system comprising a filter positioned between said greywater inlet connection and said holding tank to filter the greywater to provide reconditioned greywater;
a filter cleaning system for periodically applying said reconditioned greywater from said holding tank on top of said filter to clean contaminants from the top of said filter;
an overflow trough positioned adjacent to an edge of said filter to receive said contaminants cleaned from the top of the filter and an amount of the reconditioned water applied by the cleaning system; and
a holding tank level sensor positioned in said holding tank and operatively connected to said controller, said controller being configured to calculate a level of said reconditioned greywater in said holding tank from signals generated by said holding tank level sensor;
wherein said controller is configured to monitor a change in said level of said reconditioned greywater in said holding tank during operation of said filter cleaning system to determine said amount of the reconditioned water received by the overflow trough, and wherein the controller is configured to determine when said amount of the reconditioned water received by the overflow trough exceeds a predetermined amount requiring manual cleaning or replacement of the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,879

TOOTH AND ADAPTOR FOR ATTACHMENT OF THE TOOTH TO A WORKING MACHINE

1. A tooth (1) for attachment to the lip of a bucket of a working machine via an adaptor;the tooth having an exterior surface comprising two externally opposed outer working surfaces, namely a first working surface (12) and a second working surface (14), the working surfaces (12, 14) having a width (W) in a horizontal direction (H) that, when the tooth is attached to the lip of the bucket, extends in a direction parallel to said lip of the bucket, and having a length (L) extending between an attachment end and a tip (16) of said tooth, the working surfaces (12, 14) extending along said length (L) while converging in a vertical direction (V) to connect at said tip (16) of the tooth;
the tooth (1) further comprising:
a cavity (103) for receiving a portion of said adaptor, the cavity (103) extending between said first and second working surfaces (12, 14) from an open end (104), at said attachment end of the tooth, to a bottom end (105); the cavity (103) being delimited by an inner wall (102);
said inner wall (102) comprising:
first and second internally facing inner walls (106, 107), being internal surfaces associated with said first working surface and said second working surface (12,14), respectively; and
opposing side walls (108), interconnecting said first and second inner walls (106, 107);
the opposing side walls (108) delimiting opposing through holes (109) for receiving a pin extending through the cavity (103) for attachment of the tooth (1) to the adaptor portion;
a first axis X extending through centres of the opposing through holes (109);
a second axis Y extending along the cavity (103) from the open end (104) of the cavity towards the bottom end (105) of the cavity; and
a third axis Z being orthogonal to said first and second axes X, Y;
the three axes X, Y, Z thereby forming an orthogonal axes system, meeting at an origin, whereby each point of the inner wall (102) may be defined by Cartesian coordinates (x, y, z); and
wherein:
the cavity defines:
a back portion (BP) extending along the Y axis, the back portion being at least partially located between an XZ plane spanned by the X and Z axes and the open end (104) of the cavity,
a front portion (FP) extending along the Y axis, the front portion being located between the XZ plane and the bottom end (105) of the cavity; and
a stepped portion (SP), interconnecting the back portion and the front portion;
in the back portion, the first and second inner walls (106, 107), each comprises a pair of essentially planar back contact surfaces (130a,b; 140a,b), each pair of back contact surfaces being symmetrical about, and facing away from, a YZ plane spanned by the Y and Z axes, so as to form an angle (beta, gamma) with an XY plane spanned by the X and Y axes being less than 35 degrees;
each pair of back contact surfaces (130a,b; 140a,b) being separated by a back divider region (132, 142), extending beyond the pair of back contact surfaces (130a, b) in the Z direction away from the XY plane;
in the front portion, the first and second inner wall (106, 107) each comprises a pair of essentially planar front contact surfaces (110a,b, 120a,b), being symmetrical about the YZ plane;
each of the front and back contact surfaces forming an angle (alfa) less than 5 degrees with the Y axis, as seen in any plane parallel to the YZ plane;
the front contact surfaces of the first inner wall and/or the front contact surfaces of the second inner wall (110a,b; 120a,b) being located closer to the XY plane than the corresponding back contact surfaces (130a,b, 140 a,b); and
in the stepped portion, the first and/or second inner wall (106, 107) forming a slope (150a,b and 160a,b) wherein at least a portion of the inner wall approaches the XY plane towards the bottom wall (105), interconnecting said first and/or second back contact surfaces (130a,b, 140a,b) and the corresponding first and/or second front contact surface (110a,b; 120a,b);
wherein a first stepped distance, D1, along the Z axis is bridged by the first inner wall (106) along the stepped portion (SP), between the first back contact surfaces (130) and the first front contact surfaces (110); and
wherein a second stepped distance, D2, along the Z axis is bridged by the second inner wall (107) along the stepped portion (SP), between the second back contact surfaces (140) and the second front contact surfaces (120); wherein 0.80 D1

US Pat. No. 10,214,878

VALVE SUBASSEMBLY HAVING AT LEAST TWO PUMP LINES FOR A PUMP

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A valve subassembly, comprising:a pump connection location;
at least one tank connection location; and
at least two constantly adjustable direction control valves each with a first operating connection location, a second operating connection location, and an input connection location, the at least two direction control valves each having a first operating position, a central position, and a second operating position,
wherein the input connection location is connected (i) in the first operating position in fluid terms to the first operating connection location and (ii) in the second operating position in fluid terms to the second operating connection location,
wherein a first valve group comprises at least one direction control valve, whose input connection location is connected in parallel to two of at least two separate pump lines in such a manner that pressurized fluid is configured to be directed exclusively from the two pump lines to the input connection location,
wherein a fluid exchange between the two pump lines is prevented,
wherein the at least two pump lines comprise a maximum of a first pump line, and each remaining pump line is a second pump line,
wherein the maximum one first pump line is directly connected to the pump connection location in fluid terms,
wherein a separate constantly adjustable pump valve is associated with each second pump line, and
wherein pressurized fluid is configured to be directed from the pump connection location via the pump valve into the associated second pump line.

US Pat. No. 10,214,877

OPERATION SYSTEM OF WORKING MACHINE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An operation system of a working machine comprising: a work progress calculating unit configured to calculate a work progress of a plurality of working machines;a scheduled ending time calculating unit configured to calculate a scheduled ending time of a work by using the work progress calculated by the work progress calculating unit;
a work progress switching controller configured to compare the work progress of the plurality of machines,
wherein;
a working machine of which an operation is switched from automatic control to remote control is determined from among the plurality of working machines by using the work progress or the scheduled ending time,
the operation system includes a centralized operation controller which transmits an operation instruction to the determined working machine, and
automatic control of the determined working machine is switched to remote control based on a comparison result obtained by the work progress switching controller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,876

WORK MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work machine comprising:a machine body;
an engine to move the machine body;
a rotary electrical device to rotate around a rotational axis to move the machine body, the rotary electrical device comprising:
a housing coupled to the engine, the housing comprising:
a housing main body;
a first lateral extension integrally extended from the housing main body in a first lateral direction substantially perpendicular to the rotational axis; and
a second lateral extension integrally extended from the housing main body in a second lateral direction opposite to the first lateral direction; and
a connector provided on the housing main body;
an actuator disposed opposite to the engine with respect to the rotary electrical device to be driven by at least the engine;
an electric power controller to control the rotary electrical device;
a cable connecting the electric power controller and the connector of the rotary electrical device;
a particulate removal device to capture particulates in exhaust gas discharged from the engine, the particulate removal device being provided above the rotary electrical device in a height direction along a height of the work machine and between the engine and the cable along the rotational axis;
a first mount device provided on the machine body to support the engine;
a second mount device provided on the machine body and connected to the first lateral extension to support the housing, the second mount device comprising a first elastic body provided directly on the first lateral extension; and
a third mount device provided on the machine body and connected to the second lateral extension to support the housing, the third mount device comprising a second elastic body provided directly on the second lateral extension.

US Pat. No. 10,214,875

WORKING MACHINE HAVING A HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED IMPLEMENT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A working machine comprising:a movable implement;
a hydraulic actuator for displacing the implement; and
a hydraulic control system for enabling an operator to control movement of the implement, the hydraulic control system comprising:
a high pressure supply line for supplying hydraulic fluid at a high pressure;
a pilot pressure supply line for supplying hydraulic fluid at a pilot pressure lower than the high pressure;
a hydraulic return line;
a pilot-operated valve for selectively connecting the high pressure supply line and the hydraulic return line to the hydraulic actuator to displace the implement, the pilot-operated valve comprising a spool movable by application of the pilot pressure;
a manually operable joystick;
a hydraulic pilot valve for regulating a supply of the pilot pressure to the pilot-operated valve based on a position of the joystick;
an electrically operated valve for bypassing the hydraulic pilot valve and supplying the pilot pressure to the pilot-operated valve independently of the position of the joystick; and
an electrical circuit comprising a manually operable switch, the electrical circuit triggered by operation of the manually operable switch to initiate a return of the implement to a predetermined state by actuation of the electrically operated valve, independently of the position of the joystick; and
a hydraulic pressure sensor connected to a line leading from the hydraulic pilot valve to the pilot-operated valve, the hydraulic pressure sensor configured to sense a pressure in the line,
wherein the electrical circuit is only triggered by the operation of the manually operable switch when the pressure sensed by the hydraulic pressure sensor exceeds a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,874

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT RELATED TO A ROTATOR

Indexator Rotator Systems...

1. An arrangement related to a rotator, whereby the rotator (10) comprises a stator (20) and a rotor (30), characterized in that the arrangement comprises a fastening ring (50) for attaching a work tool, and that a bearing (D) is arranged between the stator (20) and the fastening ring (50),wherein the fastening ring (50) for the attaching of a work tool is separately journalled relative to the stator (20) independently of a bearing (B, C) between the stator (20) and the rotor (30), and
a driver (80; 180; 280) for transferring the rotational movement of the rotor (30) to the fastening ring (50),
wherein the driver (80) is movable laterally relative to the rotor (30), or the fastening ring (50), or both, in order to eliminate stressing conflict between the bearings (B,C) between the stator (20) and the rotor (30), and
at least one radially outwardly extending tab on said driver received in at least one corresponding recess in said fastening ring, and at least one radially inwardly extending tab on said driver received in at least one corresponding recess in said rotor, said radially outwardly and inwardly extending tabs and corresponding recesses being arranged to enable lateral movement of said driver relative to said rotor, or said fastening ring, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,214,873

VALVE UNIT FOR A QUICK-CHANGER AND QUICK-CHANGE SYSTEM

1. A valve unit for the exclusive hydraulic actuation of the locking means of a mechanical quick-changer for attachments of a construction machine, whereinthe valve unit comprises a feed pressure connector, a first valve unit outlet for connecting an unlocking pressure line, a second valve unit outlet for connecting a locking pressure line, at least one discharge to the tank, and at least two switchable directional valves, with the feed pressure connector being connected or connectable to the first valve unit outlet via a serial connection of the at least two switchable directional valves, and
the valve unit comprises an integrated pressure store and/or a separate store connector for an external pressure store, with the internal pressure store and/or the external pressure store connector being connected or connectable to the second valve unit outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,872

FOUNDATION FOR A WIND TURBINE

19. The method according to claim 17, where the distance elements are provided with a tubular shape and where a first set of the anchor bolts are arranged inside a distance element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,871

SCREEN INTAKE FLOW CONTROL AND SUPPORT DEVICE

Aqseptence Group, Inc., ...

1. A screen intake, comprising:a central body configured for placement in a body of water, the central body having a longitudinal axis, defining an internal hollow and including a sidewall and first and second opposing ends, the first opposing end with a first end wall contiguous with the sidewall, the second opposing end with a second end wall contiguous with the sidewall, the sidewall defining an outlet therethrough at a position extending a distance along the longitudinal axis, the first and second opposing ends each defining a corresponding first and second passage;
first and second screens respectively disposed on the first and second opposing ends of the central body, each of the first and second screens including slots configured to allow fluid flow from the body of water to an interior of each of the first and second screens, the interior of the first screen communicating with the internal hollow of the central body through the first passage defined by the first opposing end, the interior of the second screen communicating with the internal hollow of the central body through the second passage defined by the second opposing end; and
at least one plate disposed within the central body at a location along the longitudinal axis coincident with the position of the outlet along the longitudinal axis, and dividing the internal hollow into portions, a first portion communicating with the first screen, a second portion communicating with the second screen, the at least one plate adapted to merge fluid flow from the first and second portions such that the merged fluid flow has reduced turbulence as the merged fluid flow is directed to the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,870

BUOYANCY COMPENSATED EROSION CONTROL MODULE

1. A buoyancy compensated erosion control module, comprising:a shell having at least one wall oriented at an off-vertical angle;
a substantially enclosed inner cavity, the inner cavity at least partially filled with a foam core;
a perimeter footing at the bottom of the shell, the perimeter footing having a lower cavity that is open on the bottom;
at least one vertical pile sleeve and at least one battered pile sleeve; and
at least one connector to couple the module to a second module, wherein the erosion control module is buoyancy compensated by the inner cavity and foam core.

