US Pat. No. 10,428,636

SOLIDS CONTROL METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method, comprising:creating a tortuous fluid flow path in a section of a wellbore to increase the separation of solids from fluid within the section of the wellbore, wherein creating the tortuous fluid flow path comprises inserting a weir assembly into the section of the wellbore, the weir assembly comprising a plurality of weirs,
wherein each weir of the plurality of weirs is angularly offset from any adjacent weirs and comprises a first wing and a second wing, and
wherein a majority of the first wing is nonparallel to a majority of the second wing.

US Pat. No. 10,428,635

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING SAND FROM A WELLBORE

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

17. A method of producing from a wellbore comprising:transporting connate fluid from the wellbore that is produced from a production zone that surrounds a portion of the wellbore; and
forming a slurry by combining the particulate matter with a motive fluid injected into the wellbore, and using the motive fluid to rotate a perturbation element, so that a pressure of the motive fluid lifts particulate matter separated from the connate fluid to outside of the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,428,634

WATER JET MINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Islander, LLC, Overland ...

1. A borehole mining system situated on a surface at a mining site for continuous in situ mining of a subterranean resource, comprising:a mining rig positioned in situ on the surface;
a mining string operatively connected to the rig and being positioned in a borehole extending from the surface through any overburden intermediate the surface and the subterranean resource and into the subterranean resource; the mining string including one or more mining pipe sections operatively connected to one another, each mining pipe section including a plurality of passages extending therethrough adapted to direct preselected fluids and gases from the surface through the mining string to the subterranean resource; at least one of the passages being a high pressure passage adapted to deliver high pressure mining fluid through the system;
a monitor pipe assembly operatively connected to a bottommost mining pipe section of the string, the monitor assembly having a first section which is structured and arranged to receive the high pressure mining fluid and to create laminar flow thereof, a second section in fluid communication with the first section, the second section being adapted to maintain and redirect the laminar flow of high pressure mining fluid;
a nozzle apparatus adapted to receive the redirected laminar flow of high pressure mining fluid, the nozzle apparatus including a nozzle orifice structured and arranged to form and deliver to the subterranean resource a high pressure, high volume stream of laminar mining fluid at supersonic velocity, whereby a slurry of disaggregated subterranean resource material and mining fluid is created;
an eductor apparatus adapted to transport the slurry from the in situ position of the subterranean resource via a slurry return line in the monitor pipe and mining string to the surface; and
an airlift system adapted to form a vacuum in the return line, whereby the transport of the slurry to the surface is accelerated.

US Pat. No. 10,428,633

ENHANCING COMPLEX FRACTURE GEOMETRY IN SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS, SEQUENTIAL FRACTURING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:(a) isolating a first treatment zone comprising a first opening through a wellbore and into a subterranean formation;
(b) introducing a high-viscosity treatment fluid (HVTF) into the subterranean formation through the first opening, the HVTF comprising a base fluid and a gelling agent, wherein the HVTF comprises a viscosity of about 20 cP to about 5,000 cP;
(c) applying incrementally increased fracturing rate steps (IIFRSs) to the HVTF to create or (c) enhance a dominate fracture, the IIFRSs each above a fracture gradient pressure, below a near-wellbore apparent fissure opening pressure, and below a far-field apparent fissure opening pressure,
wherein between each IIFRS a downhole pressure slope over time will increase, decline, or stabilize at a measured pressure slope;
(d) evaluating the measured pressure slope to determine whether an increasing pressure slope, a stabilizing pressure slope, or a declining pressure slope exists,
wherein if the stabilizing pressure slope or the declining pressure slope exists, a subsequent IIFRS is applied, wherein the stabilizing pressure slope exists when the measured pressure slope increases or decreases by about 50 psi/min or less at a stabilized rate, wherein the declining pressure slope exists when the measured pressure slope decreases by about greater than 50 psi/min at the stabilized rate, or
wherein if the increasing pressure slope exists, a decreased fracturing rate step (d1) or a constant rate is maintained until the stabilizing pressure slope exists, followed by applying the subsequent IIFRS, wherein the increasing pressure slope exists when the measured pressure slope increases by about greater than 50 psi/min at the stabilized rate;
(e) repeating one or more of steps (c) and (d) at the first treatment zone, thereby increasing a volume of the dominate fracture due to efficient dominate fracturing with generated back pressure until a maximum fracturing rate is reached;
(f) introducing a low-viscosity treatment fluid (LVTF) into the subterranean formation through the first opening at the first treatment zone at the maximum fracturing rate and at a pressure above the far-field apparent fissure opening pressure to create or enhance a secondary azimuth fracture extending from the dominate fracture, the LVTF comprising a second base fluid and particulates, wherein the LVTF comprises a viscosity of about 1 cP to about 20 cP,
and placing the particulates into at least one of the dominate fracture and/or the secondary azimuth fracture; and
(g) introducing a low-viscosity diversion fluid pill (LVDF pill) comprising a third base fluid and degradable particulates into the subterranean formation through the first opening at the first treatment zone to create a fluidic seal therein, wherein the LVDF pill comprises a viscosity of about 1 cP to about 20 cP.

US Pat. No. 10,428,632

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUE TO IMPROVE OIL RESERVOIR RECOVERY IN THE WATER-ALTERNATING-GAS INJECTION PROCESS BY USING DOWNHOLE CONTROL VALVES (WAG-CV)

LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORA...

1. A system for Water-Alternating-Gas (WAG) injection for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) comprising:a mechanical well to enable multi-point selective injection for water and gas via a plurality of injection points along the mechanical well, wherein the mechanical well includes a first system for delivery of water and a second system for delivery of gas, a horizontal section of the mechanical well includes perforations for the delivery of water and gas, and the horizontal section is divided into subsections corresponding to the plurality of injection points by isolation packers such that a first subsection of the subsections delivers water while a second subsection of the subsections adjacent to the first subsection delivers gas; and
an optimization engine to calculate reservoir flow dynamics and selectively inject at least one of water or gas via each of the plurality of injection points along the mechanical well according to the calculated reservoir flow dynamics.

US Pat. No. 10,428,631

SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION METHODS AND APPARATUS

HALLIBURTON MANUFACTURING...

1. A method comprising the steps of:determining a combination of a drawdown pressure at a wellbore and an exertive force to apply at the wellbore that a provide a particular permeability of a near wellbore formation in the wellbore;
selecting the drawdown pressure of the determined combination to modify operations at a subterranean formation; and
selecting the exertive force of the determined combination;
a selection of one or both of the exertive force and the drawdown pressure being based on a downhole environment at the wellbore;
applying the exertive force together with the drawdown pressure at the wellbore to modify operations at a subterranean formation;
applying a first pressure through a base pipe, prior to applying the exertive force, to a fluid pressure-responsive valve arrangement to provide fluid communication with an activation chamber arranged at the subterranean formation;
applying a second pressure, different than the first pressure, through the base pipe, to the fluid pressure-responsive valve arrangement to activate the activation chamber to apply the exertive force; and
applying a third pressure through the base pipe, while applying the exertive force, the third pressure force lower than the second pressure to the fluid pressure-responsive valve arrangement to thereby move a closure member of the valve arrangement under the bias of a biasing mechanism to position the closure member to both prohibit fluid communication between the base pipe and activation chamber, and also establish fluid communication from the subterranean formation to the base pipe through the valve arrangement;
wherein movement of the closure member under the bias of a biasing mechanism includes moving a sliding sleeve with a spring to cover at least one first port in fluid communication with the activation chamber to thereby prohibit fluid communication between the base pipe and activation chamber and additionally to uncover at least one second port in fluid communication with an exterior of the base pipe to thereby establish fluid communication from the subterranean formation to the base pipe through the valve arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,428,630

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIVE WELL ARTIFICIAL LIFT COMPLETION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of live well artificial lift completion comprising:hanging an umbilical on a wellhead of a live well, the umbilical fluidly coupling a production pump to a well surface and electrically coupling an electric motor to a surface power source, the electric motor powering the production pump, the umbilical comprising:
coiled tubing surrounded by a jacket; and
power cables extruded inside the jacket to form a smooth jacket outer surface;
creating a pressure seal inside the umbilical during deployment of the umbilical into the live well, the pressure seal inside the umbilical created using a blowout plug positioned to block a discharge of the production pump; and
forming an annular pressure seal during deployment of the production pump to obtain well control, the annular pressure seal formed using an annular bag coupled to the wellhead.

US Pat. No. 10,428,629

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIRECTLY DRIVING A BEAM PUMPING UNIT BY A ROTATING MOTOR

Yueli Electric (Jiangsu) ...

1. A method for controlling a rotating motor of a beam pumping unit that includes one or more cranks coupled to a walking beam enabling extraction of underground objects, comprising:receiving, at a control system, one or more input signals representing desired motor supply currents for operating the rotating motor;
providing, based on the input signals, one or more control signals to the rotating motor to enable the rotating motor to directly drive the one or more cranks for extracting the underground objects;
varying, based on the one or more control signals, a rotating speed of the rotating motor based on one or more conditions of the underground objects; and
enabling the extraction in a reciprocated manner based on the varying rotating speed of the rotating motor;
wherein providing the one or more control signals comprises determining at least one of a position or a rotating speed associated with the motor in absence of a position sensor; providing one or more motor voltage signals corresponding to the desired motor supply currents; and
generating one or more power voltage signals based on the one or more motor voltage signals, and
the method further comprises
obtaining a two-phase motor supply current signal based on the one or more power voltage signals, the two-phase motor supply current signals being analog signals;
generating digital representations of the two-phase motor supply current signal using the obtained two-phase motor supply current signal;
applying a DQ transformation to the digital representations of the two-phase motor supply current signals to obtain a transformed motor supply current signal;
generating a calculated motor supply current signal based on the one or more motor voltage signals;
obtaining a gap signal based on the calculated motor supply current signal and the transformed motor supply current signal, the gap signal representing the difference between calculated motor supply current signal and the transformed motor supply current signal; and
generating, based on the gap signal, a compensation signal that enables reducing the difference between calculated motor supply current signal and the transformed motor supply current signal.

US Pat. No. 10,428,628

SURFACE-DRIVEN PUMPING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING A FLUID FROM A SUBSURFACE HYDROCARBON DEPOSIT

Dalmation Hunter Holdings...

1. A surface-driven fluid recovery system for producing viscous fluids from a subsurface hydrocarbon deposit, comprising:a downhole pump situated downhole in a wellbore, and actuable by rotation;
an elongate shaft assembly extending from surface downwardly through in said wellbore, having a first uphole end and a second downhole end;
a speed-increasing transmission, interconnecting said second downhole end of the shaft assembly and said downhole pump, to increase rotational speed of said downhole pump;
a surface drive system, situated at said surface, for providing rotational energy to said first uphole end of said elongate shaft assembly, comprising:
(a) a primary mover for generating rotational power;
(b) a speed reducing transmission, for reducing rotational speed supplied by said primary mover directly or indirectly to said first uphole end of said shaft assembly; and
(c) a magnetic drive coupling, having an outer magnetic assembly and an inner magnetic assembly, each of which is magnetized or magnetizable;
wherein:
(i) said magnetic drive coupling is situated intermediate said primary mover and said speed-reducing transmission, and:
(a) said outer magnetic assembly is coupled to an input end of the speed-reducing transmission and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said primary mover; or
(b) said outer magnetic assembly is coupled to said primary mover and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said input end of the speed-reducing transmission; or
(ii) said magnetic drive coupling is situated intermediate said speed reduction transmission and said first uphole end of said shaft assembly, and:
(a) the outer magnetic assembly is coupled to an output end of the speed-reducing transmission and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said first uphole end of said shaft assembly; or
(b) said outer magnetic assembly is coupled to said first uphole end of said shaft assembly and said inner magnetic assembly is coupled to said output end of said speed-reducing transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,428,627

CONTROLLED PNEUMATIC WELL PUMPING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING PUMP STROKE SPEED

Encline Artificial Lift T...

1. A pneumatic pumping system for a wellbore, comprising:a cylinder defining an elongated tubular body disposed vertically over the wellbore;
an elongated polished rod residing substantially within the cylinder;
a piston connected to the polished rod that is movable between upper and lower positions within the cylinder;
a rod string that is mechanically connected to and that extends downwardly from the polished rod, the rod string being configured to extend into the wellbore;
a positive displacement pump disposed at a lower end of the rod string, the positive displacement pump being configured to pump formation fluids up the wellbore in response to reciprocal motion of the rod string;
a high pressure gas tank;
a compressor configured to pump a working gas into the cylinder as part of a closed loop pumping system, wherein the closed loop pumping system comprises the high pressure gas tank and one or more low pressure gas tanks, such that the working gas is pumped:
from the compressor and into the high pressure gas tank,
from the high pressure gas tank and into the cylinder disposed over the wellbore, thereby causing an upstroke of the piston and the operatively connected pump,
on a downstroke of the piston rod and the operatively connected pump, from the cylinder to the one or more low pressure gas tanks, and
from the one or more low pressure gas tanks back to the compressor;
a position sensor disposed along the cylinder to sense a vertical position of the piston within the cylinder in real time;
a pressure transducer configured to sense pressure within the cylinder in real time; and
a controller configured to receive signals from the position sensor and the pressure transducer, and from those signals adjust upstroke speed, downstroke speed, or both, of the piston within the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,428,626

PRODUCTION ESTIMATION IN SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:performing a hydraulic fracturing operation to stimulate a reservoir; obtaining data that characterizes the stimulated reservoir or from which the stimulated reservoir can be characterized, wherein a tool for obtaining the data comprises a pore pressure measurement tool that measures pore pressure;
using a neural net that employs Bayesian statistics to predict the production of the stimulated reservoir, wherein the neural net uses a field scale 3-D reservoir model incorporating the obtained data and the pore pressure, wherein the obtained data are selected from a group consisting of attributes inverted from seismic data, regional geology, well logs, and microseismic data, wherein the inverted attributes include one or more of elastic properties, reservoir properties, and azimuthal anisotropy properties, and wherein the seismic data is prestack seismic data;
producing 3-D volumes of elastic properties, reservoir properties, and fracture densities of the stimulated reservoir;
inputting the 3-D volumes of elastic properties and reservoir properties into a stress model, and predicting a 3-D stress state of a formation using an output of the stress model;
inputting the 3-D volumes of elastic properties and the 3-D stress state of the formation into a network fracture propagation model, and predicting a propped fracture surface area using an output of the network fracture propagation model;
and performing additional hydraulic fracturing operations in new wells in the stimulated reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,428,625

EXTENDED POWER SYSTEM FOR DOWNHOLE TOOLS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

11. A method for actuating a downhole tool, comprising:detecting, by a sensor, a first triggering condition;
transmitting power, by a first battery, to actuate the downhole tool to perform a first wellbore operation in response to the first triggering condition in a wellbore;
detecting, by the sensor, a second triggering condition, the second triggering condition occurring after the first triggering condition;
activating, by the first battery, a heat source of a second battery to actuate the second battery in response to the second triggering condition in the wellbore; and
transmitting power, by the second battery, to actuate the downhole tool to perform a second wellbore operation.

US Pat. No. 10,428,624

DOWNHOLE COMPLETION SYSTEM

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

1. A downhole completion system comprising:an intermediate casing arranged in a borehole having a top,
an outer production casing arranged at least partly within the intermediate casing defining a primary annulus therebetween,
a main barrier configured to provide a primary seal between the intermediate casing and the outer production casing, and
an inner production casing arranged at least partly within the outer production casing defining a secondary annulus therebetween,wherein the outer production casing comprises a first outer inductive coupling arranged below the main barrier in relation to the top, a first inner inductive coupling is arranged on an outer face of the inner production casing positioned substantially in the same horizontal level as the first outer inductive coupling for wireless transfer of communication signals and/or power therebetween, the first inner inductive coupling being connected to the top via a first electrical conductor, a second outer inductive coupling is arranged on an outer face of the outer production casing below the first outer inductive coupling and connected with the first outer inductive coupling via a second electrical conductor, and a second inner inductive coupling is arranged on the outer face of the inner production casing positioned substantially in the same horizontal level as the second outer inductive coupling for wireless transfer of communication signals and/or power therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,428,623

BALL DROPPING SYSTEM AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A ball dropping system, comprising:a ball retention feature;
an ejection arrangement blocked from activating in a first condition of the ball dropping system, activatable in a second condition of the ball dropping system, and activated to eject a ball from the ball dropping system that is releasably secured by the ball retention feature in a third condition of the ball dropping system; and,
a setting sleeve movable from a first position to a second position with respect to the ejection arrangement, the setting sleeve having the first position to block the ejection arrangement from activating in the first condition of the ball dropping system, and the setting sleeve movable to the second position to render the ejection arrangement activatable in the second condition of the ball dropping system.

US Pat. No. 10,428,622

FORCE MULTIPLYER USED TO ACTUATE A BALL VALVE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A rotating ball valve assembly comprising:a first tubular member having a first end portion defining a first valve seat;
a second tubular member having a second end portion defining a second valve seat, the second valve seat being spaced from the first valve seat by a gap;
a rotatable ball element arranged in the gap, the ball element including a body having a first side portion, a second side portion, a central passage having a first opening and a second opening, a first outwardly projecting pin extending from one of the first side portion and the second side portion and a second outwardly projecting pin extending from the one of the first side portion and the second side portion; and
a sliding sleeve assembly extending across the gap, the sliding sleeve assembly including a sliding sleeve member including a first guide track hating a first force reducing profile engagable with the first outwardly projecting pin element and a second guide track having a second force reducing profile engagable with the second outwardly projecting pin element, the sliding sleeve member being shiftable relative to the first and second tubular members to selectively pivot the rotatable ball element between an open orientation, wherein the central passage is exposed to the first and second tubular members and a closed orientation wherein the central passage is fluidically isolated from the first and second tubular members;
wherein the rotatable ball element includes a third outwardly projecting pin element projecting from the one of the at least one first and second side portions.

US Pat. No. 10,428,621

CHOKE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. A choke adapted for downhole use in a subterranean well, the choke comprising:a conduit with a bore;
a first opening allowing fluid communication between an outside of the conduit and the choke;
a second opening allowing fluid communication between the choke and the bore of the conduit;
a flow path connecting the first and second openings;
a flow restrictor that is selectively adjustable to change a cross sectional area of the flow path through the choke, the flow restrictor comprising first and second cylindrical choke members, each of the first and second choke members incorporating a portion of the flow path;
wherein a first end of the first choke member abuts a second end of the second choke member;
wherein the first choke member is rotatable relative to the second choke member; and
wherein the first choke member is configured to be rotated by a shifting tool which is lowered into the bore of the conduit from a surface of the earth after the choke has been installed in the subterranean well.

US Pat. No. 10,428,620

REPLACEABLE DOWNHOLE ELECTRONIC HUB

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

8. A resource recovery and exploration system comprising:a surface system;
a downhole system including a string of tubulars, at least one of the string of tubulars including an outer surface and an inner surface defining a flow path, one of the inner surface and the outer surface including a hub receiving recess;
an electronics hub detachably mounted in the hub receiving recess, the electronics hub including an input conductor connector and at least one output conductor connectors and a control module that facilitates communication between a surface system and one or more downhole devices; and
a control line extending from the surface system to the input conductor connector of the electronics hub, wherein the control line comprises one of a hydraulic control line, an electrical conductor, a fiber optic and a digital communication conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,428,619

ACTIVE FLOW CONTROL WITH MULTIZONE HYDRAULIC POWER DISTRIBUTION MODULE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A system for use in a well, comprising:a completion deployed in a lateral wellbore extending through a plurality of well zones, the completion comprising:
a plurality of isolation packers positioned to separate well zones of the plurality of well zones;
a plurality of flow control devices comprising flow control devices in each of the well zones to control flow of fluid from an exterior of the completion to an interior of the completion; and
a control module hydraulically coupled with each of the plurality of flow control devices in each well zone and with a source of hydraulic actuating fluid, the control module being electrically actuated to selectively direct hydraulic actuating fluid to each the flow control devices in selected well zones to enable opening or closing of the flow control devices in the selected well zones, the control module being located along the completion between well zones.

US Pat. No. 10,428,618

ROTATIONAL MOTION-INDUCING VARIABLE FLOW RESISTANCE SYSTEMS HAVING A SIDEWALL FLUID OUTLET AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF IN A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A variable flow resistance system comprising:a plurality of chambers connected in series fluid communication with one another, each chamber having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet coupled thereto, each fluid inlet and fluid outlet being disposed on a sidewall of a respective chamber of the plurality of chambers;
wherein at least a first one of the plurality of chambers is cylindrical to-induce rotational motion of a fluid flowing therethrough and has a top that provides a top interior surface and a top exterior surface, a bottom that provides a bottom interior surface and a bottom exterior surface, and the cylindrical-sidewall, the sidewall being non-porous and coupled to and extending from the top exterior surface and to the bottom exterior surface, the cylindrical sidewall forming a cone-shaped fluid exit extending between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet; and
wherein the fluid outlet of at least the first one of the plurality of chambers is coupled to the cone-shaped fluid exit to allow the fluid to exit of the chamber through the cylindrical sidewall via the cone-shaped fluid exit in a same direction as the fluid enters the fluid inlet, the fluid inlet of one or more of the plurality of chambers comprise a main flow pathway and a branch flow pathway; and
wherein the branch flow pathway is configured such that fluid entering the branch flow pathway does not undergo rotational motion or undergoes less rotational motion than fluid entering the main flow pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,428,617

PACKER

MORPHPACKERS LIMITED, Ab...

17. A method of setting morphable packer, comprising the steps:(a) locating a morphable packer in a string, the morphable, packer comprising a tubular member having a throughbore, the tubular member arranged to be run in and secured within a larger diameter generally cylindrical structure; the tubular member having first and second end sections and a central section therebetween; the central section including an anchoring arrangement, the anchoring arrangement comprising: a recess in the tubular body located circumferentially around an outer surface of the central section, the recess having opposing side walls which are each tapered from a bottom of the recess to the outer surface; and two gripping elements, each gripping element being substantially triangular in cross-section, comprising an outward facing surface adapted to grip, an inclined edge and an adjoining surface with the adjoining surfaces of each gripping element contacting each other; wherein the gripping elements are initially located within the recess and the inclined edges abuts one of the side walls of the recess;
(b) running the tubular string into a wellbore and positioning the morphable packer at a desired location within a larger diameter cylindrical structure;
(c) pumping fluid through the tubular string to cause the central portion of the tubular member to move radially outwardly and morph against an inner surface of the larger diameter structure; and
(d) using the morphing tubular member to move oppositely arranged abutting slips formed from the gripping elements in the anchoring arrangement radially outwardly by the morphing action to engage, grip and anchor to the larger diameter structure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,616

FRAC PLUG HAVING REDUCED LENGTH AND REDUCED SETTING FORCE

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A frac plug, comprising;a mandrel body;
a cap coupled to an upper end of the mandrel body, wherein the cap has an angled surface;
an outer housing coupled to a lower end of the mandrel body;
a friction or interference-fit interface disposed between an outer surface of the mandrel body and an inner surface of the outer housing;
a guide shoe coupled to the outer housing;
a single slip assembly positioned between the cap and the guide shoe and surrounding the mandrel body; and
a sealing element positioned between the cap and the single slip assembly and surrounding the mandrel body, wherein the sealing element is movable along the angled surface to force the sealing element radially outward into contact with a surrounding wellbore, and the friction or interference-fit interface is configured to allow the sealing element, the single slip assembly, the outer housing, and the guide shoe to move relative to the mandrel body in one axial direction and prevent movement in an opposite axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,615

DEVICE FOR LINING OR OBTURATING A WELLBORE OR A PIPE

SALTEL INDUSTRIES, Bruz ...

