US Pat. No. 10,689,931

SETTING TOOLS AND ASSEMBLIES FOR SETTING A DOWNHOLE ISOLATION DEVICE SUCH AS A FRAC PLUG

Repeat Precision, LLC, H...

1. A downhole setting tool for setting a downhole isolation device, the downhole setting tool comprising:a mandrel having an upper end and a lower end, the mandrel comprising a chamber for housing expandable gas and a gas port in fluid communication with the chamber, the lower end of the mandrel being couplable to an upper end of a downhole isolation device mandrel, wherein the upper end of the mandrel is configured for coupling to a firing head that enables igniting a power charge to generate pressurized gas within the chamber;
a barrel piston having a central bore configured for housing the mandrel, a lower end of the barrel piston being couplable to a setting sleeve for setting the downhole isolation device; and
an expansion region defined between the mandrel and the barrel piston and being in fluid communication with the gas port so as to receive the pressurized gas, the expansion region being further defined by seals provided in between the mandrel and the barrel piston, thereby enabling the pressurized gas to exert force on the mandrel and the barrel piston to cause a stroke of the barrel piston over the mandrel as the expansion region expands axially;
wherein the barrel piston has an outer diameter to define a continuous cylindrical surface without a shoulder along the length thereof, and the lower end of the barrel piston is configured to be secured directly to an upper portion of the setting sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,689,930

DUAL-ACTION HYDRAULICALLY OPERABLE ANCHOR AND METHODS OF OPERATION AND MANUFACTURE FOR WELLBORE EXIT MILLING

1. A dual-action hydraulically operable anchor for wellbore exit milling, comprising:a hydraulic anchor comprising a hydraulic anchor body, and an upper piston and an opposing lower piston, said upper piston and said lower piston for fixing an anchor in a wellbore to fixedly position whipstock in a wellbore, said whipstock for wellbore exit milling and for guiding lateral drilling outside the wellbore, said hydraulic anchor further comprising:
an upper sub for slidably engaging and housing a floating mandrel, said upper sub also housing said upper piston;
a split clamp flexibly retaining said upper sub and fixedly retaining said hydraulic anchor body with confined movement toward and away from said upper sub and hydraulic anchor body;
a lower cap fixedly coupled to said hydraulic anchor body and comprising a guide nose for guiding said hydraulic anchor within said wellbore, said lower cap and said hydraulic anchor body forming a fixed housing;
said floating mandrel comprising a mandrel with threadably attached upper piston and slidably moveable within said upper sub and said fixed housing and along the longitudinal axis of said fixed housing for transmitting a hydraulic fluid into said fixed housing or, alternatively, for transmitting compressive force from said upper piston, or alternatively, for transmitting compressive force deriving from mechanical force applied to a work string and an adjoining bottom hole assembly above and adjoining the hydraulic anchor;
said lower piston located below said upper piston and operable from a first position to a second position along said floating mandrel using said transmitted hydraulic fluid;
a T-slot adapter engaging said lower piston;
a slip engaging said T-slot adapter and slidable within said fixed housing from a flush position along said fixed housing to an extended position along said fixed housing in response to movement of said T-slot adapter and said lower piston within said fixed housing, such that said slip firmly engages the wellbore to hold said hydraulic anchor and said whipstock in a fixed position within the wellbore, thereby providing a path for lateral drilling outside the wellbore: and
a threaded ratchet nut attached to said lower piston and slidably moveable along a threaded portion of the floating mandrel, said threaded ratchet nut mechanically locking said lower piston in a second position, with said slips being retained mechanically in the extended position engaging the wellbore wall.

US Pat. No. 10,689,929

MPD-CAPABLE FLOW SPOOLS

AMERIFORGE GROUP, INC., ...

1. A riser segment assembly comprising:a main tube defining a primary lumen and a collar defining a lateral opening in fluid communication with the primary lumen;
two flanges each coupled to a different end of the main tube, each flange comprising:
a mating face configured to mate with a flange of an adjacent riser segment; and
a central flange lumen configured to be in fluid communication with the primary lumen of the main tube;
a valve coupled to the lateral opening, the valve having a longitudinal flow axis that is more parallel than perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the main tube;
a retainer coupled to the main tube, the retainer comprising a body having a top, a bottom, and a periphery between the top and the bottom, the body defining a recess extending laterally through the periphery of the body; and
a first connector configured to be coupled to the valve and to releasably engage the retainer without welding to secure the first connector in fixed relation to the main tube;
wherein the recess is configured to receive a portion of the first connector and thereby restrict lateral movement of the first connector and at least a portion of the valve relative to the main tube.

US Pat. No. 10,689,928

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGED PRESSURE DRILLING

EQUINOR ENERGY AS, Stava...

1. A method for use with a managed pressure drilling (MPD) system, the system comprising a drill string having a drill bit, an annulus defined outside of the drill string, a mud pump for pumping mud down through the drill string and back up through the annulus, a control choke in an extraction path coupled to the annulus, a back pressure pump also coupled to the extraction path, and a programmable logic controller (PLC) for controlling the control choke, the method comprising:a) performing measurements to determine a dataset comprising, for each of a plurality of time steps k: a value of fluid flow rate through the drill bit qbit[k], a value of fluid flow rate through the control choke qc[k], a value of fluid flow rate from the back pressure pump qbpp[k] and a value of fluid pressure at the control choke pc[k];
b) executing an inversion algorithm on the PLC to obtain a value for the bulk modulus of a fluid within the annulus, the inversion algorithm taking the dataset as an input, wherein the inversion algorithm accounts for a measurement bias bq in one or more of said measurements;
c) updating one or more control parameters of the PLC based on the value for the bulk modulus; and
d) manipulating the control choke using the PLC to attain a desired pressure in the system.

US Pat. No. 10,689,927

UNIVERSAL DRILLING AND COMPLETION SYSTEM

Smart Drilling and Comple...

1. A method to rotary drill a wellbore, comprising:providing a wellbore with a casing, the casing having an interior surface;
providing a rotating tubular element at least a portion of which is disposed within the casing of the wellbore, the rotating tubular element having a distal end;
providing a drill bit at the distal end of the rotating tubular element;
providing a first annular hydraulic seal having an inner surface rigidly mounted on the exterior of the rotating tubular element and an outer surface spaced from the interior of the casing and forming an annular passageway between the outer surface of the seal and the interior surface of the casing, and having a having a first proximal side and a second distal side, wherein the second distal side is closer to the drill bit;
supplying clean mud to the hydraulic annular seal, wherein the mud passes from the first proximal side to the second distal side of the hydraulic seal solely through the annular passageway in the hydraulic seal, and wherein the annular passageway causes a pressure drop in the mud at the location of the annular passageway; and
supplying clean mud to the drill bit from the second distal side of the hydraulic annular seal.

US Pat. No. 10,689,926

LOST CIRCULATION ZONE ISOLATING LINER

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of conducting operations in a wellbore comprising:handling a bottom-hole assembly in the wellbore that comprises an annular housing, and includes a tubular liner inserted within the housing;
deploying the tubular liner from within the housing and adjacent to a lost circulation zone in the wellbore;
urging the liner radially outward into contact with sidewalls of the wellbore;
conforming the liner with a contour of the wellbore by pressing the liner against the sidewalls of the wellbore to remediate the lost circulation zone; and
the liner is threadingly attached to a piston assembly that is in the housing and adjacent the liner, and where deploying the liner comprises pressurizing the housing on a side of the piston assembly opposite the liner to urge the liner from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,689,925

PIPE WRENCH

18. A method for making-up or breaking-out threaded connections between tubular members with a pipe wrench, comprising:gripping a first tubular member with an upper wrench assembly of the pipe wrench;
gripping a second tubular member with a lower wrench assembly of the pipe wrench, wherein the upper and lower wrench assemblies axially overlap and radially engage with one another and a support frame coupled to the lower wrench assembly that supports the lower wrench assembly and the upper wrench assembly through the lower wrench assembly;
biasing the upper and lower wrench assemblies away from one another; and
rotating the first tubular member relative to the second tubular member via a segmented gear coupled to the upper or lower wrench assembly, the segmented gear rotated via a drive gear that is coupled to and between the segmented gear and a drive source and that receives power from the drive source, thereby making-up or breaking-out a threaded connection disposed between the first and second tubular members, wherein at least a portion of the segmented gear is disposed within a gear casing coupled to and between the support frame and the upper wrench assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,689,924

LIFT ASSIST FOR A TRUSS

CW10K40 LLC, Paracorp Inc...

1. A trailer comprising:a frame;
a boom pivotally connected to the frame;
a truss positioned on the frame and supporting the boom; and
a lift assist assembly configured to raise and lower the truss via force applied from a hydraulic cylinder coupled to the lift assist assembly, the lift assist assembly including:
a first plate and a second plate aligned parallel to the first plate; wherein the first and second plates are joined at first, second and third pivot locations; the first pivot location including a roller, the second pivot location comprises a sleeve and the third pivot location includes a coupling that permits the hydraulic cylinder to be coupled to the lift assist assembly; further wherein travel of a shaft of the hydraulic cylinder will cause the lift assist assembly to move the location of the roller along an arc of a circle centered on an axis of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,689,923

COMPENSATING RIG ELEVATOR

CAJUN SERVICES UNLIMITED,...

7. A method of assembling tubulars using a compensating rig elevator, comprising:providing the compensating rig elevator having:
a first upper portion rotatable about a hinge axis relative to a second upper portion, wherein the first upper portion is rotatable between an open position and a closed position;
a first lower portion rotatable about the hinge axis relative to a second lower portion, wherein the first lower portion is rotatable between the open position and the closed position;
a first hoist assembly connected to the first upper portion and connected to the first lower portion, and a second hoist assembly connected to the second upper portion and connected to the second lower portion, wherein the hoist assemblies are configured to dampen motion of bail arms of the hoist assemblies toward the upper portions along a compensation axis that is substantially parallel to the hinge axis;
a first middle portion rotatable about the hinge axis relative to a second middle portion, wherein the first middle portion is rotatable between the open position and the closed position, and where the middle portions are connected to the lower portions;
at least one compensating ram connecting the middle portions to the lower portions;
a plurality of rollers connected to the middle portions;
suspending the compensating rig elevator by the bail arms;
positioning at least one tubular in the compensating rig elevator such that the at least one tubular contacts the plurality of rollers to deflect the bail arms along the compensation axis;
varying, by the at least one compensating ram, a distance between the middle portions and the lower portions between a first position and a second position; and
freely rotating the at least one tubular relative to the compensating rig elevator to start a selective interconnection between a pin end of the at least one tubular and a box end of another tubular.

US Pat. No. 10,689,922

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TENSION OR HEAVE COMPENSATION IN AN OFFSHORE DRILLING ENVIRONMENT

CASTOR DRILLING SOLUTION ...

1. A tensioning system for an offshore drilling or production operation, comprising:at least one motor assembly comprising:
at least one digital hydraulic motor comprising a number of cylinders, wherein:
a volume of each cylinder is coupled to a high pressure accumulator via a high pressure hydraulic pipe system,
a high pressure fluid passage into each cylinder is individually controlled by a high pressure valve,
each cylinder is further coupled to a low pressure accumulator via a low pressure hydraulic pipe system, and
a low pressure fluid passage into each cylinder is individual controlled by a low pressure valve;
wherein each cylinder has at least an active state and a passive state;
wherein a total power applied is defined by a respective number of cylinders being set in the active state, and the respective number of cylinders being set in active state are adapted at any time to a required applied power at any specific moment in time, and wherein a total capacity of the high pressure accumulator is correspondingly adapted to a maximum required hydraulic pressure at any specific given operation depth and load;
a drum assembly bracket;
at least one wire drum;
at least one wire rope having a first end which is fixedly attached to the wire drum of the motor assembly, and a second end attached to a tensioning object, wherein the tensioning object is attached to a subsea floor or subsea floor assembly; and
wherein the at least one digitally hydraulic motor is coupled with the at least one wire drum via a gear assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,689,921

ONE-PIECE PRODUCTION/ANNULUS BORE STAB WITH INTEGRAL FLOW PATHS

FMC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A production/annulus bore stab, comprising:a one-piece body comprising a first cylindrical outer surface and a second cylindrical outer surface; and
a plurality of individual fluid flow paths defined entirely within the one-piece body, each of the individual fluid flow paths being fluidly isolated from one another within the one-piece body, each of the fluid flow paths comprising a first inlet/outlet at a first end of the fluid flow path and a second inlet/outlet at a second end of the fluid flow path, wherein the first inlet/outlet is positioned in the first cylindrical outer surface and the second inlet/outlet is positioned in the second cylindrical outer surface, wherein at least a portion of the one-piece body is adapted to be positioned within and sealingly coupled to an item of equipment that has at least one fluid flow path formed therein such that the at least one fluid flow path within the item of equipment is in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of individual fluid flow paths defined within the one-piece body via the first inlet/outlet or the second inlet/outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,689,920

WELLHEAD INTERNAL LATCH RING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

Downing Wellhead Equipmen...

1. An improved wellhead internal latch ring comprising:an annular running tool brace portion;
an annular load retention portion coupled below the annular running tool brace portion, the annular load retention portion stepped outward from a bottom of the annular running tool brace portion; and
a plurality of slots dispersed around the load retention portion, each slot of the plurality of slots extending axially through at least a portion of the annular load retention portion;
wherein the annular load retention portion and the running tool brace portion form a c-shaped ring.

US Pat. No. 10,689,919

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RELEASING A PORTION OF A DRILL STRING FROM A DRILLED CABLE

BLY IP INC., Salt Lake C...

1. A cable release system comprising:a swivel body configured for coupling to a drilling cable and having a distal end portion, the distal end portion having an outer surface and defining at least one groove that is radially recessed relative to the outer surface;
a bearing assembly having:
a receptacle body having a wall with an outer surface, the wall having a proximal portion that has an inner surface that defines an interior cavity configured to receive at least a portion of the distal end portion of the swivel body; and
an outer sleeve having a wall at least partially circumferentially surrounding the wall of the receptacle body, the wall of the outer sleeve having an inner surface that is radially spaced from the outer surface of the wall of the receptacle body;
a plurality of locking elements positioned in engagement with the inner surface of the outer sleeve; and
a release sleeve assembly that is axially moveable relative to a drilling axis, wherein, upon movement of the release sleeve assembly in a distal direction relative to the drilling axis, the release sleeve assembly is configured to engage the outer sleeve of the bearing assembly to effect distal movement of the outer sleeve relative to the drilling axis from a first axial position to a second axial position, and
wherein distal movement of the outer sleeve of the bearing assembly from the first axial position to the second axial position effects radial movement of the plurality of locking elements from a retracted position in which the locking elements are received within the at least one groove of the distal end portion of the swivel body to an extended position in which the locking elements are disengaged from the outer surface of the distal end portion of the swivel body.

US Pat. No. 10,689,918

RETRIEVABLE RE-CONNECTING DEVICE WITH INTERNAL SEAL AND SLIPS FOR CONNECTING TO THE TOP OF AN EXISTING TUBING IN A WELL BORE

1. A re-connecting device for connecting and sealing against a damaged existing/remaining tubing in a well bore or a casing string or a pipe, the tubing having smaller diameter than the well bore, the casing string, or the pipe, and for repairing of the tubing, the re-connecting device comprising:an outer body and at least one sealing element arranged therein,
wherein the outer body is arranged to enable the entrance of, and surrounding, the end part of the tubing in the well bore or the casing string or the pipe, and
a sealing assembly being arranged in the outer body, of the re-connecting device, for sealing it against the tubing, and said sealing assembly comprising the at least one sealing element,
wherein an internal and axially movable assembly is arranged inside the outer body and comprises an anchoring assembly, the sealing assembly and a release-able locking assembly,
wherein the anchoring assembly is configured for securing that the re-connecting device is firmly anchored to the tubing when activated, and
wherein the movable assembly and at least one of its anchoring assembly and sealing assembly is/are arranged to be activated by applying an axial mechanical/physical stroke to the top of the moveable assembly, and
wherein a connecting device, a fishing neck, is arranged in the upper end of the movable assembly, and by pulling the locking assembly upwards, fixing elements are sheared at a predetermined force and the re-connecting device is released from the tubing, thereby making the re-connecting device retrievable from the well bore, the casing or the pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,689,917

SIMPLIFIED PACKER PENETRATOR AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION

QUICK CONNECTORS, INC., ...

16. A method for installing an electrical connector packer penetrator comprising the steps of:stripping ends of electrical conductors of a first armored cable extending in a well bore;
stripping ends of electrical conductors of a second armored cable inserted in the well bore;
inserting each of the electrical conductors of the second armored cable through a packer and into a proximal mandrel attached to the packer;
fitting each of the electrical conductors of the second armored cable in stainless steel tubes and inserting the electrical conductors of the second armored cable into an elastomeric seal body;
seating the stainless steel tubes within the proximal mandrel;
covering each of the electrical conductors of the second armored cable with epoxy leaving the ends of the electrical conductors of the second armored cable exposed for connection to the electrical conductors of the first armored cable;
connecting each of the electrical conductors of the first armored cable to a corresponding one of the electrical conductors of the second armored cable using a socket and covering the socket with a dielectric insulator within an intermediate mandrel;
filling the intermediate mandrel with a dielectric grease; and
sealingly connecting the intermediate mandrel containing the socket to the proximal mandrel.

US Pat. No. 10,689,916

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DEPLOYING CABLE INTO A WELL

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A head assembly for a cable, wherein the head assembly comprises:an upper head attachment;
a lower head attachment disposed within the upper head attachment, wherein a breakout chamber is located in the lower head attachment and filled with a fluid, and wherein a rope socket is located in the breakout chamber, wherein the breakout chamber is in fluid communication with a flow path, and wherein the flow path comprises a piston, the piston disposed in the lower head attachment;
an upper compression seal assembly; and
a gripper cone;
wherein the fluid in the breakout chamber urges the piston to an expanded position away from the breakout chamber in response to an increase in downhole pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,689,915

EARTH-BORING TOOLS INCLUDING MOVABLE FORMATION-ENGAGING STRUCTURES

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

14. An earth-boring tool, comprising:a body comprising a plurality of blades;
a cutting element attached to one of the plurality of blades of the body;
a support member located within a recess in the body; and
a formation-engaging structure secured to the one of the plurality of blades of the body with the support member, the formation-engaging structure configured to move linearly relative to the body during a drilling operation between a first position and a second position, the formation-engaging structure being at least partially within a cutting path traversed by the cutting element mounted on the same blade of the plurality of blades as the formation-engaging structure when the formation-engaging structure is in the first position, and the formation-engaging structure being at least partially exposed beyond the cutting path traversed by the cutting element mounted on the same blade of the plurality of blades as the formation-engaging structure when the formation-engaging structure is in the second position, wherein a height of the cutting element above the one of the plurality of blades is greater than an exposure of the formation-engaging structure.

US Pat. No. 10,689,914

OPENING A WELLBORE WITH A SMART HOLE-OPENER

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wellbore-type hole opening system comprising:a retractable and extendable cone-type reamer positioned on a drill string and comprising three cones;
an extension and retraction mechanism configured to extend and retract the cone-type reamer;
a hydraulic power unit configured to control the extension and retraction mechanism and independently control the extension and retraction of the three cones of the retractable and extendable cone-type reamer;
a plurality of sensors positioned on or within the cone-type reamer, the plurality of sensors configured to detect parameters of the wellbore-type hole opening system; and
a controller operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit and the plurality of sensors, the controller configured to be positioned in a wellbore, the controller configured to:
receive a plurality of signals from the plurality of sensors, the plurality of signals representing the parameters detected by the plurality of sensors,
identify the parameters represented by the plurality of signals, and adjust a parameter of a wellbore-type hole opening operation in response to the received plurality of signals.

US Pat. No. 10,689,913

SUPPORTING A STRING WITHIN A WELLBORE WITH A SMART STABILIZER

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A well-string stabilizing system comprising:a retractable and extendable roller reamer positioned on a string and comprising three rollers, the retractable and extendable roller reamer configured to support and centralize the string within a wellbore;
an extension and retraction mechanism configured to extend and retract the roller reamer;
a hydraulic power unit configured to control the extension and retraction mechanism and independently control the extension and retraction of the three rollers of the retractable and extendable roller reamer;
a plurality of sensors positioned on or within the roller reamer, the plurality of sensors configured to detect parameters of the well-string stabilizing system; and
a controller operatively coupled to the hydraulic power unit and the plurality of sensors, the controller configured to be positioned in a wellbore, the controller configured to:
receive a plurality of signals from the plurality of sensors, the plurality of signals representing the parameters detected by the plurality of sensors,
identify the parameters represented by the plurality of signals, and
adjust a well-string stabilizing operation in response to the received plurality of signals.

US Pat. No. 10,689,912

SEALED BEARING ROCK BIT WITH A LOW PROFILE SEAL

PDB Tools, Inc., Grapevi...

1. A sealed bearing rock bit having a plurality of legs with journals formed to inwardly extend at the end of the leg, the rock bit comprising:each of the legs having a last machined surface located adjacent to the journals;
cutters rotatably mounted to respective ones of the journals, with back faces of the cutters located adjacent to and facing respective ones of the last machined surfaces of the legs;
seal grooves formed to extend into respective ones of the journals, at a base of each of the journals, said seal grooves being annular-shaped and circumscribing respective ones of the journals;
wherein the seal grooves are also formed to extend into respective ones of the last machined surfaces, adjacent to the journals, to define undercuts formed into respective ones of the last machined surfaces; and
the cutters each having an annular-shaped protrusion which extends beyond the back face of the cutters and into a respective one of said seal grooves, said annular-shaped protrusion extending beyond the plane of the respective last machined surface, and thereby extending a seal surface in which a seal engages between the journal and the cutter.

US Pat. No. 10,689,911

ROLLER CONE EARTH-BORING ROTARY DRILL BITS INCLUDING DISK HEELS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. An earth-boring rotary drill bit, comprising:a bit body; and
a plurality of roller cones coupled to the bit body, each roller cone of the plurality of roller cones comprising:
at least one row of cutting elements disposed circumferentially around the roller cone; and
a continuous disk heel located farther from an axis of rotation of the roller cone than the at least one row of cutting elements, the continuous disk heel comprising an uninterrupted surface free of cutting elements and exhibiting a reduced amount of aggressiveness compared to the at least one row of cutting elements, the continuous disk heel configured to cut and shape a gauge portion of a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,689,910

BI-DIRECTIONAL DRILLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method of removing material with a bit, the method comprising:rotating a top drive in a first rotational direction, wherein rotating the top drive in the first rotational direction includes rotating the bit in the first rotational direction for a first duration of time;
removing material from a wellbore surface for at least a portion of the first duration of time;
reversing a rotational direction of the top drive, wherein reversing the rotational direction of the top drive includes reversing the rotational direction of the bit;
rotating the top drive in a second rotational direction, wherein rotating the top drive in the second rotational direction includes rotating the bit in the second rotational direction for a second duration of time; and
removing material from the wellbore surface for at least a portion of the second duration of time.

