US Pat. No. 11,111,726

LASER TOOL CONFIGURED FOR DOWNHOLE BEAM GENERATION

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...


1. A laser tool configured to operate within a wellbore, the laser tool comprising:a generator to generate a laser beam, the generator being configured to fit within the wellbore, to withstand at least some environmental conditions within the wellbore, and to generate the laser beam from within the wellbore, the laser beam having an optical power from one kilowatt (1 kW) to ten kilowatts (10 kW);
an optical assembly fitting within the wellbore, where the optical assembly comprises:a reflector to change a direction of the laser beam: and
one or more lenses to shape the laser beam prior to output;

a housing holding the optical assembly, the housing comprising a purging nozzle and a purging knife that are configured to cool the optical assembly and to clear a path for the laser beam to a target; and
a control system to control movement of at least part of the laser tool to cause the laser beam to move within the wellbore,
where the optical assembly receives the laser beam from within the wellbore, and outputs the laser beam towards the target,
where the purging knife is inclined at an angle relative to the laser beam, the purging knife being configured to output a purging media in a direction of the laser beam,
where the purging media comprises a liquid, and
where the purging media is output when the pressure within the wellbore has been reduced to 25,000 kilopascals or lower.

US Pat. No. 11,111,725

ROTARY STEERABLE SYSTEM WITH ROLLING HOUSING

Halliburton Energy Servic...


17. A method of drilling a directional wellbore having a wall, comprising:rotating an outer housing of a drilling device to a first rotational orientation relative to the wellbore via rotation of a driveshaft;
radially outwardly extending an extendable member from the outer housing into engagement with the wellbore wall via a hydraulic actuation system comprising a hydraulic pump located in a portion of the driveshaft and a piston device mechanically coupled to the extendable member and hydraulically coupled to the hydraulic pump, thereby restraining the outer housing from rotating with the driveshaft and pushing a drill bit off-center at a first toolface; and
drilling the wellbore in the orientation of the first toolface to deviate the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 11,111,724

LADDER TOOL STORAGE KIT


1. A ladder tool storage kit being configured to be mounted to a ladder for storing a variety of tools, said kit comprising:a magnet being elongated along a longitudinal axis, said magnet being mounted to a respective leg of a ladder such that said magnet extends along the respective leg of the ladder spaced from a top of the ladder wherein said magnet is configured to magnetically engage ferromagnetic tools for storage;
a tube being mountable to a respective leg of the ladder wherein said tube is configured to insertably receive tools for storage; and
a storage pouch being attached to a respective leg of the ladder wherein said storage pouch is configured to receive tools for storage.

US Pat. No. 11,111,723

DOOR OPERATOR WITH HIGH-SPEED OPERATION AND FIRE ESCAPE FUNCTIONS


1. A door operator with high-speed operation and fire escape functions comprising: a motor having a drive shaft; a high-speed centrifugal brake module coupled to one end of the drive shaft for generating a braking force when the rotational speed of the drive shaft exceeds a predetermined rotational speed, the braking force increases in magnitude with the increase in the rotational speed; a centrifugal reduction module coupled to the high-speed centrifugal brake module for maintaining the rotational speed of the drive shaft within a predetermined range; a central shaft locking module coupled to the centrifugal reduction module for locking the drive shaft of the motor; a first clutch module disposed between the high-speed centrifugal brake module and the centrifugal reduction module, and constantly connecting the high-speed centrifugal brake module to the centrifugal reduction module; and a second clutch module disposed between the centrifugal reduction module and the central shaft locking module, and constantly connecting the centrifugal reduction module to the central shaft locking module; wherein in a stationary state, the drive shaft of the motor is locked by the central shaft locking module; in a normal operation state of the door operator, the first clutch module is controlled to disengage the high-speed centrifugal brake module from the centrifugal reduction module; and in the event of a fire escape, the second clutch module is controlled to disengage the centrifugal reduction module from the central shaft locking module.

US Pat. No. 11,111,722

END PIECE FOR A SUNSHADE'S EDGE RAIL AND SUNSHADE

Suomen Visor Oy, Kempele...


1. An end piece for a sunshade's edge rail, said end piece comprising an end plate, said end plate having a first edge surface, a second edge surface, a first end surface and a second end surface to be placed against an end of the edge rail, said second end surface being provided with at least one gripping protrusion adaptable to fit inside the edge rail, and said end plate being provided with a first hole for the penetration of a guiding string, wherein the end piece includes a string channel, said string channel having a width, a first end which opens onto the first edge surface, and a second end which opens onto the second edge surface, and said first hole opens into the string channel, between the string channel and the first end surface is provided a wall, said wall including a through-going groove, said groove having its first end at a first end of the string channel and its second end at a second end of the string channel, and said groove having a width which is substantially less than the width of the string channel, and wherein the wall is provided with a through-going aperture, said aperture having a width exceeding the width of the groove and said aperture being in alignment with the first hole.

US Pat. No. 11,111,721

CORD DRIVE FOR COVERINGS FOR ARCHITECTURAL OPENINGS

HUNTER DOUGLAS INC., Pea...


1. A covering assembly for an architectural opening, said covering assembly comprising:a rail;
a covering operatively coupled to said rail;
a rod extending lengthwise within said rail along a rotational axis;
a secondary rod extending lengthwise within said rail;
a housing positioned within said mil and defining first and second rod openings along an exterior of said housing that are aligned along the rotational axis, said rod extending along the rotational axis through said first and second rod openings such that a portion of said rod extends within an interior of said housing between said first and second rod openings; and
a drive motor positioned within said interior of said housing, said drive motor being configured to rotationally drive said rod such that said rod rotates relative to said housing about the rotational axis;
wherein:
said housing further defines first and second pass-through openings along the exterior of said housing that are separate from said first and second rod openings and aligned with each other such that a pass-through location is defined within the interior of said housing along a pass-through axis extending through both said first pass-through opening and said second pass-through opening;
said secondary rod extends through said first and second pass-through openings along the pass-through axis such that a portion of said secondary rod extends within the interior of said housing; and
rotation of said secondary rod relative to said housing results in an adjustment of a position of at least a portion of said covering.

US Pat. No. 11,111,720

LOW POWER DRIVER FOR PRIVACY GLAZING

Cardinal IG Company, Ede...


1. An electrically dynamic system comprising:a first pane of transparent material;
a second pane of transparent material;
a third pane of transparent material;
a spacer positioned between the second pane of transparent material and the third pane of transparent material to define a between-pane space, the spacer sealing the between-pane space from gas exchange with a surrounding environment and holding the second pane of transparent material a separation distance from the third 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, the electrically controllable optically active material being positioned between a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer; and
a driver electrically connected to the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer,
wherein the driver is configured to:electrically connect to a power source that provides power at a supply voltage and a supply apparent power level;
convert power received from the power source down to a converted voltage and a converted apparent power level, the converted voltage being less than the supply voltage and the converted apparent power level being less than the supply apparent power level;
deliver power at the converted voltage and the converted apparent power level to a voltage convertor;
at the voltage convertor, increase the converted voltage to an operating voltage, thereby providing power from the voltage convertor at the operating voltage and having an operating apparent power level;
condition power received from the voltage convertor having the operating voltage and operating apparent power level to provide a drive signal; and
provide the drive signal to the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer for controlling the electrically controllable optically active material.


US Pat. No. 11,111,719

APPARATUS HAVING FRAME SEPARATE FROM GATE

Regalo International, LLC...


1. A four unit barrier, comprising:a) a first end frame as a first unit, the first end frame comprising:i) a first upper member portion, the first upper member portion being tubular and having inner and outer end sections, the first upper member portion having a first hand wheel engaged to said outer end section;
ii) a first lower member portion, the first lower member portion being tubular and having inner and outer end sections, the first lower member portion having a first axis, the first lower member portion having a second hand wheel engaged to said outer end section;
iii) a first standard extending between the inner end section of the first upper member portion and the inner end section of the first lower member portion, the first standard being tubular, the first standard having a second axis that is oblique to the first axis of the first lower member portion prior to operation of said first and second hand wheels; and
iv) a first end member disposed outwardly of the first standard, the first end member extending between the first upper member and the first lower member;

b) a second end frame as a second unit, the second end frame comprising:i) a second upper member portion, the second upper member portion being tubular and having inner and outer end sections, the second upper member portion having a third hand wheel engaged to said outer end section;
ii) a second lower member portion, the second lower member portion being tubular and having inner and outer end sections, the second lower member portion having a first axis, the second lower member portion having a fourth hand wheel engaged to said outer end section;
iii) a second standard extending between the inner end section of the second upper member portion and the inner end section of the second lower member portion, the second standard being tubular, the second standard having a second axis that is disposed at generally a right angle to the first axis of the second lower member portion; and
iv) a second end member disposed outwardly of the second standard, the second end member extending between the second upper member and the second lower member;

c) a gate as a third unit, the gate swingably engaged to one of the first and second end units, the gate being latchable to the other of the first and second units, the gate confronting the first and second end frames, the gate comprising a frame that comprises:i) an upper member;
ii) a lower member;
iii) a first end member confronting the first end frame;
iv) a second end member confronting the second end frame;
v) a set of support members extending between the upper and lower members;

d) the first lower member portion of the first end frame having one of a sleeve end and male end;
e) the second lower member portion of the second end frame having one of a sleeve end and male end;
f) a lower member extension as a fourth unit, the lower member extension being tubular, the lower member extension engaged between the first lower member portion of the first end frame and the second lower member portion of the second end frame, the lower member extension having first and second ends, the first end of the lower member extension having one of a sleeve end and male end, the second end of the lower member extension having one of a sleeve end and male end;
g) a first pinned engagement between the first end of the lower member extension and the first lower member portion of the first end frame where i) said male end extends into said sleeve end, ii) said sleeve end extends for 360 degrees about said male end, and iii) said sleeve end and said male end are pinned to each other;
h) a second pinned engagement between the second end of the lower member extension and the second lower member portion of the second end frame where i) said male end extends into said sleeve end, ii) said sleeve end extends for 360 degrees about said male end, and iii) said sleeve end and said male end are pinned to each other;
i) a first non-pinned preliminary engagement between the first end of the lower member extension and the first lower member portion of the first end frame where i) said male end extends into said sleeve end, ii) said sleeve end extends for 360 degrees about said male end, and iii) said sleeve end and said male end must slide lengthwise relative to each other from the first non-pinned preliminary engagement to the first pinned engagement; and
j) a second non-pinned preliminary engagement between the second end of the lower member extension and the second lower member portion of the second end frame where i) said male end extends into said sleeve end, ii) said sleeve end extends for 360 degrees about said male end, and iii) said sleeve end and said male end must slide lengthwise relative to each other from the second non-pinned preliminary engagement to the second pinned engagement.

US Pat. No. 11,111,718

PEEP HOLE SECURITY SYSTEM AND METHOD


1. A peep hole security system including:a threaded optical shaft including a cylindrical central shaft having an exterior thread and a bezel having an optical element, wherein a security pin extends from an interior bezel surface of said bezel in the direction of said cylindrical central shaft; and
a threaded interlocking cylinder including an interior thread and an interior flange having an interior flange surface,
wherein said cylindrical central shaft is introduced into an optical shaft hole that has been formed in a door,
wherein said security pin is introduced into a security pin hole that has been formed in said door, wherein said security pin hole has a security pin hole interior surface,
wherein said interior thread of said threaded interlocking cylinder is threaded into said exterior thread of said threaded optical shaft to bring said interior bezel surface into position proximal to an outer surface of said door and said interior flange into position proximal to an inner surface of said door,
wherein attempts to rotate said threaded optical shaft cause said security pin to contact said security pin hole interior surface thus preventing rotation of said threaded optical shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,111,717

FENESTRATION SYSTEM WITH SHIMMING SEAL

WWS Acquisition, LLC, Ph...


1. A fenestration system comprising:a frame comprising a frame side, the frame side comprising an interior wall, the interior wall defining a sealing slot, the frame further defining an inner cavity;
a seal comprising a connector portion engaging the sealing slot and an extension portion extending from the connector portion;
a rigid stiffener received in the inner cavity and abutting a back wall of the sealing slot, the rigid stiffener reinforcing the frame; and
a first bracket and a second bracket, the sealing slot oriented between the first bracket and the second bracket, wherein the first bracket is a glazing bead attached to the frame side by an engagement mechanism and the second bracket is monolithically formed with the frame side.

US Pat. No. 11,111,716

ANTI-FLOAT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Modernfold, Inc., Greenf...


1. A movable wall panel system for suspension from an overhead track in an environment, the movable wall panel system comprising:a first movable wall panel including a first end and a second end spaced-apart from the first end, a first panel face and a second panel face spaced apart from the first panel face of the first moveable wall panel;
a second movable wall panel rotatably coupled to the first movable wall, the second moveable wall panel including a first end and a second end;
at least one hinge coupled to the first movable wall panel proximate the second end of the first movable wall panel and coupled to the second movable wall panel proximate the first end of the second movable wall panel, the first movable wall panel being rotatably coupled to the second movable wall panel through the at least one hinge;
a top seal assembly coupled to a top portion of the first movable wall panel, the top seal assembly includes an upper portion that extends above a top edge of the first panel face of the first moveable wall panel and a lower portion that extends below the top edge of the first panel face of the first movable wall panel;
a bottom seal assembly coupled to a bottom portion of the first movable wall panel; and
an anti-float device operatively coupled to the first moveable wall panel and to the second moveable wall panel, the anti-float device is positioned lower than the lower portion of the top seal assembly, the anti-float device including a link extending from the second end of the first moveable wall panel to the first end of the second moveable wall panel in both a stacked configuration wherein the first movable wall panel and the second movable wall panel are generally parallel and overlapping and an extended configuration wherein the first movable wall panel and the second movable wall panel are generally parallel and non-overlapping.

US Pat. No. 11,111,715

DOOR ASSEMBLY

Endura Products, LLC, Co...


1. An exterior door mullion for a door assembly, said mullion comprising:a core including a core stop end, a core rabbet end, a first core side wall and a second core side wall, each side wall forming a linear plane along an outer surface of each side wall;
a two-piece top piece adjoining said core to form a structural member with said core, the two piece top piece having a stop portion and a rabbet portion, wherein said stop portion includes a pair of extensions that project into a side wall of the core to secure the stop portion onto the core, and said rabbet portion includes a pair of extensions that project into a side wall of the core to secure the rabbet portion to the core;
a set of recess points formed in the outer surface of each side wall, wherein the recess points project medially into the core away from the linear plane, each recess point forming a recess face that is configured to mate with a face of one of the extensions; and
a stop surface formed in part by an arm of the stop portion and in part by an arm of the rabbet portionwherein the rabbet portion includes a pair of arms having outer sides, the pair of outer sides each being parallel with the linear plane of the core, and the stop portion includes a pair of arms and at last one hollow segment enclosed within each arm.


US Pat. No. 11,111,714

MOVABLE BARRIER OPERATOR WITH INTEGRATED CAMERA MODULE

The Chamberlain Group, In...


1. A movable barrier operator comprising:a housing;
a motor in the housing;
a controller in the housing operably coupled to the motor;
a camera operably coupled to the controller; and
a camera mount configured to facilitate movement of the camera between a storage position wherein at least a portion of the camera is inside the housing and an operative position wherein the at least a portion of the camera is outside of the housing;
the camera mount comprising:a fixed support connected to the housing,
a rotatable support,
a rotary connection between the fixed support and the rotatable support that constrains relative movement of the fixed support and the rotatable support to rotary movement of the rotatable support about a rotary axis relative to the fixed support;
a pivotal support carrying the camera;
a pivot connection between the rotatable support and the pivotal support that constrains relative movement of the rotatable support and the pivotal support to pivotal movement of the pivotal support about a pivot axis relative to the rotatable support, and
the rotary connection facilitating rotation of the rotatable support, the pivotal support, the pivot connection, and the camera about the rotary axis with the camera in the operative position.


US Pat. No. 11,111,713

OPERATOR FOR VEHICLE SIDE DOOR

MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPOR...


1. An operator for a vehicle side door, the operator comprising:a drive unit provided in a storage space between a downward movement locus line of a door glass that is movable in a vertical direction and a metallic inner panel of the side door, such that the drive unit overlaps with the downward movement locus line of the door glass in a width direction of the side door;
a pinion gear fixed to an output shaft of the drive unit;
a rack including a rack gear, the rack extending in a fore-and aft direction of the side door and the rack gear being configured to engage with the pinion gear; and
a connecting arm pivotally supported on a vehicle body side bracket fixed to a vehicle body, the connecting arm being connected to a front end of the rack, wherein
the side door moves in a direction of opening the side door when the rack moves forward by rotation of the pinion gear and the side door moves in a direction of closing the door when the rack moves backward by rotation of the pinion gear.

US Pat. No. 11,111,712

APPLIANCE LID HINGE

Mansfield Engineered Comp...


1. An appliance lid hinge assembly comprising:a base;
a cam arm pivotally connected to the base and adapted to be connected to an associated appliance lid;
a cam arm control system comprising a spring rod engaged with the base and adapted to move relative to the base along a spring rod axis;
a spring that exerts a biasing force on the spring rod that urges the spring rod toward an extended position, said spring rod movable against the biasing force from the extended position toward a retracted position;
said cam arm operatively engaged with the spring rod such that: (i) pivoting movement of the cam arm in an opening direction corresponds with movement of the spring rod from the retracted position toward the extended position; and, (ii) pivoting movement of the cam arm in a closing direction opposite the opening direction corresponds with movement of the spring rod from the extended position toward the retracted position;
said appliance lid hinge assembly further comprising a damper connected to said base and adapted to be engaged by and exert a damping force on said cam arm control system when said cam arm moves in said closing direction.

US Pat. No. 11,111,711

SIMPLY FITTED FURNITURE HINGE

SAMET KALIP VE MADEN ESYA...


1. A furniture hinge for connecting a pivoted furniture member to a furniture carcass, the furniture hinge comprising:a fitting assembly configured to be fastened to the furniture carcass, the fitting assembly including a sliding guide;
a hinge assembly configured to be fastened to the pivoted furniture member;
a hinge arm pivotably attached to the hinge assembly, wherein the hinge arm or a component connected to the hinge arm includes at least one guide portion configured to be received in the sliding guide and displaceable along a fitting direction to a fitting position, the guide portion being held transversely to the fitting direction by the sliding guide;
a latch configured to block movement of the guide portion relative to the sliding guide opposite to the fitting direction, the latch being configured to be closed without using a tool; and
wherein the latch is configured to be opened to release the hinge arm relative the fitting assembly by a human operator without using a tool;
wherein the latch is pivotably connected to the fitting assembly such that the latch is pivotable about a pivot axis relative to the fitting assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,111,710

VEHICLE HAVING HINGE ASSEMBLY

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...


1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body;
a tailgate rotatable relative to the vehicle body between a closed position and an open position; and
a hinge assembly rotatably coupling the tailgate to the vehicle body, the hinge assembly including a bracket, a hinge pin and a resiliently flexible retention ring, the bracket attached to a respective one of a plurality of side walls of the vehicle body, the hinge pin rotatably fixed to a respective end of the tailgate and removably connected to the bracket, the retention ring rotatably coupled to the bracket between a locked state in which the hinge pin is prevented from being disconnected from the bracket and an unlocked state in which the hinge pin is permitted to be disconnected from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 11,111,709

ADJUSTABLE HINGE REPAIR ASSEMBLY


1. A hinge assembly, comprising:a first hinge leaf and a second hinge leaf;
an arm extending from a rear edge of said first hinge leaf at approximately 90 degrees thereto, said arm having a top and bottom edge with first sawtooth projections extending from one of said top and bottom edges;
a ratcheting assembly extending from a rear edge of said second hinge leaf at approximately 90 degrees thereto, said ratcheting assembly including a first ratchet pawl positioned therein, said ratcheting assembly receiving said arm therein, said first ratchet pawl engaging said first sawtooth projection on said arm; and
a hinge barrel formed on one of said first and second hinge leaves to rotatably engage a conventional hinge leaf;
wherein the first hinge leaf, the second hinge leaf, the arm, and the ratcheting assembly are configured to be wrapped around a butt edge of a door slab, the ratcheting assembly configured to accommodate varying thicknesses of the door slab.

US Pat. No. 11,111,708

DEVICE FOR MOVING A FURNITURE PART THAT IS RECEIVED ON A FURNITURE CABINET OF AN ITEM OF FURNITURE

Grass GmbH, Reinheim (DE...


1. A device for moving a movable furniture part associated with a furniture cabinet, the device comprising:an assembly member provided on a movable furniture part associated with a furniture cabinet;
a guide comprisingat least one articulated lever that is releasably disposed on the assembly member, wherein the guide enables the movable furniture part to move from a closed position proximate a front side of the furniture cabinet to an opened position relative to the furniture cabinet and back,
a securing member movably disposed on the articulated lever and positioned relative to the articulated lever, and
a spring member configured such that the securing member is urged to a first position in a spring-loaded manner by the spring member; and

a connection element provided on the assembly member and disposed in connection with a locking element of a locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism is configured on the articulated lever of the guide so that the locking element is movable in a linear manner, wherein the connection element urges the securing member from the first position to a second position such that the pivoting range of the guide is released, and the guide reaches the closed position from the opened position, and wherein the spring member is connected to the locking element such that the locking element is spring-loaded by the spring member;
wherein, in the first position of the securing member, a pivoting range of the guide is delimited by the securing member such that the guide is not capable of being moved from the opened position to the closed position,
wherein, in the second position of the securing member, the pivoting range of the guide is released such that the guide is moved from the opened position to the closed position, and
wherein, when the guide is connected to the assembly member, the locking element is urged to a locking position with the connection element by the spring-force of the spring member.

US Pat. No. 11,111,707

DOOR BARRICADE SYSTEM


1. A barricade for a door, comprising:a) a construction comprising an angle iron having a horizontal base portion and a vertical back portion, said base portion having top and bottom surfaces, said back portion having front and rear surfaces, said base portion and said back portion being perpendicular to each other;
b) a handle comprising a bar extending between said top surface and said front surface, a proximal end of said bar being fixedly attached to said front surface of said back portion wherein said bar is curved and spaced along a portion of its length a sufficient distance away from said top and front surfaces to allow grasping by a user;
c) a distal part of said bar projecting through an aperture in said base portion forming a spike extending perpendicularly away from said bottom surface adapted for insertion into a first hole in a concrete floor adjacent the door so that said bottom surface rests on said concrete floor;
d) said barricade having a deployed position with said spike extending into said first hole and said rear surface in contact with an inner surface of a bottom portion of the door thereby preventing unauthorized opening of the door, said angle iron being free to flex when said door is pushed; and
e) said barricade having a standby position when not deployed comprising a second hole in said concrete floor away from said door allowing said door to oven whereby said barricade is adapted to be readily moved between said first and second holes by said user lifting said constructing using said handle.

US Pat. No. 11,111,706

LATCH ARRANGEMENT


1. A latch arrangement for a sliding wing, the latch arrangement comprising:a chassis mounted to said wing,
a latching mechanism supported by the chassis, the latching mechanism having a latching member comprising one or both of:a magnet,
a ferromagnetic portion,

the latching member being movable between a first position in which the latching member is at least partially retracted within the wing, and
a second position in which the latching member extends out of the wing for being received by a strike,
wherein the latching mechanism is movable from the first position to the second position by magnetic force interacting between said latching member and said strike, and wherein
said chassis is located within said wing in a through cutout, and mounted to said wing only by a plurality of fasteners engaged with a minor face of said wing in said cut out, and
wherein the latch arrangement comprises two side cover members, each to cover said through cutout on opposite sides of the wing.

US Pat. No. 11,111,705

LATCH HAVING SHEAR LOAD CARRYING CAPABILITY

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...


