Patents Examined by John McCormack
  • Patent number: 10995449
    Abstract: A method for controlling a laundry drying machine having a laundry treating chamber and a control unit which receives a signal indicative of laundry moisture from a moisture sensor. The method includes receiving a user input of a laundry treating program, and, in the machine initialization phase, comparing the laundry moisture indicated by the signal to a first threshold, which is stored in the control unit and is indicative of dried laundry or empty threating chamber. If the signal is determined to be equal or less than the first threshold, one or more of the following actions is performed: carrying out only a portion of the selected laundry treating program; skipping the program main phase; starting the program final phase; stopping the laundry treating program; providing a notification of dried laundry and/or empty treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Giorgio Pattarello, Elena Pesavento, Mattia Sessolo
  • Patent number: 10246808
    Abstract: A laundry treatment machine is provided. The laundry treatment machine includes at least one main body, a pedestal, and a high frequency drying apparatus. The at least one main body includes a drum rotatably disposed therein. The pedestal supports the main body and provides a certain drying space for receiving a drying subject. The high frequency drying apparatus includes an anode to which a high frequency is applied and a cathode electrically insulated from the anode to form an oscillation electric field between the anode and the cathode inside the drying space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Sang Hun Bae, Tae Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10240276
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus that includes a heat pump cycle and a dehumidifying device is provided herein. The clothes treating apparatus may include a case and a drum installed within the case and configured to accommodate an item for drying. A circulation duct may be provided to form an air circulation flow channel that allows air to circulate through the drum. The heat pump cycle may include an evaporator and a condenser disposed to be spaced apart from one another within the circulation duct, the heat pump cycle being configured to absorb heat of air released from the drum through the evaporator and transmit the absorbed heat to air introduced to the drum through the condenser, by using a working fluid that circulates by way of the evaporator and the condenser. Moreover, the dehumidification device may be provided to dehumidify air passing through the evaporator in the circulation duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Byeongjo Ryoo, Jongseok Kim, Yongju Lee
  • Patent number: 10240289
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for dewatering a slurry comprising a microfibrillated cellulose wherein the process comprises the following steps of providing a slurry comprising a microfibrillated cellulose and a liquid, subjecting the slurry to a first mechanical pressure in order to dewater the slurry, and subjecting the slurry to a second mechanical pressure which second pressure is higher than the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Stora Enso OYJ
    Inventors: Laura Nousiainen, Petteri Kostiainen, Petteri Saarinen, Jan-Erik Nordström
  • Patent number: 10234196
    Abstract: A device for drying hair extensions includes an elongated main body having a hinged door and an interior space. A blower unit having a fan and a heat element are positioned along the top end of the main body and function to deposit forced air into the interior space. A hanger unit is positioned within the interior space and aligns hair extensions beneath the forced air to dry the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Beaute' Innovante, Inc.
    Inventor: Tiarra McCloud
  • Patent number: 10215491
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance and method for controlling the operation of a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation by determining the presence of a bulky laundry item based on image data of the laundry within the treating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Patent number: 10214850
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic system for removing wrinkles from a textile clothes load, including an electronic integrated circuit of the microcontroller type placed preferably integrally on the mainboard of the dryer machine located on the control panel, an user interface located preferably on the control panel allowing communications between the user and the dryer machine, and a water-injection means located at the drum's air inlet. A process for removing wrinkles on textile clothes is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MABE, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: Raul Santillan Galvan
  • Patent number: 10215490
    Abstract: An accessory stand system for use with blender stand and blender pitcher. In this system, one or more posts are deattachably attached and extended from blender stand. In addition, one or more pegs are pivotally, deattachably attached along a length of one or more posts and one or more sides of blender pitcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bryan Valentin
  • Patent number: 10213807
    Abstract: A drying system for drying a coating applied to an article of manufacture. The drying system includes an enclosable booth having an interior for housing the article of manufacture. The system also includes an air source for blowing air into the booth, means for raising the temperature of the air before entry into the booth, means for lowering the temperature of the air before entry into the booth, means for raising the humidity of the air before entry into the booth, and means for lowering the humidity of the air before entry into the booth. In one embodiment there is included at least one distribution cone which includes a conical member having a plurality of openings formed along the axis thereof. The cones emit air across an article of manufacture within the booth. During the drying process, both the temperature and the humidity within the booth is raised to accelerate drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Atmosphere Control Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Daryl J. Bruischat, Michael H. Bunnell
  • Patent number: 10194577
    Abstract: A horizontal rotating drum for mixing and drying treated seed with multiple functional zones separated by one or more dams that are attached to and rotate with the drum. The dam regulates the flow of seed through the drum's functional zones. The dam has one or more cleanout passages and an overflow passage centrally disposed within the dam to selectively regulate seed flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KSI Conveyor, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry N Kaeb, Paul Arthur Kaeb, Todd William Kaeb
  • Patent number: 10196773
    Abstract: A laundry dryer (2) has a casing (3), a laundry storing compartment (18) arranged within the casing (3) for receiving laundry (19) to be dried by passing process air through the laundry storing compartment, a heat exchanger (10) for dehumidifying the process air after passing the laundry storing compartment (18), and a removable condensate reservoir (28) for storing condensed water formed at the heat exchanger (10). The reservoir (28) has a reservoir outlet for draining condensate liquid stored therein and a closing element for closing the reservoir outlet when the condensate reservoir is extracted from a reservoir compartment (30). The reservoir compartment (30) is associated to the casing (3) for receiving and housing the removable condensate reservoir (28), wherein the removable condensate reservoir (28) can be extracted from and inserted into the reservoir compartment (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Alberto Bison, Nicola Reid, Giuseppe Rossi
