US Pat. No. 10,246,945

EARTH-BORING TOOLS, METHODS OF FORMING EARTH-BORING TOOLS, AND METHODS OF FORMING A BOREHOLE IN A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body having a face at a leading end thereof;
blades extending from the body and comprising primary blades and secondary blades; and
cutting elements on the blades and arranged in groups each comprising neighboring cutting elements sequentially positioned directly radially adjacent one another across the face of the body, wherein:
all of the cutting elements disposed on the primary blades belong to groups exhibiting a first spiral configuration; and
all of the cutting elements disposed on the secondary blades belong to additional groups exhibiting a second spiral configuration opposing the first spiral configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,944

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EMPLACING COLUMNS

1. Sonic drilling apparatus with adapter for emplacing columns comprising:a sonic drilling apparatus generating vibrational waves and including a fitting;
an adapter coupled to the fitting for removably attaching a column to the sonic drill apparatus; and
a centering assembly positioned below the adapter for receipt of a column therethrough, the centering assembly comprising:
a track carried by the sonic drill apparatus;
a carriage carried by and reciprocally moveable along the track; and
a centering frame including a base coupled to and extending from the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,246,943

DRILL BIT FOR DIRECTIONAL DRILLING AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

Astech Alloy Steel Techno...

1. A drill bit for directional drilling comprising:a main body that is unitary and formed of a first material, the main body having opposed outer surfaces and a periphery extending between the opposed surfaces;
a wear component that is unitary and formed of a second material that is harder than the first material, wherein the wear component comprises:
a retention portion positioned within the first material of the main body and having opposed retention surfaces that, moving inward from the periphery of the main body, taper apart from each other toward the opposed outer surfaces of the main body, and
a wear portion extending outward from the retention portion relative to the periphery of the main body, the wear portion being substantially planar and being configured to form an outer wear edge; and
wherein the main body comprises axially arranged planar head and base portions the planes of which are non- parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,942

HYRAULIC MOTOR CIRCUIT

OILPATH HYDRAULICS PTY LT...

1. A hydraulic motor circuit for an auger, including:a hydraulic motor that receives oil from an oil supply via a supply line and returns oil to the oil supply via a return line;
a main stage pressure relief valve;
a first pilot stage relief valve openable if pressure in the return line exceeds a predetermined value corresponding to an allowable inertia load acting on the motor, opening of the first pilot stage relief valve causing the main stage pressure relief valve to open, allowing flow to be diverted from the return line to the supply line and back to the motor; and
a control valve configured to block flow to the first pilot stage relief valve when pressure in the supply line is greater than pressure in the return line;
wherein, if pressure in the return line exceeds pressure in the supply line, the control valve shifts open and exposes the first pilot stage relief valve to pressure in the return line.

US Pat. No. 10,246,941

LADDER RUNG BRACKET ASSEMBLY

Panduit Corp., Tinley Pa...

1. A bracket assembly for securing a cable bundle to a ladder rung, the bracket assembly comprising:a metal bracket having a first member and a second member; and
a protective grommet secured to the metal bracket, wherein the protective grommet having a base member and sleeves extending from the base member;
wherein the protective grommet comprising a locking feature extending from a backside of the base member of the grommet, the locking feature engages the metal bracket to secure the bracket assembly, wherein the locking feature comprising two L shaped flanges that create a channel for receiving the second member of the metal bracket;
whereby the first member of the metal bracket engages the ladder rung and the second member of the metal bracket engages the protective grommet.

US Pat. No. 10,246,940

ACCESS LADDER ASSEMBLY FOR A MOVABLE MACHINE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. An access ladder assembly for a machine, comprising:a fixed section including a horizontal fixed step;
a movable section mounted on the fixed section, the movable section being movable between an extended position and a retracted position, the movable section including at least one horizontal step;
a biasing member configured to bias the movable section towards the retracted position;
a locking member, the locking member being movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein at the locked position, the locking member prevents movement of the movable section from the extended position to the retracted position, and at the unlocked position allows movement of the movable section to the retracted position;
a release assembly operatively connected to the locking member and including a manually engagable actuator disposed adjacent the horizontal fixed step of the fixed section, the manually engagable actuator being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein at the second position, the locking member is moved to the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,939

FOLDING AND RIGID LADDER WITH EXTENSIONS

Blue Moon Designs, LLC, ...

1. A step ladder, comprising:a ladder base having
a. a stepped unit defined by first and second stepped unit side rails, plural steps interconnecting the first and second stepped unit side rails, and a top plate interconnecting the first and second stepped unit side rails at an upper end thereof, the top plate having a forward edge and an opposite rearward edge, and
b. a support unit hinged to the stepped unit such that the support unit may be pivoted relative to the stepped unit about the hinged connection to move the step ladder between open and folded configurations; and
an extension module having
a. first and second extension module side rails, each having upper and lower ends, plural steps interconnecting the extension module side rails and a top plate interconnecting the extension module side rails at the upper ends thereof;
b. a bottom step that abuts the top plate of the stepped unit when the extension module is connected to the ladder base, the bottom step having a forward edge and an opposite rearward edge, wherein the bottom step has a first flange extending downwardly from the forward edge and a second flange extending downwardly from the rearward edge and the first and second flanges overlap the respective forward and rearward edges of the top plate when the extension module is connected to the ladder base; and
c. a connector attaching the extension module to the stepped unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,937

BARREL BOLT FASTENER ASSEMBLY

Glide Rite Corporation, ...

1. An extensible gate assembly, comprising:a shelving assembly disposed on a retail or warehouse floor, the shelving assembly having first and second posts defining an aisle there between;
a plurality of interconnected gate member pairs, each member pair comprising a first member and a second member separated by a corresponding primary washer wherein the first and second members are each operative to rotate transversely to one another about a corresponding common axis and corresponding common joint including the primary washer through a corresponding angle of rotation selected from a plurality of angles of rotation, during expansion of the gate between the first and second posts to block access to the aisle, and during retraction of the gate between the first and second posts to permit access to the aisle;
wherein at least one said corresponding common joint comprises a barrel bolt assembly, the barrel bolt assembly further comprising:
a secondary washer having at least one inward or outward projection annularly disposed about an internal periphery thereof;
a fastener having a head portion and a shank portion extending from the fastener head portion;
a barrel having a head portion and a boss portion extending from the barrel head portion, the boss portion operative to receive the fastener shank portion; and
wherein the barrel boss portion further comprises at least one inward or outward projection annularly and complementarily disposed and formed with respect to the inner periphery of the secondary washer, to receive and mate with the secondary washer, whereby the secondary washer and barrel interlock to prevent rotational movement with respect to each other to inhibit loss of joint tension or preload from relative rotational movement of the member pair about its corresponding angle of rotation during expansion and retraction of the gate, thus inhibiting fatigue and failure of the common joint and gate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,936

MASKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

PDS IG Holding LLC, Prai...

1. A masking workstation for masking a glass unit, comprising:a support surface configured to support the glass unit having a substrate surface;
a shield positionable in a first position away from the support surface and a second position proximate to the support surface and to the glass unit supported by the support surface; and
a movement mechanism coupled to the shield, wherein the movement mechanism is configured to provide the shield with a range of motion including the first position and the second position;
wherein in the second position the shield is positionable over only a portion of the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,935

PANEL SEAL SYSTEMS

Modernfold, Inc., Greenf...

1. A movable wall panel system for sealing engagement relative to a floor of an environment, the movable wall panel system comprising:a movable wall panel including a first end and a second end spaced-apart from the first end, a panel face extending between the first end and the second end, a top portion and a bottom portion, the bottom portion positioned proximate the floor of the environment; and
a bottom drop seal assembly coupled to the bottom portion of the movable wall panel, the bottom drop seal assembly including at least one seal which is movable between an unsealed configuration wherein the at least one seal is spaced apart from the floor of the environment and a plurality of sealed configurations, wherein the at least one seal is sealable against the floor of the environment in a first one of the plurality of sealed configurations at a first distance from the unsealed configuration and the at least one seal is sealable against the floor of the environment in a second one of said plurality of sealed configurations at a second distance from the unsealed configuration, the bottom drop seal assembly including a damper which maintains a generally constant force between the movable wall panel and the floor of the environment when the at least one seal is in any one of the plurality of sealed configurations, the generally constant force between the movable wall panel and the floor of the environment is maintained whether the at least one seal seals against the floor of the environment in the first one of the plurality of sealed configurations or in the second one of the plurality of sealed configurations, whereby the movable wall panel system may be positioned relative to the floor of the environment at a first position such that the at least one seal is sealed against the floor of the environment in the first one of the plurality of sealed configurations at the first distance from the unsealed configuration with the generally constant force between the movable wall panel and the floor of the environment, and whereby the movable wall panel system may be positioned relative to the floor of the environment at a second position such that the at least one seal is sealed against the floor of the environment in the second one of the plurality of sealed configurations at the second distance from the unsealed configuration with the generally constant force between the movable wall panel and the floor of the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,246,934

DOOR COMPRISING VERMICULITE-CONTAINING CORE, AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

PLASTPRO 2000, INC., Los...

1. A door for attenuating sound comprising:at least two skins including a first skin and a second skin;
at least one core disposed between the first skin and the second skin and comprising a composition comprising vermiculite and an inorganic bonding agent;
at least two stiles aligned in a first direction, the at least two stiles including a first stile disposed along a first edge of the door and a second stile disposed along a second edge of the door; and
at least two rails aligned in a second direction, the at least two rails including a first rail disposed along a third edge of the door and a second rail disposed along a fourth edge of the door;
wherein the door has a rectangular shape and the at least one core is disposed in-between the at least two stiles and the at least two rails,
wherein the at least two skins comprises a material of a glass fiber reinforced or mineral filled polymer composite, the at least two stiles comprise laminated veneer lumber (LVL), and the at least two rails comprise a composite comprising wood and polyvinyl chloride,
wherein the composition for the at least one core has a density of at least 600 Kg/m3, and the door has at least one of a sound transmission class (STC) rating or an outdoor/indoor transmission coefficient (OITC) being higher than 30.

US Pat. No. 10,246,933

WINDOW UNIT ASSEMBLY STATION AND METHOD

Guardian IG, LLC, Sun Pr...

1. A method of assembling an insulated glass unit (IGU), the method comprising:receiving first and second transparent window components at a table surface of an assembly station, the table surface being positioned at an incline relative to a vertical position;
translating the first and second transparent window components along a conveyor assembly that defines a translation pathway from a first end of the table surface to a second end of the table surface, the translation pathway being substantially parallel to the table surface;
engaging the first transparent window component with a projection component that movably translates back and forth substantially perpendicular to the table surface to movably offset the conveyor assembly;
translating at least a bottom portion of the first transparent window component with the projection component between an initial position and a first assembly position offset from the translation pathway; and
bringing the first transparent window component from the first assembly position into contact with the second transparent window component to form the IGU.

US Pat. No. 10,246,932

DEPLOYABLE SANDWICH-LIKE SHELL STRUCTURAL SYSTEM

1. A deployable structurally composite cellular shell assemblage, comprising:a. a first elastic sheet,
b. a second elastic sheet substantially parallel to said first elastic sheet,
c. a plurality of elongated hinges,
d. a plurality of substantially rigid elongated webs having at least two elongated edges, each of which is attached in a parallel manner, along both elongated edges, to said first and second elastic sheets by means of said hinges, where the spacing of said hinge connections, as measured on the surface of said first elastic sheet, differs from the spacing of said hinge connections, as measured on the surface of said second elastic sheet, thus sandwiching said webs between said elastic sheets, and
e. a first means of transverse restraint, at right angles to said sheets, supporting the ends of said webs; and a second means of longitudinal restraint, at right angles to said hinges and in the plain of said elastic sheets, supporting one edge, parallel to said webs, of both of said elastic sheets, thus providing enhanced structural bending strength and stability to the deployed assemblage described above,whereby the differing spacing of said hinge connections to said first elastic sheet from spacing of said hinge connections to said second elastic sheet enables said sheets and webs to be elastically urged into a substantially circular cylindrical configuration resulting in compact cylindrical stowage of said structural assemblage; with reversal of said sheet stowage and utilization of said support means resulting in deployment, stability and enhanced structural bending strength of said structural assemblage.

US Pat. No. 10,246,931

SLIDING WINDOW ARRANGEMENT

JELD-WEN, Inc., Charlott...

1. A sliding window assembly, including:a window frame comprising a pair of spaced apart horizontal frame members and a pair of spaced apart vertical frame members, the frame members defining a square or rectangular window opening;
at least three panes disposed within the window frame comprising first and second sliding panes and a third fixed pane;
the panes being positioned within the frame in offset vertical planes;
the first and second panes being arranged for sliding movement together upwardly within the window frame or together downwardly within the window frame, the first and second panes having a combined weight;
the panes having a fully open position and a fully closed position, whereby
in the fully closed position, a first edge of the first pane is in overlap with an adjacent first edge of the second pane and a second edge of the second pane that is opposite to the first edge of the second pane is in overlap with an adjacent first edge of the third pane;
in the fully open position, the first and second panes overlap with the third pane;
the first and second panes being connected to a counterweight arrangement by a pulley arrangement, the counterweight arrangement providing a vertically movable balancing weight which is associated with one of the vertical frame members, and the counterweight arrangement supports the combined weight of the first and second panes;
the first pane being connected to the balancing weight by a cord in connection with the first pane that extends upwardly about a first pulley and downwardly into fixed connection with the balancing weight; and
the second pane being connected to the balancing weight by a cord arrangement that includes:
a first cord in connection with the second pane that extends upwardly about a second pulley and downwardly into fixed connection with a third pulley; and
a second cord in fixed connection with the balancing weight that extends upwardly about the third pulley and downwardly to an anchor point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,930

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING AND DETERMINING A STATUS OF A BARRIER

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

1. A computer-implemented method for remotely controlling and determining a status of a barrier, comprising:determining that a vehicle is parked at a predetermined vicinity of the barrier, wherein an initial state of the barrier is determined upon determining that the vehicle is parked at the predetermined vicinity of the barrier;
determining that the vehicle is departing away from the barrier and sending at least one barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier, wherein the at least one barrier control signal is sent to a barrier controller associated with the barrier to traverse the barrier to a closed state when it is determined that the initial state of the barrier is an opened state or a partially opened state;
determining a current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is determined based on a wireless internet communication that occurs upon determining that the barrier has not traversed to the closed state based on RF communication that occurs immediately prior to the vehicle being located outside of a RF communication range with the barrier controller, wherein the wireless internet communication occurs upon determining that the vehicle is located outside of the RF communication range with the barrier controller; and
presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is presented to display if the current state of the barrier is the closed state based on the at least one barrier control signal sent to remotely control movement of the barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,246,929

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool, comprising: a door that closes an opening provided in a cover that forms a machining area at the time of machining and opens the opening when nothing is being machined, wherein the moving speed of the door for opening and closing the opening is changeable; a drive unit configured to move the door; a controller configured to control the drive unit, receive a safety signal from an outside of the machine tool, and set the moving speed of the door to a first moving speed in the case where a safety signal is received or to a second moving speed in the case where no safety signal is received; and a load detection unit configured to detect the load applied to the door, wherein the first moving speed is higher than the second moving speed, and in the case where a load having a threshold value or higher is applied to the load detection unit, the door is stopped, a drive force for the door is cut off, or the door is driven in the direction opposite the direction in which the door was moving at the point in time when the load was applied.

US Pat. No. 10,246,928

ARMORED WINDOW DRIVE MECHANISM AND SYSTEM

MILTON MANUFACTURING INC....

1. An armored window drive mechanism including:a window unit containing a bullet resistant window positioned within a window frame;
the window frame is slidably received and guided within opposed side rails each having a facing of a low frictional coefficient material, the opposed side rails contained between opposed flanges, the side rails including the flanges having a width proximate to a bottom of the side rails that is greater than a width proximate to a top of the side rails, thereby directing the window unit to displace up and down, and also toward and away from an inside space of the vehicle as the window unit is displaced;
a motorized window mechanism connected to a door structure of a vehicle energized to raise and lower the window unit; and
at least one mechanism connector converting an axial rotational force generated by the window mechanism to a lifting and a lowering force acting directly at a lower face of the window frame.

US Pat. No. 10,246,927

SENSING EDGE

Miller Edge, Inc., West ...

1. A sensing edge for providing a signal to a controller indicating that a forward edge of a door is obstructed during operation, the sensing edge comprising:an elongate sheath mounted to the forward edge, having an outer wall, a first end having a first cavity and an opposing second end; and
a first end plug assembly including a first end plug and a first end flap,
wherein the first end plug includes an inner end, an outer end, a first engaging structure extending from the inner end, the first engaging structure being positioned within the first cavity in an assembled configuration, and
wherein the first end flap is constructed of a flexible material and includes a relatively flat body having a first top edge and an opposing second bottom edge, the first top edge including an overhang and the second bottom edge including a first projection, a second projection being provided between the overhang and the first projection, the overhang being at least in partial facing engagement with an upper surface of the first end plug and the second projection being at least in partial facing engagement with a lower surface of the first end plug.

US Pat. No. 10,246,926

DRIVER FOR A MOVABLE WINDOW PANE, WINDOW PANE ARRANGEMENT

Volkswagen Aktiengesellss...

1. A driver for a movable window pane of a motor vehicle, comprising:a receptacle recess for receiving an edge section of the window pane;
an elastically displaceable detent lug adapted to engage with a latching cutout of the window pane for locking the window pane on the driver, the detent lug obstructing the receptacle recess in an initial position; and
wherein the detent lug has an insertion taper so that the detent lug is displaced out of the receptacle recess by an insertion of the window pane into the receptacle recess,
wherein the detent lug has a catch groove in the insertion taper that extends substantially parallel to the receptacle recess over the entire width of the detent lug,
wherein the catch groove is arranged in the latching cutout of the window pane when the window pane is inserted into the receptacle recess, and
wherein the insertion taper has an upper first guiding section and a lower second guiding section that have an inclined orientation to each other, wherein the catch groove is situated between the upper first guiding section and the lower second guiding section and wherein an upper edge of the latching cutout of the window pane directly contacts the upper first guiding section of the insertion taper when the window pane is inserted into the receptacle recess and the detent lug is in the initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,925

ADJUSTABLE CASEMENT WINDOW SASH LIFTER

Truth Hardware Corporatio...

1. An adjustable sash lifter assembly for a casement window having a frame defining an opening and a sash hinged to the frame, the sash shiftable between an open position in which the sash is clear from the opening and a closed position in which the sash closes the opening, the sash lifter assembly, comprising:a first sash lifter adapted to attach to the frame or the sash of the casement window, the first sash lifter comprising a mounting portion and a lifting portion selectively engagable with the mounting portion, the lifting portion having an end presenting a lifting ramp, the lifting portion being selectively vertically shiftable relative to the mounting portion, wherein the mounting portion of the first sash lifter presents a plurality of teeth, and the lifting portion presents a corresponding plurality of teeth engagable with the teeth of the mounting portion in a plurality of positions such that the lifting portion is selectively vertically shiftable relative to the mounting portion; and
a second sash lifter adapted to attach to the other of the frame or the sash of the casement window, the second sash lifter having an end presenting a lifting ramp;
wherein when the casement window is shifted from the open position to the closed position, the ramp of the first sash lifter engages with the ramp of the second sash lifter, causing the sash to shift vertically relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,246,924

DOOR ANTI-SLAMMING DEVICE

1. A door anti-slamming device,wherein the device includes a chamber with an entrance located at a first end;
wherein the chamber houses a plunger component with a tip configured to slidably move in and out of the entrance, therefore defining a compacted configuration and an extended configuration of the device, respectively;
wherein the device includes a biasing means configured to bias the device towards the extended configuration;
wherein the device includes a first cavity and a second cavity located within the chamber, and a fluid provided within the first and second cavities, and
wherein a partition is located between the first and second cavities;
characterised in that
the partition includes an orifice configured to control a transfer rate of the fluid between the first cavity and second cavity, wherein the device is configured to transition to the compacted configuration at a rate at least partially controlled by transfer of the fluid from the first cavity into the second cavity, and
the partition remains in a fixed position with respect to the chamber when the device moves between the extended and compacted configurations, wherein the first cavity in the device is in direct contact with the plunger, and wherein the plunger is in direct contact with the first cavity, but is not in direct contact with the second cavity; and
wherein the device comprises a cylindrical outer body, and wherein the partition is integrally formed with the outer body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,923

DAMPING OR RETURN DEVICE FOR SLIDING DOOR LEAVES OR FOR DRAWERS

BORTOLUZZI SISTEMI S.P.A....

1. A damping or return device for sliding door leaves or for drawers, comprising:a pin having a shank constituted by a diametrically differently-polarized magnet that comprises mutually coupled first and second portions having opposing polarities;
at least one of a steel plate or a complementarily-shaped steel collar polygonal in cross-section, wherein the pin slideably and axially interacts with the steel plate or collar; and
an elastically compressible element arranged to damp movement of the pin as the pin moves in contrast with the elastically compressible element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,922

DAMPENER FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance defining at least one compartment, the appliance comprising:a door attached to the appliance and configured for pivoting movement about an axis of rotation between i) an open position where a user can access the compartment through an opening defined by the appliance and ii) a closed position whereby the door precludes access to the compartment through the opening, the door defining a chamber;
a bushing positioned adjacent to the chamber of the door;
at least one dampener received into the chamber and configured for providing resistance against the pivoting movement of the door about the axis of rotation between the open position and the closed position, the dampener comprising
a dampener housing comprising a first end and a second end that oppose each other along an axial direction parallel to the axis of rotation, the shaft positioned at the first end, the dampener housing defining a pair of opposing, planar walls positioned near the second end, the dampener housing defining a pair of opposing notches, each notch positioned at the second end of the dampener housing within one of the planar walls;
at least three ribs positioned on an exterior of the dampener housing and extending parallel to the axis of rotation, the three ribs spaced apart from each other about the exterior; and
a shaft extending from the dampener housing and received into the bushing, the shaft rotatable about the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,920

TORSION ROD LOADING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A torsion rod preload device, comprising:a body having at least one stop and a base adapted to be connected to a vehicle;
a driver carried by the body for movement relative to the body, the driver adapted to engage two torsion rods so that movement of the driver relative to the body increases a torsion force within both torsion rods, and
a retainer carried by one or both of the body and the driver, the retainer being movable by the driver as the driver moves relative to the body and the retainer being engageable with the stop to inhibit or prevent movement of the driver when the retainer is engaged with the stop to maintain a desired magnitude of stored energy in the torsion rods.