US Pat. No. 10,214,869

OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT INCLUDING ELECTRIC WHEEL MOTORS AND CONTROLS

1. A snow thrower, comprising:an auger for gathering snow;
a chute for discharging the gathered snow;
a prime mover;
a first drive wheel powered by the prime mover, wherein the first drive wheel is configured to be driven at variable speeds;
a second drive wheel powered by the prime mover, wherein the second drive wheel is configured to be driven at variable speeds;
a user interface configured to pivot within an angular range of motion relative to an axis of rotation to indicate a direction and a magnitude of a desired turn, the user interface comprising:
a left hand grip and a right hand grip;
a first plurality of input devices located near the left hand grip, configured to be operable by a user such that the user can operate the input devices without removing a left hand from the left hand grip;
a second plurality of input devices located near the right hand grip, configured to be operable by the user such that the user can operate the input devices without removing a right hand from the right hand grip;
wherein one of the first plurality and second plurality of input devices is an electronic speed input device configured to control speed and direction of the drive wheels, wherein the electronic speed input device is configured to adjust the speed of the wheels among a range of speeds;
wherein one of the first plurality and second plurality of input devices is an electronic drive wheel input device configured to selectively control the engagement of the drive wheels; and
wherein one of the first plurality and second plurality of input devices is an electronic auger input device configured to selectively control the engagement of the auger;
a steering sensor configured to receive a user input indicating a direction and a magnitude of a desired turn;
an electronic control unit configured to receive a signal from the steering sensor and control operation of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel; and
wherein the electronic control unit is programmed to:
determine the direction and the magnitude of the desired turn in response to the steering sensor signal; and
control the relative speeds of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel to execute the desired turn.

US Pat. No. 10,214,868

COMPRESSIBLE SHOCK ABSORBER AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

TICOPTER SA, Agno (CH)

1. A compressible shock absorber, comprising:at least one pair of co-axial and telescopic shock absorbing elements reciprocally slideable along a longitudinal sliding axis; said co-axial shock absorbing elements comprise a cavity and comprise therein a compressible air volume during their reciprocal axial sliding between a first position of maximum axial extension and a second position of lower axial extension; said at least one pair of shock absorbing elements defines therein an internal substantially continuous air volume and comprises air extractors susceptible of allowing an extraction of the air from said internal volume progressive with the reduction of the axial extension following the impact of a vehicle against said shock absorber; said air extractors, that are constantly open, are realized by a dimensional difference between a first portion of the body of a first shock absorbing element of said at least two co-axial shock absorbing elements and a second portion of the body of a second shock absorbing element of said at least two co-axial shock absorbing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,214,867

TERMINAL FOR ROAD CRASH BARRIER

Obex Systems Ltd., Smith...

1. A terminal configured to be attached to and anchor an end portion of a road crash barrier, the terminal comprising:a plurality of energy absorbing modules arranged in a linear formation along a longitudinal axis, each module defining a hollow section; and
at least two anchors for anchoring the energy absorbing modules, wherein the at least two anchors also function to provide an anchorage for the barrier itself;
wherein at least one of the energy absorbing modules is supported by a flexible linear member between the at least two anchors.

US Pat. No. 10,214,866

END TREATMENTS AND TRANSITIONS FOR WATER-BALLASTED PROTECTION BARRIER ARRAYS

TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC., S...

1. An end treatment array for attenuating the forces generated by a vehicular impact, comprising:a transition barrier module fabricated of plastic and comprising first and second side walls, first and second end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, the module walls together defining a substantially enclosed interior space, the interior space being hollow and unfilled with any ballasting material, the transition barrier module having a predetermined width and length; and
a containment impact sled comprising an axially extending frame, said frame having a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within said frame when in an assembled configuration, and having an axial length which is at least one-half the length of said transition barrier module, the frame defining an interior volume;
wherein the containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module in said assembled configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,214,865

EARTH WORKING ROLLER

Hamm AG, Tirschenreuth (...

1. An earth working roller for use in an earth working machine comprising a roller drum, which extends in a direction along a roller axis of rotation, surrounds a roller interior, and has a circular outer circumferential contour, wherein a substrate breaking configuration is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the roller drum, wherein the substrate breaking configuration comprises a plurality of impact bars along the roller drum in the direction of the roller drum axis of rotation, as well as a plurality of breaker bars along the roller drum in a circumferential direction, wherein the maximum radial height of a projection of at least some of the impact bars across the outer circumferential surface of the roller drum is greater than the maximum radial height of a projection of at least some of the breaker bars across the outer circumferential surface of the roller drum.

US Pat. No. 10,214,864

METHOD FOR STABILIZING AN EARTH FORMATION

5. A machine having crawler tracks, a clearing chain for picking up ballast, a screening installation, and a discharge device provided for introducing bulk material, for carrying out a method for stabilizing an earth formation of a track according to claim 1, comprising the following features:a) behind a rear crawler track—with regard to a working direction of the machine—a bulk material store having a discharge opening for aggregates is arranged as said discharge device,
b) arranged in front of the bulk material store are scarifying teeth, spaced from one another in a transverse direction of the machine and vertically adjustable by drives, for loosening up an earth formation,
c) behind the bulk material store, with regard to the working direction, a grading- and consolidating device is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,214,863

PLATE ELEMENT FOR A FASTENING POINT AT WHICH A RAIL, WHICH IS PROVIDED FOR RAIL VEHICLES, IS FASTENED AND FASTENING POINT

Vossloh-Werke GmbH, Werd...

1. A plate element for a fastening point in which a rail provided for rail vehicles is fastened to a base, wherein the plate element comprises an opening leading from an upper side of the plate element associated with the rail to be fastened to an underside of the plate element associated with the base, wherein a fastening element for fastening the plate element onto the base is guided through the opening during use, wherein the fastening element engages with an anchor fitting countersunk into the base, wherein a ring element made from a flexibly resilient material sits in a mouth of the opening associated with the base, such that the ring element is carried by the plate element at a time of mounting the plate element on the base, and wherein a revolving shoulder is moulded into the mouth of the opening in which the ring element sits, on which shoulder the ring element is supported.

US Pat. No. 10,214,862

CASING TUBE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

NINGBO SHUXIANG NEW MATER...

1. A casing tube for being pre-buried in a railway transport system, comprising:at least two tube bodies, each having an inner-side surface, an outer-side surface, and at least a retaining element provided at said inner-side surface, wherein when said two tube bodies are coupled with each other to form a tubular configuration, a screw channel is formed within said inner-side surfaces of said tube bodies for receiving a screw, wherein said retaining elements formed a thread portion integrally formed at said inner-side surfaces for engaging with the screw, wherein each of said tube bodies further has a plurality of locating elements spacedly and radially protruded from said outer-side surface, and at least one locating slot formed between two of said locating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,214,861

RAILWAY TIE PLATE RETENTION DEVICES AND METHODS TO FACILITATE RAILWAY TIE REPLACEMENT

MOW Equipment Solutions, ...

1. A retention device to retain a railway tie plate, the retention device comprising:a head section comprising one or more protrusions adapted to engage a railway rail;
an insert section adjacent to the head section, wherein:
the insert section is adapted to fit in a spike hole of a railway tie plate; and
the insert section comprises one or more flexible members extending from the head section, each flexible member adapted to allow flex adjustment having at least a lateral component with respect to a longitudinal axis to engage the railway tie plate when the insert section is inserted in the spike hole of the railway tie plate;
wherein the insert section fits into the spike hole of the railway tie plate so that the one or more protrusions engage the railway rail and the insert section engages the railway tie plate to mechanically interlock the railway tie plate with the railway rail to allow suspension of the railway tie plate from the railway rail without a railway tie.

US Pat. No. 10,214,860

HINGED MOULD-AND-DECKLE TOOL FOR MAKING PAPER BY HAND

1. A hinged mould-and-deckle frame (keta) for use in conjunction with a flexible screen (su) comprising two handles in making paper by hand, comprising:a mould having front, rear, and opposing side rails, each having a length and a width, and a top surface;
a deckle having front, rear, and opposing side rails, each having a length and a width, and a top surface and a bottom surface;
the rear rails of the mould and the deckle being hingedly connected to form a double frame configured to be operable between a closed position, in which the bottom surface of the deckle overlays and is in close proximity to the top surface of the mould, and an open position, in which the bottom surface of the deckle does not overlay the top surface of the mould;
the top surface of each of the front and rear rails of the mould having a groove disposed along the entire length thereof at the front and rear sides, respectively, of the mould;
the groove in the top surface of the front rail of the mould having a width that will accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the groove In the top surface of the rear rail of the mould having a width that will similarly accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the bottom surface of each of the front and rear rails of the deckle having a groove disposed along the entire length thereof at the front and rear sides, respectively, of the deckle;
the groove in the bottom surface of the front rail of the deckle having a width that will accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the groove In the bottom surface of the rear rail of the deckle having a width that will similarly accommodate the width and shape of a su handle;
the groove in the top surface of the front rail of the mould being widened out at either end;
the groove in the bottom surface of the front rail of the deckle being widened out at either end;
wherein, when the frame is in the closed position, the grooves in the front rails of the mould and the deckle cooperate to form a front channel, and the grooves in the rear rails of the mould and the deckle cooperate to form a rear channel, each channel configured to hold a handle of a su securely, and wherein the widened ends of the grooves of the front rails of the mould and the deckle cooperate to form an opening large enough to allow a finger to be inserted of at either end of the front channel;
a guide bar disposed in the top surface of a side rail of the mould;
the guide bar in the side rail being mortised into the cooperating side rail of the deckle when the frame is in the closed position;
the frame being restrainable in the closed position by two cooperating catch latches disposed on both sides of the frame, each catch latch disposed on an outside surface of the side rails of the mould and deckle, proximate the front rails of the mould and deckle;
semi-rigid slat struts, each being fitted into slots disposed in the front and rear rails of the mould;
beveling along a top inside edge of the rear rail; and
beveling along a top inside edge of the opposing side rails of the deckle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,859

PAPER AND PAPERBOARD PRODUCTS

FiberLean Technologies Li...

1. A method of making a paper or board product, the method comprising:(a) providing a wet web of pulp;
(b) providing a top ply slurry onto the wet web of pulp using an applicator suitable to form a film through a non-pressurized or pressurized slot opening on top of a wet substrate on the wire of the wet end of a paper machine, wherein:
the top ply slurry is provided in an amount ranging from 15 g/m2 to 40 g/m2;
(ii) the top ply slurry comprises a sufficient amount of microfibrillated cellulose to obtain a product having a top ply comprising at least about 5 wt. % to about 30 wt. % microfibrillated cellulose, based on the total weight of the top ply; and
(iii) the top ply slurry comprises a sufficient amount of inorganic particulate material to obtain a product having a top ply comprising at least 67 wt. % inorganic particulate material, based on the total weight of the top ply, wherein the inorganic particulate material has a particle size distribution in which at least 20 wt. % to at least 95 wt. % of the particles have an equivalent spherical diameter (e.s.d.) of less than 2 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,214,858

CELLULOSIC MATERIAL WITH ANTIMICROBIAL AND DEFIBERIZATION PROPERTIES

RAYONIER PERFORMANCE FIBE...

1. A bifunctional reagent comprising a reaction product of an alkyl amine and an epoxide, wherein the bifunctional reagent has the following chemical structure:
wherein
n is an integer from 1 to 1,000;
R is ethyl, isopropyl or butyl;
R1, and R2, can be the same or different and are selected from hydrogen, methyl, or ethyl; and
R3, is an alkyl group with 3 to 30 carbon atoms, which alkyl group may be saturated, unsaturated, substituted, un-substituted, branched, un-branched, cyclic, and/or acyclic, and may contain 1 to 3 heteroatoms.

US Pat. No. 10,214,857

METHODS OF CONTROLLING A CONVERTING LINE THAT PRODUCES PAPER PRODUCTS

GPCP IP Holdings LLC, At...