  • Patent number: 10191512
    Abstract: A heating plate is included in an electronic device which also includes a processor, a detecting unit, and a battery. The detecting unit detects values of electrical current in certain parts of the electronic device. The processor determines whether any of the detected values falls within a predetermined range. If the detected value falls within a predetermined range, the processor enables a connection between the battery and the heating plate to cause the heating plate to micro-heat the electronic device to promote or accelerate the evaporation of water or moisture in the electronic device. A method for water and moisture disposal by internal heating is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jia Sheng, Jian-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 10184206
    Abstract: Provided is a clothes treating apparatus which may include a cabinet defining an outer appearance of the apparatus and having an introduction opening, a clothes receiving device provided in the cabinet and receiving therein clothes through the introduction opening, a circulation passage through which internal air of the clothes receiving device circulates, a heat-exchanging passage connected to the circulation passage to guide external air outside the circulation passage into the circulation passage for heat exchange with the internal air of the circulation passage, and a fan provided at the heat-exchanging passage to generate airflow in the heat-exchanging passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Youngsuk Kim, Injae Han, Sangwook Hong
  • Patent number: 10183968
    Abstract: Methods for preparing lyophilized pellets of biological materials are described. The pellets have a substantially spherical shape and are prepared by freezing droplets of a liquid composition of a desired biological material on a flat, solid surface, in particular, a surface that does not have any cavities, followed by lyophilizing the frozen droplets. These methods are useful for preparing lyophilized pellets having a high concentration of a desired biological material, in particular a therapeutic protein or vaccine, and which have a faster reconstitution time than lyophilized powder cakes prepared in vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
    Inventors: Colleen Barr, Akhilesh Bhambhani, Robert Evans, Lynne Isopi, David Krah, Jennifer Kriss, Jessica Sinacola
  • Patent number: 10179994
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a fluid movement device suitable for drying adjacent surfaces such as floors, walls or ceilings or items such as furniture, in which the device comprises an inlet for receiving pressurised fluid, and at least one vent to direct said fluid towards said surfaces or items, and at least one pathway to allow escape of humid air generated through drying from the surface being dried to the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Graeme Joynson
  • Patent number: 10179966
    Abstract: A laundry treatment apparatus equipped with a thermoelectric module includes a thermoelectric element configured to emit heat from a first surface and to absorb heat through a second surface, a first heat exchange unit configured to contact the first surface of the thermoelectric element to undergo heat exchange with air upon receiving heat from the first surface, a heat transfer member having an interconnecting surface that is configured to contact the second surface of the thermoelectric element to be in a heat conducting relationship with the second surface, and a second heat exchange unit configured to contact the interconnecting surface of the heat transfer member, and that is configured to undergo heat exchange with air to enable heat to be absorbed by the second surface of the thermoelectric element through the heat transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Doohyun Kim, Hoosun Lee, Seungwoo Han, Jeongkon Kim
  • Patent number: 10173342
    Abstract: An arrangement for curing concrete products, which contains a curing chamber having several curing cells arranged in at least one column, in which curing cells are located on a vertical stack. The curing cells are formed to curing cell groups, in which one curing cell group contains at least one curing cell, advantageously 2-4 curing cells, and wherein the curing cell group is insulated in respect of other curing cell groups of the curing chamber. A method for curing concrete products in a curing chamber, which includes several curing cells arranged in at least one column, in which the curing cells are located on a vertical stack. In the method the moisture level of curing cells is controlled such that in the curing cells the temperature is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Elematic Oyj
    Inventor: Jani Eilola
  • Patent number: 10156399
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a drying tower with grain flow in parallel and sinuous in combination with reverse and radial crossed air flows in form of “Z” oblique for the implementation in the drying of grains, seeds, fodder, and fruit. Therefore, the grains are firstly submitted to a first stage of parallel grains flow and reverse crossed air flow in order to standardize the different degrees of humidity of the grains and of their impurities. In a second moment, these grains are submitted to a sinuous grains flow and radial air flow in the form of oblique “Z”. Such implementation in drying processes of grains upgrades substantially the drying time and the energy spent for such process, generating in this way profit for the food industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Otalicio Pacheco da Cunha
  • Patent number: 10145610
    Abstract: An automatic vacuum drying device comprises a drying oven, a heating device used to heat the drying oven, a vacuum extraction device used to evacuate the drying oven, a nitrogen input device used to input nitrogen into the drying oven, and a transporting device located inside the drying oven and used to transport materials, two first openings are located at two opposite sides of the drying oven, an automatic sealing door is mounted on at least one of the first openings, the automatic sealing door includes a first door plank and a second door plank parallel to the first door plank, an elevator structure is located between the first door plank and the second door plank, the elevator structure is used to lift the first door plank and the second door plank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Hanrong Tian
  • Patent number: 10139159
    Abstract: Infrared air float bar for use in floating and drying a continuous planar web of a material in a dryer. Direct radiated or reflected infrared electromagnetic energy from an infrared light source in a removable channel assembly accelerates drying, or evaporation of solvents, or curing of web material passing in proximity to the bar, either by infrared electromagnetic energy, or in combination with convention airflow. The infrared source is cooled by pressurized air passing through an interior portion of the removable air bar channel assembly, and the air is further conducted into fluid contact with the web in an air gap between the emitter and web to promote convective heat transfer and to contribute to the air pressure field supporting web flotation. The removable channel assembly is configured for replacement of the infrared emitter and to allow the setting of the pressurized cooling air flow to the optimum level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox MegTec, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Zagar