US Pat. No. 10,767,441

STORM PLUG PACKER SYSTEM AND METHOD

11. A storm plug packer method for use on a drill string in a casing, and having an up-hole and down-hole orientation, the storm plug packer method comprising:(i) providing a storm plug packer apparatus, comprising:
(a) an outer sleeve having a normal circumference providing a close but unrestricted fit within the casing, and having a mounting point at a down-hole end for attachment to down-hole components of the drill string;
(b) a plurality of mounting holes arrayed radially through the circumference of said outer sleeve;
(c) a plurality of transfer balls accommodated one each in said mounting holes such that said transfer ball does not extend radially beyond the normal circumference of said outer sleeve;
(d) a plurality of ball-retainer rings each adapted to allow said transfer ball to partially extend beyond the normal circumference of said outer sleeve, and to prevent said transfer ball from completely exiting said mounting hole;
(e) a plurality of deformable membranes each adapted to cover said transfer ball;
(f) an inner sleeve having a crenated axial profile, having radial bands each comprising at a down-hole portion a trough corresponding to the size of said transfer balls and at an up-hole portion a ramped gradual increase in circumference up to a maximum circumference allowing sliding within said outer sleeve, having on an up-hole portion a stepped reduction in circumference forming an outer shoulder, and having a mounting point on an up-hole end for attachment to up-hole components of the drill string; and
(g) a guide-retainer ring having an outer surface adapted to mount upon said outer sleeve, having an inner surface adapted to allow sliding movement of said inner sleeve, and having a down-hole surface adapted to serve as an inner shoulder upon said outer sleeve;
(ii) using said storm plug packer in an un-set state where, when the drill string places an upward force on said inner sleeve, said inner sleeve slides upward within said outer sleeve to the limit of contact between the outer shoulder of said inner sleeve and the inner shoulder of said guide-retainer ring and said outer sleeve, where said transfer balls are accommodated within the troughs of said inner sleeve, and where said transfer balls do not extend beyond the normal circumference of said outer sleeve;
(iii) using said storm plug packer in a set state where, when the drill string does not place an upward force on said inner sleeve, said inner sleeve slides downward within said outer sleeve, placing the gradual increased circumference portions of said inner sleeve in contact with said transfer balls, forcing said transfer balls radially outward, to the limit of said ball-retainer rings, against said deformable membranes, and past the normal circumference of said outer sleeve into frictional contact with the casing, thereby setting said storm plug packer and attached down-hole components in fixed positions within the casing; and
(iv) returning said storm plug packer to an un-set state where, upon re-application of an upward force to said inner sleeve, said inner sleeve slides back into the position allowing said transfer balls to retract into the troughs of said inner sleeve, thereby unsetting said storm plug packer, allowing movement of the drill string.

US Pat. No. 10,767,440

WIPER DART WITH REINFORCED DRIVE ELEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

17. A method, comprising:pumping a fluid into a work string extended within a wellbore and coupled to a wellbore liner;
pumping a wiper dart into the work string, the wiper dart including one or more wiper elements disposed about a mandrel, a nose assembly coupled to the mandrel, and a drive element disposed about the mandrel and including a shoe and a cup coupled to the shoe,
wherein the cup exhibits a maximum diameter less than or equal to a maximum diameter of the one or more wiper elements,
wherein the cup of the drive element provides an inner cup surface and an outer cup surface,
wherein the outer cup surface provides a reinforced section that engages an end wall defined by the shoe, and
wherein the end wall extends at an angle offset from a longitudinal axis of the drive,
the angle ranging between 1° and 90° to provide radial support to the cup of the drive element;
engaging an inner wall of the work string with the one or more sealing elements as the wiper dart advances downhole and thereby hydraulically forcing the fluid into the wellbore liner;
propelling the wiper dart through a reduced diameter section defined in the work string with the drive element; and
providing at least one of axial and radial support to the cup with the shoe as the wiper drive element propels the wiper dart through the reduced diameter section.

US Pat. No. 10,767,439

DOWNHOLE TOOL HAVING A SEALING ELEMENT CONSTRUCTED FROM A POLYVINYL ALCOHOL COMPOUND

Bubbletight, LLC, Needvi...

1. A plug for use in a wellbore conduit, comprising:a body having an axial bore extending therethrough;
one or more slips configured to move radially to engage an interior wall of the wellbore conduit; and
a water-degradable, elastomeric sealing element configured to form a seal between an outer surface of the body and the interior wall of the wellbore conduit, wherein the sealing element is at least partially formed from a first polyvinyl alcohol compound comprising a blend of polyvinyl alcohol and styrene-rubber polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,767,438

AUTONOMOUS BLOWOUT PREVENTER

1. A system for a subsea BOP, the subsea BOP comprising a bore through the subsea BOP, the subsea BOP comprising two BOP rams, the two BOP rams comprising a shear ram, the shear ram comprising two shear ram pistons, an accumulator to stroke the two shear ram pistons that move two rams associated with the shear ram, the subsea BOP being operable to receive a string of pipe moveable axially within the bore, the system comprising:a computer programmed to make an estimate of a shear force to cut the string of pipe between the two rams of the shear ram when the string of pipe is within the bore;
a pressure intensifier hydraulically connected to the accumulator;
a shear ram sensor to monitor operation of the shear ram;
the computer being connected to the shear ram sensor and the pressure intensifier through an interface;
whereby the computer is programmed to control the pressure intensifier to vary a force applied to the two shear ram pistons responsively to data from the shear ram sensor and the estimate of the shear force required to cut the string of pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,767,437

BLOWOUT PREVENTER BONNET RETENTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

CAMERON INTERNATIONAL COR...

1. An apparatus comprising:a blowout preventer comprising:
a hollow body;
a ram disposed in a ram cavity of the hollow body;
a bonnet coupled to the hollow body;
an actuation rod coupled to the ram and extending out of the hollow body through the bonnet so as to allow movement of the actuation rod through the bonnet to drive movement of the ram in the ram cavity;
threaded fasteners that fasten the bonnet to the hollow body, wherein the threaded fasteners comprise:
a threaded shaft; and
a threaded nut positioned within an aperture of the bonnet, wherein the threaded shaft and the threaded nut define respective mating interrupted threads with the respective threaded portions and respective longitudinal unthreaded portions such that the respective threaded portions of the threaded shaft are configured to align with respective longitudinal unthreaded portions of the threaded nut and the respective threaded portions of the threaded nut are configured to align with the respective longitudinal unthreaded portions of the threaded shaft to allow the threaded shaft to be received within the threaded nut, and the threaded nut is configured to rotate with respect to the threaded shaft while the threaded shaft is received within the threaded nut to cause the respective threaded portions of the threaded nut to engage the respective threaded portions of the threaded shaft; and
a retaining ring configured to retain the threaded nut within the aperture of the bonnet and to block rotation of the threaded nut with respect to the threaded shaft while the respective threaded portions of the threaded nut engage the respective threaded portions of the threaded shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,767,436

CONNECTIONS FOR USE IN HIGH-PRESSURE RISERS AND MAKE-UP EQUIPMENT THEREFOR

TRENDSETTER VULCAN OFFSHO...

19. A make-up tool for assembling a high-pressure riser, the high-pressure riser including at least one coupling having a first end, a second end that is opposite of the first end, and an outer surface, the at least one coupling including a first threaded box located at the first end, a second threaded box located at the second end, and a torque contour located on the outer surface, the high-pressure riser further including at least one collar having an outer surface, the at least one collar including a torque contour located on the outer surface, the make-up tool comprising:a spider having a spider opening, the spider opening including an inner diameter and a torque profile that aligns with the torque contour of the at least one coupling; and
a rotatable ring having a ring opening, the ring opening including an inner diameter and a torque profile that aligns with the torque contour of the at least one collar,
wherein the rotatable ring is slidable relative to the spider along a longitudinal axis of the spider opening and the ring opening.

US Pat. No. 10,767,435

SLIP HANGER ASSEMBLY

1. A system for installing a slip hanger assembly in a wellbore, the system comprising:a slip bowl comprising a stepped inner profile and an aperture extending from an outer diameter of the slip bowl to the stepped inner profile;
a slip coupled to the slip bowl, the slip having a mating external profile and being arranged against the stepped inner profile, the slip further comprising teeth on an inner face and a slot for receiving a shear pin extending through the aperture;
a running tool coupled to the slip bowl;
a housing coupled to the running tool, the housing including a cylinder for receiving a reciprocating piston, the piston being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the slip is in stored position while the piston is in the first position and an engaged position when the piston is in the second position; and
a coupling joining the running tool to the slip bowl, the coupling including a block extending between the running tool and the slip bowl, the block moving in response to movement of the piston to decouple the slip bowl from the running tool.

US Pat. No. 10,767,434

HYDRAULIC WELLHEAD CONNECTOR

1. A hydraulic connector for connecting between two cylindrical bodies, comprising:jaws positioned around the two cylindrical bodies and pre-loaded by an actuator hydraulic main piston through a pressurization chamber provided proximate an upper end of a radially outward surface of the actuator hydraulic main piston, wherein the actuator hydraulic main piston is positioned around the jaws, and wherein a set of cooperating conical surfaces are provided between the jaws and the actuator hydraulic main piston, wherein the set of cooperating conical surfaces comprises a radially outward conical surface of an upper end of the jaws positioned radially inwardly adjacent a radially inward conical surface of the actuator hydraulic main piston, and a set of cooperating cylindrical surfaces are provided between the jaws and the actuator hydraulic main piston, wherein the set of cooperating cylindrical surfaces comprises a radially outward cylindrical surface of a lower end of the jaws positioned radially inwardly adjacent a radially inward cylindrical surface of the actuator hydraulic main piston, and wherein the set of cooperating conical surfaces are in engaging contact in a locked position of the hydraulic connector and the set of cooperating cylindrical surfaces are in engaging contact in the locked position of the hydraulic connector;
a primary unlocking chamber provided proximate a lower end of the radially outward surface of the actuator hydraulic main piston;
a secondary hydraulic piston positioned around the actuator hydraulic main piston proximate the lower end of the radially outward surface and a secondary unlocking chamber provided proximate a lower end of the secondary hydraulic piston that provides redundancy in unlocking, the secondary hydraulic piston acting on an external face of the actuator hydraulic main piston;
an external liner disposed around the actuator hydraulic main piston and the secondary hydraulic piston; and
a two-part top cover attached to the external liner and to a top cylindrical body of the two cylindrical bodies, through a two-part ring, wherein the two parts of the two-part ring are attached to each other by screws.

US Pat. No. 10,767,433

INTEGRATED CONTROLS FOR SUBSEA LANDING STRING, BLOW OUT PREVENTER, LOWER MARINE RISER PACKAGE

OneSubsea IP UK Limited, ...

1. A subsea landing string, comprising:a subsea landing string configured to couple to a wellhead on a seabed, the subsea landing string having a first input line component;
a blowout preventer (BOP) stack coupled to the subsea landing string having one or more actuatable components;
a controls module coupled to the subsea landing string above the BOP stack, the controls module comprising an input line, a second input line component, and a coupling mechanism, the coupling mechanism comprising a piston wherein the piston is configured move from a first position to a second position in response to hydraulic and/or electric actuation wherein the coupling mechanism is configured to couple the first input line component to the second input line component in response to movement of the piston from the first position to the second position; and
a lower marine riser package (LMRP) coupled to the subsea landing string above the controls module, the LMRP having one or more actuatable components;
wherein the one or more actuatable components in the BOP stack and the LMRP are configured to receive an input from the input line in the controls module.

US Pat. No. 10,767,432

DRILL ALIGNMENT DEVICE

1. A well drilling fishing equipment alignment device, comprising:a base;
an inner support connected to and extending from said base, said inner support configured to receive, hold, and vertically align an equipment retrieval device;
an outer cover configured to cover and protect at least a portion of an equipment retrieval device connected to said inner support and,
wherein said base includes a base member having a top,
wherein said base further includes a bottom base plate under the base member, wherein said base plate provides a flat bottom,
wherein said base further comprises at least one handling feature that extends upward from said top,
wherein said inner support includes a vertical support member that is connected at its lower end to said base member.

US Pat. No. 10,767,431

INNER BARREL CRIMPING CONNECTION FOR A CORING TOOL

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

10. A method for coupling coring inner barrel sections, comprising:inserting an end of a first coring inner barrel into a first end of a crimp ring;
inserting an end of a second coring inner barrel into a second end of the crimp ring, the end of the first coring inner barrel and the end of the second coring inner barrel spaced apart by a gap; and
compressing the first and second ends of the crimp ring to mechanically couple the crimp ring to the end of the first coring inner barrel and the end of the second coring inner barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,430

OPPOSING PISTON SETTING TOOL

Hunting Titan, Inc., Pam...

1. A setting tool comprising:a charge chamber;
a pressure chamber;
a cylindrical body having a top end and a bottom end and a longitudinal axis extending through its center from the top end to the bottom end;
a top piston, having a top end and a bottom end corresponding with the top end and bottom end of the cylindrical body, providing a slidable seal within the pressure chamber;
a bottom piston, having a top end and a bottom end corresponding with the top end and bottom end of the cylindrical body, providing a slidable seal within the pressure chamber;
a top piston mandrel connecting the charge chamber to the top end of the top piston through the top end of the cylindrical body;
a gas passage through the top piston mandrel providing fluid communication from the charge chamber to the pressure chamber between the top and bottom piston;
a bottom piston mandrel connecting the bottom piston to a setting sleeve;
a setting mandrel extending from the bottom end of the top piston through the bottom piston and bottom piston mandrel;
wherein the top piston, bottom piston, and cylindrical body form the pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,767,429

PLUG BYPASS TOOL AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A plug bypass tool comprising:a housing defining a main flow passage and a bypass passageway, the bypass passageway extending between a first port and a second port, the first and second ports being fluidly connected to the main flow passage, the housing further including a fracture port between the first and second ports;
a first seat and a first sleeve disposed within the passage between the first port and second port; and
a second seat and a second sleeve disposed in the passage, the second sleeve movable between a position covering the second port and a position revealing the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,767,428

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SIMULATING FORMATION RESPIRATION EFFECT

1. A formation respiration effect simulation device, comprising:an outer cylinder in which an artificial formation is disposed, the artificial formation having an artificial borehole, an outer portion of the artificial formation being wrapped by an air cushion, and a lower annular space being formed between the air cushion and the outer cylinder;
an inner cylinder which is hermetically disposed above the artificial formation, an upper annular space being formed between the inner cylinder and the outer cylinder, the upper annular space communicating with the lower annular space; a liquid injection pipe being pierced in the inner cylinder, and the liquid injection pipe being able to extend into the artificial borehole; and
a monitoring mechanism having a liquid level monitor capable of monitoring a liquid level height of a fluid medium in the lower annular space, and a pressure sensor disposed at a lower end surface of the inner cylinder and located within the artificial borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,767,427

CONTROL OF MANAGED PRESSURE DRILLING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for controlling a managed pressure drilling system, comprising:providing a fast system interpretation model for the operation of the managed pressure drilling system;
receiving in real-time measurements from one or more sensors, wherein the sensor measurements comprise measurements associated with operation of the managed pressure drilling system;
using the measurements to calibrate the fast system interpretation model for the managed pressure drilling system in real-time;
using a predictive controller to run the calibrated fast system interpretation model to a time horizon in the future;
simultaneously using a plurality of controllers to run the calibrated fast system interpretation model to respective and different time horizons in the future;
and
controlling the circulation of fluids in the managed pressure drilling system with operation of a choke and a gas injection port based on the different time horizons of the calibrated fast system interpretation models.

US Pat. No. 10,767,426

TRANSVERSE FLOW MICROFILTRATION OF SOLIDS FROM FLUIDS WITH INSERTS

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

1. A system for processing fluids, the system comprising:a pump in fluid communication with a used fluid pit;
a membrane separator in fluid communication with the used fluid pit, the membrane separator comprising
a first end defining a first opening;
a second end defining a second opening, the second end axially opposing the first end; and
an inner surface extending from the first opening to the second opening;
a solid cylindrical insert disposed within the membrane separator, the solid cylindrical insert comprising
a first end;
a second end axially opposing the first end;
a total length defined between the first end of the solid cylindrical insert and the opposite second end of the solid cylindrical insert;
an outer surface extending the total length of the solid cylindrical insert, the outer surface of the solid cylindrical insert and the inner surface of the membrane separator defining a flow passage extending from the first opening to the second opening,
wherein a first insert holder couples the first end of the solid cylindrical insert to the first end of the membrane separator and a second insert holder couples the second end of the solid cylindrical insert to the opposite second end of the membrane separator,
wherein the solid cylindrical insert is configured to prohibit fluid flow through the solid cylindrical insert and to direct fluid flow through the flow passage, thereby decreasing fluid flow through the membrane separator; and
a clean fluid pit in fluid communication with the membrane separator.

US Pat. No. 10,767,425

WRENCH ASSEMBLY WITH ECCENTRICITY SENSING CIRCUIT

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A wrench assembly, comprising;a lower clamp assembly;
an upper clamp assembly coupled to the lower clamp assembly that is adapted to move laterally relative to the lower clamp assembly when rotated relative to the lower clamp assembly; and
an eccentricity sensing switch coupled between the upper clamp assembly and the lower clamp assembly and configured to stop one or more of the lower or upper clamp assembly from applying torque to a tubular connection, the eccentricity sensing switch comprising a valve in fluid communication with a hydraulic fluid circuit that supplies a pressurized fluid to the wrench assembly, wherein the hydraulic fluid circuit comprises a first flow path that flows to the wrench assembly, a second flow path that flows to a return, and a third flow path that flows between the first flow path and the second flow path, wherein the valve is movable between a closed position and an open position, and wherein in the open position the valve opens the third flow path to flow the pressurized fluid from the first flow path to the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,767,424

DEVICE ARRANGED FOR ATTACHING A PIPE STEM ON A TUBULAR BODY

ACE OIL TOOLS AS, Randab...

1. A device for attachment to a tubular body comprising:a first sleeve including an end portion, the sleeve configured to surround the tubular body, the end portion comprising a plurality of axial extensions separated by a plurality of slits, the extensions including a locking portion and a gripping portion; and
a second sleeve configured to encircle the end portion of the first sleeve, the second sleeve including a conical abutment portion and a corresponding locking portion configured to engage with the locking portion of the first sleeve;
wherein the gripping portion of the extensions comprises a radially inward facing clamping surface including radially inwardly gripping projections, as well as a radially outward facing abutment surface opposite the clamping surface the extensions further comprise a radially outward facing abutment surface, the locking portion of the first sleeve comprises a plurality of circumferential annular catches located on the external surface of the first sleeve; and the locking portion of the second sleeve comprises a plurality of complimentary circumferential annular catches located on the internal surface of the second sleeve; and
wherein the end portion of the first sleeve and the second sleeve are configured such that when the end portion of the first sleeve is axially brought together with the second sleeve so that the locking portion of the extensions of the first sleeve are engaged with the locking portion of the second sleeve, the conical abutment portion of the second sleeve displaces the abutment surface of the gripping surface.

US Pat. No. 10,767,423

STABILIZING SYSTEM FOR DEEP DRILLING

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co...

1. A stabilizing system adapted to be used in a deep drilling system, wherein the stabilizing system is configured to increase a transversal diameter of the stabilizing system when drilling forces are applied onto the stabilizing system, and wherein the stabilizing system is configured to decrease the transversal diameter when pulling forces are applied onto the stabilizing system, the stabilizing system comprising:a hollow housing;
at least one spacer having a blade shape and supported in an opening in the housing, such that the at least one spacer can protrude through said opening and is movable relative to the housing between a retracted and an expanded position, wherein the extend of protrusion increases when the at least one spacer is moved to the expanded position;
a column arranged inside the hollow housing, being adapted to transfer drilling forces applied onto the stabilizing system, wherein the column is movable relative to the housing between a drilling position and a pulling position,
a restoring means adapted to apply a reset force to urge the at least one spacer back to the retracted position; wherein
the column moves to the drilling position when drilling forces are applied onto the stabilizing system,
the at least one spacer is moved to the expanded position by the column moving to the drilling position, and
the column comprises a thin section with a first diameter and a thick section with a second diameter, wherein the second diameter is greater than the first diameter, and
the at least one spacer comprises a recess adapted to receive said thick section when the column is in the pulling position, and
the thick section is adapted to urge the at least one spacer into the expanded position when the column is moved to the drilling position.

US Pat. No. 10,767,422

PIPE JOINT HAVING COUPLED ADAPTER

Intelliserv, LLC, Housto...

12. A method for forming a wired drill pipe joint, comprising:releasably coupling an end of an annular adapter body to a radially extending, annular mating shoulder of a first wired drill pipe joint positioned external a central bore of the first wired drill pipe joint;
disposing a communication element within an annular recess of the adapter body; and
inserting an arcuate key of the adapter body into an arcuate slot formed in the mating shoulder of the first wired drill pipe joint to prevent relative rotation between the adapter body and the first wired drill pipe joint;
wherein coupling the adapter body to the first wired drill pipe joint forms an annular external shoulder on an end portion of the first wired drill pipe joint that is configured to engage a corresponding annular shoulder of a second wired drill pipe joint for forming a rotary shouldered threaded connection between the first wired drill pipe joint and the second wired drill pipe joint.

US Pat. No. 10,767,421

COMPOSITE CABLES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A cable comprising:a polymer composite that includes dopants dispersed in a polymer matrix and continuous fibers distributed through and contacting the polymer matrix, the continuous fibers also extending along an axial length of the cable through the polymer matrix, wherein the cable is characterized by at least one of the following:
(1) a first portion of the cable having a density greater than about 2 g/cm3, wherein a first portion of the dopants have a density of about 6 g/cm3 or greater,
(2) a second portion of the cable having a density less than about 2 g/cm3, wherein a second portion of the dopants have a density of about 0.9 g/cm3 or less,
(3) at least some of the dopants are ferromagnetic, and
(4) at least some of the dopants are hydrogen getters.

US Pat. No. 10,767,420

ROLLER CONE DRILL BIT WITH EVENLY LOADED CUTTING ELEMENTS

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

10. A drill bit for drilling through earthen formations and forming a wellbore, the drill bit comprising:a bit body having a bit axis;
a plurality of cones coupled to the bit body, each cone having a backface, a nose opposite the back face, and a cone axis of rotation, and
an array of cutting elements between the backface and the nose of at least one of the plurality of cones, the cutting elements being located at radial positions defined by a radial distance from the bit axis and a bottom hole depth relative to the bit axis, a first spacing between a first radial position within the array having a greatest bottom hole depth and a second radial position adjacent the first radial position being less than a second spacing between a third radial position within the array having a least bottom hole depth and a fourth radial position adjacent the third radial position.

US Pat. No. 10,767,419

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR HANDLING DRILL STRING

9. A method for handling drill string having an up-hole end, a mid-section and a down-hole end, the method comprising:pulling a drill string out from a wellbore, wherein pulling the drill string out from the wellbore comprises:
connecting an up-hole cable between a first tension mechanism and the up-hole end of the drill string;
pulling the up-hole cable and the drill string upwardly into a guide; and
lowering the drill string from the guide back into the wellbore, wherein lowering the drill string from the guide back into the wellbore comprises:
connecting a down-hole cable between a second tension mechanism and a connection location in the mid-section of the drill string;
pulling the down-hole cable and the drill string downwardly out from the guide to facilitate at least partially re-inserting the drill string into the wellbore;
at a release configuration, where at least an up-hole portion of the drill string is located in the guide and at least a down-hole portion of the drill string is located in the wellbore, disconnecting at least one of: the second tension mechanism from the down-hole cable; and the down-hole cable from the drill string; and
after the disconnecting, permitting gravity to pull the drill string further downwardly out from the guide to facilitate further re-inserting the drill string into the wellbore;
wherein the guide comprises: a tail end through which the drill string enters the guide as the drill string is pulled upwardly into the guide; and a corresponding tail section that is relatively more proximate to the tail end than a remainder of the guide; and
the method comprises moving the tail section relative to the remainder of the guide between: a lowered configuration where the tail section and the remainder of the guide provide an elongated drill-string receiving channel of the guide with a smooth shape; and a raised configuration where the tail end introduces a discontinuity into a shape of the elongated channel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,418

TRIPOD STEPLADDER

Louisville Ladder Inc., ...

