Patents Examined by James F Sims, III
  • Patent number: 10845090
    Abstract: A heating system may include at least two different types of heating elements. The heating elements may include at least one infrared heating element and at least one halogen lamp. The heating elements may be positioned within a heating section of a duct through which air flows to be heated by the heating elements, which air flow may be driven by a fan. The heating system may be incorporated into a variety of heating devices, such as electric fireplaces and space heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Twin-Star International, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Crowe
  • Patent number: 10828722
    Abstract: This relates to a method of manufacturing a metallic component by additive layer manufacturing. The method comprises the step of providing a layer of granular metallic material. The layer of the granular metallic material is melted by a laser beam or electron beam which applies a defined scanning strategy, which is defined in such a way that a first region of the layer is melted before a second region of the layer such that during the subsequent solidification, residual stresses emerge in the first and the second region. These residual stresses act as integrated crack stoppers of the metallic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Tom Shearn
  • Patent number: 10807326
    Abstract: A method of making monolithic carbon nanotube heater elements with geometric shape with multiple, complex curvatures is disclosed. The method includes depositing carbon nanotubes on to a forming surface, draining the carbon nanotubes, and drying the carbon nanotubes. Alternatively, the method includes thermoforming carbon nanotube sheets containing thermoplastic binders. The resulting carbon nanotube heater element is a thin, monolithic carbon nanotube heater sheet having a geometric shape with complex curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Galdemir Cezar Botura, Tommy M. Wilson, Jr., Brad Hartzler
  • Patent number: 10798790
    Abstract: A microwave heating system configured for heating a plurality of articles is provided. One or more of the microwave launchers can be offset slightly, such that the microwave energy introduced into the heating chamber is discharged at a launch tilt angle of at least 2°. Additionally, each launcher can include a microwave-transparent window disposed between the microwave chamber and the one or more launch openings and at least 50 percent of the chamber-side surface of the window can be oriented at an angle of at least 2° from the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Microwave Materials Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Dail Kimrey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10780523
    Abstract: An AM continuous welding system (AMCWS) is provided. The AMCWS includes a feedstock dispenser that configured to emit feedstock at a designated location, and a heat source configured to heat the feedstock. The AMCWS also includes a first eddy current sensor array that is configured to generate a first plurality of sensor signals while in current-sensing proximity of a re-solidified feedstock segment. A controller is coupled to the first eddy current sensor array and is configured to determine, based on the first plurality of sensor signals, a first characteristic of the re-solidified feedstock segment. The controller determines that the first characteristic is a first undesirable characteristic, and initiates an action based on the first undesirable characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Sargent
  • Patent number: 10750897
    Abstract: A device for extracting a substance to be brewed comprising: an extraction compartment in a first and a second portion, movable relative to the first portion to switch the compartment between a closed position and an open position; a linking device between the first and the second portion, comprising a holder with a first link so configured as to produce a rotation of the holder relative to the first portion, and a second link relative to the second portion, and the device comprises an articulation joint so configured as to successively produce, during a rotational motion of the holder about the first link in a first direction of rotation, a first tilting of the second portion in the first direction, then a second tilting of the second portion in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UNIC
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Levi, Mario Levi
  • Patent number: 10743372
    Abstract: An electrical heating device comprising a support and a heating layer made of carbon fibre composite on the support mid connected to an electrical power supply to warm the device. The heating layer has a volume which comprises an electrically conducting circuit part which extends along at least one continuous line, and an electrically non-conducting insulation part which fills the remainder of the volume of the heating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOTAL SA
    Inventors: Alexandre Lewandowski, Franck Rey-Bethbeder, Dominique Delaporte, Alain Lechon, Maurice Geli, Yann Buzaré
  • Patent number: 10729272
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods of use and manufacture are provided for a modular grill and smoker device for cooking food that include a first chamber, a door for opening and sealably closing the first chamber, an airflow corridor creating a hull around the first chamber for channeling air around the first chamber with at least one lower vent and at least one upper vent, as well as integration with electronic user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UberDesign.Com Inc.
    Inventor: Elliot C. R. Cook
  • Patent number: 10716330
    Abstract: A capsule (6) for use with an electronic smoking device (1) is provided where liquid for atomisation by an electric atomiser is contained within a cavity enclosed by an end wall (50); a lateral wall (50); and a puncturable membrane (34). One or more grooves (54) are provided on the inner face (52) of the lateral wall (50) adjacent the cavity. When the puncturable membrane (34) is punctured the one or more grooves (54) act to provide air channels adjacent the lateral wall (50) facilitating air to pass into the cavity as the liquid leaves the cavity via the puncture in the puncturable membrane (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Thorben Rehders
  • Patent number: 10702941
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing boiler tubes includes a first spindle for receiving a first tube having a first weld preparation, a second spindle for receiving a second tube having a second weld preparation, the first spindle and the second spindle being rotatable synchronously, and a welding device having a first weld head. The welding device is configured to automatically weld the first tube to the second tube according to a control routine stored in memory to produce a boiler tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Jeffrey Schmidt, Junior Grant Parrish, Ronald Francis Konopacki, Russell O'Daniel Brumfield
  • Patent number: 10688560
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for mapping a melt pattern of material created during directed energy fabrication. An infrared camera and a video camera are provided to record images of the pattern of melted material. Each frame of the infrared camera's images is processed to generate a first map of pixels identifying pixels indicative of a highest temperature greater than or equal to a liquidus temperature of the meltable material. Each frame of the video camera's images is processed to generate a second map of pixels identifying pixels indicative of a highest temperature greater than or equal to the liquidus temperature of the meltable material. The first map of pixels and said second map of pixels are overlaid on each other wherein a third map of pixels is generated and is indicative of a hybrid image of the pattern of melted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Paul R. Gradl, Adam C. Kimberlin, Darrell Edwin Gaddy, Roger Derek Moody
