Patents Examined by John J Norton
  • Patent number: 10393388
    Abstract: A control unit (10) for a cooking hob has at least one viewing window (24). The control unit (10) is attached or attachable below the viewing window (24) and has a plurality of control elements (12) operable from a top side of the control unit (10). At least one display (14) is arranged on the top side of the control unit (10). A control panel (16) forms an unmovable part of the control unit. A number of elastic elements (30) are for resiliently supporting the display (14) on the control unit (10). The control unit (10) has a display frame (18) for at least partially enclosing the display (14). The display frame (18) includes a sealing lip (28) on its upper side and the elastic elements (30) at its lower side. A cooking hob has at least one control unit (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Mathias Huntscha, Alwin Neukamm, Harald Hoffmann, Jurgen Leikam
  • Patent number: 10376976
    Abstract: An electrode for electrical discharge machining which makes it possible to form slits of a honeycomb structure forming die so that a slit width on a front surface side is smaller than a slit width on a back hole side is provided. The electrode for electrical discharge machining includes: plural plate-shaped discharge portions with a thickness that is gradually increased toward tips thereof; and a plate-shaped support portion to which end portions of the plural discharge portions on a side opposite to the tips are connected, wherein a difference between a thickness of the tip; and a thickness of the end portion on the side opposite to the tip ranges from 5 ?m to 500 ?m in the discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Yamada, Takayuki Onizuka, Hirotaka Henmi
  • Patent number: 10370239
    Abstract: A heating apparatus for a MEMS sensor, comprising a metallic supply lead element for electric current; a metallic return lead element for electric current; and a defined number of metallic heating elements configured between the supply lead element and the return lead element, a substantially constant electrical current density being configurable in the supply lead element, in the return lead element, and in the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Radoslav Rusanov
  • Patent number: 10375773
    Abstract: Provided is a microwave heating apparatus capable of effectively preventing the generation of sparks when an object containing a conductor (including a metal precursor such as a metal oxide) or a semiconductor is subjected to microwave heating. A microwave heating apparatus supplies a microwave so that the direction of the electrical flux line of the microwave is identical with the direction substantially parallel with a surface of a plate-like substrate and having thereon a pattern containing a conductor, a metal oxide, or a semiconductor, the substrate being arranged in the waveguide. The microwave heating apparatus also controls a pulse width of the microwave so that pulsed microwaves are supplied to the surface having the pattern thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uchida, Kazuaki Senda, Mutsumi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10368682
    Abstract: An extraction assembly for use in an automatic brewer. The extraction assembly controllably extracts espresso beverage from a quantity of brewing substance. A brew chamber of the extraction assembly is removable for exchange with another brew chamber of different brew volume, having enhanced structures, or for replacement and repair. A heating element may be in close proximity to the brew chamber. Heat from the heating element can be brought directly to the area in which the coffee is brewed to help maintain a more consistent, tighter tolerance temperature and faster recovery between brew cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Radhakrishnan, Jason Ray Lieving, Daniel Hansen, Rex Allen Rogers, John Bodjack
  • 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
    Inventor: Meguru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10314426
    Abstract: A system for brewing a desired portion of a beverage, such as a single-cup portion of coffee, is provided. The system may have more than one brew module. The system allows a user to quickly and easily brew a variety of types of single-cup portions of a beverage. In some embodiments, the system may brew a single-cup portion of coffee in a relatively short period of time based on a combination of certain parameters. The system may include an automatic cleaning mechanism such that a user does not need to manually clean components of a brewing machine between brew cycles. The system may also include apparatus configured to substantially prevent steam from reaching grinder components of the system. The system may also include apparatus configured to provide a precise dose of material based on, for example, volume of the material. Methods and apparatus for brewing a beverage are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, David Doucette, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay, Harold A. Brown, Jared Drinkwater, Levi Makaio Miller, Jeff Allison, Peter Bristol
  • Patent number: 10279444
