Patents Examined by Gregory Huson
  • Patent number: 10181708
    Abstract: A control component for insertion in a standard size connection box of a conventional component such as a switch or other electrical mechanism. The control component may have new capabilities plus maintain the capabilities of the conventional component. The connection box need not be removed, or if the box is removed then the structure or space encompassing the box need not be enlarged. Further, no new wiring for is necessarily needed for connecting the control component. This placement or substitution may be particularly applicable to many rooms of hotels, motels, and other facilities. Neither time nor expense of modifications to the connection box, wiring and/or the room is necessarily needed. In many cases, a room or space cannot necessarily be modified to add a larger or an additional component having additional capabilities, such as a component having an air quality controlled device for operating a ventilation fan in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp Roosli, Ryan Gardner, Ravi Sagar
  • Patent number: 10180260
    Abstract: An adaptor for a passive roof vent is presented having a base securable to a roof deck and an integrally moulded stepped collar extending from the base on one side for connecting to different air duct sizes which defines a discharge end for an air flow passageway. A central well is defined by the collar adjacent to and below the base and is open towards the other side of the base and has a hinge pin for at least one flapper valve retained in the well below the base. At least one flapper valve, hinged to the hinge pin, pivots about a closed position to which the flapper valve is biased by gravity and an open position in which the flapper valve is opened by air pressure from below within the air flow passageway. The flapper valve remains partially within the well when the flapper valve is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canplas Industries LTD.
    Inventors: James Brian Mantyla, Scott Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10173161
    Abstract: A covering device covers a front area of a device for the passage of air. The device for the passage of air fits in an opening in a wall of a casing, in particular a casing of waste heat producing components, of an electronic cupboard, or of a switch cupboard. The covering device also covers a filter mat of the device for the passage of air. The covering device includes a cover covering the filter mat with a number of inclined lamellar elements, each lamellar element has in its upper area a section with a hook-type configuration orientated against the air admission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Andreas Pfannenberg
  • Patent number: 10174941
    Abstract: A gas burner system comprising a longitudinal burner body defining a longitudinal central cavity, and a ribbon pack configured to be removably installed into the central cavity, the ribbon pack comprising: (i) at least one ribbon positioned between a first vertical wall and a second vertical wall; (ii) a first transverse arm extending horizontally outward from a first longitudinal side of the ribbon pack; (iii) a second transverse arm extending horizontally outward from a second longitudinal side of the ribbon pack, wherein the first and second transverse arms are configured to attach to the longitudinal burner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Guoguang Su, Steve Mathis, Chris Edward Vandegrift, James Pezzuto, Matthew M. Knepper
  • Patent number: 10174970
    Abstract: A rotation locking device for use in a row-level sun tracking solar energy collection system includes a housing, a first locking member, a second locking member, and an actuator. The housing is configured to be mounted to a pile and configured to permit a torque tube to extend through the housing. The first locking member has a plurality of circumferentially spaced projections attached to and rotatable with the torque tube. The second locking member is connected to the housing and has a plurality of mating elements for engaging projections of the first locking member. The actuator is configured to relatively move the first and second locking members between an unlocked position in which the mating elements are disengaged from the projections and a locked position in which the mating elements are engaged with the projections to inhibit rotation of the torque tube with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler Grushkowitz, Matthew Scott Lambert, Brian Wares, Mark Adam Schimelpfenig, Nicholas James McKibben
  • Patent number: 10174940
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a combustion burner that is capable of efficiently performing heating of a raw material powder by improving the dispersibility of the raw material powder that is ejected from a raw material powder-ejecting port using a simple configuration, and a combustion burner in which raw material powder introduction pipes that introduce the raw material powder inside a raw material powder supply pathway are provided so that axes that extend from central axes of the raw material powder introduction pipes do not intersect a central axis of the burner main body, and so that angles ? that are formed by central axes of the raw material powder introduction pipes and an outer surface of a second circular member are larger than 0° and smaller than 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Yamamoto, Takayuki Fujimoto, Yoshiyuki Hagihara, Kimio Iino
  • Patent number: 10166834
