US Pat. No. 10,968,753

AIRFOIL HAVING IMPINGEMENT LEADING EDGE

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. An airfoil for a gas turbine engine, the airfoil comprising:an airfoil body extending in a radial direction from a first end to a second end, and extending axially from a leading edge to a trailing edge;
a leading edge channel formed in the leading edge of the airfoil body, the leading edge channel having a first channel wall and a second channel wall that join at a channel base to define the leading edge channel, the leading edge channel extending in a radial direction along the leading edge of the airfoil body;
a first leading edge impingement cavity located within the airfoil body proximate the leading edge, wherein the first channel wall forms a portion of the airfoil body defining the first leading edge impingement cavity;
a leading edge feed cavity arranged aft of the first leading edge impingement cavity and arranged to supply air into the first leading edge impingement cavity; and
a first leading edge impingement hole formed in the first channel wall and angled such that air flowing from the first leading edge impingement cavity and through the first leading edge impingement hole impinges upon a portion of the second channel wall.

US Pat. No. 10,968,752

TURBINE AIRFOIL WITH MINICORE PASSAGE HAVING SLOPED DIFFUSER ORIFICE

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A turbine airfoil comprising:an airfoil outer wall defining leading and trailing ends and first and second sides joining the leading and trailing ends, the airfoil outer wall circumscribing an internal cavity; and
at least one cooling passage embedded in the airfoil outer wall, the at least one cooling passage having a radially-elongated entrance manifold fluidly connected to receive cooling air from the internal cavity, a radially-elongated diffuser orifice that opens to an exterior surface of the airfoil outer wall, and a bank of sub-passages fluidly connecting the radially-elongated entrance manifold with the radially-elongated diffuser orifice, the radially-elongated diffuser orifice is sloped relative to the radially-elongated entrance manifold, the radially-elongated diffuser orifice is sloped at an angle relative to the radially-elongated entrance manifold, the airfoil outer wall has a span in centimeters between an inner and outer end, and a ratio of the angle to the span is from 8 to 15.

US Pat. No. 10,968,751

TURBINE BLADE COOLING HOLE ARRANGEMENT

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A turbine blade for a gas turbine engine having a plurality of cooling holes defined therein, the plurality of cooling holes being located on a suction side of an airfoil of the turbine blade and in fluid communication with an internal cavity of the turbine blade; andwherein the plurality of cooling holes are located in the airfoil according to Cartesian coordinates of Tables 1 and/or 2, wherein the Cartesian coordinates of Tables 1 and/or 2 refer to a distance between centers of the plurality of cooling holes in X, Y and Z directions respectively and a point of Origin O, wherein the point of Origin O is radially located on a surface of a platform of the airfoil and the point of Origin O is located on a center of a blade stacking line of the turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 10,968,750

COMPONENT FOR A TURBINE ENGINE WITH A HOLLOW PIN

General Electric Company,...

1. An airfoil for a turbine engine which generates a hot gas flow and provides a cooling fluid flow, the airfoil comprising:a platform having an outer surface, at least a portion of which is exposed to the hot gas flow to define a hot surface;
a cooling cavity located within the platform and fluidly coupled to the cooling fluid flow; and
a hollow pin located within the cooling cavity, defining an interior cooling passage as a continuous conduit between an inlet fluidly coupled to the cooling fluid flow and an outlet fluidly coupled to the hot surface, and having an S-shape.

US Pat. No. 10,968,749

COMBUSTION CHAMBER ARRANGEMENT AND A GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMPRISING A COMBUSTION CHAMBER ARRANGEMENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A combustion chamber arrangement comprising an annular combustion chamber, a plurality of lean burn fuel injectors and a stage of turbine nozzle guide vanes,the annular combustion chamber comprising an annular upstream end wall having a plurality of circumferentially spaced apertures and an annular downstream end, each of the plurality of lean burn fuel injectors comprising a plurality of coaxial air swirlers,
each of the plurality of lean burn fuel injectors being located in a respective one of the plurality of circumferentially spaced apertures in the annular upstream end wall, the stage of turbine nozzle guide vanes being arranged at the downstream end of the annular combustion chamber,
the stage of turbine nozzle guide vanes comprising an annular inner wall, an annular outer wall and a plurality of circumferentially spaced turbine nozzle guide vanes extending between and being secured to the annular inner wall and the annular outer wall,
the annular inner wall having an outer surface which has a plurality of outer surface portions and each of the plurality of outer surface portions is positioned between a pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes, the annular outer wall having an inner surface which has a plurality of inner surface portions and each of the plurality of inner surface portions is positioned between the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes,
the annular outer wall having at least one of the plurality of inner surface portions having a different contoured profile to a contoured profile of a respective circumferentially adjacent inner surface portion of the annular outer wall,
the annular inner wall having at least one of the plurality of outer surface portions having a different contoured profile to a contoured profile of a respective circumferentially adjacent outer surface portion of the annular inner wall,
circumferentially adjacent inner surface portions of the annular outer wall have different contoured profiles, circumferentially alternate inner surface portions of the annular outer wall have the same contoured profile,
circumferentially adjacent outer surface portions of the annular inner wall have different contoured profiles, circumferentially alternate outer surface portions of the annular inner wall have the same contoured profile, and
each of the plurality of inner surface portions of the annular outer wall has a first region projecting towards the annular inner wall adjacent a suction surface of one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes and adjacent a trailing edge of the one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes, a second region projecting away from the annular inner wall adjacent a pressure surface of the other one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes and adjacent a trailing edge of the other one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes, a third region projecting towards the annular inner wall adjacent the suction surface of the one of pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes and adjacent a leading edge of the one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes, a fourth region projecting towards the annular inner wall adjacent the pressure surface of the other one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes, and adjacent a leading edge of the other one of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes, and a fifth region projecting towards the annular inner wall circumferentially between the third region and the fourth region and between the leading edges of the pair of circumferentially adjacent turbine nozzle guide vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,968,748

NON-AXISYMMETRIC END WALL CONTOURING WITH AFT MID-PASSAGE PEAK

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A turbine section comprising:a pair of adjacent turbine airfoils, each airfoil including a first side, a second side, a leading edge, a trailing edge, and an axial chord length extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge, the pair of turbine airfoils having a first airfoil and a second airfoil; and
an endwall extending between the second side of the first airfoil and the first side of the second airfoil, the endwall comprising:
a first feature adjacent the second side of the first airfoil between the leading edge and the trailing edge, the first feature spanning thirty percent pitch and having a first depression with a maximum depression located only between twenty percent and eighty percent of the axial chord length of the first airfoil;
a second feature adjacent the first feature between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the first airfoil, the second feature spanning thirty percent pitch and having a first peak with a maximum height located only between sixty percent and ninety percent of the axial chord length of the first airfoil; and
a third feature adjacent the second feature and the first side of the second airfoil between the leading edge and the trailing edge, the third feature spanning thirty percent pitch and having a second depression with a maximum depression located only between twenty percent and fifty percent of an axial chord length of the second airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,968,747

AIRFOIL WITH THICKENED ROOT AND FAN AND ENGINE INCORPORATING SAME

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. An airfoil, comprising:a platform; and
a blade extending from the platform, the blade having a root and a tip each radially outward from the platform, the root being located between the tip and the platform and the blade has a radial height from the platform to the tip;
wherein the root has a fillet where the blade joins the platform of the airfoil, the fillet having a width that varies along an axial length of the blade, and a cross-sectional thickness of the blade at the root is greater than a cross-sectional thickness of the blade along at least 75% of the radial height of the blade as defined from the tip to the platform; and
wherein the blade includes a leading edge, a trailing edge and a central portion, the central portion between the leading edge and the trailing edge, the leading edge interacting with incoming airflow before other surfaces of the blade, the trailing edge interacting with outgoing airflow, and the width of the fillet at the leading edge and the trailing edge of the blade is less than the width of the fillet at the central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,746

SERPENTINE TURN COVER FOR GAS TURBINE STATOR VANE ASSEMBLY

RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES COR...

1. A stator vane assembly comprising:an inner diameter platform;
an outer diameter platform defining an air inlet orifice extending radially therethrough;
an airfoil extending between the inner diameter platform and the outer diameter platform, the airfoil having a hollow portion therein defining a serpentine cooling airflow path fluidly coupled to the air inlet orifice;
a collar extending radially outwardly from the outer diameter platform and positioned adjacent the air inlet orifice, the collar extending to a non-uniform radial distance, wherein a radially outer surface of the collar is angled such that a height of the radially outer surface adjacent to the air inlet orifice is lower than a height of other portions of the radially outer surface; and
a turn cover operatively coupled to the collar.

US Pat. No. 10,968,745

TURBINE, GAS TURBINE, AND METHOD OF DISASSEMBLING TURBINE BLADES

1. A turbine comprising:a rotor disk including a plurality of slots formed therein;
a plurality of turbine blades spaced apart from each other by a predetermined distance in a circumferential direction of the rotor disk on an outer peripheral surface, each of the turbine blades being inserted into an associated one of the slots; and
a retainer sealing a cooling passage defined between the rotor disk and the turbine blade,
wherein the turbine blade comprises an airfoil-shaped blade part, a root part inserted into the rotor disk, and a platform part located between the blade part and the root part, and the root part includes a blade hook protruding therefrom to support the retainer, and
wherein the root part includes a support protrusion protruding toward a bottom of the slot from a side of the root part coupled with the retainer, and the retainer is fixed to the support protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,744

TURBINE ROTOR ASSEMBLY HAVING A RETAINING COLLAR FOR A BAYONET MOUNT

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A turbine rotor assembly comprising:a rotor disc having a male mounting member comprising:
a cylindrical radially inward facing surface;
a cylindrical radially outward facing mounting surface;
a plurality of radially outward extending mounting pins spaced about the circumference of said mounting surface; and
a pair of apertures defined by said male mounting member, each aperture being adjacent one of said mounting pins;
an auxiliary annular wheel having a female mounting member comprising:
a cylindrical radially inward facing mounting surface; and
a plurality of mounting slots defined by said female mounting member and being spaced about the circumference of said female mounting member, each of said mounting slots having an open axially extending portion and a closed circumferentially extending portion, said auxiliary annular wheel being carried by said rotor disc in a predetermined axial and radial alignment wherein said radially inward facing mounting surface of said wheel frictionally engages said radially outward facing mounting surface of said rotor disc and each of said mounting pins is positioned adjacent a closed end of the circumferentially extending portion of one of said mounting slots; and
a retaining collar comprising:
a ring-shaped body having a pair of end portions separated by a gap, and an arcuate radially outward facing surface extending between said end portions; and
a pair of retention pins, each retention pin extending radially outward from one of the end portions, said retaining collar being positioned so that said radially outward facing surface frictionally engages said radially inward facing surface of said male mounting member and each of said retention pins extends radially outward from said body through one of said apertures and one of said mounting slots.

US Pat. No. 10,968,743

METHOD FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF A RADIAL TURBINE AND RADIAL TURBINE

EXERGY INTERNATIONAL S.R....

1. A method for the assembly of a counter-rotating radial turbine, comprising:preparing a central case;
pre-assembling a first turbine unit comprising:
a first half-case delimiting a first housing; a first rotating unit comprising a first shaft housed and rotatably supported in the first housing and that is free to rotate about a first axis of rotation with respect to said first housing; a first rotor disc joined to and overhanging a distal end of the first shaft and having a front bladed face facing the opposite side with respect to the first half-case; wherein pre-assembling the first turbine unit comprises: preparing the first half-case delimiting the first housing; preparing the first rotating unit comprising a first support sleeve and the first shaft rotatably housed in the first support sleeve; housing the first rotating unit in the first housing and fixing the first support sleeve to the first half-case;
pre-assembling a second turbine unit comprising:
a second half-case delimiting a second housing; a second rotating unit comprising a second shaft housed and rotatably supported in the second housing and that is free to rotate about a second axis of rotation with respect to said second housing; a second rotor disc joined to and overhanging a distal end of the second shaft and having a front bladed face facing the opposite side with respect to the second half-case; wherein pre-assembling the second turbine unit comprises: preparing the second half-case delimiting the second housing; preparing the second rotating unit comprising a second support sleeve and the second shaft rotatably housed in the second support sleeve; housing the second rotating unit in the second housing and fixing the second support sleeve to the second half-case;
coupling the first pre-assembled turbine unit and the second pre-assembled turbine unit to the central case so as to arrange the front bladed face of the first rotor disc in front of the front bladed face of the second rotor disc, wherein, following the coupling process, the first half-case and the second half-case laterally close the central case;
wherein pre-assembling the first turbine unit comprises: coupling first pipes to the first half-case, said first pipes being configured to set a working space delimited between the first rotor disc and the second rotor disc in fluid communication with the exterior; wherein pre-assembling the second turbine unit comprises: coupling second pipes to the second half-case, said second pipes being configured to set said working space in fluid communication with the exterior; and
further comprising: pre-assembling a first set comprising the first pipes joined to each other and applying the first set of first pipes en bloc to the first half-case by means of a relative axial translational movement; pre-assembling a second set comprising the second pipes joined to each other and applying the second set of second pipes en bloc to the second half-case by means of a relative translational movement.

US Pat. No. 10,968,742

ENGINE WITH WORK STROKE AND GAS EXCHANGE THROUGH PISTON ROD

Aquarius Engines (A.M.) L...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:a cylinder having a first combustion chamber at a first end and a second combustion chamber at a second end;
an exhaust port provided in a wall of the cylinder;
a first cylinder head located at an end of the first combustion chamber;
a second cylinder head located at an end of the second combustion chamber;
a double-faced piston slidably mounted within the cylinder and configured to move in a first stroke from the first end of the cylinder to the second end of the cylinder, wherein the first stroke includes a first expansion stroke portion during which chemical energy from combustion in the first combustion chamber is converted into mechanical power of the piston, and a first non-expansion stroke portion during which the piston continues to move toward the second end of the cylinder;
a first piston rod portion extending from a first face of the piston within the first combustion chamber to a first location outside the cylinder;
a second piston rod portion extending from an opposing second face of the piston within the second combustion chamber to a second location outside the cylinder;
a recess in the first piston rod portion or the second piston rod portion forming a passageway configured to communicate gases between the first combustion chamber and the first location outside the cylinder or between the second combustion chamber and the second location outside the cylinder;
a chamber surrounding the first piston rod portion or the second piston rod portion, the chamber configured to be supplied with gas and the chamber being isolated from the first combustion chamber and the second combustion chamber, and wherein the first piston rod portion or the second piston rod portion extends beyond the chamber,
wherein the cylinder and the piston are sized such that, during the first non-expansion stroke portion, the piston moves past the exhaust port and the recess brings the passageway into communication with the first combustion chamber or the second combustion chamber, for at least a length of the first stroke equal to a length of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,968,741

VARIABLE PRE AND DE-COMPRESSION CONTROL MECHANISM AND METHOD FOR HYDRAULIC DISPLACEMENT PUMP

VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, G...

1. A hydraulic pump, comprising:a rotating piston carrier, having first and second ends, including piston chambers therebetween, supported for rotation in an enclosed pump casing;
a plurality of hollow pistons, inserted into respective pistons chambers, from each of the first and second ends, and carried for collective rotation within the pump casing via the piston carrier, the pistons being driven in pumping action via a pair of respective floating piston plates connected to each of the respective pistons opposing each of the first and second ends of the piston carrier;
first and second valve plates having openings therethrough, for controlling flow of fluid to each of the plurality of pistons from an aligned respective first intake inlet and discharge outlet associated with the pump casing, the valve plates being suspended for incremental rotation in opposed end sections of the casing and opposed to the pistons, the valve plates including respective land areas, between the openings, wherein when one of the plurality of hollow pistons is passing the corresponding land area, the respective hollow piston is sealed, and fluid flow into and out of the hollow piston is momentarily stopped, the valve plates being configured to increment in rotation with respect to the rotation of the piston carrier in either a forward or rearward aspect, so as to alter the positional phase of the land area of the valve plate with respect to overall pump operation, wherein:
the respective first and second valve plates are configured for independent control, enabling shortening and lengthening of the effective land area of valve plate operation and thereby create de and pre-compression of fluid within the piston chambers when compared to fixed position valve plate pump operation.

US Pat. No. 10,968,740

INTERCHANGEABLE CHISEL HOLDER

Wirtgen GmbH

1. An interchangeable chisel holder apparatus, comprising:a chisel holder configured to be fastened to a milling drum of a soil working machine, the chisel holder including:
a base;
a plug connector integrally connected to and extending from one side of the base;
a leading protrusion integrally connected to the base and including a leading chisel receiving fixture extending from another side of the base and including a leading chisel receiving bore configured to interchangeably hold a leading chisel;
a trailing chisel receiving fixture including a bore; and
wherein the base, the plug connector and the leading protrusion have a common center plane including a longitudinal axis of the leading chisel receiving bore, and the bore of the trailing chisel receiving fixture is asymmetrically laterally offset from the center plane; and
a trailing chisel mounted on the chisel holder after the leading chisel receiving fixture, the trailing chisel including a trailing chisel tip and a shank connected indirectly or directly to the trailing chisel tip, the shank of the trailing chisel being received in the bore of the trailing chisel receiving fixture such that the trailing chisel is fixed axially and in a circumferential direction of the trailing chisel, and such that the trailing chisel is asymmetrically laterally offset from the center plane.

US Pat. No. 10,968,739

DIAMOND TIPPED UNITARY HOLDER/BIT

The Sollami Company, Her...

1. A bit assembly comprising:a tool comprising:
a body comprising an annular recess axially extending inwardly from a forward end of the body and a solid forward extension axially extending outwardly from the annular recess;
a shank extending axially from a bottom of the body; and
a transition member comprising a bore axially extending from a top of the transition member to a distal end of the transition member, the solid forward extension extending partially through the bore, and the distal end of the transition member adapted to be seated and brazed in the recess of the body; and
a base block comprising:
a base mounting portion including a base surface;
a device receiving portion integrally extending from the base mounting portion opposite the base surface; and
a base block bore extending through the device receiving portion, the base block bore adapted to receive the shank of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,968,738

REMANUFACTURED CONICAL BIT

The Sollami Company, Her...

1. A method of refurbishing a bit comprising the steps of:providing a used bit comprising a body portion and a generally cylindrical shank depending axially from the body portion;
removing a forward portion from the body portion of the used bit, the body portion including a first planar interface after the removal of said forward portion;
one of machining and cold heading an outer surface of a truncated forward body portion including a rear second planar interface;
welding the first planar interface of said body portion to said rear second planar interface of the truncated forward body portion;
wherein the step of one of machining and cold heading an outer surface of the truncated forward body portion includes the step of:
forming a plurality of flat surfaces on said outer surface of said truncated forward body portion, said flat surfaces positioned between a forward end of said truncated forward body portion and a back end of said truncated forward body portion; and
wherein the step of forming a plurality of flats includes the step of:
forming a shoulder at a terminal position of each flat surface that is perpendicular to said flat surface extending radially outward to said outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,968,737

ACOUSTIC COUPLER FOR DOWNHOLE LOGGING WHILE DRILLING APPLICATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

11. A bottom hole assembly comprising:a drill string configured to be placed in a wellbore, the drill string comprising coiled tubing;
a drill bit positioned at a downhole end of the drill string, the drill bit configured to form the wellbore within a geologic formation;
a drill motor positioned uphole of the drill bit, the drill motor configured to rotate the drill bit independent of the drill string; and
an acoustic sub-assembly attached to the drill string, uphole of the drill motor, the acoustic sub assembly comprising:
a plurality of acoustic emitters, the plurality of acoustic emitters configured to emit emitted soundwaves into the geologic formation from within the wellbore;
a plurality of acoustic couplers, wherein the plurality of acoustic couplers extend from an outer surface of the acoustic sub-assembly into an annulus formed by an inner wall of the wellbore and the outer surface of the acoustic sub-assembly, the plurality of acoustic couplers configured to receive reflected soundwaves from the geologic formation within the wellbore, the reflected soundwaves being reflections of the emitted soundwaves; and
a plurality of acoustic sensors configured to be placed in the wellbore and attached to the plurality of acoustic couplers, the plurality of acoustic couplers configured to transmit the received reflected soundwaves from the geologic formation to the plurality of acoustic sensors with less signal attenuation compared to a direct transmission of the reflected soundwaves from the geologic formation to the plurality of acoustic sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,968,736

LASER TOOL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

9. A method performed within a wellbore of a hydrocarbon-bearing rock formation, the method comprising:passing, through one or more optical transmission media comprising a fiber-optic cable having a first end and a second end, a laser beam generated by a laser generator attached to the first end of the fiber-optic cable and disposed at an origin of an optical path comprising the one or more optical transmission media;
rotating, about an axis, a laser tool comprising a mono-optic element that is part of the optical path and that has a first end and a second end, the first end of the mono-optic element attached to the second end of the fiber-optic cable such that the mono-optic element receives the laser beam directly from the second end of the fiber-optic cable, the mono-optic element altering at least one of a geometry or a direction of the laser beam for output from the second end of the mono-optic element to the hydrocarbon-bearing rock formation, the mono-optic element comprising at least one of a prism, a cube, and a cone;
monitoring, using one or more sensors, one or more conditions in the wellbore during operation of the laser tool; and
outputting signals based on the one or more conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,968,735

DEVIATED PRODUCTION WELL TELEMETRY WITH ASSISTING WELL/DRILLSHIP

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A telemetry and communication system comprising:a well production system comprising:
a telemetry sensor attached to a casing in a production well below a highly conductive layer of a formation, the casing encased by cement between the casing and the formation, wherein the highly conductive layer is characterized by a resistivity lower than 1 Ohm-m;
a transmitter, wherein the transmitter is disposed with the telemetry sensor and broadcast information recorded by the telemetry sensor through a formation during production; and
a well assist system comprising a sensor which is operable to receive information from the transmitter during the production.

US Pat. No. 10,968,734

DATA TRANSMISSION OF DOWNHOLE RECORDED MEASUREMENTS BY UNTETHERED OBJECT TO A TOOLSTRING INSIDE A WELL

1. A method comprising:placing an untethered sensing object inside a well fluid of a wellbore, whereby the untethered sensing object can perform sensing, data recording and data transmitting of well fluid and wellbore parameters;
sensing and data recording of well fluid and wellbore parameters by the untethered sensing object while being in the well fluid;
conveying from surface a toolstring including a communication module, inside the well fluid of the wellbore, after the untethered sensing object has been placed inside the well fluid of the wellbore, wherein the toolstring reaches a proximity distance between 0 ft and 3,000 ft [0 m and 1000 m] from the untethered sensing object;
transmitting recorded data by the untethered sensing object towards the communication module of the toolstring, after the toolstring has been conveyed from surface inside the well fluid of the wellbore;
retrieving at surface transmitted recorded data from the communication module of the toolstring.

US Pat. No. 10,968,733

DOWNHOLE TEMPERATURE SENSING OF THE FLUID FLOW IN AND AROUND A DRILL STRING TOOL

National Oilwell Vareo, L...

1. A temperature sensing device for determining downhole fluid temperature at a drill string in a borehole, the device comprising:a thermal insulator received in a cavity of the drill string;
a thermal conductor received in the thermal insulator;
a temperature sensor received in the thermal conductor and disposed adjacent a first opening in the cavity; and
a thermally insulating plug received in a second opening in the cavity, wherein the thermally insulating plug is configured to retain the thermal insulator and the thermal conductor in the cavity;
wherein the thermal insulator is configured to provide a first thermal barrier between the thermal conductor and the drill string and the thermally insulating plug is configured to provide a second thermal barrier between the thermal conductor and the drill string.

US Pat. No. 10,968,732

TUBULAR WEAR VOLUME DETERMINATION USING ELASTICITY CORRECTION

Landmark Graphics Corpora...

1. A method for determining tubular wear volume, the method comprising:determining a dynamic stretch of an inner tubular string positioned inside an outer tubular string, wherein the dynamic stretch is due to an elasticity of the inner tubular string;
determining a wear factor along the outer tubular string based upon the dynamic stretch;
determining the tubular wear volume based upon the wear factor, the tubular wear volume being a volume of tubular material removed by wear; and
conducting a wellbore operation using the tubular wear volume.

