US Pat. No. 10,480,276

WELLBORE PLUG ISOLATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. A wellbore plug isolation system comprising:a first restriction sleeve configured for fitting inside a well casing and having first interlocking features at a first end thereof, wherein the first end is opposite to a second end of the first restriction sleeve;
a second restriction sleeve configured for fitting inside the well casing and having second interlocking features at a first end thereof, wherein the first end of the second restriction sleeve is opposite to a second end of the second restriction sleeve, the first and second interlocking features configured such that the first restriction sleeve is configured to interlock with a third restriction sleeve and the second restriction sleeve is configured to interlock with a fourth restriction sleeve;
whereby, when deployed in the well casing, the first and second restriction sleeves are configured to engage to each other at the second ends and seal against and grip an inner surface of the well casing; and
whereby, after completing downhole functions requiring the restriction sleeves, the first and second restriction sleeves are removable as interlocked sleeves, wherein the first and second interlocking features are protruding fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,275

COILED TUBING SPIRAL VENTURI TOOL

1. A device for use with concentric coiled tubing, the concentric coiled tubing comprising inner and outer tubes with an annular conduit formed therebetween, the device being configured to remove solids from inside an external conduit using a pressurized power fluid, the concentric coiled tubing being connected to coiled tubing equipment positioned outside of the external conduit, the device comprising:a sealing connection assembly configured to be mechanically and hydraulically coupled to the concentric coiled tubing;
a hydraulic control subsystem comprising at least one power fluid connection element and at least one control valve assembly, the at least one power fluid connection element being configured to receive the pressurized power fluid from the inner tube of the concentric coiled tubing and provide the pressurized power fluid to the at least one control valve assembly when a pressure level of the pressurized power fluid overcomes a flow resistance, the at least one control valve assembly comprising at least one pressure biased multi-position valve each comprising a moveable element;
a suction head subsystem comprising at least one jet pump assembly, the at least one jet pump assembly comprising a plurality of venturi located around a central opening, the plurality of venturi communicating with at least one cavity positioned outside the device, and an outlet of each of the plurality of venturi communicating with the annular conduit formed between the inner and outer tubes of the concentric coiled tubing; and
a jetting nozzle subsystem comprising at least one vortex generating wash nozzle assembly,
wherein when the pressure level of the pressurized power fluid overcomes the flow resistance of the at least one power fluid connection element, the pressurized power fluid contacts the moveable element of each of the at least one pressure biased multi-position valve and sets the moveable element's position based on the pressure level of the pressurized power fluid, the at least one control valve assembly directing the pressurized power fluid to flow to the jetting nozzle subsystem when the moveable element is in a first position, the at least one control valve assembly directing the pressurized power fluid to flow to the suction head subsystem when the moveable element is in a second position, the at least one control valve assembly directing the pressurized power fluid to flow to both the jetting nozzle subsystem and the suction head subsystem simultaneously when the moveable element is in a third position, a pulsating jet spray of the pressurized power fluid exiting from the device to remove the solids from inside the external conduit when the at least one control valve assembly directs the pressurized power fluid to flow to the jetting nozzle subsystem, fluids in the external conduit being suctioned therefrom and pumped through the annular conduit formed between the inner and outer tubes of the concentric coiled tubing when the at least one control valve assembly directs the pressurized power fluid to flow to the suction head subsystem.

US Pat. No. 10,480,274

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS

Enpro Subsea Limited, Ab...

1. A flow access apparatus for a flow system in communication with a subsea well of a subsea oil and gas production installation, the flow access apparatus comprising:a body comprising a single flow access interface for connecting at least one of an inlet and an outlet of a subsea process apparatus to the flow access apparatus so as to provide at least one intervention path from the subsea process apparatus to the flow system via the flow access apparatus; and
a plurality of connectors configured to connect the flow access apparatus to the flow system;
wherein the body defines a plurality of flow paths;
wherein each flow path is configured to fluidly connect one of the plurality of connectors to the single flow access interface to provide the at least one intervention path from the subsea process apparatus to the flow system;
wherein the flow access apparatus is configured to be connected to the flow system between a flow line connector for a jumper flow line, and the jumper flow line of the flow system, the flow line connector for the jumper flow line being an external flow line connector of any: Christmas tree; subsea collection manifold system; subsea Pipe Line End Manifold (PLEM); subsea Pipe Line End Termination (PLET); and subsea Flow Line End Termination (FLET) of the flow system;
wherein a first connector of the plurality of connectors is configured to be connected to the flow line connector; and
wherein a second connector of the plurality of connectors is configured to connect the flow access apparatus to the jumper flow line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,270

DOWNHOLE IMPACT APPARATUS

IMPACT SELECTOR INTERNATI...

1. An apparatus comprising:an impact tool operable to be coupled between portions of a tool string conveyable within a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation, and to impart an impact force to the tool string, wherein the impact tool comprises:
a first chamber within a housing;
a second chamber within the housing;
a piston shaft assembly axially movable with respect to the housing and comprising:
a first piston slidably disposed within the first chamber and dividing the first chamber into a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion, wherein the first chamber portion is open to a space external to the housing;
a first shaft connected with the first piston and axially movable into and out of the housing;
a second piston slidably disposed within the second chamber; and
a second shaft connecting the first and second pistons, wherein the second chamber contains a fluid operable to maintain the piston shaft assembly and the housing in a predetermined relative position; and
a fluid control device operable to permit flow of the fluid into and out of the second chamber to permit relative movement between the piston shaft assembly and the housing, wherein the fluid control device is operable to:
block flow of the fluid contained within the second chamber to maintain the piston shaft assembly and the housing in the predetermined relative position; and
selectively permit flow of the fluid into and out of the second chamber to permit the relative movement between the piston shaft assembly and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,267

DOWNHOLE TOOL AND METHOD OF USE

The WellBoss Company, LLC...

1. A downhole tool for use in a wellbore, the downhole tool comprising:a mandrel made of a reactive metallic material, the mandrel further comprising:
a distal end; a proximate end; an inner flowbore; a ball seat formed in the inner flowbore; and an outer surface,
wherein the mandrel comprises a first outer diameter at the distal end, a second outer diameter at the proximate end, and an angled linear transition surface therebetween, wherein the second outer diameter is larger than the first outer diameter, and wherein the proximate end further comprises a failure point defined by an inner groove and a failure point wall thickness in the range of 0.03 inches to 0.1 inches;
a seal element disposed about the mandrel;
a first slip disposed about the mandrel;
a second slip disposed about the mandrel; and
a lower sleeve disposed proximate to the second slip, and engaged with the mandrel, wherein upon setting of the downhole tool and pressurization via a ball positioned in the ball seat results in the mandrel sliding to a point where a middle of the ball is laterally proximate to a middle of the seal element.

US Pat. No. 10,480,265

COMBINATION HYDRAULIC CATWALK AND POWER SWIVEL

1. A combination hydraulic pipe handler and power swivel comprising:a platform comprising a plurality of wheels, a plurality of outriggers, and a towing hitch;
a power swivel comprising a tilt mechanism, the tilt mechanism further comprising:
a tilt cylinder assembly comprising a hydraulically controlled extension;
a tilt cylinder rod configured for setting max of tilt; and
a tilt plate configured to support the tilt cylinder assembly, and setting the power swivel to a repetitive vertical position;
a pipe loader further comprising a plurality of pipe handling arms configured to allow tubulars to roll toward or away from a pipe handling mechanism centerline of the combination hydraulic pipe handler and power swivel;
a pipe handler comprising:
a catwalk or a pipe trough with a pipe handling centerline; and
a transport mechanism configured to longitudinally transfer tubulars from a pipe rack centerline to a rig floor;
a hose reel comprising a maximum of four hoses for pipe handling functions;
a hydraulic pump;
an operator station for controlling the pipe loader and the pipe handler; and
a second operator station for controlling the power swivel;
wherein the power swivel is in mechanical communication with the hydraulic pump and each of the four hoses on the hose reel, and wherein each of the set of hoses is configured to be in hydraulic communication with the power swivel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,263

METHOD OF PREPOSITIONING OF FRICTION DOGS FOR SKEWED ENGAGEMENT

REEL POWER LICENSING CORP...

1. Using two or more friction dogs for the gripping engagement of an umbilical, the method of pre-positioning said two or more friction dogs in a predetermined position before said engagement with said umbilical, comprising:providing a base plate and one or more bowl halves attached to said base plate wherein said bowl halves are adjacently located to form a complete bowl and the interior of said bowl being conically shaped,
providing one or more hydraulic cylinders and said one or more hydraulic cylinders attached to said base plate and each one or more hydraulic cylinders containing a cylinder rod,
providing one or more actuator plates attached to said cylinder rods,
providing two or more carriers and said two or more carriers in communication with said one or more actuator plates,
providing when said one or more hydraulic cylinders retract said cylinder rods then said one or more actuator plates exert a downward force on said two or more carriers which move down and radially inward towards said umbilical when said umbilical is to be engaged,
providing an exterior carrier surface on each of said two or more carriers each having a first carrier angle relative to the direction of movement towards said umbilical, said exterior carrier surface of each of said two or more carriers being at proximately mirror angles about the direction of movement of said two or more carriers,
providing said first carrier angle being complementary to the conical shape of said interior of said bowl,
providing a first friction dog surface on each of said two or more friction dogs for engaging an interior carrier surface on said two or more carriers,
providing a second friction dog surface on each of said two or more friction dogs proximately opposite from said first friction dog surface for contacting said umbilical wherein said second friction dog surface is a smooth surface,
providing said first carrier angle of each of said two or more carriers are wedging acute angles such that when a first load is placed on said two or more carriers to press said two or more friction dogs against said umbilical creating a second load, said second load against said umbilical is wedgingly amplified to be greater than the load against said two or more carriers,
providing a first groove in said interior carrier surface of each of said two or more carriers which is proximately parallel to the centerline of said umbilical,
providing a second groove in said first friction dog surfaces which is proximately parallel to the centerline of said umbilical,
providing when said two or more friction dogs are in said predetermined position said first groove and said second groove are aligned, and
placing a resilient member in both said first groove and said second groove, said resilient member having a preload when said first groove and said second groove are aligned, such that if said two or more friction dogs are displaced from said predetermined position they are urged back towards said predetermined position such that when said two or more friction dogs are pressed against said umbilical by said second load, sliding movement of said one or more carriers along said exterior carrier surface is capable to allow said wedging amplification.

US Pat. No. 10,480,262

DOWNHOLE SLIP APPARATUS

WEATHERFORD U.K. LIMITED,...

19. A method of operating a downhole slip apparatus, the downhole slip apparatus comprising a radially extendable slip assembly comprising a primary slip defining a first wall engaging surface, a secondary slip defining a second wall engaging surface, and a selective coupling or clutch, the clutch or selective coupling being configured or operable such that during a first phase of operation the primary and secondary slips are radially extendable simultaneously from a retracted configuration towards and/or into a first extended configuration, and during a subsequent second phase of operation the secondary slip is radially extendable relative to the primary slip towards and/or into a second extended configuration,wherein the first and second wall engaging surfaces comprise piercing features and interference features, wherein the downhole slip apparatus comprises or is configured to receive a slip actuator, wherein the method comprises:operating the slip actuator such that, during the first phase of operation, the primary and secondary slips are radially extended simultaneously from the retracted configuration towards and/or into the first extended configuration;
operating or reconfiguring the clutch or selective coupling; and
operating the slip actuator such that, during the subsequent second phase of operation, the secondary slip radially extends relative to the primary slip towards and/or into the second extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,480,260

ISOLATOR

LORD Corporation, Cary, ...

10. A hydrocarbon recovery system (HRS), comprising:an isolated mass;
an excitation source; and
an isolator disposed between the isolated mass and the excitation source, the isolator comprising:
an outer housing comprising an outer housing bore;
an inner member received coaxially within the outer housing;
a precompressed compression compliance component (CCC) disposed between the outer housing and the inner member, the precompressed CCC being configured to longitudinally bias the inner member in an axial direction; and
a precompressed rebound compliance component (RCC) disposed between the outer housing and the inner member, the precompressed RCC being configured to longitudinally bias the inner member in an opposite axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,259

THREADED CONNECTION FOR PIPE OR TUBE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE THREADED CONNECTION FOR PIPE OR TUBE

Nippon Steel Corporation,...

1. A threaded connection for pipe or tube comprising a pin and a box, the pin and the box each including a contact surface that includes a thread portion and an unthreaded metal contact portion, the threaded connection for pipe or tube comprising:on the contact surface of at least one of the pin and the box,
a first plating layer consisting of a Zn—Ni alloy;
a second plating layer on the first plating layer, the second plating layer consisting of Zn or a Zn alloy, and being porous; and
a lubricating coating on the second plating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,258

SEALED PIPE JOINT

SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC...

1. A pipe string (102), comprising:a pipe joint (100) that connects first and second threaded ends (104, 106) of a pair of pipe sections (110, 112),
said pipe joint having first and second joint ends (114, 116), said joint ends including a first joint end (116) having facewise adjacent, directly abutting first axial sealing surfaces (50, 52) that are perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the pipe joint,
wherein a second joint end (114) of said joint ends has a ring-shaped cutout (121) lying adjacent to a second axial sealing surface (130), so said second joint end has a short second end (125) that is spaced from said second axial sealing surface (130) that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the pipe joint,
the second joint end also having a ring-shaped spacer (120), formed of a substantially incompressible material, located between and directly axially abutting said short second end (125), at a sealing or abutting axial face (132) that is also perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the pipe joint, and said second axial sealing surface (130), and
wherein said ring-shaped spacer (120) is sized and configured such that the first axial sealing surfaces (50, 52), the spacer (120), the short second end (125) at the abutting face (132), and the second axial sealing surface (130) are each loaded in the axial direction of the pipe (102) when the pipe joint (100) is fully assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,480,257

SYSTEM FOR RELIEVING LATERAL STRAIN ON A ROD STRING WITHIN A WELLBORE

13. An apparatus for relieving lateral strain between two rods within a wellbore, said apparatus comprising:a top connecting member;
a ball shank housing attached to said top connecting member along a bottom portion thereof, said ball shank housing receiving a portion of a ball shank therein; and
a bottom connecting member spaced from said ball shank housing, and connected to a lower portion of said ball shank;
wherein said ball shank housing comprises a plurality of slotted apertures extending there through, a corresponding plurality of screws inserted within said slotted apertures and engaging a corresponding plurality of internal threads within a ball of said ball shank, said screws being slidable within said slotted apertures to provide controlled swiveling movement within a swivel gap defined by a space between said lower portion of said ball shank and said ball shank housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,255

SHEARABLE TUBULAR SYSTEM AND METHOD

Mitchell Z. Dziekonski, ...

1. A method for accessing subterranean horizons, comprising:assembling a first tubular string comprising multiple sections of first tubular material to extend beneath a subterranean level to a horizon of interest;
assembling a second tubular string comprising multiple sections of a second tubular material attached above the first tubular string, the second tubular string extending along a length that will traverse a blow out preventer during accessing of the horizon of interest; and
assembling a third tubular string comprising multiple sections of the first tubular material attached above the second tubular string;
wherein during accessing the horizon of interest, except during placement and removal of the first tubular string, only the second tubular string traverses the blow out preventer; and
wherein the second tubular string comprises a single wall material, and the first tubular material has a ratio of yield strength to tensile strength of at most approximately 0.85 and the second tubular material has a ratio of yield strength to tensile strength of at least approximately 0.90, whereby the second tubular material is more favorable to shear than the first tubular material.

US Pat. No. 10,480,252

CUTTING ELEMENTS, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS, AND TOOLS INCORPORATING SUCH CUTTING ELEMENTS

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A cutting element comprising:a substrate comprising a substrate interface surface, the substrate interface surface comprising a protrusion, the protrusion comprising a base, a top end, a height extending axially from the base to the top end, and a width transverse to the height; and
a polycrystalline diamond body formed by sintering at a cold cell pressure greater than 5.4 GPa, the polycrystalline diamond body comprising,
a diamond interface surface interfacing with the substrate interface surface,
a top surface opposite the diamond interface surface;
a cutting edge meeting the top surface; and
a material microstructure comprising a plurality of bonded-together diamond grains having an average grain size and interstitial regions between the diamond grains, the material microstructure comprising a first layer proximate the cutting edge and a second layer proximate the diamond interface surface,
wherein at least a region of the first layer has a diamond volume fraction, as measured by electron backscatter diffraction, greater than (0.9077) (the diamond average grain size 0.0221), with the diamond average grain size provided in microns,
wherein the first layer has a diamond average grain size less than 12 microns,
wherein the second layer has a diamond volume fraction that is lower than the diamond volume fraction of the first layer,
wherein a width of the protrusion proximate the base is greater than a width of the protrusion proximate the top end,
wherein the width of the protrusion decreases in a direction from the base to the top end, and wherein said protrusion has a height to width ratio of less than 0.5, and
wherein said height to width ratio is determined by dividing the height of the protrusion by the width of the protrusion as measured at a middle of said height.

US Pat. No. 10,480,251

EXPANDABLE DOWNHOLE TOOL ASSEMBLIES, BOTTOM-HOLE ASSEMBLIES, AND RELATED METHODS

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

17. A method of using an expandable tool assembly, the method comprising:coupling a body of an expandable tool module to a body of an activation module wherein the expandable tool module is a slave unit configured to not be activated without the activation module;
disposing the expandable tool module and the activation module in a borehole of a subterranean formation;
pulling, with the activation module, an axially movable drive element at least partially within the body of the expandable tool module to engage at least one blade of the expandable tool module with the subterranean formation; and
reaming the borehole with the at least one engaged blade or stabilizing the expandable tool assembly in the borehole with the at least one engaged blade.

US Pat. No. 10,480,250

BORE TUBE FOR A PRESSURE COMPENSATION SYSTEM IN A ROLLER CONE DRILL BIT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

6. A method for lubricant pressure relief comprising relieving a pressure differential between a lubricant in a lubricant chamber and a wellbore environment whenever a pressure of the lubricant and a pressure of the wellbore environment is substantially unequal, wherein the pressure compensation mechanism is in a roller cone drill bit including:a bit body having at least one support arm extending therefrom;
the lubricant chamber in each support arm;
a bore in each support arm extending from to the lubricant chamber to an exterior surface of each support arm;
a tube in the bore of each support arm, the tube having an inner perimeter with a smooth surface texture;
a seal located between a wall of the bore and an outer perimeter of the tube to prevent a lubricant occupying a space between the wall of the bore and the outer perimeter of the tube from exiting the space; and
a floating bead in the tube and operable to move axially within the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,480,248

WHIPSTOCK VALVE WITH NOZZLE BYPASS FEATURE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A valve for subterranean use, comprising:a housing having a passage therethrough and a lateral port;
a sleeve selectively moveable to align a sleeve port in said sleeve to said lateral port in a circulation configuration and to align said sleeve port to the lower end of said passage in a flow through configuration;
said sleeve comprising a restriction orifice responsive to flow therethrough to shift said sleeve between said circulation and flow through configurations whereupon a flow bypass around said restriction orifice is open in said flow through configuration;
said sleeve is releasably secured in said circulation configuration until a predetermined pressure is achieved at said orifice; and
said sleeve is biased toward said flow through configuration when released from being releasably secured.

US Pat. No. 10,480,247

COMBINED MULTI-COUPLER WITH ROTATING FIXATIONS FOR TOP DRIVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

11. A coupling system of a top drive system comprising:a first plate having a stabbing member that is perpendicular to the first plate, wherein the stabbing member includes a notch; and a second plate having:
a hollow complementary to the stabbing member; a bar bore in the second plate; and a bar having a coupling recess, wherein the bar is rotatable within the bar bore between an open position and a closed position, wherein at least a first majority of the coupling recess is disposed in the hollow when in the open position, and wherein at least a second majority of the coupling recess is disposed in the bar bore in the closed position;
wherein the stabbing member is secured in the hollow when the first plate is joined to the second plate and the bar is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,246

PERCUSSION BORING DEVICE

1. A percussion boring device comprising:a housing;
a guide tube fixed to the housing;
a control sleeve axially displaceable on the guide tube, said control sleeve having at least a first sleeve section, a second sleeve section, and a movable connector movably connecting the first sleeve section and the second sleeve section;
an impact piston mounted within the housing and axially displaceable on the control sleeve such that in a first switching position the impact piston strikes a front impact surface and drives the percussion boring device in a first movement direction, and, in a second switching position said impact piston strikes a rear impact surface and drives the percussion boring device in a second movement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,245

TELESCOPIC LADDER ASSEMBLY

Lampe Holding B.V., Benn...

1. A telescopically extendable and collapsible ladder assembly having a top ladder section, a bottom ladder section, and one or more intermediate ladder sections;wherein the top ladder section and each of the one or more intermediate ladder sections have two tubular stile members arranged parallel to each other and interconnected at a top end by a ladder rung to form a U-shaped ladder section, and wherein the bottom ladder section has two tubular stile members arranged parallel to each other and interconnected by a top ladder rung and a bottom ladder rung;
wherein the ladder rungs are made from an aluminum tubular profile, the profile including a top wall, a bottom wall, as well as a front and a back wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall;
wherein each ladder section includes a connector at each end of the rung, each connector having a rung portion connected to the end of the rung and a stile member portion connected to one of the stile members of the ladder section;
wherein the stile members of the top ladder section and of the one or more intermediate ladder sections are telescopically inserted into the stile members of an adjacent lower ladder section of the ladder sections, so that the one or more intermediate ladder sections and the top ladder section can be collapsed in a collapsing direction towards the bottom ladder section;
wherein the top rung of the bottom ladder section and the rung of each of the one or more intermediate ladder sections are provided at each end with a spacer for, when the ladder assembly is in a collapsed condition, supporting an adjacent upper ladder rung of the ladder rungs at a predetermined anti-finger pinching distance from the top wall of the ladder rung on which the spacer has been provided;
wherein the top rung of the bottom ladder section and the rung of each of the one or more intermediate ladder sections are provided at each end with an automatic latch mechanism, the automatic latch mechanisms being adapted for automatically locking the stile members of an adjacent higher ladder section of the ladder sections in a fully extended position of said adjacent higher ladder section;
wherein the automatic latch mechanisms of the intermediate ladder sections each comprise a locking pin, which locking pins are each moveably supported for movement along the rung in a longitudinal direction thereof, between a locking position, in which an end of the locking pin is inserted in an opening provided in the stile member of the adjacent upper ladder section to lock the stile members relative to each other, and an unlocking position, in which said end of said locking pin is retracted from said opening, and wherein each locking pin is biased towards the stile member, i.e. towards the locking position;
wherein the automatic latch mechanisms of the intermediate ladder sections each comprise an automatic release actuator, which automatic release actuators are coupled with the locking pin of the automatic latch mechanisms, for unlocking the stile member of the adjacent higher ladder section by moving the automatic release actuator from its passive position into its actuated position, and thus moving the locking pin from its locking position into its unlocking position, in order to allow for collapsing of the ladder assembly;
wherein the automatic latch mechanisms of the bottom ladder section each comprise a manually operable release actuator, which manually operable release actuators are coupled with the locking pin of the automatic latch mechanisms, for unlocking the stile member of the adjacent higher ladder section by moving the locking pin into its unlocking position, in order to allow for collapsing of the ladder assembly;
wherein the spacers are each located at a top side of their ladder rung and against the stile member of the adjacent upper ladder section, and each extend along said stile member in an upward direction between a base, which base is located at the top side of the rung, and a top end, which top end is provided with a slanted actuating surface, which actuating surface is at its top end located adjacent the stile member and veers away from the stile member in the downward direction;
wherein the ladder rung of the intermediate ladder section is at its bottom side at both ends provided with a slanted support surface, extending parallel to and vertically above the actuating surface of the spacer of the adjacent lower ladder section, such that when the ladder assembly is in its collapsed positon, the support surfaces rest against the actuating surfaces of the spacers of the adjacent lower ladder section, to keep the ladder rungs at the predetermined anti-finger pinching distance;
wherein the automatic release actuators are sliding actuators moveably supported for movement along the rung in a longitudinal direction thereof, and wherein the automatic release actuators are each provided with a slanted actuating surface extending parallel to the actuating surface of the spacer of the adjacent lower ladder section, and wherein said actuating surface of the release actuator, when the release actuator is in its rest position, is located vertically above the actuating surface of the spacer of the adjacent lower ladder section; and
wherein, when the ladder rung is moved towards the ladder rung of the adjacent lower ladder section, the activation surfaces of the spacers of the ladder rung of the adjacent lower ladder section first contacts the actuating surfaces of the sliding automatic release actuators, pushing the sliding automatic release actuators into their unlocking position, and subsequently contact the support surfaces of the ladder rung, positioning the ladder rung at the predetermined anti-finger pinching distance from the ladder rung of the adjacent lower ladder section.