1. A device for lining or obturating a wellbore or a pipe, said device comprising:a tubular radially expandable lining made of metal; and
at least one ring seal carried by said lining,
wherein the seal comprises at least one first part and second part each formed by a filament or a braid carried by said lining, the first and second parts being mounted spirally about the external surface of said lining on a single level, and being axially adjacent to one another along a longitudinal axis of the lining.

US Pat. No. 10,428,614

HORIZONTAL FRACTURING TREE

Cameron International Cor...

25. A method, comprising:routing fluid through a first branch passage in a first tree branch portion and a main passage in a tree portion of a fracturing tree between a main bore of a wellhead and at least one of a first plurality of fluid ports coupled to the first tree branch portion, wherein the main passage is mounted coaxial with the main bore of the wellhead, the first branch passage extends in a first lateral direction away from a central axis of the main passage toward the first plurality of fluid ports, the first plurality of fluid ports comprises a bottom fluid passage, the first tree branch portion is supported by a support structure at a position laterally offset away from the tree portion, the support structure is disposed at least partially directly under the bottom fluid passage and at least partially horizontally offset from the wellhead, and the support structure is configured to couple directly to the ground or to couple directly to the tree portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,613

WELLBORE CHARACTERISTIC MEASUREMENT ASSEMBLY

NCS Multistage Inc., Cal...

1. A wellbore characteristic measurement assembly comprising:a dispensing mechanism; and
a plurality of wellbore characteristic measurement apparatuses;
wherein:
each one of the wellbore characteristic measurement apparatuses, independently, is mountable to the dispensing mechanism in a releasably retained condition such that, while the assembly is conducted through a wellbore string, the plurality of wellbore characteristic measurement apparatuses are disposed for receiving application of frictional forces by the wellbore string; and
the dispensing mechanism is configured for serially dispensing each one of the wellbore characteristic measurement apparatuses, independently, into the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,428,612

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WITHDRAWING CORES FROM DRILLED HOLES

1. A core extracting device, comprising:a generally cylindrical outer casing;
a plurality of cutouts through the outer casing and spaced apart along a circumferential inner surface of the outer casing; and
an inner grabber snugly slidable along said circumferential inner surface between a release condition and a gripping condition engaging the core, the inner grabber comprising:
a spider plate;
a plurality of fingers perpendicularly extending downward from a periphery of the spider plate; and
a wedge provided along an outer surface of each finger of the plurality of fingers, wherein each wedge nests in a respective cutout of the plurality of cutouts in the release condition.

US Pat. No. 10,428,611

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IN-SITU STABILIZATION OF UNCONSOLIDATED SEDIMENT IN CORE SAMPLES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A core sampling apparatus comprising:a corer having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of impregnation tubes disposed between the inner and the outer wall,
wherein the impregnation tubes are parallel to a central axis of the corer,
wherein each of the plurality of impregnation tubes have a plurality of holes.

US Pat. No. 10,428,610

PASSIVELY MOTION COMPENSATED TUBING HANGER RUNNING TOOL ASSEMBLY

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A tubing hanger running tool assembly comprising:a pressure containing slip joint comprising an inner mandrel and an outer mandrel located concentrically such that the inner mandrel and the outer mandrel can slide relative to each other providing compression and extension along a linear axis and comprising pressure containing seals located between the inner mandrel and the outer mandrel;
a tubing hanger running tool coupled to the pressure containing slip joint; and
a tubing hanger in an unactuated state coupled to a first end of the tubing hanger running tool that is opposite a second end of the tubing hanger running tool that is coupled to the pressure containing slip joint, wherein the tubing hanger running tool is configured to actuate the tubing hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,428,609

DOWNHOLE TOOL ACTUATION SYSTEM HAVING INDEXING MECHANISM AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole tool actuation system comprising:a tubing having a longitudinal axis and a main flowbore supportive of tubing pressure;
an indexing mechanism in fluidic communication with the main flowbore, the indexing mechanism configured to count N number of tubing pressure cycles;
a biasing mechanism;
a port isolation device movable between a blocking condition and an actuation condition, the port isolation device movable from a first position to a second position upon an increase in tubing pressure, and the port isolation device returnable to the first position by the biasing mechanism after a decrease in tubing pressure, the port isolation device in the blocking condition in both the first and second positions for N?1 cycles of the indexing mechanism, and at an end of the Nth cycle of the indexing mechanism, the port isolation device is movable to a third position by the biasing mechanism after a decrease in tubing pressure, the third position corresponding to the actuation condition; and,
a chamber sealed from the main flowbore in the blocking condition of the port isolation device, the chamber exposed to the tubing pressure in the actuation condition of the port isolation device;
wherein the downhole tool actuation system is configured to actuate a downhole tool upon exposure of the chamber to tubing pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,608

LATCH MECHANISM AND SYSTEM FOR DOWNHOLE APPLICATIONS

1. A system for conveying a tool from surface to a target sub comprising:a string comprising a plurality of subs including the target sub, each sub having a latch deflector and a latch stopper, the latch deflector and the latch stopper together defining a deflection radius for each sub; and
a lock mounted on the tool having a knob and a latch, the latch and the knob together defining a latch radius that is greater than the deflection radius of the target sub,
wherein the latch is configured to traverse the latch stopper of at least one sub of the plurality of subs as a result of the deflection radius of the at least one sub being greater than the latch radius of the lock;
wherein the latch is configured to deflect towards the latch stopper and engage the latch stopper of the target sub as a result of an interaction between the knob of the lock and the latch deflector of the target sub.

US Pat. No. 10,428,607

REVERSE CIRCULATION WELL TOOL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A well flow crossover sub comprising:a substantially tubular housing configured to be part of a drill string and disposed in a wellbore, the substantially tubular housing comprising a first flow chamber and a second, separate flow chamber;
a sealing structure circumscribing a portion of the substantially tubular housing and comprising a sealing element, the sealing element configured to seal against a wellbore wall of the wellbore; and
a sleeve valve disposed within the substantially tubular housing and selectively movable between a first, closed position and a second, open position in response to a fluid pressure in the first flow chamber or second flow chamber;
wherein the first flow chamber fluidly connects an annulus of the wellbore uphole of the sealing structure to a central bore of the drill string downhole of the well flow crossover sub, the first flow chamber extending between a first radial port opening at the annulus of the wellbore uphole of the sealing structure proximate a first longitudinal end of the substantially tubular housing and a downhole central bore in the substantially tubular housing at a second, opposite longitudinal end of the substantially tubular housing; and
wherein the second flow chamber fluidly connects a central bore of the drill string uphole of the sealing structure to the annulus of the wellbore downhole of the sealing structure, the second flow chamber extending between an uphole central bore in the substantially tubular housing at the first longitudinal end and a second radial port opening at the annulus of the wellbore downhole of the sealing structure proximate the second longitudinal end of the substantially tubular housing; and
the sleeve valve configured to close the second radial port opening in response to the sleeve valve being in the first, closed position and to open the second radial port opening in response to the sleeve valve being in the second, open position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,606

COLLECTING DRILLING MICROCHIPS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A wire screen comprising:a plurality of wires running parallel, each of the plurality of wires is spaced apart from each adjacent wire at a distance less than a width of an encased microchip, and each of the plurality of wires includes a plurality of straight segments in a plane and each of a plurality of bent segments connects two of the plurality of straight segments, at least one of the plurality of bent segments of each wire being positioned between two straight segments of the same wire; and
for each of the plurality of the wires, each bent segments in the plurality of segments includes a first end, a second end, and a curved portion curved away from the plane, the first end connected to at least one of the plurality of straight segments and separated from the second end a distance greater than the width of the encased microchip, and the curved portion includes a diameter greater than the width of the encased microchip.

US Pat. No. 10,428,605

UNIVERSAL INJECTION HEAD SYSTEM AND METHOD

Integral Oilfield Solutio...

10. A method of coupling an injector head to an injector head system, the system comprising an injector head platform, an injector head table supported above the injector head platform, a lift coupled to the injector head platform and the injector head table, an injector head adapter coupled to the injector head table, at least one locator arm coupled to the injector head adapter, a pin coupled to each locator arm, and a lock nut coupled to each pin, the method comprising:rotating the injector head adapter relative to the injector head to align the injector head adapter with the injector head, the at least one locator arm including a first locator arm;
moving a first pin relative to the first locator arm and aligning the first pin with the injector head;
coupling the first pin in a first position on the first locator arm with a first lock nut; and
coupling the injector head to the injector head adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,428,604

MOVEABLE JAW BIT BREAKER TECHNOLOGY

FALCON TOOLS, LLC, Fargo...

1. A bit breaker configured to embrace a pipe, tool section, tool or pipe joint for making or loosening a threaded joint, the bit breaker comprising a generally flat plate that bounds a pipe slot, the plate defining two fixed arms and a fixed base leg, the pipe slot located between the two fixed arms, the two fixed arms project respectively from opposed ends of the fixed base leg, the two fixed arms being non-adjustable in that relative positions of the two fixed arms and the fixed base leg are fixed, the bit breaker having two jaws that define two working surfaces located on opposite sides of the pipe slot, the two jaws being configured to move relative to the plate, the two working surfaces of the two jaws each being devoid of any concave recess configured to receive the pipe, tool section, tool or pipe joint, each of the two jaws having an engage position and a release position, the two working surfaces of the two jaws being parallel or substantially parallel to each other when the two jaws are in the engage position as well as when the two jaws are in the release position, and the bit breaker being devoid of a hydraulic, pneumatic, or other powered actuator configured to move either of the two jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,428,603

METHOD FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A DOWN-THE-HOLE DRILLING APPARATUS FOR PLASTIC PIPE DRILLING AND A DOWN-THE-HOLE DRILLING APPARATUS

OY EPIROC DRILLING TOOLS ...

1. Method for putting together a down-the-hole drilling apparatus for plastic pipe drilling, which apparatus has a drilling device for carrying out drilling by using a drilling unit with a plastic pipe, the method comprising:providing a drilling unit, which drilling unit includes a drilling head having a drilling arrangement with a first drilling means for drilling a center hole and a second drilling means for reaming the center hole for the plastic pipe, the drilling means being coupled at least during a drilling situation mutually in a power transmitting manner in order to carry out co-operation thereof for a rotational motion, a feeding motion and/or a hammering motion, and being removably in connection with the plastic pipe in order to enable at least removal of the first drilling means from a drilled hole, whereby the plastic pipe is arranged to be pulled into the hole to be drilled by a power influence directed thereto from the second drilling means or a casing shoe coupled with the second drilling means, in a manner transmitting power at least in the longitudinal direction of the drilling device,
coupling the drilling unit and the plastic pipe with each other by a skirt part that exists at an opposite end of the second drilling means or the casing shoe with respect to the drilling surface of the drilling unit, which skirt part has an internal protrusion assembly in radial direction, and
pressing the skirt part together in the radial direction to form a contact surface in the longitudinal direction along outer surface of the end of the plastic pipe, in order to pull the plastic pipe into the hole to be drilled by a power influence being transmitted from the contact surface,
wherein, in a prefabrication phase prior to pressing the skirt part together, the internal protrusion assembly has a larger internal diameter than an outer diameter of the plastic pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,602

TOP DRIVE TORQUE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

14. A top drive system for use with a tool for handling tubulars on a drilling rig, comprising:a motor unit;
a drive gear rotatably coupled to the motor unit, wherein the drive gear includes a bore for receiving the tool, and the drive gear is configured to transfer a torque load from the motor unit to the tool;
a sensing member disposed on the drive gear and configured to measure a magnetostrictive effect on the tool;
an evaluation unit connected to the sensing member and configured to calculate a magnitude of transferred torque based on the magnetostrictive effect; and
a positioning device coupled to the sensing member to move the sensing member between a retracted position and an extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,601

PROXIMITY DETECTION BETWEEN TUBULARS FOR BLIND STABBING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for connecting tubulars, comprising:determining an elevation of a drilling device above a rig floor;
lowering a first tubular connected to the drilling device toward a second tubular by lowering the drilling device;
determining that the first tubular is in proximity to the second tubular based at least in part on an elevation of the drilling device;
determining that the first tubular is in proximity to the second tubular based at least in part on a magnetic flux or an electrical current applied to the first tubular, the second tubular, or both;
connecting the first and second tubulars together; and
supporting the second tubular below the rig floor, wherein lowering the first tubular comprises lowering the first tubular at least partially through the rig floor, wherein the second tubular comprises a drill string, and wherein supporting the second tubular below the rig floor comprises supporting the drill string within a blowout preventer, the method further comprising:
determining that a rotating control device positioned around the first tubular has coupled to the blowout preventer while lowering the first tubular, based at least partially on the elevation of the drilling device; and
opening a seal of the blowout preventer after determining that the rotating control device has coupled to the blowout preventer.

US Pat. No. 10,428,598

WELLHEAD MIXING DEVICE

1. A wellhead comprising:a body;
a central bore therethrough;
a plurality of peripheral bores intersecting with the central bore, wherein the plurality of peripheral bores each comprise an injection port and a rifled internal surface; and
a mixing chamber located within the central bore below the intersections between the plurality of peripheral bores and the central bore,
wherein the rifled internal surfaces of the plurality of peripheral bores act to guide fluids injected into the wellhead into a helical flow pattern prior to entering the central bore.

US Pat. No. 10,428,595

QUICK CONNECT SYSTEM FOR SETTING TOOL

Hunting Titan, Inc., Pam...

1. A quick connect device for well tools comprising:a substantially cylindrical upper connection body about an axis having a first end and a second end;
a resilient member;
a pin grip insert having a substantially cylindrical body about an axis, a first end, a second end, an inclined outer surface having larger diameter proximate the first end and a smaller diameter proximate the second end, a continuously threaded inner bore, an upper shoulder orthogonal to the axis;
a pin capture socket having a substantially cylindrical body about an axis, a first end, a second end, an inclined inner surface about a conical bore along the axis having a larger diameter proximate the first end and a smaller diameter proximate the second end;
wherein the axes of the upper connection body, the pin grip insert, and the pin capture socket are aligned, the pin grip insert is constructed of a plurality of radial segments, the pin grip insert is captured within the conical bore of the pin capture socket, the resilient member is captured between the upper shoulder of the pin grip insert and the second end of the upper connection body, and the upper connection body is affixed to the first end of the pin capture socket.

US Pat. No. 10,428,593

THREADED END OF A TUBULAR COMPONENT FOR DRILLING OR WORKING HYDROCARBON WELLS, AND RESULTING CONNECTION

VALLOUREC OIL AND GAS FRA...

1. A threaded end of a steel tubular component suitable for drilling or working hydrocarbon wells, said threaded end comprising a threaded zone on an external or internal peripheral surface of the threaded end depending on whether the threaded end is male or female,wherein at least a portion of the threaded end is coated with a dry film comprising an organic matrix in which 10% to 15% by weight of calcium ion exchange amorphous silica pigments are dispersed,
wherein the organic matrix is a thermoplastic matrix comprising a thermoplastic selected from the group consisting of a polyethylene wax, a copolyamide based on an acid dimer, an esterified colophane, and a terpene resin.

US Pat. No. 10,428,591

STRUCTURES FOR DRILLING A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION

Baker Hughes Incorporated...

1. A structure for drilling a subterranean formation, comprising:at least one cutting element, comprising:
a substrate; and
a diamond table positioned on the substrate, the diamond table comprising:
a cutting face;
a first chamfer surface at a radial periphery of the diamond table;
a second chamfer surface located adjacent a radially innermost edge of the first chamfer surface, wherein a radial width of the second chamfer surface measured in a plane transverse to a longitudinal axis of the at least one cutting element is at least about twice a radial width of the first chamfer surface, the second chamfer surface being inclined at an angle less than an angle at which the first chamfer surface is inclined from a plane transverse to the longitudinal axis of the at least one cutting element;
a generally planar, flat surface of the cutting face located adjacent a radially innermost edge of the second chamfer surface;
a recessed surface of the cutting face located adjacent a radially innermost edge of the generally planar, flat surface of the cutting face, the recessed surface of the cutting face declining inward from the generally planar, flat surface of the cutting face;
an inclined surface of the cutting face located adjacent a radially innermost edge of the recessed surface of the cutting face, at least a portion of the inclined surface of the cutting face being recessed into the diamond table in relation to the generally planar, flat surface of the cutting face; and
a central protrusion located adjacent a radially innermost edge of the inclined surface of the cutting face, the central protrusion extending upward from the recessed surface of the cutting face.

US Pat. No. 10,428,590

CUTTING ELEMENTS FOR EARTH-BORING TOOLS AND EARTH-BORING TOOLS INCLUDING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

18. A cutting element for an earth-boring tool, comprising:a superabrasive table positioned on a substrate, the superabrasive table defining a cutting face of the cutting element, the superabrasive table comprising:
at least a portion of a lateral side surface of the cutting element;
a substantially planar surface of the cutting face; and
a plurality of concave recessed surfaces concentrically aligned in the cutting face of the superabrasive table and extending annularly about and encircling a central longitudinal axis of the cutting element.

US Pat. No. 10,428,589

POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND COMPACT, AND RELATED METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION,...

1. A rotary drill bit, comprising:a bit body configured to engage a subterranean formation; and
a plurality of polycrystalline diamond cutting elements affixed to the bit body, at least one of the polycrystalline diamond cutting elements including:
a substrate; and
a polycrystalline diamond table including an upper surface spaced from an interfacial surface that is bonded to the substrate, the polycrystalline diamond table including a plurality of diamond grains defining a plurality of interstitial regions, the polycrystalline diamond table further including an alloy comprising at least one Group VIII metal and at least one alloying element, the alloy including one or more solid solution phases and one or more intermediate compounds, wherein the one or more solid solution phases include the at least one Group VIII metal and the at least one alloying element, wherein the one or more intermediate compounds include the at least one Group VIII metal and the at least one alloying element, the alloy being disposed in at least a portion of the plurality of interstitial regions, the at least one alloying element exhibiting a concentration gradient between the upper surface and the interfacial surface that generally decreases with distance from the upper surface, wherein the plurality of diamond grains and the alloy of at least a portion of the polycrystalline diamond table collectively exhibit a coercivity of about 115 Oersteds or more.

US Pat. No. 10,428,588

METHODS AND DRILL BIT DESIGNS FOR PREVENTING THE SUBSTRATE OF A CUTTING ELEMENT FROM CONTACTING A FORMATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of designing a drill bit, comprising:determining a location on a drill bit for each of a plurality of cutting elements at a plurality of radial coordinates of the drill bit;
determining a substrate-based critical depth of cut, at each of the plurality of radial coordinates, for a substrate of each of the plurality of cutting elements;
generating a substrate-based critical depth of cut control curve based on the substrate-based critical depth of cut at each of the plurality of radial coordinates;
comparing the substrate-based critical depth of cut control curve to a threshold critical depth of cut control curve; and
adjusting a drill bit design parameter in response to the substrate-based critical depth of cut control curve being less than or equal to the threshold critical depth of cut control curve at a radial coordinate.

US Pat. No. 10,428,587

MULTILEVEL FORCE BALANCED DOWNHOLE DRILLING TOOLS INCLUDING CUTTING ELEMENTS IN A STEP PROFILE CONFIGURATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A downhole drilling tool designed to form a wellbore, comprising:a bit body;
a first plurality of blades on exterior portions of the bit body;
a first group of cutting elements located on exterior portions of the first plurality of blades;
a second plurality of blades on exterior portions of the bit body;
a second group of cutting elements located on exterior portions of the second plurality of blades and under-exposed with respect to the first group of cutting elements such that the first and second groups of cutting elements form grooves in a downhole end of a wellbore in order to stabilize the downhole drilling tool during drilling, each of the cutting elements in the second group having a unique radial position from a rotational axis of the bit body with respect to each of the cutting elements in the first group, the first and second plurality of blades and the first and second groups of cutting elements cooperating with each other to form a composite bit face profile including a plurality of respective groups of at least three neighbor cutting elements; and
each respective group of at least three neighbor cutting elements is force balanced with respect to each other and includes at least one cutting element from the first group of cutting elements and at least one cutting element from the second group of cutting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,428,586

REAMER ASSEMBLY

Inrock Drilling Systems, ...

9. A method of providing a reamer for horizontal directional drilling comprising:providing a base plate comprising:
one or more fluid conduits extending there through;
a central orifice extending there through; and
one or more receiving cavities disposed therein;
inserting a substantially tubular component, comprising at least one orifice in the exterior surface thereof, through said central orifice;
positioning said base plate at a location along the length of said tubular component;
installing one or more fluid chambers on said tubular component exterior surface, whereby at least one said fluid chamber is in fluid communication with the interior of said tubular component, via said tubular component exterior surface orifice, and whereby said fluid chamber is also in fluid communication with at least one fluid conduit of said base plate;
affixing one or more gussets to the exterior surface of one or both of said tubular component and said base plate;
whereby at least one said gusset is at least partially disposed proximate a bottom surface of the base plate;
providing one or more cutting assemblies, each comprising a leg segment, each leg segment comprising an insert section, each insert section having an exterior surface adapted and configured to be inserted into one said receiving cavity; and
inserting each insert section into one said receiving cavity of said base plate, via an opening of that said receiving cavity disposed on a top side of said base plate, and affixing each insert section therein.

US Pat. No. 10,428,585

METHODS OF FABRICATING CUTTING ELEMENTS FOR EARTH-BORING TOOLS AND METHODS OF SELECTIVELY REMOVING A PORTION OF A CUTTING ELEMENT OF AN EARTH-BORING TOOL

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A method of selectively removing a portion of a cutting element of an earth-boring tool, the method comprising:engaging a formation with a cutting surface of a first section of a cutting table of a cutting element;
detaching the first section of the cutting table as a substantial whole responsive to a mechanism other than wear at a discontinuity formed in the cutting table to at least partially expose a cutting surface of a second section of the cutting table adjacent to the first section; and
engaging the formation with the cutting surface of the second section of the cutting table.

US Pat. No. 10,428,584

BIT FOR DRILLING WITH CASING OR LINER STRING AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND.,...

