Patents Examined by Ibrahime A Abraham
  • Patent number: 10352565
    Abstract: A glow plug having a rod-shaped heater including a resistance heating element; a tubular metallic shell; a rod-shaped inner shaft accommodated in the metallic shell and to which electric current is applied externally; and a conductive tubular member disposed inside the metallic shell. The tubular member has openings at its opposite ends. The rear end of the heater is press-fitted into one of the openings, and the front end portion of the inner shaft is inserted into the other opening, whereby the resistance heating element and the inner shaft are electrically connected. The heater includes an electrode terminal portion formed on the outer circumferential surface thereof. The tubular member includes an intermediate portion located between the one end and the other end and in contact with the electrode terminal portion, and the wall thickness at the one end is smaller than the wall thickness at the intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Harada
  • Patent number: 10350321
    Abstract: An assembly for evaporating a volatile fluid is described, the assembly comprising a device and a refill which are detachable from one another: wherein the device comprises a magnetic induction coil configured to operate with an alternating current passed therethrough; and wherein the refill comprises a reservoir for the volatile fluid, a volatile fluid transport means to draw the fluid from the reservoir, and at least one susceptor arranged to heat the volatile fluid transport means when said alternating current is passed through the induction coil. Refills, devices and methods of operation are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RECKITT & COLMAN (OVERSEAS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Duffield, Ellen Piercy, Larry Tyson, Steve Walsh
  • Patent number: 10351029
    Abstract: A method includes: establishing a dynamic target temperature range for a seat of a vehicle having a seat heating unit installed therein, the dynamic target temperature range defined by an adjustable minimum and maximum target temperature; activating a seat heating mode of multiple predefined seat heating modes based on an interior climate of the vehicle; defining the minimum target temperature and the maximum target temperature according to the activated seat heating mode; and controlling the seat heating unit such that a temperature of the seat continuously oscillates within the defined minimum target temperature and the defined maximum target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Ziolek, Amanda Christiana
  • Patent number: 10350779
    Abstract: A new method for dividing a food product log into separate portions prior to cooking of the portions uses a machine that cuts portions from an end of the product log, a controller that controls the operation of the cutting machine, and a sensing arrangement that generates a signal dependent on a cross-sectional dimension of the product at the end. The controller determines the thickness of the next portion to be cut from the end by the cutting machine using the signal from the sensing arrangement and the value of a cook-out parameter related to the proportion of the end of the product that is formed by at least one constituent of the product. The thickness is calculated with a view to the portion achieving a predetermined target weight after it has been cooked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: THURNE-MIDDLEBY LTD.
    Inventors: Richard David Seager, John Kelsey
  • Patent number: 10350696
    Abstract: A wire feeding system, in particular for feeding a so called “cold wire” or wire with no tension nor signal running on its surface, in which the pulling or holding of the wire by the front wire feeder puts the rear pushing slave booster respectively into a pre-set active full motor torque or into a pre-set stand-by minimum motor torque, as needed. Alternatively, a wire feed system for feeding a so called “cold wire” or wire with no tension nor signal running on its surface, in which the rear pushing slave booster is remotely controlled by an optic sensor positioned nearby the torch and sensing the light of the torch welding or spraying arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AWDS TECHNOLOGIES SRL
    Inventors: Carlo Gelmetti, Filippo Corradini, Fabio Perazzoli
  • Patent number: 10350698
    Abstract: The invention provides a switching electrode which has a small variation in resistance value even when a large amount of current is repeatedly cut off and can carry a stable amount of current even when it is continuously used. In the invention, the switching electrode is used in a switch which includes a first switching electrode tip (21) and a second switching electrode tip (22), brings the first switching electrode tip (21) and the second switching electrode tip (22) into surface contact with each other to carry a current, and separates the first switching electrode tip (21) and the second switching electrode tip (22) to cut off the current. At least one of contact surfaces of the first switching electrode tip (21) and the second switching electrode tip (22) is a flat surface having an uneven portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Morita, Shinichi Miyasaka, Yosuke Hiruma, Akira Goto, Tatsuro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10342381
    Abstract: Automatic coffee machines have very low thermal efficiency because they have to heat a considerable thermal mass, constituted by the heater 3) appearing in FIG. 1, which has a weight generally ranging between 0.5 and 1 Kg of metal, typically consisting of aluminum. Said mass is used to stabilize the temperature of the water to be injected in the blend of coffee. In this configuration, 90% or more of the thermal energy is wasted. The energy saving coffee machine, the subject matter of the present invention, is instead constructed with a heater 3), appearing in FIG. 4, that has a thermal mass much lower than the mass of the liquid to be heated, and is typically constructed with metal tube 30), as shown in FIG. 4, weighing a few grams. The heating current 41) in FIG. 4 flows directly on said tube, heating it together with the water contained therein, while a very rapid temperature control circuit makes it possible to maintain a constant temperature of the water flowing through the heater 3) shown in FIG. 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ILLYCAFFE' S.P.A.
