Patents Examined by Elizabeth M May
  • Patent number: 11029059
    Abstract: A passive cooling system routes air from an enclosure to an ambient environment, via a chimney effect, through one or more indirect pathways and re-directs environmental elements received from the ambient environment. One or more vanes are arranged within an interior space, such that the vanes collectively form one or more indirect pathways to the ambient environment. The vanes preclude environmental elements, including precipitation and particulate matter, from passing through the interior space and into the enclosure. Environmental elements are re-directed by one or more of the vanes, at least in part, to an exterior of the passive exhaust system. Dampers may be adjusted to control airflow through the passive cooling system and restrict environmental elements from entering the passive cooling system. Liquids received from the ambient environment may be re-directed into a reclamation system for use in a cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Chadwick Towner, Joshua Ehren Nestor, Matthew Thomas Phillips, Ishwar Ryan Maheepat
  • Patent number: 11014132
    Abstract: An extractor system includes a negative pressure gas stream source, a negative pressure conduit, a housing, a positive pressure gas stream source, a positive pressure gas stream manifold, and an operator interface. The negative pressure conduit conveys the negative pressure gas stream from a work area. A first end of the negative pressure conduit is coupled to the negative pressure gas stream source, such that the negative pressure gas stream flows from the work area through a second end of the negative pressure conduit and toward the first end of the negative pressure conduit. The housing is disposed about the negative pressure conduit, near the second end of the negative pressure conduit comprising. The positive pressure gas stream source is coupled to the housing. The positive pressure gas stream manifold is located downstream of the positive pressure gas stream source. The positive pressure gas stream is directed through the positive pressure gas stream manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Anthony Moon, Adam Joseph Frank, William Peter Maske
  • Patent number: 10960795
    Abstract: An air conditioning device for a vehicle seat, comprising at least one air distribution module (1) having at least one air distribution chamber which is open on the top side (4) opposite the carrier layer (6), and wherein the carrier layer (6) has at least one extension section (12) which projects beyond the part of the carrier layer that is not covered by the bottom side of the insert and can be used for mounting a fan, a fan housing or a fan bracket on the air distribution module (1), by at least surface parts of the extension section (12) surrounding at least partially the fan and/or a fan housing and/or the fan bracket. The extension section (12), or a respective tab (13) as part of the extension section (12), is provided with at least one adhesive layer (18) on its top and/or bottom side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: I.G. BAUERHIN GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Bauer, Felix Henss, Saskia Bialek, Thorsten Schleucher, Jochen Michelmann
  • Patent number: 10907837
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance includes a valve and a first pipe configured to transport gas to the valve. The appliance also includes a burner and a second pipe configured to transport gas from the valve to the burner. The appliance further includes a console and a knob. The console includes a cutout having an edge defining a shape of the cutout, and the knob includes a handle and a bezel. The knob is configured to control a state of the valve. The bezel has a rear face and a protrusion extending rearward from the rear face through the cutout, the protrusion contacting the edge of the cutout. The appliance additionally includes a bracket coupling the knob to the valve. The bracket includes a leg mating with the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony S. Roberts, Fernando Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 10894459
    Abstract: An air-conditioning register includes a retainer having an airflow passage, and a shut-off damper, which is pivoted about a damper shaft between opening and closing positions for the airflow passage. The shut-off damper has opposed side sections, which are opposed to each other with the damper shaft located therebetween, and a distal sealing portion. The distal sealing portion includes a curved surface and a planar surface. The curved surface is arranged on the trailing side in a pivoting direction of the shut-off damper towards the closing position. The planar surface is arranged on the leading side in the pivoting direction in a manner defining an acute angle with respect to an opposing direction of the opposed side sections. At least the planar surface is a textured surface having raised features each having a height of 110 ?m±50 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10874151
    Abstract: A body cooling apparatus is configured for wear under an outer garment such as those worn by welders. The apparatus is constructed of cloth-covered air tubing which distributes a supply of received compressed air. The user wears the tubing harness much like a vest. When the harness is connected to a compressed air source, the compressed air is vented through the cloth-covered tubing to assist in cooling the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph Clark
