Patents Examined by Gyounghyun Bae
  • Patent number: 10264921
    Abstract: A cookware assembly comprises a lid including an underside and a plurality of basting projections. The underside has a center and extending toward a perimeter of the lid. Each of the plurality of basting projections protrudes downwardly from the underside of the lid. Each of the plurality of basting projections includes an interior concave surface, an exterior concave surface, and a drip ridge. The interior concave surface extends downwardly away from the underside to form a bay adjacent to the interior concave surface. The drip ridge is formed along a border between the interior concave surface and the exterior surface and defines a vertex along the drip ridge. During use of the lid, condensate formed on the underside collects along the interior concave surface, which funnels the condensate to the vertex for droplet formation and release from a corresponding one of the plurality of basting projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy J. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10264914
    Abstract: An automatic ingredient feeding apparatus (1) comprises a machine frame (100), a feeder mechanism (11), a flipping mechanism (12) and a plurality of compartment door control mechanisms (13). The feeder mechanism comprises a shell (111), the shell is provided therein with a receiving space (114) for receiving a multi-compartment container (110) and is provided therein with a multi-compartment ingredient-dropping chamber (113) facing the receiving space. The flipping mechanism (12) is used for mounting the feeder mechanism (11) on the machine frame (110) and for controlling the feeder mechanism (11) to implement a 180-degree flip. Each of the plurality of compartment door control mechanisms (13) controls an opening/closing of a compartment door (115) of the individual compartment of the multi-compartment ingredient-dropping chamber (113). The flipping mechanism (12) and the plurality of compartment door control mechanisms (13) are all connected to a master control device (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jinbiao Xu, Guang He
  • Patent number: 10258192
    Abstract: A cooking utensil is disclosed herein, in one example comprising: a cooking pan having a base panel with a perimeter sidewall extending thereabove around the circumference thereof so as to contain a volume of fluid in the cooking pan; a steamer insert pan is removably fitted within the cooking pan above the base panel. The steamer insert plate optionally having a surface defining a central void there through with a steamer dome attached to the steamer insert pan overlying the central void and extending vertically upwards therefrom. The steamer dome configure to extend into a food item to be cooked with a substantially non-permeable top cap so as to direct vapors from fluids heated within the cooking pan through the central void of the steamer insert plate and laterally through the side wall into the food item to be cooked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Magellan Home Goods, Ltd.
    Inventor: Andre Dean Cloutier
  • Patent number: 10252366
    Abstract: In a method for producing a piston (10) for an internal combustion engine, a melt treatment is performed at least in regions in particular in the region of a combustion chamber depression (14), the depth of said melt treatment being varied in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Nurnberg GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Lades, Wolfram Cromme
  • Patent number: 10245696
    Abstract: A workpiece processing machine includes a separation device for dividing an operating space into a processing region and at least one additional operating region, a laser processing head configured to process the workpiece, and a rotary workpiece changer having a rotatable workpiece support for transporting the workpiece between the processing region and the at least one additional operating region by an opening. The rotatable workpiece support has a protection wall configured to shield the at least one additional operating region with respect to the processing region. The separation device has a protection element movable between a processing position and a transport position and configured to be in abutment with the protection wall in the processing position to close the opening and spaced apart from the protection wall in the transport position. A spacing between the processing position and the transport position is adjustable based on a dimension of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Juergen Doettling, Robert Ganter, Rainer Banholzer
  • Patent number: 10251213
    Abstract: Systems and methods of heating a conductive ribbon for sample collection and/or sample processing comprises coupling conducting pads to the conductive ribbon, applying a signal across the conducting pads to cause the conductive ribbon to heat up, taking a measurement of at least one electrical property associated with the conductive ribbon in response to the applied signal, computing a correction for the applied signal to achieve a desired temperature suitable for fixing a sample to the heated conductive ribbon, and adjusting the applied signal to regulate the heat of the conductive ribbon to the desired temperature for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10245680