    Abstract: A method for laser assisted machining is provided, by utilizing a computer to develop interrelated heating and machining plans, from a variety of input data describing the material to be machined, the properties of lasers and pyrometers used for heating the material, and computer models of the machining arrangement, workpiece and final part to be produced. An iterative process continues until the machining and heating plans result in the cutting zone of the workpiece being maintained at a desired temperature with no obstruction in the line-of-sight of at least one laser and pyrometer throughout the machining process, while also maintaining the cutting tool at or below a desired maximum temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University
    Inventors: Joseph S. Santner, Federico M. Sciammarella, Stefan Kyselica
  • Patent number: 10281057
    Abstract: A circuit configuration for inductively heating at least one fuel injection valve includes a power-transistor full-bridge circuit which acts as a driver for operating a series resonant circuit at an alternating voltage at or near the resonant frequency. The series resonant circuit includes a heater coil on which the resulting voltage can be significantly higher than the supply voltage. The power that can be fed to the heater coil can be modified or controlled by changing the frequency or the duty factor of the control signals of the switching elements of the bridge circuit. A fuel injection valve and methods for operating the circuit configuration are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Bolz
  • Patent number: 10272523
    Abstract: To increase cycle time, and therefore to lower production costs, in the industrial production of welded sheet metal parts—in particular tailored blanks for the automotive industry—the invention describes a method based on a constant-speed conveying system and a flying optics system, which method manages without complex cooling of the hot weld seam and uses means for holding the workpieces on one side with a high force on the conveyor belt. In this way it is possible greatly to reduce the negative influence the blank spacing has on the cycle time of the machine. Overall, fewer drives are required in the machine and it is possible for a simplified machine concept to be employed without detriment to the quality of the blanks to be welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Andritz Soutec AG
    Inventors: Daniel Stäubli, Jean-Frédéric Clerc, Andri Janett
  • Patent number: 10272528
    Abstract: Provided is a flux for submerged arc welding that has good welding workability and can reduce the diffusion hydrogen content in a weld metal using either an AC or a DC welding power source. The flux includes Al2O3: 15 to 35% by mass; SiO2: 10 to 30% by mass; MgO: 10 to 25% by mass; F expressed in terms of CaF2: 10 to 25% by mass; Mn expressed in terms of MnO: 3 to 20% by mass; Na expressed in terms of Na2O and/or K expressed in terms of K2O: 0.5 to 4.5% by mass in total; Fe expressed in terms of FeO: 0.5 to 8% by mass; and CaO: 6% by mass or less. A water-soluble SiO2 in the flux is less than 1% by mass. In addition, the flux has a composition that satisfies the following formula: 0.2?[Mg/O]/([Al2O3]+[MnO])?0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Kano, Makoto Ota
  • Patent number: 10273077
    Abstract: A capsule (1) including a casing (2) having first and second end walls (3, 4) spaced one from the other and interconnected by a lateral wall (5) having an essentially annular shape, and defining an internal chamber (6) containing an amount or dose of a substance (7) for the preparation of a beverage. The casing (2) has at least one first and at least one second permeable or pierceable wall portion (5a, 4a), acting as inlet and outlet, respectively, for the introduction of a flow of water into said chamber (6) and the outflow of the beverage from said chamber (6), respectively. An inlet wall portion (5a) for the introduction of water into the chamber (6) is provided in the annular lateral wall (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alfredo Vanni, Alberto Cabilli
  • Patent number: 10258190
    Abstract: The invention concerns a food or beverage preparation machine (1) for preparing a flowable food product or a beverage by mixing a fluid with a precursor ingredient, said machine comprising: a base (2) having a fluid source, a pump means suitable for conducting said fluid from the source through fluid-conducting pipes to a fluid delivery port (9), and a functional element (3) detachable from the base (2), comprising connecting means (6, 7, 8) for connecting fluidly to the delivery port (9) of the base, characterized in that said base (2) and said detachable functional element (3) both have cooperating magnetic attachment means such that the detachable element and the base can be removably connected with an attracting magnetic effect, and then disconnected by rotating said detachable element relative to said base with a repelling magnetic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Youcef Ait Bouziad, Fabien Ludovic Agon, Alexandre Perentes, Alfred Yoakim, Philippe Dumur
  • Patent number: 10252335
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) printing methods, apparatuses, and systems using, inter alia, a controller that regulates formation of at least one 3D object (e.g., in real time during the 3D printing); and a non-transitory computer-readable medium facilitating the same. For example, a controller that regulates a deformation of at least a portion of the 3D object. The control may be in situ control. The control may be real-time control during the 3D printing process. For example, the control may be during a physical-attribute pulse. The present disclosure provides various methods, apparatuses, systems and software for estimating the fundamental length scale of a melt pool, and for various tools that increase the accuracy of the 3D printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: VEL03D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Tasso Lappas, Sergey Korepanov, Alan Rick Lappen