14. A method of drilling a wellbore, comprising:assembling a bit as part of a casing or liner string, the bit comprising:
a tubular stem made from a high strength metal or alloy;
a head:
having a cutting face with an inner cone, an outer shoulder, and an intermediate nose between the cone and the shoulder;
attached to an end of the stem; and
made from a nonferrous metal or alloy;
a plurality of blades formed integrally with the head, made from the nonferrous metal or alloy, and each extending from a center of the cutting face to the shoulder;
a plurality of superhard cutters mounted along each blade;
a plurality of gauge pads formed integrally with the stem; and
a flush joint formed between each blade and a respective gauge pad,
wherein:
a yield strength of the high strength metal or alloy is at least twice a yield strength of the nonferrous metal or alloy,
the end is a lower end of the stem,
the bit further comprises a threaded coupling formed at an upper end of the stem for connection to the casing or liner string,
the bit further comprises a lock joint and a lap joint attaching the head to the stem, and
an outer portion of the head includes an essential portion of the lock joint;
drilling the casing or liner string into the wellbore to extend the wellbore through a problem formation;
cementing the casing or liner string into the wellbore; and
drilling out an inner portion of the head with a polycrystalline diamond compact or roller cone second drill bit,
wherein the outer portion of the head remains after drill-out.

US Pat. No. 10,428,582

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF CREATING PRESSURE PULSES FOR PULSE TELEMETRY FOR MWD TOOLS USING A DIRECT DRIVE HYDRAULIC RAM

Standard Directional Serv...

1. A method of creating pressure pulses within a drill string during drilling operations, the method comprising:moving a poppet of a pulser system within a measuring while drilling (MWD) tool, the moving of the poppet by:
activating, by a motor controller, an electric motor with a stator submerged in hydraulic fluid, and thereby turning a motor shaft;
turning a threaded shaft by rotation of the motor shaft;
translating a ball screw nut along the threaded shaft responsive to turning the threaded shaft the ball screw nut telescoped over the threaded shaft and the ball screw nut rigidly coupled to a linear positioner;
translating a piston rod within a cylinder housing by the linear positioner responsive to translating the ball screw nut; and thereby
moving the poppet coupled to the piston rod, the movement of the poppet relative to a valve seat;
counting, by the motor controller during the activating, electronic pulses from a sensor that senses full or partial rotations of the motor shaft, the counting creates a count value; and
ceasing activation of the electric motor when the count value meets or exceeds a set point count value proportional to a predetermined travel distance of the poppet;
wherein the electric motor, the ball screw nut, and the linear positioner all fluidly sealed within a linear actuation assembly of the pulser system.

US Pat. No. 10,428,581

WELL-DRILLING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

4. A method for drilling a well comprising:providing a powered well-drilling apparatus, comprising:
a mast;
doors affixed to the mast, for deflecting well debris when secured in a closed position;
stabilizers affixed to a bottom portion of the mast, for keeping the mast in the upright position;
a power drive comprising a drill stem connection;
a drill stem comprising a tubular elongated body, the tubular elongated body comprising:
a plurality of tubular portion;
a fastener, the fastener removably affixing two of the plurality of tubular portions together;
a plurality of discharge ports spaced along the length of the plurality of tubular portions;
a plurality of removable plugs, wherein each of the plurality of removable plugs is configured to engage and close off a corresponding one of the plurality of discharge ports;
plates with semicircular cutouts forming a hole, the diameter of the hole sufficiently large to allow passage of the plurality of tubular portions but sufficiently small to not allow passage of the fastener, the plates removably affixed to the stabilizers;
a ramp, the ramp removably affixed to the stabilizers;
a bit affixed to the lower end of one of the plurality of tubular portion, the bit comprising:
a plurality of prongs; and
an inlet port; and
an air hose retainer affixed adjacent to the bit, the air hose retainer configured to retain a portion of an air hose, the air hose affixed between an inlet of the well-drilling apparatus and an air pressure device;
constructing a starter hole in earth, the starter hole comprising an interior surface area;
lining the constructed starter hole with a covering, the covering affixed to the interior surface area of the starter hole;
placing a powered well-drilling apparatus above the lined starter hole;
providing drilling water to the lined starter hole;
affixing an air hose to an inlet of the well-drilling apparatus, the air hose affixed to an air pressure device;
positioning the power drive on the mast;
inserting a first tubular portion of the plurality of tubular portions through the drill stem connection;
affixing the fastener to a lower end of the first tubular portion inserted through the drill stem connection;
affixing the fastener to an upper end of a second tubular portion of the plurality of tubular portions;
then, positioning the power drive at a height such that the second tubular portion is inserted through the semicircular cutout sections into the lined starter hole previously provided with drilling water;
then, opening a first discharge port of the well-drilling apparatus, the first discharge port being positioned above the drilling water;
then, removing the covering from the lined starter hole and positioning the doors in the closed position;
then, actuating the air pressure device to provide air to the air hose;
then, actuating the power drive to drive the first and second tubular portions in a rotatable motion, the actuating agitating debris found within the starter hole and carrying a mixture of the debris, the drilling water, and the air through the well-drilling apparatus to a surface of the well;
as each of the plurality of discharge ports approaches the surface of the drilling water, closing each of the plurality of discharge ports and opening the next highest each of the plurality of discharge ports; and
as the fastener affixing two tubular portions reaches the semicircular cutout sections,
de-actuating and raising the power drive;
opening the plates to allow the fastener to be positioned beneath the plates, and re-closing the plates;
then, inserting a third tubular portion of the plurality of tubular portions through the drill stem connection;
using a second fastener, affixing a lower end of the third tubular portion inserted through the drill stem connection to an upper end of the first tubular portion of the plurality of tubular portions;
positioning the power drive at a height such that the first tubular portion is inserted through the semicircular cutout sections; and
then, re-actuating the power drive to drive the second and third tubular portions in a rotatable motion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,580

SPRING OPERATED ROLLER BLIND SYSTEM WITH TENSION SPRING ADJUSTING MECHANISM AND LOCKING ELEMENT FOR SAID SYSTEM

Coulisse B.V., Enter (NL...

11. A locking element and a spring operated roller blind system, said spring operated roller blind system comprising:a roller blind provided with a roller shaft, wherein a central rod extends through the roller shaft and a flexible sheet member is attached to the roller shaft; wherein
the roller blind system is further provided with two bracket connectors attached at outer ends of the roller shaft, wherein each bracket connector is provided with a pin for connection to the shaft of the roller blind, an end plate is arranged by two spacers on the bracket connectors, wherein a space between the two spacers forms a slot and each bracket connector is provided with a controllable hook arranged on a tongue on the end plate,wherein the roller blind system is further provided with two mounting brackets for mounting the roller blind system on a surface, wherein each mounting bracket is provided with one locking tooth with a hole, wherein each of the bracket connectors is arranged for releasable coupling to one of the mounting brackets; and each of the bracket connectors can be locked to one of the mounting brackets by placing the locking tooth in the slot and dropping the hook in the hole, wherein each of the bracket connectors can be unlocked from each mounting bracket by operating the tongue, whereinthe roller blind is configured to be spring operated and comprises
a tension spring fixedly connected to the central rod and to the roller shaft, and
a tension adjusting mechanism for adjusting tension of the tension spring; wherein
the tension adjusting mechanism comprises an adjusting wheel and an adjusting spring for adjusting a rotational position of the central rod, wherein the adjusting wheel and the adjusting spring are arranged coaxially on the pin of one of the bracket connectors,
the tension adjusting mechanism further comprises first engaging means for pushing the adjusting spring in a relaxed configuration and second engaging means for pushing the adjusting spring in a tightened configuration;
the first engaging means is arranged on the adjusting wheel; and
the second engaging means is connected to the central rod by way of an adjusting rod; and wherein
the locking element comprises a lip and a tongue interconnected by a bridge part, the locking element is arranged for bridging the adjusting wheel, said adjusting wheel having two outer flat sides, and for locking onto one of the bracket connectors on both outer flat sides of the adjusting wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,428,579

DEVICE FOR STOPPING, RELEASING AND RESTORING THE POSITION OF ROLLER-TYPE WINDOW NETS

1. Device (1) for stopping, releasing and restoring a position of roller window nets (48), the device (1) comprising:a fixing shaft (13) having a coupling groove (15) formed in a front of an external circumferential surface thereof and an insertion groove (16) formed in a rear surface thereof;
a ball rotor (18) inserted onto the fixing shaft (13) and coupled to the external circumferential surface of the fixing shaft (13), the ball rotor (18) including a front portion coupled by means of a spring (30) and having a conveying groove (20) formed in a surface thereof for conveying a ball (40) and a guide jaw (38) formed in a central part thereof, wherein the ball (40) is inserted into the conveying groove (20), in which the spring (30) comprises a first lateral end releasably fixed in the external circumferential surface of a front side of the fixing shaft (13), and a second lateral end fixed in a front side of the ball rotor (18) by means of a screw (31); and
an outer rotor (42) coupled to the conveying groove (20) via the ball (40) and having a rotation groove (44) formed in an internal circumferential surface thereof, wherein the ball (40) is coupled to the rotation groove (44) to rotate;
wherein the first lateral end of the spring (30) is releasably fixed to the external circumferential surface of the front side of the fixing shaft (30); and
wherein the second lateral end of the spring (30) is fixed to the front portion of the ball rotor (18) by means of the screw (31) secured to a threaded opening in the front portion of the ball rotor (18) to wind the spring (30) through the front portion of the ball rotor (18).

US Pat. No. 10,428,578

DEVICE FOR PREVENTING FLOODING IN SLIDING PATIO DOORS

10. A method for preventing flooding under a sliding door, the method which comprises:providing a device having a base and a declined portion, said base being reshapeable to conform to at least one rail in a track, wherein the sliding door has an external surface and being configured to travel laterally within the track, and said declined portion being supported by and connected to said base, said declined portion having a declined outer surface;
placing said base in the track against the external surface of the sliding door, wherein an inner surface of said declined portion being configured to rest flush against the external face of the sliding door, while aligning said declined portion to decline from the external surface of the sliding door.

US Pat. No. 10,428,577

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR LOADING A CARGO SPACE AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A PROTECTIVE WALL IN THE CARGO SPACE

Actiw Oy, Naarajarvi (FI...

1. An arrangement for loading a cargo space, comprising:a transfer apparatus including a gate;
a transfer element as part of the transfer apparatus, the transfer element including a front part, and the transfer element being arranged to move, together with load units to be arranged on top of the transfer element, into the cargo space and back out of the cargo space leaving the load units in the cargo space;
at least one curtain element for forming a protective wall between a structure defining the cargo space and the load units, the protective wall being formed by the transfer apparatus between the gate and the front part;
at least one reel means for reeling in the curtain element to a reeled-in position and discharging the curtain element from the reeled-in position by means of a movement effect created by the transfer element; and
a support, arranged in connection with the front part of the transfer element, to which one end of the protective wall is attached.

US Pat. No. 10,428,576

STORAGE FACILITY FOR OBJECT OF PAYING OF RESPECTS

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. A storage facility for objects of paying of respects comprising:a plurality of storage sections each configured to store an object of paying of respects;
a respects-paying area which includes an area for a person, visiting to pay respects, to pay respects; and
a transport device configured to transport an object of paying of respects between any of the plurality of storage sections and a support position provided in the respects-paying area;
a partition wall located in the respects-paying area to partition off the support position from a respects-paying position for a person visiting to pay respects;
a variable-light-transmittance member whose light transmittance is adjustable;
an illuminating device for which an amount of light emitted thereby is adjustable; and
a controller configured to control the light transmittance of the variable-light-transmittance member and the amount of light emitted by the illuminating device;
wherein a window for allowing the person visiting to pay respects to view an object of paying of respects is formed in an area, of the partition wall, toward which the object of paying of respects faces when supported in the support position,
wherein the variable-light-transmittance member is located in the window,
wherein the illuminating device is so positioned that light therefrom reaches the object of paying of respects supported in the support position,
wherein the illuminating device includes a light source which is located in an area around an opening of the window at a position on a side of the support position, and
wherein the controller is configured to increase at least one of the light transmittance of the variable-light-transmittance member and the amount of light emitted by the illuminating device as an object of paying of respects arrives at the support position through a transport operation of the transport device.

US Pat. No. 10,428,575

VENTED HINGE ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A hinge assembly for pivotably attaching a door to a monument, the hinge assembly comprising:a first monument piece including a first knuckle and a monument leaf attached to the first knuckle of the first monument piece and configured for coupling to the monument;
a second monument piece including a first knuckle and a monument leaf attached to the first knuckle of the second monument piece and configured for coupling to the monument, wherein the second monument piece is spaced apart from the first monument piece by a first distance;
a door piece including an intermediate door knuckle extending across the first distance, and a door leaf coupled to the intermediate door knuckle and configured for attachment to the door; and
a pin extending through the first knuckle of the first monument piece, the first knuckle of the second monument piece, and the intermediate door knuckle;
wherein, when the hinge assembly is mounted to the door and monument, a space is formed between the intermediate door knuckle and the monument to define a vent gap through the hinge assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,428,574

DOOR OPENABLE IN CASE OF STRUCTURAL FAILURE

1. A door openable in case of structural failure, having a front face (2) and a rear face (3), a vertical hinge side (4) and a latch side (5) from which a latch (6) protrudes for latching said door, characterized in that:said door comprises a major door portion (8) bearing said latch (6) and at least one end door portion (9,30) where said at least one end door portion (9,30) is partially enclosed by a first portion of said front face (2) and said rear face (3);
where said major door portion (8) is enclosed by:
(a) a second portion of said front face (2) and said rear face (3);
(b) by said vertical hinge side (4); and
(c) by said latch side (5) of said door;
wherein said door has a surface (10) inclined downwardly from said front face (2) to said rear face (3) that encloses said major door portion (8), said surface (10) being between said major door portion (8) and said at least one end door portion (9,30), wherein a plurality of energy absorbers are arranged so that said energy absorbers lie along said inclined surface (10), wherein said plurality of energy absorbers are torsion coil springs (11) working in compression, which are housed in respective semi-cylindrical elongated seats (12, 13) formed correspondingly in said major door portion (8) and in said at least one end door portion (9,30), said torsion spring coils (11) being arranged on said inclined surface (10) where an abutment element (14, 15) is provided for each torsion coil spring (11), said abutment element (14,15) being integral with said major door portion (8) and said at least one end door portion (9,30) being positioned at opposite ends of said semi-cylindrical elongated seats (12, 13).

US Pat. No. 10,428,573

STIFFENING ADD-ON PROFILE FOR WINDOW FRAME AND WINDOW FRAME COMPRISING SAME

Deceuninck NV, Roeselare...

1. A window profile made of polymeric material and defining an inner cavity, the window profile having an outer surface comprising unexposed side portions, defined between a pair of clamping brackets defining a drainage zone, and exposed side portions,a stiffening profile is provided external of said window profile in said drainage zone, the stiffening profile comprising two distinct longitudinal reinforcement edges extending parallel one to another and being connected by a web of polymeric material,
wherein said stiffening profile comprises a polymer material and a reinforcement material, the reinforcement material only present in the two distinct longitudinal reinforcement edges is selected from the group of metal rods, metal wires, metal cables, glass fibres, aramid fibres, carbon fibres, continuous natural fibres and mixtures thereof, and locally embedded in the polymer web,
the stiffening profile having a tensile (flexural) modulus in its length (L) direction of at least 5 GPa according to EN2561 and the polymer material having a lambda value of maximum 2 W/mK.

US Pat. No. 10,428,572

ADJUSTING DEVICE

Stabilus GMBH, Koblenz (...

1. Adjusting device for a vehicle part which is movable relative to a body of a vehicle, in particular a vehicle door or a vehicle tailgate, comprising:a drive arrangement
having a drive unit and
at least one movement state sensor for detecting a movement state of the drive unit and for outputting corresponding movement state signals,
an adjusting element, which is displaceable relative to the drive arrangement via the drive unit, and
a control unit, associated with the drive arrangement, for activating and deactivating the drive unit,
wherein the control unit has a signal input to which the at least one movement state sensor is connected for transmitting the movement state signals to the control unit, and in that the control unit is configured to actuate the drive unit according to the actual movement state if the movement state signals transmitted to the control unit by the movement state sensor indicate an actual movement state of the drive unit which deviates from a target movement state,
wherein the control unit is further configured to distinguish a movement pattern of a manual actuation of the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle from a movement pattern of a gravity-induced actuation of the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle, wherein as a distinguishing criterion an acceleration is used, with which the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle is set in motion, and
wherein the control unit is further configured to only actuate the drive unit according to the actual movement state if a movement pattern of the actual movement state fulfils at least one predetermined condition with regard to the acceleration, which indicates the manual actuation of the vehicle part which is movable relative to the body of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,428,571

BOOT LID

Bentley Motors Limited, ...

1. An automobile comprising a boot lid and a panel, the panel separating an exterior side and an interior side, and having an exterior surface facing inboard into a boot cavity and exposed to an environment outside of the automobile when the boot lid is open and an opposite interior surface facing outboard into a region of the automobile body between an outer body shell and the boot cavity, wherein a rotatable shaft extends through the panel from the interior side to the exterior side and is mounted to the panel via a bearing, the rotatable shaft being operably connected to the boot lid on the exterior side and operably connected to a drive mechanism on the interior side, so as to transmit drive from the interior side to the exterior side, in order to move the boot lid between a closed position and an open position; wherein the drive mechanism on the interior side comprises a linear actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,428,570

WIND SAFE DOOR

ENTREMATIC BELGIUM NV, M...

1. A motorized door for closing an area at least partially defined by a frame, said motorized door comprising:(A) a motorized driving mechanism suitable for moving a leading edge of a shutter between an open position (z=1) and a closed position (z=0) in a first direction (a) to close said area defined within said frame and in a second direction (?) to open said area;
(B) a detection cell suitable for detecting an accidental event (eI), wherein I?, during a moving of the leading edge of the shutter in the first direction (a) to close said area, said accidental event a potential threat to a good functioning of the motorized door,
(C) a processing unit programmed to trigger the following operations upon reception of a signal from the detection cell that an accidental event has occurred, during the moving in the first direction (?) of the shutter from the open position (z=1) towards the closed position (z=0):
(a) define I=0 at t=0, wherein I is the number of accidental events (eI) detected by the detection cell during the moving of the leading edge of the shutter in the first direction (?) to close said area, and t=0 defines the time the shutter starts moving from the open position (z=1);
(b) in case of a detection of an (M+i)th accidental event (e(M+i)), wherein M?, i?, and i>0, memorize the number of accidental events, I=(M+i), and
(c) stop the movement of the leading edge in the first direction (?), and reverse said movement into the second direction (?); and
(i) if the number of accidental events, I=(M+N), wherein N is a predefined number of wind-related events and wherein N>0, continue the movement into the second direction (?) until the leading edge reaches its open position (z=1) and keep the shutter in the open position; or
(ii) if the number of accidental events, I<(M+N), after a brief reverse time, ?t, stop said movement in the second direction (?) and reverse the movement back into the first direction (?) towards the closed position (z=0) of the shutter; and
(d) after step (c)(ii), in case an (M+i+1)th accidental event (e(M+i+1)) is detected during the movement of the leading edge into the first direction (?), memorize the number of accidental events, I=M+i+1 and repeat step (c).

US Pat. No. 10,428,569

DOOR CLOSER

ARCTEK INDUSTRIAL CO., LT...

1. A door closer pivoted on a door, comprising:a case including a piston accommodating chamber and a channel connecting module, wherein the channel connecting module includes a first communicating hole and a second communicating hole,
wherein the case further includes a driving module accommodating chamber, a spacer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate a spacer and a partition wall, the partition wall is located between the piston accommodating chamber and the spacer accommodating chamber for separating the piston accommodating chamber and the spacer accommodating chamber, the piston accommodating chamber and the spacer accommodating chamber communicate with the driving module accommodating chamber respectively, and the piston accommodating space communicates with the driving module accommodating chamber by the first opening space, wherein the channel connecting module is installed in the partition wall and includes a first primary channel, a second primary channel, a first tributary channel, a second tributary channel and a third tributary channel, the first tributary channel communicates with the first primary channel and the spacer accommodating chamber, the second tributary channel communicates with the first primary channel and the spacer accommodating chamber, the third tributary channel communicates with the first and second primary channels;
a piston installed in the piston accommodating chamber and dividing the piston accommodating chamber into a first oil storage space and a first opening space, wherein the channel connecting module communicates with the first opening space by the first communicating hole and communicates with the first oil storage space by the second communicating hole, and wherein the piston includes a main body and an oil sealing ring which is coupled to and moved together with the main body in the piston accommodating chamber, and the oil sealing ring is adapted to block the first communicating hole for holding the door in a predetermined position when the door is open;
a first flow regulating valve installed in the first tributary channel and adapted to selectively block the first tributary channel;
a driving module installed in the driving module accommodating chamber and adapted to drive the piston; and
a pressure valve installed in the second tributary channel and adapted to allow an oil to flow in one direction from the second tributary channel to the spacer accommodating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,428,567

MULTI-PANEL STACKING OVERHEAD DOOR

CORNELLCOOKSON, LLC, Mou...

1. A multi-panel stacking door system comprising:a first and second door retaining guide located at a respective first and second door end;
a door lifting apparatus; and
a plurality of panel stacks, each stack comprising a plurality of panels including a top panel and a bottom panel;
wherein the plurality of panel stacks includes a first and second end stack, each end stack plurality of panels comprising a plurality of end panels;
wherein a respective top horizontal extrusion affixed to the top of each panel; a respective bottom horizontal extrusion affixed to the bottom of each panel; and a respective first and a respective second individual vertical extrusion affixed to a respective first and a respective second side of each panel form a respective frame encasing each panel; the frame comprising a frame tab;
wherein;
at least one of the top panels is fixed in position to remain stationary;
each vertical extrusion extends from a distal edge surface of the panel in a direction substantially parallel a plane defined by the panel and comprises a first vertical extrusion slot and a second vertical extrusion slot separated by a nesting section;
each top and bottom horizontal extrusion comprises a horizontal extrusion shelf and a horizontal extrusion catching hook; and
at least one vertical extrusion of the first end stack is retained by a retaining member within the first door retaining guide and at least one vertical extrusion of the second end stack is retained by a different retaining member within the second door retaining guide.

