Patents Examined by Dana Ross
  • Patent number: 11191129
    Abstract: A layered heater includes a resistive layer formed from a conductive material and separated into an intermediate area and a resistive circuit pattern by a plurality of cuts that extend all the way through the resistive layer. The resistive circuit pattern includes termination pads electrically connected to the resistive circuit pattern with the intermediate area being electrically inactive. A conductive overlay is disposed over a continuous portion of the resistive circuit pattern. The plurality of cuts extend longitudinally into the conductive overlay such that no portion of the resistive pattern is present outside the conductive overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Elias Russegger, Gerhard Schefbanker, Martin Wallinger, Kevin Ptasienski
  • Patent number: 11185192
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cooking appliance, comprises a cooking system and a transport control system. The cooking system comprises a cleaning device, a cooking cavity connected to the cleaning device, and a first control device. The cleaning device is provided with a first input port and a second input port; the first control device can independently control the cooking system; the transport control system is located on the outer side of the cooking system and is detachably connected to the cooking system; and the transport control system can be communicated with the first input port and the second input port to transport a foodstuff to be cleaned and water for cleaning the foodstuff to the cleaning device by means of the first input port and the second input port, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Ruoyu Mei, Weijie Chen, Pofeng Ho, Dianguo Pan, Xiaokai Liu, Ya Zhou
  • Patent number: 11187359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly including an end-fitting for terminating an unbonded flexible pipe and an unbonded flexible pipe. The unbonded flexible pipe includes a first and a second armour layer co-axially arranged, and an electric heating system. The end-fitting includes means for mechanically anchoring the first armour layer to the end-fitting and includes electrical connections for connecting the first armour layer to a power-source. The end-fitting also includes means for mechanically anchoring the second armour layer to the end-fitting. The first and the second armour layers are electrically insulated from each other by at least one electrically insulating layer in the end-fitting and the end-fitting includes a local volume in the end-fitting adjacent to the electrically insulating layer adapted for injection of a functional fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco Denmark l/S
    Inventor: Kristian Glejbol
  • Patent number: 11179807
    Abstract: Methods include directing a laser beam to a target along a scan path at a variable scan velocity and adjusting a digital modulation during movement of the laser beam along the scan path and in relation to the variable scan velocity so as to provide a fluence at the target within a predetermined fluence range along the scan path. Some methods include adjusting a width of the laser beam with a zoom beam expander. Apparatus include a laser source situated to emit a laser beam, a 3D scanner situated to receive the laser beam and to direct the laser beam along a scan path in a scanning plane at the target, and a laser source digital modulator coupled to the laser source so as to produce a fluence at the scanning plane along the scan path that is in a predetermined fluence range as the laser beam scan speed changes along the scan path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: nLIGHT, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Martinsen
  • Patent number: 11179804
    Abstract: A laser machining nozzle includes: a nozzle body coupled to a machining head; and a flow path formed through the nozzle body in a longitudinal axis of the nozzle body to allow a machining-assist gas to be injected toward a workpiece therethrough while a laser beam is emitted toward the workpiece, wherein the flow path comprises a first flow path formed in a flow direction of the machining-assist gas and generating a supersonic flow of the machining-assist gas; a second flow path connected to the first flow path in the flow direction of the machining-assist gas and expanding a volume of the machining-assist gas having passed through the first flow path; and a flow path boundary defining a boundary between the first flow path and the second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Won Jae Lee, Hak Jae Lee, Sung Jun Jo, Yang Jae Shin
  • Patent number: 11179805
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a system for controlling the overlapping in the single-layer laser cladding of a shaft-like workpiece, and a method, a device and a system for dynamically adjusting a height of the laser head of a laser cladding machine. In the method for controlling the overlapping in the laser cladding of the shaft-like workpiece, the motions of the spindle and the feed shaft are planned based on an S-curve acceleration and deceleration method. The motion planning is dynamically adjusted by comprehensively considering the overlapping rate and the clamping allowance of the workpiece in a feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shandong University
    Inventors: Chengrui Zhang, Yisheng Yin, Wei Ma, Jie Wu, Tieshuang Zhu, Tianliang Hu
  • Patent number: 11179792
    Abstract: A torch for connection to an electric arc welding system having a wire feeder, a power source and a weld process controller for the power source. The torch being connected to the front end of a welding gun, which gun has a rear end with a first unique component of a connector. The welding system has a second component of the connector matching the first component. The gun has a communication channel extending from the torch to the first component for transmitting data to the welding system through the connector. The torch has a memory with an identification code outputted on the communication channel to the first component and the system has a decoder circuit connected to the second component and responsive to a selected identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Kachline
  • Patent number: 11178733
    Abstract: There is provided a cooker having at least one heating element (200). The cooker also has a supporting structure for supporting a cooking vessel above the heating element (200) and a bi-metallic element (202). The bi-metallic element (202) drives the heating element (200) to move based on a temperature of the bi-metallic element (202).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
    Inventor: Yusuf Ak
  • Patent number: 11173526
    Abstract: In one embodiment, systems and methods include using an automated laser system to remove a portion of a coating for nutplate installation. An automated laser system comprises a laser scanner and a laser head, wherein the laser head is coupled to the laser scanner. The laser head comprises a containment unit and a vacuum connector wherein the vacuum connector is disposed on a first side of the containment unit. The laser head further comprises a camera system, a light source, a first actuator, and a second actuator all disposed on a top surface of the containment unit. The laser head further comprises an end piece, wherein the second actuator is configured to displace the end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David Haynes Coleman, Michael Bryan Stoddard, Jeffrey P. Langevin, Steven E. Twaddle, Alexandria Zoe Arthur
  • Patent number: 11174146
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for producing a beverage, in particular a cold beverage, comprising a cartridge that has a reservoir filled with a beverage substance, a beverage preparation unit with a cartridge receptacle into which the cartridge can be reversibly inserted, and a cartridge discharge device which causes at least partial transfer of the beverage substance from the reservoir into a mixing chamber; furthermore, the beverage preparation unit comprises a fluid supply which opens into the mixing chamber, or the system includes a movable plunger which is placed inside the reservoir and can be transferred from a starting position into a final position by means of the cartridge discharge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Freezio AG
    Inventors: Marc Krüger, Günter Empl, Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 11178732
    Abstract: An induction heating device and a method for sensing a cooking vessel on an induction heating device are provided. The induction heating device may include a controller that converts a resonance waveform generated as current is applied to a sensing coil into a square waveform. The controller may determine whether a cooking vessel placed on the induction heating device has an inductive heating property based on a number of pulses of the converted square waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungsoo Hwangbo, Bong Jin Cho
  • Patent number: 11166493
    Abstract: Control device for aerosol inhalation device includes operational amplifier for performing output according to voltage applied to load for heating aerosol source and having correlation between temperature and electrical resistance value, control unit for performing processing based on the voltage according to the output, diode having anode electrically connected to one of inverting input terminal and noninverting input terminal, and circuit for electrically connecting power supply and the load. The circuit is formed by first region, and second region in which maximum voltage is lower than that in the first region, or applied voltage is lower than that to the first region. Of the inverting input terminal and the noninverting input terminal, terminal to which the anode of the diode is electrically connected is electrically connected to the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuma Mizuguchi, Takeshi Akao
  • Patent number: 11167973
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for producing a beverage, in particular a cold beverage, comprising a cartridge that has a reservoir filled with a beverage substance, a beverage preparation unit with a cartridge receptacle into which the cartridge can be reversibly inserted, and a cartridge discharge device which causes at least partial transfer of the beverage substance from the reservoir into a mixing chamber; furthermore, the beverage preparation unit comprises a fluid supply which opens into the mixing chamber, or the system includes a movable plunger which is placed inside the reservoir and can be transferred from a starting position into a final position by means of the cartridge discharge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Freezio AG
    Inventors: Marc Krüger, Günter Empl, Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 11168291
    Abstract: A beer maker may include a fermentation vessel accommodated in a space and having a beer brewing space, a main channel communicating with the beer brewing space, a sub-channel communicating with the beer brewing space, a gas pump connected to the sub-channel to pump gas to the sub-channel, and a gas valve at the sub-channel. Ingredients for brewing beer are supplied to the beer brewing space through the main channel, and gas is supplied to the beer brewing space through the sub-channel, so that beer can be simply brewed while minimizing a user from opening the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunyoung Park, Heeyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 11171462
