Patents Examined by Dana Ross
  • Patent number: 10845090
    Abstract: A heating system may include at least two different types of heating elements. The heating elements may include at least one infrared heating element and at least one halogen lamp. The heating elements may be positioned within a heating section of a duct through which air flows to be heated by the heating elements, which air flow may be driven by a fan. The heating system may be incorporated into a variety of heating devices, such as electric fireplaces and space heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Twin-Star International, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Crowe
  • Patent number: 10843283
    Abstract: An apparatus for electrically machining including a rotatable shaft and an electrode for electrically machining is disclosed. The electrode is movably connected to the rotatable shaft. When the rotatable shaft is rotated, the electrode rotates together with the rotatable shaft and moves relative to the rotatable shaft under an action of centrifugal force. Further disclosed is a method for electrically machining including: movably connecting an electrode to a rotatable shaft; inserting the rotatable shaft into a hole in a workpiece, and keeping a gap between the electrode and the workpiece, wherein the hole has a first diameter; powering on the electrode and the workpiece; rotating the rotatable shaft in the hole to generate centrifugal force; and pushing the electrode relative to the rotatable shaft towards the workpiece under an action of the centrifugal force to remove a portion of a material of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Renwei Yuan, Xiaobin Chen, Dong Liu, Yong Wu
  • Patent number: 10828385
    Abstract: An aerosol generator includes a composite conduit to transport multiple liquids to a heating element at flow rates such that the liquids arrive at the heating element in desirable concentrations. The heating element volatilizes the liquids to form volatilized fluid, which mixes with ambient air to form an aerosol with desirable concentrations of the multiple liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Zuyin Yang, Susan E. Wrenn
  • Patent number: 10827880
    Abstract: A food processor includes a base, a motor disposed within the base, a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and extending outwardly from the base, the output shaft being rotatable upon actuation of the motor, a bowl mounted on the base for containing food items, a modular lid for covering the bowl and having an opening therein, and a removable attachment receivable by the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph W. Zakowski, Bryan Hotaling, Matthew Naples, John Macneill
  • Patent number: 10828722
    Abstract: This relates to a method of manufacturing a metallic component by additive layer manufacturing. The method comprises the step of providing a layer of granular metallic material. The layer of the granular metallic material is melted by a laser beam or electron beam which applies a defined scanning strategy, which is defined in such a way that a first region of the layer is melted before a second region of the layer such that during the subsequent solidification, residual stresses emerge in the first and the second region. These residual stresses act as integrated crack stoppers of the metallic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Tom Shearn
  • Patent number: 10821535
    Abstract: A welding system includes a feeder that advances a self-shielded flux-cored welding electrode toward a weld puddle. A power supply provides a welding output to the electrode to generate an arc, and a controller controls the welding output. The controller controls the power supply to provide a background welding output to the electrode before a shorting event between the electrode and a workpiece is detected. The controller monitors the welding output to detect both the shorting event and the clearance thereof. Upon detecting clearance of the short, the controller automatically switches the welding output to a minimum magnitude fixed current welding output. After the predetermined duration, the controller automatically switches the welding output from the minimum magnitude fixed current welding output back to the background welding output until another shorting event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Peters, David Earle Mooney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10821537
    Abstract: A method for establishing welding parameters for a welding process guides a welding torch along a predetermined welding path over the workpiece to be worked and sets welding parameters based on the respective path position for workpiece working. Before establishing the parameters, ideal parameters are determined by test welding processes on test workpieces along test welding paths, with a respective specific test workpiece position and arrangement relative to the gravitational acceleration vector and a specific tangential vector of the test path, and are stored. The parameters at the respective path position are established based on workpiece position and arrangement at the time relative to the welding path gravitational acceleration vector and tangential vector at the time by interpolation of the stored ideal parameter values for the determined positions and arrangements of the test workpieces relative to the gravitational acceleration vector and the specific tangential vectors of the test paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Fronius International GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Ennsbrunner, Daniel Angermayr, Manfred Schoerghuber, Bernhard Moertendorfer
  • Patent number: 10820749
    Abstract: A foaming machine providing a fluid foam and/or a food product foam, the machine being configured to receive an in-line heating device, the in-line heating device includes a primary heating unit and a heating cartridge. The heating cartridge includes an inner heating path. A system for providing a hot fluid foam and/or a hot food product foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Grégory Savioz
  • Patent number: 10814433
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for efficiently cutting a transparent substrate. The system includes a laser source in optical communication with at least one multi-foci optical system. The laser source outputs at least one optical signal to the optical system. The optical system is positioned between the laser source and the substrate to be cut. The optical system includes at least one housing detachably coupled to at least one base member. One or more plate members having one or more apertures formed therein may be coupled to at least one of the housing, the baser member, or both. The aperture formed on the plate member may be configured to permit the optical signal to enter and exit the optical system. Various optical subassemblies may be positioned within or coupled to the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsi Miao
  • Patent number: 10813176
    Abstract: In a method for operating a cooking zone of a cook top, wherein the cooking zone is formed by at least two cooking sub-zones and each cooking sub-zone can be heated by at least one heating unit, with the heating units arranged adjacent to each other without overlapping such that a cohesive heatable surface is formed during a joint operation of the cooking sub-zones, detection of an occupancy of a cooking sub-zone by at least one food preparation vessel is activated in a first operating mode and a same electrical power is supplied to all activated cooking sub-zones occupied by a food preparation vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Sandra Aranda Vazquez, Ignacio Garde Aranda, Oscar Gracia Campos, Sergio Llorente Gil, Oscar Lucia Gil, Carlos Vicente Mairal Serrano, Ignacio Millan Serrano, Paul Muresan