    Inventors: Angelo Boni, Marco Mazzali
  • Patent number: 10344747
    Abstract: A vaporization device, including a fluid supply containing a vaporizable fluid; a plurality of bubble pumps operative to pump fluid from the fluid supply to outlets of the bubble pumps; and a fluid vaporization heater located adjacent the outlets of the bubble pumps to receive fluid from the bubble pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lucas D. Barkley
  • Patent number: 10349470
    Abstract: A portable induction heater with a rotating head portion which can be used to rapidly, detachably connect a work coil. The portable induction heater is also provided with various other advantages detailed here.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sarge Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Gough, Paul G. Astrowski, Lawrence S. Erst, Josh Gore
  • Patent number: 10348011
    Abstract: A composite pane with electrical contact-making means is described, having: a first pane and a second pane, which panes are connected to one another over their surface by means of a thermoplastic intermediate layer, at least one electrically conductive coating at least on the inner surface of the first pane, at least one busbar on a region of the electrically conductive coating, and at least one electrically conductive contact strip on at least one region of the busbar, wherein the contact strip is connected to at least one electrical feed line, and at least one region of the contact strip is in direct contact with the busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Bernhard Reul, Guenther Schall
  • Patent number: 10334879
    Abstract: A vaporization device, including a fluid supply containing a vaporizable fluid; a bubble pump operative to pump fluid from the fluid supply to an outlet of the bubble pump; and a fluid vaporization heater located adjacent the outlet of the bubble pump to receive fluid from the bubble pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventor: Lucas D. Barkley
  • Patent number: 10334982
    Abstract: Beverage brewer (10) with a control system (FIGS. 5, 6) has a brew basket (22) with a central axis (38), a bottom with an offset drain hole (41) radially, outwardly spaced from the central axis (38) for passing the hot beverage or beverage concentrate to a container (34, 36) and a position detectable element(52). A circular collar (24) mounts the brew basket (22) to the housing (12, 18) in at least two different angular positions (FIG. 3) in which the drain hole (41) is respectively located in at least two different positions outwardly spaced from the central axis (38) to pass brewed beverage to the container (34, 36) when in two different positions (FIG. 1). A sensor (56) detects the angular positions of the brew basket (22, and a controller (66, FIG. 6) responds to the sensor (56) to enable only preselected functions of associated with the sensed angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FOOD EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Michael W. Lassota
  • Patent number: 10336158
    Abstract: Methods and system for providing heat to a vehicle are presented. In one example, a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater provides heat to a passenger cabin and an engine via heating engine coolant. Additionally, a heat pump may supply heat to the passenger cabin via heating the engine coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Franco Ragazzi
  • Patent number: 10337369
    Abstract: A tank for storing an internal combustion engine exhaust gas liquid additive, the tank including a wall defining an internal volume, an electrical component located in the internal volume, and at least one electric cable configured to connect the electrical component to a voltage source outside the tank, at least one portion of the electric cable being inserted into an intermediate part connected to a base plate mounted over an opening in the wall, the base plate incorporating a casing mounted leaktight around an orifice in the base plate. The intermediate part is fastened by a quick-connect coupling including an electrical connector to which the electric cable is connected leaktight with aid of a seal and that emerges from the orifice in the base plate to outside the tank. The seal is inserted between the intermediate part and the connector and/or into a housing of the intermediate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation and Research
    Inventors: Dominique Madoux, Stephane Leonard, Jules-Joseph Van Schaftingen
