Patents Examined by Brian W Jennison
  • Patent number: 10953491
    Abstract: There is provided high power laser systems, high power laser tools, and methods of using these tools and systems for cutting, sectioning and removing structures objects, and materials, and in particular, for doing so in difficult to access locations and environments, such as offshore, underwater, or in hazardous environments, such as nuclear and chemical facilities. Thus, there is also provided high power laser systems, high power laser tools, and methods of using these systems and tools for removing structures, objects, and materials located offshore, under bodies of water and under the seafloor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Foro Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Zediker, Daryl L. Grubb, Ronald A. De Witt, Paul D. Deutch, Joel F. Moxley, Scott A. Marshall, Eugence J. Linyaev, Sam N. Schroit, Sharath K. Kolachalam
  • Patent number: 10946481
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a laser processing device includes a light irradiation section, and an optical element. The optical element includes a first transparent member provided via a gap with a tip of the light irradiation section, and a second transparent member. The first transparent member includes a first surface opposed to the tip of the light irradiation section, and a second surface provided so as to be connected to the first surface. The second transparent member includes a flat surface and a convex surface, the flat surface being provided so as to be opposed to the second surface of the first transparent member, the light passed through the first transparent member passing through the convex surface. An optical axis of the laser beam passing through the first surface and an optical axis passing through the convex surface are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ohno, Kota Nomura, Tetsuo Sakai, Itaru Chida
  • Patent number: 10946480
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system includes a foil supply drum, a melting energy source, and a processor. The foil supply drum is configured to be rotated for dispensing a foil sheet over a substrate surface supported by a build element. The melting energy source is configured to direct at least one melting energy beam onto a non-melted region of the foil sheet located over the substrate surface. The processor is configured to execute computable readable program instructions based on a three-dimensional digital definition of the object, and control the melting energy beam to selectively melt at least some of the non-melted region into melted portions forming a material layer of the object onto the substrate surface while separating the melted portions from non-melted portions, and command rotation of the foil supply drum for dispensing the foil sheet during manufacturing of the object in correspondence with the digital definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mitchell Loren Ray Mellor, Troy Allan Haworth, Matthew Ryoichi Soja
  • Patent number: 10946486
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a flux-cored wire including a steel sheath and a flux that fills the steel sheath. The flux contains fluorides of which a total value ? of F-equivalent values is 0.21% or more, oxides of which the total value ? of amounts ranges from 0.30% to 3.50%, and carbonates of which a total value of amounts ranges from 0% to 3.50%. An amount of CaO ranges from 0% to 0.20%. An amount of iron powder ranges from 0% to less than 10.0%. A Y-value is 5.0% or less. The amount of CaF2 is less than 0.50%. The amount of Ti oxides ranges from 0.10% to 2.50%. A ratio of ? to ? ranges from 0.10 to 4.00. A total value of amounts of MgCO3, Na2CO3, and LiCO3 ranges from 0% to 3.00%. A chemical composition excluding the fluorides, the oxides, the CaO, the carbonates, and the iron powder is within a predetermined range. Ceq ranges from 0.10% to 0.44%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kotaro Watanabe, Tatsuya Kumagai, Hiroki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10946479
    Abstract: A method of laser welding a workpiece stack-up (10) that includes at least two overlapping aluminum workpieces comprises advancing a laser beam (24) relative to a plane of a top surface (20) of the workpiece stack-up (10) and along a beam travel pattern (74) that lies within an annular weld area (82) defined by an inner diameter boundary (86) and an outer diameter boundary (84) on the plane of the top surface (20). The beam travel pattern (74) of the laser beam (24) surrounds a center area encircled by the annular weld area (82) on the plane of the top surface (20) so as to force entrained porosity inwards into a region of the weld joint (72) beneath the center area on the plane of the top surface (20) of the workpiece stack-up (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David Yang, Wu Tao
  • Patent number: 10945887
    Abstract: System has an optical sensor (1), an aperture with the optical element (2) with the changeable permeability and an activation light (3) emitting radiation, which is detected by the optical sensor (1). The activation light is connected with the switch (4) and it is placed within the reach of the optical sensor (1). Within a device which realizes the technological process with the luminous manifestation the instruction for the beginning of a given technological process is detected and on the basis of this instruction the activation light (3) lights up. This activates the optical sensor (1) by means of the activation light (3) before the optical sensor (1) detects the luminous manifestation of the technological process itself. The activation light (3) can be a simple infrared LED diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Trafimet Group S.P.A.