US Pat. No. 10,480,243

TWO PIECE WINDOW EDGE CORNER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLATION

RCREW, INC., Wichita, KS...

1. A break-in resistant window assembly comprising:a window pane having at least one corner;
a window frame bordering the window pane that has at least one corner, the at least one corner including intersecting frame surfaces;
a sheet of polymeric film overlying the window pane that is adhesively bonded to the window pane;
a corner reinforcing assembly including a base portion and a cover portion, the base portion presenting two legs that extend at right angles with respect to each other such that each terminates at a distal end, each leg presenting flat surfaces for receiving adhesive pads that are suitable for bonding the base portion to both the surface of the polymeric film covering the window pane and the intersecting surfaces of window frame, the base portion also presenting an engaging feature, the cover portion being shaped and sized to cover the base portion, the cover portion also presenting a pair of legs, each leg having a distal end that presents a distal edge, the cover portion also presenting an engaging feature that is suitable for engaging the engaging feature of the base portion for fixing the cover portion to the base portion, the legs of the cover portion being arranged such that distal edges of the legs of the cover portion extend beyond the distal edges of the legs of the base portion when the base portion and the cover portion are assembled into a corner reinforcing assembly;
a pair of trim pieces having distal ends that present distal edges;
adhesive pads attaching the trim pieces to the window frame and adhesive pads further attaching the trim pieces to the sheet of polymeric film covering the window pane,
the trim pieces being of sufficient length so that when the trim pieces are installed adjacent to the base portion of the corner assembly and when the cover portion is mounted to the base portion, the distal edges of the legs of the cover portion extend over the distal edges of the trim pieces so that the distal edge of the trim piece is concealed under the cover portion of the corner reinforcing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,480,242

DEVICE FOR PROVIDING A CROSSOVER POINT

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

1. A device (100) for providing a passage between a first area (1) and a second area (2) which is hermetically delimited from the first area (1) by means of a wall (10), wherein the device (100) comprises the following:an airlock chamber (12) which can be inserted into an opening (11) provided in the wall (10) which has a first opening (13) forming a passage between the first area (1) and the airlock chamber (12) and which has a second opening (14) forming a passage between the second area (2) and the airlock chamber (12); and
a revolving element (15) configured as one of a conveyor belt and a drum wall for separating the first opening (13) from the second opening (14) having at least one passage opening (15.1; 19.1; 15.2, 19.2), the revolving element movable relative to the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12) so as to be able to alternatingly realize at least one first state in which the at least one passage opening (15.1; 19; 19.1) is substantially aligned with the first opening (13) of the airlock chamber (12) and allows entry from the first area (1) into the airlock chamber (12) and the revolving element (15) essentially completely covers the second opening (14) of the airlock chamber (12), and a second state in which the at least one passage opening (15.1; 19.1; 15.2, 19.2) or at least a further passage opening (15.1, 19.1, 15.2, 19.2) is substantially aligned with the second opening (14) of the airlock chamber (12) and allows entry from the second area (2) into the airlock chamber (12) and the revolving element (15) essentially completely covers the first opening (13) of the airlock chamber (12);
wherein the revolving element (15) comprises two passage openings (15.1, 15.2) which are arranged in relation to their relative position to one another such that in a state in which a first one of the passage openings (15.1) is aligned with one of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), a second one of the passage openings (15.2) is not aligned with either of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), and in a state in which the second one of the passage openings (15.2) is aligned with one of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12), the first one of the passage openings (15.1) is not aligned with either of the first opening and the second opening (13, 14) of the airlock chamber (12).

US Pat. No. 10,480,241

DOORS INCLUDING CUSTOMIZABLE AND REMOVABLE STORAGE

1. A door storage system useful for storing one or more objects within a door, the door comprising a front panel, a back panel, and means to hingedly affix the door to a door frame, wherein a plurality of cavities extend from the front panel through the depth of the door to the back panel, each cavity having an interior wall to which a top panel is hingedly affixed, the top panel moving between an open and a closed position, and when in the closed position is coplanar with the front panel of the door, wherein each cavity further comprises an internal frame affixed to the door and forming the cavity, the internal frame having a depth less than the depth of the cavity, the reduction in depth being at least equal to a thickness of the corresponding top panel, and wherein each of the cavities is sized to receive a modular insert, the modular insert comprising a frame having a plurality of walls and a back panel, forming a plurality of sides and the back of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,480,240

DOOR KITS AND RELATED METHODS

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

1. A door unit in kit form, comprising:a partially preassembled split doorjamb assembly comprising first and second side bases substantially parallel to one another, a header base substantially perpendicular to and interconnecting the first and second side bases, and extensions;
a door arranged within a space defined by the first and second side bases and the header base of the partially preassembled split doorjamb assembly so that the door, the first and second side bases, and the header base collectively establish a cavity; and
the extensions stowed within the cavity, the extensions comprising first and second side extensions and a header extension that are unassembled with respect to and connectable lengthwise to the first and second side bases and the header base, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,239

VEHICLE FRONT END STRUCTURE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method of operating a hood-grille assembly of a vehicle comprising:actuating geared motors to release the hood-grille assembly, releasing a bolster from vehicle structure, if a transmission is in Park when an open-close request is received and the hood-grille assembly is closed; and
actuating power struts to pivot the hood-grille assembly to a secondary position if the transmission is in Park when an open-close request is received and the hood-grille assembly is opened.

US Pat. No. 10,480,232

SLIDING DOOR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sliding door structure comprising:a door body;
a vehicle body rail that is provided to a vehicle body so as to extend along a door opening-and-closing direction in a straight line shape;
a vehicle body rail support member that is configured to include a vehicle body-side end portion coupled to the vehicle body rail and capable of moving along the vehicle body rail, and a door-side end portion coupled to the door body, the vehicle body rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the vehicle body about the vehicle body-side end portion, and the vehicle body rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the door body about the door-side end portion;
a door rail that is provided to the door body so as to extend along the door opening-and-closing direction in a straight line shape; and
a door rail support member that is configured to include a door-side end portion coupled to the door rail and capable of moving along the door rail, and a vehicle body-side end portion coupled to the vehicle body, the door rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the door body about the door-side end portion, and the door rail support member being capable of rotating with respect to the vehicle body about the vehicle body-side end portion, wherein
the sliding door structure further comprises a column that is provided to a door-closing direction side end portion of the vehicle body rail, and an opening that is provided to the vehicle body-side end portion of the vehicle body rail support member,
in a fully closed state, the column intrudes into the opening such that the column is positioned at a rotation center of the vehicle body rail support member with respect to the vehicle body, and an opening direction of the opening faces in a direction angled toward a vehicle inner side with respect to a door-closing direction,
when a sliding door comprising the door body opens from the fully closed state, the vehicle body rail support member rotates about the column with respect to the vehicle body while the column remains in a state intruding into the opening,
when the sliding door opens from the fully closed state, until the opening direction comes into alignment with the door-closing direction, movement of the vehicle body-side end portion of the vehicle body rail support member along the vehicle body rail in a door-opening direction is restricted due to receiving a reaction force toward the door-closing direction from the column intruding into the opening, and
when the opening direction aligns with the door-closing direction, the restriction of movement of the vehicle body-side end portion of the vehicle body rail support member along the vehicle body rail in the door-opening direction is released due to no longer receiving the reaction force toward the door-closing direction from the column intruding into the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,229

ROTARY HINGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A rotary hinge assembly comprising:a fluid chamber filled with a fluid and comprising a constriction section with a throat area;
a throat tuner comprising a strip structure connected in a region of the throat area of the constricted section, wherein the throat area is tunable by sliding the strip structure of the throat tuner to one of various positions to control fluid flow passing through the constriction section;
a rotary connecting pin mounted within the chamber, wherein the rotary connecting pin comprises:
a first longitudinal end configured to connect to a door of a vehicle and to provide the rotational movement to the rotary connecting pin in response to opening and closing of the door; and
a second longitudinal end concentrically and rotatably mounted in the fluid chamber; and
a vane connected to the second longitudinal end of the rotary connecting pin, wherein the vane rotates to displace the fluid present in the fluid chamber towards the constricted section when the rotary connecting pin undergoes the rotational movement in response to opening and closing of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,480,227

HINGE DEVICE WITH DUAL SHAFT

LIANHONG ART CO., LTD., ...

1. A hinge device, comprising:a base comprising a main body having a top surface and two opposite lateral surfaces, two fixing seats disposed on the lateral surfaces with one of the fixing seats misaligned with the other one of the fixing seats, and two stopping bars disposed on the lateral surfaces with one of the stopping bars misaligned with the other of the stopping bars, wherein each of the stopping bars has a top plane lower than the top surface;
a first rotatable plate connected to one of the lateral surfaces and comprising a first semi-circular portion at one end thereof, a first surface and a plurality of first teeth disposed on the first semi-circular portion, wherein a plurality of first through holes are formed on the first surface near another end thereof;
a second rotatable plate connected to the other of the lateral surfaces and comprising a second semi-circular portion at one end, a second surface and a plurality of second teeth disposed on the second semi-circular portion, wherein a plurality of second through holes are formed on the second surface;
a first rotatable rod extending through the main body and comprising a plurality of first gear teeth disposed on an outer periphery thereof and near one end thereof, wherein the first gear teeth meshing with the first teeth of the first rotatable plate;
a second rotatable rod extending through the main body and comprising a plurality of second gear teeth disposed on an outer periphery thereof and near one end thereof, wherein the second gear teeth meshing with the second teeth of the second rotatable plate;
an even number of gear rods disposed in the main body and mutually meshed, wherein one of the gear rods meshes with the first rotatable rod and another one of the gear rod meshes with the second rotatable rod; and
a plurality of lateral plates connected to the lateral surfaces of the main body to position the first rotatable rod, the second rotatable rod and the gear rods.

US Pat. No. 10,480,224

POWER DRIVEN VEHICLE LATCH WITH NON-UNIFORM GEARS

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A vehicle latch, comprising:a first gear having a first plurality of gear teeth with a first involute form gear profile that follows a scroll profile with a first gear pitch radius that reduces from a first gear tooth to an ending gear tooth of the first plurality of gear teeth, the first gear being rotatably mounted to the latch for movement about a first gear axis;
a second gear having a second plurality of gear teeth with a second involute form gear profile that follows a scroll profile with a second gear pitch radius that increases from a first gear tooth to an ending gear tooth of the second plurality of gear teeth, the second gear being rotatably mounted to the latch for movement about a second gear axis, wherein the second plurality of gear teeth meshingly engage the first plurality of gear teeth along a path defined between the first gear teeth of the first gear and the second gear and the ending gear teeth of the first gear and the second gear as first gear first gear rotates about the first axis and the second gear rotates about the second axis, wherein a torque applied to the first gear when the first gear tooth of the first gear engages the first gear tooth of the second gear in order to rotate the first gear about the first axis is lower than a torque applied to the first gear when the ending gear tooth of the first gear engages the ending gear tooth of the second gear in order to rotate the first gear about the first axis; and
wherein rotation of the second gear causes a claw of the latch to move from a first position to a second position, the second position corresponding to a closed state of the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,480,222

DOOR LATCHING DEVICE AND MOVING BODY MOUNTED WITH SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A door latching device comprising:a latch motor connection switch;
a converter line including a converter power supply having a charging circuit, a discharging circuit and an electricity storage element, and connected to an input side of the latch motor connection switch;
a latch motor connected to an output side of the latch motor connection switch, and driven when the latch motor connection switch is closed;
a latch caused to perform an opening operation when the latch motor is driven;
a power supply line connected to the input side of the latch motor connection switch and connected in parallel to the converter line; and
a controller configured to detect a voltage value of the power supply line and configured to control the converter power supply,
wherein, when the controller detects the voltage value of the power supply line is greater than or equal to a threshold, the controller is supplied with power from the power supply line and the charging circuit and the discharging circuit are operational, wherein the charging circuit charges the electricity storage element,
when the controller detects the voltage value of the power supply line is less than the threshold and the controller determines that the power supply line is in an emergency state, the controller is supplied with power from the electricity storage element and the controller stops the operation of the charging circuit and the operation of the discharging circuit, and
thereafter, when the controller receives an instruction for causing the latch to perform the opening operation, the converter power supply steps up the power charged in the electricity storage element and supplies the stepped up power to the latch motor, by the controller closing the latch motor connection switch and activating the discharging circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,221

ILLUMINATED VIRTUAL HANDLE FOR POWER DOOR SYSTEM IN MOTOR VEHICLES

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. A closure panel system for a motor vehicle comprising:a handleless closure panel pivotably mounted to a vehicle body for movement between a closed position and a fully-open position, said handleless closure panel having a grasp area;
a latch assembly mounted to the handleless closure panel and equipped with a latch mechanism and a power-operated latch release mechanism to provide a power release function;
a presenter assembly operably disposed between the vehicle body and the handleless closure panel and equipped with a power-operated presenter mechanism to provide a power open function for moving the handleless closure panel from its closed position to a partially-open position;
an illumination assembly mounted on the handleless closure panel in proximity to the grasp area and having an illumination source operable to provide illumination; and
an electronic control system operable to actuate the power-operated latch release mechanism to release the latch mechanism and shift the latch assembly into an unlatched mode for releasing the handleless closure panel from latched engagement with the vehicle body; actuate the power-operated presenter mechanism to shift the presenter assembly from a non-deployed mode to a deployed mode to move the handleless closure panel from its closed position to its partially-open position; and activate the illumination assembly to an illuminated state to illuminate the grasp area of the handleless closure panel and provide a visual indication to a user that the handleless closure panel is in the partially-open position and ready to be moved to the fully-open position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,218

SECURITY DEVICES AND STRAPS THEREFOR

ZEAL INNOVATION LTD., (G...

1. A security device in which a strap with a central core consisting of at least one elongate planar body is contained within a flexible sleeve, with complementary locking units secured at opposite ends of the flexible sleeve, wherein the complementary locking units receive respective ends of the central core, wherein the flexible sleeve is extensible independently of the central core such that the central core is not under tension, and wherein a length of the central core is at least equal to a spacing between the complementary locking units when the flexible sleeve is fully extended.

US Pat. No. 10,480,216

SMART SECURITY DEVICE AND SYSTEM

ASCENT SOLUTIONS PTE LTD,...

1. A smart security device comprising:a housing, and
electronics provided in the housing, the electronics comprising
a tag uniquely associated with the smart security device and configured to automatically and periodically emit a first signal, the first signal being a Bluetooth signal configured to be sent and received via a Bluetooth low energy wireless personal area network;
a NB-IoT module configured to send and receive signals via a NB-IoT network;
a cable having a free end and a secured end, the secured end being secured to the housing and in electrical connection with the electronics; and
a lock assembly at least partially provided in the housing, the lock assembly comprising:
a body comprising a cable passage configured for passing the free end of the cable therethrough and for immobilizing the cable therein,
a lever having a free end and a pivoting end, the pivoting end pivotably connected to the body, the lever having a resilient plate provided thereon, the resilient plate configured to exert a force on a cable immobilizer against the cable to immobilize the cable in the cable passage when a side of the lever facing the body is brought into contact with a side of the body facing the lever while the cable is in the cable passage, and
a fastener configured to secure the lever to the body when the cable is immobilized in the cable passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,215

HYBRID LOCK CYLINDER

Schlage Lock Company LLC,...

1. A lock apparatus, comprising:a spindle including a channel, an aperture, and a chamber in communication with the channel and the aperture;
a locking bar movably positioned in the channel relative to the spindle; and
a plurality of rotatable elements rotatably mounted in the chamber relative to the spindle, the plurality of rotatable elements including a disk, a wafer housing, and a wafer slidably coupled to the wafer housing;
a catch mounted for movement relative to the spindle, the catch including a contact surface operable to engage the plurality of rotatable elements, wherein the contact surface includes an interference surface and a cam surface;
wherein each of the rotatable elements includes:
a pawl operable to engage the contact surface;
a receiving portion sized and shaped to receive a portion of the locking bar; and
a slot sized and shaped to receive a portion of a key;
wherein each of the rotatable elements has a first position in which the receiving portion is not aligned with the locking bar and the pawl is engaged with the contact surface, and a second position in which the receiving portion is generally aligned with the locking bar;
wherein when a first of the rotatable elements is in the first position, the pawl thereof is engaged with the interference surface, and the interference surface prevents rotation of the first rotatable element toward the second position;
wherein when a second of the rotatable elements is in the first position, the pawl thereof is in contact with the cam surface, and rotation of the second rotatable element toward the second position moves the interference surface out of engagement with the pawl of the first rotatable element, thereby enabling rotation of the first rotatable element toward the second position;
wherein the wafer includes a lock extension sized and shaped to be received in the aperture; and
wherein when the wafer is in the first position, the lock extension is generally aligned with the aperture and the wafer is movable between a first radial position in which the lock extension is received in the aperture and a second radial position in which the lock extension is not received in the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,480,213

DOOR OR OTHER CLOSABLE PANEL WITH LOCK-ACTUATING LINKAGE

DAN RAZ LTD., Tirat Carm...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) an opening bounded by a frame including a strike jamb;
(b) a panel mounted relative to said opening so as to be displaceable between an open position in which said panel is separated from said strike jamb to leave at least part of said opening open and a closed position in which said panel closes against said strike jamb;
(c) a locking element associated with said strike jamb or said panel, said locking element being displaceable between a locked state in which said locking element engages between said panel and said strike jamb in a closed position of said panel to prevent separation of said panel from said strike jamb and a released state in which said panel can be separated from said strike jamb; and
(d) a linkage associated with said locking element and deployed so as to be displaced by a terminal part of a closing motion of said panel against said strike jamb from said open position to said closed position, said linkage being deployed so that displacement of said panel through said terminal part of said closing motion applies an input force to said linkage, said linkage being configured to direct at least part of said input force to generate an output force applied to said locking element, said output force acting to displace said locking element towards said locked state.

US Pat. No. 10,480,208

REMOVABLE MOTORCYCLE COVER

1. A removable motorcycle cover system comprising:a motorcycle having a pair of front lights including a front right light and a front left light, the motorcycle having a pair of rear lights including a rear right light and a rear left light;
a foldable waterproof rectangular cover having a front edge, a back edge, a right edge, a left edge, an upper right corner, an upper left corner, a lower right corner, and a lower left corner;
a plurality of loops comprising an upper right loop, an upper left loop, a lower right loop, and a lower left loop, wherein each of the upper right loop, the upper left loop, the lower right loop, and the lower left loop is attached to each of the upper right corner, the upper left corner, the lower right corner, and the lower left corner, respectively; and
a pair of flexible rods comprising a right rod and a left rod, wherein each of the right rod and the left rod is continuously disposed within the right edge and the left edge, respectively, of the foldable waterproof rectangular cover;
wherein a length of the foldable waterproof rectangular cover substantially conforms to a length of a motorcycle;
wherein each of the upper right loop and the upper left loop is removably engageable around each of the front right light and the front left light of the pair of front lights of the motorcycle;
wherein each of the lower right loop and the lower left loop is removably engageable around each of the rear right light and the rear left light of the pair of rear lights of the motorcycle;
wherein the foldable waterproof rectangular cover is removably disposed atop the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,205

COMPONENTS OF AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANERS

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC, ...

1. A method of replacing a first pool-cleaning brush of an automatic pool cleaner with a second pool-cleaning brush, at least the second pool-cleaning brush comprising a brush body, a member connected to the brush body, first and second clips positioned opposite the member, first and second flexible fingers connected to the brush body, each of the first and second fingers comprising opposed first and second major sides, and at least one protrusion extending outward from at least one of the first and second major sides of the first flexible finger, the method comprising:a. detaching the first pool-cleaning brush from at least one recess defined by at least one pair of spaced walls of an attachment assembly of a bladed, rotating down-force scrubber of the automatic pool cleaner; and
b. frictionally inserting the member of the second pool-cleaning brush into the at least one recess, with the first and second clips concurrently frictionally sliding along the at least one pair of spaced walls so as to (i) connect the second pool-cleaning brush to the attachment assembly of the bladed, rotating down-force scrubber and (ii) position the first and second flexible fingers so as to flex when the automatic pool cleaner is in use.

US Pat. No. 10,480,204

CHEMICAL INJECTOR FOR USE WITH A POOL OR SPA SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS LLC, ...

1. An assembly for a pool or spa system comprising:a housing;
a disposable chemical container for fluidly sealing a chemical in an inner volume of the disposable chemical container, wherein the disposable chemical container is housed in the housing;
a pump coupled to the disposable chemical container for injecting the chemical into a fluid flow of the pool or spa system;
a sensor configured to measure an amount of the chemical in the disposable chemical container;
a processing device communicatively coupled to the sensor and configured to determine if the amount is below a threshold; and
a communication circuit communicatively coupled to the processing device and configured to request a replacement assembly when the amount is below the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,480,201

PANEL FOR FORMING A FLOOR COVERING AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH PANELS

UNILIN, BVBA, Wielsbeke ...