    Abstract: A cladding method for a valve seat in a cylinder head blank includes a combustion chamber, an intake port or an exhaust port communicating with the combustion chamber, and an annular countersunk groove formed in an opening end of the port on the combustion chamber side, the method being for forming a cladding layer by irradiating metal powder supplied in the countersunk groove with a laser beam. A gas flow regulating wall is provided, which projects from the countersunk groove to an inner side of the countersunk groove and to the combustion chamber side, gas is sprayed during irradiating with the laser beam, and the gas is flown by the gas flow regulating wall from the inner side to an outer side of the countersunk groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Minoru Kawasaki, Kenji Kidera, Yoshiji Shoda
  • Patent number: 10239160
    Abstract: Systems and methods for material singulation. According to some embodiments, methods for material singulation may include applying a first laser output to the material, the first laser output causing a modification of a material property of the material when exposed to the first laser output; and applying a second laser output to the material that was exposed to the first laser output to cause singulation of the material in such a way that surfaces created by the singulation of the material are substantially free from defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mielke, Ramanujapuram A. Srinivas, Tim Booth, Thor Wilbanks
  • Patent number: 10219646
    Abstract: The appliance includes a chute for admitting food in a downward direction; a screw for processing foods leaving the chute, which is centered on an axis and includes an upper stage, provided with a sweeper acting on the foods leaving the chute to fragment them, and a separate lower stage to drive food fragments coming from the upper stage of the screw downward and press them; a chamber for receiving the screw, which is substantially centered on the axis and which includes an upper part, connected to the outlet of the chute to receive the foods leaving the chute and surrounding the upper stage of the screw, and a lower part, surrounding the lower stage of the screw to separate the juice from the food fragments when the latter are pressed by the lower stage of the screw; and a driving system including an electric motor for driving the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SANTOS
    Inventors: Nicolas Fouquet, Cedric Gelin
  • Patent number: 10225893
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for cooking food products on both sides and, simultaneously, cooking them in the middle, and a method of cooking food products using said apparatus. In preferred embodiments, versions of the apparatus of the present invention comprise a crown pivotally connected to a base support, connected to a base, wherein when the crown is in the closed position with respect to the base food to be cooked is substantially enclosed in a cooking chamber comprising substantially a lower cook surface of 100 square inches or greater, a top cook surface of similar size, and is also subjected to microwaves generated by microwave generators located in the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TF Cardinal LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Tippmann, Timothy Matthew Tippmann, Bradley Wyatt Sordelet
  • Patent number: 10213048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat-retaining tray for a pizza, comprising one of a support means and an electricity supply means. The present invention provides a heat-retaining tray comprising: an upper plate having a plurality of protrusions formed such that food is laid on the upper surface of the plurality of protrusions; a side wall integrally formed vertically on the periphery of the upper plate; and a temperature increase unit for raising the temperature of the upper plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Moru Co., Ltd., Jeju National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Ho Won Lee, Seung Geon Kim, Kyung Ho Cho, Kyung Mo Im
  • Patent number: 10213873
    Abstract: A scrap removal device for a laser processing device includes a gas deflector having an optical channel; a looped gas channel; and a looped gas outlet. The looped gas outlet is connected to the looped gas channel, the optical channel is configured for a laser beam to transmit through, the looped gas channel surrounds the optical channel, and a section of the looped gas channel close to the looped gas outlet is inclined. The scrap removal device further includes a gas source furnished on the gas deflector and in communication with the looped gas channel for providing a gas flow to flow into the looped gas channel. The gas flow is joined with the laser beam transmitting along a looped processing path when flowing out of the gas deflector through the looped gas channel and the looped gas outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Chen, Chun-Jen Gu, Chun-Ping Jen
  • Patent number: 10207860
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cartridge for preparing a beverage, such as coffee, that comprises a hollow member for containing a dose of, for example, ground coffee, said hollow member comprising a side wall, an upper face and a lower face including an extraction membrane, said cartridge being characterized in that it further comprises several separate protrusions provided on said side wall and/or said upper wall, each protrusion including at least one perforation area. The invention also relates to a device for using said cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Alain Mariller
  • Patent number: 10209230
