Patents Examined by Ira S. Lazarus
  • Patent number: 6993856
    Abstract: A jet spouted fluidized bed drier is described in which the bottom half of the drier chamber comprises a first lower conical part, and the top half of the drier chamber comprises a second upper conical part surrounding a conical grid located near to the top end of the second part. The drier chamber thus comprises two conical parts connected together at their wide ends. The result of this arrangement is that the collision zone becomes a toroid with an essentially triangular cross-sectional shape defined essentially by the conical internal surface of the top part and the conical outer surface of the conical grid. This revised structural arrangement has been found to be able to process materials which either cannot be processed, or cannot be processed efficiently, with known jet spouted fluidized bed driers. Additionally, this revised structural arrangement has been found to be able to process materials more efficiently, and to a lower desired final liquid content values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Natural Resources
    Inventors: Marzouk Benali, Mouloud Amazouz
  • Patent number: 6951244
    Abstract: The heat exchanger has a plurality of stacked individual boxes for defining locally an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber for fluid. The heat exchanger includes an insert that comprises an inlet and outlet opening for fluid extended into the chambers by a body arranged for fluid communication of the opening with the first or second chamber. The insert that comprises a common part the body of which is provided with at least two openings capable of communicating with the first and second chambers, and it comprises a separating member for isolating the fluid currents between the opening and the chamber with which the opening must not communicate, the separating member being selected between two different shapes each corresponding to the fluid communication of the opening with one of the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Valeo Climatisation
    Inventor: Patrick Hoger
  • Patent number: 6910284
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is an accelerated drying process for wood, capable of use with all species and of maintaining the quality of the dried wood intact, in which the temperature of the system is kept within the glass transition temperature range, for an appropriate period so as to attain the intended humidity ratio of the wood. It relates to an accelerated drying process for wood based on the rheological properties (hygro-thermalviscoelastic) of the latter, where the glass transition temperature of lignin is used as a relaxant or neutralization agent for the residual growth stress of trees, as well as those from the drying process. The process is controlled by monitoring the temperatures of the wood through the use of thermocouples placed along the length of the pieces. Furthermore, the use of the process of the present invention provides a significant reduction in the drying time and a reduction of the defects because molecular fluidity is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignees: Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria-Embrapa, Ecole Nationale du Genie Rural des Eaux et des Forets-Engref
    Inventors: Osmar José Romeiro de Aguiar, Patrick Perré
  • Patent number: 6901685
    Abstract: A method for drying washed objects which is capable of drying the objects in a reduced period of time, effectively preventing contamination of the objects, and preventing energy loss. The apparatus for carrying on the method of drying washed objects includes a drying tank having an opening on the upper portion thereof so that the washed objects can be placed or taken out from above, and a rinsing tank formed integrally with the drying tank, and is capable of being sealed hermetically by closing an openable and closable lid. The drying tank includes a mist-straightening vane for supplying organic solvent mist at normal temperatures to the washed objects, so that the washed objects are dried by organic solvent mist emitted from the mist-straightening vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Kaijo Corporation
    Inventors: Kensuke Yamaguchi, Yoshinori Ishikawa, Ki Han
  • Patent number: 6898867
    Abstract: A compressed air supply system for an air drying device such as a blow-off air knife or compressed air manifold with nozzles directed at articles passing on a conveyor therebeneath is provided with a recirculation loop. An adjustably variable portion of the compressed air emanating from the outlet duct of the air compressor is diverted from the air delivery inlet duct leading to the air blow-off device and is a recirculated to the inlet of the air compressor, where it is mixed with ambient air at ambient temperature and pressure. The blower system recirculates between about one percent and eighty percent of the total air flow emanating from the compressor outlet duct to produce a fully adjustable total air temperature rise of up to twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit for each one pound per square inch of blower pressure above ambient air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Sonic Air Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. VanderPyl
  • Patent number: 6896510
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a sustained flame, comprising: a first reservoir for containing a first flame-fueling liquid; a second reservoir for containing a second flame-fueling liquid; a first wick having a first end disposed within the first reservoir and a second, flame-bearing end generally located above the first end; a second wick disposed substantially adjacent to the first wick, having a first end disposed within the second reservoir and a second, flame-bearing end above the first end; and at least one air channel disposed to supply oxygen to each wick, where a first end of the at least one air channel is generally located near the flame-bearing end of each wick; whereby, when the first and second flame-fueling liquids are supplied to the first and second reservoirs, the first and second flame-fueling liquids are communicated up the first and second wicks to fuel flames emanating from the flame-bearing ends of the first and second wicks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Susumu Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 6892806
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat exchanger for motor vehicles, having a large number of flat tubes through which a liquid cooling medium can flow, and having corrugated fins which are associated with these flat tubes and to which environmental air or other media can be applied. The flat tubes having indentations pointing inward on at least one of their flat faces. Heat transfer between the core flow of the cooling medium and the flat tube walls is improved, and the power density of the heat exchanger is thus increased. The indentations are preferably in the form of elongated vortex generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: BEHR GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Eberhard Pantow, Arnoldt Rehm, Rainer Richter, Lubens Simon
  • Patent number: 6881055
