Patents Examined by Gregory Wilson
  • Patent number: 10660418
    Abstract: An air-moving appliance includes a body defining a cavity, an inlet for airflow to enter the cavity, and an outlet for the airflow to exit the cavity. The air-moving appliance also includes an attachment configured to connect to the body in flow communication with at least one of the inlet and the outlet. The air-moving appliance further includes a grip feature configured to extend between and contact the attachment and the body when the attachment is connected to the body. The grip feature is configured to provide an interference fit between the attachment and the body and resist movement of the attachment relative to the body when the attachment is connected to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John deGrood, Jay William Kuzia
  • Patent number: 10663229
    Abstract: According to the present invention, in a heating furnace in which a fuel is burned by mixing the fuel supplied through a fuel supply pipe with combustion air supplied through a combustion air supply pipe by a combustion burner, a cooling medium guiding pipe through which cooling air for cooling the fuel supply pipe is guided into the furnace is provided to the outer peripheral side of the fuel supply pipe, and a cooling water supply pipe through which cooling water is supplied via a cooling water adjusting valve is connected to the cooling medium guiding pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CHUGAI RO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Yokoi, Tadahiro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10663194
    Abstract: A modular solar air heater comprises an extruded metal frame having fingers operable to secure a glazing, an absorber, and an insulating back sheet to the frame. The heater may also operate as a cooler. The heater further comprises an active air circulation system, such as a fan, which may be coupled with an air inlet of the heater. The heater has an air outlet and may further include a bypass channel to direct the airflow alternatively through one or both the bypass channel and the air outlet. A heating element and a cooling element may be coupled with the air outlet to further heat and also cool the air through the air outlet, respectively. A photovoltaic panel may be included to provide electrical power to the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Adam Peter Plesniak
  • Patent number: 10656526
    Abstract: A thermal treatment apparatus performs a thermal treatment on a metal-containing film formed on a substrate. The thermal treatment apparatus includes a treatment chamber that houses the substrate; a thermal treatment plate that is provided inside the treatment chamber and mounts the substrate thereon; and a moisture supply unit that supplies moisture to the metal-containing film. At the time of the thermal treatment, moisture is supplied to the metal-containing film of the substrate on the thermal treatment plate and an atmosphere in the treatment chamber is exhausted from a central portion of the treatment chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yohei Sano, Shinichiro Kawakami, Masashi Enomoto, Takahiro Shiozawa, Keisuke Yoshida, Tomoya Onitsuka
  • Patent number: 10645941
    Abstract: A vessel having an opening for receiving the product and walls surrounding the vessel at all sides except the opening. The interior of the vessel is filled with a fluid having a specific gravity lower than a specific gravity of a medium surrounding the walls outside the vessel. While the vessel is oriented with the opening facing downwards, the vessel and/or product is/are conveyed to ensure that the product enters the interior through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The State of Israel, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) (Volcani Center)
    Inventors: Avraham Arbel, Mordechai Barak, Boaz Zion, Yiftah Afgin
  • Patent number: 10627105
    Abstract: A ground supported single drum power boiler is described combining a refractory lined and insulated V-Cell floor; refractory lined and insulated combustion chamber; integrated fuel chutes configured to pre-dry wet solid fuel; top mounted fuel bin; internal chamber walls; configurable combustion air systems; and a back pass with after-burner ports and cross flow superheaters. The boiler can be configured in pre-assembled modules to minimize the field construction time and cost. An alternative embodiment is adaptable as a gasifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel R Higgins, Eugene Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10627133
    Abstract: A heat exchanger, comprising at least a double shell, wherein the lower portion of the inner space of the inner shell is filled with liquid phase change medium, and at least one coiler is provided in the upper portion. The heated fluid flows in the coiler. After the downstream side pipe of the coiler is pierced through the inner shell, at least one surrounding pipe is formed in the cavity between the double shells. The bottom heat exchange plate of heat exchanger of the inner shell is located above the heat source. The cavity between the two shells forms the flue gas passage. After bottom heat exchange plate of the inner shell is heated by the heat source, the flue gas rises from the bottom of perimeter of the inner shell along the flue gas passage and the heat is transferred to the heated fluid in the surrounding pipe. The heat device using the heat exchanger according to the present invention can significantly improve the efficiency of heat utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: XI'AN JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Qiuwang Wang, Zhoutuo Tan, Yunjia Yao, Chengning Yao, Jiapei Yang, Yougang Ruan