US Pat. No. 10,968,731

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A BLOWOUT PREVENTER

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A monitoring system configured to monitor a blowout preventer (BOP) stack assembly of a mineral extraction system, comprising:a processor configured to:
receive sensor data from one or more sensors positioned about the mineral extraction system;
sort the sensor data into a first set of the sensor data and a second set of the sensor data using time relative to a maintenance event, wherein the first set of the sensor data is obtained within a first time window immediately prior to the maintenance event and the second set of the sensor data is obtained prior to and outside of the first time window, and the maintenance event comprises an operation in which a component of the BOP stack assembly is repaired;
calculate a mean change in value of the second set of the sensor data over a second time window, wherein the second time window is outside of the first time window, and wherein the mean change in value of the second set of the sensor data comprises an average of a rate of change of the second set of the sensor data over the second time window;
input the mean change in value of the second set of the sensor data into a machine learning algorithm that utilizes predictive analytics on the mean change in value of the second set of the sensor data to build a model configured to generate a health index predictive of a future condition of the component of the BOP stack assembly, wherein the machine learning algorithm is configured to generate a health index threshold of the model that is based on the mean change in value of the second set of the sensor data, and wherein the first set of the sensor data is not used to build the model;
receive additional sensor data from the one or more sensors positioned about the mineral extraction system after the maintenance event;
input the additional sensor data into the model to generate the health index predictive of the future condition of the component of the BOP stack assembly;
provide an output indicative of the future condition of the component of the BOP stack assembly;
sort the additional sensor data into a first additional set of the additional sensor data and a second set of the additional sensor data using time relative to a second maintenance event, wherein the first set of the additional sensor is obtained within a third time window immediately prior to the second maintenance event and the second set of the additional sensor data is obtained prior to and outside of the third time window, and the second maintenance event comprises another operation in which the component is repaired; and
input only the second set of the additional sensor data, and not the first set of the additional sensor data, into the machine learning algorithm that utilizes predictive analytics on the second set of the additional sensor data to update the model, such that the model is built and updated using both the mean change in value of the second set of the sensor data and the second set of the additional sensor data, and not any of the first set of the sensor data and the first set of the additional sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,968,730

METHOD OF OPTIMIZING DRILLING RAMP-UP

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of operating a drilling rig, comprising:(a) drilling an interval of a wellbore en route to a subsurface formation using a drilling string and a drill bit, the drill bit drilling on a bottom of the wellbore;
(b) during the drilling on the bottom of the wellbore, receiving data representing at least two controllable drilling parameters selected from weight on bit (WOB), revolutions per minute (RPM) and flow rate (FR);
(c) after receiving the data
(i) ceasing drilling on the bottom and raising the drill bit off the bottom, and
(ii) lowering the drill string to the bottom of the wellbore and initiating a drilling ramp-up to drilling with the bit on the bottom;
(d) the ramp-up comprising modifying values for the at least two controllable drilling parameters from an initial (0,0) value when initiating the drilling ramp-up to a selected set of the at least two desired parameter values (V1*, V2*) at a return to drilling on the bottom;
(e) determining and monitoring a performance index (PI) of the drilling ramp-up step (d), the determining the performance index including using received data representing a combination of torque (TQ) and RPM;
(f) using the Performance Index (PI), identifying a parameter path (V1, V2) to the desired parameter values (V1*, V2*) for drilling ramp-up for drilling another interval of the wellbore; and
(g) further ramping up to the desired parameter values (V1*, V2*) via the parameter path (V1, V2) to drill the another interval of the wellbore;wherein the performance index comprises a cost function, wherein the cost function comprises at least one of:
where: V=vibration indicator,
TQ=surface torque,
TSE=torsional severity estimate for downhole stick-slip,
RPM=revolutions per minute,
?=bit aggressiveness coefficient,
wi=weighting coefficient defined by the user, and
?=Pearson's correlation coefficient between TQ and RPM, defined as

where: cov=covariance,
?=standard deviation, and
?=bit aggressiveness coefficient defined as:

where: d=bit O.D. or wellbore I.D.

US Pat. No. 10,968,729

DOWNHOLE HEATER

1. A downhole heating apparatus comprising:a mandrel;
a thermal barrier, the thermal barrier positioned on an exterior surface of the mandrel, the thermal barrier including one or more thermal barrier subcomponents; and
a downhole heater, the downhole heater mechanically coupled to the mandrel, the downhole heater positioned below the thermal barrier, the downhole heater including an electric heating element;
a lower perforated tubing joint, the lower perforated tubing joint being a lower vent, the lower vent positioned below the thermal barrier and fluidly coupling with a fluid coupling the interior of the lower perforated tubing joint to the exterior of the lower perforated tubing joint;
an upper perforated tubing joint, the upper perforated tubing joint being an upper vent, the upper vent positioned above the thermal barrier and fluidly coupling with the fluid coupling the interior of the upper perforated tubing joint to the exterior of the upper perforated tubing joint;
a check valve to prevent the fluid from passing into the lower perforated tubing joint; wherein the fluid is heavy oil and is low pressure;
wherein the downhole heater is in close proximity to a fluid lift device.

US Pat. No. 10,968,728

REAL-TIME WATER FLOOD OPTIMAL CONTROL WITH REMOTE SENSING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method, comprising:generating kth, (k+1)th, (k+2)th, . . . , (kfinal)th control inputs for actuating one or more flow control devices of at least one of a production well and an injection well of a well system during corresponding sampling steps k, (k+1), (k+2), . . . , kfinal, the production well being positioned a known distance from the injection well in a formation and the one or more flow control devices controlling a flow of a fluid between the production and injection wells through the formation;
measuring a position of a fluid front and a dynamic state of the well system during the kth sampling step;
predicting a dynamic state of the well system at each sampling step (k+1), (k+2), . . . , kfinal using a state predictor based on a control input used during a preceding sampling step, the position of the fluid front during the kth sampling step, and the dynamic state of the well system during the preceding sampling step;
optimizing the (k+1)th,(k+2)th, . . . , (kfinal)th control inputs using a desired cost function to obtain optimized values of the (k+1)th, (k+2)th, . . . , (kfinal)th control inputs; and
actuating the one or more flow control devices during the (k+1)th sampling step using the optimized value of the control input for the sampling step (k+1).

US Pat. No. 10,968,727

TREATING A FORMATION WITH A CHEMICAL AGENT AND LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG) DE-LIQUEFIED AT A WELLSITE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of treating a formation and a well extending therethrough, comprising:storing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at an on-site location of the well;
de-liquifying a first stream of the LNG to form a first natural gas;
injecting the first natural gas into the formation through the well to contact the formation;
injecting a chemical agent into the formation through the well to contact the formation;
admixing the chemical agent and the first natural gas before injecting the chemical agent and the first natural gas into the formation; and
treating the formation with the chemical agent and the first natural gas, wherein the treating comprises improving the natural formation permeability around the well.

US Pat. No. 10,968,726

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF POWER TRANSMISSION FOR DOWNHOLE APPLICATIONS

Alkhorayef Petroleum Comp...

1. A three-phase power transmission system for transmitting power over a multi-conductor power cable between a surface location and a sub-surface location, the power transmission system comprising:a surface system comprising a power supply providing direct current (DC) power to the multiconductor power cable; and
a sub-surface system coupled to the surface system via the multi-conductor power cable, the subsurface system comprising a downhole motor including a Y-point, and
a downhole system coupled between the Y-point and a ground reference voltage, the downhole system configured to be powered, dependent on the operating conditions of the power transmission system, by (i) the DC power provided by the surface system, (ii) alternating current (AC) power drawn from the Y-point, or (iii) a combination of the DC power and the AC power;
wherein the downhole system is powered at least in part based on an AC voltage at the Y-point when the power cable has an insulation fault, the insulation fault causing the AC voltage to be present at the Y-point, and wherein the downhole system comprises:
one or more measurement circuits and sensors;
an attenuator circuit coupled to the Y-point and being configured to attenuate the AC voltage at the Y-point, and
a regulator circuit coupled to the attenuator circuit and configured to power the one or more measurement circuits or sensors based on the attenuated voltage;
wherein the attenuator circuit comprises: an inductor coupled to the Y-point and a resistor connected in series with the inductor;
wherein the regulator circuit comprises: a rectifier circuit coupled to the resistor of the attenuator circuit and being configured to generate a rectified voltage for powering the one or more measurement devices, sensors, or circuits from the attenuated AC voltage;
wherein the rectifier circuit comprises: a diode connected in series with the resistor of the attenuator circuit and a smoothing capacitor connected to the diode, wherein the diode and the smoothing capacitor are configured to provide rectified voltage signal for powering the one or more measurement devices, sensors, or circuits from the attenuated AC voltage;
wherein the downhole system further comprises a voltage-limiting device connected in parallel with the smoothing capacitor, the voltage limiting device limiting voltage applied across one or more components of the downhole system.

US Pat. No. 10,968,725

METHOD OF EXTRACTING COAL BED METHANE USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1304338 Alberta Ltd., Ed...

1. A method of producing methane from a coal bed by pumping carbon dioxide into a coal seam of the coal bed to be adsorbed on the coal while displacing and extracting methane from the coal bed, the extracted methane being used to supply a fuel cell for the generation of electricity, the method comprising the steps of:identifying a coal bed suitable for sequestering carbon dioxide and producing methane;
producing coal bed methane from the coal bed and processing the coal bed methane in a coal bed methane processing unit to prepare and supply at least a portion of the methane as a fuel input for a fuel cell;
operating the fuel cell to generate electricity and an anode exhaust stream, the fuel cell being fuelled by the processed coal bed methane;
passing the fuel cell anode exhaust stream through a first set of heat exchangers to cool the fuel cell anode exhaust stream and condense a steam component of the anode exhaust stream;
separating the anode exhaust stream into a condensed steam stream and a gaseous carbon dioxide stream in a first separator;
cooling the gaseous carbon dioxide stream in a second set of heat exchangers to produce a condensed carbon dioxide stream;
separating the condensed carbon dioxide stream and a remaining gaseous carbon dioxide stream from the gaseous carbon dioxide stream in a second separator, the remaining gaseous carbon dioxide stream being supplied to a cathode of the fuel cell for use as a fuel cell input; and
pressurizing the condensed carbon dioxide stream in a pump to a pressure that is greater than a formation pressure of the coal bed, the condensed carbon dioxide being uncompressed relative to the fuel cell anode exhaust stream prior to being pressurized in the pump;
warming the pressurized condensed carbon dioxide stream in at least the second set of heat exchangers to produce an injection stream of carbon dioxide, the injection stream comprising a temperature that is suitable to produce methane from the coal bed; and
injecting the injection stream of carbon dioxide into the coal bed for sequestration and displacement of coal bed methane.

US Pat. No. 10,968,724

CLASSIFICATION AND REGRESSION TREE ANALYSIS OF FORMATION REALIZATIONS

Landmark Graphics Corpora...

1. A method comprising:Applying, by a computer processor coupled a non-transitory computer-readable medium and in communication with a wellbore tool extending into a subterranean formation, a classification and regression tree algorithm (CART) analysis to a plurality of formation realizations using a first formation property of a subterranean formation as a predictor in the CART analysis, wherein the plurality of formation realizations are for a second formation property and are based on at least one measured formation property, thereby yielding an association between the first and second formation properties for each of the plurality of formation realizations
analyzing a strength of the association for each of the plurality of formation realizations; and
selecting a candidate formation realization from the plurality of formation realizations based on the strength of the association and storing the candidate formation on the non-transitory computer-readable medium.

US Pat. No. 10,968,723

FOAM CLEANOUT METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR WELLBORES

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method for performing a foam cleanout of a well, comprising:calculating foam properties at each of a plurality of segments in the well during the foam cleanout, the calculating for a segment of the plurality of segments comprising:
a) calculating foam properties at an exit from the segment;
b) calculating average foam properties for the segment;
c) calculating a frictional pressure drop based on the average foam properties in the segment;
d) calculating dynamic pressure due to acceleration properties in the segment;
e) iteratively calculating hydrostatic pressure in the segment; and
f) determining pressure at the exit from the segment;
determining a screening limit;
comparing the foam properties to the determined screening limit;
providing an output to indicate if a foam cleanout is feasible; and
if feasible performing the foam cleanout, or if not feasible adjusting the foam properties until the output indicates that the foam cleanout is feasible and then performing the cleanout using the calculated foam properties for each of the plurality of segments.

US Pat. No. 10,968,722

VALVE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW IN AN OIL, GAS OR WATER WELL

M-l Drilling Fluids UK Li...

19. A method of diverting fluid flow in a wellbore of a well, the method comprising:flowing fluid through a valve assembly having a body comprising a bore with an axis, a control sleeve which is axially movable within the bore relative to an outlet port provided in the body between open and closed configurations of the control sleeve to open and close fluid communication between the outlet port and the bore, and first and second seats disposed in the control sleeve, the bore being in fluid communication with the wellbore, wherein the first seat is adapted to resiliently deform from a first resting configuration to a second deformed configuration of the first seat to allow passage of a valve closure member past the first seat at a first threshold pressure of fluid acting on the valve closure member seated on the first seat, and wherein the second seat is adapted to resiliently deform from a first resting configuration to a second deformed configuration of the second seat to allow passage of the valve closure member past the second seat at a second threshold pressure of fluid acting on the valve closure member seated on the second seat, wherein the second threshold pressure is higher than the first threshold pressure;
admitting the valve closure member into the bore of the body and seating the valve closure member on the first seat;
raising fluid pressure acting on the seated valve closure member on the first seat to the first threshold pressure to move the valve closure member past the first seat and seating the valve closure member on the second seat;
raising the pressure acting on the seated valve closure member on the second seat to an activation pressure between the first and second threshold pressures and diverting the fluid flowing in the bore through a fluid outlet in communication with the bore and disposed between the first and second seats;
retaining the valve closure member between the first and second seats during activation; and
raising the pressure above the seated valve closure member on the second seat to the second threshold pressure to move the seated valve closure member through the second seat to open the bore of the valve assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,968,721

FLOW-THROUGH PULSING ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN DOWNHOLE OPERATIONS

IMPULSE DOWNHOLE SOLUTION...

1. A variable choke assembly, comprising:a rotary component, comprising:
a rotary component body having at least one port extending through the rotary component body, and a rotary component central bore permitting fluid flow straight through the rotary component body, the rotary component central bore permitting fluid flow through an entire length of the rotary component body; and
a tapered surface; and
a stationary component, comprising:
a stationary component body having at least one cooperating port extending through the stationary component body, and a stationary component central bore permitting fluid flow straight through the stationary component body; and
a complementary tapered surface for engaging the tapered surface of the rotary component when the rotary component sits in the stationary component,
wherein the rotary component and the stationary component are configured such that in use in a string for downhole operations the complementary tapered surface resists transverse travel of the rotary component such that the rotary component central bore of the and the stationary component central bore remain substantially aligned while each of the at least one port of the rotary component enters into and out of alignment with one or more of the at least one cooperating port of the stationary component when the rotary component is rotated relative to the stationary component.

US Pat. No. 10,968,720

DOWNHOLE DEVICES, ASSOCIATED APPARATUS AND METHODS

SWELLFIX UK LIMITED, Abe...

1. A downhole device comprising:a generating material having a fluid contact surface, that contact surface being configured to be in contact with a fluid downhole, and the generating material being configured to generate an electric charge at the generating material in response a fluid at the contact surface; the device further comprising
a signal source configured to provide a signal in response to a generated electric charge at the generating material;
a flow control mechanism in communication with the signal source, the flow control mechanism being configured to operate responsive to signals being provided from the signal source and in response to the generated electric charge at the generating material, wherein the flow control mechanism comprises an activation device, the activation device comprising,
a retainer configured to retain the flow control mechanism in a particular configuration, and to activate upon receipt of a signal from the signal source so as to release the flow control mechanism, wherein the retainer comprises a conducting sacrificial element configured such that current from the signal passes through the conducting sacrificial element, and further configured such that when a rate of charge flowing through the conducting sacrificial element exceeds a particular threshold, a structural integrity of the conducting sacrificial element decreases to allow activation of the flow control mechanism; and,
a biasing mechanism configured to assist with operable opening/closing of the flow control mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,968,719

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DROPPING A PUMP DOWN PLUG OR BALL

GULFSTREAM SERVICES, INC....

21. A method of transmitting a cementitious mass into a well casing, comprising the steps of:a) providing a housing having an inlet at its upper end adapted to be fluidly connected in line with the lower end of a top drive, an outlet generally aligned with the inlet, a flow channel that connects the inlet and the outlet, a plurality of sleeves that divide the flow channel into an inner channel and an outer channel, a plurality of valving members spaced between the inlet and the outlet, each valving member having a flow bore, and being movable between open and closed positions;
b) enabling fluid to bypass the valving members via the outer channel when said valving member is in the closed position;
c) flowing fluid in the outer channel and around a valving member when a valving member is in the closed position and through the valving member via the inner channel when the valving member is in the open position;
d) supporting a dart, ball or plug with said valving member when closed;
e) permitting the dart, ball or plug to pass said valving member when open;
f) connecting the housing to a section of casing below the valving members, the casing having a casing bore;
g) placing a pair of casing plugs in the casing bore, each casing plug having a central opening;
h) launching a first of said darts, balls or plugs downward from the housing into the casing until it interlocks with a first of the casing plugs;
i) pumping a fluid into the casing to force the first casing plug and dart, ball or plug downwardly, said fluid including cement; and
j) launching a second of said darts, balls or plugs from the housing into the casing down until it connects with a second of the casing plugs; and
k) pumping the second casing plug and dart, ball or plug downwardly with the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,968,718

SEAL HOUSING WITH FLANGE COLLAR, FLOATING BUSHING, SEAL COMPRESSOR, FLOATING POLISHED ROD, AND INDEPENDENT FLUID INJECTION TO STACKED DYNAMIC SEALS, AND RELATED APPARATUSES AND METHODS OF USE

PCM CANADA INC., Lloydmi...

15. A method comprising:mounting a stationary housing defining a polished rod passage to a wellhead at a top of a well that penetrates a subterranean formation, in which a tubular shaft is mounted to rotate within the stationary housing, and a dynamic seal mounted to the stationary housing encircles the tubular shaft within the stationary housing;
mounting a drive head to the stationary housing; and
operating the drive head to rotate a polished rod, which passes through the tubular shaft and stationary housing, to pump fluid from the well;
in which a free base end of the tubular shaft floats in radial directions within the polished rod passage in response to contact with the polished rod.

US Pat. No. 10,968,717

ADJUSTABLE FRACTURING SYSTEM

Seaboard International, L...

1. A system for supplying fracturing fluid to a first fracturing tree coupled to a first wellhead, the system comprising:a first zipper module having a lower block with a first opening configured to receive the fracturing fluid, the lower block being independently rotatable at a swivel assembly around a vertical axis relative to the lower block;
an upper block with a second opening configured to dispel the fracturing fluid, the upper block being independently rotatable at a swivel connection around the vertical axis;
an internal flow path between the upper block and the lower block; and
a first fluid conduit between the first zipper module and the first fracturing tree, the first fluid conduit comprising a first pipe and a second pipe, each pipe having a respective first end and a second end, the first end of the first pipe connected to the upper block of the first zipper module at the second opening and the second end of the first pipe is connected to a first end of the second pipe, the second pipe having a single fixed invariable length between the first and second ends, wherein the second pipe second end is configured to be connected end-to-end to another pipe, wherein the first pipe and the second pipe define a first straight flow path between the first zipper module and the first fracturing tree.

US Pat. No. 10,968,716

WELLHEAD PROFILE WITH INCREASED FATIGUE RESISTANCE

Vetco Gray, LLC, Houston...

1. A wellhead, comprising:a wellhead body; and
a cylindrical locking end coupled to the wellhead body for locking onto a wellhead connector, the locking end comprising:
an exterior surface comprising an exterior locking profile, the exterior locking profile comprising an exterior groove formed between exterior stab and load flanks on the exterior surface; and
an interior surface comprising an interior locking profile, the interior locking profile comprising an interior groove formed between interior stab and load flanks on the interior surface,
wherein at least one of the exterior groove or the interior groove is a relief groove that undercuts at least one of the respective stab or load flank, a contour of the relief groove being non-tangential to at least one of the respective stab or load flank.

US Pat. No. 10,968,715

SYSTEMS FOR SEALING PRESSURE CONTROL EQUIPMENT

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An actuation assembly to actuate a component of a mineral extraction system, the actuation assembly comprising:an actuator configured to generate a force in a direction;
a lever assembly coupled to the actuator, wherein the lever assembly is configured to rotate about a fulcrum in response to application of the force and is coupled to the actuator at a first end of the lever assembly, the lever assembly is coupled to the fulcrum at a second end of the lever assembly, opposite the first end, and the lever assembly is coupled to the piston between the first end and the second end; and
a piston coupled to the lever assembly, wherein the piston is configured to move in the direction in response to rotation of the lever assembly about the fulcrum.

US Pat. No. 10,968,714

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STUCK DRILL STRING MITIGATION

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

6. A method for moving a tubular string within a wellbore during a stuck pipe event, the method comprising the steps of:engaging a stuck pipe with a fishing member; and
rotating an imbalanced member to generate a shock against a proximate side of a wellbore wall,
where the fishing member is coupled to a downhole swivel housing of a swivel member and the imbalanced member is rotationally coupled to an uphole swivel housing of the swivel member such that the uphole swivel housing and the imbalanced member are rotative relative to the downhole swivel housing and the fishing member,
where the swivel member includes a tension transmission profile operable to transmit tension force from the uphole swivel housing to the downhole swivel housing,
where the imbalanced member includes an imbalanced profile having a cross-sectional center of gravity off-centered relative to a longitudinal axis of the imbalanced member,
where the imbalanced profile has an outer diameter less than an outermost diameter of the imbalanced member.

US Pat. No. 10,968,713

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING OSCILLATION DOWNHOLE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for providing oscillations downhole, comprising:coupling a tool and a vibrator to a conveyance, the vibrator having a vibrating mass disposed about a stator;
moving the conveyance, the tool, and the vibrator downhole into a wellbore;
operating the vibrator to free the tool from a stuck position within the wellbore by creating oscillating forces acting on the tool; and
applying a pull force to the conveyance from surface.

US Pat. No. 10,968,712

ADAPTABLE ANCHOR, SYSTEM AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPE...

1. An adaptable anchor comprising:a frame;
an arm directly connected to the frame and articulated therefrom;
a pad connected to the arm at a distance from the articulation with the frame;
a wedge mounted directly to the frame and movable along the frame and in wedging contact with the arm;
a biasing member disposed to selectively apply a biasing energy between the frame and the wedge; and
a degradable retainer preventing application of the biasing energy until degraded.

US Pat. No. 10,968,711

SHIFTING TOOL HAVING PUNCTURE DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, AGE COMPANY...

14. A method of operating within a tubular, the method including:running a shifting tool having a body within the tubular;
selectively aligning a structure engaging member of the shifting tool with a structure within the tubular;
radially moving the structure engaging member to engage with the structure;
engaging a puncture device of the shifting tool with a barrier that blocks a flowbore of the tubular; and
shifting the structure within the tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,968,710

MODULAR MANAGED PRESSURE DRILLING CHOKE SYSTEM

18. A modular managed pressure drilling system for a well, the system comprising:a first skid;
a first choke secured to the first skid;
a first inlet flow block connected to an inlet of the first choke wherein the first inlet flow block directs fluid into the inlet of the first choke from the well, wherein the first inlet flow block provides a first opening and a second opening from which the fluid flows through the first inlet flow, wherein the first opening directs the fluid into the first choke, wherein the second opening of the first inlet flow block directs the fluid to bypass the first choke;
a first outlet flow block connected to an outlet of the first choke wherein the fluid exits the first choke through the first outlet flow block, wherein the first outlet flow block provides at least two openings from which the fluid may flow from the first outlet flow block;
a second skid attachable to the first skid;
a first component secured to the second skid wherein the fluid flows from the first choke to the first component;
the first outlet flow block connected to the outlet of the first choke wherein the outlet flow block directs the fluid from the first choke through the first outlet flow block to the first component;
a bypass connected to the first inlet flow block directing the fluid to bypass the first choke and the first component;
wherein the first inlet flow block directs the fluid in two separate directions, a first direction that flows through the bypass to bypass the first choke and a second direction through the first choke.