  • Patent number: 10694586
    Abstract: A transparent pane having an electrically heatable coating and at least one coating-free zone that can be used, for example, as communication window, is presented. The electrically heatable coating is connected to two collecting electrodes, such that a supply voltage applied to the electrodes generates a heating current that flows via a heating field formed between the collecting electrodes, the heating field containing the coating-free zone whose zone-edge is formed, at least in sections, by the heatable coating. Other implementation details include provision of two electrical supply lines electrically connecting the two collecting electrodes to separate subdivisions of an additional electrode. In one case, the electrical supply lines run, at least in sections, in the heating field, in the coating-free zone, in a coating-free edge strip, in a subregion of the coating outside the heating field, and/or in the zone-edge. Methods for producing the transparent pane are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Valentin Schulz, Guenther Schall
  • Patent number: 10675854
    Abstract: An additive processing apparatus includes a chamber and an irradiation device that together are operable to additively fabricate an article from a powder layer-by-layer in a work space in the chamber. A gas recirculation loop is connected at a first end thereof to an outlet of the chamber and at a second end thereof to an inlet of the chamber. The gas recirculation loop includes at least one purification device that is configured to remove impurities from a cover gas and generate a clean cover gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Bart A. Van Hassel
  • Patent number: 10675434
    Abstract: A system for improving a person's sleep includes a bedding layer having a plurality of individually controllable thermally adjustable zones, a plurality of temperature sensors, where at least one temperature sensor per thermally adjustable zone is dispersed throughout the bedding layer. Further, a controller is configured to control the heating power of each thermally adjustable zone, and detect in which the body presence is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jacqueline Van Driel, Joldert Maria Boersma
  • Patent number: 10653182
    Abstract: A liquid storage portion for an aerosol-generating system includes a container configured to hold a liquid aerosol-forming substrate. The container has an opening for dispensing the liquid aerosol-forming substrate, and includes at least one transparent wall portion, such that the liquid level in the container can be visually monitored by the vaper. The container is further configured such that the liquid aerosol-forming substrate is held in a contiguous volume area of the container. The aerosol-forming substrate in the contiguous volume is confined near the dispensing opening of the container without regard to the orientation of the liquid storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10646949
    Abstract: The present invention has as its object to provide a spot welded joint and spot welding method which raise the fracture toughness of spot welded metal to raise the strength of the spot welded joint. In the present invention, there is provided a spot welding method comprising a melt zone forming step forming a melt zone by conduction and, after the melt zone forming step, a solidification step of running a current lower than the current run in the melt zone forming step so as to cause the melt zone to solidify, wherein, in the solidification step, electromagnetic vibration is applied to the melt zone, and a frequency fV of the electromagnetic vibration, a solidification speed ?S when the melt zone solidifies, and an arm interval of dendrites ?D when the melt zone solidifies satisfy 0.2??S/(?D·fV)?4.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Fuminori Watanabe, Yasunobu Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10638889
    Abstract: Provided herein are food pan fences, methods of using food pan fences, and methods of manufacturing food pan fences. A food pan fence of the invention can, for example, comprise side walls configured to extend above the sidewalls of a food pan and prevent cross-contamination of food to or from an adjacent food pan. Optionally, the food pan comprises an inner lip at the wall base. Optionally, the food pan further comprises one or more lateral walls (e.g. front wall and back wall) connecting the sidewalls, wherein the one or more lateral walls comprises a low section configured to allow dishing food from the food pan there through. In one embodiment, the invention provides a food bar comprising a plurality of food pans and a plurality of fences configured for the food pans. In one embodiment, the invention provides a cafeteria comprising the food bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Gordon Morris
  • Patent number: 10631681
    Abstract: The system comprises: capsules (C) of at least a first type and a second type, having outwardly protruding transverse flanges (32), and respective different axial lengths (h1, h2, h3), and a brewing unit (6, 20, 7), in which there is defined a variable-volume brewing chamber (100) with a lateral delimiting part (81, 81a) and a slidable end delimiting part (54, 55), for receiving capsules (C) of said types introduced into the chamber (100). The capsules (C) of the aforementioned different types have flanges (32) of correspondingly different shapes, and the end delimiting part (54, 55) of the brewing chamber (100) carries stop members (70, 71) adapted to be coupled to the flanges (32) of said different types of capsules (C) when the latter are introduced into the brewing chamber (100), so as to allow correspondingly different relative movements of the end delimiting part (54, 55) relative to the lateral delimiting part (81, 81a) of said chamber (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.p.A
    Inventors: Danilo Bolognese, Elvio Bonisoli, Luca Bugnano, Alberto Cabilli, Denis Rotta, Alfredo Vanni
  • Patent number: 10632558
    Abstract: A welding system includes a welding torch assembly including a body, a first feed roll, a second feed roll, and a lever. The first and second feed rolls are both configured to rotate with respect to the body, and the first and second feed rolls are disposed opposite from one another about a welding wire feed region. The lever is configured to pivot at a first end of the lever about a lever joint of the body, and the second feed roll is movable between a first position and a second position in response to movement of a second end of the lever. The second feed roll is adjacent to the first feed roll in the first position, the second feed roll is not adjacent to the first feed roll in the second position, and the lever is configured to maintain the feed roll in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Paul William Garvey
  • Patent number: 10632560
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first element with a second element, includes coupling a third element with the second element, coupling the third element with the first element by thermal joining, wherein the first element and the second element are made of different materials essentially incapable of being thermally joined with a welding process, and wherein the third element is arranged in an opening of the second element in a form fitting and/or force fitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Roald Pedersen, Morten Stein Eng, Michael Wibbeke