US Pat. No. 10,246,919

SWINGING-SLIDING DOOR MODULE FOR A RAIL VEHICLE WITH IMPROVED OVER-CENTRE LOCKING

KNORR-BREMSE GESELLSCHAFT...

1. A swinging-sliding door module for a rail vehicle, the module comprising:a door leaf;
a rotary pillar which is coupled to the door leaf and is mounted rotatably;
a support which is oriented longitudinally in a sliding direction of the door leaf, is mounted displaceably in a horizontal direction transversely with respect to a longitudinal extent thereof in relation to the rotary pillar and in which the door leaf is displaceably mounted;
a first over-center locking acting on the support in a deployment direction of the door leaf,
wherein a coupling between the rotary pillar and the door leaf comprises a second over-center locking which acts in the deployment direction of the door leaf, and
wherein the second over-center locking includes a deployment lever connected directly to a connecting lever at one end of the connecting lever, the deployment lever connected directly to the rotary pillar at an end of the deployment lever opposite the connection to the connecting lever, and a stop,
wherein the connecting lever is coupled at an end opposite the connection to the deployment lever directly to the door leaf, and the rotary pillar is coupled at one end of the deployment lever.

US Pat. No. 10,246,918

DOOR HINGE OR WINDOW HINGE

SFS intec Holding AG, He...

1. A door hinge (1) or window hinge (1) comprising two hinge parts (3, 4) which are operatively connected to one another so as to be rotatable about a common hinge axis (2), at least one door- or window-side first one of the hinge parts (3) has a plate-shaped portion (8) which interacts in a fixedly and releasably connectable manner with a retaining piece (9) which is insertable into a groove in an end side of the door or window, wherein the plate-shaped portion (8) is oriented in a first plane running parallel to the hinge axis (2) and is adjustable with respect to the retaining piece (9) in a second plane running at a right angle to the first plane of the plate-shaped portion (8), and an adjustment screw (11) is screwed into at least one thread (10) of the retaining piece (9), an axis of the adjustment screw (11) runs perpendicular to the first plane of the plate-shaped portion (8), a head (12) of the adjustment screw (11) is arranged and held between an intermediate piece (14) and the plate-shaped portion (8) in a direction of the axis of the adjustment screw (11) with little or no play by a clamping device (5), which applies force to the plate- shaped portion (8) and the intermediate piece from opposite sides and thus holds them together, said clamping device (5) comprising a clamping bolt (13) and a sleeve (18) arranged such that the plate-shaped portion (8) and the intermediate piece (14) are held together from one side with said clamping bolt (13) and from the other side with said sleeve (18) fitted onto the clamping bolt (13), the intermediate piece (14) and the plate-shaped portion (8) are displaceable relative to each other by an eccentric (16) including at least two cylindrical sections having axes that are offset relative to each other, and the clamping bolt and the eccentric (16) are formed as one component comprising a bolt-shaped shaft (17), which is pressed into the sleeve (18) such that the sleeve (18) is displaceable in an axial direction of the sleeve (18) in a hole (19) in the retaining part (9).

US Pat. No. 10,246,917

ADJUSTABLE HINGE TO ELIMINATE SHIMMING

DORMAKABA USA INC., Indi...

1. A hinge, comprising:a hinge pin;
a hinge plate coupled to the hinge pin;
the hinge plate defining a plurality of threaded apertures;
a plurality of adjusters configured to threadedly engage a respective one of the plurality of threaded apertures; and
each of the plurality of adjusters defining a central pass-through bore for receiving a respective fastener configured to fasten the hinge plate to a door or a door frame, each adjuster includes an annular body defining a longitudinal axis, the pass-through bore having a first diameter and a second diameter, the second diameter being smaller than the first diameter and positioned between the first diameter and a rear face of the annular body, such that the pass-through bore forms a truncated cone.

US Pat. No. 10,246,916

DOOR HINGES AND METHOD FOR REHANGING A DOOR TO REALIGN THE DOOR IN RELATION TO A DOOR JAMB

1. A method for rehanging a door connected to a door jamb by a plurality of hinges, said method comprising:replacing one or more of the plurality of hinges with one or more replacement hinges selected from a set of replacement hinges including,
one or more reduced gap replacement hinges having a pair of leaves with each leaf having a front surface and a rear surface that are both flat, planar and uniform surfaces in their entirety, connected via respective knuckles and a pin about which the pair of leaves are pivotable, and which when pivoted to a closed position in which the pair of leaves extend in parallel, juxtaposed alignment, prior to installation, have a fixed, non-adjustable, reduced dimension gap formed therebetween which is narrower than a gap formed between leaves of the one or more of the plurality of hinges when in the closed position, and
one or more enlarged gap replacement hinges having a pair of leaves with each leaf having a front surface and a rear surface that are both flat, planar and uniform surfaces in their entirety, connected via respective knuckles and a pin about which the pair of leaves are pivotable, and which when pivoted to the closed position in which the pair of leaves extend in parallel, juxtaposed alignment, prior to installation, have a fixed, non-adjustable, enlarged dimension gap formed therebetween which is wider than the gap formed between the leaves of the one or more of the plurality of hinges when in the closed position,
wherein the one or more replacement hinges are selected for replacing the one or more of the plurality of hinges so as to adjust a width of a reveal between the door and the door jamb such that, after installation, the door is realigned relative to the door jamb and is able to open and close essentially without contacting the door jamb.

US Pat. No. 10,246,915

SUPPORTING DEVICE FOR A FURNITURE FLAP

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A support device for a furniture flap, wherein the support device is to be hingedly connected to a furniture carcass and a furniture flap, said support device comprising:a first support arm for supporting the furniture flap; and
a second support arm for supporting the furniture flap, the first support arm and the second support arm being configured to overlap gap-free in all positions of the support device laterally with respect to the direction of movement of the support device,
wherein the first support arm and the second support arm have a cross-sectional profile and are arranged inter-nested;
wherein each of the first support arm and the second support arm has a first end pivotally connected to a housing to be mounted to a furniture carcass, and each of the first support arm and the second support arm has a second end pivotally connected to a hinge connection to be mounted to a furniture flap.

US Pat. No. 10,246,914

TWO POINT LOCK FOR BI-FOLD WINDOWS AND DOORS

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A two point lock for bi-fold windows and doors, comprising:a central lock body comprising a casing;
a handle that is rotatable with respect to the lock body between a first rest position and a second rest position;
a rotating driver coupled to the handle for rotation therewith, the driver including a pair of opposing members having a gap defined therebetween;
first and second shoot bolt arms that move in opposite directions upon rotation of the handle and are maintained in a mutually retracted position when the handle is in the first rest position and in a mutually extended position when the handle is in the second rest position, and wherein each of the first and second shoot bolt arms extends into the gap, a portion of each of the first and second shoot bolt arms that is positioned within the gap between the pair of opposing members being rotably displaceable within the gap via rotation of the driver and pivotably connected to the driver through a corresponding pivot, each pivot having a first end supported by one of the opposing members and an opposite second end supported by the other of the opposing members;
a locking member moveable within the casing between a locked position in which the locking member is engaged with the first shoot bolt arm in its extended position, and an unlocked position in which the locking member is unengaged with the first shoot bolt arm; and
an actuator for moving the locking member between its locked and unlocked positions when the shoot bolt arms are in their mutually extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,913

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door lock device comprising:a latch mechanism configured to enable a vehicle door to maintain a closed state in a vehicle body; and
a lock mechanism configured to set an unlocked state where the latch mechanism can disengage from a striker disposed in the vehicle body or a locked state where the latch mechanism cannot disengage from the striker,
wherein the lock mechanism includes
an inside opening lever that is connected to an inside door handle disposed on an inner side of the vehicle door via a flexible inside opening cable, and that can be operated so as to be rotatable around an inside opening lever support portion between an initial position and a maximum operation position in response to door opening and closing operations of the inside door handle,
an opening link that can switch between a first position where an operation in a door opening direction of the inside opening lever in response to a door opening operation of the inside door handle is transferred to the latch mechanism and a second position where the operation in the door opening direction of the inside opening lever is not transferred to the latch mechanism,
a lock operation lever that can be operated so as to be rotatable around a lock operation lever support portion between an unlocking position for setting the opening link to be located at the first position and a locking position for setting the opening link to be located at the second position, and that is pressed by the inside opening lever, which is rotatably operated from the initial position to the maximum operation position due to the door opening operation of the inside door handle, to drive the lock operation lever from the locking position toward the unlocking position, and
wherein the inside opening lever and the lock operation lever have a configuration in which, when the inside opening lever is located at a predetermined operation position with a gap between the inside opening lever and the lock operation lever after the inside opening lever has moved to the maximum operation position while in contact with the lock operation lever, the predetermined opening position being located at any position within a range which includes the maximum operation position, and the lock operation lever is forcibly driven toward the inside opening lever, the lock operation lever imparts a contact load to the inside opening lever which moves the inside opening lever toward the initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,912

LOCATOR FEATURE FOR AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR DOORS

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An interior door assembly for a vehicle, comprising:an outer door panel including at least one integral inner door panel locator feature defining a bumper retainer;
an inner door panel including at least one aperture configured and dimensioned to engage the at least one inner door panel locator feature; and
a resilient bumper adapted for retention by the bumper retainer to provide a snug fit to the closed interior door assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,911

RECREATIONAL OR UTILITY VEHICLE DOOR OPENING SYSTEM

1. A recreational or utility vehicle system comprising:a body;
the body having a cargo hold;
a cargo door;
the cargo door configured to cover the cargo hold;
the cargo door configured to move between a closed position and an open position;
a latch mechanism operably connected to the cargo hold and the cargo door;
the latch mechanism configured to latch the cargo door in a closed position, and unlatch the cargo door to facilitate opening of the cargo door;
a motorized member operably connected to the latch mechanism;
the motorized member configured to unlatch the latch mechanism when activated;
an activation device electrically connected to the motorized member;
wherein when the activation device is operated, the motorized member operates to unlatch the latch mechanism;
a manual override system operably connected to the latch mechanism;
wherein when the manual override system is operated, the manual override system manually operates to unlatch the latch mechanism;
wherein when the recreational or utility vehicle is in a powered state, the latch mechanism is unlatched by operating the activation device thereby allowing the cargo door to be opened;
wherein when the recreational or utility vehicle is in an unpowered state, the latch mechanism is unlatched by operating the manual override system thereby allowing the cargo door to be opened;
wherein the activation device is a button positioned in the body of the recreational or utility vehicle, wherein the button is adjacent the cargo door and is operable from outside the recreational or utility vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,910

CABLE ACTUATED DIGITAL VEHICLE CARGO SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A cargo security system for a vehicle of the type having a cargo access door to an enclosed cargo compartment with a latch including handle with an opening, the handle being moveable between a first position in which opening of the cargo door is prevented, wherein the handle opening is aligned with an opening in a part attached to the exterior surface of the cargo door and a second position in which the cargo door can be opened, wherein the handle opening is out of alignment with the opening in the attached part, the security system comprising a digital counter, a housing, a cable having a first end anchored to the cargo door and a second end adapted to extend through the aligned openings and into said housing, when the handle is in its first position, a magnetically actuated switch connected to said digital counter, an assembly located within said housing, said assembly comprising a magnetic member moveable relative to said switch between a proximate position and a remote position to change the state of said switch, and a cable retaining member manually movable between retaining and non-retaining positions to move said magnetic member between said proximate position and said remote position, said second cable and end being retained within said housing by said cable retaining member when said cable retaining member is in said retaining position and released from said housing when said retaining member is in said non-retaining position, wherein the change of stat of said switch causes the number on said counter to change.

US Pat. No. 10,246,909

ELECTRONIC HANDLE FOR A VEHICLE DOOR

U-Shin Italia S.p.A., Pi...

1. An electronic handle for a vehicle door, the electronic handle comprising:a grip lever being rotatable according to a grip axis between a mechanical active position in which rotation of the grip lever mechanically unlatches the door, a rest position in which the grip lever is not rotated, and an electronic active position between the rest position and the mechanical active position, in which rotation of the grip lever activates electronic unlatching of the door; and
a fixed part which is fixed relative to the grip lever,
wherein a blocking element is interposed between the fixed part and the grip lever, the blocking element being moveable between a blocking position in which the grip lever is inhibited from being rotated from the electronic active position to the mechanical active position, and an unblocking position in which the grip lever is free to be rotated to the mechanical active position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,908

OPTIMIZED LOCKING SYSTEM

FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUST...

1. An opening device for a vehicle comprising an opening part and a stationary part, said opening part being movable relative to said stationary part between a closed position and an open position, the opening device further comprising an accompanying device accompanying the movement of the opening part when said opening part moves toward the open position, said accompanying device comprising a first part secured to the opening part and a second part secured to the stationary part, said first part being movable relative to said second part with the movement of the opening part relative to the stationary part, wherein the accompanying device further comprises a safety blocking device arranged to block the movement of the first part relative to the second part when an inertial force applied to the opening part toward the open position is above a predetermined threshold force such that the first part prevents the movement of the opening part toward the open position when said inertial force is greater than said predetermined threshold force,wherein the accompanying device is formed by a winder, the first part comprising a moving body and a cable, said cable being fastened on the one hand to said moving body and on the other hand to the opening part, and the second part comprising a stationary body secured to the stationary part, said moving body being rotatable in or on said stationary body, the cable being wound around said moving body when said opening part is in the closed position and unwinding around the moving body when said opening part moves toward the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,907

SPINNING KNOB

KING ROOF INDUSTRIAL CO.,...

1. A spinning knob, including:a shell;
a rotation member, defining an axial direction, the rotation member being rotatably disposed on the shell along the axial direction, the rotation member including at least one threaded portion, the at least one threaded portion being adapted for screwing with a screw;
a pushing member, arranged on the shell, the pushing member tending to abut against the rotation member along a radial direction to have circumferential interference with the rotation member so that the shell and the rotation member may rotate simultaneously;
wherein the rotation member abuts against the pushing member along a direction oblique to the radial direction to make the pushing member trip away from the rotation member so that the pushing member has no circumferential interference with the rotation member and that the shell is rotatable with respect to the rotation member when the rotation member is screwed to the screw sufficiently, an end of the rotation member abuts against an object, and the shell is further rotated;
wherein the rotation member has at least one restriction member disposed on the rotation member slidably along a radial direction, the at least one restriction member is movable between a screwing position and a release position, the at least one restriction member has the at least one threaded portion, one of elastic members is disposed on one of the rotation member and the shell to push the at least one restriction member so that the at least one restriction member tends to move toward the screwing position to make the at least one threaded portion abut against and screw with the screw, the at least one threaded portion does not abut against and screw with the screw when the at least one restriction member moves toward the release position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,906

METHOD FOR CORRECTLY MOUNTING AN ELECTRONIC DOOR LOCK ON A LEFT-HANDED OR RIGHT-HANDED DOOR

Tong Lung Metal Industry ...

1. A method for correctly mounting an electronic door lock on a left-handed door having an openable left side, or right-handed door having an openable right side, the electronic door lock including a latch and an inside lock body, the inside lock body including a rotary handle, a rotational actuator that includes a protrusion, a driving unit, a control unit, a first switch that is configured to send a first signal, and a second switch that is configured to send a second signal, the method comprising the steps of:a) assembling the latch on the left-handed or right-handed door and placing the latch at an unlatched position, wherein: when the latch is assembled on the right-handed door, the latch is proximal to the openable right side; when the latch is assembled on the left-handed door, the latch is proximal to the openable left side;
b) after step (a), turning the rotary handle to rotate the rotational actuator in such a manner that the protrusion initially presses one of the first and second switches, and then, assembling the inside lock body on the left-handed or right-handed door, wherein the protrusion presses the first switch that is proximal to the openable right side when the electronic door lock is assembled on the right-handed door, and presses the second switch that is proximal to the openable left side when the electronic door lock is assembled on the left-handed door; and
c) after the electronic door lock is assembled on the left-handed or right-handed door, electrically energizing the electronic door lock so that the control unit automatically implements an operating procedure for determining a correct mounting direction of the electronic door lock, the operating procedure including the steps of:
c1) when the protrusion initially presses the one of the first and second switches to generate one of the first and second signals, controlling the driving unit, in response to receipt of the one of the first and second signals, to drive the rotational actuator and the protrusion to rotate in a first direction from the one of the first and second switches that is initially pressed to the other one of the first and second switches that is initially un-pressed, and to drive the latch to move from the unlatched position toward a latched position;
c2) when the latch is moved to the latched position and when the protrusion presses the other one of the first and second switches that is initially un-pressed to send the other one of the first and second signals, the movement of the protrusion pressing the switch thereby stopping the rotational movement of the driving unit in response to receipt of the other one of the first and second signals;
c3) after step c2), controlling the driving unit to drive the rotational actuator and the protrusion to rotate in a second direction from the other one of the first and second switches that is initially un-pressed to the one of the first and second switches that is initially pressed, and to drive the latch to move from the latched position toward the unlatched position;
c4) when the latch is moved to the unlatched position and when the protrusion presses once again the one of the first and second switches that is initially pressed to send the one of the first and second signals, the movement of the protrusion pressing the switch thereby stopping the rotational movement of the driving unit in response to receipt of the one of the first and second signals; and
c5) confirming that the electronic door lock is mounted to the left-handed or right-handed door with a correct mounting direction when steps c1) to c4) are successfully implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,246,905

WIRELESS ULTRA-LOW POWER PORTABLE LOCK

VELO LABS, INC., San Fra...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:searching, at an electronic device, for nearby devices to identify a list of at least one lock apparatus;
establishing, at the electronic device, a wireless connection with a lock apparatus from the list of at least one lock apparatus;
retrieving, at the electronic device from a database, credentials:
submitting, from the electronic device to the lock apparatus, the credentials to authenticate a user; and
sending instructions, from the electronic device to the lock apparatus, to control the lock apparatus based on user input, wherein the controlling of the lock apparatus includes locking the lock apparatus, unlocking the lock apparatus, and setting one or more configuration settings of the lock apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,246,904

GARAGE DOOR LOCKING APPARATUS

1. A garage door locking system and apparatus comprising:a garage door that is openable and closeable with an included remote control system or wall button that is independent of the remote control that was provided to open and close the garage door;
a rolling track along which said garage door travels when opening or closing;
an actuator box (16) attached to said garage door said actuator box having an outer casing forming an interior portion;
a power cord;
a power supply located outside of said actuator box attached to said power cord;
a CPU and circuit board inside of said actuator box which receives signals from said remote control system or wall button for activation to open and close said garage door;
a locking bar (22) with a rack gear (34) attached thereto and a magnet (44) attached to said rack gear;
a first reed switch (42A);
a second reed switch (42C) wherein said first and second reed switches are substantially parallel with and proximate said locking bar and when said magnet is proximate said first reed switch, said locking bar is in an unlocked position and when said magnet is proximate said second reed switch, said locking bar is in a locked position;
a third reed switch (42B);
a motor (32);
a pinion gear (36) to cooperate with said rack gear attached to said motor;
a channel through said interior portion of said actuator box that terminates in first (38A) and second apertures (38B) on said actuator box through which said locking bar can move into said locked position or said unlocked position wherein said locking bar can extend beyond said interior portion to lock said garage door or retract back therethrough to unlock said garage door; and
an external magnet (30) incorporated into a clipping element that mounts to said rolling track of said garage door;
wherein said remote control system or wall button sends signals to said CPU to move said garage door to an open or closed position wherein when in said closed position said external magnet aligns with said third reed switch and said CPU identifies the position of said locking bar in said unlocked position said magnet on said rack gear is aligned with said first reed switch and said CPU commands said motor to move said locking bar to said locked position and turn off said motor and wherein when in said locked position said magnet on said rack gear is aligned with second reed switch wherein when said remote control system or wall button sends signals to said garage door to then open to the open position said CPU activates said motor to move said locking bar to the unlocked position and said magnet on said rack gear is aligned with said first reed switch and said garage door moves to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,903

DOOR IMPROVEMENTS AND DATA MINING VIA ACCELEROMETER AND MAGNETOMETER ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A method for determining a status of a door with respect to a door frame, comprising:providing an accelerometer in a door lock;
analyzing accelerometer data detected by the accelerometer in response to movement of the door;
determining whether the accelerometer data satisfies a plurality of operating state thresholds, wherein each of the operating state thresholds indicates that operation of the door is operating in an acceptable operating state when the accelerometer data satisfies the plurality of operating state thresholds, and that operation of the door is operating in an unacceptable operating state when the accelerometer data fails to satisfy at least one of the plurality of operating state thresholds;
providing a status of the door with respect to the door frame when the door is operating in the acceptable operating state; and
providing an alert indicating that an unacceptable condition associated with operation of the door exists when the door is operating in the unacceptable operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,246,902

LOCK DEVICE BASED ON A MECHANICALLY RE-PROGRAMMABLE DISC-TYPE DEVICE AND KEY FOR THE SAME

VIRO S.P.A., Zola Predos...