1. A method of controlling a converting line that produces a paper product, the method comprising:(a) unwinding a paper web from a parent roll on a converting line, the converting line having a plurality of operational parameters, the paper web including (i) a plurality of sections in a sequence, and (ii) a plurality of marks, at least one mark being assigned to each of the plurality of sections and each mark being associated with an action score, at least one action score having an action value, the action value being a value of the action score that indicates an actionable risk of converting line failure;
(b) reading at least one of the plurality of marks with a mark reading unit;
(c) obtaining the action score associated with a second one of the plurality of marks, the second one of the plurality of marks being the next mark with an action value after the at least one mark read by the reading unit;
(d) calculating a distance between the at least one mark read by the reading unit and the second one of the plurality of marks;
(e) changing at least one operational parameter of the converting line based upon the action score of the second one of the plurality of marks when the calculated distance is less than a threshold; and
(f) converting the paper web into a paper product.

US Pat. No. 10,214,856

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

1. A deflection member, the deflection member comprising in a unitary structure having a machine direction and a cross machine direction orthogonal to the machine direction and a Z-direction:a. a plurality of discrete primary elements, each discrete primary element being separated from a nearest of the discrete primary elements by a distance;
b. a plurality of secondary elements, at least one of the secondary elements being unitary with at least one of the discrete primary elements, and being an elongate member having a major axis having both a machine direction vector component and a cross machine direction vector component;
c. the plurality of secondary elements being interconnected to define the distance between the plurality of discrete primary elements; and,
d. at least one of the discrete primary elements being an open structure comprised of a plurality of linking segments comprising at least two linking segments, the at least two linking segments being generally linear elements having a linear axis and a first end and a second end, and each being joined to at least one of the secondary elements at one of the first or second ends, the other of the first or second end being joined to the other of the at least two linking segments or a third linking segment, and wherein the axis of at least one of the plurality of linking segments has a Z-direction vector component.

US Pat. No. 10,214,854

METHOD OF DYEING KNITTED FABRICS, AND FABRIC AND VAMP FABRIC WITH PREDETERMINED COLOR USING THE SAME

LONG JOHN TSUNG RIGHT IND...

1. A method for dyeing a knitted fabric, comprising:providing an undyed knitted fabric;
spray dyeing the undyed knitted fabric by a dye liquor containing nano-particles through a printing and spraying process, the dye liquor containing nano-particles including dye nanoparticles, dispersants, auxiliaries, or their combinations thereof;
executing a high temperature process or a steam process of a thermal process to the spray dyed knitted fabric such that the nano-particles attach into fibers of the spray dyed knitted fabric; and
forming a knitted fabric with a predetermined color after dyeing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,852

PORTABLE GARMENT STEAMER

Techtronic Floor Care Tec...

1. A method of generating steam in a steamer comprising:receiving fluid in a reservoir including a heating element;
preheating the fluid using power from an external power source until the fluid is a predetermined temperature below a boiling temperature of the fluid;
conveying the preheated fluid to a steam generating device;
heating the fluid in the steam generating device to form steam, the steam generating device using power from a battery when the steamer is unplugged from the external power source; and
discharging the steam through a nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,851

LINT CATCHING SYSTEM AND EXHAUST ASSEMBLY

ADR Products, LLC, Laram...

1. A lint catching system for a clothes dryer which generates an exhaust air laden with an amount of lint, comprising:a filter housing having an interior chamber defined by a front and back panel walls connected by corresponding first and second side panel walls and first and second curved end panel walls;
an exhaust aperture element disposed in said second curved end panel wall;
a cover element rotatably coupled to said second curved end panel wall to removably cover said exhaust aperture element;
a filter housing inlet disposed in said first curved end panel wall;
a filter housing outlet disposed in said front panel wall; and
a filtration material supported in said filter housing outlet;
wherein said first and second curved end panel walls are configured to generate a circulation of said exhaust air inside said interior chamber which deposits said amount of lint on said filtration material.

US Pat. No. 10,214,850

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR REMOVING WRINKLES ON TEXTILE CLOTHES AND METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT SAID WRINKLE REMOVAL

MABE, S.A. DE C.V., Quer...

1. A process to remove wrinkles from textiles disposed within a dryer machine, a user that interacts with the dryer machine, wherein said dryer machine comprises a main body, a rotatory drum arranged in the center of the dryer machine, heating means, a motor that transmits motion to the drum, a propeller fan, a propeller fan motor that transmits motion to said propeller fan, temperature sensing means, a water injection means, a set of control conditions and parameters, a control panel that hosts the intelligent electronic system that includes a main board that contains a microcontroller, said microcontroller integrally comprises a memory for storing the conditions and parameters, wherein said memory can be a Random Access Memory (RAM) or an Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (EEPROM); furthermore, said microcontroller is programmable in a microcontroller assembly language within a programming environment, having a specific programming frequency and an instruction cycle time; said dryer machine further comprises a user interface located on the control panel allowing communications between the user and the dryer machine, further characterized in that said user interface is of the hardware type, beside it is a touch interface allowing the user to interact with one finger similarly to actuating a physical control; said process to remove wrinkles comprises in the following order the steps of:(a) placing dry textile clothes to be unwrinkled, inside the drum of the dryer machine and determining a quantity of water to be injected for a first predetermined period of time, according to the amount of the textile clothes to be unwrinkled, and a desired predetermined Initial Moisture Content (IMC);
(b) injecting water in the form of droplets, through the water injection means for a first predetermined period of time while the drum and propeller fan remain motionless, said water injection means comprises at least one nozzle, a spray valve, a portion that is activated for a first predetermined period of time allowing to flow a predetermined amount of water in the form of droplets that is sprinkled to the textile clothes to be unwrinkled disposed into the drum in order to reach a predetermined IMC, while the drum remains motionless;
(c) stopping the injection of the water once said first predetermined period of time has lapsed while the drum and propeller fan remain motionless and allowing for a second predetermined period of time to elapse, so that moisture penetrates into the fibers of the textile clothes material and not remaining just on the surface thereof;
(d) rotating the drum by turning on the motor of the dryer machine for a third predetermined period of time, after which the motor of the dryer is turned off;
(e) repeating steps (b), (c), (d) until the predetermined IMC is obtained, in order to ensure that all the textile clothes inside the drum are homogeneously moistened; and
(f) rotating the drum by turning on the motor of the dryer machine and injecting hot air that passes thru the textile clothes by turning on the propeller fan motor and the heating means, thus to allow a total removal of humidity from the textile clothes and allowing the removal of wrinkles.

US Pat. No. 10,214,849

STEAM GENERATOR AND WASHING MACHINE HAVING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A steam generator comprising:a lower case having a first space for storing water, the lower case having a base which forms a bottom surface of the lower case and side walls which are upwardly extended from the base;
a heater for heating the lower case;
an upper case on the lower case; and
a steam supply passage in the lower case comprising a second space and a third space for introducing steam generated in the first space of the lower case,
wherein steam generated in the first space is discharged from the steam generator after the steam is sequentially introduced into only the second space, the third space, and a steam discharge pipe,
wherein the first space is defined by the base and the side walls of the lower case,
wherein the second space is defined by an outer wall portion including a surface other than the side walls which upwardly extends from the base and is disposed in the lower case, an outer wall portion flow passage is provided at a top of the outer wall portion and is disposed in the lower case, and the steam generated in the first space is introduced into the second space through only the outer wall portion flow passage, and
wherein the outer wall portion upwardly extends from the base and the outer wall portion is integrally formed with the base so as to prevent the water stored in the first space from being introduced into the second space by the outer wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,848

METHODS OF DETERMINING A LOAD SIZE IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of determining a laundry load size in a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable tub or rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, at least one imaging device, and a controller having a processor, the method comprising:rotating the rotatable tub or the rotatable drum;
generating multiple images of a laundry load within the treating chamber, from a single imaging device, where the generated multiple images are from different viewpoints of the laundry load;
combining, by the controller, the multiple images together to define a composite;
analyzing, by the controller utilizing a computer algorithm, the composite to define a 3D model of the laundry load including mountains and valleys in the laundry load;
determining, by the controller, multiple heights defining the mountains and valleys in the laundry load; and
determining a load size based on the 3D model including the multiple heights defining the mountains and valleys in the laundry load.

US Pat. No. 10,214,847

DRUM WASHING MACHINE

Haier Asia Co., Ltd., (J...

1. A drum washing machine, comprising:an outer tank configured in a shell;
a drum configured in the outer tank and capable of rotating by using a horizontal axis or an inclination axis inclining relative to a horizontal direction as a center;
a rotating body arranged at a rear part of the drum and provided with a protruding part in contact with washings on a surface of the rotating body;
a driving part capable of operating in a first driving form and a second driving form, wherein the first driving form is a driving form that enables the drum and the rotating body to rotate at different rotating speeds, and the second driving form is a driving form that enables the drum and the rotating body to integrally rotate at a same rotating speed; and
a control part,
wherein the control part detects load quantity of the washings in the drum, and enables the driving part to operate in the second driving form while detecting the load quantity;
wherein the driving part comprises a driving motor, a first rotating shaft, a second rotating shaft, a wing decelerating mechanism, a drum decelerating mechanism, and a clutch mechanism part, the clutch mechanism part configured to switch a driving form of the driving part between the first driving form and the second driving form;
wherein the driving motor is configured to generate torque for driving the drum and the rotating body;
wherein the first rotating shaft has a hollow shape, and a first sliding bearing and a second sliding bearing are respectively arranged at a front part and a rear part of an inner part of the first rotating shaft;
wherein the second rotating shaft is encircled by the first rotating shaft, a front part of the second rotating shaft protruding forward of the first rotating shaft, a rear part of the second rotating shaft protruding backwards of the first rotating shaft, an outer circumferential surface of the second rotating shaft supported by the first sliding bearing and the second sliding bearing, and the second rotating shaft rotatable within the first rotating shaft;
wherein the wing decelerating mechanism comprises a wing belt wheel, a first motor belt wheel, and a wing transmission belt, the wing decelerating mechanism configured to decelerate a rotation of the driving motor according to a deceleration ratio determined by an outer diameter ratio of the wing belt wheel to the first motor belt wheel and transmit the rotation being decelerated to the second rotating shaft;
wherein the drum decelerating mechanism comprises a drum belt wheel, a second motor belt wheel, and a drum transmission belt, the drum decelerating mechanism configured to decelerate a rotation of the driving motor according to the deceleration ratio determined by the outer diameter ratio of the drum belt wheel to the second motor belt wheel and transmit the rotation being decelerated to the first rotating shaft; and
wherein, in the first driving form, the second rotating shaft is connected to the wing belt wheel for transmitting the rotation of the wing belt wheel to the second rotating shaft so as to rotate the drum and the rotating body at different rotating speeds and, in the second driving form, the second rotating shaft is connected to the drum belt wheel for transmitting the rotation of the drum belt wheel to the second rotating shaft so as to rotate the drum and the rotating body at the same rotating speed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,846

WASHING MACHINE DRIVING DEVICE, WASHING MACHINE HAVING SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

AMOTECH CO., LTD., Inche...

1. An apparatus for driving a washing machine, the apparatus comprising:an outer rotor;
an inner rotor;
a double stator including a stator core, wherein the stator core is formed of a first teeth portion around which a first coil is wound, a second teeth portion around which a second coil is wound, and a partition integrally formed with and between the first teeth portion and the second teeth portion, and wherein the first teeth portion faces the inner rotor with an air gap to drive the inner rotor, the second teeth portion faces the outer rotor with an air gap to drive the outer rotor independently from the inner rotor;
a first cylindrical outer shaft connected to the outer rotor;
a second cylindrical outer shaft connected to a washing tub;
a first inner shaft rotatably disposed inside the first cylindrical shaft and connected to the inner rotor;
a second inner shaft rotatably disposed inside the second cylindrical shaft and connected to a pulsator inside the washing tub; and
a planetary gear set comprising: a ring gear fixedly coupled to the first cylindrical outer shaft and the second cylindrical outer shaft; a sun gear fixedly coupled to the first inner shaft; a plurality of planetary gears rotatably engaged with an outer surface of the sun gear and an inner surface of the ring gear; and a carrier coupled to the second inner shaft and rotatably supporting the planetary gears; and
first and second bearings that are provided at the first cylindrical outer shaft and the second cylindrical outer shaft, respectively,
wherein the planetary gear set is configured in such a way that, when a rotational force from the inner rotor is applied to the sun gear through the first inner shaft, a rotational speed of the inner rotor is decelerated through the planetary gears and the rotational force from the inner rotor is transmitted to the pulsator through the carrier and the second inner shaft with a decelerated rotational speed; and, when a rotational force from the outer rotor is applied to the ring gear through the first cylindrical outer shaft, a rotational speed of the outer rotor is not decelerated and the rotational force from the outer rotor is transmitted to the washing tub through the ring gear and the second cylindrical outer shaft, thereby being able to rotate the pulsator and the washing tub in the decelerated speed and the non-decelerated speed, respectively, and in opposite directions to each other, and drive the washing tub requiring a starting torque larger than that of the pulsator by ouput of the outer rotor providing a toque higher than that of the inner rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,845

WASHING MACHINE ASSEMBLY

1. A washing machine assembly, comprising:A) a washing machine comprising an electronic control panel, a refill drawer assembly, and a drum having at least one drum paddle, said drum paddle comprising at lease one first hole; and
B) a basket assembly that mounts onto said at least one drum paddle, said basket assembly comprising first and second baskets to contain articles therein to wash, each of said first and second baskets comprising first and second walls, an outer lateral wall, an inner lateral wall, and a bottom wall, said first and second baskets are joined by an elongated curved wall, said elongated curved wall comprising at least one second hole and at least one security screw, said at least one first hole and at least one second hole are aligned to receive said at least one security screw to removably mount said curved wall to said drum paddle, each of said first and second baskets comprising respective dividing walls, each of said first and second baskets further comprising respective cover doors hingedly mounted to said outer lateral walls.