US Pat. No. 10,968,709

CENTRIFUGE TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS

1. A method, the method comprising:raising centrifuge equipment to a desired height via a lifting apparatus, the lifting apparatus comprising:
a support structure, a base portion and a scissor-lift device disposed between the support structure and the base portion, the scissor-lift device comprising:
a first arm having a first end and a second end pivotally connected to a second arm having a first end and a second end, the first end of the first arm hingedly connected to the base portion and the second end of the first arm slidably engaged with the support structure, the first end of the second arm slidably engaged with the base portion and the second end of the second arm hingedly connected to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,968,708

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RAISING COMPONENTS FROM A WELLBORE

McGarian TDC Limited, Po...

1. A lifting apparatus for lifting drill string components from a wellbore, the lifting apparatus comprising:upper and lower support elements, each of the support elements having a central aperture passing therethrough;
a lifting arrangement which is operable to vary the distance between the upper and lower support elements between a first, relatively short distance and a second, relatively long distance; and
selective gripping arrangements held or supported by the upper and lower support elements, respectively, each selective gripping arrangement being operable to apply a gripping force to the exterior of a substantially tubular element passing through the central apertures of the upper and lower support elements, wherein the selective gripping arrangements may be activated or deactivated independently of one another to jack a drill string, and wherein the selective gripping arrangements each comprise a set of slips, in the form of a tapered bowl which is narrower at its bottom end than at the top end, with gripping elements provided on the interior of the bowl to grip the outer surface of a tubular passing therethrough, each of which can be opened so that a substantially tubular element can be removed laterally therefrom,
wherein the upper and lower support elements each have an inner surface defining the central aperture, and an outer surface, and a slot passing through the entire depth of the element and providing communication between the inner surface and the outer surface, and wherein the central apertures of the upper and lower support elements are at least partially aligned with one another, and the slots of the upper and lower support elements are at least partially aligned with one another,
wherein the selective gripping arrangement held by the upper support element may be placed in a closed position, so that it grips an outer surface of the substantially tubular element and supports the substantially tubular element, and while the selective gripping arrangement held by the upper support element is in the closed position, the selective gripping arrangement held by the lower support element may be placed in an open position so that cables can be removed from a side of the substantially tubular element through the slot of the lower support element.

US Pat. No. 10,968,707

SUBSEA METHANE HYDRATE PRODUCTION

Aker Solutions AS, Lysak...

1. A method of providing a methane hydrate production string extending between a subsea methane hydrate formation and a surface installation, wherein a drilled well extends between the methane hydrate formation and the seabed, the method comprising:a) joining tubing pipe segments into a tubing string configured for transporting liquid, and arranging a submersible pump as a part of the tubing string for pumping the liquid through the tubing string;
b) suspending the tubing string from the surface installation;
c) connecting a lower end of a landing string to an emergency disconnection package which is arranged above a well control package;
d) landing and connecting, at the surface installation, the well control package with a connector to an upper end of the tubing string, while the tubing string is suspended from the surface installation; and
e) on the landing string, lowering the tubing string from the surface installation through the open water into the well until the well control package lands on a wellhead on top of said well.

US Pat. No. 10,968,706

ASSEMBLY FOR PRODUCING A THREADED CONNECTION FOR DRILLING AND OPERATING HYDROCARBON WELLS, AND RESULTING THREADED CONNECTION

VALLOUREC OIL AND GAS FRA...

1. An assembly for producing a threaded connection, comprising:a first and a second tubular component with an axis of revolution and each respectively provided with a threaded end including at least a first continuous threaded zone, a second continuous threaded zone, and a third continuous threaded zone aligned with a same helix on an outer or inner peripheral surface of the component depending on whether the threaded end is male or female in type, and configured to cooperate together upon makeup, at least one of the first or second or third threaded zones having a variable width thread profile that is self-locking, said threaded end of the first tubular component and the threaded end of the second tubular component each finishing in a free terminal surface and being free of a specific abutment surface, at least one sealing surface being provided between each of the adjacent threaded zones of the first tubular component and the second tubular component such that the at least one sealing surface provided between the first threaded zone and the second threaded zone of the first and second tubular component cooperate in a sealed interference fit and the at least one sealing surface provided between the second threaded zone and the third threaded zone of the first and second tubular component cooperate in a sealed interference fit when the connection is in a made up state,
wherein the first, second, and third continuous threaded zones of each threaded end extend in a same taper generatrix.

US Pat. No. 10,968,705

MATRIX BODY PDC DRILL BIT

SEED TECHNOLOGIES CORP., ...

1. A matrix body PDC drill bit, comprising:a drill crown having a connecting block,
a bit body having a connecting sleeve,
wherein the connecting block and the connecting sleeve are connected at a junction of the drill crown and the bit body, a plurality of engaging teeth on the connecting block and a plurality of engaging grooves on the connecting sleeve engaging with each other to transfer torque, and
a combined limiting sleeve comprising a plurality of sub-limiting sleeves which are fixedly joined by welding to form the combined limiting sleeve, the combined limiting sleeve disposed about an outer peripheral surface of the connecting sleeve;
wherein an inner side of each sub-limiting sleeve is provided with an upper limiting shoulder and a lower limiting shoulder, and the upper limiting shoulder and the lower limiting shoulder are spaced apart along a longitudinal axis of the drill bit; and
wherein the connecting block is inserted into the connection sleeve to allow the upper limiting shoulder and the lower limiting shoulder to abut against fixed end surfaces of the connecting block and the connecting sleeve, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,968,704

IN-SITU LASER GENERATOR COOLING SYSTEM FOR DOWNHOLE APPLICATION AND STIMULATIONS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

8. A method for penetrating a subterranean formation with a downhole laser assembly, the method including: generating a raw laser beam with a laser generation unit located within a laser housing within a subterranean well; providing a compressed aft supply to a compressed aft supply port of a vortex tube, where the compressed aft supply is located at an earth's surface, the vortex tube being located at the laser housing within the subterranean well below an earth's surface; exhausting a hot aft stream in a direction away from the laser generation unit with a hot air outlet the vortex tube; and directing a cold aft stream over the laser generation unit with a cold aft outlet of the vortex tube, where generating the raw laser beam includes reflecting a located at a first end of an active medium and an output coupler mirror located at a second end of the active medium.

US Pat. No. 10,968,703

DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING CYCLICAL TORQUE ON DIRECTIONAL DRILLING ACTUATORS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

17. A method for steering a rotary tool relative to a borehole wall, comprising;moving a plurality of actuators radially and thereby extending the plurality of actuators outwardly from a body on the rotary tool, the plurality of actuators mounted transverse to a rotational axis of the body, at least one actuator of the plurality of actuators including:
a shaft,
an actuator body, and
a working face located on the actuator body and oriented radially away from the rotational axis of the body, the working face having a perimeter with a downhole edge and a leading edge, the working face including a first surface and a second surface, the second surface closer to the downhole edge than the first surface, wherein the working face has a first material and a second material, the second material being on at least a portion of the second surface and at least a portion of the leading edge or the downhole edge of the perimeter;
in response to moving the plurality of actuators radially, contacting the at least one actuator of the plurality of actuators to the borehole wall at a contact point, such that the rotary tool is deflected in an opposite direction of the contact point;
applying a first torque to the at least one actuator of the plurality of actuators by the contact of the first material on a leading edge of the working face with the borehole wall; and
applying a second torque to the at least one actuator of the plurality of actuators by the contact of the second material with the borehole wall.

US Pat. No. 10,968,702

ROCK DRILLING MACHINE, RIG AND METHOD FOR REINFORCING ROCK SURFACES

SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTR...

5. A method of reinforcing rock surfaces, the method comprising:drilling drill holes in a rock surface with a rock drilling machine;
mixing resin components of a grouting material with an external mixing device located outside a body of the rock drilling machine and connected to a feed conduit in fluid connection with a feed port arranged for receiving the grouting material;
injecting the grouting material through a drilling tool connected to the rock drilling machine;
arranging a rock bolt to the drill hole; and
feeding the grouting material through a flushing housing, the flushing housing, feed conduit and feed port being part of a flushing feed path of a flushing system of the rock drilling machine, and at least one flushing port being arranged for feeding flushing fluid to the flushing housing, wherein the injected grouting material and the flushing fluid is fed through the flushing feed path of the rock drilling machine, and wherein the grouting material and the flushing fluid are configured to be fed through a single feed port, which is common for both the grouting material and flushing fluid feeding.

US Pat. No. 10,968,701

APPARATUS FOR DRILLING AN OIL WELL USING A DOWNHOLE POWERED ROTATING DRILL SHOE MOUNTED ON CASING OR LINER

Steel Space Casing Drilli...

1. An apparatus for driving a drillable drill bit, comprising:a tubular string suspendable in a borehole;
a drill pipe housed within and extending axially from the tubular string, wherein a distal end of the drill pipe is configured to be fixable to the drillable drill bit;
a plurality of motors configured to drive the drillable drill bit, wherein the plurality of motors are mounted circumferentially on the tubular string, wherein the plurality of motors are attached to a wall of the tubular string and are located partially outside the tubular string and wherein each of the plurality of motors comprises a respective drive shaft; and
a gear assembly comprising a driver component and a driven component, wherein the driver component is rotatably mounted on at least one of the drive shafts of the plurality of motors and the driven component is rotatably mounted on the drill pipe, the driven component disposed radially inwards of the driver component such that an outer surface of the driven component engages an inner surface of the driver component, and wherein the plurality of motors is configured to be powered by pressure and fluid of a drilling fluid pumped through the tubular string causing the driver component mounted on at least one drive shaft of the plurality of motors to drive the driven component mounted on the drill pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,968,700

BALL TRANSFER MECHANISM WITH POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND BEARING SUPPORT

1. A ball transfer mechanism comprising:a plurality of spherical balls and corresponding cylindrical seat portions of a hollow cylindrical housing; the corresponding seat portions defining a hemispherical recess with a contour for receiving the plurality of spherical balls; the ball transfer mechanism disposed within an exterior wall of the hollow cylindrical housing for converting rotary motion to linear motion for driving a linear piston motor disposed within the housing;
wherein the mechanism further comprises retainers for the hollow cylindrical housing that are preloaded to enable bi-directional cycling of the linear piston motor; and
wherein the seat portion comprises a hard metal outer layer and a polycrystalline diamond core portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,699

LOBED ROTOR WITH CIRCULAR SECTION FOR FLUID-DRIVING APPARATUS

Roper Pump Company, Comm...

1. A fluid displacement apparatus, comprising:a stator section including a cylindrical casing, a helically-convoluted chamber section within the cylindrical casing, and a rigid sleeve within the cylindrical casing and separate from the helically-convoluted chamber section, the rigid sleeve being secured to an inside surface of the cylindrical casing and including a circular internal bore; and
a rotor rotatably disposed within the cylindrical casing, the rotor including:
a helically-lobed section disposed within the helically-convoluted chamber section, and
a circular cylinder section disposed over a portion of the helically lobed section and within the rigid sleeve, the circular cylinder section providing a fluid passageway between the rigid sleeve and the circular cylinder section,
wherein an outer surface of the circular cylinder section contacts an inside surface of the rigid sleeve along a longitudinal line of the rigid sleeve when the rotor rotates within the cylindrical casing.

US Pat. No. 10,968,698

DOOR, IN PARTICULAR A HIGH-SPEED DOOR

FRINOVA GMBH, Pansdorf (...

1. A door comprising:a door leaf with a vertical running direction and a closure direction;
a drive for opening and closing the door leaf;
a shaft connected to the drive and onto which the door leaf can be wound or which a pull means is led, via which the pull means the door leaf is movable; and
a braking device which is continuously active at least in the closure direction, the braking device comprising a brake drum and a stationary belt brake continuously applying a frictional force to the brake drum, the brake drum being arranged on the shaft in a rotationally fixed manner, the stationary belt brake at least partly encompassing the drum, wherein the stationary belt brake is arranged such that a braking force is always applied in the closure direction of the door leaf and in an opening direction of the door, wherein the braking force applied in the closure direction of the door is greater than the braking force applied in the opening direction of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,968,697

WINDOW TREATMENT CONTROL USING BRIGHT OVERRIDE

LUTRON TECHNOLOGY COMPANY...

1. A system comprising:a window treatment configured to be positioned adjacent to a window of a room, the window treatment having a motor drive unit for adjusting a position of the window treatment;
a sensor for measuring a light level at the window; and
a controller programmed to provide signals to the motor drive unit to adjust the position of the window treatment so as to control a penetration distance of sunlight into the room when the window treatment is partially opened,
the controller programmed to position the window treatment in a bright override position when the measured light level is at least one of greater than or equal to a bright threshold value,
wherein the controller is further programmed to calculate the bright threshold value as a function of at least one of an altitude angle of the sun or an incident angle between rays from the sun and a surface normal of the window.

US Pat. No. 10,968,696

INTEGRATED ACCESSIBLE BATTERY COMPARTMENT FOR MOTORIZED WINDOW TREATMENT

LUTRON TECHNOLOGY COMPANY...

1. A motorized window treatment comprising:a housing that is configured to be mounted to a structure;
a window treatment assembly that is supported by the housing, wherein the window treatment assembly includes a covering material that is operable between a raised position and a lowered position; and
a battery compartment that is pivotally supported by the housing along a first pivot axis that extends parallel to a longitudinal axis of the covering material, wherein the battery compartment is operable between a closed position and an opened position by pivoting the battery compartment about the first pivot axis to cause the battery compartment to move away from a plane defined by the covering material;
wherein the battery compartment is configured to hold one or more batteries that are accessible along a direction that is normal to the longitudinal axis when the battery compartment is in the opened position.

US Pat. No. 10,968,695

FIXING ASSEMBLY FOR ROLLER SHADE

Nien Made Enterprise Co.,...

1. A fixing assembly for fixing a roller shade to an external environment; the fixing assembly comprising:a fixing member, which comprises a connecting portion and a snap-fitting portion; wherein the snap-fitting portion is connected to the connecting portion, and an end of the snap-fitting portion is exposed out of the connecting portion; and
a fixing support, wherein the fixing support comprises a fixing portion and a snap-fitted portion; the fixing portion is adapted to be fixedly connected to the external environment; the snap-fitted portion is fixedly provided on a surface of the fixing portion facing the fixing member; the snap-fitting portion of the fixing member is adapted to be detachably connected to the fixing support; the snap-fitted portion has a first position and a second position, and the snap-fitting portion of the fixing member is adapted to engage with the snap-fitted portion at one of the first position and the second position according to operation.

US Pat. No. 10,968,694

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR AN ARCHITECTURAL COVERING AND AN END BEARING FOR THE MOUNTING SYSTEM

Hunter Douglas Industries...

1. A mounting system for an architectural covering, the mounting system comprising:a roller for winding and unwinding a flexible member of the architectural covering; and
an end bearing configured to be coupled to an axial end portion of the roller for rotatably mounting the roller to a holding member, the end bearing comprising a length variation member that is configured to be biased into a first state defining a bearing length allowing the roller to be held by the holding member, the length variation member being movable into a second state in which the bearing length is reduced such that the roller is removable from the holding member, the length variation member including an end portion configured to be located at least partially outside the roller when the length variation member is in the first state;
wherein:
the end portion includes an outer surface defining a sloped profile extending axially between a radially outer end of the outer surface and a radially inner end of the outer surface;
the end bearing further comprises at least one diverting portion projecting from the outer surface of the end portion at a location between the radially outer and inner ends of the outer surface of the end portion; and
a radially outer edge of the at least one diverting portion is positioned proximal to the radially outer end of the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,968,693

VALANCE ASSEMBLY FOR A COVERING AND ASSOCIATED PACKAGING

HUNTER DOUGLAS INDUSTRIES...

1. A valance assembly configured to be installed relative to a headrail of a covering for an architectural structure such that said valance assembly extends in a lengthwise direction along a length of the headrail, said valance assembly comprising:a valance body extending longitudinally in the lengthwise direction between a first lateral end and a second lateral end and in a heightwise direction between a first valance end and a second valance end, said valance body defining an overall height in the heightwise direction between said first and second valance ends, said valance body comprising:
a first valance body portion extending in the lengthwise direction between said first and second lateral ends of said valance body and in the heightwise direction between said first valance end of said valance body and an opposed first joint end, said first valance body portion defining a joint slot at or adjacent to said first joint end; and
a second valance body portion extending in the lengthwise direction between said first and second lateral ends of said valance body and in the heightwise direction between said second valance end of said valance body and an opposed second joint end, said second valance body portion including first and second projections at or adjacent to said second joint end that are configured to be received within said joint slot of said first valance body portion, said first and second projections being spaced apart from each other in the heightwise direction such that an insertion slot is defined between said first and second projections; and
an endcap configured to be coupled to one of said first lateral end or said second lateral end of said valance body, said endcap including an outwardly extending post;
wherein:
when said first and second valance body portions are assembled relative to each other such that said first and second projections are received within said joint slot, a joint is defined between said first and second valance body portions that extends longitudinally in the lengthwise direction between said first and second lateral ends of said valance body; and
said post of said endcap is received within said insertion slot at said joint defined between said first and second valance body portions when said endcap is coupled to said one of said first lateral end or said second lateral end of said valance body.

US Pat. No. 10,968,692

ENCLOSED BLIND CONTROL

MAXXMAR INC., Toronto (C...

9. A blind having a blind operating mechanism and an endless loop blind control element for operating the blind operating mechanism and comprising;(a) an enclosure extending from an upper end to a lower end, with the endless loop blind control element enclosed within the enclosure between the upper end to the lower end of said enclosure;
(b) a connector supporting the upper end of the enclosure adjacent to the blind operating mechanism and depending downwardly from the blind operating mechanism; and,
(c) a rotatable drive device on the lower end of the enclosure connecting with the endless loop blind control element for operating the endless loop blind control element within the enclosure upon rotation of the drive device;
wherein said enclosure comprises an elongated body along its length and defining, along one side a tube, and along the other side a channel with side walls defining shallow concave formations.

US Pat. No. 10,968,691

PADDED BOTTOM AND SECURITY EDGE FOR BREAKAWAY DOOR

Performax Global, Aston,...

1. A breakaway door having a top, opposed sides and a bottom, said breakaway door comprising:a padded bottom bar, said padded bottom bar is mounted adjacent said bottom of said breakaway door, said padded bottom bar includes a bumper, a first tab extending from said bumper, and a mounting plate, said mounting plate being fixed to said bottom of said breakaway door, said first tab being sandwiched between said plate and said breakaway door to mount said bumper to said breakaway door;
a bottom loop suspended from said bottom of said breakaway door, said bottom loop having a cushion and a second tab sandwiched between said plate and said breakaway door to mount said bottom loop to said breakaway door;
whereby said padded bottom bar provides protection to vehicles colliding with said breakaway door, said bottom loop providing additional sealing to said breakaway door.

US Pat. No. 10,968,690

SUNSHADE SYSTEM FOR INDOOR BRIGHTNESS AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL

1. A sunshade system comprising:a frame unit that defines a window opening, the frame unit comprising a first frame and a second frame that extends from a side of the first frame;
a sunshade unit located in the frame unit and configured to slide relative to the frame unit to cover and uncover at least a portion of the window opening;
a power transmission unit located between the first frame and the second frame, the power transmission unit comprising:
a drive shaft that extends in a vertical direction from a lower portion of the frame unit to an upper portion of the frame unit,
a motor configured to rotate the drive shaft,
an upper drive gear coupled to an upper end of the drive shaft, and
a lower drive gear coupled to a lower end of the drive shaft;
a washing brush that extends in the vertical direction, that is configured to be rotated by the drive shaft, and that is configured to reduce foreign materials disposed on a surface of the sunshade unit based on a sliding movement of the sunshade unit relative to the frame unit and the washing brush;
a control unit configured to control the power transmission unit to control a position of the sunshade unit relative to the window opening to control light passing through the window opening into an indoor area, the control unit comprising a sensor that is configured to measure a temperature and a brightness level of the indoor area; and
a cover that extends in the vertical direction, that is located between the first frame and the second frame, and that covers the power transmission unit and the washing brush, the cover defining a sunshade unit opening that the sunshade unit passes through as the sunshade unit slides relative to the frame unit,
wherein the cover comprises a hinge cover configured to open and close at least a portion of the sunshade unit opening.

US Pat. No. 10,968,689

ACCESS PORT SEAL

1. An apparatus for sealing an opening in a metal sheath surrounding an insulated pipe, the apparatus comprising:a flexible non-metal base having an outer flange extending away from an inner wall, the inner wall defining an inner passage, the outer flange and the inner wall being integrally formed with one another, the outer flange being removably securable to the metal sheath such that the outer flange contacts the metal sheath and the inner passage provides access to the opening in the metal sheath, the outer flange having a plurality of bores for receiving fasteners to secure the flexible non-metal base to the metal sheath, the outer flange having an integral flexible metal ring element that maintains a bent shape thereby allowing the flexible non-metal base to conform to a curve or an irregularity in the pipe, the inner wall having an annular ridge extending into the inner passage; and
a flexible waterproof non-metal body corresponding to the inner passage of the flexible non-metal base such that the flexible waterproof non-metal body is removably engageable with the inner wall to seal the inner passage, a groove on a periphery of the flexible waterproof non-metal body corresponds to and is engageable with the annular ridge for holding the flexible waterproof non-metal body in the inner passage, the flexible waterproof non-metal body conforming to the shape of the flexible non-metal base when sealing the inner passage.

US Pat. No. 10,968,688

WINDOW SECURITY ASSEMBLY

1. A window security assembly being configured to inhibit an intruder from entering through a window, said assembly comprising:a plurality of first brackets, each of said first brackets being mountable on a window in a wall of a building having said first brackets being positioned inside the building;
a plurality of second brackets, each of said second brackets being mountable on the window in the wall of the building having said second brackets being positioned inside the building, each of said second bracket having a mounting portion, a leg and a foot, said leg of each of said second brackets extending away from said mounting portion of said second brackets, said foot of each of said second brackets being spaced from said mounting portion of said second brackets to define a space in said second brackets, each of said second brackets having a primary surface, a secondary surface and a primary end, said leg on said second brackets being positioned between said primary end and a secondary end nearer to said primary end than said secondary end, said foot on said second brackets being directed toward said primary end;
a plurality of fasteners, each of said fasteners being extended through a respective aperture of a plurality of apertures in a respective one of said first brackets and said second brackets for coupling said first brackets and said second brackets to the window; and
a panel being positionable in said first brackets and said second brackets when said first brackets and said second brackets are positioned on the window wherein said panel is configured to cover glass of the window, said panel being comprised of an impact resistant material wherein said panel is configured to inhibit an intruder from gaining access through the window.

US Pat. No. 10,968,687

COMPOUND FENESTRATION ASSEMBLY MULL JOINTS AND METHODS

Andersen Corporation, Ba...

