Patents Examined by Jessica Yuen
  • Patent number: 10538874
    Abstract: A heat pump mounting box for a heat pump dryer or washer-dryer, and a heat pump dryer or washer-dryer having the same are provided. The heat pump mounting box includes a base provided with an air suction port and a two-device mounting chamber; an air passage guide plate mounted on the base and defining, together with the base, an air guide passage that has a drying air inlet in communication with the air suction port and a drying air outlet in communication with the two-device mounting chamber; and a flock filter mesh assembly drawably mounted on at least one of the base and the air passage guide plate and located at the drying air outlet. The heat pump mounting box according to the present invention has good connection tightness and is easy to clean, thereby being less likely to cause air quantity loss and flock accumulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: WUXI LITTLE SWAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Song Lu, Yulai Miao, Wei Qian
  • Patent number: 10537213
    Abstract: A hand dryer apparatus includes: a casing having an air inlet port that admits air and a nozzle that discharges the air admitted through the air inlet port; a fan that is housed in the casing and generates an airflow directed from the air inlet port toward the nozzle; and an intake air pathway body placed in the casing and forming an intake air pathway extending from the air inlet port toward the fan. The casing includes a base supporting the fan and a cover having the air inlet port and removable from the base. The intake air pathway body is fixed on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Yukimichi Imai, Yasuyuki Itoigawa, Takaki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10533800
    Abstract: The present invention provides, inter alia, for a liquid feeding device for the generation of droplets, in particular for the use in a process line for the production of freeze-dried particles, with a droplet ejection section for ejecting liquid droplets in an ejection direction, the droplet ejection section comprising at least one inlet port for receiving a liquid to be ejected, a liquid chamber for retaining the liquid, and a nozzle for ejecting the liquid from the liquid chamber to form droplets, wherein the liquid chamber is restricted by a membrane on one side thereof, the membrane being vibratable by an excitation unit, wherein the longitudinal axis of the liquid chamber is tilted relative to the longitudinal axis of the nozzle, and/or the liquid feeding device further comprises a deflection section for separating the droplets from each other by means of at least one gas jet, wherein the deflection section gas jet intersects perpendicular with an ejection path of the liquid ejected from the liquid chamb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sanofi Pasteur SA
    Inventors: Thomas Gebhard, Roland Kaiser, Bernhard Luy, Matthias Plitzko, Manfred Struschka, Christian Zerillo
  • Patent number: 10533797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for controlling the temperature of objects, in particular for drying coated vehicle bodies or body parts, the device having a housing and a temperature controlling tunnel accommodated into the housing. A temperature controlling device for controlling the temperature of the objects using a temperature-controlled gaseous fluid comprises fluid nozzles, through each of which a jet of fluid can be dispensed onto the objects. A tunnel atmosphere can be suctioned through at least one suction opening using a suction system, whereby a base current is generated in the direction of the at least one suction opening in the temperature controlling tunnel. A convection device is provided, by means of which a convection current can be generated in addition to the base current, said convection current supporting the base current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventor: Daniel Sluka
  • Patent number: 10527351
    Abstract: A dryer for installation on a self-propelled machine, such as a combine harvester, with recovery of the exhausted thermal energy coming from the endothermic engine of the latter. The dryer is of the on-line type and comprises at least two feed screws, internally to which grain is moved towards a tank and dried by the hot air coming from a first and second heat exchangers respectively, the first heat exchanger being crossed by the high temperature exhaust fumes of said endothermic engine and the second heat exchanger by the cooling liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: UNICABLE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Fernando Fausto
  • Patent number: 10527350
    Abstract: A process line for the production of freeze-dried particles under closed conditions is provided, the process line comprising a freeze-dryer (100) for the bulkware production of freeze-dried particles under closed conditions, the freeze-dryer (100) comprising a rotary drum (104, 302) for receiving the frozen particles, and a stationary vacuum chamber (102) housing the rotary drum (104, 302), wherein for the production of the particles under closed conditions the vacuum chamber (102) is adapted for closed operation during processing of the particles. The drum (104, 302) is in open communication with the vacuum chamber (102) and at least one transfer section (106, 108) is provided for a product transfer between a separate device of the process line and the freeze-dryer (100), the freeze-dryer (100) and the transfer section (106, 108) being separately adapted for closed operation, wherein the transfer section (106, 108) comprises a temperature-controllable inner wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sanofi Pasteur SA
