Patents Examined by Ibrahime A Abraham
  • Patent number: 11511373
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for additive manufacturing are provided that allow for components being manufactured to be assessed during the printing process. As a result, changes to a print plan can be considered, made, and implemented during the printing process. More particularly, in exemplary embodiments, a spectrometer is operated while a component is being printed to measure one or more parameters associated with one or more layers of the component being printed. The measured parameter(s) are then relied upon to determine if any changes are needed to the way printing is occurring, and if such changes are desirable, the system is able to implement such changes during the printing process. By way of non-limiting examples, printed material in one or more layers may be reheated to alter the printed component, such as to remove defects identified by the spectrometer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Ryan Wade Penny, Anastasios John Hart
  • Patent number: 11513042
    Abstract: A power-compensated fusion furnace includes a power control system having one switching device per heating element, power measurement circuitry, a master temperature sensor, and a controller. Each switching device is electrically connected to a respective heating element. The controller, in conjunction with the switching devices, is able to individually control the electrical energy flowing to each heating element, thereby controlling the duty cycle of each heating element. The duty cycles are corrected for one or more of: variations in the electrical resistance of each heating element and position-dependent variations in furnace cavity temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SPEX SamplePrep, LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Emmanuel LeMay, Marc Boivin
  • Patent number: 11510290
    Abstract: An induction heating system includes an induction heating head assembly configured to move relative to a workpiece. The induction heating system may also include a temperature sensor assembly configured to detect a temperature of the workpiece and/or a travel sensor assembly configured to detect a position, movement, or direction of movement of the induction heating head assembly relative to the workpiece, and to transmit feedback signals to a controller configured to adjust the power provided to the induction heating head assembly by a power source based at least in part on the feedback signals. In certain embodiments, the induction heating system may also include a connection box configured to receive the feedback signals, to perform certain conversions of the feedback signals, and to provide the feedback signals to the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Edward G. Beistle, Kevin John Mlnarik, Paul David Verhagen
  • Patent number: 11506321
    Abstract: There is provided a pipe heating device, including; a sensor installed in a gas pipe; a heating part having a heat generation portion arranged so as to cover the gas pipe except for a region of the gas pipe where the sensor is installed; and a heat conducting member attached between an outer peripheral surface of the gas pipe and the sensor and formed of a material having a higher thermal conductivity than the gas pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomohisa Kimoto, Eiichi Komori
  • Patent number: 11504787
    Abstract: A welding or additive manufacturing wire drive system includes a welding wire spool and first and second drive rolls. One or both of the drive rolls has a circumferential groove. The system includes a first welding wire, drawn from the welding wire spool, and located between the drive rolls in the circumferential groove, and a second welding wire, drawn from the welding wire spool, and located between the drive rolls in the circumferential groove. The first welding wire contacts the second welding wire between the first drive roll and the second drive roll. The first welding wire further contacts a first sidewall portion of the circumferential groove, and the second welding wire further contacts a second sidewall portion of the circumferential groove. Both of the first welding wire and the second welding wire are radially offset from a central portion of the circumferential groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Bombardier, Steven R. Peters, Alexander C. Mehlman, Matthew A. Weeks, Bradford W. Petot
  • Patent number: 11493233
    Abstract: A direct high voltage flow-through water heater system transmits high voltage power to a remote ice penetrating robot, converts the power to heat in a very small space, and then uses the heat to melt the ice, providing a path ahead of the robot allowing penetration deeper into a remote ice-covered location, such ice of substantial (e.g., kilometers) thickness, such as, for example, glacial ice caps. High voltage, low current, AC power is passed through a moving conducting fluid, inducing resistive heating in the fluid with 100% efficiency. The exiting fluid is stripped of common mode voltage before exiting. Energy transfer from the electrical source to the fluid is instantaneous and occurs at 100% efficiency. In an alternative embodiment, the fluid heater system operates at standard residential/industrial mains voltages and runs from 220 VAC as other applications of the present invention include the traditional water heater industry as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Stone Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: John Harman, Frederick M. Smith, William C. Stone
  • Patent number: 11471001
