Patents Examined by Bao D Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9228781
    Abstract: A system for drying vehicle bodies and/or for controlling the temperature thereof. The system includes a cabin and has a heater for heating hot air for the cabin. The system is equipped with a mechanical energy-consuming device, for example, a generator and/or a fan. The heater contains at least one heat exchanger. The hot exhaust gas of a thermal engine can be supplied to the heat exchanger. The thermal engine is coupled to the mechanical energy-consuming device, for example, the generator, so as to move together. Because of the coupled movement, mechanical energy can be transmitted from the thermal engine to the mechanical energy-consuming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Weschke, Dietmar Wieland, Juergen Jost
  • Patent number: 9228779
    Abstract: Infrared air float bar for use in floating and drying a continuous planar web of a material in a dryer. Direct radiated or reflected infrared electromagnetic energy from an infrared light source in a removable channel assembly accelerates drying, or evaporation of solvents, or curing of web material passing in proximity to the bar, either by infrared electromagnetic energy, or in combination with convention airflow. The infrared source is cooled by pressurized air passing through an interior portion of the removable air bar channel assembly, and the air is further conducted into fluid contact with the web in an air gap between the emitter and web to promote convective heat transfer and to contribute to the air pressure field supporting web flotation. The removable channel assembly is configured for replacement of the infrared emitter and to allow the setting of the pressurized cooling air flow to the optimum level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: MegTec Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Zagar, Michael O. Rocheleau, Les Peterson
  • Patent number: 9200802
    Abstract: A heater assembly can be used with a gas appliance. The gas appliance can be a dual fuel appliance for use with one of a first fuel type or a second fuel type different than the first. The heater assembly can include at least one pressure regulator, a housing, and an actuation member. The housing has a first fuel hook-up for connecting the first fuel type to the heater assembly, and a second fuel hook-up for connecting the second fuel type to the heater assembly. The actuation member can control a setting of the pressure regulator based on whether the first or the second fuel hook-up is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 9188387
    Abstract: Microwave drying of ceramic honeycomb logs using a customizable cover that can take the form of a flexible wrap or a rigid cover is disclosed. The cover can be in the form of a wrap disposed directly in contact with the leading edge of the log surface. The cover can also be a rigid cover disposed adjacent but not in contact with the leading edge of the log surface. At least a portion of the trailing edge of the log can remain uncovered either by having windows in the wrap or by the rigid cover only covering the leading edge of the log surface. The customizable cover can be configured to compensate for log shape deformities as well as or in addition to the adverse effect on log shape cause by the drying differential created by passing a log through a microwave drying station leading-edge first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Colby William Audinwood, Brett Alan Terwilliger, David Robertson Treacy, Jr., Chauncey James Watches
  • Patent number: 9175848
    Abstract: A heater assembly can be used with a gas appliance. The gas appliance can be a dual fuel appliance for use with one of a first fuel type or a second fuel type different than the first. The heater assembly can include at least one pressure regulator, a housing, and an actuation member. The housing has a first fuel hook-up for connecting the first fuel type to the heater assembly, and a second fuel hook-up for connecting the second fuel type to the heater assembly. The actuation member can control a flow through the heater assembly based on whether the first or the second fuel hook-up is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: David Deng
  • Patent number: 9157178
    Abstract: A control method of a laundry treatment apparatus configures to supply steam and/or heated air to an accommodating space accommodating laundry therein is disclosed. The method includes a water supplying step (S100) supplying water to a steam generating device configured to supply steam, a preheating step (S120), a steam supplying/applying a predetermined motion to the laundry step (S140) heating the water to supply steam to the accommodating space and applying a motion to the laundry for a predetermined time period simultaneously, a cooling step (S160) cooling the accommodating space, and a drying step setting a target relative humidity according to a selected course and supplying heated air to the accommodating space (S180).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hye Yong Park, Yang Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9157657
    Abstract: A method of cooling a solar concentrator includes absorbing heat from solar energy collectors into a chamber section. The chamber section is arranged below, in a heat exchange relationship, the solar energy collectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Supratik Guha, Yves C. Martin, Robert L. Sandstrom, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 9139950
