Patents Examined by Gregory Wilson
  • Patent number: 10989442
    Abstract: In a heating and hot water supply device including a burning means, a first heat exchanger, a circulation passage for circulating a heating thermal medium, a circulation pump, a first bypass passage, a second heat exchanger for hot water supply, a hot water supply passage, a distribution means at a branching portion of the first bypass passage, and a second bypass passage bypassing the second heat exchanger, a flow rate adjustment means for adjusting a bypass flow rate in the second bypass passage is provided. The distribution means is capable of adjusting its distribution ratio for heating, or hot water supply, or simultaneous heating/hot water supply. All passage connection portions on the second heat exchanger were provided on its one side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasutaka Kuriyama, Yasushi Morita, Hiroshi Morimoto, Midori Yokoyama, Yoshihisa Kitano, Haruhiko Tamada
  • Patent number: 10976074
    Abstract: A safe water heater comprises a housing assembly, a box assembly, and a water inlet and outlet assembly. The housing assembly comprises a first housing with a mounting cavity. The box assembly comprises a water tank with a water-containing cavity. The water inlet and outlet assembly comprises a water inlet subassembly and a water outlet subassembly. The water inlet subassembly comprises a second water inlet pipe communicating with the water-containing cavity, a first water inlet pipe able to communicate with outside, and a leak-proof mechanism. The leak-proof mechanism is capable of sealing a water inlet of the second water inlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: XIAMEN CHEARI ECO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Quanduo Hou
  • Patent number: 10969139
    Abstract: The improved water heater is a combustion reaction based water heating apparatus. The improved water heater is used to heat fresh water for domestic and light industrial purposes. The improved water heater includes a tank and an enhanced heating device. The insulating structure stores the water during and after the heating process. The enhanced heating device: a) contains the combustion reaction; and, b) transfers through a heat exchange mechanism the heat generated by the combustion reaction to the water contained within the insulating structure. The enhanced heating device includes a heat exchange apparatus. When compared to a traditional exhaust flue, the heat exchange apparatus more efficiently transfers heat between the heated exhaust gases from the combustion reaction and the water contained in the insulating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Willard Richard
  • Patent number: 10969143
    Abstract: A water heater may be configured to detect a possible main gas valve non-closure condition in which the sensed water temperature continues to rise while a thermopile signal reaches a stable state. When the possible main gas valve non-closure condition is detected, the controller may be configured to toggle the main gas valve ON and determine whether the thermopile signal from the thermopile changes from the stable state or not by at least a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Foley, John D. Mitchell, Rolf L. Strand, Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10969120
    Abstract: A hot water unit fluid supply control system comprises a switching device coupled to a hot water unit, a rainwater tank and a potable water source. The switching device is configured to selectively switch between a first state, which allows fluid communication between the hot water unit and the rainwater tank, and a second state, which allows fluid communication between the hot water unit and the potable water source. The hot water unit fluid supply control system comprises a control unit configured to: receive fluid characteristic information associated with fluid in the hot water unit from one or more sensors; activate or deactivate a pump of the rainwater tank based on a comparison of a fluid characteristic parameter of the fluid characteristic information with requirements of the hot water unit to thereby cause the switching device to assume the first or second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: South East Water Corporation
    Inventors: David Bergmann, Steve Paterson
  • Patent number: 10969175
    Abstract: A setter for firing in a plate which is used for firing a honeycomb formed body and interposed between the honeycomb formed body and a shelf plate, wherein the setter for firing has a setter lower surface section facing the shelf plate, the setter lower surface section including: a central region part formed by a region including a lower surface center of the setter lower surface section; and a peripheral region part formed by a peripheral region of the central region part, and the peripheral region part has at least four or more setter groove parts each having a recessed cross sectional shape and extending radially from the lower surface center respectively in a direction from a boundary with the central region part toward a setter outer circumferential section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10962311
    Abstract: A cleaning system and method includes suspending and exploding, adjacent a bank of HRSG finned-tubing, a plurality of generally uniformly spaced detonation cords. Each detonation cord has an explosive grain loading of 18-50 grains per foot. A detonation delay assembly attached to each of the plurality of detonation cords creates a predetermined delay between each detonation cord explosion. After the detonation cords are exploded, a suspended elongated beam, having a transport assembly and a pressurized air blower assembly directs pressurized air towards an adjacent the bank of HRSG finned-tubing as the pressurized air blower assembly is moved along a portion of the beam. A suspension assembly moves the beam, the transport assembly, and the pressurized air blower assembly up or down so that a next portion of the bank of HRSG finned-tubing may be cleaned by the pressurized air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Dos Viejos Amigos, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. McGinnis, Rodrick E. Hall