  • Patent number: 10807195
    Abstract: Method for operating at least one apparatus (1) for additively manufacturing three-dimensional objects (2) by means of successive layerwise selective irradiation and consolidation of layers of a powdered build material (3) which can be consolidated by means of an energy beam (4), whereby waste thermal energy (WTE) is generated during operation of the at least one apparatus (1), characterized in that the waste thermal energy (WTE) is at least partly used for generating electrical or mechanical energy (EE, ME) by means of at least one energy converting device (15) and/or the waste thermal energy (WTE) is at least partly used for operating at least one thermal energy consuming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Tim Döhler
  • Patent number: 10806290
    Abstract: An electric kitchen appliance has a pot for receiving food to be processed using the electric kitchen appliance. An ultrasound transmitter and an ultrasound receiver are provided in order to determine the fill level of the food in the pot. The ultrasound transmitter and the ultrasound receiver are attached to the upper edge of the pot such that an ultrasound signal can be transmitted onto the surface of the food by the ultrasound transmitter, and an ultrasound signal reflected by the surface of the food can be received by the ultrasound receiver. In this manner, an electric kitchen appliance is provided which allows the fill state of the food in the pot to be determined in a simple and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Cornelissen, Torsten Lang
  • Patent number: 10807326
    Abstract: A method of making monolithic carbon nanotube heater elements with geometric shape with multiple, complex curvatures is disclosed. The method includes depositing carbon nanotubes on to a forming surface, draining the carbon nanotubes, and drying the carbon nanotubes. Alternatively, the method includes thermoforming carbon nanotube sheets containing thermoplastic binders. The resulting carbon nanotube heater element is a thin, monolithic carbon nanotube heater sheet having a geometric shape with complex curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Brad Hartzler
  • Patent number: 10806295
    Abstract: A descaling device includes a descaling-chemicals reservoir for descaling a hydraulic circuit of a hot-beverage producing machine. The descaling-chemicals reservoir has an outlet port arranged at or near the bottom portion of the descaling-chemicals reservoir. The descaling device further includes an inlet port and a water flow passage extending from the inlet port to the descaling-chemicals reservoir. The outlet port is provided with a closure member openable upon connection of the descaling device with a hydraulic circuit of a hot-beverage producing machine. The inlet and outlet ports can be placed in fluid communication, such that water is sucked through the inlet port for flow through the descaling-chemicals reservoir and discharge through the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Marco Santini, Giovanni Berto
  • Patent number: 10807904
    Abstract: A glass composition includes a glass frit and an electrostatic force reinforcing material including polymethylhydrosiloxane derivatives. The electrostatic force reinforcing material is represented by the following Formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Taehee Kim, Taeho Kim, Dongwan Seo, Yongsoo Lee, Suyeon Choi
  • Patent number: 10799058
    Abstract: A system for automated detection in beverage dispensing machines suitable for receiving at least a first and second type of exchangeable supply pack adapted to contain a product to be supplied in the operation of the system equipped with means for automatically performing presence of supply detection. More particularly, the detection of the presence and the contents of exchangeable supply packs in beverage dispensing machines is automated. A pack-in-place detection is provided by emitting light and measuring the presence of the emitted light on one light detector, the system determines the absence or the correct/incorrect placement of the supply pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Bram Klabbers
  • Patent number: 10800299
    Abstract: An armrest for an interior equipment part of a motor vehicle includes a decor layer, a support element, a cushion element disposed at least in sections between the support element and the decor layer, and a heating element disposed at least in sections on the decor layer. Furthermore, the armrest includes a sensor element that includes an electrode and a counter electrode. The sensor element is electrically connected to a control unit, wherein the sensor element is designed to send an electric sensor signal to the control unit when the distance between the electrode and the counter electrode changes at least in regions, and the control unit is designed to switch the heating element off and/or on as a function of the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Feineis, Jörg Lippmann
  • Patent number: 10793312
    Abstract: An agitating device is provided that extracts food particles from food suspended in a liquid. The agitating device includes a rim, an interior portion having a plurality of apertures and a plurality of projections that extend from the interior portion, and a plurality of tabs that mechanically couple the rim and the interior portion. Furthermore, an infusion device is provided that infuses food flavors from food suspended in a liquid. The infusion device includes a lid, a container having an open end and a closed end, and the agitating device placed between the lid and the container. The plurality of projections extends from the interior portion toward the closed end of the container. The interior portion of the agitating device includes a surface that supports the plurality of projections oriented between 0° and 180° relative to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Vienar Roaks
  • Patent number: 10798790
    Abstract: A microwave heating system configured for heating a plurality of articles is provided. One or more of the microwave launchers can be offset slightly, such that the microwave energy introduced into the heating chamber is discharged at a launch tilt angle of at least 2°. Additionally, each launcher can include a microwave-transparent window disposed between the microwave chamber and the one or more launch openings and at least 50 percent of the chamber-side surface of the window can be oriented at an angle of at least 2° from the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Microwave Materials Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Dail Kimrey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10794599
    Abstract: An oven including a camera disposed above a cooking compartment to clearly capture an inside of the cooking compartment, and having a structure which cools the camera to prevent a temperature of the camera from being increased due to heat generated in the cooking compartment. The oven includes the camera provided above the cooking compartment and configured to capture the inside of the cooking compartment, a camera cooling fan disposed above the camera and configured to cool the camera by suctioning external air, a first glass provided at a ceiling of the cooking compartment so that the camera captures the inside of the cooking compartment and configured to block transmission of heat in the cooking compartment to the camera, and a second glass provided between the camera and the first glass and configured to block transmission of heat to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Hyeong Jin Jang, Sang-Jin Lee, Jung Hak Lee, Myoung Keun Kwon, Sang Jun Park, Eung Ryeol Seo, Han Jun Sung