Patents Examined by Brian W Jennison
  • Patent number: 10905835
    Abstract: A heating element for a vaporizer cartridge is provided. The vaporizer cartridge may include a reservoir containing vaporizable material and a wicking element in fluid communication with the reservoir. The heating element may include a heating portion, a cartridge contact, and a leg. The heating portion includes at least two tines spaced apart from one another. The cartridge contact may be in electrical communication with a power source. The leg extends between the heating portion and the cartridge contact. The heating portion may be crimped around the wicking element such that the heating portion secures the wicking element to the heating element and contacts at least two surfaces of the wicking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Christopher L. Belisle, Steven Christensen, Alexander M. Hoopai, Eric Joseph Johnson, Jason King, Esteban Leon Duque, Matthew Rios, Christopher James Rosser, Andrew J. Stratton, Alim Thawer, James P. Westley
  • Patent number: 10905163
    Abstract: An aerosol generating system includes a heater assembly and a manually operated pump. The pump includes a hollow member with an inlet portion and an outlet portion. The inlet portion of the hollow member is configured connectable with a liquid storage portion. The outlet portion of the hollow member is in fluid communication with a dispensing assembly. The pump is configured to dispense a liquid material onto the heater assembly. The pump is configured to pump the liquid material from the liquid storage portion via the dispensing assembly and onto the heater assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Laurent Manca, Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 10906128
    Abstract: A method for forming an impact weld used in an additive manufacturing process is provided. The method includes providing a metallic material for impact welding to a substrate. The metallic material is propelled toward the substrate with a sufficient velocity to form an impact weld for welding the metallic material to the substrate. Further, the method includes traversing the substrate in a direction relative to a direction from which the metallic material is propelled and repeating the propelling so that a layer of additive material is deposited on the substrate as desired. In addition, a method for forming an impact welding used in an additive manufacturing process via discharge actuated arrangement is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Bruck
  • Patent number: 10898965
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that provides a helical wire for use in welding applications. A torch can be adapted to form the helical wire from a straight wire and to provide the helical wire as a consumable electrode in a welding or cladding application. The helical wire can be, for example, solid, tubular, or seamless tubular. The torch concurrently forms the helical wire and provides welding current for the welding or cladding application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Hsu
  • Patent number: 10903587
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for fastening dissimilar materials like steel, plastic and aluminum. A resistance welding fastener having multiple layers may be used with or without a sealant. The fastener may be used to form an aluminum covered steel laminate via a hemming pattern of attachment. The fastener may have a solid shaft or have an extended reach and have features for interacting with the welding electrode. A variety of electrode tips may be employed to cooperate with the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Howmet Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Spinella, Daniel Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 10894300
    Abstract: A joining device and method for laser-based joining of two components includes a first laser radiation source, a first radiation guide connected to the first radiation source to couple first laser radiation into the first radiation guide, a second laser radiation source, at least one second radiation guide connected to the second radiation source to couple second laser radiation into the second radiation guide, and a focusing device coupled to the laser radiations and focusing them at a distance from each other into a joining zone of the components. To reduce installation effort, the focusing device focuses the first and second laser radiations through a common beam path and a coupling device is connected on its input side to the first and second radiation guides and on its output side to the focusing device. The coupling device couples the first and second laser radiations into the common beam path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignees: IPG Laser GmbH, Volkswagen Aktiengeselschaft
    Inventors: Thorge Hammer, Wilfried Reimann, Eugene Shcherbakov
  • Patent number: 10894296
    Abstract: A portable stud welder apparatus is provided for welding a stud onto a work piece. The portable stud welder apparatus includes a housing and an energy storage device. A weld stud gun that is configured to hold a weld stud is electrically connected to the energy storage device for receiving energy from the energy storage device to pass a current through the stud and the work piece to form a weldment. At least one battery of the lithium ion type that is removeably coupled to the housing to establish an electrical connection with said energy storage device and provide energy to the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Scott J. Schraff, Larry L. Church, Stephen D. Brooks, Jeffrey Krupp
  • Patent number: 10893582