8. A door panel arrangement, comprising:a frame;
a door panel pivotally coupled to the frame; and
a latch arrangement, comprising:a latch bolt pivotally coupled to the door panel;
a contacting member extending from the latch bolt, the contacting member comprising a first contacting surface;
a shear pin extending from the first contacting surface;
a striker plate coupled to the frame, the striker plate comprising a second contacting surface; and
a counterbore disposed in the second contacting surface;
wherein the counterbore is configured to receive the shear pin;
wherein the shear pin extends from the first contacting surface at a location of the first contacting surface that is configured to contact the second contacting surface of the striker plate.


US Pat. No. 11,111,704

BALL CATCH LOCKING DEVICE


1. A ball catch comprising a catch housing with two spring-loaded balls which are displaceable therein under spring loading, and which are supported in two oppositely situated sockets of the catch housing and protrude in a diametrically opposed manner into a middle receiving space between the sockets, and a centering part which with a journal integrally formed thereon is insertable into the middle receiving space and is lockable by the two spring-loaded balls at that location, wherein each of the sockets has a slot, which has an opening toward a fastening plane of the catch housing, the fastening plane being perpendicular to a direction of insertion of the journal into the middle receiving space, wherein two respective ball guides for the two spring-loaded balls and for two respective compression springs are inserted into the catch housing as a separate part, and each ball guide is insertable from the fastening plane of the catch housing, into the slot of one of the sockets of the catch housing, which has the opening toward the fastening plane, wherein each ball guide comprises a borehole provided as a ball guide channel.

US Pat. No. 11,111,703

HOOD LATCH APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A hood latch apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a housing having entrance guide recesses at a front portion and a rear portion of the housing, respectively, to allow a striker to enter;
a first support shaft and a second support shaft disposed at both sides of the entrance guide recesses, respectively, while both ends of each of the first support shaft and the second support shaft are supported at the front portion and the rear portion of the housing;
a claw rotatably connected to the first support shaft in the housing and configured to catch and restrain the striker entering an inside of the housing or release the restraint of the striker;
a pawl rotatably connected to the second support shaft in the housing and configured to restrain the claw or release the restraint of the claw;
a safety hook rotatably connected to the second support shaft in the housing and configured to restrict opening of a hood by catching the striker that is lifted after the restraint by the claw is released; and
a safety lever having one end thereof rotatably supported on a third support shaft, which is disposed inside the housing, the safety lever including:a user manipulation portion extending to an outside of the housing; and
a pressing portion for pressing a lower portion of the safety hook to rotate the safety hook in a restraint releasing direction during a rotation operation.


US Pat. No. 11,111,702

RECHARGEABLE DOOR UNLOCK ACTUATOR

ZF ACTIVE SAFETY AND ELEC...


1. A vehicle remote keyless entry system for an electrically actuatable vehicle lock, comprising:a fob comprising a transmitter that is actuatable to transmit an RKE message;
a vehicle-based receiver for receiving the RKE message;
a vehicle-based controller operatively connected to the vehicle-based receiver, the vehicle-based controller being configured to supply electrical power from a vehicle battery to the vehicle lock to unlock the vehicle lock in response to receiving the RKE message from the vehicle-based receiver; and
an energy storage device separate from the vehicle battery, the energy storage device comprising an ESD controller and a power supply, wherein the ESD controller is configured to communicate with a vehicle safety system controller to receive indication that a vehicle crash has occurred, and wherein the ESD controller is configured to control the power supply to provide electrical power to actuate the vehicle lock to automatically unlock the vehicle lock in response to receiving the indication that a vehicle crash has occurred and without receiving an RKE message.

US Pat. No. 11,111,701

MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR LOCK

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...


1. A motor vehicle door latch comprising:a latch case;
at least one locking mechanism located in the latch case and essentially comprising a catch and a pawl; and
a latch housing connected with the latch case,
wherein the latch case has an L-shaped cross-section and defines a locking mechanism plane and a front panel plane different therefrom,
wherein the front panel plane is defined by a bridging component spanning two lateral components of the latch case and an infeed section defined by an area between the two lateral components with the infeed section being open from the area defined between the two lateral components to past a length of the two lateral components extending along the front panel plane,
wherein the latch case is configured in a bridging component-free manner without the latch case having any bridging part that connects the two lateral components along the front panel plane, with solely the two lateral components bordering the infeed section, and
wherein the latch housing wholly or partially defines the bridging component that bounds the infeed section between the two lateral components,
wherein during an impact on the motor vehicle door latch, the bridging component of the latch housing is configured to absorb forces occurring during the impact whereby a shear force occurring in the area between the two lateral components bordering the infeed section on the front panel plane is reduced or eliminated.

US Pat. No. 11,111,700

RESTRAINING DEVICE


1. An apparatus for restraining a person comprising:a device body defining a handle, an extending channel, a retracting channel, and a strap winding cavity;
a restraining strap having a rectangular cross-section flexible in a first dimension to allow the restraining strap to be wound within the strap winding cavity and rigid in a second dimension to form a semi-rigid loop by unwinding the restraining strap from the strap winding cavity by applying a force to a portion of the restraining strap between the extending channel and retracting channel so that the restraining strap is unwound through the extending channel while stationary in the retracting channel until an endstop element abuts a surface of the strap winding cavity, configured to be wound within the strap winding cavity and to pass through the extending channel and the retracting channel;
a tightening element disposed on a first terminus of the restraining strap configured to prevent the restraining strap from leaving the retracting channel;
an endstop element disposed on a second terminus of the restraining strap; and
a biasing element configured to allow the restraining strap to move in one direction through the retracting channel to tighten the restraining strap to restrict movement of a person,
whereinthe semi-rigid loop is configured to encircle a person;
pulling the tightening element is configured to tighten the semi-rigid loop to restrain the person and restrict arm movement while the restraining strap remains stationary in the extending channel; and
the semi-rigid loop is retained in an orientation restraining the person by the biasing element.


US Pat. No. 11,111,699

THEFT DETERRENT DEVICE AND SYSTEM

SKUNKLOCK, INC., San Fra...


1. A theft deterrent device comprising:a housing portion, including a housing portion wall, comprising a first material and configured to house a second material within the housing portion wall, the second material being made of a different material than the first material, wherein the second material is selected such that a cutting tool will be hindered when trying to cut through the housing portion, wherein the second material comprises a plurality of pieces that are randomly packed within the housing portion.

US Pat. No. 11,111,698

MULTIPOINT LOCK

Endura Products, LLC, Co...


1. A multipoint lock for securing a door panel, comprising:a first latch;
a second latch;
a first hub rotatable with at least one of a thumb-turn knob or a key; and
a second hub rotatable with a handle lever,
wherein rotation of the handle lever from a neutral position in a first direction causes rotation of the first hub and rotation of the second hub in the same rotational direction such that the first latch and the second latch are extended, and wherein rotation of the handle lever from the neutral position in a second direction, opposite the first direction, causes rotation of the second hub with the first hub remaining stationary.

US Pat. No. 11,111,697

ELECTROMECHANICAL DOOR LOCK ACTUATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING IT

DANALOCK APS, Harlev (DK...


1. A door lock actuation device for operating a door lock in a door blade, wherein the door lock comprises a dead bolt driven by rotation of a connector that is functionally connected to the dead bolt; the device comprising a casing, inside which there is provided a rotational connector-receiver for receiving and rotating the connector when the casing is mounted on the door blade; wherein a motor is provided inside the casing for driving the connector-receiver; the device comprising a rotational handle mechanically connected to the connector-receiver for forcing rotation of the connector-receiver by manual rotation of the handle; the connector-receiver comprising a receiver-gearwheel such that rotation of the receiver-gearwheel in opposite directions causes rotation of the connector-receiver in opposite directions; the device comprising a first gearwheel that is coupled to the motor for being driven by torque from the motor, the first gearwheel being connectable to the receiver-gearwheel by intermeshing for conveying torque from the motor to the receiver-gearwheel via the first gearwheel, characterised in that the first gearwheel is disconnectable from the receiver-gearwheel for breaking the intermeshing torque connection between the receiver-gearwheel and the motor, thereby providing selective motorised or manual driving of the connector-receiver,wherein the intermeshing between the first gearwheel and the receiver-gearwheel is provided by a gearwheel system with a plurality of gearwheels comprising teeth in intermeshing configuration,
wherein the gearwheel system comprises a bridge extending from a stationary gearwheel axle to a swingable gearwheel axle, the stationary gearwheel axle being in rotational connection with a stationary motor-driven gearwheel and the swingable gearwheel axle being in rotational connection with a swingable gearwheel, wherein the two gearwheels are intermeshed; the swingable gearwheel axle being carried by the bridge; wherein the bridge is arranged swingable between a first angular position and a second angular position by rotation of the bridge about the stationary gearwheel axle, wherein the first angular position of the bridge provides an intermeshing of the swingable gearwheel with the receiver-gearwheel at one location of the receiver-gearwheel for driving the receiver-gearwheel in a first rotational direction by the swingable gearwheel, and wherein the second angular position of the bridge the swingable gearwheel provides an intermeshing with the receiver-gearwheel at another location of the receiver-gearwheel for driving the receiver-gearwheel in a second, opposite rotational direction by the swingable gearwheel,
wherein the door lock actuation device further comprises an electronic decoder configured for measuring the angular movement of the connector-receiver, and being configured for stopping the motor and the rotation of the connector-receiver at a predetermined dead bolt extension position and retraction position, wherein the decoder is at least one of A and B,
wherein in A, the electronic decoder is functionally connected to a toothed decoder wheel intermeshed with the gearwheel system or with the receiver-gearwheel, the rotation of the decoder wheel being readable by the decoder; and
wherein in B, the electronic decoder is configured for reversing the motor as a consequence of stopping the motor for driving of the first gearwheel in an opposite direction less than the angular distance between the first and the second angular position for disconnecting the motor from the connector-receiver by separating the bridge from the receiver-gearwheel, for allowing unhindered manual rotation of the connector-receiver while disconnected from the motor.

US Pat. No. 11,111,696

MAGNETICALLY-TRIGGERED LOCK MECHANISM

Interlock USA, Inc., Ren...


1. A magnetically-triggered lock mechanism for interengaging two relatively movable components, comprising:a bolt displaceable between extended and retracted positions and normally biased toward the extended position, the bolt mounted within a first component and interengageable with a second component when the first and second components are in a predetermined position relative to each other and the bolt is extended;
a magnetically-releasable latch mechanism positioned to latch the bolt in the retracted position, the latch mechanism including a first magnet disposed within a trigger housing being translatable along an axis parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bolt, and mounted for movement between a biased latch engaging position and a latch releasing position in a non-common direction of movement of the bolt; and
a second magnet positioned to displace the latch mechanism to the latch releasing position when the first component is in the predetermined position relative to the second component,
wherein translation of the trigger housing in a vertical direction as a result of magnetic communication between the first and second magnets causes the latch mechanism to move from the biased latch engaging position to the latch releasing position to displace the bolt to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 11,111,695

ELECTRONIC LOCK AND USE THEREOF

Zhejiang Okai Vehicle Co....


1. An electronic lock comprising:a lock shell, having a first lock hole and an insertion hole;
a rope winded disc, disposed inside the lock shell, wherein a lock rope is winded at the rope winded disc, and the lock rope is operatively pulled out from the rope winded disc or returns inside the rope winded disc;
a lock rope head, inserted into the insertion hole and connected with one end of the lock rope;
a sliding lock block, disposed inside the lock shell through a spring, wherein one end of the sliding lock block is placed in the first lock hole; and
a controlling and driving device, disposed inside the lock shell, wherein when locking is required, a user pulls out the lock rope head from the insertion hole, the lock rope head is inserted into the first lock hole after the lock rope is pulled out from the rope winded disc, and the sliding lock block locks the lock rope head; and

when unlocking is required, the controlling and driving device drives the sliding lock block to slide in an opposite direction, the user pulls out the lock rope head from the first lock hole, and the sliding lock block returns to an original position through the spring;wherein the controlling and driving device comprising:
a sensor, disposed inside the lock shell;
a printed circuit board, disposed inside the lock shell and electrically connected with the sensor; and
a motor, disposed inside the lock shell and electrically connected with the printed circuit board, wherein during usage, when the lock rope head is inserted into the first lock hole, the sensor detects that the lock rope head is locked and feeds back a result; and when the printed circuit board receives an unlock instruction, the printed circuit board controls the motor such that the motor drives the sliding lock block to slide in the opposite direction for unlocking.

US Pat. No. 11,111,694

SAFETY DEVICE FOR GUARD RAIL

Andrew W. Nickelston, La...


1. A safety device for an I-shaped support post including two opposing flanges interconnected by a web, the safety device comprising:a top pad configured to extend over a top end of the support post when the safety device is installed on the support post;
a front pad including a front wall configured to extend downwardly from the top pad along a first one of the flanges when the safety device is installed in the support post;
a pair of side panels extending downwardly from the top pad, the side panels defining a channel configured to receive the web of the support post when the safety device is installed on the support post with the front pad extending generally parallel to the first one of the flanges;
wherein the top pad extends longitudinally in cantilever fashion from the front pad and has a free end of the top pad disposed distally from the front pad;
wherein the front pad extends downwardly farther away from the top pad than the pair of side panels;
wherein the channel defined by the side panels is open ended in a direction from the front pad toward the free end of the top pad; and
wherein the top pad, between the front pad and the free end of the top pad, extends laterally outboard beyond both of the pair of side panels.

US Pat. No. 11,111,693

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR KNOCKDOWN LIVESTOCK FENCING

Rankam (China) Manufactur...


1. A knockdown fence assembly comprising:a first end piece including a vertical main body and a plurality of horizontal support pieces extending from the vertical main body in the same direction;
a first connector piece including a vertical main connector body, the first connector piece further including a first plurality of horizontal connector support pieces and a second plurality of horizontal connector support pieces extending from the vertical main connector body in opposite directions;
a first plurality of horizontal connectors coupled between the plurality of horizontal support pieces of the first end piece and the first plurality of horizontal connector support pieces of the first connector piece, the first plurality of horizontal connectors extending into the vertical main connector body of the first connector piece;
a second plurality of horizontal connectors extending into the vertical main connector body of the first connector piece and overlapping with respective horizontal connectors of the first plurality of horizontal connectors to define overlapping end portions of the first and second pluralities of horizontal connectors; and
a plurality of connector fasteners, each connector fastener extending through the vertical main connector body and respective overlapping end portions of the first plurality of horizontal connectors and the second plurality of horizontal connectors.

US Pat. No. 11,111,692

ILLUMINATED STRUCTURE


1. A framed structure configured for providing illumination for an occupant via wireless control, the framed structure comprising:a frame comprising:a collapsible roof frame configured to support a fabric roof for sheltering individuals; and
a first semi-transparent telescoping vertical support pole configured to be mechanically coupled with a receiver of the collapsible roof frame, wherein the first semi-transparent telescoping vertical support pole comprises:a first semi-transparent supporting section having a first centralized hollow cavity; and
a second semi-transparent supporting section having a second centralized hollow cavity and positioned at least partially within the first semi-transparent supporting section and configured to adjust a height of the collapsible roof frame;


a first plurality of lighting elements disposed within the first centralized hollow cavity and the second centralized hollow cavity, wherein:the first plurality of lighting elements is configured to provide light to a surrounding environment of the framed structure and illuminate the framed structure;
the framed structure is configured as a portable item; and
the first semi-transparent telescoping vertical support pole provides a protective barrier between the first plurality of lighting elements and an external environment while allowing 360 degree emission of light of each lighting element of the first plurality of lighting elements; and

a microcontroller electrically coupled with the first plurality of lighting elements, the microcontroller configured for:wirelessly receiving a first command from an external computing device, wherein the first command is received upon a selection of a color for the first plurality of lighting elements by a user of the external computing device;
wirelessly receiving a second command from the external computing device, wherein the second command is received upon a selection of an intensity for the first plurality of lighting elements by the user of the external computing device; and
wirelessly receiving a third command from the external computing device, wherein the third command is received upon a selection of a pattern for the first plurality of lighting elements by the user of the external computing device.


US Pat. No. 11,111,691

SIDE SUPPORTING TYPE VEHICLE ROOF TENT

Q-YIELD OUTDOOR GEAR LTD....


1. A side supporting type vehicle roof tent, comprising a tent rack and a tent cloth fitted inside the tent rack, the tent rack including a base, a top cover and at least one support connecting rod; a rear end of the top cover being pivotally connected to a rear end of the base, the support connecting rod being disposed between the base and the top cover, a first end of the support connecting rod being connected to the top cover, a second end of the support connecting rod being connected to the base, the tent cloth being fitted between the top cover and the base, wherein a portion of the tent cloth is located between a front end of the top cover and a front end of the base and is provided with an opening, such that the opening of the portion of the tent cloth is located between the front end of the top cover and the front end of the base,wherein the top cover is rotatable relative to the base about the pivotal connection of the rear ends of the top cover and the base between a folded state and an unfolded state, wherein the front end of the top cover is set in alignment with the front end of the base in the the folded state;
wherein the support connecting rod of the tent rack is a screw rod; and the first end and second end of the support connecting rod are connected to the top cover and the base by means of two connection portions, wherein one of the two connection portion comprises a pivotal connection and another one of the two connection portions comprises a slidable connection; and
wherein the tent rack further includes a U-shaped front support rod having two vertical rods, a transverse rod and a U-shaped opening facing downward, wherein the two vertical rods of the U-shaped front support rod are pivotally connected to the front end of the base; the tent cloth is fitted on the transverse rod of the U-shaped front support rod; and the opening of the tent cloth is disposed in the U-shaped opening of the U-shaped front support rod.

US Pat. No. 11,111,690

SHADING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Shibumi Shade, Inc., Ral...


1. A system for providing shade onto a surface, the system comprising:a frame that includes a plurality of sections configured for engagement in an end-to-end alignment to provide the frame in a supporting configuration with a left end that is engageable with the surface and a right end that is engageable with the surface;
a sheet of material extending between a suspension end and an opposing trailing end, the suspension end of the sheet of material being coupleable with the frame about a portion of the frame;
a container for, in one configuration, housing and transporting the system and for, in another configuration, housing weight; and
a cord selectively engaged or coupled to the container and selectively engageable or coupled to the frame so the container is effective as an anchor when in the configuration for housing weight.

US Pat. No. 11,111,689

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES FOR CARPORT WITH INTEGRATED PRECIPITATION AND CABLE MANAGEMENT

SUNPOWER CORPORATION, Sa...


1. A solar power generation assembly, comprising:a support column;
a canopy including first and second canopy portions, each including solar modules configured to generate solar power;
a plurality of braces arranged on different sides of the support column and configured to support the first and second canopy portions and to manage electrical cables extending from the canopy to the support column; and
a gutter system integrated into the canopy and configured to direct precipitation from the canopy along at least one a first of the plurality of braces,
wherein the first brace connects to the canopy at a low point that occurs where the first and second canopy portions meet, and
the support column is arranged below only one of the first canopy portion and the second canopy portion.

US Pat. No. 11,111,688

THREE-DIMENSIONAL ROTATING INTELLIGENT STORAGE COMPARTMENT

BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF CIV...


1. A three-dimensional rotating intelligent storage compartment, comprising:a tower body in a hollow cylinder shape, a center of the tower body being provided with a central garage for storing bicycles, the central garage having a cylindrical shape and including a central pillar;
a plurality of layers of placement plates, arranged around the central pillar; wherein a spacing between adjacent upper and lower placement plates is greater than a height of a bicycle, and each layer of the placement plates is equally divided into a plurality of independent storage spaces by a longitudinal partitioning plate; a longitudinal edge on one side of the longitudinal partitioning plate is fixed to the central pillar, and a longitudinal edge on the opposite side is aligned with an edge of the placement plate; each storage space is provided with a clamping mechanism for clamping the bicycle; an inner wall of the tower body is longitudinally provided with a plurality of loop tracks, each loop track including two longitudinal straight segments parallel to each other, and a top arc transition segment and a bottom arc transition segment circularly connecting the two longitudinal straight segments;
each loop track is provided with a plurality of ferry parking spaces, which are movable within the loop track, is capable of clamping the bicycle in a standing position and capable of pushing the bicycle to the placement plate;
one longitudinal straight segment of the loop track faces the storage space; and
the ferry parking space comprises a connection driving portion and a bicycle clamping slot, the connection driving portion being disposed in the loop track, side walls on both sides of the bicycle clamping slot being connected to the connection driving portion through a bearing;
when the connection driving portion passes the top arc transition segment and the bottom arc transition segment, the connection driving portion is driven to advance in the loop track, the bicycle clamping slot rotates around the bearing, and an opening of the bicycle clamping slot is always maintained in a vertically upward state;
wherein an inner wall of the bicycle clamping slot is oppositely disposed with a moving rod, and the moving rod is moved on the inner wall of the bicycle clamping slot; the inner wall of the bicycle clamping slot is provided with a horizontal slot in a “” shape with a section extends to the edge thereof, and the section of the moving rod inserted in the horizontal slot has a “T” shape;
one end of the moving rod facing the central pillar is fixedly provided with a limiting block, and the limiting block is located at an opposite side of the moving rod facing an opening of the horizontal slot;
two gear discs are disposed above or below the horizontal slot, and the two gear discs are respectively located on horizontal sides of the horizontal slot; the two gear discs are tightly sleeved with a chain, and the chain passes through a horizontal slot channel on an opposite side of the opening of the horizontal slot and fixed with the limiting block, one surface of the horizontal slot facing an outer side of the bicycle clamping slot is provided with a baffle, and the baffle only blocks the limiting block to allow the chain and a clamping rod to pass; and
the gear disc is driven by a driver disposed at a corner of the inner wall of the bicycle clamping slot.

US Pat. No. 11,111,687

POOL CLEANING ROBOT WITH A DETACHABLE SENSOR

Maytronics Ltd., Kibutz ...


1. A pool cleaning robot comprising a housing, a propulsion mechanism configured to propel the pool cleaning robot along an interior surface of a pool; brushes to clean surfaces of the pool during a cleaning cycle, a filtering system, a suction mechanism to draw liquid from the pool through an inlet into the housing and to discharge it from an outlet; and a detachable sensor that is detachably coupled to the housing and comprises inductive electrical and data transfer connections; wherein the detachable sensor is detacheably coupled to the housing by a locking and unlocking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 11,111,686

SWIMMING POOL CLEANING APPARATUS HAVING A DEBRIS SEPARATION DEVICE OPERATING BY CENTRIFUGAL SPINNING AND FILTRATION

ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE, ...


1. Device for separating out debris suspended in a liquid, for a swimming pool cleaning apparatus, said cleaning apparatus comprising:a body,
at least one hydraulic circuit circulating liquid between at least one liquid inlet and at least one liquid outlet, and through the device for separating out debris suspended in the liquid,
at least one fluid circulation pump installed in the hydraulic circuit, the device for separating out debris suspended in a liquid including means for the centrifugal spinning of the debris suspended in the liquid and a non-cylindrical tank for collecting said centrifugally separated debris,

wherein the separation device includes a liquid supply duct opening into a filtration chamber defining a substantially cylindrical volume, tangentially to a cylindrical wall of said filtration chamber, said filtration chamber communicating with the collecting tank that collects the centrifugally separated debris.

US Pat. No. 11,111,685

DEBRIS-FILTER MATERIALS PRINCIPALLY FOR AUTOMATIC SWIMMING POOL CLEANERS

ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS LLC, ...


1. A debris filter for an automatic swimming pool cleaner comprising at least one solid sheet of metal in which openings have been created and a frame to which the sheet of metal is attached.

US Pat. No. 11,111,684

PREFORMED SWIMMING POOL BODY HAVING A BUILT-IN PIT


1. A swimming pool assembly, comprising:a swimming pool body defining a pool top edge and an oppositely disposed bottom pool floor member connected by at least one pool wall;
a dry area formed within the swimming pool body and defining a dry area wall portion; a dry area bottom portion operationally connected thereto; and an aperture operationally connected to the dry area bottom portion for providing fluid communication from the dry area into a support structure;
the support structure for providing support to the dry area operationally connected to the dry area bottom portion, wherein the support structure further comprises:a support structure floor member;
at least one support structure wall member extending therefrom and connected to the pool top edge to define an enclosure; and
at least one fluid access aperture formed through the support structure wall member to provide fluidic communication with the enclosure;

wherein the dry area remains free of water when the swimming pool body is filled with water.