  • Patent number: 10244766
    Abstract: A heat controlled oven system includes a plurality of oven levels, including an oven belt and gas burners; a gas flow network, including a gas supply line, a variable flow control valve, and on/off flow control valves; and a heat control unit, including a processor, a non-transitory memory, and input/output component, a heat modeler, a heat manager, a feedback controller, and a valve controller, such that the heat control unit is configured to calculate an estimated heat demand to adjust to a temperature set point, based on a heat model of the at least one oven level, and further calculates an optimized heat demand using a control loop feedback algorithm. Also disclosed is a method of heat calculation for an oven, including defining a heat model, calculating and optimizing the estimated heat demand, calculating and setting a variable valve position for the gas burners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Brian E. Bartlett, Douglas W. Cotton
  • Patent number: 10251222
    Abstract: A double-sided flat inductor assembly is provided for simultaneous induction heating of two separate workpieces positioned on opposing sides of the double-sided flat inductor assembly. A double-sided flat inductor extraction assembly is provided for rapid removal of the inductor assembly after completion of the simultaneous induction heating of the two separate workpieces eliminating a necessity of using flexible electrical cables and allowing improved performance of an induction system including increased reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Inductoheat, Inc.
    Inventors: John Aaron Goodwin, Valery I. Rudnev
  • Patent number: 10238811
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a needle from a needle holder, including a grasping unit for selectively grasping the needle; a receiving unit for receiving the needle holder, displaceably disposed relative to the grasping unit; a biasing member biasing the receiving unit in a first direction; and separating means for separating the entire needle from the needle holder. Preferably, the needle is heated to melt, soften, or otherwise weaken a material and/or adhesive connecting the needle with the needle holder. Preferably the heating is electrical heating, including completing an electrical circuit through the needle and passing current through the needle, and/or passing current through a heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Amit U. Limaye
  • Patent number: 10244584
    Abstract: A method for controlling a cooking hob with one or more induction coils covered by a cookware and forming a cooking zone. All induction coils of the cooking zone are alternately activated. The method includes setting an average power to be transferred to the cookware by a user, determining a frequency, estimating a maximum average power if all induction coils of the cooking zone would be activated with said frequency, estimating a percentage power defined as quotient between the set average power and the estimated maximum average power, estimating a calculated number of coils defined as product of the number of coils within the cooking zone and the percentage power, defining a minimum number of simultaneously activated coils within the cooking zone by an integer value of the calculated number, and defining a temporal activation of a further one of the coils by a fractional part of the calculated number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Fattorini, Svend Erik Christiansen, Laurent Jeanneteau, Thibaut Rigolle
  • Patent number: 10181594
    Abstract: The method for manufacturing a laminated metal foil (1) according to the present invention includes: a first step of forming, in a weld site (A) of laminated layers of a metal foil (2), by the use of a cutter (C) whose longitudinal cross-sectional shape is a substantially V-shape, a notch (3) that is linear in a planar view and penetrates the laminated layers of the metal foil (2) in a lamination direction (S), to cause the laminated layers of the metal foil (2) to bond to each other along the lamination direction (S) at ends (3a) of a linear notch; and a second step of bringing an electrode (E) for resistance welding into press-contact with the weld site (A) and then energizing the weld site (A) via the electrode (E), to perform resistance welding on the laminated metal foil (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NAG SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidemasa Nagamine, Keiji Wada
  • Patent number: 10179371
    Abstract: Devices and methods for resistance-welding a metallic component to a sandwich sheet having a thermoplastic layer disposed between two metallic cover layers may involve heating a region of the sandwich sheet to be welded such that the thermoplastic layer softens. The cover layers of the sandwich sheet may then be compressed so as to displace the thermoplastic layer from the region of the sandwich sheet to be welded. Electrical circuitry may then be employed to interconnect the metallic cover layers and the metallic component by passing a current through a pair of electrodes positioned on opposing sides of a combination including the sandwich sheet and the metallic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Azeddine Chergui