1. A stepladder assembly comprising:a front section having a pair of side rails with a plurality of steps extending between said plurality of side rails;
a back section having a rail; and
a frame pivotally connected or interconnected to said front section, said frame having a collar receiving an upper end of said back section therein, said frame comprising:
a horizontal member positioned above said collar;
a first side member extending from said collar to one end of said horizintal member;
a second side member extending from said collar to an opposite end of said horizontal member, said first side member having a lower end affixed to one side of said collar at a bottom end thereof, said second side member having a lower end affixed to an opposite side of said collar at the bottom end thereof;
a first cross member having one end affixed to an end of said horizontal member or to an upper end of said first side member and an opposite end affixed to one end of said collar;
a second cross member having one end affixed to an opposite end of said horizontal member or to an upper end of said second side member and an opposite end affixed to an opposite side of said collar;
a third side member having one end affixed to a mid-portion of said first side member and an opposite end affixed to an upper end of said collar; and
a fourth cross member having one end affixed to a mid-portion of said second side member and an opposite end affixed to the upper end of said collar.

US Pat. No. 10,767,417

ACCESSORY TRAY FOR ATTACHMENT TO A FOLDING STEP LADDER

1. An accessory device comprising:a step ladder having front side rails and rear non-climbing side rails connected to each other using a spreader, said step ladder also includes a top cap at a topmost distal end of said step ladder, said top cap having a front face facing said front side rails and a rear face facing said rear non-climbing side rails;
a receiver frame mounted to said top cap at a first end and mounted to said rear non-climbing side rails at a second end, said receiver frame including a plurality of linear frame members extending about an outer periphery of the device and surrounding a single rectangular unobstructed open area having a size that is defined by boundaries of the linear frame members at the outer periphery, and the plurality of linear frame members including a front frame member, a rear frame member, a left side frame member and a right side frame member, the left and right side frame members extending between the front and rear frame members, and each of the plurality of frame members including a top edge adjacent to an open top of the open rectangular area, and each of the plurality of frame members further including a bottom edge adjacent to an open bottom of the open rectangular area, thereby defining an unobstructed passage extending through the open top and the open bottom, and the receiver frame being structured and disposed for supported receipt of a container device within the unobstructed open area with the container device extending downward and below the open bottom of the receiver frame;
a hinge arrangement having a plurality of hinges each having a first leaf and a second leaf connected to each other using a pin and barrel hinge configuration, said first leaf is mounted flush against said rear face and said second leaf is mounted flush against said rear frame member, said second leaf has a height greater than the height of said rear frame member, said second leaf extends below the periphery of said rear frame member, said first leaf has a height that is equal to the height of said rear face, said pin and barrel hinge configuration is entirely below said top cap, a connection between said first leaf, said pin and barrel configuration, and said second leaf leaves no bottom gap between the rear frame member and the top cap; and
a pair of collapsible pivoting support arms each having a first end attachable to a respective one of the left and right frame members of the receiver frame, and an opposite second end attachable to a leg of the step ladder, and the pair of collapsible pivoting support arms being structured and disposed for allowing movement of the receiver frame relative to the step ladder between an operable position wherein the receiver frame is held supported in a horizontal orientation extending out from the top portion of the step ladder, and a stowed position wherein the receiver frame is collapsed down towards the legs of the step ladder.

US Pat. No. 10,767,416

LADDERS, LADDER COMPONENTS AND RELATED METHODS

WING ENTERPRISES, INCORPO...

1. A ladder comprising:a first assembly having a first pair of rails including a first rail and a second rail, and a second pair of rails including a third rail and a fourth rail, the first pair of rails being slidably coupled with the second pair rails; and
a first locking mechanism comprising:
a first bracket coupled with the first rail,
a first component rotatable about a defined axis,
a first engagement pin coupled with the first component, wherein the first locking mechanism is configured so that the first component is rotatable from a first rotational position to a second rotational position;
wherein, when the first component is in the first rotational position, a substantial amount of the first bracket is disposed within a cavity defined by the first component and the first engagement pin extends through a pair of aligned openings including a first opening formed in the first rail and a second opening formed in third rail, and
wherein, when the first component is in the second rotational position, the first engagement pin is withdrawn from at least one of the first opening and the second opening,
at least one retaining mechanism configured to maintain the first component in the first rotational position until application of a first force is applied to the first component to displace it towards the second rotational position, and
wherein the at least one retaining mechanism is further configured to maintain the first component in the second rotational position until application of a second force is applied to the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,767,415

EMERGENCY SCHOOL DOOR BARRICADE RETROFIT SYSTEM APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A barricade apparatus for reinforcing a door having a window formed in the door, said apparatus comprising:(i) a window shutter assembly configured for mounting on the door over the window, the shutter assembly comprising a laterally slidable shutter member; and
(ii) a barricade bar assembly secured adjacent the door, the barricade bar assembly comprising a pivotable elongated bar sized to extend across an entire width of the door, a securing bracket configured for attachment to a wall, outside of a door frame, on one side of the door and pivotally supporting one end of the bar, and a holster configured for mounting on the wall, outside of the door frame, on an opposite side of the door in alignment with the securing bracket, the holster being configured to receive a second end of the bar when the bar is pivoted to extend across the door.

US Pat. No. 10,767,414

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONVECTIVE SILL INSULATION

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelop...

1. A sill assembly comprising:at least one sill member constructed of a first material, the sill member defining a hollow region;
a first baffle slidably coupled to an upper aspect of the at least one sill member and disconnected from a lower aspect of the at least one sill member, the first baffle being constructed of a second material, the first baffle being angled toward a center of the at least one sill member;
a second baffle slidably coupled to the upper aspect of the at least one sill member and disconnected from a lower aspect of the at least one sill member, independent of the first baffle such that the second baffle is not in direct contact with the first baffle, the second baffle being constructed of the second material, the second baffle being angled toward the center of the at least one sill member;
a support member disposed within the at least one sill member between the first baffle and the second baffle, the support member extends from a top edge of the at least one sill member to a bottom edge of the at least one sill member, the support member being constructed of the second material, the support member comprising a first horizontal member disposed against the top edge of the at least one sill member, a second horizontal member disposed against a bottom edge of the at least one sill member, and a vertical web connecting the first horizontal member and the second horizontal member, the first horizontal member having a length greater than the second horizontal member;
a plurality of chambers formed in the hollow region, the plurality of chambers being defined by the first baffle, the second baffle, and the sill member limiting interaction of warmer air and cooler air within the at least one sill member; and
wherein the first baffle and the second baffle reduce heat transfer via convection through the hollow region.

US Pat. No. 10,767,413

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE OF A VEHICLE SLIDING DOOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor drive device for moving a movable vehicle sliding door, comprising:an activatable electric motor;
a force transmission mechanism operationally connectable to the vehicle sliding door and the electric motor to transmit a drive force provided by the electric motor to the vehicle sliding door;
one or more sensors determining an instantaneous position of the vehicle sliding door;
an electronic control unit for activating at least the electric motor; and
a shift clutch coupled to the force transmission mechanism and couplable to the electric motor provided for load-independent coupling of the electric motor to the force transmission mechanism, wherein depending on a preselection by an operator, in the event of application of a force above a predetermined force threshold value to the vehicle sliding door by the operator during a power-driven movement, either elevates a speed of the vehicle sliding door to a predetermined speed value by elevating the transmitted drive force or decouples the force transmission mechanism and the electric motor by use of the shift clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,767,412

ELECTROMECHANICAL STRUT WITH POWER ACTUATOR HAVING SUPPLEMENTAL FRICTION CONTROL

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. An electromechanical strut for moving a pivotal closure member between an open position and a closed position relative to a motor vehicle body, the electromechanical strut, comprising:a housing operably connected to one of the pivotal closure member and the motor vehicle body;
an extensible member operably connected to the other one of the pivotal closure member and the motor vehicle body, said extensible member being moveable in response to rotation of a drive member between a retracted position relative to the housing which corresponds to the closed position of the pivotal closure member and an extended position relative to the housing which corresponds to the open position of the pivotal closure member;
a motor-gearbox assembly including an electric motor having a rotary output member configured to drive an input component of a geartrain with an output component of the geartrain being driven at a reduced speed relative to the input component;
a coupling assembly operably coupling the output component of the geartrain to the drive member; and
a supplemental friction mechanism configured to apply a supplemental frictional force to at least one of the geartrain and the coupling assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,767,411

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY CLOSING A TAILGATE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tailgate of a vehicle, comprising:a suspension strut and a power strut arranged on opposite first and second sides of the tailgate;
a tailgate closing device comprising first and second closing elements on the tailgate and a vehicle body that engage during closing of the tailgate; and
a controller configured to reduce torque acting via the power strut onto the tailgate during the closing of the tailgate before the first closing element engages the second closing element.

US Pat. No. 10,767,410

BRAKING DEVICE

Geze GmbH, Leonberg (DE)...

13. The braking device according to claim 11, wherein the current sensor (23) is configured to detect the amperage in at least one partial braking circuit of the braking circuit (15).

US Pat. No. 10,767,409

OVERHEAD DOOR ROTATING SEAL

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A door sealing system for an overhead door assembly of a vehicle having a brake pressure system, the overhead door assembly including a door frame having a sill and a door panel moveable between an open position and a closed position, the door sealing system comprising:a rotating seal apparatus comprising:
a rod arranged proximate an edge of the door frame;
a first seal extending radially from the rod; and
a second seal extending radially from the rod;
when the door panel is in the closed position, the rod is moveable between a first position, where the first seal is spaced-apart from the door panel and the second seal is spaced-apart from the door frame, and a second position, where the first seal is engaged with the door panel and the second seal is engaged with the door frame.

US Pat. No. 10,767,408

GARAGE DOOR CARRIER SYSTEM

1. A carrier system for carrying a garage door between a defined closed position in which the garage door is generally vertical and blocks entry of a vehicle into a garage through an opening, and a defined open position in which the garage door is generally horizontal and allows entry of the vehicle into the garage through the opening, the carrier system comprising:a track for guiding the garage door by rolling engagement with the track;
a lever rotatable about a pivot, the lever having an in-lever arm at a first side of the pivot and an out-lever arm at a second, opposing, side of the pivot, the out-lever arm extending from the pivot to a load end, the load end rotatably connected to the garage door; and
a counterweight connected to the in-lever arm to provide force at the in-lever arm, translated as force at the load end of the out-lever arm, as the lever rotates about the pivot, to carry the garage door between the defined closed position and the defined open position;
wherein the counterweight is connected to the in-lever arm so that an obtuse angle defined between a reference axis passing through the centre of gravity of the counterweight and the pivot and a vertical axis passing through the pivot is equal to an angle of rotation of the out-lever arm about the pivot as the lever rotates about the pivot to carry the garage door between the defined closed position and the defined open position.

US Pat. No. 10,767,407

HINGE WITH ELASTIC OPENING MEANS FOR DOOR LEAVES OF FURNITURE

ARTURO SALICE S.P.A., No...

1. A hinge for door leaves of furniture, which comprises a fixed part that can be connected to a body of a piece of furniture and a movable part that can be connected to a door leaf of the piece of furniture, the fixed part and the movable part being mutually connected in an oscillating manner by way of an articulation system that comprises at least one articulation axis and a rocker, the hinge comprising elastic means configured to open the hinge, which are functionally connected to said at least one rocker, wherein said fixed part of the hinge is shaped so that it can be inserted into a seat defined within the thickness of an upper or lower wall of the piece of furniture, said fixed part and said at least one rocker extending along a plane that is perpendicular to said at least one articulation axis, andfurther comprising a movable transmission element for transmission between said elastic opening means and said at least one rocker, said movable transmission element extending and being movable along said perpendicular plane and having a thrust surface that is shaped and arranged in order to act against a lateral contact surface of said rocker.

US Pat. No. 10,767,406

HINGE MECHANISM

ACER INCORPORATED, New T...

1. A hinge mechanism, comprising:a rotary member;
a first member, having a first guiding channel;
a second member, pivotally connected to the first member and having a first recess;
a first shaft, pivotally connecting the rotary member and the first member, wherein the first shaft has a first cavity; and
a first slider, movable between the first recess and the first cavity, wherein when the first slider is located in the first recess, the first member is prohibited from rotating relative to the second member by the first slider, and when the first slider slides from the first recess along the first guiding channel to the first cavity, the rotary member is prohibited from rotating relative to the first member by the first slider.

US Pat. No. 10,767,405

ROTATING HINGE AND SNEEZE GUARD

8. The method of claim 1 wherein said object is a transparent pane attached to at least two hinges, including to a distal portion of a rotatable arm component of at least one adjustable hinge assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,767,404

FOUR-BAR LINKAGE HINGE

Hartwell Corporation, Pl...

1. A four-bar linkage hinge comprising:a first bracket including a base and a pair of spaced apart flanges extending outward from the base to define a channel therebetween;
a second bracket spaced apart from the first bracket;
a support link coupled to the first bracket for rotation about a first axis and coupled to the second bracket for rotation about a second axis;
at least one control link coupled to the first bracket for rotation about a third axis and coupled to the second bracket for rotation about a fourth axis; and
a spring,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth axes are spaced apart from one another such that rotation of the support link relative to the first bracket causes rotation of the second bracket relative to the first bracket and relative to the support link,
wherein at least a portion of the support link is received in the channel, and wherein at least a portion of the at least one control link is positioned along one of the flanges outside of the channel, and
wherein the spring is received in the channel, the spring is engaged with the first bracket and the support link, and the spring is configured to bias the support link relative to the first bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,767,403

AUTOMATIC CAR DOOR SWING LIMITER

International Business Ma...

1. A computer implemented method for controlling an opening of a door of a vehicle to a swing angle comprising:predicting a first distance a moving object will be from the door of the vehicle at a first point in time;
determining a first swing angle extent of an opening of the door that will avoid hitting the moving object at the first point in time based in part on the first predicted distance;
actuating a door controller prior to the first point in time to limit a swine angle of the door to the determined first swing angle extent;
predicting, after the door controller is actuated and as the door is opening, a second distance the moving object will be from the door of the vehicle at a second point in time after the door has opened, the second distance being less than the first distance;
determining, as the door is opening, a second swing angle extent of the opening of the door that will avoid hitting the moving object at the second point in time based in part on the predicted second distance, the second swing angle extent being less than the first swing angle extent; and
actuating the door controller, prior to the second point in time, to limit a swing angle of the door to the determined second swing angle extent.

US Pat. No. 10,767,402

DOOR CHECK AND METHOD FOR BLOCKING A DOOR CHECK

EDSCHA ENGINEERING GMBH, ...

1. A door check for a vehicle door, comprisinga retaining rod which is configured to be attached to one of a door and a door frame,
a retaining housing which is configured to be attached to the other of the door and the door frame,
wherein a spindle rod is configured to be accommodated in an axially displaceable manner in a cavity in the retaining rod,
wherein a spindle nut is arranged on the retaining rod for conjoint rotation, and
wherein the spindle rod is fitted in the spindle nut.

US Pat. No. 10,767,401

FUEL DOOR APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A fuel door apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a fuel door rotatable connected to a door housing, wherein the fuel door is connected with an elastic member of the door housing to receive an elastic force in an opening direction and includes a guide pin elastically moving;
a locking lever rotatably connected to the door housing, wherein the locking lever has a first end portion disposed on a rotation radius of the guide pin, such that the guide pin passes by the locking lever along the rotation radius when the fuel door rotates from an opening position to a closed position, and the locking lever rotates with the guide pin when the fuel door rotates from the closed position to the opening position;
a restraining lever spaced apart from the locking lever to be rotatable on the door housing, wherein the restraining lever has a first end portion disposed in a radius, on which a second end portion of the locking lever rotates, and is latched on the locking lever in the closed position; and
a drive controller disposed in the door housing, wherein the driver controller is in contact with or separated from the restraining lever depending on whether the fuel door is opened or closed to selectively allow rotation of the restraining lever.

US Pat. No. 10,767,400

ADVANCING/RETREATING MOVEMENT DEVICE

HI-LEX CORPORATION, Taka...

1. An advancing/retreating movement device comprising:an advancing/retreating member;
an biasing member;
a limiting member that limits a movement of the advancing/retreating member;
a case that accommodates the advancing/retreating member and the biasing member;
an advance/retreat position control mechanism that controls an advance position, a retreat position, and a reciprocating movement of the advancing/retreating member, wherein the advance/retreat position control mechanism comprises a restricting part that restricts a movement of advance/retreat of the advancing/retreating member and a cam part, which guides the restricting part and further suppresses backlash during the advance/retreat movement of the advancing/retreating member; and
a receiving seat that receives the biasing member so as to bias the advancing/retreating member, wherein
the receiving seat is arranged at a rearward position side of the advancing/retreating member,
an engaging part that engages with the limiting member is arranged at the advancing/retreating member, the engaging part moves to a rearward side beyond the receiving seat when the advancing/retreating member moves to the retreat position and further moves to a position where the advancing/retreating member can be engaged with the limiting member.

US Pat. No. 10,767,399

DUAL LOCK LOCKING SYSTEM FOR CONTAINERS

MOBILE MINI, INC., Tempe...

1. A locking system for use with a storage container, the locking system being mounted into a door of the storage container, the locking system comprising:a housing mounted to and extending through the door;
at least one rod extending from the housing, the at least one rod having a locked position extending beyond the periphery of the door and an unlocked position not extending beyond the periphery of the door;
a handle extending from the housing, the handle rotatably engaging cam plates contained within the housing, the cam plates being operatively engaged with the at least one rod, the handle rotating a lower cam plate of the cam plates, which in turn operates an upper cam plate of the cam plates, to move the at least one rod from one of the locked position and the unlocked position to the other of the locked position and the unlocked position;
a primary locking tab extending forwardly from the lower cam plate into a first recess in the housing, the locking tab adapted to be engaged by a circular lock, the first recess adapted to prevent movement of the circular lock and the locking tab whereby the integrity of the locking system is not dependent upon the integrity of the locking tab; and
a second recess in the housing positioned over to overlap a portion of the at least one rod, the second recess being configured to receive a padlock configured to engage with at least a secondary locking tab located within the second recess to prevent movement of the cam plates whereby the integrity of the locking system is not dependent on the integrity of the circular lock.

US Pat. No. 10,767,398

VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE HAVING A CONTROL CIRCUIT

1. A vehicle door handle circuit in a vehicle door handle, configured for coupling with a vehicle-sided control device, the vehicle door handle circuit comprising an antenna circuit for emitting a signal to be sent, a control circuit and at least one actuation sensor, the control circuit being coupled with the actuation sensor for detecting an actuation, the antenna circuit comprising a series resonant circuit having a resonant circuit inductance and a resonant circuit capacitance,the vehicle door handle circuit having two contacts for coupling to the vehicle-sided control device via only two connection cables, via which the vehicle door handle circuit can receive a direct-current supply voltage for supplying the control circuit or an alternating-current voltage signal for driving the antenna circuit from the vehicle-sided control device,
the antenna circuit being coupled between the two contacts,
the control circuit comprising a first and a second voltage supply junction each coupled to one of the two contacts,
wherein, for the purpose of using a portion of the alternating-current voltage signal for the voltage supply of the control circuit,
a series circuit, which comprises a first capacitor and a first rectifier connected in series, is connected between the two contacts and in parallel to the antenna circuit, wherein the first rectifier is connected in the reverse-biased direction with regard to the direct-current supply voltage, and
a tap of the series circuit, located between the first capacitor and the first rectifier, is coupled with the first voltage supply junction of the control circuit,
wherein at least one second rectifier is coupled between the tap and the first voltage supply junction and/or between the second voltage supply junction and the node, which connects one of the two contacts to the series circuit on the side of the first rectifier, wherein the second rectifier is coupled to the tap or the node, respectively, in the opposite polarity vis-à-vis the first rectifier and
wherein, for feeding the direct-current supply voltage of the vehicle-sided control device, a third rectifier is coupled between the contact of the two contacts, which is connected to the series circuit on the side of the first capacitor, and the first voltage supply junction of the control circuit, wherein the third rectifier is connected in the forward-biased direction with regard to the direct-current supply voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,767,397

SINGLE MOTOR LATCH ASSEMBLY WITH POWER CINCH AND POWER RELEASE HAVING SOFT OPENING FUNCTION

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

1. A latch assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:a ratchet moveable between a striker release position whereat said ratchet is positioned to release a striker and three distinct striker capture positions whereat said ratchet is positioned to retain the striker, wherein said three distinct striker capture positions include a soft close striker capture position, a hard close striker capture position and a cinched striker capture position;
a ratchet biasing member for normally biasing said ratchet toward its striker release position;
a pawl moveable between a ratchet checking position whereat said pawl is positioned to hold said ratchet in one of its soft close and hard close striker capture positions and a ratchet release position whereat said pawl permits movement of said ratchet to its striker release position;
a pawl biasing member for normally biasing said pawl toward its ratchet checking position;
a latch cinch mechanism including a cinch link lever having a first engagement member configured to selectively engage a second engagement member on said ratchet when said ratchet is rotated from its striker release position into one of its soft close striker capture and hard close striker capture positions; and
an actuation mechanism operably moveable in a cinching direction from a cinch start position to a cinch stop position to provide a power cinching function when said ratchet is rotated by the striker into one of its soft close striker capture and hard close striker capture positions and said pawl is located in its ratchet checking position, wherein movement of said actuation mechanism from its cinch start position to its cinch stop position causes pivotal movement of said cinch link lever which forcibly rotates said ratchet into its cinched striker capture position due to engagement of said first and second engagement members, and wherein said pawl is located in its ratchet checking position and positioned to hold said ratchet in the hard close striker capture position but the entire pawl is fully disengaged and spaced apart from said ratchet when said ratchet is held in its cinched striker capture position by said cinch link lever;
wherein movement of said actuation mechanism to its cinch stop position causes said ratchet to be forcibly rotated by the cinch link lever past the hard close striker capture position to the cinched striker capture position to angularly space the ratchet from the pawl.

US Pat. No. 10,767,396

VEHICULAR LATCH ASSEMBLY WITH LATCH MECHANISM HAVING POP-OFF SOUND REDUCTION

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A closure latch assembly for a closure panel mounted to a motor vehicle for movement between an open position and closed position, the closure latch assembly comprising:a latch mechanism having a ratchet and a pawl, the ratchet being moveable between a striker release position whereat the ratchet is positioned to receive a striker and a striker capture position whereat the ratchet is positioned to retain the striker, the ratchet being biased toward its striker release position, the pawl being moveable between a ratchet releasing position whereat the pawl is positioned to permit the ratchet to move to its striker release position and a ratchet holding position whereat the pawl is positioned to hold the ratchet in its striker capture position, the pawl being biased toward its ratchet holding position; and
a pop-off sound reduction mechanism having an auxiliary pawl and a striker lever, the auxiliary pawl being moveable between a ratchet disengaged position whereat the auxiliary pawl is disengaged from the ratchet and a ratchet engaged position whereat the auxiliary pawl is engaged with the ratchet, the auxiliary pawl being biased toward its ratchet engaged position, the striker lever being moveable between a striker disengaged position whereat the auxiliary pawl is held in its ratchet disengaged position and a striker engaged position whereat the auxiliary pawl is permitted to move to its ratchet engaged position, the striker lever being biased toward its striker disengaged position,
wherein the striker lever moves from its striker disengaged position into its striker engaged position in response to the striker engaging and moving the ratchet from its striker release position into its striker capture position,
wherein a striker exit force exerted on the ratchet by contact with the striker when the ratchet is located in its striker capture position is counteracted by a resistive force exerted on the ratchet by contact with the auxiliary pawl as the ratchet is moving away from its striker capture position and as the auxiliary pawl is moved from its ratchet engaged position to its ratchet disengaged position in response to movement of the ratchet moving away from its striker capture position.

US Pat. No. 10,767,395

EQUIPMENT RACK

Green Touch Industries, I...

1. An equipment rack system, comprising:a base container forming a partial enclosure, the base container including a bottom wall and a set of sidewalls, the partial enclosure formed by the base container being configured to at least partially enclose a piece of equipment, the set of sidewalls traversing the bottom wall along a perimeter of the bottom wall, wherein the bottom wall and the set of sidewalls are joined together to form the partial enclosure such that the equipment relative the base container when partially enclosed by the base container is prevented from freely rotating about all axes of rotation relative to the base container;
the set of sidewalls comprising a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a third sidewall, and a fourth sidewall, a first end of the first sidewall connected to a first end of the third sidewall, a second end of the third sidewall connected to a first end of the second sidewall, a second end of the second sidewall connected to a first end of the fourth sidewall, wherein a first face of the fourth sidewall is configured to face a first face of the third sidewall and a first face of the second sidewall is configured to face a first face of the first sidewall, wherein the bottom wall and the set of sidewalls of the base container are attached;
a rear support wall coupled to a second face of the second sidewall of the base container, the rear support wall traversing the base container in a first direction; and
a rotatable locking arm held by the rear support wall, the rotatable locking arm having a first end member directly coupled to a hinge operatively connected to the rear support wall, and a second end member configured to enter a locked position when the rotatable locking arm is rotated about the hinge from a first position to a second position, the locked position maintained by a padlock,
wherein the rear support wall forms a partial enclosure, the rear support wall including a second set of sidewalls, the hinge, and the rotatable locking arm joined together such that the equipment relative to the rear support wall when partially enclosed by the rear support wall is prevented from freely rotating about all axis of rotation relative to the base container.

