Patents Examined by Jiping Lu
  • Patent number: 10016040
    Abstract: A hand held appliance, such as a hairdryer, includes a body, a duct, a fluid flow path extending through the duct from a first fluid inlet of the appliance to a first fluid outlet of the appliance. A primary fluid flow path extends from a second fluid inlet through which a primary fluid flow enters the appliance to a second fluid outlet. A fan unit is located in the primary fluid flow path for drawing fluid through the second fluid inlet. A filter is located in the primary fluid flow path. Fluid is drawn through the fluid flow path by fluid emitted from the second fluid outlet. A heater is provided in the body and extends at least partially along and around the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Peter David Gammack
  • Patent number: 9758920
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus includes a filter insertion detecting device that detects whether a filter has been inserted in the clothes treating apparatus. The filter insertion detecting device, which is installed in a clothes drying machine or the like, may be moved in response to insertion of a filter assembly to generate a contact signal that indicates insertion of the filter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeongyun Kim, Sangik Lee
  • Patent number: 9751505
    Abstract: A vehicle air dryer for removing water from a vehicle as the vehicle emerges from a car wash includes a plenum, a source of pressurized air, a slot nozzle, and a screen. The plenum extends a length, has an annular wall, and defines an interior cavity to hold air. The plenum also defines inlet and outlet ports communicating with the interior cavity. The source of pressurized air is in fluid communication with the inlet port of the plenum. The slot nozzle has an outlet in fluid communication with the outlet port, an inlet spaced from the outlet and in fluid communication with the interior cavity, and an interior passageway extending between the outlet and the inlet. The screen can be disposed between the inlet of the slot nozzle and the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Morten Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9745688
    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: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Patent number: 9745682
    Abstract: A multiple laundry treating machine, in which an auxiliary laundry treating device is coupled to a general laundry treating device, is disclosed. The multiple laundry treating machine includes a main laundry treating device for washing or drying laundry contained in an interior of the main laundry treating device, an auxiliary laundry treating device arranged at one side of the main laundry treating device, the auxiliary laundry treating device having a volume and a height respectively smaller than a volume and a height of the main laundry treating device, and having a laundry container formed in an interior of the auxiliary laundry treating device, and a connecting unit for connecting the main and auxiliary laundry treating devices, to enable communication or control operations between the main and auxiliary laundry treating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sang Ho Park, Phal Jin Lee, Seong Hae Jeong, Seong Jin Jo
  • Patent number: 9714790
    Abstract: A facility for controlling moisture in grains provided with a grain storage silo conveniently installed on a hard flat floor and inside of which a raised floor drilled with air passageways is provided, determining an air chamber inside the silo and below the perforated floor, into which previously conditioned air is blown by an air heater, wherein the control of hot air blowing times is determined based on modeling and calculating carried out by a programmable controller operatively connected to an ambient air temperature sensor located outside the silo, an ambient relative humidity sensor located outside the silo and a temperature air sensor located into the air chamber inside the silo, thereby causing the application of different stages of drying, rewetting and maintenance of the first bottom layer of grain, ranging between an upper and lower moisture limits narrowing around the desired moisture while the drying progress, leading to an homogeneous final moisture content of all the grain bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Instituto Nacional De Techologia Argopecuaria
    Inventors: Ricardo Bartosik, Diego De La Torre
  • Patent number: 9708750
    Abstract: A vented laundry dryer has an air inlet duct, an air outlet duct, a heat recovery system for transferring heat from the air outlet duct to the air inlet duct, and an additional heater. The heat recovery system has an evaporator, a liquefier, a condenser, and a relaxation unit, wherein the liquefier is thermally coupled to the air inlet duct, and the evaporator is thermally coupled to the air outlet duct. A relaxation property of the relaxation unit can be adjusted depending on at least one parameter that is connected to an activity of the additional heater. A method for operating a vented dryer having an additional heater and a heat pump having a relaxation unit, monitoring at least one parameter connected to an activity of the additional heater and changing a relaxation property of the relaxation unit depending on the at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Höfler, Uwe-Jens Krausch, Günter Steffens, Andreas Stolze
  • Patent number: 9708751