12. A panel comprising at least a substrate of thermoplastic material having a thickness of 1.3 to 10 millimeter, and a top layer with a printed decor and a translucent or transparent wear layer, wherein said thermoplastic material is chosen from the list comprising of polyvinylchloride, polypropylene, polyethylene and polyurethane and wherein said substrate forms more than one half the thickness of the panel, said panel being a floor panel for a floating floor covering and comprising at two or more opposite edges coupling parts with which two of such floor panels are able to be coupled at said edges in such a manner that they are mutually locked in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the respective edge and in the plane of the floor panels, as well as in a vertical direction perpendicular to the plane of the floor panels, wherein said substrate substantially consists of three layers, including a lowermost layer, a central layer and an uppermost layer, all made from thermoplastic material, wherein the thermoplastic material of the lowermost layer and the uppermost layer is more rigid than the thermoplastic material of the central layer,wherein said lowermost and said uppermost layer comprise less than 5 percent by weight of plasticizer or no plasticizer, and
wherein said central layer comprises 12 percent by weight or more of plasticizer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,200

DOUBLE FLOOR MEMBER

SENQCIA CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A double floor member for supporting equipment, the double floor member comprising:a guide rail which is fixed to an upper surface side of the double floor member;
a first connection member which is horizontally movable along a length direction of the guide rail and is engaged with the guide rail so as to prevent the first connection member from being pulled in a vertical direction away from the guide rail; and
a second connection member configured to be fixed to said equipment and which is connected to the first connection member so as to prevent the second connection member from being lifted upwardly away from the first connection member,
wherein the second connection member is horizontally movable with respect to the first connection member in a different direction from the length direction of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,480,199

FLOORBOARDS WITH HORIZONTALLY AND VERTICALLY LOCKING CONNECTING PROFILES

Tarkett GDL S.A., Lentzw...

1. A floorboard for a flooring system comprising a plurality of mechanically connectable floorboards, the floorboard comprising a bottom face and a top face, a first connecting profile along a first side and a second connecting profile along a second side, which is parallel to the first side, the first connecting profile being configured for locking engagement with the second connecting profile of another floorboard both horizontally and vertically,wherein the first connecting profile comprises a protruding strip having a horizontal bottom surface that is part of the bottom face of the floorboard, the protruding strip terminating in a locking element projecting towards the top face of the floorboard so that the protruding strip has its biggest thickness at the locking element;
wherein the second connecting profile comprises an overhanging tongue delimiting at its bottom a recess for receiving the protruding strip, the recess comprising a locking groove configured for cooperating with the locking element so as to provide a horizontal locking effect, the overhanging tongue comprising a tip;
wherein the first connecting profile comprises a tongue groove arranged above a stem portion of the protruding strip, the tongue groove being configured to accommodate the tip of the overhanging tongue so as to provide a vertical locking effect;
wherein the tip of the overhanging tongue comprises an upper contact surface and a lower contact surface that are inclined with respect to each other so as to define a first virtual intersection axis that lies outside the respective floorboard;
wherein the tongue groove is delimited by an upper delimiting surface and a lower delimiting surface that are inclined with respect to each other, so as to define a second virtual intersection axis that lies inside the respective floorboard;
wherein the upper and lower contact surface of the tip of the overhanging tongue are configured to be put into contact with the upper and lower delimiting surface, respectively, of the tongue groove, so that said first virtual intersection axis substantially coincides with said second virtual intersection axis, when the first connecting profile is in locking engagement with the second connecting profile of another floorboard;
wherein the lower contact surface and the lower delimiting surface are inclined relative to a horizontal plane; and
wherein the upper contact surface and the lower contact surface define an angle therebetween that is comprised in the range from 3° to 20°, while the upper delimiting surface and the lower delimiting surface also define an angle therebetween that is comprised in the range from 3° to 20°.

US Pat. No. 10,480,198

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WALL PLANKS

1. A wall tile comprising: a planar top panel, wherein said planar top panel is comprised of urethane stain shield, a second planar panel wherein said second planar panel is comprised of a first Polyvinyl chloride composition, a third planar panel wherein said third planar panel is comprised of composite material having 3D printing on said composite material, a Fourth planar panel wherein said fourth planar panel is comprised of webbed fiberglass composition, a fifth planar panel wherein said fifth planar panel is comprised of a magnetic substrate, a sixth planar panel wherein said sixth planar panel is comprised of a second Polyvinyl chloride composition, a seventh panel wherein said seventh planar panel is comprised self-adhesive composition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,196

BUILDING PANEL WITH A MECHANICAL LOCKING SYSTEM

VALINGE INNOVATION AB, V...

1. Building panels provided with a mechanical locking system comprising a tongue, at an edge of a first panel, cooperating with a tongue groove, at an edge of an adjacent second panel, for vertical locking of the building panels whereinthe tongue comprises a resilient and displaceable tongue part,
the edge of the first panel is provided with a displacement groove to obtain the resilient and displaceable tongue part, said displacement groove is downwardly open, and comprises an inner wall, an outer wall and a planar upper wall,
the tongue is formed out of the edge of the first panel,
the resilient and displaceable tongue part is configured to be displaced into the displacement groove by a lower lip of the tongue groove during assembling of the first and the second panel by a vertical displacement of the second panel toward the first panel,
the outer wall of the displacement groove at a first and upper part of the displacement groove, at the upper surface of the tongue, is sidewardly open, such that, in a stress-free state before the resilient and displaceable tongue part is displaced into the displacement groove, the resilient and displaceable tongue part is entirely located vertically lower than the planar upper wall of the displacement groove, and
the outer wall of the displacement groove at a second part of the displacement groove, below the resilient and displaceable part of the tongue, is sidewardly open.

US Pat. No. 10,480,195

TUBULAR STRUCTURE CONNECTING ASSEMBLY

9220-6820 QUEBEC INC., M...

1. A connecting assembly for connecting two angled tubular structures together, comprising:a male section comprising a male curved tubular element extending along a male curved axis between a first end and a second end, a male connecting flange extending linearly and outwardly from the first end and a male connection lip extending radially and outwardly from the male connecting flange, the second end being rotatably connectable to a first one of the two angled tubular structures; and
a female section rotatably connectable to the male connecting flange of the male section and comprising a female curved tubular element extending along a female curved axis between a third end and a fourth end, the female curved tubular element comprising a lip receiving recess located on an internal face of the female curved tubular element adjacent the third end, the lip receiving recess for receiving the male connection lip when the male connecting flange of the male section is inserted into the female section, the fourth end of the female section being connectable to a second one of the two angled tubular structures.

US Pat. No. 10,480,191

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING CONCRETE REINFORCEMENT

1. A fixture for setting rebar at a predetermined distance from the rim of an excavated pit, comprising:elongated first and second legs each having a proximal end and a distal end, the first and second legs rigidly joined at their mutual proximal ends to form an L-shape;
an angle adjustment device carried by the first leg, comprising a foot movable towards or away from the first leg along an axis generally parallel to the second leg, wherein a first threaded element is fixedly joined to the first leg, and a second threaded element is engaged with the first threaded element, and wherein the second threaded element carries the foot and is arranged such that rotation of the second threaded element relative to the first threaded element will cause linear movement of the foot;
a support bracket carried by the first leg at a predetermined offset distance from the proximal end thereof, the support bracket has an L-shape defining an upward-facing hook shape; and
a fixed hook extending from the distal end of the second leg, generally parallel to the first leg; wherein the fixture is removed after the rebar is set in place.

US Pat. No. 10,480,190

GLUELAM STRUCTURAL MEMBER AND A METHOD OF PRODUCING SUCH A GLUELAM STRUCTURAL MEMBER

Stora Enso OYJ, Helsinki...

1. A structural member in the form of a gluelam beam having an elongate cross section presenting a horizontally oriented short side and a predetermined main bending direction, which is perpendicular to the short side, comprising:a plurality of glued-together wood lamellae, each having a lamella cross section which is parallel with a cross section of the structural member and a longitudinal direction which is parallel with a longitudinal direction of the structural member and with a principal grain direction of the wood lamellae,
wherein the lamellae are formed as radial sections of a log,
wherein the lamellae present cross sections which are triangular or trapezoidal and present a respective planar major base surface that is formed at a radially outer part of the log,
wherein the planar major base surfaces are perpendicular to the main bending direction, and wherein the planar major base surfaces are parallel to the short side of the cross section,
wherein the structural member comprises at least two glued-together layers of lamellae that are arranged such that the planar major base surfaces of a pair of immediately adjacent lamellae face opposite directions, and,
wherein a layer that is positioned closer, as seen in the main bending direction, to an outer face of the structural member presents a smaller number of annual rings than a layer that is positioned further away from the outer face.

US Pat. No. 10,480,189

AEROGEL CONTAINING CONSTRUCTION BOARD

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A glass fiber based construction product, the construction product comprising:a glass fiber core comprising:
a plurality of entangled coarse glass fibers having average fiber diameters of between 8 and 20 ?m;
a plurality of entangled glass microfibers homogenously dispersed within the entangled coarse glass fibers, the glass microfibers having average fiber diameters of between 0.5 and 6 ?m;
a binder that bonds the plurality of coarse glass fibers and the plurality of glass microfibers together, the glass fiber core including between 5 and 20 weight percentage of the binder;
a mixture of Aerogel and carbon black homogenously disposed within the glass fiber core, the mixture comprising:
between 85 and 95 weight percent of the Aerogel; and
between 5 and 15 weight percent of the carbon black;
wherein the construction product has an R-value of at least 6.5 per inch and the construction product has a flame spread index no greater than 5 and a smoke development index no greater than 20 as measured according to ASTM E84.

US Pat. No. 10,480,187

TRANSLUCENT CEILING OR WALL PANEL

CertainTeed Canada, Inc.,...

1. A ceiling or wall panel for securement to a grid support network, the panel comprising:a perimeter frame, a first membrane secured across the perimeter frame, and a second membrane secured across the perimeter frame and opposing the first membrane, the perimeter frame including connected frame members, each frame member comprising:
an outwardly stepped edge with the first membrane wrapped over the outwardly stepped edge,
a securing edge with the second membrane wrapped over the securing edge at a position that is inward of the outwardly stepped edge, and
an inwardly projecting stiffening member joining the outwardly stepped edge and the securing edge, the stiffening member being shaped to oppose inward bowing of the frame member caused by tension of the membranes across the perimeter frame, the stiffening member including:
a first diagonal arm extending from the outwardly stepped edge,
a second diagonal arm extending from the securing edge, and
a curved segment joining the first diagonal arm and the second diagonal arm at a point between the first and second membranes.

US Pat. No. 10,480,186

CLEANROOM PANEL SYSTEM

CONCEPT BIO-SECURITE INC....

1. A cleanroom panel system including:a plurality of panels, each of the panels having opposite inboard and outboard major surfaces that are made of a thermoplastic material;
a plurality of first thermoplastic welded junctions, each of the first thermoplastic welded junctions providing a hermetically-sealed connection between adjacently-disposed lateral side edges of a corresponding pair formed by two juxtaposed ones of the panels;
a plurality of elongated snap-in panel anchoring units, at least one for each of the panels, each of the snap-in panel anchoring units including complementary first and second members to be latched together through an interfering engagement, at least the first member of each of the snap-in panel anchoring units being made of a thermoplastic material; and
a plurality of second thermoplastic welded junctions, each of the second thermoplastic welded junctions being provided between a corresponding one of the first members of the snap-in panel anchoring units and the outboard major surface of a corresponding one of the panels.

US Pat. No. 10,480,185

SUPPORT WALL FRAME SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

10. A support wall frame system for providing increased shear strength thereby preventing twisting and racking of a support wall, said support wall frame system comprising:at least one end track;
a frame member including a plurality of ribs and a plurality of stiffeners spaced therefrom, respectively;
wherein said plurality of ribs are statically affixed to said at least one end track;
wherein said plurality of stiffeners are abutted against said at least one end track;
wherein said frame member includes an elongate stud having a stud base with a first stud side wall extending upwardly from a first end of said stud base and a second stud side wall extending upwardly from an opposing second end of said base, said first stud side wall and said second stud side wall being coextensive and parallel with each other and each being oriented in perpendicular fashion with respect to said stud base;
wherein said at least one end track comprises a bottom end track and a top end track, each including a track base having a first track side wall extending upwardly from a first side of said track base and a second track side wall extending upwardly from a second side of said track base, said first track side wall having an inwardly directed first detent and said second track side wall having a second inwardly directed detent, wherein each detent extends the entire width of each respective side wall;
wherein said ribs comprise
an inwardly directed first rib extending along a first length of said first stud side wall,
an inwardly directed second rib extending along a second length of said second stud side wall, and
wherein a third end of said stud is adapted to be received within said at least one end track such that said stud is disposed between said first track side wall and said second track side wall and such that said first detent is received within said first rib and said second detent is received within said second rib.

US Pat. No. 10,480,183

METHOD FOR MAKING FIRE-RESISTANT FOAM INSULATION PANELS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. An insulation panel comprising the following layers: a bottom metallic facing sheet 2 that includes a metal layer having a thickness of 0.2 to 1.0 mm; a polymeric foam layer 21 reinforced through at least a portion of its thickness with a fiber mat 10, said polymeric foam layer 21 being adhered directly or indirectly to the bottom metallic sheet 2; a layer of a flexible barrier material 5 adhered to the fiber-reinforced polymeric foam layer 21; an adhesive layer 4 adhered to the flexible barrier material 5 and a top metallic facing sheet 1 having a thickness of 0.2 to 1.0 mm adhered to the layer of flexible barrier material 5 by the adhesive layer 4, where the flexible barrier material 5 is a layer of mineral wool bonded on one or both sides to a non-porous paper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,182

ELEMENT FOR THERMAL INSULATION

1. An element for thermal insulation between two building parts, comprising an insulating body (2) to be allocated between the two building parts and reinforcement elements including at least rod-shaped tensile reinforcement elements (3), which in an installed state of the element (10) extend essentially horizontally and extend perpendicular to an essentially horizontal extension of the insulating body through said body, and each said rod-shaped tensile reinforcement element projects in a horizontal direction from the insulating body and are here connectable to one of the two building parts, the tensile reinforcement elements (3) being made at least partially from a fiber-reinforced synthetic material and are each embodied as multi-part composite elements that at least in proximity to the insulating body (2) comprise a central rod section (3a) made from a fiber reinforced synthetic material and in an area outside the insulating body (2) include a separate anchoring rod section (3b) with at least one of geometric or material characteristics at least partially deviating from the central rod section (3a), the anchoring rod section (3b) and the central rod section are arranged coaxially to each other and are fixed to each other at least indirectly, the anchoring rod section (3b) cooperates with an interior anchoring element (9) for fixation to the central rod section (3a) and engages a radial interior area of the central rod section (3a), a separate annular radial support element (6) located at a radial exterior of the central rod section (3a) formed as a separate component from the central rod section (3a) and only contacting the central rod section (3a) with an inner perimeter of the annular radial support element (6), the central rod section (3a) is formed at least in an area between the insulating body (2) and a free end (7) thereof with an essentially smooth, constant outside diameter on a radial exterior, the radial support element (6) is arranged only in an axial area of the central rod section (3a) projecting from the insulating body (2), and the radial support element (6) is arranged spaced apart from the insulating body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,180

DIMENSIONAL LUMBER WRAP

1. A building unit encasement device, the device comprising:a rectangular sheet comprised of four walls;
a first lateral wall, a second lateral wall, a first end wall and a second end wall; wherein each wall has an inner surface and an outer surface, such that when the sheet is encasing a building unit, the outer surface of each wall is visible to a viewer;
a linear hinge edge at a border between each wall such that each wall is rectangular;
an elongated cylindrical protrusion extending along an inner surface of of the first end wall;
the cylindrical protrusion projecting along an axis perpendicular to a first terminal end of the sheet on the inner surface of the first end wall;
the cylindrical protrusion being configured to detachably mate with a receptacle on the inner surface the first lateral wall,
the receptacle projecting along an axis perpendicular to a second terminal end of the sheet on an inner side of the first lateral wall, wherein a first side of the receptacle is in a plane perpendicular to the outer edge of the first lateral wall;
the first side of the receptacle having an opening to receive the cylindrical protrusion; the receptacle being cubicle in shape and extending along a portion of the inner surface of the first lateral wall, thereby creating a space between the first lateral wall and the building unit the space extending along a majority of the first lateral wall when the building unit encasement device is attached to the building unit the space allows a flow of air into the cavity for air circulation and drying the building unit;
the cylindrical protrusion having a spacer and a head, wherein the spacer is rectangular and the head is cylindrical, wherein the head has a diameter greater than the width of the spacer in a lateral direction on the sheet, the cylindrical protrusion being fittable into the receptacle along a connecting direction;
a plurality of ribs completely covering an outer surface of the head of the cylindrical protrusion and being substantially parallel to the connecting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,179

PRE-FABRICATED DEFLECTION ABSORBENT MODULAR WALL SYSTEM

Mod Panel Technologies Lt...

1. A method of installing a wall system to a structure, comprising:mounting two or more wall panels, each comprising sheathing, a vapour barrier, and insulation, to the structure, the mounting comprising:
attaching one or more L-brackets fixed to each wall panel to a top surface of a floor, the one or more L-brackets fixed to each wall panel using one or more vertically oriented slots through which a fastener passes, allowing the L-bracket to move vertically relative to the rest of the wall panel, and
mounting the two or more panels such that at least two of the panels adjoin;
sealing a seam between a vapour barrier of a first wall panel of the two or more wall panels, and a vapour barrier of a second wall adjoining the first wall panel; and
installing a filler over the sealed seam between the first wall panel and the second wall panel.

US Pat. No. 10,480,178

REINFORCED BUILDING WALL

CETRES HOLDINGS, LLC, Ja...

1. A reinforced building wall, comprising:a) a first stud wall including a bottom plate and a top plate;
b) a first threaded rod extending through the bottom plate, the first threaded rod having a first end operably anchored to a foundation and a second end;
c) a first tie rod having a first end with a first threaded bore and a second end with a second threaded bore, the first tie rod being one piece including a solid first portion extending between the first threaded bore and the second threaded bore, the solid first portion having a length longer than a length of the first threaded bore or the second threaded bore, the solid first portion having a cross-sectional size equal to a cross-sectional size of the first end and the second end, the first threaded bore is threaded to the second end of the first threaded rod;
d) a second tie rod having a third end with a third threaded bore and fourth end with a fourth threaded bore, the second tie rod being one piece including a solid second portion extending between the third threaded bore and the fourth threaded bore, the solid second portion having a length longer than a length of the third threaded bore or the fourth threaded bore, the solid second portion having a cross-sectional size equal to a cross-sectional size of the third end and fourth end;
e) a second threaded rod threaded to the second threaded bore and the third threaded bore to attach the first tie rod to the second tie rod; and f) a third threaded rod threaded to the fourth threaded bore, the third threaded rod extending through the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,176

MODULAR BUILDING

1 Space Pty Ltd, West Pe...

1. A modular building unit for construction of a building, said modular building unit comprising:a structural frame suitable for interconnection to another modular building unit construction of the building,
wherein the modular building unit is adapted to be transported as a shipping container; and a stud frame panel immovably fixed internal to the structural frame, wherein the stud frame panel comprises a frame, which is distinct from the structural frame, and a plurality of vertically extending studs when the modular building unit is assembled in the building; wherein the stud frame panel is structurally load bearing; wherein the structural frame and stud frame panel are directly and immovably fastened so as to be load bearing in combination, wherein the stud frame panel is inwardly spaced from a parallel adjacent external face of the structural frame,
wherein the building unit comprises a longitudinal extending stair well, wherein a longest dimension of the modular building unit extends in a vertical orientation when formed as part of the modular building.

US Pat. No. 10,480,175

BUILDING

1. A building comprising:a plurality of towers including a central tower and a plurality of peripheral towers,
a plurality of connections, and
at least one intermediate body including a surface extension sufficient to contain at least one or more floors of said central tower and the floors of said peripheral towers at the same height,
said central tower being structurally connected to said peripheral towers by means of at least one of said connections and extends over the entire height of said building,
said peripheral towers being separated from each other, arranged around said central tower, thereby defining a plurality of trestle structures,
said trestle structures overlapping so that one of the trestle structures is above the other trestle structures,
said peripheral towers converging, extending in height, towards said central tower while maintaining the same plan surface for each floor,
said connections being substantially bracing channels between said central tower and said peripheral towers,
the central tower extending for the whole height of said building,
the peripheral towers forming, with the central tower, the plurality of trestle structures overlapping on opposing sides of the at least one intermediate body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,172

BUILDING STRUCTURE, BUILDING, AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISYA SBL, Oy...

1. A building structure comprising:a horizontal member installed between two pillars erected in a longitudinal direction; and
a unit installed on the horizontal member,
wherein the horizontal member is made of light gauge steel, the unit includes:
1) a horizontal frame including a short side member and formed in a rectangular shape;
2) a beam connected to a center of the short side member in a lengthwise direction to be perpendicular to the horizontal frame and having a truss structure;
3) a first diagonal member installed between one end of the short side member and the beam and is connected directly to the horizontal member; and
4) a second diagonal member installed between another end of the short side member and the beam and is connected to the horizontal member, the horizontal frame is arranged at the upper part of the beam,
the short side member is an upper chord member of a girder connected directly to the two pillars and having a truss structure, wherein the truss structure is formed by the upper chord member which is connected to the two pillars, a lower chord member which is defined by the horizontal member and which is connected to the two pillars, a vertical member which is defined by a vertical member of the beam, and
diagonal members defined by the first diagonal member and the second diagonal member such that a first triangle is formed by the horizontal member, one of the two pillars and the first diagonal member and a second triangle is formed by the horizontal member, one of the two pillars and the second diagonal member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,171

CABLE FEED CONTROL MECHANISM FOR DRAIN CLEANER

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A drain cleaner comprising:a cable configured to be inserted into a drain;
a drum supporting the cable;
a motor configured to rotate the drum; and
a cable feed control mechanism configured to feed the cable in a linear direction, the cable feed control mechanism including
a plurality of feed wedges surrounding the cable, each feed wedge having an inclined surface,
a plurality of rollers supported by the feed wedges,
a collar positioned around at least a portion of the plurality of feed wedges and having a cam surface,
a sleeve coupled to the collar and operable to move the collar in an axial direction, wherein movement of the collar in the axial direction moves the plurality of feed wedges into a feed position whereby the cam surface of the collar engages the inclined surfaces of the plurality of feed wedges to move the plurality of feed wedges radially inward and into engagement with the cable, and
a retaining member configured to selectively hold the sleeve and the plurality of feed wedges in the feed position when the sleeve is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,480,170

FLOOR DRAIN ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

OATEY CO., Cleveland, OH...

1. A method of installing a drain in a floor comprising the steps of:pouring a hardenable substratum around a conduit, the conduit having a base, a barrel, an inner surface that defines a fluid flow path, and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, the conduit further having a plug sealed to the base downstream of the barrel relative to the fluid flow path;
installing a floor substrate above the substratum such that an opening in the floor substrate provides access to the inner surface of the drain conduit;
inserting an adaptor into the drain conduit, the adaptor being connected to a strainer at a top portion of the adaptor; and
adjusting a position of the adaptor in the drain conduit to substantially align the strainer with a top surface of the floor substrate, wherein the adjusting step occurs after the substratum hardens into a hardened substratum.

