Patents Assigned to Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
  • Patent number: 10638555
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments of systems for fluid transportation using inductive heating are described. In one embodiment, the system includes a first transportation pipe having a first diameter and a second transportation pipe having a second diameter. The first diameter is greater than the second diameter. An augur that causes a fluid flow is within the first transportation pipe. A control circuit is electrically coupled to the first inductive element and the second inductive element, and to a power supply to inductively heat the first transportation pipe and the second transportation pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Shuping Wang
  • Patent number: 10556601
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments of inductively heated tank cars are described. In one embodiment, an inductive heating system includes an inductive heating module with a radially-curved pancake coil. The heating module can be positioned by an actuator assembly to inductively heat the contents of a tank car. In one example, the actuator assembly includes an assembly base including at least one base pole, an extension channel, and an extension actuator. The actuator assembly also includes an extension arm to retract into and extend out from the extension channel based on the extension actuator, an inductive heating module pivotally secured about an end of the extension arm, and a heating module lift actuator to lift the inductive heating module about the pivot at the end of the extension arm. By lifting and/or pivoting the inductive heating module, it can be positioned proximate to the tank car for inductive heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10560984
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments of inductive heating systems are described. In one embodiment, the system includes a manifold assembly with number of manifold pipes that are connected to a manifold plate. An inductive coil is around the manifold assembly. A control circuit is electrically coupled to the inductive coil and to a power supply to inductively heat the manifold pipes of the manifold assembly using the inductive coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: HYDRA HEATING INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Shuping Wang, Anthony S. Deese
  • Patent number: 10525988
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments of inductively heated tank cars are described. In one embodiment, an inductive heating system for tank cars includes a radially-curved pancake coil, a coil housing that surrounds at least a portion of the radially-curved pancake coil, and a frame structure comprising at least one attachment mechanism to secure the frame structure to an exterior surface of a tank car. The system can also include an induction heating power supply to supply power for inductively heating the tank car using the radially-curved pancake coil. When installed to the tank car, the coil housing is assembled with the frame structure to secure the radially-curved pancake coil to the exterior surface of the tank car. Any number of radially-curved pancake coils can be secured to the exterior surface of the tank car to heat the contents of the tank car through inductive heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HYDRA HEATING INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10232459
    Abstract: Various welding chambers are disclosed herein. A welding chamber body has a glove tube attached to its sidewall. A windowed hood structure is attached to the welding chamber body using a hinge assembly. A manifold assembly has a main branch and perforated secondary branches. A cross sectional area of the main branch is greater than a second cross sectional area of one of the secondary branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Shuping Wang, Chris Endres
  • Patent number: 10197210
    Abstract: Various pipe insulations and apparatuses for insulating pipe that employ magnetic closures are disclosed herein. Pipe insulation is configured to fit substantially around a pipe. In one case, the pipe insulation has a lengthwise split. A magnetic closure is attached to a first lengthwise edge of the pipe insulation along a first side of the lengthwise split. The magnetic closure is configured to magnetically mate with another closure attached to a second lengthwise edge along a second side of the lengthwise split to hold the pipe insulation substantially around the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9920605
    Abstract: An exchanger for a tank is described herein. The exchanger may be relied upon in a trailer tank, for example, or any other type of tank that stores fluid. The exchanger includes an inlet, a central fluid conduit, one or more exchanger extension arms having fluid apertures that direct fluid into a tank at various locations, and one or more supports that support the central fluid conduit and the exchanger extension arms. The fluid apertures may be positioned relatively evenly across the exchanger extension arms and/or the central conduit to direct fluid up or at various directions into the tank. Thus, fluid pumped into the inlet of the exchanger may flow through the central conduit, into the exchanger extension arms, and out through the fluid apertures at various locations into the tank. As such, heated fluid, for example, may be more evenly and quickly distributed into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9915127