    Abstract: An assembly for preparing and/or cooking food for a kitchen appliance, includes at least in a first configuration: a bowl for preparing and/or cooking food including a first cooking and/or preparation inner volume, the bowl further having at least one handle extending outside of the first inner volume, a cooking basket shaped so as to be positioned inside the first cooking inner volume, the cooking basket having a second cooking inner volume, the basket having at least one gripping member, a cap shaped so as to close the first volume. The assembly has a housing configured to house at least partially the gripping member of the basket, the housing being arranged outside the first inner volume and outside the second inner volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: BEABA
    Inventors: Laurent Noca, Rodolphe Bouhours
  • Patent number: 11470991
    Abstract: A cooking assembly can include a cooking vessel, a mixer, and a motor. The cooking vessel can include a bottom contact portion including a first bore therethrough, a heating portion spaced above the bottom contact portion and including a second bore therethrough, and a sidewall connected to the heating portion and together with the heating portion configured to retain food in the cooking vessel. The mixer can be located within the cooking vessel, where the mixer configured to rotate relative to the heating portion. The motor can be connected to the mixer via the first bore and the second bore to drive the mixer to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Gen-x Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Wang, Marcel Botha, Simon Ellison
  • Patent number: 11468727
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic-cooking-and-processing vending system for frozen-food, comprising the low-temperature chamber, the object-moving system, the product shelves, the low-temperature chamber equipment, the food container; the said low-temperature chamber equipment is inside the low-temperature chamber, or connected to the casing of the low-temperature chamber; the low-temperature chamber equipment contains hot-air source and the humid-air source; the product shelves is inside the low-temperature chamber with disposable food containers placed on; the object-moving system is inside the low-temperature chamber. This system has the air-circulating system, which can force the outer hot-and-humid air to come inside in one-way from a cold chamber, so as to isolate the hot-and-humid air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: ZiSheng Huang
  • Patent number: 11458561
    Abstract: To provide a three-dimensional printing device that irradiates approximately the same ranges on the surface of a powder layer simultaneously with a plurality of electron beams having different beam shapes. An electron beam column 200 of the three-dimensional printing device 100 includes a plurality of electron sources 20 including electron sources having anisotropically-shaped beam generating units, and beam shape deforming elements 30 that deform the beam shapes of electron beams output from the electron sources 20 on a surface 63 of a powder layer 62. A deflector 50 included in the electron beam column 200 deflects an electron beam output from each of the plurality of electron sources 20 by a distance larger than the beam space between electron beams before passing through the deflector 50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Hamaguchi, Shinji Sugatani, Masayuki Takahashi, Masahiro Takizawa
  • Patent number: 11453079
    Abstract: A multi-electrode submerged arc welding method enables, in multi-electrode submerged arc welding using five or six electrodes, a deep penetration and a large amount of deposit metal to be obtained by supplying a large current, and enables stable arc to be generated by respective electrodes by suppressing magnetic interference. Welding defects can be prevented, beads with a good shape or appearance can be obtained, and the welding speed can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Ishigami, Naoya Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11452182
    Abstract: An electromagnetic cooking device is provided having a controller and a plurality of RF feeds configured to introduce electromagnetic radiation into an enclosed cavity to heat up a food load. The controller is configured to: (a) cause the generation of RF excitations at a specified frequency and phase shifts from each of the plurality of RF feeds for a predetermined time period; (b) during the predetermined time period: measure and analyze the backward power at the plurality of RF feeds to calculate efficiency, determine a coefficient of variation in the efficiency, and monitor the coefficient of variation to identify possible changes in a characteristic of the food load; and (c) repeatedly perform steps (a) and (b) until such time that a possible change is identified in a characteristic of the food load based on changes in the coefficient of variation. The characteristic may be the volume of the food load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Davide Guatta, Valeria Nocella
  • Patent number: 11445739
    Abstract: Heating systems utilizing radio frequency (RF) energy and methods for using the same to rapidly and uniformly heat packaged articles moving through the system on one or more convey lines. These systems may be useful for a variety of processes, including the pasteurization or sterilization of packaged foodstuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Harold Dail Kimrey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11447324