  • Patent number: 10955169
    Abstract: A control system is provided for a modulated heating system including a plurality of modulating water heaters, which may be modulating boilers. A deadband control scheme provides for reduced cycling of the modulating heater when total system heat demand falls between the maximum output of one heater and the sum of the maximum output of that one point and the minimum firing point of the next subsequent heater. Condensation of flue gas products is prevented by monitoring flue exhaust temperature for each heater and controlling the modulation of each heater to maintain a minimum heater output sufficiently high to prevent condensation of flue gas products from that heater. Rapid reaction to changes in system heat demand is provided by sensing changes in flow rate in a primary loop of the system and anticipating resulting changes in temperature thus allowing for change in heater output prior to the time the change in flow rate has fully impacted system temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lochinvar, LLC
    Inventor: John C. Paine
  • Patent number: 10935278
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a tubular heat exchanger capable of improving heat exchange efficiency and preventing deformation and damage thereof even in a high water-pressure environment. To this end, the present invention includes an outer jacket through which a heat medium is introduced and discharged; a combustion chamber coupled to the inside of the outer jacket so that a heat medium passage is formed between the combustion chamber and the outer jacket, and configured to perform combustion of a burner; a plurality of tubes formed in a flat shape for allowing combustion gas, which is generated in the combustion chamber, to flow along the inside of the combustion chamber and exchange heat with the heat medium; and a turbulator coupled to the inside of the tubes so as to induce generation of turbulence in a flow of the combustion gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Kyu Park, Su Hyun Lee, Sung Jun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10930538
    Abstract: Disclosed are a substrate alignment apparatus, a substrate processing apparatus, and a substrate processing method using the substrate alignment apparatus. The substrate alignment apparatus and the substrate processing apparatus include a support plate and a plurality of guide units coupled to the support plate to align a position of the substrate. Each of the guide units includes an alignment pin for aligning the substrate in place and a stationary body having a support surface for supporting an edge region of the substrate aligned, the stationary part being fixedly coupled to the support plate. The alignment pin is rotatable about a central axis of the alignment pin relative to the support surface of the stationary part, thereby rapidly aligning the substrate and thus preventing the substrate transferred between a plurality of process chambers by a transfer robot from being separated or having a negative influence on other apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SEMES Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kisang Eum, Cheolmin Chol, Nam Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 10921024
    Abstract: A water heater appliance is provided that includes features for removing water from a junction box of the water heater appliance. More particularly, a water heater is provided that includes a draining feature that drains or removes water that has seeped or leaked into a junction box that is at least partially encased in an insulation material. In one exemplary aspect, the drain feature includes a drain conduit connected to an outlet defined by the junction box. The drain conduit may drain the water from the junction box to a number of suitable locations. For instance, the water may be drained to a dedicated drain port or a cavity defined in part by an access panel removably mounted to a casing of the water heater appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory L. Hutchison, Timothy David Gantt
  • Patent number: 10914466
    Abstract: A method for operating a heating boiler and variant embodiments thereof are proposed. A working fluid is heated in the heating boiler consisting of at least two chambers by the heat of at least one heat carrier, and, by means of at least one of the heat exchangers in the heating boiler, a change in the temperature of the heat carrier in relation to the working fluid in the chambers is realized by supplying a more greatly heated heat carrier to the chambers containing a more greatly heated working fluid and, correspondingly, supplying a less greatly heated heat carrier to the chambers containing a less greatly heated working fluid, and, after heating, the working fluid is conducted out of the chamber via at least one channel or valve for use. The technical result is an increase in the efficiency of the heat recovering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Eduard Petrovich Gayzer
  • Patent number: 10912317
    Abstract: A conveyor belt (36) is arranged in at least one spiral conveyor unit (32) or (34) is arranged in tiers forming at ascending spiral stack (38) and/or a descending spiral stack (40). A ceiling or top sheet (58) is positioned over the spiral stack. A circulation fan (60, 62) draws spent thermal processing medium laterally from the tiers of the spiral stack, up the exterior of the stack and across the top of the stack above the ceiling or top sheet and through a heat exchanger (64) located above the ceiling. The treated thermal processing medium is then routed across the remainder of the diameter of the spiral stack and then down the side of the spiral stack diametrically opposite to the circulating fan thereby to enter the spiral stack in a lateral direction diametrically toward the circulating fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies AB
    Inventors: Leif Teddy Svensson, Lars Johan Siljeborn
  • Patent number: 10907823