  • Patent number: 10871304
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward an air diffuser that includes a mounting plate having an opening in a center portion of the mounting plate, where the opening is configured to be coupled to ductwork, a low flow adapter coupled to the mounting plate and disposed over the opening, where the low flow adapter includes extruded nozzles configured to increase a velocity and induction of air flow directed toward an interior space, and where the extruded nozzles are disposed at an angle with respect to a horizontal plane defined by the center portion of the mounting plate, and a diffusion plate coupled to the mounting plate, such that the low flow adapter is positioned between the mounting plate and the diffusion plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Air Distribution Technologies IP, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Costello, David G. Pich, Ryan M. Perkinson, Ernest Freeman
  • Patent number: 10864799
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body mounted with a chassis, the body having a passenger compartment, a seat in the passenger compartment for supporting an occupant in a sitting position, and a roll over protection structure for the passenger compartment. The roll over protection structure includes an inlet coupled in gaseous communication to an air source, an outlet coupled in gaseous communication to a vehicle occupant wearable, and an airflow pathway through the roll over protection structure coupling the inlet to the outlet in gaseous communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Michael W. Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 10828960
    Abstract: A vehicle ventilation system includes an inlet duct incorporating a poppet valve. The system also includes an evaporator core, a heater core, an air discharge duct and a blower. The blower moves air from the inlet duct through at least one of the evaporator core and the heater core to be discharged through the air discharge duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Steven Sawyer, Michael Steven Wallis, Charles Robert Stanton
  • Patent number: 10794602
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a cabinet that defines an exterior of the cooking appliance, a cooking unit provided within the cabinet, the cooking unit configured to perform cooking using a first heat source, a drawer provided under the cooking unit, the drawer configured to perform cooking using a second heat source and to be inserted in and withdrawn from the cabinet, and a damping module configured to absorb a closing shock transmitted to the drawer based on the drawer being closed by being inserted into the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Moonho Choi
  • Patent number: 10788022
    Abstract: An external solar receiver, for a concentrating thermodynamic solar power plant of the type with a tower and heliostat field, has a wind tight modular inner structure, also called “casing,” and a plurality of heat exchanger tube receiver panels fastened to that inner structure. Each panel has a plurality of metal boxes supporting the heat exchanger tubes and assembled to one another by assembly means allowing the disassembly, each box being covered with thermal insulation via an anchor. The tubes are secured to the boxes by a removable and floating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Alfred Dethier, Luc Fairon, Vincenzo Morreale, Stephane Winand
  • Patent number: 10788238
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a discharge blade configured to move between a guide position at which a direction of air blown from a blower fan and discharged to an outlet is controlled, and a closing position at which the outlet is closed, wherein the discharge blade includes a plurality of blade holes through which the air is discharged through the discharge blade at the closing position, wherein the discharge blade moves between the guide position and the closing position and controls an air flow from the blower fan to a discharge plate or the outlet. Through this configuration, an air flow discharged to the outside of the housing can be controlled by operation of the discharge blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Sang Ki Cho, Ki Jun Kim, Dae Dong Kim, Chang Heon Lee, Moon Sun Shin, Young Lae Jo
  • Patent number: 10745136
    Abstract: A compressing device added to a cabin air conditioning system to increase a pressure of air in the cabin air conditioning system itself and, thus, allow for lower pressure air to be bled from the engine. For instance, the compressing device allows air to be bled from a low, rather than a high, pressure locations of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Louis J. Bruno, Harold W. Hipsky
  • Patent number: 10731891