US Pat. No. 10,214,844

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE OUT-OF-BALANCE DETECTION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance, comprising:a tub;
a basket rotatably mounted within the tub, the basket defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing;
a valve;
a nozzle configured for flowing liquid from the valve into the tub;
an agitation element;
a motor in mechanical communication with the basket, the motor configured for selectively rotating the basket within the tub and further configured for selectively rotating the agitation element;
a gyroscope mounted to the tub;
wherein the tub defines an X-axis, a Y-axis, and a Z-axis that are mutually orthogonal to each other, the Z-axis extending along a longitudinal direction and defining a center of the tub, and wherein the gyroscope measures movement about the Y-axis,
an accelerometer mounted to the tub; and
a controller in operative communication with the valve, motor, gyroscope and accelerometer, the controller configured for:
flowing a volume of liquid into the tub,
agitating articles within the tub for a first period, the tub containing the volume of liquid,
measuring movement of the tub during agitation of the articles within the tub, the tub containing the volume of liquid, wherein the movement is measured using the accelerometer and the gyroscope, wherein movement is measured as a plurality of amplitudes occurring in discrete channels of motion, wherein the tub extends from a top portion to a bottom portion along the Z-axis, and wherein the discrete amplitudes include an amplitude of displacement of one point along the Z-axis of the tub and an amplitude of displacement at another point along the Z-axis of the tub,
agitating articles within the tub for a second period when a final measured movement is greater than an out-of-balance movement threshold, the tub containing the volume of liquid,
draining liquid from the tub when the final measured movement is less than the out-of-balance movement threshold, and
spinning the basket after draining liquid from the tub.

US Pat. No. 10,214,843

CONTROL METHOD OF WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A control method of a washing machine, the washing machine including a water storage tub, a wash tub configured to accommodate fabric, the wash tub being rotated about a vertical axis inside the water storage tub, a pulsator rotatably provided inside the wash tub, and a motor configured to rotate at least one of the wash tub and the pulsator, the control method comprising:supplying water to a predetermined water level in the wash tub;
rotating the pulsator alternately in opposite directions while the wash tub is filled to the predetermined water level, wherein at the predetermined water level, the fabric continuously remains in contact with the pulsator during the rotation of the pulsator;
sensing an amount of fabric;
rotating the wash tub at a constant acceleration after the fabric is moved while in contact with the pulsator as the pulsator rotates alternately in opposite directions;
sensing a current value applied to the motor when a rotational speed of the wash tub is within a given range while the wash tub is rotated at the constant acceleration;
determining unbalance based on the sensed amount of fabric and the current value applied to the motor; and
supplying water to a predetermined water supply level which is determined based on the unbalance, wherein the predetermined water supply level is determined as a first water supply level when the unbalance is greater than a reference value, and wherein the predetermined water supply level is determined as a second water supply level higher than the first water supply level when the unbalance is smaller than the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,842

WASHING MACHINE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A washing machine comprising:a cabinet having a door at a top area of the cabinet;
a tub in the cabinet to receive wash water;
a drum inside the tub to receive laundry;
a driving device at the tub to rotate the drum;
a water supply device to supply the wash water to the tub;
a balancer to reduce vibration from the tub, the balancer disposed at an upper side of the tub;
a drainage device includes a drainage valve connected to the tub and a drainage channel coupled to the drainage valve to discharge the wash water from the tub;
a drying device at the cabinet to supply heated air to the tub, the heated air to dry the laundry;
an exhaust duct coupled to the tub to discharge air within the tub to outside of the cabinet, the exhaust duct disposed in a vertical direction, and the exhaust duct disposed between the tub and the cabinet; and
an extension duct, disposed in the vertical direction, and disposed between the tub and the cabinet, the extension duct having a first end coupled to the exhaust duct and a second end coupled to the cabinet;
wherein the exhaust duct includes:
an exhaust suction port to couple to a lower side of the tub, the exhaust suction port provided at the first end of the exhaust duct, and the exhaust suction port always communicating with inside of the tub, and
an exhaust discharge port provided higher than the exhaust suction port, the exhaust discharge port provided at the second end of the exhaust duct;
wherein the first end of the extension duct coupled to the exhaust discharge port forms a turning part for turning the air by 180 degrees in the vertical direction, the first end of the extension duct is disposed to be higher than a full water level of wash water supplied in the tub during washing, and the first end of the extension duct always communicating with the exhaust discharge port,
wherein the second end of the extension duct is disposed lower than the full water level of wash water supplied in the tub during washing, and the second end of the extension duct is coupled to discharge the air from within the tub to outside of the cabinet, and the second end of the extension duct always communicating with outside of the cabinet,
wherein the turning part includes a slit disposed at a top end of the extension duct and facing a hollow interior of the cabinet, and
wherein the slit always communicating with the hollow interior of the cabinet, formed in the vertical direction, the slit opening toward an upper side of the hollow interior of the cabinet for restraining occurrence of a siphon phenomenon, the slit being opened at an upper side of the turning point,
wherein the exhaust discharge port is provided lower than the balancer, and the exhaust discharge port is provided higher than the full water level of wash water supplied during washing,
wherein the turning part is lower than the balancer, and the turning part is higher than the full water level of wash water supplied during washing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,841

NEEDLE INSERTER FOR EMBROIDERY NEEDLES

1. A needle inserter for use by a user in inserting an embroidery needle having an elongated shaft with an eye and a longitudinally extending groove into a retaining member of an embroidery machine, the needle inserter comprising:an elongated handle having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a releasable support at the first end portion; and
an elongated element extending perpendicularly from the first end portion and having a perpendicular extending distal end;
wherein said releasable support operates to engage with the elongated shaft of the embroidery needle; and
wherein said distal end operates to engage with the eye of the elongated shaft and cooperates with said releasable support to support the embroidery needle on the needle inserter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,839

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING NET SHAPE PREFORM FROM TEXTILE STRIPS

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A method comprising:forming fabric strips from a wide stitch-bonded stretch broken carbon fiber fabric;
positively transporting and placing a length of fiber strip to a desired orientation via a moveable fiber strip delivery mechanism interposed between a fiber strip supply and a desired lay down location of the fiber strip;
controlling delivery of a fiber strip tension from the fiber strip supply using an electronic unwinder; and
moving the moveable fiber strip delivery mechanism radially towards at least one of an inner diameter or an outer diameter of the desired lay down location by half the width of the fiber strips to interlock layers of a preform, wherein the moveable fiber strip delivery mechanism comprises a plurality of rollers on a common axis.

US Pat. No. 10,214,837

TEXTILE STUFFER BOX AND METHOD FOR TEXTURING YARN

American Linc, LLC, Gast...

1. A textile processing assembly for texturing and heatsetting a moving length of ply-twisted yarn, said textile processing assembly comprising:(a) a pair of feed rolls adapted for engaging and moving the yarn downstream away from a supply creel;
(b) a textile stuffer box downstream of said feed rolls, and comprising:
(i) a housing assembly having a yarn entrance and a yarn exit, and comprising cooperating chamber-forming surfaces defining a multi-stage internal crimping chamber for receiving and accumulating the ply-twisted yarn between the entrance and exit of said housing assembly, said crimping chamber comprising an upstream fixed-volume stage and a downstream adjustable-volume stage;
(ii) means for selectively adjusting a volume of the downstream adjustable-volume stage of said crimping chamber, thereby controlling axial compression of yarn accumulating inside the upstream fixed-volume stage of said crimping chamber, wherein said means for selectively adjusting a volume of the downstream adjustable-volume stage of said crimping chamber comprises an elongated chamber gate extending linearly between opposing terminal end edges and a removable gate weight, said chamber gate being pivotably mounted to said housing assembly at an intermediate fulcrum point of said chamber gate, and said fulcrum point dividing said chamber gate to form an inside-the-chamber first end defining at least one of said chamber-forming surfaces adjacent the yarn exit of said housing assembly, and an outside-the-chamber second end comprising a removable gate weight, and said first and second ends of said chamber gate being integrally formed together as a single elongated structure, and said gate weight being selectively positioned along the outside-the-chamber second end of said chamber gate to adjustably increase and decrease a resistance exerted by said chamber gate, whereby selective adjustment of the gate resistance operates to control axial compression of yarn accumulating inside of said crimping chamber;
(c) a climate chamber downstream of said stuffer box, and adapted for heat-setting the ply-twisted yarn;
(d) means for conveying the yarn downstream from said stuffer box and through said climate chamber; and
(e) a take-up winder downstream of said climate chamber for collecting the processed yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,214,836

ACRYLIC COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING A HINDERED AMINE LIGHT STABILIZER AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Glen Raven, Inc., Glen R...

1. An acrylic fiber comprising:an acrylonitrile polymer having acrylonitrile units present in an amount of at least 85% by weight of the acrylonitrile polymer; and
a hindered amine light stabilizer;
wherein the hindered amine light stabilizer has a pKa from 4 to 7 and has a water solubility at 20° C. of about 2% w/w or less;
wherein the hindered amine light stabilizer is within the acrylic fiber in an amount of about 0.5% to about 10% by weight of the acrylic fiber and is distributed throughout the polymer matrix of the acrylonitrile polymer;
wherein the acrylonitrile polymer is selected from the group consisting of polyacrylonitrile (PAN), poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) (P(AN-VA)), poly(acrylonitrile-co-methyl acrylate) (P(AN-MA)), poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinyl chloride) (PAN-VC), poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinylidene chloride, poly(acrylonitrile-co-methyl methacrylate), and any combination thereof; and
wherein the hindered amine light stabilizer has a structure represented by Formula (I), Formula (II), Formula (III), or Formula (IV):

wherein:
each X is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl and C1-C20 alkenyl;
L, in each instance, is absent or is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl and C1-C20 alkenyl;
each R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-C20 alkyl, C1-C20 alkenyl, —O(C1-C20 alkyl), and —O(C1-C20 alkenyl);
each R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C20 alkyl, and C1-C20 alkenyl;
each R3 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-C20 alkyl, and C1-C20 alkenyl; and
n is an integer selected from 1 to 50.

US Pat. No. 10,214,835

POST-SYNTHESIS PROCESSING OF DIAMOND AND RELATED SUPER-HARD MATERIALS

Element Six Technologies ...

1. A method of processing a super-hard material having a Vickers hardness of no less than 2000 kg/mm2, the method comprising:(a) forming a surface of the super-hard material to have a first surface profile within a first root mean square deviation from a smooth target surface profile, said first root mean square deviation being no more than 5 ?m;
(b) analysing said surface of the super-hard material to detect a plurality of protruding regions on said surface; and
(c) selectively processing over a first protruding region on the surface of the super-hard material and, subsequent to selectively processing over the first protruding region, selectively processing over a second protruding region on the surface of the super-hard material to form a second surface profile within a second root mean square deviation from the smooth target surface profile, said second root mean square deviation being no more than 100 nm, wherein the surface of the super-hard material has at least one dimension of at least 10 mm and wherein the selective processing of each protruding region is performed over an area smaller than the area of the surface of the super-hard material;
wherein step (b) comprises calculating an amount of processing at each of the plurality of protruding regions required to form the second surface profile, and
wherein step (c) comprises applying said calculated amount of processing at each of the plurality of protruding regions to form the second surface profile.