    Abstract: An automatic lint filter cleaning and lint collection system for a laundry dryer. The apparatus comprises a lint filter pivot chamber, a lint collection chamber, a lint filter housing pivotably mounted between the pivot chamber and collection chamber, a flange between the pivot chamber and collection chamber wherein the filter housing is biased into abutment with the flange, a lint collection container, an auger rotatably mounted within the collection chamber, and a drive assembly operably connected to the lint filter housing and auger. The drive assembly is operable to pivot the filter housing away from the flange and then to release the filter housing such that the filter housing forcibly returns into abutment with the flange and thereby causes the lint filter to release lint into the collection chamber. The drive assembly is operable to rotate the auger and thereby move lint from the collection chamber into the collection container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Barrett, Roderic N. Uphaus
  • Patent number: 9127859
    Abstract: A solar concentrator includes an optical member having a focal point. The optical member is configured and disposed to direct incident solar radiation to the focal point. A support member is positioned adjacent to the focal point of the optical member. A solar energy collector is supported upon the support member. The solar energy collector is positioned at the focal point of the optical member. A base member is positioned in a spaced relationship from the support member. The base member and the support member define a chamber section that is in a heat exchange relationship with the solar energy collector. The chamber section is configured to absorb and dissipate heat from the solar energy collectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Supratik Guha, Yves C. Martin, Robert L. Sandstrom, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 9127228
    Abstract: There is provided a process for operating a coal-fired furnace to generate heat. The process has the steps of a) providing the coal to the furnace and b) combusting the coal in the presence of a first slag-reducing ingredient and a second slag-reducing ingredient in amounts effective to reduce slag formation in the furnace. In one embodiment, the first slag-reducing ingredient is one or more oxygenated magnesium compounds and the second slag-reducing ingredient is selected from the group consisting of one or more oxygenated calcium compounds, one or more oxygenated silicon compounds, and combinations thereof. In another embodiment, the first slag-reducing ingredient is one or more oxygenated silicon compounds, and wherein the second slag-reducing ingredient is one or more oxygenated aluminum compounds. There are also provided methods for reducing slag formation in a coal-fired furnace. There are also provided methods for treating coal. There are also treated coals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ENVIORNMENTAL ENERGY SERIVCES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Pastore
  • Patent number: 9119509
    Abstract: A hand dryer apparatus includes a high-pressure airflow generator that generates a high pressure airflow, a control circuit that controls the high-pressure airflow generator, a power connecting unit that connects a commercial power source to the control circuit, a main body that forms a hull by housing the high-pressure airflow generator, the control circuit, and the power connecting unit, and nozzles that are formed in the main body and blows out the high pressure airflow created by the high-pressure airflow generator; further includes a panel composing a part of the main body and is detachable by a tool, and switching units that are housed in the main body and can switch a setting of the hand dryer apparatus, and enables access to the power connecting unit and the switching unit by removing the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9109835
    Abstract: A method for controlling supply of heat energy from a furnace to multiple dryers includes: determining a preset temperature, a preset humidity and a drying time for each of the dryers; calculating heat energy demand of each of the dryers according to the preset temperature, the preset humidity and the drying time of a respective one of the dryers, and calculating a fuel amount to be supplied to the furnace, and a volume of hot air to be supplied to each of the dryers; detecting a drying temperature in each of the dryers; and for each of the dryers, comparing the drying temperature and the preset temperature of the dryer, increasing the volume of hot air when the drying temperature is lower than the preset temperature, and decreasing the volume of hot air when the drying temperature is higher than the preset temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Suncue Company Ltd
    Inventor: Jung-Lang Lin
  • Patent number: 9097460
