Patents Examined by Dana K Tighe
  • Patent number: 11884126
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes an evaporator, a heater, a plurality of outlets, and a sliding control door downstream of the evaporator, which is configured to allow air to flow across one or both of a heated path across the heater and a bypass path bypassing the heater. A sliding stratification door is downstream of the temperature control door and positionable to, in an intermediate position, direct air flowing through the bypass path to be mixed with air that flowed across the heated path before flowing out of the plurality of outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Air International (US) Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Spryshak
  • Patent number: 11889630
    Abstract: Described herein is a data center that provides for efficient cooling using HVAC units positioned outside of the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Switch, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rob Roy
  • Patent number: 11885514
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a housing having a suction port and a discharge port, a main fan configured to draw air into the housing through the suction port and discharge air from the housing through the discharge port, an auxiliary fan configured to draw, into the housing, air discharged by the main fan and a controller configured to control a rotational speed of the auxiliary fan to change a direction in which air is discharged from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Young-Jin Kim, Ju-Hyun Kang, Young-Jae Kim, Byung Yul So, Yong-Gak Kim, In-Jung Baek, Na Yeong Byeon, Moo Gyo Seo, Hyeong Joon Seo, Seung Cheon Yu, Sang Woo Lee, Hyo Kyu Lee, Jin Ho Lim, Min-Gi Cho, Hyeong Kyu Cho, Jun Hwang, Do Yeon Kim, Hyun Ah Kim, Yong Ho Seo, Woo Seog Song, Hyun-Joo Song, Young Sun Shin, Joon-Ho Yoon, Bu Youn Lee, Jung Dae Lee, Chang Seon Lee, Min Gu Jeon, Hee Jae Jeong
  • Patent number: 11878573
    Abstract: An air vent includes a housing, first and second air ducts, a first vane, and a set of vanes. The air ducts convey respective volumetric flows of air through the housing so that each volumetric flow exits the respective air duct in a different intersecting direction so that the flows of air collide after exiting the air ducts. A vane located along one of the air ducts is moveable to vertically change a perceived air discharge direction. A set of vanes includes at least one vane located in each air duct and is moveable to horizontally change the perceived air discharge direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Doll, Stephane Londiche, Julien Seiller, Martin Schulz
  • Patent number: 11878574
    Abstract: A slim air vent for a vehicle includes an inner wing disposed in a duct to horizontally rotate during manipulation of a knob, an outer wing and a support wing disposed in the duct to vertically rotate during the manipulation of the knob, a knob pin horizontally penetrating through the knob to rotate together with the knob during the vertical rotation of the knob and to guide the knob during the horizontal movement of the knob, and a link mechanism provided to connect one end of the knob pin and the outer wing to vertically rotate the outer wing and the support wing during rotation of the knob pin according to the vertical rotation of the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Seok Jun Oh, Dong Won Yeon, Jeong Woong Son, Byung Jo Kim, Wan Su Joun, Chun Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 11874025
    Abstract: [SUMMARY] [Problems to be Solved] To provide an air curtain apparatus that is small and simple, capable of separating a space, and capable of preventing entry of foreign matters such as droplets from one subspace into the other subspace. [Solution] An air curtain apparatus 1 includes a plurality of blowers 11 arrayed in an up-down direction and a plurality of second blowers 21 arrayed in the up-down direction. An air inlet port 23 included in the blower 21 faces an air outlet port 14 included in the blower 11. In a pair of the blower 11 and the blower 21, the blower 11 blows out a helical air current SA1 from the air outlet port 14, and the blower 21 sucks in the helical air current SA1 from the air inlet port 23. The air curtain apparatus 1 forms an air curtain AC1 with a plurality of the helical air currents SA1, the plurality of the helical air currents SA1 being blown from the plurality of the air outlet ports 14 and sucked into the plurality of air inlet ports 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Katsunori Suetsugu
  • Patent number: 11871535
    Abstract: An electronic equipment enclosure which regulates incoming outside air to within the operational limits of the electronic equipment within is described. The enclosure recirculates the wasted heat from the equipment to regulate both the temperature and humidity within the enclosure to acceptable levels without relying on any heating or air conditioning component. Thus, the enclosure assembly relies entirely on air flow for regulating the temperature inside the enclosure. Additionally, the recirculation feature of the enclosure allows the electronic equipment to operate at outside temperatures much lower than the stated operational range by modifying the temperature of the intake air of the equipment. A method of controlling the temperature inside an enclosure is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: TMEIC Corporation
    Inventors: D. Jason McCrary, Paul S. Bixel, Manish Verma
  • Patent number: 11871544
