Patents Examined by Frank Lawrence, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9962014
    Abstract: A refrigerated case includes a case body including a top panel, a rear panel, and a bottom that cooperate to define a display space, a portion of a refrigeration system disposed in the case and operable to cool a flow of air, and a first air passage positioned to direct the flow of air near the top panel from the rear panel generally toward a front of the case. A one piece holder is positioned to receive the flow of air adjacent the front of the case, the one piece holder formed as a unitary component using a PVC foam material and arranged to accelerate and redirect the flow of air in a downward direction toward the bottom, and a filter member is at least partially supported by the holder and positioned to receive the flow of air in the downward direction and to redirect that flow into the display space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Zero Zone, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Sparks
  • Patent number: 9957929
    Abstract: A system for capturing cleaner intake air for use within an air intake system of a work vehicle may generally include an intake duct defining an inlet for receiving air and at least one actuator associated with the intake duct. The actuator(s) may be configured to move at least a portion of the intake duct so as to adjust a position of the inlet relative to a fixed reference location on the work vehicle. In addition, the system may include at least one sensor configured to monitor an air-related parameter associated with the work vehicle and a controller communicatively coupled to the actuator(s) and the sensor(s). The controller may be configured to actively control the operation of the actuator(s) such that the position of the inlet is adjusted based on the air-related parameter so as to reduce an amount of particulates received within the intake duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Chad Zeilenga, Thomas Chlystek
  • Patent number: 9956514
    Abstract: An air filter mounting/demounting apparatus for a microwave oven having easy mounting and demounting of the air filter is provided. The apparatus includes a base plate having an inlet port through which air is admitted to serve as a hood, an air filter installed at a position corresponding to the inlet port and configured to filter foreign substances being admitted through the inlet port, an air filter bracket coupled to the base plate, an air filter holder at which the air filter is assembled coupled to the air filter bracket to enable a sliding movement along the guide rail, a latch unit configured to be coupled to the base plate to maintain and release engagement of the air filter holder aged, and a spring installed at an inside the latch unit to deliver an elastic force to the air filter holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Keun Kim, Jeon Hong Kang, Sang Won Yun, Se Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 9958204
    Abstract: A system for treating objects includes a device for tempering objects in which a tempering tunnel having at least one air outlet and at least one air inlet is arranged in a housing. At least one heating unit, in which a hot primary gas flow can be generated, is assigned to the tempering tunnel, wherein the hot primary gas can be guided into a circulating air heat exchanger, in which air from the tempering tunnel can be heated by hot primary gas as circulating air, which can be fed back to the tempering tunnel in a circuit via the at least one air inlet. The heating unit is coupled in the manner of a combined heating and power plant to an electric generator in such a way that electrical energy is produced during operation of the heating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventors: Daniel Sluka, Reiner Erhardt
  • Patent number: 9951598
    Abstract: A method of homogenizing a production fluid from an oil well having one or more wellbores includes separating gas from the production fluid in a vertical or horizontal section of a well casing at a first location spaced from a heel portion of a wellbore, and injecting the separated gas into the production fluid at a second location spaced from the heel portion of the wellbore and provided downstream of the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Brian A. Roth, Rafael Lastra
  • Patent number: 9950335
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for separating overspray from the booth air of coating booths, in particular painting systems, charged with overspray. The device includes a separation unit through which booth air charged with overspray can be guided and in which overspray is separated. The separating unit is designed as an exchangeable structural unit having a filter housing, an inlet opening and a filter unit. The air flow charged with overspray can be guided via the air guiding device to the separation unit. The separating unit includes an inlet collar which defines the inlet at least in sections and the air guiding device includes a connecting sleeve, which immerses in such a manner into the inlet opening when the separating device is in operation in such a manner that said connecting sleeve is surrounded by the inlet collar of the separation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventors: Juergen Roeckle, Daniel Sluka
  • Patent number: 9943795
    Abstract: A rotary dust screen for a cooling unit of an agricultural vehicle includes a frame having a ring shape, wherein a dust screen is mounted in the frame and wherein the frame includes a seal extending along the ring and comprising a lip adapted to abut, when the rotary dust screen is mounted on the cooling unit, against a housing of the cooling unit to prevent contaminants from entering the cooling unit at an edge of the dust screen, wherein the rotary dust screen further has a driving belt adapted to be driven by a rotary actuator to rotate the dust screen, wherein the driving belt engages with the rotary dust screen at an outer surface of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Lode A. Demonie, Jolan Heyns, Steven Titeca
  • Patent number: 9943355
    Abstract: A smoke evacuation system for an open surgical site is disclosed which includes a filter cartridge assembly including a housing having an inlet port, a flow path extending from the inlet port, and a filter element disposed within the flow path, a flexible conduit having a proximal end connected to the inlet port of the filter assembly, and a smoke evacuator configured for detachable connection to a distal end of the flexible conduit for drawing smoke away from the surgical site and into the filter assembly through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Surgiquest, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Babini, Dominick Mastri, Kenneth Blier, Gregory Runner
  • Patent number: 9945590
    Abstract: A split air conditioner has a cabinet with a fan and evaporator for mounting within a structure. The cabinet includes a filter or a stacked filter system positioned in the flow path between an air inlet and an air outlet for filtering contaminants from the air. Movable dampers are provided for selectively changing the airflow path to selectively bypass the filter to provide a greater or lesser degree of filtration of the air. Preferably, the filter is a high performance HEPA-like filter having substantially less pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat O. Cur, James C. L. Guarino, James W. Kendall, Steven J. Kuehl
  • Patent number: 9937452
    Abstract: An air filter and dust collector are provided. In one embodiment, the air filter includes a filter element coupled at a first end to a end cap and at a second end to a first side of a rectangular filter flange assembly. The rectangular filter flange assembly includes a central aperture open to an interior region bounded by the filter element. A rectangular gasket is disposed on the second side of the filter flange assembly and circumscribes the central aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CAMFIL USA, INC.
