Patents Examined by Chen Wen Jiang
  • Patent number: 8887518
    Abstract: A method of reducing a cyclical loss coefficient of an HVAC system efficiency rating of an HVAC system includes operating the HVAC system using a recorded electronic expansion valve position of an electronic expansion valve of the HVAC system, discontinuing operation of the HVAC system, and resuming operation of the HVAC system using an electronic expansion valve position that allows greater refrigerant mass flow through the expansion valve as compared to the recorded electronic expansion valve position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin B. Mercer, John R. Edens, Jonathan David Douglas
  • Patent number: 8875530
    Abstract: An embodiment of method used to control operation of a screw compressor of a refrigeration system may include receiving status signals regarding operation of the screw compressor of the refrigeration system. The method may further include determining an operating point of the screw compressor based upon the received status signals, and selecting a torque profile for the screw compressor based upon the operating point. The method may also include driving the screw compressor per the selected torque profile. Refrigeration systems and compressor systems suitable for implementing the method are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Foye, Nathan T. West, Dennis M. Beekman, John R. Sauls
  • Patent number: 8876013
    Abstract: An HVAC controller is described that is configured to be more intuitive and user friendly to program and operate than convention HVAC controllers. In some instances, the HVAC controller may include a touch screen interface that provides greater flexibility in displaying information to the user and/or soliciting information from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John Amundson, Jeffrey Boll
  • Patent number: 8869552
    Abstract: A helium management control system for controlling the helium refrigerant supply from a common manifold supplies cryogenic refrigerators with an appropriate helium supply. The system employs sensors to monitor and regulate the overall refrigerant supply to deliver an appropriate refrigerant supply to each of the cryogenic refrigerators depending on the computed aggregate cooling demand of all of the cryogenic refrigerators. An appropriate supply of helium is distributed to each cryopump by sensing excess and sparse helium and redistributing refrigerant accordingly. If the total refrigeration supply exceeds the demand, or consumption, excess refrigerant is directed to cryogenic refrigerators which can utilize the excess helium to complete a current cooling function more quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Dresens, Gary S. Ash, Allen J. Bartlett, Bruce Andeen, Y. Roberto Than, Joseph Chopy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8870086
    Abstract: Remote control of energy consumption is realized using a readily installable, flexible approach. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, a remote source communicates with a wireless controller for executing energy usage control. The remote source sends signals to the wireless controller via a gateway located near or, in one implementation, forming part of the wireless controller. In response to the signals, the wireless controller sets control settings for operating one or more of a variety of equipment types, such as a furnace, air conditioner, water heater or heat pump. With this approach, wired connections from the gateway to energy-consuming equipment do not necessarily need to be made in order to effect remote energy-consumption control. For instance, when used in connection with a controller wired to the energy-consuming equipment, the gateway need only communicate wirelessly with the controller and does not necessarily need to be coupled to the energy-consuming equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick C. Tessier, Jeffrey S. Hartzler
  • Patent number: 8864042
    Abstract: A system and a method for monitoring and inspecting food safety is disclosed. The system adopts insert and use concept that only requires an initial push on a button to begin its function. The system provides visual alert for different conditions if food products are in unsafe status. The system is pre-calibrated during manufacture without complicated or multi-step calibration or recalibration procedures during application. The system relies on modern surface-mount microprocessor technology that enables long-term calibration stability along with very low power consumption for extended battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Novarus Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Brock, David Conn
  • Patent number: 8850838
    Abstract: A commercial refrigeration system has a control system which distributes intelligence to increase granularity of the control and simplify wiring, assembly and installation. Compressors of the refrigeration system each have a bus compatible compressor safety and control module including a processor and sensors. All control and safety modules communicate over a single power and communications line with the controller, providing digital transmissions to the controller of measurements taken by the sensors. The information provided may include that the compressor is outside of a specific safety parameter, so that the controller knows not only that a safety parameter has been traversed, but exactly which one. The control and safety modules are capable of executing commands from the controller to cycle the compressors. The control and safety modules preferably contain sufficient intelligence to continue system operation upon failure of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventors: Norman E. Street, Ted W. Sunderland, Charles D. Thomas, Doron Shapiro, Michael J. D'Anna
  • Patent number: 8851393
    Abstract: A bureau is adapted to monitor and forecast weather conditions and to generate forecasting data. A thermostat operatively coupled to an air conditioner/heater initiates and terminates both heating and cooling. A communication network operatively couples the bureau and the thermostat. Operational components within the thermostat are a first screen to display the actual temperature, a second screen to display the desired temperature, a mode switch having a primary position for cooling and a secondary position for heating, and an electronic controller for receiving input from the bureau and for operating the mode switch and for generating signals for the operation of the air conditioner/heater, the interpreting being based upon the generated forecasting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Wagih S. Girgis
  • Patent number: 8844834
    Abstract: Thermal targeting technology is used to continuously adjust boiler target temperature to the minimum necessary to satisfy the required heating load. Responsive to and initiated by a first call for heat, boiler target temperature is reduced by a predetermined amount upon or subsequent to the call for heat. Once the boiler temperature reaches this new target, a call timer is activated. If demand for heat is satisfied before a time set point is reached, the system ceases providing additional heat energy until the next heat demand. Responsive to and initiated by a next call for heat, the boiler target temperature is again reduced by the predetermined amount upon or subsequent to this next call for heat. Each time the heat demand is satisfied within the predetermined time interval, the boiler target temperature is reduced. If heat demand is not satisfied, a thermal boost is provided at set time intervals until the call for heat is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: C. Cowles & Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Lyons, Christopher L. Murray, William Montgomery, Robert Schiller, Timothy Van Leeuwen
  • Patent number: 8833670