US Pat. No. 11,111,683

WATER FILTRATION/RECYCLING APPARATUS AND METHOD


1. A water recycling apparatus for use with a filtration system that includes a filter and a pump, the apparatus comprising:(a) a holding tank configured for receiving backwashed water containing water-borne particles from the filter and the pump during a backwash operation;
(b) wherein said holding tank has a base, an upper internal space and a lower internal space, and has a sufficient height to permit water-borne particles to settle near the base of said holding tank over time to obtain a substantially clear water phase above the settled particles;
(c) a backwash water inlet into said holding tank which is configured for directing backwash water during the backwash operation into the upper internal space of said holding tank;
(d) a waste outlet in said holding tank which is proximal to said base of said holding tank for the removal of sediment-laden water and settled particulates;
(e) a recycling outlet positioned above said waste outlet in said holding tank through which clear water from the clear water phase in said holding tank may be periodically released;
(f) a first multi-way valve coupled at an interface of the pump and filter to control selection of normal filtering or backwash operation; and
(g) a second multi-way valve coupled at the recycling outlet of said holding tank for selecting when and where recycled clear water is to be directed, either back to a reservoir being filtered, or redirected for other uses.

US Pat. No. 11,111,682

FRAME POOL


1. A frame pool, comprising:a pool body adapted to contain liquid therein and comprising a sleeve extending along an upper edge thereof;
a support frame adapted to support the pool body, the support frame comprising:an upper frame extending through the sleeve and comprising,a first upper tube,
a second upper tube,
a connecting tube disposed between the first upper tube and the second upper tube, and
a collar surrounding an end of the connecting tube and disposed within an assembling end of one of the first upper tube and the second upper tube; and

a plurality of support members adapted to support the upper frame;

wherein the connecting tube is free to move in an axial direction within and throughout a length of the collar and to extend beyond the collar and into the one of the first upper tube and the second upper tube.

US Pat. No. 11,111,681

POWER HEAD FOR POWERED CONCRETE ROLLER SCREED

Marshalltown Company, Ma...


1. A power head for a powered concrete roller screed comprising:a handle;
a driver housing at a distal end of the handle;
a head actuator including a translatable link extending along the handle, and an eccentric cam operatively connected to the translatable link within the drive housing such that translation of the translation link imparts rotation of the eccentric cam about a rotational axis of the eccentric cam to an actuated position, wherein the eccentric cam is configured to depress a trigger of a driver received in the driver housing when the eccentric cam is rotated about its rotational axis to the actuated position,
wherein the translatable link extends through the handle and into the driver housing to connect to the eccentric cam.

US Pat. No. 11,111,680

EXHAUST GAS DISCHARGE DEVICE FOR FIRE ENGINE IN FIRE STATION

CHEONG GU INNOVATION CO.,...


1. A fire-engine exhaust-gas discharge device in a fire station comprising:a base frame inserted into a guide groove formed in a floor of a garage of the fire station;
an elevating frame connected to an upper portion of the base frame so as to be slidable in a vertical direction;
a suction hood rotatably connected to an upper end of the elevating frame by a hinge and having a cylindrical shape to define a space therein, the suction hood being formed with a suction hole in one side thereof;
a discharge pipe unit having one longitudinal end coupled to the suction hood to communicate with the suction hood and a remaining longitudinal end disposed outside the garage, the discharge pipe unit being configured to guide exhaust gas of the firefighting vehicle in the garage so as to be discharged to an outside of the garage;
a discharge fan connected to the discharge pipe unit to generate suction force that causes the exhaust gas to be discharged to the outside of the garage through the discharge pipe unit;
an elevating drive device provided on the base frame and connected to the elevating frame to generate drive force that slides the elevating frame in the vertical direction;
a rotational connection member having one longitudinal end connected to the base frame and a remaining longitudinal end connected to a remaining side of the suction hood, the rotational connection member being configured to cause the suction hood to rotate about the hinge when the elevating frame is moved upward by the elevating drive device so that the suction hole in the suction hood faces an exhaust port of the firefighting vehicle;
a vehicle stopper coupled to the floor of the garage and configured to cause a wheel of the firefighting vehicle to be caught by the vehicle stopper in a state in which the firefighting vehicle is stopped such that the exhaust port thereof is disposed adjacent to an upper front side of the suction hood;
a stoppage detection sensor provided on the vehicle stopper to detect whether or not the firefighting vehicle is stopped by the vehicle stopper;
a vehicle detection sensor inserted into the guide groove to detect whether or not the firefighting vehicle enters a direction in which the vehicle stopper is provided; and
a control unit electrically connected to the discharge fan, the elevating drive device, the stoppage detection sensor, and the vehicle detection sensor and configured to control an operation of the discharge fan and the elevating drive device in response to a signal from the stoppage detection sensor and the vehicle detection sensor or to allow a user to control the operation of the discharge fan and the elevating drive device regardless of the signal from the stoppage detection sensor and the vehicle detection sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,111,679

HIDDEN FASTENER UNIT AND RELATED METHOD OF USE

National Nail Corp., Gra...


1. A fastener unit adapted to secure at least one board to a support, the fastener unit comprising:a spacer block defining a first fastener hole configured to receive a fastener therein, the spacer block including a front surface, an opposing rear surface, a first side surface and a second side surface opposite the first side surface, the spacer block having a thickness extending from the front surface to the rear surface, the thickness corresponding to a preselected gap between a first board and a second adjacent board, the spacer block defining a recess from the front surface to the rear surface;
a grip element joined with the spacer block, the grip element disposed in the recess, the grip element defining a second fastener hole aligned with the first fastener hole of the spacer block and configured to receive the fastener, the grip element configured to fit in and engage a first groove defined by the first board, the grip element having at least one downwardly facing projection, the grip element having a grip upper surface; and
a board engagement element including a first platform and an arm extending therefrom configured to engage a portion of the first board, distal from the first groove, the first platform being disposed a first distance above the spacer block and at least partially surrounding the fastener,
wherein the fastener unit is operable in a clamping mode in which the arm resiliently engages an upper surface of the first board, distal from the first groove, while the grip upper surface engages a groove wall such that the first platform and the arm cooperate with the grip element to secure the fastener unit adjacent a first side surface of the board.

US Pat. No. 11,111,678

OVERLAY COVER AND TENSIONING MECHANISM FOR A MODULAR WALL OVERLAY SYSTEM

RAYVA International LLC, ...


1. A modular wall overlay system for installation on a support surface comprising:a frame including first and second side walls that are opposite one another; and
a cover securely, yet detachably, retained on and along a front face of the frame by a tensioning mechanism that is configured to tension the cover; and
elastic corner inserts that are disposed in corners of the frame and include curved outer surfaces that are configured to permit the cover to be stretched over the elastic corner inserts creating radiused corners and preventing tearing of the cover in corners thereof when the cover is tensioned by the tensioning mechanism;
wherein the cover comprises a main portion and discrete edge pocket sections that are not continuous to one another so as to form an open corner and the tensioning mechanism comprises a single cable that is routed through the edge pocket sections;
wherein the tensioning mechanism further includes a plurality of pulleys with at least two pulleys of the plurality of pulleys being located along each of the first side wall spaced from corners of the frame and the second side wall of the frame, the cable being routed along and wrapped around the pulleys to tension and pull the cable inward at the discrete locations of the pulleys for tensioning sides and ends of the cover, wherein the at least two pulleys are disposed inward relative to the edge pocket sections along the respective first and second side wall causing the cable to exit one edge pocket section and be locally routed inward to the respective pulley before subsequently traveling outward to enter another edge pocket section.

US Pat. No. 11,111,677

SIDING CLIP

Fiber Composites, LLC, N...


1. A siding clip comprising:a single tab comprising a single tab through hole;
a base comprising a single base through hole, wherein the single base through hole is disposed in a medial longitudinal portion of the base;
a side portion affixed to an edge of the single tab at a first side portion end and to an edge of the base at a second side portion end, thereby forming a gap between the single tab and the base, wherein the single tab through hole is disposed opposite to the single base through hole; and
at least one coupling flange having a plane parallel to a plane of the single tab and comprising at least one insertion feature,
wherein the at least one coupling flange is disposed in a direction opposite to a direction of the single tab, and
wherein a longitudinal extent of the single tab overlaps only the medial portion of the base.

US Pat. No. 11,111,676

PREFABRICATED STAIR COMPONENTS AND STAIR TREAD FINISH SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

Summit Stairs of Atlanta,...


1. A composite stair component comprising:a decorative finish layer comprising wood, textured or non-textured paper, a veneer layer, or any combination thereof;
a support layer comprising wood, medium density fiberboard (MDF), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a polymeric material, a composite material, or any combination thereof;
a composite profile such that the support layer comprises a molded support layer having (i) an upper support layer surface, (i) a lower support layer surface, (iii) an inner support layer edge surface, at least a portion of the inner support layer edge surface being substantially perpendicular to the lower support layer surface, and (iv) a lower support layer portion extending substantially perpendicular to the inner support layer edge surface and substantially parallel with and below the lower support layer surface,
wherein the lower support layer portion comprises an upper inner support layer surface below the lower support layer surface, and the upper inner support layer surface is a distance d from an upper composite profile surface, and distance d is less than or equal to 1.0 inch (in.).

US Pat. No. 11,111,675

FLASHING TOOL


1. A tool for forming an S-fold in flashing, comprising:an elongate rod member;
a handle member disposed on a first end of said rod member; and
a forming member on a second end of said rod member opposite the first end;
wherein said forming member comprises:first and second flat plate members symmetrically disposed and fixed one atop the other and having a gap therebetween;
wherein each of said first and second flat plate members comprise a first edge and a second edge, each of said first and said second edges meeting at a corner, wherein said first and said second edges and corner are configured to impart said S-fold in said flashing.


US Pat. No. 11,111,674

EXTENDED ROOF TRUSS WITH OUTBOARD PURLINS HAVING LOAD SUPPORTING K-TRUSSES AT EXTENSIONS


1. An oversize roof truss for roof support comprising:a truss bottom chord extending beyond the span of a standard size bottom chord of a standard size roof truss by no more than twenty percent of the standard bottom chord lengthwise dimension, thereby defining an elongated truss bottom chord, the elongated truss bottom chord having opposed ends connected to spaced apart upright beams that define an elongated roof span for truss support from below that is beyond the span of a standard size roof truss;
a pair of truss top chords meeting at a roof peak and extending laterally over the elongated truss bottom chord creating elongated truss top regions for roof support;
a plurality of web members between the truss bottom chord and the truss top chords within the span of the standard size bottom chord, the web members completely supporting the elongated roof span for truss support from below wherein an outer end of each truss top chord is directly supported from below by the truss bottom chord, the elongated truss top chords and elongated truss bottom chord all in a common plane, the web members fastened to purlins that run between spaced apart roof trusses perpendicular to the common plane;
a pair of spaced apart supplemental purlins in the elongated truss regions providing roof support by elongated truss connection of elongated truss bottom chords to truss top chords in elongated truss regions; and
a full or half-K truss connecting each supplemental purlin to the truss bottom chord thereby transferring roof loads in the elongated truss regions to the bottom truss chord.

US Pat. No. 11,111,673

VENTILATED REINFORCED-CONCRETE WALL MODULE FOR CONSTRUCTING BUILDINGS IN GENERAL AND RESPECTIVE INDUSTRIALIZED CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM

ZEENI Engenharia E Constr...


1. A ventilated wall module (10) for buildings using prefabricated parts, the wall module (10) comprising:first and second panels (20A) and (30A) and multiple truss-shaped solidification elements (ES), the first and second panels (20A) and (20B) each comprising of a cement-based slab with respective inner surfaces (s3) and (s4), vertical peripheral edges (20b) and (30b), and horizontal peripheral edges (20c) and (30c),
wherein the first and second panels (20A) and (30A) and the multiple truss-shaped solidification elements (ES) are produced by a mechanized method (M1) and,
wherein:
the multiple truss-shaped solidification elements (ES), in the form of first and second sets of linear, peripheral, metal trusses (41A) and (41B), are mounted on respective inner surfaces (s3) and (s4) of the panels (20A)/(30A) in plastic spacers (50) embedded in the concreting of the cement-based slabs that compose the panels (20A)/(30A);
each spacer (50) of the first panel (20A) also receives of a cement-based plate (60) provided, at a free end of each cement-based plate (60), with foam (61) to abut the inner surface (s4) of the second panel (30A); the first set of peripheral trusses (41A) is applied close to the vertical (20b) and horizontal (20c) peripheral edges of the first panel (20A) and in a spacing (x1), whereas the second panel (30A) receives the second set of peripheral trusses (41B) applied next to the vertical (30b) and horizontal (30c) peripheral edges of the second panel (30A) in a spacing (x2) compared to the aforementioned peripheral edges (30b) and (30c) of the second panel (30A);
concreting takes place in areas of the multiple truss-shaped solidification elements (ES) delimited by respective cement-based plates with foam, forming a pre-shape of embedded beams and columns, the first and second plates (20A)/(30A) delimit quadrangular areas (Q1) and (Q2) without concreting, forming air pockets (BA) bounded by the embedded beams and columns;
wherein horizontal steel bars (71), steel cables (72) and vertical steel bars (72?) are also provided within respective areas delimited by respective cement-based plates (60) with foam to reinforce and complement the solidification between the plates (20A)/(30A) in such areas.

US Pat. No. 11,111,672

SUSPENDED CEILING ARRANGEMENTS

ASTRA TECHNOLOGIES UK LLP...


1. A suspended ceiling for cleanroom applications comprising:an elongate support member including: a base wall extending longitudinally and having a first longitudinal base side edge; a first side wall extending upwardly from the support member base side edge; and a first flange part, which extends inwardly from the first side wall, the first flange part including a first inwardly projecting tab, the base wall, the side wall, the first flange part and the tab defining a first longitudinally extending support channel; and
a first ceiling member including a base wall having a first longitudinal base side edge; a first side wall having two sides extending upwardly from the ceiling member base side edge; a first flange part extending outwardly from the side wall; and a first lip part extending downwardly from the first flange part, the first lip part defining a gap therein,
wherein in an installed condition, the ceiling member flange part is located on top of the support member flange part, the lip part is located in the support channel and the tab is located in the gap.

US Pat. No. 11,111,671

METHODS AND TILE FOR USE IN A FALSE CEILING OR WALL AND A FALSE CEILING OR WALL

SAINT- GOBAIN ECOPHON AB,...


1. Method of preparing and installing a 3-dimensionally extending false ceiling or wall having a shape of a 3-dimensionally extending surface, the 3-dimensionally extending false ceiling or wall comprising a plurality of flat ceiling or wall tiles, the flat tiles being mineral fibre based tiles, each having a front major surface being adapted to be visible, an opposing back major surface and one or more edge surfaces extending along the perimeter of the flat tile and connecting the front and back major surfaces, wherein the front and back major surfaces are parallel to each other, and wherein the flat tiles are adapted to be connected to and suspended to a framework by a plurality of elongated suspension elements and thereby form said 3-dimensionally extending false ceiling or wall, the method comprising:calculating format, position and orientation for each individual flat tile in the 3-dimensionally extending suspended ceiling or wall,
associating each individual flat tile with a unique tile identity,
producing the individual flat tiles according to the calculated format, and
providing each respective flat tile with its respective tile identity,
providing a representation of the 3-dimensionally extending false ceiling or wall including an association of the position of each respective flat tile with its respective tile identity, and
calculating at least one of positions of connection points on the flat tiles for each one of said individual flat tiles for which said format, position and orientation in the 3-dimensionally extending false ceiling or wall have been calculated, and positions of connection points on connection elements interconnecting said individual flat tiles for which said format, position and orientation have been calculated,
wherein the suspension elements are adapted to be attached to the flat tiles or to the connection elements at the calculated connection points for suspension of the flat tiles,
providing each respective flat tile with a preinstalled connection element or with a marking indicating where a connection element or a suspension element is adapted to be connected to the respective flat tile,
calculating, for each suspension element, an attachment position at which attachment position the suspension element is adapted to be attached to the framework, the calculation being performed relative to a representation of the framework, the calculation also including calculation of orientation and length of said suspension element,
associating each individual suspension element with a unique suspension element identity,
providing a representation of the 3-dimensionally extending suspended ceiling or wall including an association of the attachment position of each respective suspension element with its respective suspension element identity and including information concerning calculated orientation and length of each respective suspension element with its respective suspension element identity, and
installing the 3-dimensionally extending suspended ceiling or wall to a physical location including an a plurality of installed tiles and a plurality of installed suspension elements each comprising an installed connection position of each respective suspension element with its respective installed suspension element identity according to the representation and the calculated orientation and length of each respective suspension element with its respective suspension element identity, wherein the installed connection position of each respective suspension element with its respective installed suspension element identity includes an installed calculated orientation and the installed calculated orientation of at least one of the suspension elements comprises at least one of an acute angle and an obtuse angle of the installed suspension element relative to its respective installed tile.

US Pat. No. 11,111,670

CANOPY FOR SELECTIVELY COVERING AN AREA


1. A canopy for selectively covering an area, comprising:at least two beams which span the area;
at least first and second cross beams which are independently displaceable along the beams;
a cloth which is attached to the first cross beam;
a drive configured to displace the cross beams with the cloth attached thereto along the beams; and
an additional cloth which is attached to the second cross beam so that the additional cloth is independently movable with respect to the cloth to thereby allow the additional cloth to selectively overlap the cloth and thereby define, in an overlapping disposition of the cloth and the additional cloth, a space enclosed therebetween.

US Pat. No. 11,111,669

POSITIONING AND SUPPORT TOOL FOR STEEL STUD FRAMING


1. A system for temporarily supporting a top track during a steel stud framing operation comprising:(i) said top track configured to be attached to an overhead structure, said top track comprising an elongate section composed of a rigid material formed into a profile including a horizontally-oriented web of a predetermined width located between two longitudinal edges, and two substantially parallel, vertically-oriented legs of predetermined height; said vertically-oriented legs being joined to said web along said longitudinal edges so that each respective leg of said vertically-oriented legs extends in a downward direction from each respective edge of said longitudinal edges of said web; and
(ii) a removable positioning and support tool comprising:(1) a plurality of magnets, each of said magnets comprising a magnetic upper bonding surface configured to magnetically bond to said overhead structure, and
(2) a track hanger suspended from said overhead structure via said magnets, said track hanger comprising:(a) a plurality of vertical support sections, said vertical support sections having a minimum length equal to or greater than said predetermined height of said vertically-oriented legs of said top track, each of said vertical support sections comprising an upper end, and a lower end, and a longitudinal axis located between said upper end and said lower end; said upper end of a respective said vertical support section being joined to one of said magnets so that said longitudinal axis is oriented substantially perpendicular to said magnetic upper bonding surface; and
(b) a horizontal support section joined to said lower end of each of said vertical support sections, said horizontal support section being of a predetermined width, and being joined to said vertical support sections so that a distance between at least two of said vertical support sections is equal to or greater than said predetermined width of said horizontally-oriented web of said top track, said horizontal support section comprising an upper support surface, said horizontal support section also being joined to said vertical support sections so that at least one of said vertically-oriented legs of said top track directly contacts and rests on said upper support surface;


wherein said positioning and support tool is configured to be removed from contact with said top track by a user's hand without any additional tools.

US Pat. No. 11,111,668

PARTITION PANEL HAVING LEG WITH ROTATION STOPPER

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Yok...


1. A panel comprising:a panel body; and
a leg which supports the panel body,
wherein the leg includes:
a shaft inserted into the panel body; and
a leg body to which the shaft is fixed and which is disposed outside the panel body, and
the leg body is provided with:
a first rotation stopper which is configured to come into contact with either one of opposing panel surfaces of the panel body and stop rotation of the panel body in one direction around the shaft; and
a second rotation stopper which is configured to come into contact with either one of the opposing panel surfaces of the panel body and stop rotation of the panel body in a direction opposite to the one direction.

US Pat. No. 11,111,667

ELONGATE STRUCTURAL ELEMENT, A BRACKET AND AN ELONGATE STRUCTURAL SECTION

Stonelake Pty. Ltd., Cof...


1. A bracket to connect a rail to an elongate structural element, the bracket including:a body configured to attach to the elongate structural element, the body defining a plate and two arm members extending outwardly from the plate, the plate having a plate aperture, the arm members having a surface perpendicular to the plate which defines a shoulder for supporting the rail thereon, wherein the surface of the shoulder is transverse with respect to the plate;
a strap configured to wrap around the rail, the strap having first and second ends the first and second ends having first and second apertures configured to be aligned, the first end being secured to the body; and
a bolt configured to extend through the first and second apertures and through the plate aperture to attach the second end to the body and also to fix the location of the body relative to the elongate structural element,
wherein the body comprises at least one protrusion to engage with a corresponding aperture of the elongate structural element, when the bracket is connected to the rail.

US Pat. No. 11,111,666

FIRE OR SOUND BLOCKING COMPONENTS AND WALL ASSEMBLIES WITH FIRE OR SOUND BLOCKING COMPONENTS

California Expanded Metal...


1. A fire-blocking element, comprising:a profile, comprising:a first leg;
a second leg comprising a terminal free edge and an inner end, the first leg connected with the inner end of the second leg to form a generally L-shaped structure in cross-section, the first leg is configured to extend along an outward-facing surface of wall board of a wall in use, the second leg is configured to extend along an upper end surface of the wall board in use, the first leg comprises an array of openings configured to receive joint compound;
a gasket element having an apex surface configured to contact an overhead structure associated with the wall in use, wherein the gasket element is compressible to conform to an irregular surface of the overhead structure;

a fire-blocking material strip located on the second leg of the profile, the fire-blocking material strip directly attached to an upper surface of the second leg of the profile;
wherein the gasket element is located along the profile between the fire-blocking material strip and the first leg.

US Pat. No. 11,111,665

COMPOSITE INSULATION BATT

INSULXTREME CORP, Las Ve...


1. A composite insulation batt comprising:a core comprising an elongate and generally rectangular insulating batt of fiberglass fibers;
a sheath surrounding front, back, and side faces of the fiberglass batt core and extending along a length of the fiberglass batt core, the sheath comprising:an inner surface;
an outer surface;
a low density and closed cell insulating core layer disposed between the inner surface and the outer surface; and
an outer layer of reflective material attached to the outer surface of the sheath;

wherein the sheath is disposed around the insulating fiberglass batt such that the inner surface of the sheath contacts the fiberglass batt and such that the sheath fits snugly around the fiberglass batt.

US Pat. No. 11,111,664

METHOD OF INTRODUCING PRESTRESS TO BEAM-COLUMN JOINT IN TRIAXIAL COMPRESSION

KUROSAWA CONSTRUCTION CO....


1. A method of introducing prestress in a beam-column joint that introduces prestress in a beam-column joint in a multi-story building structure constructed by prestressed concrete (PC) columns and prestressed concrete (PC) beams with a tensile introducing force generated by tensionally anchoring prestressing tendons that are arranged in the PC beams extending along two horizontal directions (or X axis and Y axis) and the PC columns extending along a vertical direction (or Z axis) and passed through the beam-column joint to bring the beam-column joint in triaxial compression, the prestress being introduced such that a diagonal tensile force generated by an input shear force due to a seismic load of an extremely great earthquake that may occur very rarely will be cancelled completely or partially so as not to allow diagonal cracks to occur, wherein the ratio of the prestresses introduced in the directions of the respective axes satisfies the following equation (1):?x:?y:?z=1:1:0.3-0.9 ??(1)

where ?x, ?y, and ?z are prestresses introduced in the directions of the X axis, the Y axis, and the Z axis respectively, which are calculated by the following equations:?x=Px/Ax, ?y=Py/Ay, ?z=Pz/Az,

where Px is the tensile introducing force in the direction of the X axis, Ax is a cross sectional area of the beam at an end with respect to the X axis, Py is the tensile introducing force in the Y axis, Ay is a cross sectional area of the beam at an end with respect to the Y axis, Pz is the tensile introducing force in the Z axis, and Az is a cross sectional area of the column at an end with respect to the Z axis.