1. A cylinder lock device, programmable an infinite number of times, comprising:a key including a body having an axially extending portion with a surface including a sequence of indentations, the key comprising a mechanism having a moving member movable with respect to the body of the key;
a rotor including a body,
a stator including a body having a cavity for housing, at least partially, other parts of the cylinder lock device;
a locking mechanism driven by a rotation of the key between a first “locked” configuration, in which free rotation of the rotor with respect to the stator is prevented, and a second “unlocked” configuration in which the rotor, driven by the rotation of the key, is freely rotatable, the locking mechanism comprising at least one dial member coupleable with at least part of the indentations on the key body, the at least one dial member comprising two sub-components;
a programming mechanism comprising the two sub-components of the at least one dial member coupleable reciprocally in a plurality of different positions, each of which realizes a different configuration of the at least one dial member that matches a specific type of indentation on the key body to be drivable between a first “coupled” configuration where the two sub-components of the at least one dial member are coupled reciprocally to allow a first one of the two sub-components coupled to the key body to drive a position of a second one of the two sub-components, and a second “decoupled” configuration where the two sub-components can change their position relative to one another to provide a different configuration of the at least one dial member; and
a “programming mode enable” security mechanism comprising a programming mode enable disk engageable with and drivable only through the moving member and that allows activation of the programming mechanism only when, at the same time, the “programming mode enable” security mechanism is driven by the moving member of the key and the locking mechanism is in the “unlocked” configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,901

LOCK ASSEMBLY WITH REMOVABLE COVER

1. A vehicle assembly comprising:a door having an interior side and an exterior side, the door being movable between an open position and a closed position;
a lock configured to selectively inhibit the door from moving from the closed position to the open position, the lock having a receptor arranged on the exterior side;
a physical engagement interface disposed on the exterior side proximate the receptor;
an engagement member;
a cover, removably coupled to the physical engagement interface, the cover having an interior surface, an exterior surface, and an aperture extending from the exterior surface through the interior surface, wherein when coupled to the engagement interface the cover inhibits access to the receptor;
a deflectable retaining member having a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position the retaining member engages with the engagement member to retain the cover to the engagement interface and in the second position the retaining member does not engage with the engagement member, and wherein the deflectable retaining member is configured to deflect from the first position to the second position in response to insertion of a tool into the aperture; and
a lift member arranged on the cover and configured to, in response to insertion of the tool into the aperture, deflect the cover relative to the engagement interface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,900

SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING THE LOCATION OF A HIDDEN CLOSURE LATCH RELEASE ON A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for opening a closure of a motor vehicle, comprising:a closure latch release hidden from view; and
a highlight feature on a body of the motor vehicle adjacent said closure latch release and dedicated to locating said closure latch release whereby said closure latch release may be easily located.

US Pat. No. 10,246,899

PORTABLE SHADE ASSEMBLY

1. An apparatus for use in portably providing shade and sun protection, comprising:a) a frame member, having a base, a plurality of substantially vertical support legs, a plurality of substantially horizontal support beams, and a plurality of extendable arm members;
b) a winch assembly comprising a plurality of coiled springs that are attachably connected to a cable member, wherein said cable member runs through said substantially horizontal support beams and said extendable arm members of said frame member; and
c) a substantially horizontal screen member disposed between said substantially horizontal support beams.

US Pat. No. 10,246,898

CENTRALIZED LOCKING AND UNLOCKING MECHANISMS FOR TENT FRAMES AND TENT FRAMES HAVING SAME

Xiamen Innovation Metal P...

1. A tent frame comprising:a central pole;
a first connector movably coupled with the central pole;
a second connector fixedly coupled with a lower end of the central pole;
a plurality of supporting poles;
a plurality of third connectors, each movably coupled with a corresponding supporting pole;
a plurality of fourth connectors, each fixedly coupled with an upper end of a corresponding supporting pole;
one or more upper connecting units, each pivotally connected to the first and second connectors disposed at the central pole, and pivotally connected to the third and fourth connectors disposed at a corresponding supporting pole; and
a centralized locking mechanism configured to selectively restrict the first connector from moving along the central pole thereby holding the tent frame in an unfolded state, or release the restriction thereby allowing the tent frame to fold,
wherein the central pole comprises a first restricting hole formed on its peripheral wall, and wherein the centralized locking mechanism comprises:
a slider coupled with the first connector, the slider comprising:
a first hole formed in an axial direction to allow the central pole passing through and to allow the slider movable along the central pole, and
a second hole formed in a transverse direction and intersecting with the first hole; and
a fastening assembly coupled with the slider, and comprising a fastener configured to selectively:
couple the second hole of the slider with the first restricting hole of the central pole, thereby restricting the slider from moving along the central pole, and
decouple the second hole of the slider from the first restricting hole of the central pole, thereby allowing the slider to move along the central pole.

US Pat. No. 10,246,897

JOINT STRUCTURE

SPORTSMAN CORPORATION, N...

1. A joint structure comprising:a first assembly comprising:
a first main body comprising:
an installing portion formed at a center of a lateral surface of the first main body;
an annular wall protruding from the lateral surface of the first main body, the annular wall spaced apart from the installing portion;
an engaging passage formed on the annular wall and communicating with two opposite surfaces of the annular wall; and
a limiting groove concavely formed on the lateral surface of the first main body, surrounding the annular wall, and communicating with the engaging passage; and
a positioning pin movably mounted in the first main body and selectively extending out of the lateral surface of the first main body that forms the installing portion;
a second assembly pivotably mounted on the first assembly and comprising:
a second main body comprising:
an installing base formed at a center of a lateral surface of the second main body and the installing base mounted on an outer surface of the installing portion of the first main body and in the annular wall;
a limiting protrusion protruding from the lateral surface of the second main body, curvedly surrounding the installing base, and mounted in the limiting groove of the first main body;
a connecting surface formed on the lateral surface of the second main body that forms the installing base, abutting the lateral surface of the first main body that forms the installing portion, and capable of abutting the positioning pin, said limiting protrusion formed on the connecting surface;
a combining base concavely formed on the connecting surface, said installing base protruding from a bottom surface of the combining base;
a plurality of sliding grooves spaced apart from each other, concavely formed in the bottom surface of the combining base, and adjacent to the installing base; and
an opening slot concavely formed on an edge of the connecting surface and communicating with an inside of the combining base and an outer surface of the second main body;
a controlling button movably mounted between the first assembly and the second assembly, mounted through the opening slot of the second main body, and protruding out of the second main body, the controlling button being an elongated body and comprising:
a positioning groove concavely formed on a side surface of the controlling button, the positioning pin of the first main body selectively abutting a bottom of the positioning groove or the side surface of the controlling button that forms the positioning groove;
an engaging block protruding from the side surface of the controlling button that forms the positioning groove and selectively located in the engaging passage of the first main body, the engaging block surrounding the installing base of the second main body along with the annular wall;
a through hole formed through the controlling button and mounted around the installing base, the through hole extending along a lengthwise direction of the controlling button;
a combining portion protruding from another side surface of the controlling button, the through hole formed through the combining portion, the combining portion mounted in the combining base of the second main body; and
a plurality of sliding strips spaced apart from each other and concavely formed on the combining portion along the lengthwise direction of the controlling button, the sliding strips mounted in the sliding grooves of the second main body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,896

POLES FOR SUPPORTING SATELLITE DISHES

WECONNECT LLC, Seymour, ...

1. A device configured to support an object above the ground, the device comprising:a first end and a second end that is opposite the first end;
an axis defined between the first end and the second end;
a body that surrounds the axis and extends from the first end to the second end;
a mount section of the body that is closer to the first end than to the second end, wherein the mount section has a first cross-section and is configured to be coupled to the object;
a main section of the body located between the mount section and the second end, wherein the main section has a main cross-section, and wherein the main cross-section has a hexagonal shape;
an indentation in the body, wherein the indentation is closer to the second end than to the first end; and
a sight line along the main section that is closer to the second end than to the first end, wherein the sight line signifies a distance from the second end to the sight line;
wherein the device is configured to be installed in the ground such that the indentation is below the ground;
wherein the first cross-section has a circular shape; and
wherein the indentation is configured to prevent heaving when the device is installed in the ground to a depth whereby the sight line is at or below the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,246,895

ROBOTIC POOL TILE CLEANER

17. A robotic swimming pool tile cleaner having a bottom section, an upper section extending upwards of the bottom section, a fore side, an opposite aft side, a port side and an opposite starboard side, the bottom section comprising a plurality of thrusters being configured to provide forward thrust to the robotic swimming pool tile cleaner, assist in turning the robotic swimming pool tile cleaner in a corner of a swimming pool by providing a turning thrust to move the fore side of the robotic swimming pool tile cleaner away from a swimming pool wall facing the fore side, and a cleaning brush on the port side being configured to clean the swimming pool tile wall during operation of the robotic swimming pool tile cleaner.

US Pat. No. 10,246,894

ADJUSTABLE PUMPING POWER SWIMMING POOL CLEANING ROBOT

ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE, ...

1. An apparatus for cleaning a swimming pool, comprising:a. a body comprising an inlet and an outlet;
b. a debris filter interposed between the inlet and the outlet;
c. means for driving the body along a lateral wall of the swimming pool, the lateral wall extending above a waterline of the swimming pool;
d. means, comprising a pump, for generating a force for pressing the body against the lateral wall;
e. means for determining an adherence of the body to the lateral wall, such means being selected from the group consisting of (i) means for receiving input from a user indicating that air is being aspirated into the body through the inlet, (ii) an accelerometer used in combination with a timer, or (iii) means for receiving input from a user indicating that the body remains below the waterline; and
f. means for modifying the pressing force, depending on the adherence determined, by modifying power of the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,246,893

APPARATUS WITH SPACER FOR REPAIRING A POOL FITTING

1. An apparatus for repairing a fluid leak thru a crack within the body of a pool return fitting, or in a pipe of close proximity to a pool return fitting, wherein said apparatus is comprised of: two cylindrical flow-thru rubber plugs hollow in the center; a center tube flared on one end and threaded on the opposing end; wherein said center tube is seated thru the hollow center of said rubber plugs, said rubber plugs are separated by a spacer tube sealed by a rigid washer and rubber washer on each end of the spacer tube; said center tube retained on the threaded end by a locking nut and rigid washer over a conical shaped wedge hollow in the center to allow the center tube to pass through; a pool return eyeball cap internally threaded in order to thread onto the threaded center tube; wherein said apparatus may be installed in a pool with or without water in the pool.

US Pat. No. 10,246,892

FILTER BOOSTER PUMP COMBINATION

Waterway Plastics, Oxnar...

1. A device for producing variable water pressure heads suitable for operating swimming pool pressure cleaners as well as swimming pool filters comprising:a single pump that acts as a hybrid between a pressure-side pool cleaner booster pump and a filter pump, said single pump being variable speed and being equipped with an electronically commutated motor;
a relay or a solid state power switching device; and
a microprocessor control system that adjusts the speed of said motor and resultant operating head of said pump and actuates an electrically-actuated diverter valve to divert water to a swimming pool pressure cleaner when the pump selectively operates in cleaning mode or to a swimming pool filter when in filtration mode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,891

SHEATHED FRAME POOL

1. A sheathed frame pool, comprising:a support frame comprising a plurality of interconnected support components, wherein the plurality of interconnected support components comprise:
a plurality of horizontal side pipes, each of the horizontal side pipes comprising two ends, each of the two ends comprising a horizontal connecting portion;
a plurality of support pipes, an upper end of each of the support pipes comprising a vertical connecting portion; and
a plurality of T-shaped pipe joints, each of the T-shaped pipe joints comprising a horizontal portion and a perpendicular portion, the horizontal portion comprising two ends, the perpendicular portion being disposed on a lower end of each T-shaped pipe joint and being connected to the horizontal portion,
wherein, each horizontal side pipe is connected between the adjacent two T-shaped pipe joints to form a upper frame structure by the horizontal connecting portion being inserted into the horizontal portion,
wherein, each support pipe is connected to each T-shaped pipe joint to support the upper frame structure by the vertical connecting portion being inserted into the perpendicular portion, and wherein, the sheath is disposed on a horizontal junction of connecting the horizontal connecting portion and the horizontal portion and on a vertical junction of connecting the vertical connecting portion and the perpendicular portion, and a plurality of sleeves are disposed on a upper edge of the pool liner for disposing the pool liner on the upper frame structure;
at least one first fastened hole disposed on the horizontal connecting portion, at least one second fastened hole disposed on the vertical connecting portion, at least one third fastened hole disposed on the two ends of horizontal portion and the perpendicular portion respectively;
a pool liner comprising a pool bottom and a pool wall connected to an outer edge of the pool bottom and extending upward, an upper side of the pool wall hanging on the support frame and bei-Rg disposed on an inside of the support frame; and
at least one sheath disposed on a junction between at least two of the plurality of interconnected support components, wherein the sheath comprises:
a sheath body, the sheath body being a hollow pipe structure;
at least one fourth fastened hole, the least one fourth fastened hole being disposed on a pipe wall of the sheath body; and
at least one ring structure disposed on an outer surface of the sheath body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,890

COLLAPSIBLE AND PORTABLE LACTATION ENCLOSURE

WORKNEST LLC, Lebanon, N...

1. A collapsible lactation enclosure comprising:an upstanding front panel;
an upstanding rear panel opposite the front panel;
upstanding first and second side panel assemblies each removably interlockingly connected to the front panel and the rear panel;
a base; and
a ceiling unit;
a seating unit configured to be attachable to the first and second side panel assemblies and the rear panel;
a table unit configured to be attachable to at least one of the first and second side panel assemblies, and configured to support a breast pump;
an electrical outlet on the at least one of the first and second side panel assemblies configured to provide electricity to a breast pump;
wherein the front panel, the rear panel, and first and second side panel assemblies are removably interlockingly connected to the base and ceiling unit to form a collapsible lactation enclosure;
wherein the front panel comprises a door frame and a door assembly;
wherein each of the first and second side panel assemblies comprises a first side panel, a second side panel, and first, second, third and fourth grooved framing members;
wherein the first grooved framing member is removably interlockingly connected to the first side panel and is configured to removably interlockingly connect the first side panel and the front panel;
wherein the second grooved framing member is removably interlockingly connected to the first side panel,
wherein the second grooved framing member is configured to removably interlockingly connect to the third grooved framing member;
wherein the third grooved framing member is removably interlockingly connected to the second side panel;
wherein the fourth grooved framing member is removably interlockingly connected to the second side panel and is configured to removably interlockingly connect the second side panel and the rear panel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,889

STRIP ANCHORING SYSTEM FOR EMERGENCY ROOF TARP INSTALLATION

1. A strip anchoring system for emergency roof tarp installation, comprising at least one strip assembly, which has a top face having a top cut out and a top cut out face, and a bottom face having a bottom cut out, a bottom cut out face, and a retaining strip, wherein said at least one strip assembly secures a tarp on a roof, said at least one strip assembly further comprises first and second side edges, first and second ends, and first and second bottom cut out side edges, said top face comprises first and second upper edges, a first face having a first predetermined angle is defined between said first side edge and said first upper edge, and a second face having a second predetermined angle is defined between said second side edge and said second upper edge, wherein said first predetermined angle and said second predetermined angle are approximately the same.

US Pat. No. 10,246,888

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONSTRUCTION LAYOUT

1. A method of construction layout, the method comprising:generating a plurality of defined points in a floor plan, wherein each one of the plurality of defined points includes a description indicating a directional orientation of wall lines associated with the defined point and a thickness of a wall associated with the defined point;
uploading the plurality of defined points to an electronic surveying instrument;
selecting a first defined point of the plurality of defined points to be located;
positioning a detail locating apparatus at a location on a construction site to thereby establish a reference point, wherein the detail locating apparatus comprises:
a marker base;
a prism assembly extending vertically from the marker base; and
a measuring instrument extending horizontally from the marker base;
receiving an offset distance between the first defined point and the reference point from the electronic surveying instrument; and
locating, with the measuring instrument, wall lines associated with the first defined point based on the offset distance between the first defined point and the reference point and based on the content and format of the description associated with the first defined point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,887

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRESTRESSED STRUCTURES AND STRUCTURAL PARTS BY MEANS OF SMA TENSION ELEMENTS, AND STRUCTURE AND STRUCTURAL PART EQUIPPED THEREWITH

RE-FER AG, Wollerau (CH)...

1. A method for producing a prestressed structure via one or more tension elements comprised of a shape memory alloy for reinforcing of a structure and having a polymorphic and polycrystalline structure, which, by increasing its temperature, is able to be brought from a martensitic state to a permanent austenitic state, said method comprising the steps of:extending on the structure a tension element that is guided around a corner or a curvature of the structure;
wherein the tension element is secured to the structure by at least one of, or a combination of, the following:
a) the tension element is attached to at least one end anchor that penetrates into the structure;
b) the tension element wraps around a structure as a band, wherein two ends of said tension element are connected to each other via a tensile connection;
c) the tension element wraps around the structure as a band, wherein two ends of said tension element are separately connected to the structure via at least one end anchor or at least one intermediate anchor which penetrates into the structure; or
d) the tension element overlaps or crosses on itself at least once in a clamping manner;
heating the tension element, utilizing an active and controlled heat input in order to contract the tension element and generate a permanent tension;
wherein the heating of the tension element is performed via electric contacts on the end regions of the tension element, by applying a voltage to the tension element, such that the electrical resistance of the tension element causes the tension element to increase in temperature and transition from the martensitic state to the permanent austenitic state, such that the tension element exerts a permanent or residual tension up to fracture load of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,886

ADJUSTABLE SHIM AND PRE-HUNG DOOR WITH THE SAME

Endura Products, Inc., C...

1. An adjustable shim, the adjustable shim comprising:a base bracket configured to mount the adjustable shim to a pre-hung door or a rough opening;
an inner shim;
an outer shim;
a first actuator operably attached between the base bracket and the inner shim;
a plumb adjustment bracket slideably attached to the base bracket and configured for attachment to a rough opening frame that defines a rough opening; and
a second actuator configured to convert rotational motion of the second actuator into linear motion, sliding the plumb adjustment bracket relative to the base bracket along a direction into and out of the rough opening,
wherein at least one of the inner shim and the outer shim is tapered,
wherein rotation of the first actuator translates the inner shim substantially linearly relative to the outer shim, thereby adjusting a combined height of the inner shim and the outer shim.

US Pat. No. 10,246,885

GROUTING PAN ASSEMBLY WITH REINFORCEMENT RING

Husqvarna Construction Pr...

1. A grouting pan assembly comprising:(a) a rotatable pad including a top surface, a floor-facing bottom surface and a peripheral surface;
(b) a reinforcement layer attached to the bottom surface of the pad, the reinforcement layer being a flexible material; and
(c) grouting pans attached to a floor-facing surface of the reinforcement layer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,884

FLOORING SUBSTRATE SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A system for the attachment of a planar substrate above a structural surface, said planar substrate adapted for the attachment of a flooring product, comprising;a structural panel having a top face, a bottom face and a repeatable series of adjacent open voids formed therethrough, said voids with four tapered, internal void sides sloping inward toward a center of said void, wherein said top face of said panel has linear rabbets formed along each of a cell's top edge at an interface between the top of said void sides and said top face of said panel;
at least one four sided, four cornered, planar rigid clip for the retention of said structural panel onto a structural surface or member located there below said clip having a small tab extending from each of said four clip sides dimensionally sized for engagement with said rabbets, and wherein said four corners are bent with respect to said plane of said clip, and said clip having a hemispherical indentation formed thereon with an orifice formed therethrough a midpoint of said indentation;
a mechanical fastener having a threaded shaft with a hemispherical body drive head at a proximal end of said shaft, wherein said mechanical fastener is capable of pivotal movement within said hemispherical indentation of said clip, while said hemispherical indentation remains completely matingly engaged by an outer surface of said hemispherical body drive head;
wherein when said clip is inserted into said cell said small tabs engage in said rabbets, and said corners frictionally engage said internal void sides.

US Pat. No. 10,246,883

BUILDING PANEL WITH A MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A set of panels is provided with a mechanical locking system comprising a displaceable tongue, which displaceable tongue is arranged in a displacement groove at a first edge of a first of the panels, the displaceable tongue is configured to cooperate with a first tongue groove at a second edge of an adjacent second of the panels, for locking of the first edge and the second edge in a vertical direction,wherein the displaceable tongue is of a longitudinal shape and resilient, a spring constant of the displaceable tongue varies in the longitudinal direction of the displaceable tongue, and a middle section in the longitudinal direction of the displaceable tongue has a higher spring constant than a first edge section of the displaceable tongue, and
wherein the mechanical locking system is configured such that, during assembly of the first of the panels and the adjacent second of the panels, the first edge section of the displaceable tongue cooperates with a guiding surface of the second edge of the adjacent second of the panels before other sections of the displaceable tongue cooperate with the guiding surface,
wherein an inner long edge of the displaceable tongue comprises protrusions arranged in the displacement groove, wherein the protrusions are adjacent to one another along the longitudinal direction of the displaceable tongue having the longitudinal shape, the protrusions are spaced along the longitudinal direction of the tongue, and the protrusions are bendable.

US Pat. No. 10,246,882

STRUCTURAL WALL PANEL SYSTEM

1. A composite panel wall system for spanning from floor to floor in a building structure, comprising:a plurality of structural framing members, each having a longitudinal axis;
a plurality of insulated wall panels, each having a periphery edge and a longitudinal axis, each of said wall panels being affixed to at least one of said framing members wherein the longitudinal axis of each wall panel is aligned with the longitudinal axis of each framing member;
a first edge extrusion having a protruding male extension extending therefrom with a sealing gasket affixed thereto, said first extrusion received about at least a portion of said periphery edge;
a second edge extrusion having a channel seal element received about a remaining portion of said periphery edge;
a jamb tab affixed to a rear surface of each of said panels;
a clip on a threaded vertical connector affixed to said jamb tab; and
a channel configured to be affixed to a building structure,
wherein said sliding clip engages with said channel to support said panel on said building structure in a vertically adjustable fashion, and
wherein said first edge extrusion on a first of said plurality of panels interfits with said second edge extrusion on a second of said plurality of panels positioned adjacent said first panel such that a space left between said adjacent first and second panels allows expansion and contraction wherein said male extension moves within said channel to maintain a seal despite said expansion and contraction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,881

VENT ASSISTED SINGLE PLY ROOF SYSTEM

VADA, LLC, Olney, IL (US...

