Patents Examined by Gregory A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11397027
    Abstract: A flue collector box for a furnace having a cooling coil, a heat exchanger, and an inducer blower includes a housing having an interior chamber in fluid communication with the heat exchanger such that condensation generated in the heat exchanger flows to the interior chamber of the housing. A valve is connected to the housing and includes a pair of lips defining a fluid passage through the valve in fluid communication with the interior chamber. The lips have an open condition allowing condensation to exit the valve when the inducer blower is deactivated. The lips have a closed condition forcefully engaging one another when the inducer blower is activated to prevent condensation from exiting the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: BECKETT THERMAL SOLUTIONS
    Inventor: Michael J. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 11393702
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus for heating, in a treatment container, a substrate on which a coating film is formed. The heat treatment apparatus includes: a mount provided in the treatment container and which mounts the substrate thereon; a heating part that heats the substrate mounted on the mount; a suction pipe leading to a suction port formed in the mount, penetrating the mount, and extending directly downward; and a collection container provided on a suction path between the suction pipe and a suction mechanism. The collection container is provided directly below the mount in plan view and connected to the suction pipe to collect a sublimate in the treatment container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shinsuke Takaki, Yasuhiro Kuga, Yukinobu Otsuka, Shinichi Sagara
  • Patent number: 11384944
    Abstract: A water heater system includes a controller configured to integrate control of both recovery and recirculation operations of a recovery pump and a recirculation pump. As such, a separate device, installation location, and power source (e.g., available outlet) is not needed with the controller. Because a single controller is configured to control both recovery and recirculation operations, additional control functions are available. The controller may be in communication with an internal controller of the water heater and configured to receive an error notification upon abnormal operation of the water heater. The controller can stop recovery and recirculation operations in response to an error notification, unlike with traditional water heating systems which may otherwise continue to function. The recovery and recirculation operations are based on a setpoint temperature of the water heater such that changes made to the setpoint temperature will automatically adjust in the recovery and recirculation operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: RINNAI AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Gilman Humphrey, Michael Scott Knoblett, Jason William Siler
  • Patent number: 11378337
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a door opener to open a door of a cassette with substrates, the opener having a first wall to engage with the cassette and having a first opening to transfer the door and the substrates and a second wall opposite the first wall and having a second opening to transfer substrates. The door opener may have a closure device to hold the door of the cassette and having first and second sides and moveable in a chamber formed between the first and second wall. The opener may have a first actuator to move the closure device in a first direction from a first closing position where the first side closes against the first wall to a second closing position where the second side closes against the second wall, and from the second closing position to a transport position in between the first and second closing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Jeroen Fluit
  • Patent number: 11378336
    Abstract: A dental cooling device is provided, comprising a muffle (12) and a medium (30) as cooling source. The medium (30), in particular a liquid medium (30), is stored at least in the outer region of the muffle (12) and has an evaporation temperature higher than the room temperature. The quantity of medium (30) is calculated in advance such that the enthalpy of evaporation of the medium is substantially destroyed or consumed when cooling the muffle (12) to the evaporation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Jussel, Aleksandar Tubic
  • Patent number: 11371695
    Abstract: Provided is a boiler for heating fluid by a heat generation unit including heat generation bodies in a container, the boiler being able to moderately heat fluid according to various situations while heat generated by the heat generation bodies can be efficiently utilized. A boiler for heating fluid by using heat generated by heat generation bodies includes the heat generation bodies and a container having the heat generation bodies inside and configured such that the inside of the container is filled with gas with higher specific heat than that of air. The boiler includes a controller configured to control a heat generation amount of the heat generation body under a situation where the gas has been supplied into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: MIURA CO., LTD., Clean Planet Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Otani, Nobuyuki Ishizaki, Kazunobu Inoue, Hidetaka Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11371749