US Pat. No. 11,111,663

URINAL WITH TRAPWAY CONNECTION SYSTEM

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...


1. A urinal, comprising:a bowl assembly comprising a body, the body comprising a bowl and a cavity, the cavity of the body comprising a receiver configured to receive a bracket; and
a trapway assembly comprising a trapway including a U-shaped portion and being configured such that the U-shaped portion of the trapway is placed within the cavity of the body as the bowl assembly is coupled to the wall, the trapway assembly configured to fluidly couple the bowl to a drain;
wherein the trapway assembly is configured to be coupled to the drain separate from the bowl assembly; and
wherein the bowl assembly is configured to be coupled to a wall separate from the trapway assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,111,662

FLUSH TOILET

LIXIL Corporation, Tokyo...


1. A flush toilet comprising;a toilet main body comprising a longitudinal axis extending down a center of the toilet main body from a rear of the toilet main body to a front of the toilet main body;
a rim which is provided on an upper portion of a toilet bowl of the toilet main body and along which a flush water flows into the toilet bowl; and
a detection part of a water level detection sensor, wherein the water level detection sensor is suspended within a cavity formed in the rim, wherein the cavity and the detection part are offset from the longitudinal axis, and the detection part is configured such that a lowermost position of the detection part is spaced apart from a lower wall of the cavity, at a position lower than an upper surface of a front and a side surrounding the toilet bowl, wherein the water level detection sensor is provided with a float which is attached to a lower portion of a supporting shaft extending vertically and is configured to move vertically, and the water level detection sensor is provided with a stopper fixed to the lower portion of the supporting shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,111,661

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING WATER SPOUTING OF TOILET

BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOF...


19. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored thereon at least one instruction, the instruction being loaded and executed by a processor to implement a method for controlling water spouting of a toilet, applied to the toilet comprising a plurality of water spouts, wherein the plurality of water spouts are uniformly distributed in an inner region of a toilet base, and the method comprises:determining a target region, among a plurality of predetermined regions, where a foreign object exists in the toilet;
determining a target water spout corresponding to the target region according to pre-stored correspondences between the plurality of regions in the toilet and the plurality of water spouts for flushing the plurality of regions; and
controlling the target water spout to spout water.

US Pat. No. 11,111,660

SMART CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD IMPLEMENTED IN BATHROOM

Chiun Mai Communication S...


1. A smart control system for monitoring a bathroom, the smart control system comprising:a server;
a smart toilet mounted in the bathroom;
a smart door handle mounted on a door of the bathroom; and
a roller mounted in the bathroom and configured to hold toilet paper; wherein:
the smart toilet comprises a first sensor configured to detect whether the smart toilet is clean and send a first detection result to the server;
the smart door handle comprises a second sensor configured to detect whether the door of the bathroom is in an open state or a closed state and send a second detection result to the server;
the roller comprises a third sensor configured to detect a usage of the toilet paper on the roller and send a third detection result to the server;
the server analyzes the first detection result, the second detection result, and the third detection result to obtain an analysis result; and
the server performs corresponding operations according to the analysis result.

US Pat. No. 11,111,659

DELAY TIMER FOR THE DELAYED FLUSHING OF A TOILET


17. A delay timer for delayed flushing of a toilet comprising:a control unit including a timer mechanism and a retracting device, the control unit is configured to be positioned inside a tank of the toilet, the control unit is configured to be hung on a back inner wall of the tank of the toilet via at least one bracket, each of the at least one bracket includes a hook portion that connects to the control unit and extends from an inside of the tank on the back inner wall of the tank, over a top of the tank beneath a lid of the tank, and down an outside of the tank on a back outer wall of the tank, the control unit including batteries configured for powering the timer mechanism and the retracting device; the control unit includes a plastic housing configured to seal the timer mechanism, the retracting device, and the batteries inside the control unit;
an external switch in communication with the timer mechanism in the control unit, the external switch communicates with the timer mechanism in the control unit via a wire;
the retracting device is in communication with the timer mechanism, the retracting device including a retractable line, the retractable line including a clip at a distal end configured to connect to a link of a chain, the retracting device including a reel with an electric motor configured for powering the reel to retract the retractable line to flush the toilet, the electric motor is also configured to allow the retractable line to extend out from the reel of the retracting device after the toilet has been flushed;
wherein, when the external switch is activated, the timer mechanism is configured to delay a set period of time and then communicate with the retracting device to retract the retractable line to flush the toilet after the set period of time from when the external switch was activated;
the external switch includes a lighted push button configured to light up when pushed to verify the external switch has been pressed and the timer mechanism has begun delaying the set period of time to automatically flush the toilet;
the external switch is incorporated into a handle configured for flushing the toilet, wherein the handle including a conduit for connecting the wire from the external switch on a front of the handle through a pivot connection of the handle to a hole in the tank for connecting the handle, where the wire extends from the external switch on the front of the handle, through the conduit in the handle and out of the pivot connection of the handle through the hole in the tank, to the inside of the tank and to the timer mechanism;
wherein, the timer mechanism is also configured to automatically communicate to the retracting device to retract the line after a set frequency of flush, wherein the delay timer is configured for automatically flushing the toilet the set frequency of flush; and
a wireless communication device, where the wireless communication device is adapted to establish a wireless connection between the timer mechanism and a remote device for wirelessly communicating with the remote device, whereby, the wireless communication device allows a user to remotely flush the toilet, to program the delay timer for the desired set period of time or the desired frequency of flush, and the wireless communication device is configured to allow a user to monitor the delay timer and the flushing of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 11,111,658

FLUSH TOILET

TOTO LTD., Fukuoka (JP)


1. A flush toilet flushed with pressurized flush water, comprising:a flush water storage tank configured to store flush water;
a toilet main body including a bowl, a rim spout port and jet spout port configured to spout the flush water, and a discharge trap part;
a water supply channel configured to allow flush water to be supplied from the flush water storage tank to each of the rim spout port and the jet spout port;
a switching device provided on the water supply channel and configured to switch a water supply path for supplying flush water to each of the rim spout port and the jet spout port, the switching device switching the water supply path so as to first execute a first flushing process for spouting the flush water in the water supply channel from the rim spout port and then, execute a second flushing process for spouting the flush water in the water supply channel from at least the jet spout port; and
a pressure pump configured to pressurize the flush water to be supplied from the flush water storage tank to the water supply channel, thereby allowing a flow rate of the flush water in the water supply channel to be adjusted, the pressure pump allowing such an adjustment that a second flow rate of the flush water to be pressure-fed in the second flushing process becomes higher than a first flow rate of the flush water to be pressure-fed in the first flushing process; wherein
the switching device includes a switching valve body mechanically operating by receiving a water pressure of the flush water pressurized by the pressure pump, the switching valve body being configured to perform switching to a water supply path allowing the first flushing process or the second flushing process to be executed according to a different water pressure generated by the pressure pump,
wherein the switching device switches the water supply path so that the first flushing process is first executed so as to spout the flush water in the water supply channel from the rim spout port and after that, the second flushing process is executed so as to spout the flush water also from the jet spout port while continuing spouting the flush water from the rim spout port.

US Pat. No. 11,111,657

DISINFECTING DRAIN TRAPS SYSTEM

THE GOLD KIDS TRUST, Dor...


1. A disinfecting drain trap system for reducing the growth of microorganisms in drain traps, the disinfecting drain trap system comprising:a drain filling tube;
and angled tube comprising a first collection portion;
an off-centered drain trap comprising a second collection portion, wherein the off-centered drain trap is off-centered with respect to the filing tube by the angled tube connected therebetween;
at least two heating modules; and
at least two mechanical vibration modules;
wherein the first collection portion is in operational alignment with at least one of the at least two heating modules and is in operational alignment with at least one of the at least two mechanical vibration modules; and
wherein the second collection portion is in operational alignment with at least one of the at least two heating modules and is in operational alignment with at least one of the at least two mechanical vibration modules.

US Pat. No. 11,111,656

TEMPERATURE-REGULATING DOUBLE-CONTROL AUTOMATIC FAUCET

HARDA INTELLIGENT TECHNOL...


1. A temperature-regulating double-control automatic faucet, comprising a faucet body, a single-handle double-control mixed water valve core having a lever, a solenoid valve, a water pipe assembly, a controller, a magnetic induction device, and a proximity sensor;the faucet body being provided with a spout and a mounting cylinder, the mounting cylinder having an inner end opening and an outer end opening;
the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core being installed in the mounting cylinder, the lever of the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core being movable between an open position and a closed position for opening and closing the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core, the lever of the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core being rotatable between a cold water position and a hot water position for controlling the proportion of cold water and hot water flowing into the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core;
the water pipe assembly including a cold water inlet pipe, a hot water inlet pipe, a primary mixed water outlet pipe and a secondary mixed water outlet pipe, one end of the hot water inlet pipe being in communication with a hot water inlet of the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core, one end of the cold water inlet pipe being in communication with a cold water inlet of the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core, one end of the primary mixed water outlet pipe being in communication with a mixed water outlet of the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core, another end of the primary mixed water outlet pipe being in communication with an inlet of the solenoid valve, one end of the secondary mixed water outlet pipe being in communication with an outlet of the solenoid valve, another end of the secondary mixed water outlet pipe being in communication with the spout of the faucet body;
the magnetic induction device being configured to detect a position change of the lever between the open position and the closed position, the magnetic induction device including a magnetic assembly and a magnetic sensor for sensing a position change of the magnetic assembly, one of the magnetic assembly and the magnetic sensor being fitted on the lever of the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core, the other of the magnetic assembly and the magnetic sensor being fitted between the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core and the mounting cylinder, the magnetic sensor being electrically connected to the controller;
the proximity sensor being configured to sense a human body, the proximity sensor being fixed on the faucet body and electrically connected to the controller;
wherein when the controller detects that the lever is pulled to the open position through the magnetic induction device, the single-handle double-control mixed water valve core is opened, and the controller first controls the solenoid valve to be opened in response to the lever being pulled to the open position, and then the controller senses the human body through the proximity sensor to control the solenoid valve to be selectively opened and closed; and
wherein a handle adapted to be operated by a user is detachably connected to the lever and the one of the magnetic assembly and the magnetic sensor that is fitted on the lever is separate from the handle.

US Pat. No. 11,111,655

BUCKET, BLADE, LINER, OR CHUTE WITH VISUAL WEAR INDICATOR LINER

ROCKLAND MANUFACTURING CO...


1. A wear indicator liner for a bucket, blade, chute, or truck bed, the liner comprising:a removable wear plate configured to fit into a load bearing cavity of the bucket, blade, chute, or truck bed, the wear plate having a wear layer with a wear surface, the wear plate having one or more openings or holes partially extending through a thickness of the wear plate and ending below the wear surface; and
one or more visual wear indicators installed or affixed within the one or more openings or holes in the wear plate,
wherein an inner end of the one or more visual wear indicators becomes exposed when the wear layer having the wear surface on the wear plate wears down to the inner end of the one or more visual wear indicators to indicate that the wear plate needs repair or replacement.

US Pat. No. 11,111,654

INTERFERENCE PREVENTION DEVICE FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY

KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEI...


1. An interference prevention device for a construction machine that includes a work device, the work device including a boom raisably connected to a main body of the construction machine adjacently to a cab of the construction machine, an arm pivotably attached to a tip portion of the boom, and an attachment pivotably attached to a tip portion of the arm, the interference prevention device comprising:an acquisition unit comprising acquisition circuitry configured to acquire posture information indicating a posture of the work device of the construction machine;
a distance sensor comprising distance sensor circuitry configured to acquire distance image data indicating distance distribution in a surrounding environment of a cab in the construction machine; and
a controller comprising control circuitry configured todetermine pixel data corresponding to the boom in the distance image data by using the posture information acquired by the acquisition unit,
remove the pixel data from the distance image data,
detect the work device or a grasped object of the work device from the distance image data without the pixel data corresponding to the boom,
determine that danger of interference exists when the work device or the grasped object enters a region set for a predetermined distance away from the cab, and
perform at least one of a warning to an occupant in the cab and operation restriction of the construction machine when the danger of interference is determined to exist.


US Pat. No. 11,111,653

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WORK VEHICLE, METHOD FOR SETTING TRAJECTORY OF WORK IMPLEMENT, AND WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...


1. A control system for a work vehicle including a blade, the control system comprising:a controller programmed toset a target orientation for the work vehicle,
acquire the target orientation as a travel direction of the work vehicle,
acquire current terrain data indicating a current terrain existing in the travel direction of the work vehicle,
calculate a height of the current terrain at a plurality of reference points located in the travel direction of the work vehicle,
acquire the height of the current terrain at the plurality of reference points as the current terrain data,
decide on a target surface profile of a work site based on the current terrain data,
generate a command signal to operate the blade according to the target surface profile,
update the travel direction of the work vehicle, and
update the target surface profile based on the updated travel direction.


US Pat. No. 11,111,652

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE EQUIPPED WITH BATTERY

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...


1. A construction machine comprising:a battery;
a controller that is operated by supply of power from the battery;
a key switch that is connected to the controller and switched between a key-off state of providing the controller with an instruction to halt an engine and a key-on state of providing the controller with no instruction to halt the engine;
an interruption switch that is switched between a supply allowing state of allowing supply of power from the battery to the controller and a supply interruption state of interrupt supply of power from the battery to the controller, the interruption switch being disposed outside a cab of the construction machine and allowing an operator to manually shut off supply of power;
a sensor that detects presence/absence of interruption necessary motion which is a motion necessary for manipulating the interruption switch;
an alarm device capable of issuing an alarm; and
an alarm control device that causes the alarm device to issue the alarm only when a condition that the key switch is in the key-off state, a condition that the interruption switch is in the supply allowing state, a condition that the controller is being operated, and a condition that the sensor has detected presence of the interruption necessary motion are all satisfied,
wherein the state of the key switch and the state of the interruption switch are independently changeable.

US Pat. No. 11,111,651

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...


1. A construction machine comprising:a first engine;
a second engine;
a plurality of bidirectionally variable displacement first hydraulic pumps driven by the first engine;
a plurality of bidirectionally variable displacement second hydraulic pumps driven by the second engine;
a plurality of hydraulic actuators;
an operation device for instructing operation amounts of the plurality of hydraulic actuators;
a plurality of selector valves selectively connecting the plurality of first hydraulic pumps and the plurality of second hydraulic pumps to any one of the plurality of hydraulic actuators; and
a controller controlling the plurality of first hydraulic pumps, the plurality of second hydraulic pumps, and the plurality of selector valves according to an input from the operation device, wherein
the controller includesan engine load computing section that computes a total of estimated maximum demanded power of first hydraulic pumps connected to the plurality of hydraulic actuators among the plurality of first hydraulic pumps as an estimated maximum load on the first engine, and that computes a total of estimated maximum demanded power of second hydraulic pumps connected to any of the plurality of hydraulic actuators among the plurality of second hydraulic pumps as an estimated maximum load on the second engine,
an actuator/engine allocation computing section that, at a time of connecting first or second hydraulic pumps that are not connected to any of the plurality of hydraulic actuators among the plurality of first hydraulic pumps and the plurality of second hydraulic pumps to any one of the plurality of hydraulic actuators, allocates second hydraulic pumps that are not connected to any of the plurality of hydraulic actuators among the plurality of second hydraulic pumps to the one hydraulic actuator in a case in which the estimated maximum load on the first engine is heavier than the estimated maximum load on the second engine, and allocates first hydraulic pumps that are not connected to any of the plurality of hydraulic actuators among the plurality of first hydraulic pumps to the one hydraulic actuator in a case in which the estimated maximum load on the second engine is heavier than the estimated maximum load on the first engine, and
a command generation section that generates command signals to the plurality of first hydraulic pumps, the plurality of second hydraulic pumps, and the plurality of selector valves according to a computing result of the actuator/engine allocation computing section.


US Pat. No. 11,111,650

HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...


1. A hydraulic drive system for a construction machine, the hydraulic drive system comprising:a plurality of hydraulic pumps including variable-displacement first and second hydraulic pumps driven by a prime mover;
a plurality of actuators driven by hydraulic fluids delivered from the plurality of hydraulic pumps;
a first regulator to which a delivery pressure of the first hydraulic pump is introduced and that controls a displacement volume of the first hydraulic pump such that a torque consumed by the first hydraulic pump does not exceed a first allowable torque;
a second regulator to which a delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump is introduced and that controls a displacement volume of the second hydraulic pump such that a torque consumed by the second hydraulic pump does not exceed a second allowable torque; and
a first valve device that generates a first output pressure to feed back the torque consumed by the second hydraulic pump to the first regulator based on the delivery pressure of the second hydraulic pump,
wherein the first regulator includes a first operation drive section to which the first output pressure is introduced and with the first operation drive section, the first regulator corrects a horsepower control starting pressure for securing the first allowable torque so as to be smaller by the first output pressure thereby to control the displacement volume of the first hydraulic pump such that a sum of the torques consumed by the first and second hydraulic pumps does not exceed a predetermined value, and
the plurality of actuators include a boom cylinder for driving a boom of a front work implement and a swing motor for driving an upper swing structure, the boom cylinder being driven by a hydraulic fluid delivered by the first hydraulic pump, and the swing motor being driven by a hydraulic fluid delivered by the second hydraulic pump, and
wherein the hydraulic drive system further comprises:
a controller that, when the swing motor and the boom cylinder are driven simultaneously, calculates a correction value for the horsepower control starting pressure for reducing the second allowable torque of the second hydraulic pump so as to be smaller than a maximum allowable torque at a time when the swing motor is driven independently;
a second valve device for generating a second output pressure corresponding to the correction value calculated by the controller;
a second operation drive section included in the second regulator and to which the second output pressure is introduced for correcting the horsepower control starting pressure for securing the second allowable torque so as to be smaller by the second output pressure; and
an output pressure corrector for limiting the first output pressure of the first valve device such that the first output pressure of the first valve device does not exceed the horsepower control starting pressure for securing the second allowable torque corrected by the second operation drive section.

US Pat. No. 11,111,649

WORKING MACHINE

J. C. Bamford Excavators ...


1. A working machine comprising:a base assembly including a ground engaging structure;
an undercarriage connected to the ground engaging structure;
a superstructure connected to the undercarriage;
a working arm mounted to the superstructure;
a counterweight mounted to the superstructure;
a connector connecting the undercarriage to the superstructure; and
a drive arrangement located in the base assembly for moving the ground engaging structure to propel, in use, the working machine;
wherein the superstructure comprises a bodywork portion having a first angled perimeter surface, an angle of the first angled perimeter surface being greater than 0° below a horizontal and less than 90° below the horizontal;
wherein the first angled perimeter surface extends over at least a part of the bodywork portion of the superstructure and at least a part of the counterweight;
the working machine further comprising an operator's cab mounted on the superstructure, wherein the counterweight comprises a surface abutting against the operator's cab, and wherein said counterweight surface comprises a recess for abutting against the operator's cab;
wherein the superstructure comprises a second angled perimeter surface positioned on an opposing side of the superstructure to the first angled perimeter surface, an angle of the second angled perimeter surface being greater than 0° below the horizontal and less than 90° below the horizontal;
wherein the angles of the first and second angled perimeter surfaces differ; and
wherein the angle of the first angled perimeter surface below the horizontal is less than the angle of the second angled perimeter surface below the horizontal.

US Pat. No. 11,111,648

BOOM SYSTEM FOR BREAKING AND MANOUEVRING OVERSIZE MATERIAL

McQuaid Engineering Ltd, ...


1. A rock breaker boom system for breaking oversize material and clearing or preventing blockages in a crusher, the rock breaker boom system being adapted to be mounted on or attached to a crusher, the rock breaker boom system comprising:a base;
an upright column protruding upwardly from the base;
a boom arm moveably connected to the upright column;
a dipper arm connectable to the boom arm;
a tool head connectable to the dipper arm, the tool head being adaptable for breaking oversized material;
an arrangement for rotating the upright column, the arrangement for rotating the upright column being operably coupled between the base and the upright column; and
means for moving all or part of the upright column towards and away from the base so that a connection between the boom arm and the upright column is moveable towards and away from the base.

US Pat. No. 11,111,647

EXCAVATING EARTH FROM A DIG SITE USING AN EXCAVATION VEHICLE

Built Robotics Inc., San...


1. A method for preparing a representation of a site in which material is to be moved by an excavation vehicle (EV), the method comprising:receiving a digital file of the site including material to be moved and an area surrounding the material to be moved, the site represented within the digital file in a coordinate space with respect to a geographic map;
navigating, by the EV, the site and concurrently recording contextual information about the site with a sensor physically mounted on the EV, the contextual information recorded as representations of a current physical state of the site taken from different positions and orientations;
generating a digital terrain model of the site from the received digital file and the recorded contextual information, the digital terrain model including a volume of material to be moved and a location for dumped material, the location for dumped material selected based on at least one of: a distance from a location from which the material is to be moved, the volume of material to be moved, an estimated compaction factor of material moved by the EV, and an estimated swell factor of material moved by the EV; and
generating a plurality of target tool paths to be carried out by a tool mounted to the EV to move the volume of material, the target tool paths generated based on the digital terrain model.

US Pat. No. 11,111,646

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ARM OF A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...


1. An arm control system for a work vehicle, comprising:a controller comprising a memory and a processor, wherein the controller is configured to:receive a signal indicative of a type of implement coupled to an arm of the work vehicle;
enable movement of the arm between a lowered position and a raised position while the type of implement is an unrestricted-height implement; and
enable movement of the arm between the lowered position and an intermediate position and block upward movement of the arm beyond the intermediate position while the type of implement is a restricted-height implement;
wherein the arm is configured to position the unrestricted-height implement at a first height while the arm is in the raised position, the arm is configured to position the restricted-height implement at a second height while the arm is in the intermediate position, and the second height is below the first height.


US Pat. No. 11,111,645

UTILITY LOADER WITH HIGH LIFT LOADER ARMS AND UNIFYING HAND GRIP FOR DUAL TRACTION CONTROL LEVERS

The Toro Company, Bloomi...


1. A compact utility loader, which comprises:a) a frame;
(b) a traction drive system operatively carried on the frame for self-propelling the frame and for providing differential steering of the frame;
(c) a loader assembly operatively carried on the frame, wherein the loader assembly comprises:(i) a pair of laterally spaced loader arms which are capable of carrying an outdoor work operation tool or implement;
(ii) first and second pairs of laterally spaced connecting arms for carrying the pair of loader arms, the first and second pairs of connecting arms being pivotal relative to the loader arms and relative to the frame such that the loader arms are capable of moving longitudinally relative to the frame as the loader arms are lifted and lowered from a lowermost position to an uppermost position and vice versa;
(iii) at least one actuator for lifting and lowering the loader arms; and
(iv) a cross member extending laterally between and fixed to the laterally spaced connecting arms of one pair of the first and second pairs of connecting arms such that the cross member moves with the one pair of connecting arms as the one pair of connecting arms pivot relative to the frame; wherein the cross member is located at front ends of the one pair of connecting arms; and

(d) operational controls at a rear end of the frame capable of being manipulated by a standing operator to operate the traction drive system and to operate the loader assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,111,644

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING OPERATIONS ON A WORKSITE SURFACE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...


1. A method, comprising:receiving, with one or more processors, first information indicative of a perimeter of a worksite surface, the worksite surface being disposed at a worksite;
receiving, with the one or more processors, second information indicative of requirements specific to the worksite surface;
generating, with the one or more processors, a plan based at least partly on the first information and the second information, the plan indicating:a travel path of a machine at the worksite, wherein the travel path is substantially within the perimeter of the worksite surface, and
one or more operations to be performed by the machine at the worksite as the machine traverses the travel path; and

causing, with the one or more processors, the machine to perform the one or more operations on the worksite surface, in accordance with the plan, and along the travel path.