1. A ballast free method for improving fleece backed single ply roof performance in wind conditions on a roof having a substantially flat deck with an existing built up roof surface, said deck having turbulent wind vortex areas and a field-of-roof area outside the turbulent wind vortex areas, said turbulent wind vortex areas having a higher wind load than the field-of roof area, comprising:determining the turbulent wind vortex areas of the substantially flat deck,
gluing and mechanically fastening one or more strips of a single ply fleece backed membrane to said existing built up roof surface in the turbulent wind vortex areas, each single ply membrane strip having a row of fasteners along a first side at a roof edge, a parapet or bordering another strip and a row of mechanical fasteners along a second side;
loose laying and seaming together single ply fleece backed membrane sheets over the entirely of the existing built up roof surface in the field-of-roof area, said strips of single ply roofing membrane in the turbulent wind vortex areas having a row of mechanical fasteners on a transition between the turbulent wind vortex areas and the single ply membrane sheets in the field-of-roof area; and,
installing at least one vent only in the field-of-roof area outside of the turbulent wind vortex areas.

US Pat. No. 10,246,880

ROOF EDGE CAPPING ASSEMBLY

1. A roof edge capping assembly comprising:a housing defining an interior space, said housing comprising steel such that said housing is rigid, said housing having a top, a bottom, opposing ends, a first side, and a second side, said bottom being configured for coupling to an upper end of a wall such that said first side and said second side are positioned proximate to an outer face and an inner face of the wall, respectively, said first side being dimensionally taller than said second side such that said top extends downwardly from said first side to said second side, said first side comprising a first C-channel, said second side comprising a second C-channel, said first C-channel and said second C-channel comprising steel, said bottom being coupled to and extending between a first edge of said first C-channel and a first rim of said second C-channel; and
wherein said top is positioned on said first side and said second side such that said top is configured for directing water contacting said top to a roof of the building and for preventing the water from penetrating the upper end the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,246,879

ROOFING GRANULES WITH HIGH SOLAR REFLECTANCE, ROOFING PRODUCTS WITH HIGH SOLAR REFLECTANCE, AND PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING SAME

CertainTeed Corporation, ...

1. A process for preparing solar reflective roofing granules, the process comprising:(a) providing an inorganic binder and inert mineral particles to form a mixture;
(b) forming the mixture into uncured granule bodies having an exterior surface;
(c) adhering solar reflective particles only at or proximate to the exterior surface of the uncured granule bodies; and
(d) firing the binder to provide the solar reflective roofing granules having the solar reflective particles only at or proximate to the exterior surfaces thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,878

STACKABLE WALL SPACER FOR SUPPORTING REINFORCEMENT IN CONCRETE CONSTRUCTIONS

Innovativ Plast i Vaest A...

1. A stackable wall spacer (1) adapted to be distributed randomly on a mould surface for support of a reinforcement grid (20), the wall spacer (1) comprising:a central opening (8) having a rim (9) configured to interact with a release mechanism operating outwards from the body of a feeder device to be used for distribution of the wall spacer; and
a circumferential body section (2) having:
an upper support surface (3) which is flat and is situated in one plane and is adapted to support the reinforcement grid,
at least one side wall (12, 11) spaced from the rim (9) and extending between the upper support surface (3) and a base of the body section (2), the base lying in another plane parallel to and spaced apart from the plane of the upper support surface (3), and
a plurality of leg sections (4) each having side walls (19) spaced from the rim (9) and a foot (5) adapted to be placed on a mould surface for the concrete,
wherein:
an outer shape of the circumferential body section (2) is larger than a mesh (21) in the reinforcement grid (20) that is to be supported;
each of the side walls (19) of each leg section (4) defines a continuous surface that extends from the upper support surface (3) to the foot (5), the continuous surface being inclined with respect to a vertical direction; and
each leg section (4) is provided with a void (6) adapted to house a leg section (4) of another wall spacer (1), such that a plurality of wall spacers (1) can be stacked in each other with the leg sections (4) of one wall spacer (1) extending into the corresponding voids (6) of a subsequent wall spacer (1), such that each of the side walls (19) of each leg section (4) is parallel with the side wall (19) of each leg section (4) of the subsequent wall spacer (1).

US Pat. No. 10,246,877

ARRANGEMENT FOR VENTILATING A LABORATORY ROOM

WOBATECH AG, Wollerau (D...

1. A laboratory ventilation arrangement, comprisinga laboratory table row defining at least a first walking area and a second walking area on a first side and a second side of the laboratory table row,
a plurality of center carrier elements configured to be in a spaced arrangement along the length of the table row and suspended above the laboratory table row;
wherein each center carrier element comprises a vertical column element having an upper end adapted to be fastened to a ceiling of a laboratory, and a lower end having horizontal extensions comprising a first extension arm extending toward a first side of the table row and a second extension arm extending toward the second side of the table row and over an area occupied by the laboratory table row,
a first air supply conduit and a second air supply conduit having a plurality of air exit openings;
wherein the first air supply conduit is received on a bottom portion of the first extension arm and the second air supply conduit is received on a bottom portion of the second extension arm, the first and second air supply conduits being arranged along the first and second extension arms at a horizontal interval to define a lower receiving space between the first and second air supply conduits extending parallel to the first and second air supply conduits over a length of the laboratory table row and adapted to provide receiving space for supply lines;
an exhaust air conduit;
wherein the exhaust air conduit is a first side exhaust air conduit carried by a plurality of side carrier elements having a side vertical column element and a side extension arm fastened to the side vertical column element; and
wherein the exhaust air conduit is arranged on the plurality of side carrier elements in a space separated from the first air supply conduit or the second air supply conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,876

ADJUSTABLE BRACKET FOR RAISING A PATIO ROOF AND METHOD OF USE

1. An adjustable bracket for raising a patio roof, comprising:a. an attachment mechanism attachable to a fascia or a rafter;
b. a bracket mechanism configured to extend from and raise, support, and attach a patio roof member or a joist at least 12 inches above a bottom of the fascia or a bottom of the rafter;
c. an adjustment mechanism to provide an adjustment angle of the bracket mechanism relative to the attachment mechanism to accommodate different roof angles,
wherein the attachment mechanism includes a rectangular flat plate that is coupleable to the fascia or the rafter, parallel flanges extending perpendicularly from the plate, and the flanges each include a hole that receives a fastener to secure the adjustment angle of the bracket mechanism relative to the attachment mechanism,
the bracket mechanism includes elongated parallel side walls having a proximal end adjacent to the attachment mechanism and a distal end configured to raise, support, and attach the patio roof member or the joist,
the parallel flanges of the attachment mechanism and the elongated parallel side walls of the bracket mechanism pivotally connected to each other at a first location along the elongated parallel side walls of the bracket mechanism adjacent to the proximal end of the bracket mechanism, and movably securable to each other at a second location along the elongated parallel side walls of the bracket mechanism that is distal to the first location and proximal to the distal end of the bracket mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,246,875

MULTIPLE ELEMENT SUPPORT BEAM

1. A support beam configured to be installed inside a vessel comprising two or more longitudinal beam elements wherein each beam element comprises a first and second opposing long side connected by a top side, a lower side and two opposing end sides, said lower side having a width greater in dimension than said top side to form a bottom shoulder, said beam elements are arranged in parallel with at least one long side of one beam element facing a long side of another beam element, thereby forming the vessel support beam having a first and second opposing long side surface, a top surface and a lower surface, wherein each of said beam elements includes holes extending through the opposing long sides, such that holes of one beam element align with corresponding holes of an adjacent beam element, said support beam further comprising connecting means for locking the beam elements together, and wherein said bottom shoulder is adapted to support a number of catalyst grids, the beam further comprising protruding flaps configured to follow a curvature of an inner vessel wall.

US Pat. No. 10,246,874

METAL DECKING

PATCO, LLC, Arvada, CO (...

1. A metal deck comprising:a plurality of deck components formed in a contiguous metal sheet, one or more of the deck components formed along a width of the metal deck and including an elevated section and a ribbed section, the elevated section configured to provide sound insulation between the metal deck and a truss structure, the ribbed section including a rib flute extending from a bottom surface of the metal deck, the ribbed section further including a first elevated rib positioned adjacent to a first side of the rib flute and a second elevated rib positioned adjacent to a second side of the rib flute, the first elevated rib and the second elevated rib being substantially parallel to the rib flute, the ribbed section including the rib flute, the first elevated rib, and the second elevated rib extending along a length of the metal deck.

US Pat. No. 10,246,873

INSULATED STRUCTURAL MEMBERS FOR INSULATED PANELS AND A METHOD OF MAKING SAME

KPS GLOBAL LLC, Fort Wor...

1. An insulated veneer panel system, comprising:an insulated panel formed of closed cell polyurethane foam disposed between sheathing material on first and second faces of the insulated panel, the insulated panel defined by first and second sides;
an elongated hybrid structural member, formed of an elongated core member and a high density insulating material, disposed against at least one of the first and second sides of the insulated panel;
the core member having a cross section defined by at least a length and a width, wherein the length and the width define a surface area at each end of the core member;
wherein the high density insulating material of the elongated structural member substantially covers at least two surfaces defined by the length, width, and surface area at each end of the core member, thereby forming a hybrid structural member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,872

DWELLING WALL PROVIDED WITH VACUUM HEAT-INSULATING MATERIAL AND VACUUM HEAT-INSULATING MATERIAL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A dwelling wall comprising:a vacuum heat-insulating material including an outer cover material, and an inner member which is sealed in a tightly closed and decompressed state on an inside of the outer cover material; and
a wall material,
wherein the vacuum heat-insulating material is disposed on a rear surface side of the wall material, and
wherein the inner member comprises a chemical adsorbent for adsorbing gases including vapor, the inner member being configured of a material which does not generate hydrogen in a case of coming into contact with moisture of liquid,
wherein the adsorbent is processed to have a shape of which a ratio of a sectional area (CS) with respect to a thickness (T2) is within a range of T2:CS=1:100 to 1:250.

US Pat. No. 10,246,871

FIRE-RATED JOINT SYSTEM

California Expanded Metal...

1. A fire-rated assembly for sealing a linear wall gap along an overhead structure, the fire-rated assembly 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 attached to the overhead structure, the 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;
an angle piece comprising a first flange and a second flange, the second flange oriented at an angle relative to the first flange, the first flange and the second flange being connected to one another along an edge thereby defining a corner, the first flange extending in a direction parallel with the overhead structure; the first and second flanges being formed from a non-metal material;
a heat-expandable intumescent strip attached to at least one of the first and second flanges of the angle piece, the heat-expandable intumescent strip having an activation temperature that is lower than a melting temperature of the non-metal material; and
a gasket attached to the first flange of the angle piece,
wherein the gasket contacts the overhead structure to seal the linear wall gap.

US Pat. No. 10,246,870

CONSTRUCTION VENTING STRIP

1. A construction venting strip, comprising:a linear, planar, base strip made of a polymer, said base strip having a width, a length, a linear axis, two parallel linear edges, a planar top face and a planar bottom face, said top face having an area;
a series of equal height support fins extending from said top face;
a venting space defined there between said support fins extending across said width of said strip;
wherein said planar base strip and said support fins are made of a polymer having a hardness in the Shore A Durometer scale range of 60-80, and
wherein said support fins are arranged in a repeating pattern that incorporates six cut lines across the width of said construction venting strip.

US Pat. No. 10,246,869

CONSTRUCTION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME

ELEVATE STRUCTURE INC., ...

1. A construction assembly, comprising:a plurality of primary structure members radially distributed about a center region, each having an S shape defining first and second level recesses, each primary structure member being in a standing position with the first and second level recesses being respectively proximal to and distal from ground, each primary structure member including:
a first floor portion parallel to the ground;
a first wall portion connected with and vertical to the first floor portion;
a second floor portion connected to the first wall portion and parallel to the first floor portion, the first floor portion, the first wall portion and the second floor portion collectively defining the first level recess;
a second wall portion connected to the second floor portion and parallel to the first wall portion; and
a ceiling portion connected to the second wall portion and parallel to the first floor portion, the second floor portion, the second wall portion and the ceiling portion collectively defining the second level recess;
a second level ring joining the second floor portion of each of the primary structure members;
a ceiling ring joining the ceiling portion of each of the primary structure members; and
a foundation located between the first floor portion and the ground, said foundation including:
a plurality of channel members each receiving the first floor portion of one of the primary structure members; and
a foundation panel located between every two adjacent channel members,
the first wall portions collectively surrounding and defining a first level space and the second wall portions collectively surrounding and defining a second level space greater than the first level space,
wherein the first floor portion terminates at a base terminal region that is rotatably coupled with the channel member at a pivot point, the primary structure member being configured to convert from the standing position to a laying position by pivoting as a whole about the pivot point such that the first floor portion pivots from the ground to a non-parallel position relative to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,246,868

MODULAR PLATFORM ASSEMBLY AND A METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A MODULAR PLATFORM

1. A modular platform assembly, including:a plurality of legs;
a plurality of floor beams; and
a plurality of connectors for connecting the legs and the floor beams, each said connector comprising:
a downwardly open blind recess with a closed top end and an open bottom end; and
an upwardly open blind recess with a closed bottom end and an open top end,
wherein the legs are mounted into the downwardly open blind recesses of the connectors and the floor beams are mounted into the upwardly open blind recesses of the connectors such that the legs extend downwardly from the floor beams, and wherein an outer cross sectional periphery of at least one of the legs is substantially the same as an outer cross sectional periphery of at least one of the floor beams, and wherein each said beam has a top surface, the closed top ends of the downwardly open blind recesses and the top surfaces of the beams together defining a plane.

US Pat. No. 10,246,867

RIVER COURSE ECOLOGICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM

1. A river course ecological treatment system for use in a river, comprising:a plurality of plastic retaining dams disposed in the river that receive and divide the river course into sequential retaining regions arranged in a direction from upstream to downstream;
a plurality of ecological biological water purification systems disposed in the river in the sequential retaining regions and each ecological biological water purification system of the plurality of ecological biological water purification systems being located between any two adjacent plastic retaining dams of the plurality of plastic retaining dams to purify water within the sequential retaining regions and discharge purified water; and
at least one damp land ecological water purification system that is disposed beside the river and that comprises:
a rainwater channel disposed along the river;
aquatic plants disposed in the rainwater channel that are effective to purify water flowing within the rainwater channel; and
draining vents provided in the rainwater channel that discharge purified water into the river course.

US Pat. No. 10,246,866

TOILET FASTENING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. A toilet fastening assembly comprising:a fastener having a base at a proximal end, a support extending from the base, and a threaded shaft extending from the support to a distal end, the base including two flat surfaces interconnecting two curved surfaces, the support including two flat surfaces interconnecting two tapered surfaces, wherein the two flat surfaces of the support are aligned with the two flat surfaces of the base, wherein the threaded shall includes two distal tapered surfaces at the distal end, and wherein the two distal tapered surfaces are positioned perpendicular to the two flat surfaces of the base and the two flat surfaces of the support; and
a cap having an outer wall extending from a proximal end to a distal gripping end, the proximal end including a proximal opening leading to an inner cavity defined by the outer wall, the cap further including an inner cylindrical wall extending from the distal gripping end to a proximal end disposed within the inner cavity, the inner cylindrical wall including an threaded inner surface configured to receive the threaded shaft of the fastener, wherein the proximal end of the inner cylindrical wall is recessed by a recess distance relative to the proximal end of the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,246,865

PRIMED JET TOILET

AS IP HOLDCO, LLC, Pisca...

19. An assembly kit for use in a flush toilet comprisinga first valve assembly;
a second valve assembly; and
a flush activation assembly comprising
a flush activation bar comprising a first portion and a second portion; and
an adjustable flush connector positioned so as to operably connect a pivot rod and the flush activation bar, the adjustable flush connector comprising a first section, a second section of the adjustable flush connector and an adjustable connector, wherein the adjustable connector comprises a second rotatable connector and the adjustable connector has a surface being longitudinally movable along and rotationally positionable around a surface of the second section, and the adjustable flush connector is configured to connect to the pivot rod using a first rotatable connector located on the first section of the adjustable flush connector and the adjustable flush connector is connected to the flush activation bar using the second rotatable connector of the adjustable connector.

US Pat. No. 10,246,864

PRESSURE TOILET WITH BULK LOADING SIPHON ASSIST

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A toilet comprising a bowl and a pressurized water supply with a channel for injecting water under pressure into a trapway, the trapway extending between a bowl opening and an outlet and having an up leg extending upward and rearward from the bowl opening to a water dam region above the bowl opening to a down leg sloping downward and forward to communicate with the outlet, wherein the trapway includes a baffle extending forward from a forwardmost portion of a rear wall of the down leg adjacent a lower portion of the down leg, wherein the toilet effects a siphon if a threshold concentration of bulk waste material is present within the trapway during a flush cycle but does not effect a siphon if the threshold concentration of bulk waste material is not reached in the trapway during the flush cycle, and wherein the trapway has a blow out region having an increased sectional area compared to the up leg, the blow out region is located between the up leg and the down leg, and the increased sectional area is orthogonal to a portion of a wall of the trapway defining the blow out region.

US Pat. No. 10,246,863

DRAIN VALVE FOR LOW-LEVEL WATER TANK FLUSHING

XIAMEN AXENT CORPORATION ...

1. A drain valve for low-level water tank flushing, comprising a drain valve body, a low-level washing ring flushing device and a switch assembly, wherein,the drain valve body comprises a sealing assembly and a valve seat, the sealing assembly is arranged on the valve seat and configured to open or close a drain port of the valve seat;
the low-level washing ring flushing device comprises a water inlet and a water outlet, the water inlet is in communication with an outlet of a water inlet valve in a water tank;
the switch assembly comprises a switch member and a switch sheet, and the switch member controls the movement of the sealing assembly and opens or closes the drain port by controlling the movement of the sealing assembly, and the switch sheet is configured to switch between different communication states of the water inlet and the water outlet;
wherein the switch member is connected to the switch sheet by a connection member, and in the case that the switch member opens the sealing assembly under the action of an external force, the switch sheet is moved to allow a channel between the water inlet and the water outlet to switch from a small opening state to a large opening state.

US Pat. No. 10,246,862

FOG DISPOSAL ARTICLE

1. An article for disposing of fat, oil, and/or grease (FOG), the article comprising:a top opening defined by a perimeter rim, the perimeter rim configured for placement on at least a portion of a bottom surface of a sink surrounding a drain cavity having a first maximum width;
a body permanently attached to the perimeter rim and at least partially located below the perimeter rim and the top opening, an exterior of the body defined by a continuous FOG-impermeable membrane, at least a portion of which is concave and sized to fit within the drain cavity, which portion has a second maximum width less than the first maximum width of the drain cavity, and an interior of the body comprising absorbent material for absorbing the FOG.

US Pat. No. 10,246,861

POP-UP DRAIN ASSEMBLY

PF Waterworks LP, Housto...

1. A drain stopper, comprising:an elongated body having a longitudinal axis, the body comprising two or more longitudinal fins for centering the body in a drain pipe, wherein the fins project radially and define an outermost circumference of the body;
a cap on one end of the body for providing a seal;
a magnet holder extending longitudinally from one of the fins away from the cap end; and
a magnet or a magnetic material received in the magnet holder, wherein the magnet holder, the magnet or the magnetic material has an outer surface approximately and substantially aligned with the outermost circumference of the body, and wherein the magnet or magnetic material is elongated and has a longitudinal axis that is radially offset from and substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,860

SHOWER CLAMP STRUCTURE

1. A shower clamp structure, comprising a water intake hose, an adaptor, a connecting hose and a shower head with a handle, and the adaptor being installed at an end of the water intake hose, and a water outlet formed at a predetermined position of an external periphery of the adaptor and provided for installing an end of the connecting hose, and an free end of the connecting hose being coupled to the handle of the shower head, characterized in that the adaptor has a clamping structure disposed at an end without the water intake hose for clamping the shower head, and the clamping structure comprises a spiral spring, a gear with a pillar, two clamping members, a cover, and a screw locking member; the adaptor has a recession formed at an end of the adaptor for receiving the spiral spring, and an end of the spiral spring is fixed in the recession, and the protrusion of the gear is installed in the spiral spring, and the external periphery of the protrusion is provided for positioning the free end of the spiral spring free end, and the two clamping members have a protective plate each, and both opposite sides of the two protective plates have a plate each, and each plate has a rack facing a side of the gear, and each rack is engaged with the gear, and the cover has a guide slot formed on a side of the cover and facing the adaptor and provided for receiving the plates of the two clamping members, and the screw locking member is passed through the cover, the gear, and the spiral spring and screwed into the adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,246,859

HAND CLEANING SYSTEM

HOKWANG INDUSTRIES CO., L...

1. A hand cleaning system, comprising:four cleaning devices, each of the four cleaning devices comprising a detection element, the detection element generating an activation signal after being operated, each of the four cleaning devices being activated in response to the activation signal and providing a cleaning service, the cleaning services respectively provided by the four cleaning devices being different, the four cleaning devices sequentially being a soap dispenser, a water faucet, a hand dryer and a disinfectant liquid dispenser;
a sensing device, generating a procedure activation signal when an identification tag approaches; and
a control device, connected to each of the four cleaning devices and the sensing device; the control device set with procedure control data, and sequentially controlling each of the four cleaning devices, and outputting a simulated activation signal to each of the four cleaning devices through operating time data; the operating time data set according to the corresponding cleaning service; the procedure control data further comprising a minimum usage time condition defined on the basis of the operating time data; the control device having a first operation mode, in which the control device causes each of the four cleaning devices to be activated independently, and a second operation mode, in which the control device reads the procedure control data upon acquiring the procedure activation signal and temporarily controls the four cleaning devices to operate; wherein, in the second operation mode, the control device receives the activation signal generated by each of the detection elements, compares a generation time of the activation signal according to the minimum usage time condition, and re-activates the four cleaning devices if the generation time of the activation signal does not satisfy the minimum usage time condition.

US Pat. No. 10,246,858

MONITORING APPARATUS FOR A SANITARY INSTALLATION

Aquis Systems AG, Rebste...