    Abstract: A clothes dryer comprises a body, a top plate disposed on upper part of the body, a drum rotatably installed in the body, a front supporter and a rear supporter configured to support the drum, and a fragrance supplying module mounted at the top plate, and configured to supply fragrance into the drum, wherein a sealing device configured to prevent fragrance from being dispersed to outside is provided at an inlet unit of the fragrance supplying module through which a fragrant liquid is introduced. The sealing device is implemented as a protrusion having a ring shape and formed on an inner surface of the cover which opens and closes a chamber of a fragrance supplying device. By this sealing device, fragrance stored in the chamber may be prevented from being dispersed to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sang-Hun Bae, Min-Ji Kim, Chul-Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 9702626
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for quickly drying porous materials. A sealable chamber is connected to a cold trap which is connected to a vacuum pump. A sample is placed inside the sealable chamber. The vacuum pump is turned on and air is evacuated through the cold trap to the vacuum pump. An infrared lamp may be used to heat the chamber and sample therein directly or heated air may be allowed to enter the sealable chamber. Air may be drawn directly from the sealable chamber to the vacuum pump bypassing the cold trap. Various parameters may be used to determine if the drying process is complete, including the degree of vacuum achieved in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: InstroTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Tianqing He, Ali Regimand, Lawrence H. James, Peter D. Muse
  • Patent number: 9702625
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus includes a connection duct into which air inside a drum, which provides a laundry accommodation space, is discharged. The laundry treatment apparatus also includes a discharge duct configured to extend in a longitudinal direction of the drum and connected to the connection duct and a filter assembly including a filter unit located in the discharge duct to filter air and an impurity remover unit configured to remove and compress impurities remaining on the filter unit. The laundry treatment apparatus further includes a drive unit secured to the impurity remover unit. The drive unit is configured to reciprocate in a longitudinal direction of the filter unit to allow the impurity remover unit to reciprocate over a predetermined area of the filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeongyun Kim, Sangik Lee
  • Patent number: 9696089
    Abstract: Disclosed is a grain drying apparatus installed in a combine harvester. The grain drying apparatus using exhaust heat of a combine harvester according to the present invention comprises: an intake duct one end of which is connected to an exhaust port of the combine harvester and the other end of which outputs the hot air discharged from the exhaust port; a filter unit located at the other end of the intake duct for removing harmful components from the hot air; and an exhaust duct connected to the other end of the filter unit to supply the hot air from which the harmful components are removed to a grain selection pan of the combine harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation Gyeongsang National University
    Inventors: Hyeon-tae Kim, Sang-yoon Lee, Eun-gyu Choi, Byeong-eun Moon, Byung-ok Jin, Chi-ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9681726
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hair care appliance comprising a body, a fluid flow path extending through the body from a fluid inlet to a fluid outlet and a PCB extending about the fluid flow path. The PCB may be annular. The PCB may be isolated from the fluid flow path. The PCB may comprise a first layer and a second layer. The first layer may extend substantially continuously about the fluid flow path and the second layer may extend partially about the fluid flow path. The second layer may be adjacent the first layer and may be downstream of the first layer. The body may comprise a duct and the fluid flow path extends through the duct. The PCB may extend about the duct. The body may comprise a primary fluid flow path extending about the duct which may be in fluid communication with the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Paul Anthony Andrew Grant, Anthony Thomas Gosnay, Peter David Gammack, Edward Sebert Maurice Shelton, Stephen Benjamin Courtney
  • Patent number: 9683780
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for drying electronic devices are disclosed. Embodiments include methods and apparatuses that heat and decrease pressure within the electronic device. Some embodiments increase and decrease pressure while adding heat. Other embodiments include a desiccator for removing moisture from the air being evacuated from the electronic device prior to the air reaching an evacuation pump. Further embodiments detect humidity within the low-pressure chamber and determine when to increase and/or decrease pressure based on the humidity. Still further embodiments determine that the device is sufficiently dry to restore proper function based on the detected humidity, and in some embodiments based on the changes in humidity while pressure is being increased and/or decreased. Still further alternate embodiments automatically control some or all aspects of the drying of the electronic device. Additional embodiment disinfect the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Revive Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Reuben Quincey Zielinski, Joel Christopher Trusty