US Pat. No. 10,480,168

AUTOMATED TOILET

1. An automated toilet comprising:a pump, a motor, a sensor, a control box, a flush valve actuator, and a toilet;
wherein the sensor is adapted to detect the presence of a user in front of the toilet;
wherein the sensor is adapted to signal the control box to start the motor, thus utilizing the pump to remove odors from a bowl of the toilet, upon detecting that the user has arrived in front of the toilet;
wherein the sensor is adapted to signal the control box to activate a flush valve, via the flush valve actuator, upon detecting that the user has moved away from the toilet;
wherein the pump moves air and/or toilet waste mechanically;
wherein the pump draws the air from the bowl when the pump is operating and the bowl is not draining;
wherein the pump passes the air into a sewer line;
wherein the pump is located in a drain pipe downstream from a trap;
wherein the pump draws the toilet waste from the bowl when the pump is operating and the bowl is draining;
wherein the pump passes the toilet waste into the sewer line.

US Pat. No. 10,480,165

INTEGRATED BATHROOM ELECTRONIC SYSTEM

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A faucet comprising:a spout;
a first water inlet;
a first manual valve positioned intermediate the first water inlet and the spout, the first manual valve configured to control the flow of water from the first water inlet to the spout during a manual mode of operation;
an electrically operable valve positioned intermediate the first water inlet and the spout, the electrically operable valve being configured to control the flow of water from the first water inlet to the spout during a hands-free mode of operation, the first manual valve being configured to control the flow of water to the spout independent of the electrically operable valve;
a controller in communication with the electrically operable valve;
a mode sensor in communication with the controller and configured to provide a mode signal to the controller;
a proximity sensor in communication with the controller and configured to provide a proximity signal to the controller; and
wherein the controller is configured to select between the manual mode of operation and the hands-free mode of operation in response to the mode signal, and is configured to control the electrically operable valve in response to the proximity signal during the hands-free mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,480,164

TOUCH TO OPEN/CLOSE MECHANISM FOR A SHOWERHEAD

RUNNER (XIAMEN) CORP., X...

1. A touch to open/close mechanism adapted for a showerhead having an inlet and at least one outlet in communication with the inlet to allow water from water source to flow out of the showerhead, the touch to open/close mechanism comprising:a driving rod movably and reciprocally positioned between a first position and a second position to selectively block communication between the inlet and the outlet;
a first ratchet device adapted to be formed inside the showerhead to selectively position the driving rod at the first position and the second position;
a second ratchet device adapted to be formed inside the showerhead to force the driving rod to rotate for a previously determined degree whenever the driving rod is moved such that a block formed on an outer periphery of the driving rod is able to selectively block communication between the inlet and the outlet;
a passage body adapted to be mounted inside the showerhead; and
a mounting body adapted to be mounted inside the showerhead and securely connected to the passage body to define therebetween a first chamber to receive therein the driving rod; wherein the first ratchet device is formed between the passage body and the mounting body and the second ratchet device is formed between a distributor and a sealing cover, and the first ratchet device consists essentially of a first set of ratchet formed on a side face of the passage body and a second set of ratchet formed on an outer periphery of the driving rod to selectively abutted against the first set of ratchet so as to selectively block communication between the inlet and outlet of the showerhead.

US Pat. No. 10,480,160

WORK VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING WORK VEHICLE

KOMATSU LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicular main body;
a work implement attached to the vehicular main body, the work implement having a removable attachment; and
a controller controlling an operation of the work vehicle, the controller including a determination unit determining whether the attachment has a sensor based on information on the attachment stored in a storage unit, the information on the attachment including information on whether or not the attachment has the sensor, the controller further including an abnormal condition determination unit determining that an abnormal condition has occurred when the determination unit determines that the attachment has the sensor and when the abnormal condition determination unit cannot receive a signal from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,159

KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR A MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) for a machine having a prime mover, a swing motor and an actuator therein, the KERS comprising:a KERS selection valve fluidly connected to a hydraulic motor/pump via a hydraulic motor/pump conduit, the KERS selection valve operated to:
selectively receive hydraulic energy from the swing motor via a swing-motor conduit and the actuator via an actuator conduit, the actuator conduit being separate from the swing-motor conduit, when the hydraulic motor/pump is actuated as a hydraulic motor; and
selectively supply hydraulic energy to the swing motor via the swing-motor conduit and to the actuator via the actuator conduit when the hydraulic motor/pump is actuated as a hydraulic pump;
the hydraulic motor/pump disposed in fluid communication with a fluid source via a fluid source conduit, the hydraulic motor/pump configured to output pressurized fluid via the hydraulic motor/pump conduit to the KERS selection valve for selectively operating the swing motor or the actuator based on the selective operation of the KERS selection valve, wherein a first shaft operably and mechanically attached to the hydraulic motor/pump is configured to be operatively rotated by a flow of fluid returning, via the KERS selection valve, from the swing motor or the actuator back to the fluid source via the hydraulic motor/pump;
a flywheel configured to selectively couple with the first shaft of the hydraulic motor/pump with the help of a first clutch, the flywheel configured to store drive power generated by the hydraulic motor/pump from the return flow of fluid when the first clutch couples the flywheel with the first shaft of the hydraulic motor/pump; and
a gearing arrangement coupled to the flywheel and configured to selectively engage with a second shaft associated with the prime mover of the machine, the gearing arrangement being selectively engaged to the second shaft with the help of a second clutch, wherein the first clutch is selectively operable for facilitating a transfer of drive power from the first shaft of the hydraulic motor/pump to the flywheel, and wherein the second clutch is selectively operable for transferring stored drive power from the flywheel to the second shaft associated with the prime mover.

US Pat. No. 10,480,158

WORKING MACHINE

SUMITOMO (S.H.I.) CONSTRU...

1. A working machine comprising:an arm;
a boom that supports the arm;
an upper revolving body that supports the boom;
a lower traveling body that mounts the upper revolving body in a rotatable state;
a first hydraulic actuator that is driven while a relief valve relieves a hydraulic oil;
a first pump that supplies the hydraulic oil to the first hydraulic actuator;
a second hydraulic actuator that is driven by the first pump;
a control valve that switches a flow of the hydraulic oil in order to supply the hydraulic oil discharged by the first pump to the first hydraulic actuator;
a pump state detector that detects load of the first pump;
a hydraulic actuator state detector that detects load of the first hydraulic actuator; and
a controller that reduces a flow rate of the hydraulic oil from the first pump to the first hydraulic actuator in a case where the hydraulic actuator state detector determines that a detection value of the hydraulic actuator state detector exceeds a predetermined pressure,
wherein the hydraulic oil is supplied at the reduced flow rate to the second hydraulic actuator, when a combined operation of the first hydraulic actuator and the second hydraulic actuator is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,154

IMPLEMENT CARRIER AND IMPLEMENTS

Clark Equipment Company, ...

19. An implement carrier, comprising:a mounting structure configured to be pivotally mounted to a lift arm and further configured to receive and secure an implement thereto, the mounting structure having first and second mounting plates spaced apart by a cross member and an alignment surface extending along one of the first and second mounting plates orthogonal to a main surface thereof engageable by a positioning feature on the implement with the alignment surface having an arcuate portion;
a first plurality of mounting features located along the first mounting structure surface; and
a second plurality of mounting features located along the second mounting structure surface, each of the second plurality of mounted features being aligned with one of the first plurality of mounting features;
wherein the mounting structure is configured to receive the implement in a first attitude and in a second attitude different from the first attitude and wherein movement of the positioning feature along the alignment surface aids in aligning a mounting feature on the implement with one of the mounting features on the first mounting structure surface and wherein movement of the positioning feature includes a non-linear path of travel as it moves over the arcuate portion of the alignment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,152

SWIVELABLE ADAPTER DEVICE FOR A SKID STEER LOADER

1. A swivelable adapter device for a skid steer loader comprising:a mounting plate;
a forward reinforcing mounting plate;
an aft reinforcing mounting plate affixed to an inner barrel, the aft reinforcing plate contacting the mounting plate, the forward reinforcing mounting plate contacting the mounting plate, the mounting plate being positioned between the forward reinforcing mounting plate and the aft reinforcing mounting plate;
a work tool plate affixed to an outer barrel; and
a notch plate contacting the forward reinforcing plate and coupled to the outer barrel, the notch plate engaging a locking latch,
wherein an outer barrel inside dimension is greater than an inner barrel outside dimension to allow clearance for said outer barrel to slide over said inner barrel,
wherein said work tool plate is affixed to said outer barrel, said outer barrel is slid over said inner barrel during assembly,
wherein the swivelable adapter device is held together with a holding ring permanently affixed near a forward end of said inner barrel once said outer barrel is slid onto said inner barrel, and
when once permanently assembled, said outer barrel is rotatable around said inner barrel, causing rotation of said work tool plate, the notch plate and locking latch holding said work tool plate in various positions after said work tool plate is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,480,151

MANHOLE REMOVAL DEVICE FOR USE WITH A MANHOLE CUTTING AND REMOVING TOOL

1. A manhole alignment, locking and removal tool assembly for selective and independent engagement within a manhole comprises,a main support housing, a pair of offset parallel guide and retainment slots in said housing,
a pair of leg engagement supports slidably positioned within said guide and retainment slots,
engagement and lifting legs adjustably disposed within and extending from said leg engagement supports through said support housing,
a dual rack and pinion gear assembly within said slots and said housing, said leg engagement supports secured to said racks,
a guide and extraction key-way in said housing for receiving an extraction drive shaft, key-way engagement tabs extending from said extraction drive shaft for selective engagement therewith and removal thereof,
means for moving said tool assembly independently of said extraction drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,150

RETAINING WALL METHOD OF PRECAST BLOCK TO PREVENT LANDSLIDE

1. A method for retaining a wall of precast blocks to prevent landslide, said method comprising the steps of:placing a plurality of precast blocks in a layered interlocking relation with each other to form said wall based on configuration of the plurality of precast blocks, wherein each precast block of said plurality of precast blocks has a pin hole located at center of a side wall of the precast block and extending there through;
passing a wire rope through said pin hole of each precast block of said plurality of precast blocks and securing said wire rope to earth adjacent to said each of the plurality of precast blocks for strengthening said wall, wherein said wire rope is secured to the earth by attaching said wire rope to a threaded pile being inserted horizontally inside the earth; and
passing the wire rope, of each precast block of a first set of precast blocks selected from the plurality of precast blocks, across a road from underneath the road to insert the threaded pile attached with said wire rope, of each precast block of a first set of precast blocks, vertically inside the earth.

US Pat. No. 10,480,149

SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTING A RETAINING WALL

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A system for constructing a retaining wall, comprising a plurality of blocks, wherein each said block has:a) laterally opposed first and second end portions,
b) a central portion, and
c) a neck portion, the central portion being positioned between the first end portion and the neck portion, and the neck portion being positioned between the second end portion and the central portion,
wherein the central portion having a longitudinal length less than a longitudinal length of the first end portion, the second end portion having a longitudinal length less than the longitudinal length of the central portion, and the neck portion having a longitudinal length less than the longitudinal length of the second end portion, a vertically extending passage being formed through the central and neck portions,
d) vertically opposed upper and lower surfaces, a plurality of upper recesses being formed in the upper surface, and a plurality of lower recesses being formed in the lower surface, and
e) a pair of longitudinally opposed, vertically extending recesses defined by the central portion, neck portion and second end portion thereof, wherein each of the vertically extending recesses has an upper portion, a lower portion and a central portion, the central portion having a lateral length less than a lateral length of the upper portion, and the lower portion having a lateral length less than the lateral length of the central portion;
a plurality of tie connectors, wherein each tie connector consists of:
i) a main body portion having laterally opposed first and second ends:
ii) a rod having laterally opposed first and second ends, the second end of the rod being secured to the first end of the main body portion, the rod extending laterally from the main body portion; and
iii) a pair of longitudinally opposed, L-shaped legs secured to the second end of the main body portion and extending laterally therefrom, whereby the pair of longitudinally opposed, L-shaped legs are dimensioned and configured to fit about the second end of the main body portion and to slidably engage the pair of longitudinally opposed, vertically extending recesses of each block.

US Pat. No. 10,480,147

DRILLING MACHINE

Soletanche Freyssinet, R...

1. A drilling machine for making an excavation in ground in a drilling direction, said excavation having walls and said drilling machine comprising:an anchor module having at least one anchor device for preventing the anchor module from moving in the drilling direction relative to the ground by bearing against one of the walls of the excavation;
a drilling module provided with cutter members, the cutter members being connected to the anchor module while being movable in translation relative to the anchor module; and
a movement device for moving the cutter members in translation relative to the anchor module;
wherein the drilling module is hinged relative to the anchor module, and wherein the drilling module further comprises at least a first path correction device configured to cause the drilling module to pivot relative to the anchor module about a pivot axis perpendicular to the drilling direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,146

HELICAL SCREW PILE ASSEMBLIES

1. A method for assembling a pile comprising a disc member comprising an outer peripheral extent and an inner peripheral extent and a slot extending between the outer peripheral extent and the inner peripheral extent to form spaced-apart first and second ends, the method comprising the steps of:axially separating the first end and the second end of the disc member allowing the disc member to form a helical shape having a central cavity defined by the inner peripheral extent;
providing an elongated member and positioning the elongated member longitudinally within the central cavity;
engaging the inner peripheral extent of the disc member with the elongated member;
fastening the disc member onto the elongated member; and
inserting each of a plurality of protruding elements displaced radially along the inner peripheral extent into one of a plurality of holes displaced helically along an outer surface of the elongated member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,144

AUGER GROUTED DISPLACEMENT PILE

4. A displacement pile for being placed in a supporting medium, the pile comprising:an elongated pile shaft;
extending from the elongated pile shaft, at least one lateral compaction protrusion which, upon rotating the elongated pile shaft, establishes a bore with a regular circumference in the supporting medium, the established bore having a diameter which is greater than the diameter of the elongated pile shaft;
a helical blade that moves the pile into the supporting medium; and
means for forming irregularities in the bore of regular circumference, the irregularities extending over a length of the bore, wherein the means for forming irregularities laterally extends from the at least one lateral compaction protrusion, the means for forming irregularities being elongated and wrapping about the shaft by at least forty-five degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,480,142

DRIVE DEVICE

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive device for a vehicle, the drive device comprising:a variable displacement hydraulic pump;
a swash plate engaged to the hydraulic pump and comprising a pocket with a first side and a second side generally opposite thereto, the swash plate being moveable between a neutral position and a plurality of actuated positions;
wherein a first portion of the first side of the pocket and a first portion of the second side of the pocket are both arcuate in shape, and a second portion of the first side of the pocket and a second portion of the second side of the pocket are both flat in shape;
a trunnion arm engaged to the swash plate; and
an interface portion formed on a first end of the trunnion arm and engaged to the pocket, the interface portion comprising a first interface arcuate side and a second interface arcuate side generally opposite thereto, wherein the first interface arcuate side slidingly engages the first side of the pocket as the trunnion arm is rotated in a first direction, and the second interface arcuate side slidingly engages the second side of the pocket as the trunnion arm is rotated in a second direction opposite the first direction, and one of the first interface arcuate side or the second interface arcuate side is directly engaged to the respective first side or second side of the pocket when the swash plate is in the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,480,141

WING PLOW APPARATUS

Alamo Group Inc., Seguin...

1. A wing plow assembly comprising:a base configured for attachment to a vehicle having a longitudinal axis;
a first arm pinned to said base;
a second arm pinned to said base and spaced downward from said first arm;
said first arm and said second arm extending substantially laterally with respect to said longitudinal axis;
a support pinned to said first arm and said second arm, said support configured for attaching a plow thereto; and
an actuator having a first end pinned to said base and a second end extending away from said base, said second end comprising an end member oriented transverse to a cylinder or piston of said actuator and configured for engagement with said first arm;
wherein extension and retraction of said actuator respectively raises and lowers said support in a first condition; and
wherein said first arm moves relative to said end member in a second condition.

US Pat. No. 10,480,140

SCRAPER BLADE DEVICE WITH JUXTAPOSED BLADE SEGMENTS HAVING A SWIVEL INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN MATING EDGES

1. A scraper blade device for cleaning a roadway surface, the scraper blade device having a front plow surface and a lowermost edge, the scraper blade device including:an upper blade portion generally defining an upper area of the front plow surface of the scraper blade device; and
a bottom blade portion generally defining a bottom area of the front plow surface of the scraper blade device, the bottom blade portion including a plurality of widthwise-disposed and juxtaposed blade segments, each blade segment including a bottom surface-engaging edge and the bottom surface-engaging edges of the blade segments forming together the lowermost edge of the scraper blade device, each blade segment being slidingly movable in an up and down movement relative to the upper blade portion, the blade segments of the bottom blade portion forming one or more blade segment sets, each blade segment set having at least two of the blade segments that are pivotally jointed at a corresponding swivel interconnection located between corresponding lateral sides of the blade segments, whereby, in operation, the bottom surface-engaging edges of the blade segments in a same blade segment set can tilt with reference to one another when following profile variations of the roadway surface, the swivel interconnection including a pin coupling overlapping ends of two adjacent blade segments among the blade segments.

US Pat. No. 10,480,139

STAMPEDE PREVENTING METHOD FOR PEDESTRIAN PASSAGE IN CONFINED SPACE OF SUBWAY

China University of Minin...

1. A stampede preventing method for a pedestrian passage in a confined space of a subway, comprising the following steps:arranging pedestrian flow sensors on a pedestrian passage, wherein the pedestrian flow sensors are connected to a control unit by means of data transmission lines, the control unit is connected to stampede preventing devices by means of data transmission lines, and top ends of the stampede preventing devices are connected to movable walls and handrails;
transmitting, by the pedestrian flow sensors, a pedestrian number and crowdedness that are monitored in real time on the pedestrian passage to the control unit by means of the data transmission lines during operation;
analyzing, by the control unit, signals of the pedestrian flow sensors according to a system program, judging the level of pedestrian crowdedness on the ground, and judging, according to the level of pedestrian crowdedness, whether crescent buffer space areas need to be opened in the passage;
determining, according to the data monitored by the pedestrian flow sensors, when it is crowded and a stampede accident may possibly occur, issuing, by the control unit, different expansion commands according to different degrees of crowdedness; and
controlling, after receiving the commands of the control unit, by the stampede preventing devices, the movable walls and the handrails to start contracting, so that two originally parallel walls are recessed toward both sides to form the crescent buffer space areas, and then the maximum bearable pedestrian flow of the passage is instantaneously increased and stampede accidents are prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,480,132

FIXED SCREED POWER TAKE-OFF FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A paving machine, comprising:a screed assembly including a fixed screed and an extendable section disposed proximate an end of the fixed screed, wherein:
the fixed screed comprises:
a first drive shaft that extends through one or more portions of the fixed screed, and
a second drive shaft that extends through the one or more portions of the fixed screed,
the one or more portions of the fixed screed comprise one or more of a base screed or a fixed section,
the extendable section comprises a driven shaft,
a power transmitting component is coupled to the first drive shaft, and
the power transmitting component is configured to generate power in response to rotation of the first drive shaft, for actuating the driven shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,480,129

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REPAIRING ROAD SURFACES

Cimline, Inc., Minneapol...

1. Method comprising:conveying aggregate to a chamber;
receiving a liquid in a tank;
pumping the liquid from the tank to the chamber;
mixing the aggregate and the liquid received in the chamber into a mixed material;
introducing heated first air in the conveyor to heat the aggregate conveying in the conveyor, with the heated first air flowing from the conveyor into the chamber to maintain temperature of the mixed material in the chamber;
introducing heated second air to heat the liquid in the tank and the chamber to maintain the temperature of the mixed material, with the heated first and second air being different; and
delivering the mixed material from the chamber to a road surface for repairing the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,128

COMPOSITE PAVEMENT STRUCTURES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A composite pavement structure comprising:a base course layer being a composite material and comprising aggregate and an elastomeric composition,
wherein the aggregate comprises silylated glass,
wherein the elastomeric composition comprises the reaction product of:
an isocyanate component comprising
a polymeric isocyanate having an NCO content from about 30 to about 33 wt. %, and
an isocyanate-prepolymer having an NCO content from about 20 to about 25 wt. %, wherein said isocyanate-prepolymer is present in an amount of from about 55 to about 65 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of said isocyanate component; and
an isocyanate-reactive component comprising
castor oil, and
an alkylene glycol having a molecular weight of from about 62 to about 220 as a chain extender,
wherein said castor oil is present in said isocyanate-reactive component in an amount of from about 85 to about 95 parts by weight based on 100 parts of said isocyanate-reactive component,
wherein said chain extender is present in said isocyanate-reactive component in an amount of from about 5 to about 10 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of said isocyanate-reactive component, and
wherein said elastomeric composition is present in said base course layer in an amount of from about 2.5 to 5 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of said base course layer;
and a wearing course layer disposed above said base course layer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,127

LUBRICANT APPLICATOR AND METHOD FOR LUBRICATING A BACKING DRUM AND APPARATUS

VALMET TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

9. A method for lubricating, in a paper or board web coater, between a coating blade and a backing drum, comprising the steps of:coating a web on a cylindrical surface of the backing drum, while rotating the backing drum about an axis of the cylindrical surface;
engaging the web and the coating thereon with a coating blade such that at least one of spreading the coating on the web and removing excess coating on the web is performed;
wherein the coating blade has a backing drum engaging side, and wherein the web has two edges which extend circumferentially about a portion of the cylindrical surface, and wherein the coater blade also engaging a portion of the backing drum surface adjacent the two web edges that are not covered by the web;
supplying a first lubricant from a first plurality of openings formed in an applicator body mounted to the coating blade, so that the first lubricant is supplied between the cylindrical surface of the backing drum and the coating blade at a plurality of positions which extend along the coater blade at least parallel to the axis of the cylindrical surface, and adjacent to the two web edges.

US Pat. No. 10,480,125

BIOCIDAL COMPOSITIONS

BWA WATER ADDITIVES UK LI...

1. A biocidal composition comprising an aqueous mixture of (a) a phosphonium compound and (b) a polymeric ammonium compound; wherein the weight ratio of compound (a) to compound (b) is from 0.5:1 to 5:1; and whereinthe phosphonium compound (a) is tri n-butyl n-tetradecyl phosphonium chloride (hereinafter “TTPC”); and wherein the polymeric ammonium compound (b) has formula:

wherein each R2 is independently a methyl group;
R3 represents a C2 alkyl group;
R4 represents a diethyl ether group or an isopropanol group;
X1 represents chlorine; and
n is 2-40; and
wherein the composition comprises an amphoteric surfactant.

US Pat. No. 10,480,124

MACHINING UNIT FOR A MACHINE TOOL AND SUCH A MACHINE TOOL

DECKEL MAHO PFRONTEN GMBH...

