Patents Examined by Arthur O. Hall
  • Patent number: 9943869
    Abstract: The showerhead includes a main body; a power generator disposed in the main body; a power monitor module, disposed in the main body, electrically connected to the power generator, and configured for monitoring quality of power from the power generator and switching on/off power supply of the power generator; and a control module, disposed in the main body, electrically connected to the power monitor module, and configured for controlling functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Huang, Chen-Chia Chen, Chien-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 9943874
    Abstract: A process for generating droplets with a modulatable droplet size distribution, comprises: making a stream of liquid strike a support with a given relative impact velocity; making said support vibrate at at least one vibration frequency; heating said support to a impact temperature such that the liquid film formed by the impact and made to vibrate is heated to a principal temperature to form in combination what are called principal droplets from said film; and transporting said droplets via a transfer/braking/sorting system to a liquid for precipitating the principal droplets, said transportation being carried out at a transportation temperature, all of these parameters, namely the relative impact velocity, the vibration frequency, the principal temperature and the transportation temperature allowing the droplet size of said formed principal droplets and the velocity of the latter to be modulated. A device allowing the process to be implemented is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Méryl Brothier, Dominique Moulinier
  • Patent number: 9943872
    Abstract: An apparatus for configuring dispersing equipment for applying liquid solutions to vegetation, comprising: a plurality of nozzles for dispersing liquid in the form of liquid droplets; a plurality of magnets for applying a magnetic field to the liquid droplets; where the nozzles are configured to produce liquid droplets sized less than 400 microns and preferably less than 150 microns and more preferably within the range of 10 microns to 50 microns; where each magnet in the plurality of magnets has a magnetic remanence of at least 0.9 and preferably at least 1.25; where the plurality of magnets are moveably mountable on the spray equipment to vary the field strength and polar orientation to adapt for application conditions and purposes; where the liquid solution includes at least water, and where the nozzles are positionable to produce air turbulence and a spray cloud consisting of liquid droplets impacting target vegetation during spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore F. Lenhardt
  • Patent number: 9937369
    Abstract: A fire-extinguishing equipment includes: a fire-extinguishing apparatus which transmits electromagnetic waves in a predetermined output direction and discharges an extinguishing agent; an electromagnetic wave-receiver which is provided in an fire extinguishing object and receives the electromagnetic waves; and a controller which controls the fire-extinguishing apparatus to start to discharge the extinguishing agent when the output direction is set to a direction of the fire extinguishing object and the electromagnetic wave-receiver receives the electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Shigeo Tsutaki
  • Patent number: 9936685
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an upper air guide hood and a lower air guide hood spaced from each other. Spray nozzles are arranged between these two air guide hoods. The air guide hoods hang above or just in the tops of the crops. During the migration of the apparatus the crop is as it were torn open by the wind and/or by contact with the apparatus, so that the spray liquid is distributed among the crop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Henricus Johannes Godefridus Maria Hoeben
  • Patent number: 9936837
    Abstract: A combined rotisserie oven, range and fryer included in a single device having an oven housing with an oven compartment, a plurality of oven, range and fryer heating elements. A removable rotisserie spit is reversibly engaged with and driven by a rotisserie spit gear disposed within the oven compartment. A range top with a plurality of range burners is disposed on the oven compartment. A grill is also disposed upon the range top. A deep fryer pan is disposed within a fryer pan chamber of the oven housing. A mesh wired deep fryer basket having a handle fits within the deep fryer pan, while a lid fits over each of the deep fryer pan and the deep fryer basket. A removable deep fryer control panel is removably engaged with a master control panel. The removable deep fryer control panel includes a deep fryer heating element and a thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Byron L. Granberry
  • Patent number: 9937368