US Pat. No. 10,214,834

MONOCRYSTAL GROWTH SYSTEM AND METHOD CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING SHAPE OF INGOT INTERFACE

SK SILTRON CO., LTD., Gu...

1. A monocrystal growing system as a system of controlling a growth interface shape by pulling up and growing a monocrystal ingot in a process chamber by a Czochralski method, the system comprising:an ingot weight measuring part for measuring a weight of a growing ingot;
an ingot diameter measuring part for measuring a diameter of the growing ingot;
an ingot height measuring part for measuring a height of the growing ingot;
a comparing part configured to compare a measurement value obtained by measuring a weight increase amount of the ingot for unit time and a theoretical value of the ingot weight increase amount derived through a change in the diameter and the height of the ingot for the unit time; and
a control part configured to predict a prediction result for a growth interface shape of the ingot to be grown according to a difference between the measurement value and the theoretical value derived from the comparing part and to change a process condition during monocrystal ingot growth according to the prediction result for the growth interface shape of the ingot.

US Pat. No. 10,214,833

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS

1. A method of making an organometallic crystalline material, the method comprising:inducing an initial organometallic crystalline seed by positioning a direct write source at a first position on a substrate, wherein the direct write source is configured to produce a thermal voxel and has a wavelength of from about 500 nm to about 1,000 nm, and wherein a liquid precursor is in proximity to the substrate, and wherein the seed is a product arising from thermal heating of the liquid precursor by the thermal voxel; and
promoting crystal growth or crystal dissolution of the seed, thereby providing the organometallic crystalline material that is patterned upon the substrate, wherein the organometallic crystalline material comprises an organic moiety.

US Pat. No. 10,214,832

APPARATUS FOR RECOVERY OF MATERIAL GENERATED DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL MATERIAL REMOVAL IN ACIDIC ELECTROLYTES

FARADAY TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A system for recycling machined metal produced by an electrochemical material removal process, the system comprising:a machining unit comprising an anode to receive a workpiece, a cathode tool, and a first pulse generator to provide a voltage or current waveform between the anode and the cathode tool; and
an electrowinning unit comprising an electrowinning cathode, an electrowinning anode, and a second pulse generator to provide a voltage or current waveform between the electrowinning anode and the electrowinning cathode;
wherein the machining unit is in fluid communication with the electrowinning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,831

ONE-PIECE ELECTROFORMED METAL COMPONENT

Nivarox-FAR S.A., Le Loc...

1. A method for fabricating a one-piece component, comprising:a) forming a mould on an electrically conductive substrate;
b) filling the mould by electroforming to form at least one one-piece metal component comprising an electroformed metal body;
c) releasing the at least one one-piece metal component from the electrically conductive substrate and from the mould;
wherein the method further comprises:
d) effecting desorption of trapped hydrogen in the at least one one-piece metal component during electroforming so as to form, only over a predetermined depth of an external surface of the body, a hardening relative to the rest of the body,
wherein the metal is electroformed in the filling b) in amorphous form and the external surface comprises an at least partially crystalline phase of the electroformed metal.

US Pat. No. 10,214,830

SUBSTRATE HOLDER AND PLATING APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A substrate holder comprising:a base member comprising a support surface configured to support a substrate to be plated in a plating solution;
a seal ring configured to be brought into contact with a peripheral portion of the substrate such that the seal ring presses down upon the substrate thereby capturing the substrate between the seal ring and the support surface of the base member;
a support ring supporting the seal ring;
a fixing ring pressing the seal ring against the support ring, the fixing ring including an annular portion having an inner circumferential surface and an outer circumferential surface, each of which is constituted by a tapered surface, the outer circumferential surface being inclined downwardly toward an inside of the substrate holder when the substrate holder is in a vertical position; and
wherein the fixing ring, the support ring, and the seal ring are pivotally coupled to the base member,
wherein the outer circumferential surface defines a flow path for the plating solution to prevent the plating solution from flowing across the support surface of the base member and the substrate when the substrate is supported by the support surface and when the substrate holder is removed from the plating solution,
wherein the fixing ring further including a seal-ring pressing portion connected to the annular portion, and a regulation ring projecting radially inwardly from the seal-ring pressing portion, the regulation ring having an inside diameter which is smaller than an inside diameter of the seal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,214,829

CONTROL OF CURRENT DENSITY IN AN ELECTROPLATING APPARATUS

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method for electroplating metal onto a substrate, the method comprising:(a) receiving the substrate in an electroplating chamber, wherein the substrate is a semiconductor substrate, and wherein a reference electrode comprising a dynamically changeable shape is provided in the electroplating chamber;
(b) immersing the substrate in an electrolyte in the electroplating chamber while changing the shape of the reference electrode from a first shape to a second shape; and
(c) electroplating metal onto the substrate while monitoring a potential difference between the substrate and the reference electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,214,828

CONTROL OF CURRENT DENSITY IN AN ELECTROPLATING APPARATUS

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method of electroplating metal onto a substrate, the method comprising:(a) receiving the substrate in an electroplating chamber, wherein the substrate is a semiconductor substrate, and wherein a reference electrode comprising multiple segments that can be independently activated and deactivated is provided in the electroplating chamber;
(b) activating multiple segments of the reference electrode;
(c) after (b), independently deactivating one or more of the segments of the reference electrode while immersing the substrate in electrolyte in the electroplating chamber; and
(e) electroplating metal onto the substrate while monitoring a potential difference between the substrate and the reference electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,214,827

MICROCRYSTALLINE ANODIC COATINGS AND RELATED METHODS THEREFOR

SANFORD PROCESS CORPORATI...

1. A method of coating an anodized aluminum substrate comprising:immersing the anodized aluminum substrate in a first aqueous metal salt solution comprising at least one metal cationic species for a first predetermined length of time to form a partially impregnated aluminum substrate;
immersing the partially impregnated aluminum substrate in an alkaline solution for a second predetermined length of time to form a fully impregnated aluminum substrate; and
immersing the fully impregnated aluminum substrate in a second aqueous metal salt solution comprising at least one metal acetate and having a pH in a range of from about 5 units to about 6 units for a third predetermined length of time to form a coated anodized aluminum substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,826

LOW COPPER ELECTROPLATING SOLUTIONS FOR FILL AND DEFECT CONTROL

Novellus Systems, Inc., ...

1. A method of plating copper into damascene features, comprising:receiving a substrate having a seed layer with an average thickness of about 200 nanometers or less;
electrically biasing the substrate while immersing the substrate in an aqueous low copper acid-containing electrolyte consisting essentially of:
(i) water,
(ii) a copper salt providing between about 4-10 grams per liter copper cations,
(iii) acid at a concentration of between about 2-15 grams per liter,
(iv) a source of halide ions,
(v) at least one suppressor compound, and
(vi) at least one accelerator compound,whereby the aqueous low copper acid-containing electrolyte induces a cathodic overpotential on the seed layer sufficient to protect the seed layer from dissolution by acid in the electrolyte during immersion;electroplating copper in the aqueous low copper acid-containing electrolyte, the electroplating process comprising:
(a) a first plating phase to fill the features with copper, wherein a first current density during the first plating phase is between about 0.5-5 mA/cm2, and
(b) a second plating phase to deposit an overburden layer of copper on the substrate, wherein a second current density during the second plating phase is between about 10-15 mA/cm2, and wherein the first and second plating phases are part of a single electroplating process; and
removing the substrate from the electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 10,214,825

METHOD OF DEPOSITING ONE OR MORE LAYERS OF MICROSPHERES TO FORM A THERMAL BARRIER COATING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of forming a thermal barrier coating on a metal component part, the method comprising:adhering a metallic precursor setting layer onto a surface of a ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part, the metallic precursor setting layer being copper, a copper alloy, or a nickel alloy;
locating hollow microspheres against the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part so that the hollow microspheres contact the metallic precursor setting layer, the hollow microspheres having an outer layer of nickel, a nickel alloy, iron, or an iron alloy;
heating the metallic precursor setting layer to a temperature above the liquidus temperature of the metallic precursor setting layer to melt the metallic precursor setting layer and wet a layer of hollow microspheres located adjacent to the surface of the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part;
cooling the metallic precursor setting layer to a temperature below the solidus temperature of the metallic precursor setting layer to solidify the metallic precursor setting layer and bond the layer of hollow microspheres to the surface of the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part;
moving hollow microspheres that are not bonded by the metallic precursor setting layer away from the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part; and
heating the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part and the layer of hollow microspheres bonded to the surface of the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part to sinter the hollow microspheres to each other and to the surface of the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part such that a solid state joint is formed between the layer of hollow microspheres and the surface of the ferrous alloy or nickel alloy component part.

US Pat. No. 10,214,824

EROSION AND WEAR PROTECTION FOR COMPOSITES AND PLATED POLYMERS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A composite component, comprising:a body portion formed from an organic matrix composite;
a first metal coating applied to a surface of the body portion, the first metal coating being formed from aluminum or an aluminum alloy; and
an outer metal layer on the first metal coating, wherein the outer metal layer has a nobility in the galvanic series equal to or higher than the organic matrix composite of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,823

BIMETALLIC ZINCATING PROCESSING FOR ENHANCED ADHESION OF ALUMINUM ON ALUMINUM ALLOYS

United Technnologies Corp...

1. A coated metal component comprising:an aluminum alloy substrate having a surface;
an intermediate layer on the substrate comprising isolated islands of a first metal deposited on the aluminum alloy substrate, wherein the first metal is capable of electroless co-depositing with zinc; and
an electrodeposited protective coating consisting of pure aluminum on the intermediate layer and aluminum alloy substrate, the protective coating having a continuous outer surface opposite the aluminum alloy substrate;
wherein the protective coating is in contact with the isolated islands of the intermediate layer and the surface of the aluminum alloy substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,822

ELECTRODE, MEMBRANE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY, ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL, AND STACK

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An electrode comprising:a base material; and
a catalyst layer provided on the base material and having a porous structure,
wherein the catalyst layer comprises IrO2,
wherein, when a sum of heights of all peaks belonging to Ir oxide is I0, a height of a peak of IrO2 (110) is I1, and a height of a peak of IrO2 (211) is I2, a ratio of (I1+I2)/I0, which is a ratio of spectra obtained by X-ray diffraction measurements using K? rays of Cu in the catalyst layer, is 100% in a range of a diffraction angle of from 20 degrees to 70 degrees, and
wherein no other peak belonging to IrO2, excluding the peak of IrO2 (110) and the peak of IrO2 (211), is included in the spectra obtained by X-ray diffraction measurements using K? rays of Cu in the catalyst layer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,821

ELECTROLYSER AND ENERGY SYSTEM

HYDROGENICS CORPORATION, ...

1. A process comprising the steps of,a) providing an electrolyser, wherein the electrolyser comprises a plurality of discrete stack assemblies;
b) receiving a series of dispatches, each of the dispatches indicating a specified power consumption to be consumed over a specific period of time, the dispatches occurring at least once every 30 minutes;
c) operating a first subset of the discrete stack assemblies of the electrolyser at a variable rate of power consumption, and operating a second subset of the discrete stack assemblies of the electrolyser each at a continuous rate of power consumption, wherein the continuous rate of power consumption is full power or such that a minimum number of discrete stack assemblies provides the minimum specified power consumption expected over a plurality of dispatches, wherein the electrolyser consumes the specified power consumption over the period of time according to the dispatches; and,
d) discharging hydrogen produced during step c) to a natural gas system.

US Pat. No. 10,214,820

HYDROGEN GENERATION SYSTEM WITH A CONTROLLABLE REACTIVE CIRCUIT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Joi Scientific, Inc., Me...