US Pat. No. 10,428,566

FLEXIBLE UNITARY SANDWICH-LIKE PANEL OVERHEAD DOOR

1. A flexible panel door, comprising:a first elastic sheet (12),
a second elastic sheet (13) substantially opposite and parallel to said first elastic sheet,
a plurality of elongated hinges (15),
a plurality of substantially rigid elongated webs (14), each having at least two parallel elongated edges, and each of which is attached in a parallel manner, by a respective one of said hinges along respective said elongated edges, to said first and second elastic sheets, planes of said webs being initially at a 90 degree angle to said elastic sheets, thus sandwiching said webs between said elastic sheets,
a rectangular beam (17) which is connected to respective edges of said first elastic sheet (12) and said second elastic sheet (13), said respective edges being parallel to said webs and on opposing sides of said first elastic sheet and said second elastic sheet,
a plurality of support rollers (16), each of said rollers attached to a respective end of a respective said web or a respective end of the said beam,
a means of support (21) (22) of said rollers (16) so that transverse, at 90 degree angles to said elastic sheets, motion of the ends of said webs and said beam, and axial rotation of said beam, are prevented whereby said means of support enables said beam to be urged so as to elastically transition said flexible panel door from a closed vertical configuration to an open nearly horizontal configuration, or from said open configuration to said closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,428,565

HINGE AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

1. A connecting structure for connecting a first structure to a second in a pivotal manner, the structure comprising:a first assembly configured for mounting on a first structure and a second assembly configured for mounting on a second structure, the first assembly being pivotally mounted on the second assembly, the first assembly including a central post with an outer surface, the second assembly including a sleeve receiving the central post and having an inward surface adjacent to the outer surface of the central post and an outward surface, a first port on the sleeve defining a first passage between the inward and outward surfaces, a second port on the sleeve defining a second passage between the inward and outward surfaces of the sleeve; and
a braking element configured to apply a selectable amount of resistance to pivoting of the first and second assemblies with respect to each other, the braking element being mounted on the sleeve to act on the central post, the braking element comprising:
a first pressure element at least partially positioned in the first passage, the first pressure element being mounted on the first port so as to be adjustably movable toward and away from the outer surface of the central post;
a friction pad positioned in the first passage between the first pressure element and the outer surface of the central post;
wherein movement of the first pressure element in the first passage adjusts a degree of pressure applied to the friction pad by the first pressure element and by the friction pad to the outer surface of the central post to adjust a degree of pressure exerted on the outer surface of the central post by the friction pad to adjust a degree of resistance to pivoting of the sleeve and central post with respect to each other; and
a locking element configured to lock the first and second assemblies against pivoting with respect to each other in an infinite number of positions relative to each other, the locking element being mounted on the sleeve to act on the central post, the locking element comprising:
a second pressure element at least partially positioned in the second passage, the second pressure element being mounted on the second port so as to be adjustably movable toward and away from the outer surface of the central post to bring the second pressure element into and out of direct contact with the central post;
wherein movement of the second pressure element in the second passage adjusts a degree of pressure applied by the second pressure element directly to the outer surface of the central post.

US Pat. No. 10,428,564

STORAGE CONTAINER WITH LATCH FOR SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage container for a vehicle seating assembly, comprising: a base of the storage container affixed to a seatback;a panel coupled to the base;
a latch mechanism disposed in the base and adjacent to the panel, wherein the latch mechanism is selectively operable between locked and unlocked positions to move the panel between respective secured and unsecured positions;
wherein the latch mechanism comprises an actuator assembly and an arm assembly retained in a housing, and wherein linear movement of the actuator assembly from a rest position to an activation position causes rotation of the arm assembly from a first position to a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,563

POP-UP STRUCTURE OF TAIL GATE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A pop-up structure of a tail gate, the pop-up structure comprising:the tail gate disposed to open and close a passage of a vehicle body;
a striker to be fixed to the vehicle body;
a locking device mounted on the tail gate and locked to the striker to fix the tail gate to the vehicle body; and
a pop-up device disposed at the tail gate and pushing against the striker to lift the tail gate when the locking device is unlocked from the striker,
wherein the pop-up device includes:
a bracket mounted on the tail gate;
a pop-up lever rotatably disposed about a pop-up lever pin on the bracket;
a rotation lever disposed to rotate about a rotation lever pin which is disposed on an end portion extended to a first side from the pop-up lever, wherein a push home pushing the striker is formed on a front end portion of the rotation lever and is disposed to move along a guide slit formed on the bracket through a guide pin which is mounted on a rear end portion of the rotation lever and slidably engaged in the guide slit, to rotate in a first direction about the rotation lever pin; and
a pop-up lever spring elastically supporting the pop-up lever to rotate in the first direction such that the striker disposed on the push home of the rotation lever is separated outward from the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,428,562

DEVICE FOR DETECTING A USER'S INTENTION TO LOCK OR UNLOCK A MOTOR VEHICLE DOOR

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A device (D?) to be integrated into a motor vehicle door handle for detecting a user's intention to lock or unlock a motor vehicle door, comprising:a casing (B?), that includes
a contact detection element (100) that detects a contact of a user's hand on the door handle (10),
a printed circuit (80) in electrical communication with the contact detection element,
and a voltage source (Vcc) connecting to the printed circuit to energize the printed circuit, and
an elastically deformable first part (52), which is elastically deformable along a predetermined axis (Y-Y?), the first part presenting an area (50) of contact with an interior surface of the door handle (10),
wherein the contact detection element (100) includes
a non-magnetic metal target (40), beneath the elastically deformable first part and adapted to move along the predetermined axis (Y-Y?) responsive to a deformation of said elastically deformable first part,
a coil (20), connected to a capacitance (C1), forming with said capacitance (C1) an oscillating circuit having a natural resonance frequency,
means (M1), provided on the printed circuit, for adjusting the frequency of the oscillating circuit to a predetermined frequency,
a prestressed compressible element (30), located between the non-magnetic metal target (40) and the coil (20),
means (51) for transmitting a movement of the first part (52) of the casing (B?) to the non-magnetic metal target (40),
means (M2), provided on the printed circuit, for measuring an inductance (L) of the coil (20),
means (M3), provided on the printed circuit, for comparison between the measured inductance (L) and a predetermined threshold value of inductance (Ls), for detecting the user's intention to lock or unlock the door, and
means (60?), provided on the printed circuit, for controlling the adjustment means (M1), the measurement means (M2) and the comparison means (M3).

US Pat. No. 10,428,561

VERIFICATION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE LATCH AND METHOD

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A verification system for a vehicle latch comprising:a switch operable to determine an ajar condition of a vehicle door, wherein the switch is in operative communication with a door control unit; and
a cam operatively coupled to a power release mechanism that actuates movement of the vehicle latch between an opened and closed position, the cam having a curved surface in operable contact with the switch, the switch also determining a fully reset condition or an un-reset condition of the vehicle latch, the door control unit detecting when a switch circuit of the switch is in a closed condition or an open condition, wherein the switch circuit in the open condition indicates that the door is closed and the vehicle latch is in the fully reset condition, wherein the switch circuit in the closed condition indicates that the door is ajar or the vehicle latch is in the un-reset condition, the closed condition present when the curved surface of the cam is in direct contact with the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,428,560

ELECTRICAL DOOR LATCH

MAGNA CLOSURES S.P.A., G...

1. A method of operating an e-latch assembly comprising an actuation group and a control unit, the e-latch assembly coupled to a closure member and comprising the steps of:monitoring for a plurality of handle activation signals;
receiving one of the plurality of handle activation signals;
checking a vehicle speed;
determining whether the vehicle speed satisfies a preset speed setting;
releasing the closure member in response to the vehicle speed satisfying the preset speed setting and receiving the one of the plurality of handle activation signals;
monitoring for additional ones of the plurality of handle activation signals in response to the vehicle speed not satisfying the preset speed setting;
receiving at least one of the additional ones of the plurality of handle activation signals; and
releasing the closure member in response to receiving the at least one of the additional ones of the plurality of handle activation signals.

US Pat. No. 10,428,559

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL SYSTEMS TO FACILITATE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF A VEHICLE

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. An automatic door-locking system for a vehicle comprising:a sensor adapted to detect the movement of objects in the immediate vicinity exterior to the vehicle while the vehicle is stationary;
a computer processor adapted to analyze the data from the sensor to determine if a movement threshold of an object has been reached;
a switch operatively coupled to the computer processor and adapted to send a signal to the computer processor to control an actuator to engage or disengage a door lock of a door of the vehicle; and
an automatic door-locking mechanism adapted to activate when an outcome of the data analysis is over the movement threshold resulting in the computer processor sending one or more signals to activate the actuator to lock the door and disable the switch associated with the door.

US Pat. No. 10,428,558

BAND-BASED LOCK

OTTO DesignWorks, LLC, W...

1. A flexible band for use in a band-based lock, comprising:an inner metal ribbon comprising three or more stacked layers of metal including a top metal layer, a bottom metal layer, and one or more middle metal layers, wherein each layer of the three or more stacked layers of metal has a width to thickness ratio between 10:1 and 200:1, wherein at least one middle layer of the one or more middle metal layers consists of a first hardness having a Rockwell hardness of between about 35 C and 45 C, and the top and/or bottom metal layers consist of a second, different hardness, and wherein the three or more stacked layers of metal are not bonded to each other to permit sliding of the three or more stacked layers of metal with respect to each other;
one or more inner jackets surrounding the three or more stacked layers of metal, wherein the one or more inner jackets comprise a tear resistant material; and
an outer jacket surrounding the one or more inner jackets, wherein the outer jacket comprises plastic, silicone, and/or rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,428,557

WIRELESS LOCK SYSTEM

1. A lock comprising: a motor driven pin; a first motor connected to the motor driven pin; a lock housing containing the first motor and the motor driven pin, the motor driven pin being moveable from an open position where it is inside the housing to a closed position where it is at least partially outside the housing; and a hook member having a first end and a second end, the hook member being connected to the housing via the first end, wherein when the motor driven pin is in the closed position, the hook member and the motor driven pin create a closed loop by the motor driven pin abutting the second end; wherein the hook member is non-moveably integral to the lock housing and the lock housing defines a passage for the motor driven pin to move vertically in and out of the lock housing to lock the system by being in the closed position, and to unlock the system by being in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,428,556

HIGH SECURITY LOCKING SYSTEM WHICH FORMS A DEVIATING PICKING PATH AND ASSOCIATED DEVIATED KEY

Bowley Lock Company Inc.,...

1. A high security locking system comprising:a deviated key;
a lock housing, wherein the lock housing comprises a face plate with a keyhole for receiving the deviated key, wherein the lock housing includes first pin slots formed in the lock housing;
a lock cylinder disposed within the lock housing so as to be selectively rotatable relative to the lock housing, wherein the lock cylinder includes second pin slots formed in the lock cylinder;
tumbler pins at least partially received within the second pin slots and being movable between a first position in which the lock cylinder is fixed relative to the lock housing and a second position in which a shear plane between the lock housing and the lock cylinder is not blocked to enable rotation of the lock housing relative to the lock cylinder;
an idler block disposed within the lock cylinder, wherein the idler block includes a channel receiving the deviated key therein such that the idler block is rotatable with the deviated key relative to the lock cylinder to align the deviated key with one or more of the second pin slots in the lock cylinder; and
a stationary block disposed within the lock cylinder in fixed relation to one of the lock cylinder or the lock housing, wherein the deviated key must rotate with the idler block relative to the stationary block without interference with the stationary block.

US Pat. No. 10,428,555

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VENDING SECURELY STORED PRODUCTS TO CONSUMERS

WIND CORPORATION, Danbur...

1. A lock mechanism, comprising:a rotary latch configured for rotation between a locked position and an unlocked position, the rotary latch rotating in a first plane and the rotary latch is retained in the locked position after it has been rotated into the locked position from the unlocked position, the rotary latch being spring biased into the unlocked position by a biasing member; and
a first locking mechanism for releasing the rotary latch from the locked position after rotation of the rotary latch into the locked position, the first locking mechanism having a planar member directly contacting a latch trigger of the rotary latch as it moves from a first position to a second position, wherein the rotary latch is only capable of being manipulated back into the unlocked position from the locked position only after movement of the planar member of the first locking mechanism into the second position, wherein movement of the planar member of the first locking mechanism from the first position to the second position is only in a second plane that is not parallel to the first plane and wherein the planar member of the first locking mechanism must be returned to the first position in order to subsequently re-release the rotary latch from the locked position, wherein the planar member is directly mounted to a plug via a cam that is rotated by a key inserted into the plug of the locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,428,554

POST MOUNTING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

ONESTEEL WIRE PTY LIMITED...

1. A post mounting system comprising:a post having an elongated flange, the flange comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the flange further comprising a plurality of elongated apertures therethrough, the plurality of elongated apertures extending lengthwise with respect to an elongate axis of the post, and the plurality of elongated apertures including a first aperture; and
an apparatus connected to the flange and secured with respect to the plurality of elongated apertures of the flange, the apparatus being at least partially flexible and comprising:
a body having a face, the face defining a plane perpendicular to the flange;
a plurality of projections including a first projection, the first projection extending from the face of the body at the first side of the flange, and the first projection extending to a distal end of the first projection;
a first lug having an elongate profile, the first lug projecting laterally from the distal end of the first projection, the first lug projecting into the first aperture; and
a first locator element and a second locator element, the first locator element extending from the face of the body at the first side of the flange, the second locator element extending from the face of the body at the second side of the flange, the first and second locator elements defining therebetween a space receiving the flange in a snug manner, the first locator element extending out to and terminating at a distal end thereof, with the first locator element located entirely at the first side of the flange and not projecting into or through the flange, the second locator element extending out to and terminating at a distal end thereof, with the second locator element located entirely at the second side of the flange and not projecting into or through the flange;
wherein the first lug nests in the first aperture such that the nesting prevents one or both of rotation of the first lug in the first aperture and sliding of the apparatus up or down the flange; and
wherein the plurality of elongated apertures include a second aperture, the first and second apertures being spaced out along a length of the flange, and wherein the plurality of projections include a second projection, the second projection extending from the face of the body at a location different from the first projection, the second projection extending to a distal end of the second projection, wherein a second lug projects laterally from the distal end of the second projection and projects into and nests in the second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,428,553

FENCE POST WITH METAL INSERT

1. A fence post assembly, including:a wood post member, having a longitudinal axis, a first end surface, and a second end surface; and
an elongated metal insert, having an insert longitudinal axis, a first end surface, and a second end surface, wherein the metal insert is positioned within a cavity in the wood post member, with the first end surface of the metal insert at least substantially aligned with the first end surface of the wood post member, and the insert longitudinal axis at least substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the wood post member;
wherein the metal insert is held within the cavity by friction; and
wherein the wood post member has a length L, along the longitudinal axis, and the elongated metal insert has a length P, along the insert longitudinal axis, and wherein L is greater than, or at least substantially equal to, 5 feet, and P is in the range (0.60) L

US Pat. No. 10,428,552

POST ANCHOR

1. A post anchor configured to be buried in a hole in the ground and to support a fence post in a vertical orientation in the hole and to maintain the fence post in the vertical orientation in the hole, comprising:a bottom-most generally planar base portion having a substantially flat bottom surface with no attachments or projections, and an upper surface, the bottom surface configured to contact a bottom of an associated hole in the ground,
a hollow tubular sleeve, a bottom-most edge of the sleeve contacting and adjoined to the upper surface of the base portion, the sleeve extending substantially perpendicular up from the upper surface of the base portion, the sleeve being configured to receive a portion of an associated 4×4 fence post therein such that the associated fence post rests on the upper surface of the base portion, and
a plurality of wings extending between the upper surface of the base portion and an outer surface of the sleeve,
wherein the base portion has a length and a width;
wherein the sleeve contacts and connects to the upper surface of the base portion at a location substantially off-center of the upper surface of the base portion; and
wherein the location is centered at 37.50%-43.75% of the length.

US Pat. No. 10,428,551

FENCE TRIM GUARD

1. A fence trim guard which is comprised of:a. a first base member;
wherein the first base member has a horizontal surface and a vertical surface;
wherein the vertical surface of the first base extends a predetermined distance above the horizontal surface of the first base;
b. a second base member;
wherein the second base member has a horizontal surface and a vertical surface;
wherein the vertical surface of the second base member extends a predetermined distance above the horizontal surface of the second base member;
c. an extension;
wherein the extension is provided on the first base member;
d. a slot;
wherein a lip is provided on the bottom of the second base member;
e. a plurality of spike holes—provided on the horizontal surface of the first base member and on the surface of the second base member;
f. a plurality of ribs;
wherein the plurality of ribs are placed on the underside of the horizontal surface of the first and second base members;
g. a plurality of expanders;
wherein the plurality of expanders is formed as part of the first base member;
wherein the expander is integral to the vertical surface of the first base member;
wherein the plurality of expanders is formed as part of the second base member;
wherein the plurality of expanders is integral to the vertical surface of the second base member;
wherein each expander permits its respective base member to bow.

US Pat. No. 10,428,550

TENT CLOTH CONNECTING STRUCTURE FOR A FOLD-UP TENT

XIAMEN ROADZUP OUTDOOR PR...

1. A tent cloth connecting structure for a fold-up tent, comprising:a leg pole that has a length which is adjustable and that is comprised of a first pole and a second pole that are slidable relative to one another to change the length of the leg pole; and
a tent cloth that has a lower portion that is disposed with a first connecting unit which tensions the tent cloth and which comprises a first flexible element; a second connecting unit that is disposed above the first connecting unit and that is connected to the first pole and that further tensions the tent cloth; and a sliding element which is attached to the tent cloth and which is slidably connected to the first pole,
wherein the sliding element and the lower portion of the first pole are disposed with a locking structure that retains the sliding element in position with the lower portion of the first pole,
wherein the first pole is disposed with a limit structure that limits passage of the second connecting unit through the limit structure and sliding up along the first pole, and that comprises a protruding portion that is fixedly connected to the first pole and that protrudes with respect to an external wall of the first pole, and
wherein the second connecting unit comprises a connecting base that is slidably connected to the first pole, that is located below the protruding portion which limits the passage of the connecting base through the protruding portion and sliding up along the first pole, and a second flexible element that connects the connecting base and the tent cloth.

US Pat. No. 10,428,549

AWNING APPARATUS

12. The awning arm joint of Claim 8, wherein the contact surfaces are disposed at an angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the second arm end member, the angle being between 0 and 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,428,548

UNDERGROUND EVACUATION SHELTER

SHELTER JAPAN CO., LTD., ...

1. An underground evacuation shelter, comprising:a shelter main body connected to a concrete foundation, said shelter main body having a frame of a columnar structure and a ceiling, and an internal space of said shelter main body having a columnar structure shape;
a hatch of a double structure including an outer hatch and an inner hatch, the inner hatch connected a to periphery of an opening provided in said ceiling via at least one hinge so that the inner hatch opens and closes the opening provided in said ceiling;
a movable floor capable of ascending and descending inside said internal space along rails arranged vertically on inner wall surfaces of said shelter main body,
wherein said internal space is partitioned into two floors by said movable floor; and
an inner hatch fixing rod arranged in a vertical direction for supporting said inner hatch, said inner hatch fixing rod having a structure capable of expansion and contraction, said inner hatch fixing rod passing through and penetrating a notch of said movable floor, an upper end portion of said inner hatch fixing rod supporting said inner hatch, and a lower end portion of said inner hatch fixing rod being in contact with a bottom surface of said shelter main body.

US Pat. No. 10,428,547

SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES FOR CARPORT WITH INTEGRATED PRECIPITATION AND CABLE MANAGEMENT

SUNPOWER CORPORATION, Sa...

1. A carport, comprising:a casting;
a first brace and a second brace on a first side of the casting configured to support a canopy; and
a third brace and a fourth brace on a second side of the casting configured to support the canopy,
wherein one or more of the first brace and the third brace are configured to manage electrical cables, electrical cables disposed within the first brace extending from the canopy through the first side of the casting, and electrical cables disposed within the third brace extending from the canopy through the second side of the casting, and
one or more of the second brace and the fourth brace are configured to manage precipitation, a gutter system integrated into the canopy directing precipitation to the second brace and the fourth brace, the second brace and the fourth brace directing the precipitation from the canopy toward the casting.

US Pat. No. 10,428,546

COMPONENTS OF AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANERS

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC, ...

1. A pool-cleaning brush comprising:a. a brush body;
b. first and second flexible fingers (i) depending from the brush body and (ii) comprising opposed first and second major sides;
c. at least one protrusion extending outward from the first major side of the first flexible finger;
d. a member (i) connected to the brush body and (ii) configured in use to be frictionally fitted into a recess of an automatic pool cleaner; and
e. first and second clips.

US Pat. No. 10,428,544

HIGH FLOW INTERCHANGEABLE DRAIN COVER ASSEMBLY

1. A drain cover assembly comprising:a sump cover having a front surface and a back surface opposite the front surface, the back surface comprising a post extending therefrom, the sump cover further comprising a reversible insert adapted to be inserted into a center portion of the sump cover; and
a sump base comprising a top surface in fluid communication with an outflow portion, the top surface having a column extending therefrom, the top surface circumferentially surrounding the back surface of the sump cover, the post being axially aligned with the column.

US Pat. No. 10,428,543

ENDLESS POOL ASSEMBLY

1. A pool assembly, comprising:a pool body having a floor and a first side wall and a second side wall, each extending upwardly from said floor and an inlet wall and an exit wall, each extending between said first side wall and said second side wall, and each extending upwardly from said floor to define a pool cavity for containing water;
said pool body including an injection manifold disposed in said inlet wall for providing a flow of water into said pool cavity and an ejection manifold disposed in said exit wall for removing the flow of water from said pool cavity; and
a stairway and seat subassembly disposed in said pool cavity and being porous and defining a plurality of openings uniformly distributed thereabout for allowing the flow of water to pass through said stairway and seat subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,428,542

METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING AN IN-GROUND SWIMMING POOL AND RELATED FORM SYSTEM

Jackson Pools, Inc., For...

1. A method of constructing an in-ground swimming pool comprising:positioning a plurality of outer form panels in side-by-side relation to define an outer form wall within an excavated area of ground corresponding to a desired in-ground swimming pool shape, each outer form panel having opposing inner and outer sides and comprising an outer smooth rigid panel, a plurality of spaced apart longitudinal outer ribs coupled to the outer smooth rigid panel defining the outer side of the outer form panel, and a support member bracket carried by a given one of the plurality of spaced apart longitudinal outer ribs;
positioning a plurality of inner form panels in side-by-side relation and in spaced relation from the inner side of the plurality of outer form panels to define an inner form wall, the inner and outer form walls defining a wall space therebetween, and each inner form panel having opposing inner and outer sides; and
coupling a plurality of tubular support members over the wall space and to the outer side of the plurality of inner form panels and to respective ones of the plurality of support member brackets, each tubular support member comprising a tubular base member and a plurality of tubular arms extending outwardly from the tubular base member, each tubular support member being coupled so that the tubular base member extends across the wall space adjacent an uppermost one of the plurality of longitudinal outer ribs and so that one of the tubular support arms extends across the uppermost longitudinal outer rib to be slidably received between adjacent portions of the corresponding support member bracket and the given longitudinal outer rib.

US Pat. No. 10,428,541

PORTABLE, PROTECTIVE SHELTER

1. A shelter comprising:at least two side walls;
a back wall; and
a roof,
wherein the side walls, the back wall, and the roof comprise a material that is rigid and weatherproof,
wherein the shelter is detachable and portable,
wherein the side walls, back wall, and roof are removably joined together via one or more magnetic fasteners,
wherein the material comprises:
a layer of a base material, wherein the base material is a PVC foam core;
at least one layer of a reinforcing material, wherein the reinforcing material is fiberglass;
a fabric layer, wherein the fabric layer is a fiber composite; and
a coating layer, wherein the coating layer is an epoxy resin, and wherein the coating layer completely surrounds the base material, reinforcing material, and fabric layer, and
wherein the magnetic fasteners are embedded within the PVC foam core near a perimeter of the PVC foam core and are positioned directly underneath the coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,428,540

MODULAR COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE

Ardent Federal Credit Uni...