    Abstract: A fume exhaust assembly for a gas water heater. The fume exhaust assembly comprises a fume exhaust hood; the fume exhaust hood is provided with a fume exhaust pipe; the fume exhaust pipe and the fume exhaust hood are integrally formed. By means of integral formation, an assembly operation for the fume exhaust pipe and the fume exhaust hood is saved, an assembly procedure of a gas water heater product is simplified, and thus the production efficiency of the gas water heater product can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Kiweon Kim, Sheng Liu, Zuan Lu
  • Patent number: 11367632
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus comprising: a heater configured to heat a wafer located on a wafer staging area of the heater, the heater comprising a heater shaft extending below the wafer staging area; and a heater lift assembly comprising: a lift shaft configured to move the heater shaft in a vertical direction; a clamp that connects the heater shaft to the lift shaft; and a damper disposed on top of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai-Wen Wu, Chun-Ta Chen, Chin-Shen Hsieh, Cheng-Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 11367640
    Abstract: A process chamber system adapted for both vacuum process steps and steps at pressures higher than atmospheric pressure. The chamber door may utilize a double door seal which allows for high vacuum in the gap between the seals such that the sealing force provided by the high vacuum in the seal gap is higher than the opposing forces due to the pressure inside the chamber and the weight of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Yield Engineering Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Moffat, Craig Walter McCoy
  • Patent number: 11359816
    Abstract: A combustion device includes a combustion chamber with an outer wall enclosing a combustion space that can contain a fuel source on an adjustable fuel rack, side walls, a lower air jet tube and at least one air upper jet tube, a top opening, a grill top assembly to cover the opening, and a detachable power module. The power module can have batteries and a blower. The blower can force ambient air into a manifold, through the jet tubes, through ports in the jet tubes, and into the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Biolite, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander H. Drummond, Jonathan N. Cedar, Timothy M. Connelly, Venkatesh R. Iyer, David Ryan Gist, Melinda Abbruzzi, Benjamin E. Zelnick, Steven Michael Grind
  • Patent number: 11359836
    Abstract: A heat exchanger having a first heat exchanger tube and a second heat exchanger tube is disclosed. The first heat exchanger tube can have a first leg, a second leg, and a bend section, and the bend section of the first heat exchanger tube can include three or more bends, each of the three or more bends having a corresponding bend angle that is less than or equal to approximately 90 degrees. The second heat exchanger tube can have a first leg, a second leg, and a bend section, and the bend section of the second heat exchanger tube can include three or more bends, each of the three or more bends having a corresponding bend angle that is less than or equal to approximately 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Hari Krishna Kanagala
  • Patent number: 11351697
    Abstract: A manufacturing system includes a tape advancing through the manufacturing system and a station of the manufacturing system. The tape includes a first portion having grains of an inorganic material bound by an organic binder. The station of the manufacturing system receives the first portion of the tape and prepares the tape for sintering by chemically changing the organic binder and/or removing the organic binder from the first portion of the tape, leaving the grains of the inorganic material, to form a second portion of the tape and, at least in part, prepare the tape for sintering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Edward Badding, William Joseph Bouton, Lanrik Wayne Kester, Thomas Dale Ketcham, Andrew Peter Kittleson, Dale Charles Marshall, Gary Edward Merz, Eric Lee Miller, Emmanuel Chima Okpara, Conor James Walsh
  • Patent number: 11353243
    Abstract: A gas fueled water heater appliance may include a tank for storage of water, a chamber wall, a gas burner, a gas conduit, a support post, and a guide bracket. The chamber wall may define a combustion chamber and a conduit hole. The gas burner may be positioned adjacent to the tank and within the combustion chamber. The gas conduit may extend from the gas burner and through the conduit hole. The support post may be fixed to the gas burner within the combustion chamber. The guide bracket may be mounted within the combustion chamber and define a mounting point. The guide bracket may be in selective engagement with the support post at the mounting point. The guide bracket may include a pair of lateral arms extending outward from the mounting point toward the chamber wall to guide the support post to the mounting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory L. Hutchison, Gary Allen Elder
  • Patent number: 11346606
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cooler for cooling particulate material which has been subjected to heat treatment in an industrial kiln, such as a rotary kiln for manufacturing cement clinker. This cooler comprises an inlet, an outlet, end wall, side walls, a bottom and a ceiling, at least three reciprocating supporting lanes for receiving, supporting and transporting the material to be cooled, the lanes are moving following the walking floor principles as well as means for injecting cooling gas into the material through grate plates in the lanes. With the present invention it is an aim to have an increase in the vertical shearing height, and still having stationary clinker on top of the grate plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Føns Companies ApS