US Pat. No. 10,767,394

LOCKABLE COUPLING DEVICE

Solarlux GmbH, Melle (DE...

1. A lockable coupling device for a folding device comprising at least three substantially planar folding elements arranged in a frame, wherein the at least three substantially planar folding elements include a first folding element and a second folding element neighboring the first folding element, wherein the first folding element is pivotably connected to the second folding element about a substantially vertical axis; the lockable coupling device comprising:a first coupling element and a second coupling element configured to releasably lock with each other, wherein the first coupling element is configured to be arranged at the first folding element and the second coupling element is configured to be arranged at the second folding element in a mounted position, wherein the first and second coupling elements are configured to engage each other and latch in a latched position;
a locking device comprising a sliding element slidably arranged on the second coupling element in a direction substantially perpendicular to a plane of the second folding element, when the second coupling element is arranged in the mounted position, wherein the sliding element has a length extension, wherein the sliding element comprises a leading part and a rearward part, wherein the leading part and the rearward part are arranged opposite each other, viewed in said length extension;
wherein the leading part of the sliding element comprises a locking member and projects past a leading edge of a horizontal boundary part of the second folding element, when the second coupling element is arranged in the mounted position, wherein the leading edge is facing the second coupling element;
wherein the rearward part of the sliding element projects past a rearward edge of the horizontal boundary part of the second folding element, when the second coupling element is arranged in the mounted position, wherein the rearward edge is facing away from the second coupling element;
wherein the rearward part of the sliding element comprises a spring, wherein the rearward part of the sliding element is supported by the spring on a side of the second folding element that is opposite the second coupling element, when the second coupling element is arranged in the mounted position;
wherein the rearward part is configured such that, when the second coupling element is in the mounted position and the second folding element is not in a closed position, the rearward part is arranged in a rest position projecting past the rearward edge, wherein in the rest position the locking member of the leading part of the sliding element engages by a locking action a locking receptacle of the first coupling element when the first and second coupling elements are in the latched position, wherein in the rest position the locking member contacts a guiding contour of the second coupling element such that unlocking of the locking member from the locking receptacle of the first coupling element by a pulling movement acting between the first and the second coupling elements is prevented;
wherein the rearward part is configured such that, when the second coupling element is in the mounted position and the second folding element is moved into a closed position in the frame, the rearward part of the sliding element is configured to abut against the frame, and push the sliding element in a direction of said length extension so that the locking member of the leading part is pushed along the guiding contour out of the locking receptacle of the first coupling element and the locking action is released.

US Pat. No. 10,767,393

LATCH APPARATUS WITH INDEPENDENT IDENTICAL OPPOSING LATCHES

Carlson Pet Products, Inc...

1. A latch apparatus comprising:a) a body having a top plate section and first and second side plate sections;
b) each of the first and second side plate sections including an apertured proximal end;
c) a pivot pin engaging the aperture proximal end of each of the first and second side plate sections;
d) the pivot pin permitting the body to swing between open and closed positions;
e) each of the first and second side plate sections including respective first and second slots, each of the first and second slots being elongate, each of the first and second slots including an elongate axis that is oblique to the top plate section;
f) a first slider engaged in the first slot;
g) a second slider engaged in the second slot;
h) the first slider including a first outer head interconnected to a first inner head by a first slider pin, the second slider including a second outer head interconnected to a second inner head by a second slider pin;
i) the first outer head including a diameter greater than a width of said first slot such that said first outer head does not pass through the first slot, the second outer head including a diameter greater than a width of said second slot such that said second outer head does not pass through the second slot;
j) the first inner head including a diameter greater than the width of said first slot such that said first inner head does not pass through the first slot, the second inner head including a diameter greater than the width of said second slot such that said second inner head does not pass through the second slot;
k) the first slider pin being slideable in said first slot, the second slider pin being slideable in said second slot; and
l) the first slider pin being rotatable in said first slot, the second slider pin being rotatable in said second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,767,392

LOCK WITH IMPROVED LOCKING SYSTEM

Ojmar, S.A., Elgoibar (G...

1. A lock with an improved locking system comprising a lock block, a support, at least two fastening screws that fasten the lock block to the support with a door located between the lock block and the support, such that a rotation of a shaft comprised within the lock block and fixed to a platen causes the platen to come into contact with a block positioned at a distance from the door to restrict the door from being opened, wherein the lock comprises a plurality of grub screws screwed into the support that project a length from the support, the length depending on a portion of the grub screw screwed into the support, wherein the length matches a clearance existing between the door and the support, the clearance depending on a depth of the door so that the lock fastens doors with a variety of depths.

US Pat. No. 10,767,391

DEVICE FOR AN ACTUATION HANDLE, ACTUATION HANDLE, AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF A SIGNAL GENERATED BY AUTONOMOUS ENERGY

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A device for an actuation handle having an actuation bolt which has at least one section along its longitudinal axis having at least one outer edge on its circumference, the device comprises a housing having a first receiving section for receiving an energy converter for supplying electrical energy to a radio transmitter by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, and an aperture for the actuation bolt, wherein the aperture has a second receiving section for rotatably accommodating the section of the actuation bolt having at least one outer edge, wherein the first receiving section is adjacent to the aperture, wherein a switch element of the energy converter extends into a rotational path of the at least one outer edge when the energy converter is in a receiving state, and wherein the switch element is configured to be actuated such that it causes a switching by the at least one outer edge during a rotation of the actuation bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,767,390

LOCK ALIGNMENT AND MOUNTING TEMPLATE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A system for mounting a lock for a door that must have at least one hole to accommodate the lock, comprising:a panel;
a pin connected to the panel; and
at least one template hole, respectively, for each of the at least one hole, respectively, in the panel positioned relative to the pin and in location required for marking the at least one hole.

US Pat. No. 10,767,389

BRIDGE ADAPTER

1. A bridge adapter configured for insertion into a cavity within a door stile, the bridge adapter comprising:a planar body including,
a top plate disposed along a distal end of the planar body, wherein the top plate includes a top plate front edge disposed along the distal end and a top plate back edge located opposite the top plate front edge, wherein the top plate further includes at least one raised feature along a top surface of the top plate, and wherein the top plate front edge includes a locking indent sized to couple with the raised locking feature,
a first side plate including a first side plate front edge and a first side plate back edge located opposite the first side plate front edge, wherein the first side plate is mechanically coupled along the first side plate front edge and the top plate back edge by a first hinge,
a bottom plate including a bottom plate front edge and a bottom plate back edge located opposite a bottom plate front edge, wherein the bottom plate front edge is mechanically coupled along the first side plate back edge and the bottom plate front edge by a second hinge, wherein the bottom plate includes at least one through hole sized to receive the at least one raised feature, and
a second side plate including a second side plate front edge and a second side plate back edge located opposite the second side plate front edge, wherein the second side plate front edge is mechanically coupled along the bottom plate back edge and the second side plate front edge by a third hinge; and
a tail including a first end and a second end, wherein the tail is mechanically and removably coupled along the second side plate back edge and the first end, wherein the tail further comprises a raised locking feature, the locking feature disposed along the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,767,388

UNIVERSAL RIM HOUSING LOCKING SYSTEM

T-Concepts Solutions, Inc...

1. A transition plate for use with a lock cylinder having a back portion with a tail piece extending therefrom, the lock cylinder being installable in a platform, the transition plate comprising:(a) a plate member having a front shape configured to interface the back portion of the lock cylinder;
(b) the plate member defining a first tail piece hole passing therethrough and at least one first set screw hole spaced apart from the first tail piece hole in a first predetermined relationship thereto so as to correspond to a first lock cylinder standard;
(c) the plate member defining a second tail piece hole passing therethrough and at least one second set screw hole spaced apart from the second tail piece hole in a second predetermined relationship thereto so as to correspond to a second lock cylinder standard different from the first lock cylinder standard; and
(d) the plate member defining a first position holding screw hole and a second position holding screw hole spaced apart from the first position holding screw hole in a spatial relationship so that the plate member is held in a first position relative to the platform when the first position holding screw hole is aligned with a platform position holding screw hole and in a second position relative to the platform when the second position holding screw hole is aligned with the platform position holding screw hole, wherein when the plate member is in the first position the first tail piece hole is in a position to allow the tail piece of a lock cylinder of a first standard to pass therethrough and the first set screw hole is aligned with a cylinder set screw hole defined by the lock cylinder of first standard, and wherein when the plate member is in the second position the second tail piece hole is in a position to allow the tail piece of a lock cylinder of a second standard, different from the first standard, to pass therethrough and the second set screw hole is aligned with a cylinder set screw hole defined by the lock cylinder of second standard.

US Pat. No. 10,767,387

FOLDABLE GROUND BLIND

1. A foldable blind comprising:a front wall;
a first side wall having a triangular shape coupled to the front wall, wherein the first side wall includes a first side support;
a second side wall having a triangular shape coupled to the front wall, wherein the second side wall includes a second side support; and
a single hub assembly, the hub assembly comprising:
a hub attached to an inner surface of the front wall; and
a plurality of rods extending from the hub to each corner of the front wall;
wherein the first side support is fixedly attached to the first side wall and the second side support is fixedly attached to the second side wall; and
wherein the first side support and the second side support are configured to transition from a shortened position to an extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,767,386

WASHER ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN AFFIXING A GUARDRAIL SUPPORT TO A SURFACE

Safety Maker, Inc., Hous...

1. A support for temporary guard railing comprising:a base adapted to be removably attached to a floor surface, said base having an upper surface, a lower surface, a peripheral edge, and corner areas;
support walls upstanding from the base and defining therebetween an upwardly opening socket for receipt of a post;
at least one hole extending through each of said corner areas for receipt of a connector so as to attach the base to the floor surface;
at least one hole having a washer assembly, wherein said washer assembly comprises:
a plurality of fingers integrally formed with said base and projecting from said upper surface of said base, said fingers being circumferentially spaced around said hole, each of said fingers comprising a radially inwardly extending dog, there being a notch formed between each of said dogs and said upper surface of said base;
an upwardly facing groove positioned around one of said fingers and extending into said upper surface of said base, said fingers and said groove being spaced from said peripheral edge of said base;
a washer received in said plurality of notches, such that the opening of said washer is in register with said hole.

US Pat. No. 10,767,385

PORTABLE HOLDER

8. A portable holder for securing a shaft of an item to a ground surface, the holder comprising:a) a flexible base comprising at least one layer of material for spreading out on a ground surface, the base having a center and a perimeter, the base having a center hole disposed through the center and an upwardly projecting lip coupled to the perimeter, and
b) a flexible sleeve directly coupled to the base and configured to receive a portion of the shaft, the sleeve comprising:
i) an internal bore aligned with the center hole in the base such that when the shaft of the item is received by the sleeve, the shaft passes through the bore, through the center hole, and into the ground surface;
ii) an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface having a plurality of gripping protrusions evenly spaced along an entire length of the inner surface; and
iii) a plurality of securing straps coupled to the outer surface of the sleeve for tightening the sleeve around the shaft disposed there through; wherein the flexible sleeve is adjustable to accommodate a shaft having a plurality of shapes and/or sizes; and
wherein both the base and the sleeve comprise a slit that bifurcates the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,767,384

SLIDING SEISMIC ISOLATION DEVICE

1. A sliding seismic isolation device comprising:an upper shoe and a lower shoe, the upper and lower shoes each having a sliding surface with a curvature; and
a columnar steel slider disposed between the upper and lower shoes, the slider having an upper surface and a lower surface that are in contact with the upper and lower shoes, respectively, and have curvatures, wherein
a double-woven fabric layer is attached to each of the upper and lower surfaces of the slider via an adhesive layer, the double-woven fabric layer containing PTFE fibers and fibers with higher tensile strength than that of the PTFE fibers, and the PTFE fibers being arranged on sides of the sliding surfaces of the upper and lower shoes,
a fluorine coat layer is disposed on a surface of the double-woven fabric layer, and a lubricating oil layer is disposed on a surface of the fluorine coat layer, and
the double-woven fabric layer, the fluorine coat layer, and the lubricating oil layer are layered in this order.

US Pat. No. 10,767,383

GROUND WIRE GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC VEHICLE WITH DOORWAY ACCESS

Robin Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A ground wire guidance system for guiding a robotic vehicle through a doorway in a barrier, comprising:a ground wire loop arranged to pass though the doorway in both a first direction and a second direction, and wherein
said ground wire arranged in said first direction is split adjacent the doorway with a first end coupled to a first switch and a second end coupled to a second switch, and wherein
said ground wire arranged in said second direction is split adjacent the doorway with a third end connected to a third switch and a fourth end coupled to a fourth switch;
a first and second wire, each connected between said first switch and said second switch, and wherein said first wire is routed through a central portion of the doorway, and said second wire is routed through the doorway in a manner that enables navigation by the robotic vehicle along said first wire;
a third and fourth wire, each connected between said third switch and said fourth switch, and wherein said fourth wire is routed through a central portion of the doorway, and said third wire is routed through said doorway in a manner that enables navigation by the robotic vehicle along said fourth wire;
a controller coupled to each of said first, second, third, and fourth switches to switch between a default state and a switched state, and wherein
said default state couples said first wire between said first and second switches, and couples said third wire between said third and fourth switches, and, said switched state couples said second wire between said first and second switches, and couples said fourth wire between said third and fourth switches, to thereby provide that only a single one of said second wire and said third wire is connected to said ground wire loop in either of said default state or said switched state.

US Pat. No. 10,767,382

POOL CLEANER IMPELLER SUBASSEMBLY

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A pool cleaner for a pool or spa, comprising:a canister that collects and retains debris from water being cleaned by the pool cleaner, including an inlet, a top, and a bottom having an opening, the canister having an inner chamber, an outlet being provided proximal the top;
an impeller subassembly that expels the cleaned pool water from the outlet into the pool or spa, comprising:
a sleeve having a first end and a second end;
a shaft including a first end and a second end, the shaft positioned within the sleeve, the shaft being rotatable within the sleeve;
an impeller engaged with the first end of the shaft; and
a guard secured to the sleeve proximal the outlet,
at least a portion of the impeller subassembly being positioned within the inner chamber with the sleeve and shaft extending therethrough with the second end of the sleeve being adjacent the opening;
wherein the guard can be disengaged allowing the impeller subassembly to be removed from the inner chamber as a single unit.

US Pat. No. 10,767,381

POOL VACUUM GASKET METHOD AND APPARATUS

1. A pool vacuum comprising:(a) a skimmer mounted to a wall of a pool and having a chamber that is in fluid communication with water in the pool through an aperture formed in the pool wall that is aligned with an aperture in the skimmer sidewall, the skimmer having a shoulder disposed between a skimmer floor and the skimmer sidewall aperture;
(b) a rigid vacuum plate disposed in the chamber and having a conduit extending therefrom into the pool water and terminating in a vacuum head, the vacuum plate having a lower surface facing, and disposed adjacent, the shoulder;
(c) a neoprene gasket attached to the vacuum plate and interposed between the vacuum plate and the shoulder, wherein the gasket has a central hole aligned with the conduit to permit a flow of water through the conduit to pass through the gasket and wherein the gasket has peripheral edges that extend beyond peripheral edges of the vacuum plate and are interposed between the vacuum plate and the skimmer sidewall, and extend above the shoulder; and
(d) a pump fluidly connected to the chamber of the skimmer for pumping water through the vacuum head, the conduit, the gasket, and the vacuum plate, wherein the gasket peripheral edges extend from the shoulder upwardly along the skimmer sidewall to form a secondary seal.

US Pat. No. 10,767,380

CORE FORM DEVICE

Cor-Form, LLC, Meredith,...

1. A core form device comprising:a core form having a completely solid circular plate and a plurality of discrete bendable arms extending therefrom;
wherein the bendable arms are positioned around and extend from an outer perimeter edge of the circular plate, the bendable arms remain bent straight in a bent configuration to form the core form;
wherein the core form is a unitary structure of one-piece construction composed of a single piece of material; and
wherein the core form is configured to be inserted into a core hole located in a concrete slab or a concrete floor and permanently secured thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,767,379

METHOD OF SEATING A FLOOR PANEL

ACSM, Inc., Phoenix, AZ ...

1. A method of positioning at least one floor panel during construction of a building, the method comprising:providing a first assembled floor panel including a plurality of joists extending between a first pair of sides and a pair of cross-members extending between a second pair of sides;
locating a desired first floor panel position on a support structure for a floor panel, said support structure including an upper support surface;
mounting a first bracket in a desired bracket position to the support structure, such that said first bracket defines a first portion and a second portion defining an opening for receiving one of the pair of cross-members of the first floor panel between said first portion and said second portion;
mounting a second bracket in a desired bracket position to the support structure, such that said second bracket defines a first segment and a second segment defining an opening for receiving one of the plurality of joists of the first floor panel between said first segment and said second segment;
positioning said first floor panel such that one of the pair of cross-members of the first floor panel is positioned between said first portion and said second portion of said first bracket and is supported by the upper support surface of the support structure, and such that one of the plurality of joists of the first floor panel is positioned between said first segment and said second segment of said second bracket; and
positioning the first floor panel relative to an assembled second floor panel, said second assembled floor panel including a plurality of joists extending between a first pair of sides and a pair of cross-members extending between a second pair of sides, at least one of said pair of cross-members of the second floor panel extending beyond an outermost of the plurality of joists of the second floor panel, further comprising positioning said second bracket adjacent to at least one of said at least one end of said pair of cross-members of the second floor panel and positioning said first floor panel such that a portion of one of the plurality of joists of the first floor panel is positioned adjacent to said at least one end of said pair of cross-members extending beyond an outermost of the plurality of joists of the second floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,767,378

THERMALLY BROKEN ANCHOR FOR LIFTING A CONCRETE SANDWICH PANEL

Meadow Burke, LLC, River...

1. A lifting apparatus for reducing heat transfer between concrete layers of a precast concrete panel, comprising:a first wing plate having a first recess, said first wing plate adapted for connection to a first concrete layer of a precast concrete panel;
a second wing plate having a second recess, said second wing plate adapted for connection to a second concrete layer of said precast concrete panel;
a central plate having a first extension at least partially disposed in said first recess of said first wing plate, wherein a first lifting edge of said first extension contacts said first wing plate, and said central plate having a second extension at least partially disposed in said second recess of said second wing plate, wherein a second lifting edge of said second extension contacts said second wing plate; and
wherein said lifting edges are configured to transfer a force from said central plate to said wing plates, wherein said first wing plate, said second wing plate, and said central plate each have a substantially planar shape and lie in a common plane, and wherein said central plate is configured to selectively rotate out of said common plane with said wing plates to disengage said lifting edges from said wing plates.

US Pat. No. 10,767,377

CONCRETE FORM SPREADER

1. A concrete formwork spreading device, comprising:a tie rod having a pair of opposing ends; and
a pair of end caps connected to said pair of opposing ends of said tie rod;
wherein each one of said pair of end caps includes a contacting face;
wherein said contacting face of each one of said pair of end caps is spaced apart by a distance, and wherein said distance is equal to a thickness of a concrete wall formed using said device;
wherein each one of said pair of end caps includes a cubical shape;
wherein each one of said pair of end caps includes a coupling nut; and
wherein each one of said end caps includes cast concrete.

US Pat. No. 10,767,376

STRUCTURE FOR STAGING MATERIALS ON A ROOF STRUCTURE

FINAL MILE SOLAR LLC, Sa...

1. An apparatus for staging materials on a roof structure, the apparatus comprising:a ridge member;
a first arm rotatably coupled to the ridge member and extending outward, relative to the ridge member, in a first plane angled relative to a first pitch of the roof structure;
a second arm rotatably coupled to the ridge member and extending outward, relative to the ridge member, in a second plane angled relative to a second pitch of the roof structure,
wherein the ridge member is configured to be positioned at an apex between the first pitch and the second pitch along a ridge of the roof structure, and
wherein the materials for installation are configured to be placed on at least one of the first arm and the second arm such that one or both of the first arm and the second arm, respectively, are positioned between the roof structure and the materials; and
a load arm coupled at each respective end portion of the first arm and the second arm, the load arm angled relative to the first arm and the second arm, and the load arm configured as a mechanical stop to inhibit pitch translation of the materials placed on at least one of the first arm and the second arm,
wherein both of the first arm and the second arm are configured to rotate 360 degrees around the ridge member.

US Pat. No. 10,767,375

MECHANISM TO SECURE THE BASE OF A POLE TO THE LID OF A FLAT BOX FINISHER

DRYWALL MASTER TOOLS, INC...

1. A securing mechanism for a flat box finisher comprising:a flat box finisher housing having a top, a bottom, a front, a back, a first side, a second side and a generally hollow interior wherein the top of the housing is a lid;
a base unit of a handle portion wherein the base unit has a top surface, a bottom surface, a front, a back, a first side and a second side wherein the base unit is removable from the top of the housing of the flat box finisher;
a spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism having a front, a back, a first side, a second side, a top and a bottom wherein only the back of the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism is secured to the top of the housing of the flat box finisher wherein the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism has a perimeter which is completely located within a perimeter of a generally elongated rectangular indentation of the top of the housing;
wherein the front of the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism extends upward and is not connected to the top of the housing of the flat box finisher;
a plurality of securing devices located on the top of the housing of the flat box finisher wherein the plurality of securing devices are temporarily secured within a u-shaped opening of the base unit;
wherein the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism is located between at least two of the plurality of securing devices;
wherein the base unit is capable of sliding over the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism and temporarily depressing the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism so that the front of the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism moves to a first position in contact with the top of the housing of the flat box finisher and wherein the front of the spring loaded generally rectangular locking mechanism returns to its relaxed state wherein the front of the spring loaded locking mechanism is no longer in contact with the top of the housing of the flat box finisher in a second position; and
wherein the front of the spring loaded locking mechanism is in contact with the front of the base unit after the base unit completely slides over the spring loaded locking mechanism and wherein the front of the spring loaded locking mechanism and the plurality of securing devices together temporarily secure the base unit to the top of the housing of the flat box finisher.

US Pat. No. 10,767,374

FLOORBOARD GAP FIXING TOOL

1. A floorboard gap fixing tool comprising:a flat horizontal base member having a first end, a second end, and a bottom side;
a first end cap affixed to said base member first end;
a second end cap affixed to said base member second end; and
an adhesive pad affixed to said bottom side;
wherein said adhesive pad is removably adhered to a substrate;
wherein a striking force delivered to one of said end caps imparts a horizontal movement to said base member and subsequently said substrate when said tool is adhered thereto;
wherein a width of each end cap and said base member is coextensive;
wherein each said end cap and said base member comprises a square cross-section;
wherein each said end cap comprises an insert portion that extends into said base member at a respective end; and
wherein said adhesive pad covers substantially a majority portion of said bottom side.

US Pat. No. 10,767,373

LEVELING COATING STRUCTURE WITH QUICK INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL

I DECK S.R.L., Vetralla ...

1. A leveling coating structure (1) with quick installation and removal comprising:a plurality of parallel sections (2) forming a base frame with its bottom on a supporting plane (V), each section (2) being provided with a multiplicity of through holes (6);
a multiplicity of clamps or clips (3; 301), each clip (3; 301) having a head (25; 250) with a stem (26; 260) and a bushing (27; 270) with inserts (28; 280), the stem (26; 260), which is orthogonal to the head (25; 250), being inserted in a through hole (6) of the section (2) of the base frame and rotatably retained by inserts (28; 280) in the bushing (27; 270) which is in abutment with the bottom of the base frame opposite to the head (25; 250) of the clip (3; 301); and
a succession of slats (4) arranged on the parallel sections (2) of the base frame at right angles thereto, to form a coating, each of the slats (4) having opposite lateral grooves (40) which the head (25; 250) of the clip (3; 301) engages;
each section (2) being made of an alloy with a C-shaped cross-section having a core (5) for supporting the slats (4) in which the multiplicity of through holes (6) are formed, and wings (7, 8) mutually spaced apart for the insertion of the bushings (27; 270) between them,
wherein the wings (7, 8) end at the bottom with U-inverted supporting feet (14, 15), a supporting foot (14) extending with a portion (16) perpendicular to the inside of the section (2) and with an L-shaped angular portion (17) towards the outside of the section (2), the other supporting foot (15) extending with a first portion (18) perpendicular to the inside of the section (2) and with a second portion (19) perpendicular to the outside prosecuting in a third portion (20) perpendicular upward, to allow the side by side interlock of a section (2) with another.

