Patents Examined by Ibrahime A Abraham
  • Patent number: 10813369
    Abstract: An apparatus (300) for aerating a food product, (200, 300) comprising a housing (10) with an inlet (100) for the food product and an outlet for the aerated food product, and, within the housing (10), first and second pairs (210, 220, 240) of a rotor and a stator each having complementary toothed rims orientated in opposition in the axial direction, and a gas injector (1) for injecting, at an upstream position relative to the first pair (210, 220) of a rotor and a stator, a gas in the food product to be aerated, wherein a further inlet (310) is provided for injecting, at a position between a pair (210, 220) and an adjacent pair (240) of a rotor and a stator, an additional composition to be mixed with the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Luis Clavier, Jean-Francois Chevalier, Rafael Marcilla
  • Patent number: 10806297
    Abstract: A griddle apparatus, includes a lower cooking plate and an upper cooking plate, where the upper cooking plate is mounted for movement relative to the lower cooking plate between a lower cooking position and an upper access position by a biasing arrangement that provides an upward force sufficient to move the upper cooking plate up to the upper access position once the upper cooking plate has been manually moved to a set raised location between the lower cooking position and the upper access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Kacy W. Denning, Jairad M. Sloyer
  • Patent number: 10806293
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a coffee machine screen and a coffee machine. The coffee machine screen includes a first screen body arranged in a cylindrical shape extending upwardly and downwardly; and a second screen body arranged annularly, and an inner ring edge of the second screen body sealingly connected to a lower portion of the first screen body. The present invention can restrict the coffee particles from passing through the screen during the stirring of the coffee, thereby improving the quality of the coffee beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Lizhong Ren, Jian Kuang
  • Patent number: 10804422
    Abstract: Multi-operation tools for photovoltaic cell processing are described. In an example, a multi-operation tool includes a conveyor system to move a photovoltaic (PV) cell continuously along a conveyor path through a laser scribing station and an adhesive printing station. Furthermore, the PV cell may be aligned to a laser head of the laser scribing station and a printer head of the adhesive printing station in a single alignment operation prior to being laser scribed and printed with an adhesive in a continuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan Phillips Beckett, Gilad Almogy
  • Patent number: 10798785
    Abstract: A heat-conducting body (110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710, 810), for a nozzle heater (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800) has a groove with a bottom (913, 943) or a plurality of grooves with a bottom (913, 943) each. The one groove or the plurality of grooves has/have a first section (111, 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711, 811, 911) and a second section (512, 712, 912). The first section and the second section cross or intersect each other at least at one point. A depth of the first section (111, 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711, 811, 911) differs from a depth of the second section (512, 712, 912) at least at the points at which the first section (111, 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711, 811, 911) and the second section (512, 712, 912) cross each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Andreas Schlipf
  • Patent number: 10792759
    Abstract: Provided is a laser processing method in which a laser processing head for irradiating, with at least a short-pulse laser, a processed article having a protection layer laminated to a metal layer is used to process the processed article, whereby high-quality, highly accurate processing is possible by means of a short-pulse laser processing step for irradiating the protection layer with the short-pulse laser and ablating the protection layer, and a metal layer processing step for ablating the metal layer in the area that was ablated during the short-pulse laser processing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Saneyuki Goya, Masato Kinouchi, Atsushi Takita, Minoru Danno, Toshiya Watanabe, Takashi Ishide
  • Patent number: 10792751
    Abstract: A teaching system rewinds a welding wire in accordance with a detection that a tip of a welding wire contacts a teach subject, and feeds the welding wire in accordance of a non-detection that the tip of the welding wire contacts the teach subject. Furthermore, the teaching system, if a current protruding length of the welding wire is less than a predetermined length, moves a robot in a direction away from the teach subject, and, if the current protruding length is greater than the predetermined length, moves the robot in a direction closer to the teach subject. The teaching system, if a determination that the current protruding length is equal to the predetermined length, stops feeding and rewinding of the welding wire and stops the robot, and stores a stop position of the robot as a teaching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Shun Kotera
  • Patent number: 10791865