15. A financial institution unit for use on a floor in an area having an electric power source coupled thereto, comprising:(a) a first exterior module defining an interior space therein, the first exterior module having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, an opposite back side, an interior elongated side and an opposite exterior elongated side, the interior elongated side defining an opening configured to allow access to the interior space, the first exterior module including an electrical wiring system, consultant office furnishings being disposed in the interior space of the first exterior module;
(b) a second exterior module defining an interior space therein, the second exterior module having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, an opposite back side, an interior elongated side and an opposite exterior elongated side, the interior elongated side defining an opening configured to allow access to the interior space, the second exterior module including an electrical wiring system, teller office furnishings being disposed in the interior space of the second exterior module;
(c) an interior module, disposed between the first exterior module and the second exterior module, defining an interior space therein, the interior module having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, an opposite back side, a first elongated side and an opposite second elongated side, at least one of the first elongated side and the second elongated side defining an opening configured to allow access to the interior space, the interior module including an electrical wiring system, an adaptation for performance of a predefined human activity being disposed in the interior space of the interior module;
(d) a conveyance mechanism in communication with the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module that selectively facilitates movement of at least two of the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module so that the modular commercial structure has a first configuration in which the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module are brought together to prevent access to the interior spaces therein and so that the modular commercial structure has a second configuration in which the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module are spaced apart sufficiently to provide access to the interior spaces therein, the conveyance system including:
(i) at least two parallel tracks embedded in the floor; and
(ii) at least two pairs of aligned rollers affixed to the bottom sides of at least two of the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module so that the bottom side includes pairs of aligned rollers engaged in each of the two parallel tracks;
(e) a distribution system that receives power from the electric power source and that distributes electric power to the electrical wiring system of each of the first exterior module, the second exterior module and the interior module while the modular commercial structure is in either the first configuration or the second configuration; and
(f) an automatic teller machine secured to a selected one of the front side and the back side of the at least one of the exterior modules and the interior module and facing outwardly therefrom so as to provide access thereto while the modular commercial structure is in either the first configuration or the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,428,539

MOUNTING UNIT FOR PARTITION MOUNT

Zipwall, LLC., Arlington...

1. A mounting unit of a partition mount system that removably secures a sheet of material comprising:a first portion having a first end and a second end opposite the first end and a pivot on a lower surface thereof; and
a second portion having a first end and a second end opposite the first end and configured to mate with the first portion, the first end of the second portion being wider than the second end of the second portion, the first end of the second portion having a width greater than a width of the first portion in a first horizontal direction and the second portion having a length greater than a length of the first portion in a second horizontal direction orthogonal to the first horizontal direction;
wherein the first portion and second portion are separable from each other and configured to secure a sheet of material therebetween, and
wherein the first end of the first portion has the same width as the second end of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,538

POOL STAIR FORMS

Imperial Pools, Inc., La...

1. A pool stair form for forming at least one stair in a pool, the pool stair form including:at least one stair form brace configured to couple to at least one pool wall panel of the pool and extend therefrom in a first direction, the at least one stair form brace including first fixation points; and
at least one elongate riser form including a front face,
wherein the at least one stair form brace and the at least one riser form are configured to couple at the at least one first fixation point such that the at least one riser form extends in a second direction substantially contrasting the first direction,
wherein the front face of the at least one riser form forms riser portions of the at least one stair when the at least one riser form is coupled to the at least one stair form brace and the at least one stair form brace is coupled to the at least one pool wall panel,
wherein the at least one riser form and the at least one stair form brace are configured to receive filling material between the at least one riser form and the at least one pool wall panel and about the at least one stair form brace when the at least one riser form is coupled to the at least one stair form brace and the at least one stair form brace is coupled to the at least one pool wall panel, the filling material forming tread portions of the at least one stair, and
wherein the at least one stair form brace includes at least one aperture that allows the filling material to extend through the at least one stair form brace along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,537

MODULAR SCAFFOLDING HORIZONTAL END CONNECTOR

Excel Modular Scaffold an...

1. A horizontal scaffold member comprising a pipe having two ends and an interior, and a scaffold end connector positioned on each of said pipe ends;each of said scaffold end connectors comprising a pair of substantially parallel plates defining a pair of opposing sidewalls and a front portion and a rear portion of said scaffold end connector;
each of said scaffold end connectors having a bottom end and a top end and two spaced apart engagement sections positioned on said front portion of said scaffold end connector;
each of said scaffold end connectors further comprising at least two lateral tabs extending between said opposing sidewalls, each of said lateral tabs extending from one of a respective said top end, said front portion or said rear portion of said scaffold end connector, each of said sidewalls fixedly joined to the other with at least one of said lateral tabs;
each of said scaffold end connectors having an interior located between said two sidewalls; each of said two sidewalls having an insertion tab extending from said rear portion on said top end of said scaffold end connector, and a bottom slot extending through said sidewall positioned below said insertion tab, said insertion tabs positioned in said pipe interior; and
each of said scaffold end connectors further having a movable latch member partially disposed in said end connector interior, and mounted in said connector interior for latching said scaffold end connector to a cup or annular ring positioned on a vertical scaffold member.

US Pat. No. 10,428,536

SCAFFOLD SYSTEM

International Chimney Cor...

1. A scaffold system adapted for securing to a structure and for vertical movement relative to the structure, the scaffold system comprising:first and second wall mounts, each of the wall mounts comprising a bar and at least one spring biasing the bar in a first direction;
a slide post comprising a slide hook, a slide arm and a hanging pad secured to the slide arm, the slide post arranged for vertical axial movement within at least one of the first and second wall mounts;
a main post comprising at least one post hook;
a first deck fixedly secured to the main post; and,
a ball screw jack comprising a mounting plate and a lifting screw, the mounting plate secured to the first deck and the lifting screw secured to the hanging pad, wherein when said ball screw jack is powered said lifting screw causes the entire slide post to move upward at the same rate as the lifting screw, wherein the main post is arranged to complementarily fit within the slide post, the slide hook is adapted for releasable engagement with the first wall mount bar or the second wall mount bar and the at least one post hook is adapted for releasable engagement with the first wall mount bar or the second wall mount bar.

US Pat. No. 10,428,535

FLOOR PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A floor panel for forming a floor covering including at least two such floor panels, wherein the floor panel is rectangular and oblong and comprises: a first pair of opposite edges forming long edges of the floor panel, and a second pair of opposite edges forming short edges of the floor panel; wherein each of said edges of both pairs of the long and short edges comprises a coupling part for mutual coupling of a plurality of said floor panels; wherein the coupling parts, on both pairs of edges, form a first locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of said floor panels, effects a locking in a plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to respective edges, and form a second locking system, which, in the coupled condition of two of said floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the floor panels wherein the coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges substantially are realized in the material of the floor panel itself; wherein the coupling parts of at least the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of said floor panels can be coupled to each other at the first pair of opposite edges by means of a turning movement and the coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges consist of a tongue and a groove, and of locking parts, which, in the coupled condition, prevent shifting apart of the tongue and groove; wherein on the first pair of opposite edges the groove is bordered by a lower lip and an upper lip, of which the lower lip extends laterally further than the upper lip; wherein the coupling parts on the second pair of edges are configured such that two of said poor panels are arranged to be coupled to each other at theft edges by means of a downward movement of one of said two floor panels in respect to the other, said movement seen in cross section of these edges being substantially vertical such that a plurality of said floor panels are arranged to be coupled to each other by means of a “fold-down” technique; wherein the first locking system of the second pair of edges is at least formed of an upward-directed lower hook-shaped part, which is situated on one of said two edges and which comprises a distal extremity, and a downward-directed upper hook-shaped part, which is situated on the opposite edge and which comprises a distal extremity, wherein the lower hook-shaped part consists of a lip with an upward-directed locking element, whereas the upper hook-shaped part consists of a lip with a downward-directed locking element; wherein the second locking system of the second pair of edges is at least formed by a first vertical locking part, which is situated on said distal extremity of the lower hook-shaped part, and a second vertical locking part of the coupling part comprising the upper hook-shaped part, which cooperate together in the coupled condition of two of said floor panels; wherein the distal extremity of the upper hook-shaped part and a side of the coupling part comprising the lower hook-shaped part which, in the coupled condition, is opposite thereto, are free from mutually vertically locking portions; wherein the coupling parts on the first pair of edges are configured such that they allow a tensionless turning into each other up into a final coupled condition without building up a pre-tension, or without having to overcome a temporary elastic force; wherein the locking parts of the first locking system on the first pair of edges comprise a first contact surface on a lower side of the tongue and a second contact surface on said lower lip, the first and second contact surfaces being arranged to cooperate with each other to allow for said tensionless turning; and wherein cooperation of the first and second contact surfaces defines a tangent line, which, in respect to the horizontal, forms an angle of at least 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,428,534

PANEL, COVERING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING SUCH PANELS

FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMIT...

1. A panel for forming a floor covering, which, at least at two opposite edges comprises coupling parts arranged to couple two of such panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in respect to the other;wherein these coupling parts form a first locking system, which effects a locking in the plane of the panels and perpendicularly to said edges, as well as form a second locking system, which effects a locking perpendicularly to the plane of the panels;
wherein the first locking system is formed at least of an upwardly directed lower hook-shaped portion which is situated at one of said two edges, as well as of a downwardly directed upper hook-shaped portion which is situated at the opposite edge;
wherein the lower hook-shaped portion consists of a lip with an upwardly directed locking element, whereas the upper hook-shaped portion consists of a lip with a downwardly directed locking element;
wherein the second locking system comprises locking parts consisting of only one single locking part situated next to the proximal end of the lower hook-shaped portion and a single locking part situated next to the distal end of the upper hook-shaped portion;
wherein at least one of said locking parts of the second locking system is made from soft PVC;
wherein said two opposite edges define respective upper panel edges located at the utmost top portion of the two opposite edges;
wherein the panel at each of said two respective upper panel edges is provided with a chamfered surface, such that when two panels are coupled to each other, the respective chamfered surfaces of said two panels located adjacent one another form a V-groove;
wherein the panel comprises a substrate of soft PVC and a top layer above said substrate, said top layer having a material thickness;
wherein the top layer comprises at least a printed PVC film, and a transparent wear layer located above the printed PVC film and including a layer of transparent vinyl;
wherein said chamfered surface forms a bevel that is located within the material thickness of the top layer only and completely above said substrate such that at least part of the chamfered surface is formed from the transparent vinyl, such that the substrate at the location of the bevel is fully covered by said PVC film;
wherein said bevel defines a tangent line which in respect to the plane of the panels is less inclined than a tangent line through a lower edge portion of the panel that adjoins at the lower end of the bevel; and
wherein the panel is rectangular, either oblong or square, and thus comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges;
wherein both pairs of opposite edges comprise coupling parts allowing to mutually couple a plurality of such panels to each other;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of edges form a first locking system which effects a locking in the plane of the panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, as well as form a second locking system which effects a locking perpendicular to the plane of the panels;
wherein the coupling parts at the second pair of edges are formed by the aforementioned coupling parts arranged to couple two of such panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in respect to the other;
wherein the coupling parts at both pairs of edges substantially are realized from said substrate;
wherein the coupling parts at the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such panels can be coupled to each other at these edges by means of a turning movement;
wherein the coupling parts at the second pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such floor panels as aforementioned can be coupled to each other by means of a downward movement, wherein this downward movement is obtained as a result of the turning movement at the first pair of edges.

US Pat. No. 10,428,533

WALL PANEL SYSTEM

9. The wall panel system of claim 8 further comprising an open space defined between the wall surface and the central portion of the third wall panel that consists of empty space.

US Pat. No. 10,428,531

FOLDABLE STAIRCASE

1. A foldable staircase comprises:a lower staircase;
an upper staircase;
the lower staircase and the upper staircase each comprise a series of steps;
the series of steps comprises a first step and a last step;
the series of steps each comprise a first lengthwise edge, a second lengthwise edge, and a riser;
the first step and the last step being positioned opposite to each other along the series of steps;
the first lengthwise edge and the second lengthwise edge being positioned opposite to each other across the riser;
the second lengthwise edge of the last step for the lower staircase being hingedly connected to the first lengthwise edge of the first step for the upper staircase;
the lower staircase and the upper staircase each further comprise a right-triangular prismatic body;
the right-triangular prismatic body comprises a first leg-related surface, a second leg-related surface, and a hypotenuse-related surface;
the series of steps being integrated across the hypotenuse-related surface;
the first leg-related surface being positioned coincident to the first step; and
the second leg-related surface being positioned coincident to the last step.

US Pat. No. 10,428,530

ENTANGLED MESH ROOF VENT WITH INTEGRATED EXTERNAL BAFFLE

AIR VENT, INC., Dallas, ...

1. A roof vent comprising:a continuous elongate mat composed of a mesh of randomly oriented fibers, wherein the mat has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a first longitudinally extending side surface connecting the top and bottom surfaces, wherein a portion of the mesh proximate to and forming the first longitudinally extending side surface is configured as a wind baffle, wherein the wind baffle includes a wind deflector lip, formed from the mesh, which extends above the top surface of the mat,
wherein the mat comprises a longitudinally extending center section having a first air permeability and a longitudinally extending edge section between the longitudinally extending center section and the first longitudinally extending side surface, wherein a venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section disposed adjacent to the longitudinally extending center section has a second air permeability, and wherein the longitudinally extending center section is more permeable than the venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section,
wherein the first longitudinally extending side surface is less permeable than the venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section,
wherein a portion of the top surface of the mat over the venting portion of the longitudinally extending edge section is uncovered to allow for venting through the top surface of the mat, and
wherein the first longitudinally extending side surface is relatively impermeable to air flow such that venting is directed through the top surface of the mat.

US Pat. No. 10,428,529

ROOFTOP RAINWATER DRAINAGE ASSEMBLY

1. A rooftop rainwater drainage assembly, comprising:a first spout;
a first elongated pipe disposed behind an exterior wall and secured to the first spout, wherein the first elongated pipe comprises a first region disposed between a pair of vertical studs;
a substantially rigid plate, wherein the rigid plate is disposed over an exterior surface of the first elongated pipe at the first region, wherein the rigid plate is substantially parallel with the first elongated pipe, and wherein the rigid plate is disposed behind an interior wall;
the first elongated pipe having a second region that extends out of the exterior wall of the dwelling; and
a second spout secured to a roof deck region of a dwelling.

US Pat. No. 10,428,528

OVERFLOW DEVICE

DAM BUSTER IP PTY LTD, S...

1. An overflow device for enabling flow of water from a roof of a structure, along a box gutter of the structure, and into a downpipe, the overflow device comprising:a tub having a mounting wall, a front wall, two side walls, an internal wall positioned between the two side walls, and a base portion between the mounting wall and the internal wall and between the two sides walls;
a weir formed by an upper edge of the internal wall, the weir and the internal wall dividing an interior of the tub into an internal receptacle above the base portion between the mounting wall and the internal wall and a chute between the front wall and the internal wall;
a gutter receptor forming an inlet into the internal receptacle, the gutter receptor configured for receiving an end of the box gutter;
a chute outlet from the tub, the chute outlet between the front wall and the internal wall; and
a downpipe outlet within the base portion, the downpipe outlet configured for engaging the downpipe;
wherein the overflow device is configured and arranged for mounting to a wall of the structure adjacent the end of the box gutter, the mounting wall facing the wall of the structure, the downpipe outlet engaging with the downpipe, and the end of the box gutter engaging with the gutter receptor; and
wherein the overflow device is configured and arranged for water to flow from the roof of the structure, along the box gutter of the structure, pass through the inlet into the internal receptacle, and discharge through the downpipe outlet into the downpipe or, if either the internal receptacle or downpipe is blocked, the overflow device is configured and arranged for water to fill the internal receptacle, overflow the weir into the chute, and discharge to outside of the structure through the chute outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,428,527

ROOF VALLEY BATTEN

1. A roof valley batten comprising:a mounting surface, a plurality of pedestals and a plurality of channels;
wherein the plurality of pedestals attach to the mounting surface;
wherein the plurality of channels are formed within the plurality of pedestals;
wherein the roof valley batten is used with a roof;
wherein the roof is further defined with a roof valley, a metal valley and a plurality of shingles;
wherein the roof valley and the metal valley form a structure;
wherein the roof valley batten attaches the plurality of shingles to the structure formed by the roof valley and the metal valley;
wherein the plurality of shingles attach to the mounting surface;
wherein the mounting surface comprises a first rectangular block structure;
wherein the first rectangular block structure is further defined with an inferior face and a superior face;
wherein the first rectangular block structure is a solid rectangular block structure;
wherein the plurality of shingles attach to the superior face of the first rectangular block structure;
wherein the plurality of pedestals forms a pedestal structure that raises the mounting surface above the metal valley;
wherein the plurality of pedestals transfers the load path of the mounting surface and the plurality of shingles to the roof through the metal valley and the roof valley;
wherein each of the plurality of pedestals attaches to the inferior face of the mounting surface;
wherein each of the plurality of pedestals projects perpendicularly away from the mounting surface;
wherein the plurality of pedestals comprises a collection of individual pedestals;
wherein each individual pedestal comprises a second rectangular block structure, an adhesive coating, and a parchment cover;
wherein the adhesive coating attaches the parchment cover to the second rectangular block structure;
wherein the second rectangular block structure is further defined with a fixed face, a free face, and a center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,428,526

ROOFTOP SUPPORT SYSTEM

ZSI-Foster, Inc., Canton...

9. A method of supporting a structure on a rooftop, comprising:providing at least one support block to the rooftop; and
coupling the structure to the support block,
wherein the support block includes:
a base configured to rest on the rooftop, the base having a first base section and a second base section separated by an inverted U-shaped recess that is configured as a first gripping feature;
first and second sidewalls unitary with the base and extending along a length of the support block, the first and second sidewalls each defining a second gripping feature;
third and fourth sidewalls unitary with the base and extending along a width of the support block;
a pair of scallop-shaped recesses that are formed in the third sidewall and the first base section and the fourth side wall and the second base section, respectively, the scallop-shaped recesses defining a third gripping feature;
an upper surface defining an elongate channel formed therein;
a pair of apertures formed in the elongate channel; and
a coupling feature embedded in each of the apertures,
wherein each of the first base section, second base section, and the inverted U-shaped recess include a cavity formed therein, a depth of each cavity being selected to adjust a mass of the support block, and
wherein the apertures do not communicate with the cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,428,525

SHINGLE WITH REINFORCEMENT MEMBER

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A roofing shingle comprising:an asphalt-coated sheet including a shingle mat and an asphalt coating applied to front and rear surfaces of the shingle mat to define front and rear surfaces of the asphalt-coated sheet, the asphalt-coated sheet having a lower tab portion normally exposed on a roof and an upper headlap portion normally covered-up on a roof, wherein at least a portion of the asphalt-coated sheet is coated with granules; and
a reinforcement member having a thickness smaller than a thickness of the asphalt coated sheet and being adhered to and covering an exterior surface of the asphalt-coated sheet along an upper edge of the headlap portion, with the reinforcement member and the headlap portion together providing a nail pull-through value that is at least about 13 percent greater than an otherwise identical shingle having no such reinforcement material;
wherein the reinforcement member is spaced apart from a lower end of the headlap portion by a granule coated surface of the headlap portion;
wherein the reinforcement member includes one of a fabric, a woven material, a scrim material, a paper, a non-woven glass, and a polyester film.

US Pat. No. 10,428,524

LIGHTWEIGHT ROOFING SHINGLE AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

TAMKO Building Products L...

1. A lightweight roofing shingle comprising:a saturated mat having an exposed side and an unexposed side;
a top asphalt layer applied to the exposed side;
a layer of granular material applied to the top asphalt layer opposite the mat;
wherein the unexposed side of the saturated mat does not include a bottom asphalt layer;
a fabric reinforcing layer adhered directly to the unexposed side of the saturated mat,
a release tape applied directly to the unexposed side of the saturated mat proximate a mid-height position on said saturated mat; and
wherein the fabric reinforcing layer and the release tape in combination cover an entire area of the unexposed side of the saturated mat.

US Pat. No. 10,428,523

SHEATHING LOCK END CAP

2. A post-tensioning tendon comprising:a tension member including a strand and a sheath, the sheath having an outer surface;
an anchor coupled to an end of the tension member by wedges, the anchor including a tubular extension through which the tension member is passed; and
a sheathing retention assembly including:
an outer cap, the outer cap having an inner forcing surface, the outer cap coupled to the tubular extension; and
one or more sheath holding elements positioned at least partially within the outer cap, the one or more sheath holding elements each having a tapered outer surface engaging the forcing surface, the one or more sheath holding elements each including an inner surface that engages the outer surface of the sheath, wherein engagement of the tapered outer surface with the forcing surface biases holding elements radially inward into contact with the sheath thereby increasing normal force between the holding elements and the sheath and causing the holding elements to grip the sheath; and
a seal positioned between the outer surface of the sheath and the outer cap;
wherein the seal is positioned between the outer surface of the sheath and both the outer cap and the one or more sheath holding elements and is also positioned between the one or more sheath holding elements and the tubular extension.

US Pat. No. 10,428,522

CONSTRUCTION METALLIC TRAPEZOIDAL SYSTEMS

1. A construction system definable in terms of an X, Y, and Z coordinate axes structure, the system comprising:(a) a first part having a hollow four-walled web elongate in the Z axis, having a securement flange on the upper XZ base of the elongate Z axis member;
(b) a second part having at least one open end for complemental engagement of the first part wherein the second part may fit over distal ends of said first part in which a cross-section of the second part is generally that of the first part, but wide and tall enough to allow the first part to slip within the second part, and said second part having an opposite end of said opening, wherein said second part securing the first part to a structural support;
(c) said first part having a hollow four-walled web having a lower XZ base and an upper XZ base along an elongate Z axis connected by two opposing webs on the YZ planes;
(d) a channel in said Z axis in the center of said upper XZ base;
(e) a flange extending upwardly in a positive Y direction from said upper XZ base;
(f) said flange formed from one YZ surface pressed against an opposing YZ surface, and said flange having a series of YZ cut-outs;
(g) said cut-outs having a lower edge and an upper mouth; and
(h) a Y height of said cut out selected from the range of about part of the way down from the upper mouth to the lower edge to all of the way down from the upper mouth to the lower edge.

US Pat. No. 10,428,520

THERMALLY BROKEN FRAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A thermal framing system comprised of:a structural apparatus portion,
an exterior retention framing portion,
and a thermal fastener system comprised of
at least one thermal fastener comprised of at least one thermal spacer and at least one structural fastener,
wherein the at least one structural fastener is capable of fitting within the at least one thermal spacer,
and wherein the structural apparatus portion is comprised of at least one T-shaped member capable of being secured to a wall,
wherein the at least one T-shaped member is comprised of
a portion capable of lying in a in a generally flattened configuration against the wall, and at least one structural tab,
wherein the at least one structural tab extends in generally perpendicular relative to the flattened portion,
and wherein the at least one structural tab is further comprised of at least one structural tab aperture,
and wherein the exterior retention framing portion is comprised of a retention face and at least one framing tab attached to, and generally perpendicular to, the retention face,
and wherein the at least one framing tab is comprised of at least one framing tab aperture,
and wherein the at least one respective framing tab aperture and the at least one structural tab aperture are each capable of accommodating the at least one thermal fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,428,519

WRAPS FOR STEEL LINTELS

Angle Armour Inc., Belle...