  • Patent number: 9677811
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning and drying a substrate is disclosed. The apparatus includes a substrate holder configured to hold a substrate, a rotating device configured to rotate the substrate holder, a cylindrical cup surrounding a peripheral portion of the substrate, and a gas ejector disposed below the substrate. The gas ejector has at least one gas discharge opening arranged along an entire circumference of the substrate. The gas ejector is configured to discharge a gas downwardly from the gas discharge opening to induce downward flow of air in a gap between a peripheral portion of the substrate and the cylindrical cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoatsu Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9675157
    Abstract: A hand held appliance, such as a hairdryer, includes a body, a fluid flow path extending through the body in an axial direction from a first fluid inlet through which a first fluid flow enters the appliance to a first fluid outlet for emitting the first fluid flow from the appliance, a primary fluid flow path extending from a second fluid inlet through which a primary fluid flow enters the appliance to a second fluid outlet, a section of the primary fluid flow path extending through the body in the axial direction and surrounding the fluid flow path, and a heater located within the section of the primary fluid flow path for heating fluid passing through the primary fluid flow path, and wherein the heater has a length extending in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Edward Shelton, Peter David Gammack
  • Patent number: 9657429
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laundry dryer that can prevent as well as remove wrinkles of laundry. A laundry dryer has a water supply source configured to be detachable from the laundry machine and a switch to switch a steam generator or a pump off or on when the water supply source is detached or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chang Woo Son, Sang Hun Bae, Chul Jin Choi, Dong Hyun Kim, Young Bok Son, Heung Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 9657988
    Abstract: A system is provided for drying precipitation from protective eyewear of the type worn by a motorcyclist or other person operating a vehicle when the operator is exposed to the elements. A compressor delivers compressed air to an air tank which is, in turn, connected through a conduit to the eyewear. An activation switch is operated to open a solenoid valve, which allows air to be transmitted through the conduit from the air tank to the glasses. One or more discharge openings of the conduit are directed at the lens(es) of the eyewear such that when the activation switch is closed, compressed air is delivered through the discharge opening(s) and directed toward the lens(es) to dry the eyewear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Steven C. Horinek
  • Patent number: 9657433
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dryer and a controlling method of a dryer, which can sense whether there is a malfunction or can precisely sense a drying rate of laundry. A dryer comprising a drum that laundry is stored in and a heater that supplies hot air to the drum, the dryer includes a sensing circuit that outputs a pulse signal based on contact with the laundry; and a micom that controls the dryer, wherein the micom determines a drying rate of the laundry or whether there is a malfunction in the dryer based on the pulse signal outputted from the sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Jin Doh, Jae Seok Kim, Seog Ho Go
  • Patent number: 9651308
    Abstract: A dehumidification dryer configured and operated so at to achieve higher drying temperatures than traditionally obtainable with dehumidification driers. The invention takes advantage of refrigerants not previously used in the field of dehumidification drying to achieve temperatures in the range of 240 degrees Fahrenheit-260 degrees Fahrenheit that previously were found only in open hot air kilns. In order to make optimum use of high temperature refrigerants, the invention uses variable control rates for drying the air that is used as the drying medium, and restructures the deployment of the components of the refrigeration circuit that participates in the heat and humidity exchange central to the operation of the drier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Donald C. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9650735
    Abstract: A method for controlling a laundry machine is provided, including an air supply cycle in which heated or unheated air is supplied to items received in a holding space. The air supply cycle may include initiating operation of a fan for circulating the air in the holding space, the fan being provided in a duct that forms a flow passage for circulating the air in the holding space, and spraying cleaning water onto a filter for removing foreign matter from the filter, the filter being positioned under the fan for removing foreign matter from air being introduced into the duct from the holding space. Spraying cleaning water onto the filter for removing foreign matter from the filter is not performed at the same time as initiating operation of the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngjin Doh, Jihong Lee, Hyunchul Choi, Kyuhwan Lee