1. A machining unit for use on a machining tool, the machining unit comprising:a head carrier that is attachable to the machine tool, the head carrier having a head carrier housing;
a swivel head that is provided to swivel relative to the head carrier about a swivel head rotation axis, the swivel head having a swivel head housing;
a spindle head that is attached to the swivel head, the spindle head having a working spindle; and
a cable run that extends inside the head carrier housing to the swivel head, the cable run including a structure having a plurality of structural members that are arranged in a chain succession, adjacent structural members of the plurality of structural members being movably connected together so as to rotate and swivel relative to one another,
wherein each structural member of the plurality of structural members has a central piece and a sheathing spaced apart from the central piece, the central piece being connected to the sheathing via one or more rib connection elements, which extend from the central piece to the sheathing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,119

METHOD OF APPLYING OXIDATION PROTECTION COATING TO CARBON FIBERS

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A method for coating a fiber for a composite structure, comprising:applying a slurry comprising tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) onto the fiber;
forming an oxidized polyacrylonitrile fiber (OPF) preform from the fiber;
carbonizing the OPF preform and the slurry;
heating the slurry to a temperature sufficient to form a protective layer on the fiber; and
condensing the slurry into a silicon oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,118

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FEEDING ITEMS OF LAUNDRY TO A LAUNDRY TREATMENT DEVICE, PREFERABLY A MANGLE

Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH...

1. A method for feeding items of laundry to a laundry treatment device, preferably a mangle, comprising:supplying the items of laundry at a plurality of loading stations (11) arranged next to one another;
transferring one item of laundry in each case by adjacent corner regions of a front edge to spreading clips (14) of a spreading device (12), the spreading clips being moveable transversely with respect to the feeding direction (10) of the item of laundry; and
stretching and centering the front edge of the item of laundry by the spreading clips (14) with respect to the center of a feed conveyor (17),
wherein the outer loading stations (11) are spaced at a distance from the center of the feed conveyor (17),
wherein the specific item of laundry is transferred to the spreading clips (14) at a lesser distance from the center of the feed conveyor (17) compared to the distance of the outer loading stations (11) from the center of the feed conveyor (17), and
wherein the items of laundry at the outer loading stations (11) are taken over by transfer clips that transfer the items of laundry to the spreading clips (14) adjacent to the center of the feed conveyor (17).

US Pat. No. 10,480,117

SELF CLEANING SUMP COVER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A fluid flow system for a laundry appliance, the fluid flow system comprising:a blower that delivers process air along an airflow path;
a heat exchanger for dehumidifying the process air and removing condensate therefrom;
a drain channel that receives the condensate from the heat exchanger and fluid spray from a spray nozzle for directing lint particles to the drain channel;
a sump that collects fluid from the drain channel, wherein the fluid at least partially includes the condensate;
a sump cover that includes a pump seat and a fluid outlet that are integrally formed in the sump cover;
a pump that directs the fluid from the sump and to the fluid outlet; and
a fluid level sensor that detects at least a minimum capacity and a maximum capacity of the fluid in the sump, wherein:
when the fluid is below the minimum capacity, the pump defines an idle state;
when the fluid reaches the minimum capacity, the pump defines an active state; and
when the fluid reaches the maximum capacity, the pump directs a flow of the fluid to the fluid outlet of the sump cover;
wherein the pump is selectively operable to direct the fluid from the sump and through the fluid outlet to a fluid diverter valve, wherein the fluid diverter valve selectively and alternatively directs the fluid to a removable bottle and the spray nozzle; and
wherein the fluid level sensor is coupled to a control that operates the pump, wherein the pump selectively operates according to an override that suspends operation of the fluid level sensor; wherein:
the override activates the pump when a level of the fluid is below the minimum capacity at completion of a drying cycle; and
the pump is deactivated when the fluid in the sump reaches the maximum capacity and the fluid in the removable bottle reaches a full capacity.

US Pat. No. 10,480,116

DRYING APPLIANCE THAT PERFORMS AFTER-CARE CYCLE ON A LOAD OF LAUNDRY AFTER COMPLETION OF A PRIMARY DRYING CYCLE AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING THE AFTER-CARE CYCLE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for processing laundry after completion of a drying cycle, the method comprising steps of:maintaining residual fluid within an airflow path of an appliance, wherein the residual fluid results from a primary drying cycle;
activating a heat pump system and a blower to deliver the residual fluid to a drum;
maintaining a drum temperature within the drum at a predetermined temperature range during performance of an after-care cycle;
cooperatively operating the heat pump system and the drum in an active state of the after-care cycle until process air leaving the drum has a drum temperature that is approximately equal to an upper temperature limit of the predetermined temperature range; and
deactivating a compressor of the heat pump system in an idle state of the after-care cycle until the drum temperature of the process air leaving the drum is approximately equal to a lower temperature limit of the predetermined temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,480,112

METHOD FOR OPERATING A DOMESTIC APPLIANCE, AND DOMESTIC APPLIANCE

1. A method for operating a domestic appliance with a housing, a rotationally movable drum disposed in the housing for receiving laundry, a motor for driving the drum, a control device for controlling the motor, and an evaluation unit, the method, once a program of the domestic appliance has started, comprising the steps of:controlling the motor using the control device such that the drum is driven by the motor and the drum is moved by an angle of less than 90 degrees, and upon attaining the angle, the motor is de-energised;
detecting a rotational-speed signal of the drum from when the motor is de-energised over a predetermined first period, and evaluating the detected rotational-speed signal using the evaluation unit by forming a value; and
interrupting the program of the domestic appliance when the value is greater than a predetermined first threshold value,
wherein the controlling, the detecting, and the interrupting the program of the domestic appliance when the value is greater than the predetermined first threshold value are performed before the program of the domestic appliance causes any water to be added to the drum.

US Pat. No. 10,480,110

MELAMINE WIPES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A method for manufacturing a wipe comprising melamine and nonwoven components the method comprising:(a) providing a melamine sheet;
(b) providing first and second nonwoven sheets;
(c) positioning the melamine sheet between the first and second nonwoven sheets;
(d) hydro-entangling the melamine sheet and at least one of the nonwoven sheets such that the melamine and at least one of the nonwoven sheets are entangled together, such that a portion of the melamine is exposed on an exterior face of the wipe generally provided by the nonwoven sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,480,107

METHOD OF MAKING A FLAME RESISTANT AIRBAG SUITABLE FOR USE IN AVIATION APPLICATIONS

Schroth Safety Products, ...

1. A method of making a flame resistant aviation airbag suitable for use in aviation applications, said method comprising the steps of:providing a high tenacity continuous polyester filament yarn, said high tenacity continuous polyester filament yarn having a polyester fiber substrate and a phosphate-phosphonate compound;
weaving said high tenacity continuous polyester filament yarn into a plain weave pattern fabric;
said fabric comprising a plurality of high tenacity continuous polyester filament yarn woven into a plain weave pattern characterized by a count of 49-53 per inch by 49-53 per inch;
heat setting said fabric to between 340 degrees Fahrenheit to 420 degrees Fahrenheit for a period of time of about 30 to 60 seconds;
providing a coating composition onto said fabric and said coating composition comprising a flame retardant and a polyurethane;
applying said coating composition to the fabric to achieve a coat weight of between 25-50 grams per square meter;
and constructing an aviation airbag utilizing said fabric, whereby said aviation airbag exhibits a high pressure permeability resistance characterized as a pressure of not less than 198 kPa after five seconds from an initial inflation and pressurization to 200 kPa, as well as, vertical flammability performance, and adequately conforms pursuant to Federal Aviation Requirements 25.853 which is characterized as:
being self-extinguishing when tested vertically in accordance with Federal Aviation Requirement 25.853, Appendix F, Part I (b)(4) or other equivalent means;
having an average burn length not exceeding 8 inches when tested vertically in accordance with Federal Aviation Requirement 25.853, Appendix F, Part I (b)(4) or other equivalent means;
having an average flame time after removal of the flame source not exceeding 15 seconds when tested vertically in accordance with Federal Aviation Requirement 25.853, Appendix F, Part I (b)(4) or other equivalent means; and
having drippings that do not continue to flame for more than 5 seconds after falling when tested vertically in accordance with Federal Aviation Requirement 25.853, Appendix F, Part I (b)(4) or other equivalent means.

US Pat. No. 10,480,105

ZONED FABRIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Reebok International Limi...

1. A zoned garment, comprising:a first woven component;
a second woven component;
a first space between the first and second woven components defining a first channel configured to be filled with a fill material, wherein along the first channel the first woven component is disposed above the second woven component;
a third woven component extending such that the first and second woven components are woven together where there is no channel; and
a second space between the first and second woven components opposite the first space, the second space defining a second channel configured to be filled with a fill material, wherein along the second channel the first woven component is disposed below the second woven component;
wherein the first and second woven components form a reversible pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,480,102

MAINTENANCE DEVICE FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF WORK STATIONS OF A TEXTILE MACHINE AND A TEXTILE MACHINE

MASCHINENFABRIK RIETER AG...

1. A maintenance device for servicing adjacent work stations of a textile machine, the maintenance device movable along driving rails disposed along the work stations, the maintenance device comprising:an operating unit that further comprises at least one operating component configured to perform a service operation on one or more working components of the work stations;
a mechanical guide unit configured to mechanically fix and move the maintenance device on the driving rails in a direction of travel alongside the work stations;
the maintenance device configurable from a maintenance position in which one of the work stations is serviceable by the maintenance device into an inspection position in which the maintenance device can be inspected; and
wherein to bring the maintenance device from the maintenance position into the inspection position, the operating unit is pivotal relative to the guide unit and/or the operating component is movable relative to the operating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,480,101

CABLING SPINDLE

1. Cabling spindle, comprising a spindle pot and an upper part which is constituted as a conical cabling hood having a top surface, wherein a yarn brake is arranged in the cabling hood,characterized in that, the cabling hood merges in its upper region from the conical shape into a: convex shape, and wherein the cabling hood has a yarn-guide eye that passes through the top surface of the cabling hood.

US Pat. No. 10,480,099

PROCESS FOR FABRIC OF CONTINUOUS GRAPHITIC FIBER YARNS

Global Graphene Group, In...

1. A process of producing a fabric comprising at least one unitary graphene-based continuous graphitic fiber, said process comprising:a) preparing a graphene oxide gel in a fluid medium;
b) depositing at least a continuous filament of graphene oxide gel;
c) removing said fluid medium to form a continuous graphene oxide fiber;
d) heat treating said continuous graphene oxide fiber to form a unitary graphene-based continuous fiber;
e) forming a continuous graphitic yarn comprising at least one of said unitary graphene-based continuous fiber; and
f) creating a fabric containing said continuous graphitic yarn;wherein said unitary graphene-based continuous graphitic fiber has a porosity level less than 5% by volume, an oxygen content less than 5% by weight.

US Pat. No. 10,480,098

FILAMENT FOR 3D PRINTING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CRYSTALLINE SOFT RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE

MCPP Innovation LLC, Chi...

1. A filament for three-dimensional printer molding which comprises a polyester-based thermoplastic elastomer wherein a durometer D hardness (JIS K6253-1993) is 40 or less and thermal properties measured with a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) satisfy the following conditions:a melting peak temperature (A) is 120 to 220° C. by heating at 10° C./min;
a crystallization peak temperature (B) is 60 to 160° C. by cooling at 10° C./min; and
the crystallization peak observed during cooling at 10° C./min has a half-value temperature width of 10 to 30° C.;
wherein the polyester-based thermoplastic elastomer is a polybutylene terephthalate-polyalkylene glycol block copolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,480,095

SYSTEM FOR RAPID BAKE OF SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE WITH UPPER LINEAR HEATING ELEMENTS PERPENDICULAR TO HORIZONTAL GAS FLOW

ASM America, Inc., Phoen...

1. A system for vapor deposition on a semiconductor substrate, comprising:a reaction chamber;
a reducing agent source connected to feed a gas containing reducing agent into the reaction chamber;
one or more reactant sources each connected to feed a reactant gas into the reaction chamber;
a substrate support housed within the reaction chamber, wherein the reaction chamber is configured to convey a generally horizontal flow of reactant gases above the substrate support along a gas flow path;
an upper bank of substantially linear heat lamps above the substrate support, each lamp of the upper bank being oriented substantially perpendicular to the gas flow path and substantially parallel to a plane in which a substrate resting upon the substrate support would reside;
a lower bank of heat lamps below the substrate support; and
a computer programmed to control the upper and lower banks of heat lamps, gas flow from the reducing agent source, and the one or more reactant sources to (1) provide power to the upper and lower banks of lamps to subject a substrate resting upon the substrate support to a bake in the presence of said gas containing the reducing agent for less than 45 seconds, (2) stabilize the substrate temperature after the bake, and (3) feed said one or more reactant gases into the reaction chamber to deposit a layer by vapor deposition directly onto the substrate after stabilizing the temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,093

SEALING PROCESS FOR AN ANODIZED ALUMINUM-ALLOY SURFACE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A sealing process, comprising:applying a first reactant to a substrate having a porous structure, the first reactant comprising at least one of a trivalent chromium precursor and a transition metal precursor; wherein the substrate is an anodized aluminum-alloy surface with a barrier oxide film; and
applying a second reactant to the first reactant in the porous structure, where the second reactant comprises a rare earth element precursor and an alkaline earth element precursor; and
reacting the first reactant with the second reactant to produce a physical barrier over the substrate; where the physical barrier seals the porous structure to form reservoirs that contain the trivalent chromium precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,091

SENSORS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method for detecting one or more target biological molecules in a sample, the method comprising:providing a multi-analyte sensor that comprises a plurality of sensing electrodes, each sensing electrode comprising at least one electrically conductive material and being functionalized with a different enzyme composition from other sensing electrodes of the plurality, wherein at least two of the plurality of sensing electrodes are spaced apart at a microscale level prior to and after functionalization and there is negligible cross-talk between the plurality of sensing electrodes, wherein each sensing electrode comprises: a first layer comprising a first electrically conductive material, a second layer comprising a second electrically conductive material, and a third layer comprising a third electrically conductive material; wherein conductivity of the third electrically conductive material is pH dependent, and wherein the first layer is platinum black, the second electrically conductive biocompatible material is poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), and the third electrically conductive material is poly(o-aminophenol);
contacting a sample to the multi-analyte sensor; and
detecting one or more target biological molecules from the sample, wherein each of the one or more target biological molecules is detected on a different sensing electrode of the plurality of sensing electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,480,090

ELECTROLYTIC COPPER FOIL, CURRENT COLLECTOR COMPRISING THE SAME, ELECTRODE COMPRISING THE SAME, SECONDARY BATTERY COMPRISING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KCF TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD...

1. An electrolytic copper foil for a secondary battery, the electrolytic copper foil comprising:a first surface; and
a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein each of the first and second surfaces has a peak count roughness Rpc of 10 to 100,
wherein the peak count roughness Rpc of each of the first and second surfaces is an average of peak count roughness Rpc values measured at randomly-selected three points,
the peak count roughness Rpc of each point is the number of effective peaks which rise above an upper criteria line of 0.5 ?m per unit sampling length of 4 mm in a surface roughness profile obtained according to steel-iron test schedule (SEP 1940), and
there is at least one valley deeper than a lower criteria line of ?0.5 ?m between adjacent ones of the effective peaks.

US Pat. No. 10,480,089

ANODE ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED PRODUCTION METHOD

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

7. An anode assembly intended for cells for production of aluminum by electrolysis, the anode assembly having an anode rod, a longitudinal member interdependent with one end of the anode rod and a carbon anode including a cavity in which is housed the longitudinal member for sealing the longitudinal member to the carbon anode, the longitudinal member having longitudinal ends, characterized in that the anode assembly further comprises a gap between the cavity and the longitudinal member, the gap including at least one sealed area containing a sealing material and at least one unsealed area devoid of sealing material, the at least one unsealed area extending directly from and in contact with one of the longitudinal ends of the longitudinal member.

US Pat. No. 10,480,088

ELECTROLYTIC SYSTEM FOR PRECIPITATING METALS AND REGENERATING THE OXIDISING AGENTS USED IN THE LEACHING OF METALS, SCRAP METAL, METAL SULPHURS, SULPHIDE MINERALS, RAW MATERIALS CONTAINING METALS FROM SOLUTIONS FROM LEACHING, INCLUDING A PROCESS FOR COMBIN

PROTECH SPA, Santiago (C...

1. A combined electrolytic system for precipitating metals of interest and to regenerate oxidising agents used in the leaching of metals, scrap metals, metal sulphurs, sulphide minerals and raw materials containing metals from solutions from leaching that allows precipitation and oxidation in a single step, wherein the system comprises:a membrane cell device comprised of a cathode compartment and an anode compartment with a respective cathode and anode, wherein the cathode compartment is separated from the anode compartment by a selective and unidirectional ion exchange membrane;
a rich solution flow line coming from said metal leaching, connected to a cathodic solution feed tank;
a rich solution entry flow line from the cathodic solution feed tank to the cathode compartment for electrolytically precipitating therein the metal of interest as cathode metal;
a cathodic solution exit flow line from the cathode compartment to a distribution valve;
a cathodic solution exit flow line from said valve to an anodic solution feed tank;
a cathodic solution recirculation flow line from said valve back to the cathodic solution feed tank;
an anodic solution entry flow line from the anodic solution feed tank to the anode compartment;
an anodic solution exit flow line from the anode compartment to a product solution tank of oxidising agents;
an oxidising agent replenishment flow line from the product solution tank of oxidising agents to the anodic solution feed tank;
an oxidising agent exit flow ne from the product solution tank of oxidising agents to a conveying valve; and
a flow line from said conveying valve to an oxidising leaching process which provides said rich solution from leaching.

US Pat. No. 10,480,084

MODULAR COOLING CHAMBER FOR MANIFOLD OF GASEOUS ELECTROLYSIS APPARATUS WITH HELIUM PERMEABLE ELEMENT THEREFOR

1. A gas product collection apparatus of a gaseous electrolysis thermal generator apparatus, wherein the gaseous electrolysis thermal generator apparatus is configured to produce heat through a reaction of a metallic cathode with hydrogen or deuterium, wherein the gaseous electrolysis thermal generator apparatus comprises a reactor chamber, a hydrogen or deuterium storage tank, and at least one manifold coupling the reactor chamber to the hydrogen or deuterium storage tank, the gas product collection apparatus comprising:cooling chamber for a modular reaction gas product manifold of the gaseous electrolysis thermal generator apparatus, comprising:
a helium permeable element cup,
wherein said helium permeable element cup comprises:
an internal surface area sufficient to separate a desired number of helium (He) atoms at a rate of at least 1016 atoms per second.

US Pat. No. 10,480,082

HIGH-TEMPERATURE, LOW-TEMPERATURE—GRADIENT METHODS FOR (CO-)ELECTROLYSIS OF WATER (SOEC) OR FOR PRODUCING ELECTRICITY WITHIN A REACTOR OR FUEL-CELL STACK (SOFC) RESPECTIVELY

1. A method for high-temperature electrolysis of steam, or for co-electrolysis of steam and of carbon dioxide, implemented in a reactor comprising:a stack of individual electrolysis cells of a solid oxide type, each comprising a cathode, an anode and an electrolyte inserted between the cathode and the anode, and
a plurality of electrical and fluid interconnectors, each arranged between two adjacent individual electrolysis cells with one face thereof in electrical contact with the anode of one of the two adjacent individual electrolysis cells and the other face thereof in electrical contact with the cathode of the other of the two adjacent individual electrolysis cells, the method comprising:
supplying a first zone of each electrical and fluid interconnector of a first group with steam or with a mixture of steam and of carbon dioxide, and distributing it to a cathode of each individual electrolysis cell of the first group, then recovering hydrogen produced or a synthesis gas, which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and of hydrogen in a second zone of the each electrical and fluid interconnector of the first group, and
supplying a first zone of each electrical and fluid interconnector of a second group, at least one of which is adjacent to the electrical and fluid interconnector of the first group, with steam or with a mixture of steam and of carbon dioxide, and distributing it to a cathode of each individual electrolysis cell of the second group, at least one of which is adjacent to the electrolysis cell of the first group, then recovering hydrogen produced or a synthesis gas, which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and of hydrogen in a second zone of the each electrical and fluid interconnector of the second group, the first and second zones of the electrical and fluid interconnectors of the second group not being located vertically in line respectively with the first and second zones of the electrical and fluid interconnectors of the first, group,
wherein, within the stack, the supplying and a circulation respectively to the electrical and fluid interconnectors and to the electrolysis cells of the first group are carried out independently relative to the supplying and a circulation respectively to the electrical and fluid interconnectors and to the electrolysis cells of the second group.

US Pat. No. 10,480,078

PLASMA ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION

ASM IP Holdings B.V., Al...

1. A method of depositing a layer of dielectric silicon nitride by plasma atomic layer deposition, the method comprising:providing a substrate in a reaction space;
in a first phase, contacting the substrate with a silicon precursor to adsorb an adsorbed species of the silicon precursor on the substrate; and
in a second phase, contacting the substrate with excited nitrogen species to react with the adsorbed species, wherein the residence time of the excited species in the reaction space during the second phase is less than about 1.0 s, and
cyclically repeating the first phase and second phase to form a dielectric SiN layer of a desired thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,480,076

PLASMA ENHANCED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION APPARATUS THAT INCLUDES CONDUCTIVE MASK SUPPORTS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) apparatus, comprising:a chamber;
an upper electrode in the chamber;
a spray unit in the upper electrode to spray a gas introduced from outside the chamber toward a substrate inside the chamber;
a susceptor on which the substrate is mountable;
a plurality of mask supports in a mask frame at an edge of the susceptor; and
a power supply unit to supply power to the upper electrode,
wherein each mask support includes:
a body insertedly installed in the mask frame;
a conductive member insertedly installed in the body, the conductive member contacting and supporting the mask;
an elastic member supporting the conductive member, the elastic member having elasticity; and
a fixing member under the elastic member to support the conductive member, the fixing member being fixed to the body to prevent the conductive member and the elastic member from being separated from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,480,074

APPARATUS FOR RADICAL-BASED DEPOSITION OF DIELECTRIC FILMS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A dual-channel showerhead, comprising:a first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface and spaced from the first surface, wherein an internal volume and one or more channels are defined between the first surface and the second surface, and wherein the one or more channels surround the internal volume;
a plurality of tubes extending from the first surface to the second surface through the internal volume, wherein the plurality of tubes is fluidly isolated from the internal volume;
a first inlet connected to the one or more channels; and
a second inlet positioned to direct radicals to the internal volume bypassing the one or more channels, wherein the first inlet is positioned to provide a gas to a location upstream of the one or more channels, and the second inlet is positioned to provide radicals to a location downstream of the one or more channels.