US Pat. No. 10,767,372

FASCIA MOUNTED RAILING SYSTEM

C.R. LAURENCE CO., INC., ...

1. A fascia mounted railing system, comprising:a) a slab, having a front face;
b) at least two posts, spaced apart, each of said at least two posts having a top, a bottom, a bottom portion, two sides, a back and a front, and further wherein the front of each of said at least two posts has a pair of channels to receive at least one infill panel;
c) a mounting bracket assembly, attached to the bottom portion of each of said at least two posts and to said slab to secure each of said at least two posts to said slab;
d) a bottom bracket, attached to the bottom of each of said at least two posts, each of said bottom brackets having a pair of flanges that extend outwardly from the sides of said bottom bracket; and
e) the at least one infill panel, placed in one of said channels in each of said at least two posts such that said at least one infill panel sits on one of said pair of flanges on said bottom bracket of each of said at least two posts.

US Pat. No. 10,767,371

SNOW RAKE

1. A rake for moving snow from roofs, comprising:an upstanding and elongated rectangular-shaped first rake member having an outer end, an inner end, an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
an upstanding and elongated rectangular-shaped second rake member having an outer end, an inner end, an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
said inner ends of said first and second rake members being hingedly secured together;
each of said first and second rake members being selectively hingedly movable between first and second positions;
said first and second rake members, when in said first position, being substantially parallel to one another in an end-to-end manner;
said first and second rake members, when in said second position, being angularly disposed with respect to one another;
a connector positioned between said inner ends of said first and second rake members and secured thereto;
an extension pole, having upper and lower ends;
said upper end of said extension pole being selectively secured to said connector;
an elongated and rigid first support arm having an inner end and an outer end;
said outer end of said first support arm being hingedly secured to said first rake member at said outer end of said first rake member;
said inner end of said first support arm being hingedly and selectively longitudinally adjustably secured to said extension pole;
said first support arm having a length which is less than the length of said first rake member;
an elongated and rigid second support arm having an inner end and an outer end;
said outer end of said second support arm being hingedly secured to said second rake member at said outer end of said second rake member;
said inner end of said second support arm being hingedly and selectively longitudinally adjustably secured to said extension pole;
said second support arm having a length which is less than the length of said second rake member;
said inner ends of said first and second support arms being selectively detachable from said extension pole to permit said first and second rake members to be selectively moved outwardly to a third position and wherein said outer side of said first rake member is positioned adjacent said outer side of said second rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position;
said first support arm being positioned adjacent said inner side of said first rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position;
said inner end of said first support arm being spaced inwardly of said inner end of said first rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position;
said outer end of said first support arm being spaced inwardly of said outer end of said first rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position;
said second support arm being positioned adjacent said inner side of said second rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position;
said inner end of said second support arm being spaced inwardly of said inner end of said second rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position; and
said outer end of said second support arm being spaced inwardly of said outer end of said second rake member when said first and second rake members are in said third position.

US Pat. No. 10,767,370

VENTILATED SKYLIGHT

Suncast Technologies, LLC...

1. A ventilated skylight for a flat plastic shed enclosure comprising:a base member having four upright walls defining a top edge, a bottom edge and a side edge, each upright wall side edge forming a corner providing a square shaped structure, a top edge of each corner forming a receptacle indented from said top edge, providing an alignment wall which surrounds a fastener aperture, said bottom edge of each upright wall terminating with an upper wall of a flange, said flange having a flat surface with a continuous outer wall depending from said upper wall spaced apart from a continuous inner wall forming a receptacle, a plurality of threaded tabs are formed along said inner wall of said flange for receipt of fasteners accessible only from said inner wall with said fasteners used to secure said flange to cover an opening in said shed enclosure, a plurality of vertical slots formed in each said upright wall forming a passageway having a length extending from said top edge;
a gasket constructed and arranged for placement in said receptacle, a portion of said gasket compressed against the outer surface of a plastic roof by said continuous inner wall when said fasteners secured said base to the plastic roof;
a cap member having a square shaped top wall sized to cover said top edge of said upright walls, sidewalls depending from said cap member extend a distance that exceeds the length of said vertical slots, corners formed by said cap member sidewalls include a threaded boss constructed and arranged to fit within said base member indented receptacle; and a fastener insertable through each fastener aperture for securing to each said threaded boss;
wherein said threaded boss aligns said cap member to said base member and is secured thereto by fasteners;
wherein said base member is secured to the flat outer surface of a plastic roof using fasteners inserted through the inner surface of said plastic roof from the inside of the shed, said fasteners directed through said gasket and engaging said threaded tabs, said continuous inner wall sealing said base member to said outer surface of said plastic roof whereby said fasteners are accessible only from said inner surface of said plastic roof; whereby each said passageway having a width sized to prevent large insects from passing through while allowing air to pass through.

US Pat. No. 10,767,369

REINFORCED CONCRETE BUILDING STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR MAKING SAME

EnviroBuilt Holdings, LLC...

1. An insulated reinforced concrete wall panel, comprising:an outer skin coating comprised of at least one of an acrylic resin, ceramic, and titanium;
a concrete panel;
a mesh mat;
at least two fusion bars extending parallel to one another and in a longitudinal direction parallel to the outer skin and interior skin, each comprising a tilt up connection and a steel member at least 20? in length, wherein each fusion bar is disposed within the insulated reinforced concrete wall panel at about 2? on center intervals;
a rebar rod;
one or more wall panel weld plates;
a foam panel; and
an interior skin.

US Pat. No. 10,767,368

PLASTIC COATED COMPOSITE BUILDING BOARDS AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A composite structural panel comprising:an exterior gypsum layer;
a mat embedded within the exterior gypsum layer, the mat consisting essentially of fibers that are bound together by a hot melt thermoplastic binder and are not bound together by any thermoset binder, the mat having an exterior surface and an interior surface, wherein the mat is porous and the exterior gypsum layer penetrates through pores of the mat from the interior surface to the exterior surface thereof, and forms an exterior boundary sublayer substantially covering the exterior surface of the mat and an interior boundary sublayer substantially covering the interior surface of the mat;
an interior gypsum layer formed in contact with the interior boundary sublayer of the exterior gypsum layer, wherein the interior gypsum layer has a lower density than the exterior gypsum slurry layer.

US Pat. No. 10,767,367

SLAT FOR A SLATTED ROOF OR A SLATTED WINDOW, AND A SLATTED ROOF OR SLATTED WINDOW HAVING SUCH A SLAT

KlimaSky GmbH, Friedrich...

1. A slatted roof (20) with a supporting structure (21) and slats (1) arranged parallel to each other, which are fitted to the supporting structure (21) in such a way that they can each be rotated around a respective rotational axis (5) which runs along their longitudinal extent in order to pivot the slats (1) between a closed position and an open position,wherein the slats (1) each have a transparent, flat covering element (2) with a longitudinal extent, two longitudinal sides (2a, 2b) running along the longitudinal extent, and a width (b), the width (b) being shorter than the longitudinal extent, and each slat (1) also having at least one partially opaque, flat shading element (6) with a corresponding longitudinal extent and a corresponding height (h), the corresponding longitudinal extent of which extends along at least part of the length of the longitudinal extent of the transparent, flat covering element (2), and which is fixed to the transparent, flat covering element (2) with a first longitudinal side (6a), and a second longitudinal side (6b) of the at least one partially opaque, flat shading element (6) opposite the first longitudinal side (6a) protrudes from the transparent, flat covering element (2),
wherein the at least one partially opaque, flat shading element (6) is positioned in its areal extent at an angle (?) with respect to a corresponding areal extent of the transparent, flat covering element (2),
wherein the transparent, flat covering elements (2) of the slats (1) have a sealant (23a; 23b; 2c) on at least one of their first and second longitudinal sides (2a, 2b),
wherein the position of the partially opaque, flat shading elements (6) on transparent, flat covering elements (2), and the corresponding height (h) of the partially opaque, flat shading elements (6), and the width (b) of the transparent, flat covering elements (2), are coordinated in such a way that the slats (1), from a first closed position, in which a sealing effect is achieved between corresponding first longitudinal sides (2a) of the transparent, flat covering elements (2) of the slats (1) and corresponding second longitudinal sides (2b) of the transparent, flat covering elements (2) of their respective neighboring slats (1), and the partially opaque, flat shading elements (6) are fixed to an outer side of the transparent, flat covering elements (2) and protrude upwards from them, can be rotated around their rotational axes (5) into a second closed position in which a corresponding sealing effect is achieved between the corresponding second longitudinal sides (6b) of the partially opaque, flat shading elements (6) of the slats (1) and corresponding second longitudinal sides (2b) of the transparent, flat covering elements (2) of their respective neighboring slats (1).

US Pat. No. 10,767,366

BUILDING ELEMENT AND METHOD

1. A construction system, comprising:at least one wall comprised of a plurality of vertically-stacked building elements having a proximal end, a distal end, and a length between said proximal and distal ends, wherein said building elements are attachable end-to-end, each building element comprising an integral combination of a top member, a center member, and a bottom member, said top, center and bottom members being equal in length, wherein the center member is offset from the top and bottom members lengthwise so that the distal end of the center member extends further than the distal ends of the top and bottom members;
wherein the proximal ends of the top and bottom members each comprise a proximal vertical hole extending therethrough, and the distal end of the center member comprises a distal vertical hole extending therethrough;
further wherein each building element comprises one or more medial vertical holes extending through all three members at one or more points along the length between said proximal and distal ends;
further wherein the top member is affixed to the center member and the bottom member is affixed to the center member.

US Pat. No. 10,767,365

ACOUSTIC ABSORBER FOR BASS FREQUENCIES

1. An apparatus for absorbing acoustic energy, the apparatus comprising (i) one or more chamber walls that form an enclosed chamber and (ii) fibrous filler material, wherein:(a) the one or more chamber walls define an interior volume characterized by a chamber volume and a wall area;
(b) a first, non-zero fraction of the wall area permits resistive airflow therethrough, and the chamber volume communicates with ambient air only through the resistive fraction of the wall area;
(c) at least a fraction of the chamber volume is occupied by the fibrous filler material;
(d) density of the fibrous filler material is sufficiently small so as to exhibit only negligible resistance to airflow and only negligible absorption of acoustic energy;
(e) density and heat capacity of the fibrous filler material results in the occupied fraction of the chamber volume exhibiting compressibility of air within the chamber, for at least acoustic frequencies up to about 50 Hz, that is larger than adiabatic compressibility of air; and
(f) the larger compressibility exhibited by the occupied fraction of the chamber volume results in an acoustic absorption coefficient of the apparatus that exceeds by at least 50%, for at least acoustic frequencies up to about 50 Hz, an acoustic absorption coefficient of an identical chamber having an entire interior volume thereof characterized by the adiabatic compressibility of air.

US Pat. No. 10,767,364

REFRACTORY ENCLOSURES FOR HIGH DENSITY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

1. A utility-sized containment enclosure for containing the effects of extreme fires and explosions produced by a high density energy storage system (HDESS) connected to an electric utility, the enclosure comprising:a. a plurality of panels made from refractory material, wherein the refractory material comprises a binder and a refractory matrix material, and
b. a plurality of columns made from refractory material, wherein the refractory material comprises a binder and a refractory matrix material;wherein the utility-sized enclosure comprises an interior portion and an exterior portion, wherein the utility-sized containment enclosure comprises one or more means to release internal pressure from within the utility-sized containment enclosure, wherein the means to release internal pressure is selected from the group comprising pressure relief valves, refractory materials, and mechanical joints, and wherein the utility-sized containment enclosure contains the effects of extreme fires and explosions within the utility-sized containment enclosure for a duration of at least four hours.

US Pat. No. 10,767,363

BIO-CLIMATICALLY ADAPTED ZERO-ENERGY PREFABRICATED MODULAR BUILDING AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A Zero-Energy modular building, comprising:a) at least two interconnectable prefabricated relocatable Building Modules arranged to provide a building in a floor plan, the at least two interconnectable prefabricated relocatable Building Modules comprising:i) a relocatable load-bearing Support Structure comprising a plurality of Aeriated Frames including a Roof-Frame, a Floor-Frame and a plurality of Wall-Frames, each of the plurality of Aeriated Frames having an Inner Face, an Outer Face opposite the inner face, and a thickness, wherein the plurality of aeriated frames defines a hollow space;
wherein all said thicknesses satisfy both a “K-Max” Condition and a “No-Condensation” Condition of the zero-energy modular building based on bio-climatic conditions of a projected location of the zero-energy modular building; and
ii) means for providing an energy-efficient Building Envelope to the zero-energy modular building, the energy-efficient Building Envelope comprising:
(1) an Envelope-Roof-Section comprising an arrangement of first Envelope-Layers, the arrangement of first Envelope Layers comprising:
(a) a first Structural Insulated Panel having a thermal conductivity, a vapor permeability and a thickness, the first structural insulated panel being directly or indirectly supported by the Roof-Frame of the relocatable load-bearing Support Structure in either parallel or sloped manner; and
(b) a suspended ceiling system comprising:
(i) a first gypsum-based board having a thermal conductivity, a vapor permeability and a thickness;
(ii) a first vapor barrier sheet having a thermal conductivity and a vapor permeability, the first vapor barrier being coupled to said first gypsum-based board; and
(iii) means for affixing said first gypsum-based board parallelly to the Roof-Frame, the first gypsum-based board being separated from the roof-frame by a defined distance;
 the first Structural Insulated Panel, the first gypsum-based board, and the first vapor barrier sheet form “Envelope-Layers” and have a defined first order of arrangement;
wherein said defined distance, all said thermal conductivities, all said vapor permeabilities and all said thicknesses satisfy both the “K-Max” Condition and the “No-Condensation” Condition of the zero-energy modular building] based on the defined first order of arrangement of the Envelope-Layers and the bio-climatic conditions of the projected location;
(2) an Envelope-Floor-Section comprising an arrangement of second Envelope Layers comprising at least one board, a second Structural Insulated Panel, and a second Supporting-Frame;
wherein:
each one of said board, said second Structural Insulated Panel, and said second Supporting-Frame has a thermal conductivity, a vapor permeability and a thickness
said second Supporting-Frame comprises an Aeriated Frame defining a top side and a bottom side, said top and bottom sides defining a thickness and defining an Aeriated inner space;
said board, said second Structural Insulated Panel, and said second Supporting-Frame having a second order of arrangement and being mutually coupled in the second order of arrangement and further being coupled to a Floor-Frame of the relocatable load-bearing Support Structure; and
all said thermal conductivities, all said vapor permeabilities, and all said thicknesses satisfy both the “K-Max” Condition and the “No-Condensation” Condition based on the second, order of arrangement of the second Envelope-Layers and the bio-climatic conditions of the projected location;
(3) an Envelope-Outer-Wall-Section comprising a third Structural Insulated Panel;
wherein:
said third Structural Insulated Panel has a thermal conductivity, a vapor permeability and a thickness;
said third Structural Insulated Panel being coupled to a first face of a Wall-Frame of the relocatable load-bearing Support Structure; and
all said thermal conductivities, all said vapor permeabilities and all said thicknesses satisfy both the “K-Max” Condition and the “No-Condensation” Condition based on the bio-climatic conditions of the projected location;
(4) an Envelope-Inner-Wall-Section comprising an arrangement of third Envelope-Layers comprising at a fourth Structural Insulated Panel, a second gypsum-based board, and a second vapor barrier sheet;
wherein:
each one of said second gypsum-based board, said second vapor barrier sheet, and said fourth Structural Insulated Pane has a thermal conductivity, a vapor permeability and a thickness;
said second gypsum-based board, said second vapor barrier sheet, and said fourth Structural Insulated Panel having a third order of arrangement and being mutually coupled in the third order of arrangement and further being coupled to a second face of the Wall-Frame of the relocatable load-bearing Support Structure; and
all said thermal conductivities, all said vapor permeabilities and all said thicknesses satisfy both the “K-Max” Condition and the “No-Condensation” Condition based on the third order of arrangement and the bio-climatic conditions of the projected location; and
(5) high-performance fenestration;b) a solar power generation system capable of generating, individually or in combination with one or more renewable energy sources a total amount of electricity based on a projected energy consumption level of the zero-energy modular building and the bio-climatic conditions of the projected location;c) means for connecting adjacent Building Modules along a first direction;d) means for stacking adjacent Building Modules along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;e) a foundation providing structural support to said Building Modules; andf) means for attaching said Building Modules to said foundation.

US Pat. No. 10,767,362

ARTICULATED PERIMETER WALL FOR AN INDUSTRIAL WORKSITE

URBAN SOLUTION GROUP, LLC...

1. An acoustic wall for an industrial worksite, comprising:a set of wall sections configured to extend around the industrial worksite and dampen sound, a wall section of the set of wall sections configured to transition between an unextended configuration and an extended configuration during a lifting operation, the wall section comprising:
a first acoustic panel defining a portion of a top edge of the wall section in the extended configuration;
a second acoustic panel rotatably coupled to the first acoustic panel and configured to rotate relative to the first acoustic panel during the lifting operation to be substantially planar to the first acoustic panel in the extended configuration; and
a third acoustic panel rotatably coupled to the second acoustic panel and configured to rotate relative to the second acoustic panel during the lifting operation to be substantially planar to the first and second acoustic panels in the extended configuration;
a pair of structural supports, each structural support of the pair of structural supports being inset from a respective edge of the wall section and having a fixed end embedded in a foundation;
a set of section attachment assemblies, each section attachment assembly of the set of section attachment assemblies attached along a pair of adjacent edges of a respective pair of adjacent wall sections of the set of wall sections, each section attachment assembly defining a rigid connection between the respective pair of adjacent wall sections; and
a set of support attachment assemblies, each support attachment assembly of the set of support attachment assemblies configured to attach the wall section to a structural support of the pair of structural supports.

US Pat. No. 10,767,361

EMERGENCY ESCAPE TUNNEL

FIMARC BEZPIECZENSTWO I O...

1. An escape tunnel in a building with a centrally situated staircase (1) in the building, the escape tunnel comprising:at least two telescopically overlapping segments (3, 4), each of which is equipped with a load-bearing skeleton having an inverted U-shape,
wherein a top wall and side walls of the load-bearing skeleton are covered on an outside with layers of a fire-resistant material; and
a self-acting drive system (13, 32, 36) that is horizontally shiftable in space (14) between the centrally situated staircase (1) and an external wall (2) of the building,
wherein the escape tunnel is located in a resting position inside the centrally situated staircase (1), and
wherein, in an operating position of the escape tunnel, an outlet piece (15) is situated within an open exit door (16) of the building while an exit (17) of the tunnel is situated on an outside of the building.

US Pat. No. 10,767,360

TOILET ARRANGEMENT

EVAC OY, Espoo (FI)

1. A toilet arrangement, comprising:a gravity toilet bowl provided with a water trap and an outlet having a diameter corresponding to a given first diameter of a gravity sewer pipe;
a flush water tank-connected to a source of water by a water valve and to the gravity toilet bowl by a flush valve for providing flush water to the gravity toilet bowl during a flushing sequence;
a push button;
a vacuum sewer piping with a given second diameter, the given second diameter being less than the given first diameter of the gravity sewer pipe;
a discharge valve having a diameter corresponding to the given second diameter of the vacuum sewer piping;
a vacuum unit connected to the vacuum sewer piping for generating vacuum in the vacuum sewer piping;
an adapter fluidly coupled between the outlet of the gravity toilet bowl, having the given first diameter of the gravity sewer pipe, and the discharge valve, having the given second diameter of the vacuum sewer piping, wherein a first end of the discharge valve is directly connected to the outlet of the gravity toilet bowl by the adapter, and a second end of the discharge valve, opposite to said first end, is directly connected to the vacuum sewer piping;
a controller configured to be activated by the push button and operatively connected to the vacuum sewer piping, the discharge valve, the water valve, the flush valve, and the vacuum unit whereby sewage disposed in the gravity toilet bowl is arranged to be directly discharged from the gravity toilet bowl through the water trap and the outlet provided with the adapter into the vacuum sewer piping through the discharge valve in connection with the flushing sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,767,359

FLUSH TOILET

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A flush toilet comprising:a toilet body including a rim; and
a toilet seat that is configured to be placed on the rim, wherein
the toilet seat is configured to freely open and close about a pivot axis that is disposed on a side of a rear end of the toilet seat,
the toilet seat includes a lower face comprising a leg,
the rim includes a projection rib for preventing dirty water from flowing out,
a front upper face of the rim includes a flat area and a curved face,
the curved face connects the projection rib and the flat area,
the toilet seat includes an outermost peripheral edge point provided at a front side of the flush toilet,
the curved face is provided directly under the outermost peripheral edge point of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is closed,
the leg is configured to provide a space between the front upper face of the rim and a front lower face of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is closed,
the projection rib is integral with and protrudes upwardly from an outer periphery of the front upper face of the rim,
the projection rib is provided outside of and spaced apart from the outermost peripheral edge point of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is closed, and
an upper end of the projection rib is level in a vertical direction with an upper end of a gap between the front upper face of the rim and the front lower face of the toilet seat when the toilet seat is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,767,358

ELECTRONIC AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING BIDET WITH MACHINE LEARNING SOFTWARE

1. An electronic bidet system with machine learning computer vision software containing a first computational model of human genital and rectal areas and a second computational model for cleaning a user's genital and rectal areas comprising: a water reservoir tank, a bowl with an opening, a seat, a seat lid, at least one fluid nozzle for ejecting fluid, means on the bidet for moving the fluid nozzle in three-dimensions within the bowl, at least one air dryer comprising an air dryer nozzle and means on the bidet for moving the air dryer nozzle in three-dimensions within the bowl, a computing device comprising executable software, a memory storage device, a camera contained within the bowl, wherein the camera is operatively connected to the computing device, a bowl light proximate to the camera, at least one actuating device for activating the bidet, further wherein the camera captures a first plurality of images of the genital and anal regions of the user through the bowl opening of the bidet, wherein the first plurality of images is transmitted to the computing device and analyzed with the machine learning computer vision software to identify and locate the types, sizes, shapes, and positions of the lower body orifices in the user's genital and rectal areas, wherein the computing device sends a signal to the means for moving the fluid nozzle in three-dimensions to automatically adjust the nozzle to eject fluid for cleaning the user's genital and rectal areas, wherein the camera captures a second plurality of images of the genital and anal regions of the user through the bowl opening of the bidet, wherein the second plurality of images is transmitted to the computing device and analyzed with the machine learning computer vision software to identify any unclean areas of the lower body orifices in the user's genital and rectal areas, wherein an identification of unclean areas sends a signal to the means for moving the fluid nozzle in three-dimensions to automatically adjust the nozzle to eject fluid for cleaning the user's unclean areas in the genital and rectal areas, wherein the camera continues capturing additional pluralities of images of the genital and anal regions of the user for analysis with the machine learning computer vision software to identify any unclean areas of the lower body orifices in the user's genital and rectal areas until no more unclean areas are identified, further wherein the computing device sends a signal to the means for moving the air nozzle in three-dimensions to automatically adjust the air nozzles to eject dry air for drying for the user's genital and rectal areas, wherein the first computational model of the human genital and rectal areas and the second computational model for cleaning the user's genital and rectal areas are updated with the results of each analysis of the machine learning computer vision software each time the user uses the bidet system, further wherein the first and second computation models are updated with patterns of unclean segments, injuries, and inflammatory conditions of the user's genital and rectal areas.

US Pat. No. 10,767,357

SANITATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A device for treating a waste plume in a toilet bowl comprising: a toilet flush detection sensor; and, a sprayer in electronic communication with the toilet flush sensor, the sprayer including a nozzle configured to spray a substance, to substantially fill the opening of the toilet bowl, the substance of a density to create a downward flowing barrier for contaminants from a waste plume from leaving the toilet bowl, the spraying in instantaneous response to the toilet flush detection sensor detecting the toilet flush.

US Pat. No. 10,767,356

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ACTUATION OF FLUSH APPARATUS

Advanced Modern Technolog...