1. A compound fenestration assembly comprising:a first frame member of a first fenestration unit attached to a second frame member of a second fenestration unit along a mull joint having a first end and a second end,
wherein the mull joint defines a mull joint axis extending along a length of the mull joint between the first and second ends of the mull joint,
wherein the first and second frame members comprise exterior sides facing in the same direction and interior sides facing in an opposite direction from the exterior sides, wherein an interior/exterior axis extends between the interior and exterior sides in a direction transverse to the mull joint axis,
wherein the first frame member faces the second frame member across the mull joint, wherein a separation axis extends through the mull joint between the first and second frame members, the separation axis extending in a direction transverse to both the mull joint axis and the interior/exterior axis;
a first joining strip attached to the first frame member of the first fenestration unit, the first joining strip comprising a first end proximate the first end of the mull joint and a second end proximate the second end of the mull joint, wherein the first joining strip comprises a channel extending along the length of the first frame member, wherein the channel is aligned with the mull joint axis and opens towards the exterior side of the first fenestration unit;
a second joining strip attached to the second frame member of the second fenestration unit, the second joining strip comprising a first end proximate the first end of the mull joint and a second end proximate the second end of the mull joint, wherein the second joining strip comprises a channel extending along the length of the second frame member, wherein the channel on the second joining strip is aligned with the mull joint axis and opens towards the interior side of the second fenestration unit such that the channel on the first joining strip mechanically interlocks with the channel on the second joining strip, wherein the mechanically interlocking channels prevent movement of the first frame member away from the second frame member along the separation axis, prevent movement of the first frame member towards the exterior side of the second frame member along the interior/exterior axis, and prevent movement of the second frame member towards the interior side of the first frame member along the interior/exterior axis;
an intermediate end plug cavity formed between the first joining strip and the second joining strip, wherein the intermediate end plug cavity comprises a first opening at the first ends of the first and second joining strips and a second opening at the second ends of the first and second joining strips;
a first end plug comprising a base and a cavity leg extending away from the base, wherein the cavity leg is positioned in the first opening of the intermediate end plug cavity when the base is positioned between the first and second frame members at the first ends of the first and second joining strips such that movement of the first and second joining strips relative to each other along the interior/exterior axis is prevented, wherein the cavity leg prevents disengagement of the mechanically interlocking channels on the first and second joining strips at the first ends of first and second joining strips due to movement of the first and second joining strips along the interior/exterior axis; and
a first end seal member is located between the first and second frame members at the first ends of the first and second joining strips, wherein the first end seal member is located in a first recess between the base of the first end plug and the exterior sides of the first and second frame members, wherein the first end seal member comprises a sealant port in fluid communication with a sealant reservoir positioned between the first and second frame members and the first ends of the first and second joining strips.

US Pat. No. 10,968,686

STACKABLE MOLDED ARTICLES, AND RELATED ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

1. A molded door panel, comprising:a molded wood fiber inner panel portion having an exterior surface establishing a plurality of inner panel corners;
a main molded wood fiber body portion; and
a molded wood fiber contoured portion extending between and interconnecting the inner panel portion and the main body portion so as to surround the inner panel portion and be surrounded by the main body portion, the contoured portion comprising contoured corner segments and contoured elongated segments extending between respective pairs of the contoured corner segments lengthwise, the contoured corner segments being adjacent to the inner panel corners of the inner panel portion and having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a first maximum thickness measured from the exterior surface of the contoured corner segments to a closest point on the interior surface of the contoured corner segments, the contoured elongated segments having an exterior surface, an interior surface, the contoured elongated segments having a second maximum thickness measured from the exterior surface of the contoured elongated segments to a closest point on the interior surface of the contoured elongated segments, wherein the second maximum thickness is greater than the first maximum thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,968,685

GAS FILLING OF AN INSULATING GLASS UNIT

PDS IG Holding LLC, Prai...

1. A method of filling with an interpane gas during manufacture of a sealed insulating glass unit (IGU), wherein a sealed IGU comprises first and second sheets of glass material and at least one spacer forming a spacer frame between the first and second sheets, wherein the sealed IGU defines an interpane space filled with an interpane gas, comprising:loading a partially assembled IGU into an open vacuum chamber, wherein the partially assembled IGU defines an open passage between a portion of the spacer frame and at least one of the sheets;
positioning the partially assembled IGU to a calculated position so that the open passage mates with a position of an external filling device that is at least partially located outside of the chamber;
closing the chamber and then evacuating the chamber to substantially remove all atmosphere from the chamber and the partially assembled IGU;
positioning a filling block in the open passage between the sheets of the partially assembled IGU at a location outside of an external perimeter of the spacer frame;
closing the partially assembled IGU to close the open passage, creating a wedge-sealed IGU with the filling block wedged between the sheets, the filling block causing a wedge-passage to be defined between the spacer and one of the sheets, the filling block defining a filling block passage aligned with the wedge-passage to enable filling the wedge-sealed IGU from the external filling device;
filling the wedge-sealed IGU with a first gas through the filling block and filling the chamber with a second gas to atmospheric pressure from another source; and
retracting the filling block from between the sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,968,684

PRIVACY GLAZING STRUCTURE WITH ASYMETRICAL PANE OFFSETS FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION CONFIGURATIONS

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...

1. A privacy glazing structure comprising:a first pane of transparent material having an inner face and an outer face, the first pane of transparent material having a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge, and a second side edge;
a second pane of transparent material having an inner face and an outer face, the second pane of transparent material having a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge, and a second side edge;
a third pane of transparent material having a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge, and a second side edge;
a fourth pane of transparent material having a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge, and a second side edge;
a first laminate layer bonding the outer face of the first pane of transparent material to the third pane of transparent material;
a second laminate layer bonding the out face of the second pane of transparent material to the fourth pane of transparent material;
an electrically controllable optically active material positioned between the first pane of transparent material and the second pane of transparent material;
wherein the first side edge of the first pane of transparent material is recessed relative to the first side edge of the third pane of transparent material and the first side edge of the fourth pane of transparent material,
the second side edge of the second pane of transparent material is recessed relative to the second side edge of the third pane of transparent material and the second side edge of the fourth pane of transparent material, and
the bottom edge of the first pane of transparent material is flush with the bottom edge of the second pane of transparent material, the bottom edge of the third pane of transparent material, and the bottom edge of the fourth pane of transparent material.

US Pat. No. 10,968,683

DOORS COMPRISING GLAZED UNIT, AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Plastpro 2000, Inc., Los...

1. A door comprising:a first skin including a first skin body portion and a first flange portion connected with and extending inwardly from the first skin body portion, the first skin body portion having a first tip;
a second skin including a second skin body portion and a second flange portion connected with and extending inwardly from the second skin body portion, the second skin body portion having a second tip; and
a glazing unit including one or more panes, the glazing unit having an edge disposed adjacent to, and between, the first tip and the second tip,
wherein an end of the first flange portion and an end of the second flange portion have complementary shapes and are interconnected so as to provide an interlocking structure, the interlocking structure being a male-female interlocking structure,
wherein the first skin, including the first skin body portion and the first flange portion, is a unitary structure, and the second skin, including the second skin body portion and the second flange portion, is a unitary structure, the first skin body portion being separate from the second skin body portion,
wherein the edge of the glazing unit is disposed inside a void defined by the first tip, the second tip, the first flange portion, and the second flange portion, without a frame member for connecting the first skin, the second skin, and the glazing unit,
wherein the first skin provides a first outer surface of the door, the second skin provides a second outer surface of the door, the first outer surface and the second outer surface extend along and cover two exterior sides of the door beyond the glazing unit; and
wherein the first skin body portion and the second skin body portion define a cavity between the first skin and the second skin.

US Pat. No. 10,968,682

REVERSIBLE DOOR FRAME THRESHOLD, AND DOOR SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

Portella Industries, LLC,...

1. A threshold assembly for a door system, said door system having an interior side, said door system having an exterior side opposite said interior side, said threshold assembly configurable to shed water to the exterior side, said threshold assembly comprising:a base comprising:
a base bottom wall, said base bottom wall comprising a major drain surface inclined from a second edge to a first edge thereof;
a base drain channel comprising said major drain surface, said major drain surface intersecting a first base sidewall at said first edge proximate the interior side, said major drain surface intersecting a second base sidewall at said second edge proximate the exterior side;
a base drain hole defined in said second base sidewall to convey water from said base drain channel out through said second base sidewall to the exterior side;
a first base seat on said first base sidewall above said base drain channel;
a second base seat on said second base sidewall above said base drain channel;
said first base seat configured for mating in seated engagement with a first crown seat in a first seat connection; and
said second base seat configured for mating in seated engagement with a second crown seat in a second seat connection;
a crown supported by said base, said crown comprising:
said first crown seat on a first crown sidewall;
said second crown seat on a second crown sidewall;
a crown minor side above said first crown seat, said crown minor side supported by said first crown sidewall;
a crown major side above said second crown seat, said crown major side supported by said second crown sidewall;
a crown gutter intermediate said crown minor side and said crown major side; and
a gutter drain hole defined in said crown gutter to convey water from said crown gutter downward into said base drain channel;
said crown selectively installable on said base in a first position for in-swing movement of a door element or a second position for out-swing movement of the door element, said crown position selectable independent of said base positioned to convey water from the base drain channel to the exterior side;
said door element comprising at a bottom thereof a lower step adjacent an upper step, wherein in a closed position of said door element said lower step engages in mating stop relationship with said crown minor side and in the closed position said upper step of said door element engages in mating stop relationship with said crown major side.

US Pat. No. 10,968,681

SMART LOCKER SYSTEM

SIGNIFI SOLUTIONS INC., ...

1. A locker system comprising:at least one enclosure unit including at least one top wall, at least one back wall, at least one bottom wall and at least one side wall;
at least one cassette unit coupled with the at least one enclosure unit, the at least one cassette unit comprising:
at least one storage bin to store items, each storage bin including a front door and a lock device to secure the front door; and
at least one control bin including a computing unit including at least one processor, the computing unit connected to an outside network and configured to:
send a data signal to the lock device to open the front door;
receive a response from a sensor switch at the lock device;
when the response comprises a reverse data signal, identify an opening failure; and
in response to identifying the opening failure, output an alert signal for an operator of the locker system.

US Pat. No. 10,968,680

MODULAR ARMOR

EMSN INITIATIVE AND RESOL...

1. A modular armor, comprising:a rear modular armored panel comprising a first rear lateral edge, a second rear lateral edge and a rear bottom edge, wherein a plurality of lateral connectors are disposed on the first rear lateral edge and on the second rear lateral edge, the rear modular armored panel further comprises a rear bottom extension extending from said rear bottom edge;
a first side modular armored panel comprising:
(i) a first side rear extension extends from a first side rear edge of the first side modular armored panel, wherein the first side rear extension comprises a plurality of apertures designed to receive a plurality of lateral connectors disposed on the first rear lateral edge;
(ii) a first side bottom extension extends from a first side bottom edge of the first side modular armored panel, wherein at least one aperture is designed to receive a ground connector disposed in the first side bottom extension;
a second side modular armored panel comprises:
(i) a second side rear extension extends from a second side rear edge of the second side modular armored panel, wherein the second side rear extension comprises a plurality of apertures designed to receive a plurality of lateral connectors disposed on the second rear lateral edge,
(ii) a second side bottom extension extends from a second side bottom edge of the second side modular armored panel, wherein at least one aperture is designed to receive a ground connector disposed in the second side bottom extension;
a base modular armored panel, comprising:
(i) a first intermediate platform comprising a first intermediate proximal edge, wherein at least one aperture designed to receive a ground connector is disposed on said first intermediate platform, and wherein a first remote perpendicular wall extends vertically upwards from the first intermediate proximal edge,
(ii) a first elevated platform comprising a first elevated remote edge and a first elevated proximal edge, wherein the first elevated platform is connected to said first remote perpendicular wall at the first elevated remote edge, and wherein a first proximal perpendicular wall extends vertically downward from the first intermediate proximal edge thereof,
(iii) a central platform comprising a first central lateral edge and a second central lateral edge, wherein the central platform is connected to the first proximal perpendicular wall at the first central lateral edge thereof and wherein a second proximal perpendicular wall extends vertically upwards from the second central lateral edge thereof,
(iv) a second elevated platform comprising a second elevated remote edge and a second elevated proximal edge, wherein the second elevated platform is connected to said second proximal perpendicular wall at the second elevated proximal edge thereof, and wherein the second remote perpendicular wall extends vertically downward from the second elevated remote edge thereof, and
(v) a second intermediate platform comprising a second intermediate proximal edge, wherein at least one aperture designed to receive a ground connector is disposed on said second intermediate platform, and wherein the second intermediate platform is connected to said second remote perpendicular wall at the second intermediate proximal edge thereof;
a front modular armored panel comprising a first side front extension configured to be rotatably connected to the first side modular armored panel, and a second side front extension configured to be releasably secured to the second side modular armored by a locking element,
wherein the modular armor comprises at least one ground connector designed to be threaded through the at least one aperture in the first intermediate platform, the at least one aperture in the bottom extension of the first side modular armored panel and into the ground, and at least one ground connector designed to be threaded through the second intermediate platform, the bottom extension of the second side modular armored panel and into the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,968,679

AUTOMATIC SMOKE/CARBON MONOXIDE EVACUATION METHOD AND SYSTEM

COEVAC, LLC, Southlake, ...

1. An automatic smoke/carbon monoxide evacuation system for a building having at least one existing ventilation fan and at least one existing ventilation passageway to outside the building, comprising:a microprocessor;
a smoke/carbon monoxide sensor coupled to the microprocessor and configured to detect presence of smoke/carbon monoxide and send a trigger signal to the microprocessor in response to detecting smoke/carbon monoxide;
a replacement power switch integrated with the smoke/carbon monoxide sensor and coupled to the existing ventilation fan, selected from the group consisting of existing bathroom ventilation fans and vent hood, configured to automatically connect the existing ventilation fan to a power source in response to the trigger signal, so that the existing ventilation fan rotates at a high speed to ventilate the detected smoke/carbon monoxide via the existing ventilation passageway selected from the group consisting of existing ductwork of existing bathroom ventilation fans, vent hood, clothes dryer, water heater, and furnace;
an alarm device communicably coupled to the microprocessor configured to issue an alarm in response to the trigger signal; and
a transceiver coupled to the microprocessor configured to automatically transmit a wireless notification message to a central monitor in response to the trigger signal.

US Pat. No. 10,968,678

AUTOMATED SLIDING PANEL MECHANISM WITH MANUAL RELEASE MECHANISM

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A mechanism coupling a sliding panel to a frame, wherein the sliding panel moves within the frame between an open position and a closed position, the mechanism comprising:a motor configured to move the sliding panel between the closed position and the open position,
a power source, providing power to the motor,
a rack comprising a base with rack teeth extending from a plane thereof;
a gear rotated by the motor about a gear axis of rotation, the gear comprising gear teeth shaped to mesh with the rack teeth;
a manual release mechanism configured to move the gear along the gear axis of rotation, from an engaged position, wherein the gear teeth mesh with the rack teeth, to a released position, wherein the gear teeth are disengaged from the rack teeth; and
a holding mechanism adapted to hold the gear in the engaged position and in the released position as selected by a user;
wherein the motor is coupled to one of the sliding panel and the frame and the rack is attached to the other of the sliding panel and the frame, wherein operation of the motor causes the sliding panel to move relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,968,677

DOOR OPERATOR ASSEMBLY

ASSA ABLOY Accessories an...

1. A door operator assembly for use with a door mounted to a frame for movement between an open position and a closed position on a door hinge, the door operator assembly being mountable to both a pushing side of the door or a pulling side of the door, comprising;an operator unit and an arm linkage connected to the operator unit, the operator unit operable to drive the arm linkage to provide assistance in moving the door from the closed position to the open position and comprising an output shaft, the arm linkage comprising a driving arm and a driven arm, the driving arm having a first end coupled to the output shaft and a second end, the driven arm having a first end pivotably mounted to the frame at a first pivot and a second end pivotably connected to the second end of the driving arm at a second pivot, wherein the driven arm has a length that is adjustable;
wherein the first end of the driving arm is coupled to the output shaft of the operator unit through a shaft coupling assembly;
wherein the operator unit is reversible such that the operator unit is mountable on the pushing side or the pulling side of the door in part by adjusting the length of the driven arm;
wherein when the operator unit is mounted to the pushing side of the door and the door is in the closed position, the operator unit is fixed to the pushing side of the door adjacent the door hinge, the driving arm is arranged substantially parallel to the pushing side of the door, the driven arm is at an acute angle relative to the driving arm and the first pivot is positioned between the output shaft and the second pivot;
when the operator unit is mounted to the pulling side of the door and the door is in the closed position, the operator unit is fixed to the pulling side of the door adjacent the door hinge, the driven arm is arranged substantially perpendicular to the pulling side of the door, and the driving arm is at an acute angle relative to the driven arm; and
wherein when the operator unit is mounted to the pushing side of the door, the length of the driven arm is less than the length of the driven arm when the operator unit is mounted to the pulling side of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,968,676

MOVABLE BARRIER APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RESPONDING TO BARRIER TRAVEL OBSTRUCTIONS AND ABNORMALITIES

GMI Holdings, Inc., Moun...

1. A movable barrier opener system, comprising:a motor for moving a barrier along a defined travel path;
a movable barrier operator controller configured to:
initially define and store a first movable barrier behavioral profile indicative of a successful barrier run along the defined travel path, without barrier travel interruption, wherein the first movable barrier behavioral profile includes at least one position factor;
subsequently define a second movable barrier behavioral profile indicative of a currently monitored barrier run along the defined travel path, wherein the second movable barrier behavioral profile includes the at least one position factor;
drive the motor to move the barrier and provide periodical reversal pulses to periodically brake the motor during the currently monitored barrier run;
compare the first and second movable barrier behavioral profiles to determine a door position discrepancy between the position factor of the first movable barrier behavioral profile and the position factor of the second movable barrier behavioral profile, and
interrupt the operation of the motor, and therefore barrier travel, only when the door position discrepancy is indicative of an anomalous barrier travel condition.

US Pat. No. 10,968,675

LIFTING SYSTEM FOR A LIFTABLE SLIDING LEAF

Savio S.P.A

1. A lifting system (11) for lifting a liftable sliding leaf (10), in such a way that said liftable sliding leaf (10) is slidable in a horizontal direction, the lifting system comprising:a lifting mechanism (16), connectable to the liftable sliding leaf (10), said lifting mechanism (16) being movable between a first configuration and a second configuration, respectively associated with a first condition in which sliding of the liftable sliding leaf (10) is prevented and a second condition in which sliding of the liftable sliding leaf (10) is possible, by respectively lowering and lifting said liftable sliding leaf (10) by means of the movement of said lifting mechanism (16);
a control member (12) which can be connected to and acts on the lifting mechanism (16) in such a way as to switch said lifting mechanism (16) between said first and second configurations, said control member (12) being located in a fixed part (9a) of an opening (9) comprising the liftable sliding leaf (10);
wherein the lifting mechanism (16) is connectable to a top part (10a) of the liftable sliding leaf (10);
wherein the lifting mechanism (16) comprises a tie-rod (18) connected to the control member (12) and connected to the top part (10a) of the liftable sliding leaf (10), said tie-rod (18) being able to exert a thrusting or pulling force on said top part (10a) so as to cause the lowering or lifting of the liftable sliding leaf (10);
wherein the tie-rod (18) is connectable to the sliding leaf (10) by means of a linkage (22) able to exert a lifting or lowering torque on the liftable sliding leaf (10), pivoting about a fixed pin (22a) fixed with respect to the opening (9); and
wherein the linkage (22) comprises a bracket pivoting about the fixed pin (22a) and having one end connected to the tie-rod (18) and one end connectable to a guide (14), forming an articulated connection so that, when the tie-rod (18) is pulled, the movement can be transmitted to the guide (14) by means of pivoting of the bracket about the pin (22a) so as to lift the guide (14).

US Pat. No. 10,968,674

TILT LATCH APPARATUS AND SASHES INCORPORATING THE SAME

Andersen Corporation, Ba...

1. A sash apparatus comprising:a sash comprising a frame containing a panel therein, wherein the frame comprises a release rail located along one edge of the sash, wherein the release rail comprises a frame edge and a panel edge, wherein the panel edge faces an edge of the panel and the frame edge faces away from the panel edge, and wherein the release rail comprises an inner surface extending between the frame edge and the panel edge on one side of the sash and an outer surface extending between the frame edge and the panel edge on an opposite side of the sash;
a tilt latch channel located in the release rail along the frame edge, wherein the tilt latch channel extends along a release rail axis extending between a first end of the release rail and a second end of the release rail, wherein the tilt latch channel occupies only a portion of a width of the release rail as measured in a direction transverse to a plane defined by the panel;
a first latch bolt assembly in the tilt latch channel of the release rail proximate the first end of the release rail, wherein the first latch bolt assembly comprises a first latch bolt movable between an engagement position and a retracted position, wherein the first latch bolt extends past the first end of the release rail when in the engagement position;
a second latch bolt assembly in the tilt latch channel of the release rail proximate the second end of the release rail, wherein the second latch bolt assembly comprises a second latch bolt movable between an engagement position and a retracted position, wherein the second latch bolt extends past the second end of the release rail when in the engagement position;
a common tilt latch retractor assembly positioned in the tilt latch channel between the first latch bolt assembly and the second latch bolt assembly, wherein the common tilt latch retractor assembly is operably connected to both the first latch bolt assembly and the second latch bolt assembly and configured to retract the latch bolts for both the first latch bolt assembly and the second latch bolt assembly inwardly towards the common tilt latch retractor from their respective engagement positions to their respective retracted positions at the same time when actuated, wherein the common tilt latch retractor assembly is positioned within a release rail volume defined by the frame edge, panel edge, inner surface, and outer surface such that the release rail is configured to be fully engaged with a top frame member of a fenestration unit frame when the sash is in a closed position within the fenestration unit frame;
wherein the common tilt latch retractor assembly comprises:
a driver positioned in the tilt latch channel between the first latch bolt assembly and the second latch bolt assembly,
a first actuator extending between the driver and the first latch bolt assembly, wherein the first actuator is operably attached to the first latch bolt assembly, and
a second actuator extending between the driver and the second latch bolt assembly, wherein the second actuator is operably attached to the second latch bolt assembly;
wherein actuation of the common tilt latch retractor assembly comprises moving the driver between a rest position and a retraction position to move the latch bolts for both the first latch bolt assembly and the second latch bolt assembly inwardly towards the common tilt latch retractor assembly from their respective engagement positions to their respective retracted positions;
and wherein moving the driver between the rest position and the retraction position comprises sliding the driver in a direction aligned with the release rail axis.

US Pat. No. 10,968,673

LOW-PRESSURE FRICTION HINGE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A hinge, the hinge comprising:a plurality of elongate segments,
at least one upper frictional element;
at least one lower frictional element, where the at least one upper frictional element and the at least one lower frictional element are positioned on opposing sides of a segment of the plurality of segments and where the at least one upper frictional element and the at least one lower frictional element abut the segment of the plurality of segments and wherein the lower frictional element and upper frictional element are rotationally fixed relative to one another; and
a compression element that compresses the at least one upper frictional element and at least one lower frictional element against the segment with a compression force having a pressure less than 5,000 pounds per square inch (PSI).

US Pat. No. 10,968,672

FURNITURE FITTING

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A furniture fitting for moving a furniture part movably supported relative to a furniture carcass, comprising:a first fitting portion configured to be fixed to the furniture carcass;
a second fitting portion configured to be fixed to the movable furniture part, wherein the second fitting portion is pivotally connected to the first fitting portion;
a limiting device for limiting an opening angle of a relative pivoting movement of the first and second fitting portion; and
a first lever and a second lever, wherein the first fitting portion and the second fitting portion are pivotally connected to one another by the first and second levers,
wherein the limiting device includes
an abutment configured to be supported on the second lever so as to limit the opening angle, and
an actuating element movably mounted on the first lever, the actuating element being coupled to the abutment and configured to adjust a position of the abutment by a manual or tool-assisted actuation of the actuating element to thereby adjust the opening angle,
wherein the second lever includes a U-shaped profiled portion when viewed along a length direction of the second lever, the U-shaped profiled portion having two limbs, and the abutment is configured to be supported on at least one of the limbs of the U-shaped profiled portion,
and wherein the abutment is configured to be supported on a narrowest side of the at least one of the limbs, wherein the narrowest side defines a thickness of a material which forms the second lever.