US Pat. No. 10,689,909

LIGHTWEIGHT ELECTRIC EARTH DRILL

INTRADIN (SHANGHAI) MACHI...

1. A lightweight electric earth drill, comprising:a mounting plate,
a drill stem,
an outer shell,
a motor installed on the mounting plate and configured to drive the drill stem to rotate,
a rechargeable battery configured to power the motor, and
a controller configured to control the motor and electrically connected to the motor and the rechargeable battery;
wherein a lamp is electrically provided below the outer shell and connected to the controller; and the lamp illuminates along a direction of the drill stem,
wherein the drill stem is provided with double blades that continuously spiral up from a drill bit provided at an earth-drilling end of the drill stem; a tip end of the drill bit is provided with a thread; and an end of the drill bit opposite to the tip end is provided with a cutting blade abutting against the double blades.

US Pat. No. 10,689,908

END CAP WITH GRIP AND RAG HOLDER

Werner Co., Greenville, ...

1. A ladder for a user to climb and which holds a rag comprising:a first rail having a top;
a second rail;
rungs attached to the first rail and second rail; and
an end cap that is attached adjacent to the top of the first rail, the end cap having an attachment portion which attaches to the first rail and a cover portion which covers over the first rail, and extends from the attachment portion, the cover portion having a front and a back and an interior, the cover portion having a rag holder comprising a first slot and a second slot, and a pad attached to the back of the cover portion which contacts a surface against which the first rail leans so as not to mar or scratch or damage the surface, the end cap includes a handle which extends from the attachment portion and below the cover portion and below the top of the first rail, the first slot and the second slot of the rag holder are disposed in the front of the cover portion, the attachment portion includes a flat and rectangular plate that conforms to a web of the first rail, the plate having a fastener hole through which a fastener extends into the web to attach the end cap to the first rail.

US Pat. No. 10,689,907

SELF LEVELING STEP LADDER

12. A self-leveling ladder apparatus comprising:a first ladder frame that includes a first uppermost frame cap, positioned at an uppermost end of the first ladder frame, and two legs;
a second ladder frame that includes a second uppermost frame cap, positioned at an uppermost end of the second ladder frame, and at least one leg, the first uppermost frame cap and the second uppermost frame cap being rectangular, the first uppermost frame cap and the second uppermost frame cap having exposed top surfaces; and
a joint that couples the first uppermost frame cap to the second uppermost frame cap, wherein
the joint is a rubber tendon joint,
the first uppermost frame cap is configured to move along a different plane than the second uppermost frame cap, a center of the first uppermost frame cap being coupled, by the joint, to a center of the second uppermost frame cap;
the joint is configured to permit movement of the first ladder frame and the second ladder frame in three different axes; and
when the self-leveling ladder apparatus is configured in an A-frame configuration, all legs of the self-leveling ladder apparatus are configured to contact uneven ground at least at three different heights simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,689,906

SYSTEMS FOR STORING AND RETRIEVING LADDERS AND OTHER OBJECTS

Michael P. Ziaylek, Yard...

1. A system for storing and retrieving an object, comprising:a carriage comprising a table configured to rotate between a first and a second angular position in relation to a mounting surface for the system;
a trolley mounted on the carriage and configured to hold the object; and
a first locking mechanism comprising a linkage, wherein: the linkage comprises a first member and a second member; the first member is pivotally coupled to the table at a first pivot point; the second member is configured to be pivotally coupled to the mounting surface at a second pivot point; the first member comprises a first and a second arm, and a web that adjoins the first and second arms; the second member is pivotally coupled to the first member at a third pivot point; the second member comprises a first and a second arm, and a web that adjoins the first and second arms of the second member; and the linkage is configured so that interfering contact between the webs of the first and second members prevents movement of the table past the second angular position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,905

QUIET MOTORIZED WINDOW TREATMENT SYSTEM

Lutron Technology Company...

12. A drive assembly comprising:a motor having a drive shaft, wherein the drive shaft defines a drive shaft diameter and a distal end that is spaced from the motor;
a drive gear that engages the drive shaft, the drive gear having a toothed portion that is spaced from the distal end of the drive shaft along a rotational axis of the drive shaft;
a pair of intermediate gears disposed on opposed sides of the toothed portion of the drive gear, each of the pair of intermediate gears comprising a first gear portion having a plurality of helical gear teeth and a second gear portion having a plurality of straight gear teeth;
a planetary gear set;
a connecting gear operatively coupled to the pair of intermediate gears and the planetary gear set; and
an idler,
wherein rotation of the motor causes the drive gear to rotate, rotation of the drive gear causes the pair of intermediate gears to rotate, rotation of the pair of intermediate gears causes the connecting gear to rotate, rotation of the connecting gear causes respective planetary gear shafts of the planetary gear set to rotate about the drive shaft, rotation of the planetary gear shafts causes the idler to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,904

ADJUSTING MEANS FOR CURTAIN CORD AND RETRACTABLE CURTAIN

Suzhou Hongren Window Dec...

1. An adjusting device for a curtain cord, comprising: a mounting base for fixedly connecting to the lower end of a curtain body, the mounting base being provided with a first threading hole for the cord to pass through,wherein the mounting base is provided with a mounting groove thereon, and the first threading hole is provided in a groove wall of the mounting base;
the adjusting device further comprises a stopper for winding and fixing the cord, the stopper is detachably jammed within the mounting groove, and a gap for accommodating the cord wound on an outer surface of the stopper is located between the groove wall of the mounting groove and the stopper,
a winding hole is provided throughout in the middle of the stopper for the cord to pass through, the outer surface of the stopper comprises an inner surface and an outer surface which are opposite, and a side surface between the inner surface and the outer surface, the inner surface is located at an end of the stopper near a bottom wall of the mounting groove, and the center line of the winding hole and the center line of the mounting groove are parallel to each other or coincide with each other, and
the side surface extends aslant gradually away from the center line of the first threading hole from the inner surface to the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,689,903

SINGLE-TRACK STACKING PANEL COVERING FOR AN ARCHITECTURAL OPENING

Hunter Douglas Inc., Pea...

1. A stacking panel covering for an architectural opening, said stacking panel covering comprising:headrail configured to be mounted relative to the architectural opening, said headrail having a longitudinal direction, and a first end and a second end;
a headrail portion positioned at said first end of said headrail and configured to extend at a non-zero angle relative to the longitudinal direction of said headrail; and
a plurality of panels supported relative to said headrail, each of said panels having a first upper corner and a second upper corner, said panels including a first panel positioned closest to said first end of said headrail, a second panel positioned closest to said second end of said headrail, and at least one intermediate panel positioned between said first and second panels;
wherein:
said first upper corner of said first panel is slidably coupled to and supported by said headrail portion;
said second upper corner of each of said plurality of panels is slidable in said longitudinal direction of said headrail; and
said plurality of panels forms an overlapped stack at said first end of said headrail when said second panel is directed towards said first end to open said stacking panel covering.

US Pat. No. 10,689,902

GATE HAVING FOUR PINS AND STAIRWAY POST ADAPTER

1. A barrier for a residential passageway, comprising:a) a right upper base connector and a right lower base connector, with the right upper and lower base connectors being engaged to a right base in said residential passageway;
b) a left upper base connector and a left lower base connector, with the left upper and lower base connectors being engaged to a left base in said residential passageway that opposes the right base in said residential passageway;
c) a right gate portion engaged to the right upper and lower base connectors;
d) a left gate portion engaged to the left upper and lower base connectors, with the right gate portion slidingly engaged to the left gate portion such that a total length of the right and left gate portions can be slidingly increased and slidingly decreased;
e) a right upper gate connector engaged to the right gate portion for engaging the right upper base connector;
f) a right lower gate connector engaged to the right gate portion for engaging the right lower base connector;
g) a left upper gate connector engaged to the left gate portion for engaging the left upper base connector;
h) a left lower gate connector engaged to the left gate portion for engaging the left lower base connector;
i) the right upper base connector being engagable to the left upper gate connector after being disengaged from the right upper gate connector;
j) the left upper base connector being engagable to the right upper gate connector after being disengaged from the left upper gate connector;
k) the right lower base connector being engagable to the left lower gate connector after being disengaged from the right lower gate connector; and
l) the left lower base connector being engagable to the right lower gate connector after being disengaged from the left lower gate connector;
m) such that said left gate portion may change positions with the right gate portion; and
n) a foot engaged to one of the right gate portion and left gate portion, the foot including a sole that makes contact with a surface, the sole being adjustable upwardly and downwardly, the sole being lockable at a desired height.

US Pat. No. 10,689,901

PORTABLE WINDOW INSERT FOR UTILITY DISTRIBUTION

Power Pane, Inc., Florid...

1. A combination portable window insert and window opening, the window opening comprising a bottom sill, a bottom of a raised window panel and opposed sides,the insert comprising:
a main panel having an upper edge, an opposed lower edge, a first side edge and an opposed second side edge, a pass-through opening through the main panel, a flexible sealing member mounted to the main panel surrounding the pass through opening, and a handhold opening proximate the first side edge of the main panel;
a slider panel having an upper edge, an opposed lower edge, a first side edge and an opposed second side edge, wherein the upper and lower edges of the main panel and the upper and lower edges of the slider panel slidably engage with each other and the slider panel is selectively positioned to a retracted position and to an extended position;
wherein when the slider panel is in the extended position to insert the portable window insert in the window opening. the pass-through opening is exposed for use and the handhold opening is covered by the slider panel, the main panel lower edge and slider panel lower edge rests on the bottom sill, the second side edge of the main panel abuts one of the sides of the window opening and the first side edge of the slider panel abuts the other side of the window opening, and the main panel upper edge and slider panel upper edge abut the bottom of the raised window panel to securely lodge the portable window insert in the window opening; and
wherein when the slider panel is in the retracted position the second side edge of the slider panel is aligned with the second side edge of the main panel, the pass-through opening is covered by the slider panel and the handhold opening proximate the first edge of the main panel is exposed for use.

US Pat. No. 10,689,900

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING INSULATING GLAZING

AGC GLASS EUROPE, Louvai...

1. A process for manufacturing a vacuum insulating glazing, the process comprising, in the following order:a) first, depositing an adhesion layer onto a peripheral zone on one side of each of at least two glass panes;
b) second, supplying the glass panes separated with a set of metallic spacers in a stack alignment as a pane stack;
c) third, assembling the glazing by:
c1) supplying corner metallic seal elements at each corner of the pane stack onto the adhesion layers of each glass pane,
c2) supplying multiple frame metallic seal elements on edges of the glass panes between the corner metallic seal elements, and
c3) simultaneously brazing the corner and frame metallic seal elements onto the adhesion layers, thereby obtaining a finished glazing of each glass pane; and
d) fourth, unloading the finished glazing,
wherein
the glazing comprises the at least two glass panes, the set of metallic spacers located in a void space between the glass panes, and a peripheral seal ensuring a vacuum tightness between the glass panes,
the multiple frame metallic seal elements are supplied so that each frame metallic seal element overlaps an adjacent frame or corner metallic seal element for a distance no greater than 3.5 mm, and
each frame metallic seal element overlaps further the adjacent frame or corner metallic seal element by free dilatation during the brazing for forming the peripheral seal.

US Pat. No. 10,689,899

GASKET RAILING SYSTEM FOR A WINDOW FRAME

MATREX WINDOW SYSTEM INC....

1. A gasket railing system comprising a rail, the rail comprising:a rail gasket at least partially disposed within the rail;
a leg insertion guide disposed within the rail gasket, the leg insertion guide forming a leg insertion cavity configured to receive a window frame leg,
wherein the rail gasket comprises a pliable material, and
wherein the leg insertion guide comprises a rigid material; and
a second leg insertion guide disposed within the rail gasket, the second leg insertion guide forming a second leg insertion cavity configured to receive a second window frame leg, and wherein the second leg insertion guide comprises the rigid material.

US Pat. No. 10,689,898

INTERNET-BASED REMOTE CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL DOORS USING MOBILE DEVICES

Wichita State University,...

1. A remote control door closure operating system comprising:a door controller unit adapted to connect to a door actuator for operating the door closure and to a video camera for obtaining a view of the door closure; and
a central server, wherein the central server and the door controller unit are adapted for network communication with each other and with a mobile device operating a user application, wherein the central server responds to a user of the mobile device to authenticate the user, and wherein when the user is validly authenticated then the central server is configured to enable access for the user application to a video stream from the door controller unit by opening a port in a network firewall operating in the door controller unit and configured to identify the opened port to the user application;
wherein the door controller unit is configured to receive a request from the user of the user application for initiating a door operation, and wherein the door controller unit is configured to contact the central server to authenticate validity of the request based on an identity of the user before initiating the door operation.

US Pat. No. 10,689,897

PASSENGER TRANSPORT VEHICLE

1. A passenger transport vehicle, comprising:at least one door;
an optical detection module to dynamically detect a current fill value representing a number of occupants in the passenger transport vehicle; and
a control module operatively connected to the at least one door and the optical detection module, the control module being configured to automatically initiate a closing sequence that includes movement of the door to a closed position once the detected current fill value reaches a predetermined threshold fill value for the passenger transport vehicle,
wherein the control module or the optical detection module is configured to dynamically modify the predetermined threshold fill value during operation of the passenger transport vehicle based on a detected of available spaces in the passenger transport vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,896

WATERTIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR A WINDOW REGULATOR OF A VEHICLE

1. A watertight assembly for a window regulator of a vehicle comprising a drive unit and an ECU, the drive unit comprising a motor with a rotary shaft and a housing and the ECU being connectable to the drive unit in an assembly direction Y, transverse to the rotary shaft,the housing comprising an L shaped opening for introducing and assembling the ECU into the housing, the L shaped opening comprising a first opening in a plane parallel to the assembly direction Y and a second opening in a plane transverse to the plane of the first opening in an angle ranging between 80 and 135 degrees,
the ECU comprising
an L shaped support couplable in a sealing manner to the L shaped opening of the housing of the drive unit, the support comprising a first part and a second part in an angle ranging between 80 and 135 degrees to the first part such that the first part is couplable to the first opening and the second part is couplable to the second opening;
a PCB for motor control;
a motor connector for the connection to the motor, the motor connector being parallel to the assembly direction Y;
a vehicle connector with pins for the connection to the vehicle wiring system, the pins being fixed transverse to the first part of the support and accessible for the connection to the PCB;wherein the assembly comprises a seal witha second sealing part which, when the ECU is coupled to the housing, is comprised and compressed in a plane transverse to the assembly direction Y between the second part of the support and a second perimeter edge of the second opening of the housing and
a first sealing part which, when the ECU is coupled to the housing, is housed in a gap defined between the first part of the support and a first perimeter edge of the first opening of the housing, wherein the gap is U shaped and comprises two main branches and an intermediate branch between the main branches, the distance between the main branches decreasing progressively in the assembly direction Y and wherein the first sealing part is U shaped and comprises two longitudinal branches and a transverse branch between the longitudinal branches such that the gap and the first sealing part are comprised in a plane parallel to the assembly direction Y and the longitudinal branches are compressed in a direction transverse to the assembly direction Y whilst the transverse branch is compressed in the assembly direction Y.

US Pat. No. 10,689,895

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE ELEVATION OF A PIECE

A. RAYMOND ET CIE, Greno...

1. A device for adjusting an elevation of a piece, the device comprising:a body intended to be secured to a support, the body comprising a central cylinder having an internal thread and a head having a side window;
a pin having an external thread, a first end for bearing the piece, and a notched area including peripheral notches aligned with the side window of the body, the pin and the body being connected to one other via their respective threads; and
a lock positioned in the side window of the body to cooperate with the peripheral notches of the pin and index movement thereof;
wherein the pin, when rotated, moves along a longitudinal axis to adjust the elevation of the first end of the pin relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 10,689,894

ADJUSTABLE STOPPER ELEMENT WITH IMPROVED FIXATION AND/OR ADJUSTABILITY

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. Adjustable stopper device (1) for a vehicle door or hood, comprising:a base part (100),
an adjustment part (200), wherein the adjustment part (200) is connected to the base part (100) via threads (120, 220) and thereby rotatable around a device axis (210) with respect to the base part (100),
a stopper part (300) configured to contact the vehicle door and to provide an abutment surface (310) for the vehicle door when the vehicle door is closed, wherein the stopper part (300) is connected to the adjustment part (200) and wherein the axial position of the abutment surface (310) is adjustable by turning the adjustment part (200) with respect to the base part (100) around the device axis (210),
a fastening structure (400) for fastening the base part (100) to the car body (2);
a rotation snap mechanism, which snaps into distinct rotational angle positions, which comprises:
a first cylindrical portion (170) in the base part (100), coaxially positioned with the thread (120) of the base part (100), wherein the inner wall of the first cylindrical portion (170) comprises one or more radially inwards protruding teeth or rips or knobs (171), and
a second cylindrical portion (240) of the adjustment part (200), positioned coaxially with the thread (220) of the adjustment part (200), wherein the outer wall of the second cylindrical portion (240) comprises one or more radially outwards protruding, resilient teeth or rips or knobs (241) which is or are configured to engage with the axially extending teeth or rips or knobs (171) and thereby provide a predefined, resistance to a rotation moment which can be overcome by a predefined threshold moment resulting in a repeated deflection and relaxation of the one or more teeth or rips or knobs (241) of the adjustment part (200) radially inwards and outwards while the adjustment part (200) is being turned around the device axis (210);
wherein the distal end of the first cylindrical portion (170), which is the end at the far side with respect to the position of the adjustment part (200) and/or stopper part (300), is:
closed off by the base part's (100) material, or
covered by a sealing cover (800), formed onto the base part (100) by a two-component injection molding.

US Pat. No. 10,689,893

SLIDING DOOR

SELVAAG GRUPPEN AS, Oslo...

1. A sliding door arrangement, comprising:a housing for insertion in a wall of a building, wherein the housing is made of sheet metal and comprises two vertical long walls, two vertical short walls, one top wall, and one bottom wall;
wherein the two vertical long walls, the two vertical short walls, the top wall, and the bottom wall form a one-piece, unitary, integral structure;
wherein said two vertical long walls have wall openings which form a door opening through the housing;
wherein said top wall includes a rail system attached thereto;
a sliding door is movably suspended from said rail system in order to be moved horizontally between an open end position and a closed end position in which said sliding door respectively opens and closes said door opening;
wherein the housing, along a vertical edge and an upper edge of at least one of the wall openings, is provided with sealing elements which seal against the sliding door as the door moves to said closed end position;
wherein the housing includes grooves for receiving a part of the building wall therein;
wherein the sliding door comprises a bottom side, said bottom side being provided with a sealing element which seals against the bottom wall of the housing; and
wherein said sealing elements are selected from the group consisting of sealing brushes, felt, and felt with elastic extending fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,689,892

HINGE MECHANISM AND A COOKING DEVICE WITH THE HINGE MECHANISM

TSANN KUEN (ZHANGZHOU) EN...

1. A hinge mechanism for connecting a selected one of two first objects and a second object to allow relative folding and unfolding movements with respect to each other, the first objects respectively having a first grill plate with a lower peripheral rim and a higher peripheral rim, comprising: a first coupling seat adapted to be connected with the selected first object, said first coupling seat having at least one first coupling portion; a second coupling seat adapted to be connected with the second object, said second coupling seat having at least one second coupling portion; a pivot mounting seat having at least one pivot mounting portion which is pivotably connected with both of said first and second coupling portions; a first pivot unit disposed to pivotably connect said first coupling seat with said pivot mounting seat to permit rotation relative to each other about a first pivot axis; and a second pivot unit disposed to pivotably connect said second coupling seat with said pivot mounting seat to permit rotation relative to each other about a second pivot axis such that, when both said pivot mounting seat and said second coupling seat are rotated relative to said first coupling seat about the first pivot axis, said hinge mechanism is shifted between an open position and a first closed position, where the second object covers the first grill plate with the lower peripheral rim, and that, when said second coupling seat is rotated relative to said pivot mounting seat about the second pivot axis, said hinge mechanism is shifted between the open position and a second closed position, where the second object covers the first grill plate with the higher peripheral rim, said pivot mounting portion of said pivot mounting seat having a first abutting surface and a second abutting surface which is disposed to abut against the selected first object to keep said hinge mechanism in the second closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,891

ADJUSTABLE HINGE

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A hinge, comprising:a fuselage interface plate comprising a door interface comprising a serrated surface and an oversized hole;
a pin mount interface plate extending away from the fuselage interface plate, the pin mount interface plate being fixed relative to the fuselage interface plate;
a bolt at least partially extending into the oversized hole; and
a washer disposed on the bolt and captured between the door interface and a head of the bolt, the washer comprising a serrated surface facing toward the serrated surface of the door interface;
wherein the oversized hole comprises a diameter selected to allow radial movement of the bolt within the oversized hole.

US Pat. No. 10,689,890

DOOR SECURITY DEVICE

1. A device for restricting movement of a swinging door in a door frame, the door frame having a door soffit extending longitudinally in a first direction from a first longitudinal end of the door soffit to a second longitudinal end of the door soffit, the device comprising:a first door member configured to be fixedly mounted to the swinging door such that the first door member has a first back face that faces toward the swinging door, a first outer face that faces away from the swinging door, a first top face that extends toward the first back face from one end of the first outer face, and a first bottom face that extends toward the first back face from an opposite end of the first outer face, the first door member including a first slot and a first bore, a top of the first slot being open at the first top face, a bottom of the first slot being open at the first bottom face, and the first slot being open into the first outer face, the first slot having a first predetermined shape extending in the first direction parallel to the door soffit, the first bore extending through the first door member and being located in-line with the first slot and proximate to the bottom of the first slot;
a connecting member including a first leg and a second leg, the first leg extending in a second direction that is transverse to the first direction, the first leg having a first end and a second end, the second leg extending in a third direction that is transverse to the second direction, the second leg having a third end and a fourth end, the fourth end being fixedly coupled to the second end, the first end having a second predetermined shape configured to mate with the first predetermined shape to permit the first end to slide into the first slot through the first top face such that the first leg extends through the first outer face and the third end overlaps with the door soffit thereby preventing rotation of the swinging door; and
a fastener having a first portion and a second portion coupled to the first portion,
wherein when the fastener is in a first position relative to the first door member, the first portion of the fastener extends into the first bore and the second portion of the fastener supports the connecting member in the first slot and blocks the connecting member from exiting the first slot through the first bottom face;
wherein when the fastener is in a second position, the second portion of the fastener does not block the first slot and the connecting member is permitted to drop out of the first slot through the first bottom face when the second portion is not installed.