US Pat. No. 11,111,643

BI-DIRECTIONAL SNOW REMOVAL MACHINE


1. A bi-directional snow blower coupled to a motorized vehicle, the bi-directional snow blower comprising:a frame coupled to a suspension mechanism of the vehicle;
a scraper blade for removing particulate from a floor surface on which the scraper blade is engaged therewith,
the scraper blade being rigidly and non-pivotally coupled to the frame, the rigid and non-pivotal coupling between the scraper blade and the frame facilitating movement of the scraper blade together with the frame when the frame is moved non-rotationally and/or rotationally by the suspension mechanism of the vehicle,
the rotational and/or non-rotational movement of the scraper blade facilitating removal of particulate from the floor surface when the vehicle is traveling in a forward direction and in a reverse direction opposite to the forward direction,
the forward direction and the reverse direction corresponding to directions of travel relative to a transverse center plane of the vehicle,
the scraper blade is movable between a first lowered position, a second lowered position and a raised position, wherein the first lowered position corresponds to removal of particulate when the motorized vehicle is traveling in the forward direction, and the second lowered position corresponds to removal of particulate when the motorized vehicle is traveling in the reverse direction;
a blower assembly housed within the scraper blade for directing particulate removed by the scraper blade; and
a chute to direct particulate toward an exterior.

US Pat. No. 11,111,642

VEHICLE STOPPING DEVICE


1. A vehicle stopping device comprising:a casing configured as an open enclosure having an open side, vertical side walls, a horizontal top wall and a horizontal bottom wall forming an interior space of the open enclosure;
a pair of caltrop bars configured to be securely stored within the interior space of the casing in a stored position, and configured to be activated from the stored position to a deployed position in which the first and second caltrop bars extend out of the interior space of the casing through the open side thereof for positioning on opposite sides of a vehicle tire, each of the caltrop bars being formed of a bar and one or more caltrops arranged along the bar for puncturing and deflating the vehicle tire when the vehicle tire is driven over the caltrop bars;
a pair of hinge mechanisms configured to permit the respective caltrop bars to be displaced from the stored position to the deployed position, the pair of hinge mechanisms being securely positioned within the interior space of the casing and connected to the respective pair of caltrop bars for activating the caltrop bars from the stored position to the deployed position, the caltrop bars having a first end connected to the respective hinge mechanisms and a second free end; and
a lock and release mechanism for releasing the caltrop bars from the stored position to the deployed position under a bias action of the hinge mechanisms;
wherein for each of the caltrop bars, the lock and release mechanism comprises a cam lock configured to be placed in a locked position in which the cam lock hooks over a portion of the caltrop bar at the free end thereof so that the caltrop bar is maintained in the stored position, and configured to be placed in an unlocked position in which the cam lock does not hook over the portion of the caltrop bar so as to automatically release the caltrop bar to the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 11,111,641

INTELLIGENT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH ALL-WEATHER, ILLUMINATED LANE MARKINGS

VIVCOR SYSTEMS INC, Lehi...


1. A road marker housing, comprising:a. a road insert having an exterior texture that includes upwardly facing ridges and an internal cavity including interior surface textures and a tapered front cavity;
b. a boot of incompressible material disposed within the internal cavity of the road insert and form-fit thereto, the boot having a boot cavity; and
c. a housing body removably disposed within the boot cavity and form-fit thereto, the housing body including:i. a tapered from shaped to mate with the tapered front cavity of the road insert and thereby be trapped therein;
ii. an array of exterior surface textures that operate together with the interior surface textures of the road insert through the boot to operate as a forward operating taper lock between the housing body and the road insert that restricts forward movement and rotation of the housing body with respect to the road insert; and
iii. a housing cavity within which one or more physical modules may be disposed;

d. a rear lock removably disposed inside the road insert behind the housing body that prevents rearward displacement of the housing body with respect to the road insert; and
e. a lighting system to provide illumination through a top surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,111,640

SELF-PROPELLED CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Wirtgen GmbH


1. A self-propelled construction machine, comprising:a machine frame;
a milling drum arranged on the machine frame;
a left-hand side-plate arranged on a left-side of the milling drum in a working direction;
a right-hand side-plate arranged on a right-side of the milling drum in the working direction;
a first double-acting hydraulic cylinder connected to the left-hand side-plate and configured to raise and lower the left-hand side-plate, the first double-acting hydraulic cylinder including two cylinder chambers;
a second double-acting hydraulic cylinder connected to the right-hand side-plate and configured to raise and lower the right-hand side-plate, the second double-acting hydraulic cylinder including two cylinder chambers;
a hydraulic system configured to raise and lower the left-hand and right-hand side-plates, the hydraulic system including:a hydraulic source for providing hydraulic fluid;
a first auxiliary directional control valve operably associated with the first double-acting hydraulic cylinder and having two switch positions;
a second auxiliary directional control valve operably associated with the second double-acting hydraulic cylinder and having two switch positions;
one and only one main directional control valve operably associated with the first and second double-acting hydraulic cylinders and having three switch positions;
wherein in a first switch position of the main directional control valve and in one of the two switch positions of the first and second auxiliary directional control valves, the hydraulic system is configured to provide hydraulic fluid to one of the two cylinder chambers of either or both of the first and second double-acting hydraulic cylinders such that either or both of the left-hand and right-hand side-plates can be raised;
wherein in a second switch position of the main directional control valve and in one of the two switch positions of the first and second auxiliary directional control valves, the hydraulic system is configured to provide hydraulic fluid to the other of the two cylinder chambers of either or both of the first and second double-acting hydraulic cylinders such that either or both of the left-hand and right-hand side-plates can be lowered;
wherein in a third switch position of the main directional control valve and in one of the two switch positions of the first and second auxiliary directional control valves, the hydraulic system is configured to provide a fluid connection between the two cylinder chambers of the first double-acting hydraulic cylinder and a fluid connection between the two cylinder chambers of the second double-acting hydraulic cylinder such that the left-hand and right-hand side-plates are floatingly mounted.


US Pat. No. 11,111,639

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE WITH ROTOR LOAD MONITORING

Caterpillar Paving Produc...


8. A method of monitoring a rotor of a milling machine, the method comprising:providing a drive member coupling the rotor to be driven by a drive system of the milling machine;
electronically sensing a pressure of a hydraulic cylinder indicative of a tension of the drive member;
transmitting an electronic signal indicative of the pressure to an electronic control module; and
determining, via analysis on the electronic signal by the electronic control module, if the rotor has encountered an object capable of damaging the rotor.

US Pat. No. 11,111,638

COMPACTION DRUM AND METHOD OF COMPACTION

Caterpillar Paving Produc...


1. A compaction drum comprising:an outer surface defining a width;
a plurality of rows of a plurality of pads, the plurality of pads for each of the rows disposed on the outer surface of the compaction drum, the plurality of pads for each of the rows being disposed circumferentially spaced apart relative to one another on the outer surface, and each of the plurality of pads defining a first height; and
a plurality of ribs disposed on the outer surface fir each of the rows of pads, each of the plurality of ribs connected between adjacent pads of the plurality of pads, and each of the plurality of ribs defining a second height,
wherein the second height of each of the plurality of ribs is equal to the first height of each of the plurality of pads.

US Pat. No. 11,111,637

CURB FORMER

LURA ENTERPRISES, INC., ...


1. A curb former, comprising:a drive shaft;
a drum mounted on said drive shaft;
a first curb profiling drum detachably mounted relative to each of said drive shaft and said drum, wherein adjacent end portions of said drum and said first curb profiling drum are disposed in at least one of closely spaced or abutting relation; and
a guide positioned on and detachably mounted to said drive shaft separately from said first curb profiling drum, wherein said first curb profiling drum is located between said drum and said guide along said drive shaft, and wherein said guide rotates with said drive shaft;
wherein said guide is disposable at each of a plurality of different positions along said drive shaft to accommodate different spacings between said first curb profiling drum and said guide along said drive shaft and that produces a different width of an upper wall of a curb when formed by said first curb profiling drum, wherein said guide is detachably mountable to said drive shaft at each of said plurality of different positions.

US Pat. No. 11,111,636

BASE FOR TURF SYSTEM WITH VERTICAL SUPPORT EXTENSIONS AT PANEL EDGES

Brock USA, LLC, Boulder,...


15. A turf underlayment layer for supporting an artificial turf assembly, the turf underlayment layer comprising a plurality of panels assembled together, each panel including a top side configured to support the artificial turf assembly overlying the turf underlayment layer, a bottom side, and edges defining a seam with abutting panel edges, at least one of the panel edges including at least one vertical support extension having an upper surface that is coplanar with the top side of the panel and defining a non-linear segment of the seam between adjacent panels, and the abutting panel including at least one complementary indentation corresponding to and receiving the at least one vertical support extension, the edges of panels forming the seam are spaced apart from each other to permit relative panel movement parallel to and perpendicular to the top side, and the seam is a spaced apart drainage path to permit water to flow from the top side of the panels to the bottom side of the panels, and the at least one of the panel edges includes dovetail shapes to form an interlocking structure that restricts movement of the panels during an initial assembly stage in the parallel direction to the top side and permits movement of the panels caused by a thermal input, the panels being made from a plurality of polyolefin beads bonded together by at least one of pressure and heat to produce a substantially water-impervious surface.

US Pat. No. 11,111,634

EXPANSION JOINT CONSTRUCTION AND RAIL SYSTEM HAVING AN EXPANSION JOINT CONSTRUCTION


1. An expansion joint construction comprising at least one adjustment element movable in a longitudinal direction of the expansion joint construction, wherein the at least one adjustment element comprises at least one element for taking up a force applied in the longitudinal direction, and wherein the at least one element adapted for taking up a force in the longitudinal direction comprises at least one engagement element adapted for mutual engagement with a gear of a gear drive.

US Pat. No. 11,111,632

ARAMID PAPER SUITABLE FOR USE IN ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS

TEIJIN ARAMID B.V., Arnh...


1. Aramid paperwherein the aramid paper is suitable for use as substrate in electronic applications,
wherein the aramid paper has a density in the range of 0.20-0.65 g/cm3 and a grammage in the range of 30-280 g/m2,
wherein the aramid paper comprises10-40 wt. % of aramid shortcut with a linear density of 2.6 dtex or lower and a length of 0.5-25 mm, wherein the aramid shortcut comprises at least 70 wt. % para-aramid shortcut,
10-80 wt. % of aramid fibrid, wherein the aramid fibrid comprises at least 70 wt. % para-aramid fibrid, and
10-80 wt. % of aramid pulp, and

wherein the aramid paper has a surface resistivity of at least 1×106 Ohms/square.

US Pat. No. 11,111,630

RECOVER OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS OF THE PULP AND PAPER MAKING PROCESSES USING MICROWAVES AND RELATED TECHNIQUES

GREENOVEL INC., Saint-Co...


1. A process for the recovering of inorganic chemicals of pulp and paper making processes (IC) and the production of biochemicals from black liquor (BL) using microwaves (MW) comprising:(a) filtration of BL to produce filtered BL, in a media,
(b) drying of said filtered BL with MW in said media to produce dried BL,
(c) pyrolysis of said dried BL with MW in said media to produce bio-oil, biogas, and solid residue,
(d) recovering of said bio-oil, in a condensation system operating at a temperature about dew point of compounds to be recovered, and
(e) recovering of IC and biocarbon from said solid residue.

US Pat. No. 11,111,629

METHODS OF PULP FIBER TREATMENT

Clean Chemistry, Inc., B...


13. A method of treating pulp, the method comprising:delignifying the pulp in a delignification stage;
after the delignification stage, contacting the pulp with a parent oxidant solution, the contacting comprising adding the parent oxidant solution to the pulp; and after the adding, mixing a mixture with the pulp with the added parent oxidant solution; and
the parent oxidant solution being a peracetate oxidant solution to generate a reactive oxygen species in the mixture, wherein the peracetate oxidant solution as added to the pulp comprises:a pH in a range of from about 10 to about 12;
peracetate anions and a peracid with a molar ratio of peracetate anions to peracid of from 60:1 to 6000:1; and
a peracetate anion to hydrogen peroxide molar ratio greater than about 16:1; and

wherein the contacting the pulp comprises contacting the pulp during a washing stage.

US Pat. No. 11,111,628

MODIFIED CELLULOSE FROM CHEMICAL KRAFT FIBER AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

GP Cellulose GmbH, Zug (...


1. A fluff pulp comprising a kraft fiber bleached according to a multi-stage bleaching process, wherein at least one stage of the bleaching process comprises oxidizing the kraft fiber with at least one peroxide and at least one catalyst under acidic conditions, wherein the at least one catalyst comprises copper or a combination of copper and iron, and wherein the kraft fiber has an aldehyde content ranging from about 1 meq/100 g to about 9 meq/100 g, a carboxyl content of at least about 3 meq/100 g, a 0.5% capillary CED viscosity of less than about 10 mPa·s, an ISO brightness of at least about 88, a length-weighted average fiber length of at least about 2 mm, and wherein the fluff pulp fiber does not comprise an optical brightening agent.

US Pat. No. 11,111,627

HIGH STRENGTH SINGLE SCREW ROPE TERMINATOR CONNECTOR

The National Telephone Su...


1. A cable terminator connector comprising:a screw comprising a threaded portion and an unthreaded portion, wherein said threaded portion diameter is greater than a diameter of said unthreaded portion;
a base comprising a housing having a first opening and a second opening;
wherein said first and second openings are configured to receive first and second cable portions;
wherein when said screw is threaded into said housing said first and second cable portions are pushed into pockets formed on sidewalls of said housing by said unthreaded portion of said screw thereby clamping said first and second cables portions into said housing;
wherein said screw comprises a head and said unthreaded portion comprises a tapered portion, and wherein said threaded portion extends between said head and said tapered portion;
wherein said base comprises a threaded portion positioned adjacent said first and second openings; and
wherein said base first and second openings each comprise a pair of openings formed on opposite side walls of said base.

US Pat. No. 11,111,626

INTERLACED THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTED COMPOSITES AND MACHINES FOR FABRICATING SAME

Georgia Tech Research Cor...


1. A three-dimensional interlaced composite fabricated by a machine comprising a frame, a deposition surface, a first set of two or more warp heads adapted to deposit a first set of warp filaments on the deposition surface in a first warp direction, and move parallel to one another within a first plane, a second set of two or more of warp heads adapted to deposit a second set of warp filaments on the deposition surface in a second warp direction, and move parallel to one another within the first plane, wherein the second set of warp heads do not move collinearly with the first set of warp heads, and a weft inserter adapted to deposit a first and second set of weft filaments on the deposition surface in a weft direction, and traverse a length of the deposition surface in the warp direction, wherein the weft direction is different than at least one of the first and second warp directions;wherein the three-dimensional interlaced composite is fabricated by the machine by:depositing onto the deposition surface the first set warp filaments;
inserting, on top of the first set of warp filaments, the first set of weft filaments being parallel to one another and substantially coplanar;
depositing, on top of the first set of weft filaments, the second set of warp filaments; and
inserting, on top of the second set of warp filaments, the second set of weft filaments being parallel to one another and substantially coplanar;

wherein the three-dimensional interlaced composite is formed when at least one of the warp filaments passes over at least one of the weft filaments and passes under at least another of the weft filaments; and
wherein the three-dimensional interlaced composite comprises:the first and second set of warp filaments; and
the first and second set of weft filaments;
wherein one or more of the warp filaments of the first and second set of warp filaments comprise reinforcing fibers that are pre-impregnated and therefore saturated with resin.


US Pat. No. 11,111,625

SYSTEM IRON

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...


1. A system iron comprising:a body including therein a steam generator for generating steam;
an ironing plate, which is rotatably coupled to an upper portion of the body and which includes therein steam nozzles for spraying the steam generated by the steam generator to an outside;
a first fan for discharging air to the outside of the ironing plate or sucking air into the ironing plate; and
a second fan for cooling an iron placed on the ironing plate.

US Pat. No. 11,111,624

LAUNDRY TREATING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...


1. A laundry treating apparatus comprising:a cabinet having a receiving space in which laundry is received;
a door rotatably connected to the cabinet to open or close the receiving space, and configured to define a part of the receiving space;
a supply unit configured to supply at least one of air and water into the receiving space;
a presser fixed in one inner surface of the receiving space, and configured to press the laundry to remove wrinkles from the laundry; and
a clamp unit configured to affix the laundry before pressing the laundry using the presser,
wherein the clamp unit is located on one side of the one inner surface in a width direction of the one inner surface, extends along the width direction of the one inner surface, and is spaced apart from the other side in the width direction of the one inner surface.

US Pat. No. 11,111,623

DRYING DEVICE AND CLOTHES TREATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. A drying device comprising:a casing;
a drum rotatably installed inside the casing;
a drying chamber integrally formed within the casing and positioned above the drum;
a hinged door installed on a top surface of the casing to open or close the drying chamber
a first drying rack positioned inside the drying chamber;
a second drying rack positioned above the first drying rack; and
a pair of guide rails configured to support the second drying rack, each of the pair of guide rails being positioned along an inner wall of the drying chamber,
wherein the first drying rack comprises:a plurality of hollow members through which air flows to form a drying flow path inside the first drying rack, and
a plurality of air flow holes provided in the hollow members such that the drying flow path inside the first drying rack communicates with the drying chamber through the plurality of air flow holes, and

wherein the second drying rack comprises:a frame having a handle therein; and
a mesh body coupled to the frame.


US Pat. No. 11,111,622

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH CLOSURE MOUNTED DISPENSER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation, comprising:a cabinet defining an interior with an opening providing access to the interior;
a treating chamber located within the cabinet and accessible by the opening;
a closure movably mounted to the cabinet to selectively open/close the opening and having a rear face confronting the treating chamber when the closure closes the opening;
a dispenser provided on the rear face and having at least one reservoir, having an open top, with a siphon tube fluidly coupled to the treating chamber;
a siphon cap received in the open top of the reservoir, the siphon cap comprising:a funnel closing the open top and extending between an inlet and a bottom of the funnel,
a collar extending from the bottom of the funnel around the siphon tube, and
at least one baffle extending away from the collar into the at least one reservoir; and

a window located on the dispenser and providing a view of at least a portion of the at least one reservoir.

US Pat. No. 11,111,621

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE HAVING A PHYSICAL ALTERATION ELEMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A household appliance for treating at least one item according to at least one cycle of operation, comprising:a treating chamber for receiving the at least one item for treatment according to the at least one cycle of operation;
a treating chemistry dispenser configured to receive a unit dose container having an electrically conductive element;
a physical alteration element located proximate to the treating chemistry dispenser and operable to physically alter at least a portion of the electrically conductive element;
an electrical sensor located proximate the unit dose container when the unit dose container is received within the treating chemistry dispenser, where the electrical sensor is configured to electrically sense a characteristic of electricity flowing through the electrically conductive element at a location where the physical alteration element has physically altered the electrically conductive element and provide an output indicative of the characteristic; and
a controller configured to receive the output from the electrical sensor and configured to implement the at least one cycle of operation based on the received output or cease implementing the at least one cycle of operation based on the received output;
wherein the at least one cycle of operation is implemented when the received output indicates the unit dose container is new.

US Pat. No. 11,111,620

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE WITH DOVETAIL FOAM DAMPING ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A dampening suspension assembly for a washing machine appliance, the washing machine appliance having a cabinet and a tub mounted within the cabinet, the dampening suspension assembly comprising:a suspension rod extending along an axial direction between the tub and the cabinet, the suspension rod defining a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction and a circumferential direction extending around the axial direction; and
a foam damper assembly circumferentially surrounding a portion of the suspension rod, the foam damper assembly comprising a capsule, the capsule comprising a first capsule portion and a second capsule portion releasably interlocked with the first capsule portion by a dovetail joint, the first capsule portion comprising a male dovetail of the dovetail joint and the second capsule portion comprising a female dovetail of the dovetail joint, the foam damper assembly further comprising a first foam friction element disposed in a first trough defined in the first capsule portion of the capsule, and a second foam friction element disposed in a second trough defined in the second capsule portion of the capsule, the second foam friction element opposite the first foam friction element along the radial direction;
wherein the first foam friction element is compressed between opposing sidewalls of the first trough along the circumferential direction and is compressed against the suspension rod along the radial direction, and wherein the second foam friction element is compressed between opposing sidewalls of the second trough along the circumferential direction and is compressed against the suspension rod along the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,111,619

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR OPERATION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...


1. A washing machine appliance comprising:a cabinet;
a tub housed within the cabinet;
a basket rotatably mounted within the tub;
a measurement device attached to the tub;
a motor in mechanical communication with the basket, the motor configured to selectively rotate the basket within the tub; and
a controller in operative communication with the motor and the measurement device, the controller configured to initiate an operation cycle comprisingspinning the basket at a set dwell speed during a predetermined dwell period,
measuring movement of the tub during the predetermined dwell period,
determining an out-of-balance mass within the basket based on the measured movement, and
halting the basket in response to determining the out-of-balance mass.


US Pat. No. 11,111,618

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH REMOVABLE BASKET

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A laundry treating appliance comprising:a first wash basket;
a first clothes mover coupled to the first wash basket;
a removable basket assembly coupled to the first clothes mover and comprising a second wash basket and a second clothes mover;
a first blocker positioned between the second wash basket and the second clothes mover for stabilizing the second clothes mover relative to the second wash basket; and
a second blocker positioned between the first clothes mover and the second wash basket for stabilizing the removable basket assembly relative to the first clothes mover.

US Pat. No. 11,111,617

GATHERING SEWING MACHINE AND METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...


1. A sewing machine comprising:a thread tensioner, the thread tensioner comprising a tightening plate and a pressing part, the pressing part is adjustably positioned relative to the tightening plate to allow adjustment of a tension experienced by a thread extending between the pressing part and the tightening plate;
a gathering assembly, the gathering assembly comprised of a transfer cup and a transfer disc between which an intended article to be sewn is able to pass;
and a brake assembly, the brake assembly mechanically engaged with the transfer disc to variably adjust rotational speed of the transfer disc through frictional interaction,
wherein the transfer cup has a faster transfer speed than the transfer disc as the brake assembly applies frictional interaction to the transfer disc.

US Pat. No. 11,111,616

PATTERN PRACTICING APPARATUS FOR LONGARM QUILTING MACHINES


1. A pattern practicing apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a base, a first handle, and a second handle, wherein:the base comprises a piece of material having:a first surface extending length-wise and width-wise;
a second surface, opposite the first surface, extending length-wise and width-wise; and
an opening extending through the piece of material including through the first surface and the second surface, wherein a portion of the piece of material completely encircles the opening such that the opening does not extend to and through an outermost edge of the piece of material and the opening is configured to receive at least a portion of a writing instrument such that when the second surface of the base is moved across a surface, the writing instrument positioned in the opening can mark the surface;


the first handle comprises a first elongated piece of material that extends from the first surface of the base;
the second handle comprises a second elongated piece of material that extends from the first surface of the base; and
the opening, the first handle, and the second handle are spaced apart in a triangular pattern.

US Pat. No. 11,111,615

QUILTED PANEL


1. A quilted panel comprising:a first lofted layer having a first height;
a second lofted layer having a second height; and
spaced stitch lines extending through the first and second lofted layers, each of the stitch lines comprising multiple chain stitches, each chain stitch comprising two sides, a top and a bottom, each of said sides extending through the first and second lofted layers and comprising a section of needle thread, wherein the linear distance between the top and bottom of the chain stitch is the sum of the first and second heights, wherein none of the layers is compressed.

US Pat. No. 11,111,614

METHOD FOR TUNING CHARACTERISTICS OF A POLYAMIDE NANOFIBER NONWOVEN

Ascend Performance Materi...