US Pat. No. 10,480,072

SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING REACTOR AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A diffuser for distributing at least one process gas, said diffuser comprising:an inlet portion having a channel formed therethrough for receiving said at least one process gas; and
a distribution portion coupled to said inlet portion, said distribution portion comprising a mounting surface disposed on a mounting surface plane, wherein a first distribution surface, a second distribution surface, a third distribution surface, and deflecting surface of the distribution portion define at least one boundary of a diffuser volume,
wherein said first, second, and third distribution surfaces, and the deflecting surface extend between a first curved side surface, a second curved side surface, and a third curved side surface, wherein a plurality of lateral boundaries of the diffuser volume is defined by the first curved side surface, the second curved side surface, and the third curved side surface, wherein the third curved side surface extends between the first curved side surface and the second curved side surface, and wherein a centerline splits the third curved side surface and the first, second, and third distribution surfaces,
wherein the third distribution surface comprises a slope in a lateral direction from the centerline toward each of the first curved side surface and the second curved side surface, such that the third distribution surface proximate each of the first curved side surface and the second curved side surface is spaced further from the mounting surface plane than the third distribution surface proximate the centerline,
and wherein said first and second side surfaces extend between, on one side, said first, second, and third distribution surfaces and the deflecting surface, and on another side, said mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,480,071

CONTINUOUS DISTILLATION TRICHLOROSILANE VAPORIZATION SUPPLY APPARATUS

Techno Boundary Co., Mat...

1. A continuous distillation trichlorosilane vaporization supply apparatus comprising:an evaporator including an introduction port for hydrogen gas as a carrier gas and having a heater that vaporizes liquid trichlorosilane;
a carrier hydrogen gas supply pipe connected to the evaporator; and
a condenser that condenses liquid at a temperature corresponding to a saturated vapor pressure, which is lower than a vapor pressure of the vaporized trichlorosilane gas,
wherein a center line of the evaporator and a center line of the condenser are not on the same line,
a lower end of the condenser has a structure that directly communicates with a lower end of the evaporator through a pipe,
an upper end of the condenser is provided with a gas feeding pipe,
the liquid trichlorosilane passes through a trichlorosilane replenishing valve and replenishes the evaporator,
the carrier hydrogen gas supply pipe and the trichlorosilane supply valve are different structures,
the upper end of the condenser is provided with a distribution plate that distributes the trichlorosilane-hydrogen mixed gas that has passed through the condenser to a plurality of devices, and
an inside of a single condenser is divided in plural sections.

US Pat. No. 10,480,067

FILM DEPOSITION METHOD

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A film deposition method for filling a recessed pattern formed in a surface of a substrate with a SiN film, comprising steps of:causing NH2 groups to adsorb on a surface of a substrate containing a recessed pattern formed in a top surface of the substrate by supplying a first process gas containing NH3 converted to first plasma to the surface of the substrate containing the recessed pattern;
partially converting the NH2 groups to N groups by supplying a second process gas containing N2 converted to second plasma to the surface of the substrate containing the recessed pattern on which the NH2 groups is adsorbed; and
causing a silicon-containing gas to adsorb on the NH2 groups by supplying the silicon-containing gas to the surface of the substrate containing the recessed pattern on which the NH2 groups and the N groups are adsorbed; and
cyclically repeating the steps of causing the NH2 groups to adsorb on the surface of the substrate, partially converting the NH2 groups to the N groups and causing the silicon-containing gas to adsorb on the NH2 groups,
wherein the first plasma is generated at a first height higher and more distant from the top surface of the substrate than a second height at which the second plasma is generated, the first height being set at a height that causes the first plasma containing NH3 to reach a bottom of the recessed pattern, the second height being set at a height that causes the second plasma containing N2 to reach only an upper portion of the recessed pattern and the top surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,066

METAL DEPOSITION METHODS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of forming an amorphous metal layer, the method comprising:exposing a substrate surface of a substrate material to a nucleation precursor to form a conformal amorphous nucleation layer, the nucleation precursor comprising a silicon precursor with a general formula of SiaHbXc, where each X is a halogen independently selected from F, Cl, Br and I, a is any integer greater than or equal to 1, b and c are each less than or equal to 2a+2 and b+c is equal to 2a+2; and
converting the conformal amorphous nucleation layer to a conformal amorphous metal layer by substituting atoms of the conformal amorphous nucleation layer with metal atoms from a metal precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,064

REACTION CHAMBER PASSIVATION AND SELECTIVE DEPOSITION OF METALLIC FILMS

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A process for depositing a thin film on a substrate selectively, the process comprising:passivating an interior surface of a reaction chamber by a first vapor deposition process while the reaction chamber does not contain the substrate, wherein the first vapor deposition process comprises one or more deposition cycles in which the interior surface of the reaction chamber is contacted with a first vapor-phase precursor and a second vapor-phase precursor;
selectively depositing a thin film on the substrate in the passivated reaction chamber by a second vapor deposition process comprising one or more selective deposition cycles; and
repeating passivating the interior surface of the reaction chamber after two or more selective deposition cycles have been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,063

CAPACITIVE COUPLED PLASMA SOURCE FOR SPUTTERING AND RESPUTTERING

IonQuest Corp., Mansfiel...

1. A method of ionized physical vapor deposition (I-PVD) sputtering of a layer on a substrate, the method comprising:positioning a cathode, an anode, and a cathode magnet assembly in a vacuum chamber;
providing a gap inside the anode around the cathode, a cusp magnetic field being provided in the gap, at least a portion of magnetic field lines associated with the cusp magnetic field passing through the gap and terminating on the cathode magnet assembly;
positioning an electrode in the gap;
providing a noble gas selected to sputter target material;
applying radio frequency (RF) power to the cathode, thereby generating plasma discharge that ionizes sputtered target material;
applying voltage to the electrode; and
applying a negative bias voltage to the substrate, thereby attracting positively charged sputtered material ions to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,480,061

SPUTTERING TARGET

Tsinghua University, Bei...

1. A sputtering target comprising an indium cerium zinc oxide represented by In2CexZnO4+2x, wherein x=0.5˜2.

US Pat. No. 10,480,060

OXIDE SINTERED BODY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, SPUTTERING TARGET, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An oxide sintered body comprising indium, tungsten and zinc, whereinsaid oxide sintered body includes a bixbite type crystal phase and has an apparent density of higher than 6.5 g/cm3 and equal to or lower than 7.1 g/cm3,
a content rate of tungsten to a total of indium, tungsten and zinc in said oxide sintered body is higher than 1.2 atomic % and lower than 30 atomic %,
a content rate of zinc to the total of indium, tungsten and zinc in said oxide sintered body is higher than 1.2 atomic % and lower than 30 atomic %, and
wherein said oxide sintered body further comprises at least one type of element selected from the group consisting of aluminum, titanium, chromium, gallium, hafnium, zirconium, silicon, molybdenum, vanadium, niobium, tantalum, and bismuth,
wherein a content rate of said element to a total of indium, tungsten, zinc, and said element in said oxide sintered body is equal to or higher than 0.1 atomic % and equal to or lower than 10 atomic %.

US Pat. No. 10,480,059

COATING UNIT

safematic GmbH, Bad Raga...

1. A coating unit for coating a sample with a material provided in a form of a thread, comprising a thread conveyor, the thread conveyor comprising:a first clamp and a second clamp for holding the thread therebetween,
a rotatable support for the first and the second clamp,
deflection means for individually transforming the first and the second clamp from a closed position into an open position and back to the closed position in response to rotation of the support,
a drive for rotating the support evoking an unwinding of the thread from a spool, wherein the thread is clamped by the first clamp and a rotation of the support makes the thread become unwound from the spool and evokes an automated clamping of an unwound portion of the thread in the second clamp;
wherein each of the first and the second clamp comprises a corresponding element stationary with respect to the support and an element movable with respect to the stationary element for clamping the thread between,
wherein each movable element is deflectable from the corresponding stationary element against a biasing force;
wherein each movable element comprises a push rod on which the deflection means acts, and wherein each push rod reaches through a corresponding hole in the support.

US Pat. No. 10,480,058

COATED ARTICLE WITH LOW-E COATING HAVING PROTECTIVE DOPED SILVER LAYER FOR PROTECTING SILVER BASED IR REFLECTING LAYER(S), AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC., Au...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first dielectric layer on the glass substrate;
an metallic or substantially metallic infrared (IR) reflecting layer comprising silver on the glass substrate located over at least the first dielectric layer;
a protective layer comprising doped silver on the glass substrate located over and directly contacting the IR reflecting layer comprising silver;
a second dielectric layer on the glass substrate located over at least the first dielectric layer, the IR reflecting layer comprising silver, and the protective layer comprising doped silver;
wherein metal content of the protective layer comprising doped silver comprises from 80-99.5% Ag and from 0.5 to 20% dopant, atomic %, where the dopant is one or more of: Zn, Ni, ZnAl, ZnSi, ZnSiCu, and combinations thereof; and
wherein the coating has a sheet resistance (Rs) of no greater than 11 ohms/square and a normal emissivity (En) of no greater than 0.2.

US Pat. No. 10,480,056

NOZZLE GEOMETRY FOR ORGANIC VAPOR JET PRINTING

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A first device, comprising:a print head, further comprising a first nozzle hermetically sealed to a first source of gas;
wherein the first nozzle has an aperture having a smallest dimension of 0.5 to 500 microns in a direction perpendicular to a flow direction of the first nozzle;
wherein, at a distance from the aperture into the first nozzle that is 5 times the smallest dimension of the aperture of the first nozzle, the smallest dimension perpendicular to the flow direction is at least twice the smallest dimension of the aperture of the first nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,480,053

AUSTENITIC LIGHT-WEIGHT HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL WITH EXCELLENT PROPERTIES OF WELDS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHIN...

1. A method of manufacturing an austenitic steel, the method comprising:hot-rolling a steel including 20 wt % to 30 wt % of manganese (Mn), 6 wt % to 12 wt % of aluminum (Al), 0.6 wt % to 1.5 wt % of carbon (C), 0.3 wt % to 0.95 wt % of vanadium (V), and a remaining amount of iron (Fe) and other unavoidable impurities;
homogenizing the hot-rolled steel; and
aging the homogenized steel,
wherein hot-rolling the steel comprises:
hot-rolling the steel under a finish rolling temperature ranging from 900° C. to 1000° C.; and
cooling the steel to 600° C. or less, wherein cooling the steel comprises cooling the steel at an average cooling rate ranging from 10° C./sec to 50° C./sec, and
wherein aging the homogenized steel comprises:
aging the homogenized steel at a temperature ranging from 540° C. to 560° C. for 10 minutes or more; and
cooling the steel to a temperature of 200° C. or less, at an average cooling rate of 10° C./sec or less.

US Pat. No. 10,480,047

PROCESS FOR RECOVERING TITANIUM DIOXIDE FROM TITANIUM CONTAINING MATERIALS

ARGEX TITANIUM INC., Lav...

1. A process for producing a titanium dioxide product using super-atmospheric pressure conditions, the process comprising:a. leaching a feed material in acidic leaching solution at high intensity and super atmospheric pressure to form a leaching slurry having a solids content of 20 wt % to 35 wt % on a total slurry basis, said titanium containing ore having a mean particle size below 100 microns and said an acidic leaching solution comprising water and HCl at an HCl concentration above 11N;
b. separating the leaching slurry into a solid residue stream and a pregnant liquor comprising titanium and iron compounds and adding chlorine to the pregnant liquor to promote conversion of FeCl2 into FeCl3 to form a treated pregnant liquor;
c. removing FeCl3 by solvent extraction at super-atmospheric conditions to provide a FeCl3 enriched stream and FeCl3 depleted stream;
d. recovering titanium compounds from the FeCl3 depleted stream by solvent extraction at super-atmospheric conditions to produce a titanium enriched stream and a titanium depleted raffinate stream;
e. recovering HCl from the FeCl3 enriched stream and the titanium depleted raffinate stream for reuse in the leaching of step a.;
f. hydrolyzing the titanium enriched stream under plug flow conditions, super-atmospheric pressure, and a temperature of 110° C. to 125° C. to produce a hydrolysate stream comprising TiO2.H2O particles;
g. drying the hydrolysate stream for 2 to 4 hours while maintaining the temperature in a range of 100° C. to 250° C. to remove interstitial water, to inhibit rupture of the TiO2.H2O particles, and to produce a dried hydrolysate stream;
h. calcining the dried hydrolysate stream to convert TiO2.H2O to TiO2 and produce a calcined TiO2 material; and
i. converting the calcined TiO2 material into a pigment grade titanium oxide product.

US Pat. No. 10,480,046

PROCESS FOR COPPER AND/OR PRECIOUS METAL RECOVERY

CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECH...

1. A process for recovery of metal comprising copper and/or a precious metal from a metal containing material, including the steps of:leaching the metal containing material with an aqueous alkaline solution having a pH of at least 9 and containing a lixiviant comprising an amino acid or derivative thereof in order to produce a metal containing leachate; and
extracting the metal from the leachate,wherein the amino acid comprises glycine.

US Pat. No. 10,480,042

EDGE FORMABILITY IN METALLIC ALLOYS

The NanoSteel Company, In...

1. A method for improving one or more mechanical properties in a metallic alloy that has undergone a mechanical property loss as a consequence of the formation of one or more sheared edges comprising:a. supplying a metal alloy comprising at least 50 atomic % iron and at least four elements selected from Si, Mn, B, Cr, Ni, Cu or C and melting said alloy and cooling at a rate of ?250 K/s or solidifying to a thickness of ?2.0 mm up to 500 mm and forming an alloy having a Tm and matrix grains of 2 ?m to 10,000 ?m;
b. heating said alloy to a temperature in a range of 700° C. to below said Tm and at a strain rate of 10?6 to 104 and reducing said thickness of said alloy and providing a first resulting alloy having a tensile strength of 921 MPa to 1413 MPa and an elongation of 12.0% to 77.7%;
c. stressing said first resulting alloy and providing a second resulting alloy having a tensile strength of 1356 MPa to 1831 MPa and an elongation of 1.6% to 32.8%;
d. heating said second resulting alloy to a temperature below said Tm and forming a third resulting alloy having matrix grains of 0.5 ?m to 50 ?m and having an elongation (E1);
e. shearing said third resulting alloy and forming one or more sheared edges wherein said third resulting alloy's elongation is reduced to a value of E2, wherein E2=(0.57 to 0.05) (E1);
f. reheating said third resulting alloy with said one or more sheared edges wherein said third resulting alloy's reduced elongation observed in step (e) is restored to a level having an elongation E3=(0.48 to 1.21)(E1).

US Pat. No. 10,480,041

HIGHLY ALLOYED STAINLESS STEEL FORGINGS MADE WITHOUT SOLUTION ANNEAL

SWAFELOK COMPANY, Solon,...

1. In a process for making a forging from a highly-alloyed metal in which (a) a billet made from the highly-alloyed metal is heated up to a forging temperature in a heating source, (b) the billet so heated is removed from its heating source and then forged, thereby forming a heated forging, (c) the heated forging so made is then cooled to below the critical temperature range of the highly-alloyed metal by contact of the heated forging with a cooling liquid, and (d) the cooled forging so made is then subjected to a post-forging solution anneal followed by rapid quench for reducing the amount of any deleterious phases that may have formed thereby insuring that the forging so made meets predetermined product specifications applicable to forgings made from said highly-alloyed metal, the improvement for simplifying the process comprising eliminating step (d) by carrying out steps (a), (b) and (c) in a manner which minimizes formation of deleterious phases sufficiently so that the forging obtained in step (c) already meets said predetermined product specifications including(1) selecting as the billet to be forged only those billets which are essentially free of deleterious intermetallic phases,
(2) heating the billet in heating step (a) by means of resistance or induction heating thereby avoiding the need to redissolve any deleterious intermetallic phases that may have formed during this step,
(3) carrying out forging step (b) and cooling step (c) so that the period of time which elapses between the time when the heated billet is removed from its heating source to the time when the heated billet is contacted with the cooling liquid is no greater than 3 minutes, and
(4) maintaining the temperature of the core of the billet during forging step (b) above the upper boundary of the critical temperature range of the highly-alloyed metal so that deleterious phases do not form in the core of the billet during this forging step, and
further wherein the highly-alloyed metal exhibits a CP value of 500 or more wherein the CP value of the alloy is given by the following formula:
CP=20×% Cr+0.3×% Ni+30×% Si+40×% Mo+5×% W+10×% Mn+50×% C-200×% N.

US Pat. No. 10,480,040

HIDE CUSTOMIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

National Beef Packing Com...

1. A method of customizing hides comprising:accessing, from customer data storage of a tanning control system, electronic customer order information associated with a first customer order;
identifying, using a customer order manager of the tanning control system, one or more hide characteristics within the electronic customer order information;
selecting, using a hide manager of the tanning control system, a group of hides that corresponds to the one or more hide characteristics, the group of hides located at one or more hide inventory sources;
identifying, using the customer order manager of the tanning control system, a specification within the electronic customer order information that indicates one or more customizations to perform with respect to one or more hides of the group of hides; and
performing, based on the identified specification and using a customization manager of the tanning control system, the one or more customizations to transform the one or more hides of the group of hides by providing a specification communication to a customization controller of a customized processing system, wherein the customized processing system further comprises at least one of a wetting drum, a wringing device, a splitting device, a trimming device, or a folding device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,030

POLYNUCLEOTIDE PRIMERS AND PROBES

SWIFT BIOSCIENCES, INC., ...

1. A polynucleotide primer combination comprising a first polynucleotide and a second polynucleotide,the first polynucleotide (P) comprising (i) a first domain (Pa) at the 3? end having a sequence that (a) does not comprise a blocking group, (b) is fully complementary to a sequence (T1) in a first target polynucleotide region, (c) is not fully complementary to a sequence (T1*) in a first non-target polynucleotide region, and (d) is about 5 to about 20 nucleotides in length, and (ii) a second domain (Pc) comprising a unique polynucleotide sequence, and
the second polynucleotide (F) comprising (i) a first domain (Fb) having a sequence that is longer than Pa and that is complementary to a second target polynucleotide region (T2) and (ii) a second domain (Fd) comprising a polynucleotide sequence sufficiently complementary to Pc such that Pc and Fd will hybridize when Pa is hybridized to T1 and Fb is hybridized to T2, wherein F further comprises a blocking group attached at its 3? end which blocks extension from a DNA polymerase,
wherein the sequence in the first region (T1) in the target polynucleotide differs at a base from the sequence in the first region (T1*) in the non-target polynucleotide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,027

NANOPORE SEQUENCING METHODS

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A method for sequencing a nucleic acid and determining the presence and position of a modified base in a template nucleic acid using a nanopore comprising:providing a substrate having an upper solution above the substrate and a lower solution below the substrate, the substrate comprising a nanopore connecting the upper solution and lower solution, the nanopore sized to pass a single stranded nucleic acid;
providing a voltage across the nanopore to produce a measurable current flow through the nanopore;
providing, in the upper solution, a polymerase-nucleic acid complex comprising a strand displacing polymerase and a circular nucleic acid template which may have modified bases and providing the components required for nucleic acid synthesis, whereby the polymerase produces a nascent strand that passes through the nanopore as the nascent strand is produced;
measuring the current through the nanopore over time as the nascent strand is translated through the nanopore;
determining a sequence of the nascent strand as it translates through the nanopore using the measured current over time, and determining the presence of a modified base in the circular nucleic acid template using a measured change in kinetics of the polymerase, whereby the polymerase proceeds around the circular template, then continues to produce nascent strand such that a sequence in the nascent strand and the presence of a modified base in the circular template is determined more than once, and
determining the position of the modified base using a determined value for the number of bases between the active site and the bases within the nanopore.

US Pat. No. 10,480,026

METHOD FOR NANOPORE RNA CHARACTERISATION

Oxford Nanopore Technolog...

1. A method of characterising a target RNA polynucleotide comprising:a) providing (i) an RNA polynucleotide wherein the RNA polynucleotide is modified to comprise a non-RNA polynucleotide and (ii) a DNA helicase enzyme; wherein the DNA helicase comprises a modification to reduce the size of an opening in the polynucleotide binding domain through which in at least one conformational state the RNA polynucleotide can unbind from the helicase
b) contacting the RNA polynucleotide and DNA helicase enzyme provided in a) with a transmembrane pore such that the DNA helicase controls the movement of the RNA polynucleotide through the transmembrane pore;
c) taking one or more measurements as the RNA polynucleotide moves with respect to the transmembrane pore, wherein the measurements are indicative of one or more characteristics of the RNA polynucleotide, and thereby characterising the target RNA polynucleotide.

US Pat. No. 10,480,025

LABELLED NUCLEOTIDES

Illumina Cambridge Limite...

1. A nucleotide or nucleoside molecule having a ribose or deoxyribose sugar moiety and a base linked to a detectable label via a cleavable linker, wherein the sugar moiety comprises a protecting group attached via a 3? oxygen atom, and wherein said protecting group comprises an azido group that can be modified or removed to expose a 3? OH group.

US Pat. No. 10,479,990

SEMI-SYNTHETIC NURSE SHARK VNAR LIBRARIES FOR MAKING AND USING SELECTIVE BINDING COMPOUNDS

Ossianix, Inc., Philadel...

1. A nucleic acid-containing library whose members each comprise a nucleic acid encoding a polypeptide comprising a VNAR Type 2 backbone amino acid sequence comprising a semi-synthetic Type 2 VNAR framework (FW), hypervariable (HV) and complementary determining region (CDR) regions having a domain structure, from N- to C-terminal:FW1-CDR1-FW2-HV2-FW2?-HV4-FW3-CDR3-FW4
wherein said polypeptide comprises VNAR Type 2 backbone amino acid sequence:
ARVDQTPX1X2X3(10)TKETGESLTI(20)NCVLRDX4X5CX6(30)LX7X8X9X10WYR X11K(40)SX12SX13NEX14X15IS(50)X16GGRYVETVN(60)SGSKSFSLX17I(70)NDLX18VX19DSGT(80) YRCX20V(85)-[ . . . CDR3 . . . ]-YGX21GTX22VTVNA  (SEQ ID NO. 9),
wherein amino acid compositions at each position X are:
X1=Q and R, with R being present in more than 4.4% of the polypeptides;
X2=T and S, with S being present in more than 5.4% of the polypeptides;
X3=I and V, with V being present in more than 4.4% of the polypeptides;
X4=S and N
X5=N and I, with I being present in more than 3.2% of the polypeptides;
X6=A, D and E, with D being present in more than 3.2% of the polypeptides and E being present in more than 2.2% of the polypeptides;
X7=S and P, with P being present in more than 2.1% of the polypeptides;
X8=S, R, T and N, with T being present in more than 1% of the polypeptides, and N being present in more than 5.3% of the polypeptides;
X9=T and L, with L being present in more than 1.1% of the polypeptides;
X10=Y, H and L, with H being present in more than 2.1% of the polypeptides and L being present in more than 2.1% of the polypeptides;
X11=K and T, with T being present in more than 4.4% of the polypeptides;
X12=G and D, with D being present in more than 4.4% of the polypeptides;
X13=T and R, with R being present in more than 5.3% of the polypeptides;
X14=E and A, with A being present in more than 1.1% of the polypeptides;
X15=S, N and R, with R being present in more than 3.2% of the polypeptides;
X16=K and L, with L being present in more than 3.2% of the polypeptides;
X17=R and K, with K being present in more than 3.2% of the polypeptides;
X18=T and V, with V being present in more than 3.2% of the polypeptides;
X19=E and K, with K being present in more than 1.1% of the polypeptides;
X20=N and K;
X21=G and D; and
X22=V and A; and
wherein CDR3 comprises an amino acid sequence of from 7 to 25 amino acid residues,
wherein CDR3 comprises at least one cysteine residue,
wherein the last two amino acid residues of CDR3 are DV, and
wherein CDR3 is otherwise randomized compared to germline Type 2 VNAR sequences.