    Inventors: Matthias Plitzko, Manfred Struschka, Thomas Gebhard, Bernhard Luy
  • Patent number: 10480857
    Abstract: A seed drying system for positioning a manifold in a seed treater includes a seed treater that contains a plurality of seeds that have been coated with a liquid treatment. A manifold is positioned within the seed treater and a fan is provided to selectively urge air. The fan is fluidly coupled to the manifold to direct the air over the seeds thereby facilitating the liquid treatment to dry on the seeds. A mounting unit is provided and the manifold is coupled to the mounting unit such that the mounting unit retains the manifold in a horizontal orientation. The mounting unit is releasably coupled to the housing such that the manifold is retained in the drum. Moreover, the mounting unit centrally positions the manifold in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Brett Edgerton
  • Patent number: 10473397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved method for using heat energy in a gypsum board plant. More specifically, the method contemplates taking heat from a gasifier, or other alternative heat source, and using it to dry gypsum boards. In order to control humidity levels, this heat is delivered to one or more board dryers via a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. College, Felipe J. Yanes, David Corbin
  • Patent number: 10470474
    Abstract: Grain dryer of the type comprising a vertical main structure consisting of a central body through which the grain to be dried passes, a front hot air intake chamber and a rear used air outlet chamber, being that the main body has in its upper part an entrance from where wet grains are loaded, underneath which there is a loading hopper that communicates with the central body, wherein the grain descends along the central body within which it is dried during its fall by a flow of hot air that passes through the mass of grain, finally exiting through a discharge hopper arranged at the lower end of the dryer, the dryer of the invention being characterized in that it allows to significantly reduce the energy consumption in order to obtain a better quality of grain and a process much faster than conventional ones due to the arrangement of one or more preheating chambers without extraction of moisture from the grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Marcelo Norberto Valfiorani, Marcelo Eduardo Lombardo
  • Patent number: 10470620
    Abstract: A bathroom management apparatus includes a case including a air discharge port for the discharge of air, a discharge vane for opening and closing the air discharge port, and a hanger coupled to the case and including a hanger part, wherein a front end of the discharge vane is positioned behind and under the air discharge port when the air discharge port is opened, wherein the hanger part is positioned between a first tangential line and a first straight line, which define a predetermined angle with respect to each other, and wherein the predetermined angle is an angle between a second tangential line extending along a rear inner surface of the second air discharge port and a second straight line extending through a lower rear end of the second air discharge port and a front end of the opened discharge vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Wheeyoung Jun, Daeyun Park, Minjung Kim
  • Patent number: 10472760
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laundry treating appliance and method for controlling the operation of the laundry treating appliance by determining the surface area of the laundry based on image data of the laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Patent number: 10463441
    Abstract: An endoscope storage cabinet includes a plurality of spaced endoscope hangers, each having a longitudinal support arm pivotably mounted at a wall of the cabinet and articulate downward toward the front of the cabinet. A valve block is supported at the upper end of each support arm and includes at least one air flow channel communicating with an air channel of the support arm. An endoscope valve interface on the valve block connects to at least one air orifice on the valve block and at least one valve of an endoscope control body and is configured to suspend the endoscope in spaced relation to other supported endoscopes and permit filtered air to flow through at least one internal channel of the endoscope to facilitate drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Tate, Robert J. Tate
  • Patent number: 10465985
    Abstract: A freeze dryer processes aseptic bulk powder products. The freeze dryer freezes the product by mixing an atomized spray of product with sterile liquid nitrogen to produce a frozen powder. The frozen powder is freeze dried in a vessel by dielectrically heating the frozen powder using electromagnetic radiation such as microwave radiation or infrared radiation, and the frozen powder is continuously agitated using a sterilizable apparatus such as a series of vibrating shelves to maintain even heating and to prevent agglomeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Arnab Ganguly, Francis W. Demarco, Ernesto Renzi, David Debo
  • Patent number: 10443180