  • Patent number: 10337743
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly unit for an induction hob with at least one induction element has a) at least one carrying element for carrying the circuits and/or devices for supplying the at least one induction element. The at least one carrying element has a base area and side areas protruding upwards from the base area. The at least one carrying element is connectable with at least one further carrying element along a side area. The side areas have connection elements for connection with the at least one further carrying element, preferably at least one power wire slot for inserting at least one power supply wire and/or preferably at least one signal wire slot for inserting at least one signal wire. Furthermore, the invention a method for manufacturing an assembly unit is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Laurent Jeanneteau, Thibaut Rigolle, Alex Viroli, Massimo Zangoli, Ulrich Häutle, Klaus Schlötterer-Fratoianni
  • Patent number: 10336298
    Abstract: A transparent pane with a conductive coating extending at least over a part of the transparent pane surface, in particular over a visual field of the transparent pane is described. The conductive coating is electrically connected to at least two strip-shaped bus bars such that after application of a supply voltage, a current flows over a heating field formed by the conductive coating. The conductive coating has an electrical resistance such that upon application of a supply voltage in the range from more than 100 volts to 400 volts, a heating output from the heating field is in the range from 300 watt/m2 to 1000 watt/m2. The at least two strip-shaped bus bars have a maximum width of less than 5 mm and are dimensioned such that a maximum electrical power loss per unit of length is 10 watt/m. Moreover, the at least two strip-shaped bus bars have a specific resistivity ranging from 2 ?ohm·cm to 4 ?ohm·cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Susanne Lisinski, Martin Melcher, Volkmar Offermann, Andreas Schlarb
  • Patent number: 10335884
    Abstract: Strip cladding heads and strip cladding systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabrizio Bernardo Brambilla, Catalin Toma, Domenico Redaelli, Petrus Hermanus Keultjes
  • Patent number: 10335890
    Abstract: In a seam welding method, a pressing force applied to workpiece by roller electrodes is reduced and an energization to the roller electrodes is stopped when the roller electrodes pass at least a portion where metal sheets are temporarily fastened together through spot welding, and the pressing force to the workpiece by the roller electrodes and the energization to the roller electrodes are restored after the roller electrodes have passed the spot welded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kawai, Noriko Kurimoto, Mitsugu Kaneko, Haruhiko Kobayashi, Kazuhiko Yamaashi
  • Patent number: 10335885
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching a programmed controlled robot at least one of two set up position coordinates by use of a tool having a first surface aligned with the end of a stud welding gun collet when the tool is mounted in the collet, a second surface on the tool spaced from the first surface by a predetermined set up distance. A probe carried by the stud welding engagable with the second surface on the tool to establish a predetermined set up distance. A third surface on the tool spaced from the first surface and engagable with a work piece to establish a minimum stud-welding gun set up dimension. The coordinates of the stud-welding gun when the third surface is engaged with the work piece are transmitted to a robot control program to establish the predetermined stud weld gun travel distance dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dung Tien Bui, Aditya Nitin Dhora
  • Patent number: 10328510
    Abstract: In a fixing structure and fixing method of a wire bobbin, the wire bobbin is abutted against the regulating member with the bolt inserted into the insertion hole of the wire bobbin. Then, a nut is inserted into a through hole while being kept inclined so that the axis of the through hole is substantially aligned with the axis of the bolt. Thereafter, the inclination of the nut is returned so that the axis of threaded hole becomes substantially aligned with the axis of the bolt, and then the nut is turned so as to insert part of a tapered portion into the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Meguru Yamaguchi