US Pat. No. 10,968,671

ADJUSTABLE VEHICLE HINGE ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A hinge assembly for a vehicle closure panel, comprising:a body mounting member configured to mount the hinge assembly to a vehicle body;
a closure panel mounting member configured to mount the hinge assembly to the vehicle closure panel;
a hinge connecting arm pivotally connected by a first pivotal connection at a first end to the body mounting member and pivotally connected by a second pivotal connection at a second end to the closure panel mounting member;
a first fastening member movably received by the closure panel mounting member the first fastening member being configured to not be directly connected to the vehicle body or to the vehicle closure panel;
a first stop member to limit movement of the first fastening member in a first direction toward the closure panel mounting member; and
a second stop member to limit movement of the first fastening member in a second direction away from the closure panel mounting member, the second direction being different from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,968,670

ARTICULATED LEVER FOR A DEVICE FOR MOVING A FURNITURE PART RECEIVED ON A FURNITURE CARCASS OF AN ITEM OF FURNITURE

Grass GmbH, Reinheim (DE...

1. An articulated lever for a device for moving a furniture part received on a furniture carcass of an item of furniture, wherein the articulated lever has a spacer member in the form of a first and a second embossing, wherein the first embossing is present on a first side of the first articulated lever, and the second embossing is present on a second side of the first articulated lever, wherein the first and the second side of the first articulated lever are present opposite one another and spaced apart from one another, wherein the first and the second embossing are present opposite one another, wherein the first embossing has in the azimuthal and/or radial direction, about a center, an elevation and a depression relative to a remaining surface of the first side, and the second embossing has in the azimuthal and/or radial direction, about a center, an elevation and a depression relative to a remaining surface of the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,968,669

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER TO DOOR

SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, ...

1. A system for providing power to a magnetic lock system for a door, the system comprising:a frame magnetic lock assembly mounted to a door frame for the door, the frame magnetic lock assembly including a lock coil and an inductive power transmitter; and
a door magnetic lock assembly mounted to the door, the door magnetic lock assembly comprising an inductive power receiver for receiving inductively transferred power from the inductive power transmitter of the frame magnetic lock assembly, the door magnetic lock assembly including a ferromagnetic plate for locking the door when the lock coil is energized thereby generating a magnetic field to attract the ferromagnetic plate to the lock coil.

US Pat. No. 10,968,668

VEHICLE DOOR CHECKER

Multimatic Inc., Markham...

1. A door checker comprising:a housing which includes a base from which first and second opposing flanges extend;
first and second guide pins spaced apart from one another and interconnected to the first and second flanges, the first and second guide pins configured to deflect in response to a load;
a check arm which extends through the base and is arranged between the first and second guide pins, the check arm configured to move relative to the housing and including a profile that corresponds to a variable door holding force;
a bearing member arranged on one side of the check arm wherein the bearing member coacts with the profile and is supported on the first and second guide pins and is configured to slide thereon in response to movement of the check arm relative to the bearing member, and wherein the bearing member transfers the load from the check arm to the first and second guide pins; and
wherein a portion of the bearing member selectively engages the check arm based upon a sliding position of the check arm relative to the housing, the variable holding force is a first variable door holding force, and the portions provided by lateral sides define a width that varies along a length of the check arm, and a second variable door holding force is provided between the bearing member and the lateral sides based upon a position along the length.

US Pat. No. 10,968,667

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPINGING ON A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR IN THE SENSE OF A DECELERATION, IN PARTICULAR FOR AVOIDING COLLISIONS

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. A method for impinging on a motor vehicle door during a deceleration to avoid collisions, wherein the motor vehicle includes at least one sensor, a locking device and a control unit, the method comprising:generating sensor signals via the at least one sensor,
actuating the locking device using the control unit for locking the motor vehicle door based on the sensor signals received by the control unit,
determining a start of a braking operation of the locking device using the control unit,
impinging the locking device on the motor vehicle door based on the start of the braking operation predetermined by the control unit, and
varying a braking torque of the locking device that acts on the motor vehicle door, which is variable, based on the sensor signals,
wherein generating the sensor signals comprises using an alighting aid sensor to generate a corresponding one of the sensor signals that is received by the control unit which is configured to increase the braking torque of the locking device in response to the corresponding one of the sensor signals.

US Pat. No. 10,968,666

INSIDE HANDLE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ALPHA CORPORATION, Kanag...

1. An inside handle device for vehicle comprising: a handle unit; and a cable unit, wherein in the handle unit, an operation handle including a connecting recess is rotatably connected to a handle base, the cable unit is connected to the handle unit while holding one end of an operating force transmission cable in which an inner cable is movably inserted into an outer cable, the connecting recess is locked to a connecting body formed at a tip end of the inner cable in a state where the handle unit is connected to the cable unit, the connecting body is formed of a solid rotating body having a straight line intersecting an axis of the inner cable as a rotation axis, and has a shape protruding laterally from the axis of the inner cable and having a diameter gradually decreasing from a center toward both ends in a protruding direction, and the connecting recess includes a contact portion in contact with both side wall portions of the connecting body sandwiching a maximum diameter portion of the connecting body wherein the both side wall portions of the connecting body constitute two side wall portions formed on opposite sides of the maximum diameter portion of the connecting body so as to sandwich the maximum diameter portion, the two side wall portions each having a diameter that is less than a diameter of the maximum diameter portion of the connecting body, and the contact portion is in contact with both side wall portions of the connecting body.

US Pat. No. 10,968,665

INDEPENDENT INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DOOR LATCH ACTUATION MECHANISMS

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A latch system comprising:an actuation module having first and second actuation mechanisms, the first actuation mechanism including a first handle coupled to a locking rod having an end slot and an oppositely disposed rod insert, the second actuation mechanism including at least one second handle, a conversion block and an outer rod coupled together, the outer rod having an open end and a slot;
at least one latch module having a retractable latch;
at least one control cable connecting the conversion block and the at least one latch module such that rotation of the conversion block in a first direction retracts the latch; and
a lock having a rotatable lock componentry that is engaged with the end slot of the locking rod to prevent rotation of the locking rod and disengaged with the end slot of the locking rod to allow rotation of the locking rod;
wherein, the rod insert is at least partially disposed within the outer rod through the open end and selectively coupled to the slot such that rotation of the locking rod in the first direction rotates the conversion block; and
wherein, rotation of the outer rod in the first direction rotates the conversion block without rotating the locking rod such that the second actuation mechanism operates independently of the first actuation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,968,664

EXIT DEVICE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. An exit device, comprising:a drive assembly having an actuated state and a deactuated state, the drive assembly comprising a manually actuated pushbar operable to transition the drive assembly between the actuated state and the deactuated state, and a link bar operably connected with the pushbar, the link bar having an actuated link bar position in the actuated state, and a deactuated link bar position in the deactuated state;
a biasing member urging the drive assembly toward the deactuated state; and
a dogging mechanism having a undogged state, a ready state, and a dogged state, the dogging mechanism comprising:
a hook having an actuated hook position and a deactuated hook position, wherein the link bar is configured to urge the hook toward the actuated hook position as the link bar travels toward the actuated link bar position, and to urge the hook toward the deactuated hook position as the link bar travels toward the deactuated link bar position;
a trigger having an actuated trigger position, a deactuated trigger position, and a ready trigger position between the actuated trigger position and the deactuated trigger position;
an actuator configured to operate the trigger; and
a spring mechanism engaged with the trigger, wherein the spring mechanism is configured to selectively bias the trigger toward each of the actuated trigger position and the deactuated trigger position;
wherein in the undogged state, the spring mechanism biases the trigger toward the deactuated trigger position, and the hook is free to move between the actuated hook position and the deactuated hook position;
wherein in the ready state, the hook is in the deactuated hook position, the trigger is in the ready trigger position and is engaged with the hook, and the spring mechanism biases the trigger toward the actuated trigger position such that the trigger moves from the ready trigger position to the actuated trigger position in response to movement of the hook from the deactuated hook position to the actuated hook position; and
wherein in the dogged state, the hook is in the actuated hook position, the trigger is in the actuated trigger position, and the trigger prevents the hook from moving to the deactuated hook position, thereby retaining the link bar in the actuated link bar position, thereby retaining the drive assembly in the actuated state against the force of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,968,663

MULTI-POINT LOCKING SYSTEM

Pella Corporation, Pella...

1. A fenestration system comprising:a door frame including a lock jamb;
a strike assembly including a first strike and a second strike secured to the lock jamb;
a sliding panel received in the door frame, the sliding panel including a lock stile;
a lock assembly secured to the lock stile, the lock assembly including:
a housing;
a first catch pivotally secured to the housing;
a second catch pivotally secured to the housing, the first and second catches being transitionable between a first, open position and a second, closed position;
a cam gear positioned generally between the first and second catches, the cam gear pivotally secured to the housing, the cam gear including a gear portion having a plurality of teeth and a cam portion defining a cam surface positioned to engage the first catch;
a reversal gear positioned generally between the first and second catches, the reversal gear pivotally secured to the housing and being rotatable between a first, locked position in which the first and second catches are prevented from transitioning from the second, closed position, to the first, open position and a second, unlocked position in which the first and second catches are able to transition from the second, closed position to the first, open position, the reversal gear having a gear portion including a plurality of teeth positioned to engage with the gear portion of the cam gear;
a lock spring engaging the first and second catches to bias the first and second catches toward the first, open position;
a lock cam positioned generally between the first and second catches, the lock cam including a cam surface positioned to engage with the second catch; and
a link pivotally secured to the reversal gear and the lock cam, such that the reversal gear is prevented from being transitioned to the locked position when the first and second catches are in the open position by the cam surface of the cam gear engaging the first catch and the cam surface of the lock cam engaging the second catch.

US Pat. No. 10,968,662

DUAL LOCK SYSTEM

dormakaba USA Inc., Indi...

1. A dual lock system for a door, the dual lock system comprising:a primary lock having a first bolt, a first external access control interface, a handle on an internal face of the door, a first mechanism to control the retraction of the first bolt based on an activation of either one of the first external access control interface and the handle, the first mechanism having an actuator which is moveable vertically in response to the activation of the handle;
a secondary lock having a second bolt, a second external access control interface, a second mechanism to control the retraction of the second bolt upon activating the second external access control interface, the second mechanism having a rotary shaft linked to the retraction of the second bolt;
a connecting element connected between the actuator and the rotary shaft, wherein vertical movement of the actuator is transferred to a rotary movement of the rotary shaft via the connecting element, and both the first bolt and the second bolt are retracted upon activation of the handle;
wherein the connecting element has a rod having a first end pivotally connected to a cam, the cam being integral to the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,968,661

LOCKING SYSTEM HAVING AN ELECTRONIC DEADBOLT

Amesbury Group, Inc., Am...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing comprising a first end and an opposite second end, wherein the first end and the second end define a housing axis;
a face plate coupled to the first end of the housing so as to be substantially orthogonal to the housing axis;
an end plate removeably coupled to the second end of the housing;
a motor comprising a motor shaft comprising a motor shaft axis, wherein the motor is disposed in the housing;
a lead screw comprising a lead screw axis, wherein the lead screw is rotatably mounted in the housing;
a deadbolt configured to be linearly extended from the first end of the housing based on a rotation of the lead screw;
a gear set comprising a plurality of gears, wherein each of the plurality of gears comprises a gear axis, and wherein the gear set is disposed in the housing and operably connecting the motor and the lead screw such that the motor controls the rotation of the lead screw;
a circuit board comprising a plurality of portions communicatively connected by a ribbon, wherein the circuit board is disposed within the housing such that the motor, the lead screw, the deadbolt, and the gear set are positioned towards the first end of the housing and separated by the circuit board from the second end of the housing, wherein the plurality of portions of the circuit board prevents access to the motor, the lead screw, the deadbolt, and the gear set from the second end of the housing when the end plate is removed, and wherein the plurality of portions of the circuit board are each disposed substantially parallel to the face plate such that the housing axis, the motor shaft axis, the lead screw axis, and the plurality of gear axes are substantially orthogonal to the plurality of portions of the circuit board and the face plate; and
a motor contact connected to at least one of the plurality of portions of the circuit board with a motor contact ribbon, wherein the motor contact is disposed within the housing and adjacent the first end, and the motor is disposed between the motor contact and the plurality of portions of the circuit board within the housing while being parallel to and offset from the motor contact ribbon.

US Pat. No. 10,968,660

ELECTRONIC DOOR LOCK

PassiveBolt, Inc., Ann A...

1. An electronic door lock for use with a deadbolt lock for a door, the deadbolt lock of a type having a bolt movable between an extended position and a retracted position and having a locking arm rotatable between a non-locking position and a locking position in which the locking arm prevents movement of the bolt from the extended position to the retracted position, the electronic door lock comprising:a controller; and
a deadbolt locker having a locking actuator that is selectively operated by the controller to prevent rotation of the locking arm from the locking position to the non-locking position;
wherein the locking actuator is movable between a first position in which the locking actuator is extended and prevents rotation of the locking arm from the locking position to the non-locking position and a second position in which the locking actuator is retracted and allows rotation of the locking arm between the locking position and the non-locking position.

US Pat. No. 10,968,659

WEDGE-LOCK SAFE-T-PULLER

1. A method for pulling a T-post from the ground, comprising:providing a post pulling tool, comprising:
(a) a wedge piece having a top, a bottom, a post side that includes a u-shaped groove extending vertically from the top to the bottom for alignment of the tool and post, and a handle side;
(b) a rigid handle;
(c) a slot disposed in the wedge piece between the top and bottom of the wedge piece and also between the post side and the handle side of the wedge piece; and
(d) a shackle piece having a first plate with a first internal surface, a second plate with a second internal surface, a first member extending through the slot between the first internal surface and the second internal surface, and a second member extending between the first internal surface and the second internal surface;
positioning the shackle piece so a portion of the T-post is disposed between the first and second internal surfaces and also between the first and second members;
positioning the second member of the shackle piece against the side of the T-post farthest away from the wedge piece;
moving the shackle piece from a position closer to the upper portion of the slot to a position closer to the lower portion of the slot; and
lifting the post pulling tool to pull the T-post from the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,968,658

FOLDABLE CANOPY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

ENFANT TERRIBLE DESIGN AB...

1. A foldable canopy comprising:a. a foldable base portion having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a first side, a second side opposite the first side and substantially parallel therewith, a base floor, and a skirt body, wherein the skirt body is attached at its bottom edge about a periphery of the base floor and comprises an elastic band integrated about its upper periphery;
b. a foldable canopy portion having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a first side, and a second side opposite the first side; and
c. wherein the first end of the foldable canopy portion is attached to the first side of the foldable base portion and the second end of the foldable canopy portion is attached to the second side of the foldable base portion, and wherein the foldable canopy portion is attached to the foldable base portion such that in an unfolded state the foldable canopy portion is substantially arch shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,968,657

X-MID GEOMETRY FOR A TREKKING POLE SHELTER

1. A shelter for backpackers or other outdoor users where the canopy of the shelter is substantially rectangle shaped at the bottom (base), and the floor is located substantially diagonally inside that rectangular base such that two vestibules are formed in two opposite corners within the rectangular base and generally orthogonal to the diagonal axis of the floor, and where two vertical poles are positioned in those opposite corner vestibules (one in each) and substantially inside the rectangular base to support peaks that define a ridgeline which is diagonal inside the rectangular base and crossing over the floor, and with those peaks located substantially inside the rectangular base of the canopy so that the shelter can be erected into a stable position without requiring additional support beyond what is provided by canopy of the tent.

US Pat. No. 10,968,656

SUPPORT MEMBER FOR SUPPORTING ELECTRICAL POWER LINES

GEOTEK, LLC, Stewartvill...

1. A support member for supporting electrical lines, comprising:an elongate crossarm having a first end, a second end opposing the first end, and a plurality of side walls extending between the first end and the second end, the first end, the second end, and the plurality of side walls defining an interior space;
an electrically insulative filling material within the interior space;
an internal conduit extending along an axial direction of the crossarm providing a passageway through the crossarm and the electrically insulative filling material.

US Pat. No. 10,968,655

ANCHOR DEVICE FOR A WOODEN POST

FOX HARDWOOD LUMBER COMPA...

1. A method of supporting a support post in a generally upright position, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing a bracket having a bracket length, a bracket width generally perpendicular to the bracket length and a bracket height generally perpendicular to the bracket length and bracket width, the bracket configured to support a support post in a generally upright position, the bracket comprising:
a base plate comprising a generally flat base plate bottom surface configured to rest on a support surface, a base plate top surface, a base plate height extending from the base plate top surface to the base plate bottom surface and generally parallel to the bracket height, a base plate length generally perpendicular to the base plate height, a base plate width generally perpendicular to the base plate length and base plate height, and a base plate fastener aperture configured to receive a fastener to secure the base plate to the support surface;
a horizontal plate located above the base plate and separated from the base plate by a gap, the horizontal plate comprising a horizontal plate bottom surface, a horizontal plate top surface, a horizontal plate height extending from the horizontal plate top surface to the horizontal plate bottom surface and generally parallel to the bracket height, a horizontal plate length generally perpendicular to the horizontal plate height, and a horizontal plate width generally perpendicular to the horizontal plate height and horizontal plate length;
a stanchion extending generally upward from the base plate and having a top end terminating below the horizontal plate top surface, the stanchion having a stanchion height generally parallel to the bracket height, the base plate height, and the horizontal plate height;
a first side plate extending generally upward from the base plate and having a first side plate top end located above the horizontal plate top surface, the first side plate having a first side plate fastener aperture located above the horizontal plate top surface and below the first side plate top end; and
a second side plate extending generally upward from the base plate and having a second side plate top end located above the horizontal plate top surface, the second side plate having a second side plate fastener aperture located above the horizontal plate top surface and below the second side plate top end,
wherein the second side plate is opposite the first side plate,
wherein the horizontal plate, the first side plate and the second side plate form a recess configured to support a support post in a generally upright position, the recess having a bottom defined by the horizontal plate and an open top,
wherein the first side plate fastener aperture is configured to receive a fastener to secure a support post located in the recess to the first side plate,
wherein the second side plate fastener aperture is configured to receive a fastener to secure a support post located in the recess to the second side plate,
wherein the first and second side plates are separated by a space below the horizontal plate bottom surface and the stanchion does not fill the space, and
further wherein the horizontal plate extends from the first side plate to the second side plate generally perpendicular to the bracket height;
b) placing the base plate bottom surface on a support surface;
c) providing the support post;
d) placing the support post in a generally upright position in the recess so that the support rests on the horizontal plate;
e) securing the support post to the first and second side plates by placing fasteners in the first and second side plate fastener apertures and connecting the fasteners to the support post;
wherein the stanchion is located interior to, and does not contact, the first and second side plates; and
wherein the horizontal plate is connected to the first side plate and the second side plate above the base plate top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,968,654

ANCHOR DEVICE

1. An anchor for supporting an elongate tubular object, said anchor comprising:an elongate tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end;
a nozzle at said proximal end, said nozzle having an opening remote from said elongate tubular member; and,
a funnel at said distal end, said funnel tapering from a minimum diameter at said tubular member to a maximum diameter remote from said tubular member;
wherein said funnel, said elongate member, and said nozzle are in liquid communication;
wherein said tubular member includes a threaded boss and said anchor further comprises a screw adapted to translate within said threaded boss to secure an elongate tubular object inserted through said funnel and into said tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,968,653

BUCKLING RESISTANT SPRING CLAD BAR

13. A buckling resistant spring clad bar (BRSCB) assembly comprising:a bar having a top end and a bottom end;
a spring;
the spring wrapped around the bar, wherein a diameter of the spring is greater than a diameter of the bar;
a sleeve surrounding the bar and the spring, the sleeve spaced apart from the bar and the spring;
a first end grip disposed about the top end of the bar and coupled to the bar and the spring, wherein a gap is disposed between the end of the sleeve and the first end grip about the top end of the bar to permit vertical movement of the bar; and
a second end grip disposed about the bottom end of the bar and coupled to the bar and the spring, wherein another gap is disposed between another end of the sleeve and the second end grip about the bottom end of the bar to permit vertical movement of the bar.

US Pat. No. 10,968,652

DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Jonathan Harinck, Highla...

1. A fastener assembly system for a data center infrastructure support system, the fastener assembly system comprising:a first and second perforated tubing, each perforated tubing having a square cross section with four sides and being configured with a plurality of perforated tubing apertures along the length of at least two opposed sides, each perforated tubing aperture along the length of each side being substantially linearly spaced along the length of each side of perforating tubing at a first distance between adjacent perforated tubing apertures, each perforated tubing aperture being in linear alignment with a perforated tubing aperture on the opposed side to form a corresponding pair;
a connector plate tube, the connector plate tube comprising a tube section having a square cross section with four sides and a plate section, the plate section being attached at one end of the tube section and comprising two opposed flange portions, the tube section having an external side length less than an internal side length of the first section of perforated tubing so as to telescopically receive placement of the first perforated tubing over the end of the tube section not attached to the plate section, the tube section further having at least one connector plate tube aperture on each of at least two opposed sides of the tube section, each connector plate tube aperture being in linear alignment with a corresponding connector plate tube aperture on the opposed side of the tube section to form a corresponding pair, such that when the first perforating tubing is telescopically placed over the tube section, each corresponding pair of connector plate tube apertures may be aligned with a corresponding pair of perforating tubing apertures so as to permit placement of linear fastening elements therethrough to secure the first perforated tubing to the connector plate tube;
wherein each of the at least two opposed flange portions include a flange aperture, the flange aperture of one flange portion being substantially spaced from a flange aperture of the opposed flange portion at a positive integer multiple of the first distance, such that when the plate section of the connector plate tube is placed against a side of the second perforated tubing with one flange aperture in alignment with a first corresponding pair of perforated tubing apertures, the flange aperture of the opposed flange portion aligns with a second corresponding pair of perforated tubing apertures so as to permit placement of linear fastening elements therethrough to secure the connector plate tube to a side of the second perforated tubing.

US Pat. No. 10,968,651

BUOYANT AUTOMATIC CLEANERS FOR SPAS AND OTHER WATER-CONTAINING VESSELS

ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS LLP, ...

1. An automatic cleaner for a vessel containing water defining an upper water surface, comprising: a. a body comprising an inlet and an outlet; b. a motor positioned at least partially within the body; c. a filter positioned at least partially within the body; and d. at least one motive element for moving the body along a submerged surface of the vessel; and in which the automatic cleaner (i) is positively buoyant at all times in the water, (ii) sinks in the water to the submerged surface at least in part because of downforce created by operating the motor, and (iii) floats to the upper water surface because of the automatic cleaner's positive buoyancy when the motor is inoperative and downforce is not being created by operating the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,968,650

ROLLING COVER FOR A SPA

Masterspas, LLC, Fort Wa...

1. A rolling cover for use with a spa or a pool, the spa or the pool having a water holding receptacle, the rolling cover comprising:a top cover comprising a flexible covering having extensions at opposing ends thereof;
a flexible insulation bag coupled to the flexible covering; and
a cover tightening arrangement including a pair of lever latch assemblies, each of the lever latch assemblies having a first end and a second end, the first end of each of the lever latch assemblies coupled to a free end of a corresponding one of the extensions, the lever latch assemblies for tightening the covering of the top cover when the lever latch assemblies are pivoted from an unlatched position, where the lever latch assemblies are disengaged from the spa or the pool, to a latched position where the second ends of the lever latch assemblies are operatively engaged with the spa or the pool;
wherein each of the lever latch assemblies includes a rigid lever arm and a cover coupler for coupling the free end of the corresponding one of the extensions to the first end of the lever latch assembly; and
wherein the cover coupler includes a coupling member and a retaining member, the coupling member and the retaining member clamping the free end of the corresponding one of the extensions to the first end of the lever latch assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,968,649

PARTITION MOUNT SYSTEM INCLUDING HEAD COUPLER WITH ADJUSTABLE HEAD LENGTH AND HEAD POSITION

Zipwall, LLC, Arlington,...