    Abstract: An electrode for a resistance analytical furnace has a central opening including a crucible-engaging surface and an annular flange spaced from the crucible-engaging surface. The flange has a lower surface with a plurality of grooves formed therein. The grooves are curved and extend from the central opening of the edge of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Leco Corporation
    Inventors: Octavio R. Latino, Gordon C. Ford, Lloyd A. Allen
  • Patent number: 10201188
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic cigarette including a battery connector and a vaporizer connector, wherein the battery connector comprises two recessed L-shaped grooves, and the vaporizer connector comprises two symmetrically-arranged protrusions. After the battery connector has been twist-lock connected with the vaporizer connector, the L-shaped grooves of the battery connector tightly engage with the protrusions of the vaporizer connector, positive and negative electrodes of a battery assembly are electrically connected to two electrodes of a vaporizer electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Guangrong Lin
  • Patent number: 10190831
    Abstract: A radiating fin with a bent radiating portion and an electrothermal oil heater using the same are provided. The radiating fin comprises a main body with an oil guide groove formed therein, connecting sleeves extending in a horizontal direction being provided at an upper end and a lower end of the main body; a bent radiating portion is formed within a region, a certain distance away from the middle, of an edge of at least one end of the main body; and an upper end and a lower end of the bent radiating portion are located in different vertical planes, or the upper end and the lower end of the bent radiating portion are located in a same vertical plane, and at least one portion between the upper end and the lower end is bent to form a side-raised structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Singfun Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guoning Yao, Jialei Mao
  • Patent number: 10182472
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kitchen appliance (1) suitable for being wirelessly operated on an induction heating cooker (K), comprising a programmable microcontroller (2), one or more than one electronic circuit (3) that provides the microcontroller (2) to control the communication means, user interface and sensors, providing communication with the induction heating cooker (K) whereon the kitchen appliance (1) is operated, a power control circuitry (4) that supplies the microcontroller (2) and the electronic circuits (3) with low level DC voltage, a rectifier (5) that converts the AC voltage to DC voltage and a buffer capacitor (6) which filters the DC voltage at the rectifier (5) outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Onur Yaman, Ahmet Yorukoglu, Sefa Hazir
  • Patent number: 10172365
    Abstract: A negative draft inducing device for a smoker that induces a negative draft through an offset smoker. The negative draft is provided by means of a relatively small portable device which may readily be secured to the smoker when needed and readily released therefrom for storage when not in use. The device not only maintains a fire in the smoker, but also creates a negative flow of warm air through the smoker. The device includes a housing having an intake end and an output end. A fan inside the housing creates air flow from the intake end to the output rend. The housing attaches to a lower portion of the smoker, aligning with air registers. The air flow creates a negative draft across the smoker that maintains a fire in the lower portion and creates a uniform air flow over the smoked food and out the exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Thibodeaux
  • Patent number: 10166625
    Abstract: A torch for tungsten inert gas welding is provided, in particular a narrow gap head for tungsten inert gas narrow-gap welding. In a housing made of metal, an electrode unit is retained by an electrode retainer and a cooling device for cooling the electrode unit is present. Liquid cooling medium can be conducted into the electrode retainer and back out of the electrode retainer through the cooling device. The cooling device includes at least one electrically conductive partition within a jacket of the electrode retainer for forming cooling channels, at least the at least one partition being electrically connected to the electrode unit. Furthermore, an outer surface of the electrode retainer is provided with an insulating layer at least in the area of the housing, which housing surrounds the electrode retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Henning Hanebuth, Christian Werner
  • Patent number: 10155278
    Abstract: A wire feeder has a motor, mounting plate, intermediate mounting plate, and base assembly. The mounting plate has a plurality of mounting hole patterns and a shaft hole. The motor a mounting hole pattern that aligns with at least one of the plurality. One of a plurality of motor types can be mounted to the mounting plate. The mounting plate is mounted to the intermediate mounting plate, which is mounted to the base assembly. The base assembly includes a drive gear, which is connected to rotate with an insulating cap that receives a gear hub. The gear hub is connected to rotate with the motor shaft via matching keys. The insulating hub, intermediate mounting plate and mounting plate are electrically insulating, so that the base assembly is electrically isolated from the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Matiash, Thomas D. Lahti