Patents Examined by Brian W Jennison
  • Patent number: 10752091
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radiant heater for a vehicle, the radiant heater including: a base fabric; a heating member stacked on the base fabric; a fixing member fixing the heating member to the base fabric; and a laminated fabric stacked on an upper side of the fixing member and combined with the base fabric. Thus, the heater can be formed in a woven form and thus manufactured quickly and simply, and a heating temperature of the heater can be easily controlled according to a location by only controlling a resistance pattern, thereby provide a more uniform warmth to a passenger of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Dong Hoon Oh, Soo Doo Park, Kil Sang Jang, Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 10743588
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices that may include components configured to convert electrical energy to heat and atomize an aerosol precursor composition. An outer body may at least partially enclose the components. An illumination source may be configured to output electromagnetic radiation. A wave guide may be configured to receive the electromagnetic radiation from the illumination source and illuminate the aerosol delivery device. The wave guide may define an increasing width from a first longitudinal end at which the electromagnetic radiation is received to an opposing second longitudinal end. Thereby, the wave guide may directly transmit the electromagnetic radiation across the entirety of the second longitudinal end to provide substantially even illumination at the second longitudinal end while employing less material and reducing the volume of space occupied by the wave guide as compared to cylindrical embodiments of wave guides. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Wilson Christopher Lamb, Michael Pail
  • Patent number: 10746410
    Abstract: A method and arrangement is provided for setting a peak operating power level for an oven having an oven compartment, a user interface, and a controller having a memory with a maximum peak operating power level stored therein. The method includes the steps of displaying an oven set-up user interface window on the user interface during an initial start-up of the oven; in response to an input for selecting a maximum output for the oven, displaying a maximum output user interface window on the user interface. Further, after input of a peak operating power level, the method stores the peak operating power level in the memory and selectively provides a power control signal to generate heat that corresponds to the peak operating power level. The oven is either an electric oven or gas oven. In operation, the oven heats at the peak operating power level, which is less than the maximum peak operating power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John H. Wiker, William S. Schjerven, Sr., Theodore James Chmiola, Richard H. Van Camp
  • Patent number: 10736349
    Abstract: Foamed meat or fish products and methods of producing the same are provided. The methods comprise feeding a raw material comprising comminuted meat or fish and connective tissue to a dispersing apparatus. A gas is also provided to the dispersing apparatus and the dispersing apparatus operated to provide the foamed meat or fish product. The foamed meat or fish products so produced include gas bubbles having an average size of 0.1 to 7 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MARS, Incorporated
    Inventor: Johannes P. Schlebusch
  • Patent number: 10730146
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing material from a cutting insert is disclosed. A source of electromagnetic radiation produces a laser beam that passes through a aperture for truncating a dimension of the laser beam and a homogenizer for providing a cross section of the laser beam with a uniform energy density. A mask having a predetermined shape reduces the dimension of the laser beam, and an imaging lens projects the laser beam onto a surface of the cutting insert. The predetermined shape of the mask provides for selective adjustment of an amount of material removed from the surface of the cutting insert. In one embodiment, the mask has a shape of an isosceles trapezoid for producing a T-land surface at the intersection between a top rake face and the flank face of the cutting insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KENNAMETAL INDIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Naveen Kondameedi
  • Patent number: 10734918
    Abstract: A welding or cutting device includes a first transistor coupled between a first node and a second node. The first transistor controls current and voltage provided to an inductor during a welding or cutting operation. The welding or cutting device also includes a first diode coupled in series with the first transistor between the second node and a third node, and a second diode coupled in parallel with the first transistor and the first diode between the first node and a fourth node. Additionally, the welding or cutting device includes a second transistor coupled in series with the second diode and in parallel with the first transistor and the first diode between the fourth node and the third node. The second transistor controls a voltage applied to a transistor during a freewheeling operation of the inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Van Bergen Salsich
  • Patent number: 10724743
    Abstract: The invention relates to an oven comprising an oven cavity (10) with a closable opening (12) for receiving food to be cooked or baked, an evaporation cavity (26) in a bottom wall (24) of the oven cavity (10) and an evaporation heating element (28) being arranged for heating the evaporation cavity (26). According to the invention the evaporation cavity (26) is formed as an embossment in the bottom wall (24) of the oven cavity (10) and the heating power of the evaporation heating element (28) is adapted to evaporate a volume of water to be evaporated that corresponds to the volume of such an embossment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Paolo Faraldi, Lorenzo Gattei, Agostino Rossato