    Abstract: An air flow distribution system for cooling server racks includes at least one server rack partially defining a hot aisle and a cold aisle, a first air foil disposed above the server rack, and a second air foil disposed above the first air foil. The first air foil and the second air foil are configured to receive air from the hot aisle, and to form turbulent wake patterns in the cold aisle partially defined by the server rack. The air flow distribution system may include a convex ceiling member above the second air foil. A corresponding method includes causing air to be directed between a first air foil disposed above a server rack and a second air foil disposed above the first air foil to form turbulent wake patterns in the cold aisle. An electrical enclosure assembly includes a receptacle and a cover member configured as an air foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: INERTECH IP LLC
    Inventors: Earl Keisling, John Costakis, Gerald McDonnell
  • Patent number: 11850457
    Abstract: This application relates to ventilation systems, more particularly to roof ventilation systems that help to protect buildings against fires. The roof vent has an ember impedance structure that impedes the entry of flames and embers or other floating burning materials while still permitting sufficient air flow to adequately ventilate a building. Several configurations of vents employing baffle members and fire-resistant mesh material are described, which can substantially prevent the ingress of floating embers and flames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: O'Daniels, LLC.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Patent number: 11852375
    Abstract: A ventilation system for a space includes an air supply partition configured to cause filtered air to flow into an area of the space, and an air exhaust partition in spaced-apart relationship with the air supply partition and configured to cause air to be drawn in and filtered from the area. The air supply partition and the air exhaust partition create a “push-pull” air flow across the area. A ventilation partition includes air inlets in a first portion of the housing, air outlets in a second portion of the housing, a filter, and a fan configured to draw air in through the air inlets, through the filter, and out through the air outlets. The partition is a portable, free-standing structure configured to be supported by a surface, such as a floor of a room in which the partition is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: 3Flow, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas C. Smith
  • Patent number: 11852371
    Abstract: A ventilation device to be installed outdoors, includes: a casing; a heat exchanger accommodated in the casing and configured to perform heat exchange between outdoor air flowing indoors and indoor air flowing outdoors; an electric component unit including a control board and accommodated in the casing; and a fastener fixing, to the casing, an electric wire connected to the electric component unit. The heat exchanger is extractable sideward from the casing. The electric component unit is disposed above a projection region of the heat exchanger extracted from the casing. The casing includes a lead-out port disposed below the projection region and through which the electric wire is led out of the casing. The fastener is disposed between the electric component unit and the lead-out port. The electric wire fixed by the fastener is routed around the projection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Wataru Fukushima, Kanako Bando
  • Patent number: 11833882
    Abstract: A method and system for utilizing environmental data are described. The method includes receiving external environmental data and receiving in-cabin environmental data. A mitigation action for an in-cabin environment of a vehicle is provided. The mitigation action is based on the external environmental data and the in-cabin environmental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Aclima Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Murphy, Meghan Elizabeth Thurlow, Melissa M. Lunden, Davida Herzl, Matthew Hill
  • Patent number: 11835260
    Abstract: A door includes an air purifying assembly is secured to the door for filtering air flowing through the door. The air purifying assembly includes an outer housing, a fan housing in the outer housing, a filter housing secured to the outer housing, a filter in the filter housing, and a fan in the fan housing for providing a flow of air through the fan, fan housing, and out of the outer housing and outwardly through the door for purifying air. A plurality of doors in a structure, and an air purifying assembly in each door in the structure may purify the air in the structure. With a forced air unit for the structure, the air from the plurality of doors is discharged to the return air space and recirculating the purified air from rooms which include the doors having air purifying assemblies. Both an air purifying door structure and a method of purifying air in a structure utilizing the air purifying doors are included as claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Jerry G. Crittenden
  • Patent number: 11835258
    Abstract: An exhaust vent assembly with selectively removable top wall that includes an exhaust vent body with a base wall, two opposing sidewalls, a rear wall, and the top wall that is capable of being removed from the sidewalls to provide access to the inside (or vent channel) of the exhaust vent assembly. The top wall is capable of having a closed position with the top wall secured and covering the upper edges of the two opposing sidewalls and with a mesh screen coupled to the exhaust vent body that is capable of preventing animals, certain insects, and other matter from entering the vent channel. The top wall is configured to have an open position with the top wall substantially uncovering the upper edges of the two opposing sidewalls and providing access to the vent channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Carlos Alfonso