    Abstract: A heating system may include a cooling water line connected to a vehicle engine, a heat exchanger provided at the cooling line, the heat exchanger being arranged within an air conditioning duct, thermoelectric elements each attached, and a controller for controlling start or stop of the engine, to maintain a temperature of the cooling water between an upper limit temperature and a lower limit temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woo Park, Jae Woong Kim
  • Patent number: 10168070
    Abstract: A register boot and grille can be quickly installed using the Zip Clips provided and a hollow threaded securement knob without the need for any tools. The method of installation is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Havaco Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: James Karnes, Thomas Newman
  • Patent number: 10165888
    Abstract: Systems and methods of use pertaining to a rocket-type heating and cooking system feature three distinct cooking surfaces designed for simultaneous use and may be dismantled and transported for use in a variety of environments, including use as a heating and cooking device in the home as a fireplace insert, use outdoors in a hiking or camping setting, or use in a developing-world application as a third-world outdoor or indoor kitchen. The heating and cooking system features a combustion chamber and exhaust chimney having optimized dimensions to achieve maximum combustion efficiency, which translates to increased heating and cooking capacities as well as reduced smoke exhaustion. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: David Gordon Steputis
  • Patent number: 10168076
    Abstract: A support structure for solar panels is comprised of two or more circular and concentric tracks or rails on which a plurality of pylons are mounted. The pylons are parallel and equipped with support wheels so as to support, through respective frames, a plurality of solar panels. The pylons rotate with respect to the common center of the concentric tracks so as to carry out a rotational movement for the azimuthal tracking (RA) of the sun (from east to west), while a plurality of actuators, which are mounted within each pylon, move one or more panels in order to obtain a rotational movement for the zenithal tracking (RZ). The combination of the two rotations is controlled by an electronic control unit, so as to follow at every moment of the day the sun's position. The support structure may be mounted on poles and can be isolated or can be installed on coverings, building roofs or generic flat surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Claudio Ornella, Angelo Ornella
  • Patent number: 10167084
    Abstract: An air duct arrangement (58) for an aircraft (40). The arrangement (58) comprises an environmental control system (ECS) (50). The ECS (50) comprises an air inlet (60) arranged to ingest a low velocity portion of a boundary layer flow adjacent the aircraft fuselage (44), and to deliver a flow of air to an environmental control system air intake (66). The arrangement (58) further comprises an ejector (70) arranged to receive an ECS exhaust (76), and boundary layer air from an aft region of the aircraft (40), and to exhaust air to the ambient airstream at an aft portion of the aircraft (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Rory D Stieger, Lorenzo Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 10168412
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a tracking device configured to track an object in space, such as the sun, as the object moves across the sky. The tracking device may further be configured to direct a payload toward the object or toward an angle relative to the object. The tracking device may continuously or intermittently determine the location of the moving object, and adjust the position of the payload accordingly. The tracking device may calculate the position of the moving object based on GPS information, such as triangulated coordinates of the tracking device, date, and time. Generally, the tracking device may be capable of tracking an object such as the sun from anywhere on the earth's surface. The tracking device may employ one or more actuation assemblies to position the payload toward or relative to the moving object. The one or more actuation assemblies may operate through linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: WTS LLC
    Inventors: Brian Plourde, John Abraham, Douglas Plourde, Richard Pakonen, Andy Gikling
  • Patent number: 10166840
    Abstract: An air distribution system for the distribution of air to a rear portion of a vehicle includes a housing extending between a first and second end. The housing defines a plurality of first direct air outlets disposed adjacent the first end, a plurality of second direct air outlets disposed adjacent the second end, and a plurality of indirect air outlets disposed between the first and second direct air outlets. An airflow control assembly is configured to interchange airflow of the air distribution system between a first mode in which airflow is open through the direct air outlets but blocked from the indirect air outlets for guiding air directly to occupants situated in the rear portion of the vehicle and a second mode in which airflow is restricted through the direct air outlets and open through the indirect air outlets to create a bloom of air over the rear vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Christoph Kuttner, Richard Haas, Matthew A. Garrisi, Peter Saglimbene
  • Patent number: 10160288