    Abstract: A soffit vent is provided. The soffit vent includes a housing having a front portion and a rear portion forming an interior volume. The housing is configured to be placed against a soffit of a house and provides air communication from an exhaust fan via an air duct to the ambient environment. The front portion includes an air outlet port and the rear portion includes an air inlet port that is attached to the air duct to provide air communication to the ambient environment. The front portion is telescopically received by the rear portion to form an adjustable length that allows a user to extend the adjustable length beyond a far edge of the soffit. In this way, warm, moist air is dispersed away from the soffit by the air outlet port in order to prevent the same air from being drawn back in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Anneliese Khalil
  • Patent number: 10690375
    Abstract: A ventilator for exhausting gas from an exhaust port, by utilizing wind or relative wind around and through the ventilator to create a reduced pressure zone at an open exhaust port. Tapered intermediate portions extend from the opposite ends of a centrally located throat portion within a body of the ventilator to a pair of opposite mouths through which gas can flow out through the ventilator from the exhaust port. Each mouth of the ventilator has an opening with an area significantly larger than the area of a flow path within the throat portion. The throat portion may be of constant internal cross-sectional area over its entire length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald C Parry
  • Patent number: 10675938
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner for a vehicle and a controlling method thereof. The air conditioner includes: a defrost vent and a face vent formed in a straight line; a defrost door part and a face door part formed in a straight line; and a duct separator having the defrost door part therein and being mounted inside an outlet, in which the defrost vent and the face vent are formed, to partition the defrost vent and the face vent, thereby enhancing assemblability by facilitating assembly even if the defrost door part and the face door part are mounted at different angles. Moreover, the air conditioner and the controlling method thereof can control an air outflow mode and an air inflow mode to be operated in interwork by connecting a first operating member for operating a mode door and a second operating member for operating an intake door with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jae O. Jung, Seok Kim, Young In Kim, Yong Sik Kim, Seung Sik Won, Jun Min Lee, Jung Won Cho
  • Patent number: 10634375
    Abstract: An air conditioner is provided that may include a pair of air discharge devices; an air discharge device holder that supports the pair of air discharge devices to be spaced apart from each other; and a display positioned between the pair of air discharge devices and having a first side surface that faces an outer peripheral surface of a first air discharge device of the pair of air discharge devices and a second side surface that faces an outer peripheral surface of a second air discharge device of the pair of air discharge devices. The display may be positioned between the pair of air discharge devices, allowing the air conditioner to be compact while preventing any safety accident which might occur if a space between the pair of air discharge devices were exposed to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Sungjin Hwang, Jiyoung Park, Hyungsu Kim
  • Patent number: 10549606
    Abstract: An aerator having a duct and a deflector member to deflect the flow of air leaving the duct, the deflector member being mounted movably relative to the duct by means of an articulation. The deflector member extends around the articulation. The articulation includes a male part having a head and a female part having a housing, the head being received in the housing to allow the adjustment of the deflector member relative to the duct. The female part further includes at least one pressing element biased to bear against the head by an elastic biasing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Ludovic Bouldron, Jean-Baptiste Vuattoux
  • Patent number: 10538956
    Abstract: A personnel access door assembly of an opposing wing of a mine ventilation door. The personnel access door includes a frame including a top portion, a bottom portion, a first post portion and a second post portion, the top frame portion and the bottom frame portion coupled to respective top and bottom ends of the first post and second post portions. The personnel access door further includes sets of trolley wheels affixed to the top or bottom of the frame to engage a top rail or bottom rail affixed on the opposing wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel S. Zenisek, Robert H. Chorman
  • Patent number: 10518609
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air outlet for a heating and ventilation or air-conditioning system of a motor vehicle, wherein the air outlet has a body defining an air discharge opening, over which at least one elongate louver extends, which is pivotable about a longitudinal axis. At least one electric or electronic display and/or operating element of the heating and ventilation or air-conditioning system of the motor vehicle is integrated in the at least one louver, wherein each display and/or operating element is carried by the louver and is substantially flush with a substantially flat surface of the louver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ingo Krolewski, Sandra Krolewski