  • Patent number: 10619887
    Abstract: Provided is an instantaneous hot water circulation unit with a scale cleaning function which can easily perform pipe cleaning for removing scale. The instantaneous hot water circulation unit which includes a hot water supply inlet portion connected to a hot water discharge unit of a hot water supply device, a hot water supply outlet portion connected to an external hot water supply unit, a hot water returning unit, a hot water outgoing unit, a hot water supply pipe, a hot water pipe, and a circulation pump, and a bypass pipe, which drives the circulation pump to perform an instantaneous hot water circulation operation when stoping hot water supply, wherein a storage tank configured to store a cleaning agent used in a cleaning operation of cleaning an inside of the pipe of the hot water supply device is provided at the bypass pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NORITZ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki Sugatani, Yu Fujimoto, Tomofumi Kinugasa, Hiromi Yamanishi, Yoshihiro Nunotani
  • Patent number: 10619889
    Abstract: A water heater includes a plurality of stages of burners, a water supply pipe, a hot water outlet pipe, a heat exchanger, a passing water quantity control unit, a temperature detection unit, and an operation control unit. The operation control unit, upon confirmation that a predetermined start condition of a passing water restriction is satisfied at a start of a hot water supply, performs the output hot water temperature control by calculating a target flow rate that causes no switching or a minimum count of switching of the combustion stages of the burners and configuring the passing water quantity control unit to have the target flow rate. The operation control unit, upon confirmation that a predetermined release condition of the passing water restriction is satisfied, executes the passing water control in which the passing water quantity is returned to the predetermined water quantity by gradually releasing the passing water restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PALOMA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Takeuchi, Wataru Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10619858
    Abstract: A fuel supply system for a gas burner assembly is provided. The gas burner assembly includes an inner burner stage positioned concentrically within an outer burner stage. The fuel supply system includes a fuel supply for providing a primary flow of fuel through a primary fuel conduit. A control valve and a modulating valve are operably coupled in series on the primary fuel conduit for regulating the primary flow of fuel. A first fuel supply conduit and a second fuel supply conduit tee off the primary fuel conduit to supply fuel to the outer burner stage and the inner burner stage, respectively. A shutoff valve is operably coupled to the first fuel supply conduit for stopping the flow of fuel through the first fuel supply conduit, e.g., during a simmer operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Juergen Paller
  • Patent number: 10618830
    Abstract: Submerged combustion burners having improved fuel and oxidant mixing characteristics. Submerged combustion melters including the burners. Methods of using submerged combustion melters to melt glass-forming materials and produce molten glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: John Wayne Baker, Aaron Morgan Huber
  • Patent number: 10611686
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an expanded granulate (29) made of a sand grain-shaped mineral material (1) using a propellant; wherein the material (1) is fed to a substantially upright furnace (2); wherein the material (1) is conveyed along a conveying path (4) through a plurality of vertically separated healing zones (5) in a furnace shaft (3) of the furnace (2), wherein each heating zone (5) can be heated by at least one independently controllable heating element (6); wherein the material (1) is heated to a critical temperature at which the surfaces (7) of the sand grains (1) become plastic and the sand grains (1) are expanded through the propellant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BINDER + CO AG
    Inventors: Ernst Erwin Brunnmair, Gerhard Salchinger
  • Patent number: 10612816
    Abstract: A fluid heating system including: a pressure vessel; an assembly comprising: a heat exchanger core including a second inlet and a second outlet; a first conduit having a first end connected to the second inlet of the heat exchanger core and a second end disposed outside of the pressure vessel; a second conduit having a first end connected to the second outlet of the heat exchanger core and a second end disposed outside of the pressure vessel; and a blower in fluid connection with the first end of the first conduit, wherein the fluid heating system satisfies the condition that a Bulk Heat Flux between the first end of the first conduit and the first end of the second conduit is between 45 kW/m2 and 300 kW/m2, and wherein the Pressure Drop between the first conduit and the second conduit is between 3 kiloPascals and 30 kiloPascals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FULTON GROUP N.A., INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Thomas Frechette, Carl Nicholas Nett, Thomas William Tighe, Keith Richard Waltz
  • Patent number: 10604886
