Patents Examined by Alba T Rosario-Aponte
  • Patent number: 11117207
    Abstract: A wire electrical discharge machine includes a guide pipe arranged in a path along which a wire electrode is fed from a feed roller to a workpiece, and formed with an insertion hole through which the wire electrode is inserted, a compressed air supply device configured to supply compressed air to the insertion hole so that compressed air flows through the insertion hole along a feed direction of the wire electrode, a database configured to store data indicative of a relationship between rigidity information of the wire electrode and pressure information of compressed air, and a controller configured to set pressure of the compressed air supplied to the insertion hole, based on the rigidity information of the wire electrode fed to the workpiece and the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keita Hada
  • Patent number: 11103960
    Abstract: This invention provides two variations of methods of separating a surface layer of the semiconductor crystal. In the second variation of the method, pulse laser emission is generated; a focused laser beam is directed onto the crystal in such a way that focus is placed in the layer separation plane perpendicular the axis of the beam, a laser beam is moved in such a way that focus is moved in the layer separation plane with forming the non-overlapping local regions with a disturbed topology of the crystal structure and with reduced interatomic bonds, wherein the local regions is distributed over the whole plane, an external action disturbing the reduced interatomic bonds is applied to the separable layer. The invention allows separating flat lateral surface layers from semiconductor crystals, and thin semiconductor washes from cylindrical semiconductor boules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Yury Georgievich Shreter, Yury Toomasovich Rebane, Aleksey Vladimirovich Mironov
  • Patent number: 11103326
    Abstract: A warming oven includes a housing that forms a chamber and has a heat insulating material. A support member positioned within the chamber has a support surface. Heating elements are arranged within the chamber in an opposing relationship to the support member. The heating elements generate radiant heat towards the support member and have passages to heat an air flow through these passages and across the heating elements. An air circulator communicates with the chamber and includes a fan to generate the air flow, an exhaust to direct the air flow, and an intake to receive the returning air flow. A temperature sensor senses a temperature of the air flow. A controller communicates with the temperature sensor and selectively controls the air circulator and/or the heating elements to adjust the generated air flow or the heat output for temperature regulation. This temperature regulation can provide for an operating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HUESTIS MACHINE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephen Bettencourt
  • Patent number: 11096522
    Abstract: Provided is a household electrical appliance for cooking and/or reheating food including: a housing having a tank arranged such as to receive the food to be cooked and/or reheated; a removable cover arranged such as to close the tank while cooking and/or reheating; at least one heating element and a fan arranged such as to create a closed hot air flow while cooking and/or reheating; and a ventilation sheath that includes a suction inlet, arranged on one side of the tank, and a ventilation outlet above the tank. Said ventilation sheath is arranged such as to direct the hot air flow onto the food while cooking and/or reheating. Said appliance is characterized in that the ventilation sheath is in one piece and separated from the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Bernard Allemand, Johann Petitallot
  • Patent number: 11076452
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heating module comprising a resistive heating element placed in a frame. The heating module constitutes a ready heating subassembly for heating a gas or a liquid, in particular for heating the air. The heating element is mounted to the frame by means of the at least two contacts arranged at opposite side walls of the heating element, wherein each contact comprises at least two brackets releasably coupled to a side wall, and at least one resilient element connected to the brackets and to at least one catch releasably coupled to the frame, wherein each resilient element, arranged in contact with a side wall of the heat ing element, is tensioned and exerts an expanding force acting on the connection of the contact with the frame and the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FORMASTER S.A.