1. A monitoring apparatus for a sanitary installation, the sanitary installation including at least a sanitary fitting having a water pipe with a discharge opening, a valve provided in the water pipe to turn water flow on and off to the water pipe, a controller adapted to control operation of the valve, an upper spatial region defined proximate to and below the discharge opening, and a lower spatial region defined proximate to and below the first spatial region, comprising a first sensor for monitoring the presence of a person in a first spatial region in the surroundings of the sanitary installation and a second sensor for monitoring a second spatial region in the surroundings of the sanitary installation, wherein the first sensor comprises an operating mode and a standby mode and the second sensor is embodied to switch the first sensor from the standby mode into the operating mode in the case of a predetermined detection, and a third sensor for detecting the person's hands in one of the upper spatial region or the lower spatial region, wherein the third sensor is adapted to send a signal, via the controller to the valve, to turn on water flow to the water pipe at a first water pressure when the third sensor detects the person's hands in the upper spatial region, and at a second water pressure greater than the first water pressure when the third sensor detects the person's hands in the lower spatial region.

US Pat. No. 10,246,857

DISTRIBUTING, OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE FOR TAPS

GRIFERIAS GROBER, S.L., ...

1. Distributing, opening and closing device for taps, characterised in that said device comprises an inlet chamber (2), a shower hose (9), a shower column/head (8), a first outlet chamber (3) to the shower column/head (8) or to the shower hose (9), a second outlet chamber (4) to the shower hose (9) or to the shower column/head (8), a discharge opening (5) located within said device and a water regulator (6) located within said device which incorporates the functions of opening, intermediate closing and closing/discharging the shower hose (9) or the shower column/head (8) in one single mechanism, said water regulator (6) being connected to the inlet or outlet chambers (2,3 and 4) of the distributing device, and being regulated via an actuating control (7-7.1) with several positions, depending on the actuating rotation, to divert the water to the corresponding outlet chamber (3-4) or discharge opening (5) of both, wherein the water regulator (6) comprises an inlet pipe (2.1), an outlet pipe (3.1) to the shower column/head or shower hose, an outlet pipe (4.1) to the shower hose or shower column/head, a discharge pipe (5.1) and ceramic discs (10) and wherein the ceramic discs (10) comprises a fixed part (10.1) and a rotating part (10.2), the fixed part (10.1) being configured by several straight through-openings configured around the external diameter of the same, positioning, in the top semicircle, an opening (12) intended for discharging and on either side, an elongated opening (13), one intended for the outlet of the flexible hose (9) and the other for the shower column/head (8), positioning in the bottom semicircle an elongated opening (14) of larger dimensions, taking up a large part of the semicircular surface, intended for the inlet of water.

US Pat. No. 10,246,856

FIXING DEVICE FOR FIXING A WEAR OR PROTECTION ELEMENT ON A BUCKET OF AN EARTH MOVING MACHINE AND CORRESPONDING FIXING METHOD AND WEAR OR PROTECTION SYSTEM

1. A fixing device for fixing a wear or protection element on a bucket of an earth moving machine, comprising:a base, where said base comprises a housing with a front wall and a rear wall, and where said rear wall has an access extending from said housing and defining a longitudinal axis,
a stop, with a lower part suitable for being housed in said housing,
a screw, with a first end provided with a head and a second end, and
elastic means,
the lower part of said stop being housed in said housing and said screw going through said access in a mounted position and one of said first end or second end being fixed on said stop, such that the other one of said first end or second end is located on the side of access opposite housing, and said elastic means are arranged between
[a] said head and said access, when said second end is fixed on said stop, or
[b] a nut arranged on said second end and said access, when said first end is fixed on said stop,
and said elastic means are partially compressed, said elastic means having a length of value L0 in the direction of said longitudinal axis when they are fully compressed,
said stop having a front face opposite said front wall and a rear face opposite said rear wall in said mounted position, an elastic force of said elastic means pushing said rear face towards said rear wall, and the distance between said front face and said front wall in the longitudinal direction having a value D1, the distance in the longitudinal direction, in said mounted position, between
[a] said head and said access, when said second end is fixed on said stop, or
[b] said nut arranged on said second end an said access, when said first end is fixed on said stop,
having a value D2,
and where D2?L0>D1 in said mounted position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,855

MATERIAL HANDLING MACHINE WITH BUCKET SHAKE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Wacker Neuson Production ...

1. A material handling machine:A. a mobile chassis;
B. a boom that is mounted on the chassis;
C. a bucket that is mounted on the boom;
D. a tilt cylinder that is connected to the bucket and that is selectively actuatable to tilt the bucket up and down relative to the boom, the tilt cylinder having a rod end and a barrel end; and
E. an electrohydraulic control system comprising
(1) a source of pressurized fluid source,
(2) a reservoir,
(3) an electronically actuated proportional control valve that is hydraulically coupled to the rod end of the tilt cylinder, the cylinder end of the tilt cylinder, the pressurized fluid source, and the reservoir,
(4) a manually operated bucket tilt controller,
(5) an electronic controller that is electronically coupled to the bucket tilt controller and to the proportional control valve and that is responsive to manual manipulation of the bucket tilt controller to control the proportional control valve to selectively and alternatively extend and retract the tilt cylinder, and
(6) a manually operated bucket shake control activation device that, upon activation thereof, overrides control of the proportional control valve from a standard control mode in which proportional flow control valve opening degree is dependent on the magnitude of bucket tilt controller movement from a neutral position thereof, to a bucket shake control mode in which proportional flow control valve opening degree is maximized at all magnitudes of bucket tilt controller movement from the neutral position thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,854

MATERIAL HANDLING MACHINE WITH RIDE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Wacker Neuson Production ...

1. A material handling machine, comprising:A. a mobile chassis;
B. a boom that is mounted on the chassis;
C. a load carrier that is mounted on the boom;
D. a lift cylinder that is connected to the boom and that is selectively actuatable to raise and lower the boom relative to the chassis; and
E. an electrohydraulic control system comprising
(1) a source of pressurized fluid that outputs a variable system pressure,
(2) a reservoir,
(3) an accumulator,
(4) a ride control command generator that is operable to switch between a standard mode of system operation and a ride control mode of system operation,
(5) an electronic controller that is electronically coupled to the ride control command generator, and
(6) a ride control valve assembly that is electronically coupled to the electronic controller and that is fluidically coupled to the accumulator, the reservoir, the source of pressurized fluid, and the lift cylinder, wherein the electronic controller is configured to control the ride control valve assembly to fluidically couple the accumulator to the source of pressurized fluid to charge the accumulator during the standard mode of system operation and to fluidically isolate the accumulator from the source of pressurized fluid and to fluidically couple the accumulator to the lift cylinder during the ride control mode of system operation, wherein the ride control valve assembly comprises a normally open two-way/two position solenoid activated valve that is deactivated during the standard mode of system operation to permit fluid flow therethrough from the pressurized fluid source to the accumulator and that is activated during the ride control mode of system operation to prevent fluid flow therethrough from the pressurized fluid source to the accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,246,853

MOBILE APPARATUS WITH OPERATING SYSTEM

1. Mobile apparatus comprising:a main frame provided with displacing means; and
a sub-frame connected rotatably to the main frame and an operating arm connected to the sub-frame, wherein the sub-frame is provided with a seating or standing location for a driver, operating instruments controllable by a driver, and a bus system connected to the operating instruments;
wherein the main frame is provided with a lifting device to which an implement is connected, wherein the lifting device comprises a lifting arm, and wherein the implement is coupled to the lifting arm;
wherein the mobile apparatus further comprises at least one drive configured for driving independently moving the lifting arm upward and downward with respect to the main frame and for operating the implement, and a control unit connected to the bus system for controlling said at least one drive on the basis of signals from the bus system such that the lifting device and the implement are independently controllable via the bus system using the operating instruments in the sub-frame such that a driver can control independently a first energy flow for moving the lifting arm upward and downward with respect to the main frame and a second energy flow for operating the implement connected to the lifting device, and
wherein said at least one drive comprises at least one energy source and at least one motor.

US Pat. No. 10,246,852

BOOM ASSEMBLY FOR A TRENCHER

Dewind One-Pass Trenching...

1. A boom assembly configured for use in association with a trencher,the trencher comprising:
a body with an arm extending away from the body and being pivotable relative to the body, the arm having a distal end with the boom assembly positioned at the distal end thereof,
the boom assembly comprising:
a boom frame member attached to the distal end of the arm of the trencher, the boom frame having a frame enclosure defining a cavity;
a boom drive assembly attached to the boom frame member, having an output shaft that is rotatably actuatable; and
a plurality of boom arm assemblies extending from the boom frame member, the plurality of boom arm assemblies including at least a first boom arm assembly and a second boom arm assembly,
the first boom arm assembly further including:
a first boom frame having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end positioned proximate the boom frame member, with the distal end spaced apart therefrom;
a first upper boom sprocket rotatably powered by the output shaft; and
a first cutting assembly having a first cutting chain formed in a loop between the proximal end and the distal end of the first boom frame, and which interacts with the first upper boom sprocket, so as to be driven thereby;
the second boom arm assembly further including:
a second boom frame having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end positioned proximate the boom frame member, with the distal end spaced apart therefrom;
a second upper boom sprocket rotatably powered by the output shaft; and
a second cutting assembly having a second cutting chain formed in a loop between the proximal end and the distal end of the second boom frame, and which interacts with the second upper boom sprocket, so as to be driven thereby,
wherein the output shaft and the first and second upper boom sprockets are positioned within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,246,851

HYDROVAC

1. A hydrovac having a chassis, a mud tank and water tank forming a mud tank and water tank assembly mounted on the chassis, a hydraulic lift assembly capable of raising the mud tank and water tank assembly through a dump angle, the mud tank having a floor and a rear, the floor of the mud tank deepening forwardly, the water tank being located under the mud tank, and a hatch for the mud tank being located at the rear of the mud tank.

US Pat. No. 10,246,850

EXPANDING MATERIAL BOX FOR EQUIPMENT

Meyer Products, LLC, Cle...

1. A material moving assembly, comprising:a center blade assembly having a center main blade, said center main blade having a curved plate structure, said center main blade having a pair of lateral ends;
at least one channel attached to a back side of said curved plate structure of said center main blade, said at least one channel extending to at least one of said pair of lateral ends of said center main blade, said at least one channel having a C-shaped cross sectional shape, said at least one channel and said center main blade defining a first gap at a lateral end of said at least one channel; and
at least one wing blade assembly having a wing blade, wherein said at least one wing blade assembly includes a wing blade slide that is slidably engaged with said at least one channel to adjust the width of the material box, whereby said wing blade is slidable in transverse directions, each said wing blade slide having a cross sectional shape which mates with and slides within said C-shaped cross sectional shape of a corresponding said at least one channel, and each said wing blade having a curvature that allows transverse sliding of the wing blade relative to the center main blade.

US Pat. No. 10,246,848

UPPER HINGE DESIGN FOR A BUCKET

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A work implement for use with a machine, the work implement comprising:a body that is configured to perform work and that includes a wall; and
a hinge attachment bracket that is attached to the wall and that comprises:
a substantial I-beam configuration that includes a first flange, a second flange, a web that connects the first flange to the second flange and that defines a boss that defines a pin receiving bore that establishes a radial direction and a longitudinal axis, wherein:
the first and second flanges merge toward each other tangentially forming a first extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,847

CLEANING DEVICE FOR CLEANING AN UNDERWATER GROUND-WORKING APPARATUS AND METHOD

BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH...

1. A cleaning device for cleaning an underwater ground-working apparatus, the cleaning device comprising:an enclosing body which extends substantially from a bottom of a body of water to above a water surface and encloses an inner space, wherein the inner space is configured so that a trench cutter or a drilling unit is movable within the inner space, and
a separating device, through which in the enclosing body an upper portion of the inner space is configured to be separated off to form a cleaning area, wherein the cleaning area is configured so that the trench cutter or the drilling unit is receivable within the cleaning area, and wherein the cleaning area is configured so that dirt is removable from the trench cutter or the drilling unit,
wherein the enclosing body has a telescopic portion, with which a length of the enclosing body is configured to be changed, and
wherein the separating device has at least one pivotably mounted separating flap, which is configured to be pivoted between a side open position and a separating position, in which the at least one pivotably mounted separating flap blocks off an upper cleaning area from a lower inner space of the enclosing body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,846

INTERCONNECTABLE HOLLOW STEEL PIPE FOR CONSTRUCTING FORCE DRIVEN PILES AND THE METHOD OF FORMING THE PILE

Brooke DeSantis, Montrea...

1. An interconnectable hollow metal pipe for the construction of force driven piles, said hollow metal pipe being comprised by: an elongated hollow metal pipe of predetermined length having a pipe connector, said pipe connector having a fitment section for connection in one of opposed hollow transverse ends of said hollow metal pipe for securing said pipe connector in said one of said hollow opposed transverse ends, the other of said opposed hollow transverse ends being a hollow transverse end, said pipe connector having a protruding pipe connecting section dimensioned for sliding fit in said other hollow transverse end of another of said hollow metal pipe, said pipe connector also having a flat transverse metal connector disc secured intermediate said fitment section and said protruding pipe connection section, said connector disc having an outer circumferential edge shaped for flush fit with an outer surface of said hollow metal pipe, and at least two spaced-apart weld cavities formed in said outer circumferential edge adjacent said outer surface of said elongated hollow metal pipe, said weld cavities each configured to have formed therein a weld not exceeding said outer surface of said hollow metal pipe to interconnect said weld cavities and said connector disc with a transverse end wall of said hollow metal pipe to provide an unobstructed pile outer surface comprised of two or more of said hollow metal pipes interconnected end-to-end by at least one of said pipe connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,246,845

PILE REPAIR APPARATUS

4D Tech Solutions, Inc., ...

1. A pile repair apparatus, comprising:a clamp for securing the pile repair apparatus to a pile to be repaired;
a friction member positioned along an inner surface of the clamp;
a platform connected to and extending across a top surface of the clamp; and
a flotation member secured to a top surface of the platform, wherein the flotation member is compressible.

US Pat. No. 10,246,844

EQUIPMENT PAD WITH EROSION CONTROL

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

1. An apparatus configured for support of equipment and for transport from factory to field, the apparatus comprising:(a) an equipment support pad comprising:
(i) a top surface;
(ii) a bottom surface configured to bear the support pad above ground; and
(iii) side walls that meet, thereby defining at least one side corner that runs from the top surface to the bottom surface; and
(b) an erosion control barrier joined to the equipment support pad and having an unjoined portion that extends outward from the equipment support pad, wherein the erosion control barrier is configured to fold up or down outside a perimeter of the bottom surface prior to installation of the equipment support pad above the ground;
wherein the erosion control barrier is further configured to be manipulated into an erosion-resisting configuration around the at least one side corner after the equipment support pad is placed above ground that is subject to erosion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,843

FILLABLE BARRIER BAG

1. A door barrier bag, comprising:at least one loading cell, wherein said at least one loading cell includes a bottom panel and a plurality of side panels creating an open-top internal space capable of receiving flowable fill material;
a first end panel and a second end panel at opposing longitudinal ends of said barrier bag; and
a substantially open-ended receiving cell at said second end panel of the barrier bag configured to removably attach to the first end panel of an additional barrier bag by a removable strap extending from a lid of the door barrier bag to an interior end wall of the additional barrier bag having a strap receiving structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,842

WATER BARRIER, IN PARTICULAR A DIKE

DESSO SPORTS B.V., PA Wa...

1. A water barrier, comprising an inner slope, a crown and an outer slope, wherein the outer slope is located on the waterside, characterized in that a natural vegetation of at least one of the elements of inner slope, crown and outer slope is provided with fibers inserted into said vegetation,characterized in that said fibers are arranged in mutually adjacent rows, wherein the distance between the rows lies in the range of 10-50 mm, and wherein the mutual distance between fibers in a row amounts to 10-50 mm,
characterized in that the mutually adjacent rows are offset from each other so that the fibers are placed at the corner points of an imaginary equilateral triangle with sides of 10-50 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,246,841

SYSTEM FOR AERATION AND SEPERATION OF CONTAMINANTS FROM FLOWING WATER

1. A system for aeration and separation of contaminants from flowing water that provides clean water and reduces contamination in a channel of flowing water, said system comprising:a. a wall (1) partially embedded in the channel of flowing water;
b. a mesh (4) placed above said wall (1);
d. a plurality of baffles (3, 5) partially embedded in said channel and placed opposite to each other in such manner so as to increase the distance travelled by said water;
f. plants or algae planted around and on said baffles (3, 5);
h. a flooring (6) sloping towards flowing water direction;
i. a sink (2) constructed at a depth lower than said flooring (6); and
j. a water wheel (11) placed in flowing water.

US Pat. No. 10,246,840

ONE-PIECE BASE ASSEMBLY

Traffic Management Produc...

1. A self-righting and self-fronting base assembly for supporting an item of street furniture or a barrier, the base assembly comprising a base mounting portion and an elongate street furniture receiving portion projecting from the base mounting portion, wherein the base assembly is formed as a monolithic component from a polyurethane polymer, and the base mounting portion comprises one or more fixing elements, the base assembly further comprising an intermediate portion located between the street furniture receiving portion and the base mounting portion, wherein the intermediate portion has a minimum width which is greater than the corresponding width of the street furniture receiving portion, and the base mounting portion extends outwards from the intermediate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,839

WORKSTATION FOR FLAGMAN

NOVA Chemicals Inc., Moo...

1. A flagman workstation, rectangular in shape, comprising a base; front, rear, left and right sides; a top surface and a bottom surface;wherein the base comprises an expandable polymer matrix comprising an interpolymer of a polyolefin and in situ polymerized vinyl aromatic monomers having a density of at least 5 kg/m3;
wherein the height of the top surface, measured from the bottom surface to the top surface is from about 1.25 cm to about 15 cm (6 inches);
wherein the front side and the rear side each have a length of from 50 to 152 cm and the left side and the right side each have a length of from 40 to 140 cm;
wherein a water-resistant coating comprising polyurea, polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, polybutene, polyisobutylene, poly(meth)acrylates, epoxy resin and combinations thereof, is applied to at least a portion of a surface of the base of the flagman workstation;
wherein the top surface includes a locator recess molded into and adapted to accept a non-slip surface; and
wherein a non-slip surface is affixed to the locator recess.

US Pat. No. 10,246,837

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CUTTING LINEAR TRENCHES IN CONCRETE

Alexander Lorenz, Wycoff...

1. An apparatus for cutting linear trenches in a concrete ground surface, the apparatus comprising:a portable frame including at least two ground engaging elongated bars disposed for extending along the concrete ground surface in spaced parallel relation to one another, said bars including a plurality of demarcations and/or slots disposed in spaced relation along lengths thereof, and an elongated track member extending orthogonally relative to said bars, the track member being removably fastened at a proximal end thereof to one of said bars and being removable fastened at a distal end thereof to another of said bars, wherein the track member is selectively movable between a plurality of positions defined by said demarcations and/or slots;
a tool trolley movably engaged with said track member, wherein said tool trolley is configured for moving in a cutting direction along said track member between said proximal end and said distal end;
a motor-driven ground-engageable cutting wheel supported by said tool trolley, said cutting wheel having a cutting wheel axis of rotation being substantially orthogonal to said cutting direction;
a depth adjuster disposed on said tool trolley, the depth adjuster configured to alternately lower and raise the cutting wheel relative to said tool trolley to respectively engage and disengage the cutting wheel from the concrete ground surface; and
the tool trolley being configured to follow contours of the concrete ground surface during said moving, wherein when engaged with the concrete ground surface, the cutting wheel cuts a kerf of substantially uniform depth relative to said contours.

US Pat. No. 10,246,836

COLD IN-PLACE RECYCLING WITH IN-LINE HEATER FOR ASPHALT CEMENT

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A CIR train that is adapted to traverse a roadway of asphalt pavement in order to recycle and repair the asphalt paving material comprising the asphalt pavement, said CIR train comprising:(a) a milling machine for milling the asphalt paving material and removing said asphalt paving material from the roadway;
(b) a vehicle comprising an asphalt cement supply tank;
(c) a mechanism for dispensing asphalt cement onto asphalt paving material that has been removed from the roadway;
(d) a heater that is in fluid communication with the asphalt cement supply tank and the mechanism for dispensing asphalt cement on the asphalt paving material that has been removed from the roadway, said heater:
(i) being adapted to heat the asphalt cement from the asphalt cement supply tank prior to said asphalt cement being dispensed on the asphalt paving material that has been removed from the roadway;
(ii) comprising a burner assembly that burns fuel in air to create hot gases of combustion;
(iii) including a first heating chamber that includes a plurality of fluid passages through which asphalt cement may pass, which fluid passages are contacted by the hot gases of combustion from the burner assembly;
(iv) including a second heating chamber that is disposed around the first heating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,246,835

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SPREADING CHIPS ON ROADWAY USING FOAMED ASPHALT CEMENT

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. A chip sealing train for use in carrying out a chip sealing operation on a roadway, said chip sealing train comprising:(a) a chip supply dump truck having a front end and a rear end, and further comprising a dump bed that is adapted to carry stone chips, said dump bed being adapted to be raised so that stone chips carried therein will slide out of the dump bed;
(b) an asphalt cement supply truck that is adapted to carry liquid asphalt cement, said asphalt cement supply truck comprising an asphalt cement supply tank;
(c) a chip spreader which:
(i) includes a receiving hopper for receiving the stone chips from the raised dump bed of the chip supply dump truck;
(ii) includes a spreader assembly which is adapted to dispense the stone chips onto the roadway;
(iii) includes a conveyor assembly for conveying the stone chips from the receiving hopper to the spreader assembly;
(d) a water tank;
(e) a foam dispersal assembly comprising:
(i) a foaming chamber;
(ii) an asphalt cement supply line that is in fluid communication with the asphalt cement supply tank and the foaming chamber;
(iii) an asphalt cement pump for pumping asphalt cement from the asphalt cement supply tank into the foaming chamber;
(iv) a water supply line that is in fluid communication with the water tank and the foaming chamber;
(v) a water pump for pumping water from the water tank into the foaming chamber;
(vi) a spray bar that is adapted to dispense foamed asphalt cement from the foaming chamber onto the surface of the roadway in front of the spreader assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,834

TAMPER BAR AND WEAR PLATE FOR SCREED ASSEMBLY OF PAVING MACHINE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A screed assembly for a paving machine, the screed assembly comprising:a screed frame;
a screed plate attached to the screed frame;
a wear plate attached to the screed frame;
a tamper bar mounted to the screed frame and configured for up and down reciprocating motion relative to the screed frame;
a heating element mounted at least partially within a recess formed within the tamper bar, wherein at least a portion of the heating element extends through a bore formed in the tamper bar, and wherein the portion of the heating element extending through the bore formed in the tamper bar is clamped between a clamping plate extending along a top surface of the heating element and a thermally conductive insert positioned below the heating element in the bore and configured to provide a thermal conductive path between the heating element and the tamper bar; and
an eccentric drive mechanism mounted on the screed frame and configured for driving the tamper bar up and down in a reciprocating manner relative to the screed frame;
a bottom portion of the tamper bar configured to slide along the wear plate, which is attached to the screed frame in between the screed frame and the reciprocating tamper bar; and
the tamper bar including at least two intersecting chamfered surfaces with different angles from each other and relative to the screed plate at a leading edge of the tamper bar facing in a direction of travel of the paving machine as the paving machine is applying paving material to a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,833

ASPHALT PAVING MACHINE OPERATIONAL REPORTING SYSTEM

Roadtec, Inc., Chattanoo...