    Abstract: A biodegradable microwave susceptor and constructs incorporating the susceptor are disclosed for heating a food item in a microwave oven. The biodegradable microwave susceptor includes a patterned susceptor layer of metal on a biodegradable substrate. Selected areas of the susceptor layer may be demetallized to remove susceptor material. The susceptor may be incorporated into a construct for containing or supporting a food item to be heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Inline Packaging, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Watkins
  • Patent number: 10888949
    Abstract: Provided is a spot welding machine able to perform spot welding in which the desired nugget size is formed while suppressing spatter even if the strengths or thicknesses of the metal sheets change, the machine comprising: a pair of electrode tips, a pair of pressing members arranged around the tips, a first power supply, first and second drive mechanisms, and a pressing force control part, wherein the tips and the pressing members are respectively arranged facing each other so as to be able to sandwich a set of sheets between them, the first drive mechanisms give pressing forces pressing the tips against the sheets, the second drive mechanisms give pressing forces pressing the pressing members against the sheets, and the control part independently controls the pressing forces given by the first and second drive mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Gen Murayama, Tohru Okada, Masanori Yasuyama
  • Patent number: 10887951
    Abstract: Disclosed are a cooking apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The cooking apparatus includes a plurality of light sources configured to emit light toward a cooking container and grouped into a plurality of groups and a light emission driving controller configured to perform control in a manner that flame images are displayed by performing group controlling on the basis of at least one of a control command input by a user, a grouping form of the plurality of groups and a preset operation pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo Suk Kim, Jeong Heon Kim, Hwa-Sung Kim, Chang Hyun Park, O Do Yu, Su-Ho Jo, Jong Hun Ha
  • Patent number: 10874250
    Abstract: Cooking is performed to serve tasty food by appropriately managing moisture of an object to be cooked without burning the surface thereof. A box-shaped housing, a cooking cavity for accommodating an object to be cooked, the cooking cavity being arranged within the housing, an upper-face heater and a lower-face heater arranged in the cooking cavity, a boiler arranged within the cooking cavity, a water tray formed outside the cooking cavity and into which a given amount of water that is entirely evaporated in a given steaming time is poured, a water guide passage within the housing, the water guide passage into which water is supplied from the water tray to the boiler; and a control unit for causing an operation to generate steam from the boiler to be performed for at least a steaming time from when cooking starts are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: BALMUDA INC.
    Inventor: Daisuke Niizumi
  • Patent number: 10875121
    Abstract: A method for the remote laser welding of at least two metal sheets, where at least one metal sheet has a coating with a low boiling point, in particular for welding galvanized steel sheets, includes moving a laser beam at a welding velocity along a welding contour in order to produce a weld seam. The laser beam executes an oscillating movement which is superposed on the welding velocity, where the energy input into the joint is controlled by a power modulation, dependent on the oscillating movement, such that the energy input increases in at least one lateral oscillation periphery or a preceding oscillation periphery of the melt bath volume, but the size of the melt bath surface in the root area remains unaffected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Roos, Stefan Beck
  • Patent number: 10864598
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an evaluation jig that is a jig to be used for evaluation of a height position detection unit that detects the height position of a holding surface of a chuck table of a laser processing apparatus. The evaluation jig includes a to-be-irradiated surface which is to be irradiated with a detection laser beam, an actuator that moves the to-be-irradiated surface in a Z-axis direction, a base section that supports the actuator and is mounted on the holding surface of the chuck table, and a control unit that controls movement of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Kenji Furuta
  • Patent number: 10858177
    Abstract: A beverage system for producing a beverage. The beverage system includes a portion capsule and a beverage machine. The portion capsule includes a lid sealed to a base element having a cavity within which a beverage raw material is provided. The base element has a circumferential flange having a top side and a bottom side with a barcode located on the bottom side. The beverage machine includes a detector to read the barcode, a media chute configured to receive and support the portion capsule, and a pump controlled to push water into the portion capsule only upon a determination that the read barcode agrees with a stored reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: K-FEE SYSTEM GMBH
    Inventor: Marc Kr├╝ger
  • Patent number: 10856691