1. A coupler comprising:a first channel extending along a length of the coupler from a first end of the coupler to a second end of the coupler opposite the first end of the coupler;
a second channel adjacent to the first channel extending along the length of the coupler from the first end of the coupler to the second end of the coupler, wherein the first and second channels are pitched at an angle relative to each other in a vertical direction;
the first channel including first head-mounting features, the first head-mounting features constructed and arranged to retain a first elongated head to the coupler while permitting movement of the first elongated head along the first channel; and
the second channel including second head-mounting features, the second head-mounting features constructed and arranged to retain a second elongated head to the coupler while permitting movement of the second elongated head along the second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,968,648

COMPUTER-ASSISTED SHINGLE SAWING METHOD AND INSTALLATION

CLAIR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPM...

1. A computer-assisted shingle sawing installation, comprising:a wood block indexing carriage, configured for holding and indexing a wood block mounted thereon;
a camera mounted adjacent to said carriage; said camera being configured for obtaining an image of a slab to be taken from said wood block when said wood block is held to said wood block indexing carriage;
a trimming saw mounted adjacent to said carriage and being configured, in cooperation with a movement of said carriage, for cutting edge lines of shingles to be recovered from said slab;
a computer for analysing said image and for guiding said trimming saw according to an analysis of said image;
a chipping head mounted to and movable along a two-axis structure mounted adjacent said carriage;
a main saw for cutting said slab from said wood block;
said chipping head and said two-axis structure being configured for squaring off all four edges of said slab prior to moving said slab into said main saw.

US Pat. No. 10,968,647

WALK-BEHIND FLOOR SCRAPER MACHINE

Anderson Innovations, LLC...

1. A walk-behind floor scraper machine for removing floor covering from a floor surface; the walk-behind floor scraper machine comprising:a) a chassis including a unitarily formed first part extending in a generally vertical first direction and a second part extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the first part defining an end wall and a first sidewall and second sidewall extending from the end wall, wherein the chassis first sidewall includes a first open recess and the chassis second sidewall includes a second open recess;
b) an electric motor secured to the second part;
c) a scraper assembly movably secured to the second part and driven by the electric motor;
d) a rear wheel arrangement including a pair of wheels having a rotational axis; and
e) a hydraulic circuit including:
i) a hydraulic pump driven by the electric motor; and
ii) a hydraulic motor powered by the hydraulic pump, the hydraulic motor having a drive axle coupled to each of the pair of wheels, wherein the drive axle is coaxially aligned with the rotational axis and received by the first and second open recesses, the hydraulic motor including a motor body defining a first mounting flange mounted to the chassis first sidewall proximate the first open recess and defining a second mounting flange mounted to the chassis second sidewall proximate the second open recess, wherein the hydraulic motor imparts structural integrity to the chassis first part.

US Pat. No. 10,968,646

ROOFING SAFETY LINE ENGAGEMENT ASSEMBLY

1. A roofer safety hold assembly configured to be releasably engaged to a roof to provide a hold for a safety line, the assembly comprising:a plate having a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge, the perimeter edge including a front edge, a rear edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge, the first lateral edge having a plurality of slots therein wherein each of the slots is elongated, each of the slots being configured to engage a nail extended into a roof, the slots being angled toward the front edge such that an angle between each of the slots and the first lateral edge is less than 60°;
a catch being attached to and extending upwardly from the plate, the catch being positioned adjacent to the rear edge, the catch being configured to releasably engage a safety line, the catch comprising a closed loop, the closed loop being D-shaped and includes a straight portion and an arcuate portion, the straight portion being positioned adjacent to the rear edge, the arcuate portion extending toward the front edge; and
a strike panel being attached to and extending upwardly from the rear edge, the strike panel forming an angle with the top side being between 80° and 100°, the catch being positioned between the strike panel and the top side of the plate such that the straight portion abuts the strike panel and a section of the arcuate portion abuts the top side of the plate, a length of the strike panel extending from the top side of the plate being less than a length of the straight portion of the closed loop wherein the straight portion projects away from a distal edge of the strike panel.

US Pat. No. 10,968,645

ANCHOR AND CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

Meadow Burke, LLC, River...

1. A system for orienting and positioning a precast concrete panel, comprising:a precast concrete panel having a surface with a void extending from said surface into said precast concrete panel;
an anchor partially positioned in said void, and said anchor having a first bar with a first plurality of arms extending into said precast concrete panel and having a second bar with a second plurality of arms extending into said precast concrete panel, wherein at least one arm of said first plurality of arms and at least one arm of said second plurality of arms form a bar angle of at least 15 degrees relative to each other, and wherein at least a portion of said first bar forms a first aperture within said void, and at least a portion of said second bar forms a second aperture within said void, and said first and second bars are adjacently positioned such that said first and second apertures define a common aperture within said void of said precast concrete panel;
a clutch having a top portion with an opening, and said top portion having a width, said clutch having a bottom portion with a recess configured to receive said first and second bars of said anchor, and said bottom portion having a width that is larger than said width of said top portion, wherein said clutch has a first wing and a second wing extending outwardly to define said width of said bottom portion; and
a pin extending through said opening in said clutch, and said pin configured to rotate within a volume in said clutch to selectively pass through said common aperture of said bars and selectively secure said clutch to said anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,968,644

KIT FOR ERECTING A PLATFORM

Paul Kristen, Inc., Tona...

1. A kit for erecting a platform, the kit comprising:a plurality of quad-chord trusses, each of said quad-chord trusses comprising a pair of upper spaced chords and a pair of lower spaced chords wherein said pair of upper spaced chords are spaced from said pair of lower spaced chords, said each of said quad-chord trusses having at least one first connector member intermediate its length and attached to both of said upper chords and both of said lower chords, said quad-chord trusses further comprising means including eyelets on ends respectively of said spaced chords for releasably rigidly securing said quad-chord trusses end-to-end, each of said quad-chord trusses further comprising means for swinging one of a pair of said quad-chord trusses horizontally relative to another of said pair of quad-chord trusses into position for releasably rigidly securing thereof end-to-end, said means for swinging and said means for rigidly securing including apertures in said eyelets which extend vertically for receiving pins in respectively aligned ones of said apertures, whereby a pin is receivable in said aligned ones of said apertures respectively of only one of said upper chords and only one of said lower chords on a respective end of each of said pair of quad-chord trusses to be attached end-to-end, thereby allowing swinging of one of said pair of quad-chord trusses relative to an other of said pair of quad-chord trusses into position of alignment of said apertures of the other of said upper chords and the other of said lower chords on the respective ends of said pair of quad-chord trusses for receiving a second pin for rigid attachment of said pair of quad-chord trusses end-to-end, and
a plurality of cross beams each having second connector members on its ends respectively which are releasably securable to said at least one first connector member on each of two parallel ones of said quad-chord trusses respectively, wherein said at least one first connector member has at least one first passage, each of said second connector members has at least one second passage, and said at least one first passage and said at least one second passage are alignable for receiving a pin, whereby to attach each of said cross beams to a pair of parallel ones of said quad-chord trusses,
wherein at least one of said cross beams further has at least one upper chord and at least one lower chord and further has means for supporting said at least one cross beam while said at least one cross beam is being attached to said respective quad-chord truss, wherein said means for supporting includes a member which is positioned on each end of said at least one upper chord of said at least one cross beam in a manner such that said member overhangs one of said pair of upper spaced chords of said respective quad-chord truss while said at least one cross beam is being attached to said respective quad-chord truss, whereby said member overhangs one of said pair of upper spaced chords of said respective quad-chord truss when said at least one cross beam is attached to said respective quad-chord truss.

US Pat. No. 10,968,643

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, ELEVATOR SYSTEMS, KITS, TOWER SECTIONS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING ASSEMBLY OR MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS IN TOWERS

ALIMAK GROUP MANAGEMENT A...

1. A transportation system for performing assembly or maintenance operations in a tower structure, the transportation system comprising:(a) a fixed guide which: (1) is attached to a tower structure for guiding a transportation unit, (2) wherein the fixed guide is configured to be connected to a movable guide, which movable guide is configured to be mounted in an elevator car of an elevator system and (3) extends from a first end to a second end less than 360° along an internal circular perimeter of a tower structure; and
(b) a transportation unit comprising a undercarriage for displacing the transportation unit along the fixed guide.

US Pat. No. 10,968,642

SIDING TOOL

Chadillac 10 Siding Tool ...

1. A siding tool configured for installing siding, the siding tool comprising:a body, the body having a first end and a second end, wherein the body comprises a length, a width, and a depth;
a lip converging with the body and proximate to the first end, the lip being configured for engaging a bottom of an installed first siding panel, wherein the body comprises an indentation proximate to where the lip converges with the body; and
the second end is configured for receiving a second siding panel such that the second siding panel is positioned for installation, wherein the body is configured to create a reveal distance between the lip and the second end, wherein the reveal distance is fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,968,641

DECOUPLING MAT FOR A SURFACE COVERING STRUCTURE THAT CAN BE COVERED BY COVERING ELEMENTS

ARDEX ANLAGEN GMBH

1. Decoupling mat for a surface covering structure that can be covered by covering elements comprising:a strip- or plate-shaped compensation element having a lower bearing plane comprising upwardly projecting protrusions,
the protrusions forming an upper bearing plane at a distance from the lower bearing plane, wherein the protrusions:
are arranged spaced apart from one another,
have at least in sections an undercut along their periphery, and
are in said sections wider towards the upper bearing plane than the lower bearing plane, wherein the undercut(s) is/are adapted to allow fixation of an adhesive mortar applied to a top of the compensation element; and wherein a water-permeable cover is fixed onto the bottom side of the lower bearing plane, wherein the water-permeable cover prevents penetration of a viscous adhesive into the upwardly projecting protrusions, wherein a plurality of the protrusions that are adjacent to one another are connected by ventilation ducts projecting from the lower bearing plane, wherein the ventilation ducts do not extend up to the upper bearing plane.

US Pat. No. 10,968,639

MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM FOR FLOOR PANELS

CERALOC INNOVATION AB, V...

1. A displaceable tongue for locking an edge of a first building panel and an adjacent edge of a second building panel vertically, the displaceable tongue being configured to be arranged in a sidewardly open displacement groove provided at an edge of the first building panel,wherein the displaceable tongue has a longitudinal extent and a transverse extent, said longitudinal extent being larger that said transverse extent,
wherein the displaceable tongue comprises a pulling extension at a transversely outer portion of the displaceable tongue,
the pulling extension being configured to cooperate with a pulling protrusion formed at the adjacent edge of the second building panel such that the displaceable tongue is pulled out from the sidewardly open displacement groove and into a tongue groove provided at the adjacent edge of the second building panel when the edge of the first building panel and the edge of the second building panel are displaced vertically relative to each other; and
wherein the displaceable tongue comprises a locking hook, and further comprises a cavity formed at a tongue section of the displaceable tongue, wherein the locking hook protrudes into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,968,638

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN INSULATED THERMAL WALL ANCHOR

1. A wall anchor system for use in a cavity wall to connect to a veneer tie that joins an inner wythe and an outer wythe of the cavity wall, the wall anchor comprising:an elongated shaft having a first longitudinal axis, a fastening end section, a receiving end section, and a middle section between the fastening end section and the receiving end section;
the fastening end section of the elongated shaft comprising a threaded shaft section, a tubular section having an open end, a threaded wall section within the tubular section, the threaded wall section configured and arranged to mate with the threaded shaft section of the fastening end section;
a panel having an interior positioned between at least two end surfaces;
a first insulating member spanning a least a portion of the interior of the panel, the first insulating member comprising, a first thermal coating, the first thermal coating having a first thermal coating first portion disposed on at least a portion of the threaded wall section and a first of the thermal coating second portion disposed on at least a portion of the threaded shaft section;
the receiving end section having at least one aperture defining an aperture wall for accepting at least one section of the veneer tie;
at least a second insulating member covering the aperture wall; and
wherein the first insulating member and second insulating member reduce the transfer of thermal energy by the veneer tie between the inner wythe and the outer wythe.

US Pat. No. 10,968,637

HAND RAILS

PIPEX LIMITED, Plymouth ...

1. An adjustable hand rail corner connector comprising a first part and a second part hingedly connected to each other and each being attachable to further hand rail components, each of the first and second parts comprising:an articulation section comprising a first cylindrical body and a hinge connection member at a distal end thereof comprising at least one leg extending from the hinge connection member, the at least one leg defining a hinge axis transversely extending therethrough, wherein the first cylindrical body has a first outer periphery extending along a first longitudinal axis, and wherein the at least one leg of the hinge connection member each have an outer periphery with a cylindrical portion which matches and does not extend outwardly beyond the outer periphery of the first cylindrical body and which collinearly extends therewith;
a cranked portion fixedly connected to a proximal end of the first cylindrical body of the articulation section and comprising a second cylindrical body extending along a second longitudinal axis that is transverse to the first longitudinal axis, such that a crank angle is defined between the first longitudinal axis and the second longitudinal axis; and
a dowel section fixedly connected to the cranked portion such that the articulation section and the dowel section are joined by the cranked portion, and the dowel section is collinear with the second cylindrical body and extends outward from the cranked portion along the second longitudinal axis, and wherein the dowel section is configured for attachment to an additional hand rail member that extends along the second longitudinal axis;
wherein the legs of the hinge connection members of the first and second parts are interdigitated and include at least one aperture, and a fastener extends through the at least one aperture to hingedly connect the first and second parts about the hinge axis.

US Pat. No. 10,968,636

MOVEABLE STAIR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

EMEH, INC., Lebanon, NJ ...

1. A stair system, comprising:a first connector configured to be connected with at least one of a first stair, a first landing or a first ground location;
a sliding body operatively connected with the first connector, wherein the sliding body comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the second end is opposite the first end;
an upper connector operatively connected with the sliding body;
a lower connector, wherein the upper connector is operatively connected and telescopically disposed within the lower connector; and
a second connector operatively connected with the lower connector at a first connection point, wherein the second connector is configured to be connected with at least one of a second stair, a second landing or a second ground location.

US Pat. No. 10,968,635

ROOF EDGE BLOCKING WITH CLEAT

1. A roof edge blocking with cleat comprising:A) a blocking assembly having a top flange, a first lateral flange, a second lateral flange, an anchoring flange, and a locking tab, an upper wall and a lower wall of said anchoring flange extending from said first and second lateral flanges respectively, and are substantially parallel to said top flange; and
B) a cover assembly having a cover top flange, an angular wall, a side flange, and a channel, whereby said cover assembly mounts onto said blocking assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,968,634

COVERING SYSTEM

1. A system comprising:a mounting bracket, said mounting bracket configured to join with a mounting surface and at least one protruding seam, said mounting bracket comprising a fastening portion configured to deform on said at least one protruding seam, said mounting bracket further comprising a support portion disposed to extend from said fastening portion, said support portion configured to deform; and
at least one panel disposed to join with said mounting bracket, said at least one panel further disposed to overlay said mounting surface and said at least one protruding seam,
said at least one panel comprising an exterior portion and an interior portion,
said exterior portion comprising a pair of stabilizers disposed to extend outwardly,
said pair of stabilizers comprising a pair of stabilizer terminal ends configured to deform on said support portion for at least partially joining said exterior portion with said interior portion,
said interior portion comprising a plurality of bars configured to deform on said support portion for at least partially joining said exterior portion with said interior portion.

US Pat. No. 10,968,633

ENHANCED ROOFING SYSTEM

1. A roof system, comprising:a roof deck;
a first layer of weighted cover board disposed upwardly adjacent the roof deck;
one or more layers of insulation positioned upwardly adjacent said first layer of weighted cover board;
a second layer of weighted cover board formed from a waterproof material disposed upwardly adjacent the one or more layers of insulation, wherein the second layer of weighted cover board comprises a plurality of panels of weighted cover board such that a plurality of joints are formed between adjacent panels of the weighted cover board; and
a sealant arranged at the plurality of joints formed between adjacent panels of the second layer of weighted cover board, wherein said sealant is configured to waterproof the plurality of joints, and
a shaped component having a first end that extends between at least a portion of the first layer of weighted cover board and the roof deck and a second end arranged upwardly adjacent a portion of the second layer of weighted cover board.

US Pat. No. 10,968,632

CERAMIC GRANULES WITH HIGH UV OPACITY AND HIGH SOLAR REFLECTANCE

SHIJIAZHUANG NIKKA MINTEC...

1. Ceramic granules having a high UV opacity and high solar reflectance, produced by forming a calcined clay mineral powder and re-calcining, wherein the ceramic granules are characterized by:15-35% water absorption;
?97% crystalline content;
90-100% UV opacity; and
a solar reflectance of between 82% and 90%.

US Pat. No. 10,968,631

STRUCTURE REINFORCEMENT PARTIAL SHELL

1. A method of reinforcing a structure, external surfaces along a circumference of which are only partially reachable, the method comprising:fabricating a rigid Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) shell, formed in a mold and cured, to cover, at a distance, at least a part of the reachable surfaces of the structure;
covering, the at least a part of the reachable surfaces of the structure, for which the FRP shell is fabricated, by the FRP shell such that the FRP shell only surrounds the at least a part of the reachable surfaces, wherein there remains a space between the FRP shell and the structure;
securing the molded and cured FRP shell in place at the said distance from the surface of the structure; and
filling the space between the FRP shell and the structure by a curable substance after securing the FRP shell in place.

US Pat. No. 10,968,630

MODULAR CLEAN ROOM GAS SUPPLY RACEWAY APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

AES Clean Technology, Inc...

1. A modular gas utility raceway for a clean room, the clean room defining a wall, a ceiling and a clean room interior, the wall having an inside surface, the gas utility raceway comprising:a) a box-shaped beam having a front face, the box shaped beam having a configuration for incorporation into the wall of the clean room so that the front face coincides with the inside surface of the clean room wall;
b) at least one pipe, the pipe being configured to convey a compressed gas, the box-shaped beam defining an interior volume, the pipe being disposed within the interior volume, the pipe defining a pipe top end and a pipe bottom end;
c) at least one valve assembly, the at least one valve assembly being in fluid communication with the at least one pipe and configured to selectably convey the compressed gas from the pipe through the front face of the box-shaped beam and into the clean room interior;
d) the box-shaped beam defining a beam top end, the at least one pipe communicating through the beam top end;
e) at least one connector, the at least one connector being attached to the at least one pipe and configured to operably attach the at least one pipe to a compressed gas plumbing above the ceiling of the clean room.

US Pat. No. 10,968,628

GREENHOUSE

1. A greenhouse having a roof comprising:a plurality of substantially parallel crossbeams;
at least two longitudinal sections, each of which are mounted to the crossbeams and extend at a distance from each other in transverse direction of the crossbeams, and wherein one of the longitudinal sections is displaceable;
a transparent foil which is mounted to the longitudinal sections at respective foil attachment locations thereof so as to form a cover between the longitudinal sections; and
a displacement mechanism coupled to the one displaceable longitudinal section, the displacement mechanism configured to displace the one displaceable longitudinal section with respect to the other between a non-foil-stretching position and a foil-stretching position, wherein a distance between the respective foil attachment locations is larger in the foil-stretching position than in the non-foil-stretching position, and wherein the displacement mechanism is operable and is lockable at an exterior upper side of the roof, and
wherein the displacement mechanism comprises a lock configured to lock the one displaceable longitudinal section and the crossbeams to each other in the foil-stretching position, and wherein the lock is located at and accessible from the exterior upper side of the roof such that the lock is locked and unlocked at the exterior upper side of the roof.

US Pat. No. 10,968,627

STRUCTURE FOR BLOCKING HEAT TRANSFER THROUGH THERMAL BRIDGE OF BUILDING

1. A structure for blocking heat transfer through a thermal bridge of a building, which comprises: an inner visual glass curtain wall, an outer visual glass curtain wall, an indoor metal frame, an outdoor metal frame, an outer decorative metal cover, a first thermal break strip, a second thermal break strip, a first nylon thermal break block and a second nylon thermal break block, wherein:the first thermal break strip, which is located in contact with the outdoor metal frame, the indoor metal frame, the first nylon thermal break block and the second nylon thermal break block, is an aerogel thermal insulation blanket whose thermal conductivity is no greater than 0.021 W/(m·K);
the second thermal break strip, which is located in contact with the indoor metal frame, the second nylon thermal break block, the outer decorative metal cover and the inner visual glass curtain wall, is another aerogel thermal insulation blanket whose thermal conductivity is no greater than 0.021 W/(m·K);
the inner visual glass curtain wall is fixed to the indoor metal frame by structural silicone sealant, the outer visual glass curtain wall is fixed to the outdoor metal frame and the indoor metal frame by structural silicone sealant, the outer decorative metal cover is clamped on the outdoor metal frame, the outer visual glass curtain wall and the inner visual glass curtain wall;
the outdoor metal frame is connected to the indoor metal frame by the first nylon thermal break block and the second nylon thermal break block.

US Pat. No. 10,968,626

ACOUSTIC AND INSULATION MOUNTING

Studco Australia Pty Ltd....

1. A mounting assembly for providing acoustic insulation between primary and secondary building components having respective mounting surfaces which extend at an angle to each other, said mounting assembly comprising:a first building component configured to fasten to the mounting surface of the primary building component;
a second building component, said second building component being a right angle bracket having a first section with an aperture and a second section configured to fasten to the mounting surface of the secondary building component;
a fastener having a shaft, said fastener connecting said first building component to said second building component in spaced relation to each other;
a compressible first insulating portion extending around said fastener shaft between said first building component and said first section of said second building component;a compressible second insulating portion extending around said fastener shaft in spaced relation to said second section of said second building component; anda compressible neck insulating portion extending between said first insulating portion and said second insulating portion, said neck insulating portion extending through said aperture in said second section of said second building component.

US Pat. No. 10,968,625

VACUUM INSULATION PANEL

Kingspan Insulation Limit...

1. A vacuum insulation panel comprising:(a) a porous insulating core having an upper surface and a lower surface and sides;
(b) an envelope about the core arranged to envelop the core, and to maintain an applied vacuum within the envelope; and
(c) a non-foam polyurethane coating layer applied to the envelope, wherein the coating layer is formed over the entire surface area of the envelope, the polyurethane coating layer is less than about 5 mm thick and
(d) the envelope and the polyurethane coating layer form a barrier layer about the insulating core, the barrier layer having a moisture vapour transmission rate of from about 1.5×10?3 g/m2·day to about 3.0×10?3 g/m2·day when measured in accordance with ASTM F1249-90.

US Pat. No. 10,968,624

GYPSUM PANEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GYPSUM PANEL

YOSHINO GYPSUM CO., LTD.,...

1. A gypsum panel comprising a gypsum core containing a termiticide with solubility in water of 1 mass % or less,wherein the gypsum core has a first end region, a center region, and a second end region having an equal thickness and extending along a thickness direction from one surface side to another surface side,
the termiticide is contained in each of the first end region, the center region, and the second end region, and
a content of the termiticide in the center region is lower than a content of the termiticide in the first end region and in the second end region.

US Pat. No. 10,968,623

BOLT CALIBRATED ANGLE MAINSTAY FOR TOWER CONSTRUCTION AND METHOD FOR USE

Valmont Industries, Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for adjusting a steel frame, the apparatus comprising:a first bracket element, wherein the first bracket element comprises a first front plate, a first backing plate and a plurality of connecting bolts;
wherein the first front plate comprises a right front wing having a plurality of right wing bolt holes, and a left front wing having a plurality of left wing bolt holes; wherein the right and left front wings are secured to the first front plate;
an adjusting bolt assembly, wherein the adjusting bolt assembly comprises a right side wall, a left side wall and a first adjusting bolt guide surface; wherein the right and left side walls comprise a plurality of right wall holes and left wall holes; wherein the left front wing abuts the left side wall, and the right front wing abuts the left side wall;
an adjusting bolt guide; wherein the adjusting bolt guide is laterally positioned between the right side wall and the left side wall;
a plurality of assembly bolts, wherein at least a first assembly bolt extends through the left wing hole and the left wall hole; further wherein at least a second assembly bolt extends through the right wall hole and the right wing hole;
an adjusting bolt securing nut; and
an adjusting bolt, wherein the adjusting bolt extends through the first adjusting bolt guide surface and into the adjusting bolt securing nut; wherein the adjusting bolt is configured to screw into the securing nut; wherein the adjusting bolt is configured to allow the first adjusting bolt guide surface to move relative to the first front plate;
a second bracket element, wherein the second bracket element includes a second front plate and a second backing plate;
wherein the second front plate comprises a second adjusting bolt guide surface; wherein the second adjusting bolt guide surface comprises a multi-hole taper plate; wherein the multi-hole taper plate comprises a lower angle taper hole and higher angle taper hole.