    Abstract: Container drying device of the spin-dryer type includes at least two booths, each being adapted to accommodate at least one stack of containers, the at least one stack of containers being loaded into the at least two booths in a loading direction, an axis of rotation about which the container drying device being rotatable, extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the loading direction, and being arranged centrally in the container drying device; and a closing device being movable between a closed position in which the closing device closes the at least two booths at least partially and an open position in which the at least one stack of containers may be loaded into and/or removed from each of the at least two booths, the at least two booths being arranged excentrically, symmetrically on opposite sides of the axis of rotation and substantially in parallel with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: SEMI-STAAL A/S
    Inventor: John Jørgensen
  • Patent number: 9091432
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a biomass fuel internal circulation mechanical fluidized-bed corner tube intelligent boiler which is highly effective in energy-conservation and emission-reduction, which comprises a primary combustion chamber, a secondary combustion chamber, a burning-out chamber, a high temperature multi-tube cyclone dust collector, a heat convection pipe bundle, the hearth of the primary combustion chamber consists of a square membrane water-cooled wall and a profiled seat with a square top and a circular bottom, at the four corners of the seat, there are mounted Venturi tube internal circulators, at the bottom of the hearth, there is mounted a mechanical fluidizing machine; the profiled cyclone separation hearth of the secondary combustion chamber consists of a square membrane water-cooled wall, a profiled seat with a square top and a circular bottom, a profiled fume-venting tube, at the bottom of the hearth, there is mounted a mechanical fluidizing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Zhijun Yang
  • Patent number: 9080283
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling a drying cycle of a laundry treating appliance by monitoring a temperature of the exhaust air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan R. Bellinger, David J. Kmet, Peter J. Richmond
  • Patent number: 9062410
    Abstract: The embodiment proposes a foreign material removing apparatus for a dryer. The foreign material removing apparatus for a dryer according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a case including an air introduction hole into which air discharged from a drum is introduced, an air discharge hole, and a foreign material discharge hole; a filtering unit that is provided in the case and includes a filter; and a cleaning unit that moves relatively to the filter and has one or more cleaning devices for removing the foreign materials accumulated in the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seung-Phyo Ahn, Jeong-Yun Kim, Sang-Ik Lee
  • Patent number: 9038550
    Abstract: A grate bar for an incinerator having a grate bar base body and a high temperature resistant cover plate covering the grate bar base body at least on a surface portion which in operation points to a combustion chamber. The cover plate is separated from the grate bar base body by a thermal insulating material. In the grate bar base body a cavity is inserted in a side pointing to the cover plate and/or in the cover plate in the side pointing to the grate bar base body, which cavity is at least partially filled with a ceramic fiber insulating material. The invention further relates to a method for producing such a grate bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Baumgarte Boiler Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Spliethoff, Michael Mimor, Gerald Gruener, Nils Plagge
  • Patent number: 9022779
    Abstract: The finding concerns a multi-gas burner head with sucked or blown air, from which the mixture of fuel gas and comburent air comes out and the combustion occurs. Such a head is made from a metallic sheet in which there is at least one row of aligned slits (2), substantially rectangular-shaped; such a sheet is folded so as to have a series of flat flaps (3) in succession, each of the slits being arranged so as to be closed like a “sandwich” between two flat portions of the sheet, once the flaps of the structure are mutually compressed. The gas mixture is intended to pass from the bottom (5) of the flaps and then through the slits and finally to come out at two side by side crests (6) of the structure where the combustion occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Aldo Polidoro
  • Patent number: 9017066
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lighter. The lighter includes a housing having a supply of fuel, an activating unit movably associated with the housing to selectively ignite the fuel, and at least two separate contact areas such that the user can apply enough force or torque with at least two fingers to overcome the torque/forces required to activate piezo, release the fuel the flame in which the activating unit has at least one internal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Zippo Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Paul H. Adams
  • Patent number: 9015957
    Abstract: Disclosed is a clothes dryer comprising a drum rotatably disposed in a body; and a roller disposed below the drum, and configured to support the drum. The roller is mounted to a roller shaft by a ball bearing, and a contact portion of an outer circumferential surface of the roller contacting the drum is formed to be flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ki-Wook Jung, Myoung-Jong Kim