    Abstract: An evaporator system for an industrial boiler, containing a heat transfer system, a separator for separating water and steam and a dryer for drying the separated wet steam. A horizontal vessel contains a required minimum amount of water, a relatively small steam volume and internals for the separation of water and wet-steam. A vertical vessel contains internals for drying the wet steam to predetermined values by separating liquid from the wet-steam. The horizontal vessel and the vertical vessel are connected to each other by wet-steam piping through which separated wet-steam is transported from the horizontal vessel to the vertical vessel. The vertical vessel has a connection to dry-steam piping for discharging dried steam. The vertical vessel has a connection to a liquid drain piping for transporting liquid from the vertical vessel back to the inlet conduits of the evaporator heat transfer section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Walter Adriaan Kramer
  • Patent number: 10900668
    Abstract: A liquid heating system includes an instantaneous heater (18) having an inlet (20) connected to a reservoir (62). The outlet (22) of the heater is connected to fixtures (72) which use the heated liquid, and is also connected through a return connection (30) to the reservoir. In an idle mode, a pump 40 draws liquid from the reservoir (62), so that the liquid circulates through the heater and back to the reservoir. A controller (52) actuates the heater to heat the liquid to a first setpoint temperature, so that the liquid in the reservoir stabilizes at the first setpoint temperature. In a supply mode, some or all of the heated liquid flows from the outlet to the fixtures (72). Cold liquid is admitted from a supply (60) to the reservoir, and cold liquid desirably also is supplied to the heater inlet along with liquid from the reservoir, so that the heater inlet receives a combination of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Heatworks Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah M. Callahan, Eric J. Doesburg, Gregory S. Lyon, Michael J. Wieckowski
  • Patent number: 10895405
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a tankless water heater and systems and methods of using the same. The tankless water heater embodiments of the present disclosure can be configured to have a plurality of independently operable heat exchangers that can be used individually or collectively, in any combination, to heat water based on the level of demand for hot water. Embodiments can be configured for randomly selecting which heat exchangers are used to heat the incoming water. Embodiments of the present disclosure can also be configured to flow water through heat exchangers that are not being used to heat water and direct such water to a recirculation loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Govinda Mahajan, Edward Turner, Frank Haslbauer, Seth Joshua Prince
  • Patent number: 10895347
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a vaporizer or ampoule assembly with improved heat transfer between a vaporizer vessel body and at least one support tray located therein. In particular, there is provided a heat transfer enhancing member that is disposed between a vessel body and support tray. In one example of a heat transfer enhancing member or assembly there is included a heat conductive mesh or liner around totally or partially around the support tray that is wedged in between the support tray and the interior diameter or wall of the vessel body. In a related embodiment, the heat transfer enhancing member includes an expandable support tray sidewall to increase physical contact between the support tray and the vessel body interior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan C. Hendrix, Scott L. Battle, John N. Gregg
  • Patent number: 10893638
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispensing head that includes a first spindle configured for movement in a vertical direction, a first nozzle operatively attached to the spindle, a heater device removably attachable to the dispensing head. The heater device includes a heat source and an opening configured to receive the first nozzle. The heat source is configured to heat the first nozzle above an ambient temperature. An assembly system is further disclosed, along with a method of heating a nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koenraad Alexander Gieskes, Philip Michael Castoro, Kevin James O'Reilly
  • Patent number: 10890359
    Abstract: In a heating and hot water supply device including a burning means, a first heat exchanger, a circulation passage for circulating a heating thermal medium, a circulation pump, a first bypass passage, a second heat exchanger for hot water supply, a hot water supply passage, a second bypass passage bypassing the second heat exchanger, a control unit, and an operating terminal, a distribution means is provided at a branching portion of the first bypass passage and is capable of adjusting its distribution ratio for heating, or hot water supply, or simultaneous heating/hot water supply, a display means of the operating terminal is capable of providing displays corresponding to various types of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kitano, Yasutaka Kuriyama, Yasushi Morita, Hiroshi Morimoto, Midori Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10883713
    Abstract: An energy-saving gas supply boiler system, comprising: a steam boiler, a flue gas pipeline, a heat exchanger, a steam generator and an ejector. The steam boiler comprises a body, a combusting apparatus, a flue gas outlet, a water outlet and a high pressure steam outlet. The heat exchanger comprises a high temperature flue gas inlet, a medium temperature flue gas outlet, a cooling water inlet and a hot water outlet. Cooling water undergoes heat exchange with flue gas and flows out from the hot water outlet. The steam generator comprises a generator body, a hot water inlet and a low pressure steam outlet. The ejector comprises a high pressure steam inlet, a mixing steam outlet and a low pressure steam inlet. The high pressure steam inlet delivers high pressure steam to the ejector. The low pressure steam inlet delivers low pressure steam to the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Guangdong University of Technology
    Inventors: Xiaozhou Liu, Wenxing Liu, Yu Zhang