1. A method for tuning characteristics of a polyamide nanofiber nonwoven comprising the steps of:targeting a specific average nanofiber diameter and/or a specific relative viscosity for the polyamide nanofiber nonwoven, wherein the specific average nanofiber diameter is within a range from 100 nm to 1000 nm and/or the specific relative viscosity is within a range from 5 to 75;
extruding a polyamide composition having a moisture content with a pressurized gas through a fiber forming channel having a channel temperature to form the polyamide nanofiber nonwoven having the target average nanofiber diameter and/or relative viscosity; and
controlling the moisture content by drying the polyamide composition to have a moisture content of less than 0.02 wt. %, and rehydrating the dried polyamide composition.

US Pat. No. 11,111,613

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, AND SHEET MANUFACTURING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...


1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus comprising:an air-laying unit that lays material containing fiber and resin;
a mesh belt on which the material is deposited by the air-laying unit;
a humidifying unit that humidifies, by droplets or humidified air, the deposited material on the mesh belt, the humidifying unit includinga humidifying housing defining a humidifying area for humidifying the deposited material,
a first air flow generator that generates air flow passing through the deposited material in a direction intersecting a support surface of the mesh belt, the supporting surface supporting the deposited material, the humidifying unit supplying the droplets or the humidified air to the deposited material by the air flow produced by the first air flow generator, and
a roller contacting the deposited material on the mesh belt and contacting an outside of the humidifying housing so as to suppress leakage of the droplets or the humidified air from a gap between the humidifying housing and the mesh belt; and

a sheet forming unit including a compression unit that is disposed downstream relative to the mesh belt in a transfer direction of the deposited material and compresses the deposited material that has been humified, to form a sheet,
the air-laying unit having a second air flow generator configured to produce air flow causing the material to accumulate on the support surface,
the velocity of the air flow produced at the support surface by the first air flow generator being less than the velocity of the air flow produced at the support surface by the second air flow generator.

US Pat. No. 11,111,610

METHODS FOR FORMING COMPOSITE ARTICLES FROM NON-CRIMP FABRICS

GM Global Technology Oper...


1. A method for forming a composite article, the method comprising:providing a non-crimp fabric (NCF) comprising a plurality of fiber plies maintained in a layup by stitching, wherein the stitching exhibits a lower structural tolerance to heat and/or UV light relative to the fiber plies;
selectively reducing a thread strength or elasticity of the stitching in one or more predefined areas of the NCF using heat or UV light;
breaking the stitching with the reduced strength or elasticity in only the one or more predefined areas while leaving substantially intact the stitching in remaining regions of the NCF;
draping, subsequent to breaking the stitching, the NCF on a contoured article wherein, as a result of selectively breaking the stitching in the one or more predefined areas using heat or UV light, the NCF corresponds to topological features of the contoured article;
applying, subsequent to draping the NCF, a polymer matrix material to the draped NCF; and
curing the polymer matrix material to form a contoured composite article.

US Pat. No. 11,111,608

PRODUCTION OF SLIVERS OF MILKWEED FIBERS

Ali Akbar Merati AMIRKABI...


1. An apparatus to produce slivers of milkweed fibers comprising:an inlet configured to receive air and raw materials, the raw materials including milkweed fibers and impurity components, wherein the impurity components are heavier than the milkweed fibers;
a blower fan, the blower fan being disposed along a top portion of the apparatus, the blower fan being configured to aerate the milkweed fibers by floating the raw materials;
a sliver collecting net, wherein slivers of milkweed fibers are retained by the sliver colleting net as air exits the apparatus through the net, and wherein the impurity components pass through the sliver collecting net; and
a plurality of gaps, wherein:the plurality of gaps are located along a bottom portion of the apparatus, and wherein the impurity components precipitate and pass through the plurality of gaps and the blower fan is configured to operate at approximately 2300 rpm and to aerate at a rate of approximately 210 m3/h.


US Pat. No. 11,111,606

PRODUCTION OF MICRO- AND NANO-FIBERS BY CONTINUOUS MICROLAYER COEXTRUSION

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...


1. A method for producing a polymer construct comprising:coextruding a first polymer material with a second polymer material to form a coextruded polymer film having discrete overlapping layers of polymeric material that each extend the entire length of the coextruded polymer film;
multiplying the overlapping layers by dividing the coextruded polymer film into portions and stacking the portions to form a multilayered composite film;
separating the first polymer material from the second polymer material to form a plurality of first polymer material fibers having a rectangular cross-section; and
adhering the first polymer material fibers together to form the polymer construct.

US Pat. No. 11,111,605

IODINE DOPED BISMUTHYL CARBONATE NANOSHEET AND MOLYBDENUM DISULFIDE MODIFIED CARBON NANOFIBER COMPOSITES, PREPARATION METHOD AND APPLICATION THEREOF

SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY


1. A preparation method of iodine doped bismuthyl carbonate nanosheet and molybdenum disulfide modified carbon nanofiber composites, characterized in comprising the following steps:(1) dispersing nano carbon fiber membrane, bismuth citrate, sodium iodide and sodium carbonate in a mixed solution of water and ethylene glycol to obtain a kind of nano carbon fiber material modified by iodine doped bismuthyl carbonate;
(2) dispersing sodium molybdate and thioacetamide in water, then adding said nano carbon fiber material modified by iodine doped bismuthyl carbonate, reacting to obtain iodine doped bismuthyl carbonate nanosheet and molybdenum disulfide modified carbon nanofiber composites.

US Pat. No. 11,111,604

METHOD FOR REFINING PLANT FIBERS BY STEAM EXPLOSION


1. Industrial system for refining plant fibers comprising:a pre-chamber provided with a pressurizing member,
a loader for loading the pre-chamber with sheaves of a fibrous plant,
a blow-out unit disposed under the pre-chamber,
a valve upstream from the pre-chamber,
a valve separating the pre-chamber and the blow-out unit when in a closed state and opening a passage with a diameter of at least a smallest of the diameters of the pre-chamber and the blow-out unit when in an open state,
a washing system disposed inside the blow-out unit for washing the blow-out unit and dragging the fibers downward,
a mobile basket for receiving fibers with a position under the blow-out unit for receiving fibers,
a liquid-recovery device, disposed under the basket and under the blow-out unit,
a receiving chamber receiving the basket loaded with fibers, and
a spin-drying chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,111,602

NITROGEN DOPED AND VACANCY DOMINATED SILICON INGOT AND THERMALLY TREATED WAFER FORMED THEREFROM HAVING RADIALLY UNIFORMLY DISTRIBUTED OXYGEN PRECIPITATION DENSITY AND SIZE

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...


1. A nitrogen-doped CZ silicon crystal ingot, the ingot having a diameter of from about 150 mm to about 450 mm and having a nitrogen concentration of from 1*1014 nitrogen atoms per cm3 to about 1*1015 nitrogen atoms per cm3, wherein a wafer sliced from the nitrogen-doped CZ silicon crystal ingot and thermally treated at 780° C. for 3 hours and then at 1000° C. for 16 hours is characterized by having an edge band in a region extending from about 4000 ?m from the edge of said wafer to the edge of said wafer, wherein the bulk micro defect density of the edge band region differs from the remainder of the wafer by no more than 200% and an increase in radial bulk micro defect size in a region extending from the center of said wafer to the edge of said wafer of less than 20%, and further wherein the edge band of the wafer sliced from the nitrogen-doped CZ silicon crystal ingot and thermally treated at 780° C. for 3 hours and then at 1000° C. for 16 hours is characterized by oxygen precipitates having an average diameter from about 80 nm to about 90 nm and an oxygen precipitate density of 1*108 per cm3 to about 1*1010 per cm3.

US Pat. No. 11,111,601

SEMIMETAL COMPOUND OF PT

Tsinghua University, Bei...


1. A semimetal compound of Pt, wherein the semimetal compound of Pt is single crystal PtSe2, and the single crystal PtSe2 is type-II Dirac semimetals; wherein the semimetal compound of Pt is prepared by:placing a PtSe2 polycrystalline material and a chemical transport medium in a reacting chamber;
evacuating the reacting chamber to be vacuum with a pressure lower than 10 Pa;
placing the reacting chamber at a temperature gradient, wherein the reacting chamber has a first end subjected to a first temperature of about 1200 degrees Celsius to about 1000 degrees Celsius and a second end opposite to the first end and subjected to a second temperature of about 1000 degrees Celsius to about 900 degrees Celsius, and the PtSe2 polycrystalline material is placed in the first end; and
keeping the reacting chamber in the temperature gradient for 10 days to 30 days.

US Pat. No. 11,111,600

PROCESS CHAMBER WITH RESISTIVE HEATING

Svagos Technik, Inc., Sa...


1. A process chamber for annealing or doping substrates with or without devices fabricated thereon, comprising:a vacuum chamber;
an upper gas manifold and a lower gas manifold within said vacuum chamber; and
a substrate carrier comprising a gas tight rectangular box open on upper and lower surfaces, said gas tight box comprising a first multiplicity of planar walls across the width of said box, said walls being equally spaced in a row facing each other and defining a row of channels within said box, said walls comprising mounting fixtures for a plurality of substrates, said walls comprising at least one electrically resistive heater element;
wherein said upper gas manifold and said lower gas manifold are configured to attach to said upper and lower surfaces of said substrate carrier, respectively, said upper gas manifold and said lower gas manifold connecting with upper and lower ends of said channels, said upper gas manifold and said lower gas manifold being configured to isolate gas flows in odd numbered channels from gas flows in even numbered channels, wherein said channels are numbered in order along said row, wherein said gas flows through said channels are from one of said upper gas manifold and said lower gas manifold to the other of said upper gas manifold and said lower gas manifold, and wherein said upper gas manifold and said lower gas manifold are configured to allow gas flows in odd numbered channels to be in opposite directions to gas flows in even numbered channels.

US Pat. No. 11,111,599

SINGLE CRYSTAL GROWTH METHOD WHICH INCLUDES COVERING A PART OF A SURFACE OF A RAW MATERIAL FOR SUBLIMATION WITH A METAL CARBIDE POWDER

SHOWA DENKO K.K., Tokyl ...


1. A single crystal growth method, which is carried out in a crucible comprising an inner bottom for providing a raw material and a crystal mounting part facing the inner bottom,the method comprising in the following order:
providing the raw material in the inner bottom;
covering a part but not the entire surface of the raw material with a metal carbide powder in a plan view from the crystal mounting part; and
growing a single crystal disposed in the crystal mounting part by sublimating the raw material by heating,
wherein in the covering step, an area covered with the metal carbide powder includes a central area of the surface of the raw material, and
the central area is an area of 20 area % of the total surface area in plan view at a top surface of the raw material from a center of the surface of the raw material.

US Pat. No. 11,111,598

CRYSTAL GROWTH METHOD IN A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...


1. A crystal growth method, comprising:removing at least a portion of a first film, the first film being provided at a bottom portion and at a side portion of a hole in a structure body before the removing;
forming a first member at at least a part of the bottom portion of the hole in the structure body, the first member including a first element; and
growing a crystal member inside the hole by supplying a source material to the hole after the forming the first member, the source material including a second element, the crystal member including the second element.

US Pat. No. 11,111,597

METHODS FOR GROWING A NITROGEN DOPED SINGLE CRYSTAL SILICON INGOT USING CONTINUOUS CZOCHRALSKI METHOD

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...


1. A method of preparing a single crystal silicon ingot by the Continuous Czochralski method, the method comprising:adding an initial charge of polycrystalline silicon to a crucible, the initial charge further comprising a source of nitrogen;
heating the crucible comprising the initial charge of polycrystalline silicon and the source of nitrogen to cause a silicon melt to form in the crucible, the silicon melt comprising an initial volume of molten silicon and having an initial melt elevation level;
contacting a silicon seed crystal with a silicon melt;
withdrawing the silicon seed crystal to grow a neck portion, wherein the silicon seed crystal is withdrawn at a neck portion pull rate during growth of the neck portion, and further wherein the neck portion has a neck portion nitrogen concentration of at least about 1×1013 atoms/cm3, wherein the neck portion nitrogen concentration varies by no more than 20% above and no less than 20% below an average neck portion nitrogen concentration;
withdrawing the silicon seed crystal to grow an outwardly flaring seed-cone adjacent the neck portion, wherein the silicon seed crystal is withdrawn at a seed-cone pull rate during growth of the outwardly flaring seed-cone, and further wherein the outwardly flaring seed-cone has an outwardly flaring seed-cone nitrogen concentration of at least about 1×1013 atoms/cm3, wherein the outwardly flaring seed-cone nitrogen concentration varies by no more than 20% above and no less than 20% below an average outwardly flaring seed-cone nitrogen concentration; and
withdrawing the silicon seed crystal to grow a main body of the single crystal silicon ingot adjacent the outwardly flaring seed-cone, wherein the silicon melt comprises a volume of molten silicon and a melt elevation level during growth of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot, and further wherein the main body of the single crystal silicon has a main body nitrogen concentration of at least about 1×1013 atoms/cm3, wherein the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot is at least about 1000 millimeters long, and further wherein the main body nitrogen concentration varies by no more than 20% above and no less than 20% below an average main body nitrogen concentration over at least 40% of axial length of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot;
wherein the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot is grown at an initial variable main body pull rate and a constant main body pull rate, wherein the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot is grown at the initial variable main body pull rate for less than about 20% of a length of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot and grown at the constant main body pull rate during growth for at least about 30% of the length of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot, wherein the constant main body pull rate is between about 0.4 mm/min and about 0.8 mm/min, and further wherein the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot has a diameter of at least about 150 millimeters; and
further wherein polycrystalline is continuously fed or periodically feed to the crucible to thereby replenish a volume of molten silicon and to thereby maintain a melt elevation level in the crucible during growth of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot and the source of nitrogen is continuously fed or periodically fed to the crucible to thereby replenish an amount of nitrogen.

US Pat. No. 11,111,596

SINGLE CRYSTAL SILICON INGOT HAVING AXIAL UNIFORMITY

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...


1. A single crystal silicon ingot having a main body portion, wherein the main body portion has a circumferential edge, a central axis having an axial length that is parallel to the circumferential edge, and a radius that extends from the central axis to the circumferential edge, wherein the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot is at least about 1000 millimeters long and the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot has a diameter of at least about 150 millimeters, and further wherein a wafer sliced from any portion of the main body over at least 60% of axial length of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot, is characterized by non-detectable FPDs (Flow Pattern Defect by Secco etching technique) and DSODs (Direct Surface Oxide Defect particle count after electric breakdown) and zero I-defects (A-defect) by Secco-etching technique, andfurther wherein the wafer sliced from any portion of the main body over at least 60% of axial length of the main body of the single crystal silicon ingot is characterized by less than 20 COPs at no more than 0.026 um size.

US Pat. No. 11,111,595

APPARATUS FOR ELECTROLYTIC ETCHING AND DISSOLUTION AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING METAL COMPOUND PARTICLES

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...


1. An apparatus for electrolytic etching and dissolution, the apparatus comprising:an electrolytic cell comprising an anode, a cathode and an electrolytic solution comprising a chemical agent and a nonaqueous solvent;
wherein the chemical agent comprises at least one of a polyethylene amine, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid and cyclohexanediamine tetraacetic acid, and the nonaqueous solvent comprises at least one of methanol, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol;
wherein at least a part of the cathode comprises a metal element M?, the anode comprises a metal material including a different metal element M;
wherein the metal element M? whose A is defined by the following formula is 10 or more:




wherein a solubility product of metal compound M?x?Ay? is defined as Ksp[M?x?Ay?], and a solubility product of a metal compound to be extracted from the anode is MxAy, defined as Ksp[MxAy], the solubility product Ksp is a value in an aqueous solution at 25° C.; and
A consists of one or more of C, N, H, S, O, P, Se, Te and F for forming a compound with M or M?, and x, x?, y and y? represent a composition ratio of the compound determined according to the valences of M, M? and A; and
electrolytically etching the anode to extract the metal compound MxAy by electrifying between the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 11,111,594

PROCESSES TO REDUCE INTERFACIAL ENRICHMENT OF ALLOYING ELEMENTS UNDER ANODIC OXIDE FILMS AND IMPROVE ANODIZED APPEARANCE OF HEAT TREATABLE ALLOYS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...


1. An enclosure for an electronic device, comprising: an aluminum alloy substrate containing zinc, comprising:a bulk portion having a bulk concentration of a zinc alloying element;
an enrichment layer having a thickness between 1 nanometer and 2 nanometers, the enrichment layer having an enrichment concentration of the zinc alloying element that is higher than the bulk concentration;
a diffusion portion disposed between the bulk portion and the enrichment layer and having a thickness between 1.5 nanometers and 7.12 nanometers, a concentration of the zinc alloying element transitioning from the enrichment concentration to the bulk concentration across the diffusion portion; an anodic oxide layer overlaying the enrichment layer.

US Pat. No. 11,111,593

LARGE SCALE MANUFACTURING OF HYBRID NANOSTRUCTURED TEXTILE SENSORS

Nanowear Inc., Brooklyn,...


1. A method of assembly line manufacturing comprising:preparing a surface of a portion of a flexible or rigid fabric or substrate to achieve adhesion for a plurality of hybrid nanostructured articles;
depositing the plurality of said hybrid nanostructured articles;
providing electro/electromagnetic field to achieve random or fractal pattern of said plurality of hybrid nanostructured articles upon contacting the surface; and
selective removal of a part or whole of some of the deposited hybrid nanostructured articles
functionalization of the deposited hybrid nanostructured articles by electroless plating using at least one flow cell comprising a seal assembly, wherein the flow cell has a top plate and a bottom plate, and wherein the portion of the fabric or substrate is disposed between the top plate and the bottom plate and within the seal assembly so that the seal assembly provides a leak-proof clamp around the portion of the fabric, the top plate having an opening for receiving coating solution and air for said electroless plating.

US Pat. No. 11,111,592

MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...


1. A manufacturing apparatus for a semiconductor device, comprising:a substrate holding unit configured to hold a substrate;
a processing liquid supply unit configured to supply a processing liquid onto the substrate held by the substrate holding unit;
an electrolytic processing unit disposed to face the substrate holding unit and configured to perform an electrolytic processing on the substrate held by the substrate holding unit; and
a terminal configured to apply a voltage to the substrate while being in contact with the substrate,
wherein the electrolytic processing unit comprises a main body,
a direct electrode is provided on a surface of the main body and configured to be brought into contact with the processing liquid supplied onto the substrate to apply a voltage with respect to the substrate; and
an indirect electrode is provided within the main body and is configured to form an electric field in the processing liquid supplied onto the substrate,
wherein the terminal is held by the main body and is protruded from the surface of the main body.

US Pat. No. 11,111,591

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL DEPOSITION OF METAL RICH LAYERS IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS

LUMISHIELD TECHNOLOGIES I...


1. A composition comprising a first metal complex comprising a first reactive metal and a first electron withdrawing ligand wherein the first electron withdrawing ligand is OSO2R1, wherein R1 is halo; substituted or unsubstituted C6-C18-aryl; substituted or unsubstituted C1-C6-alkyl; and substituted or unsubstituted C6-C18-aryl-C1-C6-alkyl, and a second metal complex comprising a second reactive metal and a second electron withdrawing ligand wherein the second withdrawing ligand is N(SO3R1), wherein R1 is halo; substituted or unsubstituted C6-C18-aryl; substituted or unsubstituted C1-C6-alkyl; and substituted or unsubstituted C6-C18-aryl-C1-C6-alkyl, wherein the first reactive metal has a more negative reduction potential than the second reactive metal, wherein the first electron withdrawing ligand decreases the reduction potential of a metal center in the first metal complex below an over-potential for an evolution of hydrogen gas due to a water splitting and the second electron withdrawing ligand decreases the reduction potential of a metal center in the second metal complex below the over-potential for the evolution of hydrogen gas due to the water splitting, wherein the composition further comprises a substantially aqueous medium, wherein the first reactive metal and the second reactive metal can be deposited onto a substrate via electrochemical reduction and wherein the pH of the composition is from about 2 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 11,111,590

LITHIUM METAL SYNTHESIS

UChicago Argonne, LLC, C...


1. A system for lithium metal synthesis comprising:a cathodic half-cell comprising:a cathode half-cell housing;
a cathode electrode holder engaged with the cathodic half-cell housing;
a cathode electrode engaged with the electrode holder; and
a catholyte disposed within the cathode half-cell housing;

an anodic half-cell comprising:an anode half-cell housing;
an anode electrode holder engaged with the anodic half-cell housing;
an anode electrode engaged with the electrode holder; and
an anolyte disposed within the anodic half-cell housing; and

an ion-permeable organic/inorganic hybrid membrane positioned between the cathodic half-cell and the anodic half-cell with cathodic side exposed to the catholyte and an anodic side exposed to the anolyte, the ion-permeable organic/inorganic hybrid membrane having a plurality of ion-conducting particles disposed within a polymeric matrix selected from the group consisting of polyethylene and polypropylene, and having lithium ions bound to the plurality of ion-conducting particles of the organic/inorganic membrane via electrostatic forces, the plurality of ion-conducting particles forming ion conducting channels in the polymeric matrix, the ion-permeable organic/inorganic hybrid membrane separating the anolyte from the catholyte and impermeable to both;
wherein the cathodic half-cell is in electrical communication with the anodic half-cell by an electrical connection external to the cathodic half-cell and the anodic half-cell between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode configured for the flow of electrons.

US Pat. No. 11,111,589

ELECTROLYTIC CELL AND ELECTROLYTIC DEVICE FOR CARBON DIOXIDE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...


1. An electrolytic cell for carbon dioxide comprising:an anode part including an anode to oxidize water or a hydroxide ion and thus produce oxygen and an anode solution flow path to supply an anode solution to the anode;
a cathode part including a cathode to reduce carbon dioxide and thus produce a carbon compound, a cathode solution flow path to supply a cathode solution to the cathode, a gas flow path to supply the carbon dioxide to the cathode, and a hydrophobic porous body disposed between the cathode and the gas flow path; and
a separator to separate the anode part and the cathode part from each other,
wherein the cathode includes a catalyst layer facing the cathode solution flow path and a gas diffusion layer in contact with the hydrophobic porous body, and the hydrophobic porous body is disposed between the gas diffusion layer and the gas flow path.

US Pat. No. 11,111,588

ELECTROLYTIC REACTOR OF OXYHYDROGEN MACHINE

SHENZHEN QIANHAI YINDUN E...


1. An electrolytic reactor of an oxyhydrogen machine, comprising:a main body, including a top surface, a bottom surface and a lateral surface which are enclosed to form the main body with an internal chamber for accommodating a liquid;
a carrier, installed on an inner side of the bottom surface and disposed at the chamber, carrying a series of electrode plates arranged with an interval apart from each other in a direction from one side of the chamber to the other side of the chamber, and the series of electrode plates includes a number of cathode plates and a number of anode plates where the number of cathode plates is the same as the number of anode plates and two adjacent electrode plates having different polarities;
a series of partitions, being disposed at an inner side of the top surface, having a quantity equal to that of the electrode plates, and extending to a predetermined length in a direction from the inner side of the top surface to the bottom surface, and arranged with an interval apart from each other in a direction from a side of the chamber to the other side of the chamber, wherein each partition corresponding with and being adjacent to each electrode plate, so that each electrode plate has an independent space and the interior of the chamber is an communicating space, wherein the predetermined length of the series of partitions is defined as a distance between an outer end of each partition and the bottom surface subtracted from a distance that the inner side of the top surface is spaced apart from the bottom surface;
a communicating channel, formed by a side of each electrode plate not completely abutting an inner side of the bottom surface, and disposed between the inner side of the bottom surface and each electrode plate, wherein two corners are missing from an outer end of each electrode plate being adjacent to the bottom surface for forming the communicating channel;
a liquid storage portion, formed by the space between a side of the series of partitions and a side of the chamber and communicating with the communicating channel, for accommodating the liquid;
a gas extraction unit, comprising a plurality of first openings, a plurality of second openings, a first collection portion and a second collection portion;
each of the plurality of first openings corresponding to the independent space of each cathode plate and disposed on the top surface;
each of the plurality of second openings corresponding to the independent space of each anode plate and disposed on the top surface;
the first collection portion, disposed on an outer side of the top surface, and communicated to each of the plurality of first openings, for collecting a gas generated by each cathode plate; and
the second collection portion, disposed on the outer side of the top surface, and communicated to each of the plurality of second openings, for collecting a gas generated by each anode plate.