US Pat. No. 10,968,622

EXPANDABLE SAFE ROOM

1. A bullet proof, fully automatically expandable safe room (ESR) defining a protected space therein, the ESR comprising:a self-standing main upright frame having a front surface and a rear surface and configured to contain expandable and movable parts when in a folded position wherein the upright frame comprises a pair of lower substantially parallel rails for supporting the upright frame;
a controller configured to automatically expand and retract the ESR from either the folded position to a deployed position or vice-versa, respectively;
a rear wall fixedly connected within the main upright frame wherein the rear wall defines the rear surface;
the expandable and movable parts comprising:
a pair of side walls hingedly connected to the main upright frame; and
a front wall parallel to the main upright frame and hingedly connected to the side walls, wherein an alignment mechanism assures that the side walls and the front wall will move only in a forward or rearward direction;
a roof hingedly connected to the main upright frame;
a floor hingedly connected to the main upright frame, wherein the floor in a fully deployed position is substantially parallel to the rails; and
a plurality of powered pistons selected from the group consisting of hydraulic pistons, pneumatic pistons, electrical pistons, and any combination thereof that are capable of expanding and retracting the ESR,
wherein the pistons are capable of being sequentially activated by the controller,
wherein the side walls, the front wall, the roof, and the floor are made of materials that are able to withstand ballistic threats up to substantially 7.62 caliber AP, and
wherein a thickness dimension from the front surface that is defined by the front wall to the rear surface of the upright frame of the ESR in a folded position is in a range of 15 cm to 30 cm.

US Pat. No. 10,968,621

CONNECTOR FOR TWO WORKPIECES

KNAPP GMBH, Euratsfeld (...

1. A connector for two workpieces, comprising:a first and a second fitting each having one side and an other side, which each of said fittings may be mounted on one of the workpieces each by its respective one side and which fittings may be anchored to one another by their respective other sides, and which fittings each have a circumferential edge between their one and other side,
wherein at least the first fitting has a projection with an undercut on its other side and the second fitting has a slot, starting from its edge and corresponding to the undercut, for anchoring the projection,
wherein at least one of the fittings has a protrusion on its other side and running transverse to the direction of the slot for resting of the edge of the other fitting when the projection is in the position anchored in the slot, wherein the projection is formed by a stud which protrudes from said other side and has a widened head, said stud being mounted axially movable on the first fitting and being spring-loaded with its head towards said one side of the first fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,968,620

SANDWICH STRUCTURE WITH LATTICE HAVING HARD POINTS

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A sandwich structure comprising:a pair of face plates; and
a lattice structure between the face plates;
wherein the lattice structure includes anchor points that are stiffer than surrounding regions of the lattice structure;
wherein the anchor points are located at junctions between the lattice structure and one of the face plates; and
wherein the anchor points have integrally-formed internally threaded holes to receive threaded fasteners, to mechanically couple the sandwich structure to one or more other objects.

US Pat. No. 10,968,619

ARCHITECTURAL CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE

1. A prefabricated structural component for construction of a building, the prefabricated structural component comprising:a first joist comprising a substantially planar central web section, the central web section being joined at a first edge by a first flange oriented perpendicular to the central web section, and the central web section being joined at a second edge by a second flange oriented perpendicular to the central web section;
a first air barrier gasket on an exterior edge of the first flange of the first joist, the exterior edge of the first flange being opposite to an interior edge of the first flange that is joined to the central web section;
a second air barrier gasket on an exterior edge of the second flange of the first joist, the exterior edge of the second flange being opposite to an interior edge of the second flange that is joined to the central web section;
a second joist, perpendicular to the central web section of the first joist and attached by a first flange of the second joist to the central web section of the first joist, the second joist further including a second flange, the first flange and second flange of the second joist being perpendicular to a substantially planar central web section of the second joist; and
an exterior finish layer, mounted to an exterior edge of the second flange of the second joist, and being oriented in a direction perpendicular to the central web section of the second joist and parallel to the central web section of the first joist
the first air barrier gasket and the second air barrier gasket each comprising a portion of an encapsulating air barrier gasket surrounding at least the first joist and the second joist.

US Pat. No. 10,968,618

SUMP SYSTEM

1. A sump system comprising:a catch basin configured to receive runoff water, having an upper end and a bottom surface, and defining
a vertical chamber extending downward in a vertical direction from the upper end to a first portion of the bottom surface,
a horizontal chamber intersecting the first chamber to form an intersecting region, the horizontal chamber defined by an upper surface and a second portion of the bottom surface, extending outwardly in a horizontal direction from an outer periphery of the first chamber, and having a vertical dimension that extends upward from the bottom surface to the upper surface, wherein the upper surface is positioned below the upper end, and
a second vertical chamber extending downward from the upper end to a third portion of the bottom surface, wherein the horizontal chamber intersects the second vertical chamber to form a second intersecting region;
a sump pump disposed within the catch basin;
a second sump pump disposed within the second intersecting region; and
first and second perforated caps secured to the catch basin and disposed at first and second opposing ends of the horizontal chamber, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,968,617

LIFT STATION MAINTENANCE DEVICE

1. A lift station maintenance device for removal of flushable wipes and other larger debris from sewage, said lift station maintenance device comprising in combination:A. a base plate;
B. a top plate having a central opening extending therethrough;
C. a plurality of uniformly space bars partially encircling said central opening defining a partially encircled cylindrical volume, each bar vertically extending from a slot in a top surface of said base plate to a slot in a bottom surface of said top plate, the non-encircled portion of said circular volume defining an inlet through which sewage may enter said cylindrical volume;
D. a pair of dual interleaving augers contained within said cylindrical volume for urging debris up through said central opening, said augers being self-centering, said augers having a lower end; and
E. each said auger lower end being driveably connected to a motor.

US Pat. No. 10,968,616

WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM

1. A drainage system comprising:a surface selected from the group consisting of a parking lot, a road, a patio, a driveway, a sidewalk, a stone slab, a concrete slab, a water impervious slab and an asphalt slab,
a first housing located below grade, the first housing including a continuous sidewall, a floor, a void defined by the floor and the continuous sidewall, an open top extending to or through the surface through which stormwater collecting on the surface may enter into the void, an outlet extending through the sidewall immediately adjacent to the floor, and a plurality of inlets through the sidewall located above the outlet, wherein the housing is selected from the group consisting of a drain manhole, a catch basin side inlet, and a catch basin grated inlet,
a locking ring fixed within each inlet of the plurality of inlets, and
a drain wick fluidly coupled to each inlet and configured for collecting groundwater underneath the surface and directing the ground water through the inlet and into the void, the drain wick extending radially outward from the housing,
wherein the drain wick includes a pipe having a spring line and plurality of radial openings extending there through at or below the spring line, a first end cap having a plurality of holes there through, an opposing second end including a locking nut configured for detachably coupling the second end of the drain wick to the locking ring, a wire screen in the second end, a filter cloth bag located between the wire screen and the first end cap, and a filter media in the cloth bag.

US Pat. No. 10,968,615

TOILET FLUSHING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A residential toilet system connected to residential component supply plumbing comprising:a flushometer valve connected to a toilet for flushing the toilet upon activation of the flushometer valve;
a pressurized flush water immediate supply assembly connected to the flushometer valve being adapted to supply a volume of water under pressure through the flushometer valve upon activation of the flushometer valve the pressurized flush water immediate supply assembly comprising:
a flush water adapter piping connected for receiving flow of water from the residential component supply plumbing and being of a larger diameter than the residential component supply plumbing and being connected for water flow to an inlet of the flushometer valve; and
a pressurized water storage apparatus connected for pressurized flow of additional water to the flush water adapter piping;
wherein the pressurized flush water immediate supply assembly is full and under pressure at a ready to flush condition and upon flushing operation of the flushometer valve releases its stored and pressurized water volume through the flushometer valve to effect flushing of the toilet and after the flushing upon opening of a check valve is recharged by water flow from the residential component supply plumbing into the pressurized flush water immediate supply assembly; and
further comprising a check valve having an entry and an exit and the entry connected to the residential component supply plumbing and the exit connected to the pressurized flush water immediate supply assembly and having an opening and closing pressure specification so as to open upon a pressure drop when a flush is in process by operation of the flushometer valve thereby to recharge the pressurized flush water immediate supply assembly and so as to close when the recharging has reached a specified closing pressure to provide a ready to flush condition.

US Pat. No. 10,968,614

ACCUMULATOR FOR VACUUM DRAINAGE SYSTEM

Acorn Engineering Company...

1. An accumulator for a vacuum drainage system comprising:a body having a bottom wall, sidewalls and top wall, the bottom wall, sidewalls and top walls cooperating to define a reservoir within the body;
a first inlet port and a first outlet port provided toward a first end of the body;
a second inlet port and a second outlet port provided toward a second end of the body;
wherein the first and second inlet ports are symmetrical and respectively define with the body first and second inlet openings into the reservoir; and
wherein the first and second outlet ports respectively define with the body first and second outlet openings from the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,968,613

SANITARY OUTLET PIECE, SANITARY FITTING AND USE OF AN OUTLET PIECE

1. A sanitary outlet piece (1) for inserting into a fitting outlet, the sanitary outlet piece comprising a basic body (33) configured for insertion in a discharge opening of a sanitary fitting, the basic body including an inlet side (2), an outlet side (6) and more than two hose connection points (3, 4, 5) that are formed spaced apart from one another on the inlet side (2) and are each guided to the outlet side (6), a holding plate (57) having at least three recesses (58, 59, 60) corresponding to the hose connection points (3, 4, 5), one hose (21, 22, 23) being insertable into a corresponding one of the hose connection points by an insertion movement oriented transversely with respect to a longitudinal direction of the respective hose (21, 22, 23), resulting in a plug-in system arrangement of the hoses which are connectable to the hose connection points (3, 4, 5) without being screwed in, wherein the hose connection points (3, 4, 5) are guided to the outlet side (6) at a fitting discharge end that discharges to atmosphere separately from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,968,612

DOUBLE SHOWER DEVICE

NCIP Inc., Taipei (TW)

1. A double shower device, comprising:a water inlet pipe provided for a water flow to flow in;
a first water separator comprising a first water inlet end connected to the water inlet pipe, a first chamber connected to the first water inlet end, a block member disposed in the first chamber to move vertically, and an upper water outlet end and a first lower water outlet end which are connected to the first chamber, wherein the block member includes a lower sealing element sealing the first lower water outlet end when the block member moving upward, and an upper sealing element sealing the upper water outlet end when the block member moving downward;
a first shower bar comprising a first passage connected to the upper water outlet end of the first water separator, wherein the first water inlet end, the first chamber, the upper water outlet end and the first passage together form an upper water outlet channel;
a second shower bar disposed under the water inlet pipe, the first water separator and the first shower bar, and the second shower bar comprising a second passage extending downward to connect with the first lower water outlet end of the first water separator; and
a second water separator connected to one end of the second shower bar opposite to the first water separator, and the second water separator comprising a second water inlet end connected to the second shower bar, a second chamber connected to the second water inlet end, a valve member disposed in the second chamber, and a second lower water outlet end connected to the second chamber, wherein the first water inlet end, the first chamber, the first lower water outlet end, the second passage, the second water inlet end, the second chamber and the second lower water outlet end together form a lower water outlet channel; wherein the valve member comprises an open state for moving the block member downward to force the water flow to flow along the lower water outlet channel, and a close state for moving the block member upward to force the water flow to flow along the upper water outlet channel.

US Pat. No. 10,968,611

WATER DIVERSION ASSEMBLY

1. A water diversion assembly comprising:a hot water inlet configured to connect from a hot water supply;
a cold water inlet configured to connect from a cold water supply;
an appliance outlet configured to connect and deliver a water mix at an outlet temperature, wherein the appliance outlet is in fluid communication with the hot water inlet and the cold water inlet;
a water collection outlet;
a thermostatic diversion valve having a hot water threshold temperature, the thermostatic diversion valve arranged such that water from the hot water supply via the hot water inlet is delivered to the water collection outlet until the hot water threshold temperature is reached;
a water reservoir in communication with the water collection outlet, wherein the water reservoir is configured to collect the water from the hot water supply prior to the hot water threshold temperature being reached;
a first conduit in fluid communication with the cold water supply, a second conduit in fluid communication with the first conduit and the water reservoir, and a third conduit in fluid communication with the first conduit and the cold water inlet; and,
a siphon positioned in the water reservoir and a fourth conduit in communication with the siphon.

US Pat. No. 10,968,610

FAUCET INSULATION APPARATUS

1. A faucet insulation apparatus for insulating a faucet from climate outside a dwelling, wherein the faucet is configured to transport liquid from a first location to a second location, wherein the faucet includes a liquid flow control valve for controlling volume of liquid transported by the faucet, wherein the faucet further includes a spout, the faucet insulation apparatus comprising:an insulation region, and a capturing recess defined by a tapered inner surface of said insulation region;
wherein said insulation region shape is cylindrical;
wherein said capturing recess shape is tapered;
wherein said insulation region is positioned to surround said capturing recess;
wherein said capturing recess is positioned within said insulation region;
wherein said capturing recess is positioned surrounding said faucet;
wherein said insulation region is adapted to surround and grasp said faucet;
wherein the insulation region is adapted to deform to the faucet as the tapered inner surface advances over the faucet; and
wherein said insulation region adheres to said faucet via gravity and friction.

US Pat. No. 10,968,609

SELF-CONTAINED HYDRANT MONITORING SYSTEM

Mueller International, LL...

1. A hydrant for a fluid distribution system, the hydrant comprising:a hydrant body defining an interior cavity and comprising:
an upper barrel defining an upper portion of the interior cavity, a top end, and a bottom end;
a bonnet secured to the top end of the upper barrel;
a lower barrel connected to the bottom end of the upper barrel and defining a lower portion of the interior cavity and a bottom end; and
a shoe connected to the bottom end of the lower barrel and defining a shoe cavity;
a valve located in sealable communication with a lower end of the lower barrel, the lower portion of the interior cavity in fluid communication with the upper portion of the interior cavity when the valve is open, the valve configured to seal the interior cavity of the hydrant from the shoe cavity when the valve is closed, the valve comprising a valve member defining a member bore;
a stem positioned at least partly inside the interior cavity of the hydrant and extending from the bonnet to the valve, the stem secured to the valve and extending through the member bore of the valve member, the stem configured to open and close the valve upon rotation about a stem axis, the stem comprising a vein defining a channel extending from a lower end of the vein to an upper end of the vein; and
a sensing device located within the interior cavity of the hydrant body, the sensing device comprising:
a sensor facing the channel of the vein, the sensor configured to measure a property of a fluid of the fluid distribution system;
at least one battery in electrical communication with the sensor and located entirely within the interior cavity of the hydrant body; and
an antenna in electrical communication with the sensor and located entirely within the interior cavity of the hydrant body.

US Pat. No. 10,968,608

WATER DISTRIBUTION

DESERT BLOOMS LLC, Wilmi...

1. A water distribution assembly, comprising:a water distribution pipe having a water distribution pipe length, the water distribution pipe including:
an elbow formation along said water distribution pipe length;
an aperture-defining formation defining an aperture in a radially distal wall of the elbow formation along a radius of curvature of the elbow; and
an openable closure that is mounted or mountable to the aperture-defining formation and that closes the aperture;
an additional water pipe having at least one inlet thereto, defined by an inlet formation, and at least one outlet therefrom, defined by an outlet formation; and
a connecting pipe that extends between the aperture of the water distribution pipe and one of the at least one inlets of the additional water pipe, thus establishing fluid communication through the connecting pipe, between a water distribution pipe interior of the water distribution pipe and an additional water pipe interior of the additional water pipe when the openable closure of the water distribution pipe is partially or fully open;
wherein the additional water pipe is a second water distribution pipe having a second water distribution pipe length and includes:
a second elbow formation along said second water distribution pipe length;
a second aperture-defining formation defining a second aperture in a second radially distal wall of the second elbow formation along a second radius of curvature of the second elbow formation; and
a second openable closure that is mounted or mountable to the second aperture-defining formation and that closes the second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,968,607

CALIBRATION DEVICE OF WORK MACHINE, WORK MACHINE, AND CALIBRATION METHOD OF WORK MACHINE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A calibration device of a work machine that includes a swing body which swings and a working implement being attached to the swing body, the calibration device comprising:a processing unit configured to obtain an attitude measurement of an attitude of the work machine which is detected by an attitude detection device and configured to correct a measurement error in the attitude measurement of the attitude detection device to obtain a corrected attitude measurement, the error being caused by deviation of the attitude detection device with respect to the work machine and corrected by using a first position and a second position, wherein the first position is a position of a part of the work machine when the work machine is in a first attitude that the work machine is in a predetermined inclined state and the second position is a position of the part when the work machine is in a second attitude that the work machine is in an inclined state, the second attitude being different from the first attitude.

US Pat. No. 10,968,606

YAW ESTIMATION

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. A method for estimating yaw of a dozer blade coupled to a dozer by a c-frame, wherein the dozer blade is rotatable to change the yaw of the dozer blade relative to the c-frame, the method comprising:receiving an estimated pitch and roll of the dozer blade;
receiving an estimated pitch and roll of the c-frame;
moving the c-frame to simultaneously rotate an inertial measurement unit (IMU) coupled to the dozer blade and an IMU coupled to the c-frame, wherein measurement axes of the IMU coupled to the dozer blade and measurement axes of the IMU coupled to the c-frame are approximately aligned;
receiving gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the dozer blade, wherein at least some of the gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the dozer blade include signals obtained while the c-frame is moving and the yaw of the dozer blade is substantially static;
receiving gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the c-frame, wherein at least some of the gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the c-frame include signals obtained while the c-frame is moving;
reducing effects of the estimated pitch and roll of the dozer blade on the gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the dozer blade to provide corrected dozer blade gyro signals;
reducing effects of the estimated pitch and roll of the c-frame on the gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the c-frame to provide corrected c-frame gyro signals; and
estimating the yaw of the dozer blade relative to the c-frame based on the corrected dozer blade gyro signals and the corrected c-frame gyro signals;
wherein the gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the dozer blade and the gyro signals of the IMU coupled to the c-frame provide information on angular velocity of the dozer blade and angular velocity of the c-frame, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,968,605

SWIVEL JOINT FOR WORKING MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A swivel joint for a working machine for distributing hydraulic oil between a lower traveling body and an upper swiveling body swivelably installed on the lower traveling body, the swivel joint for the working machine comprising:an outer body being secured on one of the lower traveling body and the upper swiveling body and having a blocking surface on one end thereof;
an inner body being secured on the other of the lower traveling body and the upper swiveling body, the inner body being relatively and rotatably fitted in the outer body, while opposing to the blocking surface in a spaced manner at one end thereof;
a pilot oil passage being formed on a rotational center line of the inner body for distributing pilot oil;
a rod having a first end and an opposite second end, the rod being inserted into the pilot oil passage and being secured at the first end on one of the outer body and the inner body; and
a rotation angle sensor for detecting a rotation angle of the rod, the rotation angle sensor being secured on the other of the outer body and the inner body, the rotation angle sensor being positioned at least partially in the pilot oil passage proximate the second end of the rod, a space being defined between the rotation angle sensor and the second end of the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,968,604

WORK MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work machine comprising:a hydraulic pump driven by a prime mover;
a multijoint type front work implement configured such that a plurality of driven members including at least a boom, an arm, and a work tool are coupled rotatably;
a plurality of hydraulic actuators each driven by a pressurized fluid delivered from the hydraulic pump and driving each of the plurality of driven members;
a plurality of directional control valves each controlling a direction and a flow rate of the pressurized fluid supplied from the hydraulic pump to each of the plurality of hydraulic actuators;
a plurality of operation devices controlling the plurality of directional control valves;
a plurality of operation amount sensors detecting operation amounts of the operation devices related to at least the boom and the work tool among the plurality of operation devices;
a flow restriction device that can restrict a flow rate of the pressurized fluid in at least one of a meter-in passage and a meter-out passage of one of the directional control valves, the one directional control valve being related to the work tool; and
a controller controlling the flow restriction device on the basis of detection results of operation amounts from the plurality of operation amount sensors, wherein
the controller is configured to be capable of changing over an action mode to any one of a normal mode for restricting a flow rate of the pressurized fluid by the flow restriction device and a responsiveness priority mode for not restricting the flow rate of the pressurized fluid by the flow restriction device in response to the detection results of the operation amounts of the plurality of operation devices.

US Pat. No. 10,968,603

ELECTRO HYDRAULIC DRIVE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

11. An electro-hydraulic drive and control system, the system comprising:a plurality of simultaneously controlled actuators working on a machine, the actuators being supplied with flows of pressurized fluid to drive and control the actuators, the actuators each including two pressure sides and a drive control valve that are screwed together, the actuators being selected from the group consisting of a linear motion hydraulic cylinder actuator including different pressure areas and different size input and output fluid flows, and a hydraulic rotating drive actuator including a same size of input and output fluid flows;
a pump apparatus for providing the pressurized fluid comprising:
a continual working main pump and a non-continual working and assisting energy recovery re-use pump, the main pump and the re-use pump each having variable controllable displacement and a sensor each to measure a size of the displacement, the energy recovery re-use pump having a fluid flow that passes through a check valve into a high pressure pump conduit, the high pressure pump conduit going from the pump apparatus in parallel to the drive control valves of the actuators and to a pump inlet;
a common low pressure return conduit going in parallel from an outlet of the drive control valves of the actuators to a tank;
an individual high pressure energy recovery conduit for any one of the actuators capable of recovering energy, the individual high pressure energy recovery conduit going from a second outlet on each of the drive control valves to one individual hydraulic rotating energy recovering motor with controllable variable displacement and a sensor for pressure and displacement;
a high pressure limiting safety valve configured for limiting a maximum pressure in the high pressure pump conduit and, when open, allows the flow of fluid going from the high pressure pump conduit to the low pressure return conduit;
a pressure sensor of the high pressure pump conduit is configured to provide pressure information to an electronic control unit (ECU);
position sensors for each of the actuators are configured to provide position information of the actuators to the ECU;
surroundings position sensors are configured to provide information of a position of the machine to other outside objects to the ECU;
an operator control unit configured for indicating a desired direction and speed for the actuators;
a P-valve associated with each of the drive control valves, the P-valve being configured for controlling fluid flow from the pump apparatus to a pressure side of any one of the actuators; and
a T-valve associated with each of the drive control valves, the T-valve being configured for controlling the fluid flow from the pressure sides of any of the actuators into the drive control valve, the P-valve and the T-valve being configured to be fully open when there is a low pressure drop around and below a percent of the high pressure safety valves open up pressure value, the P-valve and the T-valve being controlled by the ECU;
wherein the drive control valves being configured to use information of the pressure in the pressure sides of the actuators, to block the flow of fluid from the pump apparatus to one of the pressure sides in each of the actuators that has a pressure below a pressure limit, and to block the pressurized flow of fluid from each of the actuators to go to the common low pressure return conduit and instead make the flow to go to the individual high pressure energy recovery conduit of the actuators;
wherein a control from the drive control valves or from the ECU is utilized with the pressure in the pressure sides of the actuators, simultaneously to decide when to block flow in the drive control valve;
wherein the ECU is configured to control the P-valve by letting a control pressure act on the P-valve in one direction and letting pressure from one of the pressure sides of the actuators act in another direction, the P-valve being configured to be blocked from opening up as pressure in a high pressure side of the actuators is higher than in a side with the control pressure;
wherein the ECU is configured to control the T-valve;
wherein a return flow to the tank passes a normally open R-valve, and wherein the R-valve is configured to be closed if the pressure in the fluid flow is over a pressure limit, the R-valve being configured to be controlled by the pressure in the pressure sides of any of the actuators and not by the ECU;
wherein the ECU is configured to receive instantaneous information from the position sensors and to compute a position, speed and acceleration of each of the actuators, and wherein the ECU is configured to receive information from a sensor measuring a rotating speed for the main pump and a motor driving the main pump; and
wherein the ECU is configured to compute a difference between an allowed desired actuator speed and a computed real actuator speed, based on position information from the position sensors, the ECU is configured to utilizing the position information to send outgoing control signals to increase or decrease a speed of the actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,968,602

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING CARRYBACK THRESHOLDS IN SURFACE HAULAGE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A machine routing and planning system for mobile machines at a work site,the system comprising:
a plurality of haul trucks, each haul truck having a dump body for hauling material, the dump body having an interior surface;
at least one loading machine for loading material into the dump body of each haul truck; and
a controller configured to:
access an initial number of loading machines and haul trucks operating at the work site;
access an initial carryback threshold for the interior surface of each haul truck based on the initial number of loading machines and haul trucks operating at the work site;
generate an initial material movement plan based upon the initial number of loading machines and haul trucks and the initial carryback threshold;
generate initial movement command signals to operate the loading machines and haul trucks at the work site based upon the initial material movement plan;
access a modified number of loading machines and haul trucks operating at the work site;
access a modified carryback threshold for the interior surface of each haul truck based on the modified number of loading machines and haul trucks operating at the work site;
generate a modified material movement plan based upon the modified number of loading machines and haul trucks and the modified carryback threshold; and
generate modified movement command signals to operate the loading machines and haul trucks at the work site based upon the modified material movement plan.