1. A method controlling actuation of a flush apparatus for a flushing system, comprising the steps of:(a) programming a flush interval, as a time interval, in a control module, remotely configured, that at every said flush interval, said flush apparatus is automatically and periodically actuated, independently to a presence of a user, to flush said flushing system until a flushing cycle thereof is completed by moving said flush apparatus from an opened position to a closed position, wherein said flush apparatus is powered by an electric motor and is actuated by the steps of:
generating a rotational power by said electric motor to drive an actuator to rotate, wherein said actuator is downwardly and rotatably extended from said electric motor;
via said rotational power from said electric motor, rotating said actuator from a first contacting surface to an opposed second contacting surface that when said second contacting surface of said actuator contacts with a valve stopper to move said flush apparatus to said opened position from said closed position; and
rotating said actuator by said rotational power back to its original position that said first contacting surface of said actuator contacts with said valve stopper to move said flush apparatus from said opened position back to said closed position;
(b) stop actuating said flush apparatus after a given unused time period of said flush apparatus;
(c) enabling said flush apparatus to be actuated manually at any time by actuating a flush lever to push a valve member aside so as to move said flush apparatus to said opened position from said closed position, wherein said valve stopper is sat on said valve member, wherein said flush lever is pivotally moved to push said valve member for manually actuating said flush apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,767,355

WALL-MOUNTED SHOWER HEAD HOLDING STRUCTURE

PURITY (XIAMEN) SANITARY ...

1. A wall-mounted shower head holding structure, comprising a suction cup assembly that is operable to releasably hold a shower head, the suction cup assembly being mounted to a front end of a wall-mounted main body and opposite to a back side of the wall-mounted main body that is adapted to mount to an external fixing surface such that the suction cup assembly that is mounted to the front end of the wall-mounted main body is opposite to the back side of the wall-mounted main body and is distant from the external fixing surface;wherein the suction cup assembly comprises a suction cup body and a retractable mechanism, and the suction cup body is retractably held at the front end of the wall-mounted main body through the retractable mechanism; and
wherein the suction cup assembly further includes a rubber pad and a suction cup spring, and the retractable mechanism comprises a retraction spring, a fixing seat, a fixing nut and a switch handle; the front end of the wall-mounted main body is formed with a sliding sleeve, the fixing seat being movable back and forth and disposed in the sliding sleeve, and the fixing nut is threadedly connected to a front end of the sliding sleeve; the retraction spring is disposed in the sliding sleeve, such that one end of the retraction spring abuts against a rear end of the fixing seat, and an opposite end of the retraction spring abuts against a rear end of an inner wall of the sliding sleeve; a back of the suction cup body is formed with a connecting sleeve, the connecting sleeve being movable back and forth and insertable through the fixing nut and fitted onto the fixing seat;
the suction cup body has a central through hole extending through a front and the back of the suction cup body, the rubber pad hermetically covering the front of the suction cup body, a connecting rod being connected to a back of the rubber pad, the connecting rod being inserted through the through hole, the connecting rod being further hinged to one end of a switch handle located on the back of the suction cup body, the suction cup spring being disposed between the rubber pad and the suction cup body, the suction cup spring being sleeved on the connecting rod, wherein when the rubber pad is pushed backward by the shower head, the rubber pad, the connecting rod, the switch handle, the suction cup body and the connecting sleeve are simultaneously moved backward, and the connecting sleeve pushes the fixing seat to slide backward in the sliding sleeve so that the retraction spring in the sliding sleeve is compressed to achieve retraction of the suction cup assembly; and
a back of the switch handle is formed with a raised portion having a curved surface corresponding to a front end of the fixing nut, wherein when the switch handle is moved backward such that the raised portion is pressed against the front end of the fixing nut, the switch handle pivots about a hinge point with the connecting rod by means of a reaction force of the front end of the fixing nut, and the switch handle simultaneously drives the connecting rod to move backward a certain distance to drive the connecting rod to pull the rubber pad to be recessed in the suction cup body so that the shower head is attached to and held on the suction cup assembly, and the raised portion is engaged with the front end of the fixing nut, enabling the suction cup assembly to be maintained in a retracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,767,354

ELECTRONIC FAUCET WITH SMART FEATURES

Spectrum Brands, Inc., M...

1. A faucet comprising:a faucet body including a waterway for dispensing water;
an electronic valve configured to adjust at least one of a temperature and a flow rate of water being dispensed through the waterway;
a means for controlling the electronic valve to adjust at least one of the temperature and the flow rate of water dispensed through the waterway responsive to detection of user movements in a mid-air space, wherein the means for controlling the electronic valve is configured to generate a virtual object with tactile feedback in the mid-air space.

US Pat. No. 10,767,353

GEARED MIXING FAUCET

AS America, Inc., Piscat...

1. A faucet comprising:a faucet body;
a mixing cartridge, disposed inside the faucet body, comprising a valve stem, wherein the mixing cartridge is configured to receive hot water and cold water and to dispense mixed water to be dispensed by the faucet;
a handle, disposed on the faucet body; and
a plurality of gears, disposed inside the faucet body, configured to transfer motion from the handle to the valve stem in order to actuate the valve stem and adjust flow through the mixing cartridge, wherein the plurality of gears comprises a first gear coupled to the handle and a second gear coupled to the valve stem, and wherein the first gear and the second gear are forced toward one another by one or more springs.

US Pat. No. 10,767,352

HYBRID FAUCET ASSEMBLY AND WATER WAY FOR SAME

AS America, Inc., Piscat...

1. An internal waterway assembly for a faucet comprising:a first valve assembly comprising:
a first shank defining a longitudinally extending interior passageway therein; and
a first valve water way assembly comprising a first rotatable valve disk, a first valve seat, a first valve inlet, a first valve outlet, and a first valve flow path, wherein the first valve water way assembly is positioned on an upper portion of the first shank and the first valve flow path has an oblique angle starting at the first valve inlet and ending at the first valve outlet; and
a second valve assembly comprising:
a second shank defining a longitudinally extending interior passageway therein; and
second valve water way assembly comprising a second rotatable valve disk, a second valve seat, a second valve inlet, a second valve outlet, and a second valve flow path, wherein the second valve water way assembly is positioned on an upper portion of the second shank and the second valve flow path has an oblique angle starting at the second valve inlet and ending at the second valve outlet; and
a bridge comprising a first passageway therethrough in fluid communication with the first valve outlet, a second passageway therethrough in fluid communication with the second valve outlet, and a spout receiving portion comprising a third passageway, wherein at least a portion of the first passageway has a first axis and at least a portion of the second passageway has a second axis, wherein the first axis and the second axis are coaxial; and
a spout tube fluidly connected to the bridge and having an inlet end positioned in the spout receiving portion of the bridge, the spout tube open at the inlet end and in fluid communication with the third passageway and having a second outlet end for delivering water out of the faucet when in use.

US Pat. No. 10,767,351

PLUMBING FIXTURES

KOHLER MIRA LIMITED, Glo...

1. A mixer valve adapted to be connected to two fluid supplies and having at least one connector comprising:a housing;
a fluid delivery tube within the housing, the fluid delivery tube having at least one aperture extending partially around a circumference of the fluid delivery tube;
a slider arranged around, and slideable over, the delivery tube, the slider having an interior chamber in fluid communication with an interior of the delivery tube by the at least one aperture; and
a fluid inlet connected to the slider at an angle thereto, the fluid inlet being connectable to a fluid supply pipe and in fluid communication with the chamber;
wherein the housing has an external opening within which the fluid inlet is located and movable.

US Pat. No. 10,767,350

ATTACHMENT PIN ASSEMBLY

SEIKI KOEI CORPORATION, ...

1. An attachment pin assembly for attaching and fixing a drilling tool to an adaptor of an operating machine in a drilling tool attachment state in which the adaptor is inserted into the drilling tool in contact with the drilling tool, the drilling tool being provided with a pair of first through-holes, the adaptor being provided with a second through-hole, and the pair of first through-holes and the second through-hole being arranged to penetrate the drilling tool and the adaptor in the drilling tool attachment state, said attachment pin assembly comprising:a first pin body including a first shaft portion inserted into one of the first through-holes and the second through-hole from a first side portion of the drilling tool and a flange portion formed at an end of the first shaft portion;
a second pin body having a second shaft portion inserted into the other first through-hole and the second through-hole from a second side portion of the drilling tool on an opposite side of the first side portion; and
a bolt inserted into the flange portion and the first shaft portion of the first pin body and the second shaft portion of the second pin body to fasten and fix the first pin body and the second pin body to each other,
wherein a housing recessed portion for housing a head of the bolt inside the one of the first through-holes is formed at the flange portion of the first pin body, and
an inside bottom surface of the housing recessed portion is offset towards a tip end side of the first shaft portion with respect to an outside seating surface of the flange portion facing an end of the second through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,767,349

BUCKET TIP END COVER

SEIKI KOEI CORPORATION, ...

1. A bucket tip end cover fixed to a tip end of a bucket exposed in a state in which drilling tools are each attached to adaptors to protect the tip end of the bucket, the adaptors being provided at a predetermined interval at the bucket, said bucket tip end cover comprising:a first cover member and a second cover member arranged at the tip end of the bucket between adjacent ones of the adaptors,
wherein the first cover member and the second cover member are configured to overlap and be adjustable with respect to each other in an arraying direction between the adapters such that an entire width in the arraying direction between the adaptors is covered and, after such width adjustment, the cover members are fixed to the bucket,
the first cover member includes a first base portion provided along an inner surface or an outer surface of the bucket, and a first front end portion standing at a front end of the first base portion to cover the tip end of the bucket,
the second cover member includes a second base portion provided along the inner surface or the outer surface of the bucket, and a second front end portion standing at a front end of the second base portion to cover the tip end of the bucket,
a cutout portion is formed at a substantially center of the first base portion, and
a center protruding portion having a front surface configured to support a back surface of the cutout portion is formed at the second base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,767,348

MACHINE STABILITY DETECTION AND CONTROL

1. A mobile work machine, comprising:a frame;
a set of ground engaging elements movably supported by the frame and driven by a power source to drive movement of the mobile work machine;
a movable element movably supported by the frame to move relative to the frame;
an actuator coupled to the movable element to controllably drive movement of the movable element;
a control system that generates an actuator control signal, indicative of a commanded movement of the actuator, and provides the actuator control signal to the actuator to control the actuator to perform the commanded movement;
a terrain identifier configured to identify a characteristic of terrain in a geographic area around the mobile work machine; and
a stability system, coupled to the control system, that includes a terrain detector that defines a plurality of grid sections that correspond to geographic locations in the geographic area around the mobile work machine, based on the identified characteristics of the terrain in the geographic area around the mobile work machine and determines whether the commanded movement will result in an unstable state of the mobile work machine based on the identified characteristic of the terrain in the grid section in the geographic area around the mobile work machine and, if so, generates a restriction signal, restricting the commanded movement to avoid the unstable state.

US Pat. No. 10,767,347

SHOVEL AND AUTONOMOUS AERIAL VEHICLE FLYING AROUND SHOVEL

SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUC...

1. A shovel comprising:a lower traveling body;
an upper turning body mounted on the lower traveling body;
a receiver mounted on the upper turning body and configured to receive an image captured by a camera-mounted autonomous aerial vehicle;
a direction detecting device mounted on the upper turning body and configured to detect a direction of the shovel;
a controller mounted on the upper turning body and configured to generate information related to a target rotation angle of the camera-mounted autonomous aerial vehicle based on the direction of the shovel; and
a display device mounted on the upper turning body and configured to display the captured image in a same direction as a direction of an image that the camera-mounted autonomous aerial vehicle is configured to capture when the camera-mounted autonomous aerial vehicle rotates by the target rotation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,767,346

WORK MACHINE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work machine comprising:a hydraulic actuator configured to be driven via hydraulic oil;
a control valve having a first pilot port and connected to the hydraulic actuator to control the hydraulic actuator, the hydraulic actuator being configured to move in a first mode when a first pilot pressure is applied to the first pilot port;
a first pilot oil supply pipe;
a first pilot valve connected to the first pilot port of the control valve via the first pilot oil supply pipe to control applying the first pilot pressure to the first pilot port;
a drain pipe via which the hydraulic oil is configured to be drained; and
a heat exchanger in which the drain pipe and the first pilot oil supply pipe are provided to exchange heat between the hydraulic oil in the drain pipe and the hydraulic oil in the first pilot oil supply pipe via the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,767,345

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING WORK MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A control device for controlling a work machine, the work machine havinga fluid pressure system that includes a plurality of fluid pressure actuators for operating the work machine, a plurality of operation means for operating the plurality of fluid pressure actuators, and a pump for discharging a working fluid for operating the plurality of fluid pressure actuators; and
an engine for driving the pump,
the control device comprising:
estimation means for estimating a work amount of the work machine by using fuzzy inference based on operation amounts of the plurality of operation means to operate the plurality of fluid pressure actuators;
setting means for setting a setting signal by using fuzzy inference, the setting signal being used for setting an engine speed in accordance with the work amount estimated by the estimation means; and
weighting means for weighting the operation amount of each operation means of the plurality of operation means,
wherein the estimation means estimates the work amount of the work machine based on
an average value of maximum values of the operation amounts of the plurality of operation means that are weighted by the weighting means, the maximum values being obtained within a predetermined time period, and
a membership function representing predetermined levels of requirement for speeds of the plurality of fluid pressure actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,767,344

HYDRAULIC DRIVE CONTROL

CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY, ...

13. A method of controlling a drive system of a power machine, the drive system having at least one drive pump and at least one drive motor, the at least one drive pump having a variable hydraulic oil displacement up to a maximum displacement corresponding to a full pump stroke, the method comprising:measuring a temperature of hydraulic oil in a hydraulic system including the drive system;
receiving a user input signal from a user input device;
determining whether the temperature of the hydraulic oil is below a first set point temperature;
controlling the at least one drive pump of the drive system to prevent movement of the power machine by the drive system if the temperature of the hydraulic oil is below the first set point temperature;
determining, if the temperature of the hydraulic oil is above the first set point temperature, whether the temperature of the hydraulic oil is above or below a second set point temperature;
controlling the at least one drive pump of the drive system to move the power machine, responsive to the user input signal, using a drive pump displacement varying between a first percentage of the full pump stroke when the temperature of the hydraulic oil is at the first set point temperature and a second percentage of the full pump stroke when the temperature of the hydraulic oil is at the second set point temperature;
controlling the at least one drive pump of the drive system to move the power machine, responsive to the user input signal, using the maximum displacement corresponding to the full pump stroke, if the temperature of the hydraulic oil is above the second set point temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,767,343

WORK MACHINE COMPRISING A HYDRAULIC ARRANGEMENT FOR A SELECTION VALVE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A work machine comprising:a machine base mounted movably over an undercarriage; and
a hydraulic arrangement comprising:
a first cylinder configured for operating a working blade of the work machine, the working blade connected to the undercarriage,
a second cylinder configured to vary the width of the undercarriage,
a source of fluid at high pressure which is fluidly connected to the first and second cylinders and which is housed in the machine base,
a selection valve which is fluidly interposed between the source and at least one of the first and second cylinders, wherein the valve is housed in the undercarriage, and
a feedback line connected between an inlet hose of the first cylinder and the selection valve, the hydraulic arrangement configured to switch a position of the selection valve automatically when a pressure in the inlet hose of the first cylinder is greater than a threshold such that the undercarriage is in a lifted configuration when the width of the undercarriage is changed by the second cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,767,342

WORK VEHICLE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A work vehicle comprising: an engine; a radiator that cools a refrigerant of the engine; a hydraulic pump that is driven by the engine; a refrigerant temperature sensor that detects a temperature of the refrigerant; an outside air temperature sensor that detects a temperature of an outside air; a thermostat that opens and closes a flowpath between a fully closed state and a fully opened state in accordance with the temperature of the refrigerant on the flowpath for supplying the refrigerant to the radiator; a hydraulic motor which is driven by a pressure oil delivered from the hydraulic pump, and rotates a cooling fan for blowing a cooling air to the radiator; a directional control valve that switches the flow direction of the pressure oil from the hydraulic pump to rotate the hydraulic motor in forward and reverse directions; and a control device that controls the directional control valve to cause the repetitive operation of the forward and reverse rotation of the cooling fan to be performed at predetermined time intervals, whereinthe control device changes setting of the time intervals when a relationship between the outside air temperature detected by the outside air temperature sensor and the refrigerant temperature detected by the refrigerant temperature sensor satisfies a predetermined condition defined in advance,
the predetermined condition includes a high temperature condition in which the outside air temperature detected by the outside air temperature sensor is higher than a reference value, and a low temperature condition in which the outside air temperature is lower than the reference value, and
the control device reduces the time interval more than a normal time initially set when the refrigerant temperature detected from the refrigerant temperature sensor reaches a first set temperature under the low temperature condition or when the refrigerant temperature detected from the refrigerant temperature sensor reaches a second set temperature higher than the first set temperature under the high temperature condition.

US Pat. No. 10,767,341

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

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A control system for a work vehicle including a work implement, the control system comprising:a controller programmed to
acquire current terrain data indicating current terrain to be worked,
decide a target design terrain displaced vertically from the current terrain by referring to target displacement data indicating target displacement of the work implement according to an amount of movement from a work start position, and
generate a command signal to move the work implement toward the target design terrain.

US Pat. No. 10,767,340

REINFORCEMENT STRUCTURE FOR BOOM OF WORK MACHINE

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A boom for a work machine, the boom comprising:a top plate;
a bottom plate facing the top plate;
a pair of side plates spanning between and attached to the top plate and the bottom plate,
the top plate, the bottom plate, and the pair of side plates defining an internal space therebetween;
a boom foot boss disposed at an end of the boom, and configured to pivotally attach the boom to a body of the work machine;
a curved portion defined by the top plate, the bottom plate, and the pair of side plates, and disposed in a middle of the boom along a longitudinal direction,
the top plate including a top planar portion disposed between the curved portion and the boom foot boss along the longitudinal direction,
the bottom plate including a bottom planar portion disposed between the curved portion and the boom foot boss along the longitudinal direction; and
a baffle attached directly to the top planar portion and the bottom planar portion, and extending across the internal space between the pair of side plates,
the baffle including an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface being inclined relative to the lower surface to define a convexity of the baffle, the convexity of the baffle pointing away from the boom foot boss along the longitudinal direction,
the upper surface of the baffle being disposed between the lower surface of the baffle and the top planar portion along a vertical direction, the vertical direction being transverse to the longitudinal direction,
the lower surface of the baffle being disposed between the upper surface of the baffle and the bottom planar portion along the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,767,339

MULTIPLE INTERFACE TOOL FOR A CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Guangxi LiuGong Machinery...

1. A tool for a construction machine, the tool including a loader bucket and comprising:a first interface that is located at a first location on the tool and configured to mount the tool on the construction machine in a loader mode; and
a second interface that is located at a second location on the tool being different from the first location and configured to mount the tool on the construction machine in a dozer mode,
wherein each of the first interface and the second interface is alternatively configured to mount the tool on the construction machine.

US Pat. No. 10,767,338

HYDRAULIC APPARATUS FOR EXCAVATORS AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT IN GENERAL

MECCANICA BREGANZESE S.P....

1. A hydraulic rotating crusher apparatus for construction equipment, comprising a support structure connectable to a movable arm of the construction equipment, a pair or rotating drums including a plurality of teeth, a pair of hydraulic motors, each arranged for movement of a respective drum, and a rotating flow divider device, said rotating flow divider device including a pair of further hydraulic motors, said further hydraulic motors each including a coaxial shaft, the flow divider device further including a connection element interlinking the coaxial shaft of one further hydraulic motor with the coaxial shaft of the other further hydraulic motor so that the interlinked shafts are rotationally engaged, said hydraulic rotating crusher apparatus further comprising a common inlet for receiving a supply of operative fluid provided by the construction equipment, the common inlet being divided in two inlet connections, each inlet connection providing a supply of operative fluid to a respective one of the further hydraulic motors and a pair of outlets, each outlet connected to a respective one of the further hydraulic motors, which provide said supply of operative fluid, suitably divided by said further hydraulic motors, to said pair of hydraulic motors, said rotating flow divider device further including a flywheel connected to said connection element such that, when the one of the rotating drums starts to slow down as a result of friction of processed material, an initial effect of the flywheel prevents the further hydraulic motors from slowing down.

US Pat. No. 10,767,337

ANCHOR PIER FOR MANUFACTURED BUILDING

Oliver Technologies, Inc....

1. An anchor pier for supporting a manufactured building, comprising:a shaft having a connector at a first end and a driving tip at an opposing end with at least one helical flight positioned proximate the driving tip, for driving through a surface of ground vertically beneath an elongated longitudinally extending support beam of a manufactured building to position the connector proximate the surface, for interaction of the shaft and the helical flight with the ground to communicate vertical loading between the manufactured building and the ground;
a brace member for attaching at a first end to the connector, a portion of the brace member proximate the first end defining a pair of opposing openings therethrough, the brace member extending vertically for engaging the support beam;
a receiver that engages the longitudinally extending support beam of the manufactured building and engagingly receives an opposing second end of the brace member for vertically supporting the manufactured building relative to the ground;
the connector comprises:
a U-shaped member with a base and two opposed upstanding side walls, each side wall defining an opening aligned with the opening in the opposing side wall; and
a fastener extending through the aligned openings of the side walls and the brace member received thereon for attaching the first end of the brace member to the connector,
whereby vertical loading on the manufactured building transfers through the receiver, the brace member and the connector to the shaft and the helical flight driven into the ground below the manufactured building.

US Pat. No. 10,767,336

PILE DRIVER AND METHOD OF DRIVING A PILE INTO AN UNDERWATER BED

VIZIONZ ENGINEERING B.V.,...

1. A pile driver, configured to drive a pile into an underwater bed, comprising:a floatable body with a pile guide configured to guide said pile in a downward direction; and
an actuator that is fixed to the floatable body and that is configured to drive the pile from the floatable body into the underwater bed; and
a pile booster assembly that comprises at least one of:
a substantially fluid tight seal on said pile; and
a compressor configured to pressurize a fluid contained in an inner space of said pile.

US Pat. No. 10,767,335

ATTACHMENT FOR DRILLING AND/OR FOUNDATION WORK

Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Gmb...

1. An attachment for drilling and/or foundation work, comprising a reception apparatus for clamping at least one pipe and a drive for generating a rotational movement of the clamped pipe, wherein the attachment comprisesat least one integral control unit having a control logic for an independent carrying out of at least one control function of the attachment and at least one communication interface for communication with a base machine, with the control unit invoking machine-relevant parameters of the base machine via the communication interface and/or providing machine-relevant parameters of the attachment via the communication interface,
at least one transmission and reception unit is provided to enable a wireless and/or wired communication with at least one external unit, and
at least one control function is the control of automatic movement routines for an automatic oscillating system and/or an automatic pipe drawing device.

US Pat. No. 10,767,334

GROUTED HELICAL PILE

Magnum Piering, Inc., We...

1. A helical pile, comprising:an elongated shaft;
at least one helical blade having a leading edge and a trailing edge on the shaft;
a displacement paddle extending outward from the shaft longitudinally positioned to extend from the leading edge to the trailing edge of the at least one helical blade to push away soil to create a grout channel surrounding the shaft; and
at least one grout propeller on the shaft, the at least one grout propeller having at least one grout propeller blade pitched in an opposite direction from the helical blade to propel grout downward in the grout channel as the pile rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,767,333

CONSTRUCTION METHOD FOR FOUNDATION PILE

ASAHI ENGINEERING CO., LT...

1. A construction method for a foundation pile, the method comprising:suspending a cylindrical tube having a forming material filling port at a top end of a cylinder forming portion and a closed bottom at a bottom end of the cylinder forming portion, wherein the closed bottom is integrated with the cylinder forming portion;
inserting the cylindrical tube into a borehole formed in the ground while filling the suspended cylindrical tube with a foundation pile forming material, wherein the cylindrical tube is filled with the foundation pile forming material via the forming material filling port while the cylindrical tube is suspended, and the cylindrical tube is configured to withstand the fill pressure of the foundation pile forming material such that a shape of the cylindrical tube is substantially maintained after being filled with the foundation pile forming material; and
forming a composite foundation pile in which the tube and the filled forming material are integrated inside the borehole.

US Pat. No. 10,767,332

AXIAL REINFORCEMENT SYSTEM FOR RESTORATIVE SHELL

Warstone Innovations, LLC...

16. An axial reinforcement system comprising:a shell configured to be wrapped around a weight-bearing member, the shell having a seam where two ends of the shell meet, the seam running vertically in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the shell, the shell having an outer surface and an inner surface radially-inward of the outer surface;
a positioner located in a void formed between the shell and the weight-bearing member when the shell is wrapped around the weight-bearing member, the positioner having at least one hole formed therein, the positioner being attached to the inner surface of the shell at a base that is radially inward of the shell;
a reinforcement member secured to the positioner and serving to reinforce the weight-bearing member, the reinforcement member extending along a longitudinal axis of the shell,
wherein the positioner comprises a concavity to accommodate the reinforcement member and is structured to position and support the reinforcement member within the void when the shell is wrapped around the weight-bearing member, the concavity being positioned radially inward of the base of the positioner and the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,767,331

RISER FATIGUE MONITORING

BP Exploration and Produc...