    Inventor: Slawomir Bursztein
  • Patent number: 11065708
    Abstract: A plasma-torch cutting machine gantry moves in a first axis and the torch mounted through a pantograph to a drive box moves along the gantry in a second axis. The drive box rotates the torch about a third axis, and tilts the torch about a fourth axis. The drive box moves vertically in a fifth axis. The torch is mountable with tip at pantograph focal point or in an extended position. A controller firmware computes and apply offsets in the first, second and fifth axis to maintain the plasma torch tip in desired position despite the torch being mounted in extended position, rotation and tilt of the torch. In embodiments the torch is rotatable ?/+90 degrees from vertical; and a laser scanner maps surfaces and edges of beams to determine movements and rotations for cutting beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Fagan
  • Patent number: 11052491
    Abstract: A galvano scanner that irradiates an object with a laser beam to perform machining, the galvano scanner comprising: an emission unit that emits the laser beam; a protective glass that protects the emission unit from a scattered matter generated in machining; and a glass holding mechanism that holds the protective glass, the protective glass at least including a triple structure in a vertical direction, the glass holding mechanism holding the protective glass that is the lowermost layer in the protective glass having the triple structure so that the protective glass that is the lowermost layer can be fallen off downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Murakami, Satoru Kawai
  • Patent number: 11051649
    Abstract: An automated beverage brewing apparatus is provided including a controller for identifying a volume of bloom water and a bloom time for preparing a brewed beverage. A user interface provides at least one input to the controller. The controller is configured to vary the volume of the bloom water based on a type of brewed beverage and a size of brewed beverage input via the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Anthony, Justin Riley, Darwin Keith-Lucas
  • Patent number: 11045908
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for piercing workpieces at a piercing point using a laser beam, which exits from a laser processing nozzle with a process gas, whereby a bulge is formed on the workpiece surface around the piercing point during the piercing. A distance between the laser processing nozzle and the bulge is determined during the piercing and at least one piercing parameter is changed in dependence on the distance determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Spiess, Dieter Hallasch, Daniel Knorreck, Markus Blaschka
  • Patent number: 11033054
    Abstract: A control body and cartridge that are coupleable with one another to form an aerosol delivery device are provided. The control body comprises a control component and an RFID reader contained within at least one housing. The cartridge comprises at least one heating element and an RFID tag contained within at least one housing. The RFID reader of the control body is coupled to the control component of the control body and configured to communicate with the RFID tag of the cartridge upon coupling of the control body with the cartridge. The control component of the control body is configured to authorize the cartridge for use with the control body based at least in part on communication between the RFID reader and the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Wilson Christopher Lamb, Raymond Charles Henry, Jr., Terrence E. Rogers, Frederic Philippe Ampolini
  • Patent number: 11027354
    Abstract: A power conversion assembly for use in a welding power supply includes a power magnetics module and a power electronics module. The power magnetics module includes at least one transformer disposed on a first wind tunnel housing. The power electronics module is separate from and electrically coupled to the power magnetics module. The power electronics module includes switching circuitry and one or more heat sinks to remove heat from the switching circuitry. The switching circuitry and the heat sinks are disposed on a second wind tunnel housing coupled to the first wind tunnel housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Alan Dunahoo, Ronald Dewayne Woodward, Benjamin David Romenesko, Chris J. Roehl, Craig Steven Knoener, Joshua Thomas Stiever
  • Patent number: 11014182
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing welding-type power includes an input circuit, a power circuit, and a controller. The input circuit receives input power and provides intermediate power. The power circuit has a power control input with at least one switch that responds to the control input. The power circuit receives the intermediate power and provides welding type output power. The controller has a set point input and a control output. The control output is connected to the power control input. The control circuit also includes a pwm module that responds to the user set point input and provided the control output. The pwm module can include a short duty cycle linearizing module. The pwm module can also include a short duty cycle charging ramp module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Henry
  • Patent number: 11006669
    Abstract: An electrically operated aerosol-generating system may include a liquid storage portion configured to store a liquid from which aerosol may be generated, an electric heater, a capillary wick extending between the liquid storage portion and the electric heater and configured to convey liquid from the liquid storage portion to the electric heater and electric circuitry connected to the electric heater. The electric circuitry may be configured to: activate the electric heater for a first heating time period in response to an input to vaporize liquid in the capillary wick, activate the electric heater for a second heating time period upon the elapse of a first cooling time period after the first heating time period, record a temperature measurement of the electric heater during the second heating time period, and determine an amount of liquid in the liquid storage portion based on the temperature measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10999901