    Abstract: A system for controlling temperature in an enclosure operates in a low heat or a high heat mode with flame always present. The presently intended use is for providing a cooking grill with a controlled temperature cooking space. An electrically controlled valve having high flow rate and low flow rate settings is interposed in the fuel line for at least one of the burners in the grill. A temperature sensor signals cooking space temperature to a controller that may be a microprocessor. The system includes a keyboard allowing the user to communicate a selected set point to the microprocessor and the microprocessor communicates status to a display. The microprocessor selects the setting of the electrically controlled valve. In a preferred embodiment, the electrically controlled valve is placed in series fuel flow with one of the manually adjustable valves commonly found on cooking grills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas D. Bird
  • Patent number: 6881052
    Abstract: A device for heating hydrogen storage canister includes a canister containing chamber for accommodation of at least one hydrogen storage canister, a catalyst bed arranged in the canister containing chamber for catalysis. A blowing device provides an air flow through an air flow leading pipe to a nozzle section which is connected with a heating gas drawing pipe to the catalyst bed. A heating fuel storage tank supplies heating fuel which is conveyed to the nozzle section through a heating fuel supplying pipeline, a coiled pipe and a heating fuel conveying pipe in sequence. When the air flow flows through the nozzle section, the heating fuel is drawn into the nozzle section to mix with the air flow, forming a heating gas. The heating gas is atomized by the nozzle section and flows to the catalyst bed where the heating gas is catalyzed to burn to generate a hot gas to heat the hydrogen storage canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jefferson Y S Yang, Yingjeng James Li
  • Patent number: 6872072
    Abstract: A heating unit has a cartridge that constitutes a single component, which can be readily removed and replaced with a new cartridge. The cartridge is a plurality of non-flammable layers bound together in a border. The layers include a stainless steel mesh located above a layer of ceramic wool. With the cartridge, replacement can be accomplished in less then fifteen minutes compared to a downtime of a week or more previously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Robert E. Kieswetter
  • Patent number: 6872070
    Abstract: A U-tube diffusion flame burner assembly having improved flame stabilization with no undesirable acoustic effects. The burners are axial units comprised of flame holders and combustors. The flame holders includes secondary air tubes to support the flow of secondary air that have helical walls forming helical passageways along at least a portion of its inner diameter to impart a swirl to the secondary air. The helical passageways impart a swirl to the secondary air exiting the passageways while simultaneously acting as a heat exchanger to heat primary air. The flame holders includes fuel tubes having first ends connected to a fuel supply and second flame ends. A plurality of radially oriented apertures are located at the second flame ends to distribute fuel in a radial direction. Primary air tube surrounds at least the flame ends of the fuel tubes and extend axially from first air supply ends to second flame ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Hauck Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Edward E. Moore, John A. Marino
  • Patent number: 6868622
    Abstract: This invention provides a conveyor and tunnel oven, where the conveyor is continuous, the tunnel oven is gas fired, having its ignited and heated gases passed through a tubular system, being attracted by one or more blowers, to generate by conduction infrared energy to furnish curing to products passing along the continuous conveyor. A control system is provided for controlling the operating parameters such as conveyor speed, regulating emitted gas, the velocity generated by the blowers, and the capacity of the BTUs created, during operations of the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: James Stephen Dillender
  • Patent number: 6863523
    Abstract: A boiler system includes combustion air conduit for directing the flow of combustion air through a first air heater (e.g., A-side heater) to a boiler and flue gas conduit for directing the flow of flue gas generated by the boiler to a second air heater (e.g., B-side heater). The combustion air conduit is configured to direct the majority of the combustion air to the first air heater, and the flue gas conduit is configured to direct the majority of the flue gas from the boiler to the second air heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: PPL Corporation
    Inventor: Peter E. Giella
  • Patent number: 6845570
    Abstract: A pavement dryer has a pick-up assembly operating with a gas processing system. The pick-up assembly has an assembly frame mounted on wheels and connected to the gas processing system, and a nozzle that is maintained in close proximity to a paved surface. The gas processing system has a system frame mounted on wheels, a compressor, and a collection chamber. The compressor draws air from the nozzle through the collection chamber. Water entrained in the air flow is removed from the paved surface and settles in the collection chamber. The water may be separated by gas centrifuges. The nozzle has a nozzle lip positioned to provide a controlled gap with the paved surface. The size of the gap can preferably be adjusted, preferably by a movable damper. The nozzle has a trailing edge seal that forcibly engages the paved surface, and preferably also has end seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: WCCP, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Paterson
  • Patent number: 6829841
    Abstract: A drying cabinet is used to dry a person's body after bathing or showering. The drying cabinet includes a plurality of adjustable air-dispensing nozzles on two sides and on the rear wall of the cabinet. The nozzles are fluidically connected to each other and to a source of hot dry air by manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Jonathan G. Edwards
  • Patent number: RE39756
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: RE39775
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsuenhiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: RE39776
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: RE39823
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chambers are dirty-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsunehiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou
  • Patent number: RE39824
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vacuum processing apparatus having vacuum processing chambers the insides of which must be dry cleaned, and to a method of operating such an apparatus. When the vacuum processing chamber are dry-cleaned, dummy substrates are transferred into the vacuum processing chamber by substrates conveyor means from dummy substrate storage means which is disposed in the air atmosphere together with storage means for storing substrates to be processed, and the inside of the vacuum processing chamber is dry-cleaned by generating a plasma. The dummy substrate is returned to the dummy substrate storage means after dry cleaning is completed. Accordingly, any specific mechanism for only the cleaning purpose is not necessary and the construction of the apparatus can be made simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigekazu Kato, Kouji Nishihata, Tsuenhiko Tsubone, Atsushi Itou