    Abstract: An ice-water dripping-rate adjuster for a drip-type ice coffee maker includes: a dripping valve having an upper valve member and a lower valve member, an upper coupling member secured with the upper valve member and having an ice-water container fixed on the upper coupling member for storing ice and ice water in the ice-water container, a lower coupling member rotatably engageable with the upper coupling member and secured with the lower valve member, with the lower coupling member having a coffee jug secured to the lower coupling member, whereby the ice water is downwardly dripped for adjusting its dripping rate by the dripping valve and is brewed through a ground coffee canister, which is mounted in an upper portion of the coffee jug, to make a drip ice coffee to be received in the jug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Hao Yi Chien
  • Patent number: 10791866
    Abstract: A piston-type extraction apparatus and methods for making and using the same are disclosed. The apparatus includes a cylindrical container with lid and pour spout, a container insert, and plunger element including piston, rod, handle, and filtration chamber. The container insert is designed to catch coffee grounds or other infusible material which may be easily removed from the container when the container is empty or when the extract fluid remains in the container. The filtration chamber is adapted for use with a paper filter. The plunger element may temporarily couple with the insert to allow the insert to be pulled up through the container with the grounds of other infusible material captured between the insert and the plunger element allowing for quick and easy cleanup. The extraction apparatus is adapted for a use in a variety of sizes and may be adapted for manufactured at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MADE SIMPLI, LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Morse
  • Patent number: 10791867
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brewing device having two separate brewing chambers, comprising two capsule receptacles and two closure elements for the two brewing chambers, and a gearing for the actuation of the two closure elements, the gearing comprising a common drive element, and two output elements for the two brewing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DELICA AG
    Inventors: Roland Affolter, Markus Brönnimann, Miles Zhao
  • Patent number: 10785984
    Abstract: A method of processing an object is disclosed. The method comprises heating the object by applying radio frequency (RF) energy, monitoring a value related to a rate of absorption of RF energy by the object during the heating, and adjusting the RF energy in accordance with changes in a time derivative of the monitored value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Goji Limited
    Inventors: Eyal Torres, Daniel Selinger
  • Patent number: 10780192
    Abstract: A method of connecting a cartridge comprising a fluid composition with a microfluidic delivery system is provided. The method includes the steps of: providing a housing comprising electrical contacts, wherein the electrical contacts of the housing are disposed on a first plane; providing a cartridge comprising a reservoir for containing a fluid composition, a die comprising a nozzle, and electrical contacts that are in electrical communication with the die, wherein the electrical contacts of the cartridge are disposed along a second plane that is parallel with the first plane; and connecting the cartridge with the housing by moving the cartridge in a direction parallel with the second plane toward the housing until the electrical contacts of the cartridge are in electrical communication with the electrical contacts of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Simon Dodd, David S. Hunt, Joseph Edward Scheffelin, Faiz Feisal Sherman
  • Patent number: 10780525
    Abstract: The present application relates to a device for the mask projection of femtosecond or picosecond laser beams (2) onto a substrate surface, in which the laser beam (2) consisting of laser beam pulses is, at a location of the optical axis, formed to make laser beam pulses with an expanded laser beam cross section or laser beam pulses with a reduced laser beam cross section and said laser beam (2) has a homogeneous intensity distribution over the laser beam cross section. A stop (6) with a predetermined stop aperture geometry and a mask (7) with a predetermined mask aperture geometry are positioned in succession in the beam (2) path at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Boegli-Gravures SA
    Inventors: Günter Reisse, Steffen Weissmantel, Andy Engel, Manuel Pfeiffer, Alexander Kratsch, Charles Boegli, Matthias Kahl
  • Patent number: 10779678
    Abstract: An automatic handmade drink brewing packing equipment contains: a delivery unit, an ordering unit, a material preparation unit, a drink cup unit, a storage unit, a seasoning unit, a stirring unit, and an automatic capping unit. The delivery unit includes a rail on which a dropping area, a material supply area, a first flavoring area, a first mixing area, a packaging area, and a sales area are arranged. The ordering unit includes a display screen and a central controller. The material preparation unit includes an automatic control device and multiple accommodation tanks. The drink cup unit includes multiple cup holders and drink cups. The storage unit includes plural storing tanks and control valves. The seasoning unit includes plural first flavoring buckets and second flavoring buckets. The stirring unit includes a first stirrer and a first power member. The automatic capping unit includes a sealing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Wei-Hsiang Hsu