    Abstract: Aspects of a flow balanced frac tank farm are described herein. In one embodiment, the flow balanced frac tank farm includes at least one battery of frac tanks comprising a plurality of frac tank trailers, a header pipe arrangement, and at least one valve between one or more of the frac tank trailers and the header system. The header pipe arrangement may include a header supply pipe to supply water to individual ones of the plurality of frac tank trailers and a header discharge pipe to discharge water from individual ones of the plurality of frac tank trailers. The header pipe arrangement may be relied upon to help balance the flow of heated fluids among the frac tank trailers in frac tank farm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9914284
    Abstract: Various insulations that employ magnetic components are disclosed herein. A sheet insulation component is formed out of an insulation material. A sheet magnetic component is attached to the face of the sheet insulation component. The sheet magnetic component substantially covers the face of the sheet insulation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9909811
    Abstract: An exchanger for a pool, large storage tank, or pond is described herein. In one embodiment, the exchanger includes a diffuser hub, exchanger extension arms that extend radially outward from the diffuser hub, one or more exchanger rings that intersect with the heat exchanger extension arms, and a fill tube that extends to the diffuser hub. One or both of the heat exchanger arms and/or the exchanger rings include fluid apertures that direct fluid into the pool. Fluid pumped into the fill tube may flow through into the diffuser, through the exchanger extension arms and/or the one or more exchanger rings, and out through the fluid apertures at various locations into the pool. As such, heated fluid, or fluid to be mixed, for example, may be more evenly and quickly distributed into the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hoffman, Jeannot Morin
  • Patent number: 9868268
    Abstract: Various insulations that employ magnetic clasps are disclosed herein. Insulation is formed as a panel of an insulation material. A magnetic clasp is attached to the panel. The magnetic clasp has a magnetic component that is substantially flush with a face of the panel. The magnetic component comprises a mixture of a ferromagnetic material and the insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC.
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9551206
    Abstract: An exchanger for a pool, large storage tank, or pond is described herein. In one embodiment, the exchanger includes a diffuser hub, exchanger extension arms that extend radially outward from the diffuser hub, one or more exchanger rings that intersect with the heat exchanger extension arms, and a fill tube that extends to the diffuser hub. One or both of the heat exchanger arms and/or the exchanger rings include fluid apertures that direct fluid into the pool. Fluid pumped into the fill tube may flow through into the diffuser, through the exchanger extension arms and/or the one or more exchanger rings, and out through the fluid apertures at various locations into the pool. As such, heated fluid, or fluid to be mixed, for example, may be more evenly and quickly distributed into the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: HYDRA HEATING INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20150129162
    Abstract: An exchanger for a pool, large storage tank, or pond is described herein. In one embodiment, the exchanger includes a diffuser hub, exchanger extension arms that extend radially outward from the diffuser hub, one or more exchanger rings that intersect with the heat exchanger extension arms, and a fill tube that extends to the diffuser hub. One or both of the heat exchanger arms and/or the exchanger rings include fluid apertures that direct fluid into the pool. Fluid pumped into the fill tube may flow through into the diffuser, through the exchanger extension arms and/or the one or more exchanger rings, and out through the fluid apertures at various locations into the pool. As such, heated fluid, or fluid to be mixed, for example, may be more evenly and quickly distributed into the pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20150128880
    Abstract: An exchanger for a tank is described herein. The exchanger may be relied upon in a trailer tank, for example, or any other type of tank that stores fluid. The exchanger includes an inlet, a central fluid conduit, one or more exchanger extension arms having fluid apertures that direct fluid into a tank at various locations, and one or more supports that support the central fluid conduit and the exchanger extension arms. The fluid apertures may be positioned relatively evenly across the exchanger extension arms and/or the central conduit to direct fluid up or at various directions into the tank. Thus, fluid pumped into the inlet of the exchanger may flow through the central conduit, into the exchanger extension arms, and out through the fluid apertures at various locations into the tank. As such, heated fluid, for example, may be more evenly and quickly distributed into the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Hydra Heating Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoffman