Patents Examined by Duane Smith
  • Patent number: 10240269
    Abstract: Electret webs include a thermoplastic resin and a charge-enhancing additive. The charge-enhancing additive is a fused aromatic thiourea, a fused aromatic urea compound, or a combination thereof. The change-enhancing additive may also include a hindered amine light stabilizer compound. The electret webs may be a non-woven fibrous web or a film. The electret webs are suitable for use as filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nathan E. Schultz, Fuming B. Li, John M. Sebastian
  • Patent number: 10234150
    Abstract: Disclosed is a filter device for air conditioning in which pressure loss is low and dust collection efficiency is high. In the filter device for air conditioning installed in an air-conditioning duct, the filter device for air conditioning includes: a case; an electrical dust collection unit provided inside the case; at least one filter unit provided so as to make contact with the electrical dust collection unit; and a guide unit provided such that the electrical dust collection unit and the filter unit can be detachably installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Soo Noh, Yasuhiko Kochiyama, Hye Won Gil, So Young Yun
  • Patent number: 10233877
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for an air filter cleaning wand for flushing contaminants from an intake air filter of an automobile engine. The air filter cleaning wand comprises a proximal flange, a conduit, and a distal end portion. The proximal flange is configured to receive a nozzle of a water hose. An interior of the conduit is in fluid communication with the proximal flange. The distal end portion comprises a plurality of longitudinally aligned vents in fluid communication with the interior of the conduit. Upon passing water through the water hose and into the conduit, pressurized water streams exit the vents along the distal end portion so as to flush contaminants from the air filter. The air filter cleaning wand advantageously is comprised of a material which is sufficiently durable and temperature resistant to retain its configuration during operation when coupled to pressurized water sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilbert Heck, Amir Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 10227958
    Abstract: A pre-filter assembly for a vehicle arranged with an aspiration duct extending between the pre-filter and a fan of the vehicle. A variable valve element is provided as part of the aspiration duct adjacent the fan, such that the aspiration rate through the duct can be controlled by appropriate variation of the valve element, to control the rate of airflow drawn through the aspiration duct by the fan. This allows for the aspiration rate of the pre-filter to be at least partly independent of the flow rate of the fan, without the need for an additional motor-driven blower unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Laurent Meyer, Valentin Daniel Joel Leconte, Jonas Lécuelle
  • Patent number: 10226727
    Abstract: A filter assembly may include a housing and a cover movably connected to the housing and movable between an open position and a closed position. The filter assembly may also include at least one projection extending from the cover towards an interior of the housing and a filter element that fits at least partially within the housing. When the cover is moved from the open position to the closed position, at least one projection interfaces with the filter element and causes the filter element to pivot within the housing, such that the at least one projection seals the filter element and the housing together when the cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessie A. Knight, Scott G. Manke
  • Patent number: 10226726
    Abstract: An intake air filter device includes a filter member in an intake air path of a gas turbine. The intake air filter device includes: a frame body that supports the filter member which is configured to be inserted thereinto from an upstream side in a direction in which a fluid is to flow through the intake air path; and a closure plate engaging part mounted on a downstream side of the frame body and serving to engage a closure plate that covers a downstream side of the filter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Toyosei Aota, Eiji Naito, Hiroyuki Katayama
  • Patent number: 10219750
    Abstract: A method of determining a remediation action includes detecting an acoustic event in a vehicle, detecting an environmental condition in the vehicle, detecting a respiratory disease symptom of a passenger in the vehicle based on the detected acoustic event, correlating the detected respiratory disease symptom with the environmental condition in the vehicle, and determining a remediation action for the detected respiratory disease symptom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ning Duan, Peng Gao, He Yuan Huang, Jingchang Huang
  • Patent number: 10222080
    Abstract: An air purifier capable of reducing time required for purification of a room without giving a feeling of discomfort to a human in the room is provided. During operation of an air purifier 1, air drawn from an inlet 3 into a casing 2 is purified by a purification device 7 and the air is blown to the outside from an outlet 4. If a user of the air purifier 1 selects a particular operation mode in which the user designates an air volume, a control device 12 performs air volume maintaining control. In the air volume maintaining control, with a volume of air blown out from the outlet 4 by the air blowing device 5 maintained constant, a speed of the air is varied by an air guiding device 8 based on a status of pollutant detection. Alternatively, the speed of the air is varied by the air guiding device 8 and the volume of the air is varied by the air blowing device 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ayumi Saiki, Sota Komae
  • Patent number: 10222077
    Abstract: A dust removing apparatus is provided. An air blower performs air blowing in a space. A processor determines a first period in which a user is absent in the space. An air sucker collects dust by performing air suction from the space during the first period. A sensor measures an amount of dust collected by performing the air suction in the space during the first period. The processor determines whether or not a usage status of the dust removing apparatus in the space is appropriate based on a comparison between the measured amount of dust collected in the first period and an estimated amount of dust, which is estimated to be collected under a usage condition in which the user is absent in the space, and outputs information indicating whether or not a usage status of the dust removing apparatus is appropriate based on a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ichiro Takei, Hiroyuki Kayama, Hiroki Taoka
  • Patent number: 10212914
    Abstract: Heat exchangers extract heat from an air stream and deliver the heat to another airstream. The heat exchangers are modified with a filtration system to allow the heat exchanger to effectively run within the poultry house environment. The poultry house is retrofitted with at least four flat-plate cross-flow heat exchangers. The heat exchangers operate to meet at least the minimum ventilation rates for the young birds. As birds grow, heat exchangers operate in conjunction with building exhaust fans for ventilation needs. Multiple heat exchangers are located throughout the house to provide appropriate ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Aubrey W. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10213718
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to an air intake duct. The duct includes louvers forming an air inlet to a housing. Each louver includes an inlet section and an angled section, the angled section inclined with respect to the inlet section. The duct includes the housing positioned downstream of the louvers in an air flow direction. The housing includes a drain configured to permit separated water from an intake air passing through the louvers and into the housing to be drained from the housing. The duct includes an inner inlet duct that provides the intake air to a component. The inner inlet duct extends into the housing and positioned downstream of the louvers in the air flow direction. The inlet duct extends above the drain by a distance thereby forming a well in the housing between a top of the inner inlet duct and the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory K. Loken, Robert A. Bannister, Peter K. Herman, Arun P. Janakiraman, Dhawal B. Save
  • Patent number: 10213716
    Abstract: [Problems] An object of the present invention is to provide an electret with an initial increased electrostatic charge quantity and suppressed attenuation of electrostatic charge to liquid particles. [Means for solving] The electret is obtained by depositing polytetrafluoroethylene having a melting point of 35° C. or higher and 320° C. or lower on a carrier and imparting an electrostatic charge to at least one of the carrier and the polytetrafluoroethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Toshikatsu Enjoji
  • Patent number: 10208717
    Abstract: An intake apparatus includes: an air cleaner unit purifying air sucked from a suction port and discharge the air from a discharge port; a junction pipe section having a plurality of inlet ports while having a single outlet port, each of the inlet ports being connected to the discharge port of the air cleaner unit; a tapered pipe section connected to the outlet port of the junction pipe section and having an inner diameter gradually decreased toward a downstream; a straight pipe section connected to a downstream side of the tapered pipe section and having a constant inner diameter; and an air meter provided in the straight pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Sohei Iwamoto, Tetsuo Orita, Shohei Mantani, Shota Mido
  • Patent number: 10201774
    Abstract: A bag house filter bag is suspended vertically from a separable hanger. The filter bag has a closure at the top, which is constructed by a series of tucks and folds. The closure also provides a support loop for engagement with the hanger. The filter bag is constructed mainly of woven fabric formed into a cylinder. The folding and stitching pattern of the fabric at the top end enables the bag to transition from linear at the site of the support loop to cylindrical with an even distribution of stress on the fabric. The hanger includes a cross member and a surrounding tube to reduce specific stress on the fabric. The hanger has a removable joint opening clasp at one end of the cross member to enable rapid insertion and removal of the hanger from within the suspension tube without contact, removal or other disturbance of the filter bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Primex Process Specialists, Inc