  • Patent number: 11825627
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrical cabinet with associated air flow direction and heat separation control system. The cabinet has a front, rear, a first side and a second side. The front side has openings to accept flow of cool air into the cabinet and the rear side has openings for exit of warm air from the rear side of the cabinet. The front, rear, first side and second side define an interior space are configured to house heat generating electrical equipment. A frame is adjacent the rear side of the cabinet. The frame has a first frame side and a second frame side. Louvers are located adjacent the rear of the cabinet. The louvers extend between the first frame side and the second frame side. Each louver has a face positioned at an angle to direct the warm air exiting the cabinet other than perpendicular to the rear of the cabinet. A first compartment for storing heat generating equipment is positioned above or below a thermally separated second compartment for storing heat sensitive equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Switch, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rob Roy
  • Patent number: 11801538
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus are described which can safely reduce a laboratory fume hood's minimum airflow and energy consumption when it is determined that the fume hood is not in active use, based on a condition monitoring approach. The condition monitoring approach may incorporate a combination of setback criteria to reliably determine if the fume hood is or is not in use. When a determination has been made that a fume hood is not in use, energy reduction is achieved via automatic methods of hood minimum airflow setback. Fume hood minimum flow reductions are automatically disabled when it is determined that the hood is in active use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Measured Air Performance, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Desrochers
  • Patent number: 11802710
    Abstract: A method for measuring outside airflow and return airflow is provided for an air handling system that includes an outside air inlet, a mixed air chamber, a return air inlet, a supply air outlet and a supply fan having a Supply Airflow Station with a fixed area, wherein the mixed air chamber is separated from the outside air inlet via a damper having a plurality of first damper slats. The method includes determining if the Temperature Differential (TD) between the Outside Air and the Return Air is greater than 10° F., where if the TD is greater than 10° F., then determining a position of the first damper slats, and referencing a reference table to identify the percent of outside airflow into the outside air inlet (CFMOA), the actual return airflow (CFMRA) and the total supply air outflow (CFMSA) responsive to the position of the first damper slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventor: Scott Boothroyd
  • Patent number: 11796219
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing air and an air treatment preparation includes a drying module, an air treatment preparation module, and an air diverter. The drying module has an air dispensing outlet and an air diverter outlet. The air treatment preparation module has an air diverter inlet and an air treatment preparation. The air diverter has a one-way valve. The air diverter connects the air diverter outlet of the drying module to the air diverter inlet of the air treatment preparation module via the one-way valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Xela Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Todd J. Muderlak
  • Patent number: 11787260
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a vehicle climate control system for controlling climate conditions in various cabin regions of a vehicle cabin, where the climate control system is configured to control one or more vehicle components to change the set of climate conditions associated with one or more cabin regions to approximate a set of optimal comfort conditions. The climate control system controls various vehicle components to control climate conditions, including window assemblies, sunroof assemblies, etc. The climate control system determines optimal comfort conditions which optimize perceived temperature of various occupant body parts and maintain various climate characteristics within one or more sets of thresholds. Output configurations of various vehicle components can be determined based at least in part upon determined optimal comfort conditions of various cabin regions. Output configurations can be generated based at least in part upon various control mode priorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Derek A. Faust, Emery A. Sanford, James Foster
  • Patent number: 11774118
    Abstract: A concealed roof vent has a base member having a primary aperture, a top panel coupled to the rear side of the base member and extending to the front side of the base member at an increasing angle, the top panel sized so as to shield the primary aperture; the top panel being coupled to the front side of the base member using one or more support legs; and at least one secondary aperture on the front side between the panel and the base member. Air from the attic passes through the primary aperture to the secondary aperture, through channels on the underside of roofing tiles, and to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventor: Joseph Langford