1. An asphalt paving machine comprising:(a) a drive system that is operated to move the paving machine across a surface to be paved;
(b) an asphalt receiving hopper which is adapted to receive asphalt paving material;
(c) a distributing auger;
(d) a hopper conveyor that is adapted to transport the asphalt paving material from the asphalt receiving hopper to the distributing auger, said hopper conveyor comprising:
(i) a hopper conveyor motor;
(ii) a speed sensor that is associated with the hopper conveyor motor and adapted to measure the rate of rotation of the hopper conveyor motor;
(e) a vertically-adjustable flow gate that is associated with the hopper conveyor and adapted to define the size of the gate opening from the asphalt receiving hopper to the distributing auger, said flow gate further comprising a flow gate position sensor that is adapted to determine the vertical position of the flow gate;
(f) a controller including a timer, said controller being:
(i) operatively connected to the drive system for moving the paving machine across the surface to be paved and adapted to receive a machine speed signal indicating the speed at which the paving machine is moving across the surface to be paved;
(ii) operatively connected to the speed sensor that is associated with the hopper conveyor motor and adapted to receive a conveyor speed signal indicating the speed of the hopper conveyor;
(iii) operatively connected to the flow gate position sensor and adapted to receive a flow gate signal indicating the vertical position of the flow gate;
(iv) adapted to use the machine speed signal, the conveyor speed signal and the flow gate signal to measure the amount of asphalt paving material delivered to the distributing auger per unit of time;
(g) a material sensor that is attached to the vertically-adjustable flow gate, said material sensor:
(i) being operatively connected to the controller and adapted to signal to the controller if asphalt paving material is passing under the flow gate;
(ii) having an arm that extends below the bottom of the flow gate, said arm being adapted to pivot upwardly when asphalt paving material is struck off by the flow gate;
(iii) having a switch that is configured to be actuated when the arm of the material sensor pivots upwardly in order to signal the controller that asphalt paving material is passing under the flow gate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,832

ROAD PAVER WITH WATER FOG SPRAY DEVICE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A road paver comprising:a screed assembly configured to lay a mat of paving material;
a tank configured to store a coolant,
a spray device configured to spray the coolant from the tank in proximity of the screed assembly of the road paver, and
a pump configured to receive the coolant from the tank and convey the coolant to the spray device,
wherein the coolant sprayed from the spray device includes a water fog.

US Pat. No. 10,246,831

SYNTHETIC ICE PANEL

1. A synthetic ice panel system for use on a ground surface, comprising:a plurality of substantially flat panels, each panel having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a peripheral edge having a plurality of interlocking tabs and recesses formed uniformly about an outer peripheral interlocking perimeter thereof, the plurality of interlocking tabs and recesses operative to mutually interlock with adjacent such panels, the bottom surface adapted for resting on the ground surface, each panel infused with a lubricant; and
an exercise attachment assembly having two side engagement members and an elongated foot stop member, the side engagement members each adapted to interlock with a recess or tab of one of the panels and support the elongated foot stop member above the panel, whereby a foot or ice skate is operable to be fixed between the panel and the foot stop to hold the foot/ice skate in place while a person performs exercises;
whereby when the plurality of panels are supported on the ground surface and mutually interlocked, the panels can be used as a rink for ice skating.

US Pat. No. 10,246,830

RAILROAD TRACK TOOL APPARATUS

1. A railroad track tool apparatus for clamping to a rail of a railroad track, the rail comprising an upper portion, an elongated central portion, and a lower portion, the railroad track tool apparatus comprising:a clamp assembly moveable between a clamped position and an unclamped position, the clamp assembly comprising:
a first bearing structure configured to engage an upper side of the upper portion of the rail; and
second and third bearing structures configured to engage an underside of the upper portion of the rail on opposite sides of the elongated central portion of the rail when the clamp assembly is in the clamped position, the clamp assembly moveable along the rail; and
a coupling connected with the clamp assembly and configured to couple the clamp assembly to a tool.

US Pat. No. 10,246,828

SANITARY TISSUE PRODUCTS

1. A sanitary tissue product roll comprising a multi-ply sanitary tissue product comprising a plurality of pulp fibers, wherein the multi-ply sanitary tissue product exhibits a Compressibility of greater than 34 mils/(log(g/in2)) as measured according to the Stack Compressibility Test Method, a Plate Stiffness of less than 3.75 N*mm as measured according to the Plate Stiffness Test Method, and a Slip Stick Coefficient of Friction of less than 500 (COF*10000) as measured according to the Slip Stick Coefficient of Friction Test Method.

US Pat. No. 10,246,827

UPPER REEL HOOD FOR THROUGH-AIR DRYING MACHINE

Brunn Air Systems, Inc., ...

1. A dust hood, comprising:a hood body that tapers down in height from a first end face toward a second end face, and includes a substantially vertical back face and an angled front face connected between the first and second end faces;
an outlet in a bottom or back face of the hood body proximate to the first end face;
an inlet provided in the angled front face of the hood body, the inlet increasing from a minimum height closest to the outlet to a maximum height farthest from the outlet, such that the inlet is broadest where the hood body is shortest and narrowest.

US Pat. No. 10,246,826

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MACHINE FOR PRODUCING AND/OR PROCESSING A MATERIAL WEB

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method operating a machine for at least one of produce and processing a material web, the machine comprising at least one drive unit with a drive motor and a converter, the method comprising:supplying a first drive unit via an assigned converter with a current having a basic waveform continuous movement of the material web;
capturing a vibration propagating over the material web during the movement of the material web via a first drive unit;
measuring the vibration of the material web by a converter of the first drive unit and transforming the measured vibration into an electrical measurement signal;
evaluating the electrical measurement signal via an evaluation device to determine a presence of a signature which differs from the basic waveform of the current for the continuous movement of the material web; and
identifying that a web tear has occurs if the signature propagating over the material web is missing during the evaluation of the electrical measurement signal.

US Pat. No. 10,246,825

SUPPORTING MECHANISM FOR A PAPERMAKING MACHINE DEWATERING BLADE

Andritz Inc., Glens Fall...

1. A pneumatically actuated moveable doctoring device for a paper machine forming section, the device comprising:a base member adapted to be supported by a papermaking machine structure;
a blade support with a fabric contact element;
a single pneumatic air tube having first and second attachments on opposing sides of the pneumatic air tube, the first attachment engages the base member and the second attachment engages the blade support, the pneumatic air tube being configured for connection to a pressurized air source and a vacuum source to extend or retract the blade support relative to the base member; and
a linkage arrangement connected between the blade support and the base member, the linkage arrangement including at least first and second links located between the base member and the blade support, the links each having a pivotal connection to the base member and provide for a fixed orientation of the blade support relative to the base member as the pneumatic air tube extends the blade support or retracts the blade support guided by the linkage arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,246,824

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus comprising:a drum unit including a screen with numerous apertures through which airborne material including at least fiber passes, and a cylinder section without apertures, disposed to a rotating cylinder, the screen having an outer peripheral surface, the cylinder section having an outer peripheral surface, a first radial dimension from an axis of rotation of the drum unit to the outer peripheral surface of the cylinder section being equal to a second radial dimension from the axis of rotation of the drum unit to the outer peripheral surface of the screen;
a housing unit that has at least a pair of wall portions that oppose each other in a direction along the axis of rotation of the drum unit and that enclose the screen of the drum unit inside, at least the pair of the wall portions contacting the outer peripheral surface of the cylinder section;
a stationary flange unit that is disposed inside the cylinder section does not rotate, and overlaps with the cylinder section in a direction perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the drum unit; and
a fuser unit that applies heat and pressure to material that has passed through the apertures to form a sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,246,820

INDIGO-DERIVATIVES AS IRREVERSIBLE COLOR CHANGEABLE DYES FOR TEXTILE MATERIALS AND PROCESS FOR DYEING TEXTILE MATERIALS

Sanko Tekstil Isletmeleri...

1. A process for dyeing textile materials, said process comprising applying an indigo-derivative of formula (I)
wherein
R1, R2, R3 and R4 each represent a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom, provided that R1, R2, R3 and R4 are not all hydrogen atoms and
R5 and R6 each represent a hydrogen atom or a tert-butoxycarbonyl group, provided that R5 and R6 are not both hydrogen,
onto a textile material.

US Pat. No. 10,246,816

STEAM IRON WITH PRESSURIZED WATER RESERVOIR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A steam iron for treating garments, comprising:a heel to rest the steam iron on a supporting surface (S) when the steam iron is not treating garments;
a pressurisation unit having a chamber, the chamber comprising a water inlet for receiving water and a water outlet, the pressurisation unit comprising a mechanical energy storing element coupled to a pusher element for inducing the storage of mechanical energy in the mechanical energy storing element, the pressurization unit being adapted to:
a) in a rest position (P1) where the heel is placed on the supporting surface (S), generate an air vacuum in the chamber to draw water into the chamber via the water inlet due to the pusher element pushing against the mechanical energy storing element,
b) in a lifted position (P2) where the heel is not placed on the supporting surface (S), pressurise the water drawn in the chamber using energy stored in the mechanical energy storing element when in the rest position (P1);
a steam engine for generating steam from water towards the garments; and
a water output channel for carrying water under pressure from the water outlet to the steam engine.

US Pat. No. 10,246,815

STEAM IRON HEAD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A steam iron head, comprising:a soleplate panel including
an ironing plate through which steam is discharged from the steam iron head, and
a main body having a base wall and a cover on the soleplate panel, the base wall and cover being separated by outer side walls and inner side walls extending therebetween to define a steam pathway from a stream inlet through a non-cyclonic first steam flow section and a cyclonic second steam flow section to the ironing plate;
wherein the non-cyclonic first steam flow section defines an indirect, non-cyclonic, flow path between the steam inlet and the cyclonic second steam flow section, said indirect flow path being formed by said inner side walls that act as baffles to direct fluid through the non-cyclonic first steam flow section along a labyrinthine path around the baffles and in a direction that remains parallel to the base wall and the cover; and
wherein the cyclonic second steam flow section; defines a cyclonic flow path between the non-cyclonic first steam flow section and the ironing plate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,814

BUFFERING DEVICE IN AUTOMATIC CLOTH FEEDER

TOTOFOLDER MANUFACTURING ...

1. A buffering device in an automatic cloth feeder comprising:a cloth supply section that can supply a quantity of cloth exceeding a processing quantity of feeding so as to proceed with feeding in the automatic cloth feeder without congestion in the automatic cloth feeder performing a process in which the cloth is introduced to a feeding conveyor at a substantially central portion in a carrying direction, right and left trailing end portions of the cloth are crumpled from the right and left sides by guide members, the cloth is held in a deposition section, and the cloth is fed into the process,
wherein a cloth standby section in which the cloth to be carried stands by temporarily is set at a preceding stage of the feeding conveyor and at a following stage thereof; and
wherein a straightening unit is provided at the following stage of the feeding conveyor in order to cause the cloth held in the deposition section to be in a straightened state by pulling the cloth to the right and left sides, and the straightening unit is arranged at a plurality of places so as to be the cloth standby section.

US Pat. No. 10,246,813

METHOD FOR DRYING ARTICLES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry drying applicator to dry an article, comprising:a support element;
a first anode element and a first cathode element;
a second anode element capacitively coupled with the first anode element and operably separated by at least a portion of the support element, and having a first base from which extends a first plurality of teeth; and a first plurality of tabs on at least some of the first plurality of teeth;
a second cathode element capacitively coupled with the first cathode element and operably separated by at least a portion of the support element and having a second base from which extends a second plurality of teeth and a second plurality of tabs on at least some of the second plurality of teeth wherein the first and second plurality of teeth are interdigitally arranged; and
a radio frequency (RF) generator coupled with the first anode element and the first cathode element and operable to energize the first anode element and the first cathode element;
wherein upon energization of the first anode element and the first cathode element by the RF generator, the capacitive coupling of the second anode element and the second cathode element generates a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field) in the radio frequency spectrum, operable to dielectrically heat liquid within an article on the support element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,812

PORTABLE AND VERSATILE DRYING RACK

1. A portable and versatile drying rack comprising:a U-shaped bracket;
a first support arm;
a second support arm;
a drying rod;
a first locking hinge;
a second locking hinge;
the U-shaped bracket comprising a first leg, a second leg, and an interconnecting rod;
the first support arm and the second support arm being positioned parallel and offset to each other;
the first support arm being terminally mounted to the first leg through the first locking hinge;
the second support arm being terminally to the second leg through the second locking hinge;
the drying rod and the U-shaped bracket being positioned opposite to the each other, across the first support arm and the second support arm;
the drying rod being perpendicularly connected in between the first support arm and the second support arm;
the first locking hinge comprising a cylindrical body, a body-receiving cavity, a plurality of first semi-annular ramps, a plurality of second semi-annular ramps and an elastic coupler, the cylindrical body being positioned in between the first leg and the second leg, the cylindrical body being connected adjacent and perpendicular to the first leg, the body-receiving cavity laterally traversing into the first support arm opposite the second support arm, the plurality of first semi-annular ramps being radially distributed about the cylindrical body, each of the plurality of first semi-annular ramps being terminally connected to the cylindrical body opposite the first leg, the plurality of second semi-annular ramps being radially distributed about the body-receiving cavity, each of the plurality of second semi-annular ramps being connected to the first leg, the cylindrical body being slidably and rotatably mounted within the body-receiving cavity, the plurality of first semi-annular ramps being pressed against the plurality of second semi-annular ramps by the elastic coupler; and
the second locking hinge comprising a cylindrical body, a body-receiving cavity, a plurality of first semi-annular ramps, a plurality of second semi-annular ramps and an elastic coupler, the cylindrical body being positioned in between the first leg and the second leg, the cylindrical body being connected adjacent and perpendicular to the second leg, the body-receiving cavity laterally traversing into the second support arm opposite the first support arm, the plurality of first semi-annular ramps being radially distributed about the cylindrical body, each of the plurality of first semi-annular ramps being terminally connected to the cylindrical body opposite the second leg, the plurality of second semi-annular ramps being radially distributed about the body-receiving cavity, each of the plurality of second semi-annular ramps being connected to the second leg, the cylindrical body being slidably and rotatably mounted within the body-receiving cavity, and the plurality of first semi-annular ramps being pressed against the plurality of second semi-annular ramps by the elastic coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,246,811

WASHING MACHINE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A washing machine comprising:a first cabinet having a first opening at an upper side of the first cabinet to receive laundry in a top-loading manner;
an outer door configured to open and close the first opening;
a first tub configured to contain water and having an opening corresponding to the first opening;
an inner door configured to open and close the opening of the first tub;
a first drum disposed in the first tub and configured to be rotatable on a first axis substantially perpendicular to the upper side of the first cabinet;
a reflector disposed on an inner circumference of the first opening such that an interior of the first drum is visible from an outside of the washing machine through the reflector;
a drive unit configured to supply driving power to the first drum to rotate the first drum;
a second cabinet disposed below the first cabinet and having a second opening at a front side of the second cabinet to receive laundry in a front-loading manner;
a second tub configured to contain water and having an opening corresponding to the second opening; and
a second drum disposed in the second tub and configured to be rotatable on a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,246,810

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE AND BACKSPLASH ASSEMBLY

HAIER US APPLIANCES SOLUT...

1. A washing machine defining a lateral direction, a transverse direction, and a vertical direction that are mutually orthogonal, the washing machine comprising:a cabinet defining an opening and including a backsplash bracket having a predefined footprint, the backsplash bracket including a first support deck and a second support deck, the first support deck having a planar top surface defining a rear portion of the opening, the second support deck also having a planar top surface, the planar top surface of the second support deck positioned beneath the planar top surface of the first support deck along the vertical direction;
a basket mounted within the cabinet, the basket defining a wash chamber beneath the opening to receive one or more clothing articles to be washed; and
a backsplash positioned over the predefined footprint, the backsplash including a first engagement hook disposed on the first support deck and a second engagement hook disposed on the second support deck such that the first and second engagement hooks mount the backsplash to the backsplash bracket,
wherein the second support deck includes a left support portion and a right support portion, and wherein the first support deck extends in the lateral direction from the left support portion to the right support portion such that the first support deck separates the left support portion from the right support portion along the lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,809

WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME USING AN AC MOTOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A washing machine comprising:an alternating current (AC) motor configured to generate torque;
a clutch assembly configured to selectively transfer the torque to a rotating tub and a pulsator;
a speed detector configured to detect a rotary speed of the clutch assembly; and
a controller configured to repetitively perform operating and stopping the operation of the AC motor based on a predetermined target speed and the rotary speed of the clutch assembly during a spin-drying operation,
wherein the controller is configured to gradually increase the torque of the AC motor while operating the AC motor during the spin-drying operation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,808

LAUNDRY TREATING MACHINE WITH HIGH FREQUENCY DRYING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment machine comprising:a main body comprising a drum rotatably disposed therein;
a pedestal supporting the main body and providing a certain drying space that receives a drying subject;
a high frequency drying apparatus comprising an anode to which a high frequency is applied and a cathode electrically insulated from the anode to form an oscillation electric field between the anode and the cathode inside the drying space, and
a variable impedance configured to control an intensity of the oscillation electric field formed between the anode and the cathode, the variable impedance provided adjacent to the pedestal such that heat generated upon application of an electric current is transmitted into the pedestal,
wherein the pedestal comprises:
a storage having an open upper surface such that the drying subject is received into the storage through the open upper surface; and
a housing configured to receive the storage therein in a withdrawable manner, wherein the anode is formed on a surface of the housing arranged over the upper surface of the storage and facing a bottom surface of the storage, wherein the storage serves as the cathode, and wherein the variable impedance is provided over a bottom of the main body and heat generated from the impedance is transmitted to the storage by conduction through the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,807

COMPOSITE WARM-KEEPING TEXTILE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. A method for manufacturing a composite warm-keeping textile structure, comprising the steps of:(a) applying an elastic gripper-puffing mechanism to perform a plurality of puffing operations upon a plurality of opened cotton fibers in a puffing work area so as to form at least one puffy fiber agglomerate;
(b) applying the elastic gripper-puffing mechanism to grab a plurality of unit fiber agglomerates from the puffy fiber agglomerate and further to drop the plurality of unit fiber agglomerates onto a first cloth layer prepared on an operational platform;
(c) vibrating the operational platform so as to have the plurality of unit fiber agglomerates to be evenly distributed over the first cloth layer, so that the plurality of unit fiber agglomerates is formed as a fiber agglomerate distribution layer adhered onto the first cloth layer; and
(d) having a second cloth layer to cover and be adhered to the fiber agglomerate distribution layer, so that the first cloth layer and the second cloth layer clamps together the fiber agglomerate distribution layer in between to forming a composite warm-keeping textile structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,805

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN FILTER ELEMENTS OF PRESS FILTER AND PRESS FILTER COMPRISING THE SAME

FAIRTECH INVESTMENT LIMIT...

1. A connector assembly for fastening filter elements onto a supporting plate of a press filter, the connector assembly comprising:a first cylindrical core;
a first flange extending outward circumferentially and vertically from one end of the first cylindrical core, the first flange being in connection with a respective filter element;
a second cylindrical core; and
a second flange extending outward circumferentially and vertically from one end of the second cylindrical core, the second flange being in connection with the respective filter element;
wherein the first cylindrical core is shaped and dimensioned such that the first cylindrical core passes through and is meshed with a central through hole of the supporting plate, and the second cylindrical core is shaped and dimensioned such that the second cylindrical core passes through and is meshed with the first cylindrical core, and wherein the first cylindrical core has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the central through hole of the supporting plate; and
wherein both the first cylindrical core and the first flange and both the second cylindrical core and the second flange are respectively molded as one piece from a stand-alone non-woven needle-punch fabric having a gram weight ranging from 250 g/m2 to 3000 g/m2, which is self-sustaining and has shape maintenance, and is moldable, said non-woven needle-punch fabric is configured to be molded into a desired shape, and persistently retaining said desired shape under an external pressure after the non-woven needle-punch fabric is molded, such that the connector assembly molded from the non-woven needle-punch fabric maintains its shape without any support;
wherein said stand-alone non-woven needle-punch fabric is made of at least first and second fibers, the melting point of said first fiber being less than that of said second fiber, wherein the first fiber is rendered to become molten, wherein the nonwoven fabric consists of a single layer of fiber formed by evenly blending the first fiber and the second fiber, wherein said first fiber has a melting point ranging from 115° C. to 130° C., and said second fiber has a melting point ranging from 180° C. to 230° C.

US Pat. No. 10,246,804

BRAIDING MACHINE

FUSE LONDON LTD, London ...