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an inner cylinder of an explosion-venting-type aerosol fire extinguishing device, including a cylinder body (3) and a cylinder cover component (4) arranged on one end of the cylinder body (3), and an explosion-venting device arranged on the cylinder body (3). The explosion-venting device includes a friction layer (11), a connecting rod (12), a guiding unit (13), and a limiting device (14). The connecting rod (12) are connected with the cylinder cover component (4). The friction layer (11) is provided between the connecting rod (12) and the cylinder body (3). The friction layer (11) provides a frictional resistance and a buffering force for the connecting rod (12) when the connecting rod (12) is displaced, under the guidance of the guiding unit (13), along a direction that a hot air stream of the cylinder body (3) is jetting towards. The guiding unit (13) is a device capable of providing guidance for the connecting rod (12) when the connecting rod (12) is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Jian Qiang, Zhengjun Lei
  • Patent number: 9931652
    Abstract: A nozzle comprises: a housing element, a chamber being defined inside the housing element for containing a fluid; a rotor extending along a longitudinal axis, the rotor being arranged inside the housing element so that the longitudinal axis of the rotor is tilted relative to an axis of the housing element, the rotor having a conduit through which the fluid contained in the chamber can flow out of the nozzle. The rotor is rotatably derivable about the axis of the housing element, so that the longitudinal axis of the rotor moves along a conical surface. The nozzle further comprises an anti-drip device for selectively closing the conduit of the rotor, so that the fluid contained in the chamber is prevented from exiting through the conduit when the nozzle is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TECOMEC S.R.L.
    Inventor: Claudio Ferrarini
  • Patent number: 9931649
    Abstract: A rotating high pressure air and water nozzle is disclosed. The nozzle includes a head adapted to rotate, a housing adapted to secure the head therein, and a plurality of passageways disposed through the head. In addition, the nozzle includes a supply port disposed at a first end of each of the passageways, where each supply port has a funnel shape adapted to direct fluid into each passageway to reduce hydraulic losses, and a discharge port disposed at an opposing end of each of the passageways adapted to discharge a jet of fluid. Each discharge port is offset from the respective supply port to cause the head to rotate when fluid flows through the passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Don M. Buckner
  • Patent number: 9924645
    Abstract: A valve body has a piston that slides within the body through four successive positions. The piston has a head, and an upper and lower skirt, with a port in the upper skirt. In the first position, a bias force urges the piston to the first of four positions, in which the piston port is closed. In a second position, the piston port aligns with a low pressure port in the valve body, when a low pressure supply of water is connected. In a third position, greater pressure again closes the piston port. In a fourth position, at a still greater pressure, the piston port aligns with a high pressure port in the valve body. The bias force or a location of the piston port can be varied for valves along a supply line, whereby varying supply pressure opens different valves, thereby enabling addressing of valves according to supply pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Adolfo Bermudez Rodriguez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente Klein, Theodore Gerard van Kessel
  • Patent number: 9927127
    Abstract: An oven appliance with one or more features for notifying a user of the oven appliance that the cooking chamber is heavily loaded is provided. Further, a method for operating an oven appliance to notify a user of the oven appliance that the cooking chamber is heavily loaded is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Scott Johnson, James Lee Armstrong, Joshua Stephen Wiseman
  • Patent number: 9925351
    Abstract: An aromatherapy device includes a housing forming two annular wells for retaining a scented fluid therein. Each well includes an insert positioned in the well to assist the retention of the fluid in the well by providing a second contact surface for the fluid to contact. The shape of the annular well and the viscosity of the fluid discourage the fluid from leaking out of the housing if laid on its side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jennifer K. Keener
  • Patent number: 9925616
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a method for fusing metal nanowire junctions in a conductive film includes applying a constant current through the conductive film including a plurality of metal nanowires and a plurality of metal nanowire junctions, or conducting an ultrasonic welding of the metal nanowire junctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jennifer J. Galela, Jiuzhi Xue
  • Patent number: 9925290
    Abstract: A system for delivering volatile substances comprising a housing inside which a volatile substance is housed; a ventilation surface placed in the housing provided with ventilation windows, and a regulating element that can be placed in at least two different positions: a first position of maximum air circulation, and a second position of minimum air circulation; and where the regulating element is further characterized in that in the first position, the regulating element opens an additional ventilation opening, and in the second position, the regulating element closes the of additional ventilation opening. The system for delivering volatile substances permits easy regulation of the circulation of air for increasing or decreasing a volatile substance, for example a fragrance, by simply rotating the regulating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Zobele Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Fernando Mayor Sans, Elisabeth Martinez de Morentin Pujabet, Joaquim Llorente Alonso