US Pat. No. 10,689,889

DOOR ARRANGEMENT

SIMONSWERK GMBH, Rheda-W...

1. A door arrangement comprising:a door frame;
a door leaf made of glass;
door hinges fastened on a hinge side of the door leaf and swivelably joining the door leaf with the door frame; and
a magnetic closure device consisting of a magnet arrangement and a sheet of magnetic material, the magnet arrangement comprising at least one magnet,
wherein the magnet arrangement has a fastening plate fastened to the door frame and a carrier plate configured to be positioned relative to the fastening plate and which carries the at least one magnet, the at least one magnet extending through at least one opening in the fastening plate,
wherein the magnet arrangement has a positioning mechanism comprising spindles that are connected to the carrier plate and are accessible through the fastening plate to move the carrier plate relative to the fastening plate by adjusting the spindles, so that a gap between the at least one magnet of the magnet arrangement and the sheet of magnetic material when the door leaf is in a closed position is adjustable,
wherein the sheet of magnetic material mounted directly to the glass on a rim of the door leaf, for retaining the door leaf in the closed position;
wherein the door frame has a step for stopping the door leaf in the closed position, the step comprising a stop arm overlapping the door leaf in the closed position and a lateral arm, and wherein the magnet arrangement is disposed on the lateral arm such that the gap remains between the at least one magnet of the magnet arrangement and the sheet of magnetic material disposed on the rim of the door leaf when the door leaf is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,888

OPENING AND CLOSING BODY CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An opening and closing body control apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a lock device that includes an actuator that rotates a rotation member in a first direction and a second direction based on the output of the actuator;
a latch mechanism that includes a latch configured to perform a close operation and a release operation based on the rotation of the rotation member, the close operation moving the latch to a full latch state and the release operation moving the latch to an unlock state; and
a control device that controls an operation of the actuator of the lock device, wherein
the control device executes a close control to rotate the rotation member in the first direction from a neutral position to a first position to perform the close operation,
the control device includes a neutral return control portion to rotate the rotation member in the second direction to return the rotation member to the neutral position after completion of the close control, the neutral return control portion includes
a counter that counts up by continuing the neutral return control for returning the rotation member to the neutral position,
a neutral return determination portion that determines whether the rotation member returns to the neutral position, based on a count value of the counter, and
a count holding portion that holds the count value at a time of interruption in a case where the neutral return control is interrupted, and
in a case where the neutral return control is restarted after being interrupted, the count-up of the counter is restarted from the count value at the time of interruption.

US Pat. No. 10,689,887

DOOR LATCH ASSEMBLIES FOR VEHICLES INCLUDING BELL CRANK BLOCKING STRUCTURES

1. A vehicle comprising:a body; and
a vehicle door assembly movably coupled to the body, wherein the vehicle door assembly comprises:
an outer door panel; and
a door latch assembly positioned inboard of the outer door panel and operable to latch and unlatch the vehicle door assembly to the body, wherein the door latch assembly comprises:
a door handle assembly;
a bell crank operatively coupled to the door handle assembly, wherein rotation of the door handle assembly causes the door latch assembly to unlatch the vehicle door assembly; and
a bell crank blocking structure comprising:
a first leg extending from a support structure within the vehicle door assembly; and
an overhang portion connected to the first leg, the overhang portion extending outwardly from the first leg so as to be spaced from a plane of rotation of the bell crank, wherein the overhang portion is configured to deform toward the plane of rotation of the bell crank during a side impact condition to block rotation of the bell crank.

US Pat. No. 10,689,886

SECUREMENT DEVICE FOR USE IN VEHICLES

Hornady Manufacturing Com...

1. A securement device for removably mounting a firearm retainer in a vehicle, the securement device including:a mounting device including a mounting plate, said mounting device further including a selectively inflatable pillow mounted on the plate and a pump connected in flow communication with the pillow and operable to effect at least partial inflation of the pillow, and a valve operably associated with at least one of the pillow and pump and operable to selectively release pressurized fluid from the pillow, said mounting device being adapted to removably mount the securement device in a vehicle;
a retainer having a storage chamber adapted for selectively holding a firearm; and
an attachment device secured to said plate, said attachment device including means for mounting said retainer to said mounting device including an elongate slot through the mounting plate and the attachment device including a slide selectively movably mounted in the slot, allowing elevational movement of the retainer relative to the mounting plate and means cooperating with the slide to releasably secure the slide in a selected position in the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,689,885

BAR SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A bar security system comprises:an upper bracket;
a lower bracket;
an elongated support structure;
a locking mechanism;
a height-adjustment assembly;
the upper bracket being terminally mounted to the elongated support structure;
the lower bracket being terminally mounted to the elongated support structure, opposite the upper bracket;
the locking mechanism being operatively integrated into the elongated support structure, wherein the locking mechanism is used to maintain an offset distance between the upper bracket and the lower bracket along the elongated support structure; and
the upper bracket being operatively coupled to the elongated support structure by the height-adjustment assembly, wherein the height-adjustment assembly is used to adjust the offset distance between the upper bracket and the lower bracket along the elongated support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,689,884

ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY FOR LOCKING DEVICE

Locway Technology Co., Lt...

1. An actuator assembly for a locking device, the actuator assembly comprising:a motor;
a drive shaft fixed to the axis of the motor, the drive shaft having a bearing shell mounting hole;
a cylindrical spring sheathed on the drive shaft and the cylindrical spring being displaceable axially;
a pin installed onto the drive shaft and rotates within two adjacent loops of the cylindrical spring;
a bearing shell mounted on the pin and fitted into the bearing shell mounting hole; and
a casing installed coaxially with the motor,
wherein
the casing comprises a first-half casing and a second-half casing installed symmetrically with respect to an axis of the casing, and the said first-half casing and the second-half casing are attached through a rivet to form a cavity for accommodating the cylindrical spring, and a second sliding groove formed on the casing, and
each end of the cylindrical spring have a retaining ring extended outwardly from an outer periphery of the cylindrical spring and the retaining ring disposed at the second sliding groove for preventing the rotation of the cylindrical spring, and
the cavity comprises a cylindrical cavity and two circular cone frustum shaped cavities symmetrically formed on both sides of the cylindrical cavity, and the cylindrical cavity has a radius greater than a radius rotation of the pin around an axis of the cylindrical spring, and the circular cone frustum shaped cavities have a small diameter greater than an outer diameter of the cylindrical spring, and the circular cone frustum shaped cavities have a large diameter equal to a diameter of the cylindrical cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,689,882

TAMPER EVIDENT CARGO CONTAINER SEAL BOLT LOCK

NEOLOGY, INC., San Diego...

1. A lock device comprising:a bolt member having a first end and a second end;
a receiving member configured to receive first end of the bolt member;
an encapsulant having a first end physically connected to the receiving member and a second end physically connected to the second end of the bolt member;
a sensory circuit disposed within the encapsulant and between the first and second ends of the encapsulant and configured to form a continuous electrical pathway that electrically connects the bolt member and the receiving member, wherein the sensory circuit is configured to detect an interruption of the continuous electrical pathway;
a conductive medium disposed within the encapsulant that connects the receiving member to the second end of the bolt member, wherein, within the encapsulant, the sensory circuit is coupled to the conductive medium, wherein the electrically conductive pathway is formed from the conductive medium and the sensory circuit when the first end of the bolt member is received by the receiving member; and
a communication circuit coupled to the sensory circuit and configured to transmit data indicative of the detected interruption.

US Pat. No. 10,689,881

KIT ADAPTED TO ALLOW AFFIXING ACCESSORIES DESIGNED TO OPERATE WITH EUROPEAN LOCKING CYLINDERS, TO OPERATE AN AMERICAN TYPE MORTISE LOCK

SAFTEK LTD., Tel Aviv (I...

1. A cylinder-lock assembly configured to allow affixing accessories that are designed to be operatively coupled with a European locking cylinder, to operate an American type mortise lock mechanism, the cylinder-lock assembly comprises: a) a cylinder-lock-member comprising a cylinder-housing, having an external shape of a European cylinder housing, and a cylindrical lock core having a cylindrical shaft and a key verification mechanism, wherein said cylinder-housing defines a cylindrical through bore configured to receive said cylindrical shaft adapted to rotate there inside said cylinder-housing, wherein a key engagement end of said cylindrical lock core is adapted to receive a fitted key into a first key-receiving-slit formed therein parallel to the rotational axis of said cylindrical shaft, and wherein a lateral slit is formed at the second circular end of said cylindrical shaft; b) an adapting-ring, said adapting-ring defining a first cylindrical through bore on a first side, and a second European-profile shaped through bore on the second side, wherein said first cylindrical through bore and said second European-profile shaped through bore are partially through bores, and wherein said second European-profile shaped through bore is configured to receive said cylinder-housing; c) a cylindrical American-lock-housing-member having the dimensions of a standard American cylindrical lock housing, said American-lock-housing-member defining a through cylindrical bore, wherein said first cylindrical through bore of said adapting-ring is configured to receive said American-lock-housing-member; d) a rotation-conveyor having a first end defining a first rectangular protruding portion, and a second circular end defining a second rectangular protruding portion, wherein said rotation-conveyor is configured to rotate within said through cylindrical bore of said American-lock-housing-member, and wherein said first rectangular protruding portion is configured to be disposed inside said lateral slit to thereby operationally engage said rotation-conveyor with said cylindrical shaft; e) an American-lock cam, with a cam arm and a body having a rectangular opening formed therein, said rectangular opening configured to receive said second rectangular protruding portion of said rotation-conveyor, and said American-lock cam having fastener openings on each side of said rectangular opening, said cam arm is configured to operatively actuate the door lock/unlock mechanism of the American type mortise lock; and f) at least two fasteners configured to secure said American-lock cam to said second circular end of said rotation-conveyor that is disposed inside said through cylindrical bore of said American-lock-housing-member, wherein said cylinder-lock assembly is configured to operatively convey rotational motion of said fitted key, disposed inside said first key-receiving-slit of said cylindrical shaft, to said American-lock cam, to thereby actuate the door lock/unlock mechanism of the American type mortise lock.

US Pat. No. 10,689,880

REMOTE POWER SUPPLY, POSITION SENSOR AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR AN EXTENDABLE DOOR HANDLE

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A system including a motor vehicle door and a handle able to be deployed in relation to said door, including a wireless electric power supply device including a primary module integrated into the door and a secondary module integrated into the handle, said primary module being configured so as to form an electromagnetic field able to supply electric power to said secondary module through magnetic induction, the handle comprising a control circuit comprising sensors in order to detect presence of a hand or of a fob of a user, wherein the secondary module is able to move in relation to the primary module on a predetermined path, said primary module comprises at least two primary coils and said secondary module comprises a secondary coil, said primary coils and said secondary coil being configured such that:the primary coils form respective magnetic fields oriented in a same direction along respective axes of said primary coils,
when the secondary module moves along the path, the secondary coil moves from a first primary coil to a second primary coil, an amplitude of a total magnetic field flux generated by the primary coils through the secondary coil is substantially constant, allowing a continuous remote supply of power to the secondary module by the primary module regardless of a position of the secondary module on the path,
the primary module includes an electronic control circuit, furthermore configured so as to modulate an amplitude of a voltage across the terminals of the primary coils on a basis of an item of information from the electronic control circuit to be transmitted to the secondary module,
the secondary module furthermore includes an electronic transmission circuit, configured so as to modulate the amplitude of a voltage across the terminals of the secondary coil on the basis of an item of information to be transmitted to the primary module.

US Pat. No. 10,689,879

FENCING MESH AND FENCE

BETAFENCE HOLDING NV, (B...

1. Fencing mesh for protecting an interior space from projectiles, comprising a first set of wires which are arranged essentially parallel with respect to each other and a second set of wires which are arranged essentially parallel with respect to each other and intersect the first set of wires, wherein the wires of the first set are connected to the wires of the second set at the locations where they intersect and the wires of the second set have a greater tensile strength than the wires of the first set, wherein the wires are welded to one another in order to connect them to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,689,878

PORTABLE BARRIER

Shadiant, LLC, Indianapo...

1. A portable barrier configured to move between a storage mode and a protection mode, comprising:a junction assembly having a first junction support, a second junction support, and a third junction support, a first elongated pivot member, a second elongated pivot member, and a third elongated pivot member, wherein (i) said first junction support is spaced apart from said second junction support to define a first junction space, (ii) said second junction support is spaced apart from said third junction support to define a second junction space, (iii) said first elongated pivot member defines a first axis that extends through said first junction support, said second junction support, and said third junction support, (iv) said second elongated pivot member defines a second axis that extends through said first junction support, said second junction support, and said third junction support, (v) said third elongated pivot member defines a third axis that extends through said first junction support, said second junction support, and said third junction support, and (vi) said first axis, said second axis, and said third axis are spaced apart from each other;
a pedestal assembly including a plurality of legs that are movable with respect to each other, said plurality of legs includes a first leg and a second leg;
a cover assembly including (i) a plurality of arms that are movable with respect to each other, said plurality of arms includes a first arm and a second arm, and (ii) a covering connected to said first arm and said second arm; and
a supplemental component pivotally coupled to one of said first elongated pivot member, said second elongated pivot member, and said third elongated pivot member,
wherein said first leg includes a first strut (i) having a first strut end portion positioned in one of said first junction space and said second junction space, and (ii) coupled to one of said first elongated pivot member, said second elongated pivot member, and said third elongated pivot member,
wherein said second leg includes a second strut (i) having a second strut end portion positioned in one of said first junction space and said second junction space, and (ii) coupled to one of said first elongated pivot member, said second elongated pivot member, and said third elongated pivot member,
wherein said first arm includes a third strut (i) having a third strut end portion positioned in one of said first junction space and said second junction space, and (ii) coupled to one of said first elongated pivot member, said second elongated pivot member, and said third elongated pivot member,
wherein said second arm includes a fourth strut (i) having a fourth strut end portion positioned in one of said first junction space and said second junction space, and (ii) coupled to one of said first elongated pivot member, said second pivot member, and said third elongated pivot member,
wherein said supplemental component includes a pole (i) having a pole end portion positioned in one of said first junction space and said second junction space, and (ii) coupled to one of said first elongated pivot member, said second elongated pivot member, and said third elongated pivot member,
wherein said first strut pivots with respect to said junction assembly about one of said first axis, said second axis, and said third axis during movement of said portable barrier between the storage mode and the protection mode,
wherein said second strut pivots with respect to said junction assembly about one of said first axis, said second axis, and said third axis during movement of said portable barrier between the storage mode and the protection mode, and
wherein said first junction support, said second junction support and said third junction support pivot with respect to said pedestal assembly about said first axis during movement of said portable barrier between the storage mode and the protection mode.

US Pat. No. 10,689,877

MULTIPLE ROD LINKAGE STRUCTURE AND TENT WITH SUCH MULTIPLE ROD LINKAGE STRUCTURE

Weizi E-Commerce (Shangha...

1. A multiple rod linkage structure, comprising at least a first rod piece and a second rod piece which are muff-coupled, wherein, the first rod piece has a rod opening end sleeved within the second rod piece, and a rod strip opening is opened on a sidewall of the rod opening end, a first end of the rod strip opening is open and a second end of the rod strip opening is close, a major part of the rod strip opening is between the first end of the rod strip opening and the second end of the rod strip opening; a width of the second end of the rod strip opening is larger than a width of the major part of the rod strip opening; a locking element is connected between the first rod piece and the second rod piece, movably passes through a sidewall of the second rod piece and a sidewall of the first rod piece from outside to inside, is screw-thread fitted with a sidewall of the first rod piece, and then presses against another sidewall of the first rod piece.

US Pat. No. 10,689,876

BEAM-TO-COLUMN CONNECTION SYSTEMS AND MOMENT-RESISTING FRAMES INCLUDING THE SAME

DURAFUSE FRAMES, LLC, We...

1. A beam-to-column connection system, comprising:a plurality of splice plates configured to be secured to a column and to be spaced from each other;
a plate including at least one first beam-connection portion and at least one first splice plate-connection portion, the at least one first beam-connection portion configured to connect to a top flange of a beam, the at least one first splice plate-connection portion configured to connect to two or more of the plurality of splice plates; and
a seismic fuse plate including at least one second beam-connection portion, at least one second splice plate-connection portion, and at least one shear portion extending between the second beam-connection portion and the second splice plate-connection portion, the at least one second beam-connection portion configured to connect to a bottom flange of the beam, the at least one second splice plate-connection portion configured to connect to a remainder of the plurality of splice plates.

US Pat. No. 10,689,875

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A PARKING LOT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

4. The method as recited in claim 1, further comprising:after the motor vehicle has been parked and still remains parked in the first parking area section, which is in the second position, and when a further motor vehicle is parked in the second parking area section, automatically unparking the motor vehicle from the first parking area section and into a target position without a driver by:
controlling the further motor vehicle to be driven out of the second parking area section without a driver, thereby making the second parking area section available;
subsequent to the further motor vehicle being driven out of the second parking area section, controlling the hoisting system to shift the first parking area section to the first position;
subsequent to the shift of the first parking area section to the first position, controlling the motor vehicle to be automatically driven out of the first parking area section and to the target position without a driver;
after the motor vehicle has been automatically driven out of the first parking area section, controlling the hoisting system is to shift the first parking area section back to the second position; and
after the shift of the first parking area section back to the second position, controlling the further motor vehicle to be automatically driven to the second parking area section and parked there without a driver.

US Pat. No. 10,689,874

METHOD FOR ARRANGING VERTICAL LIFTING INTENSIVE PARKING GARAGE

1. A method for arranging a vertical lifting intensive parking garage, comprising:a main body tower garage comprising a plurality of layers, wherein each of the plurality of layers comprises:
a storage rack;
storage garage spaces arranged on the storage rack and located on a central area of the main body tower garage;
a first and a second pair of vehicle-supporting elevators arranged in position around a periphery of the central area of the main body tower garage, wherein the first pair of vehicle-supporting elevators are perpendicularly oriented relative to the second pair of vehicle-supporting elevators, and wherein the storage rack is configured to rotate the storage garage spaces to be aligned with the first pair or the second pair of vehicle-supporting elevators;
a left and a right turnover parking stall each joined to a corresponding one of the pairs of vehicle-supporting elevators; and
a central server in electrical communication with a mobile phone terminal of a user via the Internet, wherein the user places an access order by using the mobile phone terminal;
wherein the main body tower garage is in a fully-automatic intelligent operation and the user retrieves a vehicle without entering the main body tower garage, and
wherein the storage garage spaces having different sizes are arranged on the storage rack of the different one of the plurality of layers, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,689,873

CUSTOMIZABLE FACILITY

LONZA LTD, Visp (CH)

1. A campus for fabricating at least one pharmaceutical product, the campus comprising:a plurality of customizable facilities configured to manufacture the at least one pharmaceutical product, the plurality of customizable facilities including a first customizable facility configured to manufacture a first pharmaceutical product and a second customizable facility configured to manufacture a second pharmaceutical product different from the first pharmaceutical product, each customizable facility including:
at least one central unit positioned on a floor of the customizable facility; and
a plurality of modular units in communication with the at least one central unit such that the at least one central unit is configured to provide shared utilities to each modular unit, at least one modular unit of the plurality of modular units including a clean room, the at least one modular unit being configured for manufacturing a pharmaceutical product, the at least one modular unit being one of: a fermentation unit, a pre-viral unit, and a post-viral unit;
a media/buffer plant separate from the plurality of customizable facilities; and
a utility building connected by at least one utility line to the media/buffer plant and the plurality of customizable facilities to provide at least one first utility via the at least one utility line,
wherein the at least one central unit provides at least one second utility to the plurality of modular units.

US Pat. No. 10,689,872

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COVER FOR A CONTAINER AND A COVER

1. A cover for covering a container opening, the cover comprising:at least one cover panel, the at least one cover panel comprising:
at least one belt, the at least one belt being made from a flexible elastomeric material and being configured to insulate and to seal, and the at least one belt comprising a plurality of coupling serrations separated from each other along a thickness direction of the at least one cover panel;
a built reinforcement structure engageably coupled to the coupling serrations of the at least one belt and supporting the at least one belt; and
a structural material configured to support the at least one belt and the reinforcement structure,
wherein the at least one belt, the built reinforcement structure, and the structural material are coupled together in mutual self-support, whereby the at least one belt, the built reinforcement structure, and the structural material support each other without requiring an external layer enveloping the at least one belt, the built reinforcement structure, and the structural material.

US Pat. No. 10,689,871

MODULAR PANEL FOR POOL WALLS AND CORRESPONDING POOL

Piscines Desjoyaux Sa, L...

1. A modular plastic panel for manufacturing pool walls, comprising:a plastic injection molded and generally rectangular main body having a first surface configured for being oriented toward the inside of the pool, lengths of the main body on opposing lateral sides of the main body defining a reference plane; and
a complementary body configured for attachment to a second surface of the main body and defining a hollow column for receiving concrete therein;
wherein the first surface has an initial convex transverse curve on a width of the main body between the opposing lateral sides of the main body upon removal of the generally rectangular main body from a plastic injection mold used to form the generally rectangular main body, a maximum amplitude of the initial convex transverse curve relative to the reference plane being selected to compensate for at least a portion of deformation of the main body that occurs in the transverse and longitudinal directions upon setting of concrete in the hollow column;
wherein the maximum amplitude of the initial convex transverse curve is in a range extending from 0.2% to 0.7% of the width of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,689,870

AUTOMATIC TENSIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STRENGTHENING BEAM, SLAB AND COLUMN BY PRE-STRESSED FRP PLATE

SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY, Na...

1. An automatic tensioning system for strengthening a beam, a slab and a column by a pre-stressed FRP plate, comprising a tensioning end anchor (1), a fixed end anchor (10), and a tensioning bracket (3) connected to the tensioning end anchor (1); wherein a centre-hole jack (16) is provided in the middle of the tensioning bracket (3), a threaded rod (8) passes through the tensioning bracket (3) and is then connected to the centre-hole jack (16), an upper toothed nut (13) and a lower toothed nut (19) respectively driven by a driving mechanism are provided on two sides of the tensioning bracket (3) on the threaded rod (8); further comprising a binary clip-type fixture (4), wherein the upper surface of the binary clip-type fixture (4) is provided with a cylinder (6), and a sleeve (7) nested outside the cylinder (6) is connected to the threaded rod (8); one end of an FRP plate (9) is clamped into the clip-type fixture (4), and the other end of the FRP plate (9) is anchored to the fixed end anchor (10).