1. A hydrogen generation system comprising:a pulsed drive signal generator configured to generate a pulsed drive signal;
a hydrogen generation chamber configured to receive the pulsed drive signal and generate hydrogen from a feedstock material contained therein based on the pulsed drive signal;
a controllable reactive circuit coupled between said pulsed drive signal generator and said hydrogen generation chamber;
a hydrogen detection device coupled to said hydrogen generation chamber and configured to detect the generated hydrogen; and
a controller configured to control said controllable reactive circuit based on detection of the generated hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,214,819

GALVANIC ANODE AND METHOD OF CORROSION PROTECTION

1. A galvanic anode comprising:an anode body comprising at least one helical coil comprising a sacrificial metal and a longitudinal axis;
at least one elongated electrical conductor electrically connected to at least one said helical coil, wherein said at least one elongated electrical conductor is helically wound around at least a portion of said longitudinal axis of said at least one helical coil, wherein said at least one elongated electrical conductor provides multiple connection points to said anode body; and
an encasement material surrounding at least a portion of said at least one helical coil and optionally a portion of said at least one elongated electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,817

MULTI-METAL FILMS, ALTERNATING FILM MULTILAYERS, FORMATION METHODS AND DEPOSITION SYSTEM

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A deposition system comprising:a reactor chamber;
a plurality of reactant supply vessels;
a carrier gas supply; and
a supply line and valve set, the valve set including a plurality of actuated valves being arranged to selectively bypass the plurality of reactant supply vessels and deliver carrier gas to the reactor chamber or carry reactant from the plurality of reactant supply vessels to the reactor chamber by operating at least two valves of the plurality of actuated valves in tandem,
the plurality of actuated valves being arranged such that each respective reactant supply vessel has an associated bypass valve connected between an upstream precursor supply valve disposed upstream of the respective reactant supply vessel and a downstream precursor supply valve disposed downstream of the respective reactant supply vessel, the upstream and downstream precursor supply valves controlling flow of carrier gas through the respective reactant supply vessel to establish a precursor supply path of carrier gas through the upstream precursor supply valve, the respective reactant supply vessel, the downstream precursor supply valve and to the reactor chamber and a bypass path of carrier gas through the associated bypass valve to the reactor chamber to bypass the respective reactant supply vessel;
a secondary supply line connected via an actuated switching valve to reactant gas and inert gas supplies;
a controller configured to control at least the upstream and downstream valves of the plurality of actuated valves in tandem and the associated bypass valve to selectively bypass one or both of reactant supplies and deliver reactant from one or both of the reactant supplies via an associated bypass path or precursor supply path;
a first control software executable by the controller to control the plurality of actuated valves and the actuated switching valve in a first predetermined sequence to conduct CVD (chemical vapor deposition), wherein the first predetermined sequence comprises opening and closing the upstream and downstream precursor supply valves, opening and closing the associated bypass valve, and opening and closing the actuated switching valve; and
a second control software executable by the controller to control the plurality of actuated valves and the actuated switching valve in a second predetermined sequence to conduct ALD (atomic layer deposition), wherein the second predetermined sequence comprises opening and closing the upstream and downstream precursor supply valves, opening and closing the associated bypass valve and opening and closing the actuated switching valve.

US Pat. No. 10,214,816

PECVD APPARATUS FOR IN-SITU DEPOSITION OF FILM STACKS

Novellus Systems, Inc., ...

1. A plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition apparatus configured to deposit a plurality of film layers on a substrate without exposing the substrate to a vacuum break between film deposition phases, the apparatus comprising:(a) a process station;
(b) one or more reactant feeds fluidly coupled to the process station, the one or more reactant feeds configured to supply to the process station a first reactant gas mixture during a first film deposition phase, a purging gas during purging of the process station, and a second reactant gas mixture during a second film deposition phase;
(c) a plasma source configured to generate a plasma for the process station, wherein the plasma source comprises a low-frequency plasma source and a high-frequency plasma source; and
(d) a controller having program instructions on a non-transitory computer machine-readable medium for:
(i) causing a generation of reactant radicals using the first reactant gas mixture and causing a deposition of a first material during the first film deposition phase, while causing a generation of the plasma using the low-frequency plasma source and the high-frequency plasma source,
(ii) causing the purging of the process station with the purging gas after the first film deposition phase,
(iii) causing the plasma to be sustained during the purging included in a transition from the first reactant gas mixture supplied during the first film deposition phase to the second qualitatively different reactant gas mixture supplied during the second film deposition phase, wherein the second film deposition phase deposits a second material onto the first material, the second material having a different set of chemical elements than the first material, wherein the first reactant gas mixture supplies chemical elements for the first material, and the second qualitatively different reactant gas mixture supplies chemical elements for the second material deposited in the second film deposition phase; and
(iv) causing a low-frequency plasma source power to decrease from a higher power used during the first film deposition phase to a lower power or to zero power used during the transition.

US Pat. No. 10,214,815

SURFACE TREATED ALUMINUM NITRIDE BAFFLE

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

7. A method of processing a semiconductor substrate, comprising:placing a substrate on a substrate support in a process chamber having an inner volume and a first gas inlet disposed in a ceiling of the process chamber opposite the substrate support;
flowing a first process gas through a baffle coupled to the first gas inlet and into the inner volume, the baffle comprising an aluminum nitride body having metal oxide binding agents, wherein a ratio of aluminum nitride to the metal oxide binding agent on a surface of the body is greater than or equal to the ratio within the body; and
processing the substrate with the first process gas.

US Pat. No. 10,214,814

SUBSTRATE TREATING APPARATUS AND TREATMENT GAS SUPPLYING NOZZLE

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treating apparatus, comprising:a plate that places a substrate thereon horizontally; and
a cover that covers an upper side of the substrate on the plate, the cover comprising:
an undersurface that is horizontal and adjacent to a surface of the substrate; and
a gas flow path through which a treatment gas is supplied to the substrate, the gas flow path comprising:
a swirl chamber having a cylindrical shape with a vertical central axis, and in which the treatment gas flows around the central axis;
a diameter contraction chamber disposed below the swirl chamber and in communication with the swirl chamber, and whose inner diameter decreases from its upper end toward its lower end; and
a diameter expansion chamber disposed below the diameter contraction chamber and in communication with the diameter contraction chamber, whose inner diameter increases from its upper end toward its lower end, and the lower end of the diameter expansion chamber includes an opening on the undersurface of the cover, and
the swirl chamber has a circular horizontal section.

US Pat. No. 10,214,812

CUTTER ELEMENTS FOR DRILL BITS AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING SAME

NATIONAL OILWELL DHT, L.P...

1. A method for fabricating a PCD cutter element, comprising:(a) coating, by atomic layer deposition (ALD), a plurality of diamond particles by directly depositing the coating on an outer surface of each diamond particle of the plurality of diamond particles to form a plurality of coated diamond particles;
(b) removing oxides from the plurality of coated diamond particles after (a);
(c) forming a PCD cutter element using the coated diamond particles after (b) by sintering the coated diamond particles together to form a diamond table and leaching the diamond table after sintering the coated diamond particles to remove one or more metals from the diamond table.

US Pat. No. 10,214,810

TIALCN LAYERS WITH LAMELLAR STRUCTURE

1. A tool comprising a base body of carbide, cermet, ceramic, steel or high speed steel, and a single-layer or multi-layer wear-protection coating applied thereto in a CVD process and of a thickness in the range of 3 ?m to 25 ?m,wherein the wear-protection coating has at least one Ti1?xAlxCyNz layer having stoichiometry coefficients 0.70 wherein the Ti1?xAlxCyNz layer has a lamellar structure with lamellae of a thickness of not more than 150 nm,
wherein the lamellae are formed from periodically alternating regions of the Ti1?xAlxCyNz layer with alternately different stoichiometric proportions of Ti and Al, having the same crystal structure (crystallographic phase), and
wherein the Ti1?xAlxCyNz layer has at least 90 vol-% of face-centred cubic (fcc) crystal structure.

US Pat. No. 10,214,809

ENERGY RELEASE USING TUNABLE REACTIVE MATERIALS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of forming a reactive material stack, the method comprising:forming a layer of a first reactive material over a substrate;
forming a barrier layer over the layer of the first reactive material;
forming a layer of a second reactive material over the barrier layer;
forming another barrier layer over the layer of the second reactive material; and
repeating the forming of the layer of the first reactive material, the forming of the barrier layer, the forming of the second reactive material, and the forming of the another barrier layer to provide a desired thickness for the reactive material stack, wherein each of the barrier layer and the another barrier layer comprises a stack of, and from bottom to top, AlxOy/Ta/TaxOy or, AlxOy/Ta/TaxOy/Ta/TaxOy, wherein x is from 1 to 3 and y is from 1 to 5.

US Pat. No. 10,214,808

DEPOSITION APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A deposition apparatus for performing a deposition process by using a mask with respect to a substrate, the deposition apparatus comprising:a deposition chamber including a transparent window at a lower part of the deposition chamber;
a stationary support unit in the chamber, the support unit including a top surface and first holes extending through the top surface of the support unit, the support unit being configured to support the substrate;
a supply unit configured to supply at least one deposition raw material toward the substrate;
movable alignment units that extend through the first holes of the support unit, the alignment units being configured to support the mask and being movable in three dimensions to align the mask with respect to the substrate, and
alignment confirmation members below the lower part of the deposition chamber, the alignment confirmation members to confirm an alignment state of the substrate and the mask through the transparent window of the deposition chamber and second holes in the support unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,807

ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION OF TUNGSTEN FOR ENHANCED FILL AND REDUCED SUBSTRATE ATTACK

LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION,...

1. A method for depositing tungsten, comprising:arranging a substrate including a titanium nitride layer in a substrate processing chamber;
performing multi-stage atomic layer deposition of tungsten on the substrate using a precursor gas includes tungsten chloride (WClx) gas, wherein x is an integer and wherein the performing includes:
depositing the tungsten during a first ALD stage for M consecutive times using a first dose intensity of the precursor gas, the first dose intensity including at least one of a first dose concentration of the precursor gas ranging between 0.1% and 5% and a dose period ranging between 0.05 seconds and 2 seconds, wherein M is greater than 1;
depositing the tungsten during a second ALD stage for Y consecutive times using a second dose intensity of the precursor gas, wherein Y is greater than 1;
depositing the tungsten during a third ALD stage using a third dose intensity of the precursor gas;
wherein the first dose intensity is based on a first dose concentration and a first dose period,
wherein the second dose intensity is based on a second dose concentration and a second dose period,
wherein the second dose intensity is 1.5 to 10 times the first dose intensity, and
wherein the third ALD stage has a higher dose intensity than the second dose intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,214,806

BELLOWS-FREE RETRACTABLE VACUUM DEPOSITION SOURCES

VEECO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A retractable source assembly for moving a source base plate from a first position to a second position, the retractable source assembly comprising:an enclosure having an inside surface;
a rail attached to the inside surface of the enclosure;
a first carriage positioned on the rail and movable along the rail between the first and second positions as driven by a driving device, the first carriage comprising the source base plate; the first carriage comprising a first contact;
a second contact provided on a board element that is fixed relative to the enclosure and that can be electrically connected to a cable feedthrough of the enclosure;
an electrical cable connected to the first contact at a first end and connected to the second contact at a second end of the electrical cable, wherein the first and second ends are spaced at a first distance from each other when the source base plate is in the first position, wherein the first and second ends are spaced at a second distance from each other when the source base plate is in the second position, and wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance; and
a pulley rotatably attached to a second carriage that is independently slidable from the first carriage along the rail, the pulley positioned so the electrical cable at least partially wraps around the pulley by allowing and limiting movement of the second carriage as the first carriage moves between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,804

FIRST STAGE TURBINE NOZZLE WITH EROSION COATING SURFACE FINISH

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A method of coating a first stage turbine nozzle comprising:casting a first stage turbine nozzle with a first stage hub portion, a first stage disk portion, and a plurality of first stage vanes, wherein the first stage hub portion extends axially away from the first stage disk portion in a first direction and the plurality of first stage vanes extend axially away from the first stage disk portion in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
applying a tungsten carbide erosion coating directly to a cast surface of a sidewall of each of the plurality of first stage vanes using a high velocity oxygen fuel spraying process, wherein the cast surface has not undergone post-processing to reduce a surface roughness.

US Pat. No. 10,214,803

METHOD FOR MACHINING A CYLINDER WALL OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

1. A method for machining a wall of a cylinder of an internal combustion engine comprising steps in the following order:a) introducing depressions in the form of a helical groove by means of a cutting tool which possesses two separate blades which are aligned obliquely in relation to one another and which cut in the wall simultaneously, wherein the two separate blades form on both sides of a rib an undercut in relation to a radial direction of the cylinder; and
b) blasting the wall with a medium under high pressure in order to introduce irregularly formed and arranged micro-depressions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,802

AGE-HARDENABLE ALUMINUM ALLOY AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE ABILITY OF A SEMI-FINISHED OR FINISHED PRODUCT TO AGE ARTIFICIALLY

1. A method for improving the ability of a semi-finished product or end product to age artificially, the method comprising:transforming an aluminum alloy comprising Al—Mg—Si and at least one additional alloy element to a state of solid solution, the at least one additional alloy element being at a proportion of less than 500 atomic ppm in the aluminum alloy;
quenching the solid solution such that empty spaces of the solid solution are quenched in,
subsequently forming precipitates by naturally aging the solid solution to form a naturally-aged product; and
artificially aging the naturally-aged product;
wherein the at least one additional alloy element enters into correlation with the quenched-in empty spaces after the empty spaces are quenched in and causes the quenched-in empty spaces to be not correlated with the precipitates at the beginning of the artificial aging and reduces a negative effect of the natural aging during the artificial aging by mobilization of the empty spaces; and
wherein the at least one additional alloy element is selected from the group consisting of Sn, Cd, Sb and In and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,801

NANOPARTICLE-REINFORCED COMPOSITES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND USE

Florida State University ...