    Abstract: A fiber laser apparatus that generates invisible laser light using an amplification optical fiber having a core and that propagates a fundamental mode and a low-order mode is provided. The fiber laser apparatus includes a visible laser light source that generates visible laser light, an introducing section that introduces the visible laser light generated by the visible laser light source into a core of the amplification optical fiber, a cladding light attenuating section that attenuates light which has propagated through a cladding of the amplification optical fiber, at a subsequent stage of the amplification optical fiber, and a drive unit that drives the visible laser light source to emit the visible laser light through a core of the output optical fiber in a case of performing alignment of an irradiation position of the invisible laser light with respect to a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Kashiwagi, Akira Fujisaki, Yoshihiro Emori
  • Patent number: 11167376
    Abstract: A method for roughening a surface of a metal molded body which can be used as an intermediate for manufacturing a composite molded body of a metal molded body with a resin, a rubber, a metal, or the like is provided. The method for roughening a metal molded body surface includes a step of irradiating the surface of the metal molded body with laser light at an irradiation rate of 2000 mm/sec or more with an energy density of 1 MW/cm2 or more using a laser apparatus, and the laser light irradiation step is a step of irradiating laser light so that laser light-irradiated portions and non-laser light-irradiated portions are generated alternately when the laser light is irradiated to be in a straight line, a curved line, or a combination of a straight line and a curved line on the surface of the metal molded body to be roughened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: DAICEL POLYMER LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Itakura, Masahiro Katayama, Takayuki Uno
  • Patent number: 11161201
    Abstract: A powder melting device for an additive manufacturing system is provided. The powder melting device includes at least one laser device configured to generate at least one energy beam for forming at least one melt pool in a layer of powdered material. The powder melting device also includes at least two optical elements configured to dynamically induce beam distortion in the at least one energy beam to modify a beam spot incident on the layer of powdered material. The at least two optical elements are configured to induce at least one of an aspect ratio adjustment of the at least one energy beam, an optical powder redistribution between a periphery and a center of the at least one energy beam, and a rotation of the at least one energy beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov, Jason Harris Karp, Mark Marshall Meyers, William Thomas Carter
  • Patent number: 11161204
    Abstract: An allograft optimization system utilizes an optical system to determine the outer perimeter of a tissue blank for allograft cutting therefrom. The optical system determines an optimal allograft array pattern that can be derived from the irregular tissue blank and may include a plurality of various allograft shapes and sizes. A computer operates an allograft optimization computer program that receives input regarding the outer perimeter of the tissue blank. A cutting implement, such as a laser, is configured to cut the allografts from the irregularly shaped tissue blank according the allograft array pattern. The cutting implement is automatically actuated by an actuator with respect to the tissue blank to cut the allografts therefrom. The cutting implement may be a laser or a galvo laser that is directed by one or more mirrors. The tissue may be birth tissue including placental tissue and amnion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amnio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Merrill Stromer, Larry Macal, Donald R. Taylor, Cris Holmes, James E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 11161202
    Abstract: A shaping apparatus is equipped with: a beam shaping system having a beam irradiation section that includes a condensing optical system which emits a beam and a material processing section which supplies a shaping material irradiated by the beam from the beam irradiation section; and a controller which, on the basis of 3D data of a three-dimensional shaped object to be formed on a target surface, controls a workpiece movement system and the beam shaping system such that a target portion on the target surface is shaped by supplying the shaping material from the material processing section while moving the beam from the beam irradiation section and the target surface on a workpiece (or a table) relative to each other. Further the intensity distribution of the beam in the shaping plane facing the emitting surface of the condensing optical system can be modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichi Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 11154668
    Abstract: A container for an aerosol-generating device is provided, including a first compartment including a nicotine source, a second compartment including a delivery enhancing compound, and a transfer section disposed between the first compartment and the second compartment, the first and second compartments being formed from a laminate material including at least one layer of cardboard material and at least one layer of polymeric material, the layer of polymeric material forming an internal surface of the compartments. There is also provided a container where at least one of the first compartment and the second compartment comprises a recessed end, wherein the transfer section is formed by a recess when one end of the first compartment abuts one end of the second compartment. An aerosol-generating system is also provided, including an aerosol-generating device configured to receive the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Frederic Ulysse Buehler, Laurent Lavanant