    Inventor: Mogens Juhl Føns
  • Patent number: 11348811
    Abstract: An exhaust structure includes an intake section which includes an inlet, an output section which includes an outlet, and a piping section coupled to the intake section and the output section at a section interface. The piping section includes a first inner diameter from the intake section to the output section, wherein one of the intake section or the output section has a second inner diameter at the section interface. The second inner diameter includes a same value as a value of the first inner diameter. A plurality of smoothing layers are configured to resist turbulence and condensation produced by a flow of one or more gasses in the intake section, the output section, and the piping section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hsien-Chang Hsieh, Chun-Chih Lin, Tah-Te Shih, Wen-Hsong Wu, Chune-Te Yang, Yu-Jen Su
  • Patent number: 11333348
    Abstract: An exhaust gas cooler includes: a steam drum containing first water; an economizer for heat exchange between exhaust gas and the first water supplied from the steam drum; and a feedwater pipe for supplying the first water with second water having a lower temperature than the first water. The exhaust gas cooler is configured such that the first water flowing out of the economizer is introduced into the steam drum. The second water is divided and supplied to the first water flowing out of the economizer and the first water flowing into the economizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaori Yoshida, Moritoshi Murakami, Ayumu Yamazaki, Rikio Kan, Kiyotaka Kunimune, Koji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11330884
    Abstract: An air-moving appliance includes a body extending about an axis. The body includes an inner wall and an outer wall spaced radially outward from the inner wall. The inner wall and the outer wall define a cavity therebetween. The inner wall defines a central passage. The air-moving appliance also includes an inlet and an outlet. The air-moving appliance further includes an attachment configured to selectively connect to the body in flow communication with the outlet. The attachment includes a connector configured to extend into the central passage defined by the inner wall of the body and an attachment inlet configured to receive the airflow that exits the cavity of the body through the outlet. The attachment inlet is circumferentially disposed about the axis and the central passage defined by the inner wall of the body when the attachment is connected to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Michael John deGrood, Jay William Kuzia
  • Patent number: 11328940
    Abstract: A degassing chamber and a semiconductor processing apparatus are provided. The degassing chamber includes a chamber; a substrate container, movable within the chamber in a vertical direction; and a heating component, disposed within the chamber. A substrate transferring opening is formed through a sidewall of the chamber for transferring substrates into or out of the chamber. The heating component includes a first light source component and a second light source component. The chamber is divided into a first chamber and a second chamber by the substrate transferring opening. The first light source component is located in the first chamber, and the second light source component is located in the second chamber. The first light source component and the second light source component are provided for heating a substrate in the substrate container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING NAURA MICROELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Jia, Peijun Ding, Mengxin Zhao, Hougong Wang
  • Patent number: 11311090
    Abstract: A handheld hair dryer includes a body extending about an axis and including a first end, a second end, an inner wall, and an outer wall. The outer wall and the inner wall extend from the first end of the body to the second end of the body and define a cavity therebetween. A central passage is defined by the inner wall. The hair dryer also includes an inlet defined by the inner wall and an outlet for the airflow to exit the cavity. The inlet is defined by the inner wall intermediate the first end and the second end. The hair dryer is configured to direct the airflow through the cavity and towards the outlet. The hair dryer further includes a handle connected to the body, a fan, and a motor positioned at least partly within the handle and coupled to the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael John deGrood, Jay William Kuzia
  • Patent number: 11315808
    Abstract: The present invention includes: a heat plate for heating a lower side of a substrate sliding on an upper surface; and a heat block for heating the heat plate. The heat block includes an air heating flow path for heating air which flows in from a bottom surface side and causing the air to flow out to the heat plate side, the heat plate includes air holes for discharging the air heated by the air heating flow path from the upper surface, the heated air discharged from the air holes forms a heated air atmosphere above the heat plate, and the substrate is transported through the heat air atmosphere. Thereby, curved deformation of the substrate is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SHINKAWA LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Nagano