    Inventors: Robert Papp, Kristian Liptak, Ing. Robert Lauko
  • Patent number: 10945557
    Abstract: A cooker includes: a main body; a container inside the main body; a stirring body having a blade for stirring an object to be cooked in the container and a magnet at a position facing an inner bottom part of the container; a magnetic field generator inside the main body and configured to generate a rotating magnetic field so that a rotational force of the rotating magnetic field acts on the magnet; and a controller inside the main body and configured to control the magnetic field generator so that: (i) a direction of rotation of the rotating magnetic field is switched between a forward rotation direction and a reverse rotation direction that is reverse to the forward rotation direction; and (ii) a number M of rotations in the reverse rotation direction is less than a number N of rotations in the forward rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Nishimura, Katsuyuki Ohta
  • Patent number: 10946485
    Abstract: A method for welding two components is provided. The method includes providing a first component, which has a convex elevation, and providing a second component, which has a through-hole. The method also includes placing the two components one against the other such that the convex elevation of the first component protrudes into the through-hole in an interlocking manner, and welding the two components along the rim of the through-hole by way of a laser welding device. The welding is performed without the use of a welding filler and the laser welding device is repeatedly switched on and off in a pulsed manner during the welding of the two components along the rim of the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johann Van Niekerk, Maik Hammer
  • Patent number: 10948219
    Abstract: A method of operating a water heater receiving electrical power from an electrical grid. The method includes providing a water heater in a locked state. A digital key module may be communicatively coupled (for example, via wired or wireless communication) to the water heater and used to unlock the water heater placing the water heater into an unlocked state. Such unlocking of the water heater must only be done for such water heaters that are enrolled in a utility demand response program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: A. O. Smith Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Branecky, William Gordon Hosken
  • Patent number: 10945462
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device having a detachable power source is provided. A control body may be coupleable with a cartridge to form an aerosol delivery device. The cartridge may contain an aerosol precursor composition and be equipped with a heating element configured to activate and vaporize components of the aerosol precursor composition. The control body may comprise a housing and a power source detachably coupled to an outer surface of the housing. A control component may be contained within the housing and configured to operate in an active mode in which the control body is coupled with the cartridge. The control component in the active mode may be configured to direct power from the power source to the heating element to activate and vaporize components of the aerosol precursor composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Percy D. Phillips, James W. Rogers, Lisa E. Brown, James Demopoulos
  • Patent number: 10940536
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a printer system based on high power, high brightness visible laser source for improved resolution and printing speeds. Visible laser devices based on high power visible diodes can be scaled using the stimulated Raman scattering process to create a high power, high brightness visible laser source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Nuburu, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Zediker
  • Patent number: 10944328
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide welding power. The apparatus may include a direct current-alternate current (DC-AC) power converter to output a primary current and a transformer stage. The transformer stage may include at least one power transformer to receive the primary current from the (DC-AC) power converter on a primary side of the transformer stage and to output a first voltage through a first rectifier and a first set of secondary windings disposed on a secondary side of the transformer stage. The transformer stage may further include an auxiliary set of secondary windings disposed on the secondary side to output a second voltage. The apparatus may also include a pair of active unidirectional switches disposed on the secondary side to receive the second voltage from the auxiliary set of secondary windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ESAB AB
    Inventor: Andrzej Mnich
  • Patent number: 10933485
    Abstract: A method of operating a welding power supply during a welding process in which an electric arc between a consumable electrode and a work piece is generated while feeding the consumable electrode and moving the arc in relation to the work piece along a welding track, wherein a transition between a DC power output of the welding power supply and an AC power output of the welding power supply, or vice versa, is made without interruption of the welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ESAB AB
    Inventor: Per Aberg
  • Patent number: 10932324