1. A braiding machine, comprising:a set of strand shuttles, each of the set of the strand shuttles having a strand holder positioned for holding a strand of flexible material and for dispensing the strand of flexible material under tension;
a strand retractor positioned to releasably securely receive and retract the strands from the strand shuttles;
a plurality of shuttle stations at which the strand shuttles can be parked, the plurality of shuttle stations being arranged in a circuit;
a carousel that is rotatable relative to the plurality of the shuttle stations;
a drive arrangement coupled to the carousel to drive the carousel to rotate in a first direction; and
at least one shuttle carriage rotatably mounted on the carousel and being driven by the rotation of the carousel in the first direction to rotate in a second direction opposite the first direction, the at least one shuttle carriage, when driven, repeatedly selecting an immediately previously unselected at least one of the set of the strand shuttles and moving the immediately previously unselected at least one of the set of the strand shuttles from an associated at least one of the plurality of the shuttle stations to another at least one of the plurality of the shuttle stations along the circuit so as to braid the strands of flexible material.

US Pat. No. 10,246,803

KNITTED WIRE CARRIER FOR WEATHER SEAL INSERT SUPPORT WITH LOCKSTITCHED REINFORCING WIRE

Hope Global, Division of ...

1. A knitted wire carrier for use in a weather seal comprising:a wire weft formed in a serpentine pattern and defining a width between alternating edge bends perpendicular to an elongated length;
a plurality of knitted warp yarns extending in the direction of the elongated length and located at positions along the width of the wire weft; and
at least a first compression and expansion-resisting wire knitted as a lockstitch to at least one of the warp yarns.

US Pat. No. 10,246,802

FABRIC FOR ROOFING MEMBRANE HAVING EDGE MADE OF LOW-MELTING YARN

BOOYOUNG TEXTILE CO., LTD...

1. A fabric for a roofing membrane adapted to waterproof a roof of a building, the fabric comprising:warp and weft yarns laid on each other on a front side and a back side thereof in such a manner as to have numbers and lengths corresponding to an area of the fabric, the warp and weft yarns being of a polyethylene terephthalate material of between 800 and 1500 deniers;
ground yarns wound around one side of the warp yarn and around another side of the warp yarn in a zigzag form in such a manner as to interlace the weft yarn, the ground yearns being of a polyethylene terephthalate material of between 50 and 100 deniers; and
finishing yarns arranged on edges thereof to allow the ground yarns to be arranged therebetween, upper loops and lower loops being formed alternately on the warp yarns where the ground yarns, the finishing yarns, or the ground yarn and the finishing yarn are laid on each other,
wherein the finishing yarns are melted by ultrasonic waves and are fixedly attached to the warp and weft yarns, wherein the warp and weft yarns and the ground yarns protruding from the melted finishing yarns are cut.

US Pat. No. 10,246,801

METHOD AND MACHINE FOR PRODUCING A WOVEN STRUCTURE

ETS A. DESCHAMPS ET FILS,...

1. Method for producing a woven structure comprising at least one woven wall, wherein the following steps are carried out:a) weaving at least one first portion of said woven structure, said first portion comprising warp threads and weft threads intertwined according to the fundamental weave of each portion of woven wall corresponding to this first portion,
b) stopping the introduction of the weft threads after the insertion of a weft thread associated with the positioning of at least one elongated element in said woven structure, with this weft thread being intertwined with the warp threads of each portion of woven wall according to the fundamental weave of said portion of wall,
c) said at least one elongated element having a longitudinal axis, introducing each elongated element between the warp threads defining with the associated said weft thread, the position of insertion of this elongated element into the woven structure, with the longitudinal axis of said elongated element cutting the plane parallel to the warp threads of each portion of wall into which said elongated element is introduced,
d) maintaining in position each elongated element and introducing at least one new weft thread intertwining the warp threads of said woven structure according to said fundamental weave of each portion of wall or according to at least one new weave, in order to resume the production of said woven structure; and with each elongated element not being taken in said woven structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,798

METHOD OF MAKING FIBER WITH GRADIENT PROPERTIES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of making a fiber having improved resistance to microfracture formation at a fiber-matrix interface, the method comprising:mixing a plurality of nanostructures and one or more first polymers in a first solvent to form an inner-volume portion mixture;
mixing one or more second polymers in a second solvent to form an outer-volume portion mixture;
spinning the inner-volume portion mixture and the outer-volume portion mixture to form a precursor fiber;
heating the precursor fiber to oxidize the precursor fiber and to change a molecular-bond structure of the precursor fiber; and
obtaining the fiber comprising an inner-volume portion with a first outer diameter, the nanostructures, and with the one or more first polymers being oriented in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the fiber, the fiber further comprising an outer-volume portion with a second outer diameter and the one or more second polymers, the outer-volume portion being in contact with and completely encompassing the inner-volume portion,
wherein the inner-volume portion has at least one of a tensile modulus and a strength that are higher than at least one of a tensile modulus and a strength of the outer-volume portion, resulting in the fiber having improved resistance to microfracture formation at the fiber-matrix interface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,797

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SILICON CARBIDE SINGLE CRYSTAL

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A method for manufacturing a silicon carbide single crystal, the method comprising:packing a silicon carbide source material into a crucible, the silicon carbide source material having a Carr's flowability index of not less than 70 and not more than 100; and
sublimating the silicon carbide source material by heating the silicon carbide source material.

US Pat. No. 10,246,796

RAMO4 SUBSTRATE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A RAMO4 substrate comprising a RAMO4 base material part containing a single crystal represented by the general formula RAMO4, where R represents one or a plurality of trivalent elements selected from a group of elements including: Sc, In, Y, and a lanthanoid element, A represents one or a plurality of trivalent elements selected from a group of elements including: Fe(III), Ga, and Al, and M represents one or a plurality of divalent elements selected from a group of elements including: Mg, Mn, Fe(II), Co, Cu, Zn, and Cd, wherein:the RAMO4 base material part has a beveled portion at an edge portion of the RAMO4 base material part,
the RAMO4 base material part has a principal surface having an off angle ? with respect to a cleavage surface of the single crystal,
the beveled portion contains a first region having an angle ?1 with respect to the principal surface, and a second region formed outside the first region, having an angle ?2 with respect to the principal surface, and
the angles ?, ?1, and ?2 satisfy the relationship ?1

US Pat. No. 10,246,795

TRANSFER-FREE METHOD FOR FORMING GRAPHENE LAYER

Kuk-II Graphene Co., Ltd....

1. A method for manufacturing an electrical device, the method comprising the steps of:(A) modifying a surface of a base substrate by sputtering titanium (Ti) on the surface to form a Ti layer on the surface, wherein the Ti layer has a thickness of 3-20 nm; and
(B) growing a graphene layer, by chemical vapor deposition, on the Ti layer formed on the surface,
wherein the electrical device comprises the base substrate, the Ti layer, and the graphene layer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,794

DIAMOND SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DIAMOND SUBSTRATE

ADAMANT NAMIKI PRECISION ...

1. A method of manufacturing a diamond substrate, comprising:preparing a base substrate;
forming a diamond layer formed from diamond single crystals on one side of the base substrate;
removing a part of the diamond layer to leave a plurality of pillar-shaped diamonds from the diamond layer, the plurality of pillar-shaped diamonds being spaced apart to each other;
causing the diamond single crystals to grow from tips of each pillar-shaped diamond while a space between the plurality of pillar-shaped diamonds are not fully filled and coalescing each of the diamond single crystals grown from the tips of each pillar-shaped diamonds to form a diamond substrate layer;
separating the diamond substrate layer from the base substrate; and
manufacturing the diamond substrate from the diamond substrate layer,
wherein a curvature of a crystal plane in an interior of the diamond substrate is set to higher than 0 km?1 and equal to or lower than 1500 km?1.

US Pat. No. 10,246,793

SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING METHOD AND SIC SUBSTRATE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

7. An SiC substrate, comprising:a front surface on which an epitaxial film is deposited; and
textures formed on the front surface, each texture being arranged along a direction perpendicular to a direction of the SiC substrate and having a first inclination surface that has an inclination angle ? to a front surface of the SiC substrate, wherein an angle between a basal plane of the SiC substrate and the first inclination surface of the formed texture is smaller than an off angle ?, and the angle |???| between the basal plane and said each texture is 3° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,246,792

ROTOR FOR POLISHING HOLLOW TUBES

Marui Galvanizing Co., Lt...

1. A rotor for polishing an inner surface of a hollow tube comprising:an inner tube;
an outer tube inserted slidably over an inner tube;
at least one window provided to a peripheral wall of the outer tube;
at least one plate vane arranged on the inner tube in a circumferential direction, and moving rotatably around an auxiliary shaft perpendicular to a main shaft by a base end of the plate vane fixed at a position corresponding to the window;
a link system including a link bar arranged in the main shaft direction to connect the outer tube with the plate vane, and moving the plate vane from an initial state of closing the plate vane to an operational state of opening the plate vane by relatively sliding the inner tube and the outer tube in the main shaft direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,790

ALUMINUM ELECTROLYSIS CELL CATHODE SHUNT DESIGN

United Company Rusal Engi...

1. An aluminum electrolysis cell cathode shunt and conduit system, the system comprising:a vertical metallic cathode shunt carrying electric current from an aluminum melt to a cathode bus structure, the shunt comprising a shunt upper part consisting of molten aluminum and a solid shunt lower part, wherein the shunt upper part and the shunt lower part contact at an interface; and
a shunt conduit within a hearth slab lining,
wherein the shunt is within the shunt conduit,
wherein the shunt conduit comprises a conduit upper part, a conduit lower part, and a conduit middle part between the conduit upper part and the conduit lower part,
the conduit middle part comprising a central region surrounded radially by an annular region which is wider than both the conduit upper part and the conduit lower part,
wherein the central region of the conduit middle part has a vertical cylinder shape with an outer edge,
wherein the annular region of the conduit middle part surrounds the outer edge of the vertical-cylinder-shaped central region, and
wherein the interface between the molten aluminum shunt upper part and solid shunt lower part is within the conduit middle part.

US Pat. No. 10,246,789

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COPPER RECOVERY VIA ROASTING AND LEACHING

FREEPORT MINERALS CORPORA...

1. A process comprising:roasting a metal bearing material comprising a copper carbonate under oxidizing conditions, at a temperature between about 625° C. and about 675° C.;
roasting the metal bearing material under reducing conditions, at a temperature of about 500° C. or greater; and
leaching the metal bearing material in a basic medium to yield a pregnant leach solution.

US Pat. No. 10,246,787

CONTROL OF A HIGH TEMPERATURE ELECTROLYZER

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE, P...

1. A method for driving a high temperature electrolyzer comprising one or more stacks of cells, where the one or more stacks of cells are arranged in an enclosure pre-heated to a high temperature and thermally insulated, where the electrolyzer is connected to an electric energy source for its power supply in order to implement an electrolytic reaction and where the method comprises:monitoring of the power supplied by the energy source;
redirecting upstream of the electrolyzer a portion of the power supplied by the energy source in order to heat the one or more stacks of cells when the value of the power supplied becomes lower than a previously set limit value;
otherwise, no redirecting,
wherein the previously set limit value is chosen as the value of the power at which thermal gradients greater in absolute value than 50° C./cm appear inside the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,786

RENEWABLE BIOELECTRONIC INTERFACE FOR ELECTROBIOCATALYTIC REACTOR

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICH...

1. A bioelectronic device comprising:an electrically conductive carbon electrode; and
a bioelectronic interface bonded to a surface of the electrically conductive carbon electrode, and configured to regenerate, the bioelectronic interface including a catalytically active material that facilitates electron transfer, the catalytically active material configured to be releasably and electrostatically bound directly or indirectly to the surface via a polyelectrolyte, wherein the polyelectrolyte is configured to be removably and electrostatically bound to a non-thiol ionic linker that is covalently bound to a carbon atom at the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,785

USE OF FLUIDIZED-BED ELECTRODE REACTORS FOR ALANE PRODUCTION

Ardica Technologies, Inc....

1. A reactor, comprising:an aluminum anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte that comprises at least one alkali metal aluminum hydride dissolved in a solvent, the alkali metal aluminum hydride comprising at least one of sodium aluminum hydride and lithium aluminum hydride;
a generator for inducing an electric potential difference between the aluminum anode and the cathode to convert at least a portion of the electrolyte into an alane adduct;
a reactor housing; and
a diaphragm disposed between the aluminum anode and the cathode, the diaphragm dividing the reactor housing into an anode chamber comprising aluminum particles and a cathode chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,246,783

COPPER ETCHANT SOLUTION ADDITIVES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COPPER ETCHANT SOLUTION

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A method for producing copper etchant solution, the production method comprising:producing copper etchant solution additives, wherein the copper etchant solution additives is an inorganic solution with cupric ions (Cu2+), and deionized water is a solvent for the copper etchant solution additives and is electric neutrality;
adding the copper etchant solution additives in copper etchant solution to obtain the copper etchant solution with a cupric ions (Cu2+) concentration of 700-1000 ppm before wet-etching, wherein the cupric ions (Cu2+) in the copper etchant solution are all electrolytic without forming complexes or depositions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,782

METHODS FOR ETCHING A WORKPIECE, AN APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO ETCH A WORKPIECE, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. An apparatus configured to etch a workpiece, the apparatus comprising:an etchant dispenser configured to dispense an etchant at a plurality of positions;
an etch profile determining circuit configured to determine a plurality of reference etch profiles, each reference etch profile corresponding to a respective position of the plurality of positions based on the etchant effects continuously across a reference workpiece corresponding to the etchant dispensed at the respective position;
a thickness determining circuit configured to determine a thickness profile of the workpiece, the thickness profile indicates the thicknesses of the workpiece continuously across the workpiece; and
an etch duration determining circuit configured to determine a respective etch duration for each position of the plurality of positions of the etchant dispenser based on the determined thickness profile and the plurality of reference etch profiles, to reduce a total thickness variation of the workpiece, each etch duration corresponding to a respective position of the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,781

METHOD FOR REMOVING A METAL DEPOSIT PLACED ON A SURFACE IN A CHAMBER

1. A method for removing a copper deposit disposed on a surface in an enclosure, said method comprising the following steps:a. a step of flowing oxidizing species capable of oxidizing the copper deposit; and
b. a step of flowing chemical species capable of volatilizing the oxidized copper deposit, said step b) being implemented during at least a part of said step a); and in step b), the chemical species are flowing according to a sequence of pulses;
wherein during a first pulse of the sequence of pulses the oxidation of said step a) becomes a minority reaction and the oxidized copper deposit is volatized by the chemical species flowing in said step b); and
wherein once said first pulse of the sequence of pulses has ended, the oxidation of the copper deposit is a dominant reaction until a next pulse of the sequence of pulses of said step b).

US Pat. No. 10,246,777

HEATER BLOCK HAVING CONTINUOUS CONCAVITY

ASM IP HOLDING B.V., Alm...

1. A heater block adapted to be installed in a plasma deposition or plasma etching apparatus comprising a showerhead and a reaction chamber, the heater block adapted to be arranged in the reaction chamber to support a substrate and comprising:at least one through-hole passing through the heater block, and
on its upper face, a plurality of surfaces separated from each other and defined by a continuous concavity, the continuous concavity comprising:
a plurality of first convexes at least partly defining a plurality of main concaves or depressions,
a concave channel connecting substantially every two adjacent main concaves or depressions,
a plurality of second convexes at least partly defining a concave or depression, at the center of the heater block, of a different shape or size from the plurality of main concaves or depressions,
wherein at least one first convex has a different shape from at least one second convex.

US Pat. No. 10,246,776

LAYER-FORMING DEVICE AND LAYER-FORMING METHOD

1. A layer-forming device that forms a thin layer in atomic layer unit using a layer-forming gas and a reactive gas, the layer forming device comprising:a layer-forming container;
a feeding mechanism configured to feed a substrate for layer-forming inside the layer-forming container;
a plasma-generating electrode disposed to face a feeding pathway of the substrate during feeding, the plasma-generating electrode configured to receive a supply of electric power to generate plasma using a reactive gas inside the layer-forming container;
a space-partitioning wall disposed between the feeding pathway of the substrate and the plasma-generating electrode, the space-partitioning wall forming a plasma-generating space between the plasma-generating electrode and the space-partitioning wall, the space-partitioning wall having a plurality of slit-shaped through holes for communicating the plasma-generating space and a space between the feeding pathway of the substrate and the space-partitioning wall, the through holes being disposed at intervals along a feeding direction of the substrate;
gas injectors, each of the gas injectors being disposed between the space-partitioning wall and the feeding pathway, and being sandwiched from both sides of a feeding direction by adjacent through holes of the plurality of through holes, each of the gas injectors including a layer-forming gas supply opening through which the layer-forming gas is supplied to the substrate and a pair of gas exhaust openings through which an excess gas including the supplied layer-forming gas above the substrate is sucked, the layer-forming gas supply opening being sandwiched between the pair of gas exhaust openings in the feeding direction, the layer-forming gas supply opening and the pair of the gas exhaust openings elongated in a lateral direction perpendicular to the feeding direction, having an identical length in the lateral direction respectively; and
a pair of inert gas supply openings through which inert gas is supplied, and the layer-forming gas supply opening and the pair of gas exhaust openings sandwiched between the pair of the inert gas supply openings in the feeding direction, and a member that blocks a portion of each of the inert gas supply openings provided on each of the inert gas supply openings along a lateral direction perpendicular to the feeding direction, the member dividing each of the inert gas supply openings into two sections.

US Pat. No. 10,246,775

FILM FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF FORMING FILM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. An apparatus for forming a thin film on a substrate in a processing container under a vacuum atmosphere by performing a cycle a predetermined number of times, the cycle including alternately supplying a first gas and a second gas, which are process gases, onto the substrate, comprising:n first processing regions (n being an integer of 2 or more) which are spaced from each other along a circumferential direction of the processing container, and are used to process the substrate by supplying the first gas;
n second processing regions which are formed between the n first processing regions along the circumferential direction, and are used to process the substrate by supplying the second gas;
an isolation part which isolates the n first processing regions and the n second processing regions from each other;
a plurality of mounting parts which are disposed to be revolved along the circumferential direction and are used to mount substrates, respectively; and
a control part configured to intermittently revolve the plurality of mounting parts so that the substrates are alternately located in the n first processing regions and the n second processing regions in a state where a revolution is stopped,
wherein the plurality of mounting parts are disposed so that a first number of substrates located in the n first processing regions is the same as a second number of substrates located in the n second processing regions in a state where the revolution of the plurality of mounting parts is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,246,772

PLASMA ENHANCED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION OF FILMS FOR IMPROVED VERTICAL ETCH PERFORMANCE IN 3D NAND MEMORY DEVICES

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method for forming a high aspect ratio feature, comprising:depositing one or more silicon oxide/silicon nitride containing stacks on a substrate positioned in a processing chamber and in the presence of a vacuum, wherein depositing the one or more silicon oxide/silicon nitride containing stacks comprises:
(a) energizing a first process gas into a first plasma;
(b) depositing a first film layer on the substrate from the first plasma;
(c) energizing a second process gas into a second plasma;
(d) depositing a second film layer on the first film layer from the second plasma, wherein the second film layer has a refractive index;
repeating (a), (b), (c), and (d) until a predetermined number of first film layers and second film layers have been deposited on the substrate, wherein the first film layer is a silicon oxide layer and the second film layer is a silicon nitride layer;
(e) energizing a third process gas into a third plasma;
(f) depositing a third film layer on a previous layer from the third plasma;
(g) energizing a fourth process gas into a fourth plasma;
(h) depositing a fourth film layer on the third film layer from the fourth plasma, wherein the fourth film layer has a refractive index greater than the refractive index of the second film layer;
repeating (e), (f), (g), and (h) until a predetermined number of third film layers and fourth film layers have been deposited, wherein the third film layer is a silicon oxide layer and the fourth film layer is a silicon nitride layer; and
forming one or more high aspect ratio features in the one or more silicon oxide/silicon nitride containing stacks using plasma etching or wet etching techniques, wherein the high aspect ratio feature has a height to width ratio of at least about 5:1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,246,771

FILM FORMING METHOD AND PLASMA CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method of forming a diamond-like carbon film on a workpiece installed in a reactor of a plasma chemical vapor deposition (PCVD) apparatus, wherein the PCVD apparatus includes:(i) a microwave output device which outputs microwaves, and
(ii) a waveguide member which extends to an inside of the reactor from an outside of the reactor, wherein the waveguide member supports the workpiece with a portion of the waveguide member positioned in the reactor, and the waveguide member is configured to propagate the microwaves from the microwave output device to the workpiece,
the method comprising:
supplying a hydrocarbon gas into the reactor of the PCVD apparatus;
outputting microwaves having an intensity of higher than a first intensity and lower than a second intensity from the microwave output device, through the waveguide member and to the workpiece to decompose the hydrocarbon gas into a plasma and to form the diamond-like carbon film on the workpiece, wherein:
the first intensity and the second intensity are defined by a method comprising:
supplying the hydrocarbon gas into the reactor of the PCVD apparatus;
outputting microwaves having a third intensity starting from “0” intensity from the microwave output device, through the waveguide member and to the workpiece;
increasing the third intensity of microwaves outputted from the microwave output device;
defining the first intensity to be the third intensity when a first step-up of a bias current of the workpiece occurs;
further increasing the third intensity of microwaves outputted from the microwave output device;
defining the second intensity to be the third intensity when a second step-up of the bias current of the workpiece occurs;
wherein the first step-up and the second step-up of the bias current are each a sudden discontinuous increase in the bias current of the workpiece, and
wherein the hydrocarbon gas: (i) is acetylene or a hydrocarbon gas having two or more carbon atoms and two or more hydrogen atoms, and (ii) causes step-up of the bias current of the workpiece only twice.