US Pat. No. 10,479,972

CHAMBER FOR IMAGING CELLS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL C...

1. An apparatus for imaging cells comprising:a chamber base assembly comprising a viewing window;
a cell-holding bay positioned on top of the viewing window, wherein the viewing window forms at least a portion of a base of the cell-holding bay;
a first cell-holding assembly extending through a first conduit in the chamber base assembly and having a first end positionable at a first position in the cell-holding bay;a second cell-holding assembly extending through a second conduit in the chamber base assembly and having a first end positionable at a second position in the sample holding bay;a chamber perfusion and manipulation manifold mounted on the chamber base assembly on top of the cell-holding bay,wherein the first ends of the first and second cell-holding assemblies are movable between a first position holding the cells against the viewing window and a second position allowing placement and removal of the cells from the cell-holding bay.

US Pat. No. 10,479,970

CONTAINER WITH INSPECTION OPENING

1. A container with a container wall laterally encircling the container, comprising:a mixer provided with a motor and a joint propeller, the container being provided with a mixer mount configured for carrying the mixer and moving it in different positions within the container, wherein, in the container wall, a sealable inspection opening is formed, through which the mixer can be removed, and the mixer mount is configured for moving the mixer in a position horizontally next to the inspection opening, wherein, either outside or inside to the container wall adjacent to the inspection opening, a boom mounting for a boom is attached, and wherein, in the boom mounting, a boom is installed that has a crossbeam extending at least partly over the inspection opening, and wherein the boom is arranged to swing around a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,967

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FERMENTATION

1. A device for fermentation, the device comprising:a container for housing an amount of a liquid carbohydrate solution therein;
an atomizer coupled to the container, configured to receive the liquid carbohydrate solution from the container, wherein the atomizer converts the liquid carbohydrate solution into an aerosol suspension of particles into a first chamber and onto a first panel;
a pressure mechanism, coupled to the atomizer, which causes a stream of gas to break up the liquid carbohydrate solution into fine droplets to generate the aerosol suspension of particles; and
a first panel separating the first chamber from a second chamber, disposed beneath the first chamber, which receives the aerosol suspension of particles, the first panel including a fermentation agent thereon arranged on a porous medium to ferment the liquid carbohydrate solution,
a pump wherein the liquid carbohydrate solution is collected in the second chamber and
wherein the pump is configured to return the liquid carbohydrate solution to the atomizer until the liquid carbohydrate solution has been fermented to a desired state, and wherein the pump is configured to pressurize the first chamber at a first pressure and the second chamber at a second pressure, the first pressure being higher than the second pressure, thereby accelerating the movement of the liquid carbohydrate solution through the first panel and
wherein the container, the atomizer, the pressure mechanism, the first panel and the pump are disposed in a housing and wherein the housing includes a panel slot which allows the first panel to be inserted and injected through the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,965

WATER-SOLUBLE UNIT DOSE ARTICLES MADE FROM A COMBINATION OF DIFFERENT FILMS AND CONTAINING HOUSEHOLD CARE COMPOSITIONS

1. A water-soluble unit dose article comprising at least one sealed compartment comprising at least one household care composition, the water-soluble unit dose article comprisinga first water soluble film comprising a first water soluble resin;
and a second water soluble film comprising a second water soluble resin;
wherein the first film is sealed to the second film to form the at least one sealed compartment;
wherein the first water soluble resin comprises a blend of polyvinyl alcohol homopolymer and polyvinyl alcohol copolymer comprising an anionic monomer unit, the blend having a 4% solution viscosity in demineralized water at 25° C. in a range of about 8 cP to about 40 cP;
wherein the second water soluble resin comprises a blend of polyvinyl alcohol homopolymer and polyvinyl alcohol copolymer comprising an anionic monomer unit, the blend having a 4% solution viscosity in demineralized water at 25° C. in a range of about 4 cP to about 35 cP; and
wherein the 4% solution viscosity in demineralized water at 25° C. of the blend of the first water soluble resin is greater than the 4% solution viscosity in demineralized water at 25° C. of the blend of the second water soluble resin and the difference between the 4% solution viscosities is about 2 cP about 20 cP.

US Pat. No. 10,479,964

SHELF-ADHERING CLEANING BLOCKS AND CLEANING ARTICLES, AND METHODS OF MAKING SUCH BLOCKS AND ARTICLES

1. A cleaning article comprising:a self-adhering cleaning block, the cleaning block comprising:
a first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface; and
a handle integrally formed with and extending out from a part of the second surface;
the first surface, second surface, and handle forming a unitary structure having an uniform material composition, wherein the material composition of the block comprises:
a non-ionic surfactant; and
a liquid component.

US Pat. No. 10,479,959

SURFACTANTS FOR SPOT PREVENTION IN AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING COMPOSITIONS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A surfactant for use in an automatic dishwashing composition, wherein the surfactant is a glycidyl ether-capped ethoxylated alcohol of formula I:wherein R1 is a linear, saturated C8-24 alkyl group, R2 is a linear or branched saturated C6-20 alkyl group, m has an average value of 10 to 50, and n has an average value of >1 to 2.

US Pat. No. 10,479,956

NON-NEWTONIAN ENGINE OIL WITH SUPERIOR ENGINE WEAR PROTECTION AND FUEL ECONOMY

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A non-Newtonian engine oil lubricant composition comprising about 78.48 to 78.72 wt. % of a 3 cSt at 100° C. Group II base stock, about 1.08 wt. % of a 4 cSt at 100° C. Group IV base stock and about 5.4 wt. % of 4 cSt at 100° C. Group V base stock, about 0.12 wt. % of a styrene isoprene block type viscosity modifier, about 0.15 to 0.85 wt. % of a friction modifier selected from the group consisting of molyalkylthiocarbamide, ethoxylated fatty ester, and combinations thereof and about 13.83 to 14.09 wt. % of other engine oil additives, based on the total weight of the lubricant composition, wherein the non-Newtonian engine oil lubricant composition has a kinematic viscosity at 100 deg. C. of less than or equal to 4.66 cSt, an average High Frequency Reciprocating Rig (HFRR) wear scar of less than or equal to 165 um and an HTHS (ASTM D4683) of less than or equal to 1.8 cP at 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,479,953

EMULSIFIER FOR USE IN LUBRICATING OIL

AFTON CHEMICAL CORPORATIO...

1. A lubricating oil composition comprisinga major amount of a base oil;
about 0.001 to about 0.15 weight percent of an emulsifying agent including a compound of Formula I
whereineach X is independently a polyalkylene oxide group of the formula —[OA]p-;
Y is a hydroxyl group or a polyalkylene oxide group of the formula —[OA]p-OH;
each A is independently an alkylene selected from the group consisting of ethylene, propylene, and butylene, and mixtures thereof;
Rb is H or a chemical moiety having the structure

R is a linear or branched aliphatic group having a number average molecular weight of about 750 to about 2500; and
p is an integer to independently provide each X and/or each Y with a number average molecular weight of about 150 to about 250; and
m is an integer to provide a weight average molecular weight of the compound of Formula I from about 7,000 to about 50,000.

US Pat. No. 10,479,949

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING NAPHTHENIC BRIGHT STOCKS

ERGON, INC., Flowood, MS...

1. A process for producing a naphthenic bright stock comprising the steps of:a) dewaxing a hydrotreated deasphalted naphthenic oil having a sulfur content of about 0.01 up to about 0.5% by weight (as measured by ASTM D4294) and a nitrogen content of about 0.01 up to about 0.1% by weight (as measured by ASTM D5762) in the presence of a dewaxing cracking catalyst and under catalytic dewaxing conditions to produce a dewaxed effluent;
b) hydrofinishing the dewaxed effluent to produce a dewaxed hydrofinished effluent having reduced levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds and reduced levels of unstable olefinic compounds; and
c) fractionating the dewaxed hydrofinished effluent to separate the dewaxed hydrofinished effluent into one or more gaseous fractions and one or more liquid fractions to provide a naphthenic bright stock having a pour point (as measured by ASTM D5949) reduced by 10° C. compared to that of the deasphalted naphthenic oil, at a yield greater than 85% of total naphthenic bright stock over total deasphalted naphthenic oil.

US Pat. No. 10,479,947

HYDROCRACKING PROCESS INTEGRATED WITH SOLVENT DEASPHALTING TO REDUCE HEAVY POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC BUILDUP IN HEAVY OIL HYDROCRACKER RECYCLE STREAM

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A hydrocracking process providing for a reduction of the buildup of heavy poly-aromatic hydrocarbons in a heavy oil recycle stream of said hydrocracking process, wherein the process comprises:(a) hydrocracking in a hydrocracker reactor a heavy feedstock, which at least 90 weight percent boils at a temperature above 380° C., to yield a hydrocracked product;
(b) separating said hydrocracked product into at least two product streams including said heavy oil recycle stream, comprising a concentration of said heavy poly-aromatic hydrocarbons and uncoverted hydrocarbons having a boiling temperature of above 380° C.;
(b) passing a first portion of said heavy oil recycle stream as a recycle feed to said hydrocracker reactor;
(c) passing a second portion of said heavy oil recycle stream to a solvent deasphalting unit for separating said heavy poly-aromatic hydrocarbons from said second portion of said heavy oil recycle stream to yield a deasphalted paraffinic oil and a heavy polycyclic aromatics fraction, comprising said heavy poly-aromatic hydrocarbons;
(d) passing said deasphalted paraffinic oil as a feed to said hydrocracker reactor;
wherein the weight ratio of said second portion of said heavy oil recycle stream to said first potion of said heavy oil recycle stream is less than 0.5; and
wherein the concentration of heavy poly-aromatic hydrocarbons in the heavy oil recycle stream is less than 1,000 ppmw.

US Pat. No. 10,479,945

ELECTRIC DESALTING AND DEHYDRATION APPARATUS

EAST CHINA UNIVERSITY OF ...

1. An electric desalting and dehydration apparatus, comprising an oil inlet distributor of an upper electric field, wherein the oil inlet distributor comprises oil inlet distributing pipes and an oil inlet branch pipe; the oil inlet distributing pipes are arranged in a water tray of an electric desalter, and below a ground electrode of the electric desalter; the oil inlet branch pipe is connected to the oil inlet distributing pipes to supply crude oil into the oil inlet distributing pipes; and the oil inlet distributing pipes are provided with oil outlets on both sides of the oil inlet distributing pipes in a horizontal direction;wherein the electric desalting and dehydration apparatus further comprises an upper-field water-tray automatic sand flushing device; the upper-field water-tray automatic sand flushing device is connected to the water tray in the electric desalter, and comprises an automatic sand removal plate, a backwash inlet pipe, backwash pipes, sprayers, and a downpipe; the automatic sand removal plate is provided on an upper side of a bottom surface of the water tray and below the oil inlet distributing pipes; the water tray is V-shaped, and correspondingly, a trough is formed at the bottom of the water tray; the backwash pipes are provided above the automatic sand removal plate, and the sprayers are evenly distributed on each backwash pipe; the backwash inlet pipe is connected to the backwash pipes to supply water to the backwash pipes; and the downpipe is connected to the trough at the bottom of the water tray.

US Pat. No. 10,479,944

CATALYST FOR PREPARING BIOLOGICAL AVIATION KEROSENE WITH CASTOR OIL, PREPARATION METHOD AND APPLICATION THEREOF

1. A method for preparing a catalyst, the catalyst for preparing biological aviation kerosene with castor oil, comprising porous large-specific surface nano-alumina as a carrier, NixMoW, NixCoW or NixCoMo as an active component, and Mn as an assistant, wherein mass of the active component accounts for 10-30% of total mass of the catalyst; x is an atomic ratio and ranges from 2 to 20; mass of the component Mn accounts for 1-5% of the total mass of the catalyst; and a specific surface area of the porous large-specific surface nano-alumina carrier is 500-800 m2/g;the method comprising the following steps:
1) adding aluminum isopropoxide into 0.05 mol/L of nitric acid, refluxing and stirring at 80° C. for 3-5 hours, adding cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide, and continuously stirring for 2-3 hours to obtain a mixed solution;
2) adding sodium silicate into the mixed solution, refluxing and stirring at 80° C. for 3-5 hours, and aging at a room temperature for 2 hours to obtain a mixed solution;
3) adding ethyl orthosilicate into the mixed solution, refluxing and stirring at 80° C. for 3-5 hours, and aging at the room temperature for 2 hours;
4) adding 1-5% of sodium hydroxide into the mixed solution obtained in the step 3), refluxing and stirring at 80° C. for 3-5 hours, performing centrifugal separation, drying the obtained solid precipitate at 100° C., and calcining in a nitrogen atmosphere at 500-600° C. for 4-6 hours, thereby obtaining the large-specific surface nano-alumina carrier;
5) adding an assistant manganese chloride into an aqueous solution in an amount of three times that of mass of the carrier according to a ratio for stirring for 3 hours under room-temperature stirring conditions, adding the large-specific surface nano-alumina carrier for stirring 3-5 hours to obtain a mixed solution, performing suction filtration on the mixed solution, drying a solid product at 100° C. for 8 hours, and calcining in the nitrogen atmosphere at 500-600° C. for 4-6 hours to obtain solid powder; and
6) sequentially adding an active component soluble salt into the aqueous solution of an amount of three times of mass of the carrier according to a ratio for stirring for 3 hours under the room-temperature stirring conditions, adding the solid powder in the step 5) for stirring 3-5 hours to obtain a mixed solution, standing for 10 hours, drying the standing mixed solution at 100° C. for 8 hours, calcining in the nitrogen atmosphere at 500-600° C. for 4-6 hours, and reducing the obtained solid powder at 550-600° C. at hydrogen flow velocity of 200-300 mL/min for at least 3 hours, thereby obtaining the hydrodeoxygenation catalyst for preparing the biological aviation kerosene with castor oil.

US Pat. No. 10,479,942

CONTINUOUS HIGH CAPACITY SYSTEM FOR BIOMATTER CONVERSION

1. A system for converting biomatter into a bioproduct comprising:an extruder for extruding and pressurizing a blended stream containing post-consumer waste, post-industrial waste, and/or renewable hydrocarbon feedstock and agglomerating the blended stream into a continuous stream of agglomerated fine particulate;
a heating system fluidly connected to the extruder evolving a heated vapor and heated solids from the blended stream, the heating system comprising a screw conveyor having a screw conveyor flight, wherein the heating system heats the continuous stream of agglomerated fine particulate to a temperature of approximately 500 to approximately 1500 degrees Fahrenheit;
a separator for receiving the heated solids;
a filter fluidly connected to the heating system for receiving the heated vapors and separating microfine solids from the heated vapors forming a substantially cleaned vapor; and
a vapor cooling system receiving the substantially cleaned vapor and cooling the substantially cleaned vapor to a hydrocarbon liquid and a gas, the vapor cooling system liquefying at least 50 percent of the substantially cleaned vapor, wherein the gas is conveyed to a gas fuel collection.

US Pat. No. 10,479,939

SOIL EROSION PREVENTION AGENT

Denka Company Limited, C...

1. A soil erosion prevention composition comprising a spraying material and a soil erosion prevention agent, wherein:the spraying material comprises soil; and
the soil erosion prevention agent comprises:
a water-borne resin emulsion, wherein:
the emulsion is an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer emulsion;
the emulsion has a solid content of 35 to 55 mass %; and
the emulsion has a viscosity of 50 mPa·s or lower measured at 30° C. when a water content of the emulsion is adjusted so that the solid content of the emulsion is 40 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,479,938

REMOVING POLYSILICON

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:exposing polysilicon to an aqueous composition comprising nitric acid, poly-carboxylic acid and ammonium fluoride; and
removing a portion of the polysilicon selective to an oxide using the aqueous composition;
wherein the aqueous composition comprises 60.6-70 wt % nitric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,479,935

FLUORESCENT MATERIAL, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE SAME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MA...

1. A fluorescent material comprising a composition represented by formula (I): SiuEuvAlwOxNy, wherein when the sum of a parameter u and a parameter w is taken as 13, parameters u, v, w, x, and y in the formula (I) satisfy the following formulae (1) to (5):2.77?u?2.88  (1),
0.04?v?0.08  (2),
10.12?w?10.23  (3),
0.42?x?0.95  (4), and
12.89?y?13.65  (5).

US Pat. No. 10,479,932

PHOSPHOR COMPOSITION, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE PACKAGE INCLUDING SAME, AND LIGHTING DEVICE

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A phosphor composition comprising: a first phosphor excited by the excitation light source to emit light in a first wavelength range;a second phosphor excited by the excitation light source to emit light in a second wavelength range; and
a third phosphor that is excited by the excitation light source and emits light in a third wavelength range,
wherein the third phosphor includes at least one of a nitride-based fluorescent material and a silicate-based fluorescent material,
the silicate-based fluorescent material comprises K2Si1-xF6:Mn4+x, wherein the first wavelength region, the second wavelength region, and the third wavelength region are different each other, and
wherein the first phosphor is a blue-green phosphor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,929

SPHERICAL HIGH TEMPERATURE HIGH CLOSURE TOLERANT CASHEW NUT SHELL LIQUID BASED PROPPANT, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE, AND USES THEREOF

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method of fracturing a subterranean formation, the method comprising:introducing into the formation at a pressure sufficient to create or enlarge a fracture in the formation a fracturing composition comprising
a carrier and
a substantially spherical polymeric particulate derived from a cashew nut shell liquid, the substantially spherical polymeric particulate having an apparent specific gravity of less than about 2.4 and a particle size of about 10 to 200 mesh.

US Pat. No. 10,479,927

TREATMENT OF KEROGEN IN SUBTERRANEAN FORMATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of fracturing a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore, comprising:specifying a concentration of a bromate in a composition correlative with an amount of kerogen to be treated in the subterranean formation and correlative with an amount of iron sulfide in the subterranean formation;
treating the kerogen in the subterranean formation with the composition comprising a first oxidizer comprising a persulfate and a second oxidizer comprising the bromate, wherein the persulfate has a concentration of about 0.00005 M to about 1.0 M in the composition and the bromate has a concentration of about 0.00005 M to about 0.20 M in the composition; and
fracturing the subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,479,926

POLYAMINO-FUNCTIONALIZED NANOPARTICLES AS HARDENERS FOR PARTICULATE CONSOLIDATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:providing a treatment fluid comprising a base liquid and polyamino-functionalized nanoparticles;
introducing the treatment fluid into a portion of a subterranean formation that comprises unconsolidated particulates;
contacting the portion of the subterranean formation with a hardenable resin composition; and
allowing the polyamino-functionalized nanoparticles to at least partially cure the hardenable resin composition, whereby the cured hardenable resin composition consolidates at least a portion of the unconsolidated particulates in the subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,479,925

USE OF HEXAMETHYLENETETRAMINE INTENSIFIER FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE EMULSIFIED ACID SYSTEM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of treating a subterranean formation comprising: contacting the subterranean formation with a corrosion inhibition composition consisting essentially of:(A) hexamethylenetetramine,
(B) a corrosion inhibitor,
(C) a combination of emulsifiers, the combination comprising a long chain polyamine and an alkoxylate amine,
(D) an acid in an aqueous acid solution, and
(E) optionally, a corrosion inhibiting intensifier,
wherein the corrosion inhibition composition does not comprise an acetylenic alcohol, and
wherein the corrosion inhibition composition is a stable acid-in-oil emulsion at temperatures above about 300° F.

US Pat. No. 10,479,920

DATE TREE TRUNK AND RACHIS-BASED SUPERFINE FIBROUS MATERIALS FOR SEEPAGE LOSS CONTROL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method to control lost circulation in a lost circulation zone in a wellbore, comprising:introducing an altered drilling fluid into the wellbore such that the altered drilling fluid contacts the lost circulation zone and reduces a rate of lost circulation into the lost circulation zone, where the altered drilling fluid comprises a drilling fluid and a lost circulation material (LCM), wherein the drilling fluid comprises a low solid non-dispersed mud, wherein the LCM comprises:
a plurality of date tree trunk fibers produced from date tree trunks and a plurality of date tree rachis fibers produced from date tree rachises, each of the plurality of date tree trunk fibers and the plurality of date tree rachis fibers having a length in the range of about 20 microns (?m) to about 300 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,479,919

METHOD FOR DRILLING A HYDROGEN SULFIDE-CONTAINING FORMATION

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method of drilling a wellbore into a hydrogen sulfide-containing subterranean geological formation, comprising:driving a drill bit to form the wellbore into the subterranean geological formation thereby producing a formation fluid that contains H2S; and
injecting a drilling fluid composition into the subterranean geological formation through the wellbore,
wherein the drilling fluid composition comprises
an aqueous base fluid,
a polymeric viscosifier, and
a H2S scavenger comprising copper nitrate, wherein the H2S scavenger is present in an amount of 0.5-5 lbs/bbl based on the volume of the drilling fluid composition, and
wherein copper nitrate present in the drilling fluid composition reacts with H2S present in the formation fluid to form copper sulfide;
recovering the copper sulfide from the drilling fluid composition; and
treating the copper sulfide with nitric acid to regenerate copper nitrate while concurrently forming elemental sulfur.

US Pat. No. 10,479,918

TWO-COMPONENT LOST CIRCULATION PILL FOR SEEPAGE TO MODERATE LOSS CONTROL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method to control lost circulation in a lost circulation zone in a wellbore, comprising:introducing a first component into the wellbore such that the first component contacts the lost circulation zone, wherein the first component comprises:
a carrier fluid;
fly ash;
polypropylene fibers; and
an acrylic polymer solution comprising an acrylic polymer and water;
introducing, after introducing the first component, a second component into the wellbore, such that the second component contacts first component in the lost circulation zone, wherein the second component comprises sodium hydroxide and water.

US Pat. No. 10,479,915

TRANSIENT ADHESIVES, METHODS OF MAKING, AND METHODS OF USE

GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH COR...

1. A composition, comprising:a transient polymer adhesive that loses its adhesive properties upon exposure to temperatures from about 0 to about 325° C., wherein the transient polymer adhesive is a thermoplastic, wherein the thermoplastic is represented by the following structure:
wherein R1 and R1? are each independently selected from CxXy, linear or branched, where X is H or a halogen and x is 1 to 12 and y is x to 2x, and wherein R2 and R2? are each independently selected from an unsaturated cycloalkyl, wherein R1 and R1? are the same or different and wherein R2 and R2? are the same or different.