  • Patent number: 9925622
    Abstract: A hybrid welding method capable of improving arc stability and improving the welding speed and the welding efficiency is provided. A hybrid welding method includes generating a TIG arc on a leading side in a welding direction and generating a MIG arc on a trailing side in the welding direction to weld a base metal, in which a TIG current is set to be higher than a MIG current so as to continuously generate arcs in a TIG electrode and a MIG electrode, and an absolute value of a distance from an intersection between a central axis of the TIG electrode and a surface of the base metal to an intersection between a central axis of the MIG electrode and the surface of the base metal is 20 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Shuhei Kanemaru, Tomoaki Sasaki, Toyoyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9925554
    Abstract: Sprayer apparatus for use with an elongate boom may be configured to spray a liquid onto foliage on a ground surface. The sprayer apparatus may include a spray boom, a spray hood coupled to the spray boom, an extension member coupled to the spray boom, and a mounting apparatus coupled to the extension member. The mounting apparatus may be couplable to the elongate boom to support the spray boom and the spray hood above the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Claussen Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Claussen, Justin D. Buetow, John P. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9918438
    Abstract: A system including: (a) a pipe having an aperture providing fluid communication between inner and outer pipe surfaces; (b) a cylindrical drip emitter disposed within the pipe, including: an emitter body having an outer facing having a generally convex contour adapted in generally complementary fashion to a concave contour of the inner pipe surface, the outer facing secured to the inner surface; a liquid inlet section adapted to receive a liquid from within the pipe, and to deliver the liquid, via the aperture, to the outer facing; a pressure-reducing section disposed in fluid communication with the liquid inlet section; functionally active sections including the pressure-reducing section, the liquid inlet section, the functionally active sections disposed within, and longitudinally defining, a position of a longitudinal segment of the body; and at least one functionally passive section, disposed on the outer facing, within the longitudinal segment; and (c) a liquid flow path fluidly connecting between the liq
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Uri ALKALAY
    Inventor: Uri Alkalay
  • Patent number: 9919171
    Abstract: A nozzle for use in dispensing a fluid, such as water or a foaming agent to extinguish a fire, comprises a longitudinal body that comprises a plurality of helical shaped cam paths. The cam paths allow the operator of the nozzle to adjust a flow setting for the nozzle by moving a flow adjustment mechanism that is operatively associated with the cam paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Watershield LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Marino
  • Patent number: 9920726
    Abstract: A first spring axially urges a needle valve toward an injection hole. A second spring axially urges a movable core toward a stationary core with an urging force that is smaller than an urging force of the first spring. A stopper is placed on one axial side of the movable core where the injection hole is located. The stopper limits movement of the movable core toward the injection hole to limit an amount of compression of the second spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Haruki Suzuki, Akinori Harada
  • Patent number: 9919335
    Abstract: An applicator head for a vacuum coating system includes a manifold shell having opposing shell plates, each including a conduit attachment coupled to a shell aperture. An applicator manifold is affixed to each shell plate. Each applicator manifold includes two coupled manifold plates, with one including a manifold aperture, and each is affixed to the respective shell plate so that each manifold aperture aligns with the respective shell aperture. An applicator channel is formed between the manifold plates of each applicator manifold, and the applicator channel is fluidically coupled to the manifold aperture of each respective applicator manifold. Each applicator channel forms an applicator port at a leading edge of each respective applicator manifold, and each leading edge is configured to be complementary in shape to an edge of a workpiece to be coated. First and second face plates are disposed over the leading edges of the applicator manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AWI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Sebastien G. Nalin, Scott L. Huntzinger, John J. Hartman, Jr., Lida Lu, Eric D. Kragness