  • Patent number: 10717145
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a multi-segment device, such as an intravascular guide wire. The multi-segment device includes an elongate first portion comprising a first metallic material, an elongate second portion comprising a different metallic material, the first and second elongate portions being directly joined together end to end by a solid-state weld, and a heat affected zone surrounding an interface of the weld where the first and second portions are joined together, wherein the heat affected zone has an average thickness of less than about 0.20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, Jeffrey F. Dooley, Matthew J. Gillick
  • Patent number: 10717153
    Abstract: Provided is a laser welding method for flat wires in which side surfaces at ends of first and second flat wires coated with insulating films, the side surfaces being stripped of the insulating films, are butted together, and a laser beam is applied to end surfaces of the first and second flat wires to weld together the side surfaces. This method includes: applying the laser beam in a loop shape inside the end surface of the first flat wire to form a molten pool; and gradually increasing the diameter of a loop-shaped application trajectory of the laser beam inside the end surface of the first flat wire to allow the molten pool to reach the side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10717313
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for activating thermochromatic ink. The device may include a drawing tip, a heating element, which may include a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heating element, communicably coupled to the drawing tip and configure to heat the drawing tip, and a power source configured to provide power to the heating element. The power source may be a lithium-ion battery. The battery may be rechargeable, and the device may have a charging port to recharge the battery from a power source coupled to the charging port. The device may have a regulator for regulating power from the power source to the heating element. The device may have a controller for directing power from the power source to the heating element. Further the heating element may be configured to heat the drawing tip to a temperature between 30-70 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NuCoat, Inc.
    Inventors: Jodi A. Schwendimann, Richard Maksimoski
  • Patent number: 10712016
    Abstract: The invention discloses a rotatable multi-functional reflection heating plate structure, comprising a heating component, wherein a reflector is disposed above the heating component; the reflector is connected with a household appliance through a rotating shaft; the reflector rotates around the rotating shaft; the heating component consists of a heating plate, an electrical heating pipe and a fixed board; the fixed board is fixedly connected with the household appliance; the heating plate is disposed above the fixed board; and the electrical heating pipe is disposed in the gap between the heating plate and the fixed board. In the invention, the reflector is fixed above the heating component using the rotating shaft, so the reflector does not fall down because of loose fixation; the heating component plays a good heat reflecting role, so foods can be roasted quickly; meanwhile, the assembling structure is simple and the cost is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Wenjun Bu
  • Patent number: 10710195
    Abstract: When a first sub-controller (14) and a second sub-controller (15) complete preparation for control, a preparation completion signal is sent to a main controller (13). When receiving the preparation completion signal from each of the first and the second sub-controllers (14)(15), the main controller (13) sends a BusyON signal to the first sub-controller (14) and the second sub-controller (15), and then drives a laser source (16) to generate laser light L. Then the main controller (13) sends a BusyOFF signal to the first and the second sub-controllers (14)(15). When the first sub-controller (14) receives the BusyON signal and then receives the BusyOFF signal, the first sub-controller drives a laser-light irradiation unit (17). When the second sub-controller (15) receives the BusyON signal and then receives the BusyOFF signal, the second sub-controller drives a moving mechanism (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeo Yajima
  • Patent number: 10709280
    Abstract: A food processing device, comprising a bowl with a lid, the lid is provided with a food feed tube. The device also has a spiral cutting means provided at the top of the bowl such that as food enters the bowl via the food feed tube it is cut into continuous ribbons or strips. The spiral cutting means comprises a spiral cutter disc base having a disc-set with a plurality of different types of spiral cutting discs, each of which can be separately aligned with the food feed tube to cut the food into a different shaped continuous ribbon or strip. By rotating the spiral cutter disc base the user can line up a first cutting disc with the food feed tube, make some food cuts, then turn the spiral cutter disc base so that a second cutter disk is lined up with the feed tube and then make a different food cut. In this way the user can cut food into different sizes of ribbon, spaghetti, etc. to achieve a superior presentation of food (e.g. fruits and vegetables).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Huiyang Allan Plastic & Electric Industries Co., Limited
    Inventors: Shu Sang Cheung, Xian Liang Ou Yang
  • Patent number: 10710188
    Abstract: A system and method for wirelessly controlling, monitoring, and updating various welding parameters from a remote device using a single remote control. The remote does not need to have the software to communicate with the welding-type system prior to initiating communications with the welding-type system. Rather, the welding-type system can provide a code download to the remote to perform an over-the-air programming of the remote to configure the remote to control the welding-type system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Marc L. Denis, Michael A. Gill, Todd G. Batzler