    Abstract: A condensation-based clothes dryer includes a box body, a drum, a front hot air duct, a rear hot air duct, an air chamber, a fan, a motor, a heater, a master control board and a condenser; where the rear hot air duct, the drum, the front hot air duct and the air chamber are communicated, an inlet end of a condensation air duct of the condenser is communicated with an air outlet in the box body, and an outlet end of the condensation air duct is communicated with outside air, an inlet end of a cooling air duct of the condenser is communicated with outside air, and an outlet end of the cooling air duct is communicated with an air inlet in the box body, and a condensate water collecting box is arranged below the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jindong Bing, Haiming Xie, Longping Yao
  • Patent number: 10605530
    Abstract: An assembly of a liner and a flange for a vertical furnace for processing substrates is provided. The liner being configured to extend in the interior of a process tube of the vertical furnace, and the flange is configured to at least partially close a liner opening. The liner comprising a substantially cylindrical wall delimited by the liner opening at a lower end and closed at a higher end and being substantially closed for gases above the liner opening and defining an inner space. The flange comprising: an inlet opening configured to insert and remove a boat configured to carry substrates in the inner space of the liner; a gas inlet to provide a gas to the inner space. The assembly is constructed and arranged with a gas exhaust opening to remove gas from the inner space and a space between the liner and the low pressure tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Lucian C. Jdira, Chris G. M. de Ridder, Theodorus G. M. Oosterlaken, Klaas P. Boonstra, Herbert Terhorst, Juul Keijser
  • Patent number: 10605482
    Abstract: A water heater system includes a tank having internal capacity no greater than 1 gallon, a water inlet, and a water outlet. A flow of water into the tank through the water inlet and out of the tank through the water outlet is a downstream water flow. An absence of downstream water flow is a standby condition of the water heater. The water heater includes a heating element for heating water in the tank, a first temperature sensor positioned to sense a temperature of the water flowing into the tank, and a second temperature sensor positioned to sense a temperature of the water flowing out of the tank. The water heater further includes a damper upstream of the second temperature sensor to reduce fluctuations in the temperature readings of the second temperature sensor to reduce false detection of downstream water flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: A. O. Smith Corporation
    Inventors: Jianmin Yin, Brian Thomas Branecky, Mark Murphy, Benjamin Joseph Bolton
  • Patent number: 10605485
    Abstract: A water heater having a casing (100) in which a burner body (1) and a fan case (2) are accommodated, wherein the burner body (1) includes a main burner body unit (12) having a flat burner (3) on a lower surface thereof, and an introducing unit (11) projected from an upper surface of the main burner body unit (12), wherein the introducing unit (11) has an inlet port (10) communicated with the fan case (2), and an fan installation surface (13) having the inlet port (10) is provided so as to face to a front direction or a diagonally front direction as viewed from a frontward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Rinnai Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ojiro, Yasuo Niwa
  • Patent number: 10598407
    Abstract: A gas flow controller for use with a gas powered water heater includes a first gas flow valve, and a first gas flow valve actuator assembly connected to the first gas flow valve and configured to hold the first gas flow valve in an open position. The first gas flow valve actuator assembly includes a first electromagnetic actuator, a corrosion resistant material encapsulating the first electromagnetic actuator, a first wire lead connected to the first electromagnetic actuator at a first solder joint, a corrosion resistant material encapsulating the first solder joint, a second wire lead connected to the first electromagnetic actuator at a second solder joint, and a corrosion resistant material encapsulating the second solder joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Saad A. Chaudry, Donald L. Blessing, Juan G. Renteria
  • Patent number: 10578339
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is: to enable hot water at a required temperature to be supplied, even in cases when compressor load factor is low; to suppress heat dissipation from a waste-heat recovery device; and to improve waste-heat recovery rate. A waste-heat recovery system in an oil-cooled gas compressor is provided with: a compressor main body (3); an oil separator (6); gas piping (8) which supplies, to a demanded destination, compressed gas separated from oil by the oil separator; oil piping (7) which returns, to the compressor main body, the oil separated by the oil separator; and a waste-heat-recovery heat exchanger (10) which recovers heat from the compressed gas and/or the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Yamamoto, Masahiko Takano
  • Patent number: 10578023
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include methods, systems and program products for controlling a water bath heater for a fuel gas. Methods according to the present disclosure can include: calculating at least one calculable condition of the fuel gas based on a set of conditions of the fuel gas entering the water bath heater and a type of control valve located downstream of the water bath heater; calculating a target temperature differential for the fuel gas based a set of conditions of the fuel gas entering the water bath heater and the at least one calculable condition; and adjusting an operating parameter of the water bath heater to adjust a temperature of the fuel gas leaving the water bath heater by the target temperature differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Dean Matthew Erickson