US Pat. No. 10,479,912

DOUBLE-SIDED ADHESIVE SHEET AND DISPLAY DEVICE FOR TOUCH PANEL INCLUDING SAME

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A double-sided adhesive sheet sequentially including a first adhesive layer, a transparent acrylic resin layer and a second adhesive layer,wherein each of the first adhesive layer and the second adhesive layer comprises an acrylic adhesive;
the first adhesive layer is disposed to adjoin a touch panel;
the second adhesive layer is disposed to adjoin a display device module; and
adhesive strength between the first adhesive layer and the touch panel is higher than adhesive strength between the second adhesive layer and the display device module,
wherein the first adhesive layer, the transparent acrylic resin layer and the second adhesive layer have an index of refraction ranging from 1.44 to 1.55,
wherein the first adhesive layer has a 180° peel strength of 800 g/in to 3000 g/in with respect to a substrate at a peeling rate of 300 mm/min and a temperature of 23° C., and the second adhesive layer has a 180° peel strength of 0 to 80 g/in with respect to a polarizing film at a peeling speed of 300 mm/min and a temperature of 23° C.,
wherein the first adhesive layer has a thickness of 130 ?m to 180 ?m and the second adhesive layer has a thickness of 8 ?m to 20 ?m, and
wherein the double-sided adhesive sheet has a total thickness of 100 ?m to 300 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,479,905

HIGH-RESOLUTION PATTERNING OF GRAPHENE BY SCREEN AND GRAVURE PRINTING FOR HIGHLY FLEXIBLE PRINTED ELECTRONICS

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A gravure printing graphene ink composition, said composition comprising non-oxidized graphene, a hydrophobic fluid component and an ethyl cellulose, said hydrophobic fluid component comprising a component being alkanes or a combination of chloroform and alkanes, said composition comprising a graphene-ethyl cellulose solid concentration of 5% to 10% w/v and a viscosity of 0.1 to 1.0 Pa·s.

US Pat. No. 10,479,904

INK SET AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink set which is used for a recording apparatus including a printer head which is provided with 4000 or more ink jet discharging nozzles for each color comprising:black ink; and
color ink,
wherein the black ink contains carbon black having a carboxyl group on a surface thereof, a resin particle having a carboxyl group on a surface thereof, betaine, an alkali ion, and water,
wherein the alkali ion contains a potassium ion, a sodium ion, and an organic alkali compound,
wherein a content of the potassium ion is the largest among the alkali ions, and
wherein the organic alkali compound contains at least one selected from the group consisting of triisopropanolamine, ammonia, hydrazine, methylamine, ethylamine, diethylamine, triethylamine, propylamine, dipropylamine, butylamine, diaminoethane, diaminopropane, diaminobutane, diaminopentane, diaminohexane, cyclohexylamine, aniline, tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide, tetraethyl ammonium hydroxide, tetrapropyl ammonium hydroxide, tetrabutyl ammonium hydroxide, benzyl trimethyl ammonium hydroxide, pyridine, N,N-dimethyl-4-aminopyridine, ammonium carbonate, ammonium hydrogen carbonate, and hydrogen phosphate diammonium.

US Pat. No. 10,479,897

PRODUCING AN APPARATUS BY COVERING AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT WITH A CONFORMAL COATING CONTAINING METAL NANOPARTICLES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for producing an apparatus, comprising the steps of:providing an electronic component mounted on a substrate and electrically connected by metal conductors;
applying a conformal coating composition in an at least partially uncured state over the electronic component and the substrate, wherein the conformal coating composition comprises a polymer and metal nanoparticles blended with the polymer, wherein the metal nanoparticles have an average diameter within the range of 5 nm to 200 nm, and wherein the concentration of the metal nanoparticles in the conformal coating composition is approximately 5 wt % of the conformal coating and provides a level of electrical conduction sufficiently below the electric conducting percolation threshold to avoid shorting of the electronic component and the substrate; and
curing the conformal coating composition applied over the electronic component and the substrate to produce a conformal coating that overlies the metal conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,479,894

SOLUTION FOR FABRICATING NANO PARTICLES

SK Innovation Co., Ltd., ...

1. A solution for forming metal nano particles, comprising:a compound having the following chemical formula:

wherein M is a metal atom of gold (Au), R is (—CH2—)n, F is selected from the group consisting of sulfur (S), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), X is a silyl group, Y represents an oxidation state of the metal atom in the compound of +1, m is a natural number ranging from 1 to 10, and n is a natural number ranging from 1 to 15;
a solvent; and
a stabilizer for preventing metal atoms from being precipitated in the solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,479,879

CURABLE COMPOSITION, CURED PRODUCT OF THE CURABLE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING A CURED PRODUCT USING THE CURABLE COMPOSITION

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

1. A curable composition comprising a cationic polymerization initiator (A) and an aromatic vinyl ether compound (B),the aromatic vinyl ether compound (B) comprising an aromatic group substituted with a vinyloxy group,
the cationic polymerization initiator (A) comprising a sulfonium salt represented by the following formula (a1):

wherein R1 and R2 independently represent a group represented by the following formula (a2); R1 and R2 may be bonded to each other to form a ring together with the sulfur atom in the formula; R3 represents a group represented by the following formula (a3) or a group represented by the following formula (a4); A1 represents S, O, or Se; X? represents a monovalent anion; and wherein both of R1 and R2 do not represent an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom,

wherein a ring Z1 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon ring; R4 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an alkylthio group, a thienyl group, a thienylcarbonyl group, a furanyl group, a furanylcarbonyl group, a selenophenyl group, a selenophenylcarbonyl group, a heterocyclic aliphatic hydrocarbon group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; and m1 represents an integer of 0 or more,

wherein R5 represents an alkylene group optionally substituted with a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom or a group represented by the following formula (a5); R6 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom or a group represented by the following formula (a6); A2 represents a single bond, S, O, a sulfinyl group, or a carbonyl group; and n1 represents 0 or 1,

wherein R7 and R8 independently represent an alkylene group optionally substituted with a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom or a group represented by the following formula (a5); R9 and R10 independently represent an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom or a group represented by the formula (a2); R9 and R10 may be bonded to each other to form a ring together with the sulfur atom in the formula; A3 represents a single bond, S, O, a sulfinyl group, or a carbonyl group; X? is the same as defined above; n2 represents 0 or 1; and not both of R9 and R10 are an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom)

wherein a ring Z2 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon ring; R11 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; and m2 represents an integer of 0 or more,

wherein a ring Z3 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon ring; R12 represents an alkyl group optionally substituted with a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group, an alkylcarbonyl group, an arylcarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an arylthiocarbonyl group, an acyloxy group, an arylthio group, an alkylthio group, a thienylcarbonyl group, a furanylcarbonyl group, a selenophenylcarbonyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic hydrocarbon group, an aryloxy group, an alkylsulfinyl group, an arylsulfinyl group, an alkylsulfonyl group, an arylsulfonyl group, a hydroxy(poly)alkyleneoxy group, an optionally substituted amino group, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; and m3 represents an integer of 0 or more).

US Pat. No. 10,479,870

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POLARIZER AND POLARIZER MANUFACTURED THEREBY

LG Chem, Ltd., Seoul (KR...

1. A method for manufacturing a polarizer, the method comprising:a step of dyeing at least one dye of iodine and dichroic dyes on a polyvinyl alcohol-based film;
a first cross-linking step of cross-linking the polyvinyl alcohol-based film and the dye by using a first aqueous solution including a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound and a boron compound;
a second cross-linking step of cross-linking the polyvinyl alcohol-based film and the dye by using a second aqueous solution including a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound and a boron compound; and
a third cross-linking step of cross-linking the polyvinyl alcohol-based film and the dye by using a third aqueous solution including a polyvalent carboxylic acid compound,
wherein in the first cross-linking step and the second cross-linking step, stretching is performed along with cross-linking.

US Pat. No. 10,479,867

METHOD OF PRODUCING SUPER SOFT POLYACRYLATE-URETHANE (PAU) CORE-SHELL COPOLYMER DISPERSIONS BY SOLVENT FREE PROCESS

HO YU TEXTILE CO., LTD, ...

1. A method of producing dispersions from acrylate monomers by a solvent free process comprising:(a) synthesizing a solvent free polyurethane dispersion (PUD) in the amount of 40.0 wt % of the acrylate monomers as a seed emulsion;
(b) taking an initiator in the amount of 0.20 wt. %-0.60 wt. % of the acrylate monomers to dissolve in deionized water to obtain an initiator solution which is equally distributed into first, second and third parts;
(c) taking an emulsifier in the amount of 0.20 wt %-0.30 wt % of the acrylate monomers, polyoxyethylene alkyl ether ammonium sulfate in the amount of 0.20-0.30 wt. % of the acrylate monomer, and n-butyl acrylate (n-BA) as a soft monomer in the amount of 3.0-8.0 wt. % of the acrylate monomers to emulsify in the deionized water to obtain a first pre-emulsion acrylate;
(d) taking the emulsifier in the amount of 0.20 wt %-0.30 wt % of the acrylate monomers, the polyoxyethylene alkyl ether ammonium sulfate in the amount of 0.13 wt %-0.30 wt % of the acrylate monomers, the n-BA in the amount of 43.3 wt %-86.7 wt % of the acrylate monomers, and methyl methacrylate (MMA) as a hard monomer in the amount of 8.0 wt %-52.0 wt % of the acrylate monomers to emulsify in the deionized water to obtain a second pre-emulsion acrylate;
(e) pouring the solvent free PUD into a reaction vessel having a reaction temperature set at 70-90° C. and a rotational speed set at 300-500 rpm for reaction;
(f) adding the first pre-emulsion acrylate and the first part of the initiator solution to the reaction vessel for one to two hours;
(g) adding the second pre-emulsion acrylate and the second part of the initiator solution into the reaction vessel;
(h) after adding more than half of the second pre-emulsion acrylate, adding the third part of the initiator solution into the reaction vessel;
(i) increasing the reaction temperature up to 90-95° C.;
(j) maintaining the reaction temperature for one to two hours and turning off heating; and
(k) cooling the reaction vessel for one hour to produce a solid content of 40.0 wt % of solvent free super soft polyacrylate-urethane (PAU) core-shell copolymer dispersions, wherein a weight percentage ratio of polyacrylate (PA) and polyurethane (PU) is 25 wt %:100 wt % -100 wt %:100 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,479,860

METHOD FOR PREPARING HIGHLY TRANSPARENT AND HIGHLY HEAT-RESISTANT POLYCARBONATE ESTER

SK CHEMICALS CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for preparing a bio-based polycarbonate ester comprising a repeating unit of Formula 1, comprising the steps of:(1) subjecting a reaction mixture comprising a compound of Formula 2 and a halogenation agent to convert the compound of Formula 2 into an intermediate reactant of Formula 2a and then subjecting the intermediate reactant of Formula 2a to a nucleophilic reaction with phenol to yield a diphenyl ester of Formula 3; and
(2) subjecting the diphenyl ester of Formula 3 prepared in step (1), a compound of Formula 4, and 1,4:3,6-dianhydrohexitol to a polycarbonate melt polycondensation reaction to yield the bio-based polycarbonate ester comprising the repeating unit of Formula 1:

wherein
R is methyl or hydrogen,
R1 and R2 are each independently a substituted or unsubstituted C1-C18 aliphatic group, or a substituted or unsubstituted C1-C18 aromatic group,
R3 is F, Cl, or Br, and
x is a real number of 0

US Pat. No. 10,479,857

STORAGE-STABLE IMPREGNATING RESINS AND ELECTRICAL INSULATING TAPES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. An anhydride-free impregnating resin for an electrical insulation body, wherein the impregnating resin comprises:an epoxy resin, a hardener and nanosize and/or microsize inorganic particles,
wherein the hardener is selected from the group consisting of a substituted guanidine, an aromatic diamine, an N-acylimidazole, a metal salt complex of an imidazole, a carboxylic hydrazide, a triazine derivative, melamine, a melamine derivative, a cyanoacetyl compound, an N-cyanoacylamide compound, an acylthiopropylphenol, a urea derivative, an aliphatic diamine, a cycloaliphatic diamine, an aliphatic polyamine, a cycloaliphatic polyamine and mixtures thereof,
wherein the hardener is suspended in a solid state in the epoxy resin.

US Pat. No. 10,479,853

SURFACE-TREATED CARBON NANOTUBE AND RESIN COMPOSITION

ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS COR...

1. A surface-treated carbon nanotube containing a compound represented by any one of formula (1) to formula (4):
further containing a compound represented by formula (5) or formula (6):
where n1 is an integer of 2 to 400,where n2 is an integer of 2 to 650, andwherein a total content of a compound represented by formula (5) or formula (6) in the surface-treated carbon nanotube is 2.0 to 40 mass %;
wherein
a thermal reduction amount at 600° C. in a nitrogen atmosphere is 0.2 to 40%;
a surface oxygen concentration measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is 10 to 40 atm %; and
a surface sulfur concentration is less than 0.1 atm %.

US Pat. No. 10,479,851

PREPARATION OF N-VINYL CARBOXAMIDES IN A SERIES OF REACTOR UNITS

BASE SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for producing a polymer of an N-vinyl carboxamide, the process comprising:flowing a reaction mixture comprising an aqueous liquid comprising at least one polymerisation initiator, N-vinyl carboxamide monomer or a monomer mixture comprising N-vinyl carboxamide into a reactor system; and
polymerising the monomer or monomer mixture to produce the polymer of N-vinyl carboxamide,
wherein:
the reactor system comprises a series of reactor units comprising a combination of at least one mixed flow reactor and at least one single pass tubular reactor, in which
i) the at least one mixed flow reactor comprises at least one vessel comprising an internal mixer, an external mixer, or both, and
ii) the at least one single pass tubular reactor comprises a tubular section disposed between two ends, at least one inlet and at least one outlet in which the reaction mixture flows through the single pass tubular reactor only once; and
substantially none of the reaction mixture exits the single pass tubular reactor less than 50% of a mean residence time of the reaction mixture in the single pass tubular reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,846

HAFNOCENE CATALYST COMPOUNDS AND PROCESS FOR USE THEREOF

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A catalyst compound represented by the formula (B):
where:
each R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 is, independently, hydrogen, alkoxide, a C1 to C40 substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl group or is —R20—SiR?3 or —R20—CR?3 where R20 is a C1 to C4 hydrocarbyl, and each R? is independently a C1 to C20 substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl, provided that at least one R? is not H, and provided that at least one of R1, R2, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 is —R20—SiR?3 or —R20—CR?3; and
each X is, independently, a univalent anionic ligand, or two X are joined and bound to the metal atom to form a metallocycle ring, or two X are joined to form a chelating ligand, a diene ligand, or an alkylidene ligand, provided that X is not fluorine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,844

POLYMERIZABLE COMPOSITION AND OPTICALLY ANISOTROPIC BODY USING SAME

DIC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method for producing a polymer product;providing a polymerizable composition; and
polymerizing the polymerizable composition, wherein the polymerizable composition comprising:
a) a polymerizable compound having one polymerizable group or two or more polymerizable groups and satisfying formula (I)
Re(450 nm)/Re(550 nm)<1.0  (I)(wherein Re(450 nm) is an in-plane retardation at a wavelength of 450 nm when the polymerizable compound having one polymerizable group is aligned on a substrate such that the direction of long axes of molecules of the polymerizable compound is horizontal to the substrate, and Re(550 nm) is an in-plane retardation at a wavelength of 550 nm when the polymerizable compound having one polymerizable group is aligned on the substrate such that the direction of the long axes of the molecules of the polymerizable compound is horizontal to the substrate); andb) at least one fluorosurfactant selected from the group consisting of copolymers (III) having a weight average molecular weight of 2,500 to 30,000 and each obtained by copolymerizing essential monomers including a polymerizable monomer containing a fluorine atom and a polymerizable monomer represented by general formula (B), having a solubility parameter (SP value) of 8.9 to 10.5 (cal/cm3)0.5, and satisfying the following formula (1A):
1.00<100×(s+t+u)/MB<2.10  (1A)(wherein s is an integer of 1 or more; t and u are each an integer of 0 or 1 or more; and MB is the molecular weight of the polymerizable monomer represented by general formula (B)):(wherein R is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X, Y, and Z are each independently an alkylene group; s is an integer of 1 or more; t and u are each an integer of 0 or 1 or more; and W is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an aryl group).

US Pat. No. 10,479,841

OXIDIZED SOY POLYSACCHARIDE

Solae Company LLC

1. A composition comprising an oxidized water soluble soy polysaccharide compound, wherein the compound is produced by contacting a water insoluble soy polysaccharide under aqueous conditions with:(i) at least one N-oxoammonium salt,
(ii) at least one periodate compound, and/or
(iii) at least one peroxide compound;
wherein the water insoluble soy polysaccharide comprises arabinose, galactose, xylose, and galacturonic acid as a majority of constituent monosaccharide monomeric units.

US Pat. No. 10,479,827

MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY REACTING WITH GLYCOPEPTIDE, AND USE THEREOF

SYSMEX CORPORATION, Kobe...

1. A monoclonal antibody, which reacts with a glycopeptide of formula (1) (SEQ ID NO: 13), does not react with a glycopeptide of formula (2) (SEQ ID NO: 14), and does not react with a glycopeptide of formula (3) (SEQ ID NO: 15):
wherein said antibody comprises a heavy chain comprising three complementarity-determining regions (CDRs), which CDRs comprise the amino acid sequences of SEQ ID NOs: 1-3, respectively,
and wherein said antibody further comprises a light chain comprising three CDRs, which CDRs comprise the amino acid sequences of SEQ ID NOs: 4-6, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,479,813

UTILITY OF NEMATODE SMALL MOLECULES

California Institute of T...

1. A method of reducing eosinophils (eos) or lymphocytes (lym), or both, in a subject, comprising:administering a therapeutically effective dosage of a composition to the subject, thereby reducing eos or lym, or both, in the subject,
wherein the composition comprises a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier and a compound of Formula (I)
whereinR1 is, independently for each occurrence, hydrogen or alkyl;R1? is, independently for each occurrence, hydrogen or alkyl;X is C(R1)2;X1 is cis- or trans-C(R1)?C(R1);n1, n2, and n3 are each independently an integer of 0 to 30, inclusive;n4 is an integer of 1 to 30, inclusive;the sum of n1, each n2, and each n3 is 1 to 30, inclusive;R3 is hydrogen or alkyl;R4 is hydrogen or alkyl;R5? is hydrogen, alkyl, halogen, —OR6, or —N(R6)2;R5 is —OR6 or —N(R6)2; andR6 is independently alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, or heteroaryl, wherein the alkyl, alkenyl, aryl, or heteroaryl is optionally substituted,or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,479,805

BETA-LACTAMASE INHIBITOR

WUHAN VISION PHARMACEUTIC...

1. A compound having a formula of:

US Pat. No. 10,479,804

PREPARATION OF AMMONIUM OR PHOSPHONIUM BORATE SALTS

Gotion Inc., Fremont, CA...

1. A process for preparing an ammonium or phosphonium borate salt KA containing a cation K and an anion A, comprising the steps:(a) providing a melt of a borate salt K1A; and
(b) adding a solution of an ammonium or phosphonium salt KA1 in a solvent or solvent mixture (i),
wherein
K is an organic ammonium or phosphonium cation;
A is a borate anion of formula (Ia) or (Ib)

wherein Hal is halogen, and
is a bidentate radical derived from a 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-diol, from a 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-dicarboxylic acid or from a 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-hydroxycarboxylic acid by abstracting the two H atoms of pairs of adjacent OH groups of the respective diol, hydroxycarboxylic acid or dicarboxylic acid in 1,2-, 1,3- or 1,4-position;A1 is an organic or inorganic anion; and
K1 is an ammonium cation different from K.

US Pat. No. 10,479,803

BICYCLIC HETEROARYLAMINOALKYL PHENYL DERIVATIVES AS PI3K INHIBITORS

Incyte Corporation, Wilm...

1. A method of inhibiting an activity of a PI3K? kinase, comprising contacting the kinase with a compound of Formula (I):or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:Ar is:

R1 is methyl;
R2 is C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 haloalkoxy, or phenyl; wherein said phenyl is optionally substituted by 1, 2, or 3 substituents independently selected from halo, OH, CN, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, and C1-4 haloalkoxy;
R3 is Cy or C(?O)NRcRd;
provided that either (i) R2 is phenyl, wherein said phenyl is optionally substituted by 1, 2, or 3 substituents independently selected from halo, OH, CN, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, and C1-4 haloalkoxy; or (ii) R3 is Cy;
R4 is halo, C1-4 alkyl, or C1-4 haloalkyl;
R5 is halo, CN, C1-4 alkyl, or C1-4 haloalkyl;
R6 is H;
each Cy is independently selected from 4-6 membered heterocycloalkyl or 5-6 membered heteroaryl, each of which is optionally substituted with 1 or 2 independently selected R3b groups;
each Rc and Rd is independently selected from H and C1-6 alkyl and each R3b is independently selected from halo, CN, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 haloalkyl, hydroxy, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 haloalkoxy, amino, C1-6 alkylamino, di(C1-6 alkyl)amino, C1-6 alkylsulfonyl, carbamyl, C1-6 alkylcarbamyl, and di(Cl6 alkyl)carbamyl.

US Pat. No. 10,479,802

PROBES FOR IMAGING HUNTINGTIN PROTEIN

CHDI Foundation, Inc., N...

1. A compound of Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein
X is NR4, O, or S;
Y is CR4 or N;
Z1, Z2, Z3, and Z4 are independently chosen from CH and N, provided that at least two of Z1, Z2, Z3, and Z4 are CH;
R1 is heteroaryl, heterocycloalkenyl, or heterocycloalkyl, each of which is optionally substituted with one or two groups independently chosen from cyano, halo, lower alkyl optionally substituted with amino, alkylamino, or di(alkyl)amino, lower alkoxy optionally substituted with lower alkoxy, optionally substituted amino, haloalkyl, di(alkyl)aminocarbonyl, alkylaminocarbonyl, and aminocarbonyl, or
R1 is phenyl optionally substituted with one or two groups independently chosen from cyano, heteroaryl, halo, phenoxy, benzyloxy, heteroaryl, lower alkyl optionally substituted with amino, (alkyl)amino, or di(alkyl)amino, lower alkoxy, optionally substituted amino, di(alkyl)aminocarbonyl, alkylaminocarbonyl, and aminocarbonyl;
L1 is —O—;
L2 is —(CR7R8)m—;
L3 is —CH?CH— or is absent;
R2 is phenyl, pyridin-2-yl, pyridin-3-yl, pyrazin-2-yl, pyrimidin-5-yl, 1H-imidazol-4-yl, 1H-imidazol-2-yl, or 1H-pyrazol-4-yl, each of which is optionally substituted with one or two groups independently chosen from halo; haloalkyl; hydroxyl; lower alkoxy; lower alkoxy substituted with lower alkoxy, amino, (alkyl)amino, (dialkyl)amino, heterocycloalkyl, heteroaryl, or halo; lower alkyl; and lower alkyl substituted with hydroxyl, lower alkoxy, amino, (alkyl)amino, or (dialkyl)amino;
R4 is chosen from hydrogen, halo, cyano, and lower alkyl;
R5 is chosen from lower alkyl, lower alkoxy, and halo;
R7 is chosen from hydrogen, hydroxyl, trifluoromethyl, and lower alkyl;
R8 is chosen from hydrogen and lower alkyl;
n is 0 or 1; and
m is 0, 1, or 2;
wherein the compound of Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, is labeled with one or more positron-emitting radionuclides.