    Inventors: Lee Pendleton Morgan, Tim Hudson
  • Patent number: 9937453
    Abstract: An air purifier includes a main body having an inlet configured to receive air and a discharger configured to discharge the air. The air purifier also includes a filter disposed within the main body and configure to purify contaminates from the air. The air purifier also includes a contamination sensor disposed adjacent to the filter and integrally includes a light emitter configured to emit a light toward the filter and a light receiver configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-ho Baek, Kee-hwan Ka, Chun-seong Kim, Jung-kwon Kim, Jeong-su Han
  • Patent number: 9936604
    Abstract: An option device for an electrical appliance of the invention is provided with a filter for purifying exhaust air from the electrical appliance, and an electric fan, wherein the air flow resistance in an external air inlet port formed independently of a suction port for sucking exhaust air from the electrical appliance is adjustable. According to this configuration, it is easy to secure balance between the exhaust air flow rate of the electrical appliance and the suction force by the electric fan without variably controlling the rotational speed of the electric fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tomoda, Shogo Asaoka, Naoki Matsui, Isao Kawakami, Shuan Yang
  • Patent number: 9933078
    Abstract: A passive isolation valve equipped with one or more nozzles configured to deliver a flow of gas to an area adjacent the valve seat so as to remove accumulated particulate material from the area of the valve adjacent the valve seat that otherwise may adversely affect closure of the valve in response to an energetic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Fike Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Garnett, E. Dean Miller
  • Patent number: 9933116
    Abstract: A vehicle fuel gas pre-filter unit can include a housing, a filter, and an inlet valve. The housing is installed in a vehicle structure that includes an outlet valve. The filter is located in the housing and between the inlet and outlet valves with respect to fuel gas flow through the pre-filter unit. The inlet valve permits and prevents gas flow into the housing and has a valve head that opens and closes an inlet port. The outlet valve permits and prevents gas flow out of the housing and eventually to a vehicle fuel gas storage tank. The outlet valve has a valve head that opens and closes an outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Alternative Fuel Containers, LLC
    Inventor: Joong-Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 9932941
    Abstract: A snap-in spring clip assembly includes a discrete clip cleat and a fastener carried on the clip cleat. The discrete clip cleat includes a body having a base, a first rib depending from the base and a second rib depending from the base. The first and second ribs each include at least one resilient locking arm that allows the discrete clip cleat to be snapped into and retained in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Khami, Jeff Sean Boulton, Jacqueline L. Tomlin, Ronald R. Narkun
  • Patent number: 9932942
    Abstract: A flexible porous non-pollutive tube, wherein the walls of the tube are made by tapes formed by interlaced textile fibers, and to which activated charcoal is added, in agglomerate, powder or granulated form, and the textile tapes being wound over the charcoal and glued among the charcoal in the helical direction, forming an air conducting acoustic flexible helical pipe which is a part of a combustion engine's intake system used by the automobile industry, and adding the activated charcoal in the walls or in the pipe's external or internal lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Edmond Pol Jean Lepoutre
  • Patent number: 9931591
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor system for detecting accumulation of dust in a filter of a HVAC system includes a first conductive mesh, a second conductive mesh, a first filter media disposed between the first conductive mesh and the second conductive mesh, and a circuit configured to measure a capacitance of a first capacitive sensor formed by the first conductive mesh, second conductive mesh, and the first filter media. The circuit further is configured to translate a measured capacitance to a dust level indicator frequency that is used to determine a frequency corresponding to level of dust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marlon Galsim, Marlowe Dulaca Apuhin
  • Patent number: 9932943
    Abstract: A filter element, and filter apparatus, include a filter pack, a seal member, and a seal support frame operatively connecting the seal member to the filter pack. The seal support frame includes an annular extension, which is preferably canted at an oblique angle to a longitudinal axis, for supporting the seal member. The seal support frame also preferably includes a first end thereof including the annular extension, and a second end thereof spaced from the first end thereof along the longitudinal axis, with the first and second ends of the seal support frame joined by a hub of the outer peripheral sidewall of the seal support frame to define a cavity within the seal support frame for receiving the filter pack. The first and second ends of the seal support frame, and the filter pack are preferably joined and sealed to one another by a single bead of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Baldwin Filters, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene W. Brown, Steven J. Merritt
  • Patent number: 9924845
    Abstract: A robot cleaner including: a body; and a sensor protruding from a top surface of the body, wherein the body includes a protrusion positioned forward of the sensor relative to a forward driving direction of the robot cleaner, the protrusion extending to a height that is at least equal to the height of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: James Dyson, Michael David Aldred, Leanne Joyce Garner
  • Patent number: 9919184
    Abstract: An air-cleaning fitness device has a main frame, a housing, a driving assembly, a fan device and at least one filter. The housing, the driving assembly and the fan device are mounted on the main frame. The housing has a confined space and an airflow passage. The driving assembly and the fan device are located inside the housing and connect to each other. The fan device has a second inlet and a second outlet. The second inlet and the second outlet are respectively aligned with two ends of the airflow passage. The at least one filter is mounted on the housing and is capable of covering either end of the airflow passage. The driving assembly has at least one driving member which extends out of the housing and drives the fan device. When the user operates the air-cleaning fitness device, the air-cleaning fitness device purifies the air at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Hao-Tsang Lin