US Pat. No. 10,689,869

SYSTEM METHOD AND DEVICE FOR STRUCTURAL REPAIR

1. A method of reinforcing a structure including a wall built on a reinforced concrete stem wall, comprising:removing concrete from the reinforced concrete stem wall at an exterior of the structure to expose the reinforcing material within the stem wall and create a space within the stem wall;
removing a degraded portion of the of the reinforcing material;
providing a non-ferrous jack comprising a base, a height adjustment member, and an upper pad opposite the base;
inserting a jack into the space within the stem wall, the jack base resting within the stem wall and the upper pad supporting the wall;
inserting, from below the wall, a hold-down partially disposed within the wall such that an upper portion of the hold-down is disposed within the wall and a lower portion of the hold-down extends into the space within the stem wall;
coupling a horizontal composite bar to the exposed reinforcing material and to the lower portion of the hold-down; and
disposing cementitious material in the space within the stem wall, around the jack, around the lower portion of the hold-down, and around the horizontal composite bar to form a repaired stem wall.

US Pat. No. 10,689,868

REINFORCING METHOD FOR A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT

CARBOSHIELD, INC., Tucso...

1. A method of reinforcing a structural element that extends along an axis, comprising the following steps:(i) positioning a first rigid fiber-reinforced shell with first and second lateral edges about a first portion of an outer surface of the structural element;
(ii) positioning a second rigid fiber-reinforced shell with first and second lateral edges about a second portion of the outer surface of the structural element, such that the first lateral edge of the first rigid fiber-reinforced shell aligns with the first lateral edge of the second rigid fiber-reinforced shell to provide a first inner seam and the second lateral edge of the first rigid fiber-reinforced shell aligns with the second lateral edge of the second rigid fiber-reinforced shell to provide a second inner seam, thereby enveloping a perimeter of the structural element and becoming an inner shell pair comprising the first and second rigid fiber-reinforced shells and first and second ends;
(iii) adhering the inner shell pair to the structural element;
(iv) positioning a third rigid fiber-reinforced shell with first and second lateral edges about a first portion of an outer surface of the inner shell pair;
(v) positioning a fourth rigid fiber-reinforced shell with first and second lateral edges about a second portion of the outer surface of the inner shell pair, and such that the first lateral edge of the third rigid fiber-reinforced shell aligns with the first lateral edge of the fourth rigid fiber-reinforced shell to provide a first outer seam unaligned with the first and second inner seams and the second lateral edge of the third rigid fiber-reinforced shell aligns with the second lateral edge of the fourth rigid fiber-reinforced shell to provide a second outer seam unaligned with the first and second inner seams, thereby enveloping a perimeter of the inner shell pair and becoming an outer shell pair comprising the third and fourth rigid fiber-reinforced shells and first and second ends such that the second end of the outer shell pair is unaligned with the second end of the inner shell pair; and
(vi) adhering the outer shell pair to the outer surface of the inner shell pair, becoming a dual reinforcement shell;
(vii) repeating steps (i) through (vi) one or more times to produce a stacked arrangement made up of a plurality of dual reinforcement shells comprising a plurality of inner shell pairs and a plurality of outer shell pairs, wherein for every inner shell pair, the first and second inner seams of an inner shell pair are unaligned with the first and second inner seams of every inner shell pair vertically adjacent to the inner shell pair, and wherein for every outer shell pair, the first and second outer seams of the outer shell pair are unaligned with the first and second outer seams of every outer shell pair vertically adjacent to the outer shell pair.

US Pat. No. 10,689,867

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DUST-FREE TILE REMOVAL TOOL

1. A dust free tile removal tool connectable to a vacuum source, the dust free tile removal tool comprising:a hollow base member comprising:
a first end; and
a second end comprising an opening for receiving the vacuum source;
a hollow rake member comprising:
a top surface comprising a plurality of openings;
a first end comprising a plurality of openings, wherein the first end is substantially perpendicular to the top surface;
a second end in fluid communication with the first end of the hollow base member, wherein the top surface of the hollow rake member is positioned at an obtuse angle with respect to a plane corresponding to a top surface of the hollow base member;
a plurality of rake tines coupled to the first end of the hollow rake member and extending outward therefrom;
a first strut coupled to the hollow base member and a second strut coupled to the hollow base member, the first strut and the second strut extending outwardly from a bottom surface of the hollow base member; and
a handle comprising a first end and a second end, the first end coupled to the first strut and the second end coupled to the second strut.

US Pat. No. 10,689,866

EXTENDABLE CONSTRUCTION STANCHION

Beziup Stanchion, LLC, A...

1. An apparatus for a guardrail assembly, comprising:a vertical post aligned with a longitudinal axis, said vertical post further comprising:
a first post aligned with said longitudinal axis, the first post having a first end and a second end, wherein a first sleeve is positioned at the first end of the first post,
a second post, said second post defining a body disposed parallel with said longitudinal axis and slidable relative to said first post, the second post having a first end and a second end, wherein a second sleeve is positioned at the first end of the second post; and
a retention pin mateable with a retention hole, said retention pin and said retention hole restrict said second post sliding relative to said first post;
a base plate, said base plate pivotably attached to said vertical post;
a bracket comprising a bottom wall, said bottom wall extending from the post longitudinal axis, and a side wall; said bracket attached to said vertical post; and
at least one retention handle, said at least one retention handle located proximal to said bracket, wherein a portion of the retention handle is positioned through the first sleeve of the first post or the second sleeve of the second post.

US Pat. No. 10,689,865

PARTITION MOUNT WITH INTEGRATED PLUNGER ASSEMBLY

Zipwall, LLC, Arlington,...

1. A partition mount comprising:an elongated adjustable-length pole having a foot end and a head end, the elongated adjustable-length pole being adjustable in length between the foot end and the head end, the elongated adjustable-length pole having a longitudinal axis, wherein the elongated adjustable-length pole comprises multiple telescoping segments, and wherein the head end of the elongated adjustable-length pole is at a narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole, the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole being one of the multiple telescoping segments;
an anchor having a portion within the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole, the anchor at a position proximal to the head end of the elongated adjustable-length pole;
a longitudinally extending body that extends from the head end of the elongated adjustable-length pole and is constructed and arranged to travel in a direction along the longitudinal axis of the elongated adjustable-length pole, the longitudinally extending body having a portion that extends into an interior of the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole;
a mounting head coupled to the longitudinally extending body that removably secures a sheet of material;
a compression mechanism at a position between the mounting head and a bottom of the anchor that biases a position of the longitudinally extending body in an outward direction away from the anchor, wherein the anchor is constructed and arranged to limit outward extension of the longitudinally extending body in the outward direction; and
a retainer configured to travel along with the longitudinally extending body in the direction along the longitudinal axis of the elongated adjustable-length pole,
wherein the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole comprises a first end, a second end and a body region within the elongated adjustable-length pole between the first end of the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole and the second end of the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole and wherein the retainer is configured to interface with the bottom of the anchor at a first position within the body region of the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole to limit the outward extension of the longitudinally extending body in the outward direction, the anchor maintaining a fixed position within the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole,
wherein the retainer is configured to move between the first position and a second position, the first position being a location at which the retainer interfaces with the bottom of the anchor within the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole and the second position being a location at which the retainer is spaced apart from the bottom of the anchor within the narrowest segment of the elongated adjustable-length pole.

US Pat. No. 10,689,864

AUTOMATED BRICK LAYING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Construction Automation L...

1. An automated brick laying system, said automated brick laying system including:platform means;
mortar application means for allowing mortar to be applied to a brick in use; and
brick gripping means for allowing at least one brick to be gripped in use;
characterized in that the mortar application means or the brick gripping means is movably mounted on or to the platform means and is arranged to be independently movable relative to the platform means in use;
wherein said at least one of the mortar application means and the brick gripping means is arranged to undergo linear and/or sliding movement along at least three separate and pre-defined cartesian axes of movement in use;
the three pre-defined axes of movement being predefined structural pathways defined on the platform means and each including a X axis support arm, a Y axis support arm and a Z axis support arm;
at least part of the mortar application means and/or brick gripping means movably mounted on one of the X axis, Y axis or Z axis support arms for linear sliding movement therealong and said one axis defined as a first support arm; the first support arm being movably mounted on one other of the X axis, Y axis or Z axis support arms for linear sliding movement therealong and said other axis defined as a second support arm; and the second support arm being movably mounted on a remaining one of the X axis, Y axis or Z axis support arms for sliding linear movement therealong; and the brick gripping means is also arranged to move about pre-defined pitch, roll and yaw axes.

US Pat. No. 10,689,863

FIBROUS LAMINATE FLOOR UNDERLAYMENT WITH IMPROVED ACOUSTICAL INSULATION AND BREATHABLE BARRIER PROTECTION

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. A floor underlayment comprising at least two layers, said first layer comprising a pattern-unbonded nonwoven web, said pattern-unbonded nonwoven web having a first surface opposite a second surface, said first surface being flat and said second surface comprising a 3D surface, said 3D surface having thereof a pattern of from about 15 percent to about 60 percent of continuous bonded areas defining a plurality of discrete unbonded areas; and a second layer comprising a microporous film having a first surface opposite a second surface, said first surface of said film adhered to said first flat surface of said pattern-unbonded nonwoven web; wherein said floor underlayment is positioned directly in contact with the underside surface of a finished floor; and wherein the sound pressure level (SPL in dB at 800 Hz or 1600 Hz) reduction IIC of said finished floor and said floor underlayment conjointly exhibit a value of about 30 to about 40, wherein the continuous bonded areas are substantially fluid impermeable and the plurality of discrete unbonded areas are fluid permeable.

US Pat. No. 10,689,862

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COATING SOLID WOOD FLOOR AND SOLID WOOD FLOOR

ZHEJIANG LINGGE WOOD CO.,...

1. An apparatus for coating a solid wood floor, comprising:a conveying device, comprising at least one slide rail and a conveying member disposed on the at least one slide rail, wherein the conveying member is configured to carry a solid wood floor and to convey the solid wood floor along an extending direction of the at least one slide rail;
a film coating device, comprising a film rolling part and at least one pressing wheel, wherein the film rolling part is fixedly disposed on the conveying device and a polyethylene protective film is rolled on the film rolling part; the at least one pressing wheel is rotatably disposed on the at least one slide rail and is disposed opposite to at least one side surface of the solid wood floor and is configured to press the polyethylene protective film toward the at least one side surface so as to adhere the polyethylene protective film to the at least one side surface from one end to the other end of the at least one side surface in a length direction of the solid wood floor, wherein the at least one side surface of the solid wood floor defines at least one boundary of a width dimension of the solid wood floor; and
a heated air gun for melting excess polyethylene protective film beyond a first end and a second end of the at least one side surface in the length direction;
wherein the conveying device further comprises two press rolls respectively disposed at two axial ends of the at least one slide rail and configured to press the solid wood floor so that the solid wood floor can smoothly enter or leave a coating area.

US Pat. No. 10,689,861

HAZARD WARNING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A pedestal for a raised floor, the pedestal comprising a top load bearing surface for supporting a portion of one or more adjacent flooring panels, the pedestal comprising:a warning element corresponding to a respective portion of one or more supported adjacent flooring panels, the warning element comprising an elongate member, the elongate member operable for moving between an inactive position in which it is substantially retracted within an interior of the pedestal and an active position in which the warning element is extended beyond a periphery of the pedestal to a raised position above the raised floor responsive to the removal of the corresponding flooring panel from the top load bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,689,860

FLOOR BOARD WITH UNIVERSAL CONNECTION SYSTEM

BerryAlloc NV, (BE)

1. A polygonal board having a core layer with an underside, a topside, edges and edge faces, the core layer having a plurality of staggered hooking tongues formed integrally with the core layer and extending outwardly from the edges of the core layer and spaced along the edges, the core layer having discrete recesses formed in its underside on two sides for engaging with hooking tongues of another board, the hooking tongues and the discrete recesses being arranged to allow sliding mating of the tongues of a first board with the discrete recesses of a second adjacent board thereby forming an abutment surface in the joint between the first board and the second board, the tongues and recesses of adjacent boards co-operating to provide both vertical and horizontal locking engagement of the two boards, wherein the recesses are arranged between two hooking tongues or adjacent a hooking tongue but not at the tongue positions.

US Pat. No. 10,689,859

CONCEALED CLADDING FIXATION SYSTEM

Acculign Holdings, Inc., ...

1. A system for mounting a wall panel to a wall frame, comprising:first and second mounting brackets, each mounting bracket including:
a wall mounting portion defining a plane and configured to be fixed to a wall frame, and
a pair of opposing parallel members extending perpendicularly away from the plane of the wall mounting portion and defining a narrow receiving channel;
an adjustable wall panel support mechanism including:
an elongated body portion having a planar member configured to fit within the receiving channels of the mounting brackets, with the planar member sandwiched between the opposing parallel members, and a pair of side portions extending in opposite directions perpendicular to the planar member;
a top plate configured to be rigidly attached to one end of the body portion;
a first elongated adjustment member passing through a first aperture in the top plate and extending toward the first mounting bracket;
a first coupling bracket attached in threaded engagement with the first adjustment member and attached in unthreaded engagement with the first mounting bracket;
a second elongated adjustment member passing through a second aperture in the top plate and extending toward the second mounting bracket; and
a second coupling bracket attached in threaded engagement with the second adjustment member and attached in unthreaded engagement with the second mounting bracket; and
a wall panel attachment member operatively coupled to the wall panel support mechanism and configured to support a wall panel;
wherein rotation of the first adjustment member causes the body portion to move toward or away from the plane defined by the wall mounting portion of the first mounting bracket, and rotation of the second adjustment member causes the body portion to move toward or away from the plane defined by the wall mounting portion of the second mounting bracket;
wherein each coupling bracket includes a coupling bracket member extending outside the receiving channel and attached to one of the parallel members of the corresponding mounting bracket by a pin passing through an aperture in the coupling bracket member and also passing through a slot in the parallel member.

US Pat. No. 10,689,858

MODULAR HOOKING DEVICE FOR A CLOTH FOR A TENSIONED FALSE CEILING

1. A device for attaching at least one cloth for producing a tensioned-cloth false partition, comprising: a first profiled member forming a profiled rail comprising at least one reception groove having a cross section in the form of a U, the at least one reception groove being delimited by first and second lateral walls parallel to each other, and at least one second profiled member being configured as removable from the reception groove of the first profiled member, said at least one second profiled member having a form substantially complementary to that of the at least one reception groove of the first profiled member and being configured to be fitted fully within the at least one reception groove of the first profiled member, said at least one second profiled member comprising first and second arms parallel to each other, said first and second arms being respectively placed over the first and second lateral walls when the second profiled member is in place in the at least one reception groove of the first profiled member; said second arm having an inner surface facing the first arm comprising at least one deformable longitudinal projection arranged so as to come into abutment against the first lateral wall of said first profiled member disposed opposite the second arm and on which the first arm of the second profiled member is placed when the second profiled member is in place in the at least one reception groove of the first profiled member.

US Pat. No. 10,689,857

RAILING SYSTEM WITH CONCEALED ANCHOR SYSTEM

1. A railing system comprising:a plurality of railing modules, wherein each railing module comprises:
a concealed anchor system comprising:
a stud extending vertically from a support surface;
a sleeve centered around the stud extending perpendicular to the support surface;
a railing post configured to fit around the sleeve, wherein the railing post comprises a bottom opening configured to accept the sleeve and a top opening and an interior extending from the bottom opening to the top opening;
a retainer cap connector detachably connected and extending vertically from the stud;
a retainer cap configured to fit into the top opening, wherein the retainer cap is detachably connected to the retainer cap connector; and
a railing detachably connected to the retainer cap, wherein the railing connects at least a portion of the plurality of railing modules, wherein piercing the interior of the railing post is not required for connection of the retainer cap connector, the retainer cap, or the railing to the railing post.

US Pat. No. 10,689,856

VEHICLE APPARATUS FOR USE ON A ROOF AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING AND INSTALLING COMMERCIAL ROOFING

Innovatech, LLC, Kanarra...

1. A roof vehicle, comprising:a chassis comprising motor-driven wheels; wherein the motor-driven wheels straddle a gap in a roof;
a deck coupled to the chassis, the deck comprising a steering wheel for steering at least two of the motor-driven wheels, and an actuator pedal and a brake pedal for controlling the motor-driven wheels via a motor;
a man-basket coupled on one end of the chassis, the man basket comprising a control panel for:
a. moving the man basket on a y-axis, wherein the man-basket is lowerable on the y-axis into the gap in the roof and lowerable to an elevation beneath that of the motor-driven wheels;
b. controlling the steering wheel;
c. controlling the motor that drives the motor-driven wheels coupled to the chassis;
at least two guide wheels lowerable into roof corrugations to aid in preventing misalignment of the roof vehicle on the roof;
a storage compartment comprising a power inverter;
at least one optical safety sensor; and
a power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,689,855

GUTTER PROTECTION DEVICE AND GUTTER PROTECTION ASSEMBLY

1. A gutter protection assembly comprising:a gutter having a gutter longitudinal axis, the gutter comprising:
a front wall, a bottom wall and a rear wall; and
a gutter protection device comprising:
a front portion engageable with the front wall of the gutter and a rear portion, the rear portion comprising:
a gutter wall-engaging section translationally engageable with the rear wall of the gutter, the gutter wall-engaging section comprising an outer downward segment extending rearwardly to the rear wall of the gutter when the gutter protection device is engaged with the rear wall of the gutter; and
an upwardly extending section projecting upwardly from the gutter wall-engaging section, the upwardly extending section extending above the rear wall of the gutter when the gutter protection device and the gutter are engaged together;
the gutter protection assembly being securable to a supporting structure through the upwardly extending section of the gutter protection device with the gutter hanging from the gutter protection device, the outer downward segment being superposed to and contacting the supporting structure with at least a section of the outer downward segment extending between the supporting structure and an upper section of the rear wall of the gutter when the gutter protection assembly is mounted to the supporting structure, and the gutter being translatable along the gutter longitudinal axis when the gutter protection device is engaged with the gutter at the front portion and the rear portion and secured to the supporting structure through the upwardly extending section.

US Pat. No. 10,689,854

FUNCTIONAL ROOF CONSTRUCTION METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT

1. A method of installing a functional roof construction arrangement on a roof frame of a building, comprising the steps of:(a) forming a plurality of roof solar collecting panels by a step of coupling first through third roof solar collecting panel units at a module housing at a position that said second roof solar collecting panel unit is located between said first roof solar collecting panel unit and said third roof solar collecting panel unit, wherein said first through third roof solar collecting panel units provide different functions, wherein the step (a) further comprises the steps of:
(a.1) forming two supporting frames, each comprising a supporting wall extended vertically, a supporting arm perpendicularly extended from supporting wall to define an upper portion of said supporting wall above said supporting wall and a lower portion of said supporting wall below said supporting wall for attaching to the roof frame, a supporting ridge extended from supporting wall at a position parallel to and below said supporting arm, and a sliding slot longitudinal formed at a top edge of said supporting wall;
(a.2) spacedly aligning said supporting frames with each other, such that said supporting arms, said supporting ridges, and said sliding slots are spacedly aligned with each other;
(a.3) slidably supporting said first roof solar collecting panel unit by said supporting ridges of said supporting frames;
(a.4) slidably supporting said second roof solar collecting panel unit by said supporting arms of said supporting frames at a position below said first roof solar collecting panel; and
(a.5) slidably engaging said third roof solar collecting panel unit with said sliding slots of said supporting frames at a position spacedly above said first roof solar collecting panel unit and slidably coupling said solar collecting panels with said sliding slots of said supporting frames to support at said top edges of said supporting walls in an edge-to-edge manner;
(b) coupling said functional roof modules with each other by
(b.1) forming a locking ridge at each of said module housings; and
(b.2) providing a module connector which has two locking edges to engage with said locking ridges of said two module housings respectively when two of said module housings are located side-by-side so as to lock up said functional roof modules with each other; and
(c) installing said functional roof modules on the roof frame of the building.

US Pat. No. 10,689,853

POST-TENSION CONCRETE LEAVE OUT SPLICING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A rebar splice assembly, comprising:a sleeve device including:
a body defining a cavity,
a top opening open to the cavity,
a first side opening open to the cavity,
a second side opening opposite to the first side opening, the second side opening open to the cavity, and
a closed bottom surface that is arranged opposite to the top opening;
a splice device having an elongated body with an internal cavity, the internal cavity being generally cylindrical in shape,
the splice device having an opening at each end of the splice device,
the length of the sleeve device is less than the length of the splice device,
wherein the splice device is partially inside the cavity of the sleeve device through the first side opening of the sleeve device,
wherein the splice device is not fixed directly to the sleeve device such that the splice device is configured to move with respect to the sleeve device during tensioning of concrete material of a concrete floor construction in order to allow for a change in volume of the concrete material due to the tensioning, and
the splice device is connected to a first rebar and a second rebar,
wherein the concrete floor construction includes:
a first post-tensioned concrete floor slab having the first rebar, and
a second post-tensioned concrete floor slab having the second rebar.

US Pat. No. 10,689,852

STRUCTURAL MEMBER WITH ANTI-ROTATION FEATURE

Frazier Industrial Compan...

1. A structural member, comprising:a beam extending along a longitudinal axis and having a first end, a second end, a beam top wall, a beam side wall, and a connection wall at the first end;
the beam top wall having a first end portion at the first end, a second end portion at the second end, and a central portion between the first end portion and the second end portion, a top surface of the central portion defining a top plane extending in a longitudinal direction;
the first end portion of the beam top wall having a near end at the central portion and a far end at the connection wall, a first end portion top surface of the first end portion of the beam top wall extending from the near end to the far end of the first end portion,
the first end portion top surface of the first end portion defining a sloping plane declined diagonally downward from the top plane, a downward direction defined perpendicular to the top plane, the far end of the of the first end portion is offset in the downward direction with respect to the top plane; and
the connection wall extending in the downward direction from the far end of the first end portion and having an outer surface defining an end plane perpendicular to the top plane.

US Pat. No. 10,689,851

INSULATION BOARD ASSEMBLY

Durabond Products Limited...

1. An insulation board assembly comprising:an insulation board body having a front face, a back face, a top edge, a bottom edge, and two side edges, the back face having a drainage channel extending from the top edge to the bottom edge, the drainage channel being recessed inward of the back face by a channel depth;
a drainage insert positioned in the drainage channel proximate the bottom edge of the insulation board body, the drainage insert having a front face, a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, the drainage insert defining at least one interior drainage passage extending from the top edge of the drainage insert to the bottom edge of the drainage insert; and
a reinforcing mesh secured to the insulation board body, the reinforcing mesh contacting the back face of the insulation board body, the bottom edge, and the front face of the insulation board body, the reinforcing mesh overlapping at least a portion of the drainage insert along the back face of the insulation board body.

US Pat. No. 10,689,850

SYSTEM FOR MOUNTING A PLURALITY OF PANELS

Hunter Douglas Industries...

1. A system for mounting a plurality of panels, each panel having a longitudinal extent and a cross-sectional profile that together form a front wall extending between two mutually opposite side walls, the front wall facing in a first relative direction and the side walls including longitudinally and transversely extending respective lips which have support surfaces facing in the first relative direction and are spaced apart from the front wall, the system comprising:a carrier part having a length and a width and configured to receive and support the panels at intervals along said length, the carrier part having a carrier face extending in the directions of said length and said width, and having, within the extent of said width, for each respective panel, a pair of engaging surfaces facing in an engaging direction directed inwardly with respect to said width and opposite to the first relative direction of a mounted panel, the engaging surface being for engaging with said support surfaces of the lips of a respective panel; and
a locking strip having a length extending in a lengthwise direction of the locking strip and a width extending in a widthwise direction of the locking strip perpendicular to the lengthwise direction, the locking strip having a locking face extending in the lengthwise and widthwise directions of said length and said width of the locking strip, and having an elongate edge extending along the lengthwise direction of the locking strip;
wherein:
the carrier part and the locking strip are configured to be mounted to each other with the locking face towards the carrier face and to couple the locking strip relative to the carrier part in a locked position with the elongate edge engaging with the panels so as to engage the support surfaces of the lips of the panels with the respective engaging surfaces; and
the locking strip is configured to move at least partially relative to the carrier strip in both the lengthwise and widthwise directions of the locking strip to move the locking strip between an unlocked position and the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,849

ATTACHMENT OF FURRING STRIPS TO FLOOR JOISTS

UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMP...

18. An attachment system for attaching furring strips to steel C-channel joists, each such joist having a bottom surface, an upper surface, and a sidewall, the attachment system for each furring strip comprising:a fastener having a shaft and a head, said fastener secured to the sidewall of the joist in a position vertically displaced from the bottom surface, approximately 8 inches from the bottom of the joist, partially installed in the joist so that a portion of said shaft is exposed;
at least one length of wire with a mid-portion and two free ends, said mid-portion being looped around the fastener and said free ends being fastened to each other;
said at least one length of wire surrounding said fastener and the furring strip in a single continuous loop positioned transverse to the furring strip;
said wire free ends being fastened to each other so that said wire free ends are joined adjacent to the furring strip, between upper and lower ends of one side of the furring strip, and so that the furring strip is in direct contact with the bottom surface of the joist to securely hold the furring strip to the floor joist; and
said wire free ends are joined by twisting an equivalent length of each end around each other.

US Pat. No. 10,689,848

DEVICE FOR COLLECTING RAINWATER IN A PERGOLA WITH ADJUSTABLE SLATS

1. A system for collecting rainwater comprising:a pergola including
posts,
a frame with beams and slats, the beams and slats being arranged transversely, parallel to one another, the slats being articulated around a median axis and configured to assume at least one substantially vertical position and one substantially horizontal position, and
a manual or motorized movement system configured to ensure coordinated movements of the slats; and
a water flow movement system comprising longitudinal deflectors, the water flow movement system being integral with the slats and movable relative to said slats,
wherein each of the deflectors of the water flow movement system is articulated relative to the slats, each of the deflectors including a lug pivotally attached to the slats.

US Pat. No. 10,689,847

LATH AND DRAINAGE

INNOVATION CALUMET LLC, ...

1. A construct for use in a wall structure, comprising:a lath member having a front side and a back side; and
a water channel layer having a front side and a back side with a width defined therebetween, the width of the water channel layer including therein a structure that yields a path for water passing through the width of the water channel layer under the influence of gravity when the water channel layer is in use, wherein the front side of the water channel layer is directly coupled to the back side of the lath member such that there is no intervening layer therebetween, wherein the water channel layer has a plurality of bosses or bumps that extend from the back side of the water channel layer and that terminate in planar surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,689,846

SHAFTWALL SYSTEM USING FOLDED PANELS, AND PANEL

UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMP...

1. A panel for a shaftwall system, comprising:a panel body with a core having opposing surfaces, a first one of said opposing surfaces being covered by an outer facing layer, and a second one of said opposing surfaces being covered by a backing surface layer, wherein said outer facing layer and said backing surface layer are each made with a paper material or a glass mat material;
a score line formed in said outer facing layer and said core, defining two folded panel portions, said score line being spaced from said backing surface layer and including opposing edges that meet at a common end, wherein a portion of said core at said score line is not covered by said outer facing layer and said core includes a fracture portion extending between said score line and said backing surface layer;
said panel body configured to be folded at said common end such that said fracture portion of said core fractures and enables said panel body to move between an unfolded position and a folded position, wherein in said folded position, said panel body forms a folded edge in which said panel portions are arranged so that said backing surface layers of said panel portions are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,689,845

WALL SYSTEM

1. A building construction, comprising:a plurality of vertically oriented studs, each extending upwardly from a floor of a building, each stud including:
a first stud section including a first end flange and walls defining a recess,
a second stud section including:
a second end flange in parallel, spaced apart relation to the first end flange of the first stud section,
a retaining wall, and
a connecting web wall which connects together the second end flange with the retaining wall, the connecting web wall being perpendicular to the second end flange and the retaining wall so as to maintain the second end flange and the retaining wall in parallel, spaced apart relation,
the retaining wall slidably fit within the recess of the first stud section to connect said first stud section to said second stud section,
at least one of the first and second end flanges including at least one wing wall and
at least one side connecting panel, each side connecting panel connected directly to and between wing walls of horizontally spaced apart studs for connecting together said wing walls of said horizontally spaced apart studs, and each side connecting panel being substantially entirely in alignment with said wing walls.

US Pat. No. 10,689,844

QUICK ASSEMBLE WALL SYSTEM, AND RELATED METHODS

Varidesk, LLC, Coppell, ...

1. A wall panel, comprising:a first upright post;
a second upright post;
a lower stretcher for connecting the first upright post to the second upright post;
an upper stretcher for connecting the first upright post to the second upright post;
at least one frame for placement within the first upright post, the second upright post, the lower stretcher, and the upper stretcher; and
a first retractable latch located on the at least one frame, the first retractable latch adapted to engage at least one of the first upright post, second upright post, lower stretcher, or upper stretcher,
wherein the first retractable latch comprises a spring-loaded latch.

US Pat. No. 10,689,843

SHUTTERING FRAMEWORK FOR INSULATED SANDWICH WALLS

1. A framework member for creating sandwich walls comprising:an outer strongback having an inner surface;
an inner strongback, wherein an inner surface of the inner strongback faces the inner surface of the outer strongback;
an outer support member located between the outer strongback and the inner strongback; and
an inner support member located between the outer strongback and the inner strongback, wherein an inner surface of the inner support member faces an inner surface of the outer support member;
a first wall gap between the outer strongback and the outer support member configured to receive concrete for forming an outer wall;
a second wall gap between the inner strongback and the inner support member configured to receive concrete for forming an inner wall;
an insulating gap between the outer support member and the inner support member configured to receive an insulating material forming an insulating core;
a first number of connectors, wherein each of the first number of connectors are spaced apart from one another and extend between the outer strongback and the outer support member;
a second number of connectors, wherein each of the second number of connectors are spaced apart from one another and extend between the inner strongback and the inner support member;
a first number of holders, each located on an upper edge of each of the first number of connectors; and
a second number of holders, each located on an upper edge of each of the second number of connectors;
wherein each of the first number of holders and each of the second number of holders are configured to accommodate a reinforcement member;
wherein the outer strongback, the inner strongback, the outer support member, and the inner support member are each configured to extend vertically from a base.

US Pat. No. 10,689,842

MULTI-LAYER FIRE-RATED JOINT COMPONENT

CALIFORNIA EXPANDED METAL...

1. A head-of-wall assembly, comprising:a header track having a web and first and second flanges extending therefrom;
at least one stud coupled with the header track;
a wallboard coupled to the stud, an upper end of the wallboard overlapping the first flange of the header track;
a ceiling surface to which the header track is attached;
a gasket comprising a profile layer, the profile layer defining an air gap;
wherein the profile layer is coupled to the first flange of the header track and contacts the wallboard and the ceiling surface to provide a seal between the wallboard and the ceiling surface;
wherein the head-of-wall assembly is a dynamic assembly having a deflection gap, the deflection gap being variable between a closed position and an open position, the profile layer further comprising:
an upper flange, the upper flange slidingly engaged with the header track and at least partially defining the air gap;
wherein the upper flange is configured to fold towards a vertical portion of the profile layer to collapse the air gap as the deflection gap moves towards the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,841

CONSTRUCTION ANCHORING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHODOLOGY

Anchor Ring Solutions, LL...

1. An anchoring system, which comprises:at least one anchoring apparatus, including:
a locking plate configured for securement relative to a form board used to form a concrete support;
an elongate anchor including a connector segment at one end for connecting with a construction tool; and
a coupler mounted to the elongate anchor;
wherein one of the locking plate and the coupler defines an aperture and a keyed slot adjacent the aperture;
wherein the other of the locking plate and the coupler defines a main segment and a wing segment depending from the main segment;
wherein the main segment and the wing segment are respectively positioned into the aperture and the keyed slot when in a first rotational orientation of the coupler and the locking plate; and
wherein relative rotational movement of the coupler and the locking plate to a second rotational orientation thereof secures the coupler and the elongate anchor to the locking plate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,840

MODULAR BEAM STRUCTURE AND MODULAR BASE STRUCTURE

RBON HOLDINGS PTY LTD, M...

1. A building structure assembly comprising:at least one modular beam structure; and
at least two modular base structures,
wherein each modular base structure is designed to be supported only by corners of a shipping container having a length, a width, and a height, the shipping container further having walls and corner casting assemblies, each of the corner casting assemblies having a twist lock assembly,
wherein each modular base structure is designed to support an end portion of the at least one modular beam structure,
wherein each modular beam structure is capable of spanning a distance between two of said shipping containers that are spaced apart from each other,
wherein each modular beam structure includes corner castings located at each corner of the modular beam structure and non-corner castings located between each corner of the modular beam structure, with each corner casting and non-corner casting including slot apertures sized and oriented for locking receipt of part of the twist lock assembly of one of the modular base structures,
wherein each modular beam structure includes an angled top portion and level bottom portion, the level bottom portion being oriented in a horizontal plane and the angled top portion being at a non-zero angle to the horizontal plane, each modular beam structure having a length, a width, and a height, such that the length and the width of the modular beam structure is sized to fit within a shipping container,
wherein each modular beam structure is shaped and dimensioned to be able to be assembled on top of each other creating a shipping container size allowing transport within the shipping container,
wherein each modular base structure includes a base having a length and a width corresponding to the length and width of the shipping container, each modular base structure designed to be located on and supported and connected to a top of the shipping container,
wherein each modular base structure is connectable to the at least one end portion of the at least one modular beam structure when the modular base structure is supported by and adjustably connected to the corner casting assemblies of the shipping container without loading the walls of the shipping container,
wherein corner castings of each modular base structure includes upper and lower corner castings with each upper corner casting including a twist lock assembly therein for locking connection to one of the corner castings of the at least one modular beam structure and the lower corner castings having slot apertures for locking receipt of the twist lock assembly of the shipping container,
wherein the at least one modular beam structure can span between spaced apart shipping containers by being connectively supported at each end of the modular beam structure and at least one end by one modular base structure which in turn can be connected to the top of one of the shipping containers, and whereby the at least one modular beam structure and the at least two modular base structures are shaped and structured to allow assembly and disassembly in relation to the shipping containers and also transportation, using the shipping containers to carry components of the at least one modular beam structure and the at least two modular base structures.

US Pat. No. 10,689,839

PARKING DECK CONNECTING SYSTEM

1. A connecting system for connecting concrete beams of a parking structure, comprising:a pair of concrete beams and a plurality of spring-like one-piece, arch shaped connectors connected between the pair of concrete beams, wherein the concrete beams are each provided with a plurality of apertures provided in a lower surface of the concrete beams and the plurality of one-piece, arch shaped connectors have an intermediate portion and a pair of opposite ends wherein the opposite ends are secured in the apertures in the concrete beams by an adhesive, and wherein the intermediate portion of the arch shaped connectors extend external to and below the pair of concrete beams.

US Pat. No. 10,689,838

LEDGER

22. A ledger configured for attaching to a structure, the ledger comprising:a first wall;
a second wall;
a third wall;
a first ledge joining the first wall and the second wall;
a second ledge joining the first wall and the second wall; and
a third ledge; and
a fourth ledge joining the second wall;
wherein the first ledge and the second ledge join the second wall on a first side of the second wall,
wherein the fourth ledge joins the second wall on a second side of the second wall,
wherein the third wall joins both the third ledge and the fourth ledge,
wherein the second side of the second wall is opposite the first side of the second wall,
wherein the fourth ledge is below the first ledge, the second ledge, and the third ledge,
wherein the first wall, the second wall, the first ledge, and the second ledge define a channel that (i) separates the first wall from the second wall, and (ii) separates the first ledge from the second ledge, and
wherein the channel is open at both a first side of the ledger, and a second side of the ledger opposite the first side of the ledger,
wherein the first ledge is disposed above the second ledge,
wherein a portion of the first wall is disposed above the first ledge,
wherein a portion of the first wall is disposed below the second ledge, and
wherein both the portion of the first wall and a portion of the second wall include at least one through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,689,837

FLUSHOMETER

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A flushometer valve for use with urinals, toilets and water closets, the flushometer valve comprising:a hollow body; and
a piston assembly disposed inside the hollow body for controlling operation of the flushometer valve, the piston assembly and hollow body defining an inlet chamber, an outlet chamber and a pressure chamber, the piston assembly comprising:
a flow guide movable relative to the hollow body between an open position, in which the outlet chamber is fluidly connected to the inlet chamber, and a closed position, in which the outlet chamber is fluidly disconnected from the inlet chamber;
a piston top coupled to the flow guide and comprising a first material, the piston top having a bleed passage that fluidly connects the pressure chamber and the inlet chamber;
an insert disposed within the bleed passage and comprising a second material that is different than the first material, the insert having a bore that fluidly connects the bleed passage and the pressure chamber;
a seal carried by the flow guide, wherein the seal contacts a valve seat of the hollow body in the closed position and is separated from the valve seat in the open position to fluidly connect the inlet and outlet chambers; and
a seal seat coupled to the flow guide to secure the seal between the flow guide and the seal seat, wherein the seal seat is disposed between the flow guide and the piston top to limit travel of the seal seat relative to the flow guide, and wherein the seal seat comprises a bleed passage that fluidly connects the bleed passage of the piston top and the inlet chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,689,836

HANDHELD PERSONAL PERINEAL CLEANSING SYSTEM AND METHODS

1. A perineal cleansing system for connection to a showerhead and to a fluid flow pipe through which a fluid may flow, comprising:a tee fitting comprising at least one fluid flow passage therethrough, a tee inlet configured for connecting to and receiving a fluid flow from said fluid flow pipe and conveying fluid through said at least one water flow passage, a first tee outlet configured for connecting to and conveying fluid to said showerhead, a second tee outlet, and a tee shut-off valve;
a flexible feeder supply line comprising at least one fluid flow passage therethrough, a feeder supply line inlet configured for connecting to and receiving a fluid flow from said second tee outlet, a feeder supply line outlet, and a feeder flexible tubing extending between said feeder supply line inlet and said feeder supply line outlet;
an elongated spray arm comprising at least one fluid flow passage therethrough; a spray arm inlet configured for connecting to and receiving a fluid flow from said feeder supply line outlet; a spray arm outlet; an elongated molded casing/body configured for connecting to and receiving a fluid flow from said spray arm inlet and for connecting to and conveying fluid to said spray arm outlet; and at least one handle fixedly connected to said elongated casing;
a collection basin comprising a basin inlet and a basin outlet;
a spray head comprising a spray head inlet configured for receiving a fluid flow from said spray arm outlet and a spray head nozzle assembly configured to spray a fluid flow;
a flexible removal line comprising at least one fluid flow passage therethrough, a removal line inlet configured for connecting to and receiving a fluid flow from said basin outlet, a removal line outlet, and a removal flexible tubing connecting said removal line inlet and said removal line outlet; and
a drain fitting comprising a drain cover configured with at least one outer drain hole and a drain inlet fitting configured for connecting to and receiving a fluid flow from said removal line outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,689,835

SPRING ADJUSTABLE HANDLE FOR FAUCET VALVE ASSEMBLY

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A valve assembly for a faucet, the valve assembly comprising:a valve body;
a valve cartridge received within the valve body and including a valve stem defining a longitudinal axis and having a plurality of first splines;
a hub including an internal chamber extending between a lower end and an upper end, the lower end coupled to the valve body;
a stem adapter extending along the longitudinal axis between a lower end and an upper end, the lower end having a plurality of second splines;
a handle operably coupled to the upper end of the stem adapter; and
a spring extending between the hub and the stem adapter, the spring biasing the plurality of second splines into engagement with the plurality of first splines.

US Pat. No. 10,689,834

METER PIT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. A pit for installation in the ground to house utility items, plumbing devices, valves or meters, the pit comprising:a wall defining inner and outer surfaces and extending between top and bottom ends and defining an inner opening extending between the top and bottom ends;
a footing having a height and located at the bottom end of the wall and further having a face, the face defining a surface transverse to an axis of the wall and the face further including inner and outer edges;
wherein said wall and said footing are formed by injection molding;
a top section of the wall having a width less than a distance between the inner and outer edges;
a plurality of ribs positioned along the wall and extending inwardly, a rib thickness measured from the outer surface to an innermost section of the rib wherein the rib thickness is 1.25-4 times a wall thickness between the inner and outer surfaces between two of said plurality of ribs;
wherein the plurality of ribs include first and second groups of ribs which alternate around the inner surface of the pit wherein the first group of ribs has a different length than the second group of ribs as measured along the axis of the pit.

US Pat. No. 10,689,833

WEAR PART MONITORING

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A system for monitoring earth working equipment, the system comprising:a first ground-engaging product secured to the earth working equipment;
a second ground-engaging product secured to the first ground-engaging product;
at least one electronic sensor secured solely to the first ground-engaging product with a clear line of sight to the second ground-engaging product for detecting whether the second ground-engaging product has detached from the first ground-engaging product, and wirelessly transmitting such information; and
a programmable logic device using the transmitted information to cause an alert to be given when the second ground-engaging product has detached from the first ground-engaging product.

US Pat. No. 10,689,832

WEAR PART MONITORING

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A bucket for use with earth working equipment comprising walls defining a containment portion for gathering earthen material to be excavated, a digging edge, wear parts secured along the digging edge, and at least one electronic sensor with a clear line of sight to the wear parts to monitor the wear parts and wirelessly transmit the monitored information.

US Pat. No. 10,689,831

CONVERTING MOBILE MACHINES INTO HIGH PRECISION ROBOTS

16. A method of generating a control map for a mobile machine, comprising:generating an actuator control signal to control an actuator to move an attachment from a first known position to a second known position;
receiving sensor signals indicative of a direction of movement, a distance between the first and second known positions and a duration of time during which the attachment moved from the first to the second known position;
based on the received sensor signals, determining a speed and direction of movement of the attachment;
mapping the control signal to the speed and direction of movement of the attachment;
determining a number of degrees-of-freedom for the attachment;
generating a plurality of actuator control signals each controlling the actuator to move the attachment between known positions in a different degree-of-freedom;
receiving sensor signals indicative of the direction, distance and duration of movement in each degree-of-freedom;
determining a speed and direction of movement of the attachment in each degree-of-freedom; and
mapping the control signals to the speed and direction of movement in each degree-of-freedom.

US Pat. No. 10,689,830

CONTAINER ANGLE SENSING USING VISION SENSOR FOR FEEDBACK LOOP CONTROL

1. A mobile work machine comprising:a frame;
a ground engaging element movably supported by the frame and driven by an engine to drive movement of the mobile work machine;
a container movably supported by the frame;
an actuator configured to controllably drive movement of the container relative to the frame;
a control system configured to generate an actuator control signal, indicative of a commanded movement of the actuator, and provide the actuator control signal to the actuator to control the actuator to perform the commanded movement;
an image sensor coupled to the mobile work machine, the image sensor being configured to capture an image of the container;
segmentation logic configured to identify a segment of the image that includes the container;
area generator logic configured to calculate an area of the segment; and
an angle determination system, communicatively coupled to the control system, configured to determine an angle of the container, based on the area of the segment.

US Pat. No. 10,689,829

INPUT CONTROL METHOD OF TOUCH PANEL MONITOR FOR WORKING MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. An input control method of a touch panel monitor for a working machine capable of switching, on a touch panel mounted on the working machine, between a monitor screen display and an input operation screen display where a monitor input operation is enabled, whereinthe working machine includes:
a working unit that operates with operating hydraulic pressure,
a hydraulic actuator that actuates respective units of the machine; and
a hydraulic lock switch that switches between a hydraulic lock state where a manual operation of a hydraulic circuit that operates the hydraulic actuator is disabled, and a hydraulic unlock state where the manual operation of the hydraulic circuit is enabled, and
when the working machine is operable, control is performed such that a monitor input lock state where the monitor input operation is disabled while enabling the monitor screen display is created,
control is performed such that the monitor input lock state is released to switch the input operation screen display from disabled to enabled by entering a specific monitor input unlock operation on the touch panel so that the display is switched to the input operation screen display, and
control is performed such that the touch panel enters into the monitor input lock state when the hydraulic lock state is switched to the hydraulic unlock state by the hydraulic lock switch.

US Pat. No. 10,689,828

DREDGING SYSTEM AND DREDGER FOR PRE-PAVED GRAVEL FOUNDATION BED SURFACE IN OPEN SEA DEEPWATER

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy In...

1. A dredging system for a pre-paved gravel foundation bed surface in open sea deep water, comprising:a dredging mechanism comprising a dredging suction head, a power component, a dredging truss and a dredging pipeline, wherein the dredging suction head is connected with the dredging pipeline and to an end portion of the dredging truss; the dredging pipeline comprises a dredging hard tube and communicates with the power component; the dredging suction head comprises at least one ridge surface suction port and at least one furrow suction port; opening end portions of the at least one furrow suction port are lower than those of the at least one ridge surface suction port; the dredging truss is connected with the lifting mechanism; the dredging hard tube is inside the dredging truss; and one end of the dredging hard tube is above a surface of the water;
a lifting mechanism connected with the dredging suction head and configured to lift the dredging suction head to the pre-paved gravel foundation bed surface; and
a moving mechanism connected with the lifting mechanism and configured to drive the dredging suction head to move within a dredging range of the pre-paved gravel foundation bed surface.