US Pat. No. 11,111,587

CHEMICALLY RESISTANT, OXIDIC ELECTROCATALYST FOR OXYGEN EVOLUTION DURING ALKALINE WATER ELECTROLYSIS


1. A perovskite-based, electrically conductive, biphasic mixed oxide having a structure ABO3 with A=Ba and B=Co, comprising additionally 5-45 at %, CO3O4 wherein the at % of Co is based on the total number of the Co-atoms in the perovskite ABO3 and 0.5 to 3 at % Ti as dopant wherein the at % of Ti is based on the total number of Co-cations in the perovskite ABO3.

US Pat. No. 11,111,586

SELF-ORGANIZED AND ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING PEDOT POLYMER MATRIX FOR APPLICATIONS IN SENSORS AND ENERGY GENERATION AND STORAGE

SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REG...


1. An electrochemical polymerization method, consisting of:forming, in one step, an electrically conducting nanocomposite from a halogenated 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) and electrically conductive nanoparticles by processing the nanocomposite by “in-situ” self-polymerization; and wherein PEDOT polymer nanocomposites are produced by the “in-situ” self-polymerization of the halogenated EDOT comprising no catalysts or initiators.

US Pat. No. 11,111,585

METHOD FOR PRODUCING BASE FOR METAL MASKS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING METAL MASK FOR VAPOR DEPOSITION, BASE FOR METAL MASKS, AND METAL MASK FOR VAPOR DEPOSITION

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....


1. A method for manufacturing a metal mask substrate, the method comprising:preparing a rolled metal sheet having a length extending from one end to an opposing end of the rolled metal sheet and the rolled metal sheet including an obverse surface and a reverse surface that is a surface located opposite to the obverse surface, at least one of the obverse surface or the reverse surface being an object to be processed;
reducing a thickness of the rolled metal sheet, along the length of the rolled metal sheet, to 10 ?m or less by etching the object to be processed by 3 ?m or more by use of an acidic etching liquid such that a maximum thickness of the rolled metal sheet is 10 ?m or less, and
roughening the object to be processed so that the processed object becomes a resist formation surface that has a surface roughness Rz of 0.2 ?m or more, wherein a metal mask sheet is configured for through holes to be formed in areas of the metal mask sheet having a thickness of 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 11,111,584

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GROWTH OF GRAPHENE NANOSTRIPES BY PLASMA ENHANCED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION

California Institute of T...


1. A method of forming vertical graphene nanostripes comprising one or several monolayers and characterized by a thickness normal to the one or several monolayers, a length orthogonal to the thickness, and a width orthogonal to the thickness, the method comprising:providing a transition metal substrate;
subjecting the transition metal substrate to a reduced pressure environment in a processing chamber;
providing methane gas and a benzene ring precursor;
flowing the methane gas and the benzene ring precursor into the processing chamber;
establishing a partial pressure ratio of the benzene ring precursor to methane gas in the processing chamber, wherein the partial pressure ratio is between 0 and 3;
generating a plasma including benzene rings in the processing chamber;
thereafter, exposing the at least a portion of the transition metal substrate to the methane gas, the benzene rings, and the plasma; and
growing the vertical graphene nanostripes coupled to the at least a portion of the transition metal substrate, wherein one or more of the vertical graphene nanostripes are characterized by the thickness measured parallel to the transition metal substrate, the length extending parallel to the transition metal substrate in a first direction, and the width extending orthogonal to the transition metal substrate in a second direction, and an aspect ratio of the length to the width ranging from 10:1 to 130:1.

US Pat. No. 11,111,583

SUBSTRATE CARRIER SYSTEM UTILIZING ELECTROSTATIC CHUCKING TO ACCOMMODATE SUBSTRATE SIZE HETEROGENEITY

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...


1. A method of processing a substrate, comprising:placing a first substrate onto a planar upper surface of a substrate carrier comprising a multi-layered disk having upper and lower layers formed of a continuous material and an electrostatic electrode structure disposed therebetween, wherein the multi-layered disk is formed symmetrically about a central axis and defines a planar upper surface;
placing a second substrate onto the planar upper surface of the substrate carrier;
energizing the electrode structure using a voltage source to electrostatically hold the first and the second substrates in position on the planar upper surface of the substrate carrier;
inserting the substrate carrier having the electrostatically held first and the second substrates into a process chamber; and
performing a process on the electrostatically held first and the second substrates in the process chamber;
wherein the electrode structure is a bipolar electrode structure comprising a continuous inner electrode having a center portion that forms a center portion of the electrode structure and a first group of electrostatic chuck elements that comprise finger-like elements extending radially outward from the center portion of the inner electrode and an outer electrode completely surrounding the inner electrode in a two-dimensional plane and having a second group of electrostatic chuck elements that comprise finger-like elements extending radially inward from an outer circumference of the outer electrode; and
wherein respective ones of the finger-like elements of the second group of electrostatic chuck elements are interposed between adjacent ones of the finger-like elements of the first group of electrostatic chuck elements such that the inner electrode and the outer electrode are interdigitated.

US Pat. No. 11,111,582

POROUS SHOWERHEAD FOR A PROCESSING CHAMBER

Applied Materials, Inc., ...


1. A showerhead assembly for a processing chamber, the showerhead assembly comprising: a support structure comprising a support feature; and a porous plate having a thermal conductivity of at least 50 W/(mK) and comprising a plurality of pores having an average diameter of less than about 100 ?m, wherein at least a portion of an edge of the porous plate rests on the support feature.

US Pat. No. 11,111,581

SUPPRESSION OF PARASITIC DEPOSITION IN A SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SYSTEM BY SUPPRESSING PRECURSOR FLOW AND PLASMA OUTSIDE OF SUBSTRATE REGION

Lam Research Corporation,...


1. An apparatus comprising:a showerhead collar that includes:a collar stem portion,
a central cavity that extends through the center of the collar stem portion and is configured to receive a showerhead stem portion of a showerhead,
a plurality of slots that extend through an outer cylindrical side surface of the showerhead collar and into the collar stem portion, and
a plurality of first passages that extend through the collar stem portion in a direction parallel to the central cavity, and that are fluidically connected to the plurality of slots such that gas is configured to flow from the first passages to the plurality of slots.


US Pat. No. 11,111,580

APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING SUBSTRATE

EUGENE TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...


1. An apparatus for producing a substrate, comprising:an outer tube having an inner space;
an inner reaction tube disposed to be spaced apart from an inner surface of the outer tube in the inner space of the outer tube and having an accommodation space therein;
a substrate boat in which a plurality of substrates are loaded in a multistage manner and accommodated in an upper portion of the accommodation space of the inner reaction tube during substrate processing;
a pedestal configured to support the substrate boat and accommodated in a lower portion of the accommodation space of the inner reaction tube during the substrate processing;
a gas supply unit disposed on one side of the inner reaction tube;
an exhaust duct vertically extending from the other side of the inner reaction tube to provide an inner passage communicating with an exhaust hole defined to pass through a sidewall of the inner reaction tube and disposed in a spaced space between the inner reaction tube and the outer tube to face the gas supply unit;
a baffle comprising an opening and disposed in the inner passage of the exhaust duct to correspond to a boundary between an accommodation region of the substrate boat and an accommodation region of the pedestal in the accommodation space of the inner reaction tube; and
an exhaust port communicating with a lower portion of the exhaust duct and disposed outside the exhaust duct to correspond to the accommodation region of the pedestal,
wherein the exhaust duct extends up to an outside of the accommodation region of the pedestal, and
wherein the exhaust hole comprises:a first exhaust hole defined to correspond to the accommodation region of the substrate boat; and
a second exhaust hole defined to correspond to the accommodation region of the pedestal and disposed at the other side of the inner reaction tube,
wherein the second exhaust hole faces the exhaust port.


US Pat. No. 11,111,579

DEPOSITION EQUIPMENT AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A deposition equipment comprising:a reaction chamber including an upper plate and a container body, the upper plate including a gas supplier for injecting a processing gas;
a wafer chuck including an upper surface on which a wafer is loaded, in the reaction chamber, with the upper surface of the wafer chuck facing the upper plate; and
a processing gas shielding section which prevents the processing gas from being adsorbed to the upper surface of the wafer chuck and is disposed between the upper plate and the wafer chuck in a state in which the wafer is removed from the wafer chuck,
wherein the processing gas shielding section includes a shutter which is plate-like,
the shutter includes a first region, a second region, and a third region between the first region and the second region, and
the first region of the shutter includes a gas discharge section for jetting a purging gas toward the wafer chuck, and the third region of the shutter does not include a gas discharge section for jetting the purging gas toward the wafer chuck.

US Pat. No. 11,111,577

FILM-FORMING APPARATUS AND FILM-FORMING METHOD

ULVAC, INC., Chigasaki (...


1. A magnetic film formation apparatus comprising:a target containing a magnetic material;
a support that supports a substrate and locates the substrate in an arrangement region opposing the target;
a first magnetic field formation unit located at a side of the arrangement region opposite to the target, wherein the first magnetic field formation unit forms a horizontal magnetic field parallel to an oscillation direction, which is one direction extending along the substrate, at a side of the arrangement region where the target is located, and the first magnetic field formation unit oscillates the horizontal magnetic field in the oscillation direction at least between one end of the arrangement region and another end of the arrangement region in the oscillation direction; and
a second magnetic field formation unit located at a side of the target opposite to the support, wherein the second magnetic field formation unit oscillates in the oscillation direction between one end of the target and another end of the target in the oscillation direction and forms a magnetic field at a side of the target where the support is located,
wherein the first magnetic field formation unit's horizontal magnetic field is formed by only a pair of permanent magnets wherein a magnetic pole at a distal end of one of the permanent magnets and a magnetic pole at a distal end of the other one of the permanent magnets are different magnetic poles, and
wherein the first magnetic field formation unit has a first width in the oscillation direction, the second magnetic field formation unit has a second width in the oscillation direction, and the second width is equal to the first width.

US Pat. No. 11,111,576

METHOD FOR PRODUCING NANOSTRUCTURED LAYERS

Forschungszentrum Juelich...


1. A method for producing a nanostructured electrode for an electrochemical cell, the method comprising:providing an electrically conductive substrate and a target, wherein the target comprises a ceramic electrode material and carbon, the carbon proportion of the target being between 0.1 and 25% by weight;
heating the electrically conductive substrate to a temperature of between 400° C. and 1200° C.; and
depositing, via a single magnetron sputtering process step, the ceramic electrode material onto the electrically conductive substrate so as to form a fibrous porous network of fibers having a diameter in a range of 10-200 nm,
wherein the temperature of the substrate remains between 400° C. and 1200° C. during the depositing,
wherein the magnetron sputtering process step is performed with a power density of 0.5 to 2 W/cm2, and
wherein the magnetron sputtering process step provides a deposition rate of 0.1 to 1 mg·h/cm2.

US Pat. No. 11,111,574

VAPOR DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND VAPOR DEPOSITION METHOD

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...


1. A vapor deposition apparatus, comprising: a cylindrical heating source, a crucible lid housed in the heating source, a first crucible, a second crucible, a moving part, and a bracket;the first crucible, the second crucible and the moving part being respectively disposed under the crucible lid; the first crucible being fixed on the bracket; the first crucible and the second crucible each comprising an inner sidewall, an outer sidewall disposed on outside of the inner sidewall, and a bottom connecting the inner sidewall and the outer sidewall and located at an end away from the crucible lid; the crucible lid being mounted on the outer sidewall of the first crucible, and an opening being provided at center of the crucible lid, a gap in vertical direction existing between an end of the inner sidewall of the first crucible near the crucible lid and the crucible lid; height of the outer sidewall of the first crucible being greater than or equal to height of the inner sidewall; the second crucible being fixed to top surface of the moving part; projection of the inner sidewall of the first crucible in vertical direction being located outside the outer sidewall of the second crucible;
the heating source comprising a cylindrical casing and a heating wire sleeved on the casing, the casing having a first region corresponding to position of the crucible lid and the first crucible and a second region located below the first region; density of the heating wire in the first region being greater than the density of the heating wire in the second region;
wherein the vapor deposition apparatus further comprises a third crucible housed in the heating source; the third crucible is disposed under the crucible lid; the third crucible comprises an inner sidewall, an outer sidewall disposed outside the inner sidewall, and a bottom connecting the inner sidewall and the outer sidewall and located at an end away from the crucible lid; the projection of the inner sidewall of the first crucible in vertical direction is located outside the outer sidewall of the third crucible; projection of the inner sidewall of the third crucible in vertical direction is located outside the outer sidewall of the second crucible; a first limiting portion is disposed at bottom portion of inner surface of the inner sidewall of the first crucible, a second limiting portion is disposed at top portion of outer surface of the outer sidewall of the third crucible, projections of the first limiting portion and the second limiting portion in vertical direction at least partially overlap, the first limiting portion is located below the second limiting portion; the bottom portion of the inner surface of the inner sidewall of the third crucible is provided with an elastic limiting unit, projection of the elastic limiting unit in vertical direction at least partially overlaps with projection of the outer sidewall of the second crucible in vertical direction; when a gap existing between an end of the third crucible near the crucible lid and the crucible lid and the outer sidewall of the second crucible is located in below the elastic limiting unit, the moving part is moved upward, the outer sidewall of the second crucible pushes the elastic limiting unit of the third crucible to raise the third crucible; when the end of the third crucible near the crucible lid contacts the crucible lid and the outer sidewall of the second crucible is located below the elastic limiting unit, the moving part is moved upward, and the outer sidewall of the second crucible compresses the elastic limiting unit to move into inside of the inner sidewall of the third crucible.

US Pat. No. 11,111,573

COMPONENT AND SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...


1. A component, comprisinga film containing crystalline yttrium oxide,
whereinin an X-ray diffraction pattern of the film, a ratio Im/Ic of a maximum intensity Im of a peak attributed to monoclinic yttrium oxide to a maximum intensity Ic of a peak attributed to cubic yttrium oxide satisfies an expression: 0?Im/Ic?0.002,
an average grain diameter of the crystalline yttrium oxide is 3.8 nm or less, and
in an observation image obtained by observing a cross section in a thickness direction of the film by using a scanning electron microscope at 10000 magnification, a pore is not present or a maximum diameter of a pore is 10 nm or less.


US Pat. No. 11,111,572

VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK

Japan Display Inc., Toky...


1. A vapor deposition mask comprising:a frame; and
a metal film supported by the frame,
wherein
the metal film includes a mask region corresponding to a display region of a display device and the mask region is arranged with a plurality of pixel opening parts, and an alignment region arranged in a periphery of the mask region,
the alignment region includes a first opening part and a plurality of second opening parts arranged in a periphery of the first opening part,
a maximum width of the second opening part is smaller than a maximum width of the first opening part,
a plurality of third opening parts arranged further to the outer side than the plurality of second opening parts with respect to the first opening part, and
the plurality of second opening parts and the plurality of third opening parts are alternately arranged in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction along an outline of the first opening part.

US Pat. No. 11,111,571

NI-FREE BETA TI ALLOYS WITH SHAPE MEMORY AND SUPER-ELASTIC PROPERTIES

Fort Wayne Metals Researc...


20. A substantially nickel-free beta-titanium material, comprising:between 16 at. % and 20 at. % hafnium, zirconium, or a combination thereof, wherein the alloy includes a minimum of 1% hafnium;
between 8 at. % and 17 at. % niobium;
between 0.25 at. % and 6 at. % tin; and
balance titanium and impurities,
wherein the material exhibits superelastic behavior with a isothermally recoverable strain of at least 3.5%, and
wherein the material is a drawn construct.

US Pat. No. 11,111,570

FERRITIC STAINLESS STEEL SHEET, HOT COIL, AND AUTOMOBILE EXHAUST FLANGE MEMBER

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...


5. A ferritic stainless steel sheet having a sheet thickness t of 5.0 to 12.0 mm, comprisinga chemical composition comprising, in mass percent:
C: 0.001 to 0.010%;
Si: 0.01 to 1.0%;
Mn: 0.01 to 1.0%;
P: 0.04% or less;
S: 0.010% or less;
Cr: 10.0 to 20.0%;
Ni: 0.01 to 1.0%;
Ti: 0.10 to 0.30%;
V: 0.01 to 0.40%;
Al: 0.005 to 0.3%;
N: 0.001 to 0.02%;
B: 0 to 0.0030%;
Mo: 0 to 2.0%;
Cu: 0 to 0.3%;
Mg: 0 to 0.0030%;
Sn: 0 to 0.1%;
Sb: 0 to 0.1%;
Zr: 0 to 0.1%;
Ta: 0 to 0.1%;
Nb: 0 to 0.1%;
Hf: 0 to 0.1%;
W: 0 to 0.1%;
Co: 0 to 0.2%;
Ca: 0 to 0.0030%;
REM: 0 to 0.05%; and
Ga: 0 to 0.1%,
with the balance comprising Fe and unavoidable impurities, wherein
in a steel micro-structure, on a cross section parallel to a rolling direction, an area ratio of structures each satisfying: major grain diameter/minor grain diameter being less than 5.0 is 90% or more, and an average minor grain diameter of the structures is 55 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 11,111,567

NON-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL SHEET

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...


1. A non-oriented electrical steel sheet comprising, as a chemical composition, by mass %:C: 0.0030% or less;
Si: 2.00% to 4.00%;
Al: 0.01% to 3.00%;
Mn: 0.10% to 2.00%;
P: 0.005% to 0.200%;
S: 0.0030% or less;
Cu: more than 1.0% and 3.0% or less;
Ni: 0.10% to 3.0%;
one or more of Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ce, La, Nd, Pr, Zn, and Cd: more than 0.0005% and 0.0100% or less in total;
a parameter Q represented by Formula 1 where a Si content (mass %) is set as [Si], an Al content (mass %) is set as [Al], and a Mn content (mass %) is set as [Mn]: 2.00 or more;
Sn: 0.00% to 0.40%;
Cr: 0.0% to 10.0%, and
a remainder: Fe and impurities,
wherein a number of Cu particles having a diameter of less than 100 nm is 5 or more per 10 ?m2,
a {100} crystal orientation intensity is 2.4 or more,
a thickness is 0.10 mm to 0.60 mm, and
an average grain size is 70 ?m to 200 ?m
Q=[Si] +2 [Al]?[Mn] (Formula 1).

US Pat. No. 11,111,566

LOW ALLOY HIGH STRENGTH SEAMLESS STEEL PIPE FOR OIL COUNTRY TUBULAR GOODS

JFE Steel Corporation, T...


1. A low alloy high strength seamless steel pipe for oil country tubular goods comprising a composition containing, in terms of mass %,C: 0.23 to 0.27%,
Si: 0.01 to 0.35%,
Mn: 0.45 to 0.70%,
P: 0.010% or less,
S: 0.001% or less,
O: 0.0015% or less,
Al: 0.015 to 0.080%,
Cu: 0.02 to 0.09%,
Cr: 0.8 to 1.5%,
Mo: 0.5 to 1.0%,
Nb: 0.02 to 0.05%,
B: 0.0015 to 0.0030%,
Ti: 0.005 to 0.020%, and
N: 0.005% or less,
and having a value of a ratio of the Ti content to the N content (Ti/N) of 3.0 to 4.0,
with the balance being Fe and inevitable impurities,
the steel pipe having a value (?0.7/?0.4), as a ratio of a stress at a strain of 0.7% to a stress at a strain of 0.4% in a stress-strain curve, of 1.02 or less and a yield strength of 655 MPa or more.

US Pat. No. 11,111,565

ENTROPY-CONTROLLED BCC ALLOY HAVING STRONG RESISTANCE TO HIGH-TEMPERATURE NEUTRON RADIATION DAMAGE

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...


1. A solid solution matrix BCC alloy consisting of:five elements selected from an element group consisting of Zr, Al, Nb, Mo, V, and Ti, selected based on a neutron absorption cross-sectional area and a mixing enthalpy,
wherein four elements of the five elements are Zr, Al, Nb and Ti in the element group,
wherein one element of the five elements is Mo or V in the element group, and
wherein each of the five elements is included at an equiatomic ratio within an error tolerance limit of 10 at % and the solid solution matrix BCC alloy is a BCC-structure solid solution matrix alloy, which includes multicomponent main elements.

US Pat. No. 11,111,564

CEMENTED CARBIDE, CUTTING TOOL INCLUDING SAME, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING CEMENTED CARBIDE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...


1. A cemented carbide comprising: first hard phase grains each including WC; second hard phase grains each including a carbonitride containing Ti and Nb; and a metal binder phase including an iron group element, whereineach of the second hard phase grains includes a core portion in a form of a grain and a peripheral portion that coats at least a portion of the core portion,
the core portion is composed of a composite carbonitride represented by Ti1-X-ZNbXMZC1-YNY,
the M is at least one impurity element selected from a group consisting of V, Cr, and Mo,
the X is more than or equal to 0.1 and less than or equal to 0.2,
the Y is more than or equal to 0.3 and less than or equal to 0.6,
the Z is more than or equal to 0 and less than or equal to 0.02,
the peripheral portion has a composition different from a composition of the core portion, and
a number of unit regions in which a percentage of the number of core portions in each of the unit regions with respect to the total number of core portions is less than 0.43% or more than 2.43% is less than or equal to 10, wherethe cemented carbide has a total of 70 unit regions,
the total of 70 unit regions that are each constituted of a square having each side of 8 ?m are provided by successively arranging 7 unit regions in a longitudinal direction and 10 unit regions in a lateral direction in an electron microscope image of any cross section of the cemented carbide captured at a magnification of 1500×, and
the total number of core portions in the total of 70 unit regions is calculated by counting the number of core portions in each of the unit regions.


US Pat. No. 11,111,563

HIGH STRENGTH AND EROSION RESISTANT POWDER BLENDS


1. A method for preparing a composite comprising:a) contacting about 40-70 wt % of a first fraction of ultra coarse tungsten carbidewith about 30-60 wt % a first fraction of cast carbide (CC) to form a blend, wherein the blend has a tap density of about 9-11.5 g/cm3;

b) tapping the blend for at least 5 cycles; and
c) infiltrating the tapped blend with a copper containing alloy, thereby forming the composite,wherein the formed composite exhibits volume loss of at least 20% lower as compared to a conventional GM-6 metal powder when measured accordingly to ASTM G65 and ASTM G76.


US Pat. No. 11,111,562

ALUMINUM-COPPER-LITHIUM ALLOY WITH IMPROVED MECHANICAL STRENGTH AND TOUGHNESS

CONSTELLIUM ISSOIRE, Iss...


1. An aluminum-based wrought product that is rolled and has a thickness from 10-130 mm, said product comprising, in weight %:Cu: 3.5-3.7;
Li: 0.9-1.2;
Mg: 0.6-0.8;
Zr: 0.05-0.18;
Ag: 0.0-0.5;
Mn: 0.0-0.5;
Fe+Si?0.20;
Zn?0.15;
at least one element selected from the group consisting of: Ti: 0.01-0.15; Sc: 0.05-0.3; Cr: 0.05-0.3; Hf: 0.05-0.5;
other elements ?0.05 each and ?0.15 total, remainder aluminum;
wherein the composition is selected so as to obtain a density that is not more than 2.71 g/cm3,
which in a rolled state, solution treated, quenched and aged so as to obtain a near-peak yield strength, has, at half-thickness, at least one of the following pairs of properties:
for thicknesses from 10 to <30 mm: a yield strength Rp0.2(L)?525 MPa and a toughness K1C (L?T)?45 MPa?m,
for thicknesses of 30 to <60 mm: a yield strength Rp0.2(L)?525 MPa and a toughness K1C (L?T)?43 MPa?m,
for thicknesses of 60 to <100 mm: a yield strength Rp0.2(L)?520 MPa and a toughness K1C (L?T)?40 MPa?m, or
for thicknesses of 100 to 130 mm, at half-thickness, a yield strength Rp0.2(L)?510 MPa and a toughness K1C (L?T)?37 MPa?m,
and wherein at least two properties of the product do not change more than 5% after thermal exposure of 1000 hours at 85° C., the at least two properties selected from the group consisting of: tensile yield strength Rp0.2 (L), ultimate tensile stress UTS (Rm L), and an elongation at rupture A % (L).