    Abstract: In order to improve a beverage preparation device in terms of operability and ergonomics and in particular to simplify filling of a supply container with solid beverage starting products, a supply container arrangement is provided which has at least one two-part supply container having a lower part-container and a removable upper part-container which can be arranged on the lower part-container. The upper part-container has a bottom with a connection opening on which a closure device is arranged which is designed, when joining together the upper and lower part-containers, to open automatically and to free a connection between the upper and lower part-containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Franke Kaffeemaschinen AG
    Inventor: Heinz Vetterli
  • Patent number: 10849360
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device may comprise an electrical power supply, a housing defining a cavity for receiving an aerosol-generating article, at least one electrical heater within the cavity, and a controller configured to control a supply of electrical power from the electrical power supply to the at least one electrical heater. The controller is configured to activate the at least one electrical heater for a total time period when an aerosol-generating article is received within the cavity. The aerosol-generating device may also comprise a segmented visual feedback device, wherein a plurality of segments of the segmented visual feedback device each correspond to a portion of the total time period. Each of the plurality of segments is configured to provide visual feedback when an aerosol-generating article is received within the cavity and when the corresponding portion of the total time period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista, Stephane Antony Hedarchet
  • Patent number: 10843294
    Abstract: Provided is a laser processing apparatus comprises a stage holding a substrate, the stage being movable in a first direction, a laser beam source radiating a laser beam onto the substrate, a dust-suction duct having a first optical path extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the laser beam travelling along the first optical path thereof, and an air aspirator aspirating an air toward a direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the dust-suction duct includes a pair of air-guiding plates opposed to each other along a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions, and wherein the pair of the air-guiding plates are configured to have a gap therebetween such that it is narrowest in an optical path region and gets wider as it is far away from the optical path region in upstream and downstream regions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hidehiko Karasaki, Hidefumi Saeki
  • Patent number: 10843287
    Abstract: A welding power source configured to receive an input power includes a plurality of components and supervising circuitry configurable in a plurality of modes. The plurality of components include power conversion circuitry and background power supply. The supervising circuitry is configured to distribute the input power to the plurality of components based at least in part on a mode of the plurality of modes. The plurality of modes include a welding mode configured to distribute the input power to the power conversion circuitry and to the background power supply. The plurality of modes also include a monitoring mode configured to distribute the input power to the background power supply, and to not distribute the input power to the power conversion circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Indra B. Wiryadinata, Mark A. Ulrich, Charles L. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10839991
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a shunt resistor, a resistor plate with a first side surface and a second side surface opposite to each other is provided. A first electrode plate and a second electrode plate are respectively pressed onto the first side surface and the second side surface, thereby forming a first connection surface between the first electrode plate and the resistor plate, and a second connection surface between the second electrode plate and the resistor plate. A first conductive module is placed on opposite ends of the first connection surface, and a second conductive module is placed on opposite ends of the second connection surface. Current is applied to the first and second connection surfaces via the first and second conductive modules respectively to weld the first electrode plate and the resistor plate, and to weld the second electrode plate and the resistor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Shen-Li Hsiao, Kuang-Cheng Lin, Hwan-Wen Lee, Chih-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 10835991
    Abstract: A laser light irradiation device includes a laser light source, a spatial light modulator, a controller, an objective lens, and an intensity distribution acquisition unit. The laser light source generates laser light. The spatial light modulator includes a display unit configured to display a phase pattern, allows the laser light to enter the display unit, and modulates the laser light in accordance with the phase pattern to emit the laser light. The controller controls the phase pattern to be displayed. The objective lens converges the laser light emitted from the spatial light modulator at the object. The intensity distribution acquisition unit acquires an intensity distribution of the laser light emitted from the spatial light modulator and entering the objective lens. The controller displays, on the display unit, the phase pattern including a marking configured to modulate part, in the laser light, not entering a pupil plane of the objective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Junji Okuma