US Pat. No. 10,968,601

CONTROLLING EARTHMOVING MACHINE

Novatron Oy, Pirkkala (F...

1. A BEIM-based control system for controlling an earthmoving machine, the earthmoving machine comprising at least one controller for controlling at least one movement of an earthmoving tool attached to the earthmoving machine, the BEIM-based control system comprising:at least one controller for controlling at least one movement of an earthmoving tool attached to the earthmoving machine;
at least one control unit;
a sensor for providing the control unit with position data of the earthmoving tool and a carrier of the earthmoving machine with respect to the BEIM; and
at least one displaying means for displaying at least one BEIM selectable by the at least one controller, wherein the at least one control unit is configured to perform operations comprising:
receiving at least one selection from the at least one controller for selecting the BEIM to work with;
receiving at least one work command regarding the BEIM selected;
monitoring a progress of the work regarding the work command received; and
based at least in part on the monitoring, carrying out the work command received, or interrupting, by the at least one control unit, the work command received, the at least one controller being operable both attached and detached, the BEIM comprising an earthmoving information model based on at least one of Geospatial Information System, Building Information Modelling, Infrastructure Building Information Modelling, Civil Information Model and SmartCity Platform.

US Pat. No. 10,968,600

DISTRIBUTED HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY, ...

1. A power machine comprising:a frame having a first frame portion;
a lift arm structure pivotally coupled to the first frame portion such that the lift arm structure can be raised and lowered;
first hydraulic system components positioned on the first frame portion, the first hydraulic system components including at least one hydraulic pump configured to selectively provide pressurized hydraulic fluid;
a supply hose configured to carry pressurized hydraulic fluid from the at least one hydraulic pump;
a return hose configured to carry a return flow of hydraulic fluid;
second hydraulic system components, the second hydraulic system components including a first electronically controlled hydraulic flow distributor block positioned on the lift arm structure, the first electronically controlled hydraulic flow distributor block configured to receive the pressurized hydraulic fluid from the supply hose and to selectively divert the pressurized hydraulic fluid to different ones of multiple actuators on the lift arm structure; and
an electronic controller positioned on the frame and configured to control the first electronically controlled hydraulic flow distributor block to control the different ones of the multiple actuators on the lift arm structure;
wherein the first electronically controlled hydraulic flow distributor block is positioned at least partially within an arm of the lift arm structure.

US Pat. No. 10,968,599

WORK MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work machine comprising:a cabin;
a machine room accommodating a drive apparatus to move the work machine;
a hydraulic oil tank provided in the machine room and having an oil gauge;
a partition wall which separates the cabin from the machine room and which has an opening through which the oil gauge is viewable from the cabin; and
a cover member sealing a gap between the partition wall and the oil gauge.

US Pat. No. 10,968,598

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WORK VEHICLE, CONTROL METHOD, AND WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A control system for a work vehicle, the control system comprising:a controller including a processor, the controller being configured to
acquire current terrain information indicating a current terrain in a travel direction of the work vehicle, the travel direction being a forward direction in which the work vehicle moves toward a side where a work implement of the work vehicle is located;
determine, based on the current terrain information, a first inclination angle of the current terrain with respect to a horizontal plane and a height of the current terrain;
repeat the following operations while the work vehicle moves forward in the travel direction until a starting condition is satisfied:
generate a virtual surface extending from a current position of the work vehicle such that the virtual surface has a second inclination angle with respect to the horizontal plane, the second inclination angle being determined based on the first inclination angle, the height of the current terrain, and a predetermined target soil volume,
calculate an estimated soil volume of the current terrain located above the virtual surface within a predetermined terrain recognition distance from the current position,
determine whether the estimated soil volume has reached a held soil volume threshold, the held soil volume threshold being a product of the predetermined target soil volume and a coefficient, and
determine that the starting condition is satisfied when the estimated soil volume has reached the held soil volume threshold;
set the virtual surface to be a first virtual design surface when the starting condition is satisfied;
generate a first command signal for moving the work implement along the first virtual design surface; and
transmit the first command signal to the work implement.

US Pat. No. 10,968,597

SHOVEL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A shovel comprising:a lower travelling, body;
an upper swinging body mounted on the lower travelling body;
an attachment attached to the upper swinging body and including a boom, an arm, and a bucket,
an orientation detecting device attached to at least the attachment and configured to detect an orientation of the attachment;
an imaging device, and
a control device configured to update information relating to a current shape of a ground surface that is a target of work by the shovel based on information output from the imaging device, the ground surface being changed in shape by work of the shovel, and to control the attachment based on the updated information relating to the current shape of the ground surface and on the orientation of the attachment detected by the orientation detecting device.

US Pat. No. 10,968,596

BELOW GRADE, BLIND SIDE, DUAL WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING A SHEET MEMBRANE WITH ADHESIVE TO FULLY BOND TO CONCRETE/SHOTCRETE, AND A METHOD OF MAKING, AND USING SAME

1. A waterproofing membrane assembly system for a building, comprising:(a) at least one soil retention system having a first face and a second face, and wherein said first face faces compacted earth or soil;
(b) at least one first waterproof membrane having a first face and a second face, and wherein at least a portion of said first face of said at least one first waterproof membrane is secured to at least a portion of said second face of said at least one soil retention system and said at least one first waterproof membrane is composed of a layer of a first material;
(c) at least one second waterproof membrane having a first face and a second face, said at least one second waterproof membrane defining at least one waterproof skin membrane composed of a layer of a second material, and wherein at least a portion of said first face of said at least one waterproof skin membrane is secured to at least a portion of said second face of said at least one first waterproof membrane;
(d) at least one layer of one of concrete and shotcrete having a first face and a second face, and wherein at least a portion of said first face of said at least one layer of one of concrete and shotcrete is secured to at least a portion of said second face of said at least one waterproof skin membrane, so as to form said waterproofing membrane assembly system for said building; and
(e) wherein the first material is different than the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,968,595

MANHOLE COVER ASSEMBLY

Neenah Foundry Company, ...

1. A latch assembly for a manhole cover, comprising:a latch plunger, comprising:
a latch rod defining an axis;
a latch member extending from the latch rod along the axis, the latch member configured to engage a catch of a manhole frame; and
a follower arm extending radially outward from the latch member,
wherein the latch plunger is configured to slide along the axis; and
a latch lever, comprising:
a latch lever member generally parallel to the axis and defining a first end and a second end, the latch lever member including a stop that extends from the first end of the latch lever member, the stop configured to engage a seat of the manhole frame;
an actuating arm extending from the latch lever member between the second end and the stop, the actuating arm abutting the follower arm of the latch plunger; and
a pivot arm extending outward from the actuating arm, the pivot arm defining a pivot axis perpendicular to the latch lever member,
wherein the latch lever is configured to rotate about the pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,968,594

MANHOLE REHABILITATION SYSTEM

Predl Systems North Ameri...

1. A method for producing a manhole comprising the steps of:establishing an excavation below a ground level;
exposing an external piping in the excavation;
removing a section of the external piping;
providing a non-structural base liner having surfaces defining pipe openings; an outer surface, an upper edge;
placing the base liner in the excavation, the pipe openings aligned with the external piping;
placing a channel pipe having opposing ends in the base liner, attaching the opposing ends of the channel pipe to the external piping in place of the removed section; wherein the channel pipe passes through the pipe openings;
the channel pipe having an open channel therein forming a fluid conduit to the external piping;
placing a channel form/plug in the open channel, substantially sealing the open channel from entry of debris;
filling the base liner with a semi-fluid aggregate material;
surrounding the base liner with a semi-fluid aggregate material;
allowing the aggregate material to harden;
sealing at least one riser liner to the upper edge of the base liner;
sealing a cone liner to an upper edge of the riser liner;
sealing a riser cap to the upper edge of the riser cone; and
disposing a volume of aggregate fill exterior of the base liner, riser liner, and cone liner.

US Pat. No. 10,968,593

PRECAST REINFORCED CONCRETE HEAVY DUTY RETAINING WALL

1. A first and second precast reinforced concrete walls, wherein each of the first and second precast reinforced concrete wall comprising: a face panel comprising:a substantially square wall panel having a wall-thickness;
four fin panels integrally formed at a rear side of the face panel, wherein an inner left fin panel amongst the four fin panels includes two vertically arranged holes provided at a lower end of the inner left fin panel, and a distance between the vertically arranged holes and a lower edge of the inner left fin panel is greater than 1/10 of a height of the respective fin panel,
wherein the first and second precast reinforced concrete walls are vertically disposed and adjacent to each other, wherein the inner left fin panel of the second precast reinforced concrete wall is provided with a couple of vertically arranged holes provided at an upper end of the inner left fin panel of the second precast concrete wall, wherein the vertically arranged holes provided at a lower end of the inner left fin panel of the first precast reinforced concrete wall and the couple of vertically arranged holes provided at an upper end of the inner left fin panel of the second precast concrete wall are in-line when the second precast concrete wall is arranged on the first precast reinforced concrete wall; and
an angle leg having four apertures complementary and bolted to the hole formed in the both precast reinforced concrete wall, when both the first and second precast reinforced concrete walls are arranged vertically.

US Pat. No. 10,968,592

FOUNDATION FOR A WIND MILL

HOLCIM TECHNOLOGY LTD, Z...

1. A foundation for a wind mill comprising a circular pedestal for supporting a wind mill tower and a plurality of ribs radiating radially outwardly from the pedestal, wherein the pedestal is divided into a plurality of circumferential sections, wherein a circumferential section and a rib are each integrally formed with one another as a precast concrete element, wherein the precast concrete elements are made from reinforced concrete comprising a first reinforcement structure embedded into the precast concrete elements, wherein a second reinforcement structure is provided, which holds the precast concrete elements together and which is coupled to the first reinforcement structure, and wherein the first and the second reinforcement structure are directly coupled to each other, wherein the second reinforcement structure comprises a plurality of rigid longitudinal reinforcement elements that each connect the precast concrete elements of a pair of oppositely arranged precast concrete elements with each other in a manner traversing a hollow space encircled by the pedestal and wherein the rigid longitudinal reinforcement elements are each fixed to one of said pair of oppositely arranged precast elements in an upper region thereof and to the other of said pair of oppositely arranged precast concrete elements in a bottom region thereof so that the rigid longitudinal reinforcement elements meet in the center of the pedestal and are extending obliquely with respect to a horizontal plane so as to form an X-configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,968,591

PILE GUIDE COMPRISING A BASE FRAME AND A GUIDE MEMBER

IHC IQIP UK LTD., Stickl...

1. A pile guide comprising a base frame and a guide member configured to guide a pile as it is driven into a substrate, the guide member comprising a plurality of guide parts that are movable between an operative position wherein portions of the guide parts are positioned proximate an outer surface of the pile simultaneously at different radial and axial locations with respect to the outer surface to support the pile during driving the pile into the substrate and an inoperative position, and a passive mechanism interconnecting the guide parts such that movement of a guide part towards the operative position operates the passive mechanism that moves at least one other guide part towards the operative position.

US Pat. No. 10,968,590

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, LEG GUIDE, JACK-UP PLATFORM

GUSTOMSC B.V., Schiedam ...

1. Measurement system comprising at least one load measuring unit connected to a leg guide of a jack-up platform, for measuring a horizontal load to determine a leg bending moment of a leg of the jack-up platform.

US Pat. No. 10,968,589

WATER MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A system comprised of:a first sensor configured to sense a condition in a body of water;
a first drain tile configured to drain water from an agricultural field and provide the water to the body of water;
a first flow regulator configured to control a flow of water in the first drain tile; and
a first transceiver configured to control the first flow regulator based on the sensed condition, wherein the condition is associated with the body of water, the body of water being downstream from the first flow regulator, wherein the condition is a level of at least one nutrient in the body of water and the first transceiver is configured to control the first flow regulator based on the sensed level of the at least one nutrient in the body of water.

US Pat. No. 10,968,588

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIELD FABRICATION OF SOCKED PERFORATED DRAINS

Keller North America, Inc...

1. An apparatus for mobile fabrication of socked drains, comprising:a wheeled trailer frame;
a despooling carousel rotatably mounted on the trailer frame and configured for despooling plastic tubing; and
an extrusion head configured for extruding plastic tubing despooled from said carousel into a filter sock, said extrusion head comprising a pair of counter-rotating wheels for gripping and controllably extracting plastic tubing from said despooling carousel and extruding it between said pair of counter-rotating wheels into a filter sock.

US Pat. No. 10,968,587

PNEUMATIC FENDER

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic fender comprisinghemispherical portions each having a bowl shape at both ends of a body portion having a cylindrical shape; wherein
the body portion and the respective hemispherical portions each being configured by layering a plurality of reinforcing layers between an inner layer rubber and an outer layer rubber;
each said reinforcing layer of the plurality of reinforcing layers of the body portion is a cord layer including a number of cords aligned in parallel to each other and being disposed at a predetermined cord angle with respect to a longitudinal direction of the fender, and in a neutral state without expansion the predetermined cord angle being set to from 15° to 45°;
the cords of adjacent ones of the reinforcing layers in a layering direction of the body portion being inclined in different directions with respect to a longitudinal direction of the fender;
within a predetermined range in the longitudinal direction of the fender near a boundary with the body portion each said reinforcing layer of the plurality of the reinforcing layers constituting each of the hemispherical portions is a cord layer including a number of cords aligned in parallel to each other and being disposed at a predetermined cord angle with respect to a longitudinal direction of the fender, and in a neutral state without expansion the predetermined cord angle being set to from 15° to 45°,
the cords of adjacent ones of the reinforcing layers in a layering direction within the predetermined range of each of the hemispherical portions being inclined in different directions with respect to the longitudinal direction of the fender, and
the cord angle in the neutral state of the reinforcing layer constituting the body portion is set smaller than the cord angle in the neutral state of the reinforcing layer in the predetermined range of each of the hemispherical portions.

US Pat. No. 10,968,586

PET WASTE SCOOPS

1. A scoop for picking up pet waste, comprising:a first arm extending from a base end to a collection end;
a second arm extending from a base end to a collection end, the base end of the second arm being pivotally connected to the base end of the first arm to define a pivot end;
wherein:
the first arm and the second arm define a collection region between the collection end of the first arm and the collection end of the second arm, the collection region extending towards the pivot end;
the second arm is configured to pivot relative to the first arm between an open position and a closed position;
the collection end of the second arm is spaced from the collection end of the first arm a distance sufficient to encompass the pet waste in the collection region in the open position; and
the collection end of the second arm is proximate to the collection end of the first arm in the closed position; and
a latch operatively connected to the first arm and to the second arm to selectively restrict the second arm pivoting relative to the first arm,
wherein the latch includes a rail mounted to the second arm and a catch moveably mounted to the rail, the catch being configured to move between a lock position restricting the second arm pivoting relative to the first arm and a release position allowing the second arm to pivot relative to the first arm.

US Pat. No. 10,968,585

VACUUM INSTALLATION FOR INDUSTRIAL VACUUM PROCESSES

Koks Group B.V., Alkmaar...

16. A method of operating a vacuum installation for industrial application to aspirate a quantity of material, the vacuum installation comprising:a first vessel having a first gas inlet for allowing a quantity of a gaseous substance into the first vessel and a first outlet for depletion of a material,
a second vessel having a second liquid inlet for aspirating a quantity of the material and a second gas outlet for depletion of the gaseous substance, wherein the gaseous substance comprises a vapour generated from the material,
a storage chamber for storing the quantity of material, the storage chamber having a storage chamber inlet, wherein at least the first vessel communicates with an interior of the storage chamber via the first outlet and the storage chamber inlet and wherein the storage chamber is provided with a storage chamber outlet in fluid communication with an air pollution control device, and
a vacuum pump located in between the first vessel and the second vessel, wherein the method comprises:
(i) operating the vacuum pump to lower the pressure in the second vessel, thereby sucking the material into the second vessel via the second inlet to an equilibrium level between the material and the gaseous substance,
(ii) transporting the gaseous substance to the first vessel to raise the pressure in the first vessel, thereby forcing the material in the first vessel through the first outlet into the storage chamber; and emitting the gaseous substance from the storage chamber, including cleaning the gaseous substance emitted from the storage chamber by forcing the gaseous substance through the air pollution control device before final emission to an exterior.

US Pat. No. 10,968,584

ACTUATOR FOR SECURITY GATES

K12 Defense Consultants, ...

1. A security gate actuator, comprising:a motor mounted on a base and configured to electrically couple to a power source;
a main stage comprising a main ball screw and a main ball nut, the main ball screw having a first end proximate the base and operatively coupled to the motor, a second end opposite the first end, and a central axis, the main ball nut configured to translate rotational motion of the main ball screw to linear motion of the main ball nut;
a drive shaft stage sharing the central axis and comprising a drive shaft end and a drive shaft tube, the drive shaft tube comprising a first end proximate the base and a second end opposite the first end and distal to the base, the drive shaft end coupled to the main ball nut and coupled to the drive shaft tube at the first end of the drive shaft tube, the drive shaft tube coupled to the main ball screw through a slip joint configured to translate the rotational motion of the main ball screw to rotational motion of the drive shaft tube; and
a second stage comprising a second ball screw and a second ball nut, the second ball screw sharing the central axis, the second ball nut attached to the drive shaft tube at the second end of the drive shaft tube and configured to translate the rotational motion of the drive shaft tube to linear motion of the second ball screw.

US Pat. No. 10,968,583

REFLECTIVE ROAD MARKER

1. A road marker, comprising:a base having a width of approximately three inches or less, the base including a top surface, a bottom surface, and a sloped face disposed between the top surface and the bottom surface;
a frangible tab overhanging a side of the base; and
a reflector disposed on the sloped face;
wherein when the frangible tab is disposed on a roadway surface adjacent a cavity into which the road marker is installed, the reflector is disposed below the roadway surface; and
wherein a width of the reflector is substantially equal to the width of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,968,582

HORIZONTAL ROAD SURFACE MARKING

1. Horizontal road markings comprisinga road marking layer with a first surface and a second surface, where the first surface faces transport moving along the road surface, and the second surface is placed on the road surface; and
micro-glass beads located on said road marking layer partially embedded in said road marking layer such that there is an extending portion of the micro-glass beads located above the first surface,
wherein said micro-glass beads within the road marking layer are provided with an additional layer of removable, water soluble paint completely covering their entire surface, said additional layer being dissolvable when exposed to precipitation, UV radiation, or chemical reagents, such that said extending portion becomes a clean glass surface when said road markings are in use.

US Pat. No. 10,968,581

MAGNETIC MARKER AND MAGNETIC MARKER DETECTION SYSTEM

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A magnetic marker, whereinthe magnetic marker is configured to be detectable by a magnetic sensor attached to a bottom surface side of a vehicle to achieve driving support control on a vehicle side for supporting driving of a driver when the magnetic marker is laid on a road surface,
the magnetic marker has a diameter equal to or larger than 80 mm, is individually laid, and has a magnet,
a magnetic flux density Gs on a surface of the magnet is equal to or smaller than 40 mT. (400 G), and
a magnetic flux density Gh at a position at a height of 250 mm with reference to the surface of the magnet is equal to or larger than 0.5 ?T. (5 mG).

US Pat. No. 10,968,580

PROTECTIVE STRUCTURE

1. A protective structure configured to crush descending items into particles, the protective structure comprising:an upper mesh layer made of hard material capable of crushing the descending items into particles;
a bottom layer made of combined hard material and material that is softer than the hard material, wherein the bottom layer is capable of absorbing the particles; and
a plurality of supporting poles that are positioned between said upper mesh layer and said bottom layer, wherein the upper mesh layer is supported on top of the poles.

US Pat. No. 10,968,579

AVALANCHE CONTROL DEVICE

Avy Blasters, LLC, Mill ...

1. An avalanche control device, comprising:a. initiator unit body comprising:
i. an ignition end and an inflation end;
ii. an oxygen input and a fuel injector at the ignition end;
iii. an ignitor port indirectly connected to the oxygen input and the fuel injector via the initiator unit body; and
iv. a tapered portion extending between the ignitor port and the inflation end; and
b. an inflatable bag adapted for attachment to the inflation end of the initiator unit body, wherein the bag attachment is movable between a stored configuration and an inflated configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,968,578

HIGH EXCURSION EXPANSION JOINT

UNIVERGOM S.R.L., San Gi...

1. An expansion joint for connecting structural elements of a building structure,wherein said expansion joint is adapted to a connection with one of said structural elements in a longitudinal direction, and
wherein said expansion joint comprises
a plate body, and
a deformable body flanked or adjacent to said plate body along said longitudinal direction,
wherein the deformable body includes a first portion and a second portion superimposed and structurally independent on each other, said superimposed first portion and second portion being connected one with the other in a removable way, and
wherein said first portion is an upper portion comprising a plurality of first transversal elements connected with each other by first elastic portions; and
wherein said second portion is a lower portion comprising a plurality of second transversal elements connected with each other by second elastic portions, said first transversal elements and said second transversal elements being elements which extend in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,968,577

TOOL COMBINATION HAVING A CHISEL HOLDER AND TWO CHISELS

Wirtgen GmbH

1. A tool combination, comprising:a milling drum for a soil working machine;
a chisel holder fastened to the milling drum;
at least one leading chisel mounted on the chisel holder, and including a leading chisel tip and a leading cutting edge;
at least one trailing chisel mounted on the chisel holder, and including a trailing chisel tip and a trailing cutting edge;
the at least one trailing chisel being arranged after the at least one leading chisel with reference to a working movement of the chisels as the milling drum rotates so that the trailing chisel is arranged to rework a milling performed by the leading chisel;
the trailing chisel tip having at least in some areas a greater hardness than the leading chisel tip;
wherein the leading chisel and the trailing chisel are configured and arranged on the chisel holder such that the leading cutting edge of the leading chisel tip is arranged on a larger radius from a rotational axis of the milling drum and the trailing cutting edge of the trailing chisel tip is arranged on a smaller radius from the rotational axis of the milling drum
wherein the leading chisel is rotatably mounted within the chisel holder, and the leading chisel is configured and arranged on the chisel holder such that as the milling drum rotates the leading chisel penetrates obliquely relative to a central longitudinal axis of the leading chisel into soil material to be removed, so that the leading chisel rotates about its center longitudinal axis;
wherein the trailing chisel is fixedly mounted within the chisel holder, and the trailing chisel is configured and arranged on the chisel holder such that the trailing chisel follows the path of the leading chisel as the milling drum rotates; and
wherein the leading chisel protrudes beyond the trailing chisel transversely to the working movement of the tool combination on both sides of the trailing chisel.