US Pat. No. 11,111,561

PREPARATION METHOD AND USE OF THICKNESS-CONTROLLABLE BISMUTH NANOSHEET AND BISMUTH ALLOY NANOSHEET

Changchun Institute of Ap...


1. A method for preparing a bismuth-containing nanosheet, comprising the steps of:adding 0.5 mmol of bismuth salt compound as a raw material into 200 mL of ethylene glycol ethyl ether as a solvent, stirring with sonication to homogenization until a clear solution is obtained,
subsequently stirring the solution at 25° C. for 30 min, under a protection of an inert gas,
cooling the resultant to ambient temperature,
then adding an aqueous reducing solution containing 20 mmol NaBH4 dropwise thereto under an inert gas atmosphere, and stirring for another 15 min, and
after completion of the reaction, allowing the reaction product to be sonicated, filtered, washed with ethanol and water, collected, and dried, to obtain the bismuth-containing nanosheet with a thickness of 0.7 nm.

US Pat. No. 11,111,556

ABRASION-RESISTANT STEEL PLATE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ABRASION-RESISTANT STEEL PLATE

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...


1. An abrasion-resistant steel plate comprising:a chemical composition containing, in mass %,C: more than 0.23% and 0.34% or less,
Si: 0.01% to 1.0%,
Mn: 0.30% to 2.50%,
P: 0.020% or less,
S: 0.01% or less,
Cr: 0.01% to 2.00%,
Al: 0.001% to 0.100%,
N: 0.01% or less, and
a balance consisting of Fe and inevitable impurities; and

a microstructure in which a volume fraction of martensite at a depth of 1 mm from a surface of the abrasion-resistant steel plate is 90% or more, and a prior austenite grain size at the mid-thickness of the abrasion-resistant steel plate is 80 ?m or less,
wherein hardness at a depth of 1 mm from the surface of the abrasion-resistant steel plate is 460 to 590 HBW 10/3000 in Brinell hardness, and
a concentration [Mn] of Mn in mass % and a concentration [P] of P in mass % in a plate thickness central segregation area satisfy the following Expression (1):0.04[Mn]+[P]<0.50??(1).


US Pat. No. 11,111,555

METHOD FOR PRODUCING RAIL

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...


1. A method for producing a rail comprising:hot rolling a steel raw material to obtain a rail, the steel raw material having a chemical composition containing, in mass %,
C: 0.70% to 0.85%,
Si: 0.1% to 1.5%,
Mn: 0.4% to 1.5%,
P: 0.035% or less,
S: 0.010% or less, and
Cr: 0.05% to 1.50% with the balance being Fe and inevitable impurities;
straightening the rail with a load of 50 tf or more; and
subsequently subjecting the rail to heat treatment in which the rail is held in a temperature range of 150° C. or more and 400° C. or less for 0.5 hours or more and 10 hours or less.

US Pat. No. 11,111,554

STABILIZER

NHK SPRING CO., LTD., Yo...


1. A stabilizer formed by using a metal bar having a solid structure, the stabilizer comprising:a torsion part extending in a vehicle width direction, and having a diameter of 10 to 32 mm,
wherein the stabilizer has a chemical composition containing at least C: 0.15% or more to 0.39% or less by mass, at least Mn: 0.50% or more to 1.70% or less by mass, and at least B: 0.0005% or more to 0.0003% or less by mass, and Fe, and also has a metal structure 90% or more of which is a martensite structure, the stabilizer having a Rockwell hardness (HRC) of 44.5 or more, and a Charpy impact value of 30 J/cm2 or more at room temperature, and
wherein a compress residual stress is present from a stabilizer surface to a depth of at least 0.8 mm, and has a value of 150 MPa or more under no load.

US Pat. No. 11,111,553

HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...


1. A high-strength steel sheet comprising:a component composition including:C: 0.15% to 0.40%, by mass %,
Si: 0.5% to 2.5%, by mass %,
Mn: 0.5% to 2.4%, by mass %,
P: 0.1% or lower, by mass %,
S: 0.01% or lower, by mass %,
Al: 0.01% to 0.5%, by mass %,
N: 0.010% or lower, by mass %, and
Fe and incidental impurities; and

a steel microstructure containing, on an area-percentage basis with respect to the entire steel microstructure, 40% or more and less than 85% of a lower bainite, 5% or more and less than 40% martensite including tempered martensite, 10% or more and 30% or less retained austenite, and 10% or less (including 0%) polygonal ferrite, the retained austenite having an average C content of 0.60% by mass or more,
wherein:a Mn segregation value at a surface of the steel sheet is 0.8% or less, the Mn segregation value being defined as a difference between maximum and minimum values of a Mn concentration at the surface as measured by line analysis in a 1-mm-long portion of the surface perpendicular to a rolling direction using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA),
a tensile strength of the steel sheet is 1,320 MPa or more,
a ratio R/t of a limit bending radius (R) to a thickness (t) of the steel sheet is 2.0 or less,
tensile strength×total elongation of the steel sheet is 15,000 MPa·% or more, and
tensile strength×hole expansion ratio of the steel sheet is 50,000 MPa·% or more.


US Pat. No. 11,111,552

METHODS FOR PROCESSING METAL ALLOYS

ATI PROPERTIES LLC, Alba...


1. A method of processing a superaustenitic stainless steel alloy, the method comprising:heating a superaustenitic stainless steel alloy to a temperature in a working temperature range, wherein the working temperature range is from a recrystallization temperature of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy to a temperature below an incipient melting temperature of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy;
working the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy in the working temperature range to provide a superaustenitic stainless steel article comprising a surface region and a central region, wherein the surface region comprises a mixture of recrystallized grains and unrecrystallized grains, and wherein the central region is fully recrystallized;
transferring the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article to a heating apparatus within a time that does not exceed the time to an apex of a time-temperature-transformation curve for dissolution of an intermetallic sigma-phase precipitate of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy;
heating the surface region of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article to a temperature range of greater than 1900° F. to 2000° F.;
maintaining the surface region of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article in the temperature range of greater than 1900° F. to 2000° F. for 1 minute to 30 minutes to recrystallize only grains in the surface region of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article and provide a fully recrystallized surface region; and
cooling the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article from the temperature range of greater than 1900° F. to 2000° F. at a cooling rate and to a temperature that minimizes grain growth in the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article;
wherein after the cooling the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article, an average grain size of the superaustenitic stainless steel alloy article is in an ASTM grain size number range of 00 to less than 3 wherein the cooling rate comprises a range from 0.3 Fahrenheit degrees per minute to 10 Fahrenheit degrees per minute.

US Pat. No. 11,111,551

HIDE SORTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

National Beef Packing Com...


1. A method of hide sorting comprising:accessing a tanning system database to identify a batch identifier associated with a batch;
identifying the batch identifier based on the batch identifier being associated with the batch unloaded from a chroming drum as indicated by the tanning system database, wherein the batch includes a plurality of hides;
determining, using the tanning system database, a batch characteristic associated with the plurality of hides;
determining, using a classifying device, a grade of a hide of the plurality of hides; and
sorting the hide based on the batch characteristic and the grade.

US Pat. No. 11,111,538

MULTIPLEXED PARALLEL ANALYSIS OF TARGETED GENOMIC REGIONS FOR NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING

NIPD GENETICS PUBLIC COMP...


1. A method of testing for a risk of a chromosomal and/or subchromosomal abnormality in a sequencing library comprising a mixture of amplified maternal and fetal DNA, the method comprising:(a) preparing the sequencing library from the mixture of amplified maternal and fetal DNA and amplifying the sequencing library by polymerase chain reaction (PCR);
(b) preparing custom synthetic Target Capture Sequences (TACS) by PCR or other DNA synthesis methods;
(c) hybridizing the sequencing library to a pool of the TACS, wherein the pool comprises TACS that bind to one or more chromosomes or chromosomal regions of interest and wherein:(i) each TACS within the pool is between 150-260 base pairs in length, each TACS having a 5? end and a 3? end;
(ii) each TACS within the pool binds to the chromosome(s) or chromosomal region(s) of interest at least 150 base pairs away, on both the 5? end and the 3? end, from regions harboring Copy Number Variations (CNVs), Segmental duplications or repetitive DNA elements; and
(iii) the TACS have a GC content between 19% and 50%;

(d) isolating members of the sequencing library that bind to the TACS to obtain an enriched library;
(e) amplifying and sequencing the enriched library;
(f) aligning, after sequencing, the enriched library to a human reference genome, thereby obtaining fragment-length information of the enriched library and a read-depth for one or more test loci from the enriched library and/or reference loci from the human reference genome;
(g) performing multiple statistical analysis iteratively testing the read-depth for the one or more test loci against the read-depth for the one or more reference loci, thereby obtaining a component score, wherein the component score is obtained by:i. selecting a first random locus from a tested region;
ii. recording a read-depth and GC content of the first random locus;
iii. selecting a second random locus from a reference region, where the reference region is different from the tested region and wherein the second random locus has a GC content similar to the GC content of the first random locus;
iv. recording a read-depth of the second random locus from the reference region, thereby providing a test-reference locus pair;
v. repeating steps (i)-(iv) according to a total number of TACS in the tested region;
vi. calculating a test score based on the difference in read-depth between each of the test-reference locus pairs from step (v);
vii. repeating steps (i)-(vi) until a distribution of the test score converges to a stationary distribution; and
viii. computing a first component risk score using the stationary distribution from step (vii);

(h) performing a statistical analysis that groups fragments according to length and subsequently compares statistically a number of fragments in each group for the tested and reference regions to generate a second component risk score; and
(i) assigning score values using multivariable method combining risk scores from step (g)(viii) and step (h), wherein the risk of the chromosomal and/or subchromosomal abnormality is classified as high, if the score values are above a reference threshold value.

US Pat. No. 11,111,532

METHOD OF CHARACTERIZING A TARGET RIBONUCLEIC ACID (RNA) COMPRISING FORMING A COMPLEMENTARY POLYNUCLEOTIDE WHICH MOVES THROUGH A TRANSMEMBRANE PORE

Oxford Nanopore Technolog...


1. A method of characterising a target ribonucleic acid (RNA) comprising a poly A tail, the method comprising:(a) forming a complementary polynucleotide from the target RNA by hybridising a primer to the poly A tail of the target RNA and using the primer to reverse transcribe the target RNA to form the complementary polynucleotide, wherein the primer comprises a leader sequence and/or a region to which a polynucleotide binding protein is capable of binding;
(b) contacting the complementary polynucleotide with a transmembrane pore such that the complementary polynucleotide moves through the pore; and
(c) taking one or more measurements as the complementary polynucleotide moves with respect to the pore wherein the measurements are indicative of one or more characteristics of the complementary polynucleotide and thereby characterising the target RNA,wherein the method does not comprise polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR), and
wherein the complementary polynucleotide is contacted with the pore when the complementary polynucleotide is fully or partially hybridized to the targt RNA.


US Pat. No. 11,111,529

METHOD OF ELIMINATING BACKGROUND AMPLIFICATION OF NUCLEIC ACID TARGETS

THE FOUNDATION FOR THE PR...


1. A method of isothermal amplification of a nucleic acid target sequence to obtain an amplified sequence, the method comprising:(a) obtaining a mixture of:(i) buffer comprising a polymerase, nicking enzyme and exonuclease,
(ii) a first oligonucleotide which is an amplification oligonucleotide having a nucleic acid sequence between 10 and 40 nucleotides, wherein the sequence includes a partial repeat structure containing a nicking enzyme recognition site,
(iii) a second oligonucleotide which is a leak absorption oligonucleotide having a nucleic acid sequence between 10 and 35 nucleotides, a 3? end that is complementary to the amplified sequence, and a 5? end that encodes a sequence of a tail which is appended to the amplified sequence, the sequence of the tail having a length between 2 and 6 nucleotides and being different from the amplified sequence, and
(iv) a third oligonucleotide which is a target-specific conversion oligonucleotide having a 3? end that is complementary to the nucleic acid target sequence and a 5? end at least partially complementary to 3? end of the amplification oligonucleotide;

(b) adding the mixture of (a) to a sample to be analyzed;
(c) incubating the sample at constant temperature; and
(d) detecting the nucleic acid target sequence through amplification of the amplified sequence, while eliminating background amplification by the leak absorption oligonucleotide.

US Pat. No. 11,111,524

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING SEQUENCE VARIANTS USING CONCATENATION

OXFORD NANOPORE TECHNOLOG...


1. A method of sequencing, comprising:(a) concatenating a plurality of molecules of cfDNA (cell-free DNA) to each other to produce concatenated cfDNA that comprises multiple molecules of the DNA joined together;
(b) fragmenting the concatenated DNA to produce fragments of concatenated DNA; and
(c) sequencing the fragments of concatenated DNA, or amplification products thereof, to produce a plurality of sequence reads.

US Pat. No. 11,111,523

NUCLEIC ACID PROBE WITH SINGLE FLUOROPHORE LABEL BOUND TO INTERNAL CYTOSINE FOR USE IN LOOP MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION

MAST GROUP LIMITED, Live...


1. A method of detecting a target nucleic acid sequence in a sample, the method comprising:isothermally amplifying a target nucleic acid in the sample by loop-mediated isothermal amplification to provide an amplified nucleic acid, wherein the isothermal amplification incorporates a probe comprising an oligonucleotide sequence into the amplified nucleic acid, the oligonucleotide sequence being complementary to a region of a target nucleic acid sequence, wherein said oligonucleotide sequence has only one fluorophore label, which label is bound to an internal cytosine base that is not disposed in the first three bases from either the 5? or the 3? end, and wherein said probe comprising the oligonucleotide sequence does not have a 3? end terminator;
measuring fluorescence of the incorporated fluorophore label in the amplified nucleic acid during the isothermal nucleic acid amplification; and
detecting the presence of the target nucleic acid, wherein an increase in fluorescence of the amplified nucleic acid during the isothermal nucleic acid amplification indicates the presence of the target nucleic acid in the sample.

US Pat. No. 11,111,517

HBA1C DEHYDROGENASE

Kikkoman Corporation, Ch...


1. A method for measurement of hemoglobin A1c in a sample comprising contacting an HbA1c dehydrogenase directly acting on hemoglobin A1c with hemoglobin A1c in a sample and measuring a reduced electron mediator that is not hydrogen peroxide generated by the action or an oxidized electron mediator that is not oxygen consumed by the action, wherein a protease is not applied to the sample, and wherein the measurement is solely based on measuring the dehydrogenase activity of the HbA1c dehydrogenase.

US Pat. No. 11,111,515

HIGHLY SELECTIVE NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION PRIMERS

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVER...


11. A kit of reagents for performing amplification and detection according to claim 1, including at least one multi-part primer as defined in claim 1, at least one reverse primer, amplification buffer, dNTPs, DNA polymerase, and at least one detection reagent.

US Pat. No. 11,111,514

METHOD FOR MULTIPLEXED NUCLEIC ACID PATCH POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION

Washington University, S...


1. A method of sequencing at least two different nucleic acid sequences, the method comprising:a) defining the 5? and 3? ends of the at least two linear nucleic acid sequences of double stranded genomic DNA by:i) denaturing the double stranded genomic DNA;
ii) annealing an upstream nucleic acid guide sequence and a downstream nucleic acid guide sequence to the at least two nucleic acid sequences of the genomic DNA, wherein the upstream nucleic acid guide sequence and the downstream nucleic acid guide sequence include a Type IIS restriction endonuclease recognition sequence, which allows a Type IIS restriction endonuclease to cleave the genomic DNA at known sites; and
iii) cleaving the genomic DNA with the Type IIS restriction endonuclease;

b) annealing an upstream and a downstream patch nucleic acid sequence to the linear nucleic acid sequence and to an adapter nucleic acid sequence;
c) ligating the adapter nucleic acid sequence to the known 5? and 3? ends of the at least two linear nucleic acid sequences;
d) digesting the unselected genomic DNA with exonuclease III and exonuclease VII; and
e) sequencing the known nucleic acid sequence.

US Pat. No. 11,111,511

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHYTOSPHINGOSINE OR SPHINGANINE

AJINOMOTO CO, INC., Toky...


1. A method for producing an objective substance, the method comprising:cultivating yeast having an ability to produce the objective substance in a culture medium; and
collecting the objective substance from cells of the yeast and/or the culture medium,
wherein the yeast has been modified so that the expression and/or activities of proteins encoded by LCB4, CKA2, and ORM2 genes are reduced, and
wherein the objective substance is selected from the group consisting of phytosphingosine (PHS) and sphinganine (DHS), and
wherein the culture medium contains cyclodextrin.

US Pat. No. 11,111,498

HIGH FRUCTAN CEREAL PLANTS

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC A...


1. A method of identifying a variety of wheat grain which has increased levels of fructan comprising:(i) obtaining wheat grain of a mutant hexaploid wheat plant grown in a field,wherein said wheat grain has a reduced level or activity of an endogenous starch synthase (SSII) polypeptide relative to grain from a wild-type wheat plant grown under the same environmental conditions as the mutant hexaploid wheat plant,
wherein said wheat grain is homozygous for null alleles of an SSII gene in each of the A, B, and D genomes, wherein the homozygous alleles of the SSII gene of one or more of the A, B, and/or D genome(s) comprises a single base-pair substitution, insertion, or deletion;

(ii) determining the amount of fructan in the wheat grain; and
(iii) if the wheat grain comprises at least 3% fructan as a percentage of the wheat grain weight, selecting the wheat grain.

US Pat. No. 11,111,490

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MASSIVELY PARALLEL COMBINATORIAL ANALYSIS OF SINGLE CELLS

GigaGen, Inc., South San...


1. A composition for droplet overlap extension RT-PCR (OE-RT-PCR) of transcripts in an inducer cell expressing a human T cell receptor (TCR) and an antigen presenting cell (APC) expressing a peptide:MHC complex, the composition comprising a TCR?? primer pool and a second probe, wherein:the TCR?? primer pool comprises
(i) a plurality of universal primers for an ? or ? constant region, wherein each of the universal primers comprises a first subsequence that is complementary to a transcript encoding an ? or ? constant region of the TCR and a second subsequence that has an OE-RT-PCR linker sequence, and
wherein the OE-RT-PCR linker sequence is an artificial linker sequence and is not homologous to any endogenous sequence, and wherein at least one of the universal primers comprises a sequence complementary to a transcript encoding an a constant region of the TCR and at least one of the universal primers comprises a sequence complementary to a transcript encoding a ? constant region of the TCR,
wherein the plurality of universal primers comprise a primer comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO: 20 or SEQ ID NO: 24; and
(ii) a plurality of TCR V primers comprising a first subsequence that is complementary to a transcript encoding a V segment of the TCR and a second subsequence that has the OE-RT-PCR linker sequence, and
the second probe of comprises a third subsequence that is complementary to a transcript encoding the peptide:MHC complex and a fourth subsequence that is complementary to the OE-RT-PCR linker sequence,
wherein the universal primers and the second probe are configured for OE-RT-PCR amplification of a product containing a TCR polynucleotide and a peptide:MHC polynucleotide,
wherein the plurality of TCR V primers comprise a primer comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO: 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, or 23.

US Pat. No. 11,111,472

DELIVERY OF BIOMOLECULES TO IMMUNE CELLS

Massachusetts Institute o...


1. A method for engineering of immune cell function in an immune cell comprising intracellular delivery of a compound by passing a suspension comprising said immune cell through a microfluidic device comprising a constriction and contacting the immune cell with said compound to deliver said compound into the cytosol of said immune cell, wherein the constriction has a diameter of 2 ?m to 10 ?m, and wherein said compound:a) comprises a differentiation factor, a self-amplifying RNA that encodes for continual production of an encoded protein, a chimeric antigen receptor, a nucleic acid encoding a chimeric antigen receptor, a tolerogenic factor, an adjuvant, a virus, a virus-like particle, a nucleic acid that is a plasmid, a nucleic acid that is a transposon, or a nucleic acid that encodes an MHC complex; or
b) confers the expression of a homing phenotype to the immune cell; or
c) induces the differentiation of the immune cell into a cell with a tolerogenic phenotype; or
d) enhances immune cell function, wherein the immune cell is a T cell, and wherein the compound that enhances T cell function is an immune checkpoint pathway inhibitor.

US Pat. No. 11,111,471

CONTINUOUS PERFUSION BIOREACTOR SYSTEM

GLOBAL LIFE SCIENCES SOLU...


1. A system, comprising:a first apparatus, comprising:a disposable first collapsible bag adapted for containing a liquid, the first collapsible bag including at least first and second inlets, at least a first outlet, and a base plate that is attached to the collapsible bag and configured to support an impeller;
a first reusable support structure adapted for surrounding and supporting the first collapsible bag and configured to permit passage of the at least first and second inlets and the at least a first outlet through support structure walls; and

a second apparatus comprising:
a second disposable collapsible bag and a second reusable support structure having support structure walls adapted for supporting the second collapsible bag, the second collapsible bag further configured with at least one inlet and at least a first and second outlets and further configured to separate solids from the liquid in the interior of the second disposable collapsible bag; and,
wherein the first outlet of the first collapsible bag is in fluid communication with an inlet of the second collapsible bag via the passage of fluid through the walls of the first support structure,
wherein the first outlet of the second collapsible bag in the second support structure of the second apparatus is in fluid communication with the first inlet of the first collapsible bag in the first support structure of the first apparatus further configured to recycle solids separated from the liquid in the second collapsible bag back to the first collapsible bag;
wherein the second outlet of the second apparatus is configured to remove a first volume of liquid from the second apparatus; and,
wherein the second inlet of the first apparatus is configured to receive a second volume of liquid that maintains a substantially constant liquid volume in the first and second apparatuses with continuous fluid flow through the first and second apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 11,111,470

PACKED-BED BIOREACTOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Corning Incorporated, Co...


1. A packed-bed bioreactor system for culturing cells, the system comprising:a cell culture vessel comprising at least one interior reservoir, an inlet fluidly connected to the reservoir, and an outlet fluidly connected to the reservoir; and
a cell culture matrix disposed in the reservoir, the cell culture matrix comprising a structurally defined multi-layered substrate configured for adhering cells thereto,
wherein a plurality of layers in the structurally defined multi-layered substrate are not separated by a spacer material or a physical barrier, and
wherein each layer of the multi-layered substrate comprises a physical structure and a porosity that are in an ordered array that is substantially regular and uniform.

US Pat. No. 11,111,469

DEVICE FOR CELL CULTURE

POLITECNICO DI MILANO, M...


1. A device for cell culture comprising: a main body (11);wherein: said main body (11) comprises a plurality of circular portions (21-23); said device comprises a plurality of caps (51-53); each of said plurality of caps (51-53) comprises a base structure (58) having a circular hole (57), housing an upper slide (54) and an elastomeric layer (56) secured to said slide (54); each elastomeric layer (56) having a rectangular hole (59); said plurality of caps (51-53) being adapted to cooperate with said plurality of circular portions (21-23); and each of said plurality of circular portions (21-23) each comprise an inlet hole (64-66) and an outlet hole (67-69) aligned with a long side of each rectangular hole (59), to perfuse a culture chamber (12-14) located in said rectangular hole (59) of each elastomeric layer (56).