    Abstract: A heating system for a hybrid vehicle may include a first heating line connecting an engine, having a temperature which is controlled through water-cooling, to a heater core that is heated using a heat generated from the engine, a second heating line allowing for heat exchange between various electronic devices and an auxiliary radiator controlling the temperatures of the various electronic devices, a branch line connected to the first heating line and the second heating line and exchanging heat therebetween, a plurality of valves provided on each of the first heating line, the second heating line, and the branch line, and a controller controlling each valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Hee Sang Park, Yong Soo Chang, Bock Cheol Lee, In Keun Kang
  • Patent number: 10161631
    Abstract: A system for operating a damper comprises a flue pipe assembly, and a damper movable between an open position and a closed position within the flue pipe assembly. At least one thermoelectric generator is coupled to a surface of the flue pipe assembly. Operation of the damper is achieved by the thermoelectric generator harvesting thermal energy from the flue pipe assembly and converting it into usable electrical energy for actuation of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Field Controls, LLC
    Inventor: Eric A. Hokanson
  • Patent number: 10161636
    Abstract: A fire effect device for holding, controlling and displaying fire and methods of attaching and mounting such a device to furniture, such as umbrella tables. The includes an internal chamber 11 which houses a fuel dispersion assembly 12 and a rigid hollow tube which may be mounted to the chamber or be of unitary construction with the chamber. The rigid hollow tube is designed to be inserted into a hole or aperture of a table, such as an umbrella hole, and connected to a gas valve and thereafter a fuel line or source, such as a propane tank. The device is attached and detached to the table with ease by i) engaging or disengaging the fuel line from the fire effect device and, ii) the simple turning of a nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Bond Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Cameron Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10161654
    Abstract: A method to heat water in an electrical boiler includes storing user's requests of hot water in association with corresponding times of requests, heating water in advance to a next user's request, wherein the next user's request is estimated on the stored user's requests, detecting a start time of a power request from the electrical boiler, detecting a stop time of the power request, determining that a user's request of hot water has occurred if a time difference between the detected stop time and the detected start time is longer than a predetermined time, the predetermined time being a time of activation of the electrical boiler, storing the determined user's request in association with a time of the user's request, estimating a next user's request based on the stored user's request and activating the electrical boiler to heat water in advance with respect to the estimated next user's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: INNOSENSE AG
    Inventors: Alessandro Giusti, Matteo Salani, Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, Luca Maria Gambardella, Gian Carlo Dozio, Fabio Foletti, Davide Rivola, Roman Rudel, Marco Belliardi, Lorenzo Nespoli, Vasco Medici
  • Patent number: 10154740
    Abstract: A cabinet system having a protective shroud and an external frame with a linear track. The protective shroud provides a protected inner space shielded from moisture and airborne contaminants. The cabinet system also includes a mounting assembly having a mounting arm that can be affixed to a support structure and also having a mounting foot slidably engaged to the at least one track. The mounting foot can be fixed at positions along the linear track allowing the cabinet to be mounted at different position relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter McMahon, Pat Lilla, Josh Pommer, Jeff Holm, John W. Syrstad
  • Patent number: 10156091
    Abstract: A door has a stile and rail frame and a center element secured to the stile and rail frame. Openings extend through the margins of the center element, and inside and outside outer skins or elements are secured to the stile and rail frame. The inside and outside outer skins have openings adjacent to and laterally spaced apart from the openings through the margins of the center element, whereby air flows through the opening in the inside outer skin, through the openings in the margins of the center element, and through the opening in the outside outer skin in a non-linear manner to prevent pressure buildup in a room to comply with the government recommended pressure of three pascals or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Jerry G. Crittenden
  • Patent number: 10155429
    Abstract: An air-conditioning system for air-conditioning an interior of a vehicle may include a fan for driving air. The system may include a control device that may include a circulating air inlet for drawing in circulating air from the interior, a fresh air inlet for drawing in fresh air from an environment of the vehicle, and an air outlet. The control device may include a control valve adjustable between a circulating position and a fresh air position. The control valve may include at least one non-return check valve. The non-return check valve may permit a flow to pass through the control valve in one direction and block the flow in an opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Mahle Behr France Rouffach SAS
    Inventors: Henri Klein, Emmanuel Fleith