Patents Examined by Ibrahime A Abraham
  • Patent number: 11173671
    Abstract: An electric heating device includes a control portion adapted to control electric energy supplied to a heater, based on a before-heating temperature, which is a temperature of at least one of an object, the heater and a heat dissipation portion before the heater generates heat, the control portion is adapted to calculate the temperature of the object, based on the before-heating temperature and the electric energy supplied to the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI IMPULSE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Yasuo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11172783
    Abstract: Systems and methods for shaping food items are provided. The systems and methods can shape the food items into taco shapes. A system can include a basket, a tool, and an insert. The basket includes troughs and a handle. The tool includes guides that receive patties made of, for example, potatoes, meat, and/or other food items. The insert includes wedges sized and shaped to fit through the guides and into the troughs of the basket. The tool is assembled with the basket in use, and frozen patties are placed in the guides. The insert is assembled with the tool such that the wedges contact the patties. The assembly is placed in hot oil to cook the patties. As the patties cook and soften, the insert moves downward relative to the tool and basket, and the wedges urge the patties into the troughs and into a taco shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Taco Bell IP Holder, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew McClellan, Nancy Kanis, Edgar Guzman, Jose Mercado, Javier Mercado, Greg Iorio
  • Patent number: 11167389
    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: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Juergen Doettling, Robert Ganter, Rainer Banholzer
  • Patent number: 11171023
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to apparatus and methods for semiconductor processing, more particularly, to a thermal process chamber. The thermal process chamber may include a substrate support, a first plurality of heating elements disposed over the substrate support, and one or more high-energy radiant source assemblies disposed over the first plurality of heating elements. The one or more high-energy radiant source assemblies are utilized to provide local heating of cold regions on a substrate disposed on the substrate support during processing. Localized heating of the substrate improves temperature profile, which in turn improves deposition uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Schubert S. Chu, Douglas E. Holmgren, Kartik Shah, Palamurali Gajendra, Nyi O. Myo, Preetham Rao, Kevin Joseph Bautista, Zhiyuan Ye, Martin A. Hilkene, Errol Antonio C. Sanchez, Richard O. Collins
  • Patent number: 11160309
    Abstract: There is provided a cartridge for an electrically heated aerosol-generating system, the electrically heated aerosol-generating system including an aerosol-generating device, the cartridge being configured to be used with the device, wherein the device includes a device housing; an inductor coil positioned in the device housing; and a power supply connected to the inductor coil and configured to provide a high-frequency oscillating current to the inductor coil; the cartridge includes a cartridge housing containing an aerosol-forming substrate, the housing having an internal surface surrounding an internal passage through which air can flow; and a susceptor element configured to heat the aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Michel Thorens, Ihar Nikolaevich Zinovik
  • Patent number: 11160415
    Abstract: A microwave reheating container for food including a concave base and a cover. The base and cover both have a core formed of PET sheet material, formed into the appropriate base and cover shapes. The PET cores are crystallized to CPET on their interior. Each core is overmolded on its exterior with TPC capable of injection molding and having greater strength. The cover may include an elastomeric seal about its periphery. The cover may be secured to the base by one or more locking clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitri M. C. J. Backaert, Laurent Tabey, Steven J. Verbrugge, Kris Schoukens, Berivan Özel, Johan Carrette
  • Patent number: 11166346
    Abstract: An induction device is disclosed. The induction device comprises: a main body having a heater; a knob attachable/detachable to/from a knob region provided on one surface of the main body; a touch sensor unit formed around the knob region and, if the knob is attached thereto, touching a protruding part provided at a lower side of the knob; and a control unit for adjusting the temperature of the heater by determining the rotation degree of the knob according to a touch position touched by the protruding part if the knob rotates in a state in which the knob is attached to the knob region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Hong-joo Kang, Byung-hwan Ko, Eun-dae Bae
  • Patent number: 11166349