US Pat. No. 10,689,827

SPREADER BARS AND COMPONENTS THEREFOR

2MT Mining Products Pty L...

1. A spreader bar including:two spaced apart opposite end portions, and an intermediate connector portion connected to and extending between said opposite end portions, each end portion having a first connection point for connecting a lower hoist chain to the respective end portion and a second connection point for connecting an upper hoist chain thereto, said second connection point being spaced from said first connection point towards the opposite end portion by a predetermined distance, said predetermined distance being selected such that the upper hoist chain connected to the respective second connection point and extending upwards towards a predetermined center point above the center of the intermediate connector portion defines a larger inside angle with the longitudinal axis of the spreader bar than a line extending from the first connection point and to the same center point, and wherein a second line passing through the centers of the first and second connection points defines as a included angle between 10 degrees and 45 degrees with the longitudinal axis of the spreader bar.

US Pat. No. 10,689,826

DIGGING BAR ATTACHMENT FOR TOOTHED BUCKET

1. A digging attachment device for an earth working bucket for use in digging dirt, wherein the bucket has a plurality of teeth extending forward from the bucket, the teeth are secured to the bucket by a tooth fastener, the device comprising:a plate having a generally rectangular shape, the plate having a top surface and a lower surface, the lower surface adjacent the plurality of teeth;
a plurality of slots coupled to the lower surface of the plate, the plurality of slots configured to pass around the plurality of teeth; and
a fastener configured to engage the tooth fastener within a countersunk surface of the tooth fastener so as to prevent translation of the digging attachment device off of the plurality of teeth, the fastener being aligned with the plate relative to the teeth, the fastener is in removable contact with the tooth fastener and is in communication with one of the plurality of slots.

US Pat. No. 10,689,825

RADON REMOVAL APPARATUS

1. A radon gas removal apparatus operable to inhibit entry of radon gas into a structure to which the radon gas removal apparatus is fluidly coupled to an area on which the structure is superposed comprising:a housing, said housing having an interior volume, said housing having a lower portion and an upper portion, said upper portion and said lower portion being mateably coupled, said lower portion having a bottom and a wall integrally formed, said wall of said lower portion being perpendicular to said bottom and extending upward therefrom, said upper portion of said housing having a wall, said wall of said upper portion being tapered inwards, said upper portion having an exit aperture formed therein, said exit aperture being distal to said bottom portion of said housing,
a mount, said mount being formed on said bottom of said lower portion, said mount being formed within said interior volume of said housing, said mount extending upward from said bottom, said mount having a a wall forming a hollow passage;
a pipe connector, said pipe connector being formed on said bottom of said lower portion opposite said mount, said pipe connector extending away from said housing, said pipe connector being annular in shape, said pipe connector configured to be mateably coupled to a pipe;
a fluid aperture, said fluid aperture being journaled through said wall of said mount, said fluid aperture being present proximate said bottom of said lower portion, said fluid aperture configured to facilitate drainage of accumulated fluid present at the bottom of said lower portion into said hollow passage of said mount; and
a blower assembly, said blower assembly operable to facilitate movement of a gas through the interior volume of the housing said blower assembly being operably coupled to said mount, said mount configured to position said blower assembly in a vertical upright orientation, said blower assembly being elevated above the bottom of the lower portion of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,689,824

SYNTHETIC GROUND COVER SYSTEM FOR EROSION PROTECTION FOR USE WITH OR WITHOUT A SAND/SOIL BALLAST

Watershed Geosynthetics L...

1. A ground cover system for protecting ground soil on steep topographic ground against erosion, wherein the ground cover system comprises:a synthetic grass which comprises a composite of one or more geo-textiles tufted with synthetic yarns;
at least one filter fabric to be placed directly atop the ground soil, and
an open grid mesh sandwiched between the synthetic grass and the filter fabric, with an upper portion of the open grid mesh facing and placed directly against the synthetic grass and a lower portion of the open grid mesh facing and placed against the filter fabric,
wherein the synthetic grass has blades with an average length of between about 1.25 and 3 inches, wherein the synthetic grass has a density of between about 20 ounces per square yard and 120 ounces per square yard, and wherein the open grid mesh comprises a synthetic drainage system for transmitting high-volume precipitation from atop the synthetic grass downward into the open grid mesh for absorption into the underlying ground soil to reduce precipitation runoff from the steep topographic ground.

US Pat. No. 10,689,823

ANCHORING ASSEMBLY

MUSTHANE, Willems (FR)

1. An anchoring assembly for fastening an element to the ground, the element including an orifice, wherein the anchoring assembly comprises:an anchoring part;
a flexible line having a first end that is fastened to the anchoring part, the flexible line being designed to pass through the orifice; and
a blocking device including a gutter defined by a base and by first and second walls protruding transversally from the base, and an opening formed in the base through which the flexible line extends, the blocking device being configured to prevent sliding of the flexible line in the opening, the blocking device being configured to take a first position in which the flexible line is configured to slide in the opening in such a manner as to adjust the distance between the blocking device and the anchoring part, and a second position in which the flexible line is blocked in the blocking device in such a manner as to prevent the blocking device from moving relative to the anchoring part, wherein, when the blocking device is in the second position, the flexible line has a first portion extending in the gutter substantially in a parallel manner relative to the first and second walls, and a second portion extending outside the gutter and transversally to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,689,822

SOIL CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A ground soil conditioning apparatus, comprising:a first blower for inducing a first flow of non-recirculating air;
a burner for heating the first flow of non-recirculating air;
electrical controls for the burner;
a mixer for mixing ground soil at the surface of the ground;
a duct for directing the heated first flow of non-recirculating air onto the mixer;
a drying chamber, the drying chamber receiving the first flow of non-recirculating air from the duct, and having an exit away from the duct, the drying chamber being open to the ground;
a second blower for inducing a second flow of non-recirculating air, the second flow of non-recirculating air remaining ambient and being vented directly into the drying chamber; and,
a wheel for moving the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,689,821

ALGAE SKIMMER AND DEBRIS REMOVAL SYSTEM

1. An algae skimmer and debris removal system, comprising:a water filter boat;
a water and algae intake disposed on said water filter boat;
a water filter disposed on said water filter boat downstream of said intake;
a cleaned water outlet disposed on said water filter boat downstream of said filter;
a debris collector disposed on said water filter boat for removing solid debris from water;
a debris compactor boat being an amphibious craft detachably connected to said water filter boat; and
a compactor disposed on said compactor boat for receiving the solid debris from said collector and for compacting the solid debris.

US Pat. No. 10,689,820

SURFACE CLEANING MACHINE FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION

1. A road construction surface cleaning machine comprising:a motorized wheeled vehicle having a plurality of wheels and a vehicle frame having a cab for a driver of said vehicle attached to said frame, said motorized vehicle being drivable in a forward and reverse direction;
a sweeper brush frame supporting a sweeper brush mounted to one end of said vehicle, said sweeper brush frame having a hydraulic brush motor thereon for rotating said sweeper brush on said frame, said sweeper brush frame having a linkage to movably support said sweeper brush frame to said vehicle frame and having at least one hydraulic lift cylinder attached between said sweeper brush frame and said vehicle frame for raising and lowering said sweeper brush responsive to actuation of said hydraulic lift cylinder, said vehicle frame having a pair of slide tubes attached thereto having said sweeper brush frame linkage attached thereto and having a hydraulic side shift cylinder operatively connected between said vehicle frame and said sweeper brush frame linkage to shift said sweeper brush frame and sweeper brush on said parallel slide tubes in a side-to-side motion; and
a scrapper blade assembly mounted to the other end of said vehicle, said scrapper blade assembly having a blade box holding a scrapper blade having a scraping blade edge, said scrapper blade assembly having a blade box hydraulic lift cylinder attached from said vehicle frame to a blade box drag link supporting said scrapper blade assembly for raising and lowering said scrapper blade assembly blade box and scrapper blade responsive to actuation of said lift cylinder, said blade box having a pair of lifting arm skid shoes mounted thereon extending forward and rearward of said blade box scraping edge, each said blade box drag link being attached to said scrapper blade assembly with a rubber boot allowing each said blade box skid shoe to rotate independently to move said blade box scraping blade edge to lift the blade box scraping edge over an obstacle;
whereby said road construction surface cleaning machine can scape and sweep a road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,689,819

BRACE FOR ERECTING A BOLLARD FENCE

Neusch Innovations, LP, ...

1. A brace for supporting a bollard panel in a vertical position, the brace comprising:a linear structure having an arch section that includes a panel connector to secure the brace to the bollard panel;
a first longitudinal section extending in a first axial direction away from the arch section, the first longitudinal section comprising a vertical leg, a horizontal leg, and a hypotenuse leg arranged in a right triangle;
a second longitudinal section extending in a second axial direction away from the arch section, the second longitudinal section comprises a vertical leg, a horizontal leg, and a hypotenuse leg arranged in a right triangle, wherein when attached to a bollard panel the brace extends generally perpendicular to the bollard panel with the first longitudinal section located on a first side of the bollard panel and the second longitudinal section located on a second side of the bollard panel;
the arch section comprises the vertical legs of the first and the second longitudinal sections and a horizontal member extending between the vertical legs of the first and the second longitudinal sections; and
the panel connector comprises the horizontal member, a fixed jaw and a moveable jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,689,818

SURROGATE FOR METAL GUARDRAIL

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A metal guardrail surrogate comprising:a main body, the main body being substantially the same size and shape as a main body of a metal guardrail, the main body including a core and a skin attached to the core, the skin covering at least a portion of the core
the skin including a plurality of layers, the plurality of layers including a first layer, a second layer, and an intermediate layer, the intermediate layer being located between the first layer and the second layer, and wherein the plurality of layers includes at least two of:
one of the plurality of layers including polycarbonate;
one of the plurality of layers including zinc; and
one of the plurality of layers including aluminum.

US Pat. No. 10,689,817

ENERGY ABSORBING APPARATUS

VALMONT HIGHWAY TECHNOLOG...

1. An energy absorbing apparatus comprising: an outer shell having opposed ends and a left side wall, a right side wall and a hollow core, said left side wall and said right side wall connected by a top wall and a bottom wall, said left and right sidewalls and said top wall and said bottom wall forming a substantially enclosed barrier section,wherein the shell comprises a plurality of longitudinally spaced apart fold points in a form of apertures, each aperture bounded by horizontal slots extending longitudinally from either lateral side thereof, the fold points being positioned only on the left and right side walls and only at a height located within a middle portion of the shell relative to a top and a bottom of the left and right side walls, the middle portion of the shell configured to receive an impact from a center of gravity of a road vehicle, and
wherein the fold points facilitate a controlled folding up of the left and right side walls and at least part of the shell, at or around, the fold points, during an end on impact.

US Pat. No. 10,689,816

TRAFFIC GATE

Safe Rack LLC, Andrews, ...

1. A traffic gate apparatus comprising:an upstanding pedestal;
a first elongate arm having a proximal end in which parallel first and second arm elements are pivotally connected to said pedestal at a first pivot axis and a distal end, said first elongate arm further having a first connecting portion between said proximal end of said first elongate arm and said distal end of said first elongate arm in which said first and second arm elements are interconnected;
a second elongate arm having a proximal end in which parallel third and fourth arm elements are pivotally connected to said pedestal at a second pivot axis and a distal end, said second elongate arm further having a second connecting portion between said proximal end of said second elongate arm and said distal end of said second elongate arm in which said third and fourth arm elements are interconnected, said second pivot axis being below said first pivot axis;
said first and second elongate arms further each having a respective first and second extendible portion movable with respect to a fixed portion of the elongate arm so as to vary a length of the elongate arm;
said first and second elongate arms being movable between a lowered position in which said first and second elongate arms are generally horizontal and parallel with said first elongate arm being above said second elongate arm, and a raised position; and
said first and second elongate arms each having an adjustment mechanism such that the length of said first and second elongate arms can be varied.

US Pat. No. 10,689,815

DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING THE PRESENCE AND ACTIVITY OF A ROAD CONSTRUCTION FLAGGER

1. A portable traffic control sign for monitoring construction workers, comprising:a sign having a visual portion connected to a pole for a worker to hold the sign;
a geo-location circuit coupled to the sign to provide location information;
a processor for receiving the location information;
a sensor for determining flagging activity coupled to the processor; and
a transmitter coupled to the processor for transmitting the flagging activity, the location information and a sign identifier to a remote traffic data center.

US Pat. No. 10,689,814

MODULAR RAILING FOR ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION

The Florida International...

1. A modular railing system, configured to be assembled along a roadway, comprising:a deck having a slab surface that defines a deck level configured for incorporation into the roadway and an edge beam having a barrier wall rising from the deck level to an upper end that terminates in a mounting surface above the slab surface and roadway, the mounting surface comprising a longitudinal length between a first end and a second end of the deck that is non-horizontal, relative to the slab surface, the deck and the edge beam having an equivalent longitudinal length; and
a concrete railing having an attachment surface that is complimentary with and fixable to the non-horizontal longitudinal length of the mounting surface, such that fixing the attachment surface to the mounting surface forms an immoveable joint above the deck level and roadway, and interlocking features on a first end of the railing and on a second end of the railing for interlocking two or more of the concrete railings above the immovable joint.

US Pat. No. 10,689,813

PNEUMATIC STRUCTURAL ELEMENT

PIBRIDGE LTD, Lugano (CH...

1. A pneumatic support comprising:a pneumatic body which can be placed pneumatically under pressure and which, under an operating pressure, operatively keeps a compression member which extends substantially over a length of the pneumatic body a distance apart from a tension member which likewise extends substantially over the length of the pneumatic body, wherein forces are introduced at force introduction points in end regions of the compression member and the tension member into said compression member and tension member
connecting elements are provided between the compression member and the tension member that introduce forces into the compression member and the tension member likewise at force introduction points,
wherein, the pneumatic body has formations which extend between adjacent force introduction points and which project outwardly beyond a rectilinear connection between the adjacent force introduction points.

US Pat. No. 10,689,812

ARTICULATING ROLLING COMPACTOR ATTACHMENT

Road Widener LLC, Oconom...

1. A rolling compactor attachment comprising:an attachment plate configured to attach to a host vehicle;
a boom having a first end coupled to the attachment plate via a pivot hinge and a lift hinge;
a lift cylinder coupled to the attachment plate and the boom and configured to move the boom about the lift hinge;
a pivot cylinder coupled to the attachment plate and the boom and configured to move the boom about the pivot hinge;
a roller attached to a second end of the boom via a tilt hinge and a twist hinge; and
a twist cylinder coupled to the roller and the boom and configured to move the roller about the twist hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,689,811

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND RELATED METHOD FOR RAISED GROUND COVER MAT

Busby Enterprises Ltd, R...

1. A ground cover mat comprising:two footing members spaced at a spanning distance from each other, each of the footing members comprising a first lengthwise outer edge and a second lengthwise outer edge;
wherein each of the footing members includes multiple peg holes, the peg holes being spaced at different distances from the first lengthwise outer edge;
one or more span members, each of the span members being positioned above and removably attached to the two footing members;
wherein each of the one or more span members includes at least two downwardly projecting pegs, wherein one of the pegs removably fits into a first peg hole provided in one of the two footing members and another one of the pegs removably fits into a second peg hole provided in the other of the two footing members;
wherein each of the pegs has a cross-sectional shape that is complementary to the cross-sectional shape of the respective peg hole;
and wherein each of the one or more span members is constructed from a metal frame and planks, wherein the metal frame comprises two outer beams connected by multiple cross bars and a given plank is positioned between a given two of the cross bars.

US Pat. No. 10,689,810

EMBOSSED MULTI-PLY TISSUE PRODUCT

KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE,...

1. An embossed fibrous product made by a process comprising the steps of:a. providing a first and a second fibrous material web;
b. providing an engraved roll having a first axis of rotation, the engraved roll comprising a first embossing element extending radially therefrom and forming a first embossing pattern and a second element extending radially therefrom and forming a second pattern, wherein the first embossing element has a greater radial height than the second element;
c. providing an impression roll having a second axis of rotation and comprising a resilient surface engaging the first embossing element of the engraved roll so as to form a first nip there-between as the engraved roll and impression roll rotate relative to each other so as to bring the first embossing element into engagement with the resilient surface of the impression roll;
d. passing the first fibrous web through the first nip;
e. pressing the first web between the first and second elements and the resilient surface of the impression roll wherein pressing the first web between the first embossing element and the resilient surface of the impression roll forms a first embossment corresponding to the first embossing pattern to the first web and wherein pressing the first web between the second element and the resilient surface of the impression roll impresses the first web, but does not impart a second embossment to the first web corresponding to the second embossing pattern;
f. providing a marrying roll having a third axis of rotation and having surface engaging the first element of the engraved roll so as to form a second nip there-between; and
g. passing the first and the second webs through the second nip thereby forming a two-ply fibrous product having the first embossment corresponding to the first embossing pattern;
wherein the two-ply fibrous product has a geometric mean tensile (GMT) from about 1,000 to about 1,200 g/3?.

US Pat. No. 10,689,808

PROCESS FOR USING AND PRODUCING PAPER BASED ON NATURAL CELLULOSE FIBERS, SYNTHETIC FIBERS OR MIXED FIBERS AS PHYSICAL SUPPORT AND STORING MEDIUM FOR ELECTRICAL CHARGES IN SELF-SUSTAINING FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTORS WITH MEMORY USING ACTIVE SEMICONDUCTOR OXID

1. A field-effect semiconductor active electronic or optoelectronic device comprising a non-volatile memory which comprises:(a) a paper as dielectric and charge storage, which comprises natural cellulose-based fibres, synthetic fibres or combinations thereof, wherein said natural cellulose-based fibres, synthetic fibres or combinations thereof are discrete, are embedded in a resin or ionic glue, and are coupled chemically or mechanically, in said dielectric; and
(b) an active semiconductor layer applied on said natural cellulose-based fibres, synthetic fibres or combinations thereof forming said paper, the active semiconductor layer being at least ten times thinner than said paper comprising said natural cellulose-based fibres, synthetic fibres or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,689,807

INDUSTRIAL FABRICS COMPRISING INFINITY SHAPE COILS

Albany International Corp...

1. An industrial fabric/belt consisting essentially of:a plurality of infinity coil elements, each of the infinity coil elements having a first loop, a second loop, and an intersection region where the first loop intersects with the second loop, and wherein each of the infinity coil elements is a discontinuous helical infinity coil having a cross-machine direction length less than the width of the fabric/belt and a machine direction length less than the length of the fabric/belt;
wherein the second loop of a first infinity coil element, having an open interior portion and the first loop of a second infinity coil element, having an open interior portion, are interdigitated such that the open interior portions of the second loop of the first infinity coil element at least partially aligns with the first loop of the second infinity coil element to form a passage therethrough; and
a pintle disposed in the passage formed by the aligned loops to join the first infinity coil element to the second infinity coil element; and
wherein the infinity coil elements are formed from material selected from the group consisting of a monofilament, twisted multifilaments, and metal wire.

US Pat. No. 10,689,806

PRETREATMENT PROCESS OF LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS

PTT GLOBAL CHEMICAL PUBLI...

1. A pretreatment process of lignocellulosic biomass consisting essentially of contacting lignocellulosic biomass with pretreatment solution in a temperature ranging from an ambient temperature to 100° C. and a pressure of at least 20 bars, wherein the pretreatment solutionconsisting essentially of water, water-miscible organic solvent and alkali having a concentration of 5 to 15% w/v if the alkali is solid or 5 to 15% v/v if the alkali is liquid;
wherein the water-miscible organic solvent consists essentially of at least one of the group consisting of acetone, ethanol, and ethyl acetate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,805

PRINTER AND CURL STRAIGHTENING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A printer, comprising:a medium roll for feeding a medium, wherein the medium made of a textile fabric and having a predetermined width is wound on a roll core;
a printing section, configured to print on the medium fed out from the medium roll;
a first spreader roller, provided on a transport path of the medium between the medium roll and the printing section, the first spreader roller being configured to spread the medium stretched on its outer circumference while rotating about a first pivotal axis parallel to a center axis of the medium roll; and
an angle retaining section, configured to retain an angle of approach of the medium onto the outer circumference of the first spreader roller as seen along an axial direction of the first pivotal axis at a first predetermined angle,
wherein on the first spreader roller, the medium has a curled surface side stretched on the outer circumference of the first spreader roller, and
wherein the first predetermined angle is an angle by which a contact area of the outer circumference of the first spreader roller and the medium becomes a first predetermined area.

US Pat. No. 10,689,804

TEXTILE PRODUCT HAVING LATENT IMAGE THAT SLOWLY APPEARS FOLLOWING REPEATED WASHINGS

Robert T Rubin, Oxnard, ...

1. A garment comprising:a first image applied to a textile article using a screen printing process with water-based ink; and,
a second image applied to the textile article to hide at least a portion of the first image, using a screen printing process with an uncured plastisol where the second image is thereafter partially cured at a curing temperature of between 220-250 deg F.;
wherein about 50% of the first image will not become visible until the garment is subjected to more than one wash.

US Pat. No. 10,689,803

AQUEOUS POLYMER DISPERSION COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF ADHERING TEXTILE MATERIALS

TexTile Rubber and Chemic...

1. A method comprising:applying a composition to a tufted primary backing material, wherein the primary backing material has a first primary surface and a second primary surface, wherein tufts extend outwardly from the first primary surface and loop backs are formed on the second primary surface, and wherein the composition is applied to the loop backs and second primary surface of the tufted primary backing material, the composition comprising:
an aqueous dispersion of colloidal thermosetting polymer particles; and
thermoplastic polymer particles dispersed in the aqueous dispersion, wherein the thermoplastic polymer particles have an average particle size of approximately 200 microns to approximately 1,000 microns; and
heating the tufted primary backing material and composition to remove water therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,689,800

NUBUCK-LEATHER-LIKE SHEET AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREFOR

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. An artificial leather, comprising:a non-woven fabric that is an entangled body of ultrafine filaments with a fineness of 2 dtex or less;
wherein:
the non-woven fabric is impregnated with a polyurethane so that the polyurethane is present in internal voids of the non-woven fabric;
at least one surface of the non-woven fabric is prepared by napping ultrafine filaments at the at least one surface to obtain napped fibers, applying an acrylic resin to the at least one surface, and subjecting the at least one surface to heated roll processing by calendering so that the napped fibers are fixed to the acrylic resin on the at least one surface while being laid down and not being fused to one another;
the acrylic resin comprises a softener;
the acrylic resin is present in an amount of 1 to 20 parts by mass per 100 parts by mass of the non-woven fabric; and
the acrylic resin is discontinuously present on the at least one surface.