1. A wrap for a steel lintel positioned above a structural opening of a structure comprising:a plastic sheet member for placement on the steel lintel wherein the plastic sheet member is contoured to cover the steel lintel across a width of the structural opening;
wherein the plastic sheet member extends to cover a bottom surface of a lower flange of the steel lintel providing a flashing at an interior angle of the steel lintel;
wherein the wrap is fabricated from extruded plastic and maintains a uniform thickness and uniform profile across the width; and
wherein a top end of the plastic sheet member comprises a flap and a hinge bend that when installed forms a sealed air space at a location between the structure and the steel lintel.

US Pat. No. 10,428,518

FLOOR DOWEL SLEEVE FOR CONCRETE SLAB SEAMS

1. A floor dowel sleeve for receiving a dowel plate that spans between and vertically supports concrete slabs at a seam between the concrete slabs, said floor dowel sleeve comprising:a sleeve body portion having an upper wall, a lower wall, and a side wall that continuously connects between the upper and lower walls to form a cavity that is configured to receive a dowel plate at a front opening, wherein the upper and lower walls are configured to contact respective top and bottom surfaces of the dowel plate in the cavity;
a break-away interior wall disposed within the cavity and extending continuously between the upper and lower walls to define a transverse barrier surface that is generally perpendicular to the upper and lower walls and that forms a continuous void between an edge of the dowel plate and the side wall, wherein the break-away interior wall is configured to at least partially break-away from at least one of the upper or lower walls upon lateral movement of the dowel plate into the continuous void;
a collar portion have a planar shape disposed around the front opening and integrally connected to the upper wall, the lower wall, and the side wall; and
a stiffening flange that extends from the collar portion along an outer surface of the sleeve body portion to prevent the sleeve body portion from collapsing into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,428,517

ROOF ASSEMBLY RAKE PLATE RETAINER

Building Research Systems...

12. A rake plate retainer operably joining a floating rake plate, defining an elongated slot, to a stationary underlying building structural in a roof assembly, the rake plate retainer permitting a displacement of the rake plate relative to the building structural, the rake plate retainer comprising:a retention flange defining a fastener opening;
a standoff boss extending from the retention flange; and
a fastener passing through each of the fastener opening and the standoff boss to attach to the underlying building structural, the standoff boss surrounding the fastener inside the rake plate's slot and configured for a sliding clearance relationship with the rake plate portion defining the slot, permitting operable sliding movement of the rake plate relative to the building structural.

US Pat. No. 10,428,516

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING A TILT WALL CONSTRUCTION

PATENTS OF TOMBALL, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for supporting a wall of a tilt wall construction, the apparatus comprising:a pile having a head positioned at an upper end thereof, said pile comprising:
a plurality of pipe segments attached in end-to-end relationship;
a cable extending through said plurality of pipe segments and through said head, said cable extending through a plate positioned at a top surface of said head; and
a lock member secured to said cable at said top surface of said head, said plate being sandwiched between said lock member and said top surface of said head;
a support member having one end affixed to said head and extending upwardly therefrom;
a fixture of affixed to an opposite end of said support member; and
a means for attaching said fixture to the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,428,515

BIM-BASED MODULAR HOUSING BUILT WITH THIN-WALL CHANNEL STEELS

HENAN AUSPIC TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A building information modeling (BIM)-based modular housing built with workpieces made of thin-wall channel steel, the workpieces comprising:a butting connector having at least one C-section member having a base with two bilateral wing plates being coupled to an edge of at least two web members, each bilateral wing plate having an edge with a plurality of locating grooves parallel with the edge, an outside surface of the butting connector having clamping grooves at each end lateral of a corresponding web member;
at least two separate inward-flanging C-section members each having a support with two bilateral flanged plates that each have an inwardly bent inward flange and have a plurality of rear pressing members opposite of the inwardly bent inward flange, the at least two inward-flanging C-section members being coupled to opposite ends of the at least one corresponding butting connector by having the base on an inside surface of the support with the two bilateral wing plates on an inside surface of the two bilateral flange plates and with each edge of the two bilateral wing plates within each inward flange so that the plurality of rear pressing members are aligned and pressed into the plurality of locating grooves and so that the inwardly bent inward flange is located within a notch in the edge of the at least two web members;
at least two straps bounding an outside of the at least one inward-flanging C-section member, each strap being positioned within a strap recess, such that each strap is lateral to a corresponding clamping groove and web member so as to be bound there around; and
a BIM information locating piece on the workpiece, the BIM information locating piece including information with a unique name of the workpiece, a unique spatial location of the workpiece, a shape of the workpiece, and a material of the workpiece, the BIM information locating piece being readable.

US Pat. No. 10,428,514

STEAM VENT SYSTEM

CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPA...

1. A movable steam vent system for an enclosed subsurface space having an opening, the system comprising:a base portion having a tapered outer surface defined by an outer wall, a frustoconical inner surface defined by an inner wall, a plurality of ribs extending from the inner surface, the inner wall and the outer wall defining a space therebetween, the base portion further having an opening in an upper surface, the opening being defined by a wall having a slot therein, the opening being in fluid communication with a first hollow interior defined by the inner wall, the inner wall having an end that is sized to cover the subsurface space opening; and
at least one pipe member removably coupled by a rotational movement to the base portion, the at least one pipe member having a wall with an outer surface, and an inner surface, the pipe member inner surface defining a second hollow interior that is in fluid communication with the first hollow interior;
wherein the at least one pipe member includes a projection that extends from a first end, the projection being sized to fit within the base portion opening;
wherein the projection of the at least one pipe member includes a first tab, the first tab being positioned in the slot of the base portion when the at least one pipe member is coupled to the base portion;
wherein the first tab includes a semi-spherical outer surface with a curved outer edge and two adjoining sides.

US Pat. No. 10,428,513

CONNECTION DEVICE BETWEEN A GUTTER AND GULLY

1. A connection device for connecting a drainage gutter (1) to a functional element (10) comprising an adapter plate (20) to which a drainage gutter (1) is connected, wherein an inlet part (40) is connected on a wall (12) of the functional element (10) and which comprises attachment facilities (41, 41?; 44, 44?) with which the adapter plate (20) is attached to the inlet part (40) such that a flow space (2) of the drainage gutter (1) is connected via a transfer space (30) to an inner space (14) of the functional part (10), and the adapter plate (20) comprises a serration (22) along two ends of the adapter plate (20) that contacts and engages with an opposite serration (22) on the inlet part (40) to provide adjustability of the adapter plate (20) in a vertical direction relative to the inlet part (40), and wherein the adapter plate (20) comprising a higher seal (23) and a lower seal (24) disposed between the inlet part (40) and the adapter plate (20) to seal the inlet part (40) with the adapter plate (20), the higher seal (23) and the lower seal (24) being at different heights for connecting the drainage gutter (1) at different heights to the adapter plate (20).

US Pat. No. 10,428,511

APPARATUS FOR PIPELINE REHABILITATION WITH INTERNAL BYPASS

1. A system for the rehabilitation of underground sewer pipe, comprising: an internal bypass for a section of sewer pipe to be rehabilitated, the internal bypass constructed and arranged to divert the flow through the section of sewer pipe from an upstream location to a downstream location through a length of flexible bypass hose that is disposed within the sewer; and a sewer rehabilitation device having a length that is shorter than the length of the flexible bypass hose, the sewer rehabilitation device constructed and arranged to move through the section of sewer pipe along the flexible bypass hose, elevating the flexible bypass hose as it moves along the hose so as to position the hose between an invert and a crown of the sewer pipe so as to create an application area in which the flexible bypass hose is spaced from a surrounding inner wall of the sewer pipe, the application area allowing rehabilitation materials to be sprayed onto the inner wall of the sewer pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,510

LEACHING UNIT HAVING OVERHANGING AND PERFORATED CANOPY

INFILTRATOR WATER TECHNOL...

1. A leaching unit, for receiving and dispersing water and other liquids when buried within soil or other granular medium, the unit having a top, bottom, length, a first lengthwise end, an opposing second lengthwise end, a width, and a height extending from the top to the bottom, comprising:(a) a plurality of pillar assemblies, each spaced apart from the other along the length of the leaching unit by a pillar assembly space, each pillar assembly comprised of
a multiplicity of spaced apart pillars, each pillar having a length extending in the height direction of the leaching unit, an upper lengthwise end shaped for mating with a canopy made of sheet material, a lower lengthwise end shaped for soil-bearing contact, and a middle portion running between the upper end and the lower end;
a multiplicity of struts, interconnecting the pillars, each strut having a length extending laterally with respect to the length direction of a pillar, each strut having a width dimension which extends in the same direction as does the length of a pillar;
wherein each pillar is connected to another pillar within the pillar assembly by at least two of said struts;
wherein each pillar assembly space is free of struts that interconnect pillars; and,
(b) a canopy, comprised of sheet material, forming the top of the drainage unit, for carrying weight of soil placed on the leaching unit during use, the canopy having a top surface and associated top surface area, and a width and length respectively corresponding with the width and length of the leaching unit, the canopy attached to said upper lengthwise ends of a multiplicity of said pillars within each pillar assembly wherein the canopy width and length substantially lie in a plane which runs transverse to the lengths of said pillars;
the canopy having a free end at each end of the leaching unit, the free end extending beyond the top of the pillar assembly nearest the respective end; wherein the amount of extension at the first end is greater than the amount of extension at the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,428,508

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE TOILET ASSEMBLY

1. A height adjustable toilet assembly comprising:a commode comprising a bowl;
a plate coupled to a bottom of said bowl;
a base coupled to a floor of a structure;
a pump coupled to said base;
a hydraulic cylinder coupled to and extending perpendicularly between said base and said plate, said hydraulic cylinder being operationally coupled to said pump wherein said pump is positioned for actuating said hydraulic cylinder for selectively extending said commode from said base; and
a bellows coupled to and extending between a perimeter of said base and a circumference of said bottom of said bowl wherein said bellows is positioned for extending as said commode is extended from said base.

US Pat. No. 10,428,507

FLUSH TOILET

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A flush toilet, comprising:a main water guide channel configured to cause washing water supplied from a water supply source to flow through the main water guide channel;
a direction change water guide channel configured to change a flow direction of the washing water supplied from the main water guide channel;
a rim water guide channel configured to cause the washing water supplied from the direction change water guide channel to flow toward and spout from a water spout part, the water spout part being configured with an opening on a side of a bowl part; and
a retention part configured in at least the direction change water guide channel, the retention part being configured with a concave shape, the retention part retaining a part of the washing water supplied from the main water guide channel,
wherein an upper end of the retention part on a downstream side is horizontal to a bottom surface of the water spout part or higher than the bottom surface of the water spout part.

US Pat. No. 10,428,506

TOILET WASH IMPROVEMENT

1. A toilet wash system, comprising:a splitter having an inlet for being attached to a toilet shut off valve, and having a first outlet and a second outlet;
a first supply line attached to the first outlet of the splitter and an opposite end for being attached to a water inlet port of a toilet;
a second supply line attached to the second outlet of the splitter and an outlet end;
a single valve with an inlet port attached to the outlet end of the second supply line, and an opposite end;
an elongated cleaning tube having an inlet end attached to the opposite end of the single valve, and an outlet end, wherein the outlet end of the cleaning tube is used to flush waste away; and
a disposable removable tip for being attached to the outlet end of the cleaning tube, the removable tip includes an external end having longitudinal parallel slits that form fingers for use a cleaning brush.

US Pat. No. 10,428,505

FLUSHING TOILET COVER

Changtai Yike Technology ...

1. A flushing toilet cover, comprising a seating ring, a cover plate and a shell, wherein the rear portion of the seating ring and the rear portion of the cover plate are hinged to the shell; wherein a pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve, a heating assembly, a switch valve, a flushing assembly and a control panel are mounted in the shell, the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve is provided with a water inlet channel and a water outlet channel, the switch valve is provided with a water inlet and at least one water outlet, the flushing assembly comprises at least one flushing pipe, telescopic flushing spray heads are mounted on the flushing pipes, and water inlets are formed in the flushing pipes;the water inlet channel of the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve communicates with an external water inlet pipe, the water outlet channel of the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve communicates with a water inlet of the heating assembly through a pipeline, a water outlet of the heating assembly communicates with the water inlet of the switch valve, and the water outlets of the switch valve communicate with the water inlets of the flushing pipes;
the control panel controls the operating state of the heating assembly, and when the switch valve is in the closed state, the water inlet channel and the water outlet channel of the pressure-reduction and flow-stabilization valve are blocked.

US Pat. No. 10,428,504

ELECTRONIC TOILET SWITCHABLE BETWEEN COLD WATER AND HOT WATER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

HANYU GROUP JOINT-STOCK C...

1. An electronic toilet switchable between cold-water and hot-water for treating hemorrhoids, comprising: a controller and a water spraying cleaner, comprising:a water chiller, having a cold-water outlet pipe and a cold-water electromagnetic valve disposed on the cold-water outlet pipe;
a water heater, having a hot-water outlet pipe and a hot-water electromagnetic valve disposed on the hot-water outlet pipe; and
a booster water pump, having a water inlet connected to a confluent water outlet pipe which is formed by the cold-water outlet pipe through the cold-water electromagnetic valve of the water chiller joining to the hot-water outlet pipe through the hot-water electromagnetic valve of the water heater, and a water outlet connected to the water spraying cleaner.

US Pat. No. 10,428,503

SUCTION DEVICE FOR WASTE DISCHARGE

1. A pumping drainage device is featured by, comprising:a cylindrical shell, arranged with a sewage draining outlet in the axial direction, and a sewer in the radial direction;
a stepped cylindrical cylinder cover, which is connected to the shell axially, arranged with a piston rod guide sleeve and two guide cylinders in the axial direction, = and the outer wall of the piston rod guide sleeve is arranged with a locking groove;
a cylindrical cylinder liner, arranged with a central locking sleeve seat in the axial direction, and a spring seat guide sleeve on both sides, sheathed in the cylinder cover, and the locking sleeve seat is arranged with a guide hole and a lock tongue hinge seat, and the end of the spring seat guide sleeve is arranged with an inner edge;
a piston, arranged with a piston rod and two spring guide seats in the axial direction, which is arranged in the cylinder liner, and the end of the spring guide seat is arranged with an outer edge;
a lock tongue component, which is arranged in the locking sleeve seat of the cylinder liner.

US Pat. No. 10,428,501

DRAINAGE ASSEMBLY FOR A BATHTUB

Kuang-Ming Kuo, New Taip...

1. A drainage assembly for a bathtub, comprising:a stopper unit detachably coupled to a base, the base having outer threads, the base defining a drain passage and having a lock hole defined through a bottom surface thereof;
a drain pipe having a tub shoe at one end thereof, the tub shoe communicating with the drain passage, the tub shoe including inner threads defined in an inner periphery thereof to engage the outer threads of the base, an extension extending from an inner bottom of the tub shoe to be disposed beneath the base, the extension having a bottom end closed by the inner bottom of the tub shoe; and
an elongate guide member including a rod having a diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the lock hole, a first connection portion formed at a first end of the rod, the first connection portion detachably connected to the extension of the tube shoe when the rod of the guide member is passed through the lock hole with the stopper unit detached from the base, the guide member being thereby connected to align the tub shoe with the base, and to connect the outer threads of the base with the inner threads of the tub shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,428,500

SELF-DISINFECTING DRAIN TRAP HAVING A COATING

Alexander Schluttig, Lau...

1. A self-disinfecting drain trap for providing a fluid barrier in wastewater drains, comprisinga drain trap body having an inner wall coated with a catalytic oxidizing, super-hydrophilic titanium dioxide nano-coating;
an electromagnetic oscillator for automatic disinfection and cleaning the drain trap body during use and without disruption of the fluid barrier;
a device for disinfecting the drain trap, the device selected from the group comprising heating elements, UV-C lamps, antibacterial coating, and ultrasonic transducers;
a light source arranged inside or outside the drain trap body,
where the catalytic oxidizing, super-hydrophilic titanium dioxide nano-coating may be activated by the light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,428,499

BACKFLOW PREVENTER FOR WATER DISTRIBUTION INSTALLATIONS

Caleffi S.p.A., (IT)

1. A backflow preventer for water distribution installations, comprises a body including at least one inlet conduit arranged along an inlet axis, at least one outlet conduit arranged along an outlet axis, and at least one discharge conduit arranged along a first discharge axis of the body, at least one check valve which prevents a backflow of fluid from the outlet conduit to the inlet conduit in the event of a low pressure upstream of the backflow preventer and/or high pressure downstream of the backflow preventer, a discharge valve arranged along the fit discharge axis of the body of the backflow preventer for discharging fluid in the aforesaid low and/or high pressure conditions, a discharge pipe connected with said discharge valve to discharge the fluid outside the backflow preventer along a second discharge axis of the discharge pipe, and a first coupling device for varying an angular position of the discharge pipe with respect to the body of the backflow preventer, said discharge pipe including a first tube portion connected with the body and arranged along the first discharge axis of the body and a second tube portion arranged along the second discharge axis of the discharge pipe, the two pipe portions being connected via two respective joining ports that are angled with respect to their respective axes and via a second coupling that retains the second tube portion on the first tube portion and enables the second tube portion to rotate with respect to the first tube portion.

US Pat. No. 10,428,498

TOUCHLESS WATER AND LIQUID SOAP DISPENSING FAUCET

1. A faucet assembly, comprising:said faucet assembly having an inlet port connected to a water passageway for receiving water from a water supply line and a soap passageway for receiving liquid soap, said faucet assembly further including an upwardly extending stalk having a water discharge port connected to said water passageway and a soap discharge port connected to said soap passageway;
a soap cartridge for providing liquid soap to said soap passageway;
a water activation sensor attached to said stalk, said water activation sensor in electrical communication with a water control valve in said water passageway; and,
a soap activation sensor attached to said stalk, said soap activation sensor in electrical communication with a soap pump located between said soap cartridge and said soap passageway;
wherein said soap discharge port is below said water discharge port;
wherein said water activation sensor selectively causes water to flow from said water discharge port; and,
wherein said soap activation sensor selectively causes liquid soap to flow from said soap discharge port;
wherein said water activation sensor causes automatic water discharge from said water discharge port;
wherein said soap activation sensor automatically causes soap discharge from said soap discharge port;
wherein said water activation sensor is above said soap discharge port and wherein said soap activation sensor is below said soap discharge port;
wherein said soap discharge port extends away from the remainder of said stalk so as to block said water activation sensor from sensing a user's hands positioned below said soap discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,428,497

FAUCET HANDLE WITH ANGLED INTERFACE

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A faucet including:a spout assembly including:
a hub defining a vertical axis,
a liquid pathway extending within the hub,
a handle attachment base extending perpendicular to the hub and defining a horizontal axis, the handle attachment base including an end having a first mounting surface; and
a water parameter control handle coupled to the handle attachment base for rotation from a first position defining a first water parameter setting and a second position defining a second water parameter setting, water parameter control handle including an end having a second mounting surface;
wherein the first mounting surface and the second mounting surface define a handle movement plane angularly oriented intermediate the vertical axis of the hub of the spout assembly and the horizontal axis of the handle attachment base of the spout assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,428,496

KITCHEN FAUCET MOUNTING STRUCTURE

XIAMEN EASO CO., LTD., X...

1. A kitchen faucet mounting structure, comprising a faucet body, a pipe connector and a fixing assembly, the faucet body being connected to an upper portion of the pipe connector, a lower portion of the pipe connector having an external thread, characterized by: the fixing assembly including an upper casing, a press block, a return C-shaped ring and a lower casing, the upper casing having a central through hole for the pipe connector to pass therethrough, the upper casing further comprising at least one guide post, the guide post having a first inclined surface; the press block having at least one opening, the press block having an internal thread in cooperation with the external thread of the pipe connector, an upper portion of the press block having a second inclined surface in cooperation with the first inclined surface, the press block further having an annular engaging groove for mounting the return C-shaped ring, an upper portion of the lower casing being provided with a trough extending downwards from a top surface thereof, the press block being mounted in the trough, an inner wall of the trough being provided with at least one engaging post, the press block being provided with a guide hole corresponding to the engaging post.

US Pat. No. 10,428,495

SIMPLIFIED LEAK DETECTION IN A PLUMBING SYSTEM USING PRESSURE DECAY PRINCIPLE

FLO TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A water pressure sensor assembly, comprising:a water connection fitting attached to a housing, the water connection fitting attachable to a point of use in a plumbing system;
a pressure sensor disposed within the housing and configured to be in fluidic communication with the point of use in the plumbing system;
a temperature sensor disposed within the housing and configured to be in fluidic communication with the point of use in the plumbing system;
an electronic microprocessor disposed within the housing and in electrical communication with the pressure sensor and the temperature sensor;
a power source in electrical communication with the electronic microprocessor;
a data transmission path in electrical communication with the electronic microprocessor;
a control device in electrical communication with the electronic microprocessor through the data transmission path, the control device comprising a visual display and at least one user control configured to control the water pressure sensor assembly;
wherein the water connection fitting comprises only one fluid connection for fluidic communication between the point of use in the plumbing system and the pressure sensor and the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,428,494

WEAR PLATE ASSEMBLY WITH TWO-PART KEY ASSEMBLY

1. A wear plate assembly comprising:a base including a slot formed with an enlarged aperture;
a wear plate including a wear surface and a hold recessed below the wear surface, wherein the wear plate moves between a free condition off the base and an applied condition covering the base;
a nut and a key, the nut formed with a blind bore to receive the key;
the key includes an annular channel for carrying a gasket to prevent migration of debris into the bore; and
the nut is applicable through the aperture into the slot, and then moves between a first position registered in the aperture and a second position offset from the aperture where the nut is captured under the base;
wherein in the applied condition of the wear plate and the second position of the nut, the bore is registered with the slot and the hold to define a keyway, and the key is applicable to the keyway for engagement with the nut to secure the wear plate on the base.

US Pat. No. 10,428,493

AUTOMATIC BLADE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR GRADER

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A method for controlling a blade of a motor grader, the method comprising the steps of:with each of at least one global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna, receiving GNSS navigation signals from a constellation of GNSS satellites, wherein:
each of the at least one GNSS antenna is mounted on the motor grader;
each of the at least one GNSS antenna is not mounted on the blade; and
each of the at least one GNSS antenna is operably coupled to a corresponding GNSS receiver;
with each GNSS receiver:
processing the GNSS navigation signals received by the at least one GNSS antenna operably coupled to the GNSS receiver; and
computing first measurements, wherein the first measurements comprise a position of the at least one GNSS antenna operably coupled to the GNSS receiver;
with each of at least one inertial measurement unit, measuring second measurements, wherein:
each of the at least one inertial measurement unit is mounted on the motor grader;
each of the at least one inertial measurement unit has three corresponding orthogonal measurement axes; and
the second measurements comprise:
measurements of accelerations along the three orthogonal measurement axes; and
measurements of angular rotation rates about the three orthogonal measurement axes; and
with a stroke sensor installed on a blade side shift hydraulic cylinder of the motor grader, measuring third measurements comprising measurements of a blade side shift; and
with at least one processor:
computing a blade position and a blade orientation, wherein the blade position and the blade orientation are based at least in part on the first measurements, the second measurements, and the third measurements;
controlling a blade elevation and a blade slope angle, wherein the step of controlling the blade elevation and the blade slope angle is based at least in part on the computed blade position, the computed blade orientation, and a digital job site model; and
controlling the blade side shift based at least in part on the computed blade position, the computed blade orientation, and the digital job site model.