    Abstract: An induction hob includes a main body with an upper main surface on which in use at least one pan to be heated can be placed, and a lower main surface. The induction hob also includes at least one inductor coupled to the main body at the lower main surface, and a flexible body, fixed to the lower main surface. The flexible body has alternating first, electrically insulating layers and second layers each including at least one electrically conductive track. The inductor has a plurality of such electrically conductive tracks, which are positioned at different second layers and are electrically connected to each other in series and/or parallel to form a plurality of loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Federico Zoppas, Fabrizio Dughiero
  • Patent number: 11166351
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing an electronic device, a solder paste is coated on a substrate pad of a substrate. An electronic product is disposed on the substrate such that a solder on an input/output pad of the electronic product makes contact with the solder paste. A first microwave is generated toward the solder paste during a reflow stage to heat the solder paste. A phase of the first microwave is changed during the reflow stage. Heating of the solder paste causes the solder to reflow, thereby forming a solder bump between the substrate pad and the input/output pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Sin-Yeob Lee, Dong-Woo Shin, Hyun-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 11154946
    Abstract: A welding system includes a welding torch, a power supply, one or more sensors, and a controller is provided. The welding torch advances an electrode toward a workpiece in a first direction. The power supply provides a flow of electricity to the electrode for generating a welding arc between the electrode and the workpiece. Generating the welding arc generates a weld puddle behind the welding arc as the electrode moves in the first direction. The sensor generates a voltage output signal based on the amount of light received from the weld puddle. The controller is communicatively coupled with the sensor to receive the voltage output signal, and the sensor controls a welding parameter of the welding system based the voltage output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Martin Hutchison
  • Patent number: 11160145
    Abstract: A radio-frequency (RF) heating system may include a removable drawer, which may be inserted under a fixed shelf of the RF heating system to form an enclosed cavity. The drawer may include conductive channels or side rails that may interface with the shelf of the defrosting system in order to electrically couple the drawer to the RF heating system. The drawer may include an electrode that is electrically coupled to ground or to a RF signal source when the drawer is inserted beneath the shelf. The shelf may include selectable electrodes of varying sizes. The RF heating system may use identification circuitry to recognize the type of drawer that has been inserted beneath the shelf. RF energy may be applied to the electrode of the drawer or the shelf to heat a load in the enclosed cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David Paul Lester, Daniel Joseph Viza
  • Patent number: 11154952
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus includes a laser beam applying unit having a focusing unit applying a laser beam to a workpiece held on a chuck table, a feeding mechanism relatively moving the chuck table and the laser beam applying unit, and a chamber having a top wall connected to the focusing unit and a side wall connected to the top wall to define an enclosed space, the top wall having a transparent plate located directly below the focusing unit and allowing the pass of the laser beam applied from the focusing unit. The laser processing apparatus further includes a liquid supplying unit supplying a liquid into the enclosed space to make a condition that the enclosed space is filled with the liquid under a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Yuji Hadano, Keiji Nomaru
  • Patent number: 11147412
    Abstract: A milk frother system includes a gear pump which, at an inlet side is connected at least to a milk feed conduit that, for its part, is connected during operation to a milk vessel that can be filled with milk, for example by way of it projecting into the vessel. The gear pump sucks milk out of the milk vessel via the milk feed conduit. The system also includes a feed conduit for water and/or steam to the gear pump, for example in order to rinse this after use or also, by way of the feed of steam, to heat the delivered milk. The milk frother system is configured, under predefined conditions and before delivery of milk, to deliver water and/or steam to the gear pump via the feed conduit, in order to wet the gear pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TCHIBO (SCHWEIZ) AG
    Inventor: Friedrich Kroos
  • Patent number: 11148231
    Abstract: A method for filamentation of a dielectric workpiece has a workpiece with a thickness between 0.5 and 20 mm is provided. The workpiece has boundary surfaces delimiting the workpiece. The thickness of the workpiece varies spatially and/or at least one of the boundary surfaces delimiting the workpiece has at least one curvature with a radius of curvature between 0.1 ?m and 10 m. The dielectric workpiece can have a specially formed edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Andreas Ortner, Albrecht Seidl, Frank-Thomas Lentes, Fabian Wagner