    Abstract: An object is to provide a microwave container configured to precisely discharge vapor from a vapor-discharging part to avoid any vapor discharge from the remaining portions, and the microwave container includes: a container main body having an opening in its upper portion; a flange part formed to extend outwardly from the opening of the container main body; and a heat-seal part in a rib shape formed over the entire periphery of an upper surface of the flange part and heat-sealed to a film-shaped lid member for sealing the opening, wherein the heat-seal part includes a first heat-seal part for discharging vapor generated in the container main body by breaking the heat seal with the lid member when the vapor reaches a predetermined pressure, and a second heat-seal part wider than the first heat-seal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Ishikawa, Kumio Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11440118
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for manufacturing an orthopedic prosthesis by resistance welding a porous metal layer of the orthopedic prosthesis onto an underlying metal substrate of the orthopedic prosthesis. The resistance welding process involves directing an electrical current through the porous layer and the substrate, which dissipates as heat to cause softening and/or melting of the materials, especially along the interface between the porous layer and the substrate. The softened and/or melted materials undergo metallurgical bonding at points of contact between the porous layer and the substrate to fixedly secure the porous layer onto the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Vargas, Steven Seelman, Clarence M. Panchison, Emmanuel L. Uzuyem, Carlos Holguin
  • Patent number: 11426028
    Abstract: A device is provided that may include an attachment component configured to attach the device to a grill. The device may include a temperature sensor configured to detect a grill temperature of the grill and an airflow control component configured to control an airflow into the grill. The airflow control component may be adjustable to permit a plurality of airflow rates into the grill. The device may include one or more processors to set a target temperature for the grill, detect the grill temperature of the grill via the temperature sensor, determine an airflow rate based on the target temperature, the grill temperature, and a value that changes as a function of time. The processor may cause the device to set the airflow control component, based on the airflow rate, to control the airflow into the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Michael W. Holt
  • Patent number: 11432379
    Abstract: An electromagnetic cooking device and method of controlling the same is provided herein. The cooking device has a cavity in which a liquid is placed and a plurality of RF feeds configured to introduce electromagnetic radiation into the cavity for heating the liquid. A controller is provided and is configured to: analyze forward and backward power at the plurality of RF feeds to calculate efficiency; determine and monitor a coefficient of variation of the efficiency; detect a specified temperature of the liquid based on changes in the coefficient of variation; and adjust a power level of the electromagnetic radiation in response to detection of the specified temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignees: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Davide Guatta, Valeria Nocella
  • Patent number: 11425799
    Abstract: A heating apparatus (2) includes a high frequency power supply (3), a left conductive plate (4), a right conductive plate (5), a left heating coil (11), and a right heating coil (12). The left heating coil (11) includes a left conductor portion (21). The left conductor portion (21) faces a gear tooth (7a) of a helical gear (7) and extends in a direction orthogonal to the direction in which the gear tooth (7a) extends. The left heating coil (11) includes a focusing magnetic body (31) which focuses magnetic flux in the left conductor portion (21) and concentrates the magnetic flux on a surface of the gear tooth (7a). The left heating coil (11) includes an upper inducing magnetic body (32) which induces a part of the magnetic flux flowing in a tooth root of the gear tooth (7a) into a tooth tip of the gear tooth (7a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., FUJI ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Orihara, Hiroaki Mase, Yasuaki Matsumoto, Junko Tanaka, Ryosuke Fukuchi, Hiroko Watanabe, Yasufumi Nakai, Akihiro Hanaki
  • Patent number: 11408050
    Abstract: A component manufacturing method includes: disposing, in a fluid, an unprocessed component having a hole that has an opening in an outer surface of the unprocessed component; creating a flow of the fluid such that air bubbles resulting from laser peening performed by irradiating an inner wall of the hole of the unprocessed component with a laser beam in the fluid flow along the hole; setting an irradiation area of the laser beam in an inner surface of the hole; and in the fluid of which the flow has been created, irradiating the irradiation area with the laser beam from the side of the outer surface through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazumi Serizawa, Haruka Yano
  • Patent number: 11412580
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a heating device for heating a cigarette The heating device includes a housing, a heating chamber arranged in the housing, at least one heating element, a control component, and a power supply. The housing defines an opening for insertion of the cigarette. The heating chamber is configured for partly receiving the cigarette. The at least one heating element is configured for heating the cigarette. The heating element is movably arranged in the heating chamber. The control component is configured for driving the at least one heating element to move, so that the at least one heating element abuts against an outer surface of the cigarette. The power supply is configured for supplying the at least one heating element power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Hongbin Chen, Shengjia Song, Yuqin Li