US Pat. No. 10,428,492

ASSISTED RIPPING

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

15. A method of performing ripping procedures using a plurality of work machines, comprising:aligning a rear portion of a first work machine directly behind a rear portion of a second work machine, the first work machine having a first ripping module with a first ripping device and the second work machine having a second ripping module with a second ripping device, the first and second ripping modules each including complementary shaped mounting heads;
coupling the first ripping device of the first work machine with the second ripping device of the second work machine by mounting the first ripping module on top of the second ripping module so as to engage the mounting head of first ripping module with the complementary shaped mounting head of the second ripping module;
performing a ripping procedure with the ripping devices in one direction by moving the first work machine and the second work machine in a same horizontal direction;
repositioning the first ripping device of the first work machine and the second ripping device of the second work machine; and
performing another ripping procedure with the ripping devices in another horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,428,491

FLOW RATE CONTROL APPARATUS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Volvo Construction Equipm...

1. A flow rate control apparatus for construction equipment, the apparatus comprising:first and, second variable displacement hydraulic pumps and a pilot pump;
a boom cylinder driven by a hydraulic fluid of the first hydraulic pump;
a first control valve controlling a flow of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first hydraulic pump to the boom cylinder;
an option actuator driven by a hydraulic fluid of the second hydraulic pump;
a second control valve controlling a flow of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the second hydraulic pump to the option actuator;
a boom cylinder manipulation lever for inputting a manipulation signal to control the first control valve, and an option actuator manipulation lever for inputting a manipulation signal to control the second control valve;
a confluence line connected at an inlet port thereof to a downstream side of a supply path of the first hydraulic pump, and connected at an outlet port thereof to a meter-in port of the second control valve;
a center bypass switching valve provided in the furthest downstream side of the supply path of the first hydraulic pump, and operated to close an opening port thereof by a pilot pressure applied thereto;
a confluence switching valve provided in the confluence line, and joining a part of the hydraulic fluid supplied from the first hydraulic pump to the boom cylinder with the hydraulic fluid of the option actuator when the confluence switching valve is operated to open an opening port thereof;
a confluence selection valve provided in a fluid path between the pilot pump and the confluence switching valve, and applying the pilot pressure to the confluence switching valve when the confluence switching valve is operated; and
a controller controlling the confluence selection valve to block the pilot pressure supplied from the pilot pump to the confluence switching valve so that the confluence line becomes closed when combined work of the boom cylinder and the option actuator is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,428,490

EXCAVATOR WITH RIGID FORCE TRANSFER LINK

Guangxi LiuGong Machinery...

1. An excavator comprising:an articulated boom; and
a balancing mechanism that assists a movement of the articulated boom from a lower position to an upper position by applying a pulling force on the articulated boom,
wherein the balancing mechanism comprises a balancing member that generates an assisting force and a force transfer mechanism that couples the balancing member with the articulated boom,
wherein the force transfer mechanism comprises a link mechanism,
wherein the link mechanism comprises a rigid force transfer link coupled to the articulated boom at one end thereof and a guiding link coupled to a platform of the excavator at one end thereof,
wherein the rigid force transfer link and the guiding link are connected at their respective other ends at a connecting portion of both links,
wherein the balancing member is coupled to the connecting portion, and
wherein the link mechanism transfers the assisting force from the balancing member to the articulated boom at a transmission ratio independent from a position of the articulated boom.

US Pat. No. 10,428,489

ARM FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. An arm to constitute a working attachment for a construction machine, comprising:an arm body to be attached to a distal end of a boom constituting the working attachment; and
an arm top attached to a distal end of the arm body, wherein:
the arm top includes: a pair of left and right side walls; a first connection portion disposed at a distal end of the arm top to span the pair of side walls so as to define a first pin hole for allowing a pin for connecting a working tool to the distal end of the arm top to be inserted into the first pin hole; a second connection portion disposed at a position closer to a proximal end of the arm top than the first connection portion to span the pair of side walls so as to define a second pin hole for allowing a pin for connecting a link for actuating the working tool to be inserted in the second pin hole; and connection walls formed on respective inner surfaces of the side walls, the connection walls having respective shapes to connect the pair of side walls to each other and connect the first and second connection portions to each other;
the arm top includes a left arm top piece and a right arm top piece that are individually formed by casting, the left arm top piece having a first left boss constituting the first connection portion, a second left boss constituting the second connection portion, and a left projecting wall portion constituting the connection wall, the right top piece having a first right boss constituting the first connection portion, a second right boss constituting the second connection portion, and a right projecting wall portion constituting the connection wall, the first left boss and the first right boss having respective surfaces opposed to each other in a left-right direction of the arm top, the second left boss and the second right boss having respective surfaces opposed to each other in the left-right direction of the arm top, and the left projecting wall portion and the right projecting wall portion having respective surfaces opposed to each other in the left-right direction; and
the left and right arm top pieces are joined together by welding at the opposed surfaces of the first left boss and the first right boss, at the opposed surfaces of the second left boss and the second right boss, and at the opposed surfaces of the left projecting wall portion and the right projecting wall portion, thereby being integrated to form the arm top.

US Pat. No. 10,428,488

SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF A COVER

1. A support structure of a cover, wherein the cover comprises a traversable surface and the support structure extends downwards under the cover into a structure, and the support structure comprises beam-shaped supports such that a lower support side of the beam-shaped supports facing away from the traversable surface is subject to a tensile stress when a load is applied to the traversable surface, the beam-shaped supports comprising radially-extending supports extending from an outer edge of the cover inwards, the radially-extending supports each comprising an inner end, the radially-extending supports interconnected at the inner ends by inner supports, each inner support comprising two ends and the each inner support extending from the inner end of one radially-extending support to the inner end of another radially-extending support,wherein between the ends of the inner supports a thickness (D) of the inner supports is configured to increase substantially symmetrically up to a maximum value and then decrease when viewing the inner supports of the cover from below such that the maximum value of the thickness (D) of the inner supports is in a central area (M) having a spherical shape between the two ends of each of the inner supports,
wherein the inner supports and the radially-extending supports comprise side surfaces, the side surfaces of the inner supports and the radially-extending supports comprising an inclination angle relative to a plane perpendicular to the traversable surface of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,428,487

LINER

NORTHSTONE (NI) LIMITED, ...

1. A stackable section used in a liner for a manhole chamber, comprising:at least four single pieces, each single piece having
a straight portion and a curved portion; and
a first arm and a second arm which are substantially perpendicular to one another, the first arm of each single piece being longer than the second arm of each single piece, wherein the first and second arms each comprise a connector to enable each arm to be connected to an adjacent piece,
wherein a length of the second arm of each single piece is substantially the same, and a length of the first arm of a first piece of the at least four single pieces is different from a length of the first arm of a second piece of the at least four single pieces,
wherein the at least four single pieces assemble to form an enclosed stackable section, and
wherein respective dimensions of the first arm and the second arm of each single piece are chosen such that, when each piece is incorporated into the stackable section, a further corresponding piece can fit within the stackable section along an axis substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first arm.

US Pat. No. 10,428,486

ANCHORING MEMBER FOR FACING ELEMENTS FOR USE IN STABILISED EARTH STRUCTURES, FORMER AND PROCEDURE FOR THE FABRICATION OF SUCH A FACING ELEMENT

OFFICINE MACCAFERRI S.P.A...

1. An anchoring member capable of being integrated into a facing element for creation of stabilized earth structures, comprising:a shell defining a recess with a mouth,
an anchoring bar extending transversely within the recess along a straight line and which is configured to receive an elongated stabilising member for stabilised earth structures inserted into the mouth, wherein the anchoring bar is tubular, so as to allow insertion of a straight rod element of a reinforcing grid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,428,484

INSULATED SLAB-ON-GRADE FOUNDATION SYSTEM

1. An insulated slab-on-grade foundation system for supporting a foundation, the insulated slab-on-grade foundation system being supported by a gravel layer defining a substantially horizontal profile and a substantially slanted profile adjacent the substantially horizontal profile, the slab-on-grade foundation system comprising:a plurality of adjacent modular slabs supported by the gravel layer in the substantially horizontal profile and adjacent the substantially slanted profile, the plurality of adjacent modular slabs together forming a modular slab perimeter, each one of the plurality of adjacent modular slabs defining an outer surface and an inner surface and comprising:
a base portion supported by the gravel layer in the substantially horizontal profile, the base portion defining an outer end and an inner end;
a wall portion upwardly and substantially perpendicularly extending from the base portion at the outer end, the wall portion defining a lower end and an upper end; and
a longitudinal groove formed within the outer end of the base portion and at the outer surface of the modular slab;
an isolating slab layer supported by and covering the substantially horizontal profile found inside the modular slab perimeter;
an edge portion mounted along the upper ends of the wall portions connecting at least two adjacent modular slabs of the plurality of modular slabs together; and
a peripheral skirt portion supported by the gravel layer in the substantially slanted profile, the peripheral skirt portion defining a connection end inserted within the longitudinal groove;
the plurality of adjacent modular slabs and the isolating slab layer together forming a receptacle for receiving poured concrete therein.

US Pat. No. 10,428,483

ANCHOR SYSTEM

1. An anchor system for anchoring an object, the anchor system comprising:a base assembly having sidewalls defining a hollow interior, the base assembly comprising a lower section, and an upper section having a substantially planar top surface, said upper section being adjustably secured to the lower section for adjusting an overall height of the base assembly; and
a retractable anchoring member comprising an anchoring point, the retractable anchoring member being pivotally secured to the upper section and being pivotable about a pivot axis parallel to the top surface between an operating position in which the anchoring point extends above the top surface of the upper section, and a retracted configuration in which the anchoring point extends in the hollow interior of the base assembly and is concealed below the top surface of the upper section.

US Pat. No. 10,428,482

ARRANGEMENT FOR PROVIDING A PULSING COMPRESSIVE FORCE

AMMANN SCHWEIZ AG, Lange...

1. An arrangement for providing a pulsing compressive force, comprising:a) a first mass, which provides a contact surface for transferring the pulsing compressive force onto a ground surface to be compacted or with a solid body to be machined;
b) a second mass;
c) a first spring-damper-system via which the first mass and the second mass are coupled with each other to form a first vibrating system;
d) an unbalance exciter by means of which this first vibrating system can be excited to vibrate, in particular to vibrate in resonance;wherein in the static state of the first vibrating system the second mass exerts a static force on the first mass via the first spring-damper-system in a first direction,wherein the first mass and the second mass are coupled to one another via the first spring-damper-system in such a way that via the first spring-damper-system in the intended operation no forces can be transferred from the first mass in the first direction to the second mass and no forces can be transferred from the second mass in a second direction, which is opposite to the first direction, to the first mass,and wherein the arrangement is designed such that the coupling of the two masses via the first spring-damper-system can be temporarily suspended during the intended operation, in particular periodically, by a vibratory movement of the second mass in the second direction, the second mass can then execute a part of its oscillation path in the uncoupled state, and the coupling of the masses via the first spring-damper-system is then, following a reversal in direction of the vibratory movement of the second mass, re-established.

US Pat. No. 10,428,481

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELEVATING A MARINE PLATFORM

VERSABAR, INC., Houston,...

12. A method of elevating a marine platform that is supported by a plurality of hollow metallic leg sections that extend above and below a water line of a body of water, comprising the steps of:a) cutting one of the leg sections at a position next to the water line to provide a cut at a selected elevation;
b) attaching a plurality of hydraulic rams to the leg sections, each ram having a hollowed cylinder and an extensible push rod and first and second end portions, the rams being attached to the leg section at the end portions with first padeyes of a first height, one end portion being attached to the leg section above the cut and the other end portion being attached to the leg section below the cut, and wherein each ram is movable between retracted and an extended position;
c) repeating steps “a” and “b” for the other leg sections of the platform;
d) elevating the platform an initial distance by extending each ram to the extended position;
e) removing the first padeye for each ram in sequence and replacing each said first padeye with a second padeye having a second height that is greater than the first height, including shortening the length of the ram before placing the second padeye; and
f) elevating the platform deck an additional distance.

US Pat. No. 10,428,480

SNOW MELTER MACHINE

1. A snow and ice melting device comprising:An outer shell;
an insulated chamber located inside the outer shell having a proximal end and a distal end;
a heater located inside the insulated chamber;
a reservoir located at the distal end of the insulated chamber;
a pump operationally connected to the reservoir;
a snow port located at the proximal end of the insulated chamber;
the snow port comprising a body and a portal between the body and the insulated chamber;
at least one axel connected to the insulated chamber, each axel having at least two wheels connected thereto;
a power supply connected to the heater and the pump; and
the body of the snow port comprises an internal snow ramp, a first spring loaded flap that allows snow to travel to the internal snow ramp, a second spring loaded snow flap which forms a barrier between the snow port and the insulated chamber, and control circuitry for closing and opening the first and second spring loaded flaps.

US Pat. No. 10,428,479

SNOWTHROWER

CHERVON (HK) LIMITED, Wa...

1. A snowthrower, comprising:a motor;
an auger driven by the motor to rotate;
a handle device for a user to operate;
an auger housing for containing the auger, the auger housing made of at least two different materials;
a frame for connecting the handle device and the auger housing; and
a chute device for directing snow thrown out from the auger housing by rotation of the auger,
wherein the auger housing comprises a channel having a snow inlet allowing the snow to enter and a snow outlet for communicating the channel and the chute device, the channel further comprising a channel wall, the channel wall comprising:
a back plate portion for guiding at least a portion of the snow moved by rotation of the auger to the chute device;
a baffle plate portion at either end of the auger for directing the snow moved by rotation of the auger close to the ends of the auger; and
a side plate portion for connecting the back plate portion and the baffle plate portion, and
wherein the back plate portion comprises a back plate being formed with a guiding plane and, the guiding plane is substantially parallel to a rotation axis of the auger.

US Pat. No. 10,428,478

EXPANDABLE CONTAINMENT PLOW

Meyer Products, LLC, Cle...

1. A plow mounting apparatus for mounting a material handling box assembly on an associated vehicle having a chassis, such as a truck, comprising:a plow frame having at least a front portion and a rear portion;
a lift frame attached to the rear portion of the plow frame, wherein the lift frame has a first side member and a second side member;
a clevis frame attached to the rear portion of the plow frame;
a vehicle mounting frame consisting of an upper cross member and a lower cross member, wherein the vehicle mounting frame is semi-permanently attached to the chassis of the associated vehicle, the lift frame includes a pair of upper hooks which engage the upper cross member on the vehicle mounting frame, and wherein the clevis frame includes a pair of lower hooks which engage the lower cross member on the vehicle mounting frame;
a vertical pull structure attached to the lift frame, the vertical pull structure having an outer vertical sleeve and an inner vertical member slidingly engageable with the outer vertical sleeve;
a height adjustment mechanism operable to raise and lower the material handling box assembly relative to the ground, the height adjustment mechanism comprising a hydraulic cylinder having a top portion and a bottom portion; the top portion being attached to the lift frame and the bottom portion being attached to a foot member, and;
an adjustable auxiliary light mounting apparatus, comprising:
a cross member positioned between the first side member and the second side member of the lift frame, wherein the cross member has a first end and a second end having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, and the cross member having at least one aperture at a first end and at least one aperture at a second end of the cross member;
a first horn having a first end and a second end having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, wherein the outer diameter of the first end of the first horn is less than the inner diameter of the first end of the cross member, wherein the first end of the first horn is positioned within the first end of the cross member and wherein the first horn has at least one aperture positioned so as to overlap the at least one aperture at the first end of the cross member;
a second horn having a first end and a second end having an inner diameter and an outer diameter, wherein the outer diameter of the second horn is less than the inner diameter of the second end of the cross member, wherein the first end of the second horn is positioned within the second end of the cross member and wherein the second horn has at least one aperture positioned so as to overlap the at least one aperture in the second end of the cross member;
at least one first auxiliary light housing positioned at a top portion of the first horn and at least one second auxiliary light housing positioned at a top portion of the second horn;
at least one light positioned within the first and second auxiliary light housings; and
a pin inserted within the overlapping apertures of the first and second horns and the cross member so as to secure the horns within the cross member;
wherein the material handling box assembly further comprises:
a main blade consisting of a plate having a concave front surface opposite a convex rear surface; being elongated along its width to define a pair of lateral ends opposed to one another, the elongation defining an axis of elongation; and a plurality of substantially vertical, laterally spaced apart gussets engaged to the rear surface but absent from the lateral ends of the main blade;
a guide frame engaged directly to the rear surface to provide structural support thereto, elongated in the width direction, extending the width of the blade; having a C-shaped cross section having a pair of opposing lips engaged to the rear surface where each of said lips extends toward the other lip; the guide frame defining a first half of a first slidable engagement set having an operational axis substantially parallel to the axis of elongation; and a first half of a second slidable engagement set having an operational axis substantially parallel to the axis of elongation; and
a first wing blade assembly slidably engaged with the first half of a first slidable engagement set by a wing blade slide defining a second half of the first slidable engagement set; the state of being slidably engaged permitting the first wing blade assembly to be moved along the operational axis of the first slidable engagement set such that the width of the material handling box assembly may be adjusted; the first wing blade assembly comprising a wing blade having a front surface positioned behind and which is curved to conform with the rear surface; and a lateral edge plate defining a lateral containment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,428,477

CHUTE CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR A SNOW THROWER

MTD PRODUCTS INC, Valley...

1. A chute control assembly for a snow thrower, said snow thrower having a housing, a handle operatively connected to said housing, a pair of wheels operatively connected to said housing, and a chute operatively connected to said housing, said chute control comprising:a control mechanism attached to said handle, said control mechanism includes a rotatable spool assembly positioned within a casing and a selectively rotatable actuator mechanism attached to said spool assembly, said spool assembly has a first circumferential distance;
a guide mechanism, wherein said guide mechanism includes a chute adapter rotatably connecting said chute to said housing, said chute adapter having a second circumferential distance; and
a connecting mechanism includes a pair of cables, wherein one end of each cable is connected to said control mechanism and another end is connected to said guide mechanism, wherein said connecting mechanism transfers rotation of said actuator mechanism to said guide mechanism to cause said chute to rotate relative to said housing;
wherein said first circumferential distance is smaller than said second circumferential distance, and wherein a ratio of said second circumferential distance relative to said first circumferential distance is about 8.5:3.

US Pat. No. 10,428,476

DEVICE FOR NON-IMPACT STOPPING OF VEHICLES

1. A device for non-impact stopping of a wheeled vehicle, the device comprising:(a) a net structure formed from a first plurality of flexible elements extending in a first direction interconnected with a second plurality of flexible elements extending in a second direction, non-parallel to said first direction;
(b) a plurality of tire-penetrating elements mechanically linked to a leading edge of said net structure;
(c) a plurality of irreversible energy absorbing elements integrated into the net structure in two non parallel directions,
so as to irreversibly absorb energy applied to deform said net structure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,475

COLLAPSIBLE LANE DELINEATOR

Saris Cycling Group, Inc....

1. A collapsible boundary delineator, comprising:a base adapted to be positioned on a ground surface; and
a pair of divider members interconnected with the base, wherein the pair of divider members comprises an upper divider member and a lower divider member, wherein the upper and lower divider members are movable relative to the base between a raised, operative position and a lowered, inoperative position, wherein when the upper and lower divider members are in the raised, operative position the lower divider member is spaced below the upper divider member and above the base and the upper and lower divider members are in a non-parallel relationship relative to each other, and wherein when the upper and lower divider members are in the lowered, inoperative position the upper divider member overlies the lower divider member and the lower divider member is sandwiched between the base and the upper divider member, and the upper and lower divider members are in a parallel relationship relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,428,474

MOBILE BARRIER

Concaten, Inc., Golden, ...

1. A method comprising:providing a mobile barrier for use in military, riot control, and terrorism prevention operations, said mobile barrier comprising first and second platforms; a plurality of interconnected wall sections positioned between and connected to the first and second platforms, said plurality of wall sections defining a protected work area on a side of the barrier;
providing a steerable caboose attached to the mobile barrier, said steerable caboose comprising a first steerable axle assembly and a second nonsteerable axle assembly;
said first steerable axle assembly comprising a first axle, first and second hydraulic cylinders, first and second front hinges and first and second rear hinges and a tie rod engaged mechanically with the first and second front hinges, first and second rear hinges and first and second hydraulic cylinders to hydraulically steer left and right wheels attached to the first steerable axle assembly;
wherein the tie rod locks into a lock position when in a nonsteering mode and unlocks from the lock position into an unlocked position when in a steering mode;
said second nonsteerable axle assembly comprising a set of air bags to raise and lower a second axle and a pair of leaf springs that elastically deform to permit the second axle to be raised and lowered in response to deflation and inflation of the set of air bags respectively;
selecting, by remote control, the unlock activator, which causes the tie rod to be placed in the unlocked position;
selecting, by remote control, the raise activator to deflate the set of air bags and raise the second axle;
selecting, by remote control, left and right activators to rotate the left and right wheels on the first steerable axle assembly to the left and right respectively and thereby steer the caboose by activation of the hydraulic cylinders to a selected position for the mobile barrier;
selecting, by remote control, the lock activator to return the tie rod to the locked position when the barrier is in the selected position;
selecting, by remote control, a lower activator to inflate the set of air bags and lower the second axle so that wheels attached to the second nonsteerable axle assembly are in contact with a travel surface.

US Pat. No. 10,428,473

SINUOUS TRAFFIC LINE

M.B.G. Industries, Swamp...

1. A system of sinusoidal traffic lines comprising:applied traffic lines that are arranged to have a wavy left edge and a corresponding wavy right edge so as to create a sinusoidal line in a directional vector along the axis of the traffic, a pattern of the wavy left edge being identical and corresponding to a pattern of the wavy right edge;
describing a contiguous assembly of three parallel line portions with a first portion having a concentration of glass beads per gallon of paint that is different from the concentration of glass beads per gallon of paint of a second portion;
the second portion being the outermost portions of the traffic line.

US Pat. No. 10,428,472

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A CROSS SLOPE OF AN ASPHALT PAVER SCREED

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. A construction machine comprising:a tractor;
an implement coupled to the tractor via a left tow arm and a right tow arm;
a left slope sensor mounted to the left tow arm;
a right slope sensor mounted to the right tow arm; and
one or more processors configured to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from the left slope sensor, left slope data;
receiving, from the right slope sensor, right slope data;
calculating a measured cross slope of a virtual transverse beam extending between the left tow arm and the right tow arm based on the left slope data and the right slope data;
obtaining a target cross slope; and
causing movement of one or both of the left tow arm and the right tow arm based on a comparison between the measured cross slope and the target cross slope.

US Pat. No. 10,428,471

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING COLD PLANER MATERIAL FLOW

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A cold planer comprising:a machine frame;
a milling drum rotatably coupled to the machine frame;
a first conveyor configured to convey a milled material away from the milling drum;
a second conveyor configured to convey the milled material from the first conveyor to a discharge location, wherein the second conveyor is pivotably connected to the machine frame;
a swivel sensor configured to generate swivel data corresponding to a swivel position of the second conveyor; and
a control module in electrical communication with the swivel sensor, the control module configured to receive the swivel data and to control motion of the second conveyor based on the swivel data.

US Pat. No. 10,428,470

PORTABLE ASPHALT HEATER APPARATUS AND METHOD

The City of Calgary, Cal...

1. A portable asphalt heater apparatus for heating a volume of asphalt, the apparatus comprising:an asphalt hopper having a floor, first and second side walls and front and rear end walls, the side walls and end walls extending upwardly from the floor and defining an upper opening into the hopper, the upper opening positioned above the floor and having an opening area which is less than a surface area of the floor, the first and second side walls including an inwardly extending portion tapering inwardly and extending between the floor and the upper opening, so as to define a substantially inverted V geometry when viewed in a vertical cross-section of the hopper taken generally parallel to and between the front and rear end walls of the hopper,
at least one door selectively closing the upper opening,
an asphalt heating manifold including an asphalt heating chamber adjacent to and positioned beneath the floor, the asphalt heating manifold in fluid communication with an asphalt heater assembly, the asphalt heating manifold adapted to direct a heated gas emitted from the asphalt heater assembly through the asphalt heating chamber and asphalt heating manifold,
wherein the volume of asphalt when in the asphalt hopper is heated through contact with the asphalt hopper, and
wherein the apparatus is adapted for mounting on a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,428,469

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAGNETIC LEVITATION AND ACCELERATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

1. A magnet configuration comprising:a first Halbach array having a first magnetic field; and
a second Halbach array having a second magnetic field, wherein said first Halbach array and said second Halbach array are magnetically and structurally connected together to form a first pair of magnetic fields of flux having characteristics of attraction and repulsion between the connections of the Halbach arrays with the attraction polarities being the drop edges on all sides of their adjoining repulsion polarities, and
one or more pressure pumps connected to the first Halbach array wherein the pressure pump are configured to be adjusted in length to adjust the distance between the first and second Halbach arrays.

US Pat. No. 10,428,468

TRACK-MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

PROGRESS RAIL A CATERPILL...

1. A track-mounting assembly for securing a rail extending in a longitudinal direction to a substrate, the assembly comprising:a frame fixable to the substrate and formed with a vertically throughgoing aperture having an inner edge formed by
a longitudinally extending gauge surface directed transversely toward a field side of the assembly and
a transversely oppositely directed and longitudinally extending field surface directed toward a gauge side of the assembly and of substantially greater area than the gauge surface;
a track plate in the aperture and having an upwardly directed rail seat on which the rail is supported and an outer edge formed by
a longitudinally extending gauge surface spacedly transversely confronting and of generally the same area as the gauge surface of the aperture and
a longitudinally extending field surface spacedly transversely confronting and of generally the same area as the field surface of the aperture, the field surface of the track plate being of substantially greater area than the gauge surface of the aperture; and
an elastomeric mass generally filling a space between the gauge surfaces and the field surfaces of the aperture and track plate.

US Pat. No. 10,428,467

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING FIBER-BASED MEAT CONTAINERS

Footprint International, ...

1. A fiber-based slurry for use in vacuum forming a meat tray, the slurry comprising:a fiber base of about 70% softwood and about 30% bagasse;
a moisture barrier; and
an oil barrier;
wherein the moisture barrier is in a range of about 1%-4% by weight and the oil barrier is in a range of about 1%-4% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,428,466

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND SHEET MANUFACTURING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus comprising:a defibrating unit configured to defibrate, in air, feedstock containing fiber;
a mixing unit configured to mix, in air, resin with the fiber defibrated from the feedstock by the defibrating unit;
an air-laying unit configured to lay a web from the mixture output from the mixing unit;
a liquid application unit configured to add water to part of the web laid by the air-laying unit; and
a sheet forming unit configured to form a sheet with parts having different light transmittance by heating and compressing the web to which water was added by the liquid application unit.

US Pat. No. 10,428,463

FIBROUS STRUCTURES COMPRISING REGIONS HAVING DIFFERENT MICRO-CT INTENSIVE PROPERTY VALUES AND ASSOCIATED TRANSITION SLOPES

1. A fibrous structure comprising a plurality of filaments and a plurality of solid additives, the fibrous structure further comprising a first region and a second region, wherein the first and second regions exhibit at least one common intensive property that differs in value and wherein a micro-CT basis weight transition between the first and second regions exhibits a micro-CT basis weight inter-region transition slope value of greater than 0.5 gsm/mm as measured according to the Micro-CT Test Method.

US Pat. No. 10,428,461

TOILET TISSUE SPRAY DISPENSER AND METHOD

Aquinelle, LLC, New York...

1. A method of moistening a toilet tissue square with a quantity of cleansing liquid to create a moistened wipe, said method comprising the steps of:acquiring a portable dispenser of the type having a spray bottle with a quantity of cleansing liquid retained therein and further having a spray cap affixed to a top of the spray bottle, the spray cap having a finger pump for extracting the cleansing liquid and further defining an orifice for dispensing the cleansing liquid through the orifice as a cone of mist having an approximate diameter of three inches at a distance of approximately four inches from the orifice;
acquiring at least one square of toilet tissue approximately four inches square;
holding the dispenser in a user's hand approximately four inches from the at least one toilet tissue square;
orienting the orifice of the finger pump at an angle with respect to a plane of the toilet tissue;
depressing the finger pump at least once to dispense a cone of mist of the cleansing liquid toward the at least one toilet tissue square;
allowing a portion of the cone of mist to deposit on the at least one toilet tissue square to moisten the at least one toilet tissue square; and
applying the at least one toilet tissue square to an area of the user's body desired to be cleansed;
wherein the cleansing liquid is formulated with:
Water 30%-100%;
Cocamidopropyl 3%-30%;
PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate 3%-30%;
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate 3%-30%;
PEG 150 Distearate 3%-30%;
Glycerin 3%-30%;
Propylene Glycol 3%-30%;
1,3 Propanediol 1%-3%;
Ethylhexyl Glycerin 1%-3%;
Potassium Sorbate 1%-3%;
Hamamelis Virginiana Extract 0.1%-0.3%;
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice 0.1%-0.3%;
Tocopheryl Acetate 0.1%-0.3%;
Sodium Benzoate 0.1%-0.3%;
Phenoxyethanol 0.1%-0.3%; and
Citric Acid 0.1%-0.3%.

US Pat. No. 10,428,460

METHOD FOR MOLDING CNF AND MOLDED PRODUCT OF CNF OBTAINED BY THE MOLDING METHOD

1. A method for molding CNFs, which comprises steps of:a charging step of charging a first CNF-containing slurry containing, as a cellulose derived fibrous component, only CNFs having an average thickness of 4 to 200 nm and an average length of 0.1 ?m or more into a mold form at least partly composed of a vapor-permeable means;
applying a load to the first CNF-containing slurry using the vapor-permeable means of the mold form and/or vapor-permeable means other than that of the mold form, while heating the CNF-containing slurry and/or putting the CNF-containing slurry under reduced pressure; and
repeating a charging step of subsequently charging a second CNF-containing slurry containing, as a cellulose-derived fibrous component, only CNFs having an average thickness of 4 to 200 nm and an average length of 0.1 ?m or more into said mold form while the previously charged CNF-containing slurry is still in a wet state, and the step of the load application in conjunction with the heating and/or the exposure to reduced pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,428,458

MEDICAL NONWOVEN FABRIC, AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF

KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUST...

1. A method for preparing a medical nonwoven fabric, comprising:mixing and dispersing a mixture of short-cut cellulose fibers, a binder material, and a biocompatible dispersing agent in an aqueous medium under agitation, wherein the mixture comprises with respect to 100 parts by weight of the cellulose fibers, 0 to 50 parts by weight of the binder material and 0 to 10 parts by weight of the biocompatible dispersing agent;
removing the aqueous medium by filtration and compressing the mixture to obtain a wet-laid nonwoven fabric of short-cut fibers;
calendering the wet-laid nonwoven fabric; and
subjecting the wet-laid nonwoven fabric to chemical treatment to form a wet-laid nonwoven fabric comprising gelable cellulose derivative short-cut fibers and having a pore size of 1 ?m to 100 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,428,457

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING WATERMARKED PAPER

FEDRIGONI S.P.A., Verona...

1. A method for manufacturing watermarked paper, comprising:a step of forming a first fibrous panel which comprises at least one watermark element;
a step of forming a second, thin fibrous panel;
a step of removal, by way of suction, of at least one portion of said second, thin fibrous panel in order to produce a localized reduction in thickness at a first face of said second, thin fibrous panel, so as to provide at least one accommodation seat intended to accommodate a security element, said step being performed before the second, thin fibrous panel is coupled to a ribbon-like element;
a step of coupling between said first fibrous panel and a face of said second, thin fibrous panel which lies opposite said first face.

US Pat. No. 10,428,456

STEEL WIRE ROPE FOR CONVEYOR BELT

JIANGSU FASTEN TECHNOLOGY...

1. A steel wire rope for conveyor belt, comprising:a central steel wire, a steel wire layer externally wound about the central steel wire, and a plurality of external steel wire strands,
wherein each external steel wire strand comprises a core steel wire and N external steel wires; the central steel wire, the steel wire layer externally wound about the central steel wire, and the plurality of external steel wire strands are wound to form a line contact steel wire rope in one step, the plurality of external steel wire strands are wound about an outer surface of the steel wire layer and are in line contact with the steel wire layer, and wherein the steel wire layer externally wound on the central steel wire comprises M steel wires.

US Pat. No. 10,428,454

TEXTILE TREATMENT COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING QUTERNARY BIS-IMIDAZOLINE COMPOUNDS DERIVED FROM LINEAR TETRAMINES USEFUL TO IMPROVE MOISTURE MANAGEMENT AND PROVIDE ANTIMICROBIAL PROTECTION

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method of making a treatment composition comprising a quaternized bis-imidazoline, comprising the steps of:a) providing a bis-amide according to the formula

wherein each Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4, Z5, and Z6 independently is a monovalent moiety or at least first and second of the Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4, Z5, and Z6 moieties are linked to each other in a manner effective to form a divalent moiety that attaches to the corresponding imidazoline ring(s) at two attachment sites; and each RH independently is a hydrophobic, monovalent moiety comprising 6 to 50 carbon atoms;
b) causing ingredients comprising at least the bis-amide to form a bis-imidazoline according to the formula

wherein at least a portion of forming the bis-imidazoline occurs in a vacuum at a temperature less than 325° C.; and
c) using ingredients comprising the bis-imidazoline to form a composition having a pH in the range from 4.0 to 6.9 and comprising a quaternary ammonium bis-imidazoline cation or salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,428,452

WALL-MOUNTED DRUM TYPE WASHING MACHINE

Dongbu Daewoo Electronics...

1. A wall-mounted washing machine comprising:a tub configured to contain washing water, wherein the tub comprises a tub side wall and a tub rear panel integrally formed with the tub side wall, and wherein the tub rear panel is operable to serve as a mounting member to mount the wall-mounted washing machine on an external wall;
a tub front panel coupled to the tub side wall;
a plurality of ribs formed integrally with the tub front panel and on a front surface of the tub front panel, and
a water supply unit,
wherein the tub front panel comprises a first container holder configured to hold a detergent box,
wherein the first container holder comprises a first water supply hole coupled to the water supply unit,
wherein the tub front panel further comprises a second container holder configured to hold a conditioner box, and wherein the second container holder comprises a second water supply hole coupled to the water supply unit,
wherein the first container holder further comprises a first blocking panel extending from a top surface of the first container holder and toward the detergent box, and
wherein the second container holder comprises a second blocking panel extending from a top surface of the second container holder and toward the conditioner box.

US Pat. No. 10,428,451

WASHING MACHINE WITH WATER SUPPLY DISTRIBUTOR

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A washing machine, comprising:a casing forming an exterior;
a tub disposed within the casing;
a drum rotatably provided in the tub, for accommodating laundry; and
a water supply distributor disposed within the casing and comprising a temporary space in which externally introduced water gathers, a plurality of discharge ports for distributing the water of the temporary space toward a plurality of points, and a pressure limit unit for limiting an increase of water pressure within the temporary space,
wherein the water supply distributor comprises:
a flow channel switching plate of a disk shape in which an open hole and a plurality of through holes arranged to form a circle around a center of rotation are formed; and
a housing into which the flow channel switching plate is rotatably inserted and in which a flow channel for communicating the open hole with the discharge ports is formed when the flow channel switching plate is rotated,
wherein the housing comprises a rim portion surrounding a side of the flow channel switching plate and forming a sidewall of the temporary space and a flow channel forming plate in which the rim portion stands upright and a plurality of discharge holes is formed so that the flow channel communicates with the open hole, and
wherein the pressure limit unit is formed to connect the plurality of through holes when the flow channel switching plate is disposed so that the open hole and the discharge holes do not communicate with each other,
wherein the discharge holes comprise:
a plurality of first discharge holes arranged to form a circle around a center of rotation of the flow channel switching plate, and
a second discharge hole formed closer to the center of rotation than to the first discharge holes, for communicating with at least any one of the first discharge holes, and
wherein the pressure limit unit is formed in the flow channel forming plate to provide a space in which water introduced through the through holes communicates with the at least any one of the first discharge holes through the second discharge hole.

US Pat. No. 10,428,450

GLASS FIBER REINFORCED FACER MAT

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A fiber mat facer comprising:a non-woven web of fibers comprising:
a first group of fibers having an average fiber diameter from about 6 ?m to about 20 ?m; and
a second group of fibers having an average fiber diameter from about 0.5 ?m to about 5 ?m;
a binder to bond together the non-woven web of fibers into a fiber mat, the binder including a water repellant additive and a dispersant additive;
an additive that enhances the opacity of the mat; and
a paint atop an outer surface of the fiber mat, wherein the paint comprises a weak acid having a pKa between ?2 and 14, and wherein the weak acid comprises greater than about 0.08 wt. % and below about 0.1 wt. % of the dry weight of the paint; and
wherein the water repellant additive comprises a stearylated melamine water repellant comprising between about 0.5 wt. % and 0.7 wt. % of the total weight of the fiber mat, and wherein the fiber mat has a surface energy of between about 40 dyne/cm and about 50 dyne/cm.

US Pat. No. 10,428,449

METHOD FOR CREATING ASTRONOMY-BASED ORNAMENTAL ARTICLES

1. A method for creating a multiple strand piece of jewelry, comprising:creating a star chart based on a specific time and a specific place, wherein the star chart shows a plurality of stars;
classifying the plurality of stars shown by the star chart by magnitude, wherein the classifying creates a number of classes;
creating a template based on the star chart, wherein the template indicates a star position and a star magnitude for each of the plurality of stars;
transferring the star positions and star magnitudes onto a multiple strand jewelry transparency by overlaying the multiple strand jewelry transparency over the template, the multiple strand jewelry transparency comprising a plurality of lines indicating a plurality of strands in the multiple strand piece of jewelry, marking the star position and a symbol representing the star magnitude for each of the plurality of stars onto the multiple strand jewelry transparency;
matching a plurality of gemstones to the stars in the star chart, the lower the magnitude of the star, the larger the gemstone; and
forming a plurality of strands in the multiple strand piece of jewelry by replicating the lines of the multiple strand jewelry transparency with the plurality of strands, and stringing each of the plurality of gemstones onto one of the plurality of strands, wherein a position of each of the strung plurality of gemstones corresponds to the star position of the respective star that is matched to the respective gemstone.

US Pat. No. 10,428,448

WET-ACTIVATED COOLING FABRIC

MISSION PRODUCT HOLDINGS,...

1. A warp knit fabric produced using a warp knit 4-bar construction,wherein a first bar uses a 1-0/2-3 stitch notation on a first course using a first yarn,
wherein a second bar uses a 1-2/1-0 stitch notation on a second course using a second yarn,
wherein a third bar uses a 0-1/2-1 stitch notation on a third course using a third yarn, and
wherein a fourth bar uses a 1-0/1-2 stitch notation on a fourth course using a fourth yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,428,447

COMPRESSION DEVICE

BSN-JOBST GmbH, Emmerich...

1. A compression article for supporting a body part, said compression article being produced from an elastic textile material, in the form of a knitted fabric (11), and which is provided with at least one elastic holding strap (12) which protects against slipping on the body part, wherein the holding strap (12) is produced using a friction thread (13) which is located in places on a surface of the strap (12) on an inner side of the strap, wherein the total area of the locations at which the friction thread (13) is located on the surface of the inner side of the strap is less than 25% of the surface of the inner side of the strap.

US Pat. No. 10,428,445

PRODUCTION OF HIGH COTTON NUMBER OR LOW DENIER CORE SPUN YARN FOR WEAVING OF REACTIVE FABRIC AND ENHANCED BEDDING

1. A method of producing a core spun yarn, comprising:drawing a roving thread from a roving bobbin through a roving guide, immediately followed by an aft drafting roller, and immediately followed by a mid drafting roller to a front drafting roller;
drawing a spandex core from a spandex bobbin using a guide roller;
associating the roving thread drawn to the front drafting roller and the spandex core drawn using the guide roller by drawing the roving thread drawn to the front drafting roller and the spandex core drawn using the guide roller in an approximately parallel fashion through the front drafting roller;
drawing the associated roving thread and the spandex core through a lappet hook immediately followed by an anti-ballooning guide, the anti-ballooning guide configured to maintain ballooning of the associated roving thread and the spandex core within a certain limit;
executing, through a ring traveler attached to a rotatable ring, a circular motion around a ring-frame bobbin comprising the ring traveler attached to the rotatable ring to cause the drawn associated roving thread to twist around the drawn associated spandex core, forming the core spun yarn; and
wrapping, through the ring traveler, the formed core spun yarn on the ring-frame bobbin at a same time of rotation of a spindle of the ring-frame bobbin to form a roving-spandex bobbin.

US Pat. No. 10,428,444

POLYMER NANOFIBERS FROM ELECTROSPINNING OF COMPLEX COACERVATES, AND COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS THEREOF

University of Massachusse...

1. A method for making a nanofiber or microfiber by electrospinning, comprising:providing an aqueous solution comprising a polyanion or macroanion and an aqueous solution comprising a polycation or macrocation;
mixing the aqueous solution comprising a polyanion or macroanion, the aqueous solution comprising a polycation or macrocation, and an aqueous salt solution to form a coacervate suspension;
coalescing the coacervate suspension into a homogeneous coacervate phase; and
electrospinning the coacervate phase to form a nanofiber or microfiber, wherein the nanofiber or microfiber has a diameter in the range from about 0.199 micrometers to about 32 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,428,443

METHOD OF MAKING A SPUNBOND FROM FILAMENTS

1. A method of making a spunbond web, the method comprising the steps of:providing a spinneret having a nozzle plate forming a plurality of nozzle holes that are homogeneously distributed across the entire nozzle plate;
heating polypropylene having an average isotactic sequence length of at least 65 to an onset temperature of at least 120°;
extruding filaments of the heated polypropylene by the spinneret through the homogeneously distributed nozzle holes such that the filaments travel in a flow direction and are spaced apart homogeneously in a direction transverse to the flow direction;
moving the homogeneously spaced and extruded filaments in the flow direction downstream from the nozzle plate through a monomer suction device into a cooling chamber divided into upper and lower cooling compartments;
feeding cool process air into the cooling chamber to cool the filaments in the compartments thereof;
sucking a portion of the process air by the monomer suction device from the upper cooling compartment and drawing the sucked out portion of the process air into the monomer suction device at a volumetric flow rate VM;
feeding another portion of the process air from the upper compartment at a volumetric flow rate V1 into the lower cooling compartment;
setting the flow rates relative to each other such that a volumetric flow-rate ratio VM/V1 is 0.1 to 0.3; and
feeding the filaments from the lower cooling compartment into a stretcher; and
then depositing the filaments from the stretcher onto a deposition device for the spunbond web.

US Pat. No. 10,428,442

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING BULKED CONTINUOUS FILAMENT FROM COLORED RECYCLED PET

Aladdin Manufacturing Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament, the method comprising:(A) providing a multi-screw extruder that comprises:
(i) a first satellite screw extruder, the first satellite screw extruder comprising a first satellite screw that is mounted to rotate about a central axis of the first satellite screw;
(ii) a second satellite screw extruder, the second satellite screw extruder comprising a second satellite screw that is mounted to rotate about a central axis of the second satellite screw; and
(iii) a pressure regulation system that is adapted to maintain a pressure within the first and second satellite screw extruders between about 0 millibars and about 5 millibars;
(B) using the pressure regulation system to reduce a pressure within the first and second satellite screw extruders to between about 0 millibars and about 5 millibars;
(C) providing a plurality of polymer flakes, the plurality of polymer flakes comprising between about six percent and about ten percent colored recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes and balance substantially clear recycled PET flakes;
(D) providing one or more color concentrates;
(E) adding the one or more color concentrates to the plurality of polymer flakes such that the resulting mixture comprises between about zero percent and about three percent of the one or more color concentrates by weight;
(F) while maintaining the pressure within the first and second satellite screw extruders between about 0 millibars and about 5 millibars, passing the plurality of polymer flakes and the one or more color concentrates through the multi-screw extruder to form a polymer melt so that: (1) a first portion of the polymer melt passes through the first satellite screw extruder, and (2) a second portion of the polymer melt passes through the second satellite screw extruder; and
(G) after the step of passing the polymer melt through the multi-screw extruder, forming the recycled polymer into bulked continuous carpet filament.

US Pat. No. 10,428,441

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRECLEANING A SUBSTRATE SURFACE PRIOR TO EPITAXIAL GROWTH

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method, comprising: forming a contaminant free surface comprising a native oxide laver by performing a reducing process to remove carbon containing contaminants from a surface of a substrate in a first processing chamber; then transferring the substrate from the first processing chamber to a second processing chamber; then removing the native oxide layer from the substrate by performing an etch process on the substrate in the second processing chamber; and then forming an epitaxial layer on the surface of the substrate; wherein the reducing process comprises forming a hydrogen containing plasma in the first processing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,428,440

SIC SINGLE CRYSTAL AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for producing a SiC single crystal by a solution method, wherein a first SiC seed crystal is contacted with a Si—C solution with a temperature gradient in which a temperature of the SiC solution decreases from an interior toward a surface, to grow a first SiC single crystal, and wherein the method for producing the SiC single crystal consists of:limiting the temperature gradient in a surface region of the Si—C solution to no greater than 10° C/cm;
contacting (1-100) plane of the first SiC seed crystal with the Si—C solution;
growing the first SiC single crystal on the (1-100) plane of the first seed crystal at a ratio of less than 20×10?4 cm2/h·° C for a growth rate of the first SiC single crystal with respect to the temperature gradient to provide the first SiC single crystal, wherein the first SiC single crystal has a (000-1) face;
using the first SiC single crystal grown on the (1-100) plane of the first seed crystal as a second seed crystal; and
growing a second SiC single crystal on the (000-1) face of the second seed crystal.