  • Patent number: 10716172
    Abstract: A method for producing a vehicle plastic pane having a heating function is presented. The method includes: the provisioning of a one- or two-component, semi-transparent, polymeric pane base body; the coating of the pane base body with a protective coating; the embedding of heating wires for direct electrical contact with busbars that are deposited; the usage of a fine powder coating (FPC) plasma process at atmospheric pressure to deposit the busbars; and the mounting a connection element on and/or in each of the busbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Uwe Weissenberger, Marcus Guldan, Sebastian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10702094
    Abstract: A device for continuous heating of fluids, using steam, includes a first tubular circuit, having one inlet and one outlet, in which to fluid or mixture of liquids with gases to be heated is circulated, and a second tubular circuit in which the heating steam is circulated. The first tubular circuit comprises a section that is helically wound around a section of the axial length of a hollow first cylindrical body, closed at both ends. The device further comprises a hollow second hollow cylindrical body in which said first cylindrical body and said helically wound section are coaxially housed. The second cylindrical body is closed at both ends and has radial passageways communicating between the cavity of said first cylindrical body and the cavity of said second cylindrical body. The first cylindrical body, second cylindrical body and radial passageways forming part of said second tubular circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gruppo Cimbali S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Rognoni, Michele Tresoldi, Claudio Mosconi
  • Patent number: 10695863
    Abstract: A method for controlled machining of a workpiece includes focusing a laser light beam on a target point of the workpiece to generate a laser focus point. An optical distance measuring device gathers measuring data to determine a distance between the target point and a laser target optics. The workpiece is positioned in relation to the laser focus point based on the distance measuring data gathered. The distance measuring device is a confocal optical distance measuring device having a measuring light source for generating a measuring light and having a variable-focal-length measuring lens system. The focal length of the variable-focal-length measuring lens system is varied over time to gather distance measuring data at different focal length values of the variable-focal-length measuring lens system. A device for controlled machining includes a laser light source, a laser target optics, a distance measuring device, a positioning device, and an evaluation and control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Precitec Optronik GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Dietz
  • Patent number: 10694753
    Abstract: Food preparation apparatus and associated methods. In one method, dough is proofed in an oven compartment and then baked in the same oven compartment. Temperature and/or humidity can be controlled during proofing and/or baking cycles. A blower may be used, for example, to exhaust gas to ambient to reduce heat and/or moisture in the compartment. For example, the blower may be used between proofing and baking cycles to prepare an environment in the oven compartment for the baking cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Robert J. Reese, Philip Gregory Geerling, Jeffrey A. Stafford, Gregory Glen Stettes, Thomas E. Kieffer, Kim Charles Fietsam
  • Patent number: 10694585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a planar heating element (1) comprising a PTC resistive structure (2), which is arranged in a defined surface region (3) of a first surface (4) of a support substrate (5), wherein electrical connection contacts (6) for connection to an electrical voltage source (7) are associated with the PTC resistive structure (2), wherein the PTC resistive structure (2)—starting from the two electrical connection contacts (6)—has at least one internal conductive trace (8) and a parallel connected, external conductive trace (9), wherein the internal conductive trace (8) has a greater resistance than the external conductive trace (9) and wherein the resistances of the internal conductive trace (8) and external conductive trace (9) are so sized that upon applying a voltage an essentially uniform temperature distribution is present within the defined surface region (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Innovative Sensor Technology IST IG
    Inventors: Jiri Holoubek, Mirko Lehmann, Josef Vlk
  • Patent number: 10682011
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cooking system for cooking food, the system including a housing defining a hollow chamber configured to receive a food container. The housing has an upper portion defining an opening to the hollow chamber. A lid is attachable about the upper portion of the housing and is configured to extend across the opening to the hollow chamber. At least one heating element is associated with at least one of said housing and said lid. The cooking system is operable in a plurality of modes including a pressure cooking mode and a dry cooking mode. In the pressure cooking mode, the cooking system is operable as a pressure cooker and in the dry cooking mode, the cooking system is operable as a dry cooker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Gill, Ross Richardson, Naomi Kalia Williams Zabel, Da Deng, Mete Gursel, Andrew John Roy Tattersfield, Niall Christopher Denham, Roger Neil Jackson, Ronan Patrick Leahy, Evan James White, Thomas Guerin, Chris Martin, Nathaniel R. Lavins, Mackenzie Lee Swanhart, Samuel Andrew Ferguson, Scott James Stewart