US Pat. No. 10,689,799

BALANCED CRIMP SUBSTRATE REINFORCEMENT FOR MOLDED PRODUCTS

Highland Industries, Inc....

1. A rubber molded brake diaphragm defining a bowl shaped portion, and consisting of a substrate reinforcement configured to improve shape retention and overall structural stability of the brake diaphragm by defining a fabric, circular in shape and of sufficient size to match a size of the bowl, with isotropic elongation in both a warp and weft directions, and a resorcinol-formaldehyde adhesion promoter, wherein the isotropic elongation is the result of weaving without size, reducing a number of weft yarns relative to a number of warp yarns woven, and overfeeding to increase a ratio of the warp yarns relative to the weft yarns by 5-10% in a manufacturing process of the substrate reinforcement, wherein a modulus of elongation for the warp and fill directions is defined as between 950-1050 kPa, and wherein the incorporation of the substrate reinforcement defining the aforementioned isotropic elongation results in a rubber brake diaphragm with a manufacturing scrap rate of less than 20%.

US Pat. No. 10,689,798

TEXTILE FABRIC FOR PREVENTING THE PENETRATION AND THE SPREADING OF WATER IN CABLES

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A cable, the cable comprisingat least one of a conductor or a glass fiber, and
a sealing element comprising a textile fabric for preventing penetration and water spreading in the cable, the textile fabric comprising:
a textile layer, at least partially covered by an absorbent material, the textile layer comprising pores configured to be at least partially closed under an effect of liquid due to a swelling of the absorbent material,
wherein the absorbent material is bonded to the textile layer at least in some areas,
wherein the absorbent material has a tensile strength in the machine direction of more than 50 N/5 cm, measured according to DIN ISO 9073-3, and
wherein the textile fabric has an air permeability according to DIN EN ISO 9237 in a dry state of more than 200 dm3/(m2s).

US Pat. No. 10,689,796

INFINITY SHAPE COIL FOR SPIRAL SEAMS

Albany International Corp...

1. A low profile seam for joining fabric edges, said seam comprising:a first element comprising one or more first infinity coils wherein each of the one or more first infinity coils consists essentially of a first loop having a first open interior portion, a second loop having a second open interior portion, and an intersection region where the first loop intersects with the second loop, and wherein the first loops of the first infinity coils are joined to seam loops of a first fabric edge;
a second element comprising one or more second infinity coils wherein each of the one or more second infinity coils consists essentially of a first loop having a first open interior portion and a second loop having a second open interior portion, and an intersection region wherein the first loop intersects with the second loop, and wherein the first loops of the second infinity coils are joined to seam loops of a second fabric edge;
wherein a machine direction length of each of the first and second infinity coils is less than a machine direction length of the fabric;
wherein second loops of the first infinity coils, and second loops of the second infinity coils are interdigitated such that the second open interior portions of the second loops of the first infinity coils at least partially align with the second open interior portions of the second loops of the second infinity coils to form a passage therethrough;
a pintle disposed in the passage formed by the aligned second open interior portions of the first loops and the second open interior portions of the second loops to join a first fabric edge to the second fabric edge; and
wherein the infinity coils are formed from material selected from the group consisting of a monofilament, twisted multifilaments, and metal wire.

US Pat. No. 10,689,795

IRONING HEAD WITH AUXILIARY ACCESSORY

NINGBO KAIBO GROUP CO., L...

1. An ironing head with an auxiliary accessory comprising:a main body (100) having a neck (102);
an auxiliary accessory (200) having a ring-shape and being movably sleeved on the neck (102);
an ironing panel (101) being disposed at the front end of the main body (100);
a lock-up device for positioning the auxiliary accessory at a working position or an accommodating position being disposed between the auxiliary accessory (200) and the main body (100);
the lock-up device comprises a lock (201), a spring (202) and a stopper portion (103), the stopper portion (103) is disposed at the neck (102), the lock (201) is equipped on the auxiliary accessory in a telescoping way and protruded out on a surface of the auxiliary accessory to facilitate pressing, the spring (202) applies an outward spring force to the lock (201) to maintain the lock at the position blocked by of the stopper portion (103), and pressing the lock to move the lock inward so as to avoid blocking by the stopper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,794

AUTOMATED SELECTION OF SETTINGS FOR AN IRONING DEVICE

International Business Ma...

1. An ironing device, the device comprising:a soleplate;
a thermostat configured to maintain the soleplate at a set temperature;
a digital camera configured to capture a first image of a fabric;
a wireless communication device configured to transmit the first image of the fabric to a remote computing system for digital image processing to determine a first fabric type and to select a set of settings based on the first fabric type, the wireless communication device further configured to receive a set of settings from the remote computing system;
a settings control module configured to receive the set of settings from the wireless communication device, the settings control module further configured to apply the set of settings to the ironing device; and
a speaker configured to produce noise while the device settings are changing.

US Pat. No. 10,689,793

DRYER LOCKER SYSTEM

Balt Designs, LLC, Waver...

1. A dryer locker system, comprising:a housing having an interior region defined by a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a bottom wall, and a rear wall;
an air blower disposed on the bottom wall;
an air duct connected to an outlet of the air blower, wherein the air blower supplies an air flow to the air duct;
a jacket holder rigidly mounted to the rear wall and projecting into the interior region, the jacket holder adapted to receive the air flow from the air duct; wherein the jacket holder further comprises a pipe which provides a conduit for the air flow, said pipe includes an inlet connected to the air duct which receives the air flow and an elbow portion having two outlets; and,
a pants holder rigidly mounted to the rear wall and projecting orthogonally into the interior region, the pants holder adapted to receive the air flow from the air duct; and, a helmet holder rigidly mounted to the rear wall and projecting into the interior region.

US Pat. No. 10,689,792

WASHING MACHINE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of sharing power between a washing machine and a dryer, each having at least one heating element and configured to perform a cycle of operation, and both connected to a shared power source, the method comprising:providing an electrical circuit between the at least one heating element of one of the washing machine or the dryer and the shared power source,
controlling, by a controller connected to the electrical circuit, the cycles of operation of the one of the washing machine or the dryer, the controller further configured to communicate with an other of the washing machine or the dryer; and
allocating power between the washing machine and the dryer by adjusting operation of the at least one heating element of the one of the washing machine or the dryer in response to operational characteristics of the other of the washing machine or the dryer.

US Pat. No. 10,689,791

HIGH EFFICIENCY VENTED DRYER HAVING A HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MAC...

1. A high efficiency vented dryer, comprising: an outer drum, an air-intake drying air duct and an air-exhaust drying air duct for allowing the outer drum to communicate with the outside respectively, wherein:the dryer is further provided with a heat pump system,
the heat pump system comprises a first evaporator and a second evaporator arranged in parallel or in series,
the first evaporator is arranged in the air-exhaust drying air duct and the second evaporator is arranged in an external atmosphere so as to absorb heat from the exhaust air and the external air respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,689,790

LID HINGE FOR A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance comprising:a shroud having an access opening;
a lid for opening and closing the access opening;
a hinge mounted to the shroud comprising:
a housing defining a channel and received by an aperture in the shroud; the housing having a first end comprising a v-shaped mouth adapted to mate with the shroud; and
a bracket having a first end connected to the lid and a second end fastened within the channel and the bracket received in the aperture in the shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,689,789

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a drawer;
a cabinet that is configured to receive the drawer;
a tub that is accommodated in the drawer and configured to store water;
an introduction port that is located in an upper surface of the drawer;
a drum that is located in the drawer, that is configured to communicate with the introduction port, and that defines a laundry receiving space;
a driving shaft that is located at a bottom surface of the drum;
a controller that is configured to control the driving unit; and
an attachment and detachment unit that is configured to connect the drawer to the cabinet in response to a control signal from the controller and that is configured to separate the cabinet and the drawer in response to a current applied in response to the control signal from the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,689,788

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE DOOR ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A PLASTIC FISHBOWL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A fishbowl for a door assembly of a laundry treating appliance, the fishbowl comprising:a peripheral wall defining an annulus with a central axis, wherein the peripheral wall has a dual-wall structure comprising first and second walls, and the first and second walls intersect to define a junction forming an apex of the peripheral wall; and
an inner wall located within the peripheral wall to close the annulus, and defining a surface that intersects with the peripheral wall, with the surface having a vertical portion and an angled portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,787

WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Qingdao Haier Washing Mac...

1. A washing machine, comprising:a dewatering tub, wherein an impeller is provided at a bottom of the dewatering tub;
three or more water pipe sections, wherein the water pipe sections are arranged at equal intervals in a circumferential direction with respect to an inner circumferential surface of the dewatering tub, and are opened in the vicinity of the bottom, wherein a water circulation opening is formed at an upper end of each of the water pipe sections;
a water receiving ring unit, wherein the water receiving ring unit is fixed to an upper end of the dewatering tub and formed by stacking a plurality of annular water guiding grooves, wherein the plurality of annular water guiding grooves are connected to the upper end of respective water pipe sections via a communication member; and
a nozzle unit capable of individually injecting adjusting water into each of the water guiding grooves;
wherein the communication member is connected to a position above the water circulation opening, and each of the water pipe sections is provided with a spacer extending from a position to which the communication member is connected and the water circulation opening to a position close to the inner circumferential surface of the dewatering tub.

US Pat. No. 10,689,786

HYBRID STANDING SIT-DOWN QUILTING APPARATUS

ABM International, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:(a) securing a moveable support surface in a first position adjacent to a sewing head having a reciprocating needle, wherein the sewing head is operable to stitch a work piece in the first position and is fixed relative to the moveable support surface in the first position;
(b) moving the support surface to a second position to define a working window adjacent to the sewing head, wherein the sewing head is moveable within the working window relative to the support surface in the second position; and
(c) automatically stitching, by a reciprocating needle of the sewing head, a predetermined pattern on work piece by moving the sewing head within the working window relative to the support surface in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,785

COMPRESSION KNIT FABRIC FROM A BASE KNIT AND AN ELASTIC WEFT YARN INSERTED THEREIN AS WELL AS METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF A COMPRESSION KNIT FABRIC

JULIUS ZORN GMBH, Aichac...

1. A compression knit fabric consisting of a base knit and an elastic weft yarn inserted therein, wherein the base knit is formed from at least one knitting yarn and the weft yarn is inserted in weft yarn courses between two consecutive stitch courses of the base knit, whereinthe knitting yarn in each stitch course of the base knit is stitched alternately as loop stitch and tuck, so that the knitting yarn forms a tuck stitch between two loops of a stitch course of the base knit,
the weft yarn is inserted between adjacent stitch courses of the base knit alternatively as tuck and float, so that the weft yarn floats between two tuck stitches of a weft yarn course,
a weft yarn course is arranged between two stitched courses of the base knit following each other in the longitudinal direction of the knit,
the alternating sequence of loop and tuck in consecutive stitch courses of the base knit is offset by one stitch, and
the alternating sequence of tuck and float in consecutive weft yarn courses is offset by one stitch.

US Pat. No. 10,689,784

REFORMABLE RESIN FIBERS

ZEPHRYOS, INC., Romeo, M...

1. A method comprising:i. forming a reformable epoxy resin material in pellet form into a weavable yarn free of any phenoxy-containing material, wherein the reformable epoxy resin includes a difunctional epoxy resin component and an amine component;
ii. stitching a multiaxial fabric with the weavable yarn, wherein the multiaxial fabric is made from an epoxy resin material that is similar to the epoxy resin material that forms the weavable yarn; and
iii. forming a laminate with the multiaxial fabric, wherein the weavable yarn blends into the multiaxial fabric upon heating so that the laminate is free of visible weavable yarn strands showing through a surface of the multiaxial fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,689,783

FABRIC CONTROL DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A fabric-based item, comprising:a housing;
a fabric layer covering a majority of the housing;
a touch sensor electrode that is overlapped by the fabric layer;
wireless communications circuitry; and
control circuitry configured to transmit wireless signals with the wireless communications circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,689,781

PROCESS AND SYSTEM OF DEBUNDLING FIBER TOW FOR USE IN PREFORM MATS AND MOLDING COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING SUCH FIBERS

CONTINENTAL STRUCTURAL PL...

1. A system for debundling fiber tow into chopped fibers comprising:one or more reels of fiber tow;
a cutting element configured to receive the fiber tow to form chopped fiber from the one or more reels of fiber tow;
a tube with an introduced gas flow configured to receive the chopped fiber and to create a debundling vortex;
a moving belt positioned under the tube to collect the chopped fiber exiting the tube under gravity;
a dispenser positioned along the moving belt for treating the chopped fiber by applying a binder or an additive to the chopped fiber; and
a treatment chamber that receives the treated chopped fiber.

US Pat. No. 10,689,780

HIGH MODULUS TEXTILE CORD WITH AN AT LEAST TRIPLE TWIST

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire reinforced with a textile cord with at least triple twist, the textile cord comprising:at least N strands, N being greater than 1, twisted together with a twist (T3) and a direction (D2),
wherein each strand is made up of M pre-strands, M being greater than 1, themselves twisted together with a twist (T2) and a direction (D1) opposite to the direction (D2),
wherein each pre-strand consists of a yarn which has been twisted on itself with a twist (T1) and the direction (D1) opposite to the direction (D2),
wherein the sum of the twist (T1) measured in turns per meter and of the twist (T2) measured in turns per meter is between 0.8 and 1.2 times the twist (T3) measured in turns per meter,
wherein the twist (T2) measured in turns per meter comprises between 0.4 and 0.8 times the twist (T3) measured in turns per meter,
wherein N strands multiplied by M pre-strands equals a total number of yarns,
wherein at least half of the yarns have an initial elastic modulus denoted Mi which is greater than 2000 cN/tex, and
wherein each yarn is made of a polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,689,779

THREAD-GUIDING UNIT, OPEN-END SPINNING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SPINNING STATION

Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH, ...

1. A thread guide unit for drawing off a thread out of a rotor of a spinning unit of an open-end spinning machine, comprising:a draw-off tube, the draw-off tube having a first end, an opposite second end, and a continuous inner diameter surface between the first end and the opposite second end, wherein the draw-off tube is configured such that during spinning operations at the spinning unit, the first end is adjacent and concentric with an open-end of the rotor to draw a spun yarn out from a center of the rotor and into the draw-off tube;
a compressed air nozzle configured with the draw-off tube;
a thread outlet element extending into the second end of the draw-off tube;
the compressed air nozzle comprising a mouth formed as a gap between the inner diameter surface of the draw-off tube and the thread outlet element, wherein compressed air is directed into and along the gap from the compressed air nozzle; and
means for generating a vortex in the compressed air flowing through the gap and into the draw-off tube to generate or maintain a twist in the thread in the draw-off tube.

US Pat. No. 10,689,778

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A LOW-SHRINKAGE ALIPHATIC POLYAMIDE YARN, AND LOW-SHRINKAGE YARN

DSM IP ASSETS B.V., Te H...

1. A process for the production of a low-shrinkage aliphatic polyamide yarn, comprising:extruding polyamide through a spinneret to form filaments;
then cooling and combining the filaments to form at least one yarn;
subjecting the at least one yarn to drawing between the spinneret and a pair of inlet rolls;
then subjecting the at least one yarn in a further multi-stage drawing step to 4-fold to 6-fold drawing by at least three pairs of heatable draw rolls that successively heat the yarn, with the temperature of the pairs of heatable draw rolls being successively increased, from a temperature for the first pair of heatable draw rolls that is from 5° C. below to 30° C. above the glass transition temperature of the yarn, with the temperature of the second pair of heatable draw rolls being from 130° C., to 40° C. below a melting temperature of the yarn, and with at least a last pair of the at least three pairs of heatable draw rolls having a temperature of 5° C. to 20° C. below the melting point of the yarn;
relaxing the yarn by from 4% to 10% in a subsequent at least three-stage relaxation zone and while keeping the yarn in a temperature range of 5° C. to 15° C. below a melting point of the yarn, wherein the at least three-stage relaxation zone is formed by at least first and second pairs of rolls and a reel device following the at least first and second pairs of rolls;
operating the reel device at a speed 1% to 3% lower than the last pair of rolls in the relaxation zone; and
subsequently winding up the yarn on the reel device.

US Pat. No. 10,689,777

SILICON CARBIDE EPITAXIAL SUBSTRATE AND SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A silicon carbide epitaxial substrate comprising:a silicon carbide single-crystal substrate of one conductivity type having a first impurity concentration;
a first silicon carbide layer of the one conductivity type being provided on the silicon carbide single-crystal substrate, and having a second impurity concentration that is lower than the first impurity concentration;
a second silicon carbide layer of the one conductivity type being provided on the first silicon carbide layer, and having a third impurity concentration that is higher than the first impurity concentration; and
a third silicon carbide layer of the one conductivity type being provided on the second silicon carbide layer, and having a fourth impurity concentration that is lower than the second impurity concentration,
wherein the first impurity concentration of the silicon carbide single-crystal substrate is substantially uniform in a thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,776

PREPARATION METHOD OF MONOCRYSTAL URANIUM DIOXIDE NUCLEAR FUEL PELLETS

Institute of Materials, C...

1. A preparation method of monocrystal uranium dioxide nuclear fuel pellets, comprising: granulating and pelleting UO2 powder to obtain UO2 pellets; then coating the surfaces of the UO2 pellets with monocrystal growth additive micro powder to form core-shell structure particles; and activated-sintering the core-shell structure particles at a high temperature, liquefying monocrystal growth additives on the surfaces of the core-shell structure particles at a high temperature and then diffusing into the UO2 pellets, dissolving the UO2 in the liquid monocrystal growth additives, and recrystallizing the UO2 to form the monocrystal UO2 nuclear fuel pellets.

US Pat. No. 10,689,775

SOLUTION DEPOSITION METHOD FOR FORMING METAL OXIDE OR METAL HYDROXIDE LAYER

Seoul Semiconductor Co., ...

1. An optoelectronic device, comprising:a substrate comprising epitaxial layers of a group III-Nitride semiconductor;
a seed layer formed on the substrate, the seed layer comprising an oxide of a first metal, a hydroxide of the first metal, or a combination thereof, and the seed layer being substantially free of organic compounds; and
a bulk layer formed on the seed layer,
wherein the bulk layer comprises an oxide of second metal, a hydroxide of the second metal, or a combination thereof, with the second metal being different from the first metal.

US Pat. No. 10,689,774

CONTROL OF CURRENT DENSITY IN AN ELECTROPLATING APPARATUS

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method of electroplating metal onto a substrate, the method comprising:immersing the substrate in electrolyte in an electroplating chamber, wherein the substrate is immersed at an angle such that a leading edge of the substrate contacts the electrolyte before a trailing edge of the substrate, the leading edge of the substrate first contacting the electrolyte at a substrate entry position;
monitoring a potential difference between the substrate and a reference electrode, wherein the reference electrode is positioned radially outside of the periphery of the substrate and angularly offset from the substrate entry position; and
electroplating metal onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,773

PROPERTY MODULATED MATERIALS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

MODUMETAL, INC., Seattle...

1. A method, comprising:contacting a portion of a substrate with a bath including at least two electrodepositable species;
forming a property modulated composite on the portion of the substrate by:
applying a current to the substrate at a first setting having a first determined value of beta for a first duration, beta being defined as a ratio of a value of peak cathodic current density to an absolute value of peak anodic current density, the current having a current density that is a sine waveform, the first setting producing a first material comprising the at least two electrodepositable species, the first material having a first composition and a first nanostructure defined by one or more of a first average grain size, a first grain boundary geometry, a first crystal orientation, and a first defect density; and
applying the current to the substrate at a second setting having a second determined value of beta for a second duration, the second setting producing a second material comprising the at least two electrodepositable species, the second material having a second composition and a second nanostructure defined by one or more of a second average grain size, a second grain boundary geometry, a second crystal orientation, and a second defect density,
where one or more of the first average grain size differs from the second average grain size, the first grain boundary geometry differs from the second grain boundary geometry, the first crystal orientation differs from the second crystal orientation, or the first defect density differs from the second defect density.

US Pat. No. 10,689,772

COMPONENTS, ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRICAL CURRENT IN AN ELECTROLYTIC CELL

Pultrusion Technique Inc....

1. An assembly for implementation in an electrolytic cell to facilitate enhanced distribution of the electrical current in the electrodes of the electrolytic cell, including:an insulator including a body configured to cooperate with a primary contact element and first and second rows of seats distributed along the body and extending upwardly from said body for supporting first and second opposing rows of electrodes, each row of electrodes being an alternation of anodes and cathodes;
a secondary contact element configured to cooperate with the first row of seats of the insulator; and
a tertiary contact element configured to cooperate with the second row of seats of the insulator;
wherein the first and second rows of seats of the insulator are configured with respect to the primary contact element so as to:
allow electrical contact between each anode of the first row and the primary contact element while insulating each anode of the second row from the primary contact element, and
allow electrical contact between each cathode of the second row and the primary contact element while insulating each cathode of the first row from the primary contact element-; and
wherein each seat of the first row of seats of the insulator is configured to cooperate with the secondary contact element for providing electrical contact to each anode of the second row resting thereon, therefore facilitating enhanced distribution of the electrical current in the anodes of the second row;
wherein each seat of the second row of seats of the insulator is configured to cooperate with the tertiary contact element for providing electrical contact to each cathode of the first row resting thereon, therefore facilitating enhanced distribution of the electrical current in the cathodes of the first row; and
wherein at least one of the secondary contact element and the tertiary contact element, is partially embedded within the insulator or rests on a surface of the insulator.

US Pat. No. 10,689,771

CONFIGURATIONS AND POSITIONING OF CONTACT BAR SEGMENTS ON A CAPPING BOARD FOR ENHANCED CURRENT DENSITY HOMOGENEITY AND/OR SHORT CIRCUIT REDUCTION

Pultrusion Technique, Inc...

1. A method for enhancing current density homogeneity in contact bar segments along a capping board including:providing the capping board;
providing a series of contact bar segments independently positionable on the capping board for providing alternating contact points for a pre-determined number of anodes and a pre-determined number of cathodes, wherein the series of contact bar segments includes:
a first sub-set of contact bar segments each being sized and configured to contact N number of anodes and N number of cathodes; and either
a second sub-set of one or more contact bar segments each being sized and configured to contact N number of anodes and N+1 number of cathodes; or
a second sub-set of one or more contact bar segments each being sized and configured to contact N+1 number of anodes and N number of cathodes,
wherein N is an integer which is equal to at least three;
positioning a center contact bar segment of the second sub-set of one or more contact bar segments at a center of the capping board; and
positioning the contact bar segments on the capping board with a symmetrical configuration with respect to the center contact bar segment.