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus may include a cabinet defining an appearance of the laundry treatment apparatus, a drum provided in the cabinet and configured to hold laundry, a connecting duct configured to communicate with the drum, a lint filter unit that is mounted to an inner surface of the cabinet that is accessible from a front surface of the cabinet, and that is configured to communicate with the connecting duct to filter pollutant and a lock unit configured to selectively lock the lint filter unit to the connecting duct, where the lock unit includes a rotatable lock body, a shaft configured to rotate together with the lock body, at least one bent portion, and a lock guide with at least one bent section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungjoon Lee, Namyeong Heo, Chungil Kim, Junghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10441049
    Abstract: A hand held appliance including a wall, a fluid flow path extending within the wall from a fluid inlet into the appliance to a fluid outlet from the appliance, a fan unit extending longitudinally within the wall for drawing fluid into the fluid inlet wherein the fan unit is non-concentric with respect to the wall. The fan unit may be positioned coaxially within the fluid flow path. The wall has a thickness and the thickness of the wall may varies. The wall may be generally tubular and the thickness of the wall varies around a circumference of the wall. The wall may be generally tubular and has an inner surface and an outer surface. A central axis of the inner surface may be different to a central axis of the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Craig Douglas, Christopher William Hedges, Antoine Francois Atkinson
  • Patent number: 10426291
    Abstract: A method for cooking food can include placing food within an interior of a cook base, a ledge contacting the cook base, a fire ring positioned around the cook base, the fire ring, ledge, and cook base side wall defining a combustible heat source containment area exterior to the cook base side wall; mating a cover to a top edge of the cook base to define a substantially sealed interior cooking chamber, the cover including a cover heat source containment area; placing a first heat source within the combustible heat source containment area; placing a second heat source within the cover heat search containment area of the cover; and igniting the first heat source and the second heat source to cook the food within the substantially sealed interior cooking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FC Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Christian Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 10401084
    Abstract: A method for electrically predrying a moist blank of a ceramic raw mixture is provided, the blank being connected into a circuit and an alternating current being passed through the blank. In this case, the alternating current is passed through the blank at an increased frequency in comparison with the mains frequency. Significantly less electrical energy is required to achieve an identical drying result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Lapp Insulators GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Hofmann, Michael Judge
  • Patent number: 10392575
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dryer system for drying lignite coal used in a power plant. The system comprises a dryer and a closed loop heat pump circuit that is configured and arranged to provide heat energy to the dryer. The closed loop heat pump circuit includes a working fluid, a dryer heat exchanger, an expansion device fluidly connected and downstream of the dryer heat exchanger, arranged to enable heat energy transfer from the vapor of the second outlet line to the first working fluid and a compressor for compressing the working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Edel, Frederic Geiger, Thierry Pourchot, Didier Wantz
  • Patent number: 10392740
    Abstract: A clothes dryer having a drum having an inner surface at least partially defining a treating chamber in combination with a dispensing system that sprays a fabric-condition substance onto an inner surface of the drum for subsequent distribution to the fabric articles. The dispensing system may have a variable delivery system to vary the distribution pattern of the fabric-condition substance into the treating chamber. The flow characteristic of the fabric-conditioning substance may also be varied as it is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Fredrick E. Chernetski, Michael T. Dalton, Karl D. McAllister
  • Patent number: 10392749
    Abstract: Yankee dryer cylinder (1) having a cylindrical shell made of steel (10), having a first and a second end opposite each other (11, 12) and provided with a plurality of circumferential grooves (15). The cylinder (1) includes a first and a second head (20, 30) made of cast iron and fixed respectively to the first and to the second end (11, 12) of the cylindrical shell made of steel (10). It is, furthermore, provided a hollow shaft (40) mounted inside the cylindrical shell (10) and connected to the first and to the second head (20, 30) at a first and a second end (41, 42), respectively. The cylinder is also provided with a first and a second bearing journal (50,60) fixed to the hollow shaft (40) at a respective end (41, 42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: A. CELLI PAPER S.P.A.
    Inventors: Salvatore Sorrentino, Guiseppe Antonini