1. A method for forming a composite structure, the method comprising:heating a metal substrate material to a selected temperature to form a heated metal substrate;
disposing a plurality of ceramic nanoparticles onto a surface of the heated metal substrate, wherein the ceramic nanoparticles have an average particle size of from 20 nm to 950 nm, wherein the plurality of ceramic nanoparticles are dispersed in a non-solvent liquid when disposing the plurality of ceramic nanoparticles on the heated substrate, wherein the non-solvent liquid evaporates upon contact with the heated substrate; and
applying a roller across the surface of the heated metal substrate under a pressure effective to embed the ceramic nanoparticles within a surface region of the heated metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,798

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ENERGY DAMPING OF A SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY WITH SURFACE ROUGHNESS

Massachussetts Institute ...

1. A method for producing an energy damping-controlled shape memory alloy wire comprising:forming a polycrystalline shape memory alloy wire from an alloy composition that includes at least one member selected from the group consisting of Cu in at least about 10 wt. %, Fe in at least about 5 wt. % Au in at least about 5 wt. %, Ag in at least about 5 wt. %, Al in at least about 5 wt. % In in at least about 5 wt. %, Mn in at least about. 5 wt. %, Zn in at least about 5 wt. % and Co in at least about 5 wt. %, the alloy composition having a martensite crystal structure consisting of one of 2H, 18R1, M18SR, and 6R;
annealing the polycrystalline shape memory alloy wire until polycrystalline grains within the wire grow to span a cross sectional wire diameter, transforming the polycrystalline shape memory alloy wire to an oligocrystalline shape memory alloy wire, the oligocrystalline shape memory alloy cross sectional wire diameter being greater than about 1 micron and less than about 500 microns; and
electropolishing the oligocrystalline shape memory alloy wire until surface roughness of the oligocrystalline shape memory alloy wire is no greater than about 100 nanometers, to reduce the energy damping characteristic of the oligocrystalline shape memory alloy wire.

US Pat. No. 10,214,797

METHOD FOR PRODUCTION AND IDENTIFICATION OF WEYL SEMIMETAL

TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNI...

1. A method of producing a Weyl semimetal, the method comprising:selecting a pair of materials from the group consisting of: tantalum (Ta), arsenide (As), niobium (Nb), and phosphide (P), wherein each of the pair of materials is in powder form and has an initial purity of at least 99.9%;
heating the pair of selected materials to form a polycrystalline compound;
sealing the polycrystalline compound and a transfer agent in a first end of a closed ampule; and
heating the closed ampule to a first temperature at the first end and to a second temperature at a second end to produce a temperate gradient along a length of the closed ampule to grow the Weyl semimetal via a chemical vapor transport (CVT) reaction, wherein the first temperature is lower than the second temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,214,796

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS TO ISOLATE GOLD

Northwestern University, ...

1. A gold-cyclodextrin complex,comprising a cyclodextrin selected from the group consisting of ?-cyclodextrin, ?-cyclodextrin, ?-cyclodextrin and mixtures thereof,
and a gold salt,
wherein the gold salt comprises a salt forming cation and a salt forming anion, wherein the salt forming anion comprises gold,
wherein the salt forming anion further comprises at least one halide ion, and
wherein the at least one halide ion is bromide.

US Pat. No. 10,214,795

RAIL MANUFACTURING METHOD AND MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

1. A rail manufacturing method comprising:a first step of performing forced cooling on at least a head of the rail that is hot after hot-rolled at an austenite region temperature or higher or after heated to the austenite region temperature or higher for 10 seconds from start of the forced cooling so that a cooling rate at a surface of the head becomes 1° C./s to 20° C./s;
a second step of performing the forced cooling during a period after a lapse of 10 seconds from the start of the forced cooling until heat generation during transformation begins at the surface of the head so that the cooling rate at the surface of the head is changed from the first step and is within a range of 1° C./s to 5° C./s;
a third step of performing the forced cooling during transformation from beginning to end of the heat generation during transformation so that the cooling rate at the surface of the head is changed from the second step and becomes lower than 1° C./s or a temperature-rising rate becomes 5° C./s or lower; and
a fourth step of performing the forced cooling during a period after the end of the heat generation during transformation until temperature at the surface of the head becomes 450° C. or lower so that the cooling rate at the surface of the head is changed from the third step and is within a range of 1° C./s to 20° C./s.

US Pat. No. 10,214,793

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR NITRIDING GRAIN-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, C...

1. A method for nitriding a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet comprising applying voltage between a strip and a counter electrode to perform electrolytic treatment while immersing the strip in a molten salt bath of electrolyte after cold rolling and before secondary recrystallization annealing during producing a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet, to subject the strip to continuous nitriding.

US Pat. No. 10,214,791

NON-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET

1. A non-oriented electrical steel sheet, comprising:in mass %,
C: 0.005% or less;
Si: 0.1% to 0.7%;
Mn: 0.05% to 0.6%;
P: 0.08% or less;
Al: 0.03% to 0.5%; and
a balance comprising Fe and inevitable impurities,
wherein:
10 pieces/?m3 or less in number density of non-magnetic precipitate AIN having an average diameter of 10 nm to 200 nm are contained, a structure is made of ferrite grains containing no non-recrystallized structure, and an average grain diameter of the ferrite grains is 30?m to 92?m, and
an average magnetic flux density B50 in a rolling direction and in a direction perpendicular to rolling is 1.75 T or more.

US Pat. No. 10,214,790

METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPONENTS FROM LIGHTWEIGHT STEEL

Salzgitter Flachstahl Gmb...

1. A method for producing a steel component from an austenitic lightweight steel which is metastable in its initial state and exhibits a temperature-dependent TRIP and/or TWIP effect during forming, comprising:providing a sheet, plate or tube made of the metastable austenitic light lightweight steel;
forming the sheet, plate or tube in one or more steps in at least one of two ways, a first way in which the sheet, plate or tube is formed at a forming temperature above room temperature at 40 to 160° C. so as to avoid the TRIP-/TWIP effect, resulting in a high tenacity of the steel component, and a second way in which the forming is performed at a forming temperature below room temperature at ?65-0° C., so as to enhance the TRIP-/TWIP effect resulting in a high strength of the steel component.

US Pat. No. 10,214,789

QUENCH PLUG SYSTEMS AND THEIR USE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A quench plug system for use in heat treating a workpiece, the quench plug system comprising:a tapered plug having a longitudinal core axis; and
a mandrel configured to be interposed between the tapered plug and the workpiece, wherein the tapered plug is configured to allow the mandrel to translate along the core axis of the tapered plug when the workpiece is heated.

US Pat. No. 10,214,787

HOT-BRIQUETTING INSTALLATION

1. A hot-briquetting or hot-compacting installation for directly reduced iron, the installation comprising:a first row with at least one roller press
supply means for feeding the directly reduced iron to the press for compaction thereby into briquettes;
a first cooling conveyor and a second cooling conveyor beneath the row;
a material conduit having an upstream end connected to the roller press and receiving briquettes therefrom and having respective first and second downstream ends for delivering the briquettes to the cooling conveyors; and
a diverter in the material conduit operable to deliver the material from the roller press to the first cooling conveyor or to the second cooling conveyor; and
a second row of at least one roller press, the first cooling conveyor being beneath the first press row and the second cooling conveyor beneath the second press row, the diverter being switchable such that the material can be delivered from the roller press of the first press row and/or from the roller press of the second press row to the first cooling conveyor or to the second cooling conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,772

TEST CARD FOR ASSAY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

FluxErgy, LLC, Irvine, C...

1. A method of manufacturing a test card for analysing a fluid sample, comprising:cutting at least a microchannel into a first polymer material to form a channel layer;
cutting a first aperture and a second aperture into a second polymer material to form a first substrate layer;
bonding the first substrate layer to a first side of the channel layer and a second substrate layer to a second side of the channel layer to form a single bonded layer with the microchannel passing therethrough and placing the first aperture and the second aperture in fluid communication with each other;
forming a third substrate layer to be thicker than the first substrate layer and the second substrate layer;
printing a conductive ink onto a first side of the bonded layer; and
adhering the third substrate layer to a second side of the bonded layer opposite the first side to form the test card, wherein the formed test card has a first surface formed by third substrate layer and an opposite second surface with the conductive ink exposed for contact with an outside source of current.

US Pat. No. 10,214,768

COUMARIN COMPOUNDS AND THEIR USES AS FLUORESCENT LABELS

Illumina Cambridge Limite...

19. A compound of Formula (I), or salts, mesomeric forms thereof:
wherein R1 is

 and wherein R1 is optionally substituted with one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of alkyl, substituted alkyl, alkoxy, alkenyl, alkynyl, haloalkyl, haloalkoxy, alkoxyalkyl, amino, aminoalkyl, halo, cyano, hydroxy, hydroxyalkyl, heteroalkyl, C-carboxy, O-carboxy, C-amido, N-amido, nitro, sulfonyl, sulfo, sulfino, sulfonate, S-sulfonamido, N-sulfonamido, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted cycloalkyl, and optionally substituted heterocyclyl;
each R2, R3, R4, R5, and R9 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, alkyl, substituted alkyl, alkoxy, alkenyl, alkynyl, haloalkyl, haloalkoxy, alkoxyalkyl, amino, aminoalkyl, halo, cyano, hydroxy, hydroxyalkyl, heteroalkyl, C-carboxy, O-carboxy, C-amido, N-amido, nitro, sulfonyl, sulfo, sulfino, sulfonate, S-sulfonamido, N-sulfonamido, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl and optionally substituted heterocyclyl;
each R10a, R10b and R10c is independently alkyl substituted with carboxyl, carboxylate, sulfo or sulfonate;
R6 and R7 together with the atoms to which they are attached form an optionally substituted 5-10 membered heterocyclyl;
R8 is selected from the group consisting of H, alkyl, substituted alkyl, alkoxy, alkenyl, alkynyl, haloalkyl, haloalkoxy, alkoxyalkyl, amino, aminoalkyl, halo, cyano, hydroxy, hydroxyalkyl, heteroalkyl, C-carboxy, O-carboxy, C-amido, N-amido, nitro, sulfonyl, sulfo, sulfino, sulfonate, S-sulfonamido, N-sulfonamido, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl and optionally substituted heterocyclyl;
the bond represented by a solid and dashed line is selected from the group consisting of a single bond and a double bond, provided that when is a double bond, then R3 is absent.

US Pat. No. 10,214,767

INSTRUMENT FOR CASSETTE FOR SAMPLE PREPARATION

LUMINEX CORPORATION, Aus...

1. A method, comprising:(a) disposing a cassette in an instrument enclosure, the cassette comprising:
(i) a first chamber;
(ii) a second chamber;
(iii) a valve comprising a stationary piece and a movable piece, the movable piece defining a cavity within which magnetic particles can be disposed, the valve configured to transfer the magnetic particles between the first chamber and the second chamber while maintaining fluid isolation between the first chamber and the second chamber;
(iv) a third chamber; and
(v) a fourth chamber;
(b) actuating a first plunger disposed within the third chamber of the cassette to transfer a first reagent from the third chamber into the first chamber, wherein the first plunger comprises a first sealing element to prevent leakage of first reagent until the first plunger is moved;
(c) actuating a second plunger disposed within the fourth chamber of the cassette to transfer a second reagent from the fourth chamber into the first chamber, wherein the second plunger comprises a second sealing element to prevent leakage of second reagent until the second plunger is moved;
(d) applying a magnetic force to the valve to attract the magnetic particles into the cavity of the movable piece of the valve; and
(e) moving the movable piece of the valve relative to the stationary piece of the valve such that the magnetic particles are transferred between the first chamber and the second chamber while maintaining fluid isolation between the first chamber and the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,214,766

LUMINESCENT SUBSTRATE FOR USE IN ARTIFICIAL BIOLUMINESCENT ENZYME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A method for detecting luminescence comprising(a) contacting a compound of formula (1) with polypeptide (B), and
(b) measuring the intensity of luminescence generated by the contact,
wherein formula (1) is:

wherein Xa represents a phenyl group optionally substituted with halogen or a naphthyl group,
Xb represents a phenyl group, and
Mc represents hydrogen, hydroxy, or thiol, and
wherein polypeptide (B) has a copepod luciferase activity and is chosen from the group consisting of:
(i) the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID No: 1; and
(ii) the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID No: 1 in which one or more amino acids are deleted in at least one of a region corresponding to positions 1-31 and a region corresponding to positions 217-221.