US Pat. No. 10,246,769

THIN FILM DEPOSITION APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of manufacturing a thin film on a substrate, the method comprising:passing deposition material through a plurality of deposition source nozzles of a deposition source nozzle unit, the deposition source nozzles being arranged in one or two rows extending in a first direction, each of the one or two rows comprising more than three of the deposition source nozzles;
passing the deposition material from the deposition source nozzle unit through a plurality of patterning slits in a patterning slit sheet, the patterning slits being arranged in a row in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, each of the patterning slits being extended in the first direction, an outermost one of the plurality of patterning slits along the second direction being spaced apart outwardly in the second direction from the deposition source nozzle unit, wherein the patterning slit sheet is connected to the deposition source nozzle unit such that the substrate is movable with respect to the deposition source nozzle unit and the patterning slit sheet; and
depositing the passed deposition material during a relative linear motion between the patterning slit sheet and the substrate to form the thin film,
wherein the deposition material from the deposition source nozzle unit is patterned on the substrate by the patterning slit sheet in pattern in which the deposition material is deposited at first regions on the substrate corresponding to the patterning slits and is not deposited at second regions on the substrate adjacent the first regions and corresponding to portions of the patterning slit sheet that do not have the patterning slits, each of the portions of the patterning slit sheet that do not have the pattern slits extending parallel to the first direction between a respective pair of adjacent patterning slits of the plurality of patterning slits,
wherein in a state in which the patterning slit sheet for patterning the deposition material on the substate is adjacent to the substrate and not coupled to the substrate, the depositing of the passed deposition material is performed while the substrate moves linearly in the first direction relative to a thin film deposition apparatus that is in a fixed state, the thin film deposition apparatus comprising the deposition source nozzle unit and the patterning slit sheet, and
wherein the depositing source nozzle unit and the patterning slit sheet are connected by a connection member arranged obliquely from the deposition source nozzle unit to the patterning slit sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,246,768

PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF MICRON-SIZED SINGLE CURVED CRYSTALS OF METALS

1. A process for the preparation of micron-sized particles having a controlled curvature, said particles spread over a supporting substrate and including a single-crystal first metal wrapped in a nanoporous structure, said process comprising:(i) providing said substrate;
(ii) depositing vapours of the first metal and of a second metal on a surface of said substrate, thus forming a substrate deposited with either a thin film comprising said first and second metals, or two thin films each comprising a different metal of said first and second metals, wherein said metals deposited on said substrate are selected from Au, Ag, Ge, Cu, and Pt, and the atomic percentage ratio between said first metal and said second metal is such that upon annealing said film(s), said first metal and said second metal form a eutectic melt;
(iii) annealing said film(s) for a sufficient time period to form said eutectic melt that spontaneously dewets into micron-sized droplets spread over said substrate;
(iv) (a) cooling said eutectic melt to room temperature, or (b) continuing the annealing of step (iii) in an environment that contains oxygen, thereby removing the second metal from said eutectic melt, to consequently grow a single crystal of the first metal, wherein according to a phase diagram of the eutectic melt, in each one of said droplets, said single crystal is grown in the confined space of said droplet, has a controlled curvature determined by the curved shape of said confining droplet and is wrapped in a two-phase eutectic microstructure comprising the first metal and the second metal;
(v) cooling the grown single crystals of the first metal wrapped in the two-phase eutectic microstructure comprising the first metal and the second metal to obtain micron-sized particles of the single-crystal first metal wrapped in a solid phase comprising said two metals; and
(vi) removing the second metal from said solid phase, thereby obtaining the micron-sized particles of the single-crystal first metal wrapped in the nanoporous structure, said particles having a controlled curvature and being spread over the supporting substrate;
wherein said substrate is inert relative to said thin film(s) formed in step (ii); and the eutectic melt in step (iii) dewets within a temperature range allowing dewetting to occur prior to diffusion intermixing with said substrate and/or oxidation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,767

SLIDING ELEMENT, INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND PROCESS FOR OBTAINING SLIDING ELEMENT

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A sliding element for internal combustion engines, comprising a ferrous base provided with a film applied upon a sliding surface, the film having, sequentially, a metal connecting layer, a transitional layer, and a contact layer, wherein:the transitional layer includes a carbide containing a metal element;
the contact layer contains DLC (diamond-like carbon) doped with the metal element of the transitional layer, the DLC containing a maximum of 2% hydrogen by weight;
an atomic ratio between metal and carbon in the contact layer in terms of a ratio Me/C is equal to or less than 0.1; and
the connecting layer includes one of chromium, nickel or cobalt having a face centred cubic (fcc) structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,764

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COLD-ROLLED STEEL PLATE

NISSHIN STEEL CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a cold-rolled steel plate, whereina steel slab having a chemical composition containing, on the basis of percent by mass, C from 0.03 to 0.08%, Si from 0 to 1.0%, Mn from 0.2 to 0.8%, P at 0.03% or less, S at 0.01% or less, and Al at 0.05% or less so as to satisfy the following formula (1) and at least one of Nb from 0.03 to 0.4%, V from 0.01 to 0.3%, and Ti from 0.01 to 0.3% so as to satisfy the following formula (2), with a residue being formed of Fe and unavoidable impurities, wherein
5*C %?Si %+Mn %?1.5*Al %<1; and  formula (1):
0.04<(Nb %/1.4)+(V %/1.1)+Ti %<0.3, is smelted,  formula (2):
the steel slab is heated to 1200° C. or more and hot rolled at a finishing temperature of 850° C. or more and 950° C. or less to form a hot-rolled steel plate,
the hot-rolled steel plate is cooled at an average cooling rate of 20° C. per second or more from the finishing temperature to the winding temperature,
the cooled hot-rolled steel plate is wound from 550 to 700° C. to form a hot-rolled coil, and
as a final step or steps, the hot-rolled coil is cold rolled or the hot-rolled coil is annealed and cold rolled, forming a product, thereby obtaining cross-sectional hardness from 200 to 350 HV an average diameter of particles of a carbide as a precipitate containing any of Nb, V, and Ti from 20 to 100 nm, and a second phase structure having a longitudinal diameter of 5 ?m or more has an area fraction of 5% or less in a cross-sectional structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,763

MAGNESIUM-ZINC-STRONTIUM ALLOYS FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTS AND DEVICES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A medical implant consisting of:a biodegradable and cytocompatible magnesium-zinc-strontium alloy; and
a weight percent of zinc being 4.0 to 6.0, a weight percent of strontium being 0.01 to 0.15, and a balance of the medical implant being magnesium.

US Pat. No. 10,246,762

ALUMINUM ALLOY ELECTRIC WIRE AND AUTOMOTIVE WIRE HARNESS USING THE SAME

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. An aluminum alloy electric wire comprising an aluminum alloy strand that comprises magnesium (Mg), silicon (Si) and a remainder comprising of aluminum (Al) and impurities,wherein the aluminum alloy strand comprises 0.60 to 1.4 by atomic percent of Mg and 0.2 to 1.0 by atomic percent of Si, has a coefficient of variation in a range of 0.6 to 0.8, the coefficient of variation being calculated by dividing a standard deviation of a grain size of crystal grains observed on a cross section of the aluminum alloy strand by an average grain size of the crystal grains, has tensile strength of 165 MPa or more, has elongation at break of 7 percent or more, and has conductivity of 40 percent IACS or more.

US Pat. No. 10,246,761

METHOD FOR RECOVERING SCANDIUM

SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO....

1. A method for recovering scandium, comprising:a scandium elution step of allowing a solution containing scandium to pass through an ion exchange resin and obtaining an eluate containing scandium from the ion exchange resin;
a neutralization step of neutralizing the eluate by adding a neutralizing agent to the eluate;
a solvent extraction step of subjecting a post-neutralization eluate to solvent extraction using an amine-based extractant; and
a scandium recovering step of obtaining a precipitate of scandium from a raffinate liquid separated by solvent extraction and obtaining scandium oxide by roasting the precipitate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,759

METHOD OF RECOVERING RARE-EARTH ELEMENTS

Nippon Light Metal Compan...

1. A method of recovering rare-earth elements from a bauxite residue, which is produced as a by-product in a Bayer process and is used as a raw material,the method comprising:
a leaching step of bringing the bauxite residue into contact with a liquid leaching agent to recover a leachate containing rare-earth elements;
a pretreatment step of bringing the leachate recovered in the leaching step into contact with a pretreatment liquid containing one of a phosphoric acid ester-based extractant and a phosphonic acid ester-based extractant at a concentration of from 0.01 to 0.1 mol/L, followed by filtration treatment, to thereby recover a pretreated leachate containing the rare-earth elements;
an extraction step of bringing the pretreated leachate into contact with an extraction treatment liquid containing a phosphoric acid ester-based extractant to recover an extract liquid containing the rare-earth elements; and
a back extraction step of bringing the extract liquid into contact with a back extraction treatment liquid to recover the rare-earth elements,
the leaching step comprising recovering a leachate having a pH of 0.5 to 1.2 by using an acidic liquid leaching agent,
the extraction step comprising adjusting the pH of the pretreated leachate to 1.0 to 1.7 and then bringing the pretreated leachate into contact with the extraction treatment liquid under a condition that the pretreated leachate has an oxidation-reduction potential of 300 mV or less adjusted by a method of performing electrolytic reduction treatment,
wherein the back extraction treatment liquid comprises a 40 to 60 mass % sulfuric acid aqueous solution, and wherein the extract liquid and the sulfuric acid aqueous solution are brought into contact with each other at a volume ratio of extract liquid:sulfuric acid aqueous solution of from 5:1 to 10:1, or
wherein the back extraction treatment liquid comprises a 4 N to 8 N hydrochloric acid aqueous solution, and wherein the extract liquid and the hydrochloric acid aqueous solution are brought into contact with each other at a volume ratio of extract liquid:hydrochloric acid aqueous solution of from 5:1 to 10:1.

US Pat. No. 10,246,756

HEAT TREATMENT SYSTEM AND HEAT TREATMENT METHOD

TOPY KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAIS...

1. A heat treatment system, characterized in that said system comprises:a rotating device which rotates a cylindrical workpiece;
a holding member which holds the cylindrical workpiece at a predetermined position;
a heating member which heats the cylindrical workpiece from an inner circumferential surface side;
a cooling device which cools the cylindrical workpiece from an outer circumferential surface side by injecting a cooling liquid;
an injecting device which is mounted at a position remote from the cooling device and injects the cooling liquid;
a heating member holding member which hold the heating member fixedly in position;
a cooling device holding member which hold the cooling device fixedly in position; and
a base member to which the rotating device and the injecting device are attached and which moves relative to the heating member and the cooling device, wherein
the heating member is capable of heating the inner circumferential surface side of the cylindrical workpiece when the base member moves while the heating member is positioned in a radial inner region of the cylindrical workpiece which has been held by the holding member, and wherein
the injecting device is capable of injecting the cooling liquid toward a heating member end face when the base member moves while the heating member is positioned in the radial inner region of the cylindrical workpiece which has been held by the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,745

DNA SEQUENCING DETECTION FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR

International Business Ma...

1. A method of DNA sequencing detection, said method comprising:providing a semiconductor structure comprising a doped epitaxial source semiconductor material structure located on a first portion of a semiconductor substrate and a doped epitaxial drain semiconductor material structure located on a second portion of said semiconductor substrate; a gate dielectric portion located on a third portion of said semiconductor substrate and positioned entirely between, and spaced apart from, a sidewall edge of said doped epitaxial source semiconductor material structure and a sidewall edge of said doped epitaxial drain semiconductor material structure; and a non-stick nucleotide, DNA and DNA polymerase material structure located atop said doped epitaxial source semiconductor material structure and atop said doped epitaxial drain semiconductor material structure, wherein a cavity is present in said non-stick nucleotide, DNA and DNA polymerase material structure that exposes a topmost surface of said gate dielectric portion;
forming a DNA polymerase on a portion of said topmost surface of said gate dielectric portion and within said cavity;
attaching a DNA template to a surface of said DNA polymerase, wherein said DNA template is present in a solution that further contains various nucleotides; and
measuring a change in threshold voltage caused by each nucleotide present in said solution by monitoring the change of drain current of said semiconductor structure.

US Pat. No. 10,246,743

METHODS FOR FORMING LIPID BILAYERS ON BIOCHIPS

GENIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,...

1. A method for forming a lipid bilayer for use in a nanopore sensing device, comprising:(a) providing a primed chip comprising a fluid flow path in fluid communication with a plurality of sensing electrodes;
(b) flowing a lipid solution into the fluid flow path; and
(c) flowing at least one bubble onto the fluid flow path, thereby forming a lipid bilayer adjacent to the sensing electrodes, wherein the bubble spans the plurality of sensing electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,246,742

PULSED LASER AND BIOANALYTIC SYSTEM

Quantum-Si Incorporated, ...

1. A mode-locked laser comprising:a base plate having a maximum edge length between approximately 20 cm and approximately 40 cm;
a gain medium mounted on the base plate;
a first end mirror mounted on the base plate located at a first end of a laser cavity;
a saturable-absorber mirror mounted on the base plate and forming a second end mirror for the laser cavity; and
at least one optically reflecting component mounted on the base plate providing a plurality of reflections that extend the length of the laser cavity, such that the mode-locked laser is configured to produce optical pulses by passive mode locking at a repetition rate between 50 MHz and 200 MHz.

US Pat. No. 10,246,741

COUPLING METHOD

Oxford Nanopore Technolog...

1. A method for detecting polynucleotides, comprising:(a) providing a membrane in which is present a nanopore that provides a channel through the membrane;
(b) contacting the membrane, in an ionic solution, with polynucleotides, wherein following contact with the membrane the polynucleotides are tethered to the membrane via a tethering group;
(c) applying a potential difference across the membrane and detecting a first polynucleotide using the nanopore, from among the polynucleotides tethered to the membrane; and
(d) detecting a second polynucleotide, from among the polynucleotides tethered to the membrane, using the same nanopore, wherein the second polynucleotide is not the first polynucleotide.

US Pat. No. 10,246,740

SELECTIVE AMPLIFICATION OF DESIRED NUCLEIC ACID REGIONS IN A TARGET SEQUENCE

1. A method for selective amplification of desired amplicons in a two-stage polymerase chain reaction, comprising the steps of:providing a target genetic material;
denaturing the target genetic material;
adding a set of target primers under conditions allowing annealing of primers to the target genetic material;
each primer in said set of target primers comprising
a target specific sequence,
a mismatch control sequence, and
a generic hybridization sequence;
said generic hybridization sequence being identical in each target primer;
said mismatch control sequence and generic hybridization sequence being in close proximity to each other; and
said set of target primers comprising at least two primer pairs adapted for amplification of at least two overlapping desired amplicons in the target genetic material, such that there is a possibility of obtaining at least one undesired amplicon in the region of overlap;
said set of target primers being further characterized in that any pair of primers that flank a desired amplicon sequence have non-matching mismatch control sequences, while any pair of primers that flank an undesired amplicon sequence have matching mismatch control sequences;
carrying out a first multiplex polymerase chain reaction resulting in overlapping amplicons corresponding to different possible pair-wise combinations of primers in the first set of primers, said overlapping amplicons being maintained under conditions such that they self-hybridize through base-pair coupling between the complementary sequences resulting from the generic hybridization sequence in each primer;
treating said overlapping amplicons under selection conditions that are such that desired amplicons denature because of non-complementary sequences resulting from the non-matching mismatch control sequences, while undesired amplicons stay self-hybridized because of additional complementary sequences resulting from the matching mismatch control sequences;
adding generic primers, each comprising a sequence which is complementary to the generic hybridization sequence;
carrying out a second polymerase chain reaction, resulting in the selective amplification of desired amplicons.

US Pat. No. 10,246,739

EXONUCLEASE CYCLING ASSAY

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, W...

1. A method for detecting a target polynucleotide in a test sample, wherein the target polynucleotide has a target sequence and is protected against digestion by a 5? exonuclease, wherein the 5? exonuclease is lambda exonuclease, comprising(a) incubating the test sample with a probe having a sequence complementary with the target sequence and lacking a phosphorylated 5? end, wherein the probe has a quencher at its 5? end and a fluor, whereby a hybrid of the probe and the target polynucleotide is formed, wherein the hybrid comprises a hybridization region formed between the target sequence and the probe, wherein the fluor of the probe is quenched by the quencher before forming the hybrid, and wherein the fluor of the probe is quenched by the quencher in the hybrid;
(b) exposing the hybrid to the 5? exonuclease to digest the probe in the hybrid and forming a reaction mixture, whereby a digested probe comprising the fluor is generated, wherein the fluorescence of the fluor of the digested probe is not quenched;
(c) dissociating the target polynucleotide from the digested probe in the reaction mixture;
(d) repeating steps (a)-(c) by adding the probe and the 5? exonuclease to the reaction mixture after step (c), wherein step (b) of step (d) is performed for a first time period until no further increase in the fluorescence in the reaction mixture;
(e) determining a first fluorescence intensity of the fluor in the reaction mixture after step (d);
(f) repeating steps (a)-(d) with a control sample in place of the test sample, wherein step (b) in step (f) is performed for a second time period, wherein the second time period equals to the first time period, wherein the control sample is identical to the test sample except without the target polynucleotide; and
(g) determining a second fluorescence intensity of the fluor in the control sample after step (f), wherein the first fluorescence intensity greater than the second fluorescence intensity indicates the presence of the target polynucleotide in the test sample.

US Pat. No. 10,246,738

DNA-ANTIGEN EXCHANGE AND AMPLIFICATION

Ultivue, Inc., Cambridge...

1. A method comprising:(1) contacting a sample being tested for the presence of one or more targets with one or more target-specific binding partners, wherein each target-specific binding partner is linked to a first docking strand, and wherein target-specific binding partners of different specificity are linked to different docking strands,
(2) optionally removing unbound target-specific binding partners,
(3) contacting the sample with antigen-bound imager strands and antigen-specific binding partners,
wherein the antigen-bound imager strands have complementarity to the first docking strand, directly or indirectly, and
wherein each antigen-specific binding partner is linked to at least one second docking strand, and wherein the antigen specific binding partner binds to the antigen of the antigen-bound imager strand;
(4) optionally removing unbound antigen-bound imager strands and/or antigen specific binding partners,
(5) increasing the number of second docking strands by a DNA amplification reaction and labeling of the at least one second docking strand using an optical label,
(6) imaging the sample to detect bound labeled antigen-specific binding partners,
(7) optionally extinguishing the signal from the optical label, and
(8) optionally repeating steps (1)-(7), or any subset thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,735

METHODS FOR PREPARING SAMPLES FOR NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION

ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS, ...

1. A method for passing a liquid sample through a porous solid matrix, comprising the steps of sealing the liquid sample within a container which comprises a porous solid matrix as at least a part of the container and raising a temperature to increase pressure inside the container, thereby to cause the liquid sample to pass through the porous solid matrix, wherein the liquid sample includes a biological sample and a buffer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,730

SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURED NANO-STRUCTURES FOR MICROBE OR VIRUS TRAPPING OR DESTRUCTION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of damaging or destroying a microbe or a virion, the method comprising:forming an array of protrusions arranged on a semiconductor substrate by forming a diamond-shaped epitaxial growth on a surface of a semiconductor bar structure extending from a surface of the semiconductor substrate, the array of protrusions having nanoscale dimensions;
disposing a solution comprising a microbe or virion onto the array of protrusions; and
damaging or destroying the microbe or the virion;
wherein forming the array of protrusions comprises patterning a hard mask on the semiconductor substrate to form an array of cube-shaped hard mask structures on the semiconductor substrate, recessing the semiconductor substrate to form trenches in the semiconductor substrate, performing a crystallographic etch to convert the trenches into inverted pyramid-shaped trenches, and removing remaining portions of the hard mask to form sharp protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,724

PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN USING AN ANAEROBIC BIOLOGICAL PROCESS

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A modular renewable energy system comprising:a solar collector system for generating heat energy;
a bioreactor including a chamber for fermenting organic waste; and
one of a fuel cell and a heat engine in gaseous communication with the bioreactor;
wherein anaerobic fermentation of organic waste in the chamber generates hydrogen gas, the hydrogen gas being directed to the one of a fuel cell and a heat engine; and
wherein heat energy effective for sterilization is applied to the organic waste subsequent to fermentation, the heat energy being generated by the solar collector system.

US Pat. No. 10,246,711

RNAI INHIBITORS OF GLUCOSE-6-PHOSPHATE DEHYDROGENASE FOR TREATING CARDIOVASCULAR AND PULMONARY CONDITIONS

Rakhee Gupte, Fishkill, ...

1. A method for treating a cardiovascular disorder and/or a pulmonary disorder in a subject in need thereof, comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a polynucleotide inhibitor of Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) or a nucleic acid encoding G6PD, wherein the polynucleotide inhibitor comprises the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:4, SEQ ID NO:5, SEQ ID NO:6, SEQ ID NO:7, SEQ ID NO:9, SEQ ID NO:10, SEQ ID NO:11, SEQ ID NO:12, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,246,709

TARGETING LIGANDS FOR THERAPEUTIC COMPOUNDS

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals...

1. A targeting ligand comprising the structure of Formula B:
wherein n is an integer from 1 to 20; X is O, S, or NH; and Targeting Moiety is selected from the group consisting of: N-acetyl-galactosamine, galactose, galactosamine, N-formyl-galactosamine, N-propionyl-galactosamine, N-n-butanoylgalactosamine, and N-iso-butanoylgalactosamine.

US Pat. No. 10,246,704

DETECTION OF MICROORGANISMS IN FOOD SAMPLES AND FOOD PROCESSING FACILITIES

Clear Labs, Inc., Menlo ...

1. A method comprising:(a) adding a first barcode to a first plurality of nucleic acid sequences from a sample, wherein said sample is a food sample or an environmental sample from a food processing facility, wherein said plurality of nucleic acid sequences comprise a mixture of cDNA, RNA, and gDNA sequences, thereby providing a first plurality of barcoded nucleic acid sequences; and
(b) performing a first pore sequencing reaction on said first plurality of barcoded nucleic acid sequences, wherein said pore sequencing reaction is performed on a sequencing apparatus comprising a flow cell;
(c) adding a second barcode to a second plurality of nucleic acid sequences from a second sample, wherein said sample is a food sample or an environmental sample from a food processing facility, wherein said plurality of nucleic acid sequences comprise a mixture of cDNA, RNA, and gDNA sequences, thereby providing a second plurality of barcoded nucleic acid sequences; and
(d) performing a second pore sequencing reaction on said second plurality of barcoded nucleic acid sequences, wherein said second pore sequencing reaction is performed on said sequencing apparatus comprising said flow cell, thereby reusing said flow cell.