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for applying EM energy to a load are provided. The apparatuses and methods may include at least one processor configured to receive information indicative of energy dissipated by the load for each of a plurality of modulation space elements. The processor may also be configured to associate each of the plurality of modulation space elements with a corresponding time duration of power application, based on the received information. The processor may be further configured to regulate energy applied to the load such that for each of the plurality of modulation space elements, power is applied to the load at the corresponding time duration of power application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GOJI LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexander Bilchinsky, Eran Ben-Shmuel, Pinchas Einziger, Amit Rappel
  • Patent number: 10966460
    Abstract: A control body is coupleable with a cartridge to form an aerosol delivery device, with the cartridge being equipped with a heating element. The control body includes first and second positive conductors connectable with respectively a power supply and the heating element. The control body includes a series pull-up resistor and switch connected to and between the first and second positive conductors. A microprocessor is configured to operate the switch in a closed state in a standby mode in which the pull-up resistor causes a logical high level of voltage at the second positive conductor when the control body and cartridge are uncoupled, and in which the heating element is unpowered causes a logical low level of the voltage when the control body and cartridge are coupled. The microprocessor is configured to measure the voltage and control operation of functional element(s) of the aerosol delivery device based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Frisbee, Paul Stapleton, Milton G. Carawan, Frederic Philippe Ampolini
  • Patent number: 10959297
    Abstract: A heating coil of a heat treatment apparatus is configured to inductively heat an elongated workpiece having a recessed lateral surface. The heating coil includes a base conductor and a projected conductor. A width of the projected conductor is narrower than a width of the base conductor. The projected conductor is arranged to project toward the recess from a position of the base conductor. The base conductor and the projected conductor are arranged to extend in a longitudinal direction of the workpiece. A heat treatment apparatus includes a cooling section and the heating coil. A heat treatment method uses the heating coil described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Tanaka, Yutaka Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10946472
    Abstract: A spot welding system includes a spot welding gun, a robot, and a tip dresser that polishes a face of electrode. The tip dresser includes a blade that cuts the face of the electrode and a blade driving motor that rotates the blade. A dresser control section of a control device detects torque of the blade driving motor. When the torque of the blade driving motor exceeds a predetermined torque upper limit value, the dresser control section carries out speed reduction control that reduces the rotation speed of the blade driving motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Toshimichi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10932495
    Abstract: An electrically operated aerosol-generating system includes a liquid storage portion configured to hold a liquid aerosol-forming substrate; an aerosol generator configured to receive liquid aerosol-forming substrate from the liquid storage portion; one or more capillary wicks configured to transfer liquid aerosol-forming substrate from the liquid storage portion to the aerosol generator; a first temperature sensor configured to sense the temperature of liquid aerosol-forming substrate held in the liquid storage portion; and electric circuitry. The electric circuitry is configured to monitor the temperature of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate held in the liquid storage portion as sensed by the first temperature sensor and determine depletion of liquid aerosol-forming substrate based on the temperature of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10928615
    Abstract: A laser processing device configured to generally vertically irradiate a laser beam to a workpiece, and having a function for reducing an adverse effect due to a reflected laser beam from the workpiece. The laser processing device includes: a light condensing point moving part configured to move a focal point in an optical axis direction while irradiating the laser beam, by moving at least one of a processing head, an optical component of a light condense optical system, and a workpiece; and a light condensing point distance setting part configured to set a light condensing point distance between the light condensing point and a workpiece surface when the laser beam is started to be irradiated, wherein the light condensing point distance is set so that an amount of the reflected laser beam returned to the processing head through the optical system is not more than an allowable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Mori, Tatsuya Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10913131
    Abstract: A laser machining apparatus that allows efficient machining of a workpiece includes a nozzle for jetting a jet liquid column, a rectifying chamber attenuating disturbances in flow of liquid, a liquid oscillating chamber guiding the liquid flowing from the rectifying chamber to a nozzle inlet opening, a laser oscillator generating a laser beam, a focusing optical system focusing the laser beam generated by the laser oscillator above the nozzle inlet opening so that the laser beam is guided by the jet liquid column, and a window opposed to the nozzle inlet opening so that the laser beam transmitting from the focusing optical system enters the liquid oscillating chamber. The liquid oscillating chamber increases a surface wave on an outer surface of the jet liquid column so that the jet liquid column jetted from the nozzle onto a workpiece is easily atomized at a machining point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventors: Yukiaki Nagata, Ryoji Muratsubaki, Masanori Kanemitsu, Masashi Tsunemoto