1. A method for determining curvature at a vertical position in a subsea riser system comprising the steps of:periodically measuring acceleration in a first lateral direction at said vertical position using a motion sensor connected to the subsea riser to obtain a first acceleration timetrace;
processing said first acceleration timetrace using a processor to obtain a first acceleration spectra of the subsea riser;
applying a transfer function to said first acceleration spectra using the processor to obtain a first curvature spectra of the subsea riser, wherein the transfer function is determined by a method comprising the step of modelling the riser as a Tensioned Timoshenko Beam;
processing said first curvature spectra using the processor to obtain a first curvature timetrace at the vertical position of the subsea riser; and
analyzing the first curvature timetrace using the processor to produce a first stress timetrace at the vertical position of the subsea riser.

US Pat. No. 10,767,330

STREAM DEBRIS RESTRAINING STRUCTURE

OFFICINE MACCAFERRI S.P.A...

1. A method for restraining debris in a stream, said method comprising providing a restraining structure comprising lateral walls which define wings extending from banks of the stream inwards and which delimit between them a flow section comprised in a bed of said stream, wherein said flow section includes an upper portion comprising a restraining structure, set between said lateral walls, for retaining material arriving from upstream and a lower portion defining a horizontal slit for outflow, the horizontal slit having a predetermined height between a bottom edge of the retaining structure and the stream bed, wherein the structure exerts an effect of lamination during a flood peak, wherein said predetermined height is selected as a function of a given maximum value of deposit upstream of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,767,329

PORTABLE WATER INFLATABLE BARRIER WITH ANCHORING SUPPORT BASE

1. A water-inflatable barrier system comprising:at least one barrier module, said at least one barrier module including a first barrier module having:
first module flexible walls forming a first module shell configured to contain water within a first module interior of the first barrier module, said first module shell having a first module front, a first module rear, a substantially rectangular first module bottom, a first module length parallel to the first module front, a first module width perpendicular to the first module front, and a first module cross section that is wider at a first module bottom of the first barrier module than at a first module top of the first barrier module;
a plurality of substantially horizontal and substantially vertical first module partition walls dividing said first module interior into a plurality of adjacent, water-tight first module cells shaped as rectangular parallelepipeds, front and rear first module partition walls of each first module cell being substantially parallel to the first module front of the first module shell, said first module cells being arranged in a plurality of vertically stacked layers that are offset from each other such that none of the first module front and rear partition walls aligns with a first module front or rear partition wall in a vertically adjacent layer;
a first module water inlet in liquid communication with the first module interior; and
a plurality of first module passages between the first module cells, said first module passages being configured to allow filling of all of the first module cells with water from the first module water inlet; and
an anchoring support base, including:
an underlying base portion configured for insertion beneath at least one of the barrier modules;
a vertical base portion having a vertical base width, said vertical base portion being configured to extend upward behind at least one of the barrier modules in abutting relationship therewith when the underlying base portion is inserted beneath the at least one of the barrier modules; and
an anchoring base portion configured for attachment of the anchoring support base to an underlying surface by installation of at least one stake or spike through at least one opening provided in said anchoring base portion such that said stake or spike penetrates into said underlying surface.

US Pat. No. 10,767,328

DOCK WALER

Pultron Composites Limite...

1. A dock waler moulded from a settable material and configured to engage together a plurality of dock float assemblies, the dock waler defining a main body which encloses a volume and defines at least one interior cavity, the body defining at least one engagement structure arranged to interlock with a complimentary engagement structure formed in a dock float assembly vertically orientated side wall of a dock float assembly with a void in one engagement structure being filled by a projection provided by the other, where said at least one engagement structure of a dock waler defines at least one angled contact surface arranged to contact a complimentary angled contact surface formed in a complimentary engagement structure, said angled contact surfaces being orientated at an angle to a vertical plane when interlocked with a vertically orientated side wall of a dock float assembly,the volume enclosed by the main body being arranged to receive at least a portion of a tie rod configured to hold the engagement structure of a dock waler in contact with the complimentary engagement structure of a dock float assembly, wherein the engagement structure of a dock waler impedes vertical movement of the dock waler at least in the region where a tie rod extends from a dock float and into the interior volume of the dock water when said engagement structure is engaged with the complimentary engagement structure of a dock float and said at least one angled contact surface of the engagement structure translates vertical loads placed on the waler into horizontal tensioning forces applied to the tie rod.

US Pat. No. 10,767,327

DRIVING SYSTEM FOR AT LEAST ONE AUGER, KIT AND METHOD FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SAME, AND SNOW REMOVAL DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

LES MACHINERIES PRONOVOST...

1. A driving system for driving at least one auger of a snow removing device, said snow removing device comprising:a frame;
an auger housing supported on the frame or being part of the frame, and comprising a first opening defining a front opening, a second opening defining a rear opening, a first lateral wall and a second lateral wall;
an auger comprising a shaft element having opposite ends which are respectively rotatably supported by the first lateral wall and the second lateral wall;
means adapted for attaching the frame to a vehicle; and
the driving system for driving the at least one auger, said driving system for driving the at least one auger comprising:
at least one driving gear rotatably supported by the frame;
at least one output gear mounted on the shaft element of the at least one auger, close one of the first lateral wall of the auger housing;
a roller chain linking the at least one driving gear and the at least one output gear; and
at least one means for tensioning the roller chain comprising at least one self-adjusting chain tensioner;
wherein a first portion of the driving system for driving the at least one auger is positioned within the auger housing and a second portion of the driving system for driving the at least one auger is positioned outside the auger housing;
wherein the roller chain is adapted to move across a third opening provided in the auger housing;
wherein the first portion is covered by a front guard secured to the first lateral wall and forming with the first lateral wall a first casing adapted to prevent snow or debris contained in the auger housing to contact said first portion;
wherein the front guard is provided with at least one opening adapted to surround a portion of the shaft element of the at least one auger with a play between a periphery of the at least one opening and a periphery of a corresponding portion the corresponding shaft element;
wherein the play is filled with a filling element and/or covered with a sealing element secured to the front guard or the corresponding portion of the shaft element of the at least one auger;
wherein the second portion is covered by at least one rear guard forming a casing secured to the frame and/or the auger housing, and adapted to prevent snow or debris present around the snow removing device to contact the said second portion;
wherein the front guard comprises:
a first part provided with a front edge having at least one first recess;
a second part provided with a rear edge having at least one second recess;
the at least one first recess and the at least one second recess forming, when the front edge and the rear edge are closed to each other, the at least one opening adapted to surround the shaft element of the at least one auger;
wherein the front edge and the rear edge are close enough to define a play therebetween that is small enough to prevent snow and/or debris to enter the first casing, or filled and/or covered with a sealing element secured to any one of the first part or the second part to have a play therebetween that is small enough to prevent snow and/or debris to enter the first casing;
wherein the filing element comprises a two-part member secured around the portion of the shaft element of the at least one auger that is positioned in the at least one opening of the front guard;
wherein said filling element has a central opening configured to fit with the outer surface of the shaft element of the at least one auger, and has an outer periphery housed in the at least one opening of the front guard and/or covering the at least one opening of the front guard;
wherein a play between said outer surface and the periphery of the at least one opening of the front guard, is small enough to prevent snow and/or debris to enter the first casing; and
wherein the at least one self-adjusting chain tensioner comprises at least one self-supported tensioning and damping element consisting of an elastically deformable ring provided with a toothed rim engaging the roller chain.

US Pat. No. 10,767,326

AUGER FOR A SNOW THROWER

Nanjing Chervon Industry ...

1. An auger for use in a snow thrower, said auger comprising:a supporting shaft having a central axis;
a snow throwing bracket secured to a middle portion of the supporting shaft and configured to throw snow;
a left snow scraper surrounding the supporting shaft, secured to a left end of the snow throwing bracket and configured to push snow to the right towards a region where the snow throwing bracket is located;
a right snow scraper surrounding the supporting shaft, secured to a right end of the snow throwing bracket and configured to push snow to the left towards the region where the snow throwing bracket is located;
a left supporting plate secured to a left end of the supporting shaft, wherein two ends of the left snow scraper are respectively secured to the snow throwing bracket and the left supporting plate;
a right supporting plate secured to a right end of the supporting shaft, wherein two ends of the right snow scraper are respectively secured to the snow throwing bracket and the right supporting plate;
a left auxiliary supporting plate provided separately from the snow throwing bracket to form a first gap between the left auxiliary supporting plate and the snow throwing bracket in a direction of the central axis, wherein the left auxiliary supporting plate is arranged separately from the left supporting plate to form a second gap between the left auxiliary supporting plate and the left supporting plate in the direction of the central axis, and the left auxiliary supporting plate is located between the snow throwing bracket and the left supporting plate; and
a right auxiliary supporting plate provided separately from the snow throwing bracket to form a third gap between the right auxiliary supporting plate and the snow throwing bracket in the direction of the central axis, wherein the right auxiliary supporting plate is arranged separately from the right supporting plate to form a forth gap between the right auxiliary supporting plate and the right supporting plate in the direction of the central axis, and the right auxiliary supporting plate is located between the snow throwing bracket and the right supporting plate,
wherein the left snow scraper and the right snow scraper are symmetrical about a plane perpendicular to the central axis, an angle of the left snow scraper around the central axis is greater than 180 degrees and smaller than 360 degrees, and a ratio of the angle of the left snow scraper around the central axis to a length of the left snow scraper in a direction of the central axis is greater than or equal to 0.9 degree/mm and less than or equal to 3 degree/mm, and
wherein the left auxiliary supporting plate is secured to the supporting shaft, a middle portion of the left snow scraper is secured to an end of the left auxiliary supporting plate, the right auxiliary supporting plate is secured to the supporting shaft, and a middle portion of the right snow scraper is secured to an end of the right auxiliary supporting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,767,325

IMPACT ABSORBING TRAFFIC NOISE BARRIER SYSTEM

Superior Transparent Nois...

1. A traffic barrier system for absorbing vehicle impacts and reducing traffic noise, the traffic barrier system comprising:a roadway for vehicular traffic, the roadway having opposing shoulders;
a series of traffic barriers, each barrier having opposing ends, the series of traffic barriers being arranged in an end to end fashion adjacent one of the opposing shoulders, the series of traffic barriers forming an upper edge, each traffic barrier including an enlarged base, a sloped front face, and a planar back face, the sloped front face adapted to absorb vehicle impacts and to route impacting vehicles back onto the roadway;
a series of posts, each post including upper and lower extents, an anchor plate and two anchor bolts securing the lower extent of each post to the back face of an associated traffic barrier, each of the posts including two protection holes formed adjacent the upper edge of the associated traffic barrier, the protection holes making the posts frangible upon vehicle impacts at a location adjacent the upper edge of the associated traffic barrier, each post further including a guide hole formed at the upper extent;
a series of acoustic panels, each acoustic panel being formed from a transparent acrylic material and being secured between adjacent posts by way of one or more brackets, the acoustic panels functioning to reduce traffic noise;
an anchor cable including opposing ends and an intermediate extent, each of the opposing ends being secured to one of the series of traffic barriers, the intermediate extent of the anchor cable being threaded through the guide holes of the series of posts;
whereby the intermediate extent of the anchor cable functions in suspending associated posts and acoustic panels in the event the associated posts become detached from the traffic barriers upon a vehicle impact.

US Pat. No. 10,767,324

MAGNETIC MARKER AND MARKER SYSTEM

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A marker system, comprising:a plurality of types of magnetic markers having different ratios of height to a size of a cross-section, the plurality of types of the magnetic markers including at least a sheet magnetic marker disposed on a surface of a road, or a columnar magnetic marker inserted in the road so as to be detectable by a magnetic sensor of a vehicle and used for vehicle-side drive assist control for assisting driving, wherein
each of the plurality of types of the magnetic markers includes a magnet that contains a magnetic powder that is a powder of a magnetic material, and
each of the different ratios of the magnetic markers is changed according to either a thickness of an asphalt layer constituting a road surface or traffic volume.

US Pat. No. 10,767,323

LIFTING OF CONCRETE COMPONENTS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A lifting system for a concrete component, said lifting system comprisinga void former positionable in the concrete component during casting of the concrete component,
the void former defining a passage shaped to receive a locking stem of a lifting anchor assembly following casting of the void former in the concrete component, the passage defined by a tubular body having a lower end, the tubular body including an upwardly inclined end wall at the lower end of the tubular body,
the void former positionable in the concrete component to define a void within the concrete component, the void shaped for locking engagement with a locking pin of the locking stem by rotation of the locking pin following insertion of the locking stem into the passage to lock the locking stem within the void to permit lifting load to be applied to the lifting anchor assembly, and
the void former including a jacking plate and a threaded structure configured to threadably receive a threaded jacking rod inserted through the void former after removal of the lifting anchor assembly from the void filler to enable jacking of the concrete component relative to an underlying structure, wherein the jacking plate is movable relative to the concrete component during jacking of the concrete component.

US Pat. No. 10,767,322

DIGITAL SNOW AND ICE SENSOR AND HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

Chromalox, Inc., Pittsbu...

1. An apparatus for heating a structure during frozen precipitation, the apparatus comprising:heating means located near the structure for heating the structure;
a control unit connected to the heating means for controlling operation of the heating means;
a memory configured to store at least one geographic coordinate within a user-defined geographic zone around the structure;
a frozen precipitation forecast sensor that is in communication with the control unit, wherein the frozen precipitation forecast sensor comprises one or more programmed processors that program the frozen precipitation forecast sensor to:
receive, over a time frame, weather data for a geographic region in which the structure is located;
determine, at time instances during the time frame, at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation based on the received weather data;
determine whether the at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation is the same as the at least one geographic coordinate within the user-defined geographic zone around the structure; and
transmit command signals to the control unit, based on the determination that the at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation is the same as the at least one geographic coordinate within the user-defined geographic zone around the structure, wherein the command signals comprise command signals for the operational state of the heating means, and wherein the control unit controls the heating means based on the command signals transmitted by the frozen precipitation forecast sensor;
wherein:
upon a determination that the at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation is the same as the at least one geographic coordinate within the user-defined geographic zone around the structure, the frozen precipitation forecast sensor transmits a first command signal to the control unit that the heating means should be in an ON state;
upon a determination that the at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation is not the same as the at least one geographic coordinate within the user-defined geographic zone around the structure, the frozen precipitation forecast sensor transmits a second command signal to the control unit that the heating means should be in an OFF state; and
the geographic zone is sufficiently large such that upon the determination of the at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation in the geographic zone around the structure, the control unit controls the heating means so that that the heating means is in the ON state before the frozen precipitation sensor determines that the at least one geographic coordinate associated with a likelihood of frozen precipitation is the same as at least one geographic coordinate of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,767,321

INTEGRATED PAVEMENT SYSTEMS FOR COLLECTING AND RECYCLING DE-ICING FLUID

F. von Langsdorff Licensi...

1. An integrated ground surface system for collecting and recycling de-icing fluid, the system comprising:a liquid permeable ground surface pavement layer;
a liquid permeable aggregate layer beneath and supporting the pavement layer;
a liquid impermeable liner layer beneath the aggregate layer;
at least one reservoir adapted to receive liquid permeating through the pavement and aggregate layers and collected above the liner layer, the liquid including the de-icing fluid; and
at least one first applicator device in fluid communication with the at least one reservoir to dispense the liquid received in the at least one reservoir over the pavement layer.

US Pat. No. 10,767,320

COVER ASSEMBLY FOR STRUCTURAL MEMBERS

Watson Bowman Acme Corpor...

1. An expansion joint cover assembly for a gap between spaced-apart structural members comprising:base members configured to be affixed to each of said structural members and having channels configured to accept bearings;
a cover plate having a width sufficient to bridge said gap between said structural members;
swing arms pivotably engaged with said cover plate; and
bearings pivotably engaged at opposite ends of said swing arms and slidably engaged with said channels of said base members, wherein said bearings comprise a substantially planar tab portion and an elongated cylindrical portion, wherein the long axis of said cylindrical portions of said bearings are colinear with said channels and said cylindrical portions are inserted into said channels.

US Pat. No. 10,767,319

APPARATUS FOR LAYING A PAVER

Redwood Plastics and Rubb...

1. A surface, comprising:(a) multiple apparatuses for laying a paver, wherein each of the apparatuses is laid on a substrate and comprises:
(i) a body portion having a top side and an underside, the underside comprising a hollow portion; and
(ii) a raised paver guide located on the top side, the raised paver guide positioned to receive the paver when the paver is against the top side; and
(b) pavers laid on the top side of each the apparatuses, wherein a periphery of each of the pavers is laterally received by at least one of the raised paver guides,
wherein the hollow portion comprises a paver guide receiver shaped to receive the raised paver guide such that a first instance of the apparatus is stackable on a second instance of the apparatus by inserting the raised paver guide of the second instance of the apparatus into the paver guide receiver of the first instance of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,767,318

ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED LASER CLADDING PROCESS FOR REPAIR OF WORN AND/OR DAMAGED RAILWAY STRUCTURES

Holland, L.P., Crete, IL...

1. A method of repairing a worn railway structure comprising the steps of:providing a metal railway structure comprising a surface;
providing a laser system having a first laser beam having a first laser energy having a specific structured beam shape;
removing a plurality of layers of metal from a location of the surface of the railway structure with the first laser beam to form a prepared surface having a depth from the surface of the metal railway structure, the depth formed by the first laser beam; and
depositing metal material onto the location of the prepared surface using a second laser beam from the laser system and a deposition material combined with the second laser beam to form a finished surface of the railway structure,
wherein the temperature of the railway structure is maintained below 500° F. during metal removal from the railway structure with the first laser beam and metal deposition to the railway structure with the second laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,767,313

METHOD FOR FABRICATING SHAPED PAPER PRODUCTS

GOLDEN ARROW PRINTING TEC...

1. A method for fabricating shaped-paper products, comprising:at least one pulp-dredging step which comprises utilizing both a first upper mold and a first lower mold, either of which is utilized to dredge up paper-slurry materials, containing wet fibers, within a slurry tank, and thereby forming a wet pulp, constructed of the paper-slurry materials, between the first upper mold and the first lower mold;
at least one pre-compression step which comprises implementing a compression on the wet pulp mutually between the first upper mold and the first lower mold in a closing-mold manner, draining a portion of water vapor and/or moistures contained within the wet pulp, and thereby forming a first semi-finished product;
at least one thermo-compression forming step which comprises positioning the first semi-finished product into between a second upper mold and a second lower mold, implementing a thermo-compression forming on the first semi-finished product mutually between the second upper mold and the second lower mold, draining a portion of water vapor and/or moistures contained within the first semi-finished product, and thereby forming a second semi-finished product having a shaped-paper body; and
a surface-coating step which comprises employing a product surface coating apparatus to coat the liquid coating materials onto at least one outer surface of the shaped-paper body of the second semi-finished product, for forming the respective shaped-paper product having a binding layer, wherein a composition of the liquid coating materials is selected from a group consisting of hydrofluoroether and fluorides or a group consisting of styrene-acrylate copolymer, polyethylene wax, water, butyl acetate and amine antioxidant, to make a binding layer having an abradability conforming 3˜50 standard-abrasive cycles under a standard abrasive-resistance test using a RCA Abrader and defined in ASTM F-2357-04 specification.

US Pat. No. 10,767,310

COMPOSITE FORMING FABRIC

AstenJohnson, Inc., Char...

1. A composite forming fabric for a papermaking machine woven according to a repeating fabric weave pattern, comprising a paper side (PS) layer having a PS surface, the PS layer including PS warps and PS wefts interwoven in a first repeating pattern, a machine side (MS) layer having a MS surface, the MS layer including interwoven MS warps and MS wefts, and a plurality of pairs of binder weft yarns, each of the pairs of binder weft yarns comprising first and second binder weft yarns interwoven according to a binder weft pattern with the PS warps and the MS warps to bind the PS and MS layers together in the composite forming fabric, and each interchanges between the layers at exchange points, wherein in each pattern repeat of the fabric weave pattern:at each said MS weft, at least three of the MS warps pass under said MS weft, where said at least three of the MS warps along with a further single one of the MS warps that passes over said MS weft are co-located one adjacent to another, and the further single one of the MS warps that passes over said MS weft separates a first of the at least three MS warps from the others of said at least three MS warps, and
each of the MS warps interlaces with at least two non-adjacent ones of the MS wefts.

US Pat. No. 10,767,309

REFINER SEGMENT IN A FIBER REFINER

VALMET AB, Sundsvall (SE...

1. A refiner segment for a disc refiner for refining fibrous material configured to form a part of a refining surface of a disc refiner element and travel in a first circumferential direction when arranged on the refiner element, the refiner segment comprising:a refining surface;
a radially inner edge;
a radially outer edge;
a pattern of bars and intermediate grooves configured to extend along the refiner segment in a substantially radial direction with respect to the radially inner edge;
dams configured to extend between the bars and protrude above a surface of the intermediate grooves; and
a plurality of steam channels formed through the bars and configured to allow steam flowing towards the radially inner edge to pass through the plurality of steam channels in a direction having a component directed opposite to the first circumferential direction,
wherein each steam channel of the plurality of steam channels is disposed adjacent to an intersection between a bar and a dam, radially outside of a respective dam with respect to the radially inner edge, and at a trailing end of the respective dam with respect to the first circumferential direction,
wherein each steam channel of the plurality of steam channels includes:
an inlet opening located at a leading end of the steam channel, and
an outlet opening located at a trailing end of the steam channel with respect to the first circumferential direction of the refiner segment,
wherein a distance between each inlet opening of a channel and a peripheral wall of the respective dam, with respect to the radially inner edge of the refiner segment, is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,767,308

METHODS FOR SEPARATING AND REFINING LIGNIN FROM BLACK LIQUOR AND COMPOSITIONS THEREOF

VIRDIA, INC., Raceland, ...

1. A process for separating lignin from black liquor, the process comprising:(i) contacting the black liquor with a limited-solubility solvent, thereby forming a mixture;
(ii) neutralizing the mixture by addition of CO2;
(iii) filtering the mixture, thereby generating a filtrate and a filtration cake;
(iv) acidifying the filtrate;
(v) separating the filtrate into an organic phase and an aqueous phase;
(vi) removing metal cations from the organic phase; and
(vii) recovering lignin from the organic phase.

US Pat. No. 10,767,305

STEAM IRON WITH THERMAL BRIDGE ARRANGEMENT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A steam iron for ironing garments, the steam iron comprising:a steam generator comprising a main body and a heating element to heat the main body;
an ironing plate; and,
a thermal bridge arrangement extending between the main body and a thermal coupling area of the ironing plate to heat the ironing plate by conduction of heat from the main body,
wherein the thermal bridge arrangement comprises a substantially vertical first portion extending in a first direction away from the thermal coupling area and a second substantially vertical portion extending in a second direction towards the thermal coupling area, and
wherein at least one of the first portion and second portion may extend substantially perpendicular to the ironing surface of the ironing plate,
wherein the thermal bridge arrangement forms an indirect thermal path between the main body and the ironing plate to passively heat the ironing plate by conduction of heat from the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,767,304

DRYER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

15. A method of controlling a dryer, comprising:receiving laundry at a drum of the dryer;
rotating the drum in a first direction according to an operation pattern, the operation pattern comprising an acceleration stage in which a rotation speed of the drum increases and a maintaining stage in which the rotation speed is maintained, wherein a duration of the acceleration stage is set to be greater than a duration of the maintaining stage;
based on rotating the drum in the first direction, measuring a first current value of a motor configured to drive the drum;
changing a rotation direction of the drum to a second direction;
rotating the drum in the second direction according to the operation pattern;
based on rotating the drum in the second direction, measuring a second current value of the motor;
repeating, for a preset number of times, an operation comprising changing the rotation direction of the drum and rotating the drum in the changed rotation direction according to the operation pattern;
determining an amount of laundry based on at least one of the first current value or the second current value; and
performing a drying operation for a drying time based on the amount of laundry.

US Pat. No. 10,767,303

MOUNTABLE LINT VACUUM DEVICE AND NON-MARRING NOZZLE

1. A kit for cleaning a lint screen of a clothes dryer, the kit comprising:a slide lock spar comprising one or more slots;
a vacuum device including a main body assembly having one or more receiver holes positioned along a slide lock channel, said slide lock channel extending in a first direction and shaped to receive the slide lock spar and allow the slide lock spar to move between a first position and a second position in the slide lock channel;
a vacuum hose configured to be coupled to the vacuum device;
a nozzle configured to be coupled to the vacuum hose, and
a base plate assembly including one or more mounting posts and configured to mount the vacuum device to a rigid surface,
wherein the one or more mounting posts are configured to pass through the one or more receiver holes and the one or more slots in the slide lock spar when inserted in a second direction when the slide lock spar is positioned within the slide lock channel in the first position,
and wherein the slide lock spar secures the main body assembly to the base plate assembly when moved to the second position while the one or more mounting posts are received by the one or more receiver holes.

US Pat. No. 10,767,302

BATHROOM MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A bathroom management apparatus comprising:a cabinet having an open front side;
a frame provided at an inner side of the cabinet to reinforce stiffness of the cabinet, and having a lower side that is spaced apart from a bottom of the cabinet;
a function module including at least one of a towel care module, a sterilizing module, a lock box module, a refrigerating module, and a charging module, and mounted inside the frame;
a dryer coupled with the function module and disposed inside the frame; and
a vane assembly disposed between the cabinet and a lower side of the frame, wherein
a first air outlet is provided between the cabinet and the lower side of the frame for airflow in a forward direction, and a second air outlet provided at a lower side of the cabinet for airflow in a downward direction,
the dryer generates airflow and blows air inside the cabinet to the vane assembly, and
the vane assembly switches a direction of the airflow received from the dryer to one of a first direction through the first air outlet and a second direction through the second air outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,767,301

SPIN CYCLE MOBILE WASHER

1. A spin cycle mobile washer (SCMW) for washing laundry manually in areas where electricity is unavailable comprising:a portable, wheeled frame having an axle supported by the frame with a wheel mounted on each end of the axle;
a shaft rotatably mounted on the axle to rotate as the axle rotates;
an inner wash tub mounted on a rotatable disc to which one end of the shaft is connected for rotation of the shaft to effect rotation of the inner tub by the rotatable disc, the inner wash tub having a plurality of paddles attached to an interior surface thereof to agitate laundry to be cleaned and which is loaded into the inner wash tub together with a cleaning detergent, each paddle of the plurality of paddles being hemispherical and comprising resilient plastic with a plurality of through-holes, wherein the inner wash tub comprises a solid plastic bucket in which a pattern of holes are made for attaching the hemispherical paddles to the inside of the tub, each paddle of the plurality of paddles corresponding to a hole of the pattern of holes; and
an outer wash tub inside of which the inner wash tub is rotatably installed, the inner wash tub having openings therein by which water flows through and between the inner and outer wash tubs to separate the two wash tubs, whereby movement of the wheeled frame by a user affects the cleaning of laundry.

US Pat. No. 10,767,300

WASHING MACHINE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A washing machine comprising:a cabinet having an opening at a front side;
a drum rotatably disposed inside the cabinet;
a door configured to open and close the opening;
a hinge configured to pivotably couple the door to the cabinet; and
a wire extending from an inside of the cabinet to the door,
wherein the hinge comprises:
a hinge body coupled to the cabinet,
a hinge arm extending from the hinge body,
a protrusion protruding from the hinge arm to form a rotating axis of the door and having an incised portion extending from the hinge arm along an exterior surface of the protrusion,
a wire guide portion configured to accommodate the wire along the incised portion of the protrusion and a recessed portion of the hinge arm, and
a hinge cover covering the wire guide portion along the protrusion at the incised portion and the hinge arm at the recessed portion to prevent the wire accommodated in the wire guide portion from being exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,767,299

LAUNDRY RECIRCULATION AND FILTRATION SYSTEM

Butterworth Industries, I...

1. A method for extracting metallic or magnetic particles from a textile washed in a wash mixture in a washing machine, the method comprising:separating at least one metallic or magnetic particle from the textile during a washing operation of the washing machine, wherein, after separating, the at least one metallic or magnetic particle is received in the wash mixture to form a contaminated wash mixture in the washing machine;
extracting at least one portion of the contaminated wash mixture containing the at least one metallic or magnetic particle from the washing machine during the washing operation using an extraction system that is in communication with the washing machine during the washing operation;
filtering the at least one portion of the contaminated wash mixture containing the at least one metallic or magnetic particle at a filtration stage of the extraction system, the filtering comprising attracting the at least one metallic or magnetic particle with at least one magnet to capture the at least one metallic or magnetic particle from the contaminated wash mixture to form a filtered wash mixture; and
dynamically directing at least a portion of the filtered wash mixture to the washing machine during the washing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,767,298

STAIN REMOVAL TOOL FOR A LAUNDRY WASHING MACHINE

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., B...

1. A stain removal tool for a laundry washing machine comprising:a handheld wand positionable between a stowed position affixed to the laundry washing machine and a deployed position out of said stowed position and separated from the laundry washing machine to be handheld by the user, and wherein said wand is in fluid communication with a water supply line from the laundry washing machine in said deployed position;
wherein said wand includes a water supply head hingedly connected to a water drainage head by a hinge, wherein when said wand is in said deployed position said water supply head is hingedly moveable between a closed position and an open position relative to said water drainage head;
said water supply head defines a water inlet channel therein, wherein said water supply head includes one or more nozzles in fluid communication through said water inlet channel to said water supply line that is connected to a water inlet;
said water drainage head is in fluid communication with said one or more nozzles of said water supply head when in said closed position, and wherein said water drainage head includes one or more outlets; and
wherein said water drainage head defines a water outlet channel therein, wherein said water drainage head includes said one or more outlets positioned in a front edge of said water drainage head adjacent a front edge of said water supply head in communication with said water outlet channel, such that fluid flows laterally from said water inlet, through said water inlet channel, through said plurality of nozzles and into said water outlet channel, laterally through said water outlet channel and out said one or more outlets adjacent said front edge of said water drainage head.

US Pat. No. 10,767,297

UNIDIRECTIONAL WICKING SUBSTRATE

Newtech Textile Developme...

1. A substrate having a unidirectional water transport property, the substrate having a fluid permeable structure and including:an inner side surface; and
an outer side surface having a higher absorbent capacity than the inner side surface;
wherein the substrate includes:
a plurality of hydrophobic channels and hydrophilic channels which respectively extend between the inner side surface and the outer side surface and are arranged in a pattern across the length and width of the substrate; and
a hydrophobic surface layer which extends continuously over the inner side surface of the substrate and over the pattern of plurality of hydrophobic channels and hydrophilic channels, the hydrophobic surface layer having a thickness of less than 150 ?m which, in use, produces a substantial hydrophobic property to contacting water, whilst allowing for water contacting the inner side surface of the substrate to wick through the hydrophobic surface layer into the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,767,296

MULTI-DENIER HYDRAULICALLY TREATED NONWOVEN FABRICS AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

PFNONWOVENS LLC, Hazelto...

1. A nonwoven composite fabric, comprising:a first spunbond nonwoven web comprising continuous polymeric fibers, the continuous polymeric fibers of the first nonwoven web having a first denier; and
a second spunbond nonwoven web comprising continuous polymeric fibers, the continuous polymeric fibers of the second nonwoven web having a second denier that is less than the first denier, wherein:
the nonwoven composite fabric is hydroengorged, the ratio of the first denier to the second denier is in the range of 1.3:1 to 5:1, and
the nonwoven composite fabric has an abrasion rating of 3.0 or higher as measured in accordance with ASTM D 4966-98.

US Pat. No. 10,767,295

METHOD OF PREPARING A TUFTING PROCESS

1. Method of preparing a tufting process, comprising the steps of:a) providing a pattern representation representative of a fabric to be tufted as a pattern information representation representing the pattern of the fabric to be tufted, step a) comprising:
a step a1) of providing a group of pattern information layers on the basis of the pattern representation, said group of pattern information layers comprising at least one pattern information layer, each pattern information layer representing areas of the pattern information representation having the same pattern information associated therewith, and
a step a2) of providing at least one tufting instruction unit, each tufting instruction unit containing at least one tufting aspect instruction,
b) providing at least one group of tufting aspect instruction layers, each group of tufting aspect instruction layers comprising at least one tufting aspect instruction layer, each tufting aspect instruction layer being associated with a tufting aspect instruction, each tufting aspect instruction referring to a tufting aspect,
c) assigning at least one tufting aspect instruction to at least one tufting aspect instruction layer by assigning tufting instruction units to at least one pattern information layer and thereby assigning tufting aspect instructions of said tufting instruction units to the associated tufting aspect instruction layers, wherein at least one tufting instruction unit is repeatedly assigned to the same pattern information layer.

US Pat. No. 10,767,294

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING A TUFTING MACHINE FOR FORMING TUFTED CARPET

COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPAN...

1. A method for controlling a tufting machine for forming patterned tufted articles of the type having a plurality of needles carrying a plurality of yarns into a backing material that passes through the tufting machine at a desired rate, the tufting machine having a plurality of yarn feed motors, each yarn feed motor in communication with one yarn from the source of yarns and one needle of the plurality of needles, the method comprising:using a processor to control the operation of a plurality of yarn feed controllers of the tufting machine, each yarn feed controller being coupled to the processor and a respective yarn feed motor for controlling the amount of yarn being supplied by the respective yarn feed motor;
using the processor to receive an input corresponding to a programmed pattern to be tufted, the programmed pattern comprising a plurality of predetermined yarn feed profiles for selected stitches of yarn to be tufted by respective needles of the plurality of needles, wherein at least two predetermined yarn feed profiles of the plurality of predetermined yarn feed profiles are different; and
using the processor to control the operation of the respective yarn feed controllers to feed yarns to the plurality of needles for each selected stitch to be tufted according to an associated predetermined yarn feed profile, wherein the processor:
(i) determines, for each predetermined yarn feed profile, a base yarn feed value for each stitch of the yarn for each pattern repeat of the programmed pattern; and
(ii) varies at least one of the predetermined yarn feed profiles from the base yarn feed value for at least one stitch of the yarn for each pattern repeat,
and wherein, for each repeat of the programmed pattern, each yarn of the plurality of yarns has a respective feed length of yarn that is used, and wherein the processor varies said at least one of the predetermined yarn feed profiles from the base yarn feed value to achieve a desired feed length for each yarn of the plurality of yarns.

US Pat. No. 10,767,293

SEWING-THREAD PRE-STRESS DEVICE FOR A SEWING MACHINE

1. A sewing-thread pre-stress device for a sewing machine, comprising:a sewing-thread support including at least one accommodating groove which has a groove bottom;
a pre-stress supply member made of an elastic material, provided in the accommodating groove, and having a folding portion disposed at the groove bottom, and two extension portions each having one end connected to two sides of the folding portion;
an abutting member disposed on the pre-stress supply member, and the two abutting portions abut against the abutting member; and
a top cover disposed on the abutting member and fixed to the sewing-thread support, so that a thread space is defined between the top cover and the abutting member for allowing a sewing thread to be inserted therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,767,292

SEWING MACHINE

JUKI CORPORATION, Tama-s...

1. A sewing machine comprising:a movement amount detector which detects a movement amount of fabric;
a sewing machine motor serving as a rotary drive source of an upper shaft which applies vertical movement to a needle bar;
a shaft angle detector which detects a shaft angle of an output shaft of the upper shaft or the sewing machine motor; and
a controller which controls the sewing machine motor based on the detection of the movement amount detector and performs controls of maintaining a constant stitch length, wherein
the controller performs controls of maintaining the constant stitch length, by a movement amount of the fabric detected by the movement amount detector in a shaft angle section only where a sewing needle is not stuck into a cloth, based on the detection by the shaft angle detector.

US Pat. No. 10,767,291

TEXTILE PRODUCT FABRICATION AND RENDERING

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method to prepare textile products, comprising:establishing, by one or more computing devices of a textile product system, a textile product specification comprising data types, valid values for each data type, and valid relationships between the data types encompassing specification of textile products for manufacturing and visualization of the textile products, wherein the textile product specification defines relationships between instances of one or more data types associated with at least one of manufacturing of the textile products and visualization of the textile products;
receiving, by the one or more computing devices from a user, a first data set comprising values of the data types and relationships between the data types associated with at least one of manufacturing of a particular textile product and visualization of the particular textile product;
determining, by an isolation layer of the one or more computing devices, that the first data set conforms to the textile product specification comprising the relationships between instances of the one or more data types associated with at least one of the manufacturing of textile products and the visualization of textile products;
in response to determining, by the isolation layer of the one or more computing devices, that the first data set conforms to the textile product specification comprising the relationships between instances of the one or more data types associated with at least one of the manufacturing of textile products and the visualization of textile products:
providing, by the one or more computing devices, the first data set to a manufacturing system driver layer of the one or more computing devices;
preparing, by the manufacturing system driver layer of the one or more computing devices, instructions specific to a manufacturing system associated with the manufacturing system driver layer based on the first data set, wherein the instructions specific to the manufacturing system include computer numerical control (CNC) instructions; and
transmitting, by the manufacturing system driver layer of the one or more computing devices, the instructions to the manufacturing system;
determining, by the isolation layer of the one or more computing devices, that a second data set does not conform to the textile product specification comprising the relationships between instances of the one or more data types associated with at least one of the manufacturing of textile products and the visualization of textile products; and
in response to determining, by the isolation layer of the one or more computing devices, that the second data set does not conform to the textile product specification, requesting, by the isolation layer of the one or more computing devices, at least one of additional and revised data and relationships between data types.

US Pat. No. 10,767,289

KNIT SOCK WITH TARGETED COMPRESSION ZONES, AND METHOD FOR LIFTING AND STRETCHING THE PLANTAR FASCIA

Flagship Brands, LLC, Hi...

1. A knit sock integrally formed of a body yarn in circumferential courses and axial wales, said sock comprising:a foot portion having a heel and a toe;
an ankle portion joined to said foot portion and defining an open leg end of said sock;
a first targeted compression zone formed with said foot portion between the heel and the toe, and comprising spaced-apart axial compression ridges extending axially outward from the heel at a first end of said first compression zone to a second end of said first compression zone, and wherein adjacent axial compression ridges have different coursewise termination points at the second end of said first compression zone;
a second targeted compression zone formed with said ankle portion between the heel and the open leg end of said sock, and comprising spaced-apart axial compression ridges extending axially outward from the heel at a first end of said second compression zone to a second end of said second compression zone, and wherein adjacent axial compression ridges have different coursewise termination points at the second end of said second compression zone; and
whereby a compression force applied by said sock within said first and second targeted compression zones is greater than the compression force in directly adjacent areas of said sock.

US Pat. No. 10,767,288

PREFORM FOR A CURVED COMPOSITE STIFFENER FOR AN AXISYMMETRIC PART SUCH AS A COLLAR

1. A preform for a curved composite stiffener for an axisymmetric part comprising at least one web and at least one flange curved about an axis of revolution of said preform and defining at least one of a “T” and an “I” shaped section, wherein:the at least one web comprises a plurality of warp yarns circumferentially oriented relative to the axis of revolution of the preform to define web warp yarn layers, and a plurality of weft yarns oriented radially relative to said axis of revolution, wherein the weft yarns are inserted between the warp yarns so as to define a binding zone of the warp yarn layers to each other by the weft yarns; and
the at least one flange comprises a plurality of warp yarns circumferentially oriented relative to the axis of revolution of the preform to define flange warp yarn layers, and a plurality of weft yarns parallel to said axis of revolution to define an unbinding zone in which the flange warp yarn layers are not bound by the weft yarns.

US Pat. No. 10,767,287

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MULTI-PLY SEPARABLE FILAMENT YARNS AND MULTI-PLY SEPARABLE TEXTURED YARN

1. A method of manufacturing a group of separable interlaced multi-filament yarns, the method comprising:a. passing a polymer melt through a spinning unit to form a plurality of molten streams;
b. cooling the molten streams in a quenching zone to form plurality of polymer filaments;
c. grouping the filaments to form a multi-filament yarn;
d. passing the multi-filament yarn through at least one interlacing means/device for interlacing the filaments within the yarn to provide a separable interlaced filament yarn; wherein the interlacing of the filaments is strong enough to maintain separability from other;
wherein parameters for the interlacing are:
i. interlacing devices from 1 to 2;
ii. number of filaments in the yarn are 5 to 24;
iii. type of the filament are partially, medium or fully oriented,
iv. denier of the yarn is 3 to 32,
v. number of nozzles in the interlacing devices is 1 to 3;
vi. diameter of the nozzle is 0.9 to 1.6 m.m.;
vii. type of fluid passed through the nozzles are air, steam or water or combination of thereof; and
viii. pressure of the fluid is in the range of 1 to 12 bar g,
e. grouping at least two said separable interlaced multi-filament yarns to form a group of separable interlaced multi-filament yarns, wherein each separable interlaced multi-filament yarn is separable from other yarns and has interlacing strong enough which is retained in further process selected from a group of winding, unwinding, texturising, fabric formation, and fabric finishing.

US Pat. No. 10,767,286

DEVICE FOR PIECING A THREAT AT A WORKSTATION OF A TEXTILE MACHINE COMPRISING A SUCTION NOZZLE AND COMPRISING A FEEDER UNIT

Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG...

1. A device for piecing a thread at a workstation of a textile machine, comprising:a suction nozzle mounted at the workstation and configured to pick up a thread end of the thread from a bobbin, the suction nozzle comprising an entry opening for the thread, a suction orifice, and a suction channel;
a feeder unit movable with respect to the suction nozzle and comprising a cover element configured to close the entry opening in a first position (I) of the feeder unit and to unblock the entry opening in a second position (II) of the feeder unit, the feeder unit configured to form a loop from the thread end sucked into the suction nozzle; and
the cover element comprising a thread-guiding element having an open contour, the thread-guiding element disposed within the suction channel in the first position (I) of the feeder unit and outside of the suction channel in the second position (II) of the feeder unit.

US Pat. No. 10,767,285

SPOOLING AND TWISTING DEVICE OF A RING-SPINNING OR RING-TWISTING MACHINE, AND RING-SPINNING AND RING-TWISTING METHOD

SANKO TEKSTIL ISLETMELERI...

1. A winding and twisting device of a ring spinning or ring twisting machine, the winding and twisting device comprising:at least one stator that comprises at least one superconducting material and a stator cooling device,
at least one rotor that generates a magnetic field, and
a rotatable spindle,
wherein the rotor and the stator are arranged co-axially to the spindle;
and
the rotor and the stator are formed so that a ring-shaped air gap, which is arranged co-axially to the spindle and in which a thread to be wound up can circulate, is formed between the rotor and the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,767,284

THREAD DRAW-OFF NOZZLE HAVING NOTCHES EXTENDING RADIALLY TO THE NOZZLE BORE

Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG...

1. A thread draw-off nozzle for an open-end rotor spinning device, comprising:an entrance-side nozzle funnel;
an exit-side nozzle bore adjoining the nozzle funnel;
a plurality of notches arranged in the nozzle funnel and extending radial to the nozzle bore, each notch comprising an inlet wall, a baffle wall, a radially outer notch inlet, and a radially inner notch outlet;
each notch further comprising a notch bottom with a width (B) of between 0.18 mm and 0.24 mm between the inlet wall and the baffle wall;
wherein the notch inlet is in the nozzle funnel spaced apart from a front surface of the nozzle funnel; and
wherein, for each notch, the baffle wall has at least one baffle wall angle,
the inlet wall has at least one inlet wall angle,
and the at least one baffle wall angle is steeper than the at least one inlet wall angle relative to the notch bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,767,283

OVENS, DISCHARGE NOZZLE PLATES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF GAS THROUGH AN OVEN, AND METHODS TO OPERATE AN OVEN

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An oven, comprising:a heating system to heat gas;
a substrate heating volume; and
a plenum comprising a side wall having a plurality of passages formed therein, the plenum configured to direct heated gas into the substrate heating volume from the plurality of passages, wherein each of the plurality of passages formed in the plenum has a respective tapered cross-sectional shape, a respective single inlet opening, and a respective single outlet opening, and wherein at least one of the passages formed in the side wall of the plenum comprises a tapered section extending from the respective inlet opening, and each of the plurality of passages comprises:
a tapered portion between the single inlet opening and the single outlet opening of the passage to stabilize and align the heated gas.

US Pat. No. 10,767,280

HIGH-PERMEABILITY CELLULOSE FIBERS

GP CELLULOSE GMBH, Zug (...

1. A fibrous structure comprising mercerized cellulose fiber having:(a) an x-ray diffraction coefficient of at least about 0.58;
(b) a curl of at least about 38%;
(c) a kink level of at least about 3200 kinks per meter; and
(d) a length-weighted fiber length of at least about 1.9 mm,
wherein the fibrous structure has a wet tensile of at least 60 N/cm at 1000 revs refining and an air permeability of at least 400 cfm/ft2 at 0 revs refining.

US Pat. No. 10,767,278

CHEMICALLY ENCODED SPATIALLY ADDRESSED LIBRARY SCREENING PLATFORMS

City of Hope, Duarte, CA...

1. A method comprising:(i) attaching a microparticle to a solid support, thereby forming an immobilized microparticle, wherein said immobilized microparticle is further covalently attached to:
(a) a ligand domain through a first linker; and
(b) a nucleic acid domain through a second linker;wherein said second linker comprises an acyl group, a sulfonamide group, or a photocleavable group, andwherein said second linker is cleavable and said first linker is not cleavable under a condition that said second linker is cleavable; and(ii) performing a decoding procedure on the nucleic acid domain, thereby identifying the composition of the ligand domain and its location on said solid support.

US Pat. No. 10,767,277

SCAIMGO4 SINGLE CRYSTAL SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

PANASONIC CORPORATION, O...

1. A ScAlMgO4 single crystal substrate wherein, when a center of the substrate is designated as coordinates (0,0) and a measurement beam width is set to 1 [mm]×7 [mm] to conduct analysis according to an X-ray diffraction method at respective coordinate positions of (x?m,0) to (xm,0) at an interval of 1 [mm] in an x-axis direction and (0,y?n) to (0,yn) at an interval of 1 mm in a y-axis direction, wherein m and n are each an integer falling within the range so that the measurement beam is not stuck out from the substrate, a worst value of a full width at half maximum of a rocking curve at each of the coordinate positions is less than 20 [sec.].

US Pat. No. 10,767,276

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REGENERATING A PLATINUM BATH

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of regenerating a platinum bath by flow reaction, the method comprising the successive steps of:drawing off fluid from the platinum bath by means of a draw-off flow;
complexing platinum by mixing together the draw-off flow and a regeneration solution flow containing platinum, mixing taking place in an intensified reactor, wherein the step of complexing in the reactor comprises the steps of:
preheating the draw-off flow and the regeneration solution flow so that their respective temperatures are equal to a predetermined temperature higher than the temperature of the platinum bath;
mixing the draw-off flow with the regeneration solution flow so as to form a platinum complex; and
feeding the platinum bath with the mixture resulting from the platinum complexing step, by means of a regenerated bath flow;
all of these steps being performed as a continuous flow.

US Pat. No. 10,767,275

AQUEOUS COPPER PLATING BATHS AND A METHOD FOR DEPOSITION OF COPPER OR COPPER ALLOY ONTO A SUBSTRATE

Atotech Deutschland GmbH,...

1. An aqueous copper plating bath for electrolytic copper or copper alloy deposition comprisingat least one source of copper ions;
at least one acid; and
at least one bisurea derivative comprising a bisurea building block according to formula (I)
wherein A represents a unit derived from a diurea compound of the following formula (A1)whereinX1 and X2 are divalent residues independently from each other selected from the following group consisting ofwherein R1 and R2 are monovalent residues each selected independently from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl and polyoxyalkylene;Y is selected from CH2, O and S;c is an integer ranging from 1 to 6; c? is an integer ranging from 1 to 6;b is an integer ranging from 1 to 5;b? is an integer ranging from 1 to 5;Z is a divalent bridging moiety which is selected from the group consisting of alkylene, arylene and alkylene oxide compound whereby said alkylene oxide compound is represented by the following formula—(CH2)d—[CH(R3)—CH2—O]e—(CH2)f—(CH(CH3))f?—,wherein d is an integer ranging from 0 to 3;e is an integer ranging from 1 to 100; andf is an integer ranging from 1 to 3;f? is 0 or 1;each R3 is independently from each other selected from the group consisting of alkyl, aryl and hydrogen;a is an integer and ranges from 1 to 100; andD is a divalent residue and is selected from the group consisting of—CH2—CH(OH)—CH2—,—CH2—CH(SH)—CH2—,—(CH2)g—[CH(R4)—CH2—O]h—(CH2)i— and—CH2—CH(OH)—(CH2)j—[CH(R5)—CH2—O]k—(CH2)l—CH(OH)—CH2—wherein g is an integer ranging from 0 to 4;h is an integer ranging from 1 to 100;i is an integer ranging from 1 to 4;each R4 is independently from each other selected from the group consisting of alkyl, aryl and hydrogen;j is an integer ranging from 1 to 4;k is an integer ranging from 1 to 100;l is an integer ranging from 1 to 4;each R5 is independently from each other selected from the group consisting of alkyl, aryl and hydrogenand if a is 2 or greater each A and each D are selected independently from each otherand wherein the aqueous copper plating bath is free of added zinc ions.