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an intelligent thermostatic water outflowing device in the field of sanitary wares. By using said intelligent thermostatic water outflowing device, the defects of the current thermostatic water outflowing devices are overcome, such as a relatively complicated whole structure, a high cost and a poor applicability to ordinary valves. The intelligent thermostatic water outflowing device of the invention comprises a body provided with a hot water inflowing passage, a cold water inflowing passage and a water outflowing passage, and a valve core assembly provided between the cold water inflowing passage, the hot water inflowing passage and the water outflowing passage within the body. The present device further includes a motor, a water temperature control circuit and a temperature sensor. The valve core rod of the valve core assembly is connected with the output shaft of the motor fixed within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Qiyue Chen
  • Patent number: 8820104
    Abstract: This invention is characterized by an air conditioning system that jets actively a refrigerant into an evaporator in an active jetting manner so as to enhance the diffusibility and uniformity thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 8820095
    Abstract: A vortex-based temperature control system comprises a test chamber configured to receive a test article therein, a sensor disposed within the test chamber for detecting a temperature within the test chamber, a first vortex tube coupled to the test chamber for providing a heating airflow to the test chamber, and a second vortex tube coupled to the test chamber for providing a cooling airflow to the test chamber. The system also comprises a temperature controller coupled to the sensor and configured to control an airflow delivered to the first and second vortex tubes to obtain a desired temperature setting within the test chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Lessig, Kevin Cronk, Brian O'Malley, Matt Swain, Ramesh Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8820101
    Abstract: A refrigerator with a condenser and a fan for the forced ventilation of the condenser, the refrigerator including a fan control circuit for controlling the fan to provide variable throughflow of air from the fan and an assembly for measuring temperature in operative communication with the fan control circuit for operating the fan in a temperature-dependent manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Hausmann, Hans Ihle
  • Patent number: 8813513
    Abstract: The liquid galley refrigeration system for cooling food carts for aircraft employs an intermediate working fluid to transfer heat from one or more food carts to one or more remote chillers, allowing the carts and chillers to be advantageously distributed in the aircraft. While the chiller working fluid undergoes a phase change in order to transfer heat from the intermediate working fluid to the cooling air, the intermediate working fluid remains in its liquid phase throughout its circulation. A recirculation pump circulates the intermediate working fluid through a distribution system that may link a plurality of chillers to a plurality of food carts, and the temperature of the food carts is regulated by a combination of controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: George Simadiris, Ian Douglas Oswald
  • Patent number: 8813512
    Abstract: Embodiments of a modular condenser unit are provided. The modular condenser unit may include a housing and a first condenser coil and a second condenser coil disposed within a volume of the housing. A fan may also be disposed in an end of the housing and adapted to draw air through at least one of the first condenser coil and the second condenser coil. In some embodiments, the first condenser coil and/or the second condenser coil may be micro-channel condenser coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hobart Brothers Company
    Inventors: Varun Prem Sagar Rajasekaran, Jeffrey E. Montminy, Steven Eugene Bivens
  • Patent number: 8806878
    Abstract: An insulator includes a step portion in a region where a sealing material support portion of a first division part comes into contact with a sealing material support portion of a second division part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Keihin Corporation
    Inventor: Shintaro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8800884
    Abstract: A system having: a midplane having air flow channels therein; a disk drive mounted to a first side of the midplane; and a temperature sensors mounted to the midplane. The system includes a pair of electrical chassis connected to a second side of the midplane. A first one of the chassis has therein: a fan; and a fan controller for controlling speed of the fan in response to a temperature control signal. A second one of the chassis has therein: a microprocessor for: detecting temperature signals produced by the temperature sensors; comparing differences between the detected temperature signals; and selecting one of the detected temperature control signal from the compared differences as the temperature control signal. A faulty one of the temperature sensors is detected by: selecting one of the detected temperature control signal as the faulty one of the plurality of temperature sensors from the compared differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A Dufresne, II, Daniel Savilonis, John Kevin Bowman, John V Burroughs, Michael Robillard
  • Patent number: 8801893
    Abstract: A method of transferring heat from or to a workpiece support in an RF coupled plasma reactor includes placing coolant in an internal flow channel that is located inside the workpiece support and transferring heat from or to the coolant by circulating the coolant through a refrigeration loop in which the internal flow channel of the workpiece support constitutes an evaporator of the refrigeration loop. The method further includes maintaining thermal conditions of the coolant inside the evaporator within a range in which heat exchange between the workpiece support and the coolant is primarily or exclusively through the latent heat of vaporization of the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lukas Brillhart, Richard Fovell, Douglas A. Buchberger, Jr., Douglas H. Burns, Kallol Bera, Daniel J. Hoffman, Kenneth W. Cowans, William W. Cowans, Glenn W. Zubillaga, Isaac Millan
  • Patent number: 8800303
    Abstract: A cold trap is provided with a cold panel provided in a pumping path such that the panel is exposed, a refrigerator thermally coupled to the cold panel and operative to cool the cold panel; and a controller configured, in a regeneration process for evaporating a gas frozen on the surface of the cold panel and discharging the gas outside using the vacuum pump, to control the refrigerator so as to raise the temperature of the cold panel to a temperature exceeding a non-liquefaction temperature range and to adjust a pressure in the pumping path at the temperature so that the gas frozen on the surface of the cold panel is evaporated without being melted, the non-liquefaction temperature range being a range in which it is guaranteed that a gas frozen on the surface of the cold trap is evaporated without being melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Oikawa
  • Patent number: 8789764
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dial type temperature controller easily changing a temperature range that is provided with a selector for changing temperature ranges and indication panels for selected corresponding ranges and allows a user to easily change the temperature range without an error, when changing the temperature range and the indication panel, and also stops control output with a dial of the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Autonics Corporation
    Inventor: Hwan-Ki Park