    Inventors: Stewart Nicholson, Mary A. Quinlan
  • Patent number: 10195559
    Abstract: A baghouse and filter assembly is provided for at least partially removing particulate matter from a gas stream. The filter assembly includes a first and second filter sections to be coupled together by a coupler for establishing fluid communication between the first and second filter sections when connected. The coupler includes a first coupling portion including an interior passage through which the gas stream can pass in an axial direction between the first and second filter sections and a hook projecting from the first coupling portion. The coupler includes a gasket that sealingly engages both the first and second coupling portions when the first coupling portion is connected with the second coupling portion to form a substantially gas-tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BHA Altair, LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Allen Canfield
  • Patent number: 10195557
    Abstract: A flexible filter retainer and a holding frame assembly having a flexible retainer are provided. In one embodiment, the flexible filter retainer for the holding frame comprises a flat body extending from a first end to a second end. The body comprises a bowed shaped retaining portion disposed at the first end and comprises a first strip and a top face. The body also comprises a fixed portion disposed at the second end and comprises a second strip. The first and second strips are linearly aligned and laterally offset from the top face. In another embodiment, a filter holding frame assembly comprises a holding frame and flexible filter retainers coupled to the holding frame. Each retainer comprises a flat body extending from a first end to a second end. The body comprises a retaining portion disposed at the first end and a fixed portion disposed at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CAMFIL USA, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Gorman
  • Patent number: 10197302
    Abstract: A local air cleaning apparatus (1) is provided with a push hood (2) having an air flow opening face (23) for blowing out a cleaned uniform air flow and a guide (3) provided on a side of the push hood (2) having the air flow opening face (23), the guide (3) extending from the side thereof having the air flow opening face (23) toward a downstream side of the uniform air flow to form an opening face (31) at a downstream end portion thereof. The push hood (2) is arranged such that the uniform air flow blown out from the air flow opening face (23) passes through the inside of the guide (3) and then collides with an air collision face (W) on a downstream side of the opening face (31). The opening face (31) of the guide (3) is spaced apart from and opposed to the air collision face (W) to form an open region between the opening face (3) and the air collision face (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Koken Ltd.
    Inventors: Taketo Suzuki, Tomoyuki Kakinuma, Kozo Nitta, Yuki Fujishiro, Kazuma Fukiura, Takahiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10197296
    Abstract: A blower device for use in an air purifier is disclosed. The blower device includes a first fan and a second fan which have a same air blowing direction and are arranged sequentially in the air blowing direction at an interval. The first fan and the second fan are mounted coaxially and driven synchronously by a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: Xiaomi Inc., Beijing Smartmi Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Su, Yi Wang, Zhuoli Yu, Yuya Omoto
  • Patent number: 10188976
    Abstract: An air purifier according to the present disclosure includes: a memory for storing a flow rate/pressure differential correlation graph with regard to each filter utilization state; a pressure differential sensor for measuring a pressure differential, which is a difference in pressure between the front and rear ends of the filter; and a filter replacement time management unit for determining the time to replace the filter according to a result of matching a pressure differential of the filter, which is measured by the pressure differential sensor at a preset cycle, and the flow rate of air flowing into the filter during pressure differential measurement with the flow rate/pressure differential correlation graph for each utilization state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: COWAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Gun Cho, Ju-Hyun Baek, In-Seok Seo, Seong-Jin Yun, Chul-Soon Dan, Sang-Woo Kang, Jong-Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 10183248
    Abstract: An air cleaner includes a housing having an opening and a filter assembly. The filter assembly is installed in and removed from the housing through the opening. When the filter assembly is at an installation position, a sealing portion of a filter element is pressed against a sealing surface of the housing. The frame includes a frame body, which supports the filter element, and a front engaging portion, which projects further forward in the insertion direction than the frame body. The housing includes a projection, which is engaged with the front engaging portion during insertion of the filter assembly. The front engaging portion and the projection are engaged with each other to constitute a guiding structure that guides the filter assembly toward the installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takao Ishikawa