US Pat. No. 10,767,274

COMPOSITIONALLY MODULATED ZINC-IRON MULTILAYERED COATINGS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for electrodepositing a zinc-iron alloy on a substrate, the method comprising:introducing a cathode and an anode into an electrolyte solution comprising a zinc salt, an iron salt, an alkali metal citrate, an alkali metal acetate, a citric acid, and glycine, the electrolyte solution having a glycine concentration from about 0.1 moles per liter (mol/L) to about 2 mol/L and an alkali metal citrate concentration from about 0.001 mol/L to about 0.1 mol/L; and
passing a first current between the cathode and the anode through the electrolyte solution to deposit a first layer containing zinc and iron onto the cathode, the first current having a first current density from about 1 mA/cm2 to about 500 mA/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,767,273

METHODS FOR ENHANCED ELECTROLYTIC LOADING OF HYDROGEN

IH IP Holdings Limited, ...

1. An electrolytic method of loading hydrogen into a cathode comprising:placing the cathode and an anode in an electrochemical reaction vessel filled with a solvent;
mixing a DC component and an AC component to produce an electrolytic current such that the electrolytic current comprises a DC biased waveform wherein an AC waveform is superimposed onto a DC waveform;
applying the electrolytic current to the cathode, wherein a first voltage and a second voltage applied to the cathode relative to the anode that load hydrogen onto the cathode are negative,
wherein the DC component includes cycling between:
the first voltage applied to the cathode for a first period of time;
the second voltage applied to the cathode for a second period time;
wherein the first voltage is more negative than the second voltage, and
wherein the second period of time is shorter than the first period of time; and
wherein the AC component has a frequency between about 1 Hz and about 100 kHz; and
wherein the peak sum of the voltages supplied by the DC component and AC component is higher than the dissociation voltage of the solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,767,272

WATER ELECTROLYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD OF STOPPING OPERATION THEREOF

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A water electrolysis system, comprising:a water electrolysis device configured to generate hydrogen and oxygen by performing electrolysis on supplied water;
a water supply passage configured to supply the water to the water electrolysis device;
a hydrogen supply passage configured to supply the hydrogen which was generated by the water electrolysis device to a hydrogen storage device;
a gas-liquid separator disposed in the hydrogen supply passage and configured to separate the hydrogen into a gas and a liquid;
a water drainage passage configured to drain liquid water separated from the hydrogen and stored in the gas-liquid separator;
a water drainage valve system configured to be switched between a valve open state in which the water drainage passage is opened, and a valve closed state in which the water drainage passage is closed; and
a control unit comprising a central processing unit that executes computer executable programs stored in a memory, wherein the computer executable programs comprise:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not operation of the water electrolysis device has been stopped; and
a valve control unit configured to, in a case that the determination unit has determined that operation of the water electrolysis device has been stopped, control the water drainage valve system to be placed in the valve open state,
wherein:
the hydrogen generated from the water electrolysis device has a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure;
the water drainage passage has a first flow path and a second flow path disposed mutually in parallel; and
the water drainage valve system comprises:
a first water drainage valve configured to be switched between a valve open state in which the first flow path is opened, and a valve closed state in which the first flow path is closed; and
a second water drainage valve configured to be switched between a valve open state in which the second flow path is opened, and a valve closed state in which the second flow path is closed;
wherein a pressure loss of the second flow path is set to be smaller than a pressure loss of the first flow path; and
in a case that the determination unit has determined that operation of the water electrolysis device has been stopped, the valve control unit controls the first water drainage valve to be placed in the valve open state and also controls the second water drainage valve to be placed in the valve closed state, and thereafter controls the second water drainage valve to be placed in the valve open state.

US Pat. No. 10,767,271

ELECTROLYSIS REACTOR SYSTEM

Inovi, Inc., San Diego, ...

1. A gas or vapor electrolysis reactor system, comprising:an electrolyte containing at least one of a gas or a vapor, each of which including hydrogen or isotopes of hydrogen and ions thereof;
a reactor vessel having a heater to heat said reactor vessel and a chamber within which to contain said electrolyte, said reactor vessel including an electrolyte inlet and an electrolyte outlet that enable the electrolyte to flow into and flow out of the chamber of said reactor vessel;
at least one counter-electrode and at least one working electrode located within the chamber of said reactor vessel and electrically isolated from one another, said at least one counter and working electrodes lying in fluidic communication with said electrolyte, said at least one working electrode being comprised of a hydrogen host material to store hydrogen;
a source of electrical potential or electrical current communicating with said at least one counter-electrode and said at least one working electrode to thereby create an electric field to establish electrolysis between said electrodes whereby the hydrogen ions are transported from said electrolyte to said working electrode to be stored by and produce heat in said working electrode;
a sensor and control subsystem including at least one temperature sensor to monitor the temperature of said gas or vapor electrolysis reactor system and provide output signals to control said reactor system depending upon the temperature thereof; and
a thermal management subsystem communicating with said sensor and control subsystem and responsive to the output signals provided thereby to control the temperature of said at least one working electrode, said thermal management subsystem including a heater driver to cause the heater of said reactor vessel to heat said working electrode to increase the hydrogen diffusivity of the hydrogen host material and a source of cooling fluid to cool said working electrode to reduce the hydrogen diffusivity of the hydrogen host material.

US Pat. No. 10,767,270

ELECTRODE FOR AN OZONE GENERATOR

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. An electrode for use within an ozone generator, the electrode comprising:a conductive plate including a front surface and a rear surface extending between an outside edge perimeter, a gross surface area defined by the front surface of the conductive plate within the outside edge perimeter;
an electro-catalyst coating supported by the front surface of the conductive plate;
a plurality of apertures formed within the conductive plate, the apertures defining an aperture edge perimeter and an aperture opening surface area;
a tangent surface area of the conductive plate defined by the gross surface area less the aperture opening surface area;
a total edge perimeter defined by an outside edge perimeter of the conductive plate and the aperture edge perimeter of the plurality of apertures;
an operative offset band defined a predetermined distance from the outside edge perimeter and the aperture edge perimeter, the predetermined distance being between 0.2 mm and 0.4 mm;
a perimeter/aperture ratio defined by the ratio of the total edge perimeter over the aperture opening surface area, the perimeter/aperture ratio being greater than 15 mm/mm2;
an active surface area defined by the operative offset band within the tangent surface area; and
an active/tangent surface utilization defined by the ratio of the active surface area over the tangent surface area, the active/tangent surface utilization being greater than 90%.

US Pat. No. 10,767,269

ELECTROLYSIS DEVICE

Vital Tech, LLC, Cheyenn...

1. A unipolar electrolysis apparatus generating combustible hydrogen and oxygen from the electrolysis of water, said unipolar electrolysis apparatus comprising:an electrode plate assembly defining an equal number of a plurality of anode plates and cathode plates, aligned in parallel, in alternating order, and separated by a respective gasket, each said anode plate and cathode plate defining attachment holes which are aligned and attached together by insulated tubes and compressed together by two or more common threaded rods and tension nuts, each said anode plate and cathode plate defining a void fracture area and an extended area, with each extended area of each said anode plate forming a space and each extended area of each said cathode plate forming a space;
a positive bus bar comprising a plurality of spaced laminated sheets, each said bus bar further defining one or more cable bores and end brackets retaining said plurality of spaced laminated sheets together using tensioning rods and tensioning nuts, said plurality of spaced laminated sheets of said positive bus bar accepting and integrating with said extending areas of said anode plates of said electrode plate assembly;
a negative bus bar comprising a plurality of spaced laminated sheets, each said bus bar further defining one or more cable bores and end brackets retaining said plurality of spaced laminated sheets together using tensioning rods and tensioning nuts, said plurality of spaced laminated sheets of said negative bus bar accepting and integrating with said extending areas of said anode cathode of said electrode plate assembly;
a plurality of electrical power cables transferring DC positive current from a DC power supply to said positive bus bar and DC negative current from said DC power supply to said negative bus bar providing electrical current generated by a DC power supply to each said plurality of anode plates and electrical current to each said plurality of cathode plates in water, thereby generating oxygen and hydrogen gasses from said void fracture areas from said water from said unipolar electrolysis apparatus during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,767,268

ARTICLES HAVING IMPROVED CORROSION RESISTANCE

SWIMC LLC, Cleveland, OH...

1. A method for making a copper-free mirror, consisting essentially of:contacting a reflective silver metal coated substrate at a temperature of 26° C. to 32° C. with a treating composition at a liquid volume of about 100 to 300 ml/m2,wherein the treating composition is a one component system comprising a film-forming organic component comprisinga silicone resin; and
at least one aromatic triazole compound of the following general formulae:
whereinR includes halogen; a branched or cyclic alkyl group of the formula CnH(2n+1); a linear, branched or cyclic alkanoyl group of the formula CnH2nOH; a linear, branched or cyclic carboxyl group of the formula CnH2nCOOH; or a linear, branched or cyclic imino group of the formula CnH2nNH; or SO2R with R as defined above; and wherein n is greater than 1 and less than or equal to 12;
R? includes hydrogen; a linear, branched or cyclic alkyl group of the formula CnH(2n+1); a linear, branched or cyclic alkanoyl group of the formula CnH2nCOOH; a linear, branched or cyclic carboxyl group of the formula CnH2nCOOH; or a linear, branched or cyclic imino group of the formula CnH2nNH; wherein n includes from 1 to 12;
M+ includes Li+, Na+, K+ or Rb+;
X? includes F?, Cl?, Br? or I?; and
the number of groups R on the benzol ring can be 1, 2, 3 or 4; and
an aqueous carrier comprising a liquid having water in about 80% by weight and a C1 to C4 alcohol or a C3 to C4 ketone as a cosolvent in no more than about 20% by weight; and
forming a single layer of a continuous hydrophobic film on the substrate with a thickness of less than 1 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,767,267

ANTICORROSION MATERIAL PRODUCED FROM DATE PALM TREE WASTE

United Arab Emirates Univ...

1. A method of making a sodium lignosulfonate corrosion inhibitor, comprising the steps of:providing a quantity of date palm tree waste;
removing the extractives from the date palm tree waste to produce an extractive-free biomass, wherein the extractives are removed in an ethanol-benzene extraction solvent mixture;
extracting lignin from the extractive-free biomass;
immersing the lignin in alkaline media;
adding formaldehyde to the lignin immersed in alkaline media to methylolate the lignin;
adding sodium sulfite to the methylolated lignin to sulfonate the lignin, the methylolated and sulfonated lignin immersed in the alkaline media forming a reaction mixture;
heating the reaction mixture at 100° C. with stirring for 3 hours to complete sulfonating the lignin;
adding 25M sulfuric acid to the reaction mixture to precipitate sodium lignosulfonate;
centrifuging, washing, and drying the precipitated sodium lignosulfonate; and
recovering the sodium lignosulfonate in paste form.

US Pat. No. 10,767,266

VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK BASE MATERIAL, VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK BASE MATERIAL MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND VAPOR DEPOSITION MASK MANUFACTURING METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A vapor deposition mask substrate, comprising:a metal sheet that has a shape of a strip and is configured to be etched to include a plurality of holes so that the metal sheet is used to manufacture a vapor deposition mask, wherein
the metal sheet has shapes that are taken along a longitudinal direction of the metal sheet at different positions in a width direction of the metal sheet and differ from one another, each of the shapes being an undulated shape including protrusions and depressions repeating in the longitudinal direction of the metal sheet,
a length in the longitudinal direction of a surface of the metal sheet is a surface distance,
a minimum value of surface distances at different positions in the width direction of the metal sheet is a minimum surface distance,
a ratio of a difference between a surface distance at each of the different positions in the width direction of the metal sheet and the minimum surface distance to the minimum surface distance is an elongation difference ratio,
the elongation difference ratio in a center section in the width direction of the metal sheet is less than or equal to 3×10?5,
the elongation difference ratios in two edge sections in the width direction of the metal sheet are less than or equal to 15×10?5, and
the elongation difference ratio in at least one of the two edge sections in the width direction of the metal sheet is less than the elongation difference ratio in the center section in the width direction of the metal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,767,265

INORGANIC PHOSPHATE CORROSION RESISTANT COATINGS

Latitude 18, Inc., Sims,...

1. A phosphate ceramic precursor composition comprising:an aqueous mixture of suspended, dispersed, or slurried particles of an acid-phosphate of chemical formula Am(H2PO4)m.nH2O, where A is hydrogen ion, ammonium cation, metal cation, or mixtures thereof; where m=1-3, and n=0-6, adjusted to a pH of about 2 to about 5, wherein the particles of the acid-phosphate have an average particle size of less than 30 microns, and about 90 percent of the particles of the acid-phosphate have a particle size distribution of less than 30 microns; and
an aqueous mixture of suspended, dispersed, or slurried particles of an alkaline oxide or alkaline hydroxide represented by B2mOm, B(OH)2m, or mixtures thereof, where B is an element of valency 2m, where m=1, 1.5, or 2 adjusted to a pH of between 9-14 and configured for combination and at least partial reaction with the acid-phosphate to provide a phosphate ceramic; and
wherein the suspended, dispersed, or slurried particles of the acid-phosphate are present in an amount of at least about 60 wt % to about 80 wt % in the aqueous mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,767,264

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING A PLASMA CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION PROCESS AND A METHOD

DRAKA COMTEQ B.V., Delft...

1. A method for performing a plasma chemical vapour deposition process, comprising the steps of:providing an apparatus comprising a mainly cylindrical resonator being provided with an outer cylindrical wall and an inner coaxial cylindrical wall defining therebetween a resonant cavity operable at an operating frequency and extending in a circumferential direction around a cylindrical axis of the inner and outer cylindrical wall, wherein the outer cylindrical wall includes an input port connectable to an input waveguide, wherein the inner cylindrical wall includes slit sections extending in a circumferential direction around the cylindrical axis; and operating the apparatus for performing a plasma chemical vapour deposition process at an operating frequency such that a greatest dimension defining the aperture of the slit sections is smaller than half the wavelength of the operating frequency, propagating modes are not allowed to radiate through the aperture of the slit sections, and non-propagating modes are allowed to radiate through the aperture of the slit sections.

US Pat. No. 10,767,262

GAS SUPPLY APPARATUS AND GAS SUPPLY METHOD

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A gas supply apparatus for forming a film by sequentially supplying a source gas, a substitution gas, and a reaction gas to a substrate in a processing chamber under a vacuum atmosphere for a plurality of cycles, wherein the substitution gas substitutes an atmosphere, and the reaction gas reacts with the source gas and generates a reaction product on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a source gas flow passage configured to supply the source gas into the processing chamber, a source gas supply control device being installed in the source gas flow passage;
a reaction gas flow passage installed independently of the source gas flow passage, and configured to supply the reaction gas into the processing chamber, a reaction gas supply control device being installed in the reaction gas flow passage;
a first carrier gas flow passage and a second carrier gas flow passage connected to the source gas flow passage and the reaction gas flow passage, respectively, and configured to supply a carrier gas, a carrier gas supply control device being installed in each of the first carrier gas flow passage and the second carrier gas flow passage, and a valve being installed in a downstream side of each of the first carrier gas flow passage and the second carrier gas flow passage;
a substitution gas flow passage configured to supply the substitution gas into the processing chamber through a supply control device, the supply control device being different from the carrier gas supply control devices which are installed in the first carrier gas flow passage and the second carrier gas flow passage, and also being different from the source gas supply control device and the reaction gas supply control device;
a substitution gas storage part installed in the substitution gas flow passage, and configured to store only the substitution gas;
a valve installed in the substitution gas flow passage, and installed in a downstream side of the substitution gas storage part; and
a control unit configured to control opening and closing of the valves such that after the substitution gas is stored in the substitution gas storage part to increase an internal pressure of the substitution gas storage part, the substitution gas is supplied into the processing chamber from the substitution gas storage part,
wherein a first orifice and a second orifice are installed in a downstream side of the valve of the first carrier gas flow passage and a downstream side of the valve of the second carrier gas flow passage, respectively,
wherein a diameter of the downstream side of the valve of the first carrier gas flow passage and a diameter of the downstream side of the valve of the second carrier gas flow passage are smaller than a diameter of an upstream side of the valve of the first carrier gas flow passage and a diameter of an upstream side of the valve of the second carrier gas flow passage, respectively, and are smaller than a diameter of the substitution gas flow passage; and
wherein a time period during which the carrier gas is supplied into the processing chamber and a time period during which the substitution gas is supplied into the processing chamber overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,767,261

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR VACUUM COATING

Leybold Optics GmbH, Alz...

1. A device for the vacuum coating of substrates in a vacuum chamber, comprising:an elongate evaporator array having a number of metallic evaporator elements extending between carrier rods, wherein the evaporator elements are arranged along a vertical longitudinal axis with respect to one another and are configured to generate a vapor of a coating material;
a plurality of substrate carrier units associated with the evaporator array, comprising:
a first substrate carrier unit having a first columnar framework structure that can be rotated about a first rotation axis, wherein there is an angular offset of less than 10° between the longitudinal axis and the first rotation axis; and
a second substrate carrier unit having a second columnar framework structure that can be rotated about a second rotation axis, wherein there is an angular offset of less than 10° between the longitudinal axis and the second rotation axis,
wherein, when the first substrate carrier unit rotates about the first rotation axis and the second substrate carrier unit rotates about the second rotation axis, the axes of the columnar framework structures are stationary relative to the longitudinal axis of the evaporator array and the evaporator array generates the vapor of the coating material,
wherein the evaporator array does not rotate about its longitudinal axis,
wherein the first substrate carrier unit and the second substrate carrier unit do not rotate about the evaporator array,
wherein each of the plurality of substrate carrier units is arranged at geometrically equivalent positions relative to the evaporator array that take into account the spatial emissions characteristics of the individual evaporator elements and of the evaporator array as a whole such that coating can be carried out by the evaporator array on substrates with equal quality; and
wherein the spatial emission characteristic of an evaporator element is an angular dependence of a flow density of evaporated material of that evaporator element, and wherein the angle between the evaporator array and each substrate carrier unit is equivalent.

US Pat. No. 10,767,260

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, VAPORIZATION SYSTEM AND MIST FILTER

KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORAT...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:a process chamber accommodating a substrate;
a process gas supply system configured to supply a process gas into the process chamber; and
an exhaust system configured to exhaust the process chamber;
wherein the process gas supply system comprises: a vaporizer and a mist filter provided at a downstream side of the vaporizer, the mist filter comprising: a plurality of first plates and a plurality of second plates, each of the plurality of first plates comprising: a first plate portion provided with a plurality of first grooves provided on a surface thereof and a first flow path wherethrough a source in mist state flows, each of the plurality of second plates comprising: a second plate portion provided with a plurality of second grooves provided on a surface thereof and a second flow path wherethrough the source in mist state flows, and wherein when the plurality of first plates and the plurality of second plates are arranged alternately, the plurality of first grooves are configured to face the second flow path and the plurality of second grooves are configured to face the first flow path, such that the first flow path and the second flow path are not in-line,
wherein each of the plurality of first grooves is one of V-shaped, rectangular, trapezoidal and U-shaped such that the surface where the plurality of first grooves are provided is uneven, and each of the plurality of second grooves is one of V-shaped, rectangular, trapezoidal and U-shaped such that the surface where the plurality of second grooves are provided is uneven, and
wherein a depth-to-width ratio of each of the plurality of first grooves ranges from 0.5 to 2, and a depth-to-width ratio of each of the plurality of second grooves ranges from 0.5 to 2.

US Pat. No. 10,767,259

COMPONENTS WITH AN ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION COATING AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THE SAME

AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A component having a lumen with an interior surface covered with a conformal protective coating, wherein the conformal protective coating is formed via an atomic layer deposition process comprising:contacting the interior surface of the component with a first molecular precursor in a gas phase for a period of time such that the first molecular precursor reacts to form a deposit on the interior surface of the component, wherein
the component is a tube or channel, and
the component is a liquid chromatography device, a gas chromatography device, or a micro fluidic device;
removing unreacted first molecular precursor and reaction byproducts, if any, from the component; and
contacting the interior surface of the component with a second molecular precursor in a gas phase for a period of time such that the second molecular precursor reacts with the deposit to form a conformal protective coating on the interior surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,767,258

HARD TITANIUM ALUMINUM NITRIDE COATING, HARD-COATED TOOL, AND THEIR PRODUCTION METHODS

MITSUBISHI HITACHI TOOL E...

1. A hard titanium aluminum nitride coating having a columnar crystal structure, and comprising high-Al TiAlN having an fcc structure, which has a composition represented by (Tix1, Aly1)N, wherein x1 and y1 are numbers meeting x1=0.005-0.1, and y1=0.995-0.9 by atomic ratio, and network-like, high-Ti TiAlN having an fcc structure, which has a composition represented by (Tix2, Aly2)N, wherein x2 and y2 are numbers meeting x2=0.5-0.9, and y2=0.5-0.1 by atomic ratio; said high-Al TiAlN being surrounded by said network-like, high-Ti TiAlN, wherein said network-like means that said high-Ti TiAlN is distributed in a network form in a photomicrograph.

US Pat. No. 10,767,257

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

Plasma-Therm LLC, St. Pe...

1. A method for removing a metal deposit arranged on a surface in a chamber, said method including repeatedly performing a sequence including the following:a) a first phase of injecting chemical species suitable for oxidizing said metal deposit, first phase
said injection of chemical species suitable for oxidizing said metal deposit being done in the form of one or several pulses;
b) a second phase of injecting chemical species suitable for volatilizing the oxidized metal deposit, said second phase b) being performed after an end of the first phase a), second phase
said injection of chemical species suitable for volatilizing the oxidized metal deposit being done in the form of one or several pulses; and
adjusting the duration of the one or several pulses in phase b) to form a barrier against a passivation on the metal deposit, so that a layer of the oxidized metal deposit is not fully volatilized.

US Pat. No. 10,767,256

METHOD OF ENGINEERING SINGLE PHASE MAGNETOELECTRIC HEXAFERRITE FILMS

1. A method of making a magnetoelectric ferrite thin film in which a portion of the iron ions in the ferrite are substituted by ions of at least one of titanium and cobalt, the substituting ions occupying both tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the unit cell of the ferrite crystal, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a substrate and a plurality of targets, wherein a first target is SrFe(4??)Ti0.5?Co0.5?O7, which is used to form an R block in the unit cell, wherein ? is 0.2;
(b) placing each target, one at a time, in sufficient proximity to the substrate to allow ion depositing;
(c) ablating the target thus situated using laser pulses, thereby causing ions from the target to deposit on the substrate;
(d) repeating steps (b) and (c), thereby generating a film; and
(e) annealing the film in the presence of oxygen;wherein the plurality of targets, the sequence of their ablation, and the number of laser pulses that each target is subjected to, are selected so as to allow the substituting ions to occupy both tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the unit cell, whereby the ferrite thin film is produced.

US Pat. No. 10,767,255

DEVICE AND METHOD OF EVAPORATING A MATERIAL FROM A METAL MELT

Freiberger Compound Mater...

1. A device for evaporating material from a melt, the device comprising:a first hollow-cylindrical crucible comprising a first side wall, a second side wall surrounding but not directly contacting the first side wall and comprising a first chamber shaped to hold a liquid between the first side wall and the second side wall;
a second crucible surrounding and thermally coupled to the first hollow-cylindrical crucible as a cylindrical shell, the second crucible comprising the second side wall, a third side wall surrounding but not directly contacting the second side wall and comprising a second chamber shaped to hold a liquid between the second side wall and the third side wall;
a reversed funnel-shaped element that opens towards a bottom direction, and is situated to serve as a bottom portion of the first hollow-cylindrical crucible and second crucible;
an inner channel bounded by the first side wall; and
a bottom opening of the inner channel bounded by the reversed funnel-shaped element,
wherein the inner channel, the first hollow-cylindrical crucible, and the second crucible are concentrically arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,767,254

NANOPARTICLE COATING APPARATUS

Nano Resources Limited, ...

1. An apparatus for forming a uniform, large scale nanoparticle coating on a substrate, in which the apparatus comprises:a source of vaporized metal nanoparticles;
a first plate providing an array of spaced apart first apertures each apertures receiving vaporized metal nanoparticles;
a second plate aligned with and spaced apart from the first plate, in which the second plate provides an array of spaced apart second apertures, in which each second aperture of the second plate is aligned with a first aperture of the first plate thereby producing a stream of free nanoparticles for use in forming the uniform, large scale nanoparticle coating, where the apparatus is configured to cause differential pumping between the first and second plates to produce the stream of free nanoparticles; and
a plurality of shell evaporators aligned with respective second apertures of the second plate.