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flange assembly for holding a heating device to a fluid container of an appliance accommodating a fluid to be heated, in particular a domestic appliance, comprising a flange unit arranged for being mounted to an opening of the fluid container by at least one fixing unit and having a non-sealing and a sealing and attachment position, wherein the flange unit is reversibly moveable from the non-sealing to the sealing and attachment position by means of the fixing unit for being configured to engage the opening of the fluid container in the sealing and attachment position, wherein the flange unit comprises a sealing element and a tensioning element, wherein the sealing element and the tensioning element are moveable relative to each other in an axial direction by means of the fixing unit such that the sealing element and the tensioning element can be pressed against each other, wherein the sealing element and the tensioning element are, in the sealing and attachment position, ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BLECKMANN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Johann Höfer, Martin Reichl, Peter Melcher, Georg Görg
  • Patent number: 10930174
    Abstract: A system to support communication and control in a welding environment is disclosed. In one embodiment the system includes an internet-of-things (IoT) technology platform configured to provide scalable, interoperable, and secure communication connections between a plurality of disparate devices within a welding environment. The system also includes a welding power source configured to communicate with the IoT technology platform. The system further includes a computerized eyewear device. The computerized eyewear device includes a control and communication circuitry configured to communicate with the welding power source via the IoT technology platform. The computerized eyewear device also includes a transparent display configured to display information received from the welding power source via the IoT technology platform while allowing a user to view a surrounding portion of the welding environment through the transparent display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Daniel, William Thomas Matthews
  • Patent number: 10918134
    Abstract: A control body is coupled or coupleable with a cartridge to form an aerosol delivery device, with the cartridge being equipped with a heating element. The control body includes a power source and a microprocessor. The power source is connected to an electrical load that includes the heater when the control body is coupled with the cartridge, and includes a supercapacitor configured to provide power to the electrical load. The microprocessor is configured to operate in an active mode in which the control body is coupled with the cartridge. In the active mode, the microprocessor is configured to direct power from the supercapacitor to the heating element to activate and vaporize components of the aerosol precursor composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Sur, Stephen B. Sears
  • Patent number: 10921025
    Abstract: A water heater includes a water tank and a flow-through heating element. The water tank contains heated water. The flow-through heating element is located in the lower portion of the water tank and heats water as water is passed through an interior channel of the heating element. In another configuration, the water heater further includes a recirculation line and the heating element further includes an input end external of the water tank to receive water to be heated and an output end to output heated water into the water tank. The recirculation line transports water from the water tank to the input end of the heating element that is external of the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL MACHINE GROUP
    Inventors: Ronald Shaffer, Jr., Samuel Chrisant, Robert William Hyde
  • Patent number: 10919101
    Abstract: Welding systems and methods utilizing cloud computing and data storage are disclosed. An example method includes receiving, via communication circuitry of a cloud-based resource, welding data relating to a welding operation from a first customer; storing the welding data in computer-readable storage media associated with the cloud-based resource; offering the welding data for sale, via the cloud based resource; receiving, via the communication circuitry, an offer for the welding data from a second customer, different from the first customer, wherein the first and second customers are individual welders, factories, distributed manufacturing operations, or a combination thereof; performing a financial transaction with the second customer; and transmitting, via the communication circuitry, the welding data to the second customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce P. Albrecht, Quinn William Schartner, Edward J. Panelli
  • Patent number: 10917961
    Abstract: Embodiments of arc plasma cutting torches are disclosed. In one embodiment, a plasma cutting torch includes an insert component located substantially between a cathode body and an insulator body. The insert component is able to withstand high temperatures and can be made of a metal material or a non-metal material. The insert component can be permanent within the torch or can be replaceable, in accordance with various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Praveen K. Namburu, Wayne S. Severance
  • Patent number: 10910953
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide welding power. The apparatus may include a direct current-alternate current (DC-AC) power converter to output a primary current and a transformer stage. The transformer stage may include at least one power transformer to receive the primary current from the (DC-AC) power converter on a primary side of the transformer stage and to output a first voltage through a first rectifier and a first set of secondary windings disposed on a secondary side of the transformer stage. The transformer stage may further include an auxiliary set of secondary windings disposed on the secondary side to output a second voltage. The apparatus may also include a pair of active unidirectional switches disposed on the secondary side to receive the second voltage from the auxiliary set of secondary windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ESAB AB
    Inventor: Andrzej Mnich