US Pat. No. 10,214,765

CELL-PERMEABLE PROBES FOR IDENTIFICATION AND IMAGING OF SIALIDASES

Academia Sinica, Taipei ...

1. A compound of formula (I):
or a salt thereof,
wherein
F atom at the C3-position is axial or equatorial;
R1 is H or C1-6 alkyl;
R2 is OR2O, N3, N(R2N)2, or —NH(C?NH)NH2;
each instance of R2O is independently hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, acyl, or a hydroxyl protecting group;
each instance of R2N is independently hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, acyl, or an amine protecting group;
each instance of R3a and R3b is independently hydrogen, —C(?O)—R3r, or a hydroxyl protecting group;
each instance of R3r is C1-6 alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl, alkylaryl, alkylheteroaryl, or alkylheterocyclyl;
X is selected from the group consisting of —O—, —O(C?O)—, —NH—, —NH(C?O)—, —(C?O)NH—, —O(C?O)NH—, —O(C?S)NH—, —NH(C?O)NH—, and —NH(C?S)NH—;
R4 is H, C1-6 alkyl, or -L-Z;
Y is CF3, C1-6 alkyl or -L-Z;
each instance of L is independently selected from the group consisting of —(CH2)n—, —(CH2)nC?O—, —(CH2)nNH—, —(C?O)(CH2)n—, —(CH2)nNH(C?O)—, —(C?O)(CH2)nNH(C?O)—, —(CH2)nSCH2(C?O)—, and —(CH2CH2O)n—;
each instance of n is an integer from 1 to 8, inclusive;
each instance of Z is alkynyl, alkenyl, halogen, N(RN)2, ORO, SRS, or CO2RO;
each instance of RN is independently hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, acyl, or an amine protecting group;
each instance of RO is independently hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, acyl, or a hydroxyl protecting group;
each instance of RS is independently hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, or a thiol protecting group;
provided that the compound is not of the formula

provided that when R4 is -L-Z, Y is C1-6 alkyl; and
provided that when Y is -L-Z, R4 is H or C1-6 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,214,764

SEPARATION DEVICE FOR USE IN THE SEPARATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND/OR IDENTIFICATION OF MICROORGANISMS

BIOMERIEUX, INC., Durham...

10. A method comprising the steps of:separating, without banding and isopycnic sedimentation, at least a portion of a liquid sample in a container, the container comprising:
a longitudinal axis;
an upper portion having an opening;
a lower portion extending from the opening, the lower portion having a generally cylindrical outer shape, the lower portion comprising
an internal chamber, the internal chamber comprising an upper reservoir, and a middle tapered section connecting the upper reservoir to a capillary tube of diameter smaller than that of the upper reservoir, the upper reservoir, the middle tapered section and the lower capillary tube arranged around the longitudinal axis of the container;
an optical window transparent to light and configured for the interrogation of a portion of the capillary tube;
a closure cap operably positioned about the opening; wherein the container comprises a density cushion; and
centrifuging the container for a sufficient time and/or force that substantially prevents a density gradient from forming within the density cushion;
pelletizing at least a portion of the liquid sample from the centrifuging step so as to form an isolated, pelletized microorganism or contaminant sample;
interrogating at least a portion of the isolated, pelletized microorganism or contaminant sample from the pelletizing step; and
characterizing and/or identifying one or more of microorganisms or contaminants present in the isolated, pelletized microorganism or contaminant sample.

US Pat. No. 10,214,763

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ANTIBIOTIC SUSCEPTIBILITY TESTING BASED ON FLUCTUATIONS OF ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE IN A MICROCHANNEL

TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVER...

1. A method for detecting live bacteria in a microchannel comprisinga) providing a constant current or constant voltage through the microchannel wherein the microchannel does not contain any bacteria and measuring baseline voltage or current fluctuations through the microchannel to determine a baseline voltage or current fluctuation signal;
b) providing a constant current or constant voltage through the microchannel wherein the microchannel contains at least one bacterium and measuring voltage or current fluctuations through the microchannel to determine a first voltage or current fluctuation signal; and
c) determining that the at least one bacterium is alive if the first voltage or current fluctuation signal is greater than the baseline voltage or current fluctuation signal by a predefined threshold amount.

US Pat. No. 10,214,761

AMINO ACID DERIVATIVES

MEDIMMUNE LIMITED, Cambr...

1. A pyrrolysine analog selected from the group consisting of:(a) a pyrrolysine analog of Formula VI:

wherein
Z=CH2, CH—NH2, CH—OH, O, S;
FG =azide, alkene, alkyne, ketone, ester, aryl or cycloalkyne; and
b=an integer 1-4; and
(b) pyrrolysine analog of Formula V:

wherein
Z=bond, CH—OH, NH, or S;
b is 0 or an integer 1-7; and
FG=alkene, alkyne, aromatic ketone, ester, aryl or cycloalkyne.

US Pat. No. 10,214,760

METHODS FOR AMPLIFYING NUCLEIC ACID USING TAG-MEDIATED DISPLACEMENT

GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A method of amplifying a nucleic acid target region, the method comprising:contacting a target nucleic acid comprising the target region with
(1) a first amplification oligomer comprising
(a) a target-binding priming segment (T1) complementary to a 3?-end of the target region;
(b) a first heterologous displacer tag (D1) located 5? to T1; and
(c) an intervening spacer segment (S1) between T1 and D1;
said contacting comprising conditions whereby the target nucleic acid serves as a template for extension from the first amplification oligomer to produce a first amplification product comprising T1 and D1;
(2) a second amplification oligomer comprising a target-binding segment T2 complementary to a region of the first amplicon that is the complement of a 5?-end of the target region, and wherein said contacting further comprises conditions whereby the first amplicon serves as a template to produce a second amplicon comprising segments cT1 and cD1, complementary to T1 and D1, respectively;
(3) a third amplification oligomer comprising target-binding priming segment T1p having a nucleotide sequence complementary to T1, or complementary to the complement of a second amplicon target sequence cT1? near or overlapping with cT1 and situated 5? to cD1; and
(4) a fourth amplification oligomer comprising a displacer priming segment D1p having a nucleotide sequence complementary to D1;
wherein said contacting further comprises conditions whereby the second amplicon serves as a template for extension from both the third and fourth amplification oligomers, wherein extension of T1p from a T1p:cT1/cT1? hybrid produces a third amplicon, and wherein extension of D1p from a D1p:cD1 hybrid produces a fourth amplicon while displacing the third amplicon.

US Pat. No. 10,214,759

PROBABILITY-DIRECTED ISOLATION OF NUCLEOTIDE SEQUENCES (PINS)

Samplix ApS, Herlev (DK)...

1. An in vitro method for enriching for a pre-defined target DNA molecule containing a known unique sequence of consecutive nucleotides from a mixed polynucleotide sample comprising the steps of:a) providing a mixed polynucleotide sample containing said target DNA molecule and non-target DNA molecules, wherein said target DNA molecule comprises a known unique sequence of at least 10 consecutive nucleotides which is distinguishable from sequences in the non-target DNA molecules,
b) serially diluting said mixed polynucleotide sample until the probability of detecting said target DNA molecule in a diluted sample of mixed polynucleotides is less than 0.75,
c) producing a sufficient number of replicates of the diluted sample of mixed polynucleotides until the probability of detecting said target DNA molecule in at least one of the replicate dilution samples is at least 0.75;
d) amplifying the DNA in said replicate diluted samples to increase the abundance of the DNA in each sample;
e) detecting the presence or absence of said target DNA molecule in said replicate dilution samples amplified in step (d), wherein the frequency of said target DNA molecule in said replicate dilution sample is increased compared to the mixed polynucleotide sample in step (a); and
f) serially diluting at least one replicate dilution sample detected in step e) as containing said target DNA molecule until the probability of detecting said target DNA molecule in a diluted sample is less than 0.75, and repeating steps (c) to (e) or (f) at least once,
wherein the probability in (b), (c), and (f) is calculated using a hypergeometric distribution according to the following equation:

where ? is the number of target DNA molecules in the diluted sample, n is the volume of the diluted sample multiplied by 1,000, M is the number of target DNA molecules in the mixed polynucleotide sample, and N is the volume of the mixed polynucleotide sample multiplied by 1,000.

US Pat. No. 10,214,757

PHOTOSYNTHETIC DEVICE WITH MICROFLUID CHAMBER FOR CAUSING PHOTOSYNTHESIS THEREIN AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A method for causing photosynthesis via a photosynthetic device comprising the steps:injecting chloroplasts and normal saline solution into a micro channel;
ceaselessly injecting chloroplasts and normal saline solution into said micro channel; and
radiating said micro channel simultaneously in order to cause photosynthesis within said micro channel;
wherein, the photosynthetic device includes a main body defining a microfluid chamber for causing photosynthesis therein, said microfluid chamber is constituted by a communication room, a plurality of said micro channels respectively and spatially communicated with said communication room, at least one micro injection duct spatially communicated with said communication room, and a plurality of filter plugs spatially connected to said micro channels respectively and said micro injection duct at free ends thereof in order to filter fluid backflow in said micro channels and said micro injection duct.

US Pat. No. 10,214,742

TETRAGALNAC CONTAINING CONJUGATES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF OLIGONUCLEOTIDES

Sima Therapeutics, Inc., ...

1. A modular composition, comprising:1) a single stranded oligonucleotide, containing n nucleotides, represented by:
[O1][O2][O3] . . . [On], or
a double stranded oligonucleotide, containing n and n? nucleotides respectively, represented by:
[O1][O2][O3] . . . [On]
[On?] . . . [O3?][O2?][O1?],
wherein n and n? are the same or different integers ranging from 8 to 50;
2) one or more tetraGalNAc ligands of Formula (I), (II) or (III), which may be the same or different, represented by G:

wherein:
X? is —O—, —S—, —CR1R2— or —NR1—, wherein R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and C1-C6 alkyl;
m is 1, 2, 3, or 4; and
the bond with “” indicates the point of attachment of the tetraGalNAc ligands to the oligonucleotide, either directly or through one or more linkers; and
optionally, 3) one or more targeting ligands, solubilizing agents, pharmacokinetics enhancing agents, lipids, and/or masking agents, represented by X; and
4) one or more linkers which may be the same or different, represented by L, that attach G or X to the oligonucleotide through the terminal 3? and/or 5? positions of the oligonucleotide, and/or an internal 2? position of the oligonucleotide.

US Pat. No. 10,214,740

RECOMBINANT FUSION PROTEINS AND LIBRARIES FROM IMMUNE CELL REPERTOIRES

GigaGen, Inc., South San...

1. A method of generating a recombinant immunoglobulin library, comprising:mixing RNA transcripts from a single isolated cell with a first primer and a second primer, wherein each of the first primer and the second primer is attached to a bead;
isolating RNA transcripts bound to the first primer or the second primer;
generating from the isolated RNA transcripts, (i) a first polynucleotide comprising a region encoding a first variable domain from the single isolated cell, and (ii) a second polynucleotide comprising a region encoding a second variable domain from the single isolated cell;
generating a plurality of circularized polynucleotide constructs, each comprising the first polynucleotide, the second polynucleotide, and a linker polynucleotide linking the first polynucleotide and the second polynucleotide, wherein each of said plurality of circularized polynucleotide constructs comprises a cognate pair of linked first and second variable domains from said single isolated cell;
inserting a third polynucleotide comprising a sequence encoding a promoter and a sequence encoding a constant region between said first polynucleotide and said second polynucleotide in each of said plurality of circularized polynucleotide constructs, thereby generating a plurality of recombinant immunoglobulin expression constructs;
inserting said plurality of recombinant immunoglobulin expression constructs into a plurality of host cells; and
expressing said plurality of recombinant immunoglobulin expression constructs in said plurality of host cells, thereby generating the recombinant immunoglobulin library comprising a plurality of recombinant immunoglobulins, wherein each of said plurality of recombinant immunoglobulins comprises a linked heavy chain variable domain and a light chain variable domain which are a cognate pair from a single cell from a mammalian donor.