US Pat. No. 10,689,770

MODIFIED ELECTROLYSIS CELL AND A METHOD FOR MODIFYING SAME

NORSK HYDRO ASA, Oslo (N...

1. A method for reducing the metal pad unevenness and optimizing the MHD stability in an electrolysis cell of the Hall-Héroult type for aluminium production, the cell having suspended prebaked carbon anodes and a cathode panel comprising several carbon based cathode blocks having one or more collector bars thus forming a cathode block assembly, where said cathode block assembly may be constituted by several individual cathode block sections that together with its cathode collector bars form cathode block section assemblies, the cell further having a metal pad that lies onto the cathode panel and an electrolytic bath between said metal pad and the anodes, where unevenness of the metal pad is detected by measurements or calculations,wherein
a model of the electrolysis cell is established in a computer based modelling program where each cathode block assembly or cathode block section assembly is represented, the modelling program being able to identify which cathode block assembly or cathode block section assembly that preferably should be modified, where at least one of the modifications is implemented in the cell by changing selectively the electrical current distribution in individual cathode block assemblies or in cathode block section assemblies so that the local electrical current paths and correspondingly the local forces in the metal above the cathode panel are modified to reduce the unevenness of the metal pad and optimize the overall MHD stability of the cell.

US Pat. No. 10,689,768

AMALGAM ELECTRODE, PRODUCING METHOD THEREOF, AND METHOD OF ELECTROCHEMICAL REDUCTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE USING THE SAME

SOGANG UNIVERSITY RESEARC...

1. An electrochemical cell for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide comprising:a reduction electrode unit comprising an amalgam electrode configured to reduce carbon dioxide that flows to the amalgam electrode so as to form at least one of formic acid and formate salt,
the amalgam electrode comprising:
a conductive portion,
a support portion having a first end that is directly connected to the conductive portion, and a second end oppositely disposed from the first end,
the conductive portion being thicker than the second end of the support portion, and
an amalgam portion supported by and in direct contact with the support portion, the amalgam portion comprising:
from about 35 wt % to about 55 wt % mercury;
from about 14 wt % to about 34 wt % silver;
from about 7 wt % to about 17 wt % tin; and
from about 4 wt % to about 24 wt % copper,
an oxidation electrode unit comprising a counter electrode operably connected to the amalgam electrode;
a solution at least partially contacting the amalgam portion of the amalgam electrode, the solution comprising dissolved carbon dioxide and an electrolyte selected from the group consisting of KHCO3, NaHCO3, K2SO4, NaCl, KCl and combinations thereof;
a source of carbon dioxide configured to flow carbon dioxide into the solution; and
a galvanostat configured to apply a static current ranging from 2 mA/cm2 to 10 mA/cm2 between the amalgam electrode and the counter electrode when in operation to reduce the carbon dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,689,767

ELECTRODES/ELECTROLYTE ASSEMBLY, REACTOR AND METHOD FOR DIRECT AMINATION OF HYDROCARBONS

BONDALTI CHEMICALS, S.A.,...

1. A method for obtaining an electrodes/electrolyte assembly for direct amination of aromatic hydrocarbons, the electrodes/electrolyte assembly comprisinga simultaneously electron and proton conductive anode comprising a composite porous matrix, the composite porous matrix comprising a proton conductive ceramic fraction, wherein the ceramic fraction is barium cerate doped with nanoparticulated yttrium, and a metal catalyst for said direct amination of aromatic hydrocarbons at temperatures lower than 450° C., wherein the metal catalyst comprises nickel, nickel oxide or mixtures thereof, and wherein the porosity of the anode ranges between 10-40%;
an electrocatalyst porous cathode having protonic and electronic conductivity comprising an electrocatalyst;
a proton or ion conductive and electrically insulated electrolyte located between the anode and the cathode, made of a composite ceramic impermeable to reagents and to the products of said direct amination of aromatic hydrocarbon,
wherein the anode and the cathode are electrically connected, and
wherein the anode comprises a catalytic area higher than a catalytic area of the electrolyte and the cathode combined,wherein the method comprises the following stepsobtaining the anode by mixing the metal catalyst with the proton conductive ceramic, and an organic additive, wherein a proportion of the nickel oxide on the proton conductive ceramic ranges from 30% (w/w) to 70% (w/w), and a concentration of the organic additive ranges from 5% (w/w) to 30% (w/w) in the presence or absence of a solvent to obtain a mixture;
conforming the resulting mixture in a mould and pressing to obtain the anode;
depositing the proton or ion conductive and electrically insulated electrolyte on the anode, and sintering at a temperature between 1300° C. and 1600° C. for 5 h to 24 h, with a heating rate of between 1° C.·min?1 and 5° C.·min?1 in an oxidising atmosphere to obtain the simultaneously electron and proton conductive anode;
depositing the electrocatalyst porous cathode on the anode by co-pressing, co-sintering, spraying wet powder or directly applying commercial pastes; and
sintering the cathode at a temperature ranging from 900° C. to 1100° C., with a rate of heating that varies from 1° C.·min?1 to 5° C.·min?1, in an oxidising atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,689,766

LITHIUM SELECTIVE PERMEABLE MEMBRANE, LITHIUM RECOVERY DEVICE, LITHIUM RECOVERY METHOD, AND HYDROGEN PRODUCTION METHOD

NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR Q...

1. A lithium selective permeable membrane that is configured to selectively transmit lithium (Li) ions from a first main surface side toward a second main surface side, the lithium selective permeable membrane comprising:a selective permeable membrane main body constituted of a ion conductor of lithium as a main body; and
a lithium adsorption layer that is formed on a surface of the selective permeable membrane main body on the first main surface side and selectively adsorbs the lithium ions.

US Pat. No. 10,689,765

METHOD FOR CLEANING WIRE AND DEVICE THEREFOR

Nakagawa Special Steel In...

1. A batch-type steel wire rod cleaning method comprising, in the following order, the steps of:(A) subjecting a steel wire rod, which is coiled and put on a hook for carrying and transferring, to acid pickling by immersing it in an acid pickling solution, wherein the acid pickling solution is hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid;
(B) cleaning the wire rod with pressurized acidic water, wherein the concentration of the acidic water is adjusted to a constant acid concentration value with an acid pickling solution that has been retrieved as being adhered to the wire rod and collected after it had been used in the step (A) and water, wherein the pressurized acidic water is circulated and reused; and
(C) washing the wire rod with water, wherein
in the step (A): at least a first pickling tank and a last pickling tank are used; the wire rod is subjected to acid pickling in the first pickling tank, then the wire rod is transferred to the last pickling tank, and the wire rod is further subjected to acid pickling in the last pickling tank; the acid pickling solution adhering to the wire rod from the first pickling tank is transferred to the last pickling tank; and acid pickling solution overflowing from the last pickling tank is supplied to the first pickling tank to supplement a reduced amount of acid pickling solution in the first pickling tank; a new acid pickling solution is supplied only to the last pickling tank; and collection of the pickling solution to be used for adjusting the concentration of the acidic water in step (B) is carried out only from acid pickling solution adhered to the wire rod from step (A); and
in the step (B), the pressurized acidic water contains 1.0% by mass to 7% by mass of hydrochloric acid or 1.5% by mass to 10% by mass of sulfuric acid; the pressurized acidic water has a pressure of 3 to 10 kg/cm2; and smut is removed from the wire rod and yellowing of the surface of the wire rod is prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,689,763

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ION BEAM DELAYERING OF A SAMPLE AND CONTROL THEREOF

TECHINSIGHTS INC., Ottaw...

1. A method of reverse engineering a sample using an ion beam mill, the method comprising:identifying a plurality of materials in an exposed surface of the sample;
defining a removal sequence defined by distinct sets of one or more predetermined operational characteristics, wherein each of said sets corresponds with respective ion beam removal rates for each of said materials, each of said removal rates being greater than zero;
operating the ion beam mill in accordance with the defined sequence to simultaneously remove, during each distinct set of one or more predetermined operational characteristics, using an ion beam from the ion beam mill, each of the plurality of materials at said respective ion beam removal rates such that upon completion of said defined sequence, a substantially planar layer of substantially constant thickness has been removed from the exposed surface of the sample;
acquiring surface data from a newly exposed surface of the sample; and
repeating the method for at least one more layer, the acquired surface data for reverse engineering at least a portion of the sample;
wherein said one or more predetermined operational characteristics comprise at least one of: angle of sample-to-ion beam direction, ion beam size, ion type, sample stage temperature, chamber base pressure, chamber cross-over pressure, chamber process pressure, sample stage linear location, sample stage angle, sample stage rotation speed, ion source accelerator voltage, ion source accelerator current, ion source beam voltage, ion source beam current, ion source extractor grid configuration, ion source extractor grid material, ion source RF power, extraction voltage, plasma bridge neutralizer (PBN) cathode voltage, PBN emission current, PBN gas flow, ion source type, ion source gas flow rate, chamber background gas type, chamber background gas flow rate, or sidewall angle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,762

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A substrate processing apparatus, comprising:a processing chamber having a processing space in which a substrate is processed;
a vaporizing tank, configured to store a processing liquid therein, having a vaporization space in which the stored processing liquid is allowed to be vaporized;
a decompression driving unit configured to vaporize the processing liquid stored in the vaporization space into a processing gas by decompressing the vaporization space through the processing space, and configured to supply the vaporized processing gas into the processing space;
an inert gas supply unit configured to supply an inert gas into the vaporization space;
a first line through which the vaporization space and the processing space communicate with each other;
a second line through which the processing space and the decompression driving unit communicate with each other;
a third line through which the vaporization space and the decompression driving unit communicate with each other without through the processing space;
a first gas supply line through which the inert gas supply unit and the vaporization space communicate with each other;
a first opening/closing valve provided at the first line;
a second opening/closing valve provided at the second line;
a third opening/closing valve provided at the third line;
a first gas opening/closing valve provided at the first gas supply line; and
a control unit configured to control the decompression driving unit, the first opening/closing valve, the second opening/closing valve, the third opening/closing valve and the first gas opening/closing valve,
wherein the control unit vaporizes the processing liquid stored in the vaporization space into the processing gas by decompressing the vaporization space without through the processing space while closing the first opening/closing valve and the first gas opening/closing valve and opening the third opening/closing valve such that the vaporization space is filled with the processing gas and a pressure of the processing gas within the vaporization space increases, and
the control unit then vaporizes the processing liquid stored in the vaporization space into the processing gas by decompressing the vaporization space through the processing space while opening the first opening/closing valve, the second opening/closing valve and the first gas opening/closing valve and closing the third opening/closing valve, and simultaneously supplies the inert gas into the vaporization space.

US Pat. No. 10,689,761

PLATING METHOD

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

2. A plating method, comprising:a surface roughening step of subjecting a plating target object to a surface roughening treatment, wherein the surface roughening treatment is at least one of etching and sandblasting;
a catalyst applying step of applying a catalyst for deposition of plating material to the plating target object;
a mask forming step of ejecting a UV-curable ink in the form of ink droplets from an inkjet head so as to have the ejected ink droplets land on the plating target object and to form a plating mask on the plating target object;
a plating step of performing plating to the plating target object subsequent to the mask forming step; and
a mask removing step of removing the plating mask from the plating target object subsequent to the plating step,
wherein an aqueous plating solution is used in the plating step,
the UV-curable ink is a UV-curable and solvent-soluble ink, the UV-curable and solvent-soluble ink comprising:
a UV-curable compound polymerizable by ultraviolet irradiation into a UV-curable resin; and
a solvent-soluble material soluble in a solvent, and
the UV-curable ink is aqueous solution-insoluble and organic solvent-soluble after curing.

US Pat. No. 10,689,760

DEPOSITION PLATFORM FOR FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATES AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for processing a flexible substrate, comprising:a vacuum chamber having a first chamber portion, a second chamber portion and a third chamber portion, the first chamber portion and second chamber portion being separated by a wall inclined at an angle relative to a vertical orientation, wherein the angle is at least 20 degrees;
an unwinding shaft for supporting the flexible substrate to be processed and a winding shaft for supporting the flexible substrate after processing, wherein the unwinding shaft and the winding shaft are disposed in the first chamber portion;
a first gap sluice separating the first chamber portion from the second chamber portion at a first position, the first gap sluice configured to open and close to provide a first vacuum seal between the first chamber portion and the second chamber portion at the first position;
a second gap sluice separating the first chamber portion from the second chamber portion at a second position, the second gap sluice configured to open and close to provide a second vacuum seal between the first chamber portion and the second chamber portion at the second position, wherein the first position is spaced apart from the second position in a vertical and horizontal direction;
a coating drum having a first portion disposed in the second chamber portion and a second portion disposed in the third chamber portion, the coating drum having a rotational axis; and
a plurality of processing stations disposed at least partially in the third chamber portion, wherein a majority of the plurality of the processing stations are disposed below the rotational axis of the coating drum.

US Pat. No. 10,689,759

FILM FORMING APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A film forming apparatus comprising:a rotation shaft;
a rotation stage provided on the rotation shaft, fixed to the rotation shaft, and configured to hold a plurality of workpieces on a plurality of placing areas disposed in a circumferential direction with respect to a central axis of the rotation shaft;
a susceptor configured to provide a first opening and a second opening to face each other along a second direction that is orthogonal to a first direction parallel with the central axis, and provide an inner space between the first opening and the second opening so as to accommodate the rotation stage therein;
a gas supply mechanism configured to form a gas flow from the first opening to the second opening through the inner space;
a container configured to accommodate the susceptor; and
a heating mechanism provided around the container and configured to heat the susceptor,
wherein the susceptor includes a first wall portion and a second wall portion facing each other,
the rotation stage is provided between the first wall portion and the second wall portion,
the first wall portion faces the plurality of placing areas,
a first through hole through which the rotation shaft passes is formed in the second wall portion,
the second wall portion includes an intermediate area defined by a first circle having a first radius with respect to the central axis and a second circle having a second radius that is larger than the first radius with respect to the central axis, and the first radius is larger than a minimum distance between the central axis and each of the plurality of placing areas and the second radius is smaller than a maximum distance between the central axis and each of the plurality of the placing areas,
wherein the film forming apparatus further comprises an insulation layer provided between the container and the susceptor so as to enclose the susceptor,
one or more of second through holes are formed in the intermediate area, and
the one or more of second through holes are covered with the insulation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,689,758

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORAT...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:a boat configured to hold a plurality of substrates while the substrates are arranged in a horizontal posture with centers thereof aligned at a predetermined interval in a vertical direction;
a heat insulating portion disposed below the boat;
a reaction tube formed in a cylindrical shape with an upper end closed and a lower end open and including a process chamber containing a processing region in which the boat is disposed and a adiabatic region in which the heat insulating portion is disposed;
a flange formed on a lower end of the reaction tube so as to protrude toward an outer peripheral side;
a supply buffer chamber protruding outwardly from a side wall of the reaction tube and formed in a vertical direction;
an exhaust buffer chamber protruding outwardly from a side wall of the reaction tube so as to face the supply buffer chamber and formed in a vertical direction;
a first exhaust port configured to discharge an atmosphere of the processing region, the first exhaust port being formed in a partition portion serving as a partition between the reaction tube and the exhaust buffer chamber and constituting a part of a side wall of the reaction tube;
an exhaust port communicating with the exhaust buffer chamber;
a purge gas supply portion configured to supply a purge gas to the adiabatic region; and
a second exhaust port configured to discharge an atmosphere of the adiabatic region to the exhaust buffer chamber, the second exhaust port being formed at a position overlapping with the adiabatic region in a height direction in the partition portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,757

GAS INJECTION APPARATUS WITH HEATING CHANNELS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A gas injection apparatus for a processing chamber comprising:a gas injector having an inlet at a first end, a closed second end, and an extending conduit located between the first end and the second end; and
a transparent manifold plate gas heater having an inlet that matches and fluidly couples to the extending conduit, one or more outlets, and one or more channels formed in the manifold plate gas heater and fluidly connecting the inlet of the manifold to the one or more outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,689,756

GAS CONTAINER

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A gas container comprising:a container made of a base material having an inside coating applied directly on the base material of the container,
wherein said coating comprises a plurality of monomolecular layers of coating material, wherein said plurality of monomolecular layers are alternately Al2O3 and TiO2 monomolecular layers, each monomolecular layer having the thickness of one molecule of the respective coating material and in each monomolecular layer the molecules are each situated alongside one another substantially directly in the respective layer,
wherein each of the Al2O3 and TiO2 monomolecular layers is produced by an Atomic Layer Deposition process, and
wherein coating has a thickness of not more than 500 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,689,755

BIPHASIC SILICA- AND CARBON NANOTUBE-BASED MATERIAL

1. A process for synthesizing a biphasic material, wherein the biphasic material comprises at least one mesoporous substrate surrounded with carbon nanotubes, said process comprising the steps of:providing a catalyst on the at least one mesoporous substrate, the catalyst being configured to favor the growth of the carbon nanotubes; and
performing the growth of the carbon nanotubes, wherein the two steps are performed in a one-pot synthesis,
wherein the catalyst is reduced by one of an alcohol derivative or a gaseous hydrogen, the alcohol derivative for the reduction of the catalyst being applied once the at least one catalyst is deposited on the at least one mesoporous substrate when the step of providing a catalyst on the at least one mesoporous substrate is performed by atomic layer deposition.

US Pat. No. 10,689,754

PROGRAMMABLE CHARGE STORAGE ARRAYS AND ASSOCIATED MANUFACTURING DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Peter C. Salmon, Mountai...

1. A charge storage cell comprising:an insulating substrate having a back side and a top side opposite the back side;
a back side conductive element coupled to the back side of the insulating substrate;
a top side metal pad coupled to the top side of the insulating substrate; and
an insulative layer covering the top side metal pad;
wherein the top side metal pad is operable to support an electric charge injected through the insulative layer by a charged particle beam.

US Pat. No. 10,689,753

SYSTEM HAVING A COOLING ELEMENT FOR DENSIFYING A SUBSTRATE

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A system for densifying a substrate comprising:a base;
a top portion operable to removably attach to the base;
at least two process compartments each comprising:
a substrate support structure comprising at least one of a first plate, a disc, or a platform;
a first gas inlet operable to deliver a gas to the substrate support structure, the first gas inlet disposed on a bottom surface of the substrate support structure;
a second gas inlet operable to deliver the gas to the substrate support structure, the second gas inlet disposed on the bottom surface of the substrate support structure,
a gas outlet operable to remove the gas from the substrate support structure, the gas outlet disposed on the bottom surface of the substrate support structure, the gas outlet disposed in between the first gas inlet and the second gas inlet;
a cooling element positioned beneath and in thermal communication with the substrate support structure, the cooling element having an embedded cooling conduit to allow a fluid coolant to flow through the cooling element, the cooling element being thermally coupled to the bottom surface of the substrate support structure, wherein the cooling element comprises a second plate having a surface in thermal communication with the substrate support structure, said surface extending horizontally in a first direction, a position of the cooling element being adjustable with respect to the substrate support structure so as to increase or decrease an interstitial space between the position of the cooling element and the substrate support structure;
the first gas inlet, the second gas inlet, and the gas outlet extending vertically in a second direction from below the surface of the second plate to a location above the surface of the second plate of the cooling element, and
heating element in thermal communication with the substrate support structure, the heating element including at least one of an induction heater, a susceptor, a resistance heater, an electrode, or a microwave heater,
wherein the top portion defines a volume within which resides each of the at least two process compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,689,752

FILM STABILIZATION THROUGH NOVEL MATERIALS MODIFICATION OF BEAMLINE COMPONENTS

Axcelis Technologies, Inc...

1. A component for an ion implantation system, the component comprising a carbon-based substrate having a microscopically textured surface overlying a macroscopically textured surface, wherein the macroscopically textured surface comprises a mechanically roughened surface having a machined pattern of narrow grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,689,751

EVAPORATION SOURCE COVER, EVAPORATION SOURCE AND EVAPORATION APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An evaporation source cover, comprising a cover body and an elastic dredging member which is arranged on the cover body,wherein the elastic dredging member comprises a bottom part and a top part, the elastic dredging member is fixed to a surface of the cover body at the bottom part, and the elastic dredging member is configured to extend and contract in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the cover body.

US Pat. No. 10,689,750

EVAPORATOR BODY WITH TITANIUM HYDRIDE COATING, METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION AND USAGE THEREOF

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A method for producing an evaporator body for a PVD coating system with a basic body and an evaporator surface on the basic body, which comprises the following steps:providing a suspension of titanium hydride and an organic carrier agent in an organic solvent; and
applying the suspension onto the evaporator surface while forming a titanium hydride layer, in which titanium hydride is present as the only inorganic solid;
wherein the titanium hydride layer is formed in a thickness of no more than 10?; and heating the evaporator body to melt aluminum in contact with the titanium hydride layer to form a Ti—Al wetting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,689,749

LINEAR EVAPORATION SOURCE AND VACUUM DEPOSITION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A linear evaporation source comprising:a single crucible storing an evaporation material, wherein the crucible includes a plurality of side surfaces, and top and bottom surfaces opposing each other, wherein the single crucible is connected to a plurality of nozzles;
a heater unit surrounding the crucible and configured to heat the crucible;
a down reflector surrounding the bottom surface of the crucible;
a plurality of lateral reflectors surrounding a lateral surface of the heater unit; and
a plurality of temperature sensing units disposed between the crucible and the heater unit,
wherein each of the lateral reflectors comprises:
a first reflector combined with the heater unit and spaced apart from the heater unit, wherein a first opening is formed in the first reflector; and
a second reflector movably combined with the first reflector, wherein a second opening is formed in the second reflector,
wherein each of the lateral reflectors further comprises a transfer unit configured to linearly move the second reflector with respect to the first reflector from a first position where the first and second openings do not overlap each other to a second position where the first and second openings at least partially overlap each other,
wherein the heater unit comprises:
a heater configured to heat the crucible; and
a heater frame configured to support the heater, wherein the heater frame has first and second surfaces opposing each other, wherein the first surface of the heater frame faces the first reflector, wherein the second surface of the heater frame faces the crucible, wherein the heater is positioned between the second surface of the heater frame and the crucible and is disposed directly on the second surface of the heater frame,
wherein each of the plurality of temperature sensing units is disposed on the second surface of the heater frame in a one-to-one correspondence with each of the lateral reflectors to measure area-depending temperatures of the crucible,
wherein the transfer unit of each of the lateral reflectors is further configured to independently move a corresponding one of the plurality of lateral reflectors based on the corresponding area-depending temperature of the crucible such that open ratios of the lateral reflectors are independently adjusted, and
the first opening of the first reflector has one or more openings located at a top half of the first reflector along a height direction of the heater unit, and the first opening of the first reflector has one or more openings located at a bottom half of the first reflector along the height direction of the heater unit.