  • Patent number: 11148384
    Abstract: The invention regards a press for soldering multilayer stacks for printed circuits, with an outer muffle that encloses soldering chambers where multilayer stacks are arranged to be heated, inducing a magnetic flux. For such purpose, the press is provided with an inductor having winding form which is arranged on a mobile piston adapted to apply a force on the multilayer stack, such to generate a magnetic flux at its interior that is spatially uniform and regular over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Marco Bianchi
  • Patent number: 11153935
    Abstract: Redundant heating systems include a plurality of heating circuits to heat a region. Heating circuits include a temperature sensor to sense a temperature of the region, a heating element, a temperature controller to provide power to the heating element based on the sensed temperature of the region, and a latching thermostat in series with the heating element. The latching thermostat consumes power supplied by the temperature controller to the heating element in response to a temperature of the latching thermostat reaching an open latch threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Charles A. Lee, Sabeshan Sean Periyathamby
  • Patent number: 11135679
    Abstract: An apparatus for layered manufacture of a three-dimensional product includes a build chamber having a window, a build platform within the build chamber, a calibration device that is physically separated from the build chamber, an optical system including a beam source and a scanning apparatus, and a mobile base. The mobile base is configured to position the scanning apparatus at two spaced part positions including a (1) production position and a (2) calibration position. At the production position the scanning apparatus is configured to receive an energy beam from the beam source and to reflect and scan the energy beam through the window and to a build surface over the build platform to create a layer of the three-dimensional product. At the calibration position the scanning apparatus is configured to reflect the energy beam to the calibration device but not through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, Sam Coeck, Brawley Valkenborgs, Rudy Raeymaekers
  • Patent number: 11134806
    Abstract: A filter for a coffee machine comprises a cup-shaped body (2) for containing coffee powder, having at least a bottom wall (3) having an opening (5); a filtering wall (6) placed in the cup-shaped body (2) upstream of the opening (5) and removably associated with the cup-shaped body (2); a seal (7) placed at least between one edge (6b) of the filtering wall (6) and the cup-shaped body (2); a tightening member (8) active on the filtering wall (6) and on the seal (7) so as to reversibly fix said filtering wall (6) and said seal (7) to the cup-shaped body (2); said tightening member (8) comprising a tubular element (9) connected to the filtering wall (6) and to the seal (7) and arranged through the opening (5); said tubular element (9) being directly constrained to the cup-shaped body (2) by means of a bayonet-type connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances Srl
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Luciano Scian, Massimo Poggioli
  • Patent number: 11130196
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sequentially laser welding terminal tabs of a battery cell to corresponding terminal tabs of a busbar are described using a single laser position and path. The terminal tabs of a battery cell are aligned in contact with terminal tabs of a busbar. A laser welder, from a first position, generates a laser weld beam at a first diameter welding the first terminal tab of the battery cell to the first terminal tab of the busbar. Next, the laser weld beam is narrowed, reducing the first diameter to a smaller second diameter. Without moving the laser welder from the first position, the narrowed laser weld beam burns a hole through the welded first set of terminal tabs, traverses a gap toward a second set of terminal tabs behind the first set and welds the second set together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 11131641
    Abstract: A method for measuring the oil content of a lithium battery separator by using DSC includes the following steps: taking 5-10 mg of an oil-containing separator sample from the lithium battery separator, and taking 5-10 mg of an oil-free separator sample from an oil-free separator; performing an enthalpy test on the oil-free separator sample at room temperature by using a differential scanning calorimeter to obtain a first enthalpy value, and performing an enthalpy test on the oil-containing separator sample by using the differential scanning calorimeter to obtain a second enthalpy value; subtracting the second enthalpy value from the first enthalpy value to obtain a difference, and then dividing the difference by the first enthalpy value to obtain the oil content of the oil-containing separator sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Yeqing Zhang, Xingxing Weng, Cheng Jin, Zhaohui Chen