  • Patent number: 10780529
    Abstract: A welded blank includes a first pre-coated steel sheet, a second pre-coated steel sheet the first pre-coated steel sheet including a principal first face and an opposite principal first face, the first layer being removed by melting and vaporization in a first peripheral zone of the first pre-coated steel sheet, and the second pre-coated steel sheet including a second principal face and an opposite second principal face, the second layer being removed by melting and vaporization in a second peripheral zone of the second pre-coated steel sheet. At least one welded joint defining a median plane perpendicular to the first and second principal faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventors: Francis Schmit, Rene Vierstraete, Qingdong Yin, Wolfram Ehling
  • Patent number: 10773324
    Abstract: A resistance soldering apparatus suited for soldering an electrical terminal to a glass surface and a method of using such an apparatus is described herein. The resistance soldering apparatus includes an electrode having a distal tip and an electrical terminal having a first major surface in which an indentation is defined and a second major surface opposite the first major surface on which a layer of a solder composition is disposed. The indentation is configured to receive the distal tip of the electrode. The distal tip of the electrode is placed within the indentation and an electrical current is passed through the electrode and the electrical terminal, The electrical current is sufficient to heat the electrode and melt the solder composition on the second major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Antaya Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen C. Antaya
  • Patent number: 10772454
    Abstract: A cooking system includes a cooking chamber, a supportive base, a cooling module, a heating module, a temperature sensor, a cooking control module and a flexible vessel. The cooling module is thermally coupled with the cooking chamber to reduce temperature in one or more regions thereof, while the heating module is thermally coupled with the cooking chamber to increase temperature in one or more regions thereof. Moreover, the temperature sensor is thermally coupled with the cooking chamber to measure temperature in one or more regions thereof. The cooking control module is arranged to adjust temperature of the cooking chamber through the cooling module and the heating module. Moreover, the flexible vessel includes an opening, and is sized and dimensioned to fit within the cooking chamber. The flexible vessel is constructed from a material impervious to liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: New Mellow Co
    Inventors: José Guilherme Mendonça Vilela Pinto Ferreira, Ana Catarina Violante Vieira
  • Patent number: 10772352
    Abstract: A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes an ethanol-free gel formulation. The ethanol-free gel formulation includes a vapor former, water, and a biopolymer. The biopolymer may be included in an amount ranging from about 0.01% by weight based on the weight of the ethanol-free gel formulation to about 2.0% by weight based on the weight of the ethanol-free gel formulation. The biopolymer may be one or more of agar, kappa carrageenan, gelatin, sodium alginate, gellan gum, pectin, and combinations thereof. The cartridge also includes a heater configured to heat liquid from the gel formulation to a temperature sufficient to release a liquid/semi-liquid component from the gel, which component thereupon forms a vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, Shaoyong Yu, Raymond Lau, Pauline Marcq, Geoffrey Brandon Jordan, Christopher S. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10773331
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to communicate via a weld cable are disclosed. An example welding-type power supply includes a power converter, a receiver circuit, and a controller. The power converter converts input power to welding-type power based on a weld voltage setpoint and to output the welding-type power via a weld circuit. The receiver circuit receives a communication via the weld circuit while current is flowing through the weld circuit or after the current has stopped flowing through the weld circuit. The communication includes weld voltage feedback information measured at a device remote from the power supply while the current is flowing through the weld circuit. The controller controls the welding-type power output by the power converter according to a voltage feedback loop using the weld voltage feedback information to regulate a weld voltage at the remote device to the weld voltage setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Mehn, Christopher Hsu, Maxwell Brock, Quinn William Schartner
  • Patent number: 10773327
    Abstract: A system and method for limiting welding output and ancillary features is provided. In one embodiment, a portable generator system includes a power generator configured to generate electrical power appropriate for welding or plasma cutting. The generator system also includes power conversion circuitry coupled to the power generator and configured to receive power from the power generator and to provide output power. The generator system includes at least operator accessible input for receiving an operator input parameter. The generator system also includes an output power limiting device not adjustable